Parkinson’s “Miracle” Proves to Be a Disaster…

What if there were a common health problem… and no known way to cure it? Would you rush a poorly proven drug through trials to deal with it? Even if you suspected the drug could result in many unnecessary deaths?

That seems to be the case with a new Parkinson’s drug called pimavanserin.

The drug is meant to deal with psychoses linked to Parkinson’s disease. A problem the FDA has no approved drugs to handle.

Pimavanserin (PVS) appears to be a bad gamble… one that’s cost many lives, thanks to the FDA’s fast-track process.

Here’s how desperation led to destruction with PVS.

Filling a Gap vs. Filling a Gap Safely

PVS was approved on the basis of one six-week study.

Let’s allow that to sink in for a moment.

People with a serious health condition – Parkinson’s disease – suffered from various psychoses. The situation was so dire; Uncle Sam approved a drug on the basis of a single 6-week study.

A study that had no other drugs to use as comparisons… that flunked three previous trials… and that still required a warning for it’s higher risk of death.

According to Uncle Sam’s own calculations…

  • PVS didn‘t have enough trials to qualify for approval
  • PVS barely reached 2/3 of the number of human “exposures” for consideration for approval
  • The study in question showed “minimally improved” status among participants.

And here’s a comforting fact: People taking PVS are 2.38 times more likely than those taking a placebo to have a “serious” adverse event – including death.

Which seems to say, patients may experience minimal relief… but run maximum risk. Not exactly an ideal situation.

In fact, the finding of the Medical Review for the FDA was “Do Not Approve.”

Don’t Worry… It Gets Even Worse

The FDA’s statistical review found that having 25% of the subjects ineligible to take part in the study was no big deal.

In spite of there not being enough studies… having only 2/3 the minimal number of human “exposures” required… and a significant number of adverse events.

The drug was approved. But only barely.

In spite of the FDA’s approval, members of the committee voiced reservations.

  • The committee chairperson noted there were safety concerns.
  • A University of Florida member of the committee noted she only voted “yes,” because there were no safe alternatives to the drug.
  • The FDA reviewer noted that 7 of every 91 patients could expect to respond to the drug treatment. Another five would experience severe side effects. And, of those five, one would die.

Reviewers classified benefits as “modest.” And many were worried with the small number of subjects in the one positive study.

CNN recently broke this story… noting the risk of death that’s more than doubled among those who take this drug. CNN reported one of the FDA’s committee members said, “I guess I’m hoping that the risks are going to be small…”

CNN reported, “In November, an analysis released by a nonprofit health care organization, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, warned that 244 deaths had been reported to the FDA between the drug’s launch and March 2017.”

In less than a year, this “miracle” has proven to be a disaster. And the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has proven to be at the forefront of every misstep along the way.

Your takeaway? You can’t trust Uncle Sam when it comes to your health. The FDA will side with Big Pharma more often than not. And you’ll be left hanging with “miracles” that turn into disasters faster than you can count.

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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Can Caring for Your Teeth Save Your Heart?

Our goal here at Discovery Health Publishing is to deliver answers to the questions that most concern you – our readers. For example, I recently answered a question readers had about herbs for menopause.

Another reader recently contacted me about the connection between oral health and heart health. Is the connection really there? she asked. And, if so, what’s the best way to defend your heart?

As you can probably imagine, the answer is not as simple as we’d like. But here’s what you should know about oral health and heart health. And how to get the strongest defenses available.

Are Oral Health and Heart Health Linked?

The short answer is “yes.” But, from there, things get a little cloudy.

Back in 2007, a University of Michigan professor tried to address this issue. Prof. Walter Loesche found a link… but saw several ways that link might operate.

Prof. Loesche found higher levels of certain bacteria related to gum disease in people with heart issues. Loesche also found studies show people with gum disease have higher levels of CRP – C-reactive protein – a marker of higher heart risk.

