I know it's not a good idea to send a newsletter out on a Monday morning, a hectic time for most of us, and hence a very real possibility you won't get to read this today, but I had to try. The reason for the urgency is because I wanted to let you know about the 2016 Diabetes World Summit which starts today. At last year's summit, nearly 387 million people in the world had been diagnosed with Type1 or 2 diabetes. One year later that number is 415 million people. That is a concern for all of us and since the switch from insulin resistance to diabetes can flip overnight, I urge you to take the time to watch this free educational event which braodcasts this week only.
Another reason for the urgency in getting this newsletter to you is that I made a snap decision this weekend to treat you to a "possibly never-to-be repeated" omega-3 special. Informing you couldn't wait too much longer because this special will be short-lived and will only run from today until after the long weekend coming up at the end of the month. So here it is:
This month's special
10% off See Yourself Well Omega-3 1200 - 300 softgels - at last!
I know many of you have been waiting for this one. Although this monster size omega-3 supplement is already far more cost effective than the 150 softgel size, I'm running a special to encourage more of you to see the sense in purchasing in bulk, especially if there is more than one of you in the family taking the fish oil supplement.
Starting today and ending 4 May 2016
What you get:
300 softgels for R950 instead of R1050
1000mg fish oil with 400mg EPA 200mg DHA per softgel
IFOS 5 star rated oil in triglyceride form
Ultra refined and molecularly distilled.
Courier to your door R75, postage R45.
Buy with confidence by checking out the Consumer Report for the fish oil used in the batch that I have in stock at the moment. Consumer Report Lot 15935113
O-ME-GA! - Will she ever let up already?
From time to time (Oh OK, perhaps on a monthly basis...haha) I like to remind you why we all need the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil - so here we go again......
A group of Harvard researchers did a comprehensive review on the top 12 preventable causes of death in the United States. Blow me down if the eighth most powerful way to reduce your death risk didn't turn out to be to consume adequate amounts of omega-3 fats. And they discovered this all by themselves without my help...!!!
But seriously, along with reducing preventable death, fish oil supplementation has been shown to: reduce the risk of mortality from cancer, help weight loss, lower triglycerides, help collagen production, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, help knee osteoarthritis, prevent childhood asthma, improve insulin sensitivity, improve heart and arterial health, shorten hospitalization post-surgery, lower blood pressure, reduce postpartum depression, improve rheumatoid arthritis, lower breast and prostate cancer risk, improve male fertility, reduce psoriasis, help bipolar mood disorders, reduce anxiety.... I guess you've heard enough for now.
How much fish oil should you take?
Since most South Africans will consume less than 100mg omega-3 fats from their diet daily, I would recommend for general health maintenance, 1000-1200 mg of combined EPA and DHA daily. However some ailments or disease conditions, particularly inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, may require more than 3 times this at the start, which is equivalent to more than 5 of the softgels daily of the See Yourself Well 1200 on offer in the special above.
When to take: Since the nutrients in fish oil are fat soluble it's best absorbed with a meal but any time of the day is fine.
The triglyceride form as in all See Yourself Well fish oil is preferred over the ethyl ester form since it’s easier to absorb and less apt to form free radicals.
Tomatoes for cancer prevention
I promised in last month's newsletter that I'd write more about the benefits of lycopene for prostate cancer prevention. Lycopene is a phytonutrient found in tomatoes, watermelon, gauvas, papayas, red bell peppers, red cabbage and pink grapfruit, so it doesn't take rocket science to assume that the lycopene is responsible for the red pigment found in these foods. Because of its deep red colour and lack of toxicity it is used in the food industry as a colourant, but sadly not often enough as other toxic red colourants are more cost effective I suppose. It is generally agreed that regular consumption of lycopene could keep prostate cancer at bay. It acts as an anti-oxidant and thus counters the action of harmful free radicals in the body.
Our bodies can't make lycopene so we need to consume as many of the fruits and vegetables containing it as possible to really derive the benefits. Apart from prostate cancer, lycopene may also help to prevent lung, stomach and other cancers. And it doesn't stop there as it may also lower the rsik of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Fresh tomatoes and tomato-based products are your most concentrated food sources of lycopene. Of course the commercially produced tomato sauces, pastes, soups, purees and ketchup are all much more concentrated sources of lycopene than fresh tomatoes but sadly these are also often high in salt, sugar and preservatives. The solution: Make your own from your homegrown tomatoes.
