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Best Foods for Boosting Brain Power

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and 1 of every 3 seniors dies with some form of dementia.1 Families may spend over $5,000 each year caring for a loved one, and it costs the U.S. $216 billion a year for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. However, feeding your brain the right food isn’t just about prev ....

Anxiety and Panic Attacks Becoming More Prevalent

According to research1 published in 2015, anxiety (characterized by constant and overwhelming worry and fear) is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., now eclipsing all forms of cancer by 800 percent. Data from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the U.S. — which include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety an ....

15 Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil in Your Bathroom

While multiple companies manufacture and market "new and improved" FMCGs — fast- moving consumer goods — that we use every day, such as soap, toothpaste, deodorant and body lotion, one of the best and most natural products has been right under our noses, so to speak. Coconut oil has a pleasant scent, and besides being very economical, it's an amazingly versatile and therapeutic substan ....

Never Enough Thyme

Closely related to mint and oregano, thyme is an evergreen herb that's had scores of uses over millennia, stemming most often from adding zest to foods and as an ancient medicinal. Traditional therapies often involved thyme in different forms to relieve chest congestion and coughs. Greeks and Romans consumed it both as an antidote for poison and to prevent the plague. In the Middle A ....

Why Do We Laugh?

When you stop and think about it, the sounds people make when something strikes their funny bone are kind of odd; maybe even bizarre. But the whoops and snorts that sometimes constitute a spontaneous explosion of mirth is a science, researchers say. There are reasons for a good belly laugh that psychologists believe involve far more than a simple side effect for amusement. Another quest ....

Exercise Mitigates Adverse Health Effects of Alcohol

According to the latest statistics, 57 percent of Americans drink alcohol at least once a month.1 Alcohol consumption is a controversial issue. Some studies suggest "moderate" consumption is harmless; others propose it may even have some health benefits. For instance, research shows people who have one to two drinks a day may have a significantly reduced risk of death from heart dise ....

How to Talk to Strangers

Talking to strangers in the store, in your neighborhood or on your daily commute is often a challenge. Most of us grew up hearing our parents say we shouldn't speak to strangers. This is an essential part of keeping your children safe, but it tends to isolate us as adults. Research demonstrates that face-to-face communication integrates non-verbal cues and involves better turn-taking ....

Simple Home Remedies May Stop an Earache

Earaches originate from a number of different causes. Although potentially painful and frustrating, most are not dangerous. As with most symptoms you experience, it is an indication of something wrong. It's important to also pinpoint the origin of the pain and not just treat the symptom. More children than adults suffer from earaches. Your child's pediatrician may offer antibiotics or p ....

The Antibiotic Apocalypse Advances

The featured video is a fascinating visual demonstration of how bacteria develop resistance to increasingly high doses of antibiotics. In this experiment, E. coli bacteria develop increasing resistance, ultimately surviving antibiotics at a dose 1,000 times higher than they could initially survive, and they do so in a matter of 11 days! Tami Lieberman, Ph.D., an evolutionary microbiolog ....

Battered Bees and the Threat to Our Food

Some plants produce offspring by producing seeds, but the seeds can only be produced by the transfer of pollen from the male anther of one flower to the female stigma of another. While wind and water can transfer pollen to some extent, and some plants are self-pollinating, pollinators are the primary route that this pollen transfer occurs for many plants, including those we dep ....

No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not. As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, ....

Why Curry Will Surprise You

As a meat-and-potatoes nation for the better part of three centuries, to go so far as to choose authentic Indian, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine is a milestone for many. Throughout the U.S., more and more people have begun embracing the idea of using an exotic curry to spice up their food. In the above-listed cuisines, curry is practically fundamental. In India, for instance, while ther ....

Simple Homemade Condiment Recipes

Where would we be without our favorite condiments? Sometimes, a serving of condiments is all it takes to transform a dish from dull to flavorful. Unfortunately, most brands sold in stores today contain unappetizing and unhealthy ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup  and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But did you know you could make your own condiments at home and ....