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10 Common Heart Health Myths Debunked

10 Common Heart Health Myths Debunked

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Many people mistakenly believe a few extra pounds can't hurt, or that saturated fat is bad for them. Discover the 10 most common heart health fallacies and what Dr. Sinatra wants you to know to protect your heart health.

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Healthy, Inspiring Books for Children

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For the holidays, my wife and I passed on electronic gadgets and are instead giving books to the children in our lives. Unlike electronic gadgets, books don't emit harmful electropollution and reading them together will create lasting memories...

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GMO Food Labeling: Is CT a Winner?

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Connecticut is the home state of my wife, six grown children, five of our ten grandchildren, and my former clinical practice. Plus, this month that same home state has been front and center in the headlines for  "unanimously" passing a GMO Labeling bill by a vote of with a unanimous 35-1 vote. But while that sounds like a victory, the fight is far from over...
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Is Red Meat Safe?

Is Red Meat Safe?

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Learn more about a study in Nature Medicine that determined fat and cholesterol in red meat isn’t what causes cardiovascular risk, it’s the L-carnitine.

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Winter Survival for Your Body and Mind

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One way to get through the post-holiday winter stretch is to start anticipating and planning your summer vacation time.  If you, like me, enjoy taking time to do something for your mind and body when you travel, I have a great suggestion for you. Consider joining me for a weekend in New England this June...

 

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Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

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It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays. Protect your digestive system with a little bacteria—the good kind, of course. Find out how to supplement your holiday diet with probiotics.

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Happiness Can Extend Your Life

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The power or positive thinking can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. People with less enjoyment in their lives were three times more likely to die before their happier counterparts. Learn more about how your attitude can impact your health.
 

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Indoor Tanning is Risky Business

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Before you turn to a tanning bed to maintain your summer glow this winter, consider the health risks. For instance, studies show that indoor tanning is linked to malignant melanoma, the deadliest kind. Learn other reasons why indoor tanning isn't worth the risk.
 

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

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Your cell phone could be a real danger to your heart, especially if you have a pacemaker. The microwave frequency of cell phones can interfere with your heart and your pacemaker's electrical wiring. Take a few simple precautions to protect yourself.
 

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

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September is World Alzheimer's Month and it is a good time to be aware of another illness that mimics Alzheimer's and attacks mental function -- vascular dementia. Learn more about this condition and its classic symptoms.
 

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Heart-Felt Lessons from the Olympics

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Seeing the physical exertion that athletes endure to train for the Olympics is awe-inspiring, but it also points out a dangerous health threat—cardiac arrest. What any athlete, and you, can do to avoid the risk.
 

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Mood-Boosting Foods

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When you're feeling stressed or blue, some foods just make you feel better. But they aren't all good for you. Discover the healthiest foods for boosting your mood.

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Happy Decoration Day!

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Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day—but no matter what we call it, this day is for remembering all of the men and women who have defended our nation.

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Mindful Summer Escapes

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Worried that all that dining out on summer vacation will take a toll on your waistline? Consider a healthier spin on summer vacation with a trip to a medi-spa. Find out how you can relax and renew in a healthy environment.

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Protect Your Vision with Fish

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A recent study on vision conducted a dietary analysis of more than 38,000 women and found that those who ate one or more fish meals a week were decidedly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.

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Israel Issues a New Warning About Cell Phone Dangers

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The Israeli parliament has given blanket approval to a bill requiring cell phones there to bear the following health alert: “Warning—the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.”

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5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

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Discover how to incorporate heart-healthy snacks, such as almonds and blueberries, into your heart-healthy diet plan, as recommended by Dr. Sinatra.

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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

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Learn more about why Dr. Stephen Sinatra believes that cell phones cause cancer, with additional supportive findings from the World Health Organization and the National Toxicology Program.

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Can Optimism Improve Your Health?

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Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Research has found that optimists are not only happier, they’re also healthier, live longer, and recover from illnesses better than those with less cheery outlooks. 

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Stroke Symptoms for Women

Stroke Symptoms for Women

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Discover the stroke symptoms for women, and how they often differ greatly from the traditional symptoms that men will experience when suffering a stroke.

