The Big, Fat Supplement Lie

I know a guy – we’ll call him Bob – was having some stomach issues. He was rushed to the hospital with pain that radiated from his abdomen to his kidneys and back. The ER staff feared a heart attack.

Bob’s EKG was fine, so they ordered an abdominal MRI and blood and urine tests. The blood and urine tests were fine, but the MRI revealed a slight hiatal hernia. The ER doc recommended immediate surgery. But he let Bob go home when Bob promised to see a gastroenterologist right away.

Bob did. And the specialist told Bob he wouldn’t recommend surgery. Bob’s hiatal hernia was minor. Then he told Bob – who was worried about the cost of all this medical care – something amazing.

He could save Bob $200 a month.

How? By Bob giving up supplements. There was not a single study, the specialist told Bob that showed any benefit from taking supplements.

What that doctor didn’t know was that Bob was a writer. A health writer. And Bob had read hundreds of studies that found myriad benefits from taking supplements.

Bob’s doctor was a victim of the Vitamin Myth.

The System Is Biased Against Supplements

Picture this: Your doctor has to earn continuing education credits to hold on to his/her credentials. But your doctor is busy… as most doctors are.

Someone offers a seminar that meets the educational requirements. It’s affordable, close enough by, and offers recreational opportunities. For a busy doctor, this is pretty hard to resist. Especially since it combines education with recreation. It’s a “working vacation,” if you will.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because it happens all the time. And the vast majority of these tempting opportunities are sponsored by drug companies.

Needless to say, these “educational” opportunities rarely extoll the virtues of supplements. Perhaps because solving health problems by boosting someone’s levels of nutrients via supplements won’t sell any drugs.

But there’s strong evidence that common nutrients can resolve many health problems. And that anti-supplement studies aren’t very accurate.

Consider this quote from the Oregon State University (OSU)…

“Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including some that have concluded they are of no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless…”

According to the OSU researchers, the methodology behind many large studies of vitamins is flawed to the point it leads to false conclusions. In fact, the methodology behind many supplement studies “…leads to conclusions that have little scientific meaning…”

The OSU researchers point out… “most modern clinical studies do not do baseline analysis to identify nutritional inadequacies and do not assess whether supplements have remedied those inadequacies. As a result, any clinical conclusion made with such methodology is pretty much useless…”

In other words, these studies are biased against supplements from the get-go.

Which is a scandal. Because other studies show that even the Europeans mainstream medicine tells you to emulate aren’t getting the nutrition they need.

What if Your “Ideal” Isn’t Ideal?

Mainstream medicine likes to say we should eat more like Europeans. If we did, the common wisdom says, we’d be fine. Hearty, healthy, and full of vigor.

But a 2013 study of 8 European countries says the average European diet doesn’t provide enough of many key nutrients.

The study found these “healthy eaters” generally fell short on at least 4 different B vitamins, zinc, calcium, and iron.

And that’s almost half of the 17 essential nutrients the doctors measured. Falling short on almost half of key nutrients is virtually guaranteed to lead to health issues.

This is the “ideal” the U.S. mainstream promotes. An “ideal” that falls short on at least 7 key nutrients.

Here’s where the math starts to add up:

  • Nutritional gaps lead to health issues
  • Filling those gaps can reverse the problem
  • Drug companies – who sponsor doctors’ continuing education programs – make exactly ZERO dollars from nutritional supplements

But patented drugs that mimic the activity of nutrients can earn a company billions of dollars.

If you were the CEO of a drug company, which scenario would you prefer?

Protect Your Health – and Your Pocketbook

A natural multi-vitamin/mineral supplement is the cheapest health insurance you can buy.

Many doctors say that supplements don’t work… but you won’t hear them criticizing government-mandated “enrichment” of certain foods.

Enriched foods are just a broad way to get supplements into people’s diets. For example, flour is enriched with B vitamins lost by processing. Milk is enriched with vitamin D. And table salt is enriched with iodine.

