• 5 wacky diets you should never try
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    5 wacky diets you should never try

    When it comes to dieting, some people will do almost anything to lose weight. The problem arises when these wacky ways to shed pounds are just as unsafe as they are outrageous—none listed here would get a green light from a qualified doctor. In other words, do not try these at home. Instead, we suggest sticking to the standby combo of regular exercise and a wholesome balanced diet as your best bet for losing weight and keeping it off.

  • Your heart attack symptoms may point to another health issue
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    Your heart attack symptoms may point to another health issue

    So you think you’re having a heart attack.  Symptoms of what’s also known as myocardial infarction should never be ignored—get medical help if you have ever think that you’re experiencing a heart attack or if you have more than one of the symptoms below at once.  But it’s possible there could be other health issues at play.  Click through the gallery above to see if your heart attack symptom may actually be a case of some other underlying health issue. Did we miss something?

  • Canadian woman earns her way into ‘People’ magazine by losing 100 pounds
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    Canadian woman earns her way into ‘People’ magazine by losing 100 pounds

    “When I got the email I started screaming,” says Faith (whose hometown in the mag is listed as “British Columbia”). “It’s been surreal.” ALSO SEE: Woman loses more than 100 pounds in 9 months – without surgery! People discovered Faith through her Instagram account, where she speaks openly about her struggles with excess weight, poor body image, and food addiction. Faith used to go to three different Dairy Queens to get the same thing—Skor Blizzards with extra fudge and extra Skor—so that the staff working the drive-through wouldn’t recognize her.  She would spray her car with air freshener afterward so that no one would catch on to her secret snacks. After the birth of her first child in 2000, Faith weighed 220 pounds and wore size 44 men’s pants.

  • Is it possible to exercise too much?
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    Is it possible to exercise too much?

    While most people have a hard time getting in enough exercise, at the opposite end of the spectrum are those who do too much. While not getting enough exercise has all sorts of negative health implications – like weight gain and increased risk of certain diseases – overexercise also has its downsides. Shin splints, Achilles tendon rupture, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and stress fractures are a few examples. Symptoms include pain during or after physical activity and chronic, persistent pain even at rest.

  • The best and worst things to eat after working out
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    The best and worst things to eat after working out

    Exercising regularly is a no-brainer when it comes to the quest for health and well-being. But to get the most out of your workout, you need to follow it up with suitable sustenance. Picking the right foods and drinks to ingest after an exercise session will help keep you on the right track. Scroll through the gallery below to see what you should chow down on post-workout – and what you should avoid

  • These are the best and worst sleep positions for your health
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    These are the best and worst sleep positions for your health

    Getting plenty of sleep is one of the most basic steps people can take when it comes to being healthy. “This keeps your head, neck, and back aligned,” says sleep consultant Alanna McGinn, founder of Good Night Sleep Site. “Sleeping on your back will not only eliminate the morning puffiness, but you’ll also avoid those sleep lines from your pillow, which can take longer to fade as you age” McGinn says.

  • The unexpected health benefits of wasabi
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    The unexpected health benefits of wasabi

    Sushi lovers know all about the unmistakable heat that wasabi gives to sashimi – that bright green paste bringing on tears, runny noses, and sneezes.

  • Could you be an ‘aquaholic’?
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    Could you be an ‘aquaholic’?

    Drinking enough water is a health message that’s been broadcast loud and clear. “Some people are such water-drinking devotees that they are aquaholics,” says Manhattan osteopathic physician Christopher Calapai. The result is overhydration, or hyponatremia, which is a term used to describe a low concentration of sodium in the blood that can be dangerous or even life-threatening. Overhydration is the most common electrolyte imbalance in hospitals, occurring in about two percent of all people, Calapai says.

  • 9 steps to healthy eating
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    9 steps to healthy eating

    Sticking to a wholesome diet is a challenge for some and a chore to others –some might even call it impossible. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. “People think food–cooking from scratch–takes a lot of time, but it doesn’t,” says Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver food Bank. Click through the gallery above to see more strategies from Hess that will help you and your loved ones eat well, even when a healthy meal after a long, hard day seems like a tall order.

  • What sparks the hate behind homophobia?
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    What sparks the hate behind homophobia?

    As horrifying details have emerged from the worst mass shooting in American history, it has been established that the gunman himself frequented gay nightclubs, while his ex-wife has said she believed he was gay. “If a person grows up in a highly controlling atmosphere, especially one where parents are themselves prejudice against LGBT people, he or she may experience same-sex attraction as unacceptable and as a part of him or herself that cannot be allowed expression,” explains Richard M. Ryan, professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education in New South Wales and research professor in psychology at New York’s University of Rochester. “The person then feels toward them how they would feel toward their own impulses—hostile,” Ryan says. “So one route to homophobia appears to stem from this kind of internal conflict—a person at war with part of themselves.

  • What it’s like having gay parents in 2016
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    What it’s like having gay parents in 2016

    Growing up in the small town of Mill Bay, B.C., Erin Jeffery remembers feeling relatively normal—until she turned 12. The news came as a shock, and Jeffery admits she had a hard time dealing with it. “I’ve told my mom, ‘if you ever have the chance to do it again, don’t do it just before your child goes through puberty,’” Jeffery says.

  • Could intermittent fasting be the weight-loss answer you’ve been waiting for?
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    Could intermittent fasting be the weight-loss answer you’ve been waiting for?

    Eat Sh*t & Die(T) is hardly your conventional guide to losing weight. Written by Max Cunningham, a UK-based fitness instructor, the book is also not for anyone who’s the least bit offended by a foul-mouth. While the author claims his approach to permanent weight loss is scientifically proven, not all health professionals agree.

