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Menopause symptoms can strike again after 65

Could you have a ‘second’ menopause?

Menopause? ME????

You thought the change was OVER years ago – done with, in the past, gone for good, finito.

Thank God.

But sometimes, it seems like it’s NOT over… not even in your 60s, or 70s or beyond… when hot flashes, night sweats, and more can come back to deliver a new round of misery.

Your doctor might say it’s not possible. He might imply it’s all in your head. He might even INSULT you by offering up antidepressant drugs.

Well, it looks like he needs to visit the Hallmark Store and stock up on apology cards – because new research confirms he’s flat-out wrong.

It’s NOT in your head, and those antidepressant drugs are useless.

You’re STILL feeling the very real effects of menopause, years and even DECADES later. From hot flashes to night sweats and beyond, the new report finds women can end up battling the misery well into their 60s, 70s, and even their 80s.

Yes, the “change” might be over in theory, but it’s not necessarily done with you yet. Your doctor may not realize it, but there can be REAL and LASTING effects to the hormonal imbalances that strike during and after menopause.

The study also confirms something else.

Women who had hormone therapy during menopause or are still on it later are less likely to suffer from these problems — more proof that when done responsibly, hormone therapy is a powerful way to enhance your quality of life.

This flies in the face of how the mainstream has handled menopause and the years that follow, including the antidepressant drugs docs love to push when they’re unwilling – or unable – to find the real problem.

If your own doctor is still pushing mood meds instead of solutions, don’t even waste your time waiting for that apology card.

There’s another kind of greeting for this occasion. It’s a SYMPATHY card… for his LOST business!

See a holistic medical doctor instead. Natural treatments that include herbal extracts and lifestyle changes, or even bioidentical hormone therapy, can get your body back on track with little effort.

One quick trick you can try right now: Cut the caffeine.

You may love that morning cup, but it might not be loving you back. The new study finds that for women past the age of 70, caffeine use is a key trigger of hot flashes and sweats.

Switch to herbal tea instead.

For more help, including complete hormone testing and treatment, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the San Diego area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

Atrial fibrillation cured with weight loss

CURE the world’s deadliest heartbeat condition… with NO drugs!

There’s a frightening and potentially deadly condition that strikes 1 in 10 seniors… and it gets ZERO attention from the mainstream.

If you don’t have atrial fibrillation, the nation’s top heart rhythm disorder and a leading cause of stroke, count your blessings.

If you DO have it, there’s probably not a day that goes by where you don’t think about it. Even when your heart isn’t skipping around like crazy, you worry that it could happen at any time.

Some docs claim there’s a surgery that will “cure” the disease, but studies now show it doesn’t deliver as promised.

But there IS something that can stop it… reverse it… and make it so you never have to worry about atrial fibrillation again.

And it’s something you can take care of on your own, without expensive drugs or risky surgery.

Lose some weight.

Seems like so many diseases and conditions come down to that, right?

Well, it’s true – and the new study shows how it can reverse and even cure this disease. Your heart will keep time like a metronome — just the way it should.

And as long as you keep the pounds off, it’ll hold that steady beat.

In the new study, obese folks with atrial fibrillation who lost weight saw the condition improve and had fewer of those terrifying episodes where it starts beating wildly and out of rhythm.

But that’s not all.

In folks who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight, the condition started to reverse.

That’s right.

Some of them were essentially CURED, with fully HALF of the patients who lost the weight becoming completely free from EVERY SIGN of this disease. Even many of those who weren’t cured had dramatic differences, with fewer and much less serious episodes.

Yes, the healing power of weight loss… and it starts with shedding 10 percent of your body weight.

For many folks, that’s only about three months of dieting. Start today, and you’ll hit that target before Halloween.

There’s no magic trick to this, no special pills, and no surgery. It all comes down to old-fashioned clean living.

The folks in the study who lost the weight and kept it off did exactly what I recommend: They cut the processed foods, especially carbs, ate more sensibly, and got a little more activity every week.

Simple, but effective. And if they can do it, you can pull it off too.

Dementia damage strikes when you have sleep apnea

STOP dementia damage… in your sleep!

It’s the HIDDEN dementia risk factor.

This one is something you can FIND and FIX – but in most cases, it goes completely ignored.

That’s because it happens at night, in your sleep.

Apnea is a condition where you stop breathing as you snooze — dozens or even hundreds of times a night. These episodes can be a short as a couple of seconds or as long as a minute or more.

Now, the latest research not only confirms the link between apnea and Alzheimer’s disease, but shows HOW it happens.

When you stop breathing, the oxygen levels inside your body plunge – and that has a direct effect on your brain. It’s only 1 or 2 percent of your body weight, but it sucks up some 25 percent of all the oxygen inside you.

When those oxygen levels drop, your brain suffers – and the new study shows just how much.

Tests on 83 older folks finds the ones who had low blood oxygen levels during sleep – the ones with apnea – were suffering from damage in the right and left temporal lobes.

Those regions, which both play an essential role in your memory, were thinning out.

No one in the study had dementia. Not yet anyway. But damage in those two regions is often the first warning sign of the disease.

That’s not the only problem, either.

The folks with apnea also had increased thickness in other parts of the brain — but it wasn’t a sign of a bigger, better thinking cap.

They had damaging inflammation, including in the hippocampus and amygdala.

