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10 Things You (Probably) Wont Hear From Your Doctor

10 things you (probably) won't hear from your doctor With doctor's offices busier than ever, you're lucky if you get 20 minutes with your M.D. Which is why it's not surprising that euen when it comes to your most uital organ, the aduice you receiue can sound somewhat boilerplate: Exercise regularly, watch your diet, don't smoke, and limit your drinking-right? But there's more information lurking within your doctor's language than you hear. The real facts on smoking It's clear that smoking is bad for your health (in more ways than you can count), but one detail you probably haven't heard is that quitting smoking will reduce your risk of heart attack by 50 percent after just one year. Your risk returns almost back to that of a nonsmoker after one year without cigarettes. 50% is how much quitting smoking reduces your risk of heart attack by after just one year 2 Be calm, be cool Chronic stress is a real risk factor. Reducing stress is just as important as diet and exercise, especially in terms of heart health. The most important thing is to figure out what causes stress and look for solutions. 3 Medications are not the solution to all your problems Taking medications, prescription or otherwise, actually shorten your lifespan. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that psychiatric drugs cause heart attack, stroke, suicidal and homicidal behauior, diabetes, psychosis and sudden death. In 2006 the FDA announced that they receiued 51 reports of sudden death from ADHD drugs such as AdderallL Today, however, we're living in the Dark Ages of medicine. We're still living in the chemical- based medical society where everybody says that chemicals are the solutions to all your health problem. Many medications can contribute to making the body too acidic, a condition in which opportunistic diseases can take hold and in which cancer cells can thriue. A lot of drugs also interfere with nutrient absorption or uwith their metabolism, storage, transport, or use by cells. Remember that there are "all natural" solutions to nearly every medical condi- tion that are safer alternatives, actually improve your health, and are uoid of ALL of the side effects of traditional medication. Don't overdo exercise Doctors are always recommending exercise-it adds years to your expiration date. But when it comes to staying healthy, is cardio king or do weights win out? The verdict depends on personal preference and physical ability, but apply to us all. Everyone needs to do something dynamic at least three times a week (walk or jog), and if you lift weights, they need to be weights you can breathe through. That means you don't have to clench your jaw just to make it through a set. echocardiogram, 10 years 75 The minor misfortune of being male You may be young and fit now, but the older you get the more your (few) vices come back to haunt you. A man in his sixties who has ever smoked in his life, even without any kind of symptoms, is at risk for deueloping an aneurism. Schedule an echocardiogram every 10 years to be sure your ticker has nothing to hide. life 6. Reduce chances O of cancer Doing just one of the anticancer steps is better than nothing. But do all of them and you're cancer risk could drop by as much as 30 percent. Although there is no surefire way to preuent cancer, making healthy choices in your daily life may reduce your risk. If you don't feel capable of following all the anticancer guidelines, at least choose to do the ones you know you haue a good shot of sticking to. The tips are: Don't smoke (a no-brainer), limit red meat, alcohol, fat, and salt. Eat fruit, veggies, and whole grains -- lots of them! Exercise regularly and watch your weight. Menopause and health Compared to men, many women before the age of menopause seem to be partly protected from coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As women age, their risk of heart disease and stroke begins to rise and keeps rising. The reasons aren't clear. Recent results from clinical trials have shown that estrogen therapy alone or in combination with progestin does not protect from heart disease or stroke and may even be harmful. The American Heart Association does not advise women to take postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT, formerly called hormone replacement therapy or HRT) to reduce the risk of coro- nary heart disease or stroke.lf you've gone through menopause or had your ouaries removed, you may be taking or considering taking estrogen or estrogen plus progestin. Many people haue been confused and alarmed by the news about the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), which inuestigated one form of estrogen plus progestin and estrogen only. Do something about your blood pressure Doctors often detiver the news you have high blood pressure, but don't giue any facts beyond that. So what are the facts? Taking someone from an eleuated blood pressure to a normal blood pressure (119/79 mm HG or lower) has about a one in 11 chance of preuenting stroke or heart attack. So one out of every eleven men treated for high blood pressure will completely avoid problems. In addition to diet and exercise, treatment for hyperten- sion (high blood pressure) usually involues medication. Unhappiness, 9 not depression Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says that you 'synthesize' your happiness. That you haue a 'psychological immune system' that helps you change your uiews about your world, in order to feel better about the world in which you find yourself. Health, like happiness, can be optimized by Limiting your options to that which is natural, and realizing there's no "magic pill." Do not confuse depression, which is a serious disease, with unhappiness. 10 You may be deficient in nutrition Most of us are chronically deficient of some nutrient or other. Why? Because our modern diet is far from ideal, and intensive farming has depleted many essential trace elements from the soil. This chronic shortage takes a long time to show because your body uses up the last of these nutrients before deficiencies start to reveal themselues. Many health problems can be alleviated through methods other than prescription drugs. term Information provided by: LIFE Sources Mens's Health, American Heart Association,

10 Things You (Probably) Wont Hear From Your Doctor

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