Probiotics: Eight facts you should know

Probiotic consumption has increased dramatically during the past ten years—both by supplementing and by consuming specialty foods. Despite the growing popularity, though, a recent survey by nutrition company Healthspan found that there is still a great deal of confusion about them. If you’re a novice when it comes to probiotics—or even if you’ve been taking […]

Is supplementary magnesium necessary? Dismal statistics say yes

Is supplementary magnesium necessary? How can that be when we’ve been told that we can get more than enough magnesium from our diet? One hundred years ago when we had rich, fertile soil, ate simple whole foods and had no processed foods, that was true. But things have changed since then. The magnesium content in common […]

Fentanyl deaths surging across U.S.

Deadly fentanyl, the prescription opioid blamed for the accidental death of Prince, appears to be fueling a nationwide surge in overdose-related fatalities, ScienceNews.com reports. Fentanyl is described by drugabuse.gov thus: “a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent.” According to the government website, fentanyl is a “Schedule II […]

Opioids may prolong pain?

Opioids like morphine, OxyContin and Vicodin are among the most commonly used—and abused—prescription painkillers in the U.S. However, a new study claims that these powerful drugs can actually intensify and extend physical suffering. In a study on opioids, Colorado neuroscientists simulated chronic nerve pain in rats by pinching the sciatic nerve in their legs. While one […]

Common meds linked to brain dysfunction

Common meds linked to brain dysfunction was the message contained in the alarming headline in the May 6, 2016 issue of The Week magazine. Your favorite cold medicine could be shrinking your brain, The Week said: “A new study reveals that drugs used to treat colds and other common health issues such as allergies, heartburn, hypertension, […]

Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers

Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers, though we are only 5 percent of the global population. According to the CDC, 28,000 Americans died from prescription opioid overdose in 2014, 60 percent of the 47,055 who died from all drug overdoses. Prescription drug use is increasing every year. Many people get addicted to prescription drugs prescribed by thousands of […]

Modern Americans’ shortened life expectancy

Americans now have a shortened life expectancy than that of other people living in First World countries, according to a new study by the National Center for Health Statistics. Americans have a 2.2 year shorter average lifespan than people in UK, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Australia, Canada and Austria. Once […]

Big Pharma—the good, the bad and the very, very ugly

We live in a chemical world. Most of us realize that by now. Medical advances have saved our lives and sometimes given us longer to live. But as has happened down through history, human beings have had a tendency to overreach for one reason or another. In our age, the overreach has encompassed soil, oceans, […]

Iodine deficiency and modern thyroid disorders

Since 1975, incidences of thyroid cancer per capita in the U.S. have tripled. Various other thyroid disorders have quadrupled. Worldwide, thyroid cancers and disorders affect 1.6 BILLION people. That is because of iodine deficiency, particularly prevalent in some parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and Australia, where natural iodine is missing from the soil. Once upon a time […]

One police department takes aim at prescription opioids

There has been plenty of bad press about police violence in recent years, but the police department in Gloucester, Massachusetts is making news in a different way. It got fed up with its community’s opioid drug addiction crisis which has led to various crimes and deaths, and has taken aim at a different target—Big Pharma. Because […]