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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Cancer risks jump with processed foods

This one change can cut your cancer risk dramatically

It’s the magic bullet against cancer — and it’s been right under our noses all along!

We can talk all day about treatments, both good and bad, that can help shrink or destroy a tumor.

But why have that conversation when you don’t have to?

The BEST way to beat this disease is to avoid getting it in the first place — and new research reveals one key to doing just that.

It’s a change that will help you avoid nearly every major form of cancer… and you can make it as soon as today.

It’s as close as your dinner plate!

This isn’t one of those reports that finds that a single ingredient can cause the disease.

It’s not one magic nutrient that’ll help you avoid it, either.

It’s much bigger — and far more important — than that.

In many ways, it’s a whole lot simpler, too, because it involves a holistic approach to your meals that will make you leaner, healthier, stronger, and more energetic, even as it arms your body to fight off deadly tumors BEFORE they form.

The key is in getting back to basics.

If it’s fresh, dish it out. If it’s from a can, freezer bag, microwave tray, or fast-food window, give it a pass.

The more processed the food, the more likely it’ll have cell-destroying chemicals and preservatives — not to mention tumor-feeding ingredients such as sugar.

As a result, the new study finds that people who eat the most processed foods also have the highest risk of cancer.

Every 10 percent of the calories that come from processed foods will increase your overall cancer risk by 12 percent. And ladies, along with that increase in total risk, that same level of processed food will hike your odds of breast cancer by 11 percent.

The study finds that many people in the West — especially here in the United States — get 50 percent or more of their calories from these ultra-processed foods.

That means that the cancer risk is 60 percent higher overall, and the breast cancer risk jumps by 55 percent.

On the flipside, cutting those foods can reverse the risk — which makes avoiding processed junk the single most powerful step anyone can take toward preventing cancer.

You know what I’m about to say here.

The freshest diet around is the Mediterranean lifestyle — and it’s no coincidence that studies show that folks who follow it have a lower risk of cancer overall, an 86 percent lower risk of colorectal cancers, and a 40 percent drop in the risk of the deadliest forms of breast cancer.

If you haven’t exactly had a healthy diet over the years, it’s never too late to make some changes.

Make the switch today so that you can avoid cancer tomorrow.

Hypertension risks shrink with yogurt

Eat this twice a week for the ultimate heart protection

Take two yogurts and call me in the morning?

I know that it sounds crazy, but it’s true: Just two servings of yogurt can make a MAJOR difference when it comes to your health.

And you don’t even have to eat it every day to get the benefits!

New research shows how just two servings per WEEK is all it takes to cut your risk of some of today’s top killers.

Here’s the best part: These benefits don’t go to healthy people who aren’t facing much risk to begin with.

The new study focused on REAL-WORLD outcomes in the very people who need help the most. It looked at older men and women with high blood pressure — who face a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and more.

Most of these folks end up taking meds for their blood pressure.

Some of them take two or three meds or more.

But maybe all they need is some yogurt!

In women, the biggest benefit is in heart risk. Eating yogurt will cut your risk of a heart attack by 30 percent and slash the risk of revascularization by 16 percent.

Guys, those same two servings a day will cut your risk of a heart attack by a fifth.

And in men and women alike, eating yogurt can cut the risk of major coronary heart disease and/or stroke by 20 percent, according to the study in the American Journal of Hypertension.

If there were a drug that promised all that, it would be a best-seller — because NONE of the meds currently given out for hypertension can promise all of those benefits.

It’s just the opposite!

Many of those drugs work on paper only. They cut blood pressure — so, as far as your doctor is concerned, they do their job. And you think they work, because you can see your numbers coming down.

But studies show even when the meds cut BP, they don’t always deliver on a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. And thanks to side effects, including fall-inducing dizzy spells, these drugs often end up doing more harm than good.

You’re better off with natural blood pressure control treatments and a little yogurt.

The one thing to watch for here is the kind of yogurt you eat, since too many of them are loaded with sweeteners, coloring agents, preservatives, and a mess of other junk.

