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Pregnant Moms Who Eat This Help Protect Their Kids From Autism

I seem to be writing about autism with a fair amount of frequency. Part of that is because it’s a hot topic in the medical community, and the other reason is because of how much more common it is now. Well, this new study about pregnant women and a certain dietary food type should give moms everywhere reason to rejoice. That’s because a recent study concluded pregnant women who eat fish three times a week help protect their children from autism. Spanish researchers following 2,000 pregnant mother-child pairs wanted to see what happened when the mothers ate fish three times a week. They followed the mothers from the time their children were in utero until their fifth birthday, and what they observed was quite...

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Most Think This Is Harmless Fun…It’s Not…Watching Too Much TV Is Unhealthy

America, Watching Too Much TV Is Unhealthy, Here’s Why There’s this weird… thing, this phenomena, where people plop down in front of the TV for hours in a row, for days (even weeks) on end  and binge watch. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the shows out there. The Walking Dead is one of my favorites, and I’m sure some of the people in my office are tired of me talking about zombies, all the plot twists, and how I can’t wait for the new season. But, here’s the problem with this new binge-watching fad. It’s incredibly unhealthy. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying having a favorite TV show and spending a few weeks watching all the seasons is a...

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Tryptophan for Better Sleep? Find Out How It Works

Yes, You Can Use Tryptophan For Better Sleep Now that Turkey Day is right around the corner, I wanted to talk about the inevitable “mid-day slump” most Americans will hit after enjoying their Thanksgiving meal. It could be in the afternoon or later in the day depending on when you eat dinner. Yes, you’ll likely be sleepy because of the overwhelming amount of food consumed. I mean, when you’re that stuffed, your body’s going to want to send you into a food coma. But the reality for all the turkey-eaters out there is that one of the main reasons you’ll feel like a freight train of ZZzzs just hit you is because of a special ingredient prominent in turkey: Tryptophan. This...

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Does the Master Cleanse Work?

Hey Dr. Wiggy, Does the Master Cleanse Work? Honestly, this isn’t a question I get a lot. But, just because people don’t ask doesn’t mean people don’t want to know the answer. And it’s certainly one I see being asked with some amount of frequency on the internet. If you’re not familiar with the Master Cleanse, it’s a cleanse/fast popularized back in the 1940s by Stanley Burroughs. It consists of going on an 8-10 day fast in which you drink a blend of water, lemon juice, grade-B maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. The theory is the Master Cleanse can help with a wide-range of conditions. Which is why it’s made its way into popular culture and has been touted as a cure-all for things as...

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How a Simple Test Might Determine If You’ve Got This Condition

Age-related memory loss is one of the most prevalent conditions  in the developed world. It’s estimated more than 5 million Americans suffer from this debilitating condition, with as many as 1 in 11 seniors believed to be in various stages of its progression. Here’s the good news: Recent research has shown there are a handful of different activities as well as health habits you can maintain to help either lessen or eradicate your chances of developing the disease. Things like eating more fruits and vegetables, consuming omega-3s (EPA/DHA), participating in brain-building exercises, creating strong social bonds, and much more have all been shown to help fight age-related memory loss. But, what many people, scientists included, weren’t sure about was who exactly is going to succumb to this...

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