I know, it’s a fine time to send you my first newsletter of 2012 when we are already well into the first quarter! Where did the time go? I’ve only just managed to do the detox that I normally do in January. I usually do a vegetable and fruit juice fast however this year I didn’t see my way clear to do this as it’s somewhat time-consuming. So I was ready to consider Vibrant Cleanse (also known as the Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet), mainly for it’s ease of use. I was wary of trying this previously, however after seeing with my own eyes what it did for others and after numerous telephonic conversations with the owner of Natural Vibrance, who assured me this is a very healthy and safe way to cleanse, I was ready to jump right in. My enthusiasm was too much for husband Ken, and a week ago we completed a 7 day liquid fast using Vibrant Cleanse and water only and I can honestly report back that this was the easiest and most effective cleanse we have ever done. We never once felt hungry and apart from a few detox symptoms in the first 3 days our energy levels soared and we felt great. We both lost the few kilos we needed to and I have my waist back! It’s so good to no longer feel like an achy, breaky blob!
This powdered version of the Lemonade Diet mobilizes and eliminates toxins stored in fatty tissue, liver, kidney and other organs. You feel revitalized and excess fat moves fast! After the rest that your organs have had during the fast they are ready to function optimally again, so as long as you take care with your diet, the effects are long-lasting.
If you decide to try this yourself please get proper guidelines from someone who knows. Coming out of a fast is more tricky than being in it and if you don’t do it properly you can undo all the benefits. That is why I will make sure my guidelines for doing this will go out with every Vibrant Cleanse that leaves my practice.
And now that Vibrant Cleanse has restored my mental focus I can concentrate on my newsletter!
Are there merits to taking aspirin to prevent heart attack?
Aspirin is often recommended for the prevention of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and stroke because it reduces the tendency for blood clots to form by reducing the tendency for platelets to stick together. However this drug may also have undesirable effects, in particular, the ability to induce bleeding in the lining of the gut.
A recent review in the Archives of Internal Medicine set about assessing the impact of aspirin on not just cardiovascular events, but risk of bleeding too. The review took data from 9 studies in which aspirin was used in dosages ranging from 75 mg to 500 mg per day. In total, the studies involved over 100,000 people, and the average duration of the studies was 6 years. The populations studied in the individual studies were free from known cardiovascular disease at the start.
This review revealed that compared to placebo, aspirin: • Reduced the risk of cardiovascular events (e.g. heart attacks and stroke, fatal and non-fatal) by 10 per cent. • Did not reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. • Increased the risk of bleeding by 70 per cent. • Increased the risk of ‘nontrivial’ bleeding* by 31 per cent. • Did not clearly reduce the overall risk of death. *Non-trivial bleeding - fatal, cerebrovascular, or retinal, from hollow viscus, requiring hospitalization and/or transfusion, or major bleeding regardless of source.
Not surprising therefore that the authors of this study conclude that ‘… routine use of aspirin for primary prevention is not warranted and treatment decisions need to be considered on a case-by-case basis.’
Although it is possible that aspirin has some value for some people this latest review suggests that our faith in aspirin as a preventive medication may be largely misplaced. May I remind you at this stage that fish oil is a far safer way of thinning your blood and if you compare the health benefits there is no contest. Studies show that by incorporating the correct dose of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, it is possible to: • reduce the risk of developing heart disease by 32% • reduce the risk of death from heart attack by 70% • lower blood TG levels by 32% • reduce plaque build-up in arteries by 75% • correct irregular heartbeat • reduce the risk of stroke by 30% • reduce resting heart rate by 5 beats per minute • decrease pain symptoms associated with rheumatoid general joint aches and pains • decrease inflammatory biomarkers associated with liver disease • decrease cataracts in the elderly by 15% • decrease risk of pneumonia by 35% • decrease breathing problems such as asthma and bronchial constriction
Omega-3 Fish Oil Prices
In my last newsletter I warned of an unavoidable price increase in omega-3 supplements. My latest shipment has arrived and I have done the best I can to absorb increased costs so the good news is that Life Support Omega-3 prices remain the same for now and the See Yourself Well Omega-3brands have increased marginally. Product list attached shows latest prices.
