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LATEST NEWS: KIDS GET FLU FROM FLU VACCINE AND OTHER MYTHS

In 2017-18 season, 183 children were lost to the flu virus – the worst count since records began. About 80 percent of those kids hadn’t received a flu shot.

MYTHS THAT PARENTS CARRY:

  • More than half (53 percent) of the parents (of kids and teenagers under the age of 18) surveyed think that flu shots can actually infect people. Flu vaccine uses the proteins and not live flu viruses.
  • Approximately one-third of parents surveyed said they believed that flu shots don’t protect against the flu. While it is not 100% foolproof, it mitigates the effect of flu significantly. After receiving the shot, it takes your body about two weeks to build up antibodies to fight the flu.
  • 30 percent of parents indicated they thought the flu shot was a conspiracy. THIS IS NOT TRUE.
  • 28 percent believe that flu vaccine can cause autism. NOT TRUE.

Health authorities in Florida identified the first child death nationwide from flu for the 2018–2019 season.

Talk to your doctor. Don’t let your child become a statistics.

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LATEST NEWS: TAINTED SUPPLEMENTS

Supplement use is associated with some 23, 000 ER visits and 2,000 hospitalizations in the US each year.

A new analysis of 10 years of FDA records reveals that from 2007 to 2016, almost 750 dietary supplements were found to be contaminated with secret doses of totally unregulated drugs, including prescription medicines, banned and unapproved chemicals, and designer steroids.

Over 20 percent of these offending products contained more than one unapproved drug ingredient, and numerous contained a cocktail of clandestine chemicals – in two cases, as many as six unlisted ingredients.

Takeaway: Avoid supplements for your children. Use natural food. Talk to your doctor.


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Natural Painkillers

Foods that are Natural Painkillers

These foods are natural cures and can be used to alleviate many types of pain.

Muscle Pain – Ginger

Danish researchers found that regular consumption of ginger could reduce chronic muscle and joint pains, as well as swelling and stiffness within just a couple of months. The credit goes to the main ingredient in ginger – Gingerol, which inhibits the production of pain-inducing hormones. A teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger every day will do the trick.

Toothaches – Cloves

Powdered cloves are a known home remedy for toothaches and gingivitis. Furthermore, a recent research from the University of California proved it scientifically by isolating the active ingredient that reduces the pain. It is an organic compound called eugenol – a powerful natural anesthetic. ¼ teaspoon every day will help keep your heart healthy, and scientists are saying that it also aids in stabilizing blood-sugar levels and even starts lowering cholesterol levels within three weeks.

Acid Reflux – Apple Cider Vinegar

If heartburn constantly plagues you, you can stop them with apple cider vinegar. The active ingredients in the vinegar that treat reflux are malic acid and tartaric acid, which quicken digestion and help your body break down fats and proteins. Faster digestion means fewer chances for the stomach to overflow with acids, causing the reflux. By adding just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water before every meal can prevent acid reflux within 24 hours.

Headaches and join pains – Cherries

Michigan State University found that the daily consumption of a bowl of cherries is highly beneficial for people who suffer from headaches and various joint inflammations. Anthocyanin is the pigment that gives cherries their bright red color. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, ten times more powerful than ibuprofen or aspirin. Anthocyanin actively paralyzes the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation, making cherries the perfect treatment. Eating about 20 cherries every day will do the trick.

PMS – Yogurt

80% of women suffer from PMS-related pains before and during their periods. The reason for the pain is the nervous system’s sensitivity to the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. A study conducted at Columbia University found that eating two servings of yogurt daily can reduce the intensity of PMS pains by almost 50%. Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally soothes the nervous system, thus preventing painful symptoms despite the hormonal changes.

Chronic Pains – Turmeric

Turmeric was found to be three times more powerful than ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. Researchers from Cornell University found that turmeric can heal up to 50% of people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. The active ingredient in turmeric – curcumin, paralyzes the enzyme that causes serial pain. A ¼ teaspoon of turmeric every day will reduce your chronic pains considerably.

Endometriosis – Oats

When the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside the uterus, it may cause a severe and painful inflammation that drags on long after the end of the period. Luckily, an oats-rich diet can reduce up to 60% of the pains within six months. The reason is that oats don’t contain gluten, which can induce inflammation in many women.

Ingrown Toenails and Toothaches – Salt

An ingrown toenail is a common ailment that affects millions of people around the world. Luckily, it’s easily treatable by using salt-water. Stanford University researchers found that soaking your feet in salt water can heal ingrown-related infections in just four days. Salt is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so adding just a teaspoon to a cup of warm water, and then add it to your foot bath twice a day until the infection is gone. Additionally, dentists recommend gargling with salt water to treat and prevent gingivitis. Finally, gargling with salt water can also help when you’re suffering from a throat infection.

