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Naturalnews.com is one of my favorite sites for
health information and the following article from them affirms
that there are viable alternatives to cancer therapy that does
not have to produce horrific side effects. If, God forbid, I
would have a cancer diagnosis, I would follow the advice by
Sherri Tenpenny, DO and that is
to call her before deciding on any treatment. Chemo would not be
on her list nor mine.
Thankfully I have known about the health benefits of using Grape
Seed Extract for some years now and faithfully have taken it.
the article in its entirety and I hope you will find it helpful.
Feel free to share it with friends.
(NaturalNews) For patients facing a diagnosis of
life-threatening cancer, the recommended cure can often be as
potentially harmful to health as the disease itself. But for
many of these patients, scientific research shows a natural
seed extract may hold the key to slowing the growth of cancercells
without the dangerous and deadly side effects of chemotherapy
In fact, some of the very traits that allow certain cancer cells
to resist traditional therapies may make them particularly
susceptible to treatment using natural grape seed extract. In
fact, findings suggest that the benefits grow with more advanced
stages of cancer.
As I read
the above article from
buynogmoseeds.com I was shocked
to learn that some everyday foods are better as leftovers eaten
cold rather than reheated.
what I've learned:
I’m sure most of you are quite used to reheating
leftover food in the attempt to not let it go to waste. While
often this is perfectly fine some foods could put your families
health at risk when reheated.
Most of the foods, you shouldn’t reheat are foods
you wouldn’t usually think twice about.
Here are some of the most common foods you should
Beets have a high level of nitrate while nitrate
is rather good for you, this is one of those foods that should
not be reheated.
Chicken is probably one of the most commonly
reheated foods out there nowadays, This is very dangerous,
chicken has a high content of protein which if reheated after a
day or so, can cause digestive problems. If you really must eat
it try to do so cold.
Potatoes are extremely good for you; they have a
very high nutritional value. But the longer you let them sit,
the lower their nutritional value becomes, They can even
eventually become toxic.
are hazel - a mix of mostly green and brown yet there are flecks
of blue throughout. Years ago I had my eyes studied by an
iridologist and learned that dis-ease can be seen in the eyes.
This article is worth the read...
There's more to eye color than meets the…eye. For one, contrary
to what you may have learned in grade school, there's more than
a single gene involved, which is why your specific hazel hue can
look so vastly different from your daughter's, says Rachel
Bishop, MD, chief of the consult service section of the National
What's more, whether they're brown, hazel, green, blue, gray, or
somewhere in between, your eyes can tell you more about yourself
than you might expect—and not just in "the eyes are the windows
to the soul" kind of way. Your eye color could dictate yourrisk
for certain diseasesor
even predict how your body handles booze.
Read on to get clued in.
Symptoms You Have Right Now That You Shouldn't Ignore?
Dr Josh Axe -
What do constant headaches, gum disease, sleep
disorders, sore joints and other serious health conditions have
in common? They all have chronicinflammationas
the root cause. Right now, if you’re enduring one of the seven
symptoms, don’t ignore them! These can be tell-tale signs that
your body is chronically inflamed. Instead, try Dr Axe's
favorite ways to help reduce inflammation and begin healing your
body from the inside out.
preview of a symptom and the solution:
If you find your head constantly throbbing,
inflammation might be the cause. Not only are migraines and
frequent headaches especially painful, but they can also be
precursors to more serious conditions.
Help fight theseheadachesnaturally
by seeking out organic proteins like grass-fed beef and
foods. In addition, because magnesium plays
a vital role in keeping our bodies functioning properly and a
deficiency can lead to headaches, taking amagnesiumsupplement
may help prevent recurring pains and reduce symptoms.
Does Your Astrological Sign
Dictate Your Dietary Habits?
because I'm a Sagittarius should I give up cream, salt and sugar
to achieve my diet goals? Well, according to
Gillian Knowles, "A
person's star sign can influence their success when dieting."
Whether you're into astrology or not, as I read
Aries, I thought of Nina who is competitive and determined in
everything she does. Taylor is a Taurus who is into comfort
foods so dieting might be painful for her. Jackie is a Gemini
who can be found at the gym several times each week and she
doesn't mind standing while she eats. My sons are both Scorpios
so guess what? They've never consciously dieted because they're
strong willed and control their impulses.
Ms Knowles nails the traits and I bet you'll enjoy reading about
you and your friends dieting quirks. Here's the
in its entirety.
Is Your Favorite Ice Cream
Slowly Killing You?
Yum, ice cream...rich,
tantalizing Dulce De Leche ice cream...it's shocking how much of
it I can eat when my hormones are raging and craving this creamy
treat. I rarely indulge my ice cream desire anymore because
sugar and certain ingredients do not belong in my eating plan.
One of my main concerns of enjoying dairy is the
rBGH Milk. Supposedly studies are inconclusive regarding its
safety but I just don't want to put suspected carcinogens and
chemical products into my body, not to mention the possibility
of infected milk.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream does not use RBGH
the article and decide for yourself:
Quite possibly the #1 frozen dessert across the globe, ice cream
holds a special place in the hearts of millions of people.
Whether you’re eating it in a cup, a cone, or mounted atop your
birthday cake, it holds the power to be the highlight of your
it killing you?
There are a number of companies that have chosen to use
contaminated milk in their ice cream products. By
“contaminated,” I’m talking about the traces of rBGH left in the
milk ingredients that go into ice cream.
In case you don’t know RBGH, or recombinant bovine growth
hormone, alters the hormonal activity of cows to increase milk
production. It is quite possibly the most unnatural way of
acquiring milk from a cow.
The worst part is that a lot of the milk that we get from
affected animals still have traces of the hormone left inside –
the application of which results in udder infections and pus in
the cows affecting the quality of their milk. So, why is it
being used in ice cream?
Ever wish bread making was
totally under your control? No pesticides, no bleach, no harmful
chemicals to interfere with your digestion? I
have a bread maker - seriously, a great gift that produces
delicious product - but my hips! Slathering rich butter onto
hot, out of the "oven" bread can create extra pounds in hardly
anytime at all. Making bread at home starts with organic flour -
oat is a wonderful alternative to wheat, organic yeast and other
additives ensures greater food safety for you and your family.
Here's an article I recently found:
The standard American diet is a diet of chronic disease and
death. Our food supply has been killing us slowly. White flour
has been killing you!
In 1910, the Federal District Court of Missouri declared
bleached white flour unfit as human food . But, unfortunately,
according to H.W. Wiley, first chief of the Food and Drug
Administration, the enforcement of this law was “halted through
the political influence of the flour millers” and “no notice of
violations has since been made by the FDA.” Mr. Wiley’s book
“The History of a Crime Against the Pure Food Law” discusses
this case. (Referencehere)
Nowadays, flour is made from wheat that is being treated with
fungicides, pesticides, and insecticides from seedling to
storage. Since then approximately 60 different chemicals have
been approved to bleach flour.
1. Bleached Flour has no nutrients.
The manufacturers of white flour first remove the wheat seed’s
bran, it’s 6 outer layers, and the germ which contains 76% of
the vitamins and minerals. 97% of the dietary fiber is also
lost.” It removes all Vitamin E, 50% of calcium, 70% phosphorus,
iron, magnesium and B vitamins.
2. Added Potassium Bromate
After removing all the layers, and nutrients, flour is bleached,
preserved, and aged with chlorine dioxide. It is further
whitened by adding chalk, alum, and ammonium carbonate to make
it look and feel more appealing to the consumer. An anti-salting
agent called sorbitan mono-saturate is added in the final
stage. Potassium bromate is also added to white flour. It is
very powerful oxidizer that damages cells. Bromate is considered
a category 2B carcinogen (= possibly carcinogenic to humans) by
the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Potassium bromate has been banned in most of developed countries
in 1994 including all countries in European Union (chlorine,
bromates, and peroxides in food is banned in the EU), UK, Canada
3. White flour is a natural insecticide
Did you know that if an insect gets into the bag of white flour
and starts eating it, that insect will die from consuming it?
White flour is a natural insecticide because it kills any insect
that attempts to live off of it.
This non essential amino acid is added to most conventional baked
goods to speed industrial processing. L-cysteine is found in
the majority of pizza doughs, cookies, pastas, pastries and fast
It can be synthesized in a laboratory but cheaper production
methods include duck feathers and human hair. Besides human
hair, other sources of L-cysteine include chicken feathers, cow
horns and petroleum byproducts.Most of the L-cysteine comes from
China where there’s a history of poor regulation. It is
disgusting and scary.
5. White flour contains diabetes-causing contaminant alloxan
White flour contains alloxan. It is what makes your bread look
fresh and clean. Studies show that alloxan destroys the beta
cells of the pancreas. Alloxan’s harmful effects on the pancreas
are so severe that the Textbook of Natural Medicine calls the
chemical “a potent beta-cell toxin.” Unfortunately, knowing that
alloxan is so toxic for your body, the FDA still allows
companies to use it when processing foods we ingest.
Fortunately, studies have found that the effects of alloxan can
be reversed with vitamin E. According to Dr. Gary Null’s
Clinicians Handbook of Natural Healing, vitamin E effectively
protected lab rats from the harmful effects of administered
A large study by researchers from the City University of New
York has found thatpasteurizedmilk increases the risk of death and the
risk of bone fractures, while theyogurtand
cheese has the opposite effects.
The research, published in the British Medical Journal, followed
61,433 women between 39 and 74 years old at the beginning of the
study and 45,339 men aged between 45 and 79 years old at the
beginning of the study.
The researchers then followed the women for an average of 20 years
and followed the men for an average of 11 years. The researchers
then correlated the average number of glasses of milk per day
was consumed over that period, using food frequency
The researchers measured death among the groups and bone fracture
rates along with inflammation markers PGF2-alpha collected from
urine and interleukin-6 (IL-6) collected from the blood.
Developing a strong immune
system begins with eating foods that nourish and support your
body. Garlic is one of those amazing
antioxidant foods that contain many important nutrients that
keep us in better health. Here are the 9 reasons to use garlic
Garlic supports the immune system
The allicin, vitamin C and other antioxidants found in garlic
work to support the optimal health of the immune system. The
anti-inflammatory benefits that it provides aid in the
prevention of many chronic illnesses. Plus, if the immune system
is nourished and inflammation is kept in check, your body’s
defenses will be honed and ready to tackle any invaders.
Garlic boasts antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal
Allicin, along with the various sulfur compounds found in
garlic, gives it its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and
antifungal nature. Because of these properties, garlic has been
taken for centuries to help prevent infection and disease, and
also once a disease is present to help flush it from the body.
Ajoene, a disulfide found in garlic, has been found effective
against Candida albicans, the fungus which is behind many common
Garlic shows great potential against antibiotic-resistant
With the frightening worldwide rise in antibiotic resistant
bacteria , natural pathogen-fighters such as garlic are becoming
more and more important. For less-than-serious infections and
wounds, garlic may be a first line treatment in many cases. This
way, antibiotics can be avoided and saved for times when they
are really needed.
Of course, check with a health professional of your choice
before using garlic to treat an infection.
Garlic can kill germs found on food
Along with combating pathogens inside the body, raw garlic has
been found to kill many forms of foodborne bacteria, as well. In
2012, researchers at Washington State University found that
diallyl sulfide, a compound found in garlic, was more effective
at fighting Campylobacter bacteria than two common antibiotics.
Garlic is a potent detox aid
The combination of antioxidants found in garlic are a great
addition to a detox plan. Garlic can help to clear a variety of
toxins from the body, including heavy metals such as lead, as
well as environmental pollutants and chemicals ingested through
Garlic is heart-healthy
A 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that
garlic aided in circulation, reduced blood pressure levels and
lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol. It has also been linked to
fighting atherosclerotic buildup, and preventing the formation
of blood clots.
Garlic has notable cancer-fighting potential
Likely due to its abundance of sulfur compounds, a high intake
of garlic has been linked to lowering the risk of many types of
cancers. Specifically, it has been found to help prevent the
formation of cancer cells and may help facilitate apoptosis
(programmed cell death) in these cancer cells.
Garlic is incredibly versatile… and delicious
Many a salad, soup, stew, spread and roast can be greatly
enhanced with a bit of fresh garlic. You can also put some in
your smoothies, which will add a spicy kick and a world of
benefits. For the most potent antibacterial, antiviral and
antifungal properties, crush a clove of raw garlic, and let it
sit for ten minutes before eating. This will ensure maximum
The Orthomolecular Medicine
is right down my alley -
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe,
effective nutritional therapy to fight illness and I like the
sound of that. Recently I overheard a woman say she had received
a shingles injection hoping to stave off an outbreak of this
leftover reminder that childhood maladies can still dominate our
bodies. I hope I never have an outbreak as I understand there is
quite a bit of discomfort involved - who needs that? Here is a
portion of the article that I received in an email from OMNS
with helpful information.
OMNS - Shingles can be cleared up by using a
safe, convenient, inexpensive, nonprescription treatment of
vitamin C. Vitamin C is anti-viral and anti-toxin and
inactivates the virus that causes shingles. If you have shingles
and want relief, you can try this:
Go to a discount store and buy a large bottle of
1000 mg vitamin C tablets. The cost should be less than $15.
Begin when you wake in the morning by taking 3000
mg of vitamin C every 30 minutes and continue until you have a
single episode of loose stool (not quite diarrhea). If you
haven't had loose stool after 15 hours on this dosage, increase
the vitamin C to 4000 mg every 30 minutes.
After you have a loose bowel movement, reduce the
dosage to 2000 mg of vitamin C taken every hour. You will
quickly find the dosage that is right for you. Adjust the dosage
of vitamin C downward to stay below the dosage that will cause
loose stool and adjust it upward to relieve shingles symptoms.
Continue the oral vitamin C therapy until the shingles
It sounds too simple to be true, doesn't it? But
it works in the majority of cases, as recently reconfirmed by
Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D. (1)
Sometimes it's necessary to take vitamin C
intravenously (IV) for massive shingles outbreaks. (2) Much
higher concentrations of vitamin C in the blood can be achieved
intravenously than when taken orally. As early as 1950, the
medical literature reported that one physician had confirmed
intravenous vitamin C curing shingles in 327 patients within 72
hours. (3) Ask your doctor if he or she offers vitamin C IV and,
if not, ask friends or search the Internet to find a doctor or
facility that does offer this treatment.
Vitamin C blood serum levels of individuals fall
during periods of high stress and they develop sub-clinical
scurvy (depleted vitamin C levels). This situation can set the
stage for a shingles attack.
Remember, a vitamin can act as a drug, but a drug
can never act as a vitamin.
With vitamin therapy, at any given quantity,
frequently divided doses are more effective than one large
The reason one nutrient can cure so many
different illnesses is because a deficiency of one nutrient can
cause many different illnesses.
What is Orthomolecular Medicine?
Linus Pauling defined orthomolecular medicine as
"the treatment of disease by the provision of the optimum
molecular environment, especially the optimum concentrations of
substances normally present in the human body." Orthomolecular
medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight
illness. For more information:http://www.orthomolecular.org
Brushing your teeth...sounds so
simple but what about the ingredients that manufacturer's use?
