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SUPER STRAIN OF E-COLI

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  • This deceptive Obama trade deal places our health in serious jeopardy.
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Dear Reader,

While the media was busy reporting last week about why some people hear “Laurel” while others hear “Yanny,” a vital piece of news slipped right on by.

So, unless you happen to subscribe to the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, you likely didn’t hear that a super-strain of E. coli was just discovered on a commercial Chinese poultry farm.

This superbug is resistant to what’s called the antibiotic of “last resort,” a drug called colistin, meaning that it could be dire news for anyone who’s exposed. And while this threat appears to be thousands of miles away, it could come as close as your local supermarket.

Ever since the first shipment of poultry processed in China quietly arrived in the U.S. last year, we’ve been living under the threat that one of those Chinese superbugs will hitch a ride right along with it.

And as an eAlert reader, you know that we’ve been sounding the alarm for a while now about these Chinese chicken imports, which were first proposed during the Obama years. Now, however, that the plan has finally hatched, your only line of defense is knowing exactly where your chicken comes from.

Here’s what to look for before you touch another tender, wing, or roaster!


Going on a wing and a prayer

When a carton containing 110 pounds of poultry patties and nuggets from China arrived at a U.S. dock last June, whoever cut the seal on it opened up Pandora’s Box.

That was the very first shipment that resulted from a crazy trade deal allowing chickens that have been hatched, grown, and slaughtered in Chile, Canada, or the U.S. to be shipped to China… processed and cooked in China… then shipped back to the Americas.

If you think that sounds far-fetched, you’re not alone. But despite numerous protests over this deal, which was designed to make nice with China to open up that market for our beef exports, it’s now signed, sealed… and most definitely delivered!

While that first box of cooked chicken came from Chile, meaning that it traveled twice across the Pacific to reach our shores, that’s just the opening act — or as a former USDA official called it, a show of “good faith” from the U.S. as it gets everything cooked up for what’s going to be the main course.

Certainly, making ready-to-eat chicken products in a Chinese processing plant is bad enough, but what’s coming next will be even riskier. That’s allowing chicken that’s been raised and slaughtered right in China — the epicenter of poultry superbugs — to cross our borders and reach our tables.

In fact, the USDA outlined its plan to do exactly that, and it appeared as a proposed rule in a public notice last year. But again, unless you read the Federal Register, you wouldn’t have heard about that one!

And to give you an idea of how much Chinese chicken is expected to enter the U.S., the USDA estimates it to be over 300 million pounds a year for the next five years!

While the new discovery of that super-strain E. coli microbe is very scary news, it’s almost par for the course when it comes to Chinese poultry.

A study done last year and covered by the South China Morning Post found that almost 90 percent of the chicken meat sold in a particular province in China was contaminated with a superbug gene called MCR-1. That means that any bacteria carrying the gene is also resistant to the last-ditch antibiotic colistin.

Just remember, this is the same country where rat meat was sold as lamb and contaminated baby formula made hundreds of thousands of Chinese babies sick, killing six.

And of course, there was the pet food scandal of 2007, when Chinese suppliers replaced wheat gluten with a toxic chemical to save money. Thousands of dogs and cats in the U.S. died as a result.

While the big question is where this chicken may end up, no one really knows. The USDA has devised this whole plan to be as secretive as possible.

This means that you want to make sure any chicken you eat is raised AND processed right here in America. The first thing you’ll have to do is give up any pre-cooked chicken dishes — especially nuggets or patties. Chances are slim to none that any notice will be placed on the packaging to tell you whether it came from Shanghai or Sandusky, Ohio.

Next, be sure that any poultry you buy to cook at home comes from organic-certified U.S. farms.

While that may cost a little bit more, you’ll know that your chicken is “made” in the U.S. from start to finish, contains no pesticides or antibiotics, and didn’t arrive on a slow boat from China!

To Knowing What You’re Eating,

Melissa Young

 

Sources:
“‘Superbug’ surfaces at poultry farm in China” Robert Preidt, May 14, 2018, HealthDay, consumer.healthday.com

 

 

 

Oral Antibiotics are Not As Safe As You Think

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  • Note: Taken from Health Sciences Institute e-Alert – Melissa Young – 5/21/18
  • Dear Reader,When your doctor prescribes you an antibiotic just to be “on the safe side,” you may think that taking it can’t hurt.Unfortunately, it can… a whole lot!

    I’m not referring to what we already know about the overuse of antibiotics contributing to the deadly rise of superbugs.

    Nope, I’m talking about these drugs causing actual excruciating pain that can feel as if razor blades are poking your back, belly, and sides.

    That’s what kidney stones feel like. And if you’ve ever experienced one on the move, you know just what I mean!

    Now, some new research out of the University of Pennsylvania has found a link between taking certain types of antibiotics and a significantly higher risk of developing this agonizing condition.

    Even worse, that danger is greater for kids — and the younger they are, the higher the risk.

    Experts keep saying that the giant rise in the number of kidney stone cases — a whopping 70 percent increase during the past three decades — is still a mystery. But it looks as if we can now identify a very clear cause of this phenomenon — as well as a way to try to put a lid on it.

