Health Studies, Natural Cures, Natural Remedies
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The Multitudinous Medicinal Properties of Dandelion

In modern life, dandelions are generally treated as a nuisance plant, to be crowded and poisoned out of suburban lawns. To those who know, however, dandelion is rich in medicinal properties. It detoxifies the liver, relieves allergies, lowers cholesterol, stimulates the production of bile, and is a diuretic. It contains more carotene than carrots, along with other vitamins and minerals, and can be very useful to pregnant and postmenopausal women.

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Disease
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Studies Link Physical and Emotional Pain

Nobody gets through life without experiencing some emotional and spiritual pain.However, most of us do not make a connection between that and our physical pain. Psychologist Dr. Susan Babel, who specializes in trauma-induced depression, recently wrote in Psychology Today that studies show chronic pain might be caused not only by physical injury, but by stress and emotional issues. She continues:

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Natural Remedies
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20 Surprising Ways to Use Vicks VapoRub

For more than a century, Vicks VapoRub has been a popular over-the-counter remedy to treat colds, stuffy noses, and throat and chest congestion. In recent years, fans of Vicks have expanded its uses. Here are twenty surprising ways to use Vicks VapoRub:

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Disease, Health Studies, Immune System
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Could This Be the End of Allergies?

Allergies plague millions of people, in the form of hay fever, food allergies, or asthma. When our immune system reacts to protect us from allergens, the result can be miserable. But now relief may be on the horizon.

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Health Studies
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What If We Could Edit Our Genes?

CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, is a term for segments of DNA that contain short repetitions of base sequences. Every repetition is followed by short segments of “spacer DNA” from earlier exposures to a bacterial virus or plasmid. A number of different groups are exploring the possibilities presented by CRISPR, and one team of Harvard University researchers has made a potentially life-altering breakthrough.

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Natural Cures, Natural Remedies
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Could These Wraps Work for You?

Most of us have suffered a cough or cold. These are minor illnesses, but they are frustrating to experience. Coughing interferes with concentration and is a nuisance for the people around us. It is unpleasant during the day, but at night, a bad cough can interfere with sleep and keep other family members awake. That’s especially tough when we’re all tired from a day at work or school. Children are most apt to have colds and the flu, because of their less developed immune systems.

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Diabetes, Diet, Foods, Health Studies
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Why Our Early Ancestors Had Great Teeth

Thousands of years ago, people didn’t floss. They didn’t have toothbrushes, and they probably didn’t make any effort to clean their teeth. Yet, based on archaeological discoveries, their oral health was much better than ours today.

Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, says:

Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth,[but] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up.

Scientists say it’s because of our diets.

Cooper and his researchers studied calcified plaque on the teeth of 34 prehistoric human skeletons. They identified the composition of bacteria in mouths, and found that it changed as the human diet transitioned from meat, vegetables and nuts to carbs and sugar.

Some of those microbes are protective, but other oral bacteria facilitate tooth decay. The researchers found that some types of disease-causing bacteria had evolved to using carbohydrates, and over time these crowded out the more friendly bacteria. The situation deteriorated during the Industrial Revolution, when people began to add processed flour and sugar to their diets.

According to Cooper:

What you’ve really created is an ecosystem which is very low in diversity and full of opportunistic pathogens that have jumped in to utilize the resources which are now free.

You’re walking around with a permanent immune response, which is not a good thing. It causes problems all over the place.

Modern people have harmful bacteria present in our mouths on an ongoing basis, which means we are constantly in a state of disease. That includes not just oral disease – these bacteria support diabetes, obesity, even cardiovascular disease.

Cooper says bacteria comprises 90 percent of the cells in our bodies, and he believes there is too little attention paid to this so-called microbiome.

We brush our teeth and we floss, and we think that we’ve got good oral hygiene. But [we’re] completely failing to deal with the underlying problem. Ten years from now, I think we’re going to find that the whole microbiome is a key part of what you get monitored for and treated for

If you want to take the first step toward the kind of oral health our ancient ancestors enjoyed, eat the way they did. Begin by clearing your diet of processed carbohydrates, and focusing on vegetables, fruits and meat.

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Diet, Fitness, Foods, Healthy Foods
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Stay Young with This Anti-Aging Smoothie

You are more in control of your health and ageing than you may realize. To protect yourself from premature aging, you must of course avoid smoking, nutritional deficiencies and environmental stress. Staying fit is important in staying young, as well, but what you eat is the single most critical factor. Certain foods provide anti-aging support by enhancing cell growth and preventing cell damage. Antioxidant-rich foods reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the cells.

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Disease, Healthy Foods, Heart Health
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The Master Mineral

Magnesium is the most important mineral in the human body. Experts say that after oxygen, water and basic food, magnesium is the element most critical to health. Magnesium is more necessary than calcium, potassium or sodium, and in fact, it regulates all three of those.

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Natural Remedies
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These Beautiful Lamps Deliver Real Health Benefits

Our bodies need salt, and Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest salts available. Many consumers prefer the taste of Himalayan salt, and it also provides health benefits. It balances your body’s pH, strengthens bones, and lowers blood pressure.

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