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Can a Flu Vaccine Stop Heart Disease?

…in these findings. Plus, there are other serious issues with the flu shot. From my observations over the years, people who get flu shots experience colds and flu as much as people who pass on them. I’ve never been impressed. Flu shot effectiveness is a pretty dubious proposition, no matter what your…

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7 Ways To Survive Cold and Flu Season Naturally

…Not only do cold temperatures tax your immune system, more time spent indoors means increased contact with germs. Being sick not only feels miserable, it takes time away from the things we’d rather be doing. The good news is you can optimize your immune system to not only avoid colds and flu, but…

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Drinking Cold Water With Meals? Think Again.

Now that the temperatures are rising, I know a lot of you are cooling off by drinking cold water. But before you have your next glass, I want to tell you a story. More than 70 years ago, Ted and Dorothy Hustead posted some signs along Highway 16 in their tiny cow town of Wall, South Dakota, The Husteads…

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Warming Up When Your Hands and Feet Are Always Cold

…problems I had to diagnose as a physician were hands and feet that are always cold, even when it wasn’t cold outside. After checking the various pulse points in the extremities, I generally found that what causes cold hands and feet could often be a number of things, from peripheral artery disease…

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5 Tips for Preventing Dry Skin

…getting enough EFAs is to feel your skin. If it’s soft, smooth, and velvety, you’re probably getting enough EFAs. If not, try to consume more wild cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel (but not king mackerel), nuts such as almonds and walnuts, and flaxseed. I also recommend that you…

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5 Last-Minute Heart Healthy Gifts

…it’s cold, you can also ground yourself by wearing leather shoes, or using a grounding device for your home or automobile. You can find unique healthy gift ideas at http://www.grounded.com/. * Heart Healthy Gift Idea #4: Green Tea. There’s nothing that could be more relaxing on a cold winter day…

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Secrets for Surviving Seasonal Flu

Another cold and flu season is upon us and many areas of our country are being hit hard already. Even our son-in-law was one the many folks in Massachusetts who needed the help of antibiotics to fight off the seasonal flu. It was also devastating to hear about the 17-year-old athlete who died of a secondary…

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Avoid Trouble Swallowing Pills With These Tricks

…automatically open, followed by the natural urge to swallow. * Take one pill at a time. It is easier on both your throat and esophagus. * Swallow using cold water or juice. Hot beverages can cause trouble swallowing pills, making them disintegrate or become sticky. If you’re still having trouble swallowing…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…excessive bleeding (bleeding gums, eye hemorrhages, blood in the urine and even a few bleeds in the brain). Other rare reactions include weakness, cold sensations, itchy skin, fever and abdominal discomfort. Given the strong positives, and negatives, the decision of whether to begin—or go off of—blood…

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How Do You Know If You’re Getting Pure Olive Oil?

…This is an olive oil dilemma I’ve faced myself. Years ago, enthralled by the health perks of extra-virgin olive oil, I took pleasure in acquiring cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from countries around the world. But then I learned that much of what we buy is actually laced with other oils. For example…

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Statin Medications Will Not Reduce Lp(a)

…as concerned about good cardiovascular nutrition as I am, I hope you’ll follow my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean diet. You’ll eat fresh fish (cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel) and fish oils at least two to three times a week. You’ll also want to omit saturated fats. Instead…

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Three Cardiovascular Nutrition Tips

Good cardiovascular nutrition can help keep your heart healthy for years to come. Here are a few of my tried-and-true heart-healthy tips: * Eat fish. Cold-water fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids can protect you from cardiovascular problems…

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Walking Club Check-In: Don't Forget to Warm Up

…and absorb shock or injury better. Many exercises, especially weight lifting and running, decrease range in motion unless you stretch. Never stretch cold muscles, for you risk tearing them. First, warm up by walking in place or riding a stationary bicycle for five minutes. When you stretch, do not hold…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…(danaparoid sodium) Like all medication, blood thinners come with a wide range of side effects, including: * Excessive bleeding when you overdose, weakness, cold sensations, itchy skin, fever and abdominal discomfort. * Easy bruisability and bleeding gums from brushing teeth. * Wounds and cuts that take longer…

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A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

…cause of death in the 20-to-64 age group and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the onset of symptoms. Underneath these cold, hard statistics emerges an equally important factor in the sudden cardiac death syndrome. This is the powerful relationship between the mind and body…

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Garlic Is Great For Your Heart Health

…higher a patient’s blood pressure was at the beginning, the more it was lowered by taking garlic. Although evidence to date indicates that raw, cold-aged garlic offers the greatest medicinal value, studies have also demonstrated that cooked garlic is effective. The highest quality is grown organically…

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Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…teaspoons of it. * Eat coconut or other products like coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used to make shakes and smoothies. You can also use it in a hot or cold cereal, or pour it over seasonal organic blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. I like to bake fish in coconut milk to keep it moist and enhance…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…percent) while increasing HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels at the same time. The Best Types of Garlic Although evidence to date indicates that raw, cold-aged garlic offers the greatest medicinal value, studies have also demonstrated that cooked garlic is effective. The highest quality is grown organically…

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A New Weapon To Fight Heart Disease

…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. Once you…

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Relax to Prevent High Blood Pressure

…time.) I also avoid taking BP if the patient rushed to my office, especially if he or she was caught in traffic, if the outside temperature is very cold or if some emotional stress issues are ongoing. Even a cup of coffee just prior to the test can change the data. What do your high blood pressure readings…

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Follow This Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…to eat organic as much as possible. Moderate Carbohydrates, More Protein and Healthy Fats In a nutshell, the Mediterranean diet encourages eating cold-water fish such as salmon and halibut; “healthy fats” such as olive oil; low-glycemic carbohydrates such as beans, lentils and oatmeal; and plenty…

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5 Heart-Healthy Tips for Lean Living!

…Include “good” fats in your eating plan, like the monounsaturated fats and omega-3s. Substitute olive oil for butter in your cooking, and make cold-water fish like salmon or Atlantic halibut a weekly routine. 3. Get into the habit of drinking water. Nothing quenches your thirst like good old-fashioned…

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C-Reative Protein (CRP) and Your Heart

…is inflam?mation 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 pre?dicting a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke. For more…

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