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My Next Prescription Is a Pint

This time of year, I like to thaw out my stash of superfoods. That’s because I load up on blueberries each spring and summer. So much so, that I freeze the leftovers to help tide me over until the next time they’re in season. I call blueberries the “perfect blue food.” I’ve said since medical school that many of the worst diseases – like dementia, heart disease, and diabetes – stem from infection and inflammation. Blueberries help fight inflammation and keep you…

Why You (Unfortunately) Can’t Trust Your Broker

Doc’s note: Blindly trusting a broker is one of the worst investing decisions you could make. Remember, no one will look out for you better than you. That’s why today, I’m sharing an essay from Dr. Steve Sjuggerud in which he explains one of the biggest problems with brokers. *** This makes me so mad, I want to scream… I recommended a simple investment. Nothing exotic about it at all. Then we got an e-mail from a subscriber… who was unable to…

Building Wealth

Will You Outlive Your Money?

In 1928, U.S. life expectancy was about 57 years. Today, according to the Social Security Administration, folks turning 65 this year have an average life expectancy of 84.3 (men) or 86.6 (women). What’s more, folks are living longer than ever. One in four 65-year-olds today will live past 90, and one in 10 will live past 95. Most retirement plans assume you’ll retire sometime around 65 and live for another 20 years. But consider this… Someone who is 65 years old today is expected…

Spending Wisely

Fire Your Cable Company

Doc’s note: We’re continuing our special holiday series, sharing our favorite issues. Today’s essay was chosen by one of our team members, Jeff Havenstein… If you’re like me and get upset every time you look at your monthly cable bill, it might be time to make a change. Recently, I convinced one of my family members to follow this advice. She now gets almost all of the same programs she used to watch, but for a fraction of the cost. *** We…

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Don’t Let Extreme Weather Empty Your Wallet

It’s 60 degrees here at our Baltimore office… about 20 degrees warmer than usual this time of year. Last week, the East Coast was in the grip of a winter storm. Even in Maryland, we felt sub-zero temperatures. The winter storm (dubbed a “bomb cyclone”) led to power outages, water main breaks, and near-record power demand. That demand on power could lead to higher energy bills for millions. There are lots of tips floating around to help you save on your energy bill…

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Living Well

Four Ways to Prevent the Flu This Season

There’s an epidemic in our office. Everywhere you look, folks are coughing, sneezing, and generally looking like they’re about to fall over. You might think it’s just the flu getting everyone sick this season… and that makes sense given that early reports of the flu vaccine show low protection. But as my franchise manager, Laura, learned, it isn’t always the flu. She mistakenly thought she had the flu in late December… She had a fever, chills, and new symptoms each day. It turned…

Travel

Seven Essential Items for Summer Travels

Late summer means a lot of travel. Whether it’s trips to the beach or a vacation before the kids or grandkids go back to school, plenty of folks are getting ready for a trip. What’s more, according to a poll from CBS, more folks prefer to travel in September. If you aren’t traveling with children, that’s a great time to travel thanks to smaller crowds and cooler temperatures. I travel a lot. And over the years, I’ve picked up on some tricks…