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Health & Beauty

Health and beauty tips often go overlooked as to how they can impact your actual health. Your body’s largest organ is your skin and taking care of it is vitally important. Not to be overlooked, as well, is how looking better can actually make you feel better.

Eating late can affect your circadian rhythm for the worst, leading to skin damage

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Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center recently made an interesting discovery—one that could give you pause next time you crave a midnight snack. They found that eating late at night could possibly make you more vulnerable to sunburn and sun damage, along with all the long-term effects of exposure to ultraviolet rays, […]

Q&A: Finding an Integrative Medicine Doctor

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I’ve been practicing integrative medicine for decades. It’s a dream job for me because I feel like I’m truly making a difference in my patients’ lives. But people who are new to integrative medicine often ask what integrative medicine is and how they can find a practitioner near them. What is an Integrative Medicine Doctor […]

Effective supplements: how do you know if they’re working?

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Whenever I recommend a supplement, I make sure my patient knows what to expect from it. But no matter what its purpose, I tell them either “Give it time, and you’ll feel it working,” or “Give it time, and you won’t feel it working.” To which many patients say, not unreasonably, “Huh?” So I explain […]

3 steps to slow aging and feel younger

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Some people embrace aging and the wisdom, freedom, and even the wrinkles that come along with it. Others do everything in their power to try and stop the hands of time. Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on, one thing’s for sure: Everyone wants to feel vibrant, energetic, and younger than their years. In […]

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work: Make a Health Plan

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I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. The season’s air is thick with them, well intended, but far more likely to fail than succeed. So let’s re-frame those good intentions and agree that any time of year is a great time to make changes that succeed, improving your health and life. But if you […]

10 Pill Reminders So You Never Forget Your Vitamins Again

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Studies show that about 50 percent of people prescribed medications don’t take them as recommended by their doctors. About half of that non-compliance is intentional, meaning the patients don’t want to take them, the drugs are too expensive to buy, etc. The other half of the “non-compliers” need a pill reminder because they just forget. […]

Medical Overtreatment Costs Money and Side Effects

I think we’ve all been in situations where we go to the doctor feeling a little under the weather, and five minutes later leave with an antibiotic prescription—all the while wondering if we really need that medication. Scenarios like this happen all the time, actually. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it […]

Six Secrets to Aging More Gracefully

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Life expectancy skyrocketed in the 20th century, and with it so did the number of disabled people. So, while we’re living longer, we aren’t necessarily living happier or healthier. But I’m a believer that you can be both happy and healthy at any age. While we may experience more aches and pains as we get […]

12 Surgery Preparation Steps

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Have you ever been told to avoid eating the night before a surgery? There’s a reason for that. Anesthesia can not only cause nausea, but freeze your larynx reflexes, and undigested food in your stomach can be aspirated into your lungs. Avoiding food before surgery is good advice, but I think it misses the larger […]

10 Dangers from Artificial Fragrances

One day, in a Big Oil laboratory, a chemist cried out “Eureka! I’ve found the formula for the fragrance of a rose! Even rosier than a real rose!” A colleague asks “But is it petroleum-based and carcinogenic?” “Of course,” the chemist replied. Applause. We smell trouble Our sense of smell is a finely tuned mechanism […]
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