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The long-term use of NSAIDs has not been recommended for years. But, new research released proves that it takes a very short amount of NSAID use to increase your chances of heart attack and stroke.
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High-Intensity Interval Training(HIIT) is here to stay. The health benefits keep getting proven over and over again in published research. The beauty is that there is a short time commitment but the benefits are big.
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Sometimes we become too overwhelmed by major life changes that we want to make and end up procrastinating and never realizing our goals. Incremental changes made one percent at a time will help you to stay on track and make significant changes daily that will get you where you want to be.
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Statistics show that over 200,000 people suffer from a stroke every year in the US. Knowing your risk factors and the acronym FAST can decrease your risk of having a stroke and maybe save your life.
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Anemia is a very prevalent health issue that not many people are even aware of, especially women of childbearing age. Iron deficiency anemia can lead to a wealth of symptoms.
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With spring comes allergies. Just coming off of flu season, if your immune system is already low, then there are some quick and natural strategies to help decrease the body's response to allergens in the air.
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Ever tried a 36 hour fast? It's a lot easier than you might think and can have amazing benefits for your organs, that stubborn abdominal fat, your digestive tract and more.
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The choices that you make today determine your health for a lifetime. Good news in one respect, you get a fresh start every day to increase your longevity and quality of life.
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What is Assimilation and how does it affect your overall health?
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How exposure to the environment affects brain and body health, and, why decreasing that exposure, is so critical for long-term quality of life.
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Supplementation with the right kind and quality of magnesium may be the key to disease prevention and an excellent quality of life.
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A recent scientific report found that the gastrointestinal microbiome "ecosystem" can directly affect your brain.
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Many common ailments, such as sleeping problems, fatigue, energy problems, hormone imbalances and more can be traced back to one source: The Adrenal Glands.
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Did you know that genetics only account for about one-third of the risk factor for autoimmune diseases?
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A hormone has recently been discovered called Irisin. Your doctor may not yet know about it, but it plays a significant role in fighting obesity.
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A ketogenic diet may be a way to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other conditions related to cognitive decline.
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An effective workout that achieves both aerobic and anaerobic fitness can be achieved in a very short period of time. Learn about the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training.
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Dr. Chad Larson discusses Alzheimer's disease and how it affects a person's levels of cognition, memory and physiology. He also discusses new studies showing promise for early Alzheimer's and Dementia prevention.
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In this episode Dr. Chad Larson discusses joint and back pain treatment, the benefits of Prolotherapy, alternative options to surgery, and more.
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Dr. Chad Larson discusses a new study that shows proton pump inhibitors are linked with an increased risk of stroke.
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Dr. Chad Larson discusses how to properly choose a nutritional supplement, how to read a nutrient label, different forms of Vitamin C & much more...
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Dr. Chad Larson discusses the conflicts of medication for cardiovascular disease, cholesterol and cardiovascular health.
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Dr. Chad Larson discusses the relationship between the gastrointestinal tract, chronic immune activation, and a worse flu season.
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Dr. Chad Larson breaks down the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of nutritional supplementation in episode 2 of Keep it Real TV.
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Dr. Chad Larson presents the first episode of Keep it Real TV, where he discusses real food, real medicine, and real change.
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Don't Feel Good? This Could be Why Don't Feel Good? This Could be Why

Nearly all chronic illness can be associated with a break down in the gut.
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Sleep Easier - A Nutritional Supplement That May Be Helpful Sleep Easier - A Nutritional Supplement That May Be Helpful

Last week we discussed some diet and lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better, but what about those times when you need a little extra help?
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Sleep Easier - Can Diet and Lifestyle Affect Sleep Patterns? Sleep Easier - Can Diet and Lifestyle Affect Sleep Patterns?

I'm not quite at the point where I have insomnia, but I want to share some information for those of you who are experiencing some sleep issues.
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Need Fitness Motivation? Sign Up for a Race! Need Fitness Motivation? Sign Up for a Race!

A few months ago, I was exercising 2-3 days per week, but my workouts had become lackluster. Exercising just for the motivation of general health was losing its momentum, so on a whim, I signed up for an obstacle race without much time to train.
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Non-Drug Relief from Chronic Pain Review: Non-Drug Relief from Chronic Pain

According to a recent review, complementary therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, and tai chi may help alleviate certain types of chronic pain.
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Are Roasted Vegetables Too Tasty to Be Nutritious? Are Roasted Vegetables Too Tasty to Be Nutritious?

Does roasting vegetables, which typically involves a coating of oil and high temperatures, rob them of their nutritional merits?
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Why are Autoimmune Issues Becoming So Rampant? Why are Autoimmune Issues Becoming So Rampant? - Part 2

Today we'll be covering the three common types of autoimmune reactions, as well as some promising new research into the ability to predict autoimmune disease.
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Why are Autoimmune Issues Becoming So Rampant? Why are Autoimmune Issues Becoming So Rampant?

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with an autoimmune (AI) condition? If so, you might be wondering if the incidence of autoimmunity is increasing.
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Smart Hacks to Keep Cool During Summer Workouts Smart Hacks to Keep Cool During Summer Workouts

If you're someone who abandons their weekly exercise for a poolside iced tea, new research may provide the chill pill you need to stay on track.
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Hashimoto's Q&A - Part 2: Is it preventable? How is it treated? Hashimoto's Q&A - Part 2

This week we'll be talking about whether these autoimmune diseases can be prevented, and how Hashimoto's is treated.
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Hashimoto's Q&A - Part 1 Hashimoto's Q&A - Part 1: What is it and What Are the Symptoms?