Are they safe? Are they natural or can they cause havoc to our
health? Years ago I discovered
Ora MD, an all natural tooth
and mouth cleaner that has made my teeth whiter and my gums
pinker, healthier. It's not a chalky toothpaste but essential
oils formulated to change how you brush your teeth. Check the
following ingredients to avoid:
#1. Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
SLSseems to fuel
canker sores. Researchers have linked SLS to higher numbers of
canker sore outbreaks. As if that's not enough, SLS also seems
to cause more frequent outbreaks that last longer, too,
Straub-Bruce says. She also points out that there is a definite
correlation with cold sensitivity as well. No one likes canker
sores or sensitive teeth, so manufacturers must have a really
good reason to justify its inclusion, right?
"All it does is foam," explains Straub-Bruce. "There is no other
viable purpose other than the experience. This doesn't translate
into better health or lower microbial load, but people associate
foaming with clean." In fact, she suggests that you get more
cleaning power from the scraping action of brushing or flossing
(or even just eating a carrot) than you do from SLS.
"About 15 years ago, triclosan came to oral care because it
fights the bacteria in plaque for up to 12 hours," says
Straub-Bruce. Unfortunately, research is now showing that, much
like BPA, triclosan is a hormone disruptor.
"And now that it's been out for a long time and it's been going
down the drain, we're starting to see the environmental
impacts," says Straub-Bruce. She points out that not only is it
a hormone disruptor for people, but it's also a food-chain
disruptor because it affects algae.
#3. Blue #1 and #2
The "benefit" of these dyes is pretty obvious: They color the
toothpaste. That's it. Unfortunately, the fun color is offset by
some pretty serious health concerns. "When swallowed it's a
respiratory irritant, digestive tract irritant, and there have
been correlational studies betweenblue
problems in children," says Straub-Bruce.
Sure, we love the minty-fresh taste, but what do the toothpaste
companies add to make their pastes palatable. "No matter what it
says on the front, you have to read the back," says
Straub-Bruce. It's important to watch out for flavoring agents
If you're making the jump to natural herbal rinses and need
help getting used to the new taste, she recommends looking
for natural sweeteners like xylitol or stevia.
#5. Hydrated Silica
This chemical is used for stain removal, but Straub-Bruce
explains that it doesn't break down over time. "This means that
it can damage your enamel," she says. She recommends using
baking soda instead. You'll get sparkling teeth—without
Straub-Bruce points out that alcohol is a false friend when it
comes to mouth rinses: "Alcohol is an antimicrobial, but it's
also a drying agent," she says. "So while it freshens your
breath initially, it flips back twofold later because the
bacteria thrive in a dry mouth."
Instead, Straub-Bruce suggests making a tea of herbs (and
letting it cool) as a rinse. To freshen your breath, try brewing
a 2:1:1:0.5 ratio of cardamom, cumin, fennel, and orange peel in
water. After it's cooled, rinse as you would with your regular
One in 20 people have an extra rib—and it’s usually a man.
Worth the risk? Researchers have modified the HIV virus and used
it to reprogram the white blood cells of cancer patients to
attack and kill the cancer.
Skip the Nutella®! Gram for gram, it is less
nutritious than chocolate frosting.
Believe it or not, at least twice this month alone, you’ve
likely suffered from “borborygmus”— the term for your stomach
grumbling. And it is not a sign of hunger; rather, it is your
intestines “cleaning up” a bit.
Skip the dryer. Using a paper towel reduced bacteria by 45-60
percent, while hand dryers increase bacteria on your hands by up
to 255 percent, due to blowing out bacteria that already exists
in the warm moist atmosphere
We hear and read about the need
for Vitamin D in our quest for optimum health but how do you
know without a blood test if you are indeed deficient in this
most amazing supplement that regulates our calcium and
phosphorous levels? There are indicators that may reveal a need
for more of the "sunshine" vitamin; two symptoms that caught my
eye were asthma and arthritis. Who would have thought? As the
following article will reveal, your body requires more than just
sunshine to create optimum levels of Vitamin D.
Some people who have a vitamin D deficiency have
no immediate symptoms. Those who do have symptoms may experience
restless sleep, muscle cramps, general fatigue, joint pain,
muscle pain or weakness, inability to concentrate, headaches,
constipation or diarrhea, and bladder problems. Here are nine
other serious medical conditions that have been linked to a
vitamin D deficiency.
SEE THE SYMPTOMS
Valley Fever, Ticks and a
Single Cell Organism
If you are planning a trip to
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah or even California this summer,
you must know there is a fungus in the
Southwest that is present in the desert sand. This fungus can
attack your immune system via the wind but for the most part
there are no symptoms other than a flu-like feeling.
Ticks are a pest you will want to
avoid. Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other types of
disease can be a very scary diagnosis so when you're out
enjoying the great outdoors, make certain you check your body
thoroughly before bedtime. Check your pets as well.
Low level fresh water lakes,
rivers, streams produce an amoeba that thrives in warm,
untreated water. If you inhale that water through your nose via
swimming or diving, you may suffer the consequences of a nasty
infection. Swim with nose plugs or keep your head above water.
Click here to read more.
Six Steps to Creating Your Own
Organic Garden Tara Green - Natural News
What could be healthier than eating home grown organic
vegetables throughout the summer and it’s relatively simple to
teach yourself gardening. My younger son grew many varieties of
vegetables and exclaims that there is nothing better than eating
broccoli, tomatoes and carrots from his garden; without
chemicals or pesticides his veggies taste healthy and quite
delicious. They grew more than 2,000 carrots!
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Eating Tilapia is Worse than
Eating Bacon Dr Josh Axe
Tilapia, Atlantic salmon and and
other farm raised fish are probably not as healthy as you would
like to imagine. In fact, they are probably toxic! Here's what
Dr Axe says:
"We all have the notion that eating fish
would be the better option over bacon when it comes to health.
And the truth is, it really is! Fish is a low fat, high protein
food that has a range of health benefits. However, given what we
know of fish and its sources today, we may have to re-examine
this statement." And, don't forget that Fukishima
radiation is pounding the Pacific Ocean day after day so fish
may be off our diet for a very long time. Eating fish that
increases the inflammation in our bodies or creates an
environment where cancer could flourish is not what you want for
your long-term good health. Also, there are pesticides and other
toxic items that are concerns.
Read this article from Dr
Axe, sign up for his newsletter and stay informed.
Dr Mercola discloses information
regarding how the food today is not like it was 30 years ago.
You already know that obesity and disease has been increasing
for years; our diets typically are filled with sugar, unhealthy,
fat ladened, processed and fast foods. This unhealthy regard for
the fuel our body requires to function means we have been
getting fatter and sicker. This article probably will surprise
you - some of the foods listed need to be eliminated from our
stores/food supply - and better than that, if you can, grow/eat
veggies like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and spinach to
supplement the foods you buy, your health will likely improve.
Dr Mercola says:
Research coming out of some of America's most
respected institutions now confirms thatsugaris
a primary dietary factor driving chronic disease development.
Sugar, and fructose in particular, has been implicated as a
culprit in the development of both heart disease and cancer, and
having this information puts youin
the driver's seat when it comes to prevention. A diet that promotes
high in healthful fats and very, very low in sugar and
See the charts
How Safe is Seafood?
Seafood may be delicious but in the wake of
Fukushima in 2011, I have greatly curbed my sushi and all fish
in general desires. WAAA!
Now I learn that most fish that is sold has been mislabeled. How
did this happen? Are we just not paying attention? If you love
seafood and want to be kept abreast of the seafood you buy,
whether in a restaurant or market, you'll want to register for
periodic updates at this link:
Here's what I learned at their site:
Seafood is a popular food in the United States, yet consumers
are routinely given little or no information about the seafood
Plus, the information provided is frequently misleading or
fraudulent: recent studies have found that seafood may be
mislabeled as often as 25 to 70 percent of the time for fish
like red snapper, wild salmon, and Atlantic cod, disguising
species that are less desirable, cheaper or more readily
Seafood fraud can happen at each step of the supply chain – the
restaurant, the distributor, or the processing and packaging
phase. Along with ripping off consumers, the consequences of
seafood fraud include:
Seafood fraud can
directly threaten human health. Swapping one fish
species for another that may be riddled with contaminants,
toxins or allergens can make people sick.
creates a market for illegal fishingby
making it easy to launder illegally caught seafood products
through the U.S. market. This undermines conservation
efforts to prevent overfishing and accidental capture of
at-risk species and hurts honest fishermen.
makes it difficult for consumers to make eco-friendly
conservation efforts depend on the consumer’s ability to
make an informed purchase of particular species. This effort
becomes nearly impossible when fish are mislabeled.
misleads consumers about the true availability of seafoodand
the state of the marine environment. Because mislabeling
maintains the appearance of a steady supply of popular fish
species despite severe overfishing, the general public is
unaware that the species is in serious trouble.
DNA testing is now confirming anecdotal reports that seafood
fraud is disturbingly widespread. Both scientists and amateur
seafood sleuths have exposed seafood fraud across North America
brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10 watt light
bulb. The human brain uses about 200 kilocalories per day,
which equates to approximately 10 watts of power. For
comparison's sake, that's about 10 percent of the power that it
takes to run a 100-watt light bulb. So the cartoon image of a
light bulb over your head when a great thought occurs isn't too
far off the mark. Your brain generates as much energy as a small
light bulb even when you're sleeping.
7 years your body completely replaces itself.
25,000,000 of your cells died while you read this sentence. It's
okay though, your body made more than 300 billion new ones
today. The cells that make up your body are dying and being
replaced all the time. This happens so often that about every 7
years you have a completely new body of cells. While this is
true for most cells, such as the cells lining the stomach, some
of the most important cells in your body (those of your bones,
your brain, and your heart) don't regenerate much at all, so
treat them with care.
3. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast
as 250 miles per hour. The speed of nerve impulses varies
enormously but the fastest travel at about 250 mph. That's as
fast as a Formula 1 racing car! However this demand for speed
uses a lot of energy and is found only in neurons that need to
transfer information urgently. For example, if you burn your
fingers it is important that your brain gets the message to
withdraw your hand very quickly.
4. There are more cells in your body than stars in the
galaxy. Your entire body is made up of around 75 trillion
cells. Each one of your cells is like a small city with
thousands of different types of complex molecules interacting
with each other to keep you alive and conscious. When you
compare this to the 400 billion stars in our galaxy, you can
understand just how magical your existence really is. So the
next time you are feeling down or insignificant, simply
remember, you are made of 75,000,000,000,000 cells, and that's
far from “insignificant”!
There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult human
body. If you took all of the blood vessels out of an
average child, and laid them out in one line, the line would be
over 60,000 miles long. An adult's vessels would be closer to
100,000 miles long! That means an adult's blood vessels could go
around the circumference of the world more than 4 times!
6. The cells in your body react to your thoughts.
Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said: “Watch your
thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become
actions”. Your mind is a powerful machine and controls every
function of the body. But the good news is you have the power to
control your mind. Experiencing positive thoughts leads to more
positive thoughts and an even broader view of everything around
us. For example, positive thoughts can strengthen your immune
system while negative thoughts can bring it down.
7. You are made of stardust. As Carl Sagan used to
say, we are made of “star stuff”. It sounds like a line from a
poem, but there is some concrete science behind this statement:
almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star.
The carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies, as well as
atoms of all other heavy elements, were created in previous
generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago. So next time
you're out gazing at stars twinkling in the night sky, remember,
we are all made of star dust, we are all one!
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Astaxanthin is a Superfood!
introduced me to Skin Defense Complex over three years ago and I
have faithfully consumed this
supplement. The properties in this complex have many healing
aspects - my skin looks great, I feel fantastic and I am the
healthiest person I know! Dr
Al Sears writes:
Astaxanthin is part of the carotenoid family of nutrients, like
beta-carotene. Except astaxanthin is 54 times stronger as an
antioxidant than beta-carotene. And it’s 65 times stronger than
Astaxanthin may just be the best antioxidant for DNA protection.
It's 6,000 times more effective for that than vitamin C, 800
times more than CoQ10, and 550 times more than vitamin E or
dispenses valuable information and recently
I found an article on their site extolling the virtues of
Astaxanthin. I encourage you to add this supplement to your
daily vitamin intake. Here's the article:
It might not seem like much, gently gracing the cellular
structures of certain marine life and perking them up with that
familiar pink hue seen in wild-caught seafood. But astaxanthin
is one of the most powerful "superfoods" in existence, helping
to mitigate oxidative stress, enhance immune response, quell
damaging inflammation and even inhibit the growth and spread of
A 2010 study published in the journalNutrition
these and other benefits associated with astaxanthin, which
earlier studies have proven acts as a type of natural sunscreen
in protecting the skin and body against ultraviolet A (UVA)-induced
oxidative stress. But there is so much more that this amazing
carotenoid can accomplish as far as your health is concerned.
Researchers from the Washington State University School of Food
Science evaluated the effects of astaxanthin on a group of
female participants, all of whom received either 2 or 8
milligrams of astaxanthin, or a placebo, for eight weeks. At the
end of eight weeks, the team administered a tuberculin test on
all the women.
What they discovered as part of this randomized, double-blind,
placebo-controlled trial is that astaxanthin supplementation can
help prevent DNA damage in the body, especially when taken at
higher doses. Dietary astaxanthin was also associated with a
reduction in plasma C-reactive protein concentration, high
levels of which are typically indicative of atherosclerosis, or
a thickening of arterial walls.
Additionally, the team found thatastaxanthincan
help naturally prevent the overproduction of lymphocytes, a
condition known as lymphoproliferation, as well as boost the
cytotoxic activity of natural killer cells in the body, which
are a key component of innate immunity. And concerning the
healthy production and function of lymphatic cells, astaxanthin
was observed to provide substantial benefit.
"[D]ietary astaxanthin decreases a DNA damage biomarker and
acute phase protein, and enhances immune response in young
healthy females," concluded the authors.
Dietary astaxanthin decreases oxidative stress, enhances immune
response in humans
Spirulina - A Special Blue/Green Algae That
Keeps You Healthy
I am a huge fan of
they offer sound advice and keep us informed of how to live
healthier lives so when I discovered the article touting
spirulina, I wanted to share it in its entirety with you.
(NaturalNews) We talk a lot about "superfoods" here atNaturalNewsbecause
there are literally thousands of nutrient-dense superfood
options from which to choose, all of which contain a unique
array of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other
healing components. But the one superfood that stands out among
the rest -- and the one that you should be taking every single
day for your health -- is spirulina, a special type of
blue-green algae that is loaded with chlorophyll and a host of
other life-giving nutrients.
Spirulina is particularly rich in1)
have been scientifically shown to increase the production of
disease-combating antibodies within the body. Since spirulina is
composed of nearly 70 percent protein, the highest among all
other foods, it is particularly effective at boosting the
production of macrophages, a type of white blood cell that
fights and prevents infection. (http://www.inspiredliving.com/greenfoods/a~spirulina-immunity.htm)
A 2005 study published in theJournal
of Medicinal Foodfound
that spirulina helps2)
inhibit allergic reactionsas
well, particularly among those suffering from allergic rhinitis.
It turns out that regularly taking high doses of spirulina can
help allergy sufferers experience dramatic improvements in their
allergy symptoms. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
As far as blood health is concerned, spirulina has been shown to
be an effective3)
treatment for anemia.
In his bookHealing
with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition,
author Paul Pitchford explains how spirulina and numerous other
forms of micro-algae effectively boost production of red blood
cells, particularly when taken in combination with vitamin B12.
Rich in both phycocyanin and chlorophyll, spirulina is also a
Not only do these two important nutrients promote blood cell
growth, but they also rejuvenate the existing blood supply.
