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Posted 12/25/13 at 5:41 PM | Bright Ideas

Infographic: Burning Those Christmas Calories

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Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. If you are like me, you indulged in delicious food filled with calories.

The following infographic shows that the average Christmas dinner in Britain contains 956 calories. It would take 126 minutes of tennis to burn that many calories.

If you would like to estimate how many calories you consumed today, try out the Holiday Calorie Calculator.

WebMD's exercise calculator will show how much exercise you need to burn away these calories.


Posted 12/22/13 at 11:50 PM | Sylvie Simms

Anorexia and Your Body

Anorexia is a serious and potentially life-threatening disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight when in reality they are starved and clearly malnourished. This distortion in body image along with an intense fear of gaining weight leads such individuals to engage in extreme behaviors in attempts to lose weight. Some for example, engage in deliberate starvation and excessive exercising; others attempt to lose weight by self-induced vomiting or misusing laxatives.

Although anorexia is known mainly for its effect on body weight, it is also characterized by several other damaging symptoms. Although symptoms vary from person to person, common side effects include dry and chapped lips, tooth decay, and bruises. Often times, individuals with anorexia wear long sleeve shirts and pants to cover up bruising. Thinning hair is also common among people with anorexia.

Along with all the visible symptoms associated with anorexia, the disorder is known to cause internal damage as well. In as little as six months, anorexia can greatly impact bones, causing lifelong complications. In fact, 90% of women experience loss of bone calcium and 40% experience loss of bone density. In addition, as the body itself loses mass, heart muscle loss occurs at a preferential rate, making the heart smaller and dangerously weaker. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/13 at 3:40 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Help! I Can't Eat Just One Sugar Cookie

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By Dr. Rhona Epstein

7 Tips for Handling Your Holiday Food Triggers

With visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads, songs about desserts blasting over mall speakers, and excess food and drink at every turn, it’s the most tempting time of the year. Add in the extra holiday pressures and demands, and you have a recipe for disaster. For those of us who struggle to eat healthy and avoid food triggers that cause us to binge, the holidays can be far from sweet. Is there any way to avoid eating those delectable sugar cookies? Especially when you know that “just eating one” has never been an option for you?

I spent years struggling with my food triggers, especially my sugar addiction. But you can live free of your emotional and food triggers. I have, and I’ve helped clients do the same for almost 30 years. If you’re recovering from an unhealthy relationship with food, you can survive the holidays by simply planning ahead. Map out your plan now, and you’ll be amazed at the success you can enjoy, even during the holidays! FULL POST

Posted 12/6/13 at 6:01 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Does Technology Cause Depression?

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By David Murray

Psychologist Daniel Goleman describes our seemingly hedonistic age as “The age of melancholy” and blames the pervasive sadness on technology. He is quoted in this New Scientist article by Amichai-Hamburger (seriously!) which shares Goleman’s view of technological oppression and and proposes the solution of self-determination theory(SDT). SDT "identifies three vital elements of healthy personal development and functioning which can be used to calibrate our relationship with technology."

The first is autonomy – the feeling that our activities are self-chosen and self-endorsed. When we feel in control, we are able to organise our priorities and place effective boundaries around them. FULL POST

Posted 11/28/13 at 4:44 PM | Bright Ideas

Thanksgiving Foods Dangerous to Dogs

A friend of mine has a dog that is sick possibly from food poisoning. So I wanted to share this infographic from Dogington Post which shows 7 Thanksgiving foods and a drink to avoid sharing with your pets.

Meanwhile PetMD reports that green beans, mashed potatoes (without the gravy), and macaroni and cheese can be safe foods for your pets if harmful ingredients haven't been added to them.


Posted 11/27/13 at 5:24 PM | Bright Ideas

Infographic: Counting Thanksgiving Calories

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Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving Day could be renamed Calorie Day considering how much food Americans consume on this holiday. According to the Calorie Control Council, "The average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat from snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings."

Thanksgiving contributes to the obesity problem in which one-third of Americans are obese, reports The Washington Post.

The following infographic lists popular Thanksgiving foods, their caloric content and the exercise needed to burn those calories.

If you wonder how much exercise it will take to lose weight, try out WebMD's exercise calculator.


Posted 11/22/13 at 2:11 PM | Brian Wallace

Is WiFi The New Cigarette?

Recently, WiFi addiction has begun to be recognized as an affliction. What other health impacts does WiFi have? Take a look at this infographic from Iconic Displays to find out more.

Posted 11/20/13 at 4:05 AM | Sylvie Simms

Baby’s First 2 Years

The first two years of a baby’s life can be the most important. Learn about certain milestones babies are supposed to hit during these years.

Baby’s First 2 Years

Posted 11/19/13 at 8:43 PM | Mark Ellis

God Cured Baby With HIV, Former Medical Missionary Believes

By Mark Ellis

She served for six years as a medical missionary in the Horn of Africa, and credits God for the first case of HIV remission in a child, as documented by The New England Journal of Medicine.

“When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby,” Dr. Hannah Gay told Baptist Press. “That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do.”

Dr. Gay, now an associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, treated the child with a hard-hitting regimen of three anti-viral medications in the first 30 hours after the child’s birth.

At first, she thought she failed when the baby was born HIV-positive. “However, my failure in God’s hands turned into a miracle,” Dr. Gay says. “And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time.”

Tests performed on the baby at 23-months-old revealed the virus has not been replicating itself, which raises hopes the child is permanently cured. The viral presence was so minimal it could not be detected by standard tests. FULL POST

Posted 11/18/13 at 2:10 PM | Brian Wallace

Understanding Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men. Check out the infographic below presented by Myriad to learn more.

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