Flu Vaccines… Almost EVERYBODY Has It Wrong!

The flu vaccine battle has been raging for years. It’s a complex issue… and neither side seems to be telling you the whole story.

On the one hand, you have mainstream medicine pushing vaccines. In spite of their own data showing flu vaccines can be as little as 23% effective. On the other side, doubters claim the vaccines simply don’t work. In fact, many opponents say they can give you the flu.

And just to make matters worse, the mainstream sent you mixed messages this summer about the effectiveness of the different types of vaccine.

So what’s the real story about flu vaccines? And should you get one this year? Here’s what you probably haven’t been told about the controversial flu vaccine.

Flu Vaccines Are a Best Guess

Influenza – or flu – describes a group of viruses. Viruses that mutate very quickly. Almost as soon as you figure out how to knock one down, it’s changed. And the tool you used to knock out the old version may or may not help with the new one.

There are four major types of flu virus, conveniently called Types A, B, C, and D. Type D is newly discovered, and – so far – has only been found in cattle and pigs. So we won’t be dealing with Type D flu.

Type C flu viruses are fairly common. But they’re weak, and cause mild symptoms. So Type C flus don’t figure into vaccine calculations. They just don’t make you sick enough to worry about

That leaves Types A and B. Type A flu can affect both humans and animals. Type B is found only in humans. But both can cause severe symptoms. And I mean severe. The flu kills up to 49,000 people annually – just in the U.S.

Within Types A and B, there are dozens… hundreds… even thousands of variations. So, each year, epidemiologists – docs who study widespread disease – make their best guess as to which strains are likely to hit your country. The best candidates go into vaccines.

In other words, flu vaccines are a “best guess” based on past experience. Which leads to a couple of problems.

It’s Not Easy to Hit a Moving Target – Especially With Only 3 Bullets

Imagine you’re hunting rabbits to feed your family. You have a good rifle… but only 3 bullets. Rabbits are fast and well camouflaged. With just 3 bullets, you’d better be a pretty good shot, or you’re going home empty-handed.

That’s pretty much the challenge scientists face with the flu. Most flu vaccines are “trivalent” – that is, they stimulate antibodies against only 3 strains. If the best guess for a season is wrong, lots more people will get the flu – vaccinated or not.

But if the best guess for the season hits the jackpot, the flu vaccine may cut your risk by as much as 60%. For children and mature adults, that may be the difference between life and a very unpleasant death.

Keep in mind flu viruses constantly mutate. New variants crop up almost every year. This helps explain why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found so much variation in the effectiveness of flu vaccines.

Basically, when the best guess is good, protection may reach 60%. When it’s off the mark, protection may drop to as little as 23%.

Plus, there’s another reason flu vaccines are sometimes more – or less – effective. It’s people.

Vaccines: One Size Does Not Fit All

Flu tends to hit some people harder than others. The very young, the very old, and the very sick are especially vulnerable. Basically, anyone with a compromised immune system is at a greater risk.

These are the people most likely to seek help when they get sick. And also the people most likely to get sick. So they tend to be over-represented during flu season.

You may “tough it out” when you get a flu. But your grandmother – or grandchild – may not be able to. Since these are exactly the people vaccination programs target, they may be over-counted as “failures.”

As are people with flu strains not included in the most recent vaccine. And – sometimes – people with “flu-like” symptoms who don’t actually have the flu.

Flu vaccines can’t include every variant of a flu strain. Most have two Type A strains and one from Type B. Doctors try to guess which strains are most likely to prevail.

When they get it right– as they did during the 2010 – 2011 season – vaccine fans look to be right. But when they guess wrong, you end up with a season like 2014 – 2015… when the vaccine was only 23% effective.

Your Bottom Line for Flu Defense

If you have a strong immune system, you may be able to ignore the issue. Unless we have another year like 1918, when millions of healthy young and middle-aged adults were cut down by the flu.

And that’s the problem with the flu. You never know when a strain will be especially nasty. Most years, influenza kills thousands. But the “Spanish Flu” of 1918 – 1919 killed millions.

Finally, two important points to consider.

First, the flu vaccine can’t give you the flu. One form of flu vaccine uses dead virus cells, which can’t give you the flu. The other uses weakened cells that can’t survive in your body.

Either way, you won’t get the flu from a vaccine. Most reports of people catching the flu after getting the vaccine can be linked to non-flu viruses.

Finally, the “doesn’t work” argument can be explained by what I’ve covered above.

