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Retired MD Richard Ruhling Exposes Coffee’s Hidden Dangers, Medical Conditions That Are Detrimental To Health

Dr. Richard Ruhling is a board-certified physician and taught Health Science at Loma Linda University.



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WILMINGTON, NC, July 30, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — “Drinking coffee is good for your health” has become somewhat of a mantra for many people today. A recent article on Yahoo titled “The #1 Most Important Thing To Do Before Drinking Coffee in the Morning, According to an Integrative Medicine Doc,” stated, “Drinking coffee is good for your health (as long as it isn’t loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners). The beloved drink benefits brain health and is even linked to living longer if you drink it regularly.” Dr. Ruhling disagrees.

1. “I wish I had a $20 bill for every patient I saw who wanted something for anxiety or their nerves,” Ruhling said, who was board-certified in Internal Medicine before teaching Health Science at Loma Linda University, 1974-78. Caffeine is a neuro-stimulant that we shouldn’t need if we get good sleep.

2. Good sleep is more difficult if we use caffeine. Drug companies love caffeine as it creates a need for many of their symptomatic drugs that also risk adverse drug reaction and don’t solve the underlying cause.

3. Famed Russian scientist, Pavlov, called coffee “Bad Habit Glue” because it glues bad habits together. The best example is how well coffee or caffeine go with a smoke. If one tries to quit smoking, which is a neuro-depressant, but they drink coffee, their nerves beg them for a smoke to calm their nerves caused by caffeine.

4. Quitting coffee’s addiction is difficult because people get headaches and think the coffee cures it when it’s a withdrawal symptom that will pass in a few days, but drug companies understand this and put caffeine in Anacin or Excedrin and drugs for migraines. They relieve the headache but continue the addiction—we are a nation of addicts that include pharma drugs. Pharmakeia is the Greek word that “deceives all nations” in Revelation 18, supported by a book title, The Truth About the Drug Companies, How They Deceive Us.

5. Ruhling has a cardiology fellowship and said coffee is not allowed in Coronary Care Units because in the context of a heart attack, caffeine lowers the threshold for ventricular fibrillation, a fatal arrhythmia. It also cause extra heart beats (Premature Ventricular Contractions).

6. Ruhling’s daughter got breast lumps working the night shift when she couldn’t stay awake without drinking cokes, but her doctor told her to quit the caffeine and the lumps went away. Fibrocystic breast lumps are the most common reason for breast surgery to find out if it’s malignant, and it’s also a risk for cancer.

7. There is such a strong link between coffee drinking and cancer of the pancreas that it was the lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine, https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM198103123041102. Cancer of the pancreas is the #3 cancer cause of death in men–4th in women who also get breast cancer.

8. A Harvard newsletter found a link to cancer of the bladder in women who drank two cups of coffee or more.

9. Osteoporosis is a common affliction of women for which they often take Rx drugs, but every drug in the Physician’s Desk Reference has a long list of Adverse Drug Reactions and Contraindications.

10. We have all seen pictures of children with a deformed upper lip and some get a cleft palate from chromosomal damage when their mother drank coffee during the first trimester of pregnancy. Ads ask us to donate to pay for these kids to have surgery, but say nothing of the cause, typical of media’s love of drug ads from pharma.

11. One of the biggest drug bonanzas is stomach problems caused by caffeine as a powerful stimulant for gastric acid. We shouldn’t need acid blockers and antacids and so many of the new drugs by pharma for a rainbow of problems that include GERD (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease), Gastritis, Peptic Ulcers, etc.

At 82, and in excellent health, Ruhling credits his health in part to getting adequate sleep and never needs the stimulation of caffeine to wake up in the morning. He has never had a regular cup of coffee and only once has filled a prescription in his adult life (on a trip with intestinal flu and didn’t want restroom stops).

In a tribute to Ruhling’s mentor, Mervyn Hardinge, MD, PhD, and Dr. of Public Health from Harvard before becoming Dean of Loma Linda’s School of Public Health, Ruhling says “Hardinge was incredulous in the mid-70’s when ‘they are starting to call medical care healthcare.’ It was a Big Pharma marketing ploy.”

Medical care with Rx drugs has almost nothing to do with healthy habits (that Dr. Breslow of UCLA discovered) that give an average of 11 extra years with 35 years difference in those who broke 7 rules compare to those who observed them—smoking, drinking and obesity being the big three, but exercise, sleep, water drinking and attitudes all had measurable benefit so, as one book title says, ‘Be Your Own Doctor.’

Dr. Ruhling is available for speaking engagements and media interviews and can be reached by using the contact information below or by email at ruhling7@juno.com.For more information, visit https://News4Living.wordpress.com.

