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Vitamin D Protects Against Infections

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Vitamin D Protects Against Infections

If you don’t know your vitamin D level, getting your blood tested to find out is one of the most important steps you can take to support good health. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a host of physical and mental problems, while optimal levels protect against chronic disease and infection. Vitamin D upregulates your ability to fight infections, as well as chronic inflammation, and produces antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), one of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. The cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide,...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Seeds, Meat and Exercise

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Seeds, Meat and Exercise

1 A meat product can be labeled “Product of the USA” when: The animal has been raised in the U.S., regardless of where it’s slaughtered and processed The beef undergoes processing, even if minimal, in a U.S. facility The USDA allows multinational meatpackers to label imported beef as “Product of USA” as long as it has undergone processing in the U.S., even if minimal. This misrepresentation has significant ramifications for American farmers, who have to compete with lower priced imports. Learn more. The animal...

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You May See a Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Your Eyes

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on You May See a Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Your Eyes

Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin your body does not make. This means you must get it from your diet or take supplements. Along with other B vitamins, your body uses it to produce energy by converting carbohydrates. It also plays a significant role in the production of DNA and RNA.1 This vitamin works closely with folate to manufacture red blood cells and produces S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e), involved in immune function and mood. Vitamin B12 is important for maintaining your central nervous system, including protection of the...

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Asafoetida: Why This Stinky Herb Is so Beneficial

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Asafoetida: Why This Stinky Herb Is so Beneficial

The Indian cooking spice asafoetida1,2 — a name that translates into “rotten resin”3 — also known as hing, hingu4 or heeng,5 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. In France, the herb is known as devil’s dung. According to GoodFood.com,6 Jain and Brahmin Indians have long used it in lieu of garlic and onions. It’s also popular among those in whom onions cause digestive trouble. While it is sometimes possible to locate...

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Can Chili Peppers Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Chili Peppers Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for Americans, with more than $219 billion spent annually to treat the millions who have some form of the disease.1 This is true for people of almost all races and ethnicities, and 1 in 4 U.S. deaths is caused by the condition. For decades, researchers have sought answers in the form of diet and exercise recommendations, new drug therapies and additional lifestyle interventions. A group of Italian scientists offers new insights into prevention of the disease with what is considered a...

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Blood Flow Restriction Training for Muscle Mass Maintenance

Posted by on Jan 12, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Blood Flow Restriction Training for Muscle Mass Maintenance

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is, without a doubt, the most exciting innovation in exercise training I’ve encountered in my 50 years of exercise. To help us walk through how it’s done, and its many health benefits, is Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen — an expert in BFR who has trained many elite and professional athletes. BFR training was developed by Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in Japan in the mid-60s, where it’s known as KAATSU training. Stray-Gundersen met Sato and worked with his organization, KAATSU Global, for a while. Stray-Gundersen explains the...

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Hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Are Stimulated by This Substance

Posted by on Jan 12, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Are Stimulated by This Substance

Dr. Mercola Interviews the Experts This article is part of a weekly series in which Dr. Mercola interviews various experts on a variety of health issues. To see more expert interviews, click here. Boyd Haley, Ph.D., is a chemist specializing in the development of chemicals to chelate toxic metals, both from the environment and the human body. I had the opportunity to interview Haley (above) at the 2018 Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (ACIM) conference in Orlando. Haley has a Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry and conducted...

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Real Risk of a Sneaky Deficiency for Vegans and Vegetarians

Posted by on Jan 11, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Real Risk of a Sneaky Deficiency for Vegans and Vegetarians

Strictly speaking, a vegetarian is a person who doesn’t eat meat — red, white, fish or fowl. Vegetarian Nation1 helps further define the types of diets from which to choose if you are seeking a mostly plant-based diet. Some eat a highly restricted number of foods, while others have a more flexible outlook on their meal plan. The most restricted eating plan is practiced by vegans who don’t eat any animal products or by-products. This includes all meat, all dairy products and honey, beeswax, insects, gelatin or other products derived from those...

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Documentary: High Mowing Organic Seeds for a New Food System

Posted by on Jan 11, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Documentary: High Mowing Organic Seeds for a New Food System

Tom Stearns, who has both an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to get back to the roots of where his food comes from, started saving seeds when he was 18 years old. The drive to connect to the source of his sustenance in the most direct way possible led him to begin exploring how to grow seeds. “Growing food wasn’t enough,” he said in an episode of “Growing a Greener World,” a PBS series. “I was curious about the growing seeds and saving seeds part of it.” It’s an aspect of food production that many people overlook, yet it’s among the...

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Excess Body Fat Can Age Your Brain Faster Than Muscle

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Excess Body Fat Can Age Your Brain Faster Than Muscle

Staying fit as you age is about far more than aesthetics. Increasing research shows that maintaining healthy levels of body fat and greater muscle mass has an effect on your brain health and even your rate of cognitive aging. It’s known, for instance, that being obese in midlife and early late-life is associated with worse cognitive aging.1 What’s more, the amount of muscle and fat you have may be a more important factor in how your level of fluid intelligence decreases over time than your chronological age. Your chronological age, i.e., your...

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Does a Study Change What We Know About Blue Light?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Does a Study Change What We Know About Blue Light?

Artificial light is a relatively new development in terms of human evolution. Before we could create “day” out of night, humans woke up with the sun and went to bed when the sun set. Some studies suggest that before artificial light, humans experienced biphasic sleep; they slept in two shifts during the night, using their sleep break for prayer, reflection or reading by candlelight.1 Artificial light permanently changed the way we live, in many ways for the better. But there has been a second change since the invention of...

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Corruption in Global Health Care May Exceed $1 TRILLION

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Corruption in Global Health Care May Exceed $1 TRILLION

Investigations assessing the prevalence of scientific fraud and/or its impact show the problem is widespread and serious, to the point of making most of “science-based” medicine a genuine joke. Conflict of interest is another pervasive problem that threatens the integrity and believability of most studies. We’ve been repeatedly faced with study findings that are clearly tainted with industry bias. For example, a 2014 study1,2,3 funded by the American Beverage Association purported to have found that diet soda makes you lose...

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Experts Fear Flame Retardants Are Triggering a Health Crisis

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Experts Fear Flame Retardants Are Triggering a Health Crisis

As discussed in this short video by Green Science Policy Institute, flame retardants are one of the six classes or families of chemicals that are found in consumer products and negatively affect health. The classes of concern include highly fluorinated products, antimicrobials, bisphenols and phthalates, some solvents, specific metals and flame retardants. One simple and effective way to reduce your exposure is to practice regular hand-washing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can reduce your child’s exposure to...

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Google and Big Tech Bought Congress

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Google and Big Tech Bought Congress

Taking on Google, the biggest monopoly the world has ever seen, is no small task, but 50 state attorneys general are making the effort, having launched an antitrust investigation in September 20191 that will reportedly be expanded to include Google’s search and Android businesses as well.2 The probe, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, initially focused on the company’s advertising arm and its use of consumer data, but as noted by Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher in the November 14, 2019, CNBC interview above, it’s virtually...

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Are We Entering a Mass Extinction Event?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Are We Entering a Mass Extinction Event?

Like the human body, the environment involves multiple systems and complex interrelationships among them. It is next to impossible to trigger an effect on one system without it affecting several others. From the smallest living organisms in the soil and water to the largest mammals in the sea, a ripple effect is often felt through the food chain with any type of change. The world population doubled from 3.03 billion in 1960 to 6.06 billion in 1999.1 During the same period urban population grew from 1.02 billion to 2.14 billion; some believe...

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