#227 Do Artificial Sweeteners Really Cause Weight Gain?

Do Artificial Sweeteners Really Cause Weight Gain? Once again, artificial sweeteners dominated the medical news this week.  This time it was from a study suggesting that artificial sweeteners might cause weight gain and heart disease.  In this article, I'll dissect the latest research and offer a practical approach to artificial sweeteners. The Latest Artificial Sweetener Study I really liked the quality of this latest study.  The researchers did a great job of trying to make sense of every study that…

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#226 3 Reasons Why Meal Timing Matters for Health and Longevity

3 Reasons Why Meal Timing Matters for Health and Longevity In our new book, The Longevity Plan, we report that living in rhythm is a key component for health and longevity.  In this article, I share the latest research showing why meal timing, or eating in rhythm, can allow you to eat more without gaining weight, prevent heart problems, and possibly even extend your life. What is Meal Timing? Just as it is important to sleep at approximately the same…

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#225 The Longevity Plan Reviews

The Longevity Plan Reviews The book critics loved The Longevity Plan.  Getting great Longevity Plan reviews is quite impressive given that book critics generally don't care for health and wellness books.  Readers have also given great Longevity Plan reviews as witnessed by the book sitting for weeks as the #1 best seller on Amazon. The Longevity Plan is Unlike Any Other Book Perhaps the reason why the Longevity Plan reviews have been so strong is because The Longevity Plan is unlike…

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#224 The Longevity Plan

The Longevity Plan I never thought I would write a book.  Much less, I never imagined that this book, The Longevity Plan, would sit for weeks as the number one Amazon best seller just from book pre-orders alone or be featured in world-wide publications like the Wall Street Journal. The Longevity Plan came almost by accident.  Six year ago I had lost my health.  Even as a Stanford University trained cardiologist at the top of my field, I was taking…

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#223 6 Ways to Slow Aging

6 Ways to Slow Aging How old are you?  Is it the number of candles on your birthday cake or your mindset?  In this article, I will teach you how to slow aging and reverse your biological age. Aging and the Medical System Just prior to giving the keynote lecture at a large medical conference organized by Northwestern University in Chicago on the subject of “How to Thrive to 100,” a surprising number of conference attendees I met said something…

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#222 Is Coconut Oil Good for Your Heart?

Is Coconut Oil Good for Your Heart? Coconut oil is the health food darling on the Internet. However, media headlines this past week proclaimed "coconut oil isn't healthy" based on a new report from the American Heart Association.  So who is right?   In this article, I'll answer the question, is coconut oil good for your heart?  I'll also share with you four ways to enjoy coconut oil without putting your heart at risk. The American Heart Association's Coconut Oil Stance As part of…

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#221 The 3 Secrets to Perfect Gut Health

The 3 Secrets to Perfect Gut Health More and more research is pointing to optimal gut health as the secret to a long life free of medical problems.  In this article, I share the 3 secrets to perfect gut health. Could Gut Health Be the Fountain of Youth? As most readers know, we have a new book, The Longevity Plan: 7 Life Transforming Lessons from Ancient China.  This book represents five years of research and writing. In this book, we…

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#220 The Top 5 Causes of Fake Hunger

The Top 5 Causes of Fake Hunger If you’re like most people, you think that feeling hungry is a signal that you need to eat.  And you likely try to quell it by eating something right away, regardless of whether it’s something you really need or even want.  Would you believe me if I told you that your sensation of hunger may not even be real physical hunger?  In this article, I will show you how to stop the top 5…

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#219 Chocolate Prevents Atrial Fibrillation…Really?

Chocolate Prevents Atrial Fibrillation If you read the news this past week, you saw the headlines.  Chocolate prevents atrial fibrillation. It seems to good to be true.  How can something that tastes so good also be healthy for your heart?  In this article, I'll review the latest chocolate study and share what it really means to you. What is Atrial Fibrillation? Before I jump into the study, I want to first explain what atrial fibrillation is for those who may…

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#218 The 2 Secrets to Making Exercise a Daily Habit

The 2 Secrets to Making Exercise a Daily Habit Most people don't really enjoy their workout.  Perhaps that explains why so many people never get their money's worth with the gym membership.  In this article, I share the two secrets to making exercise a daily habit. Why Exercise? If your reason for exercising is to burn calories, build muscle or even improve your cardiovascular health, then chances are really good that you’re doing exercises that you don’t really enjoy all…

