~ May 2009 - Lower Your Blood Pressure, Raise Your Quality of Life

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  • Natural Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure

    By Michael Ozner, MD

    Because high blood pressure is a multifactorial problem, effective management is rarely achieved through one drug. Instead, optimal management often requires a broad-based approach that includes both pharmaceutical and nutritional components, along with regular self-monitoring of blood pressure. Compelling evidence indicates that many conditions that lead to and sustain high blood pressure can be corrected through an integrative approach emphasizing lifestyle modification, pharmaceutical agents, and nutritional support.

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  • The Great American Heart Hoax

    By Michael Ozner, MD

    America spends at least $60 billion a year on invasive cardiovascular care. Even in these days of escalating national debt and unbalanced budgets, that's a staggering amount of money. And shockingly, evidence suggests that much of it is being squandered on high-risk, expensive procedures that have not been proven to either save lives or prevent heart attacks. Studies show that these now-common cardiac procedures--including coronary artery angioplasties, stent placements, and coronary bypass surgeries--are of dubious value, adding little in terms of long-term health outcomes, and sometimes even making things worse than if they hadn't been performed at all. America has 5 percent of the world's population, yet we perform half of the world's bypass surgeries and stent placements. And countries that spend a fraction of what we do on heart surgery have fewer per capita heart attacks and fewer heart-related deaths! Cardiovascular care is an almost obscenely lucrative industry in America, and evidence abounds that financial concerns may be distracting hospitals and physicians from focusing on what should be their primary concern: what's truly best for the patient.

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  • How to Circumvent 17 Independent Heart Attack Risk Factors

    By William Faloon

    Today's population remains in a virtual state of denial when it comes to heart attack risk. What makes this such a travesty is that there are so many proven ways to protect against the number one killer. This article will succinctly review 17 independent heart attack risk factors and provide a range of options that can enable aging humans to defuse each one of them.

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  • Revitalize Aging Skin with Topical Vitamin C

    By Gary Goldfaden, MD

    Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and environmental pollutants can accelerate skin aging by degrading collagen and triggering oxidative stress in the skin. Fortunately, the anti-aging benefits of a time-honored remedy used by ancient civilizations to heal their skin can help overcome these undesirable effects. Vitamin C is an essential component in the body's production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin.

    While vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin when orally ingested. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

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  • Novel Methods to Reduce Stubborn Belly Fat

    By Dale Kiefer

    Abdominal obesity represents one of the greatest health and cosmetic challenges in modern society. Abdominal fat is not just aesthetically unpleasing. It also represents a serious health hazard.

    Excess abdominal fat that grows around internal belly organs (also known as visceral fat) is linked with a host of undesirable conditions, including increased inflammation, and elevated risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.

    While abdominal obesity is commonplace in America, even healthy-weight men and women often struggle with a different kind of fat--the type that sits just under the skin--known as subcutaneous abdominal fat. This kind of fat can lead to sagging belly skin or a persistent belly pouch, which lingers long after other excess pounds have been laboriously starved and exercised away.

    Fortunately, scientists are providing tools that can help motivated men and women reduce the visual appearance of abdominal fat and regain skin tone. These tools include nutrients, hormones, and drugs that work from the inside-out by targeting visceral abdominal fat to promote weight loss. Added to this arsenal is a new topical formula that targets stubborn subcutaneous belly fat by working from the outside-in, mimicking the kind of benefits it would normally take strenuous exercise to achieve.

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  • Featured Product: Belly Slim & Tone

    Normal aging results in surplus abdominal fat accumulation in most men and women. The visceral fat that grows around internal belly organs is the most dangerous from a vascular and inflammatory disease standpoint. While visceral fat is relatively responsive to moderate exercise, scientists have discovered that even the most disciplined individual may struggle with a different type of fat. Easily recognizable as belly flab or a persistent belly pouch, this subcutaneous belly fat sits directly under abdominal skin and lingers long after other excess pounds have been exercised away.

    Trimming and toning belly fat becomes more difficult with age and yo-yo dieting, as this can stretch skin beyond its limits and lead to sagging belly skin.

    A novel topical preparation has been developed to help reduce the appearance of subcutaneous fat while firming loose abdominal skin. Belly Slim & Tone is a unique blend of five active ingredients that slim to help create a well-defined silhouette and tone by helping skin become firmer and more elastic.

    Topical Slimming Ingredients

    Belly Slim & Tone contains two lipoactive extracts. The first is a marine extract called Sphacelaria scoparia, which is derived from a special alga called sea broom that has been studied for its ability to inhibit the growth of fat cells. The second extract is called Xantalgosil C® that contains a synergistic combination of organic silicon and a xanthic base (similar to the caffeine and theophylline found in green tea). Both of these extracts work in tandem to help address the appearance of belly fat endured by many people, producing results comparable to the effects of vigorous exercise. These novel ingredients are complemented with caffeine, which works locally to help reshape a more refined belly contour.

    Toning Components

    Belly Slim & Tone also contains an extract derived from the green alga Chlorella vulgaris, which is rich in amino acids and proteins, and Regu®-Stretch, an active complex that helps the appearance of skin that has been stretched beyond its limits. Both of these specialized ingredients help skin look firmer and more toned. Increased skin firmness and elasticity is especially beneficial for improving the visual texture of loose skin.

    All of the active ingredients in Belly Slim & Tone are encased within QuSome® liposomes, an advanced delivery technology that ensures optimal distribution of ingredients.
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