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How Not to Become Part of the Obesity Epidemic: Ignore the USDA’s “My Pyramid”

January 19, 2010

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Early to Rise online newsletter. It was written in lay fashion (without scientific references), that departs from the normal style of our newsletter, but you will see some of the latest scientific references in the Recent Science review following this article.

Unless you’ve been camping out in the Gobi desert for the past decade, you probably know that Americans are the fattest group of people on the planet. And we’re getting even fatter. The U.S. governmental agency given the responsibility to carefully track these numbers is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

According to their statistics, 66 percent of all adults in the U.S. over age 20 are either overweight or obese. Of these, 32 percent are obese. Compare that to 30 years ago when only 47 percent of adults were overweight or obese and only 15 percent were obese. We are clearly in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

So, how did we get ourselves into this mess and is there any way out?

Two Glaring Omissions: Protein and the Glycemic Index

Perhaps the most blatant bit of failed nutritional advice for healthy eating to prevent weight gain and reduce chronic disease is that offered by the USDA Food Pyramid, now known as “My Pyramid.” The original Food Pyramid was offered up to a trusting American public in 1992, and told us we should eat less than 30 percent of our total calories as fat. Because no recommendations were made for protein (then about 15 percent of total calories), that would leave carbohydrates to make up 55 percent or more of what the USDA considers an optimal diet.

But since the original Food Pyramid Guidelines were implemented, the numbers of overweight and obese Americans have risen from 55.9 percent of the population to the current value of 66.2 percent. And all while dutifully following the high carbohydrate, low protein governmental dietary recommendations. In fact, carbohydrate intake has actually increased, particularly high glycemic index carbohydrates in the form of refined grains and sugars.

In both the original Food Pyramid and the current “My Pyramid,” absolutely zero mention is made of the glycemic index of foods, giving the message that dietary fat caused us to be fat and that replacement of fat with carbohydrate could prevent obesity and promote good health. Unfortunately, this message has now been shown in hundreds of peer review scientific journal articles to be too simplistic, incomplete, and even erroneous.

The Glycemic Index

The glycemic index, originally developed in 1981, is a relative comparison of the blood sugar (glucose) raising potential of various foods or combination of foods based upon equal amounts of carbohydrate in the food. In 1997, the concept of glycemic load (a food’s glycemic index ranking multiplied by the carbohydrate content per serving size) was introduced to assess a food’s blood glucose raising potential based upon both the quality and quantity of dietary carbohydrate.

Refined grain and sugar products nearly always maintain much higher glycemic loads than unprocessed fruits and vegetables.

For people interested in losing weight, the importance of the glycemic index and load is that the blood sugar response is closely related to the insulin response. An exception to this general rule is dairy products, which exhibit low glycemic indices and loads, but paradoxically elicit high insulin responses similar to white bread. So when you eat a bowl of cheerios for breakfast, not only do the cheerios raise your blood sugar and insulin levels perilously, but the milk raises your blood insulin levels even further.

Hundreds of scientific studies completed over the past decade show that high glycemic index carbohydrates cause hormonal and blood chemistry changes that increase the appetite and promote weight gain. That’s why you need to stick to low-glycemic foods if you want to lose weight.

You might think that the nutritionists who designed the revamped “My Pyramid” would be all over these exciting new developments. Not a chance. Highly glycemic foods are ubiquitous in the Western diet and now comprise 47.7 percent of the per capita energy intake in the U.S. Is it any wonder why 2/3 of us are now overweight or obese?

Protein – Another Missing Link for Weight Loss

Governmental regulatory and advisory institutions are known to move slowly, but when it comes to dietary recommendations to prevent weight gain and obesity, they have not moved at all since 1992. Except for a superficial stab at including exercise as part of the new “My Pyramid,” major dietary recommendations remain virtually unchanged between 1992 and 2005.

The current “My Pyramid” recommendations for the three macronutrients are as follows: fat: 20 – 35 percent of total energy intake, protein: 18 percent energy, and carbohydrate: 55 percent energy. Actual intake of these macronutrients is: fat: 32.8 percent energy, protein: 15.4 percent energy, and carbohydrate: 51.8 percent.

As was the case with the glycemic index, there is absolutely no mention of the benefit of higherprotein diets in promoting weight loss in the current “My Pyramid,” despite hundreds of well controlled scientific experiments verifying this phenomenon. The decades-old perception is that to reduce body fat, you must reduce dietary fat, replacing the fat calories with carbohydrate calories.

The problem with this approach is that people experience constant hunger, and any weight loss is typically modest and hardly ever stays off for the long haul.

But contrary to this old belief system, you can reduce your body fat by limiting carbohydrate and increasing your consumption of protein.

Believe it or not, the first well-controlled scientific study that traded out dietary fat, not with carbohydrate, but with protein did not take place until 1999. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen put 65 overweight and obese men and women on one of two diets:

  1. A reduced-calorie, high-protein, lowcarbohydrate diet, or
  2. A reduced-calorie, high-carbohydrate, lowprotein diet

After six months on the lowcarb, high-protein diet, subjects lost almost 20 pounds, whereas subjects on the high-carb, low-protein diet lost only 11 pounds. And these results weren’t a fluke – this type of experiment has been repeated and confirmed dozens of times in the past seven years.

A growing consensus in the scientific community is that high protein diets (where protein makes up 25 to 35 percent of total energy) are more effective at promoting weight loss than calorie reduced low carbohydrate diets because of their superiority in reducing hunger. Protein has a two to three times greater satiety value than either fat or carbohydrate, so people spontaneously eat less when they consume more protein. Of carbohydrates, fat, and protein, protein causes the greatest release of a gut hormone (PYY) that reduces hunger while simultaneously improving central nervous system sensitivity to leptin, another hormone that controls appetite and body weight regulation.

The scientific jury is in – high protein diets are the way to go. So, if you want to effectively lose weight, keep it off, and hold your hunger at bay, IGNORE the USDA’s “My Pyramid” and stick to high-protein and low-glycemic foods. Your body will thank you for it.

This time of year, many people make a New Year’s resolution to “lose weight.” A better resolution might be to eat the right food. When we eat the foods we evolved to eat, our bodies naturally maintain a more normal body composition, and there is not the constant struggle of calorie counting and dieting. Let’s look at some recent studies examining this issue.

Why Go High-Pro?

A recent review paper published in the International Journal of Obesity1 cites numerous studies promoting higher protein diets as an effective body-weight management strategy. Several characteristics of protein and its metabolism contribute to this premise. Primarily, protein has a higher thermic effect than carbohydrates or fat, which means it requires more energy to metabolize than the other macronutrients. Following a meal, energy expenditure increases 0-3% for metabolism of fat, 5-10% for carbohydrate, and 20-30% for protein2. In addition, the greatest increase in diet-induced thermogenesis occurs from animal protein rather than from soy or other plant sources3.

Another study demonstrated a low-glycemic index, low-fat-high-protein diet resulted in a spontaneous 25% decrease in caloric intake compared to a high-carbohydrate-low fat diet. The metabolic profile was also “considerably improved” in the subjects of the study4.

So from these studies we’re seeing that highprotein diets burn more calories while simultaneously reducing total caloric intake, by inducing satiety. We end up feeling full, eating less, and expending more energy in digestion and metabolism. Almost sounds like a weight-loss gimmick too good to be true!

1 Westerterp-Plantenga, MS., Luscombe-Marsh, N., Lejeune, MPGM., Diepvens, K., Nieuwenhuizen, A., Engelen, MPKJ., Deutz, NEP., Azzout-Marniche, D., Tome, D., Westerterp, KR. Dietary protein, metabolism, and body-weight regulation: dose-response effects. International Journal of Obesity 2006; 30:S16-S23.

2 Tappy, L. Thermic effect of food and sympathetic nervous system activity in humans. Reproduction Nutrition Development 1996; 36:391-397.

3 Mikkelsen, PB., Toubro, S., Astrup, A. Effect of fat-reduced diets on 24 h energy expenditure: comparisons between animal protein, vegetable protein, and carbohydrate. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000; 72:1135-1141.

