Doctor’s Rarely Mention This Until It’s Too Late

1 in 4 Adults Suffer With This Serious Medical Problem…
But Doctors Rarely Mention It Till It’s Too Late

Imagine for a moment a medical issue that affects 1 in 4 adults… with the numbers skewed heavily against adults of retirement age. A medical issue that can rob you of your independence… land you in a nursing home for life… or even end your life years early.

There’s a 1-in-4 chance you’ll suffer with this problem. Perhaps from a fairly young age. But your doctor probably won’t bring it up until you have it. Even though many cases – if not most – could be easily avoided.

Even if you subscribe to health newsletters, there’s a pretty good chance you haven’t read about this problem there, either. Why? Because it’s not sexy. But it is serious. Heck; anything that can steal your independence is serious.

And for millions of adults, the solution is so insanely simple.

The Epidemic Nobody Talks About

Doctors tend to address fear more than reality. For example, men in the U.S. have a 14% chance of developing prostate cancer. But virtually every man hears about it from his doctor.

You have about an 11% chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease… but everybody’s talking about it.

So when there’s a 25% risk of a health issue, don’t you think you should be concerned? Don’t you think someone should be talking about it?

This issue isn’t deadly as often as prostate cancer. It may not steal your independence as consistently as Alzheimer’s. But recent studies show it diminishes social function and lowers quality of life. And it involves pain, hospitalizations… and sometimes death.

And while prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are difficult to deal with, this problem can often be solved with insane ease.

Just get new shoes.

Don’t Get Stopped in Your Tracks

Two new studies from Spain highlight just how serious the issue of foot pain can be. The studies found…

  • 83% of seniors wear the wrong shoes
  • Up to 87% of seniors suffer with serious foot problems
  • 73% have nerve-related foot pain

The researchers also discovered that simply wearing the right size shoe can make a big difference.

You see, as you get older, your feet change. You lose some of the fat and muscle that pad the bottom of your feet. Your feet tend to get wider. And you may even wind up with two different size feet.

But if you’ve worn a size 9 all your life, you’ll probably stick with a size 9. Even if one – or both – of your feet has become a 9-1/2.

A Welsh study from 2008 discovered a heel of just 1-3/4” was enough to throw more mature women off balance. This can lead to falls… and potentially serious injuries. The same study also found soft-soled shoes made walking more difficult. Again, this can lead to falls and injury.

Other studies found orthotics and custom insoles can reduce pain, ease stress on joints, and cut the risk of falls.

One More Way to Hang on to Your Independence

I know a lot of you ladies won’t appreciate this. As pretty as they may make you feel, high heels are not your friends. Study results vary, but even the most generous results show high heels lead to more foot pain.

Let’s be honest here. If you’re in pain, you’ll move around less. So the best-case scenario is that high heels are severely limiting.

But plenty of studies say they’re more than that.

A 2016 international study found high heels boost instability at the ankle. Which raises your risk of accidents. And a review of studies determined high heels may be linked to bunion problems, foot/ankle pain, and a higher risk of injuries.

Your bottom line? It’s your independence that’s at risk here. Wearing “sensible” shoes – with lower heels and a firm sole can cut your risk of foot pain and injury. Custom orthotics may help compensate for changes that lead to foot pain and restrictions on your mobility.

Finally, don’t let pride keep you out of the podiatrist’s office. Or keep you in shoes that don’t fit any more. It’s your independence that’s at stake here. Sure, foot pain isn’t sexy… but ignoring it can have dire consequences.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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Soy’s Dirty Secret – And How To Beat It

Everybody “knows” soybeans are good for you. They’re loaded with protein and raising soybeans is gentler on the environment than raising animal protein.

Unfortunately, what everybody “knows” is wrong.

Soy may arguably leave a lesser environmental footprint… but it’s definitely not good for you. Not unless it’s processed the traditional way. And that happens very little these days.

You see, soy contains anti-nutrients. And they can cancel out any benefits soy may offer. Here’s what you need to know before you start chowing down on this health food.

This Plant Is Not People Food

The Chinese have been eating soy forever, right? Not really. For countless generations, they used it to enrich the soil between harvests. Chinese farmers knew that planting soy – then plowing it under – enriched the soil.

Basically, soy was a cheap and easy way to ensure a better harvest of their real crops.

Eventually, someone discovered that boiling soybeans made them edible for livestock. So farmers planted soy… harvested the beans for cattle feed… and then plowed the plants under to enrich the soil for real crops.

This tradition made its way to Japan. Then, about 1,000 years ago, soldiers made an accidental discovery.

According to legend, a famous general’s staff was boiling soybeans to feed to their horses. It was late at night, after a long day of battle.

Suddenly, an alarm was raised. The enemy had launched a rare nighttime attack. The general and his staff broke camp. Knowing their horses were already overworked and hungry, they dumped the soybeans into rice-straw sacks and headed for safety.

