Disease Wellness 

New Support for Seriously Ill Patients

People facing serious illness, who would welcome spiritual support but cannot travel, now have access to new resources. Thanks to the Internet, support is available from ChaplainsonHand.org, ChaplainCareforVeterans.org and CantBelieveIHaveCancer.org. All three websites offer resources to respond to spiritual distress, help in defining personal spirituality, and guidance for end of life decisions. These sites make it possible for clients to talk with chaplains via email or video chats, as well as by phone. Reverend Eric Hall is president of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN), a new nonprofit based in New…

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Healthy Foods 

The Pros and Cons of Almond Milk

The fastest growing product in the dairy alternative beverage market is almond milk. 2014 sales reached $854 million, up 40.5 percent from the previous year, according to Packaged Facts. While almond milk is still much less popular than dairy milk, its popularity is growing much faster than soy milk, which declined in sales 15.4 percent from 2013 to 2014. Howard Waxman is a market research analyst at Packaged Facts. He describes almond milk as an outlier product that has moved mainstream because consumers are responding to its perceived health benefits.…

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Health Studies Healthy Foods 

Which Proteins Are Best?

Protein is vital for building muscle and losing fat, but how much protein you eat is not the only factor to consider. It also matters what kind of protein you consume. A recent study published in the journal, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, says there are three important things to keep in mind. First, every type of protein, from fish to nuts, includes a different grouping of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that are known as the building blocks of protein. Nine of those are “essential,” which means…

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Diet Exercise Health Studies Weight Loss 

Sleep Well to Lose Weight

If you, like so many Americans, are attempting to lose weight, you are undoubtedly focused on some important lifestyle changes. You’ve modified your diet and you are exercising, perhaps walking or working out in a gym. You may be reminding yourself to drink more water. But have you considered the vital role that sleep plays in weight loss? No matter how consistent you are with your diet and exercise regimen, you are unlikely to achieve success unless you are getting ample sleep. Most people need eight hours a night, but…

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Disease 

What Fingernails Tell You About Your Health

Whether you’re a man or woman, you probably notice your fingernails primarily when you give yourself a manicure. You may be surprised to learn fingernails are actually markers of the presence of disease and indicators of your overall health status. In order to read the signs, examine your nails carefully. Look closely at the curves, wrinkles, dips and ridges. Are they incomplete or cracked? Thick or thin? Evaluate the skin below and around the nail, and its color. Assess the state of your nails frequently, and note changes, as changes…

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Disease 

Dangers Posed by Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

In our zeal to protect the environment, most of us have now replaced our old conventional light bulbs with the new energy efficient models. Unfortunately, we are now learning the new bulbs come with significant health risks. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has actually issued an emergency protocol to be followed if a bulb breaks, as a broken bulb releases twenty times the maximum safe level of mercury into the air. Energy efficient bulbs are known to cause: – Dizziness – Cluster headaches – Migraines – Seizures – Fatigue…

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Diet Supplements Wellness 

Critical Supplements for Vegans

There is no question Americans eat too few vegetables and too much poor-quality protein and carbohydrates. In their quest for health, people who adopt a vegan diet consume a good variety of vegetables, but research shows many of those who restrict themselves to a plant-based diet suffer from sub-clinical protein malnutrition. Eliminating all animal-based foods also puts you at risk of other nutritional deficiencies. Here are some of the nutrients vegans must have to stay healthy. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, occurs in its natural form only…

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Diet Healthy Foods 

House Passes Bill to Ban GMO Labeling Legislation

HR 1599, “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 23, 2015. Although it met with heavy opposition, the measure passed by a vote of 275 to 150. GMO industry lobbyists spent almost $64 million in their successful attempt to persuade lawmakers to support their position. Opponents to the act have nicknamed it the “Deny Americans the Right to Know,” or DARK Act. HR 1599 specifically bans state and local governments from passing legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Vermont is one…

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