1. Stress can undo benefits of healthy fats

    What a little stress does in your body

    Ladies, I know you do what you can to eat right and get a little movement.

    And if you're doing things right, you're getting plenty of the healthy fats at the heart of the Mediterranean diet, which will help cut your risk of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.

    But if you really want the disease-beating benefits of those healthy fats, you need to change more than just what's on your dinner plate.

    You need to fight off stress, too -- because the latest research shows how even moderate levels of that aggravation can cancel out the benefits of those health-boosting fats.

    I'll give you some quick tips on how to melt away stress in a moment.

    First, more on this study, which shows how stress can have immediate effects inside your body -- and it's so powerful, that a healthy meal could turn into an unhealthy one.

    In the study, women were given either a lousy meal with plenty of saturated fats from palm oil, or a very similar meal where the saturated fats were replaced with much healthier monounsaturated sunflower oil.

    They asked the women about stressful events over the past 24 hours and ran some blood tests.

    Then, on a different day, they repeated the experiment all over again.

    In women with normal levels of stress, there were clear differences -- and they were exactly what you'd expect.

    Levels of C-reactive protein and serum amyloid A, two markers of damaging inflammation, jumped after the saturated fat meal -- but not in most of the women who had the healthier fats.

    Women who ate saturated fats also had higher levels of markers of damage taking place in the arteries -- the kind that leads to nasty plaque building up, which in turn causes arteries to stiffen.

    Think about that next time you tell yourself one bad meal won't make a difference!

    Once again, most of the women who had the healthier meal didn't see that same damage.

    But there was one set of women who DID suffer high inflammation and stiffer arteries despite eating the healthier meal -- and it was the women who had been all stressed out.

    For them, it was as if the breakfast didn't matter, because after eating they had the same inflammation levels and artery risk as the women given the high-fat meals.

    So how do you cut stress?

    First, take a deep breath... and if you need a little more help, don't forget to take a moment out to pray.

    It always helps to put things in perspective.

    Second, get regular exercise. Even walking daily will help maintain stress hormone balance.

    And third, consider adrenal supplements that contain well-studied stress-busting herbs such as ashwagandha.

    Supplements of the probiotic bacteria Bifidobacterium longum can also cut levels of stress, including levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And they can be especially effective in seniors.

    Learn more in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Thyroid surgery gets better with experience

    Don’t schedule your thyroid surgery yet!

    We shop around for cars, televisions, and even toaster ovens. Yet many folks never shop around for a doctor…even when they need surgery.

    They get a referral, and that’s where they go.

    But new research shows how shopping around to find the best doc for the deed can make all the difference in the world – while going with the wrong one could leave you facing a longer, more painful recovery, and more serious complications.

    The new study focused on thyroid surgery, a procedure that some 130,000 Americans undergo every year.

    Some sail through with flying colors, while others end up miserable with complications – and the new study spots a major reason for it: Many docs simply don’t do the surgery enough to be good at it.

    Trust your thyroid to a doc who does the surgery just once a year, and you may as well make sure your hospital room is reserved in your name for a while – because 87 percent of patients who go these docs battle complications.

    But the more a doc operates, the lower the risk.

    I’m not going to waste your time with all the numbers, because there’s really just one that matters here: 21.

    If your doc is a member of the 21 Club – if he does the procedure at least 21 times per year – your risk of complications plunges to just 3 percent. In addition, you can bet on less bleeding, a lower risk of infection and respiratory problems, and a quicker recovery, according to the study in the Annals of Surgery.

    So don’t just go by the referral. Your doc probably means well when he makes it, but he’s not always choosing who’s best for the job (and that goes for any kind of procedure, not just thyroid surgery).

    He might send you to a practice where he has a financial stake. He might send you to a doc who sends him business in return. He might even make referrals just because he knows the guy or went to med school with him.

    Feel free to call the number on that referral, but be nosy – ask about his practice, experience and track record (and look him up online). A confident practice will have no problem answering those questions.

    But don’t stop there. Call around and use Google to find other options in your area. Ask the same questions – and make a decision based on the best answers.

    Of course, when it comes to thyroid surgery, it’s better to not need it at all – and there’s a simple step you can take tonight that can slash your risk of the cancer responsible for most of those procedures: Drink some chamomile tea.

    It’s the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long day, can help you to sleep better and longer, and a study last year found it will slash your risk of thyroid cancer by as much as 80 percent.

    Learn more right here.

