Dr. Allan Spreen, MD

  1. Dangerous ADHD drugs fed to more than 10,000 toddlers

    It’s nothing short of a horrifying disgrace.

    A new report has found that at least ten thousand toddlers—2 and 3-year-old babies—are being drugged with daily doses of powerful, addictive and dangerous stimulants. Drugs that fall into the same class as morphine, amphetamines and cocaine!

    I’m talking, of course, about so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall.

    And your toddler could be the next victim

    Apparently it wasn't enough to pump these stimulants into the millions of children and adults already diagnosed with ADHD in this country. No, lazy, ill-informed or just plain bad doctors (take your pick) have set their sights on the most vulnerable among us: our babies.

    An official from the CDC dropped this bomb last month. And while many in the medical mainstream had the nerve to act shocked, I can assure you the writing’s been on the wall for MANY years now. And that “shock”was little more than an episode of “It wasn't me” theater.

     1 out of 5 boys diagnosed with ADHD

    Yes, it’s horrifying, but no, it’s NOT a surprise.

    In fact, for just about as long as I’ve been writing the Guide to Good Health I’ve been warning you about the risks of the ADHD drugs Ritalin and Adderall.

    And as ADHD diagnoses skyrocketed over the years…and prescriptions for ADHD drugs rose right along with them…I turned up the volume on those warnings, exposing the potentially deadly nature of the drugs, and the over-diagnosis of what often amounts to a non-disease.

    We learned just last year that an astounding 11 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 have already been saddled with an ADHD diagnosis. That’s more that 3.5 million children! And one out of five little boys will not escape childhood without getting the label.

    With the 4 to 17-year-old crowd covered, clearly it was only a matter of time before some mainstream medicine doctors—doctors who nurse at the teat of the Big Pharma marketing machine—starting whipping out their prescription pads for every rambunctious and energetic toddler who came joyously roaring into their office.

    Yes my friend, “The Terrible 2’s”have now become a “disease”that requires medicating.

    And do these ADHD drugs work?

    Sure, they can turn your curious and full-of-life child into a complacent drooling zombie, if that’s what you’re going for. And the cost is just living with risks like insomnia, stunted growth, and hallucinations.

    (Although, I’d argue that an exhausted hallucinating toddler is MUCH worse than a highly energetic one. But hey, maybe that’s just me.)

    And those aren’t the only risks, of course. Schedule II controlled meds (such as cocaine and ADHD drugs) are also linked to heart attacks, psychosis, and blood disorders.

    Oh, and if that’s not bad enough, already, there’s the 2009 study that found that kids on ADHD drugs were more likely to die suddenly, and for unexplained reasons, than their non-drugged peers. I’d hazard an educated guess that this finding might have a little something to do with how stimulants affect your heart—increasing your blood pressure, heart rate, and chance of arrhythmias

    So let’s break this down. We’re drugging children as young as two with potentially deadly drugs to relieve their so-called hyperactivity and attention problems. But the problem is the vast majority of these ADHD-diagnosed kids likely aren’t actually suffering from any kind of “disease”at all…and that’s the rub.

     Tackle ADHD without harsh ADHD drugs

    Now don’t get me wrong. There certainly are a lot of children who have trouble concentrating, and have more energy than they know what to do with. Some of those kids are simply naturally high energy and need help channeling that drive into something like sports or an active hobby.

    But if your child or grandchild’s problem goes further than that, it’s time to take a look at what else might be causing their “ADHD”behavior. (Hint, it’s likely not some mysterious, stimulant-requiring disease.)

    In my experience, 9 times out of 10 a little digging will turn up a hidden food allergy at the heart of your child’s hyperactivity and attention issues.

    An elimination diet can come in handy here. Start by eliminating not only refined sugars, but artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and enhancers (like MSG) too, for at least a week. If you see a change for the better in your child’s behavior, you might have nailed the problem.

    But if your child is still having issues, don’t give up. Next up try eliminating dairy, but for two or three weeks this time, and watch your child closely for improvements. If you still see no improvements, wheat, corn, and citrus are all common food allergies, so try eliminating each in turn.

    With a little persistence and patience you could turn your child’s life around, no heavy-duty ADHD drugs required.

  2. HPV virus rates plummet in UNvaccinated girls

    Big Pharma’s pals at the CDC released the results of a study last year showing that the HPV virus rates are plunging, essentially proving that unvaccinated girls are actually SAFER than vaccinated ones. Although you certainly couldn’t tell that from the giddy press release the CDC sent out to every news outlet and reporter from coast to coast.

    According to the CDC, their new study showed that the “HPV virus vaccine”is lowering HPV virus rates in teen girls and proves the vaccine is a success. Except the study doesn't do that at all.

    In fact, the study that’s supposed to prove that these drugs are keeping our girls safe didn't even focus on teens. In the sample group of 8,000, less than 10 percent were teenagers! Some of the women included were as old as 59!

    And of the 740 teens that were included in the tiny study (remember literally millions of young women have already been vaccinated) less than half, 358, were even sexually active.

    But wait, it gets even MORE ridiculous.

    Of those 358 sexually-active teens, just 111 of the girls had received at least one shot of the three shot vaccine. That’s it…111. And some of those girls hadn’t even completed the program.

