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Cooking Kale: The Best Ways to Prepare This Superfood

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Cooking Kale: The Best Ways to Prepare This Superfood

With its impressive array of nutrients — fiber, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamins A, K and C, and omega-3 and -6 fats — it’s not surprising that kale is now dubbed a “superfood,” and has found its way into many recipes, such as salads and soups, and even as a healthy snack. Its exceptionally high amount of protein — 2 grams in every 100-gram serving — for a vegetable has caused it to earn the moniker “the new beef.” But how do you cook kale properly to ensure that you get to enjoy its flavor? If cooking this vegetable is something...

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Understanding Schizophrenia and Its Common Misconceptions

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Understanding Schizophrenia and Its Common Misconceptions

Mental disorders are often portrayed in a bad light in media,1 resulting in negative stereotypes that have long been ingrained in American culture. However, just like physical ailments, mental disorders are an illness, and those who suffer from them need help and support. There’s a large lack of understanding and education on how to cope with mental diseases, as many people typically focus on physical health. It’s estimated that 54 million Americans are affected with a mental illness in a given year.2 The most common types that...

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An Unrecognized Sign of High Blood Pressure

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on An Unrecognized Sign of High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force your blood exerts as it pushes against your arteries. Blood pressure will normally rise and fall throughout the day but when it remains consistently high it becomes a significant concern as this pressure may damage your heart and cause other health problems. In 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology, along with nine other health organizations,1 changed the cutoff used to diagnose high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80.2 This slight shift increased the...

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Does Banana Tea Really Help With Sleep Problems?

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Does Banana Tea Really Help With Sleep Problems?

Table of Contents What Is Banana Tea? Does Banana Tea Really Offer Sleep-Boosting Benefits? Banana Tea Caffeine Content How to Make Banana Tea Banana Tea’s Potential Side Effects There Are Other Effective Strategies for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Owing to its low cost, delicious taste and nifty, self-protective “packaging,” it’s completely understandable why banana is one of the most popular fruits all over the world. It’s a nutritious snack that’s bursting with fiber, potassium and other standout minerals,1 hence making it a...

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The Secret Ingredients in a Nonorganic Diet Harm You

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Secret Ingredients in a Nonorganic Diet Harm You

For years I have advocated for an organic diet to maximize your health, avoid many health problems and help the environment. Choosing organic foods reduces your exposure to pesticides, herbicides and dangerous genetically engineered (GE) foods, which comprise almost all nonorganic foods and are typically unlabeled. In addition to protecting the environment and fighting climate change, buying organic also supports animal welfare, sustainable farming and sustainable farmers. Now, a new powerful documentary, “Secret Ingredients,” follows...

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Sleeping Pills Get Black Box Warning Following Accidental Deaths

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sleeping Pills Get Black Box Warning Following Accidental Deaths

If you have trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. According to SleepHealth.org, 70% of American adults say they get insufficient sleep at least one night per month, and 11% struggle to get sufficient sleep on a nightly basis.1 As noted by this organization: “Sleepiness affects vigilance, reaction times, learning abilities, alertness, mood, hand-eye coordination, and the accuracy of short-term memory. Sleepiness has been identified as the cause of a growing number of on-the-job accidents, automobile crashes and multi-model transportation...

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Purslane: The Weed With Wholesome Health Benefits

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Purslane: The Weed With Wholesome Health Benefits

Table of Contents Purslane’s Many Health Benefits What Is Purslane Used For? How to Grow Purslane How to Eat Purslane Purslane Recipes You Should Try The purslane plant (Portulaca Oleracea) is one of those herbs that sometimes you just can’t decide whether to keep or remove from your garden. It’s often viewed as unwelcome because it pops up beside plants you want to showcase or eat. Purslane has become so widespread in gardens1 today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has branded it a noxious weed.2 Purslane, which may...

