‘I have only one wrinkle and I’m sitting on it

122-Year Old Woman When I wrote to you the other day about supercentenarians and their telomere secret to a long healthy life, I forgot to tell you about my favorite supercentenarian, Jeanne Calment. She lived to be 122 – the world’s longest lived woman. She was a real character. When she was “only” 120, Jeanne 

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Caffeine May Boost Workout Benefits

By Dr. George Traitses Half of Americans and 55% percent of Canadians consume coffee in the morning, and paired with exercise this habit may help super-charge weight loss.  In a Spanish study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, athletes who consumed at least 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of 

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Breast Cancer and Vitamin D: A Lifeline for Patients?

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s well known that Vitamin D has many important health benefits, and new research shows it may help the chances of surviving breast cancer.  In 2007, researchers showed women who took vitamin D (1,100 IU per day) and calcium (1,400-1,500 mg per day) were 77 percent less likely to become 

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Raising kids ‘Raw’

By Dr. George I. Traitses A growing number of families are raising their children on a “raw” diet- usually a vegan diet with uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and sprouted grain as its cornerstones. While there are many documented benefits to eating fresh foods, some are questioning the trend of going 100% raw.  Because it’s 

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Cancer could be the root of certain spinal cord injuries

By Dr. George I. Traitses About 5% of people with advanced cancer develop spinal cord compression, also known as malignant spinal cord compression or, if caused by a cancer that started elsewhere, metastatic spinal cord compression. For those who don’t get immediate treatment (within 24 hours of diagnosis is the recommendation), permanent damage is a 

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Bend your knees to lift with ease

By Dr. George I. Traitses From moving planters to picking up paint cans, lifting correctly is key to preventing injury. Here are a few tried and true rules for lifting safely and preventing back injury. • Stand close to the load to be lifted. • Place your feet shoulder-width apart. • Bend your knees and 

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Bacteria thrive in airplane conditions, study shows

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s no longer just the snoring guy in row 12C: you could be sharing the airplane cabin with some particularly nasty fellow travelers, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and certain strains of E. coli, both potentially deadly. Using actual interior parts from airplanes (armrests, seats, etc.), and simulating flight temperatures and 

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On Philippine Independence Day, try: Kalayaan Halo-halo

Freedom from high calories and processed foods ON June 12, 1898 Aguinaldo led the declaration of Philippine Independence from Spanish Colonial Rule and the occasion has since been known as Philippine Independence Day. A time filled with celebrations and festivities for Filipinos all over the world, I have always enjoyed this time of the year 

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A good pillow

By Dr. George I. Traitses A good pillow for sleeping should be comfortable to lay your head upon, but most importantly it must support your neck keeping it in alignment with the rest of your spine. There are many different pillows on the market today from traditional feather and fiber ones to shaped pillows, memory 

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HEALTH-Get set to garden

By Dr. George I. Traitses Plant and Rake Without the Ache Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. The right moves Use the right moves to lighten the load on your back. Kneel, don’t 

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