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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mayo book underscores doctors' growing interest in folk remedies

Peppermint oil to help irritable bowel syndrome. Chile pepper seed rub to ease aching joints. Lavender to aid sleep. Hibiscus-flower tea to lower blood pressure.
Once dismissed by medical experts as grandma's superstition and folklore, herbal and natural cures such as these are getting a double dose of respect by mainstream physicians. Not only are they being recommended with increasing frequency, modern researchers are doing studies that find that many of these cures do in fact possess active biological agents that do just what Grandma told you they would.
One of the latest signs of how seriously such treatments are being taken is the new Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies (Time Inc. Home Entertainment, $25.95). It's not the first book to deal with home remedies – syndicated columnists Joe and Teresa Graedon of the People's Pharmacy have several, and an online search for home remedies gets millions of hits – but this carries the name of the prestigious Minnesota organization.
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Mayo book underscores doctors' growing interest in folk remedies

And as Mayo Clinic publishes a book about natural health care, the EU plans to move ahead with the April deadline to ban natural remedies -

When the EU does something truly unpopular, it usually builds in a delay. Eurocrats know that national ministers are likelier to agree to measures which will blow up in the laps of their successors. Thus the restrictions on natural and alternative medicines, which were passed in 2004, will hit herbalists’ shelves in April.
The Independent reports that hundreds of traditional plant remedies are under threat, including Meadowsweet, Cascara Bark and Pau D’Arco. Some products will be proscribed outright; others subjected to a prohibitively expensive licensing regime. Read more
I'm one of the contributors to Doctor's Book of Home Remedies and six more for Rodale Press.
Stay tuned to Natural Health News to learn what you can do to stay well and be well in this toxic, and crazy, world.

Glaucoma Awareness: January

Minerals, like magnesium, are absolutely essential to longevity and quality of life.

Did You Know?  Your eye muscles may be stronger than any other in your body.

In 1995, researchers at the University Eye Clinic in Basel, Switzerland published a study on the effect of supplemental magnesium on glaucoma patients. A dose of 121.5 mg twice daily was administered to 10 glaucoma patients for one month. Results of the study substantiated that magnesium supplementation improved the peripheral circulation in blood vessels around the eye, with the accompanying benefit of an improved visual field. While magnesium is certainly not a cure for glaucoma, the improvement of symptoms could make it worth taking.
Even without the potential benefits to glaucoma patients, magnesium is a very useful mineral.

Magnesium is essential to more than 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. It affects critical areas such heart rhythm, blood sugar, and metabolism. Studies have shown that inadequate magnesium intake can contribute to various health problems including: osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. As if that weren’t enough, magnesium can be used as a muscle relaxant and sleep aid.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium for individuals over 30 years is 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women. A study published in 2003 by The Journal of Nutrition indicated that the average daily intake of magnesium was substantially below the RDA. With all the potential benefits magnesium can provide, ideally we should try to include as many magnesium-rich foods in our diet as possible. If you’re not able to get the RDA via your diet, oral supplementation can also be used.
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Selections from Natural Health News

Longterm Steroid Use Causes Problems
Dec 08, 2007
If you take moderate to high doses of corticosteroids, have regular eye exams to check for glaucoma. * Ask your doctor whether you can reduce your oral steroid dose by adding other medications. * Have your blood pressure checked ...
Lawmakers have wooed seniors into the hole

Dec 04, 2009

Evodkia Kresch, 83, takes pills for glaucoma, diabetes and heart problems and has been in the doughnut hole for several months. She grew up in Ukraine and lost her parents and six siblings in the Holocaust. Her husband died two years ...
100000 deaths in hospitals each year are attributed to properly ...

Aug 21, 2006

Xalatan - used to relieve high pressure within the eye (a hallmark of the condition known as open-angle glaucoma). This drug may lead to changes in chromosomes, changes in pigment of eyelids, eye color and other effects on melanocytes, ...
Drug errors or other?
Jan 30, 2008

Labels could be applied that use "tall-man" lettering -- for instance the glaucoma drug acetaZOLamide, with the "ZOL" in the middle uppercased, versus acetoHEXamide, a drug used to treat diabetes that has a similar name. ...

Anemia Drug Risky for People with Diabetes

I'd be very happy if we could go back to the time when medicine was simpler, treatments were simpler, and traditional medical care was more of an art and focused on patients like it used to be.

But you see Big PhRMA and Big Insurance just doesn't want it to be so. This is especially true if you estimate the cost of one dose to be in excess of $300 to more than $1,600 for the medicine, depending on dose, with additional fees for administration.

This is a great example of why the system is failing.
Diabetes: Poor response to anti-anemia drug predicts higher risk of heart disease or death
ScienceDaily (2010-12-29) -- Patients with diabetes, kidney disease and anemia who don't respond to treatment with an anti-anemia drug have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease or death, researchers have found. ...  read full article
Additionally this genetically engineered (recombinant) drug carries with it severe risk of clotting which may increase your risk of heart attack or death.

This drug is also used for people enduring chemotherapy.

In a kinder gentler way, blood status can be changed without drugs, the way it used to be done...

