Dr. Mark Stengler

  1. Acetaminophen can reduce happiness

    Popping a simple pain reliever could rob you of your emotions

    Pop a painkiller, and you're supposed to feel less pain. But it doesn't always work; painkillers are badly overrated and studies have proven they're often no better than a placebo.

    And even when they do work, they can dull more than just your pain.

    They can dull your emotions.

    New research reveals how acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) could rob you of the emotions that make life worth living, including happiness.

    Over the years, we've seen the link between painkillers and dulled emotions made a few times, including studies that suggest some painkillers may help with emotional pain.

    But the new study on acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) goes even further, showing how the drug can target ALL of your emotions, which travel through the same nerve pathways as physical pain.

    In the study, patients given either a placebo or acetaminophen were shown pictures that would normally evoke strong emotions.

    Those who took the placebo had normal emotional reactions, while those who were on acetaminophen consistently felt less of those same emotions.

    Of course, it's one thing to have less of a reaction to a random photo. It's only a photo, after all.

    But if you're on acetaminophen during life's important events -- whether it's a loved one's wedding or your grandson's big ballgame -- you could be cheated out of all the joy and pleasure you deserve during those big moments. And you could be left with nothing but a dull faded memory.

    To make matters worse studies show that Tylenol, which does nothing to relieve inflammation, is often ineffective. In one study it didn't help with back pain any better than a placebo. And, worst of all, the drug has been linked to a laundry list of dangerous side effects including cancer, kidney and liver damage, asthma and even death.

    Fortunately, there are ways to fight pain without risking your life OR dulling your emotions, including nondrug therapies such as cold laser, chiropractic and acupuncture as well as natural anti-inflammatories such as topical DMSO.

    But not all pain's the same -- and the best way to beat yours will depend on the cause.

    Work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can pinpoint the source of your pain and get to work correcting it naturally.

  2. Sleep apnea linked to cognitive decline

    Frightening link between snoring and Alzheimer's found

    If you're rattling the walls with the sounds of your snores, you're doing more than just driving your spouse (and maybe even your neighbors) nuts.

    You could be driving yourself to the brink of dementia.

    Loud snores that make your bedroom sound like the nightshift at a lumberyard are often a warning sign of apnea, the condition in which you stop breathing as you sleep.

    Apnea, and even chronic loud snoring without apnea, deprives your body of critical oxygen. And since your brain sucks up about a quarter of your body's oxygen, apnea and snoring could cause it to choke in the night.

    Night after night, year after year, that adds up to permanent damage, aging your brain and setting the stage for memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

    We all tend to slow down a little and suffer some degree of mental decline at some point, of course. It's part of aging. But if you don't snore or have apnea, you could make it to the age of 90 before it turns into mild mental impairment, according to the new study in the journal Neurology.

    If you do snore or suffer from apnea, however, you could face that same decline by the age of 77.

    Mental decline doesn't always lead to Alzheimer's. But when it does, it often strikes even earlier in people with sleep problems. In the new study, patients who developed Alzheimer's disease did so by the age of 88 when they didn't snore or suffer from apnea.

    Those who had either sleep disorder, on the other hand, developed Alzheimer's disease five years earlier.

    But I don't like being the bearer of bad news.

    If you or your spouse suffers from apnea or snoring, I've got some good news to share -- because the study also shows a way out: Get the conditions under control, and you'll enjoy both quieter nights and a lower risk of disease.

    Sleeping with a CPAP mask -- basically, an oxygen mask -- can restore 10 years of brain aging and delay the onset of cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to the study.

    The trouble is the mask itself isn't great. Many people find it so uncomfortable that it's almost impossible to sleep with and difficult to get quality rest once you do manage to pass out.

    And of course, the mask does nothing to address the underlying cause of the problem, which is almost always obesity.

    Lose some weight instead. The apnea will ease, the snores will fade and you'll enjoy better sleep and a lower risk of every major chronic disease.