Stick to all-natural organic yogurts. Ideally, buy plain yogurt and then add your own ingredients at home — try fresh berries, crushed nuts and even some cinnamon and cocoa powder… all of which will give you extra benefits instead of just empty calories.

Water contaminated for up to 1 in 4 Americans

80 million Americans are drinking dirty water

Clean water is something we all just take for granted.

But we shouldn’t.

You could have what looks, smells, and even tastes like fresh and pure water flowing from your tap. You might even chill it in a pitcher with a built-in filter, just for extra protection.

It’s all just an illusion, as new research shows how your water probably isn’t as pure as you think.

And odds are, that little pitcher filter isn’t giving you the protection your family needs.

The new report finds that up to 1 in 4 Americans are routinely drinking contaminated water, quietly ingesting dangerous toxins with every sip and slurp.

An analysis of EPA reports finds that rural communities — across the heartland in particular and especially in Texas and Oklahoma — have some of the biggest water quality issues.

But really, the problems can happen anywhere, from Flint to Florida, from Washington D.C. to Washington State.

The EPA reports find that the biggest issue are bacteria, especially nasty poop germs from both humans and animals.

EWWW!

The study also finds viruses and parasites routinely swimming around, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia.

Next time you’re sick with nausea and diarrhea, it might NOT be “something you ate.”

I could be something you drank — specifically, your own tap water!

To cap it all off, the report also finds problems with metals including arsenic, lead, and copper.

As bad as this is, it’s barely a ripple in the scope of the problem. This report was based only on whether the water in a given area meets U.S. EPA standards, which are nothing short of a national embarrassment.

They were written in another era… and completely ignore many of the metals, drugs, hormones, fuel residue, antibiotics, and other poisons that routinely turn up in the water.

You could be drinking a drug-laced soup, with just a hint of rocket fuel, and the feds could insist that your water meets “standards.”

Set a much higher standard for yourself and your family — and that means that if you’re not filtering your water yet, it’s time to get started.

I know many people use filter pitchers already.

Nice try.

You’re wasting your money, because they just can’t handle everything that’s coming out of the tap these days.

There are two options that you can use at home that will ensure clean water with every sip.

The first is reverse osmosis, which connects under your sink or — for a bigger unit — outside your home.

The second is a distiller, which sits on your countertop.

Either one will cost a couple hundred bucks — but on the plus side, you’ll never need to buy bottled water again, since the stuff you’re filtering at home will be the cleanest water money can buy.

Do a little homework and see which system is best for you.

Breast cancer fueled by processed meats

Breast tumors LOVE this common food

Don’t bring home the bacon, ladies.

No, I’m not about to say something controversial about women in the workplace. I mean that literally.

Bacon — and all other processed meats, for that matter — pack big-time health risks.

You know that. I know that. We all know that, right?

But many folks eat processed meats every now and then anyway, thinking that just a little on occasion won’t hurt.

A new study shows just how wrong they are — and ladies, this one’s especially important for you.

Even very small amounts of processed meats… amounts so low you won’t even think twice about eating them… can increase your risk of one of the leading killer diseases in women.

And if you eat these foods yourself — whether it’s bacon, sausage, lunchmeat, or even a pepperoni Hot Pocket — you could find yourself locked in a battle with breast cancer.

Overall, the study finds that eating 9 grams of processed meat per day will increase your risk of breast cancer by 21 percent.

When they worked in results from 10 other studies, they also found an effect in older women — with processed meats increasing the risk of breast cancer by 9 percent after menopause, even after accounting for other risk factors.

All from just 9 little grams of meat per day, which really isn’t much.

That’s just a third of an ounce, or the equivalent of two sausages — not per day, but per WEEK.

Just have a sausage or a couple of slices of bacon with breakfast on Sunday and a sandwich with some lunchmeat once during the week, and you’re already at — or maybe far beyond — that 9 grams per day average.

And that means you’re already at risk.

Fortunately, this is just about the easiest habit to fix.