Selections from 30+ found in Natural Health News  
Anti-Anemia Drugs: B12 is Better, Safer
Oct 19, 2010
Working as I do from time to time with people who experience serious anemic states because of their health condition or prescribed drugs, I have to stand on the side AGAINST the anemia drugs, regardless of health condition. ...
Death Risk Ups with Cancer Anemia Drugs
May 07, 2009
ScienceDaily (2009-05-07) -- The use of drugs to encourage red blood cell formation (erythropoiesis-stimulating agents) in cancer patients with anemia increases the risk of death and serious adverse events such as blood clots, ...
Natural Health News: Biochemic Help for Malaria
Dec 15, 2010
Additional cell salts Calc Phos (calcium phosphate) can help with secondary anemia resulting from the disease. Ferr Phos (iron phosphate) the oxygen supplying cell salt is very helpful when there is fever and vomiting of undigested food ...
If vitamins are so bad why is FDA giving them to PhRMA
Apr 06, 2010
It is also important for the prevention of cancer and the prevention and treatment of seizures, anemia, mental disorders including schizophrenia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. Its effect on carpal tunnel can seem almost ...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

More Food Folly

While Dr OZ is pushing turkey bacon, you might want to know why I chose uncured pig bacon instead, along with REAL yoghurt.
Pork bacon’s got a bad rap for wreaking havoc on your cholesterol. But is turkey bacon really any better?

The Truth: Stick with the pig. As far as calories go, the difference between “healthy” turkey bacon and “fatty” pig is negligible—and depending on the slice, turkey might sometimes tip the scales a touch more. Additionally, while turkey is indeed a leaner meat, turkey bacon isn’t made from 100 percent bird: One look at the ingredients list will show a long line of suspicious additives and extras that can’t possibly add anything of nutritional value. And finally, the sodium content of the turkey bacon is actually higher than what you’ll find in the kind that oinks—so if you’re worried about your blood pressure, opting for the original version is usually the smarter move.

Eat This Instead: Regular bacon. We like Hormel Black Label and Oscar Mayer Center Cut bacon for some low-cal, low-additive options.

And for the (fake) yogurt eaters, here's a new take on what we have been saying for decades -
It seems like the ideal breakfast or snack for a man or woman on the go—a perfect combination of yogurt and antioxidant-packed fruits, pulled together in one convenient little cup. But are these low-calorie dairy aisle staples really so good for you?

The Truth: While the yogurt itself offers stomach-soothing live cultures and a decent serving of protein, the sugar content of these seemingly healthy products is sky-high. The fruit itself is swimming in thick syrup—so much of it, in fact, that high-fructose corn syrup (and other such sweeteners) often shows up on the ingredients list well before the fruit itself. And these low-quality refined carbohydrates are the last thing you want for breakfast—Australian researchers found that people whose diets were high in carbohydrates had lower metabolisms than those who ate proportionally more protein. Not to mention, spikes in your blood sugar can wreck your short-term memory, according to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Not what you need just before your urgent 9 a.m. meeting with the boss!

Eat This Instead: Plain Greek-style yogurt, mixed with real blueberries. They’re jacked with about 15 to 22 grams of belly-filling protein, so they’ll help you feel satisfied for longer. And blueberries are another great morning add—scientists in New Zealand found that when they fed blueberries to mice, the rodents ate 9 percent less at their next meal.

tips from Eat This, Not That!, by David Zinczenko.
Adding the benefits of berries?  New in 2011: Our "simply4health Daily Fruit" and our High ORAC value Aronia berry capsules. Goji can be ordered directly, see "Rich Nature Super Fruits" in the right column.

Big Insurance Moves in on Medicaid

The Wall Street Journal

Insurers Bid for State Medicaid Plans

Health insurers are preparing to capitalize on $40 billion of new opportunities to run privately managed Medicaid plans for the states, which would position insurers to benefit from the health overhaul's expansion of Medicaid in 2014.

Medicaid, the state and federal program for the poor, has become a growth area for big insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and more specialized plans such as Molina Healthcare Inc. Texas and Georgia will solicit new contracts for their private Medicaid plans early next year, while California, Florida and others are likely to meaningfully expand their programs, companies and states have said.

Healthy and Wise

Over at the Everett Herald one of the longtime writers once penned an article about camping.  The thing that caught my eye was her menu because it included things like hot dogs, bacon, ham, and a variety of chips and white bread buns to add to the folly.

I contacted here to suggest her menu could be a bit healthier and she replied, “You have to die of something”.  To this I said, “Yes, only a life well lived”.

I guess paying a price for a longer life falls in to the “you have to die of something” category, but I continue to support the concepts that help you live long and live healthy.

Exercise can be one of those ‘helpers’ as can learning to use non-pharmaceutical methods to keep you healthy and well through the ages and stages of your life.
Fit at Any Age: Workout,,20365122,00.html

EAST ANGLIA, England, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A British physiotherapist says making just one lifestyle change -- exercise -- can help improve health.
Leslie Alford of the University of East Anglia, England, who has reviewed 40 international studies on the value of exercise, takes issue with those who say: "What's the point? I've never been able to lose weight or give up smoking, why should I exercise?"
Of course, says Alford, it would be ideal to exercise, abstain from smoking, eat a healthy diet and have a body mass index -- a measure of body weight based on height -- lower than 25.
"The more of these healthy traits an individual has the less likely they are to develop a range of chronic disorders," Alford says in a statement. "It is obviously desirable for an individual to give up smoking and maintain a healthy weight range, but if they cannot, they will still gain health benefits from increasing their physical activity."
Alford says it is important patients understand the health benefits of losing weight or giving up smoking. However, if a patient cannot lose weight or give up smoking, he or she should still be encouraged to be more physically active.
Alford's review is published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

December 27, 2010
Aging: Paying the Physical Price for Longer Life
Americans are living longer, but those added years are more likely to be a time of disease and disability.
An analysis of government data has found that while life expectancy has steadily increased over the past decade, the prevalence of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes has also increased, and disability has grown as well.
For example, in 1998 about 16 percent of men in their 70s had a mobility problem — that is, they failed one of four commonly used physical tests. By 2006, almost 25 percent failed at least one.
Writing in the January issue of The Journal of Gerontology B, the authors conclude that people live longer not because they are less likely to get sick, but because they survive longer with disease.
As a result, a 20-year-old man today can expect to live about a year longer than a 20-year-old in 1998, but will spend 1.2 years more with a disease, and 2 more years unable to function normally.
The lead author, Eileen M. Crimmins, a professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California, said that while we have been very successful in increasing the length of life, it comes at a cost.
“Longer life is what we want,” she said. “But we’re going to have to pay for it with more treatment of diseases and accommodations for disability.”

