Commonwealth Fund: U.S. Healthcare Is most Expensive, but Last in Quality

hp2For the fifth time, the United States’ healthcare system ranks last in quality compared to 10 other industrialized Western nations, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.

Not only has the U.S. remained in last place through the past decade, the healthcare system’s per capita spending ($8,508) is far greater than Continue reading

Healthcare Prices Vary across the US

hcc22The cost for the same service varies greatly across the 30 most populous U.S. cities, according to a new analysis from Castlight Health.

The analysis focused on costs paid through employer-sponsored benefits for common outpatient services, including a lipid panel, a CT scan, an MRI and an adult preventive primary care visit. Continue reading

ConsumerLab, Natural News Labs both Confirm High Levels of Toxic Cadmium in Popular Cacao Powders

cocoaBoth ConsumerLab.com and the Natural News Forensic Food Lab have simultaneously confirmed high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in cacao powder products. High levels of lead have also been found by Natural News in one brand of cacao powder. Takeaway points from this research:  Continue reading

Why We Laugh

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Humans are born with the ability to laugh, and laughter acts as a universal language across all cultures

Social laughter is 30 times more frequent than solitary laughter, likely because laughter developed as a way to strengthen group bonds and emotional relationships

Laughter follows jokes Continue reading

The Oft-Ignored Link between Mental Illness and Hypothyroid Disease

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Thyroid hormone is critical for your mitochondrial function

When thyroid hormone is deficient or poorly functioning, you may experience symptoms ranging from fatigue and constipation, to hair loss, Continue reading