Living Well

Three Tips to Fight off the Christmas Blues

You’ve likely heard the line, “suicides spike around the holidays.”

The truth is, November and December see the fewest suicides year-round.

The Silent Killer Lurking in Your Basement

You’re enjoying retirement in your family home. You’ve worked hard for years to pay off the mortgage and you look forward to staying put.

But what you don’t suspect is that something lurking in your basement has been silently killing you for years.

The Feds Are Finally Catching Up to Me

It’s about time the FDA finally agreed with me… only 10 years later.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about my favorite type of oil… olive oil. Oils with high levels of a certain type of fatty acid called oleic acid can now boast about their health claims. In other words, your favorite bottle of olive oil may now carry a statement about heart health. According to the FDA’s language, the manufacturers may state that:

The Killer About to Overtake Heart Disease as No. 1

For years, heart disease has held its place as Public Enemy No. 1. It’s the top killer in the U.S. According to the American Heart Association’s annual report, cardiovascular disease kills about 800,000 people each year.

That sounds awful, but rates of heart disease-related deaths have dropped. A new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that between 2003 and 2015, deaths from heart disease declined by 28%.

For a Better Brain, Go for a Bitter Brew

Longtime readers know I love coffee…

I’ve even touted it as the only “supplement” that I take three times a day – with a splash of real half-and-half if I can get it.

Eight Ways to Protect Your Home for the Holidays

One night, you come home to find your door kicked open. Your house has been torn apart. Your electronics are missing. No laptop, no iPad, no television left. Your wife’s jewelry is gone.

You’ve just been the victim of a burglary. According to the latest data from the FBI, about 1.4 million burglaries happened in 2017, a slight drop from previous years. However, victims lost $3.4 billion in property.

What Your Social Life Says About Your Brain Health

I want to ask you a question that could save your life: How lonely do you feel?

What I mean is, do you routinely engage with other people and feel a sense of belonging? Do you have solid relationships where you are cared for and appreciated?

You’re Taking Viagra and Don’t Even Know It

Half of you reading this need to stop your dangerous habit.

I’m talking to the 49% of Americans who take dietary supplements. More specifically, I want to focus on those “magic cure” pills that promise everything from better sexual performance to quick and easy weight loss.

My War on Diet Soda

I hate diet soda.

Longtime readers know I’ve railed against diet sodas for years, namely because of the dangerous artificial sweeteners they use.

Don’t Let Michael Ruin Your Vacation

Folks continue to rebuild after and recover from Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane, one of the wettest on record, brought not only a storm surge but also massive flooding. Rivers overflowed and entire towns, highways, and more saw severe flooding. Moody’s puts the estimated damage at about $38 to $50 billion.