Butter Nutrition 101: Is Butter Bad for You or Is Butter Good for You?

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Everything is better with butter! How many times have you heard that before? People’s perceptions of butter haven’t always been positive, though. Falling under the “saturated fatsâ€� umbrella, butter has gotten a lot of flak for apparently skyrocketing cholesterol levels, clogging arteries, and increasing risk for heart disease. Between government recommendations and cardiologists’ advice and…

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Paraphenylenediamine: 7-Year-Old Girl Suffers Chemical Burns from Black Henna

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Unwanted skin infections, metal toxicity, and even cancer… Those are just some of the reasons we remain wary of tattoos and their health risks. One thing we can go easier on is temporary tattoos. Kids love them, they’re risk-free, and only last a few days – at least that’s what 7-year-old Madison Gulliver’s father thought….

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Ground Cherries: The Weird Fruit That Could Become as Common as Strawberries

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Hey, there’s a new fruit on the block. It looks like a cherry tomato, has a texture somewhere between a tomato and a grape, and people are saying it boasts a tropical flavor profile of pineapple and mango. Because of its thin papery husk, this fruit is part of the same family as tomatoes. So,…

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Gua Sha: Surprising Health Benefits of The “Red Dragon” Massage

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Vacations are meant to be a time for relaxation, which is exactly what South Australian couple Matthew and Candise Raison were looking for on their sixth day in Bali. Too fatigued to leave their hotel after almost a week filled with adventures, the Raisons ordered in – a massage, that is. The masseur massaged Candise…

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These 5 Teas Can Help Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease

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Tea is a beverage that can be enjoyed year round, either iced or hot. While tea can be refreshing, it can also offer a host of health benefits depending upon the variety you choose. Variety is almost an understatement, there are so many options available in the marketplace, online and in herb shops that it…

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Beaumont Costales Files Class Action Lawsuit Against LaCroix Water

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you know how much we love water and always emphasize the importance of staying hydrated. That said, we know that it can get tiring drinking the same old flavorless liquid all the time… which is why millions of people are turning to sparkling water. Even without flavoring…

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6.9 Million Pounds of Beef Recalled Due to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

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Unfortunately, we’ve got another case of the bacteria that keeps on giving. On Thursday, October 4, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service announced that meat producer JBS Tolleson Inc. is recalling about 6,937,195 pounds of “various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.â€� [1] According to…

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Taking Ibuprofen for Just a Week Increases Your Chance of Having a Heart Attack by 50%

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Just because a drug doesn’t require a prescription, doesn’t mean it’s harmless or should be taken without careful consideration. A recent study revealed taking ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for even a short period of time can have an adverse effect on your heart health. Quick definition: NSAIDs (ie. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are used for pain…

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How to Manage Sarcoidosis Naturally

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Over the past many decades we have moved from the paradigm of one constituent causing one disease to many different reasons why a diagnosis exists. This creates a difficulty when it comes to treating concerns with the past mindset. What is Sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis is characterized by the growth of granulomas (inflammatory cells) in various parts…

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13 Weeds You Thought Were Invasive, But Can Actually Boost Your Health

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Humans seem to have something against weeds, but is there a valid reason for that? Is having a nice lawn really worthy of all the herbicides? Despite the fact that farmers treat weeds as invasive, the truth is that not all weeds are the same. If you look at it from another perspective, many of…

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The Tortoise and the Hare: How to Form Habits Slowly and Steadily

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How many times have you heard the age-old saying, “Slow and steady wins the race?â€� Probably hundreds. It’s a simple yet profound piece of wisdom that gets thrown around a lot (probably too much). But, people underestimate how much those six little words can impact their lives. Aesop’s Fable: The Tortoise and the Hare You’ve…

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New Research Says We Got Cholesterol All Wrong

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Government recommendations and advice about cholesterol have shaped how and what people consume. And rightly so – those who are in power ought to look out for their people. For example, millions of people believe that blood levels of cholesterol are an early warning sign and, sometimes, cause of heart disease. So, naturally, you and…

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Mosquito Bites Sting and Swell? You Could Have Skeeter Syndrome

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Understanding Skeeter syndrome Nearly everyone is sensitive to mosquito bites. But for those with severe allergies, symptoms can be more than just annoying: They can be serious. Most bites occur at either dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. While male mosquitoes are harmless — feeding only on nectar and water — female mosquitoes…

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The Connection Between Fibromyalgia and Leg Pain

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If you’re reading this, it’s because you want to more about the F-word no one likes talking about – fibromyalgia, the mysterious chronic pain disorder that many people suffer from, silently. Because the list of symptoms varies so widely from person to person, doctors run the risk of misdiagnosing the problem or even overlooking it…

