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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...