Warning – Poisonous Detergent Pods

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“Warning! Don’t Eat The Poisonous Detergent Pods!” By Judy Molland

“Have you seen those new detergent pods?

They are small, brightly colored, and children have been eating them because of their bite-size shape, and candy-like colors. Yum!

As a result, childhood poisonings from these new detergent packets have soared in recent weeks, with the total climbing to more than 1,200 this week from about 200 in late May.

The detergent packets were introduced by various companies over the winter as a convenience that can be easily dropped into a washing machine. This is puzzling to me. Do you find it especially difficult to pour liquid in a cup, and then into your washing machine?

The New York Times reports that health authorities have been concerned since late March, when poison control centers around the country noted a small number of reports from parents whose children had opened and swallowed the brightly colored laundry detergent products.

Poison control centers first starting putting out alerts about two to three months ago, not long after the products were introduced in the United States. By late May, the number of reported cases had reached 200 to 250 nationwide, prompting widespread news media attention and an announcement from Tide, which makes one of the most popular forms of the products, that the company would change its packaging to make the packets more difficult for children to tamper with.

Still, poison control centers say they continue to see more and more cases. This week, the California Poison Control System announced that at least nine small children in that state were taken to emergency rooms between Saturday and Tuesday after exposure to the packets, bringing the state’s total number of cases to at least 91. Six of the latest cases in California involved Tide Pods. Two were linked to Purex Ultra Packs, and one involved All Mighty Paks.

So far this year, there have been at least 1,210 cases reported to poison control centers in the U.S. Thankfully, no child has died, but at least 11 children have been placed on ventilators, and 10 have been intubated.

And the solution?

From Jezebel:

Bruce Ruck, who is the assistant director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, says the way to avoid kids getting poisoned is to hide the packets: “Put them up very high in a locked cabinet. You don’t want to store these on top of the washing machine or dryer, because kids will stand on chairs to get stuff.”

How about detergent companies just stop making these brightly-colored pods?

What do you think?”

Well, WE think it might be time to turn to laundry & cleaning products that aren’t poisonous at all!

Our family has been using non-toxic, plant-based, concentrated, & biodegradable cleaners for almost 50 years so we may be a little biased here indeed, but we’ve had more than 1 grandchild, and more than 1 pet, ingest a Shaklee cleaning product over the years. And you know what? We’ve never had to call 911 or worry at all. And our laundry is just as clean as can be too!

Our Shaklee journey started with 1 little Shaklee “Basic H” blue bottle, is it time for your story?

Breakthroughs that could change your life

News From The World Of Medicine

9 Health Breakthroughs That Could Change Your Life

A computer to diagnose and treat cancer? This incredible invention and more are in the works: We rounded up the latest medical advances and emerging breakthroughs in science and technology.

1. Japan: Clever Use of Bad Breath

July/August 2012 — Nippon Dental University researchers found that dental pulp—soft tissue inside teeth that’s removed during root canals—has up to 80 times as many stem cells as previously thought. Even better, hydrogen sulfide, the chemical that causes the rotten-egg smell in bad breath, helps them develop into liver stem cells. Scientists hope that extracted wisdom teeth (or baby teeth saved from childhood) might be used to heal livers damaged from cirrhosis and the hepatitis C virus.

2. United States: IBM’s Watson to Treat Cancer

July/August 2012 —The Watson computer that famously won on Jeopardy last year will work with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to diagnose and treat cancer. Watson is ingesting massive amounts of information from textbooks, articles, and decades of patient cases. Once the computer finishes training, doctors can ask it a question in plain English and get a quick, relevant answer (Watson can scan one million books in less than three seconds). Doctors will test the system for lung, breast, and prostate cancers by the end of this year.

3. Germany: Help for Ringing Ears

July/August 2012 —A new device might help fix tinnitus by treating the brain. In people with tinnitus, brain cells fire in bizarrely hyperactive rhythms, fooling the mind into thinking it hears a loud noise. The iPod-sized device has the user listen to a sequence of quiet tones to stop abnormal rhythms; it reduced tinnitus in 75 percent of patients in early tests. Its developer, Adaptive Neuromodulation, is finding partners to launch it here.

