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Eat chili peppers for a longer (and hotter) life

The next time you make dinner, throw some red, hot chili peppers into the dish. New research links them with improved longevity. For this new study, researchers at the University of Vermont analyzed dietary and lifestyle data on a cohort of more than 16,000 people and followed them for up to 23 years. Overall, they …

Digging for real answers about potatoes

Potatoes don’t get a lot of respect from nutritional scientists. Even the government can’t decide (as if that is any criterion) about the health benefits of potatoes. They go back and forth, taking them out and putting them back again, in school lunch programs and the Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program. I find — as …

The natural weight loss wonder backed by science, not hype

There is so much hype about weight loss supplements. And most of the time, that’s ALL it is — hype. As I reported back in 2015 in my Insiders’ Cures newsletter, most so-called weight-loss supplements fall short, according to the science. But some new research has revealed a very interesting exception to this general “rule.” …

Does healthier food always = more expensive?

Must healthy food cost more? Anyone who chooses to shop at Whole Foods would probably answer, “but of course.” After all, Whole Foods — nicknamed “whole paycheck” — places a higher priced premium on healthier foods for one main reason: because it can. In fact, a new series of studies conducted by U.S. researchers show …

5 tips for clean living year-round

Last time, I talked about some of the reasons why restrictive, quick-fix “cleanses” and trendy detox products go against common sense and lack scientific evidence. Your body naturally and continually does detox on its own, without any gimmicks. That is the primary purpose of the liver, for example, which is the biggest organ in the …

Debunking detox diets

I hear a lot of celebrities talk about their favorite detox diets or weekend cleanses. But they are usually paid promotions. And the companies the celebrities stump for must spend more on advertising than on their actual products. In my view, no quick “detox” diet that you endure over one agonizing weekend, or week, will …

Surprising connection found between online “friends” and longevity

If you’re reading today’s Dispatch on a screen, don’t be alarmed by the striking statistics on increased mortality associated with watching TV from yesterday’s Dispatch. I suspect the TV-death mortality statistics relate to the unhealthy behaviors that happen while watching TV…as well as the healthy behaviors that don’t happen while you’re in front of the …

This common habit linked to 8 major causes of death

“Binge-watching” on Netflix…or Hulu…or Amazon Prime…or on any number of other Internet-based streaming services is all the rage right now. Even among Baby Boomers. But you might as well binge on greasy French fries and ice cream, considering the results of a new study about the effects of watching TV conducted by researchers from the …

Finding your way back

As we reach the depths of winter, many people often begin to feel a little low. I often think of the 1981 Jefferson Starship song Find Your Way Back at this time of year. Of course, the song’s literally about the singer’s loneliness on the road and finding his way back to a girl, but …


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