Monthly Archives: February 2012
To find and maintain lifelong healthy weight, embrace lifestyle changes. Here are seven to start with.
1. Address your body’s cries for nutrients. Think you’re craving a chocolate-covered doughnut? In reality, your body really wants vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential amino acids, essential fats, lean protein, and, of course, carbs for energy. You simply misinterpreted the signal! To minimize cravings, create a menu with a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Eat 7 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and see how much room you have for anything else! Cravings will diminish when your body is getting the nutrients it needs for optimal health.
Start the day with a green drink containing nutrients you won’t likely eat otherwise. Barley, alfalfa, wheatgrass, and red beets are great sources of chlorophyll. Greens drinks and supplements give you the nourishing benefits of sea veggies like spirulina, chlorella, and dulse without having to put them on your plate! Look for green beverages or mixes containing antioxidant powerhouses like bilberry, and grape extracts. Research also supports the use of chromium picolinate to reduce cravings. Read the rest of this entry
Cinnamon and honey are delicious additions for providing flavor to food, but they are also credited as having health-related benefits such as regulating blood sugar and controlling infection. Some of the health claims for using cinnamon or honey are unsubstantiated, while others remain under investigation for clinical significance. Both cinnamon and honey have been touted as alternative options for natural healing but are not suggested without physician consultation to determine safety. Read the rest of this entry
Recent research by the University of Otago, Wellington has shown that giving brain cancer cells high dose vitamin C makes them much more susceptible to radiation therapy.
The study, carried out in association with Wellington’s Malaghan Institute was recently published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
Lead author Dr. Patries Herst together with Dr. Melanie McConnell investigated how combining high dose vitamin C with radiation affected survival of cancer cells isolated from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumors, and compared this with the survival of normal cells. Read the rest of this entry
Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, are the most common cause of death in children under the age of five. In a study looking at children given standard antibiotic therapy, new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine shows how zinc supplements drastically improved children’s chances of surviving the infection. The increase in survival due to zinc (on top of antibiotics) was even greater for HIV infected children.
In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 350 children, aged from six months to five years old, were treated with standard antibiotic therapy at Mulago Hospital. Half the children were given zinc and the other half a placebo.
The researchers from Makerere University found that while there was no difference between zinc and placebo in the time it took to recover from the infection (measured by time it took to return to a normal temperature, reparatory rate and oxygen saturation) the risk of death between the groups was very different. 4% of the children taking zinc died compared to 12% of the children without zinc. This means that an extra eight out of 100 children could have been saved by taking zinc. Among the HIV infected children this rose to 26 out of every 100.
Prof James Tumwine explained, “Zinc is known to bolster the immune system and zinc deficiency is rife all over the developed, and developing, world. In Uganda, where this study was performed, zinc deficiency in some areas can be as high as 70%. We would only need to give 13 of these children with pneumonia zinc on top of their antibiotics to save one life. This equates to about 4 USD – a small price to pay.”
More information: Zinc adjunct therapy reduces case fatality in severe childhood pneumonia: a randomized double blind placebo-controlled trial, Maheswari G Srinivasan, Grace Ndeezi, Cordelia Katureebe Mboijana, Sarah Kiguli, Gabriel S Bimenya, Victoria Nankabirwa and James K Tumwine, BMC Medicine (in press)
Provided by BioMed Central
Information from medicalxpress.com
by Kristen Suto of The Ground Up
Wonderzyme is so wonderful, I made a song…“Wonderzyme, Wonderzyme; does all that Wonderzyme does, lookout here comes Wonderzyme!” now sing to the tune of “Spiderman, Spiderman does whatever a spider can”. Look out because it’s a powerhouse for everybody!
Wonderzyme has a special place in my heart as it was the first New Sun supplement that I took personally. To this day Wonderzyme is a necessary part of my program. A client I work with Denise Barry has also fallen in love with Wonderzyme, the following is in Denise’s words how Wonderzyme has a special place in her heart;
“Seven months ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux esophigitis. Such a fancy name for a swollen throat due to acid reflux!
I was put on Prilosec once a day and was very careful with what I ate. Seven weeks later, when I still had a swollen throat, I was put on a higher dose and sent to a GI specialist. I had a battery of testing done; an endoscopy, a PH test, a test to see if my esophagus was contracting properly and one to assess how my stomach was emptying. Thankfully, nothing serious was found, other than my digestive system was out of whack! Read the rest of this entry
By Annette DiStefano CMHH, CRM, CLNH
This article is written for educational purposes to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. If you are taking prescribed medication please continue to do so and consult your health care provider for guidance with your specific situation before using herbal formulas.
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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what would it take to avoid a heart surgeon?
Statistics show every 33 seconds, a person dies from Cardiovascular disease in the US and every 3 minutes from a stroke.
Studies also show that half of heart attacks occur in individuals with normal cholesterol levels, and a quarter occur in people with no risk factors at all. Surprisingly people that don’t smoke, have normal blood pressure, cholesterol, and normal blood sugar levels can also suffer the negative effects of chronic low-grade inflammation and the resulting damage it causes to arteries and our bodies. Read the rest of this entry