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Cinnamon: Pantry staple -- and medical powerhouse?

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By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

cinnamon is one of the world's most popular spices, sprinkled on lattes, boiled with ciders and enjoyed in numerous dishes. Without it, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals might well become tasteless and definitely less fragrant.

Harvested from the inner bark of a tropical evergreen plant, cinnamon has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat respiratory and digestive problems for centuries. Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon as a perfume during the embalming process, while Romans used it in funeral pyres to mask the stench of burning flesh.

The Bible mentions cinnamon several times, most commonly as a way to perfume bedding, clothes and anointing oil. The essential oil form is made from the bark, leaves or twigs of the plant.

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Is chocolate good or bad for health?

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By Carina Storrs, Special to CNN

(CNN)Who doesn't love chocolate? Even if it's not your favorite sweet treat, you can probably agree that the confection conjures thoughts of love, pleasure, and reward.

But in case you need one more reason (or 10) to celebrate chocolate, just look to science. Studies of chocolate lovers -- and even some self-proclaimed "chocoholics" -- suggest that it could lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, help control blood sugar and slash stress, and on and on.

Research has even backed up some of the more bizarre health benefits that have been ascribed to cocoa. The Mayans used chocolate powder to relieve the runs, and in the last decade, researchers have identified possible diarrhea-blocking chemicals in chocolate. But as for prescribing cocoa to combat syphilis sores, Victorian-era doctors probably missed the mark.

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How Green Tea Can Help Soothe Your Painful, Sensitive Teeth

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 Source: BY CHRISTA SGOBBA

Sensitive teeth can make that summer ice cream a little less sweet. But there may be some help in sight for that cold-induced tooth pain: A new material developed with a green tea extract may fight tooth sensitivity, a new study in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces suggests.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when a protective coating on the crowns of your teeth called enamel or the layer covering your tooth root called cementum wear away, revealing a bony tissue called dentin. Without the protective coating, heat or cold can reach the nerves inside the tooth, causing hypersensitivity or a sharp pain when you eat something hot or cold. (Here are six serious conditions your dentist can spot just by looking in your mouth.)

Dentists usually use a mineral called nanohydroxyapatite to plug up tubes in the dentin to stop the liquids and food from reaching the nerves. Problem is, the material doesn’t last long, and doesn’t really stand up well to regular brushing or exposure to acid produced by bacteria in your mouth, the researchers said in a statement.

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9 Disturbing Side Effects Of Drinking Regular And Diet Soda

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Source: Rodales Organic Life

 If you've been reading health magazines and websites for any length of time, you've read a litany of reasons why soda is bad for you. It's nothing but sugar water. It's devoid of any nutritional value. It leads to obesity and diabetes. But we've dug up plenty of other disturbing facts about what soda does to your body, whether it's the side effects of sucralose and other artificial sweeteners or ingredients that can lead to memory loss.

Here, 9 reasons you should kick soda to the curb.

  • Weird Fat In Weird Places

Researchers have discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes. The study revealed that people who drank a regular soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat. (Here are the 13 best foods to eat for a healthy liver.) Their consumption also led to an 11 percent increase in cholesterol, compared with the people who drank other beverages such as water or milk.

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Ackee's Mystique and Health Benefits

Ackee's Mystique and Health Benefits

Source: Hope Heaven - CaribNewsroom

All along  its fertile corridors, within its verdant misty vales and rugged hilly interiors, Jamaica is  abundant with food bearing trees. Whilst oranges proliferate and vines of  passionfruit  twine and  slither along hedges, the much lauded Ackee holds its own amidst majestically rising trees of coconut, mango and breadfruit.

On this island, Ackee is so loved that the  stigma of fear and awe that it carried in other cultures, intrigued us enough to  challenge our sense of adventure and fearlessness. So much so that we made it our national fruit and the main ingredient in our national dish

Ackee is feared because it is known to carry a tannic acid that makes it toxic, poisonous and very lethal if not eaten correctly. For Ackee to be edible, it must be opened naturally by itself. This way the poison is drained from it thus making it available and ready for consumption.

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Brazil About to Refuse ALL Imports of U.S.- Grown Genetically-Modified Crops

Brazil About to Refuse ALL Imports of U.S.- Grown Genetically-Modified Crops

SOURCE: healthy-holistic-living.com

Photo Caption: Brazil About to Refuse ALL Imports of U.S.- Grown Genetically-Modified Crops

Brazil — The list of countries refusing Monsanto’s genetically-modified crops continues to grow. Highlighting the world divide on the issue, Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops. While we are continually force-fed genetically modified foods — since they are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.

As more nations pass laws that impose trade regulations on genetically modified goods, despite World Trade Organization back room deals, Monsanto and their cut-outs opt for ever-more devious strategies to insinuate their wares onto the world.

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Yoga and Healthy Living

Yoga and Healthy Living

Is yoga an important aspect of healthy living? What is yoga anyway and why is it considered by so many to be  an  exclusive lifestyle and not for the mainstream? What if you included it into your daily regimen, do you think it would improve on your health and wellness? 

