House Protects Pizza as a Vegetable

By Lisa Baertlein and Charles Abbott

(Reuters) – The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.

The scuttled changes, which would have stripped pizza’s status as a vegetable and limited how often French fries could be served, stemmed from a 2010 child nutrition law calling on schools to improve the nutritional quality of lunches served to almost 32 million U.S. school children.

The action is a win for the makers of frozen French fries and pizza and comes just weeks after the deep-pocketed food, beverage and restaurant industries successfully weakened government proposals for voluntary food marketing guidelines to children.

“It’s an important victory,” said Corey Henry, spokesman for the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). That trade association lobbied Congress on behalf of frozen pizza sellers like ConAgra Foods Inc and Schwan Food Co and French fry makers McCain Foods Ltd and J.R. Simplot Co, the latter best known as a supplier to fast-food company McDonald’s Corp.

“Our concern is that the standards would force companies in many respects to change their products in a way that would make them unpalatable to students,” Henry said.

Other AFFI members include H.J. Heinz Co, General Mills Inc and Kraft Foods Inc.

The school lunch provisions were a small part of a mammoth bill that provides money for all parts of the federal government. The House sent the bill to the Senate for final Congressional approval.

“They started out with French fries and now they have moved on to pizza,” said Jared Polis, Colorado Democrat, who lamented the government’s subsidy of unhealthy diets through school meals. “Pizza alone (without side dishes) … common sense, it’s not a vegetable.”

Calls to Minnesota-based Schwan and its external public relations firm and ConAgra were not returned.

Mark Dunn, AFFI’s chairman and J.R. Simplot’s main lobbyist, referred requests for comment to a company spokesman, who declined to respond.

PIZZA AS A VEGETABLE

Polis mentioned French fries in reference to a provision in the bill that would have blocked the government from limiting servings of white potatoes to one cup per week in meals served through the roughly $18 billion U.S. school meals program overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In addition to potatoes, USDA also proposed limits on starchy vegetables including corn, green peas and lima beans, while requiring lunches to serve a wider variety of fruit and vegetables.

Another provision bars the USDA from changing the way it credits tomato paste, used in pizza. The change would have required pizza to have at least a half-cup of tomato paste to qualify as a vegetable serving. Current rules, which likely will remain in place, require just two tablespoons of tomato paste.

According to a USDA report from November 2007, pizza and French fries were among the most commonly consumed lunch foods by participants in the national school lunch program.

Sam Farr of California, the Democratic leader on the appropriations subcommittee in charge of the USDA, said the interference with USDA rule-writing was “wrong” and “shouldn’t be done”. Still, Farr supported passage of the overall bill.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday that U.S. school children would still see more fruit and vegetables, more grains, more low-fat milk and less salt and fat in meals despite the language in the spending bill.

“First of all, we can assure parents of school-age children (that) USDA will do everything it can” to improve the nutritional quality of school meals, as required by the 2010 child nutrition law.

Vilsack was speaking via teleconference from Hanoi during a U.S. trade trip.

Healthier school lunches are a cornerstone of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity. Nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese and the numbers are growing.

“Clearly more pizza and French fries in schools is not good for kids, but it’s good for companies that make pizza and French fries,” said Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group that advocates better food and nutrition policies.

Wootan said U.S. food makers trumpet products they say are healthy while at the same time lobbying against regulations aimed at improving the nutritional quality of their products.

“A year ago, I was walking the halls of Congress arm-in-arm with the food industry, fighting for healthier school lunches,” Wootan said. “Today, we are on opposite sides, and I’m battling to keep them from weakening school nutrition standards and school marketing guidelines and other provisions.”

(Editing by Martinne Geller)

Soda and Aggression?

Soda and Aggression?

Are your teenagers getting out of control?  What do you do? Who do you blame? Yourself? Violent video games? How about the culprit that is hiding in your fridge!

Before you point fingers at anyone or anything, I want you to consider how much soda your teenager drinks. A new study shows that high school kids who drink more than 5 cans of soft drinks per week are 15% more likely to act violently when compared to their non-soda drinking counterparts. The study included over 1,800 students.  Although more research is needed to prove that soda is the cause, these results sure do raise suspicion.

A key ingredient found in almost every soft drink out there is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Not only may soda be involved with more violence, it will probably make them fat too! HFCS “is significantly more metabolically detrimental than plain white sugar” Rats that free-fed on HFCS showed a “48% greater weight gain, higher abdominal fat deposition and higher triglycerides than rats free-fed plain sugar water”. With high-fructose corn syrup being in an estimated 40% of all prepared food and beverages consumed in the US, the “sweetener has been implicated as a major contributor” to diabetes, obesity, and now violence!

Eating healthy is critical to having a great brain and keeping a healthy body weight.

“Why is it I get every “bug” that comes along and some people don’t seem to ever get colds or flu?”

What Challenges Your Immune System?
“Why is it I get every “bug” that comes along and some people don’t seem to ever get colds or flu?”

