ANTI V: No Matter What The Flu May Be!

The World Health Organization blamed 18,000 deaths on the H1N1 viral strain. What is disturbing is that this year’s strain, H3N2, is very similar to H1N1 in its ability to cause sudden respiratory failure, often after the victim seems to be improving.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Two Smiths Go To Washington

It began September 10th. Irma landed in the Keys – and it’s not over as we struggle to rebuild our community and hopefully help those still devastated in Puerto Rico. Another casualty of this storm were the vital news stories that got missed or overlooked.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Do Coffee Drinkers Live Longer?

By: Michael Gregor, MD The largest study ever conducted on diet and health put that question to the test, examining the association between coffee drinking and subsequent mortality among hundreds of thousands of older men and women in the United States.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Getting Better & Better

I began writing this article while the weather forecasters were still trying to figure out how bad Irma would impact our beautiful state. What I knew then, and what I know now: We would ride out another hurricane just like we did a year ago. The damage to our community has been extensive.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Minding Your P's and Q's

Let’s take a trip back to 1993 when Love Whole Foods was in the Trails Shopping Center. A good customer, Charlie, came in with his wife. He exercised five days a week and ate a balanced diet. He was taking a new drug Mevacor, one of the first cholesterol lowering drugs and as a result was experiencing serious side effects: no energy (not like him) and debilitating leg pains

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Peggy Van Cleef
The Good, The Bad, & The Sad

A recent headline story in the News Journal (Nov.5.15) caught my attention: Retired Deland Doctor Sues Drug Company; Over Stroke. Dr. Bent Schlapper, M.D. alleges in his lawsuit that the popular NSAID drug called Celebrex was responsible for the stroke he suffered.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Whey To Go

With the kids going back to school or to college, working moms are looking for a way to boost the day’s most important meal: breakfast. How can you get the protein value associated with eggs without cooking? Get out the blender and simply drink a morning meal or snack. Natural Factors has developed a new whey protein powder derived from the milk of free range grass fed cows.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Kick Cancer & Hug Your Brain Too

Over the last two months, I have attended memorial services for three members of our community whose lives have been terminated by cancer. I attended two other services for those whose minds were snuffed out by a new scourge: Alzheimer’s.

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Peggy Van Cleef
A Smart, Healthy Example To Our Children

We are all enjoying an un usually mild Florida summer. A perfect time to sit back, relax, and make plans before the kids/grandkids have to go back to school. Without school schedules, parents have the opportunity to focus on healthy food habits. As grandparents, we can be role models when kids are on our watch. All the outdoor activities put extra emphasis on good nutrition.

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Peggy Van Cleef
Got Pain? The Sequel

One nutraceutical which has received intense media buzz is Curcumin, which is derived from the spice turmeric. Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Andrew Weil have all been singing the praises of this spice found in Indian cuisine.

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Peggy Van Cleef