As Painkiller Addiction and Overdoses Continue to Rise, Pharmaceutical Companies Are Sued for Inciting Epidemic

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Narcotic painkillers are a driving force in the rise of substance abuse and lethal overdoses

In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for opioids and other narcotic painkillers were written in the US; 46 people die Continue reading

US Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

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Deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US

US officials now acknowledge that prescription narcotics are a driving force in the rise of Continue reading

How Do We Reduce Inflammation?

inflaIn Part I of this series, we looked at what inflammation is and how it contributes to cancer development and progression. In Part II, we examine how to discern if inflammation is an issue for you, some valuable assessments to consider to measure it, and the very specific actions you can take to lower inflammation levels that Continue reading

Beat Eczema Naturally

 Eczema is known as a chronic dermatological condition that is characterized by skin rashes, dryness, crusting and flaking skin. Research indicates that eczema is caused by chronic inflammation that affects the skin cells and causes scarring. Natural lifestyle strategies allow the body to de-inflame and beat eczema. Continue reading

How to Get Your Asthma under Control Naturally

Asthma is one of those health conditions — like diabetes — that have skyrocketed in the last decade. More and more people, especially children, seem to be afflicted with the breathing problems associated with asthma. All sorts of blame is being passed around to account for this sharp rise in the condition. Everything from environmental toxins, Continue reading

The Two Most Common Aggravators of Asthma

The Two Most Common Aggravators of Asthma

Many health secrets involve the hidden things that tend to cause illness. That is what this piece of health news is about. And anyone with breathing issues, notably asthma, should pay attention.

A new study out of the Boston University School of Medicine has identified two very common things that cause inflammation in the lungs that aggravates asthma. They are:

1. Diesel exhaust
2. House dust

While the first one is a bit easier to limit exposure to, even the most steadfast cleaner would be hard-pressed to “de- dust” an entire house. This study was published this past month in the “”American Journal of Pathology” and proved so critical that it was selected for an in-depth discussion in the journal’s commentary section. Continue reading

Natural Remedies Help Lymphedema

The condition known as lymphedema is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body’s interstitial tissues which surround the lymph glands. It occurs when lymph nodes are missing, removed or damaged – making it impossible for the lymphatic system to remove excess lymphatic fluid through the lymph vessels. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause serious complications including infection and interference with wound healing. However, there are natural lifestyle changes and remedies which can often offer substantial relief.

There are two types of lymphedema. The first, primary lymphedema, is caused by the absence of lymph nodes or abnormalities in the lymphatic system at birth. Secondary lymphedema is caused by removal of lymph nodes during surgery, radiation treatments, infection, malignancy, or build up of scar tissue. Continue reading

How to Get Off Painkillers

Getting off painkillers is not easy for anyone who suffers chronic pain. But while giving up these drugs can give you a significantly better quality of life, to successfully leave these drugs behind, you need a definitive plan and a concrete strategy.

Chronic Pain

From headaches to arthritis to back pain, chronically recurring pain is all too real for those who suffer.

However, many people’s chronic pain has no clear cause. Chronic pain is a complex puzzle. Myriad thoughts and feelings contribute to pain perception. Psychological factors complicate the situation. And the thoughts and feelings associated  Continue reading