Heart-Attack

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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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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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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The Dangers of Diabetes Drugs

Drugs are, by their very nature, foreign agents. As such, they affect your body in unnatural ways. The most common side effects of drugs prescribed to people managing diabetes are weight gain, gastrointestinal upset, and, sometimes serious liver problems. But that’s not all. In early studies,…

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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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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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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

For years, doctors have known the potential dangers of oral hypoglycemic drugs. But for whatever reason, they continue to prescribe them to patients dealing with diabetes. So my question is this: When are we going to learn—rather, when are we going to accept—that oral medications used to…

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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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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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Heart Disease—6 Risk Factors You Can Reverse

Heart disease is the number 1 killer in this country, and for many people a heart attack is the first symptom of the disease. Fortunately, you can absolutely prevent heart disease, even if you’re at high risk—and you don’t need powerful prescription drugs or surgery to do it. 1.…

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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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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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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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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 Is Much Too Serious to Ignore

In the United States alone, more than 24 million children and adults are living with diabetes, including 5.7 million who are unaware that they have this disease. Diabetes is a fearsome disorder, yet one we take much too lightly. Few people flirting with borderline elevated blood sugar levels realize…

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A Diabetes Success Story

R.B., a type 2 diabetic, had been on insulin for 16 years. She had retinopathy, angina, high blood pressure, a history of two heart attacks, and an open ulcer on her foot that refused to heal. But the most debilitating of her problems was neuropathy. Nerve damage left her with virtually no sensation…

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The Best Foods for Health

Here are some of the best foods for health and why you should make a point to incorporate them into your diet. * Asparagus, onions, corn, cauliflower, broccoli, avocados and bananas are effective foods for health, with some of the lowest pesticide levels of all produce. * Green tea inhibits the…

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Prevent Cancer and Protect Your Heart with Tomatoes

Did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? They’re also a health-boosting powerhouse. Tomatoes contain the potent antioxidant lycopene that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals. Studies have shown eating foods rich in lycopene protects against lung, breast, and…

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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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Preventing Heart Disease Naturally

Heart disease is the No. 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’re at high risk—and you don’t need powerful prescription drugs or surgery for…

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4 Secrets for Eating Your Way to Better Heart Health

Americans are eating themselves into the cardiac ward, quite literally! Research has shown time and again that saturated fats in meat, whole-fat dairy, and other animal products, and trans-fatty acids found in fried and processed foods have deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system and…

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Ward Off Winter's Assaults With Vitamin D

During wintertime, I suggest you take one simple step to boost your immune system, lift your mood, and reduce your risk of disease: Make sure your blood level of vitamin D is in the optimal range. You may not realize what a toll the dark days of winter levy on our health. Cold and flu season…

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Prevent Digestive Discomfort With Nutritional Supplements

The holiday season is in full swing, including feasts, festivities, and frenzied activity. To make it through the rest of the month with and keep your waistline intact and digestive discomfort at bay, keep in mind that it's the people dear to you who are far more important than fancy meals and…

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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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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 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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Prolonged Sitting Is Bad for Your Health

Everyone knows that living a sedentary lifestyle is bad for their health. The effects of prolonged sitting include increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. But even if you exercise on a regular basis, prolonged sitting for hours at a time each day can be deadly. Earlier this…

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Going Beyond Water To Stay Hydrated & Healthy

As the weather heats up, I wanted to remind you that one of the most important things you can do is to keep yourself hydrated. I firmly believe that getting 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…

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The Scary Truth About Halloween--and 5 Guilt-Free Treats

Since the dawn of time, man has been indulging his sweet tooth with fruits and berries. Today, the aisles of our supermarkets are filled with sugar-laden treats. But tonight is perhaps the biggest sugar nightmare of all—as pint-sized ghosts and goblins go from house to house loading up on all…

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Forget About the RDAs: Here's Why You Need More B Vitamins

All multivitamins contain a smattering of B vitamins, so what else do you need to know? Actually, there’s a lot of new research, especially on folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. Here are six reasons why you should be taking these three vitamins—and at dosages higher than what…

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How to Quit Smoking Naturally

As we head into a brand new year, many of us will be making resolutions—and near the top of that list for many is to quit smoking naturally. Few resolutions can have such a dramatic impact on your health. Health Benefits When You Quit Smoking Naturally * Within 20 minutes of your last…

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Do You Need a Vitamin K Supplement?