You Need to Know this…

There are fundamental reasons why one person stays well and another person does not. A strong immune system is one answer. For many people, cold and flu season never comes. For those same people, allergy season does not come either, because they have a strong immune system to handle those challenges. This issue of The Nutritional Essentials will give you some strategies that you can use to improve your immune system and the immune systems of all of your family members. First, let’s understand the challenges your immune systems face.

What Challenges Your Immune System?

Everything that is a stress on your body’s natural function can be a challenge to your immune system, such as:
Nutritional deficiencies brought on by improperly prepared foods, refined foods, transfats, and too much sugar!
Toxicity brought on by pollution, chemicals, preservatives and synthetic ingredients in food, basically all of the unnatural toxins.
Physical, structural and emotional stresses that deplete your system of nutrients and energy needed for growth and repair.

A Strong Immune System is a Whole Body Effort

The entire body works together to accomplish the important task of protecting your health. Virtually every aspect of your whole being is in some way involved with this process. Skin, digestive juices, mucous membranes, intestinal flora, and other healthy bacteria all work together with the organs of the immune system (the liver, spleen, blood and lymph) to help protect you. This is your immune system in action—a concerted effort of the parts for the whole. Similarly, immune system HealthBuilding is an action of the whole body as well.

The Best “Cure” for Disease is Health

Seems like a silly thing to say but nothing could be more true! Healthy people do not get sick often. People who are healthy sometimes are gifted with a strong genetic foundation, but more commonly, healthy people do the right things to build and maintain their health. This lifestyle allows their genes to express themselves as a whole body functioning in harmony. You can choose this lifestyle too! So that makes our job easy! Promote health and disease stays away, right? Simple as it sounds, it’s true!
In each issue of of “Dr. Chapa’s News You Need to Know” we speak about ways a person can build his or her health, and HealthBuilding is the key to the immune system strengths! It is highly likely you too can avoid the colds and flu seasons by merely supporting your health all year long. Let’s find out what you can do.

A strong immune system is a matter of choice!

HealthBuilding steps:

  1. Whole foods prepared properly so their natural goodness is available to your body
  2. Pure air and water
  3. Digestive enzymes to help the body assimilate the whole foods
  4. Healthy intestinal flora (probiotics) for proper assimilation and elimination of toxins
  5. Healthy liver functions – periodic purification programs
  6. Exercise and restful sleep
  7. Peaceful surroundings and a purpose for living

Avoiding These Common Pitfalls:

  1. Toxins in the environment (air, water, food)
  2. Refined foods
  3. Synthetic “foods”
  4. Most of us would look at this list and say, “I am not in ideal control of all of these HealthBuilding steps.” “What can I do to build my immune system?”

The best we can do nutritionally is:

  • Eat right and support the immune system with whole food concentrates known to be high in immune support qualities. The product we are featuring enhances the health of the immune system.

Build the health of your families’ immune system. Add immune support to your whole food supplement program!

  1. Immuplex© – The particular combination of whole food concentrates in Immuplex© uniquely supports the entire immune complex systems. For example this product supports the health of the:
  • Thymus gland for healthy lymphocyte production,
  • Spleen (lymphatic and blood) for antibodies,
  • Bone marrow for healthy blood formation,
  • Stomach (digestive system to destroy ingested parasites),
  • Intestinal flora (digestive) to destroy pathogenic microbes and manufacture B12.
  • Liver support for detoxification and enzyme production.
  1. Immuplex combines organic forms of vitamins A, C, and E with vitamin B12, and folic acid with minerals such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and selenium. Immuplex also contains bovine thymus, liver, and spleen tissue extracts – nutrients and glandular foods especially prepared to provide vital nutrients well known for their important roles in immune system health and function. †


Taking 1 – 3 Immuplex per day for during the cold and flu season could be one of the best immune support steps you could take.

Patients Speak About Immune Support

“I was one of those guys that no matter what it was that came around, I caught it. Colds, flu seem to never pass me by. Four years ago I started taking 3 Immuplex a day, I have not had a cold or flu since.” L.S.

What Did You Learn???

Best 6 ways to increase your Energy

Fight sluggishness and boost your energy level with these 6 easy tips:

1. Find some downtime every day-Even if it means getting up a few minutes earlier than everyone else in your house, take some time to really relax. Don’t read email, don’t write to-do lists. Do something that truly feels like downtime.
2.Make sure that you’re getting enough iron- Eat lots of leafy greens (especially spinach), pumpkin seeds, soy and other beans, tofu, tempeh, lentils, hemp seeds, blackstrap molasses, and sesame seeds. To increase iron absorption, include foods that contain vitamin C with your iron-rich foods (e.g. oranges, strawberries, red bell peppers, broccoli).
3.Make sure you’re getting your B vitamins- If you’re vegan, you’ll especially need to watch B12. Good sources of B vitamins include: nutritional yeast, fortified products such as soy milk and cereals, beans, tempeh, lentils, brewer’s yeast, and molasses.
4.Increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods- This includes nuts (especially almonds and cashews), soy beans, spinach, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, artichokes, black beans, and fortified cereals.
5.Include probiotics in your diet- Probiotics are the “living cultures” in yogurt and they help to maintain intestinal health and have been credited with other benefits from strengthening the immune system to preventing colon cancer. In addition to yogurt and soy yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kombucha (fermented tea) also contain probiotics. They are also available in supplement form- look for one that must be refrigerated.
6.Eat lots of fiber- High-fiber foods help you to feel fuller longer than low-fiber foods. They help to maintain blood sugar and act as a broom to keep the intestinal track moving. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol and prevent constipation, diverticulosis, and colon cancer. Eat lots of whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, breads and cereals (check bread and cereal labels- not all are high in fiber), fruits and veggies, beans, lentils, ground flax seeds, oat bran, and nuts and seeds. Don’t let TV commercials fool you- it is easy to get plenty of fiber from the foods that we eat and no fiber “supplement” is necessary!

