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Burst of Reporting on Aronia Berries as New Superfood


The Aronia berry is catching on. This summer, an Associated Press news story was picked up by a number of major news outlets to report on the emergence of the Aronia berry as a new “superfood” and the strongest of antioxidant fruits. Aronia berries are native to North America, but have only recently begun to

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Not a Cure for HIV/AIDS, but Probiotics might Help with Symptoms


Although the world still hasn’t found a cure for HIV/AIDS, some doctors and scientists have discovered clever ways to improve life quality for patients with this debilitating disease. In particular, probiotics have been shown to help control diarrhea and increase CD4 count in immunocompromised patients. CD4 cells are one way doctors and researchers can determine an

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Digest these 5 Digestion Habits for Better Children’s Health


Children’s guts are more delicate than adults.  It takes less to send their little bodies into gastrointestinal distress.  And we can’t always watch what they’re eating…and, well, kids will be kids.  But, we can’t stand to see them hurting! As parents, teachers and others who care for children, when they get sick, we can’t help

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Antioxidant Recipes: Don’t Choke on Aronia Berries!


Aronia Berries have a terrible reputation for tartness—thus the common name, Chokeberry. But they also have a wonderful reputation for antioxidant properties professed to boost the human immune system. How can a thing be SO wonderful and SO terrible?! If you’re not one of those who loves strong flavors, the trick to taking advantage of

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IBS and Anxiety: Layered Treatment


Anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) create a vicious cycle that can be very difficult to break. You experience diarrhea (IBS-D) or constipation (IBS-C)…and it makes you feel anxious…which makes the IBS worse…which causes more anxiety. It’s difficult to stop the cycle and challenging to cope, let alone think about “treatment.” The key might be

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Falling into Good Health: Autumn Health Tips


Every season has a unique impact on health. Summer brings opportunities for fresh air and sunshine, but in some climates it also brings cruel heat. Winter forces us indoors in many areas of the world, but that gives us a chance to use all the exercise equipment we’ve bought and haven’t used. Where the seasons

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Who is Responsible for this Probiotics Thing?


How do medical treatments develop, anyway? Who gets it started? How does an idea grow into a reality? Like many other great advancements in our world, medical breakthroughs begin with a teeny idea…one thought…an observation or wondering. The spark of an idea begins in the mind of a creative individual. As the ideas are tested

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For Women Only: 4 Yeast Infection Secrets


If you’re a woman who has suffered through a vaginal yeast infection, you are familiar with the itchiness and irritation that indicates the presence of the infection. It’s something women dread, because they know what’s coming: more itchiness, pain, disgusting discharges, and the frustration of trying to get rid of it. In the past couple

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My Tummy Hurts: How to Help Children Cope with Stomachaches


When your little one (or your not-so-little adolescent) complains of belly pain, your reaction might be one of two extremes. If you’re like some parents and guardians, you’ve heard it before and you’ll brush it off as just another boy-who-cried-wolf bid for attention. Other parents can’t stop thinking the worst. (“This is probably the one time she honestly has a

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Clash of the Titans: How to Benefit from BOTH Antibiotics and Probiotics


At first glance, antibiotics and probiotics claim clashing objectives. Antibiotics, a term derived from “antibiosis,” means “life destroying life.” It refers to substances that kill bacteria—both good and bad. Probiotics, which means “promoting life,” refers to live micro-organisms added to the human body to “confer a health benefit.” Although both of these colossally important substances

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