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Hardened arteries eased with probiotics

CLEAR out arteries with this simple supplement

It’s the LEADING cause of death in the nation – but today, I’ve got the inside scoop on a super easy way to protect yourself against it.

This simple tip is almost like wearing a suit of armor that protects you from the INSIDE.

It’s a safe and inexpensive way to BLOCK the damage that causes arteries to harden… and maybe even REVERSE the condition if you have it.

And it starts where you least expect it. Not in the arteries themselves… but in your gut!

The latest research confirms what years of studies have hinted: There’s a direct link between the balance of bacteria in your gut and your overall health, including your cardiovascular health.

More specifically, those friendly germs can help ward off arteriosclerosis, the hardening arteries that are the prime driver of heart disease.

The new study finds that some people have lower or higher levels of artery-hardening plaque than would be expected.

Some didn’t SEEM to have the risk factors for hardened arteries… yet they were already stiffening up.

Others had all the warnings, but their pipes were surprisingly clear.

What’s the difference?

Bacteria in the gut!

Too many bad germs will pump out certain toxins that end up in the blood. The higher those levels of toxins, the higher the risk of hardening arteries – even without other risk factors.

On the flipside, lower levels of toxins means cleaner pipes even if you have other risk factors for hardened arteries.

This discovery, the researchers say, opens the door to preventing or treating hardened arteries with simple probiotic supplements filled with healthy bacteria.

Now, the study didn’t list specific probiotics or “key strains” that were linked to the biggest benefit… and it didn’t list strains to avoid, either.

Instead, the study confirms exactly what I’ve shared with you here in House Calls before and what I tell patients who come to see me at my clinic.

The key here isn’t in a single type of bacteria. It’s about overall balance.

There are several ways to achieve it.

First, eat plenty of fiber-rich foods, which act as prebiotics. Essentially, they help feed the bacteria in your gut to keep them healthy – which keeps you healthy, too.

Second, take a quality probiotic with multiple human-tested strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum.

And finally, there are many toxins around you — including the fluoride and chlorine in your water, PPIs for heartburn, and antibiotics for infection — that kill off good gut bacteria. Work to limit your exposure.

Rheumatoid arthritis linked to weight gain

Is THIS making your rheumatoid flare up?

It’s like having a temperamental roommate with an absolutely explosive anger problem – except it’s not in your home.

It’s in your body!

Living with rheumatoid arthritis means never quite knowing when that next flare-up will strike.

Sure, sometimes it’s obvious. You might know to avoid tomatoes or Chinese food or a roomful of smokers because these things can all trigger a painful bout of agony.

But your pain could have ANOTHER cause: your weight.

There’s no doubt that letting yourself get a little too big can worsen osteoarthritis by increasing the wear and tear that damages the knees.

Rheumatoid has another cause altogether. It’s driven by a hyperactive immune system eating away at those joints.

Most scientists have claimed that it’s not too closely linked to weight.

The new study proves them wrong.

While extra belly fat might not be the main cause of the disease, it’s certainly playing a role in the destruction of the joints – and the bigger you are, the more damage you can expect to suffer.

Even worse, if you cross over into obesity, you can face a higher risk of disability from your rheumatoid.

Here’s the most important part of the new study: You can face those risks of more pain, more damage, and more disability from weight gain even if the overall inflammation levels that mark the disease remain low.

It’s as if weight is an even BIGGER factor than inflammation.

Now, if you’ve seen the headlines about this study, you might’ve noticed something else that’s even more unusual.

LOSING weight can also make the rheumatoid worse!

Don’t let that stop you from dieting.

Despite those headlines, the study doesn’t find that losing a few pounds the right way will hurt your joints — it’s only sudden or unintentional weight loss, which is usually an indication of something else going wrong inside your body.

The clear message, then, is to drop the extra weight.

If you have rheumatoid, however, don’t just go on any old diet, and certainly don’t fall for any weight-loss fads. Mainstream docs still have a hard time admitting this, but a key driver of the immune system damage of rheumatoid is often hidden food sensitivities.

Some might be obvious, like the tomatoes I mentioned earlier, the MSG hidden in that Chinese food, or the toxins in a cloud of tobacco smoke.

Others aren’t obvious at all… and can only be found with careful testing in the care of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I run one of the most complete testing and treatment programs in the nation right 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.

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

Sudden cardiac arrest has secret warning signs

The SECRET warning signs of the DEADLIEST heart risk

It’s supposed to be the great equalizer – an unstoppable condition that strikes out of the blue, almost at random.

Most doctors will tell you not to waste a moment worrying about it, because there’s not a thing you can do to prevent it.

The complete lack of warning is even built right into the name: sudden cardiac arrest.

And when it strikes, your odds of survival are as low as just 6 percent.

But it turns out that “sudden” cardiac arrest might not be so sudden after all.

There often IS a warning sign – or even several warning signs — and all you have to do is stay vigilant and take action fast.

The new study finds that more than half of all patients feel SOMETHING in the hours, days, or even weeks before sudden cardiac arrest.

Sometimes, it seems minor… maybe a little shortness of breath that comes and goes.

Other times, it might be a whole lot more alarming, like fainting.

The new study focused on athletes, who tend to pay closer attention to their bodies than most people.

But they’re not the only ones who have those warning signs. In fact, these results match a separate study of non-athletes who survived sudden cardiac arrest scares.

