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Benefits of Plant Sterols and Stanols

Plant sterols and stanols (also called phytosterols) are natural fatty substances found in all plants. Similar in structure to cholesterol, plant sterols and stanols (saturated sterols) have unique health benefits—and none of cholesterol’s negative effects. Here are a few ways plant…

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Special Note About Type 1 Diabetes

…While the vast majority of people living with diabetes are suffering from the type 2 variety, it is important to note that the advice found in this blog and in my Health & Healing newsletter apply to both forms of the disease. If you’re dealing with type 1 diabetes you, too, should adhere…

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How To Maintain Natural Prostate Health

…in silence, pretending everything's fine--even if it's not. Since this Sunday is Father's Day, I thought I would dedicate today's blog post, and Friday's, to talking about some of these vexing, and sometimes embarrassing, natural prostate health problems. Help! My sex drive is…

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6 Effective, Natural Home Remedies

Drug companies would like you to believe that the only cure for whatever ails you requires a trip to the pharmacy. But the fact is, our kitchens are filled with a plethora of treatments for a variety of common health problems. Here are some natural home remedies that really work. 6 Natural Home…

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10 Healthy Snacks You Won't See Advertised on TV

Let’s face it: obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in our country. You may hear a segment about that on the news, usually followed by a commercial for a high-calorie, fat-laden snack. Those packaged products are cheap to make and sell—and the companies that make them…

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FRIDAY FUN: Independence Day Scavenger

…my blog that can make your holiday celebration safer, healthier, and more enjoyable. I could list these tips and recommendations out for you, but I thought it would be more fun to make a game of it. Using the search bar at the top right of this page, you can hunt through my past blog posts—or…

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Let's Get the Word Out About Diabetes and Heart Disease

…a recipe, you’ll be helping everyone to lead healthier lives. Please also share this blog post on your Facebook wall so we can get others to join in the effort, too! Then, keep checking back on my blog since I'll be sharing exciting news about nutritional supplements that can help you keep…

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Which of My Multinutrient Formulas Is Right for You?

In this final entry of my blog series on how the components of a quality daily multivitamin and mineral supplement help promote and support optimal health and well-being, I want to answer a question I receive often about my Forward Plus and Forward Gold Daily Regimen multinutrient formulas: Which…

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Diabetes and the Western Diet

…in itself—but also decreases insulin sensitivity and makes it difficult to control blood sugar. Beating diabetes has a lot more to do with lifestyle choices than with which pill to take next. Stay tuned to this blog for additional diet recommendations and other natural remedies for diabetes.

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Boost Cognitive Function With This Brain Bender

…Ace. 5. The Queen is in the middle. 6. The Jack is somewhere to the right of the 10 card. Do you know the answer? Go ahead and post it in the comments. Then check my blog on Monday, May 2 for the answer. You may also be interested in: * Exercise Your Brain * Curcumin: The Spice of Life and Health

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Type 2 Diabetes Is No Longer an Adult Disease

…diabetes, while the overall number of people living with diabetes continues to explode. What Can You Do? First, keep reading the information in this blog and in my monthly newsletter Health & Healing. Recognize that there are natural remedies for diabetes and do what you can to learn about them.…

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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

…discontinue the medication. Ask him/her to help you implement a program of weight loss, lifestyle changes, and other natural remedies for diabetes. Check this blog frequently, do your own research, and talk with your doctor to determine that you’re getting the care that’s best for you.

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A New Vaccine Is Not the Way to Help People Stop Smoking

…Sulfonil that binds with the nicotine receptors and blocks the cravings even more effectively than the nicotine itself. In fact, I wrote an entire blog filled with information to help you stop smoking. But creating another new vaccine to help smokers kick the habit is a ridiculous, and potentially…

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More Men's Health Problems--Solved!

Let's face it. As men there are some issues we'd rather not discuss. In Wednesday's blog post I addressed several of the questions that might be on your mind. Today, as promised, I'm going to answer a few more. I used to sleep like a log. Now I go to the bathroom several times a…

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More Weight Loss Secrets the Diet Industry Won't Reveal

You may remember a blog I wrote several weeks back about how exercise can reprogram your brain so you won’t overeat. That’s a secret the diet industry won’t tell you about, since they can’t directly profit off your ability to take a brisk walk. Well, now I want to reveal even…

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Dateline NBC’s Supplement Report—Was it News or Politics?

…the supplement industry…” This is the type of dangerous thinking that can put all of our supplements at risk. You may remember my blog not too long ago that showed how government oversight could cause us to lose resveratrol, curcumin, GABA, ubiquinol, and many other products that…

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We Need to Act NOW to Save Nutritional Supplements!

…Alliance for Natural Health, 1350 Connecticut Ave NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 or visit anh-usa.org. I also encourage you to share this blog post on your Facebook page. We need to get this message out to every American who uses nutritional supplements and/or values freedom and is concerned…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Importance of Minerals

In this third part of my blog series on how the different components of a quality daily multivitamin help promote and support optimal health and well-being, I’ll be explaining the importance of minerals. Minerals, like vitamins, play diverse roles. They are important components of bones and…

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Know Your Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

You may have seen my blog about how PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening for prostate cancer doesn’t work. Now, I want to follow up with your prostate cancer treatment options. I look at prostate cancer quite differently than most physicians and patients. Multiple studies have shown that…

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The Obesity Epidemic: Habits That Will Pack on the Pounds

…these days, and with good reason. Over the last three decades, the obesity epidemic in America has risen significantly. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the number of obese adult Americans is now equal to the percentage who are merely overweight—at 34 percent each. Here are four common…

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Nutrient Spotlight: 3 Primary Antioxidants

…therapies, such as diet and exercise, can be built upon. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of my Forward Plus Daily Regimen, I’m writing a blog series on how Forward’s components help promote and support optimal health and well-being. Today, I’m focusing on the role of three…

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Beware of Unnecessary Surgery

…thousands of patients scheduled for unnecessary surgery, I’ve found that this was not the case. That’s why I’ve decided to do a blog series on some of the most common surgeries that are needlessly prescribed and the safe, natural, and noninvasive alternatives I recommend. My…

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Your Summer To-Do List for Better Health

…weather’s warm, the days are long, and we’re in a lull between holidays—with fewer temptations to overeat. I’ve seen on other blogs where people have created a to-do list of things they want to achieve this summer. So I thought I would suggest my own list of things you can…

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Just Say No to Diet Drugs

…your diet and exercising more. You should also focus on supplements that help curb appetite and burn fat such as glycine, Brindall Trim, and Metabolic Essentials. I’ll talk more about these supplements in a future blog. You should also consider participating in my Diabesity Challenge.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Thank You and Keep Up the Great Work

…someone who has problems with weight or blood sugar control, please encourage them to follow my mini-fast with exercise program. Tell them about this blog, my monthly newsletter, and my free e-letter. All of these resources are chock-full of detailed advice on how to lose weight and get blood sugar…

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease

…many people with diabetes end up developing kidney disease. But don’t despair! There are natural remedies for diabetes, many of which we’ll be discussing in this blog. And if you do have this disease, the information I’ll share here will make dealing with diabetes a little easier.

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Recipes for Diabetes: Luscious Layered Salad

…flavor or variety. This salad is one of several delicious and blood-sugar-friendly recipes for diabetes I’ll be sharing with you in this blog. Luscious Layered Salad (Serves 6) * 6 cups romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped * 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, thawed * â?? cup low-fat…

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Diabetic Recipes for Dinner: Lentil Soup

…you have to sacrifice flavor or variety. This is one of several delicious diabetic recipes for dinner that I’ll be sharing with you in this blog. Wholesome Vegetable and Lentil Soup (Serves 4) * 1 large diced onion * 2 cloves minced garlic * Olive oil spray * 5 cups low-sodium, vegetable or…

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Lose Weight, Lose Diabetes

…and he did what was necessary to make it happen. You can do the same. But even easier is to take steps now to prevent the disease. Preventing type 2 diabetes is a lot easier than reversing it. I encourage you to seek natural treatments for diabetes, many of which are presented here in this blog.

