The Road to Wellness

Think Twice about Trusting Your Pharmacy and CAM

Posted by in Health Matters, Lessons Learned

You’d think with all of the information available to us via the Internet that we’d be better off from a health perspective. We have reputable sites like MayoClinic.org to help us understand different health conditions. We have fitness trackers and websites to food journal. Unfortunately, the health world is more complex and riddled with CAM scams than ever. False Hopes from CAM CAM or complementary alternative medicine has gotten a foot hold in mainstream health markets. It would be nice if they delivered the wonderful promises they make. By and…read more

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Candida Diets, False Hope

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I’ll say up front that this post has a particular mission. It is directed at the hype and pseudoscience of homeopathy and candida diets. Unfortunately, misinformed choices have consequences. I wanted to write this post to highlight the false hope of  candida diets in the search for anecdotal evidence. Some Background Through some twisted path of logic, many believe that an overgrowth of candida, a harmless fungus present in most people, exists. Though I am not aware of all the steps on that path, I have no doubt that Huffington…read more

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Finally, an Intelligent Approach to Combating Obesity

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An interesting article comes from Australia about obesity. Professor Stephen Simpson recently received Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his work in obesity research. His message is simple and brilliant. A Multi-Discipline Approach Rather than looking for panaceas like a school lunch program, Simpson explains that obesity research needs to be redefined to reflect the complexity of the problem. He encourages a multi-discipline approach that recognizes the myriad of factors that influence obesity. He cites the political and economic system that fosters processed foods with low nutritional value….read more

Why Kids Shouldn’t Have Electronics

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Readers of this blog know my views on kids and electronics; the two don’t mix. But now I want to make the case for why. We all know why kids have smartphones. (To make things easier, I’ll use smartphone to refer to both those devices and tablets.) They’re fun. Johnny has one. They are the new electronic babysitter. Childhood Obesity Let’s not mince words. Our kids are fat and continue to get fatter. And it’s easy to see why. You don’t exercise when you’re playing games or watching videos. Kids…read more

Get Off Your Duff and Live Longer

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We all know that sitting for long stretches is bad for you. At the very least, you’re burning the least amount of calories possible. On the other extreme, you increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other negative health outcomes. Get Moving! But wait, there’s more. A study by the University of Utah Health Sciences found that walking just two minutes a hour for each waking hour could offset some of the risks. The benefits come in part from the extra 400 kcal a week that you’ll burn. That’s…read more