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72 Fatigue Fighting Foods, Herbs & Supplements

72 Fatigue Fighting Foods, Herbs & Supplements | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
If 8-10 glorious sleep-full hours of rest each night are alluding you, try adding these fatigue fighting foods into your diet.
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Entries for MILE Contest Question: How can people help reach life extension? - ImmortalLife.info

Entries for MILE Contest Question: How can people help reach life extension? - ImmortalLife.info | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

We asked people to make a short recording of how the world can help contribute to moving toward the goal of indefinite life extension and send it to us. 

Videos will be entered in a drawing for a bottle of Life Extension Foundation vitamins. We are holding the drawing to determine the winner on the afternoon of Thursday July 31. If you are interested, you can attend the drawing live in this comments section here tomorrow. 

The question for this round of videos was harder than others, so we extended the deadline until more entries came in. Those that have been sent in will help more people understand what kinds of things they can consider doing to get involved. 

The entries are: 

Griffin Brumley: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=766909919996186&set=vb.197250433628807&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set ;

Brad Arnold: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=766904249996753&set=vb.197250433628807&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set

Gennady Stolyarov: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rationalargumentator.com%2Findex%2Fstolyarov-mile-contest-entry%2F&h=EAQH0xG0l ;

Jameson Rohrer: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=767228956630949&set=vb.197250433628807&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set

Eric Schulke: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=780369071983604&set=vb.197250433628807&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set

Adam Alonzi: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=789434737743704&set=vb.197250433628807&type=3&video_source=pages_video_set

If you want, you can still send in a video, after the contest and independent of it.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?
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Seven reasons why THC in cannabis is good medicine

Seven reasons why THC in cannabis is good medicine | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) With a growing number of states, particularly in the southern U.S., starting to accept the medicinal benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, a therapeutic compound found in the cannabis plant that is beneficial for treating seizures, inflammation and other health conditions, the more widely known cannabis compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is being left in the dark. But emerging science clearly delineates that, like CBD, THC is Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046148_THC_cannabis_herbal_medicine.html
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NeriumFIRM-Launched In April Of 2014!

NeriumFIRM-Launched In April Of 2014! | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

The NeriumFIRM for cellulite and loose skin is now available and OMG! Can you imagine how many people could benefit from this product?

How Does It Work?

Applying this product will help improve the appearance of cellulite and dimpling and help smooth, tighten, and firm the appearance of loose skin.

How? NeriumFIRM is the only contouring product on the market to utilize the patented NAE-8® extract. NeriumFIRM is also powered by five other key ingredients chosen by experienced clinical researchers: peptide matrix, caffeine, white willow bark extract, green tea leaf extract, and forskohlii root extract. These six high-quality key ingredients work together to help your skin appear more youthful (see below for before/after results).

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The EC3 Health Hair Ambassadors Club

The EC3 Health Hair Ambassadors Club | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

The first billable hair restoration formula is now available exclusively through EC3 Health and we are now accepting physicians to join with us in an exclusive public roll out program.

This energizing formulation helps prevent hair thinning, encourages healthy hair growth, and thickens the diameter of each hair strand. We are offering a good cash price for both the shampoo and activator serum as well. You will be amazed as to what our special ingredient is!

We've identified fourteen payers that cover this special formulation but is not limited too. For the patients who do not have sufficient coverage, we are delighted to offer them a special cash price so that none of your clients are denied this new and exciting therapy.

By partnering with EC3 Health you will receive a discount on the Alan Bauman training program, and at no additional cost, all the marketing materials you need to help you fast-track this instant revenue generator into your practice.

 

