Category Archives: Health

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

The biggest myth about supplements… BUSTED!

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 10/30/2017

Supplements? You might as well mention voodoo to some mainstream docs.

Tell them you’re taking a tried-and-true natural therapy like fish oil, and he’ll act is if you’re on bat’s breath and eye of newt.

He’ll WARN you about nonexistent dangers. He’ll URGE you to take only the meds he prescribes and nothing else. And he’ll even LIE right to your face with the lamest claim of all.

He’ll say you can’t trust supplements because they’re “not regulated” by the FDA.

Well, friend, if your doc is feeding you that tired old line, I’ve got an FDA bulletin you need to share with him… because it PROVES that the agency not only keeps tight control over supplements… but quickly takes action when it finds anything amiss.

The agency claims a supplement maker in California with links to China isn’t following the industry-standard good manufacturing practices.

And as a result, the FDA shut the entire operation down.

That’s right. SHUT DOWN.

Doesn’t sound unregulated to me!

The suit filed by the feds over the case states that this company “failed to ensure the finished product met federal guidelines specifying the products’ purity, strength, and composition,” according to Law360.

The company also failed to test products to ensure compliance with the law, the suit states.

How can anyone possibly make the claim that supplements are unregulated with a straight face after reading that?

Clearly, there’s a LONG list of federal regulations, including guidelines for “purity, strength, and composition” as well as requirements for testing, and the suit admits it.

And if you fall short, the FDA WILL come after you and shut you down.

A statement released by the agency even admitted that it is “responsible for the safety and security” of dietary supplements, among other things.

Think about that next time some TV talking head tries to trash supplements by claiming they’re unregulated.

Meanwhile, drug makers — the ones who are supposedly regulated — get away with just about anything. The feds often leave meds on the market for YEARS, even when risks come to light and even when the drugs are linked to actual deaths.

Don’t give in to the fear-mongering.

If your own doctor treats supplements like witchcraft, seek the advice of an experienced naturopathic physician who knows when you might need meds — and, more importantly, when supplements will do the job just fine.

Obviously, there are bad players in any industry, even natural medicine, so do your homework… don’t trust shady, fly-by-night firms… and only do business with companies you know and trust.

Proudly unregulated,
Jack Harrison

If you hate your money, this new arthritis drug is for you!

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 10/21/2017

Well, friends, it’s here. There’s a new arthritis drug on the market.

It’s not an opioid. It’s not addictive. The researchers claim there’s almost no risk of side effects. And you only need it once every few months.

But don’t sign up for this one just yet.

The drug might make your knee pain fade, if only just a little… but you’ll get weak in the knees when you see the price.

The new drug, delivered by injection every three months, costs $500 a shot!

That’s about $2,000 a year for four quick treatments.

Since it’s a new drug, many insurers won’t cover it yet — so, if you want even a little taste of what it has to offer, you’re going to have to drain your bank account.

It’s essentially a corticosteroid, a type of drug that tends to be bad news for folks with diabetes because it rapidly sweeps into the blood and causes sugar levels to rocket.

But this one has been tweaked.

It’s a reformulation that moves more slowly into the blood, so there’s no sugar spike. In theory, that makes it safe for folks who need to watch out for that.

The Pharma bros are crowing as if they’ve just sliced bread for the first time.

Me? I can’t help but notice they haven’t made a peep about the OTHER well-known risks of corticosteroids, including everything from cataracts to thinning bone.

These are problems that pop up only after long-term use — and the studies used to get this new version approved didn’t run anywhere NEAR long enough to nail down those risks.

I’m guessing they’re in no hurry to find out, either!

But at the end of the day, the biggest flaw with the new drug isn’t the price or even the long-term risks.

It’s that it attacks the wrong problem.

It goes after inflammation… and since that’s a direct cause of pain, of course you want to bring it down.

So… what’s my gripe here?

The thousands of dollars you’ll fork over will do nothing about the CAUSE of that inflammation — and that’s the fact that the inside of your knee is falling apart faster than the NFL’s TV ratings.

Anti-inflammatory drugs won’t slow that damage down.

But OTHER treatments will, including a potent joint builder called UC-II collagen that’s so effective for arthritis patients that it’s gone head-to-head against glucosamine and chondroitin in studies and flat-out won by just about every measure you care about.

Look for a quality formula from a maker you trust. Even the best stuff is available for a small fraction of the price of this new drug.

