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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On SALE: B12, Red Yeast Rice, Sandalwood Essential Oil

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The B vitamins offer many health benefits. They help promote energy, maintain the nervous system, improve immune functions and buffer the effects of stress. Notably, the B vitamins influence the health of most of the internal organs of the body and may reverse the pathogenic courses of many diseases. 

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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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Sandalwood essential Oil is an oil that is calming, balancing and harmonizing.  It has a balancing action on the skin so it can be used for both dry and oily skin. It's useful for acne and for soothing barber's rash.

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Erectile Dysfunction & Cardiovascular Health

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Men's Health Issues
Created by Dr. William J. Keller

The general topic of men’s health is quite broad and can include issues that are part of women’s health too. Good examples here are cardiovascular wellbeing and weight loss. However, prostate health and conditions such as erectile dysfunction (ED) are peculiar to men.

In men, vascular health and sexual function are very closely related. Erectile dysfunction not only adversely affects intimate relationships but it can also indicate potential cardiovascular health problems. In many cases, erectile difficulties may be a sign of an underlying cardiovascular disorder. Because vascular health reflects erectile function, it’s not surprising that nutritional supplement ingredients that support healthy erectile performance also contribute to cardiovascular health.

Supplements that are intended to combat ED usually contain ingredients that will support optimal nitric oxide (NO) levels in the body. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels to facilitate improved blood flow. The amino acid arginine is well known for its cardiovascular benefits primarily because of its conversion to NO in the endothelial cells that line the internal surfaces of arteries. Increased vascular smooth muscle relaxation and the resulting improved blood flow to erectile tissue are due to enhanced NO production. It has been shown that oral arginine supplementation supports erectile function when compared with placebo (1).

Horny goatweed (Epimedium sagittatum) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries because of its aphrodisiac effects and support of erectile health. Scientists have isolated and characterized icariin and have shown this flavonoid derivative to be the major Viagra-like active component (2).

Recent research has demonstrated that icariin selectively inhibits phosphodiesterase type 5 (PPE-5), an enzyme that causes a rapid termination of male sexual activity. By blocking this enzyme, sexual activity in men is sustained. Additionally, icariin enhances the production of NO from arginine. As we now know, increased production of NO by cells in the arterial wall results in dilatation of the penile blood vessels, which increases blood flow and maintains erectile function. This mechanism of action for natural icariin is amazingly similar to that of synthetic Viagra (3).

Other herbs and nutrients have a long history of safe and effective use in ED and complement the actions of arginine and horny goatweed. These include maca root or Peruvian ginseng (Lepidium meyenii), yohimbe root bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). All three of these ingredients act as aphrodisiacs and are noted for their erectile and sexual health benefits in men.

Another men’s health issue that is fairly widespread in men is enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Keep in mind that BPH is not prostatic cancer but it can be bothersome. Men usually know when they encounter BPH because of difficult urination and frequent nocturnal urination. The currently accepted and most plausible theory supporting the etiology of BPH centers on prostatic testosterone and its excessive conversion to the more potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The enzyme 5-alpha reductase catalyzes this conversion and once formed, DHT stimulates the proliferation of prostatic cells. It appears logical that high levels of DHT leads to excessive numbers of prostatic cells, which can result in an enlarged prostate.

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is the most popular and best understood ingredient that provides benefit in cases of BPH. The lipophilic (fat soluble) fraction from saw palmetto berries is most active and it appears that fatty acids from this fraction inhibit 5-alpha reductase to lower prostate levels of DHT.

The bark of the African plum tree (Pygeum africana) has also shown significant benefit in cases of BPH. Evidence suggests that pygeum bark actives may inhibit growth factors that contribute to prostate cell growth and the resulting hyperplasia. Also, there is evidence that points to pygeum actives having anti-inflammatory activity in the enlarged prostate (4). A third herbal ingredient that has shown value in relieving BPH is the root of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). Research on the root extract is not definitive but seems to suggest an anti-inflammatory effect as well as an interference with proliferation of prostatic epithelial cells. Interestingly, the root contains an active(s) that blocks the binding of prostatic androgens, testosterone and DHT, to an essential binding globulin (5). There have been anecdotal reports of the carotenoid lycopene and the mineral zinc producing prostate health benefits.

