Your Tap Water Probably Isn’t as Safe as You Think

It’s an article of faith here in the U.S. We have some of the cleanest tap water in the world.

If you have your own well, it’s up to you to have the water tested regularly. But if you’re part of a municipal system, your local water authority treats the water to ensure clean, safe water for you and your family.

Except, as the fiasco in Flint, MI showed us, that’s not always true. Not even close to true. Tap water contamination is one of the great hidden health issues of our generation. And the problem is far worse than you’d imagine.

Flint Was Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Flint was in deep financial trouble, and the city was switched to a cheaper source of drinking water – one that used old lead pipes. The result was an alarming rise in the number of children poisoned by lead.

In adults, lead poisoning can lead to reproductive problems, high blood pressure, memory and cognitive issues, moodiness, and more.

Children – especially those under 6 – are more sensitive to lead. They can experience cognitive issues, fatigue and weight loss, digestive problems, anger, seizures, and even death.

Thousands of children in Flint showed high levels of lead. Their drinking water was slowly but surely killing them. After a public outcry, the water source was changed. But for many children, it was too late.

In the wake of this disaster, Scientific American reports almost 3,000 areas in the U.S. have tap water levels of lead double Flint’s at its worst. And children in 1,100 of these areas are four times more likely to have high levels of lead in their blood.

Plus, Britain’s Guardian newspaper found at least 33 U.S. cities had “cheats” in place to lowball lead levels in tap water. These cheats ranged from testing methods that yielded low lead levels… to simply warning water departments to give themselves extra time to replace samples with “better” ones.

If it were just lead, America would have a drinking water crisis. But various studies show high levels of prescription drugs, dangerous bacteria, and a multitude of chemicals in our drinking water.

We can’t cover them all, but here’s one that may just shock you.

Disinfected Tap Water Could Make You Sick

All across America, cities add chlorine to tap water to kill dangerous bacteria. Chlorine is no bargain, as I’ve reported before. It’s unhealthy for your skin… and to drink.

But adding chlorine and other disinfectants to water does something more. It generates a class of chemicals called “disinfection byproducts” (DBPs). So far, more than 600 of these DBPs have been identified.

Although we don’t know which one(s) are involved, DBPs are known to raise your risk of bladder cancer. And they may have other toxic effects.

For example, haloacetaldehydes – HALs – are among the most common DBPs. And studies show they’re cytotoxic. That is, they kill living cells. So chlorine and other disinfectants are a balancing act. Your local water authority wants to add enough to kill bacteria and algae… but not enough to kill you.

Your best defense against these problems? A water filtration system. But choosing a system is more easily said than done.

Finding the Right Water Filter for You

There are several types of home water filter. For example, ceramic filters keep “particulate matter” out of your drinking water. That is, they filter out sediment. But not drugs, chemicals, and other contaminants.

Before you can choose a filter system, you need to know what’s in your water. Here’s where there’s good news.

Municipal water systems publish an annual analysis of the water they provide. This analysis shows which contaminants are found in your water and at what levels. They don’t cover all contaminants… but give you a good idea of how healthy your water is.

Once you know what your concerns are, you can select the most appropriate filter system.

UV and ozone filters kill bacteria and other tiny organisms in your water. If this is your main concern, one of these systems may do the trick.

Distillation filters use heat to turn water to steam and then condense it back again. These systems remove many contaminants, but can’t eliminate chlorine and many other chemicals from your water.

Reverse Osmosis systems are very popular. They remove some contaminants charcoal filters can’t… but leave others charcoal removes. Plus, they’re expensive to operate.

Activated charcoal (carbon) filters remove chlorine and many other chemicals. But the cheapest don’t do much more than filter chlorine and improve taste. Some makers offer multi-stage charcoal filters – or several grades of cartridge – to remove more contaminants.

If you choose a charcoal filter, be sure to change the cartridge at least as often as the maker recommends. Over time, the charcoal “wears out,” and loses its ability to filter.

As the aftermath of the Flint fiasco proves, you can’t always rely on your government to protect you. Besides, why take chances with your health? Quality in-line filter systems can cost as little as $50.00 with self-installation.

That’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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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Are You One of the Millions Taking These Drugs You Don’t Need?

Once upon a time, drug companies competed to find cures. The first across the line with a cure for some dreaded illness or other cashed in big time. But then greed got in the way.

