Supplementing with B6 and B12 for improved hearing – study.

Supplementing with B6 and B12 for improved hearing – study.

There are additional studies in the Journal of Neurological Science and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that support supplementing with B6 and B12 for improved hearing.1999 American Society for Clinical Nutrition

Nutritional-Chemical

March 5, 2014

“If it came from a plant, eat it… if it was made in a plant, don’t.”  – Michael Pollan

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February 19, 2014

As I shared earlier, I used to have horrible environmental allergies, I was allergic to cats, and chronic sinusitis. NOT ANY MORE!
An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. The question to ask is “what is causing the immune system to be hypersensitive or out of balance?” Personally I found that when I got off dairy my sinuses were improved. When I got off gluten my sinuses improved even more. I noticed that inflammation in my digestive system is gone. If I have some dairy or gluten I can notice some inflammation in digestion and my sinuses return.

If you have experienced similar improvements, let others know. If you are having issues with your sinuses eliminate dairy and gluten (sugar, caffeine and alcohol can also stress your system). Dairy and gluten can cause many health issues that you may not realize. For details, rather than me typing for the next few hours, watch the short video on dairy below and the long video on gluten below that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zKm95q5dfI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU6jVEwpjnE

 

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February 12, 2014

Nutritional deficiencies in B-12, Folate, and Vitamin D have shown to be related to hearing loss.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/69/3/564.long

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6602194

http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21679

Sources of B-12

Vitamin B-12 is found in most animal foods; it is also found only in animal food (unless otherwise fortified). Clams and beef liver have extremely high amounts of this vitamin.

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements offers this list of foods that are high in B-12:
- Clams, cooked
- Beef liver, cooked
- Tuna
- Rainbow trout, cooked
- Haddock, cooked
- Top sirloin beef

Sources of Folate B9:
- Beans
- Lentils
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Avocado
- Asparagus
- Broccoli

Sources of Vitamin D:
- Get some Sun! – Your body will make it for you!
- I also read that mushrooms will make vitamin D if exposed to the sun. Put them in the sun for an hour before putting into your salad or other dish.

   

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February 5, 2014

You’ve probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but there are other foods that can also help your vision!
Leafy Greens
1. Packed with antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin
2. Lowers the risk of developing macular degeneration (loss of the center of your vision) and cataracts (clouding of the lens inside the eye)

Eggs
1. Egg yolks contain antioxidants and zinc
2. Helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration

Citrus and Berries
1. Vitamin C powerhouses!
2. Reduce the risk of mascular degeneration and cataracts

Almonds
1. One ounce provides you with half your daily dose of Vitamin E!
2. Slows macular degeneration

Fatty Fish
1. Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA (a fatty acid found in your retina)
2. Low levels of DHA have been linked to dry eye syndrome

From Health.com
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20680738,00.html

 

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January 22, 2014

The Hidden Dangers of Genetically Engineered “Frankenfoods!”

Great video to learn the facts about genetically modified food! If you only have a few seconds, watch the beginning demonstration that they do with corn. To get all the information, watch the whole video! The link is below and on our Facebook.

http://w3.newsmax.com/blaylock/video_gmo.cfm?promo_code=15D80

 

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January 15, 2014

According to this article, research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading ahtletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Bananas help with:
- Depression
- Anemia
- Brain Power
- Constipation
- Hangovers
- Heartburn
- Morning Sickness
- Nerves
- Ulcers
- Temperature Control

Read about the details here: http://www.natureknows.org/2013/10/after-reading-this-youll-never-look-at.html

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January 8, 2014

The Dirt on Soap!

ANTIBACTERIAL SCRUBS LINKED TO HORMONE DISRUPTION AS WELL AS THE EVOLUTION OF DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA

Time Magazine recently published an article on antibacterial scrubs. Studies are suggesting that antimicrobial chemicals like triclosan in soaps (such as Dial and Safeguard) maybe be linked to hormone disruption. Soaps with antibacterial scrubs account for nearly half of U.S. soap sales!

The FDA is requiring soap manufacturers to justify these health risks by stating that their antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular hand soaps at lowering the risk of infections.

