Can You “Catch” Obesity? Experts Weigh in on the Theory That Obesity is Contagious

About one-third of U.S. adults, and 16 percent of children and teens, are currently obese, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while it’s known that obesity increases your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and even cancer, what’s not entirely known are all of the causes.

Experts agree that overeating and lack of exercise are two major contributors to excess weight. But recent research has suggested that something else may also be at play — a virus that’s as easy to catch as the common cold.

Is There an Obesity Virus?

Studies suggest that an adenovirus called AD-36 may be involved in some cases of obesity. There are more than 50 types of adenoviruses that cause illnesses such as the common cold and gastroenteritis. Typically, the illnesses are not serious and resolve on their own.

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How to Prepare for Thanksgiving Without as Much Stress

While most people visualize their Thanksgiving Day as a warm and loving time surrounded by family, cozy aromas of turkey and stuffing cooking in the oven and feelings of gratitude, it can also induce stress brought on by high expectations, hectic preparation for the big day, family spats and nagging worries of overeating. It’s things like this that build up and many times take the joy out of what could be a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday.

The key is to be prepared in advance before the holiday to create your ideal Thanksgiving, one without stress and chaos.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner there are 10 things on your checklist to make it as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

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The Scoop on Poop! What’s Bad, What’s Good and What’s Too Embarrassing to Mention (But You Probably Should)?

poopEven though we all do it, pooping is one topic that most people would rather NOT discuss — even with their doctor. Yet, your bowel habits — from the frequency to the shape and color of your poop — can give you invaluable clues about what’s going on inside your body. You may find it crude, embarrassing or just plain gross, but the truth is that from a health standpoint your poop is not something to be ignored.

Dr. Oz on Poop: “S Shaped” is Best

You may have seen Dr. Mehmet Oz’s appearance on the Oprah show several years back during which he talked all about poop. According to Dr. Oz, your bowel movements should be “S shaped” and hit your toilet with a “swoosh” sound. Pellet-like poop that plops into the water is a sign of constipation.

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A Nasal Cleansing a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

What happens when you don’t feel well… Nasal Congestion; Sinus Headaches; Sinus-drip… When you begin to feel sick… what do you do and what can you do… without taking drugs… what natural remedy historically has been used by as many as a billion people every day?

Simple Inexpensive Painless Nasal Cleansing (without toxic Drugs), known as “Neti”, has been a common easy to use wellness practice for many centuries.

This is an ancient healing system from India, done effectively by billions of people for thousands of years.  This simple, easy and soothing technique is actually one of the six purification techniques done by many prior to doing yoga and many do daily religiously.

This ancient treatment can reduce the exchange of sinus fluids and viruses in addition to personal benefits of sinus congestion relief.

Nasal cleansing, also known as nasal irrigation, involves using a neti pot to pour a lukewarm saline solution (pure water mixed with natural salt) inside one side of your nostril while tilting your head sideways so the water runs out of your other nostril.

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LASIK Surgery: What are the Risks vs. the Benefits?

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Every year, 1.3 million Americans undergo LASIK surgery to correct their vision, and most have good results. In fact, only 2 percent to 3 percent of LASIK (which stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) patients have complications, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

But while the opportunity to see clearly without glasses or contacts is a tempting one, is it worth the potential risks that do exist? This is the question that everyone considering LASIK surgery must face.

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK surgery permanently changes the shape of your cornea, which is the clear covering in front of your eye. The surgery works like this:

  • A special knife is used to cut a flap in your cornea, which is folded back to reveal the middlesection, or stroma, of the cornea.
  • Pulses from a laser are used to vaporize a portion of the stroma.
  • The flap is replaced.

The idea is that once the shape of your cornea is changed, it will be able to bend, or refract, light rays to focus on your retina, rather than at a point beyond, or short of, it, helping you to see better. Generally speaking, LASIK may help someone who has nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) or astigmatism.

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Toddler Safety: Eight Important but Overlooked Ways to Keep a Baby Safe in Your Home

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Accidents are the leading cause of death among toddlers, so keeping your home baby-proof is an essential part of being a parent, grandparent or anyone who has babies and toddlers who visit their home.

While most people are aware of the major risks, such as keeping toxic chemicals and medicines out of the reach of children, there are many other, less known ways that children can get hurt.

If children are ever in your home, here are the top things you can do to make sure that they stay out of harm’s way.

