Why You Should Stop Fearing Fat

Baby Boomers have seen a lot of changes in their lives. Digital photography… cell phones… heart transplants. None of these existed when Boomers were born.

Our diets have changed, too. TV dinners were popular when most Boomers were young. Instant everything came in a box. And slabs of fatty meat were the centerpiece of almost every meal.

Then we got the bad news: All those fat-laden foods we loved were killing us. Almost overnight, fat became the villain of the dinner table. Eating fat makes you fat. Fat causes heart disease. The foods we loved most turned out to be our worst enemies.

Thus began decades of fear of fat. Chances are your doctor is still telling you to avoid fats. Most do. Uncle Sam still does. Even though, we’ve seen them get the fat story wrong time and again.

Here are just two reasons you shouldn’t fear fat any more…

The “Experts” Sent Us From the Frying Pan Into the Fire

Mainstream medicine told us there were good fats and bad fats.

Saturated fats – like those found in animal products and tropical oils – were especially unhealthy. Polyunsaturated fats – like those found in many vegetable oils – were good.

So the food industry pulled most of the “unhealthy” saturated fats out of their products and replaced them with a healthier alternative: partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVOs).

PHVOs replaced the saturated palm and coconut oil we used on movie theater popcorn. Margarine – the wartime substitute for butter – was in vogue. Most packaged foods changed over, too.

Before long, PHVOs were everywhere. Best of all, they were more than just good for us. They were cheap and kept longer than saturated fats.

Except the experts got it all wrong.

PHVOs are loaded with trans fats. Trans fats are far worse for you than saturated fats. And – unlike the saturated fat scare of the 1950s – there’s actual scientific evidence to back that claim up.

But here’s where it gets weird. Because – in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary – the mainstream continues to push thoroughly debunked advice on fats.

Yes, the mainstream tells you to avoid trans fats. But they’ve never gotten around to admitting they were wrong about saturated fats. For example, a major review of studies revealed this spring that saturated fats don’t raise your risk of heart disease or stroke.

Now we’re finding even more common wisdom about fats is wrong.

Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Everybody knows Omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. Especially EPA and DHA – the two “marine” Omega-3s. The especially health-conscious among us also “know” that Omega-6 fatty acids are a problem.

Both Omega-3s and Omega-6s are essential fatty acids. They’re called essential, because your body can’t make them. But you need them to survive. So you have to get them from your diet.

The argument is that Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, while Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory. And we’re getting far more Omega-6s than our ancestors did. At the same time, we’re eating far fewer Omega-3s.

So, the logic goes, most of us have a pro-inflammatory diet… which encourages arthritis, heart disease, and other diseases linked to systemic inflammation.

Today’s “progressive” mainstreamers have jumped on this bandwagon – just as they did the anti-fat bandwagon of 70 years ago. There’s just one problem with their logic.

It’s wrong.

Studies show the link between Omega-6 fatty acids and inflammation is pretty weak. In fact, it doesn’t exist at all for the most common Omega-6 in our diets.

The Truth Keeps Ruining All Our Good Theories

First, we do get more Omega-6s – and less Omega-3s – than our ancestors probably did. And, yes, most of us don’t get enough Omega-3s. But Omega-6 fatty acids are getting a bum rap.

In fact, some of the healthiest foods are also high in Omega-6s. Such as nuts (including peanuts), flax, and spices like cayenne and red pepper.

But do Omega-6 fatty acids boost systemic inflammation? A review of 76 studies says, “No!”

The review found people eating a diet high in Omega-6 fats had a lower risk of heart trouble than people eating a diet high in healthy fats like olive oil.

In this study, diets high in trans fats actually had the closest link to heart disease.

The worst fats turned out to be those the mainstream pushed on us decades ago. Meanwhile, saturated fats hardly moved the marker.

And a high intake of Omega-6s cut heart risk significantly.

Here’s some of the truth on fats you may never hear from a doctor…

  • April 2017 – Saturated fat intake isn’t linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, or death from either. Or to your risk of type II diabetes.
  • August 2015 – Omega-6 fatty acid intake is inversely related to a key marker of heart risk.
  • January 2016 – Higher Omega-6 levels are linked to lower heart risk.
  • November 2017 – Men with higher Omega-6 levels have a lower risk of heart trouble.

So, what’s the bottom line here? Stop fearing fat. Just use your common sense…

Fats Are an Essential Part of Your Diet

I’m not saying you should eat unlimited amounts of saturated fats… or ignore the Omega-3 – Omega-6 imbalance. But fat is essential for your good health.