The evolution of drug-resistant bacteria is not just the result of prescription neglect. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soap, and other cleaning products you have in your bathroom and kitchen, are also responsible. Just as antibiotic prescriptions can be misused, so, too, can antibacterial products.
http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/myths/antibacterial-soap-outlawed.htm

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but the same goes for bacteria!

Mahtty and I use Miracle II products, like the Moisturizing Miracle Soap, that is naturally concentrated and contains only natural minerals and organics.

 

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December 18, 2013

Our Mission to Sleep Well and VOC Free

Years ago Mahtty and I slept on a Tempur-pedic mattress and were very happy with the quality of the support. However, when I became aware of concerns of off-gassing from the petroleum based mattress, we began to search for other options.

For the past couple years we have tried four different mattresses without having success finding one that was supportive as well as free of chemical off-gassing.

After researching other options, we learned about No-Chem Mattress Wraps, which are polyethylene sheeting to prevent gases from permeating. We are returning to the Tempur-pedic mattress and have purchased the No-Chem Mattress Wrap.

See below for information on mattress covers and follow the link below for information about petroleum based mattresses and VOCs.

http://www.yourguidetogreen.com/store/greg-39-s-picks/no-chem-mattress-wraps/prod_1768.html
http://www.memoryfoammattress-guide.org/off-gassing-and-memory-foam/

 

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December 11, 2013

Have you tried DRUG? Check out the funny and surprisingly accurate video on our Facebook!

 

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December 4, 2013

Did you know that it’s better to brush your teeth with chocolate than with fluoride??

A study posted by Dr. Mercola shows that:

Toothpaste that contains the naturally-occurring cacao extract theobromine was more effective at repairing and re-mineralizing exposed dentin (the tissue that makes up the bulk of your teeth below the enamel) than fluoride toothpaste.

People who brushed their teeth with cacao-extract toothpaste twice a day for one week had “100 percent dental occlusion” with their tooth dentin becoming re-mineralized or repaired.

Try a non-fluoride alternative toothpaste!

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November 27, 2013

Healthy and Tasty Substitutions for your Thanksgiving Recipes

Over the years, I have learned ways to modify holiday desserts that not only make them healthier, but most people like the taste better.

For example, if a recipe calls for a ½ cup of butter, replace it with a ¼ cup of organic applesauce and a ¼ cup of grape seed oil.

If a recipe calls for a can (14 oz) of condensed milk, replace it with half applesauce and half almond milk or coconut milk. (I just found an almond milk in the refrigerated section at Mother’s that is just almonds and water without any additional ingredients)

Replace flour with almond meal, which is simply ground up almonds. Trader Joe’s sells bags of almond meal, already pre-ground!

Replace sugars with organic maple syrup, also available at Trader Joe’s, or with applesauce.

Replace brown sugar with a combination of almond meal and organic maple syrup.

Some ratios may need minor adjustments. For example, the pumpkin pie may need to cook a little longer because of the greater amount of moisture from the condensed milk substitute.

Let me know if you experiment with your favorite recipes this year! Don’t let your family know and watch how surprised they are when they enjoy your new healthier dessert!

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November 20, 2013

Sportscaster Colin Cowherd is suspicious about 2 things. Watch the video on our Facebook to find out what they are. You might be surprised! By the way, I agree with him.

https://www.facebook.com/daryl.kowalik.5

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November 6th, 2013

Using the Wrong Antiperspirant May Influence Your Break Cancer Risk
Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people’s day, and you may not think much about it. But here’s why you should: if you use one containing aluminum, you could be increasing your risk of breast cancer.

Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores that release sweat under your arms — with the active ingredient being aluminum. Not only does this block one of your body’s routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat), but it raises concerns about where these metals are going once you roll them (or spray them) on.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/17/aluminum-containing-antiperspirants-contribute-breast-cancer.aspx

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October 23rd, 2013

As it turns out, the brain is, well, smarter than we think it is!!

 A new study has found that artificial sweeteners do not trigger the brain’s reward center in the same way that regular sugar does, suggesting that if we’re left unsatisfied, we may be tempted to turn to the real thing later on.

