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Pesticides Implicated in Infertility

Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis. The study,1,2 published in JAMA Internal Medicine, evaluated the influence of ....

More Proof Heartburn Products Are Dangerous

Heartburn is a common condition and estimated to affect nearly 60 million Americans at least once a month.1 The pain is often described as sharp and burning, sometimes behind the breastbone and other times moving around the neck or throat. A Norwegian research team2 reported the incidence of people who experienced acid reflux at least once a week had increased by nearly 50 percent in the ....

Will Inclusion of Hydroponics Be the Death Knell of Organic Standards?

Before we discuss the recent tragic news about the organic certification standards, it is important to understand that most hydroponically grown food is vastly inferior to food grown in a healthy soil, where the fungi and microbes can optimize the plant in a way that is simply impossible to do in a hydroponic environment. You see, the basis of organic food production starts with improvi ....

GMO Golden Rice Is Fake News Propaganda

In 2000, genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice made the cover of Time magazine, which used the compelling headline, “This rice could save a million kids a year.”1 In theory, it sounded like a promising idea: Create rice that contains beta-carotene, which would then be converted into vitamin A when eaten. Vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem in more than half of countries ....

Straws Suck, Join No Straw November

In the scheme of your daily life, the straw you used for your iced tea at lunch probably doesn’t get much airtime. You might even have to think for a moment to remember how many straws you’ve used in the last few days. Straws are sneaky like that, because anytime you order a drink in a restaurant, or take one to-go, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a straw to go along with it ....

Vitamin K2 — A Crucial Ingredient for Heart and Bone Health

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is well-known for its role in blood clotting. However, there are two different kinds of vitamin K,1 each providing its own set of health benefits. Vitamin K1 is primarily responsible for blood clotting whereas vitamin K2 works synergistically with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to impart a number of important health benefits, including but not limited ....

How to Grow Lavender

Cultivated and prized worldwide, lavender is a slow-growing perennial that tops out around 3 feet, characterized by short, slightly crooked stems. It’s narrow bluish-greenish leaves are offset by brightly colored barrel-shaped flowers. Valued as a pollinator, as well as for its hardiness and drought resistance, lavender is commonly found in flowers beds, gardens, highway medians and ....

Ashwagandha Helps Hormones — Aids Arthritis

Known as a multipurpose herb and “rejuvenator,” aka Rasayana, and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, ashwagandha is a plant native to India with a host of bioactive functions. It’s also one supplement that I take twice daily myself. A number of studies have shown this exotic herb can treat several diseases and disorders better than medications, and without a ....

Top 22 Foods to Add Years of Healthy Life

A foundational recommendation for healthy eating is simply to eat REAL food. To protect your health, I advise spending at least 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent, or less, on processed foods. This article will highlight 22 foods known for their potent health benefits. As a quick aside, while food selection is founda ....

Harvard Says This Is the Ultimate Meal Plan

It stands to reason that if different foods offer unique nutrients to heal your body and maintain (or regain) health, it might be a good idea to change up your meals to include as many beneficial vitamins and minerals as possible if you're not doing so already. Including as many types of nutrients in your overall daily meal plan has a fringe benefit: A little variety in your life re ....

Nobel Prize-Winning Science Highlights Importance of Good Sleep for Health

The importance of sleep cannot be overstated, and the fact that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine just went to three biologists1,2,3,4,5 — Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young — for their discovery of master genes that control your body's circadian rhythms only strengthen this position. Your body contains not just one biological clock, but a vast array of ....

Alternative Treatments Effective for Depression

Nearly 7 percent of U.S adults suffered from a depressive episode in the past year1 while, worldwide, 350 million people suffer from depression, making it a leading cause of disability.2 Despite this, only about one-third of Americans with depression get treated,3 which puts the remaining two-thirds left untreated at increased risk of suicide and with a lower quality of life. People struggling wi ....

How Iodine Deficiency Increases Your Risk for Chronic Illnesses

Iodine is essential to your health. Unfortunately, data collected by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has revealed a significant drop in median urine iodine values.1 The median iodine level measured in urine samples was 320 micrograms per liter (mcg/L) between 1971 and 1974. By 1988, it dropped to 145 mcg/L. Surveys taken in the years since show levels have sta ....