heart disease

  1. A handful of nuts could save your life

    Why you should go nuts for nuts

    OK, this is going to sound a little nutty -- but if you want to protect your heart, prevent a stroke, fight cancer and cheat death all at the same time, crack open some delicious nuts.

    Nuts are loaded with heart-healthy fats. In fact, they're among the few non-animal fats that get my full backing, and one new study shows why: the more nuts you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease and an early death.

    Eat nuts every single day, and your risk of death from heart disease plunges by 29 percent and your risk of death from cancer falls by 11 percent, according to the new study.

    Even better, your risk of a premature death from any cause could drop by a full 20 percent.

    You can't say that about any of the common drugs pushed on people today -- BP meds, statins, aspirin, and more. None of them will cut your risk of death and disease that dramatically (or at all, for that matter).

    And unlike drugs that come with big risks, nuts come with big benefits, including a lower risk of obesity, diabetes and stroke.

    The only downside is the price. These days, it seems like you need to take out a second mortgage to get a daily supply of quality nuts. And if you're working on a budget, don't worry -- you can eat nuts less often and still get a benefit.

    Eat them just a couple of times a month, and you could drop your risk of an early death by 7 percent. Up your intake to a couple of times a week, and that risk could fall by 13 percent.

    The best way to eat nuts is raw and unpasteurized. Unfortunately, pasteurized almonds are commonly sold as raw -- and this deception is not just allowed, it's encouraged and even required by the feds.

    It's a similar story for cashews, which are often extracted using heat -- but as long as they haven't been heated AFTER that extraction, they can be called "raw."

    Do your homework; you can find truly raw nuts if you look around.

  2. How depression can speed aging

    The common disease that will age you on the inside

    It's what's inside that counts, right?

    This isn't just the feel-good baloney we say to friends when those first gray hairs and wrinkles appear. It's SCIENCE -- because while those outward signs of aging won't hurt you, aging on the inside is what will ultimately kill you.

    There are plenty of ways you can get old fast, but there's one condition in particular that can cause your internal clock to run far too fast -- and it's a condition we all face at some point: depression.

    Cutting-edge new research shows how depression can speed aging on a cellular level by shrinking your telomeres.

    Those are the little caps that sit on the ends of your chromosomes. As you get older, they get shorter. And as they get shorter, your risk of the so-called diseases of aging grows -- including cancer, dementia, heart disease and even death.

    And while age alone is the main reason for that shrink, depression will do the trick, too -- and severe or chronic depression can shrink your telomeres by about as much as SIX YEARS of aging, according to the new study.

    Now, the one caveat here is that study doesn't show if the telomere shrink is caused by the depression itself... or the drugs often given to treat it.

    I'd say that's an area ripe for more research, if anyone has the nerve to take on Big Pharma.

    But either way, don't let serious depression go unchecked -- because this so-called mental condition can hurt more than just your mood. Depression can increase inflammation throughout your body and boost the production of damaging free radicals -- making it a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and death from heart attack.

    Less serious cases of depression will go away on their own over time, but severe or chronic depression will need a little more work.

    Start with a good multivitamin from a maker you trust and St. Johns wort -- but if those don't do the trick, you may need hormonal treatments from an experienced naturopathic physician.

    I recommend a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

  3. Extra pounds, extra risk

    There's no such thing as being obese and healthy, as new research confirms the extra pounds will double your risk of heart attack.
  4. Trans fat ban falls short

    The FDA's trans fat ban won't save your life.
  5. How the modern diet leads to heart disease

    The modern high-carb diet leads directly to heart disease -- while animal fats, even saturated fats, can prevent it.
  6. TV will turn your arteries hard

    Watching too much TV can lead to hardened arteries, according to the latest research.
  7. Too much sleep worse than too little

    Too much sleep can increase your risk of heart disease and other problems as much as too little. And in some case, it's even worse.
  8. The positive way to beat heart disease

    A good attitude can be a powerful ally in the fight against heart disease, and may even reduce your risk of an early death, according to one new study.
  9. The healing power of skin cancer

    The non-serious forms of skin cancer -- non-melanoma cancers -- can actually help protect your heart, strengthen your bone and extend your life, according to new research.
  10. Study confirms dangers of arsenic in water

    Exposure to arsenic in the supposedly low levels found in drinking water across the country can increase your risk of heart disease and death, according to a new study.

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