Since the public announcement by Zoe Saldana that she has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, I have been bombarded with lots of great questions about what it is, how it's diagnosed and how it's treated.
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New Study Confirms Safety of Calcium Supplements New Study Confirms Safety of Calcium Supplements

Research on calcium supplements over the past few years has been both positive and negative.
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Food Allergy, Intolerance, & Sensitivity: What's the Difference? Food Allergy, Intolerance, & Sensitivity: What's the Difference?

While the common consciousness has come to accept terms like peanut allergy, gluten sensitivity, and lactose intolerance, many people are often confused by what these connected (but disparate) terms really mean.
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Seniors with Chocolate Addictions May Be Smarter Than the Rest Seniors with Chocolate Addictions May Be Smarter Than the Rest

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has found that eating chocolate regularly could also decrease the risk of cognitive decline in seniors.
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Leafy Greens May Protect Your Eyesight Leafy Greens May Protect Your Eyesight

Next time you're in the grocery store, keep your eyes peeled for leafy greens like arugula, spinach, and lettuce - they could help save your eyesight.
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Flaxseeds May Help Manage Metabolic Syndrome Flaxseeds May Help Manage Metabolic Syndrome

Looks can be deceiving: Flaxseeds may be small, but they're packed with fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, menopause symptoms, and some cancers.
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Fiber May Be a Key to Healthy Aging Fiber May Be a Key to Healthy Aging

Not only has research found that dietary fiber may help you live longer, a new study has found that it could contribute to healthier aging - making that longer life more enjoyable!
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Sun Exposure is Critical to Good Health. Yes, Really! Sun Exposure is Critical to Good Health. Yes, Really!

With more and more people avoiding sun exposure in order to reduce risk of skin cancer and sunburn, vitamin D deficiency has been increasing among Americans, and is associated with a growing list of health conditions.
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Take the Three-Week Posture Challenge to Lessen Back Pain Take the Three-Week Posture Challenge to Lessen Back Pain

You may not have heard the phrase, "Stand up straight!" since you were a kid. But whoever said it was watching your back: Bad posture can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain.
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Workout with Fish Oil Don't Like the Taste of Leafy Greens? The Good Bacteria in Your Gut Do

A critical discovery that bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables could provide an important insight into how "good" bacteria protect our gut and promote health.
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Workout with Fish Oil Women: Get More from Your Workout with Fish Oil

As we age, our ability to build muscle diminishes, so getting the most out of a workout becomes an increasingly important goal.
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Stress 4 Things You Never Knew About Stress

You probably already know stress can cause fatigue, anxiety, even cardiovascular issues, but here are four common symptoms of stress that might surprise you.
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Heartburn Researchers Investigate Supporting Antidepressants with Supplements

A new review, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, has found that certain dietary supplements may increase the effectiveness of antidepressants.
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Heartburn Heartburn is Not Cool

Contrary to what you may have heard, the symptoms associated with heartburn are not actually due to an overproduction of stomach acid.
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Zinc Can Seniors Boost Their Immune System With Zinc?

As we age, our immune systems tend to quiet down, leaving us more vulnerable to infections and other health problems.
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Vitamin D3 Vitamin D3 May Help Heart Function

The sunshine vitamin may improve heart function in people with chronic heart failure, according to new research.
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Meditate Pain The Truth About GMO Labeling

When Vermont passed their law requiring all food manufacturers that use genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in their products to print it on the label, it sparked a national debate.
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Meditate Pain Meditate Your Way Towards Less Pain

Mindfulness meditation - a practice that is based on observing what's passing through your mind without judgment - is known to be an effective pain reliever.
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Fertility Sleep Really Is the Best Medicine

Insomnia refers to a prolonged inability to get adequate sleep, and can be a temporary, occasional, or a chronic problem. Sleep-onset insomnia refers to the inability to fall asleep initially, while sleep-maintenance insomnia refers to the inability to stay asleep, with one or more awakenings during the night. Let's look at a few ways you can help your body get a good-night's sleep.
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Fertility Clean Beauty Products May Reduce Teens' Exposure to Harmful Chemicals

Soap may give you a squeaky clean feeling, but it also may give you an unhealthy dose of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
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Fertility Diet, Fertility, and National Nutrition Month

Modern medical science and research have since taught us that not only does infertility affect both men and women, but the causes of infertility go beyond the male and female reproductive systems.
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Almonds A Daily Handful of Almonds Could Improve Your Family's Diet

Next time you're in need of a snack, reach for some almonds to give your diet a helping hand.
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This Just In - Key Foods for Weight Control This Just In - Key Foods for Weight Control

Even very small increases in weight, particularly as we age, can have a substantial effect on the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality.
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FCATT Are You Suffering From FCATT?

Are you Feeling Crappy All of the Time (FCATT)? Finding the root of this rather nebulous set of symptoms can be frustrating.
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Juicing Made Simple

When you have time to juice, do it; when you don't, drink a superfood mix. Knowing what I know about all the fantastic supernutrients in fruits and vegetables, I only make the time to juice about every few months.
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Take the Guesswork Out of Your Health: Part 2

Lab testing can be a crucial part of putting together individualized, highly targeted recommendations specific to your health needs.
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Take the Guesswork Out of Your Health

Even for those of us who focus on natural medicine solutions, lab testing is a crucial part of figuring out what it takes to make targeted recommendations that are specific to the needs of the individual.
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Why Exercise Could Help You Conquer the Cold Season

Exercising to beat a cold may seem counterintuitive, but previous research has shown that people who exercise get over colds more quickly and have milder symptoms.
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Friendly Bugs May Help Reduce Obesity in Children

Researchers have found that synbiotics - probiotics combined with prebiotics - may increase weight loss and improve markers of cardiovascular health in children who are obese.
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Love your Heart - A Call for Moderation

Today, heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women. Sadly, this is a disease of lifestyle, meaning we do it to ourselves, and diseases of lifestyle cannot be cured with a pill or surgery. Lifestyle diseases (like heart disease and diabetes) can only be cured, or prevented, by the decisions you make.
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Do You Know Your Microbiome? - Part 3

Previously in the series, we discussed the importance of being aware of your GI microbiome. This bacterial ecosystem can promote health or lead you to illness. As we suggested last time an imbalance of the "good" and "bad" bacteria in your GI tract can lead to a condition called dysbiosis.
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Do You Know Your Microbiome? - Part 2

A leaky gut refers to the process of bacterial antigens permeating the intestinal wall and leaking into the bloodstream, along with other unwanted proteins.
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Do You Know Your Microbiome?