4. Australia: Eyeglasses to Prevent Drowsy Driving

June 2012 —New driving glasses contain sensors embedded in the frame to measure how often eyelids blink and how much they droop between blinks. Sensors translate this into a “drowsiness score” shown on the dashboard and deliver an auditory warning when scores exceed safe limits. Designed for commercial drivers, the glasses may be available for regular drivers within the next two years.

5. Singapore: A “Crab Robot” for Stomach Cancer

June 2012 —Researchers have developed a robotic system to remove tumors quickly and without scarring. Rather than cut through the abdomen, it uses a camera mounted on a flexible tube to guide instruments through the mouth and to the surgical site. The robot’s “crab legs” have a pincer to grab cancerous tissue and a hook to slice it off. The idea was born during a seafood dinner, when a surgeon pointed out that crabs, with strong yet efficient pincers, would make excellent stand-ins for surgeons. In operations on five test patients, surgeries that typically took up to eight hours were performed in an average of just 18 minutes.

6. Canada: Germ-and-Bedbug Room Bomb

June 2012 —Researchers on the Queen’s University campus hope to prevent hospital infections with a “room bomb” spray that combines ozone and hydrogen peroxide vapor to kill bacteria, sterilizing a room in about an hour. Researchers are confident the spray also destroys viruses, mold, and even bedbugs. A filtering process removes the chemicals from the air, leaving it safe to breathe. The spray could be used on cruise ships and in bedbug-infested hotels.

7. United States: A Blood Sugar Tattoo

May 2012 — Diabetics, put away the bandages: A new technique for checking blood sugar could make finger pricks a thing of the past. Chemists from Northeastern University have developed a method for injecting tiny fluorescent sensors under the skin that detect glucose in the blood. Take a picture of the freckle-size temporary tattoo with a special attachment that fits over your smart phone’s camera lens, and a computer program then analyzes the photo and reports your blood sugar number. The tattoo method is still under­going tests; it could be available in three years.

8. United Kingdom: Smart Pills

May 2012 — By the end of the year, a British pharmacy will begin embedding tiny sensors into some drug tablets to help doctors keep tabs on patients’ medication habits. The “smart pills,” developed by U.S. company Proteus Biomedical, send the name of the drug and the time you took it to a patch worn on the body that relays that data, along with information like pulse and sleep patterns, to a smart phone.

9. Denmark: Sponges for Soldiers

May 2012 — A specially coated flexible sponge could solve a deadly problem for soldiers wounded on the battlefield: uncontrolled bleeding. Researchers at MIT sprayed a type of sponge commonly used in hospitals with a combination of chemicals and clotting proteins naturally found in blood. In tests conducted by Ferrosan Medical Devices in Denmark, the small sponges completely stopped bleeding in animals within 60 seconds. Researchers hope to have the devices approved for use within a few years.

By the editor’s of Reader’s Digest

Are you getting enough antioxidants in your diet?

  • Are you getting enough antioxidants?

    Do you know someone who thinks they get everything they need from their food?

    Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Ariculture’s Research enter on Aging and Chief of the Antioxidant Research Laboratory at Tufts University published an article in May 1994, that gives the amount of food one would need to consume every day to meet the minimum daily allowance for the antioxidants (beta carotene, vitamins C & E, and selenium). These numbers should convince even the most stubborn individual to supplement their diet!

    To get the minimum daily allowance for beta carotene, choose one of these every day:

    Gallon of carrot juice

    26 cups cooked carrots

    56 cups raw carrots

    35 cantaloupe

    187 cups spinach

    94 cups dried apricots

    To get the minimum daily allowance for vitamin C, choose one of these:

    3 cantaloupe

    12 cups strawberries

    15 oranges

    1 gallon orange juice

    63 gallons of apple juice

    14 cups cauliflower

    To get the minimum daily allowance for vitamin E, choose one of these:

    67 cups Total cereal

    2 gallons corn oil

    1 gallon of mayonnaise

    111 cups brazil nuts

    4 gallons creamy peanut butter

    Selenium is an essential mineral that strengthens cell walls and helps prevent cell damage, one of the main causes of aging and cancer initiation. Selenium has been depleted from the soil by industrial farming and is almost non-existent in our food. To get the minimum daily allowance for selenium, one would need to eat 1.5 pounds of raw halibut every day.

