Sunlight: More than Vitamin D

For many years I have offered my opinion that sunlight provides benefits that are not gained just from taking vitamin D pills. Recent research is confirming that opinion, and many scientists now believe that low vitamin D blood levels are only a ma

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Robin Williams and Lewy Body Dementia

On August 11, 2014, we lost one of the greatest comics and actors of our time when Robin Williams took his own life at his home in California. He was 63. How could a person who appeared to have everything commit suicide?  At the time of his

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More Fiber from Whole Foods is Better

Our food industry works to bring you more and more ultra-processed foods that have little or no fiber, but there is no debate in the scientific community: you should eat lots of plants that have not had their fiber removed. A review commissioned by

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Oxygenated Water: Good for Fish, Worthless for Humans

Do you believe ads that claim oxygenated water cures tiredness, improves memory, prevents diseases, treats lung disease, helps you to exercise longer and makes you a better athlete? These and all of their other claims are not supported by scientifi

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Knee Pain: Treat with Lifestyle Changes

A review of 47 studies on 22,037 patients with knee osteoarthritis treated for at least 12 months showed no clear difference in controlling long-term pain between medications and placebos (JAMA, 2018;320(24):2564-2579). There was a slight time-limi

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Daryl Dragon of The Captain and Tennille

Daryl Dragon was a talented musician with serious medical problems who succeeded in the popular musical entertainment industry because of the incredible love, kindness and patience of his devoted wife, Toni Tennille.  He played keyboards and

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Excess Sugar Favors Growth of Harmful Gut Bacteria

Dietary sugar is supposed to be absorbed in the upper intestinal tract, but new research from Yale suggests that taking in excessive amounts of sugar can cause some of the sugar to pass through the intestines unabsorbed. This sugar arrives in your

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Chronic Constipation

Debilitating constipation affects 16 percent of North Americans and 33 percent of those older than 60 (Gastroenterology, Jan 2013;144(1):218–238). Chronic constipation means: • straining and difficulty expelling stool, • a sense o

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Lili Marleen, the Peace Song of War

During World War II, both Allied and Axis soldiers on the front lines buoyed themselves up by listening to the same song, "Lili Marleen".  The song was incredibly effective in raising the morale of soldiers living in the worst of c

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Arm Exercises: Many Conductors Have Long Lives

At age 100, Edward Simons conducted an orchestra in New Jersey to break the former world record for oldest conductor of a major orchestra held by Spain's Juan Garcés Queralt at age 99. Pablo Cassals, Nadia Boulanger, Arturo Toscanini, Ar

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