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Your How-To Guide for Growing Astragalus

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Your How-To Guide for Growing Astragalus

By Dr. Mercola Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), a member of the pea family, is an adaptogenic herb with a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an immune strengthening tonic, where it goes by the name of Huang Qi and Hwanqqi. Another English name for this shrub is milkvetch. Adaptogenic herbs help your body adapt to physical, emotional or mental stress. The immune boosting, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of astragalus also lowers your risk for infections and other diseases. The most important part of the...

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Chia Is Easy to Grow

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Chia Is Easy to Grow

By Dr. Mercola If you were alive in the 1970s and 80s, you undoubtedly remember the “chia pet” craze. Cultivating one of these characters was easily accomplished by applying moistened chia seeds to a grooved terra cotta figurine and watering them daily until they sprouted. Because chia seeds become gel-like when wet, they adhered to the pottery in such a way as to create tuffs of green sprouts that mimicked fur, hair and beards. While the market for those terra cotta creations has waned, the interest in chia seeds and chia sprouts...

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The Wasabi You’re Eating May Not Be Real Wasabi

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Wasabi You’re Eating May Not Be Real Wasabi

Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is a member of the Brassicaceae family, commonly called the mustard family. It is native to Japan, where it thrives in cool mountain streams with lots of shade and running water. It is prized for its stem which grows to around 2 to 4 inches in diameter and 6 to 12 inches in length, and this is where the actual wasabi condiment comes from.1 Due to its very specific growing conditions, experts consider wasabi to be one of the hardest plants on the planet to cultivate.2 The history of wasabi goes back to prehistoric...

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Suicide Is on the Rise — Know the Warning Signs, and How to Help

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Suicide Is on the Rise — Know the Warning Signs, and How to Help

By Dr. Mercola The recent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain,1 which occurred within days of each other, have reignited a much-needed public discussion about suicide, mental illness and its treatment. As noted by Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression “is not a condition that is related to success or failure. No one is immune.”2 Statistics also reveal suicide rates have risen sharply across the U.S. since...

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Here’s How Alcohol Can Increase Your Risk for Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Here’s How Alcohol Can Increase Your Risk for Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola Drinking alcohol has been found to have both a protective and damaging effect on the brain, depending on which study you read and how much alcohol is consumed. The jury is still out on whether light or moderate consumption may be good for your brain, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that heavy drinking is not. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago even revealed how alcohol may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, by disrupting the way amyloid beta is cleared. Amyloid beta is a...

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Even Small Mixtures of Chemicals Damage Your Liver

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Even Small Mixtures of Chemicals Damage Your Liver

By Dr. Mercola Consuming what has been called “safe” levels of chemicals in combination at low doses has concerned scientists for decades. While many chemicals are thought to be safe at very low doses tested in isolation, what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time? When regulators consider consumer risk, they evaluate a compound’s safety using laboratory animals and exposing them to an individual chemical in progressively smaller amounts until the chemical no longer demonstrates the...

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Removing Your Tonsils Is a Bad Idea

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Removing Your Tonsils Is a Bad Idea

By Dr. Mercola A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of your tonsils, two oval shaped pads of tissue located on each side of the back of your throat.1 Although the number of tonsillectomies has declined drastically in the last 30 years, the surgery continues to be one of the most commonly performed on children,2 with more than 530,000 done each year on children under 15 in the U.S.3 Administration of the guidelines for the surgery differ between countries. For instance, England’s National Health Service (NHS) has classified the...

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Chemotherapy Is Losing Its Luster

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Chemotherapy Is Losing Its Luster

By Dr. Mercola Surgery, drugs and radiation — aka the “cut, poison, burn” strategy — are typically the only solutions offered by most conventional oncologists to treat cancer, and upon receiving a cancer diagnosis most people are willing to do just about anything to get better. Unfortunately, the standard of care for cancer is not necessarily the most effective. Research dating back over a decade suggests many women with breast cancer can opt for gentler versions of chemotherapy, or skip it altogether, without harming their chances of...

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Monsanto, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Monsanto, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

By Dr. Mercola May 29, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved (with conditions) the merger of Monsanto and Bayer.1,2 The decision came on the heels of the European Union’s (EU) approval in March. Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto — the largest all-cash buyout on record3,4,5 — means just three companies now dominate the global seed and pesticide market.6 In addition to the Bayer-Monsanto merger, the DOJ has also approved the merger of Dow and DuPont, and the Federal Trade Commission recently approved ChemChina’s...

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GMO Rice Approved

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on GMO Rice Approved

By Dr. Mercola Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene. The rice, which has been making headlines for nearly two decades, was widely touted as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, which affects 250 million preschool-aged children worldwide.1 As the leading...

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Polluting Pigs Part III

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Polluting Pigs Part III

By Dr. Mercola North Carolina is the second largest pork producer in the U.S. and home to more than 2,500 pig CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).1 The estimated 9 million pigs living in the state produce copious amounts of waste — up to 10 times the amount of an average human2 — for which there is no easy, nor environmentally friendly, disposal solution. Whereas a small farm can use the waste produced by its animals as fertilizer, the massive amounts of waste produced on CAFOs becomes a toxic liability. Nonetheless, it’s...

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What Can Apple Cider Vinegar Do for You?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Can Apple Cider Vinegar Do for You?

By Dr. Mercola If you have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry, you very likely know how valuable this particular staple is to your health. If you are not yet familiar with the many beneficial uses of this versatile and economical home remedy, you may be interested to know it has been used successfully to treat conditions ranging from blood sugar and weight loss to acid reflux and upset stomach. Check out these nine reasons why you should keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar on hand. How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Made? Apple cider...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Firefighters, Energy and Exercise

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Firefighters, Energy and Exercise

1 Which of the following has recently been found to play an important role in cancer treatment by influencing the patient’s response to anticancer drugs? The patient’s overall nutritional status The patient’s intake of specific fats The patient’s intake of specific antioxidants The makeup of the patient’s gut microbiome Targeting the gut microbiome could be a real game-changer in the fight against cancer, as the presence of certain gut bacteria appears to boost the patient’s response to anticancer drugs....

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Latest Research on Best Cooking Oils

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Latest Research on Best Cooking Oils

By Dr. Mercola You may have wondered about many of the recommendations you see regarding cooking oils, such as what types are healthiest and how they should and should not be used. There’s peanut oil, safflower oil, coconut, avocado, grapeseed and olive oils, and plenty more. So which one’s best? It’s probably fair to say that most recipes today calling for some type of oil for cooking usually suggest “vegetable” oil or canola oil. But a recent study1 in Australia found that vegetable oils, which are extracted...

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Green Tea Boosts Heart and Brain Health

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Green Tea Boosts Heart and Brain Health

By Dr. Mercola High quality teas — green tea in particular — contain polyphenol antioxidants recognized for their disease prevention and antiaging properties. Polyphenols can account for up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight of green tea. Within the group of polyphenols are flavonoids, which contain catechins. One of the most powerful catechins is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), found in green tea. EGCG has been shown to positively impact a number of illnesses and conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer....

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