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Going Beyond Water To Stay Hydrated & Healthy

…plenty of pure, clean water (at least eight to 10, eight-ounce glasses per day) is a must. However, water isn’t the focus of this particular blog. There are a handful of other beverages out there that not only satisfy thirst but also confer multiple health benefits. * Green tea is known for…

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Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

People living with diabetes are at higher risk of developing periodontal disease than people without blood sugar problems. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when the gums become infected and inflamed. Signs that you may have periodontal disease include: * red, sore, swollen gums * bleeding…

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Supplements to Defeat Diabetic Neuropathy

If you or someone you know is dealing with diabetic neuropathy, you are aware just how painful and debilitating this condition can be. The numbness, discomfort, and loss of sensation in the extremities isn’t just inconvenient—it can cause real problems. Fortunately, several supplements…

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Treating Diabetes the Conventional Way

If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you’ll immediately—and unavoidably—be prescribed insulin. If the diagnosis is type 2 diabetes, you’ll probably be told to make some changes in your diet and to begin exercising. But, you’ll also likely be told to take a drug if…

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5 Immune-Boosting Secrets Big Pharma Won't Tell You

At this time of the year, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing dozens of ads for products to treat everything from the sniffles to a fever. Pharmaceutical companies are counting on the fact that you’re going to get ill so they can rake in the big bucks off their remedies. But what…

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Smart Summertime Grilling Tips

Picnics and barbecues are a summertime ritual for many, but did you know that you can increase your risk of cancer from grilling? Grilling meat at high temperatures produces cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). And when fats drip onto hot coals or heating elements, additional…

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Vitamin A Helps to Protect Against Melanoma

As summer approaches, skin cancer public health awareness campaigns are reminding us to wear sunscreen and cover up with a hat and long sleeves. Now, a new study shows that to protect yourself from melanoma—the most serious form of skin cancer—you should also consider taking vitamin A.…

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Three Characteristics of Type 2 Diabetes

While type 2 diabetes can sneak up on you, there are three type 2 diabetes symptoms you should be aware of: * Diabetes and weight go hand-in-hand. The vast majority of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, with the distribution of weight most commonly in the abdominal area. Excess weight is…

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: Baked Salmon Dijon

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health and salmon is one of the best sources of these healthy fats, especially in you’re interested in reversing type 2 diabetes. Better yet, this diabetic recipe for dinner is tasty and easy to prepare. You can find this and other delicious recipes…

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How to Ward Off Cognitive Decline

Last week, I told you about recent research linking higher blood sugar levels with cognitive impairment. While taking steps to manage your blood sugar is important, there are other ways you can ward off memory loss—and the sooner you start the better. Here is what I recommend. * Exercise…

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Are You Protecting Your Vision?

Take this quiz to see how you’re doing: 1. Do you eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day? Plant foods are powerhouses of protective nutrients that help prevent degenerative eye diseases. 2. Do you include several weekly servings of spinach, collard greens, and other leafy…

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GABA: A Natural Anxiety Treatment

Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. While most of us look forward to reconnecting with friends and loved ones—or even the excitement in the air from holiday music and specials—it’s also a time of year when stress piles up and the search for natural anxiety…

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Little-Known Uses for Lemons

When life hands you lemons, lemonade is always an option—though water with a twist of lemon is a lower-calorie, healthier beverage choice. But there are several health benefits of lemons that you may not be aware of, as well as an abundance of other little-known uses for lemons. Uses for…

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Manage Blood Sugar With Two Sweeteners

By far, the best sweeteners—especially if you’re trying to manage blood sugar—are the natural ones. Topping the list is stevia. This herb has been used for over 1,500 years in South America and continues to boast worldwide popularity. It is calorie-free and does not affect blood…

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Vitamin E for Diabetes

Several studies have found that, compared to other drugs, Avandia (a popular drug prescribed to patients with diabetes) increases risk of heart failure by 60 percent, heart attack by 40 percent, and death in patients age 65 and over by 30 percent. We’ve known for some time that this drug is…

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5 Weight Loss Myths, Debunked!

There’s no question that there's an obesity epidemic in America. More than half of the women, almost two-thirds of the men, and a quarter of the children in our country are overweight, giving us the dubious distinction of being the fattest country on the planet. How did we get so out of…

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Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death

It’s no secret that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. But did you know that most of these fatalities occur without warning in individuals who are seemingly healthy? Sudden cardiac death kills approximately 325,000 Americans every year and claims more lives…

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Could Quitting Smoking Cause You to Develop Type 2 Diabetes?

We all know that smoking is bad for your health. But a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine just might have you wondering about that, at least at first glance. According to researchers, a review of 10,000 smokers found that the risk of type 2 diabetes actually went up when people quit…

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Natural Treatments for Dry Eyes

According to Voltaire, tears may be “the silent language of grief,” but they’re also your eyes’ natural, protective lubricant. Unfortunately, millions of people have a condition called dry eye syndrome (also known simply as dry eyes) that is marked by problems with tear…

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How to Guarantee A Happy New Year

As the ball drops in Times Square this New Year’s Eve, you can ensure an even brighter new year with one simple secret—think like an optimist. Like nutritious food, pure water, and exercise, a positive outlook on life keeps you healthy. Though scientists aren't sure exactly how…

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6 Reasons to Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine’s Day, which means cards, flowers, and of course the traditional box of chocolates. If you make that dark chocolate, you’re not only giving a gift that’s from the heart, you’re also giving a gift that’s heart-healthy. Let's take a closer look at…

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Help for Gallstones

As many as 10 to 15 percent of us harbor gallstones—hard, small objects that form in the gallbladder from cholesterol, bile salts, and calcium. Most people who have them experience no symptoms. However, when gallstones block the flow of bile, they can cause pain, sometimes excruciating, on the…

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A Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe That's Easy to Make

Nothing says down-home cookin’ like BBQ chicken. While heating up the “barbie” and grilling outdoors is a great way to prepare chicken, here’s an easy, oven-baked BBQ chicken recipe you can use in case of bad weather or at any time of the year. Best of all, this healthy…

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The Health Benefits of Gardening

If you’re a gardener, you already know what great exercise gardening can be. Moreover, there are very specific health benefits of gardening, especially as you age! Scientists from Kansas State University studied a number of health markers in both gardeners and non-gardeners, such as physical…

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Weight Loss is About Burning Fat

The preferred high-octane fuel of the body is carbohydrate in the form of glucose. Between meals, when there’s no fresh supply of glucose in your blood, energy is derived from your glycogen stores. Once these limited stores are exhausted—and they’re exhausted quite…

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Recipes for Diabetes: Zesty Grilled Halibut

This delicious recipe is not only blood sugar-friendly, it’s also packed with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Serve over mixed greens for lunch or with steamed broccoli and cauliflower for dinner. Zesty Grilled Halibut Serves 4 ½ cup fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon minced lemon zest…

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Do You Have Low Thyroid Function?

