BestHealth Nutritionals

  1. Coca-Cola gave $118 million to major health organizations

    Coke caught red-handed bankrolling major medical groups

    The holiday season is right around the corner, which means the airwaves will soon be filled with ads designed to prey on nostalgia.

    And you can bet some of the worst will come from Coca-Cola.

    There will be heart-tugging commercials showing families gathering to "share a Coke and a smile." And cartoon polar bears frolicking in the snow before gulping down a frosty Coke.

    They're all audience-tested right down to the last frame with the sole goal of bringing a tear to your eye and making you reach for a red and white can to create some cola-fueled holiday memories of your own.

    You might even feel good about it, too, since you've heard that you can treat yourself to a little sugar in moderation and enjoy a few "bad calories" each day.

    But before you reach for that can of soda, there's something you need to know -- because Coke isn't just funding those weepy holiday ads.

    They're also funding the major medical groups that claim you can have some "bad calories" each day!

    Over the past five years, the company has given $118 million in research grants to a virtual Who's Who of American medicine -- including $3.1 million to the American College of Cardiology.

    Just two years ago, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association issued a new set of guidelines that barely mentioned sugar. When it finally got around to sweets, it didn't say to eliminate added sugars, which is the only legitimate advice a responsible cardiologist could possibly give.

    Instead, it told people to "limit" added sugars and "limit" sugar-sweetened beverages.

    In other words, go ahead and have a soda -- just don't have one at every meal.

    Coke has also given more than $3.5 million to the American Academy of Family Physicians, which also refuses to take a firm stand against added sugar, instead saying you can have 160 "empty calories" daily.

    A can of Coke clocks in at 138 calories.

    Coincidence?

    Coke has also given millions to the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They've even paid off individual dietitians to write newspaper articles and give interviews claiming a little soda is OK.

    Yes, mainstream medical advice is now every bit as much marketing as those tearjerker holiday ads -- only much more effective, since people believe it's the real deal and not the soft drink industry propaganda it really is.

    So whether it's this coming holiday season or any other time of year, don't fall for the marketing hype in any form. The only safe level of added sugars in the diet is zero -- and that's the bottom line.

  2. Antibacterial soap is no better than regular soap

    This popular (and dangerous!) soap ingredient is all washed up

    Your parents or grandparents never spent much time shopping for soap. They went to the store, grabbed some bars of soap and put them next to the sink and in the shower.

    Soap was soap, and that was that.

    Well, my friend, times have changed. You can spend hours picking out soap, choosing between overpowering artificial scents and soaps that claim to do everything from moisturize to sanitize.

    The most popular soaps of all are the ones that say "antibacterial" on the label, promising to kill off not only common disease-causing bacteria but even viruses such as those that cause the cold and flu.

    But new research shows it's just another marketing lie.

    These soaps contain a small amount of an antibacterial chemical called triclosan. In a series of tests, researchers put an antibacterial soap containing 0.3 percent triclosan -- the maximum allowed by law -- up against plain old soap like your grandparents used.

    They scrubbed and rinsed for up to 30 seconds (which, let's face it, is longer than most people wash their hands for... and that's if they even wash at all).

    And -- no surprise -- they both were equally effective at getting rid of bacteria, according to the study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

    The study found that triclosan can be a little more effective... but only if you soak in it for HOURS! But you don't want to touch this stuff at all -- not for 30 seconds, and not even for 3 seconds.

    You see, triclosan isn't just a germ-killer. It's a chemical pesticide that's so dangerous there are growing calls to ban it from soap in any amount (and some places, such as Minnesota, have already banned the stuff).

    This dangerous chemical can mess with your hormone levels, damage your liver and may even help tumors to grow.

    Studies have also found that triclosan can cross the blood-brain barrier and disrupt communication with muscle, including the muscles that power your heart. In a study on mice, triclosan reduced heart function by 25 percent.

    So if you want clean hands free of illness-causing germs, just get some plain old soap and scrub for 30 seconds -- just like your grandparents did.

  3. Fidgeting could slash your risk of death

    Fidgeting can help reverse the damage of a sedentary lifestyle and cut your risk of an early death.
  4. Beat cancer with daily activity

    Cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence, and new research shows you can up your odds of surviving the disease with simple daily activity such as walking.
  5. Resveratrol can slow Alzheimer's disease

    Resveratrol, the famous 'red wine antioxidant,' can slow the functional decline of Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.
  6. Insect sprays increase leukemia risk

    Bug sprays commonly used around the home can increase the risk of leukemia in children, a new study finds.
  7. Beat breast cancer with the Mediterranean diet

    Slash your breast cancer risk by switching to the Mediterranean diet. New research shows this healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of the disease by 62 percent.
  8. Fish can help keep depression away

    Fish isn't just delicious. It's also packed with brain-boosting nutrients, which is why new research shows eating more seafood can slash your risk of depression.
  9. Diet soda makes you eat more

    Diet soda drinkers don't lose weight because they end up eating more, making up for lost calories, a new study finds.
  10. Vitamin D protects against macular degeneration

    Vitamin D can protect your eyes and prevent macular degeneration, new research finds.
  11. Caffeine can change your circadian rhythm

    Caffeine can have a damaging effect on your internal clock, shifting your circadian rhythm back so you can't get to sleep.
  12. Robert Califf's shady ties to the drug industry

    Robert Califf has been named new head of the FDA, but he has deep financial ties to the drug industry.
  13. Canagliflozin, diabetes drug, linked to bone breaks

    The diabetes drug canagliflozin can cause bone to thin, leading to a break in as little as 12 weeks, according to an FDA warning.
  14. ADHD diagnosed at younger ages than ever

    ADHD can't be accurately diagnosed in little kids, and even doctors will admit as much. But a third of all children with the condition were diagnosed before the age of 6!
  15. Lung cancer rises in nonsmokers

    Lung cancer is often caused by smoking, but new research shows an alarming rise in the number of nonsmokers who get the disease.
  16. Naps can help cut blood pressure

    Naps are as good for your heart as they are for your mood, with new research showing how they can cut blood pressure and protect your arteries.
  17. Vitamin C can be as good as exercise

    Taking vitamin C can be as effective as taking a walk for the obese, helping to improve artery health by one important measure.
  18. Ease multiple sclerosis with melatonin

    Multiple sclerosis may be worse in summer because of low melatonin levels -- and promising new research shows how boosting melatonin could cut outbreaks.
  19. Roundup weedkiller gets cancer warning in California

    Roundup, the chemical weedkiller used on GMO crops, will get a cancer warning in California -- a big win for consumers, and a huge defeat for Monsanto.
  20. Sinus surgery pushed on apnea patients

    Sinus surgery isn't the answer for apnea patients. In most cases, it's not even the answer for sinus patients! But a new study claims otherwise. Get the real story here.

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