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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

From Dr. Sircus

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body, After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known.

It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it In fact there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes.

I remember a person asking, “Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?” Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes.

There are many common ailments related to magnesium deficiency .... Read the entire article.

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Quit Smoking Now - Live 10 Years Longer

It may surprise you to learn that, in both the US and the UK, smoking ranks higher than obesity as the leading cause of preventable deaths. This fact has spurred UK researchers, funded by Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council, into conducting one of the largest studies ever undertaken into the effects of smoking and, crucially, the benefits of quitting.

To do this, a team of researchers, led by professor Richard Peto of the University of Oxford, recruited 1.3 million female participants aged between 50 to 65. This age group was important for one vital reason: they were the first generation who smoked in a sustained way through to the modern day and in a way comparable to today’s smoking habits.

In a review beginning 1996 and lasting to 2001, the scientists set out to track the lives of the 1.2 million women who were viable for the study to see what prolonged smoking did to their health and also whether the benefits of quitting smoking would be as pronounced as had been hoped. The study, published in the Lancet, contained some eye-opening, and encouraging, findings.  Read the results.

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8 Powerful Natural Helps for Allergies

For an estimated 30 million or more Americans, allergens can make free breathing a real challenge.

Allergies are a combination of reactions the body has to one or more substances that are usually harmless. They are actually considered an immune response. If the body thinks that a substance is dangerous, it tries to flush it out.

For instance, when a speck of pollen, dust or animal dander comes into contact with specific antigens in the blood (mast cells), it triggers the release of proteins called histamines from specialized cells. An allergic reaction then takes place, including sneezing, watering eyes, a runny nose, an itchy feeling in the throat or mouth, etc. All of this causes fluids to enter the area, which can produce puffiness or swelling.

What Are Histamines?

Histamines are proteins that are stored in mast cells or basophils (a type of white blood cell) and are released when the blood encounters something it believes is a threat. They act like hormones or chemical transmitters, signaling the body that a foreign invader is present.  Histamines have several functions in the body, including cell communication, sleep modulation and more.

Antihistamine medications counteract the histamine chemicals that cause allergic reactions. But they also may cause drowsiness and other unwanted side effects.

Did You Know?

Certain drugs, including antibiotics and morphine can trigger the release of histamine, making a person feel itchy.

Mother Nature provided her own helps to combat allergens. Many natural ingredients may help support the respiratory and immune systems under attack. Some support free breathing. Others may help reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with irritants and allergens.

1. Stinging nettle has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps reduce congestion, cough, runny nose and sneezing. It may also help with the bronchial tubes. (Not for use during pregnancy.)

2. The antioxidant quercetin may help stabilize mast cells. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin seems to affect mast cell membranes, blocking them from releasing histamine.

3. The enzyme bromelain breaks down proteins. It also helps reduce swelling of mucous membranes during times of respiratory stress. In 2000, Nutrition Science News reported that bromelain helps to thin nasal secretions and reduce headaches. This enzyme may also have cough-suppressant activity. Further, bromelain may increase the absorption of many antibiotics, thus adding to their effectiveness.

4. Bitter orange fruit contains synephrine, which has decongestant properties and helps open up airways. Synephrine also helps to shrink puffy tissues and supports normal blood pressure levels. Bitter orange fruit also contains flavones that may have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties.

Note:  HistaBlock contains the above four (4) ingredients in an encapsulated formula.

5. Echinacea is commonly used to boost the immune system. Studies show that this herb reduces inflammation. It may also help remove extraneous matter from cells or tissues after injury or inflammation has occurred.

6. Fenugreek seed may also help with allergens. It promotes mucus production, which help flush allergens from the lungs. It may also help loosen phlegm.

7. Mullein leaf, also affectionately known as Cowboy Toilet Paper, contains polysaccharides, which are mucilaginous (gel-like substance known for their ability to help soothe tissues) and help protect delicate respiratory membranes against irritants.

8. Dandelion may also support the body under attack by allergens as it helps cleanse the blood and the liver.

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Dental Composites Worse Than Amalgam For Kids


The study used data from The New England Children's Amalgam Trial, which, surprisingly, found that children randomized to amalgam restorations had better psychosocial outcomes than those assigned to bisphenol-A based epoxy resin composites (bisGMA) for tooth restorations.

