How the USDA Can Make or Break Public Health, and Why It Has Chosen the Latter

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Since its inception, the USDA has been granted powers by both Congress and presidential executive orders that have made it the policy-setter for both agricultural policies and nutritional guidelines Continue reading

Happiness and Laughter Are Natural Immune Boosters

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Studies show that your immune system and brain are wired together

Portions of your nervous system connect with immune-related organs, and Continue reading

Is Brown Rice Really Better than White Rice?

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Researchers from Japan’s University of Tokushima Graduate School of Health Biosciences have proven what natural health proponents have been suggesting for decades: Brown rice is superior to white rice, Continue reading

The Unhealthiest of “Health Foods”

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Many of the foods commonly considered to be “health foods” are not good for your health

Eleven of the most common unhealthy “health foods” are discussed—including fruit juices, whole grains, agave nectar, vegetable oil and sports drinks Continue reading

Infographic: Organic vs. Conventional Foods

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Here is an excellent Inforgraphic showing the parallels in foods that are Organic and those that are either GM (Genetically Modified) or Conventional (use of pesticides and other harmful components of our food supply).  While the differences between organic foods and conventionally grown foods may not seem big, there can be some noticeable ecological and visual differences between the two. The biggest differences would be the use of pesticides and other types of chemicals Continue reading

Guidelines to Help Your Teen Safely and Effectively Improve His or Her Physique

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  • Recent      research shows a disturbing trend among middle and high school teens of      using potentially harmful substances to promote muscle growth, including      steroids Continue reading

An Ancient Eating Secret for Great Health

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Health secrets reign in the land of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an amazing path to healing. At its root is the concept of Tao. What does this mean to you, and how can you keep a diet like a Taoist? Read on!

Aside from its likeness to our notion of karma, Taoism is like being at one with nature. Its essence, Continue reading

The Nutritious Food That Can Transform Your Health

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If you’re worried about how many carbohydrates you eat, you’re worried about the wrong part of your diet. Don’t think about food in terms of carbs, focus instead on eating raw, whole foods. Fruits and vegetables offer the promise of optimal wellness. Their nutrients can spell the difference between enjoying great health or succumbing to chronic disease.

Complex Carbohydrates

To understand complex carbohydrates, think of long chains of the sugar molecules found in nearly all plant foods. The words starch, cellulose and lignin all refer to these long, relatively stiff chains of 300 to more than 1,000 sugar molecules (or even more) that are made by nature. A large amount of research has been performed trying to understand the effects that complex carbohydrate food has Continue reading

Why it’s better to Eat Whole Foods for Your Health

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Natural supplements are a great way to complement a healthful diet. Never should they be considered an adequate replacement for whole foods. A new study drives this home with a look at several foods, including broccoli. It shows why it’s just a bad idea to skip the broccoli in favor of popping a pill. Continue reading

The Key to Stronger Leg Muscles

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As we grow older, it’s no secret that our muscles seem to lose some of their strength. This can be a little problematic when it comes to our legs. Leg muscles help to keep us on our feet and moving about in the world doing the things we like to do. Is there a way you can safeguard some of your length strength as you age, instead of letting it drain away and set you up for potential falls and disability? According to researchers at the University of New Hampshire, leg strength may be directly related to body weight. Continue reading

In Spite of Economic Downturn Shoppers Appetite for Organic Products Increase

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For the past three years, American consumers have been on a shopping diet. They cut nonessentials from their shopping lists. Yet, they’ve continued to open their wallets for natural and organic products.

Many shoppers say that natural and organic items remain on their shopping lists because they’re concerned about their health, the environment, America’s agribusiness — or all three.

That concern has boosted sales of organics for many retailers, allowing some to expand. For example, Whole Foods — the Texas-based granddaddy of organic grocery stores — opened 16 new U.S. stores in the last year, bringing its worldwide total to 304.

Penny-pinching consumers continued to buy organics — often higher priced — even during the recent recession. Continue reading