Archive for November, 2009

Eat Your Greens

Monday, November 30th, 2009

A new study found that eating spinach, swiss chard, and other greens (full of vitamin K) – helped strengthen bones and prevent heart disease.

Dr. Weil’s Self Healing Newsletter, November 2009

Sustainable Farms

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

A 2006 U.N. report found that 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from raising livestock for food. While this may be true of today’s living, life and the environment could be healthier if we ate more meat.

But we should be eating a different kind of meat. Meat from cattle raised on grasslands. Much of the emissions associated with livestock production come from large-scale CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).  With manure in human-made lagoons,, manure has nowhere to go. It produces millions of tons of methane and nitrous oxide each year. On pasture, this same manure simply is absorbed into the ground with close to zero carbon cost.

On a sustainable farm livestock is an essential part of the equation.  Without the livestock it is necessary to bring in compost or chemical fertilizers to make crops grow. Chemical fertilizers have about six nutrients rather than the 100s the manure produces.

When cattle are managed properly, they boost the soil’s ability to contain carbon. They also add organic matter to the soil. Their grazing encourages plant growth and the heavy hooves help break down dead plant residue. And to complete the cycle and make it profitable the animals must be eaten.

“Eating Meat for the Environment”, www.utne.com Nov-Dec 09

Protecting Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s Dementia

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are on the rise. The pharmaceutical companies have not found a drug that cures a person. What’s the answer?

It’s so simple that most people don’t know about it. It’s getting proper cellular nutrition.

Studies have shown that one of the largest if not the only cause of neurodegenerative diseases is oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is simply the damage made to our cells by the normal process of metabolism, which creates free radicals.

Antioxidants to the rescue. But some antioxidants don’t pass through the blood brain barrier and then the cells begin to die. To keep a healthy brain we need a good diet, exercise and quality nutritional food supplements. A major factor in the death of brain cells are the statin drugs which take the cholesterol from the body. Without cholesterol, Co-Q10 and other nutrition, the brain cells die and the loss of mental capabilities sets in.

Studies today are showing with proper supplements which will pass through the brain blood cells some of the damaging effects can be reversed.

Again, eat good nutritious food, meditate, exercise regularly and take quality supplements.

Exciting News

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

With all the scientific studies going on today we are made more aware of the value of good nutrition, exercise, and relieving stress in our lives leads to healthier lives. Many of our diseases, some say 70 to 90 percent, are brought about by stress, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise.

Even if it were only 70 percent reduction in disease can you see how we would have a more healthy lifestyle.

The downside of this for pharmaceutical companies is that they would lose more than 70 percent of their business. This would bring down the cost of health care and the government would be closer to balancing the budget. This would bring less stress to the governing bodies and we could get the whole country covered with health care.

Unfortunately, most people think of health care as taking more medicines. Actually it is the opposite. If we are healthy we don’t need the medicine. Very few if any medications CURE a person. They treat only the symptoms and not the illness. For example, a pain pill takes away the pain it doesn’t cure the problem it only makes it more bearable.

The real exciting news is that we can live healthier and save money at the same time. Even if you don’t pay for the medical help it costs the insurance company and finally the American public so we all pay in the long run.

The time has come for preventative alternative health care.

Death by Poisoning

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Researchers at John Hopkins University found that women between the ages of 45-64 had a 230 percent increase in mortality rate due to poisoning-mostly by prescription drug abuse.

Edward Krenzelok, director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, says painkillers like Percocet and oxycodone are way overprescribed.

Catch the story in the November issue of AARP Bulletin, p.14

For Lack of Health Care

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Harvard researchers say 1.46 million working-age vets lacked health care in 2008 which increased their death rate. The research team at Harvard Medical School estimates 2,266 military veterans under age 65 died last year because they lacked health insurance and therefore did not get adequate care.

So not only is poor nutrition creating problems on the front end we don’t even support those who have risked their lives for our safety and freedom.

As we take our own health care seriously let’s work for a better system for all Americans.

Read the whole story in Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP, November 10,2009 www.pnhp.org/news/2009/november/over_2200_veterans_.php

Iodine

Monday, November 9th, 2009

If you’re over 60 years of age you may remember people with goiters. This was an enlargement of the thyroid gland and as many as one-third of the population were affected. Sometimes they grew so large and grotesque that it would compress the trachea necessitating surgical removal.