Protect Yourself Using Magnetic Therapy

Protect yourself and your family from the negative effects of technology

A credit card-sized magnet can energize your energy field and protect you from electromagnetic radiation. Includes one magnet.

Even though we can’t and wouldn’t want to do away with all our electric appliances, we can protect ourselves. A simple Multi‐Polar Magnet, no bigger than a credit card, can energize your cellular electrical field and protect you. This small multi‐polar magnet can be placed in a shirt pocket, inside a woman’s bra or in a wallet carried on the body. We use very specific magnets that change from north to south on the same side, four to five times per inch, and they’re under 350 gauss no matter where you measure them.

We recommend people wear this magnet all the time they are working with computers or around other strong electromagnetic environments. Our preference is to wear it all day long, every day. Why? Electromagnetic pollution is everywhere and is most likely affecting you. Usually people have more energy and feel better when they have this very specific magnet next to them.

Multi‐Polar Magnets may also be used for pain reduction by placing them over the painful area and leaving it until the pain lessens or leaves. If this doesn’t help or makes it worse, move it to the exact same location on the opposite side of the body. This effect has to do with activating the acupuncture or electrical meridians of the body. This credit‐card‐sized magnet can increase circulation and relieve chronic pain including:

•    Headaches
•    Carpal tunnel syndrome
•    Aches and pains
•    Tennis elbow
•    Strained muscle problems
•    Bruises
•    Arthritis
•    Old injuries
•    Back pain or spinal problems due to the balancing of energy
Most people wear the Multi‐Polar Magnet all day. Some feel they need more energy and find that placing several under their mattress pad of their beds helps them at night. Multi‐Polar Magnets work to help protect you from the electromagnetic radiation that permeates our lives.

Protection From Electromagnetic Fields

Designed to interrupt and eliminate grid lin
es, geomagnetic, electromagnetic standing waves, extremely low frequencie, and other harmful waves unseen by the eye.

Protect yourself and your family from the negative effects of technology

Total Shield
Certain equipment has been developed to protect our magnetic field, thus helping neutralize harmful electromagnetic fields of radiation. The sluggishness, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, irritability, eye strain, rashes and other health problems associated with continuous exposure to high electromagnetic fields (above 30 Hz) can be counteracted with a device designed to blanket an area of about 20,000 square feet. This larger unit was designed to protect a home or office environment against harmful grid lines, geomagnetic disturbances, artificially generated electromagnetic standing waves, extremely low frequencies (ELF frequencies) and other harmful waves.

Total Shield is composed of two separate electronic generators. One generator is a detector device that identifies the frequencies of the geomagnetic disturbances and grid lines from the environment and broadcasts them back out through a Tesla coil, which cancels out the disturbance. The other generator is a 7.83 frequency generator, which duplicates the Schumann resonance (the resonant frequency of the Earth’s magnetic field).

Normally, one of these units is sufficient to protect a large home or office area. However, where electromagnetic pollution is severe, such as areas near high‐voltage power lines, transmitting towers for TV or radio towers, more than one unit might be necessary to overcome the severity of the pollution. According to some electrical engineers, the Total Shield unit will also strip radiation pollution from your body. The Total Shield is an essential asset to protect homes and families from pollution.

You can use the Total Shield in one of three ways: EMF protection only, geopathic stress only or a combination of both. Operates on AC adapter (included). The units are available in four coil strengths, with each additional coil adding 50% more intensity. Stronger units are appropriate for people who are very sensitive to EMFs; who have a large number of electronic devices in their home or office; or who live very close to power lines or stations. All units measure 9″ high x 4.5″ in diameter.

Specifications:

Power Requirements: 9-15 Voltz and includes an AC Wall Adapter
Weight: 1.5 Pounds
Dimensions: 9.5″ x 4.5″
Effective Area:  Blanket area of 20,000 sq ft. (3,500 sq ft.)
Best Place in a Central Location

The Cancer-Sugar Connection

The Cancer-Sugar Connection

Sugar Feeds Cancer

The simple concept that “sugar feeds cancer” is often overlooked as part of a comprehensive support plan for cancer sufferers. Of over 4 million cancer patients being treated in the U.S. today, few are offered specific advice or guidelines for using optimum nutrition, beyond being told to “just eat good foods.” Most cancer sufferers lack knowledge of what an optimal nutritional program is or how to implement it.

