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Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Prayers for ADD and ADHD Children

Comments by Donna Watkins: "I dedicate this page to our son, Benjamin, and to all the generations of our family that come after him. If it were not for prayer and our faith in God, we would not have made it through the difficult challenge we had as a family. My prayer for each of you is that you could look beyond the mundane tasks of the day that need to be accomplished, to the more important issues of life, and be able to discern between the two.

An ADD/ADHD child in your home will certainly demand much attention and time, but it is time well spent. A grandmother said, "There's nothing wrong with ADHD kids, it's just that the world doesn't move fast enough for them."

They were created by God for a special purpose and to that we must assign our own focus.

If you'd like to get to the spiritual/emotional roots of this disease, I'd recommend a book entitled, "A More Excellent Way" by Henry Wright. This book has changed my life around and made me realize what was at the root of this health problem and many others.

After Winter Comes Spring
Excerpts from a devotional by Debra Klingsporn

"She grieves the chill of an estranged relationship with one of her children. Blaming herself, she struggles to let go of the "if onlys" and longs for the warmth of reconciliation. She lives with the dull ache of unspoken anger and the sting of love turned dutiful. Winter's cold is not always cozy and the Winter years are not always golden. Yet we each, in our own ways, do the best we can for those we love. Our love is always human, always short of perfection. We, too, will be inadequate stewards of our children's childhoods, incapable of meeting the needs of those we would wish to spare from all of life's hurts and disappointments. Although I can't offer healing to one who lives in the Winter years or bears a wintry heart, I can offer hope. The God of Spring's new life, of Summer's joy, and of Autumn's fullness is also the God of Winter's chill. Although we never know what lies buried beneath the frozen stillness, we can trust that surely, surely, after Winter comes the Spring."

Psalm 33:18-22 - "But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.

Hebrews 6:19a - "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." Read more.

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Medical Surgeries Out of Country

When Godfrey Davies learned he needed surgery to remove polyps blocking his nasal airways, the self-described bargain shopper set out on a mission to find an affordable surgeon. He quickly learned a good deal is hard to find.

'The total numbers they were throwing at me were just incredible. I couldn't believe it,' he says.

Davies, who is semiretired from his real estate business and uninsured, says he received estimates from two surgeons. When hospital, anesthesia and incidental fees were all tallied, the cheapest price he could find in Indianapolis, Indiana, was $33,127 -- which he would need to pay out of pocket.

'I was speechless.' Davies recalls. 'It was absolutely out of the question financially for me to have this done under those circumstances.'

Frustrated that his bargain shopping saved him so little, Davies called on family in the United Kingdom for assistance. When they told him they had found a private hospital in Wales that would perform the surgery for $2,930, Davies didn't think twice.

He purchased a $768 round-trip ticket, and on March 18, he boarded a flight to the UK to have his polyps removed there at a savings of nearly $30,000.  Read the entire article.


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Naps Boost Memory If You Dream

Sleep has long been known to improve performance on memory tests. Now, a new study suggests that an afternoon power nap may boost your ability to process and store information tenfold -- but only if you dream while you're asleep.

'When you dream, your brain is trying to look at connections that you might not think of or notice when [you're] awake,' says the lead author of the study, Robert Stickgold, the director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts. 'In the dream...the brain tries to figure out what's important and what it should keep or dump because it's of no value.'

In the study, Stickgold and his colleagues asked 99 college students to memorize a complex maze on a computer. The researchers then placed the students inside a virtual, 3-D version of the maze and asked them to navigate to another spot within it. After doing this several times, half of the participants took a 90-minute nap while the other half stayed awake and watched videos. Read the entire article and view video.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Vitamin E Helps Fatty Liver Disease

In an NIH-funded study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, research found that daily vitamin E improved the livers of patients who have a type of liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The study results are welcome findings because there are currently no approved treatments for the disease, says a Saint Louis University researcher on the project.

Increasingly common, NASH is characterized by excessive fat that causes inflammation and damage in the liver; NASH affects 3 to 4 percent of all adults in the U.S. Linked to weight gain and obesity, NASH can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and death. Read the entire article.

