heart disease

  1. 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 death!

    EVERY doctor in the country should be urging patients to get these two essentials.

    The mainstream’s doing just the opposite…

    They’re still giving you drugs PROVEN to WIPE OUT both of these nutrients -- in essence sucking them right out of your body until you’re practically dry.

    And that, my friend, is why patients die.

    But you don’t have to follow mainstream advice… OR lose your life before your time.

    Here’s what you can do instead.

    Could mainstream drugs be SABOTAGING this essential nutrient duo?

    Cutting-edge research shines the spotlight on two nutrients that get little to no attention from the mainstream…

    And it shows how they just might be two of the MOST IMPORTANT nutrients on the planet!

    They’re coenzyme Q10 and selenium.

    The researchers believe there are four key reasons that make them so important, as they work together to:

    1. IMPROVE cardiac function
    2. SLASH oxidative stress
    3. BLOCK inflammation, and
    4. STOP heart muscle from thickening. 

    In the study, seniors given 200 milligrams of CoQ10 plus 200 micrograms of selenium had HALF the risk of death from heart problems, compared to seniors given a placebo.

    HALF!

    Given that these folks had an average age of 78, that’s not just medicine.

    That’s practically a miracle!

    The folks weren’t given the supplements for longer than four years. But the researchers kept tracking them anyway.

    At the 12-year mark, the folks who took the two nutrients – many approaching age 90 – had a 41% lower risk of death from heart problems.

    What’s more, this didn’t just work in “healthy” patients.

    This worked in EXACTLY the folks who needed help the most…

    People with diabetes, high blood pressure, ischemic heart disease and/or other problems with reduced heart function.

    These results should be shouted from the rooftops!

    Every doctor in the COUNTRY should ensure that their patients get these two nutrients in the right levels.

    And that goes doubly so for seniors.

    Yet they will NEVER MENTION either of them…

    And if you bring it up, they’ll probably ask what kook you’ve been talking to!

     But there’s something else you need to know – something that PROVES that mainstream docs don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to your heart risk.

    Because one of the most commonly prescribed meds by cardiologists, statins, don’t just lower your cholesterol

    They DEPLETE you of your supply of selenium and CoQ10!

    That depletion is what causes the most common – and most notorious – side effect of statin drugs.

    I’m talking about muscle pain – which, in many cases, isn’t just little aches.

    It’s pain so bad you can barely lift your arms.

    NOW who’s the kook?!

    Fortunately, this duo is inexpensivewidely available…and perfectly safe in the levels used in the new study.

    Check your multi before you go shopping. Many already have selenium, so you’ll just need some CoQ10.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

     

  2. Study links BPA to obesity in kids

    Is this common chemical making your kids fat?

    When does incompetence cross the line into negligence?

    You don't need to look any further than the FDA's handling of the bisphenol (BPA) crisis for the answer to that question. They hurtled across that line at top speed years ago.

    Make no mistake...BPA, a synthetic chemical found in consumer products ranging from aluminum cans to cash register receipts, is a threat to your health. This is a fact with a stack of research backing it up. Yet, the FDA refuses to acknowledge the danger.

    Sure, after years of pressure they finally caved this year and banned the chemical from children's sippy cups and baby bottles. Too bad it was an empty gesture.

    The truth is parents had wised up long ago, and were buying BPA-free products for their babies long before the ban. Since there wasn't a market for the BPA-tainted baby bottles and sippy cups anymore, most manufacturers had already stopped making them anyway.

    And besides, despite its own ban the FDA still refuses to acknowledge that BPA actually poses a threat to health. In fact, they're so confident that it isn't a threat that they decided not to ban the creepy chemical in aluminum cans and other food packaging. Talk about a muddled message.

    The devil is in the details

    The problem with BPA is that it's a low-grade estrogen...or estrogen-mimic. Your body simply can't tell the difference between it and the "real stuff." And since you're being exposed to bits of BPA all the time, all those little bits can add up to a big problem.

    Studies have shown it can wreak havoc with your metabolism and endocrine system.
    In fact, research has already revealed an association between BPA and infertility, sexual dysfunction, cancer, heart disease, adult obesity, and neurological disorders. And studies linking the chemical to certain markers of sexual maturity have raised concerns about it playing a role in girls reaching puberty so much earlier these days.

