Understanding the Dangers of Caffeine Powder

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Caffeinated drinks have come under scrutiny the last few years, with the American Association of Poison Centers (AAPC) reporting an increase in cases related to energy drinks. According to the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), highly caffeinated energy drinks have no place in children’s diets; the group recommends no more than 100 mg of caffeine a day for adolescents. This is equivalent to about 3 12-ounce servings of soda. To compare, some energy drinks can have about 500 mg of caffeine or about 14 sodas. Read more  »

4 Healthy New Flours to Add to Your Pantry

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In case you’ve missed it, the flour aisle at your local grocery store is expanding dramatically. While the decision was once white or whole wheat, flour is rapidly being reshaped to include a whole new crop of tasty, nutrient-packed options made from the milling of ancient grains, nuts, beans and more. As a nutritionist and a home cook, I love this flour revolution. It offers people delicious new options for elevating starchy staples in place of the standard advice to swap white flour for whole-wheat flour.

Here are four of the fresh faces shaking up the flour aisle that you may want to add to your next shopping list for a healthy twist on your favorite family recipes. (Tip: Opt for the bulk bin for the most affordable option in the store.) Read more  »

How to Pop a Pimple

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Everyone knows the cardinal rule of popping pimples: Don’t do it. Ever. No matter how big, whatever you do, never pop.

Okay, time for real talk. We know no one listens to that. We all break the rules and pop a pimple from time to time. So if you’re going to do it, at least be safe. Read more  »

What You Need to Know About Kate Middleton’s Morning Sickness

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There are a lot of women who can sympathize with Kate Middleton. Nothing spoils the elation of a positive pregnancy test quite like the misery of morning sickness. Up to two-thirds of women have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy; and while it is called morning sickness, for many it is morning, noon and night sickness. Obstetricians generally reassure their patients that the nausea will dissipate by the end of the third month, but some babies don’t get that memo and continue giving trouble for a much longer time. The only good news is that the typical nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is associated with a low rate of miscarriage and rarely affects the growth or development of the baby. Read more  »

7 Stain Solutions for a Whiter Smile

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It can seem like no food is safe for your teeth. Too often I hear stories of people drinking tea instead of coffee or eating fresh berries instead of pie, only to realize that almost everything you eat erodes enamel or stains your teeth and sacrifices your beautiful smile. While it’s hard to cover every tooth-staining culprit out there, a good rule of thumb is that foods that stain a white tablecloth will probably also stain your teeth. Fortunately, I’ve put together a list of some common staining culprits and ways to fight their effects. Read more  »

Finding Success and Happiness Through Vastu

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Co-written by Michael and Robin Mastro

Vastu Shastra is the 7,000-year-old science of building that comes from the wisdom of the Vedas. Vastu predates feng shui and all known religion and is like yoga for the home. For thousands of years, homes, entire cities and some of the world’s most enduring structures have used Vatsu Shastra principles. Elements of Vastu can be seen in structures ranging from the Taj Mahal, to the Greek Parthenon, to the Roman Coliseum. Even the Egyptian and Mayan Pyramids display some tenets of Vastu. Just as yoga reduces stress in your body, Vastu reduces stress in the environment leading to increased success and productivity in all areas of life. Read more  »

A Safe Alternative to Upper Endoscopy Sedation

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Written by Dr. Jonathan Aviv, MD FACS

There are almost 10 million upper endoscopies performed annually in the U.S. Upper endoscopy is the insertion of a camera through your mouth to look at your esophagus and stomach, generally done when someone has complaints of chronic heartburn. In general, one needs to be sedated with a twilight type of anesthesia during an upper endoscopy. However, as we know from The Dr. Oz Show today, conscious sedation is not necessarily a free ride. There are small but finite risks associated with conscious sedation, namely problems with the heart (such as heart attack) and lungs (stopping breathing) that can take place. Read more  »

How to Dry Hair Faster to Protect It From Damage

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Taking the time to blow-dry your hair is a huge time suck. To add insult to injury, every time you take a hot tool to your strands—whether a dryer, curling iron, hot rollers or flat iron—you’re damaging them a little more.

The heat from a dryer breaks the keratin down in the hair, causing the hair to lose strength and elasticity and become more prone to breakage. It’s also extremely dehydrating, another factor that leads to breakage. And if you color your hair, the heat can cause the hue to fade faster. Read more  »

5 Myths About Ebola

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The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and the return of several infected Americans have led to a plethora of public misconceptions about the disease. This has caused fear, speculation and the inevitable spread of false rumors. Here are five of the most common myths about Ebola debunked to set the record straight. Read more  »