Archive for February, 2009

Forget the Face Lift

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Try Essential Fatty Acids—Edible Beauty! Two omega fatty acids, omega-3 found in fish oil and omega-6 found in evening  primrose oil and borage oil, are a great defense for your skin and hair. Dr. Keri Marshall makes this recommendation: “For dry and aging skin, particularly in winter, I always recommend a teaspoon of Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil. It is a superior oil that also has naturally occurring vitamins A and D, two important antioxidants for skin health.” Author of The Truth About Beauty, expert, Kat James, offers this advice: “Because hair follicles are considered appendages of the skin, most researchers and practitioners believe that many essential fatty acid (EFA) benefits extend to the hair, contributing to a shinier, healthier, more lubricated hair. I certainly have experienced this effect in my own transformation, witnessing my hair transition from brittle and puffy to silky and smooth, within months of beginning EFA supplementation.”

From: Nordic News, Vol. VII Omega Resolutions,nordicnaturals.com

What do you know about bacteria?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Bacteria grow in a wide variety of habitats and conditions. Pathogenic bacteria are notorious for such diseases as cholera, tuberculosis, and gonorrhea, but are a very small fraction of bacteria. Bacteria are found almost everywhere from the tops of mountains to the deepest oceans.

But there is a wide range of what we call good bacteria and bad bacteria. Some bacteria cause food poisoning. Other bacteria are needed for life itself.

The cycling of nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur, both inside our bodies and out, is completed by their ceaseless labor.

Bacteria consist of only a single cell, but they are amazingly complex. Bacteria and their microbial cousins the archaea were believed to be the earliest forms of life on earth more than 3 billion years ago. They have helped shape our planet and support life forms by developing photosynthesis. They produce the energy for our bodies.

Few people know that many bacteria not only coexist with us all the time, but help us do amazing things like make vitamins, break down some garbage and even maintain our atmosphere.

For more on the subject just google “bacteria”

Tea Lowers Risk of Strokes

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I have written about tea before and now this new study has me even more intrigued as this study says that drinking three or more cups of green or black tea may reduce the risk of stroke by 21 percent. This study from UCLA says the more tea you drink the better your chances are of not having a stroke. The analysis was of nine studies involving 4,378 strokes among 194,965 individuals.

“What we saw was that there was a consistency of effect of appreciable magnitude,” said lead author Lenore Arab. “By drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of stroke was reduced by 21 per cent. It didn’t matter if it was green or black tea.”

The study was funded by the Unilever Lipton Institute of Tea.

While green tea contains between 30 and 40 percent of water-extractable polyphenols, black tea (tea oxidized by fermentation) contains between 3 and 10 percent.

The beneficial effects were limited to tea made from the plant Camellia sinensis, while herbal teas provided no benefit.

For the complete article: www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Health; Stephen Daniells, Feb. 24, 2009

A False Hope? Learn the Facts

Friday, February 20th, 2009

I found this article quite interesting. You can read the whole article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/health/17well.html?_r=2&ref=science
New York Times, February 17, 2009
Vitamin Pills: A False Hope? By TARA PARKER-POPE

“Ever since the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Linus Pauling first promoted “megadoses” of essential nutrients 40 years ago, Americans have been devoted to their vitamins. Today about half of all adults use some form of dietary supplement, at a cost of $23 billion a year.

But are vitamins worth it? In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.”

They did a number of studies of over 200,000 men and women. In the article it said that a well-balanced diet “typically provides an adequate level of these nutrients, and today many popular foods are fortified with extra vitamins and minerals.” What they didn’t tell you was that farm raised salmon typically doesn’t have much omega-3 because they are fed corn and soy. Wild salmon eat smaller fish which have fed on algae and are rich in omega-3.

Another question is: How many men and women in these studies are following the popular low fat-high carb food regimen that has been popular the last 50 years?

How many are on statin drugs which not only lowers cholesterol but also weakens muscles, including the heart? Statin drugs also lowers CoQ10 which ever cell in the body needs because CoQ10 supplies the energy to the body.

How many people are taking omega-3 which does a better job than statin drugs in lowering cholesterol? That $23 billion mentioned above on vitamins is less than the pharmaceutical companies are making on the statin drugs. And the vitamins are not doing the harm that statin drugs do.