On the bright side, apnea is something you can often cure. You can breathe easier, sleep better and stop this damage cold… and you don’t need any of the tricks your doctor will probably recommend, including painful surgery and uncomfortable breathing devices.

Apnea is almost always caused by weight gain. Dropping those extra pounds can generally ease the condition or reverse it completely.

On the downside, you have to know you have it before you can take action to stop it, and most people with apnea don’t know they have it.

If you’ve put on some weight, you’re at risk. If you’ve put on a lot of weight, your risk is even higher.

One way to find out is for your spouse to watch you at night. The condition is marked by loud snores followed by periods of silence when you stop breathing and gasping when you come up for air.

I have to warn you: It can be disturbing to watch.

Another way to spot your risk is if you wake up feeling not as rested as you used to, even after a full night of sleep. Headaches, sore throat, and midday sleepiness are other warning signs.

If you suspect the condition, you can get checked out in a sleep lab.

There’s another life-threatening condition that weight loss can “cure” – I’ll have that for you in my House Calls later today. Keep an eye on your inbox.

Dementia linked to vision loss

What late-life vision loss REALLY means

Want to save your brain? Start with your eyes!

Fading vision could be one of your first warning signs of a fading mind – and that also makes it your BEST CHANCE of taking action early to protect your eyes and brain alike.

New research reveals that the more your vision suffers as you get older, the higher your risk of facing the cognitive struggles we all dread.

The study of more than 2,500 older folks given regular vision and mental exams for eight years confirms that we all lose a little vision as we get older.

That’s expected.

But some folks lose more than others. In the study, folks who had worse vision loss at one exam were much more likely to suffer from a steeper mental decline in the next exam.

From there, the two conditions can snowball.

More vision loss leads to more cognitive problems… which can lead to more vision loss.

Each one feeds the other — but not equally. The vision problems are a much stronger indicator of cognitive problems than the other way around.

That’s actually a positive! If the vision loss appears FIRST, that means it’s an early warning sign – and a chance to take action and cut off the cycle before it starts.

This new discovery is important: It shows the link between good vision and good cognitive health.

But then the study starts to get fuzzy.

The researchers claim that simply getting glasses or adjusting your prescription regularly to help you see better might ward off dementia.

That’s an oversimplification.

The fading eyesight itself isn’t helping. If you can’t see and don’t or won’t wear glasses, you could stop engaging in the kind of stimulating activities needed to keep the gears in your brain turning.

Next thing you know, your mind is turning into mush!

But it’s also a lot more complicated than that. You could wear glasses… and have them adjusted regularly… and STILL suffer.

In many cases, that loss of vision is almost certainly a symptom and not the cause.

Most likely, there’s a single problem causing both.

Fortunately, there’s a single solution to both as well, a powerful one-two punch now proven to protect your vision and preserve your mind.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are known to help fight vision loss and prevent diseases such as macular degeneration, and recent studies show that this same duo can slow cognitive decline and fight dementia.

Look for a quality blend from a maker you trust.

Osteoarthritis in the knees can cause depression

Don’t ignore achy knees – you could face something worse!

It’s knee pain, but you know it’s also so much more than knee pain.

The crippling agony of arthritis can RUIN everything you love. It can keep you from lifting your grandkids… playing a little golf… and on days when it’s REALLY bad, it can even force you to stay in.

When you reach that point, it’s not just a problem with your knees.

It’s a problem in your LIFE, one that attempts to steal all your joy and rob you of the quality you deserve.

As a result, new research confirms a direct link between osteoarthritis and mood disorders, including depression.

It’s as if the pain can travel up to your brain!

One in 5 patients with knee arthritis also suffer from at least some degree of depression. That’s about double the rate of everyone else.

It’s not the pain alone that leads to depression. The pain isn’t helping, to be sure, but the study finds that high levels of pain will boost the risk of depression by about 60 percent.

That’s high… but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The OTHER ways this disease can ruin your mood are even worse!

The same study finds that as arthritis slows your walking speed – a sign of lost function and limits on your lifestyle – your risk of depression more than DOUBLES.

And when researchers looked deep inside the knee… at the damage itself… they found something even more startling.

As the joint space narrows – a key marker of damage in the knee – the risk of depression jumps by 125 percent!

What you can SEE and FEEL are bad… but what you CAN’T see can be even worse when it comes to joint pain and depression.

Then again, that makes perfect sense. You can handle some pain. You’re no crybaby.

But those other markers — from slower walking to deeper damage in the joint — are what keep you from doing the things you love.

And that’s when the depression can really sink in.

Tell your doctor about it, and you won’t get much help. Most mainstream physicians have been worse than useless when it comes to knee osteoarthritis.

They’ll tell you there’s not much you can do except manage the pain with drugs… and wait for it to get so bad that you need a knee replacement.

That’s no way to live!

Fortunately, you’ve got much better options.

You can not only ease the pain… but also restore function and get back to ENJOYING your life again with the help of groundbreaking natural therapies.

One of them, as I shared with you last week, may sound a little odd: natural egg membrane.

But it works like a charm… and more quickly than you’d ever imagine.

Aging without dying? It just might be possible!

Can you FORGET to die?

There’s a just-out study that takes every mainstream assumption about aging… and turns it UPSIDE DOWN.

Sure, you’re getting older. Aren’t we all?But no matter how old you are, you could still have plenty of time on the clock… because this study finds that there’s NO LIMIT to how long you can live!