Research from the State University of New York, Buffalo, found DNA from as many as four damaging oral bacteria in people’s blood vessel walls. The University of Michigan team has also found DNA evidence of oral pathogens in “clogs” located in arteries.

These are just a few recent findings of a connection between oral health and heart health.

A 2013 study of 5,900 people found links between the risk of heart disease and oral health. In this study, people at higher risk of heart disease were also more likely to have oral health issues.

The authors couldn’t pinpoint a cause-and-effect situation. But there was a clear link between oral health and heart health.

According to reports from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), there is a link…

“People who have gum disease,” Michael Skilton of the University of Sydney told ABC, “are at about twice the risk of developing heart disease than people who don’t have gum disease.”

Skilton believes there’s evidence the bacteria that causes advanced gum disease – periodontitis – also promotes heart disease. For one thing, these bacteria may be involved in the formation of plaque build-up in your arteries.

So what’s the best way to cut your risk?

The Truth on Brushing, Flossing, and Oral Irrigation

Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, plus flossing. Why? Not because of the evidence.

In fact, a 2008 analysis of studies by Dutch dentists came to a shocking conclusion. Most studies have found no real benefit to flossing. Flossing failed in most studies to reduce plaque or gingivitis in patients who brushed regularly.

Their final conclusion? “In light of the results of this comprehensive literature search and critical analysis, it is concluded that a routine instruction to use floss is not supported by scientific evidence.”

That same year, another Dutch team compared oral irrigation (with products such a “Waterpik”®) to brushing alone. The results were very similar to the flossing review.

After reviewing over 900 studies and papers, they found oral irrigation didn’t reduce plaque more than just brushing. And only a slight “trend” towards less gingivitis.

In other words, neither of these added activities seem to do much more than brushing alone.

Should You Do More Than Brush?

The bottom line here is that neither flossing nor oral irrigation will hurt you (unless you floss too aggressively). And each may offer a small boost to oral health.

Chances are your dentist recommends one or the other in addition to regular brushing. And it’s unlikely you’ll change their minds… even with copies of the studies in hand.

So it’s probably easier just to go along. After all, flossing is cheap and doesn’t take much time.

If you wear braces or have extensive bridgework, an oral irrigation device may be a better – though more expensive – option.

In the end, though, your best oral defense against heart trouble appears to be simply brushing twice a day for two minutes.

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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How the Nanny State Can Wreck Your Health

You may have seen the reports. California may require a cancer warning on coffee. And you may have been surprised to learn coffee causes cancer.

Well, that’s because it doesn’t.

In fact, many studies suggest just the opposite. Coffee may lower your risk of several types of cancer. Links between coffee and a higher cancer risk are very weak.

But that didn’t stop a judge in California from ruling coffee should carry a cancer warning.

Why? It’s a crazy story… and one you should know about.

How California Defends Citizens From Cancer

Back in 1986, Californians passed Proposition 65. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act required warnings for chemicals known to cause cancer.

Warning labels popped up on thousands of products. But the law doesn’t require those labels to spell out the level of risk.

If a chemical may lead to 1 extra cancer case per 100,000 people over 70 years, it has to sport a warning.

That sets the bar pretty low. And it sets it at the same point regardless of risk. So chemicals with a high cancer risk carry the same label as those whose risk is low.

It’s not ideal, to say the least. And now the Nanny State wants that label slapped on coffee. Which paints a picture that drinking coffee may lead to cancer.

Why coffee? Because it contains a tiny amount of acrylamide. And high doses of acrylamide have been linked to cancer in lab rats.

Forcing Protection You Don’t Need

According to the National Cancer Institute, “…a large number of epidemiologic studies (both case-control and cohort studies) in humans have found no consistent evidence that dietary acrylamide exposure is associated with the risk of any type of cancer.”

Experts agree.

“This is an unfortunate ruling that demonizes coffee as a carcinogen,” says cancer expert Dr. Nigel Brockton, “when the overwhelming evidence in humans is for benefit or at least no detrimental effect.”