Yes, the flu vaccine could be better. (Four-strain vaccines are already available.) Yes, our measurements could be better. And – yes – we could do more to prevent flus.

But, should you avoid flu vaccines? That strategy may be safe for healthy adults. But the evidence still seems to say those with weaker immune systems may benefit from the vaccine.

After all, if you could cut your risk of death – even by just 23% – wouldn’t you do 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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Don’t Go Paleo Till You’ve Read This!

The Paleolithic – or “caveman” – diet is remarkably popular. The underlying theory says you’ll be healthier if you eat the way your ancestors did. Because that’s how your body has adapted over some 250,000 years.

This seems to make a lot of sense. But, in spite of tens of thousands of people following various versions of the caveman diet, none of them have truly “gone Paleo.” And it’s a good thing.

Honesty Is the Best Policy… Unless You’re Selling a Diet

The Paleo craze is based on a subsistence lifestyle. Your ancestors ate what was available, when it was available.

When fruit was in season, they gorged on fruit. When they chanced on a honeybee nest, honey went on the menu. And on those lucky days when a hunt was successful (which was less often than you might think) they ate meat.

But there were often seasons without these foods. Where winters were cold, long months passed between servings of fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Even when food was plentiful, most of it wasn’t like the foods you buy in your supermarket.

We’ve bred fruits and vegetables to be bigger than their natural versions. And to resist pests and disease. Same with our animals. Which, by the way, wouldn’t have been on your ancestors’ menu, anyway. They ate wild game… which tends to be leaner and stringier than our domestic animals.

But when millions of dollars are at stake, details like these tend to get swept under the carpet. If the Paleo-pushers told you to go out and hunt wild game and forage for tubers and nuts, nobody would buy their diet books.

At its heart, though, the Paleo fad has at least one idea right…

How to Build a Leaner, Healthier Body

We know one thing about your ancient ancestors: They didn’t eat processed foods – especially carbs. And what carbs they had were nothing like the rice, wheat, and potatoes in your supermarket.

And that’s where the Paleo crowd has definitely gotten it right. Replacing processed foods and carbs with more fruits, vegetables, and a little protein, and you can achieve some amazing results.

While not all studies agree, hundreds of trials have shown a low-carb (low-glycemic) lifestyle with a modest amount of added protein has big health benefits. For example…

  • In a 2015 review, researchers looked at the results of 17 studies on lo-carb vs. lo-fat diets. They found a low-carb diet led to greater weight loss – and lower heart risk – at both 8 weeks and 24 months.
  • Scientists in Australia gave 120 overweight men either a low-fat diet or one high in protein and low in carbs. After a year, the high-protein, low-carb group lost and average of 12.8% more weight, 35.6% more fat, and 31.5% less lean muscle than the low-fat group.
  • 32 overweight patients with diabetes took part in a 2014 diet study. Half ate a low-carb diet for 3 weeks. The others ate a low-fat diet. Insulin resistance improved in the low carb group – along with triglyceride (blood fat) levels, blood pressure, and heart function. The low-fat group didn’t see these improvements… until they switched to the low-carb diet.
  • In Denmark, doctors put 932 obese families on one of four diets. The diets varied by the amount of protein and carbs they ate. The high-protein/low-carb group saw the best results. Not only did they lose the most weight and fat, they also saw the biggest improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.

Your Better Health Take-Away

As trendy as it is, forget trying to go Paleo. It’s impossible. Instead aim for an achievable goal with proven results:

  • Replace high-glycemic carbs – sugary and starchy foods like potatoes, rice and bread – with more low-carb vegetables and a modest amount of fruit.
  • Add a small amount of extra lean protein to your diet. Shoot for one extra serving a day, split amongst your meals. (A serving of protein is 3 ounces.)
  • Don’t add extra calories. In spite of what some self-styled “experts” say, calories do count.
  • Keep moving. Staying active helps you burn more calories and preserve more lean muscle.

I know this simple plan isn’t as catchy as going Paleo… but it works. And I’m betting you’d rather get results than fuss over a diet plan you can never actually achieve.

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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Beat Depression… Without Drugs’ Side Effects

More than 6% of Americans suffer with depression. But only 1 in 5 of them ever receives treatment. One reason may be the side effects of antidepressant drugs.

These drugs can leave you sluggish, dizzy, or sleepless. They can blur your vision. They can trigger stomach – or headaches. They can cause anxiety or agitation. Up to half of those taking some of these drugs develop sexual problems.

