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  1. Grapefruit diet is ridiculous and doesn't work

    Time to break out my bat, because I'm about to bust open yet another diet myth -- and instead of swinging at baseballs, I'm taking aim at grapefruits.

    You might want to step back... it's gonna get messy!

    The trendy "grapefruit diet" sweeping through Hollywood -- and being mimicked by celeb-obsessed lemmings across the country -- might seem like something fresh and new when it's plastered across the covers of all the magazines at the supermarket checkout counter.

    It's not new.

    It was a couple decades old by the time I got to med school (and that's more years ago than I care to admit).

    It didn't work then... and believe you me, it doesn't work now.

    The idea behind it is that grapefruit contains naringenin, a compound known to burn fat. Cut your calories drastically and add a grapefruit to each meal, and you'll lose weight faster... or so the theory goes.

    In reality, grapefruit contains so little naringenin that you'd have to eat about 40 of the bitter things a day before it would have any effect on your body.

    Can you imagine that? Forty grapefruits! A good-sized grapefruit contains about 100 calories and 24 grams of sugar -- so that's 4,000 calories and more than two pounds of sugar JUST from grapefruit.

    That's not a diet. That's a death wish!

    Of course, nobody's eating 40 grapefruits. The nitwits following this diet are trying to starve themselves on an ultra low-calorie diet that involves eating a grapefruit at every meal along with nonsense like salad and a little "lean" meat instead of the healthy fats your body craves.

    Over two weeks, you'll lose 10 pounds, maybe more.

    But this isn't the magic of grapefruit or the naringenin at work. This is starvation, plain and simple, and once you go back to eating like a normal human being the pounds will come rushing right back.

    Skip the gimmicks, skip the fads, skip the starving and skip the stupid grapefruit. If you want to lose weight quickly and effortlessly, follow my advice and give a low-carb diet a shot.

    It works so well you'll wonder why you waited this long.

  2. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy might cure fibromyalgia

    The three hardest words for a man to say are supposed to be "I love you."

    But at least they say it... sometimes.

    For docs, there's a three-word phrase that's even tougher -- one you'll almost never hear: "I don't know."

    They simply can't admit when they're stumped, and can't accept when they don't have the skills to figure out what's wrong or how to treat it.

    And there's no condition where that happens more often than fibromyalgia.

    They don't know what it is... can't treat it... and some of these clowns STILL won't even accept that it's a real disease!

    So what do they do? It's worse than nothing. They'll throw any drug they can think of at it, almost at random: Antidepressants, painkillers, anticonvulsants, relaxants, benzodiazepines and who knows, maybe jellybeans and gumdrops.

    They're all about equally "effective," and I count the jellybeans and gumdrops in that because NONE of these meds will do a thing to stop, reverse or even ease the pain of fibromyalgia.

    But new research finds a therapy that not only treats the disease, but might even cure it.

    I don't use the "C" word lightly when it comes to fibromyalgia. If you have this condition yourself, you've already been give false hope too many times.

    Today, I've got some REAL hope for a change -- because the new study finds that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is so effective that 70 percent of the patients who've tried it no longer had the condition after two months of treatment.

    So far so good -- but like everything else, there's a catch. In this case, TWO catches, because hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires two things that are often in short supply: time and money.

    The folks in the study spent so much time parked inside a hyperbaric chamber that family and friends might've considering filing a missing persons report. They spent 90 minutes a day in them... five days a week... for two full months.

    That's a heckuva commitment for anyone.

    And since hyperbaric oxygen therapy is considered "experimental" for fibromyalgia, it's usually not covered by insurance. With each treatment costing anywhere from $100 to $400 (or more), 40 sessions will put a huge dent in your bank account.

    That said, I know some fibromyalgia sufferers who might think it's worth every last cent if it really does cure the disease.

    Since the research is new, I'm going to wait before I give it my final seal of approval. But if you're tired of waiting around for a cure and have the time and at least some of the money, call around. If you're about to commit to 40 sessions, you might be able to negotiate a deep discount.

  3. Brown fat can burn off the white

    Brown fat can burn off white fat and help you lose weight, and new research shows how the antioxidant resveratrol can speed the process.
  4. Knee surgeries don't work

    Knee surgery is billed as a pain-beating cure for a torn meniscus, osteoarthritis and more -- but new research finds it doesn't really do much of anything.
  5. Elderberry beats flu drug

    A supplement combining elderberry with Echinacea is as effective as the drug Tamiflu, according to new research.
  6. Narcotics can't beat migraines

    Too many docs still give dangerous and addictive narcotic painkillers for migraines despite the fact that those drugs can actually make the headaches worse.
  7. Poor sleep increases heart risk

    Poor sleep doesn't just make you feel crummy. It can also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research.
  8. Cataracts can be prevented with B vitamins

    Cataracts are preventable, and new research shows how the B vitamins in meat and dairy can cut your risk by as much as 38 percent.
  9. Trans-fats ban isn't a ban at all

    The headlines claim trans fats are being banned, but nothing of the sort is happening. Get the REAL story here.
  10. Sex drugs increase melanoma risk

    Sex drugs such as Viagra can increase the risk of melanoma, the deadly form of skin cancer, by nearly a third, according to new research.

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