Dr. Allan Spreen, MD

  1. What’s the best food for prostate health? You’d be surprised…

    Tomatoes are tops for prostates

    Men, I've been telling you for years to eat your tomatoes (especially the cooked variety) to support prostate health and ward off prostate cancer.

    Now a new British study has confirmed what I've been saying all along.

    According to researchers, it appears if you eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week your prostate cancer risk plummets by an impressive 18 percent.

    The research also confirmed that getting in your recommended five fruits and veggies a day can reduce your risk as well.

    The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention looked at the diets and lifestyles of 1,806 men between the ages of 50 and 69 with prostate cancer and compared them to 12,005 cancer-free guys.

    Tomatoes are rich in the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene, which is likely why they have such a big impact on prostate-cancer risk. You can easily add more tomatoes into your diet by eating fresh tomatoes, tomato juices and tomatoes sauces.

  2. Is cell phone radiation making your child sick?

    I've noticed a troubling trend that’s barely making a blip on anyone’s radar. I’m talking about younger and younger kids being given their very own cell phones.

    You can call me behind the times. Go ahead and accuse me of being over the hill if you like. And feel free to trot out all the arguments you want to about “safety,” but you’re not going to get me to budge on this one. There’s just too much at stake.

    It’s not just that cell phones have given new meaning to the word rude, or that people have become incapable of having a face-to-face conversation with the people they’re actually in the room with. It’s not even that texting and video games have taken the place of family time.

    No, the real issue I have with cell phones is their potential for harming our health.  And when it comes to the most vulnerable among us… our children… this problem is magnified.

    More than two years ago I warned you about a potential emerging connection between cell phones and ADHD. A troubling mouse study had found that pregnant mice exposed to cell phone radiation during their pregnancy gave birth to offspring with memory and hyperactivity issues.

    Now a new review is reigniting concerns over what cell phone radiation (technically microwave radiation or MWR) could be doing to our children and unborn babies.

    To put it bluntly, MWR has been associated with cancer.

    The review, published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, took a closer look at all the existing data. In it researchers confirmed that children do indeed face an even greater health risk from cell phone radiation than do adults.

    According to researchers this is because children’s brain tissues are more absorbent, they have thinner skulls and, naturally, they have smaller brains than adults. In fact, one disturbing study found that children’s brains absorb TWICE the amount of microwave radiation as adults. And another shocking study concluded that the bone marrow of children absorbs 10 times more MWR than adults!

    That’s why other countries such as Belgium, France, and India have passed laws or issued warnings about children’s use of wireless devises.

    I realize wireless devises are a fact of modern life, and aren't going anywhere.  But ask yourself if there’s any good reason for an eight-year-old to have a cell phone plastered to his ear all day long?

    And if you do think there’s one, is it a good enough reason to potentially raise your child‘s risk for cancer and other health problems? I’m guessing the answer is no.

  3. Help lower your blood pressure - Are BUGS the key?

    Want to lower your blood pressure a few points? Or maybe just keep your already healthy BP in check? Look to your belly. Yes, I did say your BELLY. The bacteria in our guts could be the hidden key to help lower your blood pressure, according to a new 9-study-strong review. Continue reading →
  4. Total toothpaste has controversial chemical triclosan in it

    Safety alert: Popular toothpaste loaded with triclosan  I’ve told you about the potential endocrine disruptor triclosan before. In fact, I’ve even warned you that this chemical is found in some toothpaste. But now a new report just released by Bloomberg News has put this highly controversial chemical front and center once again. Triclosan—commonly used in products marked as antibacterial—has been linked to thyroid problems, heart issues, developmental problems in animals, and cancer-cell growth. And, Bloomberg has revealed, millions of Americans are unknowingly putting it into their mouths every single day. Continue reading →
  5. Common chemical threatens thyroid function and IQ level?