Chances are you’ll never hear a doctor criticizing these supplements. But when you take them in pill form, these same doctors will tell you they’re “useless.”

Yet adding iodine to table salt has nearly wiped out goiter… the added B-12 in flour has lowered the incidence of anemia… and the extra vitamin D in milk makes absorbing calcium easier. Which, in turn, strengthens bones.

On the other hand, eating products made from processed flour raises blood sugar – and your risk of diabetes. So why not take a natural multivitamin/mineral formula instead?

Our friend, Bob’s experience shows this may be the easiest way for you to live a more fulfilling life.

Bob’s Bottom Line Could Be Yours

Bob went to a holistic doctor who ran some tests and blood work. He also asked Bob some simple questions.

The specialist had already ruled out surgery. And Bob’s holistic doctor agreed. Instead, he had Bob cut out foods he’d eaten that led to pain. And any related foods.

So Bob cut out gluten and foods high in proteins called “lectins.” His attacks stopped. Bob also added a few supplements to his daily routine. He switched to a natural multivitamin/mineral formula, added a good probiotic, CoQ10, and a fish oil supplement.

He lost weight. His energy levels shot up. And he felt better than he’d felt in years.

No drugs. No surgery. No help from the mainstream.

Are supplements a waste of money? Bob’s experience – and that of thousands of others – says “no.” Study after study shows we don’t get enough of several key nutrients. This situation doesn’t call for drugs. It calls for getting the missing nutrients.

And a good natural supplement is the simplest, least expensive way to go.

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


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The Real Reason You Can’t Lose Weight…

“Oh, Lord!” you may be thinking. “Not another stupid weight-loss gimmick.”

Don’t worry. I’m not into gimmicks. No points… no shakes… no fad diets. Just one easy way to get around a roadblock your body puts up to avoid weight loss.

I can’t make a nickel off this secret. In fact, there’s a pretty fair chance you already have what you need to take advantage of this secret. It’s something most folks keep around the house.

But very few realize it can help you shed stubborn pounds. In the next few moments, I’ll reveal what this secret is… and how it works. But first, here’s why it’s so hard to lose weight in the first place.

You’re Dealing With a Very Stingy Body

If you’re tired of counting points… sick of starvation shakes… and a little wary of those diet pills that trigger “anal leakage,” well, I don’t blame you. Depriving yourself is no fun.

That’s why fad diets claiming you can eat all you want – and still lose weight – are so popular. These diets work, too. If “all you want” is vegetables.

But the old formula holds true. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. And that’s where your body sabotages your efforts.

When a bear hibernates, its metabolism slows to save calories. Your body does the same thing when you diet.

The same thing triggers this reaction in both you and the bear: A shortage of calories.

When your body notices you’re getting fewer calories, it assumes food is scarce. So it does what it can to save energy. That means slowing your metabolism. But as your metabolism slows, so does weight loss.

That’s why you may lose a fair amount of weight early in a diet. But your weight loss slows the longer you stick with that diet.

Your body is stingy with energy. But you can fool it.

An Easy Way to Burn More Fat

You can fight your body’s urge to slow down… and speed up the fat burning with a process called thermogenesis.

You’re probably familiar with this process. Shivering is a form of thermogenesis. The motion of shivering burns calories to produce heat.

Certain natural compounds have the same effect. And one is probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now.

The “Magic” of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been on scientist’s radar for a few years. For instance, a 2012 human study showed cinnamon helps improve blood sugar control.

More recently, scientists have been looking into cinnamon’s other metabolic effects. And it sure looks like they’ve hit pay dirt.

French and Swedish doctors tested cinnamon on a model of a high-fat diet.

They fed three groups of mice a high-diet for eight weeks. They also fed one group cinnamon.

The cinnamon group showed better handling of blood sugar, less resistance to insulin, gained less fat mass, and had less fatty build-up in their livers. They also developed a healthier mix of gut bacteria… which led to a stronger intestinal barrier against “leakage.”

A 2016 review of studies linked cinnamon to improved blood sugar handling, better blood fat levels, lower blood pressure, and improved body fat levels.

