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Archive for April, 2010 :


Diabetics Should Not Take High Doses of Vit. B, Researchers Say
April 30th, 2010

Diabetics with kidney disease who are taking high doses of B vitamins in an effort to forestall heart attacks should stop taking them immediately as these are potentially very harmful.


Study Links Chocolate to Depression
April 30th, 2010

New research by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows that increased chocolate consumption is linked with depression.


Smog Is Ugly, and Its Health Effects Aren’t Very Pretty Either
April 30th, 2010

Sure, the weather is great, but the American Lung Assn. has released its annual report card on the nation’s air quality. Los Angeles flunked, what with its perpetual cloak of smoggy, choking, stifling air.


Vitamin E Helps Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
April 30th, 2010

Vitamin E pills can help people with a nonalcoholic fatty liver disease called steatohepatitis, researchers reported Wednesday.


Iceland Has Longest-Lived Men, U.S. Scores Poorly
April 30th, 2010

AIDS, smoking and obesity are reversing progress made in helping people live longer around the world, with mortality rates worsening over the past 20 years in 37 countries, researchers reported on Thursday.


Prozac and Similar Drugs Causing Rise of Mental Illness in US?
April 29th, 2010

An interview with investigative reporter Robert Whitaker, about the dramatic increase in mental illness disability and its surprising cause.


Researchers Call Nicotine ‘Candy’ a Threat to Children
April 29th, 2010

A candy-like lozenge designed to satisfy a smoker’s nicotine craving could prove dangerously tempting to little ones, researchers point out.


How to Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables and Herbs in 10 Steps
April 29th, 2010

If the idea of cultivating the food you consume seems intimidating, it’s a lot easier than you think to get your thumb to go green.


The Science of Beverage Emulsions
April 29th, 2010

Beverage formulators face unique challenges, as they find a way of stabilising sensitive ingredients, many of which may not even be soluble in water, down to microgram levels in litres of liquid.


10 Products to Ban From Your Home Forever
April 29th, 2010

You would never cross the street without looking both ways, or tell your child to accept rides from strangers. So why let hazardous, toxic, and even carcinogenic chemicals into your home everyday?


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: How Much Is Enough?
April 29th, 2010

The amounts and ratios required vary by age and condition, and the choice of supplements and foods is wide, but there seems little doubt most Americans need more.


Parkinson’s Protection Without Caffeine or Nicotine
April 27th, 2010

Decaf coffee and nicotine-free tobacco aren’t just for the health-conscious. Because although coffee and cigarettes protect the brain, caffeine and nicotine aren’t responsible for the benefit.


10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow At Home
April 27th, 2010

Here are some crops that even the least green thumbed can tackle, and tips on how to make them flourish.


How Folic Acid May Help Heal Brain
April 27th, 2010

In a new study, researchers have explained how folic acid may help heal brain and spinal cord injuries.


Carbs Against Cardio: Refined Carbos, Not Fats, Threaten the Heart
April 27th, 2010

Eat less saturated fat: that has been the take-home message from the U.S. government for the past 30 years.


Why Acupuncture Aids Spinal Recovery
April 27th, 2010

Rats with damaged spines can walk again thanks to acupuncture. The ancient treatment seems to stop nerve cell death by reducing inflammation.


Blood Pressure: What You Can Do For Yourself
April 27th, 2010

Studies consistently show that lowering blood pressure significantly lowers the risk of stroke and also, though less dramatically, the risk of heart attacks, heart failure and kidney problems.


What Filters Bacteria, Yet Functions As A Miniature Ecosystem?
April 27th, 2010

What if you could take a simple face mask and turn it into a natural aid that would not only keep you safe from viral invaders, but also lend a hand in improving the local air quality?


Correct Form is Crucial for Yoga Poses
April 27th, 2010

Three yoga teachers address potentially harmful mistakes and offer easy ways to correct them.


Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US
April 27th, 2010

The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age.


Some Alcohol Ages Well; Some Alcohol Drinkers Don’t
April 27th, 2010

With age does not necessarily come wisdom, not as it pertains to alcohol use.


8 Drug-Free Natural Highs
April 27th, 2010

The brain is pretty good at playing tricks on us, especially on our moods. But that doesn’t mean we can’t play tricks on it, too.


