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How To Naturally Maintain Regular Blood Pressure Levels

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 19, 2010
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By Dr. Michael Cutler on 05/19/2010

Up to 95 percent of hypertension cases are known as benign essential hypertension which means there is no known cause. And medical literature will commonly tell you that essential hypertension is considered an incurable disorder that requires lifelong medical management. But that is simply not true. High blood pressure, whatever the root cause, is a sign that your body is getting out of balance.

Staying on blood pressure medications forever is certainly not a good option, and the key to regulating your blood pressure naturally and getting off the medications is through lifestyle changes. Consider these natural ways to help get your blood pressure under control…

* Eliminate foods that are low in nutrient density from your diet including packaged, sugary, greasy and highly preserved foods like fast foods and soda. Replace them with nutrient-rich whole foods such as leafy and coloured vegetables and fruits, with lesser amounts of starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn and beans.

* More than 50 percent of your diet should be foods in their raw form. Raw whole foods have higher levels of fibre, nutrition, enzymes and antioxidants than cooked foods.

* Change from processed table salt to natural sea salt. Common table salt causes swelling inside your vessels and raises your blood pressure; however, sea salt does not raise your blood pressure because of its healthier chemical composition.

* Take herbal medicines to help regulate your blood pressure. Check with your local health food store for the best brands of hawthorne berry… ginkgo biloba… dandelion leaf tea—a mild diuretic… fresh ginger tea—made by boiling six slices of ginger in 2 cups of water, cooling it and then adding stevia and fish oil and niacin—both of which reduce heart problems.

Source: HealthierTalk.com – 19/05/10

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Noni Fruit For Pain Relief

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 12, 2010
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Noni, also known as Morinda citrifolia, is a fruit that has been consumed for thousands of years and can be found in various parts of the world, but it is most well known today as the Polynesian superfood from Hawaii and Tahiti. It is capable of growing in difficult terrains including areas where volcanoes have erupted and deposited lava. This superfruit is truly volcanic in its ability to deliver a wide range of healing benefits. Of particular note is its potential for providing relief from pain.

Dr. Ralph Heinicke first began to study the compounds in noni in the 1970`s at the University of Hawaii. There, he discovered a key phytonutrient found in noni called xeronine, which he patented in 1981. He found that this ingredient, as well as proxeronine – which makes up the building blocks of xeronine – played a key role in noni`s ability to assist in the management of pain.

The body already makes some proxeronine, and subsequently, xeronine, but it tends to be in short supply relative to demands for it throughout the body. The primary function of xeronine in the body is to regulate the shape and rigidity of certain proteins and help manage a wide range of physiological responses. Normally, proxeronine is stored in the liver and is periodically released into the bloodstream for absorption by organs as needed. Human tissue cells contain receptor sites for the absorption of xeronine. Regarding pain relief, xeronine converts certain brain receptor proteins into active sites for the absorption of endorphins. Studies have shown an analgesic (pain relief) effect in mice, and in a 1990 study of 10,000 patients testing the efficacy of noni for a wide range of health issues, pain reduction was registered by 88% of the studies` participants.

While noni has only minimal amounts of xeronine, it has enormous quantities of proxeronine, which is the precursor for xeronine that provides the raw materials for its production. Dr. Heinicke also found that noni contains proxeroninase, an enzyme which plays a key role in the synthesis of xeronine and serotonin, a process which is enhanced even further when taken on an empty stomach.

Noni is most commonly consumed as a liquid. Considering that much of noni`s nutrient profile includes what is found in the pulp of the fruit, look for products that include the pulp. It can take a period of time to get acclimated to the taste of noni, as it tends to have a pungent odor and bitter taste, but the benefits are well worth it.

Source: Article by William Rufolf at Natural News 12/05/2010

There are a number of companies producing nutritional products with Noni. Neways International is one such company and they have produced a formula which tastes delicious. To read about the other benefits of this product check out Hawaiian Noni. It is available from Healthy Choices.

