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  1. How Big Pharma's "fake" data could make you sick

    You expect Big Pharma to cheat, lie, steal, and create fake data. You don't expect it from humble chemists who dedicate their lives to science.

    Very often, these chemists are the only reliable things standing between you and taking an unsafe -- even deadly -- drug. You see, Big Pharma outsources much of its dirty work on drugs to medical testing companies. Chemists at these companies work "independently" to monitor clinical trials for Big Pharma. Then, they report their results to the FDA.

    So what happens when humble, independent chemists turn to the dark side? They manipulate the results and send fake data to the FDA. Then you come shockingly close to taking a drug based on this "fake" data.

    Take for example Cetero Research.

    Shocking alleged fraud at research lab

    Cetero Research runs clinical trials for Pfizer, Novartis, and AstraZeneca. This means, they recruit the patients. They develop the trial protocol (and figure out how much of the drug to give each patient and how often). They administer the drug to the patients. Next, they retest the patients to see if their various symptoms improved.

    Then, the Cetero chemists report their results to the "drug sponsor." (This term makes Big Pharma almost sound like they're actually watching out for us, doesn't it?) Lastly, the "drug sponsor" or drug company presents the data to the FDA. This data helps the FDA determine whether a drug should get market approval.

    So you'd think that the FDA would diligently monitor a company like Cetero to make sure their results are legit... right?

    But what would happen if the company turned in fake data? You may be shocked to learn how easy it was for a group of chemists from Houston to "falsify  results" and send fake data to the FDA.

    Here's how easy it was...

    Faster isn't always better

    Apparently, Cetero doesn't hire your regular old Cal Tech chemists. They hire super-chemists.

    In fact, Cetero say their chemists can give you "accelerated proof-of-concept." It means that instead of taking 28 to 36 weeks to determine a drug's viability, Cetero chemists only need 14 to 18 weeks. They get the same amount of work done in ½ the time it takes other labs!

    And you wanna know how Cetero chemists got their work done so darned fast?

    They apparently cooked the books – creating fake data.

    The FDA looked at the clinical trials Cetero ran between the years 2005 and 2010. During this time, the chemists recorded when they took samples from patients. But when the FDA checked these times against chemists' timecards, they found something very interesting.

    Shocking, really...

    The chemists weren't even at the lab on those days. And it wasn't just one or two times that it happened. The FDA found 1,900 examples of when the chemists claimed to take samples on a day they didn't even go into the lab.

    Now, Cetero claims the chemists did do those procedures. They just lied about when they did them. The chemists claimed they took the samples on weekends so they could get overtime pay. (I'm shocked! Chemists aren't motivated by money. They're out for the greater scientific good.)

    But wait. It gets worse.

    The FDA only found out about the problem because of an internal whistleblower at Cetero. A chemist with a conscience told management at Houston about the problems. But apparently management -- even the Cetero CEO -- didn't listen.

    So the chemist went to the FDA. And only then did the FDA find out about the Houston shenanigans. And the uncovered a whole lot more than just timesheet troubles...

    Selling your soul for drugs

    Before the FDA stepped in, Cetero Research did begin an internal investigation. They say they stand by the "integrity" of their data.

    But FDA's not buying it. (Shocking, I know.)

    The FDA found "widespread falsification" and "manipulation" of data at Cetero's Houston lab between 2005 and 2010. In other words, completely fake data was submitted repeatedly to the FDA.

    The FDA says Cetero chemists may have fixed data to meet "acceptance criterion." Basically, this means the chemists may have faked the data to make it look better to gain FDA acceptance.

    Cetero's big wigs sent 483 letters to the FDA trying to explain away the bad data. But the FDA says their explanations are "inadequate." (Applause. Applause.)

    As a result, the FDA is pulling all Cetero clinical trials from the pipeline for review. And according to the Fed website, 122 clinical trials contain Cetero's fingerprints. Unfortunately, the FDA didn't publish the list of questionable studies. So we don't know which studies involving which drugs Cetero might have cooked.

    But the FDA believes the fake data pertains to drugs not yet on the market. So all the drugs already on the market should be good to go.

    Yeah right.

    The older, approved drugs may be safe from Cetero's scams, but I'm sure this kind of thing happens a whole lot more than anyone wants to admit. Makes you wonder how many chemists cooked the books to get a drug like Actos or Boniva approved.

  2. Tennessee town flouts fluoride rule

    You know I have a major gripe against fluoride. The stuff is toxic and just as bad for you as gasoline. Except we don't add gasoline to the drinking water and then sell you on the idea that it's good for you!

    Well... it looks like a small town in Tennessee is actually taking stand against this toxin in their drinking water.

    How'd they do it? How'd they "take on the system"?

    The genius of their plan was in its simplicity. They asked questions. Well, let me correct that. Three people asked questions: Why do we add fluoride to our drinking water? And can we get rid of it?

    And now, the City Council is reviewing the issue. Sounds like they're actually gonna get rid of the stuff. And you know what? It will save the city $20,000 a year! Not to mention all the avoided health issues.

    And it all came about because taxpayers -- just three of them -- asked a question.

  3. Shocking hidden cause of arthritis revealed

    You probably think suffering from arthritis is just an inevitable part of getting older. But it turns out, there’s a lot more to it. In fact, new evidence shows there may be a hidden cause of arthritis. Researchers from the University of West Virginia made a shocking discovery this month that may help explain why you wake up each morning with pain and swelling in your hands – a hidden cause of arthritis. And it’s got very little to do with your age. Instead, it may depend on how you cook your breakfast... where you sit and watch TV... what kind of snacks you eat... what kind of water you drink... and even what kind of shampoo you use! One common culprit ties all these activities together. And to make matters worse, the U.S. government has known about this cause of arthritis for years, but for a different reason: it causes cancer and birth defects in lab animals.

