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Damning report on state of U.S. health care

August 28, 2013

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by Mary Budinger —  A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that Americans are living longer these days — an average of 78.2 years now — but we are sicker. Our senior years are increasingly marked by chronic illness or disability. The landmark study compared the U.S. with 34 other […]

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Reduce blood pressure naturally

June 29, 2013

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by Dr. Tricia Pingel —  More than 74 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. And as any person who is diagnosed with high blood pressure can tell you — it is frightening. Once diagnosed, many patients are placed on medications, such as diuretics. These medications deplete the body […]

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The stress effect and reduction techniques

June 20, 2013

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Your body is designed to experience stress and react appropriately. Stress will put you in fight-or-flight mode, alert and ready to avoid danger. The body also experiences physiologic responses, such as increased heart and respiratory rates, to enable immediate action. However, increased incidences of illness can develop if these physiologic changes are not restored to […]

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Allergy casualty? The allergy cavalry to the rescue

May 27, 2013

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by Debbie Williams —  Ahhhh-choo! Ahhhh-choo! Sniffle, sniffle. Tissue … repeat. It is that time of year. Do you remember when people came to Arizona to escape allergies? With the influx of people came the influx of plants, and the rest is history. In 2011, the Huffington Post website announced that Phoenix and Las Vegas […]

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Health is where the heart is

September 9, 2012

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by Scott White —  The statistics are grim, and the truth hurts. Perhaps you may not realize … America’s number one killer is cardiovascular disease. More than 900,000 Americans die each year from heart and blood vessel disorders. Two out of five U.S. deaths are caused by heart disease. More than 2,500 Americans die each […]

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Sodas may increase heart attacks, stroke, cancer

August 12, 2012

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by Mary Budinger —  A recent study reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that people who drink diet soda every day are 44 percent more likely than non-drinkers to suffer a heart attack or stroke. Researchers said the study tried to account for the possibility that people who drink diet sodas also […]

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Our eyes can predict disease

April 12, 2012

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The eyes are unique windows into health and the only place in the body where, without surgery, doctors can look in and see veins, arteries and the optic nerve. This transparency explains why common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can be detected early with regular eye exams. It is also why […]

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Cardiovascular risk increases with thick blood

March 1, 2012

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by Pavel Gershkovich —  Is your blood as thick and sticky as ketchup, or is it more like grape juice? Thick and sticky blood is not a good thing, and the modern American diet makes this condition commonplace. Medical books call it “blood viscosity,” and it is a significant risk factor for heart disease and […]

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Health updates: Loneliness and veggie burgers

February 26, 2012

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The following is new information regarding the affects of loneliness on blood pressure, plus veggie burgers to avoid. The physical toll of loneliness Loneliness does not just affect your mind; it can also cause problems with your blood pressure. Researchers surveyed 230 people aged 50 to 68. They were asked to rate their feelings about […]

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Strokes are not just for old folks anymore

February 24, 2012

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by Dr. Denise Grobe —  An article titled “Strokes rising among teens, young adults,” by Marilynn Marchione, was published online in February 2011 at www.azcentral.com. It cites alarming new studies that show an increase in the number of strokes experienced by young and middle-aged people in the United States. Data from 1994 and 1995 was […]

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The mysterious health properties of the pomegranate

February 24, 2012

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by Karen Langston —  Hidden inside this unusual-looking little fruit are five life-saving reasons why you should eat the pomegranate. Although this rather unattractive orb has been consumed and used for centuries around the world, its popularity in North America is in its infancy. It is the oldest known fruit on the planet, which could […]

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