Many cancer sufferers could have a major improvement in the outcome of their disease if cancer’s preferred fuel, glucose, was controlled. Eliminating refined sugar and adopting an optimal whole foods diet combined with top quality nutritional supplements and exercise, may be critical components in recovering from cancer.

Glucose: The Fuel of Cancer Cells

Dr. Otto Warburg, Ph.D., a 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, first discovered that cancer cells have a different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. He found that malignant tumors frequently exhibit an increase in anaerobic (“without air”) glycolysis — an abnormal process whereby glucose is used as a primary fuel by cancer cells and which generates large amounts of lactic acid as a byproduct. (1)

In contrast, normal cells predominantly undergo aerobic (“with air”) cellular metabolism. In cancer, the large increase in lactic acid generated by the cancer cells must be transported to the liver for metabolism and clearance. The lactic acid creates a lower, more acidic pH in cancerous tissues as well as overall physical fatigue from liver stress due to overworking to try to clear the lactic acid buildup. (2, 3) Consequently, larger tumors tend to have a more acidic pH. (4) The goal is to return the body to aerobic metabolism as quickly as possible and to achieve an alkaline tissue pH (between 6.4 – 7.0). An alkaline environment is an unfavorable environment for cancer growth.

Since the cancer cell’s metabolism, anerobic glycolysis, is very inefficient, extracting only about 5% of the available energy in the food supply and from the body’s own calorie stores, the cancer, in effect, is “wasting” energy, so the cancer sufferer eventually becomes tired and undernourished. This vicious cycle increases body wasting – often in a downward spiral until death. (5) This is one reason why almost 40% of cancer sufferers die from malnutrition (called cachexia or “wasting away”). (6)

Do Glucose IVs Feed Cancer?

In hospitals, the total parenteral (TPN) solution typically given to cancer patients intravenously provides 70% of the calories going into the bloodstream in the form of glucose. These high-glucose solutions for cachectic cancer patients may be a poor choice of I.V. nutrition and may in effect, be serving to feed the tumor. A more nutritionally balanced I.V. solution with low glucose levels in addition to a broad spectrum of nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, lipids and co-factors, may be a much better choice and allow the patient to build strength and would not feed the tumor. (7)

The best way to regulate blood-glucose levels in cancer sufferers may be the following: 1) an optimal whole foods diet, 2) top quality nutritional supplements with a broad spectrum of anti-infective, immune-supportive phytonutrients, 3) regular exercise and sunlight, 4) gradual weight loss (if overweight) and 5) stress reduction. Professional nutritional guidance is crucial for cancer victims. The goal of nutrition therapy is not to eliminate all carbohydrates from the diet but eliminate all refined carbohydrates, and thus, control blood glucose within a narrow range to help starve the cancer and also bolster immune function.

Blood Sugar Standards

”Sugar” is a generic term used to identify simple and complex carbohydrates, which includes monosaccharides such as fructose, glucose and galactose; and disaccharides such as maltose and sucrose (white table sugar). The standards for blood sugar levels: a) less than 110 mg/dL is considered normal b) 111 to 125 mg/dL is considered to be impaired glucose tolerance and c) 26 mg glucose/dL blood or greater is considered to be diabetic (1997 American Diabetes Association blood-glucose standards).

Excess Blood Sugar and Degeneration

The diets of our ancestors which consisted of vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fruits, is estimated to have promoted healthy blood glucose levels between 60 and 90 mg/dL. (8) Today’s typical diet high in refined sugar is promoting abnormally high blood sugar levels and unprecedented unhealthy effects in blood-sugar metabolism. Excess blood glucose can initiate yeast overgrowth, blood vessel deterioration, diabetes, heart disease, increased rate of infections and many other adverse health conditions. (9)

Blood Sugar and Breast Cancer

A mouse model of human breast cancer demonstrated that tumors are sensitive to blood glucose levels. Mice were injected with an aggressive strain of breast cancer, then fed diets to induce one of the following: high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), normal blood sugar or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The findings showed that the lower the blood glucose, the greater the survival rate. (10, 11) This suggests that reducing refined sugar intake is a key factor in slowing breast tumor growth.

A large-scale epidemiological study of 21 modern countries that track morbidity and mortality (Europe, North America, Japan and others) revealed that sugar intake is a strong risk factor that contributes to higher breast cancer rates, particularly in older women.(12)

Blood Sugar and Immune Cell Activity

In an immune cell study, 10 healthy people were assessed for fasting blood-glucose levels and the phagocytic index of neutrophils, which measures the ability of immune cells to destroy invaders such as cancer. Eating 100 grams of carbohydrates from glucose, sucrose, honey and orange juice all significantly decreased the capacity of neutrophils to engulf bacteria. Starch did not have this effect. (13)

In a 4-year research study at the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection in the Netherlands, 111 cancer patients (with cancer of the biliary tract) were compared with 480 controls. Cancer risk associated with the intake of sugars, independent of other energy sources, more than doubled for the cancer patients. (14)