  • Feeling tired? 70 per cent of Canadians don’t get enough sleep, survey says
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    Feeling tired? 70 per cent of Canadians don’t get enough sleep, survey says

    Rest assured you’re not alone: the vast majority of Canadians are sleep-deprived. Nearly 70 per cent of us feel we’re short on sleep, according to a recent national poll conducted on the Angus Reid forum. It found that 45 per cent of Canadians have used sleeping aids to get some Zzzs, including sleeping masks, specialized blankets or pillows, prescription drugs or over the counter medication.

  • Everything you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease -- and how to protect yourself
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    Everything you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease -- and how to protect yourself

    An adult female (left) and nymph tick (Getty Images)Jim Wilson was dumbfounded by a large rash around his navel back in the spring of 1991. Within a few months he was having trouble walking, talking, and remembering. Several doctors’ visits and three years later, Wilson was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease, which he’d contracted from a tick bite.

  • These common medications are dangerous during pregnancy
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    These common medications are dangerous during pregnancy

    There are a lot of things that become off limits when you’re pregnant but many Canadian women who take Accutane for severe acne don’t comply with warnings to avoid the drug during pregnancy – despite the potential to cause damage to the head, face, heart, central nervous system, and limbs of a fetus. ALSO SEE: Jillian Harris responds to being called out for drinking coffee while pregnant A new study commissioned by Health Canada and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal points to many failures in preventing pregnancy in those who use the drug, which also goes by the name Isotretinoin.     ALSO SEE: New mother urges pregnant women to get whooping cough vaccination But it’s not the only medications that can be risky during pregnancy.  Click through the gallery above to learn about some other drugs that should be used with caution or avoided altogether during pregnancy and if you’re unsure about any other drugs, be sure to check with your doctor first before taking anything

  • Snapchat’s Bob Marley filter isn’t harmless fun, it’s ‘digital blackface’
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    Snapchat’s Bob Marley filter isn’t harmless fun, it’s ‘digital blackface’

    A video posted by Kylie Jenner Snapchats (@kylizzlesnapchats) on Apr 20, 2016 at 3:01am PDT With Snapchat defending its recent use of a Bob Marley filter, debate continues about the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation. Backlash was immediate, with many people understandably outraged, calling the filter a form of blackface. Snapchat then issued a statement saying that the filter was intended as a tribute to the musical legend, and that it even had the blessing of Bob Marley’s estate.  Two Canadian experts on cultural appropriation don’t buy Snapchat’s response or reasoning, though. Whether it’s celebrities dressing up as black people on Halloween or the widespread use of this filter, they say blackface – in any form – is racist and unacceptable.

  • This is the deadliest day of the week
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    This is the deadliest day of the week

    The CDC’s Wonder database contains data on all deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2014. In other words, no matter what day of the week it was, the leading causes of death were: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide.

  • I tried an ultrasound facial to get rid of my wrinkles
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    I tried an ultrasound facial to get rid of my wrinkles

    Ultrasound is an oscillating sound pressure wave with a frequency the human ear can’t hear. Mira-Skin uses soft ultrasound to purportedly add vitamins and nutrients into the skin, stimulating renewal and hydration. “The gentle air vibrations of ultrasound temporarily expand and open transport ways, which boosts the delivery of anti-aging ingredients into the deepest layers of the skin where they are more effective.

  • ADHD or just immature? Experts question recent study
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    ADHD or just immature? Experts question recent study

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is widely overdiagnosed in kids who in fact are simply immature, new research suggests. Published online in the Journal of Pediatrics in March and headed by researchers from Taiwan, the study found that a child’s age at school entry may have an effect on the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The researchers looked at data from nearly 379,000 children aged four to 17 from 1997 to 2011 and evaluated the prevalence of a diagnosis of ADHD and/or the prescriptions ADHD medication.

  • Yes, sleep loss really does lead to overeating -- here’s how to beat it
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    Yes, sleep loss really does lead to overeating -- here’s how to beat it

    It’s well-known that sleep loss can make us cranky and bleary-eyed. New research shows that it may turn may turn us into culinary hedonists, too. 

  • More than half of people with melanoma have no moles
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    More than half of people with melanoma have no moles

    Most patients with melanoma, it turns out, had few moles and no atypical ones at all. Published in the JAMA Dermatology online journal, the study looked at 566 patients with melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. In patients younger than 60, having more than 50 total moles was associated with reduced risk of thick melanoma, a key prognostic indicator for the disease.

  • How to feel better when you’re getting over a cold
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    How to feel better when you’re getting over a cold

    The common cold has a way of making you feel just plain awful: tired, headachy, congested, and generally wretched. Getting over one can sometimes seem to take forever.  When you’re functional but still feeling gross, there are simple things you can do to get better. 

  • Why a drug that can reverse fentanyl overdoses should be available over the counter in Canada
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    Why a drug that can reverse fentanyl overdoses should be available over the counter in Canada

    Fentanyl deaths have become an epidemic in Canada, with police and health experts from all across the country warning the public of the drug’s devastating and potentially fatal effects. In Canada, the so-called overdose antidote is available by prescription only in a liquid form that’s administered via an intramuscular injection. Narcan works by quickly reversing the respiratory depression caused by opiates in an overdose.

  • What binge drinking really does to your body and mind
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    What binge drinking really does to your body and mind

    The New Year’s hangover might be gone, but before you go on another bender, the month of resolutions is a good time to consider the effects of binge drinking on your body and brain. Drinking too much too quickly causes blood alcohol levels to rise very rapidly. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks for men and four or more for women within about two hours, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.