Rockin’ the joint,
Jack Harrison

New BP guidelines are a gift to Big Pharma

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 10/15/2017

Mainstream health authorities throw the word “evidence” around so much you’d think they were auditioning for a Perry Mason reboot.

But when it comes to recognizing ACTUAL evidence, these clowns are more on par with The Keystone Cops!

The latest bit of blundering — being cooked up RIGHT NOW — comes in the form of a new set of guidelines for blood pressure targets.

They’re not going to be announced, officially, until next month’s American Heart Association meeting in Anaheim.

But the inside word is that authorities have already signed and sealed the deal — and they’re going to push docs to aim for dramatically lower blood pressure levels across the board.

They’re taking the current 140/90 target — already impossible to meet for most older Americans — and tossing it right out the window.

Now, they want everyone to have a blood pressure level of 130/80. EVERYONE… even you!

If you’re a little older, you know what that means.

There’s not a chance in heck you can hit that mark on your own — because BP rises with age, and arteries naturally get a little stiffer.

All these guidelines will really do is guarantee a windfall for drug makers as older folks are practically forced to choke back one… two… maybe even three meds or more just to hit this paper target.

They claim that the infamous SPRINT trial shows that dropping those levels down will cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.

That might even be true.

But gobbling all those meds will increase OTHER risks, including some that can turn an aging senior’s life upside down.

These drugs can give you memory loss so severe that your own doc will think you’re slipping over the edge.

But the biggest risk is in something far more immediate and serious.

Drugs that drop blood pressure can also cause YOU to drop, increasing the risk of serious falls — including the kind that’ll split your head open or crack a bone, leading to an injury that’ll put you in a wheelchair, the old folks’ home, or even the morgue.

Let me give you the real deal on blood pressure: There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all formula. What you have to watch out for isn’t just rising a little above some ever-changing target… but BP levels that soar SUDDENLY for NO apparent reason and STAY high.

If that happens, you STILL won’t find the answer in mind-scrambling, dizzying BP meds.

It’s getting yourself hooked up with a doc who has the smarts to figure out WHY your blood pressure is on the rise… and then get to work on FIXING that cause.

I recommend an experienced naturopathic medical doctor.

I’ll have a simpler, better, safer, and more delicious way to beat back heart risk coming up later today.

Keep an eye on your inbox — you won’t want to miss this one!

Keeping up the pressure,
Jack Harrison

Is your ‘muffin top’ a sign of… CANCER?

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison 9/20/17

Ladies, remember when someone else’s “muffin top” might’ve made you giggle?

Then… one day… it happened to you. Despite your best efforts, your own muffin grew a top and popped right over your waistline.

Not so funny anymore, is it?

Don’t worry. I’m here with a muffin-fighting plan that’ll chop the top and give you the waistline of your dreams.

But first — a new study exposes the biggest risk of muffin top, and it’s not the giggles of younger and more slender people staring at your waistline, unaware that one day it’ll happen to them.

It’s CANCER!

Muffin top isn’t just a sign of any old fat.

It’s a sure sign that you’ve built up a deep inner layer of visceral fat, the dangerous blubber that builds up inside your abdominal cavity.

On the outside, it forces the external layer of fat to pop over your pants and form that distinct muffin shape. On the inside, it puts the squeeze on your vital organs.

But the new study finds it does something else, too.

Once it forms that solid layer deep inside your middle, visceral fat sets up a factory that works overtime cranking out a protein called FGF2. That’s short for fibroblast growth factor-2, but don’t bother trying to remember the name.

Just remember what it does: It causes normal healthy cells to go haywire and turn into cancer cells.

The more FGF2 your body cranks out, the more of those cells form. And when you have enough of those cells, you’ve got a recipe for a deadly tumor.

To see the process unfold, researchers plucked those protein-pumping fat cells from human women and then implanted them into mice.

It was almost like they fertilized those poor little critters with “Cancer-Gro” as the muffin top fat cells quickly transformed the surrounding healthy tissue into cancer cells.

And that’s just ONE way the dreaded muffin top can lead to a tumor!

When that ugly layer of fat plops up, it also causes your hormone levels to go haywire. Since that layer usually appears after menopause, you’re already struggling with estrogen.

That one-two punch could fuel certain types of cancers, and that’s why you need to act to chop the top.

First, make sure you’re eating a healthy diet low in carbs and with zero processed foods.

