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Vitamin A Helps to Protect Against Melanoma

As summer approaches, skin cancer public health awareness campaigns are reminding us to wear sunscreen and cover up with a hat and long sleeves. Now, a new study shows that to protect yourself from melanoma—the most serious form of skin cancer—you should also consider taking vitamin A.…

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The Top Vitamin Mistake & How to Avoid It

I can’t count the number of people who don’t take their nutritional supplements on a regular basis. Either they forget to take them, run out, or feel so much better that they figure they don’t need their supplements. But folks, you won’t get the results your body needs from…

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Vitamins for Children Can Raise Their IQs

Chances are your children or grandchildren are back in school after the summer break. So I thought it was a good time to highlight the fact that the right vitamins for children can improve their mental performanceIn fact, hundreds of studies underscore the importance of nutrition in cognitive…

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Seven Supplement Facts You Should Know

There are seven supplements facts everyone should know to preserve and protect their health. Here they are: Supplement Fact #1: It’s a fact that key nutrients, like vitamin B12, become significantly harder to absorb as we age. Supplement Fact #2: Certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs…

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Preventing Asthma Attacks Naturally

Breathing is such a natural, unconscious activity that you usually take it for granted—unless you have a chronic respiratory disorder such as asthma. Then it’s another story. Acute asthma attacks have been likened to “breathing through a straw.” This is an apt description…

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3 Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

Researchers from the University of Southampton recently evaluated 22 studies and three previous reviews that examined the link between antidepressants and risk factors for type 2 diabetes. They concluded that, for the most part, people who take these drugs are at an increased risk of developing the…

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Four Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a huge boon for pharmaceutical manufacturers. It affects roughly 75 million Americans, and, as with many medical conditions, most doctors are treating it by wearing out their prescription pads, instead of using these natural remedies for high blood pressure. Four Remedies for…

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Four Ways to Reduce Stroke Risk

There’s no question that even hearing the word stroke can be scary, but unfortunately it’s a very real risk. Every year more than 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke (technically called a cerebrovascular accident), and strokes are the third-leading cause of death in this country. For the…

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Forget About the RDAs: Here's Why You Need More B Vitamins

All multivitamins contain a smattering of B vitamins, so what else do you need to know? Actually, there’s a lot of new research, especially on folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. Here are six reasons why you should be taking these three vitamins—and at dosages higher than what…

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Multivitamins Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Death in Women

Despite all the pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness campaigns, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death among women in the United States. In fact, women are 10 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer, and cardiovascular disorders kill more women than all…

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Do You Need a Vitamin K Supplement?

For years, the vitamin K supplement has been the neglected stepchild in the world of nutrition, while vitamins C, D, E, beta-carotene, and others grabbed all the attention. That is until groundbreaking research propelled vitamin K into the limelight. Dutch researchers discovered very strong links…

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Effectiveness of Flu Vaccines Questioned

If you got a flu vaccine this year and still came down with the flu, I’m not surprised. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine effectiveness isn’t up to par. The problem is a common one that has occurred in previous years, and is one of the…

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4 Steps to Strong Bones

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, an estimated one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives. While some loss of bone density is normal with aging, there are also factors that threaten bone…

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How to Ward Off Cognitive Decline

Last week, I told you about recent research linking higher blood sugar levels with cognitive impairment. While taking steps to manage your blood sugar is important, there are other ways you can ward off memory loss—and the sooner you start the better. Here is what I recommend. * Exercise…

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How to Beat Metabolic Syndrome

Tens of millions of Americans are suffering with metabolic syndrome—the precursor to type 2 diabetes—and if you have abdominal fat, hypertension, abnormal lipids, and/or borderline high blood sugar, you’re likely one of them. Fortunately, you can beat metabolic syndrome by…

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Tips for Preventing Cancer

Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And nothing could be truer when it comes to preventing cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database, nearly one in every two…

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How NOT to Prevent a Stroke

One of the major risk factors for a stroke is carotid artery stenosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Treatment options for carotid artery stenosis include drugs and lifestyle changes to target atherosclerosis. Two invasive procedures are…

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Treatments for Depression

The untimely death of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams earlier this summer shed light on the hidden battles we all face. Many folks suffer silently with depression, dysphoria (an emotional state marked by anxiety, depression, and restlessness), and other demons that the rest of…

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Little-Known Health Benefits of Probiotics

Most of the time, people associate the word “bacteria” with germs, illness or something else that’s bad for your health. But probiotics—strains of beneficial bacteria that reside in the intestinal tract—are actually good for you. Probiotics are best known for their role…

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ADHD Treatments That Really Work

The human brain runs on electricity—it’s the spark that allows neurons to communicate with one another. So it’s understandable that irregularities in this system can make us feel out of sync. At Whitaker Wellness, we routinely use therapies that help normalize the brain’s…

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