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According to the National Institute of Health, insomnia is a disorder that affects nearly 60 million Americans. Almost everyone experiences insomnia at one point or another, but often the condition becomes a chronic problem. Some people have trouble falling asleep while others have difficulty maintaining quality sleep. These people do

How many articles or interviews catch the public’s eye by offering a revolutionary, breakthrough, foolproof and easy way to lose weight? You may learn this new information and be intrigued, so you ask your doctor who sadly shakes her head and says, “There’s nothing new under the sun. Just eat

Quality.  This is the most important but most difficult attribute to ascertain. In a profit driven society where industry can more or less monitor itself, there is much room for inferior product. Last year the New York State attorney general office accused Walmart, Target, GNC and Walgreens of selling dietary

I love the growers’ markets. My most frequent pick is the Tuesday market at the Ashland Armory (East Main and Wightman), open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s a special insider-y feeling to visit the market when it opens in March or before it closes in the fall: the

As I write this, the sun is shining and the temperature reads 70 degrees. Although inside, I probably should be outside in short sleeves getting my daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D has been the subject of a tremendous amount of research in the past decade. Molecularly, vitamin D

February is Heart Health Month, so a good time to think about what we’ve learned about keeping our hearts healthy. I recently returned from a physicians’ meeting in Arizona and it turns out the themes are pretty consistent: if you want a healthy _________ (heart, digestive system, brain, immune system,

Many people (including myself) are unenthusiastic about breakfast. There are many reasons for this; time is one excuse, limited and/or unappealing choices is another. For these reasons, folks often turn to “fast food” e.g. buttered bread, waffles or milk and cereal—foods high in carbohydrates—to sustain them until lunch. Culturally, these

Journeying in another country is an experience that can be exhilarating, enlightening, wonderful, overwhelming, frustrating and disheartening all at the same time. One of the aspects of foreign travel that can be most challenging is remaining healthy. Montezuma’s revenge, parasites, rashes, mosquito borne illnesses and cholera are but a few

Watching for winter and watching store windows for that perfect gift, we relax from holiday shopping only briefly before we head out to a holiday party! Lucky indeed are those of us who can find kindred souls, warm homes and savory meals, but for many people it is also the

  Just before the witches came out of hiding last month, the World Health Organization scared the bejeezus out of meat eaters around the world, claiming that processed meat causes cancer, and red meat probably does. We’ve heard something like that before, but this time they said the danger is