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Trust us, we’re the experts…

This is the message that all companies are putting out there when they are creating a public image.  They want you to trust them and their products and believe that they only have your best interest in mind.

It would be nice if all that were really true.  But the cold hard reality of it all is big business is out to make a buck and if they can skimp a little on some of the ingredients to pad their profit margin, they will do it in a heartbeat.

It might not be their intention to produce dangerous, toxic supplements, but the fact that they cut a few corners  and buy the cheapest ingredients available can do just that – create inferior, toxic supplements that may (on the good end) not be effective or (on the bad end) may actually be making your health worse, not better.

Hopefully you have committed yourself and have come to the understanding that sometimes the old saying is true – “you get what you pay for”.  You have found a company that does the testing, the rigorous quality control, and the research and produces quality supplements you can trust.

You know their products maintain the highest purity, potency and deliver the best performance…


You find yourself at your favorite local convenience store and you see the supplement bottle with the same supplement you always get.  Maybe you are almost out and its sooo convenient and it is cheaper – Maybe you find yourself thinking, “Here are the same supplements for less money.  Why shouldn’t I save myself a little hassle and some cash by just buying these supplements?  I am sure they must be safe and effective.  I mean if they store sells them they can’t be bad.  The government wouldn’t let unsafe, toxic supplements or products on the shelves.”

How bad could they be? – I mean really!

Well, I am here to tell you that the answer to the question is PRETTY DARN BAD.

Here is a perfect example that illustrates my point.

On March 2nd of 2010, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation sued the makers and sellers of fish oil supplements in California.  The reason? – The companies were not telling consumers that their products contained toxic levels of PCB’s.

It was not the FDA or the Federal Government or even the State Government of California that started this action against the fish oil companies.  There was no recall to protect the health and wellness of consumers.

It took an environmental group, people like you and me, to try and stop this spread of toxins.  They basically found a loop hole that allowed them to sue the companies for not including PCB’s on the supplements labels.  A California law requires a warning label to be put on a product whenever it contains toxic ingredients.

At the time of the lawsuit, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation had only tested 10 Omega-3 supplements and found PCB’s in all of them.  They are continuing their testing a plan on adding more companies to the lawsuit if their products are found to be contaminated.

The defendant currently listed in the lawsuit is Omega Protein, a company based out of Houston that is the world’s largest producer of Omega-3 fish oil.  They provide fish oil to many other companies such as: Rite Aid, CVS, GNC, Now Health Group, Pharmavite, Solgar and Twinlab.

What might be the scariest part of this incident is the fact that many of the labels on the fish oil supplements stated that the supplement had been treated to reduce or remove PCB’s from the Omega-3.  So not only did they not list PCB’s as being in the product, they said they had removed them.  As a consumer you would expected to believe that these products were safe.

So did the company set out to hurt consumers?  I would hope not.  But did they set out to really help consumers?  Again the answer is probably not.  They were just supplying a product that has become more and more in demand and doing it as cheaply as possible.

The manufacturing company and the companies selling the supplements probably never even tested or checked for PCB’s in the fish oil.  At least I hope that would be the case.  It would really be disturbing if they did test, found PCB’s, and then sold the supplement anyway knowing about the toxicity.

Another perfect example of not testing the basic ingredients showed up when the FDA had to issue a massive recall of all products containing textured vegetable protein because of Salmonella contamination.  The company who produced this product, Basic Food Flavors, could have saved a lot of headache if they had merely tested their product before shipping it out.  The companies who use this product to produce things like potato chips, dips, soups and snacks also could have done this testing.  But many companies are not doing these basic quality control tests because of the extra expense involved.  They are more worried about their bottom line then your health.

So now that you are standing there looking at the less expensive supplements at your local drug or grocery store maybe you are thinking, “I am glad I found a company that does tests on all its ingredients even if their suppliers say the products are safe.  I am glad I found a company that truly cares.  I think my health and my family’s health is important enough that I will spend a little extra time and a little more money to get safe and effective supplements.”

If you haven’t found that company yet, here are some things to think about when looking:

Look for an established company that has a good track record for producing products of the highest quality.

