B vitamins

  1. When dementia isn't dementia

    New dementia numbers don't add up

    If you want to know why Big Pharma is itching to get its dementia drugs approved, just take a look at the latest numbers: A third of all seniors supposedly die with the disease.

    Not OF the disease, mind you. Just WITH the disease.

    What's the distinction? Glad you asked -- because it's a distinction worth billions of dollars.

    Hit a certain age, and you probably won't be as sharp as you used to be. That's not dementia, just Father Time doing what he does. In addition, most seniors take meds that cause memory loss and confusion.

    But since most docs don't know which is caused by what, they're all told they "might" have dementia. The word "might" is lost in translation -- and from that moment on, they're dementia patients whether they actually have the disease or not.

    So how's that worth billions?

    Well, as I just told you, the next phase of dementia drugs is aimed at people with the earliest stages of the disease. That includes all those millions who "might" have dementia, but in reality don't.

    And all of them will be expected to take these new meds for the rest of their lives.

    All of them... but not YOU. You have me, and I've got two steps you can take right now to help turn your "might" into a "definitely not!"

    First, work with a naturopathic doc to get off any med with brain-robbing side effects (no small order; that's most of the drugs taken by seniors).

    Second, load up on the B vitamins that have been shown to protect the brain, keep dementia away, and stop or even reverse the disease if you do have it.

    Douglass Report readers got the full story on that in the September 2012 issue, including the exact doses used in a promising clinical trial.

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  2. Antidepressants boost heart risk

    SSRIs linked to slower hearts

    Your heart is like rock-n-roll -- without a steady beat, it's nothing.

    But there's a common drug out there right now that could slow your heart's rock-n-roll rhythm until it's practically elevator music. And if you think elevator music is bad for your ears, you should see what it does to your heart.

    The drugs are the SSRI antidepressants given out left, right, and center to everyone who feels even a little bit blue. They're so common that up to 30 million Americans could be on them at any given time.

    According to a new study, close to a fifth of these people could experience a slowdown in the heart (researchers measured QT levels) -- a small-but-measurable change that means they're all at risk for abnormal heart rhythms and abnormal QT levels have even been linked to sudden cardiac death.

    Bad news? You bet it is.

    Health officials can take years to react to these kinds of studies -- but in this case, officials outside of the USA have already ordered docs to cut the dose of SSRI drugs such as Celexa to 40 mg a day or less to minimize the potential heart risk.

    That's a sure sign there's more to this risk than anyone's letting on -- and a sure sign you should stay the heck off of SSRI drugs at any dose. If the heart risks aren't enough to scare you away, consider all the other possible side effects they have been linked to, from stroke to sex problems to suicide.

    And those are just the ones that start with "s."

    For my money, though, the biggest problem with these meds isn't the endless list of side effects.

    It's in the fact that for all those risks, THEY DON'T EVEN WORK!

    In study after study after study after study, antidepressants have come up empty -- working no better than placebos in most cases.

    So forget the meds.

    If time alone doesn't ease your depression, talk to your doc about boosting your intake of B vitamins (steak is a great source, but add a supplement) and omega-3 fatty acids. You can also try St. John's wort.

    And if all else fails, spend a weekend with friends someplace warm and sunny.

  3. Human brain developed with meats

    Your brain needs fats and proteins -- and new research shows it never would have developed in the first place if humans had been vegetarians.
  4. Antidepressants can cause stroke

    Some of the most commonly used meds in the nation -- SSRI antidepressants -- can increase the risk of a stroke by up to 50 percent.
  5. How animal fats and nutrients keep your brain functioning

    The B vitamins found in meats are proven again to be the best natural source of brain protection around.
  6. Vitamins boost brainpower

    Big Pharma has pumped billions into the hunt for a brain-boosting drug, and all they have to show for it so far is a bunch of tax write-offs. But there is something you can pop right now to get your brain juices flowing, and it's the cheap little pills you should be taking anyway -- your daily vitamins.
  7. Big Media gets it right on antidepressants

    The psychiatric industry is screaming bloody murder over a recent "60 Minutes" report on how placebos routinely match or beat antidepressants in drug trials.
  8. The 'forbidden' foods that will save your brain

    A healthy diet rich in key nutrients can protect your brain and keep dementia at bay? No kidding! Yet that's the latest "discovery" from the mainstream -- and you're not going to believe what they put seniors through to figure this out.
  9. The brain nutrient you're not getting

    Nothing can sap your brain quite like aging. Let Father Time do his worst, and you won't even remember what you had for breakfast anymore. Unless, of course, your breakfasts consist of eggs, eggs and more eggs.
  10. The wildly successful drugs that don't work

    New numbers from the CDC show the market for antidepressants has exploded beyond even the wildest drug industry fantasies -- up 400 percent since 1988, with the biggest growth among those who might end up using them the longest. Teens.

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