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The Blood Harvest

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The thing about the blood that everyone notices first: It's blue, baby blue. The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots. To take advantage of this biological idiosyncrasy, pharmaceutical companies burst the cells that contain the chemical, called coagulogen. Then, they can use the coagulogen to detect contamination in any solution that might come into contact with blood. If there are dangerous bacterial endotoxins in the liquid—even at a concentration of one part per trillion—the horseshoe crab blood extract will go to work, turning the solution into what scientist Fred Bang, who co-discovered the substance, called a "gel." "This gel immobilized the bacteria but did not kill them," Bang wrote in the 1956 paper announcing the substance. "The gel or clot was stable and tough and remained so for several weeks at room temperature." If there is no bacterial contamination, then the coagulation does not occur, and the solution can be considered free of bacteria. It's a simple, nearly instantaneous test that goes by the name of the LAL, or Limulus amebocyte lysate, test (after the species name of the crab, Limulus polyphemus). The LAL test replaced the rather horrifying prospect of possibly contaminated substances being tested on "large colonies of rabbits." Pharma companies didn't like the rabbit process, either, because it was slow and expensive. So, now, the horseshoe blood test is a big business. "Every drug certified by the FDA must be tested using LAL," PBS's Nature documentary noted, "as do surgical implants such as pacemakers and prosthetic devices." I don't know about you, but the idea that every single person in America who has ever had an injection has been protected because we harvest the blood of a forgettable sea creature with a hidden chemical superpower makes me feel a little bit crazy. This scenario is not even sci-fi, it's postmodern technology. The only problem is that the companies need a large supply of the blood of live crabs. Horseshoe crabs live on the seafloor, near the shore. When they want to mate, they swim into very shallow water, and horseshoe crab collectors wade along, snatching the crabs out of their habitat. The biomedical collectors are not the first to make use of the crabs' bodies. As far back as colonial times, "cancerine fertilizer" was used to enrich fields. In the 20th century, though, this became an organized industry around the Delaware Bay. The crabs were steamed and then ground into meal for the fields. Others were fed to hogs. Millions of crabs were harvested.
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The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

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In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.
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Who Needs Dentists? Early Humans Ate This Weed

Who Needs Dentists? Early Humans Ate This Weed | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
The purple nut sedge, or nut grass, is generally considered a nasty, fast-spreading, and hard-to-kill nuisance weed today. But for our ancestors, it not only served as a nutritious meal, it cleaned their...
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Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows 'new plague' caused by modern medicine

Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows 'new plague' caused by modern medicine | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows 'new plague' caused by modern medicine
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Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2014 | SENS Research Foundation

Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2014 | SENS Research Foundation | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

SENS Research Foundation is proud to present the Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference: Emerging Regenerative Medicine Solutions for the Diseases of Aging. This conference will bring together leaders from the Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular, cancer, and other age-related disease communities to discuss preventative and combinatorial strategies to address the diseases of old age.

The Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference builds upon novel strategies being pioneered by the Alzheimer’s and cancer communities. By convening the foremost leaders from academia, industry, investment, policy, and disease advocacy, SRF seeks to inspire consideration of the wider potential of these strategies and evaluate the feasibility of preventative and combinatorial medicine applications to treat all aging-related diseases. Through a series of presentations and panel discussions, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, macular degeneration, musculoskeletal disease and Parkinson’s disease will be examined with scientific, economic, regulatory and other considerations in mind.

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Prevagen® Receives 2014 Vity Award for the Best Brain Support Formula

Prevagen® Receives 2014 Vity Award for the Best Brain Support Formula | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Quincy Bioscience, a biotechnology company located in Madison, Wis., is proud to announce that Prevagen® is the 2014 recipient of the Vity Award for the best brain support formula.

Vity Awards are given each year by Vitamin Retailer magazine, the leading trade publication in the vitamin/supplement industry. Awards are voted on by retailer readers across the country.

“We are thrilled that Prevagen is a three-time Vity Award winner for the best brain support supplement,” said Mark Underwood, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience. “We routinely hear from people telling us how Prevagen helps their thinking, concentration, and memory. We thank our retail partners who help communicate the value of Prevagen to their customers who are concerned with keeping their brains sharp.”

For over six years, Quincy Bioscience has been promoting the benefits of the unique memory ingredient called apoaequorin the main ingredient in Prevagen, the company’s flagship product.

Backed with published safety and efficacy studies, Prevagen has sold over two million bottles nationwide in health food stores, pharmacies, and physician offices since the product was launched in 2007.

