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Is Your Food Grown on Sewage?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Your Food Grown on Sewage?

If you’ve never heard of sewage sludge — a term often used interchangeably with biosolids — you’re in for a surprise, as this waste product, which is every bit as unappealing as it sounds, is applied to farmland, gardens, schoolyards, lawns and more across the U.S. The food you eat may very well have come from land treated with sewage sludge, which could have implications for human health and the environment. What exactly is sewage sludge? When wastewater and stormwater enter wastewater treatment facilities, the solid...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Spices, Saunas and More

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Spices, Saunas and More

1 Which of the following spices is a gum resin with an offensive rotten smell that gives a lovely umami taste to many Indian and other savory dishes? Asafoetida The Indian cooking spice asafoetida is a gum obtained from a type of giant fennel. It has an offensive smell akin to that of rotting garlic and sweaty feet, but an appetizing savory, umami taste. Learn more. Turmeric Mastic Curry 2 Which of the following U.S. agencies is responsible for regulating cannabidiol (CBD) and dictates its legal status on the federal level? Department of...

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Tea Drinkers Shown To Be More Healthy

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Tea Drinkers Shown To Be More Healthy

Just as important for your health as what you eat is what you drink. Hopefully, everyone who reads my newsletters is drinking plenty of pure water a day and completely abstaining from soda. Around the world, coffee and tea are, after water, the most common beverages people consume and that is a good thing. Unlike soda, which has many negative health effects, both organic coffee and tea are leading sources of antioxidant polyphenols, which are beneficial substances. Scientific research has linked coffee to a lower risk of heart failure and...

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Unbalanced Omega-6 Raises Inflammation and Rate of Disease

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Unbalanced Omega-6 Raises Inflammation and Rate of Disease

Dietary fats are essential to good health. Although it’s harmful to eat too many of some or not enough of others, without healthy fats your body won’t work properly.1 Fat is used to keep your skin and hair healthy, absorb certain vitamins and insulate your body to keep you warm. Certain types of fats are called “essential” since your body can’t make them. There are two major categories of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These are omega-3 (n-3) and omega-6 (n-6), which are essential fatty acids your body...

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Why Hard Water Decreases Heart Attacks

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why Hard Water Decreases Heart Attacks

When it comes to heart health, one of the most influential nutrients is magnesium. While required for the healthy function of most cells in your body, magnesium is particularly important for your heart, kidneys and muscles. As far back as 1937, researchers warned that low magnesium levels pose serious risks to the heart, and that it may actually be the most significant predictor of heart disease.1 More recent research suggests even subclinical magnesium deficiency can compromise your cardiovascular health.2 Importantly, your mitochondria...

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How to Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body and Defy Aging

Posted by on Jan 19, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body and Defy Aging

In his new book, “Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defying Aging,” Ben Greenfield details his best longevity hacks. “Boundless” is a great title, as the object of longevity isn’t just about tacking on years of life, but finding ways to remain healthy and vibrant for as long as possible. In other words, it’s about quality and not just quantity of life. Greenfield’s goal with this book was to share his best tips for how to improve your energy in every sense of the word. At 640...

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Could Worms Be One Solution to the Plastic Problem?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Could Worms Be One Solution to the Plastic Problem?

In 2013, the world produced 299 million tons of plastic, of which polystyrene — one brand name is Styrofoam — is one part. A report by the Worldwatch Institute showed that this number increased by 3.9% from the year before.1 As demonstrated in this short video, polystyrene currently may account for one-third of the contents of landfills; worms may be one answer to the problem. Expanded polystyrene foam (EPF) was first discovered in 1839,2 becoming popular during World War II in material used to build military aircraft. Production...

