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Sunshine during the Pandemic

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We are living through a difficult time, trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying isolated inside our homes, limiting contact with the outside world to “virtual communications” via our computers and phones. But we need to go outside and enjoy the Sun. A daily dose of sunshine can help to fight against a wide range …

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COVID-19: Testing

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There are multiple tests available to help with diagnosis of the COVID-19 infection. I’d like to separate them into 2 categories: Diagnostic Tests: Diagnose an acute infection Antibody Tests (Serological Assays): Confirm a previous infection Diagnostic tests detect the genetic material of the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, so called real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) …

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COVID-19: Managing the Stress Of Isolation

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We are living thru a new reality of life: social distancing. Isolation is slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it will undoubtedly have negative consequences on our mental health and well-being for both the short- and long-term. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about substantial increases in anxiety and depression, substance use, loneliness, and domestic violence. …

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COVID-19: Do Gloves and Masks Help?

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We are all trying to protect ourselves from the novel Coronavirus. To improve your chances of remaining healthy, you need to practice an immune-boosting lifestyle by eating healthy, exercising regularly and managing stress. I’ve discussed these topics in recent blogs. It is also very important is to limit exposure to COVID-19 by practicing social distancing …

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COVID-19: Reality of Staying Home and Working Remotely

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Most of us are facing the reality of social isolation and a new problem of being confined in a house all day and every day. Many people are not used to working from home and may not feel as efficient as when they sit at their desk at work. So what could be done? Establish …

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How to Survive the Quarantine

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With the whole country shutdown and the majority of the population quarantined at home, we need to find ways to stay healthy physically and mentally. Our favorite restaurants are closed, no access to parks or gyms, limited interaction with your friends and family, confinement in the house 24/7, overwhelming news on TV – all of …

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COVID-19: Immune System Support

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by Val Koganski, MD I am sure you’ve been overwhelmed with information on Coronavirus and COVID-19. This is a new virus that belongs to the family of “cold” viruses. We’ve been exposed to them yearly for many generations and usually have been able to handle it without major complications. So why are we having such …

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Advice on How to Lose Weight

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Prepare yourself for a long journey. It is not easy. Simple Facts: Food manufacturers use sugar in their products to get consumers addicted Most processed foods contain high amounts of sugar High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a common source of sugar in many foods as it is the cheapest form of sugar available. HFCS …

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The Truth About Gluten

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Lately it seems that a Gluten-free diet is the biggest “all healing” discovery of the century. Gluten-free diets are everywhere. Celebrities tweet about them, grocery stores are filled with products labeled “No Gluten!” and restaurants often offer special menus or items that don’t have any gluten in them. The most serious disease associated with gluten …

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