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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.
 

WARTS + DUCT TAPE

According to the Bottom Line Yearbook 2006, Dean Focht III, MD, Cincinatti, OH writes that placing duct tape over warts is more effective at eliminating them than conventional medical therapy.  Dr. Focht conducted a study with two groups - both groups had warts on their fingers, palms, heels or soles.  One group used tape over their warts for six days, then scraped them with emery boards. After 12 hours, they reapplied the tape and continued this treatment for two months.  The other group had their warts removed by a doctor using cryosurgery, a freezing technique.  The result:  "After just two months, 85% of those using the tape had gotten rid of their warts, versus only 60% of those who had received the standard freezing treatment."  These little imperfections are caused by a virus.  Maybe that duct tape will work for you!
 

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
 

Fish Oil - A Medical Miracle!

1)  Fish oil improves memory, I.Q. and helps obliterate age related memory lapses.

2)  Fish oil is a very potent anti-oxidant.

3)  Fish oil improves personality, mood, and mental disorders! It is a potent natural anti-depressant!

4)   Fish oil improves memory.
 

Bananas – They’re good for you!

Now that the carb craze has abated, bananas have once again returned to the OK list.  Bananas are beneficial to good health and unless you’re diabetic, you might want to consider eating one or two a day to boost your vitamin intake.  If you are diabetic, please check with your doc to see what is recommended.

Bananas truly are nature’s health food because they contain anti-oxidants, potassium and vitamins – a powerhouse of nutrition that provides instant energy and boosts your immunity.  They’re low in calories and help keep your body and brain fit.

What got me thinking about bananas?  In a recent article I read that bananas were exceptional as a skin mask.  Just mash a couple of ripe bananas, apply directly to a clean face and allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes before washing.  The author of this piece stated that bananas can mask wrinkles.  If you try this, let me know how it worked for you.

Vitamin C – Take it and wear it!

Vitamin C helps form collagen, a glue-like fibrous protein in bone, cartilage, tendons and other connective tissue. Vitamin C helps give structure and maintain such body parts as bones, cartilage, muscle, veins, capillaries and teeth. It is well known that citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines, limes, mandarins and others contain vitamin C.  In fact, vitamin C comes almost exclusively from fruits and vegetables. Other good sources are tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, peppers, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, rutabagas, cantaloupe, kiwi, papayas, and watermelon. Many other fruits and vegetables contain small amounts of vitamin C, too.

How powerful is Vitamin C? Listen to what the experts have said about this remarkable nutrient. Dr. James Enstrom of UCLA has been quoted as saying that "A thirty-five-year-old man who eats Vitamin C-rich foods and takes Vitamin C supplements will slash his chances of heart disease death by two thirds and live 6.3 years longer". And according to the late Dr. Linus Pauling--a two-time Nobel Laureate and perhaps history's strongest advocate for the benefits of Vitamin C--supplemental doses of Vitamin C could add as much as twelve to eighteen years to our lives (Dr. Pauling also held the belief that ascorbic acid held the cure to the common cold).

Vitamin C functions as an anti-inflammatory, and helps the body fight inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. A multitude of other conditions may be improved, including angina, bronchitis, bruises, canker sores, constipation, diabetes, eyestrain, gingivitis, glaucoma, hangover, infertility, joint pain, rashes, rosacea, shingles, sore throat, sprains, sunburn, and yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and scurvy. Because vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, it is also useful in treating iron deficiency and anemia.

Topically, Vitamin C in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, the stable and potent form of Vitamin C, is absorbed directly into the interior of skin cells, neutralizing free radicals and other harmful, wrinkle-causing agents. You will see immediate lightening and brightening in your skin as fine lines and wrinkles plump up.  Our unique formula helps to nourish new skin cells and revitalize old ones. 

I suggest that you apply Vitamin C Serum twice daily on clean skin, once in the morning and again at night.  Allow this preparation to penetrate the skin before applying creams or other treatments.

Where do you get Vitamin D?

Since milk and other dairy products are not necessarily the best sources of calcium, Daily Health News contributing editor Andrew L. Rubman, ND, suggests other good dietary sources of calcium, such as broccoli, spinach, collard greens and turnip greens. As far as vitamin D is concerned, it's actually one of the easiest vitamins to get -- only 10 to 15 minutes a day outdoors in the sunshine will enable your body to manufacture all of this vitamin you need.  Sun exposure is perhaps the most important source of vitamin D because exposure to sunlight provides most humans with their vitamin D requirement.

The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D also works  with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones to promote bone mineralization. Without vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen.
 

Do You Know Your Lettuce?

 

 

Vitamin
A (IU)

Vitamin
K (mcg)

Beta carotene (mcg)

Lutein+
Zeaxanthin
(mcg)

Potassium
(mg)

Folate
(mcg)

Vitamin
C (mg)

Calcium
(mg)

Red leaf lettuce

2,098

39

1,258

483

52

10

1

9

Iceberg

361

17

215

199

102

21

2

13

Romaine

2,730

48

1,637

1,087

116

64

11

16

Butterhead

1,822

56

1,093

673

131

40

2

19

Arugula

474

22

284

710

74

19

3

32

Watercress

1,598

85

959

1,961

112

3

15

41

Endive

1,084

115

650

0

157

71

3

26

Mustard greens

5,881

278

3,528

5,543

198

105

39

58

Spinach

2,813

145

1,688

3,659

167

58

8

30

Kohlrabi

49

0.1

30

0

473

22

84

32

Kale

10,300

547

6,182

26,500

299

19

80

91

Source: www.nutritiondata.com

 

Prunes & Walnuts - Rich source of heart healthy nutrients

Prunes and walnuts are two wonderful foods that provide nutrition and health benefits and I like to eat them almost daily.  Here in California we have Trader Joe's; this fabulous grocer stocks healthy foods, usually organic and they're reasonably priced.  I love their Mixed Dried Fruit - 4 pieces are only 110 calories and the prunes are rich in magnesium, sodium, phosphorous and potassium. Prunes clean and unclog the liver, aids the digestive system and helps to overcome infections and intestinal upsets. Eating walnuts helps maintain a healthy heart and studies show  that people who ate walnuts had a lower risk of coronary heart disease because these nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and have a high concentration of nutrients.
 

Hot Flash Remedy - DONG QUAI + EVENING OF PRIMROSE + BLACK COHASH

Plagued by hot flashes so severe your makeup slides off your face?

Rather than ingest potentially dangerous chemicals that hide in over-the-counter and prescription drugs to treat the symptoms of menopause, why not try this potent combination of all natural supplements to suppress those hot flashes?

Dong Quai has been used for centuries in Asia for reliable menopause treatment. Recommended dosage 600 mg – 1200 mg daily

Evening of Primrose, “the King’s cure-all” is praised by millions of women for a host of ailments including depression, bloating and even arthritis.  I also believe our skin, hair and nails improve taking this supplement; this includes rosacea and acne. Recommended dosage:  500 mg daily

Black Cohash mimics estrogen; this all natural supplement alleviates vaginal dryness, hot flashes and stress incontinence.  Recommended dosage 40-200 mg daily.

Always check with your healthcare provider to make certain that this or other drugs do not interact adversely together.

 
Nail Fungus

I’ve had two inquiries regarding nail fungus on the fingernails and toenails.  Two at-home remedies have been found that that are worth mentioning and both were discovered at www.peoplespharmacy.com

One remedy to consider is using one drop of white vinegar on a q-tip; just apply to the affected nail after showering and see how the nail looks as it grows out. 

The second remedy was found in the August 29th Long Beach Press Telegram, suggesting that cornmeal mixed with hot water had worked for one of their readers.  This is a quote from the article, “Put about an inch of cornmeal in a plastic dishpan.  Pour in hot water, stir it so the cornmeal gets dissolved, and when it is cool enough not to hurt, soak your feet for an hour.  Done regularly, this will get rid of the fungus.”

Other natural remedies include oregano oil, tea tree oil, and Vicks VapoRub.  Vicks VapoRub contains eucalyptus oil and thymol, both reputed to have anti-fungal properties.

