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Epazote: What This Flavorful Herb Can Offer for Your Health

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Epazote: What This Flavorful Herb Can Offer for Your Health

Latin American cuisine uses ingredients that are both interesting and flavorful. Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides1), also called goosefoot, skunk weed, wormseed or Mexican tea, is one of the many herbs that bring life to Latin American cuisine and provide health benefits at the same time.2 What Is Epazote? Epazote belongs to the Amaranthaceae family of herbs and vegetables,3 which includes amaranth, spinach, beets4 and quinoa.5 Epazote leaves are dark green, long, slender and pointed, and are commonly used in Mexico and Guatemala. This herb...

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Sulforaphane May Prevent Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sulforaphane May Prevent Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are prized for their cancer-fighting powers, which come, in part, from the organosulfur compound sulforaphane. This beneficial compound is an immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and now researchers believe it may also prove useful for fighting Alzheimer’s disease, by altering the production of amyloid beta and tau, two main factors known to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. In Alzheimer’s patients, levels of amyloid beta protein...

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Teething Gel Dangers and Safe Alternatives

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Teething Gel Dangers and Safe Alternatives

By Dr. Mercola Parents are familiar with the cries and discomfort of their teething children. While a normal part of growth and development, some strategies you may consider could have potentially dangerous side effects. No one likes pain, and when an infant is teething, a parent will do just about anything to relieve their discomfort. However, it’s important to realize the potential dangers in reaching for a drug as the first line of defense. All drugs have potentially serious side effects — even those sold without a prescription and...

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What You Need to Know Before Swimming in a Public Pool or Hot Tub

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What You Need to Know Before Swimming in a Public Pool or Hot Tub

By Dr. Mercola For many, swimming is a favorite pastime of summer, especially while on vacation. However, as noted by CNN,1 what may be lurking in your hotel pool and/or hot tub might literally turn your stomach. In this case, it’s a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites, giving teeth to the phrase “What you can’t see can hurt you.” Waterborne Parasite Infections Are on the Rise Infectious disease specialist Jaime Zapata from University Hospital in San Antonio explains the most common symptoms telling you...

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Chiropractors a Big Help for Back Pain

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Chiropractors a Big Help for Back Pain

By Dr. Mercola Your lumbar spine, or lower back, is a complex structure of interconnecting ligaments, muscles, bones, joints and nerves all working together to provide support to your core and offer strength and flexibility. However, your lower back is also susceptible to injury and pain, based on how it’s used and protected. Mechanical and soft tissue injuries are some of the more common causes of lower back pain, which can impact intervertebral discs, nerve roots and spinal joints.1 Lower back pain is a common problem worldwide2 and a...

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Early Microbial Exposure Prevents Leukemia

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Early Microbial Exposure Prevents Leukemia

By Dr. Mercola Exposure to microbes, or lack thereof, has long been named as a factor in developing diseases ranging from allergies to asthma. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer, may also have a microbial link, according to Melvyn Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, U.K. In a landmark study, Greaves suggests that, among children born with a genetic mutation that can cause ALL, lack of exposure to common infections in the first 12 months of life may increase their risk of later...

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Opioids Found in Seafood

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Opioids Found in Seafood

By Dr. Mercola Opioids, which kill an average of 115 Americans daily,1 have found their way into waterways where they’re now coursing through filter feeders, including mussels, and possibly other sea life as well. Mussels serve as useful pollution barometers because they absorb environmental pollutants as a matter of course. Researchers with the Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring Program actually move uncontaminated mussels to various locations in Washington’s Puget Sound every two years in order to study pollution levels. When the mussels were...

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Why People Are Losing Trust in the Vaccine Industry

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why People Are Losing Trust in the Vaccine Industry

By Dr. Mercola According to a recent national survey1,2 by the American Society for Microbiology and Research!America, public confidence in vaccines is waning — a trend blamed on “people either in insular communities or those who are able to connect with like-minded individuals online,” according to U.S. News & World Report.3 The percentage of American adults who believe it’s “very important” to vaccinate their children has declined by 11 percent over the past decade, from 82 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in May of this year. The...