In that case, at least half said that they felt something wrong up to four weeks before the condition struck, but many didn’t get help.

The problem is that even when these symptoms are concerning, they can pass quickly and make you THINK that everything is OK.

Maybe it was something you ate.

That’s clearly a huge mistake – possibly the last you’ll ever make.

Along with shortness of breath and fainting, the new study found possible indicators like heart palpitations and chest pains.

These are symptoms that EVERYONE should seek advice on, yet you’d be surprised at how often they get ignored.

Some people even panic and call a doctor when they feel these issues… then literally hang up if the symptoms fade while they’re on hold!

Don’t let this happen to you.

Other studies have also found possible warning signs of cardiac arrest, and they’re all valid reasons to call a doctor or visit an ER. Dizziness, lightheadedness, wheezing, panting, anxiety, and symptoms of a panic attack should all get attention.

Some folks even report flu-like symptoms ahead of cardiac arrest.

Don’t ignore any of these symptoms (even if they fade away fast), especially if you’re already facing some heart risk.

Get help.

As the new study shows, your life could be on the line.

Hearing aids can reduce hospital time

Stay out of the hospital with this handy helper

Here’s a simple trick that can keep you out of the ER and away from the hospital.

There are no drugs involved… not even a vitamin.

It’s a hearing aid!

No one likes to admit it when they’re losing their hearing, but it’s especially common in older folks.

Yet few people do anything about it.

Now, new research shows that being proactive and getting a hearing aid can do more than make the world a little louder and easier to figure out.

It can keep you out of the hospital.

If you have hearing loss yourself and don’t have a hearing aid, the new study finds that you’re more likely to end up admitted for any number of reasons.

If you DO have a hearing aid and find yourself in the hospital anyway, you still have an advantage: You’ll be home about half a day quicker.

It’s not clear why, but it seems likely that at least part of the reason is that folks unable to hear well are more likely to suffer accidents, injuries, and other problems.

That’s not the only risk, either.

The longer hearing loss goes untreated, the more likely you could face serious health risks, including memory loss and dementia.

But it could all be avoided with a hearing aid.

And there’s the rub: While many older folks have at least some degree of hearing loss, most folks don’t do anything about it, even when it gets bad.

In the new study, less than half of the folks between 60 and 85 who had severe hearing loss had bothered to get a hearing aid.

That’s a shame, since it can cut the risk of health problems and make your day-to-day living so much easier and more enjoyable.

The new study finds that it can help in other ways, too: A hearing aid will also cut your risk of regular non-emergency doctor visits, saving you time, trouble, and even the cash of all of those copays.

There’s only one downside to a hearing aid, and that’s the cost.

Many plans don’t cover it (although Medicare Advantage often does at least partially), and they’re not exactly cheap.

But there are ways to save a little money. Major retailers like Walmart and Costco often have them cheaper than specialists, and some start at about $350 — depending on where you go and what model you choose.

That’s still a significant chunk of change, but it’s certainly a lot better than a hospital stay.

Lyme disease and more are on the rise

Feds warn: Common insects can make you SICK!

Can you believe the NERVE of these people???

For years, those of us in natural medicine have been fixing the mainstream’s biggest mistakes.

Its docs have botched the job when it comes to bugs, pretending that insect-carried illnesses such as Lyme are overblown… overstated… over-diagnosed… and over-treated.

Patients have suffered as a result… until they go to a holistic doctor who knows what’s really going on.

Now, the mainstream has just accidentally confessed to its own incompetence, with the CDC itself exposing the TRUE toll of infections carried by ticks and mosquitoes.

These diseases have TRIPLED in recent years!

In 2016 alone, close to 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with infections caused by ticks and mosquitos, and the agency admits that’s only what’s been reported to them.

The true number is likely far higher.

These diseases aren’t just dangerous. They’re DEADLY.

Some are names you’re probably familiar with, including Lyme disease, which can have a devastating long-term effect on your health. That’s especially true if it’s not properly diagnosed early on, as is all too common.

The CDC has already admitted that Lyme has 10 times as many victims as it had previously estimated.

Others are diseases you’ve probably never heard of, like anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan — all spread by ticks.

Of course, there are also mosquito infections like Zika – which is still moving north – West Nile, chikungunya, and more.

There are four steps you can take to limit your exposure and cut your risk.

First, if you have pets, never let them run free into tall grass and weeds, where they can pick up ticks and bring them into your home. When possible, limit their contact with unfamiliar pets to cut the risk of fleas, which can carry plague in addition to being irritating.

That’s right – PLAGUE!

Second, when hiking or out enjoying nature, avoid tall grass yourself. Wear light-colored clothing and – no matter how hot it is – long pants tucked into your socks so you can more easily spot ticks if they get onto your clothing.

They can be as small as poppy seeds, so look closely.

Third, clear your yard of sources of standing water to give those pesky skeeters fewer places to hide. This won’t keep them out of your yard entirely, as they can fly in from around the neighborhood, but it will reduce the numbers.

When outside, light citronella candles – especially if you’re outside during the evening.

And finally, use natural insect repellents to keep away ticks and mosquitos. Citronella, cedarwood, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemongrass are all natural bug-busters that won’t hurt your skin. You can find them available in blends that smell pleasant – or at least tolerable – to humans but will keep the bugs away.

I use a product called Buzz Away, which you can find online or in the summer/seasonal aisle of your favorite big-box store.

