News & Events
These articles discuss current health news, topics, trends and their connection to your health and well-being. Each day we are bombarded with news and events which impact our overall health and life. Sometimes the news relating to your health is a claim that a product will provide more energy or help with weight loss. Other times the news is how our health may be affected by a current environmental event – such as pollution or pesticide use. Dr. Gangemi helps sort out the confusion and make sense of it all.
Are you a passionate soda drinker? Do you stockpile your cans of Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, or other tasty delight to appease your sweet tooth at its every beckoning? Do you get irate in a restaurant when you demand Coke but they only serve Pepsi, or vise-versa? Or are you just not sure what type of sweetener best fancies your metabolism? With so many choices, it’s hard to make an educated decision. Well Pepsi has come to your rescue – with Pepsi Next. Just one easier choice you have to make in life.
Ah Valentine’s Day and we get to hear all about how chocolate is so good for us. It can be beneficial both mentally and physically as it’s loaded with healthy antioxidants, minerals, and even stimulants. Chocolate was once considered the nectar of the gods. Actually, those who were once sacrificed to the gods were given chocolate mixed in blood before their hearts were ripped out – there’s a yummy thought for you.
So how good for you is chocolate? Well, that depends on the type of chocolate you’re eating and how often you consume it. After all, stuffing your face with even a somewhat healthy Paleo chocolate cake probably isn’t going to provide any health benefits, even if the levels of free radical fighting phytonutrients are comparable to some blueberries. But hey, I love chocolate too so read on and I’ll share the love.
This week’s post spans from teaching to training. A new article I’ve written is up on the MovNat site – Endurance Orientated MovNat Training – as well as an accompanying video. Click here. Why do I like MovNat so much? It’s a great addition to any and every workout routine to help develop overall conditioning, balance, strength, and well-being regardless of fitness level. Yes, it’s even great for endurance athletes, which is the main purpose of the post, as I receive many emails asking me how to make MovNat more aerobic/less anaerobic. Plus, MovNat incorporates true human movement patterns that goes far beyond developing fitness, as I discussed here in my first MovNat post. I’ll be working with the MovNat team next Summer 2012 at one of their West Virginia camps for a more endurance focused MovNat workshop week. More on that to come.
Last week I presented my gait evaluation, barefoot & minimalist shoe analysis, and some of my dysglycemia (blood sugar issues) therapies in Bordeaux, France, to over 100 doctors and students from the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. I was all dressed-up but still ditched the shoes as you can see in the photo. My Powerpoint presentation can be found here (first in the list). If you’re not a physician or therapist you may still find it interesting, especially the first one-third which is about the benefits of barefoot and minimalist footwear. And even more information can be found here on the DRG site – a recent post on orthotics (yeah, I don’t like em’ too much) as well as proper/improper footwear.
Fruits and vegetables are typically some of the most nutritious foods you can consume; they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and free radical fighting phytonutrients. But you’ll want to know where your product came from before you take a bite – many are loaded with pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals you probably don’t want in your body. (more…)
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from patients and drgangemi.com readers regarding the Japanese nuclear disaster, so I felt like it was time to post my thoughts and actions on the health matter. The amount of radioactivity released into the air and the ocean is said to be very large. Radioactive iodine has been found in rainwater in Massachusetts, California, Washington state, and Pennsylvania. I believe a week or so ago local news reports here in North Carolina were saying that coastal levels in North and South Carolina were higher than normal. To date, the amount of radiation reported has been low. It is hard to know what exactly to believe as some reports may underestimate the levels so not to spread panic, while other may overestimate and not take into account the normal levels that are present every “normal” day. (more…)
The scientists at Hasbro are hard at work redesigning the classic Easy-Bake Oven. In early 2012, the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available. So Hasbro is coming out with the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven which will feature “a heating element that does not use a light bulb and offers an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today,” according to Hasbro’s statement. (more…)
Skechers – A Sketchy Shoe That Won’t Cause You to Lose Weight, But Might Lead to Back Pain, Painful Joints, and Broken BonesFebruary 22, 2011
Skechers Shape-Ups are to blame for fracturing both hips in an Ohio waitress who just wanted to tone more muscles while she worked, as the shoes advertised. Holly Ward recently filed a lawsuit against Skechers stating that she wore the toning shoes during her job as a waitress and after five months, she developed severe pain in her hips. According to the lawsuit, the 38-year-old had no previous injuries and had a healthy bone density of a young woman, thereby alleging that the shoes resulted in her stress fractures. (more…)
Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster won’t just make your kid hyper, but a new study out by the University Of Miami School Of Medicine says energy drinks may “put some children at risk for adverse health events, especially those with diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities or mood and behavior disorders.” The study also goes on to say that the drinks can cause seizures or even death if used excessively.
Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit to children, or any person for that matter, and many people over-do stimulant beverages to stay awake, pull an all-nighter while studying or partying, or just to give them some sort of hopeless energy to get through the day. The sugar content, as well as stimulants added such as caffeine and guarana, are linked to numerous health problems, though if you choose to listen to Dr. Maureen Storey, senior vice president of science policy for the American Beverage Association, you may think this is all a bunch of bull (no relationship to Red Bull). (more…)
** USA is now the fattest nation among 33 countries with advanced economies
Two-thirds of people in the USA are now either overweight or obese. Interesting though that a recent survey showed that 30% of overweight Americans think they’re in the normal range and 70% who are in the obese range think they are just overweight. The CDC says 34% of adults over 20 years old are obese and 34% are overweight. That’s pretty shocking. But even more so is that 18% of teens are obese and 20% of kids aged 6-11 and 10% of kids 2-5 are also obese. This is obese – think how many more are overweight. Obesity is based off what is called the body mass index (BMI), which is a number that compares weight and height. It doesn’t take into account that “skinny over-fat person” because BMI values don’t distinguish between healthy muscular weight and unhealthy fat weight. (more…)
- Hey Wednesday marks the first day of autumn which for most means it’s time to hibernate indoors and pack on some weight to stay warm over the winter. I suggest you do the opposite this year – get in really good shape. While others view the change in weather as their chance to “cheat” I look at it as a perfect time for you to get your aerobic base down. Whether your endurance is marked by racing, a stressful workweek, work related travel, or caring for your kids, fitness is not just important for everybody, it’s necessary. It’s time to make the time. You don’t need to wait until New Year’s to start some resolution and you don’t need to wait until summer to look good in your bathing suit. The time is now. Lean up this winter. It’s easier than you think. If you haven’t been working out your initial goal should be 30 minutes, 4 times a week of AEROBIC activity. Eventually the goal is to work up to 60 minutes, 6 times a week. This is aerobic training, also known as base training if you hang in that crowd. Read up on it here in the Fitness under the Heart Rate Monitor Use and Aerobic/Anaerobic sections there. (more…)