The study identified a signal in the brain that distinguishes between energy-supplying sugars and their zero-calorie alternatives.

When sugars are consumed, the brain registers the fuel and releases dopamine, a chemical that indicates reward. But in the absence of usable energy — that is, if there are no calories that can be broken down — dopamine isn’t released, according to the study.

http://healthyliving.msn.com/nutrition/your-brain-isnt-fooled-by-artificial-sweeteners

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October 16th, 2013

Smart Eating

3 Key Substitutions

By coming up with a creative replacement for the foods that are bad for you, you’ll never miss them.

Less: Dairy
More: Avocado

We need fat for normal cell function and that it’s what makes us feel satiated, if we don’t get it, we tend to overeat. But too much animal fat can be an artery choker. Use avocado in place of butter and roasted squash in place of cheese — you can spread mashed avocado on anything, like on breakfast toast or on a sandwich in place of butter or mayonnaise.
Less: Cane Sugar
More: Maple Syrup

To add sweetness in a recipe- morning oatmeal or granola- uses virgin maple syrup. It’s the first draw from the maple tree and it’s very pure and packed with nutrients. You can even use maple syrup as a sweetener for salad dressings.
Less: Meat
More: Nuts

You can add oil- and fat- rich nuts to salads and breakfast cereals or just eat them on their own for a late-day boost, to replace a lot of animal protein and fat. The oil in the nuts allows you to use less canola oil in a vinaigrette dressing.

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October 9th, 2013

Cook a Week’s Worth of Food All at Once

“I’ll roast a whole chicken or grill an entire salmon fillet—three to four pounds—even when I’m not having it for dinner, just to get good-quality meat into the refrigerator for leftovers,” Quinn Hatfield says (Hatfields, Los Angeles).  “Or I’ll buy some high-quality grass-fed ground beef, season it with salt and pepper, roll up these little balls and I’ll roast them. I love grabbing a couple of those on the way out the door.” Simpler still, Hatfield sometimes hard-boils a dozen organic eggs in a single shot or boils an entire bag of sweet potatoes in a big pot of highly salted water.

Mens Journal October 2013

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October 3rd, 2013

Lose Wheat, Lose Weight

“Wheat as we know it today is so far removed from the wheat of our ancestors—with so many genetic changes introduced in the last century alone—that our bodies cannot process it efficiently,” says Mullen.

Modern commodity wheat, used in everything from cookies to cereal to whole grain pasta, is extremely high in starch called amylopectin A, which converts to blood sugar faster than even table sugar.

That causes a big blood-sugar rush and, in response, a surge in the hormone insulin. Insulin quickly shuttles all that sugar into our fat cells, causing our blood sugar to crash and sending us right back to the cookie jar.

That leads directly to fat accumulation, and also to the kind of systemic inflammation linked to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and obesity.

Minimize—or even eliminate—wheat-based foods like bread and pasta in your diet, along with processed sugars and refined carbohydrates like white rice—and you’ll curb both fat production and inflammation.

-Daniel Duane Men’s Journal Magazine October 2013

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September 18th, 2013

You’re Eating the Wrong Veggies!!

Food Fix: Get more broccoli and kale

There’s no such thing as a “wrong” vegetable, but for the most gusto, pick cruciferous ones, like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale.

These produce rock starts contain isothiocyanates, compounds that activate a protein called Nrf2, which in turn generates mitochondria, the part of cells responsible for converting glucose into ATP. “The more mitochondria you have, the better your muscles works and the less fatigued you’ll be,” explains Mladen Golubic, MD, medical director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute.

Toss broccoli into stir-fry; mix shredded cabbage with vinegar; or season cauliflower with turmeric, cloves cardamom, coriander and cinnamon.

-http://healthyliving.msn.com/nutrition/5-ways-your-healthy-diet-is-making-you-tired#4

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September 11th, 2013

 

One reason apple pie isn’t health food: The peel has SIX to EIGHT times the poly-phenols of the flesh, plus other compounds.

- (: a polyhydroxy phenol; especially : an antioxidant phytochemical (as chlorogenic acid) that tends to prevent or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals) Websters Medical Dictionary.

