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  1. Big Food is PUMPING you full of these cancer-linked forms of iron [There’s a better way!]

    Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you’re sharing this cherished day… and a nice meal… with those you love.

    Because by serving up a big ol’ bird at the dinner table, you could be sharing the BEST way to nourish yourself with an essential mineral

    One that TOO MANY people are getting TOO MUCH of… and of the WRONG KIND.

    The science shows that there’s a problem with iron… but the media isn’t breathing a WORD about it.

    And if you’re taking iron supplements, you could be in the crosshairs for a deadly form of CANCER.  

    Fortunately, there’s a way to get your iron AND dodge that risk…

    And it starts with your Thanksgiving feast.

    The bird is the word

    There’s a health crisis that gets ZERO attention from the mainstream

    And I mean absolutely NONE.

    But recent research shines a long-overdue light on the risks linked to the most common forms of iron.

    It’s NOT the safe, natural, and healthy iron you’ll get from an evening shucking oysters.

    It’s two OTHER forms, called…

    1. ferric citrate
    2. ferric EDTA.

    Odds are, you’re putting these two forms of iron into your body every day.

    They’re found in common supplements… including some multivitamins… and are added to foods for fortification.

    Now, the latest research links these forms of iron to a deadly cancer that KILLS 1,000 Americans every single week.

    I’m talking men and women alike, especially older folks.

    We’ve seen this link before in studies on mice. But the mainstream has always blown it off because… well, they’re mice.

    That’s what they say, anyway.

    I think the REAL reason is that recognizing this danger would cost the food industry BILLIONS, as they’re forced to switch to BETTER sources of iron.

    So, they keep it quiet.

    Well, friend, it’s time to wake up and smell the rust -- because the new study put these forms of iron to the test in HUMAN cells and found we’re not so different from mice after all!

    At least, when it comes to colon cancer risk.

    In lab tests on human colon cells, they found that BOTH of these forms of iron triggered the release of a compound that shows up when cancer is forming, called amphiregulin.

    The link was so strong that the researchers said it would be unethical to repeat these tests inside living, breathing humans.

    Yet the food industry is “testing” it on YOU right now, every day!

    Now, iron is an essential mineral. You’d DIE of anemia without it.

    Fortunately, the study finds no link to ferrous sulphate, another common form of iron used in food and supplements…

    But that’s not ideal, either.

    It’s a little harder on the stomach… and it’s not the best form for your body to use.

    The absolute BEST way to get the iron you need is from foods such as fish, shellfish, meat, and poultry, like chicken, duck, and turkey (especially dark meat).

    On a day like today, you could get a 3-for-1 special and indulge in some of that turducken!

    Gobble gobble!

    Calves’ livers are a great source of iron, too -- especially if you fry them up with some sautéed spinach.

    But don’t go overboard. The RDA for iron is set far too high.

    Unless you’re diagnosed with an iron deficiency or some other problem, don’t start popping iron pills.

    If you DO need the stuff, you can find iron supplements based on desiccated liver to give you the lift you need… without the risks.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. How to FIGHT DIRTY against cancer… and WIN!

    Sometimes you’ve gotta fight dirty to win – especially when you’re fighting a dirty enemy.

    And inside your body, there’s no cell that fights dirtier than cancer cells.

    They use EVERY trick in the book to hide… grow… spread… and kill.

    But today, I’m going to give you the weapon you need to fight back

    And it’s something that EVERY DOCTOR in the country has access to, right now.

    In a moment, I’ll give you exactly what you need to tell your doctor so he can offer it to you.

    He may not love it. He might say it’s pointless. He might even think you’re a little bit of a kook.

    But odds are, he’ll also agree that it’s harmless… so he shouldn’t give you too much grief over trying it.

    And when he sees what happens next…

    Well, let’s just say your own doctor could turn into a true believer himself!

    A cancer-destroying VITAMIN?

    Like I said, cancer fights dirty.

    In a battle like that, you need a weapon that’s not afraid to fight dirty back – and that’s where this tumor-fighting secret is at its best.

    It’s almost like a double agent.

    Cancer sees it and THINKS it’s a friend… and invites it right inside the cells. It soaks up it like sugar.

    And that’s when this double agent rips off its mask and reveals its true face.

    It’s not a friend at all – well, not to cancer.

    It’s an enemy – one that then destroys the cancer from the inside.

    And by the time the cancer cells figure out what’s going on, it’s already too late!

    So, what’s this weapon called?

    You’re going to laugh, because it’s something you already know pretty well…

    Vitamin C!

    But it’s NOT the kind you get from orange juice… or even a vitamin pill… because you just can’t reach the levels needed to fight cancer that way.

    You have to get it intravenously – the only way to rapidly raise blood levels high enough.

    Along with fighting the cancer directly, intravenous vitamin C can also:

    • ENHANCE chemo to make it more effect
    • ELIMINATE sickness from chemo
    • FIGHT side effects of radiation, and
    • HELP you heal faster after cancer surgery.

    Even the feds are starting to admit that IVC is helpful in many forms of cancer, especially for dealing with chemo…

    And it’s gaining a grudging acceptance among mainstream docs as a result.

    Yet most STILL won’t offer it!

    You have to ask, and you may even have to guide them through it. (Teaching the doctor about medicine – how ’bout that?)

    So, here’s what you do: Tell them you want the Riordan IVC protocol.

    If they know what it is, you’re all set.

    If they’ve never heard of it, no worries: It’s available for free online.

    You can search Google for it, print it, and then bring it to your doctor.

    He SHOULD be able to make it happen – but if he’s still struggling to figure it out, visit an experienced integrative oncologist.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. The cancer SHOCKER that’s got doctors SPOOKED

    The mainstream is running scared! They’re NOT terrified of a new disease. They’re NOT worried about hurting patients with the side effects of their sickening meds. And they’re certainly NOT scared of an FDA slap on the wrist. But there’s one thing they’re absolutely terrified of… and they just admitted it out loud for perhaps the very first time. They’re...
  4. 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...
  5. 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.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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