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The Time to Eat More Garlic is Now
Original Article - Riseearth.com

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 now:


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 properties

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 yeast infections.

Garlic shows great potential against antibiotic-resistant pathogens

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 food.

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 allicin content.

 

Shingles Treatment that Works
Original article

The Orthomolecular Medicine website (http://www.orthomolecular.org) 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 disappear.

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 single dose.

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

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6 Toothpaste Ingredients to Avoid
by Julia Merz for Rodale.com

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)
SLS seems 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?

Nope.

"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.

2. Triclosan 
"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 between blue #1 and behavioral problems in children," says Straub-Bruce. 

#4. Flavoring
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 likeaspartame.  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 destroying them. 

#6. Alcohol
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 mouthwash. 

Want to control what's going into your toothpaste? Try making it yourself.

 

Did You Know?
Wholehealthinsider.com

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


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Symptoms That May Signal a Need for More Vitamin D
Naturalnews.com/Aurora Geib

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.

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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.

 

Our Modern Diet Exposed with 11 Charts
www.mercola.com

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 that sugar is 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 you in the driver's seat when it comes to prevention. A diet that promotes health is high in healthful fats and very, very low in sugar and non-vegetable carbohydrates. 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: Oceana.org

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 they eat.

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 available.

A 2009 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on seafood fraud exposed the current inadequacies in the detection and prevention of seafood fraud by federal agencies.

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.
  • Seafood fraud creates a market for illegal fishing by 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.
  • Mislabeling fish makes it difficult for consumers to make eco-friendly choices. Market-driven 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.
  • Seafood fraud misleads consumers about the true availability of seafood and 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 and Europe.

 

7 Mind Blowing Facts about Your Body
Socialconsciousness.com

1.  Your 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.

2.  Every 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”!

5.  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!

Jackie Silver, AgingBackwards.com 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 vitamin C.

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 green tea.

Naturalnews.com 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 cancer cells.

A 2010 study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism reveals 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 that astaxanthin can 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.

You can view the complete study abstract at SCIENCE.NaturalNews.com.

Astaxanthin also a powerful antioxidant that can prevent formation of ulcers.


http://www.naturalnews.com/042798_astaxanthin_oxidative_stress_immune_response.html#ixzz2mG21AHGa

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 NaturalNews.com because 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 at NaturalNews because 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 in 1) infection-fighting proteins that 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 the Journal of Medicinal Food found that spirulina helps 2) inhibit allergic reactions as 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 effective 3) treatment for anemia. In his book Healing 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. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027213_spirulina_anemia.html)

Rich in both phycocyanin and chlorophyll, spirulina is also a powerful 4) blood purifier. 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 to 5) boost the immune system. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/spirulina-000327.htm)

These same nutrients also help to 6) 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 to 7) lower cholesterol levels and mitigate the underlying inflammation problems that cause cholesterol to accumulate in the bloodstream. Supplementing with spirulina daily 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 cardiovascular problems.

Overweight or obese individuals trying to lose weight may also derive benefit from spirulina's ability to 8) 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 unprecedented 9) brain chemistry balancer that 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 to 10) 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 health.

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 microcystins.

Also, be sure to check out the NaturalNews reference page for more information about spirulina:
http://www.naturalnews.com/spirulina.html


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Discover Your New Body!
David Blyweiss, M.D.

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!

Step 1: 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 fit.

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.

Step 2: Fruits and vegetables, not corn and grains, should make up your carbohydrates.

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 Whole Foods.

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 click here and get this guide free today.

Blood Pressure Meds More Than Double Breast Cancer Risk
Jonathan Benson, Naturalnews.com

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. Mayo

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. Startling indeed!

Other side effects of these heart disease drugs include drowsiness, increased appetite, acid reflux, constipation and swollen feet.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041643_breast_cancer_blood_pressure_medication_calcium_channel_blockers.html#ixzz2dTUxmfZ9
 

How Many Hours do You Sit Each Day?
Dr Joseph Mercola

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 workstation

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 contamination.