Find a company that has been around for years and has earned a reputation of integrity.

Do a little research and be sure the company does rigorous quality controls on their ingredients and their products.

Look for a company that uses pharmaceutical grade quality controls.

Check to see if they do clinical trials to prove the safety and effectiveness of the products they manufacture.

This may seem like a lot, but it’s your health you are playing with.  I always think of that commercial for women’s products that says “And I’m worth it.”

It’s something to think about!

Protein is an essential component in the growth, repair, and maintenance of all your body tissues. But not only is it necessary for life but it might also be beneficial in helping us with weight management it might even be helpful when trying to take off a few extra pounds.

Let’s look at the Power of Protein:

Protein is absolutely necessary for us to survive.  It is required not only for growth and repair but also for making enzymes.  Enzymes are responsible to get stuff happening and happening at the right time and at the right speed.  They are essential to all life processes.

Protein also is required for hormones.  These are powerful little chemical messengers that move around through your bloodstream to specific specialized cells.  Once there, they can create a wide range of responses within your body.

Protein is also responsible for helping to maintain the body’s fluid and electrolyte balance.

Protein provides a source of energy.

And Protein works with the immune system to help your body fight off disease.

These are the many powers of protein!

But your body can only carry out the many tasks listed above when we supply it with adequate amounts of dietary protein by consuming a variety of foods.  These can include meat, fish, and poultry, as well as soy and milk.  Each one of these protein types supplies the body with amino acids.

Amino Acids are the bricks that the body uses when it is making proteins.  With a steady supply of building blocks, the body can manufacture its own essential proteins.

The Problem: Not All Protein Is Created Equal

Every time we eat protein it can provide us with 20 different amino acids.  Eleven of these amino acids are “nonessential.” This just means the body can make these amino acids for itself. But that leaves nine other amino acids.  These are the “essential” ones because your body can’t make them on its own. Not all protein has all 20 amino acids.

Another problem that can be seen when talking about protein consumption is that unlike the carbohydrates and fats that we eat, the amino acids do not get stored in the body. So we have to provide our bodies with a constant, steady supply of building materials (amino acids) from the protein-rich foods we eat.

So we need to eat protein every day and we need to make sure it has all the required amino acids our body needs so it can perform all those powerful tasks we need it to do.

So what should we eat?  What is the best source of dietary protein? Is there a difference between fish, red meat and white meat?  And what about vegetable sources like soy?

These are great questions, because the quality of protein that we eat can determine how well children grow and develop into adults.  And it also effects how well adults will maintain their health and all that goes with living a healthy life.

High-quality proteins provide enough of all the essential amino acids needed to support the body’s work, and lower-quality proteins don’t. The quality of a protein can be determined by its digestibility and its amino acid composition.

Protein digestibility just means how much of the amino acids available actually get absorbed into your body.  And amino acid composition refers to how many of the 20 and especially the 9 required amino acids are found in the protein we chose to eat.

Some high quality proteins are those from animals like meat, fish, chicken, and dairy. Plant based protein from Soy protein is also considered a high quality protein. Most other plant based sources such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are considered low quality because they don’t have all the essential amino acids our body requires.

Besides being required for so many essential daily functions in our body, protein has other health benefits.

However, research suggests that the intake of high-quality protein as part of a healthy diet may also have positive effects on other aspects of our lives.  These include weight management and muscle retention as we get older.  Studies have also shown protein may play a role in the prevention of certain diseases such as heart disease, certain types of cancer, and osteoporosis.

It has been shown that weight management and achieving a healthy weight can add years to your life and quality to those years.  Through these studies, scientists now believe that high quality dietary protein may play an important role in weight management.

It has been shown that diets high in protein can promote higher weight loss compared to lower protein diets. Part or all of this could be due to the fact that proteins satisfy your body’s needs and reduce cravings.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did a study not too long ago where researchers studied the effects of increasing dietary protein while maintaining carbohydrate levels.  Participants were initially given a diet lower in protein for the first 2 weeks.  For the next 2 weeks, the carbs were kept the same but the fat was cut and the protein increased.  Calorie levels were kept the same.  And finally in the last 12 weeks, the participants were allowed to eat as much as they wanted as long as they kept the same percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that were used in the high protein diet.