According to a 2017 study in Scientific Reports, cinnamon triggers the “browning” of fat cells. That is, it triggers fat cells to burn fat instead of storing it.

Which helps explain why all those other studies found cinnamon so effective.

Don’t expect a dramatic effect. But if you’re serious about losing weight, you can do more than just cut calories. Try adding a daily dose of cinnamon to speed up the process.

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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Almost No One Over 65 Should Take These Drugs…

Just a few months ago, I warned you about a class of drugs called benzodiazepines – or BNZs. BNZs are a type of sedative, anti-anxiety drug often used to “calm” Alzheimer’s patients.

At the time, I pointed out several studies showing BNZs boost the risk of several health problems in Alzheimer’s patients, including…

  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • And death.

Yes, death. BNZs boost Alzheimer’s sufferers’ risk of death by 40%.

A new study from the University of Michigan and its allies brings even more bad news about these dangerous drugs. It’s not just Alzheimer’s patients who are at risk. It’s anyone over age 65.

A Needless Doubling of Danger

Doctors are handing out fewer of these prescriptions to older Americans, but the prescription rate remains high. Especially when you consider the risks.

In adults over 65, BNZ use is linked to a two-fold risk of falls, broken hips, and car accidents. That’s right: Their risk doubles.

Yet, with all these dangers – and the availability of other options – 7.3% of older U.S. veterans have prescriptions for these drugs. And the youngest vets in this study – aged 65 to 74 – had the highest rates of use.

Long-term use of these drugs leads to physical dependence. Yet almost a third of BNZ prescriptions are written for long-term use. Which means getting off the drug may involve the agony of withdrawal.

That’s not a pleasant prospect for someone in their “golden years.”

And then there’s the problem of who’s handing out these drugs.

The “Candyman” Isn’t Who You Think He Is

Anxiety is a psychological issue. So you’d think a mental health professional would be handing out prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs.

Not in this case. At least not most of the time. It’s not psychiatrists passing out BNZs like they were candy. MDs hand out 9 of every 10 BNZ prescriptions for older adults. And many don’t appear to be playing by the rules.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, BNZs aren’t a “first line of defense.” Rather, therapy and anti-depressants should be used before BNZs are even considered.

For sleep problems – another common use of BNZs for older adults – drugs should never be a first option.

Finally, one last risk linked to BNZs among older adults who don’t suffer with Alzheimer’s disease…

BNZs raise their risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The risk was especially high (up to 84%) with use over 180 days.

As the Michigan researchers note, very few people over 65 should be taking these drugs. For any reason.

If a loved one is taking BNZs ask their doctor why. Point out the American Geriatrics Society lists BNZs as especially risky for older adults. And the American Board of Internal Medicine has developed a list of safer options to risky drugs.

Aging – especially with Alzheimer’s – is hard enough. We shouldn’t be adding the burden of high-risk drugs to their lives.

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


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When “Proof” Is Pure BS – Deception and Fraud Appear Rampant in Published Studies

You or a loved one are sick. A new drug shows promise for treating your condition. But it’s fairly new. Is this drug effective? Safe? Proven?

Our system of studies and trials should answer these questions. But a growing body of evidence says they don’t always.

In fact, the evidence suggests a surprising number of studies depend on results that are faked… researchers who fail to report negative results… and other omissions that skew findings.

Here’s what you need to know…

Up to Half of Scientists Know About Fraud… But It’s Rarely Reported

When scientists talk to other scientists, the stories of phony study results come thick and fast. Input from scientists shows about a quarter of studies may involve faked data, phony results, or important information simply left unreported. One study showed 9 out of 10 scientists were aware of colleagues faking results.

In another survey, about a quarter of researchers admit they’ve committed one of the “top ten” forms of misconduct in reporting a study.

A technician at Duke University was implicated in one shocking case of falsification.

The results of 8 years of scientific research – and $112.8 million in funding – came under a cloud. And that was just at Duke. Another $120.9 in research grants to other labs was also involved.

