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A Critical Look at ‘The China Study’ and Other Diet Plans

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on A Critical Look at ‘The China Study’ and Other Diet Plans

By Dr. Mercola Denise Minger is perhaps most noted for her comprehensive rebuttal of “The China Study” some eight years ago. She’s heavily vested in the vegan versus omnivore battle, having cycled through vegetarianism and raw veganism, finally coming full circle to being an omnivore. Minger took to vegetarianism when she was just 7 years old. “I was eating steak one night at dinner and almost choked on it. I developed some kind of phobia surrounding things with meat textures and went vegetarian overnight,” she...

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Luscious and Creamy Keto Cacao Milkshake

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Luscious and Creamy Keto Cacao Milkshake

Recipe From Paleohacks Milkshakes are popular refreshments, but here’s the catch: Traditional milkshakes, especially those that come from fast-food restaurants, usually contain copious amounts of pasteurized milk, refined sugar and artificial flavorings, all of which are detrimental for your well-being. Pasteurized milk is derived from cows raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), making it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. Meanwhile, excessive consumption of refined sugar and artificial...

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Introduction to Shin Splints: A Condition Characterized by Pain in Your Lower Legs

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Introduction to Shin Splints: A Condition Characterized by Pain in Your Lower Legs

Your tibia, also known as the shin bone, is a long bone found between the ankle and the kneecap. It plays a very important role in your posture, movement and everyday activities because it carries the brunt of your body’s weight.1 The fibula, which is a second, thinner shin bone that acts as support for the tibia, can be found on your lower leg as well. It runs parallel to the tibia and supports the tibia in holding your weight.2 If pain develops in this entire area, you may have a condition known as shin splints. The Causes of and Risk...

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Can You Catch an Infection From Sharing a Bar of Soap?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can You Catch an Infection From Sharing a Bar of Soap?

By Dr. Mercola Germs are everywhere. According to Charles Gerba, microbiologist at the University of Arizona,1 your kitchen is the heart of your home, and the heart of its germs. Some of the places in your kitchen that may be dirtier than a toilet include your kitchen sponge, sink, cutting board, refrigerator door handle and kitchen countertops. According to Dr. Neil Schachter, author of “The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu,”2 some of the germiest community places include public restrooms, your child’s school or day care,...

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Cannabis: A Lost History

Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Cannabis: A Lost History

By Dr. Mercola Cannabis, better known as marijuana, has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It’s been heralded as a “cure-all,” revered for its healing properties, particularly for pain but also as a potential anticancer treatment. Marijuana was a popular botanical medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, common in U.S. pharmacies of the time. It wasn’t until 1970 that the herb was declared a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the U.S., a classification reserved for drugs with “high...

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Wonderful White Tea: A Drink Fit for an Emperor

Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Wonderful White Tea: A Drink Fit for an Emperor

Although often eclipsed by other types of tea in terms of popularity, there is no denying that white tea is just as refreshing and beneficial as other varieties. Fragrant and refreshing with a sweet, silky taste, white tea is a widely consumed beverage in China. But did you know that in the early times, it was treated as a drink worthy only of an emperor? Read this article and discover more interesting facts about this delicious beverage. What Is White Tea? Considered one of the most delicate tea varieties today, white tea, just like green,...

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Benefits of Growing Bergamot

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Benefits of Growing Bergamot

By Dr. Mercola If you’re not familiar with the herb bergamot, you may recognize its more common name: bee balm. The tall plants with eye-catching blossoms on top look like an exploding firecracker and come in a rich lilac, pale pink or bright red hue, depending on the variety. Also known by the botanical names Monardo fistulosa and Monarda didyma, bergamot is a perennial that grows easily and has a variety of uses. This herb has a number of other unique designations: Gold Melissa, scarlett monarda, Indian nettle and Oswego tea are a few of...

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How to Grow Chamomile

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Grow Chamomile

By Dr. Mercola Chamomile is one of the most beneficial herbs and it has a long history of use dating back to ancient Egypt. Best known as a soothing tea widely embraced for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile produces lovely daisy-like plants that are drought- and pest-resistant. Given its many medicinal uses, you may want to consider growing chamomile in your garden this year. Chamomile: An Enduring Medicinal Herb Chamomile’s history1 and use as a medicinal herb dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used as...

