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What You Should be Taking for Your Health After Having Surgery

Mar 18, 2018
Dr. Michael Greger

Even minor surgery can reap havoc on your body!

Medicine is messy. One of the reasons researchers experiment on animals is they can create uniform, standardized injuries to test potential remedies. It’s not like you can just cut open 50 people and see if something works better than a sugar pill. But, wait a second, we cut people open all the time. It’s called surgery.

In my video Speeding Recovery from Surgery with Turmeric, I discuss a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study that investigated the efficacy of turmeric curcumin in pain and post-operative fatigue in patients who had their gall bladders removed...


Saving Lives with ... Platypus Milk

Mar 18, 2018
News Staff

Their milk contains a newly discovered protein scientists have dubbed the “Shirley Temple” protein.

(Australia) – A breakthrough by Australian scientists has brought the introduction of an unlikely hero in the global fight against antibiotic resistance a step closer; the humble platypus.

Due to its unique features - duck-billed, egg-laying, beaver-tailed and venomous- the platypus has long exerted a powerful appeal to scientists, making it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology.

In 2010 scientists discovered that platypus milk contained unique antibacterial properties that could be used to fight superbugs...


6 Misconceptions About Colorectal Cancer

Mar 18, 2018
Susan Keown

Misconceptions about colorectal cancer can keep people from accessing the preventive care and treatment they might need.

It’s the second-most common cancer killer in the U.S., but misconceptions about colorectal cancer can keep people from accessing the preventive care and treatment they might need.

We asked colorectal cancer experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the top misunderstandings they encounter about this disease, which is diagnosed in more than 130,000 Americans each year.

Hutch experts came up with six, but here are the Cliffs Notes takeaways: Screening saves lives. And so does a healthy diet. Read on:

Misunderstanding No...


Can New Techniques Really Replace Cartilage Lost to Arthritis?

Mar 16, 2018
Lynn Allison

“The spice turmeric may reduce pain and inflammation and for some, taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are helpful.” -- Dr. Brian Cole

The controversy is electric. Clinics are opening across the country promising they can regenerate cartilage lost by arthritis by injecting products such as hyaluronic acid or platelet rich plasma (PRP) into the knee joint, the most common area that suffers degeneration...


The Coffee-Cannabis Connection

Mar 16, 2018
News Staff

Yes, there is one!

(Chicago, IL) – It's well known that a morning cup of joe jolts you awake. But scientists have discovered coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways, including your metabolism of steroids and the neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine.

In a study of coffee consumption, Northwestern scientists were surprised to discover coffee changed many more metabolites in the blood than previously known. Metabolites are chemicals in the blood that change after we eat and drink or for a variety of other reasons. 

The neurotransmitters related to the endocannabinoid system -- the same ones affected by cannabis -- decreased after drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day. That's the opposite of what occurs after someone uses cannabis...


How to Avoid Endocrine Disruptors

Mar 16, 2018
Sylvia Booth Hubbard

A new study found that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are linked to the frustration many dieters face when they regain much of the weight they lost. 

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the endocrine — or hormone — system. More than 150 studies have linked endocrine-disrupting chemicals to a long list of health problems, including heart disease, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, and the feminization of males...


Don't Fall Victim to Seasonal Allergies This Year!

Mar 15, 2018
Dr. Corinne Weaver

For many, springtime means the start of little league games, gardening, listening to the birds, or long walks with your dog.  However, for at least one in five Americans, it means itchy, watery eyes, sneezes, runny noses, bronchial swelling, nasal congestion and a slew of other allergy related symptoms. Before you start pointing fingers at pollen, grass, weeds and molds for bringing on these maladies, take a look at your overall health and lifestyle habits that could be contributing to those symptoms.

I used to think it was the environment’s problem -- not mine. After many mornings of going through a box of Kleenex to start my day, however, I realized I needed to get stronger within myself to overcome my allergies. But how?

I needed some diagnostic tests to show me where I should start because I was at a loss...


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