Eat This Crunchy Veggie to Fight Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is on the rise due to fast-food diets and inactivity, but you can fight back by adding more celery to your diet. This unassuming vegetable contains a surprising blend of antioxidants, flavonoids and other phytochemicals that work together, tackling metabolic syndrome via multiple pathways Continue reading

Blood pressure control could slow age-related brain damage

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  • 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, which increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and dementia
  • 95% of seniors between the ages of 60 and 90 have lesions in the white matter of their brains, and those with high blood pressure tend to have more white matter lesions and a higher risk for dementia in their later years
  • Recent research suggests intensive blood pressure treatment to reach a systolic blood pressure goal of 120 mm Hg can limit the progression of age-related brain damage, thereby lowering your risk for dementia
  • While those in the intensive treatment group suffered less brain damage (lesions) over time, they ended up losing a greater total volume of brain matter. The cause for this discrepancy is unknown, and it’s unclear what the clinical significance might be
  • Clinical blood pressure guidelines now call for a blood pressure goal of 120/80. Elevated blood pressure or prehypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure between 120 and 129. Stage 1 high blood pressure is 130 and 139 systolic, and 80 to 89 diastolic. Stage 2 high blood pressure is anything over 140 systolic and 90 diastolic

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10 Things Your Nails Can Reveal About Your Health

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Vertical ridges or white spots on your nails are usually harmless

If your nails curve upward with a spoon-like appearance it may be due to iron-deficiencyanemia, hemochromatosis (excess iron absorption), heart disease, or hypothyroidism Continue reading

Why the Obesity Trend Continues to Climb Unabated in the U.S.

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Obesity rates continue to climb in the US; 38 percent of American adults were obese as of 2014, up from 35 percent in 2011/2012, and 32 percent in 2003/2004

Factors contributing to mounting obesity rates include processed food diets, Continue reading

About Almonds: Raw or Rocket Fuel? Take Your Pick

Almonds labeled “raw” in the United States are harboring a scary secret.  Here’s how you can avoid it.

Are almonds safe to eat? (And the question is relevant for the now almost ubiquitous almond milk Continue reading

New Scientific Analysis Confirms Saturated Fats Have No Link to Heart Disease

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For decades, saturated fat has been wrongfully blamed for causing heart disease, but over 70 published studies overwhelmingly dispute this Continue reading

Alzheimer’s — A Disease Fed by Sugar

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Mounting research suggests Alzheimer’s disease is intricately connected to insulin resistance; even mild elevation of blood sugar is associated with an elevated risk for dementia Continue reading

Are Sleep Problems Making Your Health Problems Worse?

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40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived; many get less than five hours of sleep per night. Insufficient sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including pain, heart disease, and cancer Continue reading

Early Menopause Linked to Chemicals

menopause_early_causesMost women probably don’t want to be rushed into menopause.  But that seems to be what’s happening thanks to our modern soup of environmental chemicals.

It’s estimated that we live in a world saturated with over 80,000 man-made chemicals.  They’re in pharmaceuticals, Continue reading

Toxic Tooth—How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick

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Bacteria harbored in root canal teeth and surrounding bone release potent toxins Continue reading

Why You May Be Better Off Ignoring Conventional Cholesterol and Low-Fat Diet Guidelines

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A low-fat diet and statin medication is a recipe for chronic health problems, as both strategies actually promote cardiovascular problems

2011 guidelines for Continue reading

Revelations from the Women’s Health Initiative

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The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is a landmark trial showing that hormone therapy with estrogen and progestin in women who had not had a hysterectomy dramatically increased strokes, Continue reading

Winning Strategies to Help You Shed Unwanted Belly Fat

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Carrying extra weight around your middle is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and other chronic diseases Continue reading

Statin Disaster, Heart Disease and Magnesium – Change in Cholesterol Recommendations

There is not enough evidence to support the practice of western medicine as it is presently practiced. The entire system of medicine in the United States is broken, not only because the toxic medicines they use kill so many people but also because the insurance programs that fund expensive medicine do not work as effective payment systems. Although more Americans have health insurance coverage, 25% of non-elderly Americans do not have enough liquid assets to cover the deductible on their health insurance plan, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.   Continue reading

Foods and Other Lifestyle Factors That Will Shorten Your Lifespan

A diet high in sugar (which includes processed fructose and grains) causes a host of health problems that can take years off your life, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease

Compelling evidence actually suggests optimizing your vitamin D can reduce your risk of death from any cause Continue reading