Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • Could Quitting Cigarettes Be Just a Vaccine Away?

    Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    Ask anyone who's ever given up--or tried to give up--smoking and odds are she'll tell you it's a hard habit to break. It may even feel impossible. So imagine this: a simple vaccine that could stop the smoking habit in its tracks. Pure fantasy, right? Not at all, according to this incredible research...

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    Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have developed an actual vaccine that makes the kidneys pump out antibodies that intercept nicotine before it goes anywhere--which means there's no possibility of the smoker getting that rush. That rush, of course, is one of the reasons smoking is so addicting... and what's the point of smoking if you don't get anything out of it?

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    So far, the vaccine has been tested solely on mice, but the researchers are hopeful: just one shot has been proven to keep the mice from jonesing for nicotine for the rest of

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  • Pharmacist Refuses to Fill Birth Control Prescription Based on Religious Beliefs

    Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    So this just happened: a woman in New Mexico, Susanne Koestner, called the same Walgreens she's been going to for eight years to have her prescription for birth control pills refilled for same-day pickup. But this time, the pharmacist refused to do it--and here's why.

    He said birth control pills were against his religious beliefs, and that Koestner could wait to get her prescription somewhere else, or the next day from a different Walgreens pharmacist.

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    Let's put aside the fact that she needed the pills for that day (skipping days could potentially make the pill less effective) for a moment and focus on a few points: 1) according to Walgreens, the company has a policy that allows pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions if it's against their beliefs (but the pharmacist must refer the customer to another pharmacist who's on duty); 2) in 2008, Sarah wrote about a pharmacy in Virginia

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  • Eat This for Gorgeous Skin

    Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Repeat after me: Gorgeous, glowing skin is all about good nutrition not expensive products! And, if you can eat only one healthy fruit today, make it this...

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    Eat your blueberries, girls! Really, they could be the ticket to glowing, gorgeous skin. Here's what you need to know:

    "Blueberries are very nutritionally dense and contain powerful antioxidants, which protect our skin by neutralizing free radicals, which can damage skin cells," said dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad to Refinery 29. "Blueberries are vascular constrictors, which assist in reducing redness for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea, as well as help neutralize acne-prone skin. In addition, if you have blotchy, dry, dull, or sun-damaged skin, eating blueberries on a regular basis can help leave skin looking clearer, firmer, and more youthful looking."

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    So, why can't you

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  • The Flower that Can Boost Your Mood

    Photo: Skagit Valley DaffodilsPhoto: Skagit Valley DaffodilsSarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Are you feeling a little down today? Quick, get to the grocery store and pick up a bouquet of these flowers...

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    Scientists have reported that flowers boost mood before, and past studies have hinted that daffodils, particularly yellow-colored flowers, may have the power to improve happiness, but the latest research takes it a step further.

    In a new study conducted by Danish researchers, daffodils were found to be able to penetrate a layer of the brain in a way that could someday be used to treat depression.

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    I'm not surprised that daffodils seem to have such fab qualities. They've been my favorite flowers since I was a little girl, and I always feel more cheerful when I smell their sweet, lemony scent.

    Go get yourself a vase of flowers for your desk today!

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  • Pregnant and Drinking? Maybe

    Danica Lo, Glamour magazine

    Contrary to conventional beliefs about alcohol intake during pregnancy, a new study suggests that alcohol, in moderation, may not be that big of a deal to a developing baby. But, will the findings be misinterpreted by some?

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    We've gotten pretty used to thinking that zero alcohol in pregnancy is the only healthy way to go. Not so fast, say Danish researchers. In their study of more than 1,600 pregnancies, they found that light to moderate drinking (as many as 8 drinks per week) had no effect on attention, self-control, intelligence or general health of babies in their first five years.

    Experts in the US are quick to point out that the standard glass of wine in Denmark is about two ounces smaller than in the US, and others say that larger-scale studies need to be conducted before these findings alter pregnant women's notions about drinking.

