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      Why Does Your Stomach Growl?

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      By Dr. Mercola If asked why your stomach growls, many people would answer, “Because I’m hungry!” This is somewhat of a myth, however. Your stomach may make noise when you’re hungry and lacking food in your stomach, but it can also growl when you’re not hungry and your stomach is...
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      What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles?

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      By Dr. Mercola Instant noodles are a popular go-to lunch or dinner for those who are strapped for time (or cash), like college students. While you probably don’t consider them a health food, you may think they’re not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger...
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      How Your Thoughts Can Rule Your Stomach

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      By Dr. Mercola Ghrelin has been dubbed the “hunger hormone” because in previous studies people given the hormone became so ravenous, they ate markedly more than their usual food intake. Ghrelin may act on your brain’s “pleasure centers,” driving you to reach for another slice of cheesecake simply because you...
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      Really? Never Go Shopping on an Empty Stomach

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      By Dr. Mercola Do you struggle at the grocery store to stick to your list instead of giving in to junk-food temptations? There’s a simple trick that may help: eating a healthful snack before you shop. The advice to avoid grocery shopping on an empty stomach has been around for...
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      Baby Broccoli Targets Stomach Germs

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      A small, pilot study in 50 people in Japan suggests that eating two and a half ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for two months may confer some protection against a rampant stomach bug that causes gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer. Citing their new “demonstration of principle” study, a Johns...
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      Stomach Meds Linked to Mental Decline

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      Long-term use of histamine2 receptor antagonists (H2A), one class of drugs that blocks stomach acid, may be associated with cognitive impairment in older African-American adults. According to an Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,...
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      Eating Your Greens Regularly May Cut Stomach Cancer Risk in Half

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      The authors of a new study on the impact of eating vegetables on stomach cancer reach a straightforward and simple conclusion, : “Frequent consumption of vegetables may reduce the risk of gastric cancer.” The study published in the International Journal of Cancer noted that in particular, “consumption of green leafy...
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      Menstruation problems

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      Im 44 years old and my last 4 periods have been very difficult and painful.  Im now having my period every 3 weeks, which is annoying, but thats not the worst bit. It startes as normal, I have an achy fulness and the blood flow is heavy for the first day....
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      Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly Even If You're Outdoors

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      By Dr. Mercola Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced when fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas, are burned. When you inhale this gas, it enters your bloodstream where it replaces and blocks the oxygen molecules. If you inhale enough of it, the...
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      Could Side Sleeping Decrease Your Risk for Alzheimer's?

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      By Dr. Mercola One of the fascinating biological processes that takes place while you sleep is brain detoxification. Your brain has a unique method of removing toxic waste through what’s been dubbed the glymphatic system. The “g” in glymphatic is a nod to “glial cells”— the brain cells that manage...
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      10 Superfoods for Digestive Health

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      By Dr. Mercola The digestive process seems simple on the surface. You put a food in your mouth, chew it up, and swallow. Then your body breaks down your food into components your body can utilize and absorb. Whatever’s left gets excreted as waste. In reality, however, digestion is a...
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      GMO Fluorescent Lamb Accidentally Eaten

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      By Dr. Mercola Across the US and much of the world, farmers are planting Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) “Bt corn,” which is equipped with a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). It produces Bt toxin—a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them. In...
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      Certain Heartburn Drugs May Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack

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      By Dr. Mercola Are you among the 20 million1 Americans taking an acid inhibiting drug to treat your heartburn? Please be aware that for most, the risks far outweigh the benefits as there are plenty of alternative effective strategies to eliminate heartburn without serious side effects. Previous research2,3,4,5,6,7 clearly shows...
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      Ice Cream, We All Scream

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      By Dr. Mercola In the last year, three people have died and 10 more have become ill due to listeria bacteria in Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is the fourth largest ice cream maker in the US. Earlier this month, the company pulled all of its...
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      The Worst Foods to Eat When You're Sick, and the Best Ones

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      By Dr. Mercola When you’re sick, you body needs special care, not only in the form of extra rest but also in the foods you eat. Choosing foods carefully can help you to feel better faster, and is crucial because, although you might not feel like eating much at all,...
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      The Selling of the Avocado

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      By Dr. Mercola Avocados are one of the most popular fruits in the US; two-thirds of US consumers purchased avocados in the past year, according to the Hass Avocado Board 2014 tracking study.1 Among them, 60 percent fell into the “lovers/enthusiasts” category, which means they purchased at least 37, and...
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      How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life