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 against 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 Trainer
 

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...

"because I thought the egg yolks were terrible for you...that's where all the nasty fat and cholesterol is".

And I replied something along the lines of... "you mean that's where all of the nutrition is!"
http://www.truthaboutabs.com/whole-eggs-or-egg-whites.html

Mammography Can Turn Healthy Women into Cancer Patients
Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Top Tips for Women’s Breast Health from an interview with Dr Mercola

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 mammograms.
 

·         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 that year

·         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 journal


 

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 adversely.

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 sweetener.

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.

(6) Cayenne and green tea help burn fat. Here's more on cayenne. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

(7) Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that helps burn fat as well. It may be one of the healthiest inexpensive herbs available. Here's more on that.
(http://www.naturalnews.com/026328_fat_curcumin_turmeric.html)

(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 ketogenic diets.

(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 in saunas.

(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.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039566_natural_remedies_fat_burning_obesity.html#ixzz2P2bGKh00

 

Throw out Your Toothpaste

I am a fan of OraMD and 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 chemical plants.
• 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 RVs.
• DEA - A foaming agent that's linked to liver and kidney cancers.
• 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 Alzheimers?

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.

Drinking Adult 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 eyes.

Coconut Oil May Stop Cavities and More! 

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 oil.  Read more here and here  Did you 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 wrinkles 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.

Everyone 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 technology.
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

Are 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 possible.

1.) The flu - 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 children.
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 hormone levels.


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.

7.) Periodontal disease - 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.

8.) Cardiovascular 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 developing hypertension.

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 later life.

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 Cancer Research, 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 specially estrogen-sensitive 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 days

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035089_vitamin_D_deficiency_signs_symptoms.html#ixzz1nghRwzDF

Is There a Diabetes/Cataract Connection?
From www.wrightnewsletter.com

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!  http://www.wrightnewsletter.com/etips/freecopy.html

 

 

8 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes
Sondra Forsyth Thirdage.com

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.

3.Weight loss 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 listened!

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 City.

 

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 Aging Backwards.com, who shares information she developed.  She writes:

“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 essential oils.

Modern-day uses for essential oils include combating stress, improving sleep, boosting immunity, curing a hangover, decongesting and more.”

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.”

From www.youngliving.org/cynrow we are provided this information:

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 dry herbs.

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.

Historically, essential oils have played a prominent role in everyday life. With more than 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Bible, essential oils are said to be used for anointing and healing the sick. Today, essential oils are used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, emotional health, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.

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 include inhalation and application. Here’s the link to learn more about Essential Oils.

 

HOW TO ELIMINATE BPA LEVELS

BPA is a toxic substance. Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.

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 containers.
  • 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.

Daily Health News [news@news.bottomlinepublishing.com]

 

WILL AGING SOON BECOME A THING OF THE PAST?

I've 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

Keith Scott-Mumby MD, MB ChB, PhD is the author of several books, including “Diet Wise” and “Virtual Medicine”. He’s British by birth but now resides in California.  www.alternative-doctor.com.

TOP 10 BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

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 or 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 coconut oil.

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 wonder oil.

2. Support Your Immune System

Organic coconut oil is jam-packed with lauric acid, the immune supporting nutrient.

3. Promote Heart Health

Packed full of healthy fats that are good for your heart, organic coconut oil is a great addition to your daily diet.

4. Give You Instant Energy

Organic coconut oil can help you feel less fatigued and require less sleep by stimulating your metabolism. It can also enhance athletic performance.

5. Support Healthy Thyroid Function

Organic coconut oil helps to stimulate the activity and proper functioning of this important gland which provides energy, supports the health of your skin and metabolism, and keeps your moods in balance.

6. Help Keep Your Skin Youthful, Smooth & Healthy Looking

Using organic virgin coconut oil as a lotion will help improve your skin, hair, and nails due to its moisturizing and smoothing effects that also promote elasticity.

