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Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Underlying Cause in Many Digestive Issues

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
February 26, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

You may have heard the term “leaky gut” and wondered what it means. Often referred to as increased intestinal permeability, Leaky Gut syndrome occurs when a part of the digestive tract gets damaged. When proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food particles that normally can’t pass into the blood do, it can cause an immune reaction.

If you experience frequent bloating, indigestion, alternating constipation and diarrhea, fatigue, headaches or migraines or weight gain you may have a leaky gut.

One of the functions of the intestines is to digest food, break it down into component parts and then absorb nutrients, while keeping out infectious organisms. …read more of Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Underlying Cause in Many Digestive Issues here

 
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Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
January 6, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Pets, Saving Money

It is really easy and economical to make homemade shampoo.

Commercial shampoo contains harsh cleansers called sulfates that can be drying and damaging to hair and skin and making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is pretty simple and can be customized to meet your personal needs.

To make shampoo all you need is a base, distilled water, herbs and/or essential oils that are safe for your dog. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid essential oils when bathing your cat, as they can slowly cause toxins to build up in the feline’s system, causing a slow onset of organ failure. A cat’s liver cannot process toxins as a human’s or even a dog’s can. …read more of Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too! here

 
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Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 16, 2013
File under: Diet, Eggs, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

About two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer, but that’s better than dying from prostate cancer. Catching it when the cancer is localized and five-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once the cancer begins to spread the chances drop to one in three.

Harvard researchers took more than a thousand men with early stage prostate cancer and followed them for a couple years to see if there was anything in their diet associated with a resurgence of the cancer, such as spreading to the bone.

Compared to men who hardly ate any eggs, those men who ate even less than a single egg a day had a significant two-fold increase in the risk of prostate cancer progression.

The only thing worse was poultry consumption, which showed up to four times the risk of progression among high-risk men. Researchers believe that the higher risk might be caused by the carcinogens (heterocyclic amines) in cooked meat that build up more in chicken and turkey muscle than in other kinds of meat. …read more of Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression here

 
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Tips for Recovering from Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
November 14, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

You have just been through a bout of food poisoning or stomach “bug” and you’re wondering why you still cannot eat a normal diet. The worst symptoms, vomiting and/or diarrhea are over, thankfully, but your stomach is still a bit gurgly and upset.

One potential cause could be the Norovirus, which is a highly contagious and easily contracted from an infected person, food, water, or a contaminated surface.

As you recover from your illness, it is important to consider whether your food poisoning either a virus, a parasite or bacteria caused the food poisoning. If you have a sensitive stomach, your condition may lead to a condition known as “Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

A viral “food poisoning” most often has a rapid, violent onset, reaching a peak of vomiting and diarrhea and resolves within 24 to 48 hours. Viral food poisoning can leave you feeling nauseous and unable to tolerate your normal diet. …read more of Tips for Recovering from Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning here

 
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The Calcium Myth

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 25, 2013
File under: Dairy, Diet, Health Concerns

 

Dairy products have been relentlessly promoted as healthful and particularly protective against osteoporosis, as evidenced in the ubiquitous ‘Got Milk’ campaign.

Generations of women have been led to believe that there is a connection between the inadequate intake of calcium, which is seemingly abundant in dairy foods and osteoporosis. While the calcium content in cow’s milk may seem high, only about 30 percent is bioavailable to the human body. [1]

Though widely promoted, “Drink milk in order to protect against osteoporosis” is misleading and the opposite is actually the case. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium is set at 1,000 mg from age four and 1,200 mg for postmenopausal women in an attempt to offset the effects of the typical American Diet which causes the bones to lose excessive calcium. …read more of The Calcium Myth here

 
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