Pathogens in your mouth can cause big trouble in distant parts of your body, says Joseph Mercola.Good oral hygiene is even more important than previously thought. Pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins can harm more than just your mouth when they circulate through your bloodstream—they can potentially cause secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body.
The fact that oral pathogens can make their way to distant parts of your anatomy and cause serious problems has been known for many years.
Even dentists would agree that bacteria can pass from your gums into your bloodstream and on to your heart, which is why some still prescribe oral antibiotics to a few select patients with a particularly high risk for endocarditis, particularly if they have gingivitis.1
But it appears that the rare case of endocarditis is only the tip of the iceberg. Several studies now show that these oral pathogens—viruses as well as bacteria—may be linked to certain cancers, making it even more important to do take every step possible to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Read more
Monday, March 10, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Once demonized, eggs are a perfect source of protein and choline..
The second half of the twentieth century was not kind to eggs. The 1950s in particular were a time when eggs were demonized due to their high fat content, which pioneering nutritionists – notably Ancel Keys, developer of the notorious “lipid hypothesis“ – believed would raise cholesterol and contribute towards coronary heart disease. Today, however, we understand that fatty whole foods like eggs are an essential component of a healthy diet, particularly when they come from sustainable, organic sources. In fact, eggs have been a staple breakfast for people in many cultures for centuries. These people understood that if an egg contained enough nutrients to nourish an entire chick, then those same nutrients could nourish us to a similar extent – and studies now confirm that this is true. Read more
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Clean out the toxins that are storing fat in your body, says Margaret Durst.
Detoxification is a basic natural health solution. It is particularly important in this day and age when toxic chemicals are in our homes, our food, our air and our water – and of course, spring is a great time to think about cleaning.
A toxin is a substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects to the body. Toxins tend to overwhelm our bodies and undermine our health over time. Signs of toxicity include lack of energy, forgetfulness, insomnia, digestive problems, arthritis and other joint related problems, bad breath or offensive body odor, acne, allergies, colitis, lower back pain, depression, neurological problems, etc. Read more
Monday, March 3, 2014
Joseph Mercola says that eighty percent of strokes are preventable and gives six ways to lower your risk.
The health benefits of exercise cannot be overstated. And while diet accounts for about 80 percent of the health benefits you reap from a healthy lifestyle, exercise works in a synergistic manner with proper nutrition to truly optimize your health.
Exercise benefits such as preventing obesity and diabetes, reducing stress, and lowering your blood pressure are among the most obvious. Maintaining a fitness regimen can also go a long way toward warding off a stroke, as all of these factors also affect your stroke risk. Read more
Friday, February 28, 2014
Don't suffer from sinus infection - or antibiotics. Mike Barrett gives four natural remedies for sinus infection treatment.
Sinus infections seem to be extremely prevalent, with an estimated 29.8 million adults suffering from sinusitis in 2010 (and that figure does not include children). What’s more, many individuals who experience sinus infections seem to suffer from the health issue repeatedly as years go by. Not surprisingly, antibiotics are prescribed all too often for this condition – with around 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions going toward sinus infection treatment. Read more
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Scientists have discovered a link between gum disease bacteria and the early onset of arthritis.
Brushing your teeth well could help prevent arthritis, scientists claim.
Researchers found a link between the bacterium responsible for gum disease and earlier onset of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as faster progression and greater severity of the condition. Read more
Monday, February 24, 2014
Hair care products have their place but proper brushing and scalp massage are also important for luxurious hair, according to Beth Maxwell.
Brushing your hair the right way is one of the best ways to maintain and rejuvenate your hair. The benefits can be even better when you include scalp massage in your routine. It is also important to maintain a proper diet and use all natural chemical free shampoos. Read more