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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A Quick Guide to RFID Chips: What It Is, Safety, and the Future

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In our current age of convenience and instant gratification, a growing number of life hacks and gadgets are being created to make life easier, faster, and less work. Sounds ideal, right? Yes and no. Although there’s a line that some people are worried about crossing, others have already started taking leaps… with microchipping, in particular….

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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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One of the Most Widely Used Antidepressants Has Just Been Implicated in Breeding Antibiotic Resistance

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Make no mistake, it’s desperately clear what is driving the rise of “superbugsâ€� and antibiotic-resistant bacteria: we have used and abused antibiotics too often and for too long, both in human medicine and agriculture. However, it’s now suggested that other non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals could also be an “invisible factorâ€� in the problem. A new study published…

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How Rockefeller Founded Big Pharma And Destroyed Natural Cures

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“How Big Oil Conquered the World” is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism presented by James Corbett,1 revealing the immense extent to which the oil industry has shaped and is ruling the world as we know it. “From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of…

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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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Turns Out, You Can Make $70k Right Out of College with a Degree in Marijuana

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Most people probably couldn’t tell you the first thing about Northern Michigan University other than it’s in the northern part of Michigan, and that would only be half-right. (It’s in the Upper Peninsula, not the “main” part of Michigan.) And yet Northern Michigan is now a trailblazer in higher education after it became the first college in the United…

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People with Down Syndrome Are Living Better, Longer Lives Than Ever

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In 1983, learning that your child has Down syndrome was incredibly sad, since life expectancy was only about 25 years old. But today, people with Down syndrome are living well into their 60’s and beyond! (1) More than ever before, families affected by Down syndrome can expect to enjoy spending a full lifetime together, thanks…

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These Chips Contain Herbicide Linked To Hormone Disruption And Kidney Failure

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Do You Enjoy SunChips? You Might Want To Reconsider Did you know that Frito-Lay, the Texas-based corporation, whose parent company is PepsiCo, has been selling processed foods that contain both genetically modified (GM), pesticide-producing corn and glyphosate, which is Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide? They are both linked to various health problems, such as hormone disruption and kidney…

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Okra Controls Hunger and Diabetes, Lowers Cholesterol, and Fights Fatigue

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What Is Okra? Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers,â€� is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okraâ€� most commonly refers to the edible seedpods of the plant. Okra has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious. It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium….

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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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The Filthiest Food You Can Eat, Yet Most People Think It’s The Healthiest

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By Dr. Mercola While health agencies make a big stink about unsterilized foods such as raw organic milk, the food associated with the greatest number of foodborne illnesses is factory farmed chicken. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics,1 there were 5,760 reported foodborne outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, resulting in…

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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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Young Man Invents “Water You Can Eat� to Help Dementia Patients Like His Grandma Stay Hydrated

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Dysphagia refers to a difficulty in swallowing – it takes more effort than normal to move food from the mouth to the stomach. Usually caused by nerve or muscle problems, dysphagia can be painful and is more common in older people and babies. Although the medical term “dysphagia” is often regarded as a symptom or…

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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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A Comprehensive Guide to Yellow Stripey Things

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Having a backyard means getting out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with family and friends. Barbequing, lounging by the pool, planting flowers in the garden, etc.. However what usually comes with beautiful nature and fresh air, is the variety of insects and more particularly, BEES! The spring, summer and early autumn is a…

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One Early Sign of Alzheimer’s That May Show Up Before Others (Not Memory Loss)

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When it comes to Alzheimer’s, most people probably assume that one of the first symptoms of this brain disease is memory loss. Although Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are typically characterized by a gradual (and sometimes rapid) decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills, researchers from Washing University in St. Louis may have found…

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Intrusive Thoughts: The Debilitating Anxiety Symptom No One Ever Talks About

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Over the last few years, anxiety disorders have risen to the top of America’s most common mental illness. Every single year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), they affect 40,000,000 people aged 18 and older. [1] That’s almost 1 in every 5 people! The silver lining in all of this is…

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Studies: Common Prescription Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

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We wish it wasn’t the case but, unfortunately, memory loss is a hot topic. People have countless questions about brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. What really causes it? Will there ever be a cure? Are there any natural preventatives? How do my other medications that I’m taking affect my risk of such problems?…

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Pesticide Use Yields Larger Crops At The High Cost Of Health

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Pesticides. They contaminate soil, water, ground, and other flora. In addition to killing insects or weeds, pesticides can be harmful to birds, fish, useful insects such as bees, and other flora. And in case you aren’t yet convinced, they’re harmful to humans as well. Roundup is a glyphosate-based herbicide developed in the 1970s by Monsanto….

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LCHF 101: Complete Beginner’s Guide to a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

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LCHF is a relatively new term to the diet industry, but in reality, the principle is nothing new.  LCHF Diets incorporate both the Atkins and Ketogenic diets which have been around since the 1970’s and 1920’s, respectively. LCHF (low carbohydrate, high fat) Diets are extremely popular for weight loss, but additional health benefits can be…

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Signs of Iodine Deficiency That Should Never Be Ignored, from Mood Imbalances to Headaches

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When someone is diagnosed with goiter, it tells us that a person may be suffering from an iodine deficiency. Goiter refers to abnormal swelling of the thyroid gland due to hyperthyroidism, lack of iodine in the body causing hypothyroidism or other disorder producing enlargement of the thyroid. But you shouldn’t wait for a goiter to…

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9 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes to Never Ignore

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Diabetes is a silent killer. It is a chronic condition which affects the way in which body metabolizes sugar. In type 2 diabetes, the body either resists the insulin effects or does not produce enough insulin to regulate the movement of sugar into the cells. Diabetes can often creep up with symptoms many people unwittingly…

