One Vitamin Fights Skin Cancer

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer than
all other types of cancer combined.[1] 

That’s why many of us with fair skin dread our
annual trip to the dermatologist. We know what we’re in for. 

Chances are, the doctor will find some spots that
need to be frozen off or cut out. They might be squamous or basal cell cancers.
These are by far the most common types of skin cancers. They aren’t normally
life threatening. But it is painful when they are removed.  

There’s also a smaller chance that a spot might
be melanoma. It is serious and can be deadly. 

Doctors’ standard advice to avoid skin cancer is
to stay out of the sun and always wear sunscreen while outdoors. The problem is
that this trades one health problem for another.

Lack of sunlight can lead to a vitamin D
deficiency. This puts you at risk for heart disease,
osteoporosis, dementia and other serious conditions.

Now, new research shows that one vitamin can
reduce your chances of getting squamous cell cancers.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
Dermatology
.  It included more than
172,000 people and followed them for up

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The Surprising Reason You’re Depressed

Depression is a frustrating illness.

The cause is difficult to pin down. Episodes seem
to come and go at random times. The standard treatment, antidepressant drugs,
often don’t work.  

That’s why a new study is so important.

It pinpoints a surprising cause—and the cure—for
many cases of depression, especially those that don’t respond to
antidepressants. 

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at
Augusta University looked at 125 patients with depression and how their sleep
affected their mood.

The study found that people with
treatment-resistant depression—the kind that doesn’t respond to antidepressant
drug—often have sleep apnea.[i]

It’s a condition in which breathing starts and
stops repeatedly during sleep. This leads to poor rest and daytime drowsiness.
And the study found it often has another effect: depression.[ii]

Scientists discovered that treating sleep apnea,
often relieves the accompanying depression.

Dr. W. Vaughn McCall was an author of the study.
He said researchers “were completely caught by surprise” by the findings.
That’s because sleep apnea had not been previously linked to depression.

All patients with treatment-resistant depression
should be tested for sleep apnea, he said.[iii]

The Sleep
Apnea- Depression Connection

If you suffer from depression, you should make
sure sleep

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The Great Antidepressant Hoax

It’s no wonder Big Pharma loves
antidepressants. 

About 13% of Americans over the age of 12 take
them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Antidepressants can be very difficult to quit.
Withdrawal is similar to that of addictive drugs. A quarter of the people on
the medications have taken them for at least 10 years.

Now that’s a strong customer base![i]

Antidepressants bring in
more than $14 billion in drug company revenue every year.

But even though so many
people pay so much money for these drugs, they don’t work for most patients. That’s
the finding of a major new study that concluded there’s no evidence that
antidepressants work any better than a placebo.[ii]

The research appeared in
the journal BMJ Open. It was a
response to a large study that was published in The Lancet last year. That study reviewed 522 trials that included
116,477 participants. It concluded that antidepressants worked better than
placebos.[iii]

The mainstream media
reported it as proof positive that antidepressants are effective.

But the new study, led by
Dr. Klaus Monkholm, found biases in the data.

Dr. Monkholm and his
colleagues point out that the best quality studies

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Soda’s Biggest Health Danger Is Not What You Think

By now we all know that soda and other sugary
beverages are just about the worst thing you can drink.

Study after study shows that soda—diet or regular—makes
you obese. 

But new research shows that getting fat is not
the worst health effect. 

The study was published in The BMJ’s Clinical Research Edition. Researchers analyzed health data
from 100,000 people. Scientists tracked the participants’ foods, drinks, and medical
information for nine years.[1]

Researchers found that soda drinkers were more
prone to cancer.

Just 3.5 daily ounces of soda or sugary fruit
juice raised subjects’ cancer risk by 18%. It upped women’s chance of breast
cancer by 22%.

The scientists think this is because sugar:

  • Raises blood glucose levels.

All of these are cancer risk factors. The
researchers think it’s possible that chemicals in the drinks could be
carcinogenic as well.[2]

Simple
Trick to Stop Your Soda Drinking Habit

If you drink soda, quit. If you find it’s
difficult to go cold turkey, try this…

Reduce your soda serving size and add seltzer.
Gradually increase the amount of seltzer and decrease the soda until you’re
drinking only seltzer.

Dr. Mathilde Touvier led the study cited above.
“The only beverage

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Common Antidepressant Drugs Linked to Dementia

It’s not surprising that antidepressants are among the
biggest-selling prescription drugs.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. About 17
million American adults have a major depressive episode each year. And doctors
often prescribe antidepressants for other conditions like menopause, hot
flashes, nerve pain, and insomnia.[i] [ii]

About 13% of Americans over 12 take these drugs. That’s a 65%
increase since 1999.[iii]
[iv]

Those numbers make the
findings of a new study extremely disturbing. It found that some
antidepressants increase the risk of dementia by up to 50%.

Certain antidepressants are classified as anticholinergics.
They work by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a chemical that transmits
messages in the nervous system.  

Antidepressants in this
group include amitriptyline and doxepin.

These drugs were already
known to cause short-term mental side effects…memory loss and confusion among
them. Scientists wanted to see if there were other issues.

Researchers at Britain’s
University of Nottingham analyzed the medical records of about 59,000 dementia
patients. They also looked at the records of 225,000 patients without dementia.

The scientists found that
people who took anticholinergics daily for three years or longer had a 50%
increased risk of dementia. They estimate that about 10%

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Statins Double Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

We knew it was bad. 

