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5 Debilitating Health Conditions Linked To M&M’S Candies

MM-BulkBy Amanda Froelich

With a crunchy shell and sweet, milk chocolate inside, M&M’S are a tempting treat few can refuse. Unfortunately, the sweet candies are far from healthy and are created with ingredients that are linked to a number of debilitating health conditions.

As Living Traditionally reports, ingredients used in the manufacturing of the candies are linked to everything from cancer, migraines, and hyperactivity to allergies and anxiety. 

The chocolaty treat has an intriguing history. Created by Mars Inc., the candies were dreamt up in 1941 as a way to allow soldiers to carry chocolate without worry of it melting.

Over the years, its iconic logo and humorous advertising have made it a favorite in over 100 countries. With ingredients that have been found to adversely affect health, however, it’s time consumers get educated on what they’re actually consuming and opt for healthier cacao treats if a sweet fix is in order.

An Original M&Ms bag lists the following ingredients:

Milk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, skim milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, salt, artificial color), sugar, cornstarch, >1% corn syrup, dextrin, artificial colors (Blue 1 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2), gum acacia.


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10 All-Natural Allergy Remedies

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Your allergies are driving you crazy, but you really don’t like to take conventional medications. Or maybe you’ve tried over-the-counter allergy meds—or even prescription ones—but you’re not getting the relief you need. What else might work? Consider these alternative options:

1. Saline Nasal Rinse
This is one remedy that both Eastern and Western docs (like your allergist) will likely agree on. Basically all you’re doing is flushing out your sinuses with a saltwater solution, which can help wash away allergens and irritants. To do it, grab a Neti Pot or a large squeeze bottle, like the one made by NeilMed, and fill it with a premixed packet of saline solution (available at drugstores) or make your own solution. To mix it yourself, combine 1 quart of distilled or boiled (then cooled) water; 2 to 3 tsp non-iodized salt (kosher, pickling, canning or sea salt); and 1 tsp baking soda. Put about 8 oz at a time in the Neti Pot or squeeze bottle and tilt your head forward over the sink while you pour/squeeze the solution in one nostril and let it drain out the other. “I tell patients to pant like a puppy, which lifts the palate and closes off the back of the nose so you don’t get that drowning sensation,” says Sezelle Gereau Haddon, MD, an attending otolaryngologist at the Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine in New York City.

2. Cool-Mist Humidifier
You might be tempted to pack up the humidifier, but hold off, recommends John Salerno, DO, a family practitioner at Patients Medical holistic wellness center in New York City. “When it’s still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air,” he explains. “Water droplets bind to the allergens, and they get heavy and fall to the floor so you don’t inhale them.”

3. Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter
Using a HEPA filter—especially in the bedroom—is the best way to remove spores and pollen from the air, says Dr. Salerno. Not sure which brand to buy? He likes Austin Air, but also suggests checking out the latest air purifier reviews from Consumer Reports.

4. Steam Inhalation
Congested? Dr. Haddon suggests inhaling the steam of essential oils (available at health food stores). She shared this “recipe,” which was given to her by Dale Bellisfeld, RN, AHG: Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, take the pan off the stovetop and add 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 3 drops rosemary essential oil, 2 drops myrtle essential oil and 2 drops tea tree essential oil. Tent a bath towel over the saucepan (keep your face just far enough away from the steam to avoid burns) and inhale deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat 1 to 3 times a day.


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Is Stress Destroying Your Immune System?

Mike Barrett

The serious impact of stress on the body should never be overlooked. Stress not only brings your overall happiness level down, but also plays a significant part in the development of illness and disease. Recent research shows how long-term stress can significantly compromise your immune system and increase your risk of contracting a cold. What’s more, the research helps to show what is widely known — that traumatic events in life often pave way for illness and disease.

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The New Health Paradigm

Anthony Gucciardi

If you ask the average person to list some “healthy” foods, they may detail a variety of fruits and vegetables, or perhaps assorted whole grain products. Some individuals may even add dairy products to the list. The truth of the matter is that, given the nature of our modern society, this kind of thinking is no longer valid. Thanks to the negative bi-product of scientific advancements, you simply cannot judge the health properties of a given food product based on your preconceived notion of the food being ‘healthy’.

Traditionally healthy food items such as conventional vegetables, prominently pushed as the healthy choice in grocery stores and conventional wisdom alike, now contain dirty secrets that render them completely unhealthy.

