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. [WARNING] Too-popular ‘heart protection’ med could RAISE heart failure risk

    They call it a “risk.”

    I’ve got another word for it: FRAUD!

    A drug that’s supposed to PROTECT your heart could instead give you HEART FAILURE.

    Here’s what makes this such a nightmare

    It’s not some obscure or weird little med that no one’s ever heard of. It’s one of the most commonly used medications on the planet!

    You definitely know someone taking it. You might even be on it yourself.

    I’m talking about aspirin.

    If you or your loved ones are on it… it’s time to get on the phone and ask your doc if there’s a way out.

    But as you’ll see in a moment, it’s bad news even WITHOUT this ugly risk.

    And fortunately, there are better and safer ways to get more complete and lasting heart protection.

    Taking the pulse on new aspirin risk

    Aspirin’s already SO notorious for bleeding problems… including and brain bleeds

    Officials PULLED their recommendation of it years ago for primary prevention (i.e. stopping a first heart attack).

    But NOT EVERYBODY got the message.

    Millions are still on daily aspirin -- and the new study finds they could be sitting ducks for a scary new risk.

    In people who already have one risk factor for heart problems… taking this drug faithfully could raise the odds of heart failure by 26%!

    That’s pretty much EVERYONE on aspirin, by the way. That’s WHY you’re on it – you have a risk factor, or maybe multiple risk factors, and hope the drug will help even the score.

    Instead, it’s doing just the opposite.

    That means MILLIONS of older Americans are now facing this risk – one that most likely aren’t even aware of.

    This new study from the European Society of Cardiology isn’t generating big headlines over here.

    So lemme give it to you straight.

    Unless you’re one of the folks in some very specific situations who MIGHT need to take aspirin…

    It’s high time to quit.

    Just don’t give up the drugs on your own. Studies show quitting aspirin suddenly could be as dangerous as taking it. So, make sure your doc’s on board and can help you quit safely.

    Then, get cracking on a better plan for heart health… one backed by science that can deliver real protection without putting you at risk of heart failure.

    For starters, I generally suggest…

    • CoQ10
    • L-Carnitine
    • magnesium, and
    • vitamin E as mixed tocopherols.

    A naturopathic physician can help you figure out a more specific plan customized to your risks and needs.

  2. New DISASTER drug combo promoted in BOGUS study

    If juggling daggers ain’t thrilling enough for ya…

    If Russian roulette looks TOO easy…

    And if picking fights with mobsters just doesn’t quite get your adrenaline flowing…

    Then the drug industry is cooking up something extra special, just for you.

    It’s a heart drug that can give you the thrill of so many risks at once – because it’s not just a single medication.

    It’s not even 2 or 3 meds.

    No, my friend, they’re working on a plan to give you a single pill with 4 risky meds inside.

    Any ONE of these drugs can make you miserable.

    As you’ll see in a moment, these drugs supposedly designed to “save you” could do the opposite… and KILL you instead.

    Now we’re talkin’ REAL thrills!

    5 meds… when you really want NONE

    For years, the medical mainstream’s fantasy has been a single pill that forces everything you hate down your throat at once.

    Now, they’re pushing forward with a cockamamie plan for a combo pill

    And they’re hoping it’ll be the Next Big Thing in mainstream medicine.

    Their latest attempt at a “polypill” combines the cholesterol-lowering statin drug simvastatin with 3 BP pills:

    1. atenolol
    2. hydrochlorothiazide, and
    3. ramipril.

    They CLAIM this combo… 4 drugs in one… can cut the risk of major cardiovascular problems by 1/5th.

    But wait! There’s more!

    The patients in the study ALSO got either an aspirin or a placebo.

    In case you’re keeping score, that means some folks were given 5 different meds in 2 pills.

    In the study, this combo cut heart risk by 31%... which SOUNDS great.

    Except then this gets really, really fishy… really, really quickly.

    First, they claimed the people on the placebo had WORSE side effects than the folks on the meds.

    That included ZERO increase in bleeding risk in the people on aspirin -- a drug absolutely NOTORIOUS for its bleeding risk.

