The Alzheimer’s Treatment They Won’t Tell You About

Other than cancer, I can’t think of a diagnosis met with more fear than Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve heard it described as a death sentence for the mind.

There’s no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But there is a treatment that helps. It’s known to slow memory loss… and even bring back lost memories. It protects nerve cells from damage. And it’s even been shown to ease the build up of the plaques linked to Alzheimer’s damage.

But there’s probably not one chance in ten thousand any doctor in the U.S. will mention it to you. Even though study after study has shown it’s effective.

Today, I’ll reveal what that treatment is. And show you some of the research that proves its effectiveness.

Clearer Memory, Healthier Nerves

Huperzia serrata is a moss. It’s small and easy to overlook. But for Alzheimer’s sufferers, it’s the biggest news in a very long time. Because it holds a compound that fights Alzheimer’s disease in several ways.

The compound is Huperzine A – or HupA for short. And HupA is the biggest breakthrough in Alzheimer’s management for a very long time. Except in China.

Use of this moss to boost memory and mental clarity goes back countless generations. And in China, HupA has been a licensed treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for years.

Scientists have tested HupA with several conditions linked to memory problems and brain fog. In every case I’ve seen so far, HupA helps with these cognitive problems.

For example, serious depression can cloud mental clarity. Giving patients with major depressive disorder didn’t clear up their depression… but it did improve their cognitive issues.

The toughest test comes with Alzheimer’s disease. Because Alzheimer’s virtually erases memories and clarity of thought… bit by bit.

Here’s where the really good news comes in.

HupA Attacks Alzheimer’s from Many Angles

I don’t want to get too technical here, but bear with me for a moment.

An enzyme called cholinesterase appears to be closely linked to the advance of Alzheimer’s disease.

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter – a chemical that moves messages from one nerve cell to another. Cholinesterase breaks down this messenger molecule. In people with Alzheimer’s disease, blocking the action of cholinesterase eases the advance of the disease.

HupA blocks the action of cholinesterase. So, in that way, it may slow the advance of Alzheimer’s.

HupA also blocks the formation of Beta-amyloid plaques. Beta-amyloid is a protein linked to Alzheimer’s… and many scientists think it’s a main cause of the disease.

Studies also show HupA protects cells from free radical damage linked to Alzheimer’s… and even defends the cells’ mitochondria – the tiny structures that produce all your cells’ energy.

HupA fights one other problem linked to Alzheimer’s. One you probably haven’t heard about.

The Alzheimer’s Path Nobody’s Talking About

Back in 2013, scientists at UCLA – the University of California at Los Angeles – made a shocking discovery.

Alzheimer’s disease may be linked to a common mineral. One you need to stay alive. But one – if you have too much – can destroy your life.

The mineral is iron. And the UCLA team used MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) pictures of brains to show a build-up of iron is closely linked to Alzheimer’s.

Too much iron can lead to free radical damage. And the UCLA study showed an iron build-up in parts of the brain of Alzheimer’s-effected people… but not in similar people without Alzheimer’s disease.

Then, in 2014, a Chinese study showed HupA blocked Beta-amyloid build-up… a build-up of tau proteins (the 2nd protein linked to Alzheimer’s)… and iron build-up.

That’s right. HupA appears to block all three of the most-possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

Yet the chances are slim your doctor will ever mention HupA.

The Good News for Alzheimer’s Sufferers… And Those Who Love Them

HupA is a licensed medicine in China. But it isn’t in the U.S.

Here in America, it’s available as a nutritional supplement. And it’s easy to get. Cheap, safe, and remarkably effective, it could be your answer to the question, “How do I deal with this?”

Talk to your doctor – and your pharmacist – about HupA if you or a loved one have had that dreadful diagnosis.

But be ready for your doctor to dismiss HupA without reading any of the literature. If so, seek out a second opinion from a doctor who’s open to alternative treatments. You want a reasoned opinion… not a knee-jerk reaction.

Chances are, HupA can add a 2nd line of defense at a minimal cost. And possibly add years of enjoyment to your life.

HupA is readily available online and at health food stores. Just be sure to choose a brand with a good reputation for purity and potency. After all, it’s your mind that’s at risk here.

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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Why Are Older ER Patient’s Dropping Like Flies?

If you’re retirement age or older, and generally healthy, you need to know this:

Over 10,000 of you die every year within a week of visiting a hospital emergency room. That’s an average of 27 per day. And that number doesn’t include anyone with a life-limiting condition, over 90, or who’s been in nursing care.

We’re talking 10,093 generally healthy folks who visit the ER and are sent back home. But a week later, they’re gone.

Nobody can say exactly why this is happening. But I can tell you ways to cut your risk. Because it appears a lot of these deaths are easily avoidable.

Low Admissions Linked to Higher Death Rates

A new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reviewed more than 28 million U.S. ER visits over 5 years. The authors then weeded out factors – like those above – that could reasonably lead to early death. But that still left them with well over half (about 16 million) of the original records to review.

Now, before I go any further, these weren’t “fringe” researchers or doctors with an axe to grind. They’re respected professionals. Top tier, in fact. They work at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Harvard University. They’re as solidly mainstream as you can get.

And they uncovered some telling facts…

  • Busy ERs didn’t have higher death rates. You’re more likely to die if you’re discharged from a lower-volume ER.
  • Visiting the ER at a huge, “impersonal” university hospital raises your risk of survival.
  • Pricier hospitals with higher admissions rates have lower death rates among post-ER patients.
  • The risk of death within 7 days was higher for hospitals that served a generally healthier population!

