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Eternal Youth is Hiding in Your Telomeres

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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Odd Way to Treat Anxiety…and it Works!

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

June 17, 2019

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t see patients worrying themselves sick.

They are concerned about their health… their finances… their safety. Add in family-related issues, work problems, traffic, some mishap with an insurance bill and did I mention traffic?  It seems like so many of them are waiting for the other shoe to drop…for that third thing to happen to finish up their week.

We all have our emergency biochemical systems in place to deal with life’s stressors on a short-term basis. Yet today more people than ever are experiencing anxiety disorders. A poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association last year found that almost 40% of Americans felt more anxious than the previous year. And the most recent reliable count is that anxiety affects about 40 million adults here in the U.S each year; 30% of children and adolescents will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder, yet 80% never get help.

There are a lot of theories going around. A number of experts blame social media and “the fear of missing out”. Others claim it’s instant access to all of the bad news, shocking visuals and doomsday scenarios that plague the internet. Add on an increasingly nutrient and sleep deprived population. Continue reading

Why Aren’t You Eating Enough Seafood?

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

June 14, 2019

Seafood is one of those foods that most people want to eat more of… but be cautious.

One of the biggest concerns my patients have is that, while they know the omega-3 fatty acids in wild caught fish are good for them, they worry about mercury levels. So they tend to avoid it. Or they eat farm raised fish that have higher levels of inflammatory fatty acids and added antibiotics.

Others recognize the benefits of seafood, but can’t quite accept the odor and flavor or mouth feel of it.

But there are plenty of folks tell me they love seafood. The only reason that they don’t eat more of it is because they often make the “wrong” decision when… Continue reading

5 Habits that Reduce Risk of Cancer, Dementia & Early Death

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

June 10, 2019

A couple of weeks ago while catching up on some of the latest scientific health insights, I ran across some news out of Brazil.

It turns out that 30% of cancer deaths in Brazil are linked to just five things. An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, excess weight, smoking and alcohol.

It caught my eye, but didn’t surprise me in the least.

However, within an hour I ran across a World Health Organization news release. It was a synopsis of new WHO guidelines outlining ways to help reduce the risk of dementia. Continue reading

How Sleeping Pills Kill…and What to Do Instead

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

June 7, 2019

I’m a lucky guy.

There have only been a few brief periods in my life when sleepless nights plagued me. Those long, dark hours were miserable. And dragging my way through the sleep deprived days was even worse.

Like most folks, these few bouts with insomnia didn’t last very long. (Although, at the time it felt like they were never ending!)

So my heart goes out to sleepless patients who slog into my office begging me to write them up a prescription for a medication that will help them sleep. Continue reading

Why the Term “Safe Sunscreen” is a Hoax

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

June 5, 2019

There is a formidable document that has been sitting on my desk for a couple of months now. Today, I finally took the time to read it in full.

It’s a much needed FDA proposal for updated sunscreen regulation. And with summer nearly upon us, I think it’s important that you know the facts. (This is one of the few times the FDA – which usually works at cross-purposes – is in agreement with my viewpoint.)

In the past, I have been very vocal about the potential harms of certain sunscreen ingredients. And a lot of patients scoff at my concerns. Continue reading

Guacamole, Chocolate and Nuts are NOT Off-Limits

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

May 31, 2019

T.J. has struggled with weight for most of his life.

Yet somehow, every time he gained an extra 20, 30 or 50 pounds, he managed to drop them again. Usually using drastic measures… like fad diets and extreme workouts.

Once T.J. achieved his weight loss goals, he would revert back to his regular habits. His weight would creep up again. And a couple of years later he would go through the entire weight loss process all over again.

It was like a Merry-Go-Round. Up and down… up and down.

But now that he’s in his 60s and his metabolism is slowing down, this hit-and-run style of weight loss isn’t working anymore.

Instead, he recently tipped the scales toward obesity. Even worse, T.J. became pre-diabetic. And as far as my efforts to persuade him to switch to a Mediterranean style diet are concerned, the big man refused to consider it.

He was convinced that this way of eating would make him feel like he was starving all of the time. (It won’t. But he didn’t know that yet.)

Does this sound like you?

Are you struggling to regain your youthful weight and blood sugar levels – and worried that changing your eating habits will send you on a binge that will spiral out of control?

If so, let me share a few fun and tasty food tricks with you.

Guacamole, Chocolate and Nuts are NOT Off-Limits

Do you like guacamole? Would you eat it every day if you could?

Well, T.J. sure liked that idea. He loves it with tacos, nachos and chips.

“Here’s what to do,” I told him. “Buy yourself two fresh, organic Hass avocados. Mash them up and add around 1/3 cup of minced onion, a chopped tomato, about a half bunch of cilantro and a couple of cloves of garlic. Give it a squirt of lime juice and a dash of sea salt.