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Sauna Use as an Exercise Mimetic for Heart Health

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sauna Use as an Exercise Mimetic for Heart Health

When it comes to improving your health, some of the simplest strategies can have a tremendous impact. Sweating in a sauna, for example, has many great health benefits, including expelling of toxins, improving blood circulation, killing disease-causing microbes and improving mitochondrial function. The key word here is sweating. Just because you are in the sauna doesn’t mean you get the benefits. The sauna has to heat your core temperature up a few degrees, your heart rate needs to increase and you need to have a river of sweat,...

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Opioid Crisis — A Result of Poverty, Availability and Pain

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Opioid Crisis — A Result of Poverty, Availability and Pain

In recent years, the devastating effects of wanton opioid use have become unmistakable, with opioid overdoses killing 47,600 Americans in 2017 alone.1 As of June 2017, opioids became the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50,2 and President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency that year in October.3 I’ve written many previous articles detailing the background of how the U.S. ended up here. While the opioid crisis was largely manufactured by drug companies hell-bent on maximizing profits,...

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Global Study Links Air Pollution to Depression and Suicide

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Global Study Links Air Pollution to Depression and Suicide

When most people think about the risks associated with air pollution, respiratory issues are the first that come to mind. In fact, in 20161 outdoor and inside air pollution contributed to respiratory infections resulting in 543,000 deaths in children under 5. However, the respiratory system is not the only one affected by this. The World Health Organization reported on published studies from dozens of top experts, which revealed some of the health risks for children that are associated with air pollution. These included obesity, asthma,...

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Iron Overload Destroys Mitochondria and Sabotages Health

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Iron Overload Destroys Mitochondria and Sabotages Health

Iron is necessary for life as it essential to transfer oxygen into your tissues. Hemoglobin, the protein in your red blood cells that contains iron at its core, reversibly binds to oxygen and supplies your tissues with it. Without proper oxygenation, your cells quickly start dying. Iron is also a key component of various proteins and enzymes, and is involved in energy production, immune function, metabolism and endocrine function. For these reasons, low iron (anemia) can cause significant health problems. However, what many don’t...

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Most Seniors Are Taking Too Many Prescriptions

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Most Seniors Are Taking Too Many Prescriptions

The New York Times1 reports that the average person in their mid- to late 60s today is taking 15 prescription drugs a year — and that doesn’t even count the number of over-the-counter products they may be taking. That’s a lot of medications, especially when you consider that a survey released by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)2 not quite four years ago, in 2016, indicated that 75% of the respondents — all over age 50 — said they take at least one prescription medication on a regular basis. In that AARP survey, more than 80%...

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Short Sugar Binges Raise Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Short Sugar Binges Raise Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune condition with serious consequences. This is not the same as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a functional bowel disorder with no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem. The two most common health conditions falling under the umbrella term of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.1 While ulcerative colitis often is localized to the large intestines and rectum, Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract beginning in the...

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You Will Eat Two Recycling Bins of Plastic in Your Lifetime

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on You Will Eat Two Recycling Bins of Plastic in Your Lifetime

Tiny bits of plastic about the size of a sesame seed or smaller are everywhere. News headlines often show intact plastic bags, rings and bottles as the primary threats to the environment — and these are indeed harmful to marine life and more — but the smaller, more insidious plastic bits may be even more harmful. These microplastics, as they’re known, are smaller than 5 millimeters (mm), and found in a number of commonly consumed foods and beverages. In a study at University of Newcastle, Australia, researchers for WWF International,...

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Washington Post Covers for Amazon’s Supplement Fraud

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Washington Post Covers for Amazon’s Supplement Fraud

Amazon.com — which controlled 43.5% of all U.S. e-commerce1 as of 2017 and handles more consumer searches than Google2 — sells cannabidiol (CBD) products on its site, despite having a policy that prohibits CBD sales. In my October 30, 2019, article “Why You Should Never Buy CBD Oil From Amazon,” I explained how Amazon is defrauding customers by preventing genuine high-quality CBD products from being sold on its site on the one hand, while promoting and selling products that claim to contain CBD but don’t on the other. This warning was...

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