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Does Informed Consent Truly Exist?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Does Informed Consent Truly Exist?

By Dr. Mercola Informed consent is a basic human right in which a person has the ability to voluntarily accept or reject a treatment or medical procedure, including use of pharmaceutical products, after being fully informed of all possible risks and benefits. “The most important goal of informed consent,” according to the University of Washington School of Medicine, “is that the patient has an opportunity to be an informed participant in her health care decisions.” It seems a simple premise, but throughout history we’ve seen cases where...

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The Zika Fraud Is Just Another Pharma Scare

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Zika Fraud Is Just Another Pharma Scare

By Dr. Mercola In October 2015, Brazil experienced an unusual increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological condition in which the baby’s head size is much smaller than normal. The increase was reportedly linked to Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that typically causes only mild symptoms or, in 1 out of 4 people affected, no symptoms at all. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that out of the 250 pregnant women who had confirmed Zika infection in the U.S in 2016, only...

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Vaccine Court Is a Big Pharma Fraud

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Vaccine Court Is a Big Pharma Fraud

By Dr. Mercola The Vaccine Reaction, published by the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), recently highlighted a really disturbing part of the 21st Century Cures Act that has largely escaped below the radar. The 21st Century Cures Act, which was quickly pushed through Congress and became law back in December 2016, allows the waiving of the requirement of informed consent for participants in clinical trials if researchers believe an experimental medical device, drug or vaccine being tested poses no more than minimal risk to...

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Higher Vitamin D Levels Lower Cancer Risk

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Higher Vitamin D Levels Lower Cancer Risk

By Dr. Mercola Thousands of studies have been done on the health effects of vitamin D, and research shows it is involved in the biology of all cells and tissues in your body, including your immune cells. Your cells actually need the active form of vitamin D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside. This is one of the reasons why vitamin D has the ability to impact such a wide variety of health problems — from fetal development to cancer. Unfortunately, despite being easy and inexpensive to address, vitamin D deficiency is...

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Magnesium Protects Against Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Magnesium Protects Against Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes

By Dr. Mercola If you’re looking for a way to decrease your risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, new research has revealed profound results from starting a simple new habit: consuming an extra 100 milligrams (mg) of magnesium via your food on a daily basis. Researchers at Zhejiang University and Zhengzhou University in China found that more than 1 million people across nine countries who consumed the most magnesium tested out with a 10 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, a 12 percent lower...

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What Are the Benefits of Jackfruit?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Are the Benefits of Jackfruit?

By Dr. Mercola What large, exotic fruit is related to breadfruit, hailed as a “miracle” crop that could help feed the world and tastes like pulled pork? Give up? The answer is jackfruit, aka Artocarpus heterophyllus. Common and relatively inexpensive in the Philippines, Jamaica, Southeast Asia, Brazil and other tropical climates, it’s beginning to show up more and more often in American grocery stores. While jackfruits are similar in color to the inside of a kiwi when they’re not yet ripe, and later brown, the similarity ends...

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How Soil Microbes and Intercellular Communication Affects Human Health

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Soil Microbes and Intercellular Communication Affects Human Health

By Dr. Mercola Your health is in large part determined by the health of the soil in which your food is grown. In this interview, Dr. Zach Bush delves into the many reasons why this is so. Bush, who is triple board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, and hospice and palliative care has done some fascinating and innovative research in this area and is one of the brightest physicians I have ever met. He began his career as a conventional cancer researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). When his...

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Mouthwatering Thai Chicken Cakes Recipe

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Mouthwatering Thai Chicken Cakes Recipe

Recipe by Pete Evans There are two words that best describe Thai cooking: fresh and fragrant. One of the most popular Asian cuisines today, Thai food is known by its unique combinations of seasonings (usually hot and spicy) that complement the different flavors of the other ingredients. This healthy recipe by Pete Evans adds a Thai-inspired twist to your usual chicken cakes, a simple dish loved by adults and children alike. Evans recommends serving this on a bed of fresh greens or with a side of fermented vegetables, to give you a balanced...

