Live in the Now Health. Freedom. Knowledge Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:26:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 If You’re Worried About Your Cholesterol, You Need to Know About This Citrus Fruit Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:30:05 +0000 clogged arteryIf you listen to your doctor, you’ll be told that you need to be on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — most likely for the rest of your life. And unfortunately, many people never question this bad advice.

But if you’re reading this, I’d bet you’re interested in a safer, more natural solution.
Americans spend over $20 billion each year on statin drugs such as Vytorin®, Lipitor® and Crestor®,[1] which are prescribed under the guise of decreasing your risk for heart trouble by “improving” cholesterol ratios.

But are statins as safe and effective as we’ve been led to believe? The answer to this question may shock you.

Please keep reading, and I’ll explain why the conventional strategy for lowering cholesterol is deeply flawed.

Plus, I’ll let you in on a secret that the drug companies don’t want you to know about. New research is showing that there is a safe, effective and all natural solution out there that can balance your cholesterol levels in just 30 days.

Statins Are a Miracle Drug…For Big Pharma

Since they hit pharmacy shelves in 1987, statins have become Big Pharma’s best-selling drugs of all time. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions each year marketing these medications, hoping to sign up as many poor souls as possible for a lifetime of pill popping.

And their efforts have paid off. By some estimates, 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are on a statin drug, and recent prescribing guideline changes mean that millions more healthy people could soon be taking these pills.[2] Yet emerging research is showing that statins are not the wonder drugs they were once thought to be.

The Deadly Truth About Statin Drugs

Don’t get duped. Statins may make your “numbers” look good, but as a recent review published in the BMJ suggests, they do little to decrease your overall cardiovascular risk.

According to lead author John Abramson of Harvard Medical School, the data shows that statins don’t reduce your risk of being hospitalized for a heart problem or even of dying from a heart-related event over a 10-year period.[4]

And any benefits these drugs might provide is far eclipsed by the long, scary list of side effects. Fatigue, muscle soreness, headaches, dizziness, nausea and memory problems are common, and if you’re particularly unlucky, you might end up with permanent nerve damage, liver problems or diabetes.

As reported by USA Today, statins have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.[3]

A New, Natural Solution for Balanced Cholesterol

Back in the 80s when statins made their debut, many experts truly believed they were the answer to America’s growing heart health problem.

Now, we know better. Scientists now understand that cholesterol balance is only one factor in long-term heart health, and the results of using statins to artificially block the body’s natural production of cholesterol can be utterly disastrous.

Today, experts are excited about a new natural ingredient called Bergamonte®. In fact, it’s so unique and cutting-edge, that it’s one of the few natural ingredients that has received a United States Patent. (Patent # 20110223271)

Bergamonte has yielded stunning cardiovascular benefits in gold-standard clinical research.[5,6,7] It can actually improve your cholesterol ratios — in as little as 30 days with no side effects!

Is Big Pharma Working to Ban This Natural Option?

Rumor has it that because the results of the scientific research on the cholesterol lowering effects of Bergamonte are so incredible, Big Pharma is working to get this natural ingredient banned from the market. Their argument is that it “works like a drug,” but the truth is, it’s simply a natural gift that works the way Mother Nature intended it to!

So I encourage you to keep reading and to check out the summary of the research on Bergamonte I’ve provided below. And if you like what you see, you may want to take action now before the drug companies conspire with the FDA to make this natural solution hard to get ahold of.

Results That Will WOW Any Doctor

Bergamonte is a patented extract of bergamot orange that has been shown in gold-standard clinical research to promote optimal heart health and cholesterol ratios by:

  • Increasing HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Promoting normal LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Optimizing total cholesterol
  • Supporting healthy triglyceride levels
  • Balancing blood sugar

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers found that a daily dose of 500 mg of Bergamonte produced these benefits within just 30 days and with absolutely no side effects:

  • Raised HDL cholesterol by over 22%
  • Lowered LDL cholesterol by 24%
  • Lowered total cholesterol by almost 21%
  • Lowered triglycerides by almost 30%
  • Improved blood sugar levels by almost 19%[5]

Why Lowering Blood Sugar Levels Is Critical

The fact that Bergamonte can improve blood sugar levels by almost 19% should not be overlooked. Healthy blood sugar is critical for keeping inflammatory markers down, preserving arterial health and preventing unhealthy weight gain — all of which contribute to overall cardiovascular wellness.

And, the results were even more remarkable with higher doses. Participants who took 1,000 mg of Bergamonte per day experienced even more profound cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar balancing effects.

A recent Italian study conducted over a 120-day test period echoed these results and also showed dramatically improved indicators of liver health and reduced levels of inflammatory markers. This study also showed a reduction of small dense LDL (VLDL), which can damage the arteries by building up on artery walls.

In all my years in the natural health world, I’ve never seen anything so promising for natural cholesterol support!

