heart disease

  1. Staying positive can help fight heart disease

    Attitude is everything in disease fight

    It's easy to feel down in the dumps when you're fighting off a chronic disease -- all too easy to slip into the cycle of gloom and doom as you face your own mortality.


    Attitude can play a major role in the fight against any disease, but new research finds stay positive especially important when you're facing one of the nation's leading killers: ischemic heart disease.

    By staying positive, and your risk of death from this disease will plunge by 42 percent, according to the study of roughly 600 heart disease patients.

    The secret isn't in your outlook alone, of course. It's in how your outlook affects everything else -- especially your behavior and how well you take the initiative in fighting the disease.

    If you stay positive, for example, you're twice as likely to get the exercise you need to keep your heart healthy -- and when you get that exercise, your risk of death from heart disease drops by half, according to the study.

    Staying positive can also slash your levels of inflammation and stress hormones and even help you to make other healthy changes -- including the changes to your diet that will help keep your heart strong.

    A positive attitude can even help you to sleep better.

    If on the other hand you're negative or depressed, you're less likely to get any kind of activity at all, and more likely to pick up unhealthy habits -- including drinking and smoking.

    I know staying positive is a challenge when you're fighting off a potentially deadly disease. Just remember that you don't have to fight this battle alone.

    Turn to your family and friends for help and support. And don't forget the power of prayer to give you a little extra strength and calm when you need it most.

  2. Arsenic in rice is unsafe

    FDA wrong about arsenic in rice

    There is no safe level of arsenic. None.

    That might sound obvious, but arsenic in rice and water has been turning up with alarming frequency -- and the FDA is too afraid to warn you about it. If there's any industry they fear almost as much as the drug industry, it's the food industry.

    Yes, the FDA is afraid of both the "F" and the "D" in its own name.

    So instead of telling you the truth about arsenic -- that you should avoid it completely -- the agency actually went ahead and issued a statement on arsenic in rice so absurd it would be laughable... if it weren't so dangerous.

    The agency claims the high arsenic levels detected in rice -- high levels confirmed by its own tests -- are nothing to worry about. It won't kill you on the spot, so it's OK to keep eating rice.

    But the agency also claims it doesn't know what the long-term effects of all that arsenic exposure could mean for your health -- and that's just plain false.

    We know plenty.

    We know that the arsenic in rice and other products can accumulate in the body, and when it does it can damage your immune system and increase your risk of cancer -- especially cancers of the bladder, lung and skin.

    We know arsenic can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and more.

    And we know that arsenic can build up in the brain and cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms.

    If rice were your only source of exposure, eating it regularly would still be enough to cause serious long-term damage in my opinion.

    But it's not -- because arsenic is turning up in everything from apple juice to tap water. And as I told you last year, it's even intentionally fed to chickens so their meat looks nice and pink in the supermarket.

    The feds won't tell you any of this because they're too busy protecting the corporate giants that produce and sell chicken, rice, apple juice and more.

    But I'm here to protect just one person: You.

    So take my word for it and limit your exposure to arsenic in rice and all other sources. And while you're at it, get tested for arsenic and other metals if you haven't done so already.

    A holistic doctor can run those tests and work with you on a detox program if you've been exposed (and, odds are, you have been exposed). And if you're in Southern California, I can help. Contact my clinic to make an appointment.

    I'm also available for one-on-one consultations via telephone. Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

  3. How to prevent a heart attack

    The key to avoiding a second heart attack is making the same changes to your diet that could have prevented the first -- but you don't have to give up the foods you love.
  4. Benefits of music help the heart

    Want a better workout? Turn on some music -- because music can increase the benefits of exercise, according to new research.
  5. Diet soda increases risk of obesity and disease

    There's nothing "diet" about diet soft drinks -- because new research confirms they can lead to weight gain and disease.
  6. Skipping breakfast can boost heart risk

    Skipping breakfast might sound like a great way to diet -- but new research shows it can increase the risk of heart attack.
  7. The heart-healthy benefits of volunteering

    Volunteering can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack -- and it almost doesn't matter what you do... just that you do something.
  8. Lack of sleep can increase heart risk

    Poor sleep habits can increase inflammation in women with heart disease -- and inflammation can worsen the disease.
  9. Taking magnesium can reduce your heart risk by a third

    The mineral magnesium can decrease your risk of heart disease by 30 percent, according to new research.
  10. Control blood sugar with the benefits of fish oil

    Fish oil can help produce a hormone that controls blood sugar --in theory slashing your risk of diabetes.
  11. Getting fit slashes risk of cancer and heart disease

    A new study finds that keeping fit can dramatically slash your risk for lung and colon cancer as well as heart disease.
  12. Heart healthy benefits of having a pet

    Pet ownership is good for your heart, especially if you have a dog. Dog owners are 54 percent likely to get recommended levels of daily activity.
  13. A long walking distance can be healthier than running

    A regular walking habit can slash your risk of diabetes and heart disease as well as -- or better than -- running.
  14. Different types of depression in heart patients

    Common mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can increase the risk of death in heart patients.
  15. Omega-3 fatty acid adds years to your life

    The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can add 2.2 years to your life and slash your risk of serious heart problems, according to new research.
  16. Low vitamin D levels getting lower

    Vitamin D levels continue to plunge, with more people battling insufficiencies and even deficiencies than ever before, according to a new study.
  17. New risks linked to migraine with aura

    Women who suffer from migraine with aura have a much higher risk of serious heart problems.
  18. Obesity rates on the rise - The world is getting fatter and sicker

    People are fatter and sicker than ever around the world -- but amazingly, they're living longer. They're just not living better.
  19. Diabetes statistics on the rise

    Frightening new numbers show more Americans are diabetic than ever before -- and up to 100 million of us could have the disease soon.
  20. Obese people more likely to be hospitalized

    Gaining weight will also help you gain entry in the ER, as the overweight and obese have a much higher risk of hospitalization that people of normal weight.

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