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#217 6 Foods to Reverse Aging with Lithium

6 Foods to Reverse Aging with Lithium Could a microscopic dose of the psychoactive drug lithium, which occurs naturally in mineral water and certain foods, actually be the secret to less heart disease, better moods, and a longer life?  In this article, I share how eating six foods may reverse aging with lithium. What is Lithium? Lithium is a naturally occurring mineral in food and water.  It isn't just a psychoactive medication. In fact, lithium is  increasingly being recognized as an essential…

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#216 Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You? Some claim that apple cider vinegar is the key to health and longevity.  In this article, I'll share the science behind these claims and answer the question, is apple cider vinegar good for you? Was Apple Cider Vinegar the Key to Jeff's Longevity? Every time Jeff came in for his annual cardiology visit, I was amazed at his health.  Even though he had atrial fibrillation, his health was otherwise perfect at age 92. Without missing…

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#215 Is Diet Soda Bad for You?

Is Diet Soda Bad for You? If you have been following the news, then the media probably had you convinced that diet soda causes strokes and dementia.  Is that really true?  In this article, I review this latest diet soda study and what we know about diet sodas.  I will also attempt to answer the question, is diet soda bad for you? The Latest Diet Soda Study In the latest diet soda study, Dr. Matthew Pase and colleagues from Tufts University…

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#214 Can Vitamins Make Up for a Bad Diet?

Can Vitamins Make Up for a Bad Diet? Many people take a multivitamin as insurance for any nutrient that might be missing from their diet.  Could this thinking be flawed?  In this article, I share the latest research to answer the question, can vitamins make up for a bad diet? The Latest Study To answer the question, can vitamins make up for a bad diet? Harvard researchers dug through an average of 14 years worth of medical records from 13,316 male physicians. Of…

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#213 4 Reasons Why Dieting Is Bad For Your Heart

4 Reasons Why Dieting Is Bad For Your Heart Studies show that up to 98% of diets fail.  According to new research, dieting might increase your risk of a heart attack as much as smoking.  In this article, I share four reasons why dieting is bad for your heart. Dieting Is Bad For Your Heart Study Unless you were on a media fast this past week, you probably heard about the dieting study the whole world was talking about.  This study was…

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#212 The 7 Foods That Determine Your Lifespan

The 7 Foods That Determine Your Lifespan New research shows that there are 7 foods that account for half of all deaths.  In this article, I discuss these 7 foods that determine your lifespan. Foods That Determine Your Lifespan Study As you may have seen, this recently published study gathered a lot of media attention.  The reason for this is because no other study has ever demonstrated that half of all deaths can be narrowed down to just a small number of foods. The…

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#211 How to Make Your Heart 30 Years Younger: Lessons from the Tsimane

How to Make Your Heart 30 Years Younger: Lessons from the Tsimane The Tsimane living in the Amazon rainforest have hearts that are 30 years younger than anything you might see in the US or other developed countries.  How do they do it? In this article, I share the science behind the Tsimane people who have the healthiest hearts ever studied.  I will also teach you how to make your heart 30 years younger by learning the secrets of the…

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#210 Will Caffeine Make You Live Longer? Interleukin 1β and Inflammation

Will Caffeine Make You Live Longer? According to a recent Stanford University study, caffeine may block age-related inflammation and extend life.  This study follows in line with many other studies also showing that natural sources of caffeine may lengthen your lifespan.  In this article, I review the science and answer the question, will caffeine make you live longer? The Stanford Caffeine Study In blog #197, I discussed how keeping inflammation levels as low as possible may help you live to…

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#209 Why You Need 10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables for a Longer Life

Why You Need 10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables for a Longer Life Most people only get two or three servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  The U.S. government recommends five to nine servings daily.  Could the real number be higher?  In this article, I share the latest research as to why you need at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily for a long and healthy life. The 10 Servings Study To find out exactly how many servings…

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#208 The Easiest Way to Shave 8 Years Off Your Biologic Age

The Easiest Way to Shave 8 Years Off Your Biologic Age Would you trade 30 minutes a day to look and feel eight years younger?  Based on the latest research, this article will show you the easiest way to shave eight years off your biologic age. The 8 Years Younger Study In this study, researchers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) studied 1,481 people.  Their question was simple.  What is the least amount of physical activity you need to…

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#207 Almonds vs. Peanuts: Which Should You Eat?