Why cure problems when there’s so much money to be made “managing” them? More and more R&D money headed into the “disease management” business.

Today, there’s precious little research into a new – and much-needed – class of antibiotics. But Big Pharma devotes billions to finding the next drug to manage high blood pressure… high cholesterol… and more.

But even the riches from these cash cows aren’t enough for Big Pharma. So, over the last decade or so, we’ve seen the number of people who “need” to take drugs swell. Not because more people are unhealthy, but because the definition of “unhealthy” keeps changing.

Take high cholesterol, for example. Today’s definition of what’s high wouldn’t have made your grandfather’s doctor blink. As I’ve mentioned before, they keep lowering the bar. And lowering. And lowering.

Each time the mainstream’s definition of high got lower, millions more adults “needed” to start taking statin drugs. And Big Pharma’s cash flow grew.

Then in 2013, they changed the game entirely. At your expense, of course.

When the Numbers Don’t Work, Change the Numbers

No matter how much they lower the cholesterol standards, they can’t escape two truths.

First, cholesterol isn’t the best indicator of heart risk. Nearly three-quarters of heart attack patients in one large study had “healthy” cholesterol numbers.

Second, you need cholesterol to survive. Among other things, it ensures the integrity of your cell walls.

Finally, in 2013, the mainstream caught up with their own futile pursuit. Cholesterol by itself, they told us, wasn’t enough. Instead, we should base the need for statins – and other measures – on PCEs.

PCEs are “Pooled Cohort Equations.” These are calculations based on several heart risk factors. This sounds good. And it’s probably better than drawing a line in the sand as with cholesterol numbers. But it’s still not great.

To begin with, you probably understood cholesterol numbers. Because they were just simple, straightforward numbers. Total cholesterol over 200 was bad.

PCEs require a computer to calculate. And following all the factors that go into your risk level can be confusing. Which is great for Big Pharma, because now you don’t know enough to argue.

And that’s right where they want you.

There’s something else you should know about PCEs, too. They work out to a generous gift to the drug industry.

Using Old Data to Make New Decisions

In 2016, the journal Circulation printed an assessment of these PCEs after 3 years of careful observation.

The authors found nine evaluations of the PCEs that showed they substantially overestimate heart risk. In other words, they recommend people who don’t need drugs start taking drugs.

According to new research from Stanford University, more than 11 million people may be taking heart drugs they don’t need. Largely because the PCEs are based on data that’s old.

How old? One major study used in the calculations goes all the way back to 1968. Today, the people in that study would be 100 – 132 years old. And that’s a problem.

Our lifestyles – diet, smoking, exercise, etc. – have changed radically since then. And so have risk factors. Even mainstream sources suggest these PCEs may overestimate your risk by up to 20%.

Your best option remains cutting your risk where you can. Eat a balanced diet, stay active, drop excess weight, and don’t smoke. It’s boring advice, but it’s as close as you can get to zero heart risk. And a whole lot cheaper than taking drugs you may not need.

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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Boy, 2, Beats Cancer…TWICE

He was 2 years old and dying of terminal brain cancer.

His name is Cashy.

And everyday, the chemo that was being pumped into his tiny veins to fight the cancer was causing his body to seize in violent spasms.

Doctors were doing everything they could to save him, but nothing was working.

Cashy was slipping away. His parents were at their wits end, desperate for ANYTHING that could help save their son.

Traditional medicine and pharmaceuticals failed Cashy and he needed an alternative treatment…FAST.

His parents scrambled frantically to find an answer.

They discovered that a natural plant extract…cannabis sativa…could help alleviate the boy’s pain and suffering.

But when Cashy’s parents suggested using cannabis to the doctor, he was against it.

See, cannabis is illegal in hospitals and medical facilities around the country.

But for Cashy’s parents, the choice was clear.

They saw for themselves the overwhelming case study evidence on the amazing effectiveness of cannabis.

With renewed hope, they did what any parent would do to save their dying son.

Because of cannabis, Cashy beat cancer TWICE.

But local law authorities made it practically impossible to procure cannabis oil to treat their son at home. He needed it to SURVIVE.

Officers raided Cashy’s home, taking away the only thing that was keeping him alive and pain free.

No one should have to suffer like Cashy.

