moderate drinking habit

  1. Barking up the wrong tree on cholesterol

    Think statins have been a success? You ain't seen nothing yet: The drug industry is hatching a plan to get everyone -- and I mean everyone -- on not one, but TWO cholesterol meds.

    One to lower cholesterol... and one to raise it. You just can't make this stuff up!

    Ever since the runaway success of those LDL-lowering statins, the Holy Grail has been a med that can raise levels of HDL, the supposedly "good" cholesterol -- and that's completely missing the point.

    All that really matters is your TOTAL cholesterol. If it's between 200 and 300, you don't need to waste a moment sorting the "good" from the "bad."

    But you can bet there will be an HDL med on the market any day now, and one company is moving a step closer with a drug called evacetrapib. Its biggest achievement so far? It can raise HDL cholesterol without actually killing anyone... yet.

    Believe it or not, that's a big deal -- because an experimental HDL drug in the same class had to be abandoned a couple of years ago when the patients who took it began dropping like flies.

    I won't bore you with the rest of the details, because the last thing in the world anyone needs is a drug to raise HDL levels anyway. You can do it on your own -- and it starts with an ingredient that's probably in your home right now: booze.

    Earlier this year, researchers found that a moderate drinking habit can raise HDL levels better than any known drug on the market.

    But don't stop there. When it comes to HDL, even the mainstream admits that more is better. You can give yourself an extra boost by cutting your sugar intake to almost zero and eating more food rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

    That means grass-fed beef and fatty fish. And take a fish oil supplement while you're at it -- the only "cholesterol pill" I recommend.

  2. Booze for the brain

    My favorite "B" vitamin is back in the headlines as a new study confirms that "vitamin booze" is just about the best preservative for brain cells around.

    Was there really any doubt?

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.

    There's not a drug in the world that can make that claim -- so you'd think that right about now researchers would finally come to their senses and recommend that nondrinkers start drinking.

    "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking," Edward J. Neafsey, one of the authors of the new study, said in a news release.

    What are these people so afraid of? Drinking is one of the greatest inventions in the history of civilization.

    In fact, the need to harvest grains to make booze appears to be have been the very reason for the creation of civilization -- yet today's namby-pamby docs just refuse to tell people it's OK to go ahead and have a drink or two a day.

    Lighten up already!

    Ignore them and listen to me instead. In addition to the numerous brain benefits, vitamin booze has been shown to protect the heart, lower stress, and help you live longer, too.

    Drinkers are even smarter, which should tell you everything you need to know about the teetotalers.

    If you really want to supercharge your gray matter, don't forget the rest of the B vitamins: B6, B12, and folic acid have been shown to slow the brain shrinkage associated with cognitive impairment.

    I recommend washing them down with an ice, cold beer.

  3. Keep drinking after your heart scare

    It's not just the best way to toast your victory over death -- it can also help you live longer and better, because a new study finds that drinkers who keep hitting the bottle after a heart attack do better than those who quit.

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