What Is Nutritionism and Why Is It Making Us Fat?

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How often do you make choices about food based on its nutrient content?

It seems like the responsible thing to do, right? After all, scientists tell us that saturated fat and gluten are bad and things like vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants are good. So, when products have a lot of the good stuff, and little to none of the bad stuff, that means they are the ones you should purchase. So, what’s the problem?

Well, the line of thinking behind these choices may be getting us into big trouble.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Tests Lead to Warning Labeling

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Written by Tod Cooperman, M.D. 

ConsumerLab.com recently tested apple cider vinegar in bottles and pills and the results were discussed Monday on the Dr. Oz Show. We discovered that one apple cider vinegar supplement contained a very high concentration of acetic acid – over 20 percent, which is about four times the concentration in popular apple cider vinegars (which we also tested).

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How to Take a Healthy Break From Technology

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Written by Catherine Price

Is your smartphone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you often find it in your hand without knowing how it got there, or pick it up “just to check” only to look up 45 minutes later wondering what happened?

If so, you’re not alone. According to Moment, a time-tracking app with nearly five million users, the average person spends four hours a day on their smartphone. That’s a quarter of our waking lives—a full 60 days per year.

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How to Be a Mindful Parent When You Are Feeling Stressed

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Written by Dr. Claire Nicogossian, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Stress is a part of life and nothing amplifies that emotion more than being a parent. Raising a family is hard work, and while there are many rewards, the reality is, being a parent is a role made up of active nurturing and intense responsibility for at least two decades until children become independent and are ready to launch into the world.

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The Surprising Reason You’re Not Sleeping Through the Night

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Written by Dr. Daniel Barone 

There are few things more frustrating than not being able to sleep. It seems like it should be so simple: you get tired, you lie down, and the next thing you know, it’s morning. But for so many of you, it’s not simple at all – it’s a struggle. Unfortunately, figuring out what’s preventing you from getting the rest you need can also be a challenge. As a sleep doctor, I see this every day in my office. One cause of sleepless nights that many people don’t realize they are living with is restless legs syndrome (RLS).

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Concepts to Think About When It Comes to Your Nutrition

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Written by Allen Tran, MS, RD, CSSD, High Performance Dietitian and Chef for U.S. Ski and Snowboard

Nutrition is vital for any elite athlete or weekend warrior. It’s the foundation for peak performance and the fuel behind it. And when it comes down to it, what you put in your body can be the difference between standing on the podium or going home empty-handed.

Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, prepping for a local 5K, or simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, here are three main principles to think about when it comes to your nutrition.

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Aromatherapy: The Hidden Gem of Health Care?

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Essential oils seem to be all the rage these days due to the belief that they can enhance physical and/or psychological well-being. Often used in holistic health environments, essential oils have now made their mark in the medical model of the healthcare industry as well. Do not be surprised if you are offered essential oil options at your next health care visit.

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A Closer Look at Dissociative Identity Disorder: Part 2

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By: Anastasia Pollock, LCMHC

It is readily apparent early on in treatment that my clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) are some of the most resilient, intelligent, and creative people on the planet. No matter how many people I treat, I am always left in awe of the strength and resilience of the human body and spirit. Of course, Bri’s case is no different.

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Seaweed: The Magical Green Snack From The Sea

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Every year there seems to be a new popular food that grabs the media’s attention as the new health craze that has special nutritional benefits. For some time, kale and avocado appeared to steal the spotlight. Well, one that seems to be showing up more and more in headlines is a type of algae which has become more popular as a snack,  dried seaweed. Although definitely not yet a rockstar, seaweed can certainly hold its own as it’s a great snack food with many health benefits.

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Why the Brazilian Butt Lift Is Such a Dangerous Procedure

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By: Anthony Youn, MD, FACS, America’s Holistic Plastic Surgeon®

It seems every week I hear another heartbreaking story about a person who died from illegal injections of silicone into the buttocks, typically performed by non-physicians in hotel rooms and homes. For the past several years, I have teamed up with Dr. Oz and his producers to shine a light on this horrifying trend. While those procedures are illegal, there is a legal option to enlarge the buttocks that physicians provide all the time.

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