A number of people who have seen advertisements and anecdotal reports for Plexus Slim, a weight-loss supplement, have been smartly asking, “Is Plexus safe?” and “Are there Plexus dangers I should understand?”
To answer these questions, we consider the broader question “What is Plexus?” by looking at known information about Plexus … Read More
Oil of oregano can be a powerful weapon against all kinds of conditions. In a companion post, we cited “5 Amazing Oregano Oil Benefits.” And in a host of other articles, we dug deeper into the many uses of this natural treatment (see sidebar below: “Oregano Oil vs. Depression, the … Read More
Gastritis is an inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute gastritis), lasting one to three days, or it can be chronic, lasting several days to weeks. Can a gastritis diet help relieve symptoms? Fortunately, it can, as we’ll find out below.
First, a word … Read More
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer. Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:
Depression or anxiety
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable … Read More
In our post “Mold Exposure Symptoms and Treatment”, you learned that living or working in water-damaged homes or buildings can lead to a wide variety of mold exposure symptoms ranging from allergies and fatigue to more severe diseases. You were introduced to the concept that mycotoxins (the toxic byproducts secreted … Read More
Treating a dopamine deficiency can help you take back your health! How? First, you need to understand that depression is a disease that can be caused by a dopamine deficiency. In many cases, it is caused by actual physiologic changes in your brain.
Therefore, when you feel depressed, don’t think … Read More
Research shows IV chelation therapy may be effective to improve blood flow and for treatment of heart disease. Find out if IV chelation therapy is right for you and how you can find a doctor who specializes in heavy metal chelation. … Read More
Before you reach for a Monster energy drink, consider this: Are energy drinks bad for you? A growing number of studies are finding that products like Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour Energy can result in a variety of health dangers without offering any unique benefits.
The extreme acidity and high caffeine … Read More
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can cause a wide range of problems, from chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, iron deficiency anemia, and stomach cancer to diseases of the liver, cardiovascular system, skin, and many other body systems. If you suffer from this infection, an H. pylori natural treatment plan can be … Read More
Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard of cures for sleep apnea over the past 25 years. But … Read More
You’ve likely heard—or asked—this question more than once: “How do I find good doctors near me?” Locating a physician close to your home can be a daunting task, especially if you’re looking for one who will support increasingly popular “natural medicine” practices:
Treating the root cause
‘Finding a good holistic … Read More
While artificial sweeteners, such as maltitol, may come with some advantages, they are not completely safe to eat. Maltitol side effects include a variety of digestive problems including diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort. … Read More
Research shows that when you’re consistently sad, pessimistic, or moody you may have a serotonin deficiency that you can treat yourself by using serotonin supplements. The four natural serotonin supplements presented here have all been shown to help treat serotonin deficiency symptoms such as depression, insomnia, and more by increasing … Read More
Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body, is best known for its important role in bone health and protection from osteoporosis. However, in addition to its key role in imparting strength to bones and teeth, calcium plays a critical role as a messenger in cell-signaling pathways throughout the … Read More
Some in the media have touted apple cider vinegar as a miracle cure-all. Wishful thinking, sadly. Miracle cure-alls are few and far between. Having said that, there is some research that supports apple cider vinegar’s use in certain conditions. So let’s delve into the science—limited though it may be—of this … Read More
If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which … Read More
Grapefruit seed extract uses are numerous due to its action as a highly concentrated, natural general antimicrobial and antioxidant. Benefits include killing all kinds of infectious microbes—bacterial, viral, and fungal—at least in test tube and animal studies.[1,2]
What’s in Grapefruit Seed Extract?
The main compounds in grapefruit seeds thought to be responsible … Read More
When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical serotonin often comes to mind. While it’s true that serotonin deficiency is a problem for many people with depression and other mental health issues, researchers have known for years that other neurotransmitters such … Read More
What is serotonin? It’s is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you’re deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that … Read More
Let’s have some fun! Share one of your favorite easy healthy recipes.The top 25 recipes will get published in our upcoming e-book. If your recipe is selected, we’ll send you a $25 gift card to the store of your choice: Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Hannaford, Pathmark, or Amazon.com. … Read More
A recently published study indicates that doctors may not be ordering the right test—and patients with chronic fatigue symptoms may therefore… … Read More
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society has found that diuretics side effects are more common than previously thought and urges doctors to use greater caution when prescribing. … Read More
Too much estrogen isn’t a problem just for women, men can also experience high estrogen symptoms. If you find yourself asking the question, “is there estrogen in men?” the answer is yes. Men make estrogen, too, and levels can become elevated (or depressed).
Although research thus far has focused almost exclusively … Read More
You’re exhausted and you need your eight hours of sleep, but you suddenly bolt awake around 3 or 4 a.m., energy coursing through your veins and mind churning anxiously. What gives? Waking up in the middle of the night is simply one of many low blood sugar symptoms.
Why Symptoms of Low … Read More
It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can … Read More
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar. Low-glycemic foods also can reduce your risk for depression.
