Before you sit down and stuff yourself with turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and apple pie, check out this article from the NY Times looking at the health benefits of 45 minutes of moderate exercise for those of us overeating during the holiday season.

Also at dinner today don’t forget to have some nuts. A new study out of the New England of Medicine found that by eating one ounce of nuts (15-20) daily you had a longer life.


Great advice for all from “The Wolverine!”

“Deb (his wife) said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basal cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”

On the photo, I circled the Basal cell. You can see it on the nose as a reddish mark.

So if you or a friend or a family member has a reddish spot that is not going away, is itching, burning or bleeding see your dermatologist!

Check out this EXCELLENT article in the Washington Post looking at the actual science of whether herbal supplements actually work.

If you or a friend or a family member take ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, garlic, saw palmetto, milk thistle, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine or echinacea, you need to read this article.

There is a great quote at the end of the article; “There is a name for alternative medicines that work… It’s called medicine!”

Smoking causes wrinkles!

For those that smoke, or have friends or family members that smoke here is another great reason to quit smoking.

An article published in the November issue of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery compared 79 pairs of identical twins in which one twin smoked and the other did not.

In those twins that smoked there were significantly greater upper eyelid wrinkles, deeper under eye bags, more wrinkles above and below the lips, and because smoking decreases skin elasticity deeper folds around the nose and greater jowls!

Take a look at the picture. The twin on the left has smoked and has deeper eyelid bags, greater wrinkles around her mouth and much deeper jowls and folds around her mouth.

Another great reason to quit smoking!

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