Maybe this article is a plug for "death panels"?

Citrus Season Goodies

Whole food is much better for you, we know.  Today we have to take care to buy organic or to be sure to use an effective system to remove farm chemicals and fungicides used in the citrus business from food like those recommended in our publication “FOOD SAFETY: CLEANSING OPTIONS”.  GMO oranges are suggested to be coming soon too, so taking care to avoid these will become very crucial.

It is best to eat all food in season, so let us make good vitamin C products available to you for your best health.

I think it is good to understand that for oranges, other foods, and herbs,it is the "powerful combinations of compounds" that make the better than selected constituents in standardized forms.

Hesperidin and rutin from whole fruit like oranges is excellent for helping your health when you have varicosities.

Citrus foods are good for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification.  Join us in 2011 for our year long focus on this very important topic. Most people do not understand the process and most products don't really do the best job.  There is much more to this than a quick colon cleanse.  Be ready to learn!

PROVO, Utah, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- What makes fruit so healthy is not one compound or another but how fruit compounds combine, a U.S. nutritionist says.
Tory Parker of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, says oranges, blueberries, strawberries and other fruits are so healthful because they contain powerful combinations of compounds. This is the reason why the whole orange is healthier than the orange's components taken separately.
"There's something about an orange that's better than taking a vitamin C capsule, and that's really what we're trying to figure out," Parker says in a statement."We think it's the particular mixture of antioxidants in an orange that makes it so good for you.
"Carbs and fat increase free radicals, and fruit and internal antioxidants counteract that -- that means fruit should be your desert," Parker says in a statement."We're looking for synergistic effects -- cases where the effect of two or more antioxidants together was stronger than the sum of them separately."
Parker and colleagues will be seeking patents for some of the identified combinations of antioxidants that were the most synergistic -- especially involving the compounds hesperidin and naringenin -- that seemed to contribute the most.
The findings are published in the Journal of Food Science.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Why 98.6 May Be Good For Your Body

A mathematical model finds that a temperature of about 98.6 F is high enough to ward off the majority of fungal infections, but still low enough to only require a manageable level of food intake.

As a bitter winter storm rages on the east coast, it’s hard to knock being warm-blooded. But what about the metabolic cost of maintaining a high body-temperature? Well, a new study finds that we and many other mammals keep up such a torrid temp because it’s a Goldilocks situation—98.6 is just right.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers previously showed that every one degree Celsius rise in body temperature wards off about 6 percent more fungal species. So tens of thousands of fungi can infect reptiles and amphibians, but we can only be invaded by a few hundred fungi.
In the new work, the researchers created a mathematical model that weighed the fungal protection benefits versus the metabolic cost of high body-temperature. And the optimal temperature was 98.1, quite close to what evolution figured out. The research was published in the open-access journal mBio. [Aviv Bergman and Arturo Casadevall, Mammalian Endothermy Optimally Restricts Fungi and Metabolic Costs]
Too low a temperature and we’re far more susceptible to fungal infections. Too high a temperature and we’d spend all our time taking in fuel to burn. So 98.6, like that middle bowl of porridge, is just right.
—Steve Mirsky
Read complete article or listen to podcast.

Also think Thermography.

Homeopathy Does Help

Just before this negative article was published on BBC News a very good report on homeopathy was published showing strong scientific basis for this form of both medicine and lay care.

Generally speaking I would not consider homeopathy to be "alternative medicine", but a form of health care that has proven extremely beneficial to tens of thousands of people around the world over several hundred years.

Of course, when people benefit from something other than "mainstream, drug based medicine" we hear the attacks, not based on the naysayers reviewing any of the science behind the art.

I was often given homeopathic remedies as a child and I used them for my children.  I find they are still very beneficial  for the health of humans and animals as well.

Dana Ullman has written on homeopathy for children and infants.  Miranda Castro has written another useful book in this area.  Many others are available.

I note that this article makes no comparison between the deaths in children and infants from vaccines or mainstream drugs.

Alternative remedies 'dangerous' for kids says report

Vials containing pills for homeopathic remedies  

Alternative remedies can have side effects, particularly for vulnerable groups like children
Alternative remedies can be dangerous for children and even prove fatal if taken instead of conventional drugs, according to a new study.
The report warns of possible adverse reactions in youngsters who are given alternative remedies.
Researchers say parents sometimes think remedies are "more natural" with fewer side effects than conventional drugs.
But in nearly two thirds of the cases the side effects were rated as severe, life threatening or fatal.
The study, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, looked at 39 separate incidents reported to the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit between 2001 and 2003.
The children ranged from babies to 16 year olds.
Child deaths In 30 cases, the issues were "probably or definitely" related to complementary medicine, and in 17 the patient was regarded as being harmed by a failure to use conventional medicine.
The report says that all four deaths resulted from a failure to use conventional medicine.
One death involved an eight-month-old baby admitted to hospital "with malnutrition and septic shock following naturopathic treatment with a rice milk diet from the age of three months for 'congestion'".

