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Sweating through summer: How to work out the right way

By Dr. George I. Traitses Summer’s almost over, bringing ample opportunity to get into great (or even better) shape without even trying. After all, a full day at the beach, park, pool or lake can burn hundreds to thousands of calories while toning and tightening every muscle in your body, depending on the activities you 

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A laugh a day keeps the stress away

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s often said laughter is the universal medicine. Certainly a good chuckle can cheer us up when we’re feeling blue. Now, researchers have shown that even anticipating a laugh helps reduce stress. A group of researchers found that anticipating laughter releases two specific hormones: beta-endorphins (the family of chemicals that 

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Seven back-saving tips for gardeners

By Dr. George I. Traitses Warmer temperatures and sunny days have finally arrived and so have the first flowers of spring! This might entice you to do a bit of gardening. Understandably, most gardeners are anxious to plunge their hands into the dirt and get growing. Gardening can be an extremely rewarding pastime, but it 

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Raise your hand if you have back pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses As adults, we get used to a variety of daily or near-daily aches and pains, particularly as we age. But what about our children? Don’t they seem immune to many, if not all, of the pain complaints we have – despite the fact that for the most part, they’re exponentially 

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Enjoy those summer berries year-round

By Dr. George I. Traitses One of the great things about summer is the availability of sweet, ripe and delicious berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, gooseberries and mulberries, just to name a few, can be found in abundance at your local grocery store or, better yet, in your garden. While we tend to enjoy 

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Perfect your posture, improve your health

By Dr. George I. Traitses Ever try balancing a book on your head (for more than a second)? To do it, you need more than just patience; you need ideal posture. One hundred and thirty thousand years ago, when residents of the planet possessed complete Neanderthalic characteristics, posture wasn’t really that high on the list 

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BBQ the safer way

By Dr. George I. Traitses Here are some of the best way to ensure you enjoy the summer BBQ season without risking consumption of cancer-causing heterocyclic amines, formed when meat is cooked at high temperature: Go meatless: Heating any animal’s flesh forms HCAs, but evidence suggests grilled vegetables do not make HCAs. Add vegetables to 

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Veggie prep: Do it right (Your body will thank you)

By Dr. George I. Traitses We all know vegetables are great sources of vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting compounds – but how do we ensure all that goodness gets into our bodies in a usable form? The way we prepare our veggies can make a big difference. Here are some tips for how to preserve 

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Summer shake-up: Take your workout outdoors

By Dr. George I. Traitses Whether you live on the coast, in the mountains, the heartlands, the desert or anywhere in between, summer’s the perfect time to get outdoors and mix up your exercise routine at the same time. Leave the stuffy gym behind and embrace Mother Nature! Here are four easy ways to do 

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How to enjoy summer without back pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses The summer months are generally active for everyone. There are events and day trips, added work around the house and summer sports activities, for example, that require us to be more physically active than we would be in the winter months. That being said, the extra activities can put additional 

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