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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.

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GMO labels are coming, and they’re terrible

New food label is an ugly deception

Figuring out what’s in your food is already like trying to solve a crossword puzzle with clues written in Chinese.

Who even knows what half the stuff on the packages means?!

Well, friend, it’s about to get even more confusing.

In what was considered a major win for consumers fighting for the right to know what they’re eating, Congress passed a law in 2016 that requires labels on genetically modified food.

At least, we thought it was a win.

We’re getting a first look at the proposed labels, and it’s obvious the entire process has been hijacked by the agricultural industry.

Before I go any further, try to picture in your mind what a GMO label should look like.

At a minimum, it would have “GMO” in it, right? Maybe it would just be the letters “GMO” in a box or circle.

One expert proposed just a “G” in a circle, which would also do the trick.

But that’s not what we’re getting.

There’s no G… no M… and no O at all.

Instead, it says “BE.”

Members of the food industry claim that the combination of “GMO” has negative connotations.

How absurd is that? It’s as if the problem is the letters and not the poorly tested genetically engineered ingredients

They asked for “BE” instead, for bio-engineered — and of course, the USDA was only too happy to play along.

Instead of a GMO label, we now have a BE label – and that’s not even the worst part of it.

The proposed new label isn’t just “BE” in a circle or a box.

One proposal is “BE” inside of a sun… with an Amazon-style smiley beneath it. Another is lowercased “BE” inside a circle so that the “be” looks like eyes… again with the little smiley line beneath it.

There’s even a leaf inside the “be,” which almost makes it look like it’s winking – of course, the leaf also implies “nature” when this stuff is the opposite of natural.

Another is even worse.

It’s a “BE” rising up out of fields, with the sun behind it and a vine growing around it.

It’s deceptive – and consumers who aren’t keeping up with the news and reading House Calls might think that the BE label means they’re getting something natural.

In reality, it’s UNNATURAL, deserving a label that shows the monster breaking out of Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, not a green field with a smiling sun.

There’s one label they haven’t hijacked yet (although they’ve certainly tried), and that’s USDA ORGANIC.

Not only are organic foods free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, but they cannot legally contain genetically modified foods.

You might say that organics are the real place to “BE.”

Gluten-free dieters mocked by the mainstream

Mainstream says healthy people are CRAZY!

If you’re health conscious… if you’re trying to eat better… and if you’re trying to avoid common sources of food allergies… members of the mainstream have got a new name for you.

And you’re not going to like it.

They’re calling you a “nutrichondriac,” a name that comes with the demeaning implication that a choice to eat healthier and live better is a form of mental illness.

They’re using that childish bit of name-calling on folks who avoid unhealthy foods, especially if they believe that they may be allergic or sensitive but haven’t been tested.

For the most part, they’re using this name on people who go gluten-free when they don’t have celiac disease and people who avoid dairy when they’re not lactose intolerant.

This ignores that fact that millions struggle with non-celiac gluten sensitivities. The mainstream still claims these problems are “fake” despite studies that prove people without celiac can have reactions to gluten.

It also ignores the tens of millions of people with dairy problems that aren’t considered lactose intolerance.

Yet it’s real — very real, as dairy problems have quietly become the single most common food sensitivity in the country.

But if you avoid these foods, they’re tagging you with an ugly label: nutrichondriac.

This is obviously a play on “hypochondriac,” which is, of course, a very real condition that can cause genuine suffering.

Some people read about an illness and not only THINK they have it, but they also become so convinced that they can actually suffer from many of the symptoms of the disease.

But many – maybe even most – of the people dismissed by the mainstream as hypochondriacs really are sick.

They have something wrong, but their doctors can’t figure it out.

The doctor thinks he’s tried everything… run every test… and found nothing. He concludes that the problem isn’t the doctor.

It’s the patient!

In reality, many have illnesses that doctors either don’t test for or only test superficially.

Ready for the great irony here?

In many cases, those “mystery” ailments are CAUSED or WORSENED by undiagnosed allergies and/or sensitivities, especially problems with gluten and dairy!

Yes, you can cure your “hypochondria” – which isn’t hypochondria at all – only to be dismissed as a nutrichondriac.

Don’t let the name-calling get you down, and don’t give in to the bullies.

They can SAY what they want.

But you can BE healthy – if you’re willing to tune them out.

Natural food labels are meaningless

Are you getting TRICKED into doing something unnatural?

