Nature’s “Secret” Defense Against Cancer

Mainstream medicine wants you to think you only exotic drugs battle cancer. But there’s a simple, natural answer that blocks cancer from developing. Which could save you a lot of pain… and a fortune in treatment costs.

This may explain why the mainstream doesn’t endorse this simple, safe, and natural cancer buster.

In the next few moments, I’ll reveal what this anti-cancer substance is. And how you can use it to boost your chances of avoiding years of suffering and a painful end.

Insanely Effective Protection

Most health professionals look at scientific studies for answers to health questions. You probably do, too.

So when someone publishes a recipe… you might be a little skeptical.

Unless, of course, that “someone” is the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dana Farber is one of the most respected cancer research centers in the world. Yet they’ve published a remarkably simple cancer-fighting soup recipe on their website.

What kind of soup could this be? Perhaps some sort of chemo-drug soup?

No. It’s creamy tomato soup.

The secret ingredient? Tomatoes. That’s right… tomatoes.

According to Dana Farber, chemicals in tomatoes are linked to a lower risk of cancer.

And they’re not alone.

Research from the Endocrine Society shows how tomatoes may work to fight cancer. They boost levels of certain hormones linked to lower cancer risk.

Eating a tomato-rich diet for 10 weeks raised adiponectin levels by 9%. This hormone helps regulate fat and blood sugar levels. And higher levels of adiponectin are connected to lower risk of certain cancers.

In this study, getting 25 milligrams of lycopene (from tomato) had a bigger impact on cancer risk than getting 40 grams of soy protein.

According to the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, lycopene has been linked to lower risk of several cancers. They’ve found evidence pancreatic, colon, esophogeal, oral, breast, and cervical cancers may all be linked to lycopene intake.

Getting more lycopene – which is abundant in tomatoes – could lower your risk of all these cancers.

Multiple Benefits – And Perhaps Stronger With Whole Tomato Products

A 2016 study in the journal Tumor Biology is typical. It links lycopene to a lower risk of prostate and breast cancers. Doctors found lycopene blocked enzymes linked to higher cancer risk.

A 2013 study got a little more specific. This study linked lycopene to a lower risk of prostate cancer. But it found whole tomato products were even more effective.

Cooked tomato products lowered prostate cancer risk more than lycopene alone. And raw tomato products were even more effective.

A 2012 review of studies showed lycopene lowers risk of stomach cancer. But a 2015 animal study revealed other tomato substances are involved. This study linked an entirely different tomato ingredient to lower risk of colo-rectal cancer.

In a 2017 study, researchers said they don’t know how tomatoes cut skin cancer risk. But mice given high levels of tomato in their diets were less likely to get skin cancer.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, showed lycopene slashed cancer risk. But they found lycopene was just part of the equation.

The Best Protection Available

Cancer studies seem to show lycopene is an effective way to cut your risk of many cancers.

But studies that compare lycopene to whole tomato products favor whole tomatoes. And not just for cancer prevention.

In 2014, scientists from several hospitals and universities – including the Harvard School of Public Health – looked at lycopene vs. whole tomato. In this case, they looked at heart risk.

The team found whole tomato products delivered better protection than lycopene alone. Lycopene came out on top for blood pressure. But whole tomato products won out for every other measure of heart risk.

So, if you’re looking for a solid defense against cancer, lycopene is a good choice. But you’re probably better off with whole tomato products. The same holds true for heart health.

If you have an issue with acid, lycopene may be a better choice. There are many supplements with lycopene to choose from. If not….

Daily servings of whole tomato products may be one of your best defenses against cancer. Far better than lycopene alone. We’re just scratching the surface of how tomatoes work.

Either way, the evidence suggests you’ll cut your cancer risk… safely, naturally, and without serious side effects.

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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You’re in Big Pharma’s Cross Hairs Again

There’s a good reason if you sometimes feel like you have a target on your back. You do.

Big Pharma put you in their sights back in November 2013. That’s when the latest cholesterol guidelines were published.

The expansion would have added 13 million Americans to those taking statin drugs. Including half the population between 40 and 75. It also called for larger doses of statins in many cases.

That’s not news. But the tactic their allies are using is. It comes right out of the political playbook. They’re using smears and name-calling. Like a recent press article calling opponents of expanded statin use “science deniers.”

This may not sound like much. But it could have serious effects. Because, you see, the smears cover the truth about statins.

