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Weed Killer and Pet Death

Weed Killer and Pet Death

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Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Discover the hidden dangers of many weed killers for lawn care, and the various steps that Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends in order to prevent pet death.

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Filed Under: General Health

For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

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Last Reviewed 09/05/2014

Discover why for heart-healthy eating Dr. Sinatra says sugar, not fats, is the real demon in heart disease. Plus, get a recipe for Vibrant Avocado and Veggie Salsa Collard wraps to put heart-healthy eating into action.

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Filed Under: Recipes

The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

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Last Reviewed 08/14/2014

Most green tea pills are highly concentrated, containing many more catechins than are found in a single cup of green tea. That’s why you need to be very careful when choosing a green tea supplement. Here's what you need to know...

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Filed Under: Weight Loss Program

The Benefits of Multivitamins

The Benefits of Multivitamins

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Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Find out more about the benefits of multivitamins and why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that you take targeted nutritional supplements to maintain optimal heart health.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Healthy, Inspiring Books for Children

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For the holidays, my wife and I passed on electronic gadgets and are instead giving books to the children in our lives. Unlike electronic gadgets, books don't emit harmful electropollution and reading them together will create lasting memories...

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Filed Under: General Health

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Treat Fibromyalgia with Heart Nutrients? Absolutely

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently I asked my Facebook readers which health topics they wanted me to write about in my blog—and one overwhelming response is fibromyalgia. The good news, as I’ll explain in a minute, is that the same nutrients that support the heart can help with fibromyalgia.
 
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Stroke Risk Factors—Why Younger People Are Having Strokes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It used to be that only people over the age of 65 needed to worry about having a stroke. But a new study published in the journal Neurology has found reported that 15% of all strokes are now occurring in people between the ages of 15-44. Here's why...

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GMO Food Labeling: Is CT a Winner?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Connecticut is the home state of my wife, six grown children, five of our ten grandchildren, and my former clinical practice. Plus, this month that same home state has been front and center in the headlines for  "unanimously" passing a GMO Labeling bill by a vote of with a unanimous 35-1 vote. But while that sounds like a victory, the fight is far from over...
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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Is Red Meat Safe?

Is Red Meat Safe?

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Last Reviewed 03/27/2014

Learn more about a study in Nature Medicine that determined fat and cholesterol in red meat isn’t what causes cardiovascular risk, it’s the L-carnitine.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Enjoy the Benefits of DHA

Enjoy the Benefits of DHA

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Last Reviewed 02/24/2014

Learn more about the benefits of DHA, and how Dr. Stephen Sinatra believes that getting enough supplementation will promote eye, heart and brain health.

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Filed Under: Blood Pressure

Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

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Last Reviewed 02/27/2014

Find out more about taking multivitamins to promote overall well-being, and what to avoid in your supplementation to naturally and effectively stay healthy.

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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Even with all the benefits that supplements and medication can provide, I frequently have to remind patients about the basics of good health—and that includes exercise. Even a minimal amount of regular activity can have immediate benefits--and it's never too late to start. Here's how...

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Filed Under: General Health

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Winter Survival for Your Body and Mind

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One way to get through the post-holiday winter stretch is to start anticipating and planning your summer vacation time.  If you, like me, enjoy taking time to do something for your mind and body when you travel, I have a great suggestion for you. Consider joining me for a weekend in New England this June...

 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The Healing Power of Music

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Last Reviewed 07/21/2014

Music can do more than help get you into the holiday spirit. It can heal mentally and physically. Create a soundtrack for the holidays and good health.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays. Protect your digestive system with a little bacteria—the good kind, of course. Find out how to supplement your holiday diet with probiotics.

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Filed Under: Digestive Health

Give Thanks for Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Thanksgiving is the time to be grateful for all of the good things in your life. Turns out that feeling grateful may lengthen your life and heal your heart. Find out how.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

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Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

The Great Cholesterol Myth is that cholesterol causes all of your heart problems. My new book uncovers the truth about the high cholesterol hype. Preview today.

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Can a Flu Vaccine Stop Heart Disease?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

New research says that a flu vaccine could reduce your chance of a heart attack by 50%. But before you rush out to get a flu shot, get all the facts. Is getting a flu vaccine the best choice for you?
 

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Happiness Can Extend Your Life

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The power or positive thinking can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. People with less enjoyment in their lives were three times more likely to die before their happier counterparts. Learn more about how your attitude can impact your health.
 