It’s the most meaningless label in the supermarket – but it’s one that’s used to trick consumers into buying unhealthy foods every day.

You may have even been conned by this one yourself!

It’s the word “natural,” which sure makes it sound like it’s healthy… or at the very least… lacking in anything, well, unnatural.

Makes sense, right?

OF COURSE it makes sense to you. You don’t work for the FDA!

The ones who do – the people in charge who make the decisions – recently decided yet again that they just can’t be bothered to figure out what the word “natural” really means.

The result?

It was… is… remains… and the foreseeable future will continue to be… MEANINGLESS!

“We recognize that consumers are trusting in products labeled as ‘natural’ without clarity around the term,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in March. “Just like other claims made on products regulated by FDA, we believe the ‘natural’ claim must be true and based in science.”

However, he said that the agency’s not ready to actually decide on what’s “true or based in science” yet.

He promised it will have more to say “soon,” but the FDA has long said it would regulate the word “natural” soon for more than three years now.

But it’s done NOTHING.

That means it’s a marketing buzzword on a package label with no actual legal definition… so it can be twisted, manipulated, overused, and outright abused.

Shoppers will THINK that they’re getting chemical-free foods, and many consumers even think it’s a way of getting foods that are “almost” organic… but without the hefty organic price tag.

And food companies are happy to operate in that gray zone, cranking out an increasing number of products with the word “natural” screaming at you from the label.

So, what can you do?

For starters, ignore the word “natural.”

If you REALLY want to make sure you’re getting truly natural foods with no chemicals or other additives, grow your own. The next-best option is to buy it right from a farm.

If neither of those are realistic, and you’re getting most of your food from the supermarket, stick to the fresh foods on the perimeter of the store – produce and meats – and skip the packaged foods in the middle.

Buy organic meats and produce as much as possible, since the word “organic” really is regulated, and it means that the foods are truly natural and chemical-free and haven’t been genetically modified.

Just watch out for that other little trick, especially if you sneak into the center aisles and buy some packaged foods. There’s a label out there that says “made with organic ingredients,” which really means that not everything inside is actually organic.

Shop smart!

Mediterranean diet stops 3 top killers

Avoid THREE top killers with ONE quick change

They’re three of the top causes of death in the nation. Combined, these leading killers are responsible for half of America’s 2.7 million fatalities every year.

But there’s one step you can take right now to slash your risk of all three at the same time.

Imagine that? All three leading killers ERASED with a single action.

If it were a drug, it would be the blockbuster to end all blockbusters, raking in billions and no doubt packing a massive risk of ugly side effects.

Good thing it’s not a drug!

This disease-beating miracle is available to everyone… won’t set you back a dime… and comes with no side effects other than feeling better than ever.

All you have to do is tweak your diet – just a little – to eliminate the worst of the Western habits and get back to basics.

The World Health Organization says that a Mediterranean diet can dramatically cut your risk of both heart disease and cancer, the No. 1 and No. 2 killers in the nation.

The agency said that health problems caused by poor eating habits now constitute a “medical emergency.”

I’m not one to agree with mainstream health authorities very often. They’re wrong more times than I can count.

But even a broken clock is right twice a day, and in this case, the WHO is right on time – because along with preventing heart disease and cancer, this diet can also help you survive both diseases if you already have them.

And that’s just the beginning, because this same diet is proven to cut the risk of our No. 5 killer, stroke, in half.

That’s heart disease… cancer… and stroke… WIPED OUT!

And the secret to getting the upper hand on these killers is a whole lot easier than you think.

The Mediterranean lifestyle isn’t some hard-to-follow diet that requires dramatic changes.

You don’t need to buy a book or take a class.

Just eliminate the things you already know you shouldn’t eat – especially processed foods and sugars, but also grains (even whole grains) – and reduce your sources of saturated fat, especially red meat.

You won’t miss them. You can eat plenty of filling meals based on poultry and fish — even fatty fish — as well as all the fresh produce you can handle, not to mention moderate wine and even some chocolate.

WHO says the more fish-based Nordic diet will also cut your risk of cancer and heart disease, but if you don’t love seafood, you’ll find that a Mediterranean lifestyle offers the widest variety of menu choices out there.

I’ll have one more reason to go Mediterranean coming up later today.

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E. coli surfacing in Chinese chicken

The deadly nightmare hiding in your frozen nuggets

There’s a phrase that you NEVER want to hear when it comes to your food: E. coli.

