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  1. The benefits of acupuncture

    Get the point on weight loss

    The New Year may be just 10 days old, but most resolutions are already coming to a quiet end -- especially that one resolution people make most: lose some weight.

    Yes, diets can be difficult, especially early on.

    Hang in there. And if you need a little extra help, there's no need to turn to pills or gimmicks. According to a new study, losing weight is one of the added benefits of acupuncture.

    I know, it seems like it shouldn't work, and that's why so many mainstream "experts" will dismiss it. They can't explain it, so they ignore it.

    They're even trying to dismiss the new study that tested two different forms of acupuncture of the ear for weight loss. One hits on five different points on the ear, while the other targets a single "hunger point."

    Both are based on the ancient Chinese belief that the outer portion of the ear contains points that represent every part of the body. And while it seems pretty unlikely to those of us in the West, the new study shows there's something to it: Patients given the five-point treatment lost 6 percent of their BMI, while patients poked in the "hunger point" lost 5.7 percent.

    Now, I've already seen mainstream talking heads dismiss this as the placebo effect. Just one problem: The study also included a placebo group of patients given a sham treatment, and they lost no weight at all.

    Clearly, there's something to this, even if Western medicine can't explain it.

    That said, while I've seen the benefits of acupuncture work wonders for everything from pain to depression -- and I even have an acupuncturist on my staff at the Stengler Center -- I wouldn't rely on this treatment alone for weight loss.

    Consider it more of a tool to help with a diet -- with the diet being the far more important part of the equation. Acupuncture may help to control hunger and increase willpower, but it's the diet that will help you shed the pounds and get healthy.

  2. The dangers of e-cigs

    The dangers of e-cigs

    If you're starting the year off with a promise to quit smoking, you're starting the year off right. But if you think "e-cigs" will help, you may have the right idea... but you've got the wrong approach.

    Despite what the marketing might lead you to believe, electronic cigarettes haven't been proven to be safer than regular cigarettes -- and they haven't been proven to help people quit.

    According to new research on the dangers of e-cigs, they might actually be more addictive and more risky.

    Turns out that when people puff on an e-cig they inhale more deeply and puff more frequently than they do when they smoke normal cigarettes, according to the study conducted by researchers from New York University.

    That means more nicotine... and more chemicals.

    And that's not the only way e-cigs could be worse for you.

    Unlike normal cigarettes, which burn out and require you to light another one to keep smoking, e-cigs can keep going and going. A single cartridge has about as many puffs as two to three packs of cigarettes.

    But since you never have to stop to pull out another cigarette and relight, you may not realize how much you're smoking taking in more nicotine which is one of the dangers of e-cigs.

    E-cigs may not even be as safe for bystanders as advertised. While the makers claim e-cig emissions are harmless water vapor, a second new study shows these clouds still contain potentially harmful levels of nicotine.

    The best way to quit smoking isn't with e-cigs, and it's certainly not with drugs. Smoking cessation drugs come with risks ranging from weird dreams to dangerous, violent and even suicidal behavior. (Get the ugly truth here.)

    Instead, go cold turkey -- the one approach with the highest long-term success rate.

    If you need a little help, don't turn to nicotine patches and gums. Try acupuncture and hypnosis, both of which have been shown to help ease the cravings and improve your chances for success.

  3. Cure symptoms of sleep apnea

    Getting control of sleep apnea could help improve your golf game and lower your handicap, according to new research.
  4. Pre-diabetics don’t know the risks they face

    Many people with the early warning signs of diabetes don't realize they're at risk of getting the disease -- even after a doctor tells them they're at risk.
  5. Healthy aging with basic movements

    A little exercise can increase your odds of healthy aging -- even if you've spent years being inactive.
  6. Mild depression in diabetics can lead to mobility problems

    Depressed diabetics have a higher risk of worsening disease and even physical problems.
  7. Gadgets causing medical errors

    Too many gadgets are distracting doctors from their patients, according to a new warning.
  8. The dangers of aspartame

    A new review claims aspartame is safe -- but that flies in the face of the scientific evidence.
  9. The life-saving health benefits of nuts

    People who eat nuts have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and death, according to new research.
  10. Daily sugar intake may cause Alzheimer’s

    Sugar can damage the brain, leading to the type of damage linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia and more, according to a new study.
  11. Get fit to protect memory

    A little bit of fitness goes a long way toward brain protection, improving memory by as much as 25 percent, according to new research.
  12. Sugary drinks can boost endometrial cancer risk

    Soda can boost the risk of endometrial cancer by as much as 80 percent, according to new research.
  13. Heart-healing benefits of quitting smoking

    The heart can heal itself from the damage of smoking twice a fast as anyone thought, according to new research.
  14. Corn oil is not good for you

    Corn and safflower oils aren't healthy cooking options. In fact, they can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack and death.
  15. Sugar boosts signs of rheumatoid arthritis

    Women who drink soda are much more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study.
  16. Basement mold exposure may cause Parkinson’s

    Mold and other growths in your basement could damage genes in the brain and increase your risk of Parkinson's disease, according to new research.
  17. Benefits of exercise prevent depression

    A little exercise today can help prevent depression tomorrow, according to a new study.
  18. Microwave can wipe out health benefits of broccoli

    Cooking broccoli in the microwave can destroy cancer-fighting nutrients.
  19. Metformin side effects don’t protect heart

    The diabetes drug metformin is often given to people with heart disease, but new research shows it does practically nothing for these patients.
  20. Watching TV hardens arteries

    Too much TV -- and too much sitting -- can harden arteries, even in younger people.

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