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Is your immune system properly trained? A warning to all germaphobes.

Is your immune system properly trained? A warning to all germaphobes. Several years ago, Purell hand sanitizer dispensers were everywhere, and so were outbreaks of norovirus.  There was a known association between the use of these sanitizers and illnesses.  Weren’t these hand sanitizers supposed to protect us from germs? The truth is, bacteria and other germs are all around us.  Another truth is that our immune system is constantly being trained to counteract infections and build up immunities on a regular basis.   Did using Purell have the side effect of making our immune systems less effective? Did many of Read More »

C Diff and the new poop wars; the problem with curative fecal transplants, big pharma and the interests of the public.

C Diff and the new poop wars; the problem with curative fecal transplants, big pharma and the interests of the public. Fecal transplants are known to cure problems such as c diff also known as Clostridium difficile which is a spore forming bacterial infection that can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea and in a percentage of the cases, can result in death. The spores  are often found in the soil and infections can be caused by improper food handling.   The spores are resistant to stomach acid and pass through resulting in infections in the colon.    The condition has been Read More »

Is CBD for real, or is this a new snake oil fad.

Is CBD for real, or is this a new snake oil fad. Cannabidiol, or CBD is the part of the marijuana plant that will not get you intoxicated, but if you believe the hype, it will relieve pain, and help your depression, insomnia and relieve anxiety. It is likely that marijuana will become legal for recreational use in many if not all states.  It has already been legalized in Canada and Colorado and current legislation in NJ is being finalized. As with any mania, often, the buzz behind the product is often stronger than the effectiveness of the product. A Read More »

Burning fat may be easier than you think if you follow this advice from the New York Times.

Burning fat may be easier than you think if you follow this advice from the New York Times. The warmer weather is finally coming to New Jersey and many of us are looking forward to outdoor activities and the beach. You many have a few winter pounds to shed and would like to find the easiest way to burn off that fat.  Some of us will work hard at it with a lot of cardio and other exercise. Unfortunately, the more cardio you do, the more your body will want to consume. According to the NY Times, a few minutes Read More »

The amount of push-ups you can do may be a good predictor of your heart health according to the NY Times.

The amount of push-ups you can do may be a good predictor of your heart health according to the NY Times. How many push-ups can you do? Push-ups are a great upper body exercise that also focuses on upper core stability, while helping you stabilize your lower core and the surrounding muscles which include the lower and mid traps, shoulders as well as the lats. Some people do push-ups in multiple sets, although we advise that people do one set to fatigue for a better cardio workout.   The other reason is that exercising to fatigue is similar to how Read More »