    The common chemical that could literally kill you

    Of course, the trouble-maker I’m talking about is a man-made chemical called PFOA (also known as C8). I’ve warned you about it before. In 2006, a panel of experts presented evidence to the EPA that PFOA are “likely human carcinogens.” The government stopped short of adopting the new classification. Although, it does admit PFOA causes cancer in animals. The government also concedes that high levels of PFOA in your blood increases your risk for high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and fertility problems. The scary part is that PFOA can be found everywhere. Food manufacturers like to use it to line microwavable popcorn bags. You also find it in stain-resistant fabrics, food wrap, and carpeting. It’s also used to make non-stick cookware. It has even made its way into your drinking water. Studies show that an incredible 95 percent of Americans have PFOA in their blood. And this is where the University of West Virginia arthritis research comes into play. About 10 years ago, the EPA discovered that the public drinking water in and around Washington, West Virginia became contaminated with PFOA. You see, DuPont built a manufacturing plant in the town. Over many years, the plant released PFOA into the air. Eventually, the PFOA hit the town’s (and surrounding towns’) water supply. Eventually, the people started to connect the dots. They stopped drinking the water. DuPont had to provide bottled water to residents until they could get the public water cleaned up. But this is a lot tougher than it sounds. You see, PFOA is a “persistent” contaminant. This means, it lingers in the environment and your body. And it is very hard to remove. In fact, DuPont is still dealing with the mess.

    Researchers make connection to arthritis

    After the DuPont mess, scientists started to take blood samples of the West Virginia residents. They wanted to monitor the residents’ PFOA levels and their overall health. And 10 years later, a group of scientists from U of WV made the surprising connection – PFOA is also a hidden cause of arthritis. In fact, they found that men and women with the highest PFOA levels in their blood are up to 40 percent more likely to develop arthritis than people with low PFOA. Now, you may not live in Washington, West Virginia, but even low levels of PFOA in your blood  could be a potential cause of arthritis. Research suggests that PFOA disturbs your immune system and metabolism. It also appears to increase inflammation in the body. This is why — researchers believe — men and women with high PFOA seem more prone to arthritis. Plus... Recently, scientists think most of our PFOA exposure comes from flurotelomer alcohols. These alcohols break down into PFOA in the body. Plus, you probably handle them on a daily basis. They’re in many everyday items, such as your shampoo and household paper products.

    What you can do right now

    Even though PFOA is everywhere, there is still a lot you can do you protect you and your family from this toxin.
    1. Remove all non-stick cookware from your home. Cook with stainless steel instead.
    2. When you purchase carpet or furniture, do not apply stain-resistant treatments. These products contain PFOA or chemicals that break down into PFOA.
    3. Avoid buying stain-resistant and water-resistant clothing. Manufacturers may coat these products with chemicals that break down into PFOA.
    4. Minimize packaged foods and “fast food” in your diet. The food industry often wrap these items with paper coated with PFCs (PFOA belong to the PFC family of toxins).
    5. Avoid buying cosmetics or shampoo that contain “fluoro” or “perfluoro” on the ingredient list. These also contain PFCs.
    6. Install a high-quality filter on your water faucet.
  4. New study on clear arteries show how to keep them clot-free

    Big Pharma scares you into taking a statin drug. They say it's the only sure way to prevent plaque buildup in your arteries. But what if one cheap vitamin could ensure clear arteries? Think Big Pharma would have a vested interested in making sure you never hear about this a vitamin that helps you keep clear arteries? You betcha. And the mainstream press is only too happy to comply. You see... On July 28th, researchers from Columbia University found a surprising connection between one vitamin and plaque in your carotid artery. This is the main artery that sends blood to your brain. When it gets clogged, you have a stroke. But one key vitamin may make a difference in helping you maintain clear arteries. In fact, researcher found that the more of this vitamin you have in your bloodstream, the less plaque you have in your carotid artery. On the other hand...the less you have of this vitamin in your bloodstream, the more plaque you have in your carotid artery. What vitamin does this? Vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin. And one of the cheapest vitamins you'll ever find.

    Vitamin D clears arteries like a drug

    Researchers from Columbia University looked at 203 adults enrolled in the Northern Manhattan Study. They measured the amount of 25-hydroxyvitamin D found in the volunteers' blood. (This is the form vitamin D takes in your blood.) Researchers also took ultrasounds of the volunteers' carotid arteries. Dr. Shonni Silverberg, MD, said, "We found a robust association of vitamin D levels with...carotid atherosclerosis." In my book, vitamin D presents a perfect alternative to taking a statin drug. But don't look for the mainstream press to cover this topic. I checked myself. None of the big dailies covered the study. As always, stay tuned to my Guide to Good Health. I'll point you toward important studies missed (or ignored) by the mainstream hacks. And if you want to keep clear arteries, take vitamin D. I recommend getting up to 5,000 IU of D3 per day.
  5. Why FDA regulations could push my favorite snack behind the pharmacy counter

    If the FDA regulations stand , you may have to go to the pharmacy counter to buy a bag of my favorite snacks. And don't forget your doctor's prescription. You'll need it. You see... The company that makes my favorite snack recently got into hot water with the FDA. (Well, "makes" is a bit of an overstatement. My favorite snack is a whole food...so the company really just grows it, picks it, and packages it.) Anyway... In its marketing, the company said that nutrients in this snack are good for you. They said the nutrients "may help lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers; ease arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; and even fight depression and other mental illnesses." But whoa! You can't do that. You can't talk about foods that prevent disease without Breaking one of the most sacred FDA regulations and incurring their wrath in the form of a warning letter. Even if that food has been shown in 57 clinical trials to protect against heart disease. Even if one of those studies gets published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Even if the American Heart Association says this food is great for your heart. The FDA doesn't care. Only drugs have the FDA-granted right to talk about diseases. So if you do talk about a disease in your marketing, it means your product is also a drug and you’re violating FDA regulations regarding what you can and can’t say…even if you have proof that it’s true. And, well, the FDA regulates all drug sales. There are drug applications to fill out. There are clinical trials to run and safety tests too. Only then can you mention that your product protects against disease.

    Much ado about nuts

    Poor, naive Diamond Foods, Inc. This California-based company sells nuts and other snack foods. Now, I'm not wild about their microwaveable popcorn, but I do like their walnuts. And that's what got them into a heap of trouble with the FDA regulations. To be frank, Diamond Foods is no Frito Lay. They don't do a ton of advertising. But they do have a website. I'm guessing it attracts -- at most -- maybe 10,000 visitors per year. As luck would have it, someone from the FDA must have stumbled over the site. And that person blew the whistle: Diamond Nuts talks about eating walnuts to prevent disease! As a result, the FDA fired off a letter to Diamond Foods. The letter said: Based on claims made on your firm's website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. You see, you can't say foods prevent, mitigate or treat disease or -- voila! -- they become drugs. So... under the FDA's regulations, does that mean if I give you a Milky Way for your low blood sugar that I've given you a drug? Yes, it does. How about if I give you a peanut butter sandwich when you're clinically protein-starved? Does that mean I've given you a drug? Under the FDA rules, yes. Hell, how about if you're dehydrated and I give you a glass of water? Does that mean I've given you a drug? Well, you've got the idea. That's how stupid this walnut-drug thing is. The FDA definition of a "drug" is anything used in the treatment of disease. Therefore, their definition is completely, totally, and insanely useless... because you can use a glass of water as a drug.