You can blow past 90… past 100… past 110… and even beyond.

The new study looks at what happens at different age milestones and after each of those points. Specifically, it looked at the risk of death, which rises every year for the most part… until you hit 105.

Then, amazingly, it stops rising.

At that point, you have a 50/50 chance of dying in the next year and a life expectancy of 1.5 years.

Make it to 106, and those odds are the same: You STILL somehow have a life expectancy of another 1.5 years and 50/50 chance of dying.

No matter how far you go past 105, those odds hold steady year after year.

It’s as if the rules no longer apply to you.

At that age, those odds catch up sooner rather than later. But it’s absolutely remarkable that the risk literally stops increasing.

It’s so stunning that one of the researchers said it’s as if there’s NO FIXED LIMIT on the human lifespan!

Just about the only quibble I have with the study is that the researchers seem to think it comes down to luck.

And sure, luck does have something to do with it. An accident can strike at any time and change everything.

But there’s more to it than that.

It’s about giving your body the tools it needs to make repairs and limit the toxic toll of oxidative stress.

There are two steps you can take right now to wipe out those toxins, negate the effects of stress, and give yourself a fighting chance at ANY age.

First, make sure you have a diet rich in antioxidants, which are the age-fighting nutrients found in colorful fruits and vegetables. You can also find a supplement blend that contains essentials such as resveratrol and grape seed extract.

And second, boost your intake of the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.

You know they’re good for your heart, brain, eyes, and circulation… but they can also pull off a pretty nifty trick when it comes to aging.

They can protect your telomeres, the caps that sit on the end of your chromosomes.

Those caps get a little shorter every time the cell divides, and when they get too short… your risk of chronic and deadly disease jumps.

It’s almost like a timer inside your body.

Omega-3s can slow or even reverse the telomere shrink, helping them to grow LONGER when they should be getting shorter.

It’s a little like turning back the clock.

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Migraine triggers often misunderstood

Do you REALLY know what’s causing your headache?

If you have migraines, you know exactly when they’re going to strike… at least some of the time.

If your headaches are trigged by weather, checking the forecast and seeing a heat wave with high humidity coming means that you might be in for the kind of agony no amount of air conditioning in the world can prevent.

But others aren’t as obvious. Many are caused by what you eat — not just foods, but specific ingredients and chemical additives.

Think you know those triggers, too?

Don’t be so sure!

New research finds that many of the foods people THINK trigger their migraines could be innocent… and that means that foods you THINK are safe could actually be causing you misery.

More than half of patients in the new study said that chocolate was a migraine trigger. After 90 days of carefully tracking, however, only 1.7 percent actually had a migraine from chocolate.

There were similar results for foods with nitrates, where only 2.7 percent seemed to have headaches caused by those preservatives, and MSG, which triggered migraines in only 3.1 percent.

They say “only” for those numbers, but out in the real world that still adds up to tens of thousands of patients or more with those triggers.

The true number is almost certainly much higher. The people in the study weren’t told to specifically eat chocolate, nitrates, or MSG, which means that those who thought they were sensitive were probably avoiding them.

But the overall point is something I’ve confirmed here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine: Many people who THINK they know their triggers are often stunned to find that the real cause is something else entirely!

You’ve got two options for finding your own triggers.

The first is extensive food sensitivity testing.

Most mainstream doctors SAY that they test for food sensitivities, but what they offer barely scratches the surface.

You need a complete workup from a holistic medical doctor.

The second is to keep a careful journal listing not only foods but also possible ingredients.

This study used an app rather than a paper journal to track food and migraine links, and while those can be handy, please be careful.

A second new report finds that some of those apps are a privacy nightmare, potentially mishandling or sharing your data. More than half of the apps in the analysis stored data remotely – on someone else’s server, not your phone – and some weren’t even clear about where they held that data or what they did with it.

Use an app from someone you trust (such as your health provider) and read the fine print.

And if you’re not sure, do it the old-fashioned way: Use a pen and a notebook.

I’ll share another “mystery cause” of migraines later today – and guys, you’ll especially want to keep an eye on your inbox.

Stress + diabetes = an explosive combination

Stress + diabetes = an explosive combination

Killer stress? You’d better believe it’s real.

In the old cartoons, stress would cause a character to literally blow his top. Out in the real world, you can almost see it happening, as folks under fire from stress can look and act like they’re on the verge of an explosion.

Turns out that some of them are!

Stress can have a pretty damaging impact even on the healthiest people. But if you have diabetes, it’s time to cut your own stress, as the latest research shows how you’re facing some of the biggest risks of all.

It can hurt you — even KILL you — by triggering a heart attack or stroke.

It comes down to the white blood cells that power your immune system.

You need them. OF COURSE you do. They’re your first line of defense against infections.

Too many white blood cells can also be a problem, especially when there’s no infection to fight — and that’s where the new study finds that people with diabetes could face some major problems.

When major stress activates your body’s “fight or flight” system, those white blood cells start showing up like crazy.

They’re just looking for trouble.

Sometimes, they find it.

Some of those white blood cells end up working in the spleen, where they crank out extra stress hormones. Scientists have always believed that those catecholamines, as they’re known, came from the central nervous system.

But when stress shows up, they end up being made in the spleen as well, and that’s when the problems begin.