Volcanic Ash Could Pose a Threat To Food Safety
April 24th, 2010

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is investigating potential food safety risks emerging from the volcanic eruption in Iceland.


FDA: Triclosan, Good or Bad?
April 24th, 2010

The antibacterial chemical found in liquid hand soaps, deodorant bar soaps, toothpastes and more may harm humans and the wildlife.


How to Wash Produce and Why
April 24th, 2010

Washing your produce may seem like plain old common sense. After all, who wants to eat dirty melons or gritty spinach?


Raw Chicken Primary Source for Contaminant LM – USDA
April 24th, 2010

New research indicates that incoming raw poultry is the primary source of Listeria monocytogenes (LM) in commercial chicken cooking plants.


Natural Sleep Aids Are Worth Trying
April 24th, 2010

A letter asks LA Times’ the People’s Pharmacy for natural sleep aids in lieu of ati-insomnia drugs.


Millions Drink Toxic Water in the USA, but it’s EPA-Approved!
April 24th, 2010

More than one-fifth of the U.S. population has consumed tap water that the government classifies as toxic, but still approves for human consumption.


Potentially Deadly Fungus Spreading in US, Canada
April 24th, 2010

A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia, researchers reported on Thursday.


Cows on Drugs
April 24th, 2010

There was a proposal 30 years ago, to eliminate the use of penicillin and two other antibiotics to promote growth in animals raised for food, but was trumped when agribusiness lords persuaded Congress to look away.


School Lunches Are a Threat to National Security
April 24th, 2010

Unhealthy school lunches pose a threat to national security, according to a group of retired military leaders.


U.S. Government Continues its War on Raw Milk
April 24th, 2010

Growing awareness among the American populace about the health benefits of wholesome, raw milk has been steadily increasing over the past decade, putting many state and federal officials into a frenzy.


Heal the Earth with Positive Vibrations
April 24th, 2010

Aiding the planet and all her creatures by controlling emotional output. This “green” concept allows us to go beyond recycling, or planting trees, but to an entirely new level.


Food Labels: Good Reading
April 24th, 2010

What you find (and do not find) in a food label may either benefit you or spell disaster to you and your family’s health.


Watch Your Salad, It Might Be Contaminated with Fecal Bacteria
April 24th, 2010

A recent Consumer Reports investigation has revealed that bagged salads labeled “pre-washed” or “triple-washed” may not be as clean as they appear.


Local Foods to Feed Our Future
April 24th, 2010

If most of your food is traveling hundreds or thousands of miles before you purchase or consume it, food security affects you.


The Daily Diet That Has Up To 46 Teaspoons of Sugar
April 21st, 2010

A worrying number of adults are consuming the equivalent of 46 teaspoons of sugar a day, health experts warn.


Acid in Breast Milk Can Beat Cancer
April 21st, 2010

A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, claim researchers.


Alternate Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!
April 21st, 2010

Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat.


Which Veggie Burgers Were Made With a Neurotoxin?
April 21st, 2010

Most non-organic veggie burgers currently on the market are made with the chemical hexane, an EPA-registered air pollutant and neurotoxin.


Rats on Junk Food Pass Cancer Down the Generations
April 21st, 2010

Genes may not be the only way cancer passes down the generations. Feeding pregnant rats a fatty diet puts both their daughters and granddaughters at greater risk of breast cancer.


Why Are Allergies Increasing?
April 16th, 2010

Allergies are increasing at an alarming rate. In the last 30 years, the number of people suffering from allergies in developed countries has grown from 10 percent to 30 percent.


Scientists Find Walnuts Fight Prostate Cancer
April 16th, 2010

Now, for the first time, scientists have reported that these nutrient-rich nuts have the ability to reduce the size and growth of prostate cancer.


Artificial Pancreas Breakthrough Offers Solution for Health Effects of Eating Artificial Food
April 16th, 2010

A biomedical engineer at Boston University has developed a so-called “artificial pancreas” that helps diabetics maintain balanced blood sugar levels by monitoring the blood and releasing either insulin or glucagon as needed.


Chinese Flour Adulterated with Pulverised Lime – Reports
April 16th, 2010

Pulverised lime is being added to bleaching agents used in Chinese flour in a bid to cut production costs and boost profits, China state media has reported.