    (WOW! What a grocery bill!)

    NOTE: Each daily serving of Shaklee Vitalizer provides 80 bio-optimized nutrients, including beta carotene, Vitamins C & E and Selenium. So at $2.37/day, I think you’ll agree that Vitalizer is QUITE A BARGAIN!

No more joint pain

I started using the previous version of the Joint Health Complex eight years ago when it was new.  I had some minor aches and pains that went away when I started taking this supplement  leaving me pain free.

Then I sprained my thumbs in May and have been in pain since, even with the original Joint Health Complex.  I actually was ready to call the doctor who had told me if I came back it would mean surgery. I started on Shaklee’s new Advanced Joint Health Complex a few weeks ago after hearing great testimonials on this new product.  I really didn’t think I would see all that much difference from the old one….. Well, knowing Shaklee I should have known better. Shaklee has really outdone themselves yet again.  I am pain free.  My thumbs feel normal again!  Thank you Shaklee.

This is a testimony from Dennis DeLeo.   Shaklee reformulated the Joint Health Complex which is providing great results within as little as 5 days! My wife Anne is pain free from carpal tunnel syndrome in less than 5 days after starting the new product! After 3 weeks she is still pain free.

These are just two examples among many on the new Joint  Health Complex. Why does NEW Advanced Joint Health Complex  work so well?

This is an example of why  Shaklee is so special?  They had the best product for healthy joints and what did they do? They  improved  it…changed it for the better!

Why do joints wear out? Continued stress, overexertion and normal wear and tear can affect healthy joint function. With NEW ADVANCED Joint Health Complex Shaklee kept the best parts of the old formula and added a new ingredient that provides amazing results.

The first ingredient in NEW ADVANCED Joint Health Complex is glucosamine hydrochloride which naturally occurs in our bodies. When the natural level is high, joint health is obtained by maintaining cartilage…the protective cushion between our joints which allows joints to move freely. When our natural levels fall for one reason or another, joint health deteriorates. The joint fluids dissipate causing dryness and the cartilage cracks and begins to erode. We can increase the level of joint health through supplementation. The glucosamine is important for the production, maintenance and repair of joint cartilage. Each serving contains 1,500mg of glucosamine…the amount clinically proven to be best amount per serving and one of the best values on the market.

Glucosamine is particularly effective against osteoarthritis. It tested to be equal in effectiveness to ibuprofen when both were taken three times a day. And of course it does not have the side effects.  A similar effect could be expected in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondilitis, spinal disc degeneration, tendinitis, bursitis, and physical injuries to joints.

The glucosamine used is the hydrochloride which is the safest and most effective form of glucosamine. It has been clinically proven to promote mobility, enhance flexibility, improve joint function, and support long-term joint health. Practically all products found in health food stores or drug stores contain glucosamine sulfate. The sulfate form is neither as safe nor as effective as the Shaklee version

In addition to glucosamine hydrochloride, however, NEW ADVANCED Joint Health Complex contains 100mg of a patent-pending fast-acting form of Boswellia extract. Boswellia is a strong pain reliever related to the COX-2 inhibitors that are available only with a prescription. In a clinical study, it has been shown to produce joint comfort in a few as five days  without the side effects of drugs!

In addition to these two main ingredients, NEW ADVANCED Joint Health Complex maintains healthy connective tissue with appropriate amounts of zinc, copper, manganese, and vitamin C which help build collagen and other components of connective tissue that give strength and structure to joints.

Another point of the Shaklee difference is that unlike many joint health supplements, NEW ADVANCED Joint Health Complex contains no chondroitin, an ingredient that has been shown to inhibit glucosamine absorption.

All of this comfort with just two tablets daily. Why not you? Why not now?

Advanced Joint Health Complex

Diabetes and Vitamin D

DID YOU KNOW:

Every day in the US 66 people lose their eyesight and 112 people begin treatment for end stage renal disease because of diabetes.