Chlorophyll in particular is nearly identical to hemoglobin, the
molecule responsible for cleansing the blood and transporting
oxygen to cells. (http://www.drmirkin.com/nutrition/N246.html)
Because it contains all eight essential amino acids and 10 other
non-essential amino acids, the antioxidants beta carotene and
zeaxanthin, B complex vitamins; dozens of trace minerals, the
essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, pathogen-targeting
proteins, and beneficial probiotic bacteria, spirulina is also
unmatched in its ability to5)
boost the immune system.(http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/spirulina-000327.htm)
These same nutrients also help to6)
detoxify the cells and body of heavy metals and other toxins.
A powerful chelating agent, spirulina tends to reach deep into
bodily tissues and root out toxins like mercury, radiation,
arsenic, cadmium, pesticides, synthetic food chemicals, and
environmental carcinogens. Spirulina also assists in the
transport of essential nutrients across the blood-brain barrier
to replace the voids left by these toxins. (http://www.supremeorganicdetox.com/formula7.html)
A 1988 study out of Japan and several others have found that
spirulina helps to7)
lower cholesterol levelsand
mitigate the underlying inflammation problems that cause
cholesterol to accumulate in the bloodstream. Supplementing withspirulinadaily
effectively reduces blood serum levels of cholesterol, which
means cholesterol is being deposited throughout the body where
it needs to be rather than in arterial walls where it can cause
Overweight or obese individuals trying to lose weight may also
derive benefit from spirulina's ability to8)
promote weight loss.
Not only can supplementing with spirulina help you shed the
extra pounds, but it may also assist in the growth and
development of lean muscle mass, particularly because of its
extremely high ratio of bioavailable protein.
Many people who supplement with spirulina tend to notice
dramatic improvements in mental health and cognitive acuity.
Because it contains exceptionally high levels of the L-tryptophan,
an amino acid that produces the brain neurotransmitters
melatonin and serotonin, spirulina is an unprecedented9)
brain chemistry balancerthat
can help improve mood, boost memory, and promote feelings of
calm and happiness. (http://bodyecology.com/articles/boost-mood.php#.UEZDakRpyKw)
Spirulina's diverse array of antioxidants, essential fatty
acids, and cleansing nutrients also helps to10)
nurture healthy skin and hair.
By targeting the detrimental factors that contribute to hair
loss, saggy skin, and other side-effects of aging, spirulina can
help rejuvenate your body's largest organ from the inside out.
Topical spirulina creams can also help tone and improve skin
To experience the maximum benefits of spirulina, it may be
necessary for some people to consume as many as several grams or
more per day of this nutrient-dense superfood. Just be sure to
purchase only reputable brands of spirulina such as Cyanotech's
Nutrex-Hawaii Spirulina Pacifica, which is cultivated and
harvested in such a way as to avoid contamination with toxic
Most of us
believe we have excess pounds to lose and sometimes we don't
know how to "zip" our mouth to stop the excess calories that
seem to end up on our hips, tummy and waistline. Every time I
eat bread, cookies, rice, pasta and potatoes, my hips swell, my
waistline widens and my head and neck hurts. Dr. Blyweiss has
the right answers!
Focus all your meals around high-quality animal protein.
To feed your organs and muscles and keep your weight under control,
avoid “diet” and processed grains. Instead, eat a large variety
of protein and plan your meals around which kind of protein
you’ll be eating.
Your ancestors ate whatever they could catch, and that means their
animal meat was far more diverse than the beef and chicken that
dominates our modern diet. They ate duck, deer, beaver,
squirrel, quail, pheasant, turkey, fish, shellfish, and rabbit.
The variety and quality of the protein helped them stay sturdy
And while it’s tough to get grass-fed meat at the grocery store,
you can order it easily. You can find pasture-raised beef,
free-range chicken and grass-fed buffalo, lamb, pork and deer
meat on sites like grasslandbeef.com.
Remember, organic does not mean grass-fed or pasture-raised. Make
sure you look at the label or look up the manufacturer at
websites like eatwild.com, or onlygrassfed.com. This way you
know the food you’re eating is free of toxins and hormones and
is pure nourishment.
Fruits and vegetables, not corn and grains, should make up your
The more variety you can get the better. Eating seasonally grown
produce is a good idea, because it’ll be local and not frozen or
imported from long distances.
Not all fruits and vegetables are available year-round. So try to
eat whatever grows naturally that season. You can find seasonal
produce at local farmers markets and natural food stores like
Berries are excellent because they are full of essential vitamins
and minerals to help keep you energized throughout the day. But
avoid dried fruits as they often have extra sugar added.
Step 3: Make
your snacks natural… and filling.
Nutritionists today will tell you to avoid eating fat at all costs.
But there’s no proof getting rid of the three main nutrients is
good for you. One study published by the
Journal of the American Medical Association found
that people who ate low-fat diets showed no improvement in body
composition, blood sugar, insulin levels, or blood pressure.1
Snacks with fat in them are not only nutrient-dense, but fat
signals your brain that you’ve eaten. So you feel less hungry.
Snack on foods with healthy fats, like nuts, avocadoes, and
seeds. My favorites are pistachios and pumpkin seeds.
An excellent resource I’ve found that can help you follow these
steps comes from my colleagues at Advanced Natural Medicine. It
can help you trim down, increase your energy, and reduce your
risk of the most deadly diseases of our day in a very short
time. All by eating delicious, satisfying foods.
You’ll discover delicious foods that promote a slim, attractive
body, learn how to dump today’s toxic diet without feeling
deprived. Plus you get tasty recipes that make it easy. Just
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Elevated blood pressure is a diagnosis that most everyone over
the age of 50 experiences. You can control the reading by
improving your diet, exercising more, losing weight, limiting
alcoholic drinks, giving up smoking, reducing stress, cutting
back on caffeine and building a support system.
Many physicians want their
patients who register a higher than normal reading on calcium
channel blockers to protect themselves even though the side
effects can mean that women who take such drugs have
about a 250 percent increased risk of developing some of the
most common types of breast cancer compared to other women.
Other side effects of these heart disease drugs include
drowsiness, increased appetite, acid reflux, constipation and
Here are the highlights
of Dr Mercola's article that will get you out of your chair if
you want better health:
A growing body of evidence suggests that sitting in and of
itself is an independent risk factor for poor health and
premature death—even if you exercise regularly
To counteract the ill effects of sitting, simply standing up
every 10 minutes or so is actually more effective than taking a
walk. And, it’s not how long you stand up, but how many times
you stand up that makes the difference
Making slight alterations to your individual work space can make
a positive difference. Organize your office space in such a way
that you have to stand up to reach oft-used files, the
telephone, or your printer
Other alternatives include switching your office chair for an
exercise ball or a straight-backed wooden chair without
armrests, or alternating between sitting and using a standing
To build more activity into your day, consider walking across
the hall to talk to a coworker instead of sending an email,
taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and parking your car
further away from the entrance
The Wheat Industry May
Be in Trouble
Growing up in Oklahoma I
was introduced to the wheat industry at a very early age because
my mother's brothers were custom combiners. Each summer we
eagerly awaited the ripening of the grains when crews of trucks
and combines raced up and down the road taking the grain to the
elevators for testing and weight. Recently I learned that
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) had been discovered in
some of the wheat crops causing Japan and South Korea to cancel
standing orders for tons and tons of wheat.
Other major wheat importers are monitoring the situation, and
the EU has ordered member states to test imported wheat for
Dr. Mercola writes:
Monsanto has really done it this time.
As recently reported by CNBC and other media outlets,an unapproved strain of genetically
engineered (GE) wheat has been found growing on a farm in
Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the
anomaly on May 29.
As it turns out, theRoundup
Ready (i.e. glyphosate-resistant) strain of wheat was
developed by Monsanto and field tested in 16 different states
between 1998 and 2005.
Plans to bring it to market were abandoned due to opposition
genetically engineered wheat.
Many countries importing US wheat do not permit GE ingredients
in their food, or require such foods to be labeled.
About 50 percent of the wheat grown in the US is exported. The
finding of illegal GE wheat contamination may dramatically alter
this ratio however.
Read the entire article here
Whole Eggs or Egg
Whites - Which is better? by Mike
Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal
I was on a weekend
trip with some friends recently and one of my
friends was cooking breakfast for the whole group. I
went over to see what he was cooking and saw he was
getting ready to make a big batch of eggs.
Well, to my shock
and horror, I noticed that he was cracking the eggs
open and screening the egg whites into a bowl and
throwing out the egg yolks. I asked him why the heck
he was throwing out the egg yolks, and he replied
something like this...
thought the egg yolks were terrible for you...that's
where all the nasty fat and cholesterol is".
Breast cancer is the leading
cause of death among American women between the age of 40-55,
and the high prevalence has spawned a very lucrative industry;
from mammography and other dangerous or invasive testing
methods, to “preventive” double mastectomies and cancer drugs.
Much effort is placed on trying to detect cancer at an earlier
stage. Unfortunately, the conventional recommendation to
get regular mammograms has shown to be more harmful than
helpful, as research shows 10 times as many women are harmed in
some way compared to those whose lives are spared by annual
Over the past 30 years, an estimated 1.3 million American women
have been over-diagnosed with breast
cancer that posed no threat to their life. In 2008, an estimated
70,000 women were over-diagnosed with breast cancer in the US,
which accounts for 31 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed
·According to Dr. Northrup, women who tend to be most at risk
for breast cancer are those who have difficulty nurturing
themselves and receiving pleasure. Nurturing self-love and
self-acceptance is an important part of creating optimal health,
especially for women
Dr. Northrup’s Top 10 health tips for women include: getting
enough sleep, meditation and positive affirmations, practicing
self-love and self-acceptance, exercising regularly, breathing
properly, optimizing your vitamin D levels, cultivating your
social life, taking Epsom salt baths, and keeping a gratitude
The Top 10 Natural
Remedies That Burn Fat
Most everyone I know is health
conscious but that doesn't always insure the perfect body, the
ideal weight or even exceptional health.
Naturalnews.com from Mike
Adams, pictured at right, is one of my favorite sites for
up-to-the-minute health news that can affect us now and
long-term. Sign up for their free newsletter at the site. Here
are their Top 10 Natural Remedies that burn fat:
(1) Eat slowly without tension or anxiety and chew
more than usual, allowing salivary enzymes to accrue. Put your
attention on the food more than rambling mind or people chatter.
Digestion begins in the mouth.
(2) Eat out much less and completely avoid fast food
joints. Avoid fried foods.
(3) Eliminate most sugars and all HFCS (high fructose
corn syrup), which may be disguised as corn syrup. HFCS is worse
than sugar for creating stored fats and affecting the liver
Refined carbohydrates from processed flours and grains are only
a short hop away from sugar with their glycemic index ratings.
So if you do grains, make them whole grains.
(4) Avoid food additives. Artificial sweeteners are
unhealthy and cause neurological damage, even brain cancer. And
they don't work. Check out all the obese heavy diet soda
consumers. MSG has a list of disguises. (http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html)
It is also a neurological excitotoxen that endangers your brain
and nervous system while making you want to eat more dead food.
(5) A half or more lemon or lime squeezed into a half cup
or more of warm water without sugar after waking up helps
stimulate the liver and aids digestion. Some allow honey or
maple syrup, but for fat loss, it's probably better without any
With or before meals, a couple of tablespoons of raw,
unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar helps digestion. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Hydrate with purified water sufficiently throughout the day. But
mealtime isn't the right time for lots beverage that will dilute
your gastric juices.
(8) Don't bother with no or low fat foods. They often
contain sweeteners that create fat. Obesity has risen since that
false solution came upon us. But do avoid processed hydrogenated
oils. Margarine is one of them.
Eat healthy fats, especially those with omega-3. It's been
discovered that people lose body
fat with high
healthy fat, good, adequate protein and minimal carbohydrate
(9) Vitamin B is important while trying to rid fat.
Vitamin B3, better known as niacin, if consumed enough to get a
flush often with increasing dosages, has been discovered to
break open lipids (fats).
The danger is getting rid of those toxins as the lipids break
open. Those toxins can be eliminated by sweating from exercise
dressed warmly or in a warm, humid climate and/or simply sitting
(10) Here's the serious solutions section. If your
metabolism is sluggish, you may be sufficiently iodine deficient
to warrant supplementing with iodine or eating seaweed or kelp
as food or extracts.
I am a fan of
OraMDand have used this all natural
alternative to toothpaste for several years.. All you need is two or three drops on
your toothbrush to brush your entire mouth and it's all without
chemicals found in most toothpastes. Using 100% natural almond
oil, peppermint and spearmint oils, your mouth will feel and
look cleaner. Your breath will definitely improve. Mike Adams,
the Health Ranger from
Naturalnews.com also uses
this product and here is what he writes:
Here's just a sample of the toxic ingredients found in
conventional toothpaste products:
• Sodium fluoride - Toxic by-product of aluminum and fertilizer
• Triclosan - An actual pesticide chemical, used in toothpaste
to prevent spoilage.
• Sodium lauryl sulfate - A chemical sudsing agent with well
known toxic side effects.
• Propylene glycol - An antifreeze chemical used to winterize
• DEA - A foaming agent that's linked to liver and kidney
• Chemical sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin.
I've been using OraMD for four months, putting it to the test.
One of my "real-world" tests is to put the product on my sink
counter and then see if I actually use it day after day.
OraMD passed the test. In just a few days, I found myself using
this OraMD liquid toothpaste instead of the regular
caulk-textured toothpaste products. It takes just 2 drops
on your toothbrush, and you get an amazing cleansing effect plus
a breath freshener all at the same time.
The very first time I used OraMD, by the way, I was a bit
surprised by its strength. Just two drops gives you a powerful
punch of essential oils -- almost TOO much it seems when you
first use it. But after using it for one week, it settled down
to a really pleasant, refreshing feel. So that's my only warning
with this product: It's stronger than you think. The first few
days you use it, you'll be surprised at its strength, but it
will settle down in a few days and you'll love it!
Another really nice thing about OraMD is that it's amazingly
compact and portable. If you've ever had your toothpaste burst
in your luggage during air travel, you know why portability is
important. The OraMD bottle is only a couple of inches in
height, and the bottle is incredibly sturdy and almost
impossible to break.
Try OraMD for yourself and your family. This product has earned
a permanent place in my home, and I think you'll feel the same
once you try it.
Can Coconut Oil Ease
A teaspoon of coconut oil twice a day mixed with food doesn’t
sound much like a remedy for a serious condition such as
Alzheimers Disease but if you’re a serious believer in the
healing powers of coconut oil,
this story from England
will not disappoint.
Youtube.com has pages
and pages of testimonials from this amazing gift from Mother
Nature. None of these accounts prove
anything scientifically; however, I believe it won't be long
before definitive results will be strongly supported. From
weight loss, to treatment of pneumonia to lowering the risk of
diabetes, there can be lots of health benefits from adding
coconut oil to your diet. I prefer organic, virgin coconut oil
that is mildly flavored.
Here's another article that
discusses further benefits of this healing, superfood.
Beverages Can Pack on the Pounds
My sister did not want to
believe it and neither did I but the results are in - when you
frequently indulge in adult beverages, you are going to easily
pack on the pounds. Wine is a tasty, delicious beverage but the
adage 'a moment on the lips, forever on the hips', means wine is
as fattening as a favored dessert. Rats! For years I did not
indulge in alcoholic beverages and then one late afternoon, a
girlfriend offered me a glass of red wine from a California
winery called Menage a Trois. I loved the taste and I thought,
"why not?" Dr Oz had recently recommended a glass before bedtime
and the anti-oxidant health benefits of Resveratrol are widely
known. Well, it didn't take many evenings of enjoying a glass of
wine or two before I began to see my waistline expanding and
even my face looked a little puffy. Then I found this article
while researching material for this newsletter and thought I
would share it with you.
