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5 Ways to Lose Weight at Work That You Can Easily Do

on Jan. 24, 2015, at 8:17 a.m.
It’s no secret that your job could be making you fat. There are ways to manage your weight that won’t involve quitting and finding a new job. Here are 5 easy things you can do on the job and each is an effective weight loss strategy! 1) Elevate the dining experience! Removing a …

How to End Your Food Sneaking Habit

on Jan. 23, 2015, at 7:15 a.m.
There are a lot of good reasons to be a sneaky eater. The best reason is because we all know, “if nobody sees you do it then it didn’t happen!” All kidding aside, as silly as that sounds, there’s some truth to it. Most of us who sneak food want …

Vital Signs: Bangor man caught between conflicting mail-order drug laws

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
When Maine passed a law in June 2013 allowing residents to purchase prescription medication by mail from overseas, it entered uncharted waters. The state became the first in the nation to formally defy federal regulations that prohibit Americans from importing drugs through foreign pharmacies, which often sell the same medications …
Dr. Michael Noonan

Foot pain? Look to the spine

By Michael Noonan on Jan. 22, 2015, at 11:15 a.m.
Many of my patients with foot pain think of it as a problem in the foot only. This is especially true when there is a heel spur seen on X-ray. But foot pain is typically not that simple. It often involves not only the whole leg, but even up to …

Why are there so many fat people in Maine?

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 6:09 a.m.
If you’re anywhere in Maine where a lot of people gather, you might notice that quite a few are fat. Why are there so many fat people in Maine? Well, first of all, let’s not forget that Maine is Vacationland. Many of the fat people don’t even live here. They’re from …

Flu cases spike in Maine

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
Remember when I asked a couple of weeks ago if Maine’s flu season was really that bad? Well, it’s getting worse, according to new Maine CDC numbers. Learn About Tableau The number of reported flu cases spiked to 1,527 as of Jan. 17, up from 974 the prior week. Penobscot, Cumberland …

Guaranteed Weight Loss Success!

on Jan. 21, 2015, at 7:42 a.m.
I have what you’re looking for. The one (and only) way guaranteed to deliver weight loss success. If you tried and failed one time or many times my secret guarantees you’ll be successful this time! The secret to guaranteed weight loss success is simple. Here it it! Quitting is not …

How to Lose Weight on the Weekends

on Jan. 19, 2015, at 8:06 a.m.
How often do you say to yourself, “I’ll get back on my diet Monday!”? Losing weight during the work week seems to be fairly easy. The structure helps keep surprises that involve food to a minimum. It’s easier to isolate and/or insulate yourself from the food cues that trigger hunger …

5 Important Things You Need To Know Today About Your Weight Loss

on Jan. 18, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
Weight loss is a big industry. As interest in better health and lower health care costs grow, so does the weight loss industry. It’s an easy way for the unscrupulous to make a lot of money off the overweight (currently estimated to be more than one third of the U.S. …

Is Your Food Calling to You? What’s it Saying?

on Jan. 17, 2015, at 8:33 a.m.
Does your food call your name? Do the cookies in the cupboard softly whisper, “come get me!” Is the ice cream hollering to you? What about the pizza parlor? Does it transmit images of hot, fresh pizza in your mind? Do you get strange vibes from the pizza parlor telling …

Augusta dentist wins Fulbright grant to improve oral health in Belarus

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist in Augusta, was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright award that will fund work to improve the health of children in his ancestral homeland of Belarus. The Fulbright Specialist Program grant in public and global health promotes collaboration between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions across …

Vital Signs: Health cuts in LePage budget decried

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
Maine’s health community still digesting the budget proposal Gov. Paul LePage just unveiled, but the outcries have begun. The governor’s plan would slash funding for methadone treatment and anti-smoking programs, reduce the ranks of public health staff, and allow cities and towns to collect taxes on nonprofit property, prompting one hospital lobbyist to label the provision …
Dr. Michael Noonan

How does acupuncture work?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Jan. 15, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
Even after 15 years of practicing chiropractic acupuncture, I am still amazed by the results I get. To this day, it challenges my ideas of health and healing. I was raised, like most everybody else, on the idea that diseases are to be attacked, usually by drugs or surgery. The …

When Losing Weight Start Slow to get to the Big Finish!

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
You can run a mile faster than you can walk a mile, but if you’re out of shape and hurt yourself after only running a few yards, you will never be able to run that mile. Walking is slower but you’re less likely to hurt yourself and therefore more likely …

Despite progress, Maine hospitals fall short of goals to reduce common infections

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 9:28 a.m.
Maine hospitals are falling short of national goals to reduce several types of potentially life-threatening infections, according to new data released Wednesday. Still, the state’s medical centers dramatically cut infections from one kind of “superbug” that often strikes the elderly, and modestly reduced several others. On any given day, one in 25 hospital patients in …

Disordered Eating and Weight Loss

on Jan. 14, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
I think I understand, at least fundamentally, what drives disordered eating. It’s wanting control over your body. It might be trying to get control over your body because of overbearing parents, or it could be wanting to turn your body into something it’s not genetically programmed to be. It was …

Is Food Your Drug of Choice?

on Jan. 13, 2015, at 9:49 a.m.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of people saying, “weight loss is simple. Just eat less and exercise, (and under their breath you hear, or in their eyes you see) ya big, fat fatty!” Some people can easily follow that advice. They scale back their food, the …

Weight Loss Resolution Rescue

on Jan. 12, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
How are you doing with your weight loss resolution? Goring great guns, or just plain gone? If you’re already giving up or feel, “so over my weight loss resolution,” let me offer a little resolution rescue.  Chances are your desire to lose weight is still there, but the motivation to …

What to Count for Weight Loss? Calories? Carbs? Protein? Fat? Points? Servings? Bites?

on Jan. 11, 2015, at 6:40 a.m.
There is no shortage of approaches to losing weight. One way or another, the approaches that work all do one thing. They cut calories. If you do not create a calorie deficit you won’t lose weight. You can count on that. When calorie consumption is less than the calories your …

Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan

on Jan. 10, 2015, at 7:45 a.m.
Total 10 Rapid Weight-loss Plan! Sounds like the plan for me! Let me check it out….. It’s not a dangerous weight loss plan and I really might lose 10 pounds rapidly, but that shouldn’t be my only consideration before starting any weight loss plan. The really important consideration is, “why …
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