Five Reasons You Need More Water

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 7, 2010
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Water is the Elixir of Life. It makes up around 80% of your body and is the most important element for your well-being and health, over all others.

There is no “magic amount” that covers everyone. Some need more than others and most need more than they’re getting now. It’s estimated that 75% of us are chronically dehydrated. Even if you don’t drink coffee, fizzy drinks, or other diuretics or water-robbers, you may still be dehydrated.

Here are 5 reasons you need water:

1. Your body needs water to make new cells of every type: blood, bone, skin, etc.

2. When you have enough water, your lymphatic system operates at its peak, removing wastes and toxins from your body at a healthy rate.

3. Water lubricates your joints, helps bring nutrients to your nervous system, and helps keep your vision clearer and your teeth stronger.

4. Water regulates your metabolism and aids digestion and temperature control.

5. Literally every cell, organ, and system in your body requires water to function correctly.

Things to know about your water

Before you start drinking water, however, there are things you should know about it too. If you live in certain areas of the UK (approx. 10%), it’s likely that your water is infused with artificial fluoride. These water sources (including most bottled water you buy in the shops) put artificial fluoride into water supplies, supposedly to promote dental health.

However, there are a lot of reasons that this is not a good idea. Even the US Center for Disease Control’s own study that gave fluoridation of water a glowing report admits that fluoride only helps teeth topically and doesn’t do anyone any good when ingested. In fact, fluoride is listed by the CDC as a poisonous substance. See an article about fluoridation at www.healthychoices.co.uk/fluoridation.html.

Then, even scarier, there are the countless pollutants and trace pharmaceuticals that could also be in your water. Those are definitely not good either.

Getting good, quality drinking water for health and well-being

Luckily, it is possible to clean up your water or access clean water, if your water is not already of good quality. Details about this can be found at Water Filtration.

Whichever way you do it and wherever your choice in water comes from, make sure you drink plenty of it. Water is, after all, the Elixir of Life.

To find out more about the importance of water and its healing properties, you can read about the fascinating work of Dr. Batmanghelidj at www.watercure.com.

Recommended Books:

Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death – Barry Groves

The Fluoride Deception – Christopher Bryson

Your Bodies Many Cries For Water – Dr. Batmanghelidj

Natural Remedy for Arthritis

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 5, 2010
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An ancient Assyrian medical book dated 600 BC, reveals that a plant with yellow leaves called Curcuma longa is an effective, all-round ‘medicinal miracle’.

And in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine this plant, which grows in Southern Asia and India, is renowned for its wide range of therapeutic benefits.

Today, most people know this plant as turmeric – a common ingredient that’s used to make curries. The medicinal properties of turmeric are due to a variety of active plant chemicals found in the roots of the plant.

In particular, the natural chemical, curcumin, is believed to possess the most potent medicinal properties. The anti- inflammatory properties of curcumin have been found to be so effective that it is now recognised as a powerful remedy for treating all forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painful joints and gout.

So, you may like to eat more curries or you may prefer to take a broad spectrum antioxidant containing curcumin such as Revenol by Neways International and available from Healthy Choices.

Antibacterial Soap Linked to Altered Hormones and Antibiotic Resistence

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on May 4, 2010
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Are You Disinfecting Your Way to Poor Health?

In an ironic twist, while you’re disinfecting your body and your home to keep your family safe, you may actually be creating far more dangerous problems than those you’re trying to avoid.

For starters, a child raised in an environment doused in disinfectant soaps and cleansers, who is given antibiotics that kill off all of the good and bad bacteria in his gut, and kept away from the natural dirt, germs, viruses and other grime of childhood, is not able to build up natural resistance to disease, and becomes vulnerable to illnesses later in life.

This theory, known as the hygiene hypothesis, is likely one reason why many allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the last few decades.

But it doesn’t end there.

