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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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Why a Vacation Can Improve Your Heart Health

…The investigators sorted through demographic factors such as age and psychological factors like tension and anger, and variables like cholesterol, smoking habits, and body mass index. What they found is that a lack of vacations was a predictor of the 20-year incidence of heart attack and death. Likewise…

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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…would say that you should address some basic lifestyle issues that have been shown to increase risk of heart attack and stroke. For example, if you smoke, stop. If you're carrying some extra weight, lose 5 or 10 pounds. When you shop for food, choose items that are fresh, and not processed or prepackaged…

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Weed Killer and Pet Death

…lives, but they depend on us to protect them. It’s been a while since I shared information with you that I learned about just how much secondhand smoke can hurt our pets. I’m also sure that if you realized what lurks in those toxic grass applications, you’d avoid exposing your animal friends at…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…synthesis of collagen in the connective tissue of the arterial walls. Weakened collagen can permit noxious oxidized LDL, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke and heavy metals to cause inflammatory reactions in the vascular lining—which starts the atherosclerotic plaque formation process. * Improves vasodilation…

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Helping Your Pet to Live a Long, Healthy Life

…when walking your dog, aim for grass, dirt, concrete, or sand—and remember, wetter is better for conducting. 2. Environmental toxins. Secondhand smoke and other air pollutants hurt our pets the same way they hurt us—including birds, hamsters, and other pets. Protect them. 3. Supplements: I shared…

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Should You Worry About Your LDL Cholesterol Level?

…particularly mindful about exposure to things that damage your arterial walls and create opportunities for small LDL to affect them. These include cigarette smoke, mercury, lead, trans-fatty acids, insulin and radiation (to name a few). You may also want to adhere to a cholesterol-lowering diet, like my PAMM diet…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Level

…level can be a genetic trait, be sure to assess your fibrinogen level if any close relative has coronary atherosclerosis. Additionally, women who smoke, take oral contraceptives, or are post-menopausal usually have higher fibrinogen levels and should also get this simple test done. The healthy range…

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Indoor Tanning is Risky Business

…people * The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies UV radiation from tanning beds as a Class 1 carcinogen, right up there with tobacco smoke and asbestos, * There is research linking indoor tanning with malignant melanoma, the deadliest kind. What’s also important to remember is that “indoor…

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