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Why Seasonal Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’ — Here’s What the Science Says

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Seasonal Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’ — Here’s What the Science Says

By Dr. Mercola Allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, affect 20 million U.S. adults and more than 6 million children.1 The most common symptoms include sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, watery and itchy eyes and itching in your nose, mouth or throat, but a sizable number of allergy sufferers also experience noticeable brain fog as well. What causes the fuzzy-headed feeling is up for debate, but many theories are out there. One of the simplest is that allergy symptoms can make it difficult to get a good night’s...

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The Many Benefits of Sage, the ‘Savior’ Herb

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Many Benefits of Sage, the ‘Savior’ Herb

A member of the mint family, sage (Salvia officinalis) originated from the northern Mediterranean coast, where it was traditionally used for cooking. Italians are known to add flavor to veal with sage, while the French use it for sausages, stuffing and cured meats. The herb’s warm and musky essence also probably reminds you of homemade turkey dressing — a Thanksgiving staple loved by many Americans.1 However, sage isn’t just for cooking. In medieval times, it was called “Salvia Salvatrix,” which means “sage, the savior.” This is because it...

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Many Insomniacs Remain Conscious During Sleep, Which Makes Them Think They’ve Not Slept a Wink

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Many Insomniacs Remain Conscious During Sleep, Which Makes Them Think They’ve Not Slept a Wink

By Dr. Mercola According to the American Sleep Association,1 up to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder, nearly 40 percent unintentionally fall asleep during the day at least once a month and nearly 5 percent have nodded off while driving at least once. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, with 10 percent of American adults struggling with chronic insomnia and 30 percent reporting occasional or short-term insomnia. Interestingly, insomniacs will often insist they’ve not slept a wink all night, even though they’ve actually been...

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What’s All the Noise About Coffee?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What’s All the Noise About Coffee?

By Dr. Mercola According to the National Coffee Association1 more Americans drank coffee in 2017 than they had in the past four years. This represents a reversal as gourmet coffee brews gain popularity, especially among younger consumers. In an online survey, National Coffee Drinking Trends2 reported coffee drinking was up from 57 percent in 2016, reaching 62 percent of the general population in 2017, with the most pronounced increase in gourmet coffees. The beverage of choice has been coffee for a number of years, far outpacing other...

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No, Pasta Is Not an Effective Tool to Reduce Your Girth

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on No, Pasta Is Not an Effective Tool to Reduce Your Girth

By Dr. Mercola Limiting your net carbohydrate intake is an effective way to normalize your weight and reduce your risk for metabolic syndrome, heart disease and many other chronic diseases. Net carbs are calculated by subtracting your net fiber in grams from your total carbohydrates in grams. The resulting number are your net carbohydrates. Your body needs fiber carbohydrates as a prebiotic to feed good bacteria and support a strong gut microbiome. However, your body doesn’t need carbohydrates from grains, breads and pastas. In fact, the...

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What Kind of Information Does Google and Facebook Have on You?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Kind of Information Does Google and Facebook Have on You?

By Dr. Mercola Google and Facebook are two of the largest and clearest monopolies in the world, and between them, the harvesting of your personal information goes far beyond what most people realize was even possible. I have recently removed Google Search from this website and replaced with a search engine without the privacy concerns, but has similar capabilities.   The search bar at the top of the website is the most used and essential feature for you to research the many thousands of pages I’ve published over the last 20 years....

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Privilege of Knowledge and the Duty to Act on Pesticides

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Privilege of Knowledge and the Duty to Act on Pesticides

By Dr. Mercola Though he still sees himself as “just a little boy who loves frogs,” Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., an integrative biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has spent a decade feuding with chemical giant Syngenta, manufacturer of the pesticide atrazine. Novartis, which eventually became Syngenta, asked Hayes to use his extensive knowledge of frog hormones to determine if atrazine was interfering with frogs in the environment. It certainly wasn’t what they wanted to hear, but he found atrazine may be chemically castrating male...