Naturally occurring fats have a place in your diet. PHVOs – and their associated trans fats – don’t.

Don’t give up walnuts because they’re high in Omega-6s. Just eat them in moderation. Don’t avoid tropical oils. They’re far healthier than PHVOs. And don’t swear off steak if you love it. Trim the fat. Or buy a leaner cut.

Finally, to get more Omega-3s in your diet, select grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, and wild-caught fish. A quality fish oil supplement wouldn’t hurt, either.

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 Scandinavian Secret For a Longer, Healthier Life

Most Americans don’t know a lot about Finland. This small Scandinavian nation usually flies under our radar. But Finland has more than a few claims to fame.

Take Paavo Nurmi, for instance. Nurmi was known as “the Flying Finn.” He won 9 gold and 3 silver Olympic running medals. He’s the only runner ever to hold the world records in the 10,000 meters… 5,000 meters… and mile… at the same time.

Finland is also the home of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi, a Lapland village, is a popular with tourists as the host of “Santa Claus Village” – where Santa lives. In the hardy Finnish tradition, this town on the Arctic Circle is open year round!

Another of Finland’s claims to fame? The sauna. A traditional session follows the moist heat of the sauna with a plunge into the “bracing” waters of one of Finland’s many lakes.

Finns swear this ritual keeps them younger and healthier. This may sound a little crazy. But the latest science says it’s not.

Because research shows the sauna delivers remarkable health benefits. Benefits that can literally turn the clock back on the aging process.

Feeling Great Is Good for You

Almost everyone I’ve ever met who’s been in a sauna agrees. It’s about as relaxing an experience as you can imagine.

A half-hour or so in a sauna relaxes your muscles, eases your joints, and leaves you feeling about as flexible as you can be. Even if you start your sauna with strangers… they’ll probably be friends by the time you step out.

Physically, though, the effects are profound. Research shows you gain many benefits from a visit to the sauna… Or, at least, regular visits to the sauna.

A single half-hour sauna can lead to big health gains. For example, a 2017 study found a single 30-minute sauna improved blood pressure levels and lowered arterial stiffness.

Another study found men who enjoy four or more saunas have lower blood pressure.

And that’s just for starters…

Saunas Help Ease Many Health Issues

Frequent sauna is linked to a lower risk of dementia. In fact, a two-thirds lower risk.

Over 20 years, men who took a sauna at least four times a week were two-thirds less likely to suffer with dementia than those who only visited the sauna once a week.

In a related study, men who took saunas at least four times a week were also nearly two-thirds less likely to die from heart problems.

Analysis of a major study of heart risk factors found regular sauna use lowers overall cardiovascular risk…

And a lower risk of death from cardiovascular problems.

A 2017 study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology showed remarkable drops in blood pressure after just a single sauna session.

Subjects showed a 7-point drop in systolic blood pressure – and a similar drop in diastolic blood pressure – after a sauna.

A 2015 study in the journal Internal Medicine also found frequent sauna use was linked to a lower risk of early death.

Not too bad for enjoying a relaxing half-hour or so a few times a week.

The No-Workout Workout

Perhaps most remarkable, your body seems to react to a 30-minute sauna the way it does to exercise. While you’re sitting, enjoying the heat, the sauna is literally changing your body. For the better.

It’s all laid out in a study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

Taking a sauna may seem like an indulgence. But it’s not. It’s an investment in a longer, healthier life.

Countless generations of Finns have shown the sauna is a reliable way to build a healthy future. And this Scandinavian secret is all benefit… so why not take advantage? In as little as 30 minutes, you could be on your way to better health.

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


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Can You Eat Your Way to Happiness?

I’m sure you know what you eat is important to your health. You’ve probably heard that sugar is poison to your body. (It is.) That carbs make you fat. (They do.) And that the Standard American Diet promotes inflammation and early death. (It does.)

So here’s some good food news for a change…

You can eat a delicious and filling diet and be happier for it. And I don’t just mean the happiness that comes from knowing you’ve done well. I mean you can actually improve your mood by eating tasty, filling foods.

With the holidays upon us, here’s how to eat to get the most good feelings out of your year-end celebrations.

Eating and Mood – A Proven Link

Folks like to say, “You are what you eat.” And there’s some truth to that. But what you don’t hear so often is that you also feel what you eat.

