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Gum Disease Increases Risk of Mental Health Problems by 37%

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A collaborative study1,2 64,379 people’s medical records discovered that patients with periodontal disease have a 37% higher risk of developing mental health illness. The research team from the University of Birmingham also found that 60,995 had gingiv…

6 Mind-Body Approaches for Menopause

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Perimenopause and menopause comes with a complex web of physical, psychological, and social symptoms. The treatment usually prescribed by doctors, hormone therapy (HT), is controversial and not appropriate for some women. I won’t get into the HT debate here—Mark did a great job covering the pros and cons recently. Suffice it to say that HT isn’t the answer for everyone, and it’s not a panacea by any means. Whether or not they choose to go the HT route, many women desire additional support during perimenopause and beyond. For the sake of keeping this post from becoming a novella, I’m going to focus on mind-body therapies today. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of nonhormonal options, nor is it meant to try to dissuade you from trying HT. That’s a decision you have to make for yourself with your doctor. The approaches below can be used alone or in combination with other modalities, including HT. As with any medical-adjacent tools, if you are considering any of the options here, take the time to educate yourself, talk to your doctor, and find qualified practitioners to help you implement these practices. A Note Regarding Research Evidence… Because so many women are interested in complementary or alternative approaches, there’s a fair amount of research into nonhormonal treatments. There are also important limitations. A lot of the randomized control trials—experiments that are best for establishing causal effects—are small. There is considerable variability in research design, so it’s difficult to generalize across studies. Participants in these studies tend to be white and well-educated. Since there are cross-cultural differences in the experience of menopause, we shouldn’t assume that the findings apply to all women. Likewise, a lot of the research focuses on women with a history of breast cancer because HT is generally contraindicated in this population. While the results of these studies probably generalize to other women, it would be great to have more data. Finally, vasomotor symptoms—hot flashes/flushes and night sweats—are studied more than other types of symptoms. Though they are the most common complaint, many women do not experience debilitating vasomotor symptoms. They might, however, experience mood fluctuations, depression, sexual issues, memory problems, and more. We know less about how these approaches might help those women. Nevertheless, I’ll highlight some of the potentially fruitful avenues you might explore. When possible, I’ll focus on systematic reviews and meta-analyses. They pool the results of multiple smaller studies to help a more reliable picture emerge. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) In CBT, individuals are encouraged to explore how their thoughts (cognitions) affect feelings, behaviors, and physical symptoms. With help, they change their thoughts or beliefs about a situation to help manage their responses and improve coping skills. Although there isn’t a ton of research on CBT for menopause, available studies are very promising. Whether or not CBT reduces the actual number of hot flashes—and the data here are mixed—CBT should work by changing women’s perceptions of their hot flashes. Multiple studies do find that after … Continue reading “6 Mind-Body Approaches for Menopause”

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Magnesium and K2 Optimize Your Vitamin D Supplementation

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This article was previously published June 15, 2020, and has been updated with new information.

Optimizing your vitamin D level is ideally done through sensible sun exposure. However, many simply are unable to obtain sufficient levels from the sun a…

Why Did US Deaths Shoot Up 40% Above Normal Last Year?

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As we’ve seen over the past two years, data and statistics can be manipulated and skewed in a wide variety of ways. COVID cases, for example, have clearly been overinflated by including people with no symptoms (likely false positives) and diagnosing an…

Why Is the FDA Hiding the Pfizer Vaccine Data?

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Despite the FDA’s claim that it is committed to transparency, especially for COVID-19 emergency use authorizations (EUAs),1 the agency first requested 55 years to release the data supporting the approval of Comirnaty after a Freedom of Information Act …

Licorice and Slippery Elm Tea Are Best for a Sore Throat

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Although you can get a cold throughout the year, most people have a higher risk of the common cold in the winter and spring months.1 One of the most common symptoms is a sore throat. The Guardian characterizes the common cold as having “the twin distin…

Censored mRNA Platform Inventor Tells All on Rogan Show

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December 30, 2021, Joe Rogan interviewed Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA gene transfer technology. YouTube and Twitter promptly deleted the interview and mainstream media published a rash of articles attacking Malone and Rogan in the most d…

Have You Tried Box Breathing?

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This article was previously published June 29, 2020, and has been updated with new information.

Breathing is universal, habitual and nearly always automatic. When you get stressed, your breathing pattern and rate change. This often results in more c…

Right Kind of Stress Can Make You Resilient to COVID-19

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This article was previously published August 16, 2020, and has been updated with new information.

Siim Land has written an excellent book called “Metabolic Autophagy: Practice Intermittent Fasting and Resistance Training to Build Muscle and Promote …

How to Win the War Against Tyranny

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Pam Popper is the president of Wellness Forum Health and cofounder of Make Americans Free Again, which plays a significant role in the fight to help preserve American freedoms. An important part of that task is building a powerful community and, as not…

‘COVID Chronicles’

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The “COVID Chronicles” movie1 gives a concise look at the pandemic, answering some of the questions that have left many people scratching their heads, because the reality and science don’t seem to match up with what the media is reporting.

Ivor Cum…

A Veggie That’s a Fruit, With More Vitamin C Than an Orange

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This article was previously published August 8, 2020, and has been updated with new information.
Vitamin C has always been vital to immune function, but COVID-19 has shone the spotlight on the vitamin in a big way. While everyone is scurrying to stock…

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