Low thyroid function (hypothyroidismh or underactive thyroid) is surprisingly common, affecting about one in eight women from 35 to 65 years of age, and one in five women older than 65. Not many people spend time thinking about their thyroid gland, but if you have unexplained weight gain or fatigue,…

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The Link Between Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

When seniors complain of cognitive problems—particularly memory loss and dementia—more often than not, it’s chalked up to old age. But what’s really causing these issues? It could be your medications. According to new research, long-term use of anticholinergic drugs and…

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Drug Companies’ Six Biggest Secrets

Earlier this year, our government decided to give taxpayer money, lots of money, to drug companies. As reported in The New York Times, due to concerns over “the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry … officials have decided to start a billion-dollar…

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Want to Improve Your Health? Get a Pet

Although owning a pet doesn't make you immune to illness, pet owners are generally healthier than those who don’t have pets. Study after study shows that people with pets have fewer minor health problems, require fewer visits to the doctor and less medication, and have fewer risk factors…

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How to Boost Circulation

Sixty thousand miles: Incredible as it seems, that’s the estimated length of all your arteries, veins, and capillaries if they were laid out end to end. This vast network of blood vessels is quite literally the lifeblood of the human body, so it’s easy to see why improved circulation is…

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IV Vitamin C Kills Cancer Cells

By now, most people know that vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has the power to boost immune function, increase resistance to infection, and protect against a wide range of diseases. But there’s an entirely different and largely unknown role of vitamin C, and that is its…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Vegetable-Tofu Shish Kebabs

A light, healthy change from the usual barbeque fare, this recipe for vegetable-tofu shish kebabs is low calorie and low fat, but high in flavor and nutrition! You can find this and other delicious diabetic diet recipes in my Reversing Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe for Vegetable-Tofu Shish Kebabs 4…

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Reduce Saturated & Trans Fat Foods From Your Diet

Excess fat, particularly from saturated fats and trans fats foods, can wreak havoc on your body. A diet high in these trans fat foods not only causes weight gain, but also decreases insulin sensitivity which can lead to diabetes and a host of other health problems. 6 Ways to Eliminate Saturated…

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Healthy Travel Tips

With my speaking schedule, conferences, and meetings I attend gathering research, I've been on more planes than I'd care to count. Over the years, I’ve gathered some "insider" healthy travel tips that make flying easier. My Seven Healthy Travel Tips * Buy water at the…

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Superfoods: An Easy Way to Get Your Greens

Have you ever wondered how wildflowers and other plants survive constant exposure to the sun day after day? Green plants are able to withstand the onslaught of free radicals resulting from exposure to ultraviolet light because they produce antioxidants and other unique phytonutrients. When people…

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Add Organic Beef to Your Healthy Diet Plan

I usually recommend fish and poultry as preferred sources of animal protein. However, most people enjoy beef every now and then, and organic beef is an excellent addition to a healthy diet plan. Certified organic beef cattle are reared under the most stringent guidelines. They have continuous access…

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Weak? Dizzy? It Could Be Dehydration

A number of years ago, after finishing ninth in the Indy 500, racecar driver Tony Stewart flew to Concord, North Carolina, to compete in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 that same night—a grueling feat in racing. During the race, he began to feel nauseous and hot. By the race’s end, he had…

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6 Steps for Avoiding Surgical Mistakes

Every surgery, even a so-called “minor surgery,” is potentially dangerous. Surgeons may act like God, but they’re only human—and like all humans, they can make mistakes. Hospitals have procedures in place to prevent errors in surgery, but they’re not foolproof. To…

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Benefits of Vitamin B1 for Your Kidneys

Diabetes takes a toll on many organs in the body, and the kidneys are one of the hardest hit. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and accounts for almost half of all cases diagnosed each year. The good news is that you’re not…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Drink Sensibly This New Year's Eve

We’re in the thick of the holiday season, and eggnog, hot toddies, and champagne abound. While a drink a day has been shown to confer a number of health benefits including increased insulin sensitivity, mixed drinks full of extra sugars and drinking to excess can wreak havoc on your blood…

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Insulin: A Little-Known Cause of High Blood Pressure

One of the most common treatments for diabetes, insulin, is bad news. Not only does it actually cause weight gain, but research shows insulin can end up being a cause of high blood pressure. Taiwanese researchers looked at more than 87,000 diabetic patients who were given either oral treatment for…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Vegetable Beefy Stew

One of the easiest ways to get your vegetables is to add them to soups. In my recipe for vegetable beefy stew, I took traditional beef stew and used ground turkey instead of beef, added lots of antioxidant-rich vegetables, and kept the beef broth for flavor. You can find this and other delicious…

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New Year’s Eve Survival Tips

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and that we’ll soon be “ringing out the old, and ringing in the new.” Whether you’re spending a quiet evening at home with your loved ones and friends or going out on the town, here are a few tips to help you avoid…

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Tips for Treating PMS Naturally

Comedienne Rosanne Barr once quipped, “Women complain about PMS, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself.” While most women can live with and, like Ms. Barr, even make light of the emotional and physical changes that may occur during the second half of the…

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Diabetes and Retinopathy

Retinopathy is one of the more serious diabetes complications that affects the eyes. It occurs when the small blood vessels in the retina (the light-sensitive area in the back of the inner eye) become damaged, usually as a result of metabolic changes associated with diabetes. The longer you’ve…

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6 Ways to Prevent Loss of Vision

Nearly 30 million Americans have cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy and/or macular degeneration, all of which can lead to permanent loss of vision. Although these conditions crop up with increasing frequency as we age, they are by no means normal or inevitable. You can, in fact, preserve your vision…

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Help for Hair Loss

One question I get a lot at Whitaker Wellness is whether or not the hair loss treatments out there really work. I understand that losing your hair can be distressing, and I wish there were an easy answer. I’ll tell you right up front that I know of no magic bullet that will restore a full head…

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Natural Diabetes Treatment: Glucomannan

If you’re trying to manage diabetes and need a little extra help to control blood sugar (and your weight), glucomannan may be just the supplement for you. Glucomannan is a water-soluble fiber derived from the Konjac root, a potato-like tuber native to Asia. Glucomannan works by absorbing…

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Benefits of Bergamot

When it comes to natural therapies for cardiovascular health and metabolic syndrome, one of the latest and greatest treatments to date is bergamot. What Is Bergamot? If you’re a tea drinker, you’re no doubt familiar with Earl Grey. Its distinctive aroma and subtle flavor make it one of…

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Beware the Dangers of Drugs and Nutrient Depletion

Over the decades that I’ve been publishing my Health & Healing newsletter I’ve written hundreds, if not thousands, of articles on a variety of health topics, including the danger of drugs. I want to share information from one of the most important articles I’ve…

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6 Ways to Overcome Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving will be here in just a few days, kicking off the official start of the holiday season. And although the upcoming weeks are an opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of family and friends, it is also a time of unparalleled stress. Here are some recommendations to help you de-stress, relax,…

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Prevent Diabetes By Eating Fish

You probably know that there have been numerous studies on the health benefits of fish, as well as lifestyle factors that should be considered to prevent diabetes. And we’ve long known that one of the health benefits of fish is a good source of low-calorie, high-quality protein, and that red…

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Chicken Marsala: A Healthier Twist on this Restaurant Favorite

Order chicken marsala in a restaurant and you’re often getting more than you bargained for in terms of fat and calories. In fact, at one popular restaurant chicken marsala packs 770 calories and a whopping 37 grams of fat! Here’s a healthier recipe for chicken marsala that you can make…

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Improve Memory and Focus With Bacopa

As I’ve told you before, there are several ways to naturally improve memory and maintain cognitive function—including a variety of memory supplements. For the most part, the supplements I have mentioned in the past help preserve long-term memory. That’s why I was excited when I…

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The Power of Intravenous Nutrient Therapy