One of the most common antibacterials is triclosan, a chlorinated phenolic compound. Triclosan has been found to have both estrogenic and androgenic activity and has been linked to hormone disruption in animals.

One 2006 study found that triclosan induces changes in the thyroid hormone-mediated process of metamorphosis of the North American bullfrog, while a 2007 study demonstrated, for the first time, that triclosan decreases circulating concentrations of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4), in rats.

This effect could be a potential health hazard for each individual that chooses to use triclosan products, but the widespread use of triclosan is also contributing to a much bigger problem that affects everyone.

The Health Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Triclosan, a potent wide antibacterial and antifungal agent used in a large number of everyday products such as soaps, detergents, toothpaste, deodorants and antiperspirants and other cosmetics, has been used for about 30 years. It can now even be found in clothing and children’s toys.

Many of its defenders use this as a measure of its safety, when in fact there are clear signs that in this time-frame health problems have arisen as a result of its widespread, everyday use.

Sure, people aren’t dropping like flies when using it, so it’s not an immediate threat to your health. But there’s nothing subtle about its effects when viewed from a larger, long-term perspective, which we now have.

Antibiotic-resistant diseases, for example, have sharply increased and now pose a greater threat than modern plagues like HIV/AIDS. The widespread, excessive use of antibacterial products, in addition to the routine use of antibiotics in our food supply, is likely a significant part of the problem.

Even the more conservative American Medical Association (AMA) stated in the year 2000

“Despite their recent proliferation in consumer products, the use of antimicrobial agents such as triclosan has not been studied extensively. No data exist to support their efficacy when used in such products or any need for them, but increasing data now suggest growing acquired resistance to these commonly used antimicrobial agents.

… In light of these findings, there is little evidence to support the use of antimicrobials in consumer products such as topical hand lotions and soaps.”

That was literally TEN YEARS AGO, and nothing has been done to curb its commercial and personal use. If anything, it has proliferated virtually unchecked, and antibiotic-resistant disease has climbed right along with it.

More recently, in 2006, the Emerging Contaminants Workgroup of the Santa Clara Basin Watershed Management Initiative (SCBWMI), issued a white paper on triclosan, where they explain, in layman’s terms, the mechanism by which triclosan may cause resistance:

“Unlike bleach and soap that destroy and dislodge bacteria microbes, triclosan works by interfering with a specific bacterial enzyme. Non-specific antiseptics, such as alcohol, merely break open the cell and, therefore, are not the type of chemical to which bacteria could develop resistance.

On the other hand, triclosan’s mode of action is different from alcohols and peroxide. Triclosan is fat-soluble and easily penetrates the bacterial cell wall. And once inside the cell it attacks an enzyme that is used to produce fatty acids that are vital to cell function.

This mode-of-action could ultimately lead to the development of antibiotic resistance. Through continual use of triclosan, non-bacterial strains would be killed, leaving only the bacteria whose enzyme system has evolved to resist the presence of triclosan.

Some microbiologists fear that the commercial and personal overuse of triclosan could reduce the effectiveness of currently useful antibiotics. For instance, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis targets the same enzyme system.”

A fairly recent article published in the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science states that at as of the end of 2009, two types of drug-resistant tuberculosis have been recognized.

So-called “multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis” (MDR TB) is resistant to at least two of the four first-line drugs, and “extensively drug resistant tuberculosis” (XDR TB) is resistant to three, plus at least one of three additional second-line drugs.

Sadly, a vast majority of antibiotic-resistant diseases like these could have been prevented, as they are in large part man-made – the result of fuzzy logic and dollar signs for eyeballs.

The very idea that we must protect ourselves from any and all bacteria at every turn, by eradicating them from every orifice, inch of skin, every utensil and every surface you ever come in contact with, is fundamentally flawed. And we’re now living with the ramifications of this misguided line of thinking, which, by the way, was not driven to these extremes by health scientists, but rather by corporate interests.

