All posts by P. D. Mangan

Earthing Could Have Profound Health Benefits

In a recent article, we saw that spending time in a forest can improve health, by lowering stress and improving immune function. Could similar exposure to natural settings, such as actual contact with

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Forest Bathing Improves Health

The Japanese have a concept called “Shinrin-yoku”, which has been translated as “forest bathing”. The idea refers to staying relatively long periods, several hours to several days, in

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Aging Starts Young

Answering the question “what is aging?” is essential to having the ability to do something about it. As we’ll see, we do know a great deal of the answer, and this leads to the conclusion

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What I Eat

As much as I believe in the importance of a good diet, and try to practice what I preach, I’ve never written a comprehensive post or much at all on food in the real world. Since I get a lot of questions

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Targeting Hypercoagulation for Anti-Aging

Coagulation (clotting) of the blood is an important process that keeps us from bleeding by stopping blood flow in a timely fashion. It’s intricately regulated by dozens of proteins, with positive

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Self-Stereotypes and How to Overcome Them

Stereotypes are empirical generalizations, and they are largely true. That’s how they got to be stereotypes. As such, they can be useful guides when dealing with other people, even other things.

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Does Iron Cause Cancer?

Does iron cause cancer? On one hand, those who have read my book Dumping Iron as well as my articles on iron may not be surprised, but those new to this topic may wonder that there could be a link between

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Three Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence

Self-confidence definitely belongs in a conversation on health, since it makes for better mental health, and being self-confident means that you’ll be happier, make more money, and meet more beautiful

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Higher Altitude Means Much Lower Death Rates

A new study from Austria reports “Lower mortality rates in those living at moderate altitude“. As we’ll see here, higher altitude means much lower death rates. Here’s a graph showing

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Science-Based Weight Training

Misconceptions and wrong ideas abound in weight training, probably because so many enthusiastic amateurs are involved in it. In this article, I’ll try to clear up some of the misconceptions with

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Aspirin Dramatically Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

Aspirin is perhaps the most underrated and cheapest life-extension drug currently available. It increases lifespan in mice and prevents heart attacks and cancer. A new study in the International Journal

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Do Statins Work?

Statins are used to prevent heart disease, and are among the most prescribed drugs in the world, racking up some $20 billion in sales as of 2012. One might think that statins are safe and effective drugs,

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Processed Food, Supernormal Stimuli, and Obesity

Obesity has dramatically increased in the U.S. over the past several decades, and what Americans eat has a lot to do with it. In this article we’ll look at the links between processed food, supernormal

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Nobel Prize in Medicine for Autophagy Research

In the news today it was announced that the Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the basis of autophagy. Medicine Nobel for research on

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Heavyweight Boxer Ed Latimore on How He Trains

Ed Latimore, 31, is a professional heavyweight boxer whom I’ve got to know through Twitter. He studies physics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Army National

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Why Japanese Men Have Far Less Heart Disease

Coronary artery disease, the type that causes heart attacks and is generally known as heart disease, is the leading killer in the U.S., and men have much higher rates of it than women. Things are different

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