Studies show antidepressants can deaden emotions. Patients describe their emotions as “dulled” or “blank.” Many say both negative and positive emotions are dulled. A few people report feeling no emotions at all.

In other people, antidepressants trigger suicidal thoughts.

No wonder so many people want to avoid taking them!

Fortunately, you have an option. One that has no side effects. It leaves your positive emotions intact. And it seems to work best for people with the worst problems.

A “New Age” Therapy That Really Works

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – or MBCT – is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. The University of Massachusetts Medical Center scholar developed a program to lower stress. He called it Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

MBSR is an 8-week training program in mindfulness meditation. MBCT combines this mindfulness aspect with cognitive therapy. Participants learn to pay attention (mindfulness) to everyday experiences. This trains them to observe their emotions objectively.

In addition, patients learn how depression works and to recognize its signals. They learn to separate their dark thoughts and feelings from reality. Then they can “observe” these thoughts and feelings – and separate them from their view of themselves.

This may sound a bit too “New Age” for you. But mindfulness practices – such as meditation – are proven to cut stress, improve sleep, and even lower cortisol, your main stress hormone.

Studies also show MBCT is remarkably effective.

Growing Proof Drugs Aren’t Your Only Option

In a 2000 British study, doctors compared people using MBCT to a group in standard treatment. Among the worst cases – people who’d suffered three or more bouts of depression – MBCT proved effective. The MBCT group was less likely to suffer a relapse.

In a 2008 study, 75% of MBCT patients with depression were able to stop taking drugs. And they were almost 25% less likely to suffer a relapse within 15 months than people just taking drugs.

A 2015 review of studies in The Lancet found MBCT is just as effective as drugs in preventing relapses.

A second review, published in 2016, showed patients who using MBCT were less likely to relapse over 60 weeks than those taking antidepressants. In fact, the MBCT group was 31% less likely to relapse. The study also found MBCT is especially effective for those with the worse symptoms.

Finding Mindful Help for Depression

MBCT is so new, it’s not yet widespread. But the University of California San Diego has a training program for professionals. They offer some resources on their “Center for Mindfulness” website (http://mbpti.org).

You can also locate mindfulness-based therapists on the Psychology Today website.

Go to https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/?tr=Hdr_SubBrand, and enter your zip code. This will take you to a page with a list of therapists. Scroll down the left-hand column till you find “Treatment Orientation.” Select “More” for the expanded list. Scroll down this list to “Mindfulness-based (MBCT)” and click.

This will filter the list of professionals, leaving only those who practice mindfulness-based therapy.

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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Weight Loss Drug: Slimmer, Sexier… and Seriously Sick?

From the beginning, the weight loss drug, orlistat has been controversial. Sold under the trade name “Alli” in the U.S., the drug promotes weight loss by blocking the absorption of fat.

And that’s where most of the controversy has hovered. People taking the orlistat report “anal leakage.” A smelly, orange oil that dribbles – or even erupts – from their anus. Often without warning.

The oily, unabsorbed fat stains clothing, clings to everything it touches, and leaves its victims mortally embarrassed. A 2014 report from the University of Surrey found the problem is severe enough that many people stop taking the drug altogether.

But anal leakage may be the least of the problems this drug causes.

FDA Approved… But Riskier Than Advertised

Orlistat’s common side effects include gastric distress… a sudden, urgent need to have a bowel movement… gas… rectal pain… headaches… anxiety… and irregular menstruation.

Less commonly, you may experience rashes, hives, or itching… nausea or vomiting… fatigue… severe or chronic stomach pain… or maybe even liver problems.

Liver problems?

In an overlooked study from 2012, a university researcher showed orlistat interferes with a critical enzyme for liver and kidney health. The enzyme acts as a detox agent in these organs – your body’s filtration system.

Professor Bingfang Yan of the University of Rhode Island reports orlistat permanently interferes with this enzyme. This can lead to organ toxicity and a breakdown of liver or kidney function. Even worse, Yan showed the damage can be done by even tiny amounts of the drug.

How could this come out a dozen years after the drug was approved? A brand-new study casts doubt on the approval process.

Selective Reporting Puts You at Risk

Danish scientists recently looked at the reporting of orlistat trials from the 1990s. And they found disturbing irregularities.

First, the trial instructions were written in a way that could potentially “dilute” reports of adverse events. Second, as few as 3% of adverse effects actually made it into the reports.

That’s right! Regulators use these trial reports to decide whether or not to approve a drug. And – in this case – reporting of adverse events ranged from 33% all the way down to only 3%.

