Quiet down! I’m eating

By Dr. George I. Traitses Can’t seem to shake those last few (or even the first few) pounds? It might be a simple question of calories. After all, while weight loss is a complex endeavor on a certain level, it’s fairly straightforward in this sense: The less calories your body takes in (either by consuming 

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Natural health products are not drugs

Health Canada proposes new rules to regulate NHPs like drugs By CHFA The Canadian Health Food Association ( CHFA) is Canada’s largest trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products. Their members include manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers of natural and organic products. These can include foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, 

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Sunscreen done wrong (and done right)

Dr. George I. Traitses You’re prepped for another glorious day outdoors, which means your ready-to-go bag includes sunscreen. But will you end your day with a nasty sunburn that could eventually increase your chances of developing skin cancer, among other consequences? It all depends on whether you’re applying that sunscreen correctly. Here are some simple 

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3 Overlooked causes of stress and how to eliminate them

By Dr. George I. Traitses Stress is a buzzword in health and wellness circles these days, as research and experience provide increasing evidence of the profound life and health consequences. Whether work-, home-, relationship- or just plain life-related, stress can weigh us down and impact every aspect of our existence. Combating stress before it starts 

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Text Neck: How to avoid strains and pains

By Dr. George I. Traitses Our modern digital age has brought us many conveniences. BlackBerry devices, iPhones, tablets and e-readers allow us to communicate and be entertained with the push of a button. Technology can improve our quality of life, but it comes with a price: being huddled over devices for long period of times 

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3 steps to losing weight

By Dr. George I. Traitses Mindset When it comes to getting in shape, too many people dive into a strict exercise and diet program without the proper mindset. That’s why weight comes off, then comes back on, and why garages nationwide are littered with unused workout equipment. To lose weight permanently, you need to cultivate 

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Get a great workout without lifting a finger

By George I. Traitses Who says it takes all kinds of effort to stay in shape? Sometimes the best exercises are so simple they don’t even require you to lift a finger. Actually, we’re talking about great lower-body exercises that tone, tighten and keep your hips, glutes, hamstrings and calves looking great using only your 

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Four ways to keep kids moving

By Dr. George I. Traitses 1. Lead by Example Common sense and science suggest that as parents, we exert a tremendous influence, for better or worse, on our children. When it comes to exercise, an adult couch potato effectively nurtures a child couch potato, who then becomes yet another adult couch potato years down the 

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It’s great to be gardening

By Dr. George I. Traitses If you think gardening (the produce-yielding variety) is reserved for people with vast acreage and limited or no access to grocery stores and other modern conveniences, keep in mind that a garden begins with nothing more than a handful of soil, a few drops of water and the seeds of 

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Beat high blood pressure with Yoga

By Dr. George I. Traitses If you are looking to lower your blood pressure, yoga might be the answer. A new study has found that yoga has countless benefits for people who have high blood pressure. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension recently. By simply practicing yoga, 

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