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Charles K Bens, PhD

Charles K. Bens, PhD is an author, speaker and wellness consultant specializing in the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. He is the founder and president of Healthy @ Work, Inc. a wellness education and consulting company focused on improving the health of employees. The company provides workshops on a wide range of health topics. He has written nine books including Healthy at Work: Your Pocket Guide to Good Health, The Healthy Smoker: How To Quit Smoking By Becoming Healthier First and over 200 articles. Dr. Bens lectures all over the world on organizational change and improvement as well as on wellness and health improvement. And was selected by Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation as the Vail Visiting Professor for 2013.

For over 40 years the conventional medical establishment has been telling us that high cholesterol levels are the main cause of heart disease. However, many scientific studies have shown that this is not the case.

  • A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study examined the scientific literature on cholesterol and could not find one study with a clear cause and effect relationship between cholesterol and heart disease. Many similar studies have now confirmed this...

The obvious answer to this question is yes; it probably could be killing you. It primarily depends on what you are eating. If you are eating according to the Mediterranean Diet your food is actually helping you to live a longer and a healthier life. However, if you are eating almost any other diet you could be at risk if you have not done your homework about the various diets that are being featured in articles, books and on the Internet. Here is a brief explanation about how these diets...

Some foods and drinks have been causing confusion lately about how healthy they are, and one of them is coffee. Here are some thinks people are reading or hearing about coffee.

Various studies have touted coffee as being beneficial against Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease. These are usually scientific studies known as retrospective studies because they examine the health of people who have consumed varying amounts of coffee and then...

According to scientists at the University of Minnesota the percentage of the population that smokes has not changed for more than a decade. Dr. Harry Lando expressed real concern about this fact recently when he said, "I have become discouraged that we can't improve our success rates beyond a certain point. It's critical to look for alternatives for people who are simply not quitting."

The Healthy Smoker

Dr. Lando is definitely right, not enough people are quitting smoking, but...

Your grandmother is 95, but your mother just passed away at 65. What happened to the old adage, “but I have good genes?” Medical scientists say that genes account for about 20 percent of aging and much of the rest is determined by what we do to stay healthy and live longer.

FOUR KEY FACTORS TO CONSIDER

  1. Telomeres—These are little caps at the end of our chromosomes that help to keep our DNA contained when cells divide in...

If you ask people what illness they fear most in old age, a surprisingly large number will say just one word, Alzheimer’s. And yet, if you ask them what they are doing to avoid this dreaded illness a vast majority will give another one-word answer, nothing. I recently asked this question about the possibility of preventing and reversing Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease at a workshop and nearly everyone in the room indicated that they did not think that Alzheimer’s could be prevented or...

Introduction: Our cells develop disease and premature aging due to every day assaults on our cellular health, such as:

  • Poor nutrition
  • High toxin levels
  • Poor sleep
  • High stress levels
  • Genetic predispositions
  • Under or over exercising

Conventional medicine typically uses drugs and surgery to address these health challenges, however, these are usually not...

There is a false, and misleading perception, that genes play a significant role in our overall health. The CDC states that genetics account for only 10 percent of disease, with 90 percent depending on environmental factors. Other studies have indicated that as much as 16.4 percent of chronic diseases are caused by genetics and 83.6 percent by environmental factors. Regardless of the precise percentage, it is relatively small and it is not fixed.

Genes represent a genetic...

Breast cancer is the second most deadly cancer for women after lung cancer, but now there is scientifically proven ways to both prevent and reverse this terrible disease.

Breast Cancer Prevention

  • Eat a vegetarian diet filled with greens such as kale, broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
  • Keep your hormones balanced with plant-based hormone replacement therapy.
  • Use foods, supplements and sunshine to keep your vitamin D3 levels...

