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Study: Microplastics Were in the Gut of Every Sea Turtle Tested

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Study: Microplastics Were in the Gut of Every Sea Turtle Tested

Every year, anywhere from 5 million to 12 million tons of plastic debris enter waterways worldwide, which equates to an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic.1 While some of this plastic is in the form of large debris like plastic bottles, six-pack rings and bags, much of it is in the form of tiny particles known as microplastics, which are less than 5 millimeters (mm) in size. Microplastics can come from direct or “primary” sources, such as microbeads used in cosmetics or fibers used in clothing. They can also be secondary microplastics,...

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All Civilizations Collapse if They Depend on This

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on All Civilizations Collapse if They Depend on This

A society that builds its foundations on annual agriculture cannot survive, according to Mark Shepard, CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises and founder of New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial “agricultural savanna.” In the video above, Shepard speaks to organic farmers not only about his farm but also why annual agriculture is doomed from the start. In short, annuals — which include the grain crops and soy that make up most U.S. farmland — are chemical intensive and enemies of diversity. Eventually, Shepard says, the destruction caused by...

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Judge Rules False Advertising Lawsuit Against Sanderson Poultry CAFO Will Proceed

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Judge Rules False Advertising Lawsuit Against Sanderson Poultry CAFO Will Proceed

There’s overwhelming evidence showing that antibiotic use in livestock is driving the rise in antibiotic resistance, and many poultry producers — including Tyson Foods,1 Perdue2 and Pilgrim’s Pride — have taken steps to curb antibiotic use in their live poultry production. In recent years, a number of grocery and restaurant chains have also vowed to stop buying and selling chicken raised with antibiotics. Examples include Whole Foods Market, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Panera Bread and even McDonald’s. Six of the largest school...

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Essential Oils — Highly Effective at Destroying Lyme Bacterium

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Essential Oils — Highly Effective at Destroying Lyme Bacterium

Lab-based research conducted at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health suggests various essential oils, including garlic, can effectively kill persistent forms of Lyme disease bacterium. While clinical trials are needed to validate the lab-based results, this is good news for anyone who had previously been relying on antibiotics alone to treat this life-threatening, tick-based disease. Notably, 10 of the 35 essential oils tested showed strong killing activity against dormant and slow-growing “persister” forms of Lyme disease...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Cholesterol and Life Expectancy

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Cholesterol and Life Expectancy

1 For optimal health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and neurological degeneration, you’ll want to maintain the following ratio of omega-6 to omega-3: 1-to-18 1-to-3 While omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect, the omega-6 found in seed oils tend to be proinflammatory. Maintaining a healthy 1-to-3 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is important, as chronic low-grade inflammation is a hallmark of most chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Learn more. 1-to-6 1-to-1 2 Which of the following is more likely...

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Protein in Royal Jelly Shows Promise in the Facilitation of Stem Cell Research

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Protein in Royal Jelly Shows Promise in the Facilitation of Stem Cell Research

Aside from being vital pollinators, bees produce a number of products that benefit human health. Honey1 is an obvious one, but there are others as well, such as royal jelly, a nutritious substance secreted by nurse bees as exclusive nourishment for the queen of the hive. Recent research2,3,4,5 by Stanford University scientists found royalactin (also known as major royal jelly protein 1, or MRJP1), a protein found in royal jelly responsible for the queen’s massive growth, has the ability to keep embryonic stem cells pluripotent. This...

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Can Drinking Okra Water Help Fight Diabetes?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Drinking Okra Water Help Fight Diabetes?

According to research, extracts from okra could help offset damage done by oxidative stress and insulin resistance, and simultaneously improve your blood glucose levels. Those results were attained when scientists tested okra extracts on pregnant rats with induced gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). During the featured study on rats from 2015,1 scientists found okra extract exerted potential antihyperglycemic and hypolipidemic effects. The okra was also associated with reduced damage to pancreatic tissues. In a recent study,2 researchers...

