There are no miracle cure-alls, silver bullets, or magic pills that will get you trim, fit and healthy, but after an exhaustive search and rigorous testing, The Sherpa has pinpointed a few natural health therapies that DO help and ferreted out the scams to avoid...you may be shocked by what we've discovered.

Edible sources of nicotine, like Solanaceae, may help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a study shows.  The research, which was published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, suggests that eating edible sources of nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes may provide a protective effect and consequently reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait.  Parkinson’s causes are unknown but genetics, ageing, and toxins are being researched.  An estimated one million Americans have Parkinson’s and about 60,000 […]

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Weight Gain Increases Impulsiveness

New research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science suggests that people who gain weight are more likely to give in to temptations although they are more thoughtful about their actions. Angelina Sutin, psychological scientist at the Florida State University College of Medicine, and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) examined data from two large-scale longitudinal studies to see how fluctuations in body weight may be related to personality trait changes. The investigators based their analysis on two studies, NIH’s Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) and the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area (ECA) […]

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Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire believe that foods marketed to children in UK supermarkets are less healthy compared to those marketed to the general population. They question the necessity for more guidelines to regulate entry of these foods into the market. The European government has expressed concern over the rising childhood obesity across the country giving more attention to reducing the advertisement of products with high fat, sugar, and/or salt levels directly to children.  The research found out that the so-called ‘healthy foods’ such as yoghurts, cereal bars and ready meals were still found to contain high fat, sugar, […]

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Sunshine Exposure Prolongs Life

A study from the University of Edinburgh shows exposing skin to the sun’s rays releases a compound in the blood vessels which helps to reduce blood pressure, alleviates the risk for heart attack and stroke, and improves overall health.In the United Kingdom, heart disease and stroke due to high blood pressure are estimated to cause 80 times more deaths than from skin cancer. A group of 24 volunteers were exposed to tanning lamps for two sessions of 20 minutes each.  In one session, the volunteers were exposed to the UV rays and the heat of the lamps while in another […]

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Soy Plus Tomato May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

Eating tomatoes and soy products together was found to be more effective in preventing prostate cancer than eating each one alone, says a University of Illinois professor, John Erdman. Erdman and his group conducted a study using genetically engineered mice which were divided into four groups with different diets: (1) fed with 10% whole tomato powder; (2) with 2% soy germ; (3) with tomato powder and soy germ; (4) control, no tomato no soy germ; starting from the time the animals were 4 to 18 weeks old. Erdman found out that all mice in the control group developed the disease […]

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Nutritional Value of Fast Foods Have Not Improved

A new study that looked into the nutritional quality of menu items offered at eight popular fast-food restaurants shows that there has only been modest improvements over the last14 years. The researchers analyzed the menus from 1997- 2010, which came from Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Taco Bell, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, and Jack in the Box. Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Eating Index to evaluate the nutritional quality of the menu items served in these fast food chains, they found that the score for all these restaurants increased from 45 to 48 during the study […]

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Carnitine Supplement for Kids with Heart Defects

A recent laboratory study suggests that a common health supplement called carnitine may help improve the survival of children born with heart defects. Dr. Stephen M. Black, cell and molecular physiologist at the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University reports that carnitine may play a role in normalizing blood vessel dysfunction associated with in-born heart defects. Studies show that about one in 125 babies is born with a heart defect annually in the United States. Half of these babies suffer from a complication related to the increase in pressure in the pulmonary blood […]

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