"The Secret to Weight Loss - Ditch the Booze!" Read
the article and make your own decision. In two weeks of no wine
or beer, you will see a slimmer you developing right before your
Coconut Oil May Stop Cavities and
The many uses of
coconut oil are truly amazing. Whether you're an adult or a
child, I believe brushing with coconut oil may be safer than
most toothpastes that warn users that small children should not
be brushing with their products. All you have to do is use a
small amount, let it melt in your mouth (it looks like Crisco)
and then brush. Make certain to spit the liquid when your teeth
are clean. Your gums will feel and look healthier and I think my
teeth look whiter. Make certain you use organic coconut
more here and
know that coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-viral and
anti-fungal? From The Old Farmers Almanac, comes this advice:
Chapped lips pestering your pucker? Go to bed with honey on your
lips or dab some coconut oil on the dry area. Coconut oil is
loaded with beneficial minerals for moisturizing skin.
Inexpensive and proven fixes are usually found in your pantry.
And this is just in, Vitamin D is a helpful supplement that can
stop cavities -
see this from NaturalNews.com.
Water Cress Can Stop Wrinkles!
Who knew watercress was so
healthy for you and that by eating a bag of it each day could stop
and help you look younger, too! Well, I hope this nourishing green veggie is flying off the
shelves worldwide so that women everywhere stop abusing
themselves with surgeries and needles and instead use Mother
Nature’s gifts for their beauty treatments.
Watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges,
four times more beta-carotene and vitamin A than apples,
tomatoes and broccoli.
Here's the article.
knows that including a variety of fruit and vegetables in your
daily diet is good for your
health, but you might not know that the apple has been used for
ages for a variety of beauty treatments, now including stem cell
As we age, our cell turnover slows down, making our skin look
and feel older than we'd like. Enter the rare Swiss apple tree
called Uttwiler Spatlauber. The fruit from this tree has
especially long-living tissue stem cells, which scientists used
to create an ingredient for skin creams to combat wrinkles.
Companies rushed to include this stem cell ingredient in their
products and now a Google search of the term "apple stem cell
moisturizer" produces 180,000 results.
To continue reading this article, click:http://style.lifegoesstrong.com/article/apple-day-beauty
You Vitamin D Deficient? by: Aurora Geib
The best way to discover
vitamin D deficiency is to
take a blood test that will
measure the level of the
vitamin in your blood. You
can either ask your doctor
to administer the test or
buy a home test kit do the
test yourself. However, you
are certainly vitamin D
deficient if you have any of
the following ailments, and
you need to consult with
your doctor regarding your
preventive, as well as
curative, options as soon as
- In a study published in
the Cambridge Journals,
it was discovered that
vitamin D deficiency
predisposes children to
respiratory diseases. An
intervention study conducted
showed that vitamin D
reduces the incidence of
respiratory infections in
2.) Muscle weakness -
According to Michael F.
Holick, a leading vitamin D
expert, muscle weakness is
usually caused by vitamin D
deficiency because for
skeletal muscles to function
properly, their vitamin D
receptors must be sustained
by vitamin D.
3.) Psoriasis - In a
study published by the UK
PubMed central, it was
discovered that synthetic
vitamin D analogues were
found useful in the
treatment of psoriasis.
4.) Chronic kidney
disease - According to
Holick, patients with
advanced chronic kidney
diseases (especially those
requiring dialysis) are
unable to make the active
form of vitamin D. These
individuals need to take
1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 or
one of its calcemic
analogues to support calcium
metabolism, decrease the
risk of renal bone disease
and regulate parathyroid
5.) Diabetes - A
study conducted in Finland
was featured in Lancet.com
in which 10,366 children
were given 2000
international units (IU)/day
of vitamin D3 per day during
their first day of life. The
children were monitored for
31 years and in all of them,
the risk of type 1 diabetes
was reduced by 80 percent.
6.) Asthma - Vitamin
D may reduce the severity of
asthma attacks. Research
conducted in Japan revealed
that asthma attacks in
school children were
significantly lowered in
those subjects taking a
daily vitamin D supplement
of 1200 IU a day.
- Those suffering from this
chronic gum disease that
causes swelling and bleeding
gums should consider raising
their vitamin D levels to
produce defensins and
cathelicidin, compounds that
contain microbial properties
and lower the number of
bacteria in the mouth.
disease - Congestive
heart failure is associated
with vitamin D deficiency.
Research conducted at Harvard University among
nurses found that women with
low vitamin D levels (17 ng/m
[42 nmol/L]) had a 67
percent increased risk of
9.) Schizophrenia and
Depression - These
disorders have been linked
to vitamin D deficiency. In
a study, it was discovered
that maintaining sufficient
vitamin D among pregnant
women and during childhood
was necessary to satisfy the
vitamin D receptor in the
brain integral for brain
development and mental
function maintenance in
10.) Cancer -
Researchers at Georgetown
University Medical Center
in Washington DC
discovered a connection
between high vitamin D
intake and reduced risk of
breast cancer. These
findings, presented at the
American Association for
revealed that increased
doses of the sunshine
vitamin were linked to a 75
percent reduction in overall
cancer growth and 50 percent
reduction in tumor cases
among those already having
the disease. Of interest was
the capacity of vitamin
supplementation to help
control the development and
growth of breast cancer
These various health
conditions associated with
vitamin D deficiency need
not be something to fear. A
proactive approach to
prevention can assist in the
avoidance of the many
chronic diseases associated
with vitamin D deficiency.
For one, thousands of
dollars can be saved, not to
mention the peace of mind,
simply at the cost of taking
a walk under the sun. Save
the umbrellas for the rainy
Researchers have found that
part of the cause of
cataracts is the lens of the
eye trying to "help" the
body lower high blood sugar
by storing it away within
the lens, which gradually
obscures vision. So it's no
surprise that people with
type 2 diabetes have a much
greater incidence of
cataracts than people with
normal blood sugar levels.
You already know where I
stand on sugar and refined
carbohydrates--this is just
one more reason to eliminate
them from your diet!
According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly six million people in the
United Stated have type 2 (adult-onset)
diabetes but don't know it.
Don't let yourself join that number! The sooner you learn that you
have this chronic and potentially serious condition, the better your
chances will be of living well and long with it. Here are the
classic symptoms that could tip you off to the need for a check-up.
1. Excessive thirst Remember
when we used to call this disease "the sugar diabetes"? That name
came from the fact that excess glucose builds up in your blood. As a
result, your kidneys go on overtime trying to absorb the extra sugar
but when they can't, it's excreted along with precious fluids pulled
from your tissues. That's why you're dehydrated. Many sufferers
describe a truly unquenchable thirst.
2. Frequent urination As
part of the same process that makes you thirsty, you'll
urinate much more often
than normal. The fluids that get drawn from your body as your
kidneys struggle to take care of the sugar mean you'll have to make
trips to the bathroom quite often. Also, you'll instinctively drink
a lot of water to combat dehydration and that will add to your need
to relieve yourself.
Being overweight is a risk factor for type 2
diabetes, and unexplained
weight loss can be a symptom. If you lose sugar, you shed calories
as well. Also, diabetes can prevent sugar from getting to your cells
where it's needed. You may be ravenous, yet your weight may drop
even if you eat a lot. Your newly trim figure could bring on
compliments, but don't let that distract you from the realization
that something is wrong!
4. Blurry vision Some
of the fluid you excrete gets pulled from the lenses in your eyes.
You may have trouble focusing. Heed this signal immediately. Without
treatment, you could end up with partial or even total vision loss.
5. Weakness and fatigue Most
people say they feel as though they contracted a mild case of the
flu. Dehydration and sugar loss both contribute to an overall
malaise and a dip in your energy level.
6. Tingling or numbness in your hands and feet Nerve
damage called neuropathy causes a burning or prickling sensation and
eventually makes you lose feeling.
7. Frequent infections that are slow to heal Research
has not confirmed this indicator, but physicians and
diabetics themselves often
observe the phenomenon. The speculation is that diabetes weakens
your immune system. Bladder and vaginal infections are the most
common ones for women. Both men and women are prone to red, swollen,
and tender gums.
8. Impotence Men with diabetes may experience erectile dysfunction. There can be
other causes for ED but when it's teamed with any or all of the
above clues, it can be a red flag.
If you heed the early alerts and start treatment right away, you'll
be in a very good position to avoid the ravages that unchecked
diabetes can bring. Denial isn't going to get you the help you need!
Be honest with yourself and make that doctor's appointment now. Best
case scenario would be that this was a false alarm. Or you'll find
that your body was telling the truth, and you'll be very glad you
Sondra Forsyth, Senior Editor at
ThirdAge, is a National Magazine
Award winner. She writes for major magazines and is the author or
co-author of eleven books. She was Executive Editor at "Ladies’ Home
Journal," Features Editor at "Cosmopolitan," and Articles Editor at
"Bride’s." A former ballerina, she is the Artistic Director of
Ballet Ambassadors, an arts-in-education company in New York
The Use of Essential Oils
Fascinating news regarding the use of essential
oils that are based on the wisdom of ancient traditions and the best
of modern science - there are therapeutic-grade essential oils and
oil enhanced nutritional supplements that represent the best
wellness solutions on the market today and we have them for you.
From eating extra virgin olive oil for its
health and dietary benefits – Jean Carper, author of The Food
Pharmacy, says, “One tablespoon of olive oil has the power to
wipe out cholesterol raising effects of two eggs” to Hippocrates who
said, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your
food”, essential oils are found in leaves, stems, roots, branches,
bark, flowers and fruits.
Having had no experience in essential oils, I
am on a quest to learn how to use them and how to speak the uses of
them intelligently. I am learning from the literature from Young
Living, the book
Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart,
PhD and even from my friend, Jackie Silver, founder of
Backwards.com, who shares information she developed. She
“Using plants for medicinal purposes is nothing
new - Hippocrates mixed powder from the bark and leaves of willow
trees to cure headaches, pain and fever. His discovery would lead to
the formulation, some two thousand years later, of modern-day
aspirin. In the 1920s, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse
stumbled across the medicinal properties of lavender oil when
treating his burned arm and gave rise to our current use of
therapeutic essentials. History reveals that even the ancient
Egyptians soaked the bandages of their Pharaohs with aromatic
Modern-day uses for essential oils include combating stress,
improving sleep, boosting immunity, curing a hangover, decongesting
The array of oils are amazing! From anise,
coriander, dill, frankincense to clove,” …there are myriads of
scents that can positively influence our quality of life, sense of
well being and mood – the idea behind aromatherapy, the practice of
using essential oils for the curative properties. Essential oils are
the aromatic oils distilled from plants that can be inhaled, applied
to the skin or ingested,” says Silver.
One interesting tidbit I discovered about cedar
is that according to Dr Stewart, “it turns out that inhaling the oil
of cedarwood increases the ability to think clearly and enhances the
awareness for effective prayer and meditation. This is because, of
all the essential oils of the world, cedarwood contain the highest
concentration of sesquiterpenes (98%). The sesquiterpenes in
cedarwood have the ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier
and oxygenate the brain directly upon inhalation by way of the nasal
passages and the olfactory nerves. It has even been suggested that
cedarwood oil might prevent senility and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Essential oils, known as nature’s
living energy, are the natural, aromatic volatile liquids found in
shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive
components in essential oils defend plants against insects,
environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a
plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings.
Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam
distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than
While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical
makeup is complex and their benefits vast—which make them much more
than something that simply smells good.
Young Living Essential Oils, the leading provider of essential oils,
offers more than 300 essential oil singles and blends. All Young
Living essential oils meet the
YLTG standard. This means that every essential oil Young Living
distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of
constituents to maximize the desired effect. Only YLTG essential
oils should be used for the primary methods of application, which
Here’s the link to learn more about Essential
This study demonstrates that we all can quickly lower our own BPA
levels by making basic changes in what we eat and drink...
Buy whole foods -- and carry them home in paper bags.
Do not microwave in plastic -- even if it is labeled
"microwave-safe"! Heat raises BPA levels in plastic, upping the
health hazards. Instead, microwave food in glass or ceramic
Consider switching to a French press coffeemaker. Typical
coffeemakers may contain traces of BPA and other toxins in the
bin that holds the coffee filter and coffee. These grow more
concentrated when heated.
Kick the cans. Avoid canned foods except those that are in
BPA-free cans, such as from Eden Foods, Vital Choice, Oregon’s
Choice and Trident Seafoods.
Watch out for the kids. Developing children are at even greater
risk for harm from BPA. Use glass baby bottles or BPA-free
plastic bottles. For older children, get stainless steel lunch
boxes instead of plastic.
certainly thought about living years past 100...have you? Taking
care of your body by eating foods that reliably contribute to good
health, exercising daily and supplementing with vital nutrients in
the form of minerals and vitamins will surely keep us healthy;
however, there are scientists who believe we can live younger longer
when we master aging...cynthia
Do you remember the exciting, romantic moment in the movie “Last
of The Mohicans” where Hawkeye (Daniel Day Lewis) urges the
girl, “Just stay alive!” He would come and find her and rescue
It’s like that. “Just stay alive, for Heaven’s
I’ve been saying for years it’s crazy to let
yourself go. Science is moving so fast, it could be any day we
have a breakthrough that will stop aging permanently. You’ll be
able to choose when you head for the exit!
What a shame it would be to pass away just a
short time before the new aging reality became available to
The latest news could be the front edge of the
major breakthrough I’ve been waiting for. Scientists have
discovered a “mutant protein” that ages us. If we can master
that one protein, who knows what the future life of Mankind will
The mutant protein is known to be involved in
the rare premature aging condition known as progeria. This
unlucky disease ages a child so rapidly, they die around 12- 13
years old, wrinkled, crumpled and like a very old man or woman
(pro- for and geriatric, get it?). So the rogue protein is
called progerin: kind of logical.
Thing is, research scientists have found
progerin affects normal cells too; just at a much slower rate.
But it still gets us in the end.
In the new research, investigators focused on
the interaction between progerin and telomeres, the protective
caps on the ends of chromosomes. As telomeres shorten, DNA
misfires, and cells die.
In the current study, the scientists looked at
millions of test-tube cells taken from seven healthy people,
aged 10 to 92. They evaluated the cells in the lab for a year.
They found the cells actually produce more and more progerin as
I called progerin a “mutant protein”; that’s
because it’s a mutated version of a normal cellular protein
called lamin A. Lamin A is encoded by a normal LMNA gene. Its
job is to help maintain the nucleus of the cell, which holds
When progerin takes over from Lamin A protein,
telomeres are told to slowly destruct and we know that this
process, in itself, is a major component of aging. Telomere loss
might be THE anti-aging mechanism, even ahead of inflammation
and mitochondrial slow-down.
The bad news is that we, as normal non-progeria
cases, still produce small and ever increasing amounts of
progerin. But if we can block that, we’re done with aging!
Meantime, the best advice I can give you is hang
in there. Take serious care of yourself and, for now, give up
all thoughts of dying!
MD, MB ChB, PhD is the author of several books, including “Diet
Wise” and “Virtual Medicine”. He’s British by birth but now resides
This might come as a surprise to you, but
one of the smartest choices of good fat you
can add to your diet is organic virgin
coconut oil. Yes, coconut oil.
