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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Lawsuit Linking RoundUp to Cancer

Monsanto Loses Major Lawsuit, Ordered to Pay $289 Million

In a groundbreaking David vs. Goliath lawsuit, 46-year old Dewayne Lee Johnson who is terminally ill sued Monsanto, now a unit of Bayer AG, and was just awarded $289 Million. While there have been other lawsuits attempting to link Monsanto’s flagship product RoundUp to cancer, this is the first lawsuit that added the allegation that Monsanto has been involved in a lengthy coverup to showcase its glyphosate-containing products as safe when they may indeed be causing cancer.

Said one of Dewayne Johnson’s lawyers, Brett Wisner in his closing arguments for the case, “Today is their day of reckoning…This is the day Monsanto is finally held accountable. And, this is the beginning of tha…

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12 Health Uses for Frankincense

Discover 12 Health Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

If I was stranded on a deserted island and could choose only one essential oil to have with me, I would select frankincense, an oil that is both versatile and potent. Perhaps that’s why it has been in use for thousands of years and considered a precious natural medicine. While there are many health uses for frankincense, here are 12 of my favorites:

Asthma: A study published in the medical journal Current Pharmaceutical Design assessed the effectiveness of several natural remedies against asthma, including frankincense essential oil. The researchers reviewed numerous studies to confirm that frankincense was one of the natural remedies that exhibited several mechanisms relevant to th…

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5 Delicious Gluten-Free Grains to Add to Your Diet

Quinoa is a delicious high protein gluten free grain

Whether you're sensitive to gluten or just wanting to eat less of it, or simply wanting to expand your culinary horizons, here are 5 gluten-free grains that offer many health benefits:

Brown Rice

Unlike white rice, brown rice is high in fiber and vitamin E.  Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin, immune function, and many other critical functions in your body.  During the processing of brown rice into white, these nutrients are largely lost.  Brown rice also contains high amounts of the minerals manganese, magnesium, and selenium.  It also contains tryptophan, which helps with sleep.  Selenium helps ward off cancer.  Brown rice can easily replace white rice in almost any recipe:…

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10 Reasons to Eat More Strawberries

Discover the many health benefits of strawberries

Every June when strawberries burst into gardens and markets near my home, I am reminded of my strawberry-picking expeditions as a child with my dad and sister.  My mom agreed to make dozens of pies or fresh jam if we’d pick the strawberries needed.  Well, that was all the incentive I needed to spend some serious time in the massive strawberry patches in the countryside near where I lived.  Nowadays, I try to eat fresh strawberries to benefit from their many healing properties…and, let’s be honest, for their intensely delicious flavor. Here are some of the best reasons to eat more strawberries:

  1. They’re antioxidant powerhouses.  Actually, as fruits go, strawberries have the …

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The Surprising Habit that Raises Your Blood Pressure

 

Research shows a link between grilling and increased blood pressure

Barbecue season is here. But before you grab that grill you might want to keep reading, especially if you're prone to high blood pressure or heart disease. That’s because recent research shows that grilling regularly can increase your blood pressure.

According to the study published in the medical journal Circulation researchers found that eating grilled meat on a regular basis increases blood pressure over and above the amount normally linked to meat consumption. This result occurred over and above the effects of meat eating on high blood pressure, which was taken into account within the study. The researchers at the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of…

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Is Coconut Oil Really Bad for Me?

Since the American Heart Association (AHA) stated that coconut oil is harmful to health, many people have dropped their favorite cooking oil in favor of canola oil. After all, the AHA recommended the latter as a supposedly healthier option indicating that cooking with coconut oil was just as unhealthy as cooking with butter, beef or bacon fat. It might be tempting to adhere to the AHA advisory, believing that coconuts, and the oil extracted from them, are villains that stalk us from grocery store shelves just waiting to clog our arteries and force us into premature death from heart attack or stroke. But is coconut oil really the enemy of health or was the AHA advisory just an alarmist pe…

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Top 12 Foods and Herbs for Healthy Eyes

Blueberries and blackberries are great for eye health

While most people think of the foods they eat if they are suffering from digestive issues, few people consider how the foods they eat can keep their eyes and vision healthy for life. But the right foods can make a difference between strong and healthy eyes or a tendency toward eye disorders later in life. So, what foods should you choose? Here are my top 12 picks for healthy eyes and eyesight:

Apricots: When it comes to eye health you’ll want to indulge in a handful of fresh or dried apricots. These mostly-overlooked nutritional powerhouses contain a wide variety of nutrients needed for healthy eyesight, including: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, rutin, and zeaxanthin—the latte…

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Top 10 Foods to Transform the Health of Your Liver Now

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Food is the best medicine. There are many foods that offer support and healing to the often-overworked liver. Since the liver has over 500 functions, supporting it with healthy liver-healing foods is essential to great overall health. While there are many excellent liver-supporting foods to choose from, here are my top X foods for liver health.

Beets—These purple powerhouses contain a substance known as betaine which improves digestion. One of the liver’s many func…

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Living “in a World Where Sad Wants to Win”

I was listening to the music of my favorite singer, Mario Frangoulis, who you may remember from the 2004 Greek Olympics; however I discovered his stunningly beautiful music long before the games and it has often been comfort to me during difficult times. Perhaps it is because he wears his emotions and his heart in his music and speaks to the vulnerability of the human experience.

In one particular song he asks “Is a man allowed to feel this happy in a world where sad wants to win?” Having been the subject of ongoing harassment by a group of people who seem to have nothing better to do than to make up lies about me and harass me wherever I go…even to seek me out where I live, I have st…

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Top 12 Natural Remedies to Help Asthma

EGCG in Green Tea can help open airways in the lungs

Asthma sufferers know how frustrating and difficult asthma can be to treat. While it is important to always keep medication on hand and use it when necessary, there are many natural remedies and approaches that can help reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks and improve the condition over time. Here are some of my preferred approaches:

Cut Down on Sugars: Sugar intolerance seems particularly common among asthmatics so it is best to cut out concentrated sugars of all types, including: cane sugar (even unrefined), lactose (in dairy products), corn syrup (which is usually genetically modified and best avoided by everyone anyway), among others. That doesn’t mean you should switc…

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