natural heart health

  1. FDA recommends against aspirin therapy

    Don't touch that aspirin!

    It's been dubbed the "wonder drug," a cheap tablet that can supposedly prevent heart attacks, and it's used by so many that you almost certainly know someone taking it right now.

    Maybe you're even taking it yourself.

    But "aspirin therapy," as it's known, isn't very therapeutic at all. It's actually quite dangerous, with mainstream science showing that it hurts far more often than it helps.

    I was once dismissed as "radical" for getting my own patients off aspirin therapy and onto safe and proven forms of heart protection. But now, my "radical" views have been affirmed by the FDA, because the agency has just admitted that aspirin for primary prevention is a dangerous myth.

    Primary prevention is the prevention of a first heart attack -- protection for those who are at risk or even people who are simply concerned that they may be at risk -- and it's why so many doctors urge everyone over the age of 40 to start popping the pills.

    Hopefully, that will come crashing to a halt now, because the FDA has finally acknowledged to same science I've been telling you about.

    One study last year, for example, found that you're twice as likely to be hurt by aspirin than helped -- because aspirin therapy can cause serious and even potentially deadly internal bleeding, especially in the stomach or brain.

    The new advice isn't perfect. This is the FDA we're talking about, after all, and they still recommend daily aspirin to people who've already had a heart attack -- but I think even that's much too risky for most patients.

    Along with causing serious and potentially deadly internal bleeding, regular aspirin use has been linked to hearing and vision loss, allergic reactions, sexual dysfunction and more.

    It's so dangerous that if you're on aspirin now, you might be tempted to stop, and I don't blame you.

    But don't -- because stopping suddenly could cause "aspirin rebound," which can actually increase the risk of the very heart attack you're trying to avoid.

    Instead, work with a doctor who can safely wean you off the drug and onto natural options for heart protection, including fish oil, magnesium and coenzyme Q10.

    If you're in Southern California, you can make an appointment to see me at my clinic outside San Diego. I can go over your medical history, run some tests and together we can determine the best way to protect your ticker, whether you've already had a heart attack or just want to make sure you avoid one.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule yours.

  2. Benefits of apples better than statins

    Nature's answer to cholesterol meds

    Forget statins. If you want to protect your ticker, prevent a heart attack, stop a stroke, stay healthy and enjoy a great snack all at the same time, bite into a crisp, juicy apple.

    Yes... an apple. Call it nature's original wonder drug.

    One new study out of the prestigious Oxford University compares the benefits of statins to the benefits of apples. Do I even need to tell you which one comes out on top?

    Apples, of course.

    Since the researchers were British, they used UK numbers. They estimated that if everyone in the nation over the age of 50 was offered statins -- as some would just love to see happen -- and 70 percent of them actually took the drugs, the number of vascular deaths would drop by 9,400 per year.

    A life saved is a life saved, I won't argue otherwise.

    But in this case, those lives saved would come at a terrible cost: The drugs would also cause 10,000 new cases of diabetes and 1,000 new cases of muscle disease (and leave countless others suffering from other statin side effects, including memory loss, kidney and liver problems and sexual dysfunction).

    Giving those same over-50s apples instead of drugs, on the other hand, would save almost as many lives and come with none of the risks. In fact, helping to prevent diabetes, not cause it, is one of the added benefits of apples-- and that's not the only science at the core of this issue.

    One study I told you about recently shows apples truly are nature's answer to statins, cutting LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 40 percent in just one month.

    Apples can also raise HDL ("good") cholesterol, and eating them regularly can help you to feel full so you're less likely to overeat -- potentially helping you to lose weight.

    The only downside is that conventional apples have topped the Environmental Working Group's "dirty dozen" list for three years running -- and that's not an honor.

    That's a list of fruit and vegetables most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. And with apples, studies have shown that the chemicals can penetrate the skin and enter the fruit -- so you can get dosed even if you wash and peel it.

    Go organic instead to get all of  the benefits of apples without any added pesticides. You'll pay a little more, but it'll be worth every penny.

  3. Magnesium over cholesterol meds

    Magnesium can slash your risk of death from heart disease and stroke -- and it can do it without the risks of cholesterol meds, according to new research.
  4. Why you need to watch your aspirin dosage

    Daily aspirin can do more harm than good for healthy people -- hurting twice as many people as it helps.
  5. Low magnesium raises heart risk

    Low levels of magnesium can raise your risk of heart disease and dying of heart disease.
  6. Surviving a heart attack and benefits of marriage

    Your spouse can save your life, even if you don't realize it: Married people are more likely to survive a heart attack.
  7. Aspirin therapy can hurt as many as it helps

    New numbers show that aspirin therapy can harm as many patients as it benefits. Try natural approaches to cardiovascular health instead.
  8. Selenium and CoQ10 work together to reduce heart risk

    The natural supplements selenium and coenzyme Q10 are shown in a new study to cut the risk of death by heart disease in half.
  9. Low magnesium levels can boost your heart risk

    Low levels of the essential mineral magnesium can double your risk of death by heart disease -- and you probably have low levels.

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