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How to Make Nourishing and Flavourful Soups and Stews

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In Korean cuisine, most meals are served with some type of soup or stew, and those who are familiar with Korean food know that these soups and stews pack a lot of flavour. Read more

 

Thoughts on Cholesterol Management and Vitamin D

Over the weekend, I reviewed some blood work for a longtime friend, and in sharing feedback with him, I was reminded of a few points that many people don't typically hear about from their primary care provider.

First, one of ways in which our endocrine system regulates cholesterol is by converting it to vitamin D - the first step of this process occurs in the skin, where UV-B rays in sunlight act on cholesterol to create a form of vitamin D that is stored in our fat cells - whenever we need the active form, conversion happens in the liver and kidneys. Read more

 

Scroll Less, Read More, Touch Grass

If you have a smartphone, please consider taking a moment to go into the settings area to check your average daily screen time - if it's somewhere between 3-5 hours, you're within the range of the global average.

The latest data shows that the average smartphone user spends 2.5 hours on social media platforms daily.

Combine all screen use including television, and the global average is 6 hours and 58 minutes daily. Read more

 

Energy

Earlier this month, I mentioned that going forward, we can expect liquified natural gas and uranium to be coveted as energy sources. I received a good number of messages asking me to elaborate, so here is a brief overview of the world's most important sources of energy and what we can expect to unfold in the energy markets in the years ahead:

First, a quick look at primary types of energy consumed by humans since 1800: Read more

 

Does Coffee Help Prevent Dementia?

Can having quality coffee daily reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia? There is evidence that points to this being probable.

Chlorogenic acids (CGAs) are naturally abundant polpyphenol compounds in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. In vitro studies indicate that CGAs have powerful antioxidant properties that have protective effects on nerve cell health and longevity.

In vivo studies have found that a metabolic of CGA called caffeic acid improves learning and memory in mice and rats. Read more

 

If You Drink Coffee

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Updated on May 13, 2019

Dear Dr. Kim:

For years I had the impression that coffee was not a good beverage for people due to its caffeine content. Read more

 

Simple Band Exercises to Liberate Chronically Tight Shoulders

This is a simple exercise band routine that I've found immensely helpful for liberating chronically stiff shoulders.

The movement shown toward the end of the video where the arm is in a back-scratching position is especially helpful to those who have a history of experiencing pain in the shoulders while using the arms overhead. Read more

 

432 Hz Relaxing Music for Better Sleep

Those who have studied the physics of sound and music likely know that for centuries, tuning standards were in alignment with the natural muscial pitch of the universe, 432 Hertz (Hz).   Read more

 

The Big Picture

The Korean government is proposing to use tax-payer money to pay down personal debt of newlyweds that have babies. Why?

Korea is facing an impending population crisis with a fertility rate of 0.8, the world's lowest. For contrast, in 2022, the fertility rate was 1.492 and 1.782 in Canada and the U.S., respectively.

The Korean government's proposal is similar to a program that was implemented in Hungary in 2019, one that offered newlyweds a low interest rate loan of $26,800, with half of this forgiven for the birth of one baby, and the entire amount forgiven for 3 babies. Read more

 

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