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Back to School Tips to Improve Memory and Concentration

As children all over the country start the new academic year, parents may be concerned about how their child will perform in school, especially if their child has trouble concentrating. There are several things that parents can do to improve the chances of school success; like making sure that your child has enough sleep, ensuring that your child receives optimal nutrition for their age group and family support during this transition time. Childhood is a time for play and exploration while at the same time learning about physical, emotional and social limits. For many children, the early school years can be frustrating because they have difficulty sitting still and focusing, in fact 3 to 5 percent of school-age children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder...

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Choose Heart Smart Nutrition

With heart and vascular disease so prevalent in the U.S., awareness is the key in helping patients identify healthy diet, lifestyle, and preventive habits. So many people are on blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride medications, that this has become the “norm” instead of the exception. The good news is that you can reduce your risk for heart and vascular-related diseases by adjusting your diet. First, try to consume a variety of whole grains, legumes, and vegetables (especially dark-green, leafy vegetables) on a daily basis. Also, scientific research shows that many patients benefit from concentrated levels of certain nutrients—at doses that are difficult to obtain from diet alone—to support their overall cardiovascular health. More information on these natural approaches is detailed below. More about decoding heart-healthy food labels >...

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Fight the Blues with Targeted Winter Nutritional Support

Fall and winter mean shorter days, colder weather—and for many people, the winter blues. Of course, nearly everyone has low-energy days and occasional bouts of “the blues.” But did you know that the winter blues can be long-lasting? Fortunately, targeted winter nutritional support can provide protection against the blues by beneficially “toning down,” or modulating, a stress hormone called cortisol. And, who doesn’t have stress during the winter season. “Winter” Blues Can Strike Any Time of Year The winter blues is marked by feelings of depression, lethargy, and lack of motivation that can interfere with normal activities. While the blues strikes most often in winter, it can also affect people who don’t spend much time in the sun, work midnight shifts and sleep during the day, or...

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Healthy Detoxification with Whole Body Cleansing

All across America, from big cities to small villages, from sprawling suburbs to wide-open prairies, harmful toxins are present in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The evidence is clear. It’s no longer a question of the need to detoxify, but how to detoxify.   The proof is sitting on health food store shelves. But from the hundreds of detoxification products ranging from one simple supplement to complex and complicated regimens, how do you choose the best? In this article we will discuss the safest, most effective, and healthiest method of detoxification: a program of whole body cleansing with powerful, yet gentle, all-natural products.   What exactly is “detoxification”? Detoxification refers to the elimination of poisons or toxins. Detoxification programs include a vast...

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Herbal Antimicrobials for Intestinal Infections

by Myron Lezak, M.D. Increases in international travel, immigration, animal transport, improper food handling, and drug-resistant bugs have led to an explosion in infectious disease of all types, as well as a need for new, safe antimicrobials. The gastrointestinal tract is called upon to function as an effective physical andimmune barrier; and, because the intestinal tract can become a breeding ground for microbes, intestinal health is of critical importance. Imbalanced intestinal flora (dysbiosis) and intestinal infections not only cause localized problems, but can have systemic manifestations previously thought unrelated to intestinal health. With the involvement of gut origin (enteric) microbes in increasing numbers of disease processes, it becomes imperative to recognize, treat, and restore health to the intestinal tract. Herbs such as thyme, oregano, barberry, wormwood, garlic, and others appear efficacious as antimicrobial agents against the plethora...

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Is Chronic Inflammation Making You Hot and Bothered?

Put Out the Fire with an All-Natural Approach   If you’ve ever stubbed your toe or suffered a minor paper cut, then you’re familiar with the effects of inflammation. The heat, redness, and swelling you experienced following that minor injury was the result of acute inflammation, which is part of your immune system’s natural response to trauma.   But there’s another kind of inflammation with which you may not be aware. Unlike acute inflammation, which usually involves pain and is short lived, chronic inflammation can be a “silent fire” and last for weeks or even years.   In fact, most people don’t even realize they’re “on fire” until they’re diagnosed with a serious disease. This may be why chronic inflammation has been identified as a factor in such diverse disorders as: •...

