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Milkweed: A Plant That Breaks the Weed Stereotype

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Milkweed: A Plant That Breaks the Weed Stereotype

Weeds are plants that grow in a location where they’re not supposed to. They can propagate very quickly and grow in various environments, which allows them to take over a particular garden or farm. Due to these characteristics, weeds are taken out immediately whenever they appear.1 But according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a weed is simply a plant whose virtues have not been discovered,2 and this rings true for milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), a plant native to North America.3 It’s commonly found growing along roadsides and ditches, but as you’ll...

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High Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on High Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

By Dr. Mercola Blood pressure is the force needed to push blood through your arteries coming from your heart to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your body. When your blood pressure is measured, you get a high value (systolic) and a low value (diastolic). The high number is the highest pressure that occurs in your blood vessels while your heart is contracting. The low value is pressure in your arteries between heartbeats when your heart is relaxed. A blood pressure reading of 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) is considered healthy. High blood...

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Liver Damage Is a Growing Epidemic

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Liver Damage Is a Growing Epidemic

By Dr. Mercola According to the American Cancer Society,1 liver cancer affects an estimated 41,000 Americans each year, and prevalence is rising.2 Between 2000 and 2016, the annual death toll from liver cancer rose by 43 percent for men and 40 percent for women,3 killing more than 11,000 people in 2016.4 The five-year survival rate for localized liver cancer is 31 percent, while regional cancer that has spread to other organs and distant liver cancer have survival rates of just 11 percent and 3 percent respectively. Globally, the liver cancer...

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Why You Should Be Concerned if You See Blood in Your Stool

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why You Should Be Concerned if You See Blood in Your Stool

By Dr. Mercola Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S., and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths.1 The condition affected 1.3 million people in 2015.2 Based on data from the National Cancer Institute, relative survival after five years is just over 64 percent.3 Your colon, also known as your large intestines, plays an important role in your overall health. Aside from removing liquid from stool and preparing it for elimination, your colon contains...

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How Your Kidneys Influence Blood Pressure

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Your Kidneys Influence Blood Pressure

By Dr. Mercola Nearly 46 percent of American adults suffer from high blood pressure, which ranks as the second greatest public health threat in the U.S.1 Your blood pressure is the force needed to push blood through your arteries, delivering oxygen rich blood and nutrients around your body. When measured, you get a high-value (systolic) and a low-value (diastolic). The high number measures the highest pressure occurring in the blood vessels while your heart is contracting and the low value measures the pressure in your arteries between...

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Despite Clear Evidence of Harm, Mobile Phone Industry Fights to Keep You Ignorant of the Risks

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Despite Clear Evidence of Harm, Mobile Phone Industry Fights to Keep You Ignorant of the Risks

By Dr. Mercola The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified cellphones as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen”1 based on the evidence available in 2011. Since then, the evidence of harm has grown significantly. Science delivered a scathing blow to the cellphone industry this year, with three major studies supporting suspicions that cellphone radiation increases your risk of cancer2,3 and other health problems. Still, public doubt seems to linger. Two articles written by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie — one in The...

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CRISPR: Crispy Fries Your DNA

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on CRISPR: Crispy Fries Your DNA

By Dr. Mercola CRISPR gene-editing technology brought science fiction to life with its ability to cut and paste DNA fragments, potentially eliminating serious inherited diseases. CRISPR-Cas9, in particular, has gotten scientists excited because,1 by modifying an enzyme called Cas9, the gene-editing capabilities are significantly improved. That’s not to say they’re perfect, however, as evidenced by a recent study that showed CRISPR may have significant unintended consequences to your DNA, including large deletions and complex...

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$4.7 Billion Judgment for Asbestos in Powder

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on $4.7 Billion Judgment for Asbestos in Powder

By Dr. Mercola In the largest verdict yet to hit pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a jury awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women who allege the company’s talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer. This includes $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages. The cancer survivors, as well as the loved ones of six plaintiffs who died from ovarian cancer, testified that they used J&J’s talcum powder, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products, for decades,...