But based on the latest news, you might hear it a whole lot more often in the near future, because there’s an especially dangerous form of this sickening germ turning up in chicken.

And this potent new superbug isn’t just resistant to MOST drugs — it can resist ALL of them.

An alarming new report finds that chickens in China have developed a form of E. coli that can withstand the powerful last-resort antibiotics that are held in reserve for the worst-of-the-worst cases.

“Huge” usually isn’t a word you hear a lot in scientific journals.

Yet there it is, in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, as researchers described this new form of E. coli as a “huge threat” to public health.

China might seem far away.

But it’s not – not anymore.

Just as China has been sending out lead-tainted toys, defective electronics, and pesticide-soaked fruits and vegetables, it’s now able to send “defective” chicken, too.

A deal made last year to increase U.S. beef exports to China lets the country send chicken to Americans — and under the rules, it’s not labelled in any way.

You may have eaten germy-wormy Chinese chicken already without knowing it!

Under the deal, China can’t send raw chicken, which would theoretically cut the risk of superbug germs.

The exports are supposed to be limited to cooked frozen chicken, like the kinds you might find in microwave meals, fast food, nuggets, and more.

The cooking process is supposed to kill germs such as E. coli… but it’s not a perfect solution.

If equipment in the plants where the meat is processed gets contaminated, the germs could hop into the meat after it’s cooked. And if it’s not cooked properly in the first place, the germs could survive, be flash-frozen, shipped to you, and then reactivated in your microwave.

DING! Food poisoning’s ready!

If that were the only risk, I’d urge you to avoid Chinese chicken.

But it’s not.

Food from China is even worse than its toys and electronics, which are routinely contaminated with germs and toxins.

Fortunately, there is a way to cut your exposure and your risk. These foods may not always be labelled, but domestic manufacturers and farms are allowed to voluntarily label their own products as “Made in the USA.”

Many do — and proudly — so look for one of these labels.

If no country of origin is listed, assume it’s from China and avoid it.

Another way to cut your risk is to buy local when you can. You’re not only cutting your risk of eating unwanted Chinese food, but also supporting the community, too.

That’s a win-win.

Dementia triggered by Western diet

EAT your way to a STRONGER brain!

The mainstream just admitted that it’s stumped when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease.

It DOESN’T know the cause… how to stop or slow it… or even how to prevent it.

IT doesn’t, but I DO!

New research reveals what just might be the single biggest risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

These studies show the reason WHY the drug industry has been so powerless to prevent this disease: The answer isn’t in a pill.

It’s on a plate!

More specifically, it’s on your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates. The old saw about how “you are what you eat” is especially true when it comes to your brain.

If you’re following the standard Western diet… if you’re eating the way most Americans do… you’re causing the damage that leads to this disease with every bite, chew, and swallow.

The more of this junk you eat, the more damage — especially the slowing metabolism and “brain shrink” that often mark the onset of cognitive struggles — you can expect.

One of the new studies finds that folks who follow the typical American diet see a 3 percent dip in brain metabolism EVERY YEAR as they age.

The other study finds that folks who follow that same diet suffer damage in two other ways.

The brain shrinks faster, and it also ends up scarred with higher levels of the brain plaques that mark dementia risk.

The researchers blame the red meat, saturated fats, and sugars in the Western diet, and that’s undoubtedly part of it.

But that’s not the only reason.

The Western diet is also loaded with hidden toxins from chemical ingredients, additives, and pesticides that can slip into your brain and trigger the damage of Alzheimer’s disease.

All of this is good news, since these studies don’t just show what causes the disease.

They also show how to STOP it!

The same two studies also looked at the all-natural, back-to-basics Mediterranean diet, and they found that it has the opposite effect on the brain.

Overall, folks who stick to this healthy and delicious lifestyle have less of the damage linked to Alzheimer’s disease, including a slower shrink and far fewer plaques.

Think that’s good? This gets even better.

Most researchers have come to expect at least some degree of metabolic slowdown in the brain just with age.

But in one of the new studies, something incredible happened in the brains of the folks who followed the Mediterranean lifestyle.

They didn’t see ANY metabolic changes at all!

It was as if aging inside the brain had stopped.

You can get these benefits for your own brain – right now – without spending money, visiting a doctor, seeking treatment, or taking a drug.

All you have to do is change how you eat.

MSG linked to headaches and worse

‘Fake news’ alert: Facebook health scam goes viral!

It’s spreading rapidly, like a nasty virus. And like a sickening germ, it could hurt people and ruin lives.