    FDA defends insanity

    There's a reason behind all the insanity, says Margaret Hamburg, FDA commissioner. It's for your protection. Hamburg says, "[W]e've seen the emergence of claims that may not provide the full picture of their products' true nutritional value. It will be important to reestablish a science-based approach to protect the public..." Gee, ya think? Just take a look down the grocery store aisle at all the misleading products. Fake butter is now "heart smart" because the company adds plant sterols. Sugar water is now "vitamin water" because the company adds vitamin C. Artificially-flavored breakfast cereal is now a "smart start" to your day because the company adds antioxidants. But you can't say walnuts "may help lower your cholesterol" or you guessed it – you’re violating those sacred FDA regulations. And that's not even the worst part about it. The FDA is really just a mindless minion to Big Pharma. The FDA keeps us sick and malnourished so that Big Pharma can come along to save the day. Don't buy into it. Buy walnuts instead. And, yes, Diamond Foods had to take down the disease claims from their web site. But at least you won't need a doctor's prescription to get them. If you need help navigating the grocery store aisles, read a special report called "Food Labeling Chaos" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Go to http://www.cspinet.org/foodlabeling and you'll get a whole new appreciation of lies at the grocery store.
  6. Tap into your body's natural and preferred energy source

    If you didn't think this was possible before, I'm here to tell you that you can power through your 3 p.m. slump without making another pot of coffee. You can tackle projects around the yard without hiring a contractor. And you can take your grandkids on a day trip to the zoo without crashing after visiting the elephants.

    All you have to do is tap into your body's natural and preferred energy source.

    You see...

    Most energy drinks contain caffeine or other stimulants. This is a major roadblock, I know. You do want more energy...but you don't want to take a stimulant.

    And the good news is, you don't need to -- because there are ways to give your muscles more of what they naturally need...

    Super-fuel "cranks your engine"

    In 2009, scientists recruited a small but select group of bodybuilders to take 10 grams of an all-natural super-fuel for 30 days. They also followed a weight training regimen designed to increase lean muscle mass.

    This super-fuel substance is not a stimulant, like caffeine. It's a natural substance found in each and very one of your cells. That's why non-meat heads like you and me need it! Plus, your body uses it for energy metabolism. This substance also forms the primary building block of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

    ATP is the preferred source of energy for your skeletal muscles and heart tissue. So the more ATP available, the happier your muscles and heart are likely to be. The only problem with ATP energy is that your body quickly depletes it.

    But this super-fuel helps replenish ATP...

    And after just 30 days, the elite body builders who took this natural super-fuel noticed a distinct difference in their workouts. In fact, the results suggested that these already physically superior men increased their total work capacity and bench press strength...in just four short weeks!

    Now, I'm no body builder and couldn't keep up with these elite athletes at the gym even if I tried. I like to stay in shape but I'm certainly not a heavy- lifting gym rat. I know you probably aren't either.

    But energy is energy.

    So just imagine what it can do for you during a stroll around the neighborhood... or shopping with friends... or working in the yard!

    Raw energy -- without the let down

    You'll find this all-natural super-fuel in each and every serving of NorthStar Nutritional's energy drink called Vital Power. In fact, Vital Power contains 2.5 g of this super-fuel.

    Plus, unlike many power drinks, Vital Power doesn't contain caffeine or other stimulants. It doesn't even contain sugar. It contains the all-natural sweetener Stevia. It's sweet, but it won't cause a sugar crash.

    Better yet, you don't even have to hit the gym to feel its affects!

    Plus, Vital Power contains another type of fuel that may...

    Enhance physical performance and EXPLOSIVE POWER!

    You see, red grapes contain key antioxidants that may help protect cells from exercise-induced oxidative damage. So your recovery after a big day of activity may go a little easier.

    You see, these antioxidants flood your muscles and appear to help:

    • Wipe out free radicals

    • Promote muscle recovery after exercise

    • Increase vitamin E in the blood, a powerful antioxidant

    • Protect muscles from exercise-induced damage

    All of this means Vital Power can help you play on the beach all day long with the grandkids... and still be ready to do it all over again tomorrow!

    In fact, my cousin Fenton, a body builder and trainer in his early 60s, loves Vital Power. At 6' 3'' and 238 lbs, Fenton can bench 290 to 300 pounds. Plus, he can flat dumbbell press 80-85 lbs. He does three sets of ten of these bad boys.

    Fenton wrote me recently to say that Vital Power has rocked his world:

    When I first starting using this, I mixed it with a bottle of water and drank it before the workout. Not much happened, but I did notice a slight elevation of energy.

    After about a week, I decided to drink it while I was working out.

    And BAM!

    It was like I was shot out of a cannon. All I felt was energy and more power during my workouts using this mixture. I can lift more weight and more sets than before. I got guys now asking what I'm on and where can they get it.


    Plus, remember Vital Power does not contain stimulants. Fenton noticed this key difference right away. He said, "The one thing about this power that really turned me on was it had NO SIDE EFFECTS. No caffeine rush. No jitters. Just raw energy."

    As I told you earlier, I hate the gym. It's torture for me. I like being outside, so I'd much rather hit the trails or play a game of tennis. And since using Vital Power myself, I've noticed that my energy throughout the day is much steadier. No 3 p.m. slump. Plus, I have more endurance to start a project around the house late in the day.

    It's so simple. Just sprinkle a packet of Vital Power in your water or over ice. It goes to work helping fuel you through your day and keep you going until tomorrow.

    P.S. Better yet, you can try Vital Power RISK-FREE for a whopping 120 days! I know you'll like Vital Power as much as Fenton does. But if you don't, simply return any unused packets and we'll promptly refund your money, less shipping.

