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  • Sep 4

    Do you have one of these at home?  For years I have been wishing for my husband to downsize, and instead he just kept on piling on the weight.  It wasn’t that he ate junk food, it was more that he ate too much meat, too many relishes, sauces and chutneys, and too much food generally. Combine that with lack of exercise, and slowly a health scare began forming.
    (He also takes advanced quality nutritional supplements that include heart healthy CoQ10, Omega-3 and magnesium plus others. But that’s not all that is required for prevention: 10 Healthy Aging strategies).

    He didn’t tell me that over the last 15 months he had been experiencing angina upon exertion.  But I did know that he was putting himself at risk of becoming diabetic (and it was getting very challenging finding size 3XL shirts).

    It took the death of his much-loved 55 year old cousin (a sudden fatal heart attack) in May this year, to wake him up (not his wife’s nagging…).  He contacted his cardiologist and told him to forget the treadmill, take him straight in for an angiogram. And the results were grim.  As the cardiologist said, ‘a bit of mischief has been going on’ (my husband had two stents placed in 1997 so was on the heart watch list).

    Four weeks later it was into hospital and 5 bypass grafts were performed.  (If you know anything about bypass operations, they do not perform a graft unless there is a 70% or more blockage.)  For the next 7 days, the pain of recovering began.

    Back home again and then a visit to the GP’s nurse to check the stitches and get a blood test done.  Diabetes Type 2 was diagnosed.

    30/7/2012 Blood test results:
    Total Cholesterol 5.8 mmol/L
    HDL: 0.87 mmol/L
    LDL: 3.8 mmol/L
    Chol/HDL Ratio: 6.7 (high)
    Triglyceride: 2.5 mmol/L (high – normal < 2.0)
    Glucose: 8.0 mmol/L (High – normal 3.5 to 7.7)
    HbA1c: 56 mmol/L (high – normal 20-40)

    Meanwhile, I had recommended that hubby reads a book – Dr Steven Gundry’s Diet Evolution.

    Bingo!  Now he is on a “no grains, starchy vegetables, sugar and fruit” regime.  And boy, is it working!  The day of the operation he weighed 125 kgs and now he weighs just under 113kgs.  In less than 6 weeks. He has found it easy to do because he enjoys growing and eating vegetables, and importantly he doesn’t feel hungry. Here is a list of Heart Healthy Food Groups.

    We are now waiting for next set of blood to be taken and tested. (Last weekend he had a home blood sugar test done and his result was 6.3 – normal!).

    “The research actually shows that it’s the sugar and grains (which turn to sugar in our bodies) that cause high cholesterol as well as weight gain and type 2 diabetes, NOT the animal fats. If you eat animal products along with sugars and grains, that *will* cause your cholesterol and blood sugar to rise.”

    And yet when we look at the food pyramid we have grains taking up the large portion.  What if we put vegetables where the grains are, and put grains in with the sugars at the top.  Do you think that would solve many of our chronic health issues?  I believe it would.

     

    “Apparently wheat causes all sorts of issues, even if you don’t have a known allergy or intolerance to it….or I guess, you just don’t realize it is wheat causing trouble.”

    When you visit the supermarket, how many aisles hold products based on wheat? – breads, biscuits, cakes, muffins, crackers, bagels, pasta, pizzas, cereals, ready made meals, sauces…wheat is everywhere – you could even say… “ingrained”.

    “Check out the book Wheat Belly by William Davis MD.  He says the (very) genetically modified strains of wheat used everywhere these days cause havoc worldwide with the human immune system which has not been able to keep up with the change in structure of wheat products.”

    “It’s interesting information at worst and very enlightening at best.  Dr Davis says going wheat free leads to weight loss, alleviation of things like diabetes, colitis and celiac disease, improvement in cholesterol, reduction of inflammation and arthritis pain.., and so on.”

    Meanwhile, I began supporting my husband on the 8th August by following the same eating regime. I do have about 5kgs that I would like to release, and I have been fighting a pot belly for the last 10 years. So far, I have released 1kg and 3cms from my waist – the pot belly is flattening out!

    For more personal accounts from real people, read and share:
    Lower cholesterol unfolds mystery diet

  • Jun 30

    How do we find out if our thyroid is healthy?  I had given no thought to this question so was surprised to find out that I have an ‘under active’ or ‘low’ thyroid (also called hypothroidism).

    According to Doctor Ray Strand, Hypothyroidism or under active thyroid occurs when the thyroid gland is destroyed or is not producing needed amounts of thyroid hormone. This condition has also been called myxedema due to the potential harm possible to the body when there is no thyroid hormone. Patients can become edematous (filled with fluid), weak and fatigued, intolerant to cold, experience abnormal weight gain, notice changes in their skin and hair, and may suffer from total body pain. They can also develop congestive heart failure as well as significant increase in their cholesterol levels.

