Certain Heartburn Drugs May Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack

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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are severely overprescribed and misused for heartburn—a condition for which they were not designed Continue reading

Measles: A Rash of Misinformation

Measles Vaccines Questionsthe recent release of a provocative children’s book entitled Melanie’s Marvelous Measles, a debate has ensued regarding the effectiveness and wisdom surrounding measles vaccinations.  When I first heard about the book, I went to Amazon to order a copy for myself.  The amount of negative reviews was staggering.  People were claiming that the information was “dangerous”, “harmful” and Continue reading

Milk Thistle May Prevent Photo-Aging and Skin Cancer

milkthistle 2For more than 2,000 years, a spiky purple plant known as the “liver herb,” has been used in traditional medicine for healing a wide range of conditions from mushroom poisoning to indigestion.  Modern researchers have now added the prevention of photo-aging and skin cancer to the long list of milk thistle’s benefits. Continue reading

What You Need to Protect Yourself from SARS-Like Virus MERS-CoV

mulleinLike a ticking time bomb, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a deadly new coronavirus known as Middle East Respiratory Symptom Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, that has reared its ugly head killing approximately 50 percent of its known victims thus far. There’s no evidence showing from where the virus derives and no information whether it originates in any particular animal, according to WHO.

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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

Zithromax and Januvia: Two Commonly-Prescribed Drugs Now Shown to Be Killing Patients

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The US FDA is investigating a potential link between a commonly used class of diabetes drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors and pre-cancerous changes to the pancreas. Additionally, previous studies have also indicated a connection of thyroid, colon, melanoma, and prostate cancer

Brew Up a Wealth of Healthful Benefit with Chai Tea

Next time you are savoring a creamy cup of Indian chai tea, here’s something to ponder: The characteristic spicy flavor is also what makes chai outrageously healthy. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, anise and black tea are super foods in their own right 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

College Students Design Stethoscope That Can Diagnose Pneumonia

Every year 2.1 million children around the globe die from pneumonia—more than die from HIV, malaria, and measles combined—making it the number one killer of kids under the age of 5. Why so many deaths? Although pneumonia can be successfully treated with antibiotics, even experts sometimes have a difficult time diagnosing it. Continue reading

BEYOND ANTIBIOTICS

Beyond Antibiotics is the title of a book by two medical doctors, Keith Sehnert, MD and Lendon Smith, MD.  These gutsy authors challenge one of the most sacred cows of conventional medicine, the widespread use of antibiotics.  I have found antibiotics are very rarely needed, and most often they are very harmful.  I have drawn information from the book to write this article.

Doctors prescribe antibiotics at what can only be termed an incredible rate.  According to several studies done Continue reading

Anthrax Capsule Vaccine Protects Monkeys from Lethal Infection

Vaccination with the anthrax capsule—a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease—protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to U.S. Army scientists. The study, which appears in the Jan. 20th print edition of the journal VACCINE, represents the first successful use of a non-toxin vaccine to protect monkeys from the disease.

Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax, is recognized as one of the most serious bioterrorism threats. It produces three main components that allow it to do harm—lethal toxin, edema toxin, and the capsule. During anthrax infection, the bacterium invades and grows to high concentrations in the host. The capsule surrounds the bacterium and prevents it from being ingested and destroyed by the white blood cells, thus allowing anthrax infection to progress. The toxins are thought to act mainly by damaging the body’s natural defense mechanisms.

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A Refreshing Way to Help Cure Pneumonia Infection

Here’s an herbal remedy that could help you this flu season. In the latest health news, researchers have just discovered that mint could help fight respiratory infections that lead to pneumonia.

You may be familiar with some of the health benefits of mint tea. It’s good for your digestion, helping to break down food into nutrients that your body can use for the important tasks it needs to perform. Peppermint tea also makes an excellent herbal remedy for soothing an upset stomach. In fact, it can help eliminate some of the painful symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Peppermint in and of itself contains some special nutrients. Menthol, one of its active ingredients, could help to ease diarrhea and reduce the pain associated with headaches. Continue reading

The First Thing to Do when a Cold or Flu Strikes

Cold and flu season are right around the corner, and with it we can expect lots of advertisements for flu vaccines.

I’ve written extensively on the dangers of flu vaccines before, and the fact that they simply do not work—according to the scientific evidence.

So here’s a timely review of what you can do to protect yourself and your family from colds and any type of flu this season, and in years to come.

What Causes Colds and Influenzas? Continue reading

Opioids Linked to Higher Risk of Pneumonia in Older Adults

Risks highest for long-acting opioids and new use, says Group Health study

Opioids – a class of medicines commonly given for pain — were associated with a higher risk of pneumonia in a study of 3,061 adults, aged 65 to 94, e-published in advance of publication in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study from researchers at Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington (UW) also found that benzodiazepines, which are drugs generally given for insomnia and anxiety, did not affect pneumonia risk.

“Pneumonia is a common infection that can have serious consequences in older adults,” said study leader Sascha Dublin, MD, Ph.D, a Group Health Research Institute assistant investigator and Group Health primary care physician.

“Opioids and benzodiazepines work in different ways, but both can decrease the breathing rate. Both are also sedatives, which can increase the risk of aspiration.” Aspiration is inhaling material (including saliva or food particles) from the mouth into the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia.

A 2009 study estimated that two million Americans Continue reading

Zinc the Link for Pneumonia Prevention

Vegans aren’t just missing out on good health… there’s now solid evidence that a meat-free lifestyle can leave seniors open to pneumonia and even death.

That’s because while you won’t find the answer to colds, the flu and pneumonia in mainstream meds or vaccines… you will find it in zinc-rich foods such as steak, liver and oysters — and a new study confirms what I’ve been saying about this miraculous mineral for years.

Researchers have been keeping tabs on 600 elderly residents of 33 nursing homes in the Boston area who were given supplements with half the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and nutrients.

Those with normal levels of zinc in the blood Continue reading