Rethinking Tooth Decay: The Surprising Connection Between Nutrition and Cavities

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by Dr. Paul Wilke

The cause of tooth decay has baffled scientists for centuries. At first decay was blamed on “tooth worms.” Then it was thought to be the hardness of the enamel. More recently the “acid attack theory” blamed acid from acidic drinks or from bacterial plaque feasting on sugary foods and drinks as the cause. This is the most widely accepted concept taught in dental schools. Another theory, backed by almost four decades of research, seems more accurate.

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Jog or Walk to Live Longer

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A slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans.

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Exercising Your Brain

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by Josh Taylor

Our brain has the amazing ability to compensate for times when it is under stress or deteriorating. There is a book entitled “Spark” by Dr. John J. Ratey that talks about this very thing. In the book, Dr. Ratey tells the story of a nun who had severe Alzheimer’s that deteriorated much of her brain. Because she continued learning and teaching, her brain was able to compensate for the areas that had begun to atrophy.

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ADDRESS YOUR STRESS: Understanding Your Stress and Stored Tension is Key to Better Health

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by Sheldon Ginsberg

The truth of being human involves four elements: Our physical body, our mental mind, our emotional energy and our spirituality. True health then, is the balance of these elements. When these elements are out of balance, we experience stress that becomes stored tension, resulting in a variety of health issues.

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ENERGY GAP: Lack of Energy Could Signal Glucose Metabolism Problem

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by Dr. Michael Boss, DC

The single most common complaint I get from new patients is lack of energy. The stories are similar: “I can’t get up in the morning; I’m a slow starter; after lunch I have fatigue and crash; I’m dead tired when I get home from work.” Meanwhile, overcoming fatigue has become big business. Americans spent more than $740 million on “energy” drinks last year, which doesn’t include products offering “instant energy.” What’s going on here?

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Scrub Up: Cleaning the Environment a Step at a Time

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Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer product companies, which makes Vaseline and Dove soaps, is doing away with a longtime manufacturing process because scientists and environmental groups are concerned that it contributes to polluting oceans.

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Join the Effort to End Prostate Cancer: ZERO Prostate Cancer Run on Sept. 28

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San Antonio is one of three dozen cities across the country coming together in 2013 to participate in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, a concerted national effort to put focus on and end prostate cancer. Challenge participants hope to accomplish that goal by funding research and by providing free testing and education.

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School Lunches Minus the Meat

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As the first school in the nation to go completely meatless, 400 students at New York City’s P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, are treated to eclectic fare that includes black bean and cheese quesadillas, falafels, and tofu in an Asian sesame sauce. “We’ve had a really great response from the kids, but they also understand it’s about healthy options,” says Principal Bob Groff. 

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Healing Your Body Through the Gut

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by Jason Gourlas, PA-C

A leaky gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “gut” may be the root cause of autism, depression, chronic fatigue, allergies and autoimmune diseases. Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “All diseases begin in the gut.” As we gain more knowledge and catch up to this ancient wisdom, we are beginning to see how right he was.

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Killing Fields: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Threaten Birds and Insects, Too

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Controversial neonicotinoid pesticides linked to catastrophic honeybee declines in North America and Europe may also kill other creatures, posing ecological threats even graver than feared, according to a new report by the American Bird Conservancy. It claims that dangers to birds and streamdwelling and soil-dwelling insects accidentally exposed to the chemicals have been underestimated by regulators and downplayed by industry.

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