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June 27, 2014 

Vatican will name new Legion adviser

The superior of the Legion of Christ religious order says the Vatican next week will name a new adviser to help oversee it.

It's the latest sign that Pope Francis doubts the Vatican's three-year reform experiment has resolved all the order's problems.

Francis has kept the Legion at arm's length since he inherited the reform project that was launched after the Legion admitted its founder sexually abused his seminarians and fathered three children.

Francis has yet to meet with the new superior and didn't send a message to the congregation when it met in January to chart its new course. The Vatican insisted on naming two members of the new government and during his recent trip to Jerusalem, Francis skipped a luncheon planned by the Legion and ate instead with the Franciscans.

-- Associated PressDR. OZ

Go nuts -- within reason -- for nuts

In "The Nut Job," a bad-mannered squirrel named Surly (he's very surly) plans a heist of a nut store run by gangsters. When chaos ensues, it takes a brush with death for the overeager cartoon character to learn that nuts are all about goodness -- to be shared with others. That's a lesson everyone could benefit from, because nuts can help you stay healthy inside and out. And you don't have to worry about their fat content (good fats) or calorie count (just a small handful a day).

Here's the top three -- and what one serving a day can do for you.

Walnuts (as well as almonds) are a seed. They're rich in gamma tocopherol, are the only nut with an appreciable amount of omega-3, and have 2.5 grams of alpha-linolenic acid per ounce, which may promote heart and prostate health. Some animal studies indicate that eating walnuts may slow the growth of cancer cells. Others have found that it can protect blood vessel walls from damage.

Pistachios are a fruit! Eating them daily seems to help lower LDL cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of lung and other cancers.

Almonds can help people with Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome avoid complications. And they act as a pre-biotic, helping healthful gut bacteria thrive.

Rule of thumb? Don't go too nuts -- 14 shelled walnut halves, 49 shelled pistachios or 24 shelled almonds equal one serving; just what you want daily.

-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz

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