Saturday, May 31, 2008

Nutrition in the news...

Nuts are good for you and so is extra vitamin D, as these studies show. Are you making adjustments to these new proper levels. Also this week, another article on the powerful benefits of Resveratrol in preventing and even reversing, Alzheimer’s Disease.


Eating Nuts Greatly Reduces Your Risk of Heart Attack and Cancer...Eating nuts five or more times a week reduces your risk of heart attack by a whopping 60%. And in addition to this stunning statistic, research shows that people who eat more nuts are generally thinner. They also have lower levels of LDL cholesterol and better bones. A new study even links eating nuts to a lower risk for cancer and inflammation.

Kids May Need 10 Times More Vitamin D...May 28, 2008 -- Children and teens need 10 times more than the recommended dose of vitamin D, a clinical trial suggests.
"Our research reveals that vitamin D, at doses equivalent to 2,000 IU a day, is not only safe for adolescents, but it is actually necessary for achieving desirable vitamin D levels," study leader Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, of the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Lebanon, says in a news release.

Is Hair Colour Worth Dying For?...
If you use permanent hair dye you are likely to be familiar with the burning sensation, irritation on the scalp and strong distinctive smell during the application of the dye. Have you ever wondered what the long term effects are on your body?
We may try to overlook the chemicals that we place on our hair and focus instead on the glamorous results, but as consumers we should be more sceptical about industry safety claims and become more knowledgeable about the products. In fact we should be demanding to know just how safe, or unsafe, hair dye really is.

Alzheimer’s Disease: No Time To Wait For New Drugs Before This Brain Disease Bankrupts Medicare; Best Hope Is A Red Wine Pill...Researchers around the world report that resveratrol, known as a red wine molecule, may be what the world is waiting for. It was recently described as “a boon for treating Alzheimer’s disease” by virtue of its ability to activate the Sirtuin 1 DNA repair gene. [Brain Research Brain Research Reviews, June 9, 2006 online]
However, don’t expect doctors to begin prescribing resveratrol for Alzheimer’s disease anytime soon. The problem is, modern medicine is advancing a number of prescription drugs, rather than resveratrol, to treat Alzheimer’s. The primary class of drugs used to treat this brain disease, called acetycholinesterase inhibitors, are not appropriate for 30-40% of individuals with Alzheimer’s and up to 29% of patients given these drugs stop taking them because of side effects. Seven patients must take the leading drug, Aricept/Cognex (donepezil), for 1 patient to experience stabilization (non-progression) of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, and 42 patients for 1 patient to experience marked improvement. [Canadian Medical Association Journal 169: 557, 2003] Drugs in clinical trials are years away from gaining approval and the drug considered to be most promising, a monoclonal antibody, has recently been withdrawn due to side effects.

Vitamin D and cancer: maintaining levels key to protection?...
Ensuring levels of vitamin D never get low could be a way of protecting against cancer, suggests a new study from Germany.
Death from fatal cancer was reduced by 55 per cent amongst people with higher vitamin D levels, according to data collected from 3,299 patients taking part in the Ludwigshafen Risk and Cardiovascular Health study and reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
The study adds to a growing body of science supporting potential anti-cancer benefits of the vitamin, and increases the volume of calls for raising the recommended daily allowance from 400 IU to 1,000 IU.

Orthomolecular Doctors Urge U.S. Government to Raise Nutritional RDAs to Optimum Levels...
The Independent Vitamin Safety Review Panel has urged world governments to raise the recommended daily intakes of a variety of key nutrients, saying that the current levels are too low.
"Government-sponsored nutrient recommendations ... are not keeping pace with recent progress in nutrition research," the panel said. "While current official recommendations for vitamin A, iron, calcium, and some other nutrients are generally adequate, the public has been asked to consume far too little of many other key nutrients. Inadequate intake, and inadequate standards to judge intake, have resulted in widespread nutrient inadequacy, chronic disease, and an undernourished but overweight population."
The panel recommended increasing the recommended daily intake of vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6 and zinc to 25 mg, vitamin B-3 to 300 mg , B-12 to 500 micrograms, folic acid to 2 milligrams, vitamin C to 2,000 mg, vitamin D3 to 1,500 IU, vitamin E to 200 IU, magnesium to 500 mg, selenium to 200 micrograms and chromium to 200 micrograms.

