Well finally I have officially joined the 60s Club and it turns out I had nothing to fear. It has been fun all the way so far. Every day I have to wear a badge passed down to me by my friends that says "60 and loving it". But I wear it proudly because nothing could be more true. So those of you who haven't yet reached this milestone, be patient - you'll get there.
Antibiotics for babies and children
Last month I mentioned that antibiotics can do long term damage to children's health but that I would cover that topic some other time. However I was thrilled to receive so many queries from parents thirsty for more information and unable to wait till "some other time", so let's deal with this topic now.
Needless to say, in the light of the potential antibiotic apocalypse, a huge number of studies involving antibiotics and children are happening worldwide. For example, two recent and related studies, one following 39 Finnish babies and the other following 45 babies in New York City, have shown that babies born by caesarian section, as well as babies given antibiotics early in life, have a different balance of gut microbes to other babies. It is now well known that a disrupted microbiome is one of the primary mechanisms driving the modern disease epidemic, and that even a single course of certain types of antibiotics can cause profound changes to the gut flora that can last for years. This is exactly why we need to nourish and protect the microbiome in our children because changes to gut flora early in a child's life can predispose them to chronic disease as older kids and adults.
I cannot tell you not to allow your child to have antibiotics, especially when we all know they can be life-saving sometimes. However I do urge parents to at least ensure you are making an informed decision - your baby's health is dependent on the decisions you make. It is heart-breaking when children are put on a course of antibiotics for a viral infection for which antibiotics serve no purpose, but just as a preventative in case some or other bacteria are planning to attack. Yes, it happens alot, especially when it comes to sore throats and colds. In the meantime the child's gut microbiome is disrupted for a minimum of 2 years, and so unnecessarily.
If you are a concerned parent of a baby or small children and wish to know:
Which illnesses will not benefit from an antibiotic course
When are antibiotics appropriate
Long term risks of antibiotic treatment in childhood
How to address childhood infections without them
How to minimise side-effects when your children do have to take them
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of those nasty autoimmune diseases which arises when the immune system mistakenly attacks tissue in the joints, leading to inflammation, pain and progressive joint damage. The good news is that it can be prevented!
In experiments with rats, scientists at the University of Arizona in Tucson found that turmeric extract (curcumin) was able to prevent rheumatoid arthritis-like joint inflammation and destruction in the animals. The findings, published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, show that a turmeric extract, like those currently sold as dietary supplements, has anti-arthritis powers.
Knowing that inflammation has several causes, and that chronic low grade inflammation can lead to disease formation, and also because I see so many people suffering with the pain of arthritis, I'll do anything to avoid this in Ken and myself, and that is why we take our turmeric extract every day. Note that I speak of turmeric extract, which is curcumin, and not turmeric powder. Curcumin has poor solubility and absorption, so that large doses of standard curcumin powder are typically needed for health benefits. This means that powdered turmeric spice from the supermarket is not what we're talking about here. You need a highly concentrated turmeric extract capsule such as Vibrant Health's Turmeric 46x which contains the Curcuwin brand of curcumin with it's vastly superior bioavailability, making this supplement 46x stronger than standard turmeric supplements. One capsule a day is enough as a preventative measure but for those who need more, Vibrant Health has developed Maximised Turmeric which is doubly powerful.
Then there is a new Enzyme Process product called Infla-Life, which not only has a very potent curcuminoid component but also other anti-inflammatory ingredients such as boswellin extract, quercetin, bromelain, serratiopeptidase and apple cider extract. The addition of DL-Phenylalanine, which is used to block an enzyme in the nervous system that increases pain signals, a contributes to the overall healing action of this formulation. To increase absorption of curcumin, this supplement contains Bioperine (black pepper extract) which research has shown can increase the absorption and bioavailability of standard curcumin by 2000% without adverse effect in humans. However this may also enhance the absorption of medical drugs too, so I would advise, as a precaution, to either take this supplement a few hours away from any medications or otherwise use one of the other supplements I mention here.
I have found the above products to be popular, not only for prevention of RA, but also as part of a successful treatment plan for those with RA. In many trials Curcumin has been shown to work better than corticosteroids and other arthritis medications.
There are those who feel using good quality turmeric powder works well for them too, and if you'd prefer not to be taking supplements, here is where you can find out more about using standard turmeric powder in your diet:
Frame Essentials is a well known AIM product that I have been recommending for over 10 years now with great success, not only for arthritics but for athletes too. Glucosamine helps stimulate chondrocytes to produce more collagen and proteoglycans. Proteoglycans in bones and tissues allow for more water to be absorbed, resulting in healthier cartilage and greater ease of movement. This product also contains boswellin extract and MSM for reducing inflammation. Definitely a long time favourite of mine and many of my clients.
I'm still in celebratory mood so specials are the name of the game this month. Besides I need your help. My latest shipment of omega supplements has just arrived from Canada and because I order a 6 months supply at a time so we can all get a better price, the shelves are groaning already and I'm still falling over unpacked boxes. I'd like to move some of this stock fast so the idea has just popped into my head to offer 10% off these omega supplements for this week only.These are the three supplements affected which you will also see marked down on the attached price list:
See Yourself Well Omega-3 1000 (300mg EPA:200mg DHA) - 150 softgels
See Yourself Well Omega-3 1200 (400mg EPA:200mg DHA) - 150 softgels
See Yourself Well Omega-3 1200 (400mg EPA:200mg DHA) - 300 softgels
Don't be caught napping. I need help fast so deal is only on until 31 July.
Other specials on the attached product list are running while stocks last, which for some won't be much longer. I would not like you to miss out on getting some of these excellent supplements at half price!
Well it is freezing here today and we have a gorgeous fire going in the lounge which is beckoning. So till we chat again keep warm and well.
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.