Shave Off The Fluff and Get to the Root of the Problem: Men's Health

It's November: the time of the year where men of all ages sport that inexplicably creepy handle bar mustache in the name of a very good cause: men's health awareness. Men have a set of unique health problems including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and a significantly higher rate of suicide compared to women.  On average, men die 6 years earlier than women and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Now I'm all for raising awareness and money for research and educating people about appropriate screening methods and I'll never tell a man what to do with his facial hair, but perhaps a more effective method for not only raising awareness but also affecting change (in real time!), would be to educate people about the underlying issues (already proven by research!) that contribute to many of the health problems unique to men. Let me get to the root of them here.

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Wabi Sabi: Tale of a Recovering Perfectionist

There's a period in my life that I don't talk about much.  Only those that have known me most of my life or that know me very, very well are privy to it.  I bury it in the trash with the journals that helped me through it.  Not because I'm ashamed, but because I don't want it to define me.

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Canker Sores Got Your Tongue?

Canker sores, otherwise known as aphthous ulcers, are the most common inflammatory disease of the lining of the mouth, yet are still poorly misunderstood.  Females, adolescents and children are more frequently affected and for some people, cankers are a recurrent (and painful!) problem.  Cankers (pictured below) which have a white base with a red border and can affect the tongue, cheeks and palate, are different than cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus.   

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July 2017 Hit List

Every month I compile a 'hit list' of things that are nourishing me- because nourishment is about so much more than food!  Here are the things that made me smile, think, celebrate and learn in July, 2017

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Flax (Health) Hacks

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may have recognized that my approach to health is all about what you can ADD to your lifestyle to increase your longevity and quality of life rather than providing you with a list of restrictions and off-limit foods.  

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How to Avoid D-ficiency.

Over the last few years Vitamin D has been touted as the wonder vitamin, but there is a lot of conflicting information, guidelines are continually changing and much of the population suffers from Vitamin D insufficiency. It's important to clarify the guidelines and our needs, because unlike other vitamins and minerals, it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D from food.

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Free Yourself from Acid Reflux

The 4th of July, like most holidays, is a time of indulgence. Burgers and beers abound and people start popping Tums like Tic Tacs.  I'm not so concerned about the people who have the occasional holiday indigestion, but the problem in 'Murica is that indigestion, like obesity, is on the rise and up to 25% of people are now regular proton pump inhibitor (the main drug class used to treat reflux, like Prilosec or omeprazole) pill poppers.  

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3 Anti-Aging Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

However, food choices contribute significantly to the outward (and inward) aging process.  There may be cosmetic remedies, like botox, to make you appear younger, but this does nothing to affect the biological age of your organs!  The good news is you can save your botox money by choosing foods that slow down the aging process, both internally and externally.

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