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Forever Changes, Inc.
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Treat disease or slow down aging, what is the best approach?

Smoking is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Eating a high glycemic diet is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. But the number one risk factor for developing all chronic disease is......... AGING.
If you can slow down aging by turning the right genes on and the wrong ones off, you not only have a better quality of life, longer, but one that could be disease free.
This is what current studies are telling us. Epigenetics is the new understanding in biological medicine. We are not dealt a hand of cards from our parents that defines how and what we will die from, or even how soon. All of us have anti-aging genes called Sirtuins. According to recent research in mice and other organisms, turn on or stimulate Sirtuins and you can increase life span and stop the progression of all the Major age related diseases. Up until recently, the only way to do this was with caloric restriction. If you lower your caloric intake by say 30%, you turn on anti-aging genes. I find that if you adopt a low glycemic diet, your appetite will eventually go down and you can eat 1200-1500 calories a day and not be hungry. In addition to this, there are phyonutrients we can take that turn on good genes and turn the bad ones off. Do you understand what this means? This information has only come out in the last 10 years and is only now getting out to the masses. Nutrients like Resveratrol, Astaxanthin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Green Tea Ext, Grape Seed Ext, CoQ10, D3, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, all have a huge effect on altering Gene Expression and therefore altering health and wellness.
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Most Astonishing Health Disaster of the 20th Century...
A must see video from Dr. Mercola on how conventional medicine has done over the past decades. Did I say this is a must see?

Hiding the Truth About Losing the War on Cancer ...
For well over half a century we have been promised by mainstream medicine that a cure or major breakthrough for cancer was just around the corner. Every year we see promising new drugs and therapies announced. Yet every year we also see more people contract cancer and more people die of cancer.
Instead of focusing on natural and safe methods of prevention and treatment, we continue to treat by using surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to cut out, poison out and burn out the symptoms of cancer while leaving the underlying causes untreated -- and we continue to largely ignore the role that proper diet, nutrition and lifestyle plays in preventing and helping cure cancer.
Although surgery does have some success against a limited number of cancers, chemo and radiation achieve at best a 3% increase in length of survival and true cures from cancer (meaning that the patient becomes completely cancer free and the cancer never returns). The fact is that for those who are diagnosed with cancer, after the third year the survival rate for those who had no treatment at all increases steadily and for those who had mainstream treatment it decreases steadily.(1)
Despite the dismal record, those in the $300 Billion a year cancer industry appear determined to maintain a stranglehold on treatment. One way they do so is to suppress natural alternatives. Another is to misreport their success rates by altering statistics to make their success appear to be much better than it actually is.

Prozac, used by 40m people, does not work say scientists...
Analysis of unseen trials and other data concludes it is no better than placebo
Prozac, the bestselling antidepressant taken by 40 million people worldwide, does not work and nor do similar drugs in the same class, according to a major review released today.
The study examined all available data on the drugs, including results from clinical trials that the manufacturers chose not to publish at the time. The trials compared the effect on patients taking the drugs with those given a placebo or sugar pill.
When all the data was pulled together, it appeared that patients had improved - but those on placebo improved just as much as those on the drugs.
The only exception is in the most severely depressed patients, according to the authors - Prof Irving Kirsch from the department of psychology at Hull University and colleagues in the US and Canada. But that is probably because the placebo stopped working so well, they say, rather than the drugs having worked better.
"Given these results, there seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatments have failed," says Kirsch. "This study raises serious issues that need to be addressed surrounding drug licensing and how drug trial data is reported."