But this isn’t an out-of-season flu.

It’s an infectious video being passed around on Facebook right now called “MSG Isn’t Toxic,” and it’s gotten more than 20 million views in a single week.

It claims that monosodium glutamate (MSG) is not only perfectly safe, but also a delicious way to enhance your meals – and it says that anyone who claims to suffer the notorious side effects (such as headaches) is simply imagining it.

I thought Facebook promised to crack down on “fake news.”

Clearly, it hasn’t – because this is even worse than the nonsense being spread about politics.

The video features a snotty, condescending voice lecturing people about MSG, claiming it can’t be harmful because it’s natural.

Umm… all-natural cyanide would like a word here!

The video also claims that MSG only has a bad rap because of “one time” that just “one person” questioned it.

That’s bunk, but hold that thought.

It also flat-out dismisses all of the very real health complaints people have had after exposure to MSG.

“It isn’t an evil chemical that gives people headaches or asthma or heart palpitations,” the video claims.

Where’s my buzzer?

BUZZZZ!

That’s not just wrong. That’s demonstrably wrong, and not just for those of us in natural medicine. Go look up “heart palpitations” on a mainstream medical website and check out the recognized causes of the condition.

You’ll find MSG right there on the list. Even WebMD says so!

That brings us back to the “one time” that just “one person” questioned it.

WebMD isn’t one time or one person. It’s as mainstream as you can get.

Even the federal government – which officially considers MSG to be safe – admits that there’s research linking it to health problems.

But the mainstream allows MSG anyway because in clinical trials, when people are fed pure MSG versus nothing, the immediate side effects are somewhat rare.

They’re there, but rare.

In the real world, when MSG is combined with other chemicals such as preservatives and sweeteners – or when high levels are used – the accumulated effect can be far more toxic than what we see in trials.

Many more suffer the effects of MSG toxicity without realizing it or knowing what to blame. “Mystery” headaches that come and go are often the result of food additives including (but certainly not limited to) MSG.

Some people also suffer from nerve and muscle problems.

Avoiding MSG isn’t as easy as it should be. It’s often hidden on labels under names including hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast, and yeast extract.

A good rule of thumb: If you don’t recognize it, don’t eat it.

While you’re at it, avoid all other chemicals and additives, too. You might be surprised at how much better you feel.

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.

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.

Learn more about it — or try it yourself risk-free — right here.

Heart attack risk jumps in the ‘healthy’ obese

The BIG risk factor for heart attack hiding in plain sight

It’s time to bust a major medical myth… one that millions of Americans believe right now.

You might even be one of them.

It’s called “fat but fit,” or the idea that you can be obese but still healthy.

This isn’t a matter of being in denial, mind you.

You might know that you’ve got a little too much around the middle… maybe even WAY too much around the middle… but you can still get around well and have a mostly healthy (even active!) lifestyle and no bad habits.

No smoking, not a touch of booze, and no symptoms or signs of any chronic disease.

You might even have perfect results on blood tests and no other obvious risk factors for disease beyond your weight.

It’s tempting to think that you’re one of the lucky ones, especially when you read the occasional study about how some overweight and obese people can actually live longer.

Well, friend, new research hopefully puts this myth to bed once and for all.

You might THINK that you’re healthy… but you’re NOT!

The new study shows how chronic disease is just waiting to happen.

Guys, every 4.3-point jump in your BMI past 22 increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other nightmare health problems by 13 percent. If your BMI is 35, that’s a jump in risk of nearly 40 percent even if you seem to be otherwise healthy and have NO SIGN of heart problems.

Ladies, your risk of those same problems jump for every 5.2 points you grow on the chart. If your BMI is between 32 and 33, you’re facing a 26 percent increase in the risk of heart attack, stroke, and more.

It’s the same for your waistline.

Ladies, every 5 inches past a 29-inch waistline will increase your risk of heart disease by 16 percent. Guys, every 4.5 inches past 33 will boost those odds by 10 percent.

The study also found similar links for waist-to-hip ratio and overall body fat – and it all held true regardless of other “conventional” risk factors.

In other words, the “fat-but-fit” myth is just that. It’s a myth — and if you’re a little overweight yourself, it’s time to take action to shrink your waistline and cut your risks.

The best way to do that is with a healthy and enriching Mediterranean lifestyle, the only diet not only proven to help you lose weight but also cut the risk of today’s leading killers including heart attack, stroke, and cancer.