Stroke risk slashed with sauna use

This HOT new tip will MELT AWAY your stroke risk

Is there anything more relaxing than a little downtime in the soothing heat of a sauna?

As you kick back and let the heat and steam ease your aching muscles, you can practically feel all of your cares slipping out through the pores opened up by the warm, moist air.

In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get all the benefits of a sauna without joining a health club or spending a penny.

You won’t even have to leave your home!

First, new research shows WHY you want to spend a little time relaxing in the warmth of a sauna.

It doesn’t just feel good (although it sure DOES). And it’s not just relaxing (although it certainly IS).

It could SAVE your LIFE!

New research shows how soaking up the warm, wet air of a sauna could help relax your blood vessels and your mind, cutting the risk of a potentially deadly stroke.

The more often you go, the lower your risk.

Four quick trips a week will cut your odds of a stroke by 60 percent when compared to going once or not at all.

You might think that the kind of person who spends that much time in the sauna is healthier to begin with. But that’s not what happened here.

That benefit was there even AFTER adjusting for risk factors including cholesterol and blood pressure.

So, the benefits are real. The only problem is getting them.

This study was done in Finland, a country that’s so crazy for saunas that nearly everyone has access to one (they’re built into most homes and even many apartments).

Here in the United States, sweating it out in a sauna often means joining a spa or paying big money to install one in your home (if you even have the space).

It can be much simpler than that, though.

You can turn your bathroom into a sauna… and all you need is a towel.

After a hot shower, which will already make the bathroom nice and steamy, step out and let the hot water run until the tub is about a third to halfway full — whenever the room reaches the right level of heat and steam.

Take that towel and place it on the floor at the door to block the steam from escaping. Do the same around windows if you have any.

Then sit back – you can use the edge of the tub or the toilet seat or bring in a chair that won’t wilt in the warmth – and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cost-effective portable infrared saunas are readily available.

Along with slashing your risk of stroke, sauna time can help clear your arteries, lower your blood pressure, ease stress, and even cut your risk of dementia.

Pneumonia linked to PPI drugs

This popular drug could CRUSH your immune system

It’s one of the most powerful natural defense systems inside your body – one so effective that it could be BLOCKING a potentially deadly infection RIGHT NOW.

When it’s working, you don’t even know it.

You don’t notice a thing, because you don’t get sick.

But new research shows how it could be short-circuiting, falling apart, and about to collapse.

And the reason for this critical failure? One of today’s most commonly used medications (especially among older Americans)!

When you have reflux, stomach acid might seem like the last thing in the world you need.

In reality, it’s your first line of defense.

The same acid that bubbles up and burns your throat can boil invading germs – including the nasties that you fear most.

When you take a drug to cut your acid levels, you might get a little reflux relief… but it comes at a huge price.

Dangerous bacteria are more likely to survive, increasing your risk of pneumonia.

The new study finds that proton pump inhibitors – a class of medication that includes top-selling drugs such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid – can increase the risk of this potentially deadly infection, especially in folks over 60.

One in every 420 older folks who take PPIs will end up with pneumonia because of the drugs.

This new study focused on healthy folks. At least, the folks THOUGHT they were healthy.

They had no idea trouble was brewing deep inside their guts as their own meds set the stage for a fight with pneumonia.

If you’re less than healthy… or have had some on-and-off battles that have sent you to the hospital from time to time… the risk could be even greater. Studies have shown that seniors in hospitals who take PPIs are up to 30 percent more likely to suffer from pneumonia.

That’s not the only infection linked to the drugs, either.

Those same low acid levels could also set the stage for C. diff, a powerful germ responsible for diarrhea that’s severe enough to kill you.

In addition, PPIs can block the absorption of key nutrients, including magnesium. They can lead to weak and brittle bone, setting the stage for a fracture.

They’ve even been linked to dangerous heartbeat conditions.

And in a sick way, they’re addictive, triggering a condition called “acid rebound” in which the reflux comes back with a vengeance if you try to quit, practically forcing you back onto the meds.

There are far better ways to tame acid problems without facing any of these risks, and they all start with complete testing and treatment for food sensitivities in the care of a skilled holistic medical doctor.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. 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.

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

Arthritis eased with golf

How your favorite game could SAVE your knees

Love golf? You’re hardly alone!

It’s one of the nation’s most popular forms of recreation, especially among members of the older set who aren’t limited to fighting off the weekend crowds for a tee time.

Some 40 percent of the nation’s recreational golfers are over the age of 60. I know some who hit the links four or five times a week.

Must be nice to have that kind of time!

If you’re among America’s 30 million golfers, I’ve got some great news for you today.

It’s not just a fun way to pass the day. And it’s not just a great way to get outside, engage both body and mind, and pass a little time with your friends.

It may also help with something else millions of older Americans have in common.

It can SAVE you KNEES from the damage and pain of arthritis!

I know that it sounds a little too good to be true.

How could all of that wear and tear on the course actually HELP the joint that’s getting used every time you swing the club?

Easy: The joint actually needs a little activity. Like a door hinge that’ll rust and lock in place if it never gets used, your knees can suffer from worsening arthritis if you baby them.

But that also means that there’s a catch here.

You actually have to put your knees to work to get the benefit, and that means not just swinging the club and hopping back into the golf cart.

It’s just the opposite: You need to leave the cart behind.

Some two-thirds of golfers use a cart, but the new study finds that the knee-protecting benefits of this exercise ONLY come if you walk instead.