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      By Dr. Mercola Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegar’s medicinal uses soon came to light. Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medical practitioners in the 1700s used it...
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      The Mysterious Science of Motion Sickness

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      By Dr. Mercola Anytime your body moves in a way that’s different from what your eyes see, motion sickness can develop. Your inner ear, or vestibular system, is involved in movement and balance. This system senses motion, such as when you’re in a car or on a ship, and expects...
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      Scrutiny for Laxatives as a Childhood Remedy

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      By Dr. Mercola Laxatives with the active ingredient polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350), the most popular of which is Miralax, are commonly given to children with constipation. Some of these children end up using the drug daily for years, which their parents (and likely their doctors as well) probably assume...
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      Do You Have Trouble Swallowing Vitamins?

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      By Dr. Mercola About 40 percent of Americans have trouble swallowing pills, even though in most cases these same people report no trouble swallowing food or beverages.1 For some, the difficulty is severe enough that it prevents them from using pills altogether, which can be problematic if you’re interested in...
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      Improved Screening Has Led to False Rise in Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis

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      By Dr. Mercola Thyroid cancer appears to be on the rise in many areas of the world, although recent research suggests this may be more due to over-diagnosis than an actual increase in incidence. In the US, the rate of thyroid cancer has doubled since 1994.1 In South Korea, it...
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      Preventing Kidney Stones May Be As Simple As Changing Your Diet

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      By Dr. Mercola In the 1970s, less than 4 percent of Americans had suffered from kidney stones. By the 1990s, this had increased to more than 5 percent. Today, with rates continuing to rise, kidney stones will impact one in 10 US adults at some point during their lives1 —...
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      The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

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      By Dr. Mercola Do you eat dinner late at night and go to bed less than three hours later? Do you also suffer from unexplained post-nasal drip, cough, and difficulty swallowing? These could be signs of acid reflux, which, unbeknownst to many, can occur without the telltale signs of heartburn...
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      5 Things You Didn't Know About Honey

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      By Dr. Mercola Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, for instance, while animals other than humans – bears, badgers, and more – have long raided honeybee hives, risking stings for...
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      Is Goat Cheese Good for You?

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      By Dr. Mercola High-quality cheese made from the raw milk of pastured animals is an excellent source of several important nutrients. Each cheese is unique in its nutritional attributes, however, with some being superior to others. One to consider, especially if you’re sensitive to lactose from cow’s milk, is goat...
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      Fantastical World of Hormones

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      By Dr. Mercola The Fantastical World of Hormones is a compelling new film exploring the history and discovery of hormones, including enormous advances in this area of medical science that have occurred over the past 10 years. Recent discoveries about how the endocrine system works have transformed our understanding of...
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      Prediabetes Increases Your Cancer Risk by 15%

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      By Dr. Mercola More than one out of three Americans aged 20 and older has prediabetes,1 a condition in which your glucose, or blood sugar, levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes. For those with prediabetes (86 million Americans in all),...
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      FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

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      By Dr. Mercola If you haven’t had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle… If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After many decades...
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      6 Things You Didn't Know About Watermelon

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      By Dr. Mercola In the US, July is National Watermelon Month, so named not only because a cool, refreshing slice of watermelon represents the epitome of summer, but also because watermelon harvests peak this month.1 Watermelon is now the most-consumed melon in the US (followed by cantaloupe and honeydew). This...
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      Ginger's Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed

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      By Dr. Mercola Ginger is one spice that I recommend keeping on hand in your kitchen at all times. Not only is it a wonderful addition to your cooking (especially paired with garlic) but it also has enough medicinal properties to fill several books. Fresh ginger root keeps well in...
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      NSAID Pain Killers Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

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      By Dr. Mercola Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are among the most widely used pain killers in the world. In the United States, more than 70 million prescriptions for NSAIDs are written each year. If you include over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and aspirin, more than 30 billion doses...
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      Breathe to Relieve Stress

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      Mind & Body Work keeping you up at night? There’s a breath for that. The old maxim that breathing can ease stress is true—but for respiration to be a total release, you need the right technique, says Belisa Vranich, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, wellness coach at Willspace in New York...
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      10 Ways to Make Food Healthier

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      These simple changes can have a dramatic effect on your heart, immune system and waistline. shutterstock_72826645.jpg Healthy Recipes Image Title:  Substitute avocado for mayonnaise Description:  The fats in avocado are heart-healthy, and they add a rich flavor, creamy texture and an extra dose of nutrients to meals. One avocado supplies...
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      10 Ways to Make Food Healthier