    Common chemical threatens thyroids and IQ’s It’s everywhere. And I really do mean EVERYWHERE. It’s in you, it’s in me, and it’s in everyone you know, or have ever known, for that matter. It affects the thyroid, a gland that helps regulate our hormones, those compounds that are responsible for controlling and regulating just about every single cell and organ in our bodies. And yet very few of us have ever even heard of this creepy, pervasive chemical. Perchlorate is nothing new. It’s a naturally occurring chemical. Or I should say it was naturally occurring until someone had the bright idea that we should start manufacturing massive quantities of it ourselves. And that decision could have dire long-term health consequences for all of us. Continue reading →
  6. Two low-tech tests could predict dementia up to 12-years earlier

    Dodge dementia with two low-tech tests  Taking a stroll, and answering a few simple questions, could turn out to be the key to predicting dementia years before it strikes, according to an exciting new study published online in the journal Neurology. In the huge study of 27,000 older adults on five continents, close to 1 in 10 volunteers tested positive for pre-dementia based on a test that measures how quickly they walk (gait speed), and a second one that asks a few questions about their cognitive abilities. Continue reading →
  7. Blood thinner Pradaxa requires blood monitoring like Coumadin

    Ticking-time-bomb blood thinner could kill you No more blood tests! That whopper of a selling point has been used to pedal the blood-thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) since it hit the market in 2010. And boy has it worked. At least 850,000 prescriptions have been written for the drug since Big Pharma giant Boehringer Ingelheim first introduced us to their 30-billion-dollar baby. Despite its $300 bucks a month price tag, Pradaxa has sold like hotcakes, and if you… or someone you care about… has ever been on the old standby drug Coumadin (warfarin) it’s not hard to understand why. Coumadin users… who spend about $4 a month on their drug… are forced to make frequent trips to see their doctor, or a lab tech, to get their blood levels monitored. It’s not long before all that poking leaves them feeling like a black-and-blue pin cushion. Continue reading →
  8. Another Big Pharma giant hops on the fish oil bandwagon

    Big Pharma’s back in the fish oil game Not so long ago mainstream medicine dismissed the value of fish oil supplements. Oh sure, they admitted that the omega-3s in fatty fish are good for you. But that’s where they drew the line. Fish oil supplements were purely unnecessary hokum… a waste of your money. But when they figured out a way to take natural “un-patentable” fish oil and slap a Big Pharma price tag on it, their tune changed really fast. Suddenly Big Pharma giant’s GlaxoSmithKline and Amarin were climbing up on the alternative medicine bandwagon to join us in singing the praises of fish oil. Continue reading →
  9. ADHD drugs may double heart problems in kids

    Could your child’s ADHD drug stop his heart? That “THUNK!” you just heard was the other shoe dropping. A new Dutch study has confirmed that ADHD drugs could be dangerous, and even deadly, for your kids. Now if you’re thinking it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that feeding young children (or anyone for that matter) powerful stimulant drugs isn’t going to end well, I couldn’t agree more. But apparently what seems obvious to you and me, isn’t always so clear to those blinded by the shine of the Big Pharma alter where they worship. The enormous study, following 714,000 children in Denmark for an average of 9 and a half years, found that the ADHD pills they’re handing out like samples at the supermarket these days, could be putting your child’s or grandchild’s heart in grave danger. Continue reading →
  10. Husi Food: The best, most horrifying, reason EVER to quit fast food

    If you need just one more good reason to kick your fast-food habit I’ve got a real doozy for you. And this one’s practically guaranteed to turn mouth-watering to gut-clenching faster than you can say, “Supersize it!” How does expired rotting meat strike you? I’m betting you’ve never even heard of Husi Food Co. before. I sure hadn’t. But there’s no doubt you’ve heard of some of the restaurants Husi Food supplies chicken meat to, they include McDonalds, StarBucks, KFC, Burger King, and Papa John’s. Continue reading →
  11. Build the best defense against deadly CRE superbugs

    I first warned you about carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) well over a year ago. On the superbug block, these nasty bugs are the worst of the worst… a true devil among demons. Like other superbug bullies, CRE is resistant to antibiotics. But CRE isn’t only resistant to the run-of-the-mill antibiotics, this ugly bug laughs in the face of the “last-resort” drug carbapenem. Now you may never have heard of carbapenem before—it’s not exactly a household name—and good luck pronouncing it (much less enterobacteriaceai!). But this life-saving drug is the antibiotic that docs turn to when nothing else works. And for many with critical infections it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading →
  12. Obamacare is taking on water and sinking fast