    And the final straw that broke the back of that 2013 CDC study?

    HPV virus cases dropped less than a measly 6 percent among vaccinated teens during the study. But in the unvaccinated girls the HPV virus rates plummeted a healthy 27 percent!

    So why the misleading CDC press release?

    Your guess is as good as mine, but I’d probably start that little thought experiment with the president of the vaccine division at Merck, who just happens to also be the former director of…yes, you guessed it…the CDC.

    I, for one, am not a big believer in coincidence. How about you?

     

  3. Dangerous ADHD drugs fed to more than 10,000 toddlers

    The Gardasil HPV vaccine has allegedly killed several, may have maimed many more, and it doesn’t even WORK! But you’ve got to hand it to Big Pharma, they’ve never been one to let the facts get in the way of sales. So even after 31,000 young women (or their survivors) have reported Gardasil HPV vaccine reactions to the FDA, the drug pushers behind the so-called “HPV vaccine”have shifted their attention and their tactics. They’re now training their laser focus on your boys. Continue reading →
  4. Benefits of probiotics—they may help protect your bones

    Step on a crack and break your mother’s back… but not if she’s on a probiotic. I know, that’s not exactly the way the old childhood chant goes, but some exciting new ‘benefits of probiotics’ research might soon force us to make that change to the old classic. Once again, good-belly-bug-producing probiotics -- already linked to better overall health -- are making news. This time the focus is on our bones.
  5. Shocking sleeping pill side effects force changes

    In case you’re keeping score, the FDA has been caught asleep at the wheel yet again. After ten years of being on the market, they’ve finally admitted that for more than 11 hours after taking Lunesta, the sleeping pill's side effects may severely impair a user’s memory, coordination and ability to perform everyday tasks. You know… tasks like driving a two-ton car down the same highway your child’s school bus takes.
  6. Statins and memory loss – Beware of the Statin Stupor

    If you’re on a statin… or are close to someone who is… I’m willing to bet that the results of a new study—published in the journal PLOS ONE—on statins and memory loss won’t surprise you all that much. That’s because memory problems are a common complaint from statin users. The good old Statin Stupor, as I like to call it. In fact, last year even the sleepy and slow FDA finally got around to forcing Big Pharma to add a side-effect warning to their statin drug labels alerting users that they could affect their cognitive function.
  7. Benefits of beans: they’re good for your heart…

    Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. I’ll spare you the rest of that classic school-yard rhyme about beans. Besides, if you were ever a kid I’m sure you know it anyway. (And if you happen to have spent a year as a 10-year-old boy, you’ve no doubt recited it a few times yourself.) In fact, if you dive into a daily serving of beans—or any legumes for that matter, including peas and lentils—you could significantly lower your heart disease risk, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
  8. Is Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO soy making you sick?

    I’m what you’d call a conspiracy realist. While I don’t go off on wild goose chases, I DO believe in following the evidence, no matter where it leads me—even if that happens to be smack dab into the heart of a so-called “conspiracy.” After all, you know what they say, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” And when it comes to the nightmare that is Roundup Ready GMO soy, despite cries of paranoia from the mainstream press, I’ve been warning you about the growing evidence of risk for years.
  9. Popular breakfast cereals are more than 30 percent sugar

    You don’t need me to tell you that sugary breakfast cereals aren’t the healthiest choice you can make, but you still may be shocked by a recent report released by our friends over at the Environmental Working Group. (I was even bowled over by some of the numbers.) If you enjoy sweetened breakfast cereals you might want to look away now—otherwise hold on tight to your bowl and spoon. According to the EWG, 12 common breakfast cereals don’t just pack in a lot of sugar… they’re more than 50 percent sugar!

    Have a little cereal with your sugar

    Kellogg's Honey Smacks and Post Golden Crisp are two brands that found themselves in the EWG's Cereal Hall of Shame. One cereal, Lieber’s Cocoa Frosted Flakes, weighed in at a jaw-dropping 88 percent sugar! And while those are the most extreme examples the EWG reported on, the rest of the so-called kid’s breakfast cereals (come-on, we all know adults who scarf this stuff up by the boxful) in the analysis of over 1,500 brands didn’t fare a whole lot better. In fact, on average the children’s breakfast cereals were 34 percent sugar. Your child or grandchild could scarf down a whole bowl of ice cream, or a 6 pack of little powdered donuts, and still not be hitting such a high percentage of sugar. And if you’re the sugared cereal fan in your house, you should know that if you eat just one bowl of the sweet stuff a day you’ll be swallowing down around 10 pounds of sugar a year!
  10. Veterans die on secret VA hospital waiting lists

    Veterans die on secret VA hospital waiting lists We owe them absolutely EVERYTHING: Our freedom, and, let’s face it, our very way of life. I’m talking, of course, about the brave men and women who have selflessly guarded us during peacetime and defended us during wartime, our home-grown heroes, American Veterans. And how do “we” repay them? Well if you’re the Feds, apparently it’s by dooming them to a long and painful death on a VA hospital waiting list. By now, you likely have heard the appalling reports about the American Veterans who were left to die while sitting on sham waiting lists. If you haven’t, trust me when I tell you that you’re going to want to sit down for this. The story first broke with the shocking news that at least 40 American Veterans have already died while languishing on what amounts to little more than a secret death list at a Phoenix VA hospital. These 40 American heroes—along with as many as 1,600 other veterans—had gone to the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Heath Care system with a simple request... they asked for a doctor’s appointment. You see, when a veteran requests medical help from the VA system they’re supposed to be granted an appointment within 14 to 30 days. After all, decent medical care is the least we can do to help repay them for all they’ve sacrificed for us.

