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Three-ingredient combo increases blood circulation

This three-way trick will spice up your love life

Gentlemen, nothing makes you question your manhood more than an when things stop working below the belt.

The fact is, if you’re a senior suffering from ED, you’re not alone. By the time you reach 75 (and beyond), your risk of experiencing ED will have climbed up to 77.5 percent.

But if there’s one piece of good news about ED, it’s that you don’t need some pricey and dangerous prescription drug to get your love life rolling again.

In fact, I’ve found a natural three-part combo that’s been proven to help restore function… and could give you your bedroom mojo back in a hurry.

In a breakthrough study published in the World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, researchers found that a combination of l-arginine, pycnogenol, and red ginseng may help put the boom back in your bedroom.

L-arginine’s unique ability to relieve ED has been confirmed by a number of studies that have shown its ability to form a substance called nitric oxide (NO), which increases blood flow “down there” during sexual arousal.

The more NO there is, the stronger the response when you’re feeling stimulated. (This is exactly how those prescription penis pills work, in fact!)

But combining l-arginine with pycnogenol and red ginseng seems to supercharge its effects.

Pycnogenol, extracted from the bark of French pine trees, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that also increases blood flow. In one study, men ages 25 to 45 with documented ED experienced a mild positive effect after taking a low dose of oral l-arginine for a month; but it was when pycnogenol was added that the men’s improvement skyrocketed to as much as 90 percent!

Red ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to increase stamina, strength, and virility in men — but it shouldn’t be confused with Siberian ginseng. The Siberian variety doesn’t contain the same therapeutic compounds that are found in the other ginsengs.

One great thing about this combination of l-arginine, pycnogenol, and red ginseng is its safety record. This is essential, since the potential side effects of common ED drugs aren’t tolerated well by many men, and are dangerous to some.

To raise your NO levels, you can also supplement with citrulline, quercetin, and the aptly-named herb “horny goat weed.” Foods such as spinach, garlic, cocoa, pomegranate, and all the citrus fruits can also help raise NO levels.

Finally, I would not be able to sleep tonight if I didn’t mention that exercise also has been shown to increase nitric oxide levels as well.

And since you get a good workout from doing the “horizontal mambo,” once you jumpstart your battery, your engine shouldn’t have any trouble running.

Have fun!

Late-night eating messes with your brain

Don’t wreck your memory for a midnight snack

Even if you can stick to a healthy diet during the day, it’s a different ballgame when late-night hunger strikes.

A pint of ice cream never looks so good as when you’re curled up in front of the TV with all the lights off.

But according to scientists, if you give into those nighttime cravings — especially if you’re waking up in the middle of the night to eat — it could ruin more than just your waistline.

It turns out that raiding the fridge or freezer can do a number on the part of the brain used for critical learning and memory.

For the study, a group of UCLA researchers fed two groups of mice at different times — one when they would normally be sleeping, and one when they would normally be up and about.

When each group’s memory was tested after feeding time, the mice that were fed during their normal sleep hours were less able to commit something to their long-term memory.

In contrast, the mice that got to eat during their normal feeding hours showed better long-term memory recall.

The research suggests that tinkering around with the body’s natural circadian rhythms — not just when you sleep, but also when you eat — somehow reduces the levels of something called CREB, a protein in the hippocampus part of the brain that’s key to storing memory.

So even if it’s a healthy snack, the mere fact that it’s past bedtime is enough to change your brain chemistry.

Of course, more studies need to be done on humans to fully understand the potential implications for us — but it’s been well-established that midnight snacking and other off-schedule eating can mess with your metabolism and heart health.

It can even put you into a pre-diabetic state.

So, if you’re regularly heading to the fridge before heading to bed… or you’re waking up in the middle of the night with the munchies… try eating a high-protein dinner with lots of fiber to keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.

If you’re not hungry but you’re eating anyway — maybe because you’re just bored, or even depressed or anxious — find something else to distract you. Taking a warm bath or a hot shower can do wonders to hit the “reset” button… as can splashing some water on your face.

If you have trouble staying asleep and find yourself snacking to pass the time in the wee hours, natural sleep supplements like melatonin, L-theanine, and 5-HTP have all been proven to help you stay asleep throughout the night.

Elderberry extract protects against travel-related viral infections

Fly south for the winter? Don’t get sick on your way back.