In hospital rooms around the world you’ll find patients in beds with an intravenous (IV) port—typically in their hand or arm—hooked up to a hanging bag or bottle filled with water and a dextrose or saline solution. This mixture is slowly infused into the patient’s bloodstream…

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Benefits of Protein in the Morning

Carbohydrate and sugar overload aside, you may want to rethink that blueberry muffin for breakfast. New research shows that eating a meal that is full of protein in the morning can help with appetite control for the rest of the day. Researchers evaluated three groups. The first ate a protein-rich…

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The Many Health Benefits of Garlic

It’s an aromatic kitchen cure, it’s been a medicinal staple for centuries, and—if you believe the folklore—it even has the power to ward off vampires. The health benefits of garlic are abundant and longstanding. And it’s no secret that if Big Pharma could patent this…

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Do What You Can to Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the #1 killer in this country, and for many people a heart attack is the first symptom of the disease. The good news is you can absolutely prevent heart disease, even if you have multiple risk factors of heart disease. And you don’t need powerful prescription drugs or surgery…

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Request a Magnesium IV for Heart Attack

If you’re ever rushed to the hospital with a heart attack, intravenous (IV) magnesium could save your life. In a landmark double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, Israeli researchers gave a magnesium IV to half of 194 patients suffering from acute heart attacks. The in-hospital death rate of…

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Spring Cleaning for Your Body

An estimated 6 trillion pounds of chemicals are released into the environment each year. Some of these inevitably make their way into our bodies in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The toxin-removal organ of your body is your liver. It filters your blood—two quarts…

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Safe and Effective Weight Loss Supplements

It’s no secret that losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. So if you’re one of the millions resolving to shed a few pounds, I want to share a few friendly reminders on how to ensure success in the coming months. For starters, by now, I hope you realize…

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Could Your Personal Care Products Be Causing Diabetes?

We know that obesity contributes to diabetes. But could your soap, hair spray, moisturizer, or nail polish also cause you to develop diabetes? New research published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that women have higher concentrations of phthalate metabolites in their urine than men.…

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Preventing Cancer Can Be As Easy As Standing Up

We’ve long known that too much sitting and not enough activity can lead to obesity and diabetes—and now we can add increased cancer risk to the list. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, nearly 50,000 new cases of breast cancer per year, and over 40,000 cases of colon…

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The Benefits of HCA Supplements

If you are participating in my Diabesity Challenge, you may be interested in supplements that help suppress appetite and facilitate weight loss. One of my favorites is hydroxycitric acid, or HCA. HCA is an extract from Garcinia cambogia, a fruit native to India. An HCA supplement reduces hunger…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Cream of Broccoli Soup

As the weather turns colder, it’s not uncommon for people to hole up and turn to comfort food. Unfortunately, most of these dishes are full of fats and carbohydrates and not suitable for anyone living with diabetes or trying to lose weight. Luckily, this hearty and delicious recipe for cream…

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Support Your Exercise Efforts with Antioxidants

Weight loss and exercise go hand in hand. But one overlooked effect of exercise is the increased production of free radicals that damage cell membranes, DNA, and other molecules. Moderate to intense physical activity also depletes levels of the antioxidants your body produces to neutralize free…

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The Power of Pumpkin

“Halloween” or “All Hallow’s Eve” dates back 2,000 years to the most significant Celtic holiday: the night before the new year (November 1 on their calendar), when the dead returned to mingle with the living. Scary faces were sculpted into turnips and gourds and lit…

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Aloe Vera Supplement Treats Metabolic Syndrome

I’ve told you before about the many medicinal uses for aloe, including its ability to heal burns and alleviate gastrointestinal woes, to name a few. Now, preliminary research suggests that aloe vera supplements can significantly lower blood sugar and cholesterol in people with pre-diabetes and…

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Tips for Treating Plantar Fasciitis

They support hundreds of pounds—double your body weight when you walk and up to five times when you jump. They carry you around thousands of steps a day. They’re often jammed into tight, ill-fitting shoes. And they’re pretty much ignored most of the time. Is it any wonder three out…

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Smile With Confidence, Even If You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is a devastating disease that has adverse effects throughout the body. Most people know that elevated blood sugar puts you at greater risk for heart disease, vision loss, nerve damage, and impaired kidney function. But people often don’t recognize the link between diabetes and other…

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Opinion Piece Is Just the Latest Example of Fear Mongering

As you may have seen, The New York Times recently published an op-ed titled, “Don’t Take Your Vitamins,” in which Dr. Paul A. Offit claims that supplemental vitamins—particularly antioxidants—can actually be harmful to your health when taken in large quantities. Folks,…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Distraction is Key During Indoor Exercise

Winter is prime time to fall off the exercise wagon. But the most effective way of staying on track, especially when you’re forced to exercise indoors, is distraction. Riding an exercise bike, using a stair-stepper, or running or walking on a treadmill can be beyond boring. The best way for me…

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Celebrating Our Freedom

Today, our country is celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Even with all of the ups and downs we’ve experienced as a country, let’s remember that we enjoy tremendous freedoms. July 4th is our opportunity to appreciate the USA, the freedom for…

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Just Say No to the Shingles Vaccination!

These days, you can hardly walk past a pharmacy, or grocery store for that matter, without seeing an advertisement for the shingles vaccination. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Big Pharma had their way, every person over the age of 60 would receive it. Plus, because the FDA…

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To Avoid Diabetes, Get More Zzzz’s

If you have teenage children or grandchildren, you’ll want to listen up. A new study shows that teens who stay up too late texting or studying won’t just suffer from irritability—that lack of sleep can also lead to diabetes. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Fabulous Frittata

Who says eggs are for breakfast only? This veggie- and protein-packed dish makes a fantastic lunch or light dinner for anyone following a diabetic diet. You can find this and other delicious diabetic diet recipes for diabetes in my Reversing Diabetes Cookbook. Enjoy! Recipe for Fabulous Frittata…

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Diabetic Recipes for Dinner: Hot and Sour Soup

To me, nothing is more comforting than a steaming bowl of soup, especially when it’s cold outside. This incredibly easy Chinese restaurant favorite is not only delicious, the diabetic soup recipe is low glycemic and waistline-friendly. So grab a bowl and enjoy this diabetic recipe for dinner!…

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How to Get Better Sleep...Tonight

Let’s face it, few things are as frustrating as tossing and turning, looking at the clock as another hour goes by, and wishing (and wishing) for a good night’s sleep. Sleep is important for optimal health, which is why you should do all you can to get better sleep. Fortunately, there are…

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Curcumin: The Spice of Life and Health

India’s population is just over one billion people, more than three times the population of the United States. Yet, Alzheimer’s disease is virtually nonexistent there, whereas it affects half of Americans over age 85. In fact, elderly residents of rural India have the lowest rates of…

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The Medicinal Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the world’s most popular botanical therapies. The medicinal uses for aloe vera date all the way back to King Solomon, who was reported to have used the leaves of this succulent plant as a laxative. Hippocrates mentioned at least 14 different concoctions containing this…

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Diabetes Treatments: HBOT and EECP

If you’re living with diabetes, you’ll be interested in learning about these two treatments used at the Whitaker Wellness Institute—hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). HBOT and EECP are two powerful therapies that can help treat a variety…

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Natural Treatments for Autism

Liam was a bright, curious, exceptionally social child who talked up a storm and loved to play and explore—until around 18 months of age, when he began to regress. By the time he was two and a half, he was not only failing to meet developmental milestones, but he no longer spoke or interacted…

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Debunking the Myth About Daily Weigh-Ins

Most weight loss programs will tell you not to weigh yourself every day—instead they recommend weekly weigh-ins. But a 2011 study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine showed that daily weigh-ins actually facilitate weight loss. Researchers looked at a group of 1,222…

