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We now live in a globalized society. With the Internet, social networking and other media outlets, the world is literally at our fingertips.  As Americans are increasingly more focused on holistic health practices, health is now globalized as well.Our blog examines what we can learn from the rest of the world to improve our health. . We will examine supporting evidence (or lack of evidence) through review of existing literature and interviews with experts both locally and worldwide.  Come explore the world with us!

 


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This Valentine’s Day, Buy Your Sweetie Dark Chocolate

  Chocolate!  On Valentine’s Day there is lots of it.  An estimated 58 million pounds of chocolate will be bought in the week before Valentine’s Day.  This year if you are planning to get that special someone this delicious “food of the gods”, consider buying dark chocolate. It will not only make him or her […]

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Win with Their Musical Medicine

Macklemore’s got it right. Music is good for you. And not just if it means winning a Grammy. Anyone who watched this year’s Grammys not only got a treat to hearing terrific performers but also a little health boost as well. Music has long been recognized for its therapeutic effects in humans, dating back to ancient […]

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Maca: Peruvian Viagra?

What is Maca and  why is it considered Peru’s natural Viagra? Maca is a root vegetable much similar in appearance to a radish. This ancient plant is said to have numerous amazing properties which include enhanced energy, increase libido in men, and improved fertility in women. Where in the world is it from? Maca is […]

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What are YOU afraid of?

Spiders, clowns, heights, flying? What are YOU afraid of? About 1 out of every 10 Americans have had a phobia of some type. Having fear is a natural response of our brain that evolved in order for us to survive. After all, if we didn’t have fear, we could get into all types of trouble. […]

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Get me a ticket to Turmeric!

Want something that is flavorful AND is good for you?  Well turmeric, an ingredient in many delicious dishes, actually meets the ticket! It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and shown promise in preventing and treating a number of conditions including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease. Where is in the world is it from? Most people […]

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The Science of the Spanish Siesta

Ever wonder why shops in Spain are closed in the middle of the day?  Its known as a siesta, and guess what? Its good for you!   A siesta is a midday nap. The word is derived from the Latin term hora sexta meaning the “6th hour from sunrise.”   The siesta initially evolved to help […]

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Long Live Our Grandfathers!

Where do men live longer? Sardinia, Italy, where there are a higher proportion of people living to be 100 than the average population. In particular, Sardinia has a higher proportion of men who live to be 100 (termed centenarians) as compared to the rest of the world. While in most places only about 12-20% of centenarians are […]

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