In the end, the researcher was convicted of embezzlement… and years of environmental research became suspect.

A 2009 study uncovered widespread misconduct in scientific research. About a third of scientists said they knew of colleagues faking data. And three out of four were aware of other types of misconduct.

Ferreting Out Fraud in Medical Research

In 2015, scientists at Stanford University uncovered patterns linked to scientific fraud. Certain words, they found, appear more often in fraudulent papers than in honest ones. Fraudsters also avoid certain other words. And use less precise language.

They discovered fraudulent studies contain about 60 more “jargon” words than honest ones. That may not sound like much… but when you know what to look for, it’s a huge red flag.

This research may become the basis of a computer program to test studies. But it’s probably years away. Meanwhile, we have to depend on surveys and similar research.

For example, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported on a study that reviewed 21 studies. The study found a third of scientists admitted to omitting results that didn’t agree with their earlier work. And two percent said they had changed or invented data to bolster a desired result.

In other words, 1 of every 50 scientists is willing to lie to back the results they want. And about 1 in 3 will omit data if it looks bad.

So, what does this mean to you?

Don’t Fall for Phony Research

If you’re like many of our other readers, you’re interested in the latest health research. But if so much research is suspect, what can you do? It can take years to uncover faked results.

Here are a few simple tips to avoid falling victim…

  1. Don’t rely on the first or only study on a topic. Until other scientists can duplicate the study, consider the results unproven.
  2. If a study gets very different results from similar studies, be cautious. Similar research should yield similar results.
  3. Find out who sponsored the study. Industry-sponsored studies are more likely to suffer from bias than those independently funded. (This bias rarely rises to the level of fraud.)

We like to think of scientists as champions of truth. Most of them probably are. But there are enough bad apples, you need to be careful. You don’t want to trust your health to phony science.

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 Medical “Blind Spot” Holding You Hostage

You’ve probably never heard of Ignaz Semmelweis. But you – and anyone else who visits a doctor, clinic, or hospital today – owes him a lot. Maybe your life.

You see, back in the 1840s, Semmelweis was put in charge of two maternity wards. One was staffed by doctors; the other by midwives.

Early on, Semmelweis noticed women attended by doctors were five times more likely to die from “childbed fever” than those cared for by midwives. He set himself to find the difference.

After testing every variable, Semmelweis found the difference. The doctors often delivered babies after performing autopsies. Could “cadaver particles” be causing the fevers that killed new mothers?

Semmelweis took a simple step. He had the doctors wash their hands before attending a birth. The death rate among new mothers dropped like a stone. But when Semmelweis left his position, the hospital abandoned hand washing.

Twenty years later, Scottish surgeon Joseph Lister wrote an article for The Lancet. In it, he proposed doctors should clean their hands and instruments after each surgery. His article was based on his own experience… saving limbs and lives with the simple act of washing.

Like Semmelweis, Lister’s idea faced resistance from the medical establishment. But by 1875, the washing of hands and surgical instruments was widely accepted.

We often think of stories like these as showing how far we’ve come since “the old days.” But here’s the thing… The same attitudes doctors had in Lister’s day are still alive and well in the medical community. And they could be holding your health hostage.

You see, mainstream medicine has a blind spot. One that’s been around for a long time.

Modern Medicine Killed George Washington

After leaving office, our first president went back to working his farm. Late in 1799, after a day outside in wind, rain, snow, and hail, Washington became ill.

Three doctors were called to his bedside. Washington had chills, a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. There was just one thing to do, the doctors agreed. It was the standard medical practice.

They bled him. Four times. In all, these medical professionals drained 40% of Washington’s blood. Is it any wonder he died?

But here’s the thing: These men were absolutely certain they were performing a sound medical procedure on the ailing president.

Half a century later, the mainstream scoffed at Semmelweis and Lister. Because they knew better.

And that’s mainstream medicine’s “blind spot.” They generally think what they “know” is set in stone. Except it’s not.

