This page will help define commonly used terms within this website. It is meant to give you a better understanding content discussed throughout various articles.

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1900 Rule – A common principle by which the consumer actively avoids purchasing items containing ingredients produced after 1900.

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Amoeba – a single celled protozoan organism, usually aquatic. They are typically present in freshwater sources. Most are benign, but some may cause amoebic meningitis in humans.

Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – A neuro-degenerative disease that effects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Voluntary muscle movement is increasingly impaired. Mortality is usually a result of respiratory complications. Average prognosis is poor, usually resulting in death within 2-3 years. Cause is idiopathic (unknown), although there is underlying speculation as to a protein precursor as a causative factor. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Aspartame – A common artificial sweetener found in a variety of processed foods and beverages. Aspartame has been linked to a variety of behavioral disorders, particularly ADHD.

Astragalus – A perennial herb, typically found in northern temperate climates. Initial research shows potential immune function benefits. More research is needed to confirm these findings.

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Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) – A livestock production facility that involves enclosing large numbers of animals in close quarters. Most animals are restricted from movement and fed largely processed grains. Research shows that these facilities are major contributors to disease and pollution.

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Echinacea – A genus of the daisy family. A popular remedy for colds, hay fever, and wound treatment. More research is needed to support these claims.

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Fish oil – a dietary supplement commonly used as a means to increase dietary intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. Research indicates it may be useful in the treatment of Hypercholesterolemia, Depression, and more.

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Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) – Also known as Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEO), consists of any organism whose genetic material has been altered.

Goldenseal – A North American plant. It contains a yellow root. Typically used as a preventative herb to increase immune function.

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease – (see Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – a inflammatory-mediated disorder that attacks the myelin sheaths of axons in the central nervous system. May be classified into several different diagnostic categories. Symptoms and prognosis vary widely, depending on the type of diagnostic criteria. Life expectancy may be up to 95% in some cases. There is debate whether it is an immune or neurodegenerative disorder.

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Naegleria fowleriA freshwater protozoan amoeba that is malignant to humans. Usually burrows into nares and is able to penetrate tissue leading to the brain. Death of the host is usually caused by primary amebic meningoencephalitis.

Neti Pot – A nasal irrigation product commonly used to clear the nares of congestive mucous. Typically used for the common cold, or sinusitis. The process typically involves filling the device with warm isotonic saline solution, tilting the head to one side, and using gravity to allow the solution to drain out the opposite nare.

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Osteoporosis – a condition of progressive bone density loss, usually brought about by hormonal changes or aging. Research suggests that Vitamin D or calcium deficiency may play a role.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as “the winter blues,” is a disabling form of depression that occurs primarily in northern latitudes receiving little sunlight. It usually occurs from fall – winter in these areas, when there is decreased duration of sunlight. Symptoms usually improve by spring, when the sun is more visible.