These stress hormones from the spleen kick off a process that leads to inflammation… lots of it. Specifically, you end up with inflammatory myeloid cells, which are cells you want nothing to do with when it comes to your cardiovascular health.

They make a beeline for the plaque in your arteries, which start to bloat with inflammation right to the bursting point.

Next thing you know, you’re facing a heart attack or stroke.

The new study claims that folks at risk can take beta 2 blockers, which reduce the number of cells that trigger the inflammation.

But that can lead to a whole new set of issues. Since you’re disarming part of your immune system, you could face an infection.

An infection might be the lesser of two evils when the other option is a heart attack, but you don’t have to make that trade. Natural treatments like herbal medicine, homeopathy, aromatherapy, massage, and prayer can all ease stress without the risks of medication.

Early warning of RA could be gum disease

How gum disease could turn into the ultimate agony

If the eyes are windows to the soul, your gums might offer a glimpse of your joints.

If they’re clean, well-flossed, and never bleed, you might not have much to worry about when it comes to the rheumatoid arthritis that leaves more than 1.3 million older women in so much agony.

If they’re not… if they start to bleed if you even THINK about flossing (or if you never floss at all)… you might need to take some action… and FAST.

New research shows how YOU are officially AT RISK for rheumatoid!

It’s already known that women with rheumatoid tend to have a higher risk of gum disease.

Since it’s an autoimmune disorder, they have a higher risk of so many other conditions that the gum disease seems minor by comparison and often goes ignored.

Now, the new study shows how that gum disease shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you don’t have rheumatoid (yet).

It could be your first warning sign that you’re at risk.

The new study finds that women who are at risk of rheumatoid – but don’t actually have the disease yet – are twice as likely to have gum disease when compared to women who aren’t at risk.

How do they know who’s at risk?

The researchers tested for certain antibodies found in women with rheumatoid but without the actual synovitis, or inflammation, that also marks the disease.

The worse the gum disease – including problems with bleeding and deeper “pockets” along the teeth – the worse those early-warning signs of rheumatoid.

Don’t worry, there’s an upside here.

Early warnings mean an early chance to take action. That makes gum disease a golden opportunity to take a few steps to prevent rheumatoid.

One of the best of all: the inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.

A 2013 study found that just a single serving of delicious fatty fish once a week will cut the risk of rheumatoid by 29 percent, while eating it even more often can cut the risk in half.

You can eat fish, take an omega-3 supplement, or do both.

The benefit works the other way, too. Omega-3s – especially DHA – can help fight and prevent gum disease (although if you already have the condition, you’ll also need to see a dentist or periodontist to get it taken care of ASAP).

Gum disease is also a key risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and cancer, so even if you’re not worried about rheumatoid, you should be worried about your gums.

You should have a yearly dental exam by a holistic dentist, also known as a biological dentist.

FlexActin gives your knees just what they need

Powerful new joint formula works in JUST FOUR DAYS!

Your joints didn’t stiffen up on you overnight.

It took YEARS… even DECADES… of everyday wear-and-tear to reach this point.

Some docs will tell you that those tight and stiff joints are a sure sign you need to “act your age” and start to take it easy.

I’m here to say that there’s ANOTHER way.

You can ease your knees, get the comfort you’ve been looking for, and do all of the things you love again.

And you can do it in as little as FOUR DAYS!

That’s right. DECADES of stiffness … REVERSED in just FOUR DAYS!

That’s 96 hours to comfort, and you can hit the ground running the moment you try the groundbreaking natural ingredient at the heart of my new joint formula, FlexActin.

But the craziest thing about it isn’t how fast it works. It’s not how completely effective it is. It’s not even the fact that it’s safe and natural.

It’s where this therapeutic breakthrough comes from.

It’s something you may have had in your own possession as recently as this morning… and you THREW IT AWAY!

The secret is a powerful compound from an unlikely source: eggshells.

Natural Eggshell Membrane (or NEM) has been used since ancient China for everything from bone health to younger skin.

But modern science has unlocked what may be its greatest benefit of all: It can ease joint stiffness and tightness.

In one study, researchers put older adults through a two-week stair-climbing routine specifically designed to make them stiff.

If your joints already ache, this probably sounds a lot like torture. But the folks in this study didn’t feel like they were being tortured at all.

They were given NEM, and within just FOUR DAYS… the volunteers began to report what seemed like the impossible.

Despite being FORCED into an exercise regimen DESIGNED to make them feel like the Tin Man before a squirt of oil… they actually said that they felt BETTER!

The had MORE flexibility and LESS pain, both before and after these knee-buckling exercises.

Now, you know how I am — as good as a study is, I need more.

Usually, one great study is followed by a bucket of cold water when new research doesn’t find the same benefit.

That’s not the case here. A dozen studies now back the incredible power of NEM.

This isn’t just a trick to mask the symptoms, either. Experiments on the eggshell membranes found compounds that can help your body actually REBUILD joints.

And believe it or not, this is just ONE of three potent and natural joint-saving ingredients you’ll find in every easy-to-swallow capsule of FlexActin.

I fully expect you to be skeptical over this breakthrough formula. I wouldn’t believe it myself if I hadn’t seen the dozen studies AND the real-world results before my very eyes.

That’s why I’d like to make a special offer today to try FlexActin risk-free. If it doesn’t exceed your expectations… if you’re not feeling BETTER than you have in years… send it back for a no-questions-asked refund.

