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The Dark Underbelly of Medical Tourism

In 2013, doctors in Maryland sent disturbing news to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two patients had come down with raging infections from bacteria that didn’t respond to normal treatment.

When the CDC investigated, they found a total of 21 victims. And they were spread across six states. The common thread? They had all been to the Dominican Republic for elective surgery.

They were medical tourists. And they’d picked up a bug ordinary antibiotics didn’t touch.

Nine of the 21 had cosmetic surgery performed at the same Dominican clinic. All nine required surgery to root out the infection. Even after surgery, seven needed massive antibiotic treatments for three months or more.

The low healthcare prices in other countries make medical travel tempting. And it’s booming. But before you travel overseas, you need to understand the dark underbelly of this multi-billion dollar business.

Those Big Savings Can Come With Big Risks

Here at Discovery Health Publishing, I think we get more questions on medical tourism than any other topic. The industry has exploded in the last decade or so. And no wonder. You can easily save tens of thousands of dollars on medical care overseas.

The industry makes it almost sound like a lark. You get quality healthcare… plus a luxurious “vacation.” When you get home, you’re relaxed, renewed, and have thousands extra in your pocket.

But, as the folks in the report above discovered, you may bring something extra home, too.

In most cases, you can’t just go back overseas for treatment. You’ll have to stay – and pay – here. So your savings may evaporate anyway. And your legal options are very limited with overseas healthcare providers.

Failures and other complications can lead to huge medical bills. Along with months – or even years – of suffering.

So how do you decide if medical travel is right for you? And how do you find out where to get medical care overseas?

Navigating the Medical Tourism Swamp

The International Board of Medicine and Surgery reports the five most common reasons for medical travel are…

  • Knee and hip replacements
  • Fertility treatments
  • Heart/circulation concerns
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Gastric bypass surgery

In many cases, you can save over half the cost of the same procedures in the U.S. And when you’re spending $20,000… $50,000… or even more, that’s no small savings.

Medical tourism is big business almost everywhere medical costs are lower than in the developed West.

Poland and Hungary have boards promoting medical tourism. So do India, Thailand, South Korea, and Singapore. Central America and the Caribbean are popular destinations, because they’re especially easy to reach from the U.S.

Of course, all these boards focus on the pluses of their own services… such as English-speaking staff, arrangements for travel companions, and various levels of affordability.

Medical travel companies and associations have sprung up like weeds. Many have deals with specific clinics in specific countries… and will steer you to their affiliates.

Reuter’s news service reports some of these groups may not be entirely above board. So look into any association or agency before you turn to them for help.

Here are three other ways to protect yourself – both physically and financially…

  • Talk to your doctor. What are the risks of travel before and after your procedure? What if you experience complications… and which are the most likely to occur?
  • Talk to your insurance company. Some now help people find less expensive – but fully qualified – U.S. hospitals and clinics. You may not have to travel so far to save thousands.
  • If you plan to travel overseas, be sure the hospital/clinic you plan to visit is accredited by the Joint Commission International. This is an offshoot of the top accrediting body for U.S. hospitals.

Healthcare costs in the U.S. are out of sight. But price shouldn’t be the primary driver where your health is concerned. As the patients in our opening story learned the hard way.

Medical travel is a huge – and often confusing – topic. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll delve further into the costs, advantages, and potential pitfalls. Stay tuned.

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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Cancer Pioneer’s 90-Year-Old Breakthrough Confirmed…

Imagine if we had understood one of the major drivers behind cancer 80 years ago. If we had we might have been able to drastically reduce the number of cancers. And slowed the growth of those that did occur.

How many lives could we have saved? How much misery could we have avoided? Sadly, this isn’t just conjecture. Because new research confirms a cancer secret discovered more than 90 years ago.

In the early 1920s, Otto Warburg showed cancer cells are largely anaerobic. That is, they get most of their energy without using oxygen. Instead, they ferment sugar like some primitive one-celled organisms. Simply put, cancer loves sugar.

This may help explain why so many cancers are linked to obesity. And – as many experts are coming to believe – the answer to beating cancer is metabolic, rather than genetic.

Warburg’s work gave us clues to solving cancer almost a century ago. Sugar was one. But the other may be even more important. In fact, it may be the missing piece of the puzzle to avoiding or eliminating virtually all cancers.

