(Natural News) A recent headline in the U.K.’s Daily Mail boldly declares, “Vitamin D will NOT protect your child from a cold: Myth-busting study says ‘more isn’t always better’ to help toddlers stay healthy.” This disingenuous headline infers that vitamin D has no protective effect against colds and flu. In fact, the study it goes on to cite, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), only compared the effects of two different dosages of vitamin D administered to children. It did not compare the health of children who were not given vitamin D supplements at all, to those who were.For some time now, researchers have understood that there is a link between a lack of sunshine, as experienced in most northern hemisphere countries in winter time, and the increased prevalence of viral infections, particularly upper respiratory tract infections, or the common cold. The production of the hormone vitamin D is directly linked to … [Read more...] about Pharma-controlled Journal of the American Medical Association waging full-scale attack on Vitamin D in effort to push flu shots for toddlers
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Be it encapsulated, blended in a smoothie, or even roasted with vegetables, there are many ways that a woman can choose to consume her placenta after childbirth. With this vital pregnancy organ gaining traction as a "superfood," more new mothers are considering the practice. But is eating placenta really beneficial? The practice of eating placenta, or "placentophagy," is common in the animal kingdom. It is believed that most non-human mammals with a placenta consume their "afterbirth" — as the placenta is otherwise known — as a way of eradicating the scent of their newborn and protecting them against predators. Other literature suggests that animals eat their placenta as a way of regaining nutrients that might have been lost during delivery, and to encourage mother-child bonding. It is the latter hypotheses that have made placentophagy attractive to human mothers, and with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and January Jones advocating the practice, it is more … [Read more...] about Placenta: A ‘superfood’ or a dietary fad?
A systematic review is a form of analysis that medical researchers carry out to synthesize all the available evidence on a particular question, such as how effective a drug is. A meta-analysis is a type of systematic review. Instead of drawing a conclusion from a single study, a meta-analysis looks at numerous studies for the answer. It pools numerical analyses from studies of similar design. A meta-analysis can also form part of a further systematic review. A panel of experts usually leads the researchers who carry out a systematic review. There are set protocols for the detailed search and analysis of the medical literature. A systematic review is considered a high form of evidence. The conclusions contribute to the formation of a medical consensus on the best form of treatment. The findings also inform policies set by state healthcare systems, such as whether they should fund a new drug. Clinical guidelines lay out the treatment choices to be followed by health care … [Read more...] about What is a Systematic Review or Meta-analysis in Medical Research?
For instance, the other day I woke up to find a light blanket of snow all over the ground. It was gone later that day, but it was still snow. Not to mention that frost had covered my car windshield. I had to run back inside to get my winter jacket because the temperature started to dip below zero. Pretty soon, it will be wet, cold, and snowy outside every single day! It’s no wonder why some people experience the winter blues this time of year. I’m sure you know the feelings that come with SAD, even if you didn’t realize it was an actual disorder. Not only are you consistently in a bad mood, but you may also feel heavily anxious. You can’t sleep, but you can’t manage to drag yourself out of bed. The lack of sleep and energy means you can’t concentrate. I bet you’re also just begging for the sun to shine (or perhaps hoping somebody is going to get you a nice beach vacation this holiday season). But, if you don’t see plane tickets to Aruba … [Read more...] about A Little-Known Natural Remedy Can Help Winter Blues (SAD)
What if I told you that your medicine, even the natural remedies, may not be as important as you think? Could there be something more powerful than your go-to painkillers, or even your “it tastes awful, but it works” medicines? I’ll let you in on a little secret: your mind and what you believe highly influences the healing process and the outcome of your health. At a traditional Western medical school, the prime focus is on drugs and surgery. Natural health practitioners promote the effectiveness of natural remedies and supplementation. Although these can help, the strongest prescription may actually be all in your head. It’s true. There are even several studies that support this. Your mind can play a significant part in your health. Placebos are considered harmless water pills that are used merely to record the efficacy of drugs or alternative forms of medicine being tested; however, in some cases the placebo effect is known to be just as effective—or … [Read more...] about Is the Mind Stronger Than Medicine?
