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Harvest of Greed — The Merger of Bayer and Monsanto

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Harvest of Greed — The Merger of Bayer and Monsanto

By Dr. Mercola The featured documentary, “Harvest of Greed,” investigates a number of the many issues brought about by the merger of Monsanto and Bayer AG. The merger was initially announced in May 2016, when Monsanto accepted Bayer’s $66 billion takeover offer — the largest all-cash buyout on record.1,2,3 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the merger in April this year,4 following the European Union’s (EU) approval in March. As a condition of the DOJ’s approval, Bayer will sell some of its assets to BASF — its German competitor —...

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Ginger Tea: An Ancient Solution to Today’s Common Ailments

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Ginger Tea: An Ancient Solution to Today’s Common Ailments

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one the oldest cultivated plants currently in existence. Historians believe that ginger has been grown for more 5,000 years, ever since ancient Indians and Chinese discovered and used it as a tonic root to help treat a variety of ailments. The plant was introduced to the Western world when it was exported from India to the Roman Empire.1 Back then, ginger was considered to be an incredibly luxurious spice and was difficult to procure. During the 13th and 14th century A.D., however, Arab traders planted ginger...

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What Does the Color of Your Mucus Mean?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Does the Color of Your Mucus Mean?

By Dr. Mercola Your body, even when it is healthy, produces about 1 to 1.5 liters of mucus every day. Though it’s unlikely you’ve noticed, the majority of your mucus trickles down the back of your throat, while some is blown out through your nose or coughed up. While mucus has important functions within your body, you are most likely to notice it only because you are producing more of it or it is showing up in a consistency or color that commands your attention. Even though it can be annoying to fill tissue after tissue with globs...

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Using Sleep as a Tool for Creativity

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Using Sleep as a Tool for Creativity

By Dr. Mercola While many still approach sleeping as a waste of valuable time and hence something to be done as little as possible, overwhelming evidence shows sleeping more can actually boost both productiveness and creativity.1 In the video below, professor Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science and author of the book “Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams,” explains what happens in your brain while you dream — and why this is so...

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Honeysuckle: More Than Just a Decorative Flower

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Honeysuckle: More Than Just a Decorative Flower

Table of Contents What Is Honeysuckle? Uses of Honeysuckle How Can Honeysuckle Benefit You? How to Grow Honeysuckle Honeysuckle Recipes: How to Make Honeysuckle Tea How to Dry and Store Honeysuckle Honeysuckle Essential Oil There’s More to Honeysuckle Than Meets the Eye Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) incorporates thousands of plants and herbs, all of which offer healing properties. Even ornamental plants that are grown — and known — for their lovely flowers also have a place in TCM. One example is Jin Yin Hua or the Lonicera flower — more...

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Do You Know the Most Common Signs of a Brain Tumor?

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Do You Know the Most Common Signs of a Brain Tumor?

By Dr. Mercola According to the National Brain Tumor Society, about 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor and upward of 79,000 more will be diagnosed with a tumor in 2018.1 At a minimum, a brain tumor of any kind will radically impact your quality of life, whereas the malignant variety affords you little more than a 1 in 3 chance of survival.2 Because the most common form of malignant brain tumor presents with a five-year relative survival rate of less than 6 percent,3 you’ll want to do all you can to safeguard your...

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Yes, You Do Sweat Out Toxins

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Yes, You Do Sweat Out Toxins

By Dr. Mercola When it comes to your health, sometimes the simplest strategies can have a tremendous impact. Sweating in a sauna is one simple change with many health benefits, including the ability to reduce cardiovascular risk and improve mitochondrial function. It also correlates well with a reduction in the risk for dementia. A Finnish proverb says, “The sauna is Finland’s medication … and a poor [person’s] apothecary.”1 Saunas have been used for nearly 2,000 years in Finland for stress relief and to improve...