One of our readers inquiring about natural methods of curing this fungus stated she had already invested $700.00 in prescribed medications over two months that included oral and topical preparations plus primary care physician fees.  Her insurance company paid $50.00 towards the treatment because the treatment was considered cosmetic because there was no pain.  Now she has discovered that liver enzymes and blood work must be completed every three months to check for damage to her internal organs. 

There are side effects to every drug and these can include itching, hives, indigestion, headache, diarrhea, and skin rash.

Ear Staples for Weight Loss

Dr. David Thayer, Board Certified Acupuncture, Auriculotherapy and Chiropractor, based in Illinois believes this is an accepted medical practice for weight loss.

“Acupuncture staples are medical staples made of surgical steel that are placed into the inner portion of the ear at specific Acupuncture points. The staple can be left in for up to a year. The staples are used for the treatment of weight control, smoking control, drug addictions, alcoholism, and stress. The staples have an 80% success rate. For example, with the weight loss staple, the average weight loss is 2 pounds per week, appetite and cravings are decreased and metabolism is stimulated. The stop smoking staple aids in the decrease of addiction to nicotine and withdrawal symptoms.” http://www.doctorthayer.com/auriculotherapy.html

In 1987, The National Council Against Health Fraud disparaged commercial weight-loss or control programs that promote unproven or spurious weight-loss aids such as HCG, starch blockers, diuretics, sauna belts, body wraps, passive exercise, ear staples, acupuncture, Electric muscle stimulators, spirulina, phenylalanine, arginine, etc.  http://www.ncahf.org/index.html

There are pros and cons regarding this type of therapy so if you decide to explore getting your ear stapled, please do lots of research and ask for a list of user testimonials to substantiate any claims.

 

Teflon + Cancer Connection?

"If you want to be on the safe side (I do), box up the non-stick cookware and break out that old, seasoned cast-iron skillet and stainless steel pots and pans. (Just one caveat - if you have any sort of iron metabolism problem, don't use iron cookware.) And instead of lubing them up with PAM or other spray-on vegetable oils that'll clog up your heart, try good old-fashioned butter - or better yet, lard.

That way, you'll get all the great taste AND all the peace of mind."   William Campbell Douglass II, MD

 

 Never Give Up Hope

One of my private clients expressed her fear that she had neglected her skin so long, it might never look younger and fresher.  NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!

A workshop attendee needed confidence that her skin would look alive again, she felt hopeless, like it was too late.  NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!

If you are feeling blue because your face is seldom complimented and nothing seems to make a difference, let me give you a tip:  there are three things that you can do at home that will give you beautiful skin! 

1) Exfoliate regularly.  Those tired, lifeless, dead skin cells disguise your skin.  Get rid of them!   Daily Lift, for those new readers, is a gentle alpha-hydroxy; it will help your pores look tighter and your make up will sit beautifully on your face because it smoothes and tightens surface skin.

2) Use Vitamin C Serum.  Plump up your skin with our Vitamin C Serum!  Not only will your skin look immediately lighter and brighter, fine lines and wrinkles will appear diminished. This potent anti-oxidant is essential for collagen formation.  I recommend using it twice daily on clean skin and to let it penetrate fully before using a moisturizer or other treatment.

3) Sun Block:  There are two ingredients that block harmful rays:  Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.  Both are in our Natural Mineral Sun Cream.  Aloe Vera is prominent in our formula; Aloe Vera has excellent hydrating, softening and soothing properties, and helps build collagen in the skin. A truly fabulous product!

After application, wait one minute, and then apply foundation.

Three little steps to help you have better looking skin!  NEVER GIVE UP!

 

 3 Mammography Myths
  • Mammograms are safe. In fact, they're not. Compression of the breast may prompt cancer to spread. And then there's the radiation: A mammogram delivers about 1,000 times more radiation than a chest x-ray and carries a risk of cardiovascular damage.
  • Mammograms catch cancer at an early stage. In fact, if a tumor is large enough to be detected by a mammogram it's most likely already in an advanced state.
  • Mammograms save lives. In fact, studies have shown that women who have mammograms suffer about the same rate of death due to breast cancer as women who do not have mammograms.

For many more details about these three myths, you can find the e-Alert "Easy as 1...2...3" on our web site at hsibaltimore.com.

 

Does Your Lipstick Contain Lead?

While visiting New York, my friend Roberta handed me a letter she had received regarding lead in lipstick.  I was immediately suspicious of this information and began to investigate the claims.  According to Truthorfiction.com the information is FICTION:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/l/lipstick.htm.
 

What I Learned Watching Oprah

Oprah's show on May 2, featured Dr. Mehmet Oz discussing his new book, "You: The Owner's Manual" that was co-written by Michael Roizen, MD.  Unfortunately, I missed the first portion of the show and subsequently learned that elimination was discussed - whew, off the hook on that one.

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen offered very interesting information regarding food, vitamins and advice to help us feel better and look younger but most importantly their new book discusses how to prevent disease in our bodies.  The following is from my notes that were taken during the show:

Your blood pressure reading is vitally important to know; the ideal reading is 115/75.

Eating the right type of food is paramount to better health.  There are many, many healthy choices that will keep us slimmer and provide us with healthier organs.

Dr. Oz suggested for optimum health to eat food that comes out of the ground and that isn't altered in any way:  watermelon, spinach, leafy vegetables (the darker, the better), broccoli, cabbage and onions were mentioned.  In addition to these, he discussed adding garlic, walnuts, salmon and red wine to our diets.  Nuts were discussed; almonds and walnuts seem to top their list of heart healthy edibles.

Dr. Roizen discussed a five handful recommendation:  five handfuls each daily of fruit and vegetables.  Whole grain breads were also said to have many benefits.

Foods high in fiber include oatmeal, blueberries, brown rice, strawberries, carrots, beans, and peas.  You need these for a healthier colon.

There were five types of fish recommended to keep us heart healthy.  These can be enjoyed three times a week:  salmon, tilapia, flounder, cod and mahi mahi. Oprah enjoys lots of salmon in her eating regimen and affectionately refers to this delicious fish as "Sammy".

Cooked tomatoes (tomato sauce, paste - spaghetti and marinara sauce came to my mind - and it is suggested to add a little olive oil to it to further enrich the lypocene and anti-oxidant benefits.

Red wine was recommended as well as eight glasses of water and some skim milk for daily fluid into our body.  Coffee was also touted as a daily fluid because it can stave off Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and cancer.

Supplements were also discussed:  Four very important ones recommended daily are Folate 800 mcg  (folic acid), Vitamin D 400 ius, Calcium 1200 mg with at least 400 mg magnesium. (Calcium must be taken throughout the day as only 600 mg can be absorbed at a time – the magnesium helps our body absorbed calcium).

Baby aspirin was discussed by both physicians and they recommend 162½ milligrams daily not only for heart protection but to stop inflammation in the skin, your facial skin particularly.

When Dr. Roizen was asked about the two most important skin preparations today, he specifically suggested regular use of alpha hydroxyl and baby aspirin!

Our office has ordered "You" and I look forward to reading it.
 

Scientists reveal Low-Carb Diets reduce Appetite

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=5&ObjectID=10115421
 

  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.

 

Foot Pain? Vitamin and supplements may help  

My friend Lynn has been experiencing the pain and agony of a Morton's Neuroma.  Morton's Neuroma is a common foot problem associated with pain, swelling and/or an inflammation of a nerve, usually at the ball-of-the-foot between the 3rd and 4th toes. 

Lynn suffered with this condition for quite some time; she wore special shoes with unique inserts, gave up and swore never to wear high heeled pumps and finally stopped her daily walking when nothing seemed to relieve the almost constant ripping pain in her foot.  Now she has had foot surgery to remove the transverse metatarsal ligament, that typically causes most of the nerve compression.  That was five weeks ago; she continues to have moderate discomfort as she trys to stay off her foot or maneuvers with her orthopod shoe.  I wish her a speedy recovery!  She swears she will play tennis and dance again wearing pretty shoes!