The next day, the weary soldiers opened the sacks to feed their horses. The soybeans had become sticky, and smelled slightly sweet. They tasted the beans and were surprised… they were good.

This is the legend of the discovery of natto, the first fermented soy food.

Bacteria Turn Non-food Into Food

What these soldiers – and countless generations after them – didn’t know was bacteria had begun to ferment the soybeans. And the fermentation process made the beans safe for people to eat.

The fermentation process eliminates most of the anti-nutrients in the soy. And, in the case of natto, triggers production of vitamin K and nattokinase – a unique enzyme linked to improved blood flow.

But it’s breaking down the anti-nutrients that concerns us today.

Soybeans contain protease inhibitors, which make proteins less digestible. They also contain phytates, which block absorption of key minerals. And these are just two of at least four anti-nutrients in soy.

Soybeans also contain phytoestrogens – substances that mimic estrogen. These chemicals suppress testosterone production. Which can be a serious issue for men.

The traditional fermentation process clears out almost all the anti-nutrients in soy. But natural fermentation is too slow for modern food producers. So most soy sold in the U.S. isn’t fermented naturally… and thus still contains high levels of anti-nutrients.

Naturally fermented soy – such as natto – provides plenty of protein without the side of anti-nutrients that makes most soy products a very bad deal.

Should You Eat Soy Foods?

Products such as soy flour, soy nuts, most tofu and soy milk, and soy sprouts are unfermented. They contain a full complement of anti-nutrients. That means you’ll get less protein, absorb fewer key minerals, and possibly lower your testosterone levels.

Some soy milk and tofu products are made with fermented soybeans. But if the label doesn’t specifically say so, assume the soy is unfermented.

By definition, natto, miso, and tempeh are fermented. These soy foods contain far fewer anti-nutrients, and typically will deliver more useable protein per gram.

Finally, be wary of soy sauces. Traditional soy sauce is fermented. But fewer and fewer makers are using traditional fermentation. Use tamari instead. This “original” soy sauce is made from miso “run-off,” and is thus made from fermented soy.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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A Simply Way To Save Your Bones

As a Discovery Health Report reader, you probably know that inflammation is linked to many of the so-called “diseases of aging.” Your risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease – and many more – skyrockets in the presence of inflammation.

Similarly, anti-inflammatory nutrients lower your risk. Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, are known to lower levels of inflammatory molecules.

So following an anti-inflammatory diet is a great idea. Plus, you now have another good reason to get more anti-inflammatory nutrients. New research from The Ohio State University shows it could help keep your bones stronger for years longer.

Let’s take a quick look at the study. Then I’ll show you an easy way to calm inflammation – and potentially slow aging to a crawl.

Anti-inflammatory Foods Preserve Bone Mass

The new study looked at data for 10,290 women aged 50 – 79. The Women’s Health Initiative – a large study of post-menopausal women – provided years of data on the volunteers.

The study’s authors grouped their subjects by the foods they ate. Those who ate the most pro-inflammatory foods… those who ate the most anti-inflammatory foods… and several steps in between.

Diets were ranked by the Dietary Inflammatory Index. The index ranks nutrients based on their anti- and pro-inflammatory activity.

Over time, the group who ate the most anti-inflammatory foods lost less bone tissue than the others. And the difference was significant compared to women eating diets higher in pro-inflammatory foods.

This held true, even though the anti-inflammatory group had less bone mass to begin with. (The authors think this was related to the pro-inflammatory group being heavier in general at the start.)

So, what should you eat – and what should you avoid – to take advantage of this bone-sparing benefit?

Dietary Dos (and Don’ts) For Better Bone Health

There are lots of food lists out there. But memorizing long lists of “good” and “bad” foods can drive you crazy. And who really wants to tote a booklet around with them to look everything up before you order a meal?

Here’s a simpler idea. It’s not perfect… but almost anyone can remember six simple items, right?

Eat plenty of these three types of food…

  1. Leafy green vegetables. Chard, spinach, kale… The darker green, the better.
  2. Fruits – especially berries. Blueberries, strawberries, cherries… They’re all loaded with antioxidants.
  3. Fatty fish. Mackerel, tuna, salmon… These “oily” fish provide lots of healthy Omega-3s. Shoot for three servings a week.

On the other hand, try to avoid these three food types…

  1. Fried foods. Most frying is done in vegetable oil – high in pro-inflammatory Omega-6 fats.
  2. Refined carbs. Most breads, pastas, and sweets should be off your list.
  3. Added sugars. Manufacturers add sugar to thousands of packaged foods. Stick to fresh foods whenever possible.

Again, this list isn’t perfect. You could add items to either list. But if you focus on just these six simple items, you’ll be well on your way to beating inflammation. And that’s the simplest way I know to slow the aging process.