Maintenance of men’s health is an important priority and should not be ignored. Several nutritional approaches that offer meaningful benefit are available. My belief and the long-standing goal of all should be to optimize the proper functioning of all body systems and to preserve their highest achievable health. These beliefs must be embraced and the goals can and should be achieved.

Melman A. This month in investigative urology. L-arginine and penile erection. Journal of Urology. 1997 Sep;158(3 Pt 1):686.
Dell’Agli M, et al. Potent inhibition of human phosphodiesterase-5 by icariin derivatives. Journal of Natural Products. 2008 Sep;71(9):1513-7. Abstract available at:
Xu, HB, Huang ZQ. Icariin enhances endothelial nitric-oxide synthase expression on human endothelial cells in vitro. Vascular Pharmacology. 2007 Jul;47(1):18-24. Abstract available at:
Levin, RM, Levin SS, Zhao Y, Buttyan R. Cellular and molecular aspects of bladder hypertrophy. European Urology. 1997;32 Suppl 1:15-21. Abstract available at:
Jellin, J. 2010 Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 12 ed. pp 1592-1595.

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Garlic Medicine

From Creation Moments

Numbers 11:5
"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic."

Garlic. Even say the word and some people move away to give you some distance. Others gather around because, to them, garlic helps make the meal. Garlic has begun to attract the attention of medical researchers as well.

At the Tagore Medical College in India, researcher Arun Bordia kept track of 432 heart attack survivors for three years. During that time, half of the survivors drank the juice from six to ten cloves of fresh garlic each day, while others took a garlic-scented drink with no garlic in it.

Over the three-year period, the garlic group had 32% fewer heart attacks and 45% fewer deaths than the other group. Research in the United States with chickens, who metabolize cholesterol in much the same way as humans, suggests a reason for these results. Chickens that were fed aged garlic extract showed a 50% reduction in the kind of cholesterol that clogs arteries.

Medical researchers are also looking at some interesting evidence that garlic may help prevent some forms of cancer, especially stomach cancer.

When the Creator made the heavens and Earth, He knew that humans would disobey Him, destroying the creation with sin. He also knew that in doing so we would bring disease and death into the world. We can thank Him that He stocked the Earth with substances that could be used to treat some of the earthly effects of sin. However, we can thank Him even more joyfully that He provided the full cure for sin for each of us in the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ!

Dear Father, I ask that You would not allow the wonderful gifts You have given us to make this life better distract me from my eternal needs and Your spiritual supply in my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

"Garlic medicine: cures in cloves?" Science News, v. 138, Sept. 8, 1990. p. 157.

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Horses for Soldiers' Therapy

The "TH Horses for Heroes” is a very exciting and successful nationwide program that was created in 2007 by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to help America’s wounded service personnel and veterans. There are now nearly 30 US riding centers helping veterans.

Equine Assisted Activities have been shown to normalize muscle tone, increase range of motion, improve balance, posture and coordination, instill patience and emotional control, and increase concentration and self-awareness.

The Horses for Heroes program at the Maryland Therapeutic Riding center is a non-profit organization that offers free equine therapy to veterans and active duty soldiers suffering from both physical and psychological wounds of war.

Read more and find a center near you or a loved one who might be interested in this program.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Liver Health – Why You Should Love Your Liver

As the second largest organ in the body, liver health plays a significant role in the body’s overall health. The liver is a part of the hepatic portal system, which controls essential glucagon and insulin secretion throughout the body, monitors metabolism and digestion, acts as a detoxifying organ and produces cholesterol as well as blood-clotting substances. If the health of the liver is jeopardized, all other systems in the body are affected.

