Eruptive Xanthomatosis Is A Skin Condition No One Should Ignore

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness

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Your skin is the largest organ in (or rather on) your body [1]. This, coupled with the fact that it is outside your body and therefore easy to see, makes it a great indicator of health. If you notice a change in your skin, it likely means there is a change happening inside your body…

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People over 60 now have access to a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is an irreversible brain disorder that slowly destroys your memory and thinking skills. Experts estimate the approximately 5.5 million Americans have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s [1]. There is no cure for the disorder, but scientists have just released a new Alzheimer’s blood test that will allow…

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Cannabis Is Officially a Medicine, Following Historic UN Vote

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Ancient cultures and societies have been using cannabis for ceremonial, recreational, and medicinal purposes for centuries. In fact, experts have found written references to medical marijuana as far back as the fifteenth century BC Chinese medicine list [1]. Despite this, modern society has viewed the drug as a dangerous and restricted substance. A recent UN…

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Before Dementia Sets in, Your Body Will Give You These 12 Early Warning Signs

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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Dementia is a progressive condition that damages and eventually kills brain cells. In the next ten years, experts are projecting that about 82 million people worldwide will have dementia [1]. While there is still no cure for the condition, knowing the early warning signs of dementia can help you or your loved one get the…

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Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed Heart Using Patient’s Own Cells

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Scientists have created the world’s first 3D-printed heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, every year it takes approximately 655 thousand lives. That means that one in every four deaths in the US are a result of heart disease [1]. For end-stage heart disease, the only option…

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Israeli scientists kill cancer cells with ground-breaking DNA editing

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness

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Cancer is one of the greatest threats to human health today. It is notoriously difficult to treat, particularly in its advanced stages. What’s more, the treatment for cancer also often comes with a range of side effects. In fact, in some cases, it can cause so much damage to a person’s body, that they die…

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“Natural Beauty” Photo Series Challenges Restricting Female Body Hair Standards

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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For hundreds of years, women have been subjected to unrealistic beauty standards. London-based photographer Ben Hopper decided to challenge one of those – body hair – by photographing unshaven women. These are a few portraits from his Natural Beauty campaign, and they prove that women are stunning – body hair and all. 15 Photos That…

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707-Pound Man Refused to Lose Weight, Said ‘I’ll Eat ‘Til I’m Dead’ Where is He Now?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Just a few years ago at age 34, Casey King was 707 pounds, had no money, no job, and lived with his dad. Featured on TLC’s Family By The Ton, viewers knew King as “the man who refused to lose weight”. (1) Now weighing 310 pounds, he has had quite the health journey – and…

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8 Simple Exercises to Improve Your Posture and Reduce Back Pain

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Posture is important. It helps you stand taller and have a more confident presence when you walk into a room. Good posture also helps prevent one of the most common adult afflictions: Back pain. Thankfully, there are plenty of posture exercises you can do to help keep you standing tall and pain-free. Posture Exercises to…

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Why we get dark circles and how to get rid of them

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Dark circles under the eyes is a common problem for many people. Often when we see someone with them, our first thought is that they must be tired. While lack of sleep is one possible cause of dark undereye circles, there are actually a number of reasons why someone might have them. If your eyes…

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I Almost Died From Toxic Shock Syndrome and It Had Nothing to Do With a Tampon

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare and life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. Most of us associate TSS with super-absorbent tampons.  It is true that toxic shock syndrome is a possible side effect (albeit, an extremely rare one) of leaving a tampon in too long. As one woman learned, however, tampons are…

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The Crazy Health Benefits of Avocado Oil

Pierre Van Zyleat, Evidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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How much do you know about the health benefits of avocado oil? For many years, olive oil has reigned supreme as the healthiest of all the oils. Experts have recommended it to everyone thanks to its apparent benefits for your heart and your brain. Then, coconut oil swooped in and stole the spotlight. There are…

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13 exercises for Knee Pain and Which Ones to Avoid

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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In the United States alone, 18 million people see a doctor for knee pain every year. (1) Trouble with these joints is highly common, yet still, many of us don’t know what to do about it. We’ve rounded up the best exercises for knee pain and a few you should avoid to help feel your…

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Why Your Hair Might Be Turning Gray at a Young Age

