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Easy Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Sitting down to dinner with a good book on my table stand after a long day of work is one of the highlights of my day. And on days when I don’t work, it’s a joy to be able to read anytime that I feel like. Needless to say, I’m an avid reader; especially fiction. […]

Weird Stroke Triggers You Might Not Know About

My heart always goes out to stroke patients. One minute they’re perfectly fine. The next thing they know they are waking up in the hospital in complete confusion. Then the recovery process starts… rediscovering language skills and re-training your body to cooperate with simple movements. It’s a very scary experience that nobody wants to go […]

The Diet That Causes Chronic Pain

All pain starts with inflammation. And low levels of chronic inflammation plague Americans. You can blame it all on the way we eat. You see, a typical Western diet is high in fat. But it’s the wrong kind of dietary fat. Let me explain… On one hand you have your omega-6 fatty acids. On the […]

Will Your Lifestyle Lead to a Stroke?

Up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented with basic lifestyle changes. In sheer numbers, this means four out of every five strokes could be averted. Five of the best things you can do to protect against a stroke are to be a non-smoker, eat a healthy diet, participate in regular physical activity, […]

Can Your Nose Predict Alzheimer’s and Frailty?

Our sense of smell is something we use constantly. It can be a first line of defense when it comes to alerting you to spoiled foods, dangerous chemicals or a fire. It detects scents that may soothe you, others that might evoke memories. And, of course, your nose picks up the odor of cooking foods […]

What is Your Tongue Trying to Tell You?

Did you know that physicians have been using the tongue to help diagnose patients’ health for thousands of years? It’s basically an inspection of the shape, size, color, texture and coating of the tongue, and it can help reveal the state of your health. It is a unique feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which describes […]

What Happens When Your Body Clock is a Mess?

When you think about your “body clock,” it’s likely that the only thing you associate it with is your sleep schedule. But what if I told you that your “clock” is running in every cell of your body, every single day minute of the day? It’s true. In fact, three scientists who contributed to this […]

Less Than 10 Minutes of Brisk Activity can Help Your Brain

Our bodies were made for movement, yet many of us get far too little physical activity.  That’s unfortunate, because staying active as you age is one of the best things you can do to avoid dementia. It also helps reduce blood pressure, boost lung function, lower blood sugar and shed excess body fat. In fact, […]

The Most Potent Solution for High Blood Pressure

You can’t see or feel high blood pressure, but it’s a very real threat to the health of your heart, brain and other organs. That’s why we call it “the silent killer.” When your blood pressure is high, the force of the blood creates microscopic tears and scarring in the inner walls of your blood […]

Decrease Arthritis Pain by as much as 89%

There is an interesting thing about people living on the New Zealand coast. They have a lower incidence of arthritis than those who live inland. You might think it’s because they breathe fresh, sea air every day. Or perhaps it has something to do with swimming in all of the natural salts and minerals in […]

Dietary Fat: Friend or Foe?

Some people avoid fatty foods altogether. Other people can’t seem to stop eating them. And both of these scenarios are a problem. First of all, your body needs healthy fats. You can’t absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K if you don’t eat any fatty foods. These nutrients are absolutely essential for brain […]

Odd-Impact Walking Powers up Your Bones, Muscles

Growing old gracefully is something everyone strives for. But sometimes life catches up with you faster than you realize. The next thing you know, you’re looking older and feeling weaker than you would like. Your muscles and bones aren’t as strong as they used to be. Your gait speed drops to that of a snail […]

Just Five Minutes Can Offset the Risks of Sitting Too Much

When people spend hours at a time sitting still, they are just asking for trouble. I even tell people that “sitting is the new smoking,” because the health effects are similar. Like smoking, prolonged periods of sitting increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer and death. Both smoking and sitting also contribute to the […]

Walking in Nature Reduces Need for Some Medications

I love being outdoors in areas that have a lot of trees and plants. I instantly feel better. It clears my mind and sharpens my focus. It energizes me and soothes me all at the same time. Nature has a tendency to do that for most people, and the benefits can be remarkable. Researchers in […]

This Supplement May Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

We’ve been told over and over again that sunlight is our enemy; that if we want to prevent skin cancer, we should avoid it altogether. On the other hand, we know that not getting enough sun exposure actually increases the chance of developing almost all types of cancer; including melanoma, which is the most serious […]

Garlic Breath: A Sign of Good Health?