  7. The 7 ways to prevent Alzheimer’s they don't tell you

    Despite Big Pharma's best attempts... drugs can't cure or even reverse Alzheimer's disease (AD). To make matters worse, the mainstream press makes it sound like there's no earthly way to prevent Alzheimer’s. But that's a crock. Two leading experts say that we know exactly what causes MORE THAN HALF of all the AD cases around the world... and these cases are perfectly preventable! That’s right – there are scientific ways you can prevent Alzheimer’s from wrecking your life. Unfortunately, the hard truth gets zero play in the mainstream press. Just consider this... The day after this important study hit the newswire, USA Today ran a story about Alzheimer's disease and antidepressants. I can picture the editor in the newsroom... okay, should we run a story about how to prevent Alzheimer's disease... or should we write about Alzheimer's and Zoloft? Zoloft will win that coin toss every time! How many times have I said it? Prevention just isn't sexy. Well, it might not be sexy. But it does work. In fact... Experts uncovered 7 deadly health sins – that once you know – you could actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease from taking you down… Today, about 34 million people in the world live with Alzheimer's disease. But according to Dr. Deborah Barnes and Dr. Kristine Yaffe, about half of the cases were totally and completely preventable. Both women are professors at the University of California, San Francisco. They analyzed data from several different studies and came up with a list of seven deadly Alzheimer's sins. Now, I have to admit... The last few deadly sins on the list aren't terribly surprising. Risk factors #3 through #7 (in descending order) are: smoking, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, low education, and diabetes. So, if you smoke or have high blood pressure in your 40s, your risk goes up. And if you carry too much weight in your 40s or get diabetes, that's a risk factor too. Low education also a risk factor. I imagine that shows the need to find quality healthcare throughout your life. That's always important. But the #1 and #2 deadly sins certainly surprised the heck out of me. In fact, they are not what most people think about when the worry about getting Alzheimer's. Research turns up surprising #2 deadly health sin The #2 risk factor for getting Alzhiemer’s disease depression. Yep. Depression. Apparently, chronic depression does more than just affect your mood. It affects your brain in ways we do not fully understand. So strive to keep the blues at bay – because it could even help you prevent ALzhimer’s disease, too. To do this, you'll want to make sure you take vitamin D, a B complex, and fish oil each day as I've told you before. In addition, studies show that one key plant extract may cut your depression symptoms by up to 80 percent! Plus, here's the... Shocking #1 deadly health sin you should avoid at all costs! Believe it or not, the #1 deadly sin is to sit on the couch! Yes, leading a sedentary lifestyle is the #1 worst thing you can do if you want to prevent Alzheimer's disease. In fact... According to the recent study, the professors say this alone increases your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease by more than 20 percent. In fact, they say 1 in 5 older adults in the U.S. will get Alzheimer's disease simply because they don't get up and move. Plus... The UCSF Profs aren't alone. In another recent study, French researchers followed nearly 2,000 high-risk women for seven years. Over this period, the researchers gave the women a series of cognitive and memory tests. They also asked the women about their level of physical activity. Here's what they discovered... How to turn back your brain's age Women who stayed more physically active tested far better than women who didn't remain active. In fact, they scored as well as someone five to seven years younger! So how did these brain-fit women stay physically fit? Did they run triathlons or swim 20 miles a day? Nope. They walked. For like 30 minutes a day. And, yes, this literally helped them to turn back their brains' age. According to Professor Barnes, "some very simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity and quitting smoking, could have a tremendous impact to prevent Alzheimer's and other dementias in the United States and worldwide." Call me crazy, but the new research is profoundly comforting to me. It's not out of our hands, after all! And while we may not have a drug that can cure it, we sure know how to reduce our risk. So get out there and get moving. (See, my ultra-cool three-wheeled bike idea doesn't seem so crazy now, does it?)
  8. You can reduce anxiety by 20 percent

    Federal budgets are spiraling out of control... Alzheimer's disease is skyrocketing... global warming is everywhere. There's a lot to worry about these days. But you can keep your cool and maybe even reduce anxiety. And something that's probably already in your kitchen cabinet may help! Researchers from Ohio State recently recruited medical students to take part in a recent study aimed at learning how to  reduce anxiety. They divided the med students into two groups. One group took a fish oil supplement for three months. The other group took a placebo. Researchers measured if the students were able to reduce anxiety levels at different points during the study with a standardized test. Here's what they found... The fish oil group were able to reduce anxiety scores by 20 percent by the end of three months. Plus, they reduced their interleukin 6 (IL-6) by 14 percent. Interleukin 6 is a protein that causes inflammation throughout the body. Depression and anxiety increase its production, but fish oil appears to reduce it. And that's a good thing. According to Ron Glaser, PhD, at Ohio State, "Anything we can do to reduce cytokines is a big plus in dealing with the overall health of people at risk for many diseases." Plus, this study looked at fish oil intake with young, healthy adults. The researchers think older adults taking fish oil may benefit even more than the young med students!
  9. New bike design made for fit seniors

    It’s good to know... New bike design made for fit seniors I just got back from a week at the beach. Everyday I saw a fit, tanned, and leggy woman in her 70s ride up to the beach on her bike. Boy, I thought, good for her! And I know what you're thinking. You used to ride a bike. But you haven't in years and don't think you've got the balance or coordination give it a go. Well, think again. This gal rode a very modern and very cool "trike." It looks like a regular bike, but it's got two back wheels. And often there's a basket behind the back wheels for your groceries (or your beach bag, in one leggy 70-year-old's case). Schwinn makes a three-wheeled bike called "Meridian." It runs about $250 bucks. Biking is great exercise at any age. You'll burn a few hundred calories in an hour and strengthen your leg muscles. Plus, it solves the problem of stability and gets you moving in style.
  10. Shocking NSAID side effects revealed in large study

