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Summary: RadioMD’s “talking” Health A-Z Interviews with experts in the world of health, including world-renowned physicians, authors and celebrities in every area of health, wellness, fitness and medicine. Learn the best ways to stay fit, stay healthy and stay well.
From brain games to fish oils, learn what really works for enhancing brain function.As you age, your brain performance may slow down. Dr. Alvaro Fernandez, author of The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness, joins Dr. Mike to discuss what really works (and what doesn't) when it comes to improving brain health and performance at any age. Learn how you can avoid the clutter of misconceptions, superficial and conflicting media coverage, and aggressive false marketing claims that exist out in the market today.
Intermittent fasting has been practiced for centuries but is now making a pretty big comeback. Why? Because, research shows it can add years to your life.One of the longest living men in the world, Walter Breuning, practiced what is called intermittent fasting. In fact, he attributed his good health to it. Breuning passed away in 2011 at age 114, but his life can certainly be an example for all of us today. If you've ever thought about fasting, you may want to seriously give it a chance. After all, it may actually add years to your life.
The school year brings all sorts of colds, ailments and even lice. So, when do you give in and keep your kid home from school?Now that they are back in school, you can expect your kids to come home with all sorts of colds, ailments and even lice. The big question is, when do you give in and keep them home from school? After all, keeping them out of school can mean a hassle at work, causing you to juggle schedules around. And if they're just "playing possum," you'll do all that work for nothing. But if your child is really sick, then you have to have a back-up game plan; both for taking them to the doctor if necessary, and staying home with them to care for them. Or even to possibly keep them from playing video games all day. What is a parent to do? Dr. Anita Chandra, MD, and Melanie Cole, MS, offer you the signs, symptoms and reasons to why and when you should keep your kids home from school... and when you should send them on their way.
The transition from summer days to school days is much harder on the kids than it is on YOU. So how can you ease their pain?It is that time again... time to send the kids back to school. That might be a sigh of relief for you, but the transition for your children isn't quite so easy or welcome. Over the summer they have had down time, video game time, and just plain lazy time. Now they have activities, sports, lessons and homework. Special guest, Dr. Anita Chandra, MD, and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss the best ways to get your children back into the school routine, as well as ways to help them focus on learning.
From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, sleep problems can affect everyone in the family.Sooner or later, most parents face challenges at bedtime. From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, sleep problems can affect everyone in the family. "Almost every day in my clinical practice, at least one of my parents brings up a question about sleep," says Pediatrician, Dr. Rachel Moon. "Many are unhappy or frustrated because the child isn't sleeping how, when, or where the parents want. What I usually find is that the sleep problem is often one that could have been avoided." In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Moon joins Melanie Cole, MS, to help you make sense of conflicting (and potentially dangerous) information widely available about sleep, including understanding what is normal and typical for a child's age and stage of development, to establishing bedtime routines and rituals. She also offers you smart solutions in easy-to-understand language.
The Affordable Care Act is implementing some big changes as of October 1. Learn what this means for you and your family.Since it took effect in 2010, the healthcare reform law, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, has made important changes to the way health care coverage works for children and families. Starting October 1, 2013, you can compare insurance options to find the right plan for you and your family. It may seem confusing, and it is. The ACA has many moving parts and pieces that make up the Act as a whole. But you can make sense of it with a little help. Dr Anne Edwards, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share with you a comprehensive list of key things you should know about this open enrollment option, and what it means for you and your loved ones.
Coaching a youth sport can be a fun way to reconnect with your kids. Or is it?Your child is begging you to coach their team. So you say, "why not?" After all, coaching a youth sports team can be a fun way to connect and spend time with your kids. But then reality sets in... Now you might be thinking, "What did I get myself into?" Do you even know what to do to get the kids ready for play? Are there certain injuries and other first aid requirements you should know about before you venture into this? What are the current resources available on safe practices in coaching for the general public? Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. Andrew Gregory, MD, help you figure out the rules and regulations for coaching and where to find the best information to be the best team coach you can be.
So many supplements claim to help you lose weight faster. Do they really work?There are so many supplements out there that claim to make your workout better, and just as many that say they can help you shed those pesky pounds faster and easier. But do they really work? And are they safe? In this day and age, with all the athletes getting caught using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), you want to make sure you're getting what you pay for. It's confusing, to be sure. What can you make of this dizzying world of potions, pills, and powders? Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. Andrew Gregory, MD, help you sort out the fact from the fiction in the wide, wide world of sport supplements.
Have you heard of Tabata Training? Could it be your perfect workout?Have you ever heard of Tabata Training? There are so many circuit training workouts out there, it may be difficult to figure out which one is best for you. Could Tabata be it? Tabata is a high intensity circuit workout that is often penned the "Ultimate 4-Minute Workout" because of that intensity. The circuit involves eight back-to-back 30-second intervals, with 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. It was first developed by a Japanese professor, who integrated it into his speed skater's workouts and noticed that they became faster using Tabata rather than the moderate intensity exercise they were used to. Tabata works so well because it forces your body to perform anaerobic and aerobic exercise, and mixes up your metabolic process. So, do you need special equipment? A membership to a fancy fitness studio? Nope. All you need, according to fitness expert Neal Pire, MA, is a PLAN. Join Neal and Melanie Cole, MS, to learn more about Tabata and if it just might be your perfect workout.
