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  1. Shine a light on prostate cancer

    How sunlight prevents death from prostate cancer

    If you want to save your prostate and spare yourself a cancer death, forget all about PSA tests, drugs, surgeries, and everything else the mainstream has been throwing at this disease.

    Head to the beach instead.

    That's because the very sunlight you've been told to avoid can actually save you from any number of cancers, and the latest research puts prostate cancer high on that list.

    Harvard researchers tracked more than 2,500 men for nearly two decades and found that high D levels slashed the risk of dying of prostate cancer by more than half.

    In fact, nearly a third of the men who died of prostate cancer were among those with the lowest D levels of anyone in the study, while only 16 percent of the deaths were among men with high levels.

    Once you crunch the numbers that adds up to a 57 percent overall reduction in the risk of death -- and that's not the only big news out of the study.

    It turns out D didn't lower the overall risk of a tumor -- just the risk of dying from one. This means the sunshine vitamin ignores the harmless tumors you don't need to worry about, while stopping the deadly ones that could kill you.

    There's not an oncologist on the planet that's figured out how to do that!

    Vitamin D's no one-trick pony when it comes to cancer, either. It can also help fight or prevent lung, colon, breast, and endometrial cancer. And despite what you've heard, vitamin D can prevent the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

    That's one of the reasons the skin cancer rate has actually shot up since D-blocking sunscreens came on the market -- but only one. The other reason is that those icky gooey creams and lotions themselves actually contain dangerous cancer-causing chemicals.

    The synthetic form of vitamin A used in many until just recently was even found to SPEED the growth of tumors when exposed to sunlight.

    But whether they contain that A or not, skip 'em all. The only protection you really need from the sun is a shady tree or a beach umbrella -- and the sense to get under it before you get burned.

    I've got more on cancer up next. Keep reading!

  2. Forget chemo -- try broccoli instead

    The best thing I can say about many vegetables... like the twin starch bombs potatoes and corn... is that they make for excellent compost material.

    But I do make exceptions -- and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower are more than just a garnish for my steak. They taste great, and they've proven time and again they can help beat cancer.

    And if you're a lady listen up -- because women who eat the most of these veggies are 62 percent less likely to die of breast cancer and 35 percent less likely to have a recurrence of the disease than women who eat the least, according to a new study out of China.

    Those veggies even helped slash the risk of death from "all" causes, but I'm always a little suspicious of numbers like that. I don't think there's a vegetable on the planet that can prevent deaths from car accidents, injuries, or crime.

    But for my money, fighting cancer is a good enough trick on its own -- and there's a reason cruciferous vegetables have shown they can stop the disease in its tracks (and not just breast cancer).

    They contain a substance called sulforaphane, which stimulates certain phase II enzymes that in turn can stop tumors from growing.

    The only downside here is that many people can't stand broccoli. Years of being forced to eat it as a child will do that to you -- and if the very idea of Brussels sprouts makes you gag, feel free to dunk them in some farm-fresh butter.

    Extra butter -- real, fresh butter -- makes everything taste better... and despite what you've heard it's good for you, too. In fact, the CHOLESTEROL in butter is a powerful cancer-fighter of its own.

    Stay tuned later this week for more on that.

  3. The truth behind new BP drug claims

    Take your blood pressure meds and you'll live longer -- unless, of course, you don't. Maybe you've seen the new study that claims people who take drugs for hypertension outlive people who don't -- but there's one part of the study you almost certainly didn't see: The people who took the meds actually died at almost exactly the same rate as the ones who didn't.
  4. Heart drug, heart risk

    I don't know of too many good treatments for atrial fibrillation -- but I know of one you need to avoid like the plague.
  5. Prostate cancer: the big scam

    A new study concluded that PSA tests have led to mass over-diagnosis and mass over-treatment.

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