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Is Chronic Fatigue Real?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Chronic Fatigue Real?

By Dr. Mercola Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that affects up to 2.5 million Americans,1 incurring up to $51 billion in annual medical costs.2 There are actually a number of different names used for this condition, including myalgic encephalopathy/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).3 The most common designation is ME/CFS. Without an ability to pinpoint a cause, many physicians have credited the condition to psychological roots....

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New Research Reveals Why Avoiding Tuna Is Still a Good Idea

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on New Research Reveals Why Avoiding Tuna Is Still a Good Idea

By Dr. Mercola Fish has always been the best dietary source of the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. While your body may be able to produce some of these fats, the process is relatively inefficient, so they are considered conditionally essential.1 This means to acquire sufficient amounts for optimal health, you need to consume the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA from your food. Unfortunately, as the levels of pollution in the oceans have increased, so have the toxins you consume. If you aren’t choosy about where your fish is harvested,...

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The Problem With Organic Hydroponics

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Problem With Organic Hydroponics

By Dr. Mercola Hydroponically grown vegetables and berries are increasing in popularity. But is hydroponics a healthy, sustainable — and organic — way to grow food? Section 7 CFR 205.2051,2 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) organic regulations require that your crop rotation plan maintains or improves soil organic matter. Since hydroponics does not involve the use of soil, it does not qualify for organic certification. Despite such clear-cut distinctions in the law, the Organic Trade Association and the hydroponic lobby,...

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1 Out of 12 Doctors Collecting Bonuses for Pushing Opioids

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 1 Out of 12 Doctors Collecting Bonuses for Pushing Opioids

By Dr. Mercola More than 33,000 Americans were killed by opioids in 2015, and nearly half of them involved a prescription for the drugs. Each day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, and the numbers keep rising, nearly quadrupling since 2015.1 Knowing that these drugs carry the serious risk of addiction, abuse and overdose, they should be prescribed sparingly and only for the most severe cases of pain, for which no other options are available. Instead, they are often...

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Flame Retardants Damaging Kids’ Brains

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Flame Retardants Damaging Kids’ Brains

By Dr. Mercola Flame retardant chemicals are found in everything from furniture and mattresses to electronics and baby toys. Notorious neurotoxins, these widespread chemicals have been linked to serious health risks like infertility, birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays, hormone disruptions, various forms of cancer and reduced IQ scores and behavioral problems in children. One variety of flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), resembles the molecular structure of PCBs, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive...

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How Dentistry Is Poisoning the Next Generation

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Dentistry Is Poisoning the Next Generation

By Dr. Mercola Since you read this newsletter, you probably already know that amalgam dental fillings are 50 percent mercury and that mercury-free filling choices are available. But not everyone can make that choice. Whether insurance companies refuse to pay for mercury-free fillings or vulnerable children are subjected to it without their parents’ knowledge, mercury-based amalgam fillings still account for almost half of all fillings in the United States today. Mercury Poisons Our Children Mercury — a potent poison — is not safe for...

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Controversy Over Fake Meat Burger Heats Up as Documents Reveal FDA Safety Concerns

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Controversy Over Fake Meat Burger Heats Up as Documents Reveal FDA Safety Concerns

By Dr. Mercola Three years ago, I wrote about the safety questions looming over the meat substitute known as Quorn, a fungus-based ferment that hit the U.S. market in 2002. Quorn was originally developed by Imperial Chemical Industries, one of the largest chemical companies in the U.K. The fungus used to make quorn is Fusarium venenatum, which is Latin for “venomous.” Since its inception, a number of studies1 have raised concerns about Quorn’s safety, especially in people with food- and/or mold allergies. An early study by...

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Should You Eat Cactus Fruit for Betalain?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Should You Eat Cactus Fruit for Betalain?

By Dr. Mercola Beets, cactus fruit — aka prickly pear — and another cacti called red pitahaya, or dragon fruit, are foods that have attracted a lot of attention in recent years due to their high concentration of a powerful compound called betalain. The term betalain is derived from the Latin name for beet, Beta vulgaris, which is where it was first found. Both beets and dark red or purple cactus fruit contain high amounts of betalain, used for years as a natural, commercial food dye. In more recent studies, betalain has been recognized for...

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Bananas

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on All You Ever Wanted to Know About Bananas

By Dr. Mercola The humble banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world. Tasty, inexpensive and with its own clean and protective carrying case, it’s the perfect nutritious snack, even for busy people, and kids love it. Although they’re picked while still green, bananas continue to ripen, but to speed up the process at home, putting them in a brown paper bag for a few days does the trick. Bananas should be stored at room temperature, not refrigerated or left in an area where the temperature drops to refrigerator-like...

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Annual Update on the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Annual Update on the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

By Dr. Mercola Mercury is a pernicious poison that should never be placed in your mouth. Yet half of the dentists in the U.S. still use dental or “silver” amalgam, 50 percent of which is mercury, not silver. Mercury is the most volatile and toxic of the heavy metals, and the vapors released when chewing or brushing pose a clear and present danger to health — especially your brain and kidneys, as mercury is a neuro- and nephrotoxin. It’s also toxic to your reproductive system. As such, it’s really shocking that mercury amalgam is...

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Feast on This Fresh and Fantastic Fermented Veggies Recipe

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Feast on This Fresh and Fantastic Fermented Veggies Recipe

By Dr. Mercola What do foods like natto, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, lassi and kefir all have in common? Hint: It’s not an ingredient. Rather, it’s actually how all of these are made: fermentation. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, fermentation refers to an enzyme-controlled chemical process that breaks down an organic substance into simpler parts, typically with help of bacteria, yeasts or carbon dioxide.[i],[ii] Fermented foods often have a unique taste and peculiar smell, which is why not a lot of people are drawn to...

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Declare a War on Waste!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Declare a War on Waste!

By Dr. Mercola The second installment of a documentary TV series “Hugh’s War on Waste” highlights one man’s attempt to spearhead radical change throughout the U.K. related to food and clothing waste. Host of the BBC One show launched in 2015, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, an English celebrity chef, broadcaster, writer and environmental activist, suggests that farmers, retailers and consumers all contribute to the tons of waste occurring across the U.K. every day. Fearnley-Whittingstall asserts Britons throw away about...

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Just Dump Your Smelly Sponge

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Just Dump Your Smelly Sponge

By Dr. Mercola What common household item has around 362 different species of bacteria residing inside it? You’ve probably already guessed from the title it’s your average, everyday kitchen sponge, but did you know killing those little critters takes more than a few minutes in a microwave, as per some of the latest “kitchen hacks” advice? It seems that nuking (microwaving) used sponges does kill some of the bacteria, but not the worst ones, according to a study published in Scientific Reports and titled “Microbiome analysis and...

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How to Grow Dandelion Greens

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Grow Dandelion Greens

By Dr. Mercola Dandelion greens are nutritious, delicious and versatile. They can be added to salads, soups and stews or sautéed and served as a side dish. What you may have only thought of as a pesky weed in your yard is actually a flowering herb with significant health benefits. The dandelion plant belongs to the largest plant family — the Asteraceae or sunflower family — which includes more than 22,000 species, such as daisies and thistles. The dandelion alone has more than 100 different species, all of which are beneficial to your...

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All About Growing Cabbage

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on All About Growing Cabbage

By Dr. Mercola With its high concentrations of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. As a cruciferous veggie, in the same family as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, it also contains glucosinolates, phytochemicals that break down into indoles, sulforaphane and other cancer-preventive substances. Different types of cabbage (red, green and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates, which suggests you should try to eat a variety of cabbage for the best health...

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