Disease Health Studies 

Inflammation: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Inflammation in the body is a two-edged sword. It can protect us, or hurt us. It is useful to understand the various roles played by inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to threats. Those may be stress, toxic chemicals, or infection. When one of these dangers is detected by the immune system, it activates proteins to protect the cells and tissues. Inflammation is most visible when it is working to repair an injury or fight off illness. Signs of inflammation include a fever or swollen glands, as often happens with…

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What We All Want to Know About Cell Phones

There has been much speculation about the potential risks of cell phone use. Now a new Swedish study published in the journal Pathophysiology, has shown the more hours and years someone has talked on their phone, the greater the likelihood they will develop glioma, a deadly brain cancer. In fact, the rates triple. According to the study, people who had used wireless phones longer than a year had a 70 percent greater risk of developing glioma. People who had used wireless phones over 25 years had a 300% greater risk…

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Junk These 10 Items for a Healthier Home

If you’re looking for ways to make your home a safer environment while improving your family’s health, consider saying goodbye to these ten items: 1. Artificial Sweeteners Most of us know sugar is bad for our health, which has provided an opening for companies that want to sell us so-called “healthy alternatives” in the form of artificial sweeteners. There are some healthy choices, such as stevia, Luo Han and xylitol, but get rid of any products that contain Splenda (sucralose) or aspartame. These additives increase insulin sensitivity, disrupt the good…

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Stay Well With Walnuts

All nuts are good for you, and walnuts are a particularly tasty and popular choice. Here are ten health benefits you can gain by eating walnuts on a regular basis: 1. Better Digestion Walnuts are high in fiber, to keep your digestive system functioning well. Many of the sources we rely on for protein, such as meat and dairy, do not offer fiber. Walnuts provide both protein and fiber. 2. Better Sleep Walnuts contain the bio-available form of melatonin, which improves sleeping patterns. Eating a handful of walnuts every day…

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Cannabis and Cancer

In the United States and worldwide, an increasing number of governmental entities are legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a plant that grows all over the world. It has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The cannabis plant produces a resin with compounds called cannabinoids, active chemicals that function as drugs. They affect both the immune and nervous systems of the body. Some cannabinoids are psychoactive, and they act on the brain, affecting consciousness and mood. Cannabis can be inhaled,…

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Most Popular New Health Tip: Eat a Daily Dose of Chocolate!

A new health study offers what is sure to be everyone’s favorite health tip. The research, published in the BMJ journal Heart, says you can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by eating 100 grams of chocolate daily. This study builds upon and supports existing data from previous research. The study tracked 25,000 adult participants in Norfolk, England. It examined the long-term health of participants based on questionnaires that surveyed food and lifestyle choices. The researchers also reviewed globally published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular…

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5 Big Health Myths

When we talk about health, we often emphasize eating good food and getting regular exercise. But in a recent article in MindBodyGreen.com, life and happiness coach Alicia Melgoza writes that being healthy also encompasses our “emotional, mental, relational and spiritual well-being.” She cites what she calls the five big health myths, and she recommends better ways to live a healthy, happy life: Myth #1: Fitness comes first. The truth: Research has shown that social ties and relationships may be more critical to our health than exercise. Try planning your workouts…

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Which Proteins Are Best?

Protein is vital for building muscle and losing fat, but how much protein you eat is not the only factor to consider. It also matters what kind of protein you consume. A recent study published in the journal, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, says there are three important things to keep in mind. First, every type of protein, from fish to nuts, includes a different grouping of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that are known as the building blocks of protein. Nine of those are “essential,” which means…

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Sleep Well to Lose Weight

If you, like so many Americans, are attempting to lose weight, you are undoubtedly focused on some important lifestyle changes. You’ve modified your diet and you are exercising, perhaps walking or working out in a gym. You may be reminding yourself to drink more water. But have you considered the vital role that sleep plays in weight loss? No matter how consistent you are with your diet and exercise regimen, you are unlikely to achieve success unless you are getting ample sleep. Most people need eight hours a night, but…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

Don’t Overthink Your Diet Plan, Say Experts

Most of us who need to lose weight are somewhat intimidated by the idea of choosing a diet plan. Should we count calories? Should we try eating raw? Should we go low-carb, or no carb? Vegetarian or vegan, or gluten free? We often end up spending weeks or months just deciding the best route to take to our weight loss goals. Now a new study suggests it really doesn’t matter. The study was conducted at the Durham, North Carolina Veterans Administration Medical Center. Researchers found that in the long term,…

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