The hard truth is that most of us really aren't paying much attention to something that is much more important, something we take with us everywhere we go - our gut.
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The Meaning of Real Health - Part 2

Health is not merely the absence of disease. There are multiple aspects of real health but for the purposes of this article, I'm going to discuss four key pillars.
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Strategies for Anti-AGE-ing - Part 2

Today, we'll discuss some dietary and lifestyle strategies to avoid the detrimental effects of AGEing.
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The Meaning of Real Health

I was on hold the other day with a major national healthcare company when an automated message came on that enthusiastically stated, "The best way to stay healthy is to get vaccinated!" Really!? The best way!?
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3 Reasons to Get More Turmeric

The ancients were on to something. Turmeric - a staple of East Indian curries for centuries - adds more than distinctive color and flavor to dishes: studies continue to show that curcumin, its active ingredient, affects health in several beneficial ways.
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Calcium and Magnesium May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Syndrom Strategies for Anti-AGE-ing – Part 1

Diabetes and insulin resistance are conditions representing problems with glucose metabolism, and can lead to debilitating and life-threatening health issues. Problems with blood sugar metabolism can accelerate the AGE-ing process – that is, Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).
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Calcium and Magnesium May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Syndrom Link Between Omega-3 Intake and
Cognitive Function?

The omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish and fish oil supplements (primarily EPA and DHA) have been under scrutiny lately.
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Need Help Choosing the Right Multivitamin?

In general Americans don’t have a problem with calorie shortage, but instead nutrient shortage, which is where multivitamins play a role. But, with so many brands on the market, what type of multivitamin (MVM) should you choose?
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Calcium and Magnesium May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Syndrom Beat Diabetes by Preventing It - Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed that insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes. The best way to prevent diabetes is to recognize if you have insulin resistance and treat it immediately, as if your life depends on it … because it does.
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Calcium and Magnesium May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Syndrom Stack Tasks to Form Healthy Habits

New healthy habits can be tricky to adopt, especially when our schedules are already full. This has led researchers to look for ways we can incorporate new habits into our existing routines.
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Calcium and Magnesium May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Syndrom Calcium and Magnesium May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

A new study has found an association between an increased intake of both calcium and magnesium and a decreased risk of metabolic syndrome.
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Amino Acids Associated with Improved Arterial Health in Women Beat Diabetes by Preventing It – Your Future Health is Determined by Today's Choices

Insulin Resistance Syndrome (IRS), the precursor to diabetes, is climbing to unprecedented levels and has even started affecting the youth. Whether or not you get diabetes (especially type 2) is a choice - your health in the future is determined by the decisions you make today.
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Amino Acids Associated with Improved Arterial Health in Women Amino Acids Associated with Improved Arterial Health in Women

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in America, but there is plenty you can do to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, and now that list may include making sure you're getting certain amino acids in your diet.
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To Avoid Missing Workouts, Make Exercise Work for You To Avoid Missing Workouts, Make Exercise Work for You

Having trouble finding the motivation to exercise? It happens to the best of us - a busy schedule, a nasty cold, or even a rainy day can throw the most determined person off their exercise routine.
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8 Keys to Optimal Prostate Health, Part 2 8 Keys to Optimal Prostate Health, Part 2

Last time we discussed the importance of a healthy prostate and the signs and symptoms that may be present when there is a problem. In this final article of the series, we lay out the 8 most effective natural solutions for a healthy prostate.
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8 Keys to Optimal Prostate Health, Part 1 8 Keys to Optimal Prostate Health, Part 1

As men age, they can develop a host of age-related health problems, and prostate enlargement is at the top of the list. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90% of men age 80 or older develop an enlarged prostate.
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Never Too Late to Master the Mediterranean Diet Never Too Late to Master the Mediterranean Diet

Health experts have been touting the Mediterranean diet's heart healthy benefits for years. What if you already have heart disease or have had a heart attack?
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New Research on Curcumin New Research on Curcumin

In addition to the well-known anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, there is accumulating evidence that it can play a beneficial role in other serious conditions.
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Excessive Sunlight Exposure Excessive Sunlight Exposure

Exposure to sunlight, in moderate amounts, is enjoyable to most people, and can provide certain health benefits. Excessive sunlight, however, can be detrimental in many ways.
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Multivitamin May Ward Off Cardiovascular Disease in Women NewGreens™ for a New Reason

When you couple untreated chronic stress with poor food choices, an enemy can show up and get out of control: oxidized cholesterol.
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Multivitamin May Ward Off Cardiovascular Disease in Women Men: The Fountain of Youth May Be Closer Than You Think

By adopting healthy lifestyle choices, and identifying common risk factors, you can expect to stay strong and active and add some quality to your years. Here are 6 healthy choices you can adopt now to increase your chances for a long, healthy life.
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Multivitamin May Ward Off Cardiovascular Disease in Women Multivitamin May Ward Off Cardiovascular Disease in Women

A few years ago we discussed the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Here is a summary of what we learned in that study.
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FCATT Are You Suffering From FCATT?

