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The Future of Medicare

If you are among the many that have paid into Medicare, you may be wondering how your investment is doing.  Given that Medicare is a pay as you go system that will depend on the success of the economy and tax revenues to pay for the benefits. It’s reasonable to expect that if budgets deficits […]

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What is Your Healthspan?

When people talk about human longevity, they are usually referring to lifespan, the total number of years we are alive.  At the turn of the 20th century, the average lifespan (life expectancy at birth) in the United States ranged between 45 and 50 years with women on average outliving men. This relatively short lifespan at […]

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Brain Health is Important

This month’s tips for brain health come from the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health.  In their mission to raise awareness about cognitive health, they have partnered with ‘Walk With a Doc’ as a way of providing information about brain health. As it happens, there is a lot that can be done to help maintain our […]

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How Not To Die

The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers – A Book by Dr. Michael Greger             The book “How Not To Die” is a reminder that lifestyle matters.  As Dr. Michael Greger takes the reader through the 15 most likely causes of death in America, it becomes clear that something […]

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The Lifestyle Medicine Revolution

We live in an age of amazing medical technologies that help with a wide range of circumstances.  Still, it’s hard to not be disappointed with the high cost and the notion that very few of these technologies address the root causes of disease.  This isn’t a surprise given that what most people suffer from is […]

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Which Diet is Best?

            Well, to prove a diet works requires what scientist call a controlled study involving large numbers of people measuring what they eat over long periods of time.  Unfortunately, long term controlled human studies that meet this need are rare.  The time required (often decades) and human  nature ( sticking to a diet) typically foils […]

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Is Alzheimer’s a Lifestyle Disease?

Recent studies have shown that changes in lifestyle can have a measurable effect on the odds of getting Alzheimer’s disease. The essence of these studies is that a diet that includes whole foods like berries, leafy greens, whole grains and fish result in a decreased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s.  These recent studies add to the […]

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Does Cardiovascular Disease Presage Dementia?

            Have you wondered why cardiovascular risk factors often top my list of concerns?  In case I missed a chance to elaborate, I’ll share a few thoughts that may speak to your curiosity.             As a result of lifestyle choices, cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis) is showing up much earlier.  A generation ago cardiovascular disease was rarely […]

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Do Bacteria Make Us Smarter?

Brain health is a concern at each stage of life.  If blessed, we begin life with normal brain health.  As we age, it becomes increasingly apparent that our general health affects our brain health.  Depending on the demands of our life we discover sooner or later the importance of exercise and nutrition in maintaining the […]