Even for your bones.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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Medical Mistakes: More Common Than You Think

Protect yourself from everyday medical catastrophes

When it comes to medical mistakes, mainstream medicine sees their glass half-full. As a patient, you may have a different view.

The reported error rate is down 20% since 2010. That’s pretty impressive. But there’s still an 11.5% chance you’ll be injured in some way during a hospital stay. That’s right. More than 1 in every 10 patients is hurt in some way during their stay in the hospital!

You probably won’t hear about it from the industry. So here’s what you need to know about “HACs” – and how to cut your risk.

They Must Be Doing Something Right… Right?

A “HAC” is a Hospital Acquired Condition. That’s government speak for “someone screwed up your healthcare.”

HACs include such common problems as leaving an instrument inside a surgical patient. Infections from neglected IV lines. And bedsores, which they gently refer to as “pressure ulcers.”

As I reported to you not long ago, a recent study found medical errors are now the 3rd most common cause of death in the U.S. So the drop in HACs must be from a major effort to improve, right?

Well, maybe not. In reporting the numbers, the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) says, “The reasons for this progress are not fully understood…” And 2 of the 4 “likely” reasons they give are…

  • Medicare and other insurers have created financial incentives. In other words, hospitals get paid less if they screw up.
  • Hospital error rates are now reported publically.

So, the government believes two of the main reasons hospitals have brought medical mistake rates to “just” 11.5% of patients are making more money and embarrassment.

Heartwarming, isn’t it?

A Quick Look at the Numbers

HHS reports 3,775,400 patients experienced a HAC in 2015. That’s more than the entire populations of Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC combined!

According to a 2013 article in TIME magazine, diagnosis issues are the top cause of healthcare mistakes. Up to 160,000 people per year suffer permanent damage from wrong or late diagnoses. Which makes getting a 2nd opinion for any serious health issue a must.

Surgeries are another high-risk venture. On average, Americans undergo 20 incorrect surgeries per week. They also suffer 20 surgeries on the wrong part of their bodies, and leave surgery with a “foreign object” still in their bodies. Every week.

Many of these mistakes can be avoided by meeting with your OR team before surgery. And going over the procedure. Mark your operations site with permanent marker and have your doctor initial the site. And be sure your doctor uses a checklist to account for every item used in your surgery.

Some 1.7 million Americans leave the hospital with an infection they didn’t have on admission. Every year. Many – if not most – could be avoided by frequent hand washing by both patients and staff.

Simple answers to potentially fatal mistakes. But they’re often overlooked. So are the most common causes of medication errors.

The Most Dangerous Drugs Probably Aren’t the Ones You Think

Which drugs cause the most emergency room (ER) visits? Morphine? Oxycontin? Codeine?

None of these are even in the top 10. But insulin is (#1). So are aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen (#4, #7, and #8). The drugs that most often make trouble are mostly common… often non-prescription… and usually drugs we assume are safe.

I tell you this to point out how you can’t take any drug for granted. Especially prescription drugs. Because when there’s a mistake with some of these drugs, the results can be catastrophic.

Insulin is the #1 cause of ER visits among all drugs. It’s also the top drug for medical errors. Insulin may be administered incorrectly… one brand may be mistaken for another… and the “u” for “units” is often mistaken for a zero (0) on a prescription.

Making mistakes with drugs is easy. So be sure your doctor – and any doctors you deal with in the hospital know all the drugs and supplements you’re taking. Ask your doctor to write out complete instructions for any drug he/she prescribes. And double-check at the hospital that you’re being given the right drugs at the right times.

The bottom line? Be a “problem” patient. Ask questions. Stay informed. And double-check everything you can. Medical professionals are only human. They make mistakes. But if you take charge of your own healthcare, there’s a lot less risk they’ll make one with you.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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The Alzheimer’s Treatment They Won’t Tell You About

Other than cancer, I can’t think of a diagnosis met with more fear than Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve heard it described as a death sentence for the mind.

There’s no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But there is a treatment that helps. It’s known to slow memory loss… and even bring back lost memories. It protects nerve cells from damage. And it’s even been shown to ease the build up of the plaques linked to Alzheimer’s damage.

But there’s probably not one chance in ten thousand any doctor in the U.S. will mention it to you. Even though study after study has shown it’s effective.

Today, I’ll reveal what that treatment is. And show you some of the research that proves its effectiveness.

Clearer Memory, Healthier Nerves

Huperzia serrata is a moss. It’s small and easy to overlook. But for Alzheimer’s sufferers, it’s the biggest news in a very long time. Because it holds a compound that fights Alzheimer’s disease in several ways.

The compound is Huperzine A – or HupA for short. And HupA is the biggest breakthrough in Alzheimer’s management for a very long time. Except in China.

