Heart Health

The NorthStar blog on heart and cardiovascular health covers the latest news on these important topics, including the best natural options for keeping your ticker strong and healthy for a lifetime.

  1. [BUSTED!] Deadly risks of new blood thinners exposed

    Looking for a reason to escape Big Pharma’s DEADLIEST new blood thinners?

    I don’t just have ONE for you today…

    I’ve got 775 million reasons!

    Because that’s how many dollars two drug companies are shelling out to settle thousands of lawsuits that accused them of HIDING the deadly risks of a blood thinner med.

    Rather than face the music over those allegations… they faced their accountants.

    They struck a deal that – of course – admits to no wrongdoing.

    But that $775 million check sure speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

    In fact, it’s practically SCREAMING at you right now!

    The bloody truth about ‘newer and better’ blood thinners

    Now, it goes without saying that ANY blood thinner is dangerous.

    ALL of them are.

    But that was supposed to be the whole appeal of rivaroxaban, better known as Xarelto.

    It could supposedly thin the blood… WITHOUT the bleeding risks of the older meds.

    Or so they claimed…

    And as a result, it’s been selling like mad.

    Its makers were probably LAUGHING as they signed that $775 million check to make this problem disappear

    Because they can wipe that out with just THREE MONTHS of sales of this drug!

    But even early on, it was clear that American patients were being sold a bill of goods with this… and the rest of the new wave of blood thinners on the market.

    They started dropping like flies!

    That whole safety promise was a sham – because just like the old thinners, these meds can cause you to gush blood like a burst pipe.

    They’ve also been linked to heart attack, stroke and death.

    The FDA should ban the things…

    But who are we kidding? That’s not how they operate.

    They should’ve pushed for better and truly safer drugs.

    But they don’t do THAT either.

    Instead, they approved antidotes for these meds.

    Yep -- we now live in a world where the drugs are so bad that we need other meds standing by to cancel them out.

    How kooky is that?

    Maybe this recent attention will get some people to switch to safer meds… but like I said, safety is relative when it comes to blood thinners.

    The oldest and best-tested, of course, is warfarin -- a drug so deadly it was used in rat poison. But at least we know its risks… and docs know what to watch for.

    With the new stuff, they don’t even know all the risks yet!

    Frankly, you couldn’t pay me to take any of them.

    Some non-drug options include:

    • nattokinase
    • vitamin E
    • essential fatty acids

    Big Pharma has, of course, ensured that there’s ZERO funding to truly study them.

    But they can work in some cases.

    This is important: Don’t try this on your own.

    If you want to try to thin your blood without a blood thinner, work closely with a naturopathic doctor who really knows what he’s doing… and can give you his honest take on your best options.

  2. [Scary] Your BP meds are LITERALLY poisoning you!

    When a germ in lettuce makes a dozen people sick, they sound the alarm… call the press… and launch a nationwide effort to hunt down every last leaf.

    But when it’s a common drug taken by seniors?

    Shhhhhhh! Don’t want to upset the patients (…or the profits)!

    That’s SERIOUSLY what’s going on right now.

    You’ve no doubt seen the headlines scattered here and there since last summer of blood pressure drugs being recalled.

    They’ve quietly added up… FAST.

    A new report finds 1 million Americans – mostly older people – have been given drugs that we now know were contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical.

    That’s scary enough… but what we DON’T know is even scarier.

    Don’t risk cancer to lower your BP. There’s a better way.

    4-step plan to PERFECT blood pressure

    Now, there’s no way of knowing the REAL cause of the problem. They may not even know themselves.

    And what they’ve admitted so far is terrifying.

    The feds right came out and said these cancer-causing contaminants slipped into so many millions of doses of so many drugs for one scary reason…

    THEY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DETECT IT until recently.

    So far, they’ve found tainted batches of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan… as well as their related meds.

    But who knows how many OTHER drugs have contained – and still contain – similar contaminants?!

    Clearly, the problem is WAY worse than some funky chemical just happening to kinda-sorta-WHOOPS! “slip in” to “some lots” of the drug.

    It's happening far too often for that.

    Think of it this way…

    If you’ve ever been pulled over for speeding… and gotten a ticket… you know darned well you weren’t the only one cruising over the limit that day.

    You’re just the one that got CAUGHT.

    It’s the same with these meds.

    ALL of them are toxic. Even the “known” ingredients – including the “active” ingredients that make the drug “work” – can be poisonous to your body.

