Category Archives: General Health

Are You a Victim of Inflamm-Aging?

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

April 15, 2019

I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear the same, common thread among patients in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

“I guess this is what I can expect now that I’m getting older.”

“Everybody my age has these kinds of problems, right?”

“If this is what I feel like now, I can’t even imagine how I’ll feel in 10 years.”

“Getting old sucks!”

Well I’ll share a little secret with you. Aging – the passing of years – isn’t the reason most people start feeling older and sicker. It’s chronic inflammation.

The connection between inflammation and poor health is so closely linked that today there’s even a term for it: Inflamm-aging. And it’s a scourge that’s running rampant here in the U.S.

Persistent inflammation plays a role in almost every chronic degenerative disease associated with getting older. Arthritis is a prime example of inflammation run amok. It’s also linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, just to name a few.

Like most of my patients, you probably already know that sugars, packaged foods, processed meats and fried foods all produce an inflammatory response in your body.

What you may not recognize is that many healthy-sounding foods do the same.

Omega-6 fatty acids sound like they’re good for you, but they aren’t. These inflammatory fatty acids compete with inflammation-fighting omega-3s to take up space in your tissue. And when they outnumber omega-3s the consequences can be devastating – promoting heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease and premature aging.

Tip: Give up the omega-6 rich vegetable oils and opt for EVOO, extra virgin olive oil instead. Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids to offset the inflammatory response generated by the abundant amounts omega-6’s found in today’s modern foods. But…

Choose your sources of omega-3 rich fish carefully. There is a huge difference between wild-caught and farm-raised fish. When you buy farm-raised, you expose yourself to all sorts of inflammatory compounds. The most common are polychlorinated biphenyls, which have a direct link to obesity and diabetes.

Tip: Always invest in high-quality, wild-caught fish for your meals.

“Nourishing” whole grains may not be as wholesome as they sound. These days everyone is rushing out to buy more nourishing whole grains as if their life depended on it. If you’ve been caught up in this craze, I urge you to stop right now. Sure, they sound so wholesome… if only they weren’t loaded with an inflammatory protein that you’ve heard a lot about in recent years: gluten. Plus the use of glyphosate on the soil pre-planting or on the wheat itself is widespread on U.S. farms.

Tip: Grains that contain gluten include wheat, barley and rye and should not be a part of your diet. Amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa are much better choices if you want to slash inflammation.

Dairy is not the healthiest source of calcium in your diet. I notice that a lot of patients still place a lot of faith in dairy products to supplement their calcium needs. But that’s a bad idea.

You may not realize it, but your body was designed to quit digesting milk somewhere between the ages of two and five. (That’s when it probably stopped producing the enzyme that digests the main sugar found in milk.)

As a result, all of those undigested sugars end up fermenting in your colon where they create a state of chronic inflammation.

Plus, commercial dairy products are full of drugs, hormones(rBGH) and antibiotics that can easily provoke an inflammatory response.

Tip: Almond, coconut or rice milk are all great alternatives to cow’s milk. Broccoli, kale, turnip greens and arugula all have high calcium content, too.

This is the short list. And clearly, making just a few simple changes in your diet can count for a lot when it comes to fighting off inflammation and slashing your chances of age-related disease.

But while you are doing that I have a quick, easy and inexpensive way to help you soothe inflammation at the source. It’s a simple tip that puts smiles back on my aging patient’s faces… and helps them feel young again.

Slash Inflammation at it’s Root

One of my favorite spices is turmeric. This vibrant yellow spice is loaded with a powerful antioxidant called curcumin that can help you put the brakes on all sorts of health problems associated with aging. And medical science is proving it, over and over again.

It shuts down inflammation by blocking enzymes that produce pain. It improves endothelial function, which is vital to your heart health. It helps clear out amyloid plaques that are so common in Alzheimer’s disease. It improves the function of beta cells, which are necessary for proper insulin function

Curcumin also shows great promise in the fight against cancer. Research suggests it might prevent precancerous cells from turning into full-blown cancer. That it could even kill cancer cells in their tracks, and stop more cancer cells from growing.

When you combine this life-giving spice with other herbs like rhodiola rosa and ashwagandha, it goes to work even further to reduce your inflammatory response.

These two adaptogenic herbs slash stress and anxiety levels that spur your body’s production in inflammatory compounds. They keep you calm, cool and collected.

If you need a little help shutting down the fire that is burning inside of you… the chronic pain, inflammation and stress that may be contributing to your health issues… check out this ultimate anti-inflammatory compound that I helped my friends at Uniscience Group produce.