But even if you’re eating a perfect diet, low estrogen can make it hard to lose weight and easy to gain it — so, get your hormone levels tested by a naturopathic doc.

If you’re low, he can help work with you to boost your body’s production with treatments up to and including safe and natural bioidentical hormones.

With a chop for the top,
Jack Harrison

This ONE additive could undermine your entire diet

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 8/25/17

You’re finally ready to commit.

After reading about the life-changing effects of the low-carb diet here in the Daily Dose — after maybe even SEEING the stunning results in some of the folks around you who’ve tried it — you’re going to give it a shot yourself.

You’ve tossed the sugar in the trash… fed what’s left of the bread to the birds… and donated your pasta stash to the local food pantry.

But new research reveals one more step you need to take before you can REALLY expect to enjoy ALL of the benefits.

You’ve got to quit all the other sweeteners, too.

I know. You’re hoping for something to take the bite out of your coffee… or maybe a diet soft drink as a “guilty pleasure.”

These sweeteners SEEM to fit the bill perfectly. After all, they have ZERO carbs and ZERO calories. But the new study shows how there’s more at work here than carbs and calories.

In fact, these fake sugars can actually UNDERMINE your brand-new lifestyle!

In a series of experiments on fruit flies, fake sugars seemed to stimulate the appetites of the bugs. When they were placed on a low-carb diet, artificial sweeteners had an immediate and noticeable effect.

They began to eat up everything in sight!

It’s as if their appetites went haywire, and they could no longer control themselves — and the more of those sweeteners they got, the more they ate.

Flies NOT given the sweeteners, on the other hand, didn’t eat more when they were put on the low-carb diet.

I know, you don’t have wings or those crazy bug eyes. You’re nothing like a fly! So how could this possibly mean anything to you?

Well, friend, it should mean plenty.

Not only do the brains of the bugs have some of the same triggers as your own, but we’ve also seen similar results in human studies.

And not just in low-carb dieters, either.

Fake sugars appear to trick the brain’s appetite controls, leading to MORE cravings… MORE hunger… and MORE eating. As a result, studies show folks who use artificial sweeteners can have a higher risk of weight gain, obesity, and diabetes.

That’s exactly what you don’t want out of a diet, whether you’re a fly or a human.

So, quit the sweets and let your brain and body work as they were intended. Go low-carb — without sweeteners — and they’ll quickly reset themselves so you can eat ’til you’re full, never count calories, and watch the weight fly away.

Your fly guy,
Jack Harrison

Just ONE soda can do this to your body

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* Note: Taken from House Calls with Dr. Mark Stengler 8/15/17

It’s 2017, and no one’s under any illusions anymore.

Soda’s bad, right?

We all know that, yet I bet you’ve had a soda at some point recently.

Don’t be too hard on yourself over it — soda’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, so you’re hardly alone.

The reason it remains popular is simple: While we all KNOW soda is bad, most people think an occasional pop might not be too bad. If you’re one of them, you might order one, for example, just when you’re eating out.

But new research shows how that’s exactly when you SHOULDN’T have one!

While there’s no GOOD time to drink soda, the foods they’re often served with tend to be high in fat and high in protein.

Y’know… fast food. Big Mac and a Coke, right?

Eating any form of high-fat fast food with water would be bad enough, but the study finds that if you suck back a soda while you eat that junk, you’re not just getting extra calories from sugar.

This combo also slows the body’s fat oxidation by 8 percent.

That’s just what it sounds like: How you break down fat. When that process slows, you store more of that unsightly blubber, especially around your middle.

In other words, there’s more than a little truth to the old saying, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips!”

That’s not the only damage, either.

In the study, volunteers were given meals with either a sugary drink or a sugar-free one while in a sealed chamber to measure their metabolism. Those tests revealed that the body fails to burn about a third of the calories that come from the drink itself.

And to complete the ugly picture, the body uses less energy overall when digesting a meal with a sugary drink.

Again, that’s everything you DON’T want. It means you’ll store more energy — in other words, your body will create more fat — instead of working off the meal and soft drink.

Don’t be tempted into thinking that diet soda is the healthier choice, simply because its immediate effects aren’t as bad.

Diet soda is, in many ways, just as unhealthy as regular soda. In some ways, it might even be worse.