Basically, your risk of unexpected death rises when you visit the hospitals insurance companies love the most. Low cost and low admission rates seem to equal a better chance of dropping dead within a week.

“But 10,000 People Isn’t That Many”

Looking at raw numbers is dangerous. It’s easy to lose sight of the human beings behind a number. There are 7.4 billion people on Earth. 10,000 is a drop in the bucket.

Unless one of those 10,000 is someone you love. Or if it’s you.

Just over 84% of all the towns and cities in the U.S. have less than 10,000 citizens.

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and the entire population of Aspen, CO had disappeared. Or everyone in Bar Harbor was gone. Or if Pigeon Forge, TN – home of Dollywood – was a ghost town. Everyone from the FBI to the National Guard would be out in force. And none of these towns has a population even close to 10,000.

But when people disappear here and there, one person at a time, we hardly notice. As I said, unless it’s someone we love.

What makes this study even more heartbreaking – as with others before it – many of these deaths are probably avoidable.

Risks, Red Flags, and Avoidable “Accidents”

The Harvard group’s study only looked at deaths after ER visits. But thousands also die each year after being discharged from the hospital.

For example, 1 in 5 adult patients can expect to experience an “adverse event” after the hospital discharges them. That is, they’ll have a medical problem directly related to their care or a prescribed medication.

A 2005 Canadian study found more than half of those events are directly related to drugs. Another study from Canada pegged the number at almost three-quarters. And a 2008 Canadian study split the difference. This study found medication errors among 41.3% of patients at discharge.

The Harvard/Brigham study found about 232 deaths due to narcotics overdoses among their subjects. Every year. And remember: This only includes Medicaid users under 90 who are generally healthy when they visit the ER.

Combined with the red flags listed above, you can add prescription drugs to your list of risks. But where does that leave you.

What Can You Do?

First and foremost, if your problem is even remotely life threatening, don’t quibble. Get to the nearest ER immediately. Sooner, if possible.

But many people visit the ER for other reasons. Back pain, itchy rashes, minor injuries… These issues may require medical care, but they may not be life threatening in any way. In those cases, the nearest ER may not always be your best choice.

(Note: Always err on the side of caution. If you’re unsure, treat an illness or injury as serous enough to warrant the quickest medical care possible.)

But when you can, it may pay – risk-wise – to choose a busier ER… one linked to a university… or one with a higher admission rate.

Upon discharge – whether from an ER or after a hospital stay – get all instructions in writing. Go over them step-by-step with a medical professional. Especially where prescription drugs are concerned.

And, as always, double-check any prescription with your pharmacist. Let them know any supplements, prescription, and OTC medications your taking. They can help ensure you don’t take any dangerous combinations.

Finally, don’t ignore any signs of sickness after an ER visit. A second visit could very well 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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5 Overlooked Health Stories in 2016

Back in Walter Cronkite’s day, news was news… and reporting it accurately was paramount.

Today it seems, “news” is more about shock value.

Which story getting reported is less about what’s important than what will create a frenzy. And even when a story gets coverage, the coverage may be slanted for maximum effect.

The drive for shock value means some stories are hyped… and others are overlooked.

And when it comes to your health, it means you often don’t get the information you need.

Here are 5 stories from 2016 that were either overlooked or overhyped.

The Deadly “Superbug” Invasion

Superbugs – multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) make for great news. And the mainstream media have taken every opportunity to blow this story out of proportion.

Take, for example, the superbug found in a Pennsylvania patient last year. It was the first time plasma-mediated colistin resistant bacteria were found in the U.S.

Colistin is the “antibiotic of last resort.”

And this type of resistance spreads easily from bug to bug via DNA. But it’s not the “end-of-the-world” scenario painted by the mainstream media.

The bacterium was found in March… and the world hasn’t ended. And in spite of what the alarmists may have led you to believe… the patient survived.

Now, this isn’t to say it’s not a serious issue. The real story here is that we’re not investing what we should in developing and routinely using NATURAL antibiotics.

That will mean we only use antibiotics when the situation is an emergency.

Eventually, more and more bugs will resists more and more antibiotics.

But if we limit use, use natural alternatives and forge ahead in developing new ones – and use those we have more carefully – most people have little to fear.

But we still have to be careful.

Because hospitals are a hotbed of antibiotic-resistant bugs. 25% of older patients leave the hospital with antibiotic-resistant bugs on their hands.

And that means they are spreading these nasty bugs. They’re going to rehabilitation centers and even heading home with these nasty bugs.

But the answer here is pretty simple. Wash Your Hands. Patients need be advised to wash their hands more often.

Simple hand washing can help prevent the spread of these nasty bugs. We just need to do it more often and at the right times.

Meds, Meds, and More Meds

It’s always important to tell your doctor about everything you take. Prescriptions, OTC drugs, and supplements.

But to hear the mainstream tell the story, it’s supplements creating a danger. Vitamin K magnifies the effects of blood thinners. St. John’s Wort interacts with several drugs.

But there’s another story here.

Because it’s not just a problem with supplements. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs cause problems, too. And the number of people taking multiple drugs is skyrocketing.

According to the latest research, at least 15% of Americans take a potentially deadly combo of prescription and OTC drugs and supplements.