Some foot problems are not curable:  if you have burning or numbness in your feet, you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy. This condition indicates damaged nerves anywhere on the feet.  If you have these symptoms from an injury or from wearing high heels, you might want to consider adding vitamins and supplements to your diet.  Alpha-Lipoic acid, L-Carnatine, Evening of Primrose and Vitamin B-12 show evidence of being effective in the treatment of neuropathy.  I recommend that you check with your podiatrist for further treatment options.

 

Is HGH Worth The Risk?

Dying to look younger?  Some health professionals believe that premature death is possible if you use HGH, Human Growth Hormone, even if you are deficient. 

Naturally, our bodies produce this amazing, interesting secretion from the pituitary gland and that HGH secretion is why we enjoy brain function, bone strength and energy.  As production of this hormone begins to wane, we see the effects of declining HGH production with increased body fat, decreased sexual desire and performance, wrinkles and cellulite.  UGH!

The National Enquirer ran the headline "Deadly Anti-Aging Drug Scandal" with photos of several actresses including Madonna, Goldie Hawn and Jessica Simpson among others in their February 7, 2005 issue.  They report that many A-List celebrities regularly have the prescribed substance injected at a cost of $2,000 a month.   Prescribed HGH is a100% synthetic growth hormone.  Read the full story here:  http://www.nationalenquirer.com/stories/feature.cfm?instanceid=63095

Not all health professionals agree that HGH injections are safe.  Some cite the drug can damage the liver and kidneys, cause diabetes and worsen existing cancers; when the user regularly stops using the drug to protect the kidneys, the body bloats and acne can become rampant.

Is there a safe alternative?  One that can provide the user with the benefits of HGH without the side effects or the huge cost?  Rather than introduce more HGH into the body, can you can stimulate your own pituitary gland to produce more HGH by using HGH enhancers?  Over the past few years, non-drug oral supplements have been developed to trigger HGH release.  FYI, real HGH is not sold over the counter so beware of ads that tout that real HGH is in their formulas.

Diet, exercise and lifestyle all have an impact on HGH levels. Certain foods, low carbohydrates, especially, can spike HGH levels and exercise leads to an increase in HGH. In addition, something as simple as getting more sleep can increase your HGH levels. Our pituitary gland produces HGH while we are in deep sleep. Therefore, the more we sleep the more opportunity we have to produce HGH.  This method does not require a prescription.

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Six Ways to Love Your Body

1.      Perform Facial Magic regularly.  Many beauty experts offer tips to camouflage droopy eye lids, laugh lines and wrinkled foreheads with advice like tilt your eyeliner at the outside of the corners of your eyes or run to find the latest and greatest injection.  Well, this advice makes for interesting reading; however, as we become more sophisticated and savvy, we realize that these methods are temporary at best.  Why not put an end to this not so merry go round and make a promise to exercise your face several times a week.  Your face will thank you.

2.      Drink green tea.  We have all heard the numerous, countless benefits of adding green tea to our lifestyle and I believe each of us could improve our health if we included at least two cups of this delicious beverage per day.  My sister, after learning that Oprah was going to substitute green tea for coffee, called to say she was drinking her three cups per day.  Candace said she felt relaxed and serene knowing that green tea would help curb her appetite and has dropped a few pounds.

3.      Get regular massage and chiropractic adjustments.  Massage reduces your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow.  Massage gives your skin a wonderful glow and the relaxation one feels after that one hour of bliss is priceless.  Chiropractic manipulation can help head off neck pain, headaches and backaches.  Dr. Sheila Homer recommends monthly adjustments to align the spine so one can move at full range and balance the central nervous system that controls every function of your body.  I always feel really well when I have had my adjustment.

4.      Pamper your skin.   There are four categories to good skin care:  Gentle Cleansing, Exfoliation, Nourishment and Protection.  How you care for yourself daily, like washing your face, eating clean burning foods, exercising and taking certain vitamins will certainly help you maintain better health.  When you feel good, you look good.  Exfoliation, sloughing off old dead skin that dull and dry the skin's surface, and following with a dose of vitamin rich moisturizers will greatly enhance not only your facial skin but your entire body.  Remember to wear your sun block every day; this is crucial for less wrinkles.

5.      Whiten your teeth.  There are many avenues for teeth whitening: toothpaste, gum, strips and your dentist.   I think all of my close girlfriends whiten their teeth and it just makes them look younger.  One helpful hint when using strips, use a toothpick to nestle the strip into your tooth crevices.  Avoid dark teas, coffee and colas for whiter teeth.

6.      Get moving.  Whether it is a walk, a jog, a trip to the gym, your body needs exercise to fully function.  Yes, most of us think that losing a few pounds would help us look better but the real motivation is how exercise affects our general health.  If you neglect exercise, you lose your edge.  Exercise enables you to walk more gracefully, enjoy better posture and keeps your figure trim.  So get out there and get moving a few minutes each day.  You most likely will discover that you have less pain, more mobility and better circulation.

7.      Think colorful foods.  Think about it, if you continually bombard your system with chemicals, preservatives and other suspected carcinogens you run the risk of damaging your cells and inviting disease. Poor food choices over time weaken your immune system and that can open the door to conditions you can avoid by adjusting what you ingest.  Rather than eating processed foods, saturated fats, artificial colorings and preservatives, or canned foods, choose to add fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables to your diet.   Orange, green, yellow, red, these colorful foods prevent disease and provide most nutrients.

BOTOX Suspected in Botulism Scare

 http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,11543044%5E1702,00.html

FDA Warns of Permanent Makeup Ink

Swelling, blistering, and cracking skin around the lips and eyes are just a few of the side effects associated with a popular brand of "permanent makeup" ink used in tattooing the lips and eyes.

While the FDA disclosed it had more than 50 reports of adverse reactions, Sandi Hammons, President of Premier Pigments stated, "Allergic reactions to pigment are a risk associated will permanent cosmetic and tattoo procedures."

If you are considering permanent makeup, you might want to check out the suspect shades first. Go to http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-tat2.html.

An Apple a Day Is Smart Advice

Ever wonder why your Mom insisted you eat an apple a day?  The old adage, "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" was good advice because Quercetin, an antioxidant compound—found in apples, tea, red wine, and other foods—has been studied for possible health benefits. 

Recently I read an article from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry on WebMD suggesting that apples may protect you from unstable molecules that damage our cells.  Quercetin, a plant pigment is a powerful antioxidant that may have anti-cancer effects and it may help fight heart disease, prostate challenges and improve lung function.

Oddly enough, Quercetin is not recommended as a supplement because absorption rates can vary depending on its source and no one knows what long-term effects high doses may have.

There is no downside to eating fresh apples and they certainly curb my appetite (it seems slim women eat a lot of fruit); red apples generally have more of this antioxidant than green ones so have a red, delicious one every day.

Read the full article online at http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/97/104093.htm

Cherries Impact Joint Inflammation

Cherries are hailed as the new wonder fruit according to Dr. Russell Reiter, professor of neuroendocrinology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Reiter conducted a five month study and found that tart cherries contain significant amounts of melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland that has been credited with slowing the aging process, fighting insomnia and jet lag.

The key is in the fruit's skin and pigmentation where antioxidants called anthocyanins are found.  A 1999 study at Michigan State University found that the antioxidant activity of tart black cherries is greater than that of Vitamin E, according to the Moss Report, a cancer treatment and referral service that I highly recommend.  Learn more at www.cancerdecisions.com

Heartburn, Acid Reflex

Nighttime acid reflux may be more than an annoyance; it might cause more damage than daytime heartburn because when you are lying down your body cannot easily clear the esophagus. 

It all boils down to having chest discomfort or burning symptoms due to the acid fumes from your stomach coming in contact with your digestive organs.

People experience heartburn, acid reflux etc. because the stomach acid fumes come in contact with the lesions on their esophagus. When acid fumes or acid come in contact with the lesions in your esophagus they will cause pain, or a burning sensation in the chest area.

