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9 Ways to Lower Your Diabetes Risk Naturally

Diabetes has become a major health problem, “approaching epidemic proportions globally,” according to an article published in the International Journal of Health Sciences.  About 12.3 percent of all adults have diabetes and a whopping 25.9 percent of adults over the age of 65 in the United States have the disease. That translates, according to the American Diabetes Association, to 30.3 million adults with diabetes, and 7.2 million of them are undiagnosed. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in America which…

Reducing Risk For Prostate Cancer

Almost all North American men will develop prostate cancer if they live long enough. Autopsy studies find prostate cancer in 80 percent of men in their 70s, according to the International Journal of Cancer. Today, nearly 2.5 million men in the U.S. are living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, but thankfully, only a small percentage will die from it. Prostate cancer is yet another of the modern diseases caused by inflammation, changing your lifestyle can reduce your risk. A team from Harvard and the University of…

An Herb Component That Can Boost Your Mood

Curcumin is the most active compound in the turmeric root. You’ve probably heard about the vast range of health benefits curcumin and turmeric can provide. In fact, there are hundreds of reasons turmeric may be the world’s most important herb. But you may not be aware that this magical herb can help relieve stress and anxiety. What Science Says About Curcumin Amazingly, curcumin has been found to reverse harmful brain changes induced by chronic stress. Human studies are also showing its potential to fight stress.…

Does An Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

This age old saying about the apple has never rung with greater promise and authority than it does today. As in the modern era, doctors bring with them a battery of tests, drugs, and interventions, all of which carry unintended, adverse health risks that often outweigh their purported benefits, and are therefore best avoided whenever possible. Also, apples are also far cheaper than doctors, and in the worst case scenario of coerced or mandatory treatment can be thrown as a non-deadly (downright nutritious) form of…

Tips To Protect Your Dog From Mosquito Bites

When it comes to diseases spread by mosquitoes, the best solution is prevention. There are many ways to reduce the chances of your dog being bitten by mosquitoes, even during the summer when you and your pup want to spend more time outside, and there are steps you can take to prevent diseases from infecting your dog if they do happen to get bitten. Here are some tips to protect your dog from mosquito bites. 1. Update Heartworm Treatment Whatever course of heartworm treatment you and your veterinarian have decided to…

A Functional Medicine Approach to Good Health

What are the key points to living a healthy life? Here are some tips from a Functional Medicine approach, which looks at systems, not symptoms. Functional medicine is concerned with how everything in the body communicates and works together, and how symptoms are often the result of a breakdown in that communication. Functional medicine practitioners consider such factors as nutrition, environmental influences, unsuspected food reactions, and the role of lifestyle and stress on ultimate health. In other words, it's…

Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Ask anyone over age 40 what they most fear in old age, and chances are that memory loss—and its far more serious cousins, dementia and Alzheimer’s —are at the top of the list, right up there with running out of money. We’ve all had some contact with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Whether a friend, relative, mother, father, or spouse, no one is ever more than six degrees of separation from this degenerative disease, which not only robs us of our sense of self, but has the potential to bankrupt the entire U.S. health care system.…

Is Fruit Bad News for Weight Loss?

Fruit got a really bad reputation when the low-carb movement started to take off. Fruit had its image badly bruised in the past few years, as more and more weight-loss experts tagged fruit, fruit juice, and soda as dietary sources of unnecessary sugar. It didn’t help that the particular sugar found in fruit—fructose—is the main ingredient in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), one of the undisputed dietary demons of the past two decades. The Truth About Fruit So let’s back off a bit and take a serious look at fruit, which…

Avoiding Hay Fever

Q I love the warmth of spring and summer, but the very thought of all those flowers makes my nose itch and my eyes water. What can I do to avoid my usual hay fever problems? Why do some people’s immune systems overreact to common daily things like pollens, dust, molds, and animal dander while other people walk around oblivious to these microscopic irritants? Well, you can blame genetics, of course, because allergies tend to run in families, but that’s not the whole story. Is it something about the environment we were…

Do We Get Distracted Easier As We Age?

Older adults appear more easily distracted by irrelevant information than younger people when they experience stress or powerful emotions -- and a specific network in the brain recently identified as the epicenter for Alzheimer's and dementia may be to blame. A USC-led study finds that seniors' attention shortfall is associated with the locus coeruleus, a tiny region of the brainstem that connects to many other parts of the brain. The locus coeruleus helps focus brain activity during periods of stress or excitement.…