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Take this heart disease risk test

Two days ago, my husband, James, underwent a cardiac catheterization to insert two artificial valves into his heart over the two calcified malfunctioning valves.

Thanks to all your prayers, the surgery was successful. Late yesterday afternoon, James was moved from Intensive Care into a “regular” hospital room. Praise God!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America. And this is true for not only men but also women. In fact, nearly one-third of all U.S. deaths result from heart disease.

In fact, nearly half of those who die from heart attacks each year never showed prior symptoms of heart disease. Right now, millions of people over age 40 are suffering from heart disease and do not even know it.

Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, M.D. and Newsmaxhealth.com have created a simple, easy-to-complete, online test that will help you understand your heart attack risk factors. When you take the Simple Heart Test — it takes just 2 minutes to complete — you’ll discover:

  • Where you score on our unique heart disease risk scale
  • Which of your lifestyle habits really protect your heart
  • The true role your height and weight play in heart attack risk
  • Plus much more!

Dr. Crandall has vested financial interest in this because, along with emailing you your test result (mine says my heart disease risk is “Moderate”), he offers you his free book and a 3-month trial subscription to his monthly report. If after 3 months you do nothing, then automatically your subscription is renewed for a year and your credit card is billed $54.

Recognizing that, the heart test is still worth taking, if only as a reminder to us to decrease diet and other lifestyle risk factors.

The 20-question test takes just minutes to do. Click here!



Was Breitbart’s heart attack an assassination?

Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012

Two days ago on March 1, the shocking news came that Andrew Breitbart died suddenly of a suspected heart attack “while walking” at night near his home in Brentwood, southern California. A passerby found him collapsed on the pavement. Breitbart was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m.

Breitbart was the conservative power-house founder of the news aggregation site, Breitbart.com, and five other websites — Breitbart.tv, Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace. He was only 43 years old. He left a wife and four young children.

Earlier that evening, marketing executive Arthur Sando had struck up a conversation with Breitbart in The Brentwood, a bar and restaurant near Breitbart’s home. Sando didn’t know Breitbart but had a friendly debate with the conservative activist for about two hours. Sando told The Hollywood Reporter Breitbart had stopped in for a drink (red wine) but wasn’t there to meet anyone in particular. Nor were there any signs of health or other problems. “He wasn’t drinking excessively,” Sando recalled. “He was on his BlackBerry a lot.” Breitbart left the The Brentwood at 11:30 p.m., presumably to walk back to his home. 50 minutes later, he was pronounced dead.

Although an official cause of death remains undetermined, Breitbart.com quickly issued a statementstating that its founder had died “unexpectedly from natural causes.” How do they know that? While it is true that, according to ABC News, Breitbart had “a history of heart problems.” But the nature of his previous heart condition, which was reportedly diagnosed last year, and whether it contributed to his death are unknown. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said an autopsy would “more than likely” be conducted.

This much is clear: Andrew Breitbart was a thorn in the side of the Obama administration.

He was instrumental in James O’Keefe’s brilliant sting operation exposing the lies and corruption of ACORN, which finally led to Congress’ defunding of ACORN and the dismantling of ACORN itself. (Of course, since then, like a hydra growing another head, ACORN has revived under different names.)

Breitbart was the one who exposed (pun intended) the lewd twitters that eventually led to the resignation of former Democrat NY Congressman Anthony Weiner.

Just last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Breitbart vowed that since Obama had never been properly vetted in the 2008 election, Breitbart would release certain videos just before the November elections, especially a particularly damning one from Obama’s college years: “I’ve got videos – this election we’re going to vet him – from his college days to show you why … racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008.” (Yesterday, Breitbart’s organization said the Obama college video will be released in 7 to 10 days.)

Breitbart had promised “The videos will greatly affect the 2012 election.”

Given that, it is not preposterous to think that Breitbart’s “heart attack” might have been an assassination. The net is teeming with those speculations.

Here’s a CIA whistleblower testifying in 1975 before the U.S. Senate’s Church Committee about a secret weapon of the CIA — a poison dart that can induce an undetectable heart attack. (H/t sodahead for this video)

As explained by Fred Burks of Examiner.com, November 29, 2009, the poison dart can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration of the deadly dart, the individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all. The poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target.

The lethal poison then rapidly enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack. Once the damage is done, the poison denatures quickly, so that an autopsy is very unlikely to detect that the heart attack resulted from anything other than natural causes.

H/t beloved Tina, Grouchy, and Joseph.


The Healing Power of Pets

One of my Monday rituals is catching the latest broadcast of The Peoples Pharmacy.  I highly recommend this one.  It’s an interview with a veterinarian who has written a book about the positive role pets play in the health of their owners.  The call ins are marvelous!   The entire broadcast is just under 1 hour.

810 Healing Power of Pets

April 16, 2011 in Radio Shows
Bonus Interview:
Dr. Marty Becker discusses the human-animal bond and health for both partners.
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Companion animals have the power to help us combat stress, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. Your doctor might not prescribe a cat to lower cholesterol or a dog to relieve depression, but the animals that share our homes have a remarkable power to help us heal.

Research shows that walking the dog is a more reliable and enjoyable way to get your exercise than stepping on a treadmill. How else do animals enhance our health?

Guest: Marty Becker, DVM, is called America’s veterinarian because of his frequent appearances on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Becker practices at the North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. His books include The Healing Power of Pets, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul and Your Dog. His website is www.DrMartyBecker.com