Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mounting Evidence Suggests Coffee May Actually Have Therapeutic Health Benefits

By Dr. Mercola

For years, physicians have been warning about the negative health effects of drinking coffee. You may have been told that coffee will raise your blood pressure, lead to heart disease, give you an ulcer or make you diabetic. But studies continue to roll in that caste doubt on this “common wisdom.”

Certainly, like anything, coffee should not be used in excess. However, study after study has failed to prove that moderate coffee consumption increases your risk for cardiovascular disease or any other serious illness.

In fact, it’s beginning to look like coffee—at least in moderation—may have a number of unrecognized health-promoting properties. As a result of the rather impressive list of therapeutic benefits, I’ve changed my recommendations about coffee.

One of the latest studies, published in April 2012 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition1, confirms earlier studies that coffee may actually reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Regardless of traditionally ominous warnings that coffee should be avoided, it’s being consumed in massive quantities worldwide. Although it’s inarguable now that coffee does have therapeutic benefits, if you are dousing your cup of Joe in creamer, sugar, and other sweeteners and flavorings, you are missing out on the therapeutic benefits and potentially harming your health.  Click here to read more.

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How Agricultural Chemicals and Hospital Stays Contribute to Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola

It is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans in the next two decades, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes. At present, the disease afflicts about 5.4 million Americans.

One of the potential reasons for the skyrocketing increase in Alzheimer’s may be related to rising glyphosate residues in our food supply. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, used in ever-increasing amounts on genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Glyphosate is a potent mineral chelator, binding up minerals like zinc and manganese from being used by the plant, or anyone who eats the plant since it is impossible to wash off glyphosate as it becomes integrated into all the plant cells. Zinc deficiency in turn, is thought to contribute to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

There is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s, and very few treatments. Alzheimer’s drugs are often of little to no benefit, which underscores the importance of prevention. Fortunately, there’s compelling research showing that your brain has great plasticity and capacity for regeneration, which you control through your diet and lifestyle choices.

Avoiding gluten appears to be of critical importance, as is making sure you’re getting plenty of healthful fats (including demonized saturated fats). Fasting also has a remarkably beneficial influence on your brain health. At the end of this article, I share my best tips for avoiding this devastating brain disorder. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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Medicare and Affordable Care Act

By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you’re a Medicare recipient and living in retirement, you don’t have to worry too much about the troubled Affordable Care Act, the health care law often referred to as “Obamacare.”

Here are five key points about the law and Medicare from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit health care research organization that has been providing reliable information about health insurance reform:

  • People with Medicare can’t sign up for health care plans sold in the Obamacare exchanges or marketplaces. Insurers are prevented from selling marketplace plans to people known to have Medicare.
  • The Affordable Care Act tax penalty that takes effect next year for people who don’t have health insurance does not apply to people covered by Medicare.
  • People on Medicare are not eligible for premium tax credits, the Obamacare subsidies that cut the cost of health insurance. These credits can be used only to purchase insurance plans in the exchanges.
  • Medicare is not sold through the marketplaces. Medicare participants should enroll through Medicare.gov, by calling 1-800-Medicare, or by talking to an insurer who sells Medicare Advantage or Medigap plans.
  • Medicare open enrollment does not coincide with the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7 for current enrollees who want to change their plans. Otherwise, you can enroll in Medicare within three months of your 65th birthday. Factor that schedule into your retirement planning.

Obamacare Medicare enhancements

Health reform has resulted in some improvements to Medicare. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that the law: Click here to read the rest of the article.

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