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Keeping Track of Your Pills and Supplements

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No one enjoys having to take a boat load of pills and supplements every day, but the reality is that they can do us a lot of good and in many cases can help us to survive serious conditions that might otherwise be life threatening. Thus it’s crucial that we swallow our reservations (no pun intended) and take our tablets. Of course tablets and pills are only good for you in moderation, and...

Legalising Performance Enhancing Drugs: An Opinion

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‘Do we want to see the highest possible achievements by men and women who do not use performance-enhancing drugs? If so, what counts as performance-enhancing? If sports fans really want to see achievement that they can relate to, perhaps athletes should be restricted to diets of pizza and beer, and be required to have 40-hour-a-week desk jobs’ – David Epstein in Sports Illustrated At the London...

What Is Pertussis and Why Do You Need the Vaccine?

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Pertussis is the scientific name for whooping cough, a respiratory infection that causes the most serious illness in infants. It was a common and sometimes fatal disease as recently as the first half of the 20th century. A pertussis vaccine was first put into use in the United States during the 1940’s, leading quickly to a decrease in the number of cases, from 156 per 100,000 people to less than...

The Best Cure for Hiccups – Satisfaction Guaranteed in Seconds!

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There are many alleged cures for hiccups, but few that actually work. The most basic of these involves having people jump out at you to try and ‘scare’ them away or holding your breath for several minutes, while more convoluted methods involve drinking out the back or side of a cup or drinking elaborate cocktails of condiments and juices. These techniques exist it seems simply for the...

What Are Neurotransmitters and What Role Do They Play in Brain?

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When reading about psychology it can often be a challenge to understand what all the different terms mean. It can seem like a lot of jargon at times and this can make it difficult to unravel what everyone is actually talking about when discussing the brain and its mysterious inner workings. One of the terms that you will hear most commonly and that is most fundamental to an understanding of the...

Can You Trust Health Studies? A Comprehensive Guide to Interpreting Data and Drawing Your Own Conclu

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When it comes to getting solid advice on health, it can sometimes feel a little like entering a lucky dip. While we all have a rough idea of what constitutes healthy versus unhealthy activities, the official word on the specifics seem to always be changing. Worse, sometimes even the big aspects of health seem to change. For instance we were told until recently to avoid saturated fats because they...

The Health Benefits of Valerian Root

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It seems that every time you read a new article online you learn about some new herb or other with vaunted health benefits. If all the commotion is to be believed, then it would seem that there’s a natural herbal remedy for pretty much every condition imaginable and for any number of different impressive-sounding health benefits. The problem is that not all of these herbs are made equal...

Foot Overpronation: Causes, Issues and Treatments

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Foot overpronation describes a condition in which the foot is prone to tipping over on the inside during the normal walking gait. This can place strain on the joints, muscles and tendons and lead to imbalances throughout the body even affecting the knees and back when we walk. If you consider that the average person takes somewhere between 8-10,000 steps every day, then it becomes apparent that...

What Happens When You Get Stung by a Nettle – And How to Treat It

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Stinging nettles, technically termed Urtica dioica, are something that many of us feared as children when playing outside. They get their name from the fact that they are able to deliver a nasty sting, leaving behind a painful and itchy rash. This often catches us out thanks to the ability of nettles to blend seamlessly into the background among other fauna. Long trousers are a must! Luckily...

The Truth About Oil Pulling – It Can Whiten Your Teeth, But Not Save Your Life

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Oil pulling is one of many recent health trends that claims to help to ‘detox’ the system. Essentially, this one involves swishing your mouth out with oil, then spitting that oil into the sink or loo (except this will block your sink, so you might prefer to spit it into the bin, which is gross). The basic idea behind this, is that the oil will ‘draw’ out the toxins in your...

Dr. Matthew L. Neddermeyer

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