The Truth About Gluten and Weight Loss

For decades, doctors told their patients “gluten sensitivity” was a myth. Either you had full–blown Celiac disease, or gluten wasn’t an issue.

Recently, though, researchers proved this long-held belief was wrong. Lots of people without Celiac disease are sensitive to gluten. And it can cause a lot of digestive discomfort.

Even more, gluten is found in high-carb foods – like wheat and barley. What would happen if you cut gluten out of your diet? Even if you only cut down a limited amount. Years of research shows there’s a measurable effect.

And it’s all good.

Less Gluten Equals Less Discomfort

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen looked at the effect gluten can have on people without Celiac disease. (Celiac is a life-threatening condition where gluten slowly destroys your ability to absorb nutrients.)

The doctors found a low-gluten diet, rich in fiber, encouraged growth of helpful bacteria in the gut. Part of the equation was that high-gluten carbs deliver a different type of fiber than non-gluten foods.

The fiber found in vegetables, oats, and other gluten-free foods appears to promote a healthier “biome” than the fiber found in gluten-rich foods like wheat and rye. And these healthier fibers can ease gas and bloating… and even boost weight loss.

Part of the trick seems to be to avoid most “gluten-free” alternatives. At least, those the food industry champions.

Many advertised gluten-free foods are very low in fiber. So they don’t promote overall health as well as natural alternatives. For example, you could use lettuce leaves in place of gluten-free bread to boost your intake of natural fiber. Lettuce wraps are tasty, high in healthy fiber, and low in calories.

But that’s just for starters. Because avoiding gluten may be an easy way to lose weight and boost your overall health.

Wheat Is Not Your Friend

Wheat is the main source of gluten in the average diet. Although, to be honest, the food industry adds gluten to many foods. Gluten is an effective binder – and helps products such as breads rise.

It’s mainly found in grains – most famously in wheat. So foods high in gluten are often linked to high blood sugar. Because high-carb foods like wheat cause spikes in blood sugar when you eat them.

These blood sugar spikes lead to insulin resistance… and eventually to diabetes. That’s why foods high in gluten – like wheat – are not your friends.

Way back in 2003, doctors at the University of Illinois found a low-carb diet improved body composition. Eating the low carb way also improved cholesterol levels.

Women who ate a higher protein diet felt more satisfied after meals. And they lost more fat compared to the high-carb/low-fat group.

A 2008 study compared a low-fat diet to a Mediterranean-style diet, and a low-carb diet. The traditional low-fat diet performed the worst, with the low-carb subjects losing the most weight and showing the most favorable changes in cholesterol levels.

And in a small 2001 study, swapping protein for carbs led women to burn twice as much fat after eating. And this higher burn rate lasted at least 2.5 hours!

What About Fat?

Fat appears to be the wild card in weight loss. Some diets – like Atkins-style diets – allow high levels of fat. But the high levels of fat may lead to kidney problems. (And more.)

On the other hand, studies show diets high in protein, but low in fats, may offer significant advantages.

Doctors at Arizona State University tested a high protein, low fat diet to a typical high-carb diet. The results were clear. While both diets delivered similar weight loss, the high-protein diet left volunteers feeling more satisfied.

In fact, 20% of the high-carb group dropped out due to extreme hunger. None of the high-protein group did.

While many of these studies have little to do directly with gluten, we can see a pattern emerging. Foods high in gluten – mostly grains – aren’t very helpful when it comes to weight loss.

Instead, an extra serving of protein can help you feel fuller… and promote a healthier body composition.

Meanwhile the fiber found in veggies may improve the mix of bacteria in your gut. And lead to less intestinal discomfort and greater weight loss.

So forget the pasta. Have a salad topped with salmon instead. Chances are you’ll look – and feel – a lot better.

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 You Shouldn’t Eat Margarine

Maybe you’ve seen the story making the rounds lately. It’s pretty disgusting. But here it is…

Margarine was originally developed to fatten up turkeys for market. The only problem? It killed the turkeys. But the developers had pumped a lot of money into the project… so how could they recoup their investment?

The answer: Sell margarine as people food. In spite of the fact margarine is just one molecule away from being plastic.

Yup. Another example of companies putting profits before people. Except for one thing…

The story is complete B.S.

The Real Story of Margarine

Butter has been a staple food for ages. There’s just one problem: It’s kind of expensive. You see, butter is made from cream – the highest fat portion of cow’s milk.

Farmers skimmed the cream off the top of milk and churned it until it hardened. The result was butter. But making it was labor-intensive… and it had a limited shelf life. Which made it an expensive food item for navies.

Navies like those of Napoleon III. Napoleon also realized the poor couldn’t afford to buy much butter. Economics and the need for political stability led him to issue a challenge…

Napoleon offered a prize to anyone who could develop an inexpensive alternative to butter. And margarine was born.

