Heart and Cardiovascular

  1. Firing up the grill? Read this first

    There’s nothing like a juicy, perfectly charred piece of meat for dinner, is there?

    And if you’re like me (and half of Americans are), Labor Day’s passing won’t stop you from grilling!

    But whether you’re a year-round grilling master or a summertime BBQ champ, there’s a trick to cooking your tri-tip or rib rack that you need to know before firing up the grill again.
    It’s not just delicious.

    If you do it right – and I’ll share how in a moment – you may just save your own life.

    That’s right – saved by meat! What could be better than that?

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of folks who don’t know this trick – and instead of being SAVED by their steak, they’re getting SABOTAGED.

    A new study out of England shows that if you use charcoal and wood to prepare your protein, you’re putting yourself in the crosshairs for deadly heart disease.

    Now, the risk is over the long term. The risk of cardiovascular death was 12 percent higher in 30-year grillers than in novice grill masters with just 10 years or less with the tongs.

    Now, we’ve known that air pollution wreaks havoc inside your body by ramping up inflammation and oxidative stress. But until now, we hadn’t PROVED the link to killer cardiovascular disease.

    But unlike many other types of environmental pollutions, this one is COMPLETELY under your control, which means that you can SAVE your HEART by doing one simple thing.

    Don’t worry – I’m not going to tell you to give up your grilling.

    Just swap out your fuel.

    In the study, those who switched to clean fuels like gas or electric saw their risk plummet – and the longer they went “clean” with their fuels, the more their risk dropped.

    And it’s never too late to turn over a new leaf – because this holds true even if you’ve grilled with wood or charcoal for years.

    And while you’re at it, stick with organic cuts from animals that haven’t been treated with hormones or antibiotics.

    No matter how clean your fuel is, it won’t offset the damage of junk meat!

  2. Breathe easy with this ‘meat vitamin’

    Ah, autumn. It’s just a week away now… and that crisp fall air will sure feel refreshing after the sticky days of summer.

    And while those first colorful leaves may have already started to swirl through the air, there’s something else out there that you CAN’T see.

    And it’s just biding its time, waiting to weasel its way into your lungs, especially if you live anywhere that doesn’t rely on horse-drawn carriages traveling down dirt roads.

    I'm talking about tailpipe toxins.

    Cars and trucks spew tiny airborne particles (called "PM2.5") and toxic gases (including nitrogen dioxide, or "NO2") into the air.

    And according to a new study, breathing in even LOW levels of these toxins can up your chances of one of the deadliest conditions around: heart failure.

    Fortunately, you don’t need to seal yourself inside a human-sized bubble or hyperbaric chamber – because there’s an easy vitamin trick that can neutralize as much as three-quarters of the potential damage to your ticker.

    And it just may be the excuse you’re looking for to eat more meat.

    In the study, researchers in London found unusual changes in the structure of the hearts of folks who’d been exposed to PM2.5 and NO2.

    More specifically, the chambers (a.k.a. "ventricles") that pump blood through the heart were SWOLLEN.

    Not a whole lot, mind you -- but enough to mimic the kind of swelling that we usually only see in the early stages of heart failure.

    What's more, the higher their exposure to pollutants from cars and trucks, the more heart swelling they had.

    Now, the study didn't explain WHY their hearts had started to blow up like balloons -- but we know from previous studies that air pollution can wreak havoc inside your organs by ramping up inflammation and oxidative stress.

    And these particles are known for upping your risk of everything from lung troubles to Alzheimer's disease.

    That’s pretty bad, but here's the kicker: NONE of these folks were exposed to levels of air pollution that were higher than what the government deems "safe."

    That means that you don't have to live in Smog City to get socked in the heart by polluted air!

    In fact, even if you live out in the country or in the sprawl of suburbia, it's hard to escape these toxins entirely.

    You could invest in a quality air purifier with a HEPA filter, but you can’t take that with you wherever you go.

    What happens when you leave the house? And you DO want to leave the house at some point.

    All you’ve got to do is take B vitamins -- specifically, folic acid, B6, and B12. Studies have shown that they can offset the effects of PM2.5 by as much as 76 percent.

    Take a B-complex supplement and go Paleo, the approach to eating that focuses on vitamin B-rich foods like liver, chicken, nuts, fish, and eggs.

  3. Don’t fall for this new antidepressant SCAM

    I’ve been practicing medicine for 40 years, and I’ve seen Big Pharma use every sleazy trick in the book to make a buck. But this time, it’s gone WAY too far… I don’t need to tell you that antidepressant use is EXPLODING in America right now. Prescriptions are up 65 percent over the past 15 years. And the drug companies...
  4. Slash your risk of stroke WITHOUT risky blood thinners

    Q: I was diagnosed with a-fib. Are there any herbs or integrative therapies that might be of value? GR: When it comes to managing atrial fibrillation and other heart conditions, I'm a big proponent of using intravenous nutrients (rather than risky blood thinners) to ease symptoms and prevent further damage from clots or stroke. That’s why I turn to the...
  5. Losing the love of your life can tax your heart

    They're your better half... your partner in crime... and your match made in heaven. There's no one like the special someone who's supported you over the years, through thick and thin. They stole your heart when you first met... and losing them would surely break it. Nothing can fully prepare you for the death of your spouse, which is one...
  6. Your heart can stop beating without enough of THIS

    Now that it’s June, I'm sure you’ve been pulling some of those summer picnic recipes out of the pantry and working your magic for some outdoor eating. After all, for most of the country – including here in the Northeast – every day without snow and cold is a day to celebrate! But many of your favorite summertime foods...
  7. Diabetic? Don't toss out the eggs

    When you've got diabetes, the most important meal of the day can be the hardest one to figure out. You know that the grains and sugars in typical breakfast foods -- from cereal to doughnuts and pancakes -- will spike your blood sugar and set you up for a crash later on. And you may be equally afraid to eat...
  8. The spa secret that can spare you from stroke

    When you're struck by a stroke, it's shocking how much your whole life can change... in ONE short instant. That is, if you survive! Strokes happen when blood flow gets cut off to a part of your brain -- and there's no way to prepare yourself, because there are usually no warning signs. But according to a new study, you...
  9. Protect your heart with a handful of nuts

    It never fails. You're out and about... hunger pangs strike... and you're up a creek without a snack. It's a good reminder to always keep a healthy on-the-go nibble in your knapsack or purse. But even though the usual suspects like dried fruit, trail mix, and granola bars carry well, they're typically PACKED with enough sugar to spike your blood...
  10. Maintaining heart health can be a walk in the park

    It seems like every time you turn around, there's a new fitness craze that promises to get you into the best shape of your life. From Zumba dance routines... to "goat yoga" (yep, that's a thing)... the latest fitness trends just seem to get wackier and wackier! And while I applaud you if you want to give one of these...

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