The Harvard Chan School of Public Health reports there’s good evidence coffee protects against several cancers.

Here’s just a small sample of that evidence…

Coffee Has Wide-Ranging Health Benefits

Study after study has found a link between coffee and cancer. But almost all have found coffee lowers your risk. For example…

  • In 2017, Italian doctors found women coffee drinkers have a lower risk of endometrial cancer – a cancer of the uterine lining.
  • A 2018 Italian study found women who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
  • The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports drinking coffee may lower your risk of liver cancer.

Drinking coffee has also been linked to lower risks ranging from Parkinson’s disease to type II diabetes. But let’s just sum it up with the results of a review from The European Journal of Epidemiology

A multinational team looked at 31 studies on coffee and the risk of death. The studies included a total of 1,610,543 subjects. The scientists found drinking coffee lowered the risk of death for non-smokers…

  • From cancer (2%)
  • From heart disease (6%)
  • From all causes (6%)

These numbers may not seem very big. But can you think of an easier way to dodge a bullet? That morning cup of Joe does a lot more than just wake you up.

Your bottom line? Don’t believe the Nanny State’s scare stories. The benefits of drinking a moderate amount of coffee far outweigh the risks.

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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Natural Menopause Solutions: Have We Got It All Wrong?

Not long ago, a reader of a certain age contacted me with a problem. She’d begun suffering hot flashes and night sweats. With the cancer connection, she didn’t want to consider hormone replacement therapy.

But she was overwhelmed by conflicting information on natural alternatives. There are so many studies to sort through… and so many opposing views to consider.

My friend is not alone. So I dug into the subject. And discovered some of our firmest beliefs about menopause relief may be way off the mark.

In fact, a favorite “solution” may be more dangerous than it is helpful. Other herbal solutions could be making your life a whole lot easier. If you knew about them.

Black Cohosh: Not What It’s Cracked Up to Be?

No herb has been studied more extensively for menopausal relief than black cohosh. Native Americans used it centuries ago for “woman problems” – including menstrual pain and menopausal discomfort.

Many studies have found black cohosh is effective. And just as many have found it isn’t. Black cohosh may be the most studied herb for menopausal symptoms. But it isn’t necessarily the most effective.

The story of black cohosh is a bit more complex.

One factor in its favor: Black cohosh has opioid activity. Studies show black cohosh has an affinity for opioid receptors in many areas of the brain. Which may have a link to easing some effects of menopause.

A Chicago-based study linked the action of black cohosh to key factors of menopause: mood, body temperature, and sex hormone levels. Its opioid activity may affect all of these factors.

But black cohosh has another side. In some cases, it’s proven to be toxic to the liver. Researchers have found it may contribute to several forms of liver disease.

A 2010 review of studies found black cohosh is effective… but the shadow of liver problems hangs over this herb.

Fortunately, there are other herbs that appear to be even more effective.

What Really Works: Risk-Free Solutions

Soy has often been linked to menopause relief. But, like black cohosh, the situation is complex. Soy isoflavones have a positive effect on symptoms such as hot flashes. But soy is another situation entirely.

Studies show soy isoflavones have remarkable properties. A 2009 study found soy isoflavones can reverse the bone loss linked to menopause.

A 6-month California study also showed soy isoflavones can help hold off brain fog.

Women aged 55 to 74 were randomized to take either a placebo or soy isoflavones for 6 months. All were in good mental shape at the start of the trial.

After 6 months, doctors found the women taking soy isoflavones were sharper than they had been at the start of the trial… and also performed better than the placebo group at the end of the trial.

These studies focused on soy isoflavones – extracts of soy.

But soy foods? They don’t seem to be so helpful. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes a study that showed soy foods make menopausal symptoms worse.

In a study the NIH calls “high quality,” the only group out of 5 that went downhill was the group that included soy foods in their diet. Black cohosh, other herbs, hormones, and even the placebo worked better.

But volunteers who added soy foods to their diets experienced more intense symptoms as the trial progressed. The isoflavone groups didn’t do any better than the placebo groups… but the soy foods group suffered a real breakdown.

