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Natural Society - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Taking antibiotics for kidney stones is probably a bad idea. A review of almost 300,000 patient records from the United Kingdom (UK) revealed higher rates of kidney stones in people who took 5 categories of oral antibiotics, including broad-spectrum penicillins and fluoroquinolones, which...

Natural Society - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Life expectancy in the United States has dropped 2 years in a row. Yikes.

In this piece, I’d like to cover the in-depth reports outlining 2017, and then we will get into the overview for 2018 in the next piece. Three reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

Natural Society - 2019-05-19 - Original post - cached version

In the past 3 years, Monsanto’s (now Bayer) genetically modified soybean seeds have dominated 60% to 70% of the market. The Xtend soybeans bring in about $1 billion a year for Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018. But sales of the seeds are being driven by fear, and that fear has birthed...

Natural Society - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that causes a person to briefly and repeatedly stop breathing in his or her sleep. You may not know this, but the issue may actually lead to numerous health ailments, with one recent study finding that obstructive sleep apnea appears to increase...

Natural Society - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Good news vegetable-lovers: research shows that vegetables like kale, cabbage, and broccoli contain chemicals that may prevent colon cancer. [1]

When mice were fed a diet containing a chemical found in the brassica family of vegetables – including broccoli, cabbage, collards, Brussels...

Natural Society - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

The past 15 years have been tough on sperm cells. Research shows that men are running out of the little swimmers, and the number of men seeking infertility treatment has increased 7-fold while the quality of their sperm has plummeted. This could be more than a slight problem for humanity.

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Natural Society - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

French fries aren’t very healthy, and that probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to you. But even more than unhealthy, eating the deep-fried taters at least twice a week was linked with an increased risk of early death. [1]

Over an 8-year period, a study published in the American...

Natural Society - 2019-05-12 - Original post - cached version

A study published in the journal JAMA showed once again that levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, in human urine have increased dramatically among Californians in the past 20 years. [1]

For the study, urine samples were collected from 100 Southern...

Natural Society - 2019-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Adopting a Mediterranean-style diet may help protect your brain as you age, numerous studies show. [1]

At least 2 studies concluded that people’s risk for dementia declined when they ate the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurogenerative Delay (MIND) diet. Think of it as sort of a...

Natural Society - 2019-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Air pollution limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are too high, needlessly contributing to disease. In fact, by making them stricter, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. might avoid developing Type 2 diabetes each year. [1]

Air pollution was found to have...

Natural Society - 2019-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Cold sores are a common problem that few people pay much attention to. Doctors tend to be unconcerned about them, too, and consider them to be little more than a nuisance. But one study shows a surprising link between one of the viruses that causes cold sores and the occurrence of immune cells...

Natural Society - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

Are allergies from pollen exposure something you need to deal with year after year? You may already know that you can take allergy medication, avoid grassy areas, and stock up on eye drops, but are you aware that you may be triggering your allergies by making a very simple mistake: eating the...

Natural Society - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

When you go outdoors this spring or summer, make sure you cover up and do what is necessary to repel insects. A report released last year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that in the U.S., diseases spread by tick, flea, and mosquito bites more than tripled from 2004 to 2016....

Natural Society - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

If you grew up in the 1980’s, you might remember the thrill of getting a Happy Meal every once in a while. Going out for fast-food was a treat back then, not a regular occurrence. But the frequency in which Americans eat fast-food isn’t the only thing that has changed in the past 30 or so years...

Natural Society - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Detecting cancer most often requires a biopsy, which can be painful and tough to recover from. Often, cancer is not diagnosed until it is in an advanced stage, as many types of the disease don’t cause symptoms initially. But now, cancer is on its way to becoming diagnosed using a “breath biopsy...

Natural Society - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

There are several theories about what causes autism; one of those revolves around exposure to pesticides. A recent study adds weight to that particular theory, as researchers discovered that children whose mothers were exposed to the most commonly used pesticides were more likely to develop...

Natural Society - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

In recent years, IKEA has become more health and environmentally-conscious, removing Styrofoam from packaging, reducing plastic use, and even planning to use only renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030. The company launched products perfect for city-dwellers wanting to get in...

