Drugs and Supplements 

The Benefits of Sulfur — Why You Need Epsom Salt, Broccoli and MSM

Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in your body, based on percentage of total body weight. While close to half of it can be found in your muscles, skin and bones, sulfur plays important roles in hundreds of physiological processes. Sulfur bonds are required for proteins to maintain their shape, and these bonds determine the biological activity of the proteins. For example, hair and nails consist of a tough protein called keratin, which is high in sulfur, whereas connective tissue and cartilage contain proteins with flexible sulfur bonds, giving…

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Habits 

Opioid Addiction Now Surpasses Smoking

It’s time to face the facts. America has a very serious drug addiction problem, and it stems from overprescription of painkillers. According to a recent report by the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. Substance abuse in general has also eclipsed cancer in terms of prevalence. Addiction to opioids and heroin is costing the U.S. more than $193 billion each year. Alcohol abuse is costing another $249 billion. In total, the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of diabetes, which is also…

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Life Style 

Surprising Ingredients Found in Lipstick

The annual revenue in the cosmetic industry is over $55 billion, yet the U.S. government does not require mandatory testing for these products before they hit store shelves. This means that the lipsticks, moisturizers and lip balms you use may contain more than you bargained for. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with regulating the cosmetic industry but not approving products, except for color additives. Essentially the FDA is responsible for regulating a cosmetic product only after it has reached the consumer, except if it contains a…

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Health News 

Monsanto Celebrates Approval of New Dicamba Herbicide and Fights Dirty to Silence Cancer Scientists

The promise that transgenic crops would lead to “greener” agriculture and less chemicals has not come to pass. Instead, more and more chemicals are being used on our food and the feed we raise our livestock on. Since the introduction of transgenic crops two decades ago, herbicide-resistant weeds have become a serious problem. At least 35 weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup. Studies have also linked glyphosate to increases in Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a deadly plant disease that causes plants…

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Life Style 

Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys

List  Risks include choking and suffocation, as well as injuries from shooting toys. With the holiday season approaching, the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released it annual list of the most dangerous toys. The organization urges parents to be cautious when buying toys this holiday season, noting that since January 2015 there have been recalls involving more than 800,000 individual products, including 500,000 this year alone. According to WATCH, every three minutes a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury….

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Diet 

Onions — A Powerful Anti-Cancer Food Staple

If you’re interested in using food to lower your risk of cancer, remember to eat lots of onions. Research shows that people with the highest consumption of onions (as well as other allium vegetables) have a lower risk of several types of cancer, including: Liver, colon and renal cell (kidney) Esophageal and laryngeal Prostate and colorectal Breast Ovarian and endometrial Onions contain several anti-cancer compounds, including quercetin, anthocyanins, organosulfur compounds such as diallyl disulfide (DDS), S-allylcysteine (SAC) and S-methylcysteine (SMC) and onionin A (ONA). Onion Compound Suppresses Ovarian Cancer Starting…

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Health News 

Man-Made Mosquito Army Deployed to Destroy Zika

It was October 2015 when officials in Brazil reported a possible association between infection with Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly. The virus, however, was first identified in Uganda in 1947, in monkeys. Several years later, in 1952, Zika virus was found in humans in the same area as well as in the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks have occurred ever since, although infections in humans were limited to Africa and Asia. The year 2007 marked the first large Zika virus outbreak, which took place on the remote Island…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Does Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

A spate of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is shining a light on a long-simmering scientific question: Can baby powder cause ovarian cancer? A jury in St. Louis last month seemed to think so. It awarded more than $70 million to a California woman who said she used Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades until her ovarian cancer diagnosis. This follows two other jury verdicts in St. Louis this year with similar awards. Currently, there are roughly 1,700 state and federal lawsuits alleging that Johnson &…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Colorado Town Rethinks Legalized Marijuana

Pueblo, a town of 110,000 people in the prairie of southern Colorado, has had many identities over its 175 years. Frontier trading post. Agricultural hub. Steel manufacturing capital of the West. Marijuana central. Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, the first state to do so, Pueblo County has become home to more than 100 recreational pot businesses, from massive grow operations to stores where anyone over 21 can walk in and buy some weed. The mild climate is good for growing, and the local regulatory climate is friendly for…

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Life Style 

What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising

Evidence shows that physical exercise helps you build a brain that not only resists shrinkage as you age but also increases cognitive abilities. Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing your nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage. There are multiple mechanisms at play here, but some are becoming more understood than others. The rejuvenating role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of them. BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons. It also triggers numerous other chemicals…

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