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27 Dec

Sticks & Stones May Break Your Bones…

BUT NOT NEARLY AS EFFECTIVELY AS HEARTBURN PILLS

A large-scale study out of Britain has reported that taking popular heartburn medications like Tagamet and Pepcid AC can seriously increase your risk of bone fractures, because the drugs block calcium absorption.

Check out the article – here’s the clickativity.

Of course, the pill pushers contrarians say that a simple calcium pill can offset the damaging effects of heartburn medications. That’s classic – needing a second pill to address problems caused by the first pill, which is unnecessary in the first place.

An easy fix for heartburn is avoiding foods that cause it. Getting daily exercise, drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol are also good ways to avoid heartburn.

Each year, about 300,000 older Americans break a bone, and 60,000 of them will die from the injury.

Heartburn medications are a $10 billion-a year cash cow.

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Sara adds:

And surprise, surprise: Ole’ Denmark did a heartburn study last year but reported that heartburn medications are, wouldn’t you know, perfectly safe. I keep trying to give the motherland the benefit of the doubt, so I would like to cast doubt on this new British study, but seeing as how it was funded by the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline, I have to say, something is rotten in Denmark.

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27 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Milk Thistle

WHAT IT IS: Milk Thistle, or silybum marianum

Milk thistle is a hardy, prickly plant of the thistle family. It grows easily around the world. It is edible and its leaves are often eaten in a manner similar to artichokes. It can also be made into a potent beverage not unlike coffee. Used for more than 2,000 years, milk thistle was once thought to activate lactation (hence the name).

Milk thistle contains a substance, silymarin, which is a uniquely powerful antioxidant. It stores itself in the liver and can prevent and even reverse damage from toxins like alcohol and painkillers.

STUDIES SHOW: Milk thistle is one of the most thoroughly documented nutrients. Numerous studies support the claim that milk thistle can combat toxic damage in the liver from metals, poisons, alcohol, painkillers, pollution and other contaminants. Importantly, milk thistle has been shown to fight free radical damage – in fact, it appears that milk thistle may actually reverse some signs of oxidation in the liver.

Additionally, dozens of studies show that milk thistle can reduce cholesterol as well as inflammation in the liver. Milk thistle has the ability to fight lipid peroxidation, the process which creates cholesterol in the liver.

WHY WE LIKE IT: We like milk thistle because of its unique potential for benefitting the liver. Though known for being susceptible to damage from excess alcohol, the liver is also easily stressed by today’s diet and lifestyle trends (high in sugar, trans fats, free radicals and drugs). Maintaining liver health is crucial for cholesterol production and metabolism, the body’s inflammatory response, and overall health.

Milk thistle can help to reduce cholesterol and fight free radicals in the liver. This humble leaf also offers broad health benefits: helping to heal tissues, protect against further oxidation, and diminish inflammation.

Because we are inundated with free radicals – as Mark says, it’s a free radical minefield out there – it’s vital to supplement the liver with protective nutrients. And milk thistle is among the best sources for supporting liver health.


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26 Dec

Sweet! More Fun Ways Marketers Trick Us

Did you know?

Bakeries and confectioners’ shops often pipe fake aromas into the air because the scent of sugar is so emotionally powerful. (In fact, sugar is addictive.)

Supermarkets select that cheesy music for a reason: marketers have figured out which tunes reduce our blink rates, causing a “somnolent” state. In other words, Celine really will turn you into a food-famished zombie.

Food producers make about 3,900 calories for every man, woman, and child. That’s up from 3,300 in the 80s, with no end in sight. To handle this surplus food, food producers just make the portions bigger. (Maybe they don’t know about Africa?)

You can read more by checking out this clickativity right here.

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Best of MDA

22 Dec

Did You Know?

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES

Did you know?

Gut bugs don’t just make you gain weight – bacteria cause ulcers, too.

Ulcers cause inflammation elsewhere in the body – enough to cause atherosclerosis!

In terms of blood sugar impact, yams (sweet potatoes) typically have half the sugar of regular potatoes.

Now there’s some health knowledge to whip out at tonight’s festivities!

Be sure to check out these fun and informative bites, and have a great weekend, Apples.

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22 Dec

Fun Clicks

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES

1) Mistletoe Won’t Cure Anything…But It Still Breaks the Ice

The holiday version of snake oil?

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2) Baby Einstein or Go Fish?

Fish oil is superior to both olive oil and annoying videos when it comes to raising smart kids.

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