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      These simple changes can have a dramatic effect on your heart, immune system and waistline. Healthy Eating Image Title:  Substitute avocado for mayonnaise Description:  The fats in avocado are heart-healthy, and they add a rich flavor, creamy texture and an extra dose of nutrients to meals. One avocado supplies one-fourth...
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      Treating Gardasil Injuries

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      The Gardasil vaccine has proven to cause severe and lasting side effects in many girls (and now boys), and even some deaths. The side effects include: seizures, strokes, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, headaches, stomach pains, vomiting, Guillain-Barre syndrome, joint pain, autoimmune disease, chest pains, hair loss, appetite loss, personality changes, insomnia,...
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      15 Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Acid Reflux and Ulcers

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      Acid reflux affects an estimated 50 percent of Americans. The hallmark symptom of acid reflux is “heartburn”—a burning sensation behind your breastbone that sometimes travels up your throat. Acid reflux is not a disease caused by excessive acid production in your stomach; rather it’s a symptom more commonly related to...
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      15 Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Acid Reflux and Ulcers

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      By Dr. Mercola Acid reflux is an extremely common health problem, affecting as many as 50 percent of Americans. Other terms used for this condition are gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer disease. The hallmark symptom of acid reflux is “heartburn”—a burning sensation behind your breastbone that sometimes travels...
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      Fuzz got your tongue?

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      Blurb:  Waking up with a fuzzy tongue likely signals the need for a tongue cleaner. Images:  Waking up with a fuzzy tongue even without a night of libations likely signals the need for a tongue cleaner. This woolly coating is courtesy of the bacteria, fungi, food debris and dead cells...
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      How can I boost my child's immune system?

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      Photo credit:  courtesy of Shutterstock Blurb:  It’s easier than you think to keep kids healthy. Images:  “A FULLY FUNCTIONING IMMUNE SYSTEM is what keeps your children healthy,” says Alan Greene, M.D., author of Raising Baby Green, who recommends these all-natural strategies: 1 SKIP THE ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP. Kids who use it...
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      Conquer Seasonal Allergies

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      Photo credit:  courtesy of Shutterstock Blurb:  Try these 16 natural remedies to find relief from allergy symptoms. Images:  According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), allergic rhinitis (aka seasonal allergies) affects between 10 percent and 30 percent of all American adults, and its prevalence is increasing....
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      Top 8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower

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      By Dr. Mercola Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. Adding to...
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      Is acupuncture safe for children?

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      Photo credit:  courtesy of Shutterstock Blurb:  Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional Western medicine to help with common childhood ailments. Images:  Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional Western medicine to help with common childhood ailments...
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      Peanut Allergy Treatment 'a Success'

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      By Dr. Mercola Food allergies – once a rarity just 40 or 50 years ago – are on the rise. An estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies (including one in every 13 children).1 Peanuts are one of the most common allergenic foods with life-threatening reactions. About one in 50...
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      Avoid New Year's Resolution Failure—Make It a Lifestyle Resolution Instead

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      By Dr. Mercola New Year’s resolutions are notoriously apt to fail. It’s been estimated that only eight percent of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually keeps it. As stated in the featured article:1 “The annual tradition of breaking a New Year’s resolution is observed perhaps just as strictly,...
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      Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Treat for Your Health

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      A substantial amount of research has proven that these naturally-sweet root vegetables possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting components. Orange-colored sweet potatoes owe their appearance to the carotenoid beta-carotene. Carotenoids are natural pigments responsible for the colorful appearances of some fruits and vegetables. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene can help ward off...
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      Placebo Effect Dictates Therapeutic Effect of Headache Medication

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      By Dr. Mercola According to a recent Google query analysis, the 2008 recession took a great toll on Americans’ health.1 Ulcers and headaches topped the charts in terms of ailments people sought advice on. Interestingly, the rise in such stress-related health problems has turned out to be enduring. According to...
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      Hangover Hacks You Can Hang Your Hat On

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      By Dr. Mercola On New Year’s Eve, Americans drink more alcohol than on any other day of the year.1 Other top contenders are Christmas, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, and St. Patrick’s Day… but none top New Year’s Eve, for imbibing. What that means is that New Year’s Day, may...
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      Ginger May Benefit Patients with Asthma

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      By Dr. Mercola Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries and in the U.S. is perhaps most known for its ability to soothe nausea and stomach upset. It is without a doubt the best remedy I know of for nausea. You don’t need much just a piece the size of...

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