    Got high blood pressure or coronary artery disease (CAD)? Then you'll want to think twice before taking an NSAID – even the over-the- counter variety. NSAID side effects just might kill you. In fact, a new study reveals that men and women with these conditions who regularly take these meds significantly increase their risk of heart attack, stroke, even death. Take these drugs long enough and your death risk may shoot up by 127 percent! But wait. NSAIDS are supposed to be safe. You can pick it up any grocery store, gas station, or bathroom vending machine. Here's what you don't know… Researchers stumble upon startling, new data regarding NSAID side effects It all began with the INVEST study. This study involved 23,000 CAD patients with stable hypertension. It took place at university research labs in 14 different countries. The University of Florida led one of the outposts. At each visit, UF researchers asked their patients about medication use. They discovered that many of the patients regularly took NSAIDs (or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). In fact, nearly 1,000 of the patients were "chronic" NSAID users. The rest were "non-chronic" NSAID users. (Drugs such as aspirin, Celebrex, ibuprofen, and naproxen fall into this category.) The researchers then followed their patients over the next five years, tracking any consequences of long-term NSAID use or NSAID side effects. Tragically, they found a shocking number of the chronic NSAID users went on to suffer heart attacks, strokes, or worse. Here's how the data broke down: • After nearly three years of regular NSAID use, patients had a 90 percent increase in the occurrence of all-cause mortality. Plus, their nonfatal heart attack and stroke rose by 47 percent. • After five years of regular NSAID use, patients had a 126 percent increase in cardiovascular deaths. Plus, their heart attack jumped to 66 percent. Stroke rate stayed the same after five years. Now, I know what you're thinking. Maybe these folks with higher risk let their high blood pressure get out of control? And that's what killed them. Nope. The chronic NSAID actually had slightly lower blood pressure than the non-chronic users. So their blood pressure stayed low, but they had a much greater risk of dying. According to Anthony Bavry, MD, lead researcher for the UF team, "Among coronary artery disease patients with hypertension, chronic self-reported use of NSAIDs was associated with harmful outcomes, and this practice should be avoided where possible." He continued "Until further data are available, alternative modes of pain relief should be considered for these patients." Well said, Dr. Bavry. In fact, I think long-term NSAID use should be avoided by just about everyone. NSAID side effects aren’t worth the risk.
  11. Low vitamin intake increases cataract risk

    Low vitamin intake increases cataract risk

    Speaking of ailments commonly associated with aging... Most folks think getting cataracts is just another normal part of aging. But it isn’t. In fact, good nutrition is just as important to keeping your eyes healthy as it is to every other organ in your body. Plus, a new study found that if you don’t get enough of one key vitamin, your cataract risk skyrockets.

    For this study, researchers examined 5,600 men and women over the age of 60. Overall, 73 percent of the volunteers had cataracts. In the end, one key vitamin made all the difference: vitamin C.

    The more vitamin C the volunteer took, the lower their cataract risk. In fact, men and women with the highest vitamin C intake had almost a 40 percent lower risk of developing cataracts.

    We know that other factors such as smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure can increase your cataract risk. But even when the researchers accounted for these risk factors, the vitamin C connection held up.

    That’s because vitamin C is one powerful antioxidant. It protects your body — even your eyes — against oxidative damage.

    Now, the RDA for vitamin C is pitiful, at just 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg for women. Plus, very few ‘multi’ vitamins contain enough of it. Your best bet is to find 1,000 mg capsules and take one twice a day at a minimum. Don’t take both capsules at once because your body can’t absorb all of it.

    Lastly, my mom always said to put lots of different colors on your plate. And that’s good advice. Strive to eat fruits and vegetables that come in a variety of colors. You’ll find lots of vitamin C in citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and tomatoes.

  12. Try this high-fat snack – it’s really a healthy snack for diabetics

    If you‘ve got blood sugar issues, stay away from muffins, even the whole wheat kind. Instead, replace your so-called "healthy" muffin with one of my favorite high-fat snacks and you may just lower your blood sugar...and even your "bad" cholesterol! Yes, there is actually a tasty and healthy snack for diabetics. Researchers from Tufts University divided 117 type-2 diabetics into three groups. For breakfast, one group ate a whole-wheat muffin with no sugar added. The other group ate a ½ cup of mixed nuts instead of the "healthy" muffin. The last group ate ½ a muffin and ½ a serving of mixed nuts. In just three months on this new regimen, the nut group lowered their blood sugar and "bad" cholesterol. The muffin eaters (even the ½ muffin eaters) saw no such improvements. Now, you probably know nuts are good for you. But if you‘re trying to lose weight, you may stay away from them all the same. But that‘s a mistake. You see, nuts have a unique role in your metabolism. They contain fiber and protein. Plus, they contain monosaturated fats, which help to improve your insulin sensitivity – meaning they make a great healthy snack for diabetics. Strive to eat a handful of fresh almonds, walnuts, or cashews each day. Just make sure you swap out some of the empty calories for this healthier snack. If you‘re not a nut lover, try avocados instead. Cut up a few slices and put think in your salads dressed with olive oil. Olive oil and avocados also contain monosaturated fats.
  13. This may be one of the best vitamins for diabetes yet

    Don‘t talk to me about diabetes drugs. You don‘t need them. You don‘t want them. They‘re linked to cancer. And they don‘t work they way one super vitamin does. In fact, this may be one of the best – if not the best – vitamins for diabetes yet. This super vitamin for diabetes naturally keeps your blood sugar right where it belongs. It goes straight to work on special cells in your pancreas called beta cells. In diabetics, these cells stop working. But with plenty of this key nutrient, your beta cells stay strong and healthy. They help make you virtually immune to sugar. In fact, a new breakthrough study found that men and women with the highest amount of this vitamin in their blood slash their risk of ever developing diabetes. Vitamin corrects "main defect" in diabetics Dr. Anastassios Pittas, MD, an endocrinologist at Tufts University Medical Centers, says worn-out beta cells are "the main defect in type-2 diabetes." But the "super vitamin" D3 may improve, even correct this main defect, which means it could be one of the best vitamins for diabetes you could take. Dr. Pittas and her Tufts team recruited 92 pre-diabetic men and women to take part in their study. The volunteers were all overweight with above-normal blood sugar levels. The researchers then divided the volunteers into four groups. One group took 2000 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) one a day for four months. The second group took 400 mg twice daily of calcium carbonate for four months. The third group took both. And the fourth group took a placebo. After four months, the vitamin D3 group significantly improved their beta cell function. In fact, an expert estimated that beta cell function improved by 15 to 30 percent! Plus, the D3 group saw slight improvements in hemoglobin A1C, an indicator of blood-sugar levels over time. On the other hand... The other three groups saw no such improvements. Plus... The more you get, the stronger your protection In another phase of their studies with vitamin D, the Tufts researchers looked at 2,000 pre-diabetics. This time, they followed the pre-diabetics for three years, annually checking for vitamin D. (They checked vitamin D by measuring nanograms per milliliter or ng/mL in the blood.) They found that for every five ng/mL increase of vitamin D, diabetes risk dropped by eight percent! Plus, patients with the highest vitamin D numbers were 38 percent less likely to develop diabetes compared to those with the lowest numbers. When it comes to vitamins for diabetes, those are some impressive numbers. Men and women in the bottom third averaged just 13 ng/mL. But men and women in the top third averaged 30 ng/mL of vitamin D. Experts consider this to be the optimal vitamin D level even for healthy adults. Plus, these results held up even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors, such as body weight and physical activity. Dr. Pittas hasn‘t published these results yet. He just completed the research and presented it at a meeting of endocrinologists in San Diego. Once he publishes these results, hopefully you‘ll see more about vitamins for diabetes, and vitamin D in particular, in the mainstream press. Or maybe we‘ll just keep hearing about the deadly diabetes drugs. Either way, keep up with the D3, especially if you‘re prone to blood sugar issues. Consider up to 5,000 IU per day.
  14. Exercise works better than angioplasty

