Today, there are scientifically engineered pills to cure a number of sexual ailments from erectile dysfunction to low sex drive. For those who are interested in taking a more natural approach to boosting their fertility, the good news is that certain natural herbs and tonics that–along with a healthy diet–have been known to increase sperm count. Many not only improve the quantity of sperm, they improve the quality of sperm, while boosting overall sexual health. Horny Goat Weed, for example, does just what you’d expect–it increases sperm count and revs up the libido. Continue reading →
Twelve weeks of training geared towards improving muscular power in older people are highly effective for improving their functional capacity and quality of life, as shown by the studies carried out by the “Biomechanics and Physiology of Movement” research group at the Public University of Navarre led by Professor Mikel Izquierdo-Redin. Continue reading →
Bigfork, Minn. — Dr. Heidi Korstad is standing in the two-bed emergency room at Bigfork Valley Hospital, describing in her rapid fire manner the health care system in this town of 450 people.
“Small communities are misrepresented sometimes,” says Korstad, a family practice doctor who runs emergency services for one of the most highly rated hospitals in the state. “Everybody thinks we’re treating ear aches and sore throats because we’re not the Mayo. Where do you think people around here go when they have a heart attack or major car accident or a stroke or cancer? They don’t go to the Mayo. They go to us. And we may pass them on for specialty care, but we have to take care of everything that walks in the door.”
Millions around the world purchase bottled water as a primary form of hydration. Many of these consumers are under the false impression that the bottled water they are consuming is safer than the toxin-laden tap water that is coming out of their household faucets. Unfortunately, bottled water is often just as bad, or even worse, than tap water in the United States and elsewhere. Research shows that this common misconception is the result of highly-effective mass advertising campaigns and marketing. Learn how to distinguish between safe and unsafe drinking water.
The typical cost of bottled water per gallon is around $3.79, while a typical cost of tap water is $0.002/gallon. Of course tap water is not a viable alternative to bottled water when it comes to improving one’s health, but why is bottled water so much more expensive when it is oftentimes just as contaminated? For a 1900% markup over tap water, Continue reading →
For countless years, natural health advocates, who suggested caution at the near hysterical and highly advertised push to put women on anti-osteoporosis prescription drugs, were looked at as unscientific health “nuts”. But now some mainstream scientists are in total agreement and are even sounding the alarm about those medications. Instead of popping side effect loaded pills, say University of Illinois (U of I) researchers, an effective first course of action to keep bones strong should be to simply increase calcium in your diet and vitamin D or take calcium and vitamin D supplements.
But, you may say, you just had a bone density scan and your doctor claims your score shows you are at high risk for the bone-robbing condition known as osteoporosis. Shouldn’t you follow your physician’s dictate to start taking a widely advertised bone-building prescription medication? Continue reading →
Once it’s determined that the ingredients are likely to be safe and effective, the final step is to identify a high-quality product. This step in the process can be particularly challenging because of the disparate manufacturing standards used throughout the dietary supplement industry.
Some industry groups have attempted to resolve this issue through self-regulation and industry-developed GMPs. Some private organizations have also attempted to address these problems by conducting laboratory analysis on dietary supplements and identifying problematic products. But none of these efforts provides a comprehensive, independent program for assuring product quality.
In 2001, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) launched a new program to address the issue of dietary supplement quality.
A Snapshot of USP
Founded in 1820
Independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit company
Three governing bodies made up entirely of volunteers
Convention membership (policy body)
Board of Trustees (fiduciary body)
Council of Experts and Expert Committees (scientific body)
Official standards-setting authority in the US
Sets quality standards for Rx and OTC drugs and dietary supplements
The USP program is the most rigorous and comprehensive dietary supplement quality program available. USP conducts a rigorous process of tests and reviews before awarding the USP-Verified Mark to a brand name dietary supplement. Manufacturers voluntarily apply for verification. The process ensures that the supplements meet USP’s high standards for integrity, purity, and potency:
Experienced USP scientists direct the testing of supplement samples in well-equipped laboratories. They test these supplements against the official, FDA-recognized public standards that USP itself establishes.
USP audits the supplement manufacturer’s facilities, practices, records, and quality control measures.
USP tests marketplace samples of verified products to ensure that they continue to retain ingredient strength and stability over their shelf life.
Where needed, USP helps manufacturers improve their quality systems or reformulate their products to deliver the intended ingredients.
USP reviews supplement labels to ensure that the ingredients are properly listed and that appropriate dosage information and warnings/cautions/contraindications are featured.
USP Verified Supplements
Reliably contain the ingredients listed on the product label in declared strengths and amounts.
Will break down and release ingredients in the body within a specified amount of time.
Do not contain harmful levels of contaminants.
Have been manufactured using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) as defined by USP.
As of February 2007, over 800 dietary supplement products have received the USP-Verified Mark.