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Natural Pregnancy







Pregnancy can be exciting, fulfilling and even delightful. It can also be a time of uncertainty and change. Bringing a new life into the world is an important and sacred thing.

The body needs good nutrition during pregnancy because the mother is literally "eating for two." If the nutrients needed by the growing fetus aren't present in the mother's diet or supplemental intake, they will be borrowed from her body.

This is why women become anemic (iron deficiency), get diabetes (chromium deficiency), and have poor hair and nails (calcium or silicon deficiency) when they are pregnant. These are just a few of the symptoms which reveal that baby is borrowing mom's body of essential nutrients.

Whole, natural foods are better than anything else the expectant mom can take. Avoid refined and processed foods with sugar, white flour, and artificial flavorings and colors. These provide empty calories without much real nutrition. Eat several portions of fruits and vegetables each day, and don't forget to get enough protein (between 25 and 40 grams). To supplement your nutritional profile, Nature's Prenatal is an excellent choice for a natural profile of nutrients.

Water is vital to human life and fluids should be taken freely during pregnancy. You should drink an average of six to eight glasses of water a day. Avoid caffeine containing beverages, such as colas, teas, and coffees. Please do some research on caffeine consumption during pregnancy.

Do not do any cleansing during pregnancy. It's not a time to be pulling toxins out of the tissues and liver to be circulating around in the bloodstream that is supplying the fetus. The best time to cleanse is before pregnancy. Be sure to note the list of herbs below that you should NOT take during pregnancy.

Moderate exercise is very important for a healthy pregnancy. Walking is one of the best exercises. It helps to build muscles and strength for delivery and can even help "drop" the baby into place. Exercise will also increase circulation which is good for those legs!

When nearing the end of pregnancy, a formula called "5-W" helps to prepare the body for labor. You can read about it below. A great drink to use during labor is Liquid Chlorophyll. It keeps the energy up during labor and nourishes the blood since there is some loss during delivery.

Here's a list of ideas on using herbs during various stages of pregnancy:

Prenatal Options

Nature's Prenatal Vitamin/Mineral Supplement provides a balanced combination of vitamins and minerals to support the nutritional needs of both mother and baby and also contains ginger root to help soothe the stomach. Free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, sugar, yeast, gluten, lactose, milk, soy or wheat so you can use it with complete confidence.

Calcium Plus - Generally recommended during pregnancy for structural support of fetus and to avoid leg cramps, back aches, etc. for the mother. This comes with an Alfalfa base which is also rich in necessary trace minerals. If you prefer an herbal source of calcium, use Herbal CA.

Herbal Trace Minerals contains Alfalfa, Kelp and Dandelion. A rich source of trace minerals and glandular support during pregnancy.  The North American Indians adopted Alfalfa for human use and thought it helpful for every condition of the body.  Kelp is a source of iodine which feeds the thyroid gland and contains many trace minerals.  Dandelion was used by early Arabian physicians, this herb has a beneficial effect on female organs and kidneys. Contains natural Vitamin A and many trace minerals.

Flax Seed Oil - Essential fatty acids will prevent dry, flaky skin that occurs with changing hormones. Rich in Omega 3's and 6's this provides nutrition needed for healthy skin. 

Acne Treatment Gel 
- Help with acne sometimes experienced during pregnancy.

Rosehips has a high content of non-acid Vitamin C factors, Vitamin E, organic iron, calcium, and B complex.

Red Raspberry is the classic pregnancy herb; tones and nourishes uterine muscle; contains easily absorbed iron; reduces bleeding after birth, speeds recovery, boosts milk supply, and helps with nausea. World famous Quaker herbalist Henry Box says, "a tea made from Red Raspberry is the best gift God ever gave to women." It strengthens and acts as a tonic for the whole body, thus making childbirth easier.

White Oak BarkVari-Gone, or Butcher's Broom - Used for hemorrhoids and or varicose veins.

Liquid Chlorophyll is one of the best blood-builders being rich in easily digestable iron, avoiding constipation. It also provides a tonic effect, giving a bit of energy that is needed during pregnancy.