Keep on your toes, and you won’t just get some vague and hard-to-measure long-term benefit.

You can get IMMEDIATE relief from knee pain!

In the new study, golfers with arthritis who played using carts saw their knee pain levels swell after every round compared to those who walked.

The increase in pain among the walkers was so minimal that the study finds it wasn’t clinically significant.

And while you might think all of that walking would put more strain on the knees in other ways, that’s not true either. In fact, inflammation levels didn’t increase during and right after the game among walkers.

That’s already a good excuse to skip the cart.

Here’s one more: The same study finds that golfers who walk the course get DOUBLE the amount of heart-boosting exercise compared to folks who use a cart.

If that’s still not a good enough reason to keep on your feet, here’s one more: You can save on the rental fees, too. If you golf four or five times a week, that adds up fast.

It might even be enough to pay for one more round.

Latest E. coli outbreak hits romaine lettuce

LETTUCE OUTBREAK! How to avoid food poisoning

It’s utter madness.

We live in a world where a single source of contaminated lettuce can sicken hundreds of people across the country.

Someone has even died now because of the recent E. coli outbreak, and the feds are urging ALL Americans to toss their romaine lettuce unless they can be absolutely sure it didn’t come from Arizona.

Since Arizona grows 90 percent of all lettuce sold in the United States over the winter months, that means that pretty much all romaine should get tossed.

Imagine what could’ve happened if this were a food people actually liked!

Obviously, the immediate problem is lettuce — and if you have any romaine at home that you didn’t grow yourself or purchase from a local farm, you probably want to follow the orders and throw it out.

But there’s a much bigger issue.

The next big outbreak is a matter of WHEN, not IF — and it’s almost guaranteed to be worse.

As the food supply is rapidly taken over by mass producers, we will increasingly find situations where we have a single source of many staples – like all of that Arizona lettuce – which means that a single incident could explode into a nationwide crisis.

People will get sick.

Sadly, people will die.

But YOU don’t have to be one of them!

First, take yourself out of the Big Ag industrial loop, where massive and filthy facilities lead to buggy produce being shipped off around the country.

Buy local. Buy from small organic farms. Grow your own when and where you can.

This won’t eliminate your risk of food poisoning… but it will reduce it significantly, as most of the major outbreaks in recent years have come from giant industrial farms and not small local organizations.

Consider shopping at a farmers’ market or joining a food co-op that delivers fresh, local, and seasonal organic produce right to your home.

Second, serve your veggies with garlic.

It’s not only delicious, but it also has natural antibacterial properties and is especially devastating against the germs commonly found in food poisoning cases such as E. coli – including the deadly O157 strain in the latest outbreak – as well as Listeria and other nasties.

And third, the heat from a quick dip in the fry pan can can help kill bacteria, bringing the risk of infection down even lower.

Even better, many vegetables are enhanced with a little bit of cooking. A dash of extra-virgin olive oil and a little heat from a sauté pan can increase the concentration of age-fighting phenols in many vegetables, giving you extra protection against cancer, heart disease, and more.

Cancer could be triggered by LED lights

The cancer risk right in front of your face

Happy Mother’s Day! Take a moment today to let the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers in your life know just how special they are.

But why limit it to today? Let them know how much you cherish them EVERY day.

And if you’re a mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother yourself, enjoy all it brings. I hope there are some flowers and a nice meal involved.

But my work doesn’t stop on holidays or even Sundays, and I’m here today to tell you how a MAJOR risk for two common and deadly forms of cancer could be hiding right in front of your face.

Roughly 1 in 8 cancer deaths are from breast and prostate cancers, which kill a combined 70,000 Americans every year.

And you could be increasing your own risk without realizing it.

The new study finds that LED light exposure – including the lights in computers, cellphones, energy-efficient indoor and outdoor lights, and even some TVs – can boost the risk of these two deadly forms of cancer.

In guys, exposure to this form of light DOUBLES the risk of prostate cancer.

And in women, those same wavelengths will bump up the risk of breast cancer by 50 percent.

Cancer is long-term risk, but those same wavelengths can mess with your body in much more immediate ways.

The more you’re exposed in the evening, the tougher it is to sleep.

Even if you fall asleep, the effect could lead to lower sleep quality and problems such as waking up in the night and struggling to fall into the “deep sleep” your body so desperately needs for rest and rejuvenation.

It could even lead to mood disorders and memory problems.

All of these health risks, including breast and prostate cancer, could have a single shared cause.

You might say it’s as clear as day.

It’s blue light.

LED light may not look blue, but it’s heavy on the blue end of the spectrum. When your eyes see LED light in the evening, the blue wavelengths trick your brain.

It thinks it’s still daytime and delays the signal to produce melatonin.

That’s the so-called “sleep hormone” that helps you get your shuteye, but it does so much more than send you off to dreamland. It’s also known to block certain tumors, including breast and prostate cancers.

When those hormone levels drop, the tumors can form more easily, grow faster, and turn deadlier.

There are some simple ways to turn it around… boost your melatonin… get your sleep… and cut your risk all at the same time.

First, ease off the devices at night, especially the smartphones and tablets we tend to hold inches from our faces.

Second, if you do use a device or computer in the evening, consider using computer glasses, which filter out the blue light. There are versions that are completely clear and also available in prescription strength if you need it.