Want to Save the Planet? Eat Less Meat and Dairy
April 16th, 2010

The British government has released major recommendations for a diet that is good for both the planet and human health, and reducing consumption of animal products is one of its top priorities.


Tainted Produce More Likely for Shoppers in Low-Income Neighborhoods
April 16th, 2010

The study, conducted by researchers from Drexel University, finds that the level of bacteria on fresh produce sold in grocery stores varies according to a neighborhood’s income level, with low-income shoppers the most at-risk for tainted foods.


What Women MUST Know About Pills and Breast Cancer
April 16th, 2010

Lifestyles and behaviors directly affect Women’s physical and emotional wellbeing, attacking even their hormonal health. Many will see a doctor that will just give them either a prescription drug or some version of the Birth Control Pill, which has been suspected for a number of illnesses for so long a time.


Artificial Sweeteners Alter How Body Handles Real Sugar
April 16th, 2010

Artificial sweeteners may cause metabolic changes in how the body reacts to real sugar, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


Dark-Skinned Immigrants To Canada Urged To Take Vitamin D Supplements
April 16th, 2010

Canadian doctors and nutritionists are urging dark-skinned immigrants coming to Canada to supplement with vitamin D in order to stay healthy.


Ten Good Reasons Why GMOs Are Not Compatible with Organic Agriculture
April 16th, 2010

Despite fundamental differences in what they represent, there are occasional calls to allow the use of genetic engineering (which produces genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs) within the USDA National Organic Program.


UK Recalls Toxic Herb Supplements
April 13th, 2010

Chinese herbal products containing a banned botanical ingredient called Aristolochia have been recalled by UK authorities, although they remain on-market.


Taking Zinc for Depression: Does It Work?
April 13th, 2010

According to a new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, taking zinc for the treatment of mood disorders may be beneficial.


Liver Supplements Don’t Seem to Offer Protection
April 13th, 2010

Milk thistle products contain silymarin, which has shown to be good for the liver in high doses but hasn’t proved effective when taken orally.


Low Vitamin B6 May Increase Parkinson’s Disease Risk
April 13th, 2010

Insufficient levels of vitamin B6 may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease by about 50 per cent, says a new study from Japan.


How to Nap Like a Yogi
April 13th, 2010

When travel (or everyday life) wears you down, a simple variation of yoga nidra (yogic sleep) taught by Swami Rama can help you restore your energy.


Are Eggs Truly Bad for the Heart?
April 13th, 2010

Cholesterol-rich eggs were assumed to increase heart disease risk. But research tells a different story — except for those with diabetes.


Untying Our Wings: The Way of Non-Attachment
April 12th, 2010

Human beings are very much like pigeons. We are not meant to stay on the ground and peck at crumbs of personal pleasure and profit. The whole purpose of meditation and other spiritual practices is to free our wings and allow us to fly high.


If Mainstream Medicine Really Works, Why Are Americans So Unhealthy?
April 12th, 2010

Did you ever wonder why such an alarmingly high percentage of Americans are obese, diabetic, depressed and suffering from cancer, heart disease, kidney disorders and skin problems?


Coffee: To Quit or Not to Quit
April 12th, 2010

It has been estimated that 25 percent of all adults in the United States consume more than five cups of coffee every day, which is four times more than beer, three times more than soft drinks, and millions of gallons more than milk. Is this healthy?


CT Scans Exposed Some US Hospital Patients to Excess Radiation
April 12th, 2010

The FDA has launched an investigation into how patients at several different hospitals were exposed to as much as eight times more radiation than they were supposed to receive while undergoing computed tomography (CT) scans of their brains.


Blood Pressure: Potassium, Fish Oil and Fiber
April 12th, 2010

Results haven’t been unanimous, but a good deal of research suggests that healthy doses of potassium can help lower your blood pressure.


A Natural, More Potent Antibiotic
April 12th, 2010

In a study reported by Science Daily Magazine, oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be effective against staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable to antibiotics like penicillin in its germ-killing properties.


Transplanted Organs Impart Memories Onto Recipients
April 10th, 2010

A study has shown that sometimes donor recipients take on certain characteristics or personality traits from the donor, a phenomenon that researchers are having a difficult time explaining.