"Inert remedies like homeopathy, even though they in themselves are harmless, can be life threatening when they replace effective treatments” Edzard Ernst Professor of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter
"Another death involved a 10-month-old infant who presented with septic shock following treatment with homeopathic medicines and dietary restriction for chronic eczema," the authors say.
One child had multiple seizures after complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) were used instead of anti-seizure drugs due to concerns about potential side effects.
The fourth death was of a child who needed blood-clotting drugs but was given complementary medicine instead.
The study found that parents used alternative therapies to treat anything from constipation to clotting disorders, and diabetes to cerebral palsy.
High and unacceptable rate The authors, from the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, said: "Many of the adverse events associated with failure to use conventional medicine resulted from the family's belief in complementary and alternative medicine and determination to use it despite medical advice."
Dr William Van't Hoff, a consultant paediatrician and a spokesman for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says this is an important, well constructed study that demonstrates "a high and unacceptable rate of adverse events" associated with the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
"It's important to note that the four deaths related to the failure of the family to use conventional medicine. Probably the most important risk is that families abandon or delay the use of conventional medicine and rely on CAMs.
"The second concern is that CAMs can interact with other medicines or have toxic effects. There's a presumption that these are natural remedies and families don't appreciate this and may even attribute the toxic effect to the conventional therapy."
'Nonsense' Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University, says it is well known that alternative therapies can have side effects, especially in vulnerable groups like children.
"All of these treatments can have side effects but there's also a risk of alternative therapies replacing effective treatments.
"So inert remedies like homeopathy, even though they in themselves are harmless, can be life threatening when they replace effective treatments.
"Children don't make decisions themselves about their treatment; very often it is their parents, and parents can be misguided by the 50 million alternative medicine websites. The children are victims of lots of nonsense and false claims."

selections from Natural Health News (more than 30 posts)
Nov 24, 2010
Homeopathy, a branch of alternative medicine based on the Law of Similars, is one of the most effective hypertension treatments, in my opinion. Homeopathic theory views disease as a dynamic disturbance that affects the whole, ...
Nov 29, 2010
French virologist Luc Montagnier stunned his colleagues at a prestigious international conference when he presented a new method for detecting viral infections that bore close parallels to the basic tenets of homeopathy. ...
Apr 29, 2008
I am so convinced that homeopathy IS the medicine of the future that we chose this format- in our Simply4Health line - for the 21st Century version of BioSupplemente, in order to maintain it for perpetuity. ...
May 25, 2008
Homeopathy is a centuries-old form of medicine that takes a substance that might otherwise cause symptoms or harm and dilutes it until the substance becomes virtually undetectable. Yet homeopathy's supporters say the infinitesimal ...

Better Ways to Save on Drugs: Beyond Plan D

With the Medicare Plan D only giving those in the "doughnut hole" a 50% reduction in Big PhRMA's retail prices perhaps, if you are a drug user, you might be better off with these optional plans, or those offered by the drug manufacturers.

Here is a really good related article, very much worth your time to read and watch...

Walmart and Target $9 Generic Prescription Drugs Levitra, Fosamax, Sprintec, Tamoxifen, Clomid

You may know about Walmart and Target pharmacies' $4 (30-day) and $10 (three-month) generic prescription drugs. Both stores carry $9/$24 Levitra, ReliOn Ventolin, Fosamax, Clomid, Proscar, Tamoxifen, Sprintec and other generic drugs. The $4 for 30-day, $10 three-month and the $9/$24 prescription lists are regularly updated to include new medications as they are approved also.
Here are links to each store's $4/$10 generic prescriptions
Walmart Retail Prescription Drug Program List
Kroger $4/$10 Prescriptions
Target $4/$10 Prescriptions
Walmart, Kroger and Target sell many of the same $4/$10 generic prescription drugs, but they are grouped differently on each list. For example, Walmart lists prescriptions like Fluoxetine (generic equivalent of Prozac) under "Mental Health," while Target lists Fluoxetine under "Antidepressant." Kroger lists $4 prescription drugs alphabetically while Target and Walmart have alphabetical and By condition lists.
Walmart and Target have added a $9 30-day and $24 for three month prescription drug category. Drugs in this category include Finasteride (Proscar), Alendronate (Fosamax), Clomiphene (Clomid), Sprintec birth control (Norgesimate, Estradiol), Tri-Sprintec and Tamoxifen (Novladex) 10mg and 20mg varieties. Both Walmart and Target sell Wellbutrin and Zyban smoking cessation generic equivalent Bupropion 150 MG SR for $9 (17 count). In the Men's Health category, Walmart and Target sell Levitra (used to treat Erectile Dysfuction) for $9 per tablet. The best price online for Levitra is $67.50 for four tablets.
Adults and parents of children with asthma will be glad to hear generic equivalent Albuterol, ReliOn/ Ventolin HFA Inhalers 8g/ 60 puff size, are now available for $9. Explore each store's list of over 300 prescriptions. Kroger, Target and Walmart all sell $4/$10 generic prescription drugs from many health categories: allergy, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antibiotics, antacids, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, arthritis, cardiac/hypertension, cancer/oncology, cholesterol, diabetes, eye and ear preparations, hormones, incontinence, muscle relaxers, Parkinson's, prostate, seizures/epilepsy, steroids, gastro-intestinal/stomach, thyroid, tuberculosis, Vitamins (including prenatal) and Women's Health issues.
The $4/$10 generic prescription drugs are available to everyone regardless of insurance or lack of insurance. There are no special qualifications to participate in the program. You should ask your physician or pediatrician to prescribe drugs on this list and generic drugs when possible. Request Kroger, Walmart or Target for your preferred pharmacy.
Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben, a 10-year veteran homeschooler, has nearly three decades of experience as a special needs and general education teacher. She has created hundreds of themed units and lesson plans on everything from ancient Greece to biodiversity to personal finance to poetry. She holds a BS in psychology and a degree as Dr. Mom from the university of life. She writes about parenting for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

