Naturopath’s Articles

Chemical in plastic may harm developing embryos


Bisphenol A is a component of some plastic with well known hormone disrupting properties. It is referred to as an endocrine disruptor because it changes the way hormones behave in your body. It has a particular affinity for estrogen, thus exposure is linked with increased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Interestingly, exposure to this chemical also seems to negatively …

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Don’t worry about making your bed – it’s bad for your health


Leaving your bed unmade can be good if you’re an allergy sufferer. Making your bed each morning is probably a habit that you don’t even think about. Sure it makes your house look tidy, but it may be healthier to leave it looking messy. Research has shown that dust mite numbers are higher in beds that are made each morning …

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Changes in intestinal bacteria linked to sclerosing cholangitis


Sclerosing cholangitis is a severe autoimmune liver disease. It has the potential to cause serious harm to the bile ducts of the liver, and a small fraction of patients end up requiring a liver transplant. An autoimmune disease is where a person’s own immune system produces antibodies and inflammatory chemicals that attack their own body. In time, this damage can …

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Common household chemical linked to thyroid disease


This is according to a new study conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and shows that post menopausal women are most at risk. The study was published in the journal Environmental Health and linked the flame retardant to an increased risk of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, goiter, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The specific flame retardant is called polybrominated …

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Vitamin B12 slows down brain aging


People with higher blood levels of vitamin B12 experience a slower rate of brain aging as they get older. As you age, your brain gets smaller; this is referred to as loss of volume. This happens more rapidly if you are low in vitamin B12. Your doctor can order a vitamin B12 blood test for you, but another way of …

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Father’s age and lifestyle determines risk of birth defects


New research has shown that a father’s age, alcohol intake, lifestyle and exposure to environmental pollutants greatly determines the risk of birth defects in his children and grandchildren. This finding comes from researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. Birth defects can result from epigenetic alterations to the DNA inside sperm, that can potentially affect multiple generations. Epigenetic means there are …

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Asians at higher risk of type 2 diabetes


Asian Americans are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes even if they’re young and slim. A growing body of research is showing that Asians are particularly susceptible to type 2 diabetes. They get the disease at a younger age and lower body weight than most other cultures. It is becoming increasingly prevalent in Asians who eat well and exercise …

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Vitamin D deficiency common in kids with type 1 diabetes


Researchers now urge every person with type 1 diabetes to have their blood vitamin D level tested. Vitamin D is important for strengthening your bones because it helps calcium to enter your skeleton. However, in recent years researchers have discovered that vitamin D has roles in immune health, glucose metabolism, cardiovascular health and even has a significant role in survival …

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Your waist size predicts your heart disease risk


Among type 2 diabetics, carrying excess weight on the belly is a bigger heart disease risk factor than BMI. This study was released at the American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago and was conducted on 200 people with type 2 diabetes who didn’t show any symptoms of heart disease. The scientists found that people with a larger waist circumference …

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Chewing gum can trigger headaches


Research shows that teenagers and younger children who chew gum may be giving themselves migraines or tension headaches. This is an interesting finding that can save children a lot of stress, pain and the need for medication. This particular study was only carried out on children and teenagers, at Meir Medical Center’s Child Neurology Unit and Child Development Center and …

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