They’re not all they’re cracked up to be. Here’s what the mainstream doesn’t want you to know…

What They’re Not Telling You About Cholesterol

First, let me go on record as agreeing very high cholesterol isn’t a good thing. But your doctor probably doesn’t even measure the number that may matter most. And that’s oxidized LDL cholesterol. That’s the real culprit behind plaque build-up.

You doctor may not have discussed your cholesterol ratio, either. And that’s another important number. HDL – or “good” – cholesterol helps clear excess LDL out of your system. So if you have more HDL in relation to LDL, your risk of heart trouble may be lower.

Finally, here’s something I can almost guarantee your doctor hasn’t mentioned. In fact, he probably doesn’t even know it. It’s a percentage…

75%

That’s the percentage of people who had “good” or “ideal” LDL levels in a 2009 study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Why is that meaningful? Because these 136,905 people had all been hospitalized for heart attacks. Healthy LDL levels didn’t protect them.

Of course, the mainstream immediately called for lowering target LDL numbers. But this study isn’t exactly an outlier.

 “Science Deniers”… or “Truth Speakers”?

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a world-class reputation. Doctors there often work hand-in-hand with top scientists from Harvard University.

Apparently, it’s also a breeding ground for “science deniers.” Because two researchers there ran the numbers on the latest cholesterol guidelines… and discovered the calculations are off. Way off.

In fact, they found the calculations could overestimate your heart risk by up to 150%.

Last year, 16 researchers from hospitals and universities around the world reviewed the effects of LDL cholesterol in people over 60. They looked at 16 studies with 68,094 total subjects. Their findings were unpopular in the drug industry.

You see, they found that most adults over 60 with higher LDL cholesterol live as long – or longer – than those with low LDL.

Writing in The World Journal of Cardiology in 2015, two researchers also pointed out, “Often overlooked is the fact that numerous studies of cholesterol lowering have failed to demonstrate a mortality benefit and the benefits of statins may have been overstated.”

Who are these two science deniers? One is a cardiologist at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The other teaches medicine at France’s University of Grenoble.

And speaking of overstated benefits, there’s the 2016 review that looked at seven large statin trials. On average, taking statin drugs cut the subjects’ risk of death by 0.49%. And, no, that decimal point isn’t a mistake. Statins, on average boosted survival rates by less than a half-percent.

Should You Take Statin Drugs?

Doctors today seem to be trained to turn to drugs first. Losing a few pounds, exercising more, and eating a healthier diet can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and more. And these actions come with numerous side benefits.

Foods like garlic and red yeast rice are also proven to lower cholesterol levels. The fact is, you have many natural options… and they work for most people.

If your doctor suggests statins to lower your cholesterol, don’t be afraid to discuss natural options. They’re effective… they can save you a small fortune… and most don’t have the negative side effects linked to statin use.

Side effects? Muscle pain is the most common. But statins also lower your CoQ10 levels, which may harm your mitochondria – the tiny “energy factories” in your cells. And studies have found statin use may also raise your risk of Type II diabetes.

Finally, a study published in Expert Review in Clinical Pharmacology found statins may actually contribute to atherosclerosis and heart failure!

If you’re already taking a statin drug, don’t stop without talking to your doctor. But do discuss your options. After all, why spend money on questionable drugs if you don’t have to?

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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This Insurance Industry Secret Could Condemn You to Death

What do you look for in a healthcare plan? If you’re like most people, price is your number one concern.

That’s only natural. Very few people expect to get cancer or have a heart attack. But they clearly see the benefits of saving a few hundred dollars on insurance.

Insurance companies – whose only real goal is profit – understand this. And they’ve come up with all sorts of tricks to provide “cheap” healthcare plans.

One of those tricks is called “narrow networks.” That’s when a health plan has a very limited pool of providers… which helps insurers control costs. And offer you a lower premium.

But there’s a catch. One, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (UP) found could make the difference between life and death. Here’s what you need to know about narrow networks.

Save a Little Today… Gamble With Your Life Tomorrow

Narrow network plans are popular on healthcare exchanges because they offer a lower cost than most other plans. The UP researchers found something else that was lower in narrow networks.

Top-rated cancer care.

In a survey of 248 plans on the exchanges, about a third qualify as narrow network. That is, they include less than 25% of an area’s providers.

In the wider networks, 34% of included oncologists were affiliated with a top-rated cancer center. In narrow networks, only 17% were.

Which means your chances of getting what’s considered the most advanced cancer care are a lot slimmer in narrow networks. With rare or hard-to-treat cancers, that could decide whether or not you survive.