    (Not a threat?! Come on, are you even paying attention here FDA?!?)

    Now a frightening new study has found a link between BPA and obesity in children and teens. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, used a sample of nearly 3,000 kids and teens between the ages of 6 and 19.

    After reviewing the children's BPA levels the researchers found that the kids with the highest levels of urinary BPA were 2.6 times more likely to be obese than those with the lowest levels. Caucasian kids had it worst, being five times more likely to be obese when they had high BPA levels. But African-American kids still had an elevated risk, and were 1.25 times more likely to be obese when their BPA levels were elevated.

    And with kids being exposed to BPA since before they're even born these days, it's easy to see why these findings are so concerning.

    BPA is bad news

    Now no one is suggesting that BPA is the sole cause of obesity. As I've explained before, obesity is a complex problem with no single cause. Diet (poor ones) and exercise (lack of it) of course, both, have starring roles to play in the epidemic.

    But, despite huge efforts to get people moving more and eating less, our weight... and our children's weight... continues to balloon. And frankly, with all the evidence that's stacked up we'd be foolish to ignore the role that environmental factors like BPA are playing in the problem.

    When you look at the long and growing list of health concerns associated with this chemical two things are clear. The first is that B-P-A spells B-A-D news for your health, and the health of your family. And the second is that the FDA has been asleep on the job when it comes to protecting us from it.

    The FDA maintains that "the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet" are safe. But the reality is that the average person's exposure levels are nowhere near "very low," and they certainly aren't limited to diet.

    Heck, one study last year found that eating a serving of canned soup for just five days in a row can send your BPA levels skyrocketing by 1000%! And BPA is found in all kinds of other non-food related products including flooring, pipes, nail polish, compact discs, electrical appliances, and more.

    The truth is, unless you move to a remote island somewhere avoiding BPA altogether is nearly impossible. But you can reduce your family's exposure by making a commitment to buying fresh foods more often. And when you must use something processed be sure to look for a BPA-free stamp on the can or package before buying it.

  3. 15-minute secret to longer life

    A new Australian study found that watching TV shortens your time here on Earth. In fact, scientists from the University of Queensland studied TV habits for 11,000 adults. They found that watching just ONE HOUR of TV could shorten your life by almost 22 minutes.

    The problem isn't really the TV...it's the fact that you're sitting in your favorite armchair watching TV. This lack of activity promotes weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, the researchers determined watching just ONE HOUR of TV is as bad for your health as smoking two cigarettes a day.

    On the other hand...

    Another large study found that doing just 15 minutes of exercise could add three years to your life. Taiwanese researchers determined this by monitoring more than 400,000 adults for 13 years. And we're not talking about heavy running or major workouts. The research showed that "moderate" exercise, such as brisk walking, is all you need.

    So before breakfast tomorrow, squeeze in a 15 minute walk. Just try to get your heart rate up. This alone -- done consistently -- will add years to your life!

  4. Keep your arteries young with lycopene

    Lycopene is a nutrient found in bright red fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, red peppers, and watermelon. It's well known for its role in preventing prostate cancer. But now we know lycopene may also protect you against heart disease.

    In a new study, Korean researchers measured blood levels of lycopene in a group of women between the ages of 31 and 75. Then they took a close look at the women's arteries using a special test called the brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity. This test measures stiffness in your arteries. If your arteries are stiff, you're more prone to atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.

    The researchers found that women with the highest lycopene levels in their blood had the least stiffness in their arteries. Women with the lowest lycopene levels had the most stiffness. Interestingly, women with the highest amount of lycopene in their blood also had lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol and C-reactive protein (another marker doctors use to assess heart health).

    With results like that, you'd think heart specialists everywhere would hand out tomatoes instead of Zocor to their patients.

    Well—let's get real. You may not ever see that happen in your lifetime. But you can take matters into your own hands. I recommend making sure your multivitamin contains at least 3 mg of lycopene. Plus, make sure to get plenty of red fruits and vegetables into your diet.

    And remember, unlike other nutrients that diminish when you cook them, lycopene get stronger when it's cooked. So if you want to get more bang for your buck, cook your tomatoes in a little olive oil. This will improve your body's absorption of the lycopene.

