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  1. Study finds glyphosate levels in people up 1,200 percent

    Dear Reader,

    Do you have cancer-causing weed killer glyphosate, a.k.a. Roundup, inside of your body? How about your kids and grandkids?

    According to some new research, that's not just a possibility... but a probability.

    Some stunning findings have just been released showing that we're all being turned into walking test tubes in Monsanto's long-running experiment with this chemical.

    And doing whatever it takes to reduce exposure has now become more urgent than ever before.

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    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have been studying human exposure to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) for over two decades. And their most recent findings are unbelievably frightening.

    After analyzing urine samples from volunteers in southern California for the past 23 years, they've now found that the number of people who have the chemical in their body has increased 500 percent, and the amounts of glyphosate they harbor have gone up by a whopping 1,200 percent!

    Yet back in the early 1990s, when they started this testing, almost none of the participants had detectible levels.

    Now, if you ask the FDA, CDC, or some other so-called health agency what that means, you'll probably hear the old "don't worry, be happy" refrain they've all been handing out for years.

    And if you ask the folks at Monsanto, they'll tell you that there's nothing unusual about those numbers. In fact, they're "consistent with prior reports," and in no way "raise health concerns."

    Well, OK, if they say so!

    In all seriousness, the harsh reality of this situation is that, while we really don't know exactly what this is doing to us (and even scarier, what it could be doing to our kids), what we've heard so far isn't very reassuring.

    For example:

    • In a study out of the UK, rats who were fed low levels of glyphosate were at significantly higher risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which can destroy your liver before you know what's happening. And the levels of the chemical detected in people just so happen to be "100-fold greater" than in those rats.
    • Several years ago, glyphosate was found to interfere with bacteria in the GI tract, which can cause essential amino acids to be depleted.
    • It's also been linked to kidney and liver damage, as well as being a likely contributor to a whole host of diseases such as IBS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.
    • And last, but certainly not least, two years ago, the World Health Organization said that glyphosate can "probably" cause cancer in people -- that's right, not rats or mice but human beings.

    But instead of our regulators pulling in the reins, glyphosate use is now totally out of control.

    And it's not just used on Frankencrops anymore, but loads of other foods as well. As we told you, Monsanto has been encouraging farmers to apply it as a drying agent on everything from lentils to peas to oats -- even oats that end up in baby food!

    While those California researchers are planning to conduct studies looking at liver disease, including NAFLD in people, I don't think we have the luxury of waiting for those results.

    That's why the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is take these three steps to reduce your glyphosate exposure right now:

    #1: Don't be tricked by TV ads into using Roundup or any other weed killer anywhere in the vicinity of your home.

    #2: Give the boot to any products containing the big four Frankencrops -- corn, soy, canola, and sugar that comes from sugar beets -- unless they're organic or certified as GMO-free.

    #3: Whenever possible, avoid using nonorganic lentils, peas, dry beans, flax, barley, potatoes, and oats, as these may be subject to post-harvest glyphosate applications.

    Getting the glyphosate beast back into its cage, unfortunately, is next to impossible at this point. But thanks to these findings, at least we know what we need to do to keep it from attacking us.

    To Taking Action Now,

    Melissa Young

  2. The Mysterious Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

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    cancer and processed foodsWe’ve known heavily processed foods are less healthy than raw foods for decades, but how much physical damage they can cause is only now truly beginning to be understood.

    It’s not just that they’re full of fat, sodium, and preservatives – as it turns out, heavily processed foods are directly linked to cancer.

    Even the so-called “healthy” alternatives in your frozen food or baking aisle aren’t really healthy.

    In fact, it doesn’t matter which aisle you’re in. If you’re buying a heavily processed food, it can be linked to cancer.

    The Difference Between Heavily Processed and Lightly Processed

    The key to understanding the link between processed foods and cancer is understanding what we’re talking about. Because the truth is not all processing is bad for you.

    The question is how processed is a food?

    Technically, frozen vegetables and fruits have been processed. So have all-natural nut butters and ground whole grains. But they aren’t the processed foods that have been linked to cancer.

    Heavily processed foods – the foods that hardly look like anything natural any longer – are the problems. “Fruit” juices that have more oil in them than fruit. Cured meats. Instant anything.