That’s not the only way you can lose out in a narrow network, either.

Bargain Basement Healthcare

As two surgeons recently wrote in the Neurosurgery Blog, narrow networks have nothing to do with value or quality of care. In these networks, insurers negotiate deep discounts with a handful of healthcare providers. So it’s really about cheap healthcare.

Patients have limited choices. And, in rural areas may have to travel unreasonable distances to find “in network” services.

The Affordable Care Act set standards for network adequacy. It requires plans to provide a network wide enough to ensure necessary care without undue hardship. But the language is vague.

So patents may be barred from top-rated healthcare… or face huge out-of-network costs. They may also have to travel significant distances for individual services (bloodwork, x-rays and CAT scans, etc.) when those services are available nearby… but “out of network.”

This bargain basement approach isn’t limited to the lowest coverage tier on the exchanges. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found 41% of the silver (mid-tier) plans had small or “extra-small” networks.

Here’s a practical example I’ve used before…

You need surgery. You consult with an in-network surgeon. You have the operation done at an in-network hospital. Then you’re hit with an unexpected bill for thousands of dollars, because the anesthesiologist isn’t in your plan’s network.

The narrower the network, the more likely you’ll have this problem. So what can you do?

Be Aware and Be Prepared

First, check with your state’s insurance commission. About half the states have rules requiring – and defining – adequate coverage for at least some marketplace plans.

Second, before you choose a plan, don’t just look at the price and services covered. Check on the in-network healthcare providers. If a plan doesn’t meet your needs, you could easily spend more in out-of-pocket costs than you’ll save on premiums.

Finally, don’t assume that all providers and services at your in-network hospital are covered by your plan. Double-check to ensure you don’t face any nasty surprises.

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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Common Chemicals Boost Men’s Risk of Heart Disease and More

Imagine a group of chemicals that protect cancer cells and help them proliferate. That are toxic to your heart. That damages semen quality – even in healthy men.

Next, imagine these chemicals have been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes in men.

Finally, imagine the government watchdog tasked with protecting you from such dangers apparently hasn’t reviewed the science since 2005.

That’s right. 2005. But the science didn’t stop in 2005. And most of it has been disturbing.

Here’s what men need to know to protect themselves against these insidious chemicals.

How About a Side of Heart Disease With That… Everything

Phthalates are plasticizers. That is, they make plastic products more durable, more transparent, and more flexible.

Phthalates are used in tens of thousands of products. Everything from nail polish to toys… from vinyl flooring to blood bags and other medical devices… from shower curtains to shampoos and lotions.

There’s no escaping phthalates because the properties that make them effective plasticizers also enable them to leach out of products into the environment. And into your body. Studies routinely show unnatural levels of phthalates in urine samples from people of all ages and cultures.

Actually, the only natural level of phthalates is zero. And pretty much nobody can claim levels within a country mile of that level anymore.

Now, a brand-new study from Australia shows phthalates are even more dangerous than we’d thought. The study is to be published in the October 2017 issue of Environmental Research. And it links phthalate levels to serious health problems in men.

These problems include high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and heart disease.

The study looked at 1500 men in South Australia. 99.6% of the men tested showed phthalates in their urine. And the higher the phthalate level, the more likely the men were to have high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and heart disease.

The researchers adjusted their findings for weight… for smoking… for alcohol use. But no matter how they parsed the numbers, the results were the same. Phthalate levels were closely linked to the risk of these diseases.

The Science Is Moving a Lot Faster Than Uncle Sam

The last phthalate data the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to have looked at last came from 2002. They published their assessment was published in 2005.

So what’s been discovered about phthalates since 2002? Let’s look at some of what we’ve discovered just this year…

  • Phthalates protect and promote proliferation of cancer cells
  • Phthalates trigger the death of heart cells
  • Even “safe” levels of phthalate exposure damage semen

There have been plenty of other discoveries. Like the 2008 study that revealed 81% of infants tested had detectible levels of phthalates. Infants!

Yet thousands of products still contain phthalates. For example, the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” database includes more than 1,000 cosmetic products that contain phthalates.

And that’s just cosmetics. Thousands of other products – toys, food packaging, household products, etc. – also contain these chemicals.

So, maybe the FDA is behind the times, but what about Uncle Sam’s other branches?

Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only lists references up to 2004. And their website doesn’t raise any red flags. In spite of compelling recent science.

