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tea benefits

Top 7 Tea Benefits Revealed

“Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.” So goes a Chinese proverb that modern science is proving to be true. Hot, iced, green, black, chai, jasmine: It’s tea time around the world. Roughly 2 billion people worldwide …

Hypertension Myths

Hypertension Myths: What Works for High Blood Pressure?

There are a lot of hypertension myths floating around out there. Ask any doctor or patient about hypertension, and you’ll get the same answer: It raises risk of heart attacks, strokes, and premature death, and lowering blood pressure saves …

atrial fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation: What Works/What Doesn’t

Sam knew something wasn’t right when his morning walks left him exhausted and short of breath. Ann noticed it in the gym, when the pulse monitor on the exercise bike couldn’t register her erratic heart rate. Louise’s first episode occurred …

heat therapy

How Heat Therapy Benefits Health

I spent my junior year of college in Sweden, studying, drinking snaps and glögg, and trying 
to adjust to the very dark days of winter (only
 six hours of daylight). One of my classmates had 
a sauna at his house, …

bypass

What to Do If You’ve Already Had Bypass or Angioplasty?

“I know you generally recommend against bypass surgery and angioplasty. I was pressured into having an angioplasty and was not given any other options. What do you suggest for someone such as myself?” — W.S., Arizona 

This is a good …

Lipoic Acid

Miraculous Alpha Lipoic Acid

The term “miracle drug” has been loosely applied to everything from aspirin and penicillin to statins and “breakthrough” cancer meds. But I want to tell you about a nutritional supplement that truly is miraculous: alpha lipoic acid (also called lipoic …

pycnogenol

The Plentiful Benefits of Pycnogenol

In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River in his search for the Northwest Passage. As winter approached, the river froze solid and Cartier and his crew spent several months near the Iroquoian village of Stadacona …

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease Is Not Inevitable

Is cardiovascular disease inevitable as we grow older? Current trends in this country seem to suggest so. By age 50, almost half of all Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease, as do three-quarters of those in their seventies. And …