#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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#187 Eliminate Heart Disease by Doing 3 Things Study

Eliminate Heart Disease by Doing 3 Things Study At least 80% of all heart disease is totally unnecessary.  Indeed, according to a recent study, if you can do the three things discussed in the article to eliminate heart disease, most drug companies, hospitals, and cardiologists would be out of business. Jeff's Experience This past weekend I spoke at a conference sponsored by my hospital.  Sadly, the message that was conveyed is that heart disease is inevitable.  Thus, taking preventative medications is critical to…

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#186 Are Grains Healthy? 4 Things to Know About Grains

Are Grains Healthy? While books and websites have demonized grains in every form, the scientific literature does not support this belief.  Indeed, in study after study, grains can be healthy provided they are real whole grains.  Real whole grains are high in fiber and are not processed. Processed grains, on the other hand, are really just sugar.  It's also pretty clear that processed grains are responsible for much of the obesity crisis, as well as the epidemic of atrial fibrillation, heart failure and diabetes that…

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#185 6 Protein Sources that May Shorten Your Life

6 Protein Sources that May Shorten Your Life Not all protein sources are the same when it comes to longevity.  In this article, I review a recent Harvard University study which reported that 6 protein sources could shorten your life. Jin's Experience On our last trip to China's Longevity Village, I met Jin.  It was a hot summer night in Southwest China and the entire village had come together to prepare for a wedding.  As part of this wedding preparation, we had the…

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#184 The Top 3 Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

The Top 3 Dark Chocolate Health Benefits Could there actually be dark chocolate health benefits?  How could something that tastes so good, be good for you?  Read on to learn about a medical mystery and the top three health benefits of dark chocolate. Chocolate, High Blood Pressure, and Kuna Indians In 1944, an obscure army surgeon, Dr. B. H. Kean, was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone by the U.S. army.  While there, he noticed that the Kuna Indians, who…

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#183 3 Ways to Lower Cholesterol: Better than Drugs

3 Ways to Lower Cholesterol: Better than Drugs Half of all Americans need to lower cholesterol.  Of these people, most should be on a "statin" drug to lower cholesterol according to the American Heart Association. This recommendation comes despite the fact that "statins," may increase your risk of diabetes by 46%, may cause memory loss, may increase coronary artery calcification, and can damage your muscles. Cholesterol is just one of many risk factors for heart disease.  Fortunately, there are better…

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#182 The Top 3 Benefits and Risks of Raw Foods

The Top 3 Benefits and Risks of Raw Foods Raw foods can be a great way to boost nutrition, lose weight, and eat more naturally.  In fact, I would probably see far less cardiovascular disease in my practice if people ate more of the right kinds of raw foods.  Perhaps this explains the growing popularity of "eating raw." In this article, I'll cut through the hype and focus on what the science tells us.  Read on to discover the top three benefits…

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#181 5 Things Multitasking Does to Your Brain

5 Things Multitasking Does To Your Brain I had no idea what multitasking does to your brain until I did the unimaginable...I accidently dropped my iPhone into the toilet last weekend. It was literally a race against time to prevent irreversible water damage.  I quickly fished my iPhone out of the toilet with my hand, powered it off, dried every aspect of the phone, and waited for the inner components to dry. Life without Multitasking For an entire weekend I was without my…

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#180 Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal?

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Your grandmother was full of good advice. But if she told you that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” you only got part of the story. An early meal can be a vitally important part of the day — for some people, and only if it’s a truly healthy breakfast. What is a healthy breakfast? What’s a truly healthy breakfast look like? Well, it looks something like…

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#179 Why You Need More Fat in Your Diet

Why You Need More Fat in Your Diet Do you really need more fat? Everyone knows that if you want to cut the fat on your body that you have to cut the fat in your meals. That seems obvious enough, doesn’t it? Indeed, it’s what we’ve been telling ourselves for a long time.  And, that is exactly what most Americans are still doing.  According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly twice as many Americans are cutting back on fat than carbohydrates. The…