How did the mainstream overlook this important information for so long? And what do you need to know to cut your cancer risk? Read on.

A Science Story Like No Other

Otto Warburg was born into a family of scientists. After earning a doctorate in chemistry and a medical degree, he was named to a post at Germany’s prestigious Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Just a few years before the rise of the Nazis.

Warburg’s father came from an Orthodox Jewish family. Under Nazi law, that meant he couldn’t hold a government job. But he was never arrested… or even fired. He was untouchable. Rumor has it Hitler himself gave the order.

Warburg won a Nobel Prize for his work. And was nominated dozens more times. That’s how important his peers considered his breakthroughs.

But with the discovery of DNA, cancer research moved towards finding a genetic solution. After all, cancer cells are mutants… and that requires changes to DNA. Warburg’s work fell out of favor.

But Belgian scientists recently demonstrated Warburg was right about cancer and sugar. This new research shows sugar feeds cancer growth. The more sugar a tumor can access, the more aggressive it becomes.

The genetic link has led us nowhere. But Warburg’s discoveries have taken on a new luster.

Is There a Two-Part Solution to Cancer?

Fermenting sugar to lactate is less efficient than cellular respiration (which requires oxygen). It creates just a fraction of the ATP – cellular fuel – that healthy cells make. But fermentation can convert large amounts of sugar at a rapid rate.

And this metabolic change has other advantages… for cancer cells. For example, it creates an acidic environment, which helps these rogue cells thrive.

Fermentation also activates Ras proteins – evolutionary holdovers that effect cell growth. Activation of Ras proteins favors rapid cell growth and division. Which is exactly what cancer cells need to spread.

Cutting off cancer’s sugar supply is half the battle against cancer. The other half is oxygen. Combining oxygen with glucose (sugar) is the normal process that creates ATP – your cells’ fuel source.

But fermentation doesn’t like oxygen. That’s why making wine or beer involves allowing yeast to ferment sugars away from oxygen. If you don’t block oxygen from the process, the fermentation fails.

Defeating cancer doesn’t just involve choking off the supply of sugar. Warburg’s research shows you must also flood your body with oxygen.

Is This the Key to Life Without Cancer?

The new Belgian study shows half of Otto Warburg’s work was on track. More sugar equals more aggressive tumors. Sugar feeds fermentation… oxygen fuels healthy cellular respiration.

So how do you slash your risk? You can limit your intake of sugars and starches. That’s the easy part. But how do you flood your body with oxygen?

To answer that question, I wrote a book… “Life Without Cancer.”

I scoured hundreds of sources… cross-referenced scores of studies… and dug into long-overlooked archives. The result is a clear revelation of how oxygen can help you beat cancer.

The mainstream wasted almost 100 years chasing the wrong issues. Now we have further proof Otto Warburg was right.

Why not take the next step and embrace his solution? Life Without Cancer breaks down Warburg’s work… the Cancer Industry’s campaign to keep his life’s work hidden… and simple ways to put Warburg’s discoveries to work for you.

So why not click here to get the whole story? I promise you’ll be 100/% satisfied, or I’ll refund your investment… up to 30 days.

After nearly a century, the mainstream is finally taking Warburg seriously. But don’t expect quick action. After all, cancer treatment is their cash cow. Click here now to discover Life Without Cancer.

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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Hidden Danger of Antibiotics

Antibiotics can be miraculous. They’ve saved countless lives. They’ve made once-deadly diseases manageable…

But they’ve also made millions of people sick and unhealthy.

Antibiotic misuse is a problem I’ve brought up before. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports a third of antibiotic prescriptions are useless. They’re written for viral infections… that antibiotics can’t help.

Such a waste of money is bad enough. But these pointless prescriptions also add to antibiotic resistance. They help breed bacteria that don’t respond to drugs.

But that’s just the most obvious issue. Antibiotic overuse also creates another problem. One that could affect your health in many ways…

More Than Just a “Bathroom” Problem

If you’ve taken antibiotics, you’ve probably experienced an unpleasant side effect… Diarrhea.

Doctors often suggest eating yogurt to help ease the problem. That’s good advice. But it only restores a very limited range of healthy gut flora.

You see, antibiotics kill a wide range of bacteria. And the bacteria in your gut do much more than you might realize.

Your “gut flora” promotes health in remarkable ways. At least they do when you have a healthy mix of bacteria in your intestines. Here’s how your gut flora can boost your health… when your gut flora itself healthy.