Depression is a serious medical condition that can even run in the family—it sure does in mine. Seven years ago, my mother was diagnosed with manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder. For so many years she was undiagnosed. My brother would constantly fall into depressive ruts where he would trap himself in his room for days—he was never diagnosed. Even I have experienced depression. In high school and throughout college, I was depressed, but I never said a word. I mean, who would understand, right? At least that’s what I thought. Many people have a problem acknowledging depression. They feel like they are admitting defeat, or declaring that something is wrong with them. It couldn’t be further from the truth. One of the keys to overcoming depression is being open about it—yet many people suffer in silence for years. From personal experience, just having someone who is non-judgmental to open up to makes a huge difference. It would be … [Read more...] about 14 Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Depression
Caffeine is an extremely popular stimulant and is often used for a morning pick-me-up in the form of a drink of coffee. Caffeine also sees use as a way to counteract the effects of restricted or absent sleep, as many a university student can attest. A new research abstract set for presentation this week at the 2016 Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies has decided to take a look at how well caffeine can keep someone stimulated and performing over a week long period. The findings say that although caffeine can help people function for a few days, the effectiveness rapidly declines the longer someone goes without proper rest. This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled study that used 48 healthy participants to test the effects of caffeine in light of sleep restrictions combined with a cognitive load meant to simulate a workweek During the five day study period, participants were restricted to five hours of sleep per night The test group was given two 200 mg doses of … [Read more...] about Caffeine Can’t Keep Up After Three Days
More than 4.2 million Canadians aged 15 years and older are estimated to suffer from some form of arthritis, and by 2031 this number is expected to grow to an estimated 20 percent of the Canadian population. Natural eggshell membrane is a new natural treatment for joint pain that is showing real promise. A recent study has found it particularly beneficial for physically active adults who suffer chronic joint pain. The proprietary study, by Dr. John Berardi, followed 60 adults through a workout program designed to challenge their irritated joint. Participants in the eggshell membrane group reported significantly less joint pain post-exercise following eggshell membrane supplementation when compared to those in the placebo group. Recent research results Two previous peer-reviewed studies by independent sources have also shown eggshell membrane to be effective. One human clinical study used two phases with a total of 39 patients who suffered from various joint and connective … [Read more...] about Natural Eggshell Membrane
Stiff joints can be disconcerting, but if they ease when you move, you could easily overlook this sign that the inflammatory fire of rheumatoid arthritis has ignited. To prevent a bonfire of joint pain and swelling, you need to take the right action, quickly. Your bones are connected at the ends by a capsule of connective tissue that contains a nourishing and lubricating fluid. Within the capsule itself, cartilage lines the end of each bone. This structure provides cushioning and protection for your bone ends as you move and keeps them aligned. The inflammatory spark ignites here. In rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells mistakenly believe that the cartilage is the enemy, so they release enzymes that literally dissolve those cells. This creates irritation, swelling, and pain. Where there’s smoke … In its early stages, the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are easy to dismiss as movement eases them. Because your circulation slows as you lay still overnight, the waste … [Read more...] about Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis
(NaturalNews) Quackity quack, the quacks are back, and this time they’re targeting fish oil supplements, claiming that taking fish oils raises your risk of prostate cancer. Hogwash. This is just another case of pure fearmongering quackery by the anti-vitamin crowd. Remember: All these people attacking vitamins are the very same people who are on the take from Big Pharma. Remember, too, that companies like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have already been convicted of multiple felony crimes by the U.S. Department of Justice. And today in China, GSK was caught yet again engaging in widespread bribery and criminal fraud. See the Natural News story: GlaxoSmithKline admits to criminal pharma fraud in 3 billion dollar case Do you honestly think these companies wouldn’t fake a bunch of studies (and pay off a bunch of researchers) in order to try to discredit vitamins, superfoods and fish oils? So here’s how they do the quackity quack dance: Seven ways … [Read more...] about Quackity quack: Eight evil genius ways to fake a vitamin study (and scare consumers into being afraid of fish oils)