Environmental Effects and Your Health

It has been decades that I've been promoting what just recently so many report as anti-cancer Superfoods.  The same goes for all the education I have done since the late 90s on EMF and cell phone-cordless phone-wifi impact.
As far as food goes, I encourage berries as a top food; the reason being the presence of proanthocyanidins (cyanide compounds from seeds).  Garlic of course is exceptional as we now know brassicas and fiber to be.

We now have a new high ORAC value berry compound in capsules or liquid
from Aronia (chokecherry), about 3 times more beneficial than blueberries.
The first and most important point is that most cancer is not born but made. By that I mean, that only one in ten cases of cancer comes about because you have inherited a defective gene by your mother or father.  Nine out of ten cases of breast cancer, colon cancer and even more for brain cancer arise because of something that happens to you after you’re born. Source
1) Tomatoes - Lycopene in tomatoes protects against cervical, ovarian and prostate cancers. Tomato products like sauce, paste and ketchup are even better sources due to their concentrations.
2) Berries - The vivid colors of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries come from antioxidants called anthocyanins, which fight a variety of cancers. Frozen berries are available year round-try them in smoothies or in cereal.
3) Spinach - One of the most nutritious leafy greens, the lutein and vitamin E in spinach fight liver, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancers.
5) Garlic - Italians and want-to-be Italians, rejoice! Garlic fights stomach, esophageal, and breast cancers. To get the most benefits, chop just before cooking.
6) Apples - This affordable, delicious, year-round fruit has plenty of antioxidants and vitamins, but it also boasts quercetin, a plant chemical, which may lower lung cancer risk and slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.
7) Pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes - As long as it's orange, take your pick! These sweet, fiber-rich vegetables are excellent sources of beta carotene, which may protect the DNA in your cells.
8) Beans - fiber source   Expanded list

following article sourced from SciAM

Alpha-carotene from veggies linked to longer life

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Need another reason to eat your greens (and yellows and oranges) as part of a healthful diet in the New Year? A large U.S. study has found that adults with higher concentrations of serum alpha-carotene in their blood were likely to live longer than those who had lower levels.

Research around carotenoids (phytochemicals that also include beta-carotene, lycopene and others) has yielded mixed results. Cheering of beta-carotene's purported disease-fighting abilities quieted down after years of studies failed to show that supplements reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease or type-2 diabetes (all diseases linked to free-radical damage, which antioxidants, such as carotenoids, are thought to help neutralize).

Nevertheless, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables (which are often high in carotenoids) continue to be linked to a longer, healthier life, often regardless of other lifestyle factors. So researchers are now busy chasing down other components of these foods.

The recent alpha-carotene research is one such study. It assessed the blood levels of serum alpha-carotene in 15,318 U.S. adults and followed up over an average of 13.9 years to see which of the participants had died as of December 31, 2006.

After controlling for demographic, health and lifestyle factors, the researchers "found that serum alpha-carotene concentration was inversely associated with adjusted risk of death," according to their study, led by Chaoyang Li, of the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women tended to have slightly higher concentrations of the nutrient than men (5.31 microgram per deciliter versus 4.22).

The team found an especially strong correlation between higher alpha-carotene levels and lower risk of death from diabetes, upper respiratory tract and upper digestive tract cancers, as well as lower respiratory disease.

The findings are slated to be published next year in the March 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine and are now available online. A handful of previous, smaller studies of alpha-carotene had mixed results, and the researchers cautioned that the levels of alpha-carotene, rather than having a direct affect on disease prevention themselves might instead "act as an indicator of multiple interactive forces."

Unlike beta-carotene, alpha-carotene is not often found in multivitamins or other common dietary supplements, which suggests that most of the quantities found in people's blood comes from food (primarily yellow-orange and dark green veggies, including broccoli, carrots, collards, green beans, lettuce, peas, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes and winter squash). And a previous case-control study found that eating more of these sorts of alpha-carotene-rich veggies led to a decreased risk of lung cancer.

"These findings support increasing fruit and vegetable consumption as a means of preventing premature death," the researchers noted. So go ahead and raise those carrots high.
Carrot recipes from Jaime Oliver
Boil the carrots in salted boiling water with a tablespoon of sugar, a knob of butter and a little handful of fragrant fresh herbs, tied up. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, bay – use just one or a mixture. Cut an orange into eighths and add them to the water, along with a few whole garlic cloves in their skins. If you really want to be a little tiger, add a pinch of cumin as well (seeds or ground) – it subtly cuts through with the most wonderful flavor. As soon as the carrots are cooked, drain them, discard the herbs and all but one of the orange pieces, squeeze the garlic out of its skin, chop the remaining orange piece finely and toss with the carrots, some seasoning and a little more butter. The flavor will be incredible. Another idea is to fry the chopped-up orange in a good tablespoon of sugar, so it almost jammifies, and serve this on top of the carrots. These two flavours together are one of the coolest things.

