Gosh, I never expected the response I received after writing last month about “the best exercise in the world” ! This resulted in some keen wanna-be “bouncers” having to be put on a waiting list for the Health Bounce Pro Rebounder because the suppliers had run out. I’m glad to say the new shipment arrived today and pre-orders will be dispatched during this week. So if you’re still wanting one and you’re not already on the waiting list, don’t miss out. Of course the Health Bounce Rebounder for home use that takes up to 90kg has always been and still is available and I hope those of you who bought this are enjoying it as much as I said you would. Rebounding against Cancer:One of my readers related how she has been using a rebounder for a while now as she has colon cancer which has metastasized to her liver and she wants to do everything possible to clear her lymph. You just have to Google “rebounding for cancer treatment” to discover how this is a very smart idea indeed, as anything that can move your lymph fluids is excellent when you have cancer or as a prevention measure against cancer.
Some Feedback on Boron
I also had an amazing response after “Focussing on boron” last month with many subscribers ordering the Super Natural Boron. I had no idea there were so many knobby knuckles around! I also got some interesting feedback from Alice, a Canadian subscriber: I would like to comment on how I believe the intake of 2 tablets of Boron has helped me with a condition called Dupuytrens Contracture which is a hand deformity that affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of the palm of your hand . These knots of tissue can be a bother and can give you some pain depending on the size and location. Having read about Boron and what it can do for various ailments and conditions, I thought to give it a try. For the last appox 4 months I have noticed that the size of knot has decreased in size and allows me to be able to bend my fingers to a closed fist without much bother. I have taken photos and now am anxious to see what will happen over time. I am trying to be optimistic that with continued intake that these knots of tissue will break down further. We’re all rooting for you Alice and look forward to an update.
A doctor friend of mine sent me this testimonial written by one of his patients: Dr. Alan Russell introduced me to Boron about six months ago. Rheumatoid Arthritis is in my family my Grandmother and now my Mother have crippled hands and feet. After getting certain symptoms myself Dr. Russell recommended I get tested. Luckily for me my results came back negative, but I was suffering with constant aches and pains and also menopausal symptoms of sleeplessness, foggy brain and terrible hot flushes day and night. I started taking Boron once a day for a couple of weeks and then 2 per day, one in the morning and one with my last meal at night. My aches and pains are nearly all gone, sleep most of the time is good and hot flushes greatly reduced I am sure with time things will improve even more. Thank you to Dr. Alan Russell and Boron
From another reader I heard how she uses Super Natural Boron very successfully to stop night sweats and how she used to use it on her young sons when they experienced growing pains. So thank you all for this wonderful feedback. I’ve already received some pics of Heberden and Bouchard nodes from people who have started on the Super Natural Boron but I’m sure there are more out there and I’m keen to sponsor one person who has knobby knuckles for a 3 month course on calcium fructoborate so do send your pics in and I’ll choose the best candidate. Of course boron is not only for Heberden and Bouchard nodes - it can help with osteoarthritis anywhere in the body and also some forms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
Oil pulling is an age-old practice dating back thousands of years, that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It involves rinsing your mouth with the oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. You swish the oil around in your mouth for at least 15 minutes by pushing, pulling and drawing it through your teeth. The oil pulls out bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris, thus having a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing effect. When done, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water. Do not swallow the oil as it will be loaded with all the debris and bacteria it has pulled out. This may sound gross but I think you’ll be surprised how clean and fresh your mouth feels after you have tried it. Traditionally sesame oil is used but coconut oil is a better choice as it is effective in attacking Streptococcus Mutans bacteria which causes cavities and gum disease. Germs and their toxic waste in the mouth not only contribute to poor dental health but also secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body. When done correctly, oil pulling may help lessen the overall toxic burden on your immune system by preventing the spread of these organisms from your mouth to the rest of your body, by way of your bloodstream.
Coconut oil mixed with baking soda also makes for very simple and inexpensive, yet effective, toothpaste which is also fluoride-free. You can add calcium and magnesium powders to this too.