Opt for Organic! Conventionally grown apples tend to be larger than organic ones because synthetic fertilizers promote water retention!! This dilutes the nutrients in the flesh, so you’re consuming fewer with each bite. Plus 99% of conventional apples tested by the USDA had some pesticide, while only 33% of organic did.

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September 6th, 2013

Is the FDA’s #1 priority your Health? Do your own research, and follow what is YOU approved not FDA approved!

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August 28, 2013

Sugary Drinks Linked to More Than 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Americans in particular get most of their daily calories from sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in soda and other sweetened beverages. Half of the US population over the age of two consumes sugary drinks on a daily basis, and this figure does not even include 100% fruit juices, flavored milk, or sweetened teas, all of which are sugary too, so the figure is actually even higher.
Many people mistakenly believe that as long as you drink fruit juice, then it’s healthy even though it’s sweet. This is a dangerous misconception though, and it fuels the rising of weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes in the US and other developed nations.
It’s important to realize that sugary drinks, such as soda and even fresh-squeezed fruit juice, contain fructose, which has been identified as one of the primary culprits in the meteoric rise of obesity and related health problems- in large part due to its ability to turn on your “fat switch.”
So-called “enhanced” water products are another source of hidden fructose and/or artificial sweeteners, which can be even worse for your health than sugar. I recommend drinking plenty of pure water as your primary beverage of choice instead.

Sugary Drinks Lead to 180,000 Deaths Annually
Preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions (EPI/NPAM) suggests sugary beverages are to blame for about 180,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths, and 6,000 cancer deaths.
Among the 35 largest countries in the world, Mexico had the highest death rates associated with sugary beverage consumption. In Mexico, the average consumption of sugary beverages was 24 ounces per day.
Bangladesh had the lowest death rates. The US ranked third with an estimated 25,000 annual deaths from sweetened drinks. (Many might have expected the US to come in first place, but remember that American processed foods contain far more sugars than other nations, so Americans also consume a lot of “hidden” sugar in products other than beverages.)
Interestingly, and quite disturbingly, the death rates associated with sweetened beverages were HIGHEST in those UNDER THE AGE of 45 according to the featured article:
“[W]hile the connection between excess sugar and chronic disease is well known, the latest research is the first to quantify deaths correlated with sugared drinks worldwide…
To research their conclusion, the scientists analyze data from the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study and recorded how much sugar-sweetened beverages people drank, dividing up the data by age and sex. Then, they figured out how the various amount corresponded to obesity rates.
Lastly, they calculated how much obesity affected diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers and determined the mortality rates from these diseases, ending up with the number of deaths that could be attributed to consuming sugary beverages by age and sex.”

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August 21, 2013

Sea Salt versus Table Salt

Why should we insist on natural unrefined sea salt instead of refined table salt? First of all, we need to understand what refined means. Author Jacques de Langre explains in Seasalt’s Hidden Powers that during the processing of table salt, all of the healthy trace minerals are removed. Sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iodine are just a few of the numerous macrominerals that are purged. These important ingredients are extracted from the salt and are then separately packaged as “essential minerals” and sold to the food industry. Table salt is also treated with commercial bleaching agents. The whiteness you see as you sprinkle it on your food by no means denotes purity. It’s just been bleached. More importantly, chemically treated salt doesn’t unite as easily with human body fluids.

“Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally: The Untold Story “
By Raquel Martin and Karen J. Romano, R.N., D.C.

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July 31, 2013

Formaldehyde Prevents Wrinkles!

No, this is not the latest cosmetic procedure since injecting botulism into your face (Botox).  Formaldehyde is what they use to make shirts wrinkle free!  I’ll use my iron!

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July 24, 2013

The Importance of Drinking Pure, Preferably Distilled, Water Cannot be Overemphasized

The chemicals in tap water such as chlorine and fluoride are damaging to connective tissue. There is conclusive evidence that “fluoride is accelerating the breakdown of collagen.” This causes a wide assortment of bone problems. In fact, thorough testing has shown fluoride to increase the incidence of fractures because it creates an inferior quality of bone mass. Fluoride is a toxic by-product of aluminum and phosphate fertilizer. It is also a potent enzyme inhibitor causing not only gastrointestinal inflammation, but also pathological changes in bone leading to a significant risk for bone fracture. On top of everything else, fluoride negatively affects the thyroid gland. In fact, the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing cautions us to avoid products that contain fluoride. “Chlorine and fluoride block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, resulting in reduced iodine-containing hormone production and, finally, in hypothyroidism.