Although it is a 90% saturated fat,
organic coconut oil contains medium-chain
fatty acids (MCFAs) that can improve
your health in many ways.
First of all, organic coconut oil is very
stable to cook with because it withstands
high temperatures without heat damage. If
you switch your cooking oil to organic
coconut oil, you can start improving your
health right away.
What’s more, you can easily digest the
MCFAs in coconut oil. So, it’s a lot easier
on your system than other oils. Plus, these
hard-working fatty acids are immediately
converted into energy rather than being
stored in your body as fat. Overall, MCFAs
help to boost your metabolism, which is a
great help to any weight loss program.
Considered a functional food, organic coconut
oil is now being recognized by the medical community as a powerful
tool against immune system related diseases. Several studies have
been done on its effectiveness in this area, and much research is
currently underway concerning the incredible nutritional value of
pure organic virgin coconut oil.
Organic coconut oil is highly nutritious and
contains a superior disease fighting fatty
acid called lauric acid. It is also rich in
fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
The best kind to get is organic raw
unprocessed extra virgin coconut oil. This
will assure you that your product is
unrefined, certified organic by USDA
standards, and contains no added chemicals
genetically modified additives.
You’ll also know your organic coconut oil
is made only from fresh coconuts and is a
solid at room temperature. The Philippines
is the world’s largest exporter of organic
Used in tropical cultures as a nutritious
diet staple for many centuries, organic
coconut oil can help:
1. Keep You
Healthy and Slim
You can help boost
and regulate your
metabolism to keep
your weight under
control with this
Support Your Immune
oil is jam-packed
with lauric acid,
Promote Heart Health
Packed full of
healthy fats that
are good for your
coconut oil is a
great addition to
your daily diet.
You Instant Energy
oil can help you
feel less fatigued
and require less
sleep by stimulating
your metabolism. It
can also enhance
oil helps to
activity and proper
functioning of this
energy, supports the
health of your skin
and metabolism, and
keeps your moods in
Keep Your Skin
Youthful, Smooth &
virgin coconut oil
as a lotion will
help improve your
skin, hair, and
nails due to its
that also promote
increases, your cell
up, too. This means
that your body will
more quickly replace
old cells with
lauric acid, organic
natural agents that
may reduce fungus,
bacteria and the
viruses that cause
and other illnesses.
This helps to
glucose to balance
insulin output which
can help relieve the
symptoms and reduce
the health risks
Protect Your Body
oil may help protect
your body from cell
Crystal Salt vs Sea Salt & Table Salt
The photo to the right shows a magnification of "The
Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt. Notice the beautiful
branching pattern, which is indicative of a living
structure. All the elements are interactively connected and
united. In addition, the spaces between the crystalline
branches are completely empty, showing the salt free of any
pollutants, such as radioactivity or pesticides. When taken
as a food, this salt will give energy to the body without
depleting the body of energy needed to neutralize the salt.
This photo is of sea salt. You can see that the
branching pattern of living structure is present, but
Some structure remains, but many of the crystals are
This photo of refined table salt, which has been
processed and stripped of it's natural minerals, shows
no branching crystals. It is completely devoid of life. The
refining process tore the crystalline components from their
framework and isolated them. Here, also, are specks between
the crystals, showing visible pollutants. To integrate this
substance into the living organism of one's body requires
immense amounts of energy for revitalization. Instead of
adding energy to our bodies, this salt takes away energy.
these photos dramatically show that "The Original"
Himalayan Crystal Salt is life-giving and refined table salt
detracts from life.
salt is in the middle--better than table salt, but not as
healthful as "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt. And we
can experience this difference in our bodies too, as we feel
more alive, happy, and energized when we eat "The Original"
Himalayan Crystal Salt.
interesting "science experiment" you can do at home to see
the difference between "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt
and table salt.
inch of vinegar into each of two glasses. In one glass add 2
tablespoons of "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt, and in
the other 2 tablespoons of table salt. The table salt will
start to foam and emit aggressive chemical gasses. "The
Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt will just sink to the
bottom of the glass and dissolve without any reaction. This
same response will happen in your body too.
and data are from the book Water and Salt: The Essence
of Life . See the book for more details on this
study of salt and additional photos.
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Vitamin C Cure Cancer?
An apple a
day keeps the doctor away–but orange juice cures cancer. At least
that’s what researchers at the National Institutes
of Health are reporting. To be fair, the treatment requires way more
than a few glasses of orange juice. In actuality, it requires
massive doses of intravenous vitamin C.
promising is the treatment? Well, Dr. Scott Greenberg of the
Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill, NJ has treated several
example, one of Greenberg’s patients was diagnosed with lung cancer
that had spread to his brain, and yet another had breast cancer that
could be seen protruding from her chest. Both were told their
situations were grim. However, after several months both patients
responded well to the vitamin C treatment, and today both are doing
well and appear to be cancer free.
the breast cancer patient is past the critical five-year
mark—typically considered a full remission.
researchers believe the treatment works by killing the cancer cells
outright, others believe it is vitamin C’s powerful antioxidant
protection at work.
theories are right, to a degree. You see, just like chemotherapy,
vitamin C produces hydrogen peroxide in the body—the same stuff
you’ve been using to kill germs on cuts and abrasions all your life.
peroxide has a powerful oxidizing effect inside the body. And while
oxidation (often referred to as free radical damage) is largely
considered a bad thing, the flood of oxygen that results from the
breakdown of hydrogen peroxide within the body actually destroys
cancer cells—leaving healthy cells unharmed while super-charging the
unlike chemotherapy, side-effects are essentially non-existent. And,
although the vitamin C treatment is not currently covered by
insurance, the price of each treatment is only $125. Compare that to
chemo and radiation therapies, which can easily reach into the
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Greenberg says that the therapy can be used in conjunction with more
traditional therapies. But, just as is the case with chemo and
radiation, the treatment doesn’t work for everyone. But it’s
certainly worth the effort for patients battling with cancer.
1. Eat high energy foods This is one of the most
important things you can do. High energy foods include:- raw nuts
and seeds- raw fresh food and vegetables- unprocessed grains- fish
or lean fresh meat- cooked vegetables - yoghurt- beans and lentils.
An easy way to get a quick energy booster through food is to make an
LSA powder. This consists of linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds.
You grind these to create a powder which you can keep in your
freezer and just sprinkle over your food, whenever you need an
2. Ensure that the mitochondria can do their work
The mitochondria can be damaged by free radicals, toxins and
viruses. Things like pesticides, cigarette smoke artificial
sweeteners, and unhealthy fats increase your risk, so make sure to
avoid those. Another way to protect your mitochondria is to take
plenty of anti-oxidants, like vitamins a, c, e, selenium and
essential fatty acids.
3. Supplement with additional vitamins
To boost your energy even further, you can use some of the following
Ginseng, Magnesium, L-carnitine, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Vitamin B
Instead of taking them all separately I take a special multivitamin
that contains a lot of these, as well as some other beneficial
anti-aging supplements in one tablet.
4. Banish stress
Stress and anxiety can strain your energy levels, so it is important
to find ways to de-stress. I personally use tennis and yoga as a de-stresser.
Yoga especially can connect you with yourself and your breath and in
addition to boosting your energy levels, it will also make you
stronger and more flexible!
5. Check your hormone levels
Many older women develop an imbalance in their hormones which can
lead to lack of energy. I encourage all women over 40 to take a
blood test to check their hormone levels.
6. Exercise regularly
Exercise will make you stronger and will eventually give you more
energy. So make sure it is part of your daily routine.
Backwards guru, Jackie Silver, has recommended
Coconut Oil for a very long time; she
regularly puts a tablespoon of Coconut Oil in her coffee and swears
that it keeps her slim. Dr Al Sears, Dr Joseph Mercola and other
anti-aging gurus side with Silver saying that it is the healthiest
cooking oil and it has many healing properties. Let me caution you
that too much rich coconut oil can upset your stomach so if you're
switching from another oil, use in moderation while you slowly add
it to your diet.
Healthiertalk.com recently featured
a video starring Dr Bruce Fife, author of Coconut Oil Miracle,
educating us about Coconut Oil (a low calorie fat!) and its superior
health benefits compared to olive oil and all other oils combined.
6 Ways to
Avoid Saggy Skin
Sagging skin no matter if it is on our faces or our thighs - we want
it stopped! If you are using Facial Magic, you know that the
isometric and resistance exercises plump up the skin from the inside
out so that sagging is greatly eliminated. In addition to facial
exercise there are other ways to enhance your face and body:
Don't lose weight too fast - Losing 1 to 2 pounds each week is ideal
so that your skin has time to catch up with the loss of fat.
Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies
Of course. We should all be eating more
fruits and vegetables.
To avoid sagging skin you should eat twice as many
fruits and vegetables as any other food at lunch and
dinner. If you don't eat enough, your body will develop
chronic inflammation and your skin will lose elasticity.
To avoid sagging skin you should eat twice as many fruits
and vegetables as any other food at lunch and dinner. If you
don't eat enough, your body will develop chronic
inflammation and your skin will lose elasticity.
Did You Know That Vitamin C Can Treat Over 30 Major
Andrew Saul, PhD
Did you know that Vitamin C has been known
to cure over 30 major disease for over 50
years. But why haven't you heard more about
it? Why haven't more doctors used Vitamin C
Progress takes time, unfortunately.
Fresh fruit was known to cure scurvy by
1753, yet governments ignored the fact for
nearly 100 years. Countless thousands died
in the meantime. The 19th century doctor who
first advocated washing one's hands between
patients died ignored and in disgrace with
the medical profession. Toxic mercury was
used as medicine into the twentieth century.
And so it has been.
The first physician to aggressively use
vitamin C to cure diseases was Frederick R.
Klenner, M.D. beginning back in the early
1940's. Dr. Klenner consistently cured
chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus and
polio with huge doses of the vitamin. While
vaccines are now available for these
illnesses, please remember this was not the
case in the 1940's.
The following is a list of the conditions
that Dr. Klenner successfully treated with
aggressive vitamin C therapy:
Burns and secondary
Heavy Metal Poisoning
This seems like an impossible list of
vitamin C cures. At this point, you can
either dismiss the subject or investigate
further. Dr. Klenner chose to investigate.
The result? He used massive doses of vitamin
C for over forty years of family practice.
He wrote dozens of medical papers on the
subject. A complete list of them is in the
Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C,
edited by Lendon H. Smith, M.D., Life
Sciences Press, Tacoma, WA (1988).
It is difficult to ignore his success, but
it has been done. Dr. Klenner wrote: "Some
physicians would stand by and see their
patient die rather than use ascorbic acid
(Vitamin C) because in their finite minds it
exists only as a vitamin."
Vitamin C is remarkably safe even in
enormously high doses. Compared to commonly
used prescription drugs, side effects are
virtually nonexistent. It does not cause
kidney stones. In fact, vitamin C increases
urine flow and favorably lowers the pH to
help keep stones from forming.
William J. McCormick, M.D.
used vitamin C since the late 1940's to
prevent and treat kidney stones. Vitamin C
does not significantly raise oxalate levels,
and uric acid stones have never resulted
from its use, either. Said Dr. Klenner: "The
ascorbic acid/kidney stone story is a myth."
How much vitamin C is an effective
therapeutic dose? Dr. Klenner gave up to
300,000 milligrams (mg) per day. Generally,
he gave 350 to 700 mg per kilogram body
weight per day. That is a lot of Vitamin C.
But then again, look at that list of
Dr. Klenner emphasized that small amounts do
not work. He said, "If you want results, use
adequate ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)."
If you want to learn more about the
therapeutic uses of vitamin C, the following
books are best:
How To Live Longer and
Feel Better, by Linus Pauling, Ph.D.,
The Healing Factor:
Vitamin C Against Disease, by Irwin
Stone (Putnam, 1972)
The Vitamin C Connection,
by Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D. et al (Harper
and Row, 1983)
Clinical Guide to the Use
of Vitamin C, by Lendon H. Smith, M.D.
It’s tragic that drugs like Fosamax continue to be touted as the
answer to osteoporosis, because nothing could be
further from the truth.
These simple guidelines can help you maintain, or increase, your
bone strength safely and naturally, without the use of drugs that
might cause you even further harm:
Eat a healthful diet - organic, locally-grown.
One food in
particular that is worth mentioning are onions,
which are high in gamma-glutamyl peptides that have
been shown to increase bone density.
Also remember that
you need high quality protein
like organic free-range eggs and grass-fed meats, because amino
acids are part of your bone matrix. If you don’t consume enough of
specific amino acids your body can’t form strong, dense bones.
2. Avoid processed foods.
If you eat a diet full of processed foods, it will produce
biochemical and metabolic conditions in your body that will decrease
your bone density.
3. Consume a healthy balance
between omega-6 and omega-3 fats.
4. Avoid gluten found in wheat,
barley, rye, oats and spelt.
5. Avoid soda and sugar,
6. Optimize your vitamin D
levels, ideally through sun exposure
7. Supplement with vitamin K2
if you aren't getting enough with food.
sure your diet includes sufficient amounts of magnesium, manganese,
and boron, or take them as supplements.
your calcium supplements with natural salts -- Dr. Robert
Thompson M.D. wrote an entire book
The Calcium Lie,
addressing this important issue.
One of the tenets of his book is that bone is composed of at least a
dozen minerals, and if you focus exclusively on calcium
supplementation you are likely going to worsen your bone density,
and will actually increase your risk of osteoporosis!
Dr. Thompson believes that the
overconsumption of calcium in the goal of preventing osteoporosis
creates other mineral deficiencies and imbalances that will also
increase your risk of heart disease, kidney stones, gallstones,
osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
He believes almost everyone needs
trace minerals, not just calcium, because you simply cannot get all
the nutrients you need through food grown in mineral depleted soils.
Dr. Thompson believes unprocessed natural salts, such as
are one of the best sources of these ionic trace minerals.
especially if you have asthma or any other autoimmune disease, as
increase your risk for osteoporosis.
Steroids are known to destroy bone density by impairing the cells
that build bone (osteoblasts).
Studies show that exercise is just as important to your bone health
as eating a calcium-rich diet.
like weight training are especially helpful here.
which can increase your bone strength and density by serving as a
growth promoter for the osteoblasts (the cells that build bone).
Funny thing happened; my sister sent me a text
asking if I knew that HFC was in ice cream. Yes, I knew it was in
certain ice creams and so is soy lecithin, another dangerous
additive you will want to avoid. The following is an article written
by Allan Spreen, MD and I know you will be glad you have this
information to protect you and your family.
lecithin comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a
"degumming" process. It is a waste product containing solvents and
pesticides and has a consistency ranging from a gummy fluid to a
Joe and Teresa
Graedon, authors of the nationally syndicated column “The People’s
Pharmacy,” cautions readers not to put Vicks VapoRub in their
nostrils because one of the key ingredients, petrolatum, could get
into the lungs and cause inflammation.
addressed by People’s Pharmacy recently involved cats, asthma and
arthritis; one of their callers told them that Crest Sensitivity
Toothpaste had helped their asthma symptoms. The active ingredient
in the toothpaste is potassium nitrate (saltpeter); this compound
was used long ago for treatment of asthma and arthritis. (www.peoplespharmacy.com)
anti-oxidant supplements that alleviate cardiovascular risk
Vitamin E along
with Vitamin C, CoQ10, and Selenium are powerful anti-oxidants and
now Israeli researchers have solid information that you will want to
consider if you find heart health important to you. The article
points out that after six months of using only these four
supplements that overall arterial elasticity improved. I believe you
can adequately protect yourself from disease by using supplements.