    Unfortunately, some studies indicate that up to 90% of Americans’ diets consist of heavily processed foods, not the lightly processed ones.

    Which means, statistically speaking, you’ve probably got a few carcinogens in your pantry.

    Start with Cured Meats…

    The link between heavily processed foods and cancer is back in the front of everyone’s collective conscious these days because of a recent WHO (World Health Organization) study that officially declared that processed meats cause cancer.

    Hot dogs. Bacon. Jerky. Any meat that has been altered through salting, curing, fermenting, or smoking is considered a processed meat. Eat enough of them and the results are clear.

    But the definitive nature of these results has started people asking deeper questions about the link between all heavily processed foods and cancer.

    And Then Clean Out the Pantry

    It’s estimated that half of all cancers – half – can be prevented just by making some behavioral and dietary changes. Like greatly reducing or eliminating all heavily processed foods.

    Many of the cancers caused by processed foods are cancers of the digestive tract. And this makes sense if you think about it.

    When you eat anything, your body processes and uses the nutrients for fuel. Once it’s gotten all the good stuff it needs, it moves the waste along.

    But that part of the food – the part that will eventually be waste – the chemicals, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, anything your body can’t use – makes it way throughout your entire digestive tract, too, right along with the nutrients.

    And then they’re the part that sit in the lower digestive tract until you can pass them through urine or a bowl movement.

    Meaning they have the opportunity to contaminate and impact your entire system.

    Identifying the Real Problem

    One of the easiest ways to recognize a heavily processed food is to check the label. Look at the ingredients list. Can you pronounce all the words? Are they real food?

    If the answer to both of those questions is yes, you probably have a lightly processed food on your hands. Feel free to enjoy it.

    But if the answer to those questions is no, you need to be careful. Food coloring, emulsifiers, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and stabilizers have all been linked to cancer.

    Refined carbohydrates (think white flour or white rice), refined sugars, and high fructose corn syrup have been linked to cancer, as well. And let’s not forget about hydrogenated oils, which are some of the unhealthiest ingredients you can put in your body.

    Yet all of these are regularly used in highly processed foods to help them taste good, and look appetizing, while maintaining shelf or freezer stability.

    Fortunately or unfortunately, the link between highly processed foods and cancer is no longer a mystery. It’s clear and definitive. But with this new knowledge, you can make better choices for you, you family, and your health.

  3. Could Gum Chewing Be Linked to Cancer?

    chewing gumGum chewing can’t possibly be bad for you.

    It keeps your breath fresh and, for many people, it’s instrumental in kicking the smoking habit and losing weight.

    Chewing gum is a harmless habit, right?

    Not necessarily… Turns out, gum chewing – or at least some common ingredients in chewing gum - may actually be linked to cancer.

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  4. Supercharge Your Colon Cancer Diet

    diet colon cancerColon cancer. Even the phrase is scary.

    And trying to get information can feel like wandering around alone in the dark.

    Well, we’re going to turn the lights on!

    You can protect your colon health and possibly even prevent colon cancer with one thing: diet.

    Start eating the right delicious foods, stop eating the unhealthy ones, and get on board with a colon cancer diet that can keep your doctor happy and you healthy!

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  5. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets?

    I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets!

    So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading

  6. The Ultimate Prostate Cancer Diet: Can You Prevent Prostate Cancer With Food?

    Diet prostate cancerThe topics are all over your television, news stream, and radio: how can you prevent prostate cancer?

    Is there a prostate cancer diet? What are your risks for prostate cancer?

    If you’re a man – or a woman who loves a man – you’ve probably realized prostate health should be a major focus of overall health.

    There’s a good reason for that.

    Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, coming in behind skin cancer.

    And it’s the second deadliest cancer in men, as well.

    In fact, 1 in every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point. Sadly, 1 in every 38 of those men will die from it.

    However, that doesn’t mean that prostate cancer is inherently a death sentence. More than 2.9 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still around, living life to its fullest.

    And perhaps the easiest way to prevent prostate cancer, and increase your odds of beating it, is through diet. Simple, healthy, and delicious changes to your diet can help you help your prostate! Continue reading

  7. Are Whole Grains Linked to Helping Fight Cancer?

    cancer fightWhen it comes to your health, it seems just about every food has been labeled the latest superfood.