None of these foods are essential or necessary. They’re just convenient — and even when it comes to convenient foods, it’s pretty easy to avoid processed meats by making some better choices.

Stick to fresh meats, focusing on healthier meats such as chicken or fish instead of those tempting sandwiches, sausages, and microwave meals (especially those Hot Pockets).

If there’s any good news, it’s that the study doesn’t find any link between fresh red meat and cancer.

That doesn’t mean you can load up on it. It’s still a source of unhealthy saturated fats, but a lean steak every now and then is a reasonable indulgence.

Just don’t wrap it in bacon!

That’s one way this form of cancer is caused. Next up: How to PREVENT or even CURE it naturally. Keep an eye on your inbox!

Cravings? Diet drugs are a bad idea

Diet drug combo is a double dose of bad news

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

I’ve just found the worst study of the year in a bonkers new report that’s already being used to push American dieters onto TWO bad drugs.

And it’s all for a benefit that may not even exist!

In what has to be the most irresponsible piece of nonsense ever published, researchers claim that this two-drug cocktail can help ease food cravings in overweight or obese dieters.

Now, I’m not going to slam the idea of targeting cravings. They’re a big part of the picture and a key reason why so many people struggle with their diets.

But you don’t need drugs to ease those cravings, and I’ll explain why — just as soon as I’m done running this study through the shredder.

In this one, researchers tested the diet drug lorcaserin on its own for cravings, and then they tested it in combo with phentermine, a.k.a. the “phen” in the disastrous diet-drug combo fen-phen.

Over 12 weeks, the lorcaserin helped to control cravings, then it worked even better when combined with phentermine.

But don’t celebrate victory just yet.

First, they never put lorcaserin up against phentermine alone. For all we know, just that second drug by itself could be just as effective (not that I’d recommend it in any case).

Second, they never put the combo up against a placebo. None at all. So, we have no idea if these meds are any better than a sugar pill.

Third, everyone received diet counseling and exercise advice. Everyone.

How much of a role did the counseling play in this study? My guess is quite a bit, since many people are helped by counseling… but it’s just a guess. We’ll never know for sure because they didn’t have a group of dieters who had counseling without drugs.

And fourth, everyone was put on a diet.

Like counseling, diet alone over time can reduce cravings. Would the diet alone have reduced cravings as effectively even without the drugs?

Once again, we’re left to wonder.

You also have to wonder why they cut those corners.

Could it be because the study was funded by the company that makes lorcaserin? Or because two of the authors are employed by the firm?

You’d have to ask them that, but it looks to me like they went out of their way to make sure their med never faced any actual competition.

I’ve got a better way to fight cravings.

Supplements can help break the most powerful craving of all. It can help break your sugar habit so that you eat better and aren’t tempted to cheat on your diet. Blood sugar-balancing nutrients such as chromium and soluble fiber products work well.

If you need a little more help, there’s that counseling I mentioned earlier, but don’t forget the greatest counselor of all: God.

Put your faith in Him, and you’ll get the strength you need to break your cravings.

Gluten-free diet has one big flaw

What’s wrong with your gluten-free diet

I’m not the type to go around endorsing fads. How dumb are most of them?

Whoever came up with the “man bun” should be charged with crimes against humanity… or at least a crime against masculinity.

But there’s a trend out there that even I can get behind.

Millions of Americans have gone gluten-free. Even more amazingly, this might not be some flash-in-the-pan trend.

While men are already chopping off those man buns (thank God), most folks who go gluten-free are sticking to it.

But a new study reveals the downside to the widespread popularity of this diet: Big food companies have caught on and are now mass-producing junk food and slapping “gluten-free” on the label to boost sales.

The result?

Many gluten-free packaged foods are actually LESS HEALTHY than the gluten-filled ones they replaced.

Sure, the gluten’s gone, but that means a loss in taste and texture for many common foods.

To help make up for that, food manufacturers dump in some other stuff that’s just as bad… and maybe even worse.

