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How Cannabis Helps Treat Parkinson’s Disease

At its heart, Parkinson’s disease remains a mystery. We understand how it behaves and progresses, but no one yet knows the cause, nor how to prevent it. Parkinson’s usually begins with a slight tremor. Over time it develops to cause stiffness and and slowing of movement. Ultimately, it can reduce mental capacity and shorten life. One thing we do know is that Parkinson’s causes dopamine-producing brain cells to stop functioning and to deteriorate. It is the cessation of dopamine production that causes the tremors, rigidity, spasms, problems with sleeping and…

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Research Shows Ginger is More Powerful than Chemotherapy

In recent years scientists have been studying natural remedies that have been used in human healing for thousands of years. Garlic is one such remedy, and turmeric is another. Both have potent medicinal properties. But recently, science has determined that ginger may be just as powerful, particularly in the treatment of cancer. A study conducted by Georgia State University determined that whole ginger extract can reduce the size of prostate tumors in mice by 56%. It was also observed that the ginger reduced inflammation and provided life-enhancing antioxidants. PloS published…

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Diet Health Studies 

Why You Should Eat 15 Almonds Daily

Eating almonds is one of the tastiest ways to get an abundance of powerful nutrients packed into a very small package. You can snack on almonds, enjoy them as almond milk, or throw them into a stir-fry. Almonds are so nutrient-dense that only 15 of the tasty nuts given you a daily dose of goodness. Almonds are rich in antioxidants, protein, minerals and heart-healthy fat. Health experts are increasingly emphasizing the importance of eating plant-based fats, as opposed to animal fats. Like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados, almonds and…

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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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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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