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  • What to Know Before You Try Oil Pulling

    Swishing with oil is the newest (old) way of ridding your mouth of bacteria-if you can bear the brutal 20-minute sessions.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Chris GentileChris Gentile

    A couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of oil pulling. Now everyone from my brunchmates to Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley swear by the ancient Ayurvedic practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil for 20 minutes to "pull" bacteria out of their mouths and, therefore, their bodies. "I'm amazed that the average person brushes their teeth in less than a minute, yet a 3,000-year-old ancient ritual that takes 20 minutes is now the latest rage," says Gerry Curatola, D.D.S., founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry. Yep, I'm amazed too.

    But I was still intrigued. After all, it's no news that our mouths are cesspools and that whatever's inside can eventually make its way into your bloodstream. Various studies even link oral bacteria to heart disease. Gross.

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    As a lover of research, I ran a quick search and

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  • The Problem with the Proposed Nutrition-Label Changes

    The redesign has been praised by many food-industry insiders and reviled by some (Newt Gingrich calls it "symbolic liberalism"). We question whether it will make a real difference.

    By: Ian Landau

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    A few weeks ago, First Lady Michelle Obama, head of the Let's Move campaign, and FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panels that adorn the labels of packaged foods. You know, the ones that tell you a 20-ounce bottle of Coke Classic contains close to twice as much sugar as a Three Musketeers bar.

    The new changes include:

    1) Distinguishing the number of grams of added sugars from naturally occurring sugars

    2) Updating serving-size amounts to more accurately reflect current (read: usually larger) serving sizes compared to 20 years ago (like upping a serving of ice cream from a paltry quarter cup to a cup).

    3) Making the calories and servings-per-container lines bigger and bolder. Dropping calories from fat to reflect the latest

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  • Are You Breathing Right?

    High-powered professionals from CEOs and DEA officers to Carnegie Hall musicians are retraining their lungs to help them keep cool under pressure. Here's why you should too.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters, Photograph by Dylan Coulter

    Dylan CoulterDylan Coulter

    Lying prostrate on the ground with the rifle in his hands, eyes narrowed on his mark, Steve Kardian concentrated on not moving a muscle. "I need complete control for long-range shots; even one micro flinch can send the bullet flying feet from your target," he says. The FBI defense tactics instructor had been called upon by a top military agency to take on a classified secret service-like assignment-if he failed these qualifying tests the job was gone. Just before stepping up to the line, Kardian performed a deep diaphragmatic breathing exercise taught to him by his respiratory guru of two years, Belisa Vranich. "It brought a calm over me. I was able to maintain my positions and hit all my targets."

    Kardian was so impressed with the changes Vranich's

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  • Why Workout Order Matters

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    A good workout depends on more than just the right exercises. It also means doing them in the right order. After all, no exercise is performed in a vacuum. Every move you make affects the ones that come after it and, ultimately, your results, says fitness expert Ashley Borden, who has trained the likes of Ryan Gosling and MLB player Nick Swisher.

    Borden's advice: Do your strength training before you even look at a piece of cardio equipment. Why? If you tucker yourself out on the treadmill, you're going to have trouble eking out reps in the weight room. When you're tired, your form suffers, and the last place you want to be struggling with your hip positioning is under a heavy barbell, she says. Plus, strength training is what really builds muscle and burns the most calories over the long term.

    That's not to say strength training doesn't sap your energy-it does-but it primarily uses your anaerobic system, which burns carbs for energy, while your

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  • Bad Foods Are Back: Butter, Beer, and More "Unhealthy" Foods that Are Back on the Diet Menu

    Who said you can't have your beer, butter, eggs, and potatoes-and eat them, too?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Bad foods are back! Bad foods are back!

    Food is a lot like fashion. One season we're swearing off don'ts like Canadian tuxedos, the next season we can't get enough of denim-on-denim. And fortunately for men who want to sport super-svelte bodies under their clothes, new research shows these once-blacklisted foods deserve a spot back on your plate.


    Thanks to the backlash against trans-fatty margarine, Americans are eating more butter than they have at any other time in the last 40 years, per recent info from the American Butter Institute. It's perfect timing, as a new meta-analysis of nearly 80 studies (on over half a million people) on fat consumption found that eating more saturated fat doesn't increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, saturated fat is actually better than carbs at raising levels of good cholesterol and lowering levels of triglycerides (fat deposits in the blood). Opt for

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  • 5 Questions for the Woman Who Sculpts Men's Private Parts

    Does this trinket really offer a cure for workplace sexism?