  3. Vitamin K1 can help pre-diabetics

    Study: Simple "vitamin cure" can help reverse pre-diabetes If you're pre-diabetic, you can't afford to wait anymore. You're no longer "at risk" for diabetes, but so close to the disease you can almost feel the insulin shots. And if you don't take action now, those regular injections are almost certainly in your future. This isn't a threat. It's practically a guarantee, which is why it's critical to do everything in your power to bring your blood sugar under control, reverse insulin resistance and stop the progression before it's too late. And one simple way to help reach that goal is to boost your intake of vitamin K1. In one new study, 1,000 micrograms of K1 by supplement improved both insulin sensitivity and glycemic status in pre-diabetic women. Continue reading →
  4. Onglyza linked to heart failure

    Deadly secret behind popular diabetes drug revealed Trying to tame diabetes with drugs is like trying to tame a lion with catnip. Even if it works for the moment, you can bet that moment will pass -- and eventually, you'll end up in the hospital or maybe even the morgue. Just like that big cat will get you in the end, so will this disease if all you do is take your meds and hope for the best. If your doc is honest, he'll admit as much. He'll tell you that even in the best-case scenario these drugs won't stop the disease. They can only slow it down. And in the worst-case scenario... well, you might be better off taking your chances with that lion -- because some diabetes drugs are more dangerous than the disease itself. Continue reading →
  5. Diabetes and depression can add up to dementia

    Common disease duo puts you in the fast lane to dementia Mainstream docs often keep their noses buried so deep in tests results that they forget to actually look up at their patients. If you've got diabetes, your doc can tell you about your blood sugar and whether or not you're keeping the disease under control. But he probably has no idea if YOU'RE under control -- if your life is together and you're feeling good about yourself despite the disease. Or if a battle with diabetes has taken its toll on your mood and left you in the grips of depression. He should, because diabetes and depression often run hand-in-hand. And when they team up, they can do far more damage together than either would do on their own. They can even damage your brain. Continue reading →
  6. Serotonin production begins in the belly

    BREAKTHROUGH: Drive away depression with the "happy belly" cure Don't blame a lousy mood on something you ate -- because the real reason you're down in the dumps might be what's NOT in your belly. The same bacteria your stomach relies on for good health and digestion also play a key role in regulating your mood. If they're fed and replenished, you could feel as if you're ready to take on any challenge thrown your way. But when they don't get what they need -- when they start to die off -- you could end up battling depression for no apparent reason at all. The entire process is triggered by serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for boosting your mood. I'm sure you've heard about this stuff and know how important it is to your brain, but what you may not realize is that it's a commuter. Continue reading →
  7. Shigella superbug bacteria reaches the United States

    Survive the deadly new superbug threat sweeping the USA There's a potent new superbug on the loose -- a cold-blooded killer that's left a trail of death around the world. And it's just arrived here in the United States. The CDC reports hundreds of cases of infection with Shigella, a bug that causes painful diarrhea so severe you could end up pooping blood. Once you survive the infection -- IF you survive it -- you're still not out of the woods. Shigella pumps out terrible toxins that can kill off intestinal tissue, leading to complications such as sepsis and literal holes in your gut. But what really makes this new superbug so frightening is how rapidly it spreads. Continue reading →
  8. Antidepressants wildly overused, study proves

    21 million misdiagnosed and drugged for depression! You wouldn't go to a veterinarian to treat you for a case of the blues would you? So why would you let a mainstream general practitioner do the job? Many of them have about the same amount of education as a vet when it comes to human mental health: none. As a result, your typical GP is grossly unqualified to diagnose and treat conditions such as depression (many of them will even admit as much if you ask them directly). But since they can't just shrug and say, "go ask someone else," most of them will dash off a prescription for an antidepressant to any patient who complains that he's feeling down. And new numbers show this shot-in-the-dark approach has been an unmitigated disaster. Continue reading →
  9. Testosterone can protect women's arteries