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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Some people seem to hold onto their hair color forever. For them, silver or gray hairs don’t start peaking through until their late forties or fifties. Others, however, start getting gray hair at a young age.  But what causes this difference? What makes one person keep their dark locks into middle age, while another starts…

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8 Best Metabolism Boosting Drinks

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When we talk about weight loss, the conversation often centers around food. What you drink, however, can have an impact on not only your weight but your overall health. Metabolism-boosting drinks can help you manage your weight, while also providing excellent health benefits. The Best Metabolism Boosting Drinks Before we being, let’s clear the air…

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Science Explains How Being Angry Can Make You Gain Weight

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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Anger can sometimes be a good thing. It can motivate you to stand up against social injustice, push you to work harder, or force you to have a tough but necessary conversation with a loved one. Constant anger, though, does more harm than good. In fact, there is a connection between anger and weight gain….

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

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness

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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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10 Home Remedies for Joint Pain and Arthritis

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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23 percent of adults in the United States have arthritis. That is approximately 54 million people. Approximately fifteen million of those people report having severe joint pain due to arthritis [1]. Joint pain can be debilitating and prevent you from doing the activities that you enjoy. Luckily, there are remedies for joint pain you can…

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THC chemical in cannabis could help prevent and treat deadly COVID-19 complications

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is one of the main causes of death for COVID-19 patients. This is sudden respiratory distress in which patients’ lungs fill with fluid instead of oxygen [1]. ARDS has been historically difficult to treat, however, researchers have recently found a connection between THC and COVID-19 that could possibly have life-saving…

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How to Make Sure You’re Drinking the Right Amount of Water Everyday

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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There are many health benefits to staying hydrated. From helping you manage your weight, to improving brain function, to reducing your risk of heart attacks, drinking enough water can keep your body functioning optimally. But how much water should you drink? Scientists, doctors, and nutritionists have tried to come up with a definitive answer to…

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15 Workout Mistakes That Can Be Dangerous for Your Health

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Daily exercise is one of the best things that you can do for your health and longevity. Unfortunately, if you workout incorrectly it can do more harm than good. Avoid these common workout mistakes so that you will remain injury-free and healthy. Common Workout Mistakes that Cause Injury There are many exercises that you will…

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What Would Happen If You Replace All Drinks with Water

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness

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What do you think would happen to your body if you replace all your drinks with water? If you knew that by doing so, it would help you lose weight, give you more energy, help prevent diseases and make your skin glow, would you do it? Water may not be the most exciting beverage in…

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10 Eating Habits Anyone Should Adopt After 40

Pierre Van Zyleat, Evidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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There are many positive aspects of getting older. You have more life experience to make you more confident in who you are, and you’re typically more well-established and financially secure. Of course, it has its draw-backs, particularly when it comes to your physical health. While good eating habits are always important, they become even more…

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12 Foods To Eat If You Need To Poop

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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Constipation, or the inability to have a bowel movement, affects approximately twenty percent of the population [1]. It can range in severity, and can be mildly inconvenient all the way to downright painful. Luckily, there are several foods that help make you poop, which could kick-start your bowels and get you back to regularity. What…

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This Woman’s Thong Caused a Dangerous Infection on Her Butt That Could Have Killed Her

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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Hillary Zinks was experiencing pain on her derrière for weeks, and for the life of her, couldn’t figure out why. Even her mom did a quick inspection and found nothing. When Zinks finally made it to the emergency room, the doctors discovered an abscess on her butt. Talk about “a pain in the butt!”   Here’s the clincher: The infection was…

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6 Natural Ways To Help Reduce Back Pain Through Massage, Food & Yoga

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Back problems are one of the most common ailments that affect huge numbers of people every single day. While there are a variety of reasons why people experience back problems, there are just as many ways to help get rid of the pain. These are some of the best natural ways to help improve back…

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Leaky Gut: What is it? Is it real? And 11 Common Symptoms to Look Out For

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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Leaky gut, or “intestinal permeability” is a fairly new concept in the medical literature that has been gaining a lot of attention over the last several years. For this reason, many doctors may not have even heard of the condition. The symptoms of leaky gut, however, can have a very significant and negative impact on…

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Your Bones Are Getting Weaker Year After Year, but There Are Ways to Keep Them Healthy

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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Weak bones are a major health concern. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 10 million adults in the United States have osteoporosis. Eighty percent of those people are women [1]. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to ensure your bones stay strong and healthy. Just a few simple lifestyle changes is…