It’s just the worst.

You’ve flown south for the winter — maybe to Florida, or to the “dry heat” of Arizona or New Mexico — to escape the harsh winter weather (and the cold and flu season that comes with it), and you get sick ON THE PLANE.

So maybe by now, you’ve recovered from whatever you caught on the way down — but then soon enough, it’ll be time to migrate back up north.

Well, my “snow bird” friend, studies have shown that there’s something that acts as an armor against those air travel ailments… and it doesn’t require you to fly in a hermetically-sealed bubble.

It’s elderberry!

Most airplanes are nothing more than a germ cesspool — a metal tank that traps you with 300 coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and drooling people for an hour or more.

But according to research, taking between 600 and 900 mg of elderberry extract daily for the days leading up to, during, and after your air travel has been shown to keep you healthy.

And if you do end up getting sick, the elderberry extract — a powerful antiviral — can shorten the duration of your cold or flu by half. It can even cut the number of symptoms in half, too!

That means you could be sick for a full three days LESS — but you need to start taking it before the full onset of the illness.

Elderberries are absolutely loaded with antioxidants, but unfortunately the dark berries themselves aren’t commonly found at the grocery store or even the farmer’s market. And the foods they’re used in — fruit preserves, pastries, and even wine — are so full of sugar that they’ll probably do more harm than good.

Instead, look for elderberry extract at your local health food store, where it might be labeled with its scientific name, Sambucus. You can find it as a liquid concentrate, chewable gummies, and easy-to-swallow capsules — and it’s sometimes included as an ingredient in zinc lozenges (which are great for boosting immunity, too).

You might be able to find it included in a tea blend as well — and, as you know from reading eTips, there’s really no downside to drinking tea!

Any kind of travel — by plane, train, automobile, or RV — can really take it out of you and leave you compromised for an opportunistic bug to take over.

While loading up on elderberry and even some vitamin C supplements prior to a trip may also help, sleep can be your best friend when it comes to fighting the common cold. So, be sure not to skip out on shuteye in the days before — or during — your trip.

Vitamin D cuts risk of colon cancer

Protect against colon cancer with the sunshine vitamin

It’s been a rough winter here in the Northeast. I even had to close my clinic for a “snow day”!

After all, there are just some days when it’s not worth going outside in the cold and risking falls and treacherous traffic conditions.

But that means that every winter, I watch the health of my patients decline as they spend more and more time indoors. It’s like clockwork!

I’m curious to see whether March will come in like a lamb or a lion next week. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for longer days with more sunshine.

And you know what that means: more of that miracle sunshine vitamin, vitamin D!

If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that vitamin D is important to your bone health as well as your mood. But researchers have also found that it could keep you safe from colon cancer.

It turns out that patients with high vitamin D levels find their risk of colorectal cancer slashed by a whopping 90 percent.

Now that’s big news, because colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S., and is the second most fatal. It kills 50,000 people in the U.S. every single year.

Past studies had already shown how vitamin D can help you avoid certain types of cancers, including pancreatic; but this study actually shows evidence that vitamin D can activate an immune response against tumor cells.

“Laboratory research suggests that vitamin D boosts immune system function by activating T cells that recognize and attack cancer cells,” said lead author Shuji Ogino of Dana-Farber, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

That means that vitamin D can actually interact with your immune system to raise your body’s defenses against cancer.

Now, when it’s looking downright apocalyptic outside, you’re not going to be able to soak up much sunshine for your body to convert to vitamin D. That means you’ve got to get it from somewhere else.

But if you think you’re getting enough by drinking milk or eating dairy, the truth is there’s NO WAY that milk and food can get our levels of vitamin D to where they need to be. And any foods that claim to be rich in vitamin D have actually been fortified with a synthetic version.

Synthetic vitamin D replacement doesn’t measure up to sun exposure OR the over-the-counter natural version of vitamin D, called vitamin D3. In fact, the synthetic vitamin D is only a third as potent as bioidentical D3, and it also stops working much sooner.

As soon as the weather improves, try to get at least 10 minutes of direct sunlight every day — without sunblock, big funny hats, or long sleeves. After that, you can cover up so you won’t burn.

Broccoli combats aging

Feel like a kid again… by eating your veggies!