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Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

The yo-yo phenomenon is the predictable effect of crash dieting. Here’s how it happens: When you go on a very low-calorie diet, say 800 calories or less per day, the weight comes off rapidly at first. But this extreme calorie-cutting causes your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy.…

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Giving Thanks Is Good for Your Health

Today is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love a good turkey meal, sharing the day with friends and family, and rooting for my favorite football teams. Plus, we have a long-standing tradition of going around the table and taking time for each person to name one thing they’re grateful…

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Diabetes is a Silent Killer

Diabetes is a silent stalker, and if you’re over 45, overweight, inactive, or suffering with other diabetes risk factors, you’re a prime target. In the United States alone, nearly 24 million people suffer from diabetes, and another 5.7 million are walking around undiagnosed. Worldwide,…

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Fridays and Fish: What You Need to Know

For many people, Lent marks the time of year when fish is on the menu for Friday night dinners. Unfortunately, that often means eating artery clogging breaded, or fried, fish—and fish that contains dangerous levels of mercury. A better choice is what we do at our house—eat coldwater…

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Foods that Prevent Diabetes: Apples and Blueberries

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that if you want to avoid type 2 diabetes, increase your intake of apples and blueberries since both are foods that prevent diabetes. For this study, researchers followed approximately 200,000 participants in three large-scale…

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Achieve Acute and Chronic Pain Relief Naturally

Taking the steps to properly deal with injuries resulting in acute and chronic pain can speed healing and prevent problems down the line. For most acute pain, experts agree that the first three days are a window of opportunity for rapid healing. First aid for any type of musculoskeletal injury…

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Managing Insulin Resistance

I can’t even imagine how many conventional physicians across the country have worn out their prescription pads writing scripts for diabetes drugs. In fact, as a society we’ve become so focused on the pills that we’ve forgotten the real issue with type 2 diabetes: managing insulin…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Stir-Fried Asparagus

Asparagus, particularly stir-fried asparagus, is one of my favorite spring vegetables. Pair these spears with chicken or fish, and you’ll have an easy, healthy, and tasty meal that won’t spike your blood sugar levels. You can find this and other delicious diabetic diet recipes in my…

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Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol

Over the years, several studies have shown cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can lead to diabetes. The biggest was the famous JUPITER study, which showed a strong link between statins and diabetes. But Astra-Zeneca, the manufacturer of the statin drug Crestor, decided to pay for a reanalysis of the…

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If Big Pharma Could Patent This Healing Herb, They Would

One of the most powerful healers for your heart and immune system can be found right in the produce aisle of your local supermarket. It’s garlic, otherwise called Allium sativum and it’s the most versatile and widely used herb in the world. What makes garlic such a powerful healer? This…

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How to Stick With an Exercise Program

Though it goes without saying, with the start of each New Year millions of people resolve to either start or get back into a regular exercise routine. But in just a few weeks most have abandoned their resolutions and are back to sitting on the couch. Here are some suggestions to help you stick with…

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Let's Talk About Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

In addition to being the driving force behind type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance is also part and parcel of a condition called metabolic syndrome (formerly syndrome X). Identified in the mid-1980s by Stanford University researcher Gerald Reaven, MD, metabolic syndrome is a cluster of disorders that…

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New Statin Drug Guidelines Are Bad for Patients

Big Pharma got an early Christmas present yesterday: millions of new customers for statin drugs. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association released new cholesterol treatment guidelines that could easily double the number of people taking Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol and…

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The Antioxidant Benefits of Pterostilbene

As many of you know, resveratrol—the potent antioxidant found in red wine—is a powerful anti-aging nutrient. But scientists have recently found that there’s a compound called pterostilbene (pronounced “tare-O-still-bean”) that preliminary studies show works…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Surround Yourself With Support

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “birds of a feather flock together,” but did you know it applies to weight gain and even obesity? According to Harvard researchers, the people you associate with could be affecting your likelihood of becoming obese. In fact, researchers…

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How to Stop Your Gag Reflex

If you find it hard to swallow vitamins and supplements, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that nearly 40 percent of Americans have that same difficulty. For most, this difficulty stems from an oversensitive gag reflex. Tricks to Stop Your Gag Reflex * The next time you take your…

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Improve Cognitive Function With These Brain Exercises

We all know that we need to exercise our muscles to keep them toned and healthy. Unfortunately, when it comes to improved cognitive function, we completely overlook the value of exercise. Brain power is not just innate; it can be enhanced with usage. When you exercise your brain, you build nerve…

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Holiday Health Facts: Did You Know?

For a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season, it’s important to keep these six holiday health facts in mind. * Turkey, like other poultry, is a good source of crucial B vitamins, including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, which are important to healthy brain and nervous system function;…

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Organic vs. Conventional—Don’t Let the Headlines Fool You

You may have seen the recent headlines that say things like, “Organic Foods Are No Better than Conventional Foods” or “Don’t Waste Your Money on Organic.” This media coverage is fueled by a new study out of Stanford University School of Medicine. After reviewing 17…

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5 Vision Health Facts You Should Know

Driving, reading, watching your favorite sports events or movies, gazing into the eyes of your loved ones, even walking across the street and shopping unassisted—these and countless other daily activities and pleasures of life depend upon vision, our dominant sense. That’s why it’s…

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How "A Christmas Carol" Can Improve Your Health

The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is a holiday favorite of mine, as I know it is for many of you. But what does A Christmas Carol have to do with you or your quest for health? Let's redefine your quest for health as actually a quest for "quality living." Quality living is…

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Clean Up Indoor Air, Improve Your Health

Southern California, where I live, is notorious for its poor air quality. Just how poor becomes apparent when a rare rainstorm washes the smog away and the mountains stand out against a blue sky. But believe it or not, smog is actually less of a threat to health than the air you breathe in your own…

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Three Secrets to Aging Gracefully

Aging is recognized as an inevitable part of life, so many of us try to resign ourselves to accepting it. The truth is, although growing older is inevitable, many of the effects of aging are preventable. Here are three things you can do to help ensure you age gracefully. * Protect your telomeres.…

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Preventing Heart Disease With Aspirin

Aspirin is an excellent, inexpensive therapy, and its cardiovascular benefits are backed by hundreds of studies and decades of clinical use. I’ve received many questions about aspirin to prevent heart disease, and most people assume I’m against aspirin because it's a drug and I…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Dealing With Holiday Stress

Stress is synonymous with the holiday season. Crowded shops, stretched budgets, and houseguests take their toll, and depression, anxiety, and emotional eating are unfortunate yet common responses. Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided something to help us get through this demanding time of…

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Glucomannan Helps Control Weight and Blood Sugar Levels

If you need extra help controlling your weight and blood sugar levels, glucomannan may be just what you are looking for. Glucomannan is a water-soluble fiber derived from Konjac root, a potato-like tuber native to Asia. It works by absorbing water, which increases bulk, and helps to reduce appetite…

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Folic Acid for Alzheimer's Prevention

While there are many lifestyle changes and other therapies that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests that increasing your intake of folic acid is one of the easiest Alzheimer’s prevention steps you can take. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center enrolled…

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Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight this year or simply want to achieve better overall health, here’s a suggestion: a fructose-free diet, eliminating even high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In fact, cutting out all sugar is one of my top dietary recommendations for optimal health and…

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The Truth about Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer

Many of my patients and readers have expressed concerns about recent news reports of definitive links between omega-3 fatty acids/fish oil and prostate cancer. This is an example of irresponsible journalism at its worst. There is nothing definitive about this study and, in fact, warnings about the…