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What Happens to Your Body If You Drink Ginger Tea Everyday

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Ginger is a flavorful root that many cultures have been using in their cuisine for centuries. It adds a spicy kick to many sauces, stir-fries, dressings, and soups. It is also a common ingredient in tea. Not only does it taste great, but there are also a number of health benefits of ginger tea. From…

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10 Warning Signs For Gluten Intolerance

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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Gluten intolerance has become an increasingly common problem over the last decade. The signs of gluten intolerance are varied, and can often present as something else. For this reason, gluten intolerance can be difficult to diagnose. Knowing the signs of gluten intolerance can help you to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort. This way you…

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What Happens to Your Body When You Haven’t Drunk Alcohol for 30 Days

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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For thousands of years, alcohol has been a part of various cultures around the world. Whether to celebrate something or just as a regular part of a meal, many of us have at least one drink almost daily. While there are some health benefits to certain types of alcohol, having too much, too often is…

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If You’re Going Bald, Consider Rubbing Wasabi on Your Head

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Most of us recognize wasabi as the green condiment that accompanies sushi. It turns out, however, that the spicy green paste is good for more than just adding some kick to your crispy salmon roll. According to one company, wasabi as a baldness treatment is an effective way to solve your hair woes. The question…

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I’ve Been Stretching 10 Minutes a Day for 30 Days, and Here’s What’s Changed

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Consistent stretching is one of the best things you can do for improved mobility throughout your entire lifespan. In fact, stretching 10 minutes a day can help you feel better both immediately and on a regular basis.  Stretching 10 Minutes a Day: Routine This routine is simple to do, takes only 10 minutes to complete,…

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I’ve Been Stretching 10 Minutes a Day for 30 Days, and Here’s What’s Changed

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Consistent stretching is one of the best things you can do for improved mobility throughout your entire lifespan. In fact, stretching 10 minutes a day can help you feel better both immediately and on a regular basis.  Stretching 10 Minutes a Day: Routine This routine is simple to do, takes only 10 minutes to complete,…

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6 Warnings Your Body May Give When a Blood Clot Forms

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When you get a cut, you bleed for a short time until the blood coagulates into a more solid state to stop it from flowing. This is a good thing because it prevents you from losing too much blood and plays a part in our healing process. A blood clot, however, occurs when this happens…

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What You Need To Know About Tonsil Stones

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness

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If you’ve never had problems with your tonsils, you’ve likely not given them much thought. For some, however, their tonsils can be the bane of their existence. One of the most common issues people experience with their tonsils is tonsil stones. If you’ve ever noticed yellowish-white spots at the back of your throat, you’ve had…

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Ellie-May Clark, 5, Dies from Bronchial Asthma After Doctor Turns Her Away for Being Late

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

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Yet another emergency room failure that should never have happened… In January 26, 2015, 5-year-old Ellie-May Clark was on her way to a scheduled emergency appointment for breathing difficulties she was experiencing. Shanice Clark, Ellie-May’s mother, had called the Grange Clinic in Newport, South Wales to report her daughter’s worrying wheezing and inability to walk….

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Scientists May Have Accidentally Discovered New Organ Inside The Human Head

Pierre Van ZylFact Checked, Heal, Health Awareness

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Despite hundreds of years of observing and studying human anatomy, our bodies still have some surprises for us. Scientists recently discovered a new organ inside the human head – known now as the Tubarial Glands. This may just be the first discovery of its kind in about three hundred years. (1) The Tubarial Glands A…

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How Excess Sugar Can Impact Your Brain, Liver and Kidneys

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Heal, Health Awareness

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You’ve heard it’s bad for you and yet many Americans still consume way too much sugar. Honestly, it’s pretty easy to underestimate how much sugar you consume, especially if you aren’t paying close attention; it is in sauces, dressings, baked goods, fruit, and even “healthy” packaged foods. Usually, people automatically think of type 2 diabetes…

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15 Changes In Your Health You Should Never Ignore

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In many cases, when someone has a health emergency or is diagnosed with an illness, they can often point to some earlier health changes that they either didn’t recognize as problematic, or ignored in hopes that they would resolve themselves. Some fortunate individuals are still able to get treatment and fix the problem in time….

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