7. Increase Cell Regeneration

When your metabolic rate increases, your cell regeneration speeds up, too. This means that your body will more quickly replace old cells with newer, healthier cells.

8. Promote Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal, and Anti-Bacterial Activity

Teeming with lauric acid, organic coconut oil possesses abundant natural agents that may reduce fungus, bacteria and the viruses that cause influenza, herpes, and other illnesses.

9. Improve Insulin Secretion

This helps to better utilize glucose to balance insulin output which can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the health risks associated with diabetes.

10. Protect Your Body from Disease

Organic coconut oil may help protect your body from cell damaging free radicals

 

 

Himalayan 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 broken. Some structure remains, but many of the crystals are isolated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Clearly, these photos dramatically show that "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt is life-giving and refined table salt detracts from life.  

 

Sea 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.  

 

Here's an interesting "science experiment" you can do at home to see the difference between "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt and table salt.

 

Pour one 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.  

 

These photos 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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Does 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.

Just how promising is the treatment? Well, Dr. Scott Greenberg of the Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill, NJ has treated several patients successfully.

For 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.

In fact, the breast cancer patient is past the critical five-year mark—typically considered a full remission.

While some researchers believe the treatment works by killing the cancer cells outright, others believe it is vitamin C’s powerful antioxidant protection at work.

Both 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.

Hydrogen 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 immune system.

However, 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.

Dr. 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.

Original post http://www.healthiertalk.com/can-orange-juice-cure-cancer-3162

 

Six Anti-Aging Tips

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 energy boost.
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 supplements:

Ginseng, Magnesium, L-carnitine, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Vitamin B complex
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.

Sylvia Montens at anti-agingweb.com.

 

Why Coconut Oil is Healthier Than Olive Oil

Aging 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:

1. 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.



Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/skin-deep/6-ways-avoid-saggy-skin/eat-lots-fruits-and-veggies#ixzz16t4loHwI

2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables - Supersize your veggies and fruits twice daily. If you don't eat enough your body will develop inflammation and your skin will lose elasticity.

3. Eat vitamin rich food - foods like asparagus, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, garlic, eggs, leafy greens supply the body with Vitamin C, A, B and K.

4.  Exercise regularly - if you're dieting without exercising you lose underlying muscle tone leaving the skin to wrinkle and hang.

5. Use resistance training rather than endurance exercise and remember - do not use weights that are too heavy for you.

6. Use your full range of motion when you exercise.

If you don't eat enough, your body will develop chronic inflammation and your skin will lose elasticity.



Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/skin-deep/6-ways-avoid-saggy-skin/eat-lots-fruits-and-veggies#ixzz16t8rbvyk

http://www.thirdage.com/skin-deep/6-ways-avoid-saggy-skin

 

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.



Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/skin-deep/6-ways-avoid-saggy-skin/eat-lots-fruits-and-veggies#ixzz16t8Nj3Fn

           Did You Know That Vitamin C Can Treat Over 30 Major Diseases?
By 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 as medicine?

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:
 

  •     Pneumonia 

  •     Encephalitis 

  •     Herpes Zoster (shingles) 

  •     Herpes Simplex 

  •     Mononucleosis 

  •     Pancreatitis 

  •     Hepatitis 

  •     Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 

  •     Bladder Infection 

  •     Alcoholism 

  •     Arthritis 

  •     Some Cancers 

  •     Leukemia 

  •     Atherosclerosis 

  •     Ruptured Intervertebral Disc 

  •     High Cholesterol 

  •     Corneal Ulcer 

  •     Diabetes 

  •     Glaucoma 

  •     Schizophrenia 

  •     Burns and secondary infections 

  •     Heat Stroke 

  •     Radiation Burns 

  •     Heavy Metal Poisoning (Mercury, Lead) 

  •     Venomous Bites (insects, snakes) 

  •     Multiple Sclerosis 

  •     Chronic Fatigue 

  •     Complications of Surgery
     

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 successes.