If you’re not careful, your liver health can be diminished. Alcohol, medications, pollutants and even viral infections can damage the liver. Symptoms of liver problems may include chronic fatigue, yellow discolored skin and eyes, nausea or loss of appetite.

With the body relying on liver health, it is important that you do what you can to keep it strong. There are certain herbs and supplements that are known to provide essential antioxidants and other nutrients that support liver health such as milk thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, choline and SAM-e.

Milk Thistle Combination has many of these ingredients and more to get a more balanced approach to feeding your liver for health. Read the entire article.

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Singing Boosts Health

From AARP Magazine

Glee may be cooler, but barbershop groups - yes, barbershop groups - are booming among people 50-plus who want to sing loud and feel good.

About two-thirds of the women in Sweet Adelines International (the worldwide women’s barbershop organization) are 55-plus, and most new members are 45 and up.

The Barbershop Harmony Society, for men, boasts an average age of 63.

Barbershop singing - a capella harmonizing in four parts - has benefits. Studies have found that singing can boost your immune system and mental sharpness, increase happiness, and reduce anxiety. “I especially like the friendships I’ve made,” says Elaine Hadidiacos, 68, of Rockville, Maryland, a barbershopper for 25 years.

Ready to sing? Some groups are open to all, but others require auditions. Find a group via sweetadelineintl.orge or —Karen Kullgren

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The Healing Powers of Dance

Valerie Perdue, 55, was diagnosed at age 42 with Sjogren's syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease that left her exhausted to the point of immobility and in debilitating pain. 'The doctor told me, basically, I wasn't going to get well,' says Perdue.

Then a friend introduced her to a modern dance class. Although she only had the strength to watch, she 'was so emotionally moved by its beauty,' she kept going, and eventually was able to participate:

First she'd just breathe deeply, and move her arms while seated, then could stand for longer periods during the class. After many years of dogged practice, Perdue says, 'I became physically stronger, mentally clearer. It was so transformative and healing to me.'

Perdue is a convert to the church of dance – which some people consider a cure for much of what ails us. It may not be the answer to every health crisis, but there's no doubt that it can benefit the body and mind in many ways. Read the entire article.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

On SALE This Week: 31 Nature's Sunshine Products

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Blood Pressurex is an excellent blend of essential and natural ingredients that can help your body maintain proper blood pressure levels.

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Clearing the blood of impurities is a safe way to prevent tissue degeneration. By strengthening body-wide cleansing mechanisms already in place, you allow your purified blood to deliver more nutrients and carry away more cellular toxins. The result? You feel better and body tissues heal more quickly. Chinese Blood Build is called "Bu Xue" in Chinese, meaning “to nurture the blood.”

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Designed to provide the brain with maximum protection against free radical damage, Brain-Protex with Huperzine contains nutrients that support optimal brain health.

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This formula supports the body in the battle to remove toxins from the entire respiratory tract, especially the lungs.

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This body system pack contains supplements that are formulated to support proper circulation and to help protect and nourish the cardiovascular system. Products in this pack support circulatory health and heart function, may increase circulation to the extremities, and provide essential fatty acids, which benefit heart health.

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Now cranberry and buchu are together and you can get both of their benefits at the same time: the bacteria protection of cranberry and the diuretic flushing of buchu. Cranberry/Buchu should be used to prevent infection in individuals that are already predisposed to UTI.

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This body system pack contains supplements that are formulated and traditionally used to support the digestive processes and create an environment wherein food can be more readily digested, and nutrients can be more readily absorbed and then circulated throughout the body to nourish cells and muscles.

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A common problem is eating over-processed foods that lack enzymes, thereby adding an enzyme manufacturing burden to the digestive organs. Nature's Sunshine Food Enzymes formulation is designed to provide major enzymes commonly needed for today's American diet.

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Gallbladder Formula contains herbs traditionally used to provide nutrients that support the proper function of the digestive system, particularly the liver and gallbladder. Gallbladder Formula provides soothing action. 

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This body system pack contains supplements to support and stimulate the body's glandular functions. It provides nutrients to nourish the body's glands, support positive mood, promote energy and strengthen the body's ability to regulate stress.