I love pretty much anything with garlic in it… garlic stuffed olives, roasted garlic hummus, wild caught shrimp in an EVOO garlic sauce. It can even make foods I’m not very fond of taste good. Spicing up my foods with garlic doesn’t just make them delicious. It makes them extremely healthy. Plus, I like the […]

2 Spices That Help Manage Blood Sugar

Did you know that the older you are, the more likely you are to have type 2 diabetes? It’s true. Nearly 30% of adults 65 and older are diabetic. And about another 50% have prediabetes. This means about eight out of every 10 seniors have blood sugar problems. Even worse, many older adults with these […]

Foods that should NEVER be in Your Pantry

We all have routines to clean and unclutter our homes. We sort out our closets and drop unused clothing at donation centers. Old storage containers and utensils in our kitchen cupboards and drawers are discarded. Tired rugs, sheets and curtains are replaced. Unwanted foods in the refrigerator are placed in the trash bin on garbage […]

Change Your Diet to Add Years to Your Life

Every year we see more and more evidence that the “Western” style of eating speeds up the aging process and leads to premature death. And sadly, this is how a large portion of the U.S. population eats. Our society seems to be addicted to commercial red meats, lunchmeat and hot dogs, refined grains, sugars and […]

3 Food Mistakes that Make You Feel Hungry all of the Time

Here in the U.S., we have an abundance of food at our fingertips. Yet many folks can’t seem to get rid of that underlying “gnawing hunger” in their gut. They just feel the need to eat all of the time. One of the biggest problems may be that we’re eating a lot of the wrong […]

The Okinawan Secret of Hara Hachi Bu

When I was growing up, my parents made me eat everything on my plate. My mom would always say, “there are starving children in China.” Then, I would be forced to sit at the table until every scrap on my plate was gone. Growing up in a family where this rule was enforced can lead […]

#1 Beverage with Zero Calories

When you get thirsty, there are so many choices that are tastier than water. Soda, sweetened juices, or even a beer might sound good. And sure, all of these beverages do offer some hydration. But you have to consider all of the crap found in them. Things like sugar, corn syrup, sodium, artificial sweeteners and […]

6 Ways to Support Your Aging Brain

The brain is an amazing thing. For our entire lives, it constantly sends electrical signals and messages that form trillions of neural pathways in the brain. But imagine that those pathways are just like the streets and highways that connect cities and states. Streets along older routes become damaged and may or may not be […]

Eat Nuts for Memory and Cognition

I like nuts. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients that fuel your body and protect against disease. Nuts are especially good for your gut microbiome. That’s because they contain prebiotic compounds that support the growth of healthy gut bacteria. And what’s good for your gut is good for your entire body. Nuts […]

Is Your Gut the Key to Weight Loss?

There are many things that influence your ability to lose weight, and you know what most of them are. Getting plenty of physical activity. Avoiding fattening processed foods and sugars. Eating your fruits and veggies. These changes take time and effort, but they pay off in the long run. But there’s another factor I’ll bet […]

Do Cold and Cough Medications Work?

If you catch a cold this winter, you’ll probably find yourself standing in the cold-and-flu aisle at your local drugstore trying to figure out what to take. Do you need a decongestant, antihistamine, cough suppressant, or something else? The thing is, nothing you take will actually cure a cold or shorten its duration. And, according […]

The Surprising Effect of Antioxidants on Your Health

As an Advanced Natural Wellness reader, you know that chronic inflammation is the driving force behind aging and age-related disease. It’s an underlying contributor to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, non-alcoholic fatty liver, kidney disease, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease, premature aging and so much more! Unlike acute inflammation – the kind of inflammation […]

How Much Do Genetics Matter?