    It’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. And sometimes, let’s be honest – it doesn’t really matter.

    So long as food is healthy, it doesn’t have to be a superfood. It’s okay for it to just be good for you.

    But when it comes to cancer, you want more than promises or catch phrases.

    That’s where whole grains come in. Because whole grains aren’t just sold as a superfood – whole grains actually are linked to helping fight cancer.
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  8. Stop Eating These 10 Foods that Give You Cancer

    Foods that Cause CancerStop Eating These 10 Foods That Give You Cancer

    Most people think about the foods they should eat to stay healthy and cancer-free, but how often do you think about the foods you should stop eating?

    The foods that cause cancer – but can easily be avoided.

    Good health isn’t just about what you do eat, it’s about what you don’t eat, too.

    Take a look at these 10 foods that cause cancer and make sure you aren’t sabotaging your healthy eating habits. Continue reading

  9. Does Coffee Cause Cancer? Busting 7 Common Cancer Myths

    Cancer MythsHave you ever noticed that some myths about cancer just don’t go away?

    Like the common question I hear almost every week, “will drinking coffee give me cancer?”

    They may die down a bit, but inevitably, they resurface with the next generation. I’m sure you've heard most of these theories before – and may even believe some yourself.

    But, after reading this article, you’ll see that you can do things like drink coffee – safely, and without increasing your risk of cancer.

    Today, we’re putting that – and 6 other cancer myths – to rest once and for all. Continue reading

  10. 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 Afrezzas future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading

  11. 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

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Lack of sleep leads to brain damage

    Catching up on your z’s, stealing some shut eye, sawing logs, grabbing 40 winks, or hitting the hay… no matter what you call it, sleep is absolutely critical to our continued good health. Without enough of it we simply, well, start to fall apart. Although we still have more to learn about exactly what happens during the hours that we’re snoozing, we do know that our bodies use this “down time” to get a whole lot of work done. When we short-change ourselves on sleep, some of that work doesn’t get done, and the consequences of lack of sleep can be devastating, raising our risks for diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. Men, you ought to think twice before deciding to burn the candle at both ends. Lack of sleep could raise your risk of prostate cancer. And we’re not talking about a little rise in risk here, either. According to one study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, if your insomnia has you battling to stay asleep, your prostate cancer risk could even double! And if that doesn’t scare you enough to want to do something about your sleep problems, what if I told you that lack of sleep could send your sperm counts south and even lead to shrunken testicles! (Yeah, I thought THAT might get your attention.) Ladies, don’t think you’ve dodged a bullet here. Lack of sleep can have both men, and women packing on the pounds and fighting skyrocketing blood sugar. In fact, getting less than six hours of quality sleep a night is linked to a higher Body Mass Index, according to a study in the American Journal of Human Biology. And a University of Illinois at Chicago study found that poor sleepers were twice as likely to have type-2 diabetes as those who regularly got a good night’s sleep.

    Lack of sleep means lost neurons

    Now a new study, published in the Journal of Neurosciences, has given us yet one more reason to commit to keeping our date with the Sandman every night. According to researchers, sleep loss can literally cause brain damage! And to make matters worse, sneaking in extra naps—or sleeping in on the weekends—to catch up on your sleep will NOT help reverse the damage you’ve done to your brain. University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists wanted to find out what effects a sporadic sleep schedule… like the one that shift workers are subjected to… would have on the brain. To find out, they put mice on a sleep schedule that had them sleeping for short periods of time during inconsistent hours. And the results were, frankly, nothing short of shocking. The researchers found that the mice suffered MASSIVE brain damage, losing an astounding 25 percent of the neurons in the area of the brain that is responsible for alertness and cognitive function. Apparently the brain’s built-in defense system against sleep deprivation… having new neurons pump out extra sirtuin type-3 protein to energize and protect you… breaks down after a few days

