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  1. Could this common reflux drug GIVE YOU the ‘stomach flu’?

    In many parts of the country, the “cold” season is giving way to the “cold and wet” season… which will then be replaced by the “just wet” season.

    That means people will spend a LOT of time indoors… cooped up together… probably learning to recognize each other by smell alone over these next couple of months.

    But you could end up sharing something a whole lot worse

    A virus!

    Too much time in closed quarters allows viruses to spread quickly -- especially the nasty germs behind stomach infections.

    But a new study shows that if you get sick, it’s not just each other you can blame.

    It’s your MEDS!

    Acid relief… WITHOUT infections!

    New research finds a scary new risk associated with the PPI meds taken for acid reflux by so many millions -- especially seniors.

    They can lead directly to viral gastroenteritis.

    And the reason is baked into the very nature of how the drugs operate.

    See, that bubbling cauldron of acid in your stomach can BOIL germs alive… including the germs behind nasty stomach infections.

    When all is well, the acid can KILL a “stomach flu” virus -- even if you’ve been exposed, as you often are this time of year.

    But when those acid blockers “work”… and your acid levels drop… the bugs survive.

    And when they survive, you get sick.

    REALLY sick.

    Like, I’m-just-gonna-spend-the-night-here-in-the-bathroom-so-I-don’t-miss-the-toilet sick.

    It’s so bad, the new study finds that taking PPI drugs will increase your risk of the acute viral form of gastroenteritis by whopping 80%.

    That’s overall.

    In seniors, the risk is even bigger – because these drugs will DOUBLE your odds of facing this nasty infection!

    The biggest jump in risk is in winter…

    But other studies have also found that PPIs will increase the risk of any number of infections that could STRIKE at any time of year.

    And that includes one of the worst of all -- C. diff, which has been turning into one of the nation’s top superbug threats.

    One study found PPIs increase the risk of C. diff by as much as 60%.

    Trust me – a little extra acid isn’t nearly as bad as “deadly diarrhea.”

    For some quick acid relief, try licorice… and I don’t mean the candy. You want an extract of licorice root sold as DGL.

    But to get complete control over long-term issues with stomach acid, you need more than just that.

    Try these two natural therapies…

    • Acidophilus: Don’t just swallow it, as you normally would. Pop open the capsules into your mouth and into your saliva to absorb and swallow.
    • Digestive enzymes: These will improve digestion, and ultimately stop acid from bubbling up where it shouldn’t. Look for a formula that includes betaine hydrochloride.

    These two steps will work MOST of the time. But not ALL of the time.

    If you’re still having problems, get tested for other possible causes of reflux… including an undiagnosed ulcer and/or food sensitivities.

  2. Could the coronavirus cure the world’s looking for be RIGHT under our noses?

    Right now… as coronavirus rapidly spreads around the world… some of the leading minds in medicine are working desperately on a cure for this deadly disease.

    And so far, they’ve come up with…

    NOTHING!

    There’s NO treatment… NO cure… and NOTHING in the pipelines.

    But I’ve got what they don’t…

    A way to help save you and your loved ones from ANY VIRUS.

    This approach has been around some 80 years now… and it’s already available everywhere!

    But it’s just too darned cheap for the mainstream!

    How to beat almost ANY viral infection

    I’m not yet convinced how serious coronavirus is…

    But the mainstream media has jumped on the bandwagon with its breathless headlines about how Big Pharma is trying to cook up a cure.

    And OF COURSE they’re already talking about a vaccine

    Though it’ll come far too late… do far too little… and be totally untested… if it ever gets released at all.

    But there’s a treatment ALREADY available… right now…

    And if the coronavirus situation is as dire as they’re saying it is, this treatment could SAVE LIVES.

    It’s one they WON’T talk about… investigate… or even try out…

    Despite ZERO risk and LOADS of solid scientific evidence that it CAN work.

    They’re covering their eyes for the ugliest reason possible…

    It’s TOO CHEAP!

    It’s ordinary vitamin C. The only difference is that you need to take it at very high doses.

    If you’ve ever taken too much oral C, you know what happens.

    Better keep close to a toilet!