Well, sort of. The original product was a mixture of beef tallow and milk. But it looked sickly white. Later, a Dutch company added yellow dye to make it look more like butter. The process eventually ditched animal products in favor of vegetable fats.

That’s when modern margarine was really born.

So why shouldn’t you eat it?

Is Margarine Better for Your Heart?

To make vegetable oils work in margarine, food scientists had to change them. You see, vegetable oils are liquid at room temperature. And who wants a butter substitute that pours onto food?

Enter the process of hydrogenation. Hydrogenation keeps vegetable oils solid above room temperature. Which makes margarine act more like butter.

But the process also creates trans fats. And trans fats are bad for your heart. They’re far worse than saturated fats. In fact, trans fats are so bad, the Food & Drug Administration passed a rule in 2015 to phase out trans fats by the end of 2018.

Right now, some margarines may still contain trans fats. Check the label. If it says “partially hydrogenated” on the ingredients list, that product still contains trans fats.

A new process – called interesterification – creates saturated fats from unsaturated fats. This results in solid fats at room temperature… but the same theoretical risks as butter.

Some newer margarines are fortified with heart-healthy plant sterols or stanols. Others, however, are high in Omega-6 fats, which promote inflammation.

So what’s your best bet?

Butter Is Simply Better

Butter has many advantages over margarine.

To begin with, it’s a natural product. Margarine is the result of industrial processing.

Butter is churned cream. Margarine is made from oils industrially extracted from plants. It’s then hardened using another industrial process. It’s not one step from plastic… but it’s several steps from food.

Butter from grass-fed cows is rich in nutrients missing from margarine. Nutrients like heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids…. other fatty acids that promote lower body weight and may fight cancer… and vitamin K2 – essential for bone health.

Your bottom line? Skip the margarine – even though it was never a deadly turkey food. Natural butter is simply a better choice.

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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MEN: 5 Little-Known Testosterone Secrets…

Testosterone – or T – is often called “the male hormone.” It’s the surge in T that triggers a boy’s transformation into a man. Puberty brings changes to muscles, body hair, voice, and – ahem – package size that signal manhood.

Most men are familiar with these changes. We’ve gone through them, so know what they are and what they mean.

But T brings less familiar changes, too. Changes linked to aging. And the results can be just as dramatic as the transformation from boy to man. But these changes aren’t as well known… or understood.

Here are 5 little known secrets about this hormone every man needs to know…

Secret #1 – Your Body Can’t Access Most of Your Testosterone

Special cells in your testes – called Leydig cells – make 95% of the T in your body. The vast majority of this T binds to a molecule called “sex hormone-binding globulin” – or SHBG for short.

Most of the rest binds to a compound called albumin. And a small amount circulates in your body as “Free” testosterone.

Free T is readily available for use. It’s not linked to another molecule, so your body can put it to work wherever and whenever it’s needed.

The bond with albumin is fairly strong, but your body can still make use of T that’s bound to albumin. Together, Free and albumin-bound T make up your bio-available supply of this key hormone.

The bond between T and SHBG is very strong. So it isn’t easy for your body to use T that’s linked to SHBG. This T – most of your body’s supply – isn’t really bio-available.

So, when considering your T levels, your level of Free T is the most important. This is the amount of T readily available for use.

Secret #2 – Your T Levels Start Dropping Early… and Keep on Dropping

Most men see their highest T levels in their late teens. As you enter your 20s, your levels begin to drop steadily. For instance, Mayo Clinic experts estimate your Free T may be 25% lower at 50 than at age 25.

A 2002 study found also bio-available T drops – on average – by 2% per year from age 40 to age 70. 2% times 30 years is a drop of 60%… and that’s on top of the drop between 19 and 40.

What’s happening to your T as you age? It appears that more and more binds to SHBG as you get older. So less and less is available to support your masculine traits.

The bottom line here? Your “manly” traits can disappear quickly. You need ways to help keep your masculinity alive.

Secret #3 – Body Fat Makes a Huge Difference in T Levels

Way back in 1991, a team at the New England Research Institute looked at the effect of body fat on T levels. The results were shocking.

Obese men consistently showed T levels 10% – 15% lower than those of non-obese men. Regardless of age. Excess body fat appears to speed up the effects of age on T.

A 2007 study backed up these results. This study of 1,667 men – from 40 to 70 – linked weight gain to lower T levels.

In fact, gaining about 9 – 11 pounds lowered T levels as much as aging10 years!

Secret #4 – Low T Is Linked to High Blood Sugar

Since low T is linked to body fat, maybe you’re not surprised it’s also linked to blood sugar levels. After all, blood sugar, diabetes, and body fat are all related.

