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  • Eating Patterns and Good Health July 16, 2014

    HealthWise Spring 2013 DAK 300x140For generations, people have considered two distinctly different questions about eating habits: which diet is healthiest versus which diet results in the greatest weight loss. It has long been thought that the Mediterranean approach to eating is healthy, and new research has given additional credence to this ...

  • Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar May 13, 2014

    HW Spring2014 Web Sweet LifeWhen you reach for the artificial sweetener, do you pick the pink, nab a yellow, prefer the blue or go green? The difference may be less important than you think. Each of the sweeteners contains a different FDA-approved main ingredient. For example, Sweet ‘N Low contains saccharin, ...

  • Stay Strong, Flexible and Balanced with Exercise May 13, 2014

    HW Spring 2014 Web Tipping point 300x188Much of life is a balancing act…from learning to sit up as an infant through avoiding falls in the later years. Balance is the ability to distribute your weight in a way that enables you to remain upright and steady. This requires multiple systems in ...

  • Yogurt Culture January 27, 2014

    Health Wise Winter 2014 FINAL DD11Yogurt is recognized as a solid nutritional choice that delivers multiple benefits with each spoonful. It is made from pasteurized milk that has been fermented, and contains active cultures known as probiotics. Probiotics are live microbial food ingredients that, when ingested in sufficient quantities, provide notable ...

  • Medical Mysteries – Sneeze, Shivers, Yawns, Goose Bumps and Hiccups January 27, 2014

    Health Wise Winter 2014 FINAL DD1The miracles of the human body are on continual display each day. Even involuntary actions, such as sneezing and shivering, help our bodies function optimally. The big sneeze. Every time we breathe in foreign particles, sensors in our noses and sinuses detect this, and signal the ...

  • Allergies: Food Allergies January 27, 2014

    Health Wise Winter 2014 FINAL DD3Peanut-free tables in school cafeterias, grade schoolers armed with EpiPens…it is impossible to miss the signs of almost 15 million Americans who cope with increasingly prevalent food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1997 and 2011 a significant spike occurred in ...

  • GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms August 27, 2013

    HealthWise-Fall-2013-FINAL-DD111Although we have been ingesting them for the last two decades, foods that are Genetically Modified Organisms, (or GMOs…also referred to as GE, for genetically engineered) are currently the subject of intense scrutiny. GMOs were introduced 20 years ago as a possible solution to world hunger, by modifying wheat, for example, ...

  • Apps for Healthcare August 27, 2013

    apps 72dpi6 241x300Apps (short for “applications”), are pieces of software that you can download and utilize on your computer, phone or other electronic device. The initial explosion of apps in 2010 has grown exponentially each year, with more than 40,000 medical and health ones now available to users of iPhones, iPads, ...

  • Peripheral Neuropathy August 27, 2013

    HealthWise Fall 2013 FINAL DD12It can start as “pins and needles,” as if your hand or foot has fallen asleep, followed by burning, feelings of electric shock, muscle weakness, or extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a chronic and painful condition which involves damage to the nerves ...

  • Milk June 27, 2013

    HealthWise Summer 2013 FINAL DD11Homogenized cow’s milk has been a staple in most people’s daily diet since early childhood. However, many individuals have allergies, are lactose intolerant, or simply don’t like the taste. The good news, as displayed in the dairy section of most supermarkets today, is that many more options ...