Unfortunately, over the years a majority of people have fallen for the flashy advertising promising safety and better health in a germ infested, dangerous world.

Antibacterial Products Actually LESS EFFECTIVE than Plain Soap and Water…

As the AMA stated ten years ago, there was, and still is, little or no evidence that these antibacterial products outperform the good-old-fashioned techniques like washing with soap and water.

What there is, however, is evidence that the old anti-germ strategies are more effective than modern antibacterials!

In a recent press release, Dr. Sarah Janssen of the Natural Resources Defense Council is quoted as saying:

“It’s about time FDA has finally stated its concerns about antibacterial chemicals like triclosan.

The public deserves to know that these so-called antibacterial products are no more effective in preventing infections than regular soap and water and may, in fact, be dangerous to their health in the long run.” [Emphasis mine.]

Source: Dr Mercola’s Newsletter 1/5/10

If you want to keep your family safe, avoid any products containing Triclosan. Neways International produce a wide range of toxin-free toiletires and household products, none of which contain Triclosan. These are available from Healthy Choices.

Artificial sweeteners that won’t compromise your health

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on April 30, 2010
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With summer approaching, many of us are trying to lose those extra winter-pounds. One of the best ways to do this is to cut sugar from your diet. However, with numerous health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, it’s difficult to find a sugar substitute that won’t harm your health and still adds a bit of taste to your food.

Aspartame, for instance, is an artificial sweetener which, once consumed, breaks down into three components – aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. Aspartame has been passed as fit to consume by more than 100 countries around the World, but there is mounting evidence that each of it’s chemical components can have toxic effects on health.

Some researchers believe that it is an addictive neurotoxin that may cause a wide range of neuroendocrine disrupting and carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects. The amino-acid-based compound breaks down to create toxic by-products, namely formaldehyde, formic acid and aspartylphenylalanine diketopiperazine (DKP), the latter being associated with an increased rate of brain tumours in animal studies. Unfortunately, research exposing these truths has been swept aside in the face of corporate pressure – yet another scientific travesty…

(Read more of the shocking saga about Aspartame at http://www.healthychoices.co.uk/aspartame.html)

So, what are the healthy, safe and natural alternatives that will leave a sweet taste in your mouth without adding inches to your waistline?

Stevia – the new kid on the block

Stevia, the all natural sweetener, has enjoyed a lot of attention lately and it is said to be 300 times sweeter than cane sugar.

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific panel on additives, the ANS Panel, has assessed the safety of steviol glycosides and established an acceptable daily intake for their safe use.

Steviol glycosides are intense sweeteners extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni). These substances, such as stevioside and rebaudioside, range in sweetness from 40 to 300 times sweeter than sucrose.

Toxicological testing by the EFSA showed that stevioside and rebaudioside are not geno-toxic, nor carcinogenic, or linked to any adverse effects on the human reproductive system. They also don’t hold any dangers for the developing child. The ANS Panel set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 4mg per kg body weight per day for steviol glycosides, a level consistent with that already established by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA).

The ANS Panel points out, however, that this ADI could be exceeded by both adults and children if these sweeteners are used at the maximum levels proposed.

Full regulatory approval for stevia-derived sweeteners throughout Europe is expected from the European Commission some time next year.

(Meanwhile, Stevia is permitted to be sold as a nutritional supplement so it is possible to purchase it on the internet as a powder)

While the jury is still out on Stevia – although initial findings look promising – waiting until next year for it to gain approval, needn’t leave you without a safe and effective sugar substitute in the meantime. Over to…

Xylitol – low-glycaemic sugar alternative that helps prevent tooth-decay

Xylitol is a white crystalline sweetener that occurs naturally in berries, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and birch trees. In fact, in Finland it is known as “birch sugar” because the principal raw ingredient is xylan or wood fibre. It is even found naturally in our bodies, and has been shown to be completely non-toxic and safe to take.