No one should have to endure what Cashy’s parents went through.

No one.

Not you. Not your family. Not a loved one.

Especially when there’s an easy, simple, and readily available solution.

The “evils of cannabis” stigma associated with cannabis has run its course.

No one should be denied access to get the treatment they need.

Take a moment to Watch this Short Video to learn more about Cashy’s story and how you use use this sacred plant to help you and your loved ones.

It could very well change the quality of your life or the life of those you care about most.

Isn’t it time to end the suffering?

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.


PS:  End YOUR suffering. End the suffering of a loved one.  Register Now to watch the all new Season 2 Docuseries… “The Sacred Plant: Healing Secrets Examined”


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How to Avoid the Risks of a Desk Job

Once upon a time, most Americans were farmers. They worked a plot of land, raised their own livestock, and made much of what they had by hand. Problems like obesity and heart disease were far less common than today.

Over time, technology advanced, farm output grew, and people moved to cities. More and more people found themselves behind a desk. Today, a small number of farmers raise all the food for a nation of stockbrokers, retail clerks, and high tech employees. A record number of us spend our days at a desk.

Meanwhile, obesity is epidemic, heart disease is a constant threat, and our level of fitness is headed down the tubes.

Studies show this inactivity is cutting years from our lives. Now science is looking at how we can reverse this trend.

And we’re finding answers.

A Desk Job Can Be the Death of You

Doctors have known for a long time that “desk jockeys” are more likely to suffer from a number of health issues… as well as die early. But we didn’t know if sitting at a desk all day was the cause of these health issues.

That question was pretty much put to rest in 2016 by an article in the journal BMC Public Health. And Australian-led team dug up studies on sedentary jobs and health. They found 8 systematic reviews on all-cause mortality and a sedentary lifestyle.

After carefully parsing the reviews, they found ample evidence that inactivity leads to a higher risk of all-cause mortality. In simple terms, if you spend your day at a desk, you run a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, and other major health issues.

Not that people want to spend their day glued to a desk. In fact, a study from November 2017 found just the opposite.

Most desk jockeys would rather cut out a third of their sitting time. And almost double the time they spend walking on the job. Workers even said they’d prefer to almost double the time they spend working at “physically demanding tasks.”

But how do you meet the physical needs of employees… and the work demands of employers? The answer may be simpler than you think.

Can You Really Work Out at Your Desk? Apparently, You Can.

With all the talk about standing desks – and with the evidence they may not be much better than sitting – is there really an easy way to make everyone happy?

Researchers at East Carolina University may have found a quick and easy solution.

Back in 2011, this team tested under-desk pedaling devices. You’ve probably seen them: A simple set of pedals on a small stand that fits under your desk. Basic models just let you pedal while you sit. More advanced units have variable resistance and other features.

The East Carolina scientists tested 18 volunteers who spent a whopping 83% of their time sitting at a desk. Over four weeks, they averaged 23.4 minutes of pedaling time daily. All while working at their desks.

The most ambitious in the group burned an extra 500 calories – and pedaled the equivalent of 13.5 miles – on their best days.

The devices were a hit with the volunteers and didn’t interfere with their workday. At the time, the exercise machines cost about $129 each. So we’re talking about a higher end model. The researchers also spent $49 per person on software to monitor their progress.

But the experiment worked. The volunteers improved their overall fitness, reduced sedentary time, and burned extra calories. And it didn’t take away from work time.

But Is This Idea Practical?

Employers are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy “standing desks.” So investing a couple of hundred bucks for an even healthier alternative doesn’t seem out of the question.

Quality units with magnetic resistance are fairly quiet and start at under $100. These better units usually come with secure non-skid feet for safety and adjustable tension.

Prices run all the way up to about $500 for a stand-alone unit with a built-in desktop. These units have a smaller footprint than a traditional desk, so may be ideal for anyone working at home.

Either way, pedaling at a moderate pace for just 10 minutes out of each hour delivers 80 minutes of daily exercise. Without interfering with your workday. Done Monday through Friday, that totals 400 minutes of activity. That’s more than twice the weekly minimum recommended for maintaining good health.

And here’s the kicker… A brand new study published in the journal BMC Medicine looked at 391,089 workers. The authors found all sedentary workers don’t suffer the same risks.

