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Basic Healthcare: Part 2

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Basic Healthcare: Part 2

This is the second installment in a short series of five posts dedicated to basic healthcare suggestions.  Healthcare, like life itself, often goes in many directions on many levels all at the same time.  Every once in a while it can be helpful to step back and re-focus on basic healthcare principles.

My February 2014 post referenced the decline in several health categories for the average American citizen.  My goal is to provide ...

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Basic Healthcare: Part 1

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Basic Healthcare: Part 1

This is the first installment in a short series of five posts dedicated to basic healthcare suggestions.  Healthcare, like life itself, often goes in many directions on many levels all at the same time.  Every once in a while it can be helpful to step back and re-focus on basic healthcare principles.

My February 2014 post referenced the decline in several health categories for the average American citizen.  My goal is ...

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What is the State of Health in our Country?

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What is the State of Health in our Country?

The following report helps illustrate my motivation for starting this blog.  Although health trends on a national level often seem distant or irrelevant to many of us as individuals, the trends shown in these types of reports reflect the physical and social environment in which we live.  This environment strongly affects our personal health.  Many of my blog posts have tried, and will continue to try, to shed light on how we can improve our health in spite ...

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Is Aspartame Harmful?

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Is Aspartame Harmful?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener (sometimes labeled as NutraSweet, AminoSweet, Equal, or Spoonful) that is 100 times sweeter than sugar.  It was accidentally discovered in 1965 and is currently used in thousands of food products, from places you may not expect to find sweeteners like vitamins to the ubiquitous diet beverages.  In 1974 the US Food and Drug Administration first said it was safe to use – its approval process was controversial, involving charges of manipulated test data and collusion, ...

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Sugary Beverages Popular But Dangerous

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Sugary Beverages Popular But Dangerous

In spite of the dangers sugary beverages pose to our health, they are consumed much more than in the past.  A generation ago a soda was usually an infrequent treat saved for special occasions.  Not only has it become our default beverage, but we’re frequently offered enormous serving sizes and free refills.  As recently as 2010 we consumed an average of over 50 gallons of soda per person annually (that’s more than 260 POUNDS of soda with zero nutritional value)!  ...

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Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

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Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

Here are two healthy recipes you may enjoy over the holidays.

These recipes were developed by Hallie Klecker.  You will find many more great recipes on Hallie’s blog and in her books, including gluten-free recipes, dairy-free recipes, and healthy recipes for desserts.

Roasted Carrot, Lentil & Sunflower Salad

Serves 3-4 as a side dish
  • 3/4 cup green lentils, rinsed and drained*
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 ...
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