In other words, at least one published report listed only 3 of every 100 health issues people had taking orlistat!

This study only looked at one drug. So we shouldn’t assume all trials have this problem. But it does back the experts who say to avoid new drugs for at least 5 years after approval.

Finally, a little perspective on just how well orlistat actually works.

Leaks, Risks, and Underwhelming Performance

A study published in June 2016 compared 5 weight loss drugs to a placebo. Scientists at the University of California looked at how many overweight volunteers lost at least 5% of their body weight over a year. That’s a 10-pound loss for a 200-pound person.

All of the drugs beat the placebo. 75% of the volunteers taking the top performing drug lost at least 5% of their body weight. But that drug wasn’t orlistat.

Orlistat didn’t finish 2nd, either. Or 3rd. Or 4th. Orlistat came in dead last, only beating the placebo group. But the volunteers taking the placebo didn’t do all that badly. 23% of them lost 5% or more of their body weight.

When you think about it, 5% over 52 weeks isn’t that much if you weigh 200 pounds. In fact, you’d only have to lose about 3 ounces a week to make your goal.

So maybe avoiding weight loss drugs is no big deal anyway.

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 Dirty Secrets of Those “Healthier” E-Cigarettes

When e-cigarettes first came on the scene, they were touted as a “safer” way to get your nicotine fix. A low-risk form of second-hand “smoke.” And an easy route to quit smoking.

But have they lived up to the hype? Are they truly safer? And do they really cut your risk? The truth is more complex than makers would have you believe.

Here’s what you need to know about e-cigarettes.

Bad News: The Genetic Impact

Cigarette smoke can influence up to 53 defensive genes in the lining of your lungs. Doctors at the University of North Carolina (UNC) found e-cigarettes may be worse. They can influence 358 defensive genes – about 7 times more than tobacco.

The UNC team also noted the FDA has approved more than 7,000 e-cigarette flavors. But the approvals are based on oral ingestion – not inhalation. (Note: Nicotine is a poison. Vaping liquids are never safe to drink.)

Basically, this means your government watchdog has approved these chemicals cocktails based on a way they’re not normally used.

But that’s just for starters.

Exposing You to Toxins, Toxins, and More Toxins

French researchers found e-cigs expose users to proven cancer-promoting compounds like formaldehyde. They also discovered the devices grow more dangerous with use. Over time, e-cigs may expose you to 60% more dangerous chemicals than when they’re new.

In another recent study, doctors discovered fruit and other non-tobacco flavors of e-cigs are more dangerous than the tobacco flavors. But all flavors increase airway irritation and inflammation.

A second study showed heat and use boost the levels of dangerous chemicals in vapor. This includes chemicals known by the World Health Organization (WHO) to cause cancer.

Researchers also found vaping exposes users to levels of dangerous particles similar to cigarette smoke or diesel emissions.

The authors of a 2015 Pennsylvania study say e-cigs may expose users up to 1,000 times the levels of some damaging free radicals as cigarette smoke.

Effects Even Worse for the Young

A North Carolina study revealed 40% of the particles released by “vaping” could deposit themselves in the deepest recesses of young lungs. And in a teen with breathing issues – such as asthma – these particles could do damage similar to that done by tobacco.

Here’s another reason that’s so alarming…

E-cig use is already linked to a higher risk of lung problems. Young e-cig users are far more likely to suffer with asthma or bronchitis than non-users.

E-cig use among U.S. youth doubled between 2011 and 2012. And studies show young e-cig users are more likely to take up cigarettes use.

And the supposed benefits of e-cigarettes seem to be overstated.

Better Than Smoking? No Real Proof

Vaping advocates claim e-cigs expose fewer people to lower levels of toxins. This hasn’t been proven. In fact, the opposite seems more likely.

As I mentioned, e-cigs affect up to 7 times more defensive genes than cigarette smoke. And vaping exposes users to several different cancer-causing chemicals not found in cigarette smoke. So the truth may simply be that e-cigs expose you to different toxins than cigarettes do.

Yes – smoking is clearly dangerous. But vaping doesn’t have an especially safe profile, either. And we still have a lot of research to go. Plus, scientists at the University of California found vaping may lead more people to take up smoking than to quit.

In some ways, e-cigs may be somewhat “healthier” than tobacco. But they also pose new risks. If you want to quit smoking, e-cigs are probably not the way to go.

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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Fish Oil: Blessing or B.S.?

