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    Friday, August 17, 2018

    BOOK

    Book: The Case Against Statins

    I just published a book called The Case Against Statins.

    It is a collection of articles that I have written about statins over the past 11 years.

    It contains evidence that:

    • Statins are not effective.
    • Statins increase atherosclerosis.
    • Statins increase the risk of heart attacks.
    • Statins increase the risk of certain cancers.
    • Statins increase the risk of diabetes.
    • Statins increase the risk of Parkinson’s.
    • Statins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
    • Statins increase the risk of ALS.
    • Statins increase the risk of cataracts.
    • Statins increase the risk of kidney failure.
    • Statins increase the risk of liver dysfunction.
    • Statins increase erectile dysfunction.
    • Statins increase muscle fatigue.
    • Statins can cause muscle rupture.
    • Statins have an immunosuppressive effect.
    • Statins increase the risk of dying.

    This book is just about statins, but the problem is not just with statins.

    It is a problem with most drugs given long-term.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 11:23 am | [0] comments

    Monday, August 06, 2018

    LOW-CARB DIET vs HIGH-CARB DIET

    People on a low-fat, high-carb diet had less anxiety and depression than those on low-carb diet

    People randomly assigned to either a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet for one year had lower scores for anxiety and depression than people who were randomly assigned to a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet according to a 2009 study from Australia.

    Both groups lost an average of 30 lbs after one year.

    “In conclusion, we found that despite similar weight loss after energy-restricted [high-fat, low-carb] and [low-fat, high-carb] diets for 12 months and rapid improvements in mood during the first 8 weeks with both diets, over the long term many of the benefits regressed in the [high-fat, low-carb] diet group such that participants on the [low-fat, high-carb] diet achieved better outcomes,” the authors of the study concluded.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 06, 2018 1:21 pm | [0] comments

    Saturday, August 04, 2018

    HIBISCUS TEA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure by 7 points from 129 to 122 mmHg in Tufts University study

    Three servings of hibiscus tea (H. sabdariffa) per day for six weeks lowered blood pressure by an average of 7 mmHg systolic and 3 mmHg diastolic in people with mild hypertension or prehypertension according to a study from researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    Each serving was 8-ounces (240 mL).

    Blood pressure dropped in those given hibiscus tea from an average of 129/79 mmHg to 122/76 mmHg after six weeks compared to an average drop in those given a placebo from 130/80 to 129/79 mmHg.

    The authors of the study noted that other studies have found that hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure about twice as much in people with higher blood pressures.

    “Daily consumption of 3 servings of H. sabdariffa (hibiscus) tea, an amount readily incorporated into the diet, effectively lowered [blood pressure] in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults,” the authors of the study concluded.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Aug 04, 2018 10:12 am | [0] comments

    HIBISCUS TEA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure from 139/91 to 124/80 mmHg

    In people with mild hypertension, hibiscus tea (H. sabdariffa) lowered blood pressure by roughly 15 points systolic and 11 points diastolic from an average blood pressure of 139/91 mmHg to 124/80 mmHg after four weeks.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Aug 04, 2018 9:37 am | [0] comments

    HIBISCUS TEA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure by 11% in people with mild hypertension

    In people with mild hypertension, hibiscus tea (H. sabdariffa) lowered blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic, by roughly 11% within twelve days of starting treatment which would mean a drop of roughly 16 points systolic and 10 points diastolic.

    In other words, if someone had a blood pressure of 150/90 mmHg, their blood pressure would be lowered to 134/80 mmHg.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Aug 04, 2018 9:05 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    Potassium-enriched salt reduces cardiovascular mortality in elderly men by 41%

    Potassium-enriched salt reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular-related causes in elderly men by 41% over 2.5 years according to a study from Taiwan.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Aug 04, 2018 6:41 am | [0] comments

    Friday, August 03, 2018

    POTASSIUM

    Women consuming 4500 mg of potassium per day vs 1560 mg were 59% less likely to die during 7.6 years

    The one-fifth of women consuming the most potassium, an average of roughly 4500 mg of potassium per day, were 59% less likely to die during a 7.6 year study than the one-fifth of women consuming the least potassium, an average of 1560 mg per day according to The Scottish Heart Health Study.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 9:40 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    Women consuming 4500 mg of potassium per day vs 2700 mg were 15% less likely to die during 7.6 years