    In many cases, when you’re very sick, high oral doses of C won’t lead to the infamous diarrhea. It’s as if your body is putting it all on hold while it fights off the infection.

    But there’s another reason to SKIP oral capsules

    Your body needs to digest them first, which wastes precious time – especially when your life’s on the line.

    Intravenous vitamin C, on the other hand, SKIPS your stomach… and goes DIRECTLY into your bloodstream, where it begins to work IMMEDIATELY against all manner of infections.

    And when I say “immediately,” I mean I’ve seen patients recover from some of the nastiest illnesses in a matter of hours.

    The downside is that this has NEVER been tested specifically against the novel coronavirus making news today.

    But I can’t think of a single virus that HASN’T been wiped out by high-dose IVC -- including the common cold (which, by the way, can also be caused by a type of coronavirus).

    And I can’t think of a single reason in the world why any doc would deny you access to it. Even if he’s convinced it won’t work… he’d have to admit there’s ZERO chance of harm.

    And certainly, this isn’t a one-or-the-other situation…

    If you have coronavirus… or any other viral infection for that matter… you don’t have to skip ANY treatment they want to give you.

    Just get the IVC alongside it.

    And if they’re still deciding what to do, have them give you the intravenous C in the meantime.

  3. [Flu Shocker] Vaccine failing at ALARMING rate!

    Here’s the LEAST surprising news I’ve heard all winter… This year’s flu shot’s a flop. It’s a failure… a fiasco… a… well, I think I’ve better stop the “f” words right there. When it comes to this vaccine, I have to keep my language in check – because the problem isn’t just that it DOESN’T WORK in many cases. It’s...
  4. [OUTBREAK] Measles scare PROVES the vaccine is FAILING

    Welcome to the dystopia of our nightmares, my friend. If you don’t let them inject you with whatever they want… you could now literally GO TO PRISON! Amid the latest measles outbreak, officials in Rockland County, New York, have issued a state of emergency – one that BANS anyone under 18 who isn’t vaccinated from going out in public. They claim...
  5. [Shocking] Is POLIO making a SECRET comeback?

    Whaddaya do when the disease you claim to have ELIMINATED stages a terrifying return? Rebrand it! I can’t quite PROVE that this is what’s going on right now… YET. But it sure is suspicious that a disease even the mainstream experts are branding as “polio-like” is suddenly on the rise. It’s a terrifying and debilitating condition called acute flaccid myelitis. It seems to...
  6. Fight a Cold With These 5 Ultra-Nutritious Drink Recipes

    cold fightYou wash your hands regularly, use tissues when you sneeze, and make sure to get plenty of sleep.

    But with winter upon us, it’s sensible to wonder if you’re doing everything you can to fight a cold and stay healthy.

    If you’re looking to go the extra mile and supercharge your immune system – and who isn’t this time of year? – try these ultra-nutritious drink recipes, the easy and delicious way to fight a cold. Continue reading

  7. 11 Essential Immune System Vitamins

    vitamins immune systemIt’s winter and that means it’s winter cold and flu season. At the grocery store, the mall, in the office – everywhere - people are coughing, sneezing, and sniffling.

    But you don’t have to be as concerned about it if you’re giving your immune system the vitamins it needs to function at peak efficiency!

    Take a look at these important immune system vitamins, and work them into your daily diet and supplement routine for the healthiest cold and flu season yet! Continue reading

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Build the best defense against deadly CRE superbugs

    I first warned you about carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) well over a year ago. On the superbug block, these nasty bugs are the worst of the worst… a true devil among demons.

    Like other superbug bullies, CRE is resistant to antibiotics. But CRE isn’t only resistant to the run-of-the-mill antibiotics, this ugly bug laughs in the face of the “last-resort” drug carbapenem.