Dietary Supplement Fanatics Healthiest Of All...
They may not be laughing at vitamin supplement fanatics much longer. According to an authoritative study just published in The Nutrition Journal, avid dietary supplement users who, on average, take 17 different supplements daily, were judged to be far healthier than adults who just take a single supplement such as a common multivitamin, or who don’t take dietary supplements at all.
The study, headed by Gladys Block of the University of California at Berkeley, is the first to examine measurable health parameters among consumers who take a broad array of dietary supplements, such as vitamins C, E, D, fish or flaxseed oil, lecithin, coenzyme Q10, glucosamine, B complex and others. Nearly nine in ten multi-supplement users consumed 20 or more different kinds of supplements throughout the year.

Hawaiian Treasure, Macadamia Nuts Good For The Heart...
Incorporating macadamia nuts into a heart healthy diet can reduce cardiovascular disease risks according to Penn State researchers.
"We looked at macadamia nuts because they are not currently included in the health claim for tree nuts, while other tree nuts are recommended as part of a healthy diet," says Dr. Amy E. Griel, recent Ph.D. recipient in nutritional sciences. "Macadamia nuts have higher levels of monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil compared with other tree nuts."
The researchers used a controlled feeding study to compare a heart-healthy diet with 1.5 ounces -- a small handful -- of macadamia nuts to a standard American diet. The participants had slightly elevated cholesterol levels, normal blood pressure and were not taking lipid lowering drugs. Researchers randomly assigned participants to either the macadamia nut diet or the standard American diet and provided all meals for the participants for five weeks. The participants then switched diets and continued eating only food provided by the researchers for another five weeks.
The Healthy Heart diet with macadamia nuts did reduce total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride levels compared with the standard American diet. "We observed a reduction in LDL similar to that seen with other tree nuts like walnuts and almonds," says Griel.

White bread may bring greater disease risk...
Foods with a high glycemic index (GI), such as most white breads, lead to a higher risk of certain health problems, according to researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia.
The study found that high blood glucose led to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and was also linked to gall stones and some types of cancer, providing further evidence that could trigger greater demand low GI and multi grain foods.
The researchers concluded: "Low-GI and/or low glycemic load (GL) diets are independently associated with a reduced risk of certain chronic diseases. In diabetes and heart disease, the protection is comparable with that seen for whole grain and high fibre intakes. The findings support the hypothesis that higher postprandial glycemia is a universal mechanism for disease progression."

Landmark Study Finds Obesity to be More Dangerous to Health than Smoking...
Being seriously overweight may reduce a person's life expectancy even more than smoking, according to a report by 250 leading scientists. According to the Foresight Report on obesity in the United Kingdom, having a body mass index higher than 30 (the definition used for "obese") decreases a person's life expectancy by an average of 9 years. Men with a body mass index higher than 45, however, have their life expectancy reduced by 13 years. In contrast, being a smoker reduces life expectancy by an average of 10 years.
Currently, 25 percent of adults in the United Kingdom are classified as obese. But the report projected that if current trends continue, 60 percent of British men will be obese by the year 2050, along with 50 percent of women and 25 percent of children.
Along with this increase, the report projected a 70 percent increase in Type-2 Diabetes, a 30 percent increase in strokes, a 20 percent increase in cases of coronary disease, and an increase in the incidence of certain cancers.
The report warned that the obesity crisis is exacerbated by the fact that being overweight is coming to be seen as "normal."

