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    1. Alexander Technique

      Alexander Technique

      What is the Alexander Technique?
      The Alexander Technique is an education system that aims to improve posture and movement and promote the efficient use of muscles. It was founded in the 1890s by Australian actor Frederick Matthias Alexander, who often experienced laryngitis with the stress of an upcoming performance. After multiple fruitless visits to doctors, he discovered that his symptoms were directly related to excess tension and poor posture, especially in the muscles of his neck. He developed a way of speaking and moving that cured his chronic condition, and then taught these techniques to others for the rest of his life.

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    2. Sugar As A Heart Threat?

      Sugar As A Heart Threat?

      I've been hearing a lot about how bad sugar is for you, but I'm wondering about a study showing that consuming sweetened beverages increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in only two weeks. Can this be true? A study from the University of California, Davis, did report finding increased cardiovascular risk in young, healthy men and women who drank beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for only two weeks.

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    3. Best Exercise For Weight Loss?

      Best Exercise For Weight Loss?

      Is aerobic exercise or strength training better for weight loss or do you have to do both? I really want to lose weight, but I'm not sure about the exercise component. Is there any research that answers this question? I'm glad to hear that you're factoring exercise into your weight loss plan. Daily physical activity is essential, not only to help speed your loss but for your overall health going forward. And you're in luck.

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    4. Can Low Vitamin D Levels Cause Depression?

      Can Low Vitamin D Levels Cause Depression?

      I've been told that a vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression, and I also understand that vitamin D deficiencies are very common. Is there is a link to depression? There may be a connection between vitamin D and depression. Unfortunately, very little scientific research has been done in this area. However, the latest study, from Oregon State University, did find a correlation in young, otherwise healthy, women.

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    5. How Fast Are You Aging?

      How Fast Are You Aging?

      I've noticed that some people seem to age more quickly than others? How is it that some 70-year-olds run marathons while others can hardly walk? Do genes explain the difference?

      You raise an important issue about which we have more questions than answers. I can tell you that studies of twins have shown that genes influence only about 25 percent of the variation in human longevity.

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    6. Best Way To Prevent Heart Attacks?

      Best Way To Prevent Heart Attacks?

      I heard there is a study showing that men can cut the risk of heart attacks by 86 percent without medication. Can you tell me if this is true and, if so, what's involved?

             It's no secret that individuals can improve their health and lower the danger of having a heart attack simply by avoiding common, well known risks, such as smoking, being overweight, eating an unhealthy diet, being inactive, and consuming too much alcohol.

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    7. Are Home Births Safe?

      Are Home Births Safe?

      My sister is pregnant and wants to have her baby at home, but home births just don't seem safe to me. Am I wrong? What do you think about home births?

      Out-of-hospital births, including home births, have been increasing slowly and steadily, but if the numbers reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2014 are accurate, these deliveries still represented only 1.36 percent of all births in the United States in 2012, the last year for which the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System has ...

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    8. What's Behind the Autism Upswing?

      I understand that a lot more children are autistic than previously thought. What's behind this sudden increase? Has an environmental influence been discovered? I'm also curious about why the disorder is more common in some states than others. New estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that one in 88 children in the United States is autistic or has anutism related disorder. This represents an increase of about 25 percent over the last estimate in 2006 and twice the rate reported four years before that. The new numbers, released in March 2012, show that boys are almost five times more likely to be affected than girls - one in 54 boys compared to one in 252 girls.

      Autism, a developmental disorder, is characterized by behavior limitations that include impaired social interaction, problems with spoken and unspoken communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited ...

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    9. Rethinking Raw Foods?

      Rethinking Raw Foods?

      I've been vegan for several years and just have ended two months as a raw food vegan. I felt I was not getting enough complete protein and calcium so I began incorporating grains back into my diet, but at times, this change seems like too much for my digestion. Do you have any suggestions for transitioning from one diet to another? <p>I'm not a proponent of raw food diets. The main argument in favor of eating this way is that cooking destroys vital enzymes in foods. In fact, these enzymes play no role in human nutrition, because stomach acid destroys them as efficiently as cooking. In addition, some vitamins and minerals found in vegetables are actually less bioavailable when you eat these foods raw. For example, you cannot get much lycopene, the carotenoid pigment that is protective against prostate cancer, from raw tomatoes. The carotenoids in carrots ...

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      Mentions: DHA EPA Andrew Weil
    10. Fighting Flesh-Eating Bacteria?

      Fighting Flesh-Eating Bacteria?

      Are flesh-eating bacteria for real? I don't know how much to believe about the cases in the news. If they are real, why haven't we heard about this before and what can we do to avoid it?  Unfortunately, "flesh-eating bacteria," the sensationalized name for an infection properly called "necrotizing fasciitis," is all too real. ("Necrotizing" means causing the death of tissues, "fasciitis" refers to inflammation of the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles.) Fortunately, these infections are very rare. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 650 to 800 cases of the most common type of this disease occur in the U.S. every year, and despite the media attention some of them attract, there's no evidence that the number is increasing.

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    11. Hip Replacement Horror?

      Hip Replacement Horror?

      I had a hip replacement a few years ago. Now I've heard that my metal-on-metal hip implant can cause health problems. I'm very worried. What symptoms should I look for? The type of hip replacement you have - metal-on-metal - has become a very serious problem, because these devices are failing at much higher rates than other types. Introduced a decade ago, the newer versions were supposed to last longer and work better than older ones. Instead, after five years, about six percent of patients with metal-on-metal implants have needed surgery to repair or replace them, compared to about 2 percent of patients with older ceramic or plastic implants. Artificial hips are expected to last at least 10 years; in fact, most hold up for 15 years. The six-percent failure estimate, from a British study published in <em>The Lancet</em> on March 31, 2012, may not reflect the entire ...