What’s frightening is that chlorine and fluoride are added to our drinking water and many people don’t realize the effects: muscle weakness, nausea, abdominal cramps, tremors, hypotension, and even respiratory failure. Drs. James and Phyllis Balch warn “The poisonous substance that fluoride is derived from, builds up in the body, causing irreparable harm to the immune system. If you live in a city where your tap water contains fluoride, it is highly recommended that you buy distilled water or use a reverse osmosis system.

You may also want to consider using fluoride –free toothpaste.

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July 17, 2013

The Healing Power of Natural Substances

While the wrong diet can trigger the inflammatory cycle, the right diet can help to detoxify and cleanse the body, which in the long run can fight inflammation and disease. An increasing number of doctors are beginning to recognize the correlation between what we eat and the health we enjoy, and our diet’s role in stimulating balance and homeostasis. Dr. Barbara Joseph is an obstetrician and gynecologist, as well as a survivor of breast cancer. She shares with us what she learned the hard way: “We need to buy and eat organic food whenever possible. This nourishes us, keeps carcinogenic chemicals out of the body and at the same time makes a powerful political and economic statement. Health is not achieved by going for yearly checkups, getting Pap tests or scheduling mammograms.” She goes on to tell us that good health depends on how we live-our lifestyle and the food choices we make.

From Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally, The Untold Story by Raquel Martin and Karen J. Romano, R.N., D.C.

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July 10, 2013

Often, we will judge the quality of our health by certain numbers. For example: how much we weigh, our blood pressure, or how high our cholesterol is. These are all good numbers to evaluate, however, let’s focus on the numbers that will make these numbers better. How many fruits and vegetables did you eat today? How many miles can you walk? How many push-ups can you do? How many times did you stretch this week? These will make the other numbers better. Your score board will show that you are winning the game of life.

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July 3, 2013

Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Fatigue
- Fat around belly
- Irritable
- Craving for sweets and/or coffee
- Afternoon headaches
- Lightheaded or shaky if meals delayed
- Excessive appetite
- Forgetfulness
- Dizziness
- Poor Circulation

You may have blood sugar handling issues. Ask Dr. Kowalik about the Standard Process 10-Day Program for blood sugar. It is designed to start your journey to regaining optimal health and vitality.

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June 26, 2013

Processed Foods Companies Try to Convince You Are Natural

A recent Associated Press story revealed how companies are fighting to make their foods appear more natural.
“Food companies are responding to the adage that people eat with their eyes,” writes Candice Choi at the AP. “Americans still love their fast food and packaged snacks, but they’re increasingly turning their noses up at foods that look overly processed.”
Companies have responded by developing technology and preparation methods designed to make packaged food seem natural.
From lunch meat to burgers, see what they’re doing.

By Ashley Lutz | Business Insider – Fri, Jun 21

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/12-processed-foods-companies-try-to-convince-you-are-natural-194448833.html?page=1

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June 12, 2013

Eat Lots of Fruits & Veggies, Quit Smoking Easier?

In a recent study of smokers, those who consumed the most fruit and vegetables were significantly more likely to have quit smoking for at least 30 days at 14-month follow up.

Source: Hiabach JP, et al. A longitudinal evaluation of fruit and vegetable consumption and cigarette smoking. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2012 (epub in advance of print).

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May 15, 2013

GATORADE IS FOR ATHLETES – IT MUST BE GOOD FOR YOU!  RIGHT?  WRONG!

What’s in Gatorade?

Gatorade is a sports drink featuring a special ratio of sodium, potassium, and carbohydrates to help athletes and properly hydrate and refuel.  It is also commonly used to aid the ill.

Along with the electrolytes come added sugars and unnecessary artificial colors. In fact, the first ingredient listed is fructose corn syrup.

