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Bathroom Hand Dryer or One Paper Towel?

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Bathroom Hand Dryer or One Paper Towel?

By Dr. Mercola Hand-washing is one of the simplest ways to reduce your exposure to potentially disease-causing germs, and along with it reduce your chances of getting sick and/or spread infection. Regular and appropriate hand-washing will drastically decrease the number of germs that have access to your body, especially at key times such as before eating, touching your mouth eyes or nose, and after using the restroom or visiting public areas. Teaching people about hand-washing can improve health in the community and reduce the number of...

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The Air You Breathe Is More Polluted Than You Know

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Air You Breathe Is More Polluted Than You Know

By Dr. Mercola Your life depends on the air you breathe. Your body is so dependent on oxygen, you can go only a few minutes without air. The quality of air affects your respiratory system and your overall health. Unfortunately, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 92 percent of the world breathes polluted air1 and nearly 7 million deaths are attributed to air pollution each year.2 From several sociological studies,3 researchers determined the average time a person living in the U.S. spends inside has remained stable for decades....

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Most People Consume Plastic on a Daily Basis

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Most People Consume Plastic on a Daily Basis

By Dr. Mercola Discarded plastic — both large and microscopic — circles the globe, choking our oceans and harming wildlife, ultimately finding its way onto your plate and into your body, where it can accumulate over time. A number of studies have now revealed we are both eating and drinking microplastic particles. For example, one-third of the fish caught in the English Channel contain microbeads, as do 83 percent of scampi sold in the U.K.1 Most sea salt also contains plastic fragments. What the consequences might be are still largely...

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Changing the World — One Chicken at a Time

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Changing the World — One Chicken at a Time

By Reginaldo Haslett-MarroquinWith editing support from Ronnie Cummins The chicks have arrived! A 6 a.m. phone call from the Northfield, Minnesota, post office alerted Eric Foster and others at the Main Street Project1 to the arrival of the first training flock of 2018. A new cohort of aspiring Latino farmers from the south-central region of Minnesota were about to start their poultry-centered regenerative agriculture training. Their mission? To become part of a southeastern Minnesota cluster of farms designed to change the way poultry is...

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City Rodents Packed With Pathogens

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on City Rodents Packed With Pathogens

By Dr. Mercola Mice are often viewed as more of a nuisance than a health threat, but mice taking up residence in New York City are teeming with pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could endanger human lives. The finding comes from two recent studies by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, raising concerns of whether the mice pathogens, including the resistant varieties, could be spreading to humans. Mice are commonly found living in close proximity to humans, with more than 80 percent...

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Landmark Study Pushes Acceptance of Vitamin D Claim

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Landmark Study Pushes Acceptance of Vitamin D Claim

By Dr. Mercola In the U.S., there’s a baby born prematurely every 90 seconds.1 And despite spending more than $3 trillion on health care each year, it is the worst performing system ranked by multiple aspects of care,2 including premature births. Each year, premature births make up roughly 12 percent of U.S. births, which is the highest rate among developed countries.3 An easy-to-access and low-cost supplement — vitamin D — could drastically change the high rate of premature births in the U.S., however, even potentially closing the gap on...

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Charcoal Craze: From Charcoal Croissants to Charcoal Toothpaste

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Charcoal Craze: From Charcoal Croissants to Charcoal Toothpaste

By Dr. Mercola A London eatery called Coco di Mama is jumping on the charcoal bandwagon with its offer of a charcoal-laced croissant they describe as a “vegan delight.” Below is an excerpt from their website:1 “We are so excited to bring you a charcoal-activated vegan croissant! It’s quite an unusual looking item, but we can promise you it … tastes better than it looks. Unlike a regular croissant, there is no butter. The key ingredients are sunflower margarine, soy and barley flour, activated charcoal, sugar and lemon. The alkaline...