Back in 2015, University researchers in Spain looked at data on more than 15,000 volunteers. These college students were all free from depression at the start of the study, and were followed for an average of 8.5 years.

About 10% of the students were diagnosed with depression over a 10-year period. Among those, certain dietary patterns stood out.

Volunteers who followed the Mediterranean diet – high in fruits and vegetables, low in red meat, etc. – were 16% less likely than average to suffer with depression.

Those who ate a primarily vegetarian diet cut their risk of depression by 26%.

And those who scored high on the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 (AHEI-2010) were a whopping 40% less likely to develop depression.

AHEI-2010 ideally includes eating 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, a serving of nuts each day, focusing of healthy fats, and going easy on red meat and dairy foods.

The results of this study were published in BMJ Medicine.

Two years later, the same journal published another study. This study was much smaller but focused on the effect of diet on existing depression.

Volunteers suffering with depression were divided randomly into two groups. One group ate a modified Mediterranean diet for 12 weeks. The others received social support. This consisted of “befriending.”

Befriending offered neutral social support without using any recognized psychiatric practices.

At the end of the 12 weeks, those following the modified Mediterranean diet had significantly lower depression scores than the befriending group.

Happiness May Grow on Trees

In a 2016 study of 12,000 Australians, food proved a major factor in happiness.

Eating lots of fruits and veggies can boost your health in many ways. It lowers your risk of cancer, high blood pressure, and many other ailments. But what’s the quickest result?

Apparently, it’s boosting your mood.

Over two years, people who added the largest amount of fruits and vegetables to their diet also boosted their satisfaction with their lives the most.

“The results showed that there was a direct impact,” said New York City nutritionist Antonella Apicella, “in terms of the amount of fruits and vegetables someone had and their overall well-being.”

A study just published in BMC Public Health showed similar results in children.

The study found that kids who ate less sugar and fat – and more fruits and veggies – had higher self-esteem, and fewer problems with their emotions and even bullying.

Simply put, healthy eating was clearly linked to greater emotional health.

And, yes, I have some specific suggestions.

The Experts ID Foods That Make You Happier

According to the folks at Healthline.com, you can boost happiness with a few simple tricks.

First, eat at regular intervals to keep your blood sugar as level as possible. Try to eat at the same time every day – including snacks. Also, don’t skip meals. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, hunger can lead to a bad mood – and overeating at your next meal.

Next, avoid foods that can kill your mood. Cleveland Clinic experts say “white foods” – such as refined flour and white rice – and simple sugars should be off your diet. They can lead to mood-killing blood sugar swings.

Instead, focus on lean proteins, vitamin-dense foods – especially foods rich in B vitamins and D – and foods rich in fiber.

During the holidays, you’ll probably be tempted by foods high in fat and sugar. But resist. If you go for the healthy options I’ve listed here, you’ll actually wind up happier for the holidays.

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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“Life Saving” Medicine is the #3 Cause of Death in the U.S.

In the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, a young George Bailey saves two lives. He saves his brother from drowning. And he saves an innocent person from being poisoned.

Mr. Gower, the town’s druggist receives bad news, gets drunk, and nearly poisons a patient. George – who works as Gower’s delivery boy – sees the error and doesn’t make the delivery. Mr. Gower reacts violently at first. But then George reveals the truth, and his anger turns to regret and gratitude.

It’s a touching cinematic moment. Unfortunately, in real life, medication errors aren’t at all rare. And there may not be a George Bailey to step in if it happens to you or a loved one.

Medication errors happen at least 1.3 million times each year in the U.S. And retirees are hit especially hard. Almost half of all fatal medication errors in the U.S. involve people over 60.

“Life-Saving” Medicine Is the #3 Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to experts at Johns Hopkins, medical errors are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. Only heart disease and cancer lead to more deaths. A shocking 9.5% of deaths in the U.S. are linked to medical errors.

Mistakes involving drugs lead the pack.

More than 4 of 10 fatal medication errors involve wrong dosages. Giving someone the wrong drug entirely came in 2nd at 16%.

How can you give someone a completely wrong drug? Well, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) keeps a list of commonly confused drugs. The list currently runs to 9 pages – with 2 columns per page. The list totals over 800 entries!

And with more than 10,000 drugs to choose from, you can probably see why there might be some confusion.

