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Walking Backward Boosts Your Memory

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Walking Backward Boosts Your Memory

Researchers from London’s University of Roehampton suggest people who walk backward perform better on memory tests than those who stand still or walk forward. If you are looking to inject new energy into your exercise routine, you might want to try walking or running backward. Beyond the physical benefits to your body, exercising backward may boost your brain power, balance and more. Walking Backward Shown to Boost Your Memory In a study published in the journal Cognition,1 researchers from the University of Roehampton (UR) in London have...

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Manufactured Crisis — HPV, Hype and Horror

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Manufactured Crisis — HPV, Hype and Horror

The HPV vaccine Gardasil was granted European license in February 2006,1 followed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval that same year in June.2 Gardasil was controversial in the U.S. from the beginning, with vaccine safety activists questioning the quality of the clinical trials used to fast track the vaccine to licensure.3 Merck, which manufactures and distributes the HPV vaccine Gardasil, has worked with a global health group called PATH4 to get the vaccine approved worldwide. Lauded as a silver bullet against cervical...

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If You Love Eating Guava, You’ll Love the Benefits of Guava Leaf Tea, Too

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on If You Love Eating Guava, You’ll Love the Benefits of Guava Leaf Tea, Too

Guava is one of the most popular fruits grown around the world, with India being the global leader and Mexico coming in second. In the United States, Hawaii is the state with the highest production, with a total harvest of 1.7 million pounds in 2014 alone.1 Experts believe that guava came from Southern Mexico all the way through Central America. Early Spanish colonizers in America helped spread the fruit globally by bringing it to the East Indies and Guam.2 The fruit of the common guava has a yellow skin with white, yellow or pink flesh,...

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How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Flowers are more than just a pretty way to fill your garden. Apart from their aesthetic quality, they have the power to reduce stress and inspire creative thinking. You might even find yourself less anxious while admiring your garden. Flowers are often given as gifts to friends and loved ones and many have natural scents when in bloom, providing you with a natural air freshener and room deodorizer. Some flowers, such as marigolds, are natural pest repellents for your garden.1 Others play an important role in the growth of more flowers, fruits...

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How to Grow Honeysuckle

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Grow Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle (Lonicera, in the family Caprifoliaceae) is commonly found growing along roadsides or creeping up fences as ornamental plants. But these colorful and delightfully scented plants are more than just pretty decorations — they have medicinal uses as well, exhibiting powerful antiviral activity.1,2 Depending on the variety, the plants will grow as shrubs or crawling vines, and can be either deciduous or evergreen, especially those growing in warmer regions. The climbing varieties flower in the summer, while shrubby varieties flower in...

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7 Strategies to Help Handle Holiday Stress

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 7 Strategies to Help Handle Holiday Stress

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but a shocking 45 percent of Americans said they’d prefer to skip the season entirely because it brings so much financial pressure. Nearly half of those surveyed by payday loan provider Think Finance said their holiday stress levels were high or extremely high, and that was just in relation to holiday expenses.1 A study commissioned by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council similarly revealed that “festive stress” is ruining the holidays for many, with 31 percent describing...

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Turmeric: How This Spice Can Potentially Improve Your Health

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Turmeric: How This Spice Can Potentially Improve Your Health

Most people are familiar with turmeric (scientific name: Curcuma longa1) as a yellow spice that’s used in Indian cuisine, and has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor.2 Traditionally called “Indian saffron,” turmeric comes from a rhizome with rough brown skin, dull orange flesh3 and an earthy scent said to be more pungent than ginger.4 However, there’s more to this vibrant spice than meets the eye. Through the years, studies have been extensively conducted on the potential health benefits of turmeric, and the results were...