Recently, Xylitol has become very popular as a sugar substitute because it has been shown to help reduce tooth decay and even help reverse it when it is already present.

HSI Panellists have been reviewing exciting new research about Xylitol — present in a number of health products, most notably Orbit sugar-free gum. Their conclusion is that Xylitol provides incredible health benefits, particularly its ability to help maintain good oral hygiene – it prevents both tooth decay and harmful plaque from building up on your teeth, which in turn protects your gums.

Xylitol’s ability to protect gums is due to the fact that unlike most natural sugars, it contains 5 carbon atoms per molecule instead of 6.

“5-carbon sugars are not that common in nature, so when types of oral bacteria try to break down Xylitol they find they are unable to process it. It ‘blocks’ them up and has an inhibiting effect on their activities,” according to Nicholas Dunning, business director of Danisco Sweeteners, a company that makes Xylitol.

It’s well known that consuming large amounts of sugar greatly increases your risk of tooth decay. This is because oral bacteria thrive on sugar. The main culprit is a bacterium called Streptococcus mutans.

This bacterium consumes sugars and excretes acid into your mouth, which is what damages your teeth and causes decay. Fortunately, Xylitol is especially effective against Streptococcus mutans.

In addition, clinical studies have shown that Xylitol has a long-term protective effect against tooth decay — its effects persist long after you have chewed gum. “It seems that Xylitol modulates the oral bacteria to make them less virulent,” Mr Denning adds.

More added benefits from weight loss to diabetes

The benefits of Xylitol don’t stop at oral hygiene but are much more far-reaching. One of these is the fact that Xylitol is both a low-glycaemic sweetener and alkalizing to the body, making it an ideal sugar substitute for those on weight-loss diets and for those wanting optimum health without the “sugar-blues”. As it is low-glycaemic, it has also become popular with those interested in combating Syndrome X (metabolic syndrome) and diabetes sufferers.

Diabetics can use Xylitol safely, because it is metabolised independently of insulin and doesn’t trigger the pancreas to release insulin into the blood supply. However, it is important to note that Xylitol is not a zero-calorie sweetener and needs to be integrated sensibly into any special diabetic diet — check with your doctor.

Xylitol has the same sweetness as sugar but only 60 per cent of the calories. For this reason, in some countries Xylitol is not only used in chewing gums and toothpastes but also in confectionery.

Products that contain Xylitol include: Boots dental gum and dental mints, a range of Orbit chewing gums, Tesco mouthwashes and Totalcare Fresh Breath Spray from Superdrug.

(Xylitol is available from some supermarkets, health food shops or via the internet.)

Source: HSI Newsletter 30/04/10

Let Food Be Your Medicine

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on April 29, 2010
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Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine’ is believed to have said “Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine…and Thy Medicine Be Thy Food.”

It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish… all before making a human. He made and provided what we’d need before we were born.

God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! These are best and more powerful when eaten raw.

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye. Science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalising food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocadoes, Aubergines and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And it takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit! There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

See what other fruits and vegetables resemble body organs the next time you go to the supermarket!

Source: Dr Christopher’s Herbal Legacy Newsletter

Talc link to raised womb cancer risk: Once a week use increases the threat by 24 per cent

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on April 28, 2010
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Using talcum powder just once a week to keep fresh can raise the risk of womb cancer by up to 24 per cent, a study has claimed.

It warned that powder particles applied to the genital area can travel into a woman’s body and trigger inflammation, which allows cancer cells to flourish.

Around 40 per cent of women are thought to use talc regularly as part of their personal hygiene routine.

Previous studies have linked talcum powder use with ovarian tumours.

However, this is the first research to suggest that it could also cause womb, or endometrial, cancer, a disease that kills around 1,000 women a year in England and Wales.

Scientists from Harvard Medical School in Boston investigated talc’s health risks and found a significant increase in risk in older women who had been through the menopause.

