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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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Diabetes Amputation Warning

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  • Diabetes drug doubles rates of amputation
  • Why diabetes isn’t necessarily a sugar problem
  • Your first line of defense against this deadly disease

As a physician, my first line of treatment for all of my patients is to “do no harm”. Like all medical doctors, I took the Hippocratic Oath. And I take it very seriously.

But I have a problem with today’s version of medicine. These days, we doctors are urged to provide treatment in the form of manmade drugs. And in so many cases, these prescription meds are riddled with horrible side effects.

In a recent article on Advanced Natural Wellness, I shared my concerns about the nearly fraudulent practice of prescribing of statin drugs. Today, I want to warn you about one of the most popular diabetes drugs on the market. Continue reading

The Statin Scam You Shouldn’t Fall For

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

June 19, 2017

  • Do you really need a statin drug?
  • Why cholesterol-lowering drugs are very scary medicine
  • My best tips to keep your cardiovascular system in top-notch condition

Yes, statin drugs really do decrease LDL cholesterol. But will they prevent a first time heart, stroke, or help you live longer?

To answer that question, let’s step backward in time.

Back in 2008 AstraZeneca, the company that makes the statin drug Crestor, published what they thought was a groundbreaking study. It was called the JUPITER trial. This stands for Justification for the Use of statins in Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluation Rosuvastatin.

For the very first time, people without existing heart disease took the drug. And the results were reportedly so phenomenal that the study was stopped two years early. (After all, it would be dishonorable to deprive so many people of this miraculous drug!)

Well, the study findings were widely reported in terms of relative risk. And when you hear numbers like “a 44% relative risk reduction of a cardiovascular event or death”, it’s easy to get excited. Continue reading

Why Some Sunscreens are Worse for You than the Sun

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

June 16, 2017

  • Exposed! Not all sunscreens are created equal
  • Is your sunscreen robbing you of vitamin D… or giving you cancer?
  • The only kind of sun blocker you should ever buy

You would think that vitamin D deficiency would be unheard of down here in South Florida. After all, this is the sunshine state. And where there is plenty of sunshine, there should be plenty of vitamin D.

Still, vitamin D insufficiency is just as common down here as it is in any other state. I’ll place that blame squarely on the shoulders of our fear of the sun – and over reliance on sunscreen protection. Continue reading

4 Causes of Elbow Pain (And What to do about it!)

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

June 14, 2017

  • A painful elbow doesn’t necessarily mean you have “tennis elbow”
  • How to identify repetitive strain injuries
  • When your funny bone isn’t so funny

When people come into my office with unexplained aches, pains or numbness in one elbow or another, they often describe their condition as “tennis elbow”.

And in many cases, they’ve looked this term up on the internet to set their own treatment schedule, only to find that it’s not working.

The reason is pretty simple. Not all aches and pains of the elbow are the same. So if you’re treating yourself for tennis elbow, you may be aggravating another condition that’s causing your elbow pain.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some things that could be at the source of your elbow pain. Continue reading

Strange Juice to Make Your Brain Young Again

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

June 7, 2017

  • The #1 thing your brain needs to stay fit and young
  • Why do exercisers have bigger brains?
  • Dynamic duo could rejuvenate aging brains

If you want to keep your brain fit and young, there’s one thing it absolutely must have… an excellent supply of oxygen-rich blood. Without it, your brain will start to shrivel up and lose its cognitive function.

But when you boost blood flow to the brain, it delivers all of the blood and nutrients you need ward off brain shrinkage. Great blood flow also cuts your chances of developing amyloid plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Now, there are two great ways to get more blood to your brain. Continue reading

Noisy Knees? Must Read This!

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

June 5, 2017

  • Noisy knees might mean arthritis is on its way
  • What to do if your knees sound like a bowl of Rice Crispies
  • Your best protection against arthritic knees

Are knees that pop, creak, crunch or make grinding noises something you should be concerned about?

Well, the occasional crack or pop probably isn’t anything to worry about. In most cases, that’s just gasses being released from the joint.

But if one or both of your knees regularly makes rubbing, creaking and grinding sounds, it might be a symptom of inflammation and cartilage damage. It could also be a sign that you’ll start experiencing arthritic knee symptoms in as little as the next 12 months. Continue reading

Two Numbers More Important than Cholesterol

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

June 2, 2017

  • Two very important numbers missing from the “Know Your Numbers” campaign
  • Forget cholesterol. This is much more important.
  • The #1 heart test everyone should get

These days, television commercials for pharmaceuticals have literally trained people to “know their numbers”. And in many ways, this is a good thing.

More than ever, patients come into my office and recite their average blood pressure readings, cholesterol levels and triglyceride count. This data often gives me a starting point when discussing their health concerns.

On the other hand, I find that the media attention on specific “numbers” tends to distract people from others that are much more accurate when it comes to your heart health. Continue reading

#1 Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

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

May 31, 2017

  • Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise
  • Here’s what can a good night’s sleep do for you
  • What’s keeping you awake at night… and how to fix it

Some of my patients despair because they can’t get enough sleep. Others seem to think that sleep is over-rated… they have too much to do and don’t want spend their time in bed.

Well, you might be able to swing a few sleepless nights when you’re young. But if you continue to deprive yourself of sleep over the years, it’s eventually going to show up in one way or another. Continue reading

Why You’re Vitamin B12 Deficient & Why it Matters

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

May 26, 2017

  • Why you’re probably deficient of this vital nutrient
  • 3 common meds that drain B12 from your body
  • Boost your levels with this dual-delivery pathway

Vitamin B12 deficiency isn’t something we should have to deal with here in the U.S. Still, it’s become a pretty big problem – even among people who get plenty of vitamin B12 in their diets.

That’s right. Even if you eat a lot of vitamin B12 rich foods you could be deficient. In fact, you could be low on this nutrient even if take a B12 supplement or multivitamin.

That’s because the large majority of B12 insufficiency isn’t because it’s not readily available in our diets. Rather, somewhere around 60% of deficiencies are a result of malabsorption issues. Continue reading

Chronic Fatigue? Take a Look at Your Gut

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

May 22, 2017

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome is severely undiagnosed
  • Is an unhealthy gut at the root of this health condition?
  • 3 tips to rebuild a healthy gut microbiota

For years, many health professionals didn’t recognize chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a true health condition. And while most have come around to the idea that it’s not “all in your head”, it’s still severely under diagnosed.

As a matter of fact, it’s estimated that only about two out of every 10 people with CFS actually get a correct diagnoses.

As the name implies, fatigue is a big part of CFS. Physical or mental activity can send you into a bout of exhaustion that can last for a full day, sometimes even longer. But chronic weariness isn’t the only symptom. Continue reading