Archive for the ‘News and Notes’ Category

Winter Dry Skin? This DIY Lotion is an Amazing Dry, Cracked Hands Remedy!

Mother Earth News (motherearthnews.com) – by Jami Cooley, RN, CNWC

Dry skin during the winter months is a dreaded yearly occurrence for many. Winter dry skin is not only unsightly, it’s itchy, painful and can even be dangerous: If you develop very dry skin that cracks or bleeds, you’re more prone to infection.

Unfortunately, many over-the-counter skin creams and moisturizers contain toxic endocrine disruptors that can make you more prone to numerous health maladies-everything from weight gain to heart disease to cancer.

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7 Big Benefits of Exercising Outside this Winter

Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) by Alena Hall

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Let’s face it — it’s tough to find the motivation to exercise outside these days. During the work week, sometimes both legs of our daily commutes are completed in utter darkness. And while weekend sunshine is appreciated, it doesn’t do much to warm up our wintry surroundings. But before you throw in the towel and restrict yourself to the crowded, stuffy gym for the next few months, it may be worth giving the idea of a winter workout a second thought.

Exercisers are often concerned about the internal safety hazards that come along with chilly sweat sessions, but there is surprisingly little to worry about. Read More…

Why People are Drinking Bone Broth, and What You Should Know About It

Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)  by Leigh Weingus

Monday, December 08, 2014

It’s an an ancient tradition, but over the past few months, boiling animal bones has become a health craze. Devotees and nutrition experts say that bone broth’s benefits may include shinier hair, improved digestion, and reduced joint pain and inflammation, according to Yahoo! Health.

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Vitamin N Deficiency Linked to ADHD

Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) by Bianca Garilli, ND

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Approximately 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 statistics, accounting for 6.4 million cases nationwide.
A majority are treated with stimulant medication often combined with behavioral therapy. For some, this approach is extremely helpful and leads to an improvement in quality of life and a reduction in risk taking behaviors often associated with ADHD.

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Walking is the Superfood of Fitness, Experts Say

Reuters (reuters.com) -byDoreneInternicola

Monday, September 29, 2014

Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star.

For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative like eating. In her book, “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement,” she suggests there are movement nutrients, just like dietary nutrients, that the body needs.

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BRCA Test and Re-Test

Huffington Post Healthy Living (huffingtonpost.com) by Amy Rothenberg, ND

Monday, September 22, 2014

As a naturopathic physician, I am interested in primary prevention, preventing illness, not just catching it early. Because of that, I was encouraged in 2007, based on my family history and European Jewish ancestry, to have the BRCA genetic test. I breathed a small sigh of relief when my test came back negative. I kept up my diagnostic imagining and self-exams along with my pristine lifestyle.

When I was nonetheless diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, I was asked to have genetic testing done. When I reported that I already had and was negative, I was encouraged to get RE-TESTED, that much more was known now about these genes. Lo and behold on RE-TEST, I was positive.

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The Rx Meds That Do More Harm Than Good

Prevention News (prevention.com/health) by Markham Heid

October 2, 2014

A class of powerful prescription painkillers called opioids—which includes name-brand drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin—comes with more risks than benefits, argues a new position paper in the journal Neurology.

In fact, the author of the paper refers to the rise in opioid use as “a national epidemic and public health emergency.”

A look at the statistics surrounding opioid use explains why experts are throwing around such alarming language: More people between the ages of 35 and 54 die each year from opioid poisoning or overdose than from firearm or motor vehicle accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Don’t Drink the (Warm) Water, Study Says

Science Daily (sciencedaily.com) -By University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Monday, September 22, 2014

Americans can take a warning from a University of Florida study of bottled water in China ─ don’t drink the liquid if you’ve left it somewhere warm for a long time. Plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate.

When heated, the material releases the chemicals antimony and bisphenol A, commonly called BPA. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have said BPA is not a major concern at low levels found in beverage containers, it continues to study the chemical’s impacts.

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Training Your Brain to Prefer Healthy Foods

Science Daily (sciencedaily.com) by Tufts University

September 1, 2014

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.

“We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” said senior and co-corresponding author Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, who is also a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women

The New York Times (nytimes.com) – by Deborah Blum

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A few years ago, Jodi Flaws, a bioscientist at the University of Illinois, began testing a theory about the risks to women posed by the widely used industrial compound bisphenol A, or BPA.   A series of studies had suggested that it could damage developing ovaries. But nobody knew how. So for a month, Dr. Flaws dosed young female mice with a BPA solution at a level comparable to estimated human exposure in the United States. She then examined their ovaries, focusing on the follicles, which contain the eggs. The effect of the BPA was immediately obvious.

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