    Getting serious about shuteye

    One thing’s very clear; it’s time to get super-serious about your shuteye. If you’re not already regularly getting a good night’s sleep (typically, eight hours of uninterrupted snoozing) you need to commit to changing that. If you don’t you very well may be facing a future filled with obesity, diabetes, cancer and brain damage! But don’t fall into the trap of quick-fix anti-anxiety or sleep drugs. I’ve warned you before about the many pitfalls of these dangerous pills with their long list of potential side effects including a raised risk of dementia, falling, and death.  And studies show that the drugs are often ineffective, and may not lead to any significant increase in quality sleep anyway. Instead, look for natural solutions to your shuteye problem, starting with cutting back on stimulants like caffeinated coffee, tea, and soda. Next turn your bedroom into a sanctuary. Remove the TV, get rid of any light sources like blinking electronics, and make sure the temperature is comfortable. And finally, ban brain-stimulating back-lit devices like smartphones and tablets for at least an hour before turning in. If you’re particularly sensitive, some energizing supplements like B12 or ginseng may interfere with your sleep, too. Try taking them first thing in the morning, instead of in the afternoon or evening. To ease anxiety symptoms, consider trying 500 mg of magnesium before bed. L-tryptophan if you’re under 40, melatonin if you’re over 40, and GABA no matter what your age, can all be effective, natural, short-term sleep solutions. All of them may be able to help you readjust your bad sleeping habits to get back into a regular routine. And if you’re still having trouble getting sleep, I strongly recommend you make an appointment to see a doctor who is skilled in natural medicine. He’ll be able to pinpoint the real cause of your sleep troubles, and tailor a get-to-sleep plan specifically for you.
  18. Foods with trans fat may increase breast cancer risk by 40 percent

    Make sure you only use real butter (or olive oil) on the turkey this Thanksgiving. Skip the margarine or any foods with trans fat. Researchers from the University of North Caroline recently figured something out about foods with trans fat like margarine -- they‘re bad for you! They may even contribute to the development of breast cancer. For the study, UNC researchers extracted fat samples from 698 European women between the ages of 50 and 74. They found women with the highest amount of trans fats in their cells had a 40 percent greater chance of developing breast cancer than other women. Plus, women who consumed the most trans fats and the fewest polyunsaturated fats (such as those found in fish) were three and a half times likelier to develop breast cancer than their healthy counterparts. The researchers even accounted for other risk factors, such as smoking, weight, and family history of cancer. And still -- they found a 40 percent increase in risk. In fact, it‘s the first study ever to connect the dots between trans fats and breast cancer in women. But it doesn‘t surprise me in the least. Nutritionists like me have been preaching against foods with trans fat for decades. Foods with trans fat include French fries, baked goods, processed snack foods, and margarine. Trans fats are made by adding hydrogen atoms to the fat molecules to make them denser. This raises the melting point of the fat, so that it remains solid at room temperature. Hence, the Crisco and margarine stay solid sitting on your countertop and only melt when thoroughly heated. Foods with trans fat became popular in the U.S. because they don‘t spoil as quickly as regular fats. These products can sit longer on the shelf. That said, a lot of products now tell you if they‘re trans fat free. But the ones that still do contain them often try to hide the fact. They mislead you and tell you their product contains olive oil or DHA. So read all labels carefully. Skip anything that contains any amount of trans fats. Also, keep an eye out for "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils. These are also forms of trans fat.
  19. Prostate health: Don’t become the next victim

    You know what the definition of insanity is, right? It’s doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. And by that definition, all too often the mainstream approach to medicine strays across the line into insanity. There’s no better example of this than its treatment of prostate health and prostate cancer. Let’s face it, no matter how much of a stoic you are, when you hear the word cancer come out of your doctor’s mouth, it’s like someone dropped a bomb on you. Your head starts spinning and alarm bells begin blaring at full blast. Trust me, I get it. But, the problem is, when it comes to prostate cancer, mainstream medicine has hijacked this natural fear response and turned it into a multi-billion-dollar industry. And countless men are paying a price that goes far beyond dollars and cents (hmm, or maybe that ought to be “dollars and sense”?).