    That’s true with or without contaminants.

    But you don’t have to face those risks, especially not for better blood pressure control.

    I’ve got four steps that can help you avoid going on the meds or – with your doctor’s permission – ditch them if you’re on them.

    STEP 1:Magnesium. Take 500-1,000 mg per day. Some people may need even more, especially if they’ve had ongoing constipation woes (yeah, I know we don’t like to talk about that).

    STEP 2: Lose Weight. Did you know that 75 percent of adult men and two-thirds of women are overweight or obese? It’s THAT bad, and it’s one of the biggest drivers of high blood pressure.

    STEP 3: Food Tests. Sensitivities to foods – including entire categories like dairy as well as “hidden” ingredients like additives, preservatives and sweeteners – can raise blood pressure. Tests can reveal what you need to avoid, and along with cutting blood pressure you’ll enjoy everything from better digestion to a sharper mind.

    Or maybe skip all three of these and go straight to…

    STEP 4: Home Monitoring. Between 10 percent and 50 percent of people with “high” blood pressure actually have NORMAL BP and need nothing at all. No drugs. No magnesium. No food tests.

    It’s called “white coat hypertension,” a fancy way of saying BP that rises in the doctor’s office.

    Simplest cure of all: Take your own readings at home, and let your doctor know what your real blood pressure is.

  3. Don't Ignore These 9 High Blood Pressure Warnings

    warnings high blood pressureToo many people are unaware that high blood pressure comes with warnings.

    They think that high blood pressure is something you can’t identify until you’re in the doctor’s office waiting for the cuff to release.

    But that is a false and quite frankly dangerous misunderstanding of how high blood pressure works.

    High blood pressure warnings do exist, and you can identify them. You just have to know what they are. Continue reading

  4. BP Complete 120 Ingredients: What’s in the BP Complete 120 Formula?

    Ingredients BP Complete 120When you take your health seriously, you’re not willing to trade one unhealthy condition for another.

    You’re not willing to trade worrisome blood pressure numbers for worrisome blood pressure remedies.

    So instead of jumping blindly on the bandwagon of the next new thing, you do your research. You ask questions.

    We get that. We respect it. Which is why now that we have a new blood pressure support supplement, we want to ask – and answer – your questions before you ever have to.

    What are the BP Complete 120 ingredients? How do they help keep your blood pressure where you want it?

    And what makes the formula so special? Continue reading

  5. BP Complete 120 Benefits: Help Improve Your Blood Pressure in 3 Steps

    Benefits BP Complete 120When we set out to develop our new blood pressure supplement, BP Complete 120, we knew exactly what we wanted the BP Complete 120 benefits to be.

    We wanted natural blood pressure support, based on cutting edge research, with no off-putting or frightening side effects.

    And if we could happen to make the last BP Complete 120 benefit be a tightly focused formula that only uses the best ingredients, well, that would be ideal. Continue reading

  6. 7 Powerful Health Benefits of Selenium

    selenium health benefitsFor the most part, you know which vitamins and minerals you need in your diet to ensure optimal health.

    But every now and then, it’s important to check and make sure you aren’t missing anything – like selenium.

    Because the health benefits of selenium are too often overlooked – but shouldn’t be!

    The health benefits of selenium are simply too important and too extensive, for more people not to know about them.

    Which is why we wanted to make sure you were aware of just how beneficial selenium can be…

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  7. 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

  8. The Shocking Link Between Sleep and Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure and sleepWhen you were younger, you probably didn’t even think about maintaining healthy blood pressure numbers.

    They were just where you needed them to be. Now that you’re older, it’s a little different.

    These days, your doctor is more likely to look closer at those numbers.

    And you’re more likely to look closely. Because you both realize maintaining healthy blood pressure is more important than ever.

    But what happens if, in spite of your best efforts, you just haven’t quite figured out the proper equation for keeping those numbers exactly where you want them?

    Maybe that’s when it’s time to look at how much sleep you’re getting.

    That’s right – sleep. Because sleep and blood pressure are linked in ways you may not realize. Continue reading

  9. Is My Heart Healthy Enough for Sex [Take this heart-sex quiz now]

    sex-heartYour heart should be healthy enough for sex – but you’re still a little concerned.

    After all, it’s your heart. And you’re not a kid any longer. It’s easy to still have lingering doubts. How does your doctor know for certain? How do you?