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Benefits of Lutein

Preventing vision loss is a common concern, especially as we age. I’ve told you before about the safe, natural, and effective nutrients and lifestyle changes that can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp. Today, I want to focus on the benefits of lutein, which is one of my top…

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HBOT Revisited: Fighting for Your Rights as a Healthcare Consumer

A while ago, I shared a link on Facebook about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)—specifically, how it can help a wide range of injuries and conditions from burns, psoriasis, and stroke to brain trauma and heart issues—and I got quite a story in return. Sharmyn B. wrote to…

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Defy Aging With Resveratrol

Do you like to drink a glass of red wine with dinner? Here’s some good news—that glass of wine may actually help extend your life. In recent years we have discovered more health benefits of wine than even the most ardent oenophile (lover of wine) could have imagined. Studies have shown…

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7 Things Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know…

1. Only the United States and New Zealand allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers. 2. When the “normal” blood pressure range was adjusted downward, 35 percent more Americans (13.5 million) became hypertensive overnight and eligible for insurance-paid drugs. 3.…

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Learn the Nutritional Supplement Facts

When it comes to multivitamins and other nutritional supplements, many myths exist about their effectiveness and safety. Whether it’s being perpetuated by the media, physicians, or other sources, sadly, this misinformation causes confusion and, worse yet, can make people reluctant to take…

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Effectiveness of Flu Vaccines Questioned

If you got a flu vaccine this year and still came down with the flu, I’m not surprised. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine effectiveness isn’t up to par. The problem is a common one that has occurred in previous years, and is one of the…

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Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

There is one reason why very low-carbohydrate weight loss diets like the one popularized by Dr. Atkins work for so many people. It’s because they don’t replenish carbohydrate stores, so the body is in a constant “fat-burning” mode. You see, people who eat a lot of fat and…

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The Top Vitamin Mistake & How to Avoid It

I can’t count the number of people who don’t take their nutritional supplements on a regular basis. Either they forget to take them, run out, or feel so much better that they figure they don’t need their supplements. But folks, you won’t get the results your body needs from…

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New Study Shows Coffee Can Prevent or Delay Alzheimer’s

We’ve long known that coffee has numerous health perks, and previous studies in mice have suggested it offers protective benefits against Alzheimer’s disease. Now, a new human study shows just how powerful coffee is for reducing the risk of dementia or substantially delaying its onset.…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Make a Commitment to Health

Each year, I remind you of the importance of choosing New Year’s resolutions that will improve your health. And while making these resolutions is easy, sticking to them can be anything but. If you have resolved to lose weight and reverse diabetes, you need to focus on how you are going to…

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3 Powerful Ways to Stay Off the Cardiac Ward

Heart failure is a huge money-making business, and the millions of patients required to fill beds in cardiac care centers across the country are not that hard to come by. All a heart surgeon or interventional cardiologist has to do is tell them, “If we don’t operate, you’re going…

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Exercise Your Way to a Sharper Mind

The best way to stave off memory loss isn’t just with crossword puzzles and games of chess. While intellectual stimulation is important, a new study reveals that physical exercise may be even more critical for maintaining a sharp mind. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland…

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Enjoy Healthy Carbs

The glycemic index is an update on the old distinction between simple carbohydrates (white sugar, brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, fructose, and other simple sugars) and complex carbohydrates (starches and fibers made up of many sugar molecules bonded or chained together). It provides an accurate way…

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Boost Nitric Oxide Levels to Improve Health

We knew about the health benefits of nitric oxide long before scientists were aware of its presence in the human body. Nitroglycerin, a drug that works on nitric oxide pathways, was adopted as a medical therapy for angina and high blood pressure in the 1880s, but another century passed before anyone…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease

A multi-billion-dollar industry has been built around the idea that large, cholesterol-filled blockages in the arteries cause heart attacks. That concept is just plain wrong. The reality is that as many as 80 percent of all heart attacks occur when smaller plaques, destabilized by inflammation,…

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Four Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life

I’ve been practicing medicine for more than 30 years now, and I’ve seen lots of screening and diagnostic medical tests come and go. Many of the currently prescribed medical tests and screenings are overused and unreliable, and some are downright harmful. However, there are four medical…

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How to Stick to a Healthy Diet Plan During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is more than just one meal—it’s the start of an entire holiday season filled with food, fellowship…and more food! All this temptations can certainly make even the most dedicated people stray from their healthy diet plan. "Holiday feasting" is as human as…

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Four Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a huge boon for pharmaceutical manufacturers. It affects roughly 75 million Americans, and, as with many medical conditions, most doctors are treating it by wearing out their prescription pads, instead of using these natural remedies for high blood pressure. Four Remedies for…

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The Secret to Successful New Year's Resolutions

It’s no secret that most of us make New Year’s resolutions only to break them a short time later. Here’s a tip you can keep in mind to make this year’s resolutions more successful: Frame your resolutions in the positive. Research suggests that one of the biggest reasons we…

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Treating Asthma and Allergies Naturally

Spring is in full swing and, for many people, so is allergy season. And for those who have asthma, this time of year can be particularly challenging. That’s why I want to tell you about treating asthma and allergies, while also supporting your entire respiratory system. Natural Methods for…

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Heal Your Body With Thermotherapy

Thermotherapy, or heat therapy, turns up in more than 26,000 scientific papers in the National Library of Medicine, and the list of conditions treated is diverse. That’s not surprising since people have been using heat to heal diseases and disorders for millennia. Hippocrates prescribed water…

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Use Light Therapy for SAD

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs only in winter. Also referred to as the “winter blues,” SAD is accompanied by longer sleep, increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings, often with weight gain. It resolves in the spring or summer and then recurs as…

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How NOT to Prevent a Stroke

One of the major risk factors for a stroke is carotid artery stenosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Treatment options for carotid artery stenosis include drugs and lifestyle changes to target atherosclerosis. Two invasive procedures are…

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Health Benefits of Tea

As Chinese legend has it, the emperor Shen-Nung brewed the first cup of tea in 2737 B.C., when a few tea leaves accidently fell into his boiling water. It was a serendipitous discovery. It quickly caught on as a beverage, and tea leaves are now cultivated in dozens of countries. In 2014 alone,…

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Be Aware of Grapefruit-Drug Interactions

For many people, the day begins with a grapefruit or a tall glass of grapefruit juice. Nothing could be healthier, right? Perhaps, but if you’re taking prescription medications, what you don’t know about grapefruit might hurt you. Though this fruit is an excellent source of vitamins,…

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Surprising Connection Between Insulin and Hypertension

Taiwanese researchers looked at more than 87,000 patients with type 2 diabetes who were treated with either oral drugs or insulin, and what they discovered may shock you. They found that patients using insulin had a higher prevalence of hypertension (61.3 versus 53.9 percent), and the longer they…

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Preventing Migraines

Do you suffer with migraines? If so, you’re not alone. There are millions of people who regularly experience these debilitating headaches in this country alone. This has created a multi-billion dollar industry, filled with remedies. Yet, these so-called solutions are nothing more than bandages…

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Healthy Diet Meal Plans Made Simple

Any successful weight loss program requires exercising and a healthy diet meal plan right. But knowing what exactly qualifies as a “healthy diet meal plan” can be challenging. To help give you an idea, here are two healthy diet plans I share with my patients at the Whitaker Wellness…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Garbanzo Curry

This recipe for garbanzo curry is great as either a vegetarian entrée or a side dish with fish or chicken. Not only is it delicious, it also packs a terrific anti-inflammatory punch, thanks to the turmeric in the curry. You can find this and other delicious diabetic diet recipes in my…

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The Weight Loss Secret the Diet Industry Won't Tell You About

