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Six Products a Food Poisoning Expert Will Never Eat

Six Products a Food Poisoning Expert Will Never Eat

Every year there are approximately 48 million cases of food-borne illnesses in the U.S., according to the FDA. Of these, an estimated 128,000 people are hospitalized for food poisoning, and about 3,000 die on an annual basis. Bill Marler is a Seattle-based foodborne-illness lawyer and food safety advocate. There are other lawyers who take food poisoning cases but, according to Marler, “there aren’t four lawyers in the world that have as much experience” in>> Read Post

Life-Extending Hormone Protects Thymus Gland, Bolsters Body's Immune Response

Life-Extending Hormone Protects Thymus Gland, Bolsters Body's Immune Response

A hormone that extends lifespan in mice by 40% is produced by specialized cells in the thymus gland, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. The team also found that increasing the levels of this hormone, called FGF21, protects against the loss of immune function that comes with age. Published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Jan. 11, the study's findings have future implications for improving imm>> Read Post

Methylene Blue Reverses Human Cell Aging, Treats Progeria Symptoms in New Study

Methylene Blue Reverses Human Cell Aging, Treats Progeria Symptoms in New Study

University of Maryland (UMD) researchers report that methylene blue (MB), a common chemical with a 120-year-long history of diverse applications, can treat progeria, a rare genetic disease that imitates the body's aging process at an augmented rate. Lab test found that small doses of methylene blue can almost fully repair progeria-damaged cells. The study also revealed that methylene blue can treat age-related damage in healthy cells, suggesting that me>> Read Post

Cooking Food With Treated Tap Water Creates Newly Discovered Class of Toxic Molecules

Cooking Food With Treated Tap Water Creates Newly Discovered Class of Toxic Molecules

Cooking with chloraminated water could put potentially harmful toxins in your food, according to a new study published in Water Research. The study reveals several molecules that are almost completely new to researchers, created by cooking with chloraminated tap water and iodized table salt. The authors of the study say further studies are needed to find out more about these molecules and their effect, if any, on our health. In the meantime, limiting cooki>> Read Post

14 Supplements You Should Never Take (Part 1)

14 Supplements You Should Never Take (Part 1)

By Dr. Ronald Hoffman I’m a big proponent of nutritional supplements. And though the majority of supplement manufacturers are responsible and ethical, and their claims are, by and large, science-based,  that doesn't mean that I suspend my critical faculties when it comes to supplements. As an active practitioner, I’ve had the opportunity to field-test many highly-touted health products over the years. Sometimes they don’t measure up to their extravagant>> Read Post

Early Contact with Dogs Linked to Lower Risk of Asthma

Early Contact with Dogs Linked to Lower Risk of Asthma

A team of Swedish scientists have used national register information in more than one million Swedish children to study the association of early life contact with dogs and subsequent development of asthma. This question has been studied extensively previously, but conclusive findings have been lacking. The new study showed that children who grew up with dogs had about 15 percent less asthma than children without dogs. A total of more than one million chil>> Read Post

Saffron Compound May Inhibit Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth

Saffron Compound May Inhibit Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth

For several years now, researchers in the University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Cancer Biology have been examining the effects of crocetin on pancreatic cancer, a deadly disease which responds poorly to current chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Crocetin is derived from saffron, a popular spice and food colorant and a key ingredient in many traditional Indian medicines. In a study just published in the journal Oncotarget, a team of>> Read Post

One in Three Americans Get Too Little Vitamin E to Prevent Obesity-Related Oxidative Damage

One in Three Americans Get Too Little Vitamin E to Prevent Obesity-Related Oxidative Damage

A recent study suggests that obese people with metabolic syndrome face an unexpected quandary when it comes to vitamin E – they need more than normal levels of the vitamin because their weight and other problems are causing increased oxidative stress, but those same problems actually cause their effective use of vitamin E to be reduced. As a result, experts in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University say that a huge number of Americans may>> Read Post

Study Says Eating Mediterranean Foods May Prevent Brain Shrinkage, Prolong Brain Health by Five Years

Study Says Eating Mediterranean Foods May Prevent Brain Shrinkage, Prolong Brain Health by Five Years

Following a Mediterranean-like diet is associated with losing fewer brain cells due to aging, according to a study published in the October 21, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The Mediterranean diet includes eating more fish and plant-based foods and less meats and dairy. The study found that people following a Mediterranean-like diet had a larger brain volume than people who did not follow a Me>> Read Post

Popular OTC Cold and Flu Medicine Doesn't Work, Scientists Call on FDA to Reverse Approval

Popular OTC Cold and Flu Medicine Doesn't Work, Scientists Call on FDA to Reverse Approval