4 Dumesnil, JG., Turgeon, J., Tremblay, A., Effect of a lowglycemic index-low-fat-high protein diet on the atherogenic metabolic risk profile of abdominally obese men. British Journal of Nutrition 2001; 86:57-568.

Critical Role of Peptide YY in Protein-mediated Satiation and Weight Loss:

Conceptually, we know meals rich in protein enhance satiety and weight loss, as compared to those high in carbohydrate and/or fat, but a metabolic explanation for the effect has not been fully understood. In a two-part study, researchers discovered the hormone peptide YY (abbreviated PYY) acts ‘anorectically’, or induces satiety, postprandially in humans and mice. Researchers measured the release of PYY following protein, carbohydrate, and fat-rich meals, and found that high-protein intake stimulated the greatest release of the hormone.


Different DHA Structures

Secondly, researchers discovered mice fed a high-protein diet over a long-term period experienced increased levels of circulating PYY, decreased food intake, and significantly lower weight gain and fatty tissue accumulation than mice on higher fat or carbohydrate diets. The researchers confirmed the influence of PYY by “generating” mice without the PYY gene, and observed that they were prone to over-eating and obesity, regardless of the type of diet they consumed (high protein, carbohydrate, or fat).

This paper suggests that our appetite control centers work more efficiently under lower carbohydrate and higher protein dietary conditions, similar to what our huntergatherer ancestors were adapted to, and in direct contrast to USDA food pyramid suggestions. This study verifies high protein diets make us feel full and more satisfied, thereby decreasing the total number of calories we consume, and begins to shed light on the physiological mechanisms acting to induce satiation and promote weight loss.

Batterham, R.L., Heffron, H., Saloni, K., Chivers, J.E., Chandarana, K., Herzog, H., Le Roux, C.W., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Withers, D.J. Critical role for peptide YY in protein-mediated satiation and body-weight regulation. Cell Metabolism 2006 Sept; 4:223-233.

High Protein Diet Wins Out:

A randomized trial comparing three diets, highfat, high-protein, and high-fiber/carbohydrate, demonstrated that diets high in protein confer a greater advantage in terms of weight loss, body composition, and blood lipid profile. Ninety-three overweight, insulin-resistant women were divided into each of three dietary regimes and interviewed at six and 12 months after commencement of the program. Participants in the high-protein group experienced clinically significant improvements in waist circumference, body fat mass, fasting insulin and triglyceride concentrations, and total body mass above either the high-fat or high- fiber/carbohydrate groups. More importantly, these benefits remained after 12 months, whereas participants in the other groups noticed improvement within the first 6 months, but had relapsed to some degree by the 12-month check-up. Despite the fact that participants in all three groups strayed considerably from the recommended macronutrient composition for their respective diet, members of the high-protein group experienced the most favorable outcome.

Ninety-three percent of women in the high-protein group returned for the follow-up at 12 months as compared to 75% for the high-fat and highcarbohydrate groups. Researchers believed this was significant; there seemed to be a preference for the higher-protein diet regime. Overall, participants in the high-fiber/carbohydrate group lost the least amount of weight and members of the highfat group regressed so rapidly, that there remained little advantage over the high-fiber/carbohydrate group after 12 months.

This study provides strong support for higher protein diets as an alternative to the conventional high-fiber/carbohydrate approach to weight loss and as a means of improving blood-lipid and insulin profiles.

McAuley, KA., Smith, KJ., Taylor, RW., McLay, RT., Williams, SM., Mann, JI. Long-term effects of popular dietary approaches on weight loss and features of insulin resistance. International Journal of Obesity 2006; 30:342-349.

DHA = Weight Loss?

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition has shown that Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil, decreases body fat mass and fat accumulation in rodents. DHA achieves this in two ways: first, it acts during mitosis to inhibit differentiation of cells to preadipocytes (precursor fat cells), and secondly, by preventing the storage of fat in adipocytes, thereby increasing lipolysis (fat oxidation). Not only is the total number of pre-programmed fat cells decreased, but the ability of those cells to store large amounts of fat is also diminished.

This study continues along the current wave of omega-3 research and touches on previous studies showing decreased fat accumulation in fish-oil fed versus lard or corn-oil fed rodents1,2. These data have important implications for us as humans, but also for our industrial food animals (i.e. cornfed, feed-lot raised beef). The average ratio of omega-3:omega-6 fatty acids in our diet is out of balance, and much of that is due to the fat composition of the animals we eat, and the fact that we no longer eat marrow, brains, and other organs. So since it can be difficult to eat a perfectly “Paleo” diet in this modern world, current research supports DHA supplementation to bring us back into natural balance–in terms of both fatty acids and body composition.

Kim, HK., Della-Fera, MA., Lin, J., Baile, CA. Docosahexaenoic acid inhibits adipocyte differentiation and induces apoptosis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Journal of Nutrition 2006 Sept; 136:2965-2969.

1 Hainault, I., Carlotti, M., Hajduch, E., Guichard, C., Lavau, M. Fish oil in a high lard diet prevents obesity, hyperlipidemia, and adipocyte insulin resistance in rats. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1993; 683:98-101.

2 Parrish, CC., Pathy, DA., Angel, A. Dietary fish oil limits adipose tissue hypertrophy in rats. Metabolism 1990; 39:217-9.

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Vitamin D and the Flu: More about the Science

January 17, 2010

January 5, 2010

Bill Faloon, Co-founder of Life Extension Foundation, recently summarized some of the science showing the critical role of Vitamin D in preventing and controlling infections due to the flu. An excerpt from his article in the January 2010 Life Extension Magazine follows:

Evidence that Vitamin D Combats Winter Infections

As daylight hours grow colder and shorter, incidences of the common cold, flu, and respiratory infections spike upwards. Scientists have identified reduced vitamin D levels in winter months as a prime suspect for this increase in infectious disease cases.

Vitamin D in all forms (sunlight, sun lamps, or supplements) reduces the incidence of respiratory infections.[24,26] Dutch children with the least sun exposure are twice as likely to develop a cough and three times more likely to develop a runny nose compared with children with the most sun exposure.[35]

When Russian athletes were given access to a sun lamp to stimulate vitamin D synthesis in the body, there were 50% fewer respiratory infections and 300% fewer days of absence.[26]

Children with the lowest vitamin D serum levels are 11 times more likely to develop respiratory infection. When 60,000 IU per week of vitamin D was administered (for six weeks) to children with frequent respiratory infections, the result was a complete disappearance of such infections in the following six months.[36]

In a controlled trial of African women, a low dose (800 IU a day) of vitamin D resulted in a 3-fold reduction in cold and flu symptoms compared to those given placebo.[37]

Influenza kills between around 36,000 Americans each year[38]. Ensuring optimal vitamin D status could slash influenza incidence and morality.

How Vitamin D Boosts Immune Function and Suppresses Inflammation

Flu viruses (including swine flu) induce a massive inflammatory response that can kill the victim. In other words, it is not the virus that often kills, but the body’s hyper-reaction to the virus—in the form of uncontrolled over-production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D down-regulates the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha. [39]

As people age, they often over-express these same destructive pro-inflammatory cytokines. The result is chronic low-level inflammation that damages aging arteries, joints, and neurons[40-44]. By down-regulating excess pro-inflammatory cytokine production, vitamin D could save the lives of those stricken with acute influenza, or the dozens of inflammatory diseases that afflict millions of aging Americans each year.

Antimicrobial peptides are components of the immune system that protect against bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Secreted by immune cells throughout the body, antimicrobial peptides damage the outer lipid membrane of infectious agents (including influenza viruses), rending them vulnerable to eradication.

Recent studies confirm that vitamin D dramatically up-regulates the expression of these antimicrobial peptides in immune cells[45]. We now have a definitive biological mechanism to explain why vitamin D confers such dramatic protection against common winter illnesses.

What are minimum vitamin D blood levels?

When blood is tested to assess vitamin D status, what is actually measured is the metabolically active 25-hydroxyvitamin D form of the vitamin in the serum.

When data emerged about vitamin D’s role in preventing disease, experts initially recommended a minimum target blood level of 30 ng/mL of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

In recognition of findings showing reduced incidences of disease in those with higher vitamin D levels, the standard laboratory reference range for 25-hydroxyvitamin D was raised to 32-100 ng/mL.

