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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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Metabolic Syndrome Tests: How to Determine If You’re At Risk

…readers if they could have metabolic syndrome. This is an excellent question. Metabolic syndrome, as you likely know, is a precursor to diabetes, kidney disease, and coronary artery disease—so it’s not something you want to leave unchecked. But figuring out if you have metabolic syndrome can be…

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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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Can The Right Nutritional Supplements Keep You Off the Cardiac Ward?

…is important, the human benefit is even more critical. No one wants to be sick, hospitalized, and living in fear of secondary health concerns like kidney problems, nosocomial infections, and debilitating illness. I've given you some pointers in the past about how to talk to a physician who doesn’t…

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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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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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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

…or Tylenol. For occasional pain relief, I have no problem with this. But chronic use of these over-the-counter medications can cause liver and/or kidney damage. Plus, some of the more heavy-duty migraine medications can cause high blood pressure. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to get…

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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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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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How To Beat Poor Blood Circulation

…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 blood circulation.” Poor…

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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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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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L-Carnitine Benefits Hold the Key to Good Health

…tissue. The highest concentrations of L-carnitine are found in the adrenal glands, skeletal, and cardiac muscle. Smaller amounts are found in the kidneys and brain. The primary role of L-carnitine is creating energy. This, in turn, is responsible for the many L-carnitine benefits. L-carnitine Benefits…

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Peripheral Artery Disease 101

…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…

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