While this study didn’t find any direct benefit from soy, other studies have pointed to significant benefits.

Even More Benefits

There’s a fair amount of evidence St. John’s Wort can ease mood issues linked to menopause. In a review of 37 studies, researchers found evidence St. John’s Wort has sedative, pain relieving, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsive, and muscle relaxing effects.

Most importantly, St. John’s Wort may ease the depression and mood swings linked to menopause.

A 2012 Austrian study found isoflavones from red clover reduced hot flashes and night sweats by 70% – 75%. And a 2017 Danish study suggests red clover extracts may also defend against bone loss.

Studies also show hops – a natural preservative used in beer – has estrogenic activity that can ease the discomfort of menopause.

So, are there natural alternatives for the symptoms of menopause? Absolutely! But they may not be the ones that get the most press. Black cohosh and soy may be underperformers… but hops and isoflavones may offer a much bigger bang for your buck.

The bottom line? Relief is out there. It just may not be exactly where you expected.

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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Is This the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

When Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin, it pulled out all the marketing stops. Here was a potent pain killer, they said, that worked like morphine, but with a low risk of addiction. It was a breakthrough.

For years, Purdue pushed OxyContin hard… and doctors began prescribing this man-made opioid like candy. As other opioids – synthetic morphine-like drugs – came out, they joined the party.

“Pain clinics” became highly profitable businesses. Though many of them were little more than glorified drug dealers. Walk in with a vague description of pain, walk out a few minutes later with a prescription for opioids.

The only problem? Purdue was wrong. These opioids are highly addictive. And they’ve spawned a whole new drug-dependent generation.

Then came an answer. An Asian herb that could ease withdrawal – and even block pain – but was far safer than the opioids it replaced.

So, of course, the federal government has moved to block it.

What is this herb? And what’s the truth behind the stories? Here’s what you need to know.

New Life for an Ancient Herb

Kratom has been around for centuries. It’s native to Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Herbalists have prescribed kratom tea as a pain reliever for countless generations. It’s also a traditional treatment for opiate withdrawal.

These ancient healers had no way to know how kratom works. They just knew it did. How it works is just this: Compounds in kratom bind to opioid receptors. And has some of the same effects. Like pain relief.

It may also have addictive potential… though experts say it’s far less than opioids and their cousins – opium, heroin, and morphine.

Here’s where kratom may be especially helpful.

Opioids are expensive. The government’s reaction to the opioid crisis has made it harder for addicts to get their hands these drugs. So addicts have been turning to more available – and far cheaper – alternatives… like heroin.

You’ve probably heard the latest horror stories around heroin. It’s cheap, but it’s dangerous. It’s often adulterated. In the last few years, heroin-related deaths have skyrocketed.

In some cases, heroin wasn’t “cut” with fillers – so users overdosed. But many have died because the heroin they bought was cut – with another powerful opioid: fentanyl. Fentanyl is so potent, even small amounts can kill.

For many addicts, kratom is a far safer option. Users say it satisfies the craving for opioids… and helps them kick the habit without the fear of an overdose.

Enter Uncle Sam

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they have reports of 44 deaths linked to kratom. At least some of these reports are suspect, since other drugs were involved.

Compare that to the 15,500 people who died from heroin overdoses in 2016 alone. Forty-four deaths – and some of those suspect – vs. 15,500 in just one year. It doesn’t take a math genius to see – with up to 5 million kratom users in the U.S. – kratom is far safer.

In the same year heroin overdoses killed 15,500 Americans, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) made a bold move. They announced they would list the active elements in kratom as Schedule 1 drugs.

Luckily, pushback from citizens – and members of Congress – forced the DEA to back off. At least for now. Currently, the DEA lists kratom as a “drug of concern.”

Meanwhile, the FDA used a computer model to “predict” the dangers of the active compounds in kratom. Surprise, surprise! They declared these unique compounds to be opioids.

