Artificial sweeteners and your Gut Microbiome

Do you use saccharine, aspartame, sucralose or other artificial sweeteners? Do you reach for the blue, pink or yellow packet to sweeten your coffee?  Do yourself a favor and STOP! Many people substitute non-caloric sweeteners for real sugar products because they think it will help them loose weight and avoid developing diabetes. This is actually not true. Interestingly, a recent article in the journal, Nature, pointed out that the diabetes and obesity epidemic coincided with the introduction of these non-caloric

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!! July 4th is a great time for celebration, but it also a time where serious injuries can occur. Below are 10 easy steps to staying safe around fireworks! Do not let children play with or ignite fireworks. Have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers burn at approximately 2,000 degrees – supervise their use. Do not place any body part over the fireworks when lighting the fuse. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Dark chocolate that is! Dark chocolate is known to be associated with a variety of health benefits. Who knew something so decadent could be good for you? What exactly can dark chocolate do? It can: lower your blood pressure be a potent anti-oxidant lower Body Mass Index (BMI) provide a quick, short boost of brain power help with cholesterol Some studies have also suggested that dark chocolate can help prevent cancer; however, this evidence is limited and more robust studies need

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Do I Need Antibiotics?

Antibiotics have been around for years and are great at treating patients with bacterial infections.  Antibiotics can be life saving treatment for many people.  Unfortunately, there is a growing trend of inappropriate use of antibiotics. This happens when: Antibiotics are taken for viral infections Antibiotics are not taken exactly as prescribed Antibiotics are stopped before they are suppose to be Saving antibiotics for the next time you are sick Why is this important? The proper use of antibiotics is so important because

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Letter to the Editor

I recently submitted a Letter to the Editor of our town’s local newspaper, the Marblehead Reporter in response to an opinion piece about health insurance and health care.  The piece was published in the Walpole Wicked Local paper and carried by the Marblehead Reporter.  The original piece can be found here:  The author equated health insurance with healthcare and reported that having health insurance “opens doors” for people. Below is my response, which I feel should be seen by a larger

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