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Why Fish Is the Ultimate Superfood

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Fish Is the Ultimate Superfood

By Dr. Mercola You’ve heard fish is good for you. Avid fishermen on the thousands of lakes and rivers across the U.S. enjoy catching fish for dinner. In the U.S., folks on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts have found fish to be plentiful, delicious and a good source of protein. But a new study shows that eating fish is better than first realized: It seems to be a factor that raises the odds of becoming pregnant, not only because couples who included fish on the menu had sex more often, but because they also conceived more quickly compared...

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Cooking Tomatoes Increases Lycopene and Beneficial Bacteria

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Cooking Tomatoes Increases Lycopene and Beneficial Bacteria

By Dr. Mercola It’s gardening season in the U.S. and therefore no surprise tomatoes are beginning to appear in gardens across the land. Given the right conditions, they are easy to grow and highly productive plants. There is nothing quite like eating a ripe, garden-grown tomato right off the vine, and tomatoes are great additions to salads and sandwiches. The health benefits of cooked tomatoes, which are amplified when combined with a healthy fat like olive oil, continue to make news. This gives me the opportunity to underscore the...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Depression, Sunscreen and Showers

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Depression, Sunscreen and Showers

1 Which of the following has been shown to protect against heart attack and stroke, even when traditional risk factors for atherosclerosis are present? 3 to 5 eggs per week Probiotic-rich fermented foods Metabolites produced by certain gut microbes have been linked to an increased risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and early death. Among patients with traditional risk factors, having low amounts of these metabolites appear to protect against clot-related events. Learn more. Wheat germ Biodynamic fruit 2 Which of the following is...

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Best Foods for Healthy Lungs

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Best Foods for Healthy Lungs

By Dr. Mercola Flavonoids are a group of polyphenols, phytonutrients found in most fruits and vegetables. There are more than 6,000 unique flavonoids, but as a group, they’re most well-known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and have been found to lower the risk of many chronic conditions rooted in inflammation. Anthocyanins,1 specifically — found in red-blue plant pigments that give berries and other foods their red, blue and purple color — have been shown to: Improve blood sugar control Normalize blood pressure and enhance...

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Refreshing Asian Marinated Kale and Kraut Salad Recipe

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Refreshing Asian Marinated Kale and Kraut Salad Recipe

Recipe From Marisa Moon of My Longevity Kitchen With summer fast approaching, you and your family are probably looking forward to enjoying as many barbecues and picnics as you can, to enjoy the beautiful weather. And what good is a picnic without a delicious and healthy side dish, like a salad? If you’re looking for an Asian inspiration, this Marinated Kale and Kraut Salad from Marisa Moon of My Longevity Kitchen is a great choice. The tanginess of the sauerkraut and rice vinegar combines well with the sesame oil and mustard powder, creating...

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The Dorito Effect — The Surprising Truth About Food and Flavor

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Dorito Effect — The Surprising Truth About Food and Flavor

By Dr. Mercola In his book “The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor,” award-winning journalist and author, Mark Schatzker, investigates the introduction of flavor into the industrialized food supply. An investigative journalist by profession, Schatzker’s curiosity about flavor led him to eventually write two books addressing this issue. The first, “Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef” was, as the title implies, about steak. “I got deep into...

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Anxiety: An Introduction to This Potentially Debilitating Disorder

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Anxiety: An Introduction to This Potentially Debilitating Disorder

Your life isn’t just defined by the happy highs, such as graduation or getting your first paycheck, but by the lackluster lows, too, including divorce or physical injuries. Although it is normal to be concerned about aspects of your life such as your job, relationships, bank account or health, too much stress and worry can be devastating for your body. At first glance, this may look like a simple rise in your stress levels or an increase in tiredness, but if there are bodily changes that are physical, mental or emotional, or a combination of...

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