And that’s pretty much what researchers in Australia found in 2008. They discovered insulin resistance – a common result of high blood sugar levels – was often linked to lower T levels.

In this study of 580 men, 43% with type II diabetes had low total T. And 57% had low Free T – the most available form.

Secret #5 – Low T May Erode Your Mind and Memory

Scientists at Harvard University now have evidence low T may affect your mind and memory. The Harvard team identified six studies that show a link between higher T levels and better mental function.

Studies found higher levels of bio-available T were linked to better performance on mental and memory tests. One study even linked lower T levels to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Fortunately, you don’t have to sit back and wait for your T levels to change.

Simple Steps That Could Make All the Difference

A few simple – and inexpensive – steps can help fend off low T.

First, keep your blood sugar down.

Mediterranean-style diets and the so-called “DASH” diet are good choices. These eating plans focus on foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. They typically include lean protein, nuts, and mono-unsaturated fats, such as olive oil.

Cutting out starches and simple sugars can help even out your blood sugar levels, too. Swap out a serving of potatoes or pasta for a serving of leafy greens or other vegetables. Get plenty of fiber – to take advantage of how it slows absorption of sugars.

Next, drop a few pounds. Fat cells convert T to estrogens. So getting rid of fat helps preserve your precious stores of T.

Finally, stay active, and get adequate protein. These steps help preserve lean muscle – a key to maintaining your male health.

Age isn’t your friend when it comes to holding on to your masculinity. But you’re not helpless. Taking a few easy steps can help stay more virile longer. And get a whole lot more out of all your years.

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 Next Giant Leap Forward in Anti-Aging Science?

In the 1990s, the jungles of Viet Nam astounded scientists. Proof of three previously unknown large mammals came to light. Not prehistoric mammals… but living, breathing creatures – including an ox.

You’d think it would be hard to miss an ox… but this shows just how much modern science still has to discover.

Such as a newly discovered organ in the human body.

A new organ? Yes… some scientists are calling this recent discovery an organ. And it’s not just an organ, it may be the largest organ you have. Your skin makes up almost 16% of your body. But this new organ may make up a full fifth – 20%.

And it may be an anti-aging breakthrough on the lines of resveratrol. Or even better.

How did doctors miss this organ for so long? And why is it so important? Here’s the scoop…

The Organ Doctors Missed

Most organs take up a very specific space in your body. For example, your liver, heart, and stomach are in the same place as everyone else’s. And these organs are pretty hard to miss. They’re big chunks of tissue, clearly separate from other tissues.

Your skin is so big and widespread, it’s hard to miss, too. Especially since it covers the outside of your body.

But try to imagine an organ that disappears under normal observation. That’s the problem with this new organ. It becomes almost invisible when doctors use ordinary observation methods.

It’s called the interstitium. Until recently, scientists hadn’t ever seen it – even under a microscope.

You see, doctors usually take a small “slice” of tissue, put it on a slide, and then view it under a microscope. But this process makes the interstitium almost invisible. Because it’s unlike any other organ.

The interstitium is a complex pathway of fluid between cells. It’s supported by lattice-works of the structural protein collagen.

When doctors create microscope slides, the fluid typically drains off, leaving virtually no evidence of its existence.

So, for generations, nobody realized the interstitium was even there. Until a team from New York University (NYU) made “live” observations. Newly developed technology allowed the NYU team to observe cells as never before.

And that’s when they saw the interstitium.

“Live” observation of this dynamic system revealed its existence. And showed it may play a key role in anti-aging.

The Interstitium and Anti-Aging

Whether or not you consider it an organ, the interstitium appears to play a key role in anti-aging.

Its secret is a type of cell called “Interstitial Progenitor Cells” (PICs). These cells can help fight the effects of aging in many ways.

For instance, doctors from King’s College London found these cells have many of the qualities of stem cells. Your body can clone them… they can mature into different types of cells… and – even though they’re extremely changeable – they’re highly resistant to cancer.

Doctors have so far discovered PICs can mature into two types of muscle and into endothelial cells. (The endothelium is a layer of cells lining your lymphatic and circulatory systems. This layer releases nitric oxide – the gas that keeps your arteries flexible.)

So the interstitium may be the main source of renewal for key parts of your body – such as blood vessels and muscles. And having a fresh supply of “young” cells could help you stay more youthful longer.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your interstitium healthy. Lucky for you, it’s now easy.

The Nourishment Your Interstitium Needs From a Trusted Source

For more than 20 years, Dr. Al Sears has been on the cutting edge of anti-aging medicine. His PACE fitness system led the way in getting more benefit from less exercise. He’s been a featured speaker at anti-aging seminars around the world. And he’s pioneered research into anti-aging herbs.