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Filed Under: General Health

Indoor Tanning is Risky Business

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Before you turn to a tanning bed to maintain your summer glow this winter, consider the health risks. For instance, studies show that indoor tanning is linked to malignant melanoma, the deadliest kind. Learn other reasons why indoor tanning isn't worth the risk.
 

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Maple Syrup Gives You Valuable Health Perks

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The next time you sit down to a breakfast of fluffy pancakes, consider the health benefits of real maple syrup. The golden sweet liquid contains cancer-fighting properties and more. Find out more about the good stuff in this good stuff.

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Is Your Heart Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Vitamin D isn't just important for your bone health; it's important for your heart health, too. A new study reveals just how much. Are you getting enough vitamin D in your diet? Find out how much you need to protect your heart.
 

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

September is World Alzheimer's Month and it is a good time to be aware of another illness that mimics Alzheimer's and attacks mental function -- vascular dementia. Learn more about this condition and its classic symptoms.
 

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

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Last Reviewed 05/15/2014

Discover why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that even those in excellent health should explore if a heart pacemaker would help maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Filed Under: Arrhythmia

Heart-Felt Lessons from the Olympics

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Seeing the physical exertion that athletes endure to train for the Olympics is awe-inspiring, but it also points out a dangerous health threat—cardiac arrest. What any athlete, and you, can do to avoid the risk.
 

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Filed Under: Heart Attack

Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Brightly colored veggies get more attention than pale cauliflower, but it is packed with just as many health benefits like cancer protection and a good dose of vitamin C. Find out what else this super food can do.
 

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

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Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Carrying around a few extra pounds is a common heart-health mistake. Are you making other mistakes that could hurt your heart? Check out our list of the top 5.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Adding seasoning to your food does more than add flavor. The right seasonings can reduce inflammation, balance your metabolism and give you an antioxidant boost. See which 10 heart healthy seasonings you should have in your kitchen right now.
 

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Why “Good” HDL Cholesterol Isn’t Always Good

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The drug companies have sold the American public a simplified version of cholesterol, that LDL cholesterol is “bad” and HDL cholesterol is “good.” They’ve propagated that message in order to sell more cholesterol medications, but that message is doing more harm than good...

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

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Last Reviewed 07/17/2014

If you have teenage children, or grandchildren, I hope you'll help me share this important information. Many young people have taken up smoking hookah, which they think is less dangerous than cigarettes. But the fact is, it can be 100 times worse for their health. Here's why.

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Filed Under: General Health

Diabetes and Heart Disease

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Discover the deadly connection between diabetes and heart disease, and how best to prevent and treat both conditions to maintain overall health and well-being.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Mood-Boosting Foods

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When you're feeling stressed or blue, some foods just make you feel better. But they aren't all good for you. Discover the healthiest foods for boosting your mood.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Happy Decoration Day!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day—but no matter what we call it, this day is for remembering all of the men and women who have defended our nation.

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Filed Under: General Health

Mindful Summer Escapes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Worried that all that dining out on summer vacation will take a toll on your waistline? Consider a healthier spin on summer vacation with a trip to a medi-spa. Find out how you can relax and renew in a healthy environment.

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Filed Under: General Health

Protect Your Vision with Fish

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Last Reviewed 06/11/2014

A recent study on vision conducted a dietary analysis of more than 38,000 women and found that those who ate one or more fish meals a week were decidedly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.

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Filed Under: General Health

Israel Issues a New Warning About Cell Phone Dangers

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Israeli parliament has given blanket approval to a bill requiring cell phones there to bear the following health alert: “Warning—the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.”

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Filed Under: General Health

Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/07/2014

While sudden death from intimacy is rare, many of my cardiac patients have said they felt vulnerable about their heart. In fact, it's a common fear that many don’t share until they get beyond their hesitation or embarrassment to talk about their love life.

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Which Sports Are Heart Safe?

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Last Reviewed 09/09/2014

While exercise is critical for heart health, it's important to remember that some types of exercise are riskier than others. Here's what you need to know...

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

High heat from an open flame creates highly carcinogenic compounds that are similar to the oxidized cholesterol found in your bloodstream, as well compounds that have been found to increase your risk of several of the most common kinds of cancer.

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Filed Under: General Health

Is Yoga Safe?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Yoga is a very powerful medicine but injuries are common. Here's how to practice safely...

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn about Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s recommendations for taking daily aspirin, what conditions it is good for and when the preventative medicine should be avoided.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Good Vibrations

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Dr. Sinatra introduces visitors to some of his fellow colleagues who specialize in the impact of technology on the body.

