Health

Managing Diabetes Naturally

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic biochemical disorder which affects the body’s ability to use carbohydrates, sugars and starches. People with diabetes are not able to produce sufficient insulin or are unable to use the insulin they produce effectively enough to break down glucose or sugar in the blood and make it available to...

Artificial sweeteners found to cause weight gain

A study published online on the Canadian Medical Association Journal website revealed that using artificial sweeteners may increase the odds of long-term obesity and related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The use of artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners — such as sucrose, stevia, and aspartame — picked up steam in the previous years....

Is Chronic Fatigue Real?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that affects up to 2.5 million Americans,1 incurring up to $51 billion in annual medical costs.2 There are actually a number of different names used for this condition, including myalgic encephalopathy/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).3 The most common designation is...

Demystifying Diabetes: Testing, Causes, Lifestyle Tips and Available Treatments

Diabetes is the result of a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal.A fasting blood sugar test measures the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood after you fast  for eight hours. Your fasting blood sugar is normal if it’s 70 mg/dL to 100 mg/dL.If your fasting blood sugar is...

Natural Stimulants That Are Safe

HERBAL STIMULANTS INTRODUCTION: Some of the most popular products in the natural food market are products for stimulating physical or mental function. Some of these include herbs which contain the natural stimulants caffeine, ephedrine, and/or pseudoephedrine. Here is some information about these stimulant products. CAFFEINE-CONTAINING PRODUCTS: Caffeinated beverages have an ancient history of use and are popular in...

Police put the brakes on bike thefts

One UI police officer is trying to put the brakes on bike thefts by creating a decoy. It's called an anti-theft bike.Law enforcement officials say September is a big month for bike thefts since students are returning to campus. They hope this new way of catching thieves will cut down those numbers.While the department...

End Insomnia With a Few Slow Deep Breaths

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When you are stressed, it may be difficult to fall asleep at times. Your mind is racing and worry blankets your body -- making it impossible to relax enough to drift off. Having anxiety can cause those sleepless nights of insomnia to be worse. You can purchase sleep aides, but if you want to...

Anxiety Disorders: Should I Fire My Psychiatrist and Find an Herbalist?

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For many people, psychotherapy and psychiatry are helpful treatments for anxiety. However, some experts believe that the most effective treatment plans for the disorder are inclusive of therapy, pharmacology, and depending on the patient’s needs, individualized complementary treatments.Psychological therapies and pharmaceutical medicines are traditionally the forerunners of the recommended options for patients experiencing...

Prenatal Yoga During the Third Trimester

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This article will discuss best practices for prenatal yoga during your third trimester. For earlier stages of your pregnancy, read the previous articles on prenatal yoga during the first and second trimesters. In the third, the growth of your baby is accelerating. You may also have new pains and experience aching that was absent...

Your Dog Can Benefit From Herbs, Too

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Using herbs to treat ailments is nothing new. Therefore, using them to keep your dog healthy should come as no surprise. You may consider having a window box garden and grow some herbs, or you could go to an herb shop. Whichever way you can get them, having the right herbs for your dog...
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