BestHealth Nutritionals

  1. Light to moderate drinking increases cancer risk

    The light drinking lie that could give you cancer

    You've probably heard that a drink a night is not only perfectly safe, but also perfectly healthy.

    But that's not the full story.

    Even a little bit of booze can pack a whole lot of risk, including the so-called "light" and "moderate" drinking habits most folks assume isn't a problem thanks to years of relentless liquor marketing.

    And now, the latest research shows again why you need to be careful about how much alcohol you consume, because it can increase your risk of cancer even at those so-called "safe" levels.

    For women, just a single drink a night -- even a glass of wine with dinner -- is enough to increase the risk of breast cancer.

    I know that's not what you've heard. I know in many cases it's not what you want to hear.

    But booze is one of the world's leading causes of cancer, responsible for some 4 percent of all cases of the disease. And while many of them strike folks with heavier drinking habits, the new study is a reminder that even a little alcohol can have toxic effects inside the body.

    The study didn't find a cancer risk in most men from light to moderate drinking, except among those who have smoked. For them, it's as if the booze works to enhance the damage caused by tobacco.

    Don't consider yourself safe if you haven't smoked in years. The study in BMJ finds all men who've ever smoked face a higher cancer risk from a light to moderate drinking habit.

    Alcohol simply isn't the "healthy" habit it's often made out to be by the media -- which becomes perfectly clear when you look at all the other research on this.

    Alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde inside your body, which can make your skin more prone to damage from UV light. As a result, a study published last year found that moderate drinking will increase your risk of melanoma, the deadly form of skin cancer, by 55 percent.

    Along with increasing your cancer risk, moderate drinking can cause heart damage in women and has even been linked to cognitive decline.

    No one likes a party pooper and I'm certainly not out to ruin anyone's fun. If you're healthy and enjoy alcohol, a drink every now and again on a special occasion is probably fine.

    But don't make it a regular habit... and certainly don't fall for the hype that "moderate" drinking is safe or healthy.

    Clearly, it's not.

  2. Multivitamins can improve health and prevent hospitalization

    Surprising drugstore secret could keep you out of the hospital

    There's a pill out there that can improve your health, ward off chronic disease and keep you out of the hospital.

    But it's not a statin... it's not a blood pressure med... and it's certainly not "aspirin therapy."

    It's plain old vitamins, just like the ones I'm sure you take every single day -- and new research confirms that safe and inexpensive natural supplements such as your multivitamin are the single most cost-effective way to improve the health of millions.

    And if you take them yourself, you can expect better health and a better overall quality of life than folks who don't, according to the review of 19 studies.

    That's in general. But the study finds some very specific benefits, too.

    For example, taking multivitamins will cut your risk of infection -- and infection of course, can turn into everything from a few days of misery to a serious illness that requires hospitalization.

    If you're going in for surgery, taking vitamins will slash your risk of post-operative complications. Taking supplements can even cut your risk of falls, a leading cause of disability in older Americans -- especially the millions of seniors struggling with weak or brittle bone.

    But the benefits don't end there.

    You get better health, fewer infections, fewer complications and fewer falls, and that adds up to what just might be the biggest benefit of all: Vitamins will help keep you out of the hospital.

    Taking supplements cuts your risk of hospitalization by 16.5 percent.

    The study in the journal Clinical Nutrition didn't sort out the effects of specific vitamins, but most of the studies looked at folks taking multivitamins or multivitamins with minerals, which are an excellent starting point for ensuring you meet your daily nutritional needs.

    Multis have even shown to cut the risk of heart disease in women by more than a third, slash the risk of cancer in men and even help improve your mood -- especially if you're stressed.

    But don't stop with a multi; most people also need at the very minimum vitamin D supplements and omega-3 fatty acids, and many can also benefit from magnesium.

    You may also benefit from other supplements depending on your situation including any health conditions you may have and those you may be at risk for -- so work closely with a holistic medical doctor.

  3. 25 million adults living in pain

    Stunning new numbers on pain show that 25 million Americans battle the condition every single day.
  4. Electroacupuncture can reduce blood pressure

    Electroacupuncture, a form of acupuncture that uses a slight electrical charge, can reduce blood pressure about as effectively as some drugs.
  5. New Enlist Duo pesticide linked to serious health concerns

    Experts are calling on the feds to withdraw approval for Enlist Duo, the new pesticide combining 'probable carcinogen' glyphosate with 'possible carcinogen' 2,4 D.
  6. Cortisol levels linked to cognitive problems

    Cortisol, the 'stress hormone' has been linked to cognitive problems when levels are too high in the evening.
  7. Slow macular degeneration with natural supplements

    Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors, but new research finds a trio of natural supplements can help slow or even stop it.
  8. Eyestrain caused by computers and TV

    Eyestrain is more common than ever, caused by having our eyes glued to screens all day and night. Here's how to fix it.
  9. Feds were ready to warn against mercury fillings

    Mercury fillings, aka amalgam or 'silver' fillings, are far more dangerous than most people realize -- and a secret government document shows the feds know it, too.
  10. Lyme disease far more common than thought

    Lyme disease isn't as rare as mainstream doctors have claimed. In fact, new numbers from the CDC show it's 10 times more common than thought, with 329,000 cases per year.
  11. Kim Kardashian runs afoul of drug advertising rules

    Kim Kardashian is in trouble with the FDA for 'false or misleading' claims she made about a drug for morning sickness.
  12. Music can bring pain relief

    For some real pain relief, add music to your recovery -- because new research shows how folks who listen to tunes feel better and need fewer meds.
  13. How vitamin D protects aging bone

    Vitamin D can protect aging bone -- but it can't do the job alone. Without magnesium, it can't do the job right.
  14. Exercise can be easy -- and effective

    Exercise doesn't have to hurt. New research shows the benefits kick in with as little as 10 minutes of light movements a day.
  15. Trans fats are still in your food -- and they're still killing you

    Eating trans fats can increase your risk of death by more than a third -- and despite what you've heard, these deadly fats are still hiding in your food.
  16. Magnesium can help control blood sugar in pre-diabetics

    Magnesium, the mineral needed for more than 300 functions in the body, can help keep blood sugar under control in pre-diabetics.
  17. Anticholinergic drugs can double the risk of injury falls

    Anticholinergic drugs can double the risk of falls involving injuries in older men, potentially setting the stage for disability and even death.
  18. Green tea can block starch

    Green tea can block the absorption of starch, helping to control blood sugar and even appetite, according to new research.
  19. Cellphones linked to brain tumors... again!

    Cellphones can increase the risk of brain tumors by as much as 500 percent, according to a new review of the research.
  20. Bariatric surgery fails in the long term

    Stomach surgeries might seem like a quick fix for weight loss, but new research shows how the results don't lost.

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