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You CAN Prevent Cataracts

Cataracts are a cash cow for many eye doctors—they make a boatload off treating them. But what no one’s telling people is that there are steps you can take to prevent cataracts from developing in the first place. Cataracts are often the result of damage to the proteins in the eye. The process…

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How to Stop a Muscle Cramp in its Tracks

Do muscle cramps sneak up and grip you with pain at the most unexpected times? A muscle cramp or strain occurs because you may have inadvertently irritated a muscle or muscle group. They strike in places where there is “soft tissue,” such as near the spine, thigh, calf muscle, abdomen, etc.…

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Flu Protection--Start Now!

We’re fast approaching flu season, which officially runs from November through April. Soon you'll be bombarded with messages from medical professionals, pharmacists, and even school officials telling you that the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get your annual flu shot. I’ve…

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Crocs--More Than Comfort

What I first thought to be a simple shoe fad has turned out to be a solution for many people with problem feet. Crocs, those funny-looking shoes you see everyone wearing during the summer months, can be very helpful in providing relief for individuals with plantar fasciitis—inflammation of the…

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The Shocking Home Improvement Solution for Arthritis Pain

What would you say if I told you that to get relief from arthritis pain, you’re better off going to Home Depot than to your doctor? It’s an unusual thought, I know. But a little PVC pipe—available at your local hardware store or lumber yard—can go a long way toward soothing the joint pain…

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Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

You may have heard of the "paleo diet," which refers to the diet of the cavemen era when individuals were hunter-gatherers instead of farmers. Currently there’s a growing segment of the population that has started eliminating almost all grains and grain products from their diet. Eliminating…

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The Whey to Good Health

I get a lot of questions about whey protein powder. I use it every day, and think everyone should. It is probably one of the most underutilized tools you can use to improve and protect your health. Whey is the translucent liquid that separates from the curd when milk coagulates during the cheese…

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Weekly Update for November 18, 2013

…to Fight the Daze During the Holidays * Six Steps to Prevent Kidney Stones * How to Deal with Food Allergies and Intolerances Also, coming up on my blog this week: * How Stress Is Making You Bloat – Wednesday, November 20 * Urinary Health and Cranberry – Friday, November 22 Be sure to visit again…

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Common Causes of Digestive Problems

Just as there are many common digestive problems, there are many common causes. When it comes to disrupting the bacterial balance in your digestive system, there are a wide variety of dietary and lifestyle factors, including: * A diet high in sugar; * Low consumption of soured milk products; *…

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Trying to Lose Weight? Master Your Metabolism

Folks here in Texas are all talking about the fact that swimsuit season is just around the corner, adding just one more incentive to their desire to lose weight. But as I told a friend the other day, one of the best secrets to getting the pounds off—and keeping it off—is to master your…

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The Best Probiotic Foods for Digestive Relief

Everyone is talking about probiotics these days. Discussing stomach bacteria isn’t something most of us talked about around the dinner table years ago—probably because we were naturally getting more of it in our diets. But it appears to be a hot topic recently and that’s a good thing. More…

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The Natural Pain Reliever You Keep in Your Kitchen

Feeling the cold winter temperatures right down to your bones? You aren’t alone, especially if you suffer from arthritis or any other kind of joint pain. For relief, you may be tempted to reach for over-the-counter painkillers, but these medications have many unwanted side effects. Instead, I…

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Hemorrhoids: An Embarrassing Problem, Solved!

One of the things I really like about my blog is that it gives me a chance to give you solutions to some of your most embarrassing health problems—and no one has to even know you have it. Today, I want to give you the solution for hemorrhoids. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you're not alone. It has…

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A Spicy Antimicrobial

Like many other spices, cinnamon has largely been overlooked when it comes to its antimicrobial properties. Several studies have found that cinnamon is effective at destroying most of the food-borne pathogenic bacteria that have caused the majority of the food-poisoning outbreaks we’ve been…

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The Superpowers of Fermented Foods

This past weekend, millions of Irish-Americans (and many non-Irish Americans) enjoyed a beer or two in honor of St. Patrick's Day. They likely weren't thinking about the fermentation process that created the beverage in their hand, but being a big fan of fermented products, I surely did! Fermented…

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The Hidden Dangers in Your Toothpaste

Want to avoid cold sore outbreaks, and potentially cancer as well? Then check your toothpaste. One of the main ingredients in most commercial toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), used as a foaming agent in toothpastes, shampoos, and other soaps. I’ve noticed that using toothpaste containing…

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Four Simple Cures From One Australian Oil

Tea tree oil is another one of those multi-purpose, non-toxic remedies that should be in every medicine cabinet and first-aid kit. It's extracted from the leaves of an Australian tree called Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil was nicknamed "tea tree" by Captain James Cook, who used the leaves to make…

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Fight Urinary Tract Infections With D-Mannose

D-mannose is a naturally occurring, simple sugar found in fruits like cranberries and pineapples that stops bacteria from sticking to body tissues. When you ingest D-mannose, it is quickly absorbed in the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract, but very little of the sugar is actually…

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Which Vitamin When?

If you are taking vitamins to supplement your daily diet, you know their importance to your nutritional and health needs. Today, I’d like to discuss ways that you can be sure to get the most out of your vitamins. Most people take all their pills and vitamins first thing in the morning without a…

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Fight the Flu With Licorice Root

Dried licorice root is a good nutrient to have on hand, especially during the flu season. Doctors at the University of Texas exposed animals to 50-percent lethal doses of the influenza virus. Half were given injections of glycyrrhizin (the active ingredient in licorice root) one day before being…

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Bitter Remedy Brings Sweet Relief

I’ve been a big advocate of elderberry extract and herbal throat lozenges to treat colds and flu for decades now. But, if you're caught without them or need additional support, there's a little known herb from Asia that you should also be familiar with. When I was in Thailand several years ago,…

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Weekly Update for September 30, 2013

…visit my Tumblr minisite! This week’s issue covers: * The Blinding Truth About Aspirin * Head Lice * How to Diagnose Back Pain Also, coming up on my blog this week: * Amazing Arthritis Antidotes – Wednesday, October 2 * How Omega-3 Benefits Heart Health - Thursday, October 3 * How to Use Turmeric to…

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Olive Oil Eases Inflammation

Scientists have discovered that extra virgin olive oil contains a molecule that works in exactly the same fashion as ibuprofen at inhibiting two inflammation-inducing enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2). Ibuprofen, of course, is a widely used over-the-counter pain medication. While on a recent trip to Italy,…

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