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Eternal Youth is Hiding in Your Telomeres

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

  • Living healthy to 100 isn’t a pipe dream
  • Enjoy health and independence in your “old” age
  • The fat that turns back the hands of time

Most people expect to live well into their 70’s. They hope they’ll make it into their 80’s or 90’s. But I find that most of my patients and other folks I talk to want to reach – and even surpass – their 100th birthday.

While this may sound like a pipe dream to you, it’s a reality for more than 315,000 centenarians worldwide.

Now, I’m sure that some of these centenarians have their share of health problems. But oddly enough, most “super-seniors” don’t die of things like heart disease or cancer like younger elderly patients.

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Colonoscopy Every 5 Years? Think Again!

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 2, 2016

  • Can a stool test replace your next colonoscopy?
  • At home DNA test screens for colon cancer
  • Which type of testing is best for you?

If you shudder at the thought of getting your next colonoscopy, you’ll be glad to know that it may not be necessary.

That’s right. There’s a chance that you don’t have to grit your teeth every five or 10 years at the thought of starving yourself while gulping down huge quantities of liquid laxative to clear out your bowels.

Now, I’ve long been an advocate of colonoscopies. Since the early ‘90s, they’ve been the gold standard when it comes to early detection of colon cancer. This type of cancer is very slow growing. So the earlier it’s detected, the more treatable it is. As a result, colonoscopies make a great deal of sense. Continue reading

5 Powerful Tips to Avoid Broken Bones

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 30, 2016

  • You’re never too young to protect your bones against breaks and fractures
  • Why calcium alone isn’t enough
  • Here’s my secret formula to prevent fractures

When I talk to younger and middle-aged patients about shoring up their bone density, they often look at me with confusion. “But doc, I’m only 52. I don’t have to worry about that for years!”

What most folks don’t realize is that your bones reach maximum strength and density around age 30. After that, bone mass gradually starts breaking down.

You won’t notice it at first. You’ll still feel strong and be able to do the same things you’ve always done… right up until the minute you experience a break or fracture!

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Read This Before Cracking Open Your Next Egg

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 25, 2016

  • Which eggs are healthiest?
  • Clearing up the mystery behind organic, cage-free and free-range eggs
  • These are the kind of eggs I buy

Up until a few years ago, most folks considered eggs off-limits. If they ate them at all, they separated out the whites, and threw the most nutritious part – the yolk – into the garbage disposal.

Well, now that eggs are off the hook when it comes to cholesterol and heart disease, you may be eating one or two of them a day – yolk and all.

This is great. The yolk is the part of the egg that’s highest in choline, which is an important brain food. If you don’t have enough of it, it can affect your memory and brain volume. Continue reading

Three Supplements That Reverse Aging

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 21, 2016

  • More energy, strength and stamina is at your fingertips
  • Make your old cells young again
  • Three supplements that reverse aging

Energy… strength… stamina… vitality… enthusiasm…

These are all words you probably associate with youthfulness. And if they still describe you, that’s great! You’re doing something right.

But if words like weariness, weakness, disinterested and exhausted have taken over your vocabulary in recent years, your body’s energy factories might be aging faster than they should. Continue reading

Eat this Little Red Berry for Your Heart

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 16, 2016

  • The little red berries are good for your heart
  • Give your immune system a boost
  • What about urinary tract infections?

There’s one Thanksgiving Day food that completely dumbfounds me. It’s that wobbly mass of cranberry sauce that comes out of a can…. completely intact with the ridges still on it.For some reason, folks love the stuff. Maybe it’s because of the sugar rush they get when they eat it. After all, a single serving of the most popular cranberry sauce here in the U.S. has enough high fructose corn syrup in it to fulfill your daily sugar intake.

At the same time, it has no nutritional value whatsoever.

This is a shame, because cranberries are ultimately a very healthy food.

This is especially true when it comes to your heart health. And it’s not just because cranberries can improve your LDL and HDL levels. There’s another factor that’s much more important. Continue reading

Eat This to Save Your Eyesight

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 14, 2016

  • Are you at risk for this leading cause of blindness?
  • Mediterranean diet may save your eyesight
  • More food for your starving eyes

One of the most devastating eye conditions today is age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. It’s the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years of age.

But it’s not something that happens over night. It takes years of damage to your macula. As the cells start breaking down, your central vision will start to blur. You’ll have a hard time seeing in dim light, and things right in front of you will start looking fuzzy and hazy.

If it progresses to the more advanced form of AMD, things can get much worse. Leaky blood vessels start growing under the macula, which can result in a severe loss of central vision.

For this reason, I urge you to start protecting your macula right now… before it’s too late. Because once you develop AMD, there is no cure for it. Continue reading

Read This Before You Get A Flu Shot

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 11, 2016

  • Will a flu shot stop you from getting the flu?
  • Here’s why you don’t need the influenza vaccine
  • Boost immunity to slash flu risk

“Doc, shouldn’t I get a flu shot?”

This always seems to be the number one question on my patients’ minds around this time of year. And they’re always surprised by my answer.

As a vaccine, the flu shot is woefully inadequate.

For example, the 2013 vaccine was a mere 9% effective against influenza A (H3N2 virus) in adults 65 and older. And the 2015 vaccine was only 12 to 14% effective against the virus in all adults – no matter what their age. Continue reading

Weird Trick to Get Your Memory Back

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 9, 2016

  • Are “senior moments” a part of the aging process?
  • Mental workout powers up your brainpower
  • Another shortcut to a sharper and more flexible brain

Is your brain starting to play tricks on you?

I’m talking about those little glitches that keep you from remembering the name of a co-worker or the title of a song you’ve been listening to since you were a teenager. You knew it yesterday so why can’t you remember it today?

Well, your brain can be a tricky thing. Some memories seem to stick to it like glue. Others come and go as they please. A few might even feel like they’re leaking out faster than your brain can store them.

You may attribute these brain slippages to age, calling them a “senior moment”. But I’ll bet you know plenty of people older than you who are still sharp as a tack. So are these mental hiccups really age-related?

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Can Gut Bacteria End Your Depression?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 4, 2016

  • Don’t let winter dampen your spirits
  • Simple remedies to conquer winter doldrums
  • Feed your gut for a happier brain

Do you start feeling sluggish and withdrawn around this time of the year? Does eating a big bowl of ice cream and sleeping the rest of the day sound better than dragging yourself out of the house?

If so, you might tell yourself this is natural. After all, it’s getting dark earlier and it’s cold outside. Isn’t that when you’re supposed to hibernate and store energy like a bear in its’ winter lair?

While that explanation might make sense, it doesn’t mean you have to trudge through the short days of winter feeling unhappy and low-spirited as you watch your waistline expand. Continue reading

3 Foods More Deadly Than Red Meat

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 31, 2016

  • It’s okay to eat red meat
  • Not all fish is healthy fish
  • What to eat instead of rice

I tell my patients it’s okay to eat meat… as long as it’s from clean sources and only accounts for about 13% of their food intake. It’s also okay to enjoy an egg at breakfast and some butter every now and then.

But the saturated fat scare is so ingrained in our society that folks tend to feel guilty whenever they eat these foods, even when they eat them in moderation.

However, there are a lot of so-called “healthy” foods that will do more damage to your health than a little saturated fat ever would. And they’re foods that you may be eating every day. Continue reading