1. Walk faster, beat death

    Every horror movie has the slow guy -- the one who falls behind everyone else... and you know what happens to him, right?

    Zombie chow!

    Out here in the real world, it's pretty much the same deal (minus the zombies) -- because it turns out the slowest walkers have the highest risk of death.

    Australian researchers checked the walking speeds of 1,705 senior men and then tracked them for up to 21 years. They found that those who walked at 1.8 miles per hour or less were far more likely to die in that time that those who walked more quickly.

    Those who topped 2 miles per hour, on the other hand, were 1.23 times less likely to die than the slowpokes -- while those who kept up a brisk 3-mph-pace had the lowest risk of death overall.

    That's in line with a study last year that found that seniors who can walk at 2.2 mph outlive those who only go 1.3 mph or less -- with the benefits increasing along with the walking speed. (Read about that study here.)

    In that study, researchers found that those who walk the fastest can live between 8 and 10 years longer than those who walk the slowest -- which gives you plenty of extra time for walking or whatever else you want to do.

    Of course, there's more than just walking speed on the line here. People who walk slower tend to have other physical problems that can boost the odds of an early death.

    Slow walking can be a sign of muscle weakness, which could lead to a fall and a devastating or even deadly bone break. It could also signify a neurological problem, including Parkinson's disease.

    Circulation problems, pain, arthritis -- all of these conditions and more can also slow you down, diminish your quality of life, and maybe even allow the Grim Reaper to gain another step or two on you.

    And that's someone you don't watch catching up.

  2. Natural solutions for gout

    Gout used to be known as "the rich man's disease" because it usually struck the wealthy -- the only ones who could afford to over-consume the foods that cause this painful form of arthritis.

    Today, you don't have to be rich (or even a man) to suffer from gout -- just fat. And since more people are fatter than ever before, more people are also battling the foot pain that marks this condition.

    New numbers show that 4 percent -- or 8.3 million Americans -- fought gout in 2008, compared to just 1 percent between 1988 and 1994.

    That's a 400-percent increase inside of a generation -- and in the coming years, it could get even worse. Recent government numbers show 21 percent of us have high levels of the uric acid responsible for gout.

    That's an increase of 700 percent from the surveys taken between 1988 and 1994.

    But whatever you do, don't turn to Big Pharma's solution for gout. Drugs designed to treat the problem have been known to cause nausea, joint pain, and even liver problems. They've also been linked to chest pain, vomiting, bruising, constipation, allergic reactions, and even more gout flare-ups.

    There are better ways to beat gout, and you can get some of the most immediate relief with something that was often dismissed as a folk remedy -- until a recent study found it really worked.

    Researchers say 20 cherries eaten over 48 hours can reduce the risk of a gout attack by 50 percent, while cherry extract slashed the odds by 40 percent. I've noticed cherry juice popping up on supermarket shelves, so feel free to give that a try. Just make sure it's 100 percent cherry juice and not cherry-flavored sugar water.

    If you don't have any cherries handy, try celery. Celery can keep the enzyme that produces uric acid in check, and some people have reported gout relief from as little as a single stalk.

    Others need more -- nearly an entire bunch -- and all the peanut butter in the world won't make it any easier to eat that much. If that's the case, try 75mg of celery seed extract, twice a day, instead.

    You don't have to be rich to get gout. And since celery -- and celery seed -- is cheap and plentiful, you don't have to be rich to beat it, either.

  3. The new national nightmare: arthritis

    New figures from the CDC find that one in five U.S. adults now battle arthritis.
  4. The painkiller deception

    I know plenty of people with arthritis who are left wondering why even the most powerful drugs never quite do the trick. So they take more – and higher doses… all the while still fighting pain and getting no better.
  5. Don't just live longer – live better

    A new study finds that while women are living longer, they're not necessarily living better, especially during those later years.

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