Dr. Mark Stengler's BestHealth Nutritionals

Nutritional Supplements and natural formulas from Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD

  1. Grilling can raise blood pressure

    Barbecuing? Read this first!

    Here in San Diego, every season is grilling season.

    But throughout most of the nation, the covers are only just now coming off of the barbecues as the snow melts, the temperatures rise, and you can go outside without dressing like an Eskimo.

    And honestly, is there anything better than fresh food cooked over an open flame?

    Well, not so fast.

    Now, I'm not here to drain your propane. And I'm not about to throw cold water on your charcoal. But I DO have a caution on HOW to use your grill, because new research reveals a hidden risk behind foods cooked at high temperatures.

    Meats that hit the heat can practically cause your blood to boil!

    The new study finds that high-temperature cooking -- including barbecuing, grilling, roasting, and broiling -- can cause chemicals including heterocyclic aromatic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to form in your food.

    And the more of these compounds you eat, the higher your risk of high blood pressure.

    Eating these meats 15 times a month will cause your risk of high blood pressure to jump by nearly a fifth.

    And that's not the only reason to limit the heat.

    The same study finds that eating well-done meat -- no matter how it's cooked -- will increase your risk of high blood pressure by 15 percent.

    Obviously, very few people are lighting up the grill every other day on average (even in the summer).

    But since this includes broiled, roasted, and well-done meats, it's easy to hit those 15 overcooked meals without realizing it.

    Not worried about blood pressure? You should still worry about how your food is cooked.

    Burned and charred meats -- especially the crispy edges that come from a hot grill or broiler -- might be delicious, but those chemicals I mentioned earlier that form when food is burned are part of a class of compounds called advanced glycation end products.

    We call them AGEs for short, and that's exactly what they do: They age cells. Rapidly.

    In your body, those AGEs can trigger internal changes that lead to all of the risks of aging, including deadly chronic diseases such as cancer and dementia.

    I'm not out to ruin anyone's barbecue, especially if you've been waiting all winter to light that grill.

    Just be sensible about it. A couple of times a month should be fine if you're otherwise healthy.

    You may also want to make a couple of modifications:

    • Cook healthier BBQ dishes (like fish and veggie kabobs instead of ground chuck and processed franks).
    • Don't overcook your food -- meat or otherwise.
    • Consider avoiding direct contact with the grill by cooking your food atop something like a salt block or a cedar plank -- so you can get heat and flavor without the dangerous char.
    • Try marinating your meat, as some studies show that it can reduce the number of unhealthy compounds that form during high-temperature cooking.

    Follow any number of these tips, and you'll do a good job avoiding "well-done."

  2. Heart surgery patients need vitamin D

    What EVERY heart patient needs before surgery

    It's the science-backed therapy that can make a life-or-death difference if you're having heart surgery.

    It's safe... it's cheap... it's readily available... and it comes with no side effects.

    Odds are, though, you won't get it unless you ask!

    New research proves once again that high doses of vitamin D before heart surgery can boost blood levels in patients who are low, but that's not all.

    That boost will do something else that's every bit as important.

    It will help keep you high in D during and even AFTER the operation, when levels of this critical heart-pumping hormone may rapidly plunge and lead to dangerous complications.

    You can prevent those risks -- and all you have to do is ask your doc for high-dose D before the operation.

    He'll have a hard time saying "no" in light of this new study!

    Patients going in for heart surgery were given either a placebo or three daily 50,000 IU doses of vitamin D.

    That's a high dose, but it's not dangerously high in short-term situations.

    In fact, just the opposite: In this situation, it's a VITAL dose!

    While folks who were given the placebo saw their levels of D drop to dangerous levels during and after the surgery, the ones given the supplements kept normal levels.

    The study didn't track other outcomes, though there's another trial doing just that right now.

    But you don't need to wait for those results to know that D is critical before heart surgery.

    Other studies have already proven that high D levels before surgery can make a life-or-death difference.

    In one study a few years back, bypass patients with even moderately low levels of D had more than TRIPLE the risk of death after their operations... while those with very low levels had FOUR TIMES the risk of dying in the three months following surgery.

    If you're having some other form of surgery -- even an operation that has nothing to do with your ticker -- it's still a good idea to load up on D.

    A study that looked at all forms of surgery found that every 5 ng/mL jump in D levels will cut your risk of complications by 7 percent, including the risk of serious infection, cardiovascular events, and death.

    Those are just a couple of examples.

    Clearly, you need it. But just as clearly, most patients aren't getting it.

    So, if you're going in for surgery, talk to your doctor about D levels. Get tested for your current levels, if possible. And work on a strategy to keep those levels high before, during, and after your procedure.

    Your life may depend on it.

