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Vital Signs: Anti-abortion group still suing despite repeal of buffer zone

on July 10, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Portland’s repeal of the 39-foot no-protest zone around the city’s only abortion clinic won’t likely end the legal drama over restriction of anti-abortion demonstrators in the area. Erin Kuenzig, attorney for the Thomas More Law Center representing a group of anti-abortion demonstrators who sued the city over the buffer zone, said …
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Liquid diets! Lose weight drinking water and booze

on July 10, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
I’m going to address two liquids and their effect on your weight loss and fitness goals. The first liquid is associated with weight loss success is water! Water! Water has long been believed to be a key ingredient in aiding weight loss. It’s been credited with: Floating away dietary fat …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Liquid Diets! Lose Weight Drinking Water and Booze!

on July 10, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
I’m going to address two liquids and their effect on your weight loss and fitness goals. The first liquid is associated with weight loss success is water! Water! Water has long been believed to be a key ingredient in aiding weight loss. It’s been credited with: Floating away dietary fat …
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

Try a natural supplement before jumping to drugs

By Dr. Michael Noonan on July 10, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
When I talk to patients about using supplements, they usually assume I am talking about vitamins or other pills that supply nutrients. While I do use vitamins, they are not the only type of supplements. Others are designed to support the body’s functions, like improving digestion, hormone balance or blood …
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No ticks allowed: Maine kids take on Lyme awareness

on July 09, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Grace VanBuskirk may only be in third grade, but the Owls Head student has a wish many of us share: A world free of ticks. Impossible? Sure. But Grace knows how to at least keep herself free of ticks. She’s one of three winners of the Maine Center for Disease Control and …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Super Size Me! The Story of a Man Who Proved Forcing Himself to Eat Too Much Made Him Sick (and a lot of money)

on July 09, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
The more I explore Super Size Me, the more I realize the experiment was so deeply flawed in its design that it can only prove that Morgan Spurlock wanted money and attention at the expense of McDonald’s reputation (and his health* by unnaturally forcing himself to overeat.) Part 2 I’m going …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Does the fast food industry promote obesity?

on July 08, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
This is long. I’m going to break it into several blogs over that I will post over the course of several days. I will use the synopsis of the documentary film, Super Size Me, posted by IMDb and written by Shimon Haber. Part 1 The fast food industry stirs up the …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Dieting doesn’t work and I know why!

on July 07, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
Diets work, but dieting doesn’t! It’s simple to understand the difference between the two, and why diets work but dieting doesn’t. Diet is a noun. It means: the kinds of food that a person, animal, community or culture habitually eats. For example, “a vegetarian diet.” Diet is a verb (to …
ON THE PLUS SIDE (blog)

Vegan Vacation: How to pretend you’re being good

on July 06, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
I was in Nantucket last week and ordered a tofu scramble. When the waiter announced the restaurant had no tofu, I switched it to eggs.
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Fixing a Diet Disaster Independence Day Style

on July 06, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
Diet disasters happen. Despite a strong declaration of independence from overeating and under-moving, we fall back into old patterns.When there is a weekend holiday, such as the Fourth of July, added into the mix, the eating (and maybe drinking) isn’t just a little more than we planned. It is often …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Don’t Diet to Lose Weight, Just Go Gluten Free

on July 05, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
Who doesn’t want to lose weight without dieting? Is going gluten-free the answer to lasting weight control that will finally free you from tedious dieting?  What is gluten and why would it help your weight management? Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Wheat, barley …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Are Your MILF* Days Over? 5 Easy Ways to Stay Hot!

on July 05, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
* If you don’t know what a MILF is don’t ask and don’t read this. Just wait for tomorrow’s  blog or better yet, here are some links to some of what I consider my better blogs! Finding your weight loss solution You can eat more if you move more Fabulous …
VITAL SIGNS (blog)

Vital Signs newsletter: Rare infection claims 2 Maine lives in 6 months

on July 03, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
When a rare bacterial infection claimed the life of 18-year-old Benjamin LaMontagne in February, barely six months had passed since a Bangor mother died from the disease just shy of age 30. Both LaMontagne and Heather Nichols were young. Both appeared otherwise healthy. Both developed the rare, sudden infection, necrotizing fasciitis, just days after routine medical …

What seniors should do to prevent heat-related illness

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 03, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
It is early in the season but already we have had some pretty hot days. On one of these stifling days, while I was shopping, I noticed an elderly woman in a heavy sweater. It raised red flags for me. Older people may not feel the heat accurately and consequently …
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

The connection between osteoporosis and heartburn medications

By Michael Noonan on July 03, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
The longer I am in practice, the more I see the fundamental wellness concepts I was taught reinforced. This happened recently, when I read that osteoporosis can be a side effect of long-term use of heartburn medications. Why would heartburn medications cause osteoporosis? Isn’t osteoporosis caused by a calcium deficiency? …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Female, 45 and Fat! Now What?

on July 02, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
The 3 Fs! Female, forty-five, and fat! It’s a combination that many women fear and many women face. Women who spent the first 40 years of their life without any concerns about extra pounds notice the number on the scale to be slightly more than they’re accustomed to seeing. They …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Lose Weight in the Summer!

on July 01, 2014, at 9:05 a.m.
Summer just started. For some people the start of summer marks the end of their diet. With kids out of school it just seems that summertime lacks structure. There also seems to be more impromptu socializing centered around the backyard barbecue. It’s hot. It’s too hot to cook. Take-out, fast …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Losing the Baby Fat! Can You Be “Runway Ready” 3 Months After Giving Birth?

on June 30, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
Losing the fat after having a baby is a cinch! Look at all the celebrities. They’re doing it and so can you! Don’t believe it. They have publicists which is another word for people whose job is to make celebrities seem to be superhuman. They are responsible for creating an …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Menopause and weight gain and/or loss

on June 29, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
Menopause and its affect on a woman’s weight is discussed often and understood less. Myth-information is everywhere and no wonder, there’s money to be made getting women to believe what’s not true. It’s a common myth to believe that menopause causes weight gain. Look at the back of any women’s …
SOONER OR LIGHTER (blog)

Will You Maintain Your Weight Loss? Take the Quiz

on June 28, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
Your diet is working! You’re losing weight and looking and feeling great! You heard the statistics for maintaining a lower weight and they’re not good. Will you be able to beat the odds?  WIll you be one of the fortunate few who stay at goal? You can determine your likelihood of …
 
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