Reality Health Check

Can fungus actually help preserve your memory?

Let’s face it—as we age, we’re all looking to preserve our minds as much as possible.  And I love sharing simple solutions that may help. (Especially if it’s something other than exercise, which you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about by now…) So today, I’d like to discuss an ongoing study out of Singapore […]

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Your prescription to a drug-free future

Am I Woody Allen in the movie Bananas? Did I wake up from a bad dream to find myself in a world I don’t recognize? Granted, I feel that way about a lot of things right now. But after being persecuted for preaching the gospel of good nutrition for the last 30 years, I never […]

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The surprising addition to this year’s “Dirty Dozen”

Consider this your annual reminder that, sometimes, even superfoods can be hazardous to your health. And if strawberries, spinach, or kale make regular appearances on your menu—and they should—then this update is for you. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its latest “Dirty Dozen”—an annual list of fruits and veggies that have the highest pesticide […]

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The latest lethal consequence of obesity

I know I discuss the dangers of obesity often. But I want to make one thing crystal clear: When I encourage you to cut out sugar and carbs in order to lose weight, those recommendations come from a fierce commitment to health—not vanity. Because as I’m always telling you, your life depends on it. And […]

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Forget apples—reach for almonds instead

You probably know by now that nuts are a health food. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Because there’s a new study that seals the deal, yet again. This one showed that snacking on nuts can cut heart disease and death risk in patients with type 2 diabetes. And the higher […]

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Counting calories won’t save your heart

I don’t typically write about intermittent fasting (IF) as a general approach to healthy eating. But it is something that I do for myself. And it has an impressive list of metabolic benefits—all without any calorie restriction. In case you’re not familiar with it, IF is more than just skipping meals. It’s a simple, powerful […]

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A daily 30-minute walk could save your life

I like to use my platform to expose the lies and hypocrisy that threaten public health. And yes, Big Pharma and their bedfellows at the FDA keep me plenty busy on that front. But some days, I’m just a doctor who wants to share simple, life-saving tips that you can use every day. And that’s […]

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You’ll never believe what the FDA is hiding about LASIK

LASIK (or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) surgery is a procedure that corrects vision so that you’ll no longer need glasses for distance vision. Countless people opt in thinking it’s completely risk free. And I’d be lying if I told you I haven’t considered it myself…that is, until some of my patients came in with totally unexpected […]

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The FDA’s latest warning is pure hypocrisy

It seems to me that we’re entering into an era where methodologies and thoughts that don’t fit into a neat little box are increasingly coming under attack. If it continues, I fear that healthcare freedom may soon be a thing of the past. And that means my patients and readers may soon lose access to […]

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The catastrophic combo that’s taking down older women

Obesity comes with a lot of notorious life-threatening risks. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer… the list goes on and on. But there’s one complication that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves, despite being every bit as lethal. I’m talking about falls. Because believe it or not, falls account for some two-thirds of all […]

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Give your kids the healthy future they deserve

We’ve known for many years—at least since the 1970s—that heart disease starts young. And yet, for at least that long, people haven’t bothered to do anything about it. Well… most people. Way back in 1998, I wrote a book to address this exact problem, called Feed Your Kids Well. It was a hit in the […]

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This daily bedtime ritual could be toxic

Is anything safe in our toxic world? According to the latest research, simply flossing your teeth could substantially raise your body’s levels of something called polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—widespread chemicals with links to a long list of diseases, including cancer. Sometimes I feel like we just can’t win. But it won’t stop me from sounding the […]

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Hospitals are getting richer than ever—on your dime

I have a good friend whose grandfather was recently hospitalized. He’s 90 years old, was dehydrated after having the flu—a very common occurrence—and ended up going into atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a fancy term for an abnormal heart rhythm—and it can be very dangerous. His heart rate was elevated, so the hospital pumped him […]

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The hidden chemo threat Big Pharma won’t warn you about

If you thought the devastating effects of chemotherapy ended with the patient, get a load of this headline: “Chemo Is ‘Invisible Threat’ to Cancer Clinic Staff.” That’s right. Simply handling and administering chemo drugs can pose a serious threat to cancer clinic staff—particularly nurses and pharmacists. Evidence has linked workplace exposure to chemo drugs to […]

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An aspirin a day WON’T keep the doctor away

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m always excited when a study comes along that makes us challenge our long-held beliefs—and by “our,” I mean the vast majority of modern American medical practitioners. It gives me great joy to be able to call the powers-that-be out on these unfounded (and often dangerous) views. So I’m not […]

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The colonoscopy alternative you can do at home

As you might imagine, cancer screening tests are a frequent topic of conversation in my practice. And there’s one test in particular that is universally dreaded among my patients. Of course, I’m talking about colonoscopy. Granted, there’s no shortage of risks with this procedure—from ruptured bowels to anesthesia. So I understand the hesitation many people […]

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The little-known deep-sea secret to pain-free movement

I often discuss natural ways to soothe joint discomfort. So today, I thought I’d share one of my go-to recommendations. This one is backed by more than 25 clinical trials, and research shows it can make a huge difference, especially for joint comfort and flexibility. I’m talking about green lipped mussel extract. Green lipped mussels […]

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Fight Alzheimer’s with this one “holy herb”

It’s not every day that you see medical news outlets singing the praises of plants. And yet, that’s exactly what this report on an extract of yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum) delivered. Because new research shows this native Californian medicinal plant may hold promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Fights inflammation and free radicals Surprisingly, […]

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What your doctor isn’t telling you about fish oil

If you’ve been following the conversation around fish oils, you’ve probably noticed their effectiveness is being attacked at an alarming rate. And you know what? It’s not surprising. Conventional medicine loves to criticize nutritional supplements every chance it gets. And its favorite targets happen to be the ones that give pharmaceutical drugs a run for […]

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The deadly toll of obesity-related cancer

We’ve talked a fair amount about the rise in obesity-related cancer. But sometimes, even I’m shocked by the details of the reports coming out. A new study shows a rise in six obesity-related cancer diagnoses among young Americans between the ages of 25 and 49 over the last two decades. (We’re in the middle of […]

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How to host a dinner that delights everyone

As I was sitting at home one evening, I noticed I got a direct message via Facebook. It was from a dear, old friend of mine. She said: “Honestly Fred, I have this dilemma quite often. I’m eating more vegetable-based meals.  And so many relatives and friends are choosing to alter their diets based on […]

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Another cooked-up egg controversy cracks apart

You know what would be nice? If people in this country were half as charged up about what’s going on in American politics as they are about the supposed “dangers” of eggs. But I’ll say this: The American Egg Board is as poorly organized as the Democratic Party. I’ve been so overwhelmed by emails, texts, […]

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