The new analysis aimed to "examine whether greater exposure to dental composites is associated with psychosocial problems in children."

The results of the study, which looked at a group of 534 children, 6 to 10 years old, were as follows:  Read the entire article.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Gentle Move features a proprietary blend of magnesium hydroxide and herbs. Triphala extract is an Ayurvedic combination of dried fruits used as a "health harmonizer." Traditionally, triphala is considered a gentle laxative that supports digestive and intestinal health. Magnesium hydroxide is a natural salt of magnesium, an essential mineral that specifically attracts and retains fluid within the colon. Gentle Move's herbal blend also contains yellow dock root, ginger rhizome, marshmallow root and slippery elm bark to aid digestion and provide soothing action to the digestive tract.

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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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As a nutritional support for proper waste elimination, the bark has been used by cultures around the world. Cascara Sagrada acts as an herbal laxative, influences intestinal contraction and supports a clean, healthy colon.

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After two intensive years of search, Nature's Sunshine Products (NSP) developed Gastro Health. Ulcer victims are sure to benefit from the soothing strength of this unique combination.  NSP spent two years of intensive research evaluating various herbs in order to create this unique, natural formula designed to make the stomach less hospitable to unwanted invaders. Gastro Health contains five herbs that support healthy digestive function.

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Mind-Max contains magnesium l-threonate plus gotu kola aerial parts, bacopa leaf and ginkgo leaf - herbs well-known to benefit circulation and brain health - for a powerful brain boost. Between the ages of 20 and 90, the average person loses 5–10% of his/her brain weight, with an accompanying loss in memory, attention and other cognitive functions.

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Adequate potassium levels are essential for the body's active transport pump, which moves nutrients into cells. This herbal formula nutritionally supports the body's enzyme system and is a source of trace minerals compatible with potassium utilization.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

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This exciting product contains fiber from five different sources: psyllium hulls, apple fiber, acacia gum, guar gum and oat bran.  Each serving provides 3.8 grams total dietary fiber (3.2 grams soluble fiber and 0.6 grams insoluble fiber) and it tastes great.

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Nature's Three includes psyllium, oat fiber and apple fiber to support the normal functions of the bowel. Each serving provides 2 g of dietary fiber—1 g of soluble and 1 g of insoluble fiber. Both are naturally present in food and are important to colon health, but are not present in many foods in today's typical diet.

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Spring Cleansing For Your Body

Cleansing with CleanStart
by Dr. William Keller

The practice of cleansing the digestive system dates back to 1930s. Today, it is widely accepted that proper digestion is crucial for health. When digestion is efficient and complete, all of the food you eat is broken down and either utilized or flushed out as waste. When the digestive process is inefficient, partially digested food matter may be left behind in the digestive system. It is theorized that this buildup may produce toxins that can contribute to fatigue and a host of other undesirable symptoms. Sluggish digestion or debris in the bowel may also reduce the efficiency with which the body is able to eliminate toxins and waste products.

CleanStart is a comprehensive approach to cleansing the whole body. It contains laxative herbs to facilitate the cleansing of the intestinal tract. Soothing herbs blended into the formula help support gentle cleansing. Herbs that help rekindle the ability of the digestive system to properly handle digestion, absorption and waste elimination are also part of this product. Because the digestive system is not alone in the waste-elimination process, herbs for detoxifying the accessory organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas) and the urinary system are incorporated into this formula. Blood purification is also an important aspect of body cleansing; hence, reputable blood-purifying herbs are also components of the CleanStart program. The laxative herbs in this formula help remove toxic debris that build up in the colon.

Psyllium and fenugreek seeds are high in fiber and have a bulk laxative action, which helps support optimal gastrointestinal transit.1

Cascara sagrada, yellow dock, buckthorn and Turkey rhubarb are high in anthraquinones. These substances act on the large intestines, stimulating colon peristalsis to promote elimination. 2,3

Marshmallow, licorice, aloe and ginger soothe the digestive system while cleansing. Marshmallow root contains mucilaginous polysaccharides that help protect and soothe tissues. Licorice and ginger are reported to have antispasmodic and gastroprotective effects. 4-6