It appears the dangerous effects of phthalates aren’t a priority for your government “protectors.” In spite of the evidence that phthalates can cause serious health problems.

So what can you do?

Effective Phthalate Defenses

One nutrient appears to block at least some of the effects of phthalate exposure. That’s vitamin E. In a recent Chinese animal study, vitamin E helped block the damage phthalates typically do to male reproductive cells.

But your best option is to avoid products that contain phthalates. The EWGs Skin Deep database can help you avoid phthalates in cosmetics. But there isn’t much help otherwise.

So, avoid plastics whenever you can. Buying fresh foods – rather than pre-packaged foods – is a good first step.

Use a stainless steel water bottle (double-walled), rather than buying plastic water bottles. When you can, buy children’s toys with minimal – or, ideally – zero plastic.

Choose wooden or steel products over plastic alternatives. And be sure to get plenty of vitamin E. It appears to be your best defense against at least some of the effects of phthalates.

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 Village That Beats Okinawa for Longevity

You’ve probably heard the stories: The centenarian who credits their long life to eating bacon, eggs, and fried potatoes for breakfast every day… or the one who’s smoked a pack a day for most of their life.

These make for good stories, but we all know the way to stretch your years is to eat right, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and drink in moderation. Sure, a few exceptions will sneak by. But it’s not like there’s a whole town full of 100-year-old rule-breakers.

Oops… There is.

A town where 3 out of every 20 citizens are 100 or older. And where more people live to 110 than perhaps anywhere else on Earth.

How can this be? Well, science isn’t sure yet. But we have some tantalizing clues. Clues that might help you add more healthy years to your life.

Stumbling On Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

About 70 miles south of Naples, as the crow flies, the village of Acciaroli is tucked tightly between the mountains and the sea. About 2,000 people live in and around the village. And, as I said, some 300 of them have lived a century or more.

In 2012, a doctor from the University of California San Diego visited Acciaroli while on vacation. When he stepped on the beach, he was flabbergasted.

“I was at the beach,” he told the NY Post, “and I saw all these leather-necked, tanned people in their 90s and 100s who looked nine months pregnant and were smoking cigarettes.”

Dr. Alan Maisel had stumbled across a small town where 15% of the residents were 100 or older. And 60 were at least 110!

In the U.S., a whopping 0.02% of the population is 100 or older. So these numbers seemed almost impossible.

But they’re real. And they led Dr. Maisel to partner with an Italian university to study how so many people in the village could live so long. One thing’s for sure: They’re not following all the rules.

Nobody’s Paying the Piper for Living Well

The people of Acciaroli aren’t whooping it up every night. They’re not drunkards. But the do break a lot of the “rules.”

In general, they don’t exercise. They drink plenty of wine. Many smoke. And as Dr. Maisel discovered, they love the sun.

But he also discovered some ways they are “following the rules.” And maybe a few new rules the rest of us should consider.

Most folks in the village don’t exercise… but they are active. They walk all around the village and in the nearby mountains.

They eat simply, and two components of their diet stood out to Dr. Maisel. They eat a lot of anchovies… and a lot of rosemary. (More on this in a moment.)

Folks in Acciaroli also live remarkably stress-free lives. They gather often with family and friends. Evenings at the village gathering-spots are filled with friendly conversation and laughter.

In short, people in Acciaroli live “the good life.”

Is Rosemary the Secret to a Long, Healthy Life?

Dr. Maisel and his colleagues have only begun their work. But they’ve found even Acciaroli’s oldest residents have remarkably good circulation. By some measures, centenarians have circulation similar to most people in their 20s or 30s.

And that’s where all that rosemary may come in.

You see, high blood sugar – now common in most developed nations – leads to production of Advanced Glycation End Products – AGEs. These molecules can block tiny blood vessels. This can deny nutrients to key tissues.

But rosemary contains natural acids that block formation of AGEs… which promotes healthy circulation. Especially in those critical tiny blood vessels.

Anchovies stand out for their Omega-3 content. If you don’t like anchovies, try another wild-caught fatty fish, such as salmon. Higher Omega-3 intakes is linked to heart health, mental clarity… and even less joint pain.

And, of course, staying active and eliminating stress are also big steps towards healthy aging.

It may be years before we know the whole story. Till then, adding a couple of simple lessons from the people of Acciaroli to your life may just add years, as well.

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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This “Banned” Chemical Is Still In Use… And a Potential Threat to Your Health

When is a ban not a ban? How about when a banned substance is still legally out there… and still potentially adding to a growing health crisis.