    Sorry, I’m not buying it.

    To me, this suggests they were crazy-careful about who they put in this study. My guess is they gave the drugs to very healthy people with very low risks – NOT the kind of real-world patients who need help with heart protection.

    Second, over nearly 5 years, there were very few problems in ANY group, which pretty much proves my first point.

    Just 5.8% of those on the double-placebo had any kind of heart problem to begin with… versus 4.1% on the polypill plus aspirin.

    And third, they had so much trouble MAKING the polypill by the end of the study, 43% couldn’t take their meds routinely because of manufacturing issues.

    So how in the heck can they make ANY conclusion at all???

    I say, throw this study in the circular file.

    Fact is, you DON’T need the statin part of the equation… because cholesterol by itself isn’t the problem.

    You can cut BP without meds (think magnesium for starters)…

    And you sure as heck DON’T need that aspirin.

    Even mainstream groups no longer recommend aspirin for primary prevention for many people… including folks over 70.

    Get back to basics instead.

    Skip the sugars and refined foods… lose a little weight… and pop some CoQ10, fish oil, and vitamin E.

    Then, speak to a naturopathic physician about some drug-free steps you can take specific to your needs, risks, and lifestyle.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. [BREAKTHROUGH] Mediterranean secret could HELP in heart failure!

    Nothing… and I mean NOTHING… can make you feel like you’ve got one foot in the grave quite like heart failure. It’s not just the diagnosis… Or the fact that you’ve got a 50/50 chance of surviving 5 years. No, the REAL reason you feel like the Grim Reaper himself is breathing down your neck… is your own breathing patterns...
  4. When NSAIDs could be the WRONG CHOICE for you

    The advice is confusing and frustrating – and right at a time when Americans need it straight. Instead, they’re left bewildered and even frightened. Can you take an NSAID like ibuprofen for a fever? Or is there ever a time when you might avoid it and try something… ANYTHING… else??? Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place today...
  5. Heart failure? Don’t let your doc prescribe you one of these ‘NEVER drugs’

    There are some things we ALL know we should NEVER do. You NEVER stick your hand in the lion cage at the zoo… You NEVER step out into a busy highway… Ad you NEVER stand between a politician and a microphone. If you’re a doctor, you’re SUPPOSED to know to NEVER give certain drugs to heart failure patients… Because some...
  6. [Exposed!] How a CHEAP compound became an EXPENSIVE heart drug

    Here’s my new plan to make a million bucks… I’m gonna sell a HOT new drug that everyone will want. It’s gonna be a top seller because it’ll promise to SLASH the risk of death from two of the scariest bogeymen for heart patients: heart attack by 40% stroke by 60% When I say this drug will be HOT, I...
  7. [EXPOSED] The shocking TRUTH about America’s most popular heart drug

    They made a promise… and they LIED about it. What a shocker!  Statins were supposed to “change everything” by CUTTING cholesterol… and therefore BEATING BACK heart disease. Well, here we are… all these years later… and someone’s finally crunched all the numbers. New research reveals the truth about the drugs given to tens of millions of Americans for more than...
  8. Sick of your low-salt diet? It’s probably not working anyway!

    You’ve heard the advice so often… you’re probably sick of it. And maybe you’re even TRYING it now… If only to shut your doctor up about it. After all, every time he checks your blood pressure, he nags you about it. He probably sounds like a broken record… Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt...
  9. EVERY senior facing heart risk needs these 2 nutrients ASAP

    Here it is: absolute proof that following mainstream medical guidelines will DOOM you to pain, misery and an early death. We have new research that now PROVES two critical nutrients work in the most desperate of all patients. Not just in folks hoping to avoid heart disease… But in people who already have it… they can CUT the risk of...
  10. [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…...
  11. [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...
  12. 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 →
  13. The Shocking Link Between Sleep and Blood Pressure

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    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 →
  14. 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 →
  15. 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 →
  16. 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 →
  17. 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 →
  18. 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 →
  19. 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 →
  20. 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 →

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