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Filed Under: General Health

Why Statins Are Dangerous

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Last Reviewed 04/28/2014

Learn more about the dangers of statin drugs, and why Dr.Sinatra doesn't recommend statin drugs for anyone but men over 50 who have coronary heart disease.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

“Airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) provoked by hauling and lifting luggage.  Here's how to keep it from tripping you up.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Neighborly Ties Are Good for Your Health

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Last Reviewed 02/12/2014

We can all get caught up in the busyness of our hurried everyday lives, and forget to make time to get together with those who live in such close proximity to us. But when push comes to shove, good neighbors are those that are there when times get tough.

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Filed Under: General Health

The Health Benefits of Watermelon

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Discover from Dr. Stephen Sinatra the health benefits of watermelon, an antioxidant-rich fruit that quenches inflammation, the underlying culprit of heart disease, along with diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and asthma.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Discover howto incorporate heart-healthy snacks, such as almonds and blueberries, into your heart-healthy diet plan, as recommended by Dr. Sinatra.

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Pets for Heart Health

Pets for Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 04/28/2014

Learn more about why Dr. Sinatra recommends pets to promote heart health, particularly for people with coronary artery disease.

 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Statin Drugs and Memory Loss

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

Learn more about the side effects of statin medications, including memory loss, and why Dr. Stephen Sinatra urges extreme caution before taking statin medications. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

4 Foods for Depression

4 Foods for Depression

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Last Reviewed 07/22/2014

Discover the four foods for depression that Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggests for those with mild depression or anxiety, and how they work to boost your mood.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Vacation Your Way to Better Health!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently, I saw an article about Americans and their vacations. While many other countries mandate four weeks of paid vacations (or more!), many Americans take one week of vacation or less. 

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Filed Under: General Health

The Health Benefits of Saunas

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Last Reviewed 07/21/2014

Learn about the health benefits of saunas from Dr. Stephen Sinatra who strongly recommends them to help manage weight, improve the integrity of skin, and strengthen immunity.

 
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Healthy Heart Nutrition: White Bean Salad

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

Now that the weather is warmer, my wife Jan and I have switched over from soups to salads in our kitchen. One of our favorites is White Bean Salad, a fantastic heart healthy recipe. 

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Can Optimism Improve Your Health?

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Research has found that optimists are not only happier, they’re also healthier, live longer, and recover from illnesses better than those with less cheery outlooks. 

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Filed Under: General Health

Stroke Symptoms for Women

Stroke Symptoms for Women

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Last Reviewed 02/24/2014

Discover the stroke symptoms for women, and how they often differ greatly from the traditional symptoms that men will experience when suffering a stroke.

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Introducing the New Dr. Sinatra Walking Club

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There is no other lifestyle modification with such immediate and long-lasting benefits for your health and well-being as exercise, and walking is one of the most effective and sustainable types of exercise you can do.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn from Dr. Sinatra two different cardiac pacemakers: the AV node and the Purkings fiber and what each of them does in order to know which one is right for you.
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Filed Under: Heart Health

Healthy Heart Nutrition: Very Veggie Lasagna

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Last Reviewed 06/27/2014

Lasagna gets a health update in this amazing, heart-healthy recipe. Swapping out the meat for antioxidant-rich veggies not only lowers the fat and calories, but also makes great cardiovascular nutrition sense. 

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Heart Beat 101

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The basic electrocardiographic (ECG, or EKG from the German for “kardio”) representation of the heart beat is an important diagnostic tool in cardiology. It’s made up of several parts: the P wave, the PR interval, the Q wave, the QRS complex, the T wave, and the QT interval.

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Healthy Heart Nutrition: Winning Waldorf Salmon Salad

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

Dr. Sinatra's fantastic salmon salad recipe has all the omega-3s you want for heart health, plus the low-calorie and low-fat requirements needed to keep your waistline trim. And you can't beat the taste of this heart healthy recipe!

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Fish: The Wonder Food

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I have followed the research on fish as a cardio-protective and anti-aging agent for 30 years, and it is a cornerstone of my eating plan for optimal health.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

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Last Reviewed 06/13/2014

Discover Dr. Sinatra's take on enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure, including how it works and where to seek out a facility that administers EECP. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Cordless Phones: New Heart Risk Factor?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Magda Havas’ provocation study on cordless phones and heart rate variability is a landmark finding in that it is the first to objectively and measurably show that the cardiovascular system DOES, indeed, respond to wireless EMF exposure. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

I'm a Hoosier at Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Jan and I love to check out what’s at our local cinema, but what we really relish is to settle in for the night with one of our many favorites. And, for me, Hoosiers tops the list.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Go Nuts!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

At times when my travel schedule is hectic that I don’t have time to eat a healthy meal, I go to the nearest health food store and buy some nuts. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

How Much Do You Love Your Heart?