  3. Osteopathic manipulation can ease chronic back pain

    Osteopathic manipulation can fight chronic back pain, especially in folks with the most severe forms of pain.
  4. Tea cuts risk of cardiovascular problems

    Tea can help protect the heart, cutting your risk of heart attack or any other major cardiovascular problem by 35 percent.
  5. Testosterone

    Testosterone can improve male sexual function, lift your mood, and fight depression all at once, according to the latest research.
  6. Beat memory loss with a new hobby

    Memory loss doesn’t have to be inevitable with aging. Take up a new hobby, and you can train your brain to function better so you stay sharper.
  7. Antidepressant use link to risk of bipolar disorder

    Bipolar disorder can be triggered by using certain antidepressants, especially SSRI drugs, according to new research.
  8. Olive oil can fight pollution damage

    Olive oil can help fight the damaging effects of pollution on your arteries, according to new research.
  9. Test your dementia risk by checking your sense of smell

    There’s no blood test for dementia, but new research finds another type of test that could be highly effective: a sniff test!
  10. Proton pump inhibitors linked to death risk in hospital patients

    Proton pump inhibitors are often given to hospitalized patients, but new research shows how they can increase the risk of death from infection.
  11. Prescription drugs now taken by 60 percent of Americans

    Prescription drugs are now taken daily by the majority of American adults, with 60 percent on meds and 15 percent of five or more drugs.
  12. Rheumatoid arthritis linked to higher death risk

    Shocking new research finds that rheumatoid arthritis is linked with a 40 percent increase in death risk.
  13. Hearing loss increases risk of cognitive decline

    Hearing loss can lead to memory loss, with new research showing it can increase the risk of cognitive decline and speed the progression of the condition.
  14. Raise testosterone levels with Ayurvedic herbo-mineral Shilajit

    Testosterone levels fall naturally as you age. But new research finds an herbo-mineral called Shilajit can boost those levels by 20 percent.
  15. Hormone replacement cuts heart risk

    Study reveals the hormone secret to dodging heart disease Menopause means more than hot flashes and night sweats. As bad as those symptoms might seem, they're nothing compared to of the hidden deadly damage you can't see or feel. It's the harm done to your heart. We know the risk of heart problems jumps after menopause, and we know that the changes in hormone levels are a big part of the reason for it. And now, we also know the best way to bring that risk right back down again -- and it's just what I recommend for many of my own patients: hormone replacement therapy. I know many women are afraid of HRT thanks to highly publicized problems with Big Pharma's synthetic hormones. But you shouldn't be -- because new research shows how the right hormones at the right time could protect your heart and save your life. Continue reading →
  16. Beat arthritic knee pain with natural remedies

    Knock out arthritic knee pain naturally The biggest failure in recent history isn't Radio Shack, Obamacare or the final play of the Super Bowl. No, that distinction goes to osteoarthritis care -- or perhaps I should say the distinct LACK of care for this painful debilitating condition, because millions of Americans aren't getting much relief at all. One new study finds that between 54 percent and 70 percent of patients with osteoarthritis of the knees are struggling with inadequate pain relief. They're struggling with pain because doctors keep reaching for the same failed painkiller drugs hoping for a different outcome. Meanwhile, they ignore scientifically backed therapies proven to bring real relief simply because they don't come in a prescription bottle. Continue reading →
  17. Benzodiazepines pose serious dangers to seniors

    Seniors routinely given drugs that cause Alzheimer's, heart problems There's a class of medications so dangerous to seniors that even many mainstream docs won't prescribe them. I'm talking about risky, mind-scrambling drugs that could leave you battling everything from a heart condition to Alzheimer's disease! But too many doctors have heard the warnings or chose to ignore them -- because the latest numbers show that millions of seniors are on these drugs anyway. It's a class of medication called benzodiazepines and includes sedatives, relaxants, mood pills and more. Some of the more popular "benzo" drugs are alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan). You almost certainly know someone taking one or more of these drugs, and maybe you've even taken them yourself. Continue reading →
  18. Chronic fatigue syndrome proven real by new study

    Research PROVES chronic fatigue syndrome is 100% real! It takes a lot to get me mad, but there's one thing that's guaranteed to get my goat every single time -- and that's a clueless mainstream doc who doesn't know how to diagnose a disease, so he claims it's not real. This stunning level of ignorance is shockingly common, and it happens most often with a devastating illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome. If you have it, you know it. Just as the name implies, you're downright beat. Sometimes, you can't even get out of bed no matter how much sleep you've had. Continue reading →
  19. Reverse sedentary damage in minutes

    Erase the damage of sitting in just 5 minutes! It's one of the worst things you could do to your body -- and odds are, you're doing it right now. When you sit, your metabolism slows to a snail's pace and your blood begins to pool in your legs and feet instead of rushing to your heart and circulating throughout your body. The longer you sit, and the more sedentary you are, the greater the effect. It's so damaging that studies consistently show that not even daily exercise can undo the metabolic damage of sitting for hours at a time. Continue reading →
  20. Cutting-edge back treatment slashes degenerated disc pain without surgery or drugs!

    Last month I wrote to you about some exciting advances in Regenerative Medicine. I focused on stimulating your body’s own regenerative cells by injecting Platelet Rich Plasma and stem cells into the damaged tissue. (If you missed that important article, see the June 2014 issue in my online newsletter archives.) Doctors around the country are finding great success using these kinds of self-healing therapies. Continue reading →

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