Health Concerns

  1. Herbal Uses for Pleurisy Root

    Herbal Uses for Pleurisy Root
    A variety of milkweed that grows well in arid and sandy soils, pleurisy root (botanical name: Asclepias tuberosa) is a popular plant in country gardens due to its brilliant orange flowers that bloom from June to September. The plant grows to about one foot in height, and the colorful flowers appear in bunches. They attract insects, bees, moths and butterflies...
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  2. Green Tea Slashes Stroke Risks

    Green Tea Slashes Stroke Risks
    A key factor in stroke prevention may be as near as your next cup of tea, according to a recent study conducted in Japan. The study, which was featured in the March issue of Stroke: A Journal of the American Heart Association, found that drinking green tea may lower overall stroke risk. Study participants who drank at least two cups of...
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  3. The Many Healthful Antioxidants In Strawberries

    The Many Healthful Antioxidants In Strawberries
    Antioxidants  are widely known to be beneficial for health. An antioxidant is any chemical molecule that prevents other chemical molecules from being oxidized. They perform a critical function because although oxygen and oxidation reactions are crucial for life, they can also damage DNA and other cellular structures - which is why all plants and animals maintain complex systems of multiple...
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  4. Lycopene-Rich Tomatoes May Lower Cancer Risk

    Lycopene-Rich Tomatoes May Lower Cancer Risk
    The most common form of cancer among men in the United States is prostate cancer, affecting roughly 500,000 U. S. males each year, and rising.  In fact, in the last fifteen years, the incidence of prostate cancer has risen by 1.7 percent. In the past, patients with prostate cancer have been treated with hormone therapy and radiation, and those with...
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  5. Cell Phones and Cancer

    Cell Phones and Cancer
    Tremendous breakthroughs have been made in cancer research in just the last few years.  While cancer still afflicts millions, the rates of those surviving from the disease go up every year.  Exciting possibilities for treatments, cures and even vaccines populate the news with new discoveries coming at a faster and faster pace. Many people wish to believe that there is...
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  6. Understanding Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease

    Understanding Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease
     The liver is one of the body's most important organs. It is responsible for secreting bile to break down fatty food and has many other important tasks including cleansing the blood of toxins as it passes through the liver. The liver creates important proteins and clotting substances, and it handles nutrients absorbed by the blood. As you can imagine, a...
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  7. The Benefits of Iodine for Thyroid Health

    The Benefits of Iodine for Thyroid Health
    Iodine is an essential mineral that the body needs for a healthy thyroid. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of iodine is 150 mcg per day, which is about one sixth of a gram – a tiny speck! Although the amount of iodine we need is minuscule, it plays an important role in thyroid function which controls our metabolism, enzyme and...
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  8. The Connections Between Prebiotics and Metabolism

    The Connections Between Prebiotics and Metabolism
    Recent studies have thrown up an interesting connection between our rate of metabolism and the probiotics and prebiotics found in the gut. Research concentrated on 30 obese women who were given either ITF prebiotics in the form of inulin-type fructans, or a placebo. Those given ITF prebiotics showed a change in their intestinal flora which led to an increase in...
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  9. Is Your Temperature Too Low?

    Is Your Temperature Too Low?
    Virtually every adult knows that a high temperature can be serious business.  After all, a high temperature can signal many different health conditions.  If a temperature becomes serious, and sustained, it can lead to brain damage.  However, the issue of a low temperature and its health implications are less known and seldom discussed.  A low temperature can, just like a...
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  10. Green Tea May Ease Colitis Inflammation Symptoms

    Green Tea May Ease Colitis Inflammation Symptoms
    Colitis is a chronic disease that affects the lining of the bowels, colon and rectum.  Inflammation creates symptoms that include abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools, fatigue and occasional fever.  Because colitis affects the body’s absorption of water and minerals, it frequently creates nutritional deficiencies.  This can result in a general feeling of malaise, dehydration, loss of appetite, weight loss, anemia...
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