Take vitamin B9, for example.

The Folate Folly

Mainstream medicine says you shouldn’t get more than 1 mg of folate (vitamin B9) per day. If you get too much, they tell us, it can cause nerve damage.

Except a brand new study from Queen Mary University and the University of London finds that’s not true. In fact the study suggests there’s no need at all for an upper limit for folate intake.

The researchers discovered the upper limit was established using a flawed logic. You see, the limit is based on studies involving people with a vitamin B12 deficiency… but treated with folate (B9).

It appears any nerve damage was due to the shortage of B12 and not from getting too much folate.

Look at it this way, if your car ran out of gas, would you fill the tank with diesel and expect it to run well? After all, they’re both petroleum products.

Of course not. But that’s exactly what these studies did. And when the substitution didn’t work, they blamed the wrong side of the equation.

There’s no upper limit for other B vitamins, the study’s authors point out… and there’s no need for a limit on folate, either. But for years, mainstream medicine “knew” too much folate causes nerve damage.

Another recent study reveals where the mainstream may “know” something that’s simply wrong.

Sugar and Cancer

Back in the 1920s, a German doctor and chemist named Otto Warburg made several cancer breakthroughs. One of the most important is known as “The Warburg Effect.”

Warburg discovered that cancer cells use a different form of respiration than healthy cells. Instead of using oxygen – or aerobic respiration – cancer cells largely ferment sugar to create energy. In simple terms, cancer cells have a different metabolism than healthy cells.

But cancer research has focused on genetic factors since Crick and Watson described the structure of DNA in the 1950s. And Warburg’s work has been largely ignored.

Now a team at Duke University has confirmed sugar does play a major role in cancer survival. But not just by providing energy through fermentation.

Sugar, they discovered, also has a role in cell signaling in tumors. Even tiny amounts can help ensure survival of cancer cells.

It’s a discovery that might have been made decades ago. If the mainstream’s blind spot hadn’t blocked out Warburg’s work.

The Warburg Effect is just one of his cancer breakthroughs. Now you can discover how his ideas could lead to the elimination of cancer… how mainstream medicine has suppressed this vital information… and why the Cancer Industry doesn’t want a cancer cure.

You’ll find it all here in “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.


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How Medical Tourism Could Become a Date With Death

Healthcare costs in the U.S. have spiraled out of control. Medical-related bankruptcies have become common… and there’s no end in sight. No wonder more and more people seek healthcare options overseas.

Medical tourism can seem like a dream come true. You visit a beautiful country for bargain-basement medical treatment, add in a “vacation” to recuperate, and still save thousands of dollars.

Maybe tens of thousands of dollars.

But there’s a dark side to this discount healthcare bonanza. A side most folks pushing medical tourism would rather you didn’t talk about. What don’t they want you to know?

How easily this “vacation” trip could turn into your swan song.

When Opportunity Becomes Life-Threatening Risk

We’ve seen the brochures. We’ve read the glowing reviews. We’ve also seen the less publicized results. Medical tourism may save you money, but it’s riskier than most folks are willing to say.

Even plain international travel may put you at risk.

CBS News reported in January 2017 on a woman from Nevada who traveled to Asia. During her trip, she became ill. She was hospitalized several times before returning home. Shortly after her return, she died.

The cause? An antimicrobial resistant “superbug.”

According to an expert from Johns Hopkins Hospital, the benefits of medical tourism may now be overshadowed by the risks. Too many people are coming back to the U.S. with bacteria that our toughest antibiotics can’t knock out.

Medical tourists are bringing death-dealing microbes home with them. And it doesn’t take long to pick them up. Or even a stay in a hospital.

The Spread of Death-Dealing Superbugs

A 2016 article in NewScientist paints a dire picture.A study of 122 international travelers revealed alarming news:

Fifty-five Dutch volunteers showed just 10% carried antibiotic-resistant genes when they left for their travels. But up to 55% carried these genes on their return.

The same researchers tested a group of travelers daily on trips to Asia and Canada. Within just two days, many of them picked up superbugs genes.

