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Archive for September, 2012:

Is caffeinated tea really dehydrating?

Phytonutrients naturally occurring in tea plants seem to have numerous, powerful health benefits, effective in treating ailments from genital warts to skin cancer. Recent research has even tested the abilities of antioxidant-rich green and white tea to prevent DNA damage, finding that white tea was more protective, especially the longer it was brewed. Researchers have also studied the prevalent assertion … Read more.

Does a healthy diet prevent chronic disease?

A healthy diet can significantly improve general health and prognosis in chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, writes Elizabeth Yarnell. Two dietary plans are recommended by the American College of Preventive Medicine for preventing chronic disease and combatting weight gain: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, and the Mediterranean diet. Both diets are heavy in … Read more.

tainted tap water sickens 1.1 million each year

Two new studies demonstrate that the pipes carrying drinking water from home taps and public wells may let in viruses that cause stomach illness. The studies are both related to one of the largest government-funded research projects examining illnesses linked to public water supplies. The project compared 14 public water systems in Wisconsin over the course of two years. Inputting … Read more.

Fertility services for veterans

Increasing numbers of service members—more than 1,800 since 2003–returning from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan are unable to have children as a result of injuries sustained to their reproductive systems. To better meet these veterans’ reproductive health needs, Senator Patty Murray of Washington has recently introduced a bill that would expand access to fertility treatments for disabled veterans and … Read more.

Defining Gluten Sensitivity

Many of you have wondered if you are sensitive to gluten, and unfortunately, the answer is not always a straightforward “yes” or “no,” even with completed test results. Even after a gluten elimination for 4-6 weeks, the verdict is often unclear. If it makes you feel any better, there is no clear way to diagnose gluten sensitivity, but researchers are … Read more.

Will Going Gluten Free Help You Lose Weight?

Not necessarily, writes Janet Helm at WebMD. Although demand for gluten-free foods has spiked recently due to a widespread, faddish belief that gluten-free diets are the key to weight loss, ignoring the overall nutritional value of gluten-free foods can come at dieters’ peril. In some cases, particularly with diets that rely on heavily refined gluten-free products, gluten-free dieting can actually … Read more.

Are you digesting your food and nutritional supplements?

When we see or smell food, our stomach prepares for digestion by secreting hydrochloric acid, or HCL. As we age, as we experience chronic stress, as we take medicines and drink coffee our production of HCL declines. I have recently discovered that a fairly large portion of the population also has a genetic abnormality that prevents the secretion of hydrochloric acid.  … Read more.

mindfulness yoga may offer effective treatment for depressed new mothers to be

A new research study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice suggests that mindfulness yoga may help alleviate depressive symptoms in expecting mothers. In some psychiatrically high risk individuals, pregnancy hormones can lead to major depression. Mental health issues during pregnancy can prove a serious problem, but expectant mothers are often reluctant to expose themselves and their children to antidepressants, … Read more.