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    Stoned on antibiotics
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    They say that people don’t remember pain for the most part — but the kind caused by kidney stones appears to be another story!

    Dr. Gregory Tasian, the pediatric urologist at Penn who led this new research, points out how kidney stones used to be a problem mainly for middle-aged men. Now, however, they’re striking younger and younger people.

    So, building on prior research that found that those more prone to stones had “shifts” or alterations in their gut bacteria, Tasian and his team focused on the likeliest explanation — antibiotics, which kill both the good and bad bugs in your body.

    They analyzed two decades of health records for millions of adults and kids in the UK, focusing specifically on those who had suffered attacks of kidney stones.

    And they found that certain classes of oral antibiotics — namely sulfas, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones (which include Cipro and Levaquin), nitrofurantoin, and ones known as “broad-spectrum” penicillins — were linked to a significantly higher risk of kidney stones.

    Compared to subjects who didn’t take any antibiotics, sulfa drugs were found to double the chances of developing kidney stones, and taking penicillin upped the risk by almost 30 percent!

    And while the likelihood of developing stones due to these meds is highest for up to six months after a course of antibiotics, the researchers found that the risk can stick with you for several years!

    The problem is that you can’t always say no to antibiotics, which can save lives when used properly.

    But for a long time now, these drugs have been given out more like they’re Life Savers candies for the slightest sniffle or sneeze. In fact, the rise in kidney stones actually parallels the increase in antibiotic prescriptions!

    As the researchers noted, around one-third of the antibiotics given to kids are totally unnecessary. And as I told you a few months ago, a study from the Carolinas HealthCare System found that the other group for whom antibiotics are being way over prescribed is… you guessed it… seniors!

    So, from the youngest to the oldest patients, it looks like all you have to do is show up at a doctor’s office and — bingo! — you’re on a course of antibiotics just to be on that “safe side”!

    I know that it’s difficult to question your doctor, especially if you’ve been seeing him for a long time. But it’s possible that these two questions could save you or a child in your family from a horribly painful ordeal:

    #1 If you’re prescribed an antibiotic and don’t have a bacterial infection, ask your doctor why it’s necessary. You might be surprised at how easily your doc will simply say “Never mind.”

    #2 If you truly do need an antibiotic and it happens to be one that promotes kidney stones, ask if you can take another type. Many times, powerful drugs such as Cipro are handed out on a one-size-fits-all basis to save the trouble of taking a culture.

    And as a general rule for avoiding kidney stones (regardless of whether you’re taking an antibiotic), make sure that you’re drinking enough water, especially during the soon-to-arrive hot weather!

    To Staying Stone-Free,

    Melissa Young

Sources:
“Oral antibiotics may raise risk of kidney stones” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, May 12, 2018, Science Daily, sciencedaily.com

 

 

Drugs that Heavily Tip the Scales Towards Dementia and Alzheimers


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  • *Note: Taken from Health Sciences Institute e-Alert – Melissa Young – 5/4/18

Dear Reader,

By the time you opened your email this morning, an untold number of people (maybe even you) had already taken a type of drug that’s known to heavily tip the scales toward dementia and Alzheimer’s.

These meds are called anticholinergics, a class of pharmaceuticals used to treat so many conditions that even your doctor or pharmacist may not realize how many are out there.

But those who have been paying attention know that this dementia connection is a huge problem, especially for seniors who may be taking multiple meds that fall into this category.

Now, experts have confirmed earlier warnings about what anticholinergics can do to your brain, finding that not only can they up your chances of dementia, but certain ones can do so for decades after you’ve stopped using them!

These drugs may seem entirely disconnected from each other. But they all have one common denominator: a link to “cognitive decline.”

And I would bet that at least one of them is sitting in your medicine cabinet right now.

Here’s how to know for sure… so you know which meds to ditch!


Unintended consequences

In the mainstream media, why is it that most every story about a stray puppy or new ice cream flavor is “breaking news,” but when it comes to something actually important, such as how to safeguard your brain, you don’t hear even a whisper about it?

That is, unless you subscribe to eAlert.

Last year, we told you how a group of Rx and OTC meds with “anticholinergic” activities can double your chance of having a stroke. But that wasn’t the first appearance of a red flag regarding this class of drugs.

The year before that, we sounded the alarm about how these drugs can shrink your brain.

But even that was a follow-up to a 2015 study from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy that found that taking anticholinergics can up your risk of dementia by over 50 percent — and Alzheimer’s by a whopping 63 percent!

When are doctors going to start paying attention to these findings? And what in the world are they waiting for?

In a just-out study, scientists from universities in the UK and Ireland – as well as Indiana’s Purdue University — compared the habits of over 40,000 Brits who had been diagnosed with dementia to hundreds of thousands of others with no known cognitive difficulties.

They found that those who took anticholinergics for a number of conditions — depression, overactive bladder, or Parkinson’s — upped their chances of developing dementia by a hefty 30 percent. All it took was being on one of those meds for at least a year.

If you think about it, who takes those kinds of drugs for under a year? Some, such as antidepressants, can be lifetime commitments.

But it gets worse.