About Dr. Richard Ruhling:

After Internal Medicine training and board certification, Ruhling had a Cardiology Fellowship before teaching at Loma Linda’s School of Public Health. Attending a cardiology convention, he heard Pritikin reporting how a low fat, low cholesterol diet reversed heart disease and got 85% of patients off their drugs for diabetes and blood pressure. Ruhling developed a Total Health Seminar to help people with positive lifestyle changes to avoid high-risk pharma alternatives and at 80 is in excellent health. He can be contacted for speaking for corporate medical cost containment or by churches wanting to consider an alternate to the rapture theory.


Exploring the Healthiest Communities in the United States: California Counties Shine Bright

Discover how California’s Marin County leads the healthiest U.S. communities, boasting high life expectancy and low obesity rates in a recent study.



A recent study by MarketWatch has unveiled a list of the healthiest communities in the United States, with California counties claiming top spots. Marin County, nestled across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, emerged as the healthiest county, boasting a remarkable life expectancy of 85, a lower-than-average adult obesity rate, and a mere 5 percent of residents without health insurance.

The study evaluated 576 U.S. counties using 14 key metrics, including food insecurity, healthcare access, life expectancy, health insurance coverage, and environmental factors like water and air quality. Western states dominated the top 10 list, with Colorado, Hawaii, and Montana also showcasing exemplary county health profiles.

The findings emphasized a correlation between community health and wealth, with affluent areas exhibiting lower rates of food insecurity and higher levels of health insurance coverage. The presence of nature parks in many of the healthiest counties underscored the positive impact of green spaces on well-being, aligning with scientific research on the subject.

However, the study also shed light on disparities, highlighting that residents in the unhealthiest counties face challenges such as limited access to grocery stores, higher rates of food insecurity, and inadequate primary care services. Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, was identified as the least healthy county due to high uninsured rates and poor environmental quality.

In California, 37 out of 58 counties were ranked, with Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties clinching top positions. The data revealed a stark contrast in median incomes between the healthiest and unhealthiest counties, with Marin County boasting a median income well above the national average.

This comprehensive analysis serves as a valuable resource for policymakers and healthcare professionals striving to address disparities and promote well-being across communities. It underscores the importance of factors such as access to healthcare, environmental quality, and socioeconomic status in shaping overall community health outcomes.


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Empoderar a los afroamericanos con el aprendizaje de habilidades que salvan vidas



(Family Features) En el espíritu del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, usted puede empoderarse, educar a otros y mejorar la salud cardíaca de su comunidad convirtiéndose en un defensor de la RCP (reanimación cardiopulmonar) y del DEA (desfibrilador externo automático). Compartir la importancia de estas habilidades que salvan vidas puede ayudar a crear un futuro más saludable para las generaciones futuras.

Según la American Heart Association, los afroamericanos tienen la mayor incidencia de paro cardíaco fuera del hospital y tienen muchas menos probabilidades de sobrevivir. El paro cardíaco en las colonias negros se asocia con bajas tasas de tratamiento y supervivencia; los estudios han demostrado tasas más bajas tanto de RCP como de uso de DEA por parte de transeúntes en estas colonias.

En Estados Unidos, las desigualdades en salud son diferencias sistemáticas en el estado sanitario de diferentes grupos demográficos y, a menudo, son el resultado de barreras como el racismo, la pobreza, la discriminación, la falta de vivienda asequible, educación de calidad y acceso a la atención médica.

El Mes de la Historia Afroamericana sirve como telón de fondo relevante para la campaña Nation of Lifesavers de la American Heart Association, cuyo objetivo es alinear los principios de empoderamiento, participación comunitaria y equidad en salud. Al celebrar la abundante herencia y la resiliencia de la comunidad afroamericana, también se puede reconocer la importancia de fomentar la educación sobre la salud cardíaca y construir un legado de salud.

Puede defender la importancia de la capacitación en RCP y DEA compartiendo esta importante información en su comunidad.

Debido a que alrededor del 70% de los paros cardíacos fuera del entorno hospitalario ocurren en el hogar, aprender RCP puede salvar la vida de alguien que conoce y ama. De hecho, si bien el 90% de las personas que sufren un paro cardíaco fuera de un entorno hospitalario no sobreviven, se pueden duplicar o triplicar las posibilidades de supervivencia de una víctima realizando RCP de inmediato. Consta de dos sencillos pasos:

  1. Llamar al 9-1-1 (o enviar a alguien para que lo haga).
  2. Presionar fuerte y rápido en el centro del pecho.

Un DEA es un dispositivo portátil y liviano que administra una descarga eléctrica a través del pecho hasta el corazón cuando detecta un ritmo anormal y luego cambia el ritmo a la normalidad. Más del 15% de los paros cardíacos fuera de un entorno hospitalario ocurren en lugares públicos, lo que significa que los DEA de acceso público y la capacitación comunitaria desempeñan un papel importante en la desfibrilación temprana. La RCP combinada con el uso de un DEA ofrece las mejores posibilidades de salvar una vida.