    At least 40 died while on a secret sham waiting list!

    But it turns out that the backlog at the Phoenix VA hospital had gotten so bad that the paper-pushing federal employees running the joint decided to cook up an elaborate plan to cover up the problem. Rather than admit to their inability to meet the deadlines they allegedly swept the vets onto a super-secret sham waiting list where they were left to suffer for months on end, in some cases even dying before being seen. Meanwhile, the “official” second list that was being submitted to Washington showed that the VA was not only providing Vets with timely appointments, they were IMPROVING wait times! This revelation is devastatingly horrific enough all on its own. And, frankly, it’s hard to imagine any way in which it could get worse. But believe it or not it does, MUCH worse. Reports are emerging that this isn’t an isolated incident pulled off by a few bumbling bureaucrats at one single Phoenix VA hospital. Now there’s evidence that the VA in Albuquerque came up with a very similar hideous wait list “solution” for handling the backlog of waiting vets in their city. We don’t know yet how many vets died while waiting on Albuquerque’s list, but judging by the Phoenix debacle there are likely to be hundreds who were left to suffer while waiting months to be seen. (As both a med student, and an intern at the VA hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, I very much hope not all VA hospitals were involved.) But let’s face it, there’s every reason to believe that the Phoenix and Albuquerque VA’s are just the tip of a very big iceberg. There are already five more states being named as potential players in this horror story. Who knows how many more sham waiting lists, and how many more dead veterans, will be uncovered before we reach the end of this ghastly road?

    Feds have American vet’s blood on their hands

    And make no mistake about it; these incidents aren’t just the snafus of some low-level paper-pushing office workers in these two VA hospitals. Not only did top-management in at least one of the hospitals know about the “death list” (according to news reports they even defended the practice!), officials much higher up the food chain were well aware that there was a problem. Even before the story of the Phoenix VA scandal broke, the office of the Veterans Administration’s Inspector General had apparently launched an investigation into accusations that the Albuquerque VA hospital was covering up waiting times. And now, it would appear that our Veteran’s blood is on the hands of those at the very TOP of our government too. In fact, according to the Washington Times, the Obama administration has known about the inaccurate waiting times, and scheduling failures, for more than five years now! According to the report, VA officials warned the administration as far back as 2008 that the wait times that were being reported shouldn’t be trusted. I shudder to think how many brave men and women have suffered and died since then. Like 71 year old retired Navy vet Thomas Breen, one of the veterans who was apparently shuttled onto the Phoenix VA secret waiting list. Mr. Breen died an excruciatingly painful death from pancreatic cancer while waiting to be seen, despite the fact that after an ER visit to the VA hospital his chart clearly stated he should be seen within one week. According to his daughter-in-law, in the months before his death she watched Breen—a real tough guy by all accounts—literally weeping in pain as he sat at the kitchen table waiting for a call back from the VA. That call didn’t come until about a week AFTER he died, and well over a month after Breen’s VA emergency room visit and request for an urgent appointment. Our veterans have willingly made sacrifices for us and our country, and I think you’ll agree with me that the very least they can expect in return is decent, timely medical care. It’s time for us to demand a FULL investigation into this fatal scandal, and the stiffest punishments possible for those involved in this shameful nightmare.
  11. Lack of sleep could raise your stroke risk 54%

    I’ve told you before how dangerous a lack of sleep could be to your health. Now a new study out of Taiwan really drives that point home with a bang. Researchers found that sleeplessness, or insomnia, may boost your risk of stoke by a staggering 54 percent. The four-year-long study compared the health records of more than 21,000 people who suffer with insomnia to 64,000 who don’t have the condition. When the researchers crunched the numbers, and adjusted for other factors, they say there was a clear link between lack of sleep and stroke. And the worse your sleeping problem is the higher your stroke risk is.

    From diabetes to brain damage.. lack of sleep raises your risks

    As I’ve explained before, insomnia can raise your risk for a number of health problems including high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and even brain damage. It now looks like we need to add stroke to that list. Perhaps must shocking of all is that younger insomniacs, people between the ages of 18 to 34, were eight times more likely to suffer a stroke when compared to their snoozing peers. Proving that no matter your age, you need to start taking sleep—or lack of it—seriously. But, whatever you do, don’t fall for Big Pharma’s dangerous sleep drugs. To find out why sleeping pills aren’t the answer to lack of sleep, as well as read up on some natural shut-eye tricks, click here.
  12. Depression raises heart failure risk by 40 percent!

