major issue has erupted in the medical community. Many doctors are
now disagreeing over what tests should be done to check thyroid
function. Traditionally, TSH, Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone that is
released from the pituitary gland in the brain, would be checked
along with the two thyroid hormones it produces, T3 and T4.
However, it has become commonplace to only test for TSH, and that is
only one part of a very detailed picture. There are many other
mechanisms at work in thyroid health.
For example, healthy thyroid activity relies on:
Stable levels of other hormones, like
estrogen and progesterone. Too much estrogen, such as from the birth
control pill, will create too many thyroid-binding proteins.
A healthy immune system. Autoimmune
hypothyroid can be missed by TSH blood panels.
Beneficial bacteria in the gut. Antibiotics
wipe out these good microbes, which account for around 20% of the
conversion of T4 to usable T3. (1)
An uncongested and healthy liver. The
liver converts over half of T4 from the thyroid into usable T3.
Good adrenal function. Adrenal
fatigue can slow down the function of the pituitary and hypothalamus
in the brain. These three
glands are a part
of what is called the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal
axis). An alert and healthy pituitary is essential for good thyroid
Clearly, with so many pathways available for the production and
conversion of thyroid hormones, there are a lot of opportunities for
something to go wrong.
Many people are diagnosed with this condition and given thyroid
medication. Sometimes, this
medication will show
improvements in lab analysis as hormone levels fall into normal
range. But many people still have symptoms.
Tips For Treating An Underactive Thyroid
Work with a qualified health care practitioner
Populate your gut with good microbes. Remember, gut flora convert
20% of T4 into usable T3! Eat fermented foods and drink probiotic
beverages with every meal!
Regulate your immune system
Address any blood sugar imbalances
Diet and lifestyle can drastically affect your adrenals, the HPA
axis, and the health of your thyroid; reevaluate your current diet
The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as
"vaccine court," has just awarded millions of dollars to two
children with autism for "
pain and suffering" and lifelong care of their injuries, which
together could cost tens of millions of dollars.
The government did not admit that vaccines caused autism, at
least in one of the children. Both cases were "unpublished," meaning
information is limited, and access to medical records and other
exhibits is blocked. Much of the information presented here comes
from documents found at the
vaccine court website.
Some observers will say the vaccine-induced encephalopathy (brain
disease) documented in both children is unrelated to their autism
spectrum disorder (ASD). Others will say there is plenty of evidence
to suggest otherwise.
What's more, these cases fit the pattern of other petitions,
Banks) in which the
court ruled (or the government conceded) that vaccines had caused
encephalopathy, which in turn produced permanent injury, including
symptoms of autism and ultimately an ASD diagnosis.
And most of these children now have taxpayer dollars earmarked
for applied behavioral analysis (ABA), an effective therapy
specifically designed to treat ASD.
Meanwhile, parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors of both
children testified they were developmentally normal, if not advanced
for their age when they developed seizures, spiking fevers and other
adverse reactions to their vaccines. According to these
eyewitnesses, the children never fully recovered, and instead began
eye contact and interest in others around them, all classic symptoms
of regressive autism.
In the first case, involving a 10-year-old
boy from Northern California
named Ryan Mojabi, the parents allege that "all the vaccinations"
received from 2003-2005, and "more specifically,
measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations," caused a "severe and
debilitating injury to his brain, described as Autism Spectrum
The parents, who did not want to be interviewed, specifically
asserted that Ryan "suffered a Vaccine Table Injury, namely, an
encephalopathy" as a result of his MMR vaccination on December 19,
2003." ("Table injuries" are known, compensable adverse reactions to
Alternatively, they claim that "as a cumulative result of his
receipt of each and every vaccination between March 25, 2003 and
February 22, 2005, Ryan has suffered . . . neuroimmunologically
mediated dysfunctions in the form of asthma and ASD."
The nurse at Ryan's pediatrician said the symptoms were "pretty
normal after the vaccination," and advised Tylenol. The next day,
Ryan began crying, "but it's not a normal crying," his mother
testified. "He didn't go to sleep, he was without energy."
The family considered postponing their holiday, but that wasn't
feasible. The doctor's office said it was fine to travel. Prior to
leaving, Ryan's mother said,
the boy had difficulty breathing and "was without energy and
sleepy." He could no longer hold his
head up, something "he could do prior to the vaccinations." At the
airport, Ryan began "screaming," she recalled. "He was just opening
and closing his eyes so hard, he was pulling my hair."
After his shots, she added, Ryan "stopped saying those words that
he had, even mommy and daddy, that he had repeated a hundred times
In early January, while still abroad, Ryan was rushed to the
hospital with vomiting, high fever and red spots covering his body
"from head to toe in a measles-like rash," the attending physician
said. Ryan was diagnosed with "febrile convulsion, probably related
The next day, another doctor diagnosed him with "high fever, skin
rash, tremors, and lethargy," which were "most likely due to an
adverse reaction to multiple vaccines he received earlier."
Two days later, Ryan returned to the hospital with a persistent
fever of 104 or more.
Ryan's parents testified that, upon returning home, they
expressed worry to their pediatrician about behavioral problems,
non-responsiveness and language loss, which later produced an ASD
At trial, however, the government argued powerfully that written
medical records, and the recollections
of Ryan's doctor, were inconsistent with his parents' testimony. If
Ryan had truly suffered an MMR encephalopathy, for example, his
never have taken him overseas. And his parents' complaints of ASD
symptoms were raised a full year after returning from abroad, they
alleged. It looked like the family had a weak case.
But then something changed.
In October, 2010, Ryan's attorney filed four new exhibits (under
seal) and proposed amending the court's "findings of fact." In
January and May of 2011, several more exhibits were filed, along
with a motion to further supplement the findings of fact.
A month later HHS conceded the case, which moved into the damages
Award details were announced a few days ago: A lump sum of
$969,474.91, to cover "lost future earnings ($648,132.74), pain and
suffering ($202,040.17), and life care expenses for Year One
($119,302.00)," plus $20,000 for past expenses.
Another undisclosed sum, several millions more, will be invested
in annuities to cover yearly costs for life, which could total $10
million or more, not accounting for inflation. Nearly $80,000 was
earmarked for ABA in the first two years.
The second case involves a girl named Emily, whose mother,
Jillian Moller, filed back in 2003 and has been fighting in vaccine
court since. The docket, crammed with 188 items, documents Moller's
extended but victorious struggle to win
compensation for Emily, who has seizure disorder and PDD-NOS, a form
Moller alleged that Emily was severely injured by a reaction to
the DTaP vaccine at 15 months (when
and Prevnar were also given). "She had a vaccine reaction and she just
spiraled out of control," Moller said in an interview.
Emily's fever spiked to 105.7 and she began screaming. She stared
blankly and developed seizures. Before long she began "shaking
episodes" at night and "repetitive behaviors, including arm flapping
and spinning," court documents show. Like Ryan, she developed a
Things went from bad to worse. Emily's medical record is filled
with damage and suffering. One neurologist, for example, noted that
Emily "had staring spells and an abnormal EEG." Another diagnosed
"encephalopathy characterized by speech delay and probable global
developmental delay that occurred in the setting of temporal
association with immunizations as an acute encephalopathy."
Moller filed for an encephalopathy Table injury in 2003, unaware
her daughter would be diagnosed with ASD.
Two hearings were held in 2005.
"I was badgered and harassed for four hours on the stand," she said.
"They said Emily couldn't have been that sick, or else I would've
taken her to the ER. But I took her to my doctor and he said not to
bring her to the hospital!"
Government lawyers insisted that Emily had suffered neither a
vaccine injury nor encephalopathy. But every alternative cause they
suggested "made no sense, because she showed no signs of those
things before that vaccination," Moller said.
The case dragged on for years, with motions and counter-motions,
status reports and expert medical reports. In 2007, Moller filed for
summary judgment. That also took years, as more medical records were
submitted to bolster Emily's case.
After the ASD diagnosis, the judge reportedly became convinced
that Emily would prevail. "My attorney said she was angry, she felt
forced into a corner with no choice but to find for us," Moller
said. "She said, 'Emily has autism, and I don't want to give other
families who filed autism claims any hope.'"
The government agreed to settle. Last spring the case went into
mediation and, on December 3 HHS made its proffer, which was
entered into the record
on the 28th. Emily was awarded a lump sum of $1,030,314.22 "for lost
future earnings ($739,989.57), pain and suffering ($170,499.77) and
life care expenses for Year
“In vaccine court, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services acts as the defendant and Justice Department attorneys act
In 2009, Ryan's case was transferred to vaccine court's Autism
according to the docket.
A year-and-a-half later, the government conceded that MMR vaccine
had indeed caused Ryan's encephalopathy.
HHS agreed that "Ryan suffered a Table injury under the Vaccine
Act -- namely, an encephalitis within five to fifteen days following
receipt," of MMR, records show. "This case is appropriate for
Whether HHS agreed with Ryan's parents that his vaccine-induced
brain disease led to ASD is unknown. The concession document is
In December 2003, when Ryan was nearly two, he received his first
MMR and hepatitis B vaccines before his family left for an extended
trip overseas. That day, his mother testified, Ryan began shaking
with uncontrollable tremors and "was really uncomfortable, he didn't
feel well at all."
($119,874.88) plus $190,165.40 for past expenses." Some of that
money will go to ABA therapy.
Based on the first year payout, another estimated $9 million will
buy annuities for annual expenses through life, which after
inflation has the potential to pay over $50 million dollars.
HHS did not admit that vaccination caused encephalopathy or
autism, but merely decided not to dedicate more resources to
defending the case.
"I don't understand why they fought so hard," Moller said. "We
had the evidence: the EEG, the MRI, everything was consistent with
encephalopathy, post-vaccination. How can government attorneys claim
what our doctors said happened, didn't happen?"
Perhaps the feds were loath to concede yet another vaccine case
Four cases in the Autism Omnibus
Proceedings were recently compensated. Three of those
cases are marked with asterisks, indicating the government did not
conclude that autism can be caused by vaccines. But the fourth
autism case that was paid out in 2013 (Ryan's case? We don't know)
has no such caveat.
As for Emily, she is "not too good," Moller said. "Her emotional
state is fragile, at best. She has seizure problems and autoimmune
issues... And it's a constant fight when you have a vaccine-injured
child. It's not just the disability, it's the ignorance. The hatred
from the medical community towards families like ours is intense."
Meanwhile, as HHS says it "has
never concluded in any case that autism was caused by
vaccination," it is still underwriting autism treatments such as ABA
for children in its vaccine-injury program.
Big Pharma is
drooling over the prospect of getting it all to themselves.
Vitamin D is recommended in the treatment of several health issues.
It helps control insulin levels in diabetics. It helps post
menopausal women lose weight. It controls abnormal proliferation of
cancer cells. Vitamin D is known to prevent hypocalcaemia by helping
prevent abnormal calcium deposits and balance calcium, thereby
preventing osteoporosis or arthritis.
Research pinpoints Vitamin D aids your body in absorbing nutrients,
most importantly calcium and phosphorous-vital nutrients for bone
health and dental health. It is proven to reduce stress and tension
and prevents and reduces muscle spasms.
The Journal of Clinical Investigation reports D may play a pivotal
role in helping keep your blood pressure healthy. The Archives of
Internal Medicine reveals the strong connection between D3
and your cardiovascular health.
An 18 year study performed at the Harvard School of Medicine
surveyed over 14,000 men and revealed the healthy relation between
proper prostate health and vitamin D levels.
The research goes on and one and the studies with the benefits of
Vitamin D continue to pour in with eye-opening facts.
There are two forms of Vitamin D that the body can synthesize and
use. One form of Vitamin D is the anti-aging miracle proving it’s
effectiveness in medical journals throughout the world. The Journal
of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism regard the D2
form of Vitamin D “worthless, cheap and ineffective.” This form of
Vitamin D is often crammed into supplements and prescription pills
because it’s very “cheap”.
Scientist noted that both forms of Vitamin D raised Vitamin D blood
serum levels, but while Vitamin D2 reached its peak, and
putted out in just 3 days, Vitamin D3 kept on climbing and didn’t
peak for 14 days. D3 maintained high blood serum levels
for the entire study while D2 plummeted down.
Scientist at Creighton University and Medical University of South
Caroline proved with a controlled double-blind study that D3
is 300% more effective than D2.
Of course, sunlight is the most well known source of Vitamin D.
Exposure to 13 rays of sunshine trigger your skin to produce Vitamin
D. Unfortunately, this time of the year the sunlight is scarce.
Getting 5–30 minutes of sun twice a week is one way to absorb enough
vitamin D, according to some vitamin D researchers. Sun exposure
should be on the face, arms, legs, or back — without sunscreen —
during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have the capacity to
make at least 10,000 IU of vitamin D within 30 minutes of full-body
exposure to the sun, with what is called a minimal erythemal dose.
However, because UV radiation from the sun contributes to skin
cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends getting the
vitamin through food or supplement sources.
There are also several factors that affect our ability to get the
vitamin D we need from the sun alone:
Individuals living above the 37th parallel will find it difficult
to obtain adequate amounts of vitamin D from the sun in the winter
Cities north of the 37th parallel include locations such as San
Francisco, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, New York, and Richmond. This
means that a majority of the United States is north of the line.
