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Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat

By Michael Greger M.D.
August 25, 2014
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Multiple Sclerosis, Vegan

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, degenerative autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in which the body attacks its own nerves. MS often strikes in the prime of life and can cause cognitive impairment and painful loss of vision, as well as tremors, weakness, loss of bladder control, muscle pain, and fatigue.

The most frequently prescribed drug for multiple sclerosis is interferon beta, which can make one feel lousy and cost $30,000 a year, which might be OK if it actually worked. We have recently learned that interferon therapy doesn’t seem to prevent or delay long-term disability. That leaves chemo drugs like mitoxantrone, which causes irreversible heart damage in one out of every eight patients and causes cancer (leukemia) in nearly 1 percent of those who take it. But MS is no walk in the park either.

Dr. Roy Swank was a distinguished neurologist who authored over 170 scientific papers died recently at the age of 99.  Dr. Swank, who was interviewed by Dr. John McDougall when he was 84, believed that MS is related to diet. He said, “it seemed possible to me that this could be a matter of food, because the further north you go the less vegetarian a life is led and the more people are carnivores, you might say – they spend a lot more time eating meat.” …read more of Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat here

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Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs?

By Christine Horner M.D.
July 21, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

For over forty years, women have been told that the best way to lower their risk of dying of breast cancer is by getting a yearly mammogram.

However, several recent, well-designed studies have found that may not be true. Researchers say the value of mammograms has been overrated and their harms severely underrated.

Last year, a study of 600,000 women published in the journal Cochrane Database System Review concluded that there is “no evidence that mammography screening reduces overall mortality.” In addition, thirty percent of the “breast cancers” found by mammogram were “over-diagnosed,” meaning they would never become a problem.

For every 2,000 women invited for screening for 10 years, the researchers stated that only one will avoid dying of cancer and ten healthy women would be unnecessarily treated with potentially harmful surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. …read more of Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs? here

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Avoid Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn

By Michael Greger M.D.
June 9, 2014
File under: Food Supply, Health Concerns

What does chemical warfare and microwave popcorn have in common? The poison gas, phosgene, which was first used extensively as a chemical warfare agent during World War I and can cause a horrific lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans.

Bronchiolitis obliterans causes the small airways (bronchioles) to become obliterated This is a generally irreversible and fatal condition that may be caused by butter-flavored microwave popcorn.

I have written about diacetyl, the artificial butter flavoring being linked to a condition known as “popcorn lung.” Workers who had been exposed to diacetyl were dying and as it turns out the industry had known about the dangers for decades, but covered it up. …read more of Avoid Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn here

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Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm

By Michael Greger M.D.
May 18, 2014
File under: Fruit, Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids.

Some, like quercitin, are abundant in plant-based foods. We can tell something is plentiful in the plant kingdom when you can find it even in iceberg lettuce!

Other phytonutrients, however, are only found in specific plant groups. Hesperidin, for instance is found primarily in citrus fruits. This may be one of the reasons that, of all the different types of fruit that have been studied, citrus fruit may cut the risk of stroke the most. …read more of Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm here

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1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 26, 2014
File under: Alternative Therapies, Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products, Natural Remedies


The demands of modern life can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and physicians all too often prescribe medications with significant side effects that make it difficult to function.

Sales of antidepressants continue to rise and industry experts are forecasting that sales of these anti-stress medications will reach almost $6 billion by 2017. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about one in every 10 Americans is taking a prescription antidepressant and among women from 40 to 50, the figure is one in four.[1]

Antidepressants most widely prescribed come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Kava is a root that is best known for its relaxing qualities and has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Kava is said to produce a feeling of relaxation, elevate mood, wellbeing and contentment, and several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. …read more of 1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray here

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