BestHealth Nutritionals

  1. Blood sugar tests now recommended by USPSTF

    REVEALED: Blood sugar matters even if you’re NOT diabetic

    Blood tests are some of the fastest, cheapest and easiest ways to take a peek at your health and the risks you’re facing.

    Too bad most docs rely on all the wrong ones!

    They’ll obsess over cholesterol tests -- but unless you’ve got diabetes, they’ll practically ignore your blood sugar.

    It should be the other way around.

    Cholesterol isn’t nearly as important a health indicator as most mainstream doctors think. But blood sugar? That’s absolutely critical -- even if you’re not a diabetic.

    Now, the feds are finally urging doctors to do exactly what I’ve done for years here at the Stengler Center, and that’s pay closer attention to blood sugar levels in patients without diabetes.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is calling on doctors to give regular blood sugar checks to everyone between the ages of 40 and 70 who is overweight or obese.

    I go a step further and test blood sugar for all my patients, not just those who are overweight, because rising levels are a reliable indicator of your risk for chronic disease.

    And diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Several studies, for example, have found that high blood sugar levels can increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While the risk is highest in diabetics, even non-diabetics with slightly elevated blood sugar face a higher risk of dementia.

    One study even found that seemingly healthy seniors with slightly higher than normal blood sugar levels -- levels most doctors will ignore -- do worse on memory tests even when they’re not overweight and have no other major risk factors for chronic disease.

    So whether you have diabetes or not, keep an eye on those blood sugar levels -- and if your doctor doesn’t routinely check your levels since you’re not diabetic, insist on having the test done anyway.

    Most doctors will tell you to keep blood sugar below 100, but will be happy with anything under 110. Some will even give you a little more leeway.

    All of them are wrong.

    Keep it below 90, and the best way to get the job done is with a diet low in sugar -- even natural sugars -- and with minimal refined carbohydrates of any kind.

  2. Asthma drugs aren’t always necessary

    New technique could help you ditch your asthma meds

    Some 20 million American adults struggle with asthma, including 3.3 million seniors -- and seniors are far more likely to be hurt or even killed by an asthma attack.

    But the biggest day-to-day problem for most asthmatics isn’t the threat of an attack.

    It’s battling the side effects of the drugs that are supposed to control the disease.

    I’ve been able to work with my patients to get many of them off their drugs, in some cases permanently. And now, the latest research confirms that my approach isn’t just safe and effective.

    It’s actually more effective than staying on meds!

    When asthma is under control, most folks assume the drug is doing its job. But the new study shows how in many cases it’s your own body that’s been doing most of the work -- because when you cut back on your meds, you can have even better control over the disease.

    In the study, folks with asthma that had been under control for a year were put into two groups.

    One set of patients was told to keep taking their meds as usual, while the other worked with doctors on “stepping down,” or cutting back on their meds.

    One year later, 89.4 percent of those who stepped down continued to have control over their asthma, compared to 83.5 percent of those who took their meds as usual.

    The folks who stepped down not only had better control over their asthma, they also had more money, saving an average of $34 a month on asthma meds -- or more than $400 per year.

    But there’s something more important than money on the line here, and that’s your health -- because when you cut back on or even eliminate your meds, you don’t have to battle the side effects of asthma meds.

    And those side effects can be even more devastating than the disease itself, especially to seniors.

    They can cause you to feel dizzy and faint, making you more likely to fall. And because they cause muscle weakness and bone loss, they can make you more likely to be hurt by that fall.

    Asthma meds can also cause mood changes, memory loss and vision problems -- all of which can be harder on seniors.

    The one downside to “stepping down” is that your asthma has to be under control first. And if yours isn’t, it’s time to get busy.

    A holistic medical doctor can help you identify the TRUE triggers of the disease, including a few your own doctor won’t test for such as fungal infections. Once you know the triggers, it will be a lot easier to bring the condition under control.

    If you’re in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here in my clinic. Contact my office to make an appointment.

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

  3. How supplements can help fight prostate cancer

    Prostate cancer doesn’t always need treatment, and supplements can help. Here’s how.
  4. N-acetylcysteine can slash your inflammation

    N-acetylcysteine, also known as NAC, can slash your levels of the inflammation linked to heart problems and dementia.
  5. Aromatherapy can fight anxiety

    Aromatherapy combined with massage can help fight anxiety and ease stress.
  6. Low back pain doesn’t respond well to opioid painkillers

    Low back pain patients often head to the ER to get more powerful opioid painkillers, but new research finds they’re no better than over-the-counter pain relievers.
  7. Studies on antidepressants written by drug company employees

    Some of the most important studies on antidepressants were written by drug company employees and researchers with Big Pharma ties.
  8. Mediterranean diet can stop dementia cold

    The Mediterranean diet can do more than protect the heart and prevent a stroke. New research finds it can also help protect the brain from dementia.
  9. Falls can be caused by undiagnosed infections

    Falls aren’t always caused by age. New research finds many can be caused by undiagnosed infections such as UTIs.
  10. Probiotics can help fight stress and improve memory

    Probiotics can do more than help digestion. They can lift your mood and improve your memory, and new research shows how one strain in particular can fight stress.
  11. Healthy aging starts with your attitude

    Healthy aging isn’t about simply fighting off disease. It’s about having the right attitude, too.
  12. Cancer survival depends on your diet

    Cancer survival means more than beating the disease itself. It means eating right afterward so that it never comes back.
  13. Alzheimer’s disease linked to fungal infections

    Alzheimer’s disease has stumped researchers for decades, but a new study finds the true cause in at least some cases may be a fungal infection in the brain.
  14. Probiotic can help fight irritable bowel syndrome with constipation

    Irritable bowel syndrome can be brought under control with the help of probiotics, and new research finds brewer’s yeast can ease IBS with constipation.
  15. Stop cognitive decline with these common vitamins

    Cognitive decline doesn’t have to be inevitable as you get older as new research finds a handful of common nutrients can help protect your brain and keep you sharp.
  16. Raise testosterone levels with Ayurvedic herbo-mineral Shilajit

    Testosterone levels fall naturally as you age. But new research finds an herbo-mineral called Shilajit can boost those levels by 20 percent.
  17. Hypertension doesn’t always need to be treated

    Hypertension doesn’t always need treatment. In many cases, blood pressure levels rise when you see a doctor -- but are normal the rest of the time.
  18. Beta-blockers can increase heart risk after surgery

    Beta-blockers are supposed to help protect the heart, but new research shows how they can increase the risk of heart problems after surgery.
  19. Supplements are safe -- don't believe the headlines!

    Supplements are safe, and new numbers that claim to show the risks actually prove they're about 1,000 times safer than common medications.
  20. Physical therapy doesn't help low back pain

    Physical therapy is commonly recommended for low back pain, but new research shows it doesn't actually help reduce pain or improve mobility.

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