The ISMP also keeps a shorter list of “high-alert” drugs. These are drugs that can cause serious harm with even small slip-ups. And the list isn’t laden with exotic drugs for rare diseases. They include some of the most common drugs you could imagine. Such as…

  • Epinephrine – The drug used by millions to reverse allergic reactions.
  • Oxytocin – A common opioid pain reliever.
  • Insulin U-500 – A potent form of insulin used to control blood sugar.

The list also includes classes of drugs… such as oral hypoglycemic (to lower blood sugar)… all injected insulin… anticoagulants (so-called “blood thinners”)… and even some forms of sodium chloride (salt) and water!

Errors with these drugs may not be more common than with other drugs. But when they happen, the results can be especially serious.

And here’s one more disturbing fact…

Half of All IV Drug Use Involves an Error

In 2016, BMJ Quality & Safety – a publication of the British Medical Journal – published a multi-hospital study.

Researchers found errors occurred in 60% the uses of IV drugs. Even when so-called “smart pumps” were used.

Smart pumps were developed to prevent errors. But that didn’t prevent errors in almost two-thirds of these cases.

Most of the errors – 65% – involved violations of hospital policies. And – fortunately – most weren’t serious enough to lead to patient harm.

Still, the review showed that even the “smartest” technology can’t overcome all human error. And that human error is a very common problem.

So what can you do?

Protect Yourself From Drug-Related Mistakes

First and foremost, keep in mind nobody – even the highest paid doctor in the world – is mistake-proof. And realize many mistakes happen when a decision maker doesn’t have all the facts. So…

Be sure all your doctors know what drugs you’re taking – as well as any vitamins or other supplements. That should help you avoid any negative drug interactions.

Next, ask anyone who prescribes a drug to spell out the name for you, the dose, and when to take it. Write it down. Many drugs have similar names. And small differences in dose can take you from healthy to hurtful.

Don’t be afraid to ask why any drug is being prescribed, either.

If you land in the hospital, keep a list of your prescriptions – What you’re taking, how much you should take and when. Double-check anything you’re given with your list. If it doesn’t match, find out why before you take it.

Medical professionals take pride in their work. And most of them get it right most of the time. But they’re human. Mistakes happen. Someone takes a shortcut… or misreads instructions… or picks up the wrong drugs for the wrong hospital room because they’re in a hurry.

When it comes to drugs, small mistakes can have big consequences. If you stay alert and ask the right questions, you can cut your risk of suffering those consequences.

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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A Rare Disease, But a Common Prescription

It sounds like the plot of one of those Oscar season “prestige” movies…

Crusading journalists discover sales of a drug for a rare condition have skyrocketed in the last few years. About half those sales – 14 million pills in 2016 – went to long-term care facilities. Sales to these facilities are up 400% in 4 years.

Meanwhile, the pill’s maker has been plowing money into non-profits that deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A move medical ethicists say is common, but clearly unethical in this case.

And here’s the clincher: The pills are mostly given to elderly patients who don’t have the rare condition it’s designed to treat. And that’s the only approved use for this drug.

But, as you guessed, this isn’t the plot of some Hollywood Oscar bait. It’s real life. And the crusading journalists are from – wait for it – CNN.

That’s right. The news source many folks laugh off as “the airport news network,” has done you a big favor if someone you love is in long-term care.

Here’s what you need to know…

A Rare Disease, but a Common Prescription

Earlier this year, I wrote to you about “off-label” prescribing. That’s when a doctor orders a drug for a condition it hasn’t been approved for.

Off-label use is legal… but open to question. Many off-label uses for drugs are backed by skimpy – if any – evidence.

The drug in this story is Neudexta. The rare condition it treats is PBA – pseudobulbar affect. Less than 1% of Americans have this disorder. It’s mostly found in people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or multiple sclerosis.

People with PBA experience episodes of uncontrollable laughter or crying. These outbursts are a nerve system disorder, and not caused by ordinary emotional triggers.

Neudexta is the only drug approved for PBA, and by all reports, it helps.

Here’s where the problem arises. The drug’s maker would like to see it prescribed for other neurological conditions… such as agitation in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Which is why giving money to non-profits devoted to curing these diseases creates a conflict of interest.

So much so, the CNN exposé has led to an investigation by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.

Then there’s the bigger question…

Why the Explosion of Off-Label Use?

The drug’s maker, Avanir, claims it doesn’t promote off-label use. Which is illegal. Yet 400% growth in four years for an off-label use is, let’s say, unusual.

According to CNN’s medical sources, PBA is uncommon among dementia patients. Regulators also report some doctors have falsely diagnosed PBA in order to prescribe Neudexta. Apparently in hopes of making patients easier to manage.

