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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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Does Your Prostate need a Steam Bath?

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

April 29, 2022

Nearly all men will experience an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) in their lives. At some point, they will find themselves making constant trips to the bathroom, especially at night. And it may seem that urgency is required… but when you stand over the toilet you may only be able to dribble.

You see, a normal sized prostate is about the size of a golf ball. But over the years, it can become as large as a tennis ball. When this happens, it presses down on your urethra like a vice. This can cause all sorts of troubles when it comes to passing fluids from your bladder through to the toilet bowl.

As a result, up to 50% of men over the age of 50 – and up to 80% of men over the age of 80 – will experience urinary tract symptoms cause by BPH. Continue reading

My Prescription for You: Buy a Plant

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

April 20, 2022

House plants are great. They look good. They put you in a great mood. And they improve air quality in the house. That’s what I want to zero in on today; how house plants can act as air purifiers in your home.

Now, you have to remember. Your house is not hermetically sealed. Whatever is in the air outside of your home makes its way indoors. So we’ve got all of these airborne pollutants circulating through our homes, whether we want them or not.

One of these is nitric dioxide, or NO2. This is a gas that gets into the air from burning of fuel. So it comes from cars, trucks, buses, boats, tractors and other fuel-burning vehicles. The average level in homes is about half of what it is outdoors. Continue reading

These Tiny LED Lights are Ruining Your Health

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

April 18, 2022

A lot of folks don’t realize their bedrooms have got to be dark for a good night’s sleep. Their devices need to be turned off about an hour before bedtime, and there really can’t be any light seeping in. The blinds have to be drawn.

But it’s more than that. There are all of those LED lights from your TV, phone charger, stereo and other devices. You have the little blue lights. You have the little green lights. They drive me crazy! I have to cover them up or I can’t sleep at all.

Those little lights are more than an annoyance. They are bad for your health. Continue reading

Age-Proof Your Creaky Knees

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

April 15, 2022

Knee pain is a common problem, especially for older adults. And it’s no wonder!

With every step we take, the force on our knees is between two and three times our body weight. That means if you weigh 180 pounds, you put somewhere between 360 and 540 pounds of pressure on your knees with each step.

It depends on how fast you walk. Higher walking speeds increase the force, while jogging or running can more than double it. And the more weight you’re carrying, the greater the pressure on the knees. Continue reading

9 Head-to-Toe Stretches to Ease Aches and Pains

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

April 13, 2022

The first thing a cat or dog does when it wakes up is stretch. It gets their blood flowing and muscles moving again after they’ve been inactive. But the veterinarian didn’t tell them to do it. They do it naturally and it feels good.

Even though stretching also feels good for humans, we seem to think we only need to do it before and after exercise. Or during rehabilitation for an injury. We aren’t like the cat and the dog. We don’t stretch “just because we can.”

But that’s a big problem, because we lose a lot of range and flexibility as we age. Continue reading

The Light that has Anti-Aging Benefits

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

April 8, 2022

It wasn’t that long ago that red light therapy was something you could only find at dermatologist offices and luxury spas.

The claims were that it could make skin firmer and reduce fine lines to make you look younger. It could fight off eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other skin problems. It could regenerate and repair aging skin.

Needless to say, there were a lot of skeptics. It sounds like snake oil, right? Continue reading

Food Additive may be Fueling Dangerous Superbugs

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

April 4, 2022

In the March 30 issue of Advanced Natural Wellness you learned about the impact certain foods have on your gut microbiome; and the impact your gut microbiome has on your health.

Today I want to alert you to a little-known sugar that can lead to a dreadful condition called Clostridium difficile. This is a bacterial infection that occurs when the gut microbiota gets out of whack, particularly after the use of antibiotics.

Now, back in the1980’s and 1990’s, C. difficile wasn’t really much of a problem. It was easily treatable. Continue reading

The Bugs in Your Gut…

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

March 30, 2022

In the past 15 to 20 years, what we’ve learned about the importance of the human gut microbiome is amazing.

Before that, we spent a lot of time demonizing the bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that hang out in our guts. We were wrong about so many things.

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Binge Watching is a Risky Activity

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

March 28, 2022

With so many streaming services at our fingertips, it’s easy to get trapped into a binge-watching marathon. And that’s risky business.

When people spend hours at a time sitting still, they are just asking for trouble. I even tell people that “sitting is the new smoking,” because the health effects are similar.

Blood flow slows down and your blood becomes more viscous. This puts you at greater risk of developing blood clots. Because blood tends to pool in your legs and feet, that’s where you’re going to get the clots. Continue reading

The Crazy Thing that Makes You Gain Weight

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

March 25, 2022

Weight loss is a big industry these days. You’ve got Nutrisystem, Jennie Craig, Weight Watchers, GOLO and so many more programs to help you.

The nice thing about most of these weight loss strategies is that they are structured. They have “rules” that are easy to follow. And there is something to be said for all of them, especially when you increase your activity levels at the same time.

Considering that nearly 75% of Americans are overweight or obese, it’s easy to understand the popularity of these programs. Continue reading