If you’re fit, the effects of a sedentary job are far less than if you’re not. So, investing in a simple $100 device may just be the easiest way to cut your risk of obesity, heart problems, cancer, 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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Is This the Answer to Alzheimer’s?

I probably don’t need to tell you how frightening a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be. Almost everyone knows someone suffering with this degenerative disease.

Alzheimer’s researchers have more questions than answers. We’re not sure exactly what causes it… whether certain conditions linked to the disease are symptoms or our bodies’ defenses… and there’s no cure.

The latest breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research may finally offer real hope to sufferers. But it’s not some fancy new drug. It’s not an ancient secret unearthed from the past. And doctors in Europe have been prescribing it for years… for a disease closely linked to Alzheimer’s risk.

This breakthrough is derived from vitamin B1. It’s known as benfotiamine (BFT).

The Diabetes “Un-Drug” That Works Better Than Drugs

Diabetes drugs can do a good job controlling blood sugar. But most don’t fight Type II diabetes’ complications. The nerve damage, blindness, circulation problems, etc. BFT does both.

Unlike its parent, thiamine, BFT is fat-soluble. So where vitamin B1 is washed out of your system quickly, BFT isn’t. And it passes into cells more easily.

Studies show BFT…

  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory in the central nervous system
  • Boosts antioxidant activity
  • Blocks a common form of diabetic damage to blood vessels

Depending on your definition, BFT is or isn’t a drug. It’s derived from vitamin B1, which is natural. But BFT itself is technically synthetic. In the U.S., BFT is marketed as a dietary supplement. And it’s remarkably inexpensive.

Which is great news, because what makes BFT a good choice for Type II diabetes also makes it a potent defense against Alzheimer’s disease.

We don’t have the full story yet, but it’s pretty clear there’s a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

In 2013, Epidemiologic Reviews published an analysis of 15 studies looking at diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Fourteen of those studies found a link between the two diseases. Nine found a significant link.

The studies found Type II diabetes raised the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 245%. The average risk, though, came out at 157%. That’s still a big jump… and a good reason to get your blood sugar under control.

BFT seems to be an excellent choice to do just that. Plus, cut your risk of Alzheimer’s.

How well does BFT work? I’m glad you asked.

Powerful Defenses Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies on BFT range from test-tube research to animal studies to human trials. Let’s look at a few of them in that order…

  • Neuroscience Bulletin published a Chinese study that found BFT helps block formation of Beta-amyloid plaques – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
  • In a 2010 model of Alzheimer’s disease, 8 weeks of BFT treatment improved memory and lowered levels of Alzheimer’s-linked Beta-amyloid plaques and tau protein “tangles.”
  • A paper presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience backed these findings. BFT eased cognitive decline, slowed build-up of plaques and tau tangles, and blocked inflammation and free radical damage.
  • A 2014 international study found animals treated with BFT for just two weeks showed better memory, learning ability, and mood.

Human studies are just getting under way. But we have results from one small study. And the results are promising.

Chinese doctors tested BFT on 5 Alzheimer’s patients for 18 months. They found BFT slowed cognitive decline and disease progression. Including in one patient who took no other medications.

Finally, here’s the bottom line…

Should You Take Benfotiamine?

If you’re at risk of Type II diabetes and/or Alzheimer’s disease, taking BFT may make sense. Moderate doses appear to be safe, and its effects are proven in Type II diabetes.

The evidence is less clear for Alzheimer’s disease. But we know this…

  • Type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease appear to be closely linked
  • Type II diabetes raises your risk for Alzheimer’s – by an average 157%
  • Studies so far suggest BFT may ease key effects of Alzheimer’s

Of course, you should talk to your doctor. But keep in mind most doctors have been trained to focus on drugs and downplay supplements. So you may want to focus on “what is the potential harm?” rather than “will it help?”

Also, if you’re taking any drugs, check with your pharmacist to ensure BFT won’t interfere with their activity. Chances are slim – since it’s a form of a common vitamin – but better safe than sorry.

We still don’t have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But we may now have the next best thing. And – until there is a cure – that’s about as good as news can get.

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 Is Ripping You Off

Drugs save tens of thousands of people every year. And help millions more live normal lives. But there’s a dark side to this feel-good story.