Produced in Southern Italy, bergamot juice has long been recognized as a cardiovascular tonic by the local population there. And now, there is solid scientific research showing that bergamot juice is rich in compounds that provide powerful multifaceted support for sustained heart health.

The Bergamonte Supplement I Recommend

I’ve never been as excited about a natural cholesterol balancer as I am about Bergamonte. However, as I was looking at the different options, I was disappointed by the lack of affordable, high-quality Bergamonte supplements out there.

That’s why I worked with the Scientific Advisory Board at my nutritional supplement company, Stop Aging Now, to develop a new Bergamonte supplement called Cholesterol360®. We have over a 20-year track record of producing cutting-edge premium grade dietary supplements, and I’m excited to add Cholesterol360 to our offerings.

In addition to Bergamonte, Cholesterol360 contains potent, standardized extracts of green tea and grape seed, which provide additional cardiovascular benefits by:

  • Keeping blood vessels healthy
  • Preventing cholesterol oxidation
  • Promoting a healthy inflammatory response
  • Protecting against free radical damage[8,9]

Of course, nothing beats diet and exercise when it comes to evening out cholesterol, but this unique blend of Bergamonte, green tea and grape seed can give you a major advantage when it comes to ensuring a healthy cardiovascular system.

I invite you to do your own research to see what other options are out there, but here’s why I think you’ll find no other product quite like Cholesterol360:

  • Each small capsule features a potent 500 mg dose of Bergamonte® citrus extract — the very same dose that produced stunning cholesterol-balancing results in the research.
  • Cholesterol360 is enhanced with 25 mg of standardized green tea extract which provides crucial antioxidant polyphenols that have been shown to protect against cholesterol oxidation and promote a healthy inflammatory response.[8]
  • Cholesterol360 contains 25 mg of standardized grape seed extract, which is rich in antioxidants called OPCs that have been shown to promote healthy blood vessels and overall cardiovascular wellness.[9]
  • Like all Stop Aging Now products, Cholesterol360 is made in the USA in an FDA inspected facility to meet or exceed stringent USP standards for quality, purity and potency.
  • Cholesterol360 ships to you for free, is tax-free and comes with an amazing 365-day “any reason” guarantee. If it doesn’t improve your numbers, you can get every penny back. This way you risk nothing!

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get Cholesterol360 for as low as $19.95 a bottle — with free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Scientific References:

1. IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics: “The Use of Medicines in the United States: Review of 2011.”
2. N Engl J Med. 2014; DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa1315665.
5. “The Use of Bergamot-derived Polyphenol Fraction in Cardiometabolic Risk Prevention and its Possible Mechanisms of Action.” Cardiac Health and Polyphenols. 2014;84: 1085-1103.
6. Int J Cardiol. Dec 2013;170(2):140-5.
7. Fitoterapia. 2011;82: 309-316.
8. Cardiovascular & Haematological Disorders-Drug Targets. 2007;7.2: 135-144.
9. Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis. 2003;523: 87-97.

Josh CornJoshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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5 Essential Oils with Powerful Antioxidant Activity Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:29:26 +0000 cinnamon slideWe’ve all heard that antioxidants are an important element in maintaining good health. Found in many fruits and vegetables, antioxidants help to prevent cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced by the body as a by-product of normal functions, as well as from exposure to sunlight, excessive stress, and consumption of certain foods. Sometimes referred to as “free radical scavengers”, antioxidants have been touted for their role in slowing cell damage and fending off disease.

Essential oils, which are liquid compounds derived from plants and herbs, have recently been examined as a source of antioxidants. In a recent study, forty-five commonly used essential oils were screened for their possible antioxidant activity, and many exhibited notable antioxidant activities.

This is good news for the consumer, as well as for the food and drug industry, which has been eager to find natural alternatives to synthetic antioxidant preservatives, such as butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and phenolic

Here’s a glance at some essential oils that showed promising antioxidant activity:

1. Cinnamon leaf : Steam-distilled from the leaves of cinnamon, this oil is yellowish in color. Cinnamon leaf has a wide variety of health benefits and cleanses the air of airborne bacteria.

2. Tea tree oil: This oil is extracted from the Tea Tree Plant, native to Australia, where it has long been used topically as a medicinal cure-all. It exhibits healing and disinfectant properties, skin benefits, and immunity benefits.

3. Clove buds: Clove has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2000 years, common in dental procedures because of its numbing effect on oral tissue. The essential oil distilled from the clove bud has antibacterial benefits, stimulating/warming qualities, and aids in digestive issues.

4. Peppermint: This very concentrated essential oil soothes nausea and other stomach ailments, perks the senses, and cools overworked muscles. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Lavender: Lavender essential oil helps to eliminate nervous tension, promote sleep, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. Lavender oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the lavender plant.

