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      Scientific Review Shows Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities

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      By Dr. Mercola After decades of toxic fluoride being added to public water supplies without the public’s consent, we now have significant validation that this practice needs to be stopped. The Cochrane Collaboration has released a comprehensive review with points that are nearly impossible to dispute. Fluoride doesn’t work to...
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      Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health

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      By Dr. Mercola Most everyone, including many conventional physicians, have begun to appreciate the importance and value of vitamin D. Few, however, recognize the importance of vitamin K2, which is nearly as important as vitamin D. Dr. Dennis Goodman,1 who was born in South Africa and trained at the University...
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      Statin Use Inhibits Vitamin K2

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      By Dr. Mercola One in four Americans aged 45 and over take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, despite the fact that the risks are very high, and “high” cholesterol is not always the enemy it’s made out to be. Statin drugs are effective in that they do lower cholesterol, but falling cholesterol...
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      Vitamins That Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

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      By Dr. Mercola If you’re like most people, you’ve probably fallen for the misguided advice from most dermatologists and public health officials to stay out of the sun to avoid skin cancer. Unfortunately, total sun avoidance is inadvisable, as it can actually increase your risk rather than lower it. Vitamin...
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      The Real RDA for Vitamin D Is 10 Times Higher Than Currently Recommended

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      By Dr. Mercola Without a doubt, one of the most important nutrients for optimal health is vitamin D. But questions still remain about just how much is needed. Dr. Robert Heaney M.D., is one of the premier vitamin D researchers in the world. He’s also the research director of GrassrootsHealth,...
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      Four Important Fat-Soluble Vitamins

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      By Dr. Mercola Dietary fats are an important nutritional component not only because your body needs them for building healthy cells and producing hormones—fat is also required for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. This includes vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which perform a variety of important functions...
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      Multivitamins Found to Be Linked to Heart Health

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      By Dr. Mercola About one-third of Americans take multivitamin and mineral supplements, and this rises to more than 40 percent among older Americans.1 Despite their popularity, there’s been quite a bit of debate about whether or not they’re truly useful. In 2013, researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health...
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      Your Microbiome May Be Key Factor Determining Your Health and Longevity

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      By Dr. Mercola Mounting research suggests that your microbiome—colonies of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes living in your gut—may be one of the preeminent factors determining your health and longevity.  Feeding health-promoting gut bacteria with a healthy diet, avoiding hospitals (which are hotbeds for drug-resistant bacteria), and boycotting processed foods...
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      Vitamin D Can Save You from Diabetes and Dementia

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      By Dr. Mercola Do you know your vitamin D level? If not, a simple blood test called 25(OH)D, or 25-hydroxyvitamin D, can reveal your levels and give you incredible insight into your potential future risk of disease. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm your bones, leading them...
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      Urban Permaculture Maximizes Garden Productivity

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      By Dr. Mercola Modern industrial farming, deforestation, overfishing, and other unsustainable practices are exhausting Earth’s natural resources at an alarming rate. More than a billion people have no access to safe drinking water, while 70 percent of the world’s fresh water is going to agriculture.1 Our soil is depleting 13...
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      Do You Need a Vitamin D Supplement to Maintain Ideal Levels?

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      By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement, and if we do, what’s the proper dosage? Dr. Robert Heaney is a professor and one of the most well-respected researchers in the...
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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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      Number of Children Lacking Vitamin D Soars

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      By Dr. Mercola In the last five years, the number of children with vitamin D deficiency has increased by more than 200 percent, according to a study commissioned by the UK-based public awareness campaign Vitamin D Mission.1 What’s more, they uncovered that many physicians and parents had a “worrying lack...
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      Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed

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      By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D has been shown to improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease,1 the latter of which now affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans.2 The latest mortality statistics places Alzheimer’s in the top three killer diseases in the US,...
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      Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Bone Health

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      By Dr. Mercola Studies from the US Framingham trial show nearly two-fifths of the US population may have suboptimal blood levels of vitamin B12.1 And the criteria they use to make this assessment is 6-700 pg/ml, so it may be the majority of people who are vitamin B12 deficient. This...
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      Vitamin D for Depression, Dementia, and Diabetes

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      By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D research has repeatedly shown that vitamin D can improve a number of brain disorders, including depression and dementia—the most devastating form of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D receptors appear in a wide variety of brain tissue early in the fetal development, and activated vitamin...
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      Vitamin K Shot at Birth — The Controversy Reignites

