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Heart-healthy diet is as effective as drugs (with fewer side effects) for many adults with high blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you might want to seriously consider changing your diet before you start taking on the risks of medication as a new study shows a heart-healthy diet can be every bit as effective.

In a study that involved more than 400 adults with stage 1 high blood pressure, the combination of a low-salt diet and the heart-healthy “DASH” diet was found to lower systolic blood pressure dramatically. This effect was particularly pronounced in people who have higher baseline systolic readings. Continue reading

50 Alkaline Foods to Balance Your Body Naturally to Fight Cancer, Heart Disease and More

Keep your body in an alkaline state; then you will have fewer chances to suffer from chronic diseases. And it’s well known that you’re what you eat, that’s true, if you want to maintain your body in the alkaline state, you have to know which foods can help you. Continue reading

Obesity? Heart Disease? Diabetes? Cancer?

Maybe it’s not your genes–it’s your lifestyle

For so long, we’ve been conditioned to think our genes are rigid and unchangeable; and they alone define our health and longevity. We expect chronic disease to be treated like the common cold. Take a pill and go back to work.

You can’t fix obesity or diabetes with a pill; some pills (like statin drugs) actually raise your risk of developing diabetes or having a heart attack, and if you consume the typical American diet that consists of over one hundred pounds of refined white sugar and corn syrup per year—you are actually enabling diabetes. And for diabetics who have been conditioned to think diet sodas and artificial sugar will keep your blood sugar stable—think again. Sugar substitutes are toxic chemicals that kill your nerves. Literally—it excites them to death. Continue reading

Reverse heart disease without meds

Most of us are used to the age-old saying “Live and learn,” but when you’re providing care to people with preventable chronic disease, you realize very quickly that we don’t have that luxury indefinitely. So, that saying changes to “Learn and live.”

In the next 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that heart disease deaths will increase sharply. In that same time, the AHA estimates that the percentage of the US population living with heart disease will reach over 40%. Continue reading

Traditional Chinese medicine may prevent heart disease and diabetes

Traditional Chinese medicines could help prevent heart disease and the progression of pre-diabetes, according to research.

Some herbal treatments proved as effective in lowering blood pressure as Western drugs and improved heart health by lowering cholesterol, scientists found.

Certain alternative medicines could lower blood sugar and insulin levels, too. Continue reading

Could honey prevent heart attacks?

Natural sugar found in the popular sweetener reduces artery plaque by 30%

A natural sugar found in honey could prevent heart attacks, new research suggests.

The sugar, known as trehalose, activates a protein that causes immune cells to remove fatty plaque from arteries, the study found.

Trehalose was found to reduce the size of plaque in mice by around 30 percent. Continue reading

Heart disease – a different perspective

The conventional understanding of cardiovascular disease is unsurprisingly, quite narrow-minded and off the mark. As with many health conditions traditionally treated with pharmaceuticals and surgeries, the etiologies of the multiple ill-health states that fall under the umbrella of heart disease have been misrepresented in the medical literature and medical school curricula for some time. In order for fallacious drug treatments to continue to remain as the chief go-to in the eyes of cardiology, the true factors behind cardiovascular stress must continue to be ignored and suppressed – hence the idiotic blaming of blood cholesterol levels and the prescription of poisonous statins. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Heart Health and Breast Health ~ Part 2

In Part 1 of Heart Health and Breast Health, I spoke about the emerging field of neuro-cardiology, which is the study of how the heart and the brain communicate with one another. Remember that science now knows that it is the heart which actually sends more cellular and chemical signals to the brain than the other way around! In Part 1, we also discussed how being in coherence can lead to greater peace of mind and also better health.
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My Love – Hate Relationship with The Ketogenic Diet

There are always new diets popping up everywhere. One diet that recently caught my attention was the Ketogenic Diet. Since I have experimented with just about every diet out there, I wanted to experience first hand what it was all about.