    Impotent and in diapers

    As I’ve explained before, you’re far more likely to die WITH prostate cancer than FROM it. Most prostate cancers are incredibly slow growing, and aren’t a threat to your life. Well, that is until you become the next victim of unnecessarily aggressive mainstream therapies. And becoming a victim is far too easy because, let’s face it, once you hear those terrible words “You’ve got cancer,” one of your first coherent thoughts is likely to be, “What can I do to get rid of it?!?” That’s why I’ve never been a fan of yearly PSA testing. Too many hasty and poor decisions follow in its wake. The twin epidemics of over-screening and over-diagnosis have ruined far too many lives. I shudder to think how many men have been left impotent or in diapers because of a slow-growing tumor that they may never have even known existed for the rest of their long and fulfilling lives. Statistically speaking, by the time we hit fifty, half of us will be experiencing some type of prostate health problems. If you’re finding it hard to sleep through the night without a potty run… or if you’ve taken to mapping out all the rest spots before a road trip these days… you might already be in that group. If you’re lucky enough to reach eighty… and as a Guide to Good Health reader I’m sure you will… then it’s practically a done deal that you’ll be sharing your life with an enlarged prostate.

    Support your prostate health with supplements

    But I’ve got great news! You DON’T have to just grimace and bear it while you make yet another mad dash to the can. There IS another way, and it doesn’t involve risky surgeries or sickening rounds of radiation. If you’re not already experiencing prostate health problems, you may be able to head them off at the pass. And if your prostate has begun to make its presence known, you can tackle those annoying symptoms with some super support brought to you courtesy of nature. A mix of just the right herbs and supplements may even assure you of never again missing the ending of a movie, or having to deal with your buddies ribbing when you have to holdup the poker game for yet another bathroom break. Ready to learn the “secret formula” for a healthy and happy prostate? My team at NorthStar Nutritionals helped me create a killer infographic detailing the 10 Best Supplements for Prostate Health that you NEED to know. Click here to find out what they are. (I bet you’ll be surprised by a couple of them.)
  20. Is a sluggish thyroid making you fat and tired?

    I’ve been warning you about them for years now. Every single day in your home, at work, and even in your car you’re being exposed to these hidden chemicals. The furniture you sit on, the food and water you drink, and even the very air you breathe is laced with them. They’re called endocrine disruptors, and although the FDA turns a blind eye towards them—claiming they’re perfectly safe in the levels to which we’re being exposed—the science says differently. A stack of studies have found that these chemicals could wreak havoc with our hormones, leading to a laundry list of health problems. In fact, they may even cause the center of your entire endocrine system—the thyroid gland—to essentially short-circuit. You can’t see these invisible invaders, but you can certainly feel their destructive effects. And if the delicate balance of your endocrine system is compromised—and your thyroid does go on the fritz—you can be sure trouble isn’t far behind.

    Chemicals monkey with your metabolism

    You see, your thyroid acts like an orchestra conductor directing your entire energy and metabolism system. But when it’s bombarded with these man-made monsters, it can get knocked off balance, and you could be left feeling fat, slow, and simply plumb-tuckered-out. (Sound all too familiar?) And once you suffer from a sluggish thyroid, no matter how hard you try, losing weight can feel almost impossible. Some days you can feel so run down that exercise seems out of the question. And even if you do somehow manage to get up the gumption to start moving more, those numbers on the scale can start to feel like they’re super-glued in place. But if this describes you, don’t despair. Hope is on the horizon. It turns out reenergizing your thyroid isn’t nearly as difficult as you might imagine. My friend, and colleague, Dr. Mark Stengler, could help you get things back on track in no time.

    Jumpstart your sluggish thyroid

    Dr. Stengler is a true pioneer in reversing the thyroid-dampening effects of those damaging disruptors. In fact, his brilliant solution to jumpstarting your sluggish thyroid is so stunningly simple you might find it hard to believe. Well, that is until you feel your own energy surging back. Dr. Stengler has uncovered the missing link to unstoppable energy and boosted weight loss. And now you can put his discovery to work for you with his brand new breakthrough formula Thyroid Performance Plus. Imagine feeling like you’ve doubled your energy in just weeks, having more bounce in your step than a 10-year old hopped up on a sugar high, and feeling more trim and slim than you have in years. With a healthy functioning thyroid, this fantasy could be YOUR reality. Brimming with the exact combination of herbs and nutrients you need to help get your short-circuited thyroid back on track, Thyroid Performance Plus really can be an answer to your prayers. Click here to learn more, or to place an order.

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