A remedy for haemorrhoids, varicose veins and spider veins
Haemorrhoids are painful and varicose veins can be unsightly and often painful too. These disorders are often due to venous insufficiency or weakened veins. Fortunately surgery is not the only solution. I have been impressed by the results achieved in some of my patients using a Chinese herbal remedy called V-Easemade by Panaxea in Australia. The manufacturers make the following claims and they certainly seem to hold out:
V-Ease: • Encourages return blood flow by reinforcing the valves inside veins • Strengthens vein walls • Promotes healthy and even circulation.
For best results take for at least 3 months and add 3000mg Vitamin C with bioflavonoidsdaily.
Try this for Fibromyalgia
Anyone who has suffered from fibromyalgia will know how debilitating this condition can be. The sleeplessness, extreme fatigue, and widespread chronic pain that accompany fibromyalgia can be unbearable. Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects between 3 and 10% of the world’s population, most of whom are female. It is most commonly found between the ages of 20 and 50. It is characterized by achy pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles. The painful condition of the muscles can occur as a result of stress, muscle injury, or muscle overuse. The "tender points" create muscle spasm and tightness. Recent studies suggest that people with fibromyalgia may be genetically predisposed.
A related condition that can be present with fibromyalgia is Myofascial Pain Syndrome or MPS. Painful muscles also characterize this condition, however, people with MPS have trigger points not tender points. Trigger points are places anywhere on the body that when pressed cause pain to radiate in all directions.
Once again Panaxea comes out tops for a remedy for conditions such as fibromyalgia and MPS, in fact for any aches and pains, with their herbal formulation called Free Movement. Warning: Because it can thin blood this formulation is not to be used by those on Warfarin, aspirin or similar and is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding. But for everyone else in pain it is certainly worth a try.
Watch out for inorganic selenium supplements
Selenium is an essential trace mineral found primarily in plant foods, and is known to have powerful antioxidant activity. Past studies have shown it can play a beneficial role in cancer, enhancing immune function, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory conditions, cataract formation, HIV and pregnancy.
The selenium content in whole plant foods depend on the level of the nutrient in the soil, and, unfortunately, many farming areas around the world are becoming increasingly selenium depleted. (The late Harold Foster theorised that selenium deficient soils were responsible for the AIDS epidemic in countries like Africa. In trials conducted in hospitals he showed how supplementation with selenium and whey protein could get moribund AIDS patients up and walking, some returning to work. See free downloads later). Most of the selenium is also lost when the food is processed or refined, so unless you consume lots of whole organic produce, you may be at risk of selenium deficiency. It is because of these facts that supplements containing selenium have increased in popularity. However we need to be aware of the source of the selenium in our supplements.
Sodium selenite and selenate are two potentially problematic ingredients found in many multi-vitamins. Based on trials using rats and rabbits, according to a database of pesticide chemicals, both are classified as "Highly Toxic". Studies have shown that long-term exposure to selenium, sodium selenite, sodium selenate, or selenium dioxide may cause paleness, coated tongue, stomach disorders, nervousness, metallic taste and a garlic odour of the breath.
Green Med Info writes: "The selenium that is found in foods like brazil nuts, mustard seeds, and fresh produce grown in selenium-rich soil is infinitely different from the biologically inert forms being put in some multivitamins. In fact, i.e., sodium selenite/selenate can cause cancer, whereas the selenium found within food, or laboratory chelated forms like selenomethionine have all been shown to prevent and combat cancer. The basic principle that explains this difference is that when you isolate a nutrient or vitamin out of the food complex within which it is naturally found, and where it is inseparably bound to thousands of known and unknown food factors (e.g., enzymes, protein chaperones, glyconutrients, etc.) it is no longer as beneficial to life.”
