Splenda Contaminates 65% of Breastmilk Sampled, Gov. Study Finds

splenda_contaminates_breastmilkA concerning new study finds that most of the breast milk samples tested contained artificial sweeteners. Why has this never been discovered until now and what are the implications to our most vulnerable populations? 

An article soon to be published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health on the presence of synthetic sweeteners in breast milk is bound to upset the apple cart when Continue reading

5 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain

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Emotional pain can make it impossible to enjoy life and can manifest as physical disease and pain

Letting go of rejection, avoiding rumination and learning from your failures can all help to heal your emotional pain

Keeping guilt from festering and using self-affirmations to boost your self-esteem are other keys to greater emotional well-being Continue reading

Diet Soda May Do More Harm than Good

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Despite being promoted for weight loss, foods and beverages with artificial sweeteners have never been proven to help weight loss. In fact, studies that look at this actually find people gain weight when Continue reading

The Health Problem No One Likes to Talk About

drinksAs long as I can remember, there has been alcohol around. My parents and their friends would drink it when I was a kid, and as I grew older, the people around me continued what almost seemed like a tradition. There was rarely an event that didn’t call for at least a couple of drinks. Continue reading

Vanquish Sugar Addiction Naturally (and Painlessly) with these Tips

Sugar addiction is a subtle and insidious dependency that creeps up completely unnoticed. Unknowingly consumed in processed food or a seemingly harmless meal out, sugar is everywhere. In fact, the average American ingests 150 pounds of refined sugar a year — the equivalent of five tons throughout a lifetime. Don’t be fooled. Simply because sugar is a widespread, accepted substance, doesn’t mean it is anymore innocuous than morphine or heroin. It is just as addictive, if not more so. But there is hope. With a few dietary and lifestyle changes, sugar dependency can be tamed and healthy well-being restored. Continue reading

Lobelia also Known as Indian Tobacco

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Lobelia (Lobelia inflata), also called Indian tobacco, has a long history of use as an herbal remedy for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and cough. Historically, Native Americans smoked lobelia as a treatment for asthma. In the 19th century, American physicians prescribed lobelia to induce vomiting in order remove toxins from the body. Continue reading

Overcome Addiction in 60 Days

Of course you want to overcome your addiction, but you just don’t know where to turn for the right addiction help. Maybe you’ve wanted to overcome your addiction, but have been afraid of the societal stigma and shame that accompanies traditional treatment programs? You may have even tried other treatment programs only to find them unsuccessful, or maybe you’ve achieved recovery Continue reading

Czechs Develop Telemedical Schizophrenia Treatment

ITAREPSThe latest system ITAREPS, developed by Czech mental therapists, evaluates answers of schizophrenic patients and alerts doctors through cell phones if the symptoms are dangerous, daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes yesterday. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic: Hospitalization of US Underage Drinkers Common, Costs $755 Million a Year

Hospitalization for underage drinking is common in the United States, and it comes with a price tag — the estimated total cost for these hospitalizations is about $755 million per year, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Researchers also found geographic and demographic differences in the incidence of alcohol-related hospital admissions. The findings were published online today in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Of the roughly 40,000 youth ages 15 to 20 hospitalized in 2008, the most recent data available, 79 percent were drunk when they arrived at the hospital, researchers say. Alcohol abuse and addiction and drinking-related emotional problems were among the diagnoses.

Among all U.S. teens, roughly 18 of every 10,000 adolescent males and 12 of every 10,000 females were hospitalized after consuming alcohol in the year studied. In all, 700,000 young people in that age group were hospitalized for various reasons, including non-alcohol-related conditions, in 2008.

“When teenagers drink, they tend to drink excessively, leading to many destructive consequences including motor vehicle accidents, injuries, homicides and suicides,” says researcher Terry Schneekloth, M.D., Continue reading

Don’t Suffer Back Pain; Learn and Heal

Back pain is not merely ordinary discomfort. It is a teacher of life lessons instructing us about our bodies and the mind-body connection. If you work through the pain and deal with it in a mindful, natural way, you can find relief and gain a new appreciation for avoiding backaches and improving your life’s journey.