But that’s open to question. Creighton University reports on one trial using Neudexta with agitated Alzheimer’s patients. The Neudexta group fared better than those taking a placebo. But the difference was so small it’s unclear it rises to statistical significance.

The study also left open questions about safety. The researchers found some evidence it may increase the risk of falls in the elderly.

Then there’s the cost. The New York Times reports a month’s supply of Neudexta costs over $700.00. In spite of it just being a combination of two fairly inexpensive drugs. The Times found buying those two drugs separately would cost about $20.00 a month.

The more you learn, the more this sounds like a classic case of greed gone wild.

If one of your loved ones is in long-term care, find out what drugs they’re on. If they’re taking Neudexta, their doctor should have some explaining to do.

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


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If You Know Anyone With Alzheimer’s Disease, You Must Read This!

No… This headline is not click bait. A new study out of Finland brings profoundly disturbing news…

A drug commonly given to Alzheimer’s patients skyrockets their risk of an early death by 40%!

That’s right. Someone you love may be at risk of having their life cut short. By a drug that not only raises their risk of death… but also raises the risk anyone who takes it will wind up with Alzheimer’s disease.

Study After Study Brings Out the Bad News

If someone you love suffers with Alzheimer’s disease, research from the University of Eastern Finland will interest you. The University of where?

Here’s a sampling of what scientists there have uncovered…

  • In a study of 45,050 people, taking benzodiazepines (BZDs) raised the risk of stroke in Alzheimer’s patients by 20%.
  • According to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Alzheimer’s sufferers taking BZDs have a 30% higher risk of pneumonia.
  • The Finnish MEDALZ study reinforced evidence that BZDs speed up mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients.
  • The older Alzheimer’s patients get, the more likely doctors prescribe BZDs and related drugs. But they’re less likely to be given anti-Alzheimer’s drugs.
  • A Finnish-Swedish study found people taking BZDs are 45% more likely to commit murders than those not taking these drugs.

The Finnish-Swedish study looked at several types of drugs. And the link between BZDs and murder was one of the strongest links the researchers found.

BZDs have even been linked to a higher risk of head injuries in Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers found this risk lasts for at least two years after starting the drugs.

Stroke… Pneumonia… and Death?

Increased risk of disease is bad. But an increased risk of death?

Alzheimer’s sufferers already have a less-than-ideal life. But I can tell you from my own family’s experience, they can enjoy life to a remarkable degree.

Dad had problems remembering his past. But he still enjoyed family visits – even if he didn’t always know us. And he made friends at his assisted living facility. Friends with whom he enjoyed many happy hours.

Feeding these poor souls drugs that raise their risk of illness – and death – just seems wrong. Because it is wrong.

Now that we know BZDs raise their risk of death by 40%, shouldn’t we look at alternatives? Because the Finnish researchers say they exist.

Too Many Drugs… Too Little Care

“Our problem is not a lack of treatment, but a liberal use of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of behavioral symptoms of dementia,” says Professor Sirpa Hartikainen, “Excessive use may cause more damage than benefit.”

According to Hartikainen, “Non-pharmacological approaches should always be tried first, and psychotropic medication only temporarily when necessary.”

The good professor makes two points here:

  • We should use drugs only after other options fail, and
  • If we do resort to drugs, it should only be on a temporary basis.

In fact, he suggests, “Sometimes it can be asked whether these drugs are prescribed more to relieve the burden of caregivers and nurses than to help the patient.”

He goes on to point out weight loss – common in dementia – should be considered in prescribing drugs. And efforts to control weight loss can delay drug use.

Based on all this evidence, delaying use of BZDs could be a lifesaver for your loved one.

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 Mainstream Medicine Has Kept The Secret Under Wraps For Years

Imagine for a moment if one substance could…

  • Lower your blood pressure and improve circulation
  • Strengthen your bones, teeth, and muscles
  • Improve lung volume
  • Help sweep plaque from your arteries
  • Sharpen your mind, memory, and focus
  • Improve liver and kidney function
  • Boost your energy levels and libido
  • And that’s just for starters.

Now imagine that substance is 100% natural, remarkably inexpensive… and something drug companies don’t want you to ever find out about.

Because – let’s face it – such a substance could cut into the sales of dozens of drugs.

Well, such a substance exists. And it may even play a role in battling Alzheimer’s disease. Sound intriguing? Read on…

So Powerful, the Real Question Is: What Can’t It Do?