The standardized Glycemic Index ranges from 0 … Read More
Is there a connection between gluten and depression? Investigators from the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, had observed from previous studies that people with gluten sensitivity (but without celiac disease) may still have digestive symptoms while on a gluten-free diet but continue … Read More
Have you ever heard of oxaloacetate? It’s an amazing supplement! Learn more about how an oxaloacetate supplement provides powerful protection against the effects of cancer, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. … Read More
Don’t overlook the multitude of outstanding NAC benefits you can gain by supplementing with this remarkable natural compound—particularly if you have any type of chronic lung, respiratory, mood or brain-related condition. … Read More
Have you recently undergone a bone density test or are you planning to schedule a test soon? If so, it’s important you understand what your bone density scores mean. Use our bone density chart to interpret your test results. … Read More
SIBO treatment (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is often needed for many people with chronic gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. (Find a full discussion of SIBO symptoms by clicking here.)
An increasingly recognized problem, SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally occupy the colon migrate to the small intestine, feast on carbohydrates, and … Read More
Scientists attribute C-diff’s spread to unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics, which can wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut, opening an opportunity for C. difficile to infect the colon. While C-diff isn’t (yet) drug-resistant, stronger strains of this bacteria are emerging, and the CDC recently identified it as one … Read More
Studies show a ketogenic diet can slow and even reverse symptoms of memory loss and cognitive impairment throughout all the dementia stages. You might be asking, “What is a ketogenic diet?”
A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet that produces ketones—compounds the body can use to produce energy. … Read More
While you may think that most naturopathic doctors are anti-vaccine, the truth is that many licensed NDs do recommend and/or administer vaccinations. As medical students, we learn all about vaccinations and their many benefits, and administer them in our teaching clinics.
I get a flu shot from a local pharmacy every … Read More
Looking for safe and long-lasting gastritis relief? Antacids only provide a temporary fix. But, identifying the true root cause of your gastritis will quickly guide you to the best therapies. … Read More
It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive from time to time. Let’s face it—life can be stressful. All of us worry about things like financial problems, work, family struggles, or health. But sometimes anxiety can become so severe that completing simple, everyday tasks is difficult. When this occurs, it may … Read More
Many people find that forcing themselves to get a brain freeze can help get rid of a migraine headache. See if this home remedy works for you. … Read More
Want to relieve your depression symptoms using safe, natural antidepressants? Curcumin and Saffron are two natural antidepressants that have been studied in clinical trials and found to be just as effective as Prozac. … Read More
Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths. It feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s what happens when you do easy breathing exercises:
First, you … Read More
What is osteoporosis? Think of it this way: Healthy bones are in a state of continuous breakdown and rebuilding. This process, called remodeling, is performed by specialized cells called osteoclasts, which resorb (break down) old bone, and osteoblasts, which form new bone.
In young adults, remodeling happens in a balanced fashion … Read More
It’s not a promising trend: Between 34 and 51 percent of young adults are regularly using energy drinks, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association? Although this topic rarely gets mentioned when medical researchers report on the dangers of energy drinks, consuming them daily—or using energy “shots” … Read More
Although the pumpkin is a very nutritious gourd that provides lots of protein, calcium, and zinc, pumpkin pie is another story. Between its buttered crust and the added cream and sugar, the beloved pumpkin pie can be an unhealthy fall dessert. Luckily, we have a healthy pumpkin pie recipe that has … Read More
For all of us who have leftovers after any number of meals, this is a sensible question to ask: Is Tupperware BPA-free? First, though, it helps to understand what BPA is.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical produced in large quantities, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, … Read More
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unfortunately, is associated with a reduced life expectancy. Your COPD prognosis, however, won’t be as bad if you’re in the mildest COPD stages at about age 65. For example, your COPD life expectancy, if you have Stage 1 COPD, might be reduced by just a few … Read More
Did you know you may have historical wonder drugs in your cabinet? And we’re not referring to your medicine cabinet. Consider your kitchen: Herbs and spices have been used as antidotes ever since mankind felt the first pangs of pain and illness. Many spices and herbs that you can find in your … Read More
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a brain stimulant that was originally extracted from seaweed in 1908. Most commonly associated with restaurant Chinese food, it is used pervasively as a flavor enhancer in fast foods, frozen meals, canned soups, and potato chips. This additive can be extremely harmful: MSG side effects range … Read More
The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to … Read More
Gout attacks quickly, usually at night and most often in your big toe. The pain heightens about eight to 12 hours after onset. Gout symptoms can be extremely painful, and the first 24 hours are usually the worst. A gout attack typically lasts three to 10 days. However, the answer … Read More
Herbs and spices have long been used for culinary purposes as well as medicinal reasons. But one herb in particular ranks high above the rest when it comes to lowering cholesterol naturally: oregano. Oregano was first used by the ancient Greek physicians who prescribed it for a variety of ailments. In … Read More
Anyone who has ever suffered severe diverticulitis pain in their abdomen agrees it’s never something they want to experience again. However, the intense pain of a severe, acute diverticulitis episode is only one form of diverticulitis symptoms. Many more people suffer from chronic diverticulitis symptoms, which are characterized by less … Read More