Yip, this June newsletter is a tad late but who could have predicted that a few hours into writing it my computer would inexplicably crash. Now I think I may have discovered a new disorder which could be named “nocomphobia”. Read about "nomophobia" further down and you’ll understand what I mean. Yours truly without a computer is like a chicken minus its head. Anyway all’s well that ends well and last time I checked the sky was still in place, so let’s move on and test this new motherboard that has replaced the one I burnt out, from overworking it, I think. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it...hehe).
Flu vaccine? I think not!
It’s that time of the year again when we’re urged to have a flu jab and this got me thinking: “I wonder just how many doctors have this vaccination themselves”. I’m pretty sure, not many, because the evidence that this vaccine actually offers us any protection at all is scant, if not non-existent. When large vaccine manufacturers, and doctors dictated to by these companies, urge you to do something for which they are unable to cite appropriate evidence, then we need to use our own savvy. Oh, there are trials done for sure, but always funded by the pharmaceutical companies peddling these vaccines and they come up with seemingly impressive results such as: “Flu vaccines are, overall, 59% effective”. But let’s analyze what this actually means? It means that out of 100 people vaccinated only 41 of them got the flu. Suddenly I’m not so impressed especially since we have no way of knowing if the other 59 would have got flu if they didn’t have the vaccination. Not every person succumbs to flu every Winter!
Results of one trial which I do find credible, especially since it’s not in the vaccine manufacturer’s favour, shows that those over 65 years of age are unlikely to derive any benefit from getting a flu jab. I’m guessing this may be because by that stage in one’s life one has accumulated antibodies to more strains of flu viruses than any vaccine can offer.
First aid for the common cold
Firstly how do you know it is just a common old cold and not the flu? Symptoms of a cold are: Sore throat, runny nose or congestion, sneezing and mild or no fever. Should these symptoms develop into moderate to high fever with bodily aches and pains, we’re probably looking at flu.
At the first signs of a cold, usually tingling in the nose, sore throat and smarting eyes, start taking buffered vitamin C with bioflavonoids (Not ascorbic acid) at a dose of 1g every 30 minutes or at least hourly. If stools become loose reduce to 1g every 2 hours.
Zinc supplements have been shown to significantly reduce the severity of cold symptoms, as well as the length of the illness, but try to start within 24 hours of the onset of common cold symptoms, taking one 30mg capsule every 2 hours.
Supplements of garlic extract may also reduce the days you suffer. Studies have reported significant improvements for the number of symptoms, the number of days and incidences that people felt under the weather, as well as a decrease in days missed at work. Raw, fresh garlic works better than cooked but the downside to fresh garlic is that the breath odour can stay as long as 2 days, so it is not appropriate to those who are in close contact with others. In this case take a supplement and my favourite is AIMs Bear Paw Garlic which is many times more potent than regular garlic supplements and leaves no odour on the breath.
But then there is also Natural Vibrance Immune Defence. And if you have these on hand you may be able to forego all the above. It is a powerful crisis intervention formula containing immunoglobulins (antibodies), arabinogalactans and beta glucans. This is the one you take at times when it would be 100% inconvenient to be sick, especially on important trips or holidays.
To sum up: What you need to keep on hand, so that they are available as soon as cold symptoms manifest, are the following: Enzyme Process Extra C Plus– contains buffered Vitamin C and bioflavonoids Natural Vibrance Krebs Zinc AIMs Bear Paw Garlic Natural Vibrance Immune Defence
What else can you do? Stay hydrated! Proper hydration allows for efficient transmission of your body’s most critical communications and helps eliminate toxins and foreign invaders so you can clear infections more efficiently. Pure water is of course the best hydrator. Get proper sleep. A deep, restorative sleep cycle is fundamental to your body’s repair process and supporting your immune system. A number of studies have demonstrated that failing to get enough sleep has numerous consequences for physical, mental and emotional health. Also don't forget to take vitamin D3 daily, especially in winter when we really don't get enough sunshine. Recurrent colds may just be due to a vitamin D deficiency. You probably need to take at least 4000IU vitamin D3 per day in Winter.
If you weren’t able to implement all of the above in time and you’ve been trying to shake off a cold for weeks, you now need supplements that will support the adrenals as well as the immune system: supplements such as Enzyme Process Adrenucleo and Enzimmune. Also take buffered vitamin C, selenium and zinc.
Easing pre-menstrual and menstrual cramps the natural way
Try one or both of the following remedies for 2 weeks before the onset of menstruation:
Take a magnesium supplement nightly such as Magnesium Glycinate or if you are on the birth control pill, then Magnesium + Vit B6. Magnesium will also regulate and facilitate sleep.
If not on a contraceptive pill then natural progesterone cream for 14 days prior to the onset of menstruation will alleviate not only cramps but also most PMS symptoms. Try AIM’s Renewed Balance, preferably under the advice of a health care practitioner.