As soon as the New Year’s Eve ball comes down in Times Square, you’ll be bombarded with advertisements for every weight loss program and diet pill out there. The weight loss industry is counting on you to shell out big bucks to shed any excess pounds. What the weight loss industry…

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Three Steps to Preserve Your Vision Health

More than half of all Americans over the age of 65 have experienced some degree of change to their vision health. Unfortunately, conventional doctors often tell their patients that these fluctuations are irreversible, and this is simply untrue. The primary cause of changes to our vision health is…

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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

Time is a precious commodity for everyone these days. And finding the time to eat right can be downright challenging. Fortunately, this easy salad is not only a breeze to put together, but it tastes great and is a great choice for a light lunch or side dish with dinner. And since it’s low…

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Niacinamide Benefits for Diabetics

If you or someone you care about is living with diabetes, you should learn all you can about niacinamide benefits. Also called nicotinamide, it’s a form of vitamin B3 that has been shown to preserve beta cell function when administered in the early stages of type 1 diabetes. It does this by…

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Why Americans are Supersized

If you've ever sat at a restaurant or shopping mall, and thought to yourself that Americans are heavier than ever before, it's not your imagination. In fact, the statistics are downright scary. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity epidemic is more serious…

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Taking Probiotics for Optimal Health

Folks, this month marks an important milestone for me—the 20th anniversary of my newsletter, Health & Healing. As part of that celebration, I’ve published a list of 20 ways to improve your health. Number 12 on that list is taking probiotics. These healthy bacteria can stop nearly any…

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3 Tips to Avoid an Unnecessary Screening Test

Routine use of diagnostic and screening tests is ingrained in modern American medicine. Accepted guidelines include recommendations for yearly blood workups and regular blood pressure checks. Mammograms, PSA tests and other screening tests are championed as the way to catch cancer in its early…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Walk It Out

Morning exercise is one of the key components of my Diabesity Challenge. But don’t let that intimidate you. When I say “exercise” that doesn’t mean you have to be a jock…you just have to move. And my favorite way to get moving is to take a brisk walk with a little slow…

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Do You Have Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-diabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is elevated above normal but not quite to diabetic levels. People with pre-diabetes have either impaired fasting glucose (IFG), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), or both. To determine if IFG is present, you must fast overnight and then have your…

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Two Supplements for Eye Health

When blood glucose levels remain elevated for an extended period of time, sticky sugar molecules can attach to protein molecules in a process called glycation. Glycation of protein molecules creates irreversible cross-links between adjacent protein molecules. This cross-linking creates new protein…

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Diet Is Important When Managing Diabetes

What you eat has a profound effect on your blood glucose levels and your risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. So if you or a loved one are at risk for or already dealing with diabetes, read the following information carefully. Refined carbohydrates and sugars are rapidly broken…

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5 Supplements for Heart Health

For many people, monitoring blood pressure and being mindful of cholesterol is a fundamental part of everyday life. Fortunately, there are a number of safe, natural therapies, including supplements for heart health, that address the underlying causes of cardiovascular health concerns. And getting to…

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Why Diabetes Drugs Fail Patients

Walk into a doctor’s office with elevated blood sugar, and you’ll walk out with an Rx for metformin (Glucophage) or another oral diabetes drug. Writing a prescription makes doctors feel like they’re “doing” something for the patient, and they are—they’re…

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Treating Hot Flashes With Weight Loss

Hot flashes, which affect roughly two out of three menopausal women and can last for more than five years, are annoying at best and downright unbearable at worst. Fortunately, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco have found that effectively treating hot flashes can be as…

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Can Just 10 Minutes of Exercise a Week Prevent Diabetes?

We’ve long known exercise can help to prevent diabetes—but a study in the just the past few years shows that even less than 10 minutes a week may be enough to make a difference. Researchers studying type 2 diabetes at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University assigned 16 subjects in their…

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How Safe Are Your Supplements?

You may have seen the new Consumer Reports article, “10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements.” This isn’t a new topic. Periodically, a new study will spark a media circus about the “dangers” of nutritional supplements. While this article attempts to discredit…

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Tips for Treating Bedsores

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are damaged areas of skin that are caused by staying in one position for long periods of time. Bedsores commonly occur in places where bones are close to the skin— for example, the elbows, back, hips, ankles, and heels. People in nursing homes and those…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stress Less, Stay Healthy

Have you ever wondered why some people exposed to an office of sniffling, sneezing coworkers never get sick, while others seem to succumb to every passing virus? Are they blessed with good luck or good genes, or is there something about their approach to life that makes them immune to things that…

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Does Low Testosterone Lead to Diabetes?

With all the focus on treating diabetes with drugs, underlying causes of the condition are rarely considered. One potential contributor is low testosterone, which affects one in three diabetic men. But which came first, testosterone deficiency or diabetes? A study published in Diabetes Care may…

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How to Beat Metabolic Syndrome

Tens of millions of Americans are suffering with metabolic syndrome—the precursor to type 2 diabetes—and if you have abdominal fat, hypertension, abnormal lipids, and/or borderline high blood sugar, you’re likely one of them. Fortunately, you can beat metabolic syndrome by…

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The Cure for the 3,000 Calorie Thanksgiving Meal

When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of food. But the average holiday dinner is loaded with a whopping 3,000 calories and more carbohydrates and fat than most people should eat in a day, never mind one meal. But keeping your calorie count down doesn’t mean skimping on delicious holiday…

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Commit to Get Fit

It’s a new year and you know what that means—it’s time to make that healthy weight loss resolution a reality. In addition to taking part in my Diabesity Challenge, you should start—and stick with—an exercise regimen. Here are a few tips to help get you going. * Sign a…

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Help Save a Child’s Life

One of the greatest gifts we can give a child is a firm nutritional foundation. Growth during childhood occurs at a dizzying pace. The average child’s weight quintuples, height doubles, and brain size quadruples in just the first five years of life. Deficiencies in key nutrients during this…

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Healthy Diet Plan: Making Salads Interesting

We all know that salads are an essential part to any healthy diet plan. But let’s face it, the boring staples—lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes—will only pique your taste buds for so long. Instead, try experimenting by making salads “mix and match” style. Interesting and…

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Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer

800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It’s been a rough week for nutritional supplement users. A couple of days ago it was reported that older women who took nutritional supplements, particularly iron, had a slightly increased risk of death.…

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Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Nothing warms you from head to toe like a steaming hot bowl of soup or stew. However, I don’t suggest running out to buy the canned or boxed varieties. Instead, make your own at home and use bone broth as the base. Bone Broth: Good for Your Body… Bone broth is brimming with essential…

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Let's Talk About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes information and research can be found all over the place, but much less is written about type 1. That’s likely because the vast majority of people living with diabetes have type 2. Nevertheless, type 1 diabetes warrants discussion. Type 1 diabetes, sometimes referred to as…

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The Health Benefits of Beer

While wine has cornered the market in recent years—a healthy choice filled with protective antioxidants (namely resveratrol)—beer is making a comeback. But you may not be aware of the health benefits of beer. One of the main health benefits of beer is silicon which helps to prevent…

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Learn About Flaxseed’s Health Benefits

I want to share an interesting story with you. Jim, a 62-year-old from Tennessee, got a wake-up call when his cholesterol measured in at a scary 288 mg/dL! (Normal is under 200.) Not surprisingly, his conventional doctor was quick to prescribe a cholesterol-lowering . Folks, statins are bad news.…

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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

You’ve probably heard that the average American has a holiday weight gain of 5–10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Although that’s an exaggeration, people who struggle with their weight tend to also experience more weight gain during the holiday season than at any…

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My Easy & Healthy Salad Recipe