Researchers also discovered that the risk can persist for years — even decades — after you stop taking them. It’s like having a ticking time bomb… in your head!

These meds do their dirty work by blocking an important chemical messenger in your brain, a neurotransmitter called “acetylcholine,” and as I said, there are loads of drugs that fall into this group.

For example, there’s diphenhydramine, a.k.a. the popular allergy med Benadryl. You’ll also find that active ingredient included in Advil PM, Bayer PM, Nytol, Sominex, and Tylenol PM. Then there’s oxybutynin (sold over the counter as Oxytrol for bladder issues), the brand Chlor-Trimeton for allergies, and Dramamine used for nausea and motion sickness.

The acid blocker Tagamet is also in this group, as is the OTC allergy drug Zyrtec. Also included are the antidepressants Paxil and Brisdelle (which can be prescribed for hot flashes!), Imodium to treat diarrhea, and the antipsychotic Clozaril.

And that’s just the tip of this very large and dangerous iceberg!

The bigger story here is that you won’t find a warning about any of this on the packaging of any anticholinergics you may be taking… even if you use a magnifying glass to read every single side effect!

You may not even know if a med you’re on falls into this dangerous drug class, because that’s not listed on the packaging either.

By now, we should all have learned that just because a drug is commonplace or readily available without a prescription, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to take.

Many of these anticholinergics are for allergies, which means that they’re going to be selling like hotcakes right about now. But instead of turning to Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, why not try natural remedies like butterbur and goldenseal?

If you need something for nausea, try sniffing some rubbing alcohol from a cotton pad or ball instead of taking Dramamine. Research just published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that kind of “aroma therapy” to be over three times more effective than a prescription drug for nausea!

As the lead author in that study said, the “powerful message” here is that “there are simple, safe ways to deal with symptoms.”

And for any drugs that you’re currently taking — prescription or OTC — ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it falls into this group of anticholinergics, and if so, find out what other options you may have.

To Staying Mentally Sharp,

 

Melissa Young

 

Sources:
“Certain anticholinergic drugs tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds” Mark Lieber, April 26, 2818, CNN, msn.com

 

High Funeral Costs Can Kill Ya 


by Rev. Austin Miles            

Bob and Geri Boyd are the knowledgeable and cordial hosts of the radio program,”Issues in Education,” which is aired on stations nation wide. The Boyds’ send me vital information from time to time along with very funny things that give me my morning chuckle.

This, just received this morning, would be considered VITAL INFORMATION. Too often we fail to prepare for things that inevitably come, being too distracted by things of the world. Bob and Geri also have an excellent news letter that keeps one on top of the things that affect us all. For further info, check this site:

www.issuesineducation.org

             You Can Limit Death’s FINANCIAL Costs 

 This was in the Wall Street Journal and something most Folks don’t know. This man’s wife died and he was shocked by the unknown rules.

There are 5 Things:

 Issue one:   When we opened our own checking and savings accounts, we never named beneficiaries. He had assumed, incorrectly, that our accounts would simply transfer to the other in case of death. The banker who opened the accounts never suggested otherwise.

With a named beneficiary, her accounts would have simply been folded into mine. Instead, I had to hire a lawyer – at $ 465 an hour – to petition the court to name me as the executor of her estate.

I needed this power to transfer her accounts. Filing costs in New York city for the necessary document was $ 1, 286.00   The running bill for the lawyer stands at $ 7,402. 00 and I expect it to rise.

He also needed the documents for the companies that managed her retirement accounts and a mutual fund, because, as at the bank, we never named a beneficiary. By the way, this paperwork also required signature guarantees or a notary seal, which can take up an afternoon.

Issue Two:  The highly charged question regarding funeral and burial. Last summer when he was told his wife would not survive her illness, he tried to raise the issue of burial with her. She refused to have the conversation, but he quietly went ahead and purchased a plot of graves in the cemetery in Wisconsin where his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are buried. That was something he actually did right.

I had to employ two funeral homes – one in New York and one in Wisconsin – for her body to make the journey out there. All told, he spent $ 46,359 to cover funeral expenses, graves, transportation, a headstone and a basic casket.

You don’t want to have to make this decision at the time someone close to you dies.  You simply will not be thinking straight.

Issue Three :  Their health insurance plan covered the long hospital stays and doctors visits. However, shortly after his wife died, he still received bills, even though their deductibles and copay had long since been covered. HE PAID THEM IMMEDIATELY , WHICH WAS A MISTAKE !  He was incorrectly billed and he has been fighting the hospitals and insurance company since January to get a refund, even though everyone agrees the bills were incorrect.  Before you pay any medical bills, make a simple call and determine their legitimacy. Mistakes are constant:  The systems are so complicated, even people in these offices don’t always understand the intricacies.

Issue Four :  His wife had two life insurance policies – one through her work and the other we purchased privately. The former was handled quickly and efficiently by her job and a check arrived almost immediately. Although the insurance company sent me a check for her private policy soon after her death, it took three months of constant calls and emails to determine a refund of the premium he had already paid for three months past her death.  He kept getting wrong information from the company, because the people he dealt with didn’t understand it themselves.