The Benefits of Healthy Gut Flora

Vitamin K helps control blood clotting and is a key element in building strong, healthy bones. Getting enough vitamin K can be a challenge.

But when you have a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, your vitamin K status improves. Because these bacteria make vitamin K – in a form your body can absorb.

A healthy balance of bacteria in your gut can also help you slim down.

In a 2010 Japanese study, men taking a probiotic mix began losing abdominal fat. A similar group of men taking a placebo didn’t have the same results.

The probiotic group lost 4.6% of their abdominal fat in 12 weeks. Their body mass index dropped… as did their body weight and waist circumference.

The placebo group didn’t see these improvements.

A healthy bacterial “garden” provides other benefits, too. Friendly bacteria…

  • Support insulin sensitivity (fights blood sugar problems)
  • Fight systemic inflammation – a condition that can lead to arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and more
  • Help prevent – or ease – depression

When your gut flora is in good shape it also supports tight junctions. That is, they help keep your intestinal barrier strong – so germs and toxins can’t pass into your body and spread to vital organs.

And these are just a few reasons tending the garden in your gut is so important.

Grow It… Don’t Blow It

Every course of antibiotics wipes out billions of bacteria in your gut. That’s why it’s so important to only take an antibiotic when you really need to. And why I’ve urged you to confirm with your doctor that prescription is necessary.

Eating yogurt is a good stopgap. But it won’t restore the variety of bacteria antibiotics kill. Even a good probiotic supplement can’t do that. But short of a fecal transplant, a supplement is your best defense.

Here’s what to look for in a quality probiotic…

  • A variety of bacterial strains. Find a quality brand that offers at least 6 – 8 strains. And preferably not just Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
  • Billions of CFUs (Colony Forming Units). Recent research estimates your body plays host to some 39 trillion bacteria. Any supplement with less than billions of CFUs is just a drop in the bucket.
  • A guaranteed “live” count based on the expiration date; not the packaging date. A supplement with 5 billion live CFUs when it’s packaged will have far fewer at its expiration date.

Your Bottom Line for Building Optimal Health

There’s no question antibiotics are wonder drugs. They’ve saved millions of lives. But excessive and careless use has led to unintended consequences. And it’s not just because they help build drug-resistant “superbugs.”

As the CDC points out, 1 of every 3 antibiotic prescriptions is pointless. Which means a third of antibiotic use lays waste to your immune defenses. For no good reason at all.

Your goal should be to build and maintain a healthy colony of friendly bacteria in your gut. Which means taking antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.

That means avoiding antibiotics when you have a virus – such as with colds and flus. Eating as though you’re feeding your best friends – plenty of fiber and minimal sugar and starches. And taking a potent probiotic supplement every day.

These simple steps can make all the difference. They’ll help you build a powerful immune system… and a relationship with your body’s best friends that can see you through the worst times ahead.

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 Childhood Disease That’s Putting Thousands of Adults at Risk

In January 2015, Disneyland made the national news. And that news wasn’t good. An outbreak of measles was traced back to the amusement park.

A single infected guest arrived at the park. Within weeks, scores of cases were reported. Not only in California, but in other states, too. Within just 5 weeks, 125 cases came to light. 125 cases of a disease that’s more deadly than most people realize.

You see, measles is highly contagious. But because more and more parents are declining the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for their children, it’s become a disaster waiting to happen.

Measles could have been wiped out in the U.S. We were that close. But now it’s a major public health threat. We’ve had outbreaks in 2008, 2011, and 2015. It’s just a matter of time before it spirals out of control.

The scary part? Well, it comes in three parts…

  • Measles is far more dangerous than most people realize
  • Outbreaks are almost entirely avoidable
  • These outbreaks are fueled by baseless fears.

You – or your loved ones – may be at risk when the next outbreak occurs. And you need to understand this: Measles is not a benign disease. It can be deadly – especially to adults.

It’s a textbook case of the profit-driven mainstream gone haywire. Here’s what you need to know…

Baseless Fears Turn Into a Giant Health Issue

The big fear has been that vaccines – including MMR – may cause autism. Well, not the vaccines themselves, but a preservative sometimes used in them. This preservative – thimerosal – contains a tiny amount of mercury.