Are you Feeling Crappy All of the Time (FCATT)? Finding the root of this rather nebulous set of symptoms can be frustrating.
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female hormones Female Hormones 101

There are three main pathways by which the body metabolizes estrogen. These pathways are the 2-H estrogens, the 4-H estrogens, and the 16-H estrogens. The 4-H and 16-H estrogens are believed to the more carcinogenic. The 2-H estrogens are believed to be ANTIcarcinogenic.
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Belly Fat - It's Not Just Important During
Beach Season

Don't wait for summertime to come around to start thinking about your belly fat. Excess belly fat is not just a cosmetic issue. It's a very metabolically active source of inflammatory chemicals and hormones.
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The Underrated Adrenal Glands - Part 1

If you ask your doctor to test your adrenal hormones, he may look at you completely puzzled. You then break the dumbfounded silence by reminding him that the adrenal hormones are important for energy and metabolism.
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adrenal gland problems The Underrated Adrenal Glands - Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed the blatant disregard for adrenal function by the conventional medical establishment, then we went on to discuss the common symptoms of adrenal hormone imbalance, and finally recommended a call to action to get your adrenal hormones tested. As a reminder of the importance of proper adrenal gland function, check out these common symptoms of adrenal stress.
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Why the Adrenals are so Important

Adrenal glands, located on the kidneys, secrete adrenal hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, and epinephrine/ norepinephrine. The adrenal hormones serve a crucial function in helping the body respond to stress in a healthy way.
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Let the Blood Flow

There is probably nothing more important for the human body than proper blood flow. The circulation of blood is how all of our organs receive oxygen, nutrients, and many other vital biochemicals.
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Can Berries Lower Heart Attack Risk?

Eating berries as part of a healthy diet may be more important than you think. A study in Circulation suggests that women who eat plenty of blueberries and strawberries may lower their risk of having a heart attack.
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Love your Heart – A Call for Moderation

In 2015, heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women. Sadly, this is a disease of lifestyle, meaning we do it to ourselves, and diseases of lifestyle cannot be cured with a pill or surgery.
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3 Products with a Clinically Proven Impact
on Brain Health

During the past five to ten years, there has been a flood of research looking into the effects of different nutrients on brain function.
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Is Your Brain Shrinking?

Many believe that it's normal for brain function to decline with age but although it's common, it's NOT normal.
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Menopause 101 – 5 Ways You Can Control Your Menopausal Symptoms...Naturally

Here are 5 key ways you can control your menopausal symptoms naturally. We've also included a list of recommended dietary supplements, specific foods you should be eating, and other changes than can make a big difference during this time of your life.
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Recipe: Raw Cranberry Relish

As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as a "Superfood." Cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup.
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Menopause 101 – Part 2: How Can You Know Which of Your Hormones are 'Off' Due to Menopause?

In the first part of this series, we discussed the general definitions and symptoms most associated with menopause. This time we dive into laboratory testing to give you a general idea of what labs a doctor should order and why.
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Menopause 101 – Part 1

As life expectancy for women has increased over the centuries, it has become possible for them to potentially live a third of their lives in menopause.
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Breast Cancer – What is the Role of Natural Medicine in Prevention and Treatment?

This final article in our National Breast Cancer Awareness series is focused on non-conventional concepts for boosting the body's immune and anti-inflammatory systems.
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Breast Cancer Risk Factors Your Doctor May Not Tell You About

I often get asked why the rates of certain diseases, like breast cancer, are on the rise. This article lists some of the less well-known risk factors, and we have added some common symptoms of breast cancer at the end.
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What Can Glutamine Do For You?

In general, glutamine is involved in immune system health, digestive wellness and regulated pH balance. It also promotes liver health, scavenges for toxins like ammonia and supports the musculoskeletal systems in the body.
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Breast Cancer Risk Factors – Beyond the Breast Cancer Gene

We thought this would be a great time to cut through all the hype that surrounds the important issue of women's health and breast cancer and cover the facts in a three-part article series.
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Recipe: Curried Pumpkin Soup

Fall is the time of year where pumpkin is pretty much everywhere you look. Not only does pumpkin taste wonderful it also provides a variety of health benefits. Pumpkins help to keep our eyesight sharp due to the fact that they are rich in vitamin A. In addition, pumpkins help to lower cholesterol, contain carotenoids that help to protect our skin and overall boost your immune system.
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Are Your Testosterone Levels Low?

Testosterone levels begin to naturally decline in men starting in middle age, leading to changes in DHEA and cortisol hormone levels and resulting in a variety of symptoms that are generally referred to as andropause.
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Back to School Health Tips

No matter what the age or grade, getting back to school can come with health challenges. Whether it's the stress of letting go of summer, simply coming in contact with more people who have germs, or making poor dietary choices, the immune system will be challenged.
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Prostate Cancer Facts That Could Save Your Life

While all men are at risk, over 65% of prostate cancer diagnoses are in men over the age of 65. There is one death from prostate cancer every 18 minutes in America.This article will help you understand more about prostate cancer, your risks, possible symptoms, and ways you can help support a healthy prostate.
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A Surprising Reason for Your Fatigue

Are you suffering from fatigue, sleeping disorders, problems with cognitive function? These are all incredibly common symptoms affecting a large of number of people. And unfortunately there are a large number of diverse conditions that can be associated with these kinds of symptoms. But one condition that is often overlooked by doctors is methylation imbalance.
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Prostate Health Series Part 4: What's in Prostate+

Nettle extracts today are commonly used for allergies, insect bites, tendonitis, inflammation, and arthritis, as well as urinary symptoms associated with early stages of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia/hypertrophy). Pygeum is a male tonic herb that improves circulation to the reproductive organs and reduces symptoms and clinical signs of BPH.
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What's in Prostate+

Flower pollen extract is an extract of pollen grains, often from rye grass. During the extraction process, the outer layer, where the allergens collect, is separated from the inner portion, where the nutrients live.
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How Curcuminoids Support a Healthy Prostate

Although you're probably most familiar with it as the spice in Indian curries, turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been a fixture in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and its use is increasing because of clinical science proving turmeric's versatility and safety.
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Juicing Made Simple

When you have time to juice, do it; when you don't, drink a superfood mix. Knowing what I know about all the fantastic supernutrients in fruits and vegetables, I only make the time to juice about every few months.
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Saw Palmetto - Critical Men's Supplement or Crock?