Cardiovascular events occur 15 years earlier for someone with diabetes.

A 50-year old person with diabetes dies 6 years earlier than their counterpart without diabetes.

Yet if current trends are not reversed, type 2 diabetes in adults is expected to double by 2050!

Like obesity, type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic!

Can Vitamin D Affect Type 2 Diabetes
Jul 26, 2011
By Dr. Steven Chaney

Like obesity, type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic! Of course, that is no surprised since obesity and type diabetes are closely associated.

Here are just a few fast facts to ponder:

1) Type 2 diabetes used to be called “adult-onset diabetes” because it was almost never seen in children. But thanks to the obesity epidemic that is no longer true. Type 2 diabetes in children has increased by 33% in the last decade alone.

2) Every day in the US 66 people lose their eyesight and 112 people begin treatment for end stage renal disease because of diabetes.

3) Cardiovascular events occur 15 years earlier for someone with diabetes.

4) A 50-year old person with diabetes dies 6 years earlier than their counterpart without diabetes.

5) Yet if current trends are not reversed, type 2 diabetes in adults is expected to double by 2050!

So everything that we can do to slow or reverse the incidence of type 2 diabetes should be of interest to us.

With that in mind I thought that you would be interested in a paper published July 6, 2011 by Mitri et al, in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (doi:10.1038/ejcn.2011.118) looking at the relationship between vitamin D intake and prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

There have been a number of clinical studies over the past few years that suggested adequate vitamin D intake may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes – but each of the studies have had limitations.

This study was what is called a meta-analysis. Basically, it combined the results of 8 different clinical studies to generate more statistical power than any individual study could achieve alone. These 8 studies included 238,423 participants, some of whom were followed for up to 22 years to see if they developed type 2 diabetes.

Four of the studies measured only vitamin D intake. From these studies the authors concluded that vitamin D intakes of >500 IU/day decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 13% compared to vitamin D intakes of <200 IU/day.

Four of the studies employed direct or indirect measures of 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood levels. From these studies the authors concluded that serum 25- hydroxy vitamin D levels >25 ng/ml decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 43% compared to serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels of <14 ng/ml.

So what is the bottom line for you?

These studies support the conclusion that adequate vitamin D intake does decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.

However, vitamin D is just one component of a holistic approach to reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Weight control and exercise remain the most important interventions for preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

A healthy diet – one that emphasizes fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains and healthy protein and fat sources is also important. And, it you are going to emphasize any one component of the diet it should be protein – not carbohydrate or fat.

When considering supplementation you want to make sure that you include B vitamins, antioxidants, and a complete complement of trace minerals – including chromium, magnesium & vanadium. And, of course, we now know that you should include vitamin D in that list.

Among botanicals I recommend alpha-lipoic acid, taurine, resveratrol and polyphenols from muscadine grapes.

There are other botanicals that show some promise, but there is no single botanical or nutrient that is a magic bullet. A holistic approach to supplementation is just as important as a holistic approach overall.

The only question remaining is how much vitamin D should you shoot for.

500 IU/day is consistent with the newly revised Daily Value recommendation of 600 IU/day, so virtually every nutrient expert will agree that we should be aiming for at least that amount.

So, as a minimum, I would recommend starting with a multivitamin that supplies at least the Daily Value recommendation of 600 IU vitamin D.

The question of whether to have your physician measure your 25-hyydroxy-viatim D levels and to try to optimize those levels by adding extra supplemental vitamin D to your diet has proven to be more controversial among health professionals.

However, there appear to be so many potential benefits to optimizing serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D levels that I personally recommend it.

If you are working with your physician they will be able to monitor your blood levels and make sure that you never get into the toxic range – so I see only potential benefits with little or no risk.

To Your Health!
Dr. Stephen G Chaney

Is Your Breakfast Making You Sick?

What you eat (or don’t eat) can have serious consequences.

Do you remember your mother telling you to ear your breakfast?  Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After sleeping all night in “shutdown” mode, your body needs fuel to start up again. Skipping breakfast signals the body to store fat and burn muscle for energy. Over time, that can lead to excess body fat and related illnesses. In fact, research suggests that eating breakfast reduces your risk to obesity and metabolic syndrome by 35% to 50%. (Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that may include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol or triglycerides, obesity,  and/or high blood sugar/insulin.)