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

If you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you’ve undoubtedly been advised to evaluate your lifestyle and start exercising. You may have been told to consider psychotherapy to explore unexpressed or unrecognized emotions like anger, fear, and anxiety. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The VAP Test and HDL Cholesterol

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A high level of HDL—the so-called good cholesterol—is generally associated with protection against heart attack. However, we now know that HDL can be further divided into subtypes HDL1 and HDL2.

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

Figuring Out Food Allergies

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

There I was in a very unusual spot to be watching morning television: the dental chair. But drifting back with my mouth literally too full to speak, I heard the sound of another familiar voice chatting away with Kelly Ripa about food allergies—Suzanne Somers.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Must-Have Tests for Heart Risk Factors

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As part of my Heart Health Awareness Campaign in celebration of American Heart Month, I’d like to focus for a moment on those critical tests you need to evaluate your personal risk for heart disease.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Should You Take A Statin Drug?

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Last Reviewed 07/14/2014

If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, like heart attack and stroke, you are likely aware of statins, the ever-so-popular popular medications usually prescribed to help you maintain good cholesterol levels. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Will Aspirin Work For You?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Though many doctors and holistic health practitioners recommend aspirin to patients with cardiovascular problems, there is much debate about the most effective minimum dosage. For example, does a patient need one low-dose aspirin (81 mg), two low-dose aspirins, or one full-dose aspirin (325 mg)?   

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Spiced Winter Tea Recipe

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Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Learn about Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s spiced tea recipe that he recommends during cold and flu season to help prevent seasonal sicknesses from affecting you.

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Lower Blood Pressure Levels With Diuretics

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, or high blood pressure levels, you may already be taking a diuretic such as indapamide (Lozol) or furosemide (Lasix). 

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Filed Under: Blood Pressure

Beta Blockers 101

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with beta blockers, including Propranolol Hydrochloride, Timolol, Metoprolol, Atenolol, and Nadolol. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Three Tips for Detoxifying

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthier, lose weight, and generally clean up their acts. And one of the keys to accomplishing all three of those goals is detoxificaiton.

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Filed Under: General Health

Calcium Channel Blockers 101

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with calcium channel blockers, including Isoptin, Calan, Verelan, Norvasc, and Procardia.

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Filed Under: Circulation

Apples on My Mind

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

We are all familiar with the old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. And while the apple was a suggested culprit in Biblical lore since Adam and Eve, it eventually was assigned to more positive legends, like proving marksmanship for William Tell or supporting the theory of gravity for Sir Isaac Newton.

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What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

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Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

Learn all about ACE inhibitor drugs including what they are and how they can help any cardiovascular problems you may have such high blood pressure levels.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Four Therapies for Heart Attack Patients

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you've had a heart attack, you will likely need to be on medication. However, there are four therapies that can help maximize your heart’s healing and ultimately bring you to an enhanced level of health to help you avoid a second heart attack.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, we’ve understood that having high blood levels of HDL cholesterol lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Now, a research publication reports that higher HDL levels are also associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Are You at Risk for Heart Attack?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

All too often, a heart attack strikes out of the blue. While we can certainly identify the heart risk factors likely to lead to heart attack, it is important to know that people who have good cholesterol levels, healthy triglycerides levels, and even those who are at their ideal weight have also fallen victim to heart attacks.  In other words, no one is truly exempt from having a heart attack.

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Relax, Relax, Relax

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Stress is a primary cause of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke. That's why it is so critical that you engage in tension-relieving practices.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The Emotions of Losing Weight

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Whether you want to shed 15 pounds or 215 pounds, if you want to be successful at long-term weight loss, you must examine your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors around food. Otherwise, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll backslide into old eating patterns at the first sign of emotional stress.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss Program

Five Secrets for Effective Weight Loss

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Over the years, you’ve probably learned the hard way that dieting simply does not work. Almost any of the popular weight loss programs will show results in the short term, but when you return to your old eating habits, the pounds come right back.

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Filed Under: General Health

Eat Well for Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The first step in your action plan for treating cardiovascular problems is to live a lifestyle free of the heart risk factors that increase the likelihood that you’ll be affected. 

