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What Is Oil Pulling?

With so many bright and shiny commercial products out there vying for our attention, it’s easy to see why people are frustrated and starting to gravitate toward the natural remedies of old: time-teste…

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The Dangers of Antibiotics: A Personal Story

I have just emerged from a health-horror story. Sadly, the person who scripted it was none other than—myself. Some weeks ago, I began feeling uneasy at work. My forehead felt warm, and my hands gre…

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8 Ways to Avoid Food Poisoning This Summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (that’s 48 million people!) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each year.  …

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Smart Tips for Avoiding Ticks This Summer

Ticks are the worst. They are nasty little parasites that suck blood and transmit dangerous viruses, like Lyme disease, among numerous others. But, they don’t have to take the fun out of your outdoor …

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You Are Covered in Bacteria (and that’s a good thing!)

Our bodies are home to a complex, vast community of microorganisms, and there is mounting research looking at how how these bacteria and viruses are connected to our overall health. You probably al…

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How We’re Creating Superbugs

In 1970 the US Surgeon General William Steward told Congress that it is “time to close the book on infectious diseases.” He, like most people in the seventies, believed that in large part due to moder…

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8 Biggest Myths About Germs

We all know that we need to keep ourselves -- and our surroundings -- clean and sanitary to prevent disease. But how much do you really know about germs? Read on for some of the biggest myths about ge…

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The Machine That Is As Dirty As a Public Toilet Seat

It is a machine we use regularly and take for granted as a convenient facility, not much else. But did you know: the ubiquitous ATM machine harbors as many germs as the average public toilet seat. …

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11 Worst Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

We all know that bathrooms, and toilets in particular, are serious germ zones, but there are many other places that are equally packed with bacteria and other harmful microbes. Before I share the wors…

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7 Things That Are Germier Than Your Toilet

Here's a household myth: The toilet is the dirtiest place in the house. Not true. Toilets, in fact, have only 50 fecal bacteria per square inch, according to a study by Dr. Chuck Gerba, a microbiol…

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