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Sleep Apnea Can Increase Your Risk for Gout

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Can Increase Your Risk for Gout

By Dr. Mercola An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea,1 the most common type being obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes the airway to become blocked during sleep, leading to reduced or blocked airflow. Up to 80 percent of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), which presents a dangerous scenario because, left untreated, the condition increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke and other...

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Witch Hazel May Work Wonders on Your Skin

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Witch Hazel May Work Wonders on Your Skin

For hundreds of years, various cultures have used plants to help alleviate symptoms of different illnesses that people are experiencing. One prime example of a plant that has consistently remained in use is witch hazel. Originally utilized by Native Americans, this plant has gained a reputation for helping soothe pain in various situations. What Is Witch Hazel? Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub that can grow up to 5 meters (16.4 feet) tall and 5 meters wide.1 The name is believed to be derived from the Middle English words...

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US Vaccine Exemptions Remain Secure in 2018 — NVIC’s 2018 Annual Report on US State Vaccine Legislation: Breakdown, Trends and Predictions

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on US Vaccine Exemptions Remain Secure in 2018 — NVIC’s 2018 Annual Report on US State Vaccine Legislation: Breakdown, Trends and Predictions

By NVIC Advocacy Team Protection of the human right to exercise informed consent to vaccination continues to be a topic that is of great concern for many people in America. In a 2018 Annual Report on U.S. State Vaccine Legislation, the nonprofit charity National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) reports that during this year’s legislative session, no state eliminated or restricted existing medical, religious and conscientious or philosophical exemptions for day care or school attendance. This is the third year in a row that state...

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What Do Air Filters Have to Do With Your Blood Pressure?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Do Air Filters Have to Do With Your Blood Pressure?

By Dr. Mercola In a study published in The Lancet,1 researchers called air pollution the “largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today.” More than 9 million premature deaths were caused by air pollution in 2015, nearly 16 percent of deaths worldwide. This was three times more deaths than attributed to tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS combined. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 92 percent of the world breathe polluted air,2 and air pollution is a major contributor to lung and respiratory...

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Billionaire Opioid Executive Stands to Make Millions More on Patent for Addiction Treatment

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Billionaire Opioid Executive Stands to Make Millions More on Patent for Addiction Treatment

By Dr. Mercola An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015,1 and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.2 Chronic opioid use also accounted for 20 percent of the increase in male unemployment between 1999 and 20153 and, remarkably, 74 percent of farmers report being addicted to opioids, or know someone who is.4 Aside from the staggering death toll, addiction to narcotic pain relievers also places an enormous economic burden on society, costing the U.S. an...

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Plastics: We Know They Are Dangerous — What Can We Do to Protect Our Planet and Ourselves?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Plastics: We Know They Are Dangerous — What Can We Do to Protect Our Planet and Ourselves?

By Dr. Mercola Plastic products are made of a number of different chemicals, some of which are known to act as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals are similar in structure to natural sex hormones and interfere with the normal functioning of those hormones. They may be found in fast foods, processed and boxed foods and even those marketed as organic.1 One class of chemicals, phthalates, are widely used to make plastic more flexible, such as your shower curtain, food packaging and vinyl gloves. They can also be found in household cleaners,...

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The Pertussis Vaccine Blame Game

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Pertussis Vaccine Blame Game

By Barbara Loe Fisher It is a primitive bacterial vaccine licensed in 1914.1 It has not been given to babies in America for 20 years. It is the vaccine that had brain damaged so many children and caused so many vaccine injury lawsuits2 that Big Pharma used it to blackmail Congress into giving vaccine manufacturers a partial product liability shield in 1986, which the U.S. Supreme Court made even bigger in 2011.3 I’m talking about whole cell pertussis vaccine in DPT, a crude brew of whole B. pertussis bacteria heated and washed with...