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

The Heart-Brain Connection

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

The largest vessel to emerge from the left ventricle is your aorta, and it has two major arteries—the carotids, which branch and send blood directly to the brain. That's why, when dealing with any arrest of the heartbeat, we know that the brain is the first body organ to feel the pinch in blood flow.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Recognizing a Stroke

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The previous pneumonic was to think of the first three letters of the word stroke (S,T, R) and take action. The new advisory, and one that is CORRECT, is use the first four letters of the word stroke (S, T, R, O) to assess for a stroke.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

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Last Reviewed 03/27/2014

Find why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that his patients eat Japanese natto for its Vitamin K2 benefits, which promote a healthy cardiovascular system.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Stress is a Killer

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

How you handle stress can be a matter of life and death becasue when you get fired up emotionally, anything can happen.

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Filed Under: Heart Attack

Beta Carotene: Saint or Demon?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Beta carotene is an extremely important player in helping you to avoid cardiovascular problems.  In fact, more than 200 studies have confirmed the cardiovascular beneficial effects of foods rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and other antioxidants.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Dr. Sinatra and Chelation

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When it comes to the subject of chelation for cardiovascular problems, for Dr. Sinatra and I, we have mixed feelings. On one hand, we’ve seen patients thrive with IV chelation. However, we have concerns regarding the lack of studies and solid evidence supporting its benefits.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Niacin

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Niacin occupies a central role in my supplement arsenal against arterial disease. That’s because it lowers smaller LDL cholesterol particles but, more importantly, it superbly raises larger HDL particles and also helps you to maintain a low triglycerides level.  Niacin also helps your body to manage the very dangerous cholesterol component, Lp(a).

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Could Beta Carotene Kill Me?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Beta carotene is an extremely important player in promoting heart health and in managing heart risk factors. More than 200 studies have confirmed that any good cardiovascular nutrition plan should include foods rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and other antioxidants.

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Filed Under: Heart Attack

Chelation: Good for Your Heart?

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Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

While intravenous chelation (EDTA) has been FDA approved and accepted as a treatment for lead poisoning, it is less clear whether this method is effective for cardiovascular problems.

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Cardiology Terminology: Chelation

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

In the traditional sense, chelation typically involves the intravenous administration of a man-made amino acid called EDTA, an agent valued for its “clawing out” or drawing out properties.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Mammography in Controversy

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Reduction of net benefit in 40- to 49-year-old women is due to harms associated with regular mammography screening, including “psychological harms, unnecessary imaging tests and biopsies in women without cancer, and inconvenience due to false-positive screening results."

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Trans Fats are Killing You

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Trans fats are the man-made, partially hydrogenated fats that food manufacturers use to prolong shelf life in approximately 75 percent of the food in the standard American diet. These killer fats poison your body, and I warn all of my patients, especially those with heart risk factors, to avoid them.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Breast Cancer Treatment is an Individual Decision

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Breast cancer can be treated in a variety of ways—not just the traditional methods of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. If she chooses to undergo conventional therapies, a woman should consider some form of alternative therapy that will compliment her healing.

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Garlic Is Great For Your Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Garlic is a fabulous anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent with a long history in folk medicine. It is an excellent natural blood thinner, which makes it vital for people who are trying to improve poor blood circulation or prevent blood clots. It’s so effective that I often instruct some patients to go light on garlic—as well as ginger—if they are on a pharmaceutical blood thinner like Coumadin.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

What Tumeric Does For Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Tumeric's yellow color comes from curcumin—a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that’s been found to reduce the excess platelet aggregation that occurs in sticky, clot-forming blood. Curcumin also helps keep NF-kappa B, a protein complex involved in the body’s inflammatory reactions, in check.

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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Time is a precious commodity for everyone these days. And finding the time to eat right can be downright challenging. Fortunately, this easy salad is not only a breeze to put together, but it tastes great and is a great choice for a light lunch or side dish with dinner. And since it’s low glycemic, it’s a perfect recipe for people living with diabetes.

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Green Tea is So Good For You

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Animal and human studies suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce your heart health risks by helping to prevent plaque rupture and by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Comprised of national public service organizations, government agencies, and professional media associations, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month actively provides information about breast cancer, as well as access to screening services.

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Does Aspirin Therapy Really Work?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have cardiovascular problems, you’ve probably heard that aspirin is a popular and inexpensive approach to help keep blood thin and prevent blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Postoperative Resistance Training

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra is a big fan of resistance training, and used this great form of exercise to prepare for hip replacement surgery. He then focused on strengthening his upper body, as he knew he’d need it while using a walker postoperatively for a while.

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Benefits of Resistance Training

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rather, resistance training is defined as any exercise that involves contracting your muscles against some form of external resistance—a dumbbell, rubber exercise tubing, or even your own body weight. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, the goal of resistance training is “to gradually and progressively overload the musculoskeletal system so it gets stronger.”