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Being in a Happy Relationship is Making You Fat, Scientist Confirms

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss

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If you’re married or have been in a long-term relationship, someone over the years has probably half-joked about the weight gain they experienced in the first year or two (or ten). Some people chalk it up to routine, some say they eat (and snack) more, others stop going to the gym and cozy up to…

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The Benefits of CBD for People with Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

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If you are someone who struggles with sleep, has struggle with sleep, and continues to struggle with sleep… nothing – I repeat, nothing – fills you with envy more than listening to someone talk about the unbelievably soothing slumber they had the night before. The reason sleep loss is about so much more than bags…

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Researchers Say Cannabis Can Benefit People with Multiple Sclerosis

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After a review of scientific studies, researchers say extracts from marijuana plants can help treat pain and spasticity symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis. A systematic review recently presented at the Consortium of MS Centers in Tennessee has concluded that cannabinoids may have “modest effects in multiple sclerosis for pain or spasticity.â€� Researchers looked at…

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Why Science Says That Being Tired Is So Much Worse Than Being in Pain

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Health and wellness touch each of us differently. This is one person’s story. People often assume that because I live with multiple chronic conditions — seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative osteoarthritis, and widespread musculoskeletal fibromyalgia — that pain is the worst symptom of my chronic illnesses. Not necessarily always the case. Pain puts a damper on my life, for sure….

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5 Easy Ways to Fix a Malfunctioning Thyroid with Food

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This 2-inch-long butterfly-shaped organ rests along the outside of the esophagus in the human throat. As a part of the endocrine system, it releases hormones that manage the metabolism. Metabolism is a word we hear a lot. But it’s rarely explained. It describes the manner in which our bodies use energy to perform various life…

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Top 6 Ancient Herbs to Help Treat Almost Every Ailment & How to Use Them

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses herbal medicine to rebalance the body and bring the body back to a state of health. Herbal medicine is highly customized as no two people are the same – even if they’ve been diagnosed with the same disease, the root imbalance or dis-ease with vary from individual to individual. Therefore,…

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Help Prevent Diabetes and Balance Blood Sugar with These 10 Foods

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We all know the basic idea that surrounds ‘healthy living’. Eat more vegetables, exercise, get good sleep, and stress-less. A generic formula for the masses, but a formula that’s not always easy to adapt even though it always sits in the back of our minds. The sad truth is that with the buzz surrounding the…

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Using Essential Oils To Manage ADHD Symptoms and Improve Productivity

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition characterized by hyperactivity, inability to maintain focus, and impulsive behavior. It usually starts in early childhood (8.4% prevalence among children), with a good chance of continuing into adulthood (2.5% prevalence among adults). Individual symptoms vary but the three generally accepted types are: Inattentive type Hyperactive/impulsive type Combined…

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: The Rare Genetic Disorder Stumping Doctors Everywhere

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What is EDS? Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of disorders that affect the connective tissues of the body that support bones, blood vessels, skin, tissues and organs. As a result, people with this disease commonly experience loose joints and stretchy skin. Individuals with this illness also have problems with collagen, which is a protein that…

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New Study Links Cured Meats to Insomnia, Mental Disorders

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Currently, the paleo diet is a very popular diet trend. I’ve noticed more bone broths, collagens and a wide range of jerky-type snacks at numerous grocers. For many, grabbing a jerky stick is a quick nutritious protein-dense snack, and the varieties available have come a long way since the original Slim Jim brand I remember…

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Heart Disease: 10 Warning Signs that Appear On Your Skin

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It’s not just your cardiologist that can give you valuable, life-saving information about your risk of heart disease- dermatologists can too! The American Academy of Dermatology points out that many people first discover heart disease because their dermatologist noticed a warning sign of a heart problem somewhere on their skin. They created a list of the…

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Study Finds Magic Mushrooms Are the Safest Recreational Drug 2 Years in a Row

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Q: Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? A: Because he’s a fungi! Whether you laughed at that joke or not, it’s one that is becoming more and more popular – not the joke, the mushroom. Over the last few years, more and more people have been using psychedelic drugs. One drug…

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Ingredients in McDonald’s Fries Linked to Obesity, Heart Disease and Cancer

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Nobody can deny how spectacular McDonald’s is at marketing their products. Every time you see those golden arches, your mind immediately runs to their crispy, salty french fries. Of course, neither is nobody fooled into thinking that the fast-food chain is actually a place where smart, healthy eating choices are made. For starters, ingredients in…

