Mayo Clinic vs WebMD

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If you are trying to lower cholesterol without medication, your online source of information matters.  In today’s New York Times Magazine, Virginia Heffernan’s “A Prescription For Fear” explains that the Mayo Clinic website is a great source for straightforward, unbiased medical information, whereas WebMD’s slant is far more in favor of the pharmaceutical companies that fund that site:

“In more whistle-blowing quarters, WebMD is synonymous with Big Pharma Shilling. A February 2010 investigation into WebMD’s relationship with drug maker Eli Lilly by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa confirmed the suspicions of longtime WebMD users. With the site’s (admitted) connections to pharmaceutical and other companies,

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Why Exercise Daily?

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The whole “It’s Important To Exercise Daily to Lower Cholesterol” thing is really bugging me.  (Possibly because I didn’t exercise yesterday or today.  No elliptical, no tennis, nada.)  But daily exercise as a goal feels unreasonable to me.  It seems like overkill — I mean why daily?  Why is daily so critically important?

And aren’t I exempt because I’m already in decent shape?

Searching for that exemption led me online, where I found the opposite.  Turns out, there is a concrete reason why exercising daily is important to lowering LDL, no matter what kind of shape you are in (there are probably many reasons,

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