As a result, the study of more than 1,700 products finds that, in general, gluten-free packaged foods contain higher levels of salt, sugar, and fat.

They’re not only less healthy, but they’re also more expensive, costing an average of 159 percent more.

Don’t let this study scare you away from the diet.

You can go gluten-free and eat healthy at the same time, and this new report shows how.

One reason so many people make the switch and end up eating poorly is that they don’t make big changes to their diet. They simply swap “normal” junk foods for the gluten-free versions of those same unhealthy foods.

Case in point: breads.

When you go gluten-free, you’re SUPPOSED to give that stuff up, right?

But today, with the wide popularity of this diet, big companies are busy pumping out gluten-free versions of breads, cakes, and other snacks… and they’re even WORSE than normal breads, cakes, and other snacks.

The study finds that gluten-free breads and gluten-free flours have some of the highest levels of both fat and sugar.

Instead of breaking bread, you’re better off making a clean break away from it instead.

Same goes for everything else in your diet with gluten.

A good diet isn’t about switching from one set of unhealthy foods to another set of unhealthy foods.

It’s about getting back to an all-natural lifestyle.

Once you truly go gluten-free the right way, you’ll never look back. Along with easing digestion and helping you to avoid uncomfortable and embarrassing gas and bloating, this same diet will can help improve everything from sleep to memory.

You could even lose some weight!

But you’ll only get those benefits if you do it right.

Colon cancer linked to inflammation

Avoid colon cancer with these small changes

It’s one of the biggest steps you can take to cut your risk of colon cancer.

A new study shows how this deadly disease forms… AND just how to stop it if you’re willing to make a few small changes. It’s a powerful cancer-fighting lifestyle that’ll keep this disease in your rear-view mirror for good, and I’ve got just what you need to get started.

The new study looked at data on some 120,000 people to see if they could spot patterns between certain foods and the risk of developing the colorectal cancers that kill more than 50,000 Americans per year.

Many of the details in this study make a whole lot of sense — like the fact that healthy foods such as leafy greens will help you avoid colon cancer, while certain OTHER foods, especially junk foods such as processed meats and sugars, will increase your risk of the disease.

Overall, the study finds that the more inflammation-causing foods you have in your diet, the higher your risk of developing colorectal cancers.

Guys, a diet high in inflammatory foods will increase your cancer risk by 44 percent. Ladies, the risk isn’t quite as big for you, but it’s still there: High-inflammation foods will boost your risk of this disease by 22 percent.

When you look at the big picture, what the new study found isn’t too different from what you’ve read here in House Calls over the years: Inflammation is a major risk factor for chronic diseases including certain forms of cancer and especially colorectal cancer.

And the key to cutting your risk of this disease (and so many others) is in avoiding the things that trigger inflammation.

But the study ONLY looked at food… and food isn’t the ONLY cause of inflammation.

Sure, your diet is a major source — especially if you eat a lot of processed junk, saturated fats, and red meat.

But inflammation can also be triggered by medication, stress, out-of-whack hormones, and more.

For example, estrogen is a powerful inflammation-fighter in women. When those levels drop after menopause, inflammation can rise even if you eat a perfect diet.

Of course, eat a healthy diet low in processed foods and other sources of inflammation, especially sugar in all of its forms.

Just don’t get too excited over one of the eyebrow-raising conclusions of the new study, which is that you can cut your risk of colon cancer… by eating pizza!

Slice-lovers, I know that it may sound like a dream come true to you, but DON’T get on the horn to Domino’s. The crust alone is enough to send inflammation blazing through your body — not to mention that the cured meats and melty cheese that will surely be sitting on top of it.

What you really need to do is work with a doctor to find and fight ALL of the sources of inflammation — including the “hidden” ones.

And that may mean eliminating unnecessary medications and balancing out your hormones.

Mediterranean diet cuts frailty risk

Slash your risk of frailty in half

You don’t know exactly when it happened, but you know that it happened.

The strength you once relied on… the power that gave you mobility and independence and protected you from injury and pain… seems to have gone AWOL.