Need some one-on-one help? I’m here for you! If you’re in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me 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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Diet solutions don’t work over the long term

Lose weight WITHOUT a diet!

Everyone’s looking for an edge when it comes to weight loss.

There are plenty of things you CAN and SHOULD do to get that advantage and drop those stubborn pounds.

Now, new research shines a light on something else.

It’s not something you SHOULD do — it’s something you SHOULDN’T.

Yet odds are, it’s the very first thing you tried!

Turns out, radical dieting is a terrible idea as a long-term solution for weight loss

You might already know that on some level. You’ve been on diets before, right? And how did they work out?

Exactly.

You’re not alone, and the new study confirms it. It shows that dieting is the fastest route to failure – and if that’s your approach to weight loss, there’s another failure in your own future.

The study weighed young adults, looked at their habits, and then checked in on them a full decade later as they hit their middle ages.

They found just what you’d think: No one’s ever as thin as they used to be!

Weight gain was common across the board. Most people gained, some held steady and very few lost anything.

Then, they looked into their habits over that decade and found something every dieter needs to see.

The folks who were most likely to hold steady or lose weight WEREN’T the people who tried dieting over that decade.

Just the opposite: People who dieted were more likely to GAIN weight.

The real key to success, the new study reveals, isn’t in finding the “right” diet.

It’s in having steady, regular, and healthy eating patterns.

And if you think about it – if you think about your own dieting ups and downs – it makes perfect sense.

Many people lose a little weight on a diet, but most regain it because diets are short-term “tricks” rather than long-term habits.

Now, I won’t say never diet. There are short-term diets that can kick-start weight loss, burn fat, and help you reach your goals. But they only work as part of long-term plans that involve changing your lifestyle — not as quick tricks for dropping a few pounds.

And that, once again, is why I’m such a big fan of going Mediterranean.

It’s NOT a diet. It’s not even close to a diet.

It’s a true lifestyle that requires little effort for long-term success. And because it allows so many of the filling foods you already love, you’ll actually WANT to stick to it.

The Mediterranean lifestyle is also proven to fight cancer, protect the heart, and cut the risk of stroke… so this isn’t just good for your waistline.

It’s great for your whole body, too.

Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain

This ‘diet’ switch can make you fatter

It’s the vicious cycle that leads to weight gain… obesity… and diabetes.

And it could be CAUSED by trying to STOP it!

Crazy, right?

But new research shows how there’s a right way and a wrong way to stop weight gain and prevent the onset of diabetes.

And many people unknowingly pick the wrong one.

Maybe you’ve done it yourself: You step on the scale, shriek at the number, and vow to make big changes.

The first change many people make — the ONLY change that some might make — is to swap sugary drinks and snacks for low- and no-cal versions.

Out with the Coke, in with the Diet Coke. Instead of sugar in your coffee or tea, you pick a packet: blue, yellow, or pink.

And, of course, there are plenty of treats out there with many of those same substitutes.

They certainly SOUND better, and you don’t have to quite give up the things you love if you make the switch.

But that’s exactly what you SHOULDN’T do.

Studies show that people who make the switch to no-cal chemical sweeteners often keep gaining weight. One study from a few years back found that just three large diet sodas a week can increase the risk of diabetes by as much as 60 percent.

The new study shows one reason for it: Those fake sugars damage your body on a cellular level, altering the stem cells that normally turn into muscle, fat, bone, or cartilage.

When exposed to an artificial sweetener — in this case, the study used sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) — those cells suck up fat like a sponge.

The more sweetener they’re exposed to, the more fat they absorb.

That leads to fat production — exactly what you DON’T want — and the study finds that the risk is highest in the cells of people who are already overweight or obese.

In other words, the very people looking for help from fake sugars… the people who need to LOSE fat… could actually gain it.

That’s not all that they found, either.

Tests on fat cells taken from human volunteers found that the sweetener also caused oxygenation inside the cell, which slows metabolism and can cause fat to build up.

While this was a test on cells, it verifies what we’ve seen in studies on people, as artificial sweeteners often do just the opposite of what you expect, making it harder to lose weight and easier to gain it.

If you’re looking to drop a few pounds… or just looking to keep healthy… give up all of these sweeteners and get back to an all-natural diet low in all forms of sugar and sugar substitutes.

And if you’re looking for a sweet drink to replace your pop, try fruit-infused waters or club soda.

