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  1. Magnesium over cholesterol meds

    Slash your heart risk with this mineral

    There's a little bit of good news in the new statin recommendations: They're so extreme that even many mainstream doctors are questioning them.

    So while the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are trying to double the number of Americans on cholesterol meds, many doctors are now (finally) willing to try something else.

    Something safe... and something natural.

    Well, I happen to have just what the doctor ordered. It's not cholesterol meds, it's not new, edgy or trendy and it's not going to make anyone rich.

    But it will save lives.

    It's magnesium, the essential mineral that keeps your heart beating -- and new research confirms that it can save more lives than those cholesterol meds ever will, especially if you give it to the millions of people facing a high risk of heart problems.

    And if you're a high-risk heart patient yourself, boosting your magnesium levels to 442 mg a day or higher can cut your risk of death from heart problems by 59 percent, according to the study of 7,216 older men and women.

    If that's not enough of a reason to up your magnesium intake, the study also finds it could slash your risk of death from cancer by 37 percent and the risk of death from any cause by more than a third.

    If a study on a drug ever found those benefits, you can bet there would be a push to put it in the water supply. But since it's magnesium, it barely gets any attention at all, especially when it's compared to cholesterol meds.

    I'd say it's time to start paying attention to magnesium -- and paying attention to how much you're getting.

    Odds are, it's not enough. By most estimates, up to 80 percent of Americans are deficient.

    It's tough to get all the magnesium you need from diet alone these days, especially if you're eating anything close to the modern diet. Even a healthy diet can fall short.

    And you can't count on your multivitamin here. Magnesium takes up so much room in the capsules that most multis contain just a small fraction of what you need.

    That means you should take a separate magnesium supplement. Look for one that contains magnesium glycinate, the form that's most easily used by your body.

  2. Benefits of probiotics improve mental health

    Stomach bugs can boost your mood

    It's one of the most promising new mental health treatments in generations -- and you don't need to park yourself on a shrink's sofa to get it.

    It's not a drug, so you don't need a prescription, either.

    In fact, you don't even need a doctor at all.

    All you need is a quality probiotic supplement, because new research on the benefits of probiotics confirms that a bellyful of these stomach-friendly bugs can protect your brain, ease stress, fight anxiety and beat depression.

    They're being dubbed "psychobiotics" for their mood-boosting benefits, and the review of emerging science finds you can feel the difference in just a few short weeks.

    One of the studies in the review shows that the benefits of probiotics can boost the mood of older folks in 21 days. In another, supplements with Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and B longum eased stress and reduced levels of the "stress hormone" cortisol in just one month.

    And in a third study, an active strain of L casei taken three times a day eased anxiety in patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

    All three of these studies were placebo-controlled -- but what really stands out here is not just that the benefits of probiotics worked and beat the placebo.

    It's that they worked so fast, taking effect in just a few weeks.

    Psychiatric drugs, on the other hand, can take months to kick in-- and that's when they work at all. And whether they work or not, mood meds come with serious risks ranging from physical problems such as stomach disorders, sexual dysfunction and weight gain to mental ones such as personality changes and even suicide.

    That's why I don't recommend these drugs to my own patients and prefer natural options such as probiotics instead.

    That said, while the benefits of probiotics are an important piece of the puzzle, they're just that: one piece of a large and complicated puzzle.

    The rest of the picture will be based on the cause of the problem, from life problems such as work and relationship issues to nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and even undiagnosed illness.

    Work with a holistic physician who can help determine the cause of your problem -- and once you narrow down that cause, you can get to work on correcting it naturally.

    And whether you suffer mood disorders or not, a probiotic supplement is always a good idea.

  3. Stomach acid meds and vitamin B12 deficiency

    Common stomach acid meds taken by millions can leave you deficient in vitamin B12, a nutrient needed by your heart, brain and more.
  4. Beat problems with ObamaCare by switching doctors

    ObamaCare may be unaffordable to many -- but a holistic doctor isn't. Find out how to make the switch today.
  5. Effects of obesity can kill you

    Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and death even if you appear to be healthy by every other measure.
  6. Stomach issues? Tell your doctor!

    Chronic stomach problems such as cramps, gas and diarrhea could be a sign of a more serious condition.
  7. Benefits of exercise help hip problems

    A little bit of movement can postpone or even cancel hip replacement surgery in seniors with osteoarthritis, according to a study.
  8. Natural remedies for headaches

    Doctors are being told to skip CT scans and pass on painkillers for migraine patients. So what's the real answer?
  9. How to spot sudden cardiac arrest before it starts

    Sudden cardiac arrest isn't always sudden -- and you could have warning signs up to a month beforehand. Learn them now.
  10. Kidney damage symptoms strike 1 in 10 Americans

    There's been a massive rise in the number of kidney disease patients -- and common processed foods and sugary drinks are to blame.
  11. The new trans-fat ban

    The FDA's ban on trans fats doesn't mean the end of trans fats. Learn about the loophole that could kill you.
  12. How to get on the path to healthy aging

    More than 20 million Americans are disabled because of osteoarthritis -- and in many cases, the condition is caused or worsened by obesity.
  13. Acetaminophen and alcohol can damage kidneys

    The painkiller acetaminophen when taken with booze can damage the kidneys and double your risk of kidney disease, according to the latest research.
  14. High-dose flu vaccine falls short

    The new high-dose flu shot aimed at seniors is being billed as more effective, but new numbers show it's really not very effective at all.
  15. Effects of depression speed aging of your cells

    Depression can make you old before your time, speeding the aging process on a cellular level and taking as much as six years off your life, according to new research.
  16. New guidelines for statins

    There's a new push to put tens of millions of new patients onto cholesterol meds -- even if they're largely healthy and don't have high cholesterol.
  17. Lose weight and lower risk factors for heart disease

    Obesity alone, and not just the health conditions that often come with it, can increase your risk of a heart attack.
  18. The health benefits of fiber

    A diet low in fiber can put you at risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and even an early death.
  19. Hardening of the arteries boosts dementia risk

    Hardened arteries can damage the brain and boost your risk of memory loss and dementia.
  20. Mediterranean diet has good brain foods

    A Mediterranean diet can protect the brain from memory loss, depression, stroke, Parkinson's disease and more.

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