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., (Freeman, 1986) 

  • 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. (cited above)


Source: www.doctoryourself.com from www.foodmatters.tv

 

Dr Mercola:

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:

1.    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, particularly fructose.

6.  Optimize your vitamin D levels, ideally through sun exposure

7.  Supplement with vitamin K2 if you aren't getting enough with food.

8.  Make sure your diet includes sufficient amounts of magnesium, manganese, zinc, silicon and boron, or take them as supplements.  

9.  Replace 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 Himalayan salt, are one of the best sources of these ionic trace minerals.

10.  Avoid steroids, especially if you have asthma or any other autoimmune disease, as they increase your risk for osteoporosis. Steroids are known to destroy bone density by impairing the cells that build bone (osteoblasts).

11.  Exercise. Studies show that exercise is just as important to your bone health as eating a calcium-rich diet. Strength-building exercises like weight training are especially helpful here.  

12.  Consider natural progesterone, which can increase your bone strength and density by serving as a growth promoter for the osteoblasts (the cells that build bone). 

Visit Mercola.com

HFC + Soy Lecithin

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. Soybean 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 plastic solid. http://preventdisease.com/news/09/073009_soy_lecithin.shtml

 

Vick VapoRub Caution

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.

Another item 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)
 

Four 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.

This information 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.

 

Are you programmed for diabetes?

Jonathan Wright, 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

by www.wrightnewsletter.com

Do you know Harley Pasternak?

From Lady Gaga to Jennifer Hudson Harley Pasternak has developed quite a celebrity following and his book, "5-Factor 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, author of “Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young” proclaims that exercise is the fountain of youth – I agree!

Is 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.

 

Make Certain You Wash That Strawberry

Strawberries are wonderfully delicious but did you know that if you aren’t careful about washing them before you pop one in your mouth, you just might ingest an ugly looking varmit that lurks in the outer seeds and near the green tops. EWWWWWWWWWWWW!  Click this link to learn how to successfully wash and pare strawberries. 
 

3 Foods That You Should NEVER Eat!

Al 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 very high.

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 disease.

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 fiber.

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 means.

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!

 

 

Long 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 additive.

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. Enough said.

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!"

 

My sister forwarded the email below and I thought the information might be helpful.

Why keep aspirin by your bedside?

About Heart Attacks

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on 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
two

aspirins
in your mouth
and swallow them with
 
a bit of water
.

Afterwards:

- phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by
- say "heart attack!"
- say that you have taken 2 aspirins..
- take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and...
~
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!


 

10 Little Known Signs of Lung Cancer from Caring.com

  • Persistent cough or hoarseness
  • Deep chest pain when you cough or laugh
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Reddened, rust-colored or bloody phlegm
  • Getting recurrent infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Thickened, painful fingertips (caused by abnormal bone growth)
  • Weight loss or lack of appetite
  • Abnormal breast growth in men
  • Mood swings, depression or lethargy in someone who hasn't been depressed before
  • Sudden onset of irritability, aggression and temper; could be characterized as "everything gets to him."
     

What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health?

http://beyondwellbeing.com/herbs/tongue-diagnosis.shtml 

Ever wonder what the doc is looking for when he asks you to "Stick out your tongue"?  Well, here is a look at your health via your tongue. Take the innovative tongue test today! 

Vitamin D & Cancer

Vitamin D has a protective effect against cancer in several ways, including:

  • Increasing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which, if allowed to replicate, could lead to cancer)
  • Reducing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells
  • Causing cells to become differentiated (cancer cells often lack differentiation)
  • Reducing the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, which is a step in the transition of dormant tumors turning cancerous

From Dr. Mercola: There is now overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that many of the 560,000 cancer deaths expected to occur this year could have been safely prevented with optimal vitamin D levels.

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.com offers 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 beneficial.

Coconut Oil May Deplete Belly Fat

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.

Dr. Mercola lists these benefits for coconut oil:
 
  • Promoting your heart health
  • Promoting weight loss when and if you need it
  • Supporting your immune system health
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source
  • Helping to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

If you go to Dr. Mercola's site sign up for his newsletter - it's free and wonderfully informative!

