Should Kids Avoid This Kind of Milk?

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  • A panel of experts found plant-based milks, such as rice, nut and seed milk, or milk made from oats or peas, should be avoided by young children
  • For infants aged zero to 12 months, the panel stated plant milks are not recommended; for those aged 1 to 5 years, plant milks were also not recommended for exclusive consumption in place of dairy milk
  • One major problem with plant milks, particularly if you’re giving it to a child as a significant portion of their diet, is that they don’t offer much nutrition and may contain added sugar and unhealthy additives
  • From zero to 6 months, infants need only breastmilk; at 6 to 12 months, breastmilk along with a small amount of pure water (one-half cup to 1 cup a day) can be given
  • For those older than 12 months, the panel recommended a combination of pure water and milk — raw grass fed milk is the best choice, but you can also obtain all of the nutrients found in milk via other whole foods

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Color and Light Matter in Medicine

Color psychology is the study of how colors affect human behavior, mood, or physiological processes. Colors are thought to influence our buying choices, our feelings, and even our memories. Ideas related to color psychology are heavily implemented in the areas of marketing and design. Companies choose colors that they believe will motivate customers to buy their products and improve brand awareness. Colors have even been used in color therapy techniques to treat various diseases. Continue reading

How Gait Analysis Can Be Used to Diagnose Dementia Type

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  • Researchers have discovered that gait analysis can be used as a quick way to identify the type of dementia an individual has
  • Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia — two conditions that are difficult to differentiate in their early stages — have distinct gait patterns that relate to the subtle yet unique neurological differences between the two conditions
  • Those with Lewy body dementia vary the step length more than do people with Alzheimer’s, and have greater step time asymmetry. The irregularity of their walking pattern puts patients with Lewy body dementia at increased risk for falls
  • Aside from changes in gait, other early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss that disrupts daily life, finding it challenging to plan and problem solve, having trouble following conversations and/or struggling with vocabulary
  • Additional warning signs include trouble completing familiar tasks, confusion about time or place, vision problems and difficulty judging spatial relationships, declining judgment, withdrawal from social contact and mood or personality changes

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Internet Trolls May be Trained Government Agents According to Leaked Document

Glenn Greenwald, a journalist, constitutional lawyer, commentator, and author of three New York Times best-selling books on politics and law, has been working with NBC News in publishing a series of articles on how covert government agents infiltrate the Internet to “manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations.” Continue reading

Does Coffee Dehydrate You?

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  • What may have begun as a rumor, science has disproved. Drinking even a moderate amount of coffee each day will not lead to dehydration; in fact, habitual male drinkers may enjoy the same hydration from coffee as they do from water
  • While coffee is not dehydrating, it may help to know other beverages offer greater hydration benefits when they take longer to absorb through the stomach, such as pasture raised, organically grown raw milk and organic coconut water
  • Drinking coffee also stimulates your metabolism, reduces your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and premature death. One meta-analysis also found athletes benefited from improved performance and reduced post-workout soreness
  • Dark roast coffee beans have some of the best health benefits related to their high levels of antioxidants and low level of acrylamide. It is also crucial to choose organically or biodynamically grown coffee beans to reduce your exposure to glyphosate and other chemical residues

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Garlic and Onion Help Prevent Mammary Tumors

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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. The incidence of the disease is rising, but researchers find you may reduce your potential risk by 67% when you eat raw garlic and onion daily
  • The study analyzed the rates of breast cancer and food intake in women living in Puerto Rico where many women eat raw garlic and onion daily. The high levels of flavanols and organosulfur compounds in the ingredients drew the interest of the research team
  • Garlic and onion have demonstrated protective effects against other cancers, heart disease, long- and short-term memory, healthy gut bacteria and a reduction in neurodegenerative disease. Optimizing your vitamin D levels is also associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer
  • If supplementing with vitamin D, also include calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 MK-7 as they work together to ensure calcium is directed to your bones and teeth and not into your blood vessels or kidneys. Consider adding sofrito, a popular raw condiment made with garlic, onion and cilantro, to your diet

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Water Poisoning Alerts Hidden From Public