Or – just as easy – as soon as you drain the carrots you can throw them into a baking pan with the chopped-up orange and the garlic cloves and roast them at 400°F for 10 minutes – this will give you a slightly meatier flavor.

Or simply mash the carrots up with the orange and garlic, so you have some coarse and some smooth. Lovely.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Plan Now for Feb 2011: End Diabetes, The Longest Walk

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Cordless Phones, like WIFI, Boost Heart Risk

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
The controversy continues over the possibility that frequent exposure to electromagnetic fields from cell phones and other cordless devices increases the risk of brain tumors and cognitive dysfunction. That’s been hard to prove definitively, and many mainstream researchers dismiss the risk as alarmism.
But an international collaborative team of Canadian, US, and European researchers recently discovered something that may prove harder to dismiss: in some individuals, the 2.4 GHz pulsed signals emitted by a cordless phone system reliably produce measurable and clinically significant disruptions in cardiac rhythm.  Complete article
Devra Davis on C-Span

Selected articles from Natural Health News
Sep 14, 2008
Studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, reported in The Independent on Sunday last year, have found bees failed to return to their hives when digital cordless phones were placed in them, while an Austrian survey noted that ...
Dec 21, 2009
The report highlights a study that found significantly increased risk of brain tumors from 10 or more years of cell phone or cordless phone use. Also, the BioInitiative Working Group, an international group of scientists, ...
Feb 14, 2009
One of the most dangerous devices in use, in most homes is the DECT cordless phone. The dangerously high microwave radiation that these 'convenience items' expose families to, are likely to eventually kill and maim more Americans than ...
Feb 16, 2008
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The Importance of Accuracy in Health Reporting

Over the years I have been in the health professions I have noticed real change in the way health information is reported.  This applies to medical journals, TV and other broadcast media, newspapers, and other venues.

Now too we have now the on-line purveyors of what lay people turned health expert believe to be factual.

I think it has become pretty difficult to wade your way through all that is out there in the info universe to make some sense of it all for your health and that of those for whom you care.

Even though one site I favor is focused on mainstream health, I continue to learn more about the issues that have been important to me for decades from his sites: Integrity and truth in coverage.

Recently this was the focus of some very good information -

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Boys Now Targeted by Big Pharma's Vaccine Campaign

23 December, 2010:  Natural Health News first reported on boys and Gardasil in 2008.  Now FDA has gone ahead and approved this very risky vaccine for boys and men.
One MD says
Dec 23, 2010
According to this report, This FDA approval is NOT BASED on SCIENCE but on a VOTING PROCEDURE by the FDA Advisory Committee, which in turn is based on a BELIEF and not on the gold standard of DOUBLE BLIND PLACEBO CONTROLLED TRIAL. I am flabbergasted. Honestly, does the FDA Advisory Committee know what it is doing? How long was the randomized trial conducted and were the numbers and duration of the trial robust enough to come to this conclusion? Was the randomized trial conducted by an independent research team or was it industry funded? I cannot accept it and I will not recommend it.
from MEDPage Today
WASHINGTON -- The FDA has approved the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil for use in males and females ages 9 to 26 to prevent anal cancer.
The decision follows a recommendation from the FDA's advisory committee on vaccines, which voted last month that the vaccine -- already approved for preventing cervical and vaginal cancer in women and genital warts in both sexes -- is safe and effective for anal cancer prevention.
A randomized trial that included men who have sex with men, ages 16 to 26, was the main basis for the new approval. It found that Gardasil was 78% effective in preventing anal intraepithelial neoplasia related to the HPV-16 and HPV-18 viral serotypes.
Because the disease process of anal cancer is believed to be the same in females as in males, and because neoplasias usually develop during adulthood, the FDA did not require separate studies in females or in preteens.
The FDA emphasized that HPV vaccination would not prevent anal cancer in individuals already infected with the virus.
"Treatment for anal cancer is challenging; the use of Gardasil as a method of prevention is important as it may result in fewer diagnoses and the subsequent surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that individuals need to endure," according to Karen Midthun, MD, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in a statement.
Although anal cancer is uncommon in the general population, the incidence is increasing, the agency indicated.
About 90% of anal cancers are believed to stem from HPV infection. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 5,300 people are diagnosed with anal cancer each year in the U.S., affecting more women than men.

1/5/10: Today another "flash" was published in MSM about the enhanced efforts to push Gardasil on adults, especially women 19-49.  Don't you see this is more about drug sales and profits than health?

UPDATE: 1/4/10  If you have been following Gardasil vaccine issues on Natural Health News or in other places you know that this is a story we have been covering for about 5+ years.

Today HealthDay announced the new American Academy of Pediatrics 2010 vaccine guidelines; it includes Gardasil for boys and more swine flu shots.

At the same time this is announced, other medical news says that special diets for children with autism do not work.  I think this is mis-information, because if they are working in spite of mainstream medicine ignorance, there must be something to them.

And of course with more vaccination we can only know that we will continue to see more vaccine damage.

We do not consider Gardasil to be proven or safe.

Originally posted 6/08
If you have been following the thread of Gardasil articles here over the past year you probably won't be amazed by this newly announced campaign to bring Gardasil to your little boys.

From what I gleaned on the report I heard this morning there won't be a new vaccine created. Little boys will be jabbed with the same toxic vaccine as is marketed to girls from age 9 to 26.

I did not glean from the report that there have been any longterm studies on Gardasil for boys. Maybe it is just lagging sales that is behind this, along with FDA's denial for using Gardasil in women 27 to 45.