Saw palmetto (serenoa repens) is a small palm native to the southeastern region of the United States. The berries are a rich source of fatty acids and phytosterols and are perhaps the best-known botanical substance used for prostate health.
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Do You Have a Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient for the body; it is necessary for the body to utilize calcium, as well as being a hormone precursor. We get 80-90% of our vitamin D through sunlight exposure on our skin, which converts ultraviolet B rays into vitamin D. And yet, vitamin D is a surprisingly common deficiency.
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Tofu Recipe Recipe: Lao Tse's Kung Pao Tofu

Tofu provides numerous health benefits and is an ideal choice for a meat substitute. One of the biggest health benefits of tofu is the fact that in can help lower cholesterol levels and in turn increase overall cardiac health.
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5 Powerful Reasons You Should be Taking Astaxanthin

A powerhouse antioxidant, astaxanthin, has been enjoying some time in the spotlight for the past couple of years, and is the focus of some significant new research, as well as several studies.
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Summer: Can't Live Without Series – Part 3
Do Your Adrenals Need a Downshift?

Although "fight or flight" responses are very useful immediate biological responses to a physical stressor, what about when the stressor is psychological, or biochemical, and lasts for longer than it takes to escape a lion or rescue a child?
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Summer: Can't Live Without Series – Part 2
5 Reasons to Know Your Vitamin D

You're probably familiar with the importance of vitamin D, but did you know that vitamin D is a surprisingly common nutrient deficiency in the U.S.?
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Daikon Carrot Salad

Daikon is a Japanese word meaning "large root." With origins in Central Asia, it is a relatively large mild radish.
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Summer: Can't Live Without Series – Part 1
5 things you didn't know about antioxidants

Antioxidants. You've certainly heard the word floating around. Perhaps you've shrugged it off as just another trend, or maybe even a marketing ploy to get you buy more of those delicious blueberries (as if you need a reason!). But the fact is you literally can't live without antioxidants.
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3 Great Reasons Saliva Testing is the Way to Test Your Steroid Hormones

Your body produces a complex array of hormones. Some, like thyroid hormones, are best tested in the blood. Others, like steroid hormones (cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) can be accurately tested in either the blood or the saliva. The most clinically significant type of steroid hormone to measure is the unbound (unattached to a protein carrier), as opposed the bound (attached to a protein carrier).
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What Women Want

Women have a very complex biochemical physiology –in other words, women's bodies have a lot going on inside. Unfortunately, this complexity leads to a lot of opportunities for women's delicate hormonal balance to come undone, which can lead to various symptoms from depression to heart disease.
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7 Hormones Every Man Should Have Tested

Usually women get all the attention when it comes to hormones, but proper hormone balance is just as critical for men. Optimal health is dependent upon a delicate balance of hormones.
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Recipe Which 5 Hormones Should You Be Testing?

As we discussed in our last post, there are many symptoms that can manifest from hormone imbalances. But humans produce a broad variety of hormones that represent a complex array of activities in the body, and each of them affects other hormones, so which ones should you have tested?
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couple running What Are Hormones and Why Should You Care?

Hormones are chemical messengers that allow the various organ systems in your body to communicate with each other. Hormones are all part of the endocrine system, which functions something like a symphony; each hormone playing a different instrument but requiring harmony and balance with one another.
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Recipe Recipe: Coconut Spinach Rice

Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and maintaining blood pressure.
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Nutrition Slideshow Top 3 Symptoms You Didn’t Know were Related to Hormone Imbalances

When most people think of hormone imbalances, they think of things like sex drive problems, infertility, PMS, and hot flashes. These can certainly be indicative of hormone issues, but there are many other common symptoms that you might not expect to be a result of hormone imbalances. Three of the most common are foggy thinking, abdominal fat, and difficulty sleeping..
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Nutrition Slideshow Spring Cleanse with Glutamine

Why is cleansing so important to overall health? Because a cleanse releases toxins that can otherwise trigger autoimmune problems and chronic inflammation. Cleanses can also improve digestion, lower disease risk, and increase overall health.
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Nutrition Slideshow Nutrition: Start With Why

Why should you choose those fruits and veggies (and whole grains, and grass fed meats, and healthy fats)? What is the impact to your body, your mind, even your DNA?
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lab beaker Inflammation: The Top 10 Best and Worst Foods

With every meal, you make the decision to choose between pro-inflammation or anti-inflammation foods. Your health for the future is determined by the decisions you make in the present. So whether its protein, carbohydrates, fats, flavors or the beverages you consume, you will be either promoting inflammation or inhibiting it.
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The Underlying Causes of Heart Disease: Inflammation

In honor of February is American Heart Month, learn more about one of the underlying causes of heart disease: inflammation. While most people associate high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol with heart disease, inflammation is a lesser-known risk factor for heart disease that plays a big role in the body. Find out what it is, what causes it and whether you’re at risk.
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Coconut Soup Recipe Recipe: Thai Coconut Soup with Lemongrass

