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Archive for November, 2007

27 Nov

Guest Post: Conquer Restless Nights with This Simple Sleep Cure

insomniaA 3-Step Cure for Poor Sleep
By Nick at Health Hackers
I always had a creeping feeling that this modern life I live has negative side effects on my sleep, but I was shocked to learn the extent of it. I never really worried about it too much – that was until something terrible started happening.

I Started Losing My Memory.

I slowly began realizing that I could not concentrate as well as I used to. My short-term memory seemed impaired and I could not control my emotions as much as I used to.

26 Nov

Dental Decay Before Birth?

sippyThough Americans have access to some of the finest dental care on the planet, American babies are showing increasing rates of dental decay. There are a number of causes. First, the tremendous popularity of bottled water has played a part in higher cavity rates (bottled water is typically not fluoridated). Ironically, tap water is healthier than the pricey bottled options. Second, the prevalent reliance on juices, sweet drinks and milk for children – all high in sweeteners such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup – has contributed to the decay problem. And, finally, studies indicate that dental decay likely begins before children even have their teeth. Infants’ mouths and gums should be wiped clean and gently stimulated with a washcloth several times daily, even before their first tooth breaks. Interestingly, decay can begin in the womb. It turns out that a mother’s dental care regimen has a direct impact upon the developing dentition of her unborn baby. So, if the mother isn’t flossing, rinsing, and brushing consistently, or is following a diet that encourages bacterial growth (e.g. one high in grains and sugars), this can create early dental problems in the child. Though baby teeth are “disposable”, poor prevention and early decay impacts the strength, straightness, and health of the permanent teeth. Moreover, early gum problems can set the stage for systemic illness down the road.

21 Nov

23andMe

433px Benzopyrene DNA adduct 1JDGPicture this. The year is 2051 and the large biotech company, Probiogenic Solutions, has made huge advances in human genetic research. Backed by internet superpower Google, they have decided to bring their technology to the masses. “Genetics just got personal” is their motto.

It has been decades since Watson and Crick discovered that the human blueprint, at its core, lies in the ever-spiraling structure of the double helix. Since that day in 1953, nearly one hundred years prior, the mysteries uncovered in the tiny strands of DNA speak to the nature of life itself.

Now Probiogenic Solutions wants you to have the information locked up within your cells. The information that can shed light on who you are, where you are from, and what you are made of is at your (and in your) fingertips. Probiogenic Solutions is your modern soothsayer.

Just a sample of your saliva is all it takes.

21 Nov

Healthy Holiday Survival Guide, Part 2

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Winter time and the holidays bring a unique range of stresses to your body. Try out these tips to stay energized and fresh.

- Tend to your skin: cold temperatures and dry air indoors can contribute to skin discomfort. We like glycerin and rosewater or shea butter for extra-rich moisturizing during this time of year. Avoid very hot showers and drying soap – opt for natural sea salt scrubs, almond oil, gentle vegetable-based cleansers, or soap-free dermatologist-recommended washes like Cetaphil.

20 Nov

This Week’s Herbalicious: Sage

sageIf you’ve been following the blog this month, you’ve learned all about the nutritional, healing benefits of herbs like lavender and oregano. This week’s focus is the herb sage, a perfect complement to fall flavors and Thanksgiving recipes.

10. Those darn Mediterranean folks are at it again!

Between the olive oil and the fish and the vegetables and the red wine, the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest around. Sage, or salvia, was originally cultivated in this region. Now grown and enjoyed all over the world, sage is a versatile recipe ingredient as well as a natural treatment for many minor health issues.

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