Use of this moss to boost memory and mental clarity goes back countless generations. And in China, HupA has been a licensed treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for years.

Scientists have tested HupA with several conditions linked to memory problems and brain fog. In every case I’ve seen so far, HupA helps with these cognitive problems.

For example, serious depression can cloud mental clarity. Giving patients with major depressive disorder didn’t clear up their depression… but it did improve their cognitive issues.

The toughest test comes with Alzheimer’s disease. Because Alzheimer’s virtually erases memories and clarity of thought… bit by bit.

Here’s where the really good news comes in.

HupA Attacks Alzheimer’s from Many Angles

I don’t want to get too technical here, but bear with me for a moment.

An enzyme called cholinesterase appears to be closely linked to the advance of Alzheimer’s disease.

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter – a chemical that moves messages from one nerve cell to another. Cholinesterase breaks down this messenger molecule. In people with Alzheimer’s disease, blocking the action of cholinesterase eases the advance of the disease.

HupA blocks the action of cholinesterase. So, in that way, it may slow the advance of Alzheimer’s.

HupA also blocks the formation of Beta-amyloid plaques. Beta-amyloid is a protein linked to Alzheimer’s… and many scientists think it’s a main cause of the disease.

Studies also show HupA protects cells from free radical damage linked to Alzheimer’s… and even defends the cells’ mitochondria – the tiny structures that produce all your cells’ energy.

HupA fights one other problem linked to Alzheimer’s. One you probably haven’t heard about.

The Alzheimer’s Path Nobody’s Talking About

Back in 2013, scientists at UCLA – the University of California at Los Angeles – made a shocking discovery.

Alzheimer’s disease may be linked to a common mineral. One you need to stay alive. But one – if you have too much – can destroy your life.

The mineral is iron. And the UCLA team used MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) pictures of brains to show a build-up of iron is closely linked to Alzheimer’s.

Too much iron can lead to free radical damage. And the UCLA study showed an iron build-up in parts of the brain of Alzheimer’s-effected people… but not in similar people without Alzheimer’s disease.

Then, in 2014, a Chinese study showed HupA blocked Beta-amyloid build-up… a build-up of tau proteins (the 2nd protein linked to Alzheimer’s)… and iron build-up.

That’s right. HupA appears to block all three of the most-possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

Yet the chances are slim your doctor will ever mention HupA.

The Good News for Alzheimer’s Sufferers… And Those Who Love Them

HupA is a licensed medicine in China. But it isn’t in the U.S.

Here in America, it’s available as a nutritional supplement. And it’s easy to get. Cheap, safe, and remarkably effective, it could be your answer to the question, “How do I deal with this?”

Talk to your doctor – and your pharmacist – about HupA if you or a loved one have had that dreadful diagnosis.

But be ready for your doctor to dismiss HupA without reading any of the literature. If so, seek out a second opinion from a doctor who’s open to alternative treatments. You want a reasoned opinion… not a knee-jerk reaction.

Chances are, HupA can add a 2nd line of defense at a minimal cost. And possibly add years of enjoyment to your life.

HupA is readily available online and at health food stores. Just be sure to choose a brand with a good reputation for purity and potency. After all, it’s your mind that’s at risk here.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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Why Are Older ER Patient’s Dropping Like Flies?

If you’re retirement age or older, and generally healthy, you need to know this:

Over 10,000 of you die every year within a week of visiting a hospital emergency room. That’s an average of 27 per day. And that number doesn’t include anyone with a life-limiting condition, over 90, or who’s been in nursing care.

We’re talking 10,093 generally healthy folks who visit the ER and are sent back home. But a week later, they’re gone.

Nobody can say exactly why this is happening. But I can tell you ways to cut your risk. Because it appears a lot of these deaths are easily avoidable.

Low Admissions Linked to Higher Death Rates

A new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reviewed more than 28 million U.S. ER visits over 5 years. The authors then weeded out factors – like those above – that could reasonably lead to early death. But that still left them with well over half (about 16 million) of the original records to review.

Now, before I go any further, these weren’t “fringe” researchers or doctors with an axe to grind. They’re respected professionals. Top tier, in fact. They work at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Harvard University. They’re as solidly mainstream as you can get.

And they uncovered some telling facts…

  • Busy ERs didn’t have higher death rates. You’re more likely to die if you’re discharged from a lower-volume ER.
  • Visiting the ER at a huge, “impersonal” university hospital raises your risk of survival.
  • Pricier hospitals with higher admissions rates have lower death rates among post-ER patients.
  • The risk of death within 7 days was higher for hospitals that served a generally healthier population!

Basically, your risk of unexpected death rises when you visit the hospitals insurance companies love the most. Low cost and low admission rates seem to equal a better chance of dropping dead within a week.