Now he’s introduced a daily multi-vitamin/mineral formula designed to support a healthy interstitium. Of course, he’s included key nutrients for general health. But PrimalX is specially balanced to deliver nutrients to promote interstitial health.

Nutrients like collagen, grape seed extract, and bone marrow.

Plus lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health… Vitamin K2 and boron to support strong bones… iodine for a healthy metabolism… and tocotrienols – antioxidant forms of vitamin E rarely found in a Western diet.

PrimalX delivers all the nutrients you’d expect from a daily. Like vitamins A, C and D. Minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and selenium. And more than 100% of your daily need for all the major B vitamins.

You may already take a daily multivitamin. But is it balanced to nourish the largest organ in your body? An organ that supplies key cells to fight the effects of aging?

If you’re not taking PrimalX, the answer is “no.”

Click here to discover why PrimalX is the most advanced anti-aging daily formula available.

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


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You Are Not Roundup® Ready?

Fears and Facts About the World’s Most Common Herbicide

Recently, a “news” website dredged up a 5-year-old report on the herbicide glyphosate. Or, as it’s better known, Roundup®.

The report found links between glyphosate and many human health issues. Especially gluten intolerance. (Gluten is a protein in wheat and some other grains.)

The report has been hotly debated in scientific circles, but two facts stand out…

  • Gluten intolerance is growing by leaps and bounds.
  •  The use of glyphosate is up more than 100-fold since the late 1970s. It’s now the world’s most common weed killer.

New studies also link glyphosate to cancer.

So what’s the truth? Should you fear glyphosate? Is it dangerous? And what are its actual effects? Read on to discover what scientists know.

Will Glyphosate Wreck Your Digestion… or Worse?

Celiac disease is a rare – but serious – disease. It damages the small intestine. An autoimmune reaction to gluten, it can block nutrient absorption.

In 2013, two scientists published a paper in the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology. The paper was one of a series on glyphosate’s effects. It claimed gluten intolerance was caused by glyphosate.

The paper has now been largely debunked. For example, researchers from Kings College London found problems with the authors’ reasoning.

But other issues may be more serious. The Kings College team found “evidence exists that glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic below regulatory set safety limits…”

This may be due, in part, to overuse. For example…

  • Farmers now use over 100x more glyphosate than when first introduced.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently found glyphosate likely causes cancer in humans.
  • Glyphosate is a serious pollutant in air, drinking water, and even rain.
  • “Safe” exposure limits are based on outdated science.

How Much Is “Safe”? Not Much

In 2015, French researchers looked at glyphosate risks. They found it may pose a threat at levels below those first deemed safe. These risks include…

  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Cancer
  • Abnormal embryonic development.

Scientists at the University of California also question glyphosate’s safety. In 2018, they found cancer risk is higher than originally thought. They pointed to several situations – hard to test in the 1970s – that may explain the new findings.

A 2018 international paper – published in Environmental Health – also found a problem.  Analysis shows industry-sponsored studies have found glyphosate safer than independent studies. And favoring industry studies is a weakness in current European regulations.

Meanwhile, we may be overlooking another serious issue with glyphosate.

The Rise of the Superweeds

Glyphosate is designed to boost crop yields. Genetically engineered crops could be safely doused. This would kill weeds, but spare Roundup-Ready® crops.

But this has the same effect as overusing antibiotics. The targets are developing resistance.

Many bacteria are now resistant to even our strongest antibiotics. Repeated exposure let them build defenses against these drugs. Now some bacteria are almost impossible to kill.

The same thing is happening on farms around the world. Crops designed to resist glyphosate let farmers use more weed killer. Now some weeds are resistant.

In 2014, scientists identified 24 species of weed resistant to Roundup®.

By 2018, that number had grown to 38. According to U.S. scientists, these resistant weeds are common in 37countries. And they affect 34 important crops. Scientists also found resistance in 6 non-crop scenarios.

This report also noted we haven’t developed a new type of weed killer in over 30 years.

Fortunately, you’re not stuck with this situation.

How to Avoid This Potential Poison

Farmers are dumping huge amounts of glyphosate on their crops. It’s invading our air and water. But you can lower your exposure.

The easiest way to cut your exposure is to go organic.

Organic foods are produced without commercial fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides. Yes, organic food is more expensive than conventional crops. But it doesn’t come with the load of toxins found on non-organic foods.

Glyphosate may not raise your risk of gluten issues. But there’s good evidence it may boost your risk of cancer. Which is far worse. And far harder to deal with.

Going organic can help you avoid exposure to toxins like glyphosate. Organic foods may also be higher in key nutrients. So it’s a win all the way around. A win that may spare you or a loved one the heartache of cancer down the line.

