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      Antibiotics During Infancy May Lead to Permanent Alterations in Metabolism

      By Dr. Mercola While antibiotics are given to combat bacteria responsible for illness, these drugs indiscriminately kill off beneficial bacteria in your gut as well, dramatically altering your gut microbiome. Gut bacteria, we now know, have an extensive repertoire of functions in your body. They even play a role in...
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      Road Salt Leading to Rising Chloride Levels in Streams, Study Finds

      By Dr. Mercola Every winter, the US spends more than $2 billion to remove snow and ice from roadways, a cost that includes over 15 million tons of salt.1 Salt is effective and efficient, as it lowers the freezing temperature of water, making it more difficult for ice to develop...
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      Lack of Sleep May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

      By Dr. Mercola Recent studies show poor sleeping habits cause both brain damage and brain shrinkage, and may even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease.1 Previous research published in the journal Science2 revealed that your brain removes toxic waste during sleep through what has been dubbed “the glymphatic system.”3, 4, 5...
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      The Surprising Leading Contributor to Pollution: Agriculture

      By Dr. Mercola Did you know that the modern agricultural system is responsible for putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the actual burning of fossil fuels? Understanding this reveals an obvious answer to pressing global problems. There are only three places for carbon to go: land, air, and...
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      Leaders of Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies, Study Shows

      Pharmaceutical company payments to doctors extend far beyond rank-and-file clinicians — and deep into the leadership of America’s teaching hospitals, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center examined the boards of the...
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      Food Allergies Fifth Leading Chronic Illness in US

      By Dr. Mercola Food allergies are the fifth leading chronic illness in the US – and their incidence is on the rise.1 From 1997 to 2007, food allergies increased 18 percent among children under 18 years,2 and today an estimated one out of every 13 children has a food allergy.3...
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      Pathogens in Your Mouth Can Lead to Cancer in Other Parts of Your Body

      Two independent new studies found a causal link between a common oral bacterium (F. nucleatum) and colorectal cancer; pathogens in your mouth can enter your bloodstream to colonize other parts of your body. Oral hygiene is even MORE important than previously thought, to reduce pathogenic microbes that can travel from...
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      Pathogens in Your Mouth Can Lead to Cancer in Other Parts of Your Body

      By Dr. Mercola Good oral hygiene is even more important than previously thought. Pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins can harm more than just your mouth when they circulate through your bloodstream—they can potentially cause secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body. The fact that oral pathogens can make their...
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      Mercury Studies Censored by Industry Leaders

      By Dr. Mercola Efforts to stop the archaic practice of using amalgam “mercury” fillings have been gaining speed, with several significant milestones taking place in 2013. The culmination took place in October, when a legally binding international treaty to control the use of this toxic metal was signed into action...
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      Hospital Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

      New research estimates up to 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors. This puts medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, underscoring the need for patients to protect themselves and their families from harm, and for hospitals to make patient safety a...
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      Mental Health Disorders Now Leading Cause of Non-Fatal Illness Worldwide

      By Dr. Mercola Depression is a pervasive health issue today. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 10 American adults report some form of depression.1 Eleven percent of the US population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication.2 Just two...
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      Garlic Beats Drug in Detoxifying Lead Safely From Body

      Last year, a remarkable study published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology revealed something very special about garlic: it is a natural detoxifier of lead and is not only as effective as a common chelation drug known as d-penicillamine at pulling this metal out of the body...
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      Blood Lead Levels High in 535,000 Kids in the USA

      By Dr. Mercola More than half a million US kids aged 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels higher than 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the “level of concern” at which health problems may occur. The new data comes from a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
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      Blood Lead Levels High in 535,000 Kids in the USA

      By Dr. Mercola More than half a million US kids aged 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels higher than 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the “level of concern” at which health problems may occur. The new data comes from a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
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      Natural Pheromone Leads to Healthier Bee Hives

      The application of a naturally occurring pheromone to honey bee test colonies increases colony growth resulting in stronger honey bee hives overall, according to a new study conducted by scientists at Oregon State University and Texas A&M University. The honey bee is key to many agricultural crops and honey is...
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      Common Household Insecticide Harms Kids Mental Development Like Lead

      Once again an study has found the important impact environment factors can have on the development of children. In this case, a common insecticide, permethrin , may delay child development, according to a study from the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found. The insecticide permethrin was selected because...
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      FDA Finds Lead in All Non-Organic Lipsticks

      Tests conducted by the FDA on 22 red lipsticks found lead, a neurotoxin, in every single sample studied. The highest levels were in Cover Girl, Revlon, L’Oreal lipsticks. The FDA does not regulate lead in finished cosmetics, only in colors added to the products. Houma Today reports: “Studies suggest the...
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      Indian Spices and Powders Linked to Lead Poisoning

      A study shows that young children who regularly ingest some imported Indian spices may be exposed to lead — a dangerous neurotoxin. The study followed patients from the Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Children’s Hospital in Boston who had ingested or been exposed to Indian spices and powders. One 12-month-old...
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      New Lead-Based Paint Requirements from EPA

      In April 2008, EPA promulgated regulations governing renovations in target housing (i.e., any housing constructed prior to 1978) and child-occupied facilities. The rule was designed to ensure that owners and occupants of target housing and child-occupied facilities receive information on lead-based paint hazards prior to the commencement of renovations and...
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      Researchers Find How Arsenic Exposure May Lead to Cancer

      Researchers have found a new oncogenic signaling pathway by which the environmental toxin arsenic may lead to adverse health effects, including bladder cancer. These study results are published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Oncogenesis is the process of malignant transformation leading to the...
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      Overuse of fertilizer in China leads to soil acidification