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New Ploy Tempts You to Use More Artificial Sweeteners

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

April 1, 2019

Oh what the food industry won’t do to make foods and beverages – and now artificial sweeteners – sound a lot healthier than they are!

I was actually unaware of the latest trend until a patient pulled a handful of sweetener packets from her handbag, held them up and said “Look Doc, I finally found an artificial sweetener that’s good for me.”

When I examined the packets, labeled Equal® Plus™, they contained exactly what I expected to find; aspartame and acesulfame potassium.

What I didn’t expect to discover is that the makers of Equal® have apparently started adding vitamins and minerals to some of their products. Continue reading

URGENT: When RX is more Dangerous than Disease!

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

March 27, 2019

When new patients come into my clinic they’re often loaded down with a bag full of prescription drugs. This includes all sorts of meds… statins, blood thinners, anti-diabetics, antidepressants and so much more.

And when I start digging I usually find that it all started with one prescription.

For example, I find that patients taking statins often end up on diabetic medications in the short-term. (In most cases, they are pretty sure their doctor never explained to them that statin users have about a 38% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.)

At the same time, diabetic drugs like metformin can cause a great deal of gastrointestinal distress. This includes heartburn, stomach pain, nausea, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. Some physicians may adjust or switch out the medication. But many of them will just add an antacid or a proton pump inhibitor like Prilosec or Nexium to offset the symptoms. Continue reading

This is REALLY serious. Silent killer affects 1 in 3 people

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

March 25, 2019

I’m very concerned about the health of your liver. And for good reason.

Today, there is a growing epidemic of a “silent” liver disease. At minimum, about one in three people here in the U.S. have it. But I’m convinced there are a lot more folks with this devastating liver disorder who have never received a diagnosis for it.

That’s because most people never even know they have it until serious health problems set in.

You can’t see it. You can’t feel it. There is no medication for it. Continue reading

Too Much Protein is as Bad as Too Little

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

March 18, 2019

P.T. was one of my first patients today. He’s one of those fit and trim guys in his mid-50s. He runs every day, lifts weights, so on and so forth. And it shows!

Other men envy him, and he definitely attracts the eyes of women. (I actually heard one of the ladies in the waiting room exclaim to her daughter: “Oh! Isn’t he just fantastically fit?”)

But a couple of weeks ago this fellow ended up in the emergency room with a painful case of kidney stones. Today was his follow-up visit. Continue reading

Is Portion Distortion making you Fat? Here’s the Answer!

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

March 13, 2019

Overeating is built into our genes. It comes from the days when our ancestors experienced long periods of famine.

Once food became available again, they didn’t just take five bites of it and say “ Leftovers for lunch tomorrow! ”

No way. Continue reading

Never Eat These Veggies Raw

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

March 6, 2019

Back in 1988 a strange thing happened.

A hospital launched a “Healthy Eating Day”.

But shortly after enjoying the healthy lunch offered by the hospital, one of the surgical record-keepers fell ill. And before the end of the day, 10 more people who ate in the cafeteria experienced nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

What was happening? How could a perfectly healthy meal make people sick? Continue reading

How My Mom Destroyed Every Vegetable She Ever Cooked

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

March 4, 2019

When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until I ate all of my vegetables. “They’re good for you!” my Mom would exclaim.

The problem was, she didn’t know how to cook them.

Broccoli and cauliflower were soggy masses of florets that had been boiled to death. Asparagus turned into a slimy mass. Carrots lost every bit of their crunch.

And there wasn’t an ounce of flavor in any of them. (Needless to say, I wasn’t a vegetable-loving kid.) Continue reading

Would You Like a Side of Glyphosate with your Cereal?

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

February 18, 2019

Are you still sold on the idea that whole wheat breads, cereals and pastas are the answer to good health?

I’m not. And I’ll bet your reaction this statement is the same as many of my patients.

“What the heck, Doc,” they say. “My ancestors ate wheat all the time. What’s your problem?”

It’s not ‘my’ problem. It’s everyone’s. Continue reading

5 Healthy Options to a Mediterranean Diet

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

February 15, 2019

One of the first things I recommend to all of my new patients is that they transition into a Mediterranean way of eating. But not everyone is sold on the idea.

Many of my first-time patients fall into this category. These are the people who come to me because they are sick, tired and run down.

The biggest problem I find with most of these patients is that they honestly think they’re already eating a relatively wholesome diet. They’re convinced that sugar free beverages, whole wheat breads and cereals, reduced-salt foods and low-fat dairy are good for them. No wonder they don’t feel good! Continue reading