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April 14, 2015

America’s Family Pet Expo Trends Toward Natural

Nature’s Logic, Canine Caviar and Mary’s Free Range Pet Food were just a few of the healthy lines available at this year’s America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Nature’s Logic boasts 100 percent natural, whole food ingredients and no synthetic vitamins, no corn, wheat, rice, soy, potato, tapioca or gluten, no chemical preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, and no ingredients from China.

Canine Caviar offers an alkaline dog food and GMO- and gluten-free supplements and treats.

Mary’s Free Range Pet Food offers raw food for dogs and cats with no antibiotics (ever) and no preservatives. Its Chicken Formula for dogs is USDA [...]

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April 5, 2015

Commentary: Why Athletes Should Give Acupuncture a Try

Considered part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is one of the oldest, continually practiced ancient medicines. It’s become a mainstay in alternative medicine, right next to chiropractic work.

How can athletes use the power of acupuncture to improve their game? Well, it’s not an alternative to old-fashioned training, but it can assist an athlete who is already on a rigorous regimen.

One of the best uses could be for treating muscles and joints in a particular area to prevent potential injury while training. Injury prevention is one of the easiest ways to make sure an athlete will never get off of his or her training schedule.

It’s hard to train when [...]

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April 4, 2015

Can Loneliness Really Affect Your Health?

Loneliness can be harmful to your physical health as well as your mental state. This feeling of loneliness is much different than simply being alone.

Loneliness affects more than 60 million Americans and those affected rarely show any outward symptoms. It’s a deadly problem in America and even the ones affected might not realize how damaging it may be to their health.

Occasionally feeling lonely is normal, but chronic loneliness should be taken more seriously because it can lead to an array of health problems – including, according to research, cutting down your life expectancy.

One study linked a higher risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular decline to [...]

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April 1, 2015

Commentary: Happy April Fools’ Day! – Have a Laugh or Two for Your Health

A man walks into his doctor’s office with cucumber slices on his eyes, a carrot up his nose and bananas in his ears. “What’s wrong with me, doc?” he asks. “That’s easy,” his doctor replies. “You’re not eating properly!”  

OK, so maybe you thought that was funny and maybe you didn’t, but if you got a belly laugh, you just burned, on average, 3.5 calories. And according to Maciej S. Buchowski, who headed a study on calorie expenditure, 15 minutes of laughter per day could burn up to 50 calories, which… is roughly the equivalent of one Hershey’s Kiss.

The physiological study of laughter is called gelotology. It’s an actual thing – I’m not even kidding – and while we all [...]

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