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Should You Worry about Salt?

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Recent studies show that both taking in too little and too much salt can cause high blood pressure to increase your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Most North Americans can get all the salt they need without using a salt shaker because:

  • The North American diet typically contains up to ten times the minimal daily salt requirement
  • Food manufacturers add extra salt (and sugar) to most prepared foods just to make them taste better
  • Meat,
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May - National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Spring is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and that's why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declared May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care so come in for education about these diseases and we can provide further testing if appropriate.

Also, check out our "Get Ahead of Allergies &

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Artificial Sweeteners, Strokes and Dementia

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

People who take one diet soda a day are nearly three times more likely than non-diet soda drinkers to suffer a stroke or to become demented, according to a study published this week (Stroke, April 20, 2017). Both sugar drinkers and artificial-sweetener drinkers were at increased risk for having smaller brains and advanced brain aging.

The study shows only an association between consuming diet sodas and increased rates of strokes and dementia.

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Cancer-Causing HPV Found in 20 Percent of U.S. Teens and Adults

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV) that cause cancers of the mouth and sexual organs are the most common sexually-transmitted diseases in the United States today, infecting 20 percent of people under age 60 (CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, April 6, 2017). The Communicable Disease Center estimates that these cancer-causing viruses infect 80 million Americans, with more than 14 million of the new infections occuring among teenagers.

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Nutrition expert to heart patients: ‘Eat some cheese’

Dr. John Nolte came accross this article in Cardiology News, presented by MDedge, and wanted it to share it.

Nutrition expert to heart patients: ‘Eat some cheese’
Publish date: January 10, 2017
By: Bruce Jancin , Cardiology News


NEW ORLEANS – While many Americans have been dithering over the relative health benefits of high- versus low-carbohydrate diets, various pop-culture weight loss programs,

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Osteopathic vs. Chiropractic Adjustments: How Do They Differ?

Check out our article on Osteopathic vs. Chiropractic Adjustments on Anchorage County NearSay!

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~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Many people who want to follow a high-plant diet are concerned about pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 20,000 farmers and their families are poisoned by pesticides each year, but no studies have shown pesticide poisoning from routine consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Both conventional and organic fruits and vegetables are grown with pesticides, but organic growers use "natural" pesticides (such as ground-up chrysanthemums),

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Osteoporosis and Diet

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

New data from the Rotterdam Study, a prospective study of 14,926 people 45 or older who have been followed since 1990, show that a diet based on vegetables, fruits, dairy, fish and poultry is associated with:

  • markedly reduced risk for fractures,
  • higher bone density on X ray, and
  • stronger bones characterized by a higher bending strength (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
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What Are the Benefits of Undergoing an Annual Wellness Exam?

Check out our article on Anchorage County NearSay!

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Ten-Minute Workouts for Fitness

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

One minute of intense exercise can give you the same level of fitness as 45 minutes of more casual exercise (PLoS One, April 26, 2016;11(4):e0154075). Two groups of out-of-shape men exercised three times a week for 12 weeks.

One group pedaled stationary bicycles for 45 minutes. The other group did the following 10-minute workout:

  • warm up for two minutes on a stationary bicycle
  • pedal as hard as possible for 20 seconds followed by very slow pedaling for two minutes (recovery)
  • repeat the 20-second all-out pedaling followed by two minutes of slow recovery
  • pedal all-out for the last 20-second sprint and then cool down for three minutes.
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