1. Are you being attacked… by your own fat?

    Modern medicine has long preached the dangers of obesity.

    But I’m going to let you in on a little secret that most doctors don’t like to admit: For the most part, modern medicine doesn’t know WHY.

    Plenty of studies have shown that obesity can lead to everything from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to cancer… but the mechanism causing the problems?

    In most cases, your guess would’ve been as good as theirs.

    Not anymore. Thanks to a breakthrough study out of the University of Virginia, we now know that obesity’s connection to chronic disease starts with the lipids in your body.

    That’s right – your FAT is actively working to ATTACK you!

    You see, when lipids are exposed to free radicals – yes, the same free radicals that can cause cancer – they become damaged, or “oxidized.”

    And oxidized lipids cause something funny to happen. They tell any and all nearby immune cells to go into hyperdrive.

    And BOOM! You’re wracked with inflammation.

    This chronic and constant onslaught causes most -- if not all -- of the obesity-related diseases out there. (And as I’ve shared with you before, you can trace the root cause of most diseases back to inflammation in some form or another.)

    The details are a little more complex – for instance, some types of oxidized lipids are actually helpful. But in bodies that are unhealthily large, the harmful types of oxidized lipids are much more common.

    Now, naturally, mainstream medicine is excited about this discovery… because it means it might be able to develop new drugs to address obesity-related diseases.

    That’s all well and good. But there’s a much simpler way to keep yourself free of disease.

    And that’s to defeat obesity itself.

    That doesn’t mean your body has to be skinny and svelte to be healthy. Not everybody carries fat in the same way.

    But if you have more fat than you’re supposed to, you should do what you can to reduce it. And make sure you limit exposure to anything that might damage the fat you DO have. (After all, we all need SOME fat to be healthy).

    You can start by taking the following four steps:

    1. Eat healthy whole foods. As long as most of your foods are natural and unprocessed, you’re in good shape. That’s why I recommend the Paleo diet to all of my patients and readers.
    2. Exercise. You don’t even need to go to a gym! But if you can do something active for at least 30 minutes a day – whether it’s playing a game of tennis, hitting the links, or taking a stroll after lunch – you’re most of the way there.
    3. Get enough sleep. Sleep gives your body the time it needs to repair damage, clean up things like free radicals, and get you set for the next day.
    4. Reduce your toxic exposure. Some free radicals occur naturally, but others get into our bodies from the outside – through processed and non-organic foods, pesticides, pollution, and more. Avoid these toxins as much as possible and look into detoxifying therapies like sauna therapy, exercise, and – in more severe cases – chelation.

    Do those four things, and you won’t need to wait for any magic pills to come out of this latest discovery.

  2. Obesity increases joint replacement complications

    Take a load off your joints -- don't replace them!

    If you're carrying extra weight, the dog days of summer can be especially hard.

    The heat makes you feel sluggish... and the humidity can do a number on your joints.

    It can seem like the pain will NEVER let up!

    But if the pain is so bad that you've started to consider getting that replacement surgery your doc has recommended, it's important that you hear the latest news -- especially if you're on the heavier side.

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that the more overweight you are, the worse your complications after joint replacement surgery will be.

    And that's especially true after an operation to replace your shoulder.

    The researchers looked at over 40 years of data on over 4,500 people who had shoulder replacement surgeries. Forty-three percent of those patients were considered obese -- with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

    In the obese patients, the initial surgery FAILED in more than 300 of them -- due to mechanical failure, loosening of the implant, or other causes -- which meant they needed to go under the knife AGAIN for ANOTHER complete replacement surgery.

    Although they didn't need a do-over of the entire shoulder replacement procedure, another 62 patients had enough problems with their implant to send them back into the operating room to try to correct problems with it.

    The researchers say that if you're obese, ANY joint replacement is a HUGE risk. And any additional weight gain means your risk of SERIOUS complications -- including possibly another operation -- goes up another 5 percent!

    Now, sometimes joint replacement surgery is necessary -- but I'd only recommend it under the most EXTREME circumstances.

    Because most times, your joint health is tied to how much you weigh -- and shedding a few pounds can do wonders in terms of relieving the pressure on the joints that are most commonly replaced (including knees and hips, as well as shoulders).

    But that's not all you can do to lose weight and improve your joint health. You can also:

    1. Rebuild the cartilage in your joints: Take a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin, a dynamic duo that you can find pretty affordably at your local health food store or online.
    2. Stay active: Studies show that just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can work like WD-40 for your joints -- and it'll help you take any excess weight off, to boot.
    3. Channel your inner “caveman”: Following the Paleo diet -- which consists of fresh fish, meat, eggs, and dairy, as well as plenty of vegetables and nuts -- can help reduce painful joint inflammation AND trim your waistline.

    These three simple changes will keep you OFF of that operating table... OUT of the hospital... and ON the right track to staying that way!

  3. Obesity linked to cancer

    Scary new cancer risk linked to weight struggles "Husky." "Big and Tall." "Pleasantly plump." "A little more to love." We've developed a lot of ways of talking around the fact that we're overweight without calling ourselves "fat" or "obese." But if you've got a BMI over 30, it can be a plus-sized problem... one in which you could start calling...
  4. Obesity epidemic hits new high

    As obesity becomes more and more prevalent, new data shows that Americans are an average of 15 pounds heavier than they were 20 years ago.
  5. New research sheds light on obesity

    In a two-year study out of Japan, folks who were exposed to light in the evening and dark in the morning were more likely to see their waistline gain inches and their BMI increase.
  6. Obesity can take years off your life

    If you’re obese or overweight, a new study shows that those additional pounds may be taking years off of your life; but losing weight can add years back.
  7. FDA approves controversial obesity device

    A new FDA-approved obesity device called AspireAssist drains the food from your stomach before you digest it.
  8. Frightening new numbers in obesity epidemic

    Global obesity rates have hit an all-time high, and have doubled from a generation ago.
  9. Nanny State blames cheap food for fat Americans

    Personal responsibility be damned. Researchers are claiming that inexpensive food is the real cause of America's obesity epidemic.
  10. Are you too fat to beat cancer?

    A new Oxford study claims overweight people are 30% less likely to survive cancer.

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