Almonds vs. Peanuts: Which Should You Eat? Everyone knows almonds are healthier than peanuts, right?  In this article, we are going to look at the science to settle the almonds vs. peanuts debate.  The results may surprise you. 1. Almonds vs. Peanuts for Weight Loss? Almonds are a great nut for people wishing to lose weight.  While you would expect that all of the calories and fat in almonds would cause weight gain, the opposite is actually true.  Indeed, a recent…

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#206 Does Vitamin D Prevent Colds? The Latest Research

Does Vitamin D Prevent Colds? The Latest Research Vitamin D is good for your bones.  Not getting enough vitamin D has been linked to heart disease, cancer, and dementia.  But does vitamin D prevent colds?  In this article, I review the latest research looking at vitamin D, colds, the flu, and other respiratory tract infections.  If you, or a loved one, has been sick this year, you won't want to miss this article. My Vitamin D Challenges As readers know,…

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#205 21 Ways to Stop Mindless Eating

21 Ways to Stop Mindless Eating Most people gain one to two pounds a year.  If you do the math, that works out to overeating by about 10 calories a day.  In this article, I'm going to show you how to stop mindless eating and effortlessly get you back to a healthy weight.  In addition, you'll also learn simple tricks to get your family eating better as well. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think This past week,…

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#204 Does meat cause cancer and heart disease?

Does meat cause cancer and heart disease? Does meat cause cancer, heart disease, or an early death?  In this article, I will show you how to enjoy meat without any increased risk based on new research. The Harvard Meat Study Meat studies are difficult to do.  These studies often are not very accurate either. This is because health conscientious people tend to eat less meat.  If they do eat meat, it is generally fish or poultry. In contrast, people who don't care…

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#203 7 Reasons Why Chili Peppers Make You Live Longer

7 Reasons Why Chili Peppers Make You Live Longer New research reports that people who eat red hot chili peppers live 13% longer.  In this article, I will review the studies and share seven reasons why there may be truth that chili peppers make you live longer. The Scoville Scale At the young age of 19, I was suddenly introduced to the upper end of the Scoville scale.  By way of background, the Scoville scale was created in 1912 by American pharmacist…

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#202 3 Ways to Beat Alzheimer’s Disease

3 Ways to Beat Alzheimer's Disease Even if dementia runs in your family, new research shows that Alzheimer's disease can be prevented or reversed.  In this article, I share three ways to beat Alzheimer's disease based on the latest research from UCLA. Bob's Experience Bob was becoming progressively forgetful.  His wife was worried.  He was only 55. Based on our research of the heart and Alzheimer's disease, Bob and his wife came to see me.  After reviewing his case, it was clear that…

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#201 4 New Reasons Why You Need More Magnesium Foods

4 New Reasons Why You Need More Magnesium Foods Up to 70% of Americans are magnesium deficient.  A lack of magnesium may be the cause of your fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, heart problems, and possibly an early death.  In this article, I share four new reasons why you need more magnesium foods. Low Magnesium and Heart Problems: Katie's Experience Katie was a hard-charging super mom.  By day she worked as an accountant and when she wasn't at the accounting firm she was…

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#200 3 Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Weight Forever

3 Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Weight Forever Most Americans want to lose weight as their New Year's resolution.  While many are successful, few can keep the weight off forever.  Based on recent research of 10,000 people, who have lost an average of 66 pounds and have kept it off for five or more years, I'll share the 3 secrets to maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Yo-yo Dieting Liz was the classic yo-yo dieter.  Every year she'd resolve…

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#199 6 Reasons Why You Must Eat Nuts Every Day

6 Reasons Why You Must Eat Nuts Every Day Could a handful of nuts every day be the secret to a long and healthy life?  In this article, I share 6 reasons why your health depends on a daily serving of nuts based on the most recent research. Nuts for Me Growing up, nuts were never part of my daily diet.  Like any child, I would have an occasional peanut butter and jam sandwich but that was about it. Now I realize that peanuts…

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#198 3 Ways to Naturally Beat Wintertime Depression

3 Ways to Naturally Beat Wintertime Depression One in five people struggle with wintertime depression or seasonal affective disorder.  For many, this strikes immediately after the holiday season.  In this article, I share 3 ways to naturally beat wintertime depression. My Struggle with Wintertime Depression Growing up, I struggled with wintertime depression.  Typically, this hit me within a few hours after opening presents on Christmas day. While wintertime depression never stopped me from other activities, I always felt somewhat melancholic from Christmas day until March.  Looking…