    Now you may never have heard of carbapenem before—it’s not exactly a household name—and good luck pronouncing it (much less enterobacteriaceai!). But this life-saving drug is the antibiotic that docs turn to when nothing else works. And for many with critical infections it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading

  11. Why the FDA’s latest move on fluoride is a red herring

    Did you know that for the past 70 years you’ve been drinking fluoride, one of the most toxic chemicals found in nature? You can’t smell it…you can’t taste it…and you probably have long-since forgotten that this dangerous substance was ever added to our water supply. But the fact is that the EPA started adding this toxic element to public drinking water in the 1940s. Ironically, the goal was to protect children. This stuff is the equivalent of ingestible gasoline. In fact, it’s probably even far worse than petrol. Yet for all these years, it’s been heralded as “good for you.” Now, the FDA has finally decided to limit the amount of this “gasoline” they’re putting in our water, because of noticeable side effects. Many in the health community will praise this move by the FDA. But not me. Why? Well, in my book, the FDA’s new move is just a red herring. It distracts us from the real problem…primarily, that this “gasoline” doesn’t belong in our water at all.

    Seriously, gasoline doesn’t belong in our water!

    Of course, I’m talking about fluoride. You see, fluoride is a waste product of aluminum mining. In fact, any guesses on who funded the research back in the ’40s that convinced us we all needed fluoride for our teeth? Yep, you got it: The aluminum mining industry. Those captains of industry weren’t concerned about cavities. They wanted to make a quick penny by selling their aluminum by-products. And 70 years later, we’re all still buying their toxic leftovers.

    Dead rodents with clean teeth…

    Here’s another little-known fact about fluoride: It’s rat poison. Just go to any hardware store and check it out. Most brands of rat poison (the old-fashioned kind with the skull and crossbones on the box) contain sodium fluoride. What’s it doing in rat poison? Well, it’s not to prevent the rats from getting cavities…I can tell you that much. Nope, scientists classify fluoride as the most toxic chemical found in nature, second only to arsenic. (See, you would have been better off with gasoline, not fluoride, added to your water!) Fortunately, fluoride won’t kill a human being right away. It’s considered an “accumulative poison” that gradually builds up in your system. Dental fluorosis (those discolored patches on your teeth that the FDA is so concerned about) is usually the first sign of toxicity. But the side effects become much more serious as your exposure increases. That’s because once inside the body, fluoride tends to collect in areas with lots of calcium, such as your teeth…and your bones. In fact, in 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine carried a report that too much fluoride exposure increased “skeletal fragility” and lowered bone density in women with osteoporosis. But even that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Excessive fluoride exposure has also been linked to:
    • Neurotoxicity
    • Genetic damage
    • Tumors
    • Atopic dermatitis
    • Eczema
    • Gastro-intestinal problems
    • Headaches
    • Immune system disruptions
    • Loss of collagen (a protein critical to skin, muscle, tissue, ligaments and bone health)
    • Arthritis
    • Learning problems
    • Thyroid disorders
    Fluoride in your water supply is serious stuff, folks. It even affects unborn babies. In fact, two years ago, U.S. researchers looked at rural communities in upstate New York. They discovered that women who live in towns with fluorinated water deliver premature babies much more often than do women who live in towns without fluoride. So while it’s great that the FDA wants to limit the gasoline -- er, fluoride -- in your water…I wouldn’t start drinking straight from the tap any time soon.

    So how do you get rid of it?

    There are two ways to get rid of the fluoride in your drinking water. And neither one is very simple, I’m afraid. Your first option is to buy bottled water from the grocery store. But you have to be careful. Obviously, you want to avoid any brand that contains nothing more than bottled tap water. That’s because it probably contains as much fluoride as water straight from your tap…only it’s more expensive. If you’re really curious, you can contact the manufacturer to find out exactly how much fluoride your bottled water contains. Secondly, skip anything that calls itself “pure” water. You see, pure H20 is not normal in nature. All natural sources of water contain some “impurities.” Spring water contains natural minerals and electrolytes that your body needs. But when you distill or completely purify water, you remove these natural elements. I call this “soft” water or mineral-free water. And your body has a heck of a time processing this kind of water. In fact, there is significant evidence that drinking “soft” water increases your risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke. I remember, as a child, seeing warnings on bottles of distilled water for steam irons: “Not for internal use.” The only kind of bottled water I consider safe is high-quality spring water, drawn from a deep natural spring. Check the bottle’s label to see how many minerals the spring water contains. Pick the brand with the most magnesium. That’s your best bet…though it won’t be cheap. Your second option is to install a high-quality water filter. Lots of companies will dazzle you with a long list of chemicals their filters remove. But ask them if their filter removes fluoride.That’s the million-dollar question. If it does, you’ve got a winner on your hands. Lastly, aside from your drinking water, make sure to use fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwashes. They are widely available now, even at big-name stores. Also, skip the fluoride rinse at your next visit to the dentist.
  12. These immune system boosters can protect you against winter’s worst germs