Note: Many essential oils are intended for topical use.  Always check with your practitioner for instructions. Essential oils have been in use for hundreds of years with proven beneficial qualities. Newly recognized as antioxidants, there is even more reason to incorporate essential oils into your lifestyle.

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Strong Link Between Statins and Diabetes Found Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:26:22 +0000 statins and cataractsThe revelations about the serious side effects of statins never seem to stop. Recent research shows the link between diabetes and these medications is overwhelmingly strong, increasing the risk between 46 and 87 percent.

Study Shows Statins Soar Diabetes Risk by 87 Percent

In a large study involving 26,000 beneficiaries of the military health system, the participants taking statins had an 87 percent greater risk of developing diabetes compared to those who weren’t on the medications. The most significant aspect of this research is that it is the first to show the association in relatively healthy people.

“In our study, statin use was associated with a significantly higher risk of new-onset diabetes, even in a very healthy population,” notes lead author Dr. Ishak Mansi. “The risk of diabetes with statins has been known, but up until now it was thought that this might be due to the fact that people who were prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with.”

An additional finding that was new to the body of research exploring the link between statins and diabetes shows that those who took the drugs experienced a high rate of complications of the disease. Within a group of 3,351 pairs of similar participants, statin users had a staggering 250 percent greater likelihood of contracting diabetes with complications. What’s more, the higher the dose, the higher the risk. The study was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Finnish Study Shows Statins Spike Diabetes Risk by Almost 50 Percent

The latest research comes on the heels of a Finnish study that over a course of six years followed 9,000 men, a fourth of whom were on a statin. It found that those who used statins had a 46 percent greater likelihood of diabetes. Once again, the higher the dose and the longer the duration of taking the drugs, the greater the risk of contracting the disease.

Another discovery was that the effect of statins on diabetes risk could be likened to a double-edged sword. The drugs raised insulin resistance as well as curtailed the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin. Because of the harm the drugs perpetrate on the body’s system of regulating blood sugar, it’s no surprise the link to diabetes is so strong. The results were published in Diabetologia.

Lifestyle Practices to Manage Cholesterol

Nutritionist Dr. Janet Brill shares with Live in the Now some of her recommendations for managing cholesterol through natural means. Brill is the author of CHOLESTEROL DOWN: 10 Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in 4 Weeks–Without Prescription Drugs.

“Lifestyle should always be the foundation for heart disease prevention, as all medications have side effects. The foods you eat along with exercise are both highly effective tools for targeting bad cholesterol, and the only side effect is becoming healthier and more fit.

“Several types of foods have been scientifically proven to lower bad cholesterol and are no more harmful than a bowl of oatmeal or an apple. Plant sterols, products available over the counter, are another safe and effective means of lowering bad cholesterol. In addition, a daily bout of exercise, such as walking, is the best way to increase insulin sensitivity, which is adversely affected by statins. Combining all of these lifestyle strategies together can result in significantly lowering your bad cholesterol and raising your good cholesterol.”

Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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Breaking: Why You Need to Know Where Your Store-Bought Garlic is From Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:31 +0000 Garlic over a white backgroundYou have good reasons to ask where your garlic has been grown. A sizable percentage of the garlic found in U.S. supermarkets is imported from China, where it has been heavily sprayed with chemicals. Here are the problems associated with Chinese garlic as well as how to tell if bulbs have been grown in that country.

For centuries, garlic has been prized among many ethnicities for its flavor and therapeutic benefits. California used to be considered the garlic capital of the world, but in recent years China has dominated the market, being the source of more than 80 percent of the global supply. Even much of the organic garlic found in U.S. groceries is imported from China, where the certification methods are untrustworthy.

Problems with Chinese Garlic

Garlic grown in China is not a desirable product due to that country’s agricultural practices. The crop has been bleached to produce a white color, doused with chemicals to kill insects, and in some cases, fertilized with raw human sewage. It has been liberally sprayed with methyl bromide, a chemical that in high concentrations can harm the respiratory and central nervous systems. Chinese garlic is also contaminated with other harmful chemicals, such as sulfites and lead, and may be treated with growth inhibitors. In addition, it is subjected to over-storage, a measure that causes levels of its flavor and health-producing constituents to decline.

Differences Between Chinese Garlic and California Garlic

Bulbs from the two locations differ in appearance and weight. California garlic has a more natural color, as opposed to the whitish color of that from China. The California bulbs have a stem and brown roots, while the roots of the Chinese bulbs have been almost completely shaved off, resulting in an indented appearance. California garlic is also heavier.

Chinese garlic can’t compete with the richly flavorful taste of California garlic. Because Chinese bulbs are old, they have lost some of their potency. As chef-restauranteur Virginia Redmond told Australia’s The Age, “Eating Chinese garlic is a bit like kissing your cousin: no buzz.”

