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Why Do Some Nurses Struggle With Their Weight So Much?

on May 09, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
In observation of Nurse Week May 6 – 12 I am rerunning a blog that got a large and very positive response. The original title was Why Are So Many Nurses So Fat?  The title was never meant to insult; it was to catch attention. It did that and it …

QUIZ! What’s Your Weight Loss Identity?

on May 08, 2015, at 7:12 a.m.
We all have our basic identities that influence how we behave. Sometimes our personality goes through a transformation when it comes to weight loss. Competent people who go through life setting and achieving goals can turn into self-doubting, self-flagellating, insecure messes. Others, who have never really accomplished much can turn into …

QUIZ: What’s Your Weight Loss Personality Type?

on May 08, 2015, at 6:51 a.m.
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Vital Signs newsletter: Pingree aims to allow consumers buy Canadian Rx drugs

on May 07, 2015, at 12:03 p.m.
After a judge overturned Maine’s first-in-the-nation law allowing residents to import prescription drugs, calls went out for a federal fix. Prices for both brand name and generic medications continue to rise, leaving many consumers looking north to Canada for relief. In Maine alone, sales of medications at retail pharmacies totaled more than …
Dr. Michael Noonan

The body can heal itself, but sometimes it needs help

By Dr. Michael Noonan on May 07, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal. It is one of the most important bodily functions, right up there with regulating blood pressure and digesting our food. From recovering after falls and injuries to dealing with bacteria, viruses, bad food and toxins, we have ancient, built-in mechanisms designed to …

Scary Facts About Fat

on May 07, 2015, at 6:37 a.m.
Every day we hear new and scary facts about fat. I’m not sure that some of those facts are indeed facts, but rather opinions. I would like to share my facts and opinions about fat. Opinion: Fat will kill you. Fact: Life will kill you. Fat might kill some people, …

‘We can be beautiful': Maine woman with cystic fibrosis poses for viral photo series

on May 06, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
Ashley Durand has been self-conscious about her body all her life. The 28-year-old Portland woman lives with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening inherited disease characterized by a buildup of thick, sticky mucus that damages the lungs and digestive system. She struggles to gain weight, and a feeding tube juts from her …

Better Booty with a Buddy!

on May 05, 2015, at 6:54 p.m.
Your idea of a better booty may be different than somebody else’s. Whether a better booty is a smaller one, a firmer one, one that’s lifted and toned, it’s easier to get it with a buddy. Buddies make many things better. Here is why you increase your chances of success …

Weight Loss Scams and Spams Should Make You Mad!

on May 04, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
  Weight loss scams and spams are inescapable! They’re on telephone poles, there in your email, they’re all over your favorite pages on the Internet. Heck, they’re all over EVERY page on the Internet, they’re in the magazines you read and in the newspapers you buy. Some make claims that …

Each day, you devote just 10 minutes to weight-loss decisions. How to make them count

on May 03, 2015, at 6:47 a.m.
You can lose weight successfully in as little as ten minutes! 10 Minute weight loss works with any food plan you prefer. Weight Watchers food plan? It fits! Paleo? It fits! Grapefruit Diet? It fits! Gluten-free? It fits! Vegan? It fits! South Beach? Yup, fits that too! And it will …

The Smelly, Sometimes Painful Side of Weight Loss!

on May 02, 2015, at 6:40 a.m.
Losing weight is wonderful but changing how you eat might be socially irresponsible! Nobody wants to talk about the smelly little secret that often accompanies changing what you eat to lose weight. Flatulence  Flatulence or gas is embarrassing! It’s difficult to suppress and tends to attack at the most inappropriate times. …

I’m a Weight Loss Expert, Not a Medical Professional

on May 01, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
I don’t want to misrepresent myself – ever! I want it to be clear that I am a weight loss expert. My expertise comes experience and my position as a general manager of a trusted commercial weight loss service. I think it’s accurate to say that my expertise is enhanced by …

Vital Signs newsletter: Kittery shoppers exposed to measles

on April 30, 2015, at 11:58 a.m.
Measles often dominates conversations about vaccination, singled out as a disease that could resurge 15 years after the U.S. declared it eliminated from this country. Among the reasons — experts say it’s one of the most contagious infectious diseases, the vaccine is very effective, and an outbreak that began at California’s Disnelyland late last year has spread. Yesterday, Maine …
A recent study says nearly one in five college students may suffer from "exploding head syndrome," a psychological condition in which people are abruptly awakened from sleep by imaginary loud noises or blasts.

Consider these natural alternatives to sleeping pills

By Dr. Michael Noonan on April 30, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
Insomnia is a very common problem. In 2010, an estimated 6 to 10 percent of the U.S. population used drugs to help them sleep. Many of these drugs are called hypnotics, including Ambien, Sonata, Klonopin, Lunesta, Ativan and Xanax. These drugs have been found to carry some bizarre side effects, …

Don’t dismiss these fleeting signs of stroke

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 30, 2015, at 10:21 a.m.
Just the word “stroke” can strike fear in our hearts. It is easy and somewhat comforting to dismiss weird symptoms that may be fleeting — dizziness, severe headache and vision disruption, all of which happen suddenly but may disappear just as quickly. As tempting as it is to explain away …

If my mother is fat, will I be fat, too?

on April 30, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
My mother is fat, will I get fat too? Let me start by saying there are many things that are a lot worse than being fat. Do not confuse body weight with a lack of character. Your mother may be intelligent, kind, creative, generous, honest, sincere and brave. Those are …

Best of Sooner or Lighter: Busting Through the Weight Loss Plateau!

on April 29, 2015, at 9:50 a.m.
At first weight is coming off consistently and you’re happy. Then the weight loss progress gets a little slower. You’re trying not to get discouraged. Then It doesn’t come off at all. You’re light years away from your goal and the weight you lost thus far isn’t where you want …

Why You Might Not Maintain Your Weight Goal

on April 28, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
Yesterday I published a quiz that linked readers’ personalities with their approach to weight reduction. Some personality styles may make weight maintenance more challenging than others. Here is a pie chart showing Red – people motivated by goals and Yellow – people motivating by fun represented the majority of the …

What’s Your Diet Color? Take the Quiz!

on April 27, 2015, at 6:21 a.m.
I’m Yellow! What color are you? Diet colors correspond with your natural approach to life. Do you like to take charge?  Is it important to you to do things perfectly? Are you often held back because of circumstances or the actions of others? Is fun more important than anything? Take …

What Do Your Meds Do to Your Weight?

on April 25, 2015, at 7:19 a.m.
If weight management isn’t enough of a struggle, those who need to take  prescription medications are discovering that they can cause weight gain. People who are trying to lose weight and are taking meds to treat a condition may find it extremely challenging to make progress. One notorious medication for …
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