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      Coffee and Tea for Health

      By Dr. Mercola If you’re thirsty, pure water is always a good bet for a healthy beverage. But if you’re looking for a beverage to sip and savor while you start your day, take a work break, or relax in the evening, water doesn’t always hit the spot. Fortunately, while...
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      Another Perk for Drinking Coffee

      By Dr. Mercola Nearly 60 percent of Americans drink coffee, and for many the habit is a daily one.1 Coffee drinking has long been viewed as more of a vice or a crutch to get a quick energy boost to power through the day, but this view is now changing...
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      Is Almond Milk a Rip Off?

      By Dr. Mercola There are many reasons to snack on whole, raw almonds. They’re an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants, for starters, and almond skins even contain beneficial phenols, flavonoids. and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits. Drinking almond milk may therefore seem...
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      More Consensus on the Health Benefits of Tea and Coffee

      By Dr. Mercola For the first time, a government advisory committee included a mention of caffeine in its recommendations for the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Rather than suggesting it be eliminated, however, the report said Americans could safely consume up to five cups of coffee a day,...
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      Can a Pill Offer the Same Benefits as Broccoli?

      By Dr. Mercola One of broccoli’s claims to fame is sulforaphane, an organic sulfur compound found in cruciferous vegetables, including not only broccoli but also Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, and arugula. Broccoli sprouts are actually the richest source. Sulforaphane has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, and it also...
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      Driving GMOs and Monsanto’s Roundup off the Market

      By Ronnie Cummins Since genetically engineered (GE) crops, foods, and animal drugs were brazenly forced onto the market in 1994 by Monsanto and the FDA, with neither pre-market safety testing nor labels required, consumers and small farmers worldwide have mobilized to ban, label, or boycott these controversial “Frankenfoods.” With mounting...
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      Grass-Fed Products Taking Off – Simple Solutions for Many Problems

      By Dr. Mercola Grass-fed beef accounts for just 0.5 percent of all retail beef sold, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association…1 but it’s a growing niche. White Oak Pastures, the largest organic farm in Georgia, produces about 8,000 pounds of grass-fed ground beef daily. Grass-fed beef is just one...
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      Regular Coffee Drinkers Have Cleaner Arteries

      By Dr. Mercola Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in America, with more daily devotees than even soda. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 61 percent of Americans drink coffee daily (compared to 41 percent for soda).1 Personally, I almost never drink coffee. I don’t like the...
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      Killing Off the Monarchs

      By Dr. Mercola The Monarch butterfly population in North America is in serious trouble. Their numbers are shrinking at a staggering rate because so much of their habitat, the milkweed plant, has been destroyed by destruction of grasslands for the purpose of growing pesticide resistant corn and soy. Milkweeds are...
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      Advances in Understanding of Depression Offers New Hope

      By Dr. Mercola Depression is thought to affect about one in 10 Americans.1 In 2010, antidepressants were the second most commonly prescribed type of medication in the US,2 hinting at the severity of the problem. Contrary to popular belief, depression is not likely caused by unbalanced brain chemicals; however there...
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      Fat Beneath Skin May Ward Off Infections

      By Dr. Mercola When you get a cut or a scratch, what keeps invading bacteria from making you sick? Specialized immune-system cells called neutrophils and monocytes ultimately arrive at the scene, gobbling up pathogens. In the meantime, in order to keep disease-causing microbes from multiplying out of control, other cell...
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      Can Coffee Keep Your Ears from Ringing?

      By Dr. Mercola I personally don’t drink coffee as I don’t like the taste and have only used a few cups in my life to treat jet lag. However, there are ways to include coffee in a healthy lifestyle, provided you’re not using it as a crutch to mask symptoms...
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      Drug Companies have Grown Fat off of Government Contracts for Prisoners

      You will be shocked at the amount of money political campaigns receive from the pharmaceutical industry. As such, more and more money is being spent on drugs for prisoners. Is Big Pharma reaping the rewards of their Election Day investments? Contracts for inmate drugs increased from 3 to 4721 under...
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      VA Hospital Officials Placed on Leave

      By Dr. Mercola Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals across the US are supposed to provide quality health care for veterans who have served the country. As the population, and especially the veteran population, ages, there has been an influx of people needing care, including veterans from World War II, Korea, and...
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      Senior EPA Official Steals Millions from Taxpayers

      Visit the Mercola Video Library By Dr. Mercola Have you ever awakened in the morning dreading another monotonous day at a job that you hate? Have you ever fantasized about faking a sudden illness, taking a personal day—or how about a personal year? Maybe book a flight to Bermuda and...
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      Illinois Legislators Back Off Raw Milk Ban After Consumer Outrage

      Under current Illinois law, farmers can sell an unlimited amount of raw milk on the farm without a permit. Legislators and health officials were working hard to completely banish farm-to-consumer agreements in some sneaky ways. This was not lost on Illinois’ thriving raw milk market. Now, a proposed bill in...
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      Hibiscus Extract Inhibits Obesity and Offers Liver Protection