Papaya-Mint contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down protein food, and peppermint, a traditional digestive aid to help with belching, bloating and bad breath.

Ginger has been proven effective for morning sickness and nausea. Aids digestion. Open capsule into cup and add hot water to sip when capsule can't be taken.

Slippery Elm - A safe, gentle fiber to prevent constipation and settle acid stomach. Use with a large glass of water.

Folic Acid Plus - is strongly suggested for all pregnant women to reduce the chance of birth defects.

Five Weeks Before Delivery
5-W - A formula that gives elasticity to pelvic and vaginal areas, and generally strengthens the uterus for easier delivery. It stimulates braxton hicks (contractions which start labor) and helps ensure timely delivery. This formula includes Black Cohosh which stimulates the braxton hicks. While this herb, along with Dong Quai, which is also included in the formula, should be avoided earlier in the pregnancy, they can be used in the final stages to help bring on labor (which is why they are avoided earlier).
 
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy
Goldenseal, Rue, Tansy, Artemesia, Comfrey, Coltsfoot, Mandrake, Mistletoe, Pennyroyal, Poke Root, Black and Blue Cohosh, Motherwort, Yarrow, Senna, Cascara Sagrada, Buckthorn, Ephedra and Ma Huang. Avoid any hormonal herbs such as Licorice, Dong Quai, and Ginseng. 

Caution
This isn't a complete listing, it is imperative that you consult your health care provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you consume any natural health care products. 


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Why Salt Addiction Is Hard to Kick

Americans love salt. And we eat too much of it. So much so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is thinking about limiting the amount of sodium in packaged foods.

Cutting back on sodium would almost certainly be good for the country's health. The average American consumes nearly 50 percent more sodium than experts recommend, most of it from processed foods.

Though it adds flavor and helps preserve food, all that sodium can cause high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. (Sodium is a component of table salt, but they're not the same thing.)

But can we handle a blast of bland? Apparently not. If the FDA and the food industry do reduce the sodium in our food, it will happen gradually, because our taste buds simply can't handle a crash course in low-sodium fare. Read the entire article.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Probiotics - The Antibiotic Alternative

A probiotic is a microorganism that contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. They are sometimes known as "friendly or beneficial bacteria." When antiobiotics are ingested they kill the bad and good [beneficial/friendly] bacteria as well. Replacing the probiotics in your intestinal system helps to maintain a healthy intestinal tract which was designed to help fight illness such as flu and also diseases.

Probiotic mechanisms of action and effects are now studied using the same pharmacological approach as for drugs. The clinical situations studied include prevention or treatment of antibiotic-associated disorders, gastroenteritis, and diarrhea, lactose intolerance, intestinal infections and colonization by pathogenic bacteria (including Helicobacter pylori and Clostridium difficile), traveler's diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colonic cancer, urogenital infections and tumors, allergy (especially atopic eczema), vaccination, and cholesterol lowering.

The most frequently used probiotic genera are Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. The potential mechanisms of their action include competitive bacterial interactions, production of antimicrobial metabolites, mucosal conditioning, and immune modulation. The emerging use of probiotics in several gastrointestinal disorders (eg, inflammatory bowel disease) has led to increased interest in their use in patients with IBS.

Probiotics have an excellent safety record. Read this article for more details.  Purchase quality probiotics.

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Phytoestrogens - A Safer Alternative

American women have taken an increased interest in phytoestrogens recently as they search for a natural way to help balance hormone levels in their maturing years. Phytoestrogens--or plant compounds that have actions similar to estrogen-may provide needed support in a safer way than hormone replacement.

Estrogen-like plant compounds were discovered in the 1940's as an epidemic of infertility spread among sheep grazing on red clover.

Estrogen: Too Much Of a Good Thing?
Early studies of estrogen as treatment for menopausal symptoms and hormone replacement therapy showed promising results for these conditions and for the prevention of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and various cancers. However, more recent studies reveal that these treatments are not as safe as were once thought. An article in USA Today stated that estrogen used in hormone replacement therapy is being considered for listing in the next federal "Report on Carcinogens." It is becoming well accepted that estrogen promotes endometrial cancer as well as a small increase in the risk of breast cancer.

