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Say No to Migraine Medication and Yes to Natural Care

If you've ever experienced a migraine headache, you know how debilitating it can be. According to the Mayo Clinic, "a migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme...

More Red Meat = Higher Death Risk

We're talking about red meat and recent research that implicates increased red meat consumption with increased risk of mortality. Among more than 80,000 U.S. men and women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study,...

Healthy Snacking Can Help Fight Weight Gain

Weight loss is a big issue these days, with all manner of get-thin-quick diet strategies inundating the market in the form of infomercials, websites and magazine ads. Most promise quick results, which everyone wants – but don't necessarily teach how to achieve...

Don’t Medicate Your Empathy Away

Taking acetaminophen (common brand name: Tylenol, but also found in a variety of multi-ingredient medications including Excedrin) may make you feel less pain (although it won't address the cause of your pain), but it also may blunt your feelings in general,...

The Power of Berries for Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) essentially means blood flow through your arteries increases, which can lead to some serious problems over time: we're talking arterial damage (increasing the risk of arteriosclerosis), coronary artery disease, heart attack or heart...

Sweating Through Summer: How to Work Out the Right Way

Summer's right around the corner, bringing ample opportunity to get into great (or even better) shape without even trying. After all, a full day at the beach, park, pool or lake can burn hundreds to thousands of calories while toning and tightening every muscle in...

The Mineral That Can Keep Depression at Bay

Depression and anxiety are often unrecognized and as such, unaddressed in older adults. When these disorders are identified, a common treatment option, unfortunately, is the option that's become all-too-standard for any senior health issue: medication. But it...

Protect Your Kidneys With Plant Power

We take our kidneys for granted, pure and simple. How important are the kidneys? They're responsible, first and foremost, for filtering waste out of the body. Don't want your body to be filled with waste? Keep your kidneys working properly. Unfortunately, people abuse...

Breastfeeding Could Save Your Life

Breastfeeding may be one of the healthiest things a mom can do, with health benefits gained by both mother and child. For baby, benefits include reduced risk of colds/viruses, protection against chronic disease (including some childhood cancers), and reduced risk of...

5 Smart Substitutions When Eating Out

There's nothing wrong with the occasional treat-yourself trip to a fast-food or sit-down restaurant, but Americans are eating out at an ever-increasing (sometimes daily) rate, and usually paying the health consequences. It's tough enough finding healthy food when...

Road Map for the Healthy Child

As adults, most people realize how much their childhood experiences, good, bad and everything in between, influenced who they are today. Sometimes the seeds are planted early in life – even during the first few years. Of course, that doesn't mean parents know how to...

Your Body Is Sending You a Message

Text messaging, video gaming, surfing the Internet - with technology comes repetitive behaviors and body positioning that can have dramatic health consequences, not the least of which is a condition known as forward head posture. Just think about it: hours on end with...

A Poor Choice for Relieving Your Low Back Pain

Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately. In fact, improper use, coupled with...

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