The medical establishment may be missing the connection between sugar and its role in tumorigenesis. The PET scan, a million-dollar positive emission tomography device, is regarded as one of the ultimate cancer-detection tools. PET scans use radioactively-labeled glucose to detect sugar-hungry tumor cells. The more glucose that is detected at a site, the worse the tumor is becoming. PET scans are used to plot the progress of cancerous tumors and to assess whether present protocols are effective. (15)

Kick the Sugar Out

In Europe, the “sugar feeds cancer” concept is well known. Glucose has an irrefutable role in encouraging the growth and metastasis of cancer. Based on research and the cancer-sugar connection, the best dietary recommendation for those with cancer may be a whole foods, organic diet with includes more fresh, organic vegetables, but less sweet fruit (such as bananas, figs, dates, etc.) as well as eliminating all refined sugars, (such as fructose, sucrose, sorbitol, maltodextrin, etc.) including hidden refined sugars (found in foods not normally associated with containing sugar such as soups, breads, ketchup, etc.). This carefully planned regime may be an enormous help in regulating blood glucose and hence, improving immunity while selectively starving cancer cells.

References

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  9. Mooradian AD, et al. Glucotoxicity: potential mechanisms. Clin Geriatr Med 1999 May;15(2):255.
  10. Hoehn, SK, et al. Complex versus simple carbohydrates and mammary tumors in mice. Nutr Cancer 1979;1(3):27.
  11. Santisteban GA, et al. Glycemic modulation of tumor tolerance in a mouse model of breast cancer. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1985 Nov 15;132(3):1174
  12. Seeley S. Diet and breast cancer: the possible connection with sugar consumption. Med Hypotheses 1983 Jul;11(3):319-27.
  13. Sanchez A, et al. Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis. Am J Clin Nutr 1973 Nov;26(11):1180-4.
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  15. Gatenby RA. Potential role of FDG-PET imaging in understanding tumor-host interaction. J Nucl Med 1995 May;36(5):893-9.

Breast Cancer, Alcohol and Tobacco

Breast Cancer, Alcohol and Tobacco

Comments from Bandolier: Evidence-Based Thinking about Health Care (www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/band109/b109-4.html)

One of the most important developments in recent years has been collaboration between research groups to pool information on individual patients better to understand disease development and treatment. One such is investigating breast cancer [1].

Study

The influence of alcohol and tobacco on breast cancer was examined in 65 studies contributing individual patient data on over 66,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 130,000 controls. Of these, 53 had information on both alcohol and tobacco in 58,500 cases of breast cancer and 95,000 controls.

Case-control and cohort studies were eligible if they recruited at least 100 women with invasive breast cancer and recorded information on reproductive factors and use of hormonal therapies. Information on individual women was collated and analysed centrally to use as similar definitions as possible. One drink was 12 grams of alcohol in the USA and Italy, 8 grams in the UK and 10 grams elsewhere.

Results

The average age at diagnosis of breast cancer was 52 years. Women with higher alcohol consumption also tended to smoke more in cases and controls. Only 37% of women who never drank alcohol had ever smoked, a proportion rising to about 70% in those with the highest alcohol intake.

In women who had never drunk alcohol (22,000 cases and 41,000 controls) there was no relationship between breast cancer and smoking history (relative risk 1.03). Because of the relationship between increased alcohol consumption and increased smoking, no reliable information could be drawn for smokers who also drank alcohol.

The relative risk of breast cancer was positively linked to increased daily alcohol consumption (Figure 1), to the same extent in women who had never smoked and in those who had ever smoked. Overall, the increase in the relative risk of breast cancer rose by 7% for each 10 grams per day of alcohol intake. There was no significant variation in the trend for any of 15 factors (race, education, BMI, breastfeeding etc).

Figure 1: Relationship between daily alcohol consumption and relative risk for breast cancer in women

 

Comment

This is fantastic stuff, which can be relied upon because of the mass of information and the quality of the analysis. It firmly makes alcohol an issue for women.

Reference:

Collaborative group on hormonal factors in breast cancer. Alcohol, tobacco and breast cancer – collaborative reanalysis of individual data from 53 e

pidemiological studies, including 58 515 women with breast cancer and 95 067 women without the disease. British Journal of Cancer 2002 87: 1234-01245.

 

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

A Brief Overview: Causes and Effective Solutions

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?

PD is a slowly progressive, neurodegenerative disease caused when brain cells that produce dopamine, an important neurotransmitter (message-carrying chemical) which helps control body movement, are destroyed in the part of the brain known as the substantia nigra.

Symptoms

Symptoms generally include tremors in arms and legs, rigid muscles, slowness of movements and impaired balance. PD currently affects more than 500,000 Americans.

 

Solvents Increase Risk of Parkinson’s

Brief summary of medical research article published in Neurology, September 2000;55:667-673.

Exposure to common petroleum-based hydrocarbon solvents, such as paints and glues, may result in the development of early-onset Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms as well as a more severe disease course, say Italian researchers.