There are several things you can do to control heartburn such as chewing gum, sipping ginger ale and drinking certain teas.  Maybe you have tried all types of antacids, over the counter measures or even been prescribed pharmaceuticals. It has been reported that 98.5% of all pharmaceutical drugs do not heal or cure; they just mask or "hide" the symptoms! You'll still have the problem and it will only get worse unless you fix it.

There are risks involved with every medication and those used in the treatment of heartburn, acid reflux disease, GERD and all the other names given to this condition, have draw backs.  In fact, according to the Health Science Institute e-Alert newsletter, several popular heartburn medications may sharply increase the risk of pneumonia.  Use of the drugs doesn't cause pneumonia, but rather sets the stage for stomach acid to create problems.

HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D. explains, "When acid is reduced (which makes you feel better for awhile), it also loosens the gastroesophageal (GE) sphincter, the 'door' that's supposed to close between the stomach and the esophagus when digestion is going on (or trying to, anyway). The body is trying to insulate the esophagus from the acid. But if there's no longer much acid, why waste all that energy and effort?

"So, the sphincter loosens, permitting what little acid remains to slip up into the esophagus. This is where the 'heartburn' and esophageal damage (Barrett's esophagus) come from, and the subsequent need for more 'anti-acid' therapy. See where this is headed over the long run?

There is a simple, inexpensive and effective way to treat gastroesophageal problems without suppressing acidsSubscribe to the free HSI Newsletter and learn how to treat this annoying challenge.

http://www.agora-inc.com/reports/hsi/freecop

Court Case Threatens Botox

The New Zealand Herald headline: "Case threatens frown lines over Botox use" in their September 25-26th Weekend Edition.  David Usborne wrote a very compelling article outlining how a high-profile medical damages trial (Irena Medavoy vs Allergen and Arnold Klein, MD) is throwing doubt on one of the world's most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.

Ms. Medavoy is alleging that after Klein injected botox into her temples and neck in March 2002 to help alleviate her migraines, her headaches increased and her health declined.  She could not hold her head up and her neck muscles could not adequately support her head.  She felt tortured, sleep was impossible and her friends say she could hardly speak.

We will continue to monitor this trial and keep you updated on the results.  Just two years ago the drug received government approval in America as a treatment for wrinkles.  Knowing that these toxins injected into nerves may make you sick, it is no wonder one would become shy about the continued usage of it.

http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20020314004/tscript.htm 

The above is a USA Today interview with Arnold W. Klein, dermatologist, Beverly Hills, CA.

BATHROOM

Even if you wear gloves when cleaning the toilet or tub, it's a good idea to wash your hands afterward. This eliminates bacteria from water that may get on your hands as you take off the gloves. Also...

Clean the bathtub at least once weekly with scouring powder or a solution made with one-half cup of bleach and one gallon of water.

Sweep the bathroom floor at least once weekly and clean with a basic cleaner, such as Lysol, or a solution made with one gallon of hot water... two tablespoons of borax... one teaspoon of dish detergent... and five drops each of patchouli and lavender essential oils. These oils contain effective natural disinfectants.

Wipe the bathroom sink and counters after every use. Once a week, use a disinfectant made with one-quarter cup distilled white vinegar and one-half teaspoon of dish detergent in two cups of warm water. The bathroom sink is a bacterial hot spot because germs on your hands can spread to faucets.

Disinfect the toilet bowl, seat and outer surfaces weekly with a commercial cleaner or with a solution made with one-half cup of baking soda... one-half cup of borax... one-quarter cup of distilled white vinegar... one teaspoon of dish detergent... three drops of sweet orange essential oil... and two drops of patchouli essential oil. Let it soak for an hour, scrub then flush.

Wipe and disinfect the handle daily because it's frequently touched by unwashed hands.

Close the toilet lid when you flush. During flushing, bacteria disperse into the air and can land on any surface within six feet -- including toothbrushes.

Aspertame Warnings

http://www.newswithviews.com/BreakingNews/breaking25.htm.   

 

L Lysine = collagen promoter

L Lysine is an essential amino acid that cannot be manufactured by the human body.

Our only source of L-Lysine is through diet or supplementation.

The human body benefits from L-Lysine because it promotes absorption of calcium, collagen formation, and production of enzymes.

L Lysine is known as an essential building block for all protein.

It promotes tissue repair because it helps to build muscle protein

Safer Home Environment

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Oprah interview a woman who had a multitude of bacteria hidden in her kitchen sponge that she had not replaced in ages, towels so thin you could read the newspaper through them and her daughters thought it was time someone intervened.  Recently one of our newsletter readers forwarded an email outlining how we can keep our homes safer and I thought I would pass this information to you.

The sink is the most germ-ridden space in the house -- and often contains more fecal matter (from washing meats) and E. coli bacteria than the average toilet.

Rinse the sink with hot water after every use. Clean it twice a week with a scouring powder, such as Ajax or Comet. Disinfect it weekly with a mild bleach solution -- one tablespoon of bleach mixed with one cup of hot water. Also...

Replace sponges once or twice a month -- and run them through the dishwasher each time you use it. They're a perfect breeding ground for harmful germs.

Stock up on dishtowels... and change them every other day to prevent germs from passing among members of the family. Washing them in hot water -- and running them through the clothes drier -- will kill bacteria as well as viruses.

Use separate cutting boards for meats, poultry and seafood -- and scrub them with dish detergent, such as Joy or Dawn, and hot water after each use. Clean plastic cutting boards in the dishwasher.

Five Supplements You Need Every Day

1.     Vitamin C

2.     Alpha Lipoic Acid

3.     Omega 3

4.     Calcium + Magnesium

5.  Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

Stopping Nicotine – Five Benefits in the first 72 hours!

1) Within twenty minutes of your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse rate begin to return to normal.  Circulation to hands and feet improves.

2) Within eight hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in the blood drops to normal.

3) With twenty fours hours of your last cigarette, the risk of heart attack decreases.

4) Within forty-eight hours of your last cigarette, nerve endings begin to re-grow meaning your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

5) Within seventy-two hours of your last cigarette, your bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier.  Your lung capacity starts increasing.

Three Benefits of Eating Eggs

       Enjoy high quality balanced protein that is more usable than most other foods.

        Eggs are nearly perfect amino acid food for your brain and glands.

     The yolk has lots of nutrients and you can safely eat 3-4 yolks per week.

 

Six Smart Tips For Sustained Weight Loss

Your metabolism is nothing short of life sustaining. It keeps your lungs inhaling and exhaling, your kidneys filtering waste and your body converting food to energy. It even helps keep your temperature constant.

The rate at which you digest food and the rate at which your body combines nutrients and oxygen is to some degree inherited, but you can influence it. Rather than bemoaning your fate and ordering in pizza, consider what you can do to chivvy your metabolism along, which is quite a lot.

Start early: a bowl of cereal or oat bran first thing in the morning gives your stomach something to do, basically. It means your metabolism has to get going. In the name of all that is nutritious, don't go off to work on an empty stomach, because you'll find that by 11am you're buying a custard slice the size of Stewart Island from the bakery downstairs.

Graze: the very worst thing you can do if you're hoping to lose weight is not to eat. It slows your metabolism from a canter to an idle. At the beginning of each day equip yourself with an array of substitutes for the lunchtime blowouts that your chunky colleagues have come to regard as a ritual. Try fruit, rice cakes, low fat yogurt or fresh veggies with hummus. Six small meals a day is a good benchmark. Bingeing just messes you up.

Work out: cardiovascular exercise requires your body to produce energy. Strangely enough it's also an appetite suppressant. What's more, carrying extra muscle burns fat. Work out in the morning and your metabolism speeds up and stays that way for several hours afterwards. Exercising in short, 15-minute bursts throughout the day can jumpstart it when it slows down.

Be a protein pro: digesting food rich in protein gives your digestive system work to do, which is useful unless you're eating a quarter pounder with cheese. Look for low-fat protein: many swear by ostrich, which is very lean. Unfortunately it's now also expensive. An alternative? Try turkey - it's lean and you can do a lot with it, from curries to kebabs. There's always tofu, but there are alternatives, too.

Pay your food a condiment: some spices can speed up your metabolism. Cinnamon - that fragrant stuff sprinkled on pancakes by your granny is reported to speed it up by around 20 times.