Many women experience already-high levels of estrogen in the body, which contribute to increased risks for endometrial, ovarian, uterine and breast cancer, gallbladder disease, strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. Women who eat the typical Western diet tend to have fewer days between menstrual cycles and are thus exposed to more estrogen.

According to Dr. Brett of Prevention magazine's Prevention Nature's Medicine, "One of the biggest reasons women get into trouble with breast cancer is too much estrogen floating around in their bodies." Although both synthetic and natural estrogens increase the aforementioned risks, phytoestrogens have not been associated with these side effects. Read the entire article.

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Companies & Hospitals Abandoning PVC

Worried about toxic waste and chemical exposure, more and more companies and hospitals are moving away from polyvinyl chloride.

PVC is used in everything from home siding, pipes and flooring to school supplies, car interiors and packaging, electrical cords and medical tubing. But making or burning PVC waste produces dioxins, cancer-causing chemicals that are among the most toxic substances known.

'Our concerns about the ways in which PVC can be disposed of, burned for example ... caused us to begin eliminating PVC from our products,' Hewlett-Packard's Tony Prophet said. The computer giant launched its first PVC-free notebook computer last year.

Microsoft, Honda, Wal-Mart, Target and Nike are among other large corporations moving away from polyvinyl chloride, said Mike Schade, the PVC campaign coordinator for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. Read the entire article.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Grave's Disease and Hyperthyroid

by Steven Horne, RH(AHG) - TreeLite.com

Last week I wrote about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the most common cause of hypothyroid (low thyroid) in today’s society. This week I want to write about the opposite problem, hyperthyroid, which is an overactive thyroid. The most common cause of hyperactive thyroid is Grave’s disease, named after an Irish doctor named Robert James Graves.

Like Hashimoto’s, Grave's disease is an autoimmune problem, but in this case, the antibodies involved are affecting the receptor sites for TSH in the thyroid. This causes the receptor sites to be overstimulated resulting in an increased output of thyroid hormones. It may also cause the thyroid to enlarge and the eyes to bulge. (Hence the illustration above.)

Medical science does not know what causes Grave’s disease. They also do not have any real “cure” for this condition. They can use drugs to inhibit the thyroid, but this is often ineffective. So, most of the time they “fry” the thyroid with radioactive iodine, although they may also surgically remove all or part of it. In either case, the person has to be on thyroid medication for the rest of their life.

I have dealt with about one dozen cases of hyperthyroid disorders, including Grave’s disease, with varying degrees of success. A few people were able to get it under control naturally, others were not. Grave’s touched me in a very personal way because my ex-wife had it and the symptoms were frightening.

Symptoms of Grave's Disease

Having hyperthyroid is like driving a car with your foot constantly pushing the gas petal to the floor. It races the body’s metabolic engine causing the person to burn up nutrients at an alarming rate. Not only does this cause weight loss, it also causes hyperactivity and restlessness.

Even more alarming are the circulatory symptoms it can cause, which include rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure and heart palpitations. My ex-wife’s heart rate would climb to 140, which were accompanied by heart palpitations. This was very alarming (to say the least).

Grave’s disease can also impair sleep, making a person unable to get to sleep or sleep very long. There can also be intolerance to heat, muscle weakness and lack of periods. Personality changes and mental and emotional shifts can also be part of the problem. There may be changes in memory, attention, productivity, anxiety, depression, mania and erratic behavior. The mind is often overactive and speech tends to be rapid.

Natural Approaches to 
Hyperthyroid

The first step to dealing with this condition is to use herbs that slow down thyroid function. The two best herbs for this problem are bugleweed and lemon balm. Both of these herbs contain substances that attach to TSH receptors in the thyroid and inhibit them.

I usually use a blend of bugleweed, lemon balm and motherwort. Motherwort is a major remedy for calming rapid heart beat and heart palpitations. Very high doses may be required to do the job. Some of the clients I’ve worked with have responded very well to this mixture, others have had only modest benefits, but it does seem to at least help with symptoms.