You’ve got nothing to lose!

Learn more – or place your risk-free order – right here.

IBS triggered by processed foods

What popular foods are doing to your bowels

It’s the biggest lie in the supermarket.

Many of the frozen dinners that millions of Americans sit down to nearly every night CLAIM to be healthy.

Some have “healthy” microwaved right into the name.

But they’re not healthy by any stretch – and new research shows how these convenience meals could come at a huge price.

They could lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that can not only leave you in pain and misery… but also make you scared to leave home in case “something” happens while you’re out.

Those same highly processed foods can also lead to functional dyspepsia, a condition that is essentially constant indigestion.

All from meals that are supposed to save a little time and add a little convenience to your life.

You know them. Maybe you’ve even been hoodwinked by the marketing, which makes it seem like today’s frozen dinners are healthy and meet every mainstream target for nutrition, sodium, fats, and more.

So long, Salisbury steak of the old TV dinners. Hello, peppercorn chicken breast medallions with balsamic glaze.

But don’t be fooled. Good health isn’t just about the ingredients.

It’s the amount of processing involved in turning those ingredients into a complete meal that’s ready in just 2 minutes and 30 seconds (don’t forget to stir halfway), one serving at a time.

That makes them pretty tempting for older couples and people living alone… but don’t give in to that temptation yourself.

The study out of France – where they know a thing or two about good eating – finds that eating highly processed foods regularly will increase your IBS risk by 25 percent and functional dyspepsia by 42 percent.

Those numbers could be even worse here in the United States.

In France, highly processed foods make up about 33 percent of all calories consumed. In America, that number is closer to 60 percent.

No wonder close to 45 million people are living with IBS here in the United States of Processed Foods!

Looks like this is one convenience that just isn’t worth the price at any age – and that’s true whether you have IBS or functional dyspepsia or are just looking to prevent them.

In addition to these conditions, the additives, chemicals, preservatives, flavor agents, and more all dumped into processed foods can trigger everything from migraines to allergic reactions.

If you’re facing any kind of constant or lingering problem – major or minor – and are eating processed foods, try going natural for a while. You might be surprised at how much better you feel and how quickly it happens.

UTIs get dangerous new treatment

New antibiotic could turn into a nightmare for you

Well, here we go again.

The mainstream STILL hasn’t learned the clear lesson about antibiotics: The more you use them, the less effective they become.

Simple, right?

But instead of focusing on NEW approaches aimed at REDUCING these meds, it’s just doubled down on the same old thing.

The FDA has approved plazomicin, a powerful new antibiotic for urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Supposedly, the new drug can fight off the “nightmare” UTI germs that are rapidly becoming untreatable because of the overuse of antibiotics.

But if you take this drug yourself, YOU could be the one trapped in a nightmare!

The drug, expected to cost $1,000 a day (imagine making that kind of money), comes with an ominous black-box warning. It’s been linked to serious risks, including damage to the kidneys and a frightening condition called neuromuscular blockade, which can lead to paralysis.

The FDA says that the drug should only be used for “complicated” UTIs. It’s not a first line of defense… but a last resort to try when everything else has failed.

And if that were TRULY how it would be used, maybe it could be an important tool for doctors and hospitals.

The reality is that docs have a DREADFUL record with antibiotics.

See, FDA approvals are really just suggestions. Once a drug is approved, docs are allowed to use it for anything they want.

When a patient is sick, they often reach for the most powerful tool they have — and it doesn’t matter if it’s like using a flamethrower to kill a cockroach.

They’ll use it, even if it means they might burn the house down.

Of course, the companies that make the drugs are only too happy when docs use the drugs beyond the FDA approval.

It’s more money for them!

Everyone knows it, even on Wall Street, where analysts are already predicting that the new drug can do half a billion a year in sales. You certainly don’t get a number like that if it’s truly a last-resort drug limited to worst-of-the-worst complicated UTI cases.

If you’re prone to UTIs, your best offense is a good defense: Cut your risk of infection (“complicated” or not) by arming your body to fight the germs that cause them.

Cranberry — real cranberry that’s available fresh or as extract in supplements, not sugary juice drinks — can prevent UTIs, as can probiotics. Take both daily, and you can double your chances of success and help ensure that you never need to take antibiotics for your own UTI ever again.

Alzheimer’s linked to herpes virus

Is the “Alzheimer’s virus” already in your body?

Want to see the very definition of the word “useless?”

Just check out the latest headline-making study on Alzheimer’s disease!

Researchers THINK they’re being helpful by nailing what just might be a key common factor in Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s something that so many people with this devastating disease have in common.

And it’s something that turns up early… years or even decades before the telltale memory loss and other cognitive struggles that mark Alzheimer’s.

That means it could be the FIRST and BEST chance to figure out who’s at risk… and maybe the ONLY chance to get treatment early, when it matters most.

Sounds great, right?

Well, then you’d better hurry up into treatment ASAP — because according to this study, EVERYONE is at risk.

Not exactly helpful, if you ask me!

The study claims that people with the herpes virus have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

No. Not that herpes virus. That one (HSV-1 or -2) is plenty common… but it’s not even close to the HH-6 and HH-7 viruses.

Both of these viruses strike babies and young children, often causing skin rashes and other relatively minor problems, before going dormant.

The problems fade, but the viruses are still there, hiding inside the body.

