Archive for November, 2013
One of the unfortunate truths about much of today’s most advanced medical care is that, while it’s designed to make profits for hospitals and drug companies and to keep your body alive, it can frequently hamper your brain.
The usual denials greeted a recent charge that flu shots might lead to dementia, but researchers have uncovered plenty of evidence that other medical therapies and drugs can lead to a huge loss of your mental abilities. So let’s take a look not only at flu shots but also at some of the other ways doctors can accidentally mess you up.
3 hidden memory-destroying triggers no one told you about
Many of us joke about “senior moments.” But when they start happening to you more often, they’re not funny at all.
For example, do you ever walk into a room—and forget what you went in to get? Run into someone you haven’t seen lately—and can’t recall their name?
It’s ironic. Just when you’ve got all this wisdom and experience under your belt, your brain is no longer “old reliable.”
The good news is, scientists just discovered
what causes these frequent memory lapses—
and how to stop them fast…
Researchers at Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, UCLA, and other top universities recently discovered three hidden triggers that cause frequent memory lapses and mental decline. They’re the missing link scientists have been seeking for years!
This presentation will give you all the details about how you can switch off these hidden triggers—and even reverse years of brain aging.
Flu shots aren’t good for much
Even without settling the question of whether the flu vaccination can affect your mind, the arguments against getting a flu shot are well-established. Consider the fact that last year, in people 65 and older, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits that the shots were only effective in lowering the risk of flu for 9 percent of the senior population. For the other 91 percent of seniors, according to the CDC, the vaccine was worthless.
That seems ridiculous to me. Why get a vaccine that’s so ineffective?
There are many potential problems with vaccines. When they don’t even work, why bother? As you may know, flu viruses mutate like crazy, so this season’s flu epidemic is usually caused by a genetically different bug than last season’s. The flu vaccine was concocted months ago out of scientists’ best guesses as to what strains of flu are most likely to find their way to North America this winter. As the stats suggest, their guesswork is not very good.
Despite this lack of usefulness, the so-called experts still insist everyone should get a flu shot. As William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, admitted to USA Today, “Everyone at CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting was scratching their heads over this.”i
Nevertheless, Schaffner still urges all of us to get a flu vaccination.
Folks, this is a health system on autopilot—unable to change its ways or examine its own assumptions. It’s a frightening and dangerous exercise in group-think and herd mentality.
Avoid flu the natural way: It works.
Other medical authorities advocate using more natural methods for bolstering your immune system to resist the flu bug. The most basic measures include eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. And don’t forgo mushrooms—research shows they are potent immune system supporters.ii
There are a number of immune-boosting mushroom formulas available in supplement stores. And plain, simple vitamin D—in big quantities, as much as 5,000 units per day—is probably the simplest and most effective flu “vaccine.” Colostrum and lactoferrin—extracts from cow’s milk—are also powerful immune boosters.
Also worth heeding is that advice to wash your hands before you touch your food, and to avoid touching your face, especially after contact with other people.
These simple, inexpensive steps work for me. I’m almost 62, have never had a flu shot, and almost never get a cold, much less a more severe virus. In my younger days I used to get colds and flu all the time.
Arsenic and dementia
Here’s another tip: If you drink water from a well, you should have your water checked for arsenic. A study at the Dartmouth Medical School demonstrates that your immune system’s ability to fight off the flu virus slips if you drink well water that contains even very low levels of arsenic. Arsenic contamination is more common in the western half of the United States than in the eastern half. But that’s not to say easterners can ignore the issue.
The Dartmouth researchers point out that the most vulnerable wells are generally located in upper New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine), Florida, the Upper Midwest, the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains.iii
Aside from the concern about flu shots, studies now show that other brain dangers lurk at the hands of the medical profession. In particular, if you are treated in a hospital intensive care unit, you have a frighteningly high chance of suffering cognitive impairment similar to Alzheimer’s disease. And the brain problem, say researchers at Vanderbilt, lasts at least a year.
The Tennessee scientists found that three out of four people admitted to hospitals with respiratory failure, cardiogenic shock (when the heart’s pumping ability is severely impaired) or septic shock develop delirium when they are hospitalized.iv
And three months after the people in this study were released from the hospital, 40 percent of them had mental difficulties similar to what happens after traumatic brain injury. Twenty-six percent of them had memory problems that were virtually identical to what takes place when you have Alzheimer’s disease.