For years, health experts touted fish oil as the holy grail of heart health. Then – almost as quickly as the hoopla began – the doubts set in.

Some studies still showed a heart benefit… but others didn’t. Since newer results were mixed, doctors backed off. Maybe fish oil wasn’t so miraculous after all. Maybe those early results were – pardon the pun – a fluke.

Well, I’m here to tell you those early studies were right. And the only B.S. you’ve been fed was from the negative studies. In fact, there’s proof fish oil has many health benefits, as you’re about to discover.

2016 – Tufts Experts Say Fish Oil Works

You might argue with a study done is some far-off land. Or one from some pay-for-publish journal. But what about Tufts University? Tufts is one of the country’s leading medical research universities. And its credibility is high.

So when the experts at Tufts say Omega-3s from fish lower your risk of death from heart disease… when their conclusions are based on studies of 45,637 patients… and they’re published in one of the America’s leading medical journals…

Well, you really have to take them seriously. And this review found the Omega-3s in fish oil can cut your risk of death from heart disease by 25%.

It’s pretty hard to argue with these results. Especially in light of an overlooked 2012 study from Oregon State University.

Doubling Down Doesn’t Double Results

Oregon State’s Linus Pauling Institute is known for bucking trends. Like its namesake, the Institute prefers truth over popularity. And it’s not afraid to take on the mainstream.

This maverick approach may explain why their 2012 review of fish oil studies didn’t get a lot of press. Especially since it questioned some “mainstream” studies.

It turns out many of these studies included people already taking heart drugs. And those drugs can be effective. So adding fish oil may have little effect on some patients.

These studies didn’t compare the effects of Omega-3s to a lack of Omega-3s. Instead, they compared the effects of Omega-3s on people taking modern drugs to a lack of Omega-3s on people taking modern drugs.

Of course these drugs are expensive and have numerous side effects. Fish oil is cheap with few – if any –side effects. And the Institute’s review showed some negative studies didn’t fairly test the effects of Omega-3s at all.

When you test Omega-3s – which have no side effects at safe doses – in a drug-free population, the pendulum swings in favor of Omega-3s. Here are just a few examples…

Omega-3s Have Centuries of Proven Effectiveness

A 2011 study compared Alaska’s Yup’ik people to the general U.S. population. The Yup’ik get 20 times the amount of Omega-3s as folks in the lower 48. The study found that even obese Yup’ik were no more likely than thin whites to suffer with obesity-related diseases.

And this is just one of several studies comparing sub-Arctic and Arctic populations to those living in more temperate regions. The northern populations – with their dependence on fish for survival – tend to suffer from fewer heart problems.

In more modern times, researchers at Indiana University discovered another benefit of Omega-3s from fish oil. Dialysis patients – who have a high risk of death from sudden cardiac death – are less likely to have this problem when their Omega-3 levels are high.

And the American Physiological Society reports Omega-3s from fish oil can help beat the effects of mental stress on your heart.

And the results keep pouring in…

Omega-3s From Fish Offer Powerful Heart Defenses

According to a study reported by the American Endocrine Society, the Omega-3s in fish oil can help you avoid diabetes.

The University of Pittsburgh reports American men have triple the risk of heart disease of men in Japan. But getting the same amounts of Omega-3s from fish appears to lower your risk of heart disease to the same levels as those faced by men in Japan.

A study from the American College of Cardiology shows fish oil can help your heart rebuild after a heart attack. This was echoed by a report from the American Heart Association, which found high levels of Omega-3s resulted in better recovery after a heart attack.

The bottom line? Eat oily fish more often, or take a fish oil supplement, if you want to provide better insurance against heart trouble. I recommend the supplements, since they’re less likely to expose you to high levels of mercury.

In the end, more Omega-3s could make all the difference when it comes to your heart health.

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 They’re Not Telling You Could Kill You

Imagine for a moment you’re about to fly overseas on the latest jumbo jet. Everyone tells you it’s safe. The plane has been thoroughly tested, and all the test results have been checked, double-checked, and triple checked. You’ll be fine.

But what if 8 out of every 10 tests on that plane were never reported – good or bad? What if the results of more than three-quarters of the test were kept secret? And what if 97% of the tests had at least one difference between what the builder published in industry journals and what they reported to the government?

Would any of that change your decision to fly on the plane?

I don’t know about the aeronautics industry, but that’s exactly the situation with medical trials in the U.S. today. All the talk about drug safety? Based on the latest research, much of it is B.S.

