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The lowdown on energy drinks

By Dr. George I. Traitses Many energy drinks claim to increase energy and vitality. In making this claim, the manufacturers often load their concoctions with a variety of substances, including but certainly not limited to caffeine, herbs and various amino acids. That brings us to an interesting question: Do these drinks actually have health benefits, 

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Work up a sweat – your life may depend on it

By Dr. George I. Traitses We all know it’s healthier to exercise regularly than to sit around doing nothing, but research has been mixed as to whether the type of exercise is more important than exercise itself. A recent study hints at an important answer, suggesting more vigorous exercise reduces the risk of early death. 

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Say no to migraine medication and yes to natural care

By Dr. George I. Traitses If you’ve ever experienced a migraine headache, you know how debilitating it can be. According to the Mayo Clinic, “a migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks 

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Why we need B Vitamins more than ever

By Dr. George I. Traitses The B vitamins are a class of eight water-soluble vitamins intimately involved in cell metabolic activity, and evidence points to the need for adequate B-vitamin intake now, more than ever. Why? Blame our environmental woes, suggests a recent study. Researchers exposed volunteers to clean air and then heavily polluted air 

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Cured Meats: No cure for Asthma

By Dr. George I. Traitses Bacon, bacon and more bacon – healthy cuisine may be trending, but that hasn’t seemed to dampen the popularity of bacon and other cured meats. The problem, suggests research, is that regular consumption of cured meats such as bacon, pepperoni, ham and pastrami can make asthma symptoms worse. And it 

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Exercise: Essential during pregnancy

By Dr. George I. Traitses Pregnancy is a stressful enough time for expectant mothers without having to worry about health complications. Unfortunately, in rare cases, pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes can occur, both of which can put mother and child at risk. Pre-eclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage, usually the kidneys; while 

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5 easy exercises to get your kids excited about fitness

By Dr. George I. Traitses Even in today’s ultra-competitive, fitness-focused age, health experts generally discourage high-intensity, weight-based training by children and adolescents. One reason is that children are still growing, making them more susceptible to potential injury, particularly joint injuries. No parent wants their child suffering a knee or shoulder injury at age 10 that 

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Prevent childhood depression by helping your kids stay active

By Dr. George I. Traitses We all know about the myriad benefits of activity when it comes to reducing the risk of developing physical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. That’s why parents are encouraged to teach their children to make exercise and other forms of physical activity a daily, 

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Screen zombies: Parents need to set a better example

By Dr. George I. Traitses The topic of screen time has been a popular one lately, with several studies suggesting our children are spending far too much time glued to televisions, computers and smartphones. The potential consequences: poor sleep, overeating / obesity (attributed to “sitting around” – the proverbial “couch potato syndrome”); neck pain (from 

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Depression: Not just for new moms

By Dr. George I. Traitses Think depression is only for new moms? Think again. It’s well-established that women can experience pre- and post-partum depression (before and after the birth of their child), characterized by symptoms including feelings of sadness and hopelessness; under- or over-eating; lacking energy or motivation; withdrawal from friends and family; headaches, stomach 

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