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    Farmed fish fed with grains “may” worsen inflammatory diseases

    Fish farming doesn’t seem like a bad idea as it may prevent a progressive ocean destruction. But fish farming is not seen positively and, slowly, it gains more detractors than supporters. Why is there this negative view about fish farming? There are many factors that feed this idea. Firstly, stocking rates in sea cages can be too high. A small space for too many fish can easily become a breeding ground of infectious diseases. Secondly, in order to prevent an epidemic, manufactures have to “poison” breeding fish with chemicals. The most popular are antibiotics and biocides, because they keep fish alive. However, the environment in which fish is kept also…

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    DANDELION

    Uses? Water retention Bile secretion Appetite loss Rheumatism Indigestion Gallstones Flatulence Bloating Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding People with have obstructed bile ducts How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effects? Stomach discomfort Allergic reactions Diarrhoea Heartburn   Available forms? Teas, capsules, tablets and tinctures Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root and leaf Comes from? Almost everywhere, but mainly in Europe and the United States Other names? Lion’s tooth Cankerwort Wild endive      

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    Beta-carotene supplements don’t protect against cancer

    From time to time some foods, brands, exotic herbs, supplements or just simple vitamins become a trend. Beta-carotene supplements experienced this tendency a few years ago when they were touted as a powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer vitamin. As you can imagine, the demand of beta-carotene increased dramatically within days. However, there is always a scary part in every fashionable tendency. Trends usually skew a big part of reality and facts. In order words, manipulation. Why did beta-carotene become so popular? Some researchers discovered that populations with high levels of beta-carotene in their bloodstream had exceedingly low rates of cancer (1). Thus, a myth and a trend have just been born.…

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    CRANBERRY

    Uses? Prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? There are no restrictions on length of use, so long as it is having the desire effect Side effect? No known risks associated with use   Available forms? Tea, capsules, whole fruit, raw or jellied, juice, fruit concentrate, capsules Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Fruit Comes from? Bogs from Newfoundland west to Manitoba in Canada, south to Virginia and into the Midwest in the United States. Other names? Vaccinium Macrocarpon Vaccinium oxycoccos Oxycoccus palustris  …

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    Cow’s milk doesn’t prevent osteoporosis

    Having a diet without dairy products may seem as an unhealthy lifestyle for many people. And of course, if someone tries to prevent or treat “osteoporosis”, to consume milk is a must. These indoctrinated ideas imposed by the health authorities and the dairy lobby industry appear obsolete and rather harmful. Many researches have appeared, giving a scary version for the equation bone health and dairy. As a summary, all of them came to the following conclusion: consumption of milk doesn’t protect against osteoporosis or fracture (1). And on top of that, diets high in dairy products increase mortality (2). One of the first and large research projects was the twelve-year…

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    CHAMOMILE

    Uses? Wound healing Inflammation Indigestion Insomnia Nausea Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding People allergic to other member of the aster family. How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effects? Hypersensitivity reactions Skin reactions Eye irritation Vomiting Available forms? Tea, salves, tinctures and essential oils Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Flower Comes from? Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Argentina and Egypt Other names? German camomile Wild camomile True camomile  

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    The “incomplete truth” about vegan protein

    Proteins play a key role for human health, but a debate about which source is better always comes up: vegan or animal protein. Many people believe that only animal products contain all essential amino acids and they devalue plant proteins. They also argue that vegan is an incomplete protein. However, their thoughts may be far from reality. They consider the animal source superior to the plant protein too. But again, the facts may tell a different story. Why does the vegan protein receive such bad press? Many factors contribute to undermine the plant protein, but where does the misleading exactly start? Plant foods usually lack one or more of essential…

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    CAYENNE

    Uses? Internally: – Colds and congestion – Antioxidant action – Aid digestion Externally: – Rheumatoid arthritis – Diabetic Neuropathy – Wound healing – Osteoarthritis – Shingles Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effect? Excessive internal use may irritate the intestinal tract Creams can cause a burning sensation. Try a patch test on a small area of skin first.     Available forms? Ground spice, tea, capsules, tables and tinctures Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Fruit Comes from? Native to…

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    Pets “prevent” heart attacks

    Captopril, Enalapril, Fosinopril, Lisinopril, Perindopril or Ramipril are just some of the most popular medications to treat cardiovascular diseases. Doctors prescribe these drugs daily, to keep alive thousands of lives worldwide. Health professionals know well these medications as their patients too. However, Ricky, Georgia, Spider, Toby, Bella or Luna, apart from being names for persons, are also used for pets and clearly not for drugs. Although this thought can easily below to the past, because pets may “prevent” cardiovascular diseases, especially dogs. So, if that is the case, those unpronounceable drugs names may disappear from pharmacies in the near future. Or maybe doctors will prescribe a friend with 4 legs,…

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    CASCARA SAGRADA

    Uses? Constipation Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Limit use to 10 days or less Side effects? Stomach discomfort Cramps     Available forms? Tea, capsules and liquid extracts. Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Bark Comes from? Tree native to north-western Canada and the United States Other names? California buckthorn Rhamnus Purshiana Purshiana bark Sacred bark Persian bark Chitticum      