Years later, the study finds, these two viruses can boost the genes known to cause Alzheimer’s disease.

But don’t bother getting tested for the viruses.

You almost certainly have one — probably both!

HH-7 strikes between 70 percent and 80 percent of people, while HH-6 hits between 90 percent and 100 percent. They’re two of the most common viruses on the planet, so you can probably link them to anything and everything without much effort.

Just about the only helpful part of the study is the discovery that the dormant virus alone isn’t enough to cause dementia.

Something has to activate it in the brain first.

What’s the something? Don’t ask. They don’t know – but that hasn’t stopped the mainstream from suggesting that the study shows Alzheimer’s could be prevented with antiviral drugs.

Give me a break already!

This isn’t a study. It’s a waste of time that generated quick headlines and made tens of millions of people with these common viruses very nervous (some, perhaps, have even asked for those antiviral drugs).

I’ve got a better idea: Protect your brain with a diet rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins regardless of whether you’re at risk. If you are facing a higher risk – or have reason to think you are – work with a holistic medical doctor on detoxifying therapies such as chelation.

P.S. I’ve got some BIG news coming up later this week – and if you’ve been struggling with knee stiffness, tightness, and pain, you won’t want to miss this one. It’s a cutting-edge natural therapy that works in as little as FOUR DAYS. Keep an eye on your email!

MRIs could cause mercury fillings to leak

This common exam could POISON you!

It’s the double-edged sword of technology: Every new advance in medicine brings new risks.

Many are completely unforeseen.

By the time the “latest and greatest” new tech is in widespread use, thousands have been exposed to problems no one predicted or anticipated.

The most recent example is a powerful new form of MRI.

Sure, the 7T (seven Tesla) MRI approved by the FDA last year gives docs better images with more detail for the smallest parts of the body, especially deep inside the brain.

But new research shows that it could also cause you to get poisoned… by your own teeth!

If you’re getting up there in years, odds are good that you’ve had your share of dental work over the decades. There’s also a good chance that you still have some old mercury-based “amalgam” fillings in some of your teeth. (Some dentists are still using these toxic fillings even today.)

It’s already known that the powerful magnetic field of the MRI can trigger a small amount of corrosion in an amalgam filling, which can sometimes cause a little mercury to slip out.

That by itself is bad news.

But the 7T is far worse. It’s so powerful – and causes so much more of that “electrochemical corrosion” – that the study finds FOUR TIMES the levels of mercury can escape when compared to a 1.5T scan.

Here’s the worst part of it: That powerful cutting-edge brain scan might find nothing wrong in your noggin.

The evaluation might even come as a huge celebration-worthy relief.

Nothing wrong with my brain – hooray!

But the mercury unleashed by that scan could eventually make its way to your brain. You didn’t have a problem up there when you had the scan… but the scan itself could CAUSE a problem later on!

Next thing you know, you’re facing a neurodegenerative disease such as dementia or Parkinson’s that was caused by the very scan that found nothing wrong.

If that’s not an example of the cruelest form of irony, I don’t know what is.

This isn’t to say that you should never get a 7T MRI. There might be cases where you need it. But definitely don’t blindly submit to one simply because it’s the latest and greatest scan (or because the clinic gets to bill your insurer at a higher rate).

Make sure the doc actually NEEDS the stronger scan – and if he does, work with a holistic physician on detoxifying therapies that can minimize the risks of any potential mercury exposure.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can work with you on natural therapies that will help chase metals from fillings, food, water, and other common sources out of your body.

Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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Colorectal cancer linked to low vitamin D

Cut your cancer risk by 22 percent

With so much sun, July and August are two of the hottest months of the year.

I don’t even bother testing some of my patients for vitamin D right now. It would be like testing water to see if it’s wet (especially here in Southern California).

But good D means more than optimal levels in July and August. There are 10 other months of the year when this essential nutrient can be much tougher to come by, especially in the northern parts of the nation.

The latest research reveals what happens when you fall short.

It’s not what you think!

Sure, you’ve heard about how low D can lead to weaker bone and a higher risk of breaks.

But that’s small potatoes compared to this other risk.

A bone break will hurt you… but this other one could KILL you.

The new study finds that the lower your D levels, the higher your risk of one of today’s deadliest forms of cancer.

According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, if your levels drop too low, your risk of colorectal cancer jumps by nearly a third.

But if you turn those D levels around… if you boost them into the normal zone… your risk of this deadly disease runs in the opposite direction.

It DROPS by 22 percent, with an even bigger benefit in women.

Now, we don’t need a study like this to know that D is essential — and not just for bone strength and cancer prevention.

It’s as obvious as… well… the sun in the sky, which triggers the skin reaction that gets your body to produce this nutrient.

You need it for your heart, brain, immune system, and more.

Yet tens of millions of Americans still manage to miss the mark on D at least some of the year, and many fall short all year long (especially folks who spend a lot of time indoors).

This is an easy problem to solve.

Most people need between 2,000 IU and 5,000 IU per day most or all of the year. If you’re not sure, ask your doctor to test your levels and work with him to figure out how much you need and the best ways to get it.

Arthritis pain fades with weight loss

Ease your achy knees with this one little trick

This could be the secret to FINALLY getting some relief from the agony of arthritis in your knees – and you won’t find it in the pharmacy.

It’s not a drug with side effects.