    No matter what you call it—down in the dumps, feeling blue, in a funk, bummed out, being a Gloomy Gus, or in low spirits—it’s time to start getting serious about depression. Because a new study, presented at EuroHeartCare 2014, found that you might not just be dragging around feeling doomed, you very well could BE doomed if you don’t do something about those blues. Researchers in Norway uncovered a dramatic link between depression and deadly heart failure. In a study that included almost 63,000 people, scientists found that moderate to severe depression could send your risk of heart failure skyrocketing. The large, long-term HUNT study gathered a variety of data from their volunteers, including body mass indexes, physical activity levels, smoking habits, blood pressures, and depression levels. During the 11 year study 1,500 people developed heart failure. And when the data was crunched, a glaring link between depression and heart failure was uncovered.

    Depression kills

    People with mild depression had a 5 percent increased risk of developing the potentially deadly heart condition, when compared to the volunteers with no symptoms of depression. But, if you’re in the midst of a moderate or major soul-sucking depression you might want to sit down for this next bit. YOUR risk for heart failure could jump by a staggering 40 percent, according to the study data! In other words, the worse you feel the greater your risk. And being depressed could, quite literally, kill you. To make matters worse, when you’re depressed you’re your own worst enemy. If you’ve ever had a serious case of the blues you know exactly what I’m talking about. Depression makes it hard to care about anything, let alone our health. We stop watching what we eat. Getting up from the couch can seem like too much effort most days. And exercising? Forget about it. Bad habits, like smoking and heavy drinking, often make an appearance. And your weight can balloon. But if you’re thinking these factors might be responsible for that 40 percent leap in heart failure risk you’re barking up the wrong tree. The researchers adjusted the data for factors like obesity and smoking before they reached that shocking figure. No, for the real reason your heart failure risk skyrockets, you need to take a look at an old enemy… stress. You see, when you’re depressed your body reacts by sending your inflammation levels skyrocketing and having your adrenal glands pump out a horde of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Your pulse rate rises, your breathing speeds up, your blood pressure climbs and your blood sugar spikes. And the more severe your depression, the more severe your stress reaction is going to be. Eventually, the build-up of all those stress hormones triggers inflammation and a hardening and narrowing of your arteries (atherosclerosis) that could lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The truth is, ignoring your serious case of depression in the hopes that it might go away might not be just a costly mistake it may be a deadly one.

    Beat depression naturally with supplements

    Reducing your stress and reversing your depression is critical. But don’t become a victim of the failed mainstream medicine approach to the problem... heavy-duty antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Because, despite Big Pharma’s cheerleading—and the wildly positive promises they make in their billion dollar ad campaigns—most depression drugs have been shown to be no more effective than a placebo at best, and linked to serious (and possibly even deadly) side effects at worst. Instead, turn to some tried-and-true natural approaches I’ve recommended before, starting with having your vitamin D levels checked. Running low on this important vitamin has been linked with depression. If you find your levels are subpar, top them up by spending more time outdoors and adding a D supplement to your routine. You can safely take up to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Your doctor can help you decide the amount that’s right for you. Next, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12, often called the “energy vitamin,” is used by every single cell in your body, and B6 is needed to kick your “feel good” neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine) into action. And low levels of vitamin B6 and B12 have been linked to depression. Make sure that you’re taking a good quality B-complex supplement daily. If you’re not already following my advice to take an omega-3 supplement, you may want to start. Not only are omega-3s good for your heart health studies show they’re also linked to mood and may help reverse depression.(Bonus, they also help fight inflammation!) And, finally, you might want to give curcumin, nature’s antidepressant spice, a try. Curcumin has long been used by opened-minded doctors as a natural mood booster. In one study, curcumin performed at least as well as Big Pharma darling Prozac in beating serious cases of depression. And of course the spice managed this feat without dangerous side effects.
  13. Health benefits of almonds: The perfect snack food?

    If you’re a regular reader of the Guide to Good Health you know I’m a firm believer in the power of nuts (being a health nut myself!). These delicious nutrition-packed wonders can do everything from boosting your energy levels to helping head off heart problems and fight cancer. In fact, according to one study, just 30 grams of nuts a day (a modest handful) could significantly reduce your stroke risk. A half a cup of mixed nuts a day drove down the blood sugar and cholesterol levels in a group of type-2 diabetics. And the vitamin E found in many nuts may help slash your risk of deadly pancreatic cancer. Now, a stack of new research on the health benefits of almonds—presented at the American Society of Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting in San Diego late last month—points to almonds as a way to help ward off obesity, metabolic issues, and heart problems.

    Better blood sugar with almonds

    A study of over 24,800 adults found that people who eat almonds tend to make better diet choices and have better overall health than non-almond eaters. And in a crossover, randomized clinical trial on the health benefits of almonds, overweight pregnant women who snacked on 2 ounces of almonds felt fuller… and as a result had a reduced appetite. In another analysis on the health benefits of almonds performed at Purdue University, researchers showed that people who eat 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly-salted almonds daily have better appetite control and healthier blood sugar levels, as well as higher vitamin E and monounsaturated healthy fat intake, than those who skip the healthy snack. But it gets even better with some real world results. The daily almond eaters, who were all at risk for type 2 diabetes, were also able to maintain healthy weight levels despite the fact that they had increased their calorie intake by 250 extra calories a day! And in yet another study, 52 adults with high cholesterol were able to reduce belly fat and slash their risk of heart and metabolic problems just by eating a modest serving (1.5 ounces) of almonds every day.
  14. SlimSuccess: Has the key to your weight loss dreams been found?