As often as a drug helps someone, Big Pharma picks someone else’s pocket. Heck… Most of the time, Big Pharma picks the pockets of those their products help, too.

Drug companies have two main allies in this racket. Here’s what you need to know to avoid becoming a victim…

Why Doctors Often Prescribe by Name Brand Rather Than Purpose

For most conditions, your doctor could choose from any number of drugs. But a remarkable number of doctors prescribe specific name-brand drugs. Why?

To begin with, many get a lot of their drug information from drug company salespeople. They also get a lot of perks. And a new study reveals just how easily many doctors are swayed.

A brand-new study from Boston Medical Center shows that doctors often lean towards a particular company’s drug after receiving just a free meal or two.

The study looked at 369,139 doctors. They found that Big Pharma spent very little to influence prescriptions for opioids.

Doctors who received any form of “opioid-related” payment were more likely to prescribe opioids. In fact, those who took payments in 2014 prescribed – on average – 9.3% more opioids the following than doctors who didn’t.

The most common bribe? A meal valued at an average of $13.00.

Think about that for a moment. Tens of thousands of doctors can be influenced to prescribe highly addictive drugs for a mere $13.00.

Of course, Big Pharma bribes doctors to prescribe a lot more than just opioids. They push for whatever is the “latest and greatest.” With meals, conferences, merchandise… whatever it takes.

Why the latest and greatest? The answer is simple: Money.

The “Newer Is Better” Myth

How many times have you heard an advertiser say, “New and Improved!” Dozens? Maybe even hundreds?

Advertisers love to imply that the latest version of something is the greatest. Because that gets people to buy the new product. Even if they have an older version that’s perfectly serviceable.

Big Pharma is no different. And they have an incentive that many companies don’t: patents.

The race in the drug world is to devise a new drug for a condition before their patent on the old version runs out.

Patented drugs are where the money is. When your patent expires, anyone can make and sell that drug. And generic versions of a drug normally sell for a fraction of the cost of the name-brand version.

In other words, your billion-dollar baby suddenly becomes an also-ran.

The solution? A “new and improved” drug that debuts before the patent runs out on the old one. Add in a sales blitz for the new drug, and your profits are assured for another few years.

The problem? While some new drugs are clearly better than older versions, most aren’t.

Way back in 1999, doctors from across Europe compared new blood pressure drugs against older ones. They looked at 6,614 mature adults on blood pressure drugs and discovered…

The new, expensive drugs were no more effective than the older ones. Drops in blood pressure were almost identical. So were the numbers for fatal and non-fatal stroke and heart disease. And for other heart-related deaths.

In other words, the big difference was the price.

And this wasn’t an article in some obscure journal. It was published in Britain’s pre-eminent source of medical information, The Lancet.

Italian researchers compared old and new antiepileptic drugs. Some of the drugs were as much as 70 years old. What they found was the new drugs were no more effective than the older ones… although some of the newer drugs were better tolerated.

But, overall, the rationale for switching to new, expensive drugs was limited.

In 2005, Canadian researchers reported on a survey of 1,147 drugs introduced between 1990 and 2003.

Of those drugs, 1005 – almost 88% – “did not provide a substantial improvement over existing drug products.”

That’s right. Almost 9 out of 10 new drugs really weren’t an improvement. Except to the drug companies’ bottom lines.

What’s even worse is who the drug companies have recruited to help them sell these new drugs.

Big Pharma’s Unwitting Sales Associate: You

Did you know only two developed countries allow drug companies to market directly to consumers? Only New Zealand and the U.S. let Big Pharma put ads on TV, in magazines, and on the radio or Internet.

Why? Because most countries realize doctors can be swayed by their patient’s demands. And drug ads aren’t as regulated as you might think.

For example, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn’t review or approve drug ads before they run. If they happen to see an ad they believe is inaccurate, they write (yes… write) to the advertiser and ask them to stop running the ad.

Meanwhile, millions of impressionable people have seen the ad… and some of them have asked their doctor why they’re not getting the latest drug for their condition. Many doctors will buckle simply to keep their patent happy. Your doctor wants to get the job done… whether it’s with drug X or drug Y.

What you’ll never see, though, is an ad for a drug whose patent is close to – or past – its expiration date. Because there’s little profit in that drug. Big Pharma wants you hooked on the latest, most expensive option. Because that’s how they make their billions.