Based on recent and conclusive published studies, the new minimum target level for optimal disease prevention is over 50 ng/mL of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.[46-51]

A startling 36%[52-55,56] of the general population has 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels below 20 ng/dL, which may represent the world’s leading cause of unnecessary disease and death.

Schmidt Warns of More Civil Disobedience in Raw Milk War

January 17, 2010

January 2, 2010

Dear Friends in Government and those who work for the Government

From raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt.

I have a certain fascination with trying to read the human face behind the facade of those who enforce laws. My attempt to meet all of you on a personal level has nothing to do with hoping to convince you to treat me better or be more lenient towards me. Let’s be clear, I do want to be treated like anyone else, otherwise we would deal with yet another injustice.

Meeting you as equals in a worthwhile dispute requires utmost respect for each other.

Do I think you have more power than I?  No.  You should be limited because of your duty to make sure that you are not violating basic human rights when you enforce laws. If there is any hint that a law is violating basic human rights and you keep enforcing it, then you are no different than those who enforce laws in Iran, in North Korea or in any other country with a dictatorship. Are you familiar with the human rights we all have?

The danger we are facing here is much greater than the brutal dictatorships in other countries. The rules and regulations imposed on all of us by fear, misled politics through the corporate lobby and under the banner of freedom and democracy are far beyond the limitations set by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

It is worrisome if you enforce laws without the ever present awareness that nothing is more important for a truly just society than upholding ones freedom. The grave danger we are facing in Canada, is the illusion of being free and that we too willingly give up our freedom for the sake of a promised security. I agree if someone chooses to seek the protection of the state, he or she has to be prepared to give up rights. Many people are willing to do that without realizing that they have to live with the consequences of being ruled by someone else. We need to be concerned when the State takes it upon itself to impose limitations beyond its mandate without proper communication especially when the limitations of personal rights are the consequence.

I and many others never gave anyone the permission to decide for us what to eat, what to drink and how to live. Neither will we impose on you our beliefs.

I do respect your personal rights and responsibilities.

Please do understand that in the future I can not and will not anymore co-operate in any actions and proceedings, which are imposed on us IF you are violating our basic rights.

Yes this might spell trouble and hardship for me and others.

I have spent the last three years giving everyone involved the benefit of the doubt. I now have moved on.

We have the choice to resist with love and determination. We are ready to enter into a new chapter of civil disobedience. There are many of us and there will be more to come as we proceed.

We are, as always, open for a constructive dialogue

Regards,

Michael Schmidt

Top 10 Nutrients of 2009

January 17, 2010

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 – Byron Richards, CCN

This year saw an exciting expansion of scientific knowledge in support of the field of nutrition and dietary supplements to benefit human health.  The more scientists learn about genes the more they realize that it is nutrients that make all the difference in terms of being healthy.  This should not come as a surprise to anyone, since our bodies evolved in the context of using nutrients to aid survival.  In the following sections I rank the top 10 nutrients of the year (don’t leave home without them).

#10 – Vitamin C

The grand daddy of the natural health movement took on a rejuvenated importance this year, partly due to all the immune-related concerns sparked by the potential problem of Swine Flu and partly because it was found capable of actually repairing DNA (as different from its vital role as an antioxidant).

Don’t Forget Vitamin C for Swine Flu Prevention
German researchers have now demonstrated that a baseline amount of beta-interferon must be active in order for competent immune recognition and response to any viral invader, which of course includes the swine flu (H1N1). One of the many immune roles of vitamin C is to enhance the production of beta-interferon.

Vitamin C Corrects Lesions in Skin, Boosts Repair
Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties are legendary, which is why the nutrient is often fraudulently attacked by researchers whose agenda is the dislike of natural health. New scientific tools are proving the absolute value of nutrition to assist health. It is often the case the nutrients do multiple things in addition to the well-recognized understanding of their basic function. The fact that vitamin C can repair DNA damage in skin is not a trivial new finding.

Low Vitamin C Impairs Early Brain Development
Researchers have found that low vitamin C in early life results in 30 per cent less hippocampal neurons and markedly worse spatial memory (animal study). The researchers demonstrated the vital importance of proper vitamin C levels, showing that even a slight lack can cause significant brain development problems.

Vitamin C and Lipoic Acid Protect Eyes
New research is the first to show that eye health, even when there is an existing eye problem, can be maintained through the use of antioxidant supplements.

#9 – Bioflavonoids – Grape Seed Extract & Quercetin

Bioflavonoids are the synergistic and powerful partners of vitamin C.  At the top of the list are the bioflavonoids of grape seed extract and quercetin.  Last year I reported on grape seed extract’s powerful cardio protection as well as the merging findings relating to stopping Alzheimer’s plaque.  This year grape seed extract research shows its power in multiple health areas and we learn that a consistent dose gets into your brain best.  An array of new research on quercetin propels it to the head of the bioflavonoid line, with significant help for immunity, metabolism, and nerves.

Consistent Intake of Grape Seed Extract is Best for Your Brain
A new study has demonstrated that consistent intake of grape seed extract is the best way to get it into your brain. The reason you want it in your brain is because it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient (modulating the gene signal NF-kappaB). It is being widely studied for the prevention and treatment of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Grape Seed Extract Restores Insulin Sensitivity
A powerful new study shows that grape seed extract turns back on gene signals that help insulin receptors work properly, a major discovery for any person concerned with their weight or diabetes.

Grapes Prevent Heart Damage
Grape seed extract works by multiple mechanisms to support your cardiovascular health. A new study shows that in addition to blood pressure lowering effects, grapes activate the key cellular antioxidant enzyme called glutathione – specifically resulting in less damage to the heart.

Grape Seed Extract Stops Leukemia Cells
A test tube study using grape seed extract found that it killed 76% of the leukemia cells within twenty-four hours. This is the first study to pinpoint the gene-related signaling system of grape seed extract. It was found to directly turn on signals in cancer cells that induced cell death.

Quercetin: A Rising Star for Nerves, Immunity, and Metabolism
Quercetin is a common flavonoid found in many fresh fruits and vegetables. It has been in widespread use in the dietary supplement industry for the past two decades due to its natural anti-histamine properties. New research is dramatically expanding our understanding of this nutrient, including its nervous system support, immune support, and weight management properties.

Quercetin – A Potent Sinus and Cell Antioxidant
Quercetin has long been regarded as the single best natural anti-histamine nutrient, and is widely used during the allergy season to help out with problems. A number of new studies continue to highlight quercetin’s powerful antioxidant activity.

Quercetin Inhibits the Formation of Colon Cancer
Thursday, February 05, 2009 – (Byron J. Richards, CCN)
A new animal study shows that quercetin is so successful at reducing inflammation in the GI tract that it is able to prevent changes in the digestive tract that lead to colon cancer.

#8 – Pantethine

Pantethine, the co-enzyme form of vitamin B5, supports the healthy function of so many enzymes involved with metabolism that it is truly an amazing nutrient.  This year new emphasis is added to its ability to help stimulate the production of new brain cells.

Pantethine – Boost Your Brain, Cardio Health, Metabolism, and Detoxification
Pantethine can dramatically change your health and improve your metabolism. Pantethine, like no other nutrient, directly fuels the production Co-Enzyme A (CoA). CoA is a pivotal energy-broker molecule in your metabolism, used in at least seventy metabolic pathways involved in the metabolism of fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Pantethine helps you clear toxins, boost your adrenal gland function, elevate your mood, clear your head, and is a vital nutrient for the health and well being of your brain and cardiovascular system.

#7 – Magnesium

Magnesium is so lacking in the American diet that correcting this simple deficiency would cause health care costs to plummet.  Research this year confirms the importance of this nutrient in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes, as well as highlighting its stellar ability to quench inflammation.

Magnesium Deficiency Sets the Stage for Plaque in the Arteries
A new animal study shows that low levels of magnesium promotes plaque formation in the arteries. During the study period magnesium deficient animals developed significantly more plaque in their aortas.

Low Magnesium Impairs Fetal Growth & Promotes Insulin Resistance
Mothers low in magnesium are more likely to have a smaller baby, along with low levels of adiponectin that set the stage for future insulin resistance and risk for eventually developing type II diabetes.

