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Is an alternative just the tonic?

Northern Ireland is said to use more prescription drugs than any other UK region. While tablets may alleviate symptoms, they can be addictive and have side effects. A BBC NI documentary looks at the alternatives.

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Tropical mushroom extract fights cancer

The journal "Cancer Research UK" reports that an extract of the mushroom Phellinus linteus has been found to halt the growth of breast cancer cells in vitro. Previous studies have also shown the species to be effective against prostate, skin, and lung cancer cells, but up until now nobody knew how it worked.

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Mind-body therapies benefit cancer survivors

As the number of cancer survivors continues to climb, physicians need to be more open to discussing the potential use of mind-body therapies, such as various stress-reduction techniques, which are increasingly popular and the use of which in some cases is supported by scientific evidence.

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Dr. Bronner's sues "natural" companies

Following the Organic Consumers Association's revelations that so-called "organic" or "natural" product brands were actually made with toxic chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has sued numerous companies in the industry that it accuses of using misleading labeling to deceive consumers.

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10 alternative meds

Here's a list of alternative treatments for 10 common ailments that have scientific proof to back up their claims.

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Check out the Greendex map of the world

National Geographic and the international polling firm GlobeScan have just conducted a study measuring and monitoring consumer progress toward environmentally sustainable consumption in 14 countries around the world.Canada rated second worst in green habits.

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Bill C-51 threatens choices in healthcare, say critics

Alternative healthcare practitioners in Abbotsford are raising the alarm about proposed changes to the Food and Drugs Act that could make it illegal for them to recommend natural products like beet juice, garlic and camomile tea for therapeutic use.

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Report targets costs of factory farming

Factory farming takes a big, hidden toll on human health and the environment, is undermining rural America's economic stability and fails to provide the humane treatment of livestock increasingly demanded by American consumers, concludes an independent, 2 1/2-year analysis that calls for major changes in the way corporate agriculture produces meat, milk and eggs.

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How Canada regulates probiotics

In Canada, probiotics are defined by the Natural Health Products Regulations as a monoculture or mixed culture of live microorganisms that benefit the microbiota indigenous to humans.

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