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. It is a popular choice with vegans and makes a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking.
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baked potato latkes Recipe: Baked Potato Latkes

Potatoes provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals that are needed energy for your body. Potatoes are a rich source of Vitamin B, Folate, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron.
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protein diet Better Fat Loss with a High-Protein Diet

The increasing popularity of high-protein diets has raised concern about the possibility of long-term harm, especially bone loss. According to the FASEB Journal, however, a short-term low-calorie, high-protein diet may lead to greater fat loss and better preservation of muscle and bone than a low-calorie, normal-protein diet.
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female hormones Potato Fennel Leek & Toasted Spice Soup

There are three main pathways by which the body metabolizes estrogen. These pathways are the 2-H estrogens, the 4-H estrogens, and the 16-H estrogens. The 4-H and 16-H estrogens are believed to the more carcinogenic. The 2-H estrogens are believed to be ANTIcarcinogenic.
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Salad Recipe Recipe: Provencal Vegetable Salad

Green beans are very rich in Vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant that helps keep one in optimal health.
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coffee beans Coffee and tea, a liver lifesaver

Your first cup of coffee or tea in the morning may be doing more than waking you up; it’s a fat reducer for your liver. About 30% of Americans have a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and globally, as many as 70% of people diagnosed with diabetes and obesity also have NAFLD.
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Nutrients for a Better Brain

At one time or another, our minds begin to play tricks on us. Simple tasks like where you put your keys or sunglasses is all a part of normal aging. But when your brain loses its sharpness, it can be hard to focus long enough to do your job.
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Top Health Benefits of Curcumin

In your kitchen, you may know it as turmeric, a rich-gold colored root used in Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. It’s been used for thousands of years (1900 Bc) as an important medicinal ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine in India. It’s so important to come cultures it is called the “Spice for Life.”
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Recipe: Raw Ravioli with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Zucchini, eaten either raw or cooked, provides numerous healthbenefits. Zucchini contains a signification amount of protein and fiber.
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Mind your PQQ: Pyrroloquinoline quinone (Watch Slideshow)

Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is a plant-based polyphenol that is found in parsley, green peppers, kiwi fruit, papaya, tofu, green tea and human breast milk. In the late 1970’s PQQ entered the forefront of research. Scientists were excited by the discovery, calling it a new B-vitamin.
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Recipe: Raw Pear Tart With Cashew Cream and Fresh Berries

Pears are a wonderful fruit that provide us with many nutritional benefits. Pears provide a great source of fiber as well as being a good source of vitamin B2, C, E and potassium.
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Facts About Stress (Watch Slideshow)

Stress, it’s your friend when you narrowly escape being hit by a bus. But, more likely stress is more like a friend who takes more than he or she gives. When the latter kind of stress never turns off, it can put you at risk for obesity, heart disease, cancer, as well as anxiety and depression.
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Probiotics for Mood (Watch Slideshow)

Those billions of beneficial bacteria in yogurt and other probiotics foods may be doing more than just keeping your tummy happy. Researchers from UCLA studies how the healthy bacteria in yogurt affect brain function. When your gut is happy, so is your brain. 
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Ashwagandha: Ancient herb for modern-day stress (Watch Slideshow)

From the constant expectation to stay digitally connected to environmental pollutants, most of us are under a constant barrage of stressors. This constant bombardment of input nicks away at our body’s ability to restore it’s most basic of cellular processes.
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Five Habits for Healthier Summer Skin: Plus Five More to Avoid (Watch Slideshow)

It’s summer so showing a little more skin is in. But did you know that skin care comes from the inside out?
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Red Meat and Diabetes Risk (Watch Slideshow)

Before you put that burger on the grill, read this. Red-meat lovers got some bad news from a Harvard research study that showed the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes goes up dramatically if you partake in too much red meat.
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What's Cooking? An Interview with Award-Winning Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld

A good diet is the foundation for a long, healthy life. While there are many diet and lifestyle options available - today, we're going to focus on the vegan diet. We're honored to have Mark Reinfeld, an award-winning and celebrated vegan chef with over 20 years of experience in creative vegan and raw food cuisine, join us to answer your questions about eating vegan and living a vegan lifestyle.
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CoQ10, Your Heart's Best Friend (Watch Slideshow)

Coenzyme Q10 is an omnipresent nutrient in all of the body’s cells, which is critical for cell energy, heart, brain and muscle health. The powerful antioxidant provides nearly every cell in the human body with energy and protects them from free-radical damage.
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What is red-yeast rice? (Watch Slideshow)

Red yeast rice contains naturally occurring compounds known as monacolins, as well as isoflavones and plant sterols, which are known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. It is made from cooked, non-glutinous white rice fermented by the yeast monascus purpureus
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Reducing Breast Cancer Risk (Watch Slideshow)

While the movie star Angelina Jolie is one of the most watched actresses of Hollywood for her fame and her family life, her recent announcement that she underwent a prophylactic mastectomy ignited a global dialogue. Jolie isn’t alone in her choice; experts say the rate of women opting to remove both breasts to prevent cancer has increased 50% from 1998 to 2005.
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Ginseng's Unique Medicinal Properties (Watch Slideshow)

Ginseng has been used a medicinal herb for centuries. There are two primary types for medicine use, Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panex quinquefollius).
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Spirulina, Algae’s Super Nutrient (Watch Slideshow)

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, as well as vitamins and minerals. Amino-acids make up as much as 62% of spirulina, hence its use as a source for protein.
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Resveratrol, Red Wine's Secret to Youth?