Mediterranean diet protects bone and muscle

Stay STRONG even as you get older

Ladies, there’s a science-backed way to BUILD muscle… PROTECT bone… and SAVE yourself from painful and potentially crippling injuries.

This one little trick can stop you from turning brittle and frail even as you keep turning those calendar pages.

You don’t have to glug glass after nauseating glass of milk until you’re gassy and bloated.

You don’t have to gnaw on those chalky old calcium chews until you’re ready to gag.

And you can forget those overpriced — and over-processed — protein bars that taste like sawdust with raisins and chocolate chips glued into the middle.

The real key is in making a few simple changes to your dinner plate.

Don’t worry — this isn’t the usual ho-hum advice on counting calories, cutting back on fat, and practically starving yourself until you hate every meal.

No, under this plan, bone and muscle protection comes in the form of filling and delicious meals that feature some of your favorite foods… including dishes with the healthy fats that your body craves.

The key? Go Mediterranean.

You’ve heard me talk up this healthy lifestyle before — especially for protecting your heart, cutting your stroke risk, and preventing degenerative diseases such as dementia.

Now, the latest research shows how this same delicious diet can also do wonders for your STRENGTH, MOBILITY, and VITALITY by keeping your muscles and bones strong.

And that, in turn, can ensure that you keep your independence and continue to enjoy doing the things you love.

Here’s the most important part of the study: It didn’t just find that the diet works in general, overall, and for everyone (although it certainly does).

Instead, it focused on the patients most at risk.

It looked specifically at older women who were past menopause, when you can practically feel your strength slipping out of your body as “the change” makes it a struggle to keep muscle and bone.

It’s why older women have the greatest risk of falls and injuries, not to mention that infamously higher risk of bone breaks.

But you can turn it all around on this diet.

The study finds that the closer you stick to this healthy lifestyle that’s rich in healthy fats and fresh produce, the higher your bone-mineral density and the more muscle mass you can expect to maintain as you keep blowing out those birthday candles.

That makes this easy-to-follow diet more powerful than any drug out there when it comes to helping older women keep strong and maintain healthy muscle and bone.

The only addition I’d make is a subtraction: While this diet generally allows for some whole grains, I find that you’ll get maximum health benefits by cutting ALL grains out completely.

Kaufmann diet attacks cancer at its root

Destroy cancer with this groundbreaking at-home therapy

It’s the cancer-fighting secret that EVERYONE will be talking about in the near future.

But today, I’m going to put you ahead of the curve.

I’ve got tomorrow’s news today — because I’ve got the scoop on the groundbreaking research behind a proven technique that attacks the hidden cause of many cancers.

This simple, easy-to-follow program will FIGHT the tumor at its root and CRUSH it.

This cutting-edge cancer cure isn’t a drug with side effects.

It’s not even a vitamin or supplement.

The secret is a natural diet designed to specifically SEEK and DESTORY the pathogenic fungal infections we now know are often the cause of so many cancers.

It’s called the Kaufmann diet, and it was developed by researcher and mycotoxin expert Doug Kaufmann. It’s specially designed to starve these infections so that the cancer cells die off — and it’s proven to work if you HAVE cancer, if you’re at RISK for cancer, or if you’re just concerned and want to make sure that you NEVER get this disease.

Kaufmann’s diet came about after he discovered striking similarities between cancer and fungi, including how they both thrive on sugars.

More importantly, they both DIE without those same sugars.

Of course, sugar isn’t just the white stuff in a porcelain bowl in your cupboard.

In addition to that sugar itself, carbs such as grains — including whole grains — are converted into sugars inside your body.

As a result, the first phase of the Kaufmann diet severely restricts sugars and carbs.

Alcohol is also forbidden. Not only is booze a top cause of the disease, but the sugars in alcohol can help feed the fungal infections at the root of these cancers.

You also need to avoid yeast, which will be less of a problem without bread and beer (but watch ingredients carefully — you’d be surprised how often they sneak it in), as well as fungi and mushrooms (for obvious reasons) and peanuts, which can contain fungal mycotoxins.

Patients are also given anti-fungal medications and/or supplements in this phase.

Without the sugars, the fungi behind many cancers in the body choke and die, killing tumors at the same time.

And that’s not all.

This phase also works in three other ways:

  1. It boosts your immune system so that your body is better equipped to fight cancer.
  2. It slashes your levels of the damaging inflammation that helps tumors to thrive.
  3. It protects your DNA from the damage of the fungal infection.

