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  1. The FDA just dished out TERRIBLE heartburn advice [Beware!]

    I’ll say one nice thing about the FDA. After all, we’re entering the season of giving.

    When the chips are down… times are tough… and it feels like everyone’s turning on you… I hope you have a friend in your corner who’s as loyal to you as the FDA is to its drug company pals.

    Right now, one drug is down and out… as tests found some cancer-linked crud inside the generic heartburn med ranitidine (a.k.a. Zantac).

    A perfect opportunity to get OFF meds and ONTO safer alternatives… right?

    NOPE! Not as far as the FDA is concerned.

    They’ve turned this into a marketing opportunity for their dear, dear friends in the drug-industry.

    A terrifying message for reflux patients

    The drug was found contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has been linked to cancer.

    But here’s the thing…

    It may not ACTUALLY be “contaminated.”

    Turns out the drug might actually TURN INTO this chemical in certain situations…

    Like, for example, in your stomach.

    You’d think they would want to figure that out BEFORE they started selling it to millions!

    So, Zantac – both the name stuff and the discount no-name versions – is disappearing from stores.

    And the FDA is stepping in to “help.”

    But they’re not helping you.

    They’re helping drug companies capitalize on the panic by naming all the heartburn drugs that supposedly DON’T have NDMA!

    Hey, pal, cancer risk got you down? Let’s turn that frown around – here’s a bunch of other meds you can knock back like M&Ms.

    No NDMA here!

    I’m not gonna waste your time by repeating the FDA’s list.

    Even if it’s true… and I’m not convinced it is… it could be only a matter of time before those meds get their own moment in the spotlight for one risk or another.

    If you’ve got a little heartburn, turn to licorice – and I don’t mean the junk leftover from Halloween.

    You want actual licorice root.

    Don’t take any ol’ supplement or extract. By itself, the root has low levels of glycyrrhizin, which can sap you of potassium... and kick off problems worse than a little reflux.

    Look for a supplement with the glycyrrhizin removed. It’s been “deglycyrrhizinated” -- but for your sanity’s sake, you just have to remember “DGL.”

    If that doesn’t do the trick, build up your digestive enzymes, also available as supplements.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. WARNING: Common autoimmune drug linked to deadly new risks

    If you watch any TV at all… you’ve almost certainly seen the ads.

    They show happy, active autoimmune patients bouncing through life without a care in the world -- thanks to the magic of tofacitinib (a.k.a. Xeljanz).

    Just pop a pill or two, and you’re off to climb the Himalayas… audition for the NFL… skydive with the Army Rangers… wrestle an alligator… or dive with the sharks.

    What do those activities have in common?

    I’d bet all of them are SAFER than taking this drug!

    The FDA has just been forced to admit that in the higher doses given for ulcerative colitis… this drug can lead to blood clots and even death.

    And as a result, they’re adding an ominous new “black-box warning” to the label for the drug.

    Turns out, that could just be the tip of the proverbial ol’ iceberg!

    EXPOSED: The true risks of a best-selling medication

    There’s a HUGE problem with the FDA’s sudden “concern” over the drug.


    It’s now been SEVEN YEARS since they allowed this drug onto the market…

    And somehow – only now – they’re just getting around to figuring out the risks due to a “required post-marketing safety study.”

    Um, whatever happened to PRE-marketing safety studies??? Shouldn’t we have known about these horrors BEFORE they approved the darned thing?

    Better yet -- maybe if we had known all this sooner, they would’ve NEVER OK’ed the drug in the first place!

    If you’re a patient over 50 with at least one cardiac risk factor, the risks you’re facing if you take higher doses of the drug include:

    • sudden cardiac death
    • pulmonary embolism
    • deep venous thrombosis
    • arterial thrombosis, and
    • all-cause mortality (a.k.a. DEATH from ANYTHING).

    The feds keep emphasizing that these are “ONLY” the doses used for ulcerative colitis… as if no one else could possibly be getting the drug at THESE levels.

    Just one problem…

    The new study underway right now… the study that exposed these risks… involved rheumatoid arthritis patients getting THOSE higher doses of the drug.

    So, while only LOWER doses have been APPROVED for rheumatoid arthritis (and psoriatic arthritis, too)… the reality is that docs could be prescribing it “off-label,” especially if the lower “official” doses didn’t work out.