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Do You Know How to Store Potatoes?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Do You Know How to Store Potatoes?

By Dr. Mercola To most, it would seem as if storing certain veggies in a cool place, such as the garage, back porch or even the refrigerator, would be a good idea. It might keep them cooler and help them last longer, right? Turns out that’s not how it works with potatoes. When potatoes get chilled, the starch in them turns to sugar and they become tough. They might look OK, but when they’re cooked, they may emit harmful properties that they wouldn’t have, otherwise. They can become not just slightly shrunken and wrinkly, but...

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Documentary Sheds Light on Toxic Household Products

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Documentary Sheds Light on Toxic Household Products

By Dr. Mercola A family-oriented documentary called “Stink!”1 shines a bright light on the unregulated use of toxic chemicals in U.S. consumer products, from baby wipes and shampoo to floor cleaners and laundry detergents. The idea for the film originated from director Jon Whelan’s experience in tracking down the source of a strong chemical odor that wafted off new pajamas he’d purchased for his two young daughters. After discovering the toxic stench was a trade secret held by the parent company of popular American...

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Falling Is Taking a Toll on Elderly Brains

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Falling Is Taking a Toll on Elderly Brains

By Dr. Mercola Falls are a leading cause of injury among Americans aged 65 and over, with 1 in 5 leading to a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. More than 1 in 4 older Americans falls every year, and such falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among this population.1 In March 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report with some startling figures regarding TBI in older Americans, including those related to falls. Among those 75 and older, 1 in 45 suffered from...

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Sleep Apnea in Children Linked to Detrimental Brain Changes

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sleep Apnea in Children Linked to Detrimental Brain Changes

By Dr. Mercola Sleep apnea occurs when you have obstructions in your airway that interfere with your breathing during sleep. The flow of air can be partially blocked or even completely stopped altogether. Sleep-disordered breathing, a common problem, affects more than half of all men and over one-quarter of women.1 Disturbingly, it’s also becoming more prevalent among children, largely due to processed food diets and lack of breastfeeding. Sleep apnea in childhood has been linked to adverse brain changes that can affect behavior and...

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Used for Thousands of Years, Sweet Marjoram Oil Offers Many Benefits

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Used for Thousands of Years, Sweet Marjoram Oil Offers Many Benefits

What Is Sweet Marjoram Oil? Sweet marjoram oil is made from the steam distillation of the flowering tops of the marjoram plant (Origanum marjoram), a cousin of oregano. This yellow-green essential oil has a warm, spicy, woody and camphoraceous scent that reminds you of nutmeg and cardamom. Meanwhile, Spanish marjoram oil, a different type of essential oil also derived from the marjoram plant, has a red-orange hue. Originally native to the Mediterranean regions and North America, today sweet marjoram is widely cultivated for the large-scale...

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80 Percent of Global Wastewater Released Into Environment Untreated

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 80 Percent of Global Wastewater Released Into Environment Untreated

By Dr. Mercola In 1972, the Clean Water Act1 was passed to regulate pollution discharged into U.S. waterways, and to set standards for surface water. The Act is supposed to ensure clean water for swimming and fishing in the U.S., but after more than four decades of regulation and oversight, waterways are in serious trouble. As tap water is extracted from these waterways, it may test positive for a large assortment of chemicals, including fluoride, radiation, heavy metals, agricultural runoff and disinfection byproducts. Unfortunately,...

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Can Magnesium Relieve Your Tinnitus?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Magnesium Relieve Your Tinnitus?

By Dr. Mercola Nearly 50 million Americans experience tinnitus, or nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population.1 Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no external sound present. Others can’t hear what you’re hearing, and it’s often referred to as “ringing in the ears.” However, the reference to ringing doesn’t exactly ring true, as sufferers may complain of sounds that include hissing, buzzing, whistling or swooshing.2 For many, the condition resolves after a couple of days, but roughly 20 million...

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