Well Spring has sprung but sadly not in the Eastern Cape. My garden has never looked this dry and devoid of colour, not even in the harshest of Winters. However I have just returned from a lovely long walk with our dogs and was once again amazed by the beautiful pink sunset, which reminded me that beauty can be found in anything, even in the dust in the evening sky during the worst drought to hit the Eastern Cape in decades.
This month, apart from other topics, I discuss two potentially dangerous drugs that are being prescribed for far too many children. The way Big Pharma is happy to drug our children without proper trials (and who wants their kids to be guinea pigs anyway) should be of great concern to all of us. Two breast cancer risks are also under discussion this month and, for a change, I'm not blaming Big Pharma but rather the food and tobacco industry.
Would you knowingly give your child a drug that:
Could be addictive and cause lifelong addiction problems?
Is classified with cocaine?
Could impair creativity and cognitive function?
May result in depression?
May cause loss of appetite, insomnia, seizures, weight loss, abdominal pain, tachycardia, anxiety, nervousness, irritability and anger, personality change, heart attack or stroke?
In spite of these known side-effects, many parents around the country have discovered that Ritalin has become a condition for their children continuing in school. Is it possible we are breeding a new generation of Ritalin-Deficient children? Highly unlikely: however this appears to be what pharmaceutical companies would like to have us believe.
Drugs are not a quick fix for treating ADHD. Diet and children's behavior have been linked for decades, yet this is not addressed at all in conventional medicine. The majority of children with ADHD can be helped through a balanced diet and nutritional supplementation.
A study by the University of Adelaide in Australia found that fish oil improves the symptoms of ADHD more effectively than drugs like Ritalin and Concerta and without any of the side effects.
When 130 children between the ages of 7 and 12 with ADHD were given fish oil capsules daily, behaviour dramatically improved within three months. Furthermore, after seven months, the children were not as restless and showed improvements at school in concentration and attention as well as reading abilities and vocabulary. When the results were compared to studies of Ritalin and Concerta for ADHD, researchers found that fish oils were more effective.
A number of parents have changed to our DHA Essentials and are thrilled with its positive effects on their children's concentration and behaviour. (Read about the special offer we have on all our Omega-3 products till 31 October, at the end of this newsletter).
Remember, too, that sometimes the child that least deserves love, is often the one who needs it the most.
Nicotine and Breast Cancer
According to a study reported in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, August 23rd 2010, scientists have discovered that when nicotine binds to nAchRs (nicotinic acetylcholine receptors) it may not only promote addiction, but breast cancer as well. We know that non-nicotine components of smoking are carcinogens, however, very little is known about how nicotine acts on cells to encourage cancer growth.
While previous studies have linked smoking to increased breast cancer risk, in this present study, scientists reveal a link between nicotine itself and breast cancer risk - not just the other non-nicotine components of smoking.
Now that Vice-Breaker is available in South Africa there is no longer any excuse for anybody to still be smoking. This magic capsule comprises natural herbal ingredients only and we now have many ex-smokers who can testify to its ability to reduce nicotine cravings within a few days while cleansing the lungs. My only concern now is that if we get every smoker in the country to quit, which is my intention, I may be sued by the tobacco giants! Ha Ha Bring it on!
Vice-Breaker truly knocks the socks off all other anti-smoking remedies and, best of all, it is 100% natural. Visit www.quitsmokingnaturally.co.za to find out how it works.
(I would dearly love to make this product more accessible to smokers all over the country so if you have an entrepreneurial bent or know someone who does, please contact me about becoming an agent.)
Early puberty and breast cancer risk
A new study of breast development in young American girls, published online in Pediatrics 9 August 2010, found that more are entering puberty at age 7 and 8 than in studies done 30 years ago and the largest increase has been among white girls; however in absolute terms more black and Hispanic girls still reach puberty earlier than whites.
They found that a higher proportion of girls, and white girls in particular, were developing breasts earlier at age 7 and 8 than found in studies done 10 and 30 years ago. One of the reasons perhaps to be concerned about this trend is that previous studies have shown a link between earlier start of menarche (when a girl gets her first period) and higher risk of breast cancer.
The results also showed that:
10.4% of white, 23.4% of black non-Hispanic, and 14.9% of Hispanic girls had reached breast stage 2 or higher at age 7.
At age 8, these figures were: 18.3%, 42.9%, and 30.9%, respectively, with more obese girls reaching puberty earlier.
