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I’d like to order some extra calories…

By Dr. George I. Traitses Make no bones about it: Eating out generally equates with poorer eating habits compared to eating at home, despite “advances” in the past few years in terms of healthier menu options. Case in point: a recent study that suggests people who eat at fast-food or sit-down (full-service) restaurants consume approximately 

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Get fit for life in 2017

By Dr. George I. Traitses Is “Get into shape” or a similar mandate front and center on your 2017 New Year’s resolution list? If it is, you need a road map for how to get there or you’ll end up putting the same resolution on your 2018 list. Health Is Where the Heart Is: You 

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Time to go green

By Dr. George I. Traitses Take a look the overwhelming majority of items on fast food and restaurant menus and you’ll notice a disturbing omission, particularly if we focus on color: green. You’ll see plenty of brown / beige (meat, French fries, bread, etc.), but far too little green in the form of vegetables. The 

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Why you need iron

By Dr. George I. Traitses The most common element on the planet, iron is found in much of the Earth’s outer and inner core. It also plays an important role in the human body. Here’s why. Although iron is considered a minor (trace) mineral, meaning the body requires less than 100 milligrams per day (the 

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Pain relief is music to your ears

Think about listening to your favorite song. How does it make you feel? Are you “carried away,” removed from the stress and strife of your daily existence for even a few precious minutes? It’s been said laugher is the best medicine, but laughter may have a companion therapy: music. A review of studies suggests music 

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Get regular sleep for a healthy pregnancy

By Dr. George I. Traitses Our circadian rhythm is set by the natural light/dark nature of our days and night and is associated with many biological processes. And, as one study found, it can also have a negative impact on female reproduction. While the exact physiological process is a bit complicated, the authors in a 

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Quitting drinking in a bar

Paddy walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender asks him, “You know, a pint goes flat after I 

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Strong Muscles = Strong Grades?

Dr. George I. Traitses The socialization process in grade school is interesting, to say the least. Too often, kids get labeled, stigmatized and categorized according to their primary area of performance. Good athletes become “jocks.” Good students become “brainiacs.” But we need to teach children that they can be both; in fact, it’s high time 

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TV and Eating: a bad combination

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s become commonplace: sitting down to your favorite meal with the television on. Perhaps it’s the time crunch people feel that makes them want to digest their food with as much information (news, etc.) as possible. Or perhaps it’s the comfort that comes from watching your favorite show in the 

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Wide awake in the electronic age: Our kids’ sleep habits are suffering

By Dr. George I. Traitses Smartphones, tablets and everything in between – chances are high that if your child’s over the age of 6 (and in some cases, even younger these days), they’re spending a considerable (read: unhealthy) amount of time engaged with portable electronic devices. At the same time, we’re finding that kids are 

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