Astaxanthin: The Little-Known Miracle Nutrient for Inflammation, Anti-Aging, Athletic Endurance and More...
Every once in a very great while, I discover a natural medicine so astonishing that I feel compelled to share it with you. The verb "discover" is actually not to my credit, by the way; Mother Nature created this natural medicine eons ago, and it's been present in trace amounts in aquatic ecosystems for over a billion years. In this article, I'm going to reveal the name of this natural medicine, what health benefits it provides to us, and how to get some right now. But first, before revealing the name, I want to share some of the numerous health benefits with you so you get the full picture of just how significant this substance can be in enhancing your health. As always, I have absolutely no financial ties to this product, and I earn nothing if you choose to purchase it. I do, however, buy and consume this product myself on a regular basis, as you'll see below.
Did you ever notice how the drug companies get excited when they find a drug that just slightly alters the risk of a single disease? I remember hearing all the hype about a particular cancer drug made by Big Pharma. It was called a "miracle" drug that needed to be fast-tracked so it could start saving lives. When I looked at the research, however, it only turned out to prevent cancer in one woman out of two hundred (a 0.5% reduction in the risk of breast cancer). Gee, that's not much get excited about. And yet they called it a "miracle" drug!
Well imagine if there were a natural substance that operated at many different biochemical levels at once, providing all the following health benefits (yes, from a single source!):
• Reduces proliferation of breast cancer tumor cells by 40%
• Protects the brain from dementia and Alzheimer's
• Greatly reduces inflammation and joint pain
• Reduces oxidative damage to your DNA by 40% (even at low doses)
• Greatly increases endurance, muscle recovery and workout performance
• Reduces the risk of cancer
• Reduces blood sugar level in diabetics and prediabetics
• Improves fertility while decreasing the rate of stillborn births
• Promotes cardiovascular health, reduces C-Reactive Proteins (CRP)
• Reduces or eliminates carpal tunnel syndrome
• Boosts immune function and helps the body resist infections
• Protects the stomach from ulcers and invasive bacteria
• Protects the kidneys from damage due to high blood sugar
• Causes cancer cells to commit suicide (apoptosis)
• Greatly improves sperm quality, motility, and sperm count
• Prevents asthma by normalizing histamine levels
• Protects the body from highly oxidative foods like fried foods
In addition, I've found that this natural medicine:
• Greatly protects eye health, reduces cataracts and prevents UV damage to the eyes
• Makes skin look younger and functions as a natural internal sunscreen that prevents DNA damage and sunburn
• Protects the body from the dangerous oxidizing effects of Vioxx and COX-2 inhibitors, meaning that is can actually reduce the harmful side effects and deaths caused by other anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Nutrition in the news...

Chemical Used in Non-Stick Cookware Continues to Prove Its Toxicity ...
There seems to be more evidence mounting in the ongoing Perflurooctanoic Acid (PFOA) debate. PFOA is used in the production of Teflon and other non-stick surfaces and is found in the packaging of candy bars, microwave popcorn, fast food packaging like french fry and pizza boxes, bakery items, drinks, paper plates, and a host of "stain resistant" products such as carpets. Other well-known brand names containing PFOA include Stainmaster, Scotchgard, SilverStone, Fluron, Supra, Excalibur, Greblon, Xylon, Duracote, Resistal, Autograph and T-Fal. Although the DuPont Corporation has stated that PFOA is only used in the manufacturing process and should not be found in the final products, it must be noted that the chemical is found in the bloodstream of 95% of American men, women, and children. It seems that no one is quite certain how the chemical residue has made it into the bloodstream of such a large number of people if it is not located in the final product. Research has shown that PFOA was still present in the blood for approximately four years after exposure and levels were only reduced by half. It has been implicated by some research to cause increased instances of cancer in the pancreas, liver, testicles, and mammary glands. Also increased were instances of miscarriage, weight loss, thyroid problems, weaker immune systems, and low organ weights.

