1. Mediterranean diet benefits are physical & mental

    Supercharge your health practically overnight

    There's a quick and easy way to improve both your physical and mental health at the same time -- a diet that can help you to lose weight and dramatically slash your risk of battling today's leading killer diseases.

    It's a simple diet backed by science... one so easy to follow just about anyone can do it. And it's a diet I recommend to all my friends, family, and patients -- including a patient who just contacted me from Hong Kong after suffering a stroke and wanted to know what changes he should make to his lifestyle.

    It's the Mediterranean diet, a diet low in processed foods and rich in fish, lean meats, whole grains, and some of the most delicious meals you'll ever have in your life -- and the latest research confirms that it's the best overall health boost you can give yourself.

    Researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Navarra in Spain tracked the eating habits of 11,015 university students over four years, using questionnaires to rate how closely they followed the Mediterranean lifestyle throughout the study.

    They were also given a standardized survey to measure quality of life. And, no surprise to me, those who stuck to the Mediterranean diet -- the ones who ate the most fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and fish -- had the highest quality of life scores.

    They had higher scores in nearly every major physical and mental health category -- including vitality, pain, physical function, and even better overall general health.

    If the study ended there, we could call it a "relationship" between the diet and good overall health.

    But something else happened to prove that it's more than just a relationship -- because some of the students had dietary improvements during those four years. They starting out eating lousy foods but gradually shifted towards a Mediterranean diet.

    And those who did also saw their quality-of-life scores shoot right up as their eating habits improved, according to the study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    That tells me there's a direct connection between a Mediterranean diet and overall good health -- and this isn't the first study to prove it.

    There are literally hundreds out there, and they've shown that this healthy lifestyle can slash your risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, dementia, and more.

    It can also prevent or ease asthma and allergies, improve blood pressure, and help reduce the risk of lung diseases.

    More importantly, it's a realistic diet that's not as restrictive as many of the others out there. And the food's so good, you'll actually want to stick to it.

    How's that for a change?

  2. Low magnesium levels can boost your heart risk

    Cut your heart risk in half at dinnertime

    I recently had a patient who had been to doctor after doctor for her chronic migraines and fatigue and gotten nowhere.

    The first thing I did was order up a red blood cell magnesium test. Sure enough, she was deficient -- and once we boosted her levels, she was back to feeling like herself again.

    Amazingly, none of her other doctors had bothered with the test despite the fact that low levels of this essential mineral have strong links to both conditions -- and headache and fatigue are only the beginning.

    Magnesium is essential for heart health, and the latest research confirms that people with the lowest levels have a dramatically higher risk of death by heart disease.

    Researchers tracked nearly 60,000 healthy Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 79 for up to 15 years, and found that those with the highest magnesium levels had half the risk of death from heart disease.

    Other studies have found similar results, including one that found women with high dietary intake of magnesium have a 34 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death -- and women with high plasma levels of this mineral have a 77 percent lower risk.

    This is not just a statistical coincidence. Magnesium literally helps keep your heart beating. It can also lower blood pressure, slash levels of inflammation, and improve circulation.

    Like I said, it's essential for heart health -- and if that's not enough, it can also help prevent stroke, cancer, and diabetes, strengthen bone and muscle, and boost your immune system.

    That's still not even close to all it can do: As my patient learned, it can also fight fatigue and prevent headaches -- not to mention everything from lifting your mood to protecting your hearing.

    In fact, magnesium plays a critical role in more than 300 functions in the body, and we're learning of new ones all the time.

    The best sources of magnesium are the foods too many people no longer eat -- like fresh greens, especially spinach. You'll also find it in nuts, grains, and beans.

    But there's one place you won't find much at all, and that's in your multivitamin. Magnesium just takes up too much room in the capsule.

    If you're not getting enough from diet alone, don't rely on your multi. Add a magnesium supplement to your regimen -- ideally magnesium glycinate, a form that's most easily used by your body.

