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Sleep Deprivation Costs Billions and Makes People Rude

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sleep Deprivation Costs Billions and Makes People Rude

By Dr. Mercola Did you get enough sleep last night? If your answer is no, you’re in good company. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 35 percent of U.S. adults are not getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night.1 When you consider that some people probably need closer to eight hours to be optimally healthy, that percentage jumps even higher. What’s at stake when you skimp on sleep, either by choice or consequence? Your emotional and physical health can suffer, and this has...

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Diabetes Taking a Higher Toll on Life Than Suspected

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Diabetes Taking a Higher Toll on Life Than Suspected

By Dr. Mercola In a time when information travels at the speed of the internet, there continues to be a staggering amount of misinformation shared about type 2 diabetes. The distortion of the truth contributes to the growing epidemic across the world, with estimates that 422 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.1 Just as overwhelming are the numbers of people who suffer from prediabetes, a condition where your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. An estimated 38 percent of Americans have...

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Drug Overdoses Are the 9th Leading Cause of Death in the US

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Drug Overdoses Are the 9th Leading Cause of Death in the US

By Dr. Mercola According to the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes.1 This makes sense when you consider prescriptions for opioid painkillers rose by 300 percent between 2000 and 2009,2,3 and Americans now use 80 percent of all the opioids sold worldwide.4 In Alabama, which has the highest opioid prescription rate in the U.S., 143 prescriptions are written for every 100 people.5 A result of this over-prescription trend is skyrocketing deaths from overdoses.6,7 The most common drugs involved...

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Light at Night Damages Your Health and Potentially Future Generations

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Light at Night Damages Your Health and Potentially Future Generations

By Dr. Mercola There is a significant cost to your health from light pollution resulting from living in a 24/7 society. A growing number of street lights and lit signs obscure the night sky, and your bedroom is likely dimly lit from street lamps, digital equipment or alarm clocks. It’s not possible to “feel” the changes in your brain and body from outdoor street light that seeps in around your bedroom curtains or the dim glow from your alarm clock. Yet, even a dim light at night affects your natural sleep cycle and produces biological...

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Antibiotics Increase Bowel Cancer Rates

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Antibiotics Increase Bowel Cancer Rates

By Dr. Mercola When you take antibiotics, there are both short- and long-term risks, the latter of which may not become evident until long after you’ve stopped taking the drugs (making it next to impossible to connect the two). One of their greatest risks is also their mechanism of action: wiping out the bacteria in your gut. When this occurs, the infection-causing bacteria should be eliminated, but so, too, are all of the other bacteria making up your microbiome. In 2014, researchers linked antibiotics use to a slightly increased risk...

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Thyroid Cancer Rates Are Skyrocketing From Flame Retardants

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Thyroid Cancer Rates Are Skyrocketing From Flame Retardants

By Dr. Mercola It’s estimated that nearly 57,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, a far lower number than many other adult cancers, like colorectal, lung, breast and prostate.1 However, the number is noteworthy because it has risen significantly in recent years. Rates of thyroid cancer have tripled in the last decade, making it — papillary thyroid cancer in particular — the most rapidly increasing cancer in the U.S.2 While part of this rise is blamed on the increased use of thyroid ultrasound detecting...

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Toxic Pesticides Found in Drinking Water — and Other Pesticide-Related News

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Toxic Pesticides Found in Drinking Water — and Other Pesticide-Related News

By Dr. Mercola Modern agricultural practices have led to ever-increasing amounts of chemicals being used on our food, and whether we’re talking about pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, most have deleterious effects on health. According to the latest report on pesticide residues in food by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a mere 15 percent of all the food samples tested in 2015 were free from pesticide residues. In 2014, over 41 percent of samples had no detectable pesticide residues on them.1 That just goes to show how...

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Astaxanthin Is a Longevity Promoter

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Astaxanthin Is a Longevity Promoter

By Dr. Mercola Discovering the fountain of youth has been one of the world’s most sought-after but elusive endeavors. New information suggests that enhanced metabolism may be a valuable key for improved health and longevity. Scientists at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the life sciences company Cardax collaborated on a study aimed at evaluating a naturally occurring chemical with promise for anti-aging therapy. FOXO3 is a gene that’s been proven to improve longevity, and the astaxanthin compound...