    Exercise is far better for you in the long run than a $20,000 angioplasty. In fact... In 2009, German researchers studied heart disease patients with angina pain and narrowed arteries. None had suffered heart attacks. (Now remember. Walk into certain U.S. hospitals with these symptoms and you get a fast-pass angioplasty.) The Germans researchers had other ideas. They divided their heart disease patients into two groups. The first group received an angioplasty to fix the clogged artery. No one in the second group had an angioplasty. Instead, they began a daily exercise regimen. The Germans followed up with their patients five years later. Any guesses which group fared better? Well, 63 percent of the exercising patients did not suffer a cardiac event (such as heart attack, stroke, or death). On the other hand, only 40 percent of angioplasty patients survived without a similar cardiac event. The exercise group clearly fared better! They had almost 25 percent fewer heart attacks, strokes, and deaths. This is my favorite kind of study...one that shows you can heal yourself, despite what your cardiologist may tell you. Just get moving.
  15. Angioplasties may be inappropriate, overused procedure in US hospitals

    Cardiologists in the U.S. perform angioplasties 600,000 times a year. You probably know someone who‘s had it, or maybe you‘ve even had it yourself. Even though I‘m sure you‘re familiar with  angioplasties, I bet you never realized how unnecessary (even dangerous) they can be. And I bet you never thought twice about how lucrative angioplasties are, either. We‘re talking about raking in $12 billion a year from this single procedure. It‘s like a cardiologist‘s secret offshore bank account! I‘ve railed against these bread-and-butter surgeries like angioplasties before. And now a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows I‘m right on target to suspect foul-play among certain cardiologists. For this study, researchers investigated cardiology departments at 1,000 U.S. hospitals. The researcher turned up some unsettling statistics. More than 75,000 procedures performed at these hospitals were "inappropriate" or of "uncertain" benefit to the patient. In many cases, the doctors performed the procedure on patients without any symptoms at all! These docs perform 75,000 questionable surgeries a year...7.5 million of them in a decade. Yet we revere these docs like they are gods. The good news is... Even if your cardiologist says you need to go under the knife, you may have options. Last year, I told you about a study that showed a little exercise is far better for you in the long run. It prevents more strokes and heart attacks! But first...

    How did we get to this point?

    I‘m talking about angioplasties. For this procedure, docs insert a balloon-tipped catheter into a narrowed or collapsed blood vessel. Once the artery is clear, docs usually place a stent in the spot to prop the blood vessel open. Angioplasties are now widespread now in the U.S., but it‘s relatively new to the medical scene. Andreas Gruentzig performed the first one in 1977 in his native Switzerland. He brought the technique with him when he came to work for Emory University. Then angioplasties quickly took off like hot cakes. Today, cardiologists use it to treat common problems like angina pain, shortness of breath, and coronary artery disease. Cardiologists also use the procedure to prevent a heart attack. In fact, the new study found that cardiologists perform 71 percent of angioplasties to avert an emergency. Don‘t get me wrong: in these cases, doing angioplasties are the right call 99 percent of the time. But it‘s the non-emergency cases where things get sketchy...

    Watch out for the angioplasty on the buffet table

    Let‘s say you have coronary artery disease. But you are taking steps to improve your health. You‘re exercising. You‘re watching your diet. And you don‘t have any symptoms, like angina or shortness of breath. Then, let‘s say you walk into your cardiologist‘s office for your annual visit. He runs a couple of tests and says you should have an angioplasty "just in case." The researchers found these types of "elective" angioplasties seems to occur all too often. In fact, they determined that cardiologists performed 55,000 "elective" angioplasties in just one year alone. Plus... Of these 55,000, almost 40 percent of them were of "uncertain" benefit. And 12 percent of them (or 16,838) were completely inappropriate. And that‘s not all... The hospital where your doc works seems to play a big role. In fact, the researchers found that some hospitals (about a quarter of them in the U.S.) keep their "inappropriate" PCI numbers low, at less than six percent. But other hospitals (again, about quarter of them in the U.S.) have sky-high numbers. At these hospitals, about 16 percent of the PCIs are inappropriate. So if your doctor says to you...don‘t worry, I do a ton of these a year. That might not be a good sign. Get a second opinion, pronto.
  16. Why eating more salt may be good for you!

    <p>For years, you‘ve heard that eating salt is bad for you. But you should probably take this rule -- excuse the pun -- with a grain salt. <br> <br> A new study found that low-salt diets might increase fatal heart attack and stroke risk. Plus, the less salt consumed, the greater the risk. <br> <br> Plus, researchers found the link between high salt diets and high blood pressure isn‘t as strong as once thought. In fact, the volunteers who ate the most salt only slightly raised their systolic blood pressure readings. <br> <br> Dr. Michael Alderman, of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (and the former President of the American Society of Hypertension) has been saying this for years. Back in 1998, he headed a study that came to the same conclusion. Men and women who follow low-salt diets have a dramatically higher mortality risk. <br> <br> Nobody listened then, either. (I did -- however. You can read about his 1998 study in my book, <i>Nutritionally Incorrect</i>, on page 156.) <br> <br> Cutting out salt is complicated business. For one, Dr. Alderman says, eating less salt increases insulin resistance. This, in turn, can increase your cardiovascular risk. <br> <br> Ultimately, Dr. Alderman wants to see a large-scale study with thousands of volunteers. The will divided the volunteers into two groups. One group will eat a low-sodium diet. The other will eat a "normal" diet. Check back in years later to see how both groups fare. <br> <br> I have a distinct feeling they‘ll get the same results. We need salt. Just don‘t get it by eating more chips and fries! </p>
  17. Arthritis relief miracle goes to work in minutes