The price differential is significant, with California garlic costing considerably more than that from China. California’s high property values and strict food safety laws have made it difficult to compete with the cheap Chinese bulbs. Consequently, grocers are often highly pressured to carry the cheap variety to satisfy price-conscious consumers.

For maximum flavor and protection from harmful chemicals, look for garlic with the appearance of California-grown bulbs. It is worth the higher price.


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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4 Tips to Stop Migraines Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:23:58 +0000 Addicted to AnxietyMigraine headaches are a common problem that can cause mild to severe pain, to say the least. In addition to the significant headache pain, classic migraines typically come with other unpleasant symptoms such as light sensitivity, nausea, sound sensitivity and vertigo.

The average migraine sufferer may manage their episodes with over the counter pain relievers, prescription drugs or sometimes just a large cup of coffee. More serious cases often require daily medication although the effectiveness can be unpredictable.

The most common drugs for migraine prevention are anti-depressants, cardiac drugs and even anti-seizure medications. Due to their unpredictable benefits and significant side effect profile many people are looking for safer, more effective options.

These 4 tips will go a long way to reducing migraine frequency and severity without drugs.

#1- Avoid Food Sensitivities

Most people know that certain foods can be a trigger for migraines. Wine, chocolate and alcohol are all common offenders but many times other foods are contributing to migraines and most people have no idea. Food sensitives to gluten, dairy, corn, egg and soy can be major triggers for migraine headaches.

Gluten sensitivity is probably the most common undiagnosed food reaction that can contribute to migraines. Some of the most difficult migraine cases I have ever worked with had significant improvement once gluten was completely removed from the diet. Gluten sensitivity commonly goes undiagnosed because there are not many easily accessible tests that measure a person’s reactivity.

Traditional tests for gluten allergy are limited to testing for celiac disease, which is a severe condition affecting only a small portion of the population. Far more people have gluten sensitivity (not Celiac), but with a lack of easily accessible blood tests, it is greatly underdiagnosed.

Eliminating gluten or dairy or eggs completely from the diet is no small task so I recommend that people get adequate testing first. Cyrex labs in Arizona offers the most cutting edge evaluations for gluten sensitivity and other common food sensitivities. I have seen this one issue alone change the life of many migraine suffers.

#2- CoQ10

This nutrient is produced by our body and necessary for the production of energy within our cells. Some migraine theories suggest that the process that leads to a migraine occurs as a result of decreased energy stores in the brain and cerebral blood vessels.

CoQ10 has long been touted as a nutrient specific for the brain and the heart because of the extreme energy demands of these organs. Clinical trials using CoQ10 for migraine headaches have shown positive outcomes. In fact, the research is strong enough that many open minded neurologists recommend this supplement to their patients.

Based on clinical trials, the recommended dose of CoQ10 for migraine prevention is 100mg 3x daily. CoQ10 has an excellent safety record with no know side effects. CoQ10 has been found to be most effective for migraines after 3 months of continued supplementation so be patient.

#3-Riboflavin-Viatmin B2

This water soluble B-vitamin has gained much attention in the migraine world after a 1994 Danish study showed that it reduced migraine frequency by 50% in chronic migraine suffers with very little side effects. It works under a similar pretense to CoQ10 by improving energy production. It does this by supporting the part of the cell that makes energy, the mitochondria. Riboflavin has virtually no known toxicity at the doses required for migraine prevention partly due to its water soluble nature. The recommended dose is 400mg 1x daily.

#4- Butterbur

This is thought to be the most effective herbal remedy for the prevention of migraines. Numerous clinical trials have shown its effectiveness in reducing migraine frequency when comparted to a placebo. The active ingredients in butterbur are thought to reduce spasms in the body which is relevant to migraines because they are caused by a spasm of the blood vessels in the brain.

In addition, the components of butterbur are also highly anti-inflammatory which is thought to contribute to its success as a migraine buster. Unlike CoQ10 and Riboflavin, butterbur can be toxic. The raw plant contains a chemical called pyrrolizidine alkaloids which can be toxic to the liver. This makes it very important to look for a product that guarantees the butterbur extract is PA free.

Most of the clinical trials use a dose of 50mg-75mg 2x daily of a standardized butterbur extract.

With these 4 tips, many people have been able to dramatically reduce or entirely eliminate their migraines without the use of prescription drugs or over the counter medications. Take control of your migraines today!

Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.

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6 Common “Kitchen Scraps” That Allow You to Regrow Vegetables Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:57:57 +0000 Wouldn’t it be nice if once you bought something, you had a replacement delivered to your home as soon as you finished? That’s basically what happens with these vegetables and herbs! We’ve got the scoop on grocery items you can regrow from scraps to save some green. 