Even though the participants were allowed to eat as much as they wanted, the average calorie intact went down by over 400 calories per day.  The group lost an average of almost 11 pounds and more than 8 of those were body fat pounds.

Ok, so you should be convinced you need protein and you need the high quality stuff, but how much do we need and what’s the best kind?

That’s a tough question because we are all different.  But most people need right around 1 gram of protein for every kilogram of body weight.  A kilogram is 2.2 pounds so a 110 pound person is 50 kilos and would need about 50 grams of protein.  If they are a growing child or a pregnant woman the amount could go up.  People who are working out and “bulking up” can also require a little more and research shows older adults can benefits from getting a little extra protein.  An accepted range is 0.8 to 1.3 grams for every 2.2 pounds of body weight.

It doesn’t take a whole lot to get this and if you eat a well rounded diet you should be fine.  Be careful though, a cup of coffee for breakfast or chips and a coke for lunch do not count as a well rounded diet.

You should also be careful in what comes along with the protein you consume. An 8 ounce porterhouse steak is a great source of a high quality protein.  It can get you around 50 grams of it. The problem is you also consume around 40 grams of fat and a good chunk of that is saturated fat which can raise cholesterol and increase the risk for heart disease.  So this might not be a good source for everyday.

A cup of cooked lentils, on the other hand, has almost 20 grams of proteins (good high quality stuff) but it has less than 1 gram of fat.  For many of us it may not be quite as tasty but if we can start to make at least a few of our meals using these alternative sources we can still enjoy life and enjoy it even more because we are energetic and healthy.

Vegetable sources of protein, including soy protein beverage mixes, are also an excellent choice especially for those looking for a meal replacement because of time or calorie intake. Many of these protein shakes also provide healthful amounts of other essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

If you are a real meat and potatoes kind a guy than your best animal protein choices are fish and chicken. If you just gotta have your red meat, such as beef, pork, or lamb, try to stick with the leanest cuts, cut down to moderate portion sizes, and try to make it only an occasional part of your diet instead of every day.

With just a little work, protein has the power to achieve a healthier life.

It’s definitely something to think about!

I believe supplements should complement your healthy diet and never serve as a replacement.  There really is no substitute for eating healthy unprocessed foods.  However, with the diets most of us truly eat supplementation has become a necessity.

There are even a few supplements that become necessary for even the best eaters because the body just isn’t able to produce certain elements that are required to maintain optimal health.  One of these is Coenzyme Q10, more commonly known as CoQ10.

As we age our bodies can no longer produce the amount of CoQ10 that is required.  This can start to happen as early as age 25 and is seen in pretty much all adults by age 40.

Although the human body can synthesize CoQ10, in some situations the body’s capacity to produce CoQ10 isn’t sufficient to meet its needs. CoQ10 levels can reach their peak in our bodies by age 20 and fall slowly thereafter. It has been shown that 60% of the population has a deficiency of CoQ10 when they reach their 50s and 60s. Some medicines can actually reduce the body’s production of CoQ10.

Supplements can help, but since most supplemental CoQ10 is poorly absorbed by the body, a supplement must be highly bioavailable to be effective.

One of the key elements in the aging process is free radical production. Free radicals are oxygen atoms deficient in electrons that become highly reactive. These free radicals can cause damage to your tissues and your DNA.

CoQ10 is one nutrient that can help to limit these free radicals.

CoQ10 also can help to boost your body’s energy production.

So even if you do your best to eat wholesome unprocessed foods, your body’s capability to produce Co Q10 and process it declines over time.

What you need is a smart way to reverse this process and keep your energy up as well as your free radicals down…

CoQ10 can help with some of the following problems:

  • Help you produce more energy for your cells*
  • Help to Boost your heart health*
  • Act as an antioxidant to help protect you from free radicals*
  • Help you reduce the signs of normal aging*
  • Help you maintain blood pressure levels within the normal range*
  • Provide a boost to your immune system*
  • Support your nervous system*
  • Help to Prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol*

Clinical studies have shown dietary supplementation with CoQ10 increases the concentrations of Vitamin E in both blood and LDL molecules.  Vitamin E is important in providing antioxidant protection for the body’s cells.