What does your normal breakfast consist of?  The problem is that common breakfast foods also threaten your health. Donuts, muffins (English, blueberry, etc.), bagels, sugary cereals, and fruit pastries have a higher glycemic index (GI) that causes a surge in blood sugar. It’s that sugar rush you feel followed by a crash. High GI foods are typically higher in sugar and lower in fiber and nutrients due to heavily processed ingredients like white flour. Research shows that breakfasts of high-GI foods increase your risk to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

More help for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease. Eating regular meals with lower-GI foods (whole grains/fruits/vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, Cinch shakes) is a great start. You may also benefit from a comprehensive  program that nutritionally supports the management of metabolic syndrome and heart disease risk factors—elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Get the better of what’s eating you.  Start on a safe effective nutritional program now. http://vitalityandhealthopportunity.com  

Gluten – What You Don’t Know May Kill You

Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You

SOMETHING YOU’RE EATING may be killing you, and you probably don’t even know it! If you eat cheeseburgers or French fries all the time or drink six sodas a day, you likely know you are shortening your life. But eating a nice dark, crunchy slice of whole wheat bread–how could that be bad for you? Well, bread contains gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and oats. It is hidden in pizza, pasta, bread, wraps, rolls, and most processed foods. Clearly, gluten is a staple of the American diet. What most people don’t know is that gluten can cause serious health complications for many. You may be at risk even if you don’t have full blown Celiac disease. I want to reveal the truth about gluten, explain the dangers, and provide you with a simple system that will help you determine whether or not gluten is a problem for you.

The Dangers of Gluten

A recent large study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed, and “latent” Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer. (i)

The findings were dramatic. There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with Celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten, and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity but no Celiac disease.

This study looked at almost 30,000 patients from 1969 to 2008 and examined deaths in three groups: Those with full-blown Celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown Celiac disease, and those with latent Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy).

The findings were dramatic. There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with Celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten, and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity but no Celiac disease.

This is ground-breaking research that proves you don’t have to have full-blown Celiac disease with a positive intestinal biopsy (which is what conventional thinking tells us) to have serious health problems and complications–even death–from eating gluten.

Yet an estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else–not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.

And here’s some more shocking news …

Another study comparing the blood of 10,000 people from 50 years ago to 10,000 people today found that the incidences of full-blown Celiac disease increased by 400 percent (elevated TTG antibodies) during that time period. (ii) If we saw a 400 percent increase in heart disease or cancer, this would be headline news. But we hear almost nothing about this. I will explain why I think that increase has occurred in a moment. First, let’s explore the economic cost of this hidden epidemic.

The most serious form of allergy to gluten, Celiac disease, affects one in 100 people, or three million Americans, most of who don’t know they have it.

Undiagnosed gluten problems cost the American healthcare system oodles of money. Dr. Peter Green, Professor of Clinical Medicine for the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University studied all 10 million subscribers to CIGNA and found those who were correctly diagnosed with Celiac disease used fewer medical services and reduced their healthcare costs by more than 30 percent. (iii) The problem is that only one percent of those with the problem were actually diagnosed. That means 99 percent are walking around suffering without knowing it, costing the healthcare system millions of dollars.

And it’s not just a few who suffer, but millions. Far more people have gluten sensitivity than you think–especially those who are chronically ill. The most serious form of allergy to gluten, Celiac disease, affects one in 100 people, or three million Americans, most of who don’t know they have it. But milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population.

Why haven’t you heard much about this?

Well, actually you have, but you just don’t realize it. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity masquerade as dozens and dozens of other diseases with different names.