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This body system pack contains supplements that are formulated to support proper liver function and to help protect and nourish the liver. Products in this pack aid in the detoxification process, support elimination and help remove toxins from the body.

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You may need more silicon in your diet and this herbal combination is a way to get it. It contains two of the richest sources of organic silicon in the plant kingdom - Dulse and Horsetail.

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This body system pack provides year-round immune system support, creates an environment inhospitable to foreign invaders and stimulates the body's natural defenses.

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This combination of 5 herbs was 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.

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This body system pack contains supplements that are formulated to support proper elimination and colon health. Products in this pack help clean and build the intestinal system and strengthen colon tissue, populate the gut with friendly microflora, support digestion and aid in the elimination process.

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Chinese Kidney Activator is a combination of 14 herbs designed to support the urinary and lymphatic systems. The formula promotes kidney function and helps clear retained water from the body, which may positively affect joints.

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Krill oil is a highly bioavailable source of Omega 3 essential fatty acid, extracted from Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) which naturally contains phospholipids, which bind to the omega-3 fatty acids, improving their absorption in the body. These phospholipids provide strength and elasticity to the cell membrane, helping to keep toxins out and let nutrients and oxygen in.

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LBS II is designed to support the production of digestive enzymes and bile, thereby promoting the growth of friendly colonic bacteria. It also provides nourishing natural substances to feed the colon and support it in its eliminative functions.

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Package includes one each of the following TCM Concentrates:
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Nervous Fatigue Formula is a combination of 18 herbs that provide support to the nervous and circulatory systems and act as a general nerve and heart tonic to keep you in top shape. Nervous Fatigue Formula strengthens the body's ability to respond to forces and agents that otherwise weaken it. This formula helps relieve heart stress and helps normalize and improve digestion and sleep.

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This body system pack contains key vitamins and herbs that feed and soothe the nervous system, build the body's ability to adapt to stress and supports restful sleep.

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When it's time to assist immune function or strengthen the circulatory system with help from powerful nutrients, Olive Leaf Extract stands ready to help.

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This body system pack contains supplements designed to nourish the respiratory system by supporting the lungs and sinuses, strengthening the bronchial system and clearing excess mucus. 

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Sinus Support EF is a unique herbal formula that supports nasal passages and supplies nutrients for proper respiratory function. This combination contains trace amounts of magnesium, potassium, silicon and zinc. It's also a source of vitamins A and C, and thiamine.

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

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Stomach Comfort offers the antiacid benefits of calcium carbonate, one of nature's best antacids without the other chemical ingredients.

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This body system pack supports bone health and flexibility, provides minerals and nutrients to build and strengthen the structural system and helps build connective and joint tissue.

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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 Support is a blend of nutritional and herbal supplements specially designed to nourish the thyroid gland and to support the actions of the thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones regulate many body functions, including oxygen use, basal metabolic rate, cellular metabolism, growth and development and body temperature. 

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Trigger Immune is based on a special combination of astragalus and ganoderma and contains 16 additional herbs that form a comprehensive approach to immune strengthening. It is a general tonic formula designed to stimulate immune response. Trigger Immune promotes blood circulation— an important part of immune enhancement - and facilitates healing.

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This body system pack supports the body's filtration process by strengthening and balancing the entire urinary system, providing potassium and sodium, and supporting the kidneys.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pain-fighting Foods

Got knee pain? Drink some soy milk. Sore back? Eat salmon.

The right foods can ease your aches: Recent research suggests that some pack as much pain-fighting power as common pain medications like ibuprofen. 'What we eat has a dramatic impact on levels of pain in the body,' says Beth Reardon, M.S., R.D., a nutritionist at Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Read on for the best pain remedies to put on your plate and try some delicious recipes.

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Digestive Enzymes and Colon Cleansing

Digestive enzymes enable food’s incredible journey through the body—giving us strength and energy to recharge and live a healthy life. Digestive enzymes act as catalysts as they break down food and make it possible for the body to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Although the digestive system is a powerful one, it’s also very delicate. Taking care of your digestive tract by keeping it clean and providing what it needs plays a major role in the body’s overall health.