Indigestion – Pineapple

Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit that is rich in protein-breaking enzymes. These enzymes help the body with the digestion processes, speeding it up and reducing stomach pains that come from gas buildups. Researchers at Stanford University found that one cup of fresh pineapple every day can treat pain caused by gas within 72 hours.

Muscle Pains – Mint

Cramped muscles can be painful for months, especially if they originate from incorrect posture or reoccurring overexertion. A hot bath with ten drops of mint oil, three times a week, are 25% more effective than prescription drugs. The hot water help relax and loosen the muscles while the mint oil soothes the aching nervous system. Such treatment will also help reduce the frequency of future pains.

Backaches – Grapes

In a study conducted at the University of Ohio, researchers found that one cup of fresh grapes per day can help improve blood flow to the damaged tissue in the back, sometimes within as little three hours. The spine is highly dependent on the nutrients and oxygen in the blood, making eating grapes a highly beneficial act.

Injury-Related Pains – Water

Good old H2O – we need it to survive, but researchers at Manhattan College in New York found that water can also easy pain from injuries. When body tissue is damaged, it produces a chemical compound called histamine, which causes pain. Water dilutes the amounts of histamine in the blood, thus effectively reducing the level of pain. Water is also essential for the health of the cartilage tissue between our bones, as well as lubricate our joints, as well as the soft tissues in our spine. A well-hydrated body is a well-lubricated machine, which prevents joint pains. Doctors recommend drinking 8 cups of water per day.

Sinus Pain – Horseradish

Sinusitis is a chronic disease that affects many people. It is effectively a state of infection of the cavities in the skull. Sinusitis causes severe headaches, face pains and can even hinder breathing. German researchers discovered that horseradish can increase the blood flow to the sinuses, decongesting them and draining any obstructions that may cause the infection. Eat a teaspoon of horseradish every day until your symptoms are gone.

Oral Infections – Honey

Experts from the Dubai Center for Health recommend treating mouth sores, cold sores and other oral infections with honey. Honey contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that destroy viruses and speed up the healing process. To effectively treat such sores, it is recommended that you apply unpasteurized honey directly onto the wounds four times a day. The healing process will take 43% less time compared to OTC ointments and creams.

Chest Pains – Flax Seeds

Flax seeds contain phytoestrogen, a compound that prevents changes in estrogen levels that cause some women pain. All you need to do is to add three tablespoons of flax seeds to your daily diet. This should help with the pain within 12 weeks.

Migraines – Coffee

People suffering from chronic headaches or migraines can benefit from drinking coffee. Caffeine improves the stomach lining’s ability to absorb medication, increasing its effectiveness by up to 40%. If you’re taking headache medication – take it with a cup of coffee.

Cramped Muscles – Tomato Juice

Our muscles tend to cramp when our bodies don’t have enough potassium. Diuretics or excessive sweating can cause potassium deficiency. Potassium is a mineral that is essential to our muscles’ health. A study conducted by the University of California found that drinking one cup of tomato juice every day can help ease cramped muscles and prevent future occurrences, thanks to the high levels of potassium in it.


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SPECIAL HERBAL TEA

Selecting and Preparing Your Herbal Tea

When selecting an herbal tea, it is important to look for a well-sourced product made from natural ingredients. This is one sector where organic is usually very much best, and if you want to gain the most health benefits, avoid teas with added oils and artificial flavors. You should also leave your teabag to infuse for a decent amount of time – at least 10-15 minutes when preparing your drink. Here are ten of the healthiest herbal teas you can drink.

1. Chamomile

Main Benefits: Fights sleep problems & anxiety

Chamomile is a small flowering plant that looks similar to a daisy, and it’s golden buds have been found to help people who struggle to sleep well or suffer from mild insomnia. This is because it contains tryptophan, an amino acid known for its tranquilizing qualities. Studies have shown that it also possesses anti-anxiety properties that can help anyone prone to bouts of anxiety to relax. Chamomile has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries and was favored by ancient Egyptians. It is an effective, gentle and natural sedative with anti-stress properties.

2. Elderflower

Main Benefits: Decongestant, allergy relief and treating the common cold

Elderflower is a white flower of the Elder plant, which belongs to the Adoxaceae family and is found in subtropical areas of the world. Only its ripe berries are edible (when cooked) and other parts of the plant are poisonous. The berries have been used throughout history as a treatment for the common cold, blocked sinuses, respiratory health, and allergy relief. So if you want to breathe more easily, try Elderflower Tea.

3. Peppermint

Main Benefits: Treatment for nausea, vomiting and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint is a hybrid cross between watermint and spearmint, and is indigenous to areas of Europe and the Middle East, although it has now been introduced to most areas of the world. It is a popular flavoring in confectionery, ice-cream, and toothpaste, and is also used in soaps, shampoos, and washes. It is also understood to encourage bile production in the gallbladder, helping the body break down fat and combat symptoms of nausea. It also provides short-term relief for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

4. Lemon Verbena

Main Benefits: Aids digestion & boosts the immune system

Lemon verbena or Aloysia citrodora is a native South American plant brought to Europe in the 17th Century and cultivated for its oil. It is traditionally used in France as a digestive aid because the citrus helps to break down fats as they pass through the digestive tract. It can be drunk before and after meals to serve its purpose. Studies have also shown that it can reduce oxidative stress and strengthen white blood cell production, encouraging a better functioning immune system.

