Are Children Medicated for Convenience, or Necessity?

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A BBC documentary examines what drives parents to put their kids on potent brain-altering drugs with potentially dangerous side effects

Many children today are drugged for “parental convenience,” as opposed to being treated for Continue reading

The Proof Is in the Panic: We Need a New Strategy against Viral Infections

Volunteers put on protective suits during Red Cross Ebola training excercise in WuerzburgSummary:The recent international health crises due to viral infections has made one thing very clear: We need a new strategy to combat viral infections. Ebola has been in the international news daily for the past two months, while the US has had a recent upsurge of measles, enterovirus D68, Continue reading

Foods That Can Help Protect and Improve Your Eyesight

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness among the elderly, followed by cataracts

The pathology of both of these conditions has been attributed to free radical damage, and the condition is in many cases largely preventable through an antioxidant-rich diet Continue reading

Use Old Fashion Black Salve for Serious Skin Conditions

black salve**Please Note**much of the info below was received from Alpha Omega Labs, a company that sold black salve under the commercial name “Cansema” which was very successful in treating skin cancers before the FDA shut them down. There are a select few quality black salves that are still on the market today. Continue reading

What is Auriculotherapy?

Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of the auricle of the external ear for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. It is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles, whereas the term auriculotherapy often refers to electrical stimulation of the surface of ear reflex points. Specific points on the ear can also be stimulated by manual pressure, referred to as auricular acupressure or ear reflexology. Acupuncture points on the ear 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

Strawberries Protect the Stomach from Alcohol

In an experiment on rats, European researchers have proved that eating strawberries reduces the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach mucous membrane. Published in the open access journal Plos One, the study may contribute to improving the treatment of stomach ulcers.

A team of Italian, Serbian and Spanish researchers has confirmed the protecting effect that strawberries have in a mammal stomach that has been damaged by alcohol. Scientists gave ethanol (ethyl alcohol) to laboratory rats and, according to the study published in the journal Plos One, have thus proved that the stomach mucous membrane of those that had previously eaten strawberry extract suffered less damage.

Sara Tulipani, researcher at the University of Barcelona (UB) and co-author of the study explains Continue reading

Thermography is a Safe Alternative to Mammography

Thermography is a high technology tool that specifically measures inflammation in the body. This test is particularly good for assessing active areas of cancer cell formation. It is more effective and is significantly less invasive than mammography.

Research has shown that the major mechanism involved with all degenerative disease is inflammation. Most medical testing searches for disease processes that have already developed. They are looking downstream to the effect rather than upstream at the underlying cause. More advanced health care practitioners use instruments and technology that search upstream for the cause of physiological abnormalities in the body.

Thermography is a scanning device  Continue reading

Is Passivity the Future for Home Health Monitoring?

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Think there’s not enough evidence to prove the efficacy of wireless, home-based patient monitoring?

Robin Felder, associate director of clinical chemistry and toxicology and a pathology professor at the University of Virginia, disputes that notion. Felder likes to cite a 2007 paper in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. That paper showed a 74 percent reduction in the cost of caring for patients in assisted living with “passive” monitoring devices, and, notably, the rate of urinary tract infections in the study group dropped to near zero. Continue reading