Have you tried every exercise you can think of to get the coveted six-pack? Get ready to feel those abs with these ultimate core exercises.Have you tried crunches, sit-ups and every other exercise you can think of to get your abs in shape and achieve the coveted six-pack... but to no avail? Maybe your approach is off. As you age, have babies and miss exercise time, your abdominal muscles can get weaker (and flabbier). But they don't have to. Melanie Cole, MS, and fitness expert, Neal Pire, MA, offer you the best exercises for your core. Get ready to feel those abs!
Cultures around the world rely on plants for medicine, cosmetics and more. Learn how they can benefit you and your beauty routine."Mother Nature knows best." This is the mantra of the Wild Medicine Exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden, and of special guest and botanical expert, Dr. Michael Balick. Dr. Balick joins David to share the amazing benefits of plants when it comes to both medicine and beauty. Cultures around the world have relied on plants for medicine, cosmetics and more for hundreds of years. And now, scientists have identified over 1500 compounds in certain plants... all of which benefit you internally and externally. For instance, dark chocolate - which comes from the cocoa bean - can help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. And cocoa butter is a key ingredient in many cosmetic products. Chamomile tea is a relaxant and anti-spasmodic when ingested in internally, but can also reduce eye puffiness and even help you recover from pinkeye when applied topically. And, jewel weed can be extremely beneficial when treating things like sunburn and poison ivy. These are just a few of the over 500 different species that the Wild Medicine Exhibit covers, and a tiny portion of the plants that can be used as modern therapeutics. If you want to learn more about how these botanicals can benefit you and your beauty routine, you don't want to miss this informative interview.
Learn the latest color trends in makeup so you can look your best for the coming school year and all year long.Do you want to look amazing and impress all your friends this school year? Whether you are in school or in the workforce...or just want to look amazing on a night out, Cara Brook, Allure's Beauty Blogger of the Year and Beauty Inside Out's go-to beauty expert is here to help. Learn the hottest trends and colors in makeup this season.
Look your best when heading to school or work with some key time-saving beauty and style tricks.Whether it's for school or work, you want to look your best. In fact, beauty and style is as much a part of your repertoire as school and work supplies. Beauty and style expert and Glamamom, Jill Seiman, joins David and Lisa to provide you with some excellent time-saving tips to help you look amazing when you head to work or school. Jill goes over fast skincare techniques, essential makeup tricks and easy and elegant fashion accessorizing.
Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is due to emotions. It is a huge barrier to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.Food can be very comforting. Emotional eating is the desire to eat when you are feeling stressed, anxious, angry, or sad. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is due to emotions. And, aside from the emotion part of it, this type of eating is a huge barrier to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Serotonin (a neurotransmitter found in the human brain) is a substance designed to transmit messages from one nerve cell to another. It relays signals to the brain to regulate how a person feels. Serotonin levels determine your mood and can affect other behaviors such as hunger, sleep, sexual response, anger, depression and anxiety. Low levels of serotonin become even more of a problem when you eat large amounts of refined sugar, starches or carbohydrates. When you have reduced levels of serotonin, this sends a signal to your brain that your body is hungry. Studies have shown a direct link between obesity caused by overeating and low levels of serotonin. People with low levels of serotonin tend to be overweight and feel the need to eat constantly. The more sugar you ingest, the more your pancreas creates insulin. If there's too much insulin and it cannot be used, your body metabolizes it into artery-clogging fat. Since the food you eat affects your serotonin levels, an unhealthy diet can make you more dependent on carbs and sugar to make yourself feel better. It's time to change your habits and re-train your brain! Nutritionist, personal trainer, and health educator, Cynthia Sass, helps you overcome your emotional eating and relearn how to eat... and only when your body is actually hungry.
How can you tell if your protein bar is actually healthy or doing more harm than good?As their name suggests, protein bars contain a significant amount of protein. They can be a a convenient small meal or snack, especially when you're on the go. Many protein bar manufacturers claim their bars can help you lose weight, build muscle and give you a much-needed energy boost. Not only that, but protein bars can be a great substitution for vegetarians who should eat a variety of protein-containing foods each day. If you're a vegetarian, you know that you need to be conscious of what sources you are getting your protein from. Vegetarian or not, you have to be careful. A lot of protein bars, or "nutrition" bars, can end up being more like candy bars, since they harbor stealth ingredients like hydrogenated oils, saturated fat, sugar, and sugar alcohols, and can be very high in calories. How can you tell if your bar is healthy or doing more harm than good? Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, MD, unwraps the health-food hype and lists the ingredients to look for, and shares the nutritionist-approved protein bar options.