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  1. Cheat death with D

    Vitamin D will help you to live longer

    Imagine a pill that can help you to cheat death -- one that's safe, inexpensive and widely available.

    The mainstream will tell you that pill's an aspirin, or maybe a statin. You and I know that's not true, because both of those drugs come with major risks and are proven to hurt far more often than they help.

    But there is a pill that really can add years to your life, even if you're not sick.

    It's simple, safe, inexpensive and highly effective.

    It's vitamin D, of course, proven to help with everything from bone and brain health to immune support, which is why new research confirms that the lower your levels, the higher your risk of a premature demise from any cause.

    And if your D levels drop below optimal levels -- to the levels most Americans have right now -- you're facing double the risk of an early death, according to the new study of 566,583 people from 14 countries tracked for nearly a decade.

    What's remarkable about the study isn't just the outcome. We've seen that before.

    But no matter how many times we've seen it, researchers and doctors claim we need more studies before they can recommend vitamin D supplements.

    Not this time.

    No, the researchers behind this one are urging people to take supplements of up to 4,000 IUs of vitamin D per day, which is right in line with my own recommendations of 2,000 IUs to 5,000 IUs per day, depending on diet, lifestyle and other factors.

    The goal here isn't to just pop a supplement and consider yourself done, but to make sure you raise your blood levels of D to the optimal zone. The new study calls for 30 nanograms per milliliter or more, and that's a good start when you consider that two-thirds of us fall short of even those levels.

    But personally, I think you should aim a little higher. Emerging science shows that you need at least 35 ng/ml for optimal health.

    A holistic doctor can check your levels to determine how much you need, help you decide the best way to get it, and then follow up to make sure the supplements are doing their job.

  2. Cellphones harm sperm quality

    Cellphones can harm male fertility

    Men, if you're hoping to have kids -- either for the first time, or just want to add to your brood -- then do yourself a favor and take that cellphone out of your pocket.

    Despite what you've heard, the radiation from cellphone exposure is neither harmless nor negligible -- and when it's in your pocket, it can wipe out your hopes for future generations.

    One new review of 10 studies finds that keeping a phone in your pocket can lead to slower sperm that can't find the egg.

    In men with no cellphone exposure, between 50 percent and 85 percent of sperm have that natural ability to move toward the egg, called motility. But if you keep a cellphone in your pocket, that number drops by about 8 percent.

    Even worse, the review finds that it can also lead to a similar reduction in the number of living sperm.

    Sperm are very sensitive to radiation, especially the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones.

    It's not too dissimilar from the type of radiation used in microwave ovens, so it's probably not entirely inaccurate to say that your cellphone could be cooking your sperm to death.

    That's why, for example, a 2006 study found that men who used cellphones had measurably lower sperm counts than men who didn't. And remember, the phones of 2006 were very different -- they were smaller, more limited in function and we used them less.

    It's quite possible that today's phones, which have bigger batteries and more powerful antennas to handle more functions, could do even more damage.

    On the other hand, what your phone does to your testicles is nothing compared to what it'll do to your brain -- because emerging evidence confirms that regular cellphone use can increase the risk of brain tumors.

    For more on that risk, and a few ways to keep safe, read this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. Avoid HPV panic

    Two-thirds of all Americans carry the HPV virus, according to new research -- but there are natural ways to rid your body of it without resorting to dangerous vaccines.
  4. Walking can ease peripheral artery disease

    A simple home-based walking program can ease peripheral artery disease, new research confirms.
  5. Lunesta dose cut in half

    The FDA cut the dose of Lunesta in half because the drug can cause impairment well into the next day. In fact, the starting doses of the most common sleep meds are so dangerously high they may affect you're coordination, memory and even driving well into the next day.
  6. Common sleep drugs can kill heart patients

    Heart failure patients who take sleep drugs have a higher risk of heart problems and even death, new research finds.
  7. Vitamin D can help you beat cancer

    Vitamin D can help you fight cancer and win, especially if you have high levels of it before you're diagnosed, new research finds.
  8. Vitamin D improves quality of life

    Higher levels of vitamin D can improve your quality of life, including your mental health, and reduce the risk of disability. Find out the best way to up your D, and learn just how much to shoot for.
  9. Superbugs in your home

    Superbugs are turning up in people's homes, with one new study finding that homes are now a major source of MRSA, a drug-resistant germ once found only in hospitals. Find out what you can do to arm yourself against this deadly new threat.
  10. How women can prevent heart disease naturally

    A little bit of exercise can help women to prevent heart disease, new research confirms.
  11. Snacking can lead to fatty liver

    Snacking on fatty and sugary foods can increase fat around the liver and decrease insulin sensitivity in the organ, major risk factors for metabolic syndrome.
  12. Going organic can cut pesticide exposure by 90 percent

    Switching to a diet of organic foods will cut your exposure to the most dangerous class of pesticide by 90 percent, new research confirms.
  13. Battle MERS virus naturally

    Now that MERS has reached the United States, it's time to learn more about this deadly virus and how to protect yourself from it. Subject line segment: Battle MERS naturally
  14. Probiotics can cure the common cold

    Probiotics can reduce the duration of the common cold, new research confirms. Learn exactly what you need to know to be feeling better fast!
  15. Dealing with stress can save your life

    People who argue a lot, especially those who argue a lot with family, have a higher risk of an early death. Learn some quick tips for heading those disagreements off at the pass.
  16. Slash stroke risk factors in half

    Eating more fresh produce can slash your stroke risk by nearly a third, according to the latest research. Get the details on the super-simple and delicious “diet plan" that could have you cutting your stroke risk in HALF.
  17. Healthy heart benefits of exercise

    Seniors who exercise have better overall heart health, lowering their risk of serious heart problems such as heart attack.
  18. FDA recommends against aspirin therapy

    The FDA now admits daily aspirin is too dangerous for most people and does little to prevent a first heart attack. Find out the "prescription" for safe, natural heart health instead. Plus learn the one common mistake that could trigger a heart attack.
  19. Disease fighting health benefits of almonds

    Almonds can help fight off major disease and keep blood sugar under control, according to multiple new studies.
  20. VA hospitals lie and vets die

    American veterans in need of medical care were placed on secret waiting lists and left to suffer and even die.

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