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Grace Danger in a Pill: Hydroxycut Products Declared Unsafe by the FDA

As the top selling diet aid in America, Hydroxycut is used by millions annually who are looking to lose weight or increase their muscle tone.  However, recent reports of health issues linked to these products have spurred the FDA to order their recall in the United States. The Canadian-made products have been voluntarily recalled by the company and are no longer available for sale in this country.

Liver Failure, Jaundice, and Death – Oh My!

Hydroxycut products are used by both dieters and bodybuilders because of their ability to burn fat efficiently, drop pounds, and increase stamina.

However, some of the ...

Mark Jolley The Benefits of the Infamous Acai Berry

The small berry that grows in the Amazon Rainforest, known as the acai berry, has received plenty of publicity of late. In fact, Dr. Nicholas Perricone has listed the acai berry as the number one super food in his book, "The Perricone Promise."  It turns out this grape-sized fruit provides a whopping serving of health benefits, including more antioxidant power and nutritional value than nearly any other food selection. We will delve into the mysteries and benefits of the acai berry to discover what all the hype is all about.

Antioxidant Power

Our world is full of free radicals that ...

Mark Jolley How to Become Ripped with Kettlebells

Kettlebells have been a well-kept secret among Russian athletes for the past few decades. Eventually, word got out that ripped Russian gymnasts were using kettlebell workouts to give them the competitive edge. In fact, it was a Russian strength training coach, Pavel Tsatsouline, who is originally credited with bringing these workouts to California. The training method spread like wildfire throughout the US, and now many athletes and fitness buffs have incorporated kettlebells into their exercise regimen. We've got the lowdown on kettlebells, from where you can get them to how to use them for greatest benefit.

What are Kettlebells ...

Mark Jolley H1N1: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate Against the Swine Flu?

Although the H1N1 influenza virus seems to be packing just a novice punch thus far, history indicates that our medical community should be on standby in the event that more severe cases begin to appear later this year. The flu pandemic of 1918 proves a virus that starts off mildly in the spring and all but disappears in the summer could return with a vengeance when fall rolls around. This leaves the current administration in a quandary in terms of what to do about an H1N1 flu vaccine.

When Will the Vaccine Be Ready?

The first step in creating a ...

Mark Jolley 'Tis the Season for Sneezin'

May is Asthma and Allergies Awareness Month, which is quite timely when you consider how many of us begin sniffling and sneezing this time of year. However, it can be hard to know if nasal congestion is allergies, a common cold, or (gulp) a certain influenza strain currently circling the globe. If your nose is crying for mercy, learn about how you can tell whether you should run for the antihistamine, the chicken soup, or the doctor's office.

Being Nosy and Comparing Symptoms

Both a cold and allergies sport a runny nose. Flu symptoms do not always include nasal ...

Mark Jolley The Light Bulb at GE's Headquarters Helps to Lower Health Care Costs

General Electric Co. unveiled plans to lower health care costs for parts of the US and across the globe, according to an Associated Press story this week. Despite financial struggles this year amid the recession, the company will dedicate resources into health care because it believes this industry will be a "likely growth area" over the next few years. The plan includes a $6 billion investment to lower health care costs in deserving areas of the United States and abroad in countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia.

How the GE Healthcare Program Will Work

The plan is a multifaceted one that ...

Mark Jolley Bi-Partisan Plan to Improve Medicare in the Works

Two key senators from opposite parties have banded together to revamp Medicare, as reported by the New York Times. The senators are working on a list of recommendations that would hold doctors and hospitals accountable for the level of care they provide. The hope is that this proposal will improve treatment for patients with chronic conditions, as well as those who come into the hospital for a life threatening emergency, such as a heart attack or pneumonia.

Charles E. Grassley, a senior senator from Iowa, and Max Baucus, a democratic senator from Montana, have teamed together to draft these Medicare ...

Grace Make Fitness Fun with Laughter Yoga

At first, it sounds like a bizarre, insider's fitness joke. Spend an exercise session laughing with others and you can improve your health and mental outlook.  Does this sound crazy?  The results may have you thinking twice! 

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter yoga is sweeping the country, showing up in fitness centers and health clubs coast to coast. It may not be the fastest way to lose weight or build a six pack, but it sure does seem to help plenty of people unwind and look on the brighter side of life.

Laughter yoga was developed by Dr. Madan ...

Grace Keeping Healthy with Probiotics – Your Friendly Neighborhood Bacteria

If you pick up any health publication today, you will likely read new studies about the powers of probiotics.  These live microorganisms have received plenty of positive press in recent years. It turns out that probiotics in food or supplements can provide our bodies with significant health benefits.  We've got the skinny on what probiotics are and how they can be used for optimal health benefit.

What are Probiotics?

According to the World Health Organization, probiotics can be defined as live microorganisms that provide a health benefit when administered in appropriate amounts. The live microorganisms in this case are ...

Grace Stem Cell Research Enjoys an Injection from Obama

Stem cell research has received a boost of support from the Obama administration, but it is not as big as some scientists were hoping. After President Obama signed an executive order authorizing federal funding of a wider range of stem cell research, he gave the ball over to the National Institutes of Health to determine precisely which stem cells could be used. The NIH came back with guidelines stating that stem cells from embryos of fertility procedures would be allowed. The embryos in question are those that would be discarded rather than implanted or donated.

The Embryo Scenario

Many couples ...

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