The French paradox has baffled many health experts. How can a population that eats rich foods and loves its wine, avoid the rising rates of heart disease that plague other Western cultures?
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Food and Supplements to Regulate Blood Sugar (Watch Slideshow)

If diabetes were an infectious disease, it would be considered an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports as many as 37% of Americans have diagnosed or undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
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Is Your Baby Getting All the Essential Nutrients? (Watch Slideshow)

If you are of child-bearing age, there is no such thing as too early for thinking about prenatal vitamins. A daily prenatal gives you peace of mind that your body will get the nutrients it needs to conceive and carry through a healthy pregnancy.
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Feeling Tired and Run Down? Take the Right Adrenal Supplement (Watch Slideshow)

Some adrenal products are supposed to provide support for those who have adrenal fatigue but in my clinical experience, they appear to leave people further adrenal depleted instead of supported. This is most likely because the main focus of most of those products is the adrenal tissue (cortisol) and not so much for actual adrenal support.
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Seasonal Allergies? Help is Here! (Watch Slideshow)

It’s that time of year, when noses sneeze and eyes water. While it may seem that Mother Nature is against you, turning to some of her nutrients can relieve mild seasonal allergies. It’s important to find the cause of your allergies and talk to your doctor about possible remedies.
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Did You Know? Gluten-Free Diets Can Cause Nutrient Deficiencies (Watch Slideshow)

Presently, gluten-free diets are the only recognized treatment for celiac disease. And while the active disease impedes nutrient absorption, a gluten-free diet can also lead to nutrient depletions.
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Green Drink Recipes Featuring NewGreens Original (Watch Slideshow)

NewGreens is a powerful antioxidant drink mix that contains a blend of chlorella, spirulina, organic barley, organic wheat grass, and 13 vegetables including carrot, spinach, tomato, kale, beets and broccoli.
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Super Foods That Fight Seasonal Allergies (Watch Slideshow)

A number of foods from apples to probiotics have allergy fighting nutrients that helps reduce seasonal allergic reactions.
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Mushrooms: The Super-Hero Food With the White Cap (Watch Slideshow)

The humble mushroom defies everything scientists thought they knew about super foods. It is colorless, unlike bright blueberries and cherry-red berries. It lacks the green go-light in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale.
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Summary of Red-Yeast Rice and Fish-Oil Research (Watch Slideshow)

Studies show that when red-yeast rice is combined with fish oil and life-style changes, the reduction in LDL-C is significant.
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Soy: A Global Superfood (Watch Slideshow)

While perfection is often hard to come by in a single food, soy comes close. As a plant-based protein source and a bioactive food with remarkable health properties.
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Five Easy Superfoods To Add To Your 2013 Diet (Watch Slideshow)

Part 1, The Basics: Superfruits are good for you, but it will take more than one superfood to improve your diet and your health.
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Hormone Replacement Therapy (Watch Slideshow)

By 2015, nearly half the women in America will be of menopausal age. During no other time in our history, will so many women be dealing with the very same health issues, at the very same time.
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Acid-Alkaline Balance (Watch Slideshow)

High protein diets have become the diet of choice for weight loss and athletic performance. Though these types of diets do result in weight loss, problems can occur when prolonged high protein diets take the place of adequate fruit and vegetable intake. And in general, a diet that is high in processed foods and animal products and low in fruits and vegetables can lead to significant health problems like bone loss, muscle wasting and kidney stones.
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Western Diet and Inflammation (Watch Slideshow)

In our great grandparents day, infections were the biggest challenge to human health. Today, we are the biggest challenge to human health.
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6 Secrets for Healthy Holiday Weight (Watch Slideshow)

Maintaining a healthy weight is challenging any time of year—but it’s especially tricky during the holidays when unhealthy foods are lurking around every corner. The key to success is being one step ahead of the game: Know the likely obstacles you’ll face and have a plan ready to thwart them.
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Cardiokinase - The Next Generation Nattokinase (Watch Slideshow)

There is probably nothing more important for the human body than proper blood flow. The circulation of blood is how all of our organs receive oxygen and nutrients and many other vital biochemicals.
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Which Supplement Should I Start With? (Watch Slideshow)

You can go down the nutrition shelves at any health food store and justify taking nearly everything on the shelf, but that would probably do you more harm than good. View Slideshow >>

Do You Need Vitamin D? (Watch Slideshow)

Vitamin D has many important jobs, but what it is best known for is regulating proper calcium balance. Proper calcium balance is most important for the bones, the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
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Ultra Bio-PQQ (Watch Slideshow)

Are you suffering from mitochondrial damage? Do you know what the mitochondria are? The mitochondria are the engines of the cells that produce energy. Most cells contain hundreds of mitochondria and some contain thousands, like the heart cells. View Slideshow >>

Female Hormones 101

There are three main pathways by which the body metabolizes estrogen. These families are the 2-H estrogens, the 4-H estrogens, and the 16-H estrogens. The 4-H and 16-H estrogens are believed to the more carcinogenic. The 2-H estrogens are believed to be ANTIcarcinogenic. Read More >>

Research Update: Battle Breast Cancer with Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

A research team from Zhejiang University in China combined the data from 13 epidemiological studies to conclude that higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables resulted in a 15% reduction in breast cancer risk. Read More >>

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Last time we discussed some risk factors associated with breast cancer and this time we want to follow that up with some research on how natural medicine can be incorporated. Read More >>

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

If you think cancer is all in the genes so why bother making diet and lifestyle changes, well, you're right and you're wrong. Cancer, like many of the chronic degenerative diseases, have a strong genetic association, but not in the way that you're thinking. So, you're right in that the way the genes are expressed can determine if you are making cancer cells, but it is wrong to think that genetic expression is unchangeable with just diet and lifestyle. Read More >>

