The Road to Wellness

Getting the Most Out of Your Wearable Device

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So, you did it. You bought your first [Fitbit, Jawbone, etc.]. Congratulations on taking the first step toward a healthy lifestyle! While dieting offers a quick way to reduce calories, a combination of diet and exercise is the best way to control weight for the long-term. Your device is there to help. Setting Goals with a Baseline No matter what goals you have, you need to begin with a baseline. As the old saying goes, you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. That’s why you…read more

Update: Homeopathy Fail

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It seems that the National Health Service of the United Kingdom and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council aren’t the only ones questioning the effectiveness of homeopathy. Now the FDA has decided to hold a a public hearing about it. They may be late to the party, but at least they showed up. Behind the Practice of Homeopathy Homeopathy, as you may recall, is the practice of using diluted contaminants to treat a health condition. As the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH) points out, the practice…read more

Diet Sodas Don’t Help You Lose Weight

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When you’re trying to lose weight, you know that every calorie counts. You may practice portion control to cut a few more calories. If you were counting on diet soda to help, think again. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society warns of just the opposite effect. Diet Soda and Your Waistline Researchers found a direct link between the diet soda consumed by older adults and larger waistlines. The study involved 749 adults over the course of 9.4 years. What the researchers found was astounding. The…read more

The Failed Promise of Homeopathy

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I can understand now why doctors and medical professionals get fed up with alternative medicine. Why some may have legitimate efficacy, you still have snake oil quackery like homeopathy out there. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s go to the scientific literature for answers. What Is Homeopathy? First, let’s define homeopathy. According to Merriam-Webster, it is, “a system for treating illnesses that uses very small amounts of substances that would in larger amounts produce symptoms of the illnesses in healthy people.” (It is, incidentally, in the top 30…read more

Vitamin D Revisited

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A new study by University of California-San Diego and Creighton University looked at the basis for the current RDA for vitamin D as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM). What they found is nothing short of shocking. According to their research, the RDA recommendation is a mere one-tenth of what we should be getting. Looking at the Numbers Researchers analyzed the same studies that provided the basis for the IOM recommendations. They found lapses in the statistical analysis that led to the current RDA…read more