Since breast cancer is a growing concern among women, we talked to Dr. Susan Love, a known expert in the field, to share her tips on how to prevent breast cancer. Watch our video to find out what she thinks the likely causes are and easy things you can do now to keep cancer at bay, including staying away from unnecessary radiation and the right time to get a mammogram.
When an unrelenting craving hits, there's only one thing to do: satisfy it. For days now, I've had a hankering for red, or tomato-based, clam chowder, laden with chunks of celery, and chewy, briny clams. Tonight, I'm going to address it with a quick, scrumptious, and healthy version of the Manhattan specialty.
Although the recipe allows for canned clams, I'll be using leftover shellfish from last night's dinner as my base, along with some bacon and Tabasco to up the flavor quotient. This recipe serves four, but I'm certain I'll be able to finish the entire batch of mouthwatering goodness myself. Want in on the recipe? Then keep reading.
When I asked my doctor about ways to prevent migraines, she recommended I take a magnesium (oxide) supplement. I headed to my closest drugstore and picked up a bottle of Nature's Bounty Magnesium supplement (500 mg), and I've been taking one pill every morning for the last few weeks.
Even though it's been less than a month, since taking the mineral supplement I've been headache and migraine free! This even includes the times that I've had red wine, which is one of my triggers. In the last few months I've also been incorporating foods that prevent migraines into my diet, like topping my yogurt and fruit with ground flaxseed. But I didn't notice a drastic change until I started taking magnesium. Have you tried any supplements to rid you of your ailments? Any other tips for saying goodbye to migraines?
Over the Fourth of July weekend, four friends and I were all hit with a doozy of a cold, the worst. It even made us question the accepted belief that more people get sick in the Winter. But viruses still survive in the Summer sun, and some people can't fight off infection as well as others. There are ways to protect yourself, which is a must, given all the traveling, eating, and lounge time taking place this season. Here are ways to take care of yourself so you'll stay far away from a weekend full of Kleenex, cough medicine, and mega doses of vitamin C.
Grocery shopping can be a daunting task. That's why a recent article from Prevention magazine really caught my eye. The magazine asked experts who work in the field of food safety what they avoid eating at all costs, and though some of their answers were things I already knew, others were pretty eye opening. Here are a few items to think twice about the next time you're out buying food.
- Microwave popcorn. Popcorn usually makes a great snack, but the bags used to make microwave popcorn are lined with harmful chemicals that are "linked to infertility in humans." Prevention warns that these chemicals are transferred to popcorn upon microwaving and can live in your body for years to come. Instead of buying microwave popcorn, make it on your stove or use an air popper instead.
To hear what other items the experts avoid, read more
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and I think we are probably all aware that the incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Type 2 diabetes, known as adult onset diabetes until recently, is the most common form of diabetes where either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells just ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to convert sugar into energy to fuel our every activity. Aside from the cells being starved for energy, this form of diabetes can over time harm your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.
Now there are things you can do to considerably lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. One is take this risk assessment test at the American Diabetes Association. Plus, you can reduce your risk with some simple lifestyle changes. I found this great list of tips at The Diet Dish and here are some highlights.
- Maintain a healthy weight: It is no coincidence that the incidence of diabetes has increased as the incidence of obesity has increased. If your "ideal" weight is unrealistic for you, at least work on losing 10-20 pounds. Even modest weight loss can have profound impact on your health.
- Eat light and often: Keeping your glucose consistent throughout the day is one of the best nutritional habits to prevent diabetes. Do not skip meals. Do not overeat at meals. Have three small meals and three snacks daily to spread out your calories and therefore blood glucose throughout the day.
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One of the most common symptoms of stress, pathological nail biting troubles some people 6 million people worldwide. Or so estimates Alain-Raymond van Abbe the Dutch inventor of the "Preventer."
Although his background is in marketing and not medicine, van Abbe describes himself as a "problem solver." His solution for nail biting, The Preventer, is essentially a molded mouth guard, worn on either the upper or lower teeth. The Preventer is barely visible and it prevents biting, hence your fingernails cannot be bitten. It can, however, be removed for actual eating. It takes about 4 weeks of wearing the Preventer to control the nail biting impulses. Van Abbe has created an entire clinic for chronic nail biters and he is doing a brisk business. Treatment costs about $640.
Pathological nail biting is now classified as a category of obsessive-compulsive disorders called Body-Focused Repetitive, along with hair pulling and biting the inside of the cheek, and these habits are gaining more scientific attention. Some American psychologists believe Van Abbe might be onto something, since his treatment deals with both cognitive and behavioral aspects. However there is skepticism that an entire clinic dedicated to nail biters can remain afloat.
And you, are you a nail biter? If so would you try this treatment? Let me know in the comments below.
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Here's good news for all us high strung coffee drinking exercising fanatics . . .
A new study has found that your habits could mean that your chances of getting skin cancer are lower than those who skip the java and the gym. We've already learned that caffeine and exercise alone could kill off damaged skin cells, so it makes perfect sense that they work even better when used together. How or why this happens? They're still not sure. So don't ditch your sunscreen anytime soon, since one thing they are sure of is that protecting yourself from the sun is currently the only proven way to prevent skin cancer.
I'm sorry to say, but our wrists are pretty weak. That's no insult - it's the truth! They're skinny and delicate, and they have tiny muscles. Plus people don't spend too much time doing wrist strengthening or flexibility exercises.
If you type a lot, play a musical instrument, or spend a lot of time balancing on your hands, you can end up with sore, overworked, or injured wrists. Here are some great stretches you can do to increase flexibility in your hands and wrists.
|Sit on your heels and place your hands on your mat with your fingertips facing your knees. If this stretch feels too intense, lift your hips off your heels a little. Stay here for 5 deep breaths, or as long as you want.|
|Place your hands on the mat, palms facing up with your fingertips facing you. Now step your feet onto your palms, pressing your toes into your wrist creases. Don't worry about keeping your legs straight - this is a wrist stretch, not a hamstring stretch. Stay here for 5 deep breaths, or as long as you want.|
I love how good these two stretches feel - my wrists feel so much more open after I do them. If my wrists get sore after blogging all day, or practicing Crow for too long, I always feel better after stretching them out.