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Do We Need a GMO Banana?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Do We Need a GMO Banana?

Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits, with 114 million tons produced globally in 2017.1 While there are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, most commercialized bananas sold in U.S. and European grocery stores are the Cavendish type. This variety accounts for about 47% of global banana production. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Cavendish bananas are more resilient to the effects of global travel, making them popular for international trade. Further, they achieve high yields...

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Coronavirus Vaccine Will Bypass Safety Testing

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Coronavirus Vaccine Will Bypass Safety Testing

Safety testing for vaccines typically leaves much to be desired to begin with, but when it comes to fast-tracked pandemic vaccines, safety testing is accelerated and becomes even more inadequate. It looks like that will be the case with plans underway to fast-track a COVID-19 vaccine to market. As reported by STAT News,1 researchers are foregoing some of the normally required safety testing in order to get a genetically engineered coronavirus vaccine out in record time. What’s more, at least one vaccine manufacturer is relying on an...

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Can Ginger Help Ulcerative Colitis?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Ginger Help Ulcerative Colitis?

In the U.S., about 3 million adults have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.1 IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and in the case of ulcerative colitis occurs in the large intestine (colon) and rectum.2 Symptoms range from mild to severe, and while most people have periods of remission when symptoms disappear, it can be debilitating when symptoms flare up, causing frequent, urgent bowel movements, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, fever...

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Have You Been Eating High-Priced Fake Honey?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Have You Been Eating High-Priced Fake Honey?

People have relied on honey for centuries for its health benefits and the enjoyment of its taste. Scientists have found that honey has antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Salmonella enterica.1 It has demonstrated activity against antibiotic-sensitive and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.2 It has been used to treat infected wounds, and some researchers have even suggested its use on difficult-to-heal wounds, while being careful to select those that will do well with honey.3...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Coronavirus, Plastic and Obesity

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Coronavirus, Plastic and Obesity

1 Which of the following nutraceuticals is currently being investigated as a potential treatment against COVID-19 infection? Resveratrol Quercetin Quercetin is a powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral. It also inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which may be beneficial since serious COVID-19 infection and subsequent death appears to be due to cytokine storm activity. Canadian and Chinese researchers are now collaborating on a study to assess the effectiveness of quercetin against COVID-19 infection. Learn more....

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Which Soap Is Best for Preventing Outbreaks?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Which Soap Is Best for Preventing Outbreaks?

With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreading across the world at a rapid clip, health authorities are stressing the importance of frequent hand-washing. Indeed, strategic hand-washing is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus and your own risk of illness. Airport Hand Hygiene Can Significantly Reduce Pandemic Risks As noted in a December 2019 study1 in the Risk Analysis journal, which investigated the spread patterns of flu-type viruses, intercontinental flights allow infectious pathogens to spread like...

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The Truth About Sleep

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Truth About Sleep

As a medical journalist for BBC in the U.K., Dr. Michael Mosley has put a number of different health strategies under the proverbial loupe, including the ketogenic diet, which I interviewed him about in 2014. In this BBC program, “The Truth About Sleep,” which originally aired in 2017, Mosley investigates the health ramifications of insomnia, which is a problem he shares with many others in the world. In it, he reviews the hazards of sleep deprivation, and shares a variety of methods found to improve sleep quality and quantity....

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The Impact of Effective Handwashing Against Infection

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Impact of Effective Handwashing Against Infection

Drug resistant infections are on the rise, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and research has demonstrated you may be participating in activities that exacerbate the issue. Preventing the spread of contagious disease is the best option as there is no cure for viral infections and COVID-19 isn’t a simple virus. However, the key to prevention is to be smart about it. One of the primary ways is using proper handwashing techniques with safe products. Unfortunately, many still work under the assumption that antibacterial...

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Childhood Stress Can Make You Ill as an Adult

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Childhood Stress Can Make You Ill as an Adult

Prolonged stress can have life-threatening consequences not only for adults but also for children. Research shows adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can predispose them to any number of health problems later in life. In the early days of mankind’s evolution, the stress response saved our lives by enabling us to run from predators or take down prey. Today, however, such dire circumstances are few and far between, yet we still turn on the same “life-saving” reaction to cope with countless everyday situations. Constantly...

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Can Moderate Drinking Decrease Alzheimer’s Brain Proteins?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Moderate Drinking Decrease Alzheimer’s Brain Proteins?

Excess alcohol consumption is known to harm brain health. In the case of binge drinking or heavy alcohol consumption, it may even make it more likely that your brain may accumulate damaging beta-amyloid proteins, potentially contributing to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.1 However, controversy remains over whether all alcohol consumption is harmful, with some research suggesting that moderate intake may instead have a protective effect. Preclinical studies from both animal and cell culture models have shown that consuming...

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Why Is It so Hard to Compost Our Waste?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Is It so Hard to Compost Our Waste?

Food waste might be considered the stepchild of recycling. Conscientious people and even countries have embraced recycling as an urgent measure to stop environmental pollution, but the problem of food waste is often ignored. Yet, thrown-away food — as much as 40% of all food1 — is mostly dumped in landfills where it generates destructive methane emissions. With a few exceptions, most governments have not invested in large-scale composting or biogas generation operations because that would require political consensus, and public...

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Is Plastic Recycling Just a Big Fraud?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Plastic Recycling Just a Big Fraud?

As plastic pollution has become a more well-recognized problem, public awareness about the need for recycling has grown as well. The question is whether or not recycling is a viable answer. Growing evidence suggests plastic recycling efforts can have only a minor impact even under the best of circumstances. As reported by The Guardian:1 “Consumers are led to believe that the Earth would be healthy, if only they recycled properly, when, in reality, there is no market for most plastics to be recycled … Past studies have shown only...

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PFAS Chemical Producers Under Criminal Investigation

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on PFAS Chemical Producers Under Criminal Investigation

It may sometimes look like alphabet soup when scientists begin writing about perfluorinated chemicals, historically abbreviated PFC. Interestingly, the abbreviation PFC refers to two similar, yet distinctly different chemicals: perfluorinated chemicals and perfluorocarbons.1 Perfluorinated chemicals include perfluorocarbons and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, such as PFOA and PFOS. To reduce confusion, the EPA made the move to use “PFAS” to refer to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that describe chemicals in this...

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Flu Vaccines Failing Seniors

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Flu Vaccines Failing Seniors

Ever since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recommending that all Americans 6 months of age and older get an annual flu shot, it’s been touted as the best method of preventing influenza. While it’s true that influenza is a highly infectious airborne disease, controversy exists over the use of influenza vaccines, commonly known as flu shots, for its prevention, and this is particularly true for high-risk groups like seniors. For starters, more than 80% of the respiratory influenza-like illness infections...

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Will Wearing a Mask Protect You Against Coronavirus?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Will Wearing a Mask Protect You Against Coronavirus?

With 101,606 reported COVID-19 cases across 96 countries and territories as of March 6, 2020,1 and no known cure, people are seeking ways to protect themselves against infection. Logically, many are resorting to wearing face masks when venturing out in public. However, as face masks are becoming harder to come by, health experts are issuing public statements saying the masks won’t protect healthy people against infection. Is that true? Or is it a ploy to ensure an adequate supply for health care workers? As reported in a March 4, 2020,...

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