Category Archives: General Health findings

How Stress Affects Oral Health

Most of our patients know a thing or two about stress. Whether you’re dealing with chronic stress, or a brief stressful life circumstance, we all encounter it from time to time. Most people associate stress with heart...
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Cereal: How Sweet Is It?

Cereal is a good breakfast choice, right? Yes, if it’s made from whole grains, which are packed with nutrients and fiber. But not if it’s loaded with sugar—as many are. According to a new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), a lot...
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E-cigs: Keeping Smokers Hooked?

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are promoted as a healthier, cleaner, and cheaper alternative to regular cigarettes. But no one really knows how much safer e-cigs are, since there has been little good research on the health effects and no data on their long-term use. Any...
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Asians and Alcohol

asiansandalcohol         Q: Why do many Asians flush when they drink alcohol? Is this dangerous? A: Sometimes called the Asian flush or Asian glow because it is very common in people from East Asia (such as China, Japan,...
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3 New Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

Chocolate has all but been elevated to superfood status. And the benefits of chocolate keep rolling in. So here are three more reasons why you may not want to be too quick to break that chocolate habit. (As long as you're hitting the dark stuff.) ...
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Homogenized Milk Myths Busted

Nearly every aspect of cow’s milk inspires debate—from its fat, protein and sugar (lactose) content to the hormone residues it may contain, the pasteurization process it undergoes, and even its very suitability for human consumption. We’ve discussed all that, but some of our readers...
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REAL FISH VS. OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTS

salmon jpgBottom line: The proposed cardiovascular benefits of fish oil supplements now seem uncertain. Some major studies are underway and may help clarify matters. In any case, your best bet is to get your omega-3s from...
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Probiotics in Yogurt – Bottom Line

Whether yogurts and other fermented dairy products (such as kefir) provide probiotic health benefits is debatable, but they are excellent foods, high in protein and calcium. The voluntary “Live & Active Culture” seal from the National Yogurt Association is the best assurance that a...
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Pregnancy and Smoking

Know a pregnant smoker who's planning to quit the instant she gives birth? Speed-dial her and say, "Not soon enough!" A study of 8- to 16-year-olds shows that kids exposed to smoke in the womb are six times more likely to have asthma than...
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5 Ways to Lower Stroke Risk

Every year, about 140,000 Americans die as a result of a stroke. Strokes are also the leading cause of serious long-term disability. You can reduce your risk by controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, losing excess weight,...
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