    Breakthrough cream eases your pain - fast! When you‘re in pain, you want it to go away. And you want to go away fast. But you don‘t have to resort to Big Pharma‘s slick hand outs. Instead, opt for a revolutionary and all-natural cream that soothes pain on contact. Just rub a nickel-sized dab on your skin and the pain starts to melt away within minutes. Big Pharma doesn‘t want anything to do with this miracle cream. But not because it doesn‘t work. I‘ll tell you why this cream will likely never turn up on Big Pharma‘s balance sheet in a moment. But first, meet Harry Diehl. He was the brilliant chemist who sparked this secret revolution in pain relief. You see, 50 years ago Harry began to study Swiss albino mice. These special mice -- Harry learned -- don‘t get arthritis. Harry wondered why... After years of searching, he found that Swiss albino mice produce one magical compound called CMO in abundance. Harry believed this one compound prevents the mice from experiencing the throbbing, swelling, and stiffness of lab-induced arthritis. Next, Harry found a way to make CMO in his lab. He gave it to other animals that don‘t produce it naturally. And guess what? These animals became immune to lab-induced arthritis too. Then, Harry gave CMO to his neighbor who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. (Yep, his symptoms improved as well.) So excited by his discovery, Diehl approached Big Pharma. He thought they would be interested in relieving the pain of millions of arthritis sufferers. But boy -- was he wrong. Big Pharma rejects natural compound Big Pharma turned Diehl down flat. But it wasn‘t because the compound didn‘t work. Dr. Diehl knew his stuff. He worked for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In his lifetime, he developed over 500 new chemical compounds. No... Big Pharma rejected Diehl‘s pain cream because it was all-natural. You see, Big Pharma has no interest in anything natural. They can‘t patent something that comes from a plant or a tree. They create synthetic drugs they can patent. This ensures market exclusivity. So Diehl‘s natural -- and unmarketable -- discovery sat under a pile of papers for 50 years! Thankfully, Harry Diehl‘s research wasn‘t completely forgotten. Other researchers took Diehl‘s discovery, built on it and reinvented it. And their efforts are now part of a revolutionary new formula...

    NorthStar Nutritionals unveils ArthriPain Relief Cream

    Harry Diehl‘s extraordinary discovery paved the way for a revolutionary compound we call "Cel-X6." ArthriPain Relief Cream combines Cel-X6 with other natural ingredients so that you can ease your pain on contact. And yes, it works on all kinds of pain...arthritis pain...gout pain...bursitis pain...pulled muscles...and even fibromyalgia pain. Just rub a small dap on your sore spot and the pain will start to disappear within minutes. You‘ll get up out of bed without limping. You‘ll open a jar of jam with ease. You‘ll kneel in the garden to pull up a weeds without worry! One of our recent customers called it "speed cream" because it goes to work so fast. In fact... "Speed cream" goes to work in minutes Research shows just how lightning fast Cel-X6 goes to work on pain. In one study, researchers recruited 40 men and women with osteoarthritis in one or both knees. Researchers timed each subject to see how fast they could get up from a chair, walk about 10 feet, and then sit back down. Next, the researchers divided the volunteers into two groups. The first group applied a topical cream containing Cel-X6 to their knees. The other group applied a placebo cream. After 30 minutes, the researchers timed both groups again. The Cel-X6 group significantly improved their "get-up-and-go" times. Plus, they climbed a flight of stairs faster as well. But that‘s not all... They also improved their range of motion...in just 30 minutes! Plus, the researchers checked back in on the volunteers after 30 days. During this time, the volunteers rubbed the cream on their knees twice a day. The researchers put both groups again through the paces. They found that the Cel-X6 group‘s scores just kept improving. Yep, there‘s no doubt about it! Cel-X6 goes to work lightning fast. Just ask Bridget R. from Jacksonville, Florida. She tried ArthriPain Relief Cream on her hip. She says: "I was at work and having a hard time walking without limping. I went to the bathroom and rubbed a little ArthriPain Relief Cream on my hip...And in no time at all, I could walk without limping. It really is hard to believe until you try it for yourself. Thank you for making this ‘speed relief‘ cream." Plus, with ArthriPain Relief Cream, you may now...

    "Cool" your pain without the ice pack

    What‘s the first thing you do when you pull a muscle in your back? You put an ice pack on it, right? Yes, the ice helps to tame inflammation and swelling. But it also interferes with your body‘s perception of pain. We call this phenomenon "cold hyperalgesia." Experts believe topical menthol -- another key ingredient in ArthriPain Relief Cream -- works the same way. When you rub menthol on your skin, it creates a "counter-irritant." This blocks your body‘s pain receptors. Instead, your brain receives a cold sensation. So you feel cold, instead of pain. So rub a little ArthriPain Relief Cream on your knees and you‘ll "cool" your pain without the ice pack. Plus, now you can... Rub away pain with eight more natural wonders NorthStar Nutritionals could have stopped there, but they didn‘t. Now, when you rub a little ArthriPain Relief Cream on your knees, you also get:
    • Wintergreen, the world‘s strongest "natural aspirin," that tackles pain anywhere.
    • Aloe vera gel helps soothe your skin.
    • Tea tree oil helps fight swelling.
    • Jojoba helps boost absorption.
    • Cinnamon extract targets inflammation and pain.
    • Eucalyptus oil has traditionally been used to ease aching joints.
    • Grapeseed oil, rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants, helps support your skin‘s structure.
    • Peppermint, a healing agent since ancient times, also fights aches and pains.
    Just rub ArthriPain Relief Cream anywhere it hurts. Within minutes, these hand-picked ingredients will go to work on your creaking knees, aching hands, or throbbing lower back. Truly, we think this cream could make you push all your other pain meds to the back of the cabinet. If ArthriPain Relief Cream doesn‘t exceed your expectation, NorthStar wants to know about it. Send the tube back in the first 60 days...even if it‘s empty...for a full refund (minus shipping and handling).
  18. Follow these new sunscreen rules

    Summer is here and you probably spend more time outdoors. That‘s good news. We can all use the extra vitamin D, according to new research out of Stanford.

    In fact, a new study found that women who took vitamin D/calcium supplements cut their risk of developing melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. In fact, they cut their odds by 50 percent! And these were women considered "high-risk" for developing melanoma.