Foods may also be helpful in calming the thyroid. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower tend to have an inhibiting effect on the production of thyroid hormones. Soy also has a a strong thyroid inhibiting effect. Millet has a mild effect. These foods should be consumed freely. 



One NSP formula that I have found consistently helpful for Grave’s disease is IF-C. This is a heat-reducing formula with an anti-inflammatory action. It helps reduce irritation to the thyroid.

Chinese Approaches to Hyperthyroid

While researching thyroid disorders for my DVD, I came across an article by Subhuti Dharmananda at the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, called Treatments for Thyroid Diseases 
with Chinese Herbal Medicine. (Subhuti formulated all of NSP’s Chinese herb line except for VS-C.) He says that Western doctors see auto-immune thyroid diseases as having genetic and viral components, but “Chinese doctors have attributed the cause of the disorder primarily to emotional disturbance.”

This is interesting, because Svetla Bankova, a Russian woman, who has a Masters' Degree in Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach, agrees with him. She had Grave’s disease and cured herself of it. She firmly believes the disorder has a very strong emotional component. I found her website www.gravesdiseasecure.com while researching information to help my ex-wife, and found her material to be very valuable.


According to Subhuti, one of the causes of hyperthyroid conditions in Chinese medicine is disturbed “heart fire.” This is a tendency to be anxious, nervous, easily agitated and overly talkative. Svetla also believes that excessive stress, pushing yourself too hard and overworking yourself are major contributing factors to this illness. She says that a person with Grave’s needs to learn to relax and take life easier and not over push themselves.

Chinese Stress Relief is a formula for excessive “heart fire” and although I haven’t tried it with hyperthyroid conditions like Grave’s I’m going to next time I encounter a case. The Chinese name for Chinese Stress Relief means “pacify the spirit," which is exactly what a person with Grave's needs emotionally—a calmer spirit.

Subhuti also says that there can be deficient “heart yin” with hyperthyroid conditions. This is what Nervous Fatigue Formula is designed to treat and I have used this formula with some success in hyperactive thyroid disorders.

One of the interesting things in Subhuti’s article is that “virtually all formulas used [in TCM] for treating hyperthyroidism contain either seashells or seaweeds or both.” Chinese Stress Relief contains seashells as primary ingredients, which is another reason I'm going to try it next time I'm presented with a case.

However, the second half of that typical TCM therapy, seaweeds, is somewhat controversial. Medical doctors, and even most herbalists and natural healers recommend avoiding sources of iodine with hyperactive thyroid disorders (which precludes the use of seaweeds). They believe that the iodine will increase the stimulation to the gland and aggravate the disorder.

Iodine and Hyperthyroid Disorders

I used to believe the same thing. However, Kimberly Balas, got me thinking otherwise. She pointed out that the standard treatment for Grave’s disease is to destroy the thyroid with radioactive iodine. However, if the body had enough iodine, it would not take up the radioactive iodine.

I know this is true because I took a civil defense class when I was a teenager and learned that fall-out shelters included supplies of potassium iodide. The idea was to take the iodine in case of a nuclear attack so your body wouldn’t absorb radioactive iodine. This means, as Kim pointed out, that Grave’s patients must be low in iodine or they wouldn’t take up the radioactive stuff so readily. So, you may want to consider one of the thyroid formulas containing seaweeds as part of a natural protocol for treating Grave's disease.

The formula that seems to work best in the case of Grave’s sufferers is TS II with Hops. The hops has a calming effect, something that Grave’s patients need, and the herbs in that formula seem to balance the thyroid function more than stimulate it. However, I know that Kim and others have successfully used stronger iodine supplements, including Iodoral with clients with hyperthyroid conditions.

Protecting the Thyroid During Conventional Treatment

Which brings to mind an interesting case I worked with one time. In one of my Grave’s clients, we had been unable to calm her thyroid down enough, so she decided to go for the radioactive iodine treatment. We decided, however, to at least partially protect her body from the radioactive iodine by having her take large doses of Thyroid Activator for several weeks before the procedure.