Once this phase is complete — and you’re feeling better than you have in years — dieters can slowly restore low levels of healthy carbohydrates.

For more on this powerful cancer-fighting regimen, visit Doug Kaufmann’s website, knowthecause.com.

And for another way to kill off cancer cells with dietary changes, you can read about another approach to eating, the ketogenic diet, in the forthcoming April issue of my Health Revelations newsletter.

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Pesticides in new toxin scare

The dangerous hidden chemicals in ‘fresh’ foods

There’s a new pesticide scandal that’s about to explode.

The latest research blows the lid off of an ugly little loophole that’s kept the true risks of chemicals used on food crops HIDDEN from consumers.

These “SECRET” ingredients can HURT you and your loved ones.

And yet they’ve been given ZERO attention.

Until now.

It’s not a problem with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides themselves (although they’re certainly bad enough on their own).

It’s that ALL of them are also loaded with a mess of OTHER chemicals and hidden ingredients.

And many of them have NEVER been tested in humans!

That’s the loophole: The industry only has to test the “active” ingredients.

Those are the actual pesticides, herbicides, fungicides — whichever ingredient kills the bugs, weeds, or whatever.

But those aren’t the ONLY ingredients in the final formulas sold to both farmers and consumers.

They contain other “inactive” ingredients called adjuvants, which are added to the mix to make the formulas easier to spray and use, as well as to add color and stop them from foaming.

You eat all of these “inactive” chemicals with every bite of conventional produce that’s been sprayed with pesticides.

Yet there’s NO requirement to test those secret ingredients!

Glyphosate alone, for example, is already so dangerous that this weedkiller is listed as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency.

But all of the adjuvants added to the formulas sold for actual use on crops can be 1,000 times more toxic to human cells, according to the new study.

The scientists behind this study are calling for more research to expose these risks, and that’s great.

But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on those studies.

Take action now.

The best way to avoid pesticides — and all the other chemicals routinely dumped onto “fresh” produce — is to go organic.

Realistically speaking, that’s not always possible.

It’s not just a matter of cost. Sometimes, organic versions of the foods you want and need simply aren’t available.

In those cases, you’ll need to wash them — but don’t waste your money on the supermarket produce washes.

Studies show that they don’t work!

There are, however, a few tricks that will. The simplest of all is mixing baking soda and water and then soaking your fruits and vegetables in the blend for about 15 minutes.

This wash won’t always remove all of it — especially in cases where the chemicals have seeped under the skin and into the fruit or vegetable itself — but it will help to minimize your exposure and the risks that come along with it.

‘Mindful’ diet won’t help you lose weight

Chew on this crazy new diet advice

Sometimes, I just can’t believe the nonsense I read.

A new report in The Washington Post, of all places, claims that your diet isn’t about WHAT you eat.

It’s about HOW you eat it and how you FEEL about your food.

Now I understand where the “fake news” label comes from!

This bit of nutty business comes from several strange reports on the concept of “mindfulness,” or the notion that some level of thoughtfulness about what and how you eat can directly influence your weight loss.

I’m not going to dismiss the notion of putting a little thought into your food.

And I’d love it if “mindfulness” meant that they were calling on people to say grace before their meals.

But you know that’s not what they’re talking about.

It’s just the usual New Age mumbo-jumbo that the mainstream just loves to prattle on and on about. The Washington Post even claims that studies show that this “mindfulness” — including meditation — can help dieters lose weight and keep the pounds off.

Think that’s bad?

Wait… it gets worse!

Just when you think that the report couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it praises the concept of “slow chewing.”

That’s when slower eating supposedly helps you lose weight.

The newspaper even cited a study that claims fast chewers who slow down can cut their risk of obesity by 42 percent.

Sounds good, right?

Here’s what it didn’t mention: In order to make that claim, the study had to come up with a completely NEW definition of obesity!

This wasn’t just a minor change, either. Researchers behind the study shifted the BMI for obesity from 30 all the way down to 25, a difference of between 25 and 40 pounds depending on your height.

That means they must’ve started out with folks who have a BMI even less than that — people who are already very slender and not as prone to weight gain in the first place.

You can’t take a study like that seriously.

Yet The Washington Post sure did.

Here’s the real deal: You absolutely SHOULD put some thought into your food, and nearly all of us could slow down a little (in everything, not just food).

But if you want to lose weight… if you want to drop the pounds and keep them off… the answer isn’t in “mindfulness” or “slow chewing.”

It’s action!

