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  1. The mighty "sunshine vitamin" could reduce heart attacks

    The mighty "sunshine vitamin" could reduce heart attacks

    More good news about vitamin D! Not long ago, I told you that the vitamin D you get from sunlight can help to battle cancer. Now there's yet another killer that this mighty "sunshine vitamin" can help to combat: heart attacks.

    According to a new study, men with lower levels of vitamin D are two and a half times as likely to suffer a heart attack. Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard School of Public Health authored the study and said, "Those with low vitamin D, on top of just being at higher risk for heart attack in general, were at particularly high risk to have a fatal heart attack."

    For 10 years, Dr. Edward Giovannucci studied nearly 500 health professionals between the ages of 40 to 75 who'd survived a heart attack. During the same period, he also studied about 1,000 other men who had no history of cardiovascular issues. What he found was that the men who consistently had low levels of vitamin D were the ones most at risk for heart ailments.

    "Perhaps having these chronically low levels of vitamin D may be having these subtle physiological changes in a lot of tissues," Dr. Giovannucci said. He added that there are other ways vitamin D can defend against heart diseases: it might lower blood pressure, regulate inflammation, and or reduce respiratory infections in winter.

    Of all the vitamins I'm always telling you to pump into your body, vitamin D is one of my all-time favorites. If you've been with me for some time, you already know the highlights of what it can d it prevents falls in the elderly, helps increase lung cancer survival, prevents multiple sclerosis, and helps treat steroid resistant asthma. I imagine the list is only going to get longer as time goes by and more research is done.

    As for me, I need no further convincing. I'm heading outside right now.

    NYC herpes rates soar above national average

    Even though New York may be the "City that never sleeps," there seems to be an awful lot of sleeping around. According to that city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more than one quarter of adult New Yorkers are infected with herpes simplex virus 2 - that's genital herpes. With 26 percent of its adults infected, New York is well above the national average of 19 percent.

    As you may have guessed, there is one way and one way only to get infected with genital herpes: sex. Herpes simplex virus 2 has some nasty accompanying side symptoms like genital ulcers and sores. It can also lead to infections in the brain lining of adults, and in the brain itself for newborns. So while genital herpes is often a punch line, it's no joke.

    New York's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is concerned about what these shocking numbers can mean about the potential spread of other sexually transmitted diseases such as H.I.V. As for me, I'm just concerned that this is yet another mile marker along the highway of moral decline that all of America seems to be traveling.

    The breakdown of the genital herpes statistics in New York showed that the virus was more common in women than men (36 percent compared to 19 percent), more common among blacks than whites (49 percent compared to 14 percent), and more common among - and I love the politically correct way that the article phrased this - "men who have sex with men than those who don't." (32 percent compared to 18 percent).

    As I'm always telling you, these "social diseases" have one sure-fire cure: keep your pants on.

  2. Why the AHA says more kids need EKGs

    Why the AHA says more kids need EKGs

    There's yet another danger to the rampant over diagnosis of the so-called "disease" known as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It's bad enough that millions of children are being needlessly medicated for this invented "disorder." And it's even worse that the side effects that come along with the drugs can be life threatening.

    Now, the American Heart Association (AHA) says that all children should be screened with electrocardiograms (EKGs) before beginning a regimen of hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder drugs. Why? Your doctor will tell you it's because children with undiagnosed heart conditions could be vulnerable to sudden cardiac arrest and other heart problems when they take stimulant drugs that can increase their blood pressure and heart rate.

    It's true some of the children taking these drugs have had exactly that reaction. But for the AHA to assume that the heart condition came BEFORE the use of this Schedule II stimulant drug - and not to acknowledge that the heart condition could be the RESULT of the drug - is as absurd as the "disease" itself. How many kids do you know of who are walking around with heart problems?

    With over 2.5 million American children on these drugs, I'm sure you can imagine the cash cow such a mandatory screening would be.

    I've long been critical of the idea of ADHD. I believe that it is, for the most part, a made up disease that turns capitalizes on typical childhood behavior - or behavior that's the result of too much sugar and too little discipline. I also think that it's the most egregious example out there of a "malady" that's being promoted by drug companies in order to expand the market for their poisons.

    The mainstream media is, of course, a willing accomplice in this scam. Sadly, the mainstream medical community has bought into this nonsense as well.

    Even in light of these findings, pediatric cardiologist Victoria Vetter of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine who was part of the AHA's committee that made the recommendation said, "We don't want children who have [ADHD] from being treated. We want to do it as safely as possible." Vetter said that if an EKG detects a problem, the child in question should be sent to a pediatric cardiologist, and "with careful monitoring" children with heart issues can take ADHD medicines if needed.

    This new warning from the AHA isn't the only red flag that ADHD medications have gotten. Not long ago I told you about a several studies that suggest that these controversial drugs can have a lasting and negative effect on the developing brain.

    These studies concluded that the animal test subjects that been subjected to an ADHD drug regiment exhibited a noticeably higher degree of "learned helplessness," a condition marked by symptoms of depression and a tendency to give up quickly when faced with a challenge. (Sound like any kids you know?) Other similar research noted that the formerly medicated subjects responded less to rewards and reacted more to stress than the drug-free control group.

    The ADHD monster will be tough to beat. The psychiatric community seems willing to gloss over any issues that are related to many downsides of ADHD medications. According to the CDC data, the following side effects linked to ADHD treatment resulted in either emergency treatment or hospitalization for those taking drugs between August of 2003 and December of 2005: Stroke

    • Cardiac problems
    • High blood pressure
    • Abdominal pain
    • Chest pain and rapid heart rate
    • Allergic reactions and skin rashes
    • Spasms, muscle pain, and weakness

    I'd urge parents and grandparents to keep this in mind whenever a teacher or a pediatrician brings up ADHD. Because if you run into the likes of Dr. Pliszka, he'll have your child popping pills in no time. Trust me: when you hear ADHD, get your child to put his or her hyperactivity to good use and RUN in the other direction.

  3. Hypertension contention

    There's one more widespread myth about blood pressure that most people - and their doctors - don't seem to know about: Your blood pressure can be TOO LOW
  4. New Hydrogen Peroxide Discovery

    " I reported on this phenomenon in my book Hydrogen Peroxide, Medical Miracle 13 years ago. Ozone is the byproduct formed when the body's natural killer cells produce hydrogen peroxide.

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