9 Major Causes of Skin Tags around the Neck that WILL Shock You

9 Major Causes of Skin Tags around the Neck that WILL Shock You

Skin tags on the neck are a type of benign growth, characterized by a small flap of skin attached to you by a narrow (peduncular) stalk. They have many underlying causes, any one (or more) of which could have resulted in them developing. Continue reading

Synchronizing Your Body Clocks May Help Shed Excess Weight and Prevent Insulin Resistance

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You have circadian clocks in virtually every organ of your bodies, including your fat cells, and you need regular sleeping and eating schedules to keep all of your

 Lack of sleep promotes metabolic dysfunction; losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep each night can Continue reading

2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Makes Strides Toward Better Nutrition, But Fallacies Remain

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2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will no longer include warnings about dietary cholesterol, which for decades has been wrongfully blamed for causing heart disease Continue reading

Why You May Be Better Off Ignoring Conventional Cholesterol and Low-Fat Diet Guidelines

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A low-fat diet and statin medication is a recipe for chronic health problems, as both strategies actually promote cardiovascular problems

2011 guidelines for Continue reading

Osteopathic Medicine Is Gaining Recognition

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Medical doctors, MDs, and doctors of osteopathy, known as DOs, have similar training requiring four years of study in the basic and clinical sciences, and the successful completion of licensing exams Continue reading

How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Why Insulin May Actually Accelerate Death, and Other Ignored Facts

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In the US, about 80 million, or one in four, has some form of diabetes or pre-diabetes Continue reading

Obesity Epidemic Goes Global: One-in-Three Is Now Overweight or Obese

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An estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year. Worldwide, obesity claims an estimated 3.4 million lives annually

One-third of all cancers are directly related to excess weight Continue reading

Strategies to Prevent Hypertension

About one in three American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1,2 hypertension is “the second greatest public health threat” in the US. Continue reading

The Sitting Sickness: Is It Silently Killing You?

The Sitting Sickness

If you’ve heard that life is movement, it’s true.  If you’ve heard that just sitting around can kill you, it’s also true.  Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide![1] You may have heard the media reporting recently on several studies showing that Continue reading

New Revelations Support Diet and Exercise to Reverse Leptin Resistance, Thereby Promoting a Healthy Weight

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  • Leptin is a powerful and influential hormone produced by your fat cells. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure. By acquiring a better understanding of how leptin and its receptor interact, researchers now believe they will be able to find new treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders
  • Drug treatments are not likely to solve leptin resistance, Continue reading

How You Can Shed Pounds in Bed

A new health breakthrough highlights one aspect of any diet plan. If you are out to shed pounds and get more fit, don’t forget one crucial detail that takes up several hours of your day: sleep.

We all know why sleep is so important. The body recharges. It runs certain systems and functions at night, repairs damage from the day, Continue reading

The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby (Not Calories or Lack of Exercise)

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  • One dogma that has contributed to the ever-worsening health of the Western world is the belief that “a calorie is a calorie.” This simply isn’t true. The idea that obesity is the end result of eating too much and exercising too little; i.e. consuming more calories than you’re expending, is also false.
  • Fructose is ‘isocaloric but not isometabolic.” This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, Continue reading

Dangerous Association Noted Between Mental Illness and Obesity CME

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Obesity is common among patients with mental illness, occurring in up to 60% of patients with bipolar disorder, 70% of patients with schizophrenia, and 55% of patients with depression. A review by Taylor and colleagues in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry analyzes why mental illness is associated with higher rates of obesity. Continue reading

Magnesium, Leptin and Obesity

One would think that eating too much would result in an abundance of nutritional support for cells. But being overweight and undernourished at the same time is a reality that is just beginning to be understood. It is quite strange to say to people that the more they eat, the more malnourished they are destined to be.

Overweight people more often than not suffer from gross malnutrition because the nutritional values of the basic foods available to us have been steadily dropping for the last 50 years even as toxic exposures increase. Obese people tend to eat too many processed white foods with the fiber removed along with many of the vitamins and minerals. Not enough fiber is another common problem with the obese.

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New Brain Pathway for Regulating Weight, Bone Mass Identified

New Brain Pathway for Regulating Weight, Bone Mass Identified

PRINCETON – Yale researchers have claimed that hormone leptin, which is critical for normal food intake and metabolism, appears to regulate bone mass and suppress appetite.

The hormone appears to regulate bone mass and weight by acting mainly through serotonin pathways in the brain.

“Our study challenges the view that the hypothalamus is the critical brain site where leptin acts directly to alter neuronal circuit function to suppress appetite and bone metabolism,” said Yale researcher and study co-author Tamas Horvath.

“We’ve now found a novel explanation for how leptin can act on the brain,” Horvath added.

Food intake is influenced by signals that travel from the body to the brain. Leptin is one of the molecules that signal the brain to modulate food intake.

It is produced in fat cells and informs the brain of the metabolic state. If animals are missing leptin, or the leptin receptor, they eat too much and become severely obese.

To determine whether leptin regulates bone mass through serotonin pathways, Horvath and his colleagues analyzed multiple lines of mice that were genetically altered to remove serotonin in the brain.

“We found that when the serotonin pathway is turned off by leptin, the mice ate less, lost weight and their bones became weak,” said Horvath.

“When the pathway is turned on, the mice ate more, gained weight and had more bone mass. This might be why obese people tend to have much lower incidences of osteoporosis,” the expert added.

The study is published in journal Cell.