About Almonds: Raw or Rocket Fuel? Take Your Pick

almonds_raw_greenmedinfoAlmonds labeled “raw” in the United States are harboring a scary secret.  Here’s how you can avoid it.

Are almonds safe to eat? (And the question is relevant for the now almost ubiquitous almond milk Continue reading

The Science of Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is an ancient holistic health care system still widely practiced in China

Each year, millions of Americans also turn to acupuncture to relieve chronic pain, Continue reading

Raising a Generation of Pill-Poppers; How Abuse of “Uppers,” “Downers,” and Stimulants Threatens an Entire Generation

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ADHD drugs have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among students and young professionals. 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulants were written in 2011, up 39 percent from 2007

Adverse effects of ADHD drugs include permanent brain damage, Continue reading

More Coffee May Lead To A Longer Life

More Coffee May Lead To A Longer LifeTired of apologizing for your addiction to a morning mug (or two or three) of coffee? No more need for guilt – that java may be just what the doctor should order.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, older adults who drink coffee have a lower risk of Continue reading

Garlic Beats Best-Selling Blood Pressure Drug In New Study

A groundbreaking new study published in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has revealed that garlic is at least as effective as the blockbuster blood pressure lowering drug atenolol in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients diagnosed with essential hypertension, a condition linked to the #1 cause of death in 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

Suffering from Depression? You’re Not Alone

depDepression is a major health issue in this country, impacting 20% of Americans at some point in their lives. What’s interesting, though, is that it appears many cases may be avoided, or at least limited, by making lifestyle changes.

As the factors of depression are examined more closely, increasing amounts of preventative measures are coming to light. Providing therapeutic opportunities existing beyond pharmaceutical and psychological treatments, these factors can play Continue reading

Value of Zinc and Chromium

chroKeeping your blood sugar under control is no picnic — in fact, if you’ve been dealing with type 2 diabetes, I’m guessing your favorite picnic foods have been off the menu for some time.

The fact is, diabetes is more than a mealtime nuisance. It’s a deadly wrecking ball that unleashes oxidative stress on your heart and Continue reading

The Dangers of a Low Fat Diet

Over the years there has been a large amount of media hype promoting the need for a low fat diet.  The supposed dangers of eating fat being increased risk of heart attack, stroke and the growing obesity rates.  Every time I read an article about how bad fat is, hear a news report about another study or find a recipe promoting the low fat lifestyle, Continue reading

Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You?

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  • Polar bear plunges, which involve taking a dip in the ocean in the winter, are said to invigorate and energize, but they can also generate an enormous shock to your system
  • You should be in relatively good shape if you take a polar bear plunge; for those at risk of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, or heart disease, the extra stress on your body can be especially dangerous, increasing your risk of heart attack
  • Even among healthy people, Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium

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  • Vitamin      K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in      protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays      an important role in cancer protection
  • The      biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper      areas in your body, Continue reading

Diet’s Role in Lowering Risk of Repeat Heart Attacks

Patients with heart disease frequently assume that medication is enough to forestall a repeat heart attack or stroke, but a large new study shows the preventive power of a healthy diet. Continue reading

Analysis Finds Flu Vaccine Efficacy Lacking, as Flu Vaccines are Suspended across Europe and Canada

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  • A recent review found that flu vaccines may not offer protection as previously thought. The elderly, in particular, do not appear to receive measureable value from the flu shot. Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines also didn’t offer much protection to children over the age of seven Continue reading

Red Meat: Is it worse than We Thought?

Shield your eyes if you love a daily dose of red meat (actually, don’t; you’re the most important target for this message). A new study has identified such meat as leading to a greater risk of cancer death, cardiovascular death, and mortality in general. These startling findings show people that keeping a diet high in red meat is simply dangerous 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