    Think your digestion has nothing to do with how well you fight off a cold? Well, think again. A new study finds that a natural digestive aid may be your ticket to a healthier winter with fewer colds. In the Guide to Good Health, I‘ve talked often about the "good bacteria" (also known as intestinal flora) in your gut. These tiny microorganisms help you digest food. They also defend against toxins and germs. In fact, your digestive tract is your first line of defense against disease and the common cold. Normally, billions of these good bacteria line your digestive tract. But a poor diet, antibiotics, and other drugs can wipe out these healthy bugs. Also, as you get older, your body‘s supply of good bacteria falls off. The good news is, you can replenish your body‘s supply of these natural immune boosters with probiotic supplements. These supplements contain billions of units of good bacteria. (As a comparison, yogurt only contains a few million active bacteria by the time you eat it. And that‘s hardly enough protection against today‘s resilient germs.)

    Boost your immunity this winter with probiotics

    Scientists recently put probiotics to the test against the common cold. They recruited 272 healthy volunteers to take part in this double-blind placebo- controlled study (the gold standard in scientific circles). They gave half of the volunteers a daily probiotic that contained billions of units of healthy bacteria. The other volunteers received a placebo. After 12 weeks, the volunteers who took probiotics had a clear edge. In fact:
    • The probiotic group got 12 percent fewer colds.
    • The probiotic group also got over their colds 30 percent FASTER than the placebo group.
    • Lastly, the probiotic group‘s symptoms were LESS SEVERE than the placebo group.
    Not bad for a digestive aid that you‘re hopefully already taking! Plus, while we‘re talking about cold and flu season, don‘t forget about vitamin D.

    Tiny vitamin packs a wallop against flu...

    In addition to probiotics, Vitamin D also helps to boost your natural defense. It kicks your T cells into action. And these cells track down and kill foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Plus, a recent study showed that vitamin D also packs a wallop against the flu. For this study, scientists divided healthy patients into two groups. One group received 1200 IU of D3 (the most active form of D) each day for four months. The other group received a placebo. During the four-month period, 40 percent fewer participants taking D3 got the flu compared to the placebo group. Plus, the patients going into the study with the lowest levels of D got the biggest protection. These patients experienced a 74 percent reduction in the incidence of the flu. And these results only stem from a period of four months! I have a feeling that these results would have been even greater had the participants taken vitamin D supplements all year long. You see, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that gets absorbed into your body through your intestinal tract. Plus, your body can store it for up to 60 days. So even though it‘s not quite flu and cold season, now‘s the time to kick your immune system into high gear. I recommend taking up to 5,000 IU of D3 a day, especially if you live in the northern part of the country. In addition, load up on the probiotics. Look for a capsule that contains billions of units from many different strains of bacteria.
  13. Benefits of vitamin C—happier hospital stays

