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8 Secrets to Healthy Blood for Better Heart Health

…examination, ask your doctor to check you for inflammation by monitoring your CRP and fibrinogen levels. 2. Quit smoking. Smoking causes sludgy, viscous, and inflamed blood. Stopping smoking can improve your heart health, tremendously. 3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. First and foremost, keep your sweets…

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The 14 Most Dangerous Toxins to the Heart

…search “mold.” 6. Cigarettes. Each puff contains thousands of compounds you don’t want in your body. So to detoxify your body, you want to stop smoking. 7. Soft drinks. These drinks contain too much sugar or artificial sweeteners that cause inflammation, plus phosphoric acid that leaches calcium out…

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6 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Bone Health

…intake to three glasses of wine per week. Alcohol, like caffeine, can deplete calcium, harming bone strength. 6. Cigarette Smoking—The data on smoking indicate that it doubles the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture, two major impediments to bone health . Now it’s your turn: Are you avoiding these…

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Why Your Lung Health Affects Your Heart

…threat to our lung health is our toxic environment. So, the first step as Drew emphasizes is to limit your exposure to auto emissions, smoke (including secondhand smoke) and other air pollutants. You may also want to get a good quality air purifier for your home, and especially the bedroom. For lung health…

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8 Ways to Avoid Colorectal Cancer

…tocopherols, both gamma and d-alpha, and ideally tocotrienols. 8. Don’t Smoke and Reduce Your Alcohol Intake: Both of which are linked to higher rates of colorectal cancer as well as other cancers. Here's how to stop smoking. Now it’s your turn: Which of these healthy habits do you practice? You…

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Statin Medications Will Not Reduce Lp(a)

…risk factors (homocysteine, fibrinogen and serum ferritin) evaluated by your doctor. * Be aware of other risk factors of heart disease, including smoking, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, high triglycerides, obesity, glucose intolerance and repressed emotions, which can have a harmful effect…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…help to prevent and treat VaD by reducing your risk for stroke including: * Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar in the normal range. * Avoid smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation. * Take 1–3 grams of fish oil daily. * For women over 65, take 100 mg of aspirin (equivalent to 1.25 baby aspirin…

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Measuring Your HDL Cholesterol Level

…learning—and need to learn more yet. In the meanwhile, I urge you to do what you can to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. That would include not smoking, exercising regularly, and adhering to a good cholesterol-lowering diet. For more information about cholesterol screening guidelines and other tips…

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Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…improve memory. Incorporating the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Into Your Diet * Use it for cooking. Just remember not to heat it to the point of smoking. Any oil, including coconut oil, can produce toxic byproducts when overheated. Another way is to eat coconut or coconut products every day. * Mix it…

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5 Foods to Eat (or Avoid) for Healthy Aging

…), which are critical for brain function and energy production. You can use coconut oil for cooking (just remember not to heat it to the point of smoking) and mix it with olive oil in your salads or serve over steamed vegetables. Now it’s your turn: Which of these healthy aging tips do you practice?…

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Could Losing Weight Work as Well as a Statin?

As you know, I’ve found that inflammation—not cholesterol—is the real smoking gun in heart disease. Recently, a team of researchers, including the doctor who first linked heart disease to inflammation, has shown that weight loss in overweight or obese individuals reduces inflammation. Specifically…

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Pregnancy and Radiation Exposure—An Important Warning

…-natal and early childhood exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR)”. Most conscientious moms-to-be are careful to avoid exposure to alcohol, smoking, fresh water fish, chemicals and other environmental toxins. But, expectant parents may be totally unaware that wireless radiation can cause damage…

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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

…it’s a warning we all need to heed if cell phones cause cancer. Is History Repeating? Cigarette manufacturers pushed back for three decades, saying smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer. Do we want to wait 30 years to find out just how pervasive the carcinogenic dangers from cell phones really are? But you…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

…risk of stroke, and may also help prevent amyloid-ß proteins from accumulating in the brain. Other ways to increase HDL blood levels include: * smoking cessation; * maintaining an optimum body weight (obesity is associated with reduced HDL levels); * avoiding trans-fats (which increase LDL, and reduce…

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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

…50-71 years of age and in good health. They excluded anyone with a history of stroke, heart disease or cancer. After adjusting for variables like smoking, they found that the more coffee people drank, the longer they lived. The health benefits of drinking a single cup of coffee a day conferred a 5 percent…

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Stress is a Killer

…massive stroke. I remember asking my father what had caused her stroke. He explained that the oil burner in my grandmother’s house had started smoking and she became emotionally upset about it. Within a few minutes she became confused. Then she collapsed to the floor. The same thing can happen to…

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When “Managed Care” Means Managing Your Own Care

…through. If the solution turns out to be medication, take your meds faithfully as directed. If it’s a dietary change, more exercise, or quitting smoking, stick with that solution. * Track your health. Once you begin a course of action, check regularly to see how it’s working by keeping a log. Make…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…are) Making matters worse, people who are anxious, angry, frustrated, sad, lonely, or depressed are more likely to use poor health habits, such as smoking, overeating, avoiding exercise, using drugs and alcohol, and other poor self-care patterns, to try to balance their emotions. If you are depressed…

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Is Taking a MacStatin a "Holistic" Approach?

…marketing for sure, but scary tactics! Sort of the old humorous “magic bullet” idea—finding a pill that could be an easy quick-fix for overeating, smoking, or whatever! While all this is good for a laugh, what’s not so funny is that so many really important and innovative studies can’t get printed…

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