But the study also found more than a third (36%) of adults take at least 5 prescription drugs. Among seniors, that number jumps to two-thirds!

With that many drugs – often prescribed by multiple doctors – there are bound to be mistakes.

And there are. Many mature adults are…

Needlessly Drugged for Life

In July, doctors from the University of Kent and East Kent Hospitals reported on a blood pressure study. Among 11,167 patients over 70, 1,899 had low blood pressure. That’s about 17% of the group.

Of the 1,899 with low blood pressure, 1,246 were taking prescription drugs for high blood pressure. That’s two-thirds!

And among those with the lowest blood pressure, 70% were being treated for high blood pressure.

According to the study’s authors, doctors often prescribe a medication and then fail to follow up. Drug companies have trained many doctors – and many patients, too – to assume “management” drugs like these are for life.

But they shouldn’t be.

You can naturally lower blood pressure with exercise, diet, or weight management. Which could easily render drugs unnecessary.

And even dangerous.

To ensure you don’t end up a statistic…

  • Be sure your doctor knows all the drugs – prescription or otherwise – and supplements you take.
  • Double-check any new prescription with your pharmacist, to ensure it’s compatible with all your other prescriptions.
  • Learn your numbers and what they mean. Don’t rely on your doctor to catch changes that may signal you’re being over-medicated.

Of course, it’s not just the “management” drugs that are overused… or even misused.

Here’s another overlooked study from 2016.

Are They Giving You Drugs That Don’t Work?

Doctors are human. And like other humans, most doctors are creatures of habit.

Let’s say you ask a doctor why he or she prescribes drug X for a certain condition. Chances are good, they’ll reply it’s the standard treatment.

The problem here is “standard” and “effective” aren’t always the same thing. Take post-surgical delirium, for instance.

It’s common for a patient – especially an older patient – to come out of surgery confused or disoriented.

Hospitals routinely give these patients anti-psychotic drugs.

Because it’s the established protocol?

You would think so – but no.

The American Geriatric Society specifically says to avoid anti-psychotics for delirium.

You see, there isn’t a shred of evidence they do any good.

And the FDA hasn’t approved anti-psychotics for post-surgical delirium.

So why do hospitals use anti-psychotics this way? Because everybody does it. It’s a good moneymaker.  But useless for the patient.

And that’s unacceptable.

According to a new study, there are simple steps that can help patients re-orient themselves after surgery. They include having a clock and calendar where the patient can see them… and keeping their room well-lit during the day and dark at night.

If someone in your circle is going into the hospital, it’s a good idea that a “spokesperson” be around for them – so every medication can be questioned – and natural methods can be employed when needed.

Finally, some overlooked news on the latest heath-crushing fad.

Explosions Are the Least of Your Worries

Every few weeks there seems to be a new story of an e-cigarette literally blowing up in someone’s face. But only a tiny percentage of these devices explode. So it may seem as if they pose a very limited risk. Especially when you look at the effects of smoking tobacco.

According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), all e-cig users are at risk. Because the vapor has serious effects on your health.

The UCSD doctors report vaping directly kills lung cells, promotes chronic inflammation, and suppresses your immune system.


This “healthy” alternative to smoking is a nightmare waiting to happen.

The UCSD scientists also discovered e-cig vapor strengthens Staph germs. Staph bacteria form biofilms – thin, sticky layers of bacteria – more easily after exposure to e-cig vapor.

So you’re more likely to get really sick if you vape on a consistent basis.

Most of these stories got little media coverage – except the superbug story, which was over-hyped.

So you may have missed out on some of the most important health news of the year.

From time to time, I’ll bring you more under-covered stories like these. Because, although it’s a cliché, forewarned really is forearmed.

And if you have any you want to share, just forward them to

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

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These Common Drugs Could Be Killing You

They’re among the most popular drugs in the world.

Doctors hand them out like candy.

Non-prescription versions rake in billions for drug companies every year. Oh, one other thing…

They could be slashing years off your life.

“They” are proton pump inhibitors – or PPIs. You probably know them as acid killers.

Millions take them for heartburn or acid reflux. And, they work really well for easing these conditions.

But they’re also linked to a long list of serious – even potentially fatal – side effects.

Now, you may have heard about the safety of PPIs. Questions go back 10 years or more. But the answers have gotten a lot scarier lately.

If you still take PPIs, you need to know what scientists are learning about these dangerous drugs.

Less Acid, Less Heartburn… Wait. What?

PPIs ease heartburn and acid reflux by restricting our body’s production of stomach acid. The idea is pretty simple. Less acid, less heartburn.

But cutting acid also interferes with digestion.

So your body can’t extract all the nutrients from the food you eat. And that means a potential for creating nutrient deficiencies… especially if you take these drugs long-term. Which many people do. Because they don’t understand that there is a limit to how long you should take them.

In fact, many people misuse PPI’s. But not on purpose.  They just don’t know any better.

Doctors at Houston Methodist estimate…

  • By 2009, PPIs were the 3rd most popular drug in the U.S.
  • About 7% of Americans – roughly 22.7 million people – have used PPIs
  • Up to 70% of PPI use isn’t appropriate

That’s almost 16 million people misusing these drugs. And the consequences can be serious – even fatal. Here are just a few recent findings on PPIs’ risks…

PPIs Boost Your Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, and More

2017 – PPI use may raise your risk of bacterial gastroenteritis (BG) up to 453%. BG is a painful inflammation of the gut that may trigger diarrhea, vomiting, and cramping.

