Sweating is just a nasty annoyance to many modern-day people. Sure, it keeps you from overheating during exercise or if you are exposed to extremely hot weather. But most often, perspiration is seen as a negative body secretion to be stopped whenever possible with chemical-laden antiperspirants. On the positive side, many traditional cultures have used induced sweating – such as sitting in sweat lodges – Continue reading
Excess weight, especially around the midsection, is dangerous for your health. Belly fat increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and a muffin top. Thankfully, there is a better way to shed pounds than spending hours sweating over cardio equipment. Tabata cardio workouts are short, effective and can be done in the privacy of your own home. Continue reading
Did You Know…
… that Boneset was one of most widely used medicinal plants of early America and has been used well into the 21st century to treat a variety of ailments…particularly influenza and fever? Continue reading
Although many conventional doctors doubt the effectiveness of acupuncture, this venerated medical technique produces profound benefits. Research at Duke University, for example, shows that acupuncture sessions can lead to significant pain relief. And the wonderful results of acupuncture are much more desirable than what you get from pain relief drugs and their troubling side effects. Continue reading
In 2000, results from two large studies showed that taking estrogen and medroxyprogesterone could actually increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer. (Medroxyprogesterone is a drug that protects the uterus and may reduce a woman’s risk of cancer.) Then came the news that hormone replacement therapy was linked to the risks of urinary incontinence and dementia.
Ever since all this news broke, there has been intense focus on finding alternative therapies. Here, I want to give you an up-to-date, unbiased review of what all the scientific literature says. Do dietary supplements actually reduce menopausal symptoms? Let’s go case-by-case starting with the big hitter.
Black cohosh is native to North America. It is the most- studied supplement for treating menopausal symptoms. As early as 1940, it has been widely used in Germany. Here are the best studies conducted so far in chronological order:
1988: Over six months, 48 to 140 milligrams (mg) of black cohosh a day significantly reduced menopausal symptoms Continue reading