1. Blood pressure meds cause crippling falls

    Common meds lead to falls

    Seniors are more likely to fall and more likely to suffer injury when they do -- including the devastating and crippling injuries that can lead to loss of independence and even an early death.

    But don't blame age alone for all those falls.

    No, the real reason for many of those tumbles is that most seniors are on enough drugs to knock over an elephant, and new research confirms that some of the most commonly used drugs, like blood pressure meds, can increase the risk of injury and death due to falls.

    And odds are, you know someone on these meds right now.

    You might even be taking them yourself, because these drugs are blood pressure meds such as ACE inhibitors, diuretics and beta-blockers.

    If you happen to be on them -- or have ever tried them -- then you probably know firsthand how they can make you feel weak, dizzy, unsteady and so off-kilter that sometimes it feels like the floor is sliding out from under you.

    That's exactly why taking them will make you up to 40 percent more likely to suffer a hip fracture or head injury due to a fall, according to the study of nearly 5,000 seniors.

    The great irony here is that injuries from falls are actually responsible for nearly as much death and disability as the heart attacks and strokes blood pressure meds are supposed to prevent.

    It's as if by taking these meds you're trading one bad risk for another -- but that's a trade you just don't have to make.

    In many cases, blood pressure can be controlled naturally with basic lifestyle changes such as weight loss and safe supplements such as hawthorn berry and gingko biloba as well as nutrients including calcium, potassium, magnesium and coenzyme Q10.

    And if you really want to make sure you remain rock-steady and unlikely to fall, there are two steps you need to take.

    First, add a vitamin D supplement to your regimen ASAP. Even mainstream health officials now admit that boosting D levels can lower the risk of fall and help prevent crippling breaks if you do take a spill.

    And second, get a little movement every day.

    One study I told you about recently found that a little strength and balance training can reduce the number of falls by nearly a third, and you can read more about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Natural cures for the ringing in the ear called tinnitus

    Sound therapy helps beat tinnitus

    You don't have to be particularly religious to appreciate the melodic ringing of church bells. But a ringing in the ears is another story.

    It's a condition called tinnitus, and it can range from a slight and occasional nuisance to a constant and maddening presence.

    There's no drug that'll cure it, but natural therapies can work wonders. And now, researchers say some cases of tinnitus can be eased through a combination of simple talk therapy and a little bit of relaxing ocean sounds.

    In the new study, 247 tinnitus patients were sent to audiologists but not given any specific treatment other than whatever that audiologist recommended.

    Another 245 patients were sent off for a combination of two treatments: a sound machine pumping out calming ocean waves in an attempt to "retrain" the ears, and cognitive behavioral therapy (that's a type of psychotherapy).

    A year later, these combo patients reported improvements in quality of life as well as less fear and fewer negative thoughts related to the condition, according to the study in Lancet.

    But it wasn't exactly a cure, either, because the ringing was still there -- the treatments just helped the patients to live with it better.

    That might be an improvement for patients who suffer from tinnitus caused by psychological factors. But most cases of tinnitus have a real cause inside the body -- and a much better and more permanent solution is to find that cause and correct it.

    In many cases, tinnitus is the result of poor blood circulation in the inner ear. Neither talk therapy nor the sounds of ocean waves -- or even the two together -- will do a thing to correct that. But circulation-enhancing supplements such as ginkgo biloba or vinpocetine can improve blood circulation and improve the condition.

    For many other tinnitus patients, the real "cure" isn't a cure so much as avoiding the cause.

    Caffeine, nicotine, and food sensitivities can all cause or worsen the condition. It's also a side effect of common drugs, including antidepressants, diuretics, aspirin, NSAIDs, and antibiotics.

    Learn to find and tune out the cause, and you can tune out the ringing for good. The ocean sounds are nice, but they're entirely optional.

  3. Soaking up the benefits of water

    It almost sounds like the benefits of some promising new blockbuster drug: Just a little bit can help lift mood, concentration and energy levels -- with virtually no side effects. Well, there is one side effect: You might need to pee a little more.
  4. Hypertension on the brain? Get it under control fast

    An interesting new study shows just how important it is to keep your blood pressure under control, especially as you age.

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