Archive for March, 2009

Green Tea’s Cancer Fighting Ability

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Shane Ellison, M.Sc., in his book Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs, writes about a 1999 study where it was found that green tea is a cancer preventative for humans. In another study green tea was found to inhibit breast cancer.

The National Cancer Institute invited interested parties to find the molecule in green tea that carries out this process. Since telling people to buy green tea doesn’t put money in the pharmaceutical companies’ pockets they are trying to find the molecule that is in green tea. Unfortunately this “copycat” molecule would be questionable because it doesn’t carry the full spectrum of green tea. (p. 40)

And you wonder why your drugs cost so much.

One Win For The U.S. Citizen

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The central issue is a power struggle between the federal government and states. The Supreme Court in an unexpected 6-3 ruling said that the federal government has no authority to pre-empt states rights to sue if you are injured by a drug. This went against the past administration and is a major victory for every American citizen.

The FDA, acting on behalf of the Bush administration and on the side of Big Pharma, has helped to tie up thousands of drug injury lawsuits across the country. While the FDA is supposed to help protect the consumer it apparently said the consumer had no right to sue over drug injuries.

If you read my last blog “Death By Drugs” you know this a big step forward for the individual.

The Bush administration had intentionally appointed anti-safety people in high positions within the FDA. During the final years of the Bush administration cancer industry insider Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, was appointed to run the FDA, and Wall Street insider, Scott Gottlieb, MD, was second in command. They wanted to make sure that new drugs could be put on the market sooner with less testing and the consumer had no right to sue for damages.

Look at what we’re now learning about statin drugs.  The FDA already knows that the full extent of a new drug isn’t known for years. And history shows us that Big Pharma intentionally hides risk data from the FDA and pays for “science” that distorts reality. One small step for  mankind.

Statins Interfere With Normal Brain Function

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Yeon-Kyun Shin, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, as a lead researcher on the effect of statin drugs on the brain states,“If you try to lower the cholesterol by taking medicine that is attacking the machinery of cholesterol synthesis in the liver, that medicine goes to the brain too. And then it reduces the synthesis of cholesterol which is necessary in the brain.  Our study shows there is a direct link between cholesterol and the neurotransmitter release.  And we know exactly the molecular mechanics of what happens in the cells. Cholesterol changes the shape of  the protein to stimulate thinking and memory.”

This means if we take statin drugs long enough we may just become a vegatable unable to think. As we learn more about these FACTS it is time our doctors learned about them as well.

You can control your medication. It may just save your life.

Death By Drugs

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Shane Ellison, M.Sc. tells a fascinating story on statin drugs. As a drug chemist for a leading pharmaceutical company Mr. Ellison made a starting discovery. You do not have to be dependent on FDA approved drugs to avoid heart disease. In his book HIDDEN TRUTH ABOUT CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING DRUGS, Health Myths Exposed, LLC, Printed in Canada, 2006, he makes the case that you don’t need statin drugs to avoid this killer heart disease. 

Today FDA approved drugs, used as prescribed, are killing over 125,000 people every year. This makes prescription drugs the fourth leading cause of death after cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Mr. Ellison makes the case that we are hypnotized by drug ads. If we would hear about the deaths caused by these ads we would possibly wake up to live a little longer.

As a medical chemist, Ellison discovered the startling evidence associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs. Chemically they are known as statins. You have probably heard the names Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Crestor. Ellison says, “The cholesterol-lowering myth being spread by pharmaceutical companies worldwide could rightfully be considered the deadliest health myth in the history of mankind. Numerous studies consistently show that the higher our cholesterol the longer we live and vice-versa. This reality has been hidden and pushed under the already-stuffed pharmaceutical rug.”

According to the American Heart Association, over 106.7 million Americans have total cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL. or higher. The pharmaceutical companies see this as potential customers.

With dollar signs in their eyes, drug companies have launched a massive fear campaign about cholesterol. This campaign, being led by the pharmaceutically compliant National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), has convinced the entire world that LDL-cholesterol is bad and that total cholesterol levels should remain below 200 mg/dL in order to prevent heart disease. This is untrue and based on financial conflicts of interest among the NCEP. Among the nine members of the NCEP panel that wrote the guidelines, only one had zero financial links to cholesterol-lowering drug makers. All other members had financial connections to drug companies like Pfizer, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and AsttraZeneca. This fact was not disclosed when the NECP made their recommendations public. (p3)

Turning healthy people into patients has proven to be a great business model for drug companies according to Ellison. When you look at the dollar harvested you can see why the drug companies do not want to relinquish their goose laying the golden egg. In 2002 cholesterol drugs raked in 12.5 billion dollars. In 2004, Pfizer’s blockbuster drug Lipitor brought in more than $10 billion in sales. Forbes Magazine tells us that statins are bringing more than $26 billion annually.

