The Effects of Biotin on Your Hair, Nails and Thyroid

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  • Dermatologists frequently prescribe biotin for people with hair loss, despite a paucity of research proving it helps
  • Biotin insufficiency is more rare than other nutritional deficiencies but it does happen, leading to hair loss, depression, loss of appetite and numbness and tingling
  • Biotin is important in metabolism, having demonstrated the ability to improve glycemic control and strengthen nails
  • Supplementation can alter blood tests, including for thyroid, vitamin D and troponin, a marker of cardiac health

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Soybean Oil Linked to Genetic and Neurological Damage

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  • Whether partially hydrogenated, organic or genetically modified to be low in linoleic acid, soybean oil can cause dysfunction at a cellular level
  • Recent research warns soybean oil can cause neurological and metabolic changes associated with autism, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, obesity, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease
  • The animal study compared the health effects of diets high in conventional soybean oil, GE soybean oil low in linoleic acid and coconut oil. Both types of soybean oil had pronounced effects on the brain
  • The soybean diets caused dysfunction in about 100 different genes in the hypothalamus, including one that is responsible for producing oxytocin, which has beneficial effects on your heart
  • Potential health hazards of soybean oil include the harmful health effects of unfermented soy, the potential hazards of GE soy, the harm associated with glyphosate-contaminated food, and high amounts of processed omega-6 skewing your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio

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Trans Fats Linked to Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s

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  • Three dietary components shown to promote dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are sugar (especially processed fructose), grains and trans fats
  • Research published in the October 2019 issue of Neurology found a strong link between trans fat consumption and incidence of dementia and its various subtypes, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • People in the highest quartile of trans fat levels were 74% more likely to develop dementia. Those in the second-highest quartile had a 52% higher risk
  • Diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89% increased risk for dementia while diets high in healthy fats are associated with a 44% reduced risk
  • Up to half of all Alzheimer’s cases could also be prevented by addressing other modifiable lifestyle contributors such as physical inactivity, depression, smoking, high blood pressure, midlife obesity and diabetes

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Discover DHEA’s Possible Uses and Benefits

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  • DHEA is a hormone mainly produced in the adrenal cortex, but which also can be synthesized in the brain and testes, albeit in smaller amounts
  • DHEA production peaks during early adulthood, between 20 and 30 years old. As you get older, however, your body’s DHEA levels steadily decline
  • Although DHEA supplementation does show some promise in improving certain aspects of your well-being, it can unfortunately pave the way for complications

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Johns Hopkins opening a new psychedelic research center, studying use of ‘magic mushrooms’ and more

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Johns Hopkins Medicine is launching a new psychedelic research center where scientists will test the potential of so-called magic mushrooms and other drugs to treat some of the toughest mental health and addiction challenges. Continue reading

The Dangers of Sleeping Too Much

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Seniors who regularly slept more than eight hours per night had a 46 percent increased risk of stroke compared to those who slept between six and eight hours per night

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7 Reasons Your Thyroid Medication Isn’t Working

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While there is no “magic pill” for thyroid disease, some factors may influence the effectiveness of your thyroid medication.

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Could Music Beat Drugs For Anxiety and Mood?

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We use music – like coffee and alcohol – every day for pleasure and to boost our mood.  But we may not understand how deeply music affects our brain chemistry.  Continue reading

Major Depression Symptoms Improved with Chlorella

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The symptoms of depression are often treated with drugs that can have long-term adverse side effects. A new study finds chlorella significantly reduces symptoms of major depression. Continue reading

Mindfulness Therapy Better Than Antidepressants

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Antidepressants are big business.  But for the same money, and without the side effects, a little mindfulness can do the same job.  Continue reading

Are These 7 Exercise Myths Keeping You from Optimizing Your Health?

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Exercise is essential if you want to be optimally healthy and happy, but a number of fitness myths may be holding you back from starting or maintaining a long-term exercise program Continue reading

Antioxidant Treats Parkinson’s Naturally, Study Finds

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Ubiquinol – a form of CoQ10 – has been found to improve symptoms for some Parkinson’s patients, and may well be a candidate for adjunctive treatment according to recent clinical research. Continue reading

Global Health Problems Reflect Our Disconnection from the Earth

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The film “Origins” shows how our modern lifestyle has caused us to lose our connection with the earth, resulting in so many of our global problems from environmental destruction to hunger and disease Continue reading

11 Surprising Factors That Mess With Your Memory

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Why I Kicked My Keurig to the Curb

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What busy person doesn’t love the idea of having a personal cup of coffee instantly with the push of a button. Many people are delighted when the Keurig machines show up in the workplace or doctor’s waiting room. I loved the idea. I bought one from Costco along with the handy unit to store those awkward K Cups.  I, of course, insisted on the Newman’s Organic K Cups for my coffee choice. Continue reading