2013 – PPIs may raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.  They boost levels of a chemical that blocks production of nitric oxide (NO). NO is a gas your body uses to keep your arteries flexible.

2014 – PPIs disrupt the balance of friendly bacteria in your gut. These bacteria help you digest food, make some B vitamins and vitamin K, and help prevent leaky gut.

2015 – Doctors compare records for 2.9 million people. They find PPI use raises your risk of heart attack by 16%. It also doubles your risk of dying if you have one.

2016 – PPI use raises your risk of chronic kidney disease up to 46%. It’s especially dangerous for those taking PPIs twice a day.

2016 – Doctors review records of more than 200,000 Danish patients. They find PPIs may increase stroke risk up to 21% – especially in older patients and those taking higher doses.

2016 – A large German study finds PPI use appears to raise dementia risk up to 44%.

2016 – PPIs accelerate aging of the linings of blood vessels by shortening telomeres. (Telomeres are caps on the ends of your chromosomes that prevent your genetic material from “unraveling” during cell division.)

What You Can Do NOW

First, avoid using PPIs – any drug with a chemical name ending in “-azole.” If your doctor insists you take a drug for heartburn or GERD, ask if an H2 blocker would work as well.

Several of the studies mentioned here found H2 blockers didn’t have the same negative effects as PPIs. The exception: the bacterial gastroenteritis study. Overall, though H2 blockers – such as Zantac or Tagamet – are linked to far fewer side effects.

You may be able to avoid drugs altogether by using some simple strategies…

  • Stay away from acid foods, alcohol, and highly spicy foods
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Lose weight. Losing just a few pounds can stop reflux in its tracks

Finally, take a walk and chew (sugarless) gum after every meal. As crazy as it may sound, both have been shown to ease acid reflux.

And – if you’re trying to get off that “purple pill”, you will have to wean yourself off.  Stopping cold turkey can leave you feeling pretty terrible.

If you take a PPI every day, reduce to every day and an half for a week.  Then reduce to every other day for a week.  Then to every 3rd day for two weeks.  At that point, you should be able to stop all together.  You probably will have to use a calendar and mark it up as to when to take your pills – but it makes an easier transition that going cold turkey.

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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Statin Drugs – Over-hyped and Dangerous?

Insanity, the cliché says, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But that’s exactly what mainstream medicine has been doing with cholesterol since the 2424.

They lower the target for cholesterol numbers… push levels down by using more and more statin drugs… and then repeat the process when it doesn’t work.

Right now, the mainstream says a third of U.S. adults “should” take statins. That’s more than 78 million people. Even though the number of adults with “high” cholesterol dropped by 40% between 2000 and 2014.

Statin use also went up by 40% during that same period. The “experts” say this proves statin use lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. But sales of sushi in the U.S. jumped 28% during the same period. So maybe it was the sushi.

Or maybe Americans are taking better care of themselves. As a new study points out, the link between statin drugs and heart health isn’t all that firm.

And the benefits of these drugs may not be worth the risk.

Cholesterol’s Damage Called Into Question

In 2016, an international team reviewed 19 studies. The studies included 30 groups of adults. 68,094 total subjects, all over 60.

For 28 of the 30 groups “bad” (LDL) cholesterol was inversely related to all-cause mortality. That is, people with higher LDL levels were less likely to die than people with lower LDL levels.

And this isn’t the first time a study has contradicted cholesterol theory. A 2009 study also disagreed. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) doctors reviewed cholesterol and heart attack data from 541 hospitals.

Over 6 years, they found 136,905 heart attack patients with recorded cholesterol levels Almost three-quarters had healthy LDL levels. And nearly half had LDL levels in the “ideal” range.

Of course, the researchers decided that meant cholesterol guidelines were too high.

Because the mainstream is really good at doing the same thing over and over… and expecting a different result.

Meanwhile, a few leading scientists haven’t been wearing their blinders. And they’re calling out the lunacy.

Try an Apple a Day Instead

Dr. Kailash Chand is about as mainstream as they come. He’s deputy chairman of the British Medical Association. So you may be surprised to learn he took himself off statin drugs.

Why? Because – like many others on statins – they made him sick. Dr. Chand says the only people who benefit from the widespread use of statins are the drug companies.

National guidelines in several countries now say millions more should take statins. In Britain, two experts have asked the National Health Service to back down.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a cholesterol expert, and Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiology specialist, say drug companies downplay the side effects of these drugs. They point to drug company studies that show only 1% of statin users experience side effects. Yet independent studies show 20% of patients suffer negative effects.

The editor in chief of the British Medical Journal, Fiona Godlee, has also weighed in. She notes only a few dozen people have seen the studies behind the new guidelines. Which makes you wonder what they’re hiding.

Dr. Chand also notes one study shows eating an apple a day has as much effect on cholesterol as statin drugs.

Modest Benefits… Big Side Effects

Doctors at the University of British Columbia publish a watchdog newsletter called Therapeutics Letter. In 2014, one issue was dedicated to statins.

In it, they pointed out statin’s side effects are generally understated. Among those side effects are a higher risk of muscle pain, liver and kidney problems, bleeding in the brain, and an increased risk of diabetes.

The doctors also pointed out that statins generally provide a very modest benefit.