Here’s what you need to know…

Clinical Trial? What Clinical Trial? A Conspiracy of Silence

Since 2007, U.S. law has required researchers to report the results of most clinical trials within 12 months of completion. Simply put, that’s not happening. And it’s not happening on a grand scale.

A pair of Spanish doctors recently reviewed more than 800 radiotherapy trials completed before January 1, 2013.

As of 2016, 81.7% had no published results – not even a summary. Two years past the due date, and the results of 8 out of 10 trials were still a mystery. For example, the results of about three-quarters of lung and breast cancer trials were unpublished.

And none of the results from testicular and anal cancer trials had been published!

Thank about that for a moment…

  • Many of these trials were paid for with your tax dollars. And the law requires researchers to publish the results. But they just didn’t bother.
  • The people who took part in these trials took tremendous personal risks. Without publication, their sacrifices were all for nothing.
  • And imagine how many of these trials that will be repeated – unnecessarily and possibly risking more lives – for no good reason.

Flouting the Law and Getting Away With It… At Your Expense

Long-term, many researchers continue to flout the law. They take public money… run their trials… and then walk away. We can only assume they didn’t get the results they’d hoped for. If they had, they’d have been eager to publish the results, right?

A 2013 study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed publication was slow… even five years out.

This study only looked at large clinical trials – those with at least 500 volunteers. Five years after completion, 29% still had not been published. And 78% of those had no information available to the public.

In other words, over the study period, a quarter-million study volunteers had risked their lives for nothing. 171 study teams had successfully ignored the law. And, in many cases, you helped foot the bill.

In his study, almost twice as many industry-funded studies broke the law as those funded by your tax dollars. But it’s not just big drug companies ignoring publishing rules.

Major Universities Ignore the Law, Too

Another study – also published in BMJ – looked at how well university-led research was reported. The results aren’t encouraging.

The study, reported in February, found only 29% of university-led trials had been published within two years of completion. And the best performers barely made 40% publication rates.

Again, much of this research is paid for with your money. If you’re paying for it, you should have a right to know the results. Plus, if the research touches on a health issue you or a loved one faces…

I don’t think I have to take that thought any further.

And there’s still more discouraging news.

Are We Playing Russian Roulette With Medicine?

A 2014 study from the Yale School of Medicine found almost 97% of published studies had at least one discrepancy between their published results and the results reported to Uncle Sam.

Fortunately, the authors report, only 6 of 96 studies had discrepancies that changed the conclusions of the study.

Fortunately?

If 6% of all hot dogs contained E. coli levels high enough to kill you, would you still eat hot dogs? I know I wouldn’t.

And there doesn’t seem to be much will among researchers to fix these problems, either.

FDA Warning Letters Show Problems Still Continue

In a recent review of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters from January 2005 through December 2012. Here’s what they found…

  • Warning letters for failure to protect subject safety and to report adverse events are on the increase.
  • Failure to follow standard operating procedures and maintain documentation remain significant problems
  • Failure to maintain accurate meeting notes and to follow written procedures cropped up as new significant problems.

The bottom line?

  • You can’t always trust the published data – because it’s often incomplete.
  • The laws designed to protect you are routinely ignored.
  • Even when trial results are published, too many mistakes slip through.

The Solution: Watch Out for Yourself

Your only option here is to look out for yourself. If you have a health issue, don’t rely on the information drug companies give your doctor. It may well be incomplete.

If your doctor suggests a new drug, check ClinicalTrials.gov to see if there are any trials for that drug with unpublished results.

The bottom line is this: If you or a loved one has a health issue, you have to dig a little deeper than the drug companies’ cheery ads. Unpublished results can skew our view of a drug’s effectiveness. “All the trial results look very positive,” could really mean, “Less successful trial results weren’t published.”

If you’re concerned, let the FDA – and your representatives in Congress – know. After all, the law is there… It’s just not being enforced.

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 They’re Not Telling You About Alzheimer’s

If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s disease, one simple step can help you build a better brain… and cut your risk – quite literally – in half.

That step is aerobic exercise.

Don’t panic! This doesn’t mean you have to spend an hour a day on a treadmill… or join a spinning class with those annoying over-achievers at the gym.

Doctors at the UCLA Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh say it’s easier than that.

Just get more aerobic activity. Jog, bike, canoe, garden, play tennis, power walk… Play tag, for crying out loud. Just move enough to get your heart beating. Do you love to dance? Then get out there and cut a rug. It counts.

