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  1. The hysterectomy risk women are NEVER warned about

    Ladies, if you’re living with a condition like fibroids or endometriosis, you know how excruciating it can be.

    And when you’re doubled over in pain, having your uterus removed may sound like the relief you’ve been waiting for.

    Take my uterus… PLEASE!

    But according to a new study, you should think twice before having a hysterectomy — because it could put your heart in danger down the line.

    And lots of women aren’t being warned.

    In a study out of the Mayo Clinic, researchers compared the medical histories of over 2,000 women who had undergone a hysterectomy for benign conditions (but still had their ovaries intact) with the same number of women who hadn’t had a hysterectomy or ovarian removal at all.

    Compared to the women who didn’t go under the knife, the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) shot up by a THIRD for the hysterectomy group.

    The risks were especially dire for women under 35 who’d had a hysterectomy. Their risk of congestive heart failure was FIVE TIMES that of the control group… and their risk of CAD was nearly TRIPLE that of the controls.

    Now, the study didn’t explain WHY the loss of your uterus can threaten your ticker — but we know from previous studies that when your uterus is removed, blood flow to your ovaries (assuming they’re left intact) is greatly reduced.

    And that could cause your ovaries to produce less estrogen, a hormone that’s known to protect your heart by helping to keep blood vessels flexible… raising your HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels… and decreasing your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.

    So, it stands to reason that if your estrogen levels drop after a hysterectomy, your heart disease risk can shoot up — just as it does after menopause.

    And that dip in estrogen can be especially devastating for women under 35, who are years away from the “change of life.”

    Plus, let’s not forget that ANY surgery can harm your heart.

    Previous studies have shown that even minor non-heart-related surgeries can lead to heart damage called “perioperative myocardial injury,” which raises your risk of death for up to a year following the procedure.

    And getting your uterus taken out isn’t exactly minor!

    So, before going under the knife, try some natural therapies that are effective for fibroids and endometriosis — and a whole lot safer.

    Studies have shown that curcumin, the herb black cohosh, and the green tea extract ECGC can shrink the average fibroid by at least 30 percent.

    Vitamin D has been shown to slash the risk of fibroids by 40 percent — and spending an hour in the sun each day can boost your body’s stores of this “sunshine vitamin.”

    Finally, if you’re still in pain, both the “sleep hormone” melatonin and human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) have been proven to help ease the pain of endometriosis.

  2. Natural cure runs CIRCLES around cold medicines

    Fall is here… and you know what that means.

    Cold season is coming FAST.

    There’s a tickle in your throat… gunk in your chest… and the next thing you know, you’re hacking up a lung.

    When you’ve got a cold-related cough, all you want to do is put a lid on that whooping and wheezing — ASAP!

    So, you head to the cold remedy aisle at the drug store, only to be overwhelmed by the choices.

    There are cough syrups in bright colors… lozenges to suck on… heck, you can even spray some medicines right down your throat!

    But according to a new report, you’d be better off reaching into your pantry rather than the medicine cabinet — because honey is more likely to ease your cough than those sticky syrups and sprays.

    The report, published by the American College of Chest Physicians, reviewed studies about the full gamut of over-the-counter (a.k.a. “OTC”) cough meds, from decongestants and cough suppressants to antihistamines and painkillers.

    Study after study turned up the same result: These meds do zip, zilch, nada, and nothing to quiet that frog in your throat.

    They don’t make your cough less severe OR shorten its course — at least, not better than a placebo.

    But they may very well wallop you with distressing side effects, like drowsiness and life-threatening breathing problems.

    Even more troubling, an ingredient in some cough medicines, called an “anticholinergic” agent, has been linked to dementia!

    On the other hand, the report found that honey — which comes with absolutely no side effects — can make you cough less often AND make the hacking less brutal.

    That’s a pretty sweet solution!

    So, if and when a winter cold takes hold, turn to nature instead of drugs to quiet the quakes in your chest. Choose raw, organic honey, which hasn’t had all the enzymes cooked out of it by processing.

    You can take it by the teaspoon or stir it into a soothing tea with hot water and lemon. As an added bonus, the hydration and steam from the hot water can help break up mucus in your chest, and the lemon will give you a hit of vitamin C, a natural immune booster.

    And honey is also a natural antibacterial, which means it could also help protect you against secondary infections like pneumonia.

    The report also found that zinc lozenges — if taken within 24 hours of your first cold symptoms — can reduce the duration of your illness as a whole, which means your cough will hang around for fewer days. Buy only those that contain the most effective form of zinc, zinc acetate.

    Of course, the best way to beat a cough is not to get one in the first place. You can keep your defenses strong by getting plenty of rest and taking probiotics and vitamin D.

  3. Delicious juice makes sleep problems DISAPPEAR

    Now that the days are getting shorter… and the nights are colder… there’s nothing like tucking into a warm bed early and sleeping like a LOG. But when you’ve got insomnia, it feels like you’re sleeping more like that pile of leaves on your front lawn: tossing and turning, all night long. And if you deal with it night after...
  4. Breakthrough! Nutrient combo REVERSES diabetes

    These days, diabetes is so common — and so often treated with drugs — that getting diagnosed with it can seem like no big deal. You’ve got high blood sugar… you need to control it… there’s a pill for that… end of story. But dealing with diabetes is rarely that simple. The longer you live with it, the more likely...
  5. This “cold medicine” STARVES cancer cells

    When you’ve got cancer… and you know those malignant cells are growing inside of you… it’s pretty tough to relax. It’s hard to think of ANYTHING other than getting them out! So, you might go with the “scorched earth” approach — chemo, radiation, and surgery — but the “cure” can sometimes be just as bad as the cancer. Chemo can...
  6. Miracle herb can SAVE your brain after stroke

    It’s one of the most ancient trees on earth… it can live to be 1,000 years old… and it could help YOU live a longer and healthier life. I’m talking about ginkgo biloba. The fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for everything from aiding memory to fighting depression. And now...
  7. High-risk prostate cancer? Don’t be so sure…

    If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, the mainstream will likely try to treat it with its typical aggressive “scorched earth” approach. Your doc may try to pump you full of chemicals and zap you full of radiation to try to kill off the cancer cells — but the problem is that those treatments kill off the healthy cells along with...
  8. The healing secret that’s right under your feet

    Back in the day, getting a cut or a scrape was no big deal. You slapped on a Band-Aid... smeared on a topical antibiotic cream (remember Bacitracin?)... and poof! In a few days, that gash was all healed up. But as we age, our bodies heal wounds much more slowly. After all, our immune systems aren’t as active as they...
  9. Cure for colon cancer found… in Belgium?

    Now that fall is officially here, there's a new wave of fresh produce arriving at your local farmers market. Cool-weather veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli (a.k.a. "cruciferous" vegetables) are on their way in. Now, that may sound like precisely the vegetable assortment that you’d hide under your mashed potatoes as a kid so you wouldn’t have to eat...
  10. Drugs being pushed on you can knock you down

    Here we are at the start of autumn. The temperatures are DIPPING... and those colorful leaves are FALLING... but there's something you don't want to DROP, now or any time of year. YOU! As careful as you may be on rain-slick sidewalks, you can still find yourself DOWN for the count. And the culprit is none other than the drugs...