Todd Reed Vitality 052312

Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

  • Hospital Corridor

    Hospital Corridor

    If you're 65 or over, chances are you take one (or more) of the four drugs responsible for a whopping 60% of seniors' emergency room visits and subsequent hospitalizations caused by adverse reactions. (This doesn't include the people who visited the ERs and were then sent home).

    A recent study in New England Journal of Medicine reports that for every 10 seniors hospitalized because of bad drug reactions, 6 are there because of prescriptions for diabetes and heart disease.

    It's a finding that echoes a message we've been sharing at MyHealingKitchen for quite a while. Although many seniors are helped by their medications, more than 100,000 are harmed every year. And the 4 described below are the worst offenders.

    Many times, simple improvements in a person's diet and lifestyle can make these dangerous drugs unnecessary. (Food, after all, really is our best medicine.)

    If you, or a loved one, is on any of these drugs listed below, I've also included some "food substitutions" that

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  • By Debbie Mandel,

    A new Alzheimer's study makes a startling assertion that sleeping late might predispose a woman to Alzheimer's. The study from the California Pacific Medical Center and published in the Annals of Neurology explains that women with weaker circadian rhythms and who are less physically active or become more physically active late in the day or evening are more likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment than women who live in a natural rhythm. This means women who are more physically active earlier in the day have a better prognosis.


    "We've known for some time that circadian rhythms, what people often refer to as the "body clock," can have an impact on our brain and our ability to function normally," says Greg Tranah, PhD., the lead author of the study. The road to prevention for many people who override their natural rhythm due to technology overload, an unstructured day, or who seem to have an owl's disposition for late night activity m

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  • By Elizabeth Siegal, Allure magazine

    Did you know that children smile a whopping 400 times a day, while one third of adults smile just 20 times a day? We learned this and plenty more from Ron Gutman's fascinating TED talk on the power of cracking a smile. Gutman, an entrepreneur and writer, has turned his research into a new digital TED Book, Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act. We spoke to him about the meaning of smiles-both real and phony-and how smiling broadly may help us live longer.

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    As you researched smiling, what surprised you most? When we're happy we smile, but the opposite is also true. The act of smiling makes you feel better. I was also surprised that we're evolutionarily engineered to mimic smiles, so they really are contagious. It's very difficult to frown when you're looking at someone who's smiling. Walk into a business meeting and smile, and see what happens.

    What about fake smiles? People may think they're goo

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  • At last week's TEDx Women's Conference, two fascinating doctors (one of them Dr. Mehmet Oz) and Barbra Streisand talked about women's health. The Conference was a bi-coastal event produced by the Paley Center for Media. Streisand , 69, looking amazingly young and fresh-faced, spoke from the Paley Center's Los Angeles office. She reeled off some surprising statistics about women and heart disease as a way of introducing Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, who heads the Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

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    Streisand noted that four percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually while 44 percent are diagnosed with heart disease. And even though heart disease is often called a man's disease, since 1984 more women than men have been dying from heart disease annually. Worldwide, while four hundred thousand women die of breast cancer, over eight million die of heart dis

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  • Can nibbling chocolate boost your memory?

    Can nibbling chocolate boost your memory?

    Want to slash your risk of age-related memory loss, dementia, even Alzheimer's disease? Pay attention to what's on your plate. A new study by German researchers finds a Mediterranean diet may prevent age-related cognitive declines.

    That's right, a heart-smart diet that helps control your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure is good for your brain, too. In fact, it can slash your risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60%. So be sure to add these 10 memory-boosting foods to your diet.

    10 eats that lower cholesterol and safeguard your memory.

    Salmon. Coldwater fish like salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids to nourish your noggin. A recent study found eating baked or broiled fish at least once a week lowers your risk of memory loss and Alzheimer's disease. It boosts the size of your brain cells. (Skip fried fish -- researchers say it doesn't offer the same benefit.)

    Chocolate. This sweet treat has antioxidants known as polyphenols, which increase blood flow to your

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