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      Mentions: FDA Andrew Weil BBC
    12. Best Way to Keep Weight Off?

      Best Way to Keep Weight Off?

      I lost 25 pounds over the past few months, but since I've been off my diet, I see that the weight is creeping back on. How can I prevent regaining unwanted pounds after all the hard work of losing weight? Congratulations on your weight loss. I understand your frustration with trying to maintain it without staying on a strict diet. Fortunately, there's some good news: ;A new study from Boston's Children's Hospital suggests that a low-glycemic-index diet is the best strategy for keeping lost weight off.

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      Mentions: Boston Andrew Weil
    13. An Anti-Alzheimer's Plan?

      I understand that a drug is under study for prevention of Alzheimer's in people who have a strong family history of the disease. What can you tell me about the drug and the study? Who is eligible? <p>A new study about to be launched will test a drug for its effectiveness in the prevention of Alzheimer's among mentally healthy members of a very large extended family in Medellin, Columbia, who are genetically predestined to develop the disease. The participants will likely develop the early-onset form of disease when they reach their mid-forties and will have full scale dementia when they reach their early 50s. The trial will involve 300 members of this family, some of them as young as 30. Earlier preventive trials on people already diagnosed with Alzheimer's have proved disappointing. This one is different because participants do not yet have symptoms or evidence of ...

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    14. How Safe is Soy?

      I keep reading contradictory things about soy and women's health - that it relieves hot flashes, that it doesn't, and that it can cause breast cancer or not. Can you update me on the pros and cons of soy foods for women?

      The latest news about soy and women's health comes from a review of 17 previous studies looking at whether or not soy supplements can help relieve menopausal hot flashes. The researchers from Loma Linda University in California concluded that taking extracts of soy isoflavones, biologically active phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), led to a 21 percent reduction in hot flashes compared to a placebo. While the conclusions of the 17 studies varied, the researchers note that overall they showed a "pattern" of soy isoflavones providing more relief than placebos. (The median amount of soy isoflavones used in the studies was 54 mg taken daily for anywhere from six ...

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    15. Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes?

      I have type 2 diabetes and have not been able to get my weight or my blood sugar under control. I've heard that surgery can put type 2 diabetes into remission. Is this something I should consider?

      Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is nearing epidemic proportions in the United States, primarily as a result of a greater prevalence of obesity and sedentary lifestyles and the profusion of refined, processed carbohydrate foods with high glycemic loads. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases has tripled in the past 30 years to more than 20 million. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to properly use or ultimately make enough insulin, the hormone that helps regulate sugar (glucose) in the blood and the body's production and distribution of energy. ;Complications ...

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    16. Walking v. Running?

      I'm 42, in good health, and have been running for years to keep fit, but a friend contends that walking burns just as many calories per mile. That sounds pretty far-fetched to me. Is he right?

      No, he's wrong. On the face of it, you might figure that when covering the same distance - in this case, a mile - you would burn the same number of calories, because while walking is less strenuous, it takes longer for a walker to cover the distance.

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      But just think about the difference: when you walk, you stride at whatever pace you choose. You move your legs and probably swing your arms, but that's about it. Running requires a lot more effort - you're actually jumping from one foot to the other as you propel yourself forward, and your center of gravity goes up and down ...

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    17. Is Your Memory Normal?

      Everyone I know is worried about memory. What's normal with aging? Should I be concerned with lapses such as forgetting where I put my keys or not being able to remember a fact or name that's on the tip of my tongue? What kind of forgetfulness is worrisome?

      Worrying about your memory is a pretty good sign that nothing serious is wrong with it. Researchers say a more important tip-off is when other people start to worry about your memory. It should reassure you to know that memory lapses begin in your 20s, when we're barely aware of them and are rarely bothered by them. In a study published in 2009 in the Neurobiology of Aging, researchers found that certain facets of memory, such as the ability to make quick comparisons, slip noticeably between the ages of 22 and 27. While most people become conscious of memory ...

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    18. Are You Risking Diabetes by Sitting Too Much?

      I heard that sitting for seven hours per day can lead to diabetes in women. Is this true? If so, is there anything I can do to prevent diabetes? I'm sure I sit at my desk at least seven hours a day.

      A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in January 2012 did show that sitting for up to seven hours a day may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. Investigators from the University of Leicester in England looked at more than 500 men and women age 40 or older to find out how much time they spent sitting over the course of a week. Blood tests of the participants showed that women who spent the most time sitting had higher levels of insulin, C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation), and other compounds in the blood that indicate inflammation. Increased levels of all ...

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      Mentions: Andrew Weil England
    19. Which Butter is Best?

      There are many kinds of butter on the market these days, including salted, cultured, "European-style," ghee and whipped.  I've even heard of raw-cream butter. Which is best?

      Butter is the most saturated of all the animal fats. It also contains the most cholesterol of all animal fat - more than twice that of beef fat! For cardiovascular health, conventional wisdom suggests minimizing consumption of butterfat, especially in the form of butter, cream, and high-fat cheeses. On the other hand, recent evidence suggests that natural forms of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol may not be as problematic as was once thought. The larger culprit in raising coronary disease risk now appears to be refined and processed carbohydrates such as sugars and white flour.

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      %%title%% - %%summary%% In any case, butter is certainly better for you than margarine, and used moderately, can be part of a healthy diet. Here ...

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