Gluten Sensitivity: One Cause, Many Diseases

A review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten. (iv) These include osteoporosis, irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia, cancer, fatigue, canker sores, (v) and rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and almost all other autoimmune diseases. Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric (vi) and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, (vii) schizophrenia, (viii) dementia, (ix) migraines, epilepsy, and neuropathy (nerve damage). (x) It has also been linked to autism.(ix)

We used to think that gluten problems or Celiac disease were confined to children who had diarrhea, weight loss, and failure to thrive. Now we know you can be old, fat, and constipated and still have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Gluten sensitivity is actually an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. It can be the single cause behind many different “diseases.” To correct these diseases, you need to treat the cause–which is often gluten sensitivity–not just the symptoms.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that ALL cases of depression or autoimmune disease or any of these other problems are caused by gluten in everyone–but it is important to look for it if you have any chronic illness.

AND THINK ABOUT THIS–GENETICALLY MODIFIED WHEAT HAS 4 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF GLUTEN THAN DO THE OLD WHEAT GRAINS!

Would you like to feel younger and live longer?

Right now there is a lot of information  on anti-aging.  What products actually improve your health and make a difference?  How do you know what to believe?

At a time where there is so much hype and unproven claims it is hard to decide what to believe.  This is especially true with  nutritional food supplements  since that industry is unregulated.  Sometimes what is on the label is not even in the bottle.   Sometimes the tablet does not even dissolve.  And if it does dissolve, it may not dissolve at the right place so it can be easily absorbed.    Many times they contain contaminants not on the label that you do not want in your body.  You need to do your research.

So what do we do?
•    Look for a company with extensive quality control from the time the raw materials arrive all the way through manufacturing to the finished product to ensure purity.
•    Look for a company that has independent double blind placebo controlled clinical studies on their products to see if they actually work.   Sometimes things can be theoretically correct and still not work.
•    Look for a company with unblemished reputation who has been in business a long time.

Right now there is a lot of information  on anti-aging, specifically resveratrol, a substance in red wine.  But to get the advantage of that you would have to drink 100 glasses a day!  Impossible.

There is  a product containing Resveratrol and other polyphenol  blends that impact all 4 mechanisms of cellular aging.  This product is 10 times more powerful than resveratrol alone.  Don’t expect to achieve the same results with all resveratrol products out there.

We know  that HFHC (high fat, high carbohydrate diets) induce oxidative and inflammatory stress, and  also produce an increase in plasma endotoxin concentrations.  The increase release
of “free radicals”  induce inflammatory damage that contributes to  vascular inflammation, plaque buildup in the arteries, increased blood pressure, and a tendency toward obesity.

A clinical study performed by scientists at State University of New York at Buffalo,  measured the activity levels of Nrf2 which is the coordinator of antioxidant protection within every cell in your body.  The Nrf2 activity was significantly depressed in the placebo group, while the Vivix group demonstrated dramatic increase in Nrf2 activity.  This helps counteract the bad effects of HFHC diet.

Researchers also measured and tracked other key blood markers and observed that HFHC meals also:
•    Evoke an increase in a protein that interferes with insulin and fat metabolism causing the body to store rather than burn fat.
•    depress immune function.
•    depress the Nrf2 system  that prevents oxidative damage.

Did you see the  Oscar-nominated movie Supersize Me?  You will recall that Morgan Spurlock’s health declined precipitously during the month that he lived on fast food.   These meals depress immune function, cause arterial constriction, deposed plaque in the arteries, and increased cortisol production, leading to stress and accelerated aging.

Do you want to protect yourself from these side effects?

The Nrf2 defense system manages Phase II detoxification within the liver.  If anything you want to encourage liver detox with a product that has a positive impact on the  Nrf2 gene.

Disruption of the Nrf2 gene can also lead to severe airway inflammation created by allergens. Nrf2 has also just been found to inhibit the development of emphysema by researchers at Johns Hopkin’s School of Public Health.   They also demonstrated how Nrf2 protects against developing pulmonary fibroses, a frequently fatal lung disease.

Nrf2 system has recently been found to be associated with reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, lung cancer, and other inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.  It also protects against pathologies in numerous organs, including liver, intestine, lung, skin, and nervous system.

When this product was introduced in 2008, scientists knew it could repair cell damage, thus reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.  This new study suggests that  because it stimulates the Nrf2 system,  it may have even more profound health benefits.

Obviously we want to eat a perfect diet and avoid all toxins, but that can be impossible.  But there are still ways to protect yourself.

