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Successful Vitamin D Project Aims to Change Standard of Care for Pregnant Women Across US

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Successful Vitamin D Project Aims to Change Standard of Care for Pregnant Women Across US

By Dr. Mercola Despite being simple and inexpensive to address, vitamin D deficiency is epidemic around the world. It’s been estimated that if vitamin D levels were raised among the general population, it could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly a million lives throughout the world each year. Raising vitamin D levels among pregnant women is of particular concern, as insufficiency affects both the mother and her developing child. Protect Our Children NOW! is a GrassrootsHealth campaign launched in 2015 to combat vitamin D...

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Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?

By Dr. Mercola Most of us have little to no idea how behind-the-scenes forces control the food we buy, and the depth of the corruption involved. Philip Howard, Ph.D., author of “Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?,” studies food system changes, with an emphasis on visualizing these trends.1 “My motivation [for writing the book] was to uncover what’s going on, to help people understand who owns what and all the strategies these dominant firms use to further increase their power,”...

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Marvelous Moringa Pesto Recipe: A Timeless Classic With a Healthy Twist

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Marvelous Moringa Pesto Recipe: A Timeless Classic With a Healthy Twist

Recipe by Dr. Mercola Basil, crushed garlic and pine nuts may seem like ordinary ingredients, but they combine to form a well-loved Italian sauce — pesto. Derived from the Genoese word “pesta,” meaning “to pound or to crush,” pesto is often used as a pasta sauce, although it can be utilized as a spread, dip or salad dressing as well. Sometimes, pesto can also accompany steak, poultry or fish.[i] While the classic Italian recipe is still delicious after all these years, you can surely add variety to boost flavor and nutrition. For example,...

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How the Obesity Epidemic Got Started, and How We Can End It

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How the Obesity Epidemic Got Started, and How We Can End It

By Dr. Mercola “Fed Up,” narrated by Katie Couric, investigates the misinformation touted by the processed food industry, and how these fallacies have created (and continue to drive) the global obesity epidemic. This includes the lies you’ve been told about calories and diet versus exercise, government subsidies that support the junk food industry, and government policies that prop up the processed food industry even though they’re harming public health. As noted by Couric, obesity has been a topic of discussion for...

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Why Do We Yawn?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Do We Yawn?

By Dr. Mercola Yawning starts before you’re born and has often been associated with boredom or being tired. But, research now suggests there is more to this simple behavior than you may have imagined. It is as involuntary as breathing in many cases and likely has more than one trigger. Scientists are split into two camps — one believes yawning has a physiological cause and physical benefit, while the other believes yawning is psychologically triggered and once was used as means of communication.1 What we do know is that all humans and...

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What a Hunter-Gatherer Diet Does to the Body in Just 3 Days

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What a Hunter-Gatherer Diet Does to the Body in Just 3 Days

By Dr. Mercola If you’re not convinced that eating a healthy diet is crucial to your health, and perhaps for reasons that might be a surprise, you may remember the story of an undergraduate student who spent a solid month eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at McDonald’s. The rule was that every time someone took his order and asked if he wanted something “super-sized” he had to go for it. Over those few days and weeks, he not only gained weight, his liver was damaged and several other changes took place that prompted his doctor to...

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White Camphor Oil: The Purest Camphor Oil

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on White Camphor Oil: The Purest Camphor Oil

What Is White Camphor Oil? White camphor oil (Cinnamomum camphora) is a potent essential oil with a number of health benefits. This essential oil comes from the camphor tree, which is native to Asia, specifically in Japan, Taiwan (Formosa) and China. It was initially widely cultivated only in China, but is now also grown in Sri Lanka and India. Camphor oil produces three distinct fractions: white, brown and yellow. Among all fractions, only white camphor oil is used for medicinal and aromatic purposes. The other two fractions contain high...

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Depressed and Anxious Patients Receive More Than Half of All Opioid Prescriptions

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Depressed and Anxious Patients Receive More Than Half of All Opioid Prescriptions

By Dr. Mercola According to Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids kill patients more frequently than any other medication used for nonfatal conditions.1Back pain has been identified as one of the most common reasons for receiving a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever.2 Disturbingly, more than half of all opioid prescriptions in the U.S. are given to patients suffering from anxiety and other mental health disorders. The reason why is unclear, although it’s possible...

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How Video Games Affect Your Brain

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Video Games Affect Your Brain

By Dr. Mercola Video gaming is an incredibly popular pastime in the U.S., with more than 150 million regular users, defined as those who play at least three hours a week. In fact, the majority of U.S. households (65 percent) are home to at least one person who plays video games regularly. According to the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) 2017 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry, the typical gamer is 35 years old and most (72 percent) are 18 years or older.1 Among children, video games have somewhat of a...

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Shocking Discovery — Organic Mac ‘n’ Cheese May Contain Plastic Chemicals

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Shocking Discovery — Organic Mac ‘n’ Cheese May Contain Plastic Chemicals

By Dr. Mercola Food is one of the foundational pillars of good health, providing your body with the energy, vitamins, essential fats and proteins needed to thrive. Eating a variety of whole foods helps provide you with nutrients for good health. One of the leading risk factors to disability is poor diet choices,1 and those poor choices lead to expensive health care costs. Eating well supports your immune system, slows the aging process, helps prevent many types of chronic diseases and increases your energy level and mood. “Let food by thy...

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Should You Microwave Your Underwear?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Should You Microwave Your Underwear?

By Dr. Mercola Washing your clothes may not be as harmless as you might imagine. Detergents deposit toxic chemicals in your washing machine, on your clothes and into the environment. However, on the opposite side, wearing clothing riddled with bacteria and soaked in sweat is not a healthy answer either. Past studies have demonstrated microwave ovens may kill bacteria associated with the kitchen, often found on sponges and other cleaning utensils.1 However, microwaving foods doesn’t appear to have the same effect. Not only does the...

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Can This Deer Disease Be Transmitted to Humans?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can This Deer Disease Be Transmitted to Humans?

By Dr. Mercola Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease that is part of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) disease family — the most notable member of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. Unlike BSE, which infects cattle, CWD affects deer, elk and moose. “It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death,” The Chronic Wasting Disease...

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Chemotherapy Spreading Cancer

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Chemotherapy Spreading Cancer

By Dr. Mercola Dr. Lee Cowden says most people don’t die from cancer; they die from the side effects of treatment. While the “war against cancer” is moving toward more personalized and so-called “precision medicine” treatments, the old standby model of “cut, poison and burn,” via surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, is still widely used and regarded as the standard of care for many cancer cases. One of the major problems with chemotherapy is its indiscriminate toxicity, which poisons your body systemically in an attempt to knock out...

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New CDC Director Supports Soda Industry Science

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on New CDC Director Supports Soda Industry Science

By Dr. Mercola Last year, evidence emerged showing Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., then-director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits.1 Bowman ended up vacating her post two days after her betrayal of the public trust was exposed.2 Now, we’re looking at a new CDC director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and she too has a long history of...

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Coffee Leads to Longer Life

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Coffee Leads to Longer Life

By Dr. Mercola What would you find if you followed three quarters of a million people and took notes on their longevity in light of their coffee drinking habits? That was the premise of two huge studies that lasted nearly 16 years in 10 European countries. What they concluded at the end — that a “moderate” three cups a day is perfectly fine — should be encouraging to people who’ve decided they don’t really care about the outcome; that’s just how dedicated they are to that cup of liquid energy. But the outcome was this:...

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