“Exposure to hydrocarbon-containing solvents was detected in nearly 20% of all patients with PD in our center,” according to lead author, Dr. G. Pezzoli of the Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento in Milan, and colleagues. “The percentage increased to 30% in men, a finding to be expected in our industrial area where men predominate among the laborers with occupations at risk.”

Researchers found that those exposed to hydrocarbon solvents were an average of 3 years younger at first sign of disease symptoms and that the severity of disease symptoms was directly related to the amount of hydrocarbon exposure that was experienced.

Researchers identified 9 occupations within the study group that accounted for more than 91% of the hydrocarbon solvent exposure. The most common occupations of those exposed were petroleum, plastic and rubber workers. Other occupations found to have frequent hydrocarbon exposure were painters, engine mechanics and lithographers.

“These findings raise serious questions about specific occupational risk,” said study author Gianni Pezzoli, MD, of the Parkinson Institute in Milan, Italy. “This study more than merits further investigation into job-related Parkinson’s risk factors.

 

Pesticides May Increase Parkinson’s Risk

Brief summary of medical research presented at the Annual Meeting American Academy of Neurology in San Diego May 9, 2000

People exposed to pesticide (bug) sprays in the home may have a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder. The study is the first to show that exposure to pesticides in the home may lead to Parkinson’s, although other studies have suggested that exposure to the chemicals at work is a risk.

The researchers studied 500 people newly diagnosed with the disease, which is characterized by tremors and problems with walking and keeping balance. People who had been exposed to pesticides were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as people not exposed to pesticides. “This study is the largest yet of newly diagnosed individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It is the first study to show a significant association between home pesticide use and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease,” Nelson said in a statement.

Parkinson’s patients were more than two times as likely to have been exposed to insecticides in the home. People exposed to herbicides also had a higher risk.

 

Co-Q10 Treats Animal Models of Parkinson’s, ALS, HD

Coenzyme Q10 as a possible treatment for neurodegenerative diseases.

MF Beal fbeal@mail.med.cornell.edu Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY 10021

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential cofactor of the electron transport gene as well as an important antioxidant, which is particularly effective within mitochondria. A number of prior studies have shown that CoQ10 can exert efficacy in treating patients with known mitochondrial disorders.

There researchers investigated the potential usefulness of coenzyme CoQ10 in animal models of Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Huntington’s disease (HD). CoQ10 has been demonstrated that it can protect against striatal lesions produced by the mitochondrial toxins malonate and 3-nitropropionic acid. These toxins have been utilized to model the striatal pathology, which occurs in HD. CoQ10 also protects against 1methyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) toxicity in mice. CoQ10 significantly extended survival in a transgenic mouse model of ALS.

CoQ10 can significantly extend survival, delay motor deficits and delay weight loss and attenuate the development of striatal atrophy in a transgenic mouse model of HD. In this mouse model, it showed additive efficacy when combined with the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, remacemide. CoQ10 is presently being studied as a potential treatment for early PD as well as in combination with remacemide as a potential treatment for HD.

 

Stable DHLA

An Effective Brain and Nerve Supporting Antioxidant

DHLA (dihydrolipoic acid) is a natural antioxidant which occurs in the body in small amounts. DHLA is the only compound known in nutritional science which can quench every known free radical that is generated within the human body. Parkinson’s disease is believed to be caused, in large part, by damage from free radical damage.DHLA plays a major role in stopping and preventing free radical damage.

DHLA can also increase ATP production inside the body’s cells to enhance energy production and repair of damaged cells, including brain and nerve tissue. DHLA helps regenerate the body’s tissue levels of CoQ10, glutathione, NADH and NADHP, which affords the most broad spectrum of neurological protection of any natural compound yet discovered.

Stable DHLA: Highly Effective Nutritional Protection

A stable form of DHLA is now available for use as highly effective nutritional support. Because of the many protective and healing benefits of this amazing compound, stable DHLA is recommended as an essential part of the daily regimen of anyone who is experiencing neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson’s disease.

OUR COMMENT

These research articles clearly reveal yet one more reason to limit your exposure to chemicals, especially pesticides, glues and paints, as much as possible. On contact with skin or through inhalation, these chemicals enter your body, are absorbed and then stored. Many chemicals act like toxins that poison the body and are difficult for the body to eliminate.

If your body has become toxic (from low-grade exposure over time to many chemicals ever-present in the environment), then you may already be health-compromised with a decreased ability to remove these chemicals from your body. Chemical toxins are frequently stored in your fat and brain – which can compromise the body’s normal functioning and detoxification mechanisms, often leading to chronic brain and nerve problems such as Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, many natural, nontoxic compounds, such as stabilized DHLA, can protect and help regenerate nerve function with highly successful outcomes. (See Nutritional Status section below.)

Avoid chemical exposure

The first step is to avoid exposure as much as possible to chemical pollutants, such as pesticides, glues, paints, solvents, liquid cleansers, cigarette smoke (which contains over 3,000 known chemicals), synthetic perfumes, spray deodorants with aluminum, foods with toxic chemicals such as aspartame, “natural flavors”, MSG, sodium benzoate, etc.