    Learn more:  What does the thyroid do and where is it located?

    My main symptom is being overweight (which of course leads to other problems like diabetes, heart disease and cancer), the other symptom is that I  feel the cold terribly (it is now winter in New Zealand). There are other symptoms so the best thing to do is to get screened.  (List of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic here.)

    There are two ways to get the health of our thyroid checked out – the usual way is by a blood test.  But this may not be as accurate as a Thyroflex test  - in this video, Naturopath David Holden explains the Thyroflex test.

    The other test that I had done was the VLA Test and that indicated that I need to exercise more to build up more muscle.  My healthy low-glycemic diet and the supplements that I take have kept me in good health – so the ‘only’ thing I need to work on is exercise.

    The nutritional supplements to support a healthy thyroid are advanced quality multi minerals/vitamins, vitamin D3, CoQ10, vitamin C. Plus “Iodral” with supervision from your doctor or Naturopath.  I also take a Calcium/Magnesium tablet, grape seed extract and omega-3 capsules.  I am ensuring that I am drinking 1 1/2 litres of water daily and avoiding soy products for the time being.

    My blood test results showed that my blood sugar levels are slightly elevated – again exercise is the key here too.

    The exercise I enjoy is walking (so much so, I have a website ‘Short Walks in Auckland‘), however I hate walking in the cold and wet of winter.  But I must get out walking every day for one hour – so I will.

    For sufferers of Hashimotos, Dr Steven Gundry suggests the following: “Most gluten free foods are made from corn, rice, and potatoes, all of which are lectins which contribute to Hashimotos. Please eliminate all grains, all peppers, potatoes, milk and milk products. You can have goat and sheep products. No pseudograins like quinoa! No Advil or Aleve. No stomach acid suppressants like Prilosec or Nexium. You will start to heal.”

    My goal is to release fat so that I can reach a healthy weight by Christmas Day 2011 and then I can wear a beautiful dress I have hanging in my wardrobe, that at present is too small for me.

    I am looking forward to letting you know when I have reached that goal.

    This is a photo of me on holiday in Australia last week:

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  • May 2

    Recently I have had a few queries regarding natural therapy for healthy blood pressure.

    My mother suffered from high blood pressure (hypertension) for many years and then died of a massive heart attack at the age of 71. The blood pressure medication she was on did nothing to prevent heart disease, nor did it cure it.

    High blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke, and is called the ‘silent killer’ because there are no symptoms.

    According to Bruce H Lipton PhD author of ‘The Biology of Belief”, ‘genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts’ and the environment, that impacts on the health of our body’s cells.

    So what can we do?

    First of all, and I am pretty sure that you would have heard it all before,  there are 3 major things that need attention:

    1. Eat a healthy diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut out large servings of meat and dairy. Remove processed foods and takeaways from your diet. Reduce salt intake. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Quit smoking.
    2. Include moderate exercise in your daily life. Find something that you enjoy doing, so that it is not a difficult thing to keep on doing. Read more on what type of exercise is good for Hypertension here.
    3. Relax! Take deep breaths. Meditate. Read. Listen to music. Whatever calms you down and slows you down. Even if you just start with 10 minutes a day.

    Nutritional SupplementsIf you can’t do those 3 things, then it is pointless taking the following nutritional supplements.
    The nutritional supplements that I suggest are:
    1. optimal quality anti-oxidants, vitamins and multi-minerals
    2. a calcium supplement that also contains magnesium, vitamin D3 and Vitamin K.
    3. a good quality omega-3 fish or flaxseed oil supplement

    How effective are these supplements at reducing blood pressure? Government regulations do not allow me to voice an opinion, so allow me to hand over to my learned friends…

    Here is some educational information that may help you to form your own opinion.
    Dr Gerald Lewis is a cardiologist and GP. He is in the Who’s Who book for his work with blood pressure. Here is what he suggests for high blood pressure. Note that Dr Lewis says “Drugs are the treatment usually recommended by doctors. Today these are very effective and have fewer side effects (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, calcium blockers, ACE inhibitors, A2 inhibitors), and in many cases are given together in lower doses, which further reduces the side effects” along with recommendations for nutritional supplements. Dr Lewis has also made a very informative video on coronary heart disease.

    The Amazing Nutrient that Lowers Your Blood Pressure – Dr Mercola suggests that vitamin-d levels are linked to arterial stiffness

    Personally, I take 4000iu of Vitamin D3 daily and I am about to go get my blood levels checked for Vitamin D.
    I wrote this blog post last year and you will see that hypertension is listed in the section on disease prevention – Vitamin D does more than just prevent the flu.

