Could Music Beat Drugs For Anxiety and Mood?

music_anxiety_greenmedinfoWe use music – like coffee and alcohol – every day for pleasure and to boost our mood.  But we may not understand how deeply music affects our brain chemistry.  Continue reading

7 Top “Healthy” Foods to Avoid

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Twenty-six percent of people surveyed reported confusion about which foods are healthy was a major barrier to eating right

“Healthy” foods to avoid include most commercial yogurt, Continue reading

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms and Seven Ways to Support and Heal your Adrenal Glands

In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress – physical and emotional – and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack. 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

Finally, the Truth Revealed About Gout

gout Are you one of the millions of Americans who notices a throbbing pain in their toe, knee, or elbow after they eat a big steak dinner or have a tall glass of beer? If you are, then it could be related to this nasty culprit: gout.

Gout affects six million Americans and, as baby boomers age, the number is expected to rise. Continue reading

The Four Foods You Must Avoid if you’re Stressed

One of the more popular ways we cope with stress is to reach for a snack. Sugary or salty treats like chocolate and chips are regular fixtures of “stress eating.” The truth is, most of the things we reach for when we’re feeling stressed actually exacerbate the problem.

When you’re feeling stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisone, Continue reading

Dog Poisons

[singlepic id=279 w=320 h=240 float=left]Dog poison No. 1: Medications for people.

Drugs that might be beneficial, or even life-saving, for people can have the opposite effect in pets. And it doesn’t always take a large dose to do major damage. Continue reading

How Food Affects High Triglycerides

For those diagnosed with high triglycerides, it’s important to take action to lower your levels and improve your heart health.

Triglyceride is just a fancy word for fat — the fat in our bodies is stored in the form of triglycerides. Triglycerides are found in foods and manufactured in our bodies. Normal triglyceride levels Continue reading

Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents as Leading Cause of Injury-Related Death

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  • The primary risk factor for suicide is depression in combination with substance abuse, and this could include alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs. An estimated 90 percent of those who end up taking their own lives fit into this category
  • Suicide has overtaken traffic accidents as the leading cause Continue reading

Six Safe, Natural Solutions for Getting Rid of Migraine Headache Pain

 Migraine sufferers are often anxious to rid themselves of the terrible pain characterizing this condition. Health-conscious individuals choose natural treatments to avoid drug side effects. Many migraine sufferers don’t realize the effects certain foods and chemicals may have on their systems, contributing to the development of migraines, or to their resolution. Diet, herbs Continue reading

Strawberry Extract Protects Against UVA Rays

An experiment has shown that strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation as well as increasing its viability and reducing damage to DNA. Developed by a team of Italian and Spanish researchers, the study opens the door to the creation of photo-protective cream made from strawberries.

“We have verified the protecting effect of strawberry extract against damage 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

Male Fertility Genes Discovered

A new study has revealed previously undiscovered genetic variants that influence fertility in men. The findings, published by Cell Press on May 24th in the American Journal of Human Genetics, shed much-needed light on human reproduction and might provide answers for countless men suffering from infertility. Continue reading

It Takes a Village to Keep Teens Substance Free

During high school the parents of teenagers’ friends can have as much effect on the teens’ substance use as their own parents, according to prevention researchers.

“Among friendship groups with ‘good parents’ there’s a synergistic effect — if your parents are consistent Continue reading

Loud Music Makes You Drink More

Beware of loud music at your favorite watering hole. Research in France, shows that when the volume goes up, so does your tendency to drink more and faster.

To determine music’s influence on alcohol consumption, scientists collaborated with bar owners to observe drinking behavior among patrons as the researchers surreptitiously manipulated the loudness of music from a jukebox. They found that as they cranked up the sound, people’s drinking also cranked up.

“… High sound levels may have caused higher arousal, which led the subjects to drink faster and to order more drinks,”” says Nicolas Guéguen, a professor of behavioral sciences at the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France. “(Or) loud music may have had a negative effect on social interaction in the bar, so that patrons drank more because they talked less.”

Other research has also shown that as the tempo of the music increases, so does the tempo of drinking. In contrast, silence has been shown to be more conducive to reduced alcohol. Continue reading