 

GARDASIL Warning

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.

Q: My 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 supermarket!

Acetaminophen Overuse Can be Deadly

Think Tylenol 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 OTC drugs.

Do You Have These Symptoms?

Even with all the "breakthroughs" touted by Big Pharma, cancer is still a health issue that affects men, women and children in almost every country.  There are many avenues of treatment just as there are many types of cancer.  Maybe you have noticed changes in yourself and wonder if it means anything.  This link takes a look at 20 symptoms that may or may not indicate whether a trip to the doc is in the cards.
 

Ready to Ditch Shampoo Forever?

It's 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 is 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 your experience.

The Camera Phone Diet

Ever 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.  RealAge.com 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 works.

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 simple…

  • 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 in girls

…And that's just the short list! Click here to hear Dr. Sherrill Sellman explain why you should avoid this health hazard.

To start receiving your own copy of the Daily Dose, visit:
http://www.douglassreport.com/dailydose/freecopy.html
 

Five food items that cause high blood pressure.

  • Bread

  • Pasta

  • Rice

  • Potatoes

  • Cereal

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 Fiber.

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.  Milk containing rbGH is GM.

 The radura logo signifies that the meat or poultry you are choosing has been radiated.

Fresh Ginger Tea

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:

 1 inch freshly grated ginger

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 pinch cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons honey or natural maple syrup

Place all ingredients in cheesecloth or a mesh spoon and place in a mug of hot water.  www.peoplespharmacy.com


The Personal Bidet

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 simple! 

If you would like more information here is the link.  It's affordable and makes perfect sense. 

To 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 fits in.

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 bloodstream.

6 Ways to Reduce Inflammation Without Drugs!

Dr. Joseph Mercola recently released this important information and I do not want you to miss it:

Instead of a statin drug that comes with dangerous side effects, try these six measures instead:

1.      Stop smoking. 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.

2.      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.

3.      Get active. Exercise a great way to lower inflammation without any of the side effects associated with medications.

4.      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 that problem.

5.      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.

6.      Reduce stress. High levels of stress hormones can lead to the release of excess inflammatory chemicals.

Read Dr. Mercola's comments here

Sources:

U.S. News & World Report November 11, 2008

 

10 Lies You Might Tell Your Doctor

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

Using 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. 

  • Eating sunflower seeds and almonds provides the body with vitamin E that protects skin from UV free radicals. 

  • Adding dark 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.

  • Eating sugary 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, more wrinkles. 

The 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 you!

Is 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 (www.Peoplespharmacy.com) 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: www.fda.gov/medwatch/.

Stroke Symptoms

www.hsibaltimore.com recently featured a list of stroke symptoms with one interesting feature:  Can you spot the symptom that does not designate stroke?

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 stroke?
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 of stroke?

Sudden chest pain or discomfort is a symptom of a heart attack but not a stroke.  In any case 911 should be called immediately! 

Are Beauty Naps Important? 

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's 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.

Now: 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.

How it works: 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.

Bonus: You can perform many basic forms of reflexology on yourself or a partner.*

*To find a certified reflexologist in your area, contact the American Reflexology Certification Board, 303-933-6921, www.arcb.net.

For best 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.

Caution: 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.

The main technique used on most parts of the feet and hands, including those points described below, is the "thumb roll."

What to do: 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.

Reflex points that correspond to common complaints...

HEARTBURN

What to do: 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.

Next, 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.

HEADACHE

What to do: 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.

Caution: 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.

After 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

What to do: 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.

After 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.

NECK PAIN AND STIFF NECK

What to do: 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 minutes.

The "B" Attitudes for Better Health

Be understanding to your enemies.
Be loyal to your friends.

Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.

Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with that you need yourself.

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
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 have missed.
Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.

Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
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 way.

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

Dr. 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.

Can You OD On Beauty Treatments?

TMZ.com has 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 paralyze. 