    Spring has sprung. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you’re hiding in the house weeping over the shocking numbers on the bathroom scale. If you were blindsided by what you saw at your last weigh in, trust me, you’re not alone. Winter has a way of making us ALL pack on the pounds… especially around our comfort-food-loving bellies. And let’s face it, when you’re dragging around a little extra weight, getting out and “enjoying” the beautiful weather can seem more like a chore than it does a reward. You know what that means, right? Yes, it’s time to dust off the dreaded D-word... diet. But if you’re among the many who have struggled to lose weight the old-fashioned way, with diet and exercise alone... if you’ve tried to drop the pounds, but the number on the scale seemed practically super-glued in place… getting started can seem next to impossible.

    Pounds melt off 3 times faster!

    The truth is we could all use a little extra help when it comes to beating the battle of the bulge. But what if I told you that a LOT of help is available, in a new formula called SlimSuccess? And what if I told you that SlimSuccess is SO powerful that you could lose 3 TIMES MORE WEIGHT than you could with diet and exercise alone? It might sound outrageous, but I assure you, it’s true. In fact, for fourteen long years this incredible weight-loss breakthrough… an extract mix shown in 2 double-blind studies to help melt stubborn belly flab… has remained hidden away. Now, one brilliant doctor has finally revealed the truth about what could turn out to be the most potent weight-loss booster ever uncovered. And, believe it or not, it all started with “fat proof mice.” You see, over a decade ago a group of bright scientists stumbled across something amazing while studying our furry little friends. It was a sort of hidden “off switch” buried deep in the mice’s genes. And when they flipped that switch, no matter how much junk food the critters indulged in, they stayed trim and slim. And the most exciting part is that humans share this very same gene with mice. Known as the PLIN gene, this potential “off switch” controls the way we burn and store fat by releasing a protein called perilipin Perilipin is your belly fat’s best friend, essentially coating fat cells and protecting them from your metabolism—and your best efforts at losing weight. But if science could figure out way to break through that protective perilipin coating—essentially flipping the same “off switch” in HUMAN fat cells as they did in mice—than could mean exciting results for humans too. Unfortunately, scientists hit a brick wall, and unable to figure out how to make this incredible weight-loss breakthrough work for humans, the research was dropped and soon forgotten.

    Belly beating breakthrough

    That’s where that brilliant doctor I mentioned earlier comes in. Dr. Mark Stengler, was able to connect the dots between those old “fat proof” mice and some exciting new research being performed at UC Davis Medical Center. There, researchers studying plants used in the ancient Indian medical practice known as Ayurvedic medicine, stumbled upon two powerful tropical plants—Garcinia Mangostana and East Indian Globe Thistle—that both showed great promise in the fight against fat-protecting perilipin. And when the carefully combined and concentrated extracts were introduced to some fat cells, the scientists watched in amazement as the protective perilipin layer practically vanished from sight. But the research didn’t end with those petri dishes and microscopes; the powerful combo was soon put to the true test with real humans. The remarkable results of two double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials showed that this powerful extract combo is the real deal. All of the trial volunteers took a 30-minute stroll every day, and ate a normal 2,000 calorie a day diet. But the lucky folks who got the extract lost an incredible 3 times more weight than the volunteers who didn’t get the extract! With results like that it’s easy to see why Dr. Stengler chose to put these two powerful weight-busting plants at the center of his new breakthrough formula SlimSuccess. But he didn’t stop there. Dr. Stengler knows how tough it can be to stick to your healthy-eating plan when you’re being tempted all the time by well-meaning friends and family. And snack attacks get to the best of us. That’s why he also included natural safranal. Research shows that this powerful compound, carefully extracted from the saffron plant, can help chase away the hungries. In other words, SlimSuccess (from our friends and affiliates at BestHealth Nutritionals) contains the perfect weight-loss-supporting dream team. By combining powerful botanicals that can help you burn fat faster, with one that can give you the willpower you need to say no to diet-sabotaging foods, Dr. Stengler has given you everything you need to say goodbye to that ugly flab faster than you ever dreamed possible.
  15. Fish oil could help you ace your next dental exam

    I’ve told you before about the link between un-healthy teeth and gums and heart disease. And you may know that mouth problems are often connected to other serious conditions like diabetes and leukemia. Well I’ve got some great news! It turns out that a simple supplement… one I already recommend for everyone… may be the key to keeping your chompers healthy. According to the results of a new study, omega-3-packed fish oil supplements could significantly improve your periodontal health.

