How to Get Rid of Lice

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  • In the US and Canada, 99.6 percent of lice tested had developed gene mutations making them resistant to common over-the-counter lice shampoos
  • In California, Florida, Maine, and Minnesota, every insect sampled was resistant to the toxic pesticide permethrin, a common active ingredient in lice shampoos
  • There are various options available for treating head lice naturally. The most effective ones include diatomaceous earth (DE), tea tree oil, hot air and a salt-vinegar spray mixture

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Daylight Savings Time May Cost You Extra—Both in Terms of Money and Health

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Research suggests you never fully adjust your circadian rhythm to the hour shift associated with daylight savings time (DST) Continue reading

High-Fiber Diet Linked to Disease Prevention and Lower Mortality

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Several studies have shown a 10-percent drop in risk for any cause of death with each 10-gram-per-day increase in fiber intake  Continue reading

The Proof Is in the Panic: We Need a New Strategy against Viral Infections

Summary:The recent international health crises due to viral infections has made one thing very clear: We need a new strategy to combat viral infections. Ebola has been in the international news daily for the past two months, while the US has had a recent upsurge of measles, enterovirus D68, Continue reading

Factory Farm Model Fails Again—Produces Virus That Has Wiped Out 10 Percent of US Pig Population in One Year

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Over the past year, nearly 10 percent of the entire pig population in the US has been wiped out by a highly lethal virus

No interstate or trade restrictions in place within the US pertaining to PEDv. It’s also not considered Continue reading

5 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain

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Emotional pain can make it impossible to enjoy life and can manifest as physical disease and pain

Letting go of rejection, avoiding rumination and learning from your failures can all help to heal your emotional pain

Keeping guilt from festering and using self-affirmations to boost your self-esteem are other keys to greater emotional well-being Continue reading

From Tomb to Table: Cumin’s Health Benefit’s Rediscovered

Traded along spice routes separating ancient cultures by vast distances, spices like cumin were once worth their weight in gold. Has modern science now revealed why, beyond their remarkable aesthetic value, they were so highly prized?

Many spices are perfectly happy living a charmed life as Continue reading

Exercise Helps Your Immune System Protect Against Future Cancers

If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise probably isn’t at the top of your list. However, there is compelling evidence that exercise can not only help slash your risk of cancer, but can also help cancer patients get well sooner, and help prevent cancer recurrence.

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Vitamin D Supplementation Can Decrease Risk of Respiratory Infections in Children

Wintertime infection risk cut in half among children with very low initial vitamin D levels

A study conducted in Mongolian schoolchildren supports the possibility that daily vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of respiratory infections in winter. In a report that will appear in the journal Pediatrics and has received early online release, an international research team found that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of respiratory infections among Continue reading

The Most Important Vitamins as You Age

Nutritional deficiencies are quite common among older adults. Getting improper nutrition for less than one year can lead to full-fledged deficiencies in vitamins B and C. More than a year spent not getting proper nutrition would result in deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as B12. The more frequent chronic illnesses and medication use further compromise the nutritional status in older individuals. One study found that there was a high number of vitamin deficiencies found even among those who claimed to be taking multivitamin supplements on a daily basis.

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The Importance of Magnesium

The essential element magnesium has important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A lack of it is associated with a wide range of medical problems, from heart irregularities to asthma. Unfortunately, because of our poor diets, many of us don’t get enough magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is very common, especially in those who eat a Western diet high in red meats, fats, and sugars, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, carbonated sodas deplete the body’s supply of magnesium. Americans, both young and old, gulp down these dangerous sodas at a frantic pace. As many as 75 percent of Americans eat diets deficient in magnesium, and two-thirds of these people are significantly deficient.

Magnesium is critical for the healthy function of blood vessels as well as for every tissue and organ in the body. Consider some of its important functions:

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