    So-called 'manly hormones' critical for women's health too If you're past a certain age, odds are you need a hormone boost -- but it's not always the ones you're thinking of. And ladies, if you're not getting the testosterone you need, you could face serious -- and even potentially deadly --health risks. That's right... testosterone! I know it's often called the "male hormone" but it's time to toss that label in the garbage where it belongs, because in small doses testosterone is critical for women's health too. Older women in particular often fall short. That shortage could lead to disastrous consequences, as testosterone plays a key role in blood flow. And now, the latest research allows us to see what happens in real time as those hormone levels fall. Continue reading →
  10. Skin chemicals from soap and cosmetics can linger

    Your skin is crawling... with toxic creepy chemicals You study every label, read every ingredient and take the time to understand what they are. You're very careful about what you eat and how you feed your family. But if you're like most folks, what you put onto your body doesn't get half as much thought as what you put into it. Soaps, shampoos, creams, perfumes, colognes and cosmetics are often loaded with toxic chemicals, and yet we rub them all over the body's largest and most sensitive organ: the skin. Ask most folks why they don't bother to check labels on these products as carefully as they check the ones on their food and they'll tell you the skin is "outside" the body -- and besides, most of these things, especially soaps and shampoos, are rinsed off seconds after they're put on. A few seconds of contact can't hurt... can it? Continue reading →
  11. Washington gets ready to restrict homeopathy

    ACTION ALERT: FDA's underhanded sneak attack on homeopathy Right now, as you read this, a bunch of know-nothing Washington bureaucrats are conspiring to rob you of your right to use one of the safest and most effective forms of medicine in existence. Today, the FDA is finishing off two days of meetings on homeopathic remedies -- and trust me, they're not talking about how much they love the stuff, its proven benefits or its incredible track record of safety. They're meeting to talk about "regulatory framework," which is code for putting ridiculous restrictions on a form of medicine that's backed by science, used by millions and that has never hurt a single person. The meeting is not quite being held in secret, but it may as well be. While it's technically a public hearing, they've done nothing beyond the minimum to publicize it. Continue reading →
  12. Curcumin can boost fatty acids in the brain

    Slice your dementia risk in half with surprising omega-3 shield You know the importance of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, and how critical it is to your heart and brain. The real task is getting it. You can get it from food, such as fatty fish, and of course a fish oil supplement (and I hope you're taking one). But there's one more way to not only boost your DHA levels, but deliver this essential fatty acid right to where it's needed most -- a way to get your own body to produce more DHA and send it straight to your brain. All you need is curcumin, a compound found in the turmeric commonly used in curries and other Indian dishes. Continue reading →
  13. Vitamin deficiency more common than realized

    Feds FINALLY admit most are dangerously deficient in vitamins Imagine a guy standing outside in the rain, getting soaked. He has an umbrella, but he never bothers to open it -- in fact, he's been told it won't do him any good. It makes no sense. Yet that's exactly what we're facing right now, only with nutrition. A U.S. government committee has now officially admitted that some 150 million Americans aren't getting the nutrients they need -- including the essential vitamins and mineral we need for good health. We're facing a storm of chronic disease as a result, getting soaked by an endless cycle of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease caused or worsened by poor nutrition. We have an "umbrella" in the form of supplements. But instead of recommending that people take their vitamins, the feds still insist you can get what you need from diet alone. Continue reading →
  14. Roseroot, aka Rhodiola rosea, as good as antidepressant drugs

    Ancient herbal "blues remedy" matches modern antidepressants The "go-to" drug for depression is a dangerous med given out more than 30 million times a year despite the fact that it often doesn't work, and packs big risks even when it does. It's time to change that "go to" to something else, because new research finds a safe and natural treatment that's just as effective but comes with little to no risk. The drug is sertraline, although you may know it better as Zoloft. Before it went generic, it was a blockbuster that did $3.3 billion in sales for Pfizer in a single year. Docs today are still so conditioned to prescribing it that they often never bother with anything else. If you're depressed, then it's the drug for you. Don't even bother asking a mainstream doc about natural options such as herbs because chances are you'll get a sneer and lecture about the folly of "folk medicine." Continue reading →
  15. Folate can protect seniors during heat waves