As we age, we notice a few changes in our bodies, our energy levels, and even in our attitudes about the world around us.

But there’s one thing in most of my patients that doesn’t seem to change one bit from way back in their early days of childhood.

They don’t want to eat their veggies, no matter how “good” they supposedly are for you.

But I’ll be sure to share with them the latest research that shows how eating certain vegetables — like broccoli, which people either love or hate — can put the brakes on many of the natural processes that occur as the body ages.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis gave some healthy mice either a compound found in broccoli called NMN or a placebo and then monitored the mice’s health over their lifespans. (Fortunately, most mice don’t live much longer than a couple of years.)

As they got older, the mice who received NMN looked, in many ways, like young mice. Their metabolisms didn’t slow down — which means they didn’t find their energy zapped and they didn’t gain weight.

The little critters retained skeletal muscle and bone density, too.

What’s more, their retinas were healthier and their livers functioned better than the mice that didn’t receive the NMN. They even showed less insulin resistance!

Now, you’re not a mouse. But scientists use mice in preliminary studies — before embarking on human clinical trials — because their bodies tend to respond similarly to how ours would (despite the obvious differences in appearance).

Your body actually converts NMN into a coenzyme that plays a key role in energy production at the cellular level, called NAD.

As you get older, NAD production slows and your energy supply dwindles. That’s probably where the aging process begins.

But previous studies have shown that giving NAD directly to mice hasn’t had much of an effect. On the other hand, mice are able to quickly absorb NMN and convert it into the energy fuel of NAD.

The best source of NMN is broccoli — but if the thought of munching on those green, flowering heads makes you wince, try preparing it in a different way.

You can eat broccoli raw, but I find it much more delicious to lightly roast it with some olive oil or quickly steam it with some lemon. Don’t overdo it, though, since broccoli tends to lose its nutritional value the longer you cook it.

And eating it is really the best way to benefit from broccoli’s anti-aging properties, especially since there’s no high quality NMN supplement available for humans right now.

You can also turn back time with other NMN-rich green veggies like edamame, avocado, cucumbers, and cabbage.

Chronic sleeplessness wrecks your gut bacteria

This may be the greatest diet trick ever

There’s nothing more frustrating than lying in bed… exhausted… yet wide awake.

It’s a vicious cycle — because, as the minutes tick by, you get more and more desperate to get some shuteye. And the more desperate you become, the less likely you are to fall asleep.

If you don’t get enough sleep at night, it can really ruin the next day.

But even worse, it wrecks your immune system — which makes you more susceptible to catching a cold or flu.

But according to the latest research, something else you can’t see or feel is going on when you’re deprived of sleep — and just sleeping through the night might be the trick that your diet has been missing.

We’ve known for a while that long-term sleep deprivation is somehow associated with diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes, but we haven’t understood exactly how or why.

A study published in a recent issue of the journal Molecular Metabolism found that lack of sleep can throw off your balance of gut bacteria — which makes sense, since we also know that obesity and type 2 diabetes have been linked to bacterial changes in the gut, too.

In this study, European scientists analyzed gut bacteria samples from people who slept for eight hours and then again after sleeping just four hours.

The people who lost sleep had a less diverse group of gut bacteria — and, as you know, the more diverse your gut flora is, the healthier you are.

Now, there are four main types of bacteria that make up the complex colony of bacteria that lines your intestinal walls, but Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes are the most prevalent.

Interestingly, the levels of these two types of bacteria in the sleep-deprived subjects were thrown out of balance, favoring Firmicutes over Bacteroidetes.

And that’s the same type of imbalance that’s been associated with obesity.

Sure, you can nurture your microbiome by taking a probiotic and eating plenty of probiotic foods like yogurt, sour pickles, miso, sauerkraut, and kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage). You can even drink kombucha.

And yes, the food you eat does matter when it comes to both obesity and type 2 diabetes. (I recommend the Paleo Diet as a no-brainer for both.)

But there’s no substitute for consistently getting a good night’s sleep.

Besides, as I’ve shared with you before, even if not sleeping enough doesn’t make you obese per se, it certainly can contribute to weight gain. It tends to lead to some poor food choices, and it can make you too tired to exercise!

If you have trouble falling asleep, try supplementing with the “sleep hormone” melatonin before bed. It provides more of your body’s own natural way of knowing when it’s time to rest — but, as you age, your body produces less of it (as well as lots of your other hormones, too).