1. Scallions

Regrow Scallions the kitchn via LiveintheNow

Green onions can have a big flavor impact on a dish and all you need is about an inch of the white part and roots to regrow many more! Place the root and white part of the scallion, roots down in the water and watch the green part regrow! To learn more about how to regrow your scallions, visit

As for the onions, keep the little furry looking end (the “onion butt”) of your onion and place it in a pot full of soil outside this spring. Remember to water it and Voila! — the never-ending onion.

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7 Reasons to NEVER Drink Tap Water Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:14:42 +0000 tap waterDespite the recent E.Coli scare that prompted a major bottling facility to recall 14 brands of water bottles, opting for bottled or filtered water over tap is still your best best — here’s why:

Did you know that the average adult human body is 55-60% water? (Babies’ bodies are closer to 75%.) The brain is made up of about 70% water, and the lungs, closer to 90%! This means that the quality of the water you drink has an enormous impact on the quality of your health.

Unfortunately, high quality drinking water is increasingly difficult to come by in this day and age. Most health conscious Americans know that, while we are lucky in this country to have access to water that is largely free of disease-causing microorganisms, drinking plain old, unfiltered tap water is generally not a great idea.

What’s wrong with tap water?

Recent analyses of municipal drinking water have shown that, despite government regulations, there are still many dangerous contaminants present in our water, even after it has gone through municipal water treatment facilities.

In fact, these water treatment facilities often actually contribute to the problem by adding dangerous chemicals like fluoride and chlorine to water as part of the treatment process. The water regulations and treatment methods used in the U.S. are old and outdated and do little to address the assortment of toxic chemicals that are currently present in our environment. The Safe Drinking Water Act only regulates 91 potential water contaminants. Yet there are more than 60,000 chemicals used within the U.S., many of which have been identified as probable carcinogens. According to some estimates, there are now more than 2,100 known chemical toxins present in U.S. tap water. Additionally, many municipalities transport their water in antiquated, corroded pipes, which may leach toxic heavy metals into the water after it has been treated.

Here’s a rundown of some of the chemicals that are more than likely lurking in your tap water:

1. Fluoride

For over 50 years, the U.S. government has mandated that fluoride be added to the water supply to prevent dental problems. However, current research has shown that fluoride, a chemical that is used in rat poison, does a lot more harm than good. The fluoride found in tap water has actually been shown to damage tooth enamel, increase fracture risk, suppress immune and thyroid function, increase cancer risk and disrupt the function of the pineal gland.PureWaterFreedom

Many European countries have banned the use of fluoride altogether, and there is a large activist movement of people working to get fluoride banned in the U.S. Visit to learn more.

2. Chlorine

Water treatment facilities use chlorine as a disinfectant. It effectively kills microorganisms, but also has toxic effects on the human body. Chlorine has been identified as a leading cause of bladder cancer, and has been associated with rectal and breast cancers, asthma, birth defects and premature aging of skin.

3. Radioactive contaminants

Radioactive fallout from Japan has been detected in drinking water supplies throughout the U.S. As of last week, radioactive iodine-131 had been detected in drinking water samples from 13 U.S. cities. Radioactive cesium and tellurium isotopes have also been detected at low levels in some cities. (You can view this data on the EPA’s website.) The health implications of this radioactive contamination are yet unknown, but the EPA has said it will continue to monitor the situation.

4. Pharmaceutical drugs

Recent investigations have shown that an increasing number of pharmaceutical drugs are finding their way into our drinking water. Drugs ranging from antibiotics and birth control pills to painkillers, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications are now showing up in most municipal water supplies.

5. Hexavalent chromium

Earlier this year, an Environmental Working Group report revealed that hexavalent chromium, a chemical identified as a “probably carcinogen by the EPA,” is present in high concentrations in 31 U.S. cities. This is the chemical made famous by the movie, Erin Brockovitch, which chronicled the case brought against Pacific Gas and Electric for contaminating the water in an area of Southern California and poisoning thousands of people. Yet despite its known toxicity, there are no government regulations for hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

6. Lead, aluminum and other heavy metals

Lead and other heavy metals can make their way into your tap water through corrosion of the pipes in your plumbing system. Lead consumption has been linked to severe developmental delays and learning disorders in children. Aluminum and other heavy metals have been linked to nerve, brain and kidney damage. Currently, some municipalities still transport water in lead pipes.

7. Arsenic

Arsenic is a poisonous element known to be extremely carcinogenic. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates as many as 56 million Americans drink water containing unsafe levels of arsenic. For more information, see the USGS website, which offers maps showing where and to what extent arsenic occurs in ground water across the U.S.

So what are the healthier alternatives to tap water?

So what is the best way to ensure that the water you drink is supporting your health, rather than damaging it? We’ll explore this topic next week, but in the meantime, I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter. Are you concerned about fluoride, chlorine or other chemicals found in your drinking water? Do you filter your water? Drink bottled water? Please leave a comment below.

