Saw Palmetto Extract: Nature’s Answer to Prostate Enlargement

The prostate is a single, doughnut-shaped gland about the size of walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate secretes a thin, milky, alkaline fluid which lubricates the urethra to prevent infection and increases sperm motility. Prostate...
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Black Cohosh – Is There Really A Concern?

Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is without question the most popular natural approach to menopausal symptoms. Its popularity has been increasing in part because of all of the negative press on Hormone Replacement Therapy. Specifically, last year the National...
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The Healing Power of Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes (or proteases) refer to the various enzymes that digest (break down into smaller units) protein. These enzymes include the pancreatic proteases chymotrypsin and trypsin, bromelain (pineapple enzyme), papain (papaya enzyme), fungal proteases, and...
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Pancreatic Enzymes: Key to Powerful Anti-Inflammatory & Immune Support

Enzyme preparations are one of the most useful nutritional supplements available. Enzymes are molecules that speed up chemical reactions – they either help build new molecules or they split the bonds that join molecules together to break them into smaller units.In the...
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OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: Pharmaceutical Grade Marine Lipids

While most Americans eat way too much of the omega-6 oils found in meats and most vegetable oils, they suffer a relative deficiency of the omega-3 oils — a situation that is associated with an increase risk for heart disease and about 60 other conditions including...
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Prenatal Nutrition:Optimal Nutrition Support During Pregnancy

Pregnancy obviously results in an increased need for vitamins and minerals. Deficiency or excess of any of a number of nutrients can lead to birth defects and/or complications during pregnancy for the mother. What is a mother-to-be to do? Here are some key...
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Oral Glutathione is Absorbed Orally to Provide Health Benefits

Introduction One of the most important compounds that every cell in your body produces is glutathione. The cells use this valuable compound to…

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Are Some of Us Just Wired to be Happy?

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The Whole Body Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin

“Astaxanthin is the crowned king of antioxidants,” said Dr. Murray. “It is given this title because of its unique benefits and actions in…

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Natural Form of GABA Receives Stronger Health Claims in Japan: New Study Shows PharmaGABA Promotes Muscle Growth!

Natural Form of GABA Receives Stronger Health Claims in Japan: New Study Shows PharmaGABA Promotes Muscle Growth! Japan has a very interesting and…

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Figs Relieve Constipation in Clinical Trial

How crazy is it that Americans spend over $2 billion a year on laxatives to deal with constipation? Here is something else to ponder, studies…

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The Rising Epidemic of Gout

More than likely you are familiar with gout, an inflammatory arthritis triggered by crystallization of uric acid within the joints. It causes severe…

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New Study Shows Avoiding Sun Exposure is as Dangerous as Smoking

Introduction: Conventional wisdom is that we need to avoid sun exposure in order to avoid skin cancer. However, one of the issues with…

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Nutrient Highlight -Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin Introduction There are over 400 different members of the carotene family of pigments in nature. Historically, the potency of a…

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Promoting Satiety is Your Key to Weight Loss

Introduction: The research is quite clear that safe and effective weight loss is not about will power, deprivation, or counting calories.…

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Resveratrol Shows Beneficial Effects in Ulcerative Colitis

Introduction: Resveratrol is a plant compound similar to flavonoids. It is found in the low levels of the skin of red grapes, red wine, cocoa…

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Unexpected Benefit from Furry Pets

Introduction: When most people think of the benefits of having a dog, cat, or other furry animal they would likely associate feelings of the…

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Statistics on ER Visits Due to Dietary Supplements Misleading

Introduction: The media has once again failed to report the whole story or put things into the proper perspective when they reported on a study…

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Move over Paleo and Mediterranean Diet, Here Comes the New Nordic Diet

Introduction The latest “it” diet in medical research is the New Nordic Diet (NND), This diet was created by a group of researchers,…

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The Guilty-Pleasure Food That’s Good For You

It’s not hard to find reasons to love chocolate–and maybe that’s why most people consider it a guilty pleasure. But that perception is changing…

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You’ve Heard Gratitude Is Good For You. Here’s What Science Says

A growing body of scientific work shows that gratitude and kindness are traits that lead to higher levels of well-being. People who are grateful and…

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New Study Adds to the Evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease is “Diabetes of the Brain”

Introduction: The parallel epidemics of Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes share many common features. Chief among them are insulin…

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Vitamin K2 Effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Introduction: Just as there has been an explosion of positive science on the importance of vitamin D3, another nutrient, vitamin K2, is showing…

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Are MicroRNAs from Plants the Future of Healing with Food?