  3. Plantar fasciitis eased without pricey inserts

    Save your feet and save money, too! Even the name sounds expensive. When a doc says "custom orthotic," you can almost feel the cash slipping out of your wallet. These things can cost hundreds of dollars, and they're usually not covered by insurance. Now, the latest research shows that you don't have to shell out all of that cash. You...
  4. Falls are often caused by meds

    How to solve a $50-billion problem It's the $50-billion-a-year problem that's wrecking the healthcare system. And the mainstream is blaming YOU for it! A new report confirms that falls are a major risk for older people... leading to ER visits, hospital stays, surgeries, disability, and even death. No disputing that. The study also confirms that the cost of these falls...
  5. Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain

    This 'diet' switch can make you fatter It's the vicious cycle that leads to weight gain... obesity... and diabetes. And it could be CAUSED by trying to STOP it! Crazy, right? But new research shows how there's a right way and a wrong way to stop weight gain and prevent the onset of diabetes. And many people unknowingly pick the...
  6. Prostate biopsy can be avoided with MRI

    Good news, guys: You can avoid that biopsy! It's not just one of the most uncomfortable tests a guy can get. It's also dangerous... and often completely unnecessary. Now, the latest research finds that many men may be able to completely avoid the dreaded prostate biopsy. No stress. No needle. No risk. And most importantly, NO CANCER! An MRI test...
  7. On meds? You need probiotics

    How popular medications can destroy essential gut bacteria It's the sneak attack on your own body... something that could be happening RIGHT NOW. It could be destroying one of the most vital parts of your natural defense system. And what makes this so sinister is that it's being caused by the very things that you THINK are helping you! New...
  8. Mediterranean diet protects bone and muscle

    Stay STRONG even as you get older Ladies, there's a science-backed way to BUILD muscle... PROTECT bone... and SAVE yourself from painful and potentially crippling injuries. This one little trick can stop you from turning brittle and frail even as you keep turning those calendar pages. You don't have to glug glass after nauseating glass of milk until you're gassy...
  9. Hypertension drug is triple the trouble in one pill

    The TRIPLE THREAT drug aimed at YOU Docs know that you're sick to death of swallowing so many pills. And they know that you absolutely don't want to choke on any more than what you're taking already. So, they're cooking up a plan right now to sneak more meds down your throat in a plot so sinister that it sounds...
  10. Toothpaste doesn’t protect enamel

    You're wasting your money on toothpaste Want better, stronger, whiter, cleaner, healthier teeth? We all do -- but odds are, you're not going to get it with the toothpastes most people use these days! Today's leading store brands are supposed to be "stronger" than ever, with higher levels of fluoride and more ingredients that claim to offer a deeper clean...
  11. Heart disease deaths linked to lead exposure

    Are you secretly being poisoned? You hear a lot about heavy metal here at my clinic, and I don't mean that awful noise on the radio. As bad as the "music" is, there's another kind of heavy metal that's worse. At least with the stuff on the radio, the only risk is to your hearing. This OTHER heavy metal can...
  12. Kaufmann diet attacks cancer at its root

    Destroy cancer with this groundbreaking at-home therapy It's the cancer-fighting secret that EVERYONE will be talking about in the near future. But today, I'm going to put you ahead of the curve. I've got tomorrow's news today -- because I've got the scoop on the groundbreaking research behind a proven technique that attacks the hidden cause of many cancers. This...
  13. Depression drugs could be deadly in heart patients

    This common drug can be deadly in heart patients Your doctor will SAY that he's doing it to help you. He'll INSIST that he's trying to save your life. He'll SWEAR up and down that treating depression after a heart attack is key to your overall survival. He's right about that last part. Fighting mood disorders IS essential to recovery...
  14. Dementia damage linked to daytime sleepiness

    Sleepy? It could be a warning from your brain! Everyone loves a nap. If I had the time, I'd like to take a daytime doze myself! But there's a difference between WANTING a nap and desperately NEEDING one. And if you're in that second category... if you're plumb exhausted in the middle of the day and don't know why... I've...
  15. Blood thinner after surgery could be a terrible idea

    New warning for EVERY surgery patient It was supposed to be the BETTER and SAFER blood thinner. Instead, the drug dabigatran turned out to be a concern... and it can be found routinely hanging out on lists of the most dangerous meds in the nation. It needs to be reconsidered. So, what's the mainstream doing? It's trying to EXPAND the...
  16. Gout drug packs death risk

    This treatment for 'killer' toe pain could kill YOU If you've ever had a bout with gout, the name alone is enough to make you wince. It's so bad that you'll toe the line and swallow just about anything your doc gives you if he promises that it'll end the agony. But don't touch that pill just yet. New research...
  17. Statins flunk new study of heart patients

    Statins FLUNK major test in heart patients The moment you have a heart problem, your doc will put you on cholesterol drugs. "It's time to get serious," he'll say, using his most serious voice. "No more messing around." Yet that's EXACTLY what he's doing! While you're in desperate need of help to protect your ailing ticker, he's messing around, as...
  18. Diabetes isn’t just two types… but FIVE

    The FIVE forms of diabetes... and how to REVERSE them It's one of today's most common and most devastating diseases -- a condition someone around you is almost certainly battling right now. You might even have it yourself. Now, new research shows a key reason that diabetes has rapidly turned into one of the biggest epidemics of the 21st Century...
  19. Pesticides in new toxin scare

    The dangerous hidden chemicals in 'fresh' foods There's a new pesticide scandal that's about to explode. The latest research blows the lid off of an ugly little loophole that's kept the true risks of chemicals used on food crops HIDDEN from consumers. These "SECRET" ingredients can HURT you and your loved ones. And yet they've been given ZERO attention. Until...
  20. Reverse DNA damage by ‘cleaning’ your genes

    How to clean your 'dirty' genes We've been gifted with the perfect stamp of our Creator's handiwork. It's the very DNA that make up our genes. They're so tiny... so complex... so essential to our design. There's not a chance in the world that DNA could have been caused by "chance" mutations and Darwinian evolution. They've been there from the...