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More Trouble for Organic Products

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on More Trouble for Organic Products

By Dr. Mercola Carrageenan, a food additive extracted from red seaweed, is commonly added as a thickening agent to processed foods, particularly dairy products, certain deli meats and other prepared foods. Since it comes from seaweed, many people assume carrageenan is natural — perhaps even healthy — and along with conventional foods this additive is often found in “natural” and organic products. The problem is that carrageenan is not nutritious, nor is it natural or certified organic. It’s a processed additive extracted from seaweed using...

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Rare Gene That Confers Drug Resistance Between Bacteria Now Found in 27 States

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Rare Gene That Confers Drug Resistance Between Bacteria Now Found in 27 States

By Dr. Mercola According to the largest review of the drug resistance problem to date, by 2050 the annual global death toll from antibiotic-resistant disease will reach 10 million.1 At present, an estimated 23,000 Americans die each year from drug-resistant infections, and the death toll will continue to rise until or unless the underlying causes are properly addressed. One significant driver of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is the routine use of antibiotics in agriculture.2 As noted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in 2016,3...

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Best Vegetables for Your Heart

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Best Vegetables for Your Heart

By Dr. Mercola Research has shown that the more vegetables you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease, with different types of vegetables protecting your heart through different mechanisms. Leafy greens, for example, have high amounts of nitrates that naturally boost your nitric oxide (NO) level.1 Cruciferous veggies, on the other hand, lower your risk of stroke and heart attack by promoting more supple neck arteries and preventing the buildup of arterial plaque. In fermented cabbage, it’s the fiber content that helps lower blood...

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Can Sumac Help Your Blood Sugar Levels?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Sumac Help Your Blood Sugar Levels?

By Dr. Mercola If you enjoy Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, you’ve likely eaten sumac, perhaps without knowing it. I’m not talking about the wild plant that causes contact dermatitis in the majority of people who touch it. No, the sumac I have in mind is a tart, edible powder used in dry rubs, marinades, salad dressings and spice blends. It gives a pop of deep red color and a lemony tang to chicken, fish, lamb and vegetable dishes. Most notably, sumac is featured prominently in the spice mix za’atar and also is commonly found on...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Herbs, Vegetables and Obesity

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Herbs, Vegetables and Obesity

1 Adaptogenic herbs — such as ashwagandha, tulsi, rhodiola and ginseng — protect and improve your health by helping your body adapt to: Stress, regardless of the source Adaptogens are unique in that they help your body adapt to stress, in part by regulating hormones and improving your immune function. Learn more. Climactic changes (changes in temperature) Assaults by never-before-encountered microbes Potential allergens, including seasonal allergens 2 Three recent studies — two by the U.S. National Toxicology Program and one by the Italian...

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The Benefits of Baobab

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Benefits of Baobab

By Dr. Mercola If you should visit the markets across the African continent, you’d find an interesting looking fruit harvested from the baobab tree (pronounced bay’-oh-bahb, emphasizing the first syllable) has earned not just popularity in its native regions but superfood status worldwide. A member of the silk-cotton family (Adansonia digitata), the baobab tree typically reaches as high as 90 feet and 60 feet wide, with a broad trunk. Merriam-Webster dictionary1 notes that it’s native to Africa and bears an edible, acidic, hanging fruit...

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An Introduction to Gonorrhea

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on An Introduction to Gonorrhea

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in the U.S., with gonorrhea being one of the most common. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that gonorrhea is the second most-reported STD, with around 820,000 new cases recorded every year.1 What Is Gonorrhea? Gonorrhea is an STD caused by the bacterial strain Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and it can affect both men and women. Most cases of gonorrhea are asymptomatic (no symptoms develop),2 but when symptoms do appear, they often cause great distress. A...

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PQQ, Berberine and Other Mitochondrial Enhancers

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on PQQ, Berberine and Other Mitochondrial Enhancers

By Dr. Mercola Your diet is one of the most important tools you can use to take control of your health. But supplements can also be useful, especially when it comes to improving mitochondrial function. In this interview, Dr. Michael Murray, a naturopathic physician and author of several books, discusses some of the most useful supplements for mitochondrial optimization, including PQQ and berberine. Murray graduated from Bastyr University in 1985 — the oldest naturopathic university in the U.S. and widely regarded as one of the best — and has...

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