By the way, dicing and cooking tomatoes in olive oil helps your body absorb lycopene better than eating them raw. Also interesting is that, unlike other nutrients that can be compromised when heated, the bioavailability of lycopene increases with cooking.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Psychiatric Drugs - this is also worth knowing
It breaks my heart to see people struggling with emotional issues and unable to cope with the world around them, the next thing they know they have developed a long term dependency on major psychotic drugs with very serious withdrawal symptoms, to add to their already heavy burden. These drugs may be helpful and make it possible to function in the short term however long term there just has to be a less harmful way of dealing with psychological problems. So it's good to know that there are psychiatrists who are turning away from pyschopharmacology, adopting a more holistic approach which looks at diet, lifestyle changes, nutrients, gut health, therapy, etc. Irish psychiatrist David Healy is one such doctor who has warned about the harmful effects of prescription drugs for over three decades. He has been involved as a legal expert witness in homicide and suicide trials involving psychotic drugs and has brought concerns about some drugs to the attention of regulators in America and Britain. Healy is well known for his book Pharmageddon, in which he claims that pharmaceutical companies have dominated health care in America often with lift-threatening results for patients.
But what I really wanted to tell you is that Healy has co-founded www.Rxisk.org, a non-profit website for consumers that provides data about prescription drugs’ side effects for over 35 000 drug names. Patients can add their own reports of adverse effects and create a ‘Rxisk report’ to share with their health practitioner. Please pass this information onto anyone you know who is on prescription medication and wondering if the "benefits really do outweigh the risks", as we are so often told.
How about this! According to the most recent (2014) information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System, and published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, not only have there been no deaths from vitamins, but also no deaths from any supplements, amino acids and herbs. In other words no deaths whatsoever from dietary supplements across the board. Why then are so many of our safe and effective natural medicines being removed from the shelves and made prescription only? Makes one think, doesn't it?
Dispelling myths about dairy
Myth 1: Low fat milk is healthier than full fat milk.
Research has confirmed that those who consume full fat dairy products have a 46% lower risk of developing diabetes. We need fat for good health.
Myth 2:Full fat milk makes you fat.
Studies have shown that women who consume full fat dairy are 8% less likely to be obese or overweight compared to the low fat dairy group. Two possible reasons for this: full fat milk makes one feel fuller for longer and low fat products are often laden with sugar.
Myth 3: Milk is a good source of calcium and builds strong bones.
Countries with the highest dairy consumption face the highest rates of osteoporosis. Pastuerised milk is acidic and may even leach calcium from the bones. Far better sources of calcium are, kale, sardines with bones, broccoli, almonds, watercress, bok choy.
Myth 4: Commercial milk is just as good as organic milk.
Commercially produced pastuerised milk can contain up to 20 different chemicals including traces of antibiotics, growth hormones, pain medications, steroids. Pastuerisation also kills off the beneficial probiotics and enzymes in milk. Organic milk from grass-fed cows contains over 60% more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than commercially produced milk.
Myth 5: Unprocessed milk can cause serious illness.
Only 0.0005% of all food-borne illnesses reported to the CDC are from those who drink whole, unprocessed milk.
Is it my imagination or am I seeing more and more people especially children, carrying inhalers around with them than was the case in the past? Perhaps asthma was underdiagnosed previously? Granted these corticosteroids can offer an asthmatic immense relief and who would want to deny anyone an improved quality of life and reduced risk of mortality. All I am saying is that it would be sad to find these inhalers are being over prescribed, especially in children, considering the side-effects include growth suppression and a dampening down of the immune system hence risk of more respiratory infections. Its also of utmost importance that the correct dose is prescribed, so these children do need to be diagnosed correctly and prescribed the appropriate dose. The good news is that children often outgrow asthma so before the potentially hazardous long term therapy on inhalers is embarked upon I trust there will be certainty that it is absolutely necessary. At the same time, asthma can be a killer, so I am not for one minute saying that inhaler corticosteroids should be avoided.
Since my last newsletter, what with all the public holidays together with cooler weather, (which didn't last long mind you!), I was able to get some vegetable seeds into the ground so hopefully we're sorted for the Autumn. I hope you managed to get some planting done too, but if not there is still time to get your winter crops in.
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.