Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 2 – The Four Wheels of Health

General Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health
Here’s the second of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 2 of 8: THE FOUR WHEELS OF HEALTH THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God? WHO SAID IT … WALT LARIMORE Walt Larimore is one of America's best-known family physicians and has been listed in the Guide to America's Top Family Doctors and the Best Doctors in America. He's been a practicing family physician for around three decades—delivering more than 1,500 babies. Walt has been a medical journalist since 1995 and has served as…
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Lactoferrin for Acne. Does It Work?

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Drinking cow's milk enriched with the protein lactoferrin may improve acne by up to 20 percent, researchers report in the journal Nutrition. Here are details from the experts at The Natural Standard: Earlier laboratory studies have suggested that lactoferrin-enriched cow's milk may have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. In a recent study, 36 adults with acne were randomly assigned to drink fermented milk supplemented with 200 milligrams of lactoferrin or non-enriched fermented milk daily for 12 weeks. Every four weeks, the researchers recorded the participants' acne severity and lesion counts. At the beginning and end of the study, the authors evaluated the skin's hydration, sebum (oily secretions), pH, and surface lipids. By the end of the study, the number of inflammatory lesions, total lesion count, and acne severity significantly decreased by 38.6 percent,…
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TV show contestants on “The Biggest Loser” lose fat while preserving muscle mass, study shows

Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
USA Today reports, "The grueling boot-camp workouts on NBC's The Biggest Loser help contestants lose large amounts of body fat while preserving their muscle mass, a new study shows." The "scientists measured the weight, body composition and resting metabolic rate of the 16 participants at the start of the show, at Week 6 and at Week 30, the finale." The findings, presented recently at the meeting of the Obesity Society in San Diego, noted that "overall, the contestants dropped from an average 49% body fat to 27%," and "after 30 weeks, participants lost an average of 128 pounds; 81% was body fat and 19% was fat-free mass, mostly muscle."
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Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
Last week I blogged on the topic "Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer: What’s a Woman to Do?" That blog was somewhat technical -- although I think it presented both the benefits and the risks of mammography -- and the fact that this is routine mammography is NOT by any means an easy decision to make. Now, a far more intimate and personal look at the topic is featured in a special report in the Washington Post where Veneta Masson, a nurse practitioner and writer living in Washington, explained the reasons for her decision to stop getting mammograms: Masson cited a 2008 report by the Nordic Cochrane Center in Denmark, which noted that "if 2,000 women are screened regularly for ten years, one will benefit from the screening, as she will…
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