These potentially toxic chemicals are some of the primary forms of selenium sold as dietary supplements on the market today. Most of the time you won’t know because all the label will say is “selenium”. Inorganic minerals cannot replace biologically active trace minerals. Of course we all know the reason the inorganic selenium versions are preferred by some vitamin manufacturers over safer more beneficial forms is because it is more profitable to use raw materials of lower quality. Always look for a plant-based selenium such as Natural Vibrance Green Selenium.
Which foods promote healthy hair and prevent hair loss?
A diet which is inadequate, especially in the vitamins and minerals that are very necessary for hair growth, is one of the major reasons behind pre-mature thinning or loss of hair. There are a few foods that are essential for healthy hair because they contain certain nutrients that prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
Probably the most important of these nutrients is biotin, a form of vitamin B. It is often recommended for chemotherapy patients to help increase the rate of growth. It is also useful for thinning hair. Besides this, biotin is very beneficial for the skin too. Some of the biotin rich foods are brown rice, organ meats, soybeans, peas, lentils, sunflower seeds, brewer's yeast, whole wheat, and walnuts.
Foods rich in folic acid should also be part of one’s daily diet. Folic acid helps in the formation of the red blood cells and is also very important for maintaining the health of the central nervous system. It also helps in replacing the old cells of the body with new cells, which makes it important for the growth and development of the various cells, organs, tissues and structures in the body, including the hair. Foods rich in folic acid are green leafy vegetables, liver, rice, kidney beans, soybeans and brewer's yeast.
It stands to reason that any nutrients that support the immune system free the body up to provide nutrients needed by the hair. Therefore antioxidant vitamins, such as C and E, are also an important source of nutrition for vibrant, abundant hair growth. They help promote healthy connective tissues and cellular growth as well as enhance immunity and improve circulation to the scalp. Foods rich in vitamin C are oranges, guava, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, grapefruit, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and cabbage. Foods rich in vitamin E are vegetable and nut oils, sunflower seeds, whole grains, wheat germ, spinach, avocados, berries.
Zinc and magnesium also support the immune system and promote hair growth. Foods rich in zinc are wheat bran, shellfish, oysters, brewer's yeast, and pine nuts. Foods rich in magnesium are green vegetables such as spinach, beans, peas, seeds, nuts and whole grain.
If you have a problem of falling or thinning hair then besides eating the foods rich in all the above, it would help to take a supplement such as Hair, Skin and Nails which contains 1000mcg biotin, 400mcg folic acid as well as vitamins E and C and Horsetail, a herb packed with silica that strengthens bones, nails and hair. One would only need to take 1 of these capsules daily but for a minimum of 3 months to achieve results.
What can also help is to saturate the scalp with a tea made from crushed rosemary leaves. When applied to the scalp rosemary increases circulation and helps to gently remove excess sebum and dandruff, which can inhibit healthy hair growth.
Also rule out the various reasons why hair loss may have occurred such as hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, side effects of a medicine, stress and depression.
Supplementing a Mediterranean-style diet with co-enzyme Q10
In my last newsletter I wrote about the merits of taking a Co-enzyme Q10 supplement. Latest research shows that combining this with a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce markers of inflammation and improve a range of health measures, including heart and joint health. Read more about this here:
I'm still on, and will forever be, a mission to help all smokers to quit for good. Have a look at some of the testimonials I have received on www.quitsmokingnaturally.co.za. Guide all smokers you know to this website please, where they can also download my free EBook giving more advice. Vice-Breakerhas been phenomonal and the hardened smokers who have tried everything else on the market, cannot believe how it has worked for them.
“Health is not valued till sickness comes.”– Dr. Thomas Fuller
Well that's all I have for now. I look forward to hearing from you with questions or comments.Till next time, take care.
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org