I had just moved to a picturesque little town in Connecticut named Bethel, the kind of place you see on picture postcards with red roofed barns exquisitely set in white snowy landscapes. The next day my cousin drove me around town to be familiarized and right there on Main Street, I saw a yoga studio. My blood swelled up with glee. I excitedly squeaked the words "Yoga!"  because I knew in that moment, that no matter the cost, i'd be a regular patron there. 

True to my word, I was there almost every day of the week.  I found yoga to be very therapeutic. It calmed and helped me to focus, relax, breathe properly, and be more connected to myself and the essence of who I am. It also assisted greatly in improving my  physical health.

At that studio, they taught  a style called Naam Yoga which is  kundalini yoga set to mantras, mudras and singing.  Overtime I went to different places and did other forms of yoga such as Hatha, which focuses on building physical and mental strength. Purna, which is practiced with the use of straps and props; Bikram which is done in an overly heated room ; Kemetic which is the ancient form of yoga seen on the walls of the pyramids of Egypt; Vinyasa, An american styled yoga which is sun salutations done in a rapid styled non stop flow; Ashtanga, which combines, metaphysics with certain  exercises, ethical practices and self development techniques for body, mind and spirit. 

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  Pitted sun dried oil cured black olives: My raw foods journey

  Pitted sun dried oil cured black olives: My raw foods journey

    Source:Hope Heaven    

The very thought of taking a piece about my raw foods journey and entitling it, “pitted sun dried oil cured black olives,” makes me chuckle. You see, it was the significant role those delightful little treats played in my life at the time when I was ushered into the amazing realms of the raw foods lifestyle. 

It was the year 2005. A time in October just after a hurricane named Ivan, had raged through Jamaica, wreaked havoc and placed a damper on the mood of the country.

IRIE FM's program named Running African which airs on Sunday mornings, had on as guests, Sunyatta Amen, a belly dancer, yoga practitioner and Aris LaTham, a raw foods master chef. They were promoting a royal feast at a health retreat they were hosting in Runaway Bay that very Sunday evening. Sunyatta talked about the importance of belly dance to womb healing and overall health, and Aris talked about raw foods as a way of greatly assisting the healing of the body towards perfect health and wellbeing.

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I made my son cannabis cookies. They changed his life.

I made my son cannabis cookies. They changed his life.

The Washington Post - By Marie Myung-Ok Lee January 6

It took me awhile to perfect the cookie recipe. I experimented with ingredients: Blueberry, Strawberry, Sour Diesel, White Widow, Bubba Kush, AK-47 — all strains of cannabis, which I stored, mixed with glycerin, in meticulously labeled jars on a kitchen shelf. After the cookies finished baking, I’d taste a few crumbs and annotate the effects in a notebook. Often, I felt woozy. One variation put me to sleep. When I had convinced myself that a batch was okay, I’d give a cookie to my 9-year-old son.

At the time he was consumed by violent rages. He would bang his head, scream for hours and literally eat his shirts. At dinnertime, he threw his plates so forcefully that there was food stuck on the ceiling. He would punch and scratch himself and others, such that people would look at the red streaks on our bodies and ask us, gingerly, if we had cats.

But when I got the cookies right, he calmed down. His aggressions became less ferocious and less frequent. Mealtimes became less fraught. He was able to maintain enough self-composure that he even learned to ride a bike — despite every expert telling us it would never happen.

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The Nature of Things - The Importance of Vitamins

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The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation

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20 Foods That Will Clean Your Arteries Naturally And Protect You From Heart Attacks

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Throw That Sabra Hummus in Your Fridge Away Right Now

Throw That Sabra Hummus in Your Fridge Away Right Now

Better go check your fridge: Sabra, one of America’s most ubiquitous brands of hummus, is recalling dozens of products due to a listeria scare. The recall includes 57 varieties, or the vast majority of its product line — basically, everything except “Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.”

As the FDA recall notice explains, Sabra “is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.” While listeria bacteria was found at the manufacturing facility where the majority of its products are made, it has not been identified in any of the finished products.

Sabra posted a statement to its website following news of the recall, which reads in part:

We have invested heavily in technology and enhancing our processes and protocols, with guidance and input from external experts, to develop and put in place industry-leading food safety procedures, such as testing finished product from the production line every two minutes for pathogens including listeria. We want to reassure our consumers that our procedures include extensive finished product testing, and no products tested positive for contaminants. We are taking action because consumer safety is a top priority.

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Super anti cancer fruit - Custard apple

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How Close Are Humans to Immortality? By David Sinclair

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CanEx Cannabis Business Conference & Expo

CanEx Cannabis Business Conference & Expo

Cannabis and Jamaica: A True Business Opportunity!

CanEx Jamaica – Cannabis Business Conference and Expo

Unlocking the Business Opportunities

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15 "BENEFITS OF ONIONS" For Health, Hair and On Skin !!


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10 Health Benefits Of Onion Juice


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What is Spirulina? A Protein-rich Top Superfood Algae Superfood Evolution


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