Look to nature – not drugs – to fight viral infections

Beat viruses at their own game by boosting your immunity

Q: Why don’t drugs like antibiotics work on viruses?

GR: The common cold and other common virulent viruses have been around such a long time, it’s amazing that there are really no prescription medications to treat them.

Quite frankly, it’s shocking that Big Pharma hasn’t yet come up with a drug for them!

But actually, there’s a good reason for Big Pharma’s lack of success when it comes to viral infections: Colds and viruses work on a weakened immune system, and it’s almost impossible to IMPROVE the immune system with a drug.

In fact, the human immune system is almost “immune” to a drug enhancing its powers!

Often quite the opposite happens. For instance, some cancer patients who survive cancer find their immune systems so weakened by chemotherapy drugs that exposure to a virus is what leads to their demise.

They actually die from a garden-variety infection… rather than their cancer.

When it’s firing on all cylinders, the human immune system is actually well-armed to fight viruses on its own, without drugs.

But there are so many things in life that can compromise our immune systems and keep them from running at full speed ahead — namely, lack of sleep, toxins, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and an imbalance in gut bacteria.

So, the best defense you have against viral infections is simple: Get plenty of restful sleep, detoxify your body, reduce inflammation, and make sure you’re getting all the nutrients and “good bugs” you need.

That being said, there are a few other weapons you can add to your arsenal to give you an extra boost against viruses when you are exposed to them. For instance, we know that compounds called “flavones” — found in the roots of certain plants (like, say, Chinese skullcap) — have antiviral as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

We also know that other compounds — including the acids in hops, called “humulones” and “lupulones” — are actually both antiviral and antibacterial.

Not surprisingly, we’re finding out more and more that compounds like these are also showing to be powerful cancer-fighters.

I’ll be honest with you: I don’t claim to cure viruses in my clinic. However, I would assert that it is very possible to slow them down and at least put the virus or viral infection into a stalemate with your immune system.

There are actually many supplements that slow viruses down. I like to use garlic, grapefruit seed extract, oil of oregano, and olive leaf extract, among others.

And, as simple as it may seem, taking just 20 mg of zinc and 1,000 mg of vitamin C over a long period time can keep your immune system strong enough to fight off all kinds of infections.

Especially this time of year, good cold and flu therapies are worth their weight in gold — and in the March issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, I’ll tip you off to an herbal remedy that I’ve found to address the virulent viruses that keep us sick all winter.

Stay tuned — and, in the meantime, email a question to me at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com. I might choose to answer yours next!

Cupping can help you beat asthma

Beat back inflammation to breathe easy

You can’t breathe, though you’re trying. Your chest is in spasm… and you’re coughing up a lung.

The number of people suffering from asthma is going through the roof — and it’s not just children. Plenty of adults are still struggling with it in their later years… or even dealing with it for the first time.

One of the most remarkable treatments that I’ve seen to improve asthma symptoms is the ancient practice of cupping, though many mainstream and even alternative doctors have been slow to embrace it.

But Hippocrates used cupping and wrote about it CENTURIES ago. And a thousand years ago, the Persian physician Avicenna described a technique for using cupping to disperse inflammation in the body (which explains its efficacy as a curative measure for asthma, considering its connection to inflammation).

Still, millions of people swear by cupping for relieving inflammation (as well as pain). And I’ve seen it work first-hand.

I once had a patient in her upper 80s who had severe asthma. Because she also had heart disease, asthma medications would be dangerous for her to take.

So, I started performing cupping on her back, every two weeks. She told me this was actually a familiar therapy, as her “Nonnie” (she was of Italian ancestry) used cups on family members when they were ill or injured.

In fact, for many folks (including myself), cupping is a family affair.

When my grandparents came to America from Eastern Europe, they didn’t bring much with them. But one thing they did bring was my grandmother’s cupping set, which they called “bankes” (and which, I’m happy to say, I still have in my office).

I remember my grandfather telling me that, when someone was sick, they would put the cups on the skin over the lungs. The area where the infection was occurring would turn a purple color.

So, they were using cupping both diagnostically and therapeutically — which is really quite amazing!

My elderly asthmatic patient ending up living another seven years, continuing to receive biweekly cupping with no further need for asthma medications.