Please visit this site to see healthy alternatives to Gatorade:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/434919-healthy-alternatives-to-gatorade/#ixzz2TUzJCOmB

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May 8, 2013

Last week we shared about the importance of sun exposure for our body to produce Vitamin D.

What type of chemical does your sunscreen use?

To protect your skin from days of extended exposure to the sun, you will want to use a sunscreen product that contains the active ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

The synthetic chemicals often used in sunscreen preparations can get into your bloodstream and can cause all sorts of unwanted toxic side effects, including hormone disruption.

Some of these chemicals include:

OMC (Octyl methoxycinnamate)     Octocrylene
Avobenzone     Oxybenzone
Homosalate    Octinoxatre
Octisalate

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/22/new-study-shows-many-sunscreens-are-accelerating-not-preventing-cancer.aspx

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May 1, 2013

FREE VITAMIN D!

Sun exposure to the skin is the human race’s natural, intended, most effective and most neglected source of vitamin D.

Vitamin D sufficiency, along with diet and exercise, has emerged as one of the most important preventive factors in human health. Hundreds of studies now link vitamin D deficiency with significantly higher rates of many forms of cancer‚ as well as heart disease‚ osteoporosis‚ multiple sclerosis and many other conditions and diseases.

-Humans make 90 percent of our vitamin D naturally from sunlight exposure to our skin – specifically, from ultraviolet B exposure to the skin, which naturally initiates the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3. (Body needs time to absorb vitamin D3, so avoid lathering sun exposed areas with soap for a day or two.)

Vitamin D Comes From the Sun

Sunlight is the best and only natural source of vitamin D. Unlike dietary or supplementary vitamin D, when you get your ‘D’ from sunshine your body takes what it needs, and de-metabolizes any extra. That’s critical – as vitamin D experts and many health groups now advocate 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily – five to ten times the old recommendations. Because too much ‘D’ from dietary supplements may cause the body to over-process calcium, nobody really knows for sure how much supplementary vitamin D is safe. On the other hand, sunlight-induced vitamin D doesn’t have that problem – it’s the way your body is intended to make it!

* Sun exposure to the arms and legs for 10-15 minutes. The amount of vitamin D produced depends on the intensity of the UVB in the sun and many other factors. Darker-skinned individuals may need 5-10 times more exposure than a fair-skinned person to make the same amount of vitamin D. In northern climates sunlight is too weak in parts of the year to make any vitamin D – a period referred to as ‘Vitamin D Winter’.

** Vitamin D is supplemented into milk. It doesn’t occur naturally in milk.

http://www.sunshinevitamin.org/ For more information.

The sun’s rays need to be at least 50 degrees latitude.  See the following website to calculate the sun’s angle at different cities at different times of the year and times of the day.  At this time of year, for our area, we need our 10-15 minute exposure between about 10:20am and 3:20pm.  (If you enter a city that does not come up, then enter a neighboring city.)

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.php

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April 24, 2013

Whole Natural Vitamins vs. Synthetic Vitamins

Natural-These are vitamins found in foods and not tampered with in any way that might change their molecules or their biochemical actions. Labels should indicate the exact food source the vitamin is obtained from.

Synthetic-These are vitamins made in a laboratory that are chemically reconstructed versions of the crystalline vitamins from other known sources. Thiamine mononitrate made from coal tar is a synthetic vitamin. (Note: Chemists call everything that is derived from coal “organic” because it has carbon in its molecular structure.)

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VITAMIN………………..SYNTHETIC VITAMIN………………….FOOD-BASED VITAMINS
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Vitamin…………………AAcetate………………………………………Fish oils
…………………………….Retinal Palmitate…………………………Liver
…………………………….Beta Carotene…………………………….Carrot powder
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Vitamin B1……………Thiamine HCI  …………………………….Nutritional yeast
……………………………..Thiamine Mononitrate
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Vitamin B3……………Niacin…………………………………………..Nutritional yeast
……………………………………………………………………………………liver
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Vitamin C……………..Ascorbic Acid……………………………….Green leafy vegetables
……………………………..Pycnogenols……………………………….Buckwheat juice
……………………………………………………………………………………citrus
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Vitamin D…………….Irradiated Ergosterol…………………….Cholecalciferol
……………………………………………………………………………………fish oil
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Vitamin E…………….d-Alpha Tocopherol………………………Wheat germ oil
……………………………dl-Alpha Tocopherol………………………Green leafy vegetables
……………………………d-Alpha Succinate…………………………Peavine plant