Josh CornJoshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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What You Need to Know About the Massive Water Bottle Recall Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:17:22 +0000 water recall

Niagara Bottling company, a company responsible for bottling sever store-brand water bottles, has voluntarily issued a recall due to possible E.Coli contamination.

According to ABC News, the 14 brands of water in question thus far are:

Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegman’s

Stay tuned for more updates.

So What’s the Best Water to Drink?

Our Editor-in-Chief Joshua Corn wrote an excellent article that breaks down the dangers of tap water, and your two best bets for consuming water that’s free of environmental toxins that age the skin and the body. Check it out here:

What’s the Best Water to Drink?

For full story on bottled water recall, visit

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Need More Energy and Less Stress? Try These 3 Nutrients Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:40:17 +0000 Portrait of mature woman sitting in countrysideWe’re a stressed out nation. According to a 2015 survey released by the American Psychological Association, Americans’ stress registers a 4.9 on a 10-point scale—a little high when healthy is considered a 3.7. What’s more: 22% of us report that we don’t cope with it very well, which makes us a recipe for a health disaster.

The main ingredient is the hormones that our body produces when under stress—most famously, cortisol and adrenaline. When we feel that we are under attack, it is the adrenal glands that produce these hormones to deal with the stress. In simpler times, these stressful episodes were a matter of life or death; now, those attacks come as emails and telephone calls from employers, children’s teachers and anyone else that you feel is threatening your livelihood. And all that pressure eventually wears your adrenal glands out. Luckily, you can help them get the rest they need by making sure you sleep well, and not stimulate them too much—hello coffee habit and high pressure lifestyle.

But there are also things herbs, most notably adaptogens, that you can take to help give your adrenal glands the support they need. Adaptogens are natural substances that help your body adapt to stress and exert a normalizing effect on your body’s systems. These herbs that have been used for thousands of years and, somehow, instinctively know what the body needs to be healthy.

There are three, in particular, that have shown promise to help aid in adrenal function and increase energy levels: ashwaganda, “eleuthero” (eleutherococcus senticosus) or Siberian ginseng, and rhodiola.

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Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic medicinal plant that has been shown to affect circulating cortisol levels and improve insulin sensitivity (something stress messes with). Take for example the 57-year-old woman whom doctors at Woodhul Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, were treating for non-classical adrenal hyperplasia, which is a genetic disease where the adrenals do not function properly. In their report in the September 2012 issue of BMJ Case Reports, they describe that after she took ashwagandha for six months her serum cortisol levels decreased significantly. This builds on previous research published in Phytomedicine that found ashwagandha to have anti-stress, immunomodulatory, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and antiaging effects.

Eleutherococcus and Rhodiola

A 2013 study in the journal Phytomedicine of Eleutherococcus senticosus root extract and Rhodiola rosea root extract found that the two herbs stimulate the release of the neurotransmitter neuropeptide Y (NPY) and the stress-induced molecular chaperone Hsp72. Both of these mediators of stress response are known to play an important role in regulation of neuroendocrine system—you know the one that helps the brain maintain homeostasis, and regulate reproduction, metabolism, energy utilization, and blood pressure—as well as the immune response. In the same study, ashwagandha did not exhibit the same activity.

These three adaptogens may create a powerful trio working synergistically when it comes to fighting effects of stress on the body. Eleuthera and Rhodiola help your body regulate its response better while Ashwagandha exhibits antioxidant effects against free radicals produced in the body when under stress. Together these adaptogens cover different ground and may take some pressure off the adrenal glands. The end result is better health, which equates to more energy and rating your stress a 3 out of 10.

Carey Rossi is a writer and editor with 10 years of experience covering all aspects of nutrition and fitness. She was the editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition, a shopping magazine for natural living, and the founding editor of Muscle & Fitness Hers. In addition, her work has appeared in Muscle & Fitness, Looking Good Now, Healthy Family, Vegetarian Times and Natural Health. She is the author of No More Diets Ever, Lose Weight the Natural Way.

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The Common Spice That Can Dissolve Deadly Brain Plaques and Prevent Memory Loss Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:52:42 +0000 turmeric-brain_medIf you or a loved one are experiencing forgetfulness, brain fog or disturbingly frequent “senior moments,” and you’re worried that these memory lapses could be early signs of dementia or the dreaded brain disease Alzheimer’s, you’re not alone.

The latest statistics show that Alzheimer’s and other forms of significant cognitive decline are becoming increasingly common and are affecting people at younger and younger ages. In the U.S., 1 in 8 people over age 65 and as many as 1 in 2 of those over age 85 have Alzheimer’s, making it the most common type of dementia. Sadly, it’s become the 6th leading cause of death.[1]

If you’ve ever watched a close friend or loved one experience this devastating disease, you know how terrifying and heartbreaking it can be. Alzheimer’s robs its victims not only of their memories, but also of their ability to think, to care for themselves and to perform even simple everyday tasks.

No one wants to lose their dignity and independence in this way or to become a burden to their spouse or children in their final years together.

Could President Reagan’s Painful Decade-Long Struggle Have Been Avoided?

In the early stages of his widely publicized 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s, the late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan wrote in a public letter:

“I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. … I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. … I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”[2]

Ten years later, Nancy Reagan spoke of her sadness as her husband’s mental state deteriorated:

“Ronnie’s long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him. We can’t share the wonderful memories of our 52 years together. And I think that’s the hardest part.”[3]

More than a decade has passed since Reagan’s death, and I know that many people still feel absolutely powerless against the threat of Alzheimer’s.

Could President Reagan’s descent have been prevented with modern science? No one can say for sure, but cutting-edge research is showing that there are many extremely effective ways to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. However, most people are still completely in the dark about what they are, and unfortunately most doctors are unaware of the latest science or rely exclusively on a pill from Big Pharma as a “solution.”

Please keep reading, because the latest research from UCLA, Tufts University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as dozens of other prestigious institutions, is revealing that there are actions you can take right now to stack the odds in your favor for maintaining a healthy brain and a sharp memory throughout your entire life. And you deserve to know what they are!

The Truth About Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline

Scientists have identified a basic pathologic process underlying Alzheimer’s development that involves the formation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain known as beta-amyloid plaques, but they still aren’t entirely sure what causes this to happen.

The pharmaceutical drugs that have been approved to treat Alzheimer’s are only marginally effective, at best, and come with a variety of undesirable side effects, such as nausea, headaches and dizziness,[4] that someone who is already scared and confused clearly doesn’t need to deal with.

If you try talking to your doctor about your memory loss concerns, chances are you’ll be told there’s nothing you can do, aside from taking a diagnostic test to confirm your worst fears.

But the truth is that Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline are much less inevitable than you might think. The latest research is showing that cognitive dysfunction is really a lot like heart disease and type 2 diabetes — it develops over time as a result of our habits and lifestyle. And while some of us may be genetically predisposed to have a higher risk, it does not strike at random. In other words, you CAN beat the odds!

Simple Steps for Preventing Alzheimer’s

The latest science is showing that you can significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s with some simple strategies that most anyone can implement.

But with so much conflicting information out there, knowing what’s truly best for your brain can be tricky.

For example, did you know that the low-fat, low-cholesterol diet the medical establishment has promoted for years is actually disastrous for cognitive health? That’s because it can literally starve your brain of essential nutrients it needs to function!

You won’t likely hear this from your doctor, but emerging research is showing that you can protect and enhance your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia by doing things like:

  • Taking specific supplements, like an extract of a common spice that has been shown in studies to dissolve the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s. More on that in a moment…
  • Maximizing your intake of certain key essential fatty acids, while minimizing your consumption of carbohydrates and avoiding sources of certain toxic heavy metals
  • Using simple strategies to keep stress under control, keeping your brain active by learning new things, cultivating close interpersonal relationships and maintaining a positive outlook

Don’t Let the Mainstream Medical System Make a Tragic Statistic Out of You

Without proactively caring for your brain, your chances of suffering from severe deficits in cognitive function at some point in your life are about 50/50 — no better than a flip of a coin. But if you take action now, you can change the odds of subjecting yourself — and your loved ones — to so much stress, sadness and suffering.

As Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, I’ve published thousands of articles on scientifically proven natural heath strategies, many of them focusing on cognitive health. The newsletter has over 200,000 subscribers, and one of the parts of my job I enjoy most is interacting with our readers. Through emails and conversations, I’ve learned firsthand that many people are utterly confused as to how to best care for their brain as they age.

That’s why I got together with Live in the Now’s Senior Medical Editor and practicing physician, Dr. Kevin Passero, to write a book based on our over 30 years of combined knowledge and experience that provides you with a clear action plan to give you the best possible chance of avoiding Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.

Drawing on Dr. Passero’s medical training and clinical expertise and utilizing a wide range of in-depth scientific research that I have aggregated from other leading experts in the field, we’ve created a simple, easy-to-read guide to keeping your brain healthy for life.

It’s called Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and for a limited time, you can get this 127-page book for only $19.95. I priced it this low because I want as many people as possible to benefit from it — starting with YOU!

In Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dr. Passero and I break down the research to make it easy for you to identify your cognitive health risk factors so you can protect and restore optimal brain function — with specific dietary and lifestyle changes that anyone can easily embrace.

The simple 4-week program outlined in the book will improve your memory and concentration now, while protecting your long-term brain health. And the best part is, a lifestyle that promotes long-term brain health not only strengthens neurons and combats mental decline, it also improves blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular function, mood balance and overall health.

Turmeric: So Effective, Big Pharma Wishes It Could Turn It Into a Drug

If you learn nothing else from reading this message, and even if you don’t purchase Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, please remember this: A growing body of scientific evidence is indicating that a compound called curcumin, found in the curry spice turmeric, can be one of your best weapons against cognitive decline — when taken in the right form and dosage.

As I mentioned, a major trigger of memory loss is the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. As these plaques accumulate, brain cells lose their ability to function and communicate properly.

Exciting new research shows that curcumin stops the process that causes the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain![5] And perhaps even more significant than blocking the buildup of new plaques, a study by researchers at UCLA showed that curcumin actually helps to clear away existing plaques.[6]

So why haven’t you heard about curcumin from your doctor or the “authorities” on Alzheimer’s prevention? Well, I won’t go into detail here, but the short answer is, mainstream medicine relies heavily on the drug “solutions” Big Pharma provides. And Big Pharma hasn’t yet figured out a way to turn curcumin into a lucrative pharmaceutical drug.

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan Your Doctor Won’t Give You

Curcumin is just one of the powerful brain protectors that should be part of your daily routine. In Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dr. Passero and I give you a comprehensive plan with all the tools you need to take advantage of cutting-edge nutritional science. This way you can easily stack the deck in your favor by halting or reversing the decline in cognitive function that leads to such memory lapses as forgetting common words or the inability to recall the names of familiar faces.

We’ll also describe how leading researchers are using specific foods and nutrients to suppress brain inflammation, restore healthy cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function, and reduce the buildup of toxic compounds in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s and other cognitive health problems.
Best of all, like many of the patients Dr. Passero has worked with, there’s a good chance you’ll begin to see improvements in your mental functioning and overall health within the first week of the program.

Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn:

  • What causes Alzheimer’s — and how to use this knowledge to your advantage when it comes to preventing it — Page 4
  • How eating some common foods that are probably in your pantry right now can lead to cognitive decline and dementia — Page 14
  • Why your blood pressure may be the most reliable indicator of whether you will suffer severe cognitive decline — Page 24
  • The surprising truth about the “taboo” foods your brain actually needs to function optimally — Page 39
  • Why your digestive health is so important to limiting the risk of damaging your brain — Page 49
  • How stress reduction techniques, exercise, meditation and other activities can improve your mood, ability to concentrate and overall cognitive health — Page 77
  • The “smart foods” and nutrients, like curcumin, that should be a major part of your diet because they can prevent cognitive decline — Page 59

Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia distills the latest cutting-edge research on brain health protection into a simple, effective action plan packed with all the tools you need to supercharge your brain, and take control of your cognitive health.

All the Tools You Need to Save Your Brain

With Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia you’ll get an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow 127-page book that provides you with:

  • A simple 4-week action plan to keep your brain healthy for life — Page 89
  • Thorough explanations of the science behind the cognitive protection strategies we recommend in the book
  • A list of and detailed information on the top nutritional supplements you should be taking for your brain with dosages and buying tips — Page 94
  • Specific guidelines for which foods to eat and which foods to avoid — Page 101
  • Complete details on our advanced supplement recommendations for those who currently have early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia — Page 111
  • Guidelines for interpreting blood test results and using them to customize your brain health protection strategy — Page 115

And much more!

PLUS: As a bonus, you’ll get The Save Your Brain Cookbook, which includes a 7-day meal plan and more than 20 delicious brain-healthy recipes!

AND: If you order today, you’ll also receive free access to personalized, one-on-one support from our Certified Nutrition Experts who have been trained to guide you through the program.

It’s Never Too Early — or Too Late — to Start Protecting Your Brain

New research suggests that Alzheimer’s takes longer to develop than previously thought, with the onset of brain changes seen as early as your 40s. And that means there’s a large window of opportunity to take action. The best advice is to start early, and stay at it, especially if you have a family history of the disease.

But even if you’re in your 60s, 70s or 80s, you can still benefit tremendously by taking a proactive approach to protecting your brain.

The undeniable truth is that Alzheimer’s is preventable. And by taking action now, you truly can stack the odds in your favor for keeping your brain healthy, so you can enjoy the years ahead without becoming a burden to your spouse or children.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia for just $19.95. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Scientific References

1. Alzheimer’s Association. 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Volume 8, Issue 2.
2. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. (1994, November 5). Text of letter written by President Ronald Reagan announcing he has Alzheimer’s disease. Retrieved from
3. (2004, May 9). Retrieved from
4. National Institute on Aging. (2014, January). Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet. Retrieved from
5. Ono K, et al. Curcumin has potent anti-amyloidogenic effects for Alzheimer’s beta-amyloid fibrils in vitro. J Neuro Res. 2004;75:742-750.
6. Zhang L, et al. Curcuminoids enhance amyloid-beta uptake by macrophages of Alzheimer’s disease patients. J Alzheimer’s Dis. 2006;10:1-7.

Josh CornJoshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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