About Quincy Bioscience
Quincy Bioscience is a biotechnology company based in Madison, Wis. that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel technologies to support good health in aging. The company’s products focus on supporting memory and cognitive health. Quincy Bioscience is set apart by its cutting-edge applications of the protein apoaequorin, which is breaking new ground in the area of brain health.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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The Life Extension Blog: 5 Home Health Remedies Backed by Research

The Life Extension Blog: 5 Home Health Remedies Backed by Research | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Before there were prescription medications and fancy trips to the doctor, there were home remedies. Tested through time, most have been passed down from generation to generation.
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The WHO Wants All Gay Men to Take HIV Prevention Medication

The WHO Wants All Gay Men to Take HIV Prevention Medication | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Condoms aren't enough: For the first time, the agency is recommending that all men who have sex with men use prophylactic treatment.
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About Emojig.com

About Emojig.com | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it

Emojig.com is a company who’s mission is to bring social care to the world giving people the power to find and manage care for every aging seniors. We envision a world where finding human and social services are integrated seamlessly with technology making every family connected to their aging senior.

We’ve created a care-giving marketplace for connecting caregivers with families looking for in-home care. At our core we practice empathy in everything we do. Emojig provides tools that can help families feel more engaged in the process of finding care providers for their loved one.

At Emojig are belief is to empower, equip and engage people with the tools needed to care for their loved ones. Caregivers looking for a job sign up on our platform, create an account and become a part of the e-care network. Families can sign up, choose the type of care they are looking for, and search through the caregivers who are most willing and qualified to take care of them. We act as the bridge for connecting families with caregivers and the portal for managing care activities.

At Emojig we believe the home is where your heart is and everyone should have the opportunity to find in-home caregivers. We live this by making it our duty to be a resource to every person in search of senior care.

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The Life Extension Blog: Can Fish Oil Prevent Damage from Strokes?

The Life Extension Blog: Can Fish Oil Prevent Damage from Strokes? | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Maylin Rodriguez-Paez, RN Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US.1 Can fish oil help? Potentially yes, according to the results of a new study. Scientists administered DHA, a component of fish oil, to mice and found that it reduced the damage inflicted by a stroke. Strokes affect millions of people annually and are a major cause of disability. This new study brings hope into novel therapies for stroke recovery. DHA in Fish Oil Decreased Brain Damage by up to 51% Strokes were induced in mice. The animals were divided into different groups and received one of three treatments: an emulsion rich in omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, or saline. Treatments were given during different time intervals and responses were measured by examining infarct volume (the area of brain death caused by a stroke) and brain circulation. Compared to the other groups, the infarct volume was 43% smaller in mice given n-3 fatty acids 90 minutes before the induced stroke. In a separate experiment, treatment with triglycerides containing only docosahexaenoic acid (Tri-DHA) decreased the infarct volume by a mean of 51% when administered two hours after the stroke. Mice given the DHA had significant decreases in brain cell death 8 weeks after the stroke.2 So what makes fish oil particularly effective for strokes? Fish Oil Reduces Brain-Damaging Inflammation and Free Radicals Fish oil is a beneficial target against strokes for many reasons. For one, it increases the production of neuroprotective compounds that are naturally produced in the brain. One of them called NPD1 reduces inflammation and free radicals that are produced during a stroke.2 Both factors are a major cause of stroke-induced brain damage. Previous research shows eating fish may lower the risk of having a stroke.3 In addition, having higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation,4 an abnormal heart rhythm linked to an increased risk for stroke. Take Fish Oil Anyway, In the Meantime Currently, the only therapy used in hospitals to limit stroke damage is a clot-dissolving drug called tPA. To be effective, it can only be given three hours after the stroke. While tPA helps to restore brain circulation, it doesn't have neuroprotective effects. The idea is to give stroke patients a drug that can minimize the neurological damage inflicted by a stroke. This way, outcomes are improved. So far DHA seems like a promising candidate. While we don’t know this with 100% certainty, in the meantime, it still makes sense to supplement with fish oil to reap its many benefits. A dose of 2.5 grams containing EPA and DHA is typically suggested daily. References: Available at: http://www.strokecenter.org/patients/about-stroke/stroke-statistics/. Accessed March 26, 2014. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e56233. Circulation. 2002 Nov 19;106(21):2747-57. Circulation. 2012 Mar 6;125(9):1084-93. You might also like: The Fishy-Side of Omega-3... Are Your Fish Oils ... Omega-3 Fats Reduce the Risk of Heart Failure Don’t Stop Taking Your Fish Oil Supplement Fish Oil Reduces Blood Pressure Linkwithin
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The Life Extension Blog: How to Increase Energy Without Stimulants