One of the most important developments [since the mid-1990s] is the realization that the fat cell is an endocrine organ, secreting hormones and other molecules that have far-reaching effects on other tissues. Not surprising that the authors speculated that rising obesity rates could be a reason why girls are entering puberty earlier and like everyone, they should be encouraged to follow a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables.
Accutane/ Roaccutane and IBD
Visit http://www.accutaneaction.com/about/index.html to read how and why the Accutane/Roaccutane Action Group was established by individuals and families of individuals, who have suffered, and in many cases continue to suffer, serious side-effects, including psychiatric disorders attributed and linked to the taking of the acne prescription medication Accutane/Roaccutane.
This drug has long been linked to depression, suicides, vision and hearing impairment, psychosis, acute pancreatitis with the most controversial side-effect being birth defects. As we all know there is an extremely high risk that severe birth defects will result if pregnancy occurs while taking Accutane in any amount, even for short periods of time. These side-effects are no secret and even appear on the Accutane website. Its no wonder that the FDA has issued a warning on Accutane and that it has been taken off the market in the USA. Considering an announcement from the agency in July 2005, warning that all Accutane users “should be observed closely for symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts”, you have to wonder why in the world such a dangerous drug is still available in South Africa!
But did you know that, going back more than 10 years, numerous cases have surfaced linking the drug to Irritable Bowel Disease? Here are the highlights from the University of Chicago investigation of 85 cases of IBD that were believed to be related to Roaccutane use (all cases were reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 1997 and 2002):
Roaccutane was found to be the 'probable cause' in 58 IBD cases Roaccutane was found to be the 'possible cause' in 23 cases Number of cases in which researchers found the association between Roaccutane and IBD to be 'doubtful': zero
I expect that’s unnerving news to the hundreds of Accutane users who may have developed IBD, which the Mayo clinic describes as “chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract, painful and debilitating and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.”
What would be a typical nutritional therapy approach to the treatment and prevention of acne? Lots of fresh, preferably organic, fruit and vegetables, hormone-free meat and fish and no processed foods or foods fried in damaging vegetable oils full of trans fats.
Supplements that will help:
A fibre supplement such as Herbal Fibre Blend to cleanse the digestive tract and a probiotic such as Enzadophilus to replenish beneficial bacteria population. Add a whole food supplement high in beta-carotene (natural vitamin A) such as Just Carrots powder, Life Support Omega-3 fish oil, Krebs Cycle Zinc. Extra C Plus and MSM. These should not only result in a healthy skin but will also provide an array of other benefits.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fish Oil
Time and again I have had patients be amazed at how a dose of 3 grams of combined EPA and DHA from fish oil has reversed their arthritis and joint pain, sometimes within 3 weeks. However then there are others who have told me they've been taking fish oil for years and it has not helped. The reason is usually very easily explained when we examine the fish oil supplement they have been taking. This is where I find people often make a mistake and then conclude that fish oil does not work. They take fish oil supplements with a very low DHA and EPA content. These are very often also poor qaulity fish oils as the oil has not been molecularly distilled. Check your labels! A good quality fish oil supplement will contain 600 mg EPA + DHA per 1000mg capsule. To get 3 grams of combined DHA and EPA you will need to take 5 of these capsules a day until you begin to experience relief after which you will be able to reduce your intake to 2 or 3 capsules a day or whatever works for you.
The omega-3 fatty acids are well-known anti-inflammatories that interfere with the underlying disease progression in RA and thousands of studies have confirmed this, including studies showing that some people can discontinue nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) treatment after beginning therapy with fish oil supplements (Kremer JM et al 1995).
Spring Promotion on all Omega-3 Products
Until 31 October 2010 buy 2 of any of the See Yourself Well and Life Support Omega-3 supplements and you get 20% off the second bottle. It does not have to be two of the same Omega-3 supplement either. If you choose two different kinds you get 20% off the cheaper one. Remember the offer expires at the end of October so don't let this opportunity pass you by.
My Final Word is on Dieting
Finally, Spring is the time we tend to take stock of our bodies and wish we had not neglected them so during the Winter months. (As I've said before: Calories are those awful little critters that get into our wardrobes and make all our clothes smaller!) It's also the time we're in danger of embarking on radical fad diets in our desperation to get back into our bikinis. Please ladies, crash diets do NOT work! Rather aim to lose a sensible 500 grams a week. This is far more sustainable. Think of it as shedding a pound of butter a week....Now that's an image that should provide good incentive!