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Lessons from a Century After the Flu Epidemic of 1918: How Conventional Medicine Killed Millions and How Homeopathic Medicines Saved Millions

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Lessons from a Century After the Flu Epidemic of 1918: How Conventional Medicine Killed Millions and How Homeopathic Medicines Saved Millions

By Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH Every fall and winter, the media begins pumping stories about why you should be afraid, even very afraid, of the flu. Since 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asserted that between 12,000 and 56,000 people have died from influenza every year. In actual fact, according to one of the most respected medical journals in the world, the annual death rate from influenza in the USA is closer to 1,000.1 When you realize that Big Pharma annually spends billions of dollars promoting their immensely...

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Gasoline Ingredient Found in Blood Pressure Meds

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Gasoline Ingredient Found in Blood Pressure Meds

Many of the decisions you make each day, including what you eat and drink, how much you exercise and even how you breathe, have a compound effect on your overall health. Making small changes can pay big dividends. The same is true of the small unhealthy decisions you make. Lifestyle choices also affect your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 nearly 33 percent of American adults have high blood pressure (hypertension) and another 33 percent have...

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The Most Toxic Retailers on the Planet

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Most Toxic Retailers on the Planet

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compile and keep a current list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the U.S. That list1 currently includes about 85,000 chemicals. Among them are 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to food and food-contact materials in the U.S., either directly or indirectly, yet few have been properly tested for safety. An evaluation of nearly 4,000 additives intentionally added to food revealed 80 percent lacked enough information to determine...

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Biosolids Are Contaminating Your Food

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Biosolids Are Contaminating Your Food

Biosolid is the commonly used term for treated recycled sewage sludge used as agricultural fertilizer. In this video interview with microbiologist David Lewis, Ph.D., he discusses information he uncovered in three decades working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Lewis, a former senior-level research microbiologist at EPA-ORD, was terminated for publishing an article that raised concerns over the EPA 503 sludge rule. The rule addresses the standards to be used when sludge is applied to the land.1 In his article,2 Lewis blew the...

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Splenda Should Be Sued for False Advertising

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Splenda Should Be Sued for False Advertising

Artificial sweeteners are incredibly popular in the U.S., with consumption jumping by 54 percent among adults and 200 percent among children from 1999 to 2012.1 This means more than 41 percent of adults — and 25 percent of children — are consuming such sweeteners, which include sucralose, brand name Splenda. Almost always, the motivation for consuming artificial sweeteners is that they’re believed by many to be healthier than sugar, or at least to represent the lesser of two evils. In reality, while sugar is easily one of the worst...

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Is the Chickenpox Vaccine Creating a Shingles Epidemic?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is the Chickenpox Vaccine Creating a Shingles Epidemic?

Many of you reading this probably remember having chickenpox as a child. You were likely tired, feverish and had an itchy rash, which subsequently cleared up, leaving you with lifelong natural immunity. Getting chickenpox was so common it was a rite of passage of sorts, which virtually all school-age children experienced. Today chickenpox has become much less common due to the routine administration of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccination. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine —...

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BEWARE: New Plan to Censor Health Websites

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on BEWARE: New Plan to Censor Health Websites

Americans’ trust in the media is at an all-time low. According to a 2017 Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy1 by the Knight Foundation, 43 percent of Americans have a negative view of news media compared to 33 percent reporting a positive view, while 66 percent believe “most news media do not do a good job of separating fact from opinion.” Seventy-three percent believe the proliferation of “fake news” on the internet is a major problem, and only half feel confident that readers can get to the facts by sorting...

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Top 10 Benefits of Honeysuckle

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Top 10 Benefits of Honeysuckle

Upon hearing the word honeysuckle, most people may think of the perennial climbing vine that bears beautifully exotic orange, pink or white flowers that often grace fence posts and porch columns in a wide range of climates. As a plant, it has a high tolerance to cold, and it grows easily in even poor conditions and rocky soil. But far beyond being an attractive flowering plant, new research from the Journal of Herbal Medicine shows that honeysuckle can also be described as a fruit or berry;1 it’s also a perennial fruit-bearing plant with many...

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