    (Natural News) Increasing incidence of high blood pressure continues to be the most significant factor in death from a heart attack and advancing cardiovascular disease. Elevated blood pressure readings cause thickening of the coronary arteries as micro…read more Proper potassium balance essential to healthy blood pressure and reduced heart attack risk

    Discover why eating sugar (and high glycemic foods/drinks) endangers your heart and overall health. This is an eye opening one hour presentation by Dr. David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences titled: “How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic”  Dr Diamond was diagnosed with heart disease in 2005 – high cholesterol included.  Find out why he is still alive….How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

    Should we make moderate changes or major changes to our diet? Take a moment and watch this 4 minute video: Must Know Tips: Dr. Oz and Dr. Dean Ornish discuss heart attacks and diet.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

     

     

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended to support optimum heart health, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.  The nutritional supplements that I promote contain all of the above ingredients at optimal levels.

     

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  • Nov 29

    As many of us know, October is breast cancer month. Many thousands of dollars are collected to supposedly help women combat breast cancer. We are encouraged to take part in ‘early detection’ for your protection, but how often do we hear messages about breast cancer prevention? I have had one friend survive breast cancer, one friend who had both breasts removed and another friend who died after a long five year battle. Did they know what they could have done to prevent breast cancer????

    This weekend I attended a health seminar where it was refreshing to hear from two female health professionals talking about breast cancer prevention. Here in ‘clean, green’ New Zealand, it is astounding that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer. Researchers are now saying that only 5% of cancers can be attributed to genetics, so the remaining causes are….????? Well, let’s say that we are in charge – yes, it is down to us, our lifestyle, our environment and our thoughts.

    One of the speakers on the weekend was Lynda Wharton who wrote a book this year titled ‘Well-Being’. Lynda’s book is ‘an essential guide to vibrant good health for women’ and contains ‘comprehensive information on holistic breast cancer prevention – a must for every woman’. I believe that it is our duty as mothers to teach our daughters what they can do to prevent breast cancer.

    Lynda provides a summary of things we can do to prevent breast cancer after she provides in-depth information. I do recommend her book – so if you can, get yourself a copy and use it for reference.

    Lifestyle choices:

    • Do not smoke, and avoid inhaling second-hand smoke
    • Keep weight within a healthy range
    • Keep calorie intake within a healthy range
    • Exercise aerobically for at least 4 hours a week
    • Minimize exposure to ionizing radiation such as X-rays and CT scans
    • Sleep in a very dark room at night
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night
    • Minimize use of antibiotics as much as possible
    • Avoid (or minimize use of) hormone replacement therapy and the oral contraceptive pill
    • Choose environmentally friendly cleaning products which are less likely to contain toxic chemicals
    • Use plastic gloves and face masks if you are forced to use toxic chemicals, especially if they are sprayed.
    • Always move well away from the car when you are refueling to avoid petrol fumes
    • Use safety-conscious personal care products that contain no parabens
    • Avoid hairspray, nail polish and perfume containing phthalates
    • Avoid underarm antiperspirants containing aluminum; instead use aluminum-free deodorants (still controversial)
    • Breastfeed your babies
    • Avoid cooking or storing food in plastics; using plastic kettles; wrapping food in plastic cling wrap
    • Go without a bra whenever possible to allow unimpeded blood and lymphatic circulation in breasts
    • Aim to have at least 15 minutes of sun exposure every day, at the lowest ultraviolet times of the day (before 10am and 4pm)

    Nutritional Choices

    • Eat organic foods as much as possible to minimize intake of potentially estrogenic or carcinogenic spray residues
    • Eat 9 or more servings of organic fruits and vegetables every day
    • Always wash fruits and vegetables well before eating
    • Eat brassica vegetables every day (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
    • Drink 3-6 cups of green tea daily
    • Eat leafy green vegetables daily to boost intake of folate
    • Minimize or avoid drinking alcohol
    • Eat a high-fiber diet containing plentiful amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
    • Include in your diet a moderate amount of fermented soya foods, as in an Asian diet and a wide variety of other phyto-estrogen-rich foods
    • Decrease intake of saturated fats, trans-fats and omega-6-rich polyunsaturated fats, and increase intake of omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids from fish, flax oil, flax seed, avocado, nuts and seeds, and olive oil.
    • Reduce intake of red meat and increase fish-based or vegetarian meals.
    • Avoid processed meats that contain carcinogenic nitrates
    • Never eat charred or burned foods. Minimize consumption of barbecued meat.
    • Support friendly gut bacteria with unsweetened low-fat acidophilus yoghurt or probiotic drinks
    • Choose low-GI carbohydrates and minimize intake of sugars and process foods that contain added sugar, which cause insulin spikes
    • Cook with generous amounts of turmeric and garlic
    • Consult a naturopath or nutritionist for advice on nutritional supplementation and breast cancer.