After the procedure her thyroid hormone levels dropped, but didn’t bottom out. The doctor kept testing her to see when she’d need to go on thyroid medication, but apparently we’d protected enough of her thyroid that part of it was still functioning. I don’t know if it eventually got low enough that she needed thyroid medication, but for at least the time I was in touch with her that didn’t happen.

So, if someone is going to opt for the radioactive iodine treatment, I’d at least consider protecting yourself by taking a lot of iodine supplements for a couple of weeks before and perhaps even during the therapy. It might protect your thyroid from complete destruction.

By no means is the information in this article sufficient to treat Grave’s disease naturally. It’s meant to be a starting point. One needs to look carefully at the individual person to determine a course of natural therapy. I'd also recommend doing more research. Furthermore, since hyperthyroid conditions like Grave’s disease are serious and potentially life-threatening, the situation should be monitored by a physician to make certain your natural therapies are working.

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1 in 8 Swimming Pools May Pose Infection Risk

Before plunging into your local public pool, you might want to stop and think about what you might be plunging into. The pool might not be as sanitary as it should be, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found that one out of eight pools had to be closed immediately for serious code violations.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 8 pools had to be closed immediately after being inspected due to serious code violations.

The report, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report this week, analyzed data from more than 121,000 routine pool inspections in 13 states in 2008. More than 12 percent of the inspections found serious violations that caused the pools to close immediately.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 8 pools had to be closed immediately after being inspected due to serious code violations.

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Digestive & Intestinal Bleeding Problems

This formula is also used for people and was originally developed by Jeanne Burgess because she had problems with chemical and food allergies, nerves, stress, flare-ups of colitis, crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome with inflammation and infection that caused the ileocecal valve to become inflamed and swollen. She needed a solution for intestinal bloating, indigestion, heartburn, spastic colitis and ulcers. Intestinal Soothe & Build was the relief. Get more info.

Herbs work for our pets too. Here's a good news story from a cat owner:

"Our cat, Juliet, had problems with digestion and bleeding from the anus. I began using Intestinal Soothe & Build to deal with it herbally. I sprinkle one capsule over her dry food every morning. She has had no bleeding and her little rear end looks very healthy (she used to have some slight redness there, but that has gone away). She seemed rather suspicious of the herbs at first but I think she has gotten to like them. As a matter of fact I think she is becoming a real herb lover. I brought home a fresh cutting of peppermint and Miss Juliet went wild for it. It was very cute." S.F.H.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

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Herbalists have traditionally used the husks as a nutritional aid for the intestinal system. It has long been considered one of America's most valuable native cathartics. It is also called an astringent because it is rich in tannin, a toning substance. It's properties also make an excellent vermicide, sudorific, antiseptic, and febrifuge.

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Carbo Grabbers is a non-stimulant dietary supplement derived from northern white kidney beans that naturally and safely interferes with the digestion of starchy carbohydrates and may help reduce the calories available to your body.

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Each ingredient in the formula plays an important role in the effectiveness of the product. Policosanol appears to perform a similar action in the body as red rice extract. Plant sterols compete with the absorption of cholesterol in the body. Inositol nicotinate helps relax smooth muscles and improves microcirculation . Resveratrol maintains LDL and triglyceride levels. Artichoke powder (Cynara scolymus) benefits the liver, promotes digestion and is popular in Europe for its ability to maintain cholesterol levels.

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Herbal combination Female Comfort provides the necessary balance a woman's body needs to deal effectively with the problems she experiences with her reproductive system, such as normalizing the monthly menstrual cycle.

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Liquid Cleanse provides a host of beneficial ingredients that help support healthy, natural bowel function. Aloe vera acts as an emollient and is soothing to the digestive tract and mucous membranes. Red raspberry and citrus extract lend their pleasant taste to the formula, and they provide important antioxidants. Senna helps to maintain soft stools and promotes bowel movements.

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Master Gland® is a key product that provides nutritional supplementation for all the glands of the body. Hormones that are produced by these glands influence the health of the entire body, and the glands must maintain their strength to ensure balance and harmony.

