Why do We Kiss? (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do With Love!)

 To love is to hold dear, or to feel a lover’s passion, devotion or tenderness. And what better way to express those feelings of passion than with a kiss, right?

Well, not so fast.

Researchers from the University of Leeds found that kissing may have started as a technique to spread germs, and thereby boost your body’s immunity to illness.

Specifically, a germ called cytomegalovirus lives in saliva and is passed from man to woman during a kiss. While cytomegalovirus is normally harmless, if a woman catches it while pregnant it can kill the unborn baby or cause birth defects.

Kissing the same person for about six months appears to offer the best protection against this bug, researchers say.

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Are You Unknowingly a Victim of Unnecessary “Adrenal Fatigue”

Do you feel constantly tired, moody and depressed? Do you wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest? Do you crave sugary and salty foods, and depend on your morning coffee just to keep your eyes open?

These are all common symptoms of adrenal fatigue — a condition caused, in short, by too much stress and work. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults suffer from adrenal fatigue, yet it continues to be a largely ignored and overlooked health problem, according to Dr. James Wilson, author of “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”.

“Adrenal fatigue can affect anyone who experiences frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. It can also be an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. Despite its prevalence in our modern world, adrenal fatigue has generally been ignored and misunderstood by the medical community,” Dr. Wilson writes on his Web site.

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Four Common but Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy, Pre-Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Plus these are Good Healthy Insights for Us ALL!

While it was once thought that fetuses in the womb were largely protected from environmental chemicals, it’s now known that a woman’s exposure while pregnant has the potential to harm the developing baby.

Studies show that babies are exposed to hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals while in the womb.

In fact, a study sponsored by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns and found that the samples contained an average of 200 chemicals … chemicals linked to cancer, brain damage, birth defects and more.

“This is conclusive evidence that babies are being exposed to hundreds of industrial chemicals throughout pregnancy,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG scientist, told the Associated Press. “The placenta isn’t a magic shield.”

The implications of all these chemical exposures are completely unknown, and while it’s likely impossible to eliminate all exposures (most people already have countless environmental chemicals circulating in their bloodstream), it’s a wise idea to minimize your exposure as much as possible during pregnancy and if you’re planning to become pregnant.

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Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year!

I want to wish all my patients and readers a very healthy happy New Year! I hope this new year brings you great health, happiness, and financial and spiritual success.

May you always continue to grow!

Have a great holiday!

Dr. Soram

Portion Sizes are Out of Control! Are Bigger Meals Bloating Your Waistline?

With the New Year comes another round of New Year’s resolutions, most of which revolve around weight loss and wanting to lose 10, 20, 50 or more pounds. A stringent plan of attack may even be put into place to go to the health club four times of week, eat healthy and meet that goal. Unfortunately, many will fail.

The problem is that there is a big difference between wanting to lose the extra weight and actually following through and doing something about it.

These findings were confirmed in a recent Gallup Poll, which revealed that most Americans — 55 percent — say they would like to lose weight. However, less than half of those people (27 percent) are making a serious attempt to lose the weight.

There also seems to be a misconception of what is considered overweight, as 36 percent of Americans in the study considered themselves to be in the overweight range, but when the Poll compared the self-report information to their reported ideal weight, the number of overweight people jumped to 62 percent.

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8 Ways to Avoid The Top 5 Common Crippling Exercise Injuries

Regular workouts can help you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. They promote healthy blood sugar levels, improve your mood and energy levels, help control your weight, promote healthy bone density and more.

In other words, there’s no shortage of benefits to hitting the gym or taking a brisk stroll or two around your block on a daily basis. That’s why experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week.

However, exercise, by its very nature, can also put you at risk of injury, especially if you’re new to working out or carrying excess weight. Even the most seasoned exercisers can find themselves with injuries from overuse of joints, accidental falls, or improper technique.

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How to Make This a Joyful Holiday Even for those Feeling Lonely, Depressed or Emotionally Overwhelmed

Even though the holidays are supposed to be a joyous time of year as you celebrate with family and friends, they have the tendency to elicit feelings of depression, loneliness and despair, leading to bouts of depression and a sense of feeling utterly overwhelmed by expectations.

And it seems everywhere you turn you hear on the news or read in the newspaper stories about the poor state of the economy — only compounding feelings of desperation.

By changing your outlook on the holidays and practicing gratefulness for the people in your life and your health — along with finding ways to give back — you can start embracing the holiday season once again with open arms. It’s amazing how showing your love, consideration and serving others changes your perspective during times of hardship and stress to a more positive one.

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Happy Thanksgiving !

I want to wish all my readers and patients a very happy Thanksgiving!

This is the time of year when we all like to settle in with our families and friends and give thanks for all the blessings we have had over the last year.

I am very thankful to all my readers and for the wonderful feedback you give me all year.

Similarly, I am very grateful to all my patients who come to me, and treat me with such love and respect.

All my best wishes to all of you for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Dr. Soram

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11 Unexpected Things That Are Making You Fat

Add to your list below the endless series of things that make you fat, many of which have to do with architectural planning and design. TreeHugger.com compiled this excellent list, which contains numerous waist-expanding phenomena you probably hadn’t thought of …
1. Cul de Sacs: A study by Lawrence Frank of the University of British Columbia found that residents in neighborhoods with grids and interconnected streets traveled 26% fewer miles by car than those who lived in neighborhoods of cul-de-sacs.

2. Cars: The less people walk, bike or use public transit, the more likely they are to be obese. If you don’t have a car, it’s also more difficult to load your fridge with tons of food.

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How Adults (and Teenagers!) Can Avoid Acne and Pimples

Acne is often thought of as one of the rites of passage of being a teenager — one that, fortunately, you get to grow out of. Yet, acne does not always disappear once you reach your 20s and beyond.

Having acne as an adult can lead to feelings of embarrassment, shame and lack of self-esteem.

“Despite the fact that adult acne tends to be generally milder than teenage acne, this common medical condition can have a significant impact on a person’s overall quality of life — regardless of when it occurs,” said dermatologist Julie C. Harper, MD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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