10 Turmeric recipes that can help relieve arthritis symptoms

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a rich and aromatic spice popular in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. But on top of its uses in the kitchen, turmeric also has medicinal properties that render it a potent natural medicine for numerous ailments, from sprains to arthritis.

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5 Top Foods for Eye Health

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Do you find yourself squinting and straining to read the daily news and wondering why the writing on menus has become so small? Are you interested in keeping your vision sharp no matter what your age? If so, these five best foods for eye health are a natural way to give your vision a boost from the inside out! Continue reading

In Mexico, tuna is not a fish but a fruit

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Growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s, I would have thought the idea of cacti producing anything edible to be crazy. It turns out that all cactus species produce fruit you can eat, and it happens that we are currently in one of the major seasons for cactus fruit in Mexico. Continue reading

Fermented Foods May Lower Your Risk of COVID-19 Death

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  • Countries that consume higher amounts of traditionally fermented foods have lower COVID-19 mortality rates. According to German researchers, significant changes in the microbiome caused by modern life and low fermented food consumption may have increased the spread or severity of the disease
  • For each gram-per-day increase in the average national consumption of fermented vegetables, the mortality risk for COVID-19 decreased by 35.4%
  • A review of seven small clinical trials found probiotics and/or prebiotics may be helpful for those struggling with depression and anxiety
  • Two types of gut bacteria in particular, Coprococcus and Dialister bacteria, have been shown to be “consistently depleted” in individuals diagnosed with clinical depression
  • Gut bacteria associated with good mental health synthesize the dopamine metabolite 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, while those associated with depression produce γ-aminobutyric acid

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NYC Doctor Highlights Importance of Vitamin D Optimization

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  • Research shows COVID-19 patients with a vitamin D level between 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L) and 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L) had a sevenfold higher risk of death than those with a level above 30 ng/mL
  • Having a vitamin D level below 20 ng/mL was associated with a 12 times higher risk of death from COVID-19
  • Other research suggests your risk of developing and dying from COVID-19 virtually disappears once your vitamin D level gets above 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L). To ignore this seems foolish in the extreme, especially since vitamin D supplementation is both safe and inexpensive
  • Other nutrient deficiencies may be at play if you’re having a hard time improving your vitamin D level. One of them is magnesium, which is required for the conversion of vitamin D into its active form
  • Recent research shows you need 244% more oral vitamin D if you’re not also taking magnesium and vitamin K2

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Your Iron Levels Could Be a Key to Slow Aging and Long Life

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  • Iron is essential to life, but data show that too much is associated with aging and a shortened life and health spans — the total years lived in good health
  • High iron levels also increase the availability of free iron, which promotes heart cell death, leading to impaired heart function and mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Excess iron affects blood pressure and glycemic control. Levels build with increased intake and the body’s poor ability to excrete extra iron
  • Blood donation, or therapeutic phlebotomy for those unable to donate, is a quick and simple way to manage iron levels. Get a yearly ferritin and GGT test to measure your levels

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The Masks That Will Not Go Away

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The headline reads: Store Mask Bully Unleashes on Children, Tells Them ‘I Hope You All Die.’ Even young children are not spared during a rash of recent incidents in which pro-mask bullies have attacked strangers during their patrols of stores, parks, and other locations looking for mask violators amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Another headline: Couple Allegedly Maced by Unhinged Woman for Having Picnic While Not Wearing Masks.

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14 Patents in Every Fake Bite of Impossible Burger

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  • Impossible Foods, which made headlines for its meatless burgers that “bleed” like real meat, holds 14 patents, with at least 100 more pending
  • Impossible Foods should be called “Impossible Patents,” according to Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate, who suggests fake meat products are destroying the environment by perpetuating a harmful reliance on genetically engineered grains while accelerating soil loss and detracting from regenerative agriculture
  • Impossible Foods’ products are heavily processed and produced in laboratories — not grown in or found in nature
  • Impossible Foods has even taken aim at regenerative farming practices, which are promoting optimal nutrition and health while at the same time helping to prevent pollution and restore damaged ecosystems
  • Impossible Foods’ numerous patents reveal that their products are driven by profits, and perhaps the ultimate goal is to replace real meat altogether with a highly lucrative patented product

