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Traditional medicine: Environment change threatens indigenous know-how

Posted February 14, 2014

Traditional medicine provides health care for more than half the world’s population, but no one has really looked at how the environment affects traditional medicine. Studying 12 ethnic groups from Nepal biologists found that plant availability in the local environment has a stronger influence on the make-up of a culture’s medicinal floras. This means that the environment plays a huge role in shaping traditional knowledge. This is very important, especially when you think of the risks that these cultures are already facing.

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Study shows zinc protects blood-brain barrier from effects of aluminum

Posted January 26, 2014

Although many things remain unknown about the roles that zinc and aluminum play in the human brain, one thing is certain: high aluminum concentrations lead to brain damage.

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Combining health and environment

Posted January 22, 2014

Healthy food products that are produced in an environmentally-friendly manner will boost the health of the Swiss population while protecting natural resources. The National Research Programme “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production” (NRP 69) aims to identify new approaches to food production.

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Fulvic acid: The amazing health secret you’ve never heard about

Posted January 20, 2014

If you would like to live to a healthy, ripe old age, take a cue from some of the most long-lived (and robust) people on the planet by consuming a diet rich in fulvic acid. Formed over thousands of years from microorganisms’ decomposed organic matter, fulvic acid is at once nourishing and detoxifying. Offering outstanding protection against cognitive impairment, heavy metals and numerous health complaints – including diabetes, inflammation and chronic fatigue – fulvic acid has kept the Himalayan communities of India, Nepal and Pakistan sharp and resilient for centuries.

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Can Mushrooms Help Fight Stormwater Pollution?

Posted November 14, 2013

Ah, the Garden Giant. He’s a jolly fellow who roams around your garden at night tossing mulch as he merrily skips along, helping your veggies grow lush and tall. Not quite. The Garden Giant is actually a species of mushroom, scientifically known as Stropharia rugosoannulata, that may hold a key to filtering harmful pollutants from stormwater runoff.

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Lifelong ‘safe’ exposure to very low levels of food contaminants leads to metabolic diseases

Posted September 2, 2013

If you’re eating better and exercising regularly, but still aren’t seeing improvements in your health, there might be a reason: pollution. According to a new research report published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal, what you are eating and doing may not be the problem, but what’s in what you are eating could be the culprit.

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Vitamin C lowers the harmful effects of air pollution, study finds

Posted August 28, 2013

Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants on Earth, and its ability to aid tissue growth and repair is well-known. However, British researchers at the Imperial College of London have found another good reason to eat more oranges and lemons – vitamin C can also guard us against the negative effects of air pollutants such as car exhaust and power plants.

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Curcumin Protects Against Effects of Cadmium-Polluted Water on Oxidative Status Biomarkers

Posted June 24, 2013

In a study involving rats fed cadmium-polluted drinking water (40 mg CdCl2/L), cadmium was found to increase oxidative stress (induce the release of TNF-alpha and IL-6), and oral administration of curcumin (50 mg/kg body weight) was found to significantly protect against these adverse effects.

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Breast cancer and the environment: Women’s exposures early in life could unlock mysteries

Posted February 25, 2013

Deep in a laboratory freezer, 100,000 vials of blood have been frozen for the better part of five decades. For scientist Barbara Cohn, it’s a treasure trove. Collected from more than 15,000 San Francisco Bay Area women after they gave birth in the 1960s, each vial of blood holds a woman’s lifetime of secrets.

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Forget DEET, Fight Mosquitoes Naturally

Posted February 24, 2013

Forget DEET, because it appears some mosquitoes do. A new study has indicated that some mosquitoes quickly turn up their nose at the toxic insecticide, so it may be time to consider how to fight mosquitoes naturally.

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