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Why Chewing Gum Isn't Great for Your Health

If you chew gum on a regular basis, please consider the following:

  1. Chewing gum causes unnecessary wear and tear of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber in your jaw joints. Once damaged, this area can produce pain and discomfort for a lifetime.

  2. You use eight different facial muscles to chew. Unnecessary chewing can create chronic tightness in two of these muscles, located close to your temples. This can put pressure on the nerves that supply this area of your head, which can lead to chronic, intermittent headaches.


Are Granite Countertops Hazardous to Your Health?

In July 2008, the New York Times published an article that raised public concern over potential health hazards of living around granite countertops and floors.

At issue is whether granite emits dangerous amounts of radon, a colorless and odorless gas that is known to cause lung cancer. Read more


Strict Vegan Diets May Be Dangerous, Especially for Expectant Mothers and Children

Chet Day is the founder and editor of , a premier online resource for natural health information. What follows is a must-read article for people who are following strict vegan diets and experiencing health challenges. I appreciate this article because it serves as a reminder to be honest with ourselves about how we're doing rather than stay rigidly attached to a particular philosophy or program. Many thanks to Chet for his gracious support in sharing this article with our readers. - Ben Kim Read more


Q&A on Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D

In late 2008, the Vitamin D Council issued a warning on ingesting cod liver oil due to concerns about high levels of vitamin A in many brands of cod liver oil.

What follows are my answers to the most common queries that I received on the Vitamin D Council's paper. Read more


Reasons to Avoid Aspartame

When Tim Gullickson, former professional tennis player and coach to Pete Sampras, died in 1996 from complications related to brain tumors, I distinctly remember reading about Tim's fondness for diet Coke; according to one close friend, Tim was addicted to the stuff - he always seemed to have a can in hand. Read more


Easy on the Sushi

If you're a fan of sushi, it's worth noting that some types of fish tend to contain more mercury than others; by choosing wisely, you can minimize your risk of experiencing mercury toxicity.

In a relatively unpolluted setting, raw fish is an excellent food choice for most people - few other foods provide the same abundance of healthy protein, healthy fatty acids, and micronutrients. Read more


Details on the Largest Baby Crib Recall in History

More than 2 million baby cribs made by Vancouver-based company, Stork Craft, have been recalled after their drop-side cribs were linked to the suffocation of at least four children in the U.S.

Some of the recalled cribs were sold with a Fisher Price logo. More than one million of the recalled cribs were sold in Canada; the remainder were presumably sold mainly in the States. Read more


Beware of Caffeinated Chewing Gum

In the May 30, 2009 issue of The Lancet, Italian physicians warn that children are at risk of experiencing caffeine intoxication from chewing gum that contains caffeine.

The case study that prompted this warning involved a 13-year-old boy who was taken to the hospital after exhibiting strong aggression and agitation with no obvious cause. Read more


Link Between Cow's Milk Consumption And Risk Of Diabetes Type 1

Published by CBC News

Type 1 diabetes projected to double in young European children

The number of European children under the age of five with Type 1 diabetes could double by 2020, a rapid increase that points to environmental factors, researchers say. Read more


Should You Get a Mammogram?

Q. I am scheduled for a mammogram in a few weeks. My GP and I are in disagreement over mammograms - she feels that I definitely need to have one whereas I try to avoid radiation as much as possible. Read more




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