Some docs will tell you that it’s just “getting older.”

All I can say is “bunk!”

Growing OLDER doesn’t mean growing WEAKER. You can remain vibrant and healthy into your 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond and keep the strength, vitality, and energy of folks half your age.

Now, the latest research shows how you can keep all that by focusing on what’s on your plate and in your fridge.

You already know how a garbage diet can lead to weight gain, obesity, and all of the health risks that come with them.

The new study goes further.

It shows what foods you can eat to improve your health and specifically preserve your strength and prevent frailty.

And I’ve got a feeling you’re going to love these foods.

The same foods are at the heart of the Mediterranean diet, and they can also help you avoid frailty — and not just by a little bit.

The new review of four studies finds that it can cut your risk in HALF!

Frailty isn’t a single condition so much as a collection of problems that gang up on you to make you miserable. There’s the telltale loss of strength and muscle, but it’s also more than that.

It’s missing out on all the things that give you pleasure because you simply don’t have the energy anymore.

You could also lose weight — perhaps dramatically — even if you’re not dieting.

That last one might sound terrific, especially if you have a few pounds to spare. But there’s nothing great about weight loss when it’s your body literally wasting away around you while you’re still using it!

The Mediterranean diet can help prevent all that, and the new study finds that the closer your follow it, the bigger your benefits. It’s so effective that the researchers said evidence from across all four studies, conducted in both Europe and Asia, were “very consistent.”

In other words, THIS is the one diet you want if you’re hoping for healthy and successful aging, especially since this same healthy lifestyle can also prevent all the other conditions that often strike older folks: heart attack, stroke, and dementia.

I’ll have one more reason to give this diet a shot on Sunday. Guys, this one will be especially for you.

Keep an eye on your inbox!

C. diff infections linked to common food additive

Common food additive linked to deadly diarrhea

If people knew what all the funny words listed on ingredients panels really meant, they’d NEVER touch processed food.

Polydimethylsiloxane, used in chicken nuggets, is a silicon polymer also used in silly putty and breast implants.

EWW!

That’s why I have a simple rule: If I don’t recognize the word immediately, I’m not putting it in my body.

Today, I’ve got the inside scoop on another ingredient you don’t want anywhere near your body.

It’s a sweetener and stabilizer that’s quietly been slipped into processed foods, baked goods, and ice cream in recent years.

And it could slowly… quietly… and secretly be setting you up for a battle with a deadly infection.

It’s called trehalose, which the FDA listed as “generally recognized as safe” back in 2000.

Since that very same year, the number of infections with a deadly germ called Clostridium difficile has jumped dramatically. Within a decade, infections more than tripled.

Normally, you could just chalk that up to a freak coincidence.

But not in this case.

A new study in Nature looks at why a common and very dangerous strain called ribotype 027 is so different from all the others… and why it’s been on the rampage, specifically since the year 2000.

It just LOVES trehalose.

Like most germs, the ribotype 027 strain of C. diff won’t necessarily make you sick the moment you’re exposed. Your natural defenses can overwhelm it, shut it down, and wipe it out (or at least keep it under control)… and you’ll never even know it’s there.

You only get sick if your body can’t handle it, like if you’ve got a weaker immune system or have taken an antibiotic that’s wiped out the good bacteria needed to keep C. diff under control.

Or, as in this case, if the bacteria has found a fuel supply: trehalose.

The study in Nature finds that this dangerous strain of C. diff can use trehalose to grow, thrive, spread, and overwhelm your immune system.

That leads to infection — specifically, diarrhea so severe that it can be deadly, especially in older patients who might already have other health problems.

And you could quietly be building your own colony of this germ — right now! — and unwittingly feeding it just what it needs to slowly take over.

Call it one more reason to WATCH what you eat and KNOW what you’re eating.

Stick to foods with simple natural ingredients you know and recognize.

Better yet, make your food yourself. You’ll not only know exactly what you’re eating, you’ll also enjoy better, healthier, and more delicious meals without silicon, sand, or bug bits.