When it comes to health, people place a lot of emphasis on their family history. They think “Oh, geez. Dad and grandpa both died so young that I probably don’t have much time left.” Well I have some great news for you. It turns out that genetics don’t play nearly as big a role in […]

Common Arthritis Treatments May Make It Worse

The use of corticosteroid injections for the treatment of osteoarthritis has been controversial for a long time. And there is a good reason for that. While these injections may help relieve pain for a short while, they can actually worsen your arthritis. They damage bone and cartilage, cause rapid joint destruction, lead to stress fractures […]

What You Should Know About Smoothies

I love fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are good for my health… and yours. Eating fresh, plant-based foods is one of the easiest ways to prevent cancer. These foods protect against high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and mental decline. They preserve your vision, prevent diabetes, keep you […]

The Fake Foods that are Destroying Your Health

Grocery store shelves are loaded with row after row of canned, boxed, bagged and other packaged foods that are so over-processed that I hesitate to even call them food. They fall into the category of “ultra-processed foods.” In addition to salt, sugar and fat, they contain a vast amount of artificial ingredients that would never […]

How a Lack of Sleep Wrecks Your Health

As we get older our sleep patterns change. It just seems harder to get as much sleep as we used to. And it could be caused by any number of reasons. One reason is that older adults sometimes produce less melatonin than they used to. This is the hormone that promotes sleep. So if you’re […]

Low Thyroid is Frequently Misdiagnosed

Hypothyroidism is one of those misunderstood conditions that is often either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. That’s because the symptoms are so wide-ranging that it can be difficult to pinpoint. Among other things, it can cause fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, irritability, depression, forgetfulness, weight gain, hair loss and dry skin. In women, many of these symptoms are […]

The Dark Side of Antibiotics

Some patients insist that they need an antibiotic for their cold or flu – even though antibiotics are 100% ineffective against viral infections. Still, there are plenty of doctors who will pull out the prescription pad and satisfy their request. This type of inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics remains widespread. And it can be seen in […]

Why You Get Sick When You Fly, and How to Avoid It

If you flew anywhere last summer, you know how crazy things got. There were record-setting flight delays and cancellations. Many people were stuck in travel hell for days on end. Things have settled down quite a bit since then. Still, high travel demand, limited flight availability and winter weather could result in chaotic cancellations and […]

Japanese Secret to Better Blood Pressure

People over in Japan often eat a traditional cucumber salad called sunomono. This dish is really easy to make. It’s simply sliced cucumbers in rice vinegar seasoned with a little soy sauce and sugar, and topped with sesame seeds. Other items, like seafood, seaweed or tomatoes, can be added as desired. But there is something […]

Lonely, Isolated and Sedentary: A Recipe for Dementia

As we age, we often find ourselves less socially active than we were when we were younger. Family and friends who have been bedrocks in our lives have passed away. Our adult children are busy with their own lives. Connections with our remaining friends dwindle. It’s depressing to think about. And it can leave us […]

Is This How You’ll Lose Your Driver’s License?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness One thing I notice when it comes to health concerns is that most people don’t pay nearly enough attention to their eyesight. This is a mistake. Your eyesight is your key to independence. Once it starts to go, all sorts of things happen.

What You Should Know About Colonoscopies

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness A New England Journal of Medicine article recently received a lot of press, with headlines suggesting that perhaps colonoscopies aren’t that useful after all. But that’s misleading, because most of the news reports failed to focus on the most significant part of the article. As journalists like to […]

How Arterial Plaques Can Turn Deadly

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness One of the biggest health threats here in the U.S. is the build-up of plaque in the arteries. It’s known as atherosclerosis, and it’s the underlying cause of about 50% of all deaths in westernized countries. As plaque builds up in the walls of blood vessels, it causes […]

Fresh Produce vs. Frozen: Which is Better?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness With the arrival of winter weather, fresh fruits and vegetables are going to be shipped from further and further away. In fact, according to the Fruit Growers Supply Company, the average fruit or vegetable you purchase at a local US grocery store travels at least 1,500 miles over […]

Probiotics are Just One Piece of the Puzzle

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness There is a lot of confusion about prebiotics and probiotics. And then there is another type “biotic” altogether, called postbiotics, that most people don’t even know about. What are they? Where do they come from? How are they different from one another? Let’s start with the basics.