    Keep your teeth in tip-top shape

    In the 12-week double-blind study, volunteers with moderate to severe periodontal problems were given standard dental treatments (scaling and root planning) and either a daily placebo, or an omega-3 fish oil fatty acid supplement (180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA). The inflammation-fighting omega-3 fish oil produced some impressive results. The lucky volunteers who got the fish oil saw a significant improvement in their gingivitis and gum bleeding. And the deep pockets between their teeth and gums… a classic hallmark of periodontal disease… were vastly reduced, sliced almost in half. So if you haven’t already heeded my advice and started taking a daily fish oil supplement you now have one more reason to start. And if you’re already taking one, you can feel good that you’re helping to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.
  16. Vitamin D deficiency could be deadly

    Barely a month goes by when we don’t see yet one more unfounded attack on a vital vitamin or necessary nutrient. It’s become so predictable you can practically set your watch by it. They won’t be satisfied until supplements are removed from the picture completely—and along with them, your freedom to choose. This time it’s vitamin D that’s been placed on the chopping block, a nutrient critical to combatting bone loss, cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, inflammation and very likely diabetes, autism, dementia, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and more. In fact, this vitamin is SO critical to our health and wellbeing that frankly this latest review trashing this valuable vitamin—published in the April issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ)—is downright irresponsible. Even worse, when you consider how many of us have a dangerously low vitamin D deficiency, taking the researcher’s conclusions seriously could be as good as signing your own death warrant. According to the researchers, “Despite a few hundred systematic reviews and meta-analyses, highly convincing evidence of a clear role of vitamin D does not exist for any outcome…” Nonsense! Besides, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that BAD science is going to lead to BAD results. And in the case of this BMJ-published “umbrella review,” they should have seen the bad coming from a mile away. Since the researchers chose to include flawed and poorly executed studies in the mix, it really isn’t surprising that the conclusions they reached are essentially rubbish, too.

    Vitamin D deficiency seriously bad for your health

    Let’s take a closer look at what research has already proven about vitamin D. But we’ll have to just hit some of the highlights, because we’d literally be here all day if I tried to cover EVERYTHING that D is good for. To begin with, despite its poor execution, the umbrella review in question still showed around an 11 percent drop in death risk for those taking a D supplement. In fact, study after study has shown us the value of this vitamin, demonstrating what a deficiency of D can lead to... starting with trouble for your ticker. In a seven-year collaboration, researchers from the University of Colorado and Massachusetts General Hospital uncovered evidence linking heart disease and vitamin D deficiency in men and women 65 or older. Seniors with the lowest levels of D were three times more likely to die from heart disease. And those volunteers who had a vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study were 2.5 times more likely to have died from ANY cause by the end of it. Now a new study confirms that if your vitamin D blood levels fall below 20 ng/mL (or 50 nmol/l), your risk of heart disease shoots up by a third. Even worse, if your levels dip into the dangerously low 10 ng/mL area, your risk for atherosclerosis (the hardening and narrowing of your arteries) doubles! But your heart isn’t the only organ that craves D: your brain is a big fan too. In fact, over the years research has linked D deficiencies to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even depression. And just last year, an animal study—published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine—showed us just how critical the vitamin is to cognitive performance and memory.

    D doesn’t just target organ health either… it’s a whole-body elixir that could help to both keep cancer at bay,and drive down your diabetes risk.

    Vitamin D targets whole body health

    Studies have shown an association between vitamin D and cancer risk, and many experts agree that the vitamin likely offers some protection against a variety of cancers including breast, colon, prostate and bladder cancers. Even mainstream medicine organizations, like The National Cancer Institute, agree that there’s epidemiological evidence linking adequate D levels to a reduced risk. Research has also revealed that vitamin D could play an important role in preventing diabetes. For example, a Tufts University study found that higher concentrations of D are associated with a lower diabetes risk. And then there’s the meta-analysis of more than 100,000 people that sheds some light on how it is that D may be driving down diabetes risk. Blood work from 28 different studies revealed that those men and women with the highest D levels tended to avoid the dreaded collection of pre-diabetes symptoms… including high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugars, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and a large belly... that are commonly known as metabolic syndrome. The truth is that a vitamin D deficiency and diabetes link is so promising that even the mainstream medicine drones couldn’t ignore it anymore. Late last year the VERY mainstream National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally decided to fund a large-scale clinical trial to explore the effects of D on the disease. And those really are just a few of the D highlights. There are literally hundreds of studies linking D to good health. The evidence is so vast that public health guidelines here in the United States, as well as those in many other countries, recognize the critical importance of maintaining healthy D levels. Unfortunately, their D recommendations are entirely too low. That’s why up to 90 percent of us may be walking… or dragging… around with a vitamin D deficiency. Besides trying to spend a little bit of time every day outside in the sunshine, I typically recommend taking 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Your doctor can run a simple blood test to figure out what your current levels are.
  17. Cracking open a can of heart disease: Diet soda health risks

    I’ve warned you before about the link between that swill known as diet soda – health risks including diabetes. In short, just one can a day could send your diabetes risk skyrocketing. (If you missed that story, click here to catch up right here on the NorthStar Blog.) Now a new finding, from a study that tracked close to 60,000 women, has found that diet soda health risks are even worse than we thought -- drinking two or more of the dastardly drinks a day could be deadly. It turns out that the ladies with a bit of diet soda habit were FAR more likely to keel over from heart disease, than the women who rarely downed the drinks.

    30 percent higher risk of stroke or heart attack!

    According to the findings presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology on diet soda health risks, the diet soda drinkers had an incredible 30 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. (It’s not the first time we’ve seen a stroke connection. Click here to learn more.) Even worse, their risk of dying from heart disease was a staggering 50 percent greater than the women who hardly touched the stuff! And while those who tow the mainstream medicine line would like you to believe that diet sodas are really just the innocent bystanders in this story—and the steep rise in risk is simply because all of these women are making up for other bad health habits with their diet soda drinking—you and I know better, don’t we? Sure, no one would deny that other bad habits do play a role in raising your heart risk. But there’s no denying the mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners, like the aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) found in diet sodas, can monkey with your blood sugar and insulin levels.