And third, consider melatonin supplements, especially if you’ve been struggling to sleep or are having problems with waking up too often or too early.

Chocolate can boost the brain and immune system

This ‘guilty pleasure’ could save your brain

Good news, chocolate lovers: Your favorite treat isn’t just a guilty pleasure.

And if you enjoy it in moderation, you have nothing to feel guilty about!

A little chocolate could BOOST your brain, PROTECT your memory, FIGHT stress, and POWER your immune system — all at once!

But there’s a catch, and I’ll get to it in a moment.

First, the good news… the VERY good news if you love chocolate. (And really, who doesn’t?)

Two related studies have just found that eating 1.7 ounces of dark chocolate – roughly the amount in a normal-sized chocolate bar – stimulates the brain in some very real, immediate, and measurable ways.

The first looked directly in the brain right after eating chocolate.

You know how you feel when you eat a sweet treat. Good, right? Sugary snacks all activate parts of the brain that stimulate pleasure, but this study worked to specifically isolate the effects of cocoa flavonoids.

Researchers found that both 30 minutes and two hours after eating dark chocolate, the brain’s gamma activity jumps.

That’s a sign of improved neuroplasticity, or your brain’s power to form connections and make repairs.

The second study looked at what happened on a genetic level, with the cocoa nutrients triggering the switches that activate immune-boosting, infection-fighting T cells and fighting inflammation.

Together, the researchers say, the two studies show that cocoa has the power to boost cognition, memory, mood, and the immune system… all at once!

But like I said, there’s a catch.

It’s one the snack industry hopes you don’t find out about.

It’s banking on the fact that people will see the happy headlines about the magical powers of chocolate and stock up on their favorite candy bars.

Put down the Twix.

The key to the benefits isn’t in any ol’ chocolate in any ol’ form. As I mentioned earlier, it’s in DARK chocolate – specifically, 70 percent cacao and higher.

The darker the chocolate, the bigger the impact on everything tested in the new research, including mood, memory, cognitive function, immune system, and more.

That means that milk chocolate won’t do the trick here, and don’t even waste your time and money on “white” chocolate (which technically isn’t even chocolate at all).

The new study tested high-quality chocolates with organic ingredients — not your typical supermarket checkout counter candy bar.

Dark chocolate is not everyone’s taste, especially at 70 percent. But once you adjust your buds to it, you could find that you enjoy the richer and more complex flavors… in addition to the boost in brainpower.

Memory loss isn’t inevitable

The surprising truth about aging and memory loss

It’s not just EXPECTED anymore. It’s ACCEPTED.

If you’re getting older, your brain’s going to fade, and there’s not a darned thing anyone can do about it.

But that’s NOT true — and I’ll tell you why in a moment. I’ll even let you in on the secret to protecting your gray matter and keeping sharp and clear well into your 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond.

But first, a new survey shows why people are so surprised when I tell them that they don’t have to accept memory loss.

They believe that the old brain fizzle that often comes in your later years – including frustrating “senior moments” and frightening cognitive struggles – is an inevitable part of aging.

The study finds that nearly EVERYONE believes memory loss is something that “just happens” with age.

They think that the passage of time is the key cause of memory struggles, and it starts pretty early: Once you turn 50, it’s as if the lights in your brain start turning off… one by one.

Last one out, lock the door!

The study also finds that 9 out of 10 folks believe that there are steps you can take to protect your memory, and that’s encouraging.

Here’s what isn’t: 6 in 10 aren’t sure what those steps are.

Maybe they knew once… but forgot!

Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for.

I’ve got a science-backed two-step approach that can turn the lights back on in your brain and keep the joint buzzing with electricity well into your senior years.

First, let me set the record straight on something: One of the biggest drivers of memory loss ISN’T age.

It’s MEDS!

Memory struggles and cognitive problems are a common side effect of many drugs, especially the meds older folks often take by the handful. Blood pressure drugs, painkillers, sleeping pills, allergy medications, mood meds, and more can all leave you foggy and forgetful.

Most of those meds can be replaced by natural therapies and basic lifestyle changes, so work with a doc to find your way off the drugs when you can.

And second, give yourself a little extra zing with the brain-boosting supplements that can turbocharge your gray matter.

I recommend supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and citicoline. Some people may need help with hormones, so if you’re still feeling a little forgetful even with natural therapies, don’t assume that it’s age.

Get yourself tested and treated by an experienced holistic medical doctor.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. 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.

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

Diabetes is undiagnosed in millions

Do you have HIDDEN diabetes?

It’s the deadly disease that you could have without even knowing it.

And by the time you find out, it could be too late to stop it.

Don’t worry. I’m not about to let diabetes get the best of you. I’ve got the ultimate plan to stop it cold if you’re at risk and reverse it if you have it.

But if you think you’re in neither category… if diabetes is something your doctor has never even mentioned… I’ve got a new study that you need to see.

It reveals how millions of Americans are walking around with the risk factors of this disease right now.

Many of them may ALREADY have the condition and NOT know it!

When you think of living with diabetes, I’m sure you think of a life spent swallowing pills and taking blood tests.

And sure, that’s the sad daily reality for many.

But millions more are battling this disease in another way altogether. They’re suffering the damage of rising blood sugar and other problems inside the body and are on pace for deadly risks.

Yet they’ve never been tested – so they don’t know that they have it!

The new study looks at adults who don’t have diabetes and (in theory) aren’t at risk.

