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Explore the World of Tea With the Many Varieties of Ceylon Tea

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Explore the World of Tea With the Many Varieties of Ceylon Tea

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, overtaken only by water. What’s even more impressive is that the rate at which people are drinking tea is continually increasing. In 2016 in the United States alone, imports had increased by 400 percent since 1990,1 which means that more people are enjoying tea and the benefits it brings. To keep up with global demand, some countries are highly focused on growing tea leaves as a large part of their overall economy. China, for example, is the world’s largest producer of green tea, producing...

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The Facebook Dilemma

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Facebook Dilemma

As of the third quarter of 2018, 2.27 billion people actively used Facebook,1 the world’s largest social media site, up from 1 billion in 2012. On average, each user spends about 41 minutes using the site daily,2 down from 50 minutes average in 2016. Some, of course, spend far more. Teens, for instance, may spend up to nine hours perusing the site, the consequences of which are only beginning to be understood. As noted by The Motley Fool,3 Facebook is unique in its ability to monetize the time people spend on its platform. During the...

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Lavender: The Flower With Many Faces

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Lavender: The Flower With Many Faces

Lavender is a perennial flowering shrub native to North Africa and the Mediterranean region, with a history dating back to more than 2,500 years ago. It has been used by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Arabians and Egyptians, for perfumes and mummification. The Greeks, Romans and Persians added it to their bathwater to wash and help purify their skin.1 Today, lavender is sold in different forms, and is a common fixture among households and professionals. It can be used in different ways, such as for cooking, home decorations...

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Stress Shrinks Your Brain and Impairs Memory

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Stress Shrinks Your Brain and Impairs Memory

Studies have found strong links between acute and/or chronic stress and a wide variety of health issues, including your brain function and risk for dementia. For example, animal research1 published in 2014 reported that elevated levels of stress hormones can speed up short-term memory loss in older adults by inducing structural changes in the brain. The findings indicate that how your body responds to stress may be a factor that influences how your brain ages over time. Previous research has also linked chronic stress with working memory...

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Loneliness Increases Dementia Risk by 40 Percent

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Loneliness Increases Dementia Risk by 40 Percent

In a survey of 20,000 U.S. adults, 46 percent said they sometimes or always feel alone.1 While on the surface this may seem to be a mental health issue, it’s one that’s intricately tied to physical health as well. Increasingly, research is showing that loneliness exacts a significant toll on your health, one that’s equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day2 and increases your risk of premature death.3 Your brain health may also suffer as a result of feeling lonely, with a recent study — including the largest sample to date —...

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Showerhead Biofilms Can Host Pathogens

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Showerhead Biofilms Can Host Pathogens

There are multiple areas in your home where bacteria find it easy to grow. Bacteria thrive in a warm, moist environments. One common household item that can harbor nearly 360 different species of bacteria is your kitchen sponge. However, while putting a sponge in the microwave for several minutes may kill some bacteria it doesn’t kill the worst ones.1 This is one reason Philip Tierno,2 professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University School of Medicine, says water temperatures need to be at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (F) to...

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Government Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ for Heart Tumors From Cellphone Radiation

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Government Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ for Heart Tumors From Cellphone Radiation

Cellphones were classified as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen”1 in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization and the global gold standard for the classification of toxins. This classification was based on evidence showing that nonionizing electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from cellphones can trigger abnormal cell growth and tumors.2,3 In my view, this is a mistake and, just like smoking, I am confident it will be recategorized in the future to a 1A carcinogen. Earlier this...

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93 Percent Breathing Polluted Air

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 93 Percent Breathing Polluted Air

Breathing clean air is a right that should be enjoyed by every person on Earth, but as industry, agriculture and other sources of air pollution have proliferated, clean air has become increasingly scarce. The problem has grown to monumental levels, such that the World Health Organization (WHO), in their latest report on air pollution and child health, stated, “Exposure to air pollution is an overlooked health emergency for children around the world.”1 Worldwide, the report states, 93 percent of children live in areas with air pollution at...

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Propaganda Machine of $4.3 Billion Influenza Vaccine Industry Is in Full Swing

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Propaganda Machine of $4.3 Billion Influenza Vaccine Industry Is in Full Swing

Flu season is upon us again — the time of year when the steady message is “Have you gotten your flu shot yet?” Considering the many studies showing flu vaccines offer minimal protection against illness even when well-matched to circulating viral strains, the fact that vaccination continues to be touted as your first line of defense against influenza suggests this annual campaign is more about generating conformity for profit rather than actually improving and protecting public health. Questionable Data Used to Support Annual Flu...

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Coconut Oil Better Than DEET to Fight Insects

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Coconut Oil Better Than DEET to Fight Insects

Hematophagous arthropods are insects or spiders that feed on blood, and transmit human and animal pathogens worldwide. Called vector-borne diseases, the illnesses caused by their bites account for nearly 17 percent of all infectious diseases annually. Nearly 700,000 humans die each year as a result of having acquired an infectious disease from the bite of an insect.1 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, plans to use insects to deliver genetically engineered viruses to plants with an...

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Alkaline Water or Hydrogen Water — Which One Is Better for You?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Alkaline Water or Hydrogen Water — Which One Is Better for You?

Alkaline water is experiencing a resurgence in popularity with sales jumping from $47 million in 2014 to $427 million in 2017.1 Marketers claim alkaline water can correct excess acidity in your tissues, which can then prevent or reverse cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.2 However, there’s virtually no good evidence to support such claims, and I warned people about drinking alkaline water on a regular basis over eight years ago. Molecular hydrogen, on the other hand, does have a number of health benefits, some of which...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Sleep, Spirulina and Microplastics

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Sleep, Spirulina and Microplastics

1 Which of the following is NOT a known health benefit of spirulina? Treatment for arsenic poisoning Protection against radiation Fever-reducing effect Spirulina, a freshwater and saltwater, blue-green algae, has been used as a treatment for arsenic poisoning, and research shows it protects against radiation damage and may lower your risk of stroke and cancer. Learn more. Anticancer activity 2 Which of the following statements is true? A chemical contamination level below the safety limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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What Are the Benefits of Vitamin B1, Thiamine?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Are the Benefits of Vitamin B1, Thiamine?

You’ve probably heard of thiamine, another name for vitamin B1, possibly in relation to “fortified” foods like cereals and breads. As one of eight essential B vitamins, thiamine is considered “essential” because your body can’t produce it on its own; it must come from an outside source. Mostly concentrated in the skeletal muscles, but also found in your brain, liver, kidneys and heart, it’s excreted by the kidneys1 and performs several important functions in your body. More than one study has suggested it to be the primary “B” needed on a...

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Fermented Dairy Protects Your Heart

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Fermented Dairy Protects Your Heart

A 20-year Finnish observational study suggests eating fermented dairy products could protect you against heart disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 610,000 Americans die of heart disease each year, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths.1 Despite public skepticism about the potential adverse health effects of dairy products — reflected in an increasing intake of plant-based drinks like almond, rice and soy — scientific evidence continues to validate the many positive nutritional benefits of dairy products....

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Cajun Cauliflower Dirty Rice Recipe

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Cajun Cauliflower Dirty Rice Recipe

Recipe by Jennafer Ashley from PaleoHacks You can change [CO1]your diet and improve your well-being by looking for wholesome and nutrient-filled options that’ll replace lackluster and unhealthy items. One such example is cauliflower rice, which more and more people nowadays are using instead of typical rice varieties. (You make cauliflower rice by pulsing or grating cauliflower until it resembles rice grains or couscous.) Switching to cauliflower rice provides you with both nutrients and variety — you can combine your favorite vegetables,...

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