New Study: Deadly Flesh-Eating Genital Infection Linked to Certain Diabetes Medication

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People taking medications to help manage type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctor about their risk of a rare genital infection that has been linked to a certain class of diabetes medications. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, led by doctor Susan J. Bersoff-Matcha, Christine Chamberlain, PharmD, CDE, and others…

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‘The worst they have ever seen’: Family shares shocking photo of father’s hospital bedsore

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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When you have a spouse, parent or grandparent in hospital, one of the greatest concerns is for their comfort. Are they in pain? Are they comfortable? Are the medical staff doing their best? We’re sure these are some of the questions that Linda Moss and her two sisters Sharon and Patty had when their 77-year-old…

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Can You Get Lung Cancer Without Smoking? This Healthy 28-Year Old Did

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Stephen Huff, 28, grew up playing baseball in Tennessee. After earning a scholarship as a pitcher, Huff was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He exercised every day, ate well, and even said he tried to eat organic. He could run eight miles at a time. Huff was the very picture of health—an athlete who…

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After Eating Raw Rodent’s Kidney for ‘Good Health,’ Couple Die of Bubonic Plague, Spark Quarantine

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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An unsuspecting Mongolian couple contracted the plague after eating raw rodent meat. The region the couple was visiting in the Bayan- Ölgii province (which borders China and Russia) went under quarantine for almost a week, trapping tourists there during the interim. The 118 people who had come into contact with the couple were isolated and…

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Judge Rules 3-Year-Old Must Receive Chemotherapy Against Parents’ Wishes

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Learn, Opinion

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A Florida judge ruled on May 8th that a toddler must receive chemotherapy treatment for his leukemia diagnosis against the wishes of his parents, who wish to pursue alternative treatment, including cannabis, instead. Noah McAdams had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April of this year and had already begun chemotherapy treatment at John…

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‘Bruise’ turned out to be deadly melanoma hiding on 21-year-old’s nail

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness

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Karolina Jasko was a senior in high school when a strange spot appeared on her right thumbnail. The technician at her local beauty salon noticed it, a thin line vertically across the nail as if she drew it with a black marker. Neither person recognized this as a potentially deadly symptom. For the past few…

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60 doctors, pharmacists charged in largest US opioid prescription bust

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Justice Department made public that federal prosecutors are charging 60 medical professionals for alleged health care fraud and illegally pushing opioids — in a time when the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared that…

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5 Reasons You Should Still Be Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Apple cider vinegar. By now, you should have heard of it. A morning tonic made with this sharp liquid that is said to boost digestion, support immune-health, and provide many beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV is an ancient folk remedy and has historically been used with good reason, it’s now said…

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5 Reasons You Should Still Be Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Apple cider vinegar. By now, you should have heard of it. A morning tonic made with this sharp liquid that is said to boost digestion, support immune-health, and provide many beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV is an ancient folk remedy and has historically been used with good reason, it’s now said…

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Dangers of Lip Fillers: Mother Ends Up in Hospital After At-Home Treatment

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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Christina Burton, 29, from Greater Manchester in England, paid almost $100 for an at-home lip filling procedure. A beautician came to her home to give her dermal fillers. When Christina’s lips started to swell, they assured her the swelling was normal and continued on the with the procedure. But Christina said she knew something wasn’t…

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Weight Loss Supplements: Which One Is Right for You?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Weight Loss

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Most people have tried to lose weight at some point in their life, whether it’s dropping a few pounds or embarking on a more significant weight loss journey. You may try to lose weight to achieve a better quality of life, improved health, a decreased risk of disease, or simply to look better in your…

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23-Year-Old Commits Suicide Following Complications from His Circumcision

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Men’s Health

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“It quickly became apparent that what had just happened was a catastrophe… I died in 2015, not now.” Lesley Roberts couldn’t believe her happy, intelligent boy who showed no suicidal tendencies and had no history of mental illnesses would take his own life. She hadn’t even known he’d gone through with the circumcision. On 25th…

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A Nova Scotian Self-Written Obituary Reminds People to “Live a Little”

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Personal Growth + Development

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What would you do if you were diagnosed with incurable cancer? In Bailey Matheson’s obituary, she encourages people to “live a little”. Diagnosed two years ago, Bailey Matheson reminds us that “none of us know how long we’re here, so you might as well enjoy it. Enjoy the ride.” Bailey grew up in Cape Breton,…

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Ketogenic Diet and Cancer: What This Brand New Research Is Telling Us