Orienteering? It counts. Kayaking? It counts. Hiking in the woods? It counts. If it boosts your heartbeat, it’s a step in the right direction. Do you like to play hockey? Then get out and play hockey. It’s not just good for your heart… it’s good for your brain.

Aerobic activity preserves brain volume. And if you’re already suffering with MCI, here’s the good news: aerobic activity really helps. You can get some of that lost brainpower back.

It’s Just the First Step to a Better, Brighter Future

There’s so much misinformation and rumor out there. So many crazy ideas. And so few voices of reason. That’s what convinced me I had to write this report for you.

Right now, I’m sorting through thousands of studies to ferret out the information you really need. It’s a daunting task. But, as you can see, I’m starting to dig out the information that empowers you.

If you can cut your risk of this scourge… fight back effectively… you can reclaim your life, your hope. And, believe me, you can.

Big Pharma makes their money by offering treatments rather than cures. So you’re not going to hear a lot about ways to stop – or reverse – Alzheimer’s disease in the mainstream media.

But you’ll hear it from me. Stay tuned, because I’m hip-deep in Alzheimer’s studies. I’m sorting my way through. I’ve even put my latest book on hold to get this special report completed. It may take a couple of months or so… but, believe me, it’ll be worth it.

Because you’ll finally see the truth. That you can cut your risk. You can reverse the effects. And there’s hope for more than a treatment. Some day, we’ll be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in at least the majority of cases.

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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Your Brain Is Shrinking… Here’s How to Save It

If you’re over 30, your brain is shrinking.

Never mind that it wasn’t fully formed until you were 20 or so. Mother Nature only gives you about 10 years to enjoy a fully formed brain. Then it starts to shrink. Unless you fight back.

You can slow the shrinkage that leads to forgetfulness, brain fog, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. You can even reverse it, if you know how.

In a moment I’ll show you the simple way to preserve – or even build – brain volume. But first, let’s look at what’s going on here.

Gray Matter vs. White Matter

Many people equate gray matter with their brain. But did you know half your brain is made up of white matter?

If your brain were a computer, the hard drive, processors, and input-output devices would be the gray matter. The white matter would be the wires and circuits that connect everything together.

Essentially, your gray matter can’t fully function without the connections of white matter. Because the various lobes of your brain don’t act independently. Cut off their connecting “wires,” and they’re about as useful as a pile of computer parts sitting on the table.

The same is true of your brain. And we’ve known since at least the early 1990s that most of the brain matter you lose as you age is white matter.

Your gray matter drops off at a fairly slow and steady rate. But white matter starts disappearing slowly and picks up speed – especially in late middle age. White matter loss accounts for about three-quarters of brain shrinkage by the time you’re in your 80s.

And it’s this loss of internal communication that seems to drive memory and thinking problems as you age.

If you can keep the lines of communication open, there’s a good chance you’ll keep your mind and memory sharp a lot longer.

Rebuild Your Brain Power

The secret to holding on to – and rebuilding – brain volume is pretty simple. It’s aerobic activity. Here are just a few of the studies showing how well aerobic activity works…

  • 2006 – Scientists in Illinois compared aerobic activity to stretching and toning in retirement-aged adults. Over 6 months, brain volume in the aerobic group grew. But not in the stretching/toning group.
  • 2010 – A multi-university study recruited volunteers who walked from 9 – 300 blocks per week. Those who walked at least 72 blocks a week had the slowest rate of brain shrinkage.
  • 2011 – The memory centers of 120 older adults who took up aerobic activities grew by 2% over 6 months… effectively reversing about 2 years of shrinkage.
  • 2013 – A study of older women found twice-weekly aerobic activity was enough to boost brain volume within 6 months. The study team had previously shown the same activities could boost memory and mental clarity.

These are just a few of dozens of studies that show aerobic activity helps maintain – and even boost – brain volume. A few studies suggest other activities may help, too.

Boost Your Brain Power With These Two Tricks

Most studies or resistance training don’t show the same brain-preserving effect as aerobic activity. But a different form of “working out” may. In 2012, and international team of researchers studied the effects of Tai chi on brain volume.

Over 40 weeks, older adults who began practicing Tai chi showed increased brain volume… and improvements in several measures of memory and mental clarity. Tai chi’s advantage is that it’s very gentle. So even most people with joint damage can take part.

Finally, learning a new language appears to build brain volume.

