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Natural Society - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

When feeding baby, breast is always best. A recent study shows that both breast milk and formula encourage the growth of similar types of gut microbes, but the bacteria from the 2 forms of food work differently. [1]

How those differences affect a child’s health are unclear, however.

Natural Society - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best things you can do for your heart, and this has been established in numerous studies. Research shows that people who eat more fish rich in omega-3’s have lower rates of heart problems and have a lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new exercise guidelines on November 12 – for the first time in a decade. The recommendations state that Americans should sit less and move more, but there is good news for those who don’t particularly enjoy a 5-mile run: The...

Natural Society - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

On November 12, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) updated the clinical guidelines for managing cholesterol for the first time since 2013. Unlike in the past, the new guidelines do not suggest a one-size-fits-all approach, but a more personalized...

Natural Society - 2018-11-11 - Original post - cached version

When you step into the shower, you’re expecting to come out all clean and shiny. But as a study shows, your shower-head may be dumping risky bacteria all over you – bacteria that can even cause lung infections.

You (hopefully) keep your toilet and sink clean, but be honest – you don’t pay...

Natural Society - 2018-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Oxford researchers said on November 7 that taxing meat could help off-set healthcare costs and save hundreds of thousands of lives. Additionally, taxing red and processed meat could allow hundreds of billions of dollars to be put toward healthcare costs each year, they suggest. [1]


Natural Society - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered some good news on November 8 when it released data showing that smoking rates in the U.S. are the lowest they’ve ever been. Unfortunately, there was some bad news to go with it.


Smoking rates have fallen by 67...
Natural Society - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Americans went to the polls November 6 to vote in the midterm elections, giving the green light for marijuana either medical or recreational uses in 3 more states. [1]

On November 6, Michigan became the first Midwest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, joining 9 other states...

Natural Society - 2018-11-07 - Original post - cached version

In recent years, health experts have been warning about the health consequences of consuming energy drinks, which contain a mixture of caffeine, sugar, and other herbal ingredients, due to the beverages’ effect on the heart. In a recent study, researchers found that consuming just 1 energy drink...

Natural Society - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Many genetic engineers have been vocal in their concern over genetically modified (GM) potatoes, but perhaps the most surprising voice is that of Caius Rommens, the creator of 1 type of engineered spud.

Rommens was director of research at Simplot Plant Sciences from 2000 to 2013, where he...

Natural Society - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Smartphones and tablets have become electronic babysitters for many children. They may keep kids out of mom’s hair for a while, but they do come with perils. According to a recent study, the devices are causing mental health problems in children as young as 2 years old. [1]

Hours per day...

Natural Society - 2018-11-03 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the nation’s health watchdog, yet it has just approved a powerful new opioid, even as opioid overdoses continue to claim thousands of lives each year. [1]

The drug, approved November 2, is for use in healthcare settings. It will not be...

Natural Society - 2018-11-02 - Original post - cached version

The former school groundskeeper who alleged at trial that the popular herbicide Roundup caused his cancer will accept a reduced award of $78 million, instead of the $289 million award a jury originally decided on.

In August, a San Francisco Superior Court jury awarded Dewayne Johnson $289...

Natural Society - 2018-10-31 - Original post - cached version

As more people pay attention to what they eat, food manufacturers are trying to convince buyers that their products are healthy. But what does “healthy” really mean as it applies to food? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of changing the way it defines the word in...

Natural Society - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

If you stay on top of world news, then you already know that countries, cities, and individual companies are trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste littering the planet. In many places, single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and plastic eating utensils have already been axed, but it will...

Natural Society - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

An expert panel of toxicologists is calling for an entire class of pesticides to be banned because they threaten the health of both pregnant women and children.

The paper, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, states that exposure to organophosphates (OPs) increases the risk of lower...

Natural Society - 2018-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Altria Group, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes and e-cigarettes, announced October 25 that it would pull its pod-based e-cigarettes from store shelves, at least for now. The move is in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) growing concerns over teen e-cigarette use and they’...