Summer is here and it’s time to take advantage of the delicious strawberries that are everywhere. We are picking bucket loads weekly and I wish I could share them with you.
Did you know that in addition to being a delicious fruit, strawberries can also keep your skin looking gorgeous? The vitamin C in strawberries acts as an important building block of collagen—the underlying supporting structure of skin. Just 1 cup of strawberries contains over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. If you are not growing them yourself try to find someone who is growing them organically. Otherwise you’re buying one of the most pesticide-sprayed fruits out.
Preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia diagnoses continue to rise mainly due to an increase in the incidence of Alzheimer disease (AD). Because of this, the field of dementia research is rapidly evolving and new information about prevention is being published every day. I found two recent studies that point to potential causes of dementia particularly encouraging in that they imply that with relatively simple interventions one can dramatically reduce risk.
In an article published in BMJ researchers showed that long-term benzodiazepine had more than a 50% increased risk of AD (odds ratio = 1.51), even when benzodiazepines were taken many years prior to diagnosis. A dose-response relationship was also seen, with those taking higher doses for longer periods having the greatest increase in risk. These findings suggest that other interventions, rather than these dangerous drugs, should be considered when treating anxiety and sleep issues in older adults - Go Figure! (More on benzodiapines below).
The second study centred around my personal favourite, vitamin D. It concluded that adults who were vitamin D deficient had a 51% increased risk for all-cause dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 122% increased risk compared with those with sufficient vitamin D levels. Although the results of the study did not prove causation, they suggest that a relatively simple intervention for helping older adults prevent the onset of this disease: Get more vitamin D, via diet, supplements, and/or sun exposure!
Speaking of sun exposure, now that summer has arrived (or is trying to arrive!) before you lather yourselves and your children in sunscreens, please revisit the section on sunscreens in my October 2011 newsletter. to remind yourself why you need to get into the sun more and the right way and time to do it. For a different perspective read what Elizabeth Plourde, CLS, NCMP, PhD has to say in The False Promises of Sunscreens: The Real Consequences of Their Use: Part 2 where she suggests a link between the excessive use of sunscreens and the increase in autism and ADHD rates. While there have a look at Part 1 too where she suggests sunscreens result in an increase in skin cancers and photoaging of the skin.
What are Benzodiapines?
Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, panic attacks, amongst other conditions. They are one of the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S., particularly among elderly patients. Benzodiapines are only meant to be prescribed for short term relief (2-4 weeks) of anxiety or sleep disorders. Doctors know this and yet there are many, many long-term users who are now addicted.
The worst thing about this drug is that the withdrawal symptoms are far worse than the original symptoms and tapering needs to be done over months to years or dementia could be the result. Drug-addiction experts claim that getting people off the benzodiazepines is more difficult than getting addicts off heroin.
Please take heed of this advice if you have someone close to you who has been a long-term Benzo user, even if on a very small dose. It is the active ingredient in many tranquillizers and sedatives, e.g.Diazepam, Clonazepam, Valium, Ativan, etc.
Some important research results to make us seniors feel better:
Brains of older people are slower because they know so much!
People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information stored in their brains.....scientists believe.
Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive becomes more full, so humans also take longer to access information.... it has been suggested.
Researchers say this slowing down is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time.
Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. This is NOT a memory problem, - it is simply nature's way of making older people do more exercise.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is drawing to a close - does that mean we just forget about breast cancer next month even though every month that passes more and more women are being diagnosed with it? We are losing the war against breast cancer but perhaps it’s because we’re fighting it the wrong way. Should we not rather be calling every month Breast Cancer PREVENTION Month?
