Heart and Cardiovascular

  1. Hypertension ‘triple’ drug has three times the risks

    New BP med will TRIPLE your troubles!

    In what has to be the WORST example yet of the push to over-medicate millions of American seniors, the mainstream has cooked up a terrifying new drug.

    It’s a single pill.

    But locked inside each one, you’ll find THREE different drugs for blood pressure.

    That’s three sets of risks in one handy pill. But as far as the mainstream’s concerned, it also means three times the sales… and three times the profits.

    It’s been hyping up this up-and-coming drug all year long. I even warned you about it here in House Calls back in the spring.

    Now, it’s giving it another big push, which should worry everyone – because that means your doctor could push this drug on you soon enough.

    He’ll come at you with a pretty tempting sales pitch, too.

    Your blood pressure is too high, he’ll warn. He may even break out a chart to show where you stand against the latest guidelines… and tell you that one drug just isn’t enough to bring most folks down into the zone.

    But, he’ll say, the three-in-one pill can.

    It worked for 70 percent of the patients in the new study, compared to only half of those who were given a single drug for their hypertension.

    That might sound good, especially if you’ve heard all the hype about high blood pressure.

    But that says more about our crazy guidelines than the drugs!

    They’ve been written and rewritten so many times that it’s practically impossible to meet them without the help of drugs. They’re now so low, low, low that most folks will never reach the targets on their own or even with one drug.

    They need two, three, or more – just as the new study shows.

    But what it neglects to mention is that hitting those targets won’t help nearly as much as the mainstream wants you to think.

    And the multiple drugs you’ll have to take to get there could HURT you instead!

    A single BP med can lead to unsteadiness and dizziness, triggering dangerous falls. Those types of drugs are also known to cause cognitive problems like memory loss.

    Taking THREE drugs at once -- even if they’re at lower doses, as they are in the new pill -- could increase the odds of battling one or more side effects.

    It’s time to get back to common sense on blood pressure.

    Instead of panicking the moment your numbers jump even a little bit… and gobbling three or more meds for “control”… work with a doctor who knows when it’s high enough to need treatment and when it’s not worth the effort.

    If you do need to bring your levels down, you still don’t need those pills. Natural treatments -- including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and coenzyme Q10 -- can all help control blood pressure without the risks.

    Need more help? I’m here for you! 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!

  2. Stroke survivors need vitamin D

    What EVERY stroke survivor needs ASAP

    It’s one thing to survive a stroke. It’s quite another to come out the other side without missing a step.

    Even when the stroke doesn’t KILL you, it could WRECK you.

    The damage left behind by stoke is one of the leading causes of disability in seniors. It can stop you from getting out, keeping active, and doing the things you love.

    But not YOU!

    New research reveals a safe and natural way to recover faster and get back to normal activities.

    What you need is vitamin D.

    In patients with low D levels, vitamin shots led to improvements in balance and helped people return to their pre-stroke activity levels.

    That’s a BIG win for a safe and natural therapy.

    But believe it or not, the real benefits may be even bigger, because there’s a huge flaw in the study – and it’s one I believe could actually HIDE the true wonders of vitamin D in stroke recovery.

    Like many studies on D, the patients weren’t given daily supplement.

    They were given a single massive injection, supposedly three months of vitamin D in one 300,000 IU shot.

    Since the inactive form of D has a half-life of 15 days in the body, that would SEEM like enough to keep levels high for the duration of the study.

    But that may not always be the case.

    Your body converts the inactive form to the active form as needed, and that active form only has a half-life of 15 hours. Since these patients all had low D levels at the start of the study, it’s a safe bet that more of it was converted to the active form early on.

    That would mean much lower levels of the inactive form early on – and by the end of the study, these folks could’ve been right back to square one, suffering from low vitamin D levels all over again.

    There are cases where a mega-dose shot might be needed… but in many cases, it’s better to get daily doses of D instead.

    Don’t stop with D.

    A study earlier this year found that gingko can protect nerve cells after a stroke, leading to a quicker and faster recovery. Over six months, folks who took gingko after a stroke had improvements in executive function, neurological function, and memory -- as well as a better overall quality of life.

    Since gingko thins the blood and many stroke survivors are on blood thinners, be sure to talk to your doctor before taking it.

    And don’t forget the single best way to prevent a stroke: Stick to the Mediterranean diet, which is proven to cut your risk of having one in half.

    For some one-on-one help and an all-natural stroke-fighting strategy tailored to your needs, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in the San Diego area.

    Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation, and be sure to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Heart failure linked to common pollutants

    Could your heart fail… from BREATHING? It’s one of the deadliest conditions you could have – and unfortunately, it’s all too common. Nearly 1 in 10 American deaths involve heart failure. And with some 6 million others battling the condition right now, more are joining them every day. You can work your tail off to avoid this disease (as you...
  4. Grilling can raise blood pressure

    Barbecuing? Read this first! Here in San Diego, every season is grilling season. But throughout most of the nation, the covers are only just now coming off of the barbecues as the snow melts, the temperatures rise, and you can go outside without dressing like an Eskimo. And honestly, is there anything better than fresh food cooked over an open...
  5. Heart surgery patients need vitamin D

    What EVERY heart patient needs before surgery It's the science-backed therapy that can make a life-or-death difference if you're having heart surgery. It's safe... it's cheap... it's readily available... and it comes with no side effects. Odds are, though, you won't get it unless you ask! New research proves once again that high doses of vitamin D before heart surgery...
  6. Hypertension drug is triple the trouble in one pill

    The TRIPLE THREAT drug aimed at YOU Docs know that you're sick to death of swallowing so many pills. And they know that you absolutely don't want to choke on any more than what you're taking already. So, they're cooking up a plan right now to sneak more meds down your throat in a plot so sinister that it sounds...
  7. Heart disease deaths linked to lead exposure

    Are you secretly being poisoned? You hear a lot about heavy metal here at my clinic, and I don't mean that awful noise on the radio. As bad as the "music" is, there's another kind of heavy metal that's worse. At least with the stuff on the radio, the only risk is to your hearing. This OTHER heavy metal can...
  8. Statins flunk new study of heart patients

    Statins FLUNK major test in heart patients The moment you have a heart problem, your doc will put you on cholesterol drugs. "It's time to get serious," he'll say, using his most serious voice. "No more messing around." Yet that's EXACTLY what he's doing! While you're in desperate need of help to protect your ailing ticker, he's messing around, as...
  9. Vitamin D cuts death risk in heart patients

    The one vitamin that EVERY heart patient needs Don't wait for summer to get some sun. If you've got heart disease... if you're even at risk for the condition... you need a little sunshine now. The warmth of the sun doesn't just FEEL good on a spring day. It's CRITICAL to your health -- and new research shows how the...
  10. Varicose veins linked to clot risk

    Are your varicose veins telling you something? It's one of those in-your-face reminders of age -- something that none of us like to see, but most of us have probably thought of as harmless. But new research reveals the ugly truth about varicose veins. They're more than just unsightly. They could be dangerous -- and they might even be deadly...
  11. Heart disease? Avoid this antibiotic

    URGENT: New warning for heart patients The feds are out with a new warning that's making big headlines... stunning doctors and patients alike. The FDA says that a wildly popular antibiotic can HURT and even KILL heart patients. And it's urging docs to limit or avoid the meds in these folks. The agency is acting like it's protecting you. It...
  12. Heart attacks often missed in women

    Docs often MISS this life-threatening cardiac event Could emergency room doctors completely MISS a heart attack? You'd better believe they can! It happens. It happens all the time, especially for seemingly healthy women who are often sent home after mild chest pain without basic tests. "Oh, it's nothing," the friendly ER doc will offer in reassurance. And since the chest...
  13. 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...
  14. Lungs damaged by household cleaners

    Common cleaning products can damage your lungs It's the kind of damage in the lungs that we normally see in people with a longtime cigarette habit. Except you can have it in your own lungs... right now... even if you've never taken a puff or lived with a smoker! Many common cleaning chemicals -- including the stuff you use in...
  15. Stroke risk linked to common medications

    Could your DOCTOR cause a stroke? It's the SECRET stroke risk factor -- hiding in plain sight! We all know the risk factors for a stroke. At least, we THINK we know them. There's high blood pressure, poor diet, obesity, and old age. But the new study exposes what may be the biggest risk factor of all, potentially more dangerous...
  16. Women often wait to get help after a heart attack

    What women need after a heart attack It's one of the most urgent pieces of advice that I can give anyone: If you even SUSPECT there MIGHT be something going wrong in your heart, don't wait it out. Get help. Get it now. Common sense? It should be... but new research shows how it's not quite common enough. Too many...
  17. Breast cancer treatment puts heart at risk

    URGENT: New warning for breast cancer survivors It's the one thing they WON'T tell you about breast cancer treatments. Sure, your docs will admit that you'll be in for some of the worst days of your life. They'll warn that you'll be run-down and worn-out with fatigue. And they'll tell you straight up that you could lose everything from your...
  18. Alarming new tumor risk linked to cellphones

    Cellphones in alarming new tumor link Your cellphone is safe! That's what a new study claims, anyway, with researchers saying that constant exposure to cellphone radiation WON'T give you a tumor. And the media -- which treat every new iPhone launch like a national celebration -- are eating it right up. No doubt, millions of Americans are relieved by the...
  19. Aspirin can hurt heart failure patients

    The first advice given to heart failure patients is dead wrong It's the first piece of advice the docs will give you when they send you home from the hospital after heart failure: Take your aspirin! Daily aspirin isn't merely "recommended" after a heart attack or heart failure. It's practically assumed. You know what happens when you assume, right? Well...
  20. Vitamins slash heart attack risk

    The REAL secret to surviving a heart attack The cholesterol-obsessed mainstream is going to have a tough time explaining this one! Turns out, there IS something patients can take after a heart attack to slash their risk of serious problems -- including death. And it's NOT a statin! New research finds that high-dose vitamins given after a heart attack can...

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