More on Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Dr. Jay S. Cohen sheds light on the omega-3 story for me in his book “Natural Alternatives to Lipitor, Zocor, & Other Statin Drugs”.

The importance of omega-3 did not become well known until the late 1990s. Scientists did not know about omega-3 oils either until the late 1970s. Studies showed that Eskimos, despite diets laden with fats, had substantially fewer heart attacks than people in Western societies. Observing that fat from fish launched the research which showed the benefits of omega-3.

It wasn’t until the Italian study was published in Lancet in 1999 that mainstream medicine took serious notice. The study took 11,000 people who had recently suffered a heart attack and gave them 1 gram a day of omega-3 or a placebo for three and a half years. The omega-3 group had significantly fewer heart attacks and strokes and cardiac deaths decreased by 45 percent.

Omega-3 keeps blood vessels functioning properly and helps in preventing arrhythmias when heart attack occurs. Each year 250,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest. I was in the ambulance when my heart stopped and got immediate attention. So I can write this story.

Dr. Christine M. Albert says, “The higher your blood level of omega-3, the lower your risk.” Even with all this information and mainline news about omega-3 many doctors don’t recommend omega-3 to all their patients. (Some doctors have said everyone should be on statin drugs.)

Dr. Cohen continues to tell the story of three famous athletes who suddenly died of heart attacks. In 2002 and 2003, lethal heart attacks struck Johnny Unitas (football), 32-year old Darryl Kile, (baseball), and Dave DeBusschere, (basketball). There were no questions asked about their diets or intake of fish or omega-3 oils. And today we know that omega-3 would have helped and possibly prevented these deaths. Yet most of us in the West are still deficient in omega-3 oils.

Omega-3 oils are the body’s natural anti-inflammatory substances. They can lower triglycerides level, increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and generally improve the body’s functions.

I would encourage you to pick up a copy of Dr. Cohen’s book. It may well save your life. And for my money the omega-3 from Nordic Naturals is the best high grade omega-3 and there is no fishy taste. You can get it at most health food stores or go to

What are Probiotics?

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

This is a question that has the experts debating how to give a good definition. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations give this definition: probiotics are “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” (Microorganisms are the tiny living organisms—such as bacteria, viruses, and yeasts—that can only be seen under a microscope.)

Probiotics are available in foods and dietary supplements. Some foods containing probiotics are yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, and miso, tempeh, and some juices and soy beverages.  Most probiotics are bacteria similar to those naturally found in people’s guts.

One of the major reasons for probiotic supplementation has been to restore the good bacteria in a person’s gut after they may have been sick or taken some types of medication which destroys the good bacteria.

Probiotics and prebiotics are not the same thing. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial microorganisms already in the colon. When the two are combined they are called synbiotic and they work together to improve the friendly flora in the human gut. Fermented milks such as yogurt and kefir are true symbiotic products that supply the live bacteria and the food they need to survive. The reason for using a symbiotic is that a true probiotic, without its prebiotic food, does not survive well in the gut.

I first wrote about probiotics last September but as it is continually being brought up in nutritional news I felt urged to explain this a little more.

Supplementation For The Person Beginning An Exercise Program

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I have been reading the emails from Better Life Institute for years. Here is some excellent advice for the beginner of an exercise program. If you would like to receive these notices on a regular basis you can subscribe to

Supplementation For The Person Beginning An Exercise Program
The Better Life Experts | March 12, 2009

“Tell me what supplements I should be taking when I start an exercise program that will benefit my body yet not break the bank.”

We at BLU get asked this question very often. So to get you “the most cluck for your buck” we suggest the following:

    * Start with a high quality Multi-vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure you are not like most individuals and deficient in Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, vitamin D, and certain B vitamins, while starting or continuing an exercise program. This will a help you avoid essential nutrient deficiency related problems/health issues. Most of the essential nutrients should be at the 100% level of RDA’s with the exception of calcium and magnesium which are usually at a 15 to 20% level of the RDA due to their large size. It is best to add a separate Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D supplement to your one a day daily multi for this reason and at a level of 500mg to 1000mg per day.