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

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Discover Dr. Sinatra's take on enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure, including how it works and where to seek out a facility that administers EECP. 

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Cordless Phones: New Heart Risk Factor?

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Dr. Magda Havas’ provocation study on cordless phones and heart rate variability is a landmark finding in that it is the first to objectively and measurably show that the cardiovascular system DOES, indeed, respond to wireless EMF exposure. 

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I'm a Hoosier at Heart

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Jan and I love to check out what’s at our local cinema, but what we really relish is to settle in for the night with one of our many favorites. And, for me, Hoosiers tops the list.

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The Heart-Brain Connection

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The largest vessel to emerge from the left ventricle is your aorta, and it has two major arteries—the carotids, which branch and send blood directly to the brain. That's why, when dealing with any arrest of the heartbeat, we know that the brain is the first body organ to feel the pinch in blood flow.

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Mammography in Controversy

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Reduction of net benefit in 40- to 49-year-old women is due to harms associated with regular mammography screening, including “psychological harms, unnecessary imaging tests and biopsies in women without cancer, and inconvenience due to false-positive screening results."

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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

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Time is a precious commodity for everyone these days. And finding the time to eat right can be downright challenging. Fortunately, this easy salad is not only a breeze to put together, but it tastes great and is a great choice for a light lunch or side dish with dinner. And since it’s low glycemic, it’s a perfect recipe for people living with diabetes.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Comprised of national public service organizations, government agencies, and professional media associations, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month actively provides information about breast cancer, as well as access to screening services.

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Postoperative Resistance Training

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Dr. Sinatra is a big fan of resistance training, and used this great form of exercise to prepare for hip replacement surgery. He then focused on strengthening his upper body, as he knew he’d need it while using a walker postoperatively for a while.

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Benefits of Resistance Training

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Rather, resistance training is defined as any exercise that involves contracting your muscles against some form of external resistance—a dumbbell, rubber exercise tubing, or even your own body weight. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, the goal of resistance training is “to gradually and progressively overload the musculoskeletal system so it gets stronger.”

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Don't Lug Your Luggage

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Dr. Sinatra wrote about airport angina in an issue of Heart, Health, and Nutrition years ago. For those of you who missed it, here is a synopsis of his tips for heart patients.

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How Dangerous is Your Bathroom?

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Our bathrooms may be a minefield of toxins. Some of the compounds in things like our daily shampoos contain chemicals that have never been tested for safety in terms of human consumption. Others may contribute to physical dilemmas ranging from cancer to infertility.

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Rosemary to the Rescue

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Rosemary helps to prevent the buildup of toxic carcinogens in the meats and even contains compounds that prevent skin cancers. It’s also a great antioxidant.

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Avandia and Your Heart

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Whenever there is a whiff of danger about taking a drug—and there is question about an increased risk for both heart attack and heart failure in those taking Avandia—then the potential risks out-trump the benefits. It’s just a no-brainer. Why put yourself in harm’s way if there is even a slight doubt?

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Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

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Vitamin and mineral supplements are not substitutes for a proper diet, but even the rare American who eats a balanced diet does not get the amount of nutritionals needed to combat the toxins and heart risk factors that threaten his/her health. This is why it’s critical that you take a quality multivitamin/mineral supplement with antioxidants every day with your meals. It’s just smart cardiovascular nutrition.

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Secondhand Smoke Even Hurts Your Pets

Secondhand Smoke Even Hurts Your Pets

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Cats living with smoking owners have double the rate of feline leukemia, more breathing problems like asthma, and higher rates of oral cancers (when cats lick their smoke-laden fur, grooming themselves delivers toxins to the mouth). Dogs cohabitating with smokers are at risk for lung and nasal cancers.

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A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

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A sudden cardiac death occurs once every minute and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the onset of symptoms. Discover why Dr. Sinatra says there is a powerful mind/body connection that may be the secret cause of these sudden deaths.

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Cooking for Cancer

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Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, believes that “a grounding activity such as cooking and eating well can provide more than nourishment; it can offer a huge psychological boost.”

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Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Book Review

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It’s not usual that I feel compelled to write a book review, let alone one about nutrition. But I have come across one that is such a real winner for helping folks deal with the day-to-day aspects of cancer treatment, that it makes a great resource.

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