Sarsaparilla, red clover, echinacea, burdock, Oregon grape, couch grass, milk thistle and dandelion are purifying herbs in this pack. They are recommended for periodic “spring cleaning” of the body. Their mild diuretic effects are beneficial in promoting the elimination of toxins via the urinary system. In addition, sarsaparilla, through its sweat-promoting properties, enhances toxin elimination from the lymph and circulatory systems.7

Bentonite and sodium copper chlorophyllin are detoxifying ingredients. Bentonite adsorbs toxins, facilitating their removal from the bowel. Sodium copper chlorophyllin is a green pigment found in almost all plants. It has been used to aid in the removal of various toxins via the liver and remains a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways.8

Pepsin, capsicum, potassium citrate and lactobacillus help restore improved function of the digestive system. Anytime a deficiency of proteolytic enzymes exists, bits of undigested protein may remain in the body, causing difficulties. Pepsin supports efficient protein digestion and protects the intestines from foreign invaders. Capsicum is used to improve digestion and relieve occasional gastrointestinal problems. Potassium citrate plays a role in gastric secretion and enzyme reactions, helping to support digestion. Lactobacillus spores were thoughtfully blended into this cleanse to help re-establish the balance of these beneficial organisms.

CleanStart is a thorough, yet gentle cleanse that is perfect for just about anyone. The ingredients in CleanStart are incorporated into a capsule packet and a powder drink mix packet (available in Apple-Cinnamon and Wild Berry flavors) that make cleansing easy and convenient.

1. Leung AY and Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics. 1996;2d ed.:427-429.
2. Yang WX, Jin ZG, Xu WS, Tian ZS, Guo SD. Effects of sennosides on cellular electric activities in smooth muscle cells of guinea pig taenia coli. Zhongguo Yao Li Xue Bao 1993 Sep;14(5):430-2
3. Mowery, D.B. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. New Cannan, Connecticut:Keats Publishing, Inc. 1986:58
• Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 8th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty; 2007.
• Wu H; Ye D; Bai Y; Zhao Y. Effect of dry ginger and roasted ginger on experimental gastric ulcers in rats. Chung Kuo Chung Yao Tsa Chih, 15(5):278-80, 317-8 1990 May
6. al-Yahya MA; Rafatullah S; Mossa JS; Ageel AM;Parmar NS; Tariq M. Gastroprotective activity of ginger zingiber officinale rosc., in albino rats. Am J Chin Med, 17(1-2):51-6 1989
7. Mowrey, D.B. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. New Canaan, Connecticut: Keats Publishing, Inc. 1987
8. Fahey, J. W., Stephenson, K. K., Dinkova-Kostova, A. T., Egner, P. A., Kensler, T. W., and Talalay, P. Chlorophyll, chlorophyllin and related tetrapyrroles are significant inducers of mammalian phase 2 cytoprotective genes. Carcinogenesis 2005;26(7):1247-1255.

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Food Additive Bombs For Brain

They’re often referred to as “excitotoxins” because of their ability to literally excite brain cells to death. Consumers ingest massive amounts of these often hidden and highly toxic “flavor enhancers,” which can also cause adverse reactions ranging from skin rashes to asthma attacks, mood swings, upset stomach, migraines, heart irregularities and seizures.

For those who are extremely sensitive, it can put them into life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The Food and Drug Administration has been presented with ample evidence that these particular additives can be especially harmful to kids, the elderly and developing fetuses. Yet, they’re allowed to be routinely – and liberally — added to scores of processed foods, even organic, vegetarian and “natural” ones, for the devious purpose of fooling the tongue so the food tastes better.

That’s why we’ve designated them as five, four and three on our list of additives to be avoided in Citizens for Health’s “Read Your Labels” campaign ..... Read entire article.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Pesticide Turning Males to Females

Atrazine has already turned male frogs into females that can even produce eggs and offspring.  Read more on the frog research.

Human exposure to atrazine is linked to a number of serious health effects. A potent endocrine disrupter, atrazine interferes with hormonal activity of animals and humans at extremely low doses.

Endocrine Disruption: 
The science on atrazine's effects on the hormone system continues to grow. It alters the levels of key hormones in rats and can delay puberty. In male frogs, exposure to atrazine causes a kind of "chemical castration," causing them to develop female sex characteristics. Researchers hypothesize that atrazine singnals the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, demasculinizing the frogs.