Issue Five : Over the coarse of his wife’s working life- from her first job at a fast food restaurant to medicine-she paid more than $100,000 to Social Security. Since she died at age 60, and their19 year old daughter is one year past the age of receiving a monthly benefit, all the money has simply disappeared into the lockbox in Washington. Nothing we can do about this one.

Finally, there is the major psychological trauma of grief. Most people believe death will never intrude on their lives and when it does, we will be so old and decrepit that it won’t much matter.

Trust him on this, – even when its been expected for a while, it still shocks deeply.

There is absolutely no way you can prepare yourself for the shattering heartbreak of loss. When it did come to him, he found the support of friends, family and faith to be invaluable.

Amazingly, that cost nothing.

Testimony from Warren Kozak

ANALYZING TODAY’S STORIES FOR TOMORROW’S HISTORY

The most disgusting thing in the bathroom isn’t what you think

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 4/23/18
Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned, but I don’t leave the house without a hankie — and not those little pocket squares the fancy types use as decoration.

A hankie is handy when you’ve got to honk — and it’s even handier in restrooms.

And when you see the latest news, you’ll want to carry one around too, because under no circumstances should you ever dry your hands in the germ-blowing machines that are replacing paper towels everywhere.

It’s not just that they collect bacteria from partially washed hands and provide them with nice, warm, damp homes that are even better than Petri dishes for growing and spreading.

And it’s not just that they then blow those germs right at you when you use the machine (or even right in your face if it’s one of those ugly little “Air Blades”).

No — although both of those are reason enough never to use them, the latest news is the worst of all. It’s so gross that I want to warn you right now in case you’re eating.

Ready for it?

Hand dryers aren’t just spraying any ol’ random germs at you.

They’re spraying POOP germs — right into your hands and maybe even into your face!

BLEECCCHHHHHH!!!!!

In any bathroom — even the one in your home — flushing the toilet creates a “plume” of aerosolized particles. Whatever you’re flushing down also goes up, out and around the room in an invisible mist.

Call it one reason to listen to your wife and ALWAYS put the lid down (and do it before flushing).

In public restrooms, however, there is no lid — so, there’s ALWAYS a plume.

And considering the amount of action some of those toilets see, you can bet that plume goes all over the room.

The new study finds that hand driers seem to suck up and store the water droplets from that plume along with whatever filthy bacteria are in them, collecting them in a “reservoir” of poo germs.

Special plates that collect germs were placed at the hand driers in 36 different bathrooms. After just half a minute, they collected between 18 and 60 colonies of bacteria.

Collection plates placed at a random spot in the restroom, on the other hand, collected an average of just one spore.

The researchers said these germs are generally harmless, just gross.

Maybe for them.

But for older folks with weaker immune systems, a poo spray from a public restroom could be too much to take.

Use paper towels instead… and if there are none available, make like Jack and use a hankie.

Or, at least wipe your hands on your jeans. Just don’t stick ’em in those machines!

Not just blowing hot air,
Jack Harrison

Go nuts for this cancer-fighting plan 

  • I have been harping on the importance of eating nuts for years!
  • Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 3/14/18

 It’s one of the most dangerous forms of one of today’s top killer cancers.

But new research reveals a way to BEAT this cancer, SURVIVE the disease, and STOP it from coming back!

If you have colon cancer, you know that there’s more than just your rear end on the line.

Your life is at stake.

While many people survive this disease when it’s caught early, others aren’t so lucky: Colorectal cancers kill nearly 1,000 Americans every week.

The new study focused on those most at risk. It looked at people with stage 3 colon cancer — when it’s more advanced but hasn’t yet spread to other parts of the body.

Some stage 3 colon cancers have a survival rate of just 53 percent, which is just a hair better than a coin toss.

But there’s a way to turn those odds in your favor, and all you have to do is… eat more nuts!

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. The new study of 826 patients tracked for 6.5 years finds that making nuts your snack of choice can give your body just what it needs to fight the disease.

All of these folks were treated, generally with some combination of surgery and chemo.

But not all of them had the same outcomes.

Some were much more likely to see the other end of the study than the others.

The key difference? Those nuts!

Folks who had just two 1-ounce servings a week were 42 percent more likely to have disease-free survival and a 57 percent bump in overall survival odds.

Not all nuts are equal.

Peanuts, for example, aren’t real nuts, despite the name. They’re legumes.

They can help… but not as much as true tree nuts, which increased disease-free survival by 46 percent.

Those include favorites such as almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts.

Don’t have cancer?

Those same nuts can stop you from getting the disease in the first place!

They’re cancer-fighting superfoods, with a 2016 study finding that eating nuts regularly will cut your overall risk of the disease by 15 percent.

That’s not just good. That’s GREAT — but that’s really only the beginning of the benefits.

That same study found that eating nuts will help prevent nearly ever leading killer, slashing your risk of death by respiratory infection in half and knocking the odds of dying from diabetes by 40 percent.

This same healthy habit will even cut your risk of death from EVERYTHING by 22 percent.

If you love nuts but have been afraid to eat them because of all the supposed fats and calories, it’s time to come out of your shell. Crack them open and enjoy… because all of those supposed fats and calories? They just might save your life!