Also decrease your intake of sugar, sugar substitutes and refined white flour. If this is a time that you tend to crave sweet foods then take chromium polynicotinate to balance your blood sugar. Sometimes premenstrual and menstrual cramps are exacerbated by constipation but taking 500mg magnesium glycinate nightly will help. If not sufficient then take a fibre supplement such as AIM Herbal Fibre Blend on the days you normally experience cramps.
My supplement regime
I often get asked what supplements I take. Although my daily regime may vary slightly with the seasons or with some or other ailment I am experiencing at the time, generally it looks something like this:
A whole food green supplement – I alternate between Barley Life and Green Vibrance
1000mg buffered Vitamin C with bioflavonoids
2 g omega-3 fish oil
2000IU Vitamin D3
If I were stranded on an island the above are my old “faithfuls” that I would not like to be without.
At bedtime if I’m feeling a little wound up, or my muscles are sore from gardening, I take a magnesium glycinate supplement to relax me and help me sleep. Some nights my brain is too wired and I can’t drop off to sleep, then 3-5mg melatonin helps.
Whenever I come across a new and interesting supplement I try it out on myself or my family first. We’re busy with a few at the moment and if we're impressed, you’ll be the first to know.
Why take a vitamin D supplement?
Have you taken the vitamin D blood test yet? I told you in my last newsletter that I was amazed to find that I, a sun-worshipper, only just made the grade when I had my serum levels of 25-hydroxyVitaminD (or 25(OH)D) tested. I couldn’t start supplementing quickly enough especially since recent advances in science have left no doubt that the millions of people living with grossly sub-optimal vitamin D levels are dramatically increasing their risk of developing some or other degenerative disease. Apparently this could be avoided by maintaining a circulating blood level of 50 to 70 ng/ml.
Here are summarised conclusions of some of the many studies I have come across:
Men with low vitamin D levels suffer 2,42 times more heart attacks.
Women who ingest more than 400 IU of vitamin D a day reduce their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by as much as 42%.
Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children.
Research conducted in Japan revealed that asthma attacks in school children were significantly lowered in those subjects taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 1200 IU a day.
Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin D deficiency.
Women with vitamin D levels as low as 17 ng/m had a 67% increased risk of developing hypertension.
Maintaining sufficient vitamin D among pregnant women and in children is necessary to satisfy the vitamin D receptor in the brain necessary for brain development and mental function maintenance in later life
The exposure to low vitamin D concentrations in utero was associated with less muscle mass and higher insulin resistance in children.
High doses of vitamin D is linked to a 75% reduction in overall breast cancer growth and 50 percent reduction in tumour cases among those already having breast cancer.
High serum vitamin D levels protect against depression in the elderly as well as teenagers
Vitamin D3 may help clear amyloid-beta from the brain, the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD).
600 000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented each year if vitamin D levels among the population worldwide were increased.
These are just some of the studies done showing the multifaceted role of vitamin D in the proper functioning of the human body and its ability to lower the risk of illnesses that we never previously associated with it. (I remember learning in primary school science that we only need Vitamin D so we don’t get rickets!)
Why take CoQ10?
There are so many reasons we need this supplement so best I deal with the health benefits of CoQ10 in parts in the next three newsletters. CoQ10 is most certainly a supplement I do not want to be without, especially since I learned that by age 40, endogenous production ofCoQ10 begins to decline. But why should that be a matter of concern?
Well CoQ10 is essential for generating the energy that keeps us alive! It is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like compound found within every cell of your body. The body burns fats and carbohydrates in the presence of oxygen, releasing carbon dioxide and water and retaining, for its cells, the fundamental fuel known as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, This is the only source of energy your cells can use directly and without CoQ10, ATP production cannot happen. That is how essential CoQ10 is and why it is the very best nutrient for your heart.
The heart muscle requires an incredible amount of CoQ10 to circulate oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood. CoQ10 levels are usually ten times higher in the healthy heart than any other organ including the brain, which is why a deficiency of this enzyme is a major contributing factor in congestive heart failure and hypertension. Feeding CoQ10 to your heart can deliver nearly limitless benefits including increased energy (this I can vouch for), more efficient metabolism, proper weight management, and it has the potential to help heal almost all cardiovascular conditions.
The heart is particularly responsive because it is loaded with mitochondria – 3500 to 5000 per cell in heart muscles compared to only 200 in skeletal muscles. The more ATP produced by the mitochondria, the better the heart functions. CoQ10 decreases the risk of blood clots by reducing the size and stickiness of blood platelets.
CoQ10 is a fairly expensive supplement – well the good quality ones are – but the good news is that the same manufacturers who make our excellent See Yourself Well and Life Support fish oil are now also producing an excellent quality CoQ10 supplement under the See Yourself Well brand. I have been taking this for the past 2 months and am thrilled with the results so will be importing and adding it to my product range as soon as I have filed this supplement with Medicines Control Council. Because we will be cutting out the middle man I hope to bring you the best quality CoQ10 at a very competitive price.
More about the benefits of CoQ10 next month.