    Ideally, you'll never have to spend even a single night in a hospital bed. But if you happen to wind up there, even if it's just for one night, make sure to take along your vitamins. One vitamin in particular--required for tissue repair in the body--is a MUST. Plus, a new study shows that this vitamin may also help keep your mood afloat during your hospital stay. Of course, I'm talking about the almighty vitamin C. You see, vitamin C is the essential vitamin REQUIRED for all new growth or repair in the body. In fact, it boosts collagen production. And collagen is the main protein responsible for repair in the body. It repairs your tissues, tendons, bones, muscles, organs and even your brain. Want your post-op scar to heal faster? Make sure you've got plenty of vitamin C...because without it, your body can't repair anything. Secondly, vitamin C is critical to your immune system. It boosts the production of interferon, a protein that helps shut down the growth and spread of bacteria, viruses, or tumors. And it's exactly what you need to have in abundance when you're entering the hospital and fighting infection at every turn. Thirdly, as it turns out, vitamin C makes for a happier hospital stay. That's what surgeons from Montreal's Jewish Medical Hospital just discovered. Can more vitamin C make you happier? Canadian physicians selected 32 hospital patients to take part in this study. (Granted, that's a miniscule number. But for a hospital to dispense anything other than Percocet or Prilosec, it's a pretty big deal and essentially unheard of in 2010!) First off, the doctors divided the patients into two groups. One group would receive 500 mg of vitamin C twice a day for up to 10 days. The other group would receive 1,000 IU of vitamin D (as a placebo) twice a day for up to 10 days. The doctors also measured blood levels of vitamin C before and after treatment. Unfortunately, they found that 60 percent of the patients were vitamin C deficient at the study's outset. Next, the doctors asked their patients to answer questionnaires about their mood before vitamin treatment began and after at least five days of taking the vitamins. Here's what they found:
    • First off, in the group taking vitamin C, their blood levels of vitamin C more than tripled.
    • In addition, the vitamin C group experienced a 34 percent average reduction in mood disturbance.
    • In the vitamin D patients, their blood serum levels of D rose as well.
    • But the vitamin D patients experienced no improvement in mood.
    Clearly, vitamin C gave patients a nice boost in mood during their stay. In their report, the doctors didn't make any guesses why the vitamin C group fared so much better. But I've got an explanation: Vitamin C makes everything better. You see, when you're under stress--physical or mental (such as during a hospital stay)--your body's need for vitamin C increases exponentially. In addition, inflammation following surgery or illness depletes your body's absorption of vitamin C. So by giving your body more of what it needs, you heal faster and you're happier. Add vitamin C to the top of your "To Pack" list There's no doubt vitamin C will help you recover from any hospital visit. Not only will it boost your mood, but it will also help you thwart infection. And we all know that's a huge concern even in the best hospitals. Plus, vitamin C helps flush out any drugs or anesthesia you may have received during your hospital stay. Bottom line? Prevent potential problems and supplement with extra vitamin C before you enter the hospital. And definitely pack a bottle of it during your hospital stay. Just don't count on your nurse to add it to your little cup of pills. In fact, you may have to sneak it in between hospital rounds. (I've done that a few times myself!) If you're recovering from an illness or preparing surgery, take 1,000 mg of C three times a day. That's quite a bit more than the Canadians used in their study. But if you're recovering from an illness or surgery, you'll need it. It's essential as your body repairs itself and returns to optimal health. Plus, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so any extra your body doesn't need will get flushed. For normal vitamin C maintenance, take 1,000 mg of C twice a day. But don't go for time-released preparations as these are a waste of money. Vitamin C only stays in your body for a few hours at a time.
  14. Support immune function naturally by taking spirulina for anemia in older adults

    If you're anemic, a new study should interest you. Scientists found that taking spirulina for anemia could help. Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae found in fresh and salt water. You can also take it as a tablet. It's rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as essential minerals, like iron and potassium. For this study, scientists recruited 40 seniors with anemia to take 3,000 mg of spirulina for 12 weeks. According to Nutra-Ingredients USA, "The objective was to determine if the supplements could be effective in countering two conditions that frequently impact the health of older people: anemia and declining immune function." After 12 weeks, scientists ran CBCs (complete blood counts) on the volunteers. First off, the volunteers had higher white blood cell counts. These cells are your front-line defense against viruses, bacteria, and toxins. The volunteers also had more haemoglobin in their red blood cells. (Low corpuscular haemoglobin -- on the other hand -- means you're anemic.) Researchers also noted that older women responded particularly well to taking spirulina for anemia. Plus, this isn't the first time scientists used spirulina to improve anemia. A previous study showed that malnourished children and children with HIV who took spirulina improved their anemia and gained weight. As you'll recall from last week, you need to be careful when choosing your sources of iron. That's because inorganic forms -- like those found in most multivitamins -- can increase free radical formation. But organic iron doesn't. That's why spirulina is the perfect choice for your extra iron. Most of spirulina tablets sold on the market contain organic iron. Just check the label to be sure.

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