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness

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No matter which side of the fence you’re on when it comes to the ketogenic diet, recent groundbreaking studies are starting to point out that it’s likely here to stay, but not for reasons you might expect. [1] A strict keto diet provides up to 90% of a person’s daily calories from fats and limits…

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The Working 92 Year Old Star Who Won’t Quit Her Lifestyle

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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When 92-year-old June Brown was asked to give up drinking booze and smoking cigarettes, she had one thing to say – the key to a long life is doing simply, “what you damn well please.”[1] She plays Albert Square favorite Dot Banning on the soap opera, Eastenders. One of the things that she claims keep…

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A Mother’s Warning to Families Living with Anaphylactic Allergies

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A mother of four daughters expresses her word of caution. Families living with anaphylactic allergies should never get ‘too comfortable’, even if you’ve been managing well for several years. Monique’s youngest daughter, Denise (age 11) suffered from a severe milk allergy. Monique has always been consistent and diligent when it came to vetting every label…

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A Simple Stretch of her Neck Left this 23-Year Old Partially Paralyzed

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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We’ve all heard that cracking and popping our joints can lead to arthritis and other joint problems. The sound associated with this cracking and popping is also likely to irritate others around you. However, while we often hear the dangers of cracking your joints, several studies have concluded that this isn’t linked to arthritis. While…

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Botched Microblading Procedure Leaves Woman with Four Eyebrows

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Make, Women’s Health

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Long gone are the days of over-tweezing, waxing, and threading. It’s the late 2010’s, baby, and having your eyebrows on fleek means keeping them full and well-shaped. While many women opt to color in their brows with eyebrow pencils on a daily basis, microblading is also a popular choice. But as one Kansas City woman…

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Autism Severity may be Reduced by 47% with Radical Fecal Transplant Therapy

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health, parenting

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The human microbiome is made up of genetic material consisting of various microbes, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The amalgamation of these has greater complexity than the human genome itself. As we discover more about how our internal microbial environment (our microbiome) is involved in our health, we see that by supporting or modulating…

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What You Should Know About Candida Auris

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“It is a creature from the black lagoon. It bubbled up and now it is everywhere.” Dr. Tom Chiller, head of the CDC’s fungal branch is leading a global effort to combat a new infection that’s steadily killing hospitalized patients around the world: Candida auris. (1) Candida auris, or C. auris, was first stumbled upon in Japan in…

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Vitamin D Overconsumption Leaves Man With Permanent Kidney Damage

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Getting enough vitamin D is one piece of your overall health and wellness puzzle. Reaching healthy levels can be more challenging for people with little exposure to sunlight, people with darker complexions, and people whose diet doesn’t contain many vitamin-D rich whole foods. A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to: Poor Immune System (always…

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The Sad Story of a Young Girl with Parasitic Sand Flea Infection

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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A ten-year-old playing barefoot in a pigpen might sound innocent and cute. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for a young girl who developed multiple itchy patches as a result of the innocent act. The lesions on her feet were brown in color and had black dots in the center – and this was caused by…

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Getting up to pee in the night could be a symptom that leads to heart failure, research says

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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While it’s not uncommon for us to get up once in a while during the night to use the washroom, research is suggesting that getting up too frequently may be an indication of hypertension [1]. Frequent nightly urination, also known as nocturia is associated with and can be one of the early symptoms of congestive…

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Bottle of Wine a Week Equals 5-10 Cigarettes for Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Learn, News + Discoveries

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“How many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine?” Ideally, you won’t find any cigarette butts in the bottom of your chardonnay, but it’s a serious question a team of UK researchers recently sought to answer. The scientists, led by gastroenterology expert, Theresa J. Hydes, published a study in the March 28 issue of BMC Public…

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You Are Not Gluten Intolerant- You’re Glyphosate Intolerant?

