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.


Aromatherapy: The Hidden Gem of Health Care?

Rose Essential Oil

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.


A Closer Look at Dissociative Identity Disorder: Part 2

Teenage Girl Visits Doctor's Office Suffering With Depression

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.


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.


Why the Brazilian Butt Lift Is Such a Dangerous Procedure


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.


What You Need to Know About the DASH Diet

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The DASH diet is a diet that I, and many of my colleagues, recommend to patients. The DASH Diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and it can be a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle when combined with physical activity, limiting salt intake, minimizing alcohol use, quitting smoking and keeping a healthy weight, etc.

A Closer Look at Dissociative Identity Disorder

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By: Anastasia Pollock, LCMHC

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) also known as multiple personalities or, as I like to call it, multiplicity, may seem like a far-fetched, fantasy-like concept, made up for the purpose of entertaining the masses with stories, movies, and television shows. However, the truth is that DID is a very real condition that many people have had to develop in order to survive, function, and navigate the world. It is more common than most think, affecting up to one percent of the population, according to the American Psychiatric Association. That is 1 in 100 people.


A Closer Look at Arsenic in Gluten-Free Foods


If you’re avoiding gluten, you’re not alone. According to data from market research company Mintel, about one-third of you are giving gluten-free eating a try. Increased demand has resulted in a larger array and improved selection of gluten-free products. Whether you can’t eat gluten because it makes you sick or you’re avoiding it for other reasons, the gluten-free foods you’re subbing in could be exposing you to elevated levels of arsenic.


Patient Advocates: How Medical Claims Professionals Can Slash Your Hospital Bill

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Overwhelmed by your hospital, doctor, or other medical bills?  Before you freak out — or pay up — you should know that as high as 90 percent of all medical bills contain errors, according to Medliminal, a medical cost containment firm. And guess what?  The majority of those errors are in the provider’s favor —not the patient’s favor.  Fortunately, there are little-known professionals you can hire who specialize in finding and fighting the overcharges on people’s medical bills so you pay only what you owe.