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Sugar Has Many Names

 November 9, 2017

Sugar is supplied to our bodies from natural sources in our fruits and vegetables. Combining this with additional fiber, vitamins and minerals, natural sugar is processed slightly differently than the refined white sugar, or sugar by other names, to disguise sugar in your food. It’s difficult to avoid those foods that are laced with sugar, […]

Craving Ice, an Iron Deficiency?

 November 7, 2017

  We all crave that cold, refreshing ice on a hot summer day to relieve the heat, but if you are craving it frequently, there just might be something more it’s telling you. The craving to eat something non-nutritional is called pica, and chewing ice is a symptom of this. Most often pica is seen […]

Butter Yellow, Milk White?

 October 24, 2017

Why would butter end up yellow in color when the beginning product of milk is white? The cows eat grass and flowers, which contain the yellow pigment beta-carotene, and then store the pigments in their fat. Therefore, the cream, butter and other diary foods from cows contain the fat containing the beta-carotene as well as […]

Flowers that Looks & Taste Good

 October 19, 2017

Flowers aren’t always just something pretty to look at and smell good. They can taste good, too. That profusion of color and fragrance is wonderful in our living spaces, but just think of the culinary value they have. Some edible flowers can be used in soups, casseroles, salads, roasts, desserts, jellies and cold drinks. Some […]

Inherited Salt Perception

 October 17, 2017

Some people who find they have an enhanced bitter taste perception are almost twice as likely to consume too much sodium as those with less acute tasting ability. Gene variations that allow people to taste bitter more intensely may also taste salt more intensely and enjoy it much more, which can lead to sodium intake, […]

Screening For Adolescent Cancer Survivor

 October 16, 2017

The Childhood Cancer Survivors Study has completed research that identified profiles of psychological symptoms in adolescent cancer survivors. This is expected to advance mental health screening and treatment. No psychological symptoms have been reported by most of the adolescent survivors of childhood cancer. However, an analysis by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found that those […]

Vetiver Oil: The Soothing Grass Oil

 October 13, 2017

Vetiver oil is also known as khus oil and is a lesser-known plant oil offering a heavy, earthy fragrance that is reminiscent of patchouli, but with a touch of lemon. This oil is believed to give a grounding, calming and stabilizing result, and provides a range of essential oil uses and benefits. The original name […]

Cancer-Promoting Protein Levels

 October 12, 2017

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising frequently can lower blood protein associated with promoting cancer development. There was a study published in the journal Cancer Research that found a reduction in the levels of a blood protein involved in angiogenesis when overweight and obese women experienced weight loss through their diet and exercise. The process by which […]

High-Fat Diet Starves Cancer

 October 11, 2017

Dr. Otto Warburg won the Novel Prize Physiology or Medicine in 1931 for his discovery that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. How does the metabolic inflexibility of cancer cells differ from healthy cells? Energy can be produced by a cell in two ways: aerobically in the mitochondria, or […]

Toxic Chemicals Deemed Safe, Really?

 July 31, 2017

“Chemical safety” is an oxymoron when it comes to the use of consumer products.  One chemical alone that is widely used in plastic products, canned goods and more have been linked to altered brain function and organ development.  In some adults, the exposure may lead to cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and sperm damage. After […]