Nuts over nuts,
Jack Harrison

What the MOO can do for YOU

NOTE:  HIGH FAT diets have been used to stop epilepsy in babies and adults.

Last time I was at a coffee shop, they had 1 percent, 2 percent, skim, and soy milk all out on the counter.

Notice what’s missing?

I sure did. The half-and-half was hidden behind the counter, like some kind of dirty magazine, because — let’s face it — that’s just the reputation that full-fat dairy has these days.

Well, friend, it’s time for a reputation rescue, as new research shows that you don’t want to skim the fat at all.

When it comes to milk, those fats aren’t dangerous.

They’re ESSENTIAL to your health!

Now, I’m not saying that you should glug half-and-half (although it sure is great in coffee).

But if you want some milk, get the real deal. Get real, fresh, full-fat WHOLE milk, as new research shows that it doesn’t do ANY of the horrible things that the mainstream naysayers have been mooing about.

Just the opposite: It can PROTECT your heart and CUT your health risks by at least one critical measure.

Milk can stimulate your body into cranking out HDL cholesterol, the form of cholesterol that even the mainstream calls “good,” since it helps clear all the junk out of your arteries and cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke.

The more HDL you’ve got, the lower your risk — a link so clear that Big Pharma has, of course, tried to make drugs to boost those levels.

Tried… and FAILED.

But who needs meds when you’ve got some moo?

In the new study, folk were given a tall, cool 16-ounce glass of milk a day for three weeks. Some were forced to gag on skim, while the rest got smooth and delicious whole milk.

Then, they did the whole study all over again, with everyone switching places.

It didn’t matter who got what or when. All that mattered was the whole milk: When folks drank it, their HDL levels rose.

Of course, you can hear the health nags going on and on already about all of the extra calories and fat in whole milk and how it can cause OTHER problems even if it raises HDL levels.

Except it didn’t.

It didn’t raise LDL levels (which don’t matter nearly as much as the mainstream claims), and it didn’t raise glucose or insulin, either.

That shouldn’t be too surprising, as studies have repeatedly shown that the extra fat and calories can HELP, not hurt.

People who drink delicious and filling whole milk eat less later, and they are less likely to gain weight.

Time to take all of the weak and watery low- and no-fat milks and dump them down the drain.

You never wanted that watered-down milk anyway.

It’s time to go back — it’s time to take real whole milk out of hiding and put it back into your fridge.

Getting a mooooooove on,
Jack Harrison

P.S. One of my favorite ways to drink milk is by warming it up before I go to bed — but every now and then, even ol’ Jack here needs something a little more powerful to bring on some good Zzzzz’s.

When I want to fall asleep in minutes and not stare at the ceiling for hours (and, let’s face it, who doesn’t want that?), there’s a crazy trick I use that goes to work INSTANTLY — even faster than that warm milk. And I’ll tell you, this thing is a GODSEND.

I’ll have more on this trick that can help ANYONE fall asleep in minutes, so keep an eye on your inbox.

 

 

Blood pressure targets get TRASHED in shocking new report

You read it here first in the Daily Dose: The new blood pressure targets pushed on the masses by the drug-shilling stooges of the American Heart Association will HURT and maybe even KILL innocent Americans.

Now, at least one major mainstream medical organization agrees!

The American College of Physicians has just cranked out a blistering statement slamming both the AHA and American College of Cardiology for their thickheaded new guidelines.

These guidelines are a flat-out assault on sanity, dropping the definition of “hypertension” down from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg.

That 10-point switch means more than 30 million Americans went from “normal” BP to “dangerously high” BP practically overnight. And many of them — 4.2 million new patients, to be exact — will be told by their docs that they need meds.

Talk about a wet kiss for the drug industry!

That has members of the ACP’s Clinical Guidelines Committee absolutely livid.

They fired off an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicinepractically declaring war on these nonsensical guidelines.

“Are the harms, costs, and complexity of care associated with this new target justified by the presumed benefits of labeling nearly half the U.S. population as unwell and subjecting them to treatment?” they wrote. “We think not and believe that many primary care providers and patients would agree.”

You’re darned right they’d agree.

Any doc who’s been around the block a few times knows the dirty secret of BP meds: They hurt far more patients than they help.

And that’s especially true for older folks.

Instead of cutting the guidelines, many top scientists think that we should be RAISING them and pushing for FEWER older patients on the meds.

That’s what the ACP itself did last year.

It upped its guidelines to 150 in folks ages 60 and older, and it’s hardly alone in blasting the new guidelines.

Another editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the guidelines are not only set too low, but they’re also bat-poop crazy in at least one other way: They’re trying to push a one-size-fits-all formula on the masses.

A 30-year-old and an 80-year-old now have the same exact goal, something the editorial notes is “virtually impossible” for the folks on the older side of the coin.

It’s always good to see the time-tested wisdom of the Daily Dosebacked by a major group such as this one. But let’s face it: While they’re arguing with each other, docs are already busily pushing meds onto millions of patients.

If your doc is one of them, point out these new reports and see if you can talk him out of it.

If you’re a little on the bigger side, you’ll make a better case for yourself if you drop a few pounds — which will bring BP down with it — so you can show the doc that you can take care of business on your own.