How many people are loading up with foods saturated with hydrogenated oils? It’s hard for me to find any processed food that isn’t loaded with hydrogenated oils. And I’m looking. How many people just pull some food off the shelf and don’t look at the label?

How many people are using butter and lard instead of Crisco (a hydrogenated oil)?
When you’re taking poison into your system by way of hydrogenated oils vitamin pills are at a loss for doing their job.

How many people are using pure coconut oil that is not contaminated? Much of the coconut oil we find has been dried in the sun and then chemically processed to take out the impurities. Pure coconut oil doesn’t need this contamination process.

In these studies of over 200,000 men and women how many were eating healthy? Other studies tell us that most people do not eat healthy, they fill up on hydrogenated oils in their food, like margarine, vegetable oils processed by hydrogenation, and French fries (loaded with 40% hydrogenated oil – the high heat also contaminates food)?

My take on this: If you want a true test of vitamins, ignore what the government says about the daily recommended amount of vitamins. This was basically set in World War II to keep young soldiers alive. Go back to butter, lard, and eat plenty of green vegetables. Most of what the average American eats lead to obesity, type-2 diabetes, inflammation of the arteries, and poor health. Just look around you.

For more on this just peruse my blog on eating.

To Your Health and Wellness.

Nordic Naturals is the Leader in Omega-3 Fish Oils

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

With a strong corporate commitment to education and research, Nordic Naturals announced on Februry 11, 2009, their partnership with the American Pregnancy Association, which includes their endorsement of Nordic Naturals as “the official omega-3” of their organization. Also known as APA, the American Pregnancy Association is the leading non-profit in the United States that is committed to promoting reproductive and pregancy wellness through education, research, advocacy and community awareness.

According to Joar Opheim, CEO of Nordic Naturals, “We are convinced that our collaborataive undertaking with APA will bring about increased education for women on the special role that omega fatty acids play in a new mother’s health along with the health of her baby. Current studies consisently show that women of childbirth age in this country and Canada consume far too little of these essential nutrients in their diet.”

Scientific research confirms the importance of essential fatty acids for prenatal, maternal and neonatal health. DHA comprises about 30% of the fatty tissue in the brain and is essential for proper development of the brain, eyes, nerves and immune system. International nutrition organizations have concluded that pregnant and nursing women need a minimum of 300 mg DHA each day to ensure healthy development of the child within, as well as to support mom’s physical and mental health pre and post-delivery.

Nordic Naturals offers products specifically for pregnant women, as well as omega supplements for the entire family. All formulas are delivered in their natural, highly absorbabla triglyceride form and are third party tested, surpassing all international standards for purity and freshness.

Nordic Naturals is the leader in omega-3 fish oils and EFA blends with exceptional taste, freshness, and pruity levels. The company has over 150 different fish oil products, including liquids, soft gels, and children’s chewable.

For more information, see www.americanpregancy.org; www.omega-research.com; or see www.nordicnaturals.com

The Minerals, Cholride, Sodium, and Sulphur

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Chloride
Chloride is a chemical the human body needs for metabolism (the process of turning food into energy). It also helps keep the body’s acid-base balance. The amount of chloride in the blood is carefully controlled by the kidneys.

Sodium
The American Heart Association says that healthy American adults should eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. This is about 1 teaspoon of sodium chloride (salt). A teaspoon of baking soda is 1,000 mg.
Table salt is sodium chloride and it’s about 40 percent sodium by weight. Many packaged foods are very high in salt. The word “soda” refers to sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. Some drugs have high amounts of sodium.
You can reduce the sodium in your diet by choosing fresh, frozen or canned items without added salts.Cut out chips an pretzels. Use unsalted broths or soups. Spices and herbs can be substituted to enhance the taste of your food.
Sea salt is obtained by the evaporation of seawater and is said to be the better choice for eating.

Sulphur
Sulfur is essential to life. It is a minor constituent of fats, body fluids, and skeletal minerals.
Sulphur is found in meteorites, volcanoes, hot springs, and as galena, gypsum, Epsom salts, and barite. It is recovered commercially from “salt domes” along the Gulf Coast of the USA.
Sulphur is a pale yellow, odourless, brittle solid, which is insoluble in water but soluble in carbon disulphide. Sulphur is essential to life. It is a minor constituent of fats, body fluids, and skeletal minerals.

