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Keeping your Child’s Immune System Strong

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A strong and healthy immune system is the foundation of good health for your child now and in the future. Because a child’s immune system is still developing, it is not unusual for them to experience frequent colds, respiratory and gastro intestinal infections. Daily contact with many other children increases the likelihood of this. However, if your child has too …

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Autism is 4 times more likely if mum is obese and type 2 diabetic

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This finding was published in the journal Pediatrics and carried out at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. It highlights the critical importance of becoming as healthy as possible before conception. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, currently one in 68 children in the USA have autism. Rates have skyrocketed since the 1960s. Autism …

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High blood sugar raises the risk of cancer

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Elevated blood sugar that isn’t even in the diabetic range is known to raise the risk of all types of cancer. The statement “High hemoglobin A1c levels within the non-diabetic range are associated with the risk of all cancers” is directly out of a study published in the International Journal of Cancer. Hemoglobin Alc is a blood test that measures …

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Being overweight can mess with your memory

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Obese middle aged and older individuals are at higher risk of memory problems that can lead to dementia. Researchers have discovered that being overweight alters the function of genes critical for a healthy memory in the hippocampus of the brain. In animal experiments, overweight mice perform poorly in laboratory memory tests. In humans, a great deal of earlier research has …

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Commonly used diabetes drugs increase the risk of death

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According to detailed research, 3 commonly used drugs for type 2 diabetes actually raise the risk of death. Researchers decided to compare three drugs: glipizide, glyburide, and glimepiride with metformin. Glipizide, glyburide and glimepiride are in a class of medication called sulfonylureas. They help to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin. …

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The liver is so important but is often forgotten

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I saw a new patient who had travelled 4 hours to see me to get help. She was very overweight at 124 kilograms (273 pounds) and felt very hot and sweaty all the time. She had a very red face with a lot of dilated capillaries on her cheeks and her blood pressure was raised, despite taking anti-hypertensive drugs. She …

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Your diet can prevent macular degeneration

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Research spanning more than 20 years has shown that people who consume more vegetables are at lower risk of developing macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the USA. It affects approximately 10 million Americans; that’s more than glaucoma and cataracts combined. Macular degeneration is the slow deterioration of the cells in the macular, a …

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Sugar cravings may originate in your liver!

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A newly identified hormone produced in the liver has the ability to switch off sugar cravings. So far, research conducted on mice and monkeys showed that the hormone, called FGF21 communicates with the brain, telling it to avoid seeking out sweet foods. In recent years a number of hormones have been identified that drive hunger by communicating with your brain, …

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Magnesium may help to prevent pancreatic cancer

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A study conducted at Indiana University titled “Magnesium intake and incidence of pancreatic cancer: The Vitamins and Lifestyle study” was published in the British Journal of Cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive disease that very few people recover from. It’s currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in both women and men in the USA. This was emphasised …

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Stress can give you a leaky gut

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Hormones you produce while stressed alter the function of intestinal cells and increase permeability of the small intestine. Leaky gut is probably a term you are familiar with. It is a contributing factor to a range of health problems, including allergies, autoimmune disease and fatigue. An excessively permeable gut allows too much waste from the intestines to enter the bloodstream …

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