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A Sweet Way to Lower Your AFib Risk

I love chocolate. In fact, it’s one of my favorite health foods. Now, chocolate isn’t a food you would normally call a health food. But the health benefits of chocolate just keep adding up. For centuries, people have eaten chocolate for its variety of health benefits. Chocolate improves memory, helps regulate blood pressure, prevents heart disease, improves mood, and even helps maintain weight. Now, according to brand-new research out of Harvard, chocolate might even lower your risk for atrial fibrillation, or “AFib.” (If…

The Easiest Way I Know to Protect Yourself When the Bear Comes

Dr. Sue isn’t stupid… She’s a rare – almost unheard of – triple-boarded physician. And she trained at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. And yet, she almost lost more than half of her savings thanks to one critical mistake. Let me explain… In the 2000s, Sue and her family were scoring big on small Chinese stocks. But when the markets crashed in 2008, Sue made a fatal error that I’ve seen ruin portfolios… As her investments collapsed, she wouldn’t sell. By the time she asked…

Building Wealth

The No. 1 Question Most Investors Forget to Ask

When my friend Seth asked me to invest in his new wine store, the decision was easy… He’d already answered the most important question you must ask before making an investment… I got to know Seth while I was in medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he was the wine buyer for a local grocery store… He was educated as a chef and was working on his Master Sommelier badge. (A “sommelier” or “wine steward” is…

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Build This ‘Foundation Fund’ to Smooth out Life’s Surprises

The radio is playing, you’re thinking about your grocery list, and then out of the blue, your car engine stutters and dies… It’s every car owner’s most dreaded experience. It happened to my assistant Laura last year. She put the key in the ignition… But the car wouldn’t start. It sat there, a dead, 3,700-pound inconvenience. Laura worried about how to get it towed… how to arrange transit to work… and how much repairs would cost. It turned out several things went wrong at…

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Throw Away the ‘Snake Oil’ Once and for All

It’s time to stop believing in cure-all health scams… I read that fish oil supplements are a way to fix AFib? Any comment? – J.J. Don’t rely on fish-oil supplements to stop AFib. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, fish-oil pills don’t live up to manufacturers’ claims. Researchers in Canada found that fish oil doesn’t prevent or improve atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat). In the study, researchers gave some participants fish oil while others received…

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Could Your Watch Save Your Life?

This might be Apple’s most life-changing invention yet… Earlier this month, folks from app-developer Cardiogram and researchers from the University of California San Francisco joined forces to develop a new algorithm. The idea was to come up with a way to track a person’s heart rate data so precisely, it could diagnose a condition called atrial fibrillation, or “AFib.” AFib happens when you get an irregular heartbeat. Basically the upper chambers of your heart stop coordinating with the lower chambers. And it can…

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Propelling Humanity out of the Gutter

Doc’s Note: Today, I’m sharing an essay from famed political satirist P.J. O’Rourke. This essay is part of a series of essays recently published in the Stansberry Digest. In it, P.J. details his experience at this year’s Space Symposium. He discusses the challenges facing space-related endeavors, the future of space exploration, and who’s part of today’s space race. *** I (P.J. O’Rourke) just came back from the Earth’s largest gathering of international businesses, industries, governmental agencies, scientific institutions, and other…