1. Anemia can make a stroke fatal

    What's missing from your blood may kill you

    You're tired... your head is pounding... and you can't catch your breath.

    These may be the symptoms of having just run a marathon, but they're also an indication of the most common blood condition in the U.S.

    Affecting nearly 3.5 million Americans, anemia isn't just a nuisance -- it can pose a serious threat to your health.

    And according to the latest research, if you're anemic, not only does your chance of having a stroke drastically increase... but if you're a little on the older side, your chance of DYING from that stroke skyrockets.

    And while anemia often goes undiagnosed and untreated, it's actually relatively easy to diagnose AND treat -- if you know what to look for.

    Your stroke risk already doubles with every decade you survive over the age of 55. In fact, 75 percent of all strokes occur in folks 65 and older.

    So with your risk already increased, the last thing you want is anemia to stack the cards even further against you.

    Anemia is when you don't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen in your blood -- and when your muscles, brain, and other organs are deprived of oxygen, your energy gets depleted.

    So if you're anemic... and your brain is already getting the bare minimum amount of oxygen it needs... a stroke that cuts off the oxygen-carrying blood supply to the brain can be catastrophic.

    In a recent study of nearly 30,000 older stroke patients, British researchers found that a quarter of them were also anemic. And in the 12 months following either an ischemic or a hemorrhagic stroke, those with anemia were TWICE as likely to die from it.

    Your doc can give you a simple blood test to show whether you've got a nutrient deficiency causing anemia -- usually, iron or B12. Age can hinder your body's ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat, so your doc may recommend taking supplements.

    But don't try supplementing on your own, without the help of a doctor -- because your anemia could be caused by something else! And an overload of iron can damage your cells and cause major issues in your organs.

    Talk to your doc about all the medications you're taking, because one of them may be causing your anemia. And switching meds -- or turning to a natural alternative -- may get you back on track with more energy.

    You just may live a little longer -- and healthier -- too.

  2. Low-iron vegetarian diet could lead to deadly stroke

    Leaf-lover diet is PROVEN to "kale" you

    You know what you call a vegetarian with diarrhea? A salad shooter.

    It's an old joke, and it would be a heck of a lot funnier if the diarrhea afflicting most vegetarians wasn't coming out of their mouths.

    These leaf lovers can't wait to make mealtime miserable for everyone, railing about the value of a turkey's life while they chow down on some tofu and cabbage nonsense that smells like it was prepared in an outhouse.

    If you have one of these maddening meat haters in your life, it's probably occurred to you more than once that he's a little soft in the head. And, oh, how right you are.

    That's because British researchers have proven that from the very moment you choose a vegetarian diet, you could be on a countdown to a dangerous and deadly stroke. Iron greases the wheels of your circulatory system, keeping platelets from sticking together, and if you don't get enough iron you could be DOUBLING your stroke risk.

    And guess who's not getting enough iron? That same veg-head sitting across from you at the dinner table, who wants you to pin a medal on his chest every time he chows down on a soy burger.

    After all, animal protein like beef, eggs, and turkey are the best sources of iron around. But it's as if these vegan militants have sworn off meat in some hemp-robed religious ceremony. They just won't listen to reason.

    You see, vegetarians are like every other person who has ever fallen victim to a cult -- they don't even realize they're in one. But the more meat-free Kool-Aid they drink, the sicker they get. That's why prominent vegetarians like Linda McCartney and Michael Clarke Duncan were dead before they hit 60.

    In fact, vegetarian diets have been linked to pancreatic cancer -- the very disease that killed Steve Jobs!

    When you get right down to it, vegetarianism is not about your health -- it's about politics. If you just laid out the vitamin, mineral and caloric content of a vegetarian diet, no doctor in his right mind would sign off on it. He'd ask where the protein was... he'd ask serious questions about iron deficiency... he'd say you were starving yourself to death.

    And he'd be right. Don't let these anti-meat turkeys bully you for one more day. The next time one of those mango munchers hassles you about the delicious steak dinner you're grilling up, give him some advice he'll have no trouble following.

    Tell him to stop having a cow.

  3. The deadliest McDiet around

    Everyone knows a kid who's addicted to McDonald's -- but I bet you don't know anyone quite like 17-year-old Stacey Irvine.
  4. Have a hot dog

    Don't eat that! You'll get CANCER! How many times have you heard that irritating bit of naggery over hot dogs, bacon, ham, and other cured (and delicious) meats?

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