In 1916 a family doctor showed the relationship between the goiter and iodine. He conducted an experiment on schoolgirls. Dr. David Marine gave a very large dose of iodine for 10 days and repeated this every 6 months for two-and-a-half years. Of the 900 girls with normal thyroids who received the iodine supplements, virtually none developed goiters while 28 percent of the control group who were not given iodine.

So in 1924 the FDA introduced a voluntary program for adding iodine to table salt.

From the 1950s to the 1970s with Americans liberally using salt the iodine deficiency ended.

Now with the liberal use of salt came the increased blood pressure and hypertension.

Then with the decrease of use of iodized salt the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) saw a 50 percent reduction in iodine levels and a quadrupling of iodine deficiency between 1971 and 1994.

A problem with iodized salt is that the iodine disappears in about four weeks from the salt. The FDA recommends 150 mcg per day but the jury is still out on how much we need. Kelp is one source of iodine. Dr. William Davis recommends his patients take 500-1000 mcg per day.

This is why it is so important for all of us to take a closer look at our health.

For the complete story go to the October 2009 issue of Life Extension www.lef.org

Reiki

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming more popular here in the United States and throughout the world. Reiki incorporates elements of just about every other alternative healing practice including spiritual healing, auras, chakra balancing, meditation, and homeopathy.

Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient and enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches all levels of body, mind and spirit.

As Americans become more concerned about body, mind and spirit it natural for many to look into Reiki for healing.

A Bad Replacement for Trans-Fats?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

BLI Experts | October 30, 2009 Better Life Institute

Something new is being placed into many of the packaged food products consumed in the United States. Most people have never heard of interesterified fats and are unaware of their function within the processed food industry. Interesterified fats are used as substitutes for partially hydrogenated oils in order to decrease or eliminate trans- fats while preserving the texture, flavors and taste in processed food products. Typically, the interesterified process uses enzymes to alter the molecular structure of vegetable oil to make it taste and feel like fat. By separating molecules (like triglycerides) with the enzyme catalyst, factories and manufacturers of food products can reconfigure the fatty acid molecules in various combinations, depending upon the hardness of the fat needed. These can include heavy fats for deep frying, semi-solid fats used to make margarine or other liquid oils for bottling purposes. Manufacturers like using interesterified fats because they produce products that can have an indefinite shelf life and are fairly cheap to turn out. Some examples of products that probably contain interesterified fats are as follows:

margarine and shortening

doughnuts

French fries

Fried chicken, fish

cookies

pastries

cakes

crackers

processed foods such as cereal and waffles

salad dressings

mayonnaise

Unlike trans-fats, which are required to be listed on labels food labels, interesterified fats are usually listed as “fully hydrogenated” or even as “interesterified fats”, which confuses many consumers, who may not have even heard of interesterified fats before. And, some researchers believe that this new kind of fat replacement may be just as bad as the trans-fats the food industry is trying to replace.

Why should we be cautious about the use of interesterfied fats in our diet? First of all, we really do not have a clear idea about the health consequences of long term use of these fat substitutes. It took us about 30 years to acknowledge that trans-fats were not a healthy alternative for food processing in the U.S. Some studies show that interesterfied fats can raise both LDL/HDL ratio as well as fasting blood glucose and can contribute to coronary heart disease in men and women. Other scientists claim that the residue of toxic metals used in the interesterfication process (usually nickel and aluminum) accumulate in the body and can lead to neurological conditions as well as a wide variety of other health problems. We just don’t have the full story yet.

We do know that if the U.S. (and the rest of the world for that matter) insist upon eating a diet of mostly processed, long shelf life, fatty tasting foods, manufacturers have to use either saturated fats (bad), trans-fats (bad) interesterified fats (who knows) or some other man made process to produce these products.

Better Life Unlimited and Better Life Institute, Inc., strongly suggest that you adopt or maintain a dietary plan that increases the consumption of fresh foods as much as possible and limit the eating of processed foods.

Marijuana is Safer Than Aspirin

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Here is an article I found today. Are the pharmaceutical companies responsible for this?

When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?

History:

Marijuana has been used for over 5,000 years.

No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.

Aspirin has been used for 108 years.

Approximately 500 people die every year by taking aspirin

The Law:

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the US government believes it is extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and of no medical value.

Aspirin is available for pennies and can be purchased by children at any drug, grocery, or convenience store. Often they are just handed out free by people with no medical education.

http://www.cannabisnews.org/featured/marijuana-is-safer-than-aspirin/