At least, they didn’t THINK that they had the disease or its risk factors. Blood tests revealed another story: Half of them had blood sugar levels rising up into the stratosphere.

Many had prediabetes, which is just what it sounds like. It’s when you have all the risk factors in place for a battle with this disease in the not-too-distant future.

For many others, there was nothing “pre” about it.

They had diabetes… but had never been diagnosed.

The new study is, of course, a call for more people to get tested, and I can’t argue with that.

On the other hand, I also worry that it’s going to lead to drugging more people who don’t need it, including people with prediabetes who are now often put on the same drugs as folks who have the disease.

It’s all the side effects of the drugs… without the actual diabetes!

I’ve got a better way.

Two simple steps can cut your risk of prediabetes from turning into real diabetes by 41 percent.

Drugs can’t promise that. Only these basic lifestyle changes can.

One, eat a little better. Two, walk a little more.

And if you combine that one-two punch with natural supplements to control sugar and cravings, you can bring your chances of success to 100 percent.

Already have diabetes? It’s NOT too late!

There’s a simple drug-free way to reverse EVERY major symptom of diabetes. This science-backed natural therapy works by attacking the toxins at the heart of the disease.

And you can do it on your own at home!

I’ve developed a groundbreaking regimen called Diabetes Detox that’s so effective that it can turn this disease around in just 30 days flat.

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Statins pushed again despite serious risks

BUSTED: Mainstream caught hiding the truth about cholesterol drugs

You’re not crazy.

But they want you to think you are!

Mainstream docs are out with a new report that makes it seem like anyone who isn’t taking statin drugs for cholesterol control is absolutely nuts.

This one, they claim, is the long-awaited rock-solid proof that statins save lives… and that the millions who refuse to take the drugs are literally dying of stubbornness.

They’re trying to make it sound like simple math.

For every 1,000 people on statins, according to the new report in JAMA, 4.3 lives are saved.

But if you’re not on the drugs yourself, don’t start questioning your own sanity just yet.

And certainly don’t give in and get your own supply.

This new report is missing a few numbers – additional math so basic that I’m stunned the research even got published.

Every drug calculation isn’t about only the benefits. You also have to calculate the risk of harming people.

That’s not my “out-there” opinion. That’s one of the most basic principles of all medical research.

Yet the people behind this study left that out of the mix completely and hyped ONLY those 4.3 lives per 1,000 people on the meds, something that they claim will add up to thousands of people saved every year.

There’s another set of numbers they’re trying to ignore. The risk figures, which show that you’re not only SANE for refusing the drugs… but you’d have to be absolutely BONKERS to even consider taking them!

Statins cause diabetes. That’s not even up for debate anymore. The FDA has warned of the risk, and it’s not a small one.

Depending on the drug and the dose, between two and six new cases of diabetes are caused for every 1,000 people on the meds.

At the high end of that range, the drugs could RUIN as many lives as they “save,” and maybe even more!

And that’s just ONE risk, mind you.

Statins have also been linked to everything from dementia to liver and kidney damage, not to mention common side effects such as severe muscle pain.

Even if you do believe the overly optimistic numbers of how many lives the drugs can save (and honestly, I don’t), there’s no math in the world that can show those benefits to outweigh the very real risks.

In many cases, high cholesterol isn’t all that high anyway. You actually NEED it, including the “bad” LDL cholesterol that these drugs target — and the guidelines used to sell drugs can be dangerously low.

If your levels are truly too high and need to come down, you can do it easily enough on your own with a few diet changes and natural therapies, including red yeast rice.

 

Ease a toothache without drugs

The easy answer to this common and agonizing pain

You can handle back pain without a peep. Achy knees? They won’t catch you complaining.

Not even nerve pain can slow you down.

You might think of yourself as tougher than Arnold in the Terminator films, and maybe you are. But then you get a “baby problem” and suddenly, you’re howling like a banshee.

There’s nothing like a toothache to keep you humble, right? Some types of dental pain can literally make a grown man cry!

It’s so painful that new research shows how dental problems are often a back door into the use of powerful opioid drugs. People who’d never dream of popping anything stronger than an Advil are suddenly knocking back prescription pain pills without hesitation.

It’s time to hesitate.

It’s not just that the opioids are dangerous… or that they pack big risks even when you don’t take them long enough to become addicted.

It’s that they DON’T WORK any better than the over-the-counter stuff!

It might seem crazy, but it’s true: These meds, which have a reputation as the most powerful pain pills in the pharmacy, are often no better than other “weaker,” safer drugs.

Now, the latest research shows how that Advil you scoffed at could be as good as opioid drugs for common dental pain, including the severe and agonizing toothaches that can turn you into a whimpering pool of jelly.

And mixing certain over-the-counter painkillers could even be BETTER than opioid drugs.

The new review of hundreds of studies finds that 400 milligrams of ibuprofen (Advil) with 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen (Tylenol) is more effective for dental pain than any opioid drug tested.

Now, I’m not about to endorse ibuprofen and acetaminophen. But when there’s severe pain and nothing else seems to help, they’re certainly far better for short-term use than opioid drugs.

Unfortunately, most patients don’t realize that.

One reason is that it’s often tough to get a quick appointment to see a dentist. Even when they see you right away to check the source of the pain, you might need a second appointment weeks later to actually take care of the problem.

Dentists offer the opioids as something to hold you over until they can give your mouth the attention it needs.

