Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?

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The government and pharmaceutical companies relentlessly promote flu shots every year, insisting that supposedly “high risk” groups like pregnant women, children less than 5 years of age (especially under the age of 2) and everyone over age 50 should be vaccinated. But there are serious questions about the advisability of these shots. In some cases, a flu shot may interfere with immunity rather than boost it. Continue reading

Inversion Therapy: A Little Time Upside Down Could Make Your Life Go Right Side Up

Inversion therapy has been a secret health practice, revered for centuries among yogis, ninja warriors, and other clandestine societies. Inversion is the act of hanging upside down, performing a headstand, or using a simple surface to lie at an inverted angle. Continue reading

Shake Loose the Salt Myths

Most of us have heard the message that we should cut back on salt for better health. But medical research has questioned the wisdom of having everyone eat a low-sodium diet. The result: No one seems to know exactly how much salt we should consume.

After all, it is widely believed that high consumption of sodium is associated with heart disease, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney stones and osteoporosis.

In fact, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded study headed by Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D., cutting back on salt could lead to “44,000-92,000 fewer deaths from any cause annually.”

Moreover, the American Medical Association (AMA) says that if we reduced the salt in restaurant foods and processed foods by half, we might be saving 150,000 lives a year within a decade.

Frightening Numbers

These numbers are scary, especially given that table salt is so freely available to everyone. Despite this, the Food and Drug Administration Continue reading

Chronic Acid Reflux Can Lead to Cancer

If you want a real solution to acid reflux indigestion, don’t follow the conventional wisdom of conventional physicians. While drug companies and mainstream doctors maintain that acid reflux, acid indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) result from too much stomach acid, they’ve got the situation backwards: Reflux results from too little stomach acid, not too much.

Still, Big Pharma and its accomplices continue to sell us counter-productive prescription and over-the-counter antacids and prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). In the long run, these alleged remedies worsen the situation.

Too Little Too Late

Acid reflux results from having too little hydrochloric acid (HCl), the “good” stomach acid. When the stomach does not produce enough HCl, foods cannot be digested properly. This causes indigestion, as food sits in the stomach far too long. The longer that food lingers, the more stomach acid is necessary to break it down. This stagnant situation leads to prolonged acid reflux.

Americans are in the habit of reaching for quick-relief tablets when experiencing pain and illness. In the case of acid indigestion, Continue reading

Exercising Less Important than Lifestyle Movement

The idea that exercise is good for us is constantly pummeled into our brains by the medical community, by health coaches and by the mass media. And while certain types of exercise can certainly be beneficial in context, placing too much emphasis on formal exercise may be highlighting the wrong issue and contributing to long term health problems–because it`s movement rather than exercise that has the most dramatic impact on our health.

What Makes Us Sedentary?

Who is more sedentary: the person who exercises for one hour several times per week or the one who never exercises at all? Conventional wisdom says the second person is sedentary and will probably experience negative side effects from it. This, however, is an incomplete picture and may in fact be completely wrong if other  Continue reading