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How the FDA allows food manufacturers to claim that a food is 97% fat free when it really contains 21.4% fat. 97% Fat Free? Maybe Not

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Improve Your Health by Being Good to Your Gut

As with nearly all health-related issues, gut health is extremely dependent on the foods you eat. To improve and maintain healthy functioning of your gastrointestinal tract, you need to follow a healthy diet. For the vast majority of people, this means eating in accordance to what has become known as the Mediterranean Diet, so named because it is the traditional diet eaten by people in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean Diet is the only diet scientifically proven to reduce the risk of the most serious diseases that plague our Western world, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And, because this way of eating avoids all of the processed foods and food additives that are so common in the standard American diet, the Mediterranean Diet also support healthy gut function.
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Health Tip of the Day

Did you know that spending a few minutes each day to experience gratitude can improve your health? That's the message from researchers in the field of mind/body medicine. In one study in this field, participants had their blood drawn while they were in a neutral emotional state, to measure the amount of immune cells. This measurement was used as a base. The participants were then asked to close their eyes and recall a happy experience in their past for which they were grateful and told to imagine it as it if was happening in present time. Then minutes after the conclusion of this exercise, their blood was again drawn. They were then asked to close their eyes and recall an unpleasant experience from their past, again as if it was happening in the present. Once more their blood was drawn. The researchers found that, after the participants recalled their happy experiences, their immune cells increased significantly, indicating greater immune function. But what surprised them was that recalling their unpleasant experiences depressed their immune cell levels significantly below the levels found when they were in a neutral emotional state. This research demonstrates how much control we have over our health via our thoughts and emotions. By spending a few minutes every day to feel gratitude for the blessings in your life, you will not only feel better emotionally, you'll also be boosting your body's physical health.

Yesterday's Health Tip

The next time you are feeling stressed out, here's and easy and effective way to literally breathe away your tension: Close your eyes and inhale slowly and deeply for a count of four. As you finish inhaling, hold your breath for another count of four, then slowly and completely exhale to a final count of four. Repeat this entire process for another four times. As an added benefit, you may find that performing this exercise also provides you with more energy. Read more health tips...
No Back Surgery! Maybe Traction or Epidurals?
I have had great success with traction in my patients that also commit to ongoing physical therapy and "back school" - learning how to sit, walk, and exercise in ways that strengthen back muscles and improve flexibility. Epidurals will work temporarily for 30 percent of people. continued inside...

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