      By Dr. Mercola In the US, the hibiscus plant is most widely known for its beautiful flowers, but this plant actually offers unique health benefits that have been valued around the world since ancient times. I used to have many of them but replaced them with fruit trees and berries,...
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      Walk Off the Weight

      Photo credit:  courtesy of Shutterstock Blurb:  5 ways to burn more calories while you walk. Images:  WALKING IS THE SIMPLEST, CHEAPEST, AND MOST convenient way to exercise. But if your goal is to lose weight, an easy stroll isn’t going to cut it. The fact is, a 150-pound person burns...
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      US Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

      By Dr. Mercola Deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US. America’s rising drug problem recently received renewed attention following the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.1 The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor died from a heroin overdose on February 2. Last year, Hoffman entered...
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      Why Therapeutic Benefits of Coffee Do NOT Apply to Pregnant Women

      By Dr. Mercola In recent years, research has emerged demonstrating that coffee—in moderation—may have a number of previously unrecognized health-promoting properties. As a result of the rather impressive list of therapeutic benefits, I’ve modified my stance on coffee. However, it’s important to understand that coffee is both a potent drug,...
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      Vitamin E May Offer Benefits for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

      By Dr. Mercola Memory loss is so common among Westerners, many write it off as an inevitable fact of aging. Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, is also on the rise, now affecting an estimated 5.4 million Americans.1 Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that develops slowly and gets progressively...
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      Utah Health Official Bans Gardasil Vaccine

      The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting today that the physician who directs Utah’s Southwest Public Department of Health has decided to exclude the Gardasil HPV vaccine in public health clinics. Given the fact that national talk show host Katie Couric just aired a program this week calling Gradasil “controversial,” for...
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      Honey Plus Coffee Beats Steroid For Treating Cough

      A remarkable new study looking at natural alternatives to medications found that compared to a systemic steroid, a combination of honey and coffee was superior in reducing symptoms associated with a post-infectious cough (PPC). PPC is a cough that remains after a common cold or an upper respiratory tract infection...
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      No Good Farms―No Good Food: Tell the FDA to Back Off

      By Dr. Mercola The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act was enacted in 2011 as a supposed way to ‘better protect public health by strengthening the safety of the food system.’ The Act came in response to a rash of recent deadly foodborne-disease outbreaks involving spinach,...
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      Drinking Coffee and Tea Slashes Nasal MRSA Infection Risk in Half

      With the CDC’s recent warning that deadly, antibiotic resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ are taking the lives of at least 23,000 U.S. patients a year, the discovery that regular consumption of coffee and tea slashes the risk of nasal colonization of MRSA in half is all the more remarkable.
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      Coffee Good for Mental Health and Reduces Suicide Risk, Study Finds

      A meta-analysis of more than 208,000 people found that drinking two to four cups of caffeinated coffee daily was associated with a 50 percent reduced suicide risk among adults. Caffeine promotes production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. It also triggers the release of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which...
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      Coffee May Reduce Your Suicide Risk, Study Finds

      By Dr. Mercola For years, coffee has suffered a bad rap, suspected of causing high blood pressure and contributing to heart disease, ulcers, and diabetes. Most recently, Senator Durbin used caffeinated energy drinks as an example of the dangerous and ‘unregulated’ supplement industry, which he proposes should be regulated like...
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      Gut Flora May Offer Clues About Autism

      By Dr. Mercola About 15 years ago, 1 in 10,000 kids had autism. Ten years ago it was 1 in 1,000, then 1 in 150, 1 in 88 and now the most recent statistics from the CDC show it to be 1 in 50 in the US.1 Most everyone agrees...
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      Could Your Morning Coffee Ward Off Skin Cancer?

      Is coffee a health elixir or an addictive toxin? The evidence goes both ways. But a study from Rutgers University now casts another vote for the health benefits of coffee. It finds that in addition to drinking that morning cup, you may even want to bathe in some coffee as...
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      Keep Genetically Engineered Potatoes Off Supermarket Shelves

      The J.R. Simplot Company, giant potato supplier for McDonald’s, has spent years working on the perfect potato. Its new genetically engineered trait (which will be offered in five different varieties of potatoes) is up for USDA approval. These potatoes will be used as frozen fries, potato chips and shoestrings, which...
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      Attorney Refutes Dr. Offit’s Vaccine Exemption Criticism

      Pediatrician and pro-vaccine advocate Dr. Paul Offit, who once said a child can safely receive 10,000 vaccines at once, has spoken out repeatedly against vaccine religious exemptions, implying that his opinion is more important than the fundamental moral tenets of a variety of world religions.
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      Vitamins Offer Hope for Alzheimer's

      By Dr. Mercola In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is currently at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures1. By 2050, this is expected to jump to 16 million,...