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Weekly Health Quiz: Iron, Cooking Oils and Back Pain


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1 Which of the following cooking oils is harmful and should be avoided to safeguard your health?

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil

    Vegetable oils such as canola and corn oil are highly damaging and should be avoided to safeguard your health. Healthy cooking oils include coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed butter and ghee. Black seed oil is another healthy fat that many forget about. Learn more.

  • Pastured lard

2 Which of the following is not a recommended key strategy for easing low back pain?

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Stretching
  • Standing and moving more
  • Opioids

    Opioids are the most commonly prescribed medication for people with chronic low back pain, yet they do not provide better relief than less dangerous over-the-counter pain relievers. Recommended treatments for low back pain include exercise, avoiding sitting, addressing poor posture, back strengthening exercises and stretching. Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture can also be very helpful. Learn more.


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