    The one-fifth of women consuming the most potassium, an average of roughly 4500 mg of potassium per day, were 15% less likely to die during a 7.6 year study than the one-fifth of women consuming the second most potassium, an average of 2700 mg per day according to The Scottish Heart Health Study.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 9:30 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    Men consuming 5400 mg of potassium per day vs 1840 mg were 55% less likely to die during 7.6 years

    The one-fifth of men consuming the most potassium, an average of roughly 5400 mg of potassium per day, were 55% less likely to die during a 7.6 year study than the one-fifth of men consuming the least potassium, an average of 1840 mg per day according to The Scottish Heart Health Study.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 9:20 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    Men consuming 5400 mg of potassium per day vs 3350 mg were 22% less likely to die during 7.6 years

    The one-fifth of men consuming the most potassium, an average of roughly 5400 mg of potassium per day, were 22% less likely to die during a 7.6 year study than the one-fifth of men consuming the second most potassium, an average of 3350 mg per day according to The Scottish Heart Health Study.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 9:10 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    POTASSIUM

    People consuming the most potassium relative to sodium had a 30% lower risk of ischemic stroke

    The one-fifth of people consuming the most potassium relative to sodium were 30% less likely to have an ischemic stroke (where a blood clot interrupts the blood supply in the brain) during a 24 year follow-up than the one-fifth of people consuming the least potassium relative to sodium.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 8:52 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    People consuming the most potassium relative to sodium had a 37% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke

    The one-fifth of people consuming the most potassium relative to sodium were 37% less likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke (where a blood vessel in the brain bursts) during a 24 year follow-up than the one-fifth of people consuming the least potassium relative to sodium.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 8:45 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    People consuming the most potassium relative to sodium had 22% lower risk of cardiovascular disease

    The one-fifth of people consuming the most potassium relative to sodium were 22% less likely to have cardiovascular disease during a 24 year follow-up than the one-fifth of people consuming the least potassium relative to sodium.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 8:39 am | [0] comments

    POTASSIUM

    People consuming the most potassium relative to sodium had a 14% lower risk of death from any cause

    The one-fifth of people consuming the most potassium relative to sodium were 14% less likely to die from any cause during a 24 year follow-up than the one-fifth of people consuming the least potassium relative to sodium.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 8:30 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 01, 2018

    STATINS & CANCER

    Prolonged use of statins associated with a 18% increased risk of lung cancer

    Prolonged use of statins for more than 4 years was associated with an 18% increased risk of lung cancer according to a recent analysis of data from 574 UK general practices from 1998-2008.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 8:59 am | [0] comments

    STATINS & CANCER

    Prolonged use of statins associated with a 23% increased risk of colorectal cancer

    Prolonged use of statins for more than 4 years was associated with a 23% increased risk of colorectal cancer according to a recent analysis of data from 574 UK general practices from 1998-2008.

    Prolonged use of atorvastatin (Lipitor) for more than 4 years was associated with a 51% increased risk of colorectal cancer.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 8:47 am | [0] comments

    STATINS & CANCER

    Prolonged use of statins associated with a 29% increased risk of bladder cancer

    Prolonged use of statins for more than 4 years was associated with a 29% increased risk of bladder cancer according to a recent analysis of data from 574 UK general practices from 1998-2008.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 8:38 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKES

    SlimFast shakes cause 15.6 lbs weight loss in three months

    People using two SlimFast meal replacement shakes and two SlimFast bars in place of two meals and two snacks lost an average of 15.6 pounds in the first three months compared to only 2.9 pounds for those on a low calorie diet alone.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 8:39 am | [4] comments

    MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKES

    SlimFast shakes cause 11% weight loss for two years

    People lost and maintained an average weight loss of 11 percent by replacing two meals and two snacks per day with SlimFast meal replacement shakes and bars for three months followed by replacing one meal and one snack for an additional two years.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 8:30 am | [0] comments

    MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKES

    SlimFast shakes cause 8.4% weight loss for four years

    People lost and maintained an average weight loss of 8.4 percent of their body weight by replacing two meals and two snacks per day with SlimFast shakes and bars for three months followed by replacing one meal and one snack for an additional four years.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 8:22 am | [0] comments

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    MEAL REPLACEMENT

    Skim milk powder meal replacement for 2 meals per day causes weight loss of 24.2 lbs in six months

    Obese men and women who replaced two meals per day with a meal replacement shake containing 215 calories, consisting of 15 grams of protein from skim milk powder, lost an average of 24.2 pounds in six months according to a recent study from researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Adelaide, South Australia.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 3:31 pm | [0] comments

