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Natural compounds to improve thyroid function

7/9/2014 - One of the fastest rising health conditions in the US is hypothyroidism. The most common symptoms experienced are lethargy, depression and weight gain. Some of the newest reports are estimating that 15 to 30 percent of the population may have thyroid problems. Natural compounds can help improve your...

Beat chronic stress with adaptogenic herbs

7/5/2014 - Chronic, low-grade stress is a modern-day epidemic that creates sluggish metabolism, chronic inflammation and abnormal immunity. Elevated stress hormone levels can create digestive problems, leaky gut syndrome, increased appetite, weight gain, thyroid disorders and accelerated brain degeneration. Adaptogenic...

Five surprising health benefits of cauliflower

6/28/2014 - It's a well-known fact that the more colorful a vegetable is, the more healthy it's likely to be. After all, color indicates the presence of carotenoids, which are the antioxidants that give most vegetables their greatest benefits. Consequently, many of us assume that bland-looking vegetables, such...

Four foods that lower blood pressure

5/8/2014 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 67 million Americans -- approximately one in three adults -- suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. In 2009 alone, high blood pressure was the primary or contributing cause of almost 350,000 deaths in the United States,...

Walnuts: the perfect food for our brains

5/1/2014 - Walnuts are the large, single-seeded fruits of the walnut tree. Though different species of walnut exist, the English walnut, which originated in Persia, remains the most popular species. In fact, virtually all of today's commercially-produced walnuts are either English walnuts or hybrids thereof. Other...

Onion extract slows colon cancer growth just as effectively as chemo drug

3/15/2014 - Researchers have just discovered that flavonoids extracted from common onions slow the rate of colon cancer growth in mice just as effectively as a chemotherapy drug. And while the mice on chemo saw their LDL cholesterol go up (a possible side effect of the drug), the mice on onion extract actually...

The unique superfood power of maca - Latest research

10/24/2013 - Maca, sometimes called 'Peruvian ginseng,' is an ancient food source and herbal medicine from the Andes region with a rich supply of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and sterols. According to ancient and modern Peruvian herbal medicine it is used for anemia, menstrual...

The unique superfood power of mangosteen - here's the latest research

10/23/2013 - The fruit of a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is enjoyed as a snack in regions where it grows across Asia and South America. Because of the highly perishable nature of this delicate fruit, it is rarely found in the United States, but rather marketed...

Mistletoe extract doubles survival time of pancreatic cancer patients in clinical trial

10/22/2013 - Patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer doubled their survival time when treated with mistletoe extract in a new European clinical trial - and with very few side effects. In comparison, the standard chemo drugs for treating pancreatic cancer carry such serious side effects that...

Sea cucumber extract kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells and shrinks lung tumors

10/15/2013 - A new study has shown that sea cucumber extract kills up to 95 percent of breast cancer cells, 90 percent of melanoma cells, 95 percent of liver cancer cells and 88 percent of lung cancer cells in vitro. The extract also stimulates the immune system against cancer and impedes key processes required...

Mangosteen's phytochemical components

10/15/2013 - Indonesia's "Queen of Fruits," Garcinia mangostana L., or purple mangosteen, is a popular superfood both in its natural form and as a botanical dietary supplement. The fruit of a tropical evergreen tree, mangosteen is about the size of a tangerine with white flesh that is sweet, tangy, and slightly...

Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely

10/1/2013 - Addiction is a rampant problem in the United States, and in 1995 it was shown in the National Comorbidity Survey that 51% of individuals used drugs at some time in their lives, and 15.4% did so in the last 12 months. These drugs included the list 'marijuana/hashish, cocaine/crack, heroin, hallucinogens),...

Chinese herbs found to enhance resistance to all causes of stress

9/17/2013 - Many people feel as if exercise is causing unhealthy damage. The sensation of aversion to exercise and the eventual mental and physical fatigue are known and perhaps feared. Fortunately, a combination of Western science and ancient medicine has potentially given each of us the opportunity to train like...

Control your telomeres to earn positive marks on your genetic spellchecker

9/13/2013 - Everyone over 50 and anyone actively preventing biological harm in their youth may be wise to focus on the frontiers of gerontology. Telomere length may accurately report both healthy and unhealthy choices made in an individual's past. They cap the ends of chromosomes and are a functional unit measured...

The unique superfood power of rooibos: Latest research

9/11/2013 - Grown only in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town, rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the "red bush" plant, aspalathus linearis. Enjoyed for centuries by the indigenous people for its taste and medicinal properties, international awareness of this superfood only began a century...

Astronaut research points to the anti-aging properties of magnesium

9/10/2013 - For decades, we have had empirical evidence of pathological conditions associated with accelerated aging: from vibroacoustic disorder in train engine drivers to 'burn-out syndrome' and radiation exposure in aviation pilots. Over the past 5 years, however, the space medicine community has elucidated...