Compare that to a recent study reported by the Cleveland Clinic. This study shows men taking statins raise their risk of diabetes by 46%.

Ironically, diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease. So statins may actually raise your risk of the very problem they’re supposed to prevent.

If your doctor suggests taking statins – or you’re already taking them – it may be worth your while to discuss alternatives. Lifestyle changes and supplements – such as red yeast rice – can make a big difference in cholesterol levels. All without nasty side effects.

For an even bigger benefit, you could also try eating an apple a day.

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 Giant Loophole in Your Doctor’s Prescription Pad

When you doctor gives you a prescription, you probably assume a few things.

First, you assume the prescribed drug was intended to treat your health problem. Second, you assume the drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat your problem. And third, you would probably assume that if either of the first two weren’t true, your doctor would tell you.

The problem here is you may be assuming wrong on all counts. And it’s all perfectly legal.

That’s right. There’s a loophole in your doctor’s prescription pad so big you could drive a freight train through it. It’s called “off-label use.” And as I said, it’s completely legal.

Off-Label Uses Are Rampant

Off-label prescribing has been around for a long time. Basically, it’s when a doctor gives you a drug that is either…

  • Not intended to treat your specific health condition
  • Prescribed in a dose that hasn’t been FDA-approved
  • Given to a patient it’s not intended for (as in an adult drug given to a child).

Here’s where that loophole comes in. The FDA regulates drugs and drug companies… but they have no regulatory authority over doctors. So, if a doctor wants to prescribe an adult antidepressant to a child, he or she can.

And doctors do prescribe off-label. A lot. A 2006 study looked at 160 top drugs. The researchers found doctors prescribed those drugs off-label 21% of the time.

According to a review from the Mayo Clinic, another study found 78.9% of the children leaving pediatric hospitals received off-label prescriptions!

Why Do They Do It?

There are a several reasons – both good and bad – that your doctor may prescribe a drug off-label.

In a few cases, off-label use has actually become the standard of care. Aspirin is the classic example. Aspirin isn’t approved for preventing heart disease in diabetics, but it’s written right into the guidelines.

In other cases, it may be a “Hail Mary” pass for a dying patient. Nothing else has worked… and what have you got to lose?

Patient class is a common reason drugs are prescribed off-label. For example, many drugs haven’t been tested on children and pregnant women… for obvious reasons. But they’re prescribed for them anyway.

Ignorance is surprisingly common. Doctors often don’t realize they’re prescribing a drug for an unapproved use. Especially when it’s commonly prescribed off-label, as many anti-psychotics are.

These are just a few of the reasons your doctor may prescribe a drug off-label. But there can be consequences… mostly for the patient.

Throwing Good Money After Bad

In theory, the FDA approves a drug when it’s proven safe and effective for a specific condition. There’s pretty much no such thing as an off-label use that’s been proven safe and effective in studies. Because the drug companies would apply for approval if they’d gone through the studies for that use.

Which may explain why researchers have found 73% of off-label drug uses have little or no scientific support.

So, before you fill that prescription, talk to your doctor. If he or she is prescribing off-label, ask why. If your doctor doesn’t know, talk to your pharmacist. You can even look it up yourself at DailyMed ( This website lists drug information – including approved uses.

Here are three good reasons to protect yourself this way:

  • The drug may be ineffective for your condition, and a waste of money
  • All drugs have side effects… and you don’t need to wind up with any extra health issues
  • If it’s an off-label use, your insurance company may not pay for 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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When It Comes to Weight Loss, “Zero” Doesn’t Always Mean Zero

I’m not a fan of fad diets. They’re usually tailor-made to lighten your wallet more than you frame. And some can come across as downright deceptive.

That’s the way the latest diet fad – the so-called “zero sugar” diet – comes across to me. Why? Because it’s clearly not zero sugar. And it’s being sold with promises that long experience says are highly unlikely.

Here are a few things you should consider before you buy into this deceptive diet.

A Healthy Idea Gone Bad

The diet itself isn’t as bad as some others. But the name is deceptive. And there are those unlikely promises. Especially because one is absolutely unhealthy.

To begin with, the diet isn’t zero sugar. If you follow it closely, you’ll avoid added sugars. Which is great, but you don’t need to buy a book to tell you that. I’ve been saying the same thing for years: Stay away from packaged and processed foods. That’s how to avoid added sugars.

It’s not exactly brain surgery… you’ve known this – for free – for years… and you certainly don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on a book that’s apparently not much more than an expansion on this simple advice.

If you focus on fresh, organic foods, you won’t get zero sugar. But you will get wholesome nutrition without the price of a book you probably don’t need.

But that’s not what bothers me the most. It’s that the “zero sugar” advocates push an absolutely unhealthy goal.

Lose Weight, Not Your Health

Let’s take a look at rapid weight loss, because the zero sugar people say you can lose 14 pounds in 14 days. Not only is that promise unlikely, it’s unhealthy.

If you do manage to lose significant weight rapidly on this plan, you’ll almost certainly be disappointed. That’s because rapid weight-loss plans usually rely on you losing water… that you’ll gain back in a fairly short time.

Maybe that’s why these diets don’t say, “Lose a pound of fat a day.”

To begin with, if you want to lose more than water, you have to burn off 3,500 calories more than you eat per pound. Which means you’ll either have to starve yourself or exercise for hours. Otherwise, what you lose won’t be a pound of actual body mass.