For more information on this,  click here: http://bit.ly/hoLY25 

Inflammation – The Silent Killer

There is a new clinical study showing that a supplement containing resveratrol combined with specific polyphenols suppresses the oxidative and inflammatory stress response to eating a high fat, high carbohydrate fast food meal  (think burger and fries). This study has now been published in a peer-review journal. (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, doi:10.1210/jc.2010-1812).

The supplement was specifically shown to stimulate the activity of a key regulator of the body’s antioxidant defense system and survival pathways, Nrf2, and induce the expression of related antioxidant genes.  What exactly does this mean?

We all know that both the burger and fries have unhealthy levels of fat and salt in them and are primarily carbohydrate-rich foods. We all understand the likelihood of weight gain and higher blood pressure when consuming a diet with high concentrations of fat and carbohydrates.

But actually, the more troubling aspect of high-fat, high-carbohydrate meals is that they seem to stimulate oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between pro-oxidant molecules (too many bad guys) and antioxidant molecules (too few good guys), allows the pro-oxidant molecules to damage the lining of tissues. Once damaged, toxins contained in food find their way into the cells beneath the protective lining and disrupt the normal functioning of cells.

In response to both the excessive amounts of pro-oxidant molecules (often referred to as free radicals) and the presence of toxins, our cells emit panicked signals to the infection-fighting white blood cells to respond and neutralize the bad guys. In fact, the cells become so panicked over the invading, unhealthy substances, that they can overcompensate send out many more signals than they need to. This results in the body sending an excessive number of white blood cells to the tissues where the calls for help originate. The massive amount of white blood cells and associated fluid in which they travel cause inflammation (swelling of tissues).

Chronic inflammation makes it hard for us to move, breathe, think, digest and sleep. It is no wonder that so many people need assistance in sleeping. It also lowers our immunity to the presence of real bad guys (bacteria, fungi, viruses) because so many of our white blood cells are fighting the damage done by the food we eat (among other things) that there are not enough white blood cells to adequately kill off  the microbes that make us sick. Your army of white blood cells are outnumbered and will lose the battle. Bet you didn’t think that a burger and fries could cause so much damage!

To lower oxidative stress, you can either (1) stop eating so many high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods, (2) eat more antioxidant-rich foods or add antioxidant-rich dietary supplements to your daily routine or (3) both — which is our recommended course of action.  But what supplement will give the best result?  To find out more go here  http://bit.ly/hoLY25

Susan’s anti-aging blog!

Resveratrol can provide resistance before and after hazardous radiation exposure.

While the amount of radiation reaching the US now from the tragedy in Japan in minimal, still very good information to be aware of.

Clinical studies of Resveratrol–recognized for its proven role in activating the longevity gene to inhibit age-related diseases–have shown that its antioxidant power provides resistance before and after exposure to hazardous radiation.

Explosions and fires at four nuclear reactors in Japan have created widespread fears about radiation exposure. The reactors have been leaking radiation since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. Low levels have even reached the US.

In a 2008 study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, lead scientist Joel S. Greenberger found that Resveratrol administered before radiation exposure enhanced resistance to radiation.

Colorado State University researchers in cell and molecular biology and environmental and radiological health sciences demonstrated that Resveratrol reduced the incidence of chromosome aberration in mice exposed to radiation.

A 2010 study at the School of Radiation Medicine and Public Health at the Medical College of Soochow University in China reported that Resveratrol‘s ability to protect from oxidative stress is effective in protecting against irradiative damage.

In his book, “The Longevity Factor,” Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., renowned neurosurgeon and anti-aging specialist with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, notes studies showing Resveratrol‘s effectiveness in radiation therapy.  “Results were positive in two ways,” he writes. “First, Resveratrol appeared to act as a tumor sensitizer, making malignant cells more sensitive to radiation therapy. Resveratrol made normal tissue less sensitive to radiation, and this lower sensitivity would help minimize adverse side effects of radiation.”

“Studies of affirm its remarkable health benefits and provide hope that promoting health can stem the effects of a potential health crisis.”

SOURCE Reserveage