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Whose fault is it when your jeans don’t fit?

on May 25, 2015, at 9:15 a.m.
If there is any one garment that stands for the quintessential symbol of American clothing, it’s a pair of blue jeans. Invented invented by Jacob Davis in 1871were patented by Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873.  Jeans really began to grow in popularity quickly in the 50s beyond their original targeted …

What is the best way to be healthy? Hint: It’s not what you eat that will do it!

on May 24, 2015, at 8:55 a.m.
Everyday we hear about new research. Much of the new research refutes old research. Lately I’ve been reading about milk and dairy products and how they are not the healthy, bone-building food we grew up believing dairy products to be. In fact, one study that followed more than 100,000 people …

How to pick out a flattering bathing suit

on May 23, 2015, at 6:33 a.m.
It’s the end of May. That means it’s the start of bathing suit season. Bathing suits are a major source of anxiety for many women, and probably a lot of men too. For the purpose of this blog, however, I’m only going to focus on flattering bathing suits for women. …

Vital Signs newsletter: Are you being ‘observed’ in the hospital?

on May 21, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
If you’re a Medicare enrollee who has been hit by an unexpected medical bill, you might be familiar with the term “observation status.” Hospitals increasingly are placing seniors under “observation” instead of admitting them as inpatients, and a Senate panel led by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins wants them to hit …

I’m Pro Choice and I Vote!

on May 21, 2015, at 11:10 a.m.
I am Pro Choice and I vote. I’m not talking about being pro choice in regards to women’s reproductive rights. I am referring to my own and every other American’s digestive rights! Why does Pro Choice only refer to reproductive rights and why do people who claim to be Pro Choice want …
Dr. Michael Noonan

A wellness approach to treating anxiety

By Dr. Michael Noonan on May 21, 2015, at 9:29 a.m.
Anxiety is becoming increasingly common, as are the drugs prescribed for it. Like any complex health problem, anxiety is best seen as a condition that has many causes. It appears that while there are hereditary tendencies toward anxiety, for most of us it does not become a problem unless triggered, …

How many Maine ticks carry Powassan? We’re one step closer to finding out

on May 20, 2015, at 11:13 a.m.
Many Mainers first learned of the Powassan virus in 2013, when the illness claimed the life of a Rockland-area watercolor artist named Lyn Snow. Her death, which followed a rapid decline in her health after a tick bite, has since fueled many questions about the virus. With a new grant, Maine researchers will attempt to answer …

What Will Medical Marijuana Do to My Weight?

on May 20, 2015, at 10:12 a.m.
What does the overweight person do when prescribed medical marijuana? Since it’s an established belief that pot makes people hungry for what many consider to be the worst kinds of foods, how can obese patients manage their pot bellies while using pot to manage a medical condition? I’m going to …

Things I’ve Learned by Being in the Weight Loss Business for 24 Years

on May 19, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
Wow! I’ve been in the weight loss business for 24 years! That’s a long time and a lot of people I’ve helped. In that time I learned a lot about the weight loss business and business in general. People may pay to lose weight but too many don’t understand that …

How Did One Loser Check Herself Before She Wrecked Herself?

on May 18, 2015, at 8:14 a.m.
I’ve observed that a typical pattern for weight loss goes something like this: Lose weight for the first six months (more in the earlier months and slower as loser nears the 6 month mark) Progress stops around six months (may lose and gain but weight never gets any lower) Some or …

Banana Belly

on May 17, 2015, at 8:22 a.m.
When I eat too many bananas my belly becomes a massive mess of belly fat. True or False? False! Thanks to the Internet bananas are now believed to be the #1 enemy of a flat stomach. It’s absolutely pure nonsense. Many things are responsible for belly fat, but bananas aren’t …

Amaze Your Friends! Eat a Single Potato Chip Right in Front of Their Eyes!

on May 16, 2015, at 6:37 a.m.
People love magic tricks! Here is one you can do for your friends that will have them utterly amazed. They will want to know how you did it! What trickery did you use to make them think you ate a single potato chip – just one, no more! You don’t …

5 routines to help you lose weight

on May 15, 2015, at 6:51 a.m.
Have you recently lost weight and are worried it won’t stay off? Stop worrying! Here are 5 habits that are easy to incorporate into your life that can keep you at your goal! Habit 1: Support yourself with positive self-talking: This habit is so important that without it, the other 4 …

How Does Group Support Meetings Make Weight Loss Fun?

on May 14, 2015, at 2:44 p.m.
Losing weight is rarely associated with fun. Doing the stuff you have to do to lose weight isn’t usually very fun. What’s fun about eating less? What’s fun about rejecting a second serving of something that tastes really good? For that matter, what’s fun about rejecting food that tastes really good …

Vital Signs newsletter: Vaccine debate draws crowd to Augusta

on May 14, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
A parade of speakers packed a legislative committee room on Monday, drawn to Augusta to debate Maine’s vaccination program. Among them was Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who’s been making the rounds in other states weighing vaccine legislation, hawking his book about the supposed dangers of immunization. Lawmakers are considering three bills on …
Dr. Philip Caper

Obamacare’s health plan choice benefits are vastly overrated

By Dr. Philip Caper on May 14, 2015, at 10:11 a.m.
It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective as measured by better health outcomes, are better able to restrain increases in costs and, therefore, have per-capita costs that are a fraction of ours. One …
Dr. Michael Noonan

How to treat seasonal allergies without drugs

By Dr. Michael Noonan on May 14, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
It’s finally spring. The snow has melted, and the world is coming alive again — including lots of plants that release pollen into the air. For allergy sufferers, this can be the worst season of the year. Of course, pollen does not cause allergies. We all breathe the same air, …

The “Mother Load!”

on May 13, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
Lots of mothers know exactly what I’m talking about when I say the “mother load!” The load of weight many women gain when they become (or are becoming) a mother. Women should gain weight during pregnancy. Even women who were overweight when they became pregnant should gain some weight for …

You Can’t Stop Menopause But Do You Have to get Fat Too?

on May 11, 2015, at 7:39 p.m.
With life, for women, comes menopause. Some women fear menopause because it’s a sure sign that she is entering her “declining years.” Some women fear menopause because they believe weight gain always comes with it and there will be no escaping the pounds menopause brings. Well, I guess there’s no …

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 …
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