    The other health professional also recommended breast massage.

    Stress is a big factor in all cancers. To negate the stress factor, I recommend you:

    • Avoid stress as much as possible
    • Learn to meditate, do yoga, relax
    • Get 8 hours of good sleep at night
    • Take advanced quality, broad-spectrum nutritional supplements

    This very comprehensive list may appear over-whelming but if we just gradually make the changes over time, not only do we have a better chance at preventing breast cancer naturally, but we will also have the side-effects of feeling healthier with much more energy, vitality and zest – to live life to the fullest!

    Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber

    After reading Sandra Steingraber’s book “Living Downstream” and learning about all the carcinogenic toxins in our water, air, soil and hence food – I realize:

    • Just how important it is to keep on taking high quality supplements to support a healthy immune system,
    • To ensure that our fibre intake is high enough to help remove toxins from our body,
    • The importance of eating organic food as much as we can,
    • To be aware of the source of our water so that we can negate the effects of contamination and
    • To be more aware of keeping our environment clean and green.

    If you wish to begin to understand what toxic chemicals are affecting our environment and causing a great many more cancers, then I do recommend this book (or DVD).

  • Sep 12

    Many health problems originate in our gut. How much time do we give to chewing our food properly let alone prepare healthy food in this rushed world we live in? A healthy digestive system is a multi-faceted process; one important part being getting the nutrients from our food to supply our cells needs and another part is elimination.

    The GI tract is the largest part of the immune system because it deals with eliminating toxins and filters fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. The GI tract is sometimes referred to as the ‘second brain’.

    Having optimal health means living pain free and not having to suffer with digestive issues like constipation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, coughing, phlegm, reflux or bloating.

    From a supplement point of view there are three things that aid the digestion of our food and support the health of our GI tract.

    1. Liver support

    It is so important to keep our livers healthy for without them, we die. Our liver is part of the detoxification process and is vital to keeping our bodies clear of the toxins we accumulate from our food and environment. Milk-thistle is a key ingredient in liver health and works as an antioxidant. Green-tea extract, turmeric and broccoli extract provide further antioxidant protection.

    2. Healthy gut flora

    Probiotics are millions of viable good bacteria that help to maintain healthy gut flora, they have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach and to reach the intestine alive.

    Probiotics Promote Balance: Your gut is host to both beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. When balanced properly, these bacteria, also known as microflora, aid healthy digestion. Stress, illness, antibiotics and/or medicines, poor diet and hydration, lack of rest, and harmful environmental conditions, however, may endanger the fine balance of the intestinal flora. This imbalance can result in the reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to digestive concerns that may not only be physically uncomfortable but also possibly harmful to your health.

    Not all probiotics are of sufficient quantity of high-quality bacteria strains to survive stomach acidity and enter the intestinal tract alive to be effective. Look out for strains of probiotic bacteria that have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach, and promote a natural balance of beneficial microflora in the gut.

    3. Bowel health
    Prebiotics are made up of multiple sources of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre including Psyllium and Inulin which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

    Prebiotics promote good digestive health, and aids in normal bowel regularity, which helps move wastes and toxins out of the colon. Undigested food material and metabolic waste build up in the body due to slow elimination, which may contribute to other health problems.

    Psyllium is a rich source of soluble fibre, and a bulking agent. It has been widely used to promote bowel movement.

    Inulin is a special type of indigestible fibre that serves as a fertilizer to healthy bacteria in the digestive system, which in turn assists in the absorption of nutrients and the breakdown of foods. If undigested food material and metabolic waste build up due to slow elimination, it may contribute to other health problems.

    How much fibre do we need to consume?
    According to the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand (developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health)…
    • adult women should eat at least 25 grams of fibre daily
    • men should eat at least 30 grams
    • pregnant women over the age of 18 should consume 28 grams of fibre every day
    • New mothers need 27-30 grams each day.

    We still need to consciously eat a healthy diet and to eliminate sugary drinks to avoid putting toxic stress on our body’s cells. By ensuring that our digestive system is in healthy working order, we can then utilize all the nutrients from the food we eat, as well as feel comfortable in the downstairs department. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help choosing products to support a healthy digestive system.