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On the Road With Dr. Sinatra

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While visiting Drs. Drew and Briana Sinatra (both certified in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture) in White Rock, British Columbia, our “kids” scheduled a lunch date for us to meet some very serious Canadians they know who have spearheaded the Citizens for Safe Technology.

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How Happy Are You?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You would think that the older you get, the more vulnerable to heartbreak and unhappiness you become—but research has shown just the opposite.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Don't Lug Your Luggage

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra wrote about airport angina in an issue of Heart, Health, and Nutrition years ago. For those of you who missed it, here is a synopsis of his tips for heart patients.

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Cardiology Terminology: Airport Angina

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Essentially, “airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) that are provoked by hauling and lifting luggage. And getting angina when you’re far from home is always an unsettling experience.

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Cardiology Terminology: Airport Angina

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Essentially, “airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) that are provoked by hauling and lifting luggage. And getting angina when you’re far from home is always an unsettling experience.

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Filed Under: Angina

Successful Surgery Recovery

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

About six months before my scheduled hip surgery, I started to “train” for it, much as I trained for wrestling matches during my athletic heyday. Here’s the 5-step plan I followed.

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Filed Under: General Health

Beat Your Sugar Habit

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The dangers of excess refined carbohydrate and sugar consumption are downright endemic in our society. Sugar causes a myriad of health concerns from obesity and diabetes to high blood pressure levels and cardiovascular problems. Excess sugar is even a major culprit in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain.

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Healthy Cholesterol Is Great, But...

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Last Reviewed 07/14/2014

The field of cardiology is finally realizing that although good cholesterol levels can help deter the biochemical process that creates damage in arterial walls—which in turn leads to plaque, occlusions, and clots—it’s a relatively minor one. In other words, they’ve realized that even though they may find cholesterol at the scene of the crime, it’s not necessarily the perpetrator.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Know Your Blood Pressure Levels

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’re unaware of your blood pressure levels, you put yourself at great risk.  That’s because uncontrolled high blood pressure (or hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

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How Dangerous is Your Bathroom?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Our bathrooms may be a minefield of toxins. Some of the compounds in things like our daily shampoos contain chemicals that have never been tested for safety in terms of human consumption. Others may contribute to physical dilemmas ranging from cancer to infertility.

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Filed Under: General Health

Peripheral Artery Disease 101

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the common conditions cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs, and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor blood circulation,” a phrase often used in the ads you see on television.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Are You In Sugar Shock?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s a well-known fact that obesity is on a steady rise in U.S. since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup to our foods. Look for high fructose corn syrup on the your labels—some foods you may not even suspect have sugar in them!—and you may be amazed at how much sugar you are actually getting in your diet.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

The Truth About Cholesterol

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Last Reviewed 07/14/2014

Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not a villain. Your body needs cholesterol to synthesize certain nutrients and hormones, construct the semi-permeable membranes around each of the 100 trillion cells that make up your body, and facilitate cell communication and memory in the brain.

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Rosemary to the Rescue

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rosemary helps to prevent the buildup of toxic carcinogens in the meats and even contains compounds that prevent skin cancers. It’s also a great antioxidant.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Could "Home Grown" Increase Blood Pressure Levels?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you reside in an older home that was ever painted with lead paint—even if those painted wood, shingles, trim, stucco, brick, or what-have-you was covered over with some kind of siding—never plant any edibles in beds next to the house.

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Watch White Coat Hypertension

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Last Reviewed 07/30/2014

White coat hypertension is a condition in which eople become anxious over a visit to a physician, holistic health practitioner, dentist, or other medical facility. Such visits evoke a fight-or-flight response, and their blood pressure levels go up. But research has shown that abnormally high blood pressure readings in a medical setting could be more than just a benign byproduct of anxiety. Although the condition is poorly understood, WCH could be a precursor to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Avandia and Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Whenever there is a whiff of danger about taking a drug—and there is question about an increased risk for both heart attack and heart failure in those taking Avandia—then the potential risks out-trump the benefits. It’s just a no-brainer. Why put yourself in harm’s way if there is even a slight doubt?

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Coenzyme Q10: Energy on Call

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Often called the “miracle nutrient” or the “universal antioxidant,” CoQ10 exists in the mitochondria—or power plants—of our cells, and scavenges and destroys free radicals that cause heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

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The Magic of Garlic

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Aged garlic extract may help increase HDL cholesterol levels and improve plasma homocysteine levels. Aged garlic may also slow the progression of cal­cific coronary disease.