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Around the age of 50, many women experience menopause and its symptoms due to a gradual decrease in hormone levels. Natural Changes combines our most popular nutritional supplements for mature women into easy-to-use packets. The finest herbs, essential fatty acids and antioxidant nutrients nourish the body naturally to help maintain balanced hormone levels and help cope with changes.

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Noni has been successfully used for over 2,000 years in Polynesia, China, India and elsewhere. Like Aloe Vera, Kelp, Papaya, Grape Seed Extract and other botanicals, the extract of the Noni plant has been demonstrated to improve a wide variety of health conditions.

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Para-Cleanse with Paw Paw is a 10-day program designed to support the efforts of the intestinal system in cleansing. This carefully formulated herbal combination supports an intestinal environment that is not hospitable to foreign invaders.

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Red Yeast Rice supports the body's ability to maintain cholesterol levels within the normal range, and it offers nutritional support to the circulatory system.

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Only Nature's Sunshine offers this unique, nutritious combination. Our scientists worked with seasoned herbalists to create this formula that works naturally to promote healthy blood sugar levels while providing antioxidant and protective nutrients that support the body in its efforts to deal with varying blood sugar levels.

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Thyroid Activator was formulated by Dr. John Christopher, noted American herbalist, who had great success using Thyroid Activator combination to supply trace elements often lacking in a normal diet. The entire glandular system is benefited, along with the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Three New Nature's Sunshine Products

Imagine… You’ve got a busy day ahead of you. You rush out of the house, grabbing a bottle of water on the way. But when you go to open that bottle of water, you wish it was something more.

Or at your morning workout, you want an alternative to the sports drinks that offer little more than sugared water. You want real nutrition to fuel your body.

That’s where Solstic comes in!

Solstic is Nature's Sunshine’s innovative line of convenient, individual-serving stick packets. Simply pour the contents of one packet into a bottle of water, shake and enjoy. Flavored with natural fruit powders, Solstic tastes great and offers substantial nutrition.

Nature's Sunshine introduces three (3) new Solstic products:
Solstic Energy, Solstic Cardio and Solstic Twenty-Four

Solstic Energy
Solstic Energy is a low calorie, sugar-free energy drink featuring guarana, green tea and B vitamins.  Many popular energy drinks on the market contain questionable levels of artificial caffeine. Solstic Energy contains only natural ingredients that help energize the body, reduce fatigue, increase mental focus and boost metabolism.

Solstic Energy tastes great; it’s sweetened with stevia and flavored with natural lemon, mandarin orange and pineapple powders. Solstic Energy convenient stick packets mean you can take energy with you wherever you go!  More Info

Solstic Cardio
Solstic Cardio is formulated to provide maximum benefit to the cardiovascular system. It contains a powerful 5 grams of l-arginine per serving in a blend of minerals, amino acids and other ingredients that
contribute to cardiovascular and immune health.

In the body, l-arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which influences the relaxation of blood vessels and helps regulate blood vessel tone and flexibility. L-citrulline is added as an arginine precursor to prolong the action of arginine in the nitric oxide pathway.

Potent Solstic Cardio also contains resveratrol, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, pomegranate and an amino acid blend. All of these nutrients offer support to the circulatory system. In addition, Solstic Cardio may support sexual function in men and women; contributes to more productive exercise; supports overall energy levels; helps maintain immune function; and supports muscle mass and bone density, which may result in a reduction of fatty tissue. Solstic Cardio is flavored with natural strawberry and lemon powders.  More Info


Solstic Twenty-Four
Solstic Twenty-Four offers 24 hours of primary nutrition. It combines 100% of the Daily Value of 13 vitamins plus beneficial amounts of calcium, magnesium and zinc. Solstic Twenty-Four provides significant amounts of vitamins and minerals, which may contribute to energy, immune support and overall health. It features vitamin D3 for immune, mood and bone support; vitamin K to help with calcium absorption and cardiovascular support; and B vitamins for energy and stamina.  More Info

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