But are they really?

You Say, “Potato”… Science Says, “B.S.”

Ever the defender of Big Pharma, the FDA seems to have gone over the edge again where kratom is concerned.

At least that’s the opinion of Scott Hemby, an actual scientist who heads High Point University’s Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Hemby has studied the effects of kratom in actual living organisms. And he has a problem with the FDA’s computer model. While he’s too polite to say it, the bottom line is simple: The FDA’s findings are B.S.

The active compounds in kratom bind differently to opioid receptors than heroin or prescription drugs. The effects are “toned down.” Kratom’s addictive potential is actually fairly low.

And because it binds differently, kratom’s potential for overdose deaths is also very low.

CNN reports that many of the emergency room visits linked to kratom, aren’t due to kratom at all.

They cite a University of Florida chemist who studies samples of kratom taken in emergency rooms. He’s found kratom issues are often due to adulteration. ER samples often include morphine or oxycodone – two legal drugs. But drugs with lethal potential.

In other words, much of the governmental hand wringing over kratom may not be due to kratom at all.

So where does this leave us?

If You’ve Considered Using Kratom…

Kratom appears to block pain and release feel-good dopamine – just as opioids do. Anecdotal reports also suggest it can be an effective way to free yourself from opioid addiction.

But there are caveats.

First, there are no established guidelines for dosage. So, unless you know a Southeast Asian herbalist, you’re at the mercy of importers or Internet “experts.”

Second, there’s the adulteration issue. If you plan to buy kratom, only buy from sources you know you can trust. Typically, that means supplement companies with an established reputation.

Finally, is kratom legal where you live?

Kratom is currently legal under federal law, but it’s banned in some states and cities. As of December of 2017, kratom is illegal in these areas…

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin
  • Denver, CO
  • San Diego, CA
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Washington, DC

As with so many other effective herbal remedies, the federal government has registered their opposition. But, “When it comes to drugs for cancer,” Scott Hemby noted, “we wouldn’t rely on a computer model to drive policy. People would find that unacceptable.”

Forget its use as a pain reliever. Kratom may be a safer alternative to ease – or even end – addiction to heroin and opioids.

Unfortunately, we may have to drag Uncle Sam, kicking and screaming, all the way.

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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“What’s Kratom, and Why Are States Banning It?” Governing. Dec 4, 2017.


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Blind Trust Can Lead to Medical Disaster

Have you ever heard of a “never event”? It’s the name given to medical mistakes that should never happen. And when you discover how often “never events” happen, you may not look at mainstream medicine the same again.

According to a 2012 Johns Hopkins study, surgeons in the U.S. …

  • Leave “foreign objects” – such as sponges – in patients’ bodies 39 times every week. That’s 2,028 times a year!
  • Perform the wrong procedure on patients 20 times a week. That’s 1,040 incorrect procedures per year. Or about 3 mistakes a day.
  • Operate on the wrong part of someone’s body about 20 times a week. That’s another 1,040 annual errors.

That’s more than 4,000 serious surgical errors a year. Errors that could result in losing a limb… or a life.

About 59% of these mistakes involve temporary injury. But a third lead to permanent injury. And 6.6% led to death. Every year.

6.6% of 4,000 is 264… which may not sound like a lot. But these are all preventable deaths. Is there any other profession where 264 preventable deaths annually would be accepted?

I doubt it.

Medicine Is Still as Much Art as Science

Doctors like to tell you Western medicine is based entirely on science. But it’s not.

There’s certainly a strong scientific base to Western medicine. But a skilled diagnostician also relies on instinct and experience.

The National Association for Healthcare Quality recently pointed out how important the art of diagnosis can be.

Their 2014 study found misdiagnosis is the top cause of catastrophic malpractice payouts. In fact, misdiagnoses are twice as likely to lead to catastrophic payouts than any other cause.

In other words, “judgment calls” are the top reason for huge malpractice payouts. And judgment calls aren’t science.