“But 10,000 People Isn’t That Many”

Looking at raw numbers is dangerous. It’s easy to lose sight of the human beings behind a number. There are 7.4 billion people on Earth. 10,000 is a drop in the bucket.

Unless one of those 10,000 is someone you love. Or if it’s you.

Just over 84% of all the towns and cities in the U.S. have less than 10,000 citizens.

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and the entire population of Aspen, CO had disappeared. Or everyone in Bar Harbor was gone. Or if Pigeon Forge, TN – home of Dollywood – was a ghost town. Everyone from the FBI to the National Guard would be out in force. And none of these towns has a population even close to 10,000.

But when people disappear here and there, one person at a time, we hardly notice. As I said, unless it’s someone we love.

What makes this study even more heartbreaking – as with others before it – many of these deaths are probably avoidable.

Risks, Red Flags, and Avoidable “Accidents”

The Harvard group’s study only looked at deaths after ER visits. But thousands also die each year after being discharged from the hospital.

For example, 1 in 5 adult patients can expect to experience an “adverse event” after the hospital discharges them. That is, they’ll have a medical problem directly related to their care or a prescribed medication.

A 2005 Canadian study found more than half of those events are directly related to drugs. Another study from Canada pegged the number at almost three-quarters. And a 2008 Canadian study split the difference. This study found medication errors among 41.3% of patients at discharge.

The Harvard/Brigham study found about 232 deaths due to narcotics overdoses among their subjects. Every year. And remember: This only includes Medicaid users under 90 who are generally healthy when they visit the ER.

Combined with the red flags listed above, you can add prescription drugs to your list of risks. But where does that leave you.

What Can You Do?

First and foremost, if your problem is even remotely life threatening, don’t quibble. Get to the nearest ER immediately. Sooner, if possible.

But many people visit the ER for other reasons. Back pain, itchy rashes, minor injuries… These issues may require medical care, but they may not be life threatening in any way. In those cases, the nearest ER may not always be your best choice.

(Note: Always err on the side of caution. If you’re unsure, treat an illness or injury as serous enough to warrant the quickest medical care possible.)

But when you can, it may pay – risk-wise – to choose a busier ER… one linked to a university… or one with a higher admission rate.

Upon discharge – whether from an ER or after a hospital stay – get all instructions in writing. Go over them step-by-step with a medical professional. Especially where prescription drugs are concerned.

And, as always, double-check any prescription with your pharmacist. Let them know any supplements, prescription, and OTC medications your taking. They can help ensure you don’t take any dangerous combinations.

Finally, don’t ignore any signs of sickness after an ER visit. A second visit could very well save your life.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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5 Overlooked Health Stories in 2016

Back in Walter Cronkite’s day, news was news… and reporting it accurately was paramount.

Today it seems, “news” is more about shock value.

Which story getting reported is less about what’s important than what will create a frenzy. And even when a story gets coverage, the coverage may be slanted for maximum effect.

The drive for shock value means some stories are hyped… and others are overlooked.

And when it comes to your health, it means you often don’t get the information you need.

Here are 5 stories from 2016 that were either overlooked or overhyped.

The Deadly “Superbug” Invasion

Superbugs – multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) make for great news. And the mainstream media have taken every opportunity to blow this story out of proportion.

Take, for example, the superbug found in a Pennsylvania patient last year. It was the first time plasma-mediated colistin resistant bacteria were found in the U.S.

Colistin is the “antibiotic of last resort.”

And this type of resistance spreads easily from bug to bug via DNA. But it’s not the “end-of-the-world” scenario painted by the mainstream media.

The bacterium was found in March… and the world hasn’t ended. And in spite of what the alarmists may have led you to believe… the patient survived.

Now, this isn’t to say it’s not a serious issue. The real story here is that we’re not investing what we should in developing and routinely using NATURAL antibiotics.

That will mean we only use antibiotics when the situation is an emergency.

Eventually, more and more bugs will resists more and more antibiotics.

But if we limit use, use natural alternatives and forge ahead in developing new ones – and use those we have more carefully – most people have little to fear.

But we still have to be careful.

Because hospitals are a hotbed of antibiotic-resistant bugs. 25% of older patients leave the hospital with antibiotic-resistant bugs on their hands.

And that means they are spreading these nasty bugs. They’re going to rehabilitation centers and even heading home with these nasty bugs.

But the answer here is pretty simple. Wash Your Hands. Patients need be advised to wash their hands more often.

Simple hand washing can help prevent the spread of these nasty bugs. We just need to do it more often and at the right times.

Meds, Meds, and More Meds

It’s always important to tell your doctor about everything you take. Prescriptions, OTC drugs, and supplements.

But to hear the mainstream tell the story, it’s supplements creating a danger. Vitamin K magnifies the effects of blood thinners. St. John’s Wort interacts with several drugs.

But there’s another story here.

