“I dislike helplessness in other people and in myself, and this is by far my greatest fear of illness.” – John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley, 1962) 

If you know anyone who’s had a stroke, you know how terrible it can be. In seconds, a stroke can leave you physically helpless. You can’t move your limbs. You can’t speak. You may not even be able to smile.

And while high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels have been related to strokes, plenty of people who have neither get them.

You can dramatically lessen your chances of getting slammed by a stroke by following some simple guidelines, according to Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, whose monthly newsletter, Nutrition & Healing, focuses on natural cures and remedies.

According to Dr. Wright, strokes are caused by one of two events: a clot that reduces blood flow to the brain or a breakage in the blood vessels that feed the brain, causing blood to flow into places it shouldn’t.

To reduce your risk of having a stroke:

1. Keep your blood vessels strong and healthy so they won’t break.

2. Reduce the tendency of your blood to clot abnormally and increase your blood’s clot-busting potential.

Here’s Dr. Wright’s all-natural, stroke-prevention program:

* Eat more vegetables and fruit.

* Eat whole grains (not refined-flour products).

* Eat more fish and less animal protein.

* Quit smoking.

* Cut alcohol consumption.

* Exercise!

In addition, take these supplements:

* 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice a day

* 1 tablespoon of cod-liver oil daily

* 600 I.U. of vitamin E daily

* 80 mg of ginkgo biloba twice a day

* 1 teaspoon of hawthorne solid extract daily

* 60 to 120 mg of centella asiatica daily

* 20 or more mg of turmeric daily (or use turmeric regularly in your cooking)

* 250-400 mg of magnesium daily

* 2 mg of copper daily

* 138 mg of nattokinase three times a day

[Ed. Note.  Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Palm Beach Letter. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.]

Mark Morgan Ford

Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Wealth Builders Club. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.