    Please note: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and mimic those of many other more common conditions, including digestive and bladder disorders. A woman with ovarian cancer may be diagnosed with another condition before finally learning she has cancer. Common misdiagnoses include irritable bowel syndrome, stress and depression. Read more…

    The digestive process is described in great detail in Suzanne Somers’ book ‘Breakthrough’ Step 4 “Create a Healthy GI tract”. According to Ms Somers, some of the diseases that start in the gut are arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Macular Degeneration.
    Get your copy of “Breakthrough” now from Amazon.com

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  • Aug 28

    Lizards lie in it, cats nap in it, plants need it to grow. But over 60% of North Americans are not getting enough of it. Vitamin D from the sun is critical to our health. The “cover-up and slap on the sunscreen” messages have worked too well along with young people spending time indoors instead of being outside in the sunshine.

    We are near the end of our 2010 winter season here in New Zealand. My husband is a dentist and we both do not believe in flu vaccines. At the start of  winter I began taking an extra 1000iu Vitamin D3 – total 3000iu daily. My husband just took his normal dose that is contained in the nutritional supplements we both take. My husband got the flu – possibly the H1N1 because I have never seen him so unwell. He is a man who normally shrugs off colds and flus, but not this one. He had to take time off work, pulled a muscle from his violent coughing and even stayed in bed. Meanwhile, as soon as he came down with the flu, I increased my D3 dose from 3000iu to 4000iu daily and I have stayed well.

    Anyone keeping up-to-date with health news over the last few years will be aware that more and more research is uncovering the significance of Vitamin D and its effect on our health. The “cover-up and slap on the sunblock” campaign has helped to reduce skin cancer risk but in doing so, Vitamin D deficiency has affected the health of millions of people worldwide (you will not be surprised to find out that more than 1 billion people worldwide and 30-40% of the U.S. population between the ages of 15-49 are vitamin D deficient). Vitamin D affects over 200 genes in our bodies and about 6% of the human genome.

    There is a variety of factors that limit the amount of vitamin D we are exposed to: where we live (geographic latitude), season, age, melanin content of skin, the use of sunscreen or sun-obscuring clothing, and a lack of outdoor activity. It is healthy to have bright sun exposure to our bodies for 15-20 minutes per day. People who live in temperate zones (latitude 37 degrees north and south of the equator) will not get the sun exposure required for our bodies to make the 15,000 to 20,000iu of Vitamin D it needs each day. However, overexposure to sunlight does cause skin cancer and wrinkles.

    Can we overdose on Vitamin D? It’s not possible to overdose from the sun source because the body can inactivate excess Vitamin D. The body can also store excess Vitamin D in our tissues and use it as required.

    So what about food? Vitamin D is unique because very little can be obtained through a normal diet.The Vitamin D that is available in food is insignificant compared to what the synthesis of the sun can provide. The principal source of Vitamin D is through sun exposure on our skin.

    For instance, the following is a list of foods that we would have to consume on a daily basis to get the equivalent of 15,000 to 20,000iu Vitamin D from the sun:
    Sardines – 30 cans per day or
    Milk – 100-200 glasses per day or
    Fortified cereal – 100-200 bowls per day or
    Egg yolks – 500-1000 per day or
    Wild salmon – 2 kilos or 4.5 lbs per day
    I would not recommend any of the above to be consumed in such quantities on a daily basis.

    Vitamin D has been shown to prevent the following diseases:
    Heart Disease
    Cancer – Breast, Ovarian, Colon, Prostate, Bladder, Uterus, Esophagus, Rectum, Stomach
    Diabetes
    Obesity
    Dementia
    Influenza – upper respiratory infections have shown to be reduced by 90% by supplementing with 2000iu of Vitamin D3. By boosting our Vitamin D3 to 5000iu in the flu season, we do not need to have the flu vaccine.
    Bacterial Infection
    Depression
    Insomnia
    Muscle Weakness
    Fibromyalgia
    Osteomalacia –soft and weak bones, makes you more prone to fractures.
    Osteoarthritus
    Rheumatoid Arthritus
    Osteoporosis
    Psoriasis
    Hypertension
    Multiple Sclerosis – if we do not have enough exposure to sunlight in the first 10 years of our life, we are more pre-disposed to getting MS. So if you grow up in a temperate zone you have a 100% increase in the risk of getting MS.