Potassium

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Potassium is used to conduct nerve impulses along with other electrolytes. It also initiates muscle contraction and regulates the heart beat and blood pressure. Potassium regulates the amount of fluid inside your cells and sodium regulates the amount outside, so the two work together to balance fluid levels in the body. Potassium also allows the body to convert blood sugar into glycogen that’s held in reserve by the muscles and liver.
People who get plenty of potassium have lower blood pressure according to many studies. In one study a group of people with hypertension who ate 1 serving of food high in potassium every day reduced their risk of stroke by 40 percent.
Experts say that 2,000 to 3,000 mg a day is a good goal. People with high blood pressure need to get more.
Sources of potassium are fresh fruits and vegetables, like bananas, oranges and orange juice, potatoes, meats, poultry, milk and yogurt.

Why do some say that coconut oil is bad for you? (1)

Monday, February 9th, 2009

“Tropical oils were very popular in the US food industry prior to World War II. The US is the largest exporter of soybeans. The well oiled marketing machinery funded by the soy bean and corn industry and supported by the American Heart Association was committed to change the American Diet, calling among others, for the substitution of saturated fats for polyunsaturates. The Prudent Diet, as it was called, left a legacy which still haunts us today. 40 years on, this conceptual change in the eating habits of Americans has negatively influenced and changed the dietary regimes of societies all around the world that were initially not even affected by America’s particular meat, potato and milk diet. So determined was the pursuit of the American industries in converting their claims into magnificent billboards of health and wealth that even small island nations in the South Pacific were converted by this powerful marketing machine to change centuries of dietary traditions of tropical oils to importing polyunsaturated fats. Today heart disease is still on the increase and obesity, linked to the “new” American diet, is a major social problem worldwide that has governments worried about the health care cost of future generations. The U.K. and Australia unfortunately, are racing to catch up to their allies with a large percentage of the population being defined as overweight.

“Studies were done to show that coconut oil, and all saturated fats, were bad for one’s health because they raised serum cholesterol levels. However, these studies were done on hydrogenated coconut oil, and all hydrogenated oils produce higher serum cholesterol levels, whether they are saturated or not. Recent research shows that it is the presence of trans fatty acids that causes health problems, as they are fatty acid chains that have been altered from their original form in nature by the oil refining process.

“Although many studies at the time had also shown research to the contrary, the mud stuck and by the mid 60’s the reputation of all saturated oils in America had been destroyed. This reputation later extended to the rest of the western world.”

1. www.coconut-connections.com/healthiest_oil.htm

What Is Homocysteine?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood. Epidemiological studies have shown that too much homocysteine in the blood (plasma) is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

Other evidence suggests that homocysteine may have an effect on atherosclerosis by damaging the inner lining of arteries and promoting blood clots. However, a direct causal link hasn’t been established.

Plasma homocysteine levels are strongly influenced by diet, as well as by genetic factors. The dietary components with the greatest effects are folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. Folic acid and other B vitamins help break down homocysteine in the body. Several studies have found that higher blood levels of B vitamins are related, at least partly, to lower concentrations of homocysteine. Other recent evidence shows that low blood levels of folic acid are linked with a higher risk of fatal coronary heart disease and stroke.

from www.AmericanHeartAssociation.com

We now know from the Jupiter study that homocysteine and not cholesterol is the big contributor to heart disease.

Another Hoax?

Friday, February 6th, 2009

“Appearing in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA journal, the study suggests that health care providers in the country should discourage the use of supplements by children with healthy diets.”

Okay! Let’s say that you eat a healthy diet – that’s protein, fruits and vegetables at every meal and cut out the sugared foodstuffs and soda pop.
How many children fall into this catagory? I’m just guessing but I believe it would be below 10 percent. I hope I’m wrong. But in my neighborhood where drugs come before food I don’t believe most of the children are getting healthy diets. My question is why does the AMA continue to suppress supplements? In these northern states we don’t get enough vitamin D even when the sun comes out. When I was a child, some 70 years ago, my parents gave us codliver oil. The list could go on but I’m really unhappy with some of these suggestions? by the AMA. Are they still being too well paid by big Pharma?