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, eat, Heal

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It wasn’t that long ago that someone with Celiac disease would have a hard time ordering meals at restaurants or finding safe gluten alternatives for themselves at the grocery store. Now, gluten-free options seem to be the norm almost everywhere you go in North America. What happened? Is celiac disease on the rise? Did we…

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A Mysterious Syndrome that Makes Marijuana Users Violently Ill is Starting to Worry Doctors

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Colorado since 2012, and its sale has been legal since 2014. Since then, more U.S. states have loosened their grip on cannabis use, and Canada has joined Uruguay in legalizing marijuana nationwide. Not surprisingly, there are still camps that strongly oppose marijuana legalization of any kind, including for…

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Light and Sound Therapy Shows Potential for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

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As science evolves, we are discovering more and more therapeutic techniques to conquer some of our most debilitating conditions. Research led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is exploring the potential of strobe lights and low frequency sounds to recreate the brain waves lost in Alzheimer’s disease [1]. This technique of light and sound has…

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Light and Sound Therapy Shows Potential for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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As science evolves, we are discovering more and more therapeutic techniques to conquer some of our most debilitating conditions. Research led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is exploring the potential of strobe lights and low frequency sounds to recreate the brain waves lost in Alzheimer’s disease [1]. This technique of light and sound has…

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This Office Chair Lets You Lie Down Flat for Naps at the Office

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Feeling the effects of sleep deprivation at work? No amount of double shot espressos can accomplish what a couple of quality sleep cycles can! Whereas many European countries commonly shut down businesses for an afternoon siesta, North American workplaces generally frown upon getting some shut-eye at work. But there’s something to be said for incorporating…

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Mom Bans Heavy Smoking M-I-L From Touching Baby Unless She Showers and Changes First Each Time

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Good parents know that they represent their child’s first and often only line of defense. They want what’s best for their kids, even if it means disagreeing with friends, family members, or social norms. Their child’s health, wellbeing, and future is their #1 concern. Unfortunately, sometimes this means playing “bad cop” with other very important…

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A New Blood Test May Be Able to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Men’s Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood medical condition. For quite some time a legitimate question was whether this syndrome was even real. Our medical community has no clear understanding of the processes that lead to this syndrome. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a long-term condition which causes pain throughout the body. While a concrete understanding of this disease…

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This is What No One Tells Women About What Happens to Your Body in Your 40s

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Women’s Health

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When most women think of “the big change”, our minds go straight to menopause. But there’s another huge hormone shift that happens up to 10 years before menopause, and it can be unsettling for women in their 40’s (to say the least) because it’s not very widely discussed. Mother and author, Aileen Wentraub, puts it…

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Open Heart Surgery May Not Be Your Only Option

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Thousands of patients suffering from failing aortic valves, may not need to undergo open heart surgery. A procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has up until now, been reserved for patients that may otherwise not survive open-heart surgery, however, two large clinical trials are now showing that TAVR may also benefit younger and…

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Probiotics & Heart Health: How Your Gut Helps Your Heart

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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The best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, or so the old adage goes. Believe it or not, there’s more truth behind it than you may think. While the saying elicits images of cooking dinner for your sweetheart, it also holds true for your actual heart and digestive system — of which your…

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Everything You Need to Know About Black Seed Oil

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal

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Hearing word of a new functional superfood with an impressive skill-set and mix of benefits is exciting for any wellness fan. Although I must say, often times I’m equal parts skeptical as I am intrigued, especially when this new supplement is claimed to ease aches and pain, decrease sugar cravings, promote better digestion and provide…

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Are Eggs Bad For Your Heart?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Remember when egg yolks were out of style and everyone was eating omelets made only from egg whites? If a team of researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has their way, that trend will come back in full force. Their new research findings point to a link between eating eggs regularly and some…

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The Human Cost of Insulin in America

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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When Frederick Banting, Charles Best and J.J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto invented insulin medications in the early 1920’s, it meant type 1 diabetes would no longer be a terminal illness. The researchers happily sold the patent for their discovery for only $1, with dreams that it would become an accessible medication for anyone who…

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Dr. Oz: “If you’re putting off your first colonoscopy, don’t.”

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness

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Years after Dr. Mehmet Oz had his first colonoscopy in August of 2010, he’s ready to share about his personal health scare and why he’s grateful that he didn’t put off the diagnostic procedure. Today, he calls his first colonoscopy “a big wake-up call”. His doctor had found and removed a sizeable polyp from his…

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Doctors Kept Dismissing My Back Pain Until I Was Finally Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal

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Tori Geib of Bellefontaine, Ohio suffered from chronic back pain. Since it’s estimated that about 80% of Americans will at some point experience back pain, it certainly wasn’t unusual when she sought medical attention. Tori visited three different rheumatologists in attempts to find the real cause of her chronic back pain. She got all kinds…

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Choline Deficiency Can Trigger Fatty Liver Disease

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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When most people think of liver disease, the first thing that pops into their heads is that a few too many alcoholic drinks is the culprit. But there are countless everyday habits that put stress on your liver function. Apart from drinking, eating processed foods like fructose, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, and fried…

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