Get chilled: you need to quaff eight glasses of water a day. Make it ice-cold water and your metabolism has to work, because it takes effort to keep you warm inside.

William Smook
Health24/New Zealand

Strange remedies…

Headache?  Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately--without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers."   

Stuffy nose? Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of ‘curiously strong' Altoids peppermints.  They'll clear up your stuffed nose. 

Sore Throat?  Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day.  The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Safer Driving in April Showers

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore, Texas, she was traveling between Gladewater and Kilgore.  It was raining, though not excessive, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air.  She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence.

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know --

NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON.

She had thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe, consistent speed in the rain.  But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on and your car begins to hydroplane (when your tires lose contact with the pavement), your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed and you take off like an airplane.  She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.  We all know you have little or no control over a car when it begins to hydroplane.

Health Benefits of Sex

1. Sex is a beauty treatment. Scientific tests find that when women make love they produce amounts of the hormone estrogen, which makes hair shine and skin smooth.

2. Gentle, relaxed lovemaking reduces your chances of suffering dermatitis, skin rashes and blemishes. The sweat produced cleanses the pores and makes your skin glow.

3. Lovemaking can burn up those calories you piled on during that romantic dinner.

4. Sex is one of the safest sports you can take up. It stretches and tones up just about every muscle in the body. It's more enjoyable than swimming 20 laps, and you don't need special sneakers!

5. Sex is an instant cure for mild depression. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream, producing a sense of euphoria and leaving you with a feeling of well-being.

6. The more sex you have, the more you will be offered. The sexually active body gives off greater quantities of chemicals called pheromones. These subtle sex perfumes drive the opposite sex crazy!

7. Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. IT IS 10 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE THAN VALIUM.

8. Kissing each day will keep the dentist away. Kissing encourages saliva to wash food from the teeth and lowers the level of the acid that causes decay, preventing plaque build-up.

9. Sex actually relieves headaches. A lovemaking session can release the tension that restricts blood vessels in the brain.

10. A lot of lovemaking can unblock a stuffy nose. Sex is a natural antihistamine. It can help combat asthma and hay fever.

Do you know the difference between margarine and butter? 
  • Both have the same amount of calories.

  • Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. 

  • Eating margarine may increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter.  

  • Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added!

  • Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

  • Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years 

Now for Margarine..

  • Very high in Trans Fatty Acids... Triple risk of Coronary Heart Disease...
  •  Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol)

  • Lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) ...

  • Increases the risk of cancers by up to five fold.

  • Lowers quality of breast milk ... Decreases immune response...

  • Decreases insulin response. And here is the most disturbing fact.... 

HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC...

YOU can try this yourself: purchase a tub of margarine and

 leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you

will  note a couple of things: no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies

will go near it (that should tell you something) .. it does not rot or smell

differently...because it has no nutritional value, nothing will grow on

it... even those teeny-weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to

grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic.

Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? 

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Three Easy Ways to Change Your Body

Get moving!  Take the stairs, bicycle, walk.  Just do it! Fifteen minutes three times a week is better than not being physical. 

Eat smarter!  Stop cravings!

Try this:  eat a protein breakfast (2 egg whites mixed with as many of your favorite veggies you'd like)

  • mid-morning snack :  pear

  • lunch:  salmon over greens, apple, two glasses of water

  • afternoon snack :  mango chunks

  • dinner – chicken breast, tossed salad, asparagus spears

 Update your look!

Go for a different shade of hair color and try a new style.  Buy "color" for Spring and perform Facial Magic® regularly to enhance your facial features.

Five Heart Smart Foods

In keeping with Valentine's Day heart message, why not add these "heart smart" foods to your diet:

Salmon – A great source of omega 3 fatty acids that supports heart health, vision and brain function.

Garlic – Assists your cardiovascular system by maintaining normal blood flow.

Whole grains – an excellent source of amino acids and complex carbs for even better cholesterol health

Chicken – A superb source of selenium and B complex vitamins

AlmondsDelicious low fat, low cholesterol treats.

12 Questions You Need to Have Answered Before You Eat Splenda

Dr.Joseph Mercola
Author of
The No-Grain Diet

From Dr. Janet Starr Hull's Health Newsletter, December 2003 (printed with permission from Dr. Hull)

The following interview was conducted with Dr. Janet Starr Hull on the safety of sucralose found in Splenda.

Q: What exactly is Splenda?

A: In a simple sentence, you would just as soon have a pesticide in your food as sucralose because sucralose (Splenda) is a chlorocarbon. The chlorocarbons have long been known for causing organ, genetic, and reproductive damage. It should be no surprise, therefore, that the testing of sucralose reveals that it can cause up to 40 percent shrinkage of the thymus: a gland that is the very foundation of our immune system. Sucralose also causes swelling of the liver and kidneys, and CALCIFICATION of the kidney. Note: if you experience kidney pain, cramping, or an irritated bladder after using sucralose in Splenda, stop use immediately.


Q: So sucralose is not found as a natural compound in nature, like real sugar?

A: Absolutely not. No sugar molecule is compounded with chlorine anywhere in nature.


Q: Do you know how it is made in the laboratory?

A: I found this information from a statement from the manufacturer, actually. 'Sucralose is made from sugar, but is derived from sucrose (sugar) through a process that selectively substitutes three atoms of chlorine for three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sucrose molecule. No artificial sweetener made in the laboratory is going to be neither natural to the body nor safer than unprocessed sugar', they claim.

People need to stop searching for excuses to eat all the junk food they want without penalty. In the long run, no one benefits from this product but the corporations.


Q: The corporate researchers claim that the chlorine atoms are so tightly bound; they create a molecular structure that is exceptionally stable under extreme pH and temperature conditions. Do you agree?

A: They are testing these conditions in lab rats, and these types of corporate studies have forced and 'selective' results, in my opinion. Aspartame research is the proof of this!

Test these chemicals on a child and see how stable it is--but that would be cruel. So, why then do we buy it and give it to our children? I don't buy into manufacturers' claims when it comes to human beings using ANY man-made chemical. Plus, I have learned over the past 25 years of aspartame research to value independent research above that which is funded by corporations.


Q: The corporations say sucralose is safe.

A: They said the same thing about aspartame, and look at the rampant disease and obesity taking over America since aspartame was put into the food supply over 20 years ago.


Q: Can sucralose cause cancer?

A: Any animal that eats chlorine (especially on a regular basis) is at risk of cancer. The Merk Manuel and OSHA 40 SARA 120 Hazardous Waste Handbook states that chlorine is a carcinogen and emergency procedures should be taken when exposed via swallowing, inhaling, or through the skin.

It all depends upon how much you use and how often, your present and past health status, and the degree of other toxins you are putting inside your body. Good luck with this one …


Q: Sucralose has been thoroughly tested, they claim. Actually they have stated that sucralose is the most tested food additive in history. I quote, " … more than 100 studies on the safety of sucralose designed to meet the highest scientific standards have been conducted and evaluated over the course of 20 years. "

A: I don't believe that for a second. They stated verbatim the same thing about aspartame. We are looking at the same scenario in so many ways. As with NutraSweet, no human studies, corporate payrolled researchers, selective result reporting, government involvement and personal financial interests and controlled media. I will say that sucralose is not as dangerous as aspartame.


Q: Splenda is approximately 600 times sweeter than sugar. How can that be?

A: As I stated before, the product is a forced product, not a natural sugar the body uses for fuel. People forget that sweetness is a by-product of foods--a bonus so to say. Forced sweetness, revved-up sweetness, and artificial sweetness--all altered foods that are a trap for people to get addicted to the sweeter tastes. People with eating disorders, children who are just learning about food, and people with illnesses are all being 'sold a bill of rubbish' in my opinion.


Q: The manufacturer claims sucralose doesn't react with other substances in the body and is not broken down in the body.