Sunscreen with a rating as low as SPF 8 has the capability to
block the absorption of the vast majority of UVB light.
Cloudy days mean a reduction in UV energy by as much as 50%.
Shade cover reduces this level by an additional 10%.
The amount of melanin in the skin
Research has shown that individuals with darker skin have a lower
level of vitamin D compared to those with lighter skin.
Additional research has shown that in order to absorb equal
amounts of vitamin D, an African American individual requires 10
times as much sun exposure as a Caucasian individual.
Clothing absorbs most ultraviolet radiation. Research has shown
that in countries where culture dictates that the majority of skin
be covered at all times, there is a higher incidence of vitamin D
During the winter, although the sun might shine brightly,
vitamin-producing UVF photons pass through the ozone layer at an
oblique angle and are therefore absorbed by the ozone — not by the
individual’s skin. Throughout the year, however, most individuals
who receive the recommended amount of sun can store the fat-soluble
vitamin in their fat tissue for the winter.
30–35 µg per 1 tbsp cod liver oil
8–13 µg per 3 oz pink salmon
5–9 µg per 3 oz sardines or mackerel
5 µg per 3 oz tuna, canned oil
Other natural sources
0.5 µg per 1 medium egg yolk
0.3 µg per 3 oz beef liver
0.4–63 µg per 100 grams of mushrooms
2.5 µg per 1 cup cow’s milk (actual content might vary)
2.5 µg per 1 cup orange juice
1.0 µg per 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal
August 7th, 2012
DHA Omega-3 Oils in Food = Proven
Beneficial by Scientific
DHA from Mutated Algae by
DSM/Martek Biosciences = Unproven and Risky
Written by Charlotte Vallaeys
Farm and Food Policy Director, The Cornucopia Institute
To our amusement, someone in the organic food industry called The
Cornucopia Institute an “anti-DHA group.” Yes, it is true that
we have, for years, challenged the addition of factory-produced
algal oil as a source of DHA, a healthy omega-3 fatty acid.
Martek Biosciences Corporation, now owned by the $12 billion Dutch
multinational conglomerate Royal DSM, produces the patented algal
oil, “Life’sDHA™”, that is being illegally added to organic foods.
To produce its algal oils, DSM/Martek used techniques such as
genetic modification, involving radiation and harsh chemicals;
fermentation of the algae in conventional, GMO corn products;
extraction with synthetic petroleum-derived solvents such as hexane
or isopropyl alcohol; and mixing the oil with synthetic
Their oil is then added to conventional and organic foods, including
organic infant formula by Earth’s Best and Similac, and “organic”
milk from Dean Foods’ Horizon label. These companies then proudly
profess on their packages that the product contains the healthy
nutrient DHA, and often adds the “Life’sDHA™” logo.
To this day, algal oil does not appear on the USDA’s list of
non-organic ingredients that are legally allowed in processed
organic foods—and the USDA has ignored federal law by not forcing
Yes, we admit we have a problem with this source of DHA
being added to organic foods.
But does that mean that we are “anti-DHA”? Of course not!
At The Cornucopia Institute, we believe that the best source of
nutrients is …. food. Real food. Organic food.
We believe in food produced sustainably and responsibly:
plants grown in rich and healthy nutrient-dense soil on diverse
organic farms; animals that live outdoors where they eat a natural
diet, dining on fresh pastures, rather than being raised in feedlots
on a concoction of corn, soybeans and synthetic nutrients; and wild
fish harvested sustainably and responsibly.
It should come as no surprise that scientific research shows that
these foods produced under traditional organic management are also
healthier. These peer-reviewed, published studies show these
foods (pasture-based meat, poultry, milk and eggs) contain higher
levels of nutrients, including beneficial fatty acids like DHA.
For example, in the 1990s, a scientist specializing in omega-3s at
the National Institutes of Health tested eggs from pastured hens
whose diet included insects, worms and
greens from pasture.
The results showed that the eggs from the free-ranging hens
twenty times more
omega-3 fatty acids than standard supermarket eggs.
The free-range eggs also had a better-than-ideal ratio of omega-6 to
omega-3 fatty acids while the conventional eggs had a dangerously
lopsided ratio – too many omega-6 fatty acids and far too few
omega-3s. Research suggests that the ratio of omega-6s to
omega-3s may be more important to overall health than simply the
number of grams of omega-3s a person consumes.
The same effects on the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio have been found in
dairy foods, meats and fish: when the animals eat fresh greens, the
original source of omega-3 fats, they produce foods that contain
much healthier levels and ratios of omega-3s, including DHA.
Foods like salmon and buffalo have historically been touted as
containing healthy fats, but this is likely because, before
grass-fed beef made a comeback, these were some of the last foods
available from animals that actually ate a wild and natural diet of
greens – algae for the wild salmon and grasses for the buffalo.
Give a cow as much green pasture as it desires, and its meat and
milk’s omega-3 content increases substantially. In contrast,
confine salmon to an aquatic feedlot with feed of corn and
soybeans instead of algae, and its omega-3 levels will plummet (as
will levels of other healthy nutrients that give its flesh its
signature salmon color – which is why farm-raised salmon now carries
the label “added color”).
We believe that organic foods that claim to be high in certain
nutrients – like organic milk high in DHA – should make those claims
not because they have added factory-produced supplements like
Martek’s algal oil, but because the food has been produced in a way
that led to higher levels of naturally occurring nutrients and a
healthier ratio of different types of fats.
When companies like Dean Foods raise thousands of dairy cows on
Horizon’s industrial-scale dairies and then sell their milk as
“organic” with added DHA algal oil, they place the family farmers
who maximize grazing their animals at a competitive disadvantage.
This is especially true when consumers are led to believe that the
omega-3 content of the factory-farm produced milk with added algal
oil is actually as healthy as the grass-fed milk with naturally
Organic consumers care about the source and quality of their food.
If a food claims to be high in omega-3s, or lists specific fats such
as DHA, we hope shoppers will question the source.
Are the fats proven efficacious, naturally occurring, produced by an
animal that ate green plants? Or were they developed in a
laboratory using genetic modification, then produced in a factory
using GMO corn, synthetic solvents, and finally added to the food in
a processing plant where the “Life’sDHA” logo was slapped on the
The winner should be clear: real, nutrient-dense, certified organic
food. The payback for your family, in health, nutrition and
flavor, will be unparalleled
No matter how much “antiaging” therapy we do, we may only be able to
slow aging down, not stop it. After all, we need to get on to our
next lifetimes someday, so that future regression therapists can
tell us where we’ve been, don’t we?
But as long as we’re here in this lifetime, why not take full
advantage of it, stay healthy, “age gracefully,” and perhaps outlive
Victor Herbert, David Kessler, and all the other folks who know
everything there is to know about staying well with drugs,
chemotherapy, and radiation?
“Free Radical” Theory of Aging
In our antiaging efforts, we’ve been guided by the “free radical”
theory of aging, which tells us that the accumulation of “oxidative
damage” is responsible for much aging, particularly the premature
kind. This theory advises us to take “antioxidants” to slow the
aging process, much like putting antifreeze in our cars to keep
their engines from bursting in the wintertime. (Of course, the whole
idea of “antioxidants” has been an absolute boon to university and
other establishment types, who can now do research and tell us to
take our vitamins without actually calling them vitamins, thus
avoiding sounding like Adele Davis, J.I. Rodale or one of those
other “health food nuts.”)
“Endocrine Theory” of Aging
Then there’s the “endocrine theory” of aging which American
mainstream medicine has put to use in a rather perverse but
patentable way by replacing failing human hormones with horse
hormones (Premarin®) or other dangerous molecules never
before found on this planet or in human bodies (e.g.,
Provera,® methyltestosterone). We can be somewhat
thankful that pharmaceutical company ingenuity and drive for profit
has recently produced an improvement on this approach with
genetically engineered, recombinant and process-patentable human
growth hormone (hGH), which not only shows some signs of being
useful and not too harmful in the battle to slow aging but also
maintains the usual and customary drug-company profit margins.
“Digestive Failure” Theory
The proliferation of over-the-counter and even vending-machine
versions of Zantac,® Pepcid,® and other
patent-expired “acid-blockers” has prompted this brief note to
remind us all of yet another theory of aging, the “digestive
It’s long been noted that grandpas and grandmas have considerably
more indigestion than younger folks, but their indigestion generally
has been ascribed to “being older.” Not much thought has been given
to the possibility that the “being older” could (at least in part)
be due to the indigestion!
Let’s give it a little thought. If we have bodies made up of some 60
or so essential nutrients (essential being defined as nutrients
without which we sooner or later would drop dead), then how healthy
are we going to be if even one of those essential nutrients isn’t
getting through very well? Like engines running on a lean fuel
mixture, our cells are going to misfire, sputter, and ultimately
choke. And what if a dozen or more nutrients are in short supply?
How are our bodies, particularly older bodies, going to keep
themselves in good repair? Like older houses, older bodies require
more parts and maintenance, not less. It just makes sense
that, if we’re not digesting and assimilating properly, not
supplying all the cells of our bodies with a full complement of
essential nutrients, we’re going to age and fall apart more rapidly.
recent article in the Journal of the American Medical
Association tells us that “only” 10% of “healthy” older folks
have inadequate levels of stomach acid production. (Apparently, that
doesn’t include all those older folks gulping down over-the-counter
and vending machine Zantacs and Pepcids, persuaded of their virtues
by the barrage of newly-unleashed-by-FDA direct-to-the-public TV,
radio, and print advertising.) Back in the 1930s, studies by the
Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins on several thousand older folks told
us that by age 60 nearly half of us had functionally low stomach
acid. After some 27 years of nutritionally oriented medical
practice, I’m more inclined to agree with the researchers at Mayo
and Hopkins, especially since I’m working mostly with folks who
don’t consider themselves healthy. Moreover, this problem is not
limited to older people.
Inadequate Stomach Acid Production
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplements with and
without pepsin were
widely prescribed in the 1800s and the first half of this century.
Using medical judgment and common sense, physicians reasoned that
replacement of such a powerful digestive secretion was the only
logical thing to do if the function of the stomach could not be
revived on its own, as is often the case with increasing age. HCl
and pepsin replacement therapy for “failed stomachs” is exactly
parallel to hormone replacement therapy for “failed ovaries.”
Unfortunately, poorly designed and widely misinterpreted research
starting in the 1950s has convinced most medical practitioners of
today that HCl and pepsin replacement therapy is not necessary.
Encouraged by the legal drug industry, medical students are not
taught that hypochlorhydria (inadequate stomach acid
production) is treatable only with unpatentable natural replacement
therapies. Instead, their education concentrates on hyperchlorhydria
(excess stomach acid production) and its treatment with patentable
“acid blocker” drugs and highly profitable over-the-counter
Although research in this area is entirely inadequate, it’s been my
clinical observation that calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper,
chromium, selenium, manganese, vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, and
many other “micro-trace” elements are not nearly as well-absorbed in
those with poor stomach acid as it is in those whose acid levels are
normal. When we test plasma amino acid levels for those with poor
stomach function, we frequently find lower than usual levels of one
or more of the eight essential amino acids: isoleucine, leucine,
lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and
valine. Often there are functional insufficiencies of folic acid
and/or vitamin B12.
Count the number of essential nutrients named above: 21! Although no
one with a poorly functioning stomach is deficient in all of them,
and no two people have the exact pattern of insufficiencies, even if
“only” 10% of “healthy” older adults have this problem, that’s a
large number of folks who aren’t nourishing their cells very well.
Of course they’re going to age prematurely!
And having “low stomach acid” or falling for those Zantac and Pepcid
commercials isn’t the only way to impair our digestive processes. A
lot of us don’t have sufficient pancreatic digestive enzymes. The
pancreatic enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin complete the digestion
of protein started by the stomach’s enzyme pepsin. As its name
implies, lipase digests fats and aids in the assimilation of
fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, and the essential fatty acids.
Pancreatic amylase is necessary for carbohydrate digestion. And
remember all those important “anti-aging” phytonutrients,
flavonoids, carotenoids, mucopolysaccharides, and so on? They don’t
just leap out of our food into our bloodstreams, they must be
Many of us have inadequate bile flow (that’s the real bile, not the
mental thing) due to impaired
liver function or
having our gallbladders carved out because the surgeon didn’t tell
us that avoiding allergies will do the job just as well. Bile is
another important digestive secretion, necessary to “emulsify” fats,
oils, fat-soluble vitamins and other dietary components before they
can be assimilated.
Then there’s allergy-induced malabsorption, lectin incompatibility,
and that favorite medical category “idiopathic,” which means, “it’s
happening (or not happening), but we don’t know why.”
And in a related matter: What about those germs so delicately termed
“intestinal microflora?” These “normal” or “friendly” bacteria are
responsible for some of the digestive processes, and play a vital
role in production of a major proportion of the essential nutrients,
vitamin K, folic acid, biotin and vitamin B12 that our bodies depend
on. Since the early 1940s, the entire population of the United
States (not to mention most of the rest of the world) has been so
thoroughly dosed with antibiotics that our intestinal microflora in
many cases isn’t even close to normal.