After trips to India, for instance, genes resistant to quinolones – key “last resort” antibiotics – remained in some travelers’ guts for up to a month.

Other studies found genes resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics in South-East Asians jumped from 2% to 70% in just 10 years.

The bottom line? Drug-resistant genes are spreading. And at an alarming rate. They seem to be spreading most quickly in Asia… especially in less developed countries.

Medical Tourists Beware

In 2010, a professor from Wales’ Cardiff University reported a drug-resistant strain of a bacterium went from extremely rare to infecting up to 3% of the population with the bacteria in India in just 3 years.

Moreover, Professor Tim Walsh notes the resistant strain moved from India and Pakistan to the U.K. And, yes, medical tourism was involved.

Some of the U.K. carriers of this drug-resistant bacterium had traveled to Asia for everything from bone marrow transplants to burn treatments to cosmetic surgery.

That’s right: Cosmetic surgery. The truth is, that nip or tuck could cost you a lot more than the price on the label. Like that poor woman from Nevada, you could wind up dead.

Think Before You Jump

According to Australia’s Deeble Institute, a billion people travel internationally every year. Medical tourism accounts for a significant number of these travelers. But this travel carries some heavy risks.

To begin with, many medical tourists travel to less developed countries to save as much as possible on the cost of medical procedures.

Plus, these people are exposed to high-risk environments. Hospitals are more likely to harbor antibiotic-resistant bugs than other locations. So having procedures done at hospitals in less developed countries could raise your risk of exposure.

To protect yourself, take some simple measures…

  • Don’t rely on companies selling medical tourism services. In general, they’ll paint the rosiest picture possible.
  • Avoid less developed countries. Yes, procedures may be less expensive there. But the risk of exposure may be much higher.
  • Do your research. An hour or two following online links could save you years of suffering. Or even death. Find out all you can about your options.
  • Consider in-country options. You can often find services within the U.S. that run thousands less than your local hospital. Don’t overlook this option – which could save you a world of pain.

Medical tourism is popular… and it does offer some advantages. But you should weigh those advantages against the risks.

Whatever you do – don’t take some salesman’s word on safety. This is your life we’re talking about. You need to make the most informed decision you can.

And that rarely depends on the information provided by someone selling medical tourism services.

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 Cancer Scam: A Story of False Hope and Financial Ruin

Cancer is expensive. In 2015, the average cost of a course of chemotherapy cost a staggering $140,000 per year. That’s $2,692 per week… or a crippling $384.62 per day.

Think that’s bad? Just one year later, the average cost of chemo treatment jumped to $172,000 per year. That’s $471.23 per day – a rise of more than 22% in just one year!

But it’s worth it, right? I mean, how do you put a price on extending – or at least improving – the life of a loved one.

I hope you’re sitting down.

Because a study released last year showed the 48 new cancer drugs approved in Europe between 2009 and 2013 have a miserable track record.

These drugs improved quality of life (QoL) in only 10% of their applications. And they showed no benefit at all in 57% of the applications for which they were approved. Half (49%) showed no improvement in survival or QoL after approval.

In other words, many of these new drugs add to the cost of cancer treatment. But they provide virtually no meaningful benefit.

Yet the cost of these drugs is driving many cancer patients – and their families – into financial ruin. But you know who’s doing okay?

Big Pharma. Stock prices are way up… based, in part, on cancer drugs that do almost nothing.

But Drug Research Is Expensive, Isn’t It?

For years, drug companies have excused predatory pricing with the excuse that bringing a new drug to market is prohibitively expensive.

They’re forced to spend so much to prove a drug’s safety and effectiveness, they say, that new drugs have to be priced at stratospheric levels.

But, as the Washington Post pointed out in 2015, 9 out of the 10 biggest drug companies spend more on marketing than on research and development (R&D).

Johnson & Johnson shelled out 113% more, for example, for marketing activities than for R&D in 2013. Pfizer spent 73% more on marketing than on R&D. And Novartis dropped 47% more on marketing programs than on R&D.