Latest research on cacao shows extraordinary benefits on blood pressure, cholesterol and more

9/5/2013 - If you like chocolate, you're not alone. People have been enjoying cacao, the source of original cocoa, for thousands of years. This delicious and nutritious superfood has a long, rich history among the peoples of the tropical regions of the Americas. It was used as a food, a medicine, and a currency....

Flax seed consumption reduces breast cancer risk by 28 percent in new study

5/2/2013 - In the first-ever study of its type, Canadian researchers have shown that flax seed consumption reduces the risk of breast cancer by 28 percent in postmenopausal women and flax bread consumption reduces risk by 26 percent in both pre- and postmenopausal women. These results indicate that flax seed and...

Vitamin D3 plays significant role in slowing degenerative process in Multiple Sclerosis and CCSVI

3/14/2013 - Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) is a health condition affecting the blood circulation surrounding the spine and brain. It is caused by a blockage in the primary internal jugular or other major veins and is believed to play a role in the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. The term CCSVI...

Jump for joy - Chronic low back pain relieved with acupuncture

3/6/2013 - Debilitating for both the afflicted individual and supportive family, costly in relation to loss of work and surgical medical interventions, health-damaging from medication side-effects, and stressful to manage; chronic low back pain may be eased with a surprising low-cost, simple, low side-effects,...

IV vitamin C doubles survival time of pancreatic cancer patients in new clinical trial

2/17/2013 - A small Phase I clinical trial in the U.S. has just shown that adding IV (intravenous) vitamin C to a common chemo drug for pancreatic cancer extended patients' average survival time to 12 months, compared to historical survival times of 5.65 months for such patients. More remarkable is that three of...

Fight colds this winter with effective natural remedies

11/15/2012 - Let's face it, some natural remedies just don't work. Unfortunately, still more can have serious side effects, and others haven't been studied enough for the scientific or medical community to embrace them as effective or safe. If you favor a natural approach to treating (and preventing) seasonal...

Latest research on camu camu

11/13/2012 - As disease epidemics reach astonishing numbers in our country, combined with the cost of healthcare, more and more people are researching their options for maintaining or regaining their health and quality of life. After trying western medicine and fad diets, it becomes obvious that there is no way...

Chemotherapy drugs are linked to severe vitamin D deficiency

10/24/2012 - Vitamin D is critically important for cancer patients in surviving their disease longer. Now, researchers have discovered that several chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer may also cause severe vitamin D deficiency in patients. More disturbing is that attempts to give such patients supplemental vitamin...

Fluoride toxicity - Protect yourself with selenium

9/21/2012 - Excess fluoride may increase your risk for 23 different cancers, lower your child's IQ and school performance and increase oxidative stress throughout your body. But new research has shown that the mineral selenium plays a key role in detoxifying excess fluoride, restoring the body's antioxidant capacity...

IV vitamin C achieves clinical success with prostate and breast cancer

9/19/2012 - IV (intravenous) vitamin C therapy has already been clinically proven to markedly improve quality of life for cancer patients, but a new landmark study has shown for the first time it can reduce inflammation and tumor markers in prostate cancer and breast cancer patients. The science behind IV vitamin...

Three benefits of olive oil compel its continued use

9/11/2012 - Olive oil has been in the news lately. Both the Guardian and the Daily Mail in the UK reported that some Italian extra virgin olive oil producers have been lying about their products. Italy has a much greater demand for olive oil than the country can supply, so producers were either adding imported...

Common OTC acid blockers may worsen cognitive impairment in the elderly

7/31/2012 - Adverse drug reactions are ranked as the fifth leading cause of death causing more than 100,000 deaths/year, account for seven percent of all hospitalizations and costs over $100 billion annually in the United States. While within the elderly population (age 65 and above), adverse drug reactions are...

Routine liver function tests no longer required for statin drugs

6/3/2012 - Until recently, patients receiving statin drugs generally had their liver function monitored before starting the drug, 12 weeks after initiation, with any dose increase and periodically (i.e. 1-2 times/year) thereafter. However, the FDA has recently declared that "routine periodic monitoring of liver...

See what a little 'dew of the sea' can do for you - rosemary herb

5/19/2012 - One sprig of rosemary, the "dew of the sea", can grow into a burly, woody, shrubby plant. Its petite green leaves prove that great things come in small packages. Through the centuries, rosemary has adorned brides, laid beneath pillows as a sleep enhancer, been eaten as a tonic for the digestive tract,...

Dealing with Parkinson's Disease

1/22/2012 - Today I begin to introduce my Batman and Robin Medicine for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Magnesium is Batman and Cannabis is Robin and they do make for a holy medical combination. In Multiple Sclerosis marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as...

Treat cancer with IV vitamin C - Recent clinical success

1/17/2012 - The use of IV (intravenous) vitamin C to treat cancer is growing in popularity around the world as positive research continues to accumulate and build a strong case for its effectiveness. The latest cohort study out of Germany is one more example, showing that IV vitamin C markedly improves the quality...

