I have good news for those of you waiting for the Health Bounce Pro Rebounderwhich has
been unavailable for the past 3 months. By the time you read this they should be in stock again. So place your orders soon to avoid further disappointment.
I’m so thrilled that so many of my readers have taken my advice and got themselves a rebounder. I get plenty of positive feedback but also some questions, one of the most frequent being “How high do I need to jump and for how long?” Well not high at all. Your toes hardly need to leave the canvas to get sufficient impact. Remember at the top of your bounce you are weightless (like an astronaut in space) and as you connect with the canvas you are double your weight. The wonderful thing about rebounding is that every single cell in your body is experiencing the same benefits. I like to add to my weight by holding a 2kg dumbbell in each hand and do an arm workout routine while I am bouncing but that’s my choice.
How long you bounce depends on how much time you have but even 2 minutes is hugely beneficial and can increase your white blood cell count by as much as three times. The most important health benefit of rebounding is lymph circulation making rebounding an ideal detox exercise, clearing the system of acid waste, toxins and poisons. That is why it is so important to drink a glass of water immediately after rebounding to flush the toxins that have been released from the body. Remember cancer cells use the lymphatic system to spread to other parts of the body where they can form secondary tumours. So flush them out!
The lymph system is also the most important part of the immune system. I believe rebounding can keep you cold and flu free this winter far better than any flu vaccine will do.
A Vice-Breaker Promo to celebrate World-No-Tobacco-Day
May is almost over so I’d better get this news out soonest. Every year 31 May marks World-No-Tobacco Day with the aim of highlighting health risks associated with smoking. Please share with your family and friends, who you know wish to quit smoking, that we’re running a promo on Vice-Breaker for the month of May: 10% off 1 bottle or 15% off 2 bottles. Shipping included.
On the subject of quitting smoking, it amazes me how many smokers are using e-cigarettes. For me it is not an anti-smoking device but rather a smoking alternative with its own share of health hazards. If you have friends using e-cigs please refer them to this well-researched article: Are E-cigs a healthy smoking alternative?. A statement I found particularly alarming is: “Furthermore, studies have shown that 40% of e-cigarette smokers are ex-smokers, this means people are being drawn back into nicotine dependency.”
I get quite sad when I see smokers wasting their health away but have to concede that we have come a long way since the 1940’s when commercials like these were common and taken very seriously. You need to watch this You Tube video clip to believe it: More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette
Prostate cancer and vitamin D
If after a biopsy a man elects to undergo a prostatectomy, he has to wait 60 days from the time of the biopsy so that inflammation from the biopsy can subside. Bruce Hollis, PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina, wondered if giving these men vitamin D supplements during the 60 day waiting period would have any effect on their prostate cancer. He was encouraged by his previous research done in 2012 that had shown that when men with low-grade prostate cancer took vitamin D supplements for a year, 55 percent of them showed decreased Gleason scores (this score predicts how fast a cancer is growing) or even complete disappearance of their tumours compared to their biopsies a year before .
So in a new trial his team assigned 37 men undergoing elective prostatectomy either to a group that received 4000IU of Vitamin D a day or to a placebo group that didn’t receive vitamin D. 60 days later the men’s prostates were removed and examined. Even in such a short time, results indicated that many of the men who received vitamin D showed improvements in their prostate tumours, whereas those in the placebo group either got worse or stayed the same. Also there were dramatic changes in inflammation markers in those taking vitamin D and since cancer is associated with inflammation, especially in the prostate gland, this shows how vitamin D fights the inflammation within the gland.
The scientists concluded that taking vitamin D supplements could slow or even reverse the progression of less aggressive, or low-grade, prostate tumours without the need for surgery or radiation.
D2 or D3?
We’re going into winter now, making it more difficult for us to get our vitamin D fix from the sun. Now is when supplementation becomes important for all of us in order to maintain healthy vitamin D levels – which by the way I like to see above 50ng/ml. But which is more effective, vitamin D2 or vitamin D3?
D3, or cholecalciferol, is the form that is produced in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight. D3 supplements are produced from lanolin or for the vegans, from lichen. D2, or ergocalciferol, is the synthetic form found in many supplements and the one usually prescribed by doctors.
