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This Thyroid Condition Is a Top Public Health Issue

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on This Thyroid Condition Is a Top Public Health Issue

By Dr. Mercola Iodine deficiency and the thyroid conditions related to it are a serious public health concern. Several studies published earlier this year suggest iodine deficiency is re-emerging. While about 40 percent of the world’s population is thought to be at risk of iodine deficiency,1 residents of developed countries are increasingly found to be lacking this essential nutrient. Your body cannot produce iodine so you must get if from your diet. Iodine is necessary to make thyroid hormones, which control your metabolism and other...

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Bite Into These Berry Bomb Pops This Summer

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Bite Into These Berry Bomb Pops This Summer

Recipe from Ruled.Me When you think of summer, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is how to stay cool. Taking a dip in the pool or at the beach may be one, but eating homemade ice pops straight from the freezer is another easy way to beat the heat during this season. These berry bomb pops from Ruled.Me are not only delicious and eye-catching, but they’re also loaded with beneficial components because of the nutrient-dense ingredients used. Make these Berry Bomb Pops today, either for yourself or to share with your loved ones!...

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Ringworm: What You Need to Know About This Contagious Skin Disease

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Ringworm: What You Need to Know About This Contagious Skin Disease

Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a class of fungi called dermatophytes. While the disease may have existed for a long time, it was only in 1843 that it was studied in a scientific manner1 by David Gruby, a renowned English microbiologist.2 Dermatophytes thrive on keratin, a protein that can only be found on the skin of humans and animals.3 As such, anyone can get ringworm,4 from babies to adults, and even your pets, should they come into contact with dermatophytes while playing outdoors. Farm animals such as horses and cattle are also...

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Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides

By Dr. Mercola In the U.S., there are about 80,000 registered chemicals. Of these, only a few hundred are actually tested for safety, and even that testing is considered inadequate by most toxicologists. Part of the problem is that most chemicals are tested in isolation. In real world application, however, most chemicals are combined with others, and the few studies done on synergetic effects reveal even nontoxic chemicals can become toxic when mixed together. While there are many sources of chemical exposure, our food is a significant one,...

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What You Need to Know About Sassafras Tea

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Sassafras Tea

Root beer may be one of the most popular beverages in the world today, but did you know that its flavor was once literally taken from a plant’s roots? The original taste of root beer was all thanks to the sassafras plant, which was extremely popular in the early 20th century because of its sweet and warm flavor and aroma.1 However, its use was eventually banned because of an animal study showing that it may cause liver damage because of an active compound. Learn more about this plant, its preparation as a tea and  potential adverse reactions...

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Sugar Coated — How the Sugar Industry Managed to Dupe the World for Decades

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sugar Coated — How the Sugar Industry Managed to Dupe the World for Decades

By Dr. Mercola Thousands of studies spanning many decades show excess sugar damages your health,1 yet the sugar industry successfully buried the evidence and misdirected the public with manipulated science. According to the sugar industry, sugar is a harmless source of energy and may even be an important part of a healthy “balanced” diet. Dr. Cristin Kearns, a dentist and fellow at the University of California, made headlines when she published a paper2 detailing the sugar industry’s historical influence on dietary recommendations. Evidence...

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Calamity Jill: Off-Grid Living Inspiration

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Calamity Jill: Off-Grid Living Inspiration

By Dr. Mercola Jill Redwood is sometimes referred to as Calamity Jill, a reference to Martha Jane Canary, better known as Calamity Jane. An American frontierswoman and professional scout, Calamity Jane was an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and appeared in the Buffalo Bill Wild West show later in her life.1 But this is where the comparison ends. While Calamity Jane2 was known to be an itinerant alcoholic with no formal education, Redwood is a writer and environmental activist who spent her early adult life working in Melbourne, Australia, as...