Reproductive Effects: 
Because atrazine disrupts hormones, it's not surprising that epidemiological studies find associations between exposure to the herbicide and reproductive effects including increased risk of miscarriage, reduced male fertility, low birth weight, increased chance of any birth defect, and higher incidence of abdominal defects.

Evidence for the carcinogenic potential of atrazine is growing — exposure has been linked to elevated risk of breast and prostate cancer. The recent President's Cancel Panel Report notes that atrazine has possible carcinogenic properties. In response to concerns, U.S. EPA is currently re-evaluating atrazine's carcinogenic potential.

Synergystic effects between atrazine and other pesticides may also render health harms more severe.

Atrazine in drinking water
Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S., and is found in 94% of U.S drinking water tested by the USDA — more often than any other pesticide. An estimated 7 million people were exposed to atrazine in their drinking water between 1998 and 2003.  Read entire article ...

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Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet & Ankles

Note From Donna:
Are you coping with swelling? When I had my heart problems last year I had an extra 25 pounds of fluid in my 120 lb. body, so I know how uncomfortable this problem is, even if it's not from heart failure.

Swelling in your feet and ankles is called edema, and there are a lot of things that can cause the problem, from high blood pressure to pregnancy. What’s happening is your body is having trouble fighting gravity to move blood and fluids back up your legs, so your ankles, feet, and even your legs can begin to swell.

Edema on its own is not harmful, but it is uncomfortable. If you are seeing one foot or leg swelling a lot more than the other, or you face is swelling, you do want to call your doctor, because the cause could be a blood clot, and you don’t want to wait to address that problem.

That uncomfortable swelling is not actually a disorder, just a symptom, and the best way to treat it is to treat the root cause. If you’re swelling because of pregnancy, it should go down not long after you deliver. Talk to your doctor to see what could be causing your swelling.

Whatever the reason, these remedies can help give you some relief while you sort out the cause of your edema. Check out the list of natural remedies.

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The Facts About Poop

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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It is known to cleanse the body and especially to strengthen the action of the circulatory, intestinal and female reproductive systems. It has also been found useful in external skin applications and as a gargle. In addition, chlorophyll is known to neutralize body odors and to act as a natural deodorant.

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It is known to cleanse the body and especially to strengthen the action of the circulatory, intestinal and female reproductive systems. It has also been found useful in external skin applications and as a gargle. In addition, chlorophyll is known to neutralize body odors and to act as a natural deodorant.

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Trade-secret processing and careful preparation of each tablet give NSP High-Potency Garlic a special locked-in freshness coating. It contains chlorophyll, which controls odor while assuring a long, effective shelf-life.

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Spirulina naturally contains protein. The algae is a source of all eight essential amino acids, as well as chelated minerals, natural plant sugars, trace minerals and enzymes.

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Most diets today do not meet the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances for essential vitamins and minerals. These guidelines were established for use in labeling foods. Nature's Sunshine's Super Supplemental is a well-balanced formula that provides important vitamin and mineral nourishment for inadequate diets.

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Most diets today do not meet the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances for essential vitamins and minerals. These guidelines were established for use in labeling foods. Nature's Sunshine's Super Supplemental is a well-balanced formula that provides important vitamin and mineral nourishment for inadequate diets.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

On Special: Aloe Vera Juice & Psyllium Hulls

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Nature's Sunshine's aloe vera juice is 100% aloe. It hasn't been processed to remove all of the active constituents to make the flavor pleasant, but instead we've left the active principles. Some people dilute the aloe by putting two ounces of aloe vera juice in a glass of fruit juice or in some other liquid. That basically does the same thing as purchasing a product that is 10-15 % aloe vera. Nature's Sunshine offers aloe vera juice in 32 fl. oz. containers. Nature's Sunshine's Aloe Vera juice is a good way to start the day .. naturally!

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According to the American Heart Association, 50 percent of middle-aged Americans have dangerously high levels of blood cholesterol, a contributing factor to the high rate of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. Scientific research has shown that cutting down on fats and increasing the amount of soluble fiber in the diet can significantly reduce these levels. But getting enough soluble fiber into the diet can be a problem. Most foods only contain small amounts. Even oat bran is a mere 7 percent soluble fiber.

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