Warm and Cozy Winter Beverages

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness I always start my morning with a cup of tea or coffee. Both of these caffeinated beverages are high in antioxidants. They help me start my day with focus and energy. They’re great for my cardiovascular system and my liver. They lower my risk of heart disease, stroke, […]

Two Blood Thinners at Once Are Worse Than One

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Millions of people take blood thinners to prevent blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. But combining blood thinners with aspirin can be risky business. Taken on their own, blood thinners can cause excessive bleeding from even the simplest injury, like a paper cut […]

Artificial Sweeteners: A Spoonful of Poison

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Maybe you’re trying to lose weight or need to take better control of your blood sugar. So you’ve decided to do yourself a favor and substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners. I understand the appeal. The marketers for these fake sugars make it sound like they are the cure-all […]

Too Much Sodium, Too Little Potassium

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness We often hear about the negative health consequences of too much sodium in our diets.  It raises blood pressure, contributes to plaque formation in the arteries and raises your risk of heart attack or stroke. It is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, can trigger kidney stones, […]

Can Aluminum Pans Cause Alzheimer’s?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness The debate over the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease has been raging for over 50 years. Study after study shows that aluminum is a neurotoxicant. It generates an inflammatory response in the brain. It promotes the accumulation and misfolding of beta amyloid and tau proteins. And it […]

Can a Serving of Mushrooms a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Mushrooms are a staple in my kitchen. I toss them in my omelets and frittatas, put them in soups, stews and stir fries, add them to salads and veggie wraps, use them as a topping on meats and fish. But I’m in the minority here. As it turns […]

Nutrients You Aren’t Getting from Your Food

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness How many times have you heard that vitamins are a waste of money and you’re just making expensive urine, throwing money down the drain if you purchase them? But the fact is, vitamins are needed to fill in nutritional gaps that, if not addressed, could lead to some […]

Breathe Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness I recently had an older patient who told me she couldn’t sleep at night. Every time she closes her eyes, all she does is worry about her children. They’re not doing well, and it is the only thing she can think about. This is very common among our […]

Easy Way to Avoid Knee Pain

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Your knees are important to you. You use them every time you sit, stand, walk, lift or jump. But when they become inflamed and irritated, it can become debilitating and interfere with even the simplest of daily activities. Around one in every two adults will develop symptoms of […]

Natural Ways to Avoid the Flu

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Flu season is here, and if early data out of Australia is any indication, we might be in for a bad one. Over there, winter starts in June and ends in August, so we generally use their data to predict how the flu season will play out in […]

The Scary Side of OTC Medications

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness People seem to think that over-the-counter medications (OTCs) are safe. After all, why would they be sitting there for anyone to buy if they weren’t? Well, you have to remember that OTC meds are still drugs. And there is no such thing as a completely safe drug. Take […]

Does Gout Put You at Risk for Stroke or Heart Attack?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Even though gout is quite common, it’s one of the most misunderstood forms of inflammatory arthritis. Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body, a condition called hyperuricemia (pronounced hyper-yur-i-see-me-ya). This causes solid uric acid crystals to form in joints that results in excruciating […]

Why You Should Eat Fatty Foods for Breakfast

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Ask someone what their breakfast consists of and you’ll get a wide array of answers. Some people skip it altogether. Others take the easy route. Coffee with a muffin, bagel or toast. Maybe cereal, a pastry, waffle or breakfast bar. Then there are the traditional breakfast eaters who […]

Hidden Food Ingredients that Harm Your Heart

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness These days just about everyone knows a salty diet is bad for the heart. But did you know that sugar is also linked to heart disease? In fact, there was one 15-year study that found people who ate more added sugar were more than twice as likely to […]

Can Stretching Reduce Cognitive Decline?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness It’s estimated that just over 40% of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases in America are caused by 12 modifiable risk factors: physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, excess alcohol consumption, depression, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, fewer years of education, social isolation, and air pollution. That’s a […]

Walk for Your Health

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness I remember when my relatives, with all of my great aunts and great uncles, would get together for a big holiday dinner. Not long after we finished eating, they would all get up and go outside to take a walk. You don’t see much of this anymore. That’s […]