Natural Society - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Flies are kind of disgusting, and definitely annoying. Since they’re so small and incredibly common, you might just swat them away when they land on your food and keep eating, but a study reveals that the little nuisances are even germier than previously thought. In fact, they can carry hundreds...

Natural Society - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Diabetes can be a royal pain in the you-know-what. Staying healthy always requires effort, but living with diabetes and staying healthy requires extra effort. No fun. Interestingly, one study claims something quite bizarre related to diabetes managements – texting is just as good as medication...

Natural Society - 2019-05-05 - Original post - cached version

As children, many of us instinctively understood that being outside in nature and getting active was, well, simply the best! Now as adults, we can even turn to scientific evidence to see how exposure to green vegetation can profoundly and positively impact our health.

In one study looking...

Natural Society - 2019-05-05 - Original post - cached version

The couch you sit on, the carpets you walk on, and even some of your kids’ toys may pose health risks due to the chemicals they are made with. In some of the latest research, it was found that a commonly-used household chemical known as DEHP may be harming fertility not only for men – but also...

Natural Society - 2019-05-05 - Original post - cached version

People who are overweight or obese are a bit misinformed if they believe that just because they don’t have any immediate health problems, it means that they can be “fat but fit.” Furthermore, they actually set themselves up for health problems by believing that they have the same disease risk as...

Natural Society - 2019-05-04 - Original post - cached version

If you remain unconvinced that sugar causes and fuels cancer, perhaps the findings of a 9-year joint research project will change your mind. In the study, scientists were able to clarify how the Warburg effect – “a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars” – stimulates the...

Natural Society - 2019-05-04 - Original post - cached version

A great many people who have long commutes to and from work loathe the amount of time they spend in their car. The traffic, the monotony, the stormy days when you white-knuckle both trips can be draining. Well, it turns out that these drives a bit more than frustrating; they may actually drain...

Natural Society - 2019-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Do you have any idea what ‘ingredients’ go into making cigarettes? You would be surprised to hear what things people inhale with each puff of a cigarette – besides nicotine, I mean.

Source: ThinkProgress

There are about 4,800 chemicals in a cigarette, many of which are carcinogenic...

Natural Society - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

The Western diet is no longer unique to the United States. Many countries the world over have adopted a diet laden with *excess* salt, fat, sugar, and other health-compromising ingredients. Now, people are literally paying for it with their lives, according to a recently published global study...

Natural Society - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

If you’re the friend who likes to cut out a little early to make sure you get enough sleep, some may consider you a lightweight; but there’s a good chance you look better than your night owl pals. A study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science suggests that not getting enough winks...

Natural Society - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

The opioid epidemic has been a topic of conversation for a years now. With doctors and pharmacies being instructed to be more careful with their prescribing of the medication, and some states even asking them to look up a patient’s drug history before dispensing the drugs, it comes as no...

Natural Society - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

A shrub known as Yerba santa, dubbed “holy herb” in Spanish, appears to show promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. It has the potential to reduce brain swelling in people with dementia. [1]

Native to California,, Yerba santa has long been used as a treatment for fevers...

Natural Society - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

A type of commonly-used medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been linked to a higher risk of psychosis. A study suggests that another type of ADHD medication carries a far lower risk, but doctors are reluctant to prescribe safer medications over...

Natural Society - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

In recent months, federal health officials have increasingly warned that vaping has led to an epidemic of nicotine addiction among teens. But now the Food and Drug Administration says there may be a new worry associated with vaping: It could increase the risk of seizures in young people. [1]...

Natural Society - 2019-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Boston Scientific and another transvaginal mesh manufacturer were ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 16 to stop selling and distributing the products. The move comes in response to safety concerns regarding the surgical implants, which have been used in more than 2...

Natural Society - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

When you’re dead, you’re dead. Once your brain stops “waving,” you’re as good as gone.

Right?

Well, maybe not. An ethically-questionable experiment has seen scientists revive the brain cells of pigs 4 hours after they died. The experiment did not produce consciousness, but the...