The Life Extension Blog: How to Increase Energy Without Stimulants | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
By Michael A. Smith, MD Feeling more energized is all about producing more ATP. Stimulants like caffeine and quick energy sources like sugar may help at first, but they certainly don’t last. Why? Because their long-term effect on ATP production is pretty much nil. And let’s be real, a large bolus of caffeine loaded with sugar in the form of an “energy drink” can be flat-out dangerous. Surely, better options exist. Short-term Dangers from Energy Drinks Individual responses to caffeine vary, and these drinks should be treated carefully because of how powerful they are. Energy drinks' stimulating properties can boost your heart rate and blood pressure, dehydrate your body, and, like other stimulants, prevent sleep. Energy drinks should not be used while exercising as the combination of fluid loss from sweating and the diuretic quality of the caffeine can leave someone severely dehydrated. When used occasionally, energy drinks are not necessarily bad for you, but they shouldn't be seen as "natural alternatives" either. Some of the claims they make like "improved performance and concentration" can be misleading. Some energy drinks have no caffeine, but instead use the stimulant guarana, which is the equivalent of caffeine. Guarana contains about four times more caffeine than coffee. Others may say that 1 can is 2 servings so you have to calculate the correct amount of caffeine.1 If you think of them as highly-caffeinated drinks, you'll have a more accurate picture of what they are and how they affect you. You wouldn't use Mountain Dew as a sports drink. And a drink like Red Bull and vodka is more like strong coffee and whisky than anything else. ATP: A Real Solution for Low Energy It’s not a lack of stimulants that causes us to feel tired, it’s low ATP production that does. This is why real energy supplements produce sustainable energy by producing ATP. Let’s start with Asian Cordyceps – an interesting endoparasitic fungi, to say the least. They attach to the larvae of ghost moths, producing fruiting-bodies full of energy and endurance nutrients.2,3 Studies show that the Cordyceps supports energy levels by promoting healthy levels of ATP - the energy currency used throughout the body.4,5 Cordyceps also supports healthy insulin sensitivity allowing your cells to efficiently take up sugar from your blood to enable stable energy output.6 In one study, healthy adults age 50-75 took 333 milligrams of Cordyceps extract three times daily for 12 weeks. These study subjects were able to perform a stationary bicycle exercise at maximal levels for over 10% longer before muscle fatigue could be scientifically detected.7 Now take the Cordyceps and add Panax ginseng, an important adaptogenic herb that traditionally is used for stress management. Recognized as one of the most beneficial ginsengs available, it is the species traditionally used in China and Asia. Evidence indicates that ginseng supports ATP production in the mitochondria.8 Studies have shown that this extract promotes both physical and mental energy, including cognitive performance.9 Make More ATP and Feel Energized Mainstream medicine and popular culture have conspired to produce a toxic response to fatigue in the form of stimulant drugs or caffeine/sugar combinations that have potentially addictive, and even fatal, adverse effects. Both cordyceps and ginseng have hundreds of years’ worth of proven energy-boosting benefits without addictive or toxic potential. Both supplements are now known to act by raising ATP levels, making more energy available to brain, muscle, and other vital organs, while restoring more youthful energy levels. If more "get up and go" is what you need, consider looking into them!
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Turning on Your Air Conditioning at Night Is Doing More Than Just Keeping You Cool

Turning on Your Air Conditioning at Night Is Doing More Than Just Keeping You Cool | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
A new study points to the surprising benefits of a cooler bedroom.
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Top Ten Questions To Ask When Choosing A Compounding Pharmacy

Top Ten Questions To Ask When Choosing A Compounding Pharmacy | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
In recent years, the pharmaceutical compounding industry has changed exponentially. Red flags were raised about the efficacy of compounding procedures after the fungal meningitis outbreak that occurred in the latter part of 2012. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) traced the outbreak to the fungal contamination of three lots of (supposedly) sterile medication prepared by the New England Compounding Center that spread through 23 states and resulted in 48 deaths. This preventable tragedy led to an increase of FDA involvement and regulation that continues to change the landscape of the compounding pharmacy industry. As a long-term consultant in the field, I see the need for increased due diligence on all sides of the doctor/patient/pharmacy triad. Your patient’s safety and continued welfare must always be guarded most conscientiously through every level of care provided.

