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What Not To Eat: 15 Unhealthiest Foods On The Planet


Our nation is suffering a health crisis. Here is a handy list of some of the most unhealthy foods we all should avoid.

We all think we know which foods are healthy and which we should avoid, but do we really know why?  Besides the high fat content and low nutritional value, the world’s unhealthiest foods have some pretty dark secrets. Once you get the low down on the real reasons they’re a lousy choice for your health, you’ll think twice before reaching for that afternoon snack.

Here’s a list of our top nutritional nightmares.

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The Unhealthiest Foods

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Belly-Fat Myths That Need To Go Away


You know that miracle cures are too good to be true, but did you know that these other belly fat “facts” have been debunked? 

MYTH: Belly fat protects your bones.

It’s no surprise to any of us that abdominal fat is bad for your heart and your lungs, but recent studies show that it’s also detrimental to your bones. Scientists used to think overweight people (especially men) had stronger skeletons and were protected against bone loss as they aged. The latest research, however, suggests that visceral fat—the type that surrounds the organs and accumulates around the midsection—is actually associated with lower bone-mineral density in adults of both genders. A 2012 Harvard University study even found a link between stomach fat and osteoporosis in men as young as 34.

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Health Update: We have pubic hair for a reason


The shaving craze leaves us vulnerable to all manner of physical ailments

This article originally appeared on KevinMD.com.

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I must have missed the declaration of war on pubic hair.

It must have happened sometime in the last decade because the amount of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing every hair from their genitals is astronomical.  The genital hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their specialty services to those seeking the “clean and bare” look, is exponentially growing.

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Allergy Epidemic?


Allergy Epidemic

Allergies are one of the fastest growing chronic diseases in childhood. The uptick may be due to lifestyle changes: As we spend more time indoors, exposure to allergens such as pets and dust mites increases.  In the past 40 years there has been a dramatic increase in allergic conditions such as asthma, hayfever (allergic nasal symptoms), and food allergy, but not eczema, in the wealthier developed countries. The largest increase has occurred in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. It is estimated that hayfever and asthma affect up to 40 percent of children, and some allergic manifestations may occur in as many as 65 percent of children in western populations. Children are selected for allergy studies because it avoids confusion with chronic infection, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), and symptoms due to cigarette smoke which are noted in adults. Allergic diseases are more common in urban vs. rural populations in the same countries and African Americans in the United States. Allergic food reactions have also increased significantly, but the true numbers are more difficult to determine because many children have food reactions which are not allergic.

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9 Things You’re Doing That Drive Your Doctor Crazy


9 Things You’re Doing That Drive Your Doctor Crazy

DOCTOR PATIENT PET PEEVES

Type just about any medical symptom you’re experiencing into your browser of choice and you’ll find a wealth of potential causes, cures and complications, ranging from the mundane to the catastrophic.

But calling your doctor because you suspect a brain tumor or stroke every time you have a headache only fuels more anxiety, uses up your precious time and, frankly, annoys the heck out of your doctor. After all, he or she didn’t go through years of education and training so you could just diagnose yourself on the Internet.

“[I]nformation is not knowledge or understanding, both of which require objectivity, balance, the view from altitude and interpretation,” David L. Katz, M.D., MPH, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, tells HuffPost Healthy Living via email. “Our culture routinely equates information access with understanding, and that is a very costly mistake in health care.”

Of course, self-diagnosis isn’t the only thing that gets under doctors’ skin. To help preserve the sanity of the people in charge of our care, we asked Katz and other well-known docs to share a few of their biggest patient pet peeves. Here are some we could all benefit from giving up.

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HIV-Killing Condoms: The Real Story


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As Told by the Active Ingredient
In 2005, an estimated 4.1 million people worldwide were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (UNAIDS 2006). — Rupp, Rosenthal and Stanberry, 2007
Who am I?

My name is SPL 7013. I am the active ingredient in those fancy new “HIV-killing condoms” you’ve been hearing about on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post claimed I could kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. That is not true, for several reasons which I will get into later.

The condoms that use me are produced by Starpharma, a major condom manufacturer in Australia. Starpharma claims that I (or the VivaGel for which I am the active ingredient at 3% weight/weight) have “been shown in laboratory studies to inactivate up to 99.9% of viruses, including HIV, the herpes virus (HSV), and the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are common viruses that cause sexually transmitted infections (STIs).” In the form of VivaGel, I have also been used in clinical trials testing for antiviral effects and treatment of bacterial vaginosis.

I suppose you could call me a bit of a hero of late! But, I’m afraid, I’ve let all this media attention get to my head.

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5 Symptoms Of Gluten Sensitivity You Probably Don’t Know About


Gluten sensitivity seems to be the next epidemic.  Myself, I don’t know what glutten is, I don’t understand why so many people are suddenly allergic or sensitive to it either.  So, as a result, I have dismissed it entirely.  However, being allergic/sensitive can cause some more serious medical concerns, as discussed my by DR. AMY MYERS.  So, if you need more info or think you might be concerned about this, then please review it.

Pancakes With Blueberries Glutten

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

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HIV/AIDS has migrated to Deep South where stigma endures


Hard-hit counties in rural Alabama report HIV rates three times the national average

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The 10 strangest facts about penises


The 10 strangest facts about penises

Surprising trivia about the male organ, from strange implants to (yes) size data

The 10 strangest facts about penises

(Credit: MarvinBeatty via iStock/Salon)

Simone de Beauvoir called it “a small person … an alter ego usually more sly … and more clever than the individual.” Leonardo da Vinci said it “has dealings with human intelligence and sometimes displays an intelligence of its own.” Sophocles said that having one was to be “chained to a madman.”

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Three more cases of rare human plague found in Colorado


Three more cases of rare human plague found in Colorado

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By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) – Three more people in Colorado have been diagnosed with the plague after coming in contact with an infected dog whose owner contracted a life-threatening form of the disease, state health officials said on Friday.

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