    From Doctor Ray Strand’s desk:
    a) “A recent study reported in the Archives of Neurology showed a correlation of a low vitamin D level and the increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. This study included over 3,000 pariticipants. They followed these subjects for a period of nearly 30 years. Those subjects whose vitamin D levels were in the top 25% had over a 30% decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, when compared to those who had the lowest levels of vitamin D. This is just another study that shows the importance of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. I have shared in past Health Nuggest, I like to see vitamin D levels above 60 ng/ml.”

    b) “A four year clinical was done that involved nearly 1200 women. This is the kind of study physicians love and always talk about when it comes to pharmaceutical trials. However, very few of them realize that there are these kinds of studies regarding the health benefits of taking supplements. Subjects were assigned to take 1400 mg of calcium alone, or 1400 mg of calcium plus 1100 IU of vitamin D, or a placebo. After only 4 years, the risk of developing any type of cancer was 60% lower in the vitamin D group. If you excluded the cancers diagnosed in the first year because these cancers were most likely already present before the study, there was a 77% reduction in all types of cancer in the vitamin D group.

    The researchers pointed out that vitamin D has an effect on at least 200 human genes and is critical in the normal functioning of our immune system and cell division. When there is less than an optimal level of vitamin D, the regulatory process involving cell proliferation and differentiation becomes defective. This can lead to abnormal cell division and thus cancer growth. However, if individuals simply supplement their diet with 1100 IU of vitamin D, they can significantly decrease their risk of all cancers.”

    In summary: The research shows that nearly 70% of adults taking 600 IU or less of supplemental vitamin D have circulating levels below the minimum recommended threshold of 30 ng/mL. In fact, some people require up to 12 times that amount to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D. A suggested recommended daily intake of vitamin D3 is at least 4,000 IU per day. Of course every person’s individual needs are different, so it is best to work with your physician to determine what is right for you. If you live in temperate zones it is advisable to take a Vitamin D3 supplement every day and boost it to 5000iu in the flu season.

    Expose yourself to bright sun 15 to 30 minutes daily as much as possible, before applying sunblock to your body. I recommend that you do not expose your face and neck though. Avoid over-exposure to sunlight. If possible, get your Vitamin D levels tested by your doctor to ensure that you are not deficient (“25 OH Vitamin D” blood test (also known as “25 hydroxy vitamin D”) and you want to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range).

    Further Reading
    The Vitamin D Council is a respected source of up-to-date information about Vitamin D.

    (NaturalNews) Mike Adams recently interviewed the Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, Dr. John Cannell, MD, in order to obtain more information about the nutrient which has been gaining ground as a proven necessity for cancer protection, good…listen to this hour long audio   Interview with Dr. John Cannell on benefits of vitamin D

    Dr. Michael Holick is the world’s foremost authority on vitamin D and the healing power of natural sunlight. He’s the author of The UV Advantage, and in this interview, Dr. Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. This is one of the most eye-opening interviews you’ll ever read on health.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

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  • Aug 10

    This year I made a decision not to have any more mammograms. There, I have said it out loud! I have hated having my breasts squashed between two radioactive plates. On top of that, the people providing the screening do not provide any prevention education – they are there to make a profit as a result of proving that they can find cancer. I have educated myself and put into practice what I have learnt, to minimise my risk of getting cancer.

    So can we prevent cancer?
    Recent studies have confirmed that our genes do not control our health outcomes – that we, yes that’s us, have full control. We have full control on how we take care of our own health. How we choose to live our life impacts fully on our health outcomes. So it appears, that if your family members have a tendency towards cancer, then there are things you can do to stay healthy. Isn’t that great news?

    Now, most of us know that the food that Mother Nature provides contains vitamins as well as antioxidants and minerals. And a lot of the man-made processed foods do not contain very much in the way of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. So we have a choice right there. The biggest cause of cancer is poor nutrition. Vegetables and fruit contain antioxidants which protect our cells from inflammation and oxidative stress which cause cancer. Eating a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables provides many antioxidants.

    Nutritional SupplementsThere are some things we do not have control over – like the air we breathe, the quality of the soil that our food is grown in, the pesticides and chemicals that are used on crops, the quality of our drinking water. All we can do in these cases is to minimize the effects of these toxins and pollutants by avoiding them if we can and by taking nutritional supplements. Food alone is not optimal enough to provide our cells with the protection they need from the toxins in our environment.

    There have been endless studies done on how vitamins protect our body’s cells from cancer. The results of these many studies can be summed up – take the best quality broad-spectrum supplements that you can afford. Taking once-a-day supplements are a waste of money. And taking supplements that are not at optimum levels do not provide protection. Taking nutritional supplements helps to maintain a strong immune system. The latest studies show Vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin) helps to prevent breast cancer.

    The American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2010 presented a study that showed a protective effect of vitamin and calcium supplementation against breast cancer. Participants who consumed vitamin supplements were found to have a 30% lower risk of breast cancer compared to those who did not have a history of vitamin supplementation, and those who consumed calcium supplements had a 40% lower risk. The researchers stated that this is not an immediate effect; however, those individuals who consumed vitamins and calcium over a long period of time.