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Can Fennel and Ginger Ease Menstrual Cramps?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Fennel and Ginger Ease Menstrual Cramps?

By Dr. Mercola Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) describes a collection of symptoms known to occur a few days prior to a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. Although symptoms vary widely in both severity and type, a few of the most common ones include acne, bloating, cramping, headaches, irritability, pain, sleep issues and swollen or tender breasts. Hormone fluctuations occurring during your menstrual cycle are thought to be the primary cause of PMS, while chemical changes in your brain may also play a role. In addition, insufficient levels of...

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Does Full-Fat Dairy Promote Heart Disease? Research Says No

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Does Full-Fat Dairy Promote Heart Disease? Research Says No

By Dr. Mercola Whole milk, cheese and butter have long been demonized as unhealthy, their saturated fat content incorrectly identified as a driver of obesity, heart disease and related health problems. We now know eating fat does not make you fat. Science has also demolished the idea that saturated fats clog your arteries and promote heart disease. On the contrary, these fats are important for optimal health, and actually combat many of today’s chronic diseases, including heart disease. While the low-fat myth still lives, the 2015...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Therapy, Exercise and Tea

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Therapy, Exercise and Tea

1 Which of the following are the most significant and beneficial promoters of nitric oxide in your body? Nitrate-rich plant foods such as arugula and red beets, combined with probiotics and high-intensity exercise The most significant source of nitric oxide is dietary nitrates, which gut bacteria then convert into nitrite and then to nitric oxide. High-intensity exercise will also trigger the release of nitric oxide. Learn more. Nitrate-rich processed meats and endurance exercise such as long-distance running Nitrate-rich plant foods such as...

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Saw Palmetto for Thinning Hair?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Saw Palmetto for Thinning Hair?

By Dr. Mercola There’s a plethora of research on the effectiveness of certain plant-based supplements, and saw palmetto is one of them. Fanlike fronds identify this palm tree (Serenoa repens) that grows from sandy coastal areas to pine forests in the Southeastern U.S. Extracts of saw palmetto have been used by Native Americans as a traditional medicine for centuries. As a supplement, saw palmetto has myriad uses, but some are controversial due to the (alleged) absence of scientific evidence. One of them is how it may be able to impact...

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How to Cook Crab Legs

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Cook Crab Legs

Crabs are a very popular seafood choice in the U.S., with different varieties scattered all over the country. While there are many ways you can prepare and eat crabs, consuming crab legs is popular as an appetizer or main course. If you want to learn how to cook king, snow or other types of crab legs without fail, check out this guide. What Are the Most Popular Ways to Cook Crab Legs? Some of the most popular methods of cooking fresh crab legs  include boiling, steaming, baking or grilling. Prior to attempting any of these, however, make sure...

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Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy for Heart Disease and More

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy for Heart Disease and More

By Dr. Mercola Dr. S. Ramasamy1 is a cardiologist and noninvasive cardiology consultant specializing in heart failure management, whose innovative work centers around the use of enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). In this interview, he discusses the use of EECP as an adjunct to or primary therapy for heart disease, and how it may benefit a number of other conditions as well, including diabetes. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife at last year’s annual Academy of Comprehensive and Integrative Medicine (ACIM) conference...

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An Introduction to Chickenpox: Facts About This ‘Childhood Disease’

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on An Introduction to Chickenpox: Facts About This ‘Childhood Disease’

Many years ago, when a child came down with chickenpox, other parents would willingly expose their own children to the infected one — a practice known as a “pox party” — hoping that their son or daughter would also catch the disease.1 But today, pox parties are generally frowned upon, as conventional health experts warn that the disease can pose serious complications, and that it’s “better” for children to get vaccinated against this illness. The reality is that getting chickenpox naturally in childhood can give a child a better and lifelong...

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