The inner ear and balance problems: 11 Causes of loss of balance

It takes multiple body parts working in unison to keep yourself balanced and coordinated. For most people, coordination and balance are integrated seamlessly into their everyday lives. One could have a dizzy spell once in a while, but that usually isn’t a cause for concern. However, if losing your balance and getting dizzy have become a common occurrence, you may already need medical attention. Repeated loss of balance could be attributed to a variety of causes, including ear infections, neurological disorders, and even head injuries. 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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Blood pressure control could slow age-related brain damage

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  • 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, which increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and dementia
  • 95% of seniors between the ages of 60 and 90 have lesions in the white matter of their brains, and those with high blood pressure tend to have more white matter lesions and a higher risk for dementia in their later years
  • Recent research suggests intensive blood pressure treatment to reach a systolic blood pressure goal of 120 mm Hg can limit the progression of age-related brain damage, thereby lowering your risk for dementia
  • While those in the intensive treatment group suffered less brain damage (lesions) over time, they ended up losing a greater total volume of brain matter. The cause for this discrepancy is unknown, and it’s unclear what the clinical significance might be
  • Clinical blood pressure guidelines now call for a blood pressure goal of 120/80. Elevated blood pressure or prehypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure between 120 and 129. Stage 1 high blood pressure is 130 and 139 systolic, and 80 to 89 diastolic. Stage 2 high blood pressure is anything over 140 systolic and 90 diastolic

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About Almonds: Raw or Rocket Fuel? Take Your Pick

Almonds labeled “raw” in the United States are harboring a scary secret.  Here’s how you can avoid it.

Are almonds safe to eat? (And the question is relevant for the now almost ubiquitous almond milk Continue reading

The Science of Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is an ancient holistic health care system still widely practiced in China Continue reading

Raising a Generation of Pill-Poppers; How Abuse of “Uppers,” “Downers,” and Stimulants Threatens an Entire Generation

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ADHD drugs have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among students and young professionals. 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulants were written in 2011, up 39 percent from 2007

Adverse effects of ADHD drugs include permanent brain damage, Continue reading

More Coffee May Lead To A Longer Life

Tired of apologizing for your addiction to a morning mug (or two or three) of coffee? No more need for guilt – that java may be just what the doctor should order. Continue reading

Garlic Beats Best-Selling Blood Pressure Drug In New Study

A groundbreaking new study published in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has revealed that garlic is at least as effective as the blockbuster blood pressure lowering drug atenolol in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients diagnosed with essential hypertension, a condition linked to the #1 cause of death in Continue reading

Diet Soda May Do More Harm than Good

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Despite being promoted for weight loss, foods and beverages with artificial sweeteners have never been proven to help weight loss. In fact, studies that look at this actually find people gain weight when Continue reading

Suffering from Depression? You’re Not Alone

Depression is a major health issue in this country, impacting 20% of Americans at some point in their lives. What’s interesting, though, is that it appears many cases may be avoided, or at least limited, by making lifestyle changes.

As the factors of depression are examined more closely, increasing amounts of preventative measures are coming to light. Providing therapeutic opportunities existing beyond pharmaceutical and psychological treatments, these factors can play Continue reading

Value of Zinc and Chromium

Keeping your blood sugar under control is no picnic — in fact, if you’ve been dealing with type 2 diabetes, I’m guessing your favorite picnic foods have been off the menu for some time.

The fact is, diabetes is more than a mealtime nuisance. It’s a deadly wrecking ball that unleashes oxidative stress on your heart and Continue reading

The Dangers of a Low Fat Diet

Over the years there has been a large amount of media hype promoting the need for a low fat diet.  The supposed dangers of eating fat being increased risk of heart attack, stroke and the growing obesity rates.  Every time I read an article about how bad fat is, hear a news report about another study or find a recipe promoting the low fat lifestyle, Continue reading

Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You?

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  • Polar bear plunges, which involve taking a dip in the ocean in the winter, are said to invigorate and energize, but they can also generate an enormous shock to your system
  • You should be in relatively good shape if you take a polar bear plunge; for those at risk of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, or heart disease, the extra stress on your body can be especially dangerous, increasing your risk of heart attack
  • Even among healthy people, Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium

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  • Vitamin      K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in      protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays      an important role in cancer protection
  • The      biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper      areas in your body, Continue reading

Diet’s Role in Lowering Risk of Repeat Heart Attacks

Patients with heart disease frequently assume that medication is enough to forestall a repeat heart attack or stroke, but a large new study shows the preventive power of a healthy diet. Continue reading