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Human Skin: A Mirror for Estrogen Action

Human Skin: A Mirror for Estrogen Action

By Michael Goodman, M.D. Forever Health Network Practitioner The title of this blog was taken from the title of an editorial on the subject by Dr. M. Julie Thornton of the U.K.1, in which she opines on a research article published in the February 2016 issue of Menopause.2 The original research studied the potential adverse effects of removing ovaries at time of hysterectomy on skin aging in pre-menopausal women. Their conclusions were that this sudden loss of estrogen via removal of ovaries is a significant and independent factor for worsening skin sagging and dryness, and they deduced that these low-estrogen...

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Restoring Thyroid Function with Herbs

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Restoring Thyroid Function with Herbs

Many people experience unexplained fatigue, a poor mood, weight gain or feel cold more often than normal.1 And there are a number of possible reasons why these symptoms could surface. However, the common culprit — an underactive thyroid gland — often goes undiagnosed. In fact, more than 27 million Americans suffer from a thyroid condition, and 13 million of them aren't even aware of it. While the symptoms of an underactive thyroid are no fun to deal with on their own, suboptimal thyroid function actually can be deadly, as it increases the risk for coronary heart disease, advanced chronic kidney disease,...

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Echinacea Fights the Flu

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Echinacea Fights the Flu

The flu, or influenza, is not something to be taken lightly. To date, the viral infection is surprisingly still one of the leading causes of death, claiming the lives of thousands each year.  So what should you do if you develop flu symptoms? This is a legitimate concern, given the risks. According to a recent study, echinacea, an herb often used to treat symptoms of the common cold, may also help to fight symptoms of the flu. The results were published in the journal, Current Therapeutic Research. Tamiflu and Echinacea Were Similarly Effective in Fighting the Flu The flu is characterized...

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Melon Extract Provides Liver Protection Enzymes

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Melon Extract Provides Liver Protection Enzymes

Little known to the general public is the silent epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD, which afflicts up to 40% of all Americans.1 The cause is multifactorial, including industrial chemicals and poor diets. NAFLD particularly targets those who carry around excess weight. For the nearly 70% of Americans who are overweight or obese, that figure rises to a shocking 50%–100%.2-4 Ominously, NAFLD sets the stage for a progression of lethal diseases that can include cancer, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.5,6 Risk of death from all causes skyrockets more than four-fold in NAFLD sufferers — and more than eight-fold for early...

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How to Keep Your Bones Healthy

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How to Keep Your Bones Healthy

If you conducted a survey asking people which diseases scare them the most, osteoporosis would likely be pretty low on the list. And let’s be honest, we’re more afraid of cancer and heart problems and Alzheimer’s for good reason. But here’s something about osteoporosis that you may not know — it’s actually a deadly disease. Take a look at this statistic: When patients with osteoporosis suffer a fracture there’s an increased mortality risk for 5 to 10 years.1 There aren’t too many diseases with complications as deadly as this. So, what we’d like to do with this blog post is...

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