high blood pressure

  1. Study exposes sham war on salt

    Dutch scientists tell Uncle Sam to pound salt

    I guess I grew up in a superstitious home, because my mother would rather see cyanide spilled on her dinner table than salt. Spill even a little bit, and you were throwing a pinch over your shoulder to ward off bad luck.

    Well, it looks like this is one superstition our boneheaded federal government has debunked for good. Because they've been encouraging folks like you to toss your salt for years -- and all they've brought is misery and bad fortune on every poor sap silly enough to follow their advice.

    If you're tired of depriving your taste buds on the low-salt, low-fun diet ... if you retired your beloved salt shaker years ago, next to your bobby socks or high school varsity jacket ... I have some news that will have your mouth watering.

    Danish scientists say it's time for you to STOP cutting the salt -- and for Uncle Sam to START cutting the crap.

    Their massive new analysis of 25 studies found that there isn't a shred of evidence to support our federal government's decades-long war on salt. When it comes to his wild assertions that salt causes heart disease, Uncle Sam is like a fat guy trying to touch his toes -- he's really, really reaching.

    The study measured salt intake and health outcomes for nearly 275,000 people, and concluded that NOT getting enough salt may actually be more dangerous than consuming too much. After all, salt is an essential nutrient your body needs to transport oxygen and maintain your balance of fluids.

    Well, for a group of folks who prance around in clogs and believe in fairies, the Danes are making a lot of sense to me. I've told you before that a low-salt diet can boost your risk of early death by a staggering 500%!

    The good news is that most Americans are already tuning out our government's ridiculous recommendations on salt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a daily salt limit of 1,500 mg. for folks over 50, but most Americans are consuming two to three times that much -- and that's exactly where you want to be.

    It's time for our government to get with the times -- and the science -- and stop its assault on delicious salt for good. And starting tonight, I want you to drag that salt shaker out of retirement and bring some spice back to dinner time.

    Just keep that varsity jacket in the closet where it belongs.

  2. Vigorous exercise linked to sudden death

    Tune out the dumbbells and get back on that couch!

    They say birds of a feather flock together -- so it's no wonder health nuts spend so much time with dumbbells. Most of the cretins you'll run across at the gym don't have two brain cells to rub together, and they expect you to put your life in the hands of some 22-year old "personal trainer" who took a couple of fitness courses online.

    Puuuhlease. I was body surfing well into my 80s, when most folks are shuffling along behind walkers. And I've kept this Adonis figure by never lifting anything heavier than 12 ounces.

    Usually, it's filled to the brim with Budweiser.

    And if you don't want to spend your golden years watching Golden Girls reruns from a wheelchair, I suggest you do the same. Because a new federal study has proven once again that when you engage in intense physical exertion, you could end up riding that exercise bike right to the Pearly Gates.

    In a 14 year study of firemen, researchers found nearly 200 died after vigorous exercise, such as heavy lifting and running. And these guys were younger (average age of 49) and healthier than many of you. Most of them had perfect cholesterol and didn't have high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease.

    Keeping your muscles in shape isn't about torturing them on some squat rack. It's about keeping supplied with a steady source of protein and other nutrients they need and staying active doing the things you love.

    So cancel that gym membership and use the money to buy a delicious rack of ribs instead. Because, starting today, you have a new prescription, courtesy of Dr. Douglass -- get off that treadmill and back on the couch.

  3. Why beta-blockers don't save lives

    Beta-blockers are given to 20 million Americans with heart problems or risks of heart problems -- but new research shows they don't actually do much of anything.
  4. Mom's low protein could cause high blood pressure in baby later

    Could low protein during pregnancy cause baby to develop hypertension later in life? A new study says it could.
  5. Vitamin C lowers BP

    When a drug drops BP levels by a few lousy points, docs throw a party. When a vitamin does the same thing they claim, "it's only a few lousy points." Which is it?
  6. Can vitamin D really hurt you?

    The clock is running out on 2011, but it looks like there's still time to squeeze in one last phony vitamin panic. In this one, researchers claim high levels of vitamin D will boost your risk of serious heart problems -- despite what their own study REALLY found: that LOW levels of the sunshine vitamin will up your odds of heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney failure, and diabetes.
  7. Scary new plan to drug teens

    A new study opens the door for pumping kids full of blood pressure meds -- even if they're perfectly healthy and even if they don't actually have high blood pressure by any standard definition.
  8. The non-epidemic of young hypertension patients

    Hypertension is either nothing to worry about for nearly all young adults or a "sleeping epidemic" threating nearly a fifth of them. Researchers say one of those two statements is true... and they can't for the life of them figure out which.
  9. BP meds in obesity link

    A new study links some of the most common hypertension drugs to expanding waistlines, finding that beta blockers can dramatically slow the rate at which you burn calories and fat -- turning your metabolism from a bunny to a slug in a heartbeat.
  10. Drink beer, lose weight!

    Let me give you the lowdown on one crazy diet that might actually work: The Beer Diet!

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