They know just a tiny handful of patients will actually look into the drugs they advertise. Even fewer will dig deep enough to discover how many of them – nearly 9 out of 10 – perform no better than older, less expensive options.

So, what can you do?

Protect Yourself From Big Pharma’s Assault on Your Wallet

Every business wants your money. But drug companies are in a unique position to drain you dry. Because you sometimes need their products to maintain your health.

So you have to be extra-vigilant when your doctor gives you a prescription.

First, know if your doctor accepts meals, gifts, or other perks from drug companies. A growing number of doctors are banning Big Pharma’s sales reps from their offices. That’s a sign the doctor will only prescribe what he/she genuinely feels is necessary.

Always ask your doctor why they’ve chosen a brand name drug. Ask if a generic version – if available – will do. If not, is there an equivalent drug that has a generic version?

Finally, never ask your doctor to prescribe a certain drug because you’ve seen it advertised. Studies show these advertisements can be confusing or misleading to the average consumer.

And, don’t forget: 9 out of 10 new drugs offer little – if any – advantage over older, cheaper options. Unless you have one of the few exceptions, you’ll just be wasting a lot of your hard-earned money.

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 Easiest Anti-Aging Trick for Your Heart

Most doctors are pretty quick to point out the faults in alternative medicine. But when it comes to their own limitations, they seem to be wearing blinders.

For example, most M.D.s don’t think twice before giving out nutritional advice… even though they’re technically not qualified to do so.

The typical background for a registered dietician is a 4-year degree in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field as a first step. That pretty much blocks out most M.D.s.

U.S. News & World Report found less than a third of U.S. medical schools provide the minimum suggested class time in nutrition. Which is a measly 25 hours. Over four years of medical school.

So, when doctors bash supplements – which they often do – take it with a grain of salt. Nutrition is not an area of expertise for most doctors.

Case in point? The one nutrient every adult over 50 should probably take for their heart.

Your Heart Is a Machine… and Machines Need Fuel

Your heart is a pump. A fantastical one, but a pump nonetheless. And, like all machines, your pump needs care and maintenance. And fuel.

Proper care and maintenance include regular exercise, keeping your weight down, getting plenty of sleep, etc. Fuel is simpler. It’s just one thing: ATP.

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is fuel for every muscle in your body. And your heart is one big muscle.

Your body uses a process called “cellular respiration” to make this fuel. And cellular respiration takes place in tiny structures called mitochondria. In simple terms, these little energy factories take glucose (sugar) and oxygen and convert it to fuel – ATP.

Your muscles – including the heart – are packed with mitochondria when you’re young. But, as you get older, some of these energy factories begin to shut down. And your energy supply begins to drop.

One key reason? As you age, your body makes less CoQ10.

CoQ10 Fights the Effects of Age

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short) is a vitamin-like substance that plays two key roles in your mitochondria. First, it’s critical to the electron transfer process. No electron transfer, no ATP production.

Second, CoQ10 is also a key antioxidant.

You see cellular respiration produces free radicals. Think of them as the carbon dioxide you breathe out during your respiration cycle. Except this is happening on the cellular level.

CoQ10 is uniquely positioned to boost your energy levels. Because it makes energy production possible… and neutralizes the dangerous byproducts of the process.

The age-related drop in CoQ10 puts you at a disadvantage. Your body responds by shutting down some mitochondria. Your cells produce less energy. And your muscles – including your heart – become less efficient.

This change is gradual. And reversible. Because CoQ10 supplements can make a difference. Just take a look at a few of the studies on CoQ10 published since the end of 2015…

Recent Research: CoQ10 Offers Multiple Heart-Health Benefits

  • July 2016 – Diabetics who took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks had lower levels of key markers of inflammation than those taking a placebo.
  • March 2017 – Taking CoQ10 improves antioxidant status in dialysis patients.
  • June 2017 – A study published in the journal Heart Vessels reveals the potency of CoQ10. Heart patients admitted to the hospital with low CoQ10 levels were far more likely to die than those with higher CoQ10 levels.
  • July 2017 – Doctors in China review 14 clinical trials on CoQ10 in heart failure. They find taking CoQ10 lowers the risk of death and boosts exercise capacity.

