Archive for April, 2011
Monsanto, enemy of organic farmers and anti-GMO advocates alike, will likely be allowed to conduct its own environmental studies as part of a two-year USDA experiment. But there is no good that can possibly come of an experiment where the company behind nearly every genetically modified crop in our daily diets is allowed to decide whether its products are causing any environmental harm. And Monsanto isn’t the only biotech company that will be permitted to police itself.
Oxy-Powder is an oxygen based intestinal cleanser (colon cleanser) created by Dr. Edward Group, founder of the Global Healing Center (GHC). There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of colon cleansing products out there, each with their own claims. It’s a real challenge to find one that not only works, but doesn’t lead to side effects that are sometimes worse than the very health ailments you are attempting to remedy.
Magnetic fields can improve your memory and even control your behavior and sense of morality. This video shows just how strongly they can affect your brain.
In the midst of one of the worst whooping cough epidemics our country has seen in half a century, the majority of California’s schoolchildren may not be vaccinated against the disease — and that may bar them from attending school. AP recently reported that there were over 21,000 cases of whooping cough in the U.S. last year, and experts are unsure as to the cause. NBC Newsreported that at least 7,800 of those cases happened in California — the highest since 1947.
Cancer has a mighty big bag of tricks that it uses to evade the body’s natural defense mechanisms and proliferate. Among those tricks is one that allows tumor cells to turn the intricate and extensive system of lymphatic vessels into something of a highway to metastasis. Yet research unveiled this week may aid in the development of therapeutics that will put the brakes on such cancer spread, and the researchers who completed the study say the findings may extend to other lymphatic disorders.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, do you know which ones are safe to eat and which ones should be purchased organic because of heavy pesticides? The Environmental Working Group has done the work for you by compiling a list of the Top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, called the “Dirty Dozen,” and the Top 15 least contaminated, or the “Clean 15.” According to EWG, people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day.
Research shows that a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend an afternoon. It’s an essential component for good health, according to University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Frances “Ming” Kuo. “Through the decades, parks advocates, landscape architects, and popular writers have consistently claimed that nature had healing powers,” Kuo said. “But until recently, their claims haven’t undergone rigorous scientific assessment.”
Fructose may aid in the formation of cancer cells more than other forms of sugar, says a new study from UCLA. Fructose is one of three natural, common types of sugar found in the human diet. Glucose is sugar formed from carbohydrates such as rice, pasta and potatoes. Sucrose is common table sugar, made from refined sugar cane. Fructose is a component of sucrose, as is glucose. However, fructose is most commonly consumed in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, largely from processed foods and sodas due to its relatively low cost and high flavor.
The contents of America’s medicine cabinets — as captured by IMS Health’s new report on U.S. prescription drug use — offer an interesting snapshot of our national health. A look at the top 10 most popularly prescribed drugs, for instance, reflects an aching, aging, overweight citizenry. The report also finds that for the first time, all top 10 drugs are generics, a shift that resulted in a significantly smaller increase in drug spending in 2010 (2.3%), compared with 2009 (5.1%).
There’s renewed debate about the health effects of sugar on millions of Americans. A controversial New York Times Sunday magazine cover storyproposes that sugar may be toxic. It even suggests that sugar is as dangerous as cigarettes and alcohol. But how much, exactly, might be too much? And does the source of the sugar matter? “That’s really the question,” CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained on “The Early Show” Monday.