Since we are now understanding that cancer is a metabolic dis-ease and basically a dis-ease of insulin resistance, carbohydrate intolerance and inflammation, the low carb approach of the Ketogenic Diet made sense to me. Plus, there is more and more science to back it up.  Continue reading

Is Your Heart Health Connected to Your Breast Health? – Part 1

February is National Heart Month. When President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the first Heart Month in 1963, lifestyle-related disease rates were beginning to rise dramatically nationwide. In fact, in that same year roughly half of the deaths recorded were attributed to cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, today the state of our hearts is not much better. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, with more than 17.3 million individuals succumbing to inflammatory heart disease, ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, stroke and other conditions of the cardiovascular system. Of course, there are common factors between heart disease and cancer as well, including inflammation and high stress levels.

Yet at the same time, the last half-century has seen some amazing discoveries regarding the vital role that the heart plays with the body and especially with the mind.

Neuro-cardiology: How the Heart Communicates with the Brain
The field of neuro-cardiology is the study of how the heart and the brain communicate with one another. And yes, I purposely chose to put the word “heart” first when introducing this topic. Here’s why: while scientists at first thought of this relationship in terms of how the heart responds to the brain’s commands, we now know that there is often more instruction occurring from the heart to the brain than the other way around!

According to the Heart Math Institute, which has been producing cutting-edge research on heart intelligence for the last forty years, the heart not only communicates with the brain, but actually

has its own “neural network” (similar to the brain’s) that includes “complex ganglia, neurotransmitters, proteins, and supporting cells”. Basically, the heart is considered a “mini-brain” or secondary brain. According to Heart Math, the heart communicates directly with the brain and body in four ways:

  • Through the overall nervous system
  • Through hormones
  • Through pulse waves
  • Through electromagnetic fields (i.e. energy)

These discoveries have even led to a whole new vocabulary. Heart-brain is the term that neuro-cardiologists now use when describing the ways in which the heart sends signals that instruct brain and body functions.

Why Coherence is Vital for Your Healthy Breast Journey
“We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful)…” says Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Director of Research for Heart Math.

Coherence within one’s self can be described through positive emotions and with terms such as “clarity,” “synchronization,” and “order”. There is a sense of harmony and flow in whatever is occurring.

In neurological terms, coherence is when all parts of the brain are working in harmony and are “in sync.” This is actually a necessary state for the brain to be in for it to function properly. In addition, coherence between the rhythmic patterns and electrical impulses within the heart as well as between the heart and the brain lead to the proper distribution of chemicals within the body and, ultimately, a healthy body overall.

Negative emotions, on the other hand, are considered to be incoherent states. Upset, anger and imbalance have all been linked to coronary disease as well as sleep disorders, neurological disorders, diabetes, fatigue, a compromised immune system and even cancer.

I like to describe coherence in your body and mind much like a symphony that is playing in unison and creating beautiful sounds that are relaxing and enjoyable.

Cacophony is just the opposite – everyone is beating to their own rhythm and key – it is not pleasant to listen to and can actually be stressful to listen to.

Your body is no different. If the organs and cells are communicating freely and are in sync, then vibrant health is the end result. If your body is out of coherence and your heart, brain are Immune System and playing “phone tag”, then this stress results in ill health.

It may seem obvious that maintaining coherence within can greatly benefit an individual going through a healing journey with breast cancer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could maintain this state for an extended period of time or in the midst of chaos and crisis? Positive psychologists and neuro-cardiologists say that it is possible. They say that staying in coherence overall is a skill that can be learned!

In Part 2, I will talk about what Heart Math and other experts suggest you can do to learn the skills of coherence. I will also highlight some very helpful and easy-to-use technology that can help with the process.

Stay tuned!

February 2, 2017

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Submitted to for publication to Kettle Moraine Publications by the author, Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit http://breastcancerconqueror.com/.

WARNING!: Man suffers stroke 15 minutes after finishing energy drink

energy-drinkThe 57-year-old, from Alabama, was hospitalized feeling shaky, with tingling and numbness in his right arm and leg.

