Archive for December, 2009

Too Much Eating?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Walk it off
After a large meal, take a 10- to 20-minute stroll. Aside from the proven benefits to your heart, walking is the perfect gentle exercise for promoting digestion and encouraging cleansing of the lymphatic system. Walking helps food move along the digestive tract, improving digestion and absorption. For added benefits, walk while massaging your abdomen with your palms, in a circle around your belly button.

More Sugar for Children

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Last November researchers at Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that cereals marketed directly to children have 85% more sugar, 65% less fiber, and 60% more sodium than cereals marketed for adult consumption.

Is there a problem here?

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com December 21, 2009

How Safe are Osteoporosis Drugs?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Millions of Americans are at risk for osteoporosis, but the medications may be doing you more harm than good. Billions of dollars are being spent on the drugs known as bisphosphonates. The biggest selling drug is called Fosamax, made by Merck. Another is the drug Boniva made by Roche and GlaxoSmithKline.

Bisphosphonates are a caustic chemical damaging human tissue by contact. Fosamax has been shown to increase atrial fibrillation, a life threatening heart problem.

Again, the answer for healthy bones is proper diet, exercise and the correct food supplements.

Eating a Balanced Diet +

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says a balanced diet is better than supplements. I agree that we should eat a balanced diet but science has shown us that in today’s world we need supplements.

The ADA states: “…the best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods.”

Since we often have foods from depleted soils the food it produces cannot be nutrient-rich. So that means we have to go organic where the nutrients are back in the soil.

The ADA says since many people do not know how to properly use supplements they should go to dietetics practitioners.

As I have said all along – take a good look at the supplements you are taking and eat organic as much as possible.

For more on this article see www.nutraingredients-usa.com , Dec. 7, 2009

Meditation

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The French philosopher Blaise Pascal said, “Most of the evils in life arise from a man’s being unable to sit still in a room.”

The Bible says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

We have known for a long time that meditation is a real asset to a balanced life. Yet in our busy world watching a TV screen with a picture on top and the crawler on the bottom bringing us the “latest news” divides our attention.

Dr. Martin Luther used the word “prayer” for meditation. He said if he didn’t have time to pray for four hours first thing in the morning his day didn’t go well.

Tibetan monks would meditate for days on end. But we know today if we even take 15 minutes to sit still and meditate our life starts to come back into order.

Take time to meditate each day.

Emotional Contagion

Monday, December 7th, 2009

According to psychologist Steven Stosny, a nationally recognized expert on road rage, “Anger and resentment are the most contagious of emotions.”

You have probably noticed how resentment in others brings your resentment to the surface. That’s part of the reasoning of the old saying, “Count to 10 before you react.”

Quality Products

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Nordic Naturals, of Watsonville, CA, is participating in the NFL/NFLPA Sports Nutrition Label Certification Program with its Ultimate Omega™ 120 soft gels. The certification program ensures that NFL athletes can enjoy Nordic Natural fish oils without consuming banned or prohibited substances. The program also verifies that participating products contain the actual quality of ingredients listed on the label of the Certified Product.

Ultimate Omega is the first fish oil worldwide to be included in the NFL/NFLPA Sports Nutrition Label Certification Program, which requires rigorous testing by NSF International and provides certified products with an approval symbol on the packaging.

According to Adolpho Birch, NFL Vice President of Law and Labor Policy, “We are pleased that Nordic Naturals has met the stringent criteria required to participate in the NFL/NFLPA Sports Nutrition Label Certification Program.

Nordic Naturals is the international leader in omega-3 fish oils and essential fatty acid blends. The company has built a strong reputation by delivering exceptional purity, freshness, taste, and demonstrating environmental responsibility. For more information visit www.nordicnaturals.com.

You can see that quality counts and you know what you’re buying with Nordic Naturals.

Can We Delay Alzheimer’s?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease through the production of new brain cells and the strengthening of neural networks.

A study on adult mice by Professor Mercedes Unzeta at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona showed that being fed a diet based on polyphenols and fatty acids had more cell growth in the olfactory bulb and the hippocampus, both of which are damaged in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

The research team claims that diets rich in grapes, olive oil, cocoa, nuts and polyunsaturated fatty acids from oily fish could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Currently about 12 million in the US suffer from Alzheimer’s at a cost of about $100 billion in the US.

Read the whole story at www.nutraingredients-use.com Nov. 27, 2009

Organic vs. Conventional

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

A recent British report claims that organic is not better than conventional foods. What they left out was the amount of pesticides in conventional foods. And as the American food “experts”  do they left out the lack of flavonoids and antioxidants in conventional foods. The study was sponsored by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency which I believe is like the U.S. standards – just enough to keep you alive. Also, what they left out was the health consequences of pesticide levels on conventional foods, or the ecological benefits of organic farming.

A French study done last summer showed that organic foods are nutritionally superior and healthier, due to higher mineral and antioxidant contents, lower pesticide residues, and 50 percent fewer nitrates than conventional foods.

Dr Weil would recommend organic even if the two were equal because research links pesticides to various health conditions. One study showed that laborers working with pesticides had an increase risk of Parkinson’s disease. A Seattle study of children found that blood levels of two common pesticides dropped dramatically after the children were fed only organic food for five days.

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Newsletter, November 2009

Are Drug Companies Helping You Live Longer?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

“The cholesterol-lowering myth being spread by pharmaceutical companies worldwide could rightly 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. (1)

Statin drugs are the most widely sold pharmaceutical drugs in history. In 2004, Pfizer’s drug Lipitor became the first prescription drug to make more than $10 billion in annual sales. Today it’s over $22 billion.

Cholesterol is a vital substance in our body. Without it we grow sick, losing our memory, weakening our immune system, compromising our hormone levels and increasing our chances of cancer. (2)

Researchers at the University of San Diego School of Medicine tell us that high cholesterol in people over 75 years of age is protective and that low cholesterol is a risk factor for heart arrhythmia, the leading cause of death if a heart attack occurs.

Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-lowering Drugs, Shane Ellison, M.Sc.

(1)  p. 1

(2)   p. 5