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  • New Study: Vitamin D Can Help Fight Treatment Resistant Cancer

    by Paula Gallagher | June 24, 2019

    Chemotherapy is the most used treatment method to help fight cancer. This is because it is one of the most effective treatments. However, sometimes chemo doesn't work. This is mainly because the tumors that develop once chemotherapy has begun start to develop resistance against anticancer drugs, making chemotherapy less effective. Some forms of vitamin D can help make a difference here.

    Researchers from South Dakota State University have found that two active forms of vitamin D can stop a drug transporter protein, multi-drug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1), which lets the cancer cells become drug resistant.  Read more

  • Protect Yourself Against Ticks and Lyme Disease

    by Paula Gallagher | June 10, 2019

    With tick populations surging everywhere, the instance of Lyme disease is also on the rise. Black-legged ticks can carry a bacteria that causes Lyme disease when transferred to humans. According to the CDC, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to them by state health departments and the District of Columbia. However, this number does not reflect every case of Lyme disease that is diagnosed in the United States every year. Recent estimates using other methods suggest that approximately 300,000 people may get Lyme disease each year in the United States.

    Deer ticks or black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks) are the type of tick Read more

  • Heartburn Drugs Linked to Stomach Cancer & Heart Disease

    by Paula Gallagher | June 5, 2019

    Another study has linked commonly prescribed heartburn drugs to fatal health conditions. This isn't the first time that research has shown that these drugs have serious side effects. Also linked to liver disease and kidney disease, it may be time to reconsider popping those antacids and looking for an alternative. The class of drugs that were looked at is called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These are commonly prescribed to treat gastrointestinal conditions that involve an excess of acid production. Nexium, Aciphex, Zegerid, Dexilant, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix are only some of the brand names that PPIs have taken over the years. Read more

  • EWG Releases 2019 Guide to Sunscreens

    by Paula Gallagher | May 28, 2019

    The Environmental Working Group has rounded up their 2019 Guide to Sunscreens. This list provides the best choices for safe and effective sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

    This guide comes at around the same time that a study published in JAMA found that certain chemicals in most sunscreen products pose cancer risks. The study took blood test samples from participants after using sunscreens for 4 days. Read more

  • 10 Ways to Make Your Life and Home Less Toxic

    by Paula Gallagher | May 22, 2019

    A while back we posted this blog about things you didn't need in your home. One of the reasons was because certain items were damaging to the environment, but another reason is that they can be damaging to you. Many of the items below contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses. And I know it may be difficult to change all of these items right away, but perhaps changing one thing at a time is a tangible goal and could help make your life and home less toxic.

    I definitely am not one to judge. Although we have been making a conscious effort to choose less toxic items for our bodies and our home, sometimes convenience wins. The items listed below are things that I have personally looked into Read more

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