Earlier studies show equally impressive results. Like a study published in 2004 in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

In this study, patients facing heart surgery fared better if they took CoQ10 before their operations. Cellular respiration improved, and they showed fewer markers of free radical damage.

Taking CoQ10 is easy. It’s readily available, safe, and not too expensive. But you need to know a couple of details before you start taking it…

How to Get the Most Out of CoQ10

Not all CoQ10 supplements are created equal.

To begin with there are two forms of CoQ10. Ubiquinone is the traditional supplement form of this nutrient. But it’s not very bioavailable.

You’ll absorb far more of the ubiquinol form – I’ve seen number from 6x to 8x more. But ubiquinol is traditionally less stable. A Japanese doctor – Dr. Kaneka – discovered a way to stabilize ubiquinol. So the words “Kaneka Ubiquinol” on the product label generally assure maximum potency.

Second, CoQ10 supplements don’t stay in your system for long periods. You’ll probably get the biggest benefit by splitting your dose between morning and evening.

Taking 50 mg to 100 mg twice a day should deliver enough CoQ10 to boost your overall levels. And to provide your heart with an extra layer of defense.

If you’re taking any medications, check with your pharmacist to see if there are any conflicts. I say “pharmacist,” because drug interactions is another area most doctors aren’t fully qualified to address.

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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Apple Cider Vinegar: Boon or B.S.?

Apple cider vinegar has been a popular home remedy for centuries. And it’s been getting a lot of press lately. Even a certain popular TV doctor recently featured it on his show.

The problem is, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. There’s a lot less science backing apple cider vinegar (ACV) than you might think. It also has drawbacks and dangers you probably won’t hear anywhere else.

I bring you the truth on mainstream medicine and Big Pharma. I wouldn’t be a friend if I didn’t do the same with alternative medicine.

Before you jump on the ACV bandwagon, here’s what you should know…

Lots of Claims… Little Proof

I looked up all 64 references to ACV in the PubMed database. I also went through the first ten pages of results for ACV – 200 references – in Google Scholar. I found only 19 human studies, case reports, and analyses.

Three of the 19 concerned topical application of ACV. All three journal articles were reports of chemical burns caused by applying ACV to the skin.

A 2015 case in San Diego was typical. A teenager found instructions online for removing a birthmark with ACV. It didn’t go well.

Doctors in The Netherlands reported on the case of a young woman who drank ACV for weight loss. Over time, it didn’t do much for her weight… but it did ruin her teeth.

A fifth report comes from doctors at the University of Arkansas. After seeing a case of damage to a patient’s throat from taking ACV tablet, they analyzed eight of these products. They found the strength and quantity of the acid content varied significantly. And even questioned if the products actually contained real ACV at all.

Skin burns, tooth erosion, throat damage… Not exactly what you’d expect from an old home remedy. It’s not an especially strong acid, but ACV is acidic.

Still, I found evidence ACV may deliver some health benefits.

Help for Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control?

I found six studies and analyses covering ACV, blood sugar and diabetes. The results were somewhat mixed.

A 2009 study found taking vinegar daily lowered A1c – a marker of blood sugar levels – by 0.16%. That’s a fairly modest improvement… but an improvement.

A 2013 study published in The Journal of Functional Foods had similar results. This study – from some of the same authors as the 2009 study – showed vinegar helps lower fasting blood sugar levels.

I found one other study and a review of studies that came to similar conclusions. However, a 2015 review of studies found the evidence for ACV was weak at best. The author also noted some results may have been skewed by the foods the subjects ate.

On the other hand, slowed gastric emptying is fairly common in cases of diabetes. A 2007 study in BMC Gastroenterology found that ACV slows gastric emptying even further. Which could interfere with blood sugar control.

Other Possible Benefits… and Drawbacks

The other studies I found touched on several different subjects. Here’s a quick rundown…

  • A 2017 study found ACV is a potent anti-microbial. But it can kill cells at concentrations lower than those needed to kill some bacteria and fungi.
  • As a component in a proprietary chewing gum, ACV was effective against acid reflux.
  • Two studies looked at ACV’s effect on cholesterol – with opposite results. But one found people taking ACV lost weight more easily.
  • In 2017, doctors reported successfully treating a drug-resistant yeast infection with ACV.
  • Turkish scientists found topical ACV can ease the discomfort and embarrassment of varicose veins.
  • A 2014 study found ACV suppresses appetite… but nausea is a frequent side effect.