Detecting and Correcting
So while we’re slowing the aging process by swallowing our vitamins,
minerals, and botanicals (oops, I meant antioxidants), and taking
our replacement hormones (the natural or identical-to-natural
versions, of course), let’s not forget to detect and correct any
failures in our digestive and absorptive processes, or the digestive
failure theory of aging may catch up with us while we’re preoccupied
elsewhere and send us on to that next lifetime before we are really
ready to be there!
By David Liu, PHD
Monday Oct 15, 2012) -- Veteran epidemiologist Dr. Susanna C.
Larssona at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and colleagues
suggest in a study report published in Atherosclerosis that taking
oil or omega-3 fatty acids supplements may help prevent stroke in
Dr. Larssona and colleagues analyzed data on dietary fat,
cholesterol and incidence of stroke from 34,670 women aged 49 to 83
years in the Swedish Mammography Cohort who were free of any
cardiovascular disease at baseline in 1997.
During a mean follow-up of 10.4 years, 1680 stroke events including
1310 cerebral infarctions, 233 hemorrhagic strokes, and 137
unspecified strokes were identified.
After adjustment for stroke risk factors, intake of long-chain
omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty
(PUFAs) was inversely correlated with risk of total stroke.
Women in the highest quintile of intake of long chain omega 3 fatty
acids were 16 percent less likely to suffer total stroke, compared
with those in the lowest quintile.
On the other hand,
cholesterol was positively correlated with the risk of total stroke,
that is, those in the highest quintile of cholesterol intake were 20
percent and 29 percent more likely to experience total stroke and
cerebral infarction, respectively.
Nevertheless, total fat,
mono-unsaturated fat, poly-unsaturated fat, α-linolenic acid, and
omega-6 PUFA intakes were not correlated with stroke risk.
The researchers concluded "intake of long-chain omega-3 PUFAs is
inversely associated with risk of stroke, whereas dietary
cholesterol is positively associated with risk."
Long chain polyunsaturated omega 3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA are
found in fish oil.
By Jimmy Downs
Monday Sept 23, 2012 (foodconsumer.org)
-- A new study in International Journal of Preventive Medicine
suggests that taking cinnamon supplements daily can help prevent or
even treat type 2idabetes mellitus
This is a second trial in the past month to demonstrate that
cinnamon can improve a range of metabolic parameters associated with
type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
Vafa of Department of Nutrition, Tehran University of Medical
Sciences in Tehran, Iran and colleagues conducted the small trial
involving 44 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus of whom 37
completed the study. In the study, 22 patients were assigned to
three grams of cinnamon supplement per day and another 22 controls
were given a placevo per day for a total of eight weeks.
For the study, weight, height, body fat mass,
systolic and diastolic blood pressure, the fasting blood glucose,
insulin, HbA1c (indicator for diabetes severity), total cholesterol,
LDL C, HDL C, Apo lipoprotein A I and B were measured at baseline
and at the end of the 8-week trial. At the beginning of
the trial, both groups had similar characteristics, dietary intakes,
and physical activity.
At the end of the trial, those receiving the cinnamon supplement
improved the levels of fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, triglyceride,
body weight, body mass index, and body fat mass decreased
drastically compared to baseline.
No change in any of the parameters in the control group. The
cinnamon group and the control group had similar levels of glycemic
status indicators, lipid profiles and anthropometric indicators
The researchers concluded "These data suggest that cinnamon may have
a moderate effect in improving glycemic status indicators," in type
2 diabetes mellitus.
To evaluate the effectiveness of daily vitamin E supplementation in
improving premenstrual symptoms (PMS), a carefully screened
population of women with PMS were given 400 IU natural-source
vitamin E or placebo in randomized double blind study. A
standardized PMS questionnaire was administered to all subjects with
15 symptom categories.
all 15 categories of symptoms, vitamin E supplemented women reported
27 to 42% reduction of severity. Placebo treatment was
associated with moderate reduction in only 9 of 15 categories.
The researchers concluded that vitamin E supplementation appears to
be a rational approach to PMS management.
“The results of the present investigation are consistent with our
previous observations that alpha tocopherol supplementation reduces
symptoms of PMS with no demonstrable side effects.”
London, R.S. et. al. “Efficacy of Alpha Tocopherol in the
Treatment of the Premenstrual Syndrome.” J. Reprod. Med 32:400-404,
An earlier study involved 75 women. Those given vitamin E
experienced improvement in 3 of the 4 classes of PMS symptoms on a
standardized questionnaire. Controlling for age and
pretreatment score, vitamin E had a significantly greater effect
London, R.S. et. al. “The Effect of Alpha Tocopherol in the
Treatment of the Premenstrual Symptomatology: A Double Blind Study.”
Journal of American College of A Nutrition 2:115-22, 1983.
children with allergies to milk and egg experience reactions to
these and other foods more often than researchers had expected, a
study reports. The study also found that severe and potentially
life-threatening reactions in a significant number of these children
occur and that some caregivers are hesitant to give such children
epinephrine, a medication that reverses the symptoms of such
reactions and can save lives.
"This study reinforces the importance of doctors, parents and other
caregivers working together to be even more vigilant in managing
food allergy in children," said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of
the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),
part of the National Institutes of Health.
The study results appear online in the June 25 issue of
Pediatrics and are the latest findings from the
Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), a network established
by NIAID to conduct clinical trials, observational studies and basic
research to better understand and treat food allergy.
The research is part of an ongoing CoFAR observational study that
enrolled 512 infants aged 3 to 15 months who at study entry were
allergic to milk or egg, or who were likely to be allergic, based on
a positive skin test and the presence of moderate-to-severe eczema,
a chronic skin condition. The investigators are carefully following
these children to see whether their allergies resolve or if new
allergies, particularly peanut allergy, develop. The study is
ongoing at research hospitals in Baltimore; Denver; Durham, N.C.;
Little Rock, Ark.; and New York City.
CoFAR investigators advised parents and caregivers to avoid giving
their children foods that could cause an allergic reaction. Study
participants also received an emergency action plan, describing the
symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to food and what to do if a
child has one, along with a prescription and instructions on how to
give epinephrine if a severe reaction occurred.
Data compiled from patient questionnaires and clinic visits over
three years showed that 72 percent of the children had a
food-allergic reaction, and that 53 percent of the children had more
than one reaction, with the majority of reactions being to milk, egg
or peanut. This translated into a rate of nearly 1 food-allergic
reaction per child per year. Approximately 11 percent of the
reactions were classified as severe and included symptoms such as
swelling in the throat, difficulty breathing, a sudden drop in blood
pressure, dizziness or fainting. Almost
all of the severe reactions were caused by ingestion of the allergen
rather than inhalation or skin contact.
In only 30 percent of the severe reactions did caregivers administer
epinephrine, a drug that
alleviates the symptoms of severe reactions by increasing heart
rate, constricting blood vessels and opening the airways.
Investigators found that caregivers did not give children
epinephrine for a number of reasons: the drug was not available,
they were too afraid to administer it, they did not recognize the
symptoms as those of an allergic reaction, or they did not recognize
the reaction as severe.
"This study documenting the natural history of allergic reactions to
three of the major food allergens in pre-school children provides
important new information for parents, caregivers and health care
workers because of the large number of children involved and the
rigorous follow-up," said Daniel Rotrosen, M.D., director of the
NIAID Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, which
oversees CoFAR. "The findings not only reveal that food-allergic
reactions occur at a much higher rate in young children than we
thought, they also suggest that more vigilance and increased use of
epinephrine is needed."
Almost 90 percent of allergic reactions to egg, milk or peanut
occurred after a child accidentally ate the food. The reasons for
the accidental exposures included caregivers misreading food labels,
not checking a food for an allergen, and unintentionally allowing a
food allergen to come into contact with other foods
The study also found that approximately 11 percent of allergic
reactions to egg, milk or peanut occurred after a caregiver -- most
often a parent -- provided a child the allergenic food
"Intentional exposures to allergenic food are typically reported in
teenagers, who tend to take more risks or who might be embarrassed
about their food allergy," says David Fleischer, M.D., the lead
study author. "What is troubling is that in this study we found that
a significant number of young children received allergenic foods
from parents who were aware of the allergy."
CoFAR investigators are exploring possible reasons for these
intentional exposures, but they speculate that it could reflect
parents' at-home tests to determine if children have outgrown the
food allergy. Because giving children allergenic foods could
possibly result in life-threatening reactions, such testing should
only be conducted under the direct supervision of a health care
professional trained in performing food challenges. The study
findings reinforce the importance of caregivers working closely with
their doctors to understand how to effectively manage a child's food
Resource: NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
"Rate of severe reactions higher than thought in young children with
food allergies." ScienceDaily, 25 Jun. 2012. Web. 25 Jun. 2012.
By: Kelley Herring, Healing Gourmet
Eating seafood can provide a bevy of health benefits. It can reduce
the risk of heart disease, boost your brainpower and even keep your
skin looking radiant, supple and youthful.
But new research published in the journal Obesity found
that a “hidden” ingredient in seafood can actually increase belly
fat. And it is this “visceral” fat that is the most dangerous to
Beer Bellies and Muffin Tops… from Pollutants?
In the PIVUS study, researchers measured the levels of 23 persistent
environmental toxins in more than 1,000 participants. They also
evaluated the amount of belly fat in nearly 300 of the participants
using magnetic imaging.
The researchers found that high levels of persistent organic
pollutants often found in seafood – including PCBs – were associated
with a high proportion of abdominal fat.
So how do these pollutants add inches to your waistline?
They disrupt your hormonal system. This impacts the way fat is
metabolized. It also increases cortisol and estrogen levels.
Man-Made “Seafood”: Concentrating the Chemicals
You may wonder how seafood gets contaminated with PCBs in the first
The answer is concentrated fish meal.
On average, it takes five pounds of fish meal to produce just one
pound of farmed fish. And this makes farmed fish a highly
concentrated source of PCBs.
In fact, the journal Science reports that farmed salmon
contain ten times more toxins (PCBs, dioxin, etc.) than wild salmon.
What’s more, seven out of ten pieces of farmed fish tested had
concentrations of PCBs that were high enough to trigger health
warnings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
And while belly fat is certainly unsightly, PCB exposure is a lot
more serious than just your appearance. Exposure to PCBs has
also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, infertility, thyroid
dysfunction, neurological damage, and cancer… as well as memory and
Take a look:
• A study published
in Diabetes Care found that people getting the most PCBs and
other persistent organic pollutants were almost 3,800% more
likely to have diabetes.
• Infants and
children with higher PCB exposures during development can
experience lower IQ scores and reduced hearing.
• Older adults (49
to 86 years old) who ate fish containing PCBs and other
contaminants had lower scores on several measures of memory and
• Fish consumption
data shows that nearly a million U.S. adults eat enough PCBs
from farmed salmon to exceed the allowable lifetime cancer risk
100 times over!
Worse still, is that PCBs are actually increasing in our seafood
supply. Although these chemicals have been banned for many years,
the EPA found that PCBs increased 177% in seafood samples between
1993 and 2003.
Choosing Safe, Healthy Seafood
The good news is that you can largely protect yourself from the
dangers of PCBs, while still enjoying delicious seafood. Here’s how:
Because 80% of the fish consumed in the Unites States is
farm-raised, most restaurant and supermarket fish is contaminated
with PCBs and other toxins, such as pesticides and antibiotic
residues. When in doubt, pass.
Always choose wild seafood. By
law, all fish must be marked wild or farm-raised.
Opt for short-lived species that
are relatively low in the food chain (ie-
If you do choose to eat larger,
long-living species such as
halibut, pick only younger, smaller members. The longer a
fish has lived, the more pollutants it has accumulated over
when shopping for seafood, make sure you buy from a trusted company
that only sources wild, sustainable seafood that is independently
tested for purity. I recommend
Vital Choice, carried by U.S. Wellness Meats
Not only will you do a great deal to protect your family from the
dangers of PCBs… you’ll also help protect the environment.
ED NOTE: Kelley Herring is the Founder
and Editor of Healing Gourmet – the leading
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and meal plans for health and weight loss.
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Another Form of Diabetes?
A recent article about Alzheimer’s in a
major health publication stated that “Age is the biggest risk factor for
the disease.” The author was referring to the fact that the prevalence
of Alzheimer’s doubles every five years in people over 65.
The same is true for most chronic diseases (including macular
degeneration, cancer, heart disease and others). Their prevalence
increases as we grow older. But this is merely a correlation. Age itself
is not the “cause” of these diseases.
Degenerative diseases have very little to do with chronological aging.
Instead, they are the long-term ramification of unhealthy choices. It is
the end result of chronic stress, poor nutrition and toxic overload that
occurs over a long period of time.
But here’s the good news: There is a lot you can do right now to protect
health (and your memory) tomorrow. And the first step to protecting your
memory into your golden years is to dramatically reduce your sugar
Type 3 Diabetes: The Blood Sugar Connection to Alzheimer’s
Did you know that insulin isn’t just produced in the pancreas… but also
in the brain?
It’s true. And just as the cells of the pancreas wear out over time due
to excess levels of sugar in the diet, it can also cause brain cells to
deteriorate insulin receptors there to malfunction. This can lead to
those embarrassing “senior moments”… and potentially Alzheimer’s.
