Health Pearls

We Summarize Latest Medical and Scientific Studies

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with medical information in the media.

It is often written with the intent of being big on headlines but short on important details. We present that information in a reliable manner so you can be well-informed. We also summarize medical conference news

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!

October Health Pearls – Alcohol, Intermittent Fasting, and the Covid-Diabetes Connection

Alcohol Consumption and Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk:  Drinking Frequency vs Quantity A study from Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, S. Korea, recently released in JAMA Network Open, shows drinking frequency being more important than the alcohol quantity in raising the risk of GI cancer.  The 6 cancers targeted in the study were: esophagus, stomach, colorectal, liver,…
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Who can have a third dose of a COVID vaccine?

I just sat in on a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting regarding an ADDITIONAL dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised patients.  There was a very broad range of experts, covering the fields of pediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases and immunology.  Here are the main takeaways: – Yesterday, 8/12/21, the…
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Health care heroes working while pregnant during covid.

Pregnancy during a pandemic – here’s what you should think about

At the end of March, 2020, our country entered a lockdown phase to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Life stood still, with families huddled in uncertainty of when they would  reemerge into their old, normal life.  Many obstetricians predicted that nine months later, there would be an explosion of births all around the United Stated. …
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The Human Microbiome – part three

Welcome back! This is part 3 of our series on the human microbiome. In brief, in parts one and two, we learned about prebiotics and probiotics being fiber and fermented foods, respectively. Now we’ll go on to what postbiotics are, and assess our current knowledge base and where this may lead going forward and how…
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The Human Microbiome – part two

Last week, we ended by saying that we determine the makeup of our microbiome by what we eat. We’ve been aware of the benefits of fruits and vegetables for a long time.  The microbiome has been the secret helper we never knew. This is the meat of the matter, so to speak. Carnitine is found…
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The Human Microbiome – part one

Be good to it so it can be good to you!   There is a huge village living inside of you. It is invisible to the naked eye, yet it plays a role in what  happens to the food you eat, the medications you take, the allergens you react to, how you react to  stress…
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Enjoy the outdoors … and protect your eyes

Now that spring is here and the weather has turned nicer, many of us are excited to be able to spend more time on outdoor activities. Gardening, hiking, yard work, bicycling, golf, soccer and tennis are some of the activities to enjoy. While the aim is fitness and fun, it is important to note that…
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Allergy Season? The EYES Have It!

It’s Allergy Season! Spring is here!  The sun is out, the days are longer, the grass is growing and the flowers are blooming.  There is a sense of renewal, rebirth, hope.  For some though, spring brings misery as the trees, grasses and weeds release pollen into the air and cause those pesky allergy symptoms.  …
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COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergic Reactions

As COVID-19 vaccinations start, we hear a great deal in the press about allergic reactions. Serious reactions to the vaccine are very rare, despite what we hear in the news, but because this is all new, serious monitoring is being performed. It is necessary to remember that the risk of becoming gravely ill from COVID-19…
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6 Constructive Ways Parents Can Support Children and Teens

Helpful Tips As We Continue Forward with COVID As first appeared in Psychology Today At the start of this pandemic, my family like many across our nation, prepared for a sprint. We dug deep for the burst of energy and the explosive performance of the 200 meters we imagined in store for us. As a…
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