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  1. Controlling anger could save your life

    How not controlling anger can kill you

    When you're stressed, anxious or just plain ticked off, controlling anger can be difficult.

    Get down on your knees and pray instead of raising your voice in anger -- because a few moments with God can calm you down, bring peace and help the moment pass.

    More importantly, that calming prayer could save your life.

    New research confirms that even a minor angry outburst could trigger a heart attack, stroke or other serious cardiovascular problem.

    If you give into your anger and let your temper erupt, your risk of angina and heart attack jumps by nearly 500 percent and your risk of ischemic stroke and cardiac arrhythmia climbs by 360 percent, according to the Harvard analysis of nine studies.

    Now, we already know that stress, anxiety and (especially) anger are major risk factors for serious problems such as heart attack and stroke.

    But what makes the new study in the European Heart Journal stand apart is the timeframe: It didn't simply connect angry people to a higher long-term risk of heart attack and stroke.

    No, this study finds that the risks are very real and very immediate -- because it finds the risk is highest within two hours of an outburst.

    And if you're tightly wound and prone to exploding rather than controlling anger, already suffer from heart problems or have a disease such as diabetes, your risk within those two hours shoots into the stratosphere. Your heart attack risk, for example, can climb by as much as 730 percent and your stroke risk by up to 760 percent.

    The study doesn't show why the risk jumps by so much, but there's no real mystery to this one.

    Anger and stress raise blood pressure and cause the heart to race like a spooked horse, inducing angina or even causing a heart attack. It can also set the stage for a clot and cause a stroke.

    Other studies have shown that the chronically angry have thicker artery walls, especially in the carotid artery, which also lays the groundwork for heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

    That's why it's essentially not to give in to your temper.

    Along with the power of prayer, other safe and natural calming treatments include exercise, ginseng, ashwagandha and GABA. In addition, homeopathic remedies can work wonders -- but the remedy that works best for you will depend on the cause of your anger and stress.

    Do some homework, or speak with a skilled holistic medical doctor about controlling anger and stress.

  2. Boost vitamin C and control LDL cholesterol

    C can slash your stroke risk

    There's a safe, inexpensive and widely available nutrient that can cut your risk of death from the worst form of stroke by nearly half -- but if you follow mainstream health advice about LDL cholesterol, you're not getting nearly enough to enjoy that life-saving benefit.

    It's vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant the mainstream has been working overtime to dismiss completely.

    Sure, they'll admit you need this stuff -- but they'll also claim you don't need much, and that most people get enough from diet alone.

    That's just so much nonsense I don't even know where to begin, because the latest research confirms two things:

    1) Most people, especially seniors, absolutely do not get what they need; and

    2) Falling short could kill you.

    Low levels of C will increase your risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke by 42 percent, according to the new study.

    The reason, in my opinion, is almost certainly LDL cholesterol.

    Mainstream doctors will tell you to keep LDL as low as possible, but that's a gross oversimplification. You actually need LDL, and plenty of it, for everything from memory to immune support to cancer prevention.

    The real danger in LDL cholesterol isn't in crossing a certain threshold. It's when the LDL particles oxidize, because oxidized LDL can cause the damage in the arteries than can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

    That's where vitamin C comes in, because it can actually stop LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, protecting your arteries, slashing your stroke risk and saving your life at the same time.

    But you'll only get the benefit if you get enough C -- and if you're like most people, you're not getting close to what you need.

    Even by mainstream standards, 55 percent of seniors fall short, according to the new study. That number would be even higher if we insisted on the levels I recommend, so do yourself and your arteries a favor and get to work boosting your C intake.

    Despite what you might see in TV commercials, the best source of C isn't orange juice. That's actually the worst way to get this nutrient, because even the all-natural stuff contains far too much sugar.

    Instead, take a quality C supplement daily.

    In some people, higher levels of C can cause gas and diarrhea, but there's an easy way to prevent this potentially embarrassing side effect: Instead of taking your C all at once, take smaller doses two or three times a day.

  3. Types of exercise that prevent stroke

    Women who exercise have a 20 percent lower risk of stroke, according to new research.
  4. Chronic anxiety could trigger a stroke

    Chronic anxiety can increase your risk of a stroke by up to a third, according to the latest research.
  5. The sleep disorder that can kill you

    Heavy snoring can increase your risk of serious heart problems by 80 percent and double your risk of stroke, according to a study.
  6. Mediterranean diet has good brain foods

    A Mediterranean diet can protect the brain from memory loss, depression, stroke, Parkinson's disease and more.
  7. Everyday exercise tips can save your life

    Chores and other activities can protect your heart and even ward off death.
  8. Oral bacteria one of the causes of dementia

    The same germs responsible for gum disease could play a role in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.
  9. Magnesium benefits reduce disease risk

    Essential mineral magnesium could reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 50 percent and your colon cancer risk by 11 percent or more.
  10. Too much body fat = too much risk

    Body fat is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke and heart disease -- even if you maintain a normal weight and BMI.
  11. Exercise beats drugs for heart & stroke patients

    Exercise is as good as or even better than drugs for patients fighting stroke, heart attack and heart disease, according to new research.
  12. Exercise can slash risk factors for stroke

    One of the best ways to reduce your risk of stroke is with exercise -- and new research confirms that moderate movement can decrease your risk by a fifth.
  13. Migraine with aura boosts stroke risk

    Migraine with aura is a bigger stroke risk factor than diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more, according to an alarming new study.
  14. Post-traumatic stress of heart attack and stroke

    Heart attack and stroke can leave behind more than just physical damage. They can also cause post-traumatic stress disorder, which can increase your risk of death later.
  15. Feeling depressed doubles stroke risk

    A new Australian study finds that depression may double stroke risk in women... even younger ones in their 40's and 50's.
  16. Mediterranean diet can slash heart & stroke risk

    The common-sense Mediterranean diet can cut the risk of stroke by nearly half and reduce the risk of all major cardiovascular events by a third.
  17. Poor sleep can decrease insulin sensitivity

    Lack of sleep can increase insulin sensitivity by a third in fat cells, putting you at risk for diabetes and other serious health problems.
  18. Moderate drinking could cause heartbeat problems

    Moderate drinking may not be healthy for everyone -- and for some people, it could raise the risk of a dangerous heart rhythm disorder.
  19. Beta-blockers may not work at all

    Heart drugs used by 20 million Americans may not have much of an effect at all, as new research finds no benefit to beta-blockers for many.
  20. Pradaxa quickly climbs the list of dangerous drugs

    The blood thinner Pradaxa is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous drugs on the market, and is now at the center of a growing number of lawsuits.

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