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How to Prevent Flu and Colds

The Flu  The flu kills when a defective immune system allows bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, to enter the lungs. To illustrate how dangerous influenza can be, during the 19l8 flu pandemic—also called…

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Evergreen Essential Oils: Healing with Seasonal Scents

‘Tis the season for evergreens: pine wreaths, juniper branch arrangements, and whole trees invited to reside indoors. This seasonal greenery not only serves as decoration, it brings a woodsy aroma that no synthetic…

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Tips to Avoid the Holiday Blues

Now that the holidays have ended, you might find yourself experiencing a touch of the blues. The happy glow and warm cheer that filled the room is now replaced with a tin of…

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Hair Dye Dynamics: Beauty Versus Health

NEW YORK—Have you ever wondered if coloring your hair is safe for your health? With toxic chemicals like para-phenylenediamine (PPD) found in most hair dyes, you have a right to be concerned. PPD…

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Why Childhood Obesity Is Dangerous

Childhood obesity is a global epidemic, according to Kathleen K. Barnhouse, M.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Journal of Family Practice. In the United States, 19.8% of the…

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5 Natural Methods for a Strong Immune System

When it comes to battling pathogens—from Ebola to the common cold—the first line of defense is a strong immune system. Without an immune system the human body would quickly be ravaged by microbial…

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The Dreaded Annual Flu Shot

Every year as fall rolls around, it brings with it changing colors, cooler weather, and of course, cold and flu season. It seems every where you go, there is someone coughing or sneezing…

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Toxic Colors

Food is primarily about taste, but as the saying goes, “we eat first with the eyes.” No one knows this better than the food industry. Appealing to our visual appetite, U.S. food manufacturers…

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Artificial Sweeteners May Increase Risk of Diabetes

Even though artificial sweeteners don’t raise your blood sugar, they may put you at greater risk for diabetes. A new study from Israel has found that artificial sweeteners change the composition of gut…

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Eliminate Varicose Veins, Reduce Thrombosis Risk

NEW YORK—For some with varicose veins, 45 minutes and a few needle pricks can reduce the risk of preventable death. Patients with larger varicose veins are at an increased risk of deep vein…

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