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Posted: 8/12/2014 - Why it really is harder for women to lose weight
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You?re not imagining it: There really are differences between the way men and women diet, lose weight and respond to exercise.
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Posted: 8/12/2014 - Why Presidential Vacation Shaming Needs To Stop
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Welcome to Thrive on Live with @CaroMT. President Obama's summer vacation has sparked debate, with critics arguing that he's wrong to take time off while the world is in crisis. We explain why it's critical for our president to take some time off.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 - Crossing Life's Finish Lines
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This is a story about how love can help you to do extraordinary things--like making it through the finish lines life presents. I share it to inspire and remind us of the circle of life.
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Posted: 7/21/2014 - Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription
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If you''re one of the estimated 5.7 million U.S. adults dealing with bipolar disorder, you know the potent control it can have on your moods, energy and emotions. What you may not know is how much power you have to control it.
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Posted: 6/19/2014 - You Are Not a Number
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On a particularly lovely spring day, my patient Kris sat on the edge of the chair in my office, smiling and appearing anxious to share something with me. Without skipping a beat, she said, ?Hey, Dr. Peeke, watch this!? With that, she crossed one knee over the other and grinned from ear to ear. ?One of my dreams was to be able to cross my legs at the knee, and to top that, do it wearing non-stretch jeans. Well, the other day I did it, and I couldn?t wait to show you!?
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Posted: 5/8/2014 - 6 Life Lessons From Your Dog
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As a child, I never had a dog. I didn''t understand them, and being a bit wary, I''d very cautiously come close to pet them only after having done due diligence to make certain they weren''t looking for a dinner opportunity. For many years, I was a cat person. I enjoyed the company of three felines, each of which lived more than 20 years. After the last one passed away in my arms, I felt emptiness until my husband, Mark, and I decided to expand our family by a factor of four furry legs. Having spent a long career in law enforcement, Mark was familiar with protection dogs, primarily German Shepherds. Knowing that I was out there running and walking on park trails, he thought it best to go all out to achieve a win-win--bring in a familiar breed and secure protection for both of us. So two years ago our guy, "Five-O" (which is police code for "cop"), born and bred in a special academy that specializes in training of the more rare black shepherds, was transported from Europe at the age of 20 months. The first time he entered our home, disoriented and wondering where his Serbian kennel had disappeared to, I took one look at him and ran behind Mark. He looked like a wolf and--trust me--immediately commanded my respect. But service and loyalty are in these dogs'' blood, and true to form, after it became clear I was the primary caregiver, in no time at all, Five-O was Velcroed to me 24/7. Black shepherds are known as one of the most intelligent, powerful, and obedient breeds, so I''d gone from no dog to a Lamborghini. This was going to be quite a journey. What''s this got to do with health and wellness? Everything.
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Posted: 4/17/2014 - Fat Facts
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While a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I became known as the ?fat doctor,? a title I held with great pride. My work entailed tag-teaming with surgeons in the operating room and harvesting human fat cells during surgery. Bless every one of the wonderful research subjects who agreed?rather happily, I might add!?to let me remove a small sample of fat from various parts of their bodies, both deep inside (deep in the belly) and just under the skin (subcutaneous). Next, these gleaming gelatinous globs of fat were carefully placed in the portable liquid nitrogen cylinder that accompanied me everywhere. Then it was off to my lab to prep the specimens for our experiments.
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Posted: 2/11/2014 - Checking in on Your February Health and Wellness
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Six weeks into the New Year, many of you may be wondering, ?What happened to my resolutions to improve myself?? Even if you don?t believe in making January 1 self-improvement commitments, you might be starting to fret, knowing that spring is right around the corner, complete with sleeveless shirts and short shorts. Either way, you know you?d like to feel better, look great, and be healthier and more mentally/physically fit. In that spirit, let?s take a deep breath and regroup so that you can achieve your goals in a realistic and sustainable way.
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Posted: 1/31/2014 - Please, Carry Omm
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If you''re a high energy, quintuple A personality like me, then perhaps you can relate to my years of frustration, futilely embarking on countless quests to find a Holy Grail of inward bliss through meditation. I was a woman on a mission. Truth be told, I never lasted more than 10 seconds before I had to untwist myself from some distorted rendition of a lotus pose, hop up and run away. You''d think my years at Berkeley would have rubbed off, but my fellow pre-meds and I were more interested in acing the MCATs and getting into med school than chanting an ''Omm'' or two.
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Posted: 1/14/2014 - The Time Is NOW
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How many times have you cried in desperation, ?I?ve just got to change! I can?t stand the way things are!? But then, over time this cry becomes a whisper and nothing is done. Frustrated, you wonder why you keep deferring changes that logically make sense?beginning the practice of meditation, adopting a mindful lifestyle, starting to take that daily walk, taking the time to shop, prepare, and cook whole foods. The answer to this conundrum is complex, but usually involves an undercurrent of procrastination. This is the same ?putting off? that so many of us do when we fall off the healthy eating wagon and swear we?ll get right back on?tomorrow or Monday. Then, we either never get to it, or when we do it lasts a nanosecond and we?re right back where we started.