Read Dr Spreen's info here
. Hopefully you will decide
to add these supplements to your dietary regimen so that you and
your family experience better health. Dr. Spreen shares the dosage
amounts and adds that you might want to add magnesium to the mix.
was distributed by healthiertalk.com and written by Allan Spreen,
MD. Nationally acclaimed as America’s “Nutrition Physician,” Dr.
Spreen has been helping people stay healthy and disease-free as a
private doctor, published author, and noted researcher.
programmed for diabetes?
MD is one of my favorite health writers. You can always count on him
and his staff to provide insightful information to enhance our well
being. Recently he wrote a segment regarding how to spot the
physical changes in our bodies that might indicate Type II Diabetes
and I wanted to share those changes with you.
Shin spots. Slow-spreading, brownish-red (occasionally
yellowish) discolorations on the shins are often an early
warning sign of impending adult onset (type 2) diabetes.
Skin tags. As the name aptly describes, they're "tags" of skin
most frequently found on the neck, under the arms, and in the
groin area, and they're a common occurrence on adults.
Dupuytren's contracture. This condition occurs when the
connective tissue under the skin of the hand begins to thicken
and shorten. As the tissue tightens, it may pull the fingers
down towards the palm of the hand.
Excess weight. Obesity is probably the most widely known
physical symptom for type 2 diabetes, and it's usually the
easiest to spot. If this is a problem for you, make sure to
carefully examine your body for the other symptoms as well.
Jonathan Wright MD
From Lady Gaga to Jennifer Hudson Harley Pasternak
has developed quite a celebrity following and his book,
Fitness: The Diet and Fitness Secret of Hollywood's A-List," is
making him a celebrity. I found an article on
That’s Fit.com that I think you will enjoy because Harley
provides five easy exercises that he uses with his celebrity
clientele. It’s not too late to enjoy a better looking body for
summer so just pick up those dumbbells and let Harley sculpt your
arms, torso, legs and buttocks. My Ageless Sister, Jackie Silver,
“Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young”
proclaims that exercise is the fountain of youth – I agree!
Drinking 2 or 3 Glasses of Wine Each Day Too Much?
I confess. Wine is not exactly my
favorite beverage; however, I have recently begun to enjoy
the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I've found at Trader
Joe's. Wine drinking is one of California's national
past times and though I'm developing a taste for wine that leaves a
grapefruit aftertaste, I've often wondered how many glasses is too
many. Recently, the headline from MSN and Harvard Medical regarding
wine drinking caught my eye and thought you might want to learn what
Dr. Anthony Komaroff has to say.
Here's the video.
Sears, MD, a recent guest on
The Ageless Sisters
radio show, wowed us with
his knowledge and for quite some time I have enjoyed his free email
newsletter and I recommend that you sign up for it
today so you can be in the loop for better health. Just this
week he wrote this:
Bread, Cereal, Bagels and French Fries
Here are three foods that will put you on the fast track to fat:
Breakfast Cereal: This one is
a little deceptive. No one thinks of cereal as being a threat to
their health. But no matter which one you choose, breakfast cereals
are high on the glycemic index (GI). For many people, a dose of
high-glycemic carbs in the morning is the prescription for building
excess body fat.
You’d almost be better off eating a candy bar or a piece of cake.
The GI of an average piece of chocolate cake is between 31 and 38… a
Snickers bar is about 43. Not bad.
Compare that to the GI of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes… which registers a
whopping 132. That means corn flakes break down into sugar in your
bloodstream faster than pure glucose!
And if you add fuel to the fire by putting sugar on your cereal,
you’re sending an overwhelming surge of sugar into your system.
Remember, high blood sugar triggers a wave of insulin. And insulin
is the hormone that sends the message to build and store fat.
Even “healthy” cereals like Grape-Nuts have a GI of 80. That’s also
It might be a fast fix when you’re rushing in the morning, but
cereal in the morning will make you fat. Avoid it at all costs.
French Fries: Possibly
the worst foods you can eat. First off, potatoes are high-glycemic
and not good for you in any form. But when you take potatoes and
deep-fry them in trans fatty oil, you have a recipe for sickness and
While white potatoes aren’t the best choice, the oil they’re cooked
in adds much more danger than the potatoes do. If you need a potato
fix now and then, opt for a baked potato or, better yet, sweet
potatoes. They’re loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and
Bagels and Breads: Don’t fall
for the “whole-grain goodness” trap. When it comes to the glycemic
index, it matters very little whether breads are made from whole
grain or not. Grains spike your blood sugar, and you know what that
Forget about the commercials you see on TV. Unless you are very poor
and can’t get enough calories without them, you should avoid grains
at least until you get as lean as you want to be. You’ll be better
off without them.
In the morning, take a few extra moments and scramble some eggs.
Before you throw the eggs in, sauté some sliced tomatoes and
spinach. Maybe some onion, too. In less than 10 minutes, you can
have a breakfast that will make you feel pumped and energetic for
the whole morning.
And if you need a fast lunch, try a wrap instead of a sandwich. More
and more restaurants offer wraps these days. They come in all styles
– spinach is my favorite. (Try and avoid the heavy flour tortillas.)
Thank you Dr Sears!
time readers know that I value the advice that William Campbell
Douglass, MD and this time he is giving us the low-down on Aspartame
while enlightening us with the up-to-date info on sweeteners. Here's
what he recently wrote on his newsletter...you
can sign up here - *FREE*
"After receiving some 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a
list of 92 symptoms linked to aspartame -- including death.
Other symptoms include headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision
loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the
symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD,
diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue, and depression...
Why so many? It could be because aspartame attacks your body at the
cellular level so it can negate all kinds of medications Americans
take, including antidepressants, Coumadin, cardiac drugs, hormones,
insulin, vaccines, and many others.
It is a deadly neurotoxic drug masquerading as a harmless
SUGAR: A spoonful once in a while is fine, but in time, too much
sugar can lead to diabetes, which will lead to heart disease, renal
disease, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic retinitis
(blindness), diabetic peripheral neuropathy and the list goes on and
on. (Even so, next to aspartame, sugar looks almost attractive!)
SUCRALOSE: A very dangerous new chemical -- because in order to make
sucralose, chlorine is added to sugar! Ever spilled chlorine bleach
on your skin? No wonder that research by the Sucralose Toxicity
Information Center showed that years of sucralose use can lead to
serious compromise of the immune system and neurological disorders.
SACCHARINE: Yuck. Despite those famous animal studies, I actually
don't count saccharine as much of a cancer threat to humans. But
face it, saccharine tastes like the chemical experiment it is.
STEVIA: Yes, it's natural. Yes, it's safe. But no, it tastes nothing
like sugar. Okay for some, but not in my coffee!
AND THE WINNER IS:
You've probably never heard of it. It's called erythritol. And
here's the best news: erythritol is natural, virtually calorie-free,
tastes like sugar, doesn't affect blood sugar or insulin levels,
reduces dental plaque -- and unlike xylitol, has no laxative
side-effects. Available as Smart Sweet, it gets the
Dr. Douglass nod!"
sister forwarded the email below and I thought the information might
keep aspirin by your bedside?
About Heart Attacks
There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the painon the left arm.
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin,
as well as nausea and lots of sweating,
however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a
heart attack.. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart
attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, the chest pain
may wake you up from your deep sleep and
If that happens, immediately dissolve
in your mouth
and swallow them with
a bit of water.
Afterwards: -phone a neighbor or afamily
member who lives very close by -say"heart attack!" -say that you havetaken 2 aspirins.. -take a seat on a chair or sofa near the
front door, and wait for their arrivaland... ~do NOT lie down~
A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person, after receiving this
e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life can be saved!
Little Known Signs of Lung Cancer from
cough or hoarseness
Deep chest pain
when you cough or laugh
breath or wheezing
rust-colored or bloody phlegm
recurrent infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis
painful fingertips (caused by abnormal bone growth)
Weight loss or
lack of appetite
growth in men
depression or lethargy in someone who hasn't been depressed
Sudden onset of
irritability, aggression and temper; could be characterized as
"everything gets to him."
One recent study also points
out vitamin D’s potential in treating breast cancer; not just in
preventing it. Researchers found that calcitrol (the active form of
vitamin D) can induce a tumor-suppressing protein that inhibits the
growth of breast cancer cells specifically.
Probiotics May Protect Against Gum Disease
Nutraingredients-usa.comoffers up-to-the-minute information
regarding supplements and nutrition in the USA. The topics are
far and wide; when I read the article written by Stephen Daniells
regarding the Yukult study of probiotics from Germany, I thought you
might find it interesting because gum disease and gingivitis plague
many people. They offer a free newsletter and you can choose
the areas of health that interest you. Bottom line: I
love Yukult and hope the scientists are onto something very
Coconut Oil May Deplete
Coconut oil is a powerful immune
booster and I agree with Dr Mercola that it is a smart alternative
to other oils for cooking and consuming. I used to cook with
olive oil until I discovered research that suggest the good
properties suffered from high heat oxidation. The
polyunsaturated fats such as canola oil, safflower, corn, soy are
horrible for your health so throw those out of your pantry.
Switching to coconut oil made my
breakfast experience quite a treat; imagine diced onions lightly
sautéed in less than a teaspoon of oil, then two scrambled eggs
cooked with the onions and served with a side of fresh, finely
chopped raw vegetables.
Helping to keep your
skin healthy and youthful looking
proper functioning of your thyroid gland
go to Dr. Mercola's site sign
up for his newsletter - it's free and wonderfully informative!
If you or a loved one has a young
daughter, please forward this video regarding the very dangerous
side effects of Gardasil. We must protect our children from harm
and it appears that this drug causes great harm.
Eliminate Strep Throat
The following question
and subsequent answer was forwarded to me but I am not certain who
Dr. Wright is. I thought the information was very compelling
because my sweet little grandson, Braydon, has had two bouts with
strep this year. My daughter-in-law was informed of the
possibility that dairy products may add to the stress of strep, she
eliminated dairy from Braydon's diet and reports that his breathing
has improved and there has been no recurrence of strep.
10-year-old son is constantly coming down with strep throat!
No matter what I try, it keeps coming back. What can I do?
Dr. Wright: After reading a book by a doctor who found that
eliminating all milk and dairy products from children's diets
completely eliminated strep throat, I started giving my own patients
the same advice. And it worked every time.
In fact, the only time it didn't work was on one little girl—it
turned out, though, that she had been sneaking cheese at a friend's
house! Once her mother uncovered that little secret and
stopped it, the strep throat never returned.
If your son is used to milk and dairy, getting him off it could be a
struggle, but there are substitutes. Occasional soy cheese is okay,
but I don't recommend regular use of it—or of soy milk—because they
contain too much plant estrogen for children. But most of the kids
I've talked to seem to like rice and almond milk—easily found in the
Can be Deadly
and other products that have acetaminophen are safe? Well, think
again and check the labels on other pain meds, cough suppressants
and even menstrual pain remedies because a little too much
acetaminophen can be deadly. Watch this video, educate you and your
loved ones regarding an easy overdose.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTm3_NhzdcU And, if you
have questions here is a
website that has a lot of good
information regarding this drug that is found in prescription and
official...more and more men and women are saying tata to shampoo
and opting for a concoction of baking soda and water to forgo
chemical damage to their bodies and personally, I think it's a great
idea. The "No 'Poo" users says giving up shampoo at first is daunting
because their hair didn't feel clean and even looked a little grimy
but after a new months of this new regimen, their hair became silky,
soft and super shiny.
To 'Poo or Not to 'Poo
an article further explaining how to mix the baking soda and water
while using apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. If
you decide to ditch your shampoo, let me hear from you regarding
The Camera Phone Diet
try to keep a food journal when you decide to drop a few pounds?
If you do not write down every morsel that has gone into your mouth,
most likely, you may forget that pat of butter or extra few olives
that went down the hatch.
offers sound advice - take a camera phone photo of your plate
before eating so that you accurately define your calories, carbs,
fats and grains. Portion control can sometimes perplex even
the seasoned dieter but
click here for a video that easily describes how portion control
Iceberg Lettuce may relieve gall bladder pain
Ever feel pain
under your right shoulder in the middle of your back after indulging
your salt craving with potato chips and other fatty foods? Has
it awakened you in the middle of the night and you know you need
relief right now? You might want to eat a 1/2 cup of plain
iceberg lettuce to relieve the pain then sit back and let Mother
Nature soothe this irritation in about fifteen minutes. Other
remedies include apple cider vinegar, honey and apple juice. If you
would like to learn more folk remedies, check out Earthclinic.com.
Still believe that soy is good for you?
William Campbell Douglass II, MD,
dubbed "the conscience of modern
medicine", has a very
interesting newsletter that keeps me informed of health news.
Recently he wrote this thought provoking intro to Dr. Sherrill Sellman's book on why we should avoid soy. Dr. Douglas writes, "Don't
fall for the "soy is good for you" baloney the vegetarian community
tries to shove down your throat. Here are the facts, plain and
Soy damages your thyroid, and leads to hypothyroidism
Soy increases your need for vitamin D
Soy blocks the absorption of protein
Soy blocks the absorption of key minerals, such as
calcium, magnesium, and iron
Soy is estrogenic and can contribute to early puberty
When eating these foods our bodies produce a
lot of insulin that creates stress on the pancreas and as a result,
high blood pressure develops.
According to Prevention Magazine you can fight
diabetes with four nutrients: Vitamin D, Calcium, Omega 3 and
Know the Codes for
Genetically Modified Foods
• A four-digit number means the produce is conventionally grown
• A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it's organic
• A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it's GM***
***The safety of genetically
modified foods has not been proven or documented.
According to Dr. Mercola, he writes that nearly all corn, soy,
canola and cottonseed have been GM. Look for the sticker
before you buy!!! Aspartame (NutraSweet) is GM.
containing rbGH is GM.
The radura logo signifies that the meat
or poultry you are choosing has been radiated.
People's Pharmacy and the Graedon's offer sage
advice to ease cold symptoms without resorting to chemically laden
store bought preparations. The following is a variation of the
ginger theme and probably originated in Ayurvedic medicine:
When I was traveling
in the Middle East I noticed that most bathrooms, public and
private, had a very unique personal hygiene device. At first I
was a little intimidated by the hand-held sprayer but quickly
realized how beneficial the results were. I found this website
and was pleasantly surprised to see how economical the Handy Spray
is so wanted to share it with you. The installation is very
If you would like more
is the link. It's affordable and makes perfect sense.
Juice or Not - Which is Healthier?
Orange juice has twice the glycemic levels as an orange. The best
advice: it is much healthier to eat two to four medium-sized
pieces of fruit a day and choose low-calorie beverages or refreshing
iced water. If you choose to drink juice at all, limit it to four
ounces—a small juice glass.
Many fruit juices that are sold
in supermarkets contain only a small percentage of real fruit juice,
and contain added sweeteners (sucrose or high fructose corn syrup).
As a result, it is easy to consume a large amount of calories
without getting any actual nutrition when you consume these
beverages. Make sure you read fruit juice labels carefully! Turn
over on the back of the jar or bottle, and look over the ingredient
list - you may be surprised to see exactly where the fruit itself
And, it's not a good idea to
take your meds with fruit juice because juice can block the
absorption of the medication. Grapefruit, apple, orange and
more can significantly reduce the amount of drug in your
Ways to Reduce Inflammation Without Drugs!