If you’re ever in that situation yourself, you know the score – but you don’t have to start with ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

They’re still drugs, and drugs have risks.

Homeopathic remedies are often highly effective for pain, and some formulas can offer almost immediate relief of tooth pain. An ice pack can also work wonders.

Try those first — and if you’re still in tears, then consider the over-the-counter pills.

But as the new study shows, you should NEVER need opioids.

Drops in testosterone can lead to chronic disease

Guys, this easy treatment could fix EVERYTHING!

Gents, it’s never just one thing anymore, is it?

Your doc will act like you’re a car out of warranty, with all the parts failing at once.

You’re not just at risk for one condition. You’re facing heart disease… heart attack… diabetes… stroke… cognitive struggles… weight gain… and loss of strength… all at once.

And he’s giving you pill after pill after pill to treat or prevent these conditions as if they’re separate issues.

That’s pure insanity, and the latest research proves it.

It exposes how those aren’t all separate problems popping up at once, as your doc will make you think.

It’s often ONE cause, and it’s ONE cause that you can fix quickly, safely, and easily — but ONLY if you have a doc who knows how to spot it!

The new study backs the very same approach I use right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine, showing how all of those conditions are linked by a single root problem in your body: low testosterone.

For most guys, the problem starts around middle age, even if you didn’t quite notice it at the time.

That’s when hormone levels first dip.

They drop a little more every year, and by the time you’re in your 60s or 70s, you could literally be “half the man you used to be” when it comes to testosterone.

And that’s when all the parts start wearing out at once.

The new study finds that the lower your testosterone, the higher your risk of facing not only one chronic condition, but at least two — and often more — all at the same time.

It’s easy to blame your body, but if your doc has been ignoring your hormones – if he hasn’t even tested your T levels – he gets a share of the blame here.

If you haven’t had those tests yourself, it’s time to ask for them.

If you’re low, you may not need hormone therapy right away. Natural treatments such as acetyl L-carnitine and propionyl L-carnitine combined with a little weight loss can often stimulate your body into producing testosterone on its own again.

Some guys need a little more help in the form of safe and natural testosterone treatments delivered in the care of a skilled holistic medical doctor.

You’ll feel the difference almost immediately with more strength, vigor, and energy (and let’s not forget what it can do in the bedroom). It can also help you lose weight and clear the cobwebs from your brain, making you sharper than you’ve been in years.

Over the long run, restoring your hormone balance can cut your risk of heart disease, heart failure, and even death.

For complete testing and treatment in the San Diego area, I can help. 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.

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

 

Urinary incontinence caused by too much sitting

Bladder problems? The real cause isn’t inside your body!

Here’s a crazy irony for you guys today: The more you sit, the more likely you’ll end up running.

And I don’t mean training for a marathon.

You could end up running for the toilet – and possibly not making it in time – as new research finds that guys who spend the most hours on the couch face the highest risk of bladder problems.

Whether you’re a desk jockey, a sofa surfer, or simply someone who sits a lot, your risk of those embarrassing leaks, urgent runs, and flat-out incontinence jumps with every hour spent seated.

If you spent 10 hours a day sitting, your risk of bladder struggles jumps by 15 percent.

Sit less?

You could still be at risk: Even five of your waking hours a day spent parked could increase the risk by 8 percent.

On the flip side, if you don’t have bladder problems yet, just a little more movement can help prevent them. Even light daily activity will cut your risk by 6 percent.

Get more movement, and the risk will drop by another 7 percent.

That might sound like a small jump in risk, but the study focused largely on men in their 40s and 50s, when the overall risk is still low.

As you get older and the bladder gets a little weaker, you can bet that the link between “pee problems” and too much sitting gets even greater.

If you’re reading this and thinking “too late for me,” I’ve got some more news for you today: It’s NOT.

Even if you’re already struggling with bladder control… even if you’re dashing to the toilet more often than you care to admit… and even if you’ve had to deal with an embarrassing leak… you can STILL take action.

You can turn it around, regain control, and restore your confidence, and you can do it without the need for harmful medications.

First, change the habit that got you here. Stand up, walk around, and keep on your feet… and you can prevent further damage (and cut your risk of even more serious health conditions, including heart disease and dementia).

And second, lose a little weight.

The new study doesn’t show why people who sit the most have such a high risk, but I think it has a lot to do with weight. Sedentary folks tend to weigh more – often a lot more – and that extra size can put pressure on the bladder, which leads to all of those problems.

Drop a few pounds, and you can plug your leaks and cut your risks.

Stress damage reversed with omega-3 fatty acids

Stressed? It could be damaging your brain

There’s a major risk factor out there for chronic disease and early death that gets zero attention from the mainstream.

Your doctor won’t test for it.

He won’t ask you about it.

He won’t even mention it – unless you bring it up first.

But today, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

There’s an all-natural therapy that can reverse the damage caused by this “secret” risk factor.

And it works in a part of your body that most drugs can’t treat… or even reach!

The latest research reveals how fish oil can slip through the protective barrier in your brain and get to work on cells that have been slammed by years of stress.

You know all about how stress can make your blood boil, your voice rise, and your BP jump.

You’ve probably even been kept awake at night more than a few times over stress.

But the damage of stress doesn’t end there.

Even when you feel great, the toll of stress from both major life events and daily aggravations can pollute your brain with “dirty” cells, which can lead to everything from cognitive struggles to mental health concerns.

