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A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD
Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Continuing with the Mediterranean eating theme practically requires that we cover olives and olive oil at some point in the discussion, since they are so widely consumed by Mediterranean cultures. Traditionally, a Mediterranean diet calls for eating several olives (maybe up to 10) or consuming 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil each day. Let’s take a look at what the benefits of this practice may be. 

Weight Loss Shows. Who Really Ends up Being the Biggest Loser?

Weight Loss Shows. Who Really Ends up Being the Biggest Loser?

Guest post by Charity Hirst
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, the Medically Oriented Gym

As a facility that promotes health and wellness, the Medically Oriented Gym (the M.O.G.) fields a lot of questions about the latest health and fitness trends. Recently, we were asked to provide our professional opinion about reality TV weight loss shows. Things are not always black and white, but there are very apparent philosophical differences between the methods carried out on some of the weight loss shows and what we at the M.O.G. believe to be appropriate messaging about healthy living. 

Anaphylaxis. Learn the facts about this life-threatening allergic reaction.

Anaphylaxis. Learn the facts about this life-threatening allergic reaction.

When Ricker Hamilton got stung by a wasp a few years ago, he immediately began showing signs of a severe allergic reaction. It was third time in 20 years that he'd been stung and thankfully, he carried an EpiPen just in case. It probably saved his life.

Health Events in Maine April 25 to May 7

Health Events in Maine April 25 to May 7
FRIDAY APRIL 25
Maine Brain Aneurysm Support Group

Maine Medical Center
Dana Health Education Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME

Friday April 25, 2014
4:00 pm

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

Several weeks ago, I decided to try cooking some Mediterranean style meals for me and my husband. I'm not sure how it happened, but over the years he became the family chef and I admit it, I took him and his cooking skills for granted! He was more than happy to get out of the kitchen and be on the receiving instead of the serving end for a change. Read more ...

Thirty-three years and two kidney transplants later ...

Thirty-three years and two kidney transplants later ...

Ellen Munson got her first donated kidney in 1986. Her own kidneys had been destroyed, presumably by a serious infection called nephritis, and she had been on dialysis for five years. Every day, Ellen was grateful to the family who had lost a beloved child and chose to donate her kidney to a stranger. She had hoped the transplant would last forever, but knew it would not. Read more ...

When should you be concerned about heartburn?

If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong.

I had an endoscopy last week — Dr. Doug Howell, my gastroenterologist, threaded a scope with a camera on the end of it through my mouth, down my esophagus and into my stomach. Pleasant image — right? I’m grateful for the medication that prevented me from participating on a conscious level.

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