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Keeping Health Worries at Bay

posted by Linda Mintle

Everyday, we are exposed to new health findings in newspapers, blogs, on-line websites, and news feature. If you listen to them all, you will end up confused, and feeling like your family gets an “F” in health. And all of […]

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The 3 Best Ways to Unwind

posted by Linda Mintle

I have a big academic paper  to write. This kind of task, like many we encounter at work, requires sustained energy and focus. But after awhile, we all need a break. So what is the best way to unwind for […]

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Making Peace With Those Two Extra Pounds

posted by Linda Mintle

 I was getting ready to drive to the doctor’s office for an annual check up and I thought, “Well, I’ve been eating well, walking the dog every day and going to the Y three times a week. Basically, I’ve been […]

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Caffeine Intoxication? It May Not Be Just From Coffee!

posted by Linda Mintle

You make your morning run for a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte, drink a cup of coffee at the office mid morning, and  have a Diet Coke for lunch. Could you qualify for a mental disorder? Sounds crazy, but the  DSM […]

Could Your Kiss Be Toxic?

posted by Linda Mintle

You look at him across a crowded room, your eyes meet. You move towards him, and embrace. He’s the love of your life and reaches down to kiss you. WAIT….Stop the script. Could that kiss be toxic? Yes, according to […]

5 Tips to Combat Health Worries

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I am taking my daughter to get her wisdom teeth removed. She can’t wait for it to be over and I feel the same. Even though this is a routine surgery, it is still a surgery and can […]

Day 2: Dr. Linda on the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

Day 2: I am motivated to keep going. I learned a few things from Day 1 so will make a few tweaks in this plan. Starter: green tea, stevia and lemon slice.  I wasn’t as excited to drink the tea […]

Day 1: Dr. Linda on The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the travel and eating out, I just felt like I wanted  a DO OVER with eating. So I decided to do the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse just to see if I would feel better and reset my […]

Don’t Keep Eating: 5 Tips to Pace Yourself Through the New Year

posted by Linda Mintle

As a weight loss expert, I know that so much of losing weight is won in the mind. And the easiest thing to do the day after Christmas is to give in to overeating. Many of us think, “Oh well, […]

The Best Antidote for Stress? You Already Have It!

posted by Linda Mintle

If you could have one of the best antidotes for stress, would you take it? If I told you it is something that you can easily access and is free, would you want it? If I raved about how this […]

Caring For The Whole Person Adds to Quality of Life

posted by Linda Mintle

What if you went to your doctor’s appointment for your regular diabetes check up and did more than have your labs taken? Instead… A counselor talked to you about your support system at home and asked about other aspects of […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

posted by Linda Mintle

I recently spent six days along the coast of San Diego, California hiking state parks, dining at cafes and shopping at boutiques and malls. What I noticed was that I didn’t have to move through a haze of cigarette smoke […]

Want to Be Smarter? 5 Ways to Boost Your IQ

posted by Linda Mintle

Want to be smarter? IQ is not a fixed number that can’t be influenced. You can actually boost your IQ with these 5 practical steps: 1) Take on a new task. new and novel stimulate the brain in a good […]

Getting Unstuck: 24 Ways to Fight Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

God’s plan is not for you to be depressed. He wants you experiencing His joy no matter the circumstances of your life. Yet approximately 20 million people suffer from clinical depression feeling hopeless, listless and stuck. The voice of depression […]

Weight Loss Tip on Snacking: Timing Matters

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of us are focused on losing those extra pounds from holiday eating. Well here is a quick tip on how to do that when snacking. The time of day you eat a snack could impact losing weight. A study […]

Look Out People: A Divorce May Just Kill You!

posted by Linda Mintle

Who likes to think about death, especially the things that can bring early death–getting hit by a car, smoking, excessive drinking, obesity, etc. But did you ever think that getting divorce could bring early death? Researchers at the University of […]

Stick to Those New Year’s Resolutions

posted by Linda Mintle

I finally made it back to the gym a few week’s ago and noticed how crowded it was getting to my machines. I also know that by February, most of those eager faces will never brighten the YMCA again. Yes, […]

Why Buffy The Vampire Slayer Hates Her Body

posted by Linda Mintle

Sarah Gellar is the actress who starred in the TV series, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. She made news recently –not because she is married to Freddie Prinze, Jr. or because she is a vampire on the prowl again, but because […]

Will Watching TV Shorten Your Life?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a know fact that smokers tend to live shorter lives than nonsmokers. In fact, smoking two cigarettes a day can shorten your life by about 22 minutes. Now what if I told you that watching TV could do the […]

7 Tips to Be Anxious About Nothing

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a tall biblical order–be anxious about nothing. About 40 million of us struggle to follow this command. In my book, Letting Go of Worry, I explain how worry is the mental part of anxiety. To let go of worry […]