Instead of losing weight, diet soda drinkers can often gain it — and studies show some may have a higher risk of diabetes to boot. One study earlier this year even found that diet soda can triple the risk of one form of stroke and boost the odds of dementia.

Drink water instead. Try infusing fruit or using herbal teas for flavor… or club soda if you need some fizz.

God bless,

Could IRON protect you from heart disease?

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* Note: Taken from House Calls with Dr. Mark Stengler – 8/3/2017

When it comes to iron levels, think of Johnny Cash… and keep a close watch on that heart of yours.

Because a just-out study finds a direct link between iron levels and heart risk.

If you’re falling short in this mineral, then your risk of coronary artery disease jumps. But if you get what you need, that risk plunges.

The researchers are planning to test iron supplements for patients at risk of heart disease in their next study.

“It could well be the case that if their iron levels are low, we could give them an iron tablet to minimize their risk of cardiovascular disease,” lead researcher Dipender Gill of Imperial College London said in a news release.

And that is an excellent idea.

But this is where you have to make like the Man in Black and walk the line between too much and too little, so you can get just the right amount.

While it might be tempting to dash out and buy some iron supplements, that’s exactly what you SHOULDN’T do!

Iron is an essential mineral, and you DON’T want to fall short. But you also don’t want to start taking supplements unless you’re ACTUALLY low — since too much of this stuff can also be bad for you.

You have to make sure you’re actually low before you turn to supplements.

Even that’s not as easy as it sounds. Most docs only test circulating iron and not your stored iron (a.k.a. ferritin). Without both tests, it’s impossible to get a true sense of what’s going on.

If your doc runs those tests and finds you really are low, work with him on figuring out the best way to raise your levels. If you need a supplement, he can help calculate the best dose.

Usually, you can pick up an entire year’s supply for about $10.

But don’t stop there.

Low iron usually has a cause. In older folks, poor diet, certain health conditions, and even common meds can all sap you of your iron.

The same doc who tested your levels should work with you to figure out and fix that cause — and then test you again to see if you still need supplements or if you’re getting enough from diet alone.

In addition, be sure to get your iron from a wide range of sources. The best are meats, especially beef, pork, and poultry. You can also get iron from greens such as spinach — but since that form of iron is harder to absorb, you have to eat more of them.

Call it a good reason to include a nice, big salad with every meal.

God bless,

Dr. Mark Stengler

Walnuts for Good Health

* Organic Raw English Walnuts taste much better than conventionally grown!

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 7/30/17

This nutty idea could protect your blood vessels

You know what drives me nuts?

When attention-seeking “researchers” slap together a cheap study that makes a quick claim about something and can’t back it up.

You see it all the time. Big headlines about how this, that, or some other thing will save your life… followed by big headlines about how the same things will kill you.

Well, friend, today I’m going to crack open a study that’s FINALLY driving me nuts in all the right ways.

Because this one not only names something that really will protect your heart and cut your risk of serious health problems… but it’s also got the goods on HOW and WHY it works.

It’s the latest research on nuts, specifically walnuts.

I know you’ve seen studies on how nuts can help prevent heart disease. But do they really… or are people who eat them just health nuts already?

All I can say is get out your nutcracker, and get busy – because this one shows it’s not healthier eaters.

It’s the nuts themselves!

The study finds the omega-3 fatty acids and tocopherols in walnuts can protect what’s known as the endothelial layer, which is essentially the street your blood uses to get across town.

When that layer is working well, the blood rushes through like it’s in the express lane.

When it’s all messy, you get one nightmare of a traffic jam – and clogged-up blood flow is what leads to serious and even DEADLY heart and stroke risks.

The key measure of how well your blood is flowing is called flow-mediated dilation, or FMD. It’s so sensitive that even a 1 percent dip in FMD will increase your heart risk by 12 percent.

And if you’ve got a few years of hard living in your past – or even in your present – that FMD is likely plunging.

But if you eat walnuts, you can turn it around!

The nutrients in walnuts are the street-sweepers, rushing through and cleaning up to keep everything moving along.

So, there you have it.

When it comes to snack time, pass on the popcorn and skip the chips. Go nuts instead – because along with getting a tasty anytime treat, you’ll also get something now PROVEN to protect you from heart problems.

And there’s nothing nuts about that!

Nuttin’ but walnuts,
Jack Harrison

This sleep apnea treatment could secretly hurt you!


It’s like dealing with a raging fire in your backyard by closing the window shades and ignoring it.