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  • In a 2013 report, the American Society for Civil Engineers warned that most of the drinking water infrastructure across the U.S. is “nearing the end of its useful life,” yet little has been done to address the situation
  • Recent media coverage make it clear that many toxic water incidences are covered up and hidden from the public, which at times has had lethal consequences
  • In a September 25, 2019, report, the Office of Inspector General criticizes the EPA and water utilities around the country for their failure to provide consistent and accurate reporting of drinking water risks
  • Aside from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, U.S. cities known to have exceeded EPA action limits for lead include Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Passaic, New Jersey and Tualatin Valley, Oregon
  • Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease were covered up in Flint, Michigan, for at least two years, and in a Loma Linda, California, VA hospital, Legionella contamination was covered up in 2017, putting patients and staff at risk

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First Thoughts on Cancer Diets

There are serious issues in the food most people eat. Evidence reveals that toxicity levels in food are rising. It is no secret that conventional agriculture has become a leading cause of environmental pollution and destruction. Toxicity in food comes from many sources. Some toxins are accumulated during the growth phase, others are added during harvesting and processing, and yet others are introduced when the ingredients are manufactured into their final processed food form. Continue reading

Freaking Out Over Predictable Change

“The future is barreling towards us at a furious pace. And the pace of that change is accelerating. It’s time to freak out a bit. To get serious about protecting ourselves.  To make different decisions and reorganize our priorities. If you understand energy and its relationship to the economy the way I do, you’d share my urgency to create community and develop a resilient homestead. My goal here is to nudge you towards action,” writes Chris Martenson. Continue reading

Nobel Prize in Medicine: 1901-Present

Physiology or medicine was the third prize area Alfred Nobel mentioned in his will laying out his wishes for the Nobel Prize. Continue reading

A Brisk Walk Can Ease Chronic Joint Pain

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  • If you suffer from a chronic pain disorder, such as fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis, you may fear activity could increase pain or cause damage. However, data show walking may reduce pain as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or simple analgesics, and as pain decreases it may increase your motivation to move more
  • Movement has a positive effect on the health of your cartilage, which depends on activity to deliver nutrients. It also reduces stress levels that make you more sensitive to pain signals, improves sleep and raises your sense of well-being
  • By incorporating grounding in your walking routine, you’ll also enjoy a greater reduction of inflammation, pain relief and improved sleep from the exchange of electrons between your body and the Earth
  • As with any exercise program, it’s important to start slow and stay consistent; even beginning with five-minute intervals and slowly progressing will reap rewards. Reduce your potential risk of a pedestrian accident by using reflective clothing, using crosswalks, staying in well-lit areas and paying attention to your surrounding environment

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Health Benefits of Folate for Children, Athletes and Seniors

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  • Folate is the form of B9 found in leafy greens and other foods and can be directly utilized by your body. For this reason, it’s the preferred form, and is particularly important if you have liver problems
  • Folic acid is the synthetic form typically found in supplements. Folic acid is not biologically active in and of itself, but provided your liver is healthy, it will convert folic acid into the active form
  • Research suggests 15% of adults over the age of 50 may be deficient in folate, and the older you are, the greater the deficiency. Folate may help lower your risk for heart disease and stroke by lowering your homocysteine level
  • Taking baker’s yeast, which contains folates, has been shown to minimize post-exercise immunosuppression in athletes, and folic acid supplementation can help lower the risk of cardiovascular events relating to exertion
  • 2018 research found higher folic acid exposure in utero was associated with improved cortical maturation in the child, which in turn predicted a reduced risk for symptoms of psychosis

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Laughter Is Good Medicine

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  • Anthropological research suggests laughter and humor are genetically built-in, and that humor, historically, has functioned as “a social glue.” The critical laughter trigger for most people is not necessarily a joke or funny movie, but rather another person
  • Laughter is contagious. The sound of laughter triggers regions in the premotor cortical region of your brain, which is involved in moving your facial muscles to correspond with sound
  • While children laugh on average 300 times a day, adults laugh only 17 times a day on average. Suggestions for how to get more laughter in your life are included
  • In one study, even after adjusting for confounding factors, the prevalence of heart diseases among those who rarely or never laughed was 21% higher, and the ratio of stroke 60% higher, than among those who laughed every day
  • Benefits of laughter have been reported in geriatrics, critical and general patient care, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, oncology, psychiatry, rheumatology, palliative care and terminal care

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