Many studies and a recent meta-analysis have concluded that the D3 form is more potent, with one study reporting D3 to be 87% more potent! In a new study researchers recruited 95 participants and divided them into 3 groups, a placebo group, a 1000IU/day of vitamin D2 group and 1000IU/day of D3 group. After 25 weeks, starting at the end of summer, results were not unexpected. They found that 1000IU/day of D3 (which is actually a rather low dose) maintained 25(OH)D levels during the winter months, whereas 25(OH)D levels decreased with 1000IU/day of vitamin D2. It seems that vitamin D3 is more readily converted than D2 to the active form of vitamin D, 1,25(OH)D. Furthermore D3 has a longer half-life in the body and longer shelf life in supplements compared to D2. So the choice is obvious.
Be aware that Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin so needs to be taken with some form of fat or a meal containing fat. The supplements that are already in oil such as Xymogen’s D3 Liquid make for easier use. I either add 5 drops (5000IU) to my smoothie or drop 5 drops on the back of my hand and lick it off. Alternatively you could take their 5000IU softgels.
The "Why we all need omega-3" series.
Reason 2:DHA provides the raw material for brain and nervous system development in infants and children and is required to maintain healthy cognitive function throughout our lives. Since our neural pathways (synapses) are composed entirely of DHA, children must have sufficient so they can learn and retain information effectively and prevent learning disorders such as ADHD and behavioural problems. Adults must have sufficient in order to prevent neurological disorders like MS, or depression due to dopamine receptor deformation. Elderly individuals need DHA to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
On that clever note:
Introducing the new family-size See Yourself Well DHA Essentials.
This is the See Yourself Well Omega-3 supplement with a high concentration of DHA, the fatty acid required for brain and nervous system development and health.
The 120 softgel size is being discontinued for now and has been replaced with a 240 softgel size. I’m excited about this because the DHA Essentials is unique in that it can serve a whole family from pregnant or breastfeeding mom, to infants, children, teenagers, university student, dad wishing to keep his brain function optimal and, if the family includes grandma or grandpa, then even better! Find out more about DHA Essentials here.
Even better news! Introductory offer of 20% off.
Where the price of 120 softgels was R350, for an introductory period only this new double size containing 240 softgels will be available at R480 (excluding postage). If you miss out on this one you are going to kick yourself come 1st July when the price will jump to R600.
Order online now! Or if you wish to order other products as well then simply email me your order.
Are microwaves safe?
Most of us have one of these in our homes. I certainly wouldn’t like to be without mine – it is the most wonderful plate warmer and I have this thing about dishing up hot food on a cold plate. However, we hear many a horror story about how bad microwave radiation is for us and how “nuking” our food in a microwave denatures the protein, making it toxic. Yet there seems to be scant evidence that cooking in the microwave really affects the food or our health that badly.
On the topic of proteins being denatured: ALL cooking methods denature proteins. Granted, this does change the shape of the protein but all the amino acids are there and the food certainly isn’t toxic. Proteins need to be denatured before enzymes can digest them and in fact one of the functions of your stomach acid is to denature the protein so that digestive enzymes can break them down into individual amino acids.
Microwaves are also supposed to destroy nutrients yet there doesn’t seem to be any indisputable evidence that they destroy nutrients any more than any other cooking method. I think this has more to do with how long the food is cooked, at what temperature and in how much water, than the actual cooking method.
There is a lot of concern about microwaves leaking radiation but apparently it is minimal. One metre away the radiation averages 3.64microW/cm2. Compare this with radiation from a cell phone which averages 10-40microW/cm2 during a call. So all you need to do is step away from your microwave when it is in use - but even further away from your cell phone when it is in use! Because if you’re going to be concerned about radiation from your microwave you’d better be very concerned about radiation from your cell phone.
As a final interesting data point, one study published in 1995 used a rat model to look at the overall effects of a microwaved diet. The diet consisted of meat, potatoes, vegetables, and some oil, cooked either in the microwave or conventionally, and was fed to rats for 13 weeks. To magnify any adverse effects of microwave cooking, the study authors added two additional experimental groups that received “abused” food, which had been reheated and cooled a couple times either conventionally or in the microwave. At the end of 13 weeks, they found no adverse effects of microwave cooking on the rats.
As much as it pains me to say this, since I’ve always been totally anti-microwave, it does seem our fears may be unfounded and we need to fear our cell phones, portable phones and wifi more. For the odd warming up of a meal, as long as it is done sensibly and NEVER in plastic or polystyrene and we stand away from the microwave, it seems little harm is done. Perhaps the bad rap microwaves get is more to do with the fact that they allow us to cook in plastic and therein lies a problem for sure.
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.