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10 Ways to Make Your Marriage Last–Even Get Stronger–During a Recession And a Great Recovery!

Money is at the root of many marital arguments, even in a normal economy. But right now especially, as high unemployment rates sustain and savings accounts are dwindling, the heightened financial stress is taking an extra toll on many relationships.

In fact, according to a Harris Interactive poll, 38 percent of men and women said that money was the number-one cause of marital conflict … and that was in 2006 — before the economy really got bad. The bottom line is when finances get tight, an issue many couples are dealing with right now, it puts extra stress on your marriage. But that doesn’t mean your happiness or intimacy has to suffer. With the tips that follow you can be sure your marriage will survive these tough times, and may even come out stronger.

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Have You Ever Gotten Dizzy and Felt Off Balance? You Could Have Vertigo BPPV …

dizzyAn All-Natural, Simple and Fast Treatment is Available! When Done by a Doctor Your Insurance Likely Covers

More than 42 percent of Americans experience dizziness or vertigo during their lifetimes. Many suffer in silence, assuming there is nothing that can be done for the disarming feeling of spinning or falling off balance.

However, in about 20-50 percent of cases dizziness is actually caused by a disorder that’s incredibly easy, and fast, to treat — once it’s diagnosed. If you currently struggle with dizziness, you owe it to yourself to explore this condition, as it’s actually one of the most common causes of vertigo there is.

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Free Online Integrative Dental Seminar Just Announced!

I am happy to announce the upcoming online Integrative Dental Summit. I have just learned about it and it actually starts today, the day you are getting this newsletter September 28! I am sorry I did not let you know about it sooner.

As many of my patients and readers know, I was one of the speakers at a online detoxification seminar last year. This was very well received by my patients and readers. I know everybody learned a lot.

Now I have come to learn about this online dental health Summit.

You can click here to learn more about it.

I will say that I do not like the tagline of the summit. Unless you have an incompetent dentist, one visit is not going to have devastating effects on your health! I suspect that like most online advertising these days, they have to have a strong tagline to get any attention.

Integrative doctors have known for a long time that dental health is important for overall body health. Inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis, creates inflammation molecules that do NOT stay in the mouth! But rather go through the body contributing to inflammation in other places in the body.

This seminar will address all aspects of biological dental health and its contribution to whole body well-being.

I am especially interested in day 4 which is on October 1. My friend, Dr. Tom O’Brien, who is one of the foremost authorities on gluten and its effects on the body is one of the speakers that day.

I am also very interested in Dr. Boyd Haley Ph.D. and his talk on mercury exposure and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Haley is one of the world’s experts in his research on the effects of mercury on the human body, and I am looking forward to his talk.

Chris Shade, Ph.D is also talking on that day about mercury poisoning and the signs and testing for it. Since I do a lot of work helping my patients clean mercury out of their body I am especially curious as to what he’s going to recommend. I know I’ll have some commentary on that!

One of the free Lectures that you get for just signing up is the role of essential oils for oral health. Another free lecture is the relationship between leaky gut and tooth decay.

Overall, I am very much looking forward to listening to many of the lectures in this summit.

If you are interested, you may click my affiliate link HERE and learn more about about it.

This summit works the way most of the online summits work. The talks are audio, and some of the talks have slides but not all. You sign up and get to watch/listen to each day’s lectures for free for that day only. If you want to be able to watch/listen to these lectures again, or catch up on the ones you have missed, then you have to pay them to have access to the lectures for the future. I do not know what they are charging to have access to this summit after it is over, but it is usually quite reasonable.

I look forward to your comments about this summit! Please leave me your comments on Twitter or Facebook!

You Really Can Die From a Broken Heart

While the idea of dying from a broken heart may strike some as nothing more than folklore — Shakespearian even research has proven the reality of such an occurrence.

When people encounter certain distressing situations, a flood of stress hormones are unleashed, taking a drastic toll on the heart and causing sudden life-threatening heart spasms in otherwise healthy people. Such situations may include:

  • A traumatic romantic breakup
  • The shock of a surprise party
  • The death of a loved one
  • Being in a car accident

One woman experienced sudden, intense chest pain after giving an emotional talk about her son’s battle with mental illness. After being rushed to the hospital and treated for what doctors believed was a heart attack, it was discovered the woman had instead experienced an unusual heart malfunction … otherwise referred to as broken heart syndrome.

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