  3. Acupuncture and hypnosis proven to help quit smoking

    Acupuncture and hypnosis are proven to be more effective than patches, gums and even drugs at helping smokers to kick the tobacco habit.
  4. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can slash cancer risk

    There's another great reason to eat more seafood as the latest research shows how the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can slash your risk of cancer.
  5. New diet drug lorcaserin is not effective for weight loss

    New drug lorcaserin, approved by an FDA panel for weight loss, fails to meet even minimal FDA standards for effectiveness and is linked to cancer and heart problems.
  6. How supplements can save you from cancer

    I was just about to celebrate the American Cancer Society's new common sense guidelines for disease survivors on the role of exercise and nutrition in preventing a recurrence -- until they started taking potshots at supplements.
  7. Oregano can kill prostate cancer cells

    Oregano is a powerful antioxidant that packs antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties into every little green flake. It's even shown promise in the battle against cancer -- and the latest research shows it could be an especially potent weapon in the war against prostate cancer.
  8. Do cellphones cause brain tumors?

    I remember 12 years ago a friend of mine was scheduled for thyroid cancer surgery. He was relatively young, had no strong family history of the disease and no exposure to any major source of radiation... except for one. As we spoke, I found out he was using his cellphone for buying and selling for 8 hours or more every day!
  9. Too much of this mineral can be bad for the brain

    Most nutrients are not only safe in high amounts, they're necessary -- because too many people simply don't get nearly enough of the essentials from diet alone.
  10. Green tea can keep you on your toes

    Drop for drop, it's hard to top green tea when it comes to health benefits. The drink has been shown to help fight cancer, boost the immune system, and even help you to live longer. And now, a new study shows that it can keep you active and on your feet -- especially if you're getting up there in years.
  11. Broccoli beats breast cancer

    I recommend cruciferous vegetables for detoxification so often that I'm sure some of my patients think I own stock in a broccoli farm.
  12. When cholesterol gets too low

    So you've followed your mainstream doctor's advice and brought your LDL cholesterol levels crashing down to meet the latest guidelines, probably with the help of drugs such as statins. And now, instead of good health, you're sicker than ever.
  13. Soda scare: Sugary drinks linked to new heart risk

    Any time I use the words "soda" and "study" in the same sentence, it's never good news for soda. I can't recall a single study that shows soda benefits anything other than the bank accounts of the people who sell it. And the latest research is no exception.
  14. The true risks of soda

    Sugar is probably the most dangerous ingredient in most sodas -- but I have to say "probably" here, because it's got some pretty tough competition. Most sodas aren't drinks so much as water mixed with a collection of ingredients that seem like they belong in chemistry kits instead of food and beverages.
  15. Dying to get some sleep

    Some people are lucky enough to fall asleep the moment their head hits the pillow. I've never been one of them, but I've never had to rely on sleep meds to get my rest, either, and that's a good thing: The latest warning finds that these drugs come with one whopper of a death risk.
  16. Diet soda in new health scare

    Let's face it: There's nothing "diet" about diet soda. It won't make you healthier and it won't even help you to lose weight -- and that's been proven.
  17. The one cancer screening that works

    Over screening for cancer is nothing short of a national disaster. But there's one screening that's different -- a screening that can detect a deadly cancer and remove it at the same time.
  18. How to avoid pancreatic cancer

    They're called "trace" elements for a reason: Tiny amounts of the right stuff can boost your health and save your life... while even a drop of the wrong stuff can end it. Now, the latest research shows how these same trace elements can play a major role in your risk of getting or avoiding one of the deadliest forms of cancer on the planet -- pancreatic cancer.
  19. The tests seniors should skip

    Even as the mainstream moves away from routine cancer screenings for men and women alike, there's one group of Americans that are still getting screened regularly for cancers that almost certainly won't hurt them. And that's the elderly.
  20. TSA refuses new study on airport scanners

    It's outright insane if you stop to think about it: In order to "protect" air passengers, the U.S. government is blasting them all with dangerous levels of radiation from full-body X-ray scanners.

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