The “link” between mercury and autism was largely based on a flawed study.  The study involved a tiny group – just 12 subjects. This 1998 study linked thimerosal to autism.

But shortly after the study was published, 10 of the 12 co-authors retracted their findings. In other words, they said they were wrong.

Large-scale, controlled studies quickly followed. And they proved the study’s findings were off the mark. Then, in 2010, even more damning information came to light.

Andrew Wakefield – the study’s lead author – had been funded by lawyers. Lawyers suing vaccine makers on behalf of parents of children with autism. Eventually, the entire study was proven a fraud.

Here’s the worst part… According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the MMR vaccine never contained thimerosal. So refusing this vaccine just doesn’t make sense.

But the damage has been done. In spite of all the evidence, worried parents continue to decline the MMR vaccine for their children. And those children have started reaching a dangerous age: adulthood.

“It’s Just a Harmless Rash” – Not!

Before the mid-1950s, measles was extremely common. And that’s all most folks know – or remember – about the disease. But its history is a bit darker.

Measles was nearly wiped out in the U.S., but it still kills about 164,000 people each year. And those at highest risk are the very young… and adults.

Yes, adults can get this “childhood disease.” And it hits them much harder than it does children. Adults are far more likely than children to die from measles.

Which is scary when you realize almost half the victims in the 2011 measles outbreak were adults. And that measles is one of the most contagious viruses we know of.

There’s no treatment or cure for measles. And it spreads like wildfire. You can become infected just being in the same room with an infected person. One cough and it’s done.

And because victims are contagious for about four days before symptoms occur, you can be infected long before the person who infects you even knows they’re sick.

That’s probably what happened with the Disney cases.

Which is where things get really scary. Disney’s California theme parks host about 24 million visitors per year. Guests come from every state and almost every country. One infected person could trigger a worldwide outbreak.

If you’re not protected – even as an adult – you could easily be the next mortality statistic.

Don’t Become a Victim of Ignorance

You probably know I often disagree with the medical mainstream. I’m not afraid to call them out when they put greed or tradition ahead of the evidence. But this is one time I’m telling you the evidence says they’re right.

The autism argument is B.S., plain and simple. The MMR vaccine is safe. And it saves lives. It could even save yours.

Measles is no joke. It kills babies and it kills adults. If you or your loved ones haven’t been vaccinated, you need to be. We’ve had serious outbreaks in the U.S. every three years since 2008.  If the pattern holds, 2018 could be a bad year.

Lifesaving Info You Need to Know

If you were born before 1957 – or you’ve already had measles – chances are you’re fine. Up to the mid-1950s, measles was so prevalent that almost everyone was exposed. And they’ve probably developed antibodies.

Immunity to measles seems to last for decades. So, chances are you don’t need a vaccine if you were born before 1957. Even if you’ve never been vaccinated.

If you received two doses of the MMR vaccine as a child, you’re probably still covered, too. But these groups are at increased risk:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Students in colleges and universities
  • Overseas travelers.

If you fall into one of these groups – or if you know your parents declined the MMR vaccine when you were a child – you should be immunized.

Just check with your doctor to be sure you’re not among the handful of people (such as the immuno-compromised) who should avoid the vaccine.

Getting a third dose of the vaccine hasn’t been shown to carry any risk. But it could save your life. So if you’re not in a contra-indicated group, but may be at higher risk… by all means, get vaccinated. Better safe than sorry.

As far as autism goes, there’s no link. But there is a link between adult measles and risk of death. This is one case where following the mainstream could actually save your life.

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


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Is This America’s Real Drug Abuse Problem?

The U.S. has the highest imprisonment rate in the world. More than seven of every 1,000 Americans are behind bars. That’s more than 30% higher than Cuba… over 40% higher than Russia… and more than double the rate in Belarus.

Why are so many Americans behind bars? The “War on Drugs” is a big contributor. Tens upon tens of thousands of our fellow citizens are locked up for possession of tiny amounts of drugs.

At the same time, a bigger drug abuse problem goes almost unreported… and virtually ignored by authorities. It’s a problem that touches almost every family and puts countless thousands at risk every year.

If you guessed it’s prescription drugs, you’re right. But it’s not the abuse of prescription drugs by patients or addicts.

It’s the abuse of prescription drugs by the medical mainstream. And it’s far more common than you might imagine.