    MEAL REPLACEMENT

    Skim milk powder meal replacement causes weight loss of 23.8 lbs in one year

    Obese men and women who for the first six (6) months replaced two (2) meals per day with a meal replacement shake containing 215 calories, consisting of 15 grams of protein from skim milk powder, and then for the next six (6) months replaced one (1) meal per day, lost an average of 23.8 pounds in one (1) year according to a recent study from researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Adelaide, South Australia.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 3:20 pm | [0] comments

    MEAL REPLACEMENT

    Whey protein meal replacement for 2 meals per day causes weight loss of 20.9 lbs in 6 months

    Obese men and women who replaced two meals per day with a meal replacement shake containing 215 calories, consisting of 15 grams of protein from whey protein, lost an average of 20.9 pounds in six months according to a recent study from researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Adelaide, South Australia.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 2:38 pm | [0] comments

    MEAL REPLACEMENT

    Whey protein meal replacement causes weight loss of 21.8 lbs in one year

    Obese men and women who for the first six (6) months replaced two (2) meals per day with a meal replacement shake containing 215 calories, consisting of 15 grams of protein from whey protein, and then for the next six (6) months replaced one (1) meal per day, lost an average of 21.8 pounds in one (1) year according to a recent study from researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Adelaide, South Australia.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 2:19 pm | [0] comments

    Saturday, July 14, 2018

    BETA BLOCKERS

    People who used beta blockers in a Diabetic Clinic weighed 19.6 lbs more than non-users

    Among a total of 214 consecutive patients attending a diabetic clinic, 30% were taking beta blockers to lower blood pressure according to a study from Australia.

    Those taking beta blockers were 19.6 pounds heavier than patients not taking a beta blocker (202 lbs vs 183 lbs).

    Beta blockers are drugs are given for:

    • abnormal heart rhythms
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart failure
    • Angina (heart pain)
    • Tremor
    • Prevention of migraines
    • given after a heart attack
    • hyperthyroidism
    • akathisia (restlessness or inability to sit still)
    • panic disorder
    • anxiety
    • aggressive behavior

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 6:49 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    People who used beta blockers in a Hypertension Clinic weighed 37.9 lbs more than Non-Users

    Among a total of 84 consecutive patients attending a hypertension clinic, 50% were taking beta blockers to lower blood pressure according to a study from Australia.

    Those taking beta blockers were 37.9 pounds heavier than patients not taking a beta blocker (197 lbs vs 159 lbs).

    Beta blockers are drugs are given for:

    • abnormal heart rhythms
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart failure
    • Angina (heart pain)
    • Tremor
    • Prevention of migraines
    • given after a heart attack
    • hyperthyroidism
    • akathisia (restlessness or inability to sit still)
    • panic disorder
    • anxiety
    • aggressive behavior

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 6:20 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers reduced diet-induced thermogenesis by 50%

    Beta blockers reduce diet-induced thermogenesis by 50% according to a study from Australia.

    Beta blockers are drugs are given for:

    • abnormal heart rhythms
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart failure
    • Angina (heart pain)
    • Tremor
    • Prevention of migraines
    • given after a heart attack
    • hyperthyroidism
    • akathisia (restlessness or inability to sit still)
    • panic disorder
    • anxiety
    • aggressive behavior

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 5:55 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers reduced fat oxidation rate by 32%

    Beta blockers reduce fat oxidation by 32% according to a study from Australia.

    Beta blockers are drugs are given for:

    • abnormal heart rhythms
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart failure
    • Angina (heart pain)
    • Tremor
    • Prevention of migraines
    • given after a heart attack
    • hyperthyroidism
    • akathisia (restlessness or inability to sit still)
    • panic disorder
    • anxiety
    • aggressive behavior

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 5:50 am | [0] comments

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers reduced weekly habitual activity by 34%

    Beta blockers reduce weekly habitual activity by 34%, as measured by the number of steps taken in a week by a pedometer, according to a study from Australia.

    The average number of steps taken in a week was 38,816 steps in the Beta-blocker group versus 58,944 steps in the control group.

    (The paper rounds off the calculation to approximately 30%, however, the calculation shows the difference is 34%.)

