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  1. Ease shoulder and neck pain

    End neck and shoulder pain with this easy trick

    If your job is a pain in the neck you're not alone. Desk jobs, especially jobs that involve sitting and staring at a computer screen all day, are a perfect recipe for recurring shoulder and neck pain.

    But you can fix it today without quitting your job -- and you don't need to visit a doctor, join a gym, or even leave your desk to give your shoulder and neck pain the support they need.

    All you need is a small dumbbell, kept right there at your desk -- because a new study out of Denmark finds that lifting even small weights can help chase away the shoulder and neck pain.

    You don't need much weight, either. Start with just 0.8 pounds a day and increase it to 1.3 pounds, or roughly the weight of a bottle of soda. You can even use a bottle of soda, if that's all you have handy right now (just don't actually drink the stuff).

    Those were the amounts of weight used in the new study, and office workers who lifted even that much for 20 minutes a day, three times a week, saw their pain levels plunge by 61 percent. For those who pumped that tiny bit of iron (or soda) for an hour at a time just once a week, pain levels fell by 47 percent.

    Just remember that this may be great for giving your shoulder and neck pain some support... but lifting a small weight at your desk won't be enough to improve or maintain overall fitness -- and it certainly won't be enough to reverse the devastating effects of the sedentary office worker lifestyle, so be sure to get up and get moving throughout the day.

    And while you're at it, take up a regular exercise routine outside of work -- whether it's a little time in the gym, a sport like running or tennis, or just an active hobby.

    As a bonus, overall fitness will also help keep back and neck pain away. And even better, it could help to you to stay healthy overall and live longer, too.

  2. Younger kids get ADHD diagnosis

    Kids drugged for normal behavior

    It's like drugging a 9-year-old for not being 10.

    Every day, kids are given ADHD meds after receiving an ADHD diagnosis -- and in many cases, these children don't even have the condition.

    They're just younger. The youngest kids in a class are nearly a year behind their oldest classmates -- and they act it, too. But instead of being given the time they need to mature, they're given an ADHD diagnosis and meds to "treat" it.

    This happens a lot more than most people realize.

    In one new study out of Iceland, the youngest kids in fourth grade were 50 percent more likely to be on ADHD drugs by seventh grade than their oldest classmates. They also did worse on language and math tests, which only proves that these children aren't really ADHD kids.

    They're just nearly a year behind their classmates -- and it shows in every way.

    It's not the first study to make this link, by the way. One study out of Canada recently found that the youngest girls in class are 70 percent more likely to be on ADHD meds than the oldest, while the youngest boys are 40 percent more likely to be taking those drugs.

    And in 2010, researchers found the youngest kids in kindergarten are 60 percent more likely to get ADHD diagnosis and meds than the oldest.

    One option for parents of younger children is to hold them back a year so they become the oldest, rather than youngest, kids in class -- there are advantages that go beyond a lower risk of an ADHD diagnosis.

    And of course, there are ADHD cases where there's more than just age at play -- but most of those kids don't need meds either. Basic dietary changes can often make a huge difference -- especially the elimination of processed foods and other junk.

    And some children may have hormonal problems that can be addressed naturally (many of which are rooted in the same dietary problems).

    If you've been told your own child or grandchild has ADHD, don't rush out to fill that Ritalin prescription. Visit a holistic doctor who can find and correct the real cause instead.

    And for more information on ADHD, see my book, "Prescription for Natural Cures."

  3. CT scan radiation could cause breast cancer

    Radiation from CT scans to the chest can increase the risk of breast cancer, especially in women.
  4. Glucosamine and chondroitin can lower CRP levels

    Some of the most commonly used supplements today, including glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil, can fight inflammation.
  5. Simple carbs linked to prostate cancer

    Men who drink a can of soda a day have a 40 percent higher risk of the deadliest type of prostate tumors.
  6. Vitamin D fights c-MYC

    Vitamin D can protect against cancer -- and new research shows it can actually control the protein that allows tumors to grow.
  7. Smoking bans save lives

    Smokers hate smoking bans -- but new research shows how those rules cut the risk of heart attack and stroke and save lives.
  8. The brain-saving benefits of exercise

    Exercise can help prevent the brain shrink linked to diseases such as dementia.
  9. Fecal treatment cures superbug infection

    The C. diff bug kills 14,000 people a year -- but a strange new treatment could change that forever. It's called a fecal transplant, and it's exactly what it sounds like.
  10. Kids and healthy sleep habits

    Getting kids to behave better could be as easy as getting them to sleep 27 minutes longer each day, according to a new study.
  11. Cure back pain with natural anti-inflammatories

    You don't need drugs or surgery to beat back pain. Try these safe all-natural treatments instead.
  12. Eating to avoid mild cognitive impairment

    You can protect your brain from dementia right now -- and all you have to do is commit to a healthy and delicious diet.
  13. Boost your weak immune system

    Flu shots are being recalled after mystery particles turned up in some batches. Here's a much better way to protect yourself from the virus.
  14. Beat the causes of depression

    Many cases of depression are really just cases of poor nutrition -- and fixing the diet can also cure the depression.
  15. Why eating breakfast is important

    Breakfast can do more than give you a burst of energy in the morning. It can also help make sure you don't eat too much at lunch.
  16. The benefits of magnesium help keep cancer away

    Magnesium can help cut your risk of colon cancer by 11 percent -- but that's not the only reason to take this essential mineral.
  17. Hospital workers and mandatory flu shots

    Doctors are being forced to get flu shots. But if they don't want to vaccine, you shouldn't want it either.
  18. Lycopene benefits can cut your stroke risk

    A key nutrient found in tomatoes and watermelons can cut your risk of a stroke by up to 55 percent.
  19. Infant formulas increase leukemia risk

    Baby formulas do not help the immune system develop properly. Now, new research shows one of the most serious risks of that failure: leukemia.
  20. Fresh produce can make you happy

    Could the elusive secret to happiness be lurking in your own garden? Maybe: People who eat the most fruits and vegetables are also the happiest.

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