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Toothpaste Chemical Doubles Osteoporosis Risk

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It makes absolutely no sense…

In 2016 the FDA banned the chemical triclosan from hand sanitizers. It was found to disrupt hormones and promote antibiotic-resistant “superbug” germs. 

But in a moment of brain-dead bureaucracy, the agency decided that triclosan could continue to be used in toothpastes and mouthwash.

In other words, even though it was too dangerous to put on your hands, it was perfectly fine to put it in your mouth.

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Low-Carb Benefits Go Beyond Weight Loss

In All Health Watch, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Heart and Cardiovascular, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

Low-carb diets are popular because they are more effective for weight loss than traditional low-calorie, low-fat diets. And people often find they are easier to stay on. 

But new research shows cutting carbs has other important benefits.

The study comes from Ohio State University. It looked at  obese people with metabolic syndrome.[1]

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of conditions that, taken together, increase risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

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One Fruit Juice Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

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The average American senior takes more than five prescription drugs.

Among the most common are blood pressure and cholesterol medications.[1]

But new research shows that one type of fruit juice may be as effective as these drugs…without the dangerous side effects that come with hypertension meds and statins.[2]

The study was published in the journal Food Science & Nutrition.

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57% of Older Adults Are Low in One Crucial Vitamin, New Study Finds

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We generally think of malnutrition as something that happens somewhere else…mostly in impoverished Third World countries.

Most of us living in developed nations have access to all the food we want (maybe too much of it).

On top of that, much what we eat is fortified with vitamins and minerals. And many of us take a multivitamin or other supplements to make sure our bodies get all the nutrition we need.

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8 Organic Foods That Aren’t Worth the Premium Price

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Long-time Health Watch readers know that we strongly recommend eating organic foods.

But we also recommend common sense.

Organic foods are expensive. And in some cases, the cost isn’t worth the benefits. Here are eight foods whose organic versions aren’t worth the higher price:

  1. Bananas. The thick peel keeps out pesticides.
  2. Fish. It’s meaningless to label fish as organic because there is no official standard for organic seafood.
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One Fruit Can Save You From a Heart Attack

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Heart and Cardiovascular, Heart Attacks, Heart Disease by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you go to your doctor and discover you have heart disease, chances are that you’ll be given a statin drug to lower your cholesterol.

And you may be prescribed a blood pressure drug and perhaps a blood thinner.

But a new study shows that your doctor may help you more by prescribing a cup of blueberries a day.

A research team fromBritain’s University of East Anglia collaborated with Harvard University.

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