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7 Easy Yoga Poses To Cool Off This Summer
Summer is an awesome time to learn easy yoga poses! It keeps you cool and calm amidst the humid and hot weather. Are you ready to try these yoga poses for beginners? Easy Yoga Poses to Keep You Calm and Fit Summer has arrived and there's no better time to strike your best yoga poses. I really…
Everything You Need to Know About Home Pregnancy Test
Making sure your home pregnancy test is accurate During Monica and Chandler's wedding on "Friends," Rachel reveals that she's pregnant. "Are you sure you peed on the stick right?" Monica asks. "How many ways are there to do that?" Rachel replies, before agreeing to take another test. Well, there are more ways than you may think…
Do You Actually Know How to Clean Your Apples? + More

A new way to clean apples

Apple picking is a fall tradition and, depending on where you live, you can enjoy that fresh-off-the-tree flavor of many of the more than 100 varieties grown commercially around the U.S. The colonists planted the first apple trees here in the 1600s -- crabapples are the only native variety.

No matter what your favorite apple is, unfortunately, chances are it's coated in pesticides!

For the past eight years, apples have been in the Environmental Working Group's list of the Dirty Dozen produce, with the most pesticide residues. In fact, apples held the No. 1 spot five years running. Now researchers have found a great way to get most of the pesticides off apples, and it's not by rubbing them on your shirt. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says soaking apples in a 1 percent baking soda/water solution is more effective than a two-minute chlorine rinse or tap water. Testing for two kinds of pesticide (thiabendazole and phosmet), it took 12 and 15 minutes for the baking soda solution to banish all surface residue. However, caution the researchers, 20 percent of the applied thiabendazole and 4.4 percent of the applied phosmet penetrated into the apples, so you might be better off with organic varieties. Bring a bushel of apples home, mix three tablespoons of baking soda into a gallon of water and soak your apples for 15 minutes. Then wash them off in tap water. You also could peel the fruit, but you'll lose the peel's nutrients along with surface pesticides.

Don't vape if you're pregnant

In the 1936 film "My Man Godfrey," Godfrey the butler (William Powell) must deal with the lady of the house (Carole Lombard), who's often afflicted with a case of the vapors -- in other words, she's conveniently prone to fainting. How Godfrey deals with this is pretty funny, but it's not something you see much of these days. Hard to picture a contemporary Laura Dern or Viola Davis character swooning, because women don't really get overcome by the vapors, unless it's from vaping. E-cigs can contain nicotine, along with vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, water and flavorings. When heated, propylene glycol produces the toxic substances acrolein, formaldehyde and benzene. The jury's still out on what the different flavorings emit. And now it's clear that vaping is especially risky for a fetus if a pregnant woman is using nicotine-laced e-cigs or even no-nicotine e-cigs. A recent study found that when a zebrafish fetus is exposed to e-cigarettes, the result is severe heart malformation. Another study found that mice fetuses reacted to the nicotine with a reduction of neurodevelopmental gene expression in the frontal cortex (brain damage). Yet another study says that frog fetuses showed signs of facial (cartilage and muscle) defects after e-cigarette exposure. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that any product containing nicotine is not safe to use during pregnancy and can damage a developing (human) fetus's brain and lungs. So if you're pregnant, quit vaping (and smoking!). For help, check out, "What you need to know about e-cigarettes" at doctoroz.com and Dr. Roizen's quit tips at Sharecare.com.

Teaching your kids not to be racially biased

In game three of the World Series, the Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel was suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season for his cruel and insensitive mockery of the LA Dodgers' Japanese-Iranian pitcher Yu Darvish. Gurriel's words and gesture -- ridiculing Darvish's Asian eye shape -- reveal humans' all-too-frequent tendency to negatively define any group that is "other." (The Cuban-born Gurriel may have experienced the same kind of derision toward Latinos, but not learned from those experiences.) So how can you guard against your children acquiring a racial bias? Researchers suggest that one way is by teaching them to identify individual faces of those of other races they come in contact with. It banishes the all-X-look-the-same attitude that allows for gross stereotypes and opens a gateway to perceived individuality. The study in the journal Child Development had 4- to 6-year-old Chinese children spend two 20-minute sessions playing with a touch-screen app that helped them learn how to distinguish individual black faces -- and then measured how it significantly reduced their implicit anti-black bias. This bias reduction lasted for at least two months (that's when the researchers rechecked). The researchers point out their study looked at implicit bias, or the extent to which humans have subconscious negative and positive associations with different races. But, says Gail Heyman, a professor of psychology at UC San Diego and co-author of the study, "We think that reducing implicit racial bias in children could be a starting point for addressing a pernicious social problem ... racial discrimination [and] systemic, structural racism." Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com. (c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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Can We Tackle Obesity With Water?
We've always known that water is good for our health, but could we actually tackle obesity with water ? Doctors Oz and Roizen has the answer, plus they tell us why we should skip bottled water!