The only exception in the top ten? Roche. They spent a whopping 3% more on R&D than on marketing in 2013.

Much of this marketing money is paid – directly or indirectly – to doctors. How much? In 2012, drug companies spent 8 times more money marketing to doctors than to consumers. And you can’t turn around without seeing a drug company ad on TV or in a magazine.

The 2012 total? An incredible $24 billion to market drugs to doctors.

So the chances are good any doctor you see has been marketed to heavily by drug companies – and that includes doctors treating you or a loved on for cancer.

Plus, a recent study found the industry claim that it costs $2.6 billion to bring a new drug to market is simply wrong. The CEO of GlaxoSmithKline – a major drug manufacturer – called Big Pharma’s cost claims “one of the great myths of the industry.”

The truth is, you’re paying much of the cost of cancer drug development already.

According to Dr. Hagop Kantarjian, of the University of Texas-MD, the average drug company invests about 15 times more into marketing than into basic research.

Instead, Dr. Kantarjian notes, most basic research is funded with taxpayer dollars. And about half of all breakthroughs aren’t made by drug companies. Instead, these breakthroughs happen in university labs.

Dr. Kantarjian points out Big Pharma invests about 20% of its income in marketing and advertising… which only drives the cost of drugs higher.

Don’t Get Ripped Off While You or a Loved One Suffers

I’ll be honest here. It’s not easy to be completely rational when you or someone you love is suffering with cancer. So it’s easy just to do what the oncologist recommends.

But keep in mind these doctors are human. And they’re susceptible to any influence that you or I might be. Including the influence of drug companies offering them goodies.

Drug companies don’t buy medical offices lunch because they feel bad for the hard working medical pros in the office. They don’t offer doctors “educational” weekends at resorts out of the goodness of their hearts.

It’s good business, pure and simple. Big Pharma knows even doctors are swayed by benefits. They wouldn’t spend that $24 billion unless they thought the doctors they market to would return at least that much in business.

But all that money leads to use of better drugs, right?

Hardly. The Houston Chronicle looked at the numbers. The FDA approved 72 cancer drugs between 2002 and 2014. On average, these drugs extended the life of patients by just two months. And the Chronicle notes a 2015 study that found no link between new drugs’ cost and their effectiveness.

As hard as it may be, if a loved one is stricken with cancer, you need to research drug options. And don’t be afraid to ask the oncologist what they receive from the company that makes the drugs they recommend. (Including free samples, lunches, and other “small” gestures.)

In many cases, older, far less expensive drugs will provide the same – or even better – results. Your loved one will still have the best QoL available. But you may be able to avoid the financial ruin tied to new, overpriced cancer drugs with little of no discernable benefit.

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 Simply Tricks to a Longer, Healthier Life

“Live fast, die young, have a good-looking corpse.”
– Novelist Willard Motley (1947)

Chances are, you couldn’t agree less with the sentiment of Motley’s famous line. You may want to “live fast” and even “have a good-looking corpse,” but dying young isn’t in your plans.

The problem, though, is most prescriptions for a long, healthy life are no fun at all. Nutritionists tell you to avoid all the foods you love. Trainers tell you to spend endless hours on the treadmill. And most doctors probably tell you to do both.

Can’t you enjoy your life, while taking care of yourself? It turns out there are quite a few simple ways to support a longer, healthier life… without making yourself miserable. Today, we’ll explore five simple ways to promote a longer, healthier life.

And, unlike traditional advice, you may find some of them downright fun.

Have Seconds on Steak, Not Pasta

The folks at Ontario’s McMaster University are pros at turning the health world on its ear. We’ve known for years it’s carbs – not fat – that makes you fat. But now McMaster researchers have shown it’s also carbs that make you dead.

Or, at least, increase your risk of an early death. In this large study, a high-carb diet boosted your risk of early death by 28%. While a high fat diet cut risk by 23%. Folks who got up to 35% of their calories from fat also cut their risk of stroke by 18%.