One reader of this blog commented today on the number of thyroid problems appearing in a group of young girls in their community. Sounds like an adverse effect that needs reporting.
Dr A Kalokerinos MD, Holder of the Australian Medal of Merit for 'outstanding scientific research', in an interview for the International Vaccination Newsletter of June 1995.

"Our society is littered with millions of children who were harmed in one way or another by vaccinations. Also, do not let us forget the millions of parents who had to watch helplessly as their children's lives were destroyed by devastating vaccination programmes."
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Selected Gardasil posts -
Sep 28, 2009 ...
Nov 13, 2008
The Gardasil vaccine was 90 percent effective in preventing lesions, mostly sexually transmitted warts, caused by the virus in men, Anna Giuliano of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues ...
Apr 18, 2007
Both men and others told Dr. Haupt they supported the vaccine, but it was too early and counterproductive to push for school requirements. On Feb. 20, Merck announced that it was suspending its lobbying push, but Women in Government ...
Jul 06, 2008
Since condoms are indisputably a safe, non-invasive, cost-effect method for protecting boys and girls / men and women against ALL sexually transmitted diseases -- Why are we exposing American girls and young women to a public health ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter's Holiday

At this time of year I take a winter holiday for rest and reflection. We truly thank you for all of your support over the many years we have been providing Natural Health News in its various forms. 
In 2011 we will begin the 8th year of the blog, and the 12th year of Natural Health News.  I hope you'll join me when I return in January with the many new things planned to come from Creating Health Institute and The Oake Centre for natural health education, Simply4Health.

To borrow words from a friend:   

Sing Joy, Live Peace 

I wish you all, in whatever way you celebrate this season, 
the very best of everything. 

Peace & health in the coming New Year.

The Case of a Sequestered Mind

11 Jan, 2011 -  The list of psychopharmaceutical chemicals forced on my mother included Zyprexa, Celexa, Neurontin, Depakote, and Ativan,  Mind you, my mother suffered a closed head injury in 2003 and developed expressive aphasia.  She was never evaluated by a neurologist as I requested, nor did she have rehab or speech therapy. The drug interaction profile will tell you that many of these are NOT supposed to be given together, and the research tells you that Zyprexa is not for Elders, especially women. My younger brother, a MetLife salesman, refused to act to create a more beneficial care plan for her.

Now, a new report has been issued regarding new findings that many "prescriptions for the top-selling class of drugs, known as atypical antipsychotic medications, lack strong evidence that the drugs will actually help" and they are costing billions and "serious effects as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease..."

Too late for my mother, but not too late for you.

December 18, 2010 - Please refer to this recent Natural Health News post: Drug Death FDA and YOU

Truth telling seems to be the Mode O'Day with WikiLeaks being front and center in the news. In some small way this is one of my WikiLeak-type stories -

Imagine losing your ability to communicate following a closed head injury.  Imagine knowing that excellent neurological care is locally available in your community but the person with Power of Attorney over your care refuses a family member’s request to take you there.
On the surface this sounds cruel at the very least.  In the depths of this many-year saga it is very ugly.
Just the other day I was working on some drug information for a client in my Health Forensics® program.
At the same time I was listening to a very good discussion of problems with health care in the US, especially drugs that kill about 300,000 people annually, and posted an informative article on the subject to my blog.
This topic is very important to me because a related event happened in my family.
Given the fact I grew up I a medical family I had a different involvement than this brother, younger by seven years.  I went in to the medical field; he is a commissioned salesperson for a major insurance company offering annuities and mutual funds.
Sometime early in 2003, although I have never been told the exact date, my mother suffered a closed head injury. From what information I was able to scout out there was no definitive proof whether my mother fell and hit her head or experienced a stroke.
This brother was given power of attorney as the youngest, so my mother explained. When my mother called me to tell me this both my youngest daughter and I expressed concerns.  We suggested someone outside the family would be best.
As PoA, my brother took more than three months to contact me to tell me about the event.  During this time he either sold or removed all of my mother’s belongings, or gave items to other family members.  He never asked me if there were things I wanted, or that my mother wanted me to have: there were. 
After a very brief sentence or two I was told that my mother was at the same place where she had been living since a year after my father died, except in the nursing home division.
Even though I was experiencing shock because of the way the information was manipulated, I managed to order flowers and sent a card to my mother.  I called the facility to and to further exasperate the situation, the so-called “nurse” had no idea my mother had a daughter, and there was no mention of me in any of my mother’s records.
I did however manage to get a list of the drugs being prescribed to my mother, and found out who the attending doctors were.
Now for the third shock wave!  The list of drugs was so egregious and inappropriate I could not grasp what was happening.  Other than this being the typical way nursing homes, even the “5 star” rated one like this place, do things.  I hoped I’d find otherwise.
I phoned the GP internist.  He was not used to being asked questions so he complained to my brother.
Then I phoned the psychiatrist (another red flag) to ask about the drugs he was prescribing, seven to be exact.  I asked how he was able to diagnose my mother’s condition if she was experiencing aphasia.  He could not answer yet gave a diagnosis of depression.  He also diagnosed leg pain but could not explain why he gave Neurontin to someone who could not tell him if she had this complaint. Neurontin causes garbled speech among its other wonderful side effects; are you thinking what I thought?