Long-term studies – using thousands of subjects – show this substance dramatically cuts your risk of liver cancer. Animal studies show it can help clear plaque build-up from clogged arteries… in just weeks. And a Dutch study found it could cut your risk of death from all causes by an incredible 26%!

Research from across the world suggests this substance helps balance blood sugar levels… may help ease the progression of rheumatoid arthritis… and helps insure calcium is absorbed into your bones.

There’s even more good news for men. Studies of this substance show it can cut your risk of prostate cancer by up to 63%.

Research suggests it may cut your risk of leukemia, too.

But there’s a good chance you don’t get enough of this remarkable substance… which I call “the X-Factor.”

Why the X-Factor Is the “Missing Link” in Your Diet

American’s throw away almost 20% of the food they buy. But your distant ancestors couldn’t afford to. They had to struggle to survive. And they wasted nothing.

Especially when hunters brought meat home to their families. We only eat the choicest cuts of meat… but they ate everything they could. Including bone marrow and organ meats.

In fact organ meats – like the liver and kidneys – were considered the prize parts of the animal. Which helps explain a remarkable discovery.

During the 1930s, Weston A. Price – an American dentist – traveled the world. He compared the diets and physical health of traditional cultures to those of modern Western nations.

He found “primitive” cultures eating a traditional diet had less disease than “modern” Westerners. Their teeth were straight and strong. Their bodies toned and healthy. And diseases like arthritis and heart disease were rare.

But whenever these cultures switched to a Western diet, their health declined within years. Children were born with crooked teeth… adults became bent with joint pain… and heart problems grew common.

A key nutrient was missing in these converts to a Western diet. It was the X-Factor. Because they stopped eating rich sources – such as organ meats.

If you add the X-Factor back into your diet, you give your body its strongest defense against many modern-day diseases.

Find Out How the X-Factor Helps Restore Good Health

Big Pharma has no interest in spreading the word about the X-Factor. They’re not in favor of anything that cuts into their profits. And the X-Factor could drain untold millions from their coffers.

That’s why I wrote The X-Factor Revolution: Nature’s “Missing Link” to a Disease-Free Life. In it, I reveal just what the X-Factor is… how much you need… and how to get it.

The X-Factor actually comes in two forms, and you need a balance of the two for maximum benefit. Get it right, and you’ll dramatically cut your risk of disease.

The X-Factor Revolution: Nature’s “Missing Link” to a Disease-Free Life, reveals how the X-Factor fights some of the most common diseases of aging. All with plenty of back-up from top labs and universities.

But don’t worry. This isn’t some long, dry, scholarly volume. I’ve packed all this information into a book most people can read in just a couple of days. And it’s all laid out clearly in layman’s terms.

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



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How Did This Woman Lose 110 Pounds?

My friend and colleague, Alexandra Bradford was personally able to lose over 110 pounds and take her life back into her hands — thanks to the power of this special extract derived from a potent natural healing fat.

Until now, I’ve only been able to give you my natural health research and advice on how beneficial fats make a REAL difference in your diet.

But today, I’m proud to announce the perfect way to get this special healing fat extract into your diet. It’s a special project she has been working on and it’s a labor of love, and I know you’re going to love it too.

Alexandra has partnered with a cutting-edge FDA certified laboratory in the United States that tests everything for purity and cleanliness and she along with her team have developed their very own non-GMO advanced formula from this special extract.

It even contains a few of my favorite antioxidants and vitamins specifically chosen for their little-known fat shedding and energy boosting properties.…

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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 Dark Underbelly of Medical Tourism

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

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

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

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

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

Those Big Savings Can Come With Big Risks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Navigating the Medical Tourism Swamp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Schnabel, D., et al, “Multistate US Outbreak of Rapidly Growing Mycobacterial Infections Associated with Medical Tourism to the Dominican Republic, 2013–2014,” Emerging Infectious Diseases. Aug 2016; 22(8).

“Most popular medical tourism treatments,” IBMS. Feb 8, 2016.

Borrell, B., “Controversial couple dominates U.S. medical tourism,” Reuters Health. Oct 28, 2009.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Science Story Like No Other

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is There a Two-Part Solution to Cancer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is This the Key to Life Without Cancer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


“Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar and cancer,” VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology. Oct 13, 2017.

Peeters, K., et al, “Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate couples glycolytic flux to activation of Ras,” Nature Communications. 2017; 8: Article number: 922.

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