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Type II diabetes drugs should accomplish three main goals

As I discussed earlier this week, any successful treatment of Type II diabetes should ultimately accomplish three goals, in addition to lowering blood sugar. It should reduce the risk of dangerous complications to the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves. It should improve quality of life. It should improve longevity. I continue to investigate natural treatments …

FDA reversal on metformin should save more lives

For decades, the FDA stood by its black box warning that Type II diabetics with kidney impairment should not take metformin, the first-line oral treatment for the diabetes. But last year, after reviewing years’ worth of evidence pointing to the overall safety in kidney patients, the agency finally lifted this restriction. This reversal is great …

Men and women improve brain function in just 12 weeks

A new study out of the UK shows older men and women who drank a blueberry concentrate improved brain function in just 12 weeks! As you know, I grew up in New England, where blueberries grow wild. We picked them straight off the bush to enjoy them fresh. And, as a lifelong fan of blueberries, …

Exercise won’t help you lose weight

A recent UK study examining the role of exercise on weight loss is finally making its way across the pond. It illustrates that you can’t out run a bad diet. Most mainstream experts promote the myth that you can just “burn off” excess calories with more and more exercise. Some even boast you can eat …

Mother Nature’s “secret weapon” for optimal health and longevity

One thing I learned early on about natural medicine is its ability to make the “impossible” possible. And there’s no better example of that than adaptogens. Their potential is so tremendous, I believe everyone should consider taking an adaptogen every day — right along with other essential nutrients like vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. …

8 common habits that can lead to kidney damage

Last time, I talked about the devastating effects marathon running can have on your kidneys. Kidney damage is indeed a serious problem…and not just for marathon runners. Your kidneys have a big job. But eight common habits can cause damage to your kidneys and you may not even realize it. I’ll tell you about how …

Hidden dangers of marathon running

I sit down to write this Dispatch on what is observed as Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the opening conflicts of the Revolutionary War. Of course, it’s also the title of the new movie with Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon (who seems to have his best roles playing …

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