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Month: August 2015

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here's what the evidence says.

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here's what the evidence says.

by Julia Belluz     August 18, 2015   @juliaoftoronto    julia.belluz@voxmedia.com What’s the difference between Tylenol, Advil, and aspirin? Which is the best to take for pain? I used to take acetaminophen (usually referred to by its brand name, Tylenol) for the occasional headache or sore muscle, mostly because that’s what we used in my house growing up. I didn’t think much about whether it was more or less effective than any other type of over-the-counter pain reliever, and…

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Acknowledge Your Anger to Help Prevent Disease

Acknowledge Your Anger to Help Prevent Disease

Erin Newman     August 11, 2015 The more we learn about disease, the more we start to realize that there is no separation of body from mind. Treating just the symptoms of a disease does us no good if we are not also changing our mental outlook. For instance, depressed patients with any type of disease, recover more slowly and have worse health outcomes than optimistic patients. Scientists have also now seen enough cases of “broken heart syndrome,” often…

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When Patients Manage Doctors

When Patients Manage Doctors

People with multiple chronic illnesses often must take charge of managing their own care By SUMATHI REDDY    Aug. 10, 2015  One in four Americans lives with more than one chronic illness; three out of four among those 65 and older. Managing those people’s health care is often difficult. Integrated health systems, such as Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic, aim to ensure that treatment for one condition doesn’t interfere with care the patient is receiving for other diseases. Often, however,…

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5 Reasons Putting Yourself First Is The Opposite Of Selfish

5 Reasons Putting Yourself First Is The Opposite Of Selfish

by Dr. Tracy Thomas     March 17, 2015 There is a huge myth in our culture that it’s time to shake up — the idea that putting yourself first is selfish. When you love another person (whether it’s your partner, a family member or friend), you prioritize thinking about their desires, needs, interests, proclivities and so on, right? This makes sense: we want to make those we love happy; we want to make them feel heard and understood. But…

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4 Herbs Everyone Should Have in their ‘Medicine’ Cabinet

4 Herbs Everyone Should Have in their ‘Medicine’ Cabinet

ELIZABETH RENTER     OCTOBER 28, 2013 There are perhaps hundreds, or at least dozens of medicinal foods and herbs that deserve a place in your kitchen’s herbal medicine cabinet. But for someone who is just getting their feet wet in the world of herbalism and natural healing, collecting numerous herbs can be overwhelming. For that reason, we’ve chosen 4 healing herbs to get you started—herbs that should be the cornerstones of every natural healer’s arsenal. From calming upset stomachs…

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My Dinner With Longevity Expert Dan Buettner (No Kale Required)

My Dinner With Longevity Expert Dan Buettner (No Kale Required)

By JEFF GORDINIER      AUG. 1, 2015 Dan Buettner and I were off to a good start. He approved of coffee. “It’s one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in the American diet,” he said with chipper confidence, folding up his black Brompton bike. As we walked through Greenwich Village, looking for a decent shot of joe to fuel an afternoon of shopping and cooking and talking about the enigma of longevity, he pointed out that the men and…

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The Amount of Coffee That Protects Against Dementia Precursor

The Amount of Coffee That Protects Against Dementia Precursor

How coffee intake affects the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment. Drinking one or two cups of coffee a day can protect the brain against a precursor to dementia, a new study finds. More coffee, though, does not lead to a higher neuro-protective effect. In fact, the study found that people who increased their consumption by a cup or two had twice the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is a common precursor to developing forms of dementia, like…

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Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect?’ 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect?’ 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Scientific studies confirm that a placebo (a dummy medication or procedure) can genuinely benefit a person’s health. But its sinister cousin, the “nocebo effect,” creates expectations of harm, which can lead to seriously negative health consequences. From Health Secrets: The Best Remedies From Around the World (Reader’s Digest Association Books) A patient’s expectations of a treatment clearly influence the way it works. The authors of a 2012 German study note that vulnerable, ill, or injured patients are highly receptive to…

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8 Subconscious Behaviors That Are Keeping You From Having the Life You Want

8 Subconscious Behaviors That Are Keeping You From Having the Life You Want

08/10/2015      Brianna Wiest  Every generation has a “monoculture” of sorts, a governing pattern or system of beliefs that people unconsciously accept as “truth.” It’s easy to identify the monoculture of Germany in the 1930s, or America in 1776. It’s clear what people at those times, in those places, accepted to be “good” and “true” even when in reality, that was certainly not always the case. The objectivity required to see the effects of present monoculture is very difficult…

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Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?

Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?

Study found postmenopausal women who ate more processed foods faced higher risk of mood disorder WebMD News from HealthDay     By Alan Mozes     HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) – Refined carbohydrates – such as those found in white bread, white rice and sodas – may harm more than the waistlines of older women. New research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods might also raise their risk of depression. Luckily, the…

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