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How to Fix a Hiatal Hernia Naturally

If you have a hiatal hernia, you probably experience the horrible burning in your chest associated with heartburn and acid reflux after most meals. I’d like to offer a simple, natural solution for your mealtime discomfort. But first, a quick explanation of what’s happening: Your diaphragm…

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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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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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Is Niacin Safe? A Closer Look at New Research

Based on recent questions I’ve been receiving about niacinamide, it seems that many of you have seen news reports on a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine that calls into question the safety of niacin. While this may have been a well-run study, the conclusions everyone…

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A Little-Known Natural Solution for Depression

There’s no doubt about it: Depression is a real problem. One in every ten adults reports being depressed. And according to some reports, 15 percent of the population will experience depression that it will require treatment at least once in their lifetime. Although depression is real, synthetic…

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Go Crazy for Coconuts

One of my blog readers recently asked me about coconut oil, and it reminded me that I haven't written about or discussed this fantastic oil all that much in the past. I try to include about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my daily diet. Most often, I just eat a spoonful all by itself. And I give it to…

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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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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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Extend and Improve Your Life With These Exercises

I know you’re constantly hearing about the benefits of exercise—how it improves cardiovascular function, increases your metabolic function, reduces excess body fat, builds bones, and improves mood. But there’s a more subtle benefit that’s often overlooked. The right kinds of exercise…

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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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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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One of the Best Flu Prevention Tactics Revealed

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the flu this winter. Unfortunately, the struggle to get a good night’s sleep is an exhausting battle shared by many. Sleep is the critical period when your body rests and rejuvenates. Studies indicate that when…

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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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7 Steps to Healthy Sleep

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 1) First, do not use melatonin supplements for sleep on a daily or regular basis. For occasional jet lag or to help re-adjust your body clock, low melatonin dosages of 2 to 3 milligrams may be justified. 2) Arrange your sleeping quarters so that you…

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Safe Alternatives to NSAIDs

In the May issue of my newsletter, Alternatives, I answered a question from a reader about whether or not I have changed my views on aspirin, considering it has been found to prevent heart attacks, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Not to mention, millions of people regularly use aspirin and…

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Power Naps: A Smart Idea

I’m a firm believer that one day the quality of our sleep will be considered just as important as our diet, our exercise program, etc. We do know that sleep is necessary for our brains to encode or imprint what we’ve learned from the previous day. These studies also show that, during sleep,…

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Why Health Nuts Eat Nuts

If you still haven't begun to stockpile nuts, let me give you a few more good reasons to do so. There are still many doctors and dietitians who have their heart patients avoid nuts because of their high fat content. Study after study, however, has shown that adding nuts to one's diet can…

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No Time for Exercise? Resolve to Take the Stairs

A couple weeks ago, I explained why interval training is the best exercise for anyone who made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. I hope you’re keeping up your resolve. However, if you’re beginning to find it difficult to maintain an intense exercise routine, I want to encourage you not…

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Eat Sardines, Improve Memory

In a recent blog, I told you about Stephen Jepson, a man in his early 70s who keeps his body, and mind, in tip-top shape basically by playing all day long, every day. In writing that blog, it reminded me of one of my favorite (and simplest) tips for promoting optimal cognitive health and specifically…

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