Big Fish: Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated

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Whales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by two-thirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter.

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Preventing Holiday Self- Destruction: Allow Yourself to Slow Down This Holiday Season

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by Dr. Kathleen Quinn

W hy do so many of us “self-destruct” during this celebratory time of year? We over do, over gorge, over commit, over indulge, over program and end up throwing ourselves overboard, mentally and physically. I have several theories about why this happens:

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BONE HEALTH: Optimal Bone Health Requires More than Just Calcium

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by Dr. Melissa Miskell

The first question many of my patients ask me is, “How much calcium should I be taking?” This question seems straight-forward on the surface, but the answer actually depends on several complex variables.

Three Important Variables

The first variable is whether the patient’s bone density is normal, osteopenic or osteoporotic. This determines the amount of calcium that is recommended.

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Balanced Emotions, Healthy Brain: Consider Essential Oils to Support Emotional Wellbeing

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By Ashley Stone

Essential oils have an emotional impact that reaches deep into the psyche. Our sense of smell is more acute than our other senses, and smells travel to the brain faster than sights or sounds. The aromatic compounds and molecular structures found in essential oils also stimulate the limbic lobe, which is the emotional control center of the brain.

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Ka-Ching: Time Is Money, So Bank It

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Time banking is an updated, Web-savvy version of barter that allows users to accumulate the time they work and then “spend” it elsewhere. Unlike traditional bartering, it’s not limited to an individual transaction. The medium is so fluid that it can be exchanged many times as a form of currency.

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Running Tips from iRun’s John Ruibal

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Q: Do ice baths really work?

Those of you training for an upcoming full or half marathon should be putting in some long runs that tax your muscles. Ice baths are a great way to help aid in recovery from a hard workout. The problem is many runners have a hard time getting use to slipping into a tub of ice water. While soaking in an ice bath can be challenging, there are certainly benefits.

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Cellulite Shrinkers: Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs

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by E.C. LaMeaux

Unsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible.

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FIGHTING REFLUX: Five Natural Remedies To Keep Acid Reflux Away

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by Kai-Chang Chan

During the holiday season, we all are tempted by more than our normal share of sweets, treats and drink options. The types of foods and amounts of food consumed can complicate a condition known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If you’ve ever experienced a sour or bitter taste in your mouth right after lying down in bed, you’re experiencing GERD, and you know it’s not pleasant.

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Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Issues?: Addressing Diet, GI Tract Issues Could Provide an Alternative Treatment Option

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by Dr. Michael Boss

In my practice, I have worked with many children who have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ ADHD). I often hear parents say, “He (or she) didn’t used to be like this!” The parents, understandably, are at a loss. They receive notes from teachers, have frustrations and struggles at home, and they finally succumb to mind-numbing medications to help regulate their “uncontrollable” child.

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Golden Years: Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness

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AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support.

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