Because it’s not just a problem with supplements. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs cause problems, too. And the number of people taking multiple drugs is skyrocketing.

According to the latest research, at least 15% of Americans take a potentially deadly combo of prescription and OTC drugs and supplements.

But the study also found more than a third (36%) of adults take at least 5 prescription drugs. Among seniors, that number jumps to two-thirds!

With that many drugs – often prescribed by multiple doctors – there are bound to be mistakes.

And there are. Many mature adults are…

Needlessly Drugged for Life

In July, doctors from the University of Kent and East Kent Hospitals reported on a blood pressure study. Among 11,167 patients over 70, 1,899 had low blood pressure. That’s about 17% of the group.

Of the 1,899 with low blood pressure, 1,246 were taking prescription drugs for high blood pressure. That’s two-thirds!

And among those with the lowest blood pressure, 70% were being treated for high blood pressure.

According to the study’s authors, doctors often prescribe a medication and then fail to follow up. Drug companies have trained many doctors – and many patients, too – to assume “management” drugs like these are for life.

But they shouldn’t be.

You can naturally lower blood pressure with exercise, diet, or weight management. Which could easily render drugs unnecessary.

And even dangerous.

To ensure you don’t end up a statistic…

  • Be sure your doctor knows all the drugs – prescription or otherwise – and supplements you take.
  • Double-check any new prescription with your pharmacist, to ensure it’s compatible with all your other prescriptions.
  • Learn your numbers and what they mean. Don’t rely on your doctor to catch changes that may signal you’re being over-medicated.

Of course, it’s not just the “management” drugs that are overused… or even misused.

Here’s another overlooked study from 2016.

Are They Giving You Drugs That Don’t Work?

Doctors are human. And like other humans, most doctors are creatures of habit.

Let’s say you ask a doctor why he or she prescribes drug X for a certain condition. Chances are good, they’ll reply it’s the standard treatment.

The problem here is “standard” and “effective” aren’t always the same thing. Take post-surgical delirium, for instance.

It’s common for a patient – especially an older patient – to come out of surgery confused or disoriented.

Hospitals routinely give these patients anti-psychotic drugs.

Because it’s the established protocol?

You would think so – but no.

The American Geriatric Society specifically says to avoid anti-psychotics for delirium.

You see, there isn’t a shred of evidence they do any good.

And the FDA hasn’t approved anti-psychotics for post-surgical delirium.

So why do hospitals use anti-psychotics this way? Because everybody does it. It’s a good moneymaker.  But useless for the patient.

And that’s unacceptable.

According to a new study, there are simple steps that can help patients re-orient themselves after surgery. They include having a clock and calendar where the patient can see them… and keeping their room well-lit during the day and dark at night.

If someone in your circle is going into the hospital, it’s a good idea that a “spokesperson” be around for them – so every medication can be questioned – and natural methods can be employed when needed.

Finally, some overlooked news on the latest heath-crushing fad.

Explosions Are the Least of Your Worries

Every few weeks there seems to be a new story of an e-cigarette literally blowing up in someone’s face. But only a tiny percentage of these devices explode. So it may seem as if they pose a very limited risk. Especially when you look at the effects of smoking tobacco.

According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), all e-cig users are at risk. Because the vapor has serious effects on your health.

The UCSD doctors report vaping directly kills lung cells, promotes chronic inflammation, and suppresses your immune system.

WOW.

This “healthy” alternative to smoking is a nightmare waiting to happen.

The UCSD scientists also discovered e-cig vapor strengthens Staph germs. Staph bacteria form biofilms – thin, sticky layers of bacteria – more easily after exposure to e-cig vapor.

So you’re more likely to get really sick if you vape on a consistent basis.

Most of these stories got little media coverage – except the superbug story, which was over-hyped.

So you may have missed out on some of the most important health news of the year.

From time to time, I’ll bring you more under-covered stories like these. Because, although it’s a cliché, forewarned really is forearmed.

And if you have any you want to share, just forward them to support@xfactorrevolution.com.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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These Common Drugs Could Be Killing You

They’re among the most popular drugs in the world.

Doctors hand them out like candy.

Non-prescription versions rake in billions for drug companies every year. Oh, one other thing…

They could be slashing years off your life.

“They” are proton pump inhibitors – or PPIs. You probably know them as acid killers.

Millions take them for heartburn or acid reflux. And, they work really well for easing these conditions.

But they’re also linked to a long list of serious – even potentially fatal – side effects.

Now, you may have heard about the safety of PPIs. Questions go back 10 years or more. But the answers have gotten a lot scarier lately.

If you still take PPIs, you need to know what scientists are learning about these dangerous drugs.

Less Acid, Less Heartburn… Wait. What?

PPIs ease heartburn and acid reflux by restricting our body’s production of stomach acid. The idea is pretty simple. Less acid, less heartburn.

But cutting acid also interferes with digestion.