As you can see, ACV may not measure up to its reputation. I’m a big fan of alternative health. But I’m a bigger fan of what works. From what I found, apple cider vinegar’s benefits don’t always outweigh the drawbacks.

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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Busting the Statin Myth

One in five Americans between the ages of 40 and 75 currently take a statin drug. The most recent American Heart Association guidelines would add millions to that number.

But statins save countless lives, right? Interestingly, there’s evidence statins may cut your risk of a second heart attack. But, beyond that, the benefits are pretty hazy.

CNN reports some studies show statins don’t lower your risk of death at all. CNN’s reporter also quotes the editor-in-chief of JAMA Internal Medicine – Rita F. Redberg, M.D. – as saying, “People have a very exaggerated idea of the benefits.”

According to a 2015 analysis published in the World Journal of Cardiology, cholesterol’s part in heart disease – if any – is still open to debate. And they compare statin drugs’ effectiveness to a Mediterranean-style diet.

A Mediterranean-style eating plan, they point out, has been proven to significantly cut your risk of heart disease within months. Regardless of your cholesterol status.

The article’s authors also point out that the drop in heart-related deaths in the U.S. may not be due to the use of statins at all. The rise in statin use dovetails with anti-smoking campaigns, an emphasis on a healthier lifestyle, and other factors that affect heart disease risk.

At the same time, the risks of statin drugs have been downplayed. Statins appear to raise your risk of diabetes, muscle weakness, and even death (in the case of those with heart failure).

Here’s what you need to know if your doctor tells you to lower your cholesterol.

Pills Are Not Your Only Option

If your cholesterol numbers are high, your doctor will probably recommend taking a statin drug. It’s such a routine practice almost nobody ever thinks to question it. High cholesterol equals a lifetime on statins.

But why do doctors routinely prescribe statins? Aren’t there any alternatives?

Yes, there are. In fact, there are natural alternatives that are just as effective… and far safer. But most doctors don’t seem to even bother mentioning them anymore. Why?

  • First, because they’ve been trained to distrust natural alternatives. Big Pharma has a major influence on what’s taught in medical schools.
  • Second, doctors are constantly bombarded with drug company propaganda. Big Pharma bankrolls much of your doctor’s continuing medical education.
  • Third, drug companies ply doctors with plenty of gifts. From pens to free lunches to weekend seminars at golf resorts.
  • Finally, drugs are easy. People find taking a daily pill much easier than dropping a few pounds… working out five days a week… or eating a healthy diet. So doctors often fall back on drugs, because they get the job done – sort of – with minimal fuss.

But non-drug options are better. If you lose weight, you’ll look and feel better. If you work out regularly, you’ll discover reserves of untapped energy.

And you’ll avoid the side effects of statins. Because they can be more than a little scary.

Lowering Cholesterol the Big Pharma Way Comes With a Price

Taking a pill may be easy, but is it wise? A 2013 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology seems to say, “Maybe not.”

In this study, Danish researchers found people taking a popular statin drug became glucose intolerant – a sign of impending diabetes. Their CoQ10 levels also dropped. CoQ10 is critical for producing energy at the cellular level. Such as the energy needed to maintain a healthy heartbeat.

New research from Japan reveals statin drugs also block a form of vitamin K you need to keep your arteries flexible. The Japanese scientists actually claim stains raise your risk for heart disease by promoting hardening of the arteries.

According to England’s Express newspaper, one expert presented the evidence this way…

“These drugs should never have been approved for use. The long-term effects are devastating.”

So, if your cholesterol is high, what should you do?

A Little More Effort… A Lot More Safety

Yes; taking a pill is easy. But if that pill only swaps one health risk for another – or for several others – it won’t do you much good.

Instead, talk to your doctor about options.

Losing weight generally lowers “bad” cholesterol levels. So does exercise. Supplements such as garlic and red yeast rice may help, too.

Consider following a Mediterranean-style diet. Folks from France to Greece – and beyond – are passionate about their food. A Mediterranean-style diet offers a lower risk of heart disease without sacrificing flavor or enjoyment.

In most cases, you can lower cholesterol without resorting to dangerous statin drugs. Considering the risks, that’s a big win.

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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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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