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Top Swimmers Sport Purple Dots on Their Shoulders in This Year’s Olympics

If you followed the swimming events closely at this year’s Olympics in Rio, you may have noticed some purple dots on the shoulders of Michael Phelps and Cody Miller. Gymnast Alex Naddour had similar marks, leading reporters and viewers to wonder what they were. The marks are caused by “cupping,” a bodywork technique that has been embraced by many world-class athletes. The Olympic Games created a buzz around the technique. Reuters says cupping therapy equipment sales rose by 20 percent in the three days following Phelps’ victory. The International Cupping…

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Exercise Health Studies 

What You Need to Know About Walking for Health

Do you walk 10,000 steps every day? Healthy expert Joseph Mercola, M.D., believes it’s a basic requirement for good health, just like drinking enough water. Your body is designed for movement. Scientist and author of Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, Katy Bowman, says: “Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human.” Research has proven that walking two miles a day or more reduces the risk of hospitalization from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by half, and another study found daily walking for at…

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Knock Out Depression Without Dangerous Drugs

Every person on earth has probably experienced depression, at one time or another. But for approximately one out of four women, and one of eight men, depression is an ongoing problem. It comes in many shapes, triggered by a different life events and situations. Before you turn to potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, you may want to consider some natural approaches. Summer is winding down, and in the next few months the days will be getting shorter. For many people, lack of sunlight and time out-of-doors result in SAD, seasonal affective…

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Health Studies 

Insulin Resistance Sets the Stage for Cancer

Scientists are coming to recognize the link between elevated blood sugar and an increased risk of cancer. There is a well-documented relationship between obesity, which often correlates with high blood sugar levels, and an increased risk of death of all causes. According to a 2013 study, almost one in five deaths in the United States is associated with obesity.

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Health Studies 

Help for Sleep Problems in Autistic Boys

Approximately one child in 88 is on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism Spectrum Disorder is distinguished by difficulties in the areas of socialization and communication, as well as repetitive behaviors. Many children with autism experience difficulty falling asleep and sleeping through the night.  A team of researchers from the University of Missouri recently completed a study which shows that bedroom access to television, computers, or video games is associated with less sleep in boys on the spectrum. The study was published in…

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Disease Health Studies 

New Progress toward Developing Immunotherapy for Cancer

Many Americans were introduced to the concept of immunotherapy when former President Jimmy Carter was successfully treated for brain cancer, in his nineties. This groundbreaking approach to cancer therapy mobilizes the patient’s own immune system to kill the tumors in his or her body. Immunotherapy is in its infancy, and its success depends upon increasing scientific understanding of the human genome. Scientist Eduard Porta-Pardo, Ph.D. is the lead author of a study recently published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research. The study was conducted by the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery…

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Diet Health Studies 

Scientists Say Obesity May be a Brain Disorder

A recent study conducted by Macquarie University indicates that obesity may actually be a disorder of the brain, characterized by a progressive deterioration of cognitive processes that impact eating behaviors. The study shows that memory inhibition, which is the helpful ability to “block out” memories that no longer serve us (and which originates in the hippocampus), is liked to overeating. When our brains are functioning properly, our food-related memories should be prominent when we are hungry then recede when we are full. That way, thoughts of food disappear when eating…

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Why Hispanics Live Longer

Population demographics show that Hispanics in the United States are living on average two years longer than Anglo whites, and and more than seven years longer than blacks.The Chicago Tribune reports: A Hispanic born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the government estimates. Life expectancy for a white is about 78, and for a black, just shy of 73 years. Some demographers are calling this the “Hispanic paradox,” unexpected longevity in a population many of whose members are poor and relatively uneducated. One theory…

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Health Studies Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

9 Health Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is so creamy and sweet you might imagine it’s an indulgence that is bad for you, but the opposite is true. Coconut milk is rich in benefits for your body. It supports your immune system and prevents disease. In fact, coconut milk, like coconut water and coconut oil, is one of the healthiest foods available. Coconut milk is actually not “milk” at all. It is the liquid inside mature coconuts, stored within the coconut meat. Coconut water is the substance that leaks out when you crack open a…

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Diet Health Studies 

Read This and You’ll Never Eat at McDonald’s Again

Next time you drive toward those Golden Arches, think about this: McDonald’s has one of the worst reputations of any fast food restaurants. There are numerous reasons, but in this article, we’re going to look at the inclusion in their recipes of ten very unappetizing ingredients. Here they are: 1. Ammonium Sulfate Ammonium sulfate is an inorganic salt, most often used in fertilizer. It also used in flame retardant and in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. It causes hormone disruption. 2. Silicone Oil Silicone oil is used in making contact lenses,…

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