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


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The Real Cost of That Energy Drink

Americans spent a whopping $13.4 billion dollars on energy drinks in 2015. That’s about $42 for every man, woman, and child in the country!

What are you getting for that $42? A lot more than the industry promises, that’s for sure. And the “lot more” is all bad.

For example, a single 16-ounce energy drink can raise your blood pressure by more than 6%. That jump may be temporary… but millions of Americans already have elevated blood pressure. And millions drink more than one energy drink a day.

Read on to discover the real costs of that “energy boost.”

Courting Heart Trouble, One Can at a Time

According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, energy drinks have already been linked to “serious cardiovascular events.” Curious as to how this happens, they designed a simple experiment.

They split a group of volunteers into two groups. Both groups were given a single drink. One group got an energy drink. The other drank a look-alike that had none of the stimulants in the energy drink.

A half-hour after the drink, the doctors compared their volunteers’ blood pressure to pre-drink levels. The placebo group showed no change. In the energy drink group, though, average blood pressure shot up by 6.4%.

Norepinephrine levels also surged in the energy drink group. This is the hormone responsible for the “fight-or-flight” response. It raises blood pressure and heart rate and triggers a rush of sugar into your system.

Less than two weeks later, the doctors switched groups. The former placebo group now got the energy drink. The original energy drink group now got the placebo. The results were the same. The energy drink resulted in higher norepinephrine levels and a boost in blood pressure.

And all it took was a single can. If you drink multiple cans a day, the effects may be prolonged or magnified.

This wasn’t the first – or the last – study to show energy drinks increase heart risk.

Danger Higher for the Uncaffeinated

In another study, Mayo Clinic scientists found energy drinks don’t have the same effect on everyone. If you’re not used to a lot of caffeine, the effects are even stronger.

This study looked at people who got less than 160 mg of caffeine a day – the amount in about 1-1/2 cups of coffee. Their blood pressure shot up even higher than folks who do get more caffeine.

In fact, the low-caffeine group saw blood pressure spikes twice as high as the caffeine group!

A new study from Houston’s UT Health (UTH) reports a single energy drink can also damage blood vessels.

The UTH team looked at a measure called “flow-mediated dilation.” This measures the response of arteries to increased blood flow. It’s frequently used to determine artery health.

Volunteers – all healthy young adults – each drank one 24-ounce energy drink. Ninety minutes later, doctors measured their arteries’ response to increased blood flow.

They found the volunteers’ arteries were 45% less responsive than before the energy drink.

Keep in mind all three of these studies looked at the effects of just one energy drink. Many people drink two or more per day.

Should You Worry?

If you have high blood pressure, energy drinks are not your friends. The same applies if you have any heart health risks.

A modest amount of caffeine may confer some health benefits. But these drinks usually have more than just caffeine. Many contain other herbs – along with a significant amount of added sugar.

There’s really nothing healthy about energy drinks. And you can boost your energy safely in other ways…

  • Eat foods low on the glycemic index. In other words, get more fiber and fewer refined carbohydrates. Low-glycemic foods help you avoid mid-morning and mid-afternoon “crashes.”
  • Exercise regularly. Burning energy to feel more energetic may sound strange. But regular exercise helps your body run more efficiently. So you’ll feel less dragged out.
  • Manage stress. Stress leads to fatigue. Mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi, and many other activities can ease stress levels. So you feel less drained.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant. Even worse, it makes you sleepy while lowering sleep quality.

There’s really no reason to resort to energy drinks. Most brands deliver all the disadvantages of soft drinks – but with added risks. If you really need a quick “pick-me-up,” try a handful of almonds or walnuts instead.

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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Pointless Medical Tests May Be Sucking You Dry… And Putting Your Life at Risk!

The news came like a gut-punch. Americans are spending $200 billion every year for unnecessary medical tests and treatments. And it’s not just hitting us in the wallet.

Because these pointless procedures lead to an avoidable 30,000 deaths each year!

These wasteful tests and treatments have another effect. They may cause delays in needed treatment. When Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center recently eliminated pointless testing, it made a huge difference.

The hospital cut the waiting time for cataract surgery by six whole months!

Unnecessary tests and treatments are a major sticking point across the entire U.S. healthcare system. Doctors often say they’re a sign of cautious treatment… That they lower risks and save money in the long run.

But the truth is… they do just the opposite.

Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself…

More Care… More Cost

According to PBS News Hour, overtreatment and over-testing occur for complaints ranging from C-sections to blood draws.

Over-cautious doctors order more tests to “cover their butts”… and use aggressive treatment options to ensure a positive outcome. Even when they’re not called for. It’s called “defensive medicine.”