Misuse and Abuse by Prescription

Not long ago, I wrote to you about antipsychotic use in cases of dementia. No antipsychotic drug is FDA-approved for dementia. But doctors still routinely prescribe these powerful drugs inappropriately.

I’ve also written to you about doctors over-prescribing opioids. I highlighted the fact that there’s virtually no evidence they’re effective for chronic pain.

But did you know a recent study went even further? Researchers at Brown University compared opioids to ibuprofen in patients who’d been in car accidents. They found opioids were no more effective than ibuprofen.

They also found opioid users were 17.5% more likely to still be taking pain medication after six weeks. This finding suggests the beginnings of dependence.

Even worse, the study’s lead author slammed the science behind opioid use. “You’d think there would be a wealth of studies comparing our ‘go-to’ pain meds,” said ER doc Francesca Beaudoin, “but there just aren’t.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

An Apparent Case of Valuing Money Over Health

The problem is so bad, NBC News titled a story on the issue, “The American Greed Report.”

According to NBC, a third of Americans suffer with chronic pain… generating $24 billion in sales of pain-management drugs. And the prescription bonanza has spun out of control.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 99% of the doctors they surveyed prescribed opioid drugs for longer than the suggested three-day period.

Over-prescribing has become a way of life for American doctors. In part, it’s a way to satisfy patient expectations. Many patients now assume their doctor will offer a prescription for whatever ails them – regardless of whether it will help or not.

But it’s also a way to satisfy drug companies… which offer doctors plenty of perks. Nobody wants their monthly lunch – or those free “educational” seminars at golf resorts – to disappear.

Whatever the cause, the problem is almost universal.

Too Many Drugs… Too Little Benefit

A 2016 survey revealed just how widespread the problem is.

In this survey, 27% of the doctors responding said antibiotics are often prescribed when they can’t help.

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Giving them to someone with a viral infection is pointless. Antibiotics don’t affect viruses.

Yet doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics for viral infections… because it satisfies the patient’s desire to have the doctor “do something.” Think of it this way…

You go to the doctor for a nasty sinus infection. She can take one of two routes. She could say, “Go home, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, and you’ll be fine in 7 – 10 days.”

Or, she can say, “Go home, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, take these pills three times a day, and you’ll be fine in 7 – 10 days.”

Which sounds more like your doctor has helped you?

Exactly. The problem is, the antibiotic you take won’t speed your recovery by even a second. But it will help build drug-resistant bacteria.

Meaning, the next time you have a bacterial infection, that antibiotic may be useless.

According to the CDC, almost half of all antibiotic prescriptions are pointless. But those unnecessary prescriptions sure line the drug companies’ pockets…

… with money you could probably use for other things.

Be Brave: Ask Questions

Sometimes, your doctor will suggest a drug you really need. But not always. And you should be on guard for the difference.

Remember: You’re paying the bills. You have the right to question any course of treatment.

But you don’t have to do it in a confrontational way. Most doctors will respond positively to a patient who shows an interest in finding the best course of treatment.

Be positive… be respectful. Ask questions politely. And don’t sound accusatory.

Most doctors respond positively to a patient who wants to take a more active part in their treatment. If your doctor doesn’t… Well, maybe it’s time to find another doctor.

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


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5 Breakthroughs for a Longer, Healthier Life

The old cliché says, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” It’s overused… but it’s true.

Today, I’ll share not one, but five steps that can make your life better. And maybe even longer. They’re all small and simple… but the results can be gigantic.

If you want to live a longer, healthier life, these five recent breakthroughs could be exactly what you’re looking for.

July 2017 – Run for Just One Minute a Day

Want to boost your bone health by 4%? Two British universities found just 60 – 120 seconds of weight-bearing exercise a day can make that much difference.

A single minute of exercise – such as running – boosted bone health by 4%. Women who went more than two minutes showed a 6% improvement.

The researchers called it “high-intensity” exercise. But for pre-menopausal women, it worked out to running at a moderate pace. Post-menopausal women saw the benefit by running at a slow jog.

A 6% boost to bone health may not seem like all that much. But compared to the investment, it’s gigantic. You can’t even soft-boil and egg in 2-1/2 minutes.

But you could prevent a fracture that puts you on the sidelines permanently.

June 2017 – Toss Your Pain Pills

You’ve probably heard all the talk about the opioid crisis. Doctors have been handing out these pain pills like candy for years. And, like sugar, they’re highly addictive.

