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Lumbrokinase for Lyme?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Lumbrokinase for Lyme?

By Dr. Mercola Lyme disease is no respecter of persons and one bite from a deer tick may be the only thing separating you from this devastating illness. Canadian rockstar Avril Lavigne has been struggling with the illness for four years. When her battle with Lyme became public in 2015, Lavigne told People magazine, “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying.”1 She was bedridden for five months. If you or someone close to you struggles with Lyme disease, you may...

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How to Improve Your Immune Function by Boosting Natural Killer Cells

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Improve Your Immune Function by Boosting Natural Killer Cells

By Dr. Mercola Natural killer (NK) cells, a specific type of white blood cell, are an important component of your innate immune system. Your immune system consists of two different branches — cell-mediated immunity (innate) and humoral immunity (adaptive). When you contract a viral disease, the pathogen enters your body and infects your cells. The subsequent disease process involves your cell-mediated immune response, which activates your NK cells, along with chemicals that attract them to the site of infection, where the white blood cells...

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Weekly Health Quiz: India, Seeds and Stress

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: India, Seeds and Stress

1 Which of the following plant compounds has recently been found to inhibit formation of amyloid beta plaque in the brain — associated with Alzheimer’s disease — and to dissolve arterial plaque associated with heart disease? Resveratrol Anthocyanins Vitamin C Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in green tea, has been shown to dissolve arterial plaque and inhibit amyloid beta plaque formation in the brain, thereby lowering your risk for heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Learn more....

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Essential Oils May Replace Antibiotics

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Essential Oils May Replace Antibiotics

By Dr. Mercola It’s quite likely that whether you visit your doctor for back pain, anxiety or an ingrown toenail, you won’t leave without a prescription of some kind. Cold and flu symptoms are among the most common reasons why people visit their doctors and, often, antibiotics are the go-to remedy. Repeatedly taking antibiotics causes major problems, however, as overuse of this type of medication, both in the health care setting and in industrial agriculture, has resulted in increased resistance. In fact, every time you take...

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All You Need to Know About Canker Sores: An Introduction

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on All You Need to Know About Canker Sores: An Introduction

The term “canker sores” may not ring a bell for some, but most people have actually been affected by these types of mouth ulcers at some point in their lives. If you’ve experienced pain because of round or oval sores that have a grayish-white film and red, inflamed borders,1 this means that you’ve had canker sores. Fast Facts About Canker Sores Canker sores, which also go by the name of aphthous ulcers, are the most common type of mouth ulcers among people.2 These painful but noncontagious sores typically appear on the inner portion of the...

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How to Make Miso Soup

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Make Miso Soup

If you’re a Japanese food enthusiast, you might be familiar with their focus on umami, or the “fifth” taste. A very popular source of umami is miso. This is one of the most utilized ingredients in Japanese cuisine, and is the main ingredient for miso soup, a staple in most Japanese households and restaurants.1 But aside from miso soup’s flavor, it is also an impressive source of nutrients and probiotics. Continue reading this article to learn about the benefits you can get from it, and how you can make this soup at...

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Kratom as an Alternative for Opium Withdrawal

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Kratom as an Alternative for Opium Withdrawal

By Dr. Mercola With opioid overdose being the No. 1 cause of death of Americans under the age of 50, it’s quite clear we need safer alternatives to pain management. Rampant opioid addiction is so significant it has even led to a decline in life expectancy in the U.S. In this interview, Christopher McCurdy, professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and former postdoctoral fellow in opioid chemistry at the University of Minnesota under a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral training...

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What’s Lurking in Your Dish Towel?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What’s Lurking in Your Dish Towel?

By Dr. Mercola Hand-washing is one of the simplest ways to reduce exposure to potential disease-causing germs.1 This may also reduce your chances of getting sick and/or spreading infection. Regular and proper hand-washing drastically decreases the number of germs having access to your body, especially at key times such as before eating or touching your mouth, eyes or nose, after using the restroom and while cooking in the kitchen. With drug-resistant infections on the rise, disinfecting your hands and your surroundings may seem like a good...

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The Peril on Your Plate: Film Explores the Human Health Effects of Genetic Engineering and Chemical Agriculture

Posted by on Jun 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Peril on Your Plate: Film Explores the Human Health Effects of Genetic Engineering and Chemical Agriculture

By Dr. Mercola After being told by her doctor that genetically engineered (GE) food and pesticides could be responsible for her son’s food allergies, Ekaterina Yakovleva set out to investigate. Her quest for answers was captured by the Russian Times in the featured film, “The Peril on Your Plate: Genetic Engineering and Chemical Agriculture.” The film shows Yakovleva and her team traveling the world to meet “the people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry,” as well as proponents of GMOs who argue that...

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Thyme Tea: A Potentially Beneficial Beverage Worth Your Time

Posted by on Jun 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Thyme Tea: A Potentially Beneficial Beverage Worth Your Time

Thyme is a small herb belonging to the mint family of plants, and has a rich history of use spanning over hundreds of years. For example, people in the Middle Ages placed thyme under their pillows to inhibit nightmares. The ancient Romans, on the other hand, sprinkled it in cheese and alcohol for added flavor.1 Aside from its therapeutic uses, thyme is also used in cooking. Fresh or dried, its leaves and flowers are mixed into casseroles, soups, stews and sautéed vegetables to add a sprightly flavor. Another popular way of using thyme is as a...

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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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