    You know that government tax subsidy carrot that they dangled in front of us to make Obamacare easier to swallow? It’s the one that was supposed to make that spiffy new healthcare insurance plan you were forced to buy affordable. Well, it turns out they’re flat-out illegal for most of us, according to a District of Columbia federal appeals court ruling this week. If you’re one of 4.7 million in the 36 states that didn’t set up their own exchanges… one of the ones that buckled under the pressure and bought insurance through the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov… the D.C. court says you’re not technically eligible for any subsidies the feds promised you. Believe it or not, it all appears to boil down to a single, poorly-written sentence by Congress that arguably says subsidies can only be provided to state-based exchanges. So, in other words, they had no right to offer you a break if you were in one of the 36 states that said “Heck no!” to Obamacare. Continue reading →
  13. Testosterone won't hurt your heart

    Testosterone proven safe, can protect the heart For a middle-aged man or older, it's practically a miracle: a simple safe and effective way to reverse some of most negative signs of aging. It can restore energy, increase muscle, help you to lose the spare tire around your middle and lift your mood. And perhaps most importantly of all, it can work wonders in the bedroom. Continue reading →
  14. The sunshine vitamin may help reduce blood sugar and weight

    We already knew vitamin D was a superstar, but June sure was a banner month for the sunshine vitamin. Besides being linked to better blood pressure control and dropping your risk of an early death, new research finds that D could turn out to be the key to lowering your blood sugar AND your weight. It turns out that the sunshine vitamin treatments act on the brain to improve both weight and blood glucose control in the overweight, according to an animal study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago. Continue reading →
  15. Low vitamin D linked to high blood pressure and early death

    “It’s as plain as the nose on your face.” My grandmother always delivered this little gem with a twinkle in her eye when I found myself struggling to wrap my noodle around something that should have been as obvious as…well… the nose on my face. It used to make me cringe. But I must admit that lately—when it comes to the obvious importance of vitamin D—I often feel like yelling it from the rooftops. Because, let’s be clear, low vitamin D could really affect your health. And this already obvious fact is becoming more and more obvious with each passing day. Continue reading →
  16. Tell Big Pharma, “Quit cherry-picking data!”

    It’s a lesson we all should have learned at our mother’s knee, I know I did. Sure Sally hit you, but you pulled her hair first, didn’t you? Half-truths are NOT the same things as full truths. Yet half-truths are common practice for Big Pharma, Big Food, biotech giants, and, let’s face it, just researchers in general. And last time I checked, these guys gave up their Scooby-Doo Underoos for big boy pants long ago. But these Big Pharma clowns insist on ignoring that most basic of childhood lessons and instead cherry-pick the data they release to the public, giving us only half of the picture. Continue reading →
  17. Will Afreeza have you “inhaling cancer”?

    It looks like MannKind Corporation might have a shiny new superstar on its hands. The drug company’s new darling, inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza, certainly looks like a blockbuster waiting to happen. It’s got it all, a novel new delivery system (“Look Ma, no needles!”), 25 million potential customers in the United States alone, and—best of all—a brand spanking new “APPROVED”stamp courtesy of the folks over at the Food and Drug Administration. You might even say Afrezza’s future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading →
  18. Chronic stress is a memory killer

    Trouble remembering where you parked the car? Forgetting appointments or blanking on people’s names? Don’t panic, chances are it isn't early Alzheimer’s. And no, you don’t have a brain tumor. The truth is, you’re probably just experiencing a little bit of chronic stress. And the cure for those brain burps is as simple as it gets: relax! Continue reading →
  19. You’ll be stunned by what researchers found in breast milk

    Hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, they’re all undeniably powerful forces. But I think we can all agree that there’s one that’s got them all beat, hands down. I’m talking about a mom defending her child, of course. Whether it’s a human mom steering her baby away from danger… or a mama bear defending her cub… there are few forces in the world as formidable, or as frightening, as a mom on the warpath. That’s why if I worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, I’d seriously be considering donning some riot gear right about now. Continue reading →
  20. Coca-Cola Life introduced as soda sales plummet

    It’s working! We've got Big Soda -- including new Coca-Cola Life -- on the run, and without a single Nanny State law in sight. All it took was ordinary people like you and me speaking with our wallets. In the last nine years soda sales in the U.S. have plummeted. And that slide has sped up. Last year alone sales dropped 3 percent, more than double the drop from the year before—and for good reason. Continue reading →

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