As Allied Health Professionals, you may find yourself questioning what precautionary steps your compounding pharmacy is taking to ensure that your patients are receiving the highest quality sterile (USP 797), and non-sterile (USP 795) compounded medications? Here are some questions that you should ask your compounding pharmacy. 


1. Does my current compounding pharmacy provider have a license to prepare sterile medications?


As of March 31st 2014, in an effort to regulate sterile compounding some states such as Florida and California now require that all pharmacies preparing sterile injectable medications must have a special sterile license issued by that state. If you practice in Florida, you can read the facts by following this link:http://floridaspharmacy.gov/latest-news/special-sterile-compounding-permit/.  


In other states you should go to your State Board of Pharmacy’s website page to see if your state requires this special license.


2) Does my compounding pharmacy quarantine medication batches and perform third party testing on sterile compounded medications? 


Some compounding pharmacies take the time, and incur the added expense, to make sure the medications they dispense are within the proper range for sterility, endotoxins, and potency. The medication is prepared and then sent out to an independent third party laboratory for a time-dated study. Physicians can request to see a ‘Certificate of Analysis’ or, ‘C of A on a particular compounded medication from the pharmacy. This will verify the batch’s lot number and the test results proving that the medication results are within range.


3) What additional training does my compounding pharmacy require of its pharmacists and technicians? 


The compounding of medication is a skill that must be enhanced over time through continuing education. It is beneficial to make sure that the compounding pharmacies employees are in compliance with the existing regulations concerning national and state-mandated continuing education.  Pharmacists and technicians are required to complete a certain number of CE’s yearly in order to renew their licenses and certificates. A superior compounding pharmacy will go above and beyond these legal mandates by sending their staff out to supplementary courses in addition to earning mandatory CEs throughout the year.

The next part of our article is scheduled for release on Saturday 5.10.2014!
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The Mother Of All Antioxidants

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We have all heard of antioxidants, but have we heard of the mother of all antioxidants? One that is the secret to prevent cancer, heart disease, aging, neurological issues and more?
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Should Congress free Medicare to negotiate drug prices? | The Opinion Zone

Should Congress free Medicare to negotiate drug prices? | The Opinion Zone | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Florida’s Medicaid program has decided to pay for an extraordinarily expensive new treatment for hepatitis C — but only for the sickest of patients. Ideally, the blockbuster drug Sovaldi would be available to everyone diagnosed with hepatitis C. After all, the disease is terrible, highly contagious, and Sovaldi promises a cure rate of above 90 percent. In Palm Beach County, hepatitis C is so widespread that nearly 1,900 people were diagnosed with it last year. Florida’s Medicaid program is aware of over 20,000 recipients living with hepatitis C. But making Sovaldi available to everyone on Medicaid who needs it now would cost the state over $1.6 billion, and so it’s restricted. Blame greed. Greed from the drug industry, and greed from members of Congress who are so beholden to pharmaceutical industry campaign cash that they won’t consider allowing Medicare Part D plans to negotiate for better drug prices, as other countries do. Medicare’s rates become the basis for everyone else’s rates, and so this drives up health costs across the spectrum.
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Newport man survives flesh-eating bacteria

Newport man survives flesh-eating bacteria | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
Braden Leonard loses his hand to an infection that set in after a mountain biking mishap.
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Lexapro ingredients exposed: You won't believe what this drug is really made of