But don’t just put it on chips and tacos. In fact, give them up entirely. Instead, put it on everything else.”

We were off and running!

In only a few seconds we were talking about guacamole smothered eggs, salads and wraps.

Little did he know that I had an ulterior motive.

As it turns out, replacing an unhealthy, refined carb (like chips and taco shells) with avocado reduces an unhealthy insulin response, increases satiety and may even help with weight loss.

He was all for it, and loved every second of it.

But I didn’t stop there.

I had another trick up my sleeve. “Do you like chocolate?” I asked.

T.J. said he did, but knew it was fattening. So he avoided it.

That’s when I gave him an even better surprise.

I advised him to buy a bar of dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70%, break it down into squares and store it in the freezer.

Then, once a week, crunch down on about 3.5 ounces of it.

Despite popular belief, conservative consumption of dark chocolate is not associated with weight gain or other health problems. Quite the opposite.

The flavonoids in dark chocolate appear to improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity by restoring B-cell activity in the pancreas.

Plus, when you choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate for a quick snack, it helps to keep you feeling fuller and more satisfied throughout the day. This, of course, helps prevent mindless snacking.

Next on the list? Nuts!

In T.J.’s youth, nuts only appeared during Christmas holidays. He and his brothers had a great deal of fun cracking them open and eating them… but in a matter of weeks they were gone. It never occurred to him that they could be a part of his regular diet.

So I gave him a mission.

“Whenever you want to have a bagel, English muffin, croissant or toast, grab a hand full of tree nuts instead. I don’t care if it is walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios or pecans.”

You see, every time you replace an unhealthy carbohydrate with tree nuts, you can lower your blood sugar and increase feelings of satiety. This, in turn, contributes to weight loss and can have a decidedly healthful effect on your life.

T.J. loved these recommendations so much that he became a believer.

These days he’s eating like a Mediterranean, looking much slimmer… and feeling healthier than he has in years.

I urge you to take the same steps. It could literally save your life.

SOURCES:

Zhu L, et al. Using the Avocado to Test the Satiety Effects of a Fat-Fiber Combination in Place of Carbohydrate Energy in a Breakfast Meal in Overweight and Obese Men and Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2019 Apr 26;11(5). pii: E952.

Wien M, et al. A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults. Nutr J. 2013 Nov 27;12:155.

Ramos S, et al. Effects of Cocoa Antioxidants in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Antioxidants (Basel). 2017 Dec; 6(4): 84.

Shah SR, et al. Use of dark chocolate for diabetic patients: a review of the literature and current evidence. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2017 Sep 19;7(4):218-221.

Jenkins DJA, et al. Nuts as a replacement for carbohydrates in the diabetic diet: a reanalysis of a randomised controlled trial. Diabetologia. 2018 Aug;61(8):1734-1747.

Jackson CL, et al. Long-term associations of nut consumption with body weight and obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jul; 100(1): 408S–411S.

Like Miracle Grow for Your Brain

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

May 27, 2019

It seems that as the years go by, more and more of my patients are complaining of “brain-drain”. And these days, it seems like it has almost reached epidemic proportions.

So many of these relatively healthy patients feel as if they’re slogging through their days, and the symptoms are all pretty consistent.

They easily lose their train of thought. It’s hard to concentrate. Important data flies out of their brains before they can complete a sentence. It feels like they need a nap to break through the haze… but naps only seem to make it worse. Continue reading

Despite the Headlines, Eggs Still don’t Cause Heart Disease

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

May 24, 2019

The dust has finally settled. People around the U.S. are enjoying eggs in their diets again. Everyone is happy.

Or so I thought.

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3 Ways to Heal Your Leaky Gut

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

May 22, 2019

Today there are a large number of health conditions that mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize.

One of the most disturbing of them is abnormally increased intestinal permeability, commonly called leaky gut syndrome.

I’ve been evaluating leaky gut patients for decades. And I’ll tell you right now. It’s not a “mystery” illness. It’s not a gray area, fake disease or hypothetical condition.

It is a very serious health concern that is overlooked daily by health professionals all across the U.S. Continue reading

The Scary Truth about Impossible Burgers

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

May 15, 2019

Last month there was a lot of hoopla about Burger King’s latest fare: The Impossible Whopper.

The big news? Burger King started testing these plant-based burgers at certain locations in the St. Louis area. And since it was well received, they’ll start rolling them out nationally.

As far as I was concerned, this was “non-news”… just another way for a fast food chain to make their food sound healthier than it really is. Other chains like White Castle and Wahlburgers have already done it.

So imagine my surprise when I went out to eat at a relatively upscale Italian restaurant last weekend and came face-to-face with a menu that included… yes! An Impossible Burger. Continue reading