Diabetes And Alzheimer's Disease Linked By Salk Institute Study...Diabetic individuals have a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease but the molecular connection between the two remains unexplained. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies identified the probable molecular basis for the diabetes - Alzheimer's interaction.
In a study published in the current online issue of Neurobiology of Aging, investigators led by David R. Schubert, Ph.D., professor in the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory, report that the blood vessels in the brain of young diabetic mice are damaged by the interaction of elevated blood glucose levels characteristic of diabetes and low levels of beta amyloid, a peptide that clumps to form the senile plaques that riddle the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

High-fructose corn syrup, high fat diet cause severe liver damage...A diet high in fat and in high fructose corn syrup may cause severe liver problems in people with a sedentary lifestyle, according to a study conducted by researchers from Saint Louis University and presented this year at the Digestive Diseases Week meeting in Washington, D.C.
Researchers fed mice a diet that was 40 percent fat and high in high fructose corn syrup for 16 weeks. In contrast to other studies, where mice have been fed a regulated amount, the animals in the study were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. They were kept sedentary and prevented from exercising.
"We wanted to mirror the kind of diet many Americans subsist on, so the high fat content is about the same you'd find in a typical McDonald's meal, and the high fructose corn syrup translates to about eight cans of soda a day in a human diet, which is not far off with what some people consume," said Brent Tetri, M.D., an associate professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University Liver Center.

Cup Of Coffee A Day Could Help Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease, Study Suggests...
A daily dose of caffeine blocks the disruptive effects of high cholesterol that scientists have linked to Alzheimer's disease. A study in the open access publication, Journal of Neuroinflammation revealed that caffeine equivalent to just one cup of coffee a day could protect the blood-brain barrier (BBB) from damage that occurred with a high-fat diet. The BBB protects the central nervous system from the rest of the body's circulation, providing the brain with its own regulated microenvironment. Previous studies have shown that high levels of cholesterol break down the BBB which can then no longer protect the central nervous system from the damage caused by blood borne contamination. BBB leakage occurs in a variety of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Popular Energy Drinks Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Shows...
For more than 10 years, energy drinks in the United States have been on the rise, promising consumers more "oomph" in their day. In fact, it is estimated that the energy drink market will hit $10 billion by 2010. While that may be great news for energy drink companies, it could mean a different story for the oral health of consumers who sometimes daily rely on these drinks for that extra boost. Previous scientific research findings have helped to warn consumers that the pH (potential of hydrogen) levels in beverages such as soda could lead to tooth erosion, the breakdown of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. The studies revealed that, whether diet or regular, ice tea or root beer, the acidity level in popular beverages that consumers drink every day contributes to the erosion of enamel.

Skip the Bacon and Stay Thin to Avoid Cancer, Says World Cancer Research Fund ...
The World Cancer Research Fund has issued detailed recommendations on how to decrease cancer risk through lifestyle changes, including staying thin and avoiding bacon or ham. A panel of nine teams of scientists reviewed more than 7,000 studies on the relationship between lifestyle choices and cancer. "If people are interested in reducing their cancer risk, then following the recommendations is the way to do it," Professor Martin Wiseman said. "Cancer is not a fate, it is a matter of risk, and you can adjust those risks by how you behave. It is very important that people feel that they are in control of what they do."

Broccoli and Tomatoes Fight Prostate Cancer...
Yesterday I was working in London, and as I waited for the bus I saw a sign that said “One man in Britain dies from Prostate Cancer every hour.” As my dad, grandfather and great grandfather have all had Prostate cancer, it is of particular interest to me. am pleased to know that there is a very simple recipe for preventing this form of cancer... eating broccoli and tomatoes together on a daily basis. Both of these have cancer-fighting properties individually, but their super foods super power for fighting prostate cancer in men dramatically increases when consumed together.
“When tomatoes and broccoli are eaten together, we see an additive effect. We think it’s because different bioactive compounds in each food work on different anti-cancer pathways,” said University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor John Erdman who led the study.
Researchers implanted prostate cells into laboratory rats. Some of the rats were fed a diet of 10 percent tomato powder and 10 percent broccoli powder. These rats did better than the other rats that were fed just tomato powder, just broccoli powder, or just lycopene, which is the red pigment in tomatoes believed to have potent health benefits. Another set of rats was fed finasteride, a prostate drug, whereas a last set of rats were castrated.

Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.
Forever Changes, Inc.
" The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."- Albert Einstein

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Disease prevention is nothing more than an anti-aging program...

Long before I became a nutritionist and life extensionist I was into wine as a hobby. For over the last 36 years I have a drank about 2 glasses of wine every night with dinner. When I understood the studies that red wine was best, because it contained nutrients from the skin, seeds and compounds like Resveratrol, I switched primarily to red wine, as my choice. Good quality wines like Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and the like have varying degrees of these coupounds known as polyphenols, proanthocyanidins(OPCs), resveratrol etc. Over the last 10 years I have been focusing on nutraceuticals that contains therapeutic amounts of these and other compounds that can be taken to prevent aging, and best of all, age related diseases.
I formulate products that contain these substances like ECGC, from green tea ext, N-acetylcysteine, Alpha-lipoic acid, CoQ10, grape seed ext, spirulina, and others to make taking large amounts, easy and convenient.

Even better yet than Resveratrol, Protandim is a new product that triggers over 500 survival genes.
Protandim has the following benefits...
1) Increases glutathione by 300%;
2) Increases activity of SOD (superoxide dismutase) and CAT (catalase) antioxidant enzymes by 54%;
3) 48% decrease in plasma TBARS, a marker of lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress;
4) A 57% decrease in plasma osteopontin, a fibrosis-promoting factor linked to heart failure;
5) 35% increase in beneficial, protective plasma PON1 activity, an enzyme thought to protect against atherosclerosis by preventing the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
6) Suppresses cancer tumors
7) Antioxidant, provides more antioxidant power than any food or conventional supplement.
8) Anti-inflammatory
9) Anti-fibrotic properties

I also eat lots of sardines, blue berries, raspberries, black beans etc for there amazing health benefits and The Ideal Diet.

Enjoy the information below in both video and written articles on the preventative benefits of Reveratrol and drinking a little red wine daily.



Resveratrol - Red Wine - Cancer Prevention...

Resveratrol controls genes that protect you from age related diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimers...WATCH VIDEO

Resveratrol: Cutting-Edge Technology Available Today...
Wine. No other beverage has attracted the attention of modern medicine like this drink. Although it is most widely known for its benefits for the heart, wine has benefits against cancer, dementia, and other age-related diseases. Researchers in Denmark recently looked at 25,000 people to find out what drinking alcohol does to mortality and discovered that wine drinkers slash their overall risk of dying from any cause by about 40%.
Chemists took wine apart years ago to find out what makes it tick. Basically, it contains a host of plant compounds. Unfortunately, resveratrol and some of the other beneficial components got shelved as “toxicants,” and nobody paid much attention to them until a scientist tried to figure out why the French can eat so much fat and not get heart disease. It turns out that part of the answer to the “French paradox” is resveratrol found in red wine.

Resveratrol -- Fights Diabetes In Mice...
Even relatively low doses of resveratrol--a chemical found in the skins of red grapes and in red wine--can improve the sensitivity of mice to the hormone insulin, according to a new report. As insulin resistance is often characterized as the most critical factor contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes, the findings "provide a potential new therapeutic approach for preventing or treating" both conditions, the researchers said.

Red Wine Compound Shown To Prevent Prostate Cancer...
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have found that nutrients in red wine may help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
The study involved male mice that were fed a plant compound found in red wine called resveratrol, which has shown anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. Other sources of resveratrol in the diet include grapes, raspberries, peanuts and blueberries.
In the study resveratrol-fed mice showed an 87 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate tumors that contained the worst kind of cancer-staging diagnosis. The mice that proved to have the highest cancer-protection effect earned it after seven months of consuming resveratrol in a powdered formula mixed with their food.

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Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.
Forever Changes, Inc.
" The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."- Albert Einstein