  5. Vitamin slows brain atrophy by 50 percent

    Brain atrophy -- or brain shrinkage -- is very common in adults over the age of 60. It occurs when neurons in your brain die or lose their connection to other neurons. The average brain shrinks at a rate of .5 percent a year once you hit 60. And some of this "shrinkage" explains why you may not feel as sharp as you did when you were 20. For some, brain atrophy occurs at an accelerated pace. We call this "mild cognitive impairment" and it describes they type of memory loss that goes beyond the "normal" aging brain. People with this kind of mild cognitive impairment lose brain mass at a rate of 1 percent a year. And those with Alzheimer‘s disease experience a loss rate of 2.5 percent per year. For many decades, nutritionists have talked about one factor that plays a role in how quickly your brain shrinks: Your homocysteine level. Homocysteine is an amino acid implicated for its role in many different diseases, especially heart disease. It‘s also a major risk factor in whether or not you develop dementia and Alzheimer‘s. Basically, the more homocysteine in your blood, the higher your risk of experiencing serious cognitive decline. But, here‘s the good news...

    One vitamin significantly lowers your homocysteine levels

    It‘s well-documented that members of the vitamin B-complex family can significantly lower homocysteine levels. In fact, recent studies show that taking vitamin B every day can lower your homocysteine by 25 to 50 percent. And scientists from the University of Oxford recently took this premise one step further. Since we know that vitamin B decreases homocysteine, can we assume that it also slows brain shrinkage? And even more importantly, can it work for men and women who already show signs of memory loss? To answer these questions, the Oxford scientists recruited 271 healthy men and women over the age of 70 with mild cognitive impairment. The participants all scored below average on tests that assessed word recall and fluency. In addition, they all expressed concern over memory loss but had not been formally diagnosed with dementia. Next, each of the participants were given MRI scans to determine the amount of atrophy in their brain. In the next step the scientists divided the volunteers into two groups. One group took vitamin B supplements each day for two years. The tablets contained three components of the B family of vitamins: .8 mg of folic acid, .5 mg of B12, and 20 mg of B6. The other group received a placebo for two years; and to keep things honest, the participants weren‘t told whether they received the real vitamin or the placebo.

    Vitamin B group shows major improvements

    After two years, the participants got another set of MRIs and another round of blood work. The scientists then analyzed the data and here‘s what they found: 1. The vitamin B group lowered their homocysteine levels by an average of 23 percent. 2. Homocysteine levels of the placebo group increased by 8 percent. 3. Overall, the vitamin B group experienced 30 percent less brain shrinkage compared to the placebo group. 4. Lastly, people with the most homocysteine at the outset of the study benefitted the most. They experienced 50 percent less brain shrinkage compared to the placebo group. According to Professor David Smith and lead scientist from the Oxford team, "We have shown that treatment for two years with B vitamins markedly slows the accelerated rate of atrophy in people with mild cognitive impairment." He went on to say, "It‘s a bigger effect than anyone could have predicted and it‘s telling us something biological. These vitamins are doing something to the brain structure – they‘re protecting it, and that‘s very important because we need to protect the brain to prevent Alzheimer‘s." Gee, I couldn‘t have said it better myself!

    Get on the vitamin B bandwagon!

    There are lots of things you can do to protect your brain against shrinkage. First off, make sure you‘re taking a quality multivitamin. It should contain at least 25 mg of B6. Next, think about adding .8 mg folic acid and .5 mg B12 into your regimen. You‘ll need to take them separately to get to the dosage used in the study. Folic acid is easy to find. And B12 isn‘t too bad either, really. You‘ll just need to take the sub-lingual form. This means it comes as a liquid and you use a dropper to place it under your tongue. There‘s also a dissolvable, under-the-tongue pill form that‘s popular.
  6. More benefits of green tea – it protects your DNA

    Green tea protects your DNA. That‘s now a proven scientific fact, thanks to the work of Professor Iris Benzie. And her powerful new discovery helps explain why green tea drinkers seem to avoid weight gain, depression, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer‘s disease.

