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Take the Quiz: Are You Too Fat?

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
It’s hard to know what’s too fat and what’s okay. We get so many mixed messages from the media.  It’s not just a simple numbers formula as some health experts would have you think. It’s not a matter of whether or not you have a hot beach body either. Everybody seems …

In Search of the Safe, Effective Diet Pill!

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
I am neither a doctor nor a scientist, but I do consider myself a qualified expert in weight management. I have more than 40 years of personal weight management history and have worked for the leading commercial weight management company for more than 20 years. In this time, I’ve learned …

Jump Start Your Weight Loss

on Aug. 23, 2014, at 7:54 a.m.
I’m not one for crash diets. I write a lot of blogs about the dangers of crash dieting. I’m not changing my advice. I still dissuade people from trying to lose weight as fast as possible. I try to persuade people to take a reasonable and therefore long-lasting approach. That’s …

The truth about carbs and belly fat

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
Before you read this blog, test yourself on your carb knowledge. How Evil are Carbs? Surprised? If you thought that carbs made you fat, you’re right and you’re wrong. Calories you don’t need for energy as fuel for body processes in the amounts that you consume them make you fat. …
Michael Noonan

How prescription drugs interfere with the body’s internal chemistry

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
An interesting fact about prescription medications: Many work by chemically interfering with body functions. These drugs are designed to be similar to a chemical messenger in the body, which causes a step in some process, say, inflammation, or the contraction of a muscle, or the production of energy or proteins. …

The First Time I Thought I was Fat!

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
I was a pretty big baby at birth with plenty of rolls of baby fat all over. I didn’t notice. I didn’t care. I was born with a healthy appetite. I loved my grub. My father liked to tell me I was reading by 9 months. Apparently I could spot …

I Hate the Diet Industry!

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
I hate the diet industry! I hate the diet industry and I know that some of you are reading this and saying, “then why are you the general manager of a diet company?” The company I manage is not a diet company. It’s a commercial weight loss service. And I think some …

How NOT to Lose Weight

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
Here is a short list of 5 things you don’t want to do if you want to successfully lose weight. DON’T: 1) Have unrealistic expectations. Weight loss takes time. When you give it all the time it takes you can lose weight and be a lighter and maybe healthier version …

Hand, foot and mouth disease: Does your kid have it?

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
If you’ve got a kid in daycare, you’re probably hearing a lot about hand, foot and mouth disease. The highly contagious summertime virus is making the rounds, cropping up where little ones congregate and share their germs more readily than their toys. (Not to be confused with foot-and-mouth or hoof-and-mouth disease, …

Random Weight Loss Thoughts and 5 Tips

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Sometimes random thoughts come into my head while I’m engaged in an activity that has nothing to do with weight management. Oddly when I lose attention in what I’m doing (and that happens a lot), my mind usually wanders to weight loss or food or some related topic. I decided …

Should I Have Weight Loss Surgery?

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 7:39 a.m.
I’ll start this blog about candidates for weight loss surgery by addressing some myths. It’s not cheating. It’s not without its own serious risks, including death. It’s not considered a cure all by itself. It’s not cosmetic surgery. It’s not the quick and easy way to get skinny. Not everybody who …

What do you really know about ALS, the #IceBucketChallenge?

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 7:26 a.m.
This guest post was contributed by BDN Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig. The ice bucket challenge has been impossible to miss if you’ve spent any time on the Internet over the past week or two. Famous actors, businessmen, politicians and athletes – as well as just about everyone else – …

#fatkini Love Your Body

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Fashion blogger Gabi Gregg made up the word fatkini in 2012. She wanted to encourage ladies of size to love their bodies, take the plunge and share a photo of themselves in their bikinis. I love that larger women are encouraged to love their bodies. I love that they’re encouraged …
Dr. Michael Noonan

Crack, pop: Is chiropractic treatment of the neck safe?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Here we go again. A medical association has seen the need to warn the public about the risks of chiropractic care. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association just released a “scientific statement” that chiropractic treatment is associated with stroke. So what are the risks? First, a little background. …

Vital Signs: Maine records spike in tick-borne diseases

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Many Mainers know about Lyme disease. But the deer tick that spreads the increasingly prevalent infection can also harbor several other diseases in its tiny eight-legged body. Maine has confirmed 103 cases of the bacterial infection anaplasmosis this year, already exceeding the 94 cases recorded in all of 2013. Anaplasmosis can lead to similar long-term effects as …
Dr. Philip Caper

The costs of complexity in health reform just keep rising

By Dr. Philip Caper on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
As I’ve written before, the costs of unnecessary complexity in health care reform are very high, and they are rising. There are at least three recent examples. One is the flap over whether people who have received health insurance through the exchanges run by the federal government are eligible to …

Finally! Here’s how to lose weight and keep it off!

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:48 a.m.
Think this: It’s within my power to eat what I love, maintain my weight, and do both with just little changes in my habits and lifestyle……. Get this: I reached and am maintaining a healthy weight for me and it feels (and tastes!) good! We trap ourselves and stop our progress …

Behind Every Human Action there is a Positive Intent – Even Suicide

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 6:29 a.m.
The nation is shocked and saddened by the apparent suicide death of comic genius, Robin Williams. Many people are asking, “why?” I don’t know the particulars, but I know why. Dying either gave Williams something he wanted and needed or it enabled him to escape an unbearable pain. Whatever prompted …

Robin Williams’ death highlights sharp rise in suicides among baby boomers

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
Robin Williams’ death from an apparent suicide has the nation talking about a public health problem we often avoid. Suicide now claims more American lives each year than car crashes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 100 people die from suicide every day in …

Let Go of Perfection and Make Real Progress with Weight Loss!

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:33 a.m.
Perfectionism and weight loss don’t mix. Humans are rarely perfect. The only perfect person I know is not somebody whose company I enjoy. I avoid her! She’s annoyingly, hair-pullingly, obnoxiously perfect! I’m okay with “great” and “excellent” but perfect – ugh! No! Some things simply aren’t meant to be done …
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