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. [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 mean it… because that’s just what’ll be inside it.

    HOT SAUCE!

    Except instead of $2.99 for a bottle of Tabasco that’ll last for months, my “pharmaceutical” version of it will run for HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS a month.

    Think I’m crazy?

    What till you get a load of what the FDA just approved!

    All the benefits of a heart drug… WITHOUT the actual drug!

    The feds have once again expanded the approval for Vascepa, after studies found it cut the risk of major cardiovascular events by 25%.

    Good? Sure. That’s a solid number.

    However, Vascepa isn’t some truly life-changing drug created with cutting-edge science.

    It’s little more than an expensive synthetic version of one of the two main omega-3 fatty acids in plain ol’ fish oil – EPA.

    This “drug” runs about $300 a month.

    Most people don’t pay that, of course, since insurance may cover it. (No wonder premiums are through the roof!)

    But even if your share of the bill is a $25 copay… you’re STILL paying WAY MORE than you would for a basic high-quality fish oil supplement.

    In fact, a decent fish oil supplement will cost about $25 a YEAR -- not a month.

    And the supplement will also give you a whole lot MORE, including brain-saving DHA along with your heart-happy EPA.

    So… forget the drug. It’s not worth it at ANY price.

    Get some honest-to-goodness fish oil instead.

    And while I was kidding about making a hot sauce drug, I wasn’t joking about the benefits…

    One recent study found that eating chili peppers 4X a week will cut the risk of death from heart attack by 40%... and stroke by 60%.

    But don’t stop there.

    For the ULTIMATE heart-protecting, stroke-stopping, circulation-enhancing, life-preserving super plan, add these essentials to your routine (if you haven’t already):

    • 1,000 mg L-carnitine
    • 100 mg coenzyme Q10
    • 500-800 mg magnesium
    • 400-800 mg vitamin E

    None of these things will make anyone rich (at least, not until they give ’em the EPA treatment and sell a patented synthetic version as a drug).

    But they WILL protect your heart for just pennies a day.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. [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 30 years now.

    And let’s just say that anyone who’s been popping these drugs these past two, three, four decades is about to get REALLY ticked off.

    The ugly reality of cholesterol meds

    I doubt they were hoping this new study would end up DEBUNKING statins.

    They’re certainly not billing it that way, either.

    But tucked away in the data is something the drug industry bosses no doubt hope you’ll NEVER see.

    They’ve quietly calculated a number that reveals just how many people you have to drug… for how longbefore you see ANY kind of benefit.

    And let’s just say you won’t hear them mention this number in a commercial anytime soon – not even in that part at the end, where the guy talks super-fast and lists all those horrible side effects.

    In fact, the only place you’ll find it… without digging through the details of this study yourself… is RIGHT HERE.

    The bottom-line number, based on an analysis of many, many, MANY studies over the years, is what’s called an NNT10 of 21.

    Allow me to translate: NNT is the number needed to treat. The 10 means over the course of 10 years. And the 21 is the number of patients.

    In other words, you have to give high-dose statins to 21 people… for an entire decade… to prevent one single case of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

    And for moderate-dose statins, the NNT10 is 32.

    You’d have to drug 32 people for a decade to prevent a single case of the disease.

    I bet they massaged the data to come up with as optimistic scenario as possible… and yet this is STILL a terrible number.

    Don’t get me wrong here. If you could prevent just ONE case of this disease… for ZERO side effects… and ZERO toxicities… this would be a medical marvel.

    And it’d be worth every bit of the hype.

    But that’s not the case here.

    That “benefit” would likely be offset by at least one… and possibly more… cases of diabetes caused by the drug, which is a very real risk.

    And a large number of patients on statins – up to 1 in 10 – battle muscle pain, in some cases so severe that muscle breaks down into blood and can damage the liver and kidneys.

    There’s also memory losssexual side effects… even stroke risk… all linked to this class of drug.

    You face ALL that… for a 5% shot at avoiding arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease????

    That’s nuts.

    Here’s a better plan…

    Don’t stress your cholesterol, because LDL just isn’t the big risk factor they’ve hyped it up to be.

    For real protection, eat better… drop a little weight… and stick to proven natural options that can help WITHOUT hurting.

    I suggest starting out with fish oil, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and vitamin E as mixed tocopherols.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. [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…...
  6. [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...
  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 Continue reading

  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  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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