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Big Pharma Is Destroying Your Microbiome

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Gut Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick1 Comment

Antibiotics are a double-edged sword.

They not only kill germs that make you sick, they destroy the good bacteria in your intestines that contribute to your health in a myriad of ways.

Your body is home to about 100 million beneficial bacteria. Together, they are called your microbiome.

And when your microbiome is damaged, you lose the protection it provides against a wide range of serious health problems.

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6 Smart Tricks to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about illnesses spreading like wildfire among cruise ship passengers.

The fact is, a cruise ship is the perfect incubator for contagious disease. People are packed close together, making it easy for germs to spread.

The norovirus is the biggest culprit.

It causes stomach flu. The CDC estimates that 1 in 10 cruise ship passengers become infected with the norovirus while on board.

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The Mainstream Treatment for Joint Pain Does More Harm Than Good

In All Health Watch, Arthritis, Featured Article, Health Warning, Pain Relief by Garry Messick0 Comments

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the U.S. More than 30 million Americans suffer from it.[1]

It’s caused by the breakdown of cartilage between joints, which acts as a cushion. It’s often called “wear-and-tear” arthritis. That’s because it strikes when the cartilage wears down from overuse or injury. Bone rubs against bone causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. It can be debilitating.

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Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Suicide

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Blood Pressure, Featured Article, Health Warning, Heart and Cardiovascular by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you walk into a doctor’s office with high blood pressure, the chances are good that you’ll walk out with a prescription for a hypertension drug. 

They are among the most-prescribed medications in the U.S. About one out of every four American adults takes a high blood pressure drug.[1] 

There are many different types of hypertension medications, but an alarming new study shows that one of the most common is linked to suicide. 

Researchers from several Toronto medical schools analyzed health databases.

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Tell Your Doctor: ‘Stop With the Urine Tests’

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You know the annual checkup routine: Step on the scale… Get your blood pressure taken… Get your blood drawn… Urinate into a cup.

It’s time to tell your doctor you don’t want that last thing. 

Doctors typically give urine tests to seniors to test for urinary tract infections (UTIs). And many older folks test positive even when they are not sick.

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How to Keep ‘Forever Chemicals’ Out of Your Body

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

The next time you eat carryout pizza, think about why the grease doesn’t seep through the cardboard.

Or when you hear popcorn popping in a bag in your microwave, ask yourself why the paper doesn’t burst into flames. 

The answer is PFAS. That’s short for polyfluoroalkyl substances.

They are a group of some 4,700 chemicals that are virtually everywhere.

Besides pizza boxes and microwave popcorn, they are used in carpets and upholstery, fast-food wrappers, dental floss, nonstick cookware, fire-resistant fabrics, electrical insulation, and plastics.

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