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Making a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is often tricky. With no single test that confirms or eliminates the disease, the diagnosis of RA is based on a physical exam, patient history, laboratory tests and often imaging. However, symptoms of RA, such as pain, swelling and fatigue, are not exclusive to the disease. And correct diagnosis is important in choosing an appropriate treatment plan.
A number of diseases, such as lupus, fibromyalgia or Sjögren’s syndrome, may easily be confused with RA or coexist in a patient. Arthritis symptoms might develop following certain infections, such as Lyme disease, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal infection or sexually-transmitted disease. Patients with certain cancers, such as large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia, have an increased incidence of RA and acute leukemia in children may even be misdiagnosed as Idiopathic Juvenile Arthritis.

Two months ago, on a road trip to the Oregon coast, I read a life-changing book: “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well Being, Wisdom, and Wonder”, by Arianna Huffington.
I’m a true believer in serendipity, and thus believe I was meant to read this book at a very opportune time – a time when I was immersed in a combination of pursuing physical greatness with very difficult workouts, juggling half a dozen simultaneous writing assignments, and attempting to map out a hectic summer of kid and family schedules.
Just like many other high achievers, exercise enthusiasts, weekend warriors, gym junkies, biohackers, and health nuts, I was trying to squeeze every last drop out of life in an attempt to attain personal fulfillment by achieving amazing feats of physical, mental, and career performance.

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The video below tells the story of Sadie, an 11-month-old baby who suffered from 300 seizures per day. She was given Cannabidiol, an oil-based extract of marijuana.
What happens next blew my mind.
Grab a Kleenex and watch.
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The truth is, marijuana – although an extremely controversial drug – has been proven to be effective for medical issues like:
-Pain-Epilepsy (seizures)-Muscle Tension-Anxiety-Depression-Nausea-Cancer-Anorexia-Insomnia-PTSD-Crohn’s & Colitis-And much, much more…
My guest in today’s podcast, Dr.

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July 2, 2014 Podcast: Is The Potato Diet Healthy, How To Biohack Your Office, How Much Liver Is Too Much, Natural Remedies for Receding Gums, and Itchy Skin After Hard Workouts.
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Podcast #285 from http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/06/285-whats-the-healthiest-way-to-tan-biohacking-tricks-for-getting-ripped-the-best-exercise-to-get-fat-adapted/
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Introduction:   In  this episode: What’s The Healthiest Way To Tan, How To Biohack Getting Ripped, The Best Exercise To Get Fat Adapted, Can You Get Fitter Without Exercising, Does Zone 1 Training Affect Recovery, Can Electrical Stimulation Help Bones Heal Faster? And Brock’s finally back!
Welcome to the bengreenfieldfitness.com podcast.  We provide you with free exercise, nutrition, weight loss, triathlon, and wellness advice from the top fitness experts in the nation.

When most of us hear the phrase “caught a cold” or “dealing with the flu”, it conjures up images of runny noses, fevers, loss of appetite and a general sense of malaise.  But not many of us think about the fact that the same pathogens that can cause a cold or give us the flu can also make us fat.
And these pathogens not just make you fat, but also tired and brain dead.
See, it’s not the actual pathogens causing a sickness that make you feel crappy. Pathogens are simply not strong enough to do that. Rather, it’s your immune system’s response to those pathogens that makes you feel crappy, and (as you’re about to learn) fat, tired and brain dead.

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I am often asked how somebody actually gets to the point where they can help people have better health – particularly when it comes to the eating part.
After all, even if you don’t have the resources to attend medical school and become a physician, we still live in an era where you can become a personal trainer, nutritionist, dietitian, or health coach and still be able to help lots of people achieve better health, live longer and feel better.

So in today’s podcast, I interview Maria Marlowe (pictured right), who is certified through the “Institute for Integrative Nutrition“, which is the world’s largest nutrition school.
Maria graduated at the top of her class, summa cum laude, from Fordham University with a BS in Finance and Marketing.

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June 25, 2014 Podcast: What’s The Healthiest Way To Tan, How To Biohack Getting Ripped, The Best Exercise To Get Fat Adapted, Can You Get Fitter Without Exercising, Does Zone 1 Training Affect Recovery, Can Electrical Stimulation Help Bones Heal Faster?
Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right, use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form…but be prepared to wait – we prioritize audio questions over text questions.
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Lisa Emrich Health Guide June 24, 2014

Musculoskeletal pain and nonspecific symptoms are often the initial signs of cancer in about 20% of children who develop pediatric leukemia.  Because of similar symptoms, childhood leukemia can masquerade as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteomyelitis, transient synovitis, or septic arthritis, resulting in delayed treatment.
What is leukemia?
Leukemia is a type of cancer that causes bone marrow to produce large numbers of abnormal white blood cells that enter the bloodstream and do not function properly.  Leukemia accounts for 33-41% of all malignancies in children under 15 years of age with approximately 3250 children diagnosed each year in the United States.  
Each type of leukemia is named for the blood cell that’s affected.