How to Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

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Written by Anthea Noel, RN

Notice your pants feeling tighter these days? With so many holidays revolving around food this season, it can be tricky trying to keep the pounds at bay. Now that December is in full swing, how are you doing? By keeping portion control and physical activity in mind, you can leave the holiday parties (mostly) unscathed. We are not yet out of the woods as we embark on celebrations full of delectable delights and seasonal treats. But there are some surefire ways to stay healthy during these festive months.

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An Inside Look at the Rhoden Family Murders

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Written by Laura Pettler, Ph.D., LPI

Last week on The Dr. Oz Show, we tackled the murders of the Rhoden Family in Pike County, Ohio. On the night of April 22, 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were murdered in their homes across four crime scenes. While eight murders “at one time” meets the general definition of mass murder, my overarching opinion was that they were actually individual murders most likely committed by more than one offender at the same time. Not including serial homicide, generally speaking, murder is conflict resolution for the offender or offenders. Let’s take a closer look at the Rhoden family murders and my unofficial profile of the killer or killers.

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New Book Calls for a Seismic Shift in Our Healthcare Model

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A prevailing tenet of medical science has held that our genetics are entirely predetermined, with little we can do to change what nature has decided for us. Students of medicine and many laypeople alike may indeed accept this as fact. However, a new book from Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., MD, presents a very different picture. Change Your Genes, Change Your Life picks apart our current understanding of genetics, and it’s available now.

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5 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is such an amazing time of the year. Family and friends come together to celebrate all that they have been blessed with and it usually involves an enormous amount of eating and drinking. Sounds like a great time, right? So what could possibly go wrong being around people you love, eating great food, and enjoying delicious spirits? Well, if you are on a special diet or recently joined a weight loss challenge, Thanksgiving can be downright catastrophic. It is not uncommon for people to report a weight gain of 3-5 pounds over the holiday celebrations, starting in the workplace and rounding out with friends and family. But, this doesn’t have to be your fate. With some pre-planning and a few tips, you don’t have to gain a single pound and who knows, you might even lose a couple instead.

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An Inside Look at the Allergy Medicine Murder Case

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Written by Laura Pettler, Ph.D., LPI

Could allergy medicine be responsible in part for the tragic murder of Rebecca “Becky” Apodaca on February 1, 2017? I’m not a medical doctor, so check out the show for what Dr. Oz has to say about over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication taken in large quantities, but instead let’s focus on the forensic criminology aspects of this case.

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