The Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

At Wiseman Family Practice, we often talk about diet and exercise as key components of preventive medicine, but there’s another element that is also beneficial to your health: plants in your home and workspace. The best part about bringing beautiful greenery indoors is that it’s an easy, natural strategy: one that adds great value to […]

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Essential Anti-Inflammatory Herbs, Spices, and Foods

Your body’s first line of defense against infection is your immune system. As the body attempts to rid itself of foreign substances, an immune response is triggered to help restore health. Inflammation is part of this normal healing process, but when the body doesn’t turn it off—or attacks healthy cells,which occurs with an autoimmune disease—the […]

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11 Tips for Sunlight, Sunscreen, & Vitamin D

For years, we’ve heard about the damaging effects of sunlight: skin damage, wrinkles, and skin cancer—all of which should be carefully considered. However, in our best efforts to avoid the negative consequences of sun exposure, most of us no longer balance getting the right amount of sunlight. Altered exposure to the sun—whether intentional or due […]

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Why Saturated Fat Is Healthy

In the late 1950s, there was a significant paradigm shift that changed our views on nutrition and health: the idea that fat, specifically saturated fat, in foods caused heart disease. Ancel Keys, an American physiologist, led the now discredited Seven Countries Study that examined the link between dietary fat and cardiovascular disease. Keys ultimately unveiled […]

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14 Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Most of us spend around 90 percent of our lives indoors, yet the air we breathe inside is often two to five times more polluted than the air we breathe outside. Poor indoor air quality contributes to numerous health effects, including headaches, asthma, allergies, respiratory infections, and even lung cancer, so it’s important to recognize […]

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The Organic Egg Myth and Other Misleading Egg Labels

  People are motivated to buy organic foods for many reasons, and the “certified organic” label aims to reassure consumers that they are indeed buying healthy foods, free of toxic ingredients and sourced in an ethical manner. However, in the egg industry, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. The various labels on egg cartons are a […]

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The Dangers of Drinking Soda

Today’s soda drink has evolved since its introduction in the late 1700s. Early on, soda water was marketed as a medicinal drink. Chemists, medical professionals, and pharmacists dabbled with carbonation and medical botany, such as coca leaves (cocaine) and sarsaparilla, to create flavorful mineral water sold as “cure-alls” at drugstores and local soda fountains. Soda […]

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The Harmful Effects of Sitting: From Head to Toe

The Brain Sitting for prolonged periods of time on a daily basis, without standing or moving periodically, triggers a chain reaction of unhealthy side effects. Less blood and oxygen pumps throughout the body, which slows the release of important brain chemicals and affects concentration, mood, and decision-making. Neck, Shoulders, and Back The longer you sit, […]

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