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    Chlorinated chicken and beef stuffed with hormones, the main menu post Brexit era

    A “bureaucratised” European Union (EU) has said no to chlorinated chicken and to overuse of growth hormones and antibiotics in farming. However, the reality is far to be true. European countries may not allow chicken to be bleached, but hormones and antibiotics yes. These practises have become an issue and many voices have showed a strong opposition to their use. In this scenario, the EU has decided to impose a ban on preventative use of antibiotics in farming. This measure will come into force in 2022. Unfortunately, for the Remain in EU supporters and, fortunately, for Brexit supporters, a new wide menu will come to the UK. Healthy or not,…

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    CALENDULA

    Uses? Mouth infections Duodenal ulcers Mild Burns Sore throat Sunburn Wounds Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding People allergic to the pollen of other member of the aster family How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effects? Trouble breathing Dizziness Swelling Itching Rash     Available forms? Tea (for gargle, mouthwash or internal use), ointments, creams, spray, tincture and extracts Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Flower Comes from? Native to the Mediterranean Other names? Garden Marigold Pot Marigol  

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    Boris Johnson, Tim Tam and diabetes

    Boris Johnson is a showman, at least in the political field. He knows it and he uses it to distract from the reality. He loves to create impactful and misleading headlines that mass media repeats until his next outburst. Of course, his frivolous message also rebounds in every social media which many people use as the main and only tool to keep themselves updated on current events. Bless them! Boris conveys an impromptu speech which is the same as his cheesy clothing and a bizarre hair style. But, nothing is by chance, everything that he does is meticulously prepared in advance. Every expression, every look, every interaction with people and…

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    CAT’S CLAW

    Uses? Intestinal disorders Gastric ulcers Dysentery Allergies Arthritis Wounds Cancer Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effects? Low blood pressure Dizziness Diarrhoea Headache Nausea     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures, tablets and liquid extracts Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root and stem Comes from? South America rain forest, mainly Peru and Brazil Other names? Uncaria tomentosa Una de gato    

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    Farmers “prescribe” double the amount of antibiotics than doctors

    Which antibiotics do you take today? How many times daily? For how long? These questions come easily if someone needs an antibiotic treatment to address a health issue. So, when a drug course finishes, we can say that a person is free from antibiotics. Nevertheless, the reality is far from this statement. Believe it or not, you consume antibiotics every single day, especially if you are a meat eater. Antibiotics have always had a lifesaver role ever since they appeared. This enabled them to obtain good reputation in the population, due to their superpower. But, since then until now many voices have appeared against their use. Concretely against their general…

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    BOSWELLIA

    Uses? Ulcerative colitis Rheumatism Arthritis Asthma Coughs Sore Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to six months to experience the full range of benefits Side effects? Miscarriage Acid reflux Skin rashes Diarrhoea Nausea     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures, tablets and powder Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Resin Comes from? Native to India, North Africa and the Middle East Other names? Olibanum Ru Xiang      

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    Supplements, expensive pee or beneficial for health?

    Two strong opposite positions about supplements. On the left people who don’t believe in artificial pills. Their argument is that the human beings have been living healthily in this world for centuries, without supplementation. Even so, some of our ancestors lived more than 100 years. Therefore, this option supports supplements as a waste of money. Or in other words, an expensive pee because they just pass through the body without any benefit. On the right, a totally different view. Those who support the idea of taking supplements. Their main argument focuses on the soil. Depletion of the soil cannot guarantee all nutrients in the food any longer. The soil over…

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    BURDOCK

    Uses? Water Retention Detoxification Psoriasis Dry skin Fever Acne Gout Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effect? Allergic skin irritation     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures, tablets and liquid extracts Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root, leaves and seeds Comes from? Europe, western Asia and the United States Other names? Lappa Beggar’s buttons      

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    Heat and fat contaminate food with plastic

    Plastic is a killer. A killer for every form of life on this planet. There are many researches (1) out there giving some figures about how much plastic people consume. One of the latest studies came from the University of Newcastle in Australia (2) last year. Apparently, people ingest 2000 microplastic particles every week or in order words – 5 grams. A credit card is an easy way to visualise it too, it weighs the same. Whatever option you prefer, grams or credit cards, not a single particle of plastic should enter in our body. Lobbies against plastic, environmental organisations and volunteers fight plastic from different angles nowadays. But, people…

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    BLACK WALNUT

    Uses? Intestinal infections Immune boosting Fungal infections Athlete’s foot Constipation Cholesterol Sore throat Diarrhoea Diabetes Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to 2 weeks appears to be safe for most people Side effects? Breathing difficulties Skin irritation Swollen skin Chest pain Rashes Hives     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures and tablets. Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Hull Comes from? Native to North America, Ontario, South Dakota, South Georgia, South Florida and central Texas Other names? Green Black Walnut Jupiter’s Nuts Green Walnut Juglans nigra Carya Noix    …