You probably saw last year’s headlines, when the Food and Drug Administration banned triclosan, the active ingredient in some antibacterial products.

Well, that’s what most headlines told you. But that’s not what actually happened. There’s a huge gap between the headlines and reality. And you need to know about that gap… because the danger is still there. And so is the “banned” chemical.

What the FDA Really Banned

To give the FDA credit, they started out on the right foot with this one. In 2013, they proposed a rule to limit use of antibacterial chemicals like triclosan and triclocarban.

The FDA was worried about spreading resistant bacteria, and the hormonal effects of these chemicals.

So the FDA asked antibacterial soap makers to prove their claims. They couldn’t. In fact, many studies showed washing with plain soap and water works as well as using antibacterial soaps.

With no proof of added benefit, the FDA’s final rule banned 19 chemicals from consumer soap/wash products.

But it didn’t ban any of them from use in healthcare… or in other consumer products. So you may encounter triclosan at your doctor’s office… in an outpatient clinic… or in the hospital.

You may also encounter these 19 “banned” chemicals in deodorants… hand wipes… and your toothpaste.

The FDA may have protected you from antibacterial hand soap. But you can still spread these chemicals under your arms and all around your mouth.

Where they help build stronger bacteria and may affect your hormones… exactly as they would spread on your hands.

And the story just got a little worse.

A Horrific Discovery: Cross-Resistance

Quinolones are potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics. That means they work against a lot of dangerous bacteria. They block their ability to replicate DNA. This shuts down their ability to reproduce.

But scientists in the U.K. recently found something alarming about bacteria that become resistant to quinolones. They also become resistant to triclosan.

According to the researchers, “The worry is that this might happen in reverse and triclosan exposure might encourage growth of antibiotic resistant strains.”

In other words, what if triclosan were helping breed germs that could shrug off quinolones, too? As one of the doctors points out, “…triclosan has become ubiquitous in the environment and even human tissues in the last 20 years.”

We could easily find ourselves up this creek without a paddle.

But you can lower your exposure to these chemicals.

Use This Resource to Protect Yourself From Dangerous Chemicals

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has an online cosmetics database. It includes more than 69,000 products. And it’s not just make-up.

Almost every personal care product you’ve ever heard of is included. And you can search by ingredient. For example, I searched for “triclosan.” I got dozens of results. Including popular brands of toothpaste and deodorant.

The EWG database isn’t perfect. But it’s a lot better than anything from Uncle Sam. According to N.J. Senator Frank Lautenberg, only 1% of the 84,000 chemicals in use today have been studied for safety.

Meanwhile, antibacterials – with little or no proven benefit – still threaten our health. Because a ban isn’t always a ban.

To help protect yourself and your family, visit EWG’s Skin Deep website.  It’s at https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. You’ll discover more than products that still have triclosan. You’ll also find products with formaldehyde releasers… potential cancer triggers… hormone disruptors… and more.

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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Two Simple Ways to Slow Aging

How many times have you heard someone joke about “getting their resveratrol” as they pour a second – or third – glass of wine? It’s an old joke… but I still hear it all the time at dinner parties.

What makes this joke sad is the drinkers are getting the exact opposite result they would with a resveratrol supplement. New research shows alcohol ages your body at the cellular level.

And there’s such a tiny amount of resveratrol in a glass of red wine, you’d probably have to drink gallons of it to offset the damage of a single glass.

Moderate alcohol intake may have a few health benefits, but a new study suggests you’ll be better off avoiding the stuff altogether.

Alcohol Speeds Up Your Cellular “Aging Clock”

Inside your cells, your chromosomes contain your genetic code. The DNA that makes you, you. Every time a cell divides, it makes a copy of this code. And each division wears down a bit of your chromosomes’ protective ends called telomeres.

At a certain point, the telomeres wear down too much. They can no longer protect your genetic code. So, to protect you from badly copied DNA, that cells stops dividing, falls “silent,” and eventually dies. That’s a big part of the aging process.

The longer your telomeres, the more times your cells can divide. Which gives those cells a longer life. And keeps your body acting younger longer.

According to new research from the Research Society on Alcoholism, the more you drink, the shorter your telomeres will be. Which means your cells have fewer divisions left before they shut down.

Japanese doctors compared 134 alcoholics to 121 non-alcoholic adults for this study. The subjects ranged in age from 41 to 85. In aged-matched comparisons, alcohol was clearly linked to shorter telomeres.