Many fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes. Such enzymes are also beneficial for breaking down proteins and meats. As discussed in Finding Health with Digestive Enzymes, today’s diet lacks many of the food-derived digestive enzymes the body needs. This is because cooking, freezing, processing, canning and other food preparation methods kill or significantly deteriorate the strength of food enzymes.

Once food is broken down, it passes through the small intestine where the body separates the nutrients from the waste. In many cases, the small intestine suffers from toxic build-up, diminishing the effectiveness of nutrient absorption. Finding a natural colon detoxifier can help recharge your digestive system and relieve it from harmful build-up. CleanStart, one of our best-selling natural body cleanse products, contains nine botanicals that pull toxins from the intestine walls and allow for healthy waste removal.

When the digestive tract lacks necessary digestive enzymes and harbors toxic build-up, the abdomen feels uncomfortable, stressed and bloated. If you suffer from occasional digestive disturbances, consider your diet. Are you providing your body the necessary food enzymes for healthy digestion? Could your digestive tract suffer from toxic build-up? Try taking one or two capsules of our digestive enzyme supplements (Food Enzymes or Proactazyme) with each meal, clean your digestive tract with a healthy, natural colon cleanse (CleanStart) and notice the difference!

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Few Cancer Charities Pass Scrutiny

Over 40% of people born today will get cancer during their lifetime based on current rates of cancer incidence, according to the government’s National Cancer Institute. Nearly everyone has had a loved one or friend touched by cancer. Americans are very sympathetic with cancer sufferers and generously open their pocketbooks to solicitors raising money for many types of cancer research, prevention education and patient care.

It is sad that cancer charities, one of the most serious and popular giving categories, perform so poorly—half of the cancer charities that AIP (The American Institute of Philanthropy) rates in this Charity Rating Guide receive a D or F grade and only 37% receive an A or B.

Many hundreds of breast cancer organizations have sprung up over the last few decades. According to government statistics, more women have non-melanoma skin cancer than breast cancer and more women die of lung and bronchus cancer (68,084 in 2003, the latest figures available) than those that die of breast cancer (41,619 in 2003).

Two-thirds as many women died of colorectal cancer as those that died of breast cancer in 2003. Yet based on a search of Guidestar’s database of charity tax forms, 1,326 charities mention being involved with breast cancer and only 56 charities mention work in colon cancer and 11 in rectal cancer. Why are there only 5% as many groups addressing colorectal cancer as breast cancer victims? A likely reason is that colorectal cancer, also called bowel cancer, is not as attractive from a fundraising or marketing perspective as a disease that affects what is considered one of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body.

Look-a-like charities abound in the cancer area, some with opposite grades. National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund receives an A rating from AIP, yet the similarly named National Cancer Coalition and Coalition Against Breast Cancer receive F’s. Read the entire article.

Another topic of discussion is the animal testing used en masse by some of these organizations. From

Charities which fund animal testing include the American Cancer Society. More is spent on cancer than any other medical problem. There are more people living off of cancer than cancer sufferers.

Millions of laboratory animals have been injected with cancerous material or implanted with malignancies. Why hasn't progress progress commensurated with the effort and money invested? One explanation is the unwarranted preoccupation with animal testing. Crucial genetic, molecular, immunologic and cellular differences disqualify animal models as an effective means to a cure.

The American Cancer Society was an early promulgator of the link between smoking and cancer in the landmark epidemiological studies of 1952 and 1959. Read about the smoking beagle experiments.

Visit the website to find out which charities do and which do not fund research on animals.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

On SALE: Tei Fu, Adrenal Support & Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Adrenal Support [for the Glandular and Nervous system] is a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and adaptogenic herbs designed to support and strengthen the adrenal glands. Adrenal Support is formulated with adrenal glandular substance from New Zealand.