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Learn more about low ejection fraction and the therapies and supplements that Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggests for those who suffer from this cardiovascular issue.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

San Francisco To Pass Cell Phone Law

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Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

In response to the health dangers of radition exposure, San Francisco is poised to pass a law forcing cell phone manufacturers to identify the level or amount of radiation the cell phone emits.

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Filed Under: General Health

Combat Insulin Resistance

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, can lead to weight gain and high blood pressure levels. You can combat insulin resistance by adhering to healthy cardiovascular nutrition and getting support from the right nutri­tional supplements.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Discover more about the dangers of high Lp(a) cholesterol levels and why they can be a bigger threat to your heart health than high total cholesterol. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There are natural ways to lower blood pressure. They involve good cardiovascular nutrition, as well as simple lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation. Lowering blood pressure naturally is possible, but it takes commitment and the willingness to make some changes.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

C-Reative Protein (CRP) and Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

C-reactive protein is a heart risk factor that the medical world has started to take note of. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate a risk for heart attack and stroke. 

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Prevent Blood Clots by Reducing Fibrogen

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Arteriosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, is the most common cause of heart disease, but in women younger than 45, we see more heart attacks caused by improper blood clotting that can be triggered by high fibrinogen levels. Too much fibrinogen, an inflammatory product of blood coagu­lation, can make the blood clot too fast.

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Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Historically, maintaining healthy cholesterol has been at center stage of the quest to minimize the risk of coronary artery disease. But there is now evidence that elevated homocysteine levels are also one of the top heart risk factors.

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What To Do Before Opting For Heart Surgery

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

In many cases, the decision to undergo heart surgery is easy—particularly if you are symptomatic with a lot of heart risk factors, you have left main coronary artery disease, and your quality of life is poor. But, if you are asymptomatic, the decision to have surgery may be a difficult one.

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What is an Angina Attack?

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn more about angina attack, how it differs from a heart attack, and what to do when experiencing the symptoms of an anginal episode to promote heart health.

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Filed Under: Angina

Bypass Surgery Makes Sense for High-Risk Patients

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Bypass surgery is probably the best option for you when many vessels are involved, or if your single or double-vessel disease is not amenable to angioplasty. In a nutshell, the greater the extent of heart disease, the more I lean toward bypass surgery.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Exercise, But Do It Carefully

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While exercising, I urge you to learn to listen to your body. Is the exercise you’re doing causing pain? Tight muscles? Does it hurt your posture? Is it affecting your sleep? Is it disturbing your breathing, digestion, vision, or other functions not normally associated with fitness?

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Filed Under: Heart Health

On the Road with Dr. Sinatra

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While Dr. Sinatra and I were at the American Academy of Anti-Aging in April, we were thrilled the cover of the Earthing book was on the cover of the May issue of the Townsend Letter! The Townsend Letter, a highly respected journal for physicians and other healthcare providers, is devoted to alternative medicine.

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Bioflavonoids That Scare Off Heart Risk Factors

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You may have heard of polyphenols, flavonoids, flavones, Pycnogenol (pine bark), grapeseed, catechins, tannins, quercetin and flavonol. You’ve also probably heard about the benefits of red wine, green tea, and grape juice. All are in the family of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which are really the cream of the crop.

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Grape Juice, Red Wine, and Green Tea

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems. That’s why I encourage my patients to drink grape juice and red wine, both of which are made with grapes (in moderation, of course). You can also get resveratrol in supplement form. I recommend 2–5 mg of resveratrol daily. I also encourage my patients to drink flavonoid-rich green tea.

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Grape Juice, Red Wine, and Green Tea

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems. That’s why I encourage my patients to drink grape juice and red wine, both of which are made with grapes (in moderation, of course). You can also get resveratrol in supplement form. I recommend 2–5 mg of resveratrol daily. I also encourage my patients to drink flavonoid-rich green tea.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Lutein: A Red-Wine Alternative

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’ve read any of the reports about healthy heart nutrition, you may have read about the benefits of drinking red wine. But a healthier and less expensive way to protect yourself from cardiovascular problems and to support your eyes can be found in a carotenoid called lutein.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Osteoporosis 101

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Osteoporosis affects 75 million of us in the US, Japan, and Europe. And women are four times more likely to develop low bone mass than men.

