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Your Body Works? Why That’s Practically Miraculous

Your body works, at least reasonably- which means extraordinarily- well. I know, simply because you are reading this. To do so, you likely have eyes working normally (there may be a braille access, I suppose, and hope); you certainly have a high-powered brain working; you probably have a musculoskeletal system involved, notably hands; and you certainly have working heart, circulatory system, nervous system, liver, and more- or you wouldn’t be here at all.

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Meat and Cancer: Hammering at the Memo

You have doubtless heard that the International Agency on Cancer Research, a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, has concluded that processed meats are carcinogenic, and red meat in general is probably so.

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Science and Medicine, Fools and Fanatics: The Fluidity of Woo

The American College of Preventive Medicine completed a project, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to advance the inclusion of so-called Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine residency programs. As a Preventive Medicine specialist, a former residency director, and both a practitioner of, and advocate for, responsibly plied Integrative Medicine, I was a logical choice for the leadership role ACPM proposed, and I accepted.

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Junk Food: from Confusion, to Clear and Simple Truth

I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by a study on junk food, generating headlines such as: “Junk Food Not to Blame for America’s Obesity Epidemic.” I was startled because my wife, an expert cook and mother of 5, has become very knowledgeable about nutrition over the years in her own right; because she is highly intelligent; and because she is embarrassingly well educated, with a PhD in neuroscience from Princeton. In other words, if she’s confused, everybody’s confused. That’s why I was concerned.

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Helping Patients Navigate Cancer With The Power And Simplicity of Waze

Cancer is a journey. And a difficult one at that. From diagnosis to treatment, the navigation of this disease is complicated for all stakeholders. Patients and caregivers often find the complexities and logistics of care practically insurmountable and the ensuing difficulties may directly compromise clinical care and outcomes.

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What Materials Are Hazardous to Our Health?

The term hazardous waste is quite broad and deals with materials of all shapes and sizes. Biological waste, for example, such as blood or bodily fluids is one type of waste, albeit organic. Other substances and chemicals may also be considered just as hazardous, from something more simple like a cleaning solution or bug spray to more severe nuclear and radiation waste.

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Food is Medicine

Food is medicine, the best there is- assuming we get it right. The idea is far from new; Hippocrates famously espoused it. The idea is not new in the realm of research, either, including the variety of research generally most revered (at times for better, at times for worse): the randomized controlled trial. We have randomized trials to show that high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, dyslipidemia, and coronary artery disease – just to name a few- can be treated with diet (and, at times, other lifestyle interventions) as effectively as with state-of-the-art pharmacotherapy.