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An Introduction to High Blood Pressure

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on An Introduction to High Blood Pressure

According to the World Health Organization, high blood pressure affects more than 1.13 billion people worldwide.1 In fact, it’s currently one of the leading risk factors of global mortality, accounting for approximately 7.5 million deaths, which is almost 13 percent of all the total deaths around the world.2 It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity, although China and India share the burden of having the most people with this disease.3 You may even be unknowingly suffering from it even though you feel perfectly well....

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Try This Flavorful Paleo Cabbage Soup Recipe

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Try This Flavorful Paleo Cabbage Soup Recipe

When someone mentions cabbage soup,  the first thought that may pop in your head is the repetitive diet that was Charlie Bucket’s nightly dinner in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Of course, Charlie’s dreary fare was a far cry from this amazing cabbage soup recipe. There’s no reason for you not to enjoy a bowl — or maybe two!   This soup recipe has been around for a number of years, providing warmth and comfort during cold weather. Not only is it filling, but cabbage soup is bursting with a wide array of vitamins and minerals due to the...

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Why Cancer Needs To Be Treated as a Metabolic Disease

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Cancer Needs To Be Treated as a Metabolic Disease

This podcast may not play in all browsers. In the featured podcast, Dr. Peter Attia interviews professor Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D., recipient of our Game Changer Award in 2016 for his work on cancer as a metabolic disease, which is also the title of Seyfried’s book1 on this topic. His work is also heavily featured in Travis Christofferson’s excellent book, “Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer.” Seyfried, in my view, is simply the best cancer biologist in the world. The featured interview2 goes into...

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Is Macular Degeneration Preventable?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Macular Degeneration Preventable?

An intriguing presentation about the possible link between age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and processed food consumption literally caught my eye. As presented in the featured video, ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Knobbe, founder and president of the Cure AMD Foundation, suggests the common assertion macular degeneration is caused by aging or genetics is a mistaken one. Given the reality macular degeneration has gone from being an extremely rare disorder more than a century ago to one that is found at increasingly alarming rates in...

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Help Ease Anxiety With Lemon Balm Tea

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Help Ease Anxiety With Lemon Balm Tea

Table of Contents What Is Lemon Balm Tea? Lemon Balm Tea’s Uses and Health Benefits Lemon Balm Tea Nutrition Facts How to Make Fresh Lemon Balm Tea How to Store and Dry Lemon Balm for Making Tea Side Effects of Lemon Balm Tea Frequently Asked Questions Lemon balm, which is not to be confused with lemon trees or lemon fruit, has been used as far back as the Middle Ages, and perhaps earlier.1 Lemon balm has been shown to be helpful in combating stress and anxiety,2 boosting appetite and alleviating the pain and discomfort caused by...

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Restaurants Banning Cellphones During Meals

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Restaurants Banning Cellphones During Meals

As presented in the featured video, restaurants in the U.S., as well as a major chain in the U.K., are restricting cellphone use as a means of promoting real-life social connections over the use of social media while dining out. Sadly, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see couples, families and friends interacting with each other over meals inside or outside the home. Restaurants, which used to be a place of connection and socialization, are increasingly becoming hangouts in which patrons spend more time looking down at screens than up at...

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Duration of Sleep Can Increase Risk of Falling

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Duration of Sleep Can Increase Risk of Falling

Falls may not grab headlines like more sensational causes of injury, but they rank as the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury and death worldwide. Every year, more than 37 million falls occur that are severe enough to require medical attention, and 646,000 people die as a result, most of them aged 65 years and older.1 It’s estimated that 1 in 3 older adults falls each year, and the risk increases with age. Failing vision and hearing can contribute to fall risk, as can changes in cognition that may occur with age. Other...

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Opioid Addiction and Suicides Have Caused Decline in US Life Expectancy

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Opioid Addiction and Suicides Have Caused Decline in US Life Expectancy

Two years ago, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data revealed a sudden drop in life expectancy in the U.S. for 2015.1,2 It was the first decline in 20 years. The trend continued in 2016,3 and the latest data for 20174 show the downward trend continuing for the third year in a row, which makes it the longest downward trend since World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic.5 Overall, the average life expectancy for the total U.S. population in 2017 was 78.6 years, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 2016. Life expectancy for men also...

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