Health & Fitness

Psych Meds and Kids:
Using Commonsense Caution

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. According to recent research, 20 of the 21 drugs that could cause people to tend toward violence, the ones most likely to cause people to engage in “serious adverse events,” are the very drugs designed to cheer people up person up, stabilize their mood, and subdue them when they are agitated. With 12 million young people on these kinds of drugs, perhaps it’s time to weigh the benefits versus the risks of prescribing them.

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5 Food Myths Debunked

by guest blogger, Nathanael Johnson. I grew up in a nature-worshipping, somewhat hippie family, and with my book, All Natural, I attempted to fact-check our idea that instead of protecting ourselves against nature with technology, people are healthier when they embrace nature. In nearly every case, I found that the answers I got when I asked, “Is nature healthier?” always depended on the way I asked the question. With the caveat that it’s possible to produce different sorts of answers, as well, here are 5 food myths debunked.

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Dissecting Our Health

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. The end of 2012 saw some quiet and some not-so-quiet snubs aimed at organic foods. The Stanford study, the American Academy of Pediatrics statement, Dr. Oz… All these messages claimed to be focused on “health” and whether or not certain foods help or hinder our progress toward this mystical perfection for which we are all supposed to strive. It’s time for the organic community to put the skeptics to rest once and for all!

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The Top 3 Brain Foods of the Year

By guest blogger Drew Ramsey, MD. Odds are you’re missing some crucial ingredients for feeling your best. Most of us are. For the first time in the history of the world we are both overfed and undernourished. The data keeps pouring in that an organic plant-based diet with carefully selected meat and seafood is the best way to feed your brain. Yes, you can eat to build a better (and happier) brain. Here’s how.

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5 Steps for Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Rejuvenation

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD. Turn on the TV, radio, iPad/pod/phone or computer and there they are: countless weight-loss ads pushing pills and potions, promising muffin-top weight loss and a perfect life of bliss once you magically melt your love handles. Instead of falling for the usual January hype, how about breaking out of the script, ditching the propaganda, and planning on a year of genuine, sustainable-for-life transformation? Here are some basics to get you started.

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50 Things I Learned in My First 50
Years, Part 2

Thank you for all of the support for the first half of my list, 50 Things I Learned in My First 50 years, Part 1. Please check it out if you haven’t already. Here’s the second part of my list…

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The Science of Junk Food Addiction
and How to Break the Cycle

by Isaac Eliaz, MD. Overindulgence usually starts small: a potato chip, a dab of ranch dip. You fill out the plate with raw carrots and cherry tomatoes, but that chip tasted so good. Pretty soon you have another, and then another. Later, you may feel anxious about it, wondering, Where’s my willpower? Why couldn’t I just walk away? If it’s any consolation, it may not be entirely your fault…

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50 Things I Learned in My First 50
Years, Part 1

A year ago this month, I turned 50 for the first and last time. And for my 50th last year I went to an island and wrote in my journal and thought about where I’ve been and where I want to go next, and I made this list. Since I’m about to turn 51, I thought I’d revisit it. It’s still true for me! Hope you like it!

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