    Artificial sweeteners overstimulate sugar receptors

    In addition, many experts believe these fake sweeteners can backfire, over-stimulating your sugar receptors, as well as literally causing you to crave and eat MORE sugary sweets. And frankly, with all these strikes against them, it doesn’t take a genius to see why diet-soda drinkers would have not only an increased risk for diabetes and obesity, but heart disease as well. The bottom line is, diet soda is anything but an innocent bystander. If you’re still drinking these killer “cocktails” in a can, it’s time to kick the habit before it kicks you.
  18. Actos side effects: Dodge this deadly diabetes drug

    The potentially deadly side effects from prescription diabetes drug Actos is liable to cost you a heck of a lot more than just your copay. But the “bill” might not arrive for a couple of years. Oh, and instead of cash you could be paying for it with your life. Now this isn’t the first time you’ve seen me lose my cool over a potentially dangerous diabetes drug… far from it, in fact. But the inexcusable—not to mention immoral—actions of two drug companies… and the blood that appears to be on their hands… has me positively fuming once again. Let me back up just a bit to set the sickening stage. I started warning you about the diabetes drug Actos side effects years ago. It was around this same time of year way back in 2011 that the drug’s maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, sent out some pumped up, over-the-top news releases about new research showing that their star of the drug stable, Actos, wasn’t just good for diabetics, it was also good for anyone with elevated blood sugars. They claimed Actos may be able to keep you from ever becoming diabetic. In other words, we should start force feeding this stuff to pre-diabetics too.

    Actos linked to bladder cancer

    Think that’s a bad idea? With stroke, heart failure, trouble breathing, liver problems, bone fractures and cancer (!) eventually finding themselves onto the list of potential Actos side effects, you’re absolutely right it IS a bad idea. In fact, it may be one of the worst ideas EVER. That didn’t stop the New York Times and Time magazine from jumping right on the Actos bandwagon, devoting valuable editorial space to coverage of the drug. But while they were reporting on the “astounding” results showing that Actos “reduces your risk of diabetes by 72 percent!” they totally missed the HUGE elephant standing smack dab in the center of the room. (Or ignored it to tell a more sensational story…you pick.) These findings were based on what amounts to a difference of 35 people. Yes, they were actually proposing that millions of pre-diabetics start popping a potentially risky drug essentially based on 35 people. Click here to read the rest of the ridiculous story here on the NorthStar Blog. Now, skip forward in time a couple of months and the Actos story really started to crumble. As I reported to you at that time, a study analyzing adverse event reports had linked the drug (not for the first time) to bladder cancer in what researchers called a “definite risk.” But the study was soft pedaled, and the news made barely a blip in the American mainstream media. Outside of the United States, countries like France, Germany and India reacted to the shocking cancer news by banning the drug (what I would call a reasonable response). And what did the FDA do? They had the company bury a bladder cancer warning in the labeling insert. (Surprise, surprise.) But I’m willing to bet if you’re already taking this drug you’ve never even noticed that warning, because, let’s be honest, how many of us get out a magnifying glass and actually read all that tiny type? Heck, many doctors aren’t even aware of the cancer connection. Fewer still bother to mention Actos side effects to their patients when prescribing it. And that finally brings me to the news that has steam coming out of my ears today.

    Dangerous Actos side effects kept secret

    A jury has just awarded a bladder-cancer sufferer, and victim of Actos side effects, a huge sum of money for punitive damages, effectively ruling that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and their marketing partner Eli Lilly purposefully withheld vital—potentially life-saving—information about the drug’s cancer risks. And information wasn’t just withheld, files were actually destroyed in what I dare say any sane person would likely see as an attempt cover things up. In fact, the judge in the case said, “The breadth of Takeda leadership whose files have been lost, deleted or destroyed is, in and of itself, disturbing.” Not only did the companies know about the link between their superstar drug and bladder cancer, it would appear that they’ve known about it at least since 2000… eleven years before that weak warning limped its way into the drug’s literature! But that’s not the only thing those rats in suits may have been hiding. According to one brave whistleblower—a former employee of Takeda—the company was likely well aware of at least some of those other serious Actos side effects I mentioned earlier, too. And who knows how many people are now suffering with heart disease or cancer as a result. Or worse, have lost their battles. Sure, we all know that profits before people is practically a mantra in the halls of Big Pharma, but seeing just how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of the almighty dollar, somehow still has the power to shock and anger me. Click here for some advice on how to tackle diabetes without ever going near Actos, or any other potentially dangerous diabetes drug.
  19. Silence the ringing in your ears