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#197 3 Reasons Why the Anti-Inflammation Diet May Help You Live to 110

3 Reasons Why the Anti-Inflammation Diet May Help You Live to 110 The number one factor in making it 110, according to medical studies, is to keep inflammation in your body as low as possible.  In order to make it to 110, you probably had perfect health at 100 and you were eating an anti-inflammation diet.  In this article, I share three reasons why the anti-inflammation diet may help you live to 110. What is inflammation? Inflammation is activation of…

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#196 How to Eliminate Holiday Season Stress

How to Eliminate Holiday Season Stress Two in three Americans report holiday season stress, fatigue, and irritability according to the American Psychological Association.  This stress may increase your risk of a heart attack by 73% according to a recent study.  In this article, I share the one simple thing from a recent study that can completely eliminate holiday season stress for you. How to Eliminate Stress Study In this study, Dr. Michael J. Poulin and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine, studied 846 people living…

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#195 How to Avoid the 8 Things That Wreck Your Health

How to Avoid the 8 Things That Wreck Your Health No one wants to feel miserable, battle multiple medical problems, and take lots of medicines.  Yet that is what most Americans are doing the last 10 years of their lives according to the World Health Organization. In this article, I will teach you how to avoid the 8 things that wreck your health. Things That Wreck Your Health Study Recently, Dr. Christopher Murray, from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, led a team…

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#193 3 Minor Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Bad Genes

3 Minor Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Bad Genes Most of my patients mistakingly believe that their heart problems came from bad genes.  In this article, I review a recent study showing that 3 minor lifestyle changes can reverse bad genes.  Indeed, you can reverse bad genes even without losing weight. Genes vs. Lifestyle A couple of years ago, a young cardiologist, by the name of Dr. Amit V. Khera, from Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital pondered an age old question.  Is disease due to nature…

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#192 Could 4 Brazil Nuts be the Best Cholesterol Lowering Drug?

Could 4 Brazil Nuts be the Best Cholesterol Lowering Drug? There is a one in three chance you should take a statin cholesterol lowering drug according to the American Heart Association.  Sadly, high cholesterol causes heart attacks, strokes, and a premature death. While statin cholesterol lowering drugs are effective, there are many side effects.  In this article, I share a provocative study showing that just 4 Brazil nuts a month may lower cholesterol as well as a statin. The 4 Brazil Nuts Cholesterol…

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#191 4 Bad Habits that Shorten Your Life 18 Years

4 Bad Habits that Shorten Your Life 18 Years Four bad habits can rob you of 18 years of life.  In this article, I share the four bad habits that shorten your life and keep you from making it to age 88 in excellent health. How long will you live? "How long will I live?" Joan asked at her initial cardiology consultation with me. Having just reviewed this new study,  I wanted to find out if she had any of four…

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#190 6 Foods to Reverse Aging with NMN

6 Foods to Reverse Aging with NMN This past week, a new study showed that old mice could be made young, thin, and energetic again with the natural compound NMN or nicotinamide mononucleotide.  In fact, the results showing reverse aging with NMN were so promising, the first human study is now underway in Japan.  In this article, I will teach you what NMN is and show you how you may reverse aging with NMN through six foods. What is NMN? NMN or…

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#189 3 Ways to Protect Kids’ Hearts from Halloween Candy

3 Ways to Protect Kids’ Hearts from Halloween Candy Sugar can cause blockages to form in even the hearts of young children according to a new report from the American Heart Association.   As Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand, I share three ways to protect kids’ hearts from Halloween candy without missing out on any of the holiday fun. New Sugar Guidelines for Kids According to the new sugar guidelines for children, children over age two should consume less than six teaspoons (25 g or…

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#188 5 Smartphone Apps to Fix Sleep Problems

5 Smartphone Apps to Fix Sleep Problems According to the National Sleep Foundation, a smartphone in the bedroom is one of the main reasons why most Americans are chronically sleep deprived.  While most experts blame smartphones for sleep problems, I personally believe smartphones can actually fix sleep problems. How My iPhone Helps Me Sleep As most readers know, I have struggled with sleep for most of my life.  A few years ago, I finally figured out that if I could just do five things religiously, I could finally fix my…

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