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The Dangers of Acetaminophen

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Each week, around 23 percent of U.S. adults, or 52 million Americans, use a medication containing acetaminophen, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (1). The ubiquitous use of acetaminophen, both by itself and as a component of over-the-counter and prescribed medications, is a major public health issue. Acetaminophen is ...

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Sleep Deprivation in Kids and Teens: A Real Cause for Concern

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Sleep is an absolute necessity for optimal health. I’ve written before about the risks of sleep deprivation in adults and why maximizing sleep quality is essential to achieving optimal health. However, children and adolescents are arguably even more at risk, since sleep is so crucial for proper growth and development. ...

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The Dark Side of Green Smoothies

Green smoothies: Not necessarily a “health food” In the health community, the green smoothie has become the poster child for healthy eating. If you are a green smoothie fan, your typical recipe probably looks something like this: 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk 2 cups ...

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Do Low-Carb Diets During Pregnancy Increase the Risk of Birth Defects?

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I’m constantly inundated with concerns over the latest media headlines. Last month, a study titled “Low carbohydrate diets may increase risk of neural tube defects” was published in the journal Birth Defects Research (1). Media sources picked up the story: Women with low carbohydrate intake are 30 percent more likely ...

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