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The Most Popular Way to Quit Smoking Is the Worst Way

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

There is no shortage of products to help you quit smoking. There are chewing gums, patches, nasal sprays, and lozenges. There are anti-craving pills and filter systems. There are even apps to provide emotional and educational support.

But when smokers want to quit, chances are they won’t use any of these.

Instead they’ll turn to e-cigarettes.

Vaping is by far the most popular way Americans try to kick the habit.

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Bug Spray Triples Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular by Garry Messick0 Comments

Chances are, you’ve been using pyrethroids for years, even if you have no idea what they are.

They are a group of chemicals that are used in the most popular consumer bug killers.

Pyrethroids are used to kill everything from bed bugs, roaches, and ticks to a wide variety of garden pests. They are the second most widely used pesticides in the world.

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Yoga Is Powerful Medicine for Anxiety

In Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you tell your doctor that you’re suffering from anxiety, there’s a good chance you’ll walk out with a prescription for a benzodiazepine.

These are drugs such as Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam). They are highly addictive.

Unlike prescription opioids, addiction issues with benzos, as they are commonly called, get little attention.

Doctors are prescribing fewer opioids. Their use has fallen since 2012.

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Honey Is Better Than Antibiotics for Coughs and Colds, Study Finds

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Immune Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

When it comes to colds and coughs, most of us look for relief in all the wrong places.

Your first choice is probably your local drugstore. You’ll find dozens of cough suppressants, antihistamines, decongestants, pain relievers, and other cold medications to choose from.

If you go to your doctor, you’ll likely get a prescription for an antibiotic.

A new analysis shows there’s a natural remedy that works better than anything you’ll get at a pharmacy.

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COVID Spread: It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

In All Health Watch, Coronavirus, Featured Article, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

This spring, there was hope that summer would save us from the coronavirus.

The theory was that cold and flu viruses dwindle in warm weather, and so would COVID-19.

Of course, it didn’t happen. Summer did nothing to slow the spread.

Now, a new study shows that it’s not temperatures that affect the spread of coronavirus as much as another factor.

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Walk This Way for Better Health

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Longevity, Mental Health, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

Walking is the nation’s most popular form of exercise. More than a third of us—111 million Americans—routinely go for walks to maintain our health and wellness.[1]

The benefits of walking are both profound and well-proven. Putting one foot in front of the other is linked to longer life, weight loss, stronger bones and muscles, better mood, improved lung function, and lower risk of Alzheimer’s.

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