If you try to drop a pound a day by starving yourself, you won’t just drop fat. You’ll lose muscle mass, too. Your body will literally consume your muscles for the protein it needs. And that’s not healthy.

The zero sugar folks also seem to claim you can flatten your belly in those same 14 days on their plan. But that’s just not realistic for the average overweight American. And no diet alone can give you taut abs. That takes exercise. Avoiding added sugars just won’t get the job done.

Even worse, the “3,500-calorie rule” itself is deceptive.

Why Fad Diets Only Promise Rapid Weight Loss in the Short Term

Your body is a wonder. Without your even thinking about it, it begins to adapt to the demands you make on it.

So, for example, if you take up jogging, you may barely make it around the block on your first day. But if you repeat the demand, your body will build muscle and stamina. Jogging further and further gets easier. You may start by jogging a single block, but wind up running a marathon.

The same holds true when you try to lose weight. If you cut your food intake, your body will respond to the demand. You tell it to get by on fewer calories, and it does. By slowing your metabolism.

In other words, your body figures out how to do the same amount of work with less energy. And your weight loss slows down.

That’s why you may be able to lose weight quickly when you first start dieting. But the weight loss slows as you go along. Your body adapts to fewer calories.

Your body also adapts to exercise… by becoming more efficient. If you jog a mile every morning, you’ll burn more calories in the first weeks than you will at the same distance after six months.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t burn through fat or flatten your belly. It just means you probably shouldn’t rely on some fad diet to do it for you in no time flat. Smoke and mirrors rarely produce meaningful results.

Lose Fat Instead of Just Weight… and Do It the Safe Way

Sustainable weight loss only comes from developing good habits. And the zero sugar folks start out on the right track. Avoiding the added sugars of packaged and processed foods is a good place to start.

But it’s just a start. Calorie restriction alone costs you muscle mass. And you want to lose fat, not muscle. That’s because, if you cut calories, your body will look to replace any nutrients it misses.

That’s why you should replace the carbs you cut – including sugars – with a little extra protein. For most people, swapping out a serving of potatoes or rice for an n extra serving of lean protein daily will do the trick.

A serving of protein is just 3 ounces. So go from 3 servings a day to 4. The easiest way to do that is to eat an extra ounce of lean protein at every meal. This extra protein helps your body retain muscle mass during weight loss. You’ll drop more fat and less muscle.

Next, actively build muscle through physically activity. Regular activity puts stress on your muscles and triggers muscle building. That turns your body into a better calorie-burning machine. Muscle burns calories, even at rest. The more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn.

Finally, make that burn – if your doctor will allow – short periods of high-intensity exercise. Plus, ramp up your level of effort on a regular basis. By increasing the effort, your body can’t adapt to the exercise as well… and you’ll burn even more calories.

Fad diets may sound good. And they sometimes contain some solid advice. But if someone’s promising unbelievable results in just days, chances are you’ll be sorely disappointed.

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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Nature’s Overlooked “Miracle Cure”

Cutting through the alternative health hype is a full-time job these days. It seems like a new fad crops up almost every week. And the only thing they have in common is not living up to the hype. Well here’s something that does.

In fact, it offers benefits nobody even dreamed of when it first came on the scene as a folk remedy. I don’t think I’ve ever used the words “miracle cure” before… but this substance sure comes close.

Henry VIII Would Have Showered You in Gold for This Simple Secret

England’s Henry VIII was a lot of things. He was an empire-builder… and avid sportsman… a wily politician… and a schemer extraordinaire. He was also a man who suffered with gout.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that often attacks the toes, feet and ankles… though your hands, wrists, and elbows aren’t immune. A gout attack can leave you immobilized for days – or even weeks.

Imagine trying to run a country, establish a dynasty, and battle the most powerful man on Earth – the Pope – all at once. And with your foot in excruciating pain. Every step is agony. Every twist and turn of your body a reminder of just how mortal you really are.

If you had given Henry this secret, you can bet he’d have made it worth your while. You’d probably have a title… land… and plenty of gold. You’d be part of the king’s court. His inner circle.

Alas, that chance is gone. But you and your loved ones can still benefit from one of the most effective folk remedies ever.

Tart cherry.

Tackling Gout, Arthritis, and More

For decades, “true believers” used tart cherries to battle gout. The medical mainstream called them kooks. Laughed at them. Ridiculed them.

And then the studies started to come in…

Gout is an extremely painful form of arthritis that’s triggered by an over-abundance of uric acid. Well, guess what tart cherry juice does?

In a 2012 study, gout sufferers who drank tart cherry juice cut their risk of another gout attack by 35%. If they were on medication at the same time, their risk of a recurrence plummeted by 75%.

A study from Arizona State University shows tart cherries do much more. Tart cherry juiced cut uric acid levels in 70% of the volunteers in this study – even though they had “normal” uric acid levels.

Volunteers taking tart cherry juice also saw their very low-density (vLDL) cholesterol levels drop… triglycerides (blood fats) go down… and their overall cholesterol levels improve. Plus blood markers of inflammation – a warning sign for gout – dropped as well.

In fact, many of their risk factors for heart disease improved. All while cutting their risk of gout. That’s not bad for a folk remedy.

And we’re just getting started.

Overall Arthritis Relief

If tart cherry is effective against gout, how does it fare with “ordinary” arthritis?

In 2012, researchers looked at women with osteoarthritis. A group of volunteers either drank tart cherry juice or a placebo for 21 days.