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Seals Getting Shot for the Sake of Disease-Ridden Salmon

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Seals Getting Shot for the Sake of Disease-Ridden Salmon

By Dr. Mercola One of the largely unknown casualties of industrial fish farms are seals, which may be legally shot by fish farmers and fishermen “when necessary” under the U.K.’s Conservation of Seals Act. Nearly a decade ago, The Guardian revealed that seal numbers were falling by 25 to 50 percent in the U.K., to the extent that in 2007 marine scientists counted only 23,000 of the animals — “equivalent to the species stopping breeding for five or six years.”1 Fish is a mainstay of seals’ diets, so the resourceful creatures are understandably...

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What Happens When a Hurricane Hits a CAFO?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Happens When a Hurricane Hits a CAFO?

By Dr. Mercola Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are among the most notorious polluters on the planet, but when they’re located in hurricane-prone areas like North Carolina, it adds another degree of potential for environmental disaster. North Carolina is home to 1,222 CAFOs, compared to about 300 in a more land-locked state like Illinois.1 Of North Carolina’s active CAFOs, at least 45 of them are located in 100-year and 500-year floodplains that were at risk of being flooded by streams and rivers during September...

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Fennel Seeds Are a Potent Booster of Nitric Oxide

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Fennel Seeds Are a Potent Booster of Nitric Oxide

By Dr. Mercola If, like me, you’re a fan of fennel, you may already know about some of its health benefits. I love fennel because it’s easy to grow — I affectionately refer to the section of my property where it is established as the “fennel forest.” Beginning with a single plant, I have watched fennel steadily multiply across my yard as volunteers. Because I have access to an abundant supply, I eat fennel seeds daily. I soak them overnight for use in my breakfast the next morning. There are particular health benefits attributed to the seeds,...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Soreness, Curcumin and Life Expectancy

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Soreness, Curcumin and Life Expectancy

1 The creation of a fake grassroots campaign by a special interests group, to fight for or against a particular agenda, is known as: Transfer Bandwagon Astroturfing Astroturfing is when a special interests group creates a fake grassroots campaign for or against a particular agenda. Learn more. Card stacking 2 Which of the following chemical classes has been identified as a driver of reduced sperm production and male infertility? Heavy metals Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Nitrosamines Phthalates Total sperm counts in North America and...

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Eight Important Health Screens Commonly Overlooked

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Eight Important Health Screens Commonly Overlooked

By Dr. Mercola While studies suggest the health of Americans suffers due to excessive, unnecessary and/or ineffective medical tests and treatments, certain lab tests can offer truly important clues about your health. Unfortunately, some of the most valuable tests are rarely ordered by conventional physicians. What’s more, the reference ranges provided on lab test reports are often misleading, as what’s considered “normal” is not necessarily ideal for optimal health. So, which lab tests are really worth getting on an annual basis, and what are...

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Is Full-Fat Dairy Good for Your Heart?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Full-Fat Dairy Good for Your Heart?

By Dr. Mercola A new study confirms (again) that whole-fat dairy is not associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease as has been asserted for more than 60 years. The evidence is overwhelming that consuming whole fats can be an important part of maintaining optimal health and actually fights heart disease and other diseases prevalent today rather than causing them. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study1 was published in Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, and gives one cause to...

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Cystic Fibrosis: An Introduction to This Genetic Disease

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Cystic Fibrosis: An Introduction to This Genetic Disease

Mucus, the sticky fluid that your body produces and expels whenever you’re struggling with a cold, actually has multiple purposes. It acts as a protective blanket over tissues to keep them from drying out, traps unwanted substances like dust and dirt before they enter the body, and provides antibodies that fight and kill harmful organisms such as bacteria and viruses, to keep your body healthy. Even when you’re in the pink of health, your body produces a huge amount of mucus — as much as 1 to 1.5 liters (34 to 51 ounces) every day!1 But...

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NVIC Vaccine Updates

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on NVIC Vaccine Updates

By Dr. Mercola Barbara Loe Fisher is the cofounder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). In this interview, we talk about influenza and pertussis vaccine failures, the business of vaccination and how you can stay healthy this flu season. On the upside, no vaccine exemptions in any state were lost this year, which makes it the third year in a row that we’ve been able to protect exemptions that allow you to follow your conscience or religious beliefs when it comes to vaccination. Without doubt, the reason for...

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