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Nutrients and Supplements That Can Improve Your Sleep Quality

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Nutrients and Supplements That Can Improve Your Sleep Quality

By Dr. Mercola If you intend to live a long and healthy life, sleep needs to be a priority. Anyone struggling with chronic disease — which is at least half the adult population in the U.S. — would be wise to take heed, as sleep cannot only contribute to the problem but also counteract any healthy lifestyle strategies you’re using to address it. As a general guideline, seek to get right around eight hours of sleep every night. Anything below seven hours really starts to impact your health (if you’re an adult). The good news is there are many...

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Evening Primrose Oil May Help Improve Skin and Hair Health

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Evening Primrose Oil May Help Improve Skin and Hair Health

Evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) is fairly common in subtropical and temperate regions, but is often treated as nothing more than a wild flower found in roadsides and neglected fields.1 But while it is common, its various uses and applications remain to be unknown to a number of people. In earlier times, the evening primrose plant was a staple in the Native American diet, including the Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwa and Potawatomi. They boiled its roots and applied it as poultices to bruises and other injuries to speed up healing.2 It was...

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Midlife Hypertension Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Midlife Hypertension Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

By Dr. Mercola About 75 million Americans, or 1 in 3 adults, have high blood pressure,1 a condition that increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and, as research increasingly shows, dementia. Elevated blood pressure may even raise your dementia risk at levels below those officially labeled as “high.” In a study of more than 8,600 adults, having a systolic blood pressure of 130 or greater at age 50 was associated with a 38 percent increased risk of dementia.2 Systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure...

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Nasty Skin-Burning Plant Is Spreading

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Nasty Skin-Burning Plant Is Spreading

By Dr. Mercola Most poisonous plants are invasive weeds, including poison ivy, oak, sumac and the plant recently discovered in Virginia — giant hogweed. Giant hogweed is on the federal noxious weed list, which means it is unlawful to propagate, sell or transport it across state lines as it is invasive and often crowds out native plants. While poison ivy, oak and sumac often are hidden among other low-lying bushes or found growing up trees, giant hogweed, which can reach a height of 10 to 15 feet, is a striking and dangerous plant. While each...

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Gout Pill Poses Major Risk for Your Heart

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Gout Pill Poses Major Risk for Your Heart

By Dr. Mercola First identified by the Egyptians in 2640 B.C., gout was later recognized by Hippocrates, who referred to it as “the unwalkable disease.”1 The condition appeared to be associated with a lifestyle often only afforded by the affluent, and so gained the label “disease of kings.” Today, however, science has a better understanding of how gout is triggered. The prevalence of the condition has skyrocketed in the U.K., rising 64 percent between 1997 and 2012.2 This is approximately a 4 percent rise every year, affecting nearly 1 in 40...

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For Optimal Health, Make Sure You Have a Vitamin D Level of 60 ng/mL

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on For Optimal Health, Make Sure You Have a Vitamin D Level of 60 ng/mL

By Dr. Mercola Thousands of studies have been done on the health effects of vitamin D, and research shows it is involved in the biology of all the cells and tissues in your body, including your immune cells. Your cells actually need the active form of vitamin D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside. This is one of the reasons why vitamin D has the ability to impact such a wide variety of health problems — from fetal development to cancer. Conventional Vitamin D Recommendations Are Too Low for Disease Prevention Unfortunately,...

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Flu Vaccine Grown in Dog Kidney Cells Another Failure

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Flu Vaccine Grown in Dog Kidney Cells Another Failure

By Dr. Mercola Most flu vaccines in the U.S. are grown in chicken eggs, but during the 2017 to 2018 flu season, a cell-based flu vaccine, Flucelvax, grown in dog kidney cells became available. This vaccine was licensed in 2012 and is approved for individuals aged 4 years and over. As the effectiveness of conventional flu shots continues to leave much to be desired, the new Flucelvax vaccine was touted as a new-and-improved version that would protect more people once flu season hit. In reality, a study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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