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Health911 and its staff, editors and outside authors provide leading articles on traditional and alternative therapies and treatments, including: How to Choose a Doctor, Iodine - A Comprehensive Exploration of a Vital Nutrient, Rhodiola - A Powerful Adaptogen and Energy Booster from the Arctic, Travel Tips, What Should Be in Your Home Natural Medicine Cabinet and many more...

Blood Thinners - What You Need to Know About ThemThe chief reason to thin the blood is to keep blood clots from forming. When the body is injured in any way it sends special cells called platelets to repair the area. These can stick together and obstruct veins. A group of these cells can form at the entrance to a vital organ and block off circulation to it, which is called a thrombosis. When a group of these cells breaks free and blocks a vein or organ it is called an embolism. Both can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Coffee Consumption: Risks and Benefits of a Controversial DrinkCoffee has been studied extensively for almost a century and an enormous amount of material has been collected from thousands of studies. However, the best information is often contradictory, even in carefully controlled scientific experiments, and experts in this field of research admit that there are no clear answers to the long-term effects of coffee consumption.
How Much Fat in Milk?Many people are confused by the fat percentage on milk labels. For instance the label may say 2% fat, which sounds like almost nothing, but to put this into perspective, this is the same as getting one pat of butter in every eight ounce glass of milk! This milk gets 35% of its calories from fat...
How to Choose a DoctorThe establishment of a relationship between you as a patient and your doctor as a healer is of primary importance for your health and wellbeing. You need to have confidence in your doctor, and, at the same token, he or she needs to listen to your concerns and guide you in your quest for better health. A primary care physician will not only offer immediate medical service but will also help you find a specialist if and when one is needed...
Iodine: A Comprehensive Exploration of a Vital NutrientThere is one super nutrient that has the ability to break up congestion in arteries, jumpstart a lagging endocrine system, and even protect people of all ages from the destructive health consequences of nuclear radiation. That nutrient is iodine, a chemical element that occurs abundantly in nature...
Making and Preparing Herbal RemediesNatural medicine relies heavily on remedies made from herbs and herbal preparations. In most cases these are not difficult to make, but there are distinctions that create different compounds sometimes made from the same ingredients, including Infusions, Decoctions, Tinctures, Syrups, Oil Infusions, Creams, Lotions...
Resveratrol, Red Wine & Your HealthFor many years red wine has been thought to be healthy for you. Only within the last 25 years was the reason, or at least a possible explanation, discovered. Red wine is red because the skins of the grapes are processed with it and color it. The skins themselves contain resveratrol (RSV), a kind of phytoalexin, a plant-based antimicrobial substance. Resveratrol can also be used to treat cancer, inflammation, and cardiovascular problems. However it occurs in significant concentrations only in gr
Rhodiola - A Powerful Adaptogen and Energy Booster from the ArticRhodiola rosea, also called Rose root, Arctic root, Golden root, Hong Jing Tian, and Aaron's rod, grows at high altitudes in arctic and subarctic regions including the Alps and the Rockies, and on mountains in Scandinavia and Great Britain. It has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years for its health-giving qualities. Rhodiola has an important place in Scandinavian and Russian, as well as Chinese, traditional medicines. It is best known as an antidepressant...
Tea and Its Health BenefitsAll true tea comes from one species of plant, Camellia sinensis, an evergreen bush that grows in tropical and subtropical climates. The Chinese claim the first cultivated tea plant, about 3,200 years ago and a Chinese legend claims the discovery of tea over 4,700 years ago. Even in ancient times it was claimed as a cure for a variety of illnesses and medical conditions.
The Dangers of Artificial and Natural SweetenersArtificial sweeteners are chemical creations that simulate the effect of sweetness. Although some are derived from natural products, none are natural. The chemicals that they are made up of and the chemicals that result when your body breaks them down can cause serious damage to your health, including Asptartame, Sucralose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Saccharin. Natural Alternatives include Honey, Stevia, Agave Nectar, Molasses, Palm Sugar, Date Sugar...
The Many Benefits of Epsom SaltsAlso called magnesium sulfate, Epsom salts contain magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen and occur naturally all over the world. Since ancient times they have been used as a bath salt and as a drying agent. They have also been used as a fertilizer because magnesium is important for plants like potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and roses. It occurs naturally in soil, but can become depleted.
Travel TipsTravel can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of life, but it takes planning and avoidance of illness to keep from being a disaster. Follow our tips and you will have a safe and enjoyable trip. Air and other travel can be a real source of illness - sometimes very serious. It's best to know what to look out for in advance and how to avoid it. Most problems can be avoided by simple precautions and often have simple solutions...
What is Darkfield Microscopy?Also called Live Field Microscopy, this refers to the type of illumination used in a microscope, usually used to view a patient's blood. Instead of light coming through the sample from top to bottom, in darkfield microscopy light comes from the side: this allows the scientist to see very fine elements in detail against a dark background...
What Should Be in Your Home Natural Medicine Cabinet?There are many herbal cures and remedies for the common, and sometimes not-so-common, problems with your personal health. Besides being less expensive than many OTC medications, natural remedies rarely have side-effects and often work immediately. Have a group of remedies at hand for various ailments when they arise....
What Should Be in Your Natural Travel KitEven the cleanest of places has its health hazards, and thinking ahead and packing some basic necessities can help you stay healthy and safe. Depending on where you’re going you may need more special products, so find out before you go what you’re unlikely to find once you’re there. It’s often best to talk to someone who’s already traveled to that place and see what they recommend.
What the Tongue Tells About Your HealthThe color and condition of the tongue has been used to diagnose illness since ancient times, in both Eastern and Western medicine. Any swelling can be serious, so see a doctor right away. Further swelling can block your throat. It can be caused by an infection within the tongue, an abscess, or even cancer...
What to do When Visiting Your DoctorA visit to your doctor, no matter how minor the complaint, is always serious: it's your health. Make the most of the time your doctor has for you by preparing what you need to say ahead of time...
When to Seek a Second OpinionOne of the basics truths of healthcare is that there is rarely one way to treat or cure a condition. A second opinion is a good idea whether the issue is major or minor because most procedures are not reversible. You have to live with whatever is done to you, and there are many factors that you should consider.
What Your Nails Tell About Your HealthNails on the finger and on the toes are an essential form of protection for the thousands of nerve endings that are part of the body's sensory system. Nails are made of a hard protein called keratin, and renewed from a plate above the finger bone. Because nails are on the outer extremities of the body they are often the first to show disturbances in body function, and have been used to diagnose problems in health care in the past and still do today.

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