Magnesium & Fiber Reduce Diabetes Risk
A Hawaiian study followed 75,512 men and women for 8 years tracking their fiber intake, magnesium intake, and the glycemic load of their diets to see who developed diabetes.

Magnesium – The Anti-Inflammatory Mineral
A new study of 3,713 postmenopausal women shows that magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient. Each 100 mg of magnesium per day was associated with a significant reduction in various inflammatory markers.

Magnesium Needed for Healthy Adiponectin Levels
A detailed study comparing the metabolism of twins, which analyzed their basic dietary nutrients, found that magnesium intake was the most important dietary variable that determined adiponectin levels.

#6 – Whey Protein

Fine quality whey protein is a true super food with multiple health benefits.

Which Whey to Go
In the world of dietary supplements and functional foods there are many choices in terms of product quality, and whey protein is no exception. This is especially true when a used-car sales pitch is used in an effort to make products look and sound far better than what is actually under the hood. While consumers should expect this from network marketing companies they are often taken aback when health professionals go out on a limb and push the envelope of truth.

Whey Protein at Breakfast Reduces Appetite
A new study confirms that having whey protein as part of your breakfast helps to reduce your appetite at lunch. The study compared the appetite effects of whey to soy protein and casein protein – and whey was superior.

Whey Protein Activates Bone Building
A cell study with whey protein shows that it activates the important bone building cells known as osteoblasts, in part by turning on gene signals important to bone building.

Whey Protein Enhances Fat Metabolism
A new study shows that whey protein, compared to fish, casein, and gluten proteins had a far superior ability to help reduce the amount of fat in the blood following a high fat meal.

Protein, Fiber, & Weight Loss – The Evidence Continues
It is very clear that getting enough protein and fiber are key fundamentals for anyone’s weight management efforts, especially as the months go by.

#5 – Colostrum

Bovine colostrum shows the power of Mother Nature to support immunity, a hot topic this year due to Swine Flu concerns.  Emerging science also supports its use as a metabolic assistant and interesting repair nutrient.

Bovine Colostrum: An Immune-Support Powerhouse
First milk colostrum is a nutritional tour-de-force. It contains nutrients required for metabolic activation as well as conferring immune system support to the untrained immune system of the newborn. The relative abundance of bovine colostrum has made it a popular source of nourishment in many countries around the world, especially helping to cut down on digestive infections. Bovine colostrum is documented to have many immune support nutrients, including sialylated oligosaccharides, substances known to act as viral decoys (a virus binds to it thinking it is a human cell to infect and is instead rendered inert). An array of new science supports the use of bovine colostrum as an immune support nutrient for any person of any age.

Bovine Colostrum and the Flu
Natural protection against bacterial and viral infection is required for the survival of humans. The undisputed powerhouse in this category is first milk colostrum, a mother’s gift of protection to the newborn child. It is clearly associated with fewer digestive and respiratory infections.

Colostrum, Digestive Immunity, and Digestive Repair
It appears that colostrum may be a major key to digestive health, not only protecting the digestive tract from nasty bacterial infections, but also reducing the toxicity of those infections and repairing the lining of the GI tract all at the same time – amazing!

Colostrum Improves Metabolism in Type II Diabetic Patients
First milk bovine colostrum is loaded with metabolically activating nutrients, including being the best dietary source of leptin available. In a study with 16 Type II diabetic patients it was found that taking bovine colostrum significantly lowered blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides – all important improvements in healthier metabolism.

#4 – Coenzyme Q10

In the 1990s Q10 was ushered in as a great anti-aging nutrient.  Today, the vital role of Q10 in human metabolism is undeniable.  Since the ability of your body to make Q10 declines with age and since your cells have no way to substitue for Q10 in cellular energy production it can readily be understood that a lack of Q10 increases the amount of fatigue and the rate of cell malfunction – features that are fundamental to every aspect of a person’s health (since cellular energy is needed for any cell to do anything).

Coenzyme Q10 – An Energizing Immune Support Nutrient
Coenzyme Q10 is required for any cell in your body to produce energy, helping to finish the final steps of ATP synthesis (ATP is cellular energy). Your immune system requires a tremendous amount of ATP to aggressively mount a defense against any invader. Your body cannot substitute something else for Q10. This means that if you don’t have enough Q10, then your energy production and an efficient immune response will be reduced accordingly.

Q10 Boosts Circulatory Health in Statin-Treated Diabetic Patients
Researchers have demonstrated that 200 mg per day of Q10 can improve circulatory health in diabetic patients being treated with statins. Statins are well known to deplete Q10 as an adverse side effect. The fact that supplemental Q10 actually improves blood flow in this very difficult patient population is a significant finding.

Taking Q10 for a Test Drive – Is Ubiquinol Better?
Recently consumers have been greatly confused over the type of Q10 that is best to take. A new form of Q10 called ubiquinol has entered the marketplace, a form that may offer some advantages for some people. However, several companies have been making unsubstantiated claims of superiority that appear driven more by sales than science, making consumers wonder if the Q10 they are taking is any good.

Q10 Boosts Energy, Nerves, Muscles, & Metabolism
Coenzyme Q10 was the first anti-aging superstar nutrient, hitting the consumer market in the 1970s. In more recent times Q10 has demonstrated a significant ability to help nerves and muscles. New science shows that in addition to its antioxidant role, it also helps to stabilize the key gene signal underlying inflammation, NF-kappaB. Collectively, these benefits will assist overall metabolism, including weight loss efforts.

Coenzyme Q10, Statins, and Heart Health
Coenzyme Q10 is a top cardio-friendly nutrient. Your heart has very high energy requirements and never gets to take any time off. Q10 is required for the proper production of energy at an optimal rate, around your body and specifically for your heart. If you lack it, you will be more tired and you will make free radicals instead of energy. If you lack Q10 within your heart it will speed up the aging process and weaken your heart.

#3 – Tocotrienols

The evidence supporting the incredible protective benefits of tocotrienols continues to mount.  While tocotrienols originally started out as a top cardiovascular support nutrient they are now showing their ability to significantly support many aspects important to health.

Tocotrienols Improve Insulin Function & Protect Kidneys
Diabetic patients have malfunctioning insulin and the longer their blood sugar remains elevated the more likely they are to experience deteriorating kidneys. Two new animal studies suggest that tocotrienols are a powerful tool to assist any person with blood sugar concerns.

Tocotrienol E Stops Kidney Damage from Diabetes
Kidney damage resulting from diabetes is a long term and common consequence of the problem. A new animal study shows that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E was able to stop the kidney damage by regulating inflammatory gene signals at the most fundamental level. This is further evidence that tocotrienols are far and away the most effective form of vitamin E.

Tocotrienols Offset Alcohol-Induced Nerve Damage
Excess alcohol consumption induces inflammatory damage to nerves resulting in cognitive dysfunction. A new study shows that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E is superior to plain d alpha tocopherol in reducing alcohol-induced nerve damage.

Gamma Tocotrienol Assists Bone Strength
A new study shows that vitamin E, and in particular the form known as gamma tocotrienol, helps build stronger bones with better biomechanical strength.

Gamma Tocotrienol in the War on Cancer
A flurry of recent studies demonstrates that gamma tocotrienol, a unique form of vitamin E, offers protection at the molecular level from a number of different types of cancer.

Tocotrienols Stop New Fat Cells from Forming
One of the great problems involved with being overweight is the extreme ease with which new fat cells form. A new study shows that alpha and gamma tocotrienol can help prevent baby fat cells from turning into adult fat cells.

Tocotrienols Kill Cancer Cells
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that gamma tocotrienol accumulates in cancer cells and delays tumor growth by promoting death signals to the cancer, based on new evidence from animal and cell studies.

#2 – Vitamin D

Vitamin D may be the most researched nutrient in the world – and it is one of the most deficient in the U.S. population especially in the winter.  Because it acts more like a key regulatory hormone than anything else, lacking in it has profound adverse effects on health.  You will continue to hear a great deal more about vitamin D in the years to come.

