Monday, July 30, 2007

Some Vitamin D Every Day Keeps Blood Pressure At Bay

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The Times of India -Now Vitamin D has been found to affect your blood pressure
As blood levels of vitamin D drop, blood pressure increases, according to findings from a health survey.
The current analysis from the survey, which was conducted between 1988 and 1994, involved 12,644 adults in America aged 20 years and older, who had blood pressure recorded and vitamin D levels measured.
As reported in the American Journal of Hypertension, people with the lowest vitamin D levels had blood pressure that was slightly higher than those with the highest levels.

This relationship was strongest in subjects who were 50 years of age and older.
The authors of the study note that "vitamin D levels can easily, and cheaply , be increased by a modest increase in sun exposure or vitamin D supplementation.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


Drug-induced illnesses are far more common than people, including doctors, would like to think. Elderly people suffer 9.6 million adverse drug reactions each year alone, although these symptoms show up in younger patients as well.
Many do not realize these reactions -- or "new" disease symptoms -- are in fact caused by a drug they're already taking, as most doctors do not explain possible side-effects to their patients.

For example, these common illnesses can be caused by pharmaceutical drugs:
Depression -- Accutane, Advil, Cipro, Inderal, Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac
Psychoses/Hallucinations -- Benadryl, Celebrex, Dexatrim, Vioxx
Dementia -- Aldomet, Inderal, Tagamet, Xanax
Parkinsonism -- Cardizem, Haldol, Elavil, Risperdal, Thorazine

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS THREATENED -Can Health Canada be far behind?

In June, the FDA announced new standards for dietary supplements that are supposed to improve consumer safety. In reality, the 800-page rule will likely interfere with business while intentionally eliminating various dietary supplement companies from the market.

Gone Within Five Years

The rule will be phased in over the next three years, and within five years half of the supplement industry could be gone or selling their products at significantly higher prices.
Independent analysis of the rule found that compliance costs will be 10 times the FDA estimates. The ruling surrounds the dietary supplement industry with regulations and requirements in excess of those imposed on the drug industry, and up to 50 percent of small companies will simply not be able to afford to comply.

“Hard Pressed to Continue to Operate”The FDA itself states in the rule that:
“Establishments with above average costs, and even establishments with average costs, could be hard pressed to continue to operate. Some of these may decide it is too costly and either change product lines or go out of business.”The rule will also raise the price of dietary supplements to consumers.
According to the FDA:“We expect that the majority of these costs will be borne by consumers of dietary supplements, who will likely respond to the increase in prices by reducing consumption.”
News With Views June 27, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Push For Energy-Savings Ignores Mercury Disposal Hazards--
Reported By Joseph Farah

WASHINGTON - Brandy Bridges heard the claims of government officials,environmentalists and retailers like Wal-Mart all pushing the idea of replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving and money-saving compact fluorescent lamps. So, last month, the Prospect, Maine, resident went out and bought two dozen CFLs and began installing them in her home.

One broke. A month later, her daughter's bedroom remains sealed off with plastic like the site of a hazardous materials accident, while Bridges works on a way to pay off a $2,000 estimate by a company specializing in environmentally sound cleanups of the mercury inside the bulb.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Are your makeup, skin care, or haircare products acidic or carcinogenic?
Go to the following link and type in what you use on your skin or hair and check it out.
This is an excellent site to learn about toxic chemicals. These
chemicals are not monitored by Health Canada or theFDA.
Women and men absorb 5 pounds of acidic toxins
a year from hair care and makeup alone!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

GO ORGANIC by Dr. Weil

Eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain daily nutrients, but the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern. By choosing organic foods, you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself to potentially harmful chemicals. Make sure you purchase only organic varieties of the produce listed below. According to the Environmental Working Group, common growing practices make these crops the most likely to contain pesticide residues:
1. Apples
2. Bell Peppers
3. Celery
4. Cherries
5. Imported Grapes
6. Nectarines
7. Peaches
8. Pears
9. Potatoes
10. Raspberries
11. Spinach
12. Strawberries

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sleep --Is it a problem for you?

Trouble Sleeping? Look at Your Diet

If you have ever eaten a big meal late in the evening and had trouble falling or staying asleep, consider these explanations, courtesy of DrWeil.

It is more difficult to digest food when lying down. Our digestive tracts work best when we are upright – sitting, standing or even walking. When you lie down after a meal, gravity can disrupt proper digestion; this can lead to acid reflux, or heartburn, which can hinder sleep.
Digesting food requires the body to expend energy. This can interfere with the relaxed metabolic state required for sleep.

Your best bet: eat large meals earlier in the day, when the body will best use the energy the food provides, and restrict any late-evening eating to small, healthful snacks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Some Truths About Being Out In The Sun

How many people know that not getting enough sun KILLS 50,000 people from cancer deaths every year in the US alone?

Sunscreen actually promotes cancer by blocking your body's absorption of ultraviolet radiation, and therefore blocking the production of vitamin D in your skin.
Studies have shown that vitamin D can prevent as many as 77 of all cancers. In addition, most sunscreen lotions also contain cancer-causing chemicals.

A portion of the profits from the sale of these lotions is then donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, which in turn runs public service ads encouraging the use of sunscreens.
Proper nutrition is a better way to prevent sunburn then sunscreen lotion. June 15, 2007

If you have been out in the sun too long then try one of these natural Remedies for Sunburn - see:

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Cirrhosis of the Liver From a Soft Drink? -by Jon Herring

When the chemical preservative sodium benzoate mixes with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), benzene forms as a by-product. Benzene is an aggressive carcinogen, even in minute amounts.
That's why I strongly recommend avoiding fruit-flavored soft drinks, which are often made with both sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid.

But now there is news that sodium benzoate itself could be responsible for DNA damage. Peter Piper, an English professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at Sheffield University, has been studying this common preservative for the past seven years. When he tested the impact of the substance on living yeast cells, he was alarmed to find that the benzoate was damaging the "power station" of all cells, the mitochondria.
Speaking to The Independent, Piper said, "These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: They knock it out altogether."
Damage the energy production capacity of a cell, and the cell will begin to malfunction in a serious way. Piper suggests that a number of conditions, including Parkinson's, cirrhosis of the liver, and accelerated aging, can be linked to this type of damage.

The bottom line is this. We really don't know what many of the "harmless" artificial ingredients and chemical preservatives in our food will do to us. In most cases, the long-term effects are unknown. So, as always, stick to whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. And think twice - make that three times - about buying soft drinks that contain sodium benzoate.