According to the CDC, during the 2013-2014 flu season, 58.9% of children and 42.2% of adults in the US received a flu shot. That works out to about 143 million Americans receiving a shot that year. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that the shot is necessary and a growing amount of evidence that they are doing more harm than good.
In South Africa, where quinine sulfate is widely available over the counter for the treatment of malaria, it was noticed that many women there were purchasing quinine often. A survey conducted in 1993 and 1995 in KwaZulu-Natal among 61 private pharmacists, indicated that 50% of these pharmacists were selling quinine to an average of 2-6 clients per day (well above what would be expected amongst the population for malaria treatment).
Wait . . . eggshells? Most people think of eggs as food, but very few people realize that egg shells have been used for medicinal purposes.
In fact, half of a teaspoon of the powder contains about 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium which equates to 90% of the daily recommended amount. Other minerals that are found in significant proportions in eggshells are zinc, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, fluorine, chlorine and molybdenum.
There is a reason why essential oils have stayed popular, both in the United States and abroad, for such a long time: They really work. Whether it is for health reasons (such as using eucalyptus oil to relieve sinus congestion) or for household care (like spritzing a room with oil of rosemary to disinfect it), the ways to use essential oil are virtually limitless. Most people tend to discover just a few essential oils that they like and stick with them.
Perhaps the most common mistake all of us make is throwing away garlic and onions skins. A lot of people think the skins are useless. However, the reality is, the skins contain more nutrients and fiber than the flesh of the vegetable. Recent research confirms that the outer skins of onions and garlic provide an exceptionally rich source of vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants which protect the skin cells from free radical damage.
Consumer interest in Collagen supplements has exploded in recent years. This is due to the large amount of scientific research that indicates powerful anti-aging properties for skin, bones and joints… all parts of our body that age impacts. Unfortunately, as we age our ability to naturally produce collagen is depleted… by age 40 our body loses more collagen than it makes and by age 60 over half of the body’s collagen is lost.
I’m sure that most of you think that brown rice is far healthier than white rice. Why? Because you’ve been told that brown rice is less refined than white rice and white rice makes you fat. Have you even wondered why Asian countries have eaten white rice for thousands of years, not brown?
Understanding your own immune system is very important. When we have certain health conditions and especially an autoimmune disease, we should realize that we don’t have a properly functioning immune system.
Autoimmune disease is a sign that the immune system is already dysfunctional. People with autoimmune diseases have a very weak immune system that is succeptible to infection, colds and flus.
Gatorade is by far the most popular sports drink in the world, but is it healthy? The owners of Gatorade, PepsiCo, and most people think it is. However, all conventional sport drinks have little to no health benefits.
If you carefully look at all the studies published on soy you will realize how bad soy is for you. And yet, most people still believe that soy products are healthy. You have to realize that everything you think you know about soy is the result of effective smart mass marketing that made people believe that soy is a superfood. And unfortunately, you’ll find that almost every packaged product is soy based.