Breast Cancer Linked to Low Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps regulate so many genes that a deficiency has multiple and significant adverse effects, including increasing the risk for breast cancer. Researchers are now recommending that every woman with breast cancer be given large doses of vitamin D. Yes, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Racing for a cure may not be as important as spending some time in the sun.

How Vitamin D Prevents Breast Cancer
It has been known for some time that vitamin D inhibits breast cancer cells and tumor growth. Scientists are now trying to understand how vitamin D works its magic. New research shows that vitamin D activates tumor suppressor gene activity, and that activity is supported in direct proportion to the amount of vitamin D.

Vitamin D Stops Plaque Build Up In Arteries
Scientists have now proven that a lack of vitamin D helps damaged cholesterol (oxidized cholesterol) form plaque and that adequate vitamin D stops damaged cholesterol from forming plaque. This should make it painfully clear that the “public health” advice of the American Cancer Society to use sun block and stay out of the sun has directly contributed to heart disease in a major way in America.

Can Vitamin D Help Prevent H1N1 Swine Flu from Spreading?
It seems simple enough to understand. A well person contracts swine flu from a sick person, who, once sick, passes it along to another. In the case of H1N1 swine flu, most of the population is not familiar with the virus, thus it has the potential to readily spread from sick to well. Sick people are supposed to quarantine themselves to prevent transmission. Everyone else is supposed to get a vaccine. One small problem – what if the sick people aren’t really the ones spreading the infection? At first glance that sounds preposterous. A second look may cause you to pause and ponder.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Obesity, Low HDL, and Increased Cardiovascular Risk
A brand new study shows that those low in vitamin D have a 31% likelihood of having full blown metabolic syndrome, whereas those adequate in vitamin D have only a 10% likelihood. Vitamin D is one important nutrient required for healthy metabolism of calories.

Seventy Percent of U.S. Children Lack Vitamin D
For the first time researchers looked into a large number of children (6000) from across the U.S. in an attempt to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in this population. The results were shocking, a whopping 70%. This poses an immediate problem for flu-related immunity, a medium-range problem for obesity predisposition, and a long-term problem for future heart disease and cancer.

Overweight Postmenopausal Women are Low in Vitamin D
Vitamin D is emerging as an important metabolic nutrient, having a definite role in the health of stored fat – although that role has not yet been clearly defined. Nevertheless, a new study using x-ray absorptiometry measurements of total body and regional fat mass in overweight postmenopausal women without osteoporosis found that fat mass significantly increased as vitamin D levels declined.

Vitamin D Status Linked to Dieting Success
An interesting new study finds that a person’s vitamin D status entering a diet predicts the likelihood of success.

Vitamin D Reduces Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy
Bacterial vaginal infections are common and result in pregnancy complications. A new study shows that women with higher vitamin D levels are much less likely to have such infections. Infection levels declined in direct proportion to higher vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D Improves Cardiovascular Markers During Weight Loss
During a 12 month weight loss program individuals taking 3,320 IU of vitamin D per day (83 µg/d) significantly improved various parameters indicating better cardiovascular health.

Folic Acid and Vitamin D Help Allergies and Asthma
Two new studies help to show the power of nutrition to assist allergies and asthma. In one study people with higher levels of folic acid in their blood had had fewer IgE antibodies, fewer reported allergies, less wheezing and lower likelihood of asthma. In another study researchers found that lower blood levels of vitamin D in children were linked to allergy and asthma severity.

Low Vitamin D Sets the Stage for Inflammatory Decline
A recent study has shown that vitamin D levels in healthy women are inversely related to their amount of inflammatory TNFa. TNFa is a potent immune system signal that induces the inflammatory response. This information sheds light on the mechanism involved with how a lack of vitamin D leads to so many health problems.

Can Vitamin D Help Fibromyalgia Pain?
If you happen to be an individual who struggles with chronic pain, then some recent research findings by the Mayo Clinic will certainly interest you. Individuals low in vitamin D need twice as much narcotic pain medication to get the same level of relief compared to someone with adequate vitamin D status.

Vitamin D is Lacking in Americans, Elderly at Risk for Fractures
Two new vitamin D studies add to the now overwhelming body of vitamin D data that says Americans need more vitamin D to prevent fractures and live healthier and longer. The first study found that taking greater than 400 IU of vitamin D per day significantly reduced fractures in the elderly. The second study showed that during the past decade vitamin D levels had fallen by 6 points in American population.

Vitamin D Intake and Teen Weight Problems
Just about everyone knows that vitamin D is vital for your bones. A new study lends more support to the idea that a lack of vitamin D may also help set the stage for weight gain and obesity in teenagers.

#1 – DHA

The long chain essential fatty acid known as DHA continues to be of extreme importance to human health at all ages.  Amazing new research results for many health issues build on the thousands of existing studies.  Of course, there is a huge difference in quality DHA fish oil, compared to other products that are faking people out and trying to pretend to be better.  Consumer beware, you need a certain number of milligrams of DHA in your diet for optimal health benefits.

Quality Fish Oil
Over 1 billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. Additionally, certain types of fish are rich in the essential omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These essential fatty acids are woefully lacking in the American diet. Health authorities around the world are recommending higher intake of fish oil for the prevention of heart disease. The question arises – what is quality fish oil?

DHA, Krill Oil & Green-Lipped Mussel – Which is Best?
DHA is the most biologically useful omega 3 fatty acid. Over the past year sellers of dietary supplements have promoted various forms of DHA-containing oils such as krill oil or green-lipped mussel as superior to DHA-containing fish oil. The purpose of this brief review is to set the record straight as well as explain the extreme value of DHA to your health.

Neptune Krill Oil Joins Forces with Bayer
By now most of you already know what I think about krill oil – drastically overpriced and over-hyped for the amount of omega 3 oil it contains.  Now we find that the primary producer of krill oil is joining forces with part of the evil empire – Bayer.  Neptune is teaming up with Bayer to produce an omega 3 krill oil drug – gag, gag, gag.

Lack of Omega 3 Fatty Acids Kills 84,000 Per Year
A new taxpayer-funded study by the Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2005 obesity killed 216,000 people, another 191,000 lost their lives to laziness, and 84,000 died because they didn’t have enough omega 3 fatty acids in their diet.

DHA Stabilizes Carotid Artery Plaque
The plaque along the walls of arteries is itself a biologically active. If macrophages are cranking out inflammation then the plaque takes on various features associated with unstable plaque on the verge of coming loose and causing a stroke. A new study of human carotid artery plaque has found that those with the most unstable plaque have the least amount of DHA in the plaque.

DHA Improves Infant Intelligence
A controlled trial with DHA-fortified infant formula shows that DHA intake is likely to result in a more intelligent child.

DHA May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration
The omega 3 essential fatty acid known as DHA is intimately involved with eye health from a very early age and a number of epidemiologic studies have indicated that omega 3 oils may reduce the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A new animal study by researchers at the National Eye Institute (NIH) sought to identify molecular mechanisms involved. The researchers showed that a diet high in omega 3 oils can significantly prevent and in some cases reverse the AMD-like lesions in their animal model.

DHA Helps Combat Cancer
A new animal experiment offers hope for many facing cancer. The research found that DHA had a specific anti-cancer effect on its own, as well as being able to boost the effectiveness of a cancer drug (cisplatin). Furthermore, DHA was able to stop the toxic kidney-related side effects of this cancer treatment.

Fish Oil Lowers Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk by 63%
Researchers from the University of California San Francisco have demonstrated that fish oil can reduce the most serious form of prostate cancer by 63%. The researchers also found that in men with a weakness in the inflammatory COX2 gene, 500 mg of omega 3 fatty acids per day could compensate for the genetic weakness and reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer in this group of at risk men by 500%.

DHA Lowers Inflammation in Men with Metabolic Problems
Elevated triglycerides are an important independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and they also signify a significant problem with leptin resistance. Both problems have inflammation associated with them. A new study shows that in men with elevated triglycerides, 3000 mg of DHA per day is able to lower various inflammatory markers like CRP and IL6.

DHA Rejuvenates Aging Brain Cells
A new cell study sheds light on the importance of DHA for brain cell growth and rejuvenation. The study shows that DHA helps to turn on gene transcription factors for neural stem cells to grow. This data indicates how good nutrition can help to promote healthier brain function and offset the wear and tear of aging.

