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March 2024 Issue

  • Why You Should Care About Lp(a)
  • Speaking of Wellness: The Annual Wellness Exam
  • Resistant Starch
  • Sleep and Dementia
  • Cough Medicine
  • Gua Sha
  • Strength Training and Blood Pressure
  • Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes

As our article on resistant starch discusses, potatoes (and other starchy foods) can have some rather unexpected benefits, making them good foods to bring...
Gua sha

Gua Sha: An Ancient Healing Technique

Gua sha—also known as skin scraping, scraping therapy, or press-stroking—is a traditional ancient healing therapy practiced in China and Southeast Asia that has made its way into integrative medicine...
Are colds contagious?

How Long Are You Contagious When You Have a Cold?

I have a cold and don't want to infect my family and friends. How long am I considered contagious? As a general rule, adults with a cold will be able...
sugar alcohols

Sugar Alcohols: Neither Sugars Nor Alcohol

I see “sugar alcohol” listed on quite a number of food labels, often on products boasting low sugar or low calories. What is this ingredient? Also called polyols, sugar alcohols...
cough medicine

Got a Cough?

If a sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, and headache aren’t enough to make you feel miserable from a cold or other acute upper respiratory infection this winter, you may...
resistant starch

Resistant Starch: The Latest ‘Fiber’ to Seek Out

Have you heard the one about pasta and potatoes being good for you? (There’s a catch, but it’s a pretty easy workaround and something people routinely do anyway, as...
Annual Wellness Exam

The Annual Wellness Exam: An Ounce of Prevention

On National Public Radio, there used to be two brothers, “Click” and “Clack,” who would talk about cars. Their show, Car Talk, was funny, and you could learn a...
lower blood pressure

Lifting Weights to Lower Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, strength training (also called resistance training or weight training) may help lower it, according to an analysis of clinical trials published in the...
sleep and dementia

Sleep and Dementia: A Possible Connection

In May 2023, the journal BMC Medicine published a study from a UC Berkeley team on the relationship between deep sleep—also known as slow-wave sleep—and Alzheimer’s disease. The paper,...
Lp(a) Cholesterol

Why You Should Care About Lp(a)

You probably know about the need to lower “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and stroke. But there’s another...
Wellness Letter February 2024

February 2024 Issue

  • Drug Discount Programs
  • Speaking of Wellness: Imposter Syndrome
  • Portfolio Diet
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Long Covid
  • Exercise and Erectile Dysfunction
  • Chocolate Bundt Cake