But they aren’t proven effective for long-term pain management. In fact, there are few studies on opioids that run longer than 12 weeks.

But a small study from Leeds Beckett University strongly suggests you could effectively manage pain for free. How? Mindfulness meditation.

Just ten minutes of mindfulness meditation a day could raise your pain threshold and increase your pain tolerance. In other words, meditation could make pain seem less painful… and boost your ability to shrug it off.

Mindfulness meditation also eases stress, aids sleep, and improves mood (among other benefits). So meditating may be the most effective ten minutes of your day.

July 2017 – Boost Your Brain the Delicious Way

After cancer, dementia is probably the scariest age-related problem you can face. Imagine your very identity slowly slipping away… and being powerless to do anything about it.

Well, act now, and maybe you won’t be powerless. At least that’s the conclusion reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

According to the report, mature adults who followed the Mediterranean Diet – rich in vegetables and fruits, whole grains, olive oil, and fish – cut their risk of memory and cognitive problems by 35%.

Even folks who followed the diet loosely had a 15% lower risk.

Best of all, most people who switch to a Mediterranean-style diet love it. Because they wind up eating lots of foods that taste great.

July 2017 – Skip the Sugar Substitutes

“Sugar-free” makes everything better, right?

Not according to new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers from across Manitoba found artificial sweeteners are linked to both BMI (body mass index) and risk of diabetes and heart trouble.

In fact, their review of 37 studies linked artificial sweeteners to weight gain, bigger waistlines, a greater risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, and more heart problems.

Does that mean you should switch back to sugar? No. But you may want to avoid added sugars and artificial sweeteners as much as possible.

The good news here? If you follow a Mediterranean-style diet, you won’t need either. Because you’ll discover there’s so much more to flavor than just sweet.

August 2017 – Spend Just 20 Minutes More on Your Feet

Chances are you’ve heard how a sedentary lifestyle puts you at risk of heart trouble and an early death. But you may not have heard that a very small change can make a huge difference in your risk.

According to researchers in Finland, that small change is just 20 minutes a day.

Over the course of a year, sedentary adults who added just 20 minutes a day to the time they spent on their feet held off the expected loss of muscle mass. And they cut their risk of heart trouble by lowering several markers of heart risk.

In just 20 minutes a day.

The bottom line? Small changes can make a huge difference.

You don’t need radical change to boost your quality of life – or even your chances of living longer. Even these five tiny steps could add years to your life… and make those years healthier and more fulfilling.

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 Nursing Homes Killing Your Parents for Convenience Sake?

The recent deaths of eight residents of a Hollywood (FL) nursing home left relatives – and much of America – shaken. In the aftermath, a long list of the home’s failures emerged.

Sadly, its spotty record is all too common. Stories of nursing home neglect are common. But the stories are rarely this horrific.

These nursing home residents died from the heat. That’s rare. But another problem isn’t. But it is insanely deadly. It’s the “off-label” use of antipsychotic drugs.

Before we go further, consider this…

  • Among older dementia patients, one in 50 will die early if they’re given the drug Seroquel.
  • For the antipsychotic drug – Zyprexa – the number is one in 40.
  • Resperidol – a similar drug – kills one in 27 before their time.
  • And the antipsychotic Haloperidol kills one of every 26 elderly dementia patients within 6 months.

What’s going on here? The answer is simple.

Doctors are writing “off-label” prescriptions for these dangerous drugs. Drugs with side effects that include a huge jump in the risk of early death. Up to a 70% higher risk.

“Off-label” means prescribing a drug for a use not approved by the FDA. And none of these drugs has been approved for dementia.

But if you have a parent or other relative with dementia, there’s a fair chance they’re getting these dangerous drugs anyway.

Playing Russian roulette With Human Lives for Convenience

If you faced a 1 in 26 chance of dying from riding a merry-go-round, would you get on? I doubt it. But doctors often give your loved ones these odds.

The Government Accountability Office found doctors give 1 in 7 home-cared elderly antipsychotic drugs. The numbers are even higher for nursing home residents.

So why are doctors using unapproved drugs? In a word: convenience.

Dementia patients often get agitated, hallucinate, or display other disruptive behaviors. Giving Granny or Grampy an antipsychotic can ease the problem.