Plus, some hospitals see a financial incentive to run more tests more often.

The result is shocking. According to a self-study at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, their doctors only treated 6% of patients reviewed over 3 years according to medical standards.

The rest were over-tested or over-treated.

Patients whose doctors didn’t follow the guidelines were more likely to be re-admitted, suffer with complications, and spend more time in the hospital.

That’s right. More care led to even more care. And more cost. And the bottom line comes down to you paying more out of pocket.

Caution is one thing. But you’re paying for laziness in far too many cases.

Same Day… Same Test… Double the Charge

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital looked at tests ordered in emergency rooms… and then ordered when patients were moved out of emergency to a tertiary hospital.

On average, each patient had one test performed in emergency ordered again when they were moved out of emergency. These unnecessary duplicate tests were all ordered within 12 hours of the originals.

And here’s the shocker: These tests were ordered even though the results of the original tests came back “normal.”

A 2014 study found 41% of tests ordered in intensive care units (ICU) were unnecessary. The lion’s share was ordered on Mondays. The researchers also found some other surprising results.

Older patients accounted for more than half of ICU patients – and 63% of the deaths. Yet patients under 59 accounted for almost half of the tests ordered. And the number of unnecessary tests appears linked to the length of stay in the ICU.

Patients in the ICU for more than 10 days averaged 31 unnecessary tests. Those in the ICU for less than 10 days, averaged only 19.

In other words, people stuck in the ICU for over 10 days had an average of 3 tests they didn’t need per day… while those who spent less than 10 days “only” suffered through an average of 2 unnecessary tests per day.

A Middle Eastern study found 3 tests accounted for 11% of all the unnecessary tests…

Your Dollars at Waste… And a Solution

U.S. News and World Report found Americans waste at least $500 billion on unnecessary breast cancer treatments alone. Every year.

According to the authors, experts caution that the more tests taken, the more likely one will result in a false positive. Which results in billions in unnecessary treatments.

U.S. News also warns against multiple referrals. The more referrals to specialists, the more likely a “problem” will be found. They also note multiple referrals may be a sign your primary care doctor is overwhelmed.

AARP also suggests the following tests may be unnecessary…

  • Yearly stress tests and electrocardiograms
  • PET scans for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Annual PAP tests
  • Testosterone for erectile dysfunction
  • Upper-tract imaging for enlarged prostate

And these are just a drop in the bucket. Doctors estimate more than $80 billion dollars are wasted on pointless back pain treatments every year. Along with billions more on PSA screens and colonoscopies.

The bottom line – as with so many other medical situations – is to ask, “Why?”

If a doctor orders a test already given recently, ask, “Why?” If a doctor orders a test that doesn’t seem related to other tests, ask, “Why?”

Don’t accept, “Just to be safe,” as a reason. Every test should be for a reason. And every treatment should have a specific cause.

Defensive medicine protects doctors from lawsuits. But it also costs ordinary Americans like you billions of dollars. And potentially exposes you to unnecessary risk.

Don’t let a loved one become one of the 30,000 a year slain by unnecessary tests and treatments. Simply asking, “Why?” could lead to a different – and healthier – outcome.

Many healthcare organizations are fighting the scourge of over-testing and overtreatment. Help them by asking the questions they’d ask if they were there.

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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Warning: Not All Drug Studies Tell the Truth

When a study comes out in support of an herb, mainstream medicine loves to cry foul. The sample was too small, they say. Or the study wasn’t long enough. Or – their favorite – the study was simply biased.

Of course pro-drug studies are just as small. Or just as short. But bias? That can be tough to pinpoint. Just thinking an herb might work may be enough for a claim of bias.

Well, it’s time to put the shoe on the other foot. But, in this case, you may be in real danger. Because drug industry bias may have you taking a medicine that doesn’t really work. Or may have dangerous side effects.

Here’s the story…

Drug Studies: You Get What You Pay For

Back in 2003, scientists searched two large study databases. They went through more than 20 years of studies in Embase and over 30 years in the Medline database, run by Uncle Sam.

Three scientists settled on 30 studies to review. They looked at how many of the studies were favorable and who sponsored those studies.

On average, studies paid for by the drug industry were four times more likely to be favorable than studies not sponsored by drug companies. Their conclusion?

“Systematic bias favours products which are made by the company funding the research.”

This was no fly-by-night study, either. It was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal.

In 2008, a University of York study also looked at bias in drug trials. This study looked at reviews of research that looked for evidence of bias. (Sort of a study of studies)

This time, the researchers combed through 10 medical study databases. They included 6 large reviews in their study…

  • Two reviews found studies funded by drug companies stated risks as lower than studies funded from outside the industry.
  • In four reviews they found drugs were more likely to be deemed “safe” in industry-funded studies. Even when the risk of harmful effects was high.

