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Potential Health Benefits of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum L.) is an ancient medicinal plant from the Mediterranean region. It was named after its white-veined leaves that were thought to resemble the Virgin Mary’s milk. Other common names of this herb include blessed milkthistle, holy thistle, Lady’s thistle, Mary thistle and Marian thistle. In the past, milk thistle was mainly used to treat the liver. Since most types of liver damage prove difficult to treat with conventional drugs, this herb […]

Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Even if you firmly believe in health benefits of alcohol consumption do not, for the sake of your child, drink during pregnancy. If you consume alcohol during pregnancy, you may be putting your unborn child at high risk for fetal alcohol syndrome. The disturbing consequences can include various physical and mental birth defects, delayed development and possible lifelong abnormalities. Fetal alcohol syndrome is one hundred percent preventable and can be avoided if a mother abstains […]

High Rate of Smokers among Patients with Mental Disorders

Cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine addiction seem to be more common in patients with mental disorders than in other people. For example, in the US less than 18% of the adult population smoke but up to three quarters of those with schizophrenia are reported to smoke. Moreover, smoking can trigger certain mental disorders, such as dysthymia or major depression, in those who are predisposed to them. Mental health conditions that are strongly associated […]

How to Stop Smoking for Good

The key to quitting smoking is to make a firm decision to quit. For most people who have succeeded to quit, fear of death, pain or disability was the main reason to drop the habit. Other factors that convinced many people to quit include the health of others and setting a good example to children. Quitting this bad habit is not easy because nicotine is highly addictive, both physically and physiologically. You should not get […]

Skin Conditions Aggravated by Smoking

Smoking tobacco products is enormously harmful to your health. Some of the consequences are just cosmetic, such as yellow teeth or wrinkles, but others can cause serious harm to many of the body’s vital organs. One of the lesser known consequences of smoking is the harm it can cause to your skin. Smoking largely affects the skin of the face and hands, especially the mouth, eyes and fingernails. However, some of its effects on the […]

Alcohol – Consumption Trends, Health Effects and Tips

  Alcohol Consumption and Trends It may seem hard to believe but if you are an alcohol drinker you are in the minority. The majority of adult population worldwide abstain from alcohol. UK households spend around £42 billion (€48 billion/$63 billion) on alcohol each year. To put this figure in perspective, this is approximately one third of the expenditure by the UK on national health services. The average spending by UK adults on alcoholic drinks […]

Alcohol Can Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer

The general consensus is that alcohol when consumed in moderate amounts is, on the whole, beneficial to our health, especially our heart and circulatory system. To attest to this statement, the US Centre for Disease Control has listed moderate consumption of alcohol as one of four healthy lifestyle behaviours, alongside non-smoking, healthy diet and physical activity, that have a beneficial effect on reducing premature mortality. Benefits of wine drinking span across a wide spectrum of […]