    Other things we can do to prevent cancer are:
    • To exercise hard enough to produce sweat.
    • Get proper sleep
    • Reduce stress – spend time relaxing or meditating or listening to music…New research may have uncovered the mechanism that links chronic stress to breast cancer progression. Even better, you can take advantage of the findings in about five minutes.
    • Jump on a rebounder to clear your lymph glands.
    • For women, massage your breasts.
    • Quit smoking.
    • Reduce or stop drinking alcohol.
    • Avoid recreational drugs.
    • If you are overweight or obese, lose weight and get lean.
    • Reduce/remove sugar from your diet
    • Avoid getting sunburn but get out into the sunshine for 15-20 minutes daily and/or take Vitamin D3 supplements.
    • Include adequate amounts of Omega-3 essential fats in your diet (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring) and monounsaturated oils (canola, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados). These healthy fats have powerful anti-cancer properties.
    • Drink green tea.
    • Eat a low-fat, high fiber diet.
    • Avoid over-working and over-exercising to keep your immune system strong.
    • Avoid refined foods such as white flour, baked goods, and many refined cereals. Follow a diet primarily made up of unprocessed, organic whole foods that are free of inflammation-inducing additives such as excess salt, sugars and trans-fats, as well as pesticide residues which are known to contribute to cancer. Choose fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and grapes, and vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and other phytochemicals (beneficial plant compounds).
    • Drink filtered water
    • Continually learn from valid sources about what you can do to stay healthy – after all, when we lose our health, we lose our hope.
    • Avoid taking H.R.T. Find a medical practitioner who can advise you about bio-identical hormone therapy.
    • Avoid food additives like MSG and aspartame – you will find them in most processed foods are different names
    • Avoid having mercury amalgam fillings placed and if you have them, consider getting them removed (using safe protocols).

    Starting today what small change are you going to make to your life so that you do not become one of the 1 in 3 people who get cancer? If we treat our bodies like temples instead of tents then we can have a longer, healthier and happier life.

    Further Reading
    In his book “You Can Prevent Cancer”, Michael Colgan, PhD explains what cutting-edge science knows about the simple steps you must take today to help avoid cancer.

    Considering a mammogram? New evidence reveals they really don’t work

    Suzanne Somers Interviews Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And Learns How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

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  • Jul 8

    News.com.au has reported that Gwyneth Paltrow : “has been diagnosed with osteopenia, an illness that can lead to the serious bone disease osteoporosis”. Osteoporosis is ”brittle bone disease” – where the bones begin to look like Swiss cheese. Gwyneth Paltrow is reportedly Vitamin D deficient. What happens is that the bones become so weak, that they break easily and then people fall, many times resulting with a broken hip.

    Doctor Ray Strand says “Osteoporosis is an epidemic nutritional deficiency in the United States. More than 25 million Americans suffer with this disease at the cost to the economy of the U.S. of approximately 14 billion dollars each year. At least 1.2 million fractures occur each year in the United States as a direct result of osteoporosis. Spontaneous compression fractures of the vertebrae of the back cause tremendous pain and suffering for those with osteoporosis.
    The American diet, with its high intake of white breads, white flour, refined sugars, and fat, has been shown to be deficient in many of the essential nutrients needed for healthy bones”.

    I remember as a young child, being fascinated by hunched-over old people “looking for coins on the ground” – I later understood that their spines had deteriorated due to osteoporosis.

    We can prevent osteoporosis, but we need to start in our teenage years by getting optimal amounts of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D. Our bones are growing fast at that time and need the nutritional support to grow strong.

    At post-menopause we need to continue with adequate calcium in our diet, bearing in mind that we need sufficient magnesium and Vitamin D for the calcium to be utilised by our bodies, along with advanced-quality broad spectrum supplements (nutriceuticals) – antioxidants, multi-vitamins and multi-minerals. We also need to have adequate amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercise is crucial to the health of our bones – weight bearing exercises such as walking helps the lower legs but does little for the back and hips; upper body weight resistance exercises such as lifting weights over your head are critical. By taking care of ourselves we can prevent osteoporosis.

    Can osteoporosis be reversed without medications? Listen to this 74-year old woman’s experience.

    What can you do to reverse osteoporosis?

    Click here for a List of Alkaline Foods – The pH Balanced Diet.

    For comprehensive advice visit Better Bones.

    My nutritional doctor’s advice is:
    LIFESTYLE Walking, Vibration training, working with weights, and sunlight
    SUPPLEMENTS good multivitamin/mineral, calcium/magnesium combined with boron, silicon and manganese, Vitamin D3, Omega-3 fish oils

    I would suggest that if you have a blender/juicer that you make the Green Smoothie’s in the recipes you can download here, and drink one daily.

