Better Brain Health

Earlier this year, I heard Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air about his most recent book Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age. In the interview, he spoke about these four important activities for better brain health: Exercising Eating well for heart health Getting…

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45+ or Family History? Colonoscopy, Now!

Chadwick Boseman’s death came as a shock to the world. He had many fans, as made clear when the announcement of his passing on his Twitter account became the most retweeted post ever. Boseman was only 43 and died of colon cancer. He was very young to have been afflicted…

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Eating Well for Better Brain Health

In 1977, when my grandfather passed away at what then seemed like the ripe old age of 73, he had what was called senility. I remember visiting my grandfather in a nursing home. I remember helping him stay on the right page at religious services—services he previously had known like…

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Serving Sizes During Quarantine

I've been writing COVID-19-related articles for the last few weeks, and I likely will continue to do so in the coming weeks. I don't write about weight loss, other than to say if you want to lose weight, eat less and exercise more. My focus is on healthy eating, and…

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Teenproofing, Part 6

When my kids were in high school, I wrote a five-part series of "Teenproofing" posts about teens and drinking. The posts include many of my opinions and suggestions including not letting your kids drink in your house. My kids are all in their mid-twenties now, so I haven’t given a…

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20 Seconds for Better Health

Eating well and exercise are fundamental to our health. Unlike genetics, we can make choices regarding what (and how much) we eat and how (and how much) we exercise. There are three types of people when it comes to exercise. Those who do an amount they are happy with, those…

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Fake Meat and Your Health

I stopped eating red meat about 20 years ago, and I was barely eating it for a number of years before that. My mom’s mom died young from a heart condition, so many years ago when my mom about red meat’s connection to heart disease she shared that knowledge with…

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The Importance of Knowing Your Health Numbers

At the start of 2018, I decided to give up chicken and turkey. I had given up red meat many years before (maybe 15 or 20 years earlier) and after hearing a wellness talk about the antibiotics in poultry, I decided to become a pescatarian. A friend told me I'm…

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Red Meat & Your Health

When I was a child, my mom made hamburgers for us many nights a week until she learned red meat wasn't good for your health. She cut way back and by the time I went to college, I was rarely eating red meat. Then, 15 or 20 years ago, I…

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Dr. Mark Hyman for Health

Thanks to a recommendation from my wife, I have been taking in some wonderful health advice by following Dr. Mark Hyman on Instagram. Dr. Hyman’s posts are packed with important, easy-to understand information, as well as simple, inspiring health quotes, graphics, recipes, and more. For example, here are three posts…

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2 Small Changes for Better Health

Health recommendations can be daunting. For one thing, they often mean not-so-easy habit changes. For example, if you are told a certain food is not good for you, it’s not so easy to cut back or stop eating it: It’s likely a food you have enjoyed eating for a very…

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Junk Food Causes Cancer

As reported by Dr. Gabe Mirkin, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 40 percent of cancers are associated with modifiable lifestyle factors, such as: • Smoking • Alcohol • Chronic inflammation • Obesity • Lack of exercise • Cumulative lifetime exposure to radiation • Cumulative lifetime exposure to…

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