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

Hormone 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.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Excess tummy 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 yourself.  What to expect.

Walk Off the Weight

Walking has 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 will enjoy.
 

Medical Goofs and Errors

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.  http://www.reelchicago.com/archive.cfm?storyID=1215

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 movie here.”

How Healthy is Green Food?

Wheatgrass 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.

Most green 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 boost.

Sugar, Fats and Toxic Blood

Dr. 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: 

Sugar, 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.

Fats – 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.

Toxic 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 Folic Acid.

Birth 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!

Fiji Water

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?

20 Herbs 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 early 1900's.

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, psoriasis

Astragalus – colds, flu

Black cohosh – PMS, menstrual cramps, hot flashes, high blood pressure

Chamomile – digestive disorders, ulcers, menstrual cramps, arthritis

Dandelion – gallstones, PMS, high blood pressure, yeast infections

Echinacea – colds, flu, wounds, weakened immune system

Ginger – motion sickness, morning sickness, high cholesterol, ulcers, arthritis, menstrual cramps, colds, flu

Ginko biloba – memory loss, chronic dizziness, chronic ringing in the ears, macular degeneration

Ginseng – low energy, impaired mental function, appetite loss, impotence

Goldenseal – infections, digestive disorders, heavy menstruation

Horse Chestnut – varicose veins, hemorrhoids, arthritis

Lavender – anxiety, insomnia, wounds, digestive disorders, menstrual cramps

Garlic – urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, chemical toxicity, high cholesterol

Licorice – arthritis, canker sores, herpes, infections, hot flashes

Passionflower – insomnia, digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, wounds

Senna – constipation

St. John's Wort – mild depression, viral infections, wounds

Uva Ursi – urinary tract infections, premenstrual bloating, wounds diarrhea

Valerian – insomnia, high blood pressure

Note:  This information is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment or medication.
 

Extra 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 like that.

Speaking of fats, check out:  http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3046074 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.

Oral Health

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.  http://www.oramd.com/?kbid=2192

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:  http://www.reynoldsriskscore.com/

C-Reactive Protein 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 the reading.

Look Younger

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 tissues. 

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 tissue. 

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 side effects.

 

Tech Neck

Do 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?

Ever 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.

Kathy 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.”

Please share this information with your children and grandchildren so their future health is maximized. Consider forwarding this link to them: http://www.feingold.org/story-pg.html

6 Rules for Successful Dieting

1.  Eat foods in their natural state whenever possible.

2.  Eat super nutritious foods that are a little difficult to digest - raw carrots rather than cooked,   broccoli, etc.

3.  Eat foods that are high in fiber - apples, bran, oatmeal

4.  Avoid foods that are white in appearance - sugar, flour, pasta, rice, bread, potatoes

5.  Don’t use artificial sweeteners.

6.  Drink sufficient water.

Submitted by C. Zaslaw - Oklahoma- advice from her trainer

IS CEREAL 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. 

Remember 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.

Health 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: 

“Juice 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 PepsiCo 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.”          http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11620548/
 

KIRSTY 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 her!

MORE DRUGS 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:  http://www.mercola.com/

Subscribe to “Daily Dose” at: http://www.healthiernews.com/dailydose/dd200409/dd20040917.html )

FAT TODAY - CANCER TOMORROW?

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 choices.

Carrying 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!

Just how overweight is “obese”?  Obese is defined as being excessively fat (a lukewarm definition from Webster Collegiate).  What weight were you at 20?  At 30? 40?  A BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 is considered obese; years ago a similar rule of thumb was 30 pounds of excess weight was considered obese.  Calculate your BMI now to determine the finding.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/adult_BMI/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.htm

Sun Screen/Sun Block Update

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 your skin. 

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!

Leg Cramps

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.

 

Breaking the Food-depression Cycle

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 craving.

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 medical supervision.

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 immune system.

Dental advice.

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 youthful.

The next time you visit your dentist, ask how she/he would improve your youthfulness and your smile. You might be surprised by the results.

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