In fact, researchers from Brown Medical
calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes” and link the disease to impaired
blood sugar metabolism. When these researchers looked at the brain
tissue of 45 Alzheimer’s patients, they found abnormal protein deposits
that were similar to those found in the pancreases of diabetic patients.
It’s no wonder that people with diabetes have a 65% increased risk of
Balance Your Blood Sugar, Protect Your BrainEating
a low sugar, low glycemic diet is the best way to lose weight, reduce
cravings, boost mood, reduce inflammation and balance hormones.
also happens to be one of the best ways to reduce the risk of
chronic disease – including Alzheimer’s.
less sugar equates to better brain health by reducing inflammation.
Low glycemic foods - like vegetables, leafy greens,
grass-fed meats and
nuts - enter the
bloodstream at a slower rate than higher glycemic foods - like
grains, starches and sweets. Delaying the entry of carbohydrates
into the bloodstream reduces the production of insulin, which in
turn, reduces the generation of an inflammatory compound called
you don’t have to know all the chemistry behind the glycemic index
and how inflammation works in the body to get the brain-protecting
benefits of a low glycemic diet.
base your meals around leafy greens, bright colored non-starchy
pastured poultry and
wild fish to keep your
body and brain in tip top shape – at any age!
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
In 2011 the NIH reported that approximately 43% of the U.S.
population (including almost 70% of older women) use dietary
supplements containing calcium. What’s not said is that without
balancing their calcium with proper amounts of magnesium, they may
be at risk.
There is a growing amount of scientific evidence pointing to
high calcium–low magnesium intake leading to calcification,
or hardening, of arteries
(atherosclerosis—the number one cause of death in the US),
osteoporosis and osteoporotic bone fractures. A 2011
British Medical Journal study showed a higher risk of heart
disease and stroke in women taking calcium supplements.
Most people, and the majority of MDs, do not understand certain key
facts about calcium and its sister mineral, magnesium:
Typically, less than half of calcium intake is actually
absorbed in the gut. Of the remainder, some is excreted
(but causes constipation on the way out), and the rest helps to form
kidney stones, gallstones, heel spurs, atherosclerotic plaque in
artery walls, and breast calcifications.
Magnesium stimulates the hormone calcitonin, which
helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood
and soft tissues back into the bones, all the while lowering the
likelihood of osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis, heart attack
and kidney stones.
Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the
absorption and metabolism of calcium and vitamin D. Magnesium
actually converts vitamin D into its active form.
Recommendations for calcium intake vary greatly. In
the United States, adults are told to take 1,000 mg per day and
women over 50 are told to take up to
1,500 mg. In the United Kingdom, the RDA is 700 mg daily, while the
World Health Organization recommends only 400–500 mg.
Often supplementation is taken without consideration for the amount
of calcium in the diet both from food sources and from water (some
tap and mineral waters). Many people, especially those consuming
dairy products, have high-calcium diets. This can lead to a greater
amount of unabsorbed calcium unopposed by magnesium
The commonly accepted ratio of 2:1 calcium to magnesium found in
many cal-mag supplements traces back to the French scientist Dr.
Jean Durlach, who stipulated the 2:1 ratio as an outermost
not-to-be-exceeded level when considering calcium intake from all
(food, water and supplements). This has been largely misunderstood
and has been taken instead as an outright recommendation.
The fact that most people do not get their minimum daily requirement
of magnesium exacerbates the situation. The high calcium–low
magnesium diet of most Americans when coupled with calcium
supplementation can give a Ca to Mg imbalance of 4: or 5:1 or
higher, which constitutes a walking time bomb of impaired bone
health, compromised muscles and nerves, and heart disease.
Magnesium is a "safer" product than calcium because it is excreted
more completely and doesn’t build up in the body. Most people can
supplement with magnesium citrate powder orally and get positive
results. The easily obtainable Natural Calm is the one I
recommend. Building up to 300 mg twice a day is a good treatment
dose, and sipping it in water throughout the day keeps it from
causing any laxative effects.
The only people who should avoid self-administering of magnesium are
those with heart block (the type that requires a pacemaker),
myasthenia gravis (because their muscles are already too relaxed),
bowel obstruction, and people on kidney dialysis.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2012)
— New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 77 percent of
trauma patients had deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.
Researchers have linked a lack of vitamin D with muscle weakness,
bone fractures, and the inability of bones to fully heal. In a new
study, investigators sought to determine the prevalence of vitamin D
deficiency among orthopaedic trauma patients.
Investigators reviewed the medical records of 1,830 adult (ages 18
and older) patients at a university Level 1 trauma center from Jan.
1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010. Participants with vitamin D levels below
20 ng/mL were categorized as "deficient," and those with levels
between 20 and 32 ng/mL, "insufficient" (levels between 40 and 70
ng/mL are considered "healthy").
Thirty-nine percent of all patients were vitamin D deficient, and
another 38.4 percent had insufficient levels of vitamin D. Patients
ages 18 to 25 had the lowest levels of vitamin D deficiency and
insufficiency of any age group, and yet 29 percent were deficient,
and 54.7 percent, insufficient.
"Vitamin D deficiency affects patients of all ages and is more
prevalent than we thought it was," said Brett D. Crist, MD, lead
investigator and co-director of the Orthopaedic Trauma
Service, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri. The findings are
important "as vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased
incidence of fracture nonunions (bone breaks that fail to heal)."
With the new data showing that a significant number of patients have
deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D, physicians should
consider treating fracture patients with a supplement to ensure
optimal outcome, said Dr. Crist, who provides vitamin D and calcium
supplements to all trauma patients in his care, except to those
patients for whom higher levels of calcium are not recommended.
"Although we've gone to treating most patients with weekly high dose
vitamin D, in addition to daily vitamin D and calcium, continual
monitoring of vitamin D levels is important," said Dr. Crist.
Vitamin D deficiency is "easy to manage," and "can prevent future
fractures and improve healing of current fractures."
It is extremely difficult to naturally obtain enough vitamin D. An
adult needs at least 1,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D (10
glasses of milk and one fish meal each day), and a child, 400 to 800
IUs for good health, depending on age, weight and growth.
ensure appropriate levels of vitamin D, a daily supplement is
recommended for children and adults.
It’s no surprise that the body changes with age. Movements become
more difficult, and it’s easy to worry about pain and injury. Older
adults have been shown to have reduced concentrations of
glutathione. By taking cysteine and glycine, glutathione may
be regained to young adult levels.
Glutathione protects the body’s overall immunity by being a powerful
defense mechanism in its antioxidant properties, acting as a shield
barrier. Glutathione is made from three amino acids: glutamate,
cysteine and glycine. Glutathione levels decrease with age and may
be replenished with a cysteine and glycine supplement. A study
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
measured the effects of glycine among younger and elderly
subjects. 16 individuals were divided into two groups based on their
age range of 60-75
and 30-40. The 60-75 age group had lowered concentrations of glycine
and cysteine compared to the other group. After this group received
additional cysteine and glycine, glutathione levels significantly
increased while decreasing oxidative stress. Due to natural
declines in giutathione as we age, it may be important to consider
taking supplemental cysteine and glycine.
Sekhar R, Patel S, Guthikonda
A, Reid M, Balasubramanyam A, Taffe G, and Jahoor F. “Deficient
Synthesis of Glutathione Underlies
Oxidative Stress in Aging and Can Be Corrected by
Dietary Cysteine and Glycine Supplementation.”
The American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition.
American Society for Nutrition. Web. 25 Aug. 2011.
A recent study
published in the journal Diabetes Care has found that low doses of
the Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA),
docosaheaxaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) reduced
the risk of heart arrhythmia-related events in diabetic patients who
had previously suffered a heart attack.
1,014 diabetic patients, aged 60 to 80 years old, were randomized
into four groups and consumed margarine that contained either 223 mg
EPA and 149 mg DHA, 1.9 g ALA, both EPA/DHA and ALA, or no Omega-3
fatty acids every day for 40 months. The group that consumed the
margarine with EPA/DHA and ALA experienced an 84 percent lower risk
of arrhythmia-related events and a 72 percent lower risk of
arrhythmia-related events and fatal coronary events when compared to
plain margarine. Heart arrhythmia is van irregular heartbeat, and
canlead to cardiac arrest.
The authors of the study suggest a few possible reasons why these
Omega-3s might be helpful in diabetics with heart disease. One, they
might play a role in regulating insulin sensitivity, an important
factor in diabetes. Two, they may help to lower blood sugar levels.
And three, their anti-inflammatory properties may help to reverse
insulin resistance. All these factors can lead to heart disease if
More studies will be done to determine the precise role each Omega-3
plays in heart arrhythmia and heart disease, but this study adds to
the thousands of studies illustrating the heart-healthy benefits of
leading cause of premature birth, preeclampsia occurs in about 4% of
all pregnancies and can be fatal.
Researchers conducted randomized trials in 283 at-risk pregnant
women taking 400 IU of
natural-source vitamin E with 1000 mg of
vitamin C daily in one group and placebo in the other. They found “a
highly significant reduction in the incidence of pre-eclampsia in
the treatment group” and now several multicenter trials are in
progress including one involving 2,400 high-risk women in the U.K.
By Nathan Gray, 30-Aug-2011
Related topics: Health and nutritional ingredients, Science
Probiotic bacteria may have the potential to alter brain
neurochemistry, affecting anxiety and depression-related disorders,
says new research.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, demonstrated that mice fed with Lactobacillus rhamnosus
JB-1 showed significantly fewer stress, anxiety and
depression-related behaviours than those fed with just broth.
Moreover, the research team, led by Professor John Cryan at the
Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in University College Cork, Ireland,
reported that ingestion of the bacteria resulted in significantly
lower levels of the stress-induced hormone, corticosterone.
“This study identifies potential brain targets and a pathway through
which certain gut organisms can alter mouse brain chemistry and
behaviour,” said Cryan.
“These findings highlight the important role that gut bacteria play
in the bidirectional
the gut and the brain,the gut–brain axis, and opens up the
intriguing opportunity of developing unique microbial-based
strategies for treatment for stress-related psychiatric disorders
such as anxiety and depression,”
The authors noted the increasing, but largely indirect, evidence
pointing to an effect of the gut microbiota on the central nervous
“Together, these findings highlight the important role of bacteria
in the bidirectional communication of the gut–brain axis and suggest
that certain organisms may prove to be useful therapeutic adjuncts
in stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression,”
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Published online ahead of print, doi:
“Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior
and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve”
Authors: J.A. Bravo, P. Forsythe, M.V. Chew, E. Escaravage, H.M.
Savignac, et al
research has shown for the first time that omega-3 in fish oil could
"substantially and significantly" reduce the signs and symptoms of
According to the University of Bristol study, funded by Arthritis
Research UK and published in the journal Osteoarthritis and
Cartilage, omega-3-rich diets fed to guinea pigs, which naturally
develop osteoarthritis, reduced disease by 50 per cent compared to a
The research is a major step forward in showing that omega-3 fatty
acids, either sourced from fish oil or flax oil, may help to slow
down the progression of osteoarthritis, or even prevent it
occurring, confirming anecdotal reports and "old wives' tales" about
the benefits of fish oil for joint health.
Lead researcher Dr John Tarlton, from the Matrix Biology Research
group at the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences,
said classic early signs of the condition, such as the degradation
of collagen in cartilage and the loss of molecules that give it
shock-absorbing properties, were both reduced with omega-3.
"Furthermore, there was strong evidence that omega-3 influences the
biochemistry of the disease, and therefore not only helps prevent
disease, but also slows its progression, potentially controlling
established osteoarthritis," he said.
Dr Tarlton added: "The only way of being certain that the effects of
omega-3 are as applicable to humans as demonstrated in guinea pigs
is to apply omega-3 to humans. However, osteoarthritis in guinea
pigs is perhaps the most appropriate model for spontaneous,
naturally occurring osteoarthritis, and all of the evidence supports
the use of omega-3 in human disease."
Medical research director of Arthritis Research UK, Professor Alan
Silman, said: "The possibility that omega-3 fatty acids could
prevent osteoarthritis from developing has been a tantalising one.
Some limited, previous research in dogs has suggested that we were a
long way away from understanding the potential use in humans.
However, this current research in guinea pigs is exciting as it
brings us closer to understanding how omega-3 might fundamentally
interfere with the osteoarthritis process, and that it could
potentially be taken as a treatment."
On the back of the results of his study, Dr Tarlton said that
following government guidelines on dietary intake of omega-3 fatty
acids could be effective in reducing the burden of osteoarthritis.
Fish oil is far more effective than the flax oil based supplement,
but for vegetarians flax oil remains a viable alternative.
"Most diets in the developed world are lacking in omega-3, with
modern diets having up to 30 times too much omega-6 and too little
omega-3. Taking omega-3 will help redress this imbalance and may
positively contribute to a range of other health problems such as
heart disease and colitis."
Further studies are needed to determine the influence of omega-3
fatty acids on established disease in guinea pigs, and to confirm
the effects in human osteoarthritis, said Dr Tarlton.