The market for over-the-counter cold medicines is worth $8 billion annually, with a hefty portion spent on drugs marketed as decongestants. But according to new research, the cash many of us will spend on non-prescription decongestants this cold and flu season won’t help us breathe any easier. In a new study of more than 500 adult allergy sufferers, researchers found that the common, over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant, phenylephrine, was no better at u>> Read Post

Featured Articles

Reversing Age-Related Hair Loss and Restoring Healthy Hair Growth in Men and Women

Reversing Age-Related Hair Loss and Restoring Healthy Hair Growth in Men and Women

While shedding a few hairs on a daily basis is normal, losing more than 100 hairs per day is considered excessive and may be an indication of a serious issue. Male-pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss, affecting roughly 40 million men in the US. Approximately 25 percent of men with male-pattern hair loss will begin to lose their hair by age 30, and up to 66 percent will begin balding by age 60. An>> Read Article

Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic yogurt during the same shopping trip. Although there are types of bacteria that can make us sick, Caltech professor of biology and biological engineering Sarkis Mazmanian and his team are most interested in the thousands of other bacteria — many already living inside our bodies — that actually keep us healthy. His pas>> Read Article

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

By Jim English  Tonic Herbalism is the practice of combining traditional ‘tonic herbs’ to achieve a synergistic effect that far greater than what can be obtained by taking individual herbs. The basis for tonic herbalism is the belief that, through regular consumption, tonic herbs help the body maintain its self-regulatory capacity, assuring optimal functioning. Tonic herbs, referred to in Asia as “superior herbs,” comprise an “elite class” of about 60 >> Read Article

Lithium Orotate

Lithium Orotate

The Unique, Safe Mineral with Multiple Uses   By Ward Dean MD and Jim English Lithium is a mineral with a cloudy reputation. It is an alkali metal in the same family as sodium, potassium and other elements. Although lithium is highly effective in the treatment of manic depressive illness (X4 DI), its pharmaceutical (prescription) versions – lithium carbonate and lithium citrate – must be used with caution. (1) The reason for the caution with pr>> Read Article

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Health authorities around the globe continue to warn of a potential influenza pandemic that they fear the world is ill prepared to cope with. As communicable disease experts scrutinize daily reports for signs of an impending outbreak, public health specialists and drug manufacturers are working to develop vaccines, drugs, and strategies to quarantine and treat the ill. Unfortunately these plans will take years to implement, and some of the most dangerous s>> Read Article

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Allergy Season

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

Winter is over and everyone should feel free to retire “snowpocalypse” and “polar vortex” from their vocabulary. If letting go of these buzz words isn’t that easy, take comfort in this: The harsh winter could cause a historically bad allergy season because of what some are referring to as the “pollen vortex.” Essentially, the long wint>> Read Article

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

A new scientific report out October 3 from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)[i] dismantles the myth that the epidemic rise in allergies in recent years has happened because we're living in sterile homes and overdoing hygiene. But far from saying microbial exposure is not important, the report concludes that losing>> Read Article

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to alleviate acute sinusitis, show no clinical benefit in treating the condition, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The common cold is the main cause of acute sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal cavities, >> Read Article

AllerPhase,

AllerPhase, "It Is The Only Thing That Works For Me."

I live in the beautiful Northwest where there is much mold and pollen, plus I often pet-sit for people and am allergic to animals (especially during allergy season). This year the pollen hit suddenly and I was much in need of some relief! Thankfully, I still had some AllerPhase from last year's allergy season and it helped almost immediat>> Read Article

Allerphase And Pet Dander

Allerphase And Pet Dander

I have to say I’m quite impressed with AllerPhase. I have suffered with severe hay fever and allergies for years in Canada until I moved to California a few years ago. The allergens and pollens are different here than on the east coast so I considered myself pretty much allergy free once I moved. Recently, I adopted a dog which does not s>> Read Article

Sleep

Brain-Calming Botanical Promotes Safer, Natural Deep Sleep Cycles

Brain-Calming Botanical Promotes Safer, Natural Deep Sleep Cycles

By Patton L. Whittington Not since the poet Epimenides stumbled into a cool, dark cave and fell asleep for 57 years, has sleep been such a precious commodity. Sleep experts nationwide report a sharp increase in bleary-eyed people seeking medical attention for poor sleep. "Something's happening out there," says Bethesda, Maryland pediat>> Read Article

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering. Now, a study led by researchers a>> Read Article

New Implantable

New Implantable "Sleep Pacemaker" for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to signific>> Read Article

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of daily stress accumulates overtime and accelerates cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well. "The study participants who exercised, slept well and ate well had less telomere shortening >> Read Article

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

Jim English If you have trouble falling asleep, wake up frequently in the middle of the night, or drag yourself out of bed in the morning feeling drained and exhausted, you're not alone. A survey conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reveals that as many as 40 million Americans suffer from disrupted a>> Read Article