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How to Raise Confident Kids

Ask ten people about the best way to raise children, and you’ll get at least eleven different opinions. All correct in the eyes of the holder.

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DIY Brain Damage

Bette Dowdell Every day of every year, people across the fruited plain engage in do-it-yourself brain damage. Sadly, we have no idea what we’re doing.. How can this be? I’m glad you asked.

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The Dangerous Truth About Soy

Bette Dowdell There’s a huge soy bandwagon roaring down the tracks. It’s everywhere; 60% of prepared foods contain soy. Even some vitamins, too. Can we talk about this?

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Thyroid Problems

Bette Dowdell Back in the olden days–say 1960–doctors diagnosed thyroid problems by asking about symptoms, then working to alleviate them. Simple system, that. And it worked for the 20% of the population with flaky thyroid glands. Ah, but then blood … Continue reading

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Salting Your Way to Energy

Bette Dowdell So, let’s talk about salt. Poor salt! It pours out its very life to benefit mankind and gets only disdain in return. Well, maybe that’s a little over the top, but salt doesn’t deserve the bad rap it … Continue reading

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In Praise of Cholesterol

Can we all get over our fixation on cholesterol? I mean, now that it’s clear that cholesterol isn’t what’s causing heart disease? But, but, but, if cholesterol is building up in my arteries, doesn’t that mean cholesterol’s the problem?

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You Can’t Get There From Here

A man stops to ask directions, only to be told, “You can’t get there from here. If you were in Freeport, you could get there, but you can’t get there from here.”

So he asks how to get to Freeport. “See. That’s the hard part. You can’t get to Freeport.” Continue reading

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Emotional Strength Through Muscle Building

It’s a much mourned fact of life that watching exercise videos doesn’t build muscles. It takes sweat and effort to build muscles. And so it is with emotional muscles. Continue reading

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In Praise of the Strong-Willed Child

Cervantes said, “Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.” As a matter of fact, a faint heart never won much of anything. But put a little determination and will into that heart, and it can shoot the moon. Continue reading

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