It’s something you can do — entirely on your own and in the comfort of your home — that takes no extra time and costs no extra money.

You might even save a few bucks at the end of the day!

Ready for this knee-saving secret?

It’s simple… it’s easy… and it’s something you know you should be doing anyway.

Lose the extra weight.

New research confirms again that carrying around even a few too many pounds is just murder on the joints, pounding them into submission with every labored step.

But some of that damage might not be permanent.

Drop a few pounds, and you can turn it around by nearly every measure you care about, including the most important one of all: pain.

If you’re overweight or obese and lose just 10 percent of your body weight, you can expect your levels of pain from knee osteoarthritis to be cut in half.

That’s already good.

But this gets even better.

Lose more weight… drop 20 percent… and your pain levels will plunge by another 25 percent.

The benefits don’t end there, either.

You’ll also enjoy better mobility and improved function.

It’s like getting the benefits of knee surgery without the ACTUAL surgery (not to mention the time, expense, pain, recovery and physical therapy involved in the procedure).

Not bad for something you can do without the help of a doctor or a pharmacy. Along with easing the agonizing pain that is the most common symptom of arthritis, those same levels of weight loss will also improve your overall quality of life.

How could it not? You just eased the worst of your pain AND cut the other risks of obesity at the same time, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

And let’s not forget that dropping some weight will also help you get around easier, feel better, boost your energy levels and more.

There is one little note of caution here. You should, of course, lose weight. And as the study shows, you WILL feel better in so many ways.

But as good as it is, it’s NOT a cure.

The damage of arthritis might slow down, but it’s still happening – and eventually, you could feel that pain all over again.

That’s why you should also include natural therapies that are proven to help the joint rebuild and recover, such as UC-II collagen and natural MSM.

Osteoarthritis drugs linked to heart and stroke risk

The painkiller that could KILL arthritis patients

It’s the “everywhere drug” because that’s where you’ll find it: EVERYWHERE!

It’s in pharmacies… supermarkets… big-box stores… train stations… and newspaper stands.

You’ll even find it in liquor stores, gift shops, and car washes.

Yes, NSAID painkillers are absolutely everywhere – and if you’re battling the pain of osteoarthritis, there’s a good chance that your doc will recommend these drugs for you.

Why not? As far as he’s concerned, they’re safer than opioids, easy to get, inexpensive, and available without a prescription. That’s made them the drug of choice for many of the nation’s 31 million arthritis patients.

You may even take them yourself.

But new research shows why turning to those meds for arthritis pain isn’t just a mistake.

It could be the LAST mistake you’ll ever make!

Now, the new study finds that these meds can increase your risk of some of today’s leading killers.

Taking these drugs for arthritis pain will nearly DOUBLE your risk of both stroke and ischemic heart disease AND boost your chances of congestive heart failure by 45 percent.

And that’s not the end of the risk.

That’s only the beginning, because the new study ONLY looked at people who were given prescriptions for the drugs, not the millions who buy over-the-counter versions.

That means the risks could be higher – possibly MUCH higher.

The danger is so great that one expert told Medscape Medical News that the choice could be a stark one: “Do you want to live with pain or live longer?”

Maybe that’s the choice the mainstream is leaving you with.

But it’s NOT the one you’ll get from me!

Today, I want to give you a third choice. You can BEAT the pain, and you can LIVE longer, too.

You can add years to your life and do it in so much comfort that you’ll love every minute of it.

Travel and see the world… take up new hobbies… get back to tennis or golf… or even just pick up the grandkids again without worrying that you’ll collapse from the pain in your knees.

Natural therapies can do what drugs can’t.

They’re not “everywhere”… and you generally won’t find them in supermarkets and bodegas. But if you DO get them, you’ll enjoy maximum relief without the risks of drugs.

These natural therapies can RESTORE your joints, IMPROVE your comfort levels, EASE the pain, and get you MOVING again.

UC-II collagen, for example, can not only give you the relief you crave, but it can do it the right way — by helping your joints to rebuild the cartilage that’s been eaten away by arthritis.

This stuff has gone head-to-head against glucosamine and chondroitin in clinical trials and come out ahead by every measure you care about.

And that’s just ONE of your natural options! A holistic medical doctor can help guide you through the choices so you can get lasting comfort without the risks of medication.

P.S. I’ve got a BIG announcement coming soon – a game-changer that could give your own aching knees just what they’ve been looking for. Keep an eye on your email!

Food addiction focused on junk

Here’s why you ‘can’t eat just one’

Ever feel like you’re practically addicted to junk food?

Some people just can’t control the urge – and marketers know it. They even throw it in your face.

It’s like that old potato chip slogan: “Bet you can’t eat just one.”

Don’t take that bet. You CAN’T eat just one – and new research shows why: Your brain won’t LET you!

You know that carbs aren’t very good. And you know that many fats (especially saturated fats) are just as bad.

You KNOW that… yet when your brain sees treats high in both carbs and fats, it acts like one of Pavlov’s dogs when that dinner bell clangs.

In this case, researchers didn’t use bells (or dogs, for that matter).

Instead, they put volunteers into an MRI that gave the researchers a real-time glimpse into the brain as the folks were shown images of different types of junk food.

Some were all carbs, while some were mostly fat, and others had high levels of both.

It was that last category in particular that caused the brain scans to light up like Christmas trees.

