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Mugwort: A Weed to Some, but a Beneficial Herb to Others

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Mugwort: A Weed to Some, but a Beneficial Herb to Others

Weeds are invasive plant species that can thrive in various environments.1 They typically produce a large number of seeds, which allows them to take over a location where they are not supposed to grow. Hence, gardeners exert tremendous effort to remove them whenever possible because their produce can suffer.2 However, not all weeds are inherently bad — some can actually be beneficial to your health, like mugwort. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is an aromatic plant with a rich history, with many ancient cultures having numerous uses for it. Its...

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Children’s Lack of Sleep Is a Hidden Health Crisis

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Children’s Lack of Sleep Is a Hidden Health Crisis

By Dr. Mercola It’s recommended that school-age children get nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, while teens need eight to 10. Preschoolers and toddlers need even more to function optimally — ranging from 10 to 14 hours a night.1 But many kids are falling short on fulfilling this basic need, putting their physical and mental health at risk. In England, sleep disorders among children are also on the rise, an investigation by The Guardian revealed. The number of children and teens aged 16 years and under admitted to a hospital due to a sleep...

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Fibromyalgia Linked to Extensive Brain Inflammation

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Fibromyalgia Linked to Extensive Brain Inflammation

Fibromyalgia, characterized by chronic, widespread pain is an often-debilitating condition that primarily affects women. While as many as 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia, its cause remains a mystery. Brain scans of fibromyalgia patients have offered hard evidence that the pain they experience is indeed real — mainly because their threshold for tolerating pain impulses is substantially lower than that of most individuals. But the mechanism causing this lowered pain threshold is still unknown. Some experts, such as Dr. Frederick Wolfe,...

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Two-Thirds of Appendectomies May Be Unnecessary

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Two-Thirds of Appendectomies May Be Unnecessary

You’ve probably heard that your appendix is a useless organ, an artifact from our ancient past when early humans had to digest tree bark and other fibrous materials.1 However, modern medical science has again proven your body does not contain superfluous organs that serve no useful function. Unfortunately, the idea that your appendix is little more than a nuisance and potential health risk has led to the routine removal of this organ. Many doctors will even suggest prophylactic removal of the appendix when you’re having some other...

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Is Wireless Charging Safe?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Wireless Charging Safe?

The Apple iPhone turns 10 this year, and in those short 10 years lives have been significantly changed by smartphones. According to Pew Research Center,1 nearly 77 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone, up from 35 percent in 2011. This makes the smartphone one of the most quickly embraced consumer technologies in history. Interestingly, while smartphone ownership is more common among youth and those who are more affluent, rates are rising rapidly among older and lower-income Americans as well. When mobile devices were first released...

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Electronic Cigarette Maker Juul Gets Raided

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Electronic Cigarette Maker Juul Gets Raided

Electronic cigarettes go by several different names. While the most common name has been e-cigarettes, the brand name Juul not only has taken over the market, but also has become a commonly used verb.1 E-cigarettes or vaping devices heat a liquid solution to a temperature high enough it produces vapor. The liquid typically contains nicotine and a variety of different flavors. Although some of the flavors have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for oral consumption, they have not been for inhalation.2 The lack of...

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Artificial Sweeteners Are Toxic to Gut Bacteria, Study Reveals

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Artificial Sweeteners Are Toxic to Gut Bacteria, Study Reveals

Recent research into the health effects of artificial sweeteners deliver yet another blow to safety claims. The animal study,1,2,3,4,5 published in the journal Molecules, found all artificial sweeteners currently approved and deemed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cause DNA damage in, and interfere with the normal and healthy activity of, gut bacteria. The artificial sweeteners included in this study included: Artificial sweetener Brand name(s) Aspartame NutraSweet, Spoonful, Canderel, Equal, NatraTaste Blue Sucralose Splenda,...

