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Vinegar: miracle or myth?

I think we have all heard of vinegar’s miraculous uses, including that one ounce at least once daily can decrease cravings and appetite. Some of...

 

Exercise and Dementia

I went to an all-day seminar yesterday for updates on dementia in general including Alzheimer’s disease. The speaker was a neurologist who is also...

 

Safe Habits

The summer has unofficially started and the heat is upon us. Now is the time to be more active and more careful. Many of us use the warmer weather to...

 

A Different Perspective

My sister and I visited Ireland this past week. While we thought that the country was beautiful and the people were both gracious and friendly, we wer...

 

Focused Resolutions

Every year most of us make an ambitious list of what we want to change in the coming year. The problem is that the list is usually more motivated than...

 

Holiday feast or fast

The holidays aren’t coming; they’re pretty much here for the next month. Between work celebrations, visiting family and friends, and those...

 

Stuff your dressing

Some folks say that stuffing and dressing are the same. Actually they’re not. Like real estate, it’s all about location. Stuffing is baked within...

 

WHO can't eat red meat

I tell my nutrition students that food is VERY personal to everyone. This might explain the reaction to the announcement by the World Health...

 

'Accidental' exercise

For some of us, any time we exercise it has to be accident, because we definitely wouldn’t do it on purpose! Contrary to this thought, is the...

 

Health Fair advantage

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District will be holding its annual Health Fair. I have been working at these fairs for the last 4-5...

 

Painful decision

I have a number of patients and family who tell me that they would like to exercise but their arthritis, back, knees, or whatever, hurts too much to...

 

Music has charms to soothe

The phrase that many of us have heard is that “music has charms to soothe the savage breast” (no, not “beast”). Over the past several decades...

 

Research: Fact or fiction

There seems to be so much information “out there” on just about every topic imaginable. Being a dietitian, I get asked about the newest nutrition...

 

Artificial sweeteners

For some time there have been concerns about the safety of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (NutraSweet), acesulfame K...

 

TRANS-Formation

Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement that: “Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) are not Generally Recognized...

 

Dad bod!

Years ago, a designer of male clothing was at the same conference I was at. He stated that the belt size on a man never changes; his in-seam gets...

 

Clear as mud

Of the common diets provided by physicians and nurses to their patients, two would seem to be easy to understand and follow: clear liquids used for...

 

Sunshine vitamin

Of all the vitamins needed by the body, the easiest one to get in sunny California is vitamin D because the greatest source of vitamin D comes free...

 

Life's the pits

I recently read an article online about everyday things people consume which might be harmful. According to the article, you would have to eat or...

 

Get real

I was talking, as always, to a neighbor about someone with terminal cancer. Her concern was that he was getting too thin. His children did not want...

 

Junk food

The other day we were discussing “junk food”. Someone brought up how bad a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made on white bread was. Now,...

 

Silver bullet

As I get older, I agree more with Bette Davis’ statement that aging is not for sissies. Aging has taught me that my muscles and joints have more...

 

The cost of plumbing

It is amazing how a clogged drain can ruin a day and then comes the expense of unclogging the drain. Because my house is only a couple years younger...

 

Good Ol' Days

This week I saw an article on TV about how good Christy Brinkley looked at the age of 60. The first thing I thought was that she did look good and...

 

Treating the Holidays

I read in a magazine a question from a woman with high triglycerides on how she could lower her triglycerides and still enjoy the holidays. For many...

 

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