Friday, June 27, 2014


Image Nature can be soothing, healing, energizing and inspiring.  Summer gives you more opportunities to be out & about appreciating the beauties of our universe.
Research has found that spending as little as 20 minutes per day in nature was enough to significantly boost physical and mental strength and energy levels.

Richard M. Ryan, from the University of Rochester conducted a series of five studies to determine the value of being outdoors on subjective vitality (a positive feeling of aliveness and energy).
This series involved 537 college students and showed the students consistently felt more energetic when they spent time in natural settings or imagined themselves in such situations.

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Friday, June 20, 2014


 Bug spray aside, you can help keep mosquitoes from zeroing in on you as their next victim. Considering that they carry diseases, this is one easy way to stay healthy.

Wear lighter clothes. Mosquitoes show a preference towards darker colored clothes.
Go for patterns. Stripes, floral patterns, plaids and other patterned materials are more likely to deter mosquitoes.

Avoid being too sweet. What you eat affects your natural smell. Eating more garlic can help prevent mosquito bites – but too much sugar in your diet and you may be sought after for the sweet taste.

Change the way you smell. Your perfumes, laundry soap, and shampoo might all be contributing to the reasons for mosquitoes being so into you – change things around until you discover the culprit.

Click this link for Homemade Mosquito Repellent: {Recipes}  

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

How Many Deaths are Caused by Medications?

The number of medication related deaths is hard to clarify for obvious reasons, including the fact that only a fraction of medical errors are reported.  How many doctors, hospitals, or drug companies want to admit their activities contribute to death statistics?  They have a strong incentive not to identify  drug events.  They have a strong incentive to avoid medical legal consequences.  You can believe the number we actually know about is considerably scaled down.

 There are 2 categories of drug hazards:  Errors in medication dosing
 & adverse drug reactions (ADR’S).  ADR’s cause more problems than medication  dosing errors. The information & statistics vary widely, though all are unsettling.  
The 1998 Journal of the American Medical Association reported  106.000 yearly deaths from drug side effects in American hospitals . These deaths  are only in hospitalized patients and represent  a small percentage of those at risk since most fatal medication errors occur at home.  It is easy for medication to not be perceived as the culprit unless an autopsy and toxicological studies are performed.  Without such clarification the cause of death can easily be listed as any other condition from which the patient may have suffered.
From 1998-2005, 467,809 known medication related deaths were reported to the FDA.  The FDA only finds out  about such instances when no cover up or avoidance of facts is possible.
The National Academics Office of News & Public Information reports medication errors injure 1.5 million Americans yearly.
Gary Null, reports in his book, Death by Medicine  that 783,936 Americans die yearly from conventional medicine mistakes. If this is true it would move medication related deaths to the number 1 cause of death in the United States.
Will these numbers increase with more people in the United States having access to health care? After all health care in the United States has been more about making drugs available to everyone, than it has been about education, proper diet, lifestyle changes,  exercise and alternative non drug methods of treatment. 
Can we expect better from the new Health care bill when we know the pharmaceutical industry controls congress?  For more information on the relationship between the government and drug companies, see the book The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It  by Marcia Angell M.D.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Health Benefits of Green Tea


An ancient Chinese proverb praises the benefits of Green Tea, saying “It is better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” Used as a Chinese medicine for over 4000 years, green tea is now believed to be helpful in preventing and treating a variety of maladies from helping to raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), rejuvenating aging skin, decreasing gas buildup, promoting digestive health, and maybe even helping green tea drinkers burn more fat by improving metabolism.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that are preserved because of the minimal processing green tea requires. These antioxidants eliminate free radicals that can damage cells and even DNA. Multiple studies have shown green tea’s ability to prevent various types of cancer, and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Other studies have shown that green tea can help regulate glucose in the body, impeding the development of diabetes and slowing down diabetes after onset.
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