Lack of Sleep Promotes Alzheimer’s by Preventing Critical Detoxification

By Dr. Mercola Sleep disturbances are endemic in the US, where nearly 40 percent of adults report unintentionally falling asleep during the day in the past month, and five percent report nodding off while driving.1 Forty-five percent of teens also don’t get enough sleep on school nights and 25 percent report falling asleep in class at least once a week. Lack of sleep has ramifications that go far beyond not feeling fully awake and refreshed during the day. There’s a price to pay in terms of health, both short- and long-term. A number of studies have linked poor sleep or … Read More

Breast Is Best

By Dr. Mercola Breastfeeding rates continue to rise in the US. In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, 79 percent of newborn infants started breastfeeding.1 This is wonderful news, as breastfeeding offers life-long health benefits, not just for the child, but for the mother as well. Many women do not have access to the truth about breastfeeding and have been misled by infant-formula marketing to believe they must spend thousands of dollars a year to provide the best nutrition for their babies. In reality (and barring any extreme exceptions such as certain transmittable diseases or drug … Read More

New Guidelines for Pesticides in Produce

By Dr. Mercola Eighty-five percent of Americans are concerned about pesticides in produce,1 and rightly so. The US uses about 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides each year,2 and it’s not uncommon for your apple or strawberries to contain two different pesticides… or more. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) insists pesticide residues on food are no cause for concern, even though more than half of all foods tested last year had detectable levels. While tolerance levels are set that determine upper allowable limits for individual pesticides, there is no legal limit on the number of different pesticides allowed on food. … Read More

Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?

By Dr. Mercola In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared cell phones a Class B Carcinogen, meaning a “possible cancer-causing agent,” based on the available research. Yet, cell phones have become so intertwined with our daily lives that most people continue to use them, despite the mounting evidence attesting to their risks. Some do so with caution – using speakerphone or texting, for instance, instead of holding the phone up to their ear (and right next to their brain). Others, however, continue to refute the facts that the … Read More

US Government Rolls Out Mandatory Adult Vaccination and Tracking Program

By Dr. Mercola This month, federal health officials are rolling out a national adult immunization plan that contains a new Mandatory Adult Vaccination1,2 and Electronic Tracking Program. The government is urging Americans to fulfill their obligation to support and comply with the anti-choice requirement to relinquish responsibility for personal health and well-being to federally appointed health officials through pharmaceutical enhancements. Public health officials will be monitoring Twitter and Facebook posts for anti-vaccine chatter that may indicate non-compliance with federal vaccine recommendations and state vaccine mandates. “The measles outbreak in Disneyland is a prime example of how Americans are incapable of … Read More

Grass-Fed Products Taking Off – Simple Solutions for Many Problems

By Dr. Mercola Grass-fed beef accounts for just 0.5 percent of all retail beef sold, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association…1 but it’s a growing niche. White Oak Pastures, the largest organic farm in Georgia, produces about 8,000 pounds of grass-fed ground beef daily. Grass-fed beef is just one of the farm’s products. It also raises nine other species of free-ranging animals. In 2014, the farm, which was recently featured by the New York Times, brought in about $28 million in sales.2 The farm’s owner, William Harris III, is a rancher, once of the conventional kind. But he grew … Read More

The Case Against Aluminum in Vaccines – Dr. Suzanne Humphries

By Dr. Mercola Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, and scientific evidence shows that it can play a significant role in neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. For example, a case study from Keele University in the UK1 published last year unequivocally showed high levels of aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease. Most people are not exposed to toxic levels of aluminum at work however. Rather exposure occurs via common products such as antiperspirants, food, aluminum-based household products, and vaccines. According to some experts, including Dr. David … Read More

Can Magnesium Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes?

By Dr. Mercola Magnesium is often thought of primarily as a mineral for your heart and bones, but this is misleading. Researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, indicating that its role in human health and disease may have been vastly underestimated.1 Magnesium is also found in more than 300 different enzymes in your body, including some of those that help regulate blood sugar. This is one mechanism by which magnesium may keep diabetes at bay – a finding that’s been gaining increasing scientific support. Magnesium May Lower Your Risk of Diabetes There have been several significant … Read More

Folic Acid Can Reduce Stroke Risk

By Dr. Mercola Folic acid supplements are most widely known for their benefit to pregnant women; folic acid has been found to reduce the risk of certain birth defects, including neural tube defects. A new study suggests that folic acid may have a benefit besides this, particularly for your heart.  While recent research indicates that supplementation with folic acid is particularly beneficial for your heart, I recommend adults increase your folate levels through your diet instead for heart and brain health support. Generally speaking, the ideal way to raise your folate levels is to eat plenty of fresh, raw, organic … Read More

Fiber Provides Food to Your Gut Microbes That They Ferment to Shape Your DNA

By Dr. Mercola Your body is a complex ecosystem made up of more than 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa, collectively referred to as your microbiome, which must be properly balanced and cared for if you want to maintain good health.   These microbes are so numerous they actually outnumber the cells in your body 10 to one. With such a high prevalence of microbes in your system, it seems reasonable to suspect that they’re of some major importance. And indeed, recent years have brought a scientific flurry of information demonstrating just how crucial your microbiome is to everything … Read More