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  1. Meat causes heart disease? Don't believe it!

    Flawed study links meat to heart risk

    If you ever had even the slightest doubt that the mainstream media was pushing a radical anti-meat agenda, just take a look at how news outlets covered two recent studies.

    Actually, a more accurate way to put it is to take a look at how they covered one study -- and ignored the other.

    Study #1 claims L-carnitine, an amino acid found in red meat, can cause heart disease. Study #2 finds that same compound can help protect the heart -- especially in heart attack patients.

    Do I even need to tell you which one was covered and which was ignored?

    Study #1 made headlines around the world, from the New York Times ("Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat's Fat") to London's Daily Mail ("Red meat nutrient used in weight-loss and muscle-building supplements could cause heart disease").

    Study #2, on the other hand, came from the prestigious Mayo Clinic -- yet it was virtually ignored by the mainstream media.

    So allow me to do their job for them -- again -- and give you the REAL scoop on this "tale of two studies."

    Study #1 didn't find a direct link between meat and heart problems. Not even close. In fact, it had more steps between meat and heart disease than a Rube Goldberg contraption.

    Experiments on mice found that gut bacteria convert L-carnitine into a compound called trimethylamine N-oxide, which has been linked to hardened arteries (at least in mice).

    Then, they gave steak to just six humans -- including a vegan -- and found that meat eaters got a boost in trimethylamine N-oxide after eating. The vegan didn't.

    Is your head spinning yet? The study proves exactly nothing -- especially when you consider that it didn't involve a single case of actual heart disease in humans.

    (Of course this is just more of the same mainstream misinformation we've come to expect. Remember last year when they tried to tell you that 3 ounces of red meat a day could put you into an early grave? If you missed that story you can read the whole ridiculous tale by clicking here.)

    Study #2, on the other hand, is a look at data from 13 HUMAN controlled clinical trials.

    This is REAL data and it confirms that very same carnitine actually reduces the risk of death in heart patients. And if that's not enough, this healthy amino acid can also slash the risk of heart failure, repeat heart attacks, ventricular arrhythmias, angina, and more in heart patients.

    In other words, keep eating your steak. It's good for you -- just be sure to eat the RIGHT stuff.

    For more on that, keep reading.

  2. How egg breakfasts help you eat less lunch

    The nagging starts with breakfast and doesn't let up all day. Coffee is bad for you! Eggs are unhealthy! Caffeine! Fat! Cholesterol!

    Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag!

    Well, turns out those nags have scrambled brains -- because coffee and eggs are actually the BEST possible way to start your day. In fact, the only thing that could make it better is a side of bacon -- but let me stick to the coffee and eggs for now, because new studies show why you want both for your morning meal.

    Researchers gave two groups of people breakfasts of either two scrambled eggs or a cereal with the same number of calories and same amount of protein as the two eggs.

    They did this for a week, then they had the two groups switch breakfasts for another week -- and in both cases, the folks who had delicious eggs in the morning had fewer hunger pangs between breakfast and lunch.

    But "hunger" can be pretty subjective. The real test is how you actually eat once you get to lunch -- so researchers gave their volunteers the ultimate temptation: They set them loose at a buffet.

    Everyone goes crazy at a buffet, right? Just ask the folks who work the Vegas hotels. You need to stand back at these things or you might get hurt.

    Turns out the volunteers who had cereal behaved as you might expect, piling up the food until their plates couldn't hold anymore. Those who had eggs, on the other hand, chose less and ate less.

    Tests showed that the egg-eaters had lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone released when you're hungry, and higher levels of PYY, a hormone released when you're good and full.

    No surprise here. I've said all along that anyone who tells you eggs are unhealthy is cracked -- and as long as I'm breaking open the bad puns, let me lay one more: Anyone who tells you coffee is bad for you is working with an empty mug.

    Want to know more? Put on a fresh pot and keep reading!

  3. Shake away diabetes?

    I've seen oodles of wack-a-doodle diabetes treatments in my time -- but this one takes the shake. I mean "shake" and not "cake" because that's what you'll get on this daffy new plan: diet shakes, and not much else.

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