It’s an easy way to deal with a tough situation. And many doctors go along with it. Even though these drugs could mean Granny or Grampy will die much sooner.

The FDA required a “black-box” warning on atypical antipsychotics in the mid-2000s. They added them to similar drugs a few years later.  The warning states these drugs raise the risk of early death in older patients by up to 70%.

The warning ends with this chilling statement: “[Established medication name] is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.”

Prescriptions for these drugs have dropped for dementia patients since 2005. But they’re still shockingly common.

Banned, but Still in Use

According to geriatrician Dr. Cheryl Phillips, 14% of nursing home residents were still on antipsychotic drugs in 2012. Including 40% of dementia patients. That’s at least 4 out of 10 taking drugs not approved for their conditions. But proven to lead to an early death in many.

AARP reports the numbers remain as high today. According to their research, these drugs qualify as “chemical restraints” – a use banned by Medicare.

Caring for patients with dementia –at home or in a facility – isn’t easy. But would you want doctors to take a deadly shortcut with your life? One that’s been banned by Medicare? Probably not.

I’ll bet you wouldn’t want your parent’s life cut short for the sake of convenience, either.

But until the folks paying the bills demand a change, nursing homes will keep on using these drugs.

Dementia may be a tragedy. But so is an early death.

As Dr. Phillips points out, most of the “disruptive behaviors” of dementia patients are attempts to communicate. Or responses to being unable to communicate effectively.

We shouldn’t use deadly drugs to quiet our parents and grandparents. We should invest in trying to respond to their needs.

After all, there’s a chance you’ll be in the same position someday. And how would you want to be treated?

Probably not with a drug that could easily kill you in half a year.

Keep a close eye on the medications given to your relatives in nursing homes. Don’t be afraid to question any drug – especially antipsychotics. You’re already paying plenty for your loved one’s care.

You don’t want to pay for their death on top of it.

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


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What You Must Know Before You Cut Carbs

A large new study has just confirmed what I’ve been saying for years: Mainstream medicine’s diet advice is largely bunk.

I recently wrote to you about how saturated fats aren’t the main culprits in heart disease… sugar is. Now this big study confirms that carbs (sugar is a carbohydrate) are also what make you fat.

In fact, getting a third of your calories from fats may actually promote a longer life than eating a low-fat diet. While eating a high-carb diet actually boosts your risk of early death.

With obesity at epidemic levels, I’m worried folks may simply replace carbs with fats. But before you do, you need to know a few details. Details your doctor – who may still be on the low-fat bandwagon – may not have learned yet.

Because there’s a better, safer way to lose weight. But first…

Is the Ketogenic Diet for You?

Over the last few years, so-called ketogenic diets have become more popular. These are diets designed to trigger your body to burn fat instead of carbs for energy.

There are a lot of good points in favor of these diets. But they have drawbacks, too. To begin with, it can take weeks to train your body to depend on fat as its main source of energy. And you may not feel great while you make the adjustment.

Studies show these high-fat diets boost your body’s oxygen demand, which can lead to lower physical performance. If you’re counting on working out to boost your weight loss, that could be a consideration.

New information published in The Journal of Physiology showed a ketogenic diet also caused the livers in test animals to grow fattier. The number of mitochondria – cellular “energy factories” – in their liver cells also dropped.

In the past, I’ve suggested a ketogenic diet might be worth trying for some people. But with this new information, I’d give these high-fat options a pass.

So how do you safely lose weight?

Balance Is Everything

I don’t recommend a high-protein diet. But I do recommend ensuring you get enough lean protein. Which is probably more than you’re getting now.

I’m not talking about greasy burgers. Instead, think of free-range poultry… grass fed beef or lamb… and wild-caught fish.

Three to four 3-ounce servings of these protein foods are a good start on a healthy diet. Especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Because a little extra protein will help you preserve lean muscle while you lose fat.

A low-carb diet with a little added protein helps you feel fuller longer… triggers loss of at least as much weight as a low-fat diet… promotes lean muscle growth… and helps you lower triglyceride (a type of blood fat) levels better than a low-fat diet.

Some studies have shown a faster drop in fat mass with a higher protein diet, too.

You can lose weight on a low-fat diet… but it may not offer the health benefits of a low-carb diet.

Focus on fresh vegetables, a moderate amount of fruit and lean protein, and eat as few refined carbs as you can. Tree nuts make a good snack. Or an ounce or so of hard cheese. You’ll get plenty of fat eating this way… but without getting fat.

