Diet and Food Safety

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Prostate cancer recurrence linked to dairy

    This common breakfast item can turn prostate cancer deadly Guys, it's time to wipe away that milk mustache. Despite the feel-good ad campaigns, it DOESN'T do a body good -- and it's especially dangerous to one part of your body in particular. It's a part that's very near and dear to you. Yes, it's "down there" -- specifically, your prostate...
  9. Cholesterol control is about more than just LDL

    The ultimate secret to PERFECT cholesterol It's time to turn the tables on your doctor. Normally, he's the one dishing out the advice, right? Well, friend, today I'm going to let you in on a little secret to heart protection that's going to help give you PERFECT cholesterol levels by the most important measures possible. And it works in as...
  10. Celiac disease test could hurt millions

    What your doc doesn't understand about gluten There's a new test for celiac disease that promises a simpler, safer, faster, and more accurate diagnosis. And it's bound to be a total nightmare! Here's the problem: The mainstream has an absolutely rigid view of what gluten can do to people. As far as it's concerned, you either have celiac disease and...
  11. COPD risk cut with tomatoes

    Slow aging in your lungs with this one delicious fruit An apple a day may not keep the doctor away... but two tomatoes are another story. Enjoy a pair a day, and you just might avoid the pulmonologist! New research shows how working a pair of tomatoes into your meals each day can protect your lungs from two kinds of...
  12. Fasting can boost health in as little as 2 days

    Try this trick the day after Christmas Merry Christmas! Today, we celebrate the moment God sent his one and only Son to our sin-filled world to redeem us with the promise of everlasting life. It's a time to be surrounded by family and other loved ones -- and I hope tonight you all sit down together for a big feast...
  13. Breakfast skippers could face higher heart risk

    The one shortcut you should never take You know what happens when you take shortcuts. Sometimes, you really do get where you're going faster... but usually, you find yourself backing out of a dark alley riddled with potholes big enough to swim in. That's just as true with your health as it is on the streets, as new research reveals...
  14. Cholesterol levels slashed with green tea

    The 'green' secret to perfect cholesterol It's practically 2018... yet when it comes to cholesterol, your doc may as well be in the Stone Age. We know that LOWER isn't always better. We know that you actually NEED cholesterol, including the LDL cholesterol that's often dismissed as the "bad" kind. We know that it's far BETTER and far SAFER to...
  15. Overeating linked to food smells

    Is your NOSE making you overeat? Does anything smell better than December? There's the scent of a freshly cut Christmas tree... the burning wood in your fireplace... and all of those delicious foods. But it's that last one you have to watch for. The smell alone can wreck your diet! New research shows how sniffing out your next meal can...
  16. Lead found in decorative glassware

    Are you being poisoned by your holiday plates and cups? Some folks wait until a few days before Christmas, throw up a small tree, and call it a holiday. Others start right after Halloween, redecorating every surface of the home. And some are right in the middle, waiting until at least tomorrow -- after Thanksgiving -- to break out the...
  17. Capsaicin can help you cut salt

    Too much salt? This little trick can help We all want to cut back on salt... but none of us want to make the switch to bland, lifeless, and flavorless foods. As it turns out, you don't have to. You can cut back on salt and love every minute of it -- and you don't have to make any sacrifices...
  18. Bagged salad loses nutrition

    How to make salad less healthy in 8 days We're all busy. I get it. I certainly understand the appeal of bagged salads. You cut open a bag, dump it into a bowl, and -- voilà -- there's your salad in seconds. No cutting. No washing. No mixing. None of it. And it's all perfectly healthy. Or so you'd like...
  19. Food allergies strike adults, too

    Believing this myth can make you suffer in silence "Food allergies... me??? I don't have any food allergies!" Yes, many folks are often stunned when the test results come back -- and that's thanks to an old myth. They believe not only that they don't have food allergies... but that they can't possibly get them, either. Many people -- even...
  20. Licorice linked to heartbeat problems

    How Santa's 'coal' could hurt you! In just one week, the Christmas season will officially be here -- and with it, all the traditions we love. There's music... decorations... and, of course, food. So much food! Let's face it: Whether it's pies, cakes, candies, or just a rich meal, most of those yuletide treats aren't exactly healthy. But there's one...

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