Most St. John’s Wort Supplements Fail Quality Tests

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health
As I report in my best-selling book, Alternative Medicine: The claims, the options, the evidence, how to choose wisely, St. John's wort can be a safe and effective antidepressant herb for mild to moderate depression. But, as I warned in my book, and as yet another independent quality testing lab reports, heavy metal contamination and low potency are still concerns. ConsumerLab reports, "St. John's wort has been shown to be effective in treating mild to moderate forms of major depression." But, the independent quality testing lab's newest report found that only a few of the herbal supplement brands recently tested met quality standards. Among the ten St. John's wort supplements selected for testing, only four (40%) met ConsumerLab.com’s quality standards. In other words, 60% of the brands tested FAILED quality…
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Let Your Kids Play Creatively and They Will Become Healthier Adults

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
According to new research, we grown-ups need to encourage our kids to play. Indeed, children who engage in creative and active play may grow up to be healthier adults, suggests a British study. The finding comes from a study that involved 505 young adults who provided information about their health and their childhood play experiences. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Four types of play were found to be associated in different ways with adult health, said the University of Ulster researchers. Higher levels of creative play in childhood predicted good adult health habits, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. More active play in childhood was associated with better overall health and more exercise in adulthood. Adults who had restrictions on play -- such as less…
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A Simple ‘Thank You’ Brings Rewards to All

Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Expressing gratitude benefits both you and the person being thanked, a new study finds. This new research backs up the studies I discuss in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. I discuss how an attitude of gratitude not only can result in a more highly healthy you, but even increase the health of those around you. More details on my book at the end of the blog, but here are the details of the study from HealthDay News: (more…)
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