Top Ten Ways to a Longer Healthier Life

After the holiday rush is over and the leftovers are finally gone, many of us take stock of our lives and habits. Some have made resolutions for the start of the new year, vowing to make lifestyle changes, some are more honest with themselves and skip the tradition altogether. Well here are some suggestions for (pardon the cliché) the new millenium, that may be some of the most important changes you’ve ever made. How about pledging to make this year the year you decide to live longer, age slower, and feel better? Read the rest of this entry »

Stevia: The Politically Incorrect Sweetener

Many people are searching for a healthy alternative to sugar or artificial sweeteners, without completely depriving their sweet tooth. Well, there is a seemingly perfect alternative, but the competition is stiff. Most of you can easily name the most popular artificial sugar alternative on the market. Read the rest of this entry »

Safety of New Artificial Sweetener Is Still Unclear

Americans just love the idea of getting something for nothing. We all want to “have our cake and eat it too”…especially if it has less calories and is sugar-free. For many of us this translates to guilt-free. Well there’s a new sweetener in town called sucralose, being marketed under the name Splenda. It is being touted as the new artificial sweetener that tastes better, can be used in cooking and baking (unlike aspartame), and is safer than all of it’s predecessors because it’s “made from sugar”. Read the rest of this entry »

Snoring May Be a Very Real Health Risk

In recent years as Americans continue to try to pack more hours into every day, people are getting less sleep than they need to remain healthy. Two hundred years ago the average American got 8 to 9 ½ hours of sleep per night. Today we average 6 to 7 ½ hours per night. Unfortunately our bodies haven’t changed over that time, and so we suffer the consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh versus Frozen

Lately, it seems that there is a constant stream of information in the news about eating more fruits and vegetables. Experts recommend five to nine servings per day. Study after study seems to prove that the more vegetables you eat, the lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, constipation, diabetes, and obesity will be. Some of the more noteworthy studies have been discussed in this column in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, There Is Relief for Prostate Trouble

So, you’re retired! That means you get to sleep late if you like, no more shift work and you’re always well rested…right? Well, for 50-60% of men 40-59 years of age, a good night’s sleep is just a dream. That’s because over 10 million men in America suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostate enlargement. That translates to increased urinary frequency so they awaken frequently during the night to urinate, and when they do they may have difficulty due to reduced force and caliber of the stream. Often the bladder can’t be emptied fully, so the next trip to the bathroom is sooner than it should be. Sometimes there’s even pain, burning and difficulty starting and stopping the stream. Read the rest of this entry »

Magnesium Supplements May Help Mitral Valve Prolapse, Migraines and Other Health Problems

I’m a 35 year old woman and I suffer with palpitations. I don’t have panic attacks, just a pounding in my chest. My doctor examined me and said I have a mild mitral valve prolapse . He said not to worry about it, but I do. Any suggestions? Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing the Symptoms of Lyme Disease Leads to Effective Treatment

Although many people in the Northeastern U.S. have become more familiar with the term Lyme disease, most still don’t know the signs and symptoms of this infection. This is not surprising. Lyme can have many manifestations, often fooling doctors for months or years before an accurate diagnosis is made. As with most health problems, the earlier the proper diagnosis is made, the better the outlook for a full recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Addressing The Invisible Threat of Environmental Estrogens

Thanks to warnings from environmental groups and the government, most Americans are very aware of environmental pollutants like lead, mold, and asbestos. These can pose a threat if present in the home or workplace, so we take special care, sometimes at extreme expense, to make those areas safe. Many health-conscious consumers also try to avoid foods that are laden with preservatives or additives. Read the rest of this entry »

Naturally Boost Energy and Weight Loss with Carnitine

If someone told you about a substance you could take that slows the aging process, helps to prevent heart disease, helps to dramatically increase weight loss and energy levels, and increases sports performance and endurance what would you say? Maybe you’d make a smart crack about having some swampland for sale. Read the rest of this entry »