What Is Activated Charcoal?

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Greasing the Groove Training Principles

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  • Greasing the Groove (GtG) training principles are based on improving muscle memory and facilitating more efficient muscle contraction, leading to greater strength. The principles include exercising at lower repetitions and intensity with greater volume and frequency
  • Your objective with GtG is to train multiple times each day at lower repetitions and weight to keep you fresh for the next set. It is crucial to rest at least 15 minutes between each set and stop well before you experience muscle fatigue or failure
  • The strategy was developed during the Cold War by strength coach and past Soviet Special Forces instructor Pavel Tsatsouline and has since been adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps, Secret Service and Navy SEALS
  • While there is value to GtG, Tsatsouline incorporates it into a program also involving heavier weights. Kaatsu, or blood flow restriction training, offers some of the same benefits of heavy lifting using light weights and high repetitions

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Microwave Oven Dangers – What You Need To Know

Microwave ovens are handy I know.

They are small, cheap and very versatile.

You can cook a meal in seconds.

You can take food out of the deep freeze and in minutes it’s ready to eat.

Those are the advantages.

But what about the disadvantages? What about the dangers of using a microwave oven? That’s something we hear less about…. Continue reading

A massive backlash is building against fake meat products like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods

When it comes to foods that people miss most when giving up red meat for health reasons, burgers are firmly at the top of the list. That’s why some food companies have been putting so much effort into finding meatless alternatives. While products from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods might look and taste like the real thing, they’re hardly the healthier alternative their manufacturers would like you to believe. Continue reading

Latinos Finally Have Access to Telemedicine

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Health Benefits of Living Near the Ocean

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  • Urban adults living 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) or less from the coast had better mental health than those living more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) away
  • When household income was factored in, the study showed that for the lowest income respondents there was a 40% lower risk of poor mental health for those living within 0.6 miles of the coast compared to those living 31 miles away
  • Even among those living between 0.6 miles and 3.1 miles from the coast, there was a 25% lower risk of poor mental health compared to those living farther away
  • In Europe, the BlueHealth project is looking into how inland waterways and coasts affect health promotion and disease
  • Canadian research also revealed that living near water reduced the risk of premature death by 12% to 17% among urban residents, particularly for deaths related to stroke or respiratory-related causes

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How chili peppers can slow down the progression of lung cancer

Did you know that chili peppers could potentially offer a natural solution to cancer? Researchers from the Marshall University – Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine found that capsaicin, the pungent compound in chili peppers, can stop lung cancer metastasis dead on its tracks. Continue reading

This Gift of the Grape Can Protect Memory and May Fight Depression

A nutrient that gets a lot of attention for slowing down aging is now also being recognized for the good things it does for your brain and mood.

Those good things include improving memory, protecting neurons from the kind of destruction that leads to Parkinson’s disease, and also potentially stopping the cellular processes that lead to depression. Continue reading

Your Neglected Sixth Sense Can Expand Your Memory

Although you’re well aware of your five senses – hearing, vision, touch, taste and smell – you have a sixth sense that you may never have heard of. (And no, movie fans, it’s not “seeing dead people!”) Continue reading

Tapping Script: “I Refuse to Forgive”

Forgiveness is easy to WANT to do.

Of course we “should” forgive them…but…

There’s often a part of us that says, “No Way” I was wronged, and if I forgive them, I’m condoning the behavior. Continue reading

Building a Home Pharmacy and Intensive Home Treatment Center

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No matter what you do in terms of choosing a cancer treatment you need to start treating yourself at home. Even if you plan on going away to the best clinic in the world, as you prepare for your trip you need to start taking care of yourself and continue when you get home. Failure to understand this could mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading

What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a rare condition that appears in at least 1 in 5,000 people worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genetics Home Reference. More people became aware of the syndrome in October 2019 when famous singer-songwriter Sia revealed in a series of tweets that she has EDS. Others with EDS responded in droves online, often referring to those in their community as “zebras.” Continue reading

Vitamin C Lowers Mortality in Severe Sepsis

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  • Sepsis is a last-ditch effort by your immune system to fight an infection in your body; it can lead to multiple organ failure and death unless promptly treated
  • While viruses, fungi and parasites all have the ability to trigger sepsis, bacterial infections are the most common cause. The most common types of infection triggering sepsis are respiratory and urinary tract infections
  • Each year, an estimated 1 million Americans get sepsis and up to half of them die as a result. The reason for its high mortality rate is because sepsis is often overlooked; many are unfamiliar with its signs and symptoms. It’s also notoriously difficult to treat
  • In 2017, a critical care physician announced the discovery of a simple and inexpensive way to treat sepsis using an intravenous cocktail of vitamin C and thiamine in combination with hydrocortisone
  • A 2019 study using vitamin C only found it lowered mortality risk in patients with severe sepsis, and reduced the number of days spent in intensive care and overall hospital stay

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Washing Machines Spreading Deadly Superbugs

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  • Thirteen newborns in Germany were colonized with a dangerous bacterium after the washing machine used for their personal items began growing Klebsiella oxytoca, a bacterium normally found in the intestines, which may trigger life-threatening lung infections and damage
  • The authors caution those doing laundry for people who are prone to infection, such as those who are immune compromised or the elderly, should take precautions with their machines at home. There are pros and cons to high efficiency top- and front-loaders and to standard top-loading machines
  • Although front-loading washing machines are more prone to the development of toxic mold growth along the rubber gasket seal, even top-loading machines should be cleaned and sanitized routinely to reduce the growth of bacteria and mold, and to prolong the life of the machine
  • While not implicated in the featured study, it bears noting that your dishwasher has the same type of rubber gasket to keep water in the machine and therefore the potential to grow mold and bacteria. Consider cleaning your dishwasher at least every two months to reduce your potential risk of exposure to mold spores

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Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Worth the Wait

Many people, especially those who follow busy schedules, prefer preparing and eating their meals as quickly as they can. But did you know that there’s an advantage — and a whole lot of flavor — when you cook your food slowly? One way to do this is to use a slow cooker. There’s a lot you can do with a slow cooker, and there are numerous recipes out there that can help put this handy cooking equipment to good use. If you’ve got the time and the patience, here are a few slow-cooked recipes that you can try to make. They’re certainly worth the wait! Continue reading