    Dear Dr. Spreen, For years now I’ve had this annoying ringing in my ears. The doctors say I’m fine, but it’s driving me nuts. Sometimes I have trouble concentrating at work, and now it’s even keeping me up at night. Am I just going crazy? J.L. from Texas Dear J.L., No, you’re NOT crazy, and you’re far from alone. In fact, experts estimate that up to 50 million Americans suffer with unexplained noises… like buzzing, hissing, or ringing… in their ears. But the medical mainstream can’t see it or measure it—and they certainly don’t have any answers for resolving it—so they dismiss it, calling it a “phantom” and sending you home to suffer. Luckily they couldn’t be more wrong. You can silence that racket in your head, and it all starts with nutrition. Yes, nutrition. You see, your ear is a very delicate instrument and nutritional deficiencies, free radicals, and even stress can throw things out of whack leaving you with an unwanted symphony of noises in your head. But the right combination of nutritional supplements can deliver blessed silence once and for all. Healthy circulation is critical to healthy ears, so start with gingko biloba that can help open up the fine blood vessels that feed your ears, allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow in. Next, add in circulation-promoting superstar dong quai. Toss in some Rehmannia glutinosa, commonly known as Chinese Foxglove, to deliver some free-radical-fighting antioxidants.  And then there’s the hearing helper magnesium that’s been proven to promote better hearing AND drive away the annoying buzzing, ringing and clicking. All of these, and over a dozen more hearing hero ingredients, can be found in NorthStar Nutritionals breakthrough formula Healthy Hear. Click here to learn more, or to order your own bottle of Healthy Hear, and be on your way to silencing that ringing in your ears once and for all.
  20. Don’t fall for bogus new statin guidelines

    Are you on a statin? If not, hold onto your hat, as you might be much sooner than you think. In fact, according to new statin “guidelines,” if you’re over 60 it’s practically a done deal… more on that in a moment. And if you are already on one, you better back up and make some room, because you’re about to get a LOT more company… around 13 million new statin users (I sure hope you have some extra guest towels on hand). You may have heard by now, while we were ramping up for the holidays—and still bundled up in mittens and scarves—the “geniuses” at The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) got together to dream up the most insane set of new statin guidelines you could imagine. But what Big Pharma’s best buds at the AHA and ACC actually did was give the drug companies the best late Christmas gift EVER. Their proposed Mickey Mouse guidelines vastly expand who can get these dangerous drugs, practically proposing every blessed American adult start popping these cholesterol-lowering “poisonous” pills. And if you suspect I’m exaggerating, unfortunately I’m not.

    Statins for everyone!

    If you’re over 40 you have around a 50% chance of your doc whipping out a prescription pad and dashing off a new statin prescription for you at your next checkup. And if you’re a man 60 or older, you may as well go ahead and clear a spot behind the bathroom mirror for your new statin bottle. If you don’t fall into those two categories, or your cholesterol isn’t elevated, don’t start celebrating too quickly. With the new statin guidelines you might still be getting an invitation to the statins party. Do you smoke? You’re on the guest list. Elevated blood pressure? Good news, your invite’s already in the mail. Diagnosed with diabetes? You get to join the statins club, too. In fact, a recent Duke University analysis found that what the new statin guidelines really mean is that HALF of every single person between the ages of 40 to 75 is now being advised to start downing a statin. And if that sounds crazy to you, that’s because it IS crazy. As I’ve explained before, statins are nothing but bad news.

    Avoid severe statin side effects

    Around 10 to 15 percent of statin users will suffer from—sometimes severe—muscle pain… not to mention serious aches and fatigue. And if you like to exercise for your health, if you become a statin user you better proceed with caution. Your risk for those debilitating muscle pains shoots up to 25 percent. Even worse, you could even be one of the unlucky souls who suffer from—sometimes permanent—muscle damage. But that’s far from the worst side effect that could be hiding in bottom of that statin bottle. Your brain needs cholesterol to stay in tip-top shape. That’s why so many statin users suddenly find themselves suffering from memory problems. And your eyes need the compound to stay crystal clear, so as a statin user you may have cataract surgery in your future. And while those statins are ridding your body of valuable cholesterol, they’re also depleting it of the important antioxidant CoQ10. I’ll give you one guess what organ thrives on the energy-producing abilities of CoQ10:yes, your heart.  In fact, the antioxidant has been proven to slash death risk in heart failure patients by 50 percent, according to researchers in Denmark. But we haven’t even gotten to the worst statin side effect yet. Statins cause your risk for type 2 diabetes to skyrocket. So you could be trading in elevated cholesterol (or even just the potential for elevated cholesterol) for a raging case of diabetes… not to mention all the complications that come along with the disease, including, ironically, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. But with all those side effect risks, at least you can rest assured that statins are significantly lowering your chance of dying from heart attack or heart disease, right? Wrong. In a massive study of 10,000 people, researchers found that statin users still had the same death rate as those with high cholesterol who went the “usual care” route... watching their weight, getting some regular exercise, and not smoking. And, in fact, that’s exactly where my all-natural heart-healthy “prescription” for lowering cholesterol begins… skip the dangerous statin drugs, start watching what you eat, get a little exercise, and quit smoking. Next add in some heart-supporting supplements. To keep your ticker in tip-top shape I recommend L-Carnitine (1,000 mg), magnesium (500 to 800 mg), Coenzyme Q10 (100 mg), and mixed tocopherols vitamin E (400 to 800 IU). If your doctor is trying to force a statin on you because of the new statin “guidelines” it’s time to find a new doc. I recommend a naturopathic doctor you can trust to tailor an individual all-natural plan for you.

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