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This Bad Guy Is Everywhere

Have you heard about phthalate? (Pronounced THAL ate) Yikes! Talk about your basic poison! And it’s everywhere! For instance one phthalate is PVC, polyvinylchloride, which is often used in our bathroom and kitchen pipes. Phthalate is a softener added to plastics, cosmetics and everything else they can lay their hands on.

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Is Low Cholesterol a Blessing or a Curse?

Well, now, see, that may sound like a trick question because nobody ever seems to mention that your cholesterol level can be too low. But the fact is, low cholesterol levels kick your health in the shins (and most other body parts, too), while high cholesterol levels are usually incidental information.

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Invisible Inflammation

The single greatest threat to our health is inflammation. Pick a disease, any disease, and talking inflammation. Sometimes inflammation is visible. For instance, bug bites, splinters, joint injuries, etc. give us a ringside seat to watch a mini-war as our body fights to get rid of the enemy and protect the homeland. Usually, though, we…

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Dealing With Trigger Points

What’s a trigger point? Well, according to Wikipedia, a trigger point is “pain related to a discrete, irritable point in skeletal muscle or fascia, not caused by acute local trauma, inflammation, degeneration, neoplasm or infection.” Well, now, see, that’s a lot of words adding up to not much. You still don’t know what a trigger…

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When the Immune System Falls

What in the world is PANDAS? An ordinary, run-of-the-mill strep infection can lead to absolute disaster. One day your adorable child has a minor infection; the next day, your adorable child morphs into something out of a Stephen King novel. One little girl changed from happy-all-the-time to screeching-rages-all-the-time. And it went on, and on, and…

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The Reach-Out-And-Touch-Everything Immune System

Did you ever wonder how your body protects itself from disease? More important, did you ever wonder how you could help? Well, you probably know that your immune system leads the battle against disease. You may even know this defense system that protects us from evil may be the most complicated system in your body.

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First The Truck Hits You, Then You Pass Out

Most of us know that our bodies create insulin to handle the sugar that goes down our gullet. And most of us also know diabetes shows up when our insulin can’t get the job done. What few of us know is what happens when insulin does its job too well. It’s hypoglycemia, low blood sugar,…

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What Causes Stress?

When writing a problem-solving article, we’re told to start by explaining the problem. But stress isn’t an unknown problem. It may come at you head-on or sneak up from behind. Sometimes you know the cause, but sometimes you don’t. However it arrives, you recognize it, a less-than-wonderful part of life.

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