But we didn’t know it was this bad…

In April we told you about a study that showed statin drugs raise the risk of type 2
diabetes.

But now new research
shows the danger of these cholesterol-lowering medications may be far greater
than we thought.

The study was published in the journal Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews.
Scientists looked at 4,683 people whom doctors considered to be candidates for
statins. Eventually, 755 of them did go on the medications.[i]

The research team analyzed three years of the
subjects’ health records. They found that statin users had twice the risk of becoming diabetic compared to those who don’t
take the drug.

Worse still, patients who took statins for more
than two years had more than three times
the risk of diabetes. Can it be a coincidence that America began suffering an
epidemic of type 2 diabetes at the same time statins came into wide use?

We don’t think so.

When statins first hit the market in the late
1980s, about 2.5% of Americans had type 2 diabetes. By 2017, that number had
more than tripled to 9.4%.[ii] [iii]

4 Natural Heart Health Solutions

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8 Organic Foods That Aren’t Worth the Premium Price

Long-time
Health Watch readers know that we strongly recommend eating organic foods.

But we
also recommend common sense.

Organic
foods are expensive. And in some cases, the cost isn’t worth the benefits. Here
are eight foods whose organic versions aren’t worth the higher price:

  1. Bananas. The thick peel keeps out pesticides.
  2. Fish. It’s meaningless to label fish as organic because there is no official standard for organic seafood. Instead, look for wild-caught rather than farm-raised fish.[1]   
  3. Avocados. The skin is thick enough to block pesticides. And even non-organic avocados are rarely sprayed.
  4. Popcorn. Because of the husk, non-organic corn kernels have little pesticide residue. But avoid microwave popcorn whether it’s organic or not. The bags are coated with chemicals linked to cancer.[2]
  5. Pasta. Pasta is made from wheat flour. During the flour-making process, the outer layers of wheat are removed. Any pesticide residue is removed with them.
  6. Olive oil. Olive trees are very hardy. They typically require little pesticide intervention. Non-organic olive oil is likely to come from trees that haven’t been sprayed.[3]
  7. Quinoa. It contains a compound called saponins, which is a natural insect repellent. So farmers generally don’t have to use pesticides on quinoa.[4]

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Never Let Your Dentist Give You an Antibiotic Without a Good Reason

Overuse of antibiotics is
rampant in the U.S. One study found that at least half of all antibiotics taken
outside of a hospital are unnecessary.[i]

Not only do these drugs have serious side
effects, but antibiotic overuse has led to drug-resistant superbugs. They now
kill about 23,000 Americans every year.[ii]

You might be surprised to learn that dentists are
among the most avid antibiotic prescribers. They often require patients to
routinely take them before appointments.

Antibiotics are supposed to prevent heart
infections that might occur when bacteria get into the bloodstream during teeth
cleanings and other procedures.

But new research shows that 81% of the
antibiotics prescribed by dentists are completely unnecessary.

The
study was published in the journal JAMA
Network Open
. The research team collected data on 170,000 antibiotic
prescriptions written by dentists for 90,000 patients.

According
to medical guidelines, dental patients are supposed to take an antibiotic as a
precaution only if they have certain heart conditions. But less than 21% of
patients given antibiotics had one of these conditions.

Professor
Jessina McGregor of Oregon State University was one of the researchers. She
said that dental antibiotics have “risks that outweighed the benefits” for most

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Puzzles Make Your Brain 8 Years Younger, Study Finds

The idea that puzzles can slow brain aging is
controversial.

Some neurologists strongly recommend puzzles like
crosswords and sudoku as a way to keep your mind sharp into old age. Others say
they don’t help your brain do anything better…other than puzzles.

But major new research shows that crossword and sudoku
puzzles are extremely effective in preserving mental sharpness.

The two studies were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. One focused on
number puzzles, the other on word puzzles.[1] [2]

Researchers asked older adults how often they did puzzles. They
then had the participants take cognitive tests. The tests measured changes in
brain function.

The more frequently people did puzzles, the better they performed
on the tests. Avid puzzle solvers had better memory, reasoning, attention, and
problem-solving skills.

Dr. Anne Corbett led the research. She said improvements were
especially clear “in the speed and accuracy of performance.”

Regarding problem solving, “people who regularly do these puzzles
performed the equivalent of eight years younger.”[3]

The research shows that regularly doing crossword and sudoku
puzzles “helps keep our brains working better for longer,” said Dr. Corbett.

Give Your Brain a Heavy Dose
of Puzzles

Doing puzzles for

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The Simple Food Swap That Makes Low-Carb Dieting Easier

Those of us on a low-carbohydrate diet face one
big hurdle…

Cravings.

Giving up bread, pasta, potatoes, and all those
other carbs that used to be such a big part of our lives is easier said than
done.

But a new study shows that one simple food swap
reduces hunger and the intense cravings that come with them. This makes low-carb
eating a whole lot easier.

The Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of
Technology conducted the research. Scientists studied 31 overweight and obese
subjects.[i]

The participants ate a low-fat control meal largely made up of refined
carbohydrates. They later ate meals which swapped avocado for the
carbohydrates. The amount of calories in both meals was about the same.

After eating, the subjects reported their level of hunger over a
six-hour period. The avocado meals led to reduced hunger. And the subjects said
they felt more satisfied. They had lower insulin and blood sugar after eating.

Refined carbohydrates had the opposite effect. They made participants
hungry shortly after eating them.[ii]

Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman was on the research team. She said that
fats “have been targeted as the main cause of obesity” for years. But now
scientists know

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