Lexapro ingredients exposed: You won't believe what this drug is really made of | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) Sure, we all know that drugs aren't made of sugar and spice, but sometimes the ingredients that are included in even the most popular and widely used drugs can be pretty disturbing. Although Lexapro is marketed as a drug for fighting both depression and anxiety, many of the ingredients contained in the medication have been linked with serious health conditions, including cancer. Yes, the active ingredient in Lexapro is escitalopram oxalate; this is the ingredient that acts on the brain's chemistry to exert influences over the brain's ability to produce and process serotonin. On its own, escitalopram oxalate is a fine, whitish-yellow powder. During the manufacturing process, escitalopram oxalate is mixed with a range of ingredients aimed at helping the drug be shaped into a pill form and to aid in absorption once the drug has been ingested. Inactive ingredients While the drug's label clearly lists escitalopram oxalate on its prescription label, the "inactive" ingredients are listed in tiny print on the prescribing sheet that accompanies the bottle. In fact, most men and women who've taken prescriptions medicines of any kind have probably seen -- and tossed out -- many of these information sheets, all of which feature miniscule print and language that can be extremely difficult to decipher. Even if the printing were clearly readable without magnifying lenses, understanding the chemical names of these so-called inactive ingredients as well as their potential health risks can take considerable effort and research. So what does inactive mean? Simply, that these ingredients are not the primary chemical embodied by the drug. It does not mean that these ingredients are harmless. In fact, here's a quick rundown of some of Lexapro's inactive ingredients and their potential health risks: Lexapro ingredients exposed Propylene glycol: In its industrial form, propylene glycol is used in anti-freeze and brake fluids. The pharmaceutical grade may also be used in certain types of antifreeze as well as a wide range of cosmetic and food products. Despite its use in cosmetics as a skin conditioner, it's been linked with skin reactions including dermatitis and hives. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) also lists this ingredient as having a moderate risk for organ toxicity. (1) Propylparaben: Used as an antifungal preservative, propylparaben is listed as representing a "high overall hazard" for human health according to the EWG. (2) At least one study has suggested a link between propylparaben and the development of breast cancer, and the EWG also notes that the additive is associated with developmental and reproductive health risks as well as allergies and immunotoxicities. Propylparaben mimics estrogen and may act to disrupt the endocrine system. Methylparaben: Also used as an antifungal preservative, methylparaben has been associated with allergic and immune responses in individuals who are paraben-sensitive. Like propylparaben, methylparaben also mimics estrogen, which makes it a potential disruptor of the endocrine system. (3) Titanium dioxide: Recently classified as a "possible carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), titanium dioxide is used as a whitening agent in Lexapro and other drugs. It's widely used in a broad range of medications and cosmetics -- even vitamin supplements. (4) Croscarmellose sodium: Usually derived from wood pulp, croscarmellose sodium is used as a filler and also to aid in the absorption of medications in the intestine. It has a marked ability to absorb fluids, and in some sensitive people, it may cause stomach discomfort and even bowel blockage. (5) Magnesium stearate: Linked with the development of both kidney stones and liver disease, magnesium stearate is often found in combination with hydrogenated cottonseed oil, which means that it also carries a fairly significant risk of pesticide contamination. (6) This quick review of Lexapro's inactive ingredients shows that, unfortunately, even when we think that we've researched the drugs that are prescribed to us, there can be hidden dangers of which we know absolutely nothing. Taking the time to research each and every inactive ingredient included in Lexapro and other anti-depressant drugs is one way to understand the multitude of hidden risks posed by these drugs. But there is a better way -- one that's healthier for your body and for your overall health. Try holistic first Many studies have shown that, when it comes to treating depression and anxiety, there are plenty of holistic alternatives. For instance, regular moderate exercise of just 30 minutes each day has been shown in studies to improve mood and fight depression more effectively than antidepressant drugs like Lexapro. In one study, 30 percent of people who exercised regularly had complete remission of their depression symptoms. (7) Adding foods and supplements known to enhance mood is another great way to fight depression, anxiety and stress without consuming harmful "inactive" ingredients. If you're struggling with depression, before taking any antidepressant drug, take some time to learn your alternatives that can help you treat your condition without compromising your health. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046038_Lexapro_ingredients_antidepressant_drugs.html#ixzz37kExw5L8
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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.
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Test, Train and Improve Your Brain | Better Memory Center

Test and train your brain using the monthly Better Memory Assessment and Better Memory Games.
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22 Diseases That Can Be Effectively Treated With Marijuana

22 Diseases That Can Be Effectively Treated With Marijuana | Health & Life Extension | Scoop.it
The news: Twenty-three states now allow medical marijuana use, and 11 others have limited allowances for CBD (one of the therapeutic compounds in the plant), and yet the full medical potential of the plant won't be realized in many of these places. Many new medical marijuana laws limit the number of conditions for which doctors can prescribe marijuana. For example, New York state has the newest medical marijuana law, but lawmakers restricted the treatable ailments list, omitting conditions like brain injury, PTSD and other things that cannabis has been proven to treat. An insufficient approach. This type of incremental approach toward recognizing the therapeutic value of cannabis leaves behind all those who are currently suffering from excluded illnesses without the benefit of medical marijuana. If cannabis has been proven to treat a disease, why should the people with that disease have to wait until their state decides to include it in its medical marijuana law?
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