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Cyber Monday: The Best Gift For Your Little Ones, Technology Caution

More and more scientific research points to the many harms our modern use of technology has on our health and the health of brains, especially little growing brains. Parents and guardians can give the a very important gift this holiday season (and every day, really) of presence. We hear it so often, “moments like these are fleeting, so cherish every second,” but are we doing our children just when we allow a screen to pacify crazy tantrums or fill valuable brain growing time during the day by putting show after show on? Let’s agree to scale it back a bit, or even better, bring it back to basics and shut down the electronics (just while the sun is up). Just a day at a time, and see how it goes. You (and your children) will begin to rely less and less on the “screens” to entertain you and begin to organically create, use that frontal lobe and keep our logic, reasoning and social skills sharp.

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The Promised Miracle Weight Loss Pill: Garcinia Cambosia

It is all over the internet, including most forms of social media and has superstar medical doctors, such as Dr. Oz endorsing it for its amazing weight loss abilities. People say it is inexpensive, works like no other supplement, safe and accessible. They are all taking about Garcinia Cambosia, a tropical plant which yields a fruit that with its rind, has many medicinal healing properties. It is a completely organic pumpkin-shaped fruit native to Indonesia and has been successfully and scientifically proven to “tear away fat from the body.” Yes. It is a miracle. Please keep reading for benefits, warnings and dosage suggestions.

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Excess Estrogen: Natural Ways to Beat Estrogen Dominance

Most people are walking around with an excess of estrogen in the body. That is why, perhaps girls are now reaching puberty at 9 years of age, and there is such a growing problem with fertility and reproduction in our developed countries. Estrogen is a hormone that is produced primarily in the ovaries in women and in the testes in men. For men, it plays an important role in sperm production and bone maintenance.  Estrogen is also produced by other tissues in both men and women, including fat and the brain. People with great amounts of stored fat (especially belly fat) have higher levels of estrogen.

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Why Soybean and Canola Oil Are Bad (Even When Organic)

Many people think any food product or label slapped with organic is healthy for the body, but not so for soy and canola oil (among many many other oils and additives). Below is an overview on exactly why.

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Got Gluten Sensitivities? Move Past “All Purpose Flour”

Got gluten sensitivities? Why don’t you try something more than the traditional and overused “All Purpose” flour, which prove not the most purposeful for our different bodies. It’s exciting that words like “whole grain”, “gluten-free”, “whole wheat” and “spouted grain” flours are becoming less and less foreign to the average consumer. Here are a few white flour alternatives that are perfect if you or someone you know have gluten sensitivities (or if you are looking to add more whole grains into your daily diet). 

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Why Halloween Candy is So “Tricky” and Healthy Treat Alternatives

Yes, Halloween is here and it is the start of the official holiday season. This holiday season beginning will also lead to the inevitable “flu season.” I always wondered if the two were related. I hear many parents argue that Halloween comes only once a year and it is a time to let the children indulge and have all the candy they can possibly collect and carry in a single night, only to eat them for the next few weeks until the next big holiday, and then the next. So what really is so wrong with our celebrating the ghosts, goblins, witches, pumpkins and adorable costumes? There is no better way to demonstrate how positively correlated these two categories (sugar/candy/processed foods and diabetes/weight gain/chronic diseases) have in common, and how it is not just on Halloween that we lightly indulge. We consume such foods on a daily basis and have eaten ourselves sick. Now that’s scary.

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Bursting Your Bubble. Chewing Gum Dangers

Some experts argue that this is the most toxic substance in the supermarkets today. Most everyone has tried it and many even have an addiction to it. I am referring to chewing gum. And since its commercial sale debut in 1848 by John Curtis in the state of Maine, its popularity has exploded, and with that, the way the chewing gum was manufactured. The ancient Greeks and Mayans chewed resin and sap gums made from trees, which were very natural. Cut to modern day flavors which are made from synthetic materials that are not so great for the mouth, digestive system and body, such as, aspartame, BHT (to maintain freshness and increase shelf life), titanium dioxide, calcium casein peptone-calcium phosphate, plastics, elastics and fillers (which are part of the gum base) and other preservatives and artificial colors/flavors. Let’s learn a few reasons why some may say chewing gum, even the ones “4 out of 5 dentists recommend chewing to prevent cavities,” is not so healthy for the us.

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Vacations: Hotels, Amusement Parks and Healthy Breakfasts

After a week-long stay-cation in a local San Diego hotel with my close and extended families, I was reminded yet again, why educating yourself (and anyone else that cares about health and wellness) is so important. We all chose to stay in a well rated hotel that, like almost all of the 3 to 5 star places, offer a complimentary breakfast and occasional snack and light dinner. Babies, toddlers and young children flooded the lobby slash cafeteria, filling their bowls with multi-colored fruit loops, fluffy Belgium waffles drowning in syrup with whip cream and powdered sugar, and a tall glass of chocolate milk. Their parents pilled heaps of bacon, sausage, biscuits with gravy, and scrambled eggs with cheese, accompanied with juice and coffee on the side. All families glued their eyes to their own technological gadget or television monitor during the entire meal. I realize that vacations are meant for families to relax and eat foods that serve as “treats” and throw in the towel to calorie counting and there is no such thing as too much T.V. The sad part is, however, there is scary reason why the majority of people in the United States are overweight and more than half are obese. It’s not because of seldom “vacations with free breakfasts.” It is because most people are not aware, educating themselves, and are not actively executing a healthier way to nourish and feed themselves and their families the right types and amount of foods. It is because the level of physical body movement is almost non-existent for a large amount of people, and it is because of the strategic marketing, agricultural and political agendas placed upon the people by big powers such as oil, pharmaceutical, governmental, agricultural and insurance companies that have helped people of the United States pay top dollars for healthcare, only to become sicker and more obese than ever before.

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The State Fair: Social Pressures and Healthy Fair Foods

oc fairState fairs seem to be an all year event, highlighting carnival games, vertigo educing rides, world record size animals, artist exhibits, and music concerts. Perhaps even a greater draw than those listed above is the food. Anything fried or artery clogging, from batter fried beer, to fried pats of butter. Perhaps it is time where people defiantly claim their freedom from intentionally seeking out non-GMO, organic and seasonal foods. (Perhaps not). At any rate, there is an up side to the 24/7 health conscious and perhaps overly nutty (by mainstream middle-America terms) foodie; there is a growing trend for health fairs to carry healthier food options! Let’s look at examples and ways you can eat healthier at local and state fairs (if you choose to).

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New Year’s Resolutions. Not always pain free.

It may seem like a double edged sword: fulfilling number one on the New Year’s resolution list, “Lose weight and exercise more”, cut to heal, foot, and joint pain. It is actually a blessing to work yourself toward health and fitness pain free. Most people complain of joint and back pain from the high impact of exercising (namely running or other compounding sports), or muscle soreness from pushing through a tough workout or a lack of quality stretching. People hang motivational posters of muscular athletes drenched in sweat with sayings such as, “It will hurt, take time, require dedication, willpower, sacrifice . . . but it will be worth it.” But with pain in play, many people put their New Year’s resolutions to test. Is this why the majority of people who declare their new year’s resolution and goals on the 1st of the year later admit failing to reach them before the year is over?

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