Osteoarthritis affects around eight million people in the UK, and is
caused when the cartilage at the ends of bones wears away and the
underlying bone thickens, leading to stiff, painful joints.
Currently, there is no effective treatment to slow down disease
progression, and treatment is limited to pain relief and ultimately
Results indicate BPA accumulates more rapidly within the body than
June 06, 2011
AdamsST@missouri.edu, 573 882-8353
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new
University of Missouri study shows that the exposure to the
controversial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) through diet has been
underestimated by previous lab tests. In the study, researchers
compared BPA concentrations in mice that were given a steady diet
supplemented with BPA throughout the day, compared to the more
common lab method of single exposure, and found an increased
absorption and accumulation of BPA in the blood of mice.
Cheryl Rosenfeld, associate professor in biomedical sciences and
Bond Life Sciences investigator, found BPA in diet has been
underestimated by previous lab tests.
This is the first study to examine concentrations of BPA in any
animal models after exposure through a regular, daily diet, which is
a better method to mirror the chronic and continuous exposure to BPA
that occurs in animals and humans. Cheryl Rosenfeld, associate
biomedical sciences and
Bond Life Sciences investigator, is the corresponding lead
author of the study published in Environmental Health
Perspectives on June 6.
The authors continuously exposed the mice to BPA through their feed,
which is considered the primary route of exposure to this chemical
in animals and humans. In previous studies examining the effects of
BPA, mice were exposed to BPA only through a one-time
administration. Following the exposure through the diet, a
significantly greater increase in the active form of BPA, which is
the greatest threat as it is the form that can bind to sex steroid
receptors and exert adverse effects, was absorbed and accumulated in
“People are primarily and unknowingly exposed to BPA through the
diet because of the various plastic and paper containers used to
food are formulated with BPA,” Rosenfeld said. “We know that the
active form of BPA binds to our steroid receptors, meaning it can
affect estrogen, thyroid and testosterone function. It might also
cause genetic mutations. Thus, this chemical can hinder our ability
to reproduce and possibly cause behavioral abnormalities that we are
just beginning to understand.”
The study notes that more than 8 billion pounds of BPA are produced
every year, and more than 90 percent of people in the United States
have measurable amounts of BPA in their bodies.
“We believe that these mouse model studies where the BPA exposure is
through the diet is a more accurate representation of what happens
to BPA as the human body attempts to processes this toxic
substance,” said Rosenfeld. “When BPA is taken through the food, the
active form may remain in the body for a longer period of time than
when it is provided through a single treatment, which does not
reflect the continuous exposure that occurs in animal and human
populations. We need to study this further to determine where the
ingested BPA becomes concentrated and subsequently released back
into the bloodstream to be distributed throughout the body.”
The study, “Comparison of Serum Bisphenol A Concentrations in Mice
Exposed to Bisphenol A through the Diet versus Oral Bolus Exposure,”
is available online starting June 6.
Funding from this study came from a National Institute of
Environmental Health and Sciences challenge grant program that was
established to investigate the biological effects of exposure to
further information on Rosenfeld’s work, visit
By Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
Corporations would have you
believe the sun is a cancer-causing ball of radiation threatening
our planet. But the fact is, the sun protects you from cancer.
It enhances your health and is vital to your well-being.
One of the most important ways
the sun protects you is through your skin, which makes vitamin D
from its ultraviolet type B rays. And it’s vitamin D that keeps you
from getting not just skin cancer, but more than a dozen others.
Here’s the proof in black and
• A study by the journal
Anticancer Research says very clearly that the more you make
vitamin D from UVB rays, the lower your chances are of dying
from 15 kinds of cancer. (1)
• Another study in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vitamin D can lower the
chance you’ll get cancer by 77 percent. (2)
• The European Journal of
Cancer looked at cancer rates all over the world. Their study
says plainly that vitamin D production in the skin decreases the
likelihood you’ll get any of these cancers: stomach, colorectal,
liver and gallbladder, pancreas, lung, breast, prostate, bladder
and kidney cancers.(3)
• A study done for the journal
Nature shows that the active form of vitamin D (calcitriol or
D3), and its derivative vitamin D2, both cause skin cancer cells
• And did you know that people
who work outside like construction workers, roofers and
lifeguards have a much lower risk of skin cancer than those who
work inside? (5)
I could go on …
Meanwhile, if you followed
conventional medical advice, you’d be putting sunscreen all over
your body. But sunscreen lowers your body’s ability to make
vitamin D by up to 95 percent.
Today, I’m going to show you how
to let the sun work with your body to prevent cancer. Keep reading
to find out what’s really in sunscreens, when you should use sun
protection and safe ways to help prevent sunburns.
We Were Made to Live
Under the Sun
If you’ve been to a doctor,
turned on the television, been on the Internet, or read a magazine
lately, you’ve probably heard some formof this message:
“The sun causes cancer. If
you’re going outside, wear sunscreen no matter what. No excuses.”
Does it seem as though
scientists think nature must be wrong? I get the feeling they think
millennia of trial and error resulted in a mistake with our
survival. And even worse, that we need some kind of intervention –
some synthetic chemicals – to make it right again.
The truth is, your body already has everything it needs to properly
protect itself from the sun’s UV rays. The real problem isn’t the
sun. It’s that you might not spend enough time outdoors to trigger
these natural defenses.
Let me explain...
Your native ancestors survived
outdoors just fine. They lived and worked in the sun’s rays every
day. They didn’t use sunscreen and they didn’t burn themselves to a
crisp or die off from diseases caused by the sun.
Why? Because our bodies are
designed perfectly to live in our natural environment.
When you’re out in the sun, your
body itself takes action. Besides making vitamin D, which I talked
about earlier, your body also starts to produce another natural
protectant. A built-in sun block called melanin.
Melanin is what causes your skin
to darken or tan. And with just a little bit of sunshine every day –
20 minutes if you have light skin and up to three times longer if
your skin is darker – you’re stimulating melanin production.
By slowly developing this basic
darkening, you allow yourself even more time in the sun without risk
Sunscreen – A Toxic Skin
Corporations and modern doctors
want you to put on sunscreen to block UVB rays. We’ve already seen
how this affects vitamin D production. But sunscreen has another
effect. It delivers chemicals and known carcinogens into your
skin…chemicals that are banned in other countries.
One of the main chemicals used
in sunscreens to filter out UVB light is octyl methoxycinnamate
OMC can be found in 90 percent
of sunscreens on the market even though studies found it can kill
mouse cells – even at extremely low doses. And it becomes even more
toxic when it’s exposed to sunlight. Other harmful chemicals include
benzophenone and avobenzone. These attack the cells in your
body causing premature aging. They are also estrogen mimics that can
create hormonal imbalances, cause allergic reactions and skin
irritation, and are known to promote the onset of breast cancer.(6)
And there’s plenty more. Below
is a chart of some of the common chemicals found in sunscreen that
you should avoid.
disruptor. Mimics estrogen, upsets hormonal balances,
can cause reporductive cancer in men and women
PABA (may be listed as
octyl-dimethyl or padimate-O
and causes genetic mutation when exposed to sunlight
like plastic and clogs pores, traps toxins in, slows skin
cell growth, disrupts normal hormone function, suspected of
Sodium laurel, lauryl
sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes listed as "from
coconut" or "coconut derived"
other chemicals, it becomes nitrosamine, a powerful
cancer-causing agent; penetrates your skin’s moisture
barrier, allowing other dangerous chemicals to enter your
collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, death from
be listed as benzoic, benzyl, or butylated hydrox toluene)
blood cell count, liver and kidney damage, birth defects
kidney and liver abnormalities, prevents skin growth, causes
polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohol
carcinogens containing dioxane
It’s Tough to Get Enough
The problem is that even if you
have the best intentions, there are a dozen other obstacles in the
modern world besides sunscreen that keep you from getting enough
- We wear
- We don’t
migrate with the sun.
- We don’t
live near the equator.
- We work
inside during the day.
- We drive
cars that block the sun.
And during the winter months,
it’s not uncommon – even if you live in a warm, sunny climate like I
do in South Florida – to get less sunshine just because the days are
shorter. When that happens, you produce less melanin, and
become more sensitive to the sun when you are exposed.
You’ll need to be careful until
melanin production kicks in again and can help prevent your skin
Fortunately, there are ways you
can help defend your skin until you can get more sunshine without
- One way
to help your skin is to boost the three nutrients your body uses
to produce its master antioxidant, SOD (superoxide dismutase).
SOD is your best defense against harmful molecules that attack
your skin. The best food for this job is blueberries. You
probably know blueberries are good for your brain, and that they
have beta carotene and lots of vitamins. But the real power of
the blueberry is that it has all three co-factors for SOD –
copper, zinc and manganese. Eat a cup of blueberries every day,
especially during the winter, and you’ll be doing your skin a
excellent skin-defender is any food that has the omega-3 EPA. In
one study of using omega-3 to reduce ultraviolet radiation
sensitivity, researchers found that EPA supplementation reduces
sensitivity to UV rays by 36 percent. And the chemical changes
to skin induced by UV radiation exposure were cut in half.(7)
The study concluded: “Longer-term [EPA] supplementation might
reduce skin cancer in humans.” The best sources for EPA
are small, cold-water fish like herring,
mackerel, anchovies and
sardines. Eggs and
grass-fed beef also are good sources.
Grass-fed beef has double the omega-3s of grain-fed beef.
In addition, you can get omega-3s in some plant-based sources
like Sacha Inchi nuts, butternuts,
walnuts and chia seeds. But these omega-3s are in the form
of alpha linolenic acid, which then has to be converted to EPA
in the body.
- If you
are going to be out in the sun for a long time, and you haven’t
had a chance to let your body generate enough melanin to darken
you up a bit, you should use a natural sunscreen. Choose one
made from natural ingredients like zinc oxide. It’s been used
all over the world for over 75 years as a safe sunscreen. And
unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb ultraviolet light, zinc
oxide sits on top of your skin to reflect and scatter UV rays.
Zinc oxide works even better
when you add shea butter. That way, your pores won’t clog and you’ll
add extra moisture to keep your skin smooth.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
1 Grant, W.B. et al, “The association of solar ultraviolet B (UVB)
with reducing risk of cancer: multifactorial ecologic analysis of
geographic variation in age-adjusted cancer mortality rates,”
Anticancer Research 2006; 26:2687-2700
2 Lappe, J.M., et al, “Vitamin D and calcium supplementation
reduces cancer risk: results of a randomized trial,” Am. J. Clin.
Nutr. June 2007;85(6):1586-91
3 Tuohimaa, P., et al, “Does solar exposure, as indicated by the
non-melanoma skin cancers, protect from solid cancers: vitamin D as
a possible explanation,” Eur. J. Cancer July 2007;43(11):1701-12
4 Danielsson, C., et al, “Differential apoptotic response of
human melanoma cells to 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 and its
analogues,” Cell Death Differ. 1998; 5:946
5 Elwood, J.M., et al, “Cutaneous Melanoma in Relation to
Intermittent and Constant Sun Exposure – The Western Canada Melanoma
Study,” Int. J. Cancer 1985;35:427
6 Hanson, K., et al, “Sunscreen enhancement of UV-induced
reactive oxygen species in the skin,” Free Radical Biology &
7 Rhodes, Lesley E., et al, “Effect of eicosapentaenoic acid, an
omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, on UVR-related cancer risk in
humans,” Carcinogenesis March 2003; 24 (5): 919-925
prevent staph-infected meat Mon, 2011-04-18 21:41
Natural Foods Merchandiser
Byline: Pamela Bond
new study found that nearly a quarter of U.S. meat is infected with
antibiotic-resistant staph, causing a food fight over antibiotic use
in livestock production. But the solution is simple: organics.
Nearly half of meat and poultry—47 percent—sold at U.S. grocery
stores is infected with Staphylococcus aureusbacteria. And more than
half of those bacteria are resistant to three classes of
antibiotics, according to a new
To get these results, researchers collected and analyzed 136 samples
— covering 80 brands — of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26
retail grocery stores in five U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Chicago,
Fort Lauderdale, Flagstaff and Washington, D.C. Through DNA testing,
researchers found that the food animals were the major source of
“The fact that drug-resistant S. aureus was so prevalent,
and likely came from the food animals themselves, is troubling, and
demands attention to how antibiotics are used in food-animal
production today,” said Lance B. Price, PhD, senior author of the
study and Director of TGen’s Center for Food Microbiology and
Environmental Health, in a
Antibiotic use on food animals concerns health officials because
this practice is contributing to the rising number of
antibiotic-resistant strains of disease in humans. “Scientists have
found that the abuse of antibiotics—namely the sub-therapeutic use
of antibiotics to prevent illness when there is overcrowding, not
the treatment of an infection—has resulted in antibiotic-resistant
bacteria,” said Barbara Haumann, senior writer/editor for the
Organic Trade Association. “This means that antibiotics for use
in treating human illness are becoming less effective, and, in some
cases, totally ineffective. This is a serious issue.”
The Cambridge, Mass.-based
Union of Concerned Scientistshas said that agricultural use
accounts for 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S., and
this practice “provides resistant bacteria with a direct route into
people’s kitchens.” In December 2010, the U.S. Federal Drug
estimated that 29 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for
livestock use in 2009. In June 2010, the FDA released a policy
statement recommending that agricultural uses of antibiotics should
be limited to assuring animal health. According to the OTA,
conventional meat producers feed animals antibiotics “to compensate
for overcrowding and unsanitary conditions” and to promote weight
gain and feed efficiency.