5. Green Tea

Main Benefits: Strengthens tissue cells

Pages could be written about the many health benefits of green tea, and no list of healthy herbal teas would be complete without it. It strengthens tissue cells to help protect the body from aging (and age-related diseases) and is high in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage caused by pollutants. Green tea can help fight cancer, heart disease, and diabetes and has a number of other benefits too. You can find out more here. The Japanese drink gallons of it, and they have the highest life expectancy of any nationality.

6. Fennel

Main Benefits: Treatment for constipation, colic, and flatulence. Also aids weight loss.

Fennel is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean and has many ancient culinary and medicinal uses. It has anti-spasmodic properties that help relax intestinal muscles and provide an effective solution for constipation, colic, and flatulence. Fennel tea is also an excellent diuretic that encourages the urge to urinate, helping expel toxins from the body. The herb also helps suppress hunger and speeds up metabolism, making it an excellent weight loss tool.

7. Nettle

Main Benefits: Boosts a run-down body

Nettle is a British herb that forms the basis of an excellent, all-around healthy tea. It is made from the plant of the stinging nettle, a plant that causes pain if touched in the wild, and has been used in medicine for many thousands of years. It has been shown to have a range of health benefits, including the treatment of urinary tract infections, hay fever, and osteoarthritis. It boosts the immune system and supports the adrenal gland, just two of the properties that make it an excellent tea to drink when you are feeling run down.

8. Milk Thistle or Dandelion Tea

Main Benefit: Cleanses the liver

Both milk thistle and dandelion tea are classed as weeds in the wild, but when used in tea they are one of the best natural ways we can regenerate, cleanse and purify the liver. Although both are beneficial, they work in different ways. Dandelion is known to act as a liver tonic and stimulates bile secretion, while milk thistle has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help improve symptoms of hepatitis and liver disease.

9. Ginger

Main Benefits: Cleansing, circulation, digestion & pain relief

Ginger is another plant with plentiful health benefits and has been used for centuries to ease stomach upsets and relieve pain. Ginger tea can be bought from the store, or made using a fresh piece of ginger placed in water and simmered on the stove for 10-15 minutes. It is known for its warming properties, so it is a great option if you have a fever. It also promotes blood circulation and relieves joint pain, making it a great healer.

10. Rosehip Tea

Main Benefits: Protects the skin, boosts adrenal function and promotes immunity

Roses are among the best-loved flowers in the world, but they are not just useful for their beautiful scent and aesthetics. Their fruit – the rosehip – also provides a host of goodness that makes for a great fragrant and healthy tea. Rosehip is one of the best sources of vitamin C in the natural world, important for healthy skin, a successful immune system and tissue health. Rosehip also boosts adrenal function, providing plenty of extra energy and alertness. It’s worth reaching for next time you feel run down.


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LATEST NEWS: FAST FOOD

Parents: Be mortally afraid of the dangers of Cheeseburger. It is more dangerous than most things for your children.

Fast foods tend to be high in calories, fat, salt and sugar, which — when consumed in excess — can be associated with obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, among other health risks. People have the lowest health risk when they eat fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Fast Food consumption Statistics

  • Between 2013 and 2016, about 37% of US adults consumed fast food on any given day, according to the data brief published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • 44.9% of adults ages 20 to 39 said that they consumed fast food on a given day, compared with 37.7% of adults 40 to 59, and 24.1% of adults 60 and older.
  • 31.7% of lower-income, 36.4% of middle-income and 42% of higher-income adults said they had eaten fast food.
  • non-Hispanic black adults — 42.4% — said they consumed fast food than non-Hispanic white adults at 37.6%, non-Hispanic Asian adults at 30.6% and Hispanic adults at 35.5%.
  • 43.7% did so during lunch, 42% during dinner, 22.7% during breakfast and 22.6% as snacks
  • Men (37.9%) ate in FF places than women (35.4%)


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Flu killed more Americans last season than car crashes and drug overdoses.

More than 80,000 people died from the flu last season in the United States, according to early estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Generally, the very old, the very young or those with major medical problems like diabetes, heart disease or immune conditions would make up the overwhelming portion of those severely ill with flu.

But last season was different.

Children especially can be helped by the flu vaccine. Last season, 172 children died from flu-related illnesses in the United States — a record for a flu season, according to the CDC.

About 80 percent of those who died had not received a shot.

Get the flu vaccine. Immunity from flu is expected to last through January for those who get vaccinated now.