    In other words… this situation could be MUCH worse than the feds will ever admit.

    The feds claim that even WITH these risks, the drug is important to have around… since autoimmune patients don’t have many other options.

    And that’s just not true at all.

    For ulcerative colitis, for example, a combination of careful diet and probiotics under the guidance of a naturopathic medical doctor can often bring dramatic relief.

    For rheumatoid, often the answer is in probiotics and vitamin B6.

    And for ALL autoimmune disorders, there’s another very intriguing option – and I’m going to share it with you later this month.

    Keep an eye on your email… because this powerful new option could change your life dramatically.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. Do acid reflux drugs pack the world’s most DEVIOUS side effect?

    Here’s a question for ya today… If you got on a plane and the pilot announced it was a “largely safe” aircraft… and that he has a record of landing intact “for the most part”… what would you do? I know I’d calmly get up from my seat… and walk right back out the door and straight to the rental...
  4. Could Big Pharma’s constipation ‘cure’ make you want to OFF yourself? [Scary]

    I’ve heard of plenty of ways to describe constipation. Painful… frustrating… exhausting… embarrassing… and a few I can’t print here! But I’ve never – not once – heard anyone say they’ve thought about KILLING themselves over it. But if you take the new gut-clearing med, that’s EXACTLY what could be running through your head! That’s an ACTUAL RISK linked to...
  5. [Urgent Warning] Big Pharma tips docs off to ALARMING drug risks

    It’s the letter you were NEVER meant to see. It was sent to doctors around the country on the hush-hush… to quietly warn them about a whole mess of new dangers linked to a popular drug. People with inflammation of the large intestine are suffering horrific, newly uncovered drug risks. But all the dirty details were being HIDDEN from those patients! Well, guess what...
  6. Nutrient-Rich Sweet Treats and Desserts

    rich-nutrientEating empty calories just to sate a sweet tooth is so outdated. But does that mean that you have to give up desserts entirely?

    Not if you follow a few simple guidelines and focus on nutrient-rich sweet treats! Continue reading

  7. Why a Lack of Fiber Could Be Killing You

    fiber lack ofThe average adult needs between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day.

    Unfortunately, the average American adult only gets about 15 grams of fiber per day – just about half the amount you need!

    And it turns out this lack of fiber could be killing you.

    Sound alarmist? That’s because it’s alarming – but it’s also the truth.

    Getting enough fiber isn’t just about feeling fuller, longer, so you stick to your diet.

    It’s not even only about the sustained energy that comes from the healthy carbohydrates where most people find their fiber.

    Getting enough fiber is about fighting off diseases that can actually kill you.

    Now that we’ve gotten your attention, let’s look at what a lack of fiber is doing to your health…

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  8. 12 Tips to Stay Regular While on Vacation

    regular stayIt’s summer and that means summer vacation!

    Whether you’re globetrotting, heading to the beach, the mountains, or somewhere in between, the last thing you want is to deal with stomach issues on the road.

    Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or even planning to stay regular every step of the way!

    We’ve even compiled this go-to guide, with the tips you need to keep “going”, no matter where you’re going.

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  9. 4 Delicious Easy-to-Digest Meals

    digest easy toMany things change as our bodies age, some good, some not so good.

    For some people, it becomes more important to eat east-to-digest foods and meals than it once was.

    But that doesn’t mean your meals have to be bland, uninteresting, or tasteless.

    Your digestive tract may need a little TLC, but your taste buds are just fine!

    So, we’ve collected four recipes, and even a few tips, that taste good AND keep your tummy happy.

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  10. 10 Tips to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

    acid reflux cureThat burning sensation in the middle of your chest.

    That acidy taste in the back of your throat.

    You may think they are the issues, but they might just be the symptoms.

    If you experience these more than twice a week, you could be dealing with more than just heartburn.

    You could be dealing with acid reflux. The good news is, that you can cure acid reflux at home, naturally.

    And in this article, we’ll tell you how…

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  11. 10 Must-Have Superfoods for Better Digestion

    Superfoods are all the rage these days, and for good reason.

    They are nutritionally dense, address multiple health concerns at once, and usually taste great.

    But did you also know that some superfoods can help you with better digestion?

    Because sometimes good health isn’t just about your heart, brain, and life expectancy.

    Sometimes, good health is far more basic than that.