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New Research Says Anxiety Disorders And Depression Are Linked To Narcissistic Abuse

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders, but it wasn’t always a “disorder.” In fact, anxiety is an evolutionary response encoded in you that helps you detect and deal with threats. For early man, living out in the wild, anxiety kept humanity on its toes and alert to predators. In modern society, though, anxiety isn’t…

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Meet Janice Lorraine, Australia’s Oldest Body Builder

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Janice Lorraine from Granville Australia is no ordinary grandmother of three.[1] At the age of 75, she has accumulated 23 bodybuilding titles in just under 20 years. Lorraine first took up Weight Resistance Training (WRT) at age 55 to combat the signs of aging. After observing an elderly woman experiencing mobility issues, Lorraine became determined to stay…

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EPA is Now Allowing Asbestos Back Into Manufacturing?

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Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that can be weaved into fabrics. It was primarily used in fire-resistant clothing and insulation.[1]  Chances are if a school was built before1980, it probably contains asbestos. Almost half of all US schools were constructed between 1950 and 1969. At that time the use of asbestos in construction was very…

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Waves of Plastic Rubbish Splash Onto Shore of Philippine Bay

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While soaking up the sun and listening to the relaxing sounds of crashing waves on the beach, you probably don’t want to think about how the ocean has basically become one gigantic bowl of garbage soup. Every single day, plastic spreads into our oceans in the name of profit and convenience. Environmentalists and so many…

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New Research Says Magic Mushrooms Actually Turn Off Part Of The Brain That Causes Depression

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For thousands of years, humans have consumed psilocybin mushrooms for their psychoactive “tripping” effects. Seen primarily as a recreational drug, most people eat them for the euphoria and the visuals. But science is revealing that the humble mushroom is actually useful for more than a good time. Controlled studies have revealed that magic mushrooms can…

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Gay Teacher Shuts Down Homophobic Mom Who Pulled Her Kids from His Class

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There’s a viral story making its rounds about a gay teacher who fabulously shut down a homophobic mom who pulled her kids from his drama class – and his response is exactly what you would expect from a gay drama teacher. It all started when… A mother in Kidderminister, England decided against sending her kids…

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10-Year-Old Girl Almost Dies After Painkiller Triggers Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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We often share eye-opening stories and talk a lot about the potential side effects of many medication – especially ones that have become commonplace and are prescribed so freely. The story we’re sharing today further highlights the potentially fatal dangers of painkillers that are currently on the market. In January 2017, then-8-year-old Alexa Juckiewicz-Caspell from…

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5-Year-Old Calls 911 To Save Dad’s Life But Her Call Is Cracking Everyone Up

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Emergency call 911 dispatchers have an incredibly tough job. Spending their days (or nights) fielding frantic calls from distressed people in their worst times, they have to be quick-thinkers, efficient communicators, and above all, stay cool under pressure. We wouldn’t blame them for feeling worn out because of their high-pressure jobs! Recently, however, an emergency…

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Chronically Ill Man Releases Audio of Hospital Staff Offering Assisted Death

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Can you imagine having an incurable brain disorder that has left you bed-ridden, unable to feed yourself or speak properly, and limited your ability to move your arms and legs? How about being in that circumstance and only being given two options: (1) pay $1,800 a day to keep your hospital bed or (2) medically…

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Rat lungworm infects 12 across U.S., CDC finds

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Editr’s Note: As of time of publication, federal health officials have reported 12 patients affected by the rat lungworm parasite (not counting several cases in Hawaii where the risk is already elevated compared to other states). Below you’ll findcrucial information for protecting yourself- especially if you eat produce from your own garden or a farmer’s…

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Do You Have ‘Memory Thief Syndrome’? The Link Between Dementia and Hearing Loss

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What is Dementia? The World Health Organizing defines dementia as “a syndrome—usually of a chronic or progressive nature—in which there is a deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability toprocess thought) beyond what might be expected of normal aging. It affects memory, thinking,orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgment.â€� (1) It isn’t strange that…

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Science Confirms It: Carbs Don’t Make You Fat, This Does

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Cutting carbs is the most important change for weight loss. At least, that’s the idea sold by Gary Taubes, Dr. David Ludwig and other low carb enthusiasts. They believe carbohydrate drives obesity because it raises the hormone insulin. Insulin is said to block the release of fat and also drive additional fat storage. However, nutrition…

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The Essential Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet [Printable Charts]

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Do you often experience digestive stress after eating certain foods? Can the discomfort be so severe that it affects your day-to-day activities? The link between foods and digestive disorders is well recognised, and there is a good chance that FODMAPs – small carbohydrates in certain foods – are the culprit. As a food intolerance dietitian,…

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What You Need to Know About the Thymus: A Gland No One Talks About

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While many people may not be familiar with the thymus gland it plays a critical role for the immune system. It’s important to note that thymus size and function are determined by factors such as genetics, and pre and post-natal nutrition. (1) Function of the thymus The thymus is an irregular shaped gland, which is…

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70 Types of Seafood Labels Are Falsely Labelled in North America

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Are you being catfished by seafood labels? In June of 2018, researchers at the University of British Columbia collected 281 samples of fish and other seafood from restaurants and grocery stores. They tested the DNA of these samples to determine the accuracy of seafood labels. What was the result? Out of the 281 samples collected…

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Sobering Warning: 9 Members of One Indiana Family Among 17 Killed in Duck Boat Accident

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It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon on July 19 on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Calming waves splashed against the duck boat and a breeze swept across their skin, cooling them down on a hot day. Enjoying such a serene boat ride, no one expected the wind or waves to pick up so quickly……

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