• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

July 15, 2013

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORY
Sodium: How to tame your salt habit
Getting too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and cause other health problems. See how to cut back on salt.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Osteopathic medicine: What kind of doctor is a D.O.?
You know what M.D. means, but do you know what D.O. means?

HEALTHY RECIPES
Halibut with tomato basil salsa
Grilled pineapple
Pasta with marinara sauce and grilled vegetables
Chickpea polenta with olives 

Five glasses of alcohol

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Blood pressure tip: Know alcohol limits
In small amounts, alcohol can help lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much alcohol, generally more than one drink a day for women and more than two a day for men. Binge drinking in particular can cause large and sudden increases in blood pressure and increase your risk of stroke. If you're a heavy or binge drinker, talk to your doctor about how to reduce your drinking.


PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
MRSA: Protecting student athletes
Wrinkle creams: Your guide to younger looking skin
Video: Apple berry cobbler
Cervical cancer

NOW BLOGGING
Stress: First forgive yourself
Don't allow resentment to take over your life. Forgive others so you can find your own path forward.

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