Why You Probably Aren’t Eating Enough Protein

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness We are not eating enough protein in our later years. That’s a fact. To top it off, as we age, our bodies have a harder time synthesizing protein. So even if you think you’re getting plenty of it in your diet, it won’t have the same affect it […]

The Healthiest Potatoes on Earth

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness People love their potatoes! The average American eats about 135 pounds of potatoes a year. That’s the equivalent of approximately one potato each day. Russet potatoes – sometimes called Idaho potatoes – are the most well-known type of potatoes in the United States. We bake them, mash them, […]

My #1 Cocktail for Stress and Inflammation

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Back when I was in medical school decades ago, I was taught to treat the patient, not the symptoms…that if you really listened to them tell their story, it would tell you what their medical problem was. This is a message I took to heart. And as medicine […]

Common Viruses Could Trigger Alzheimer’s

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness When talking about Alzheimer’s, we often refer to amyloid plaques and tau tangles. The common belief is that these are the underlying cause of the disease – and that if you get rid of them, you’ll be cured. But it turns out these proteins may actually be a […]

Not All Back Pain is the Same

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Back pain is the most common form of pain in the U.S. In 2019, 39.0% of people experienced some sort of back pain. And unfortunately, it hits almost everyone – around four out of every five people – at some point in their lives. The good news is […]

It’s Okay if You Only Workout on Weekends

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness It’s amazing how confusing the concept of exercise can be. Ask five different fitness experts what you should be doing, and you’ll get five different answers. “You should workout every day…” “It’s okay if you only workout on the weekends…”

Is “Hangry” a Real Thing?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness A lot of people get in a bad mood when they’re hungry. They can throw a temper tantrum and lash out at the simplest little thing. These days there is a name for it. We call it being “hangry.” But is it really just a mental state? A […]

Is Low T in Your Future?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Something we are seeing a lot these days are patients who say their grandsons – who are in their 20’s and 30’s – are looking to begin testosterone replacement therapy. That should never happen, because it will affect a young man’s testicular size and future fertility. The thing […]

Is Manopause a Real Thing?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Even though there are dozens of trials and dozens more ready to be done, the idea that men go through male menopause – or “manopause” – isn’t totally accepted in the medical community. It’s not even accepted by a lot of men. Does that make it any less […]

Everything You Never Knew About Vitamin D

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness When you eat citrus fruits, cantaloupe or broccoli, you are boosting your vitamin C levels.  Nuts, seeds, avocados and spinach are going to increase your vitamin E intake. And you will get plenty of vitamin A from your leafy greens, along with your orange, yellow and red vegetables. […]

Nootropics: Food for Your Brain

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Not very long ago, scientists believed that when we lost communication between brain cells, those connections and memories were lost forever. But there is one nutrient that can actually increase the communication between your brain cells. The nutrient I’m talking about is phosphatidylserine (PS). It is an all-natural […]

Are Avocados a Super Food?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness On July 27th you learned all about blueberries, one of my favorite foods. Another favorite of mine is avocados. And while avocados have never “officially” been part of the Mediterranean diet, I think they fit perfectly with the Mediterranean style of eating. They are rich and creamy with […]

Nuts to You!

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Some of the simplest foods are the ones that are best for you. In the past few weeks I’ve shared a few of my favorites with you. You learned all about the health benefits of blueberries and avocados. Now let’s take a look at the wonderful world of […]

A Handful of These Berries Can Do All That?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Fresh organic blueberries are, by far, one of my favorite snacks. The taste alone is enough to have me hooked on these tiny berries. I might even eat them if they were bad for me. But they aren’t! As small as blueberries are, you wouldn’t think they would […]

The Toxic Side of Antibiotics

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness In the July 25th issue of Advanced Natural Wellness you learned how antibiotics are contributing to inflammatory bowel disease in older adults. Today I would like to share more information on a specific class of antibiotics: fluoroquinolones. These drugs come with a long list of disabling side effects. […]

Why is IBD Increasing in Older Adults?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness The discovery of antibiotics is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in history. Prior to Dr. Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, even a seemingly minor cut to the skin could be deadly. The amazing thing about it is that his discovery was completely accidental. And at the time, […]

