Spearmint is a cool way to boost your cognitive focus and attention

Spearmint is commonly used to freshen your breath. However, new research shows that it could also boost your attention. A study published in the journal Nutrition Research found a link between spearmint extract supplementation and enhanced attention. Continue reading

Store Bought Vegetables and Herbs to Regrow at Home

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  • Gardening is a healthy activity you may start without visiting your garden store or sprouting seeds; carrots, garlic, lettuce and multiple herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and basil all may be regrown from organic produce you purchase at the store
  • Ginger is a tropical plant that may do well outdoors during the summer heat but will appreciate being brought inside when the temperatures drop; split a ginger root from the store and plant in well-composted soil, keeping it moist but not water-logged. Ginger may help stabilize blood sugar, normalize blood pressure and promote healthy aging
  • Just one head of garlic may produce enough garlic to feed your family for a season; separate and plant the large cloves in fertile soil during the fall months so the plant puts down roots before winter. One clove will produce a new head of garlic; people have used garlic for centuries to add flavor to foods, boost immunity and as an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Herbs grow well in the ground and all year indoors in containers. Start basil, rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano by stripping the lower leaves of a tender stem and placing them in water until they root; transplant to soil and watch your healthy herb garden grow

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Studies Show Microwaves Drastically Reduce Nutrients in Food

Did you know that microwaving your food is one of the most damaging things you can do to reduce food quality and nutrition (and your health)? Continue reading

RFK. Jr. Mic Dropping Speech Marks Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement Vis-à-Vis The Rise of the Medical Police State

Medical Fascism Descends in California, While A New Civil (and Human) Rights Movement in the US is Being Born  Continue reading

The Opioid Crisis — A Case of Mass Homicide?

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  • The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
  • Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
  • Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
  • The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
  • While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead

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What broke American health care and how to fix it

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  • “The Price We Pay Dr. Marty Makary’s book, : What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It,” reveals the money games in the U.S. health care system, and what every American should know
  • New science is revealing that indications to treat should be narrower then previously recognized. Overall 21% of medical treatments have been deemed unnecessary, contributing to our cost crisis
  • Over the past 150 years, the focus of most hospitals has shifted from serving the community to generating profits, and these two aims are frequently at odds
  • Predatory pricing practices are crushing everyday Americans. Some hospitals will charge five to 10 times the going rate for services and then sue patients who cannot afford the padded bills
  • Investigations reveal there’s no correlation between high prices and quality of care. Nor is there a correlation between high prices and charity care
  • Another egregious example of predatory pricing is that of ambulance transport. Unless you’re seriously injured, consider taking an Uber to the hospital as the bill for an ambulance transport can run into the thousands. For helicopter transport, it could be as high as half a million dollars 

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Why You Should Ditch Sugar In Favor of Honey

While honey and sugar share similar degrees of sweetness, the differences in the way our bodies respond to them are profound. Continue reading

Do Plants Have a Brain?

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  • Research reveals so many complex plant abilities, some theorize they have a “brain”
  • The Venus flytrap traps its prey with leaves lined with “teeth” that clamp together like a clam shell
  • When the fern-like leaves of the sensitive plant are touched, they rapidly fold up and close
  • Pitcher plants have deep cavities filled with digestive liquid that attracts and then drowns prey
  • Some plants emit caffeine, which makes pollinators remember their scent and return
  • The sand verbena and the honey-scented pincushion coat themselves in sand to protect them from herbivores

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How you can eat to beat illness: Harvard scientist Dr WILLIAM LI reveals the foods that could save your life

  • Specific compounds in certain foods can boost the body’s natural defenses 
  • Dr William Li says the most powerful way to beat disease is to prevent it
  • Foods listed below will help support the growth and health of blood vessels 

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Garmin launches GPS smartwatch with 24-7 fitness monitoring capabilities

The watch includes sleep tracking, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts and menstrual cycle tracking. Continue reading

First long-distance heart surgery performed via robot

A doctor in India has performed a series of five percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures on patients who were 20 miles away from him. The feat was pulled off using a precision vascular robot developed by Corindus. The results of the surgeries, which were successful, have just been published in EClinicalMedicine, a spin-off of medical journal The Lancet. Continue reading

New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more!

New research into age-related immune failure, Alzheimer’s treatment also benefits autistic children, a stable vaccine for malaria, and more!  Continue reading

World’s oldest mom’ gives birth to twins at age 74 after IVF, hospital claims

A 74-year-old woman now holds the record for “world’s oldest mom” after she reportedly gave birth to twins on Thursday following a round of in vitro fertilization using donor eggs. The woman, identified as Erramatti Mangayamma, and her husband, 80-year-old Rajarao, hail from a small Indian village in the Eastern Godavari district, SWNS reported. Continue reading

Regenerating New Zealand: Using nature to restore forests

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  • The documentary, “Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest,” features botanist and nature buff Hugh Wilson and his work to regenerate 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of native forest in New Zealand
  • The film shows how conservationists used the power of nature to regenerate native forests
  • Under the theory of “minimal interference,” Wilson and others embraced the presence of an exotic native “weed” called gorse to turn pastureland into a thriving forest
  • Gorse, which is hated and considered a nuisance by pastural farmers, helped regenerate forests by providing a canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive
  • Restoring forests provides many benefits, including an increase in native vegetation and biodiversity, improved water flow and carbon sequestration, which help fight climate change by capturing excess atmospheric carbon and storing it in the soil

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