Keeping up the pressure,
Jack Harrison

Cancer patients fight back against chemo

Here’s chemo in a nutshell: You get sicker than you’ve ever felt in your life, while your doc gets to cash a big, fat check from your insurer.

Unfair?

You bet it is — especially since chemo is often completely unnecessary.

The only reason it’s even offered in many cases is that insurance check!

But now, patients are fighting back, especially women.

New research shows how breast cancer patients are wising up to this ugly scam.

Docs are still pushing it… but women are telling them right were to stick it.

In just two years, the number of women choosing chemo for breast cancer plunged by 40 percent.

In 2013, 35 percent of women opted for this sickening “treatment.” By 2015, that number was down to 21 percent… and I hope that number is even lower in 2018.

Of course, docs see the writing on the wall. They know they’ve been busted, so they’re also recommending chemo less often these days.

But they’re still pushing way too hard.

In 2013, a full 45 percent were trying to hoodwink unsuspecting women into chemo.

By 2015, that number plunged to 32 percent, and even then, about a third of the women who got that recommendation told their docs: NOT IN MY BODY, BUBBA!

Good for them!

On the one hand, it’s great news for women who are no longer getting this body-wrecking therapy when they don’t actually need it.

On the other, cancer docs can be a sneaky lot, and this almost certainly isn’t the end of their ugly little games.

The study doesn’t show what’s replacing chemo, but I bet in too many cases it’s something just as unnecessary… and just as profitable.

Maybe it’s toxic radiation. Maybe it’s aggressive and disfiguring surgery (including removing BOTH breasts for a low-risk cancer in just ONE of them).

Maybe it’s even the infamous “breast cancer drug” that can actually cause entirely new cancers.

Don’t let them panic you into one of these outrageous and expensive treatments. Often the best treatment of all is the one that won’t earn them a penny, which is why they won’t talk about it.

It’s doing NOTHING.

Many low-risk breast tumors — especially the wildly over-treated “stage zero” cancers — can be safely ignored because they will NEVER turn into a dangerous cancer.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, take some time to gather facts and go over ALL of your options, including the do-nothing option for early-stage cancers.

And always… ALWAYS… get a second opinion, ideally one from a naturopathic medical doctor experienced in chemo-free cancer care.

Kicking out chemo,
Jack Harrison

 

 

Grandma’s cold cure actually works!

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 12/16/17

The TV home of “fake news” finally got one right: CNN just released a big report confirming that Grandma’s cure for the common cold actually works.

Yes, friend, chicken soup can help ease the worst of this nasty winter virus.

Maybe CNN should avoid politics and stick to soup!

I’m not even kidding here. It did a bang-up job looking at years of research, which confirms just what you’ve read here in the Daily Dose: Chicken soup might be good “for the soul,” but it’s even better for the chest.

One lab study cited by the network finds that the healthy compounds in a bowl of chicken soup slow immune cells in a way that indicates less inflammation.

That in turn could ease the symptoms — especially in the chest — and shorten the duration of your illness.

That’s not the only research on this. A study from about five years back found that carnosine, an amino acid in chicken soup, can goose your immune system to fight off viral invaders like the nasty little germs behind the cold, flu, and more.

And let’s not forget the steam of the soup, which can float up through your nasal passages and give you a little relief.

While steam in general will help when you’re sick, one study put chicken soup up against water — hot and cold — and found the real broth activated the mucociliary transport system that boots nasty germs and go out of your respiratory tract.

Of course, CNN and the scientists it interviewed say that more research is “needed.”

Good luck with that.

No one’s going to get rich on chicken soup, so you can bet there’s no big rush to fund a study. But don’t let that stop you from doing some science of your own.

Next time you feel a cold coming on… or next time someone in your home is sick… try a dose of chicken soup.

You can buy it — if you can be sure it’s quality stuff — or make it on your own. It’s not hard — just make sure the broth is the real deal, made from the bones of a chicken, which will make it a powerful elixir loaded with magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur, as well as calcium and other essential trace minerals.

Next time you have a whole chicken for dinner, toss the carcass in your pressure cooker or crock-pot. You’ll find a whole mess of tasty recipes online, and you can freeze the broth for whenever it’s needed.

Soup is good food,
Jack Harrison

Are you on too many meds? Take this quiz

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 11/18/2017

It’s time to stop being shy, my friend.

If your doc has you on too many meds — and odds are, he DOES — it’s time to speak up, take action, reduce the load, and FEEL BETTER than you have in years.

Now, a new report shows how.

It gives six questions to ask yourself about your meds that can help you figure out if you’re on too many… and can also be used as talking points during a powwow with your doc.

Best yet, these aren’t questions your doc can dismiss as coming from some far-off fringe.

They’re right from Consumer Reports magazine, about as mainstream as it gets!

