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Mining for melatonin

I think of melatonin as “sleep gold”. This slumber-enhancing hormone is a key element in the regulation of your body’s wake-sleep cycle. Not only does it act to make you drowsy so that you can fall asleep, but it also helps to “maintain” your sleep throughout the night. Melatonin production is triggered, in great part,…

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Treat yourself with a little kindness today

Confession: “I’m not taking off weight fast enough!” After all it seemed like I gained it overnight. One day I woke up and was 30 lbs heavier than I was the last time I weighed. Talk about a bombshell…that I saw between my toes. Have you ever thought…you have been doing the work, watching the calories,…

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The facts about flax

Okay, so had anyone even heard of flax seeds half a dozen years ago? These little seeds lived out their lives in relative obscurity likely because they resemble burnt sesame seeds or a part of the birdseed mix we fill our feeders with. But all that changed the day someone discovered they had a highly redeeming value—and flavor wasn’t…

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Caffeine—should we wean?

The two times in my day that I truly savor are when I get my hands around a steaming mug of lightened and agave-sweetened black (caffeinated) tea. Sipping that wonderful elixir seems to just ease my soul…It must be a drug! Well, in fact, it is. Not my tea specifically, but the caffeine which can be found “floating around”…

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Weight and self-worth

“Dear Mr. Scale, can I be honest with you for a moment? Our together times really don’t do much for me. I actually dread our appointments. And when you bring your friend Miss tape measure, well she really does a number on me.” I.hate.this. Have you ever had a conversation with your bathroom scale? Maybe I am a tad…

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How’s your balance?

Life is a continual balancing act. Whenever your equilibrium is disturbed, say between “have–to’s” and “want-to’s”, you feel the discomfort of being off-kilter right away. Not so with your physical balance. Nearly every patient whose balance I test and find lacking is thoroughly surprised. Young and old alike,…

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Fitness and health vs. soda bans

Recently the Mayor of New York declared a ban on large soda drinks, citing the obesity epidemic. It was overturned before in went into effect, but the debate has gone national in the aftermath. Dr. Linda Mintle suggests that an outright ban is counter-intuitive and isn’t the best way to promote health. She joins us this morning…

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Will “gluten-free” work for me?

Wow, for such a small protein, glutenhas really made it to the big time—with a number of trademarked, “G-Free” dietary products to show for itself! And all a diet plan needs to capture the attention of the masses is to gain a few celebrity endorsements. Enter Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow Gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and…

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