    Three reasons to drink green tea

    We already knew that drinking green tea is good for you in a number of ways. First, it purifies the body by eliminating free radicals. Free radicals are those unstable molecules that cause disease and age your body. Secondly, drinking green tea promotes the healthy turnover of cells in your body. Technically, it‘s called "apoptosis." And it prompts old cells to die off so that new, healthy cells can take their place. Apoptosis also prevents cancer by blocking the uncontrolled growth and spread of damaged cells. And lastly, we now know that green tea also protects your DNA, the tiny building blocks found inside nearly every cell in your body. Many scientists compare DNA to an elaborate set of blueprints or instructions. Think of your DNA as "ground zero" for good health. It all starts in the tiniest building blocks of your cells.

    So what damages your DNA?

    Radiation, UV rays, toxins, chemicals, free radicals, and unhealthy diet can all -- over time -- damage your DNA. Fortunately, your body finds and repairs most damage on its own. In fact, special proteins -- I like to think of them as DNA "watch dogs" -- tirelessly scour your body looking for problems. When they find a damaged strand, they immediately tell the cell to stop dividing, so the problem won‘t pass on to the next generation of cells. And then your body goes to work repairing the DNA. This ensures that you will go on to live a long, healthy life. But sometimes the DNA cops miss a strand. And these damaged strands can cause problems down the road, such as premature aging and disease. The good news is green tea can help prevent problems from even occurring in your DNA in the first place.

    Green tea protects your DNA

    Iris Benzie and her team of researchers recruited 18 healthy volunteers to participate in a study examining the effects of green tea on DNA. They divided the volunteers into two groups. One group drank two cups of one percent green tea (longjing green tea or screw-shaped green tea) every day for four weeks. The other group drank water every day for four weeks. Researchers took samples of the participants‘ blood and urine before and after the month-long study. Their analysis showed that the group who drank green tea reduced their DNA damage by 20 percent. And that was after just 30 days of drinking green tea! Imagine how good your DNA would look if you drank it for one whole year or five years or 20 years! Plus...

    Why stop at one cup, when three is better?

    Research from earlier this year shows that drinking three cups of green tea every day may significantly increase your lifespan. This time, scientists compared the length of telomeres among green tea drinkers. (Telomeres are DNA sequences at the end of your chromosomes. They shorten as your cells replicate and age. So the longer your telomeres are, the "younger" your cells.) Scientist found that men and women who drank an average of three cups of green tea per day had a big advantage over one-cuppers. In fact, their telomeres were 4.6 kilobases longer, which translates into about five years of life. So go ahead and have that second (or third) cup of green tea today. It may just add five years to your life! Just make sure to drink the real stuff, made by you with tea bags. Don‘t fall for the sweetened kind found in bottles. These only contain a fraction of the antioxidants found in real green tea. Instead, it‘s mostly sugar and water.
  7. People are dying to avoid heart disease

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been on the market for well over a decade now and represent one of the biggest pharmaceutical money-makers in drug history. But for as many statin prescriptions as are written every year, you would think that heart disease would have slipped down a notch or two from it‘s No. 1 spot in the "top causes of death" list. Yet it hasn‘t budged. That‘s at least partially because, even though statins have proven beyond all shadow of any doubt that they can effectively lower cholesterol, they have yet to prove an ability to prevent strokes and heart attacks. In fact, roughly 50 percent of all heart attack patients have what are considered to be normal, healthy cholesterol levels. So, researchers are trying a different angle. Rather than more drugs to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, they‘re developing new drugs to raise good (HDL) cholesterol. The good news is, a lot of them work! They‘re actually raising HDL cholesterol levels by as much as 61 percent in some cases! But they‘re also causing an incredible number of heart attacks, kidney problems and death. Pfizer had to pull the plug on an $800 million investment in an HDL-raising drug called torcetrapib for just that reason. Of course, what Merck, Pfizer, Roche and their respective brethren aren‘t telling you, is that good old fashioned niacin will do the trick for pennies a day and no prescription. Sure, some people experience a mildly uncomfortable "flushing" from niacin. But it‘s very temporary and tends to go away once the body has grown more accustomed to the increased niacin. It‘s a small price to pay when compared to the potential heart attacks, strokes, kidney failures or deaths that come with these "cutting edge" medications. Of course, if you‘re just not into pills, exercise is also a great HDL-booster. It comes with no harmful side-effects, and more often than not, exercise is free!  

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