Someone passed this article on to me and I thought it was well worth reading and definitely "food" for thought!
Eat, drink and be buried
By William C. Douglass, MD He's on his third plate of deep-fried tater tots, and he's wearing more ketchup than he's eating. His extra-large belly is sagging out of his medium-sized T-shirt like a Hefty bag full of Jell-O.
But he's not your garden variety slob -- he's just a fella trying to lower his cholesterol. And if you don't believe him, check his medicine cabinet. A new UCLA study proves that millions of folks are treating their prescriptions for dangerous cholesterol-lowering statins like a free pass to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Researchers followed the eating habits of statin users for a decade and found these pill poppers are eating just about anything the Burger King or his legions of fast-food princes throw their way. Over the past 10 years, folks on statins have increased their caloric intake by HUNDREDS of calories a day. And it's all because they're mistaking those tiny pills for a bullet-proof vest. You see, most folks taking statins waddle into their doctors' offices fat, out of shape, and sicker than a flea-ridden dog. And they're not looking to change their lifestyles -- they want a quick fix. They want a license to eat whatever they want without EVER worrying about their cholesterol or heart disease again. And Big Pharma has been using statins to make that promise for years --even if that promise is a load of bull. The moment you swallow that first statin pill, you may never be healthy again. Statins have been linked to everything from brain disease to cancer, and a University of Missouri found they actually may BLOCK the benefits of exercise. So if you're taking Crestor or Lipitor as part of a plan to get yourself in shape, you'd probably have a better chance playing the lottery. Friend, wake up -- statins are mainstream "symptom control" treatment at its very ugliest. If you're tipping the scales at 300 pounds, do you really think statins are the answer you've been waiting for? High cholesterol isn't your problem. It's a SYMPTOM of your overeating problem -- and that problem is going to kill you. Shockingly, according to this latest UCLA study, doctors may not even be counseling patients on weight loss strategies before handing over a bottle of these risky pills. If your cholesterol numbers are climbing like the national debt -- stop looking inside a pill bottle and start looking in your refrigerator. Load up on healthy proteins, and cut out the carbs and added sugar for good. In fact, start skipping the middle aisles of the supermarket completely -- just stick with meats, fruits and vegetables. Odds are, the next time your doc sees you, he'll get the message that you're treating the cause of your unhealthy lifestyle --and not just the symptoms. A chuckle a day keeps the doctor away Ever have one of those days? The neighbor's dog won't stop barking... someone is parked in your space... and a bill arrives marked "Past Due" even though you KNOW you've paid it. When life's stresses get you wound up tighter than a banjo string, you don't need some Big Pharma happy pill or a dangerous muscle relaxer. What you DO need is a good laugh. A new study from Loma Linda University in California has found that a good, deep belly laugh produces the same relaxing effect on your brain as a full mediation session! Thirty-one research volunteers were shown videos that were either amusing, spiritual, or distressing. Turns out funny videos produced the same healing gamma waves your brain generates when you meditate. And that's not just good news for you -- it's FANTASTIC news for me. Because let me tell you something -- if you ever find me lying on the floor humming, I'm not meditating. I'm having a stroke. New Age healing has never really been my thing. But if I can relax and give my brain a workout by watching a few Archie Bunker re-runs, sign me up! The truth is, the way you handle stress has an enormous impact on your health. A poor stress response can make you fat, trigger heart disease and can even cause cancer! And the mainstream doesn't have any answers for you -- but the Smothers Brothers might. So the next time you're feeling stressed, pop in a DVD of your favorite comedy show and put your feet up. You may be adding years to your life one chuckle at a time. Always a laugh a minute, William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
Make it a great day!