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Natural Help for the Sneeze Season

For some of us, every time the weather gets just the way we like it, our allergies kick in.   Any allergy sufferer will tell you that the change of seasons are the worst. If they’re lucky, they’ll only have one or two months to feel lousy. If not, their symptoms could drag on for about half the year.   Of course, allergy sufferers are no small group. Over 30 million American experience upper respiratory problems as a result of airborne allergens, generally pollens.   Not really “Mere Allergies” Normally, your nose and nasal passages work together very effectively to filter the air you breathe. In proper conditions, this means clean, allergen-free air gets to the lungs. Increasingly, however, our nasal passages have to work overtime just to cope with everyday exposures.   In...

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Natural Support for Premenopause and Beyond: A Summary

By Joseph L. Mayo, MD, FACOG   Menopause is a normal transition preceded by hormone changes during the late premenopause and perimenopause years. Late premenopause refers to the period between the ages of 35 to 40, a time when some women begin to experience the first signs of changing hormone levels. However, most women experience the first signs of approaching menopause between the ages of 40 and 51, a period known as perimenopause. The actual onset of menopause, which is characterized by a cease of menstruation for one year, occurs in most women by age 50 to 51, after which women are considered postmenopausal.   Over one-third of women in the United States are experiencing or have been through menopause, many of whom have endured symptoms of hormonal changes....

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Natural Therapies for Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Summary

By Kristi Hawkes, N.D.   Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by generalized musculoskeletal pain and stiffness, chronic aching, fatigue, and multiple areas of local tenderness that can be identified during physical examination. Research studies suggest that fibromyalgia pain may be the result of a combination of factors affecting the activity of muscle cells and the central nervous system. Various conventional treatment modalities have been tested in fibromyalgia patients; unfortunately, these are often ineffective and may result in adverse side effects. A natural approach that incorporates nutritional support for the body processes implicated in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia holds great promise for the millions suffering from this chronic syndrome.   How if Fibromyalgia Diagnosed? Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed by a tender point examination. Mildly irritating to completely debilitating tenderness in at...

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Nutritional Influences on Estrogen Metabolism: A Summary

From MetaDocs Estrogen affects the growth, differentiation, and function of tissues throughout the body — not just those involved in reproduction. It plays an important role in bone health, protects the cardiovascular system, and influences behavior and mood. While appropriate levels of estrogens are essential for good health, several studies conclude that as exposure to prostate, and thyroid, also increases. Furthermore, excessive estrogen exposure can lead to other health problems such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), endometriosis, and fibrocystic or painful breasts. Various lifestyle and environmental factors can influence estrogen production, metabolism, and balance. These include poor diet, obesity, excess alcohol consumption, high insulin levels, medications such as hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills, overexposure to chemicals found in pesticides and industrial chemicals, and agricultural hormones in...

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Nutritional Management of Stress-Induced Dysfunction: A Summary

By Richard L. Shames, M.D. In today’s fast-paced society, the vast majority of individuals are under a constant barrage of stressors. Surveys and research reports conducted over the past two decades reveal that 43% of all adults suffer adverse effects due to stress. In fact, 75% to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are in some way related to the adverse impacts that stress has on the body.   The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis   Stressors trigger the HPA axis. The HPA axis then translates these stressors into signals that alter the body’s biochemistry to support a “fight or flight” response, also termed the stress response. The HPA axis is the primary regulator of this stress response. While stress-induced changes in biochemistry may be beneficial to survival in the...

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206 Reasons Why Your Bone Health is Important

From Meta-eHealth Our 206 bones give our bodies structure and make movement possible. But for postmenopausal women in particular, natural changes in bone physiology can put freedom of movement at risk. Bone is Continually Changing Contrary to popular notion, bone is a dynamic, living tissue that is constantly undergoing a process called remodeling. Remodeling consists of two major phases: - Bone resorption, or breakdown. Bone cells called osteoclasts remove old and damaged bone tissue. - Bone formation. Other bone cells called osteoblasts and osteocytes create a new bone matrix (the web-like, micro-architecture of bone), and use calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals to harden the matrix. The Menopausal Effect From birth until about age 40, bone remodeling occurs in relative balance, building bones that are hard, dense, and strong. But menopause marks a...

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