  1. How many docs have their paws in your prescription pile? You know what they say about too many chefs… Well, it’s the same drill for docs. The left hand doesn’t always know what the right hand’s doing. If your meds come from more than one doc, they could be doubling you up.
  2. Are you on OTC meds and supplements? Some of these don’t always make nice with your prescription meds. If you work with the right docs, supplements can REPLACE those meds… but you have to talk to them to make it happen.
  3. Are you on more than one med for the same condition? Some of these can be redundant, as Consumer Reports points out, so talk to your doc. You might not need more than one after all!
  4. Are you taking a med to deal with the side effects of another med? You don’t need me to tell you how comically ridiculous that is. Speak up, and you might have better options, like not being on the darn med causing you all these problems in the first place!
  5. Have you been taking anything for longer than three months? As Consumer Reports notes, many folks end up taking a short-term med over the long run not because they need it… but because no one tells them to stop! It’s all too easy in this age of automatic refills.
  6. Is your monthly drug bill cramping your style? Let’s face it: This stuff ain’t cheap. But mostly, a big bill is often a sign of a new drug that packs MORE risks, but not always bigger benefits. A good doc can get you onto something tried-and-true that’s cheaper and safer, including time-tested natural therapies.

This isn’t optional. This isn’t a matter of convenience. This isn’t even an issue of having fewer of those annoying, but otherwise minor, side effects like cottonmouth, headaches, and nausea.

Taking too many meds — and taking them for too long — can lead to declining health, memory loss, dementia, and more, so answer these questions. If the answers start ringing warning bells, get on the horn and make a call to talk with your doc about getting off of some of your meds.

Putting off the pills,
Jack Harrison

This ‘after-dinner drug’ can sock you with cancer

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 11/17/2017

Ask people to name the seasonal foods this time of year, and you’ll get a lot of pumpkin and peppermint. I bet that not one single person will mention the humble cabbage, which is just coming into season right now.

Can you blame them? It smells weird when it’s fresh and rotten when it’s cooked, and it tastes like… well… cabbage.

Let’s just say that plenty of people TOLERATE cabbage, but not many people actually LIKE it.

But if you have acid reflux, it’s time to learn to love this weird little green… and bring it into your life all year long… because it might be the best option you have right now.

You certainly don’t want to mess around with meds.

New research exposes an ugly new risk of the most common drugs given to folks with reflux, and it may be the worst one yet.

Taking these meds… even just SOMETIMES… can lead to one of the country’s deadliest forms of cancer!

Taking a proton pump inhibitor for reflux even once a week can more than DOUBLE your risk of stomach cancer.

That’s a form of cancer that doesn’t get a heck of a lot of attention from the mainstream.

Maybe it’s because docs don’t want to scare the pants off you — because this is one form of the disease they’re not making much progress against.

It can be caused by a poor diet of processed foods, certain types of fungi and bacteria, exposure to ionizing radiation, and now – as the new study shows – one of the most popular meds in the country.

Whatever the cause, the sad truth is that this cancer is a death sentence more than two-thirds of the time… and it’s a sentence you could be given by your own doc if he hands you a prescription for a drug for reflux or heartburn.

The more you use it, the higher the risk climbs.

Use PPIs for a year or more, and your cancer risk jumps by 500 percent. Use them for three or more years, and your risk skyrockets to EIGHT TIMES higher.

Why mess around with those risks when you’ve got better options?

Let’s start with the cabbage.

That weird, smelly, unloved green ball we often toss in the back of the fridge and forget about until it’s a rotten mess has the power to do what these drugs can’t.

It can END reflux WITHOUT the risks.

But don’t just eat it. Juice it and drink it!

If the taste is a little tough on your buds, add a little carrot. Or just hold your nose and knock it back fast. It’s worth the effort. Not only is cabbage cheap, but the juice can ease heartburn, reflux, gastritis, ulcers, and more.

Now, where’d I put the corned beef?

Getting ahead of reflux,
Jack Harrison

This common heart procedure is an ugly lie

having “harped” on this one for a good number of years.

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 11/15/2017

Do you want the inside scoop on the biggest breakthroughs in medicine YEARS ahead of everyone else?

Read the Daily Dose!

I’m not even kidding, my friend — and the proof is in the latest research sending shockwaves around the world.

Scientists were STUNNED to discover that one of the most common — and most EXPENSIVE — treatments given to angina patients does ZIP.

It’s called a percutaneous coronary intervention, a.k.a. angioplasty with a stent — or when they shove a tube into your veins and leave the stent in place to prop it open.

It’s supposed to restore the flow of blood and, more importantly, ease the chest pain that marks angina, especially in folks who feel it when they try to get a little active or even just walk around.

This has been the “gold standard” treatment for YEARS now… but the new report finds that it DOESN’T WORK.

In the new study, folks who feel angina pain on exertion were given either a real stent or a sham operation when they THOUGHT they got a stent… but didn’t.

Two weeks later, no one could tell who got what. While the ones who had the stent had better blood flow, they had the SAME levels of improvement in pain… and SAME level of improvement in their exertion levels on a treadmill test.

The mainstream is flat-out stunned.

One expert told The New York Times that the results were “unbelievable.” Another read the study and immediately cancelled a stent he had planned to put into someone that very day.

Some of the leading voices in the industry are even calling for the stent-happy guidelines to be torn up and tossed out!

Maybe all of these experts should’ve had a subscription to the Daily Dose. We had the full scoop on this in September, and I don’t mean two months ago.