Take This Supplement Daily to Protect Your Heart

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Up until 50 years ago, we didn’t know much of anything about omega-3 fatty acids. The big breakthrough didn’t come until 1971. That’s when researchers compared the eating patterns of Eskimos and Danish people up in Greenland. What they learned is that the Eskimos had much lower rates […]

Can this Hot Spice Treat Shingles Pain?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness If you had chickenpox as a kid, you still have the virus in your body. It never really goes away after a chickenpox attack. Instead it sets up housekeeping in your nerves, where it can lie dormant for years. But when you get older it can be reactivated […]

A Heat Wave Can Worsen These Health Conditions

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness It’s not just hot, it’s sweltering! And while it can be extremely uncomfortable, especially if you need to be outdoors or don’t have air conditioning, I have much larger concerns. The kind of scorching weather we’ve been experiencing recently can have a terrible effect on your health. Especially […]

Common Drugs Linked to ED

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness There are a lot of reasons men experience erectile dysfunction. At the top of the list are vascular problems. If you don’t have a healthy blood flow, you’re not going to be able to get and maintain an erection. This connection is so well established that I often […]

Cosmetics and Cookware Tied to Diabetes and Fatty Liver

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Over 100 years ago, William Howard Taft was the heaviest President to ever hold office in the U.S. Weighing in at more than 340 pounds he was what we call morbidly obese. At 275 pounds, Grover Cleveland was the second-heaviest President. But it’s interesting to note that neither […]

How to Power Up Your Brain Cells

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Not very long ago, scientists believed that when we lost communication between brain cells, those connections were lost forever. But there is one nutrient that can actually increase the communication between your brain cells. The nutrient I’m talking about is phosphatidylserine (PS). It is an all-natural substance that […]

How to Eat for a Heat Wave

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Baby, it’s hot outside! It looks like another temperature-breaking summer is here. And if it’s anything like last year, it’s time to find ways to stay cool and beat the heat. In addition to staying as cool as possible, one of the most important things you can do […]

Another Coffee Myth Debunked

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Like a lot of other people, I usually have a cup of coffee or green tea in the morning to get my day started. Both of these caffeinated beverages are high in antioxidants. They boost my energy levels and brain function. They’re great for my liver and lower […]

This “One-Two Punch” May Predict Dementia

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Decreased walking speed often occurs as we age. And as a physician, I often use gait speed to get a handle on the general health, physical mobility and frailty of some of my older patients. Slow gait speed can also be a sign that mild cognitive impairment or […]

Eggs Are Back on the Menu

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness After getting a bad rap for the last 40 years or so, eggs are finally back on the menu! Years and years of scientific research has concluded that there is no link between egg consumption and high cholesterol. Even the US Dietary Guidelines recommend eating eggs as a […]

What is Toe Jam, and when is it a Problem?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness One of the most neglected parts of the human body is the feet. Most people – especially men, but women can be just as guilty – hide their feet inside a pair of shoes all day when they are out of the house, then tuck them into slippers […]

The Ancient Medicinal Spice that Adds Life

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Ancient medicine had so many things right! Long before we had antibiotics, antacids, pain relievers and a drug for every ailment, plants were our number one form of medicine. They were used to treat anything and everything. Only recently are we rediscovering the healing power of herbs, spices […]

Sweat Those Toxins Out of Your Body

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness The Scandinavian people have been sweating their way to great health for centuries. It’s a hallmark of their culture, especially in Finland. These guys have somewhere around 3.2 million saunas for a population of 5.5 million Finns.  So that’s one sauna available for nearly every two people in […]

How to Sleep When Pain Won’t Let You

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness If you’re not getting enough sleep every night it might be by choice, or it might be involuntary. But either way, you probably don’t think of it as a health concern. That’s a mistake. And it’s not just because a poor night’s sleep leaves you with brain fog […]

Is Fiber All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness When I was growing up, the only time people talked about fiber was when they were constipated. But most of them never actually tried to eat more of it. Instead, they would just take some castor oil, prune juice or ex-lax until the next time they experienced bowel […]

This One Thing Treats up to 26 Chronic Health Conditions

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness In the May 27th issue of Advanced Natural Medicine, you learned about the negative side effects of blood pressure lowering medications. All prescription drugs have their issues. Not a single one of them is 100% safe. And most of them don’t actually cure disease. The minute you stop […]