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Posted: 12/19/2013 - From Mayhem to Mindful
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Several months ago, I had an opportunity to attend an extraordinary conference at Harvard University, entitled Meditation and Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh. An advocate of all things meditation, I?d found that the foundation of most meditative techniques was the practice of mindfulness. Whether using focused breathing, yoga, Transcendental Meditation, or Zen or Taoist meditation, it seemed to me that the pursuit of the mindful lifestyle was the common goal. And, being a regular practitioner of mindful living, I wanted to hear further words of wisdom and encouragement from this revered 87-year-old Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk?someone most would agree is one of the great masters of mindfulness.
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Posted: 12/19/2013 - Slipping Into Your Holiday Genes
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I''m going to tell you about how you can find last-minute gifts for the holidays feel happier and get healthy -- and never set foot in a mall. I hate shopping. I think we''re over-commercialized, and I''d rather have a root canal without the lidocaine than barge through department store doors at 2 a.m. on a "Black Friday." So a long time ago I gave up going out and buying useless gifts. Instead, I created my own form of gifting. And, as a scientist, I know something that very few people are aware of. You see, the kind of gifting I''m about to present affects our very genes. That''s right. It''s the gift-gene connection.
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Posted: 12/18/2013 - Ask Dr. Peeke: How Can I Stick To My Health Goals?
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Q: How can I stick to my health goals when life gets in the way? A: The real questions you need to ask are: "What''s preventing me from hitting my health goals?" and "Where''s my internal strength when I need to make healthy choices?" To access your buckle-down-and-make-it-happen motivation, you need to dig deeper. With a little help, you can strengthen your mental muscle.
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Posted: 12/12/2013 - Ask Dr. Peeke: How Can I Stay Slim In The Face Of Constant Temptation?
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Q: My friends socialize over trendy but fattening meals. How can I stay slim? ?Leonardo Walker, Los Angeles A: Today''s food trends favor fresh, organic veggies and fruits, grass-fed beef, and free-range poultry?along with roasted pork belly, duck-fat-fried potatoes, and growlers of craft beer. Being friends with a gourmet cook or having foodie friends can be a mixed, if delectable, blessing, especially when those gourmands aren''t focused on their waistlines?or yours (which we''ve previously reported on, here). With some wise management, here''s how you can edge your favorite foodies into delicious (not belly-busting) dishes.
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Posted: 11/19/2013 - It's not just Bank Dollars, it's Body Dollars: Dr. Pamela Peeke's Financial Advice
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Dr. Pamela Peeke- WebMD's lifestyle expert to their 90 million members, Discovery Health TV's Chief Medical Correspondent, and New York Times Best Selling Author- talks money, wellness and secret splurges in our latest Live From the Stoop.
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Posted: 11/14/2013 - You Are What Your Grandparents Ate
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At some point, you've learned that "you are what you eat." Consume junk food and your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer skyrockets. Grab an apple instead of a Twinkie, and your body rewards you with a strengthened immune system, as life-giving phytonutrients flood your tissues and organs. You feel empowered by your lifestyle choices. You are what you eat.
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Posted: 10/25/2013 - The Quest for a Quick Fix: For Health or Wealth
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"We lose our health to make money; then lose that money to restore our health. While worrying about the future, we forget to live." ? Senora Roy Roy?s right. Research has shown that it?s critical (and even life-saving) to integrate effectivelifestylestrategies to optimize health and wealth. Yet, most people haven?t yet made the connection between their mind-body wellbeing and money management. To help drive home the point, take a moment and do this simple exercise.
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Posted: 9/19/2013 - Food Addiction Is Real
  Summary:
One year ago I launched my book, The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction (Rodale 2012), on Katie Couric''s show. Within five days it became a New York Times best seller. The overwhelming feedback makes it clear that I touched a collective nerve. Men and women are relieved to read the new groundbreaking science that explains the distressing mystery as to why one, two, or even six cupcakes can never satisfy: Your brain had been hacked and hijacked.
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Posted: 7/9/2013 - This Just In: Obesity Is a Disease
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In a landmark decision after years of arguments about whether or not obesity should be classified as a disease, the American Medical Association?s (AMA?s) House of Delegates voted to recognize obesity as a disease. As the dust settles on this heated debate, multimedia channels have lit up like Fourth of July firecrackers. Was this a good decision, and how will this potentially affect the millions of people designated obese?
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Posted: 5/22/2013 - The Angelina Jolie Challenge
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Who can forget the image of fearless archaeologist Lara Croft dangling from a rope two stories high, a gun and knife wedged in thigh holsters, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting enemy? Actress Angelina Jolie made being a strong woman look effortless. Now, faced with a potentially life-threatening challenge, she?s showing a new kind of strength.
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