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  • 20 Signs of Adult ADD

    Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    We've talked about ADHD here before, and in case you're curious whether you have any symptoms of the disorder, one expert shares a list...

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    Dr. Kevin Ross Emery
    , author of Managing the Gift of Your ADD/HD Child says that there are millions of adults who were never diagnosed in childhood and are dealing with ADD/HD symptoms in an unproductive way. More reason to identify the disorder and find ways to live healthier and happier.

    He says that these are the most common traits of people with adult ADD/HD:

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    - Organizationally challenged
    - Trouble starting and finishing projects
    - Miss social cues
    - Difficulty being subtle
    - Hyper-focused to the point of losing track of time
    - Multi-tasks to the point of distraction
    - Does not work well in traditional workplace setting
    - Marital troubles
    - Poor listening skills
    - Chronic

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  • The Mistake You're Making at the Salad Bar

    Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Love salad? Good girl! But, did you know that most people make a mistake when it comes to their salads? And it has nothing to do with portion size. Want to take a guess?

    Researchers at Purdue say that most people are dressing their salads the wrong way. In fact, they warn that fat-free and low-fat salad dressings may be short-changing you in the nutrition department.

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    Yes, we've talked about the dangers of calorie-laden salads and overly rich dressings, but people are so frightened by fat, it seems that we've missed the memo that a bit of healthy fat, especially on a salad, is actually good for your body.

    The researchers say that most salad veggies and greens fall into a category of nutrients that require some amount of fat to help your body absorb the nutrients and antioxidants. In other words, without the drizzle of olive oil, you're less likely to retain all the nutrients of that

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  • If You Work Out More, Do You Make More Money?

    Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    It's a good thing you've been working out... because according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of Labor Research, you'll need those muscles to lift your heavy paycheck.

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    The study from Cleveland State University found that employees who work out at least three times a week earn 9 percent more--about $80 a week--than those who don't work out as regularly. And workers who go to the gym less frequently--even just one to three times per month--still make about 5 percent more than employees who don't work out at all.

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    Why? According to Vasilios Kosteas, Ph.D., economics professor at Cleveland State University and one of the study's authors, research has found that exercise--defined in this study as aerobics, running, swimming, or cycling--increases your intelligence, positive attitude, and energy levels. "Each of these factors

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  • Gym Bans Skinny People

    Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    You've heard of discrimination against overweight people, but what about discrimination against thin gals? A gym in Canada bans "skinny" women from their gym...

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    Slim and svelte? Then you may be banned from Canada's new gym Body Exchange, which business model focuses primarily on obese people. In fact, they say that thin people "bring down morale."

    Founder and CEO Louise Green told TheProvince.com that the gym is a "safe haven" for overweight people who may be intimidated to work out in the presence of those who are fit.


    "Many of our clients have not had successful fitness pasts so I can see the anxiety before we get started and I can see the relief and happiness after we finish," she said. "People are often too fearful to become active. There wasn't a model that offered camaraderie. I used to walk into fitness classes where nobody would even say 'Hi.' This has got to be fun or it's not going

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  • 4 Surprising Things You Don't Have to Buy Organic

    Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Organic can be more expensive, so it's great to know which items you can do without at the store and opt for the more affordable conventional choice. Here are four to put on your list...

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    Health contributor Sara Reistad-Long shared a fascinating list of items we don't have to feel guilty about not buying organic:

    1. Avocados: The thick skin protects the fruit from pesticide contamination.

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    2. Spices: Even if your cinnamon isn't organic, fear not. We use so little of it, that it's unlikely to have adverse effects. (Good news, because organic spices are uber pricy!)

    3. Clothing: You've heard the hype about organic cotton, and while it is produced in a more environmentally friendly way, conventional clothes aren't a true health risk, say experts.

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    4. Eggs: Experts have compared conventional

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