It is sad to see all the money collected going towards the development of drugs and not a single cent on the most important impact we can actually have on cancer – prevention. We all have cancer cells in our body. The trick is to assist the body to deal with them properly via the immune system and the process of apoptosis (programmed cell death). Cells are meant to die but this essential process of apoptosis can be shut off by a compromised immune system caused by chronic inflammation. So we need to reduce inflammation in our bodies, whatever the source. It may even be something as simple as food sensitivities or a bad diet that is causing the inflammation. So take strict control of your diet and stop feeding it any junky processed foods or non-foods. Also take steps to balance your adrenal function and normalise your estrogen levels. Chronic mental or emotional stress, obesity and addictions can also trigger an inflammatory response. Very importantly check your iodine levels. I gave you a simple home test in my August 2014 newsletter. Take steps to fix all these things and you will have a better chance of having your abnormal cells die off as they should.
Going for your annual mammogram does not really qualify as a prevention measure. In fact earlier this year, one of the largest and longest studies of mammography to date -- involving 90,000 women followed for 25 years - found that mammograms have no impact on breast cancer mortality. Over the course of the study, the death rate from breast cancer was virtually identical between those who received an annual mammogram and those who did not, while 22 percent of screen-detected invasive breast cancers were over-diagnosed, leading to unnecessary treatment. The researchers concluded "the data suggest that the value of mammography screening should be reassessed."
Click here to read "Why so many mixed messages on mammogram benefits? for more on this and other prevention steps you can take.
Fibrocystic Breast Condition
Still on the topic of breasts, I wonder how many women have panicked when they’ve felt a lump or experienced breast pain, and of course they fear the worst. Many women endure breast swelling or tender, painful breasts occurring each month before their menstrual period. Palpitation may find exquisitely tender lumps or cysts in the breast. Fibrocystic Breast Disease, also known as Cystic Mastitis is very common with up to 40% of premenopausal women experiencing it, ranging from mild discomfort to severely painful swelling. What is less common is the knowledge that these symptoms are simply physiological responses to hormonal fluctuations rather than actual disease - that is why I prefer the term “Fibrocystic Breast Changes” to describe them. Breast cysts may change in size but thankfully they are benign.
So how do you know the difference when you do a self-examination? A cyst is tender and moves freely, like an eyeball behind the lid. A cancerous growth on the other hand usually does not move freely, is most often not tender and does not simply go away. Next month I’ll discuss natural ways to deal with FBC.
Life Support Omega-3 - 150 capsules on Special
As you will see on the attached price list the normal price per bottle is R380 for 150 capsules I’m running the following special until 30 November 2014: 1 bottle R360 - save R20 2 bottles R680 - save R80 6 bottles R1860 - save R420! (Expiry date on this batch is Feb 2016 so plenty of time to use up 6 bottles.) Delivery costs are not included in these prices. The courier fee for 1 or 6 bottles is the same ie. R95. Postage varies between R25 for 1 and R45 for 6.
What is so special about the Life Support Omega-3 supplement?
Each capsule contains 400mg EPA 200mg DHA
An enteric coating so that it dissolves only when it reaches the small intestine – so no fishy burps.
Pharmaceutical grade and ultra refined fish oil - like all our omega-3 supplements
5 Star rating from International Fish Oil Standards – you cannot get better quality than this.
Note: Many Life Support users have asked why the new batch of Life Support capsules look and smell different to previous batches. This is purely to do with improvements to the enteric coating. The fish oil in the capsule is still exactly the same oil.
The postal strike
Unfortunately the postal strike does not look to be ending anytime soon and as such, if you are in a hurry for your order, I cannot recommend using the postal service. Door-to-door courier is R95, however until the strike is over and the post offices have worked through the backlog, I am offering free door-to-door courier for all orders over R2000.
At time of writing the postal strike is not affecting parcels going to any destination in the Eastern or Western Cape however I will check on the status quo each time before I use their services.
My latest product list is attached. Since so many supplement companies close down by mid December it may be a good idea to plan ahead and place your orders soon and to see you through till mid-Jan when they open again.
I end with 2 thought-provoking quotes:
"Health is not valued till sickness comes." - Dr Thomas Fuller
"From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health." - Catalan Proverb
Until we chat again, take good care of your body and it will take good care of you.
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
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.