Believe it or not, 21% of Americans say they’ve been victims of medical errors. That’s over 1 out of every 5 adults in the U.S. Almost a third say they know someone else – someone close – who’s had a similar experience

So, What Can You Do?

A St. Jude Children’s Hospital study suggests a remarkably simple answer…

In this study, subjects were more likely to report problems if they felt their concerns would be addressed. And hospital staff was more likely to report problems if they felt it would benefit future patients.

The key in both cases, the study says, is effective feedback.

One way to get feedback is to ask for it. And keep asking till you get it. If enough patients ask often enough, the medical community will respond. Because it will be easier to make feedback the norm than to field constant enquiries.

Preventing errors may not be as easy. But you can ask questions. Such as…

Does the facility use a surgical checklist? These simple lists account for every item on hand for a surgery. And can prevent sponges, cotton, or other object being “left behind.”

In the hospital, ask for a list of the drugs your doctors have ordered – and the schedule. Every time you’re brought a pill, check it against the list.

For every new prescription you get, ask your pharmacist to check for interactions with any drugs and supplements you take. Pharmacists have a far deeper knowledge of drugs than doctors do.

If you’re scheduled for surgery, also mark the area concerned with permanent marker. If the surgery involves any body part that comes in pairs (feet, shoulders, etc.), mark the one not scheduled, too. Writing “Not this one!” on your foot may seem silly. But imagine if the surgeon made an amputation error.

I admit you shouldn’t have to take these precautions. You shouldn’t have to watch out for cars running red lights, either. But you do. And the consequences can be just as serious.

But with a few simple precautions, you can slash your risk of a never event. And maximize your chances of a long, happy 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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You Owe it to Your Pet to Read This…

Our pets are just like our babies.

They eat what you give them.

They drink what you give them.

They abide by the health decisions you make for them.

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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 Real Reason You Can’t Lose Weight…

“Oh, Lord!” you may be thinking. “Not another stupid weight-loss gimmick.”

Don’t worry. I’m not into gimmicks. No points… no shakes… no fad diets. Just one easy way to get around a roadblock your body puts up to avoid weight loss.

I can’t make a nickel off this secret. In fact, there’s a pretty fair chance you already have what you need to take advantage of this secret. It’s something most folks keep around the house.

But very few realize it can help you shed stubborn pounds. In the next few moments, I’ll reveal what this secret is… and how it works. But first, here’s why it’s so hard to lose weight in the first place.

You’re Dealing With a Very Stingy Body

If you’re tired of counting points… sick of starvation shakes… and a little wary of those diet pills that trigger “anal leakage,” well, I don’t blame you. Depriving yourself is no fun.

That’s why fad diets claiming you can eat all you want – and still lose weight – are so popular. These diets work, too. If “all you want” is vegetables.

But the old formula holds true. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. And that’s where your body sabotages your efforts.

When a bear hibernates, its metabolism slows to save calories. Your body does the same thing when you diet.

The same thing triggers this reaction in both you and the bear: A shortage of calories.

When your body notices you’re getting fewer calories, it assumes food is scarce. So it does what it can to save energy. That means slowing your metabolism. But as your metabolism slows, so does weight loss.

That’s why you may lose a fair amount of weight early in a diet. But your weight loss slows the longer you stick with that diet.

Your body is stingy with energy. But you can fool it.

An Easy Way to Burn More Fat

You can fight your body’s urge to slow down… and speed up the fat burning with a process called thermogenesis.

You’re probably familiar with this process. Shivering is a form of thermogenesis. The motion of shivering burns calories to produce heat.

Certain natural compounds have the same effect. And one is probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now.

The “Magic” of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been on scientist’s radar for a few years. For instance, a 2012 human study showed cinnamon helps improve blood sugar control.

More recently, scientists have been looking into cinnamon’s other metabolic effects. And it sure looks like they’ve hit pay dirt.

French and Swedish doctors tested cinnamon on a model of a high-fat diet.

