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Improving Health with Balance or As the Pendulum Swings

If there is a seed from which all health and wellness grows it is balance. If there is root cause for most of the unhappiness and dis-ease we experience in our lives, it is lack of balance. A pendulum is a simple object possessing powerful forces of nature that you can use to bring your life into a more comfortable and healthy balance. Read on and I’ll explain how.

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Bloating or Ovarian Cancer? Six Common Symptoms of an Uncommon Disease

The risk of having any form of cancer is scary but ovarian cancer is scarier than most. In June of 2007, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), and the American Cancer Society agreed on six symptoms that can help detect ovarian cancer early if women and their health providers both keep them in mind. Read about what they are and get some tips on how to avoid unnecessary worry.

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Blood Pressure Meds Don’t Work - Unless You Take Them

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. I have patients who swear they know when their blood pressure is high, but I remain skeptical. More often than not when I take a BP that’s elevated, the person has no idea and “feels just fine”. I have seen patients in the emergency room with alarming, stroke-range BPs who hadn’t a clue their blood pressure was high. If you are on blood pressure medication - or wonder if you should be - please read this post.

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Tim Russert and Metabolic Syndrome

Tim Russert’s sudden and untimely death should have been preventable. All the risks that contributed to his death were controllable, except his inherited risk. We will never know if he might have avoided his premature death had he taken better care of the controllable risks earlier. But it would have given him a better shot – and the same goes for you.

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10 Ways to Tell If You Are a Normal Eater

Many of us aren’t sure what normal eating is anymore . So I asked an expert.

Val Stec is not only a registered dietitian (RD), she is also a licensed medical social worker (LMSW) and a practicing therapist. She is the owner of Mindful Health, a day treatment facility in Naples, Florida, which specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and substance abuse. I asked Val how she would answer this question, “What exactly is normal eating?” Here’s her answer.

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Intelligence of Crows

There are rare moments when people and their ideas just rock my world. This 10 minute video, published on the TED website, did just that. Thank you, TED for doing what you are doing and for sharing your content so freely. And thank you, Joshua Klein, for showing us the intelligence of crows and asking, “Why not turn a longstanding rivalry between man and crow into something that profits both species?“ Check this out - it is fun!

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Mental Health, Inner Peace: Are You in Your Right Mind?

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist (brain specialist) who suffered a massive stroke in 1996. After surviving brain surgery and 8 years of rehab, she says she decided to come back so she could share what she learned with the rest of us. It seems Dr. Taylor has pinpointed the exact location and established an enduring connection to the very seat of mental health, mental resilience and inner peace. And where IS this fountain of mental and spiritual of health? Ironically and poetically - it is in our right minds (brains). Here is an 19 minute video of a talk she gave at TED telling the story of what happened and what she learned.

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Weight by Numbers or How to Tip the Bathroom Scale in Your Favor

If you are struggling to lose weight, you are not alone. Of all the complaints I hear in my practice, frustration about how to successfully lose weight is absolutely at the top of the list! I warn you, what I am about to show you is not easy - but it is real. So if you are ready to get real about your weight and about learning what it takes to lose weight successfully - read this post.

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