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#178 How to Find Out the Age of Your Arteries in 1 Minute

How to Find Out the Age of Your Arteries in 1 Minute You are only as old as your arteries.  In this article, I will show you how to find out the age of your arteries in just one minute. As long as your arteries stay young, your heart, brain, kidneys, and other organs should continue to function normally. Read on to find out if your arteries are older than you are and what you can do to reverse artery aging now.…

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#177 The 6 Things That Put You in a Nursing Home

The 6 Things That Put You in a Nursing Home No one wants to end their life in a nursing home.  In this article, I share the 6 things that could put you in a nursing home and what you can do now to avoid this fate. Brian's Experience For years, I cared for Brian as his cardiologist.  Each time he came to see me, he was always excited to share their latest travel plans once he retired. Tragically, two weeks after…

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#176 Why Portion Control Doesn’t Work for Most People

Why Portion Control Doesn't Work for Most People Why portion control doesn't work for most people... Take out your phone. Then go to the top of the nearest building, head straight up to the top floor, and chuck it out the window. First, though: Really focus on the idea that, when you toss your phone into the air, it won’t actually fall to the ground and break. See if you can use your willpower to protect you phone from the impact of the fall. You haven’t…

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#175 How to Tell if Health Foods Are Really Healthy

How to Tell if Health Foods Are Really Healthy A lot of what we consider “health foods” aren’t really that healthy. That’s because in recent years health foods have become big business — and wherever there’s money to be made, you’re going to find plenty of marketers willing to fudge, and even fib, to make a sale. Is yogurt healthy? Topping the list of foods that are widely believed to be healthy, but generally are not healthy: Yogurt. I know. I know.…

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#174 How to Tell if You’re Addicted to Clutter

How to Tell if You're Addicted to Clutter Are you addicted to clutter? A while back, I came upon a blog by an economist named Joshua Gans who had been trying to introduce basic math to his three-year-old daughter — starting, as we almost all do, with addition. “Now, the way to do this is to make liberal use of fingers,” he wrote. “This is all very well when the numbers you are adding are less than 10 but is a problem after that.” But…

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#173 6 Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

6 Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables Fully 9 in 10 U.S. children need to eat more vegetables.  For adults it is no better.  As a cardiologist, I have observed that a person's health is directly tied to how many vegetables they eat.  In this article, I share six proven ways to effortlessly get children and adults to eat more vegetables. 1. Set an Example Your children watch what you eat.  Indeed, studies show that, to a large extent, how…

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#172 How to Eat Your Favorite Foods and Lose Weight

How to Eat Your Favorite Foods and Lose Weight Can you really eat your favorite foods and still lose weight? Maybe it’s the meatloaf that your grandmother used to make. Maybe it’s the apple pie á la mode you shared with your spouse on your first date.  Regardless of what it might be, in this article I'll show you how you can eat your favorite foods and lose weight. We All Have Favorite Foods We’ve all had favorite foods. And sometimes, it’s true, those things aren’t…

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#171 5 Proven Secrets to Younger Looking Skin

5 Proven Secrets to Younger Looking Skin Studies show that you can have 10 years younger looking skin.  While we all want healthy and younger looking skin, do you really have to use all of the lotions and potions promoted in advertisements? In this article, I share the five proven secrets to younger looking skin. 1. Daily Skin Care Studies show that proper skin care can make you look two years younger.  Proper skin care doesn't mean scrubbing your face…

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#170 Should I Avoid Carbs?

Should I Avoid Carbs? Should I avoid carbs is something I am asked all the time.  Indeed, the low-carb craze today differs little from the fat-free craze a generation ago and, for that matter, the low-protein craze a hundred years ago. Diets are like fads, they go in and out of style because they aren’t based on science. That’s why I hate the word “diet.” It turns something that couldn’t be more natural, food, into something harsh and rigid. Not…

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#169 Why is my willpower so weak?

