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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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3 ways to avoid burnout

By Dr. George I. Traitses Cross it off Burnout is physical and mental exhaustion, commonly caused by too much work, stress or routine. It also can be a lack of organization that overwhelms you. The solution: make a list of your daily, weekly and monthly priorities, then cross them off your list one by one. 

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Ditch the drugs for low back pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses Ask someone with low back pain what they do to manage the pain, and you’ll usually get one of several responses: endure the pain or take over-the-counter pain medications. And in some cases, their doctor may have prescribed even stronger pain meds such as opioids, which have been in the 

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Magnesium matters

By Dr. George I. Traitses Magnezium is abundant in the body and present in various foods including almonds, spinach, black beans and avocado, among others. But are you eating enough of the right foods to ensure adequate magnesium intake? Your answer matters because the potential health benefits of magnesium are also numerous: prevention of high 

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When the clock’s ticking…

Dr. George I. Traitses Do you feel as if your life is just a ticking clock, day after day, with never enough minutes to get everything done. You’re definitely not alone, but you can separate yourself from the “others” struggling to manage their time by taking these time-saving, sanity-preserving tips to heart: Two birds, one 

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