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12 Fall Superfoods to Put on Your Grocery List

Posted by on Oct 27, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 12 Fall Superfoods to Put on Your Grocery List

As summer gives way to fall, I invite you to consider eating some of the superfoods that are at their peak this time of year. Certain fruits and vegetables are more readily available locally during fall, including apples, pumpkins and squash. When preparing your seasonal menu, be sure to add some of these 12 fall superfoods to your grocery list. To find the freshest seasonal produce, visit your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers market or food co-op. 12 Superfoods to Try That Are at Their Peak in Fall Apples — Apples ranked...

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Here’s How to Grow Eucalyptus

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Here’s How to Grow Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus, an evergreen tree native to Australia, is perhaps best known as a favorite food for koalas. In Australia, the fast-growing trees may reach massive heights of 300 feet with a hefty circumference of more than 24 feet.1 Other varieties take the form of short, bushy plants, all of them with a characteristic pungent aroma. Eucalypti are also known as gum trees or stringybark trees, and in addition to being a staple food for koalas, are prized for use as fuel and timber, and are valued for medicinal uses in Australia and around the...

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Great Tips for Growing Squash

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Great Tips for Growing Squash

Squash is a flowering plant in the gourd family. Although you may think of them as vegetables, they are actually fruit. The seeds, blossoms and fruit may all be cooked and eaten.1 Squash are often categorized as summer or winter squash, depending upon the length of time they may be stored, and not their growing season, as both are warm weather crops. Summer squash grows in a short bush formation and include zucchini, yellow crookneck squash and pattypans. Winter squash usually grow on a vine and generally bear large fruit, which...

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How to Wean Off Opioids

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Wean Off Opioids

Opioids, narcotic painkillers, killed 33,000 Americans in 2015,1,2,3 and nearly 42,250 in 2016 — over 1,000 more deaths than were caused by breast cancer that same year4 — and the addiction trend shows absolutely no signs of leveling off or declining. On the contrary, recent statistics suggest the death toll is still trending upward, with more and more people abusing these powerful narcotics. According to the most recent data5 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose cases admitted into emergency rooms...

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A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

When’s the last time you’ve gotten, or given, a hug? If it’s been awhile, committing to more hugging is a simple way to not only feel happier but also be physically healthier. Human touch is a complex phenomenon, one that’s linked to the release of feel-good hormones and other physiological reactions in your body. Hugging is just one example, and it’s a powerful one. Even on particularly trying days, such as when you’re embroiled in relationship problems, a hug can improve your mood by increasing positive feelings and decreasing negative...

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What Are the Benefits of Wheatgrass?

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Are the Benefits of Wheatgrass?

If you’re wondering what wheatgrass is, it’s actually a chlorophyll-rich herb1 that’s considered the “young grass” of the wheat plant (Triticum aestivum).2 Although wheatgrass rose to fame recently, its first use can be traced back 5,000 years ago to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. The Egyptians prized wheatgrass for its effects on health and vitality. Fast-forward to the 1930s, and that’s when you’ll find that agricultural chemist Charles Schnabel’s experiments with young...

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How CAFO Dairies Are Poisoning Hamburgers

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How CAFO Dairies Are Poisoning Hamburgers

Earlier this month, the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS Tolleson, recalled1 more than 6.9 million pounds of raw beef processed in its Arizona facility due to possible contamination with Salmonella enterica of the serotype Newport, a more unusual strain of Salmonella.2 The recalled products were processed between July 26 and September 7, 2018. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “The products subject to recall bear establishment number ‘EST. 267’ inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were...

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Probiotic Wipes Out Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Probiotic Wipes Out Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The nearly 100 trillion bacteria living on and in your body perform a wide variety of functions. We have only now come to realize the bacteria must be properly balanced and nourished to maintain good physical and mental health. Although the Human Genome Project was expected to demonstrate gene-based therapies could rid us of disease, it actually revealed genetic makeup plays a much smaller role than previously imagined. Emerging science also shows your microbiome may be rapidly altered, for better or worse, based on factors such as your diet,...