Wow-ee the promotion I had during the month of May building up to World No Tobacco Day was a huge success and I’m thrilled to report that my target of assisting 200 smokers to quit was reached before the 31st May. Due to the fantastic response I decided another incentive is needed, so till the end of July, I am offering free speed post for every Vice-Breaker purchased. This is because I have discovered that when a smoker makes the decision to kick the habit, he wants his Vice-Breaker yesterday! Please pass this news on to all smokers you know and tell them to visit www.quitsmokingnaturally.co.za for more info.
Are you nomophobic?
Nomophobia is the fear of being without a mobile phone. The term, an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia” was coined during a study looking at anxieties suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that nearly 85% of these users tend to be anxious when they “lose their phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage”. Hailed the current 'biggest phobia in the world', researchers found that, on average, nomophobes check their phones 34 times a day and often take it to the bathroom with them. The researchers equated stress levels associated with nomophobia to that of “wedding day jitters” and dentist appointments. The study also showed that people who use their phone in the bathroom see it as the modern equivalent of the newspaper.
So, are you a nomophobe? If you think you may suffer from nomophobia, look for these warning signs:
An inability to ever turn your phone off.
Obsessively checking for missed calls, emails, and messages.
Constantly topping up your battery life.
Being unable to pop to the bathroom without taking your phone in with you.
The cure? Sorry, I don’t have any pills for this just as I didn’t have pills to cure my nocomphobia which I'm sure you guessed means "no-computer phobia". We just have to exercise a little self-control folks. There are worse things that could happen than having a computer or cell phone out of action for a while. Let’s get a grip! (Talking to myself here).
If only cardiologists knew:
Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) in adults, by about 30%. Results published in the journal, Circulation, indicate that individuals with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA (mostly found in fish oils) may reduce their risk of atrial fibrillation, a type of heart rhythm disturbance that often requires medication, by 30%.
Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, from the Harvard School of Public Health, says. "Given the aging of the population, the significant and growing public health burden of atrial fibrillation, and the limited treatment options once this heart condition develops, our results highlight the need to investigate atrial physiological and arrhythmic mechanisms affected by total and individual omega-3 fatty acids and to test their efficacy for preventing new onset of atrial fibrillation among older adults."
Other cardiovascular benefits of supplementing fish oil: Promote healthy cholesterol levels Reduce blood "stickiness" for better flow and pressure Contribute to reduced triglyceride levels - I've seen miraculous results here.
Omega-3 Winter Promotion
Don’t forget this promotion ends 30 June. See May 2012 newsletter for details. The response has been overwhelming and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my omega-3 clients for their ongoing support. Some of you have been ordering from me since 2004 when I first started importing. It is so gratifying working with people who understand the importance of taking a good quality fish oil supplement and appreciate the value of one that has a 5 Star rating from International Fish Oil Standards.
Here is a testimonial recently received from two of See Yourself Well Omega-3’s most avid fans: Naomi and Frikkie Cronje of Hoedspruit: "Met die gesondheid gaan dit ook baie goed danksy “see yourself well” se omega’s wat ons gereeld elke dag van ons lewe drink. Ons was verlede week in Ballito waar ons ‘n vakansie huis het, en toe het ons vir vriende daar vertel van die wonderwerkewat die omega aanvullings vir my en my man gedoen het, my “reumatiods arthritis’ is heeltemal genees. My dokter het in ‘n reumatologiese hospitaal gewerk en glo as jy omega 3 (oor dosis) vir ongeveer 3 maande drink en dan op ‘n gereelde basis kan jy die siekte genees, en vir my het dit 100% gewerk. My man het ‘n hartaanval gehad en sukkel ook met seer gewrigte en hy sal sy kos los om sy omega te drink want hy is totaal ‘n ander mens (sonder enige pyne of skete) Hy glo ook dat sy sig verbeter het, vandat hy (4 X 1000mg) per dag neem. Ek en my man het so pas altwee 60 geword en is nog baie aktief in ons besigheid, en glo ons goeie gesondheid is te danke aan die produk wat ons neem."
Wouldn't we all love to have an "omega-3-wise" doctor like the Cronjes have?
While on the subject of Omegas I am thrilled to tell you that I now have the new and improved DHA Essentials in stock. Still the same small capsule that's easier to swallow but contains more DHA and EPA, so packs more omega-3 punch.
So what’s wrong with MSG?
I cannot explain better than Russell Blaylock does in the following interview with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger:
To understand why you need to avoid this toxic additive and watch out for its many aliases click on this link.
I have just finished reading this book and can only say it is an absolute must read for all parents of young children:
The Price of Privilege by Madeleine Levine All about how parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids. I got my paperback copy from www.loot.co.za.
Well that's it from me folks. Apologies for rambling on again. Remember I do love to hear from you so do keep those emails rolling in.
I leave you with this thought-provoking quote: We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned … so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Anon.
PS: The product list attached shows prices of omega-3 supplements as from 1 July. Remember the Winter promotion prices end 30 June and can be viewed in the May 2012 newsletter. Don't miss out on this huge saving.
PPS: To make them easy to find in the attached product list, I have highlighted, in yellow, all the supplements mentioned in this newsletter.
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: email@example.com