In the U.S. report, which was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, they said older women may be more at risk because they have been exposed to talc’s effects for longer.

‘Studies indicate that women start using talcum powder at an early age and continue using it for decades,’ the report said.

‘Talc is a known inflammatory agent.

‘Regular use, defined as at least once a week, was associated with a 24 per cent increase in risk among post-menopausal women.’

The results, which apply to talcum powder used in the genital area but not the rest of the body, came from 66,000 nurses who signed up to a long-term health and lifestyle study which began in 1982.

Almost 600 went on to develop womb cancer, the scientists said.

Last year, another Harvard team found daily talc use in the genital area raised a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by up to 41 per cent and urged all women to stop using it immediately.

The risks were greatest in the estimated one in ten Caucasian women with a certain genetic profile.

Women carrying a gene called glutathione S-transferase M1, or GSTM1, but lacking a gene called glutathione S-transferase T1 (GSTT1), were nearly three times as likely to develop ovarian tumours.

Talcum powder is made from a soft mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate that is found naturally.

It is crushed, dried and milled to produce powder used in cosmetic products by millions of women.

Some experts say it shares chemical similarities to asbestos, which can cause a deadly form of lung cancer called mesothelioma.

Tiny particles have been found to travel up through the genital tract and been found deep inside the pelvis.

They can also last inside the body for years.

It is estimated that one particle of talc in the lungs, for example, would take eight years to dissolve.

But Jessica Harris, of charity Cancer Research UK, said last night: ‘The results of this study are quite weak and could be down to chance.

‘The researchers agree that more research is needed before it is known if there’s really a link between talc and endometrial cancer.

‘And even if future research does prove a link, it’s important to remember that very few women who use talcum powder would ever develop endometrial cancer as a result.

‘For women looking to reduce their risk of endometrial cancer, one of the best things they can do is to keep a healthy body weight.’

Source: Daily Mail 28/4/10

If you wish to find a safe alternative to talc, try New Generations Baby Powder by Neways International. It’s made from tapioca starch and is even safe enough to eat! Available from Healthy Choices in the Baby Products section.

The Amazing Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oils

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on April 26, 2010
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Time and again, in study after study, we’ve seen the remarkable power of omega-3 fatty acids. Specifically we’re talking about EPA and DHA–the long-chain omega-3s.

What do they do? What DON’T they do?

They keep your brain healthy and help prevent cognitive decline.

They reduce depression.

They reduce oxidative damage linked to air pollution exposure.

For those of you who have a prostate, consider it protected from inflammation and cancer by generous omega 3 intake.

And last year, here’s how one researcher summed up omega 3 heart defense: “We now have tremendous and compelling evidence from very large studies, some dating back 20 and 30 years, that demonstrate the protective benefits of omega 3 fish oil in multiple aspects of preventive cardiology.”

Other benefits were found by British and Italian researchers when they divided 55 subjects into two groups. For six months, about half received a daily supplement that contained two grams of EPA. The other half received placebo.

In the EPA group, the number of bowel polyps and the size of bowel polyps were significantly reduced. In the placebo group, the number and size of polyps increased.

That’s impressive. But here’s what’s huge: Before the study, all subjects were diagnosed with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). In other words, they were all genetically inclined to produce bowel polyps that frequently develop into cancer.

When a supplement protects healthy people from cancer, that’s significant. But when a supplement protects people who are at high risk of a specific cancer…that’s huge.

But wait–it gets even bigger…

The authors of the study also note that the effectiveness of EPA was similar to COX-2 inhibitors, which also curb polyp growth. In fact, if you’re diagnosed with FAP, your doctor will almost certainly prescribe Celebrex or something similar.

And the difference between the two treatments?

COX-2 inhibitors are prescription, non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that sharply increase risk of internal bleeding and heart attack when regularly used.

EPA, on the other hand…well, just go back a few paragraphs for that “protective benefits…in…preventive cardiology” quote.