Watering down the obesity epidemic -- in a good way!

The 2009 documentary "Tapped" looks at megacompanies that repackage municipal water and sell it to you in gussied-up plastic bottles for a huge profit, when you could filter your tap water and get a just as healthy (or healthier) beverage for almost nothing! Clearly Americans still haven't figured this out: Each one of you drank about 39 gallons of bottled water last year, using and throwing out 50 billion plastic water bottles in the process!  
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That's why we praised the New York City school system for its "water with lunch" campaign that brought large water dispensers (not bottled water) into some public schools: We knew that it would mean kids would consume fewer calorie-laden beverages, drink more water (so important for a healthy metabolism) and eliminate plastic bottles. Win, win, win. Well, the data on the test run is in. Researchers from the University of Illinois have done a cost-benefit analysis of that campaign and found: Expanding the program to public and private schools nationwide can prevent more than 500,000 youngsters from becoming overweight or obese and trim down medical costs associated with kids' weight-related problems.
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Making water with lunch available to every K-12 student today would cost only about $18 per pupil! And the net benefit to society? $13 billion over those students' lifetime.

So talk to your local school board and PTA about installing fresh water dispensers in all cafeterias; and stop serving sugar-added beverages of any kind at home! Concerned about water quality? Use an easy-to-install, on-tap water filter. * * * Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com. (c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
Type 3 Diabetes: The Alzheimer’s-glucose connection
Alzheimer's disease is common and mysterious, well-documented and hidden. Though it affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans today (5.3 million are 65 or older), by 2050 almost 14 million people in the U.S. and 1.4 million in Canada are expected to have this condition. Type 3 Diabetes: The Alzheimer's-glucose connection Although there are medications available, none…
Cinnamon and Weight loss: The Truth Revealed
Cinnamon and Weight loss don't necessarily go hand in hand despite many claims of the contrary.  Read on as doctors Oz and Roizen dispels the common myth that cinnamon is a quick and easy weight loss remedy!

Cinnamon for flavor, not weight loss

We say: "Whoa there! Where's the sprinkle of cinnamon?" Whatever your high-fat, sugar-bomb coffee order may be, there's a good chance you'll top it off with something you think is virtuous -- cinnamon! That spice is touted for its multiple health benefits. Research indicates that it's anti-microbial; lowers blood glucose, blood pressure and lousy LDL cholesterol; works as an polyphenol that binds free radicals; and is a digestive aid, brain protector and more. And according to recent headlines, it's also a weight-loss aid. Not so fast! In the study they're referring to, scientists placed fat cells in a lab dish and added one flavoring component of cinnamon, called cinnamaldehyde. Zap! It increased the cells' expression of genes and enzymes that help burn fat.

But that does NOT mean ingesting cinnamon or supplements will cause weight loss.

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There's true cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CZ) and Chinese cinnamon (CC); the latter is widely used in the ground spice. But levels of blood-thinning coumarin are high in CC. And coumarin is listed in the Food and Drug Administration's "Substances Generally Prohibited From Direct Addition or Use as Human Food." So grate your CZ sticks, but don't take OTC coumarin or cinnamon supplements! And opt for a well-flavored, long-range plan to lose weight. That'll add spice to your life.   * * * Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com. (c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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Have We Finally Found A Cure for Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer has been a threat to the human population for years, getting more aggressive as time goes on. But have we actually found a cure for this deadly disease? Doctors Oz and Roizen tackles this question! Potential colon cancer cure: How real is it? Claims for "super cures" often are so exaggerated or even downright…
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Is Baldness Related to Heart Disease?

If you see a pattern, do something

The Cleveland Browns football team has averaged about four wins and 12 losses every year for the past 10 years. They're currently 0-15, after going 1-15 in 2016. See a pattern here? Sure you do, and it's not improving! It has even prompted one Cleveland fan to secure a parade permit to celebrate "the perfect season" on Jan. 6, 2018, if the team finishes up 0-16. A pattern of losing seasons doesn't just spell trouble for a football team. Another losing pattern that spells trouble for guys is premature male pattern baldness -- and premature graying.
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Doctors recently found an association between those two conditions and heart disease. They studied 790 men younger than 40 who had coronary artery disease and a control group of 270 healthy men. The young men with CAD had a higher prevalence of male-pattern baldness (49 percent vs 27 percent) and premature graying (50 percent vs 30 percent) than their healthy counterparts.

So heads-up: If you're 40 or younger and turning gray and or losing your hair, consider amping up your heart-protection routines.

--Ask your doc to test for your heart-health numbers:     blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, hsCRP -- an inflammation marker, body mass index, HbA1C and/or fasting blood glucose and TMAO, an indicator of stroke and heart attack risk. --Embrace heart-lovin' habits: 10,000 steps a day; two days strength training weekly; 7-9 servings produce daily; no red or processed meats; stress reduction (check out the Sharecare app to assess your stress level). Then you'll have a winning record, season after season. * * * Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com. (c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.