Does cholesterol cause heart disease? Is the “lipid hypothesis” true?

The “Diet Heart” theory: Very early research in animals suggests the idea that eating fat could raise blood lipids and, therefore, cause health problems. But work in people started with Ancel Keys’ National Diet-Heart study. Keys’ threw out data from 15 of 22 countries to publish the now infamous Seven Countries study. Throwing out data is bad science and a terrible foundation for National …

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Calcium: What’s best for your bones and life?

Marie Cecchini Sternquist, MS

You need calcium for life. Although 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is stored in those strong bones and teeth, calcium is kept within a very tight concentration in your blood to support nearly every process in our bodies. Calcium helps our blood cells form, is required for clotting, is used by all of our electrical cells (nerves …

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Why low (not high) stomach acid causes your indigestion

acid indigestion is actually too little stomach acid

Conventional antacid propaganda says to neutralize stomach acid whenever you have signs of heartburn, indigestion, bloating… but… Taking antacids may temporarily stop the symptoms, but sets the stage for it to happen again, and again, and again… Low (not high) stomach acid is jeopardizing your health Approximately 90% of Americans produce too little stomach acid. And that means the contents of your …

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Anti-inflammatory diet: Balancing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

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One of the most common causes of chronic inflammation is not having the right fats in your diet. Surprised? Maybe you thought I’d say sugar? Well, sugar is THE #1 cause, but here’s another rebalancing hint: The chronic imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in our diet—mostly due to relying on vegetable oils—is right up there causing our inflammatory woes. …

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Eliminating and preventing allergies: probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, what?

One in five of us suffer from allergies, a problem that is increasing especially among children. The rise in allergies worldwide has been ongoing and documented for 50 years according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). There is no clear answer why but a whole body health view may help understand—and heal—allergies. Food Allergies on the …

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Chronic pain breakthrough – What I learned from Alaska’s brown bears

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We trust our remedies, especially the sort in pill form, to the extent they are backed by peer reviewed clinical studies. While not so many of us consider the Alaska griz our “peers,”—pause for good-humored joking around…—bears are really smart. In fact, they seem to know some things we’ve forgotten. What’s this got to do with chronic pain? Read on Friday …

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What Vitamin is Behind Door #2?

Choosing between vitamin #1, vitamin #2, or vitamin #3? Might as well be like Door Number 1, Number 2, or Number 3!   Now if you don’t already know the correct answer, the probability of guessing it right goes down with each choice. For example 4 offered possibilities give you a 25% chance of guessing right. Isn’t it mind boggling …

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Correcting High Cholesterol

Why not everyone thinks “high Cholesterol” is high… Cholesterol is essential to your health. Every cell in your body needs it to make vitamin D, to make cell membranes, for making hormones including estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, more… Cholesterol-derived hormones maintain calcium levels to build strong bones and muscles, keep our blood sugar levels balanced, and help manage stress. Is …

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