Introduction: New research is exploding into scientific journals detailing exciting ways in which foods interact with the expression of our genes.…

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Vitamin D3 is Important in Autoimmune Disorders

Introduction Vitamin D has a well-established role in calcium metabolism and bone health, but recently there has been a great deal of research…

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Acid-Blocking Drugs Increase Heart Disease Risk

Introduction Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is blocking the secretion of gastric acid. They are dominant…

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Whey Protein – An Essential Component in a Weight Loss Plan

Introduction: A recent study highlights the value of whey protein in helping to maintain muscle mass during intentional weight loss, an extremely…

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Maybe Nuts are Not a High Calorie Food After All

Introduction Nuts and seeds are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, but they are also high in fat. So, many people avoid nut consumption out of…

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“Super” Broccoli Lowers LDL Cholesterol

Introduction Many of our modern vegetables were developed from wild plants during the Roman Empire and later-day Italians through traditional…

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Another Study Shows Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight and Keep it Off!

Introduction: A new study published in the International Archives of Medicine adds to the growing data supporting the benefits of dark chocolate…

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New Study Shows Probiotics May Prevent ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Introduction: There is a growing amount of medical research indicating that alterations in the type of bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal…

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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Depression

Introduction: Depression is a major public health problem, especially in women. Recent statistics indicate that approximately 63% of American…

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Probiotic Supplementation Promotes Weight Loss

Introduction: Could weight loss be as simple as taking the right probiotic supplement? Based upon a growing body of evidence, the answer is a…

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New Research Shows Special Extract of Ashwaganda Protects Key Area of the Brain

Introduction: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the most revered plants in Ayurvedic medicine. Because the rejuvenating effects of…

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How to Juice for Healing Power

Juice has gotten a bad rap. We’re often advised to eat whole fruits and vegetables—for the fiber and because they are lower in calories than an…

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Ginger as Effective as Synthetic Drug in Migraine, but Without the Side Effects

Introduction: Migraine headaches are estimated to affect over 28 million Americans. These headaches are caused by excessive dilation of blood…

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“Rainbow” of Fruits and Vegetables

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is your best bet for preventing virtually every chronic disease. This fact has been established time and again…

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How Much Water Do You REALLY Need? Here’s How To Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for life. It’s essential to stay hydrated to keep your body healthy and strong. The average amount of water in an adult’s…

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CoQ10 Study Yields Important Results and Considerations

Introduction One of the most important nutrients for heart health is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Its role in the heart is similar to the role of a spark…

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Another Positive Study on Glucosamine-Chondroitin Reducing Arthritis Pain

Introduction: It seems that when a positive study on natural products comes out in a medical journal that it garners very little media attention.…

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Stroke Recovery

The right nutrients and herbs can help repair damage and improve quality of life Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United…

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Save Your Joints

Hyaluronic acid may hold the key to reversing arthritis Several years ago, ABC News’ Connie Chung reported on a Japanese village called Yuzuri…

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Vision Quest

Five key nutrients for preventing and treating cataracts and macular degeneration Nutritional factors play a key role in the prevention and…

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The Collagen Connection

This unheralded protein plays a key role in keeping us together—literally The most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is also the main…

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Quiet Please

Natural ways to silence the ringing, roaring, and hissing of tinnitus Millions of Americans suffer from tinnitus, a condition more descriptively…

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Quitting Time

Natural products to help kick the smoking habit You’ve heard it before, but to put it simply, if you want good health, you must stop…

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All About Iron

What it does. Why you need it. And more Iron is critical to human life. It plays the central role in the hemoglobin molecule of our red blood cells…

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Fast Times

Rid your body of toxins and boost energy with a simple juice fast Good health is largely determined by our bodies’ ability to…

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Food for Thought

Safe brain boosters for kids Brain cells are the most complex, long-living, and nutritionally demanding cells in the body. Studies show that…

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Saying “No” to Statins

Maintain a healthy cholesterol balance without potentially harmful drugs Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs such as Crestor (rosuvastatin), Lipitor…

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3 Juice Recipes To Help You Enjoy Heart-Healthy Pomegranate

The pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in recorded history. Native to the area of modern-day Iran and Iraq, the pomegranate has been cultivated…

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7 Time-Management Tricks To Reduce Your Stress

One of the biggest stressors for most people is time. We simply don't feel we have enough of it. In fact, most of us do have enough time — we are…

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Pre-Meal Consumption of Whey Protein Promotes Satiety and Improves Blood Sugar Control

Introduction: Whey protein ingestion has been shown to reduce feelings of hunger and promote satiety making it a valuable aid in weight loss…

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Seven Keys to Achieving New Year’s Resolutions

I absolutely love this time of year. It allows me to fully examine my life and, of course, assess if I achieved the goals that I set for the previous…

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Eat Prunes and Plums for Healthy Bones

Introduction Prunes (dried plums) are most popularly used for their laxative effects, but a growing body of research indicates that prunes offer…

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Tamiflu for Flu Symptoms and Viral Infections? The Emperor has No Clothes!

Introduction Oseltamivir, brand name Tamiflu, was released onto the market in 1999 for the treatment of influenza. Despite is wild popularity –…

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7 Tips For Better Communication In All Of Your Relationships

A major cause of stress for most people is the realm of interpersonal relationships. Whether with your partner, at home with family members, with…

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How Exercise Changes the Way You Look at Food

Introduction: Exercise is a critical component to a health promoting lifestyle and its beneficial impact for weight management is without…

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Why Are Drug Companies Sponsoring Studies on Natural Products? Taking a Closer Look at a Recent Evaluation on Glucosamine/Chondroitin in Osteoarthritis

Introduction: In the late 1990s, St. John’s wort (SJW) extract rocketed to tremendous success in the United States and Europe as a natural…

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Two New Studies Show the Power of Gratitude and Kindness

Introduction One of Plato’s greatest observations was that “a grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.…

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Maitake Extract Produces Beneficial Effects on the Immune System in Patients with Bone Marrow Failure

Introduction For thousands of years mushrooms have been highly respected in Asia for their health promoting properties. One mushroom was regarded…

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12 Signs Your Blood Sugar Is Out Of Whack

Blood sugar, or glucose, is one of the best things Mother Nature ever provided us with. It's one component of your body chemistry that helps you feel…

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Is a Good Night’s Sleep the Best Prescription for Depression and Pain?

Introduction: Depression and chronic pain are two common conditions that are also associated with poor sleep quality. While it is often thought…

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Antidepressant Drugs Blunt Feelings of Love and Sexual Function

Introduction: A recent study raises a new issue with long-term antidepressant use, adding another reason for consumers to seek alternatives. The…

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Fecal Capsules vs. Probiotic Supplements for Clostridium difficile

Introduction Antibiotic use can result in a severe form of diarrhea due to the overgrowth of the bacteria Clostridium difficele. The C. difficele…

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

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Garlic -- For Healthy Cholesterol and Immune Function

Garlic has been used throughout history virtually all over the world as a medicine. Its use predates written history. Sanskrit records document the use of garlic remedies to approximately 5,000 years ago, while the Chinese have been using it for at least 3,000 years.The Codex Ebers, an Egyptian medical papyrus dating to about 1,550 B.C., mentions garlic as an effective remedy for a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, headache, bites, worms, and tumors. Hippocrates, Aristotle and Pliny cited numerous therapeutic uses for garlic. Stories, verse, and folklore (such as its alleged ability to ward off vampires) also give historical documentation to the healing power of garlic. Sir John Harrington in The Englishman's Doctor, written in 1609, summarized garlic's virtues and faults:

Garlic then have power to save from death
Bear with it though it maketh unsavory breath,
And scorn not garlic like some that think
It only maketh men wink and drink and stink.

Another favorite saying about garlic is “Eat garlic and gain your health, but lose your friends.” Fortunately, there are now commercial preparations that provide all of the health benefits of garlic without the social consequences.

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April is National Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests that usually become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism spectrum or autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has three primary forms:

  • Classic autism
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

It is now estimated that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen to 1 in every 88 births and almost 1 in 54 boys. The cause of autism is extremely controversial. It does have a strong genetic component, but like most health conditions dietary and environmental factors play a huge role in whether the genetic predisposition will manifest and to what severity.

For more information, go to Autism Speaks - the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. For natural approaches to autism, please consult the 3rd Edition of the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

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