According to researcher Pratic Pandharipande, modern medical technology seems able to keep your body functioning but the cost may be a serious reduction in brain capacity: “As medical care is improving, patients are surviving their critical illness more often, but if they are surviving their critical illness with disabling forms of cognitive impairment then that is something that we will have to be aware of because just surviving is no longer good enough.”
All of these factors represent good reasons to lead a healthy lifestyle and take responsibility for your own health. Just because doctors have a wide range of technology available to keep you alive when disaster strikes, that doesn’t mean that at the end of a difficult illness your mind will still be functioning well enough to appreciate your high-tech survival.
Lee Euler, Publisher
If you follow the twists and turns of the latest health research, you know the typical American diet and lifestyle can make you much more prone to chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Maybe you haven’t considered how that lifestyle affects your sex life, too. But medical researchers have. Let’s see what they found…
Read This Only if You
Want to Double Your Testosterone
Without a Prescription
Doctors won’t tell you this because they don’t know. . .
But all you need to double your testosterone level is a two-nutrient combo that you can buy over-the-counter.
Your cost per day? About two bucks.
Give your body these two foods and it will do the rest.
Compare that to about $6,000 a year — $16 a day — for doctor-prescribed testosterone that actually damages your own body’s ability to make the testosterone you need to be a man. . .
Researchers into sex drive and lifestyle choices have come to some pretty depressing conclusions: We’re not only eating ourselves into an early grave, putting on unsightly pounds around the middle and challenging our cardiovascular systems with inflammatory habits, we’re also risking our ability to have sex.
The bad fats we eat in fried food, the refined sugar in our sweets and our sedentary habits are negative influences on our sexual powers. That’s especially true for men who are having increasing trouble achieving satisfactory erections.
Still, amidst all this sexual doom and gloom, scientists have identified two fairly simple ways to lower the risk that your sexual adventures are sidelined by the American version of a “normal” life.
Fighting the Effects of Junk Food
The erectile-endangering effects of junk food stem from its high levels of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (the type of fat found in vegetable oil), saturated fats and added sugars. When researchers at East Carolina University looked for ways to neutralize the damage, they discovered that engaging in moderate exercise five days a week could helpi.
In lab tests on animals, the scientists showed that exercise could restore what had been lost in erectile function and help arteries dilate more effectively. The increased blood flow is what made better erections possible.
According to the researchers, the results suggest that exercise could be an important tool for shaking off the adverse effects of the American diet. As long as a man remains very active, he’s more likely to get away with consuming a great deal of junk food. But they are not certain that exercise can reverse all erection problems if a man has been sedentary for decades while being a junk food junkie.
“The finding that exercise prevents Western diet-associated erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease progression translates to an intensively active lifestyle throughout the duration of the ‘junk food’ diet,” the researchers note. “It remains to be seen if a moderately active lifestyle, or an active lifestyle initiated after a prolonged duration of a sedentary lifestyle combined with a ‘junk food’ diet is effective at reversing functional impairment.”
Avoid Pain Killers
Another way to increase your chances of successful erections is to ditch the opioid painkillers that many men take for back pain. When scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research examined the medical records of more than 11,000 men with back pain, they found that those who took prescription, high-dose opioids (like Vicodin or OxyContin) for at least four months almost tripled their risk of needing medication to offset erectile dysfunctionii.
Kaiser Permanente researchers also discovered that, in general, taking multiple prescriptions is associated with an increased severity of erectile dysfunctioniii.
The researchers emphasize that it’s better to deal with your health problems with lifestyle changes than to rely on medications whose side effects can derail your sex life.
According to researcher Michael Kanter: “These men would benefit from lifestyle changes such as changes in their diet, regular exercise, and not smoking which would help control their hypertension, diabetes, and stress and reduce erectile dysfunction risk. Physicians can use this as an opportunity to talk with their patients about risks of erectile dysfunction and the underlying health conditions causing their need for multiple medications.”
The message for a man concerned with sexual function is pretty clear: For better performance in the bedroom, hang out more in the gym and less time at the mall food court. And use healthy lifestyle habits to promote better wellness instead of relying on prescriptions to battle what ails you.