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Holistic Health

Foods that Improve Memory

Naomi Woods

A bad memory can be a serious handicap to anyone — particularly when it affects your daily life. Bad memory is also a characteristic of poor health, it can actually indicate that your brain is functioning slowly. There are many things that you can do to help improve your memory (like slim down your waistline), but one simple technique that you can do right away is to add healthy foods into your diet. Here is a list of some of the best foods that can help boost your memory and increase

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Herbs and Supplements A – Z

By Cathy Wong,

Looking for information about a nutritional supplement, vitamin, or herbal remedy? Here you’ll find information about the health benefits and side effects of herbs, vitamins, and nutritional supplements…..

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Healing With Hesperidin

What You Need to Know About Hesperidin

By Cathy Wong,

Hesperidin is a natural substance found primarily in unripe citrus fruit. Also available in supplement form, hesperidin is classified as a “bioflavonoid” (a type of compound with antioxidant effects).
Uses for Hesperidin

Hesperidin is thought to have beneficial effects on the blood vessels. It’s touted as a natural remedy for a number of health problems, including:

high blood pressure
menopausal symptoms
premenstrual syndrome
varicose veins

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Pet Health

Why “Overgrowing” Your Large Breed Puppy is Dangerous

Four Simple Stretches to Keep Your Dog Moving

By Dr. Becker

Whether your dog is a canine athlete, getting up in years, is a large or giant breed, or just deserves some TLC (and what dog doesn’t?), stretching is a great natural tool to improve the well-being and longevity of your pet.

Older dogs are prone to joint problems, loss of muscle tone and size, decreased flexibility, and the aches and pains of an aging body.

Dogs involved in athletic events — especially strenuous sports like flyball and agility — put a lot of stress on their bodies during competition.

Stretching is extremely important for these canine athletes.

Large and giant breed dogs are more prone to musculoskeletal problems than smaller pets, so keeping your big guy lean, strong and supple is crucial to his well-being.

Traditional veterinary medicine doesn’t have a lot to offer these pets beyond drugs and surgery, delivered only after a problem has developed and the dog’s health and quality of life are jeopardized.

That’s why natural therapies like stretching, chiropractic, and regular physical activity are so important to maintaining your dog’s comfort, mobility and quality of life.

You might be surprised how easy it is to help your pet preserve and even increase mobility and range of motion – and decrease pain – in just a few minutes a day.

The key is consistency.

Providing daily walks followed by a short session of gentle stretching can do wonders for your pet both physically and mentally…..

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USDA Admits Exterminating Birds, Crops, and Bees

By Eddie Sage on 08 April 2012


The USDA has been under fire recently for its admitted assault against nature, after multiple investigations have uncovered its deliberate tampering with both plants and animals alike. One such investigation has put an end to the mystery surrounding the death of millions of birds, with USDA documents revealing the organization’s role in the massive slaughter. In addition to the mass bird killings, it turns out the USDA was fully aware that a highly-popular herbicide chemical was a known bee-killer, which may have aided the bee decline. The USDA has also threatened the genetic integrity of the nation’s crops. Information has surfaced regarding the USDA’s illegal approval of Monsanto’s biotech crop, sugar beets. These crimes are simply an excerpt from the long list of USDA crimes that are continually being exposed.

In December of 2010, mystery struck the world. Reports of mass fish and bird die-offs were coming in from Texas to Sweden. The first occurrence in the series of strange events started in Arkansas, where 3,000 birds fell from the sky. In the following days and weeks, similar incidents were reported with no solid explanation. The reason has now been found, thanks to documents found on the USDA’s website. Claiming to be protecting farmers from predators, the birds were victims of a little-known government program. Like millions of other animals since the Bye Bye Blackbird program was created in the 1960′s, the birds were poisoned and killed for being considered a nuisance to farmers. It is important to take note that many of these animals don’t pose any immediate threat to farmers.


Positivity Mind and Body

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Articles of Interest

FDA Warns: Don’t Use This on Your Skin But You Can Put It in Your Mouth in Higher Doses

By Dr. Mercola

Has the FDA officially gone mad?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that mercury poisoning has been linked to skin products.

The products in question are primarily skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments, most of which are manufactured overseas and sold illegally in the United States.

“Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences,” says Charles Lee, M.D., a senior medical advisor at FDA.