The U.S. government routinely surveys retail meat and poultry for
four types of drug-resistant bacteria, but S. aureus is not
among them, reported the study authors. The types of health problems
linked to S. aureus range from mild skin infections to
life-threatening diseases, such as pneumonia and blood poisoning,
according to the
National Institutes of Health.
What to do at the farm
Some meat advocacy organizations criticized the small sample size
and the funding source for the study. The research was supported by
Charitable Trusts as part of
The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, which
is working to phase out theoveruse of the drugs in food animal
production. Also, the Washington, D.C.-based
American Meat Institute pointed out that “these bacteria are
destroyed through normal cooking procedures,” and, thus, aren’t
necessarily a health risk.
“They’re right,” said Charles Benbrook, PhD, chief scientist for the
The Organic Center. “Adequately cooking meat definitely reduces
the risk of contamination.” However, Benbrook noted that if people
aren’t careful about cleaning cutting boards or the containers in
which they store meat, a high-risk situation can result. “Let’s face
it, people are busy and aren’t as careful as they should be,"
Benbrook said. "Sometimes juices and blood get around the kitchen.
That’s where the risk is. That bacteria can hang around the fridge
and get picked up by raw foods.” Or, let’s say you touched raw meat
while making a meal and failed to thoroughly clean your hands. If
you then prepared your baby’s bottle, the bacteria could infect the
child. If this bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, any resulting
sickness could be untreatable.
long-term fix, according to Benbrook, begins on the farm. The first
step is to end the creation of new antibiotic-resistant genes on
livestock farms. “We know how to do this: Stop using sub-therapeutic
antibiotics on farms,” Benbrook said. To ensure that meat has been
produced without antibiotics, retailers and consumers can choose
products bearing the organic label, according to the OTA. These
certified organic operations are federally regulated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
The next step is to promote animal health and reduce stress, so the
animals’ immune systems can handle bacteria that are a normal part
of environment. “Conventional agriculture has gone overboard in
maximizing the speed of animal growth,” Benbrook said. “Sure, the
animals put on a lot of fat and grow fast, but they’re not healthy,
and they’re susceptible to bacteria. Whether conventional or
organic, farmers have to place a higher premium on healthy animal
And the last step is to prevent cross-contamination of meat at the
slaughterhouse, which can spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
What to do at the store
“Choosing foods bearing the organic label is the only way consumers
can be sure meats and dairy products they buy have been produced
without the use of antibiotics,” according to the
OTA’s position paper on the issue.
Beyond being free of antibiotics, Diana Crane, spokesperson for
PCC Natural Markets, said that “organic meats are
‘cleaner’—meaning free of harmful bacteria—than nonorganic meats.”
As evidence, she pointed to a 2010 study published by
Consumer Reports, which found that the store-brand
organic chickens the magazine tested never had salmonella.
PCC is a certified organic retailer that sells antibiotic-free,
organic beef and poultry, none of which come from CAFOs (confined
animal feeding operations)—a situation “that contributes to the need
for antibiotics and the spread of infection,” Crane said. The store
staff educate shoppers on PCC standards and practices related to raw
meat sourcing through the retailer’s website, monthly newspaper and
To take action on this issue, retailers and consumers can join PCC
and other groups in their support of the
Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (H.R. 1549/S.
619). If passed, the PAMTA would require the FDA to review
approvals for animal feed uses of seven classes of antibiotics that
are viewed as important to human medicine. Approvals could be
reversed for antibiotics the FDA finds are overused, resulting in
Helena Bottemiller | May 25, 2011
House lawmakers sparred over proposed cuts to the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration in an appropriations markup on Tuesday. A proposal
unveiled by House Republicans Monday seeks $285 million in cuts to
the FDA in Fiscal Year 2012, an 11.5 percent reduction from FY 2011,
just as the agency is working to implement a sweeping new food
Former chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Agriculture, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), told Republicans on the panel that
she believes their cuts, which were approved by the subcommittee in
a voice vote Tuesday, will roll back "years of progress on food
DeLauro, who called foodborne illness a "major" threat to public
health, challenged Republicans on the spending measure, adding that
she believes the proposal is "unacceptable."
"FDA is the cornerstone of our food safety system," said DeLauro
during markup, noting that she believes the agency has had "limited
funding and an outdated mandate."
"We passed the Food Safety Modernization Act to give the FDA better
tools and this proposal would undo all of that," she said. "We
should be strengthening our food safety system, not eviscerating
DeLauro cited a recent GAO report on imported seafood safety
oversight, which called FDA's
system limited and
called for more testing, as
the most recent example of why Congress should support strengthening
FDA's oversight of food products.
Rep. Jack Kingston
(R-GA), chair of the subcommittee, emphasized the austere budget
circumstances in which Congress is operating. It's "been tight for
all of us," he said. "We have tried our best to focus on waste and
Consumer and regulatory advocates blasted the proposal as a threat
to public health.
"FDA is a pre-eminent public health agency that assures that our
food supply is safe and that drugs, vaccines and medical devices are
safe and effective," said Christopher Waldrop, an Alliance for a
Stronger FDA board member and director of the Consumer Federation of
America's Food Policy Institute. "Multiple times every day,
Americans use products for which FDA has oversight responsibilities.
There is no back-up if the agency isn't there."
"FDA's job is much like national defense - -essential to our
nation's well-being --- and providing protection that is too often
taken for granted until a crisis occurs," said Richard Buckley, who
also serves on the board for the Allaince, and is VP of Federal
Government Affairs, at AstraZeneca. "Now is not the time to cut the
FDA, even with economic pressures to decrease the deficit. A strong
FDA is welcomed by the industries it oversees and spurs innovation
that drives our economy."
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Inversely Associated with Triglyceride
investigated the association of omega-3 serum levels and
triglyceride levels in Caucasian- American men, Japanese men, and
Japanese- American men. The results of the study revealed that
participants across all three groups with elevated concentrations of
EPA and DHA in blood cell membranes also had lower triglyceride
concentrations and blood lipid levels. The participants with
increased levels of omega-3s achieved these levels through dietary
and supplemental omega-3 fatty acid intake and the study was
appropriately adjusted for factors
including age, body mass index,
smoking history, and alcohol consumption. Since elevated levels of
triglycerides are associated with coronary heart disease, the study
also suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may have potential in
reducing overall mortality.
K.R., Curb, J.D., Kadowaki, T., El-Saed, A., Abbott, R.D., Okamura,
T., Evans, R.W., Nakamura, Y., Sutton-Tyrrell, K., Rodriquez, B.L.,
Kadota, A., Edmundowicz, D., Willcox, B.J., Choo, J., Katsumi, N.,
Otake, T., Kadowaki, S., Kuller, L.H., Ueshima, H., & Sekikawa, A.
(2009). Association of serum n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty
acids with lipids in three populations of middle-aged men.
Am J Clin
Oil Supplementation and Regular Exercise and its
Effect on CVD Risk Factors
Obesity trends in our country are
on the rise, and this excess weight is often associated with many
cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. This study aimed to
design an intervention that targeted these risk factors. Subjects
were instructed to use omega-3 supplements and regular aerobic
exercise, alone or in combination, for three months. After the
three-month trial, results were analyzed based on the effects each
treatment had on the individuals’ body composition and CVD risk
results of this study found that regular fish oil supplementation of
a moderate dose that was high in DHA improved many of the subjects’
risk factors including plasma triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and
flow mediated dilatation (which is a measure of the diameter of the
brachial artery). The results of the study also revealed that both
fish oil supplementation and regular exercise helped to reduce
overall body fat in test subjects.
Hill AM, Buckley JD,
Murphy KJ, & Howe PRC. Combining fish-oil supplements with regular
aerobic exercise improves body composition and cardiovascular
disease risk factors. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;8k5:1267-1274
Looks Great, Less Nutritious
vegetables was a lot better for you in the 1950's.
Veggies weren't as pretty then, but
they had a lot more vitamins and minerals
than their modern counterparts. Today's crops are bred for size and
USDA data shows
that compared to fifty years ago: Tomatoes have 58% less calcium,
46% less vitamin A, and almost a third less iron.
Carrots have 40% less iron.
Broccoli has less than half the
amount of vitamin A and calcium.
Vitamin E & C Reduced Inflammation after Knee Surgery
from the Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon conducted a clinical
trial to determine whether supplementation with vitamins E and C
prior to knee surgery of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) would
have an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation after ACL
surgery is known to increase muscle atrophy (wasting), and vitamins
E and C have been proven to exert anti-inflammatory effects.
patients scheduled for ACL surgery were instructed to consume 400 IU
of natural vitamin E and 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily, or placebo,
from two weeks prior up until 12 weeks after surgery (supplements
provided by Carlson Laboratories). Blood samples were
taken before supplementation and then again at various points after
surgery to compare inflammatory markers and vitamin concentrations
in active and placebo groups.
difference in blood IL-10 concentrations (IL-10 is an
anti-inflammatory cytokine that is produced by the body in response
to inflammation) was observed between the active and placebo groups
after surgery. Higher levels of IL-10 are indicative of more
severe oxidative stress. The vitamin E and C group experienced
a significantly small rise in IL-10 than the placebo group 90
minutes after surgery, suggesting that vitamins E and C had reduced
inflammation and decreased the body’s requirement for this natural
in IL-10 may theoretically result in a reduction in muscle loss in
the active group. An additional summary analyzing the data at
12 weeks post-surgery will be published at a later date to clarify
At the same
time a reduction in IL-10 levels was observed in the active group, a
significant drop in blood vitamin C levels was also witnessed.
The study authors propose that this drop in vitamin C reflects its
use as an anti-inflammatory mediator, thereby blunting the full
studies are warranted to better elucidate this anti-inflammatory
response of vitamins E and C after surgery.
Baker T, Leonard
SW, et al. Modulation of inflammation by vitamin E and C
supplementation prior to anterior cruciate ligament surgery.
Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 2009;46:599-606.
Toxic Chemical In Canned
You might want to reconsider that
can of soup. Peek inside any can and you'll notice a thin film that
separates your food from the metal. Most of these liners contain
bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that can leach into food. Not good,
very bad! The list of health problems researchers have tentatively
linked to the chemical: obesity, diabetes,
heart problems, and the list go on.
In 2009, the nonprofit
Consumers Union found BPA in over
90% of the canned foods it tested, including Progresso
Vegetable Soup, Annie's
Home Grown Organic Cheesy Ravioli,
Similac Advanced Infant Formula,
Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup and
many other popular products. This chemical does not belong in
our food. Shop For the Good of It for quality, non-toxic, safe and
regulators added stronger warnings to a group of best selling drugs
used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, saying they
can increase the risk of cancer in children and adolescents.
more than a year of review, Food and Drug Administration scientists
said the drugs appear to increase beyond 2 ½ years.
studied several dozen reports of cancer in children taking the
drugs, some of which were fatal. Half the cases were
lymphomas, a cancer that attacks the immune system.
The FDA will
bolster the “black box” warning on the five drugs sold in the U.S.,
including Abbott Laboratories Humira, Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade
and Simponi, and Enbrel, which is co-marketed by Amgen Inc. and
required for energy production and also functions as an antioxidant
in cell membranes and blood lipids. Statin therapy, often
prescribed for patients elevated cholesterol levels, can reduce CoQ10
production, and lower blood levels of CoQ10.
Statins inhibit the cholesterol-producing enzyme that also produces
CoQ10. People on statin therapy often take coenzyme
Q10 to maintain blood levels to support energy levels,
and to prevent muscular discomfort associated with statin use.
A recent study
suggests that CoQ10 may also improve cardiovascular
health by improving endothelial dysfunction in patients with type 2
diabetes on statin therapy. The endothelium lines the inside
surface of blood vessels and is involved in the regulation of blood
(relaxation) of a blood vessel in response to increased blood flow
is called flow mediated dilation (FMD), and this process is impaired
in endothelial dysfunction. Researchers gave statin-treated type 2
diabetes patients either 200mg of CoQ10 daily or placebo
for 12 weeks. These patients also had endothelial dysfunction.
The researchers measured flow mediated dilation (FMD) before and
after the treatment with CoQ10 or placebo. The
results showed an improved FMD score in patients given CoQ10.
The researcher concluded that “CoQ10 supplementation
improved endothelial dysfunction in statin-treated diabetic
patients, possibly by altering local vascular oxidative stress.”
Published: Monday, January
3, 2011 - 09:30 in
Health & Medicine
Did you know that when you pick up a product
promoted as trans fat free, you may still be ingesting a significant
amount of this potentially harmful substance? An article by Case
Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Eric Brandt,
published in the January/February 2011 issue of the American
Journal of Health Promotion, reveals that misleading labeling
practices can result in medically significant intake of harmful
trans fat, despite what you read on Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) approved labels. Indeed, consumers' inability to identify
high-risk foods may cause individuals to exceed the daily
recommended value of 1.11 grams of trans fat from processed foods
and lead to adverse long-term health side effects. Ingestion of
trans fat is a known public health concern. Top national health
organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services and American Heart Association, suggest trans fats be
ingested in limited quantities. However, current FDA labeling
protocol and policy prevents the public from accessing the true
amount of trans fat contained in their food products.