So your body can’t extract all the nutrients from the food you eat. And that means a potential for creating nutrient deficiencies… especially if you take these drugs long-term. Which many people do. Because they don’t understand that there is a limit to how long you should take them.

In fact, many people misuse PPI’s. But not on purpose.  They just don’t know any better.

Doctors at Houston Methodist estimate…

  • By 2009, PPIs were the 3rd most popular drug in the U.S.
  • About 7% of Americans – roughly 22.7 million people – have used PPIs
  • Up to 70% of PPI use isn’t appropriate

That’s almost 16 million people misusing these drugs. And the consequences can be serious – even fatal. Here are just a few recent findings on PPIs’ risks…

PPIs Boost Your Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, and More

2017 – PPI use may raise your risk of bacterial gastroenteritis (BG) up to 453%. BG is a painful inflammation of the gut that may trigger diarrhea, vomiting, and cramping.

2013 – PPIs may raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.  They boost levels of a chemical that blocks production of nitric oxide (NO). NO is a gas your body uses to keep your arteries flexible.

2014 – PPIs disrupt the balance of friendly bacteria in your gut. These bacteria help you digest food, make some B vitamins and vitamin K, and help prevent leaky gut.

2015 – Doctors compare records for 2.9 million people. They find PPI use raises your risk of heart attack by 16%. It also doubles your risk of dying if you have one.

2016 – PPI use raises your risk of chronic kidney disease up to 46%. It’s especially dangerous for those taking PPIs twice a day.

2016 – Doctors review records of more than 200,000 Danish patients. They find PPIs may increase stroke risk up to 21% – especially in older patients and those taking higher doses.

2016 – A large German study finds PPI use appears to raise dementia risk up to 44%.

2016 – PPIs accelerate aging of the linings of blood vessels by shortening telomeres. (Telomeres are caps on the ends of your chromosomes that prevent your genetic material from “unraveling” during cell division.)

What You Can Do NOW

First, avoid using PPIs – any drug with a chemical name ending in “-azole.” If your doctor insists you take a drug for heartburn or GERD, ask if an H2 blocker would work as well.

Several of the studies mentioned here found H2 blockers didn’t have the same negative effects as PPIs. The exception: the bacterial gastroenteritis study. Overall, though H2 blockers – such as Zantac or Tagamet – are linked to far fewer side effects.

You may be able to avoid drugs altogether by using some simple strategies…

  • Stay away from acid foods, alcohol, and highly spicy foods
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Lose weight. Losing just a few pounds can stop reflux in its tracks

Finally, take a walk and chew (sugarless) gum after every meal. As crazy as it may sound, both have been shown to ease acid reflux.

And – if you’re trying to get off that “purple pill”, you will have to wean yourself off.  Stopping cold turkey can leave you feeling pretty terrible.

If you take a PPI every day, reduce to every day and an half for a week.  Then reduce to every other day for a week.  Then to every 3rd day for two weeks.  At that point, you should be able to stop all together.  You probably will have to use a calendar and mark it up as to when to take your pills – but it makes an easier transition that going cold turkey.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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Statin Drugs – Over-hyped and Dangerous?

Insanity, the cliché says, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But that’s exactly what mainstream medicine has been doing with cholesterol since the 2424.

They lower the target for cholesterol numbers… push levels down by using more and more statin drugs… and then repeat the process when it doesn’t work.

Right now, the mainstream says a third of U.S. adults “should” take statins. That’s more than 78 million people. Even though the number of adults with “high” cholesterol dropped by 40% between 2000 and 2014.

Statin use also went up by 40% during that same period. The “experts” say this proves statin use lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. But sales of sushi in the U.S. jumped 28% during the same period. So maybe it was the sushi.

Or maybe Americans are taking better care of themselves. As a new study points out, the link between statin drugs and heart health isn’t all that firm.

And the benefits of these drugs may not be worth the risk.

Cholesterol’s Damage Called Into Question

In 2016, an international team reviewed 19 studies. The studies included 30 groups of adults. 68,094 total subjects, all over 60.

For 28 of the 30 groups “bad” (LDL) cholesterol was inversely related to all-cause mortality. That is, people with higher LDL levels were less likely to die than people with lower LDL levels.

And this isn’t the first time a study has contradicted cholesterol theory. A 2009 study also disagreed. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) doctors reviewed cholesterol and heart attack data from 541 hospitals.

Over 6 years, they found 136,905 heart attack patients with recorded cholesterol levels Almost three-quarters had healthy LDL levels. And nearly half had LDL levels in the “ideal” range.

Of course, the researchers decided that meant cholesterol guidelines were too high.

Because the mainstream is really good at doing the same thing over and over… and expecting a different result.

Meanwhile, a few leading scientists haven’t been wearing their blinders. And they’re calling out the lunacy.