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Many Sunscreens Are Toxic and Only Half as Effective as Claimed

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Many Sunscreens Are Toxic and Only Half as Effective as Claimed

By Dr. Mercola While regular, consistent, sensible sun exposure is vital for optimal health and well-being — having many benefits beyond vitamin D production — overexposure can result in skin damage that could raise your risk of skin cancer. This means if you’re spending the day at the beach or engaging in outdoor activities for hours at a stretch, you likely need to bring some form of sun protection. While clothing is an ideal choice, most people opt for sunscreen, which can have a number of adverse ramifications. Not only do many...

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50 Years Late, WHO Declares War on Trans Fats

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 50 Years Late, WHO Declares War on Trans Fats

By Dr. Mercola As knowledge of the danger of trans fats became more widespread, some in the food industry responded by reformulating their products. However, even if a product claims to be free of trans fats, it can contain up to 0.5 grams per serving. This means eating just a few servings can result in you getting a physiologically significant amount of this harmful fat. To truly avoid trans fat in processed food you must read the list of ingredients. If a product contains partially hydrogenated oil, it contains trans fat, even if it claims...

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Food Police Shut Down Raw Dairy Club

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Food Police Shut Down Raw Dairy Club

By Dr. Mercola William Winter, a veterinarian, livestock nutritionist, holistic herd health consultant and a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), is the latest to fall victim to the “food police,” who raided his Minnesota-based private food club. Operating under the name of Uptown Locavore, residents subscribed to this buying club in order to secure a share of farm-fresh foods like raw milk and cheese and meat. Minneapolis health inspectors, however, obtained a search warrant for the club and sealed all...

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Polluting Pigs Hit Again Over Air Emissions in Iowa

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Polluting Pigs Hit Again Over Air Emissions in Iowa

By Dr. Mercola Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which pack thousands of animals into tight spaces, continue to wreak havoc on the environment, including the residents who live near them. Imagine settling into an idyllic country locale only to have a polluting pig CAFO move in next door. It’s the American Dream turned nightmare for many, including some residents who have lived on the land for generations. CAFOs pose problems on numerous fronts, from tainting water supplies to spraying so much manure onto nearby fields that...

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STD Prevalence Skyrockets Amid Concerns Over Growing Antibiotic-Resistance

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on STD Prevalence Skyrockets Amid Concerns Over Growing Antibiotic-Resistance

By Dr. Mercola Cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were in decline until the 1970s, at which point the trend reversed.1 What’s worse, in more recent years, some of the STDs typically requiring antibiotics have become resistant to the drugs and have turned deadly. No less than three of the more commonly transmitted diseases have now reached record levels in the U.S. Nationwide, there were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia in 2016, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000 new cases of syphilis. Although all three have the potential of being...

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Yogurt: A Top Food for Fighting Inflammation

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Yogurt: A Top Food for Fighting Inflammation

By Dr. Mercola While I believe yogurt is one of the best fermented foods available, particularly if you make your own, scientists continue to conduct research aimed at drawing out new health benefits for this popular dairy product. The latest news, out of the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, suggests yogurt is not only a wonderful inflammation fighter, but also a beneficial “appetizer” that may boost your postmeal metabolism. While the current body of work is thought-provoking, it’s important to note the research was funded by the...

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Probiotics May Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Probiotics May Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

By Dr. Mercola In addition to playing a key role in your immune function, your gut health has been shown to be a powerful variable of epigenetics, a cutting-edge field of medicine highlighting the role your lifestyle plays with respect to genetic expression. One 2016 study1 concluded that metabolites produced by your gut bacteria chemically communicate with cells throughout your body, and in this way actually dictate the expression of your genes. In other words, your gut bacteria largely determine which genes are switched on and which are...

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Study Shows Blueberries and Omega-3s Are Great for Your Brain

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Study Shows Blueberries and Omega-3s Are Great for Your Brain

By Dr. Mercola While it might sound like a joke is coming — What blueberries and omega-3 fats have in common — it’s instead some really good news: Both of them have the potential to boost your brain power, but in different ways. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, which lasted a total of 24 weeks and was recently published in Neurobiology of Aging,1 noted that, yes, your brain measurably benefits from the anthocyanins in blueberries and the fatty acids in certain fish. The fact that the two compounds together didn’t shoot...

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