Shorter telomeres are also linked to age-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. So cutting back on alcohol – or cutting it out altogether – is an easy way to slow the aging process.

But it’s not the only way doctors have recently confirmed.

Maybe the Gym Rats Were Right After All

University scientists in Finland recently explored the connection between brain and brawn. And they found physical strength is closely tied to staying mentally sharp.

The researchers studied 338 adults, averaging 66 years old. They tested their subjects’ strength three ways.

First, they tested handgrip strength. Studies often use this simple measure to compare volunteers’ physical strength. But the Finnish researchers also measured their subjects on three lower-body exercises and two upper-body exercises.

They discovered handgrip strength didn’t accurately reflect cognitive function. In other words, grip strength didn’t relate to memory or information processing abilities.

But overall upper or lower body strength did. The study showed adults with greater upper or lower body strength were linked to better cognitive functioning.

What does this mean to you? It means adding strength training to your weekly activity may help you keep your mind and memory sharper.

What it doesn’t mean is you have to start going to the gym. Any exercise that builds muscle will do – including isometrics, dumbbells, or classic exercises like pushups and crunches.

Adding 20 minutes of strength training three times a week should be enough. If you cut down on alcohol at the same time, you’ll have taken two giant steps towards putting the brakes on aging.

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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“Greater muscle strength – better cognitive function for older people,” University of Eastern Finland. May 11, 2017.



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The Scary Truth About Healthcare Quality

4,000 times a year. That’s how often Johns Hopkins researchers found “never events” happen in U.S. hospitals.

What’s a “never event”? It’s a situation so grave that it should never happen. Like leaving a scalpel inside a patient. Or operating on the wrong limb. Or the wrong person.

4,000 times a year. That’s about 11 times a day… every day, 7 days a week. Almost a third of these incidents result in permanent injury. About 6.6% end in death.

From 1990 to 2010, the Johns Hopkins team estimates 80,000 patients experienced a “never event.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of doctors and other healthcare workers are careful and caring. They genuinely want to make a difference. But, as you’re about to discover, “want” and “do” are sometimes two different things.

Medical Mistakes From Pink Eye to Blood Pressure

A new study in the journal Ophthalmology says doctors routinely fail to treat pink eye properly.

Pink eye – or acute conjunctivitis – comes in three types: viral, bacterial, and allergic. A virus is by far the most common cause. But, in one survey, doctors gave 78% of 300,000 patients with pink eye a prescription for an antibiotic.

As you may already know, antibiotics don’t kill viruses. Or allergic reactions. And in the case of pink eye, antibiotics are rarely needed even for the bacterial form. Most cases will clear up on their own in 7 – 14 days.

So, in this survey, about antibiotics were prescribed incorrectly about 234,000 times. And that’s just one illness.

Chances are your doctor’s staff doesn’t take your blood pressure correctly, either. Do they have you sit on the examination table? That’s a no-no. So is measuring blood pressure in an unsupported arm.

Just having a doctor or nurse in the room can drive up your blood pressure. It’s so common, it has a name. It’s called “the white coat effect.”

With blood pressure linked to your heart risk, getting it right is important. But most medical staff don’t fully follow the American Heart Association guidelines.

So what’s the point here?

You Have to Be Your Own Health Advocate

According to a 2011 article in Scientific American, much of medical practice has weak – or no – scientific backing. And when there are clear clinical guidelines, they’re often not followed fully.

For example, primary care doctors treat lower back pain correctly only about half the time. And only about 20% of what doctors do is backed by clear scientific evidence.

According to the article, surgeons may even argue with their own treatment advice.

Researchers gave written descriptions of a health issue to a group of surgeons. About half recommended surgery. The other half recommended against it. The researchers gave the same doctors the same details two years later. 40% of them switched positions.

Again, I’m not trying to put down doctors here. But medicine is as much art as science. And those who practice it are only human.

That’s why you have to be your own health advocate. If you have a health condition, research it. And research your doctor’s advice. If you have a serious problem, get a second opinion. Or even a third.

Chances are your doctor strives to do their best for you. But your health isn’t something to take chances with.

You can learn a lot about health conditions by checking national organizations’ websites. (American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, etc.) The National Library of Medicine also has reams of free health information at the MedlinePlus website – https://medlineplus.gov.

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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Food Safety: Replacing One Poison With Another

Removing cancer-causing chemicals from where they could harm you is a good thing. Replacing them with other cancer-causing chemicals isn’t. But that’s exactly what appears to have happened.