    Beta blockers are drugs are given for:

    • abnormal heart rhythms
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart failure
    • Angina (heart pain)
    • Tremor
    • Prevention of migraines
    • given after a heart attack
    • hyperthyroidism
    • akathisia (restlessness or inability to sit still)
    • panic disorder
    • anxiety
    • aggressive behavior

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 5:45 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    ANTIHISTAMINES

    Men taking prescription antihistamines weigh 20.9 lbs more than men not taking these drugs

    Men taking a prescription H1 antihistamine weighed an average of 20.9 pounds more than men not taking these drugs according to data from the 2005–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 10:24 am | [0] comments

    ANTIHISTAMINES

    Women taking prescription antihistamines weigh 9.7 lbs more than women not taking these drugs

    Women taking a prescription H1 antihistamine weighed an average of 9.7 pounds more than women not taking these drugs according to data from the 2005–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 10:02 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    ANTIBIOTICS & WEIGHT GAIN

    Long-term treatment with antibiotic caused weight gain of 4 to 29 lbs in one-fourth of patients

    One-fourth (23%) of patients treated long-term with the antibiotic, doxycycline (100 mg twice a day), plus the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine (600 mg daily), gained from 4 to 29 lbs after one-year according to a study from France.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 12:57 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, July 09, 2018

    ALMONDS

    People eating 3 oz almonds w/ 1,000 calorie diet lost 43 lbs in 6 months vs 27 lbs w/ complex carbs

    People eating 3 ounces of almonds per day (84 grams) as part of a 1,000 calorie per day, low-calorie diet lost 43 pounds in six (6) months compared to 26.6 pounds in people eating the same amount of complex carbohydrates according to a 2003 study from researchers at the City of Hope, National Medical Center in Duarte, California.

    Almonds contain 32% fewer calories than previously thought, and 3 oz of almonds reduce calories absorbed of entire diet by 5%

    In 2012, USDA researchers found almonds contain 32% fewer calories than previously thought, and found that 3 oz of almonds added to the diet reduced calories absorbed of the entire diet by 5%.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 09, 2018 1:40 pm | [0] comments

    Sunday, July 08, 2018

    DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

    74-85% of alcoholics sober & stable 3.5 years after nutritional therapy, Joan Mathews Larson PhD

    Seventy-four percent (74%) to 85% of alcoholics were found to be sober and emotionally stable 3.5 years after going through the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA founded by Joan Mathews Larson PhD who treats drug and alcohol problems as well as anxiety and depression with a nutritional approach.

    This compares to about a 5% success with “Talk Therapy” based programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Jul 08, 2018 1:59 pm | [0] comments

    Saturday, July 07, 2018

    FOOD ALLERGIES

    Food allergies are the most common cause of depression notes Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD

    The most common cause of depression and most mood disorders, including many schizophrenics, are brain allergies caused by foods that we are allergic to according to Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD, author of Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger from Your Life.

    She notes that getting people to avoid foods that they are allergic to has provided the most amazing depression recoveries that Dr. Larson has seen in more than 30 years.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jul 07, 2018 11:01 am | [0] comments

    Friday, July 06, 2018

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

    One ounce of dark chocolate per day lowered blood pressure 6 mm Hg, fasting blood sugar 8 mg/dl

    People with type 2 diabetes and hypertension who were given one ounce (25 grams) of dark chocolate per day had a 6 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure (dropping from 137 to 131 mm Hg), a 6 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure (dropping from 85 to 79 mm Hg), and an 8 mg/dl drop in fasting blood sugar (dropping from 138 to 130 mg/dl) over two months compared to people who given the same amount of white chocolate according to a study from the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jul 06, 2018 9:32 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, July 05, 2018

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAUNAS

    Saunas 2-3 times per week associated with 20% lower risk of Alzheimer’s

    Men who took saunas 2-3 times per week were 20% less likely to get dementia compared to men who took a sauna once a week according to a Finnish study that followed 2,315 healthy men aged 42-60 years at baseline for an average of 21 years.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 2:48 pm | [0] comments

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAUNAS

    Saunas 4-7 times per week associated with 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s

    Men who took a sauna 4-7 times per week were 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s compared to men who took a sauna once a week according to a Finnish study that followed 2,315 healthy men aged 42-60 years at baseline for an average of 21 years.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 1:59 pm | [0] comments

    Wednesday, July 04, 2018

    Sauna use 2-3 times per week associated with 24% lower risk of death over 20 years

    Finnish men who used a sauna 2-3 times per week were 24% less likely to die during an average follow-up of 20.7 years compared to men who used a sauna once a week according to a recent study.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jul 04, 2018 8:09 am | [0] comments

    Sauna use 4-7 times per week associated with 40% lower risk of death over 20 years

    Finnish men who used a sauna 4-7 times per week were 40% less likely to die during an average follow-up of 20.7 years compared to men who used a sauna once a week according to a recent study.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jul 04, 2018 7:55 am | [0] comments
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