Switch to the varied and delicious Mediterranean lifestyle, which is modified to eliminate grains (even whole grains). Make that switch today, and you’ll lose weight without having to worry about your chewing speed.

And it never hurts to say grace.

For one-on-one diet advice, 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.

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Neuropathy linked to gluten in diet

Beat nerve pain for good with one easy diet tweak

It’s the pain answer that MILLIONS of Americans have been waiting for.

New research reveals one simple step you can take to END one of the most agonizing and relentless forms of pain.

Neuropathy is pain caused by nerve damage.

Those nerves can be disintegrating inside your body right now, and most docs will tell you that there’s not much you can do about it except learn to cope when you can and take painkillers when you can’t.

Those docs are WRONG!

There IS a step you can take right now that may help SLOW, STOP, or even REVERSE the nerve damage and END the pain.

It’s not a drug, a vitamin, a skin cream, or anything else.

In fact, there’s really nothing to buy at all.

The REAL answer could be in your food!

New research shows how gluten can trigger the reaction in your nerves that causes pain, especially the notorious “burning,” “tingling,” and “numbness” that so many people feel in their fingers, toes, back, hips, and more.

Some folks even feel pain all over their faces, as if they’ve just taken a few hits from an invisible boxer.

According to the new study, however, people with this gluten-sensitive form of neuropathy often see incredible improvements simply by making the extra effort to avoid these hidden wheat proteins.

The more committed you are to this diet, the less pain you can expect.

And if you can stick to a strict gluten-free diet, your risk of pain will plunge by a stunning 89 percent.

There’s no drug in the world — not even the most powerful painkillers out there — that can deliver that level of relief.

But your diet CAN — and along with easing pain, a gluten-free lifestyle can improve digestion and may even help you to drop a few pounds, too, which is why this lifestyle has become so popular in recent years.

Not all cases of neuropathy are caused by gluten, so the diet won’t necessarily help everyone with their pain.

But there’s good evidence that this could be a much more common cause of the condition than doctors have believed, and it could possibly be a key trigger of nerve damage in millions of Americans.

If you’ve been suffering from nerve pain yourself, try going gluten-free to see if you feel any better. Some people feel improvements literally overnight, but for best results, give it a month or two to take effect.

Researchers’ ‘best’ diets are both duds

Why the two ‘best’ diets DON’T work

It’s the battle of the diets, and we have a winner.

A new study put two of the most popular diets up in a head-to-head match over one-year clinical trial.

Some of the dieters went low-fat. The rest went low-carb. And the results are surprising a lot of people.

There were almost no differences between the two.

At the end of the year, the low-carb dieters lost about half a pound more than the folks on the low-fat diet. Both sets of dieters also improved by nearly every other key measure: They cut body mass index, body fat percentage, and waistlines.

They also had similar improvements in blood pressure, insulin, glucose, and blood fats (although the low-carb dieters had bigger improvements in both HDL cholesterol and triglycerides).

That’s enough for the media to declare that BOTH diets are winners.

But take one look at the actual results, and I think we can reach another conclusion altogether.

Both diets LOST!

Everyone may have improved, but they didn’t improve by much.

In fact, at the end of the study — one full year later — the folks who went low-fat lost a little less than 12 pounds, while the folks who went low-carb lost a hair over 12 pounds.

I’m not going to knock it — losing weight is always great.

But a pound a month of weight loss over the course of a year is not exactly what I’d call a success story.

I’m not surprised by those results. There’s a reason neither of these diets succeed over the long haul for most people.

They’re impossible to stick to.

Sure, they both have their plusses. The low-fat diet restricts saturated fats, which really should be limited. The low-carb diet restricts sugars, grains, and other carbs, which are also bad for you.

But they also have some pretty big minuses.

When you go low-fat, you often end up feeling hungry. When you go low-carb, there are too many off-limits foods.

Eventually you get frustrated and start to cheat. And eventually, the weight loss stops and some of the weight might even return.

That’s why I’m such a fan of the Mediterranean lifestyle. It allows for a sensible amount of fats — even a little saturated fat — so you feel full and satisfied as you lose weight.

It also doesn’t restrict too many foods aside from the truly unhealthy processed junk (although for best results, I would also urge you to severely limit grains, even whole grains).

That makes it the kind of diet you can stick to for a lifetime. And in addition to helping you to lose weight, it will also cut your risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and more.

You can do it on your own. I know you can. But if you need some one-on-one help, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

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

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