When participants were shown images of doughnuts and other desserts, as well as French fries, and – of course – those “can’t eat just one” potato chips, the reward centers of their brains went into overdrive.

That’s the same region that activates in response to addictive substances.

These folks didn’t even get the foods, mind you. They were just shown pictures of them.

When asked, they said that of course they wanted them. They REALLY wanted them. They even said they’d pay – and pay EXTRA – to get them right there during the experiment.

If that reminds you of anything, that’s because it’s classic addict behavior.

But in this case, they’re not addicted to drugs, tobacco, or booze.

They’re addicted to food, or they’re at least showing the capacity for food addiction.

There are other names for this process, too. Hedonic hyperphagia, for example, refers to eating for pleasure instead of hunger and OVER-eating purely for pleasure.

Like any addiction, the best solution is to go cold turkey.

Don’t be tempted. Don’t think you can “eat just one.” Don’t even think you can pig out “just this once” and then get back to healthy habits.

You’ll end up right back at square one.

Make a commitment. Invite your family to join you. And never be afraid to turn to God for the extra strength you need to overcome your struggles with food.

Mediterranean-diet study retracted (but don’t worry)

The REAL story behind the ‘Mediterranean-diet scandal’

It’s never fun to eat crow.

But when I’m wrong, I break out the fork and knife – and maybe a little BBQ sauce – and chow down.

So, trust me — I’ve looked very closely and carefully at the recent reports on the Mediterranean diet.

I follow this lifestyle myself… recommend it to my friends, family, and patients… and write about it here in House Calls and in my Health Revelations newsletter.

If it turned out that this diet DIDN’T deliver, I’d be the first to admit it.

But that crow isn’t going on my dinner plate today, because the recent sensational headlines about the diet are flat-out wrong!

I’m sure you’ve seen them. A major 2013 study backing the Mediterranean lifestyle was retracted over a scandal. This gold-standard randomized and controlled clinical trial wasn’t as random as it should’ve been.

It made some concessions to reality. For example, if several members of the same family were enrolled, they were often put on the same diet instead of each one randomly assigned.Think about how tough it would be to have people in the same home following different diets!

That’s not to excuse it — because if it’s NOT random, that IS a flaw.

But when authors crunched the numbers all over again, they found that the Mediterranean diet STILL comes out on top!

Even after adjusting for the failed randomization, they found that the diet cuts the risk of major cardiovascular problems by nearly a third in the very people who need help most: folks with a high risk of heart problems.

In other words, don’t let the headlines scare you away (I’m certainly not about to change my own habits or recommendations).

Along with cutting your risk of heart attack and stroke, this same diet is proven to fight cancer, prevent dementia, and give you stronger bone.

A second report even shows how much of a difference this diet can make for millions of people — not thousands of miles away in the Mediterranean, but right here in the United States.

The Mediterranean diet has very quietly become the No. 1 diet on the West Coast and in the Northeast.

As a West Coaster, I’m not about to brag too much. There’s a lot of craziness out here that I’d rather not be associated with.

But we do have one thing worth bragging about: People ARE healthier overall.

Six of the top 10 and 12 of the top 20 U.S. states in health rankings are in the Northeast or West Coast.

But you don’t have to move to the coast yourself to enjoy these benefits — just go Mediterranean wherever you are and help your own state move up the ranks.

I’ll have more on what you eat later today, including the latest on how to overcome the single biggest stumbling block to healthy eating.

Keep an eye on your email!

Depression risk drops in women who rise early

Could ‘sleeping in’ destroy your mood?

Looks like Ben Franklin’s old saw might need a little bit of an update.

“Early to bed and early to rise” may or may not make a man “healthy, wealthy, and wise”… but it sure could make a woman healthy and happy.

New research shows how the early bird catches the good mood – at least for women – and if you hit the sack early and wake up with the first light, you could stave off depression.

The new study looked at more than 32,000 women in their middle and senior years and their chronotypes. (That’s a fancy word for your sleep-wake cycles.)

Some were early birds… a few were night owls… and most were right in the middle.

But when it comes to mood, the ones who were up bright and early were bright in other ways, too: They were bright in mood.

They were up to 27 percent LESS likely to battle depression than folks with the more intermediate sleep-wake habits.

Night owls made out the worst here: They were about 6 percent more likely to be depressed. It wasn’t enough to be considered statistically significant, but it’s clearly a trend in the wrong direction.

It’s also in line with other studies, including one that found night owls have up to DOUBLE the risk of depression.

Part of your chronotype is determined by genetics, but most of your fate – and most of that link – isn’t from your genes.

It’s from your habits — and mood isn’t the only problem you could face if your own sleep habits aren’t in line with Ben Franklin’s.

Messing with the body’s natural circadian rhythm, for example, can disrupt the production of hormones, including the ones regulating sleep and appetite.

And of course, people who are up all night often have some pretty crummy eating patterns — including a serious snack habit.

What else are you going to munch on at 1 a.m.?

As a result, you could face big risks from sleep cycle disruptions, even if you get the RIGHT amount of shuteye at the WRONG times.

It can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and – as the new study shows – depression.

If you’ve been down in the dumps yourself, the problem might not be something that needs a drug or psychotherapy. It might not even need a proven natural therapy such as 5-HTP or high-dose omega-3 fatty acids.

You might just need to adjust your sleep habits.

For some one-on-one help with sleep struggles, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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