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  1. The cancer-busting diet you can start today

    What do tumors and bellies have in common? They both get bigger on a high-carb diet.

    A new study on mice finds that a low-carb diet can slow, stop, and even prevent cancer.

    Researchers from the British Columbia Cancer Research Center in Canada injected different types of tumors into mice and then put them onto either a typical Western diet (55 percent carbs, 23 percent protein, and 22 percent fat), or a low-carb diet (15 percent carbs, 25 percent fat, and 60 percent protein).

    Even though the diets had the same number of calories, the carb-happy mice put on more weight. Even more alarmingly, their tumors grew consistently faster -- as if they were powered by carbs.

    The researchers also carried out a similar experiment on mice predisposed to breast cancer and found that nearly half of those on the Western diet got the disease in their first year... versus none among the low-carb mice.

    Over the longer term, only 30 percent of the low-carb mice developed the disease before they died, versus 70 percent of rodents on the high-carb diet.

    The researchers wrote in Cancer Research that although the rodents had a two-year life expectancy, only one of the mice in the high-carb group reached it -- while half the mice in the low-carb group reached or beat that expiration date.

    Obviously, it's a study on mice -- not people. But the researchers say the connection was so strong that it seems highly likely that it would apply to humans as well.

    And that means if you're not on a low-carb diet yet, you might want to get started on one ASAP.

    In addition to lowering your risk for cancer and causing tumors to starve, a high-protein diet low in sugar and other carbohydrates can slash your risk for diabetes, heart disease and more.

    And if you've heard that a low-carb diet is bad for your arteries, you heard wrong: A recent study found no difference in vascular health between low-carb dieters and those who tried the low-fat approach.

    Another mainstream myth bites the dust!

    If all those health benefits of a low-carb diet aren't enough, consider this: It's also the fastest way to lose weight... and the surest way to keep it off for good.

  2. The 'secret ingredient' in coffee

    I love a good mystery -- and there's one brewing right now in the world of coffee.

    You've probably already heard that java can help protect you against everything from dementia to Parkinson's to colon cancer.

    Now, a new study has found two ingredients in particular that seem to work together to protect you against Alzheimer's disease. One is caffeinate, and the other is...well, that's where the mystery comes in.

    Previous research had shown that pure caffeine itself improved cognition in mice with symptoms of Alzheimer's. But according to the results of this latest study, caffeinated coffee could give you an even bigger brain boost than caffeine alone. Take a look...

    Researchers from Tampa's University of South Florida gave mice either pure caffeine, regular coffee, or decaf coffee. They found that mice that got the "real" brew had the highest blood levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor, or GCSF.

    That's a protein that plays a key role in the immune system. High levels of it has also been linked to better memory, and low levels have been tied to Alzheimer's.

    It's no wonder GCSF is such a powerhouse. The researchers say that it benefits your brain in three different ways.

    First, it suppresses the production of beta amyloid, the plaque that is believed to be the cause of Alzheimer's. But
    it doesn't stop there. GCSF also goes to work destroying any existing beta amyloid. Finally, it produces connections in your brain, and encourages the birth of new brain cells.

    Since pure caffeine alone didn't produce the same surge in GCSF, researchers believe it's the combination with the "mystery ingredient" that provides the boost.

    Coffee -- especially espresso -- is also one of the top natural sources of niacin, a key vitamin that can help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

    One recent study found women who drank more than a cup a day had a 25 percent lower risk of stroke than women who drank no coffee.

    And of course, one of coffee's most notable effects on your brain is its ability to wake it up each day. I know my own
    always seems to function just a little bit better after the second cup.

  3. Take a stand against sitting

    Too much time on your rear could put your bottom at risk and your life on the line: A new study finds that people who work sedentary jobs have a dramatically higher risk of colorectal cancers.
  4. The simple test your doc always gets wrong

    The best person to check your blood pressure is you -- and the best place to do it is in the comfort of your own home. Your doctor might have the best technique in the world, but he could still get it wrong every single time -- because his very presence could be causing your BP levels to skyrocket.
  5. Diabetes 'cures' you don't need

    The mainstream is finally ready to admit you can beat diabetes without meds -- too bad they're still on the wrong track!

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