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The Antibiotic-Cancer Connection

In All Health Watch by Garry Messick0 Comments

For decades, antibiotics were viewed as a miracle of medicine. They seemed to cure virtually any type of bacterial illness without side effects. 

They worked so well that doctors prescribed them at the first sign of infection…even if the likely cause was a virus, which antibiotics don’t affect.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control say American doctors write 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions a year. 

We have started giving them to farm animals.

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Don’t Let Insomnia Wreck Your Heart

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Sleep Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

You toss and turn at night knowing exactly what you’ll be facing when the sun comes up… A day of fatigue, grumpiness, and poor productivity. It’ll be a struggle to get through the day. 

And then when it’s all over, you’ll try again, hoping that sleep will come the next night.

It might.

Or it might not. 

This pattern is so frustrating.

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Breathing the Air in 6 U.S. Cities Is Like Smoking a Pack a Day

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Lung Cancer by Garry Messick0 Comments

Even if you’ve never lit a cigarette in your life, your lungs may be as badly damaged as someone who has smoked a pack a day for 29 years.

That’s the chilling finding of a new study that analyzed the long-term effects of breathing the polluted air of six major U.S. cities.

Researchers looked at more than 7,000 people from 2000 to 2018.

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The Best Diet for Type 2 Diabetics Is Not What Your Doctor Recommends

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

If you are a type 2 diabetic, chances are that your doctor has told you to go on a diet. You were likely told to eat less fat and fewer calories. 

The idea is that this diet will help you lose weight. And losing weight can cure type 2 diabetes. 

But there’s a problem. 

The diet usually doesn’t work.

Only 5% of overweight and obese people are able to lose weight on a conventional low-fat, low-calorie diet. 

A new study shows there’s a better solution.

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Your Brain Takes a Beating as You Age. Here’s How to Save Your Memory.

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Why do people start to lose their mental sharpness as they get older? 

One theory is that brain cells start to die without being replaced.

Another is that protein tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease accumulate in the brain and clog neural pathways. 

But a new scientific paper concludes there is another factor at work: Blood vessel health. Swedish scientists believe the condition of your brain is largely dependent on the blood vessels that serve it.

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The Best Exercise to Stop Hardening of the Arteries

In All Health Watch, Blood Pressure, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, Heart and Cardiovascular by Garry Messick0 Comments

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) may be the most common serious disease you’ve never heard of. About 10% of Americans have it.[1] 

PAD causes artery blockages in the legs. This can lead to severe leg pain.

But even worse, having PAD means you have about a 50% chance of also having heart disease.

Doctors typically recommend that PAD patients walk every day.

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