Why is my willpower so weak? Why is my willpower so weak but yet everyone knows you can do anything you set your mind to. I’ll bet that’s what people have been telling you all your life. I’ll bet it’s something you’ve told yourself, too. And you know what? It’s simply not true. What is willpower? Willpower isn’t something you can simply conjure up when you need it. Studies have repeatedly shown that the ability to control one’s impulses, or…

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#168 Why haven’t I lost weight after exercising?

Why haven’t I lost weight after exercising? Why haven’t I lost weight after exercising is a question I get all the time from patients.  In fact, the idea that exercise alone causes weight loss is probably the biggest weight loss myth I hear.  In this article, I'll share the science behind exercise and weight loss. A Typical Cardiology Clinic Visit “Now then,” I said, looking down at a recent patient’s chart, which showed she was carrying at least 50 pounds more…

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#167 4 Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

4 Best Superfoods for Weight Loss What are the best superfoods for weight loss?  In this article, I share the four best superfoods for weight loss and disease prevention according to the latest scientific studies. My Slow Adoption of Superfoods I didn't use to eat superfoods.  I guess that deep down I didn't really believe that these foods had the ability to heal.  I thought superfoods were really just a marketing gimmick to sell grocery store checkout magazines. However, by the time…

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#166 Can Over Working Hurt Your Heart?

Can Over Working Hurt Your Heart? The average salaried American now works 49 hours a week.  When you add in the average four hours of commuting time, that number increases to 53 hours weekly.  Can over working hurt your heart? In this article, I discuss the risks of overworking to your cardiovascular system and offer tips for a better work life balance. John D. Rockefeller's Experience While still in his 40s, the richest man in the world was dying.  John D. Rockefeller had…

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#165 How Much Water Should You Drink? Top 10 Myths

How Much Water Should You Drink? Everyone knows the answer to how much water should you drink is eight glasses, right? In this article, I will answer how much water should you drink and debunk the top 10 hydration myths based on the latest medical science. The Top 10 Hydration Myths 1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water The biggest hydration myth is that you must drink eight glasses of water every day.  Even my children have been taught this in school. Guess…

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#164 How to Eat Pasta Without Gaining Weight

How to Eat Pasta Without Gaining Weight Pasta is a forbidden food for anyone wanting to lose weight, right?  Not necessarily.  In this article, I will teach you how to eat pasta without gaining weight.  I will also show you how you can enjoy rice and potatoes as well without gaining weight. Susan's Experience Susan's comfort food was pasta.  The problem was that she also weighed 50 pounds more than she should have, she had diabetes, and also suffered from a heart…

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#163 How to Protect Yourself from Mosquitos

How to Protect Yourself from Mosquitos I hate mosquitos.  You probably do as well.  In this article, I am going to teach you how to protect yourself from mosquitos, especially those carrying the Zika virus. The Aedes Mosquito and the Zika Virus The Zika virus is carried by the Aedes mosquito.  The scary thing is that the Aedes mosquito visits a large portion of the United States.  Basically, if you live along the coasts, or in the southern part of the…

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#162 Your Diet Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Healthy

Your Diet Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Healthy What if you occasionally slip up and eat something you shouldn't?  Fortunately, a new study shows that your diet doesn't have to be perfect to be healthy.  In this article, I discuss this latest study and show what it means for you. Mark's Experience Mark appeared defeated at his last clinic visit. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I’m a failure.  I couldn’t do what you asked me to do.  I just can’t completely avoid soda pop…

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#161 3 Critical Things to Know About Sunscreen

3 Critical Things to Know About Sunscreen While there are many things to know about sunscreen, in this article I'll stick to the three critical issues. Unfortunately, if you want to be outside much this summer, sunscreen is a necessary evil.  Studies show that being physically active outside may offer far more benefits to your physical and mental health than exercising in a gym. As a parent of four children, I know just how challenging sunscreen issues can be.  Read on…

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#160 Defy Your Age and Actually Live Longer

Defy Your Age and Actually Live Longer Can you defy your age and think yourself younger?  A recent study showed that you really are only as old physically as you think you are.  Read on to learn how to defy your age and live younger and longer. Lisa's Experience At 42, Lisa felt old.  Perhaps it was because she was struggling with the fact that she was now a grandma. Her joints hurt. Her blood pressure was up.  She didn’t even feel…

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#159 60 vs 20 Minute Cardio Workout: Which is Best?