Natural Society - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

A new lawsuit alleges that JUUL Labs Inc. illegally underplays the dangers of its product to make it more appealing to kids.

A Little Background First

Experts have warned in recent years that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco use for teens. The problem has become so dire that the U.S...

Natural Society - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Thousands of cancer patients are suing Monsanto alleging their exposure to the company’s Roundup herbicide caused their illnesses. This is all taking spotlight in court, where recently U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria officially ordered Bayer AG and lawyers (who represent the mass of cancer...

Natural Society - 2019-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Researchers at the Institute of Life in Athens, Greece, announced April 9 that medical history had been made with the birth of a healthy baby boy to a 32-year-old woman who had experienced several failed cycles of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The boy was born with DNA from three different...

Natural Society - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

A decade after being discovered in Tokyo, a type of fungus that is resistant to multiple drugs is spreading globally, including here in the United States. Scientists don’t know how the “yeast that acts like a bacteria” arrived on America’s shores, but they do know two things: The infection can...

Natural Society - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Sweat bees are a common nuisance in the summertime, but they’re much less frightening than, say, hornets or wasps. Still, you wouldn’t want to have a sweat bee in your body. Yet, a Taiwanese woman experienced just that. Doctors discovered 4 of the winged creatures living in the woman’s eye,...

Natural Society - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

On March 23, the Henry Avocado Corporation announced it was recalling California-grown avocadoes sold in bulk to retail stores in 6 states due to potential Listeria contamination.

The company said in a statement:

“Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an...

Natural Society - 2019-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Roundup, the popular weed-killer linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will not be sprayed in Los Angeles County for now after its Board of Supervisors issued a moratorium on the application of the herbicide, citing a need for more research into its potential health and environmental effects. [1]...

Natural Society - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Bayer was dealt a huge blow on March 19 when a San Francisco federal jury unanimously agreed that Roundup weed-killer caused a man’s cancer. [1]

It is the second time a jury decided in favor of a plaintiff who had alleged that the main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, caused his non-...

Natural Society - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday banned retail sales of methylene chloride, a popular but highly dangerous paint-stripping chemical, but opted to leave it on the market for commercial use – a decision that angered some health advocates.

The agency banned methylene...

Natural Society - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Maryland could become the first U.S. state to ban polystyrene foam containers after both chambers of the state legislature passed bills this month banning food containers from being made with the substance.

A conference committee will work out the differences between the 2 bills,...

Natural Society - 2019-03-10 - Original post - cached version

The first major trial of whether pharmaceutical companies bear responsibility for the opioid crisis is slated to start in Oklahoma on May 28.  Three major drug manufacturers and 10 of their subsidiaries tried to convince Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman to delay the jury trial for...

Natural Society - 2019-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Juul Labs, makers of the highly popular Juul e-cigarettes, increased the nicotine content of their products, spurring other e-cigarette makers to do the same. This, experts say in a new report, has led to a serious vaping epidemic among teens and young adults, and a nicotine “arms race” among e-...

Natural Society - 2019-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Early detection and improvements in treatment have reduced overall rates of new cancer cases and cancer deaths, but lifestyle factors are keeping rates somewhat inflated across the board, even if some rates are going down overall. Actually, some types of cancer are increasing among Millennials,...

Natural Society - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

For many people with diabetes, living with the disease requires multiple needle sticks a day to inject insulin and control their blood sugar. But in the future, diabetics might be able to take their insulin in pill-form. Two groups of researchers are working to make this possible in the future...

Natural Society - 2019-02-07 - Original post - cached version

You know you don’t have the healthiest diet. Most of your meals come from a box or a can. Vegetables are the exception, not the rule. You’re frustrated and you know you need to eat more healthily, but you need someone or something to light a fire under your sedentary behind. According to new...

Natural Society - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Acid reflux is a very common condition, where stomach acid backs up into the oesophagus or throat, causing symptoms such as a burning chest pain (heartburn). The ailment is often treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which may be effective, but can cause poor digestion and related issues...

Natural Society - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Using data from a large, ongoing study, researchers have discovered what they think is a direct link between increased coffee consumption and better heart health.

That direct link is a strong one, too. Researchers, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the University of...

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