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. An Aphasia Therapy Program is an intensive communication program designed to improve communications skills, reconnect with those around them and attain a greater quality of life.  Based on recent studies, individuals with aphasia greatly benefit from treatment provided intensively over a short period of time. 
I still couldn’t figure out why my mother did not have a neurologist as her primary provider.  When asked of the Director of Nursing, she said, “She had an MRI in the hospital, so she must have had one”.  She added later in our discussion that “…you know how those people are after they have a head injury” after I asked who was supplying prescription drugs to the facility and had they provided a drug interaction profile on the drugs prescribed for my mother.  She never answered this line of questions.
I ran a drug interaction profile the next day and again was shocked, so I called a colleague at the FDA who was one of their top pharmacologists.  He specialized in psychiatric drugs.
Politely he said, “This combination would knock out a healthy 30 year old!” and went on to express his real concerns.
I passed this on to my brother and asked that he take her to the neurologist for a real evaluation and to see that she received proper care, including speech therapy. 
Even though for the last couple of years he rails that I was unwilling to collaborate, my brother refused to take my mother to one of the top neurologists in the country.  He refused!  His excuses were 1) he would have to pay for her transportation there (not more than 5 miles one way with a nurse to accompany her), and 2) the nurse told him he would have to move her if she came off the drugs.
Not too long after this my mother was taken to the hospital for hip surgery following a fall.  The nursing director told me my mother would never fall because she had a “lap buddy”. 
A “lap buddy” can be a restrain, which requires an order, and it is to help prevent falls.  Whatever form used on my mother obviously did not protect her from falling and fracturing her hip, forcing her to be hospitalized and undergo surgery.
Now on opiates for pain, on top of her other sedating drugs (often used for staff convenience) what might be next?
The facility stopped sending me the drug data after this event.  To this day I still do not know if the Zyprexa given to my mother caused her to become diabetic.  My brother ignored the warning for suicidal ideation associated with Celexa (he believed drugs were necessary because my mother “tried to jump out a window”).  He too ignored the information I sent him stating clearly that Zyprexa is not for use with elderly patients, especially elderly women, and is a known cause of diabetes.
My little brother sees me as a trouble maker.  I see him as the thief who stole my mother’s mind.
If this is trouble making then I’m happy to continue providing Health Forensics® to all of the people who depend on me to help them understand the problems and nutritional deficiencies caused by drugs.
There is much more to this story.  I may tell it in the future.

DECEMBER 17, 2010,
What Happens When the Elderly Are Prescribed Antidepressants?

By Katherine Hobson

When you’re taking a lot of prescription medications, as many older adults do, there’s the potential for trouble.
An analysis of Medicare claims for 39,512 patients newly prescribed an antidepressant finds within a year, about a quarter filled other prescriptions for different antidepressants or other drugs that raised their risk for a major interaction. About 36% filled prescriptions for drugs that could cause moderate interactions, and about 39% filled prescriptions for drugs that risked minor or no complications.
More than 30% of those potentially major interactions involved pain meds, notably tramadol and oxycodone, according to the study, which was led by researchers from Thomson Reuters and published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The analysis also found that side effects can play a role in adherence; less than half of the Medicare enrollees who had documented side effects within a month of starting an antidepressant filled a second prescription for the drug. And about a fourth who had documented side effects ceased taking antidepressants altogether.
This is only a piece of the much bigger issue of how — and what — to prescribe to the elderly. A study published earlier this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine examined the safety of painkillers in older people and found that opioids raised the risk of adverse events compared to non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Here’s the WSJ story on the study.
In a JAMA commentary published in October, Jerry Avorn, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, calls medication use in older people “arguably the single most important health care intervention in the industrialized world.” He says the U.S. health-care system needs to change to address the issue, including a greater emphasis in medical education on prescribing to the elderly, better representation of older patients in clinical trials and more coordinated care.
Note:  Some years ago I had the wonderful experience of working with a chemist who had some 47 patents to his name.  I came to know him because my business had done some work at his home, and I later asked him to analyze a compound I was interested in manufacturing.  He had expressive aphasia resulting from a stroke.  With his cooperation, his wife’s help, and some ingenuity, we designed a program for him. He regained speech; something my brother never let my mother experience.

I've served in executive positions in nursing homes.  I understand the games that are played, especially when corporations look for profit over people.  I have been a whistleblower in several Federal Elder care fraud cases. A reason why I am unwilling to sell my soul for a paycheck as I felt was an issue at the Naples FL facility where my mother was sequestered for the last silenced six years of her life.

Neuroprotective Compounds

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chantix Still A Danger to Health

Several years ago I started alerting people to problems with Chantix, mainly because of the suicide risk associated with the drug.

It seems as if the problem with the drug continues to be newsworthy -
Quitting Smoking Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

Selections from Natural Health News 
Apr 30, 2009
A reader was looking for natural alternatives to Chantix/Champix, so I thought I'd provide some information based on methods I've suggested to people over the years that have been very helpful. I generally suggest that if you are a ...
Dec 16, 2010
The worst offender with the strongest association to uncontrollable, murderous violence--within days of ingesting the drug--is the smoking cessation drug, Chantix (varenicline), which increases dopamine: it ranks 18.0 in the ...
Feb 02, 2008
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that after an analysis of cases of depression, suicidal thoughts and other unusual behavior in patients on the medication, the evidence appears stronger of an association with Chantix. ...
Jun 18, 2008
“His on-to-Wall-Street approach succeeded in rushing Chantix, Pfizer's stop smoking drug, varenicline, to market but a string of 2006 suicides and the violent death of Dallas musician Carter Albrecht leave many asking if that was such a
May 22, 2008
A US Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said the agency was focusing on likely links between Chantix and neuropsychiatric side effects. This year, the FDA and Pfizer, which manufactures the drug, updated warnings on Chantix's ...