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The Healing Benefits of Saffron and How to Grow It

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Healing Benefits of Saffron and How to Grow It

By Dr. Mercola Saffron, which is regarded as the world’s most expensive spice by weight, is actually the stigmas of the purple crocus flower (Crocus sativus), which blooms once a year. Due to the fragile stigmas needing to be picked by hand, harvesting saffron is a labor-intensive job. As mentioned in the featured video, given the fact each saffron crocus plant contains just three stigmas it takes about 170,000 flowers to produce a single pound of this costly spice. Notably, about 90 percent of the world’s supply of saffron is...

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Skullcap: A Restorative, Relaxing Herb

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Skullcap: A Restorative, Relaxing Herb

By Dr. Mercola American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is an herbal plant native to North America that’s a member of the mint family. It has a long history of medicinal use, primarily as a mild nerve sedative or nerve tonic. During the 1800s and 1900s, skullcap was sometimes prescribed for nervousness or related symptoms, particularly muscle spasms, irritability, sleeplessness, tremors and restlessness.1 Named for the close-fitting metal skull caps worn during medieval periods, which resembled the plant’s flowers, this calming...

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This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold

By Dr. Mercola Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.1 Preliminary data for 2016 reveals the death toll may be as high as 65,0002 — a 19 percent increase in a single year. Opioids, narcotic pain killers, are responsible for nearly two-thirds, about 42,000, of these deaths.3 Between 2002 and 2015, more than 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses.4 While such statistics are sobering enough, recent research5 suggests the death toll may still be underestimated due to incomplete drug reporting...

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Atlas Cedar Oil: The Mood-Enhancing Oil

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Atlas Cedar Oil: The Mood-Enhancing Oil

The Atlas cedar tree, or Cedrus atlantica, has a notable history, as it was closely related to the biblical cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus Libani),1 which was mentioned in the Old Testament.2 It was also believed to have played an important role in the construction of King Solomon’s temple, which was said to be made from the wood of these trees.3 As the name implies, Atlas cedar trees are native to North Africa, particularly in the Atlas mountains of Algeria. However, the majority of the essential oil comes from Morocco, and is taken from...

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Maintaining Healthy Eyesight Can Help Keep Your Brain in Shape

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Maintaining Healthy Eyesight Can Help Keep Your Brain in Shape

By Dr. Mercola It’s said that your eyes are the window to your soul, but they may also provide a unique window to your brain. As your vision worsens with age, so too may your cognitive abilities, according to research published in JAMA Ophthalmology. By the age of 65, 1 in 3 people have some type of eye disease that reduces vision, and in the U.S., about 70 million Americans will be 65 years or over by 2030.1 While it’s not a given that your eyesight will decline as you get older (a healthy lifestyle can keep your eyesight sharp well into old...

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How Big Soda Quickly Destroyed California Democracy

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Big Soda Quickly Destroyed California Democracy

By Dr. Mercola Most people understand the influence the pharmaceutical industry has had on federal regulatory agencies and physicians. However, less is known about the influence food manufacturers, specifically the American Beverage Association (ABA), has had on your purchase choices and in state legislatures. Marion Nestle holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California and a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She’s written a number of books, including “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning),” a...

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Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming

By Dr. Mercola Industrial agriculture is one of the most unsustainable practices of modern civilization. The “bigger is better” food system has reached a point where its real costs have become readily apparent. Like water running down an open drain, the earth’s natural resources are disappearing quickly, as industrialized farming drives air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils.1 The long-term answer, however, lies in the transition to...

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Why the New Nicotine Is Super Addictive

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why the New Nicotine Is Super Addictive

By Dr. Mercola We all know people who’ve struggled to stop smoking. Some have opted to quit “cold turkey” or relied on patches, but when e-cigs came along — electronic nicotine delivery systems or devices that emit doses in a vapor for users to inhale without the smoke — millions lined up to give them a try. The most inviting premise was its original design to help cigarette smokers taper off and eventually quit. Since 2004, when the Chinese introduced e-cigs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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