And there’s a very good chance it affects you and your family, because you probably come into contact with these chemicals every day.

The chemicals are bisphenols. One form – BPA – has been used in plastic products for years. Including water bottles, baby bottles, and lots of food packaging products.

But BPA is an endocrine disruptor. Which means it messes with your hormones. And it’s linked to a higher risk of cancer. Something we’ve known for years.

The good news is they’ve taken BPA out of baby bottles… and it’s slowly phasing out from other products, too.

Now for the bad news…

The phase-out is moving very slowly. And the chemicals replacing BPA may be just as bad. Or even worse.

Use First, Prove Later

We’ve seen this scenario before. It was the 1980s, and consumer advocates were out to save us from saturated fat. So they lobbied and lobbied… and got “tropical oils” pulled out of many food products.

Tropical oils – like coconut oil – are saturated fats. But they don’t act like animal fat… because they have a different structure. It turns out these medium-chain triglycerides may actually be good for you.

While the replacement the consumer advocates called for wasn’t. You see, in most foods, they replaced tropical oils with trans-fats.

So, what are the replacements for BPA? Other bisphenols. And some studies say they’re even worse than BPA.

Now, you may have heard that these replacements are safe. Because there’s been a lot of coverage of a recent University of Iowa study. But that study only found BPF and BPS – the two most common replacement bisphenols – don’t appear to trigger obesity. Which BPA can.

But, as this study’s authors point out, “little is known on the potential impact of BPF and BPS exposure in humans.”

In other words, we’ve rushed in replacements for a poison that we’re not sure aren’t also poisons.

Guess what? They are.

The Evidence Mounts… And It Ain’t Pretty

In 2015, a team of French scientists tested BPF and BPS on mice and human tissue. They found that even tiny amounts affected testosterone production. These chemicals also affected Insl3 – a protein linked to insulin.

In fact, this study found BPF was even worse than the BPA it’s replacing!

A 2015 review of studies by the Endocrine Disruption Exchange found BPF and BPS are “as hormonally active as BPA, and they have endocrine-disrupting effects.”

In February 2017, Japanese researchers reported on an animal study of BPF. They compared the effects of BPA and BPF on the offspring of mothers exposed to either chemical during pregnancy.

BPF had a worse effect than BPA… suggesting we’re going from the frying pan into the fire.

A June 2017 study in Pediatric Research linked BPS to higher insulin resistance and antioxidant stress in children. Kids exposed to the chemical were also more likely to suffer kidney and blood vessel damage.

The good news comes from a new international study that found BPF and BPS are somewhat less estrogenic than BPA. But they have clear estrogenic effects. Which is one of BPA’s big links to cancer.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

The first lesson here is that “BPA-free” doesn’t mean “safe.” At best, it may mean a product is somewhat safer than one with BPA… but only in certain ways.

Your best and safest course of action is to avoid prepackaged foods as much as possible. Choose fresh vegetables – ideally from an organic farm. If you must buy packaged foods, look for options in glass jars or bottles. The lids may contain bisphenols, but you’ll cut your overall exposure.

Don’t buy bottled water. Installing a filtration system in your kitchen will save you money in the long run. Besides, using a filter system works out to pennies for a gallon of clear, clean water.

Buy a stainless steel (double-walled) water bottle. Make it a habit to bring it with you  any time you might buy a bottle of water. Fill it at home with your filtered tap water, and it will pay for itself in just weeks.

Plus, a double-walled stainless steel bottle will keep your drink cold for hours. I throw in a couple of ice cubes, and my morning water is still cold at lunchtime… even living here in southern Florida.

They may be heavy and breakable, but glass baby bottles are the way to go. They worked fine for many generations before you… and they’re much better for your baby’s (or grandbaby’s) health.

Here’s the bottom line: Avoiding bisphenols will lead you to eat a healthier diet and save you money in the long run. So you win no matter how you look at it.

Especially if it means you dodge the cancer bullet.

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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This Common Medical Practice Destroys Arthritic Joints

Doctors have been injecting steroids into arthritic joints for years. Most of mainstream medicine treats these injections as just another tool to ease the pain of arthritis.

But steroid injections have a dark side. To begin with, they’re not as effective as you might think. Some people get no relief at all. In others, the relief only lasts a couple of months… and then they need another injection. That may be good for the doctor’s bottom line, but is it good for you?

