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The Osteoporosis-Exercise Myth

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

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may think, “My bones are fragile, so I should take it easy to prevent a fracture.” 

It’s a logical thought. But it’s completely wrong. 

A new study shows that exercise doesn’t lead to more fractures. It is actually one of the best ways to prevent them.

The research was published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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One Surprising Factor Predicts How Long You’ll Live

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

What single factor determines how much longer you have to live? 

The obvious one is age. After all, if you’re 80, it’s likely you have less time left than someone who is 60. 

Genetics are big factor, too. If your parents and grandparents lived long lives, chances are you will, too. 

Whether you smoke makes a big difference as well.

But it turns out that there is another longevity factor that is more powerful than any of these. 

Physical activity is the number one predictor of lifespan, a new study shows.

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The Houseplant-Clean Air Myth

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

For years, we were told that houseplants helped purify indoor air. This makes sense since plants consume the pollutant carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

The strongest evidence for the ability of potted plants to improve the indoor environment came from a NASA study. In 1989, the space agency ran an experiment that showed plants could remove cancer-causing toxins from the air.

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Prescription Drugs Are Now the 4th Leading Cause of Death

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Ambar Jones0 Comments

Taking prescription drugs has become a roll of the dice…

Some 128,000 Americans a year now die from the effects of medications prescribed to them. This number doesn’t include overdose deaths—only people who took their drugs as prescribed.[1]

Prescription drugs have become the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. They kill more Americans than breast cancer, prostate cancer, homicide, and suicide combined.

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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 Messick1 Comment

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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