The researchers found Big Pharma’s studies usually reported the results correctly… but were far more likely to “spin” results to look favorable.

Over the years, review after review has found similar results.

Don’t Be Fooled By Big Pharma’s Smoke and Mirrors

Most magicians are honest. They’ll tell you right out that real magic doesn’t exist. Not Big Pharma, though. They want you to swallow their smoke and mirrors act… because that’s how they make a lot of their money.

One of their cleverest tricks is the “disappearing study.”

You may have thought every study is considered when evaluating a new drug for use. That’s not true. The drug industry often decides not to publish studies. In essence, they cherry-pick the studies they use to back their applications.

In 2016, a team from the United Kingdom reviewed 15 medical databases for comparisons of results of published vs. unpublished studies.

They found 46% of published studies noted adverse events linked to the trial in question. But 95% of unpublished studies noted adverse events. In other words, favorable results see the light of day far more often than bad results.

“There is strong evidence that much of the information on adverse events remains unpublished,” the authors wrote, “and that the number and range of adverse events is higher in unpublished than in published versions of the same study.”

Wait. Run that by me again. There may be two different versions of the same study? And the published version is more likely to be favorable?

How’s that for smoke and mirrors?

More Big Pharma Tricks to Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes

In 2017, scientists at the University of Sydney revealed even more of the drug industry’s tricks.

Industry-funded studies, they found, may skew results by…

  • Designing the study to be favorable
  • Framing questions to lead to positive answers
  • Using questionable data analysis
  • Reporting results selectively
  • Spinning results for a positive result.

In this analysis, industry-sponsored studies were 34% more likely to show positive results.

“We need bias assessments tools for drug studies,” said senior author Prof. Lisa Bero, “that take funding source into account.” Because, “Currently, we have no validated way to detect or evaluate these subtle but systematic biases.”

So Big Pharma influences the results of studies. Quite possibly studies involved in drugs you take. What can you do?

Become Your Own Advocate

Your #1 defense is to ask questions. Why this drug? Are their safer alternatives? What are the risks? If this irritates your doctor, maybe you need a new doctor.

Read the patient information sheet that’s required for every prescription drug. Yes, it’s long. But better a long read than a short life. (Keep in mind Consumer’s Union found violations of FDA rules in 4 out of 5 inserts they reviewed in 2011.)

Search online for the generic drug name plus the word “risk.” Also for the generic drug name plus the words “adverse events.” Pay attention to the results from trusted sources, such as PubMed or well-known media resources.

You can’t protect yourself from all of Big Pharma’s deceptions. But – with a little effort – you can defend against some of the worst. Just being aware of the problem is a big step forward.

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 Don’t Tell You About Curcumin

You’ve probably heard a lot about curcumin in the last couple of years. Some claim it’s the answer to everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. They point to hundreds of positive studies. But there’s one little detail these cheerleaders usually leave out…

Your body has an awful time absorbing curcumin.

Turmeric is the spice richest in curcumin. But you may absorb as little as 5% of the curcumin in an ordinary supplement. In other words, you spend a lot of money for very little benefit.

But there’s an easy way to get more active curcumin into your body. Here’s what you should know…

Turmeric’s Benefits Aren’t a Miracle… They’re Science

Recent curcumin studies have created quite a stir. Here are just a few of the benefits they’ve revealed about curcumin.  It…

  • Supports healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels
  • Promotes clear arteries for normalized blood flow
  • Stimulates better mood and working memory improvements
  • Encourages healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Promotes less joint pain and stiffness.

I could point to dozens of other ways curcumin boosts your health – from better digestion… to eye and skin health… to exercise recovery. And so much more.

Curcumin works by blocking inflammation triggers.

You see, your body faces two kinds of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation happens when you’re injured.

You may cut your hand or twist your ankle. The injured area quickly turns red and swells. This is caused by defensive molecules that begin repairs. It’s normal and natural.

But a poor diet, air pollution, stress, and many other factors cause low-level, chronic inflammation. It’s as if your body thinks it’s been injured everywhere… but just a little bit. That triggers release of small amounts of the same defensive agents your body uses to fight a cut or sprain.

When this low-level defense goes on and on, it leads to damage. And almost every health problem you can imagine. Heart trouble… sore, aching joints… abnormal cell division… even memory problems.

Curcumin can block the triggers that cause this low-level response. And thus defend against the damage they cause.

Well it can if you can absorb it. That’s why you need to know this little secret.

Making Curcumin Available – and Multiplying Its Power

Scientists working at St. John’s University discovered there’s an herb that boosts curcumin absorption. And not by just a little. By as much as 2,000%!