The answer, it turns out, is an emphatic “NO!” A just-released study shows this common arthritis treatment may be one of the worst things you can do to relieve aching joints.

Here’s what you need to know about this “treatment.” Plus, I’ll reveal an alternative that works… plus two more that show promise.

“Doctor, My Knees Hurt. Would You Destroy Them for Me, Please?”

Your arthritic knees are killing you. NSAIDs give you only limited relief. So your doctor suggests a steroid injection.

Theoretically, this makes sense. “Corticosteroids” mimic the hormone cortisol to lower inflammation. Less joint inflammation should equal less joint pain. So tens of thousands of arthritis sufferers have had steroids injected directly into their joints to ease pain.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, these injections don’t work at all for some people. And they may be the lucky ones. Because new research shows regular steroid injections into major joints have a down side.

They accelerate joint damage… while usually offering only limited and short-term relief.

A new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows steroid injections may do more harm than good.

The study looked at osteoarthritis sufferers getting steroid injections in their knees. Every 3 months for 2 years, volunteers got either a steroid injection or a placebo. Researchers found steroids offered no more pain relief than the placebo.

But there was a difference. Knee cartilage in the steroid group broke down faster than in the placebo group.

In other words, steroid injections aren’t much help. But they will leave you a lot worse off than you were.

So, are you just stuck with arthritis pain?

Mother Nature to the Rescue

Major joints – such as your knee – aren’t just places where bones meet. Cartilage prevents bone from grinding against bone. And fluid-filled sacs provide cushioning.

One of the key elements of this cushioning fluid is hyaluronic acid (HA).

Since HA naturally occurs in your joints, doctors working outside the mainstream wondered if HA could ease joint pain. Just this year, doctors in India reported on a study of HA vs. steroids.

The doctors gave 40 volunteers with knee osteoarthritis standard steroid injections. 42 other arthritis sufferers got HA injections instead.

For the first 4 weeks, both groups felt about the same. Then the HA group began reporting better results than the steroid group in areas such as joint flexion and stability. By week 12, the HA group was doing much better with pain, too.

In fact, after week 12, the steroid group went downhill fast in terms of pain. At 6 months, the HA group were faring much better than the steroid group.

Italian researchers followed 1,022 volunteers with hip arthritis for up to 7 years. Using 5 measurements, they found improvements were significant and long lasting with HA injections at least every 6 months.

I’ve seen several other studies that suggest HA injections in to major joints can ease the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. Side effects are relatively uncommon and usually minor.

This is pretty good, but two other natural treatments also show promise.

Is This the Next Breakthrough in Arthritis Relief?

In 2016, Asian doctors combined HA with platelet rich plasma (PRP) for arthritis of the knee.

56 volunteers received HA plus PRP. 45 got HA only. After 6 months, the doctors compared performance on an international measure of pain, function, and flexibility. The HA plus PRP group scored far better.

So what is PRP?

Sports stars have been using PRP to speed recovery from injuries for years. Doctors take some of the person’s own blood. They then use a centrifuge to “spin down” the blood till the concentration of platelets is abnormally high.

Platelets are best known for helping blood to clot. But they also contain growth factors. Scientists believe the high concentration of these growth factors in PRP may stimulate repair of injuries… including arthritic damage.

Just this year, doctors in Australia reviewed PRP studies. They found PRP appears to be effective for at least 12 months. (There are no longer studies yet.) So far, they say, it seems to be safe for use in arthritic joints. But with years of safe use in professional sports, that’s no surprise.

So HA plus PRP may be the next breakthrough. But scientists are already working on one beyond that.

The Next “Next Big Thing” for Joint Pain Relief

Doctors in Latvia are getting way ahead of the curve. They’re working on an even newer and potentially more promising way to beat arthritis pain.

Their secret is mononuclear cells from bone marrow. These cells work as part of your immune system. It’s not entirely clear how they ease arthritic pain… but they do.

A team from several universities and hospitals compared mononuclear cells to HA in arthritic knee joints. Over 12 months, both treatments were effective at easing joint pain. But the mononuclear cells were better in the long run in improving overall function. And both treatments proved safe.

You aren’t likely to find a doctor using mononuclear cells… yet. And PRP isn’t commonly used for arthritis in the U.S. But HA is commonly available, well tested, natural… and it isn’t likely to damage your joints.

If you’re at your wits’ end with joint pain, HA may offer significant relief. And it seems an awful lot safer than steroids.

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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