A: They claimed the same thing about saccharin, even though I feel saccharin is the only artificial sweetener with true merit. To answer your question, if the body is digesting properly, anything you put into the body will be assimilated. If it happens to be rancid, the stomach will throw it out immediately by vomiting or diarrhea. It is totally out of the realm of biological science to think the body will not immediately attack a toxic chemical. Henceforth, migraines from aspartame and diarrhea from Splenda.

Now, to add a note to this: if the body is fed an indigestible product such as plastic (like in margarine) that it is incapable of dissolving through normal digestion, it will pass through undigested (if it doesn't get stuck in the gall bladder, that is.) So, if sucralose is indigestible due to its laboratory compounding, then we have yet another serious health problem to consider, don't you think?

Technology is great, but we sure don't need to be eating it!


Q: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and government food authority committees and the Health Ministries in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, and Brazil have confirmed the safety of sucralose. So have the countries of Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Romania, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan, Tajikistan, China, South Africa, and Tanzania. What do you think of all these countries confirming Splenda's safety?

A: The history of aspartame has unfortunately proven that individuals within government agencies cannot and should not be trusted to make such empowering public decisions behind closed doors.

Now, re-read this list of countries … Mexico, Jamaica, Tajikistan and Tanzania? These are the countries in which Splenda is now marketed? (See the final question.) As an international geographer, I can comfortably say that these countries are not nations with the same technology and mass marketing strategies to be compared with the United States. These countries are more concerned with birth control, food staples, hostile take-overs, and drought--not diet sweeteners. Compare apples to apples.


Q: Is sucralose safe for children?

A: The manufacturer actually made this statement for disclosure: "One should note, however, that foods made with low-calorie sweeteners are not normally a recommended part of a child's diet, since calories are important to a growing child's body."

Pay attention … Children should not be encouraged to grow up on fake foods. But just like cigarettes and alcohol, do what I say and not what I do? And we wonder why the younger generation is angry, ill, and ridden with ADD/ADHD and diabetes?? How many kids do you see taking a sip of mom or brother's diet cola?


Q: Who manufactures and markets sucralose?

A: McNeil Specialty Products Company (MSPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, along with Tate & Lyle PLC, a world leader in sweeteners and starches, all share responsibility for developing and manufacturing sucralose for commercial use. Sucralose is the first product from McNeil Specialty, whose mission is to develop and market innovative food ingredients that help consumers control, maintain and improve their health. Internationally, McNeil Specialty markets sucralose in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East; Tate & Lyle markets sucralose in Africa, Asia, Europe and Canada. Internationally, McNeil Specialty markets sucralose under the name SPLENDAR Brand Sweetener. SPLENDAR is a registered trademark of McNeil Specialty Products Company.


Dr. Mercola's Comment:

This is an excellent interview and one that I encourage you to read carefully if you think Splenda is safe to use.

Please note that I do not advise using Splenda. Over three years ago I posted an article describing the dangers of Splenda (sucralose).

Why not use Splenda? Well, research in animals has shown that sucralose can cause many problems such as:

  • Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40 percent shrinkage)
  • Enlarged liver and kidneys
  • Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
  • Increased cecal weight
  • Reduced growth rate
  • Decreased red blood cell count
  • Hyperplasia of the pelvis
  • Extension of the pregnancy period
  • Aborted pregnancy
  • Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights
  • Diarrhea

Nearly every month we receive a report from someone who has had an adverse reaction to Splenda, and you can see many of these reports posted on our site.

I also encourage you to take a look at the links below to get a thorough understanding of the dangers Splenda poses to your health.

Related Articles:

Splenda's Dangers: One Man's Personal Story That You Should Know

 

Selenium Anticancer Antioxidant    

Men and women taking selenium supplements for 10 years had 41 percent less total cancer than those taking a placebo, a new study by Cornell and the University of Arizona shows.

Concern that many of us are not getting adequate amounts of this vital nutrient (due to soil depletion and food production processes), is being echoed worldwide.

The current Dietary Guidelines now recommend that men consume 70 micrograms of selenium a day and women 55 micrograms; Americans typically get between 100 to 160 micrograms a day in their diets.

The most important dietary sources of selenium are meats, fish and cereals; dairy products and eggs also contribute significant amounts. Some nuts, such as Brazil nuts in the shell, can provide the basic daily nutritional need for selenium.

A key component for at least two essential enzymes, selenium provides the body with antioxidant protection in concert with vitamin E and is required for normal thyroid hormone metabolism.

The late author and complimentary physician Robert C Atkins, MD, stated there is good evidence that selenium-deficient soils lead to premature aging, and in his best selling book "Vita-nutrient Solution… Natures Answer to Drugs." Atkins shows a compelling case for selenium - rating it as one of our most potent protector nutrients in the battle against free radical cell damage. He also has this to say about selenium:

"A substance that can cut cancer occurrences by almost 40% and decrease the cancer death rate by 50% should be heralded as our greatest medical breakthrough, and dispensed to every person in the world. As 1996 came to a close, we learned that selenium supplementation, had in fact achieved these earth shattering results"

Other research has found that without the protection that optimum amounts of selenium provides, our defenses are severely compromised, leaving us open to conditions such as heart disease, hardening of the arteries, rheumatoid arthritis, and other oxidation-related afflictions. Also, our immune defenses are left vulnerable to invading pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.

Some studies suggest taking supplemental selenium as a precautionary measure, may prevent the herpes and hepatitis viruses from getting a hold - it may even offer protection from the deadly Ebola virus!

Calcium + Weight Loss

How many years have you resolved in January to lose weight?  Most of us probably say, "…This is the year I'm going to lose ten pounds and keep it off!"

Well, losing ten pounds just might be easier than you think if you increase your calcium intake.  In a Tennessee study of blood pressure in obese Afro-Americans, those who added two cups of yogurt a day to their diet lost an average of eleven pounds of body fat in just one year, even though they didn't eat less or exercise more.

Researchers believe calcium works by encouraging fat cells to stop enlarging.  Instead, the cells burn extra fat without extra exercise!  So grab your tofu, milk, cheese and yogurt this year and see if your body fat decreases

New lasers, new uses

There is a large range of different lasers being used for cosmetic procedures.  It is not uncommon for a clinic to use about eight types of lasers, all which do something different. Unfortunately, there is no one laser that can do everything at once.

Having different lasers allows physicians to be able to perform new procedures; one laser targets water and collagen in the skin to treat wrinkles, scars and stretch marks with precise, invisible beams.  Older lasers that did these procedures would burn the skin and most patients did not like the down time required to heal.

A new procedure uses pulses of fluorescent light instead of beams of light. Fluorescent Pulse Light Technology (FPL) is the next step in light-based medical technology.  FPL reduces facial redness, flushing, sunspots, large pores and smoothes skin.

Remember, laser technology is not a permanent cure because when the muscles are not exercised, wrinkle formation will continue to occur.

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.

A Cover-Up from Iwon.com

Today's cosmetics can do more than just make you look good.

According to a Finnish study, there are hidden ingredients that could be dangerous.

The Consumer Agency and Ombudsman for Product Safety in Helsinki measured the levels of poisons in 25 brands of eye shadow, in 88 colors. They were looking for evidence of lead, arsenic, chromium, cobalt and nickel.

According to a report in the journal Contact Dermatitis, they did find these metals present as impurities in eye shadow. But they were present in extremely small amounts..

On the other hand, people who have been sensitized to any of the impurities might have a skin reaction after contact with these tiny amounts. And because the metals are impurities, they aren't listed as ingredients. They may even be present in some batches, and not in others.

So if you have a reaction to your cosmetics, change brands.

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

  • cancer

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • high cholesterol levels

  • cardiovascular disease

  • infection

  • impaired immune function

  • tooth decay

What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed.  Because green tea leaves are steamed rather than fermented, the health benefits are preserved.  And just how many cups should one drink per day?  That seems to be the $64,000 question!  Reports suggest drinking between 2-10 cups per day, but please note that green tea contains caffeine so it may cause insomnia.

Common Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer – They should not be ignored. 

Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages. This is partly due to the fact that these two small, almond shaped organs are deep within the abdominal cavity, one on each side of the uterus. These are some of the potential signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

·         Unexplained change in bowel and/or bladder habits such as   constipation urinary frequency, and/or incontinence

·         Gastrointestinal upset such as gas, indigestion, and/or nausea

·         Unexplained weight loss or weight gain

·         Pelvic and/or abdominal pain or discomfort

·         Pelvic and/or abdominal bloating or swelling

·         A constant feeling of fullness

·         Fatigue

·         Abnormal or postmenopausal bleeding

·         Pain during intercourse 

Persistence of Symptoms  

When the symptoms are persistent, when they do not resolve with normal interventions (like diet change, exercise, laxatives, rest) it is imperative for a woman to see her doctor. Persistence of symptoms is key.  

Because these signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer have been described as vague or silent, only around 10% of ovarian cancer is found in the early stages. Symptoms typically occur in advanced stages when tumor growth creates pressure on the bladder and rectum, and fluid begins to form. 

Myth:  Pap smears screen for all types of gynecologic cancers including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. 

Fact:   Pap smears test for cancer of the uterine cervix.  No other cancer can be reliably detected using a Pap smear.  Rarely, Pap smear abnormalities lead to the diagnosis of cancer of the uterus, tubes or ovaries.  

Male Prostate Health

The prostate is both a gland and a muscle that is situated deep in the base of the male urethra.  Its primary function is to deliver semen during the male orgasm.  When it becomes enlarged or infected, the symptoms may include frequent urination, discomfort during intercourse or a feeling of tightness in the groin.

There are common sense dietary and lifestyle changes that can affect the health of this gland.  The prostate gland does not like acidity.  This means coffee, tea (not herbal), soft drinks, tomatoes and a variety of fruits that are high in acid can be harmful to a healthy prostate.  Fried foods, wines and most beers, milk and salty foods can irritate and weaken this gland.  Black pepper is another irritant that should be avoided.

There are supplements that can improve the circulation to this area: 

Vitamin E, Zinc and Saw Palmetto have been found helpful in maintaining a healthy prostate. 

If you or your spouse experiences frequent urination or a non-existent sex life, you might want to consider throwing out the black pepper and giving up fried foods.

Bone Building

Here's some advice for women on which forms of exercise are the most helpful in the prevention of osteoporosis (soft bones).

The European Journal of Radiology says the best sports seem to be those that call for lots of exertion for a short period of time, like tennis, sprinting or fencing.

Some forms of exercise that keep you active for a long time, but at a relatively low level of exertion -- such as walking, swimming or cycling -- are good for your muscles and heart, but won't really help develop bone mass.

As for the heavy-duty stuff, like running a marathon, you should only consider that if you really enjoy it. The journal warns that endurance sports are more likely to cause problems than to correct them.

Top Ten List of Foods High in Calcium – You need 1200 mg per day 

  1. Swiss cheese
  2. Cheddar cheese
  3. Milk (one cup)
  4. Calcium fortified orange juice
  5. Tofu (1.5 ounce)
  6. Pudding
  7. Non-fat yogurt (1/2 c.)
  8. Cottage Cheese
  9. Ice Cream
  10. American cheese

Ginkgo - The "Gift" 

Ginkgo is the best for improving mental function.  It works by increasing the circulation in your brain and the lower extremities as well.  This anti-oxidant takes about twelve weeks for you to notice that your memory is improving and that you feel more alert and interested in life 

Ginkgo is a gift for the aging; the cells we produce at age 60 are not as fit as the new cells we produced when we were 10.  As this herb increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain, it also inhibits free radical damage while it prevents circulating platelets from sticking together, which contributes to heart problems and strokes.

It is also helpful in the treatment of cancer, arthritis, coughs, depression, dizziness, memory loss and a host of other ailments.  What I find interesting is that blood circulation can improve impotency by 50%!

The recommended dosage is 120 – 240 mg per day.  Ginkgo is extremely safe with no significant adverse reactions and has been used medically in China for over 5,000 years.  The only caution is if you are taking blood thinners, be certain to tell your physician that you would like to take Ginkgo, so that your dosage can be adjusted.

Bad Breath

Onions, garlic, and adult beverages are just three of the culprits that can give you gorilla breath the morning after a special evening out.  You know the sensation; you positively reek of garlic but what if you haven't eaten anything that would produce bad breath and yet you know you have breath that makes people turn away from you.   

Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath may be a precursor to gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss that cannot always be detected in its early stages.

There are things you can do right now to stop bad breath and create healthier gums.

1)     Brush your teeth, roof of your mouth and tongue with baking soda, rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash.

2)     Floss daily.

3)     Eat crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples. 

4)     Increase your vitamin C intake.

5)     Drink water every day.

6)     Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva.

The Secret to Weight Loss

Eat smaller portions, and burn more calories than you consume!  Begin to increase your level of exercise, gradually add a few extra blocks to your walk and begin a ‘light' weight-training regimen with a professional.  To complement your cardio-vascular health try kickboxing, elliptical training or rowing.  Being fit takes time, practice and patience – remember, one day at a time.

Nature's Candy

Is your sweet tooth acting up again?  Reach for fruit instead of a truffle, (220 calories, 13 g. fat, 11 g. saturated!).  Try strawberries dunked in chocolate syrup!  There are only 114 calories, 0 g. fat!  FYI- Chocolate truffles contain highly saturated palm or coconut oil, making them the worst culprits in the candy department. 

Not Another Diet!

Recently, I heard that we might rethink how we approach weight loss.  So many people say they are "losing weight" or they want to "lose weight".  Why not say, "I am releasing weight".  The theory is if you lose something you might want to find it, whereas the word release means that your weight is free to leave, and hopefully, never to return again!
Short and not so Sweet

Here's a little something for that sweet tooth of yours.

According to a report in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, chocolate is addictive.

The journal reports that chocolate addicts have a poor body image, are clinically depressed and, when left without chocolate, undergo severe cravings and strange behaviors.

Water is Important to your Overall Good Health

K. Swenson of Oklahoma shared the following with us: 

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.  In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.  (Comment:  If you feel hungry between meals, drink a glass of water, and wait 20 minutes before grabbing that snack!)

Even MILD dehydration will slow down ones' metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs of almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

My advice:  Drink lots of filtered or purified water for maximum health benefits.

Fat in Your Food

There are two classifications of fat:  One type kills, the other type heals.  

Do you know the difference? 

The kind of fat that kills is found primarily in processed foods and they are often labeled "healthy".  You might look at the label and see vegetable and other types of cooking oil, including soy and sunflower – don't be fooled; these man-made foods are treated with chemicals, then acid, then bleach and these treatments remove any and all nutrients. 

Margarine is one of the biggest health hazards ever!  Next on my list to avoid are packaged foods that contain the words "partially hydrogenised" or "hydrogenised" – this means that trans-fatty acids are present and it's very unhealthy.  Read the labels when you are considering a purchase of baked or processed goods such as cookies, crackers, pastries, etc.

The type of fat that heals is found in foods such as fish, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, nuts, beans, organic eggs and avocadoes.

Don't avoid fat in your eating plan, this might contribute to health problems so just stick with natural foods that contain vital amounts of essential nutrients.

Lypocene Rich Foods

Lycopene rich foods – tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruit, apricots, papayas and red peppers contain a very powerful antioxidant that is positive in regard to retarding the growth of cancer cells.

Studies indicate that cooked tomatoes such as tomato sauce and pastes offer a particularly higher lycopene delivery than just eating a raw tomato.   Enjoying a bowl of tomato soup is another rich source, in fact, cooked tomatoes allow the lycopene to be released and absorbed readily.

Watermelon is a excellent source of this antioxidant because the lycopene content is even higher than tomatoes and there is no real risk of anything bad happening.

CA-125 Blood Test

This Simple Test May Save Your Life

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FEMALE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO INSIST ON A  CA - 125  BLOOD TEST EVERY YEAR AS PART OF THEIR ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS.

Be forewarned that some doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying, "IT ISN'T NECESSARY.  " Believe me, had I known then what I know now; we would have caught my cancer much earlier . . . before it was a stage 3 cancer", an email says.

Insist on the CA - 125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take "NO" for an answer!

