Balancing Your Health and Your Wallet!

Balancing your health and your wallet can be, and in most cases is, a very vacillating and tenuous relationship.  Put forth your best effort to get healthy and your wallet suffers.  Skip out on a few of the healthy suggestions you read in about the local paper and...

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Skin – a window to your internal environment

The condition of your skin is an excellent indication of the state of your internal environment.  Your skin, being one of the largest organs in the body, has multiple functions including temperature regulation, fluid balance, protection, mechanical support, immune...

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Cinnamon for Health and Taste!

As New Year’s resolutions are upon us and many a noble and sincere resolve has been added to our list of soon-to-be-full-fledged lifestyle changes, please allow me to add one dietary measure that has potential of sticking with you after March.   Start using Cinnamon...

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The Power of Pessimism

Since Norman Vincent Peale published The Power of Positive Thinking over fifty years ago, the power of the mind in health and well-being does not need to be reiterated. Hope and positive thinking has implications in all manners of disease states and the adaptation of...

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Enjoy Holiday Eating!

My diet theme this holiday season has been anything but diet.  Time to enjoy the holidays my friends!  This little article will cover actual physiologic reasons why dieting is bad this time of year. First and foremost, when you try to diet around the holidays your...

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Stress, Cortisol and Brain Function

For the Idaho State Journal’s most recent medical guide, I wrote an article about the effect of cortisol and how that hormone makes it almost impossible to lose stubborn belly fat. That hormone not only protects and builds belly fat, it also seeks and destroys brain...

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Caffeine For Relaxation?

If there is one word that can sum up most people’s lives nowadays, that word would be stress.  We do a number of things to try to modify our body’s response to stress, including but not limited to, relaxation techniques, exercise, taking naps, going on vacation,...

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Thinking beyond black and white

In health we tend to think in terms of black and white. Sore throat equals a bug equals antibiotic. High blood pressure or high cholesterol equals heart attack. This black-and-white thinking assumes all questions in medicine would have to be answered with a “yes” or a...

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We have a serious problem with our diets, people. Obesity is usually cited as the end result of our terrible diets, but I think we are forgetting the diseases associated with it.

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