Since then, I’ve also used this simple treatment preventatively on a number of other patients.

Cupping is actually the name given to a variety of techniques, all of which involve round glass or plastic “cups” put on the body in such a way as to cause suction.

These days I use “dry cupping” only, but there’s also “fire cupping” and “wet cupping.”

All of the techniques are taught at modern acupuncture schools, so many acupuncture clinics will offer it. That also means that it’s often used in conjunction with needle-based acupuncture.

You may also find it offered by certain massage therapists.

Epstein-Barr finally getting the attention it deserves

Here’s why you should still pay attention to the “kissing disease”

I almost hate to admit this, but there has been a huge surge in the discussion about the Epstein-Barr virus, thanks to a book that was published in 2015, called Medical Medium.

The caption on its cover reads: “Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illnesses and How to Finally Heal.”

And if you know anything about my integrative clinic and how I treat patients, you know that that sounds like it’s right up my alley.

After all, so many chronic illnesses and “mystery symptoms” are caused by a secret infection… or an allergy… or some other root cause that goes way deeper than what you might be able to see (or feel) on the surface.

The book is basically about Epstein-Barr virus, a.k.a. mononucleosis or “mono.” This virus is most famously spread through kissing (hence the moniker “the kissing disease”), but you can also contract it through other forms of salivary transmission and other bodily fluids.

And, like the chicken pox virus, it can stay with you and rear its ugly head much later in life.

And that means that it’s a good thing that people are thinking, talking, and asking about EBV even if they’re way past their reckless kissing days.

I should note — although somewhat sheepishly — that the author isn’t a doctor, but rather some kind of psychic who claims to be able to divine various diagnoses, thanks to messages he receives from a spirit.

All skepticism aside, the GOOD news is that this book has created such a stir that it’s forced both me AND my patients to take an even closer look at this virus.

Many of my patients have researched this book and its concepts and have asked me to share my thoughts about this stealthy virus and its far-reaching effects on the body.

I’m not going to say that I agree with everything that’s discussed in the book, but I will admit that the book is chock full of good, solid, natural ways of eating healthy foods and taking certain natural remedies that improve the immune system and to slow this virus down.

And that’s right up my alley, too.

But for some reason, most conventional docs refuse to acknowledge that weaknesses in the immune system are the root causes of MANY diseases and symptoms — and that the treatment of the immune system can be the true ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure.

In this month’s edition of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, I dive in a bit more deeply to give you the full scoop on EBV — including how it can fester enough to cause cancer!

Keep an eye out for your February issue.

B vitamins combat memory loss

Preserve your precious memories with B vitamins

Remember the good old days when your mind was like a steel trap?

You could tick off every family member’s birthday and anniversary at the drop of a hat!

Now, some days it’s hard to remember what you had for breakfast.

For years, we’ve been told that memory loss is just a natural part of aging — and that it’s only going to get worse over the years.

And if that’s NEVER sounded acceptable to you, it’s time to start making some changes — because new research proves that you can start turning the tide on brain fog, memory loss and even depression.

And all it takes is just a couple of months, starting with a simple B vitamin regimen that you can begin right away.

Now, we all know that B vitamins are good for you. They support thyroid function, and they’re crucial to the health of your brain, heart, bones, and arteries.

But Korean scientists wanted to find out specifically whether an influx of B vitamins could ease the symptoms of mental decline by decreasing a potentially harmful amino acid in the brain called homocysteine.

In the study, Korean researchers gave vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid to seniors living in an assisted facility.

Not only did homocysteine levels drop in those who supplemented with B vitamins — but also their memories improved and depression faded.

After just three short months, their results on a popular mental evaluation were dramatically improved.

And OF COURSE they were less depressed! I mean, is there anything more depressing than losing your precious memories?

B complex vitamins are also known as nature’s “chill pill” because they can help melt away even the toughest stress.

Seniors in particular tend to be deficient in some B vitamins because of absorption issues that arise as we age. And if you’re deficient in B vitamins, you could notice a real difference even more quickly than the subjects in the study.

Supplementing with B vitamins is a good idea even if you haven’t noticed too many of those “senior moments” occurring. You may just see your brain fog lifting and experience a better mood as a result.

You should end up spending well under $20 a month. And as far as your memories are concerned, that’s an investment well worth making.