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 Dirty Drug Secret Plays Russian Roulette With Your Health

Imagine for a moment you need a car. You have a certain model in mind. It’s absolutely perfect: price, performance, and features. But the dealer only has one in stock… and it has no windshield.

“Look,” the salesman says, “buy the car today, and we’ll install the windshield as soon as we get one in stock.”

He knocks a point off the interest rate on your loan, throws in free tires for life… and you sign on the dotted line. The car isn’t quite perfect, but how long can it take to get a new windshield?

In our little scenario here, the answer is maybe up to 12 years. Or, worse, there is no windshield… and there never will be.

Welcome to the exciting world of fast-tracked drugs. Where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves drugs before they’re fully proven. With the promise the maker will deliver the proof in a reasonable amount of time.

Except they often don’t. Or provide inadequate proof. Or finally reveal the drug is unsafe or simply doesn’t work.

But don’t worry. It’s only a problem if you – or anyone you know and love – have to take the drug. Then you’re immersed in a giant game of Russian roulette.

What’s going on here?

Fast-Track Is Great in Theory

Big Pharma puts a lot of effort into developing billion-dollar drugs. Drugs that hit two targets are especially profitable…

  • Many people are affected by a health issue, and
  • There’s no known cure or especially effective treatment for the condition.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a good example. About 10 million Americans carry the defective gene that causes this disease. And tens of thousands of them suffer with CF.

The problem gene causes thick, sticky mucous to build up in organs – with the lungs and digestion most often affected. Medical advances have extended the lives of folks with CF. But just a few years ago; the average life expectancy of someone with CF was 12 years. And those years were miserable.

The FDA developed their fast-track program for diseases like this. A drug company may develop a promising drug for CF… but jumping through the FDA’s normal hoops can take years. Years during which people may be suffering needlessly.

So drugs that show promise early on for diseases in desperate need of an effective treatment can be fast-tracked. The deal being that the drug company has to provide the rest of the proof within a reasonable span of time.

And that’s where the trouble starts.

… but Often Sucks in Practice

Let’s say you’re a Big Pharma executive. Your company developed a CF drug, and the FDA has approved its use via the fast-track process. Now you’re making money hand-over-fist with a rare FDA-approved drug for this awful disease.

Your shareholders are happy. But they still expect another big winner to be in the pipeline. Here’s where fast tracking seems to go wrong. Because once that drug is in play, there’s less incentive to focus on follow-up trials.

A study of cancer drugs approved under the FDA’s fast-track approval process looked at drugs approved between 1992 and 2010. The drugs proved useful for 26 of the 47 “indications” originally approved. But the follow-up studies on these drugs took up to 12.6 years to complete.

Meanwhile, the drugs were found to be useless for 21 – almost half – of their applications.

A researcher in India uncovered weaknesses in the fast-track system from half a world away. But his research was strong enough to be included in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s files.

This scientist found, “Many drugs that are relatively new to the market [find] their way out as fast as they entered it.”

He found the FDA sometimes approved drugs based on “trivial” data submitted by marketers. He also listed a number of quickly approved drugs that had to be withdrawn for serious side effects.

More Fast-Track Problems Uncovered by Top Experts

If I told you the London School of Economics and Harvard Medical School had a problem with the FDA’s fast-track process, you’d probably take note. These are two of the most trusted academic institutions in the world.

Scientists from these two schools published fast-track concerns in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The researchers looked at drugs given fast-track approval between 2009 and 2013. And they found some disturbing trends…

  • Post-approval studies tended to be small (less reliable)
  • Only 42% of post-approval trials showed the drugs were effective
  • One-third of the original benefit claims remained unproven after 5 years

Finally, a study published in BMJ – formerly the British Medical Journal. This flagship medical journal published a study from Yale, Harvard, and other leading medical sources. The results weren’t pretty…

Speaking to FDA fast-track approval, the study found “… few controlled studies published after approval that confirmed efficacy using clinical outcomes for the original FDA approved indication.”

In other words, fast-track approval can have little connection to reality.

So, what’s your best option? Probably taking the approach that many in the medical profession do. And that’s to avoid taking any drug that’s been on the market less than 5 years. (Fast-tracked or not.)

Then, there’s at least a fair chance any problems will have already come out.

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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