The normal range for a CA - 125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35.  MINE WAS 754 ...that's right, 754! 

 If the number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just like women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA test Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer.

Having the CA - 125 test done annually can alert you early, and that's the goal in diagnosing any type of cancer - catching it early.

Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer.

Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA - 125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life.

And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your female family members and friends.

 Though the median age for this cancer is  56 (and, guess what, I'm exactly 56), women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.

Avoid Lunchtime Sabotage

Eating properly at home is usually no big deal but what happens when you are forced to eat a high-calorie, high carb catered lunch?  That recently happened to me and I thought I would share a few diet tips that will keep you on your healthier eating plan.

Portion size:  Eat the veggies and the meat serving.

What to skip:  Skip anything fried or greasy, instead head for grilled or steamed dishes of lean protein such as chicken or fish.  Scrape off anything breaded or smothered.

Leaner portions:  Try to avoid bread that is offered with sandwiches, opting for plain chicken, turkey and if you must, roast beef.  Steer clear of mayo and other dressings that are fat-laden.  Use mustard or vinegar instead.

Soup and Salad:  Try lentil, tomato or vegetable soup rather than cream based soups.  Add a green, tossed salad with rice vinegar and you've saved yourself lots of fat calories and carbs.

Salad Bar:  Add lots of veggies to the dark green leaves and watch it when you are adding croutons and dressings.  Those extras can add-up fast and totally ditch your dieting efforts.  Remember,  enjoy the seasonal fruit offered on most salad bars.

Dessert:  Skip the pies, cakes and brownies.  Stay with fruit.  You'll be happier you let the heavy carbs stay on someone else's plate tomorrow morning! 

http://houseandhome.msn.com/Features/HealthyLiving/FeatureSunTeaRecipes0.aspx

News on Hormone Use

May 28, 2:00 AM (ET)

By The Associated Press

A new study that says hormones can increase the risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia has raised new questions for women deciding whether to take supplements. Here is what some experts say:

_Wake Forest University researcher Sally Shumaker, the study's lead author, says the results suggest women 65 and older should not take estrogen-progestin supplements for any reason. Those who strongly feel that they would benefit should consult with their doctors, Shumaker says.

_The National Institute on Aging says the findings show that combined supplements should not be prescribed for older postmenopausal women to maintain or improve mental function. The mental risks and benefits from hormone supplements in younger women are unknown, the NIA says.

_The Food and Drug Administration notes that hormone use remains approved for younger women to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Younger women should consult with their doctors about hormone use and, if it is deemed appropriate, should take the lowest possible dose for the shortest duration, the FDA says.

Agency officials are reviewing the hormone-dementia data to determine whether additional warning labels are needed. The FDA earlier this year issued requirements for new labels highlighting the increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer.

Note from Cynthia:  What worked for me: I learned firsthand that the combination of Dong Quai, Black Cohash and Evening of Primrose stopped hot flashes.  Insofar as being more comfortable while you sleep, invest in a pedestal fan and keep it directed at you!

Use Glass in the Microwave

I thought this was pretty important, since most of us use the microwave at some time or another...

I just wanted to pass some information on to you. When I was watching Hawaii Channel 2, they featured Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle Hospital on the program. He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital. He was talking about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should NOT be heating our food in the microwave using PLASTIC containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results without the dioxins.

So such things as TV dinners, instant soups including ramen, etc. should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. Just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Pass this on to your friends

As a seventh grade student, Claire Nelson learned that di(ethylhexyl)adepate (DEHA), considered a carcinogen, is found in plastic wrap. She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food. Claire began to wonder: "Can cancer-causing particles seep into food covered with household plastic wrap while it is being micro waved?"

Three years later, with encouragement from her high school science teacher, Claire set out to test what the FDA had not. Although she had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic wrapped food, she did not have the equipment. Eventually, Jon Wilkes at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas, agreed to help her. The research center, which is affiliated with the FDA, let her use its facilities to perform her experiments, which involved micro-waving plastic wrap in virgin olive oil.

Claire tested four different plastic wraps and "found not just the carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating [into the oil]...." Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to breast cancer in women. Throughout her junior and senior years, Claire made a couple of trips each week to the research center, which was 25 miles from her home, to work on her experiment. An article in Options reported that "her analysis found that DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion. "

Her summarized results have been published in science journals. Claire Nelson received the American Chemical Society's top science prize for students during her junior year and fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort Worth, Texas) as a senior. "Carcinogens -- At 10,000,000 Times FDA Limits" Options May 2000. Published by People Against Cancer
The Importance of Breakfast

You're in a hurry, you're not hungry and you're trying to cut calories anyways. Once again, breakfast gets pushed off of your "to do" list.

It may seem harmless, but skipping this morning meal can have consequences that last all day. Here are a few good reasons to make time for breakfast every morning:

It satisfies. The major reason for overeating is under eating, says Katherine Tallmadge, R.D., spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). When you deprive your body in the morning, you're more likely to indulge unhealthful cravings later.

"There's nothing like a nice full tummy in the morning to give you the willpower to pass up a cookie tray at the mid-morning office meeting," Tallmadge explains.

It motivates metabolism. Research shows that people who skip breakfast have lower metabolisms, Tallmadge says. If you don't give your body enough fuel, it slows down its systems to conserve fuel. And when you finally do eat, your body will hold on to the calories with a vengeance. That means they're less likely to be used for energy and more likely to be stored as fat.

You'll feel better. When you wake up in the morning, odds are you haven't eaten for eight to 12 hours. Your body and brain need food for fuel.

You'll have more energy, a longer attention span and a better attitude if you have a healthful breakfast.

It helps you get nutrients. People who eat in the morning tend to have healthier diets overall, according to the ADA. Many common breakfast foods—such as oatmeal, cold cereal, fruit and whole grain breads—are high in nutrients and fiber.

If you skip out on these nutrients in the morning, you may not make up for it later.

Your waist will thank you. Eating breakfast can help you manage your weight, according to the American Heart Association. A study of nearly 3,000 people who had lost at least 30 pounds and kept them off for at least a year showed that 78 percent ate breakfast every day of the week (Obesity Research, February 2002).

Regular breakfast eaters also tend to eat less fat during the day, according to the ADA.

Quick and simple

A little planning goes a long way toward a good breakfast habit. Tallmadge recommends stocking up on quick, healthful breakfast foods each week so they'll be at your fingertips every morning.

On your next shopping trip, keep these easy, healthful breakfast ideas in mind:

  • Cold cereal with a sliced banana and yogurt.
  • A bran muffin and yogurt with berries.
  • Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk.
  • A slice of pizza and orange juice.
  • Oatmeal with raisins and shredded cheese.
  • A whole-wheat waffle topped with fruit and yogurt.

Tallmadge recommends eating one-third of your day's calories at breakfast. Try to include whole grains, protein and a fruit or vegetable, she says. A bit of healthful fat (peanut butter, nuts, seeds, lox) will help you feel full longer.

Also, try to stick with whole foods instead of processed breakfast bars. Even if the bar has added vitamins, you'll still get more nutrition from an apple with peanut butter, Tallmadge says.

Add Color to your Diet for Healthy Eating

Eat five colorful fruits or vegetables each day to boost your anti-oxidant level.  Mangoes, strawberries, papaya, apples, a dark leafy green salad – all provide vitamins and protection.  Iceberg lettuce is practically worthless so buy romaine and spinach. 

Eating an apple in the morning and an orange in mid-afternoon can help you avoid low blood sugar, energy sapping doldrums.  Everyone needs some protein at every meal to store more long-term energy.

From Prior Issues

Don't Sweeten Your Coffee, Supplement It!  

Potassium  

Stress Relief Just For Fun  

Health News on Milk Thistle

Health News on Milk Thistle

Gallstone Prevention   

Yeast Could Be The Problem

12 Snacks You Think Are Healthy  

How to Feel Younger

Green Tea

PMS Theories

Alpha Lipoic Acid with L-Carnitine

Self Examination

Ignorance is Bliss

Flying Tips

Important Drug Alert

 
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