We blew the lid off of this one in September of 2008!

A little-noticed study at the time found that angioplasty can actually TRIGGER a heart attack and that some people DIE during the procedure… for a very minor benefit that completely vanishes within three years.

That study concluded that stenting can be put off “indefinitely” with medication (instead of surgery) in most patients.

But there’s a reason the study was ignored by everyone except the Daily Dose.

The surgery costs up to $40,000 a pop and is done hundreds of thousands of times a year. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, so it’s in everyone’s interest to keep popping stents.

Everyone, that is, except for YOU.

Don’t assume that you need one of these procedures. Sure, there may be times when a stent could save your life, like during a heart attack.

But for stable angina and such, ask a doc about your other options… and never be too shy to get a second opinion.

Stopping the stenting,
Jack Harrison

Everything in moderation… EXCEPT for this!

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 11/15/2017

Think a little soda won’t hurt?

Think again!

I know, I know. “Soda is bad for you” ain’t exactly cutting-edge health advice. The only doctor who’d tell you otherwise is Dr. Pepper.

But we all have a bad habit or two… and, for some folks, it’s soda.

And maybe not even a whole lot of soda. Just an occasional cola every now and again, maybe a couple of times a week, and that’s it.

That should be safe… right?

WRONG!

The latest research shows that even this tiny bit of soda — twice a week — can lead to serious, permanent, and even DEADLY health problems!

The new review of 36 studies finds the damage of soda kicks in at very low levels.

Just one can of soda — just once! — can cause blood sugar to spike. No surprise, since it’s essentially liquid sugar, with a single can of cola containing almost two days’ worth of the sweet stuff.

But that single serving can also trigger a spike in blood pressure, which is bad news if your levels are already somewhere out in orbit.

The risks only get greater from there, starting with that twice-a-week habit.

Some of the studies in the review found that this small-but-steady intake of soda — or any other sugar-sweetened drink, including “sports” and “energy” drinks — can increase your risk of weight gain, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Is any habit worth that? Not on your life… and the study in the Journal of the Endocrine Society shows that’s exactly what’s on the line here.

Your life.

It’s time to pick a new “bad” habit. Maybe stick to one that isn’t so bad after all.

Some wet blankets will tell you not to drink beer — but unlike soda, a brew or two can actually be GOOD for you, cutting the risk of heart disease (as long as you’re healthy enough to handle the alcohol and not on any meds that don’t mix).

Some folks will even tell you not to drink coffee, but a few mugs a day will PROTECT you, not hurt you. As I shared just last week, a little java can add years to your life.

Heck, even those fancy teas they’re always pushing on you when you try to walk through the mall are better for you than soda, with some types of tea cutting the risk of cancer, heart disease, and more.

They key with both coffee and tea is to drink it WITHOUT sugar and other sweeteners, so you get all of those benefits without the risks.

And with beer, of course, the key is moderation, just like it is with nearly everything… except soda.

Kicking the can,
Jack Harrison

Could you get cancer from your tap water?

Your water… SAFE?

Don’t bet your life on it!

A new report claims American water is safer than ever, with new regulations calling for lower levels of arsenic already saving lives.

Just one problem: The feds made the same claim not too long ago, even BEFORE they dropped those levels!

How can both statements possibly be true?

It’s simple. They CAN’T be true.

About a decade ago, the feds quietly lowered the allowable levels of this toxic compound in the drinking water.

They claimed the levels didn’t NEED to be lowered but were lowering them anyway because… well, who knows? Maybe just for fun.

Now, a new report claims that arsenic levels in the urine of the typical American have dropped by an average of 17 percent since the new rules were put into place in 2006.

That’s led to 200 fewer cases of lung and bladder cancer a year, the study says.

That right there is rock-solid proof that the old levels were anything but safe — and those are just two of the risks linked to arsenic exposure. Even at low levels — even at the levels STILL in the water — arsenic can lead to cancers of skin, kidneys, and liver and damage the nervous, respiratory, and immune systems.

And that’s just ONE of the chemicals flowing from your tap!

U.S. drinking water is a toxic soup loaded with antibiotics, fuel residue, metals, and more. There are so many hormones in the waterways now that fish and frogs are spontaneously changing genders.

And that’s not even getting into the stuff DELIBERATELY put into the water, like chlorine — which can make your faucet smell like a swimming pool — and fluoride.

A few years back, the feds quietly lowered the allowable levels of fluoride. Same deal as with the arsenic — they claimed that the old levels weren’t dangerous and they were just trying to be precautionary.

Yeah, right.

You can bet that just like with arsenic, there will be a report in a few years noting how many lives were saved by the lower fluoride levels.

So much for safe!

It’s time to stop counting on them and take matters into your own hand to get safe, clean water free of hormones, chemicals, metals, drugs, and more.

Don’t waste your time or money on those little faucet and pitcher filters. They’re not up to the job.

You need to break out the big guns — and when it comes to cleaning up water, there is nothing bigger or better than reverse osmosis. Have the filtration system installed where the water enters your home to ensure that every tap is protected.

Turning off the tap,
Jack Harrison