Swedish researchers compared the brains of students in a military language course to the brains of medical students. The language student’s hippocampus – their memory center – grew as they studied. The medical students’ brains didn’t.

Aerobic activity is the best-studied way to boost brain volume. So it’s probably your best bet. Plus, it promotes heart health, builds strength and stamina, and generally improves your quality of life.

This is just one more good reason to avoid skipping your morning workout.

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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If You Value Your Health, Don’t Use a Pill Organizer?

A recent study discovered using a pill organizer makes people sick.

Sound crazy? It sure did to me. At first. But then I did a little digging…

Pill Organizers: A Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem

Doctors in Britain looked at a group of mature adults. All took multiple medications. But some were having problems remembering to take them all.

From this group, the doctors had half start using a pill organizer. The other half tried to remember their pill schedule.

Over 8 weeks, the “try to remember” group continued on their hit-and-miss path with their medications. And their health didn’t change.

The group using pill organizers got better at taking the right medications at the right times. And experienced a total of 5 adverse events in just 8 weeks. That’s 1/3 of the group.

We can’t be sure of the exact cause. But it’s awfully suspicious that those not taking all their drugs stayed healthier than those who did.

But it’s not the organizers that are at fault.

Drugs: The (Non-)Answer for Everything

Nowadays, doctors seem to prescribe drugs for everything. In spite of there being simpler answers for almost every common health problem.

If you eat a well-balanced diet, keep the calories down, and exercise about 150 minutes a week, you can conquer almost all “age-related” health issues. But doctors insist you take drugs instead.

  • Statins for high cholesterol
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Drugs for high blood sugar
  • Drugs to clear your arteries
  • Drugs to deal with acid reflux
  • Drugs for metabolic syndrome

The list is endless. But the benefits aren’t. All drugs have side effects. And many interfere with natural health processes.

For example, statins lower your levels of CoQ10 – a natural antioxidant you need to make energy within your cells. Acid reflux drugs shut down production of stomach acid. So you absorb fewer nutrients from your food. And certain drugs for erectile dysfunction can kill you. Do you really need sex that much?

Americans – Especially Older Americans – Are Overmedicated

According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, problems related to prescription drugs cost our society more than $177 billion a year.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD)…

  • Hospitals issued 329.2 prescriptions to outpatients in 2011. That’s more than one prescription per person, based on the entire U.S. population.
  • Doctors wrote more than 2.3 billion drug prescriptions in 2012.
  • More than 80% of ER visits resulted in a drug prescription in 2011.
  • More than 1 in 10 Americans took five or more prescription drugs are one time in 2015.

According to a Harvard University ethics report, “properly” prescribed drugs send almost 2 million people a year to the hospital. Another 840,000 people have adverse reactions to drugs taken while they’re hospitalized.

In fact, the Harvard article reports 128,000 people die in the U.S. every year taking properly prescribed drugs.

These problems affect older Americans disproportionately. 77% of those over 65 have one or more health issues. And by the time you’re 80, the odds are 85% in favor of your having multiple health issues.

Which means your chances of having drug-related side effects grow, too. Side effects your doctors may not recognize as being caused by drugs.

Protecting Your Loved Ones – and Yourself – From Overmedication

Don’t assume your doctors are talking to one another. In fact, you’re much safer assuming they don’t. So there’s a lot about your medical care these doctors may not know. And the more doctors you see, the less each one is likely to know.

Your first line of defense is to keep your own records and bring a copy with you to every visit. Give any doctor you see a full list of the medications – both prescription and over the counter – you take. Include any supplements on the list, too.

When you fill a new prescription, give the list to the pharmacist and ask if the new drug may interact with anything on the list. This is your pharmacist’s specialty – not your doctor’s. Pharmacists often catch issues doctors miss.

Also, go over your list of medications at least yearly with your primary care doctor. As with high blood pressure drugs, you may be able to stop taking medications… and save both money and your health.

Asking Questions Could Save Your Life

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS) also urges you to ask questions about your prescriptions…

  • Do you really need this drug?
  • What does it do – and what are the side effects?
  • Are there known interactions with any drugs or supplements you’re taking?
  • If you become ill after starting a new drug, ask if your symptoms match known side effects of that drug.

The days of the friendly family doctor are nearly gone. Along with them, the idea of a benevolent caregiver looking out for your health. Most people today see doctors who know them poorly, if at all.

If you don’t watch out for yourself, there’s a good chance nobody will be doing it. Your risk of overmedication… side-effect-caused illness… and even death skyrocket. So don’t take chances; take control.

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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