walnuts benefit heart health without being fattening

Nuts have always had a reputation for being fattening, because it is still a hard sell that there is a large and crucial difference between unhealthy saturated fats and healthy unsaturated fats. The truth, as we have written often on this blog, is that nuts give you all of their health benefits without giving you extra pounds.

Now yet another study—this time on walnuts—uncovers the weight gain free health benefits of nuts . . . .

NSAIDs increase risk of cardiac arrest

We have been writing a lot lately about the ineffectiveness and serious risks of using painkillers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) because there have been a lot of important studies lately on the ineffectiveness and dangers of pain killers. And now, yet another study has added even more weight that painkillers can be dangerous for your heart. . . .

lavender essential oil improves anxiety

There are few things in nature more beautiful and calming than a purple field of lavender flowers. There is a long tradition of using lavender for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, depression and anxiety.

Several studies have now shown that lavender and lavender essential oil can contribute to feelings of well being and decreased anxiety. For a discussion of these studies, see the chapter on lavender in our book Healthy Herbs: Your Everyday Guide to Medicinal Herbs & Their Use.

And now, a new study has added more evidence for the use of lavender essential oil to ease anxiety. . . .

aloe beats chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash for plaque

 You see a lot of information on natural health for all parts of your body and mind. But you see very little on natural health for your gums and teeth. But natural health has a lot to offer dentistry.

Prevention and removal of dental plaque is an important part of oral hygiene. One of the most commonly used mouthwashes for preventing bacterial growth and plaque formation is chlorhexidine gluconate.

Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthwash. It cannot be swallowed, and it can cause severe irritation or chemical burns in young children. It has several common side effects, including staining your teeth, increasing tartar build up on your teeth and changing your sense of taste. It may also cause mouth irritation, swollen glands and irritation to the tip of the tongue.

Clearly a safe, natural alternative would be very welcome. Several studies have shown that aloe vera juice is as effective as chlorhexidine while being safer. And now another new study makes the evidence even more compelling. . . .

painkillers are ineffective but dangerous for heart

Use of over-the-counter painkillers is staggeringly common. At least 175 million adults in the United States take OTC painkillers. That makes evaluating their effectiveness and safety crucial. But, it has been a very bad few years in painkiller research. Important recent studies have cast serious doubt on their effectiveness and their safety. . . . .

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) protects against hearing loss from cisplatin chemotherapy

The cruelest lie ever told in modern medicine is that you can’t take antioxidants when you are on chemo. Because of this lie cancer patients continue to suffer from hair loss, nausea, severe mouth sores, hearing loss, tingling fingers and toes and kidney toxicity.

Not only is the theory behind the prescription highly questionable, but it is consistently refuted by the research. Now, a new study has shown that the antioxidant powers of coenzyme Q10 can prevent hearing damage caused by the chemo drug, cisplatin. . . .

half of deaths from heart disease, stroke, diabetes from poor diet

A just published study has found that nearly half (45%) of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes are caused by diet. That means that, in the United States alone, 318,656 people could have been saved by dietary changes alone. Knowing those dietary changes could save your life. . .

soy prevents death in women with breast cancer

Because soy contains phytoestrogens, there has been a great deal of misunderstanding about their safety for women with breast cancer. But the science is very clear: soy is not only safe for women with breast cancer, it can save their lives. . . .

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) acts as an antiinflammatory

More and more, inflammation is proving to play a causal role in a surprising number of conditions.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has proven to be of great value for a number of conditions. The evidence is especially strong for virtually any heart condition, but also for gingivitis, migraine and many other conditions. CoQ10 is well known for its role in energy production and for its role as an antioxidant. A new study suggests a novel and little discussed way CoQ10 may also be helping. . . .

walnuts improve sperm and male fertility

In our book Sex & Fertility: Natural Solutions, we say that nuts and seeds are helpful for the male sexual system because they are high in zinc, essential fatty acids, fiber and other nutrients. The essential fatty acids, we say, are essential for normal glandular functioning and activity in the reproductive system.

A study on walnuts bears this claim out. Walnuts, it turns out, are good for sperm and for male fertility. . . .

 

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