1. Death related to loss of sense of smell

    Can you SMELL your own risks?

    Your sense of smell can let you know plenty about what's going on.

    It'll tell you when there's a fire... or just a BBQ. It'll announce with glee when there's something delicious around, and warn you away from something that's gone bad.

    But there's one smell your nose CAN'T pick up on, and that's the smell of something seriously wrong in your own body, as new research reveals a surprising warning sign of deadly health risks: the loss of your sense of smell.

    In other words, the nose doesn't always know!

    The risk is nothing to sniff at, with a single wrong answer on a 13-question smell test boosting the odds of dying by 8 percent over 10 years.

    The more wrong answers, the bigger the risk... with a complete loss of the sense of smell increasing the odds of death by nearly 20 percent.

    In fact, over the course of the 10-year study, nearly 25 percent of the 1,774 patients had died -- and ALL of them had at least some loss of sense of smell.

    Other studies have also found a link between loss of smell and the risk of serious health problems. Smell -- or loss of smell -- might even be the single strongest indication of dementia around.

    There's no blood test for Alzheimer's yet. But in the not-too-distant future, there's very likely to be a smell test!

    This new study shows there's even more potential for the smell test, as the folks who took part weren't dementia patients, and they didn't die of the disease.

    That makes loss of smell a completely independent risk factor for a visit from the Grim Reaper.

    There's no official sniff test out there just yet, but you can certainly arrange your own easily enough. Many of the tests used in studies rely on strong and easy-to-identify smells using items you probably have around your home such as peanut butter and lemon.

    Don't panic if you're noticing your sense of smell is fading or even gone altogether with some things.

    It's a risk factor, not something set in stone.

    If anything, finding out now gives you time to sniff around to figure out what's wrong and fix it before it becomes an issue.

    Start with a visit to a doc. Most folks put off their physicals and bloodwork, which can reveal hidden problems, health risks, and more.

    But if you spot them now, you can have them fixed in time to enjoy at least one scent: the sweet smell of success.

  2. Reaction test can predict death risk

    Slower reactions could lead to a quicker death

    It's not often I recommend playing computer games. With three kids at home, I'm usually the one pulling the plug on those noisy time-wasters.

    But I'm going to press “pause" on my opposition to videogames for just a moment, because there is one out there that might have a little bit of value.

    And while it might look like a game for kids, this one is aimed squarely at you.

    It works as a reaction test timing your response, and new research finds that adults who do poorly at it have a 25 percent higher risk of an early death over 15 years than adults who are quick on the draw.

    In the game, you're supposed to shoot darts at sheep trying to escape. It's not as easy as it sounds; some sheep make like they're about the break and don't -- and if you shoot them, you get penalized.

    If you want to give it a shot yourself, you can play for free right here.

    Try it the reaction test few times before you consider the results. And if even after a little practice you find you're a little on the slow side, don't stress it too much -- it's a game, not gospel.

    That said, slowing down too fast and without an obvious explanation could be a warning sign of something other than an inability to play videogames. It could be an indication of a neurological problem or an issue with your central nervous system.

    In many cases, these problems can be detected and corrected if you have a doctor who knows how to test for and treat them.

    I recommend working with a holistic medical doctor -- and if you're in the Southern California area, I can run those tests here in my own clinic.

    Believe me, they're a lot more accurate than any videogame.

    Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment. And if you're not in the area, I'm also available by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more.

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  3. 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.
  4. The right way to beat gout

    I don't know what's worse: Gout, or the drugs prescribed to treat this painful condition.
  5. No such thing as sitting pretty

    Never before in human history has it been so easy to get through each day with so little movement -- and it's literally killing us.
  6. Dementia patients are being drugged to death

    It's bad enough that up to a third of all dementia patients in nursing homes are given powerful antipsychotic meds despite the fact that they're not approved for dementia.
  7. The worst way to lose weight

    Surgery is supposed to be the ultimate shortcut when it comes to weight loss: Let the doc put you under, and when you wake up you're on your way to a brand-new body. If only it were that simple.
  8. New push to drug people with normal BP levels

    "Prehypertension" is a name that sounds like it was invented to scare patients -- and it's definitely succeeded. No one wants to be "pre" any disease -- so while the guidelines don't call for treating prehypertension with meds, many docs do so anyway... and their scared patients play right along.
  9. Meditation boosts physical health

    Culture is a funny thing: In some places, you're considered a little weird if you meditate... in others, you're weird if you don't. Most people here in the West never even consider it at all -- but maybe you should, because a growing body of evidence finds that this practice of the mind can have a major impact on the body, including a serious boost in heart health.
  10. Risky vitamins? Don't believe it!

    Common, safe nutrients and ordinary multivitamins are being blamed for everything in the book -- and now, a new study claims any number of vitamins will cause women to die early.
  11. Prostate biopsies double your infection risk

    Imagine fighting for your life after a cancer scare... only to find out you didn't even have cancer in the first place. Well, imagine no more: If you're a man getting a prostate biopsy, you're putting your life on the line -- because a new study finds the biopsy itself can double your risk of a life-threatening infection in the month after the procedure.
  12. Deadly warning over common meds

    Pharmaceutical drugs are supposed to help you... not hurt you. Yet every time I turn around, there's ANOTHER report about ANOTHER way these meds can kill you. Here's the latest.
  13. Zinc beats colds

    A simple mineral could help you beat the cold and get you back on your feet -- and back on the job -- quicker than ever. A new study finds that zinc -- the main ingredient in many natural cold lozenges -- is so good at beating back the sniffles that it's practically a cure.
  14. The dirt on colon cleansing

    Never take medical advice from Hollywood stars...One of the more recent trends in Hollywood's boutique medicine industry involves colon cleansings -- the idea that a very elaborate (and often expensive) chemically enhanced enema can somehow cure all sorts of health issues.
  15. Antidepressants boost women's stroke risk

    Would you rather suffer from depression or from a stroke? If you're taking antidepressants, you might not have a choice. The answer could be both.

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