magnesium treats depression

Depression is so common and so debilitating that it is always encouraging when a new treatment emerges. A new study has discovered the safe, simple and inexpensive possibility that magnesium offers quick and effective relief. . . .

ginger aromatherapy treats post-operative nausea

Ginger is the best treatment in the world for nausea. And now it turns out, you might not even need to take it: just sniff it! . .

cranberry prevents urinary tract infections from prostate cancer radiation

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Men who have their prostate cancer treated by radiation—pelvic external beam radiotherapy—are at increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberry is an important treatment for UTIs. This controlled, but unblinded, study wanted to determine whether cranberry could prevent UTIs and decrease the need for antibiotics in men undergoing radiation for prostate cancer. . . .

declining-sperm-counts-threaten-male-fertility

One of the little discussed markers of the threat to human survival is the idea that sperm counts are plummeting. Over twenty years ago, the warning was first issued that “There has been a genuine decline in semen quality over the past 50 years. As male fertility is to some extent correlated with sperm count the results may reflect an overall reduction in male fertility (Br Med J 1992;305:609–13)”. A decline in sperm count means a decline in fertility. And a decline in fertility is a threat to the survival of humans.

Because of the importance of this question, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the research to determine definitively if sperm counts are actually diminishing. . . .

chemotherapy increases breast cancer metastasis

Yesterday, we blogged about the promising news about preventing breast cancer. Today, our blog is about scary news about spreading breast cancer. And, as usual, the good news is natural health news about a vitamin, and the bad news is conventional health news about chemotherapy. . . .

vitamin D prevents breast cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women; vitamin D is emerging as an important anticancer nutrient. Could this be a match? Could taking vitamin D help prevent breast cancer? . . .

celery is rich in antioxidants and helps blood pressure, gout and hot flashes

Celery is often overlooked as the common vegetable that sits in your salad as an unexciting afterthought. But, here are four health facts you may not know about the boring vegetable that plays an uncredited supporting role in your salad. . . .

avocado improves metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is an increasingly threatening heath condition. Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed in the presence of any 3 of the following 5 symptoms: abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and elevated blood glucose. Though not written much about as a health food, the avocado may be custom made for metabolic syndrome. . . .

dark chocolate prevents coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes

One of our favourite topics to write about on The Natural Path blog is the too-good-to-be-true mountain of evidence that eating dark chocolate is actually great for your health. Most recently, we wrote about a meta-analysis that confirmed that eating dark chocolate is great for fighting heart disease and diabetes. Now a new meta-analysis has added even more evidence. . . .

no benefit for artificial sweeteners for weight, cardiovascular disease or diabetes

More and more health conscience people are making the switch from sugar to artificial sweeteners. But, though eliminating sugar is undoubtedly a good health move, it is not so clear that replacing it with artificial sweeteners is. A large new Canadian study has uncovered the genuinely sour side to artificial sweeteners. . . .

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