    Well, it helps to know some basic information about your heart and sex, as well as to answer some very specific – but not too personal, don’t worry – questions about how your heart health may contribute to your sex life.

    So, we’re here for you. Take these tests. Between them and your doctor’s advice, you should be able to put aside any last, low-level concerns.

    Continue reading

  10. 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

  11. Can I Have Sex After a Heart Attack?

    heart attack afterAfter a heart attack, it can feel like everything is different.

    Your diet, your activity level…your sex life…

    Heart attacks tend to have emotional consequences, not just physical ones.

    Even once your doctor has cleared you for physical activity after a heart attack, you may still be nervous about having sex.

    That’s okay. In fact, it’s understandable. The bedroom is the last place you want to have another heart attack!

    The good news is that less than 1% of all heart attacks take place during sex, so once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, you’re no more likely to have a heart attack in that moment than anyone else. Continue reading

  12. 6 Natural Health Tips to Rejuvenate Your Entire Body

    Tips for Natural HealthYou understand that “being healthy” is about more than any one number on your doctor’s chart.

    Being healthy means taking care of yourself head to toe – and using the natural health tips that will help you meet that goal.

    This article will give you those natural health tips – from behavior, to nutrition, to supplements – that you need to help achieve overall wellness, from your brain all the way down.

    So let’s jump right in… Continue reading

  13. Fruit can prevent stroke and heart disease

    Power your body with fruit

    They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away -- and since apples come loaded with a bushel of disease-fighting nutrients, there's plenty of truth to that old adage.

    And if you have a daily fruit habit yourself, you might be able to do more than keep the doctor away.

    You just might keep the ambulance away, too. Continue reading

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

    Want to lower your blood pressure a few points? Or maybe just keep your already healthy BP in check?

    Look to your belly.

    Yes, I did say your BELLY. The bacteria in our guts could be the hidden key to help lower your blood pressure, according to a new 9-study-strong review. Continue reading

  15. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    Benefits of AntioxidantsPeople, especially health professionals, talk a lot about how important the benefits of antioxidants are. You hear things like “take this supplement because it’s packed with antioxidants” and “get your fruits and veggies” and even “eat every color in the rainbow.” It’s great advice. Too often, though, doctors and nutritionists stop at the advice, without ever explaining themselves. But since we don’t expect you to follow blindly, we wanted to make sure you know why antioxidants are so important… Continue reading

  16. Another Big Pharma giant hops on the fish oil bandwagon

    Big Pharma’s back in the fish oil game

    Not so long ago mainstream medicine dismissed the value of fish oil supplements. Oh sure, they admitted that the omega-3s in fatty fish are good for you. But that’s where they drew the line. Fish oil supplements were purely unnecessary hokum… a waste of your money.

    But when they figured out a way to take natural “un-patentable” fish oil and slap a Big Pharma price tag on it, their tune changed really fast. Suddenly Big Pharma giant’s GlaxoSmithKline and Amarin were climbing up on the alternative medicine bandwagon to join us in singing the praises of fish oil. Continue reading

  17. Testosterone won't hurt your heart

    Testosterone proven safe, can protect the heart

    For a middle-aged man or older, it's practically a miracle: a simple safe and effective way to reverse some of most negative signs of aging.

    It can restore energy, increase muscle, help you to lose the spare tire around your middle and lift your mood.

    And perhaps most importantly of all, it can work wonders in the bedroom. Continue reading

  18. Chia Seed Recipes: More Than Just Seeds

    BenVia Gold chia recipes You are really trying to find ways to get chia seeds into your diet with some chia seed recipes. After all, you know they’re unbelievably good for you. They've been shown to have more calcium than milk, more magnesium than broccoli and more antioxidant power than blueberries.

    But just how often can you sprinkle them on your salad or mix them into your morning cereal before even this super-food starts being boring? But you can banish boring, with the chia seed recipes found in our BenVia Gold Cookbook! Continue reading

  19. Top 5 Health Benefits of Chia– Big Results From a Small Seed

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    BenVia Gold Dietary Support Supplement Have you heard about the health benefits of chia yet? Sure, you’ve heard about chia – the amazing little seed you get in BenVia Gold. After all, it’s sweeping the country, making a name for itself as the perfect food. While it may be hard to believe that anything could be considered a perfect food, this powerful gem will change your mind, thanks to these 5 health benefits of chia… Continue reading

  20. 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.

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