      Overuse of nitrogen fertilisers in China is leading to rapid soil acidification and is causing lasting damage to ecosystems, according to soil study Nitrogen fertilisers used to increase crop yields in China are having “extreme” environmental consequences, according to a study from leading soil scientists. View full post on Environmental...
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      Study Helps Confirms Radon as Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

      Exposure to radon gas in homes is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Cantabria and the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. The team has studied data on exposure to this element in a uranium mining area...
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      Autism Treatment Takes Lead in Integrative Medicine

      In a national survey conducted by the University of Minnesota, primary care physicians report that they are more likely to ask patients with autism about complementary alternative medicine (CAM) use. These physicians also seek more CAM education for this population. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in...
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      Different Low Calorie Diets Lead to Weight Loss

      Regardless of carbohydrate, protein or fat content says long-term study that also found that attending counseling sessions also key to promoting weight loss Many popular diets emphasize either carbohydrate, protein or fat as the best way to lose weight. However, there have been few studies lasting more than a year...
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      Stress Can Lead to Itching

      Skin provides the first level of defense to infection, serving not only as a physical barrier, but also as a site for white blood cells to attack invading bacteria and viruses. The immune cells in skin can over-react, however, resulting in inflammatory skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis....
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      How Fructose Can Lead to Weight Gain Without Warning

      Eating too much fructose can induce leptin resistance, a condition that can easily lead to becoming overweight when combined with a high-fat, high-calorie diet, according to a new study with rats. Fructose is found in high quantities in processed foods, especially sweetened foods like soda and energy popular with the...
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      EPA Finally Strengthens Lead Air Pollution Standards

      Lead pollution is especially dangerous for children. In another example of what is considered “safe” levels of exposure to toxic chemicals can change dramatically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dramatically strengthened the nation’s air quality standards for lead, especially for children. The new standards tighten the allowable lead level 10...
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      Obama Has Modest Lead Over McCain in Vote Perception of Health Care Plans

      Four in Ten Voters Don’t See Either Obama’s or McCain’s Health Care Plan As Better for Them THe polling by the Harvard Public Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harris Interactive® conducted a new survey focused on how voters think the presidential candidates’ health...
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      High Lead Levels Found in Artificil Turf

      The Center for Disease Control (DCD) is warning of high levels of lead found in worn artificial turf. Recent tests by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) of artificial turf playing fields in that state have found these fields contain potentially unhealthy levels of lead dust....
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      Kids’ Pajama Recall – Excessive Lead

      The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall June 10 of 28,000 sets of camouflage child pajamas sold at The Children’s Place retail stores and website between December 2006 and January 2008 for $15 to $17. The screen print on the shirt contains excess levels of lead. This recall...
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      Stress May Lead Students To Use Stimulants

      A growing number of high school and college students are turning to stimulants like ADHD drugs and energy drinks to help them through their stress — particularly during exam time. University of Michigan experts say that misuse of stimulants can lead to serious health consequences, and encourage parents to take...
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      Government Hides Unsafe Lead Levels in Kids Lunchboxes

      The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) withheld information about high levels of lead found in its testing of children’s vinyl lunchboxes, claiming that agency tests showed no need for concern. However the tests found that many of the tested vinyl lunch boxes contained unsafe amounts of lead Government documents...
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      New Report: Prescription Drug Problems Lead to Emergency Rooms and Death

      A new chilling study published in the October 18, 2006 Journal of American Medical Association reviews, “the frequency and characteristics of adverse drug events that lead to emergency department visits in the United States.” finds an estimate of over 700,000 annual adverse drug events The study lea by Dr. Daniel...
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      Moderate Weight Between Pregnancies May Lead to Pregnancy Complications

      A number of studies over the years have found an association between obesity and pregnancy complications, including pre-eclampsia (hypertension), gestational diabetes and stillbirth, but there was little evidence of a direct, cause-and-effect relationship. A new, large-scale study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Karolinska...
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      Going Organic Leads Two Dairies to Say No to Artificial Hormones

      Milk consumers have shown they do have power and common sense. According to report from the Boston Globe, to compete better with continued growth of organic milk two of New England’s largest dairies are ditching artificial hormones in their milk. Dean Foods and H.P. Hood are now requiring regional dairy...
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      ADHD Drug Misuse Leads to More ER Visits for Teens

      The use of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication and other drugs is a common reason for an increase in emergency room visits by children from 12-to-17 year old. The drug use could result in serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke, While people ages 18 to 25 have a...
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      Not Enough Vitamin E When Pregnant May Lead to Asthma for Baby

      “Building on an earlier study that “reported an association between reduced maternal vitamin E intake during pregnancy and wheezing in 2-yr-old children.” researchers from the department of environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland have found more evidence associating low levels of vitamin E and the...
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      Kids Lead Leaching Lunch Boxes Still a Problem

      Does your child use a soft vinyl lunchbox? If so, lead may be on the lunch menu. In August of last year the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) brought suit in California after finding lead could leach from the soft vinyl in lunch boxes into the food. Of course, denial...
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      No Full Disclosure on Fries Lead to Suit Against Mc DONALD’S

      In the we’ve been waiting for this category, an Orlando Florida mom and daughter hit he courts against greasy arches of McDonald’s Corporation and a local franchise owner. The law suit claims that big Mc wasn’t truthful calling their French fries gluten and wheat free. Until February, the company said...
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      Get the Lead Out for Kids

      In another victory for consumers in California, using California’s anti-toxics law, Proposition 65, the Attorney General has reached a deal with 71 firms to remove or severely limit lead in the costume jewelry sold mostly to children. Companies were accused of failing to notify consumers of the health risks of...