Science has confirmed, beyond any doubt, that nutrition is the number one way to prevent or reverse any chronic illness. There are other factors, such as genetics, toxins, exercise, sleep, and stress, but nutrition is more important than all of these other factors combined. And, it is well established that the Mediterranean Diet is the best diet for most people, based on a thirty-year study known as the Framingham Heart...

Drug-resistant germs have become a very serious threat to our health in the past few years due primarily to the overuse of antibiotics and the ability of some germs to develop a resistance to these drugs. For people infected by these germs there is a 50% mortality rate, and as more germs become resistant this problem could become much worse. Pharmaceutical companies are working night and day to develop new drugs that can work against these germs and so far, these efforts have failed. It is...

Enzymes are crucial to thousands of biochemical processes in our bodies and our brains. And, because enzymes are primarily found in raw fruits and vegetables, most people are not getting enough of them. Below is a list of some of the key biochemical processes where enzymes are needed:

  • Energy production
  • Oxygen absorption
  • Fighting infection
  • Healing wounds
  • Dissolving blood clots
  • Hormone...

Probably 99 percent of doctors do not know that the medications they are prescribing are not only causing dangerous immediate side effects; they are also usually causing the depletion of nutrients necessary for your health. Here are some of the nutrients depleted by prescription medication:

  1. Statin drugs—Depletes Beta Carotene, vitamin E and Co-enzyme Q10, which can cause heart failure with long-term use.
  2. Anti-acids (aluminum)—Depletes...

Current blood tests are very inadequate and usually detect chronic disease five to ten years after it has already begun. Good examples are kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and diabetes.

  • Kidneys can be diseased by 90 percent before tests ever indicate a problem.
  • Liver disease is often detected after the liver is 70 percent diseased.
  • Heart disease has often been developing 20...

For people who have used the early warning diagnostic tools from “Is Alzheimer’s Preventable” and show none of the typical symptoms of Alzheimer’s, or some beginning symptoms, the following modified nutritional program will likely be sufficient to slow symptom progression and perhaps delay symptoms indefinitely. Here are the basic elements of this modified program, which may be easier to implement and less expensive, compared to the original comprehensive...

There has been a lot of publicity about the need for everyone to get a flu shot for protection from swine flu and seasonal flu. However, there are mixed reports surfacing on the efficacy of the existing vaccines.

  • "There is no evidence that any flu vaccine, thus far developed, is effective in preventing or mitigating an attack of influenza". Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Officer, FDA.
  • In the October 2008 issue of the Archive of Pediatric &...

According to a recent article in Newsweek Magazine the answer is yes, but I don't think all of the information has been gathered yet. The article is entitled "The Doctor (Watson) Will See You Now" and it generates some interesting concerns. Over 80 percent of illness is preventable and yet we only spend five percent of health dollars on prevention. And, over 60 percent of adults have a chronic disease with healthcare costs slated to reach 100 percent of our GNP by 2065,...

In 1961, a biologist named Leonard Haflick discovered how the human body ages. Most of our cells make copies of themselves over and over again until they die. This is called cellular senescence. Here are a few important facts about cell divisions:

  • Some cells can divide quickly and as often as necessary.
  • Some cells have a maximum limit of cellular divisions of approximately 50.
  • Most cells have less potential divisions than 50.
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Depression now affects one in ten adults in the U.S. and is projected to be the second leading cause of disability in the world by the year 2020. Depression is also one of the leading causes of workplace healthcare expense, costing employers and employees billions of dollars in medical costs, absenteeism, and presenteeism. Attempts to find a medication to treat depression have been going on for over 50 years with surprisingly poor results. Some evidence indicates that response rates...

1. Eat only whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, chicken, fish and whole grains (not wheat). Eat organic if you can, no junk food, no fried food, no cow dairy products and nothing with sugar added.

2. Eat three small meals and two healthy snacks each day. Eat no starches, breads or sugar after 3:00 PM and eat enough calories to equal ten times your body weight to maintain your current weight. Use herbs and spices...

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