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How Obesity Affects the Brain

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Obesity Affects the Brain

Obesity rates have tripled worldwide since 1975, and as of 2016, 39% of adults were overweight while 13% were obese.1 Associated health risks like heart disease and diabetes are well known, but many aren’t aware that your brain may also be affected by obesity. Rates of neurodegenerative disorders, including dementia, are also on the rise, with an estimated 115 million people expected to be living with dementia by 2050.2 It’s possible that rising rates of obesity may be one driving force behind this growing burden — and one...

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USDA Sued Over Failure to Address High Rates of Fecal Bacteria on Chicken

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on USDA Sued Over Failure to Address High Rates of Fecal Bacteria on Chicken

While there are many environmental and human health hazards associated with modern food production, perhaps one of the most pressing concerns for any given individual is the ever-rising risk of food poisoning. According to preliminary data from the CDC, there were 25,606 foodborne infections, 5,893 hospitalizations and 120 deaths from food poisoning in 2018.1 In 2017, there were 24,484 infections, 5,677 hospitalization and 122 deaths.2 For further comparison, between the years of 2009 and 2015 — a span of six years — there were 5,760 reported...

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Why You Should Never Buy Precut Fruit

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why You Should Never Buy Precut Fruit

Eating more vegetables may be one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your health. Just about any vegetable is good for you, but some are better than others. Some fruits, lower in fructose, are also healthy as they contain high amounts of antioxidants. In one study1 from the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found a suboptimal diet was culpable in developing cardiometabolic diseases.2 Good food identified in the study to reduce the risk of cardiometabolic diseases included fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds,...

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Your Doctor’s Lab Coat Is Likely Contaminated

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Your Doctor’s Lab Coat Is Likely Contaminated

For some, simply seeing a physician in a white coat is enough to spike your blood pressure. This condition, known as “white coat hypertension” or “white coat syndrome,”1 happens when the blood pressure readings in your physician’s office are higher than they are in a different setting. While it was once believed white-coat high blood pressure was triggered by stress from your doctor’s appointment, some think it might be a signal you’re at risk for high blood pressure as a long-term condition.2 To move...

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What’s the Truth Behind MMR Vaccine Testing?

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What’s the Truth Behind MMR Vaccine Testing?

April 2, 2018, I posted an article in which I discussed the 2010 lawsuit filed against Merck by two former virologists employed by the company. The whistleblowers claim Merck lied about the effectiveness of the mumps portion of its MMR II (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine, artificially inflating its efficacy in testing.1,2 For example, the MMR vaccine’s effectiveness was tested against the virus used in the vaccine rather than the natural, wild mumps virus that you’d actually be exposed to in the real world. Animal antibodies were also said...

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Inoculating Against Manipulation

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Inoculating Against Manipulation

Letting teenagers know they’re being manipulated by food marketers may be a deceptively simple way to encourage healthier eating, according to research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.1 Many of the leading chronic diseases threatening human health, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are the result of poor dietary choices. These dietary habits may start in childhood, in part due to pervasive and carefully orchestrated advertisements from the junk food industry. Teenagers are among those who are heavily...

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Bayer Loses Third Trial – Jury Awards $2 Billion!

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Bayer Loses Third Trial – Jury Awards $2 Billion!

Bayer is the largest seed and pesticide company in the world, due to its $63 billion Monsanto purchase. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the merger in 2018, with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann stating at the time that the acquisition would further their goal of creating a leading agriculture company, adding, “We want to help farmers across the world grow more nutritious food in a more sustainable way.”1 All has not remained rosy, however, as Monsanto came along with a heavy liability, including 13,400 lawsuits from people...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Fruit, Soil and Cholesterol

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Fruit, Soil and Cholesterol

1 Which of the following has been proven to be an essential component of a healthy ecosystem that regenerates land and promotes healthy soils? Laboratory-grown meat made from cell cultures Plant-based meat substitutes Concentrated animal feeding operations Holistic livestock management Holistic livestock management has been shown to be an essential component of regenerative farming and the creation of healthy soils. Learn more. 2 Recent research shows glyphosate has multigenerational effects even at half of the...

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