Report: Potentially Deadly Side Effect of Sleeping Pills

The name “benzodiazepines” (BZPs) may not ring a bell. But doctors hand them out like candy. These sleep drugs are among the most common prescriptions written.

They also cause some of the most bizarre side effects. Perhaps the most famous case is that of former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Under the influence of BZPs, Kennedy crashed his car in July 2007 at 2:45 AM. He drove semi-conscious from his home to the U.S. Capitol… convinced he was late for a House vote.

A few years later, his cousin, Kerry, had a similar experience. According to ABC News, other people have reported sleepwalking, eating, and other bizarre behaviors. And the Kennedys aren’t the only ones caught driving after taking BZPs.

In a few moments, you’ll discover a new danger. I’ll also reveal an all-natural alternative. But first, a quick review of some of the risks linked to BZP drugs.

A Little Sleep With a Side of Violence… and Danger

BZPs are known to cause aggressive – even violent – behavior. In one study, 10% of those taking a specific BZP showed anger or hostility while taking the drug. That’s one out of every ten people. And millions take BZPs every day.

Peter Breggin, M.D. notes there were 113 reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding hostile behavior linked to BZP… in just a single month. Dr. Breggin’s review of BZP studies also reports these drugs can “blunt” emotions… increase depression… cause psychosis… trigger confusion and memory problems… and much more.

BZPs work by boosting levels of your body’s key “calming” neurotransmitter. This messenger chemical is called gamma-aminobutryic acid – or GABA for short.

Simply put, GABA slows your brain down so you can relax. Which helps you sleep.

But BZPs also have other effects. Japanese scientists say BZPs also dull another area of your brain. The area that decides which stimuli to respond to while you sleep. And it’s so good at this…

you could easily sleep through a fire alarm while taking BZPs!

BZPs are to sleep what a 12-pound sledgehammer is to cracking walnuts. They both get the job done… but they can make an awful mess of it.

It’s too bad we don’t have a natural alternative that can safely affect GABA levels.

Oh, wait… we do!

Lemon Balm to the Rescue

There are two ways to make a neurotransmitter more effective. You could raise levels of the messenger molecule. Or you could use a “back door.”

Your body uses enzymes to break down chemical messengers. In the case of GABA, it’s an enzyme called GABA transaminase, or GABA-T. If you block the activity of GABA-T in your brain, you’ll have more GABA activity.

And that’s how lemon balm works. Natural compounds in lemon balm block GABA-T’s effects.

A study published in 2011 showed lemon balm can work remarkably well. In this Italian study, 85% of the volunteers who took lemon balm reported complete relief from insomnia.

Taken alone – or in combination with valerian – lemon balm has a centuries-old record for safely promoting sleep. Today, it’s available as an essential oil, in capsules, as a tea, or in bulk form.

If you’d rather not sleep through a fire alarm, lemon balm is certainly worth a try.

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 Secret Poison Hidden in Your Food

Imagine someone’s putting poison in our food supply. They’ve snuck it into thousands of products. Needless to say, it doesn’t appear on any food label. And the government doesn’t object.

If that sounds like a bad science fiction movie, you’re in for a shock. It’s real. And it may be putting millions at risk of a deadly autoimmune disease.

Before I tell you what that poison is, we have to back up a bit. Because you’ll want to know just how big this problem is.

1 in 100 Americans Are at High Risk

“One in 100” may not sound like a lot of people. But it is. With the U.S. population at more than 328 million, “1 in 100” adds up to 3.28 million Americans.

Those 3.28 million have Celiac disease, an autoimmune sickness that destroys your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Even scarier, 3/4 of those 3.28 million – 2.5 million people – don’t even know they have it. But every one of them may be at risk from this poison.

Celiac disease occurs when your body’s immune system sees gluten – a protein found mainly in wheat, rye, and barley – as an invader. Its reaction is to release molecules to fight the imagined invader. But those molecules also damage the tiny structures in your intestines that absorb nutrients from your food.

Untreated, Celiac can trigger anemia, osteoporosis, nervous system problems – including seizures and dementia – infertility, and many other health problems. And, of course, you could die years early.

One Man’s Meat – and Much More – Really Is Another’s Poison

Centuries ago, Aesop wrote, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” When it comes to Celiac, this ancient fable couldn’t be truer.

Most people can tolerate gluten. But for that 1 in 100, it’s a poison. Even worse, Celiac disease appears to be growing more common. It could be that we’re just getting better at spotting it.

But scientists have made a more disturbing discovery over the last 20 years. Gluten may not be the only substance that triggers Celiac. And that’s where the hidden poison comes in.

You see, there’s an enzyme used in food processing that may be a trigger for Celiac disease. And it doesn’t have to be listed on food labels. But it’s present in thousands of meat, dairy, and bakery products.

It’s named “microbial transglutaminase,” but you can call it mTG. Food companies love mTG, because it improves the texture and shelf life of foods. And they use it widely in meat, dairy, and bakery products. But you won’t see mTG on any food label… so you can’t know if it’s present in the foods you buy.

Even though several studies suggest it may trigger an autoimmune reaction.