“It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.”

… “You don’t have to use the product yourself to be affected, says FDA toxicologist Mike Bolger, Ph.D.

“People—particularly children—can get mercury in their bodies from breathing in mercury vapors if a member of the household uses a skin cream containing mercury.”

Infants and small children can ingest mercury if they touch their parents who have used these products, get cream on their hands and then put their hands and fingers into their mouth, which they are prone to do, adds Bolger.”

This is a remarkable admission from an agency that repeatedly has refused to acknowledge the dangers inherent with dental amalgams, which contain about 50 percent mercury—not silver, as the name “silver fillings” might have you believe…..

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Food Safety

Kansas Warns Public About Raw Milk Danger

By Dan Flynn

This past January, Kansas experienced its third outbreak of disease associated with consumption of raw milk since 2007. Chelsea Good, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, says because the 18 people who became ill in January with Campylobacter infection…



Not Enough Young Women Getting Tested for Chlamydia: CDC

TUESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) — Far too few sexually active young women are getting tested for chlamydia, an oversight that could lead them down a perilous path to severe health consequences, including infertility, later in life.


5 Non-Dairy Foods With Calcium

Don’t eat or don’t like dairy? These non-dairy options pack a calcium wallop

It can be tough to get all the calcium you need each day, especially if you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or just don’t like dairy products. But you shouldn’t skimp on calcium. This important mineral does more than strengthen your bones—it also plays a role in regulating your blood pressure and maintaining a healthy heart. If your body doesn’t get enough, it’ll compensate by leeching calcium from your bones, leaving them brittle and weak.


Raw Milk Is Gaining Fans, but the Science Says It’s Dangerous

Dairy farm owners report growing interest in buying shares in their cows

Kitty Hockman-Nicholas’s phone is ringing off the hook. Callers to her dairy farm in Winchester, Va., are so eager to buy a share in one of her 20 hormone-free, grass-fed Jersey cows that she expects her 150 cow co-owners to double in number this year.


6 Surprising Behaviors That Age You
Want to stay young? How your exercise habits, and even your cooking style, can hurt you

When you think of factors that prematurely age you, your mind probably turns to smoking, overeating, or excessive stress. And if you’ve been following the news, you might add tanning to the list (it makes you more susceptible to skin cancer—


Repeat C-section may be safer option for moms, babies

For women who delivered their first baby by cesarean section, delivering a second baby also by C-section may be somewhat safer for both mother and baby than a vaginal birth, a new study reveals.

Australian researchers found that, among babies born by a planned repeat C-section, 0.9 percent died or had serious complications, compared with 2.4 percent of babies born by a planned vaginal birth after a previous C-section.


Holistic Health

Detox with the Ancient Ayurvedic Practice of Oil Pulling

(NaturalNews) Oil pulling or oil swishing, in alternative medicine, is a procedure that involves swishing oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita where it is called Kavala Gandoosha / Kavala Graha, and it is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine, diabetes, asthma, skin conditions, allergies, oral bacterial infections, gum problems and more.





Monsanto’s False Advertising

You may see advertisements in print and on TV or radio for a clever advertising campaign, America’s Farmers. It’s a feel-good series of ads that purports to show America’s family farmers — working hard, caring about sustainability and the Earth, taking every care to bring you safe, clean and healthy food.

Trouble is, you have to read the tiny print to see that the campaign is sponsored by Monsanto — now the world’s largest seed company and the largest producer of both toxic herbicides and seeds genetically modified to resist them.


How to Make Herbal Teas, Herbal Infusions and Herbal Tinctures

Learn how to prepare basic herbal remedies such as teas, infusions and tinctures, and try these three easy recipes to sip your way to better health or simply a more soothed state-of-mind.


Obesogens: An Environmental Link to Obesity

Convincing evidence suggests that diet and activity level are not the only factors in the rising world-wide obesity trend — chemical “obesogens” may alter human metabolism and predispose some people to gain weight.





The Department of Homeland Security plans to build a high-risk virus research center in the heart of America

By J. D. Heyes,

(NaturalNews) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to begin construction on a new high-risk bio-weapons research facility on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, though critics say the decision is fraught with risk because of the potential for damage from nearby earthquake fault lines. In a statement on its Web site, DHS said it needs the new facility to replace an aging one located at Greenport, N.Y. That facility, known as the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, has…