    Your body, of course, naturally converts sunshine into vitamin D. So it stands to reason that a little unadulterated sunshine is good for you. It may even protect you against skin cancer. Sounds paradoxical, I know. But experts believe vitamin D blocks cells in your body from mutating, including your skin cells.

    So this summer, aim to spend 20 to 30 minutes outside each day without sunscreen. Morning light is generally gentler. This will give you about 10,000 IU of vitamin D3. You can also get vitamin D into your diet by eating more eggs. Vitamin D is naturally found in egg yolks. Also, try to eat more salmon, tuna, and sardines.

    Also, if you‘re going to the beach, you will need sunscreen at some point. You‘ll want to look up the safest sunscreens that don‘t contain hormone disruptors. Visit the Environmental Working Group‘s website at www.ewg.org for a list of the safest brands on the market.

    So if you haven‘t yet joined the vitamin D bandwagon, now‘s the time to hop on. Go for up to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the form of vitamin D most readily absorbed by the body). You can also get vitamin D into your diet by eating more eggs (naturally found in yolks) and fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines.

  19. Cinnamon and Alzheimer’s – new hope for reversing the disease

    Cinnamon and Alzheimer’s disease might sound like a strange combination but this common spice is bringing new hope for reversing this disease. It‘s one thing to prevent Alzheimer‘s disease (AD). You certainly can improve your odds by exercising each day. Also, keep your mind active. Take fish oil. Avoid aluminum. And drink green tea. It‘s another thing to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s. A number of drugs claim to do that. (Although, you know I‘d rather poke a stick in my eye that take one of these pills. Plus, these drugs work less than 50 percent of the time.) On the other hand, several studies show vitamin E and ginkgo biloba can help slow the progress of Alzheimer’s. But it‘s a whole different ball game to reverse Alzheimer‘s disease. Or even to cure it. I‘m talking about repairing damaged nerves and removing harmful protein deposits. That, my friends, is something to write home about – especially when it involves cinnamon and Alzheimer’s disease! And Israeli scientists may have just stumbled across a way to combine cinnamon and Alzheimer’s to help prevent this awful disease. They found that cinnamon – yes, the shockingly common spice may hold the key to preventing -- even reversing -- the damage incurred by Alzheimer‘s disease. According to the lead researcher for the study, Professor Michael Ovadia of Tel Aviv University:

    The discovery is extremely exciting. While there are companies developing synthetic Alzheimer’s Disease inhibiting substances, our extract would not be a drug with side effects, but a safe, natural substance that human beings have been consuming for millennia.

    Understanding Alzheimer‘s disease

    Alzheimer‘s disease strikes one in eight Americans over age 65. It is a true epidemic. It occurs when twisted fragments of protein clog up nerve cells in the brain. This leads to the death of neurons. Unfortunately, the disease begins and grows for years in the brain before exhibiting outward symptoms. So for years, these proteins accumulate in the brain and no one knows they have AD. Once you start to show symptoms, it‘s often too late to stop it. But Professor Ovadia may say otherwise...

    Israeli scientist targets brains with AD

    Professor Ovadia found that an extract from the bark of the cinnamon plant is a powerful tool against AD – and combining cinnamon and Alzeimer’s for prevention, could really help you stave off this disease. (Yes, cinnamon is the shockingly common spice used in this new research!) The first phase of his research, Ovadia collected brain samples from patients with Alzheimer‘s disease. Then, he exposed AD brain cells to a serum containing the cinnamon extract. Right off the bat, he noticed that the cinnamon blocked the formation of toxic amyloid deposits. These deposits form harmful plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s  patients. They gunk up the space between neurons in the brain. Okay, so this makes the case that cinnamon and  Alzheimer‘s disease share a preventative connection. But how about reversing it? Can cinnamon extract do that? That‘s what surprised Professor Ovadia. He saw that when he applied the extract toAlzheimer’s brain cells, the extract broke down the protein deposits and tangles that had already formed. Put another way, the extract took apart the damage that already existed. Okay, so now we‘re really talking about reversing Alzheimer’s damage. But Professor Ovadia didn‘t stop there...

    Expert applies same technique to mice and flies

    When researching cinnamon and Alzheimer‘s disease, experts use mice and fruit flies bred with the disease. They choose these models because the disease affects them in a similar way to humans. The disease shortens their lifespan. It also reduces their normal activities. In addition, it often causes aggression. So, Professor Ovadia added the cinnamon extract to the drinking water of the mice and flies. Any guesses what happened? You got it. Their behavior started to improve. They started to act like healthy mice and flies. Plus, they didn‘t die prematurely. They lived to an age similar to healthy test subjects.

    Use caution with cinnamon and Alzheimer’s disease

    Does this mean you should start eating five tablespoons of cinnamon a day? No, not at all. Don‘t get me wrong, this new study shows incredible promise for anyone worried about Alzheimer‘s Disease -- BUT it‘s very important to note that the researchers used a special cinnamon extract. You see, there‘s a little known fact about raw cinnamon. In addition to its beneficial extracts, cinnamon also contains dangerous substances that can harm your liver if you take too much. They actually become toxic if you take more than 10 grams of raw cinnamon per day. And that‘s how much you‘d need to get these results. Professor Ovadia sidestepped this problem because he used a cinnamon extract. He extracted the beneficial compounds and discarded the toxic stuff. Tel Aviv University is trying to get a patent for their version of the cinnamon bark extract. If they get it approved, look for it to hit store shelves sometime soon!
  20. Get the “new” B12 breath test

    The new B12 breath test is so easy. Just breathe into a tube. Instantly, you’ll know whether you have enough B12. If you’re low, you can get a B12 shot right there and then. No trips to the blood lab. Researchers from the University of Florida developed this new tool. Hopefully this new B12 breath test will become more available as time goes on. Anything that makes it easier to test for B12 is a good thing. This vitamin plays a major role in your body, especially in your brain cells. If you don’t have enough B12, you can feel tired and depressed. You can even suffer from memory loss. Some studies even link low B12 to Alzheimer’s disease. Far too many of us don’t have enough. In fact, B12 deficiencies are very common. Researchers from Tufts recently took blood samples from 3,000 volunteers. They found that 39 percent of the volunteers didn’t have enough B12. You tend to see it among the elderly, vegetarians, and vegans. You also see it among men and women with digestive problems. So next time you’re at the doctors, ask about the new B12 breath test.