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The 10 Most Hazardous Cosmetic Products

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The 10 Most Hazardous Cosmetic Products

Unfortunately, just because it’s sold over-the-counter does not mean a product is safe for you. In fact, of the nearly 13,000 chemicals used in cosmetics, only 10 percent have been tested for safety. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, they often do not exercise it.1 Adding insult to injury, the FDA tasks companies manufacturing and marketing cosmetics with ensuring their safety. Not only is this an obvious conflict of interest, but “neither...

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Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): These Polio-Like Illnesses Are Spreading Quickly

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): These Polio-Like Illnesses Are Spreading Quickly

A rare condition known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been spreading across the U.S. Although it’s still very rare, affecting less than 1 in 1 million Americans each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring what appears to be an increasing trend in this polio-like disease.1 AFM targets the nervous system, including the spinal cord, leading to weakness in the arms and/or legs and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. In some cases, the condition may also cause difficulty swallowing, slurred speech...

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Thyroid Deficiency Linked to Iodine Deficiency and Fluoridated Water

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Thyroid Deficiency Linked to Iodine Deficiency and Fluoridated Water

More than 66 percent of the U.S. population drinks water with added fluoride,1 despite the fact that studies continue to question its safety and usefulness for its stated purpose: preventing cavities. A number of countries — including Germany, Sweden, Japan, the Netherlands, Finland and Israel — have already stopped this hazardous practice, but many Americans are still at risk. In Canada, nearly 39 percent of the population also receives fluoridated drinking water (compared with only about 3 percent of Europeans).2 It’s been known for...

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Scientists Warn: Insects With Capacity to Perform Genetic Engineering in the Environment Could Be Easily Weaponized

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Scientists Warn: Insects With Capacity to Perform Genetic Engineering in the Environment Could Be Easily Weaponized

Genetic engineering (GE) is being used in myriad ways these days, despite the fact we know very little about the long-term ramifications of such meddling in the natural order. For example, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, is now planning to use insects to deliver GE viruses to crops, with the aim of altering the plant’s genetic traits in the field. The $27 million DARPA project, called “Insect Allies,” is basically trying to take advantage of insects’ natural ability to spread...

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Butter and Cheese Help Regulate Blood Sugar

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Butter and Cheese Help Regulate Blood Sugar

Regulating blood sugar has become a high priority for an increasing number of people, not just in the U.S., but worldwide. In fact, medical experts say diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the U.S.,1 and in the U.K., where Type 2 diabetes alone impacts more than 3.3 million, such statistics constitute epidemic proportions, according to Daily Star.2 However, there’s hope for people with high blood sugar, but it requires simple lifestyle tweaking to reduce individual risk. Most predominant in the methods you can adopt to reduce your...

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Resveratrol Causes Rogue Cells to Self-Destruct

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Resveratrol Causes Rogue Cells to Self-Destruct

A Swiss study1 involving lab mice suggests the grape constituent resveratrol may be effective in treating lung cancer, at least when administered nasally in high doses. The researchers observed a 45 percent decrease in tumor load in mice treated with resveratrol, noting they also developed fewer and smaller tumors than untreated mice. Despite the favorable outcome showing resveratrol’s ability to cause rogue cells to self-destruct, more research is needed. This is so mainly because resveratrol, upon ingestion as an oral dose, is metabolized...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Herbicides, Sweeteners and Inflammation

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Herbicides, Sweeteners and Inflammation

1 Which of the following strategies has been shown to reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by more than 80 percent? Getting an annual mammogram Raising your vitamin D to a level between 60 and 80 ng/mL Research shows having a vitamin D blood level above 60 ng/mL lowers your risk of breast cancer by more than 80 percent, compared to having a level below 20 ng/mL. Most cancers occur in people with a vitamin D blood level between 10 and 40 ng/mL, and the optimal level for cancer protection has been identified as being between 60 and 80...

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