I can’t count how many people have told me they buy lettuce or other vegetables only to have them go bad in the fridge. That’s because healthy salad recipes are often seen as boring and bland. The trick to eating more veggies is to change it up. My Southern Sunrise Salad recipe gives you…

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Vitamins for Children Can Raise Their IQs

Chances are your children or grandchildren are back in school after the summer break. So I thought it was a good time to highlight the fact that the right vitamins for children can improve their mental performanceIn fact, hundreds of studies underscore the importance of nutrition in cognitive…

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Lowering Your Cholesterol Naturally

I could easily rattle off a dozen steps you can take when it comes to lowering cholesterol naturally. However, if you’re truly interested in using alternatives to statin drugs, let me give you two that are extremely effective and, unlike statins, cannot hurt you. Techniques in Lowering…

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Safe, Natural Treatments for Anxiety and Stress

Tis the season to be jolly…and busy…and quite possibly a bit frazzled. If you’re looking for ways to alleviate stress and anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. There are several safe and effective methods to treat anxiety naturally. For starters, take a little time each…

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Floss Your Way to Better Heart Health

Want to keep your heart healthy? Take care of your teeth. Numerous scientific studies have found a definite link between oral health and cardiovascular disease. The reason is that periodontal disease (infection and inflammation of the gums) is associated with increased levels of C-reactive protein…

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Diabetes Tip: Get Wet!

I’ve been extremely active my entire life, but as I approached 60, I was getting discouraged. I couldn’t find an exercise program I could stick with. So I hired a personal trainer to keep me on track, but I hurt my knee and elbow and was more discouraged than ever. As you’re…

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Are You Grilling Up More Than You Bargained For?

If barbecues are a summertime ritual for your family, consider this: Your meals may increase your risk of cancer. Grilling meat at high temperatures produces carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). And when fats drip onto hot coals or heating elements, additional cancer-causing…

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Four Natural Pain Relievers

Pain care is definitely one area where conventional medicine is failing the American public. Think about it. If you head to any conventional medical facility after an injury, you’ll probably be told to follow the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation). These therapies are great as…

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Olympics Update: Do Performance Enhancers Work?

I know that many of you are enjoying the Summer Olympics, as I have been. It should come as no surprise that Olympic fever stirs increased sales of performance-enhancing substances. In fact, people will down sports drinks and clamor for whatever the athletes are taking when they break a new record.…

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Preventing Asthma Attacks Naturally

Breathing is such a natural, unconscious activity that you usually take it for granted—unless you have a chronic respiratory disorder such as asthma. Then it’s another story. Acute asthma attacks have been likened to “breathing through a straw.” This is an apt description…

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Tips for Preventing Cancer

Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And nothing could be truer when it comes to preventing cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database, nearly one in every two…

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Why Are Natural Treatments for Diabetes Often Ignored?

Numerous scientific studies support safe, natural remedies for diabetes. Yet the vast majority of physicians continue to ignore the research—and jeopardize the health of patients seeking to manage diabetes—by focusing strictly on lowering blood sugar, no matter what the cost. Part of the…

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Can Blueberries Make You Steadier on Your Feet?

We’ve long known that blueberries are one of nature’s most protective foods. They contain special flavonoids that can protect your vision, prevent diabetes, and keep your memory sharp. Now, a new study shows that a powerful polyphenol found in blueberries can also help to prevent falls.…

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Outsmart Your Body's Response to Holiday Goodies

One of my top diet recommendations for overall health and well-being is to stay away from foods made with flour, sugar, and other high-glycemic carbohydrates since they contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes, and weight gain. But I also know that avoiding high-glycemic carbs is easier said than…

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Diabetic Diet: Recipe for Mandarin Salad

This recipe for mandarin salad is chock-full of great, vegetable-based fiber to help balance blood sugar levels. And the sesame oil and citrus lend a spicy tang to satisfy your taste buds. You can find this and other delicious diabetic diet recipes in my Reversing Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe for…

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Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

On average, Americans only consume three servings of fruits and vegetables each day. And that’s a crying shame. Study after study reveals that people who regularly eat five-plus servings are the ones who actually reap the many health benefits of fruits and vegetables. How Eating Fruits and…

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Seven Supplement Facts You Should Know

There are seven supplements facts everyone should know to preserve and protect their health. Here they are: Supplement Fact #1: It’s a fact that key nutrients, like vitamin B12, become significantly harder to absorb as we age. Supplement Fact #2: Certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs…

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A Supplement for Arthritis Pain

In biblical times, frankincense was as valued as gold. This fragrant resin has also been treasured for its many medicinal uses, and it remains a staple in Ayurvedic medicine. The bulk of modern-day research focuses on an extract from the Indian frankincense tree, Boswellia serrata. Scientists have…

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Can Alcohol Really Increase Risk of Breast Cancer?

The recent media frenzy about alcohol being linked to an increased risk of breast cancer may have alarmed you—especially if you drink a glass of wine daily for its reputed health benefits. But don’t panic. As is usually the case, the headlines are much scarier than the actual facts.…

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Prevent Heart Disease With This Tasty Treat

I've written about how chocolate can help you lose weight. The reason is that cocoa, the primary ingredient in chocolate, can stimulate thermogenesis (fat burning), suppress appetite, and boost your sense of well-being. Now, researchers at Cambridge University have uncovered more good…

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The Value of Strength Training

Did you know that we lose more than six pounds of lean muscle mass per decade of life after our twenties, a loss that accelerates after age 45? Some of this decline is age-related; however, the primary reason our muscles shrink is because we don’t use them. Fortunately, there is something that…

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Ribose Makes Exercising Easier

Ribose (alpha-D-ribofuranose), a simple, five-carbon sugar, is required in the manufacture of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the fuel that runs the human body. If your cells don’t have enough ribose, they can’t produce enough ATP to meet energy demands. Your cells simply run out of juice.…

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Create a Morning Ritual for the Diabesity Challenge

One of the most challenging elements of the Diabesity Challenge—at least initially—is not eating anything before noon. Until you are accustomed to skipping your morning meal, here are a few tips on a morning routine that may be helpful: * Exercise upon waking. * Meditate or pray for 30…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Gratitude Aids Weight Loss

I used to do a weekly syndicated radio show and my favorite part of the broadcast was when listeners called in with their health concerns and I tried to offer solutions. But before callers told me about their medical problems, I had one requirement: They had to name one thing they were grateful for.…

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Does Low Testosterone Lead to Diabetes?

Low testosterone affects one in three diabetic men. But which came first, testosterone deficiency or diabetes? A study published in Diabetes Care may answer that question. Finnish researchers measured levels of sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG) and testosterone in 702 middle-aged men who had…

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Food Safety Tips

Following a healthy diet plan is a key component of my overall program for optimal health and well-being. With that in mind, here are some food safety tips you should follow to ensure you get the most benefit from your diet. Food Buying Tips * Buy organic whenever possible. While I recognize that…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stretch Your Mind And Body With Yoga

It’s no secret that many people are emotional eaters. When times get tough, deadlines are looming, or the demands of friends and family are overwhelming, you head to the refrigerator (or freezer or cupboard). For many people, figuring out how to break the emotional eating/stress cycle can be…

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

It’s no secret that candy and other sweet treats abound during the holidays. It would be unfair—not to mention unrealistic—for me to tell you to avoid eating them altogether. But I do strongly encourage you to do your best not to overindulge and keep in mind that moderation is…

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The Benefits of Vitamin D Supplements

I’ve been extolling the benefits of Vitamin D supplements for nearly 10 years. This critical nutrient helps to protect against cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, falls and fractures, flu and more. Plus, taking adequate Vitamin D supplements can lower your risk for 17…

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