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Filed Under: General Health

Cardiovascular Problems Eased With D-Ribose

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

D-ribose supplies heart cells with energy and so much more.  It is a simple five-sided sugar that supports the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels in cardiac and skeletal muscle. ATP also aids the heart’s muscle contraction. The more it contracts, the more blood it accepts.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Vitamin and mineral supplements are not substitutes for a proper diet, but even the rare American who eats a balanced diet does not get the amount of nutritionals needed to combat the toxins and heart risk factors that threaten his/her health. This is why it’s critical that you take a quality multivitamin/mineral supplement with antioxidants every day with your meals. It’s just smart cardiovascular nutrition.

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Eat Colorful Carotenoids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you eat at least five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, you will, on average, take in enough carotenoids to meet your body’s needs. But this can be a challenge. That’s why it makes sense to take out additional “insurance” with supplements to be sure you’re giving your body the cardiovascular nutrition that it needs to help you avoid heart risk factors.

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Married People Have Fewer Cardiovascular Problems

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Happily married people have fewer cardiovascular problems than those who are single or widowed because they have love in their lives. Widowed persons, however, tend to develop disease at an alarming rate, particularly after the recent loss of a loved one. And, divorced people are more vulnerable to illness and cardiovascular problems than married people.

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Earthing for Earthlings

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Direct contact with the earth feeds the body with the natural and subtle electric energies that restore balance to the body’s multiple bioelectrical systems and reduces inflammation. And, by the way, earthing is also a great way to protect yourself from electromagnetic frequencies!

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Reducing Cholesterol With Statin Drugs

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Last Reviewed 07/14/2014

Statins are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that have been shown to be able to do a phenomenal job of reducing cholesterol levels, while also decreasing the number of deaths from heart attack and stroke.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Secondhand Smoke Hurts Your Pets

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cats living with smoking owners have double the rate of feline leukemia, more breathing problems like asthma, and higher rates of oral cancers (when cats lick their smoke-laden fur, grooming themselves delivers toxins to the mouth). Dogs cohabitating with smokers are at risk for lung and nasal cancers.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The Teeth-Organ Connection

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

According to Chinese medicine, the teeth overlay a complex meridian system that represents a map of the human body—which means addressing a problematic tooth can assuage a more systemic problem. 

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Prevent Cardiovascular Problems AND Alzheimers with CoQ10

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra tracked down emerging research showing that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)—a nutrient he already puts everyone but their brother on—had a preventative effect against Alzheimer’s in the animal model. He began to feel that maybe there’s a way we can steal some thunder from this avaricious disorder of the brain after all.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

A New Weapon To Fight Heart Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have cardiovascular problems or you’ve recently experienced a virus or urinary infection that could cause inflammation, have your doctor check your C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. CRP can be detected when there is inflammation resulting from trauma or infection (including pneumonia, herpes, chlamydia, and possibly even a viral infection that simulates a cold). A simple blood test is as accurate as cholesterol and homocysteine screening in predicting a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Cardiovascular Nutrition for Kids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Here’s a great recipe for those of you with kids in your life, but not necessarily in your home. Kids can make these with you, then take them home and to school.

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Improve Blood Circulation with Bioflavonoids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Grape juice, like red wine, can help prevent blood clots and improve blood circulation.  Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems.  The “Dr. Sinatra recommended dosage” of Resveratrol is 2–5 mg daily.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Overcome Vitamin D Deficiency

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You must have adequate vitamin D levels for optimum health. If you are already diagnosed with cardiovascular problems, you can prevent complications, and perhaps turn your condition on its tail, by addressing your vitamin D status. Ask your doctor to get a level if it hasn’t been done.

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The Stress-Induced Heart Attack

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The sudden onset of an emotional assault such as the loss of a loved one can be so intense that it can trigger serious cardiovascular problems – including a heart attack and stroke. This has to do with the release of your body’s “fight or flight” hormones in response to stress.

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A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

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Last Reviewed 07/31/2014

A sudden cardiac death occurs once every minute and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the onset of symptoms. Discover why Dr. Sinatra says there is a powerful mind/body connection that may be the secret cause of these sudden deaths.

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Cooking for Cancer

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, believes that “a grounding activity such as cooking and eating well can provide more than nourishment; it can offer a huge psychological boost.”

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Book Review

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s not usual that I feel compelled to write a book review, let alone one about nutrition. But I have come across one that is such a real winner for helping folks deal with the day-to-day aspects of cancer treatment, that it makes a great resource.

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We Can Knock Out Cancer--Right Now!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Sinatras spend an evening at the home of Suzanne Somers mingling with MDs and others who had contributed to her recent book Knockout: Interviews with doctors who are curing cancer... and how to prevent it in the first place.

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Filed Under: General Health