Try an Apple a Day Instead

Dr. Kailash Chand is about as mainstream as they come. He’s deputy chairman of the British Medical Association. So you may be surprised to learn he took himself off statin drugs.

Why? Because – like many others on statins – they made him sick. Dr. Chand says the only people who benefit from the widespread use of statins are the drug companies.

National guidelines in several countries now say millions more should take statins. In Britain, two experts have asked the National Health Service to back down.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a cholesterol expert, and Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiology specialist, say drug companies downplay the side effects of these drugs. They point to drug company studies that show only 1% of statin users experience side effects. Yet independent studies show 20% of patients suffer negative effects.

The editor in chief of the British Medical Journal, Fiona Godlee, has also weighed in. She notes only a few dozen people have seen the studies behind the new guidelines. Which makes you wonder what they’re hiding.

Dr. Chand also notes one study shows eating an apple a day has as much effect on cholesterol as statin drugs.

Modest Benefits… Big Side Effects

Doctors at the University of British Columbia publish a watchdog newsletter called Therapeutics Letter. In 2014, one issue was dedicated to statins.

In it, they pointed out statin’s side effects are generally understated. Among those side effects are a higher risk of muscle pain, liver and kidney problems, bleeding in the brain, and an increased risk of diabetes.

The doctors also pointed out that statins generally provide a very modest benefit.

Compare that to a recent study reported by the Cleveland Clinic. This study shows men taking statins raise their risk of diabetes by 46%.

Ironically, diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease. So statins may actually raise your risk of the very problem they’re supposed to prevent.

If your doctor suggests taking statins – or you’re already taking them – it may be worth your while to discuss alternatives. Lifestyle changes and supplements – such as red yeast rice – can make a big difference in cholesterol levels. All without nasty side effects.

For an even bigger benefit, you could also try eating an apple a day.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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The Giant Loophole in Your Doctor’s Prescription Pad

When you doctor gives you a prescription, you probably assume a few things.

First, you assume the prescribed drug was intended to treat your health problem. Second, you assume the drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat your problem. And third, you would probably assume that if either of the first two weren’t true, your doctor would tell you.

The problem here is you may be assuming wrong on all counts. And it’s all perfectly legal.

That’s right. There’s a loophole in your doctor’s prescription pad so big you could drive a freight train through it. It’s called “off-label use.” And as I said, it’s completely legal.

Off-Label Uses Are Rampant

Off-label prescribing has been around for a long time. Basically, it’s when a doctor gives you a drug that is either…

  • Not intended to treat your specific health condition
  • Prescribed in a dose that hasn’t been FDA-approved
  • Given to a patient it’s not intended for (as in an adult drug given to a child).

Here’s where that loophole comes in. The FDA regulates drugs and drug companies… but they have no regulatory authority over doctors. So, if a doctor wants to prescribe an adult antidepressant to a child, he or she can.

And doctors do prescribe off-label. A lot. A 2006 study looked at 160 top drugs. The researchers found doctors prescribed those drugs off-label 21% of the time.

According to a review from the Mayo Clinic, another study found 78.9% of the children leaving pediatric hospitals received off-label prescriptions!

Why Do They Do It?

There are a several reasons – both good and bad – that your doctor may prescribe a drug off-label.

In a few cases, off-label use has actually become the standard of care. Aspirin is the classic example. Aspirin isn’t approved for preventing heart disease in diabetics, but it’s written right into the guidelines.

In other cases, it may be a “Hail Mary” pass for a dying patient. Nothing else has worked… and what have you got to lose?

Patient class is a common reason drugs are prescribed off-label. For example, many drugs haven’t been tested on children and pregnant women… for obvious reasons. But they’re prescribed for them anyway.

Ignorance is surprisingly common. Doctors often don’t realize they’re prescribing a drug for an unapproved use. Especially when it’s commonly prescribed off-label, as many anti-psychotics are.

These are just a few of the reasons your doctor may prescribe a drug off-label. But there can be consequences… mostly for the patient.

Throwing Good Money After Bad

In theory, the FDA approves a drug when it’s proven safe and effective for a specific condition. There’s pretty much no such thing as an off-label use that’s been proven safe and effective in studies. Because the drug companies would apply for approval if they’d gone through the studies for that use.

Which may explain why researchers have found 73% of off-label drug uses have little or no scientific support.

So, before you fill that prescription, talk to your doctor. If he or she is prescribing off-label, ask why. If your doctor doesn’t know, talk to your pharmacist. You can even look it up yourself at DailyMed (www.dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/). This website lists drug information – including approved uses.

Here are three good reasons to protect yourself this way:

  • The drug may be ineffective for your condition, and a waste of money
  • All drugs have side effects… and you don’t need to wind up with any extra health issues
  • If it’s an off-label use, your insurance company may not pay for it.

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


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