In addition, do not consider painting your home or office as a harmless event. It is best to use low volatile or no VOCs paints and plan to paint during the warmer months when you can ventilate the rooms by keeping the windows open. Afterwards, use an ionizer for 24 hours to thoroughly dissipate the vapors.

Avoid all pesticide use

Avoid all use of pesticides for the garden, lawn, etc. (whether you apply them yourself or not). Do not allow pesticide agents to be sprayed inside your house. Even if someone else applies the pesticides, you still end up breathing the vapors (including through air currents outside) or coming in contact with them by touching furniture inside your house or grass outside or anything else that has become contaminated with pesticide residues. Pesticide residues are very resistant to breaking down and degrading. Children with their developing nervous systems are particularly vulnerable to nerve damage from pesticide exposure. In addition, switch to eating a healthy diet with high amounts of organic, pesticide-free, natural whole foods.

 

Maximize Your Nutritional Status

Super Food Concentrates

Next, immediately begin building your nutritional status with high quality, therapeutic-grade nutrients, including Super Nutrients which have an abundance of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Immune-Boosting and Anti-Infective Agents

Boost your health by consuming a broad variety of well researched health and immune-supporting and nerve-supporting nutrients such as stable DHLA, CoQ-10, NADH, colostrum and greens mixes (nonhybrid grasses and vegetable extracts). When your body is fortified with an abundance of nutrients, it is much easier for the body to detoxify and heal itself – something simply not possible with poor or inferior nutrition.

In addition, key anti-infective agents are essential, since much of the neurodegeneration as seen in Parkinson’s disease is linked to increased levels of toxicity first with a subsequent weakening of the person’s vital immune forces, and then the nearly inevitable onslaught of infection (commonly missed on medical diagnosis). Highly effective, natural anti-infective agents are olive leaf extract, Holarrhena antidysenterica, yew needle extract, coriolus (fermented mycelial extract), soma latha, hyssop, cat’s claw, pau d’arco and much more. Unlike antibiotics, these natural agents can effectively eliminate infection from various pathways in the body without disruption of the intestinal ecology or creating further immune system stress and weakening.

Detoxify your body

It is critical to use both internal and external nutritional detoxification agents to clear stagnant, toxic pathways so the body’s immune system can begin to heal itself once again. Internally, you can begin a cleansing program which includes therapeutic quality, botanical intestinal cleansers, liver and gallbladder cleansers and kidney cleansers.

For external detoxification, you can use mud packs with moor magna (a powerful toxin-chelating agent applied to the body externally which is later rinsed off) and castor oil packs (also applied externally). These highly effective agents are safe and nontoxic and have been used for centuries in many cultures with outstanding success for chemical detoxification – thus, promoting a release of blocked areas to help the body rapidily return to health. They are easy to use, safe, inexpensive, and can be applied in the comfort of your own home. Often, a two-month regimen consisting of 2 detoxification sessions per week can result in clinically profound results. It is well known that as the body becomes more detoxified, it can operate at a higher level of metabolic efficiency and healing.

In Parkinson’s Disease, the back of the neck and the back of the head areas can become energetically “stuck” (i.e. a blocked energetic flow exists due to toxic buildup in the connective tissue and lymphatic system) – and thus, the body’s biological nerve flow and immune system surveillance have become impeded in those areas because they cannot adequately enter and detoxify these toxic, weakened areas.

The simple yet elegant external detoxification techniques (mentioned above) can be a great, lifesaving help in re-establishing adequate nerve flow and immune system function to those areas so that once again, the body can be strengthened and repair the damage in those areas.

The Liver Cleanse Drink

In Parkinson’s Disease, liver and gallbladder toxicity are common. It is important to begin liver/gallbladder cleansing methods as soon as possible. You can begin with a gentle, but effective Liver Cleanse Drink procedure, a simple, good-tasting detox cocktail taken once per week for several weeks to help gently purify the liver and gallbladder tracts. Once the liver becomes detoxified and stronger, the body’s ability to detoxify and heal itself can become much stronger.

To make the drink, use the following ingredients: 2 fresh tomatoes, 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 capsule turmeric; optimal: 1 clove garlic. Blend all together. Drink first thing upon arising. Wait 1/2 hour to eat other food.

Brain and nerve healing agents

Effective brain and nerve growth and regeneration agents can be excellent help, such as hericium erinaceus (shown in research to regenerate damaged nerve tissue). Other important nerve growth and rejuvenation nutritional agents are phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylserine, hosphatidylethaol-amine, carnosine and maitake.

Be sure to include these outstanding nutritional nerve support agents in your daily nutritional routine. Start the road back to your own excellent health today.

Get started today

Begin to road back to great health by detoxifying your body, boosting your immune system and to maximizing your nutrient levels for the body’s most rapid healing progress. The human body is indeed a self-healing, self-regenerating machine – but only if you give it the nutrients it needs in order for this to occur. Don’t delay – get started today on the road to natural healing and great health.

Enjoy life at its very best!

