Breastfeeding. It’s all around us, from the pages of Glamour magazine and storming social media, to the age-old paintings on the walls of the Louvre Museum in Paris. These days you can’t seem to get away from the subject. As National Breastfeeding Month comes to a close, it is imperative that people not only see the trendy side of breastfeeding, but also appreciate the science behind it.
Reports of your holiday weight gain have been greatly exaggerated. Media stories often suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And in surveys, people say they gain, on average, about five pounds this time of year. But several studies now show that the average weight gain during the winter holidays is just one pound. Continue reading
October kicks-off the time of year where libations abound, commencing with Oktoberfest and culminating with New Year’s celebrations. While occasional and modest indulgences are seemingly harmless, knowing how much and how often may help prevent life-altering (and sometimes life-threatening) consequences. And yet, an unusual medical paradox exists. For centuries humans have been consuming alcohol for both secular and religious purposes, and there is some evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol may have health benefits. So wherein lies the compromise?
It’s fall! … and flu season. Blah, blah, boring! Perhaps, but understanding why you (and your family) cannot afford to forgo the flu vaccine is the goal here. This is an enjoyable time of year and traditionally very busy. You don’t have time to be in bed with I-just-got-hit-by-a-truck body aches and fever of 103 for four days.