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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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Moderate Drinking and Your Health? It’s Complicated.

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

December 6, 2017

  • Health benefits of moderate drinking may be overstated
  • Alcoholic beverages are a recognized human carcinogen
  • Even moderate alcohol intake shrinks the brain

In the November 23rd issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, I mentioned that there is no “healthy” alcohol. And some people took exception to that. “But doc, red wine protects your heart”… “Moderate drinking helps you live longer”…

Yes and no.

Indeed, the polyphenols in red wine may offer some health and heart-protective benefits. But that doesn’t mean that the alcohol in wine doesn’t come with dangers of its own, as does any type of liquor. Continue reading

Got a Cough? Here’s What Works

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

December 4, 2017

  • It’s official. Cough medicines don’t work.
  • The science behind your cough
  • Here’s how to get rid of a nasty cough

It’s cold and flu season again. And one of the most annoying symptoms that come with these viral infections is the constant cough that never seems to go away. Sometimes it’s enough to make you feel like you’re going to hack your lungs right out of your throat.

As a result, I hear the same questions day after day…

… “Should I buy Robitussin or Mucinex?”

… “Do I need a suppressant or an expectorant?”

… “Will an antihistamine help dry me up?”

… “If I take an anti-inflammatory pain killer will my cough go away faster?”

Personally, I don’t recommend any of these options as a resolution to calm those hacking, lung-wrenching coughs coming from your chest. And it might surprise you to learn that the American College of Chest Physicians doesn’t recommend them, either. Continue reading

Less Than 30 Minutes A Day To Total Fitness

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

December 1, 2017

  • What type of exercise is best for you?
  • Aerobics vs. strength training
  • Here’s a supercharged way to get the best of both worlds

One thing that shouldn’t be confusing is the concept of exercise. Still, I find that many of my new patients are perplexed when it comes to the “right kind of exercise”.

Some folks jog or run for an hour or more every day. That’s because they’ve heard about all of the cardiovascular benefits of aerobic exercise. And it’s true. Aerobics do support the health of your heart, lungs and blood pressure.

However, can you imagine any scenario when your ancestors ran for hours on end on a daily basis? Continue reading

6 Secrets To Turn Everyday Foods into Superfoods

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

November 27, 2017

  • The secret to turning everyday foods into superfoods
  • Food pairing combinations that unlock nutrient absorption
  • A powerful seasoning combo for your veggies

Getting all of your nutrients from food can be a challenge. And it’s probably one of the reasons people fall in love with so-called superfoods like kale, goji berries and chia seeds.

But when it comes to healthy eating, enjoying a wide variety of different foods is extremely important. That’s because certain foods have synergy with each other. When you eat them together, it increases your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in them.

In other words, you can turn everyday foods into superfoods by pairing them with others that make them more bioavailable. Continue reading

Holiday Drinking: 3 Tips to Avoid Being Tipsy

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

November 23, 2017

  • It’s extremely easy to overindulge in alcoholic beverages during the holidays
  • Is there any such thing as “healthy” liquor?
  • 3 tips to avoid getting drunk during winter festivities

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s official. The holiday season is here.

Over the next five or six weeks, you’ll be invited to any number of gatherings. And chances are good that alcohol will be flowing pretty freely.

Even if you don’t normally indulge, you’ll probably find yourself with a drink in your hand on more than one occasion. Champagne or egg nog anyone?

The fact is, more people overindulge in alcoholic beverages during the winter holidays than at any other time of the year. And it’s not hard to find yourself more than a little “tipsy” before you realize you’ve had one drink too many. Continue reading

Consider THIS Before Your Next Flu Shot

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

November 20, 2017

  • Getting a flu shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu
  • Things to consider before your next flu shot
  • Check out this flu-fighting vitamin

If you’ve been debating on whether to get your flu shot or not, I just want to make one thing clear.

Getting a flu shot does not prevent you from getting the flu.

That’s right. It only protects you against influenza viruses that researchers think will be common during the upcoming flu season. To top it off, the influenza virus is constantly mutating. So it’s nearly impossible to predict its form far enough in advance to create a truly effective vaccine.

As a result, vaccine effectiveness varies greatly from year to year. Continue reading

What Ridiculously Healthy Seniors Want to Have in Common With 30 Year Olds

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

November 15, 2017

  • Ridiculously healthy seniors have this in common with 30-year olds
  • Three foods that destroy your gut microbiome
  • Reset your microbiota for a longer, healthier and more active life

Here’s something I bet will get your attention:

People over the age of 90 who are “ridiculously healthy” have a gut microbiome similar to that of a healthy 30-year old.

This discovery is absolutely amazing. It actually suggests that if you can reset your microbiota to that of a 30-year old, you could live a longer, healthier and more active life.

Now, the concept of gut microbiota and health isn’t new. Continue reading

It’s Not the Fat That’s Killing Us, It’s THIS

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

November 13, 2017

  • Too much sugar triples risk of dying from heart disease
  • Are you eating 152 pounds of sugar a year?
  • What to eat instead of refined sugar

Most people only link sugary foods to insulin resistance and diabetes. But, I’ll bet nobody has ever told you what eating too much sugar does to your heart. The truth is, sugar is more dangerous to your cardiovascular health than saturated fat.

Excess sugars in your diet can actually triple your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. And it doesn’t make any difference if you’re health-conscious in other areas. Even if you exercise, maintain a healthy weight and eat well otherwise, it can still triple your chances.

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98% Americans Aren’t Getting Enough of This

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

November 10, 2017

  • These nearly invisible deficiencies can stop your heart from beating
  • 98% of us don’t get enough of this heart-regulating nutrient
  • The other forgotten mineral that can re-energize your heart

The way we still treat chronic heart disease these days is very short-sighted. It zeroes in on certain short term acute preventive measures that usually involve dangerous prescription drugs to lower cholesterol, thin the blood, control blood pressure and so on.

But if you read last Wednesday’s issue Advanced Natural Medicine, you discovered that low levels of calcium could potentially lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

And guess what?

You can take all the heart-protective drugs your doctor prescribes. But unless you correct that underlying calcium deficiency, those meds won’t do a thing to save your heart – or your life.

So today I would like to talk about two more minerals that don’t get a lot of news these days. Continue reading

The Bone Nutrient That Keeps Your Heart Beating Strong

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

November 8, 2017

  • The bone nutrient that keeps your heart beating strong
  • Sudden cardiac death linked to calcium deficiency
  • Do your heart a favor with these natural sources of calcium

Calcium. You’ve heard it can strengthen your bones.

And as many physicians like my self know, most folks don’t become concerned about their calcium intake until osteoporosis, bone fractures or loss of physical function sets in. It simply isn’t a concern unless you’re the one dealing with these issues.

But what if calcium isn’t “just about the bones”? Continue reading