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cardiovascular health: nature vs. nurture

I went to give blood today, hoping that my always-borderline hematocrit was high enough.   It was.   Though one point lower and I’d have been rejected–again.   Like most other things the RDA does, those hematocrit averages aren’t based on the ideal, but rather the average.   The averages are, of course, of a […]

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iron supplements

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, my little girl is anemic and also has been constipated for years. She is taking a prescription iron supplement and also Miralax. Couldn’t I tweak her diet for better iron absorption or something without overloading her on beef, liver, etc?  A:   You’ve read about the beef recall. I would skip the […]

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take THAT, Red Cross!

I got the last laugh.   Last week I ranted about skewed charts—weight charts, hematocrit charts—and I tested my theory today as I promised I would.   I did NOT drink 1/2 gal. of water by 1 p.m. like I usually do.   I drank over a quart and then no water after 11 a.m. […]

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