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It is useful during the cold weather season since it contains strong antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral compounds. It is sometimes used for skin conditions. It also encourages emotional balance.

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It’s especially designed for broad skin application. The skin-tingling formula penetrates deeply to encourage relaxation of the muscles.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

What Are the Causes of Obesity?

Created by Dr. William J. Keller

Obesity has been a problem in the United States for quite some time now. Most health care practitioners view obesity as a prelude to a variety of conditions that range from osteoarthritis to cardiovascular disease. An increasingly serious health issue involves obesity being associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. However, it’s not clear if obesity or diabetes develops first, and this question has been a focus of considerable debate and research in recent years.

A simplistic and sometimes convincing explanation of weight gain involves looking at calories consumed versus calories expended. The calorie in/calorie out concept readily explains weight gain when factors that seem to define the American lifestyle are considered. These factors include consuming large portions of high-fat and high-carbohydrate food coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. An estimated 68 percent of American adults qualify as overweight or obese because they eat more calories than they burn. Although this assessment of weight gain appears logical, there may be several other factors that contribute to the preponderance of obesity in the United States.

Research has shown that a lack of sufficient sleep (sleep debt) adversely affects the balance of at least two important hormone-like substances in the body. Prolonged periods of less than seven hours of sleep each night usually result in elevated levels of the appetite-stimulating ghrelin and reduced levels of the satiety-inducing leptin (1, 2). Exposure to excessive levels of BPA (bisphenol A is a known endocrine disruptor from certain types of plastics) has been shown to contribute directly to obesity in humans (3). Infections with adenovirus (there are 52 types of this DNA virus that can invade human cells) cause obesity in laboratory animals, and this may correlate with similar infections in humans (4).

In my opinion, the most fascinating new research on body weight variation shows that the intestinal flora (gut microbiota) can determine the efficiency of calorie extraction from the food that we eat (5). The microbes in the colon extract energy from the indigestible food passed on from the small intestine. These microbes ferment food that we cannot digest, and they keep most of the resulting energy for themselves. However, our gut microbiota do share some of the extracted energy with us, but the amount varies from almost nothing to nearly 10% of our daily calories.

A good analogy here is to look at obese individuals like fuel-efficient cars. Their gut microbes are much better at extracting energy from food which, in turn, can contribute to weight gain. The intestinal flora from a lean person could be viewed as gas guzzlers because of reduced energy extraction efficiency from food material in the colon. Further research has shown that obese volunteers had more Firmicutes species and fewer Bacteroidetes species in their guts than did lean volunteers. When the obese volunteers lost weight, their gut microbiota populations shifted with an increase in the gas-guzzling microbes (Bacteroidetes) and a decrease in the fuel-efficient microbes (Firmicutes). A number of food companies and ingredient vendors are currently investigating the link between probiotic composition and weight control.

Keep in mind that diet and exercise are the cornerstones of any successful weight-loss program. I believe that dietary supplements for weight loss can offer meaningful help in weight loss efforts. Certain supplements for weight loss can provide benefit to the vast majority of consumers who seek to lose weight and strive for healthy living . To reach your weight-loss goals and to keep the weight off, it is imperative to change your diet, improve exercise habits and make sound lifestyle choices. And don’t forget determination. If you have the determination to stick with a supplement program together with diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle, you will succeed.

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1. Sharma, S., Kavuru, M. Sleep and metabolism: an overview. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2010: 270832. Available at:

2. Body Weight and Sleep. Available at

3. Hugo, ER, et al. Bisphenol A at Environmentally Relevant Doses Inhibits Adiponectin Release from Human Adipose Tissue Explants and Adipocytes. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2008; 116(12): 1642-1647. Available at:

4. Whigham, LD, et. al. Adipogenic potential of multiple human adenoviruses in vivo and in vitro in animals. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 2006; 290(1):R190-4. Available at:

5. Ley RE, et. al. Microbial ecology: human gut microbes associated with obesity. Nature. 2006; 444(7122): 1022-3. Abstract available at:

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