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Health Update: Proactive Health Care

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Dr. Sam Benjamin warns against waiting until the last minute to get a doctor's appointment.

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Sinusitis- The Royal Treatment

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CrownI am called several times a week by patients who have all of the symptoms of an acute (sudden onset) sinus infection (sinusitis) and they are not alone. It is estimated that 37 million suffer from an acute sinusitis in the U.S. alone every year. You can well imagine then that treatment of acute sinusitis is BIG business. Indeed it is reaching billions spent annually.

SymptomsSome of the primary symptoms of acute sinusitis include:

  • Facial pain/pressure
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough/congestion
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

SinusesAcute sinusitis may be diagnosed when a person has two or more symptoms and/or the presence of thick, green, or yellow nasal discharge.

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Lowering Cholesterol Naturally (An Evidence Based Product)

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Beta SitosterolBeta-sitosterol is a plant sterol that lowers serum cholesterol. Plant sterols are produced in the refinement of vegetables or as a byproduct of papermaking from the oil of pinewood. Beta Sitosterol’s chemical structure is actually similar to cholesterol but it does not create an increased risk of atherosclerotic and/or heart a disease. The average diet provides about 175-200 mg of Beta Sitosterol, but less than 5% is actually absorbed when consumed orally so to lower cholesterol effectively you need to take a Beta Sitosterol supplement.Beta Sitosterol is commonly added to margarines as a cholesterol reducing aid. Fats are needed to solubilize plant sterols so margarines are an ideal vehicle. Smart Balance which contains plant sterols is such a spread that claims to reduce cholesterol and thereby decrease the risk of heart disease. It is most unlikely and you should NOT rely on this food product to lower cholesterol. Beta-sitosterol actually inhibits intestinal absorption of cholesterol by about 50%.

Taking beta-sitosterol orally significantly reduces total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL- “bad”) cholesterol levels, but has little or no effect on high-density lipoprotein (HDL- “good”) cholesterol levels. I have yet to read of studies that quantify if consuming Beta- Sitosterol can decrease the number of worrisome small LDL particles.

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Diversion in Obamacare is a tried and true strategy

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As we cruise down the Affordable Health Care Act Highway, those of you that treasure control over your own body should be thinking twice, as more federal government insinuates itself into your body.

Just what do I mean by this? Am I against my fellow man/woman being assured a safety net of medical care? No!

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Dr. Sam Benjamin Health Update - Contaminated Water

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Dr. Sam Benjamin says that if your water isn't being filtered, you are being contaminated.

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