Focused mental activity, like sitting at a computer all day or studying, can mean hunger will soon follow. Feeling fatigued, the brain senses it needs more energy if it’s to keep functioning. It’s a built-in survival mechanism. But it may also play a role in weight gain, as suggested by a new study in Medicine […]
Rest After Mental Work? You Might Want to Try a Little Exercise Instead
No More Triclosan in Soap, but It’s Okay in Toothpaste?!
If you’re afraid of bad bugs – all those germs you can’t see but just know are EVERYWHERE – you’re definitely not alone. And industry is there for you, ready to wipe away your anxiety with products promising you a germ-free existence. Fear sells, after all, and marketers know it. But the thing is, the […]
Gauging Inflammation: Friend or Foe?
When it comes to gum disease and its relationship with your overall health, inflammation gets its fair share of attention – especially the damage it causes our bodies. But negative effects are just part of the story. The truth is that inflammation is part of the body’s immune system. As such, it’s a key part […]
When it Comes to Mercury, Just Say NO!
This past week marked the 6th annual Mercury Awareness Week, a joint campaign by Dr. Mercola and Consumers for Dental Choice to further the cause of mercury-free dentistry. One fundamental concept in biological dentistry is the commitment to biocompatible materials. Mercury isn’t one of them. Yet it’s the main component of so-called “silver” amalgam fillings. […]
Aging Like a Centenarian
It seems the older we get, the more time we spend thinking about our aging bodies. And, the more time we spend thinking about our aging bodies, the more we realize that aging well requires a fair amount of body maintenance. And while, to date, there’s been no Fountain of Youth gene discovery, thanks to […]
Biting into Olympic Rudeness
If you’re like us, the summer Olympics have had you glued to the TV. Not only is there a sport for every interest; watching the best athletes in the world perform at their peak is inspiring, exhilarating, and – let’s face it – a bit humbling to us mortals sitting on the couch watching. These […]
To Floss or Not to Floss? The Decision That Has You in Knots
We know: You never liked to floss in the first place – well, unless you were trying to remove a chunk of something wedged between your teeth. And you’re a bit tired of going to the hygienist every six months and getting schooled all over again in proper technique. So you were probably thrilled to […]
6 Ways to Get More Nutrients Now
Summer tomatoes are great! Not only are they delicious, they’re full of flavonoid antioxidants such as lycopene – credited with lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer – and zeaxanthin, which may protect eyes from age-related macular disease, not to mention vitamin A and carotenes, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. In an […]
Artificial Light May Increase Aging & Fragility
As you age, body maintenance can feel like it’s taking over your life. In the quest to stay strong and healthy as we get older, we try to eat right, exercise enough, maintain oral health, think positively, and get enough sleep. And just when you think you have it all figured out, a new study […]
Chickens, Eggs, Obesity, Gum Disease
You know the age-old quandary, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” It’s a good reminder of how science isn’t always about finding one definitive answer. It can also provide a lens to see unique relationships. So let’s rephrase the question: Which comes first, obesity or gum disease? Though both are marked by chronic […]