Is This an Answer to the Celiac Mystery?

Genes are involved in Celiac disease. But nobody knows exactly what triggers the disease.

If you inherit certain genes, you’re more likely to develop Celiac. But some people do… and some people don’t. Why?

The answer may be something other than gluten. And a handful of studies have shown one answer may be mTG.

For example, a 2005 French study found mTG may be a trigger, because this enzyme acts as“glue” for some proteins… and these protein combinations hadn’t been studied – up to that time – for safety.

Mexican scientists found mTG increased the activity of Immunoglobulin A – IgA – an immune system molecule linked to Celiac.

Israeli doctors looked at the effects of mTG in 2015. They discovered it raises immune system stress, weakens defensive barriers in the intestinal tract, and even makes it harder for enzymes to break down proteins.

They determined these three traits may make mTG a key Celiac trigger.

A 2016 German study was even more definite. The authors felt they had enough evidence to say mTG is a clear trigger for Celiac disease.

These studies – and others – suggest mTG can trigger Celiac – and a lifetime of suffering. So how do you avoid it?

Simple Is Safer

Companies use mTG in processing meats, bakery goods, and dairy products. So your best bet is to avoid highly processed products. The simpler – the closer to Nature – the better.

If you can, buy from the source. This can mean purchasing directly from organic farms. Or from certified organic farms at farmer’s markets. If there’s an organic farm that sells to the public in your area, definitely develop a relationship.

If you have to buy from a supermarket, shop the perimeter. The highly processed foods are on the inside aisles. If you have a local supermarket with an organic section, take advantage of the organic meats, fruits, and veggies they sell.

Avoid all baked goods and pastas if you have any problems with gluten. If you crave starches, stick to organic brown rice and potatoes.

Simpler, less processed foods can help you avoid gluten (which is added to thousands of processed products) and mTG. And that – in turn – may help you avoid the misery of Celiac.

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


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5 Easy Tricks to Boost Your Health

There’s so much health news in any given month, even the biggest news outlets can’t cover it all. As a result, you may not hear about some of the best health-boosting secrets.

Today, I’ll reveal five recent breakthroughs that didn’t get much coverage. And each one of them could help make your life better… or even longer.

#1 – It’s Not Just What You Eat, But When You Eat It

All calories aren’t created equal. If you like an early breakfast and a late supper, you may be packing on unnecessary weight. At least, that’s what a recent study from the University of Surrey found.

Doctors there took two similar groups of adults. They had one group eat at their usual times. The second group changed their mealtimes. They ate breakfast 90 minutes later than usual. They also moved supper to 90 minutes earlier than usual.

Both groups ate freely – no special diet or calorie limits. But the group on the new eating schedule lost twice as much fat over 10 weeks. They tended to snack less, felt full longer, and generally ate less overall.

Just by changing mealtimes.

#2 – Money Can’t Buy Happiness… But Giving It Away Can

Last year, Swiss scientists asked 50 people to be more generous… or more selfish. They discovered that being more generous – even by just a little – makes people happier. And focusing on yourself makes you less happy.

In fact, they discovered just deciding to be more generous makes positive changes in the brain. They noted changes in three areas of the brains of the “generous” group that didn’t happen in the “selfish” group.

Even after small acts of kindness the generous group reported greater happiness. So you don’t have to make big sacrifices to live a happier life. Just make a point to do something nice for others.

#3 – Try This Simple Fat-Busting Trick

The next time you have a burger, skip the sugary soda. According to scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it will help you avoid getting fat. And it’s not just because the soda has sugar.

A USDA team discovered combining protein and sugar in a meal causes your body to store more fat. And burn fewer calories.

Switching to an unsweetened drink with your meal – or one with a non-caloric sweetener – changes the equation. Volunteers who drank a non-caloric sweet beverage in this study stored less fat and burned more calories.

Of course, most artificial sweeteners have drawbacks. So, if you want a sweet drink with your meal, choose one sweetened with stevia.

#4 – Yes, a Little Red Wine Is Good for Your Heart

Doctors at Louisiana State University say the antioxidants in red wine can help your heart. In fact, they’re developing a mesh tube – called a stent – that slowly releases two red wine compounds into the blood stream.

The compounds may sound familiar: resveratrol and quercetin. Both have been found to have a positive effect on heart health. In this case, they may help keep formerly blocked arteries open.

Of course, drinking wine to excess isn’t a good idea. But an occasional glass or two probably does your heart a lot more good than harm.

#5 – Stress May Help You Live Longer

Stress can wear on your body. But limited bouts of moderate stress may have the opposite effect. That’s according to a study published in Nature Communications.

The study found that short periods of moderate stress improve a process called “autophagy.” Basically, it’s how your body recycles parts of aging or damaged cells. And moderate stress can make the process more efficient.

In an animal model, moderate stress improved the ability of the animals to deal with greater stresses later in life. In particular, it helped the subjects deal with the build-up of age-related proteins.

A yoga session, going for a jog, or even relaxing in the sauna may be enough to trigger improvements. And with all the other benefits linked to these activities, what do you have to lose?

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 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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