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In Chinese tradition, every year is symbolized by one of twelve animals. The year itself, as well as the people born in that year, are believed to share the characteristics of that year’s representative creature.   Were you born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006? If so, you were born in a Dog year…. Read more »

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2018 is several weeks old now, and I’m betting you’re still riding the wave of forward-leaning motivation that comes with a new year. A clean slate, a do-over, a chance to start fresh—and with it came a spark of confidence and optimism. Nothing can stop you now!   Well, nothing except reality. Once the celebrations… Read more »

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Watching the ball drop in Times Square, New York City, is a New Year’s Eve tradition around the country. The countdown from 10 to 1, glitter and confetti, corks popping, noisemakers squealing, kissing and hugging, shivering, people around the world celebrating, crowds cheering… The scenes and excitement are so spectacular, it’s hard to believe this… Read more »

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What are your numbers?   This has become a common question in the past month as doctors everywhere adjust their practices to new recommendations about blood pressure. Your blood pressure is likely to be given a second (or third) look now, and many patients may even be surprised to hear for the first time a… Read more »

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We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, yet a restful night is elusive for so many of us. The effects of poor sleep are vast, ranging from increased inflammation and pain, loss of productivity and focus, irritability, anxiety, overeating, and diminished regulation of the immune system. Just think of the last time you tossed and… Read more »

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It’s been in the news: This year’s flu season is well underway, bringing deep aches, severe sore throat, congestion, and sometimes dangerously high fever to those unlucky enough to catch the virus.   Despite the misery influenza can inflict on a person, many are hesitant to take advantage of flu vaccines. Maybe that’s because of… Read more »

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You may see that title and think, “What spiral would that be?” It’s about the food. Holiday to holiday. Meal to meal. Treat to treat. Although you might think “holiday eating” covers that stretch of time from Christmas to New Year’s, in reality, for most of us, it begins so much earlier and ends so… Read more »

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Imagine the scene…   You have just received the 5th project on your desk with a deadline marked “urgent.” You’re rushing to catch a plane, and you hit a traffic jam. Your kids are leaving their toys everywhere right after you’ve cleaned up. Your parent has just had a health scare. You’ve just had (another)… Read more »

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See also: https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/spotted-new-nutrition-facts-label-yet/   A few weeks ago, I addressed the confusion that so often results from trendy, hypey terms splashed across package labels—“all natural,” “fat-free,” “no added sugar,” and the like. (Need a refresher? Click here to return to that recent article. I hope you found that last discussion enlightening, if disappointing in terms… Read more »

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Walking the aisles of a store or market can sometimes feel like a minefield of hype. From food to personal care to household cleaners, products practically shout from signs and labels: Sustainably grown! Bleach free! Proudly made in the USA! (And that’s just to name a few.)   Marketers know how to get your attention,… Read more »