Treating Nausea With Ginger

Ginger is an underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale and it is a super remedy for nausea commonly used to treat motion sickness, food poisoning, and nausea during pregnancy and cancer chemotherapy. The active components of the ginger root are thought to be the compounds gingerol and shogaol. Since it’s completely natural, there are no side effects and is safe and effective for use during pregnancy. Here are some of our favorite ginger remedies for nausea.

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Minding Your Mitochondria: Defeating Chronic Disease Without Drugs

The standard American diet promotes micronutrient deficiency, which affects our genetic behavior and can cause chronic illness – particularly diseases with an inflammatory component such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, depression, and MS. According to Dr. Terry Wahls, the standard American diet, which is high in carbohydrate and processed foods and grains, activates 65 genes that drive chronic disease. Dr. Wahls concludes that the correction of micronutrient deficiencies will reverse many of our chronic ills. Wahls says that a diet rich in non-starchy vegetables, green leaves, whole fruits, and protein will turn on 72 genes that “down regulate” inflammation molecules. This article is an outline of the diet and nutrient intake that rapidly reversed her progressive multiple sclerosis (“MS”).

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Mindfulness, Freedom & Love

There is nothing we like more than doctors who expand their practice beyond what they learned in American med school. Jack Kornfield, PhD and Mark Epstein, MD are examples of how Western psychology can incorporate the wisdom and compassion of Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism. Kornfield and Epstein, two of the West’s most prominent teachers of Buddhist psychology, will be leading a 2-day program in New York City to reveal the inherent capacity for love and lasting happiness within each of us.

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Trendy Diets: Paleo, Gluten-Free, 4-Hour Body

We were recently asked about 3 trendy diets: the Paleolithic diet, the “Wheat Belly” or Gluten-Free diet, and the 4-Hour Body Diet. These three diets have one thing in common: the absence of carbohydrate foods. After taking brief looks at all three diets we have identified some problematic aspects to watch out for and we have combined the beneficial aspects of each diet into a general guideline to make following these trends a bit less confusing!

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The Importance of Vitamin K2 for Bone and Heart Health

Doesn’t it seem odd that the US is amongst the largest consumer of dairy and calcium supplements yet has some of the highest rates of osteoporosis? An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis and low bone mass together are currently estimated to be a major public health threat for almost 44 million U.S. women and men aged 50 and older (representing 55% of the people aged 50 and older in the United States) and calcium consumption alone does not appear to be effective at preventing this disease.

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Light Therapy An Effective Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Light therapy has been shown to be as effective as the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) in combating seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Bright light therapy light therapy was shown to improve mood just as well as conventional antidepressant medications, in a new, carefully designed randomized controlled trial lead by Dr. Ritsaert Lieverse, a psychiatrist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, whose theory is that bright light therapy elevates mood by activating the brain’s so-called circadian pacemaker, a structure called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Dr. Lieverse said bright light therapy may also work by targeting depression-associated neurotransmitter systems that regulate serotonin and dopamine…..

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Lowering Cortisol Levels Naturally

Cortisol is a hormone released during the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress. Cortisol prepares the body for physical danger by releasing glucose into the bloodstream, improving the brain’s use of glucose, and increasing the availability of tissue repairing substances. Cortisol also curbs bodily functions that are not essential in emergency situations, such as the immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. Prolonged high cortisol can be detrimental to almost all of the body’s processes and can have serious consequences such as heart disease, obesity, depression, and interference with cognitive abilities such as memory and learning….

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The Real Reason For The Gardasil Vaccine Push

We always wondered why Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine, known as Gardasil, was of such interest to politicians. The vaccine was already fraught with controversy relating to the marketing of its indication as cervical cancer, the addressable market of very young girls, and the safety of its ingredients. Then, to add fuel to the fire, Texas Governer Rick Perry tried to mandate the vaccine for young girls in schools in February 2007. Monday’s debate among Republican presidential candidates revealed some interesting answers as to why this vaccine was so heavily pushed onto our population of young girls.

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Prevent Cold and Flu with Black Elderberry and more!

After being surrounded by sickies this week, we were desperate for an emergency immune boost. A familiar throat swelling came the day before embarking on a long air travel day involving 3 different airports (aka petri dishes for cold and flu germs) and sent us into a panicked trip to the nearest chemist. We have so far battled the bacteria/virus in question – even after being a 5 hour flight beside a passenger that was violently hacking the entire time. Below is the ultimate cold and flu defense combo that we now swear by.

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Surviving Winter: Cures for Dry Skin, Throat and Eyes

The brutal winter cold combined with indoor forced-air heat makes for a grueling combination of drying irritants for your throat, skin, nails and even eyes. Even in older buildings with radiant heating, indoor temperatures can rise to higher than average levels as thermostats are adjusted according to the season and not daily. It is not uncommon for NYC tenants to have no control over the heat in their apartments. Here are some of our health and beauty tips to surviving the winter cold.

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