Medication Stealing Vital Nutrients from your Body

Often prescribed to alleviate symptoms of illness, pharmaceutical medications rarely attack the root cause and cure the illness and have the added downside of side-effects.

Aside from the litany of side-effects listed, new book “Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients” suggests the medications may be further adding to your state of illness by “stealing nutrients from your system or preventing their absorption.” Not only might this make you feel worse, but it also may cause you to develop another condition.

Author of the new book, leading U.S. pharmacist Suzy Cohen, claims, “If you run low on even one vital nutrient, you can experience a cascade of uncomfortable side effects,” Continue reading

More Farmers are going Organic

Conventional farming methods may gradually be going the way of the buffalo, at least for many smaller-scale farmers who are discovering the practical and financial benefits of switching to organic techniques. The Morning Call (TMC) reports that many dairy farmers are making the transition to organic because they are realizing it is better for their herds, better for the land, better for consumers, and ultimately better for business.

When James Burkholder, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer, made the decision to switch his dairy herd of 60 conventional cows to organic, it was almost a no-brainer. The conventional dairy market has seen profitability wane considerably in recent years, and Burkholder told reporters that he and his family had considered starting a new business altogether because it was almost no longer worth their while — Continue reading

Vitamin D Helps the Body Absorb Calcium

In recent years, scientists have been paying special attention to vitamin D and the catalog of health benefits it provides, in addition to its ability to help the body absorb calcium.

Now, researchers at the New Jersey Dental School are reporting that the nutrient may help to boost immune responses to prevent gingivitis and periodontics which have been known to lead to tooth loss and heart disease.

Moreover, lung and gum cells may be able to activate forms of vitamin D that are inactive.

“This means that we may even be able to use vitamin D therapy topically, if that proves true,” said lead author Gill Diamond. Continue reading

Healthy Diet Improves Cognitive Impairment

Individuals who eat plenty of fresh produce, whole grains and lean meat often experience significant physical health benefits when compared to people who favor diets high in fat and carbohydrates.

Now, researchers at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System have suggested that a diet that is good for the heart and waistline may also have positive benefits for the mind.

In a four-week trial, the scientists found that a diet that was low in saturated fats and simple carbohydrates resulted in reduced levels of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease as well as lowered cholesterol. Additionally, a healthy diet was shown to improve memory test scores for both normal participants and those experiencing mild cognitive impairment.

“The therapeutic effects of  Continue reading