Does Cancer Grow More Aggressively at Night?

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Scientists studying relationships among different types of cells have encountered some new and potentially important information about how—and when—cancerous tumors grow most aggressively. According to a new study cancerous tumors may grow faster at night, during the hours typically taken up by sleep. Their discovery may point the way toward new, sleep rhythm-aligned strategies for treating cancer.

Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have found evidence that some cancers may grow more quickly during nighttime, resting hours than during the waking day. Read more  »

Human Growth Hormone Is a Growth Industry, but Should You Try It?

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There I was, heading undercover again for Dr. Oz to see how doctors present the pros and cons of human growth hormone as an anti-aging and body-sculpting treatment. The boss types sprang this one on us last minute so my team and I were worried about whether we’d even be able to get doctor’s appointments in time to make air for the show. Silly me! With no trouble at all, I soon had appointments at—count ‘em—five medical facilities that all offered HGH injections, ranging from simple doctors’ offices to swanky anti-aging clinics. Read more  »

4 Tips for a Sugar-Free Halloween (Plus a Pumpkin Cookie Recipe!)

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You’ve heard that eating a lot of refined carbohydrates can cause weight gain and inflammation while leading to a host of chronic diseases. Now that you’ve nixed sugar-laden treats, it can be a little tricky to get the whole family on board, especially when holidays like Halloween revolve around candy! Here’s what can you do to make Halloween fun for your whole family, without the cavities and sugar crashes. Read more  »

Restoring Magnesium Levels With Epsom Salt Baths

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Written by Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD

Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body needed for many physiologic functions. It is critical for healthy digestion, good bone density, proper nerve and muscle function and prenatal health.

Since this mineral is so indispensable, it’s no surprise that magnesium deficiency can be a root issue of several chronic health problems.

We’ve been talking about magnesium deficiency for quite some time now. Although awareness has been raised, the problem isn’t going away. The modern lifestyle lends itself to magnesium depletion so, in reality, magnesium therapy should be an ongoing process for many of us. Read more  »

Are You Sabotaging Your Weight-Loss Plan?

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If losing weight is one of your goals, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup poll found that 51% of adults in America want to lose weight, but barely half as many (25%) say they’re seriously working toward that goal. If you’ve tried different weight-loss plans but have struggled to maintain any of them, there’s a very good chance that you’re sabotaging your own efforts.

Did you go shopping to stock your kitchen with the approved foods on your list? Have you added weekly yoga and Spinning classes to your calendar? And have you even considered how you’re going to deal with the emotional triggers that come up during the plan? I bet your emotions didn’t cross your mind when you decided to lose weight. However, if you’ve ever reached for a chocolate bar or a bag of blue chips after a fight with your husband or a bad day at the office, then you need to learn how to manage your emotions, or the weight will never stay off.

I’ve found that in order to stick to any weight-loss plan, you need to problem solve ahead of time. So if you’re ready to make a new start, try these three tips to achieve your weight-loss goals and make positive changes in your life. Read more  »

The Most Common Culprits of Stress Fractures in Your Feet

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Throughout the day, our feet are the recipients of constant pounding and stress. Whether from the hard pavements of the streets or cramped conditions of work heels or dress shoes, our feet frequently take a good beating. Dramatic daily overuse can occasionally cause fractures in our feet called stress fractures. Stress fractures are the result of chronic overuse or repetitive force, which can lead to small hairline cracks in the bones of the foot.

The most common sites of these stress fractures are in the weight bearing bones of the feet. In my office, I frequently see stress fractures on the metatarsals, which are the long bones in the middle of the foot. However, they are also common on the heel and the midfoot bones. Here are some of the reasons fractures like this occur. Read more  »

15 Life-Changing Habits to Sleep Like a Baby

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We’ve all struggled with the endless mental to-do list at three in the morning: the tossing and turning that leads to more tossing and turning; the creep of technology into what used to be our psychological and physical winding down time. Luckily, there are natural ways to help you say good night and actually mean it! Read on for 15 tricks you can try to rest easy. Read more  »

The Importance of Making a Promise to Feel ‘Em

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Story provided by Erica Bartol, founder of Promise To Feel ‘Em

Two years ago I had this vision that stemmed from the ever-so unbecoming diagnosis of breast cancer at the unsuspecting age of 30 years old. Ironically, a few days before that horribly momentous day, I had felt compelled to perform a self-exam as a direct result of watching The Dr. Oz show that specifically featured younger women’s breast cancer journeys. That day I heard the words, “you have breast cancer” turned my world upside down. It was also the moment I decided that this was not going to defeat or define me. I needed to define it. Soon thereafter, my story ended up reaching a friend of a friend who subsequently did a self-exam and found an early stage breast cancer at the exact same age. As I began to share my diagnosis I realized that women my age were saying they were doing them, but were admittedly remiss. Read more  »