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By   /  November 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jane: When it starts to be fall and winter, the second I step outside my nose starts to run. Why does the cold make my nose run?  Megan: When we breathe in, the cold air travels to our lungs. Our noses warm the air that we breathe in which adds moisture. Cold air irritates the […]

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By   /  November 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Karen: I started to run again and my back is bothering me. Can running hurt your back?? Megan: Yes running may be using your legs, but it’s the repetitive stress and impact of the legs hitting the surface that can bother the back. Typically the person has an existing back problem such as low back pain […]

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By   /  November 15, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lynda: I always feel gross after the holidays from the eating and drinking. I’m sure I gain weight but how common is it to gain holiday weight? Megan: Eating, entertaining and celebrating do bring added calories for many. According to the New England Journal of Medicine most people can manage to stay within 1 pound […]

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By   /  November 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sondra: What’s the best non-meat protein source because I typically prefer a vegan type diet? Megan: It is very important our body gets enough protein which is between 0.36 and 0.86 grams per pound body weight. If one were not to eat meat, other higher sources would be tofu, tempeh, edamame, soy milk, and soy […]

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By   /  November 1, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Trish: My son got his earlobe pierced and it’s the type where the lobe is huge with a circle ring. Will his ear be permanently damaged from this?  Megan: This sounds like a gauge piercing and there are different sizes when people choose to do this. Ear cartilage does not grow back nor does it […]

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By   /  October 26, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ali: I was told eating grapes can be as bad as drinking wine with all the sugar. Is that true?  Megan: It’s a matter of eating too many grapes. That isn’t very difficult to do. One cup of grapes has 27 grams of carbohydrates. Typically one serving of grapes is about 1/2 cup or 16 grapes. […]

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By   /  October 18, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Brandy: How much time spent in the sun is too much per day?  Megan: We know that vitamin D from natural sunlight has many benefits, but to be cautious with excessive sun exposure to protect our skin. It does of course vary by type of skin and time of day. In general about 15 minutes […]

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By   /  October 5, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Brian: What’s the difference between a cold and a sinus infection? To me they can be the same.  Megan: I can see why you think a cold and a sinus infection are very similar. This is because both conditions have similar side effects such as body aches, runny nose, fever, and headache. Both can also be […]

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By   /  September 28, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lupe: My knees ache all the time and I don’t want to get injured working out. What exercises are the worst for your knees?  Megan: The knee is prone to injury but oftentimes this is due to poor form during movement patterns. For the most part, you can do all kinds of exercises but need to […]

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By   /  September 21, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Mel: Why does doing the leg press machine at the gym hurt my back?  Megan: For persons who have had injury, putting the body in a fixed axis move can sometimes force the muscles to perform movements that compromise proper form. You are not able to accommodate or modify for the injury. The pelvis is put […]

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By   /  September 13, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Leon: My friend was just diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, but he didn’t seem like a super unhealthy person to me. Now I’m kind of worried, so what causes chronic kidney disease?  Megan: There are actually a number of causes, but diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for 2/3 of cases. Kidney stones, enlarged […]

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By   /  September 7, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ray: With covid, everyone stares at you when you cough; but doesn’t always mean someone is sick right?  Megan: You are correct. Coughing can be caused by swallowing food or a drink incorrectly, air/dust/allergies, post nasal drip, an itch or scratch in the throat, or just having a dry throat. Coughing doesn’t automatically equate to […]

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By   /  August 24, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Judy: I enjoy cooking and I do use olive oil. Which is better for you, virgin or extra virgin olive oil? Megan: Olive oil is a healthy fat, but if you had to choose or could choose, go for extra virgin. It is considered less processed, has more antioxidants called polyphenols, has fewer chemicals, and […]

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By   /  August 3, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Richie: I’m one of those people that shouts Siri or Alexa for practically everything in my house. I’m trying to be more active, so this probably isn’t good. Just a thought: how much activity do you think is lost from all this new technology?  Megan: Everything from turning on the lights to starting the car […]

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By   /  July 12, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Bruce: I’m following a healthy diet but will having a cheat meal throw off my weight loss??  Megan: A healthy relationship with food can be distorted especially when we might have emotional ties with food or categorize food as “good” or “bad”. There can be a little wiggle room, maybe 10% if you truly want to […]

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By   /  July 5, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Janessa: Lots of people drink smoothies for breakfast. I’m not one to make a lot of things but are smoothies a good idea for breakfast?  Megan: A smoothie allows you to literally “drink” whole foods. They can be good for on the go and most people do like the way they taste. What really matters is […]

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By   /  June 29, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marie: I eat pretty much healthy, but I seem to have so much inflammation and bloating all the time. What foods cause that?  Megan: Realistically if you are eating healthy, my guess could be artificial sweeteners or food additives. Refined carbohydrates, fried foods, foods high in trans fats and alcohol are big inflammation culprits. Some […]

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By   /  June 21, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Barbara: Is the elliptical or stationary bike better for cardio?  Megan: Both these choices are good low-impact cardio selections. They’re easier on the knees than other forms of cardio. However, the benefit of the elliptical is that it is going to work your entire body as you move both your arms and legs. For that reason, […]

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By   /  June 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Karl: Can you really gain weight from lack of sleep?  Megan: It’s not that lack of sleep equates to weight gain, rather, it’s the behaviors that result from the lack of sleep. Your brain actually responds differently to hunger cues and desires junk food.  A sleepy brain also lacks the ability to reign in on impulses […]

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By   /  June 1, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marge: I’ve lost a lot of weight recently but I’m also losing hair. Are the two related?  Megan: The two can be related depending upon a couple reasons. Sometimes dieting, particularly fad or crash diets, can lack nutrients your body needs for many bodily functions. The body does need whole foods including protein, carbohydrates, and fats. […]

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