For years, the vitamin K supplement has been the neglected stepchild in the world of nutrition, while vitamins C, D, E, beta-carotene, and others grabbed all the attention. That is until groundbreaking research propelled vitamin K into the limelight. Dutch researchers discovered very strong links…

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Niacin: Is it Really Safe and Effective?

You may have heard about the study published in The New England Journal of Medicine that concluded that niacin is not an effective therapy for managing cholesterol as once thought, and that it can actually do more harm than good. But I want to assure you that this is just another example of the…

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Beyond Sleep: Other Benefits of Melatonin

Chances are you know that melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland, is an effective natural sleep aid, but that’s not all it is. Melatonin is a potent antioxidant and anti-aging therapy that has been shown to help prevent or treat multiple medical conditions. Let’s take a closer…

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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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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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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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Are Environmental Toxins Increasing Your Belly Fat?

Toxins are all around us. They are in the air we breathe and the water we drink. All these chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives can take a serious toll on our health, causing a wide range of problems from asthma and autism to heart attacks and cancer. Now, a new study published in the journal…

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Benefits of Pycnogenol

Twenty years ago, I wrote about how Pycnogenol®, an extract from French maritime pine bark, boosted the effectiveness of vitamin C and other antioxidants. The research on this supplement has come a long way since then and several additional benefits of Pycnogenol have emerged. Benefits of…

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How to Get the Most Out of the Summer Sun

As summertime approaches and the days grow longer and warmer, you’re probably spending more time out in the sun. Sun exposure provides a plethora of benefits, including better sleep and a brighter mood. Most importantly, it also gives you a healthy dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D, also called the…

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Hope for Hepatitis C

Approximately 4 million Americans have hepatitis C. Sadly, most of them have been told by their doctor that even with treatments designed to hold the virus at bay they will eventually require a liver transplant. But this dire outlook is just not accurate as far as I’m concerned. Here’s…

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4 Ways to Clean Up the Air in Your Home

Air pollution brings to mind smokestacks and clogged freeways, but the air in our homes and offices is often much worse than outdoor air. Pollutants from fireplaces and stoves, cleaning supplies and building materials, tap water and radon become particularly concentrated during the winter, when our…

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Should You Have an Angiogram?

When it comes to medical tests for assessing cardiovascular health and function, most of the medical establishment holds that the gold standard in cardiology diagnostics is angiography, or cardiac catheterization. But, as I’m about to explain, angiography is not all that it’s cracked up…

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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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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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Nutrient Spotlight: 3 Primary Antioxidants

Early in my medical career, I realized that everyone, regardless of age, sex, or health status, needed a basic nutritional foundation that provided reasonable (not just RDA) levels of key vitamins and minerals. Because no product like this existed, I formulated the Forward Plus Daily Regimen. My…

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Benefits of Milk: Fact or Fiction?

Everyone knows all about the benefits of milk. It’s good for your teeth, it’s essential for strong bones, and everyone should drink three cups a day in order to maintain good health. Well, guess what? All these claims are bogus. The Truth About Milk First off, cows’ milk is a…

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Snoring: Mere Nuisance or Real Health Problem?

Several years ago, at the request of my wife—who put up with my snoring but was disturbed by the increasing frequency of episodes when I appeared to stop breathing—I got tested for sleep apnea. In case you aren’t familiar with this condition, apnea means “no breath,”…

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