How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Kidneys

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Here’s a number that will knock your socks off. About half of all U.S. adults – 116 million of us – have high blood pressure. Good grief! That’s one out of every two people! It’s no wonder blood pressure meds are taken by so many people. These medications […]

High Blood Sugar Could be Harming Your Muscles

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Two of the main reasons people avoid sugary foods is to minimize weight gain and maintain healthy blood glucose levels. What most people don’t realize is that sugar isn’t the only type of food that interferes with your weight and blood sugar. Let’s say you gave up donuts. […]

Easy way to improve bone health

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness As we age, we reach the point where old bone breaks down faster than it’s being replaced. The result is osteoporosis… weak, brittle bones that break and fracture easily. And it’s not just women who are affected. Around one in three men over the age of 50 already […]

These Foods are a Breast Cancer Survivor’s Best Friends

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness The biggest fear for women who have survived breast cancer is that it will come back. This is a threat that survivors of all types of cancer face every day. Sadly, there is no silver bullet to prevent recurrence. However there are things you can do in your […]

What if You Didn’t have an Age?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness When people reach a certain age, they often think it’s too late to make changes IN their lives that will make a noticeable difference. It’s like they think they have a “best before date” stamped on their foreheads. But what if you didn’t have an age… didn’t know […]

The Best Kind of Music to Improve Dementia

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Isn’t it odd how you can hear a song from a single moment in your life, and immediately be transported back into the memory of that place and time? We remember clearly who we were with… what we were doing… how we were feeling. We remember clearly who […]

Why You Get Dizzy When You Stand Up

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Do you ever have that weird thing happen where you stand up and get dizzy? A lot of people think it’s because they stood up too fast. But it’s really more a function of your blood flow. When you sit for a while, gravity causes blood to pool […]

Are Raw Food Diets All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness I know people who have tried to go on a raw food diet. And I realize how appealing the concept is. It sounds so “clean” to get living food enzymes and nutrients from raw food. And it is! Raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds are loaded with digestive […]

Top Foods to Starve Cancer Cells

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Foods that fuel the growth of cancer cells …and foods that starve them Plus! 3 more ways to beat the Big C These days we hear a lot about the “fight against cancer.” I agree that we should do everything we can to fight this deadly disease. But […]

How to Stop Dreading Your Colonoscopy

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Best-kept natural medicine secrets to cleanse your colon How to make the most of your colonoscopy experience An often-overlooked consideration There are few tests that make patients roll their eyes and groan as much as the mention of the dreaded colonoscopy. We’ve all heard the horror stories.

Dangers of Hair Dye

By Bonnie Jenkins, Advanced Natural Wellness Gray isn’t my favorite color, especially when it’s on my head. Sure, I tried yanking out the occasional gray hair during my thirty-something years. But by the time I reached my forties, it was becoming increasingly hard to keep up. So, like many other middle-aged women, I decided to dye […]

Cranberries Boost Prostate Health

By David Blyweiss, M.D. If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, I’m sure you’re familiar with the healing effects of cranberries. But here’s something you may not know. It turns out that the protective effects of cranberries may also extend to men’s prostates.

Can Statins Really Unclog Your Arteries?

By David Blyweiss, M.D. There’s a lot of hype about statin drugs these days. The most recent is about their supposed ability to unclog your arteries and prevent heart attacks. And the two biggest proponents of this “benefit” are the pharmaceutical giants who make the prescription drugs Zetia and Vytorin. According to Merck and Schering-Plough, […]

Ejaculation May Help The Prostate

OK men, listen up! Sex is good for your prostate. That’s not a moral judgement. It’s a medical one – at least according to a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association. For years, doctors were firmly convinced that frequent ejaculation increased a man’s risk for prostate cancer. But new research from […]

Men: Get That Urine Flowing Again!

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness Can you fix this plumbing problem? Don’t buy into this form of chemical castration 5 natural herbs for a stronger urine flow We men have a serious plumbing problem. Our urine comes out of a urethra that’s just about the width of a toothpick. That’s not a lot […]