Although root canals continue to be a standard practice in most dental offices, more and more dentists are advising against them. In a root canal, most if not all of the nerve in the tooth is removed. As a patient, you can eat again, and the pain is gone. Unfortunately, however, a root canal is a temporary solution and often the beginning of a chronic problem. Many doctors now believe root canals can damage the immune system and negatively affect your overall health.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother kept a box of scented talcum powder on her dressing table. On special occasions, she would open the box and put a little powder on the puff, and daub it on my shoulders, arms and legs. When I was a young mother, I would take my babies out of the bath, towel them off and pat them with baby powder. When I think of that scented powder, it brings back such lovely memories.
In our last article, we discussed the fact that mold is widely present in our environment. There are more than a thousand types of mold, and most houses are affected. Some molds cause allergies and asthma; others are responsible for deadly infections and even cancer.
Most people have seen mold inside a shower curtain, under a sink, or in a basement. But few people realize the extent of the mold problem in our environment. Mold can grow anywhere, and it is often invisible. In fact, mold is a problem to some significant degree in most homes.
Chronic inflammation has been implicated in ailments from depression to weight gain, cardiovascular disease to cancer. In her new book, How to Fight FATflammation, Dr. Lori Shemek offers tips for fighting inflammation. Here are the top fifteen:
In many cultures, it is common for people to leave their shoes outside as they enter a home. Removing shoes is considered a sign of respect for the home, and in some cases is a part of religious tradition. Although some Americans follow this practice, many of us wear shoes inside. Being barefoot is actually better for maintaining foot and ankle strength, but there are also other health reasons for removing our shoes indoors.
Living in the western world, blessed with the advantage of safe drinking water, we often underestimate the importance of ensuring we have access to water free of chemicals that can accumulate and damage our bodies. If you are health conscious, you avoid processed foods, eat organic, and focus your diet around fruits and vegetables. But are you sure your drinking water is clean? There are more than 300 chemicals and pollutants found in water. More than half of those are legal in the United States. Here are some of the ones that may be affecting your water supply.
You may have noticed people who practice yoga regularly tend to look much younger than their chronological age. A new study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine offers an explanation. Researchers found twelve weeks of yoga increased the body’s natural defenses against toxins by raising the level of antioxidants and making the immune system stronger.