“5 Surprising Halloween Health Hazards”

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Other Writers, Remedies
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(This post comes as a warning from Fox News. To all the people out there that know a thing or two about natural health most of this should not come as a surprise, but seeing that a lot of people out there still need to have true healthy habits taught to them…)

“Just in time for Halloween, the FDA has come out with a warning that eating too much black licorice could lead to heart problems in adults..

Here are five surprising hazards to keep an eye out for this Halloween.

“Heart attack” licorice: Consuming too much black licorice may cause abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias, particularly in order adults, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which can cause the body’s potassium levels to fall.

 In some people, this can lead to, besides arrhythmias, edema (swelling), lethargy or congestive heart failure, the FDA says. Several studies have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40. The agency has the following advice for licorice lovers: Don’t eat lots of black licorice all at once; and if you’ve been binging on the stuff and you experience irregular heartbeats or muscle weakness, contact your doctor.*(see my note below)*

“Halloween diarrhea: Candy flavored with the sugar substitute sorbitol can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Sorbitol has fewer calories than sugar, and so it is often used in “dietetic” candies, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

[Halloween Health: The Best and Worst Trick-or-Treat Candy]

When adults consume 10 to 50 grams of sorbitol, they may experience a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, from mild gas and bloating to cramps and serve diarrhea, the CSPI says. Children may be affected by smaller amounts…”

*Please never get the candy licorice mixed up with the all natural licorice herb, where the taste came from originally. Candy licorice from the store is a chemically altered licorice flavoring with tons of unnatural sugar added to it. There is a lot of controversy involved with all natural remedies that use licorice, but I believe they work very well if not abused. So remember this: candy licorice causes heart and gum diseases while all natural herbal licorice root (when used properly) helps in fighting against gum disease, coughs, ulcers, arthritis, infection, and even cancer! See how man destroys God’s medicine (licorice root) and turns it into a disease causing candy (store bought licorice)?
I would highly encourage you to look into buying (if you have a medically problem check with a doctor first, or even better check with a nutritionist or herbal/all natural doctor first) licorice root in its raw, liquid, or in pill form. I have used licorice root in liquid form before and it is amazing in relieving dry mouth symptoms.
Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!
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