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      By Dr. Mercola The controversy surrounding vitamin K shots at birth recently surfaced when physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt reported seeing a rise in late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) in young infants.1 The rise is blamed on increasing numbers of parents declining to have their...
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      The Who, Why, and When of Vitamin D Screening

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      By Dr. Mercola A robust and rapidly growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely essential for good health and disease prevention, in part due to the fact that it influences about 10 percent of all your genes. The US Preventive Services Task Force recently proposed new...
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      Why Being Sleep Deprived Is NOT a Sign of Productivity

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      By Dr. Mercola Sleep deprivation is a serious health concern that many simply choose to ignore. The price for doing so can be steep. Research tells us that lack of sleep can contribute to everything from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease to physical aches and pains and irreversible brain damage....
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      7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

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      By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the US, but many Americans mistakenly believe they aren’t at risk because they consume vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk). There are very few foods that actually have therapeutic levels of vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain...
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      The Importance of Vitamin D for Normalizing Your Cholesterol Levels

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      By Dr. Mercola The video above is a nice confirmation from the traditional media of the importance of vitamin D. However, they still get it wrong by stating that you can get the vitamin D you need from foods. Appropriate sun exposure can easily provide over 20,000 units per day,...
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      FDA’s Sneak Attempt to Ban Another Vitamin

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      You can’t live without this vitamin. But the FDA wants to reserve the natural form for monopoly drug companies, leaving only the synthetic form for supplements. The FDA has just released a new 109-page guidance on the revision of nutrition and supplement labels. On page 69, the agency slipped in...
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      How Vitamin C and Iron Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

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      By Dr. Mercola Stroke, which is akin to a heart attack in your brain, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.1 Obstructed blood flow to your brain is known as an ischemic stroke, which represent about 75 percent of all strokes. When an artery that feeds...
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      New Analysis Claims Vitamin D Supplements Are Useless — Here’s Why It’s Wrong

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      By Dr. Mercola Last November, researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research1 declared that vitamin supplements are probably useless when it comes to preventing heart disease and/or cancer. Their seriously flawed analysis (which, sadly, is being used by the US Preventive Services Task Force to update its recommendations...
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      Not Any Old Vitamin E Prevents, Reverses Lung Cancer

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      By Dr. Mercola The media has given an astounding amount of attention to a recent study that found vitamin E may increase tumor progression, and accelerate lung cancer, in mice.1 Unfortunately, they are only adding to the major confusion surrounding vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant and immune-system booster...
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      Ketogenic Diet Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Numerous Aging Markers

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      A high-fat low-carb ketogenic diet can optimize your metabolism. Numerous studies have shown that lowering your caloric intake may slow down aging, help prevent age-related chronic diseases, and extend your life. As you age, your levels of glucose, insulin and triglycerides tend to gradually creep upward. A 2010 study examined...
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      Ketogenic Diet Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Numerous Aging Markers

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      By Dr. Mercola We are just beginning to understand the biological intricacies of aging. A growing body of research is challenging the belief that aging is beyond your control, prompting scientists to begin thinking about ways we can slow our aging clocks to a slow crawl. Although this is a...
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      Vitamin E May Offer Benefits for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

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      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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      Vitamin C More Effective than Vaccines for Shingles

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      The pharmaceutical industry, and many doctors, appear to be making great efforts by to get as many people as possible vaccinated against shingles. Even if such an intervention was highly effective in preventing shingles, which certainly has not been shown to be the case, the information in this article should...
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      How Centenarians Explain Their Longevity

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      This is a Flash-based video and may not be viewable on mobile devices. Visit the Mercola Video Library By Dr. Mercola “For years I would not take any medicines at all. I don’t think they do much, and lots of times the doctor is using you as a guinea pig.”...
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      Vitamin D—One of the Simplest Solutions to Wide-Ranging Health Problems

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      Increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could potentially prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year. Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half. Vitamin D fights infections, including colds and the flu, as it regulates the...
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      Vitamin D—One of the Simplest Solutions to Wide-Ranging Health Problems

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      By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D deficiency is a pandemic in the United States, but many Americans, including physicians, are not aware that they may be lacking this important nutrient.  Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It’s actually a steroid hormone that you get primarily from either...
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      Vitamin D and K2 Work in Tandem to Slow Arterial Calcification

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      By Dr. Mercola As I’ve discussed on numerous occasions, vitamin D is a critical nutrient for optimal health and is best obtained from sun exposure or a safe tanning bed. However, many are taking oral vitamin D, which may become problematic unless you’re also getting sufficient amounts of vitamin K2....

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