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How Good Is Your Doctor?

Chances are he or she is very good. But about 1% if doctors account for nearly 33% of all malpractice claims paid.

If you’ve just moved to a new area or maybe you had to change doctors for one reason or another, you can research physicians on Surgeon Scorecard. You can find it at: www.projects.propublica.org/surgeons/

Decrease Foot Pain With Food

Who knew? Experts agree that some foot pain is caused by inflammation. Nuts, seeds, legumes, veggies, fruit, and fish are all rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation. Also cooking with olive oil may help.

Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure

As we age, our bood pressure tends to go up. Those in the know say we should be shooting for a rate of 130/80. If you find yourself creeping over that line, doctors recommend more cooking at home than eating out (more than 70% of our sodium intake now comes from food prepared outside our homes.

You may also want to increase your intake of potassium - a mineral found in may fruits and vegetables.

As always, best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

Baby Boom Needs a Shot in the Arm!

Disease prevention experts say those of us over 65 may be facing a health care crisis we could easily avoid!

Nearly 2/3 of American over 65 have not had the shingles vaccine and 40% of us haven't had a tetanus shot in the past decade. Add to that nearly 1/3 of Boomers have not been vaccinated for pneumonia.

If you fall into one of these categories, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor today!

To Floss or Not to Floss? That Is a Real Question!

No doubt your dentist tells you to floss, but is there any research to back up that advice?

Surprisingly, no.

There has never been a study to test the benefits of flossing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop flossing. No research simply means, we have no scientific evidence one way or the other. The American Dental Association still recommends flossing as well as brushing twice daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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