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Can This Banned Condiment Boost Brain Function?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can This Banned Condiment Boost Brain Function?

By Dr. Mercola Perhaps you first heard about Vegemite in the early 1980s from the Men at Work song, “Down Under.” The Australian sandwich spread, described by the Telegraph as a sticky, gloopy, salty spread made from yeast extract, may be the flavor that embodies the entire continent, as 23 million jars are purchased in Australia every year.1 Vegemite’s first cousin, Marmite, is the British version of the controversial condiment. Both are considered an acquired taste, but it’s the latter that’s been scrutinized...

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Vitamin C Doubles Effectiveness of Chemotherapy and Radiation

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Vitamin C Doubles Effectiveness of Chemotherapy and Radiation

By Dr. Mercola Each day, more than 1,600 people prematurely die from cancer in the United States. Worldwide, an estimated 20,000 succumb to cancer on a daily basis. For a time, the war on cancer initially waged by Richard Nixon in the ’60s, and the promise of targeted cancer drugs, gave hope. Alas, they’ve all failed to live up to expectations, and have done nothing to improve cancer death rates. Globally, $91 billion was spent on cancer treatments in 2013. In 2014, no cancer drug was approved costing less than $100,000 for a...

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How Environmental Conditioning Helps You Tap Into Your Evolutionary Strengths

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Environmental Conditioning Helps You Tap Into Your Evolutionary Strengths

By Dr. Mercola Effortless comfort has made us fat and sick. In this interview, Scott Carney, an investigative journalist, anthropologist and author of “What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength,” The book reveals how environmental conditioning can improve your health by boosting your metabolic efficiency. A large portion of the book focuses on Dannish fitness guru Wim Hof’s philosophies.1 Hof does not lead a healthy lifestyle and...

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Succulent Vanilla Chia Custard

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Succulent Vanilla Chia Custard

Recipe from Jennafer Ashley of PaleoHacks When it comes to traditional and timeless desserts, one of the most loved choices that many people appreciate is vanilla custard. Creamy and sweet, this classic culinary treat is made by gently heating a mixture of eggs and cream until it reaches the desired thickness.[1] Custard has been around since the Middle Ages, and was first used as a filling for tarts and pies. Today, it’s incorporated in various desserts, such as eclairs and trifles, or served by itself. There’s even a National...

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Chasing the Dragon — America’s Struggle With Opioid Addiction

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Chasing the Dragon — America’s Struggle With Opioid Addiction

By Dr. Mercola If you or someone you know is hooked on prescription drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, or street drugs like heroin, you’ll connect with “Chasing the Dragon,” a raw 2016 documentary about the horrors of drug addiction. Produced by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the film features ordinary Americans sharing personal stories of danger and destruction that characterized their lives prior to recovery from hard-core drug addiction. Because the documentary is filled with harsh language and...

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Would You Choose to Stay Awake During Your Surgery?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Would You Choose to Stay Awake During Your Surgery?

By Dr. Mercola Staying awake during surgery is the norm for certain procedures, like some cesarean sections and brain surgeries. However, most people expect that they’ll be under general anesthesia should they require surgery. This may soon change, as increasing numbers of patients are opting to take control of their surgical experience and stay awake during the procedure. It’s a decision that comes with both benefits and risks — to the patient and the surgeon. Not every surgery is appropriate for staying awake, but if...

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How to Grow Great Lettuce

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Grow Great Lettuce

By Dr. Mercola If you’re growing your own vegetables, now is the right time to start your lettuce. Lettuce of all kinds thrives in cool temperatures and consistently moist soil, so spring and fall, when temperatures are between 45 and 75 F, are the best times to grow them. Popular lettuce types include: Loose-leaf varieties — Fast-growing delicate leaves that grow from a central stalk; cutting the outer leaves rather than pulling the whole head will allow the plant to keep growing new leaves to replace what you harvested Butterhead...

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