More and more studies are showing alarming health risks for women and their babies as a result of synthetic folic acid supplements and fortification of foods. While folates have long been known to be crucial for healthy fetal development, the synthetic version of folate, folic acid, has been linked to increased risk of asthma for infants and double the risk of breast cancer for mothers, among other risks.
More than a dozen hospitals in the United States and Canada are now allowing patients to have visits from their pets. The programs not only brighten patients' spirits, but hospitals are reporting that the pet visits can have dramatic effects on patient's health, recovery and emotional well-being.
When you're on a gluten free diet, it's still important to get enough fiber in your diet. Fiber can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, in addition to playing a vital role for digestive health.