Dr. Joseph Mercola recently
released this important information and I do not want you to miss
Instead of a statin drug that comes with dangerous side effects, try
these six measures instead:
Smoking hardens the arteries and increase inflammation. But research
shows you can reverse all the damaging effects to your arteries
within 10 years of quitting.
Think olive oil, fish, and nuts.
People who stick with a Mediterranean-style diet based on fruits,
vegetables, nuts, and olive oil can lower their levels of
inflammation. It works by increasing the amount of foods you eat
that are rich in omega-3 fats, which fight inflammation.
Exercise a great way to lower inflammation without any of the side
effects associated with medications.
Shrink your waist size.
If you're a woman with a waist measurement of over 35 inches or a
man with a waist of over 40 inches, you probably have high
inflammation. Whittling a few inches off the waist by reducing your
portions and increasing activity can go a long way toward solving
Get enough sleep.
A new study shows that elderly people with high blood pressure who
sleep less than 7.5 hours a night have dramatically elevated chances
of having a stroke or heart attack. Other research has shown that
both too little and too much sleep increases inflammation. The
American Academy of Sleep Medicine says most adults need between
seven and eight hours of sleep each night.
High levels of stress hormones can lead to the release of excess
Going to the doctor's
office can be intimidating, especially if you are hiding certain
information that you do not want to divulge to your health care
professional. While reading iVillage.com I recently found this
article that you might find interesting.
Check it out here
Food as Medicine
Garbage in - garbage
out wreaks havoc with your skin! In the October 2008 issue of
SELF Magazine, there is an article by Beth Janes, entitled,
"The Great Skin Diet" and the research is convincing:
Vitamin C in the
form of strawberries, citrus fruits, red peppers and broccoli
aids in the formation of collagen.
seeds and almonds provides the body with vitamin E that protects
skin from UV free radicals.
orange, leafy green and red vegetables like sweet potatoes and
spinach are terrific sources of beta-carotene that produces
smoother looking skin.
Lean meat like
poultry provides zinc and iron that contributes to cell
production and natural skin sloughing.
Salmon, eggs and
walnuts provide omega-3 fatty acids that protect your body
against inflammation and just maybe less wrinkles.
treats may lead to wrinkles and sagging skin.
Milk might be on
the chopping block as there seems to be a connection between
milk intake and pimples.
Dark chocolate - a
very small piece - might actually be good for your skin.
If you suffer from
Rosacea or have a red, blotchy complexion there's news that hot,
spicy foods may contribute to this condition.
A word about wine
- yes, red wine does have its attributes but too much of
anything may have an opposite effect causing dry skin and ugh,
Ugly Side of Plastic Surgery
Sometimes truth is
just stranger than fiction; in this case, this is a horror story not
intended for the squeamish or faint of heart. This is the
reality of how surgery can fail and the horrific results that are
wrought in the name of beauty. Again, I warn you that the
photos are disturbing and almost unreal. Don't let this happen to
Cancer a Fungus?
I am a fan of
Mercola.com because Dr. Mercola offers insight into common and not
so common physical maladies. His newsletter with the headline
"Fungus Causing Cancer - A Novel Approach to The Most Common Form of
Death" grabbed my attention and I hope you will take the time to
watch the video with
Doug Kaufman interviewing Italian Oncologist Dr. Tullio Simoncini,
as he details a new theory of cancer that carries the promise of a
safe, speedy, and effective cancer cure.
Unexpected Drug Side Effects
Joe and Teresa Graedon
write that hundreds of drugs cause unexpected side effects.
Take antibiotics such as Cipro or Levaquin - tendon rupture
such as Achilles' tendon is possible and if you are taking heartburn
drugs watch out for hip fracture. The popular class of reflux
medications that includes Aciphex, Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix has
been linked to hip fractures (Journal of the American Medical
Association, Dec. 27, 2006.) The Graedon's suggest that you
can help the FDA discover unanticipated reactions to prescription
medications by reporting them to MedWatch:
recently featured a list of stroke symptoms with one interesting
feature: Can you spot the symptom that does not designate
1) Do you
think sudden confusion or trouble speaking are symptoms of stroke?
2) Do you think sudden chest pain or discomfort is a symptom of
3) Do you think sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg,
especially on one side, are symptoms of stroke?
4) Do you think sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes is a
symptom of stroke?
5) Do you think sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of
balance are symptoms of stroke?
6) Do you think a severe headache with no known cause is a symptom
Sudden chest pain
or discomfort is a symptom of a heart attack but not a stroke.
case 911 should be called immediately!
Beauty Naps Important?
are important and if you are so fortunate to take a twenty to thirty
minute nap during the day, you probably are more alert, a better
driver and provide enhanced performance for each task you
undertake. According to the 2005 sleep poll conducted by the
National Sleep Foundation, 55% of adult Americans take one nap
during the week. The psychological benefit of napping is equivalent
to a mini-vacation – it relaxes your mind while it refreshes your
senses. You wake looking revitalized.
Reflexology - So Much More Than A Foot Massage
Bill Flocco of
the American Academy of Reflexology
Reflexology has long been viewed by many Americans and medical
professionals as little more than a foot massage.
Recent scientific studies show that chronic pain, digestive
disorders and other common health problems can be relieved through
the use of this practice. Reflexology, which was developed by three
medical professionals in the early 20th century, involves applying
pressure to specific areas -- known as "reflex points" -- located on
the feet, hands and ears.
When a body part is injured or stops functioning properly due to
disease, irritating chemicals accumulate in distant but related
nerve endings in the feet, hands and ears. Various studies have
repeatedly shown that when certain parts of the feet, hands and ears
are worked on with touch techniques, relief results in corresponding
parts of the body.
You can perform many basic forms of reflexology on yourself or a
a certified reflexologist in your area, contact the American
Reflexology Certification Board, 303-933-6921,
results, work on all of the reflex points described in this article
for at least five minutes twice a day, four or more times a week.
Relief can be experienced within minutes, but it sometimes takes
days or weeks of repeatedly working on the appropriate reflex areas
to get results.
Do not work on bruises, cuts, sores, skin infections or directly on
areas where you have damaged a bone or strained a joint during the
preceding three to six months. If you've had surgery or suffered a
bone fracture, ask your surgeon when it's safe to perform
reflexology on these areas.
technique used on most parts of the feet and hands, including those
points described below, is the "thumb roll."
Place gentle pressure with the pad of your thumb against the area on
which you wish to work. Maintaining this pressure and moving slowly,
bend the knuckle in the center of the thumb in an upward direction
and roll your thumb from the pad toward the tip, moving it forward.
Next, reverse the movement of the knuckle, so that once your thumb
is flattened you can do another thumb roll, each time moving forward
in the direction the thumb is pointing.
points that correspond to common complaints...
While sitting in a chair, place your left foot on your right knee.
Use your left thumb to locate the "diaphragm line," which separates
the ball of your foot and your instep, where the skin color changes
between the pad and soft part of the sole. On this line, about an
inch from the inner edge of the foot, press gently with the tip of
your thumb while squeezing gently with your index finger on top of
the foot for five to 10 minutes.
place the tip of your right thumb on the soft part of your left palm
at the point between the base of the knuckles below your index and
middle fingers. With the fingers of your right hand gently squeezing
the back of your left hand, apply gentle pressure with the tip of
your right thumb for five to 10 minutes.
Start with the hand corresponding to the side of your head where the
pain is most noticeable. On the back of that hand, locate a point
about an inch below the base knuckle of your index finger in the
fleshy web between your index finger and thumb. Place the tip of the
thumb of your other hand on this point and the tip of your index
finger of the other hand on the palm side of this point, squeezing
to find a spot that's slightly thicker and more tender than the
surrounding area. While maintaining steady pressure, gently move the
tip of your thumb in small circles over this spot. (This movement is
different from the thumb roll.) It usually takes about five minutes
of work to alleviate a tension headache, and up to an hour to reduce
or eliminate a migraine headache.
This point should not be worked on during the first trimester of
pregnancy, as it could have an adverse effect on the fetus. Instead,
work only on the related point on the ear, as described below.
you have completed the hand reflexology, locate the small, hard flap
of cartilage at the top of your earlobe, then feel where this flap
and the earlobe meet. With the tip of your thumb on the front of the
ear and the tip of your index finger behind the ear, gently squeeze
this point between your index finger and thumb, feeling for a spot
that's slightly thicker and more tender than the surrounding area.
Squeeze both ears at once, holding for five to 10 minutes, while
resting your elbows on a table or desk.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
While sitting, place your left foot on your right knee. With the
fingers of your left hand, gently grasp the top of the foot. Using
the thumb roll technique in repeated overlapping strips, work across
from the inner edge to the outer edge of the foot, on all of the
soft part of the sole and the entire heel, for 10 minutes. Repeat,
using your right thumb on the bottom of your right foot.
you have completed the foot reflexology, use your right thumb to
perform the thumb roll technique on your left palm. Work from the
outside to the inside of the palm, starting just below the base of
the fingers and progressing toward the wrist. Repeat, using your
left thumb to work on the right palm.
PAIN AND STIFF NECK
Move your finger slightly above the cartilage flap described in the
headache section, and find a ridge of cartilage running up and down
the ear. Place the tips of your index fingers on the lower inch of
this ridge on both ears while resting your elbows on a table or
desk. Squeeze gently but firmly between your index fingers and
thumbs, with your thumbs behind the ears. Continue for five to 10
"B" Attitudes for Better Health
Be understanding to your enemies.
Be loyal to your friends.
Be strong enough to face the world each
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
Be generous to those who need your
Be frugal with that you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not
Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.
Be willing to share your joys.
Be willing to share the sorrows of others.
Be a leader when you see a path others
Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.
Be first to congratulate an opponent
Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.
Be sure where your next step will fall,
so that you will not tumble.
Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong
Be loving to those who love you.
Be loving to those who do not love you; they may change.
Above all, be yourself.
-- Author Unknown
Joseph Mercola and Aspartame
If you and your
family are using Aspartame regularly, you probably will be
interested to know how prolonged use has affected some
users. This potentially dangerous substance is used in many foods
and beverages - same with Splenda...I thought you might want to read
Dr. Mercola's blog.He has written the book Sweet Deception.
You OD On Beauty Treatments?
recently published photos of celebrities that are very
uncomplimentary and certainly not flattering emphasizing too many
plastic surgery procedures. You may or may not realize that
your face can look "over injected" with substances that plump and
I know you have
seen these freakish, strangely shaped faces that develop as a result
of too much attention from well meaning physicians. Remember,
physicians are not magicians and injecting a face is a fine art.
Over using injections is like going to the hair salon: You
realize that the cut and color is just a little off and not as
wonderful as it was previously.
Hormone Users May Face Increased Cancer Risk
Replacement Therapy has again made the news and this time the
findings may alarm you because HRT usage has been linked to an
increased cancer risk in post menopausal women. Yes, we have
been advised of the increased risk of breast cancer and heart
ailments if we use HRTs but now new studies reveal that lung tumors
may develop, too.
Read about the study here.
fat can be especially vexing when you've had a C-Section or if that
fat just stays in place no matter how many sit-ups and crunches you
do. Even the best lingerie items cannot always disguise this
fat so maybe you have decided it's time to seek advice to have it
permanently removed via surgery. There are always risks to
surgery and a tummy tuck is no different. If you choose to go
this route make certain you have someone lined up to help you get up
and around because I don't think you can move very efficiently by
What to expect.
Off the Weight
always appealed to me and most days at 7:30 a.m. you will find me
out the door walking about two miles daily. This has really
helped my figure stay trim. Living in SoCal certainly has it's
advantages - sunshine most everyday and no snow! Just
get out and move as much as you can!
Here is a wonderful article that I believe you
Medical Goofs and
People's Pharmacy writers Joe Graedon, a pharmacologist and Teresa
Graedon, medical anthropologist and nutrition expert recently
alerted their readers that medical complications can unexpectedly
arise, especially when you are unprepared for a hospital stay. The
Graedon's recommend that we prepare for a hospital stay by viewing
the 22 minute DVD "Things You Should Know Before Entering a
Hospital". It's $29.95.
This video was the result of
Betty Hoeffner, a PR
specialist, who heard editor Ernie Schubert’s horror stories of
medical goofs and errors observed during a lengthy stay in a
suburban hospital, she said to her production friends, “we have a
How Healthy is
just isn't for cows…we need chlorophyll in our diet to cleanse and
purify our blood. Using greens such as wheatgrass and barley grass
can cure infections in our respiratory tract and actually aid our
anti-aging efforts. Each day we are subjected to smoke and toxins
that enter our bodies; these pollutants over time can compromise our
immune system with free radical damage.
vegetables have chlorophyll and spinach, bell pepper and broccoli
top the list as the richest source of green we can enjoy. Although
research is ongoing, prevention and treatment of liver cancer, skin
cancer, and colon cancer are all being investigated. For those of
you that supplement, consider adding Spirulina for a chlorophyll
Sugar, Fats and
Stephen T Sinatra, noted cardiologist, co-author of Sugar Shock
and Reverse Heart Disease Now (Wiley, $24.95) says there are
three surprising risks that you and your doctor may not know:
Fats and Toxic Blood are risks that tax your good health. Yes, you
must pay attention to smoking and cholesterol and especially sugar.
Dr Sinatra says, "Sugar inflames the blood vessels" and he suggests
we ladies keep our waistlines less than 32 inches and eat a
high-fiber diet (25 grams a day). This means more broccoli, onions,
red peppers and cabbage daily.
according to Dr. Sinatra, you have three choices – the good, the bad
and the enemy. Read food labels, eliminate trans fats and add wild
salmon to your weekly eating plan.
Blood – Your C-reactive protein reading and homocystine levels
indicate inflammation that can have a toxic effect on arteries; this
increases free radical damage. Improve your diet and take B-12 and
Control Warning (Sent to me by a reader)
Recently this past week, my cousin Nicole Dishuk (age 31...newly
grad student with a doctoral degree about to start her new career as
a Doctor...) was flown into a nearby hospital, because she
passed out. They found a blood clot in her neck, and immediately
took her by helicopter to the ER to operate. By the time they
removed the right half of her skull to relieve the pressure on her
brain, the clot had spread to her brain causing severe damage. Since
last Wednesday night, she was battling. They induced her into a coma
to stop the blood flow. They operated 3 times. Finally, they said
there was nothing left that they could do. They found multiple clots
in the left side of her brain.. the swelling wouldn't stop, and
she was on life support. She died at 4:30 yesterday. She leaves
behind a husband, a 2 yr old, Brandon, and a 4 yr old, Justin.. The
CAUSE of DEATH - they found was a birth control she was taking that
allows you to only have your period 3 times a year, but can cause
blood clots in the brain. They said it interrupts life's menstrual
cycle, and although it is FDA approved... shouldn't be - So to
the women in my address book - I ask you to boycott this product &
deal with your period once a month - so you can live the rest of the
months that your life has in store for you. *Please send this to
every woman you know - you may save someone's life... Remember, you
have a CYCLE for a reason!