The study also found that a diet very low (less than 7%) in saturated fats may actually be unhealthy.

The study’s authors emphasize balance is important in your diet. Still a second small portion of steak – instead of pasta or white rice – could be a smart move. The protein is more filling than carbs… and a little more fat may be a safer choice than carbs.

Walk the Dog

I don’t usually give business advice, but I’ll make an exception here. If you’re retired and don’t own a dog, consider starting a dog-walking business.

Why? Because dog-walking could make the difference between being active and independent and… Well, you know.

Scientists at the University of East Anglia discovered that people who walked their dogs were more active than those who didn’t. That’s not news. But they found dog walkers were more active on the worst weather days than non-dog walkers were on the best days.

Don’t have a dog? Don’t want a dog? That’s okay. Even if you just offer to walk a dog for a friend or two. As long as you’re consistent about it.

The increased activity could easily make the difference between remaining independent and a life on the sidelines.

Feed Your Gut to Save Your Heart

Would you like to strengthen your heart and lower your risk of heart disease? It may be as easy as eating more onions.

Onions? Yes – seriously.

You see, onions and some of their relatives are high in a type of fiber your body can’t digest. But it’s like candy to some of the “friendly” bacteria in your gut.

These fibers – particularly inulin and fructooligosaccharides (or FOS) – cause healthy bacteria in your gut to thrive. This helps these “good” bacteria to out-compete dangerous bacteria. One of the results? Support for better heart health.

According to recent research, cultivating a healthy “garden” in your gut also fights the effects of aging on your heart.

Garlic, onions, bananas, asparagus, oats, apples, and flaxseed are among the richest source of FOS. Adding more of these delicious foods to your diet may be the easiest – and tastiest – way to defend your heart from the effects of aging.

Defend Your Vision With… Guacamole?

Once upon a time, eating avocado was an indulgence. But this fruit is loaded with healthy fats. So it’s okay to eat a moderate amount regularly.

New research suggests avocado may even give your eyes a boost.

Scientists at the US Department of Agriculture tested avocado with older adults. Those who ate avocado daily saw an increase in macular pigment.

Why does this matter? Because macular pigment is the substance that protects your retinas from ultraviolet (UV) damage. The thicker your layer of macular pigment, the better protection for your vision.

Avocados make a great addition to salads. Or enjoy some guacamole with celery and carrot sticks. Just keep in mind you’ll be adding a fair amount of calories. So maybe you’ll want to skip dessert.

A Shortcut to Defeating Depression

If you’ve ever suffered through a bout of depression, you know how paralyzing it can be. When you’re depressed, nothing feels “worth it.” Consequences don’t matter. And you may even think the unthinkable.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have good news. You may be able to stave off depression with remarkably little effort.

The study looked at more than 11,000 people over 11 years. And it found a very small amount of exercise can beat depression. In fact, the researchers found just an hour of exercise a week could have prevented 12% of the cases of depression in the study.

An hour a week is less than 10 minutes a day. And the study found that the exercise didn’t need to be high intensity. Any level of exercise seemed to work.

Beating depression may not help you live longer (though it could)… but it will certainly help you live a happier, healthier life.

And it’s just one of several new discoveries that show boosting your overall health and longevity can be easier than the so-called “experts” claim.

Live Longer; Live Better

Let’s be honest. If you don’t like vegetables, you probably won’t force yourself to eat them because your doctor says you should. And spending hours at the gym is only “fun” for a very small group of people.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t take small-but-effective steps to improve your life and health.

If you love dogs, walking a dog is fun. The fact that it boosts your fitness is beside the point. And the fact it’s a viable part-time job is a bonus.

Maybe you really like avocados. But you only eat them occasionally because of the fat content. Now you know you’re probably better off cutting out other foods and eating the avocados you love. Protecting your vision is a bonus.

Living a fulfilling life and a long, healthy one isn’t mutually exclusive. As these studies show, there are many ways to promote a longer life… while enjoying it, too.

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 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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