Medical science over the past two or three generations has made some remarkable breakthroughs in isolating and determining the causes of ailments that have plagued mankind since the earliest recorded history. One ailment in particular, cancer, has gotten probably the most attention owing, in large part, to the fact that certain types of cancers are among the leading causes of death.

Mackie Shilstone, from HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, joins Bruce and Bob to discuss reaction to the piece pertaining to the dangers many professional linemen face after their tenure in the NFL.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure as it is also known, is a condition that affects roughly 50 million Americans. That figure represents about one in every four persons, or 25% of the population.

While the exact causes of high blood pressure remain unclear, what IS clear is what high blood pressure can lead to, including stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease and atherosclerosis (literally hardening of the arteries). Some of the factors that may contribute to hypertension include getting little or no exercise, obesity, older age, genetics and poor diet.

A good weight loss program requires two basic components of equal importance: eating right and exercising regularly. A regular exercise program that is a combination of moderate and vigorous exercise, with physician approval, would be the best program to follow.

A good meal plan that emphasizes weight loss is one that needs to be followed on most days, at most meals.

Given the vast and growing body of scientific research proving the many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, we know that fish oil is important in the diet. However, a recent lawsuit in California with regard to a state law about proper labeling known as Proposition 65 has cast a doubt in the public's mind on whether fish oil is really safe because these supplements could contain toxic contaminants. In this lawsuit, PCBs were singled out as the culprit.

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 8/22/13
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