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They Kill You in Your Sleep

August 26th, 2016
Vanderbilt University researchers have found that prescription opioid painkillers greatly raise the risk of heart death.

When it comes to opioid painkillers, overdoses get the big headlines. And for good reason.

Prescription pain medications cause nearly 30,000 overdose deaths a year. The late rock star Prince was one recent victim.

But it turns out that overdoses may not even be the biggest danger of opioids. A major new study finds the drugs can kill people in their sleep by causing heart problems.

Dr. Wayne Ray is the lead author of the study. He is a health policy professor at Vanderbilt University. “As bad as people think the problem of opioid use is, it’s probably worse,” he said.


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The Poison You Eat Every Day

A new EPA report finds that the weed killer atrazine is in 94% of the nation’s drinking water. Atrazine is linked to cancer and birth defects.

Atrazine is a weed killer that turns male frogs into females. It’s linked to birth defects, delayed puberty, and breast and prostate cancers in people.

Here’s something even scarier… Even though this poison is banned in Europe, it’s in 94% of the drinking water—and much of the food we eat—in the U.S.1

About 70 million pounds of atrazine are dumped onto farm fields and lawns in the U.S. each year. If you’ve ever used a “Weed ‘n’ Feed” product on your yard, chances are it contained atrazine.2

The chemical is absorbed into crops, so it ends up in the food we eat. And it leaks into our ground water…so it’s also in our drinking water.

Gluten Intolerance: It’s Not All in Your Head, Study Finds

Man Suffering From Stomach Ache

Celiac disease has long been recognized as a legitimate medical condition. It is an allergy to gluten, a protein in wheat and other grains.

Celiac sufferers have severe reactions after eating wheat products. They may get sharp stomach pains and diarrhea. They may suffer fatigue so severe they can’t get out of bed.1

But in recent years, some people have noticed that while they don’t have the severe effects from eating gluten associated with celiac, they do feel bad after eating wheat. This is called gluten intolerance.  

We Know Exercise Cuts Cancer Risk… Here’s How Much

A new study by the National Cancer Institute confirms that exercise lowers the risk of many types of cancer… And by exactly how much.

Exercise lowers your chances of getting cancer. You’ve likely heard this many times.

But it begs the question: How much does it really help?

Is it enough to make a real difference? And how much do you have to exercise to get significant benefits?

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute recently set out to answer these questions. They looked at dozens of cancer studies worldwide that followed more than 1.4 million people.

Dr. Eliaz: These Supplements Build a Better Brain

Dr. Isaac Eliaz, one of the nation’s top integrative physicians, lists the best supplements to stay mentally sharp and keep your brain youthful.

By Dr. Isaac Eliaz, M.D.

In my last column I told you about foods that keep you mentally sharp.

But there is another way to fuel your brain for maximum cognitive performance—nutritional supplements. Let me explain…

Heavy metals and toxins can accumulate in the body and brain. They come from the environment, personal care products, non-organic foods, and other sources. In other words, they are almost impossible to avoid. And that’s bad news for your brain. They contribute to inflammation. Over time, they can reduce cognitive function.

Scientists Discover the World’s Grossest Superfood

Cockroach milk may be the next superfood. Scientists in India have discovered it is the most nutrient-dense food ever tested.

The superfood of the future could come from an unlikely and disgusting source.

Cockroach milk may be the single most nutrient-rich substance ever identified, researchers say.

The lowly and repulsive cockroach produces a milk-like substance that is four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and is loaded with protein crystals.1Unlike mammals, this “milk” feeds their babies during pregnancy—not after they’re born.

Low-Salt Diet Myth Debunked

New research from McMaster University shows that a low-salt diet increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

A new study explodes the long-held myth that cutting salt is good for your heart.

To the contrary, McMaster University scientists say a low-sodium diet actually is more likely to trigger a heart attack or stroke than one with a lot of salt.

Dr. Andrew Mente led the study. His findings show that a moderate amount of sodium is best. “Having neither too high nor too low levels of sodium is optimal for health,” he said.

400,000 Americans a Year Have This Useless Surgery

Knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus is no more effective than physical therapy, according to a new study published in BMJ.

The most common orthopedic surgery doesn’t work any better than exercise.

That’s the surprising finding of the new study that concludes knee surgery to repair cartilage tears is no more effective than physical therapy1

This procedure is performed on more than 400,000 Americans every year. Meniscal (cartilage) tears are a condition common in older adults. It is due to degeneration of tissues in the knee from aging. Or it may be due to injury. The result can be a painful, swollen knee.

Doctors often recommend surgically repairing the tears. It’s the most common orthopedic operation, just ahead of shoulder arthroscopy and carpal tunnel surgery.2

Stop Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing… There’s No Proof It Works

There is no proof that flossing teeth contributes to dental health. That’s the surprising finding of a new review of studies.

If you’re lax about flossing, you can stop letting your dentist lay a guilt trip on you.

For over three decades the medical establishment has pushed flossing. The federal government and the American Dental Association have told us we need to floss daily to prevent plaque buildup that causes gum disease. Dental companies sell a billion dollars’ worth of floss to Americans every year…

But it turns out there’s no evidence it actually works.1

Scientists: This Fruit Promise to Reverse Aging

Pomegranates contain a substance called urolithin A. It dramatically boosts the lifespans of worms and mice. Now it is being tested in humans.

A research breakthrough has uncovered an anti-aging secret that promises to dramatically boost lifespan in worms and mice.1,2 And could have serious implications for humans too…

The average American now lives to age 79. But if this new discovery can impact humans in the same way, it could extend average longevity to an astonishing 118.3

As we age, our cells lose the ability to nourish themselves. Of course, this deterioration affects our health. So the key is for cells to protect themselves from aging. And now scientists have discovered a substance that does just that. It’s called urolithin A. And it’s produced when you digest certain foods—like pomegranates.

How This Olympic Craze Can Help You Beat Back Pain

Michael Phelps is using cupping therapy during Olympic competition. If you suffer from back pain, the ancient practice may provide natural relief.

Ever since swimmer Michael Phelps showed up at the Olympics looking like he’d gone ten rounds with a plunger, cupping has become the hot new trend in alternative health.

Phelps is just one of several athletes at the games sporting the telltale circular purple-red marks of cupping. Olympic gymnasts and wrestlers are also using the treatment. They say it fights soreness and helps their muscles warm up before competition.