How to Avoid Common Nutrient Deficiencies if You’re a Vegan

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People who eat a strictly plant-based diet may suffer from subclinical protein malnutrition. You’re also at risk for a number of other nutrient deficiencies, as some simply cannot be obtained from plant foods

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Sunlight Holds Key to Killing Breast Cancer

A new study finds vitamin D — the ‘sunlight vitamin’ — strikes to the very heart of breast cancer malignancy.

Breast cancer is not what most people think. Beneath the intimidating statistics that make it seem like a juggernaut of inevitability or a time bomb of genetic determinism ready to go Continue reading

Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed

Story at-a-glance  Vitamin D can improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease Seniors with severe vitamin D deficiency may raise their risk for dementia by 125 percent As many as 95 percent of seniors are lacking in vitamin D Recent findings suggest levels of vitamin D, below 20 ng/ml increases your risk for dementia I believe Continue reading

Yogurt Buyers Beware: ‘All Natural’ Yogurt Products Found to Contain Aspartame and Artificial Colors

If you’re buying so-called “All Natural” yogurt sold at the grocery store, you might assume the phrase means the product contains nothing artificial or synthetic. After all, that’s the definition of “all natural.” But food marketing companies can get pretty sneaky about using the term. They know the FDA doesn’t regulate “all natural” claims, Continue reading

Research: Foods/Spices Slow, Perhaps Reverse Alzheimer’s

Did you know that so-called “incurable” neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed, if not also partially reversed? Regeneration, after all, is the default state of the human body.

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Fight Asthma with the Sun

More than 20 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma. Furthermore, 9 million American children suffer from the problem, making it the most prevalent chronic condition in children. But research into this breathing difficulty reveals that help is as close as the nearest sunlight. The vitamin D that your skin makes from the sun can improve the control of asthma.

Treating A Widespread Illness

The most often prescribed asthma medications range from short-acting beta agonists (such as albuterol) to inhaled corticosteroids (such as Asmanex and Qvar) to leukotriene modifiers (such as Singulair and Zyflo) to combination inhalers containing corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists (such as Advair and Symbicort).

As is the case with most drugs, asthma medications come with attendant side effects. Some side effects brought about by asthma drugs are localized and appear in only one part of the body. These include reflex cough, bronchospasm, oral candidiasis or thrush, and dysphonia (hoarseness). Others are systemic and the effects are seen throughout the body. These include decreased bone density, poor growth, cataracts and glaucoma, adrenal gland suppression, Disseminated Varicella Infection (chicken pox that spreads to organs), and easy bruising. Continue reading

Women Can Live Longer taking Vitamin D3

An international team of researchers has found a connection between vitamin D and an increased survival rate in elderly woman. The study, which will be published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library, found that vitamin D3 seems to reduce mortality by 6 percent.

The study did not suggest that there were benefits to taking any other forms of vitamin D, but left the door open to the possibility that some may be discovered.

“We need to have more randomised trials that look specifically to see whether these forms of vitamin D do or don’t have benefits,” said Goran Bjelakovic, M.D., a Serbian physician and member of the research team.

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Decrease the Side Effects of Vaccines

“My veterinarian made me do it! I love my veterinarian so much, that I do exactly what he/she tells me to do. We all listen to the alternative practitioners warning about the potential side effects and how vaccination is not a simple thing but is a true medical procedure with risks and benefits just like all medical procedures. But I’m scared because I’ve heard that it can have dangerous, life threatening consequences, not just for my pets but for my kids and me, too. I’m just so afraid not to get those booster shots, that I get the reminders for in the mail, all the time. It seems all we ever get are scare tactics thrown at us if we raise any objections to these vaccines. We’re just told about how risky and unconscionable it is to NOT vaccinate. The ultimate blow being when my vet tells me, I won’t be able to bring my pet back to the clinic unless I vaccinate and boost regularly. What if I have an emergency, then what?”

Sound familiar? What are we supposed to do in the face of such tactics? For those of us who dare to recommend caution about vaccination, especially annual boosters and/or even the appropriate time  Continue reading