    Sometimes, what you want is to get over the discomfort, gas, bloating, and constipation that comes from poor digestion.

    On those days, focus on these superfoods – for overall health AND better digestion.

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  12. Listen to Your Gut: The Complete Guide of Good and Bad Gut Bacteria

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    Nothing is more important than your health – but if don’t know how to listen to your gut, you aren’t taking care of your health the way you think you are.

    Don’t get us wrong, eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are essential steps to maintaining your health and we’re not arguing that.

    But listening to your gut is the piece you may be missing.

    We’ve been taught that bacteria is bad, and when it’s on your kitchen counter or in a scrape on your knee, it is.

    Bad when it’s in your gut, it’s the cornerstone of health. Continue reading

  13. 6 Unknown Causes of Stomach Pressure

    pressure stomachSome of the causes of stomach pressure are so common they’re clichéd.

    After all, everyone knows beans are a magical fruit…

    But what happens when you’ve stopped eating the obvious foods that can cause stomach pressure and discomfort, but you’re still dealing with it?

    If this is the case, then it’s time to look beyond the obvious.

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  14. How is My Stomach REALLY? [Take the Leaky Gut Test]

    test leaky gut Are you suffering from symptoms from your head all the way down?

    Do you really not feel well, in spite of being “just fine”?

    Has your doctor given you a laundry list of treatments that don’t seem to be working?

    If any of this sounds familiar, we may have answers for you – finally.

    Because your symptoms may not be the problem at all. The problem may be in your gut.

    Take the leaky gut test, and learn if relief is just around the corner…


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  15. 6 Benefits of Licorice Root to Boost Your Health

    licorice root benefitsMost of us gave up the Easter Bunny decades ago, but you might be tempted to rethink his visit once you know that a health booster may be lurking in your Easter basket!

    Even if you used to turn your nose up at the licorice jelly beans, you’ll change your mind once you learn about the health benefits of licorice root.

    Now, obviously licorice candy isn’t the healthy way to reap the benefits of licorice root. But a health boosting supplement? That’s worth getting excited about. Continue reading

  16. Could Nettle Root Extract Be the Key to Great Health?

    If there were leaves…or stems…or roots of a plant that could change your health, wouldn’t you want to know about them?

    And what if there was one single plant that you could use every part of to support and promote great health?

    Well, I’ve got news for you. From the leaves to the stems to the nettle root extract, you’re going to want to know about every part of the stinging nettle plant – and how it can help you maintain your best health. Continue reading

  17. 10 Shocking Foods That Keep You Regular

    How often should you be having bowel movements?

    What are foods that keep you regular?

    These aren’t exactly questions people ask each other openly.

    But just because most people are uncomfortable discussing digestive health doesn’t mean people aren’t thinking about digestive health.

    Between 15% and 20% of the American population deals with ongoing constipation issues. Which is why it’s important that you have answers.

    You deserve to understand what’s normal. And know all the foods that can keep you regular – including the ones you don’t expect! Continue reading

  18. 13 Surprising Foods and Drinks for a Healthy Digestive System

    digestive system healthyYou try to take care of yourself but some days it doesn’t always work. Some days, it feels like every attempt to keep a healthy digestive system backfires.

    Those are the days that a little patience, and the right dietary choices are in order. Make sure you’re getting these foods and beverages on a regular basis and make for a healthy digestive system, every day. Continue reading

  19. The Dangerous Link Between Stress and Digestion

    You’ve been having digestion issues. You know something is wrong.

    But the tests and appointments show nothing. Even your doctor isn’t taking you seriously any longer.

    If this sounds remotely familiar, it’s time to start think out of the box.

    It’s time to look at how stress and digestion are linked.

    Because even if there’s not a physical problem that shows up on a scan, there’s still a real problem – and you deserve to be treated with concern and respect.

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  20. 11 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

    ginger root health benefitsThis time of year, it’s almost impossible to walk into any store and not be bombarded with gingerbread.

    From cookies to houses to decorations, gingerbread is everywhere it seems.

    But that might not be a bad thing once you know the health benefits of ginger root!

    Okay, so gingerbread may not be the healthiest choice you can make, but adding ginger to your daily routine can have amazing health benefits.

    Plus, you can take it in tea, capsules, powder, or as a seasoning and reap the rewards.

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