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"Stand up straight!" my mother used to say as she'd come up behind me and grasp my shoulders, pulling them back as she put her knee into my lower back. Used to drive me nuts. She did have a point, though. Beside looking terrible, poor posture can cause neck, back, and leg pain. Slouching is [...]

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Warts and corns are the most common afflictions of the skin. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and corns by continual pressure. Garlic is known as an effective remedy for skin conditions such as acne, ringworm, athlete's foot, and influenza due to its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.[1] Garlic has also shown to [...]

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In (not-so-long-ago) days past, many families kept a little herb garden--even if it was in a windowbox. The herbs were good for cooking but also for first aid and healing of various physical woes. You had what you needed growing fresh at your home, ready for the picking. The need is no less now. You [...]

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Soy became somewhat of a fad starting in the late '70s. With the alarming rise in the numbers of people manifesting wheat sensitivities, soy was a versatile, prolific, and inexpensive substitute. The promoters of soy as a staple missed a few important facts about soy, however, that are now becoming apparent in the development of [...]

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It's a bizarre, circuitous story. The best kind. Several years ago, a researcher working on the development of cancer drug cetuximab found that several people in his clinical trials were experiencing allergic reactions to the medication. He approached the Director of the University of Virginia School of Medicine's allergy division Thomas Platts-Mills to help him [...]

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I imagine this one will be all over the news today, and superficially I can certainly see why - a new study reportedly proves that if you lose weight fast or slow, 3 years later, regardless of the speed you lost your weight, you'll have gained back the same amount. This of course flies in [...]

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Parents in South Africa spoke, and Nestlè listened. In 2013, the African Center for Biosafety found that Nestlè's Cerelac Honey contained 77.65% genetically-modified (GM) corn. When consumers learned this, they petitioned Nestlè to remove all GM ingredients from its baby foods: "it took consumer preferences into consideration and therefore all its infant cereals in South [...]

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Turmeric is one of the most-studied spices, the subject of over 7000 different pieces of research published by the National Institutes of Health.[1] There is very good reason for this: used by ancient cultures as far back as recorded history goes, scientists wanted to know why it does what it does and all the different [...]

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