References:
“Eicosapentaenoic Acid Reduces Rectal Polyp Number and Size in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis” Gut, Published online ahead of print 3/18/10, gut.bmj.com
“Omega-3 Review: Half a Gram Needed for Heart Benefits” Stephen Daniells, NutraIngredients-USA, 8/4/09, nutraingredients-usa.com

Source: Health Sciences Institute, Baltimore – 26/04/10

For a high quality Omega 3 fish oil supplement with DHA and EPA, try Omega 3 EPA, available at Healthy Choices

A Simple Way to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted in Health Articles by Pulse Health Screening on April 23, 2010
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In late March, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the widely-prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drug Zocor, after it was found to increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis – a potentially fatal muscle disease. This drug is one of many statins currently being investigated.

All statins hold a risk of muscle injury, called myopathy. However, rhabdomyolysis is the most extreme form and can cause kidney failure and even death.

So where does this leave you if you’re looking to promote heart health and ward off cardiovascular disease?

B vitamins proving to be the key to heart health…

The latest research findings have revealed a simple way to lower homocysteine levels – like raised cholesterol levels they’re another contributing factor that can increase your risk of heart disease.

Japanese researchers, from the Osaka University, found a reduced risk of heart failure in men, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke in women, whose diets contained high amounts of the B vitamins folate and vitamin B6.

Lead researcher, Dr. Hiroyasu Iso, and his colleagues evaluated data from 23,119 men and 35,611 women, aged 40 to 79, who participated in the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study Group. Dietary questionnaire responses were analyzed for folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 levels. Subjects were followed for 14 years, during which 2,087 deaths from cardiovascular disease occurred, including 424 deaths from coronary heart disease and 986 deaths from stroke.

The study showed an association between increased dietary folate and vitamin B6 intake and a reduction in mortality from coronary heart disease, stroke and total cardiovascular disease in women.

For men, folate and vitamin B6 appeared to be protective against heart failure mortality. No associations with cardiovascular mortality were found for vitamin B12.

The researchers said that folate and vitamin B6 showed the ability to lower homocysteine – an amino acid which, when elevated, has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin B6 is present in potatoes, fish, eggs, spinach, bananas, beans, seeds, red meat, nuts and fortified cereals. Good sources of folate include liver, dried beans and other legumes, green leafy vegetables and asparagus.

Hydrogenated fats and your heart

Whilst we’re on the subject of diet and heart health – one of the best things you can do for your heart is avoid hydrogenated or trans fats.

Trans fats are produced during ‘hydrogenation’, a food manufacturing process where oils are changed from liquid to solid at high temperatures.

We all know that avoiding saturated fats is an important step forward in protecting your heart. Trans fats are like saturated fats in that they raise levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in our blood, but they also lower HDL (good) cholesterol and increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks even more. Latest research shows that cutting trans fats in the English diet by just 1 per cent could prevent 11,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.

Avoiding trans fats in your diet can be a challenge because they aren’t always listed on food labels. Common foods that contain trans fats are: processed and cured meat, processed cheese and other processed dairy products, cakes, biscuits, pastries, tortilla chips and wraps, chicken nuggets, bought pies and some margarines. These foods are often high in calories and saturated fat, so cutting down on them will not only be a positive step for your arteries but also for your waistline.

Other culprits laden with trans fats and saturated fats are takeaways and ready meals. So instead of eating out, prepare a healthier, low-fat version of your favourite takeaway at home instead. This way you can take control of the type and amount of fat you eat. You can also play around with new ideas and ingredients like fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy cooking techniques like grilling or steaming.

If you are looking for a tasty food that can help lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, and protect against heart disease and stroke, reach for an avocado: It’s a good source of vitamin K, dietary fibre, potassium and folate and can be used in everything from guacamole to soup.

Source: HSI Daily Health 23/4/10

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