A CT scan revealed he had suffered a small but life-threatening brain hemorrhage.

Surgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham stroke center managed to treat the unidentified man’s symptoms, however, he continued to report tingling, numbness, and shakiness months after his attack, according to the report published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Continue reading

The incredible benefits and uses of bay leaves

bayA good cook knows the secret to a rich and delicious soup or stew: bay leaf. The aromatic, olive-green herb is often credited with giving a dish the subtle intensity and depth that makes a meal particularly memorable. Not only do bay leaves taste good, but they are also good for you.

According to Organic Facts, bay leaf has properties that are detoxifying and slow aging. The herb also fights bacterial infections and improves everything from respiratory issues to heart health. It is a powerful herb, from which everyone can benefit. Continue reading to find out the best way to make bay leaf a part of your everyday lifestyle! Continue reading

The BIG Fat Cancer CURSE

Scientists link obesity to THIRTEEN types of disease including the ovaries, stomach and liver, being overweight or obese, nearly tripling the list from five to 13.

Excess weight increases the risk of stomach, liver, ovary, gall bladder, pancreas, thyroid, blood cancer and a type of brain tumour, researchers from Washington University found

Excess weight increases the risk of stomach, liver, ovary, gall bladder, pancreas, thyroid, blood cancer and a type of brain tumour, researchers from Washington University found

The study, by World Health Organisation scientists, suggests the number of people who get the disease because of an unhealthy lifestyle is thousands higher than previously thought. Continue reading

Is Vegetable Oil Really Better for Your Heart?

A new look at an old study raises some questions and reignites a debate about saturated fat.

Steve Lupton / Corbis

Steve Lupton / Corbis

Two people stand at a stove, some chopped onions, or maybe a pitcher of pancake batter, at each of their sides. One puts a pat of butter into his pan, letting it melt. The other glugs a bottle of vegetable oil into his. Other than that, they both cook identical meals. Who’s healthier?

Modern conventional wisdom would say the man who opts for vegetable oil is healthier than the pan-butterer. The American Heart Association suggests using oils like olive, sunflower, corn, or canola for healthier cooking. Continue reading

Why cranberries really ARE superfoods

Whether juiced or dried, experts say the fruit ‘improves gut, heart, and brain health’

Cranberries can boost the metabolism - helping to keep people skinny. Other research has found they can benefit cardiovascular health and the immune system

Cranberries can boost the metabolism – helping to keep people skinny. Other research has found they can benefit cardiovascular health and the immune system

From juice and sauces to fresh servings and dried portions – cranberries are versatile little berries.

Proven to help clear up urinary tract infections and even linked to helping more serious illnesses such as bowel cancer, their health virtues are repeatedly championed. Cranberries are also a rich source of antioxidants – which have been linked to preventing numerous chronic diseases. Continue reading

Why eating healthy really could save your life

Diets low in fat and sugar are ‘just as effective as statins in reducing the risk of heart attacks’

Farmer-Gardener-Harvest-Crops-Vegetables-SoilA healthy diet is just as effective as statins in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists found.

The daily pills – which cost less than 6p a day – offer the same amount of protection as a diet low in salt, fat and sugar, a study claims.

Both lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in the blood which helps to prevent strokes, heart attacks and heart disease. Continue reading

12 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

Health-and-Medical-Newspaper-960x645In today’s world, we frequently come in contact with items, such as air fresheners, car fumes, candles, and even foods, that increase our risk of cancer. In fact, there are quite a few foods that you likely eat every single day that has been linked to cancer. So, what are they? Here are 12 cancer-causing foods that you probably eat every single day. Continue reading

What do YOU know about your own health?

10 key facts people should know but often don’t…

Nearly half said they do not know their blood pressure or what a good reading was for it

Nearly half said they do not know their blood pressure or what a good reading was for it

Many of us will try out the latest diet or fitness fad in the quest for the body beautiful.

