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chronic inflammation

When “Good” Inflammation Goes “Bad”

While acute inflammation is a necessary part of the immune response and healing process, chronic inflammation is another story. Chronic inflammation is what happens when the inflammatory response doesn’t stop as it should. It keeps on keeping on, like a slow-burning fire. But instead of attacking infection or injury, it attacks healthy areas of your […]

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Which Plant-Based Milks Are Best?

Cow’s milk is a complete food, at least for baby cows. It has a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It also contains compounds that boost the immune system. But not everyone can drink cow’s milk – or any animal milk at all. Some have allergic […]

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“Wellness” Is More than Just Another Status Symbol

Remember this Julia Louise-Dreyfus ad for Old Navy? As ads go, it’s pretty funny. It also gives a nod to one of the big myths about living healthfully – when Louise-Dreyfus, gushing over another woman’s outfit, exclaims, “My kale smoothie [costs] more than that!” Healthy, goes the conventional wisdom, is expensive. Very expensive. More than […]

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Is Your Mouth Too Small for Your Tongue?

We live in an era of medical specialists.  Cardiologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists – each tends to focus on parts rather than the whole being. Yet as science continues to evolve, there is ever more evidence that oral health is intimately linked to overall health. While the cardiologist who focuses on hearts may never take mouths […]

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How Breastfeeding Can Save Lives & Billions in Healthcare Costs

You probably already know that breastfeeding protects babies from premature death and serious diseases. But did you know it provides health benefits for mothers, too? According to recent research in Obstetrics & Gynecology, breastfeeding can significantly lower the risk of developing breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease in mothers. For the study, researchers modeled […]

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The Drug Without Side Effects: Exercise

Other than diet, few things will help the body as much as exercise. As the chair of the British Academy of Medical Royal Colleges put it in her Foreword to the Academy’s 2015 report to physicians, Physical activity is important in the management of long-term diseases, but it is even more important in the prevention […]

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5 Tips for Taming Chronic Acid Reflux

If you’ve got chronic acid reflux or GERD, chances are you’ve wound up with a scrip for a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). From a dental standpoint, there’s good sense in controlling reflux. After all, the stomach acid can destroy the enamel on your teeth, leaving the dentin exposed and vulnerable to decay. Chronic acid reflux […]

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Reconciling A Divorced Mouth

If you’re like most people, you’ve at least partly internalized the “expert view” that divorces your teeth from your body, acting as though they have nothing to do with each other. You don’t have to justify the split. After all, the body is an incredibly complex organism. And it’s because of this complexity that the […]

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10 Tips: How to Quit Sugar

Recently, we looked at life buried in sugar. But just how do you dig out from under it? You’ve probably heard more than a few horror stories about how hard eliminating sugar can be – tales of migraines, shakiness, lack of energy, irritability, and more. Fortunately, these withdrawal symptoms are only temporary. And there are […]

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How “Risky” Are Dietary Supplements Really?

Should you be afraid of dietary supplements? A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine is being touted as a “yes.” As NPR reported last week, Tens of thousands of Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for problems caused by dietary supplements, federal health officials are reporting. According to Dr. […]

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