Current law requires that fat content of
greater than five grams be listed in one gram increments, less than
five grams be listed in .5 gram increments, and lower than .5 grams
as containing zero grams of fat. Meaning, if a product has .49 grams
of trans fat, the label can list the trans fat content as zero, thus
masking a significant amount of trans fat that can exceed
recommended limits and potentially lead to various adverse health
Trans fat consumption has been linked to
increased risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and sudden
cardiac death. Because the daily recommended amount of trans fat
from processed foods is only 1.11 grams, one would only need to
consume a few deceptively labeled trans fat foods to exceed the
healthy recommended intake. As few as three deceptively labeled
trans fat items would exceed the healthy recommended intake; for
example, consuming three serving sizes each with .49 grams of trans
fat, totaling 1.47 grams. Despite what seems to be a small amount of
trans fat to ingest, research shows that increasing daily trans fat
consumption from .9% to 2.1%, or from two grams to 4.67 grams, will
increase one's risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%.
In an effort to adhere to its mission and
responsibility in "helping the public get the accurate,
science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to
maintain and improve their health," Brandt recommends the FDA revise
its labeling protocol in order to prevent misleading the public
about the amount of trans fat they are consuming. He recommends the
FDA require food labels to report trans fat content in smaller
increments, enabling consumers to recognize significant levels of
trans fat in food products and allow one to properly manage their
consumption. The suggested change will increase awareness of
accurate food trans fat content, empower informed food choices, and
improve public health outcomes.
BIGGEST EGG SELLER
RECALLS EGGS AFTER SALMONELLA FOUND
By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer 11/9/10
WASHINGTON — Evidence of salmonella has been found at an Ohio egg
farm that's received financing from the owner of an Iowa egg farm
that was behind a massive recall earlier this year.
(CALM), the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor, said it
is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier
Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.
No illnesses have been reported. According to Cal-Maine Foods, the
Ohio Fresh eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers
in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
The eggs were sold under the following labels:
• Sunny Meadow,
• Springfield Grocer,
• Sun Valley,
• James Farm.
UPC codes and more info on recalled products
In a statement from company officials, Ohio Fresh Eggs said the farm
had held back eggs from the Croton, Ohio, barn where the salmonella
was found. However, through discussions with the FDA, the company
discovered that some eggs from that barn were mistakenly sent to a
"Ohio Fresh Eggs sincerely regrets the error made on our farm, and
we apologize to our customer and to consumers who may have purchased
the eggs," the officials said. "We are redoubling our efforts to
ensure thorough and ongoing training of our workers so that this
situation is not repeated."
Cal-Maine Foods said the FDA told them about the positive sample.
Earlier this year, salmonella was found on two Iowa egg farms,
Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The two companies recalled
550 million eggs in August when the products were linked to as many
as 1,600 illnesses.
Austin "Jack" DeCoster owns Wright County Egg and has lent money to
Ohio Fresh Eggs.
Ohio officials said DeCoster hid behind other farmers to get permits
for the company in 2004. The permits listed two men who had put up
just $10,000 apiece while DeCoster had pumped $126 million into the
four farms, according to testimony in an administrative proceeding
there. At the time, DeCoster had already been labeled a "habitual
violator" of environmental laws in Iowa.
Ohio officials yanked the permits after learning about that, but an
environmental appeals panel overturned that decision.
DeCoster has often tangled with the government. He has paid millions
of dollars in state and federal fines over at least two decades for
health, safety, immigration and environmental violations at his
Tea: Possible Treatment for Mild
(Excessive Hair Growth on the Human Body)
Research performed at the
Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta,
Turkey, shows that drinking spearmint tea(Mentha spicata
Labiatae) may reduce the level of androgen's in women with
hirsutism. Anti-androgenic effects of spearmint and peppermint have
been previously observed in animal studies. Female subjects, 12 with
poly-cystic ovary syndrome and nine with idiopathic hirsutism, drank
the herbal tea
(one cup of
boiling water over five grams of dried spearmint
leaves, steeped for five to 10 minutes) for
five days twice a day, in
of their menstrual cycles. After treatment with spearmint teas,
there was a significant decrease in free testosterone, with an
luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormones, and estradiol. There
were no significant decreases in total testosterone or
dehydroepiand-rostenedione sulphate (DHEAS) concentrations. More
studies are needed to confirm these findings. (Phytotherapy
Research, published online: February 20, 2007; DOI:
Basics...Three Simple Tips for Healthier, Happier Kids
Bring Back Breakfast
foods such as whole
grains, fresh fruit and steel-cut
oats, as well as lean protein gives kids the fuel they need
to start their day and stay energized. Studies show that
children who eat breakfast perform better in school and are less
likely to have behavioral problems.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Research shows that children who don’t get enough sleep are more
likely to have difficulty concentrating in the classroom, and
lack of sleep can also contribute to
irritability and behavioral problems. Most experts agree that
school-age kids should get at least 9 to 12 hours of sleep every
A healthy body begins with good
so it’s important that kids get the
they need to digest their food properly and eliminate waste
effectively and efficiently. Daily supplementation with fiber,
probiotics and digestive enzymes can
help kids get the nutritional support they need for better digestion
and overall health.
D Tied to Parkinson's Disease
People with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to develop
Parkinson’s disease ... and metabolic syndrome, which predicts
diabetes and cardiovascular disease
by Craig Weatherby
Vitamin D continues a run of positive research … a string of
successes attributable to its unique, hormone-like nature and
long-overlooked role in sustaining many vital bodily functions.
The results of two new studies add weight to researchers’ urgent
calls to raise the recommended daily allowances for vitamin D.
First, a diet-health population study from the Netherlands supports
prior indications that vitamin D helps deter key players in the
cluster of six unhealthful blood fat, body fat, sugar control, and
other signs called "metabolic syndrome" or MetS.
The Dutch team found that the people with the lowest vitamin D
levels were 40 percent more likely to develop MetS, which
raises the risk of developing diabetes and/or cardiovascular
Second, a population study from Finland found that the
participants with the lowest levels of vitamin D were three times as
likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Conversely, the Finnish volunteers with the highest vitamin D
blood levels were two-thirds (67 percent) less likely to develop the
The current US RDA for people from infancy through age 50 is only
200 IU, and a skimpy 400 IU for people aged 51 to 70.
Even with sun exposure considered “adequate” for internal
manufacture of vitamin D – which often proves inadequate – these
dietary amounts are proven unable to raise blood levels into the
range associated with optimal health (80-120 nmol/L or 35-48
Most researchers call for the RDA to be raised to at least 1,000 IU
and many recommend an adult RDA of 2,000 IU or more.
Let’s take a quick look at both studies.
High vitamin D levels
linked to lower Parkinson’s risk
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative condition that impairs
movement and balance and afflicts more than one million Americans
annually … a figure expected to rise as the baby boom generation
The disease affects nerve cells in several parts of the brain,
particularly those that use the chemical messenger dopamine to
epidemiological (diet-health) study by researchers from Helsinki,
Finland was the first to look for associations between people’s
vitamin D levels and their risk for developing Parkinson’s disease
(Knekt P et al. 2010).
The Finnish team employed blood tests to confirm people’s vitamin D
levels in 3,173 Finnish men and women aged between 50 and 79.
Over an unusually lengthy 29 year study period, the researchers
documented 50 cases of Parkinson's disease, and found that the
participants with the lowest levels of vitamin D were three times
more likely to develop Parkinson’s, compared to those with the
Why would vitamin D deter the brain disease?
know that cells in the part of the brain affected most by
Parkinson's, called the substantia nigra, have unusually high
numbers of vitamin D receptors, which suggests vitamin D may be
important for normal functions of these cells.
The authors suggested that vitamin D may also deter Parkinson’s
through its antioxidant activities and its role in regulation of
calcium levels, detoxification, modulation of the immune system, and
enhanced conduction of electricity through neurons (brain cells).
The Finnish team said their results need to be confirmed in larger
studies, because of
the small number of Parkinson’s cases versus the number of people in
the study, and the possibility that other, unknown factors
associated with having high vitamin D levels might be responsible
for the link.
an accompanying editorial, Marian Evatt, MD, MS, from Atlanta’s
Emory University described the study as, “… the first promising
human data to suggest that inadequate vitamin D status is associated
with the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.” (Evatt ML
Low vitamin D levels
linked to metabolic syndrome in seniors
Dutch researchers presented encouraging findings about vitamin D and
the risk of metabolic syndrome at The Endocrine Society’s 92nd
Annual Meeting in San Diego (Oosterwerff MM et al. 2010).
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a condition characterized by abdominal
obesity, hypertension, and abnormal glucose and insulin metabolism.
MetS has been linked to increased risks of both type-2 diabetes and
The study involved 1,289 white Dutch men and women aged 65 and
Almost half were vitamin D deficient, and about 37 percent had the
cluster of physical signs called metabolic syndrome.
After they drew blood samples from the volunteers, the team’s
analysis showed that those with the lowest vitamin D levels were
40 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome (MetS).
People with blood levels of vitamin D lower than 50 nanomoles per
liter (nmol/L) were likelier to have the metabolic syndrome than
those whose vitamin D levels exceeded 50 nmol/L.
Most researchers consider blood levels below 50 nmol/L
“insufficient”. Note: There are two common measures of vitamin D
status: 50 nmol/L is the same as 20 nanograms per liter (ng/mL).
differences in risk were found between men and women.
The study supports previous findings, including a report last year,
showing that about 40 percent of elderly Chinese people with MetS
had insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D. (See “Vitamin D
Seen to Stall Pre-Diabetic Syndrome” and “Vitamin D Clinical Trial
Detects Anti-Diabetes Benefits”.)
Other research indicates that links between vitamin D levels and
risk of metabolic syndrome are scientifically plausible.
Vitamin D deficiency has previously been linked to impaired insulin
secretion in animals and humans, and has also been linked to insulin
resistance in healthy people.
And another study present at the 2010 Endocrine Society meeting
links higher vitamin D levels to higher (healthier) levels of
insulin sensitivity … decreases in which precede and predict
development of diabetes (Alvarez JA et al 2010).
addition to a potential link to an increased risk of MetS, vitamin D
deficiency may promote or exacerbate osteopenia, osteoporosis,
muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases,
infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases.
There is also some evidence that high levels of the vitamin may
reduce the risk of type-1 diabetes and several types of cancer.
Alvarez JA et al. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Is an Independent
Determinant of Whole-Body Insulin Sensitivity. P1-169. Endocrine
Society 92nd Annual Meeting, San Diego. Accessed at
Evatt ML. Beyond vitamin status: is there a role for vitamin d
in Parkinson disease? Arch Neurol. 2010 Jul;67(7):795-7.
Knekt P, Kilkkinen A, Rissanen H, Marniemi J, Sääksjärvi K,
Heliövaara M. Serum vitamin d and the risk of Parkinson disease.
Arch Neurol. 2010 Jul;67(7):808-11.
Oosterwerff MM et al. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and the
Metabolic Syndrome: A Population-Based Study. P1-168. Endocrine
Society 92nd Annual Meeting, San Diego. Accessed at
Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softners Contain Toxic Chemicals
Dryer sheets and fabric softeners are not only costly, but they are
incredibly harmful to your health and they contribute to ozone
depletion. These laundry products are the number 2 consumer
complaint behind perfumes. This is a list of the chemicals
contained in dryer sheets and fabric softeners: Alpha-Terpineol,
Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Camphor, Chloroform, Ethyl Acetate,
Limonene, Linalool and Pentane. Some of these chemicals appear on
the EPA’s hazardous waste list. Liquid fabric softeners additionally
may contain Formaldehyde.
(Listed at the end of the article is information regarding the
dangers of these chemicals.)
People and pets are exposed to these chemicals by breathing the
aromatic molecules in the air near the clothes or by absorbing them
through the skin via direct contact with the clothes – clothing
will retain some of the fabric softener/dryer sheet molecules
indefinitely! The warmth and moisture of the body dissolves
these chemicals and like a sponge the skin absorbs them and takes
them directly into the blood stream. These products were
designed to stay on clothing for a long period of time and slowly
release their chemicals throughout the day which leads to prolonged
Chronic exposure to these chemicals usually takes years and the
effects are often subtle and emerge slowly. These chemicals used in
fragrant products can induce a narcotic effect in humans, while
enticing a craving for more. Some of the symptoms include
headaches, nausea, fatigue, difficulty breathing, skin irritation,
difficulty concentrating and remembering, cancer, dermatitis,
irritation to the mucous membranes and respiratory tract, liver
damage, numbness in the face and blurred vision. There are
numerous cases of SIDS associated with the use of fabric softeners
and dryer sheets.
In addition, various toxic chemicals are being emitted in the air
through the dryer vent, contributing to the pollution and ozone
depletion. Some of these volatile chemicals will linger in the
air for hours and pollute the air for blocks from the site of the
Fabric softeners leave an oil coating on clothing, which don’t
really leave them softer
fluffy. This oil builds up on the fibers and takes the
absorbency out (oil repels water). Dryer sheets and fabric
softeners actually water proof clothing.
