Buckwheat – 9 Great Reasons to Know it, Plant it, Grow it and Eat it!

Buckwheat from the author’s own garden.

Buckwheat is one of those plants that may be unfamiliar to most Americans. It is a staple crop in parts of China, Russia and Eastern Europe, but is less well known to U.S. food consumers.

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Europe Bans Bee-Killing Neonicotinoid Pesticides: When will America Take Action?

A major victory for the world’s bee populations has been achieved in Europe, where a majority of European Union (EU) member states voted recently to ban the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire continent for at least two years. In an overwhelming vote of 15 to 8, these member states decided that, Continue reading

Reduce Memory Loss with Luteolin Found In Celery

The health benefits of celery are often overlooked because it is generally thought of as “crunchy water” and assumed to have no nutritional value. Continue reading

Salt Therapy

Did You Know…

… that simple salt can effectively treat respiratory ailments, anxiety, and even cystic fibrosis?

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed saltwater inhalation therapy for bronchial and lung disorders.  Continue reading

Canada and Europe Fund Intelligent Senior Homes

Technology may soon be helping seniors to live longer, healthier lives. A trio of researchers, including Simon Fraser University’s Andrew Sixsmith, is working to develop intelligent, interactive sensors to be embedded in seniors’ homes and used to support independent living.

The sensors will do everything from encouraging seniors to Continue reading

Analysis Finds Flu Vaccine Efficacy Lacking, as Flu Vaccines are Suspended across Europe and Canada

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  • A recent review found that flu vaccines may not offer protection as previously thought. The elderly, in particular, do not appear to receive measureable value from the flu shot. Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines also didn’t offer much protection to children over the age of seven Continue reading

Russia Bans All GM Corn Imports; EU May also Ban Monsanto GMO in Wake of Shocking Cancer Findings

Russia has now officially banned all imports of genetically modified corn, citing concerns from a recent study by French researchers showing rats grew massive cancer tumors when fed a lifetime of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn.

Russia’s consumer protection group, Rospotrebnadzor, said it was halting all imports of GM corn while Continue reading

Want to Treat That Disease? Take a Bath!

Treatments don’t come any wetter than “balneotherapy,” which is the use of therapeutic baths to treat disease. It is one of the world’s oldest medical procedures, going back to the very earliest humans. Could it work for you? And for what?

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Study Shows This Could Be the Real Cause of Some Heart Attacks

One of the risk factors for the heart arrives through the eardrums. Studies have suggested that people who work or live in constantly loud environments may have weakened hearts. More to the point, long-term exposure to blaring noises is believed now to be triggering fatal heart disease.

Noise pollution is well-known, Continue reading

Poland Beekeepers Kick Monsanto Out of the Hive, Successfully Ban Bee-Killing GM corn

A significant health freedom victory has taken place in the European nation of Poland, where all plantings of Monsanto’s MON810, a genetically-modified (GM) variety of maize (corn) that produces its own built-in Bt insecticide in every kernel, have been officially banned.

The decision comes after Continue reading

A Natural Way to Fight the Blues

Depression is a major topic in the health news these days, as the veil is being lifted and people are feeling more and more comfortable disclosing their issues. Here is an introduction to SAMe and depression. It is one of the top natural supplements in the fight against depression. Continue reading

Many Reluctant to Tell Doctors about Depression: Study

Some people with depression symptoms may not tell their family doctor about it — often out of worry they will be placed on an antidepressant, a new study suggests.

In a survey of more than 1,000 California adults, researchers found that 43 percent had at least some misgivings about telling their primary care doctor about any depression symptoms.

Their top concern was the possibility that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant — a worry voiced by 23 percent of the whole study group.

Another 16 percent thought it was not their doctor’s job to “deal with emotional issues.” And a similar percentage worried that someone — like an employer — Continue reading

Europe’s Largest Health Challenge This Century

A new study, landmark in nature, paints a stark picture across the ocean of Europe’s mental and neurological health. Its findings have definite relevance to North America. Researchers have revealed the European continent’s biggest health challenge of the 21st century: battling mental disorders.

Conditions of the brain have become the most pressing concern in Europe. The study also highlights that most mental disorders remain untreated. It is a remarkable burden. The three-year study covered 30 countries, spanning 514 million people. All major mental disorders for children through the elderly were included, as well as several neurological disorders. It is an unprecedented scope.

The study’s key findings were: Continue reading

Banana Plantations Threatened by Fungal Disease

About four million tons of bananas are imported into the EU each year. A fungal disease is now threatening banana plantations, and plant breeders have not yet succeeded in developing resistant cultivars. Many hope that genetic engineering can offer a solution. At this point, such projects are still only in the greenhouse.

Monocultures offer the perfect conditions for the spreading of pests and diseases. In this respect, bananas are no different from any other crop.

Back in the 50s, the most common banana variety, Gros Michel, was completely wiped-out by what was known as Panama disease. This disease was caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, also called fusarium wilt. Gros Michel was replaced by a resistant southern Chinese variety called Cavendish. Continue reading

Europe is Outlawing Hundreds of Herbal Remedies

Live in Europe? Get your herbs while they last. New rules put forth by the European Union (EU) will ban the sale of certain herbal remedies that have been used for centuries.

Traditional herbs such a St. John’s Wort or Echinacea must now meet strict licensing guidelines in order to be sold, while other lesser-known herbs that haven’t been “traditionally” used in the last 30 years won’t even make the cut to reach consumer shelves. Only those products that have been “assessed” by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will be available for purchase. The real kicker? Even approved products will only be recommended for minor ailments such as the common cold, which means that product labeling may no longer be allowed to convey the potent health benefits of widely-used herbal remedies. Continue reading