~ February 2009 - Turn Off Your Fat Switch!
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- Deflating Your Spare Tire For a Longer, Leaner Life Turn Off Your Fat Switch
Understanding the Risks of Leptin Resistance
By Chris Lydon, MD
If you're like most Americans, you are struggling with at least a few extra pounds. And if you're over 40, those extra pounds are probably accumulating with an unwelcome preference for your mid-section.
Spare-tire fat distribution is more than an unsightly annoyance. Fat that accumulates in your belly is extremely dangerous! That's because it promotes the release of proinflammatory "cytokines" that seem to be involved in just about every age-related degenerative disease.
Abdominal obesity is a hallmark characteristic of metabolic syndrome, also known as "syndrome X," or "pre-diabetes." Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of insidious pathological processes that place you at significantly increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and dementia.
Until very recently, there appeared little most people could do to significantly reduce excess abdominal fat. Fortunately, cutting-edge research has identified a potential reversible mechanism of both stubborn middle-aged weight gain and associated markers of metabolic syndrome such as high blood levels of glucose, LDL, and C-reactive protein.
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- The Cholesterol Controversy
By William Faloon
As we enter the year 2009, a heated debate continues about the role of cholesterol in the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Based on our analysis, both sides still have it wrong.
Almost comical is the role reversal this controversy has taken. When progressive individuals first proposed that high cholesterol increases heart attack risk, the medical establishment ridiculed the idea. The FDA went so far as to make it illegal for food companies to claim that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol had any relationship to artery disease. (Note: High-saturated fat diets cause blood cholesterol to spike.)
The dispute raged for decades until the medical establishment (and the FDA) not only embraced the concept that high cholesterol causes heart attacks, but claimed this scientific area their exclusive domain.1-5 Many of today's complementary medicine practitioners, who would have been early proponents of low-saturated fat diets, now question the association between cholesterol and vascular disease.
The fact that confusion still exists over this straightforward medical principle helps explain why atherosclerotic disease remains today's leading preventable killer.
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- Blueberries - Colorful Protection For a Healthier Heart, Sharper Brain, and Cancer Defense
By Chris Lydon, MD
While an apple a day has long been recommended to help keep the doctor away, new research suggests that if you're looking to simultaneously ward off the oncologist, the neurologist, and the cardiologist, you would do well to consider increasing your intake of powerful disease-fighting blueberries.
Once touted by Native Americans for its mythical ability to boost stamina, the tiny but mighty blueberry is quickly becoming the stuff of modern-day legend as emerging research suggests that it can do everything from combating cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to safeguarding against age-related declines in mental acuity and motor function.
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- Ask The Doctor - A Natural Approach to Pain Relief
By Lee Perez, MD
Q: For years I have had a stiff neck that is very painful when I turn my head to look to the left or right. I've tried everything from chiropractic care to medication, and nothing seems to provide relief. Do you have any suggestions on how I can manage my chronic neck pain?
A: Chronic pain can be tremendously challenging. I had ongoing problems with joint pain and arthritis for many years. Like you, I tried everything for the pain, but without much success. Recently I found that a combination of two readily available products provides me with relief from pain. I'm willing to share with you my experiences with these products, not as a physician making medical recommendations, but as a long-time pain sufferer who has found a solution that works for me.
That said, I do want to stress that anyone with any kind of pain should be thoroughly evaluated by a physician. Once your doctor has ruled out any serious health conditions, you may wish to try this combination of topical agents as an alternative to conventional pain therapies such as anti-inflammatory medications or steroids.
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- Featured Product: Integra-Lean Irvingia - Aids in Weight Control.
Scientists have identified specific biological mechanisms that cause aging people to gain weight--no matter how little they eat. The problem was that there was no way to circumvent the underlying factors that cause excess body fat--until now! As you are about to learn, gaining control over your body's command signals is critical to maintaining a healthy weight.
Leptin is a hormone that tells our brain that we have consumed enough calories and can stop eating. Leptin also induces a process whereby fat stored in cells is broken down. As we age, our cells (including the appetite control center in our brains) become "leptin resistant." This means that leptin is unable to effectively regulate body weight.
Adult-onset weight gain is characterized by the enlargement of existing adipocytes (fat cells) that store too much fat. The size of fat cells is controlled by gene transcription factors. Fat cell size is closely related with adiponectin expression--with reduced adiponectin expression in larger fat cells. In addition, gene transcription factors help regulate adiponectin, and this crucial hormone is critical for supporting insulin sensitivity.
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