    Simple supplement prevents summer heat wave deaths The biggest weather-related killer in America isn't tornados, floods or lightning. It's not hurricanes, it's not ice and it's not even heart attacks from shoveling too much snow. It's heat. Every summer, hundreds of Americans die during heat waves, most of them older folks who had no idea just how dangerous the hot weather can be. But you can protect yourself, and you don't have to lock yourself inside and crank up the A/C all summer long to do it. All you need is some folate. New research shows how this essential B vitamin plays a key role in vasodilation. In plain talk, that's the process that brings warm blood closer to the skin where it can release heat. Continue reading →
  16. Acetaminophen no use for low back pain

    Common painkiller is a big bust for easing back pain Some folks swear by Tylenol, aka acetaminophen. They take it at the first sign of pain. And when they feel better a little better, they thank the drug. Maybe they should thank the drug's marketing instead, because new research confirms that acetaminophen is nothing more than a placebo for some of the most common forms of pain. And it's a dangerous one at that. For low back pain, the drug won't cut your risk of disability and won't improve your quality of life, not even by a little, according to the study. And for osteoarthritis, the drug may reduce the risk of pain and disability -- but the benefit is so small the researchers say it's not significant. Continue reading →
  17. Pesticides in produce can kill sperm

    WARNING: Men, the produce aisle is attacking your manhood If you're looking to start a family or add to the one you already have, there's something very important you need to do right now: Throw out all your fruits and vegetables. If it's not organic, toss it in the trash. Conventional fruits and vegetables are coated in the chemical pesticides that have been repeatedly linked to reproductive problems -- and now new research finds they can slash your sperm counts in half! The chemicals industry knows it... the agricultural industry knows it... heck, even the EPA knows it. But they all parrot the same tired line, claiming that these chemicals will only damage you at high levels of exposure and not the "trace" amounts found on fruits and vegetables. Well, it's time to take that bogus -- and dangerous -- argument and toss it in the trash with those fruits and vegetables, because new research proves exposure kills sperm and does so at the levels found on supermarket produce. Continue reading →
  18. Propecia, aka finasteride, can ruin your sex life

    Popular drug for men can cause embarrassing bedroom failure I've seen men accept cancer better than hair loss. I don't know what it is about going bald, but many men will do just about anything to try to stop it -- and that leads some of them to make one of the biggest mistakes of their lives. They take finasteride, aka Propecia, a lower-dose version of the prostate med Proscar that promises to stop hair loss and help replace what's fallen out. But new research shows how those new locks can come at a terrible price: your sex life. Balding is actually a very masculine process. It happens when the body converts testosterone into its more potent and usable form, dihydrotestosterone. In other words, losing hair means you're even MORE of man, hormonally speaking. Continue reading →
  19. Ancient remedy beats a modern disease

    This 1,000-year-old herb-based secret slaughters superbugs Most mainstream docs dismiss herbal remedies comparing them to antique "magic" potions found in dusty old books. Well it looks like it's time to break out those dusty old books -- because a stunning new study reveals the great wisdom stored in those powerful ancient herb-based solutions. Scientists recently discovered a cure for one of today's deadliest infections hidden inside a 1,000-year-old text called "Bald's Leechbook." The treatment was for the common stye, or a skin infection that appears in or around the eyelid and is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. But what really caught the researchers' eye is that this is the same "staph" found in staph infections -- including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the superbug infection that kills thousands of Americans every year. Continue reading →
  20. Homeopathy works for depression & hot flashes

    Homeopathy trounces Big Pharma in menopause study You've heard it before. The mainstream medicine mantra that homeopathic remedies are so heavily diluted that what's left is "just water" and "can't possibly work." But the truth is while that dilution does make them safe it DOESN'T make them ineffective, and new research proves it once and for all -- because homeopathic medicine has just flat-out beaten a drug in a groundbreaking clinical trial. The study focused on 133 women battling menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes and depression, and put homeopathic remedies up against both a placebo and the SSRI antidepressant fluoxetine (aka Prozac) often given to women with those symptoms. The fluoxetine did just what I would expect: almost nothing. There was no improvement in hot flashes, and only a modest improvement in depression. Continue reading →

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