Furthermore, fabric softeners and dryer sheets were created for
synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics, when heated in a dryer,
or for that matter, heated by our bodies, will emit an unfavorable
smell, hence the development of these products. These products were
designed strictly to mask these odors!
Reconsider the use of these products; there are safe alternatives
available at your neighborhood Natural Food store or contact For the
Good of It for more info.
1,4-dichlorobenzene and Para-dichlorobenzene, 1,4-Dioxane know
chemicals that penetrates the skin. Look at the ingredients of
your moisturizers and other body lotions.
2-bromo-2nitropropone-1,3-diol or Bronopol used as preservative
forms carcinogenic nitrosamines in cosmetics, shampoo, lotions and
even baby products. 2-Butoxy-1-Ethanol or butyl cellosolve are in
most aerosol propellants. Alkyl Phenoxy, Polyethoxy, Ethanol
or phenol is a natural pesticide and in everything. Read your
labels on every bottle or propellant you have in your home.
Ammonia and ammonium chloride, ammonium hydroxide, benzalkonium
chloride and quaternary ammonium compounds irritate skin, eyes and
breathing passages and cause skin cancer. Take a look at your
stff under the sink in the bathroom! The EPA lists ammonia as
a toxic chemical so why is it in a wide range of household cleaning
products including glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners,
disinfectants and more. Watch out for Ammonium Chloride,
Ammonium Hydroxide, Amyl Acetate from banana oil, pear oil that
irritate skin and affect the brain cells’. Neurotoxins cause
central nervous system and depression. It’s in your furniture
polish; nail finishes, nail polish remover and perfume.
Benzalkonium Chloride is used as a disinfectant in hand soaps,
dishwashing detergents, disinfectants and cleaners. Benzenel
kills off your mucus membranes, poisons you if you swallow some and
the fumes are toxic. The EPA and OSHA admit it’s threat to the
public health but oven cleaners, detergents, furniture polish, spot
removers, nail polish remover all have this..
As for the dryer, fabric softeners leave a sticky residue on all the
components such as the moisture sensors and drum of the dryer.
This residue is very flammable, which is why on the back of some
fabric softeners it’s written not to use on towels, terry cloth or
fleece. And by the way fabric softeners take the fire
retardant out of baby’s clothes.
Overtime, after using dryer sheets, this waxy film can actually
encase the mesh of your lint filter, causing your dryer to overwork
and eventually burn out the heating element. The number one
cause of house fires is from the dryer.
OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN
DRYER SHEETS AND FABRIC SOFTENERS
Research for Blood Sugar Support
Chromium are probably the most extensively researched nutrients for
blood sugar support. Here’s just a sampling of some of that
double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial on Biotin showed that it
sparked two specific glucose-metabolizing enzymes - called ACC and
PC – into action.
study done in Japan showed that, in experimental animals, Biotin
improves the body’s ability to use glucose, without affecting
research done over 50 years ago, scientists discovered that Chromium
could actually reverse impaired glucose metabolism. In
addition, both of these nutrients are crucial for burning protein,
carbs, and fat. They help you burn off what you eat, instead
of storing it throughout the body, on your hips, thighs, and
Say goodbye to
the 2 o’clock slumps and caffeine and junk fixes.
An Ohio State University entomologist
affiliated with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development
Center has recommended a new, innovative and chemical free variety
of pest control, in the form of beneficial nematodes. The
microscopic pest-killing nematodes aim to execute the same functions
as traditional chemical pesticides, but minus the potential
hazardous pollution. According to the scientist, nematodes also
promise to be animal, human, and environmentally friendly.
The nematode first tracks down an
insect, invades its body, releases bacteria, and it is dead within
48 hours. The nematode eats the bacteria and insect to mature into
an adult to reproduce hundreds of thousands of nematodes looking for
a new bug. "So their life cycle continues by finding newer insects,"
Dr. Grewal says.
They are already
part of the ecosystem and are natural -- and they don't pose harm to
people and wildlife. So, it's cheaper in the long term. "We cannot
keep producing chemical pesticides," Dr. Grewal says. Biocontrol
agents are becoming more popular as both the public and regulators
recognize the environmental and human health risks associated with
chemical pesticides. Nematodes can be used with standard sprayers,
and could even be shipped to you at home -- collected in a sponge.
Pest-killing nematodes are tiny
roundworms that can be applied through sprayers or irrigation
systems to do the same job as chemical pesticides -- minus the
potential pollution. Unlike parasitic nematodes, which cause disease
in plants, animals and humans, beneficial nematodes are used to
costly insect and slug pests in
vegetables, turf grass, citrus, strawberry, cranberry and ornamental
crops. They have also shown promise against fleas, ticks and lice.
For instance, citrus growers in Florida rely on the microscopic
worms to combat the root-feeding citrus weevil.
Nematodes eat grubs and rid lawns and
groves of other common insect pests, such as black vine weevils,
beetles, leas, and cutworm, by releasing a bacterium that kills the
pest. Nematodes are best applied when soil conditions are wet --
right after it rains, for instance -- with a soil temperature of at
least 60 degrees F. They should be applied late in the day, or when
it is cool and overcast, since exposure to ultraviolet light will
kill them. Nematodes are non-toxic, and start becoming effective
within 72 hours of being released into the soil.
There are more than 15,000 known
species of nematodes, and a single handful of garden soil may
contain thousands of the creatures. They can lay more than 200,000
eggs in a single day. The nematode has an unusual skin that secretes
a thick outer shell -- called a cuticle -- that is tough yet
flexible, and is shed four times in the nematode's lifetime before
it reaches adulthood. The head has a few tiny sense organs and a
mouth so food can be pulled into the throat and crushed. Because
they have no discrete circulatory or respiratory system, they are
vulnerable to environmental conditions. Many nematodes can exist in
a state of suspended animation (called cryptobiosis) in order to
survive extreme conditions, such as dryness, heat or cold, returning
to life when the environment becomes more favorable.
Says JAMA Study on Ginkgo Biloba Effects on Rate of Cognitive Decline
‘Still Misses the Boat’
population should have been one situated closer to the onset of
A study released on
Tuesday in the December 23/30 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the
American Medical Association stated that adults who used the herbal
supplement Ginkgo biloba for several years did not have a
slower rate of cognitive decline compared to adults who received
placebo. The researchers analyzed results from the 2009 Ginkgo
Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study to determine as a secondary outcome
if G. biloba slowed the rate of cognitive decline in older
adults who had normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
at the beginning of the study.
The Natural Products
Association has previously issued comments on the GEM study, which
was originally released in November of 2008, questioned
the benefits of Ginkgo biloba on preventing dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease (AD), saying the study “missed
the boat entirely” because
the universe of people studied was too limited to make broad
statements about the benefits of the popular dietary supplement:
[New JAMA Study on Ginkgo Biloba and Alzheimer’s Misses the
Boat Entirely; NPA Member Update, November 18, 2008].
“As we stated in our
comments regarding the GEM study last year, the boat has left the
dock and this study isn’t on it,” said Daniel Fabricant, PhD., vice
president for scientific and regulatory affairs at the natural
Products Association. “When one considers that age-related
cognitive decline may initiate in healthy adults as early as their
30s, it would seem that if the authors were indeed serious about
investing prevention as a secondary outcome, they would have
selected a population that was situated closer to the onset of
cognitive decline instead of one where its effects most likely have
already taken hold.”
Keep This in Mind
When Buying Gifts
For some years,
scientists have known that both bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates,
two chemicals frequently found in a variety of consumer products,
can mimic human hormones and disrupt the endocrine system.
is a basic building block of polycarbonate plastics. In the
bloodstream and body tissues, BPA mimics the hormone estrogen.
Low levels of BPA, including those well below the current regulatory
safety threshold, have been shown to affect prostate development,
promote prostate tumors, affect breast tissue development and sperm
counts, and possibly even create and enlarge fat cells.
Scientists have also linked BPA exposure to premature puberty,
attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, miscarriage, and birth
defects like Down Syndrome.
For their part,
phthalates are a group of industrial compounds widely used in common
products. About 7.6 billion pounds are produced throughout the world
each year. The largest use of these chemicals is as a
plasticizer in polyvinyl chloride and other soft plastic to keep
them flexible. Without the addition of phthalate plasticizers,
these materials would be fairly stiff and difficult to use for their
used in food and
soda can linings, toys, and dental sealants. The molecular
bonds that bind this chemical to its host material weaken over time,
especially (though not exclusively) when those materials are exposed
to heat, washing, or acidic materials like certain foods. As a
result, BPA is able to easily leach out of products that contain it
and enter the bodies of people that some into contact with those
products. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has detected
BPA in 95% of the people it tested.
Phthalates are also
used as solvents that help keep other ingredients in a chemical
formula dissolved and dispersed throughout the product. Their
oily texture helps lubricate other materials; and this ability to
keep a chemical product evenly mixed makes phthalates an ideal
additive in things like cosmetics, personal care products, perfumes,
inks, and insect repellents, among many others. Phthalates are
also used in things like lotions to help them penetrate and soften
skin. In fact, these chemicals are now used in so many products and
in so many places that they’ve even begun to appear as contaminants
in products that don’t purposefully contain them.
phthalates are easily volatized. This means that they are
readily able to leave the product they’re used in and enter the air.
Garlic vs. statin, aspirin and placebo study
Summary of Budff’s New Clinical
Design: placebo-controlled, double
blind, randomized trial
Formula: 2 capsules of Kyolic 108,
each capsule contains AGE (500 mg),
Vitamin B-12 (200 mcg), Folic Acid (400 mcg), Vitamin B6 (25 mg)
And L-Arginine (200mg)
Subjects: All 58 patients treated
with statin and aspirin-but only half of the
patients treated with Kyolic 108-the other half were treated with
aspirin and placebo.
Duration: 1 year
Results shown significantly
Inhibition of coronary
placebo + statin and aspirin 10%
3 ½ x
Vs baseline (placebo: 2.5%q)
statin & aspirin
Vs baseline (placebo: 3.0%p)
statin & aspirin
Vs baseline (placebo: 5.9%p)
statin & aspirin
Vs baseline (placebo: 3.5%q)
statin & aspirin
The Study on
Kyolic was so impressive that Dr. Budooff was invited to the largest
cardiovascular convention in Munich, Germany. As the good Dr.
says, “Taking Kyolic may save your life”—
P.S. -- No
Side effects with those taking Kyolic – just side benefits . . .
Schedule of Dr. Budoff’s 2nd Clinical Study using Kyolic
Experimental Biology (EB 2008) San Diego,
CA, April 9, 2008
Heart Association Meeting’s on : Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis &
Vascular Biology 2008, Atlanta,
Ga April 16-18 2008
Quality of Care and Outcome Research in Cardiovascular Diseases &
Stroke Conference 2008, Baltimore,
MD, April 30-May 2, 2008
Study: Folic Acid Reduces Heart Attack, Stroke…
study published in the British Medical Journal provides
further evidence that lowering levels of the amino acid homocysteine
can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And, since
the B vitamin folic acid has been shown to reduce homocysteine
levels, “Increasing intake of folic acid would be a relatively cheap
and simple way of reducing heart disease,” according to researchers.
The researchers analyzed a variety of previously published studies
and concluded that homocysteine as
cause of cardiovascular disease “explains the observations
from all the different types of study” and that “no single
alternative explanation can account for all the observations. Since
folic acid reduces homocysteine concentrations…it follows that
increasing folic acid consumption will reduce the risk of heart
attack and stroke by an amount related to the homocysteine reduction
Reduced in Wheat Crops…
According to a
recent report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry,
researchers at the University of Reading in the U.K. found that
wheat grown in fields low on sulfer had much higher
concentrations of asparagines – an amino acid that, along with
sugars, forms acrylamide during cooking. Acrylamide, a chemical
linked to cancer and other possible ill effects, naturally occurs
baking or frying process of starchy foods. Since being identified in
2002, scientists have tried to find ways to reduce or eliminate the
amount of Acrylamide in foods without losing the appealing flavor
that comes from browning. Researchers speculate that ensuring that
crops have plenty of sulfur could reduce acrylamide in foods without
changing the flavor.
Extract May Fight Diabetes...
Supplementing daily with an extract from citrus peel may help ward
off diabetes in humans, suggests an animal study.
Polymethoxylated flavones(PMFs), extracted from citrus peel, have
been reported to help reduce cholesterol levels, but researchers
conducting this study claim it's the first to look in detail at the
benefits and report the positive effects on inflammation. For
the study, published in the journal Life Sciences (2006, vol. 79, no
4: 365-373), 28 hamsters on a
fructose-rich diet (which induced
hyperglyceridimia and insulin resistance) were divided into four
groups and fed one of four diets: chow; a control fructose diet;
fructose plus low-dose PMFs (62.5 milligrams per kilograms body
weight per day); or fructose plus high-dose PMFs (125 milligrams per
kilograms body weight per day). After four weeks on these
diets, both PMF groups showed a significant decrease in serum
triglycerides and cholesterol levels compared to the fructose-fed