1. Real ginger beats soda for nausea

    Skip the soda and go for real ginger to curb nausea

    Ginger ale is a funny thing.

    On the one hand, I love the fact that it's so widely accepted as a natural tonic to settle the stomach. Even the biggest natural health naysayers probably have a few cans of it in their fridge just in case.

    On the other hand, while the thought of sipping ginger ale may evoke some warm-and-fuzzy memories of cozy sick days home from school, in reality the stuff is pretty toxic.

    In fact, years of lackluster results from clinical studies suggest its effects may be mostly in your head.

    The regular version is full of high fructose corn syrup, the worst of the Big Food sugars out there. And the "diet" versions aren't much better, packed with synthetic sweeteners that can spike your insulin and send your risk of diabetes through the roof.

    The reason ginger ale is thought of as a health tonic is because it supposedly contains a wonderful healing plant, ginger.

    But most ginger sodas mimic a ginger taste with chemical artificial flavorings. And manufacturers who list ginger as one of the ingredients in their soda typically won't say how much -- their excuse is that they have to protect their secret formulas -- which probably means that even the best ginger sodas only contain trace amounts of ginger.

    That's probably why the research that has been conducted specifically on ginger ale shows it to be not nearly effective as pure ginger root.

    The rhizome (root) of the ginger plant has been used since ancient times for its medicinal qualities, as well as in cooking for its warm, spicy, aromatic fragrance and flavor.

    There is some good research out there on ginger that supports its potency as a digestive aid and anti-emetic (drug that treats nausea and vomiting).

    Although bubbly ginger drinks do seem to have alleviate nausea related to pregnancy or motion sickness, it may very well be placebo effect. Only real ginger will treat nausea and vomiting related to stomach flu, mild food poisoning, IBD and Crohns Disease, etc.

    When it comes down to it, soda pop in general contains massive amounts of sugar that can put you on a track to diabetes, weight gain, and chronic inflammation in your body.

    Even sugar-free, zero-calorie sodas trigger the same insulin response as the high-fructose corn syrupy stuff, so "diet" ginger ale won't help you avoid the soda-to-diabetes pipeline that so many Americans are falling victim to these days.

    If you want to reap the digestive benefits of ginger, use fresh ginger root in your Paleo-friendly dinners, drink some organic ginger tea, or try ginger chewing gum (just make sure it's sweetened with xylitol). You can also find ginger root capsules at your local health food store.


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  2. Tiny fruit may hold secret Parkinson's cure

    Beat Parkinson's with pie?

    It's 3 a.m., and you're shaking like a dog pooping razor blades. Your heart is beating through your chest, and everywhere you look you see terrifying hallucinations. The walls are melting. Dark, hooded figures surround you.

    And finally, when you just can't take it any more, you vomit all over yourself.

    No, friend, you haven't been stricken with some mysterious new illness. This evening of hell was brought to you courtesy of a powerful, million-dollar medication designed to make you well!

    If you suffer from Parkinson's disease, you've likely already been living this nightmare for far too long. Big Pharma's answer for the stiffness and tremors of Parkinson's disease has been a class of sledgehammer drugs that can leave everything from your bowels to your brain in tatters.

    But Canadian scientists say help may be on the way -- all thanks to a powerful little berry you can pop by the handful or bake into a delicious pie!

    It sounds strange -- but stick with me. You see, when you're suffering from Parkinson's disease, a nasty gene called alpha-synuclein builds up on your neurons like grime in a filthy bathtub. It blocks levels of dopamine your body and brain need to stay healthy, and your motor skills start going to hell in a hand basket.

    But when scientists tested regular ol' blueberry extract on fruit flies, it didn't just keep levels of alpha-synuclein in check -- it actually increased the flies' lifespan by an impressive 15%.

    Now 15% of a fruit fly's life may not add up to much, but researchers say it could translate to an extra eight years of healthy, active living for you!

    It's a big jump from fruit fly studies to human trials, but blueberries are packed with flavonoids and could help fight diabetes or keep your cholesterol in check naturally, so there's no reason you can't start enjoying them today. And, if you're lucky, they just may be a sweet way to ditch those sickening Parkinson's meds for good.

  3. Government wastes billions on worthless Tamiflu stockpiles

    A shocking new study proves anti-flu medication Tamiflu can't reduce flu symptoms by even one day.
  4. The most dangerous way to lose weight

    The drug Contrave has been linked to increased blood pressure levels and pulse rates -- which is why the FDA actually REJECTED it earlier this year. (Trust me, I was as surprised as you are.)
  5. A shot in the dark

    No matter what you've heard, the correct number of HPV vaccinations needed by any girl -- or boy, for that matter -- is ZERO.
  6. Mommy issues

    But in a twisted experiment that never should have made it past an ethics committee, researchers pumped 8-year-old girls full of the diabetes drug metformin for four years to see how it would affect their fertility later on.
  7. Ginger helps cancer patients battle nausea

    A new study says ginger can be a particularly useful ally in the battle against cancer.

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