“Step right up ladies and gentlemen and try the world’s most amazing elixir. It gives you energy, melts wrinkles away, and even makes your children do their homework!” Sounds like the barking pitch of yesterday’s medicine man, doesn’t it? Or does it? Today, these sideshow vendors have moved their elixir wagons to the Internet, selling promises of better vision, better hearts, better sex, heck, a better life. Some of the pitches are obvious fabrications (“Lose 20 pounds in 20 minutes!”) while others make you stop and pause. Like resveratrol. Is It Real or Is It Snake Oil… There’s no question [...]Continue reading Resveratrol: Is Wine Really Good for Your Heart and Health?
Ask someone what disease they fear the most and many will answer type 2 diabetes…and for good reason. One out of every 10 Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are walking around undiagnosed every day. And if the disease isn’t bad enough, there are the terrifying complications, including: Blindness Kidney disease Heart attack Stroke Peripheral artery disease Diabetic ulcers Amputation Death The only thing more frightening than what can happen once you get type 2 diabetes is the startling ineffectiveness of the treatments that are most often recommended. While doctors will tell you, often offhandedly, [...]Continue reading Alpha Lipoic Acid: How to Treat the REAL Cause of Type 2 Diabetes
Imagine you are walking the beach on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. All around you, people are surfing, hiking, jogging, swimming and paddleboarding. Suddenly it becomes obvious which of your fellow sand dwellers are tourists and which are locals. Not only do the locals have a glow about their skin and trim figures, but they also seem to be oozing with abundant health and energy to spare! Plus, there isn’t a sniffle, cough, runny nose or apparent headache in sight. What on earth can their secret be? Is it the sun? The stress-free life? The salt air? Those [...]Continue reading Coconut Oil: A Nutrient Powerhouse and Metabolism Booster
There is an epic battle being waged over a common food that you and your children likely are exposed to every single day.
In one corner are those who proudly profess the almost miracle-like qualities of this food, with boastful claims about how it can do everything from curing cancer to preventing heart disease and even menopause.
In the other corner there is a persnickety bunch who retorts that this food is anything but a “miracle.” They claim it can lead to thyroid disease, actually CAUSE cancer, hamper your immune system, destroy your brain, make you infertile, and even turn males into females!
So what is this food that’s prompting two equally passionate groups to go to war?Continue reading The Soy Controversy: A Superfood or Toxic Killer?
Enter any convenience store in the United States and you’ll quickly spot an array of wrapped and bottled items masquerading as food. And these junky snack foods are becoming more horrible every year. And while there are hundreds I could rail against, 10 are particularly offensive. I call them the “worst snack foods of all time.” But be forewarned: This list could become outdated the minute the food industry introduces yet another must-have concoction that adds pounds to your waistline while stealing your health. 1. French Fries Who among us hasn’t been lured in by French fries, or even more [...]Continue reading The Ten Worst Snack Foods
I am in awe of the recent TV commercials where two mothers are talking and one questions the other about serving some sweetened fruit punch to her kids. The first mother says, “That stuff’s got high fructose corn syrup in it, and you know what they say about that.” To which the second mother replies, “What? That it’s natural and made from corn? And that in moderation, it’s perfectly fine?” Clever commercial. And utterly misleading. Understanding Sugar… In the beginning, there was plain old table sugar, also known by its scientific name, sucrose. Sucrose is a disaccharide (“di” meaning “two,” [...]Continue reading The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup…
It’s known for its painful, spiky leaves. In ancient Ireland, it was referred to as “The Devil’s Apron”. Its very name suggests its needle-like appearance. Sounds pretty dangerous, right? So why on earth would you want to add this prickly plant to your supplement regimen? Well, what if I told you that people have been relying on this herb since ancient times for its healing properties? It doesn’t sound quite so menacing anymore. In fact, this supplement sounds like it could be downright beneficial. But what does the science say? A Spiky Solution… At first glance, stinging nettle hardly seems [...]Continue reading How to Sting Your Prostate Back to Health
Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you that this is good for you or that will improve your health. We have orange juice that supposedly lowers cholesterol, flavored waters that boost immune health, and even cookies that help you lose weight! While most of us are already skeptical of these types of claims, there are foods out there that fly under the radar. They masquerade as healthy, simply lying in wait in to sabotage your health. Here are seven of the worst healthy food imposters: #1: Farm-Raised Salmon There’s no comparison between farm-raised salmon and the wild variety. Farm-raised [...]Continue reading The 7 Worst “Healthy Food” Imposters…
If you were to draw back the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union during the 1960s to 1980s, you would find scientists with their noses to the grindstone, intent on making the advances that would cement this nation’s spot as an international superpower. One of their focuses was the hunt for adaptogens, substances that have the purported ability to help us resist the harmful effects of stress and fight fatigue. And their search paid off: In the wilds of Eastern Europe and Asia, they discovered a plant that promised to help fortify Soviet athletes, cosmonauts, soldiers, and others racing to [...]Continue reading Rhodiola: Nature’s #1 Stress Buster
Mom was right when she urged you to eat your broccoli. Sure, we already knew that this vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse that should have a place on everyone’s plate. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, K, and many B vitamins – just to name a few nutrients. But broccoli also contains another compound that appears to show promise in protecting against certain cancers, specifically those that involve the hormone estrogen. Even more exciting, this substance is also available in supplement form. So, if you’re like former President George Bush – and countless kindergartners – and just can’t stand the [...]Continue reading DIM: Cancer-Fighting Supplement Doesn’t Work (Try These Foods Instead)