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  1. Watchful waiting for prostate cancer

    When no treatment is the best treatment

    It's the look I know all too well -- the look of panic I see in the eyes of nearly every newly diagnosed cancer patient.

    The look that says "DO SOMETHING!"

    But in many cases, the best "something" is actually nothing at all -- and that's especially true when it comes to prostate cancer. In fact, this disease is one case where less is often a whole lot more.

    In one new study, researchers compared two common treatment-free approaches to prostate cancer: active surveillance and watchful waiting.

    As the name suggests, "active" surveillance involves more work -- more tests, and more trips to the doctor.

    But as the study shows, men don't get better outcomes from it.

    In fact, they have roughly the same risk of death as men who take the more hands-off "watchful waiting" approach.

    So far, that's a tie.

    But it didn't remain that way -- because men who take the active surveillance approach are more than twice as likely to undergo treatment for prostate cancer as men who choose watchful waiting.

    That's an important difference, because treatment can be even worse than the disease itself, leading to long-term and even lifelong battles with incontinence, impotence, and other side effects.

    As a result, the new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that "watchful waiting" leads to the best quality of life without actually increasing the risk of death.

    And that means "less" really is "more" when it comes to this disease.

    I know this runs counter to the "DO SOMETHING!" instinct that comes with a cancer diagnosis. But the fact is, prostate tumors grow very slowly -- so slowly they will never pose a threat to most men.

    And if you want to make sure those tumors remain harmless and feel like you're doing "SOMETHING" to fight cancer, there are some natural supplements you can take that can slow the disease further -- including selenium.

    In one recent study, this trace mineral was shown to slash the risk of potentially deadly stage III and IV prostate tumors by as much as 63 percent, and you can read more about that right here.

    For more on the best nutritional approaches to beating cancer -- any cancer -- work closely with an experienced holistic physician. And if you're in Southern California, I can help.

    Contact my clinic at 1-855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

  2. Statin side effects cause sprains, strains and dislocations

    New muscle risk linked to statin drugs

    The best thing for your heart isn't a drug, least of all the cholesterol-lowering statin meds most mainstream docs are pushing on everyone these days.

    It's plain old blood-pumping, sweat-producing exercise -- and even the doctors who prescribe drugs such as statins will tell you as much.

    Of course, they'll tell you to do both -- take the statin, and get some exercise. What they won't tell you is that the statin side effects can actually make it difficult or even impossible to engage in any kind of healthy physical activity at all.

    That's because the statin side effects can leave you battling crippling pain, as new research finds these medications can increase your risk of strains, sprains and even dislocations.

    The study of 14,000 active-duty American soldiers and veterans finds statins such as simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) can increase the risk of serious musculoskeletal problems by 19 percent.

    The most common injuries were the strains, sprains and dislocations I just mentioned, and your own risk of getting one of those three injuries will jump by 13 percent while on statins, according to the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    The problem here, of course, is that the study focused on people who are already active -- servicemen and women. Many of them are fit and should be less likely to battle those injuries in the first place.

    Out in the rest of the world, in people who aren't nearly as active, that injury risk could be even higher.

    And that's not the only way statins side effects can block your ability to exercise. If you know anyone who's taken these meds -- or if you've taken them yourself -- then you might know firsthand about one of the most common risks.

    It's muscle pain, and not just the ordinary grin-and-bear-it aches that come with life. It's real and lasting pain -- and in some cases, it can be debilitating and even crippling.

    But even if you manage to avoid the muscle pain… even if you don't get bitten by the injury bug and get laid up with a sprain, strain or dislocation… even if you take a statin and get all the exercise you think you need and then some… the drugs could still be undermining you.

    As I told you just a few weeks ago, statins side effects can actually wipe out many of the benefits of exercise -- and people who take them show little to no gain in overall aerobic fitness and no improvements in muscle energy.

    You can read more about this stunning study right here.

    And let's not forget about the other risks of statin drugs, including diabetes, memory loss and sexual dysfunction, as well as liver and kidney damage.

    It's just not worth it. And the reality is, you don't have to take those drugs anyway -- because most people don't even need them in the first place.

    Despite what you've been told, "high" cholesterol often isn't high at all. In many cases, it's just right -- because mainstream targets for cholesterol are actually set far too low.

    And when cholesterol levels fall too far, you face risks in everything from your muscle to your brain to your immune system -- all of which rely on cholesterol.

    I had the full story on the benefits of cholesterol just a couple of months ago, and you can read it for free right here in my online archives.

    PS: I've got more to tell you about cholesterol -- including some factors even more important than cholesterol numbers, such as LDL oxidation and particle size. If you're a subscriber to my printed newsletter Health Revelations, use the password in your current issue to dig into my online archives for the full story in the May and June 2012 issues.

    Not a subscriber? Then it's time to take the mystery out of your own cholesterol numbers once and for all. Learn more right here.

  3. Natural cure for UTI

    Not every urinary tract infection needs meds -- and some need nothing at all. New research shows how some infections clear up on their own, over time.
  4. Types of pesticides linked to Parkinson’s

    Pesticides and other common chemicals can increase your risk of Parkinson's disease, according to new research.
  5. Prescription painkillers increase heart risk

    Common NSAID painkillers can increase the risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.
  6. Taking blood pressure can predict dementia risk

    A type of blood pressure reading called central blood pressure can help predict your risk of dementia, according to new research.
  7. Taking magnesium can reduce your heart risk by a third

    The mineral magnesium can decrease your risk of heart disease by 30 percent, according to new research.
  8. Cholesterol meds may cause diabetes

    New research confirms that statin drugs -- including some of the best-selling drugs in the world -- can increase the risk of diabetes.
  9. Olive oil benefits vs. fish oil benefits

    A new study claims to find no benefit for fish oil -- but that's only thanks to some shady research tricks. Get the real story here.
  10. Ease signs of asthma naturally with vitamin D

    New study finds that vitamin D can slash levels of a protein associated with increased asthmatic breathing problems.
  11. Chamomile tea benefits turn off cancer cells

    A new study finds that a compound extracted from chamomile tea can switch off the defect that allows some cancer cells to survive and thrive.
  12. Feeling depressed doubles stroke risk

    A new Australian study finds that depression may double stroke risk in women... even younger ones in their 40's and 50's.
  13. Getting fit slashes risk of cancer and heart disease

    A new study finds that keeping fit can dramatically slash your risk for lung and colon cancer as well as heart disease.
  14. B vitamins can help protect against memory problems

    A new study confirms that ordinary B vitamins can fight dementia slowing down the physical deterioration in the brain that goes with it.
  15. Opioid painkillers linked to low testosterone levels

    A new study has uncovered a link between opioid painkillers, low testosterone, and erection problems.
  16. Anticholinergic drugs linked to dementia in seniors

    A new study finds that anticholinergic drugs like Tylenol PM and Benadryl could boost your odds of cognitive decline or dementia in as little as two months.
  17. Sugary drinks could be one of the causes of kidney stones

    A new study links sugar sweetened drinks like soda and fruit punch to a rise in kidney stone risks.
  18. New cholesterol drug isn’t for you

    A new cholesterol med combines two old ones -- but you don't need any of these drugs to get your LDL under control.
  19. Chain restaurants use too much salt

    New data shows chain restaurants haven't cut back on salt as promised. In fact, levels have actually increased.
  20. How fish oil can stop oxidative stress

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can give the brain the power it needs to fight the oxidative stress that can lead to dementia.

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