Natural Medicine for High Blood Pressure Part 2

In our article earlier this week, I posed the question: which blood pressure medication is addressing the blood clots that are decreasing blood flow and making the heart work harder, further perpetuating the high blood pressure? Remember the answer... none! Fortunately, there is a natural medicine that addresses this issue, Cardiokinase™. Cardiokinase, the most current and authentic form of nattokinase, not only breaks up blood clots (thrombi) but it is also a powerful fibrinolytic substance in that it breaks down built up fibrin that has been associated with heart disease. Read More >>
Natural Medicine for High Blood Pressure

One of the major risk factors for vascular disease associated with high cholesterol is elevated blood pressure. Over 25 percent of people on medication for hypertension still have unacceptably high blood pressure, and we are still spending over $3 billion on antihypertensive prescription drugs. Furthermore, hypertension is generally regarded as the most vital risk factor for a stroke, and it also increases the risk for kidney damage, blindness, heart disease, and heart attacks. Read More >>
Beverage Superstar Part 2

Last time we updated you on the latest research that evaluates the positive benefits of green tea for cancer and also its effects on functional disabilities like osteoporosis, cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease. This time we continue the discussion on the health benefits of green tea for specific conditions and discuss the benefits of green tea extracts for those who do not want to drink it. Read More >>
Beverage Superstar

Research has shown that green tea contains an extremely powerful class of protective antioxidants - called polyphenols. Green tea contains 30 to 40 percent polyphenols while black tea has 3 to 10 percent polyphenols. There are four primary polyphenols found in fresh tea leaves: epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and epicatechin.
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The Gateway to Autoimmunity - Celiac Disease


In our last piece we established the concept that autoimmune conditions develop from a combination of the following three circumstances: a genetic predisposition, an immune trigger, and a compromised gut barrier. There are many different types of autoimmune conditions, but one that is seemingly on the rise is Celiac Disease (CD). Read More >>
The Gateway to Autoimmunity


Autoimmunity (AI) is a case of mistaken identity. In AI, your immune system becomes hyper and attacks your own tissue thinking that it is attacking a bad guy, like in autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis the immune system is attacking the thyroid gland, or in rheumatoid arthritis the immune system is attacking the connective tissue around the joints. There are several potential causes for this mistaken identity, but what it boils down to is likely a combination of the following 3 factors...
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Know Your Superfood Products


I am a big fan of superfood blends, there is no better way to get a powerful dose of antioxidants and other phytonutrients in one serving. Well, fresh juicing with the right ingredients is great also, but even then it may not include as big a variety of nutrients.
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For the Men... and the Women Who Care about Them

Earlier this week we featured some of the best prostate support formulas that we know of, and today we want to focus on male hormones. Usually women get all the attention when it comes to hormones, but proper hormone balance is just as important for men. Optimal health is dependent upon a balance of hormones, not just a single hormone.
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Prostate Supplement Review

Men, if you have a problem with your prostate you would probably know it by know, but just in case you may not, here is a list of some of the common symptoms associated with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH).
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Women, How's Your Job Stress?

Most people have heard statistics like, the majority of heart attacks are on Monday mornings. Mondays represent back to work, back to the rat race, back to stress, but the vast majority of these studies have only evaluated the effects of work stress on men. Read More >>

Understanding the Adrenal Stress Index™ (ASI™)

The human adrenal gland does not secrete its steroid hormones at a constant level throughout the day. The hormones are actually released in a cycle with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm. An abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body, some of which are listed here. Read More >>

Stop AGE-ing

We have discussed the importance of glucose blood sugar metabolism many times in this forum. Diabetes and insulin resistance are conditions that represent problems with glucose metabolism that can lead to debilitating and life-threatening health issues. The root of the problem is too much sugar in the body leading to the AGE-ing process – that is, Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs). Read More >>

Cooling Inflammation

Pain and inflammation are not new human conditions and natural anti-inflammatories have been used for millennia. Try this ancient remedy for your modern problems.
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Research Update: Vitamin D Reduces Bone Fracture Risk... Again

Health care always offers a variety of choices, you just may not know it. With regard to this topic, you can either pay about $30,000 for a new hip after it fractures or you can take some vitamin D and prevent the fracture from happening in the first place.
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We have established key relationships with two of the top labs in the country that allows us to offer a comprehensive suite of Laboratory Services at reduced prices.
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Whey Good For Your Muscles

There is a condition that we all should be familiar with called sacropenia. Sarcopenia can be defined as loss of muscle mass and strength that often occurs with aging.
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Whey Good For You

Whey is a common ingredient in many meal replacements, which are designed to provide a large amount of nutrients in a minimal amount of calories.
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Cardiovascular Health: Pillar 2 – Nutritional Supplementation

The Ivory Tower mentality of our current medical system is creating an environment that promotes disease at the expense of prevention and true health care.
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The Four Pillars of a Healthy Cardiovascular System

Did you know we wrote a book on what it takes to avoid heart disease? I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that cardiovascular disease is by far the number 1 killer in the Western world, and it doesn’t have to be. Read More >>

The Next Level of CoQ10

CoQ10 is also called ubiquinone, a name that signifies its ubiquitous (widespread) distribution in the human body. CoQ10 is used by the body to transform food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy on which the body runs. Read More >>

Omega-3: Why Are We Deficient?

Fish is the primary food source of the omega-3s EPA and DHA, but Americans simply don't eat enough fish on a regular basis. Read More >>

5 Reasons Why You Should Take Omega 3's

From back support to brain function, here are 5 reasons why omega-3's are critical for your mind and body. Read More >>

Slideshow: The Importance of Omega-3's

You've probably been hearing about omega-3 fatty acids in recent years. The reason? A growing body of scientific research indicates that these healthy fats help a wide range of medical problems. Watch this slideshow to learn more

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