Social Workers Take Baby Boy After Mom Refuses to Feed Him Processed Junk Food
April 10th, 2010

British social workers took a toddler into custody after his parents refused to feed him junk food.


Reducing Exposure to Antibiotics
April 10th, 2010

Hailed as “miracle drugs” in 1941, both doctors and patients regarded antibiotics as panacea ever since then, whether they were required or not. That was a mistake.


FDA: Asthma Drugs Can Actually Cause Serious Asthma Attacks
April 10th, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued new restrictions for four popular long-acting asthma drugs, as all contain an ingredient that relaxes airway muscles in the lungs which can cause asthma-related death.


13 Foods that Fight Pain
April 10th, 2010

While many foods taste great, they are also powerful healers in a vibrant multicolor disguise.


Vitamins C & E: No Blood Pressure Benefit
April 8th, 2010

The U.S. National Institutes of Health says taking vitamins C and E supplements during early pregnancy doesn’t reduce the risk of hypertensive disorders.


New Study Finds ‘Weak’ Link for Fruit and Veg Against Cancer
April 8th, 2010

The potential of fruit and vegetables to reduce the risk of cancer is only “very weak”, say the results of a study with half a million Europeans.


What You’re Eating Could Make or Break Our Planet
April 8th, 2010

Anna Lappe talks about her new book “Diet for a Hot Planet” and explains how to change our diet so it becomes part of the solution, not the problem.


Study to Probe Whether Omega-3 Source and Freshness Affects Health
April 8th, 2010

Researchers in Norway are kicking off a new project to investigate whether it is healthier to consume omega-3 from fish or supplements, and whether rancid oil is really best avoided.


Vitamin D Could Save Germany €40 Billion in Health Costs
April 8th, 2010

Ensuring the German population gets adequate intakes of vitamin D could save the country about €37.5 billion in health care costs, according to a new review.


Gene Breakthrough Could Produce Extra Sweet Tomatoes
April 8th, 2010

Israeli and American scientists have developed a sweet and plentiful variety of tomato, which may cater to consumer demand for natural products.


Is Ibuprofen a Killer?
April 7th, 2010

A well-known side effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen is stomach bleeding, which causes 2,500 deaths per year in the United Kingdom.


Expectant Mothers Reduce Diabetes Risk in Newborns
April 7th, 2010

Women who eat more vegetables while pregnant significantly reduce their children’s risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.


It Takes More Than Breakfast To Lower Cholesterol
April 7th, 2010

If you believe what you read in the cereal aisle, the right breakfast choice can lower your cholesterol — and cut your risk of heart disease. Research shows that more dietary changes are needed for significant benefits.


Organic: What It Means on Different Products
April 7th, 2010

Some consumers are more than willing to pay higher prices for organically grown food and other products. But is the extra dollar worth it? The answer may depend upon personal priorities.


Life Span May be as Wide as Your Smile
April 7th, 2010

A study looks at smiles in pictures of baseball players and compares death rates. The bigger the smile, the longer the life, they found.


Cell Phones Linked to Breast Cancer?
April 7th, 2010

Dr. John G. West, of The Breast Link at the Breast Care and Imaging Center of Orange, Calif., discusses the potential link between breast cancer and cell phones.


Food Allergies Are Answer to Medical Mystery
April 7th, 2010

After a series of tests and misdiagnoses, he discovers his weakness and nausea were caused by allergic reactions to milk, wheat and other foods.


How to Become an Intuitive Eater
April 7th, 2010

As obsessed as we are with food and diets, you’d think we’d be thin and healthy by now. So why are we Americans still universally less-than-fit and soft around the middle?


Food Habits That Age You
April 7th, 2010

It turns out that the worst dietary demons, including many sugary, fatty, refined and highly processed foods, do more than add thunder to your thighs, experts say — they subtract years from your life.


5 Tasty Ways to Get Calcium Without Cow’s Milk
April 7th, 2010

For the less experimental, there are other ways to get your calcium sans dairy.


Junk Food Could Be Addictive ‘Like Heroin’
April 5th, 2010

Junk food may be addictive in the same way as heroin or cocaine. Rats became ‘hooked’ on sausage and cheesecake in same way as drug abusers.


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