There might be just one option for coverage in 31 percent of counties and only two in another 31 percent in 2017. These figures are sharply up from the current year, when 7 percent of counties had one insurer and 29 percent had two.

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Belly fat is more than just a nuisance that makes your clothes feel tight.

Fat inside the belly area is also termed visceral fat, and it is seriously harmful.

This type of fat is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, to name a few.

Many health organizations use BMI (body mass index) to classify weight and predict the risk of metabolic disease. However, this is misleading.

People with excess belly fat are at an increased risk, even if they look thin on the outside.

Although losing fat from this area can be difficult, there are several things you can do to reduce excess abdominal fat.

Here are 20 effective tips to lose belly fat, backed by scientific studies.

1. Eat Plenty of Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a gel that helps slow down food as it passes through your digestive system.

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Studies show this type of fiber promotes weight loss by helping you feel full so you naturally eat less. It may also decrease the amount of calories your body absorb from food.

What’s more, soluble fiber may help fight belly fat. A large observational study of over 1100 Read Full Article

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By Dr. Mercola

The light-emitting diode (LED) is rapidly replacing earlier lighting technology, including incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). There’s good reason for this, as LEDs are far more energy efficient, longer-lasting and produce excellent light quality compared to other types of lighting.

For instance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy, while lasting 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.1

It’s estimated that compared to no LED use, widespread LED use in the U.S. by 2027 could save the equivalent electrical output of 44 large electric power plants each year, which would add up to a total of at least $30 billion in savings, according to DOE.2

LEDs are different from incandescent bulbs in three key ways. One, they emit very little heat compared to incandescent bulbs and CFLs, which release 90 percent and 80 percent of their energy as heat, respectively.

Two, LEDs emit light in a specific direction, which make them very efficient and reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers.

Finally, LEDs contain a mix of red, green and blue light, which is usually combined to make white light.<a target=_blank Read Full Article

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By Dr. Mercola

While large-scale monocrop farms and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have overtaken family farms in the U.S., 80 percent of the world’s food supply still comes from small family-operated farms.

These farms also employ about 40 percent of the global workforce. As noted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations:1

“Family farms are also the custodians of about 75 percent of all agricultural resources in the world, and are therefore key to improved ecological and resource sustainability.”

The same sentiment is echoed in the featured documentary “Those Who Sow,” written by members of the agronomy association Agro et Sac à Dos, which notes that our current food supply could actually feed nearly 12 billion people, almost double the current population.

To investigate the diversity, challenges and benefits of family farming around the world, a group of agronomists visited farmers in India, France, Ecuador, Cameroon and Canada.

Farming Is a Means Out of Poverty in India

In India, diversity helps keep a family of 35 well-fed and well-nourished without ever having to buy food from the local market. Showing the agronomist around his farm, the farmer notes the Read Full Article

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For the last several decades, Westerners have been looking East for new approaches to health care. What was once the exclusive domain of hippies and New Agers has become mainstream, as millions of Americans now get acupuncture treatments or practice yoga as a way to heal and prevent illness. 

One Eastern discipline gaining attention among some health professionals is a mind-body practice with roots in ancient Chinese culture. The practice is called Falun Gong.

In a new book, “The Mindful Practice of Falun Gong: Meditation for Health, Wellness, and Beyond,” author, researcher, and counselor Margaret Trey discusses what research has to say about Falun Gong’s healing potential, and explores her own experience using the practice in counseling.

A new book by Dr. Margaret Trey looks at what science has to say about the health effects of Falun Gong.

Meditation as Therapy

Since the 1970s, psychotherapists have used Buddhist teachings as a way to help patients manage stress and alleviate physical and emotional pain. Trey noticed that aspects of Falun Gong could also be used in a similar way.

“I have had a lot of success integrating Falun Gong with my counseling,” Trey said. “During these sessions it actually helps them to Read Full Article

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Prostatitis can be very uncomfortalbe or have no symptoms at all.  Prostatitis can be very uncomfortalbe or have no symptoms at all. (Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)

Prostatitis can be very uncomfortalbe or have no symptoms at all.  Prostatitis can be very uncomfortalbe or have no symptoms at all. (Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)

What is prostatitis? Quite simply, it is a prostate infection. This condition involves inflammation of the prostate, the small walnut-shaped male gland that produces seminal fluid.

The direct causes of prostatitis are not fully known by the medical community, but some of the theories include past bacterial infections, irritation from urine backup, lower urinary-tract issues, parasites, or viruses. Certain medical procedures or medications may also increase the risk of prostatitis.

Symptoms of the disease can have a major impact on a man’s quality of life. Symptoms depend on the type of infection he is suffering from, but commonly include urinary frequency; perineal, testicular, bladder, and low-back pain; and painful ejaculation. A man may also experience severe burning when urinating, as well as an inability to empty the bladder—known as retention.

There are several different types of prostatitis, each with its own signs and symptoms.

Acute Bacterial Prostatitis

This is the least common type of prostatitis and is usually caused by a sudden bacterial infection. Symptoms include the following: