Spend Your Money on Something Other Than Your Annual Checkup

The annual medical checkup is worthless.

You have probably heard that you should go to your doctor at least once a year to get your annual checkup. But a recent meta-analysis of 14 large studies demonstrated that annual exams seem to have no significant impact on your health or survival. In fact, serious questions were raised about not just the unnecessary cost of the yearly routine physical, but about both the cost and harm being done to people due to over diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are found during the exams.

It seems that people who seldom or never get their annual physicals develop serious conditions, get hospitalized or die, at about the same rate as those who do. People who do go for their annual physicals spend a lot more money on both medications and medical care during their lifetime. But they are no healthier!

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Ditching the Disease Management Model

We don’t have a healthcare system. What we have is a disease management system, but disease management is just second rate.

We should be working to make you as healthy as possible. Failing that, our fallback should be treating disease. Unfortunately, most doctors spend virtually all of their time treating disease rather than improving health. But improving health requires active participation by Dr. and patient, while treating disease is often done with the patient in a passive role. Unfortunately, most physicians have focused on treating disease for so long they don’t even know what the optimal laboratory and physiologic ranges are anymore.

When you see your doctor don’t accept normal as the goal. Ask what the optimal range is. If your doctor doesn’t know the difference between optimal and normal, change doctors.

Women: Be Blunt with Your Man

It drives men crazy when a woman says, “well, if I have to tell you,” but here’s a newsflash – you do need to tell us.

The brains of men and women function very differently. We do not perceive ourselves or the world around us in the same way. Women are extremely good at interpreting body language and nonverbal social cues. We men are only good at recognizing potential threats. Men are pretty much hopeless when it comes to recognizing the social and emotional needs of a woman.

It’s not that we are trying to ignore you. It’s not that we don’t care. We just stink at nonverbal communication.

If you want the man in your life to know something, tell him. Tell him straight out, in simple words, and be sure you have his attention when you say it. Otherwise, we will miss what you’re trying to convey.

“Normal” is Not Acceptable

When doctors say “normal” patients hear “good”. But in medicine, normal has a very specific meaning.

Normal is arbitrarily defined as encompassing 95% of the population. When your doctor says your test was normal, what he is really saying is that you are better off than at least 2.5% of the population on one end of the scale or the other. If your brain, heart, lungs, or bones are better than 3% or 97% of the people, you are equally normal. I don’t know about you, but given a choice, I will choose to be better than 97% rather than 3% every time. When your doctor says your test was normal for your age, it means at least 2% of the old fogies in your age group are worse off than you.

That is not acceptable. Tell your doctor that you won’t accept normal; you want optimal.

How to Grow Thick, Smooth, and Attractive Skin

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One unpleasant aspect of normal aging is that we start developing wrinkles and creases on our faces. Botox and fillers have become the fix of choice.

While paralyzing muscles and injecting fillers under the skin covers up the problem, it’s not my favorite approach. I would rather help people grow thicker, more elastic, and more attractive skin. One of my favorite tricks is to have the compounding pharmacy make up a progesterone cream in a vanishing cream base. This can be applied lightly to the areas around the eyes, forehead, or mouth twice a day. The progesterone stimulates the skin to grow thicker and become more elastic. While it will not fill in deep creases or wrinkles, it does a very nice job of filling or at least softening, the fine wrinkles that usually appear in middle-age.

This trick does not involve needles or expensive fillers. It’s fast, easy, cheap and natural.

Belly Fat Has Been Shown to Predict ED

By now everyone has seen those TV ads for erectile disorder drugs. And while they are useful for people who need them, an even better idea is not to need them in the first place.

What the ads don’t tell you is that the single best indicator as to whether or not you’re going to need their product is right in front of you, it’s the size of your belly. There is a direct relationship between the size of a man’s abdomen and his risk of needing erectile disorder drugs. Men with firm flat bellies rarely need these medications. Men whose bellies hide their belt buckles need help all too often.

Ladies, if you notice that the man in your life has an ever-expanding waistline, you might gently remind him of what the future may hold If things don’t change. And, give him help and encouragement in his weight loss efforts. The size of a man’s belly is the best predictor of erectile function.

Green Coffee Shown to Enhance Weight Loss

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I’m often asked about the best supplements for weight loss. Most of the things I see sold have very little science to back them up. The exception to this rule seems to be green coffee extract.

Several well done peer-reviewed studies show that green coffee extract, in the range of 1100 to 1200 mg per day, does a good job of enhancing weight loss. Those who use an adequate dose of green coffee extract coupled with a reasonable diet and exercise program do a better job of losing weight than those who eat the same diet and do the same exercise without using the extract. There are also some indications that green coffee extract may have a beneficial effect on brain function, and prevention of some neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

In my house, green coffee extract has become a part of our daily weight maintenance routine. Click here to purchase the Longevity Medical Clinic Green Coffee Extract from our store!

Take an Empty Stomach to Bed

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Danger, evening snacks will make you fat.

When you fall asleep at night your metabolism will slow to its lowest possible rate. If you had an evening snack and there’s food in your gut, digestion is going to continue throughout the night. Energy will be released and those calories need to go somewhere. Because you are burning almost nothing, the excess energy is going to be stored as fat.

On the other hand, if your last meal was at 6 or seven o’clock, and your stomach was empty when you went to bed, there will be no extra energy coming into the system. But you are going to burn calories to live until the sun comes up. Your body will get the energy it needs by burning your fat stores.

Every night of your life, you are either going to make fat or burn fat. My suggestion is go to bed with an empty stomach and spend the night burning fat.

Green Tea for Great Health

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Have you ever wondered why Asian cultures tend to be thin? Part of the answer may be green tea.

Fat cells, like every cell in your body, eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Green tea contains chemicals that inhibit the formation of new fat cells. They don’t do anything to the fat cells that already exist, but they do make it harder for your body to make new fat cells.

This means that green tea will not cause you to lose weight in the short run. But consistent consumption over a long period of time will make it harder and harder for your body to replace those fat cells as they wear out. And here’s a hint for those who don’t like the taste of green tea. You don’t need to drink it. You can eat it. Try sprinkling tea in your salads, mixing it into every vegetable dish that you cook, throw some into casseroles, or use it as a garnish.

Your body doesn’t know or care how he gets into your system, just get it there.

Put Down the Cocktail – Pick Up the Fat Burn

Alcohol is a potent metabolic poison that makes you fat. While many enjoy the occasional glass of wine with dinner, or an evening cocktail, most people don’t realize the impact that this has on their weight.

As long as there is any alcohol in your system your liver puts aside other tasks, such as carbohydrate metabolism to pay attention to getting rid of the alcohol. The result is that virtually every calorie that comes through the liver in any form gets rapidly turned into fat, so the liver can give its full attention to burning the alcohol.

From a practical standpoint, this means that as long as you have any alcohol in your bloodstream, you are making fat rather than burning it. Over time, those few extra hours of fat production every day result in a significant increase in your weight.

If you’re serious about losing weight, the first thing you need to do is take alcohol out of your diet.