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antiperspirants

Antiperspirants: Bad for Your Kidneys?

I noticed that my antiperspirant has a label that states “Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.” Why is that, and should I be concerned that...
Stuttering

Stuttering: The Courage to Conquer

What causes stuttering, how is it treated, and does it indicate any kind of underlying cognitive issue? Stuttering (also known as stammering) is a disruption in the  normal flow and rhythm...
chatbot

Trust Your Doctor Over a Chatbot

Chatbots can instantly offer answers to your burning questions, but if you’re looking for medical advice, stick with your doctor. That’s my advice after reading a recent study in...
July 2024 Issue of the Wellness Letter

July 2024 Issue

  • Decoding Dates on Food
  • Speaking of Wellness: Healthwashing
  • Berberine Supplements
  • Boxing for Fitness
  • Noise Pollution
  • Marijuana and the Heart
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Crab, Grapefruit, & Avocado Salad
Crab, Grapefruit and avocado salad

Crab, Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

This main-course salad is similar to a classic dish called Crab Louis. The origins of the dish are disputed (several West Coast chefs have been credited with the invention),...
Fitness Boxing

‘Fitness’ Boxing, a Sport for All Ages

Most people probably don’t naturally gravitate to boxing as a workout activity. But it’s worth considering at any age, since this sport, which involves both upper and lower body...
Marijuana

Marijuana and Your Heart

It’s well known that smoking cigarettes takes a toll on the heart, and now a large study in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests the same may...
Dietary Supplement

A Guide to Dietary Supplements

What is a dietary supplement? By definition, it is a substance taken by mouth in whatever form (gel, capsule, tablet, powder, and so on), but is not a food....
the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

How Did Dietary Supplements Achieve Their Status?

In 1994, federal legislation—the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), passed after intensive lobbying by the supplements industry—essentially removed dietary supplements from most regulation by the FDA. Dietary...
Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements: The ABCs of GMPs

Critics of the industry have long warned that you don’t really know what you’re getting when you buy supplements. Over the years, there have been numerous reports of products...