The tart cherry group showed a much lower level of CRP – C-reactive protein, a sign of inflammation. But the placebo group didn’t.

Tart cherry juice didn’t just offer relief from a cause of joint pain… CRP is also linked to a higher risk of heart disease. So the tart cherry group also cut their heart risk.

In a somewhat confusing 2013 study, doctors found tart cherry produced significant results – far better than a placebo.

WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index) scores, they said, dropped significantly with tart cherry… but not with a placebo. That means patients found serious relief taking tart cherry. But those who took a placebo didn’t.

The tart cherry group also saw a significant drop in their CRP levels – which the placebo group didn’t. While the authors called these two measures “significant,” they also said the results weren’t significant.

WOMAC measures various levels of pain, stiffness, and physical functioning. So when a treatment shows “significant” improvement on this scale, I’d say that’s… well, significant.

If you know anyone suffering with osteoarthritis – or suffer yourself – I’d bet you’d agree.

But tart cherries won’t make any drug company rich. So maybe that’s why significant improvements on this scale weren’t considered “significant.” I really can’t say…

But what I can say is tart cherries sure seem to bust pain.

Overall Effective Pain Relief

One of the hallmarks of aging is an increase in pain. I’m sure you know what I mean. Maybe a parent has more back pain than in the past… you may notice you ache more after exercise… or joints you never noticed start “singing” to you.

Researchers at Texas Woman’s University noticed this and tested tart cherry juice against pain.

In their review, they found tart cherries were effective against recurrences of gout, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and muscle damage due to exercise.

Their bottom line? Mature adults with any number of painful conditions may benefit from tart cherry.

But what about younger – or more active – people. Not to worry. Tart cherry has you covered.

An Ideal Recovery Strategy

In 2006, scientists in Vermont tested tart cherry. They compared how drinking tart cherry juice helped recovery after physical exertion vs. a placebo.

First, half the group drank tart cherry juice after exercising strenuously.  The other half drank a placebo. After a “washout,” the groups switched.

The comparison showed drinking tart cherry juice after exercise helped preserve strength to a far high degree than the placebo.

How high? Well, four days after the placebo, the volunteers had lost an average of 22% of their strength… but for the tart cherry juice, the loss was only 6%!

And that’s hardly the only proof. In a 2010 study, British researchers found tart cherry juice improved recovery after a marathon.

And in 2011, scientists in the United Kingdom discovered tart cherry had a similar effect on recovery from strength training workouts.

Finally, there’s one more advantage I’d like to share about tart cherry.

Sleep Like a Baby Again

With all the benefits we’ve already reviewed, one more may seem like overkill. But I did say “miracle.” And I don’t want you to think tart cherry is just a lot of hype. So…

Wouldn’t it be great if tart cherry – and tart cherry juice – could help you beat gout… ease the pain of arthritis… beat other causes of pain… recover faster from your workouts… and help you get the sleep you need?

Well, it can.

A study at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed tart cherry was as effective as valerian in promoting better sleep… and almost beat melatonin.

The reason it may not quite beat melatonin for promoting sleep is because… that’s how it works.

Tart cherry has a high melatonin content… and this makes it a natural sleep-promoter. In fact, studies on tart cherry juice show it helps boost time spent in bed, time asleep, and quality of sleep.

The bottom line is this overlooked fruit could help you beat pain, stiffness, inflammation, and even sleep problems.

I usually don’t recommend drinking fruit juices because of their high sugar content. But if you don’t have a non-juice source of tart cherry available… this is the one exception I’ll make.

Tart cherry juice is available year-round… and it offers benefits you may not find anywhere else. It’s Nature’s overlooked “miracle cure.”

And whether or not you suffer with gout, it’s probably worth the extra calories.

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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Sleeping Pills Give New Meaning to the Phrase “Rest In Peace”

You may remember Patrick Kennedy’s car crash back in 2006. The Rhode Island Congressman appeared at first to be drunk – staggering and somewhat confused. But it turned out he was under a different influence… sleeping pills.

Sleeping pills are a multi-billion dollar business. But they can have serious side effects. From “sleep-eating” bizarre food combinations… to dangerous activities like “sleep-driving”… to raising your risk of early death.

Yes, death. Sleeping pills can give new meaning to the phrase “Rest in peace.”  Before you resort to these dangerous drugs, here are some facts the drug companies don’t want you to know about their favorite cash cow.

Raising Your Risk of Auto Accidents – After Just One Pill

Taking sleeping pills can raise your risk of a car accident by 75% or more.

In a 9-year study, Taiwanese scientists discovered taking popular benzodiazepine sleeping pills raised the risk of having a car accident 88% after taking the pills for just one day.

Risks remained high over a week and a month… and were also high for so-called “z-drugs,” which have a similar action.

Together, these drugs make up a significant percentage of all the sleeping pills prescribed. And could leave you – like Congressman Kennedy – in a dazed state, trying to explain to the police you weren’t drunk when you crashed your car.

That’s the good news. Here’s where it starts to get scary.

How Your Heart Specialist May Prescribe Death

Some drugs are lifesavers. Penicillin, for instance, has cancelled countless funerals. But not all drugs are like penicillin. In 2014, Japanese doctors reported sleeping pills fall into that category.

At the Heart Failure Congress in Athens that year, they released staggering news. The sleeping pills often prescribed to heart failure patients might be killing them.