    By: Justin Fenner

    Oklahoma artist Holly Wilson is fighting the sexism she's encountered in the art world by selling miniature sculptures of men's privates. Naturally, we have questions.

    A little background: Wilson is trying to fund a project called "Bring Your D**k to the Table" on Kickstarter. She was spurred to create the tiny penises after a gallery owner tried to change the terms of an agreement they'd made. The original contract stipulated that Wilson would get two-thirds of the profit from the work the gallery managed to move, but after her pieces started selling, the owner wanted to change the split to 50/50.

    "I started to feel my knees go weak...and my lips completely lost all moisture," said Wilson of how she felt in this meeting. "So I'm fumbling around trying to find my lip balm, and I realize, right there, I could let this take me and wash me out, or I could hold onto my d**k."

    But first she needed one, so Wilson

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  • Can You Crowdsource Your Own Plastic Surgery?

    Leveraging community hits a new low as one man relies on donations to help him look more like Michelangelo's statue of "David"

    By: Justin Fenner

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    If a Japanese man can get a group of female friends to fund his plastic surgery transformation into a living version of Michaelangelo's statue of "David," shouldn't your drinking buddies kick in for that microdermabrasion you've been thinking about?

    A 20-year-old named Alan recently appeared on the Japanese talk show What's Wrong With Me? (and considering the subject matter, what better name could there be?) to discuss how over the course of the past year, he's spent about $150,000 given to him by five female friends to make himself look more like a living statue. It took eye surgery, two nose jobs, four lift-and-tucks, and a few injections to change the shape of his chin, and these are these results:

    Alan had 5 friends fund his plastic surgery.Alan had 5 friends fund his plastic surgery.

    Alan told the program's hosts that he wants "a more ageless face," and that "the ideal is the statue of David," adding that he

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  • Do Allergy Meds Make it Harder for Guys to Get Hard?

    An expert explains how your allergen-blockers could be blocking your sex life, too.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    GettyGettyTHE QUESTION:
    I've heard a lot of prescriptions can mess with my erection. What about allergy meds?

    Darius A. Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., director of sexual health and medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

    When it comes to sex in the spring, you really might have to choose between subduing your stuffy nose and getting it up.

    "Histamine blockers may act both centrally in the brain and directly on the penis, leading to a decreased quality of erections in some men," Paduch says.

    As you're probably well aware, no matter how much they claim to be non-drowsy, antihistamines (think: Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec) can sometimes make you feel tired and just plain out of it. That's because the pills also have also suppressive effect on the central nervous system, which can interfere with your body's normal processing of

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  • You'll Never Guess Which American City Spends the Most on Men's Grooming Products

    By: Justin Fenner


    If you had to guess which American city spent the most on men's grooming products, and you picked Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, or even New York, you'd be wrong.

    A new study conducted by Voucher Cloud (a site where you can find a coupon for just about anything) has named Seattle the home of America's most "beauty conscious" men. The survey, which polled over 4,500 guys across the country, found that the men of the Emerald City spend an average $44.50 a month to maintain their looks. Guys in Los Angeles came in second place with $42.21, and men in the Big Apple aren't far behind at $41.50.

    So what are these guys buying? Some 46% of the men polled said facial moisturizer is the product they spend the most on, followed by hair products, anti-wrinkle cream, depilatories (hair remover creams), and self tanner.

    What's even more surprising than the cities on the list (Newark, NJ clocks in at fourth place; Reno, NV is sixth), is the cities that aren't. The natty

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  • Which Workout Will ACTUALLY Get Rid of that Layer of Ab Fat? It's Not What You Think

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    The Question: I want to burn fat (and get rid of that layer of flab that's covering my abs). Should I work out at a low intensity?

    The Expert: Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., personal trainer and creator of Extreme Burn: Ripped

    The Verdict:

    "To be 100 percent honest and blunt, the fat-burning zone is bullshit," Donavanik says. "It' been so badly misconstrued and misinterpreted-it's like a drunken game of telephone."

    Here's where that game began: During low-intensity activities, people burn a higher percentage of calories from fat than calories from glycogen (a.k.a. your muscles' stored carbs). And during high-intensity activities, people burn more calories from glycogen than from fat, Donavanik says. "The idea of the 'fat-burning zone' takes that fact and essentially says, 'If you want to lose fat, why work hard? You're only going to burn carbohydrates. And you want to burn fat, right? So, just take it easy and burn more fat."

    However, even

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