How Fish Oil Rescues Metabolism from Obesity
DHA in particular, and fish oil in general, have been shown to have a powerful influence on the health and well being of your stored fat, as well as other aspects of metabolism such as insulin resistance. In a new study working with the obese leptin-lacking mice, researchers demonstrated the precise novel ways in which fish oil can protect against obesity, even in an animal that has no choice but to become obese.

Fish Oil Reduces Depression in Middle-Age Women
A study of 120 women, ages 40 to 55, was undertaken to determine if fish oil could help the depression that is commonly associated with menopause and perimenopause. Over an 8-week period the symptoms of depression significantly improved in the fish oil consuming women, compared to those getting the placebo.

TOP TEN HEALTH SCANDALS OF 2009

January 17, 2010

By Byron J. Richards, CCN
December 29, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

2009 is another bumper crop year for health scandals, an unfortunate trend that shows no signs of improvement. To the contrary, consumers should do everything in their power to stay healthy as the Big Pharma-sponsored medical profession continues to induce millions of serious injuries and hundreds of thousands of deaths per year.

#10 – The Failure Empire: Bob Greene Rakes It In, Oprah Fails

The scene is comic: Bob Greene sitting next to Oprah on her TV show, kicking off the New Year, as Oprah tries to explain to her viewing audience why she gained forty pounds – again. Not once did she turn to Greene and say, “Bob, I guess your program is just a bit too hard to follow, something must be wrong with it.”

As 2009 comes to a close Oprah’s new plan didn’t seem to work for her – again.

#9 – Surprisingly High Cancer Risk from CT Scans

Isn’t it nice to know that the medical profession caused 29,000 future cases of cancer in 2007 from the CT scans it performed on patients (a great tool for future business). Think twice before falling for a heart scan ad you hear on the radio; the risk for a woman getting cancer from it is 1 in 270. These are some of the remarkable numbers coming from two new studies published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

#8 – Tamoxifen Shockingly Found to Cause Aggressive Breast Cancer

Long-term Tamoxifen use, as widely promoted by oncologists for women following breast cancer, turns out to increase the risk of highly aggressive hormone receptor-negative breast cancer by 440%. This means that while Tamoxifen reduces the risk for less invasive estrogen positive cancer by 60%, it is at the same time putting many women in extreme peril.

#7 – Neurontin and Lyrica are a Death Sentence for New Brain Synapses

Neurontin and its newer more potent version, Lyrica, are widely used for off-label indications that are an outright flagrant danger to the public. These blockbuster drugs were approved for use even though the FDA had no idea what they actually did in the brain. A shocking new study shows that they block the ability of new brain synapses from forming, drastically reducing the potential for rejuvenating brain plasticity – meaning that these drugs will cause brain decline faster than any substance known to mankind.

#6 – Scientists Document How Coumadin Increases Disease Risk

While doctors hand out Coumadin like candy, apparently because they have no idea how to get someone’s sticky blood to flow normally, patient’s livers were apparently not briefed on the strategy – an oversight that is likely to injure and speed the onset of age-associated disease. A new article in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals just how vital vitamin K function is to your health.

#5 – Antidepressants Linked to a 67% Increased Risk of Death

Researchers followed 136,000 postmenopausal women taking part in the Women’s Health Initiative and found that those who started taking antidepressants during the study had a 67% increased risk of death from any cause during the 6 year follow-up period of the study. They also had double the risk for a hemorrhagic stroke or a fatal stroke.

#4 – Researchers Document the Dangers of Statins

A new scientific review of the dangers of statin medications is the first official paper to shed light on what I have been saying for years. It reviews 900 studies on the adverse effects of statins. It shows beyond any doubt that statins are potent disrupters of normal energy production by cells – meaning that the drugs are anti-life.

The statin fraud is always a candidate for top scandal of the year, and is certainly the scandal of the decade.

#3 – 224,000 Americans Died From Poor Hospital Care from 2006 – 2008

Comparing the best hospitals in the country to the national average finds that there is a 52% lower risk of dying at the top-rated hospitals. When comparing the best to the worst that figure jumps to a 72% lower risk of dying in a top hospital. This discrepancy in care quality has been documented for the past decade and is not improving. We have 74,000 needless deaths a year due to inept care. Maybe health care reform should start in the hospitals.

#2 – How the FDA, Big Pharma, and Doctors Cause Injury for Profit

In some ways the health care in America is the finest in the world. In other ways it is a severe risk to health, even deadly. The dark side of this issue involves medication profits at the expense of human health. This questionable health care approach costs at least 200 billion dollars a year and involves the costs of the drugs themselves, the injuries they cause, and the appropriate law suits that follow. The perpetrators of this fraud are the pharmaceutical companies acting in tandem with the FDA, doctors paid under the table by Big Pharma, and gullible doctors willing to write off-label prescriptions based on the hype they hear from doctors on the take and Big Pharma sales reps.

#1 – Big Pharma Strikes Gold in the Name of Health Care Reform

Most of the above list of health scandals has to do with Big Pharma and doctors injuring and killing innocent Americans under the pretense of health care – and the list could easily be five times as long. Even last year health pundits warned President Obama that there were just too many medication scandals to attempt health care reform. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the single most important topic regarding health care reform was absent from the national debate.

With its traditional Republican protection on the sidelines, Big Pharma should have rightfully been taken to the cleaners, along with a legion of doctors writing inappropriate prescriptions. It at least seemed certain that the long-standing Democrat objective of allowing drug re-importation to drive down ludicrous Big Pharma mark-ups would readily pass with Democrats firmly in control.

Instead, Big Pharma found it could buy the White House. The Obama administration teamed up with the very stench at the source of the problem for ever-expanding health care costs. Not only will Big Pharma be guaranteed many new customers at taxpayer expense, they were also able to lock in no generic competition to their incredibly expensive and even more dangerous bio-tech drugs. It is pretty obvious that money still buys anything in our nation’s capitol.

The following are four articles I wrote on the topic as the year moved along. No country could possibly afford the drug-dispensing priorities and agenda of Big Pharma. Many of the top executives of these companies belong in jail, not driving up the costs of American health care. It is little wonder that many Americans are fed up with almost all politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Is Obama Bailing Out Big Pharma’s Bursting Bubble?

Bubble economics has become a painful financial lesson for America and the rest of the world. Will we learn from our mistakes? Will we get smarter about recognizing bubbles before they burst, so that the air can be let out of them in a less painful manner? It appears that our new president, in his passion to provide health care for everyone, is about to pump hot air into a bubble that is ready to explode under the weight of its own fraud and lack of results.

Big Pharma & Friends Poised for Massive Profits from Health Care Reform

While Democrats shoot themselves in both feet trying to explain how their proposed health care reform will be able to contain costs over time, there is another much better organized group who is pushing very hard to get this legislation through and is poised for dramatic profits at the expense of the American taxpayer. That group is the lobbyists that represent Big Pharma, the American Medical Association, hospital groups, and insurance companies.

Big Pharma Teams with President Obama

Big Pharma has struck a deal with the White House – now Americans should really be concerned. Big Pharma will spend 150 million to 200 million during the August recess to run ads on TV to support the president’s struggling health care plan. That is chump change compared to the extra hundreds of billions Big Pharma plans to rake in over the next decade.


Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals

January 14, 2010

Huffington Post |  Katherine Goldstein/Gazelle Emami Posted: 01-12-10 05:30 PM

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In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.

According to the study, which was summarized by Adam Shake at Twilight Earth, “Three varieties of Monsanto’s GM corn – Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603 – were approved for consumption by US, European and several other national food safety authorities.”

Monsanto gathered its own crude statistical data after conducting a 90-day study, even though chronic problems can rarely be found after 90 days, and concluded that the corn was safe for consumption. The stamp of approval may have been premature, however.

In the conclusion of the IJBS study, researchers wrote:

“Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity….These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown.”

Monsanto has immediately responded to the study, stating that the research is “based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings for these products.”