They followed 111 heart failure patients for 180 days after being discharged from the hospital. Those who were given sleeping pills were eight times more likely to wind up back in the hospital… or dead.

In this study, more than a third of those given sleeping pills were readmitted or died.

The researchers called for larger studies to confirm their results. But they also called for doctors to watch their patients carefully. The numbers were just too high to ignore.

The bad news doesn’t stop there, either.

Are These “Killer Pills” Worth the Risk?

Here are just a few of the other studies revealing the harsh effects of sleeping pills…

  • A 2013 British study found people taking sleeping pills are 54% more likely to suffer with pneumonia. And have a 22% higher risk of death from pneumonia within 30 days.
  • U.S. researchers found taking benzoadepine sleeping pills for more than 180 days doubled the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A 2016 study found taking sleeping pills raised the risk of hip fracture by 40% – 60%.
  • Doctors at the Scripps Clinic discovered obesity and sleeping pills don’t mix. Obese people who use sleeping pills double their risk of early death. Even if they take fewer than 18 pills a year.
  • A 2014 British study of nearly 70,000 revealed regular sleeping pill use more than triples your risk of early death.
  • A 2012 U.S. study had similar results… but also found the heaviest sleeping pill users also had an increased risk of cancer.

Of course, you have to weigh these risks against the benefits. So, how well do sleeping pills work?

Big Risks… Small Payoffs

You’d expect drugs with so many risks to yield big benefits. But, apparently, sleeping pills don’t.

In 2012, an international team (including researchers from Harvard Medical School) reviewed 13 studies of so-called Z-drugs. The studies revealed only a very small sleep benefit over placebo.

And a brand-new review from the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) recommends avoiding benzodiazepines altogether… at least for mature adults. The VA scientists suggest using cognitive behavioral therapy instead of drugs.

If you have trouble sleeping, try setting definite times to go to bed and get up. This helps “train” your body to sleep at certain hours.

Avoid blue light – such as from a television or computer for a couple of hours before bed. Blue light blocks the release of melatonin, your body’s master sleep hormone.

You can also try chamomile tea, low-dose melatonin, or valerian to help you get to sleep. All are safe, 100% natural, and proven to improve sleep.

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

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Is This The New Cancer Killer?

In 2014, researchers grew breast cancer tumors in a group of lab mice. Then they exposed the tumors to a powerful anti-inflammatory. Growth slowed. Cancer cells began to die off. The tumors shrank.

The compound the researchers used has no side serious effects – even in large doses. It’s proven safe in thousands of animal and human studies. It’s cheap, easy to find, and 100% natural.

So what is this miraculous cancer killer?

It’s curcumin. That name may not sound familiar. But this one probably will: turmeric. Curcumin gives turmeric its yellow color. It does a lot more, too.

For centuries, Ayurvedic healers in India used turmeric for inflammatory diseases. New studies show it may also be one of the most effective anti-cancer agents ever discovered.

Power Against Dozens of Cancers

Curcumin has been tested against all sorts of cancers – in the lab, in animals, and even in humans. As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin affects cancer development in several different ways.

Curcumin interferes with pro-cancer enzymes. It blocks inflammatory molecules. It inhibits growth factors. And it triggers apoptosis – or “programmed cell death” – in cancer cells

Here are just some cancers curcumin fights:

  • Blood cancers, cancers of the digestive and urinary tracts, genital cancers, breast and ovarian cancers, neurological cancer, skin cancers, lung cancer, and cancers of connective tissue.
  • Lymphatic (thymus), brain and bone cancers.
  • Prostate and pancreatic cancers, colon cancer, and cancers of the head and neck.

Some studies show curcumin alone is effective. Others show it boosts the effectiveness of other natural cancer fighters. It can even make drugs more effective.

And it doesn’t just fight existing cancers.

Powerful Cancer Prevention… and More

Researchers say curcumin can prevent cancer, too.

  • As an antioxidant, it sops up free radicals that can damage DNA and lead to replication of defective cells.
  • It reduces pro-cancer inflammation.
  • It triggers defective cells to “self-destruct.”

Curcumin is the multi-tool of cancer fighters. It has properties of all three types of chemo drug. It blocks cancer-promoting compounds… neutralizes free radicals… and fights the multiplication of “rogue” cells.

Plus, curcumin also appears to keep cancerous stem cells from developing into full-blown cancers.

Curcumin has just one drawback…

Amplifying Curcumin’s Cancer Fighting Power

Curcumin isn’t highly bioavailable. That is, your body doesn’t absorb it well.

If your culture eats a lot of turmeric, you’ll get more than the average American. But you’d have to eat an awful lot of curry to raise the level of curcumin in your blood.

But there’s good news.

Scientists have been working on ways to make curcumin more bioavailable. According to The AAPS Journal, labs are working with many different forms of curcumin. And some show promise…

  • Nanoparticles – Extremely tiny particles to slip through barriers.
  • Liposomes – Two-layer “bubbles” that act as a delivery system.
  • Piperine – An extract from black pepper that enhances absorption.

One study found taking curcumin with piperine boosted absorption by an incredible 2,000%.  Plus, the levels of curcumin in people’s blood shot up faster and stayed higher longer with piperine.

Turmeric is available in supplement form, but don’t waste time and money taking plain turmeric. Turmeric with piperine is safe, natural, affordable… and a whole lot more effective.

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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