Natural Society - 2018-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, because if you’re a regular reader, then you’ve heard this one before on numerous occasions. But … trace amounts of the glyphosate herbicide have been detected in popular breakfast cereals yet again. This time, the testing was done by the...

Natural Society - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Infants who are breastfed for at least 6 months have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts, likely because the sugars in breast milk feed “good bacteria,” which prevents the proliferation of harmful microbes, a new study shows.

It’s an important benefit of breastfeeding, as...

Natural Society - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Some people laugh at those who make the effort to buy organic foods as often as possible. It’s a waste of money, they say. An organic apple isn’t any healthier than a non-organic apple, they insist. Well, the next time you hear someone spew this baloney, you reference this recent research...

Natural Society - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to sperm count, which is better – boxers or briefs? Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have the answer.

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction shows that men who wear boxers tend to have a higher sperm count than men who wear briefs,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-24 - Original post - cached version

A California judge on October 22 upheld a San Francisco jury’s verdict finding that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused a former school groundskeeper’s cancer, but slashed the amount of money to be paid from $289 million to just over $78 million. [1]

In August, a jury awarded Dewayne...

Natural Society - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Microplastics are in bottled water, tap water, fish and seafood, and even table salt. There are more microplastics littering the planet than stars in the sky; it’s impossible to avoid them. Most recently, researchers have discovered microplastics in human poop, and you probably have some in...

Natural Society - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

The average adult ingests about 2,000 microplastics each year through table salt, a study estimates. That’s because the same study found that microplastics were present in 90% of table salt brands sampled worldwide. It’s next to impossible to avoid adding plastic to your baked potato when you...

Natural Society - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version

An analysis shows that tobacco use increases the risk of oral cancer (duh). But e-cigarettes, too, were linked to an increased risk of oral cancer, particularly if people used the nicotine-delivery devices alongside tobacco products. [1]

Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-20 - Original post - cached version

In a study of more than 3,500 individuals with psoriasis, adopting a healthier diet was associated with an improvement in their symptoms – particularly a Mediterranean diet. [1]

In fact, the closer someone adhered to the Mediterranean diet, the less burdensome their psoriasis became,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

If you vape, then you may have heard that e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes. There might be some truth to that, but as a study shows, most e-cigarette users don’t really know what they’re inhaling, even if they take the time to look at the ingredients on the label. [1]


Natural Society - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

Research shows that fewer opioid prescriptions are written in states that have access to legal marijuana. Could there be a connection between decreased opioid...

Natural Society - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

Having Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to mean a life of disability or early death. A few lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, can reduce those risks, especially the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Kicking cigarettes to the curb and closely following treatment protocols can reduce...

Natural Society - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

Contact lenses are so small that it’s easy to think you can flush them down the toilet and they’ll simply dissolve, but that’s far from the truth. The scientists behind a study presented at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting and exposition warn that flushing contact lenses add to...

Natural Society - 2018-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Dads who smoke could be sentencing their offspring – and the offspring of generations to come – to cognitive problems, according to a new study of mice.

When male mice were exposed to nicotine, their offspring showed signs of a mouse version of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (...

Natural Society - 2018-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Researchers in California and France want to remind us that not all protein is created equal (at least when considering the nutrition of the entire protein-filled food). They say that meat protein is associated with a significantly increased risk of heart disease, while proteins from nuts and...

Natural Society - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

In August, a San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who alleged that exposure to Roundup caused his cancer. Now, the judge in the case is considering slashing how much the dying man actually receives. [1]

DeWayne Johnson won the landmark case against...

Natural Society - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Fun fact: Drugmakers may legally advertise pharmaceuticals on television in only 2 countries, New Zealand and the United States. Now under new proposed rules, drugmakers may be forced to disclose in their TV ads how much their drugs cost. [1] [2]

A new federal rule has been drafted by...

