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Bone-Building Drugs are Causing Broken Bones

…continue to ignore the myriad of disturbing side effects associated with bisphosphonates, including arthritis, muscle pain, esophageal cancer, and kidney and liver toxicity, and rotting of the jawbone. If you are taking bisphosphonates, I urge you to talk to your doctor about taking a more natural approach…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally by Drinking Water

…water, more than the 96 ounces per day that I recommend, can overwork your kidneys and digestive system. Hypertension, diabetes, and stress all leave the kidneys in a weakened state, so be careful. In fact, if you have kidney disease or congestive heart disease, consult your physician before increasing…

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Share Your Love on Valentine's Day

…can't really lift trains. I am an insulin dependent diabetic and have had the following operations: Seven bi-passes, carotid artery, aortic artery, kidney cancer and prostate cancer for which I had radiation 18 years ago. My current PSA is 6.5. "I've also had Bell’s palsy twice [Bell's palsy is a disorder…

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Heartfelt Lessons from an American Legend

…clot that travels somewhere else (an embolism) and gets lodged causing a heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or clogging of a graft. Kidney failure and congestive heart failure can also result. What are the takeaway lessons for you? * Prevention is always your best defense. After over two…

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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

…occasional relief, I have no problem with this. But as I've long warned, chronic use of these over-the-counter medications can cause liver and/or kidney damage. Plus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued a new, stronger warning that non-aspirin NSAIDS can increase the risk…

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What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

…ejection fraction (the amount of blood pushed forward with each heartbeat). The primary side effects of ACE inhibitor drugs include: * Decreased kidney function; * Decrease in sexual function; * Dizziness, headache, fatigue, and depression; * Liver damage; * Increased potassium levels, which can lead…

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Foods that Help to Knock Out Disease and Slow Down Aging

…bright green apples * Watercress, broccoli, arugula, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, and kale * Red-black Bing cherries * Lentils and dark red kidney beans * Golden oats * Walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds * Dark green extra-virgin olive oil and green/black olives * Dark chocolate * Red Alaskan…

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12 Foods To Include in a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…energy and has been shown to strengthen weak heart muscles. DMAE increases the level of choline in the brain, which enhances memory. * Beans (navy, kidney, black, etc.) and legumes such as chickpeas and lentils contain magnesium, fiber and potassium. Magnesium helps lower blood pressure, potassium helps…

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Natural Pain Relief

…the potential for liver problems. I’ve also told them to avoid NSAIDs because of the potential for gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, and kidney dysfunction. Now there’s yet another reason to avoid these analgesics, as recent studies suggest that they can also make it difficult to maintain…

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Helping Your Pet to Live a Long, Healthy Life

…continues to comfort my family, and all those with whom we share it. There’s no question that pets become beloved members of our families. I think the stone on the grave of our 14-year-old elkhound Charlie says it best: "Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts." The same goes for any other beloved pet in your…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

…excessive inflammation. Lp(a) Cholesterol Characteristics * Small—it can easily sneak in and permeate the cell wall and wreak havoc; * Dense— like a stone that sinks to the bottom, it can pile up on the walls of your blood vessels; and * Highly inflammatory—it is a provocative little monster. Everyone…

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Magnesium and Calcium for Heart Health

…Magnesium and calcium work synergistically, but you must be careful about the amount of calcium you take. More than 2,000 mg per day can cause your kidneys to excrete magnesium. Although my cardiovascular nutrition plan includes many calcium-rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables, tofu, low-fat cheeses…

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Secrets for Surviving Seasonal Flu

…complication. It was also devastating to hear about the 17-year-old athlete who died of a secondary infection from the seasonal flu that caused his kidneys to shut down. There’s no question about it, complications from the seasonal flu can be deadly. It was shocking to hear the grim prediction that 40…

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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…conditions we 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 circulation.” An estimated…

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Belly Fat Increases Cardiac Risk Factors

…chemicals that kindle inflammation throughout the body, damaging the lining of arterial walls, including the coronary arteries and blood vessels in the kidneys. If you have weight to lose, here are my top 10 tips for healthy weight loss. I also have a free online center filled with healthy recipes you can…

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A Smart, Easy Summer Recipe that Doesn’t Turn Up the Heat

Boy are we in the "dog days" of summer! It's so hot I could fry that proverbial egg on the stone patio out back. When the sun’s this intense I even let my beard grow for a few days if I don’t have appointments to clean up for. That way I can afford my face an extra layer of natural "sunblock" for…

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