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Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss JODY MCCUTCHEON   Ancient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants ... Read More »

Magnesium Improves Childbirth for Mother and Newborn

Reduces Fevers and Complications Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4° F during labor. Of the ... Read More »

Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid

Keying in on Iodine It seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a ... Read More »

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells

Spares Healthy Functioning Cells Researchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. ... Read More »

Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu

Supplement Leads to Fewer, Less Severe Illnesses In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of ... Read More »

Your Mouth Tells a Story

Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease LINDA SECHRIST The focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the ... Read More »

Yes, I Finally Got Rid of Herpes!

Imagine… You’ve got that first date with him/her. You ‘ve got that interview for the new job you so very much need. You’re getting married today. You’re meeting that new client, the CEO of the biggest account you’ve ever had. You wake up in the morning with a huge, red, ugly blister on your lip. It’s a Herpes outbreak! It ... Read More »

Potatoes Don’t Pack on Pounds

Popular Misconception Mashed Research from scientists at the University of California, Davis has mashed the notion that potatoes cause weight gain. The researchers tested 90 overweight people divided into three groups, with all of them eating five to seven servings of potatoes each week over a three-month period. Two groups reduced their calorie intake by 500 calories per day, with ... Read More »

Digital ‘Blue Light’ Reading Disrupts Sleep Rhythms

Digital ‘Blue Light’ Reading Disrupts Sleep Rhythms Recent findings from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, has determined that reading from a light-emitting tablet or computer before bedtime will disturb sleep and may change the circadian rhythms that govern the body’s clock. The research, published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested 12 people for two weeks. On ... Read More »

Natural Facial Essentials

Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story At age 25, Paula Begoun, author of The Original Beauty Bible and other bestselling books on skincare, makeup and hair care, read her first label on a skincare product she was using. Although she’d tried many different products to control her acne and eczema since age 11, she hadn’t thought about the contents, which ... Read More »