Sure, it’ll work for a little while… right up until your home goes up in flames!

The oxygen masks given to apnea patients are pretty much the same darn thing. Sure, they can force a little oxygen into your lungs while you’re sleeping, so you can ignore the fact that you literally can’t breathe on your own at night.

But will they REALLY fix the problem?

Nope!

New research shows all they really do is cover it up, like pulling down that window shade – because while they WILL stop the oxygen lapses, they WON’T cut any of the actual health risks you should be worried about.

Apnea, of course, is a condition that makes you snore so loud you could wake the dead and then stop breathing so long that you could BECOME the dead.

Folks with this condition have a higher risk of heart attack… higher risk of dying from a heart problem… and even a higher risk of dying from anything at all.

Most docs figure that since the problem is a lack of oxygen, the solution is to treat patients like balloon animals and pump it in all night long. NOPE!

The new review of 10 studies comparing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) oxygen masks to either no treatment or sham treatments finds the only thing that machine will do is annoy you and your spouse as it whirs and hums and wheezes all night long.

It’s the Triple Crown of failure:

1. It WON’T cut your risk of cardiovascular problems of any kind, including heart attack.
2. It WON’T cut your risk of dying from heart problems.
3. And it WON’T cut your risk of death from any other cause, either.

 


Some experts say it might be worth it anyway, since at the very least it can help folks sleep better.

C’mon.

I’d like to see them try to sleep with this thing on. From what I’ve heard from the people who’ve used it, it’s like trying to sleep in a hockey mask attached to an air compressor.

If you’ve got apnea, it’s time to pull open the shades and confront the raging fire that’s headed your way.

The breathing problems might be the scariest symptom, but they’re only a symptom. The only way to truly put out the blaze is to tackle the root cause – and, in most cases, apnea is caused by obesity.

So, lose weight.

You’ll start breathing easier almost immediately, even after losing just a few pounds. Keep losing weight, and you can control (and even cure) the apnea.

Want a little more motivation? I’ll have it tomorrow – keep an eye on your inbox!

Opening the shades,
Jack Harrison

How chemo can CAUSE new cancers

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* Note: Taken from The Daily Dose with Jack Harrison – 7/21/17

It’s one of the dirtiest “insider” secrets of mainstream cancer care.

EVERY oncologist knows this, but NONE of them will admit it.

Well, friend, the jig is up — because the latest science reveals the ugly truth about body-wrecking chemotherapy.

Not only can this treatment FAIL… it can do something much, much worse.

It can help the tumor to reappear in ANOTHER part of your body!

Now, of course, if it did this in an obvious way, anyone who offered this toxic treatment would be locked up.

But it’s not obvious.

It’s insidious — because, as the new study shows, chemo can cause cancer to spread and grow in ways you’ll never connect to the treatment.

Heck, as far as you’re concerned, it might even look like it’s working. You have your cancer treated, the tumor shrinks, and you go into remission. Maybe it even vanishes completely, or it gets handled with a mix of chemo and surgery.

Then, one day, months or years later, you get the shocking news: You have cancer in ANOTHER part of your body, and this one’s a stone-cold killer growing like a weed.

Bad luck?

NOPE!

The new study shows how it was caused by the very chemo that was supposed to save you.

In tests on 20 breast cancer patients, researchers found two common chemotherapy drugs can force open hidden “doorways” in your blood vessels called tumor microenvironments of metastasis.

These secret passages allow cancer cells to flee the tumor that’s under attack from the chemo and travel all over the body.

Experiments on mice confirmed it, showing that those same chemo drugs increased the number of cancer cells throughout the body, especially in the lungs.

The study even found that chemo drugs can activate a repair system in the body that the cancer cells can exploit to help them grow back stronger than ever!

The researchers behind this study say cancer patients who have chemo should get extra tests to make sure the disease isn’t spreading or hiding somewhere else.

Sounds to me like those tests might come too late for too many patients.

Here’s a better idea: SKIP the chemo!

Surveys show most docs would avoid this poison if they could — and so should you. Speak to a naturopathic physician experienced in cancer care to get ALL of your options before you make ANY decisions about treating your cancer.

You’d be surprised at how often you’ll have choices — including, in many cases, the choice to do nothing at all for slow-growing cancers that are unlikely to hurt you.

Cutting out the chemo,
Jack Harrison