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Striking Decline of Premature Births and SIDS During COVID

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  • During March and April this year, while most of the world enforced more or less strict stay-at-home orders, premature births plummeted by 90% in Denmark and 73% in Ireland, and nearly halved in Canada. Unusual reductions have also been reported in other countries, including Australia, the Netherlands and the U.S.
  • It’s still unknown why the premature birth rate has dropped so dramatically. Doctors speculate it may be because pregnant women have had more rest and less work stress, greater family support, more sleep, fewer infections and reduced air pollution
  • One factor that has not been openly addressed is the reduction in maternal vaccinations. Health officials have expressed concern over declining infant vaccination rates during the pandemic, so maternal vaccination rates may also have dropped
  • The death rate among children in the U.S. has also mysteriously dropped during the lockdowns, from an average of 700 per week to fewer than 500 per week during the months of April and May. Most of this change is attributed to a decline in infant mortality
  • Doctors and researchers suggest reduced vaccination rates during the pandemic may have played a role by reducing the number of infants dying from SIDS

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Top 10 Questions About Jasmine Plants

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If you’re at all like me, you don’t just choose plants that are sensible, you pick those that delight your senses. Jasmine fits the bill with its romantic flowers and honey sweet fragrance. You can find jasmines that are perfect for the summer garden or evergreen varieties that light up your backyard in winter. Continue reading

WHO Admits: No Direct Evidence Masks Prevent Viral Infection

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  • According to the World Health Organization’s June 5, 2020, guidance on face mask use, there’s no direct evidence that universal masking of healthy people is an effective intervention against respiratory illnesses
  • While masks do not prevent the spread of viral infections, the WHO still makes a case for universal mask-wearing, citing benefits such as reduced stigmatization of people caring for COVID-19 patients in nonclinical settings, making people feel like they’re doing something to help, serving as a reminder to be compliant with other measures, and economic benefits for people who can sew homemade masks
  • Despite the fact that cloth masks are far less effective for blocking potentially infectious respiratory droplets, the WHO recommends cloth masks should be worn by infected persons in community settings
  • A policy review paper published in the CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that masks did not protect against influenza in non-healthcare settings
  • Harms and risks of mask-wearing include health effects associated with poor air quality and toxic ingredients in the mask, self-contamination caused by manipulation of the mask by contaminated hands, general discomfort, facial skin lesions, irritant dermatitis or worsening acne, and a false sense of security that may reduce adherence to other preventive measures such as hand hygiene

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The Role of Metabolic Health in Better COVID-19 Outcomes

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  • Your metabolic health has a significant impact on COVID-19 severity, and at least 9 in 10 Americans are metabolically unhealthy
  • One of the classic changes associated with insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome is overactivation of the innate immune system, with decreasing activity in the adaptive immune system
  • When it comes to healthy aging, it’s not your biological age that matters but, rather, your immune and metabolic age, both of which are malleable and can be improved through simple lifestyle changes
  • Research shows that when blood sugar is well-controlled and there’s less glycemic variability, people do better when contracting COVID-19. When they have high levels of glycemic variability, which is indicative of insulin resistance, they fare much worse

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Tomatoes That Can Well – What Are The Best Canning Tomatoes

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In many areas we’re planning our summer gardens, and that usually means we’ll include tomatoes. Perhaps, you’re planning a big harvest and want extra tomatoes for canning. Preserving tomatoes is a common chore in late summer and one that some of us do regularly. Let’s take a look at some of the best canning tomatoes. Continue reading

A natural alternative to statins: Combining lemon juice and garlic helps reduce cholesterol levels and improve your blood pressure

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Quinine, Precursor to Hydroxychloroquine, First Used by Inca Herbalists As Early As 16th Century

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The potential COVID-19 cure’s precursor was an Inca folk treatment long before Europeans learned of its existence.

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