Health Studies 

Scary Risk of CT Scans that Almost Nobody Knows About

When CT scan technology was first employed, the test was reserved for the most critically ill patients and challenging cases. Only major medical centers had the equipment to perform the tests. During the past twenty years, however, use of the technology has accelerated enormously. Most people are now exposed to a much higher lifetime dose of radiation than previously. Medical imaging provides doctors with the advantage of diagnosing and monitoring injuries and diseases while minimizing discomfort and down time. Patients no longer need to be hospitalized and undergo invasive procedures,…

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Disease Health Studies Natural Remedies Supplements 

Prevent Heart Disease with CoQ10

The human heart beats over two billion times in the average lifetime, and pumps nearly 100 million barrels of blood. If you were to take the vessels through which your blood flows, and lay them out end to end, they would circle the globe four times. Your cardiovascular symptom includes your heart, blood and blood vessels. Mechanically speaking, it transports not just blood, but also hormones, enzymes, nutrients and other chemicals your body needs. And as science is just beginning to understand, it communicates with your brain. Because this system…

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Disease Supplements 

Cut Prostate Cancer Risk by 64%

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in American men. Only lung cancer claims more victims. One in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 1 in 38 will die of the disease. That translates to 209,000 men who are diagnosed, and 20,000 who die. When prostate cancer is found early in the process, the prognosis is quite favorable. However, if it has spread to other areas of the body, it is lethal. Severe cases frequently spread…

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Health Studies Prescription Drugs 

Can Antidepressants Cause Birth Defects?

Antidepressants are once again in the news. A number of lawsuits have been filed against Forest Labs, maker of Lexapro, by mothers of babies born with birth defects. Class action lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of Paxil, have won consumers awards of billions of dollars in compensation. It has been proven both companies were aware of the dangers their products posed, but concealed the information. The danger posed by Lexapro is well documented. The drug contains chemicals that travel through the placenta, creating the risk of serious complications and even death,…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

How Instant Noodles Could Wreck Your Health

Instant noodles have long been a staple for struggling college students. Sure, we know they are processed and full of artificial flavors, but they’re cheap and easy to prepare, so many people who are short of money or time come to rely on them as a go-to meal or snack. One of the things people often mention is that these instant ramen noodles really fill you up. Now we know there is a reason for that. In a study conducted through Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Braden Kuo used a pill-sized…

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Diet Digestion Health Studies Healthy Foods Supplements 

Get the 411 on Probiotics

Probiotics are a type of friendly bacteria that can benefit human health. The term “probiotic” comes from the Greek phrase “for life.” These live microorganisms live in your gut, and help support your body in a variety of ways. The benefits of probiotics have been demonstrated through numerous health studies. Health experts often recommend that clients take a high-quality probiotic supplement and consume food rich in probiotics. These include unpasteurized fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, lassi (Indian yoghurt), kefir (fermented milk), natto (fermented soy), and picked cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants,…

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Health Studies Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

The Benefits of “Brown Fat”

Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have discovered a type of fat that helps to burn energy and supports weight loss. They are calling it “brown fat,” and it may play an important part in effective weight management. The study indicates that 50 grams of brown fat may burn 20 percent or more of your daily caloric intake, if it is properly activated. Brown fat is seen in the neck area, located around blood vessels, probably to keep the blood warm. It can also be seen marbled in…

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Natural Remedies 

Is Castor Oil Still a Good Idea?

Many of our grandparents and great-grandparents grew up on doses of castor oil. The oil was respected for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal qualities. We now know it is 90 percent comprised of the fatty acid ricinoleic acid, which offers many health benefits. But what role, if any, should castor oil play in a modern health regimen? Castor oil is derived from the castor seed Ricinus communis, which is also the source of the toxin ricin, often used in chemical warfare. The seeds, therefore, are dangerous, but the toxin is…

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