• Why aren’t natural products used to treat diseases?

    Why aren’t natural products used to treat diseases?

    Any person with an internet connection has heard stories about cancer-curing or fat-cutting natural products and extracts that pharmaceutical companies/doctors/etc. don’t want you to know about. While these ads are targeted at mostly vulnerable readers, there is a surprising truth behind this flood of clickbait.  Consider this: Nearly 75% of all approved cancer drugs were discovered from natural products. The majority of […]

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  • How do we make a stand against Zika virus?

    How do we make a stand against Zika virus?

    Yesterday, Julie Gerberding M.D. MPH and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addressed Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School about the current state vector-borne disease control (e.g. Zika virus) and the likelihood of an outbreak. Her overarching message? “It is not if… it’s when.”  This statement was not a scare tactic, but rather a realistic summation of the […]

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  • Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?

    Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?

    While the age-old battle of the sexes will never be decisively won, there are certain arenas where the balance is strongly tipped. Cancer risk is one of these. Check out the list below to see where each sex stands in the fight against “the worst scourge of mankind.” 1. Women suffer from more sex-specific cancers. The […]

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  • A bad Fracking gamble with our health

    A bad Fracking gamble with our health

    The war over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), like most environmental issues, is more focused on propaganda than fact. Yet, unlike other fossil fuel debates, fracking is the first in which the health of everyday Amerians must be considered as a direct trade-off. Despite numerous industry assurances about its safety, the first retrospective reports on the health effects […]

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  • Want to reduce your cancer risk? Take this pill

    Want to reduce your cancer risk? Take this pill

    Recent breakthroughs in medicine have shed light on an apparent scientific paradox: While inflammation is necessary for our survival, it is also a fundamental cause of death. Long term effects of inflammation are seen throughout the body, from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Fortunately for aspiring centenarians, a common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can reduce your risk of dying from the top three […]

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  • Part 2: Aspirin and cancer prevention

    Part 2: Aspirin and cancer prevention

    Part 1: Inflammation is a fundamental cause of death. Unaware of its beneficial effects, our ancestors only knew inflammation as the cause of pain and fever. They found a natural cure in the bark of the Willow tree. Centuries later in 1971, John Robert Vane discovered how the active ingredient from Willow bark, Salicylic acid, reduces inflammation. Salicylic […]

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  • Sodium – it’s killing you

    Sodium – it’s killing you

    During the evolution of humans, our vegetarian diet offered little salt, otherwise known as sodium chloride, to our bodies. Because sodium is an essential nutrient, we acquired a strong preference for salty foods. Now that salt shakers are present at every meal, it is not too little sodium that is killing us, but rather too much. Doctors and scientists […]

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  • A new player behind obesity and allergy emerges – our gut bacteria

    A new player behind obesity and allergy emerges – our gut bacteria

    The bacterial cells in your body outnumber your own cells by a factor of ten. With thousands of different species weighing an estimated 4.5 lbs, our bacterial half governs a huge part of our lives – from weight gain to the ability to fight off cancer.  Collectively known as the microbiome, our gut bacteria are […]

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  • Early onset lung cancer – the causes, progression, and treatment of an unfamiliar disease

    Early onset lung cancer – the causes, progression, and treatment of an unfamiliar disease

    An often repeated mantra within oncology is that no two cancers are the same, even when they originate from the same organ. As a prime example, lung cancer can be classified by the age of presentation – those that develop after the age of 50 (late onset lung cancer – LOLC)  are caused by environmental exposure to […]

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  • On the ‘lite’ side – Beer lowers inflammation and the risk of diabetes

    On the ‘lite’ side – Beer lowers inflammation and the risk of diabetes

    While it has long been known that moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular mortality, a recent study shows that the effects of alcohol, especially beer, extend beyond the benefits to heart health. As a staple of diets throughout all known human history, beer has received excessive negative publicity in the past century. From Prohibition […]

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