But you can give your brain the “clean sweep” it needs to wipe out the waste, prevent the damage of stress, and protect both body and mind.

And you can do it with the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.

The new study focused on people facing one of the biggest stresses you can imagine: It looked at how fish oil protected the brains of rescue workers fighting to save lives in Japan after the triple disaster of an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown.

The workers who got the supplements – especially the women — had incredible changes in the brain. They were not only less likely to suffer from PTSD during and after the tragedy, but their brains showed more resilience to stress overall.

It works, researchers say, because omega-3 fatty acids can help with the regeneration of neurons in two of the most important parts of your brain — the hippocampus and amygdala.

This isn’t just a matter of easing stress and trauma, although as the new study clearly shows, that’s certainly a powerful enough benefit.

It’s also a highly effective way to enhance the brain overall, protecting and preserving mood, memory, and more. Even if you haven’t suffered from a traumatic event like a disaster, fish oil can help stop the damage of the one major form of stress that we all face: aging.

Diabetes drugs flunk major new study

Type 2 meds beat by… a sugar pill?

There’s a new drug scandal waiting to explode.

And if you have diabetes… if you’re being treated for this disease… I’m here today with the inside word BEFORE it makes big headlines.

Stunning new research reveals the ugly truth about an increasingly popular class of medication called DPP-4 inhibitors, which includes Onglyza, Janumet, and Januvia.

Those three meds combined made around $7 billion in sales in 2017.

Well, friend, it might be time to ask for a refund.

Turns out, this ENTIRE class of medication is a dud.

The drugs don’t work!

Sure, they can LOOK like they’re working. They bring blood sugar levels down as promised.

That might even make it FEEL like they’re working when you get those readings and think everything is just peachy.

But the new study exposes that for the deception it is.

See, the point of these drugs isn’t just to cut your blood sugar to hit a target and make your doctor happy.

It’s to cut the RISKS that come from high blood sugar, which cause the disease to spiral out of control and turn into something far worse.

The REAL goal of the drugs is to cut one key risk: death.

But the new study finds that these drugs don’t meet that basic and critical standard. They DON’T cut your risk of dying prematurely.

That’s not just compared to other drugs, which – for all their faults – can at least promise to extend your life as they bring blood sugar down (even if drugs aren’t the best way to do it).

It’s when compared to a placebo.

Isn’t that ironic? Drugs that are supposed to cut blood sugar just lost out to a sugar pill!

Two other common classes of medication, SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 agonists, each cut the risk of death — especially the risk of death from heart problems — by 15 to 20 percent compared to a placebo.

But the DPP-4 inhibitors didn’t, which makes you wonder two things.

First, why do they even exist? If they don’t extend your life, why bother?

And second, why hasn’t anyone studied this before???

This is the danger of the FDA’s insistence on tying everything to numerical targets such as blood sugar: Drugs are judged only by how they work on paper and not all-important real-world goals such as a longer life.

This might seem like an endorsement for SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 agonists, but it’s not. Each class has its own serious problems, and they often work no better than metformin, which itself is often unnecessary.

In many cases, diabetes can be treated and even reversed with a short and intensive period on a fasting diet – carefully monitored by a physician – combined with natural therapies.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine for a personalized approach to beating diabetes.

Not in the 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!

Inflammation eased with a banana!

Grab this inflammation-fighter by the bunch

A banana is BETTER for you than a sugary drink loaded with chemical colors and flavoring additives?

No WAY!

Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Yet researchers are going bananas over this.

They just completed a study testing the fruit against sports drinks.

I could’ve saved them all the time and trouble. The answer should be obvious: There’s nothing more natural than a banana, a top source of healthy carbohydrates loaded with essential nutrients.

And there’s nothing LESS natural than a sports drink.

Try reading the ingredients panel of one of those (if you dare). You’ll find a whole lot of garbage… and more than a few words you can’t pronounce.

That makes this the least-surprising study in a long time. The only real surprise is that they bothered to do it, putting people through grueling sweat-inducing cycling experiments while giving them either water, a sports drink, or half a banana.

The folks with the biggest markers of inflammation after the experiments were the ones given only water, which makes sense. Water can rehydrate you somewhat, but it doesn’t provide anything your muscles need for a quick and full recovery.

Both the banana and the sports drink eased inflammation in a number of very measurable ways.

That’s already a win for a banana.

Even if the results are the same, that makes the bananas better – since they’re cheaper, easy to find, easy to store, widely available, and they contain zero chemical additives.

But that’s not all the researchers found.

They also discovered that bananas did something the sports drink couldn’t.

The folks who ate the fruit had less of the genetic activity that leads to COX-2, a marker of inflammation and pain (popular pain pills are COX-2 inhibitors because they block this process, but maybe bananas can replace painkillers one day).

The experiments were done on cyclists mid-exercise so that researchers could see the immediate impact on inflammation, and no doubt high-level athletes might see the biggest changes here.

But you don’t have to be an athlete yourself to enjoy the banana benefits.

Whether you exert yourself from sports or just keeping busy… if you’re sweating from exercise or just because it’s a hot day… bananas have what you need.

Most importantly, they’re packed with potassium, one of the key nutrients you lose through sweat, in a form your body can absorb and put to use quickly, as the new study shows.

They’re also delicious, healthy and nutritious.

At this point, you’d have to be bananas to buy a sports drink!