Selenium: one of the best kept health secrets

Have you noticed that a lot of people seem to have thyroid problems? It may be because they have low selenium levels. Some symptoms of selenium deficiency include muscle pain, weakness, discoloration of hair and skin and whitening under the fingernails. University of Maryland scientists say that although the body only requires tiny amounts of selenium, […]

Scientists isolate protein that fights dementia, but let’s not count out prevention

A mechanism that protects the  brains of animals during hibernation could provide a key for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, reports The Week magazine. British scientists from Leicester University cooled the body temperatures of dormice to 60 to 64 degrees, and isolated proteins that are released in the brain during ‘cold […]

Honey as medicine

As far as is known, the Egyptians used honey as a healing ointment and salve more than 4,000 years ago. In 2007, after FDA approval, Derma Sciences of New Jersey began selling the first honey-based wound dressing in America. Medihoney is made from a highly absorbent seaweed material saturated with manuka honey (also called Leptospermum […]

How DSHEA protects you: A quick background

Yesterday we provided an update on one of the endless threats to our health freedom. The current threat comes in the form of more regulation by the FDA. This particular regulation attempts to do an end run around the Dietary Supplemental Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which has done a pretty good job […]

Pay attention: Dietary Supplemental Health and Education Act threatened

The Dietary Supplemental Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed in 1994, after a massive grassroots effort that impressed Congress. The law was in response to a few politicians who wanted every single natural vitamin/mineral supplement to be regulated like drugs by the government. As we entered the age of  mass pharmaceutical medicines, GMOs and chemical pesticides and additives, DSHEA passed with a majority […]

New study indicates coffee lowers risk of malignant melanoma

Coffee has long been known to lower the risk of non-malignant melanoma, but a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that it likely inhibits the risk of non-malignant skin problems developing into malignant cancers. Malignant melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the United States and a leading […]

Harvard says whole grains linked to longevity?

Consuming whole grains (not refined) can lead to a longer life span and significantly decrease the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a new study has found. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at the dietary habits of 118,000 Americans who participated in periodic health surveys over 25 years. They found that […]

Big Pharma heralds “a new kind of antibiotic”

For the first time in nearly three decades, reports The Week, scientists have discovered a “new class of antibiotics—a potential game changer against infections that do not respond to standard drugs.” Over decades of exposure, many bacteria have evolved to become resistant to existing antibiotics; these ‘superbugs’ now cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths […]

New research links cancer to cell phone use by children

Alarming new research from Sweden provides even stronger evidence that cell phone usage causes cancer and other brain disorders. Professor Lennart Hardell of the University Hospital in Orebro said at the First International Conference on Mobile Phones and Health that “people who started mobile phone use before the age of 20 have more than a […]

Add some serious ORAC to your diet with these 5 spices

As a follow-up on our earlier article about ancient uses of common herbs, modern science has provided some up-to-date breakdowns of just what herbs and spices do for our health, over and above the fact that they add a lot of flavor to many dishes (prepared by people who still cook). It is a well known […]