They fed three groups of mice a high-diet for eight weeks. They also fed one group cinnamon.

The cinnamon group showed better handling of blood sugar, less resistance to insulin, gained less fat mass, and had less fatty build-up in their livers. They also developed a healthier mix of gut bacteria… which led to a stronger intestinal barrier against “leakage.”

A 2016 review of studies linked cinnamon to improved blood sugar handling, better blood fat levels, lower blood pressure, and improved body fat levels.

According to a 2017 study in Scientific Reports, cinnamon triggers the “browning” of fat cells. That is, it triggers fat cells to burn fat instead of storing it.

Which helps explain why all those other studies found cinnamon so effective.

Don’t expect a dramatic effect. But if you’re serious about losing weight, you can do more than just cut calories. Try adding a daily dose of cinnamon to speed up the process.

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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How Big Pharma Manipulates the Truth

A drug company releases a study. This latest trial shows their drug has a profound positive effect on such-and-such a disease. Everyone celebrates… especially the drug company who’ll reap billions in profits.

The only problem? It’s complete and total B.S.

That’s right. The study that “proves” drug X solves health problem Y is all – or at least mostly – smoke and mirrors.

How can this happen? Ethics experts have been warning us for years. Heck… They’ve been warning us for decades.

But we’ve been too dazzled by the headlines to notice.

Here’s a quick-and-dirty primer on how Big Pharma has been pulling the proverbial wool over your eyes all these years.

Bias, Bias, Bias

It’s not like nobody’s been sounding the alarm bells. I’ve found dozens of articles bemoaning the situation.

Big Pharma gets better results… Big Pharma cooks the numbers… Big Pharma hides negative studies. It would be almost comical, if your health weren’t at stake.

Take, for example, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2008.

The article points out…

Big Pharma had gained significant control over evaluation of drugs

Drug companies pay for most drug trials

Big Pharma often manipulates or misrepresents the research to their advantage.

The article uses the example of rofecoxib – sold under the trade name Vioxx.

The author points to how studies supposedly written by independent experts were really written by the manufacturer’s employees… or by companies directly hired by the manufacturer.

There’s also evidence the manufacturer “fudged the numbers” to make some results look more favorable than they actually were.

Vioxx was eventually pulled from the market. But that’s small comfort for those injured by its use.

This bias seems to be widespread. Even filtering into the area of cost effectiveness.

Look How Well Our Drug Works… Not!

One of the key calculations for many drugs is cost-effectiveness.

Drugs are judged on quality adjusted life year (QALY) gained through their use. The lower the QALY, the more effective the drug is considered.

Except Big Pharma appears to have been cheating here, too.

A university team from Toronto investigated 494 studies. They found industry-funded studies were far more likely to have a lower cost per QALY.

But the more strictly controlled the studies were, the less likely they reported a favorable QALY.

After reviewing all the data the team found studies were more likely to find a lower QALY if they took place outside the US and Europe… if they were less strictly controlled… and if they were sponsored by the drug company itself.

Yep. Somehow sponsorship magically made these drugs work better.

A 2010 review in the Journal of Medical Case Reports underlines this problem. The authors found reporting bias in dozens of medical trials/reports. The authors called reporting bias “widespread.”

But here’s what recently brought this all to a head for me…

Who Can You Trust? Not Big Pharma

The medical mainstream constantly rails against alternative health studies. Sample sizes are too small… studies are biased… results are skewed.

Well, these complaints are valid… but not so much for the alternative health research.

Swiss and U.K. scientists dug through 19 research databases. After combing through thousands of studies, they matched 89 herbal studies with 89 similar mainstream studies.

Based on study quality, the herbal studies were more than 4x more likely to be of high quality than the mainstream drug studies.

Their conclusion? “Our findings challenge the widely held belief that the quality of the evidence on the effectiveness of herbal medicine is generally inferior to the evidence available for conventional medicine.”

That’s right. While Big Pharma’s studies get most of the respect and headlines… There’s a good chance alternative health studies are more valid.

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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