Back Pain Redux

Recurring, chronic back pain is nobody’s friend, although it offers a tough-love educational experience. In the search for relief, this type of pain can too often lead to drug addiction, depression, disability and many more problems if you let it get out of control. But you have to remember that neck pain, upper back pain, low back pain and tail bone discomfort can each have quite different causes. Consequently, each comes with its own lesson.

I became an uncomfortably close friend to low back pain during my college years. In those days, I was a constant athlete. I was a competitive swimmer from age 5 to 13. Then I got serious about tennis, football, basketball, skiing and distance running. During all those activities, I never had a problem with my low back until the beginning of my first year at Brigham Young University (BYU).

I distinctly recall my first low back strain. Continue reading

Bee Pollen Health Benefits Nature’s Fountain of Youth

There are many naturopathic doctors and health practitioners that regard bee pollen as nature’s “fountain of youth” because of its amazing health benefits, age reversing, disease-fighting, and health-boosting effects… and super nutritional properties.

Bee pollen is a fine powdery substance collected by honeybees from the stamens of flowering plants, and stored in honeycomb hives. It is regarded by many as a highly nutritious and complete food — one which contains a rich supply of the B-complex vitamins and folic acid, vitamins A, C, E, carotenoids, amino acids, some essential fatty acids, and a wide variety of minerals.

Some nutritionists even insist that one can live on bee pollen alone. This must be one reason why 10,000 tons Continue reading

How to Choose Assistance in Getting Off Painkillers

There’s only a fine line between a real need for chronic pain medications and the abyss of narcotic addiction. Intractable chronic pain needs treatment or it can ruin your life: uproot your marriage, destroy your job and condemn you to debilitating depression. When faced with problematic painkiller addiction, you must seek the proper professional assistance.

A Serious Problem

How bad does the problem get with using chronic pain relievers? The following is a  very typical history shared by a patient:

“I can’t even count the times I tried and failed to get off painkillers. For three years I tried to stop taking that stuff! Continue reading

Study Claims Junk Food Cravings Trigger the Same as Drug Addict Cravings for Hit

The brain’s response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addicts brain exhibits when anticipating the next “hit,” suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. Ashley Gearhardt of Yale University and her colleagues found that the addictive nature of many junk foods is literally the same as the addictive nature of drugs.

The team analyzed the brains of a group of 48 young women, who were tempted with either a chocolate milkshake or a tasteless beverage solution. Based on data gathered using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team discovered that the women’s anterior cingulated cortex and the medial orbit frontal cortex — two areas of the brain known to respond to drug addiction — both responded to sensory cravings for the milkshake, regardless of the women’s weight.

“If certain foods are addictive, this may partially explain  Continue reading

Study Demonstrates Molecular effects of Meth in Fruit Flies

A new study in fruit flies offers a broad view of the potent and sometimes devastating molecular events that occur throughout the body as a result of methamphetamine exposure.

The study, described in the journal PLoS ONE, tracks changes in the expression of genes and proteins in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) exposed to meth.

Unlike most studies of meth, which focus on the brain, the new analysis looked at molecular changes throughout the body, said University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, who led the research.

“One of the great things about working with fruit flies is that because they’re small, we  Continue reading

20 Secret Signs of Addiction

Knowing whether someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Despite the stereotypes of the staggering drunk or the emaciated addict, most people who overuse alcohol and drugs become adept at disguising their behavior. Shame, embarrassment, and fear of consequences are powerful motivators. And in many cases, the person who’s drinking too much or using drugs doesn’t want to recognize or admit that he’s not in control of the situation.

14 Things Your Eyes Say About Your Health

Sadly, many times we don’t find out until a tragedy, such as a drunken driving accident or an overdose, has occurred. And then we’re left wondering why we didn’t spot the signs of addiction earlier. Knowing these 20 secret signs of addiction can help you prevent that from happening.

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