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STORY AT-A-GLANCE Anxiety attacks are characterized by intense and overwhelming mental and physical symptoms If there are recurrent and unexpected feelings of anxiety, and long periods spent fearing another attack, these are signs of panic disorder Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola If you or someone you know has been diagnosed…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Ears are normally self-cleaning, but if you experience symptoms of excess earwax, including hearing loss, you may safely remove it using oil to soften the wax and a 3% hydrogen peroxide soak for five minutes Cotton swabs are a major cause of eardrum punctures; a sample of emergency…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE After an examination of 75 popular vaping cartridges, researchers found 27% contained traces of an endotoxin found on gram-negative bacteria and 81% contained glucan, a compound found in the cell walls of most fungi The meteoric rise in the number of teens vaping has overshadowed traditional tobacco use,…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Excessive sitting contributes to back pain and is an independent risk factor for ill health and premature death Foundation Training exercises — simple yet powerful structural movements that help strengthen and realign your posture — can help compensate for long hours spent sitting and significantly reduce back pain…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Mosquitoes are a summertime annoyance many seek to avoid using chemical repellents. One study shows electronic music chosen for the high and low frequencies in the soundtrack reduced mosquito biting activity and breeding Most traditional chemical repellents contain either DEET or permethrin, both of which have significant side…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Growing spinach in your garden, containers or indoors is easier when you provide the plants with well-drained soil, mulch to retain moisture and a rich source of organic fertilizer, as the fast-growing plant is also a heavy feeder Spread the plants 6 to 8 inches apart if you…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Research shows that of 45 fruit juices tested by Consumer Reports, nearly half of them contained elevated levels of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium and lead While these substances are found naturally in the environment, many of them found in food came from soil or water contaminated by…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Four nutrients known to offer powerful protection during cold and flu season are vitamins C and D, zinc and beta glucans. These can also be used acutely if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu Research supports the use of vitamin C during a…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Chai refers to the Sanskrit and Hindi word for “tea,” so saying “chai tea” is redundant A fragrant and sweet tea, chai, or masala chai as it’s called in India, is made of a combination of black tea, milk, ginger and other spices By Dr. Mercola If you…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Studies indicate that people who eat as little as a quarter-teaspoon of garlic powder per day appear to have less aortic stiffness, which is good for anyone wanting to avoid cardiovascular problems such as stroke One expert notes that the “antiplatelet aggregation” activity of garlic, as well as…
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