Category: Health

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Surfer Dies of Heart Disease at Age 32

A preliminary release of the autopsy and toxicology report for pro surfer Andy Irons indicates the 32-year old surfer died of severe coronary artery disease caused by atherosclerosis. Pathology consultant J.M. Di Maio, M.D. commented that Mr. Irons’ arteries were narrowed by as...

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Sunscreens Linked to Skin Allergies

Sunscreens might not be as healthy as advertised. Researchers from the Dermatology Department of France’s Angers Center University Hospital found that the common sunscreen ingredient, octocrylene, was linked to  atopic dermatitis – the medical term for skin allergies. The research, led by Dr....

Sleep Quality

Morning Exercise Improves Sleep

By Case Adams, Naturopath A new study presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine has found that early morning exercise increases sleep quality. The study, done by researchers from Appalachian State University and led by Scott Collier,...

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USDA Food Plate: Better than Pyramid

The new USDA plate, encouraged by Michelle Obama, has been applauded by many nutritionists and health experts as being easier to comprehend, and downright more practical. What does it mean? Let’s lay out the plate. Here are the basics, according to the USDA:...

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Hydrotherapy for Twins’ Catcher Mauer

Minnesota Twins Catcher, Joe Mauer, who was the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player, has been rehabilitating himself using one of the oldest forms of therapy – hydrotherapy. The catcher is dealing with a bilateral leg weakness, which has forced him to miss...

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Drugs in Our Drinking Water

Pharmaceutical medicines are increasingly clogging our waterways with chemicals. In 2007, researchers from Finland’s Abo Akademi University (Vieno et al.) released a study showing that pharmaceutical beta-blockers, antiepileptic drugs, lipid regulators, anti-inflammatory drugs and fluoroquinolone drugs were all found in river waters. The...

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Neurotransmitters and Moods

The composition of our neurotransmitter fluid is directly associated with our mood and nervous condition. What is the neurotransmitter fluid? Nerve dendrites do not actually touch. They are not connected in the physical sense. Rather, between them exists a space called the synapse....

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Is Glycation Related to Food Allergies?

Researchers from France’s University of Burgundy (Rapin and Wiernsperger 2010) have confirmed that protein or lipid glycation produced by modern food manufacturers is associated with food allergies. Glycation is produced during the manufacturing of food products, specifically when sugars and protein-foods are heated...

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Obesity and Asthma: Is There a Link?

Currently about 72 million Americans—nearly one-third of the population—are obese according to the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination. Research also finds that obesity is irrefutably tied to asthma: An asthmatic is more likely to be obese, and an obese person is more...

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SAD and Being Outdoors

For decades it has been assumed that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) relates only to the amount of light. However, this does not explain the lower levels of SAD among many northern climate cultures such as Eskimos as compared to lower latitude dwellers. SAD,...

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Does Melatonin Really Work?

Over the past few years, many doctors and practitioners have heralded supplemented melatonin as a viable solution for insomnia. Is it really? Let’s review the facts. Yes, the body does produce its own (natural) melatonin (also referred to as endogenous). This does not mean that...