Natural Society - 2018-10-15 - Original post - cached version

When you buy supplements, you expect them to contain the advertised ingredients, right? And I’m sure you certainly don’t expect them to contain any pharmaceuticals, such as Viagra. But a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis published in JAMA Network Open reveals that hundreds of...

Natural Society - 2018-10-14 - Original post - cached version

The early signs of Type 2 diabetes can be detected more than 20 years before a person receives a diagnosis, a new study shows. This is great news because it means the disease can be stopped in its tracks before it has a chance to wreak havoc on the body. [1]

Researchers said that they...

Natural Society - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Young children are constantly wiping their noses and sticking their fingers in their mouths. Kids in daycare are forever bringing home germs and passing them along to the rest of the family. But a new study suggests that kids may develop fewer respiratory infections, miss less days of school,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-12 - Original post - cached version

People have believed for years that eating salt makes you gain weight. The working theory behind this was that eating salt made you retain water and made you thirsty, which made you heavier. But a study by Vanderbilt University researchers turns that theory on its head. Salt consumption, it...

Natural Society - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

Of all the social media sites young people frequent on the Internet, Instagram is the worst for their mental health, according to a report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the U.K. [1]

Nearly 1,500 young people aged 14 to 24 were surveyed for the #StatusofMind study....

Natural Society - 2018-10-10 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of 7 synthetic food additives used to mimic natural flavors like mint and cinnamon. [1]

You’ve probably never heard of benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, methyl eugenol, myrcene, pulegone, or pyridine, because food manufacturers...

Natural Society - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

In this age of antibiotic resistance, researchers and health experts are warning that doctors need to prescribe significantly fewer antibiotics to prevent an antimicrobial-resistance crisis that could plunge modern medicine back into the Dark Ages. But a new study shows that almost half of all...

Natural Society - 2018-10-08 - Original post - cached version

Sparkling water containing “all natural” flavors is all the rage these days, but one manufacturer is being sued over allegations that its natural ingredients are anything but natural.

Filed against the parent company of LaCroix sparkling water, the lawsuit alleges that the beverages...

Natural Society - 2018-10-07 - Original post - cached version

It has been more than 3 decades since the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine melted down, causing the worst nuclear accident in history and claiming the lives of thousands over the years. Now, the site has been transformed into a massive solar farm.

The farm stands some 300 feet...

Natural Society - 2018-10-06 - Original post - cached version

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs received a surprise inspection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 28, with the agency walking out with more than 1,000 documents. [1]

The move is part of an effort by the FDA to pressure Juul, whose products are highly popular among...

Natural Society - 2018-10-05 - Original post - cached version

If you’ve ever been through the discomfort of having your appendix surgically removed, just think: It might have all been for naught. Finnish researchers involved in a new clinical trial report that antibiotics are plenty effective at treating acute appendicitis most of the time.


Natural Society - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version

If you love a big breakfast complete with bacon, sausage, or ham from time to time, you’re in good company, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy your meal. But if those foods are a regular part of your diet – if any type of processed meat is a regular part of your diet – you should...

Natural Society - 2018-10-03 - Original post - cached version

On October 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final results of a “special assignment” that tested for levels of glyphosate, the weed-killing chemical found in the blockbuster herbicide Roundup. They also posted results for a competing herbicide, called glufosinate, in...

Natural Society - 2018-10-02 - Original post - cached version

A new study confirms that artificial sweeteners are bad for you, with research showing that products like sucralose (Splenda) are toxic to the gut.

Scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore looked at the effects of FDA-...

Natural Society - 2018-10-01 - Original post - cached version

Stop the educational YouTube videos! Well, maybe not those, but if you really want to improve your kids’ cognitive abilities, you should actually limit the amount of time they spend in front of televisions, computers, tablets, and smartphones, and make sure they get ample sleep, according to a...

Natural Society - 2018-09-30 - Original post - cached version

In a rare move, a scientific journal has issued an “Expression of Concern” and has requested corrections from the authors behind a group of papers that concluded glyphosate is safe. [1]

On September 26, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Critical Reviews in Toxicology said that 5...


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