The IJBS study’s author Gilles-Eric Séralini responded to the Monsanto statement on the blog, Food Freedom, “Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only careful reanalysis of Monsanto crude statistical data.”

Let’s Talk About Pain & Inflammation

September 1, 2009

The most common symptom that brings a patient to the office is pain that doesn’t go away quick enough. We can call this chronic pain. Back, neck pain and headaches are some of the most common types of chronic pain. The typical method that most people use to deal with pain are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil), or anti-pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol). Unfortunately, each medication is associated with side-effects, such as liver toxicity for acetaminophen and ulcers for NSAIDs. The second most common cause of ulcers is the regular use of aspirin and other NSAIDs.

Some may seek out nutritional supplements as an alternative to drugs in order to avoid the side-effects. But, there is a secret that must be understood before one searches out nutritional supplements to reduce pain and inflammation. Our diets will substantially determine the inflammation levels in the body, which can directly impact upon the development of pain.

The foods that cause inflammation and lead to pain include refined sugar, refined grains and related flour products (bread, pasta, bagels, etc…), refined oils, and obese meat. These inflammatory foods make up approximately 80% of the average American’s calorie intake, and yet even 30-40% of calories from these foods is too much. Eating a diet of the inflammatory foods creates a tsunami of inflammation within the body that will hit joint and muscle sooner or later causing pain and suffering. At this point, people start taking NSAIDs and Tylenol, and all the while continue to eat the same inflammatory foods that caused the problem in the first place.

Most people can not turn off diet-driven inflammation and pain by taking medications or nutritional supplements. So it is important to make dietary changes to calm the inflammatory state. To expect that drugs and supplements will be curative is not reasonable.

You may hear me talking about the Paleolithic Diet at the office. This is one of the most anti-inflammatory ways of eating that exists. This is because of the abundance of anti-inflammatory foods that make up this daily regimin of eating. These foods include an abundance of vegetables, fruit, raw nuts and seeds, and healthy proteins (lean meat, poultry, fresh fish and eggs). The best fats/oils include olive oil, coconut oil, Udo’s oil blend, and ‘raw’ butter.

And let’s not forget God’s own little anti-inflammatories: ginger, turmeric, rosemary, oregano, garlic, coriander and nearly all spices tested thus far have proven to be anti-inflammatory. It was discovered that, when supplementing with ginger, certain individuals cansubstantially reduce chronic muscle and joint pain. For more acute pain, like flare-up of back pain, research has shown that white willow bark can reduce pain as effectively as Celebrex over a 4-week period. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.

In summary, if you desire dietary approaches towards a pain-free state, natural options are available. Basic dietary changes and certain key supplements can be very hekpful.

My thanks to Dr. David R. Seaman for his insight and information.

Setting The People Up To Die: A Conspiracy Of Silence About Swine Flu Natural Remedies

August 29, 2009

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) It’s emblazoned across the front page of USA Today, just underneath a subhead declaring Michael Jackson was, indeed, killed by a drug overdose: “Flu could infect half of USA.” The article goes on to describe the predicted number of deaths expected in the U.S. (30,000 – 90,000 Americans) as well as the actions being taken by the government to protect Americans from the coming swine flu pandemic.

That advice reads sort of like a comic book of health care advice for kindergarteners: Wash your hands, cover your mouth if you cough and let “the grownups” take care of the rest by injecting you with a vaccine. Curiously absent from all the health advice being handed out on the swine flu by the White House, the CDC, the WHO and even the FDA is any mention of Vitamin D or other natural remedies that offer enormous protections from influenza infections.

The absence of this information from virtually all the advice being handed out to the American public is increasingly suspicious. If a pandemic flu is, indeed, threatening to infect half the U.S. population, and if most of the population is deficient in a nutrient known to strongly prevent influenza infections, wouldn’t it make good sense to make a few announcements encouraging Americans to raise their vitamin D levels throughout the coming winter?

It is a well-known medical fact, of course, that influenza always gets worse during the winter months North of the equator and the summer months South of the equator (which are really called their “winter” months). This is because as sunlight hours lessen during the winter, the people living there become vitamin D deficient and are susceptible to influenza infections of all kinds.

The information resources backing this are easy to find. Even our own NaturalPedia.com website reveals a large amount of information on natural defenses against influenza (http://www.naturalpedia.com/influen…). NaturalNews.com, of course, offers a wealth of articles on Vitamin D (http://www.naturalnews.com/vitamin_…).

In the realm of peer-reviewed medical literature, searching Google Scholar for “influenza” and “vitamin D” returns tens of thousands of results (http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q…). In particular, one study appearing in these search results is entitled Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. It was published in 2006 in the journal Epidemiology and Infection (2006, 134:6:1129-1140 Cambridge University Press) and its abstract reads as follows:

In 1981, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that a ‘seasonal stimulus’ intimately associated with solar radiation explained the remarkable seasonality of epidemic influenza. Solar radiation triggers robust seasonal vitamin D production in the skin; vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter, and activated vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D, a steroid hormone, has profound effects on human immunity. 1,25(OH)2D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the ‘oxidative burst’ potential of macrophages. Perhaps most importantly, it dramatically stimulates the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which exist in neutrophils, monocytes, natural killer cells, and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract where they play a major role in protecting the lung from infection. Volunteers inoculated with live attenuated influenza virus are more likely to develop fever and serological evidence of an immune response in the winter. Vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory infections. Ultraviolet radiation (either from artificial sources or from sunlight) reduces the incidence of viral respiratory infections, as does cod liver oil (which contains vitamin D). An interventional study showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children. We conclude that vitamin D, or lack of it, may be Hope-Simpson’s ‘seasonal stimulus’.

Source: http://journals.cambridge.org/actio…

Why the silence?

Vitamin D is perhaps the single most powerful nutrient in the known universe for preventing influenza, and yet the Obama White House won’t dare utter a word about it to the American people, even in the face of a potentially devastating global pandemic that could be largely halted by vitamin D.

It begs the question: Why the silence?

There are really only three possible explanations for why the White House and U.S. health authorities would refuse to tell the public about vitamin D as a smart defense against the influenza pandemic:

Reason #1) They don’t know about vitamin D. This, of course, is impossible. The medical literature is saturated with respectable studies demonstrating the anti-viral and immune modulating effects of vitamin D. For someone in the field of infectious disease to be unaware of vitamin D’s protective benefits would be downright laughable. It would be like a car mechanic not knowing what a fuel filter was.

Reason #2) They do know about vitamin D, and they want to tell people, but they don’t know how or don’t have the money. This explanation, too, is ridiculous. Telling the people the truth about vitamin D is as simple (and as free) as just calling a White House press conference, inviting a vitamin D expert like Dr. Michael Holick to say a few words, and putting the message out to the mainstream media. In 24 hours, all the newspaper headlines across the country could print headlines like, “White House urges Americans to boost vitamin D before swine flu strikes.” The whole nation could be properly informed about vitamin D in less than 72 hours.

But that will never happen. And why? Because of reason #3…

Reason #3) They know about vitamin D but they are intentionally withholding information from the American people In essence, they want to keep the American people nutritionally illiterate so that they remain “victims” in the coming influenza crisis. Because of who’s involved in this (the White House, FDA, CDC, WHO and many others), it cannot be called anything other than a conspiracy of silence about influenza and vitamin D.

What could be the purpose behind such a conspiracy of silence? Clearly its only purpose is to maximize profits to the drug companies and / or maximize the number of deaths that occur when the swine flu strikes North America this coming winter.

But why, you might ask, would these so-called authorities wish to see more Americans die?

Health care reform via a viral pandemic

To answer that, just look at who is most likely to die from swine flu infections: The obese… the people who, generally speaking, are placing the greatest financial burden on the government-funded health care system. The coming swine flu pandemic has the potential to do what no politician could ever get away with: Slash health care spending virtually overnight by simply killing off those who burden the system the most.

Call it Health Care Darwinism if you like. Survival of the fittest married with an evil plot. Let the most costly health care consumers die in a (planned?) pandemic, and suddenly your nation is pulled back from the brink of total financial collapse.