It’s called piperine. Combine it with turmeric, and you can absorb a lot more curcumin… and get the full benefit. And there’s only one form of piperine that’s been granted a patent for its ability to boost nutrient absorption.

It’s called BioPerine® – and it’s one reason Curcumin Triple Burn is different from ordinary turmeric supplements.

Anti-aging expert Dr. Al Sears formulated Curcumin Triple Burn to give your body the strongest defenses possible. That’s why he added three more potent herbs to back up curcumin’s anti-irritant action.

Ginger root inhibits a molecule called Nuclear Factor-kappa beta (NF- kB). NF-kB helps control more than 400 genes linked to systemic irritation. That’s why Dr. Sears saw ginger as a perfect complement to curcumin.

He also added galangal – a little-known anti-microbial herb – and holy basil.

Holy basil is an adaptogen, an herb that helps your body deal with stress. Research shows it helps ease levels of cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone. Less stress, less cortisol, less systemic irritation.

Finally: A Turmeric Supplement That Really Works

Dr. Sears has spent decades searching for herbal solutions in the most inaccessible places on Earth. And he’s poured all his years of experience and expertise into Curcumin Triple Burn.

This unique formula features a full 1,000 mg of turmeric root… BioPerine® for maximum absorbability… and three herbal “boosters” to enhance curcumin’s effectiveness. There’s simply nothing else like it available anywhere.

You can maximize your defenses against the low-level irritation that leads to joint pain, heart trouble, and a host of other health issues. Simply by maximizing the potency of your turmeric supplement.

Stress, air pollution, toxins, and all the other irritants out there never take a rest. Your defenses shouldn’t, either.

Do what I do – and choose the maximum defenses of Curcumin Triple Burn.

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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Here’s Why You Should Stop Taking Fish Oil

For years, nutrition experts have told you to take fish oil. It’s good for your heart… it may boost memory and mental clarity… and it’s a potent anti-inflammatory.

So why would I suggest you stop taking fish oil?

Because the latest research shows it’s not the best way to get your Omega-3s. If you’re still taking fish oil, you may be missing out on important benefits.

Fish Oil Delivers the Wrong Balance of Omega-3s

Read the label of almost any fish oil, and you’ll notice something. Fish oils have far more EPA than DHA. These two “marine” Omega-3s deliver most of fish oil’s benefits. But they’re not created equal.

For example, it’s the DHA in fish oil that’s key to healthy vision. You also have high levels of DHA in your brain. There, it’s critical for sending nerve signals efficiently.

Among its other jobs, DHA boosts immune function, fights inflammation, and improves the metabolism of individual cells.

DHA is a vital part of cell membranes. It blocks large LDL molecules from the muscle cells lining your arteries. So DHA supports normal flow in your arteries.

That’s not to say EPA isn’t useful. For example, it’s the main anti-inflammatory Omega-3. EPA also helps ease joint pain. It works by blocking the action of enzymes that trigger inflammation – such as the so-called “COX” enzymes.

With all DHA does, getting more may be a key to staying as healthy as possible.

Especially since most Americans don’t get enough.

Omega-3s May Be the Chink in Your Health Armor

A study funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) found people with higher levels of EPA and DHA in their blood have a lower risk of early death.

A second study found most people – in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East – don’t get enough Omega-3s. The Japanese and Scandinavians came out on top… probably because they eat a lot of fatty fish.

To get Americans up to the highest levels seen in the NHLBI study would require up to a gram of extra Omega-3s a day.

Only a handful of fish – such as mackerel, herring, and salmon – have that much in a single serving. And you’d have to eat a serving a day, while the guideline is only two servings a week.

Even then, you’d be getting far more EPA than DHA. Just as you would with most supplements. That’s where Omega Rejuvenol comes in.

A Better Way to Get Your Omega-3s… and More

Developed by nutrition pioneer Dr. Al Sears, Omega Rejuvenol replaces fish oil with two other marine Omega-3s: krill and calamari oils.

The calamari oil in Omega Rejuvenol is 50% DHA – the highest concentration I’ve ever seen. And krill, being at the bottom of the food chain, are as clean a source of Omega-3s as you’ll find.

Omega Rejuvenol also delivers key vitamins often low in our diet: Vitamins A, D3, and K2. Plus, it’s a good source of tocotrienols – forms of vitamin E very scarce in the Western diet.

Finally, Dr. Sears added the potent antioxidant astaxanthin. Studies suggest it may help normalize the balance between “good” and “bad” cholesterol… defend against narrowing of arteries… and even promote blood sugar control.

If you’re still taking fish oil, your supplement is out of date. Click here to read more about the power-boosting support of DHA-rich marine oils – and more – with Omega Rejuvenol

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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