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Mammogram decision hinges on patient, doctor talk, ob-gyn group says

Mammogram decision hinges on patient, doctor talk, ob-gyn group says

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 -- As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG, is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.In updated guidelines on breast cancer screening for average-risk women, ACOG emphasized shared decision-making between a woman and her doctor about when to start mammography screening and how often to do it."What is critically important is that the patient's value and preferences are factored into that decision-making process," said Dr. Christopher Zahn, ACOG's vice president of practice activities.The new guidelines, Zahn said, are "empowering women to be involved in that decision."ACOG recommends that women at average risk of breast cancer be offered screening mammography beginning at a...
Will Activated Charcoal Actually Detox My Body?

Will Activated Charcoal Actually Detox My Body?

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Throughout my career I've seen dozens of supplements come and go in terms of trendiness, from herbs and amino acids to antioxidants and extracts. Recently, activated charcoal has been having a moment as a must-try natural remedy.Early on in my career I worked in a hospital, as well as a substance abuse rehabilitation center, so I am familiar with the medicinal use of activated charcoal. Similar to common charcoal for your grill, activated charcoal is typically made from peat, coal, wood, or coconut shells, treated in a way that makes it very porous, or "activated." It's used commonly in emergency rooms to treat poisoning and drug overdoses due to its ability to trap chemicals and prevent them from being absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood.Apparently some health enthusia
The Best Healthy Salsa Recipes

The Best Healthy Salsa Recipes

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Homemade salsaLow in calories and packed with fresh produce, salsa is a super-healthy way to add flavor to dishes like salad, fish, grilled chicken, and the classic tortilla chip. If you typically reach for the jarred stuff, you may be surprised to learn that you can actually get more nutrients and richer flavor from homemade salsa. Since you're making it yourself, you can control ingredients like salt to know exactly what you're getting in every scoop.RELATED: 26 Low-Fat Mexican Food RecipesPlus, homemade salsa is incredibly easy to whip up, and you can incorporate unexpected add-ins to transform the recipe way beyond the basic tomatoes-and-onions version (when was the last time you had jicama or cranberries in a store-bought salsa, for example?). Here, our favorite healthy homemade salsa
7 Things You Should Know About Matcha

7 Things You Should Know About Matcha

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I’ve been getting asked about matcha a whole lot lately. I heard that matcha shots were the “it beverage” at New York Fashion Week, and many dedicated coffee lovers are ditching java in favor of matcha. If you’re curious about this trendy beverage, here are seven things you should know.RELATED: Join Health for a Weekend at Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in April!It's a special form of green teaMatcha literally means "powdered tea." When you order traditional green tea, components from the leaves get infused into the hot water, then the leaves are discarded. With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution, traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (heated to less than a boil), which is then
This Is What Health's Food Director Eats in a Day (Dark Chocolate Made the Cut!)

This Is What Health's Food Director Eats in a Day (Dark Chocolate Made the Cut!)

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Because of my work as Health's Food Director,people will sometimes ask if I either cook elaborate, multi-course meals every night, or if I never cook at home since it’s part of my job. The reality is actually neither of these—I’m a busy working mom, and I cook often for my family (my husband is an excellent cook and does a lot of it as well), but the meals we make are usually pretty quick and simple. Here's what I eat in a typical day.BreakfastEvery morning, the first thing I do is down a big glass of water and take my vitamins.Water just helps get me going. I drink a lot of water all day (I don’t count glasses or ounces, but I’m always sipping), and that glass first thing is a good jump-start. After that, I make a cup of Bulletproof coffee: in my Vitamix, I blend about 12 oz. coffee with