    Doing all that would provide you with the building blocks to getting healthy strong bones (and the other side-effects of a healthy body!!!)

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  • Jun 29

    About two years ago, a friend of mine who is in her 40’s came to me for advice about arthritis. Her doctor had told her that her neck was like a 65 year olds. Not only did she have arthritis in her neck, but in her feet as well. My friend is passionate about horse riding – how much longer will she be able to do that?

    Both my parents had arthritis – my father’s was in his feet and hands, my mother’s in her back. My husband has arthritis in his knee – a result of a rugby injury and having cartilage removed. Arthritis is both painful and debilitating.

    What causes arthritis?
    There are two types of arthritis – osteoarthritis (the most common, caused by wear and tear) and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints due to an autoimmune disease).

    Doctor Ray Strand says “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process within the joints. Over 70% of the people over 50 years of age have some degree of degenerative arthritis. This is not a disease that will typically shorten one’s life, but will certainly cause significant pain and disability if left untreated.
    “When researchers study joint fluid extracted from an inflamed joint, they note a significant increase in the number of excessive free radicals. In contrast, fluid from a normal joint has no free radicals present. Studies have shown a significant increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in those individuals who have low levels of Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and selenium. Research has further indicated low levels of vitamin D and Vitamin C in patients suffering severe joint disease and whose disease progresses much more rapidly than the norm”.

    My horse-riding friend is a ‘health nut’ – she eats organic food and has a healthy lifestyle. But that hasn’t been enough to prevent Osteoarthritis. My suggestion is to add advanced-quality broad spectrum supplements to a healthy lifestyle to support healthy joints and bones. And to also continue with exercise to maintain fitness, muscle strength, heart health, relieve pain and stiffness and to get better quality of sleep.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease – caused by a virus or bacteria. The immune system becomes confused and it attacks itself rather than the bacteria or virus. The joints become inflamed causing chronic inflammation, pain and joint swelling; and the joint fluid which is usually thick becomes thin, so the cartilage becomes less protective.

    Further Reading
    (NaturalNews) A recent study from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, has found that rheumatoid arthritis is on the increase among Caucasian women. And the culprit is likely an environmental one, like vitamin D deficiency, rather than a genetic one.

    Do Glucosamine Supplements Work? an article by ‘Nutrition Diva’ Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N.

    Very informative article from the Linus Pauling Institute about Vitamin D and the health impact of not having enough of this critical vitamin in your body.

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  • May 16

    I think that most of us would value our eyesight and would not want to lose it through aging. I have spoken recently to a neighbor who has problems with cataracts – she is finding it difficult to read books and is waiting for an operation.

    Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Most common complaints include difficulty driving at night, reading, participating in sports such as golfing, or travelling to unfamiliar areas; these are all activities for which clear vision is essential.

    I had an aunt whose hobby was embroidery and she lost the ability to discern the colours of the threads when she suffered from cataracts. After the operation, she was amazed at the difference in her sight. My father also suffered from cataracts. He was a professional photographer and film-maker and even though he had retired, it made life difficult until he had the operation.

    A few years ago, another elderly neighbour began using a walking stick because she was going blind as a result of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In the United States, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years of age.

    As I love reading and travelling, I would hate the thought of having impaired eyesight and worse still, the loss of eyesight.

    Imagine not being able to see a view like this one of Wellington Harbour, New Zealand.

    A simple preventative solution is to wear sunglasses when in bright sunlight. And by combining a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus supplements may provide further fortification.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in its November 9, 1994 issue that individuals who have the highest intake of beta-carotene have a 43% lower risk of developing macular degeneration than those with the lowest levels. Other epidemiological studies have shown that people with macular degeneration also had low levels of zinc, selenium, vitamin C, carotonoids, and vitamin E when compared to control groups that did not have macular degeneration.

    Clinical studies have identified particular nutrients that appear to be beneficial in macular degeneration. Mixed carotenoids containing lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to improve the pigment density in the macula. In fact, supplementing with lutein showed about a 50% increase in concentration of this nutrient within the macula of the eye. This offers the macula increased protection against high-energy light and free radical damage. It is like having an internal pair of sunglasses, since lutein gives this area an amber color that is able to filter the light before it hits the retina. (Ref: Doctor Ray Strand)

    Another good reason to take high-quality antioxidants/multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplements combined with a healthy diet.

    Further reading:
    Healthy Eating May Prevent Cataracts

    Download further information regarding cataracts and macular degeneration.
    Visit Live in The Now Read how Vitamin D deficiency is linked to eye problems and A Foolproof Plan for Healthy Vision

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