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD): Key Recommendations

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD): Key Recommendations

Antioxidants Can Prevent AD But They Must Be Food-Source

Journal of the American Medical Association, June 26, 2002; 287:3223-3237, 3261-3263


Diets rich in vitamin C and E may delay the onset of memory-robbing Alzheimer’s disease.

Free radicals that are released during normal cellular processes can be harmful to body tissues, leading to oxidative damage or stress. Experts have linked oxidative damage to many illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Since antioxidants — including vitamins C and E — can neutralize free radicals, some experts believe these nutrients may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that those with the highest intake of vitamin C and vitamin E from food appeared to be the least likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Smokers who consumed the most beta-carotene and flavonoids (two types of antioxidants) as found in foods, also appeared to cut their Alzheimer’s risk.

Other researchers found that those with the highest dietary intake of vitamin E had the lowest risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, people who carried a gene known to increase Alzheimer’s risk did not see any benefit from vitamin E consumption.

Neither of the studies showed any reduction in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s among people who took dietary supplements such as daily vitamin pills that contained antioxidants. The benefits only occurred when the antioxidants were consumed in the form of food.

Comments:

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia which causes loss of brain function, is one of the most costly and devastating disorders among elderly people. The number of sufferers in the United States is expected to grow from 4 million to 14 million over the next 50 years. This is a staggering number. Typical medical approaches offer no real treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

This study was funded by a drug company to draw greater awareness to the problem of Alzheimer’s disease and most likely to promote their own drug-based solution. However, medical drugs to not address the real multi-factorial cause of Alzheimer’s, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicity from environmental and chemical exposure, heavy metals from dental work and chronic infection.

Key Recommendations

(for those with Alzheimer’s disease or to help prevent Alzheimer’s):

Exercise.

Exercise is a very potent way to help ward off Alzheimer’s. Previous research has shown that the odds of developing Alzheimer’s were nearly quadrupled in people who were less active during their leisure time between the ages of 20 and 60 compared with their peers. Exercise is recommended several times per week (for a total of at least 3 – 5 hours per week.)

Clear toxic dental metals.

Getting the silver fillings (which are really mercury amalgams) out of your teeth is another effective strategy. But beware, don’t trade one poison for something worse. Many dental composites are considered to be more toxic than silver fillings, since they are petrochemically based.

Download years of toxic accumulation by using the ancient therapy of mud packs. This unique therapy is the use of a simple 15-minute externally applied detoxifying mud pack made from a moor concentrate that is high in humic acid and fulvic acid.These agents are known for their gentle, but highly effective, deep-seated detoxifying effects. The skin is a highly absorptive organ; when applied to the skin, the moor concentrate creates an osmotic exchange in which toxic chemicals are pulled out of the body while minerals and other nutrients are absorbed.

Avoid aluminum.

This means avoiding the use of aluminum cookware and utensils, aluminum antiperspirants, and most composite dental fillings (which contain aluminum compounds.)

Clear mercury.

Avoid and remove mercury from your diet. Also, replace your silver fillings with bio-compatible restorations as well as avoiding the consumption of most commercial fish.

Avoid flu vaccinations.

Vaccines contain toxic preservatives such as mercury. In addition, the the vaccine itself may cause severe stress to the immune system. Research shows that the concept of vaccines (i.e. the idea that they provide immunity against disease organisms) has never been adequately proven. Many elderly people have died after receiving flu vaccinations; many have experienced severe symptoms.

Stay active with your mind
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Find favorite activities and do them often, such as reading books, gardening, writing, social events with others, creative activities, etc. Avoid the “TV every night” routine. We recommend a maximum of 1 1/2 hours of TV per day or a total of 10 ½ hours per week. Become a TV connoisseur; carefully select programs you want to watch rather than just watching whatever happens to be on. Record TV programs in advance so you can watch them later and have a quality program to watch. If you are watching TV more than 10 – 12 hours per week, you may be living life through your television rather than living life for yourself.

Nutritional Recommendations

In addition, include these key nutritional recommendations:

Eat More Vegetables.

Eat a diet high in fresh vegetables, both raw and cooked, focusing more on above ground vegetables (such as broccoli, zucchini, etc.) rather than below ground vegetables such as carrots, beets, etc.

Work up to eating at least 50% of your diet as raw food daily.

This includes fresh fruit, raw vegetables, delicious salads, soaked nuts and seeds, homemade raw kefir, fermented vegetables, sunflower seed cheese, etc. Try to eat some raw foods at all 3 meals.

Baseline Nutritional Support
Include Super Nutrient greens (such as blue green algae, chlorella and herbs) and grasses (including barley grass, wheat grass and oat grass) in your daily nutritional support.

Masterful Antioxidant Protection

A) Pine bark extract, rich in proanthocyanidins

B) Adaptogenic botanical agents for adrenal and hormone support, such as reishi and amla

C) Hyssop, a key herb to help clear toxicity, protect cells and boost immune function

D) CoQ-10 (natural-source; not synthetic CoQ-10) to help protect cellular integrity and function

Immune Support and Lymphatic Clearance

Reishi, olive leaf extract, propolis, flower pollen.