Controversial Obesity Ads Won’t Help Kids Lose Weight

posted by Linda Mintle

Today, I am going on the news to talk about a group of video and print ads out out by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Approximately, 40% of Georgia’s children are overweight, one of the highest obesity rates in American. Health […]

ADHD Medications: Are They Safe?

posted by Linda Mintle

For years I have been treating children and adults with ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder).  An estimated 2.7 million children and 1.5 million adults are prescribed medications for this disorder. The struggle for many parents is whether or not to medicate […]

Battling Obesity, Spreading the Gospel

posted by Linda Mintle

This was the headline in our local paper a week ago. As someone deeply involved in preventing obesity, the headline caught my eye. Five churches in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina area have decided to take action and be a […]

Violent Video Games Change the Brain

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been following the research on violent video game playing for decades. The news isn’t usually good and gamers become highly defensive whenever I post on this topic. So here we go again! Consider this research as you choose your […]

9 Benefits of Being Grateful

posted by Linda Mintle

  On this Thanksgiving day, we pay special attention to giving thanks. So as you take a moment and talk about the things for which you are grateful, keep in mind the benefits that come with a thankful heart. Grateful […]

10 Tips For Healthy Holiday Travel

posted by Linda Mintle

For years, I spend 15 hours one way traveling in a car from Virginia to Michigan to be with family during Thanksgiving. I dreaded the long trip, but wouldn’t miss being with family during the holidays. If you are like […]

To Take or Not to Take Supplements: This is the Still the Question

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been reading a number of articles and recent studies on whether or not multivitamins and dietary supplements help us.  I spend money on supplements and believe they have benefit. The supplement industry is certainly booming! But the question is, […]

3 Quick and Easy Stress Reducers

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you feeling stressed? Signs include craving food, irritability and even a racing heart. But reducing stress is easier than you think once you are intentional. Try these three easy tips: 1) Phone a friend. It not only works on […]

What is in Your Refrigerator? Does Your Family Pass the Test?

posted by Linda Mintle

What are your family eating habits? Dr. Linda pays a visit to one local mom and discovers what is in her refrigerator and pantry. How did she rate? Watch the short video.  

Please Pass The Swedish Chocolate. It’s Good for My Health!

posted by Linda Mintle

Hand me another chocolate bar, but make it Swedish milk chocolate! Those bars have higher percentages of antioxidant rich cocoa solid than American milk chocolate bars. And when the concentration hits about 30%, it’s good news for chocolate lovers and […]

Who Wins the Sleep Battle? Men or Women?

posted by Linda Mintle

The minute my husband turns off the light at night, he falls asleep. Doesn’t work that way for me. It takes me awhile. And I am the one who seems to fall asleep earlier and then wake up earlier. But […]

How Well Do You Score on the Forgiveness Quiz?

posted by Linda Mintle

I was deeply moved yesterday listening to the names of the victims from 911. I watched a number of anniversary specials and saw both resilience and heart break in families. My heart went out to those who are still stuck […]

Chocolate Not a Health Food Yet!

posted by Linda Mintle

OK chocolate lovers, put down that Snickers and listen up! Is chocolate a health food? Is it good for cardiovascular health? I want it to be! Apparently the jury is still out and we need more research. Dr. Oscar Franco […]

Could You Be A Tanorexic?

posted by Linda Mintle

Since I received a great response to my blog on tanning and teens, I wanted to add a little to that topic. Ever heard of “tanorexic?” I treat anorexics but this was a new one for me. A “tanorexic” is […]

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When you contemplate a beautiful work of art by van Gogh, you sense the genius and creativity behind it. What mind envisions such beauty and is able to capture it on a canvas? Or how about when you read the famous works of Virginia Woolf or ...

posted 7:00:13am Sep. 02, 2015 | read full post »

What Isn't Discussed in Violent Shootings
Like most of you, I was shaken by the horrific events of this past week: the senseless shooting of two TV journalists happened in my backyard. Those reporters worked at one of the TV stations in my viewing area and not too far from the massacre ...

posted 9:00:29am Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Why Sex is Not Always About the Sex
If you watch most television shows, you would think that the most important part of any relationship is sex! But when it comes to what matters most in a relationship, it's not the sex. And if we focus  only on sex, the relationship won't ...

posted 7:00:42am Aug. 28, 2015 | read full post »

National Dog Day: Take Your Canine to Work!
In honor of national dog day... I feel blessed that I get to take my dog to work every day. Zoe, pictured here, is the comfort dog for the medical school in which I work. Every morning she greets the students and helps reduce their stress. ...

posted 7:00:18am Aug. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Baby Names: Helping or Hurting Your Child?
When Shakespeare asked,  "What's in a name?" the answer is, more than you think. Many years ago, I worked in a very poor school district and noticed a number of the children had unusual names. The most unusual was a girl we called Phamalie ...

posted 7:00:52am Aug. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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