From Back to the Basics of Human Health by Mary Frost

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April 17, 2013

The Problem With Pain Meds

Prescription opioid painkillers are now the leading cause of drug overdose deaths in America, taking more lives than heroin and cocaine combined.

Aside from the risk of addiction or overdose, pills with the opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone pose other hazards, especially when taken long-term. Studies show they increase the risk of falls, a real concern for older patients. They also can cause men to lose interest in sex. Paradoxically, opioid pain medications can actually increase sensitivity to pain, a condition called hyperalgesia. “In some patients on these drugs, all their other pains begin to hurt more,” says C. Richard Chapman, professor at the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah. The potential dangers of opioid pain meds are so serious that some leading pain clinics now focus on getting patients off pills. At the Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation Center, for instance, one of the program goals is tapering chronic pain sufferers off all pain meds. Some 57 percent of patients entering the program take opioid painkillers. Fewer than 7 percent are on opioid medications when they leave.

-AARP Bulletin April 2013 issue

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April 10, 2013

One-Third of Fish in the U.S. Is Mislabeled

An investigation of 1,215 fish samples in 674 stores and restaurants found that one third of the fish was mislabeled, usually to the profit of the seller.

By taking DNA samples of the fish, Oceana consistently found more healthful fish being swapped for cheaper counterparts. Wild salmon, for example, was replaced in restaurants 22 percent of the time with farmed salmon, which has higher dioxin and PCB levels. Eighty-four percent of “white tuna” from sushi restaurants was actually escolar, knows as the ex-lax fish for causing digestive problems.

-Amy Barth of Men’s Journal

May 2013 Issue

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Azithromycin, a commonly-prescribed antibiotic, may trigger a potentially deadly irregular heart rhythm for some patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Tuesday.

The antibiotic that’s sold as Zithromax, Zmax or sometimes referred to as a “Z-Pack” is prescribed to treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or ear infections.

The FDA is warning the public that the pills can cause abnormal changes in the heart’s electrical activity that may lead to a fatal heart rhythm. Not everyone is at risk. Patients with known risk factors such as existing QT interval prolongation, low blood levels of potassium or magnesium, a slower than normal heart rate, or those who use certain drugs to treat abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias face the greatest risk.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57573858/fda-warns-azithromycin-z-pack-antibiotics-could-lead-to-deadly-heart-rhythms-for-some/

By-Ryan Jaslow

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Organic Food Too Expensive!?!

Not if you consider the price you pay for eating poisons (pesticides)!

To save money – Check out Costco’s organic foods.

Last night I went to Costco and was surprised to find the amount of organic foods. You can get a lot of healthy food for a good price. Shop for organic foods that are just one ingredient. We got lettuce, carrots, apples, strawberries, sweet potatoes, chicken, beef, frozen peaches… (all organic). Minimize foods with a list of ingredients – processed foods.

The more that we buy organic foods, the more they realize there is a demand. More food will be produced organically, and then organic food will be less expensive. Supply and Demand! Where our dollars are spent is a vote with the greatest impact.

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Modern Wheat a “Perfect Chronic Poison,” Doctor says

“It’s not wheat, it’s an 18inch tall plant created by genetic researchers in the 60s and 70s. This thing has many new features nobody told you about… It’s not the wheat that mom had, not the wheat grandma had, it is a very different genetically changed plant.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57505149/modern-wheat-a-perfect-chron

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Watch the youtube video below. It is an interview with Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us. He talks about how scientists created the unhealthiest food in the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3fiYKnYECQ

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How fruits and vegetables boost your immune system!

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide a wide array of nutrients and antioxidants, components present in food that prevent or repair injury of cells, impro

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/69/3/564.long