Monthly Archives: December 2016

Cretan Herbal Medicine ~ Fighting the Flu With

An increasing number of chemical and pharmacological studies, which strongly support traditional medicinal uses of Greek herbs against various illnesses such as a sore throat, cough, and gastric ulcer, have been reported recently. One of these herbs is an endemic plant of the island of Crete, which has been widely used as a traditional medicine since antiquity: the dittany of

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ABC Requests FDA to Continue to Revise the New Dietary Ingredient Draft Guidance

Nonprofit science organization says FDA’s NDI draft guidance exceeds scope of current law and intent of Congress On December 12, 2016, the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) filed comments in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Notice of Availability of a revised draft guidance for industry titled “Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues” (2016

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Can Vitamin D Help With Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common, chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that causes raised, scaly patches, known as plaques, to appear on the skin. These scaly patches appear most often on the knees, scalp, and the outside of the elbows, and are the result of skin cells growing abnormally quickly. People with psoriasis often experience itchiness, and burning and stinging sensations in these

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Evidence Of A Christmas Spirit Network In The Brain

The Christmas spirit has been a widespread phenomenon for centuries, commonly described as feelings of joy and nostalgia mixed with associations to merriment, gifts, delightful smells, and copious amounts of good food. It is yet to be determined, however, where in the human body this “Christmas spirit” resides and which biological mechanisms are involved. We attempted to localize the Christmas

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Daily Handful Of Nuts Slashes The Risk Of Disease And Death

With their rich content of fiber, low saturated fats, and high levels of antioxidants, nuts are one of the healthiest and most nutritious snacks out there. New research shows that the health benefits of nuts may be even more wide-ranging than we think. Researchers suggest just a handful of nuts daily can offer a wealth of health benefits. Nuts are

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Vegetarian Diets Best For Health And The Environment, Say Nutritionists

A new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics highlights the health benefits of vegetarian diets, claiming they can reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer, compared with non-vegetarian diets. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics say vegetarian diets pose a wealth of health benefits. Updating their 2009 position on plant-based diets,

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Can Tea Tree Oil Help Treat Psoriasis?

Psoriasis, or more specifically plaque psoriasis, is an inflammatory skin condition that causes the skin to become thick, red, and scaly. These patches, also called plaques, can be itchy and painful. There is some anecdotal evidence that tea tree oil may be helpful in managing symptoms of psoriasis, especially in the scalp. What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a common skin

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Can Coconut Oil Help Treat Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes a person to develop scaly patches, also known as plaques, on their skin. Psoriasis symptoms can include silvery scales and itchy, red patches. The patches can appear on many parts of the body, including elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, and face. Some people also develop scaly patches on the soles of their feet

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