    * A broad antioxidant formula with things like vitamin C between 250-500mg, grape seed extract, pycnogynol, quercitin, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), mixed carotenoids, and green tea extract, to help with tissue protection and repair. Also because most folks are not eating the required fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants on a daily basis.

    * Omega 3 fatty acids to assist with cell structure and help prevent inflammation. Shoot for 500mg to 1000mg per day of DHA and EPA.

    * An optional B-Complex supplement (that includes all the B vitamins not just one or a few of them) may be in order for those of you with nutritional support needs pertaining to your nervous system, energy and endurance, digestive issues, heart, liver and muscle cell support as well as a good working metabolic system.

In summary, if you are going to supplement daily and we do recommend that most of you do so, start with “The Big 3” needs for supplementation then add to them on an individual basis depending on your needs. Get your personal NHA recommendations. Also, depending where you shop, the above listed supplements can be purchased in a local vitamin shop or drug store. Look for special sales and while you are at it, don’t forget the importance of a good protein powder to insure adequate protein intake for tissue growth and repair (BLI Paper on Protein for Peak Performance). In an upcoming issue we will give you some names and suggestions for products that meet the “Big Three” supplement needs for most of you, so stay fit and tune back in.
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New Study on Vitamin D

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Susan Sullivan, from the University of Maine, led a study on vitamin D. She found the current level of five milligrams (200 International units) was not sufficient for people living in Maine. The current recommended daily intake for vitamin D is 200 IU for people up to 50 years of age, 400 IU for people between 50 and 70, and 600 IU for those over 75. New findings published in the Journal of Nutrition, say the daily intake should be 20 micrograms for  women in their 20s to attain optimal doses of vitamin D living in Maine.

Although our bodies manufacture vitamin D while exposed to sunshine, the levels in some northern climates are so weak during winter months that the body makes no vitamin D as all. Therefore supplements are necessary., By Stephen Daniells, 09-Mar-2009

Celiac Disease & B Vitamins

Monday, March 9th, 2009

On Thursday, March 4, I had a display table on health and wellness at the Multicultural Forum at the River Center, St. Paul, MN. One of the visitors at the table told me they had celiac disease. Celiac disease is intolerance to gluten in wheat. And people with this intolerance risk having high levels of the amino acid homocysteine. Studies have shown that high levels of homocysteine may increase the risk of heart disease. Some studies say that 1.5 percent of the population have celiac disease and I seem to find many of these people. The following information will be of interest to those people.

That same day, March 4, I came across an article stating that daily supplements of B vitamins may improve the overall health of people with celiac disease. This Dutch study led by Muhammed Hadithi of VUmc University Medical Center in Amsterdam included 51 adults with celiac disease and 50 healthy controls and found that people taking daily supplements of vitamin B6, folic acid, and B12 had significantly lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine. This was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. It appears that many of us are short on certain vitamins. The doctor has put me on vitamin B6 (and this should only be done under a doctor’s supervision).


To your health and wellness.


www.nutraingredants –; Vitamins may help coeliac disease management: Study

 By Stephen Daniells, 04-Mar-2009


Statin drugs

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Statin drugs help about 30 percent of the people taking them. But that leaves 70 percent who are not helped by taking a statin drug. And statin drugs weaken muscles, drains away CoQ10, which every cell in the body needs, and can lead to memory loss and even death. The purpose of statin drugs is to lower cholesterol and yet we have found out today by continued research that cholesterol is not the problem for heart disease. And statin drugs do not restore healthy arteries to the heart or anywhere else in the body.

Dr. Jay Cohen states that 10 natural remedies have been shown to improve cholesterol levels. And we all know that natural remedies cost much less than a drug. When I was taking Lipitor I had a $25 co-pay but my Medicare provider was paying more than $200. I also felt that my memory wasn’t as sharp as it had been. This is another danger of statin drugs.

Studies have shown that omega-3 does a better job of lowering your cholesterol than a statin drug. You need CoQ10 in your body for energy and statin drugs lowers the amount of CoQ10. As you grow older the body doesn’t make as much CoQ10 so you already need to supplement it without having statin drugs drain it away.