Doctors finally admit drugs can’t fix most cases of back pain – Vox

Doctors finally admit drugs can’t fix most cases of back pain

The American College of Physicians now recommends heat therapy and yoga ahead of pain meds for lower back pain.

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How Eating Eggs Helps You Lose Weight | Authority Nutrition

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Adapting to Fat on a Low-Carb Diet – Medium

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Meet the scientist debunking dumb food myths

Meet the scientist debunking dumb food myths

Every health blogger has an opinion on vaccination, GMOs and the latest food scare. Take Vani Hari, a.k.a. Food Babe, a management consultant turned popular food industry critic who’s been called the ” Jenny McCarthy of Food.”

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Regular intake of sugary beverages, but not diet soda, is associated with prediabetes — ScienceDaily

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How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work? | LIVESTRONG.COM

Is Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) real or just more woo and really no better than a placebo? I collecting articles on the topic (and on TENS for pain too) I think its just a neat way to get a massage and certainly claims like it accelerating healing because is creating/increasing blood circulation I think is wishful or magical thinking

How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?

Electrical muscle stimulation — often called “e-stim” or “TENS” — is a type of treatment often used in physical therapy or other rehabilitation settings. The two primary uses for this treatment are pain relief and muscle re-education. In most settings, there is a machine that provides an electrical current.

Contraindications for a TENS Machine

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS machine, provides pain relief by sending low-voltage electrical impulses through electrodes placed on the skin to a painful area on the body. A TENS unit can lessen pain without the use of medication. A TENS machine is generally considered safe. However, certain daily activities or medical…

T.E.N.S vs. Muscle Stimulators. What is the difference? – BMLS

T.E.N.S. stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The key here is the NERVE part. TENS is a “pain blocker.” The buzzing sensation is thought to block the pain signal from the nerve to where it is perceived in the brain as pain. T.E.N.S. units are also thought to aid in the release of endorphins, which …

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Do “weekend warriors” reap the full benefits of exercise? – CBS News

Do “weekend warriors” reap the full benefits of exercise?

Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests. Even people who get less exercise than recommended have less risk than folks who don’t break a sweat at all.

The JAMA Internal Medicine article…

Association of Leisure Time Physical Activity With Risk for Mortality

Question What are the associations of physical activity patterns with mortality? Findings This pooled analysis of population-based surveys included 63 591 adult respondents.

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Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed | Telegraph UK

Via Nina Teicholz on FaceBook I learned…

Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed

But in 2009, the FSA warned that children were now consuming so much fat that it was clogging their arteries. Parents are now advised to switch their children to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two. The new research suggests such efforts could be counter-productive.

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Should we eat more carbs or less carbs or more fat or what | Never Too Curious

Should we eat more carbs or less carbs or more fat or what

When it comes to macronutrient balance, diet fads simply can’t seem to agree. As Norman Swan writes in the latest COSMOS , new evidence from mouse studies suggests “bread and potatoes have been unfairly demonised.” “In the 1980s when public health researchers demonised fat, they didn’t foresee that we’d trade fats for unlimited sugar and fructose and bowls of white rice or pasta.

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Doctors Reveal Their Most Recommended Weight-Loss Programs

As I mentioned here somewhere last summer my doctor recommened that I go on the “Dash Diet” onstensivly to help me get my blood pressure under control (and take a vitamin D supplement since my vitamin D level was low). Talking about the overhyped “Gluten-Free” craze on FaceBook and my other blog this past week and what doctors might say about going “gluten free” I wondered what were doctors really recommending in the ways of diets.

This news story (it a news story, NOT a report on a scientifically design meta analysis) from 2014 had a ranking list from the survey that was conducted:

  1. Weight Watchers
  2. South Beach Diet
  3. Dash For Health
  4. Jenny Craig
  5. Nutrisystem

All of these diets are really about just getting a conscious handle and control on your overall calorie consumption. The South Beach Diet may tilt a little towards to HCLF and Atkins end of the spectrum where the Dash For Health diet leans toward removing excess salt (sodium) form our diets but they are all still clustered close around the idea of overall calorie consumption control. They are all about achieving a balance.

I do want to say that none of the diets on the top of this list are about reducing or cutting out gluten. The only people who need to do that are the 1% of the population that suffer from celiac diesease and the -1% that may actually suffer from NCGS (see my RationallyThinkingOutLoud blog post)

Doctors Reveal Their Most Recommended Weight-Loss Programs

The Daily Meal announced its latest report, 12 Best and Worst Weight-Loss Programs According to the Experts, in partnership with Everyday Health and MedPage Today. Tapping into the MedPage Today audience of healthcare professionals, The Daily Meal surveyed nearly 1,000 physicians, clinicians, dietitians, and nurse practitioners, to determine which commercial weight-loss diets are recommended and which ones should be avoided.

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