Las ambulancias, los vehículos policiales, muchos camiones de bomberos y otros vehículos de primera respuesta contienen DEA. Además, se pueden encontrar en áreas públicas, como recintos deportivos, centros comerciales, aeropuertos y aviones, empresas, centros de convenciones, hoteles, escuelas, piscinas y consultorios médicos. Por lo general, puede buscar cerca de ascensores, cafeterías, áreas de recepción y en las paredes de los pasillos principales donde se reúne un gran número de personas.

Siga estos pasos para utilizar un DEA:

  1. Encienda el DEA y siga las indicaciones de voz.
  2. Retire toda la ropa que cubra el pecho. Si es necesario, seque el pecho.
  3. Retire el protector de las almohadillas y colóquelas en el pecho desnudo de la persona siguiendo la ilustración de las almohadillas.
  4. Enchufe el conector de las almohadillas al DEA, si es necesario.
  5. El DEA verificará si la persona necesita una descarga y le indicará cuándo administrarla. Mientras el DEA analiza, asegúrese de que nadie toque a la persona.
  6. Reanude la RCP si no es necesaria ninguna descarga. Si es necesaria una descarga, asegúrese de que nadie toque a la persona y presione el botón de “descarga” y luego reanude inmediatamente la RCP.
  7. Continúe la RCP hasta que llegue el personal de emergencia.

Obtenga más información y descubra cómo empoderarse a sí mismo y a su comunidad en heart.org/blackhistorymonth.

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4 Tips to Get High Cholesterol Under Control



(Family Features) Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but many people aren’t aware they may be at elevated risk. More than 71 million adults in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and nearly 50 million don’t have it under control, which puts them at higher risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.

What’s more, nearly one-third (31%) of U.S. adults are not aware that having high cholesterol puts them at greater risk for heart attack and stroke, according to the findings of a recent study conducted by The Harris Poll commissioned by Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. The poll also revealed some inconsistent understanding about treatment options available for those with uncontrolled cholesterol. Fully 3 in 10 (30%) of those taking statins believe statins are the only LDL lowering treatment available for those with high LDL cholesterol.

“In auto racing, the red flag means danger on the track, stopping the race immediately,” said Dr. JoAnne Foody, chief medical officer at Esperion. “We are launching a patient education program, ‘Wave the Red Flag,’ to encourage people with uncontrolled high cholesterol to have their levels checked right away and discuss appropriate treatment options with their health care provider.”

If your high cholesterol is uncontrolled, understanding how you can achieve greater control can reduce your risk for serious health conditions, including potentially life-threatening cardiovascular events.

Consider these tips to get high cholesterol under control.

Talk with your doctor. Speaking with your physician is an important first step to managing any health condition. Your doctor can help you understand the severity of your condition and whether a treatment plan should be moderate or aggressive.

Check your progress. Keeping tabs on your cholesterol can help you and your health care team gauge whether your treatment plan is working. If you don’t have heart disease, you may not need to check as frequently, but your doctor can recommend the appropriate intervals to help manage your cholesterol most effectively.

Take medications as prescribed. Statins are the medications most often recommended by treatment guidelines for the management of blood cholesterol, and nearly one-third (30%) of those taking statins believe they are the only cholesterol-lowering treatment available, according to the survey. However, even with maximal statin therapy, some patients with chronic disease do not meet recommended LDL cholesterol levels. Taking your medications regularly and as instructed helps your doctor determine whether additional therapies – including non-statin treatments – could be useful to help manage your blood cholesterol.

Make lifestyle adjustments. Your diet plays a major role in lowering LDL cholesterol. Limiting fatty foods, especially those that are high in saturated and trans fats, is key. Monitoring your overall diet and exercising can also help reduce your risk of high cholesterol. Even if you don’t have high cholesterol, adopting more cholesterol-friendly habits can help prevent your levels from rising to unhealthy levels in the future.

To find additional information about managing your high cholesterol, talk to your health care provider and visit WaveTheRedFlag.info.

Fast Facts About Cholesterol

What is cholesterol?
The liver creates a fat-like waxy substance called cholesterol. It serves useful purposes for the body, including producing hormones and helping digest food.

How do you get high cholesterol?
The human body makes all the cholesterol it needs naturally, so any cholesterol you eat is cholesterol you don’t need. However, it can be difficult to avoid because you can find dietary cholesterol in many common foods, including meat, seafood, poultry, eggs and dairy. Other non-dietary contributing factors include health conditions like obesity and diabetes, as well as family history and advancing age.

What is a normal cholesterol level?
An average optimal level of LDL cholesterol is about 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
An average optimal level of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol is at least 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women. HDL cholesterol can actually lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Are there symptoms of high cholesterol?
Unlike many health conditions, there are rarely any symptoms that your cholesterol is high. That’s what makes regular screening so important.

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