Health Expo 2016

Health fairs, expos and conventions are a dime-a-dozen these days. Corner drugstores, corporate call centers, college campuses, even church basements pull out a few tables, invite a few doctors with blood pressure cuffs, fancy glucose testing schemes and free pens sponsored by drug companies and set out to tell the public what to do and who to see after you get sick. So what makes the Omaha Health Expo different as it presents its ninth annual event, this year at Baxter Arena on April 9 and 10?

“Well, to start with,” informs show producer Bob Mancuso of Mid-America Expositions, “It’s the premier event of its kind in the region offering information and education, products and demonstrations with a particular emphasis…

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Green Grass for Real

The ugly, deadly trucks of TruGreen have already started their parade through the streets. The killing season has begun for many. Kill those weeds. Kill those bugs. Kill everything that lives except that genetically modified green swath of Kentucky Bluegrass that seems to be the necessity of everyone from homeowners to hospitals, businesses to bumbling bureaucrats who budget poison sprays for our boulevards and right-of-ways.

Last spring, the fog of poison gas was so heavy in Dodge Park that we often turned our vehicle around and left the minute we got within detection distance. I confirmed by phone with the park ranger on duty that the poison spraying would continue for a few weeks. The pall of toxic fumes waft…

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Clean Green

Yes, it’s time for spring cleaning. Behavioral scientists say that it’s natural for humans to want to organize and clean things up at springtime. Look around and you see Mother Nature doing the same thing. Spring is a time of purging the detritus of December and making room for the rebirth of the season of growth. Birds are sprucing up nests. Squirrels are dumping the trash out of their wintertime hidey-holes. Soon the thunderstorms of April will wash away the logjams and dead leaves from the past. So if you feel impelled to grab a mop, some cleaning supplies and get to work around the apartment or house, you’re in good company.

But while you’re in the midst of getting…

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Gut Punch

One of my favorite moments from just a couple years ago was when a local med school student called in to a radio show I was guesting on. The show’s hosts, Dr. Shawn Schmidt and the late Don Vassos, and I were discussing real food and the role of digestion in health. Shortly before they opened the phones up for listener questions and comments, I offered the fact that non-human cells in our body outnumber the human cells by a factor of ten-to-one. Most of that majority was due to the presence of trillions of microbes throughout the body with the greatest amount of those bacteria and other flora living in the gut.

Anyone who’s heard the term “probiotic” likely…

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Spice of Life

Spices are a difficult category to define. About the only common characteristic that gilds the group is that they are always plant material of some sort. Spices can be seeds, flowers, bark, roots, flower parts, leaves, resins, saps or other plant products. Spices have the historical connotation of exotic origins and it’s true of most. Historically, Asia, India, tropical islands and the Far East were the main sources of spice. Trade routes from the Far East through the Middle East and on to Europe were founded because of spices. Columbus set out for America because he was searching for a route to spice. Part of what made spices so expensive was rarity. Initially, however, spices were treasured more for their…

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Clean Up Your Act

Okay, it may be dramatic to declare “Detox or die,” but that doesn’t make it any less true. Factually, your body is detoxifying daily, more exactly, constantly. By-products of natural metabolism create contaminants that, if they build up, will downright kill. And environmental toxins can do worse than that by making a body desperately ill before the toxic effects send it to the grave. Fortunately, evolution has provided the body with a system of filters and detoxifiers that do a very good job of eliminating the toxins we may encounter. That is, as long as we don’t injure those organs or overwhelm them.

The liver is the workhorse of the detox system. Of course, it does far, far more than…

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Do These Six Things

Whether a person has a few extra pounds to drop or whether considering a long-term project to peel off multiple layers, there are some relatively easy steps that can help. And if you’re a member of that new, trendy demographic known as “skinny fat,” these can show results in a matter of days.

It’s helpful to remember what purpose fat serves in the body. Of course it’s an accessible source of energy in times when the body needs it. Importantly to modern man, though, is that fat is a place the body likes to store toxins that are damaging to the body or otherwise vexing. When the body encounters anything that enters it through the food path, it does its…

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