60 vs 20 Minute Cardio Workout: Which is Best? Do you have 60 minutes to spare each day for exercise?  If you are like most of my patients, the answer is “no.”  Can you get all the benefit of exercising for an hour in just 20 minutes?  In the 60 vs 20 minute cardio workout, which is best? Michael's Experience Michael was my typical hard charging CEO patient.  He routinely put in 60-hour workweeks and his health suffered.  For years, I encouraged him to start exercising.  Unfortunately, I always…

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#158 Why Believing Stress is Bad May Shorten Your Life

Why Believing Stress is Bad May Shorten Your Life Believing stress is bad may be dangerous to your health.  In fact, believing stress is bad could be considered the thirteenth leading cause of death in the U.S. according to recent research.  Read on to learn how to make stress work for you and extend your life. I Was Also Convinced Stress Was Bad Growing up, I thrived on stress.  Later, stress allowed my mind laser-like focus when pouring through medical charts or…

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#157 Top 10 Proven Natural Home Remedies

Top 10 Proven Natural Home Remedies Can you treat your medical condition naturally?  In this article, I share my top 10 proven natural home remedies.  Read on to learn how to "hack" your health. 1. Magnesium for Arrhythmias and Palpitations As magnesium is found in nuts, seeds, and greens, is it any wonder that up to 89% of Americans are magnesium deficient?  The Standard American Diet is very low in magnesium.  Magnesium is critical for everything from DNA repair to keeping…

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#156 Flax vs. Chia: Which Seed Should You Eat?

Flax vs Chia: Which Seed Should You Eat? Flaxseeds and chia seeds are both superfoods.  While most health conscientious people now include these seeds in their diet, in the flax vs chia matchup, which seed is best? Where did flax and chia come from? Flaxseeds originated from the Middle East.  At one time, flax was considered so holy that ancient Egyptian priests only wore clothes may from flax fibers. In contrast, chia seeds are the newcomers.  While it seems as…

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#155 Top 10 Health Foods to Avoid

Top 10 Health Foods to Avoid Conspiring food manufacturers have blurred the lines between what is real and what is processed.  Health foods must be real.  To clear the confusion, here are the top 10 supposed health foods to avoid. 1. Yogurt Yogurt is part of any healthy breakfast, right?  While yogurt can be healthy, most yogurt options at your local grocery store is anything but healthy. For example, one small Yoplait original strawberry yogurt has 26 grams of sugar.…

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#154 8 Things You Need to Know about the Paleo Diet

8 Things You Need to Know about the Paleo Diet The Paleo Diet remains one of the most popular diets.  Despite this popularity, the Paleo Diet consistently ranks as one of the worst diets according to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings. In this article, I'll cover the latest medical studies on the Paleo Diet.  I'll also discuss the benefits and possible risks of the Paleo Diet. What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo Diet is really simple.  If something wasn't…

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#153 The Top 11 Weight Loss Myths

The Top 11 Weight Loss Myths Weight loss myths are everywhere.  Is it any wonder that up to 98% of people can't get back to a healthy weight?  In this article, I debunk the top 11 weight loss myths with the latest medical science.  You can regain a healthy weight relatively painlessly by following the simple principles discussed in this article. 1. Diets Don't Work Studies show that up to 98% of dieters will fail.  Based on these dismal numbers, most have…

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