But when it comes to key facts about our own health, our knowledge is often lacking.

In fact, most are pretty clueless about their health – with more than half admitting they don’t even know their own blood type, a study has found.

Millions have no idea what their cholesterol levels are or what their normal blood pressure or BMI are.

What weight is healthy for your height and how many calories and glasses of water should be consumed daily also leave many stumped. Continue reading

Could the Paleo diet save YOU from a heart attack?

Just eight weeks of eating like a cave man ‘dramatically cuts blockages in your arteries’

Eating like a caveman could dramatically improve your heart health, a new study claims

Eating like a caveman could dramatically improve your heart health, a new study claims

Within two months of living off food that a cave man could eat, participants in a new clinical study saw a dramatic improvement in their health.

The findings were presented at the National Heart Disease Conference during the first week of September.

Though the study was small, it has been hailed by experts in the field as a sign that small dietary changes can have a staggering impact on our well-being. Continue reading

Cucumbers contain bioactive compounds that help fight cancer, heart disease and more

cucumberFrom adding a crunch to your summer salad, to fighting cancer and heart disease, the humble cucumber is a great ally in your quest for optimal health. This wonderful low-calorie fruit (yes you read that right, cucumber is not a vegetable but a fruit) has so much more to offer than electrolytes and water. Continue reading

Why Don’t Doctors Recognize Cardiac Arrest?

If your heart stops beating, you may be more likely to survive in a casino or on an airplane than in a hospital.

broken heartWhen people’s hearts stop beating, they lose consciousness in seconds. If standing, they fall. If sitting, they slump over. Their bodies jerk, and reflexively, they gasp.

Those breaths are deceptive. They can trick physicians and nurses into thinking a hospital patient is experiencing a seizure, not cardiac arrest. And that misinterpretation can delay a shot at resuscitation. Continue reading

9 Best Foods For Your Heart

broken heartThe heart is perhaps the most important human organ but one often overlooked when dieting – here are nine of the best foods you should be eating to look after your heart.

Oatmeal is a staple of many breakfasts and has long been touted as being integral to maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. However, it has recently come to light that it is also extremely good at keeping the heart going long into old age. Continue reading

The Silent Heart-attack Epidemic

HALF of us don’t realise we’ve had one – but the effect is just as deadly


Both men and women can experience chest pain when they are having a heart attack but other symptoms can significantly vary.

Silent heart attacks are almost as common as the standard attacks

  • Attacks repeatedly confused with indigestion, a pulled muscle or the flu
  • Most never go to hospital or see GP so not offered vital medication/surgery
  • Experts: ‘Public must be made more aware of silent heart attacks’

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Would YOU know you were having a heart attack?

Warning signs can vary wildly between men and women

Both men and women can experience chest pain when they are having a heart attack but other symptoms can significantly vary, according to he University of Alabama's Dr Joseph Fritz

Both men and women can experience chest pain when they are having a heart attack but other symptoms can significantly vary, according to the University of Alabama’s Dr Joseph Fritz

If you think of someone having a heart attack, chances are you will picture a scene where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground.

But in reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene not be so dramatic.

While men and women share some of the same symptoms, the University of Alabama’s Dr Joseph Fritz explains they can also have wildly different ones. Continue reading

Theranos Results Could Throw Off Medical Decisions, Study Finds


Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, at the WSJDLive conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., in October. PHOTO: Nikki Ritcher for The Wall Street Journal

Researchers find that lab-testing company’s results on cholesterol tests were lower by an average of 9.3% than Quest and LabCorp

A study by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai showed that results for cholesterol tests done by Theranos Inc. differed enough from the two largest laboratory companies in the U.S. that they could throw off doctors’ medical decisions.

The Mount Sinai study was published online Monday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Investigation. The authors recruited 60 healthy adults in the Phoenix area and sent them for 22 commonly prescribed blood tests over a five-day period in July 2015. Continue reading