Perfectly pH balanced and rich in the
most important trace mineral, silica, naturally stimulates
the immune system; some believe that silica may play a preventative
role in premature aging. Experts say that drinking Fiji water
daily can "reduce fatigue, chronic stress and other health hassles
by 67 percent within nine weeks." Here's the best part,
drinking Fiji water may help you lose one additional pound every
week! Some celebs depend on Fiji to look vibrant and slim so
ladies, it can't hurt. One note of caution: there are
way too many empty plastic bottles to deal with and the cost
to bring this water to the US must be enormous! So, why not
filter your water at home and add drops of
Silica to it?
and Their Uses
Herbal remedies have been around since the
beginning of time to treat everything from insomnia to infectious
diseases. In recent years, the supplement business has become
mainstream again as herbs have begun to regain their reputation as
healing agents after natural medicine almost became obsolete in the
Michael Castleman has written "The New Healing
Herbs" ($7.99, Bantam Books). This book lists the following herbs
and therapeutic uses:
Aloe – sunburn, infections, burns,
Astragalus – colds, flu
Black cohosh – PMS, menstrual cramps,
hot flashes, high blood pressure
Note: This information is not
intended as a substitute for medical treatment or medication.
Virgin Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil?
Sorry Rachael Ray
but Grape Seed Oil may actually be better for cooking! Olive Oil is
not designed for sautéing, frying or heat; rather, it is to be used
as a condiment to enhance the flavor of food. Dr. Oz says to
cook the food, not the olive oil. Personally, my
stainless steel pans clean much easier using grape seed oil and I
Speaking of fats,
to learn how to determine just what fats to use and how to avoid the
consequences of using fats that create health complications that we
want to avoid. As restaurants and bakeries use different oils to
compensate for the ban on trans fats, be aware that the
substitutions can be just as detrimental if you over-indulge.
Research has determined that your oral health says a
lot about your general health so it's vitally important to regularly
see your dentist to stave off gum disease because its occurrence has
been linked to heart disease, stroke and even cancer.
According to USA Weekend, there are breakthroughs on
the horizon and one that I found most interesting is that scientists
at UCLA are working on a method to determine how to clinically use
saliva as a diagnostic fluid. According to the scientists, saliva
contains bio-markers for certain diseases. In the not too distant
future your doc or dentist may detect the early presence of disease
and disorders via a drop of your saliva.
Scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada
have found a way to regrow dental tissue and I think that's
exceptionally wonderful. Get this; a computer chip is inserted into
the mouth that can stimulate the formation of new dental matter.
Ohmygoodness! We live in an age of incredible technology!
You've probably heard about the amazing product – ORA
MD – an all natural, highly effective scientific formulation of pure
botanical oils for teeth and gum health. The ingredients are
natural enemies of bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontal
disease. It's safe for children and I'm delighted to tell you that
I think it works to firm up gums while it freshens the breath.
Women's Heart Health
A family history of
premature heart disease (before age 60) and C-Reactive Protein are
two new risk variables for women. It is recommended that if
you have not had your C-Reactive Protein tested, that you get a
high-sensitivity test to determine if you are at risk for heart
disease. The normal range is below 1 mg/L and 3 mg/L.
Learn more at:
is an indicator of inflammation although research has not
definitively determined how CRP relates to heart disease.
Obesity is probably the biggest culprit so losing weight by
increasing your intake of veggies, fiber such as beans and whole
grains and exercising regularly most
likely will help lower the reading. There are supplements you
can add: Selenium, Vitamin C, B Complex - to significantly lower
So you looked in
the mirror and knew it was time to call 911. Emergency wake-up
calls happen when we see visible signs of aging in our faces; we
feel helpless, desperate and willing to submit to all sorts of scary
injections or even surgical tactics to stop Mother Nature's grip.
Relax...surgery nor injections are needed! Facial Magic will
address the cause of aging - sagging facial muscles - and your skin
will look younger, too, as oxygenated blood is forced through the
For years there has
been extensive misinformation propagated to the masses that have
confused everyone; surgery is temporary with long recovery times and
it's expensive and even dangerous - it could potentially ruin your
life. Injections of chemicals can cause long term bruising and
tenderness and will require frequent re-injections to plump up the
Exercise is natural
and Facial Magic will give you the face lift you desire without
pain, without bruising, without risk, without recovery, without
infection and without worry of something going wrong or drug related
you suffer from mind numbing "Tech Neck"? You know that dreadful neck
ache that comes from sitting in front of your computer hunched over the
keyboard straining to see the type? Bad posture is on the upsurge for
those who use their cell phones and computers regularly.
Chiropractors and massage therapists regularly see patients complaining of the
hi-tech malady "Tech Neck".
Deep tissue pressure can relax the shoulders, neck and arms. Chronic
patterns of tension and pain plague most of us so we know where our
"sore spots" are – we just need to know how to massage them ourselves
for instant relief. When our neck and shoulder
muscles are stressed, tension blocks oxygen and nutrients, leading to
inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. Use Omega
3 to lessen inflammation.
My friend, Julie Donnelly,
www.aboutcarpaltunnel.com, has lots of
information about the cause and treatment of muscle pain. She knows
techniques that you can do at home to stop pain that affects the neck,
shoulders, back and arms. Try self treating using her information; this
therapy can save you time and money while providing almost instant
relief to those stiff, knotted muscles.
Is Hyperactivity in
Children due to Food Additives?
notice how a child’s behavior changes after eating certain
processed foods? Artificial dyes and flavorings used in
most brightly colored candy, sodas, and sugary cereals can
greatly affect some children’s behavior and mimic a “sugar
high”. Symptoms of restlessness, excessive talking and
acting out have school teachers and parents demanding
medication so they can deal with their children’s
inattentiveness and excessive behaviors.
Bratby, clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook
University School of Nursing says, “Before you conclude that
your child has a disorder, take a look at what he or she is
eating. Food dyes are synthesized from petroleum, just like
gasoline and it doesn’t take much to set off a sensitive
child. Artificial flavorings can be made from thousands of
synthetic chemicals and some people cannot tolerate them.”
foods in their natural state whenever possible.
super nutritious foods that are a little difficult to digest
- raw carrots rather than cooked, broccoli, etc.
foods that are high in fiber - apples, bran, oatmeal
foods that are white in appearance - sugar, flour, pasta,
rice, bread, potatoes
use artificial sweeteners.
Submitted by C. Zaslaw -
Oklahoma- advice from her trainer
HEALTHY OR JUST HYPE?
Cheerios, Total, Wheaties and
Shredded Wheat - These four cereals are probably the best in
the marketplace today. Why? Low in sugar, high in fiber
and they actually taste pretty good. I like these cereals
sprinkled with a dash of Stevia and either unsweetened soy,
rice or almond milk.
100% whole grain has to be the first ingredient for cereal
to be healthy and please don’t fall for the gimmicks that
are so prevalent in today’s advertising. One gimmick is
yogurt in the cereal – it’s not really yogurt according to
Jayne Hurley, a senior nutritionist at the Center for
Science in the Public Interest, rather by using yogurt
powder, the good benefit of yogurt is destroyed and all
you’re eating is palm kernel oil, sugar and dextrose. In
other words, these cereals have really no nutritive value.
writer Herb Weisbaum keeps his finger on the pulse of our
health and welfare; his business is to look out for the
people. His focus is to keep consumers aware that some
advertising is misleading…consider these next two paragraphs
regarding juice drinks:
drinks can be especially misleading. The product may not be
all juice, and it may not be the juice you’d assume it to
be. For example, Tropicana's Peach Papaya drink does not
contain any peach or papaya juice. It’s mostly water,
sweeteners and some pear juice. Last August parent company
settled a lawsuit by agreeing to call the product “Peach
Papaya flavored juice drink.” It has also removed the claim
“made with REAL fruit juice.” And yet the package still has
pictures of peaches and papayas on it.
Remember, if a juice product is called a “beverage,” “drink”
or “punch,” you can bet it is not 100 percent juice. It
probably contains a large amount of water, sweeteners and
white grape juice, which is cheap and not very nutritious.
The only way to know for sure is to check the ingredient
label…That means you, the shopper, need to look past the big
bold claims on the front of the package. Check for the fine
print that modifies that claim. Most importantly, read the
nutrition label to get the true picture of what’s in that
product. Remember, ingredients are listed from highest
amount to lowest amount.”
ALLEY AND PORTION CONTROL
Kirsty Alley’s weight loss story was featured in People
Magazine where she shared that she had been eating up to
6,000 calories some days before her relationship with Jenny
began! Wow, that’s a lot of fuel! Kirsty loves being a mom
and enjoys cooking for her kids, unfortunately all that
"kitchen time" found her eating to excess. Now she's
learning what it takes to reshape her attitude and her body.
Most of us feel that we would easily like to drop 5 – 15
pounds; portion control plus eating too much saturated fat
is at the very heart of losing that weight. According to an
article by Karen Collins, RD, “There are many ways to
achieve reduction. Each time you exchange a
deck-of-cards-sized portion of a higher-fat red meat for
lean red meat, seafood or skinless chicken, you cut at least
5 grams of saturated fat. If your meat portions are larger
than a deck of cards, reducing them to this size will
eliminate even more. For each ounce of regular cheddar or
other high-fat cheese you replace with low-fat cheeses, you
slash saturated fat by 5 grams. A cup of 1 percent or skim
milk instead of whole milk will save you 3 to 5 grams. Two
teaspoons of soft margarine or olive oil instead of butter
will get rid of more than 3 grams. To reach the recommended
levels of saturated fat, on average Americans need to cut 5
to 10 grams of it from their daily food choices.”
Saturated fats and Trans
Fats are found in vegetable shortening, some margarines
(stick margarine is the worst), packaged food, soups, fast
food, some frozen foods and in manufactured baked goods
(cookies, cakes, chips and snacks). Become a label
reader so you know.
Kirsty looks beautiful, healthy and happy. We congratulate
EQUAL LESS HEALTH
William Campbell Douglas II,
MD, editor of “Daily Dose” wrote an interesting article
recently describing how “more drugs equal less health”. Dr.
Douglas is referring to mainstream medicine, “…the pill and
scalpel way we most often attempt to heal disease here in
the western world...”
Conventional medicine also known as “allopathic medicine
does not attempt to cure disease by eliminating its causes.
Instead, it seeks only to mask or counteract a given
disease's symptoms. The only thing this kind of medicine
ensures is that NO TRUE HEALING WILL HAPPEN, only a
continuation of treatment, ad infinitum,” says Douglas.
Dr. Douglas’s definition of Allopathic: “N. Of or
pertaining to allopathy, the treatment of disease with drugs
(see also: dangerous synthetic chemicals) having opposite
effects to the symptoms.”
Watch an eye-opening allegorical short film of the
“far-reaching effects of the whole modern day allopathic
medicine quagmire” at Dr. Joseph Mercola’s site:
If you are still carrying
those extra pounds and find yourself adding more as the
years go by, watch out! You may be adding risk as the
scale increases! Experts say that you could be heading
for the “BIG C” if you don’t make better diet and exercise
extra pounds can cause different types of cancer and these
include lymphoma, breast cancer, kidney, pancreas and more!
Most scientists believe that this connection may occur
because the body’s inability to process insulin is
compromised by how much weight our body carries. Are you
obese? If so, you’re at risk!
Applying sun screen for maximum protection
requires that you allow it to bind to your skin for about 30
minutes before sun exposure. It’s tempting to just
slather it on and dash out the door but you really need to
give yourself time for those ingredients to actively protect
Facial Magic’s Mineral Sun Crème was
discovered in a plastic surgeons office – it’s pure, natural
and hydrating for your skin. Especially effective for face,
neck, hands, chest and back of neck so make it a part of
your morning routine. Safe for the entire family!
Gloria came into the office today complaining that she had
awakened twice during the night from severe leg cramps; she
has not been taking diuretics but as we talked about her day
yesterday, she disclosed she had worn high heels for a
better part of the weekend. I handed her an article written
by Joe and Teresa Graedon, authors of
www.peoplespharmacy.com. In their recent column, they
discussed three remedies for leg cramps: drinking
low-sodium V-8 juice (even this low sodium variety has
dangerously high levels of sodium so if you’re prone to
heart disease or high blood pressure, please check with your
doc before consuming), pinching the upper lip for a few
seconds and putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet.
"A very useful, natural medicine is vinegar", says Jamison
Starbuck, ND, Missoula, MT. "Simply eat a salad with a
vinegar-based dressing whenever you can." Some leg
cramps can be relieved by taking a combination of magnesium,
calcium and zinc. If you have a remedy, send it to us
and we’ll pass it to our readers.
All too often, depression
can literally feed on itself. Such is the case for the
approximately eight million Americans who suffer from
atypical depression, a variety of depression in which
sufferers have an increased appetite leading to weight gain,
sleeping too much, excessive lethargy and hypersensitivity
to interpersonal rejection. Although atypical depression
symptoms are quite apparent and they account for about 42%
of the 19 million Americans who suffer from clinical
depression, the problem frequently goes undiagnosed.
Recent research CAN HELP
The good news for these
people is that John P. Docherty, MD, CEO of Comprehensive
NeuroScience Inc., and adjunct professor of psychiatry at
Weill Medical College, Cornell University in New York City,
headed a recent study that looked at the role of chromium
salts in helping to control blood sugar, and in turn,
cravings. I spoke with Dr. Docherty who says that the
carbohydrates that patients overindulge in the most are not
surprising -- baked goods and pasta, both ranking high as
comfort foods. But the resulting weight gain adds to
patients' depression, and can be a sort of double-whammy
since a common side effect of selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs) -- antidepressant medications, such as
fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft) -- is
weight gain, as well.
The 113 participants in the
eight-week study, all people with atypical depression and a
mean body mass index (BMI) that was borderline obese, were
randomized into a group taking up to 600 mg of chromium
picolinate a day or a placebo group. The findings showed
that the chromium picolinate group had a significant
improvement -- 65% versus 33% in the placebo group -- in
terms of decreased appetite and lowered carbohydrate
Dr. Docherty says we don't
know exactly why chromium picolinate works to decrease carb
cravings, but it probably has to do with the fact that it
seems to enhance insulin regulation. (Many people with
diabetes type 2 take it for this reason.) Daily Health
News contributing editor Andrew L. Rubman, ND, however,
adds that chromium seems to increase the sensitivity of
chromium receptors, which in turn increases its effect on
insulin regulation. The picolinate form of chromium was used
in the study not because it's the most effective form to
use, but because it is the most widely available form.
Chromium is abundantly available in whole-grains, seafood,
green beans and broccoli, among other foods, though it can
be safely supplemented with physician oversight. Diabetics
especially should never start chromium supplements without
This research team will soon
be doing further studies to understand chromium and
carbohydrate craving, but in the meantime, Dr. Docherty
stresses that it is important for all family members,
friends and doctors to pay close attention when an
individual starts to gain weight and seems unusually
lethargic. These may well be signs that the person is
suffering from depression and should be evaluated.
Bottom Line Health News
Red flag for eczema creams!
On March 10, 2005, the FDA
issued a public health advisory to inform consumers that the use of
two topical eczema creams - Protopic and Elidel - may pose a cancer
risk. Both of these products address eczema by suppressing the
It is important to maintain good dental
health, not only for our smiles, but for our facial muscles, too.
Just recently, after completing minor dental work, my dentist
remarked that he thought the changes made me look younger. Hey, I
like that! That remark got me thinking, especially when I remembered
that my sister, who had jaw problems surgically repaired, had
noticeable compression and wrinkling in her lower mouth. Now that
her jaw is better positioned, her face has relaxed and looks more
The next time you visit your dentist, ask how she/he would
improve your youthfulness and your smile. You might be surprised by
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