1. Stiff arteries lead to brain damage

    Keep traffic moving on the highway to your brain

    Healthy aging starts in your arteries -- even a mainstream pill-pushing quack will tell you that. And if yours are so flexible you could yank them out and crack 'em like a whip, you don't have much to worry about.

    But if they're stiffer than the president trying to defend his health care plan, you've got problems -- and not just in your heart, where hardened arteries can lead to heart attack and stroke.

    They could wreck your brain, too, by boosting levels of beta amyloid, according to one new study.

    That's the so-called "brain plaque" linked to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and the damage doesn't stop there. If you let your arteries get REALLY stiff, you could also end up with lesions in your white matter -- and yes, that's every bit as bad as it sounds, as brain lesions are another major dementia warning sign.

    Stiff arteries make it harder for blood to flow. And when the blood can't flow, it can't reach your bloodthirsty brain (not to mention your heart and other vital organs).

    Clearly, you want to keep yours nice and flexible -- but if you ask the pill-pushers, they'll push their favorite pills at you. You know the ones I'm talking about: cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

    The theory is that since hardened arteries have buildups of cholesterol, the cholesterol must be the cause.

    I'm here to say that's absolutely and completely false.

    On its own, cholesterol will flow freely and cause no problems. It only sticks to the artery walls when your inflammation levels rise -- which is why high inflammation, and not high cholesterol, is the REAL cause of hardened arteries.

    And that's precisely why high levels of the inflammation marker homocysteine (and NOT high cholesterol) will lead to heart attack, dementia and more.

    So put down the statins and pick up a quality B complex instead -- because B6, B12 and folate can fight inflammation and keep your arteries free, clear and flexible.

    Not coincidentally, they're also proven to protect both heart and brain.

    I'm not done with artery health yet. Keep reading for the one thing in your home that could be turning your own arteries to stone right now.

  2. Burned meat ups cancer risk

    You won't find a bigger booster of meat than me -- but there's one type even I won't touch, and that's the overcooked hunks of charcoal that pass for “well done.”

    Charred meats will boost your levels of homocysteine, the inflammation marker linked to heart disease and other problems -- and the risks don't end there: Burnt dinner offerings can almost double your risk of pancreatic cancer.

    Each time you bring your steak to the brink of cremation, you create something worse than a dense hockey puck devoid of all flavor and texture. You create a series of dangerous mutagens such as heterocyclic amines and bezo(a)pyrene.

    We already know these mutagens can lead to any number of cancers -- but a new 10-year study finds that high levels of them will boost your odds of pancreatic cancer by 86 percent.

    And when you consider that the five-year survival rate of pancreatic cancer is just 5 percent, that's a risk you don't want to take.

    But let's not throw all the heat on meat here -- because even charred beyond all recognition, it's not the worst thing on the menu.

    Starchy foods are far more common than well-done meats -- most people eat starch with every single meal -- and research going back years confirms that these empty carbohydrates can also boost your pancreatic cancer risk.

    You can always cook your meat a little less... but there's absolutely nothing you can do to foods like taters, bread and rice that'll make them any better for you. So keep the steak on the menu -- just be sure to eat it rare.

  3. Bill Clinton's deadly new outlook

    After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet. ... And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.
  4. Vegan diet ups heart risk

    The analysis of dozens of studies published over the past 30 years found that vegans miss out on iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.
  5. Why meatless diets can be deadly

    Anyone who still believes a diet of sprouts and beans is healthy should hop on the next flight to India, where they can get a firsthand look at the ravages of the vegetarian lifestyle.
  6. Russert's untimely death raises questions about how we're treating heart disease

    Tim Russert's untimely death has raised questions about how we're treating heart disease.
  7. Flu shots fall short…again

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    According to reports, this year's flu season was the worst in three years - and they're saying it's because the virus that so many people had injected into their systems was completely ineffective against the flu.
  8. Homocysteine in the Bloodstream

    Increased homocysteine in the bloodstream is strongly associated with the occurrence of heart disease. This correlation has been common knowledge in alternative medicine circles for years.
  9. Homocysteine and its Relation to Heart Disease

    By now, you've probably heard about homocysteine. I've been writing about it for 20 years, and unless you're new to alternative medicine, you've probably heard a bit about how it relates to heart disease.
  10. Eat whatever you want, stay thin and live longer

    What if you could eat whatever you wanted, stay thin, and live longer? Well, some Harvard researchers are trying to find a way to do just that. But is it really such good news?

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