Federal government limits chimpanzee research

1/16/2012 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced in December 2011 that it will apply more stringent standards limiting government-funded experiments on chimpanzees. The announcement came after new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), concluding that studies involving humans closest...

Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure

1/7/2012 9:01:12 AM - The popularity of chiropractic care has grown dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Although most people seek chiropractic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal pain, certain types of pain may be indicative of the patient experiencing a heart attack just before or during treatment. Chiropractors...

Meditation nourishes the brain

10/13/2011 - What is it about meditation that invokes so much mystery? When asked, people conjure images of difficult lotus positions, strange beliefs and exotic settings. Of course, none of that is necessary and the realities of a person sitting comfortably on their living room floor for a few minutes isn't quite...

Guide to Pesticides in Produce - EWG releases new edition

7/29/2011 - Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC, has released its latest edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The guide helps supermarket shoppers make healthier choices by offering a quick reference to the "Dirty Dozen" list (the produce...

Locate the connection between depression and acne

7/24/2011 - Depression and acne often go hand in hand. Most people dismiss depression as just an unfortunate result of such a visible skin condition. However for almost 100 years visionary dermatologists have known there`s more to the connection. Though these two conditions are different, they share similar...

Medical atrocities routinely committed against chimpanzees in the name of science

7/18/2011 - The question of whether chimpanzees and other primates should be used for biomedical research is an issue that has recently been reinvigorated thanks to 186 chimps at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico who are waiting for their verdict of either life in a grassy sanctuary or a life of torture...

Why chocolate is good for the heart - The scientific evidence

3/22/2011 - Chocolate. It's bad for us, right? Not even close. The list of cardiovascular benefits from cocoa consumption is extensive and well-documented in the medical literature. In addition to this, a recent 2011 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shed new light on a mechanism that...

Group urges NIH to require public disclosure of medical researchers' industry connections

12/15/2010 - Industry-funded investigators and researchers that are also on the payroll of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) often go unnoticed because no rule exists requiring them to make such information public. But in an effort to increase transparency, honesty, and full disclosure within the medical community,...

NIH panel foolishly insists Alzheimer's can't be prevented (are they demented?)

5/7/2010 - An independent panel of supposed experts recently met at the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C., to discuss whether or not Alzheimer's Disease can be prevented through dietary and lifestyle changes. After evaluating a handful of studies that deal with the subject, the panel basically...

NIH researchers are up-front about their support from drug companies, right? Wrong!

4/1/2010 - Medical research that is sponsored by drug companies has long been a conundrum. After all, scientists often welcome the big bucks of the drug industry in order to finance their studies -- but can they be totally objective when they are supported by Big Pharma? NaturalNews has previously covered this...

FINALLY: NIH takes a step to track radiation exposure from medical tests

2/17/2010 - Many Americans are exposed to atomic bomb levels of radiation (http://www.naturalnews.com/025767_Radiation_Ct_Scans.html) over their lifetimes, thanks to the medical industry's determination to push radiation imaging techniques like mammography and CT scans on the healthy as well as the ill. In fact,...

Acupuncture Proven to Prevent Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

5/7/2009 - According to a 2009 review from The Cochrane Collaboration, an international not-for-profit and independent medical organization, stimulation of the acupuncture point P-6 (Pericardium-6) significantly reduces the symptoms of nausea and vomiting after surgery. The review was published in the second 2009...

NIH Freezes Grants to Emory in Secret Drug Money Scandal

4/16/2009 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has halted payments on a research grant to Emory University, following the revelation that the psychiatrist in charge of the research concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug company payments, possibly in violation of university and federal conflict-of-interest...

Harvard Psychiatrists Hide Millions of Dollars Received from Drug Companies

11/7/2008 - A congressional investigation has revealed that a group of Harvard psychiatrists, instrumental in pushing the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and its off-label treatment with antipsychotics, concealed from university officials the millions of dollars they earned in consulting fees for the...

NIH researcher caught secretly taking big money from Big Pharma

9/11/2006 - -- A National Institute of Health researcher accepted more than $100,000 in unauthorized deals from pharmaceutical companies and failed to report the income, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. Last year during an internal NIH review, Dr. Thomas J. Walsh -- a senior researcher who has led major...

Weight Loss Improves Bladder Control in Women with Prediabetes (press release)

9/7/2006 - Losing a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased physical activity reduces the occurrence of urinary incontinence (UI) in women with prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet diabetic. This finding comes from a new study, published...

Youth Overweight Increases Risk of Bone Fractures, Muscle and Joint Pain (press release)

9/7/2006 - Children and adolescents who are overweight are more likely than their normal weight counterparts to suffer bone fractures and have joint and muscle pains, according to a study conducted at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers also found that the overweight youth in the study were...

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