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  1. Symptoms of insomnia triple heart risk

    This heart attack brought to you by insomnia

    There's no hiding symptoms of  insomnia.

    From your bloodshot eyes and the bags hanging under them to the heavy lids sagging above, poor sleep is practically written all over your face -- and if you think the damage on the outside is bad, you should see what's going on inside your body.

    Insomniacs have a higher risk of disease and even death. So much higher that poor sleep could actually triple your risk of heart failure, according to new research.

    This study zeroed in on the three major symptoms of insomnia: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and waking up feeling like you haven't slept enough.

    Just one of those symptoms of insomnia will increase your risk of heart failure by 17 percent when compared to people who sleep well (or at least, people who sleep better).

    Two symptoms of insomnia, and your heart failure risk will double.

    And if you've got the insomnia hat trick with all three major symptoms, you've got triple the risk.

    Insomniacs also have a higher risk of death from just about any cause, starting at 25 percent higher for one symptom and shooting all the way up to 139 percent higher for all three.

    With risks like that, you can't afford another sleepless night. You need solutions -- and you need them now.

    It's tempting to turn to sleep drugs. You pop a pill, you fall asleep. What could be simpler?

    Truth is, it's not that simple. Sleep drugs don't work nearly as well as advertised, don't deliver the quality sleep you need for true rejuvenation and come with plenty of risks of their own -- including a death risk that's even higher than the one you'll get from insomnia.

    Instead, you need to attack the cause of your symptoms of  insomnia -- a cause that's almost always rooted in either hormonal problems or nutritional deficiencies.

    In some cases, the problem could even be both.

    The only way to find the cause of your own sleep disorder is to get tested by a holistic physician who can also correct that cause naturally so you can finally get the rest you deserve.

    And if you're in the Southern California area, I run one of the most thorough testing and treatment programs around. Ready to get started? Call my clinic for an appointment.

    I've got more on sleep coming up next. Keep reading!

  2. Beat the causes of depression

    Beat depression the natural way

    Classic causes of depression case are often kicked off by some emotional trauma or metabolic imbalances. But these days, millions of people walk around feeling down without ever knowing why.

    Their doctors can't be bothered to figure out the cause, and many of them don't even know how to begin looking for it. So they prescribe an antidepressant and move on to the next patient.

    But there are always causes of depression -- and in many cases, especially in younger patients, it's a result of nutritional problems. People spend so much time eating junk that they simply fail to get the essential nutrients the brain needs for proper mood function.

    That's why one of the first things I ask a depressed patient is what they've been eating -- and as they get off the processed junk and other low-nutrition garbage and onto a diet of whole, fresh foods, their depression often eases or even disappears completely.

    In addition, I often recommend supplements to help the body catch up on what was missing from the diet, such as the omega-3 fatty acids that have proven time and again to ease or cure the causes of depression as well as the B vitamins that are so essential to mood.

    But diet isn't the only trigger for depression. Mood disorders can also be caused or worsened by food allergies, hormonal problems, chronic illness, stress, and even low levels of sunlight (along with low levels of the vitamin D you get from that lack of sunlight).

    Clearly, there are a lot of different possible causes of depression. And that means there's no perfect one-size-fits-all solution, either -- so finding your own cure could take a little bit of detective work.

    A holistic doctor like me can perform comprehensive testing and recommend all-natural treatments at any age. If you're in the California area you can make an appointment for yourself, your child, or grandchild to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

  3. Phone calls therapy can help chase depression away

    Telephone psychotherapy is almost as effective as face-to-face treatments for beating depression and easier for patients to stick too.
  4. Apples top pesticide list

    I know it feels like summer has only just begun, but fall is right around the corner -- and that means apple season is almost here. Don't be fooled by the apples you'll find in the supermarket year 'round -- most of them are actually months old... and you won't believe the tricks they use to keep them fresh.

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