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This Simple Trick Can Minimize Damage From Unhealthy Carbs

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on This Simple Trick Can Minimize Damage From Unhealthy Carbs

By Dr. Mercola While fiber is crucial for optimal gut health, what makes certain types of fiber even more important than others is its potential for fermentation. Unripe tropical fruits such as banana, papaya and mango contain digestive-resistant starch1 — indigestible low-viscous fibers that slowly ferment in your large intestine. These resistant starches feed healthy bacteria, essentially acting as prebiotics. They also bulk up your bowel movements for easier, timelier disposal without making you feel bloated or gassy. Best of all, they...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Pesticides, Salmon and Mercury

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Pesticides, Salmon and Mercury

1 Which vitamin deficiency creates symptoms mimicking serious neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, autism and multiple sclerosis? Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 insufficiency and deficiency increase your risk of serious health problems, many of which mimic more serious neurological diseases and can easily lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment. Learn more. Vitamin D Vitamin E Biotin 2 Which of the following is a true statement about salmon? Farmed salmon are five times more toxic than any other food tested. Toxicology testing...

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Is This the World’s Best Way to Raise Pork?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is This the World’s Best Way to Raise Pork?

By Dr. Mercola Will Harris III, owner of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, says the hogs that forage on his vast Georgia farm are also loose to forage in the woods behind it. He says they not only fill a unique position on his farm’s operation, they also have a unique impact on the land. Harris, a fourth-generation farmer with a University of Georgia agricultural degree, once adhered to his family’s monoculture tradition, complete with the lack of diversity, and with the use of antibiotics, hormones and chemical weed killer...

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Wake Up Your Taste Buds With This Spicy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Wake Up Your Taste Buds With This Spicy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Whether you’re looking for a healthier alternative to rice or you simply want to integrate more veggies into your diet, this Spicy Cauliflower Rice, contributed by Mercola staff employee Rachel Saenz, is a dish that you’ll surely enjoy. It’s low-carb, gluten-free and loaded with a wide array of nutrients. What’s more, it’s flavored with various health-boosting spices and seasonings for an added zing. There’s no reason for you to pass up this invigorating dish, so try making it today and surprise your family with a flavorful recipe that has a...

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Bipolar Disorder: An Introduction to This Serious Mental Disorder

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Bipolar Disorder: An Introduction to This Serious Mental Disorder

While it’s perfectly normal for a person to experience shifting feelings of happiness and loneliness every now and then, there are cases wherein these mood shifts become so extreme that they make day-to-day living difficult. Extreme mood shifts that are accompanied by fluctuating energy levels are the hallmark symptoms of a serious mental illness known as bipolar disorder. If left untreated, bipolar disorder may have a significant impact on various aspects of life, including career, relationships and academic performance. In some cases,...

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Researcher Explains How Electromagnetic Fields Damage Your Health

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Researcher Explains How Electromagnetic Fields Damage Your Health

By Dr. Mercola Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been shown to cause biological damage and even cancer, but exactly how does this happen? In this interview, Paul Héroux, Ph.D., a researcher and professor of toxicology and health effects of electromagnetism at the faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal, helps answer that question. Originally trained as a physicist, he eventually ended up studying electrical power transmission lines, the topic of his Ph.D., and in the course of working for a power utility, he started...

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Hygiene Habits That Can Do More Harm Than Good

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Hygiene Habits That Can Do More Harm Than Good

By Dr. Mercola An article featured in Reader’s Digest1 called out a number of so-called “healthy” hygiene practices that actually do more harm than good. Given the condensed nature of their commentary and the many misconceptions involved with these particular areas of hygiene, I would like to elaborate on some of them. You are probably aware that many commercial personal care products, such as bubble bath and hand sanitizer, are laced with harmful chemicals that can potentially damage your health. But, what’s your view...

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Echinacea Tea’s Immune-Boosting Benefits

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Echinacea Tea’s Immune-Boosting Benefits

You’ve most likely heard of echinacea, also known as coneflower, and the many potential health benefits that it can provide. A member of the Asteraceae family,1 along with lettuce, artichokes, dandelion and sunflower, echinacea has been used for over 400 years by Native Americans to ease infections, help wounds heal and as a “cure-all” for different illnesses.2 There are many ways to use echinacea — dried herb, liquid extracts, capsules and pills3 are some products you can buy today. However, have you ever heard of echinacea tea?...

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