The White House just revised its budget numbers this week, by the way. Government deficit spending for this year is up over 300 percent from last year, reaching an eye-popping, mind-boggling $1.9 trillion in new debt in just a single year! This runaway debt spending is, by any honest calculation, simply unsustainable. It will destroy America’s future, leaving the nation penniless. To save America, something drastic must be done. Something as drastic as, say, killing off those who place the greatest cost burdens on the U.S. health care system (which represents roughly twenty percent of all U.S. government spending).

So how do you really cut costs in America? Recognize that roughly one-fifth of U.S. government spending goes to support the “disease industry.” And the vast majority of that money is spent taking care of chronically ill individuals who are typically obese and nutrient deficient. Releasing a bio-engineered influenza virus into the wild is a sure way to cut health care spending in the long run by killing those who place the highest burdens on the health care system. While it costs a fortune to take care of a chronically ill patient for two decades, it costs a mere pittance to see them die in a hospital emergency room while they succumb to H1N1 influenza.

Swine flu, it might be said from a cold-hearted evil government point of view, is a cost-effective and quick way to slash health care spending without needing to take any responsibility for making such cuts yourself. Let the virus do the dirty work, killing off the most vulnerable in society and leaving more money behind for Big Government to get even bigger. Think governments couldn’t do this? Then you don’t know governments well enough.

Now, in defense of the Obama administration, I very much doubt that President Barack Obama himself would be capable of masterminding such an evil plot to kill off the American people in a planned influenza pandemic. This is the kind of thing that usually takes place behind the scenes, where powerful men (far more powerful than Obama) meet in dark places to plan and plot the future of the world. If it is in their interests to see the population suffer through a pandemic, they will make sure one appears at the appropriate time.

It could also be a joint arrangement between powerful corporations and Big Government. The corporate drug companies want to make money off the vaccine sales. The government wants to save money by killing off the top recipients of expensive health care services (who also wouldn’t burden Medicare down the road, either). By working together, they can both get what they want. One pandemic serves both masters, and it’s all funded by taxpayer dollars to boot!

This is still a theory, not proof

I can’t prove that such a plot is actually under way, by the way. When discussing conspiracy theories, I’m always careful to point out that I have no specific proof that such a nefarious plot actually exists. There is, however, quite a lot of supporting circumstantial evidence that should raise the eyebrows of anyone paying attention. For example, there is this training brochure that recently surfaced (http://www.new-fields.com/ISFC/broc…) which describes procedures for “conducting morgue operations” and “activating fatality management operations.”

This same document also describes training points that cover:

• Breakdown of public services
• Medical supplies shortages
• Unwillingness to follow government orders

… among other fascinating things. The conference this advertises was held August 19 – 20 in Washington D.C. by a company called New-Fields that holds, among other things, an “Iraq Aviation & Defense Summit” (http://www.new-fields.com/iraq_avia…) featuring senior U.S. military personnel and touting “one to one meetings with Iraqi officials.”

This isn’t the first time a company with ties to the U.S. military has been found to be involved in the swine flu pandemic. My previous article on NaturalNews exposed the DynCorp / NIH patent link, revealing that a key influenza vaccine patent was jointly owned by the National Institutes of Health and a high-level private U.S. military contractor named DynCorp. You can read that article here: http://www.naturalnews.com/026779_s…

So what does it all mean? Like a lot of things, it just depends what you choose to believe.

I don’t know if I believe the evil, nefarious conspiracy theory described as a possibility in this article. But neither do I trust my government (and I sure don’t trust public health officials). So I’m doing exactly what I recommend everybody else do: Take charge of your own swine flu defenses by boosting your nutrition and sunlight exposure. Store some food, water and other basic preparedness supplies just in case. Be prepared to survive and thrive during the coming pandemic, regardless of what happens around you.

Just because everybody else is planning on becoming a victim of circumstance doesn’t mean you have to. With a little basic planning and some medical common sense, you can see yourself through this pandemic with ease. No sweat.

Read my pandemic preparedness report (if you haven’t already) to learn what top five anti-viral products I currently recommend for boosting your defenses against the swine flu: http://www.naturalnews.com/RR-FiveB…

It’s a report that could literally help save your life.

Omega-3 Fats and Mercury Levels in Fish

August 17, 2009

Doc here: Just thought that I would divert away from the swine flu debacle. But just for this article for now. Even though I’m away from the office this week doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking of you all. I hope this will answer some questions regarding Omega-3 Fatty Acids, some good food sources, and the best fish to eat weekly to maximize the Omega’s while minimizing the amount of mercury poison in certain fish. As always, any comments and/or questions are welcome.

Omega-3 Fats are converted by the cells of the body into small hormones called prostaglandins. These prostaglandins reduce the risk of heart disease by opening the blood vessels and reducing the ‘stickiness’ of blood, so abnormal clots don’t form as easily. Other prostaglandins make our joints and tissues less prone to inflammation, a major benefit if you have some arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis.

This same prostaglandin also reduces the risk of cancer, as it signals our cells to replicate themselves at a slower rate. Slower replication reduces chances of genetic mutation occurring that may lead to cancer. Animal and human studies both demonstrate the anti-cancer effects of Omega-3 fats. It also makes the skin smooth and soft, and helps counter eczema problems. More recent studies have also shown that Omega-3 fats can also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia as we age. So – it’s worth having a method of ensuring adequate Omega-3 fat consumption to derive these many health benefits.

Mercury, a mineral that exists naturally in the environment, is also released into the air by the tons through pollution and waste. The organic compound, methlmercury, is the poisonous form. It accumulates in streams and oceans and in the food chain, as each fish absorbs all the mercury of the smaller fish or organisms it has eaten. That is why the oldest and largest fish, such as shark or swordfish, have the highest levels. The effects of methylmercury poisoning or toxicity include paresthesias (a priking, tingling or creeping sensation on the skin), depression and blurred vision. Research also suggests that prenatal and infant exposure can affect attention span, language, visual-spatial skills, memory, and coordination.

Fish that contain more than 1,000 mg of Omega-3 Fats per serving (approximately 3 ounces) and are low in mercury include spongy dogfish, herring, sardines, pilchards, lake trout, Atlantic sturgeon, wild Pacific salmon, anchovies, sprats, bluefish and mullet. According to to U.S. agencies, five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish. The best advice for anyone eating fish follows:

  • Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackeral or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
  • Consume up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish lower in mercury.
  • Albacore (white) tuna, has more mercury than canned light tuna. Therefore, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish per week, you may opt to eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

What about vegetarians? Well, some plant based foods also contain Omega-3 Fats. But, the Omega-3 in beans, seeds, grains, cereals, nuts, etc… is called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Fis contain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are the more widely known Omega-3 fats. EPA and DHA are famous because the former is converted by the body into mini-hormones that directly reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and reduce cancer risk, while the latter is used to support brain function. The ALA can be converted into EPA and DHA by the body and thus provides similar benefits to consuming EPA and DHA from fish. So, the suggestion is to eat two servings of fish per week, take a daily supplement containing fish, flaxseed and borage seed oil, and provide additional Omega-3 fats to the body by regularly consuming plant-based foods that are rich sources of ALA:

  • Flaxseed Oil (Like Udo’s) – 2 Tbs
  • Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup
  • Walnuts – 1/2 cup
  • Salba or Chia seed – 2 Tbs

Small amounts are also found in kiwi fruit, black raspberries, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, winter squash, turnip greens, spinach, kale, strawberries and mustard greens. Consuming these foods can further support your Omega-3 nutritional status, but on their own, are likely insufficient to produce major Omega-3 fat benefits.

So – the bottom line here is to eat at least two servings of fish per week, choosing fish that have the highest Omega-3 fat content (my favs are sardines and canned wild salmon) and the lowest mercury content. In addition, I prefer two Tbs of Udo’s Omega Oil daily (it can be easily added to a smoothie). Finally, ingest vegetarian foods that can boost your Omega-3 fat intake, keeping in mind that these sources contain ALA, not EPA and DHA.

Being a strong proponent of the Paleolithic Diet, I strongly suggest that all grains and their products, such as breads, cereals and pastas, be removed from the diet. There are just too many people who display sensitivity to grains in general and gluten in particular. I attribute this to the genetic modification (GMO) of our common foods today. Do your very best to avoid these.