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Electric Shock Fishing — Another Way to Decimate Ocean Life

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Electric Shock Fishing — Another Way to Decimate Ocean Life

The world’s oceans are under assault from multiple enemies — plastics, chemicals and overfishing among them. With fish, human exploitation, including overfishing, is the major cause of declining marine species, with some declining in numbers by 74 percent between 1970 and 2010.1 Demand for seafood, meanwhile, continues to increase, with global per capita fish consumption rising to more than 20 kilograms (about 44 pounds) for the first time in 2016 — double the level of the 1960s, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

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Why Is Raw Milk Illegal?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Is Raw Milk Illegal?

In Great Britain, 0.7 percent of all milk sold is raw. It may not sound like a lot, until you consider that it can only be sold on the farm. The fact is that people value raw milk and are willing to seek it out for a multitude of reasons — health, taste, animal welfare and the environment, for example — even if doing so requires more than a simple trip to the grocery store. You may also consider raw milk to be a thing of the past, something that was consumed out of necessity because pasteurization hadn’t yet been invented. But raw milk is...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Plants, Oxygen and Bees

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Plants, Oxygen and Bees

1 For optimal health, your omega-3 index should be: Below 8 percent As close to 100 percent as possible As close to 1 percent as possible 8 percent or higher While a general recommendation is to take 3 to 4 grams of marine-based omega-3 per day, the only way to identify your ideal dose is to measure your omega-3 index with a blood test. For optimal health, aim for an omega-3 index of 8 percent or higher. Learn more. 2 Which of the following has NOT been implicated in bee die-offs? Overfeeding Recent research suggests glyphosate may kill bees...

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Why a Vitamin D Test Is More Important Than a Mammogram

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why a Vitamin D Test Is More Important Than a Mammogram

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., and with it comes the annual clarion call of pink-ribboned1 breast cancer awareness campaigns.2 National Mammography Day3 falls on the third Friday of October, which this year is the 19th. Chances are, you’ve been barraged with reminders that mammograms save lives. Unfortunately, little effort is made to educate women about actual prevention. Detecting cancer has nothing to do with prevention. At that point, it’s already too late. Mammograms also have serious health...

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What Are the Benefits of Fisetin?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Are the Benefits of Fisetin?

Research on a flavonoid called fisetin, which contributes to the pigment of fruits and vegetables like apples, cucumbers, grapes, onions, persimmons and strawberries, has been called out for its potential antiaging properties. In experiments performed on lab mice, fisetin was shown to eliminate senescent cells, which accumulate as you age and can be harmful to your body. While fisetin was discovered years ago, it is one of many diet-derived antioxidants being increasingly investigated for its health-promoting effects. As a plant-based...

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Garlic Is a Great Blood Thinner

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Garlic Is a Great Blood Thinner

As you age, your arteries stiffen and continue doing so over time. It happens to virtually everyone to varying degrees, a 2012 study1 observes, and leads to more frequent physiological problems related to poor blood circulation, including an increased risk of renal impairment — renal being the organs involving your kidneys, bladder and urethra, the system that regulates the passage, storage and elimination of urine — as well as stroke. In 2013, researchers reported2 following a meta-analysis on the effects of garlic on serum lipids that...

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Collagen for Soft Tissue Injury and Repair

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Collagen for Soft Tissue Injury and Repair

Mark Sisson, a former elite endurance athlete that qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, founder of the popular website Mark’s Daily Apple and a leader in the paleo movement, was one of the first to help me understand the importance of burning fat for fuel. Here — after we cover some of the basic benefits of high-intensity interval training and strength training, previously discussed in “Primal Fitness Tips” — we segue to the topic at hand, namely the use of collagen for soft tissue injuries and repair, along...

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Hemorrhoids: An Introduction

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Hemorrhoids: An Introduction

Your body’s rectum and anus play major roles in temporarily storing and fully eliminating feces and other waste material from your body.1 Maintaining the health of these body parts is important; otherwise you may experience health problems that not only will hinder proper function, but cause pain and discomfort as well. One such condition is hemorrhoids, which are enlarged and swollen blood vessels that develop in the lower portion of your rectum and anus.2 While health experts have not determined the exact cause of hemorrhoids, the Mayo...

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