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Fish Pedicures Associated With Health Concerns: Why You Should Say No to the Fish Spa

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Victoria Curthoys, of Perth, Australia, was vacationing in Thailand in 2010 when she stumbled across a spa that offered fish pedicures.  The service had grown extremely popular globally and involves submerging your feet in water populated with tiny fish (garra rufa, or “doctor fish”) that eat the dead skin from your feet. Those who have…

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Mom’s Warning After a Common Mistake Killed Her Baby

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No parent should ever have to experience the dreaded phone call Lisa Smith got three years ago… Smith’s daughter’s babysitter had just placed 17-month-old Mia into her car seat for a nap. Shortly after, the babysitter called Smith while she was at work. “Worst call I’ve ever had in my life,â€� she said. [1,2] “’Drop…

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Baby Was Photographed with the 1,616 IVF Needles It Took To Conceive Her

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The single most special thing we can create in this world is new life. But, what happens when the body you’ve been given doesn’t allow you to have a child of your own? Some people accept their reality, some choose adoption, and others look to other alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). And that’s…

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Mushrooms For Depression: FDA Approves Psilocybin for Clinical Trials

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Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in fungi. Most of us associate “Magic mushrooms” with hippie culture. But did you know that ancient rock drawings may indicate that “shrooms” were used as far back as 9000 BC?[1] Magic mushrooms are illegal and categorized as a controlled substance in the United States, however, the FDA has recently…

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A Month Before A Heart Attack, Your Body Will Warn You With These 9 Signals

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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In recent decades, scientists have realized that heart attack symptoms can be quite different for women than for men. In 2003, the journal Circulation published the findings of a multicenter study of 515 women who’d experienced a heart attack. The most frequently reported symptoms didn’t include chest pain. Instead, women reported unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety….

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Smoking Weed Ages Your Brain By Almost 3 Years

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Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of 2.8 years, according to the latest study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. This makes smoking marijuana worse for your brain than bipolar or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.[1] But given the many benefits of cannabis, there are other ways which are safer to consume the product…

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Raising a Child Without Sugar: Breaking the Sugar Addiction

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Parents often use treats in the form of candy as rewards to toddlers and children for good behavior or accomplishments such as using the potty. It seems everywhere we turn, sugar is being marketed to children. Every sugar-coated holiday (Trick-or-treating, chocolate bunnies, birthday cake) creates more obsessed sugar monsters. Obviously our society has a huge…

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Recall! Blood Pressure Meds Contain Wrong Drug

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Accord Healthcare has issued a voluntary recall for a blood pressure medication because the bottles actually contain a heart failure drug due to a labeling mix-up. According to the FDA, “A 100 count bottle of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 12.5 mg has been found to contain 100 Spironolactone Tablets USP 25 mg. Since the individual lot, PW05264, of…

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Your Brain Doesn’t Look Like How You Think It Does

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Let’s do a 5-second experiment. Think of a color- any color at all. Now think of a tool. Got it? Odds are, you’re thinking of a red hammer right now. You just saw for yourself how your brain handles concepts and categories. For every concept that you have a word for, your brain keeps a…

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Making Love Every Single Day

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For many couples, it can be a challenge to set aside quality time for sex. Whether it’s because their libidos don’t match, or life’s obligations have made them too tired for anything lascivious other than a goodnight kiss, a lot of couples fall into the trap of frequently putting off sex for another night, and…

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Desiccating Crops: We Are Slowly Poisoning Ourselves

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Spraying Roundup (an herbicide containing glyphosate) on fields just before harvesting is a practice known as desiccating crops. Yum! So the food at the grocery store that we serve to our families every day is saturated in a known carcinogenic right before we eat it?[1]  This can’t be a good thing. Glyphosate is used to…

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Product Recall: 32 Children’s Medications With Microbial Contamination

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Homeopathic pharmaceutical company, King Bio is implementing a voluntary product recall on 32 items manufactured between 08/01/2015 and 08/01/2018. These were distributed from August 2017 – July 2018. A small number have tested positive for microbial contamination. Bio King is registered with the FDA and no illnesses have been reported at this point.[1,2] According to…

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How Drawing Helps 19-Year-Old Artist, Kate Fenner, Cope with Schizophrenia

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Every now and then, we like shining the spotlight on the incredibly talented artists we come across like this painter-goldsmith duo who turns your kids’ drawings into unforgettable pieces of jewelry or Al Margen, whose drawings highlight the deepest and darkest aspects of society. Today, we’re turning that spotlight towards Californian Kate Fenner or, on…

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