The Fruit that Works Better than Statins

In All Health Watch, Cholesterol, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular by Garry Messick0 Comments

More Americans take statin drugs than any other prescription medication. 

This is true even though study after study shows these cholesterol-lowering drugs have little benefit for the vast majority of people who take them. And they often cause serious side effects such as memory loss, muscle pain, and diabetes.[i]

Statins are supposed to work by lowering your “bad” LDL cholesterol.

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Big Pharma Is Destroying Your Microbiome

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Gut Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Antibiotics are a double-edged sword.

They not only kill germs that make you sick, they destroy the good bacteria in your intestines that contribute to your health in a myriad of ways.

Your body is home to about 100 million beneficial bacteria. Together, they are called your microbiome.

And when your microbiome is damaged, you lose the protection it provides against a wide range of serious health problems.

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One Vitamin Keeps You Strong as You Get Older

In All Health Watch, Anti-Aging, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Vitamin D is required for just about all aspects of human health. You need it for bone strength, immunity, insulin regulation, heart health, brain function, and more.[1]

And now a new study shows that the sunshine vitamin may be the key to preserving muscle strength as you get older.

The research was conducted at Trinity College Dublin. The investigators looked at 4,157 people over 60.

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6 Smart Tricks to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

We’ve all heard the horror stories about illnesses spreading like wildfire among cruise ship passengers.

The fact is, a cruise ship is the perfect incubator for contagious disease. People are packed close together, making it easy for germs to spread.

The norovirus is the biggest culprit.

It causes stomach flu. The CDC estimates that 1 in 10 cruise ship passengers become infected with the norovirus while on board.

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The Surprising Reason You Should Always Buy Organic Chicken

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Buying organic food sometimes seems like a leap of faith.

Organic and conventional foods often look the same. And they taste pretty much the same. But buying organic is far more expensive.

We do it because we have faith that foods raised without pesticides, chemical preservatives, hormones, or antibiotics are better for us. 

A new study shows that spending extra for organics is especially justified when it comes to chicken. 

Researchers from the Pennsylvania Department of Health tested 2,500 samples of ground beef, pork chops, and poultry.

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Which Drink Is Best for Hydration? (Hint: It Isn’t Water)

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Water… Sports drinks… Electrolyte drinks… Everybody seems to have a different idea as to what best quenches your body’s thirst. 

New research set out to determine what drinks work best to keep you hydrated. And the results were surprising.

The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers investigated a variety of popular drinks. They had 72 subjects drink one liter (about a quart) of the beverages they were testing over half an hour.

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