New robot weeder may lower our dependence on disease-causing herbicides

When was the last time you saw a commercial farmer weeding by hand? Unless you’ve visited India or China, probably not in your lifetime. In the modern age, the application of herbicides is the preferred method for ridding fields of weeds. Herbicides are dumped by airplane, helicopter, tractor, mechanical sprinklers, and automated tankers pouring it […]

Obesity horror stories

British firefighters are telling obesity horror stories that are becoming almost epidemic: Having to rescue obese patients or fire victims by literally cutting them free from their apartments or houses by using crowbars, electric saws, animal harnesses, shovels and lifting and hydraulic equipment to rescue horrendously obese individuals trapped inside their homes. Last year it took a seven-hour operation involving […]

No quick fix: weight loss the natural way

There is no quick fix for weight loss the natural way. It involves work and discipline. It involves doing your homework to find out what is causing the weight problems that affect many more modern populations, including children, than occurred a couple of decades ago. “Overweight and Undernourished” is a term much used by natural health […]

New study links Mediterranean-type diet with protecting mind as well as body

A large study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with nutrient deficits. And in this particular study those nutrients come from fruits and vegetables. According to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine, eating a Mediterranean diet—or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed […]

Zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

Australian researchers have found that zinc can ‘starve’ one of the world’s most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal. The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and The University of Queensland, opens the way for further work to design antibacterial agents in the fight against Streptococcus pneumoniae. […]

Common ingredients in vaccines

Flu season is here and the usual force is in full cry urging everyone to get their vaccinations. Vaccinations have become ubiquitous in the U.S., for everyone from newborns to the oldest seniors. It is one of the most controversial medical decisions of all time. Yet ‘ positive’ results are anything but clear, and it is […]