In fact, in a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study it was found that CoQ10 taken in supplemental form significantly lowered the rate of LDL cholesterol oxidation because of these antioxidant properties.

Eight Clinical studies done with CoQ10 show other strong evidence of the importance of supplementation.  The cardiovascular benefits of CoQ10 were shown when researchers concluded the CoQ10 promotes the heart’s ability to pump blood.

If you could combine the benefits of CoQ10 supplementation with those of Resveratrol you could increase these benefits even more.

Resveratrol possesses its own potent antioxidant properties and so when combined with CoQ10 it complements and the benefits for your body.

Researchers have demonstrated the antioxidant properties of resveratrol during laboratory studies. One particular study found that resveratrol inhibited LDL cholesterol oxidation by 70–80%.

Resveratrol may also help blood vessels relax and dilate.  These are both important functions for heart health and promoting optimal blood flow.

Combined with CoQ10, which does much of the same things, the supplement becomes even more powerful.

So I think you can see how we can benefit from supplementation as we get older.  The good news is there are literally hundreds of CoQ10 supplements available on the market today.  The BAD NEWS is there are only a few great ones.

Don’t settle for inferior quality when it comes to your health.  Choose a great company that takes the time to do things the right way and produce great supplements.

Some criteria you should be pretty strict on when selecting top-notch supplements like CoQ10 and the company that produces them are that they MUST

  • Deliver high-absorption bioavailable formulas (This means they get into your body when and where they need to be and the supplements don’t just take a nice ride through the digestive tract.)
  • Be all-natural with NO synthetic ingredients
  • Come from a highly reputable company with some of the strictest quality control and safety standard practices in place

Don’t ever settle for a supplement that is not completely backed by a manufacturer that maintains the highest quality standards.  This will ensure that you get consistent top-of-the-line quality each and every time you use the products.

The time for action is now.  All adult men and women can benefit from adding CoQ10 to their diet plan.  Combine that with all the benefits of resveratrol and you can’t go wrong.

It is something to think about!

Choose your supplements wisely

Not all supplements are created equal. Just as there are different levels of quality in the food we eat and the products we buy there are quality levels in supplements.

The nutritional health and wellness industry is growing by leaps and bounds (partly due to the aging baby boomers) and many companies are putting vitamins and supplements on the shelves and online.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to know if you are getting quality that you can trust.

A recent study shows that the likelihood of choosing a non-toxic and effective health supplement from the overwhelming array of products that are available is only 2.5%. In other words, there is a 97.5% chance that without investigating the reliability of the product yourself you could select a nutritional product that might be hazardous to your health!
(I call that a step in the wrong direction).

SO…. The question is “Who can you trust and what is actually good for you?”

It comes down to making choices.

Research your products and the companies that make them before you put your health on the line.

Many of us agonize over what clothes or car or TV we should buy but just grab the cheapest vitamin on the shelf. Its your body and your life. The choices we make now affect our future health and wellness.

So how do you choose the right supplement?

First let me educate you on some information that I wasn’t aware of until just recently.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate the vitamin and supplement industry.

That means that what is written on the label of a vitamin bottle might be true but also might be just a scam trying to make the supplement look better than it is. There is no one regulating what can or cannot be said about the effectiveness of the supplement.

This also means that there are no laws regulating the serving size or amount of vitamin and/or mineral contained in each tablet or capsule you are ingesting. No one to make sure it is a dosage your body needs or can use to maintain health.

Many vitamins work together in your body and if the proper amounts of each are not ingested together they might as well not be ingested at all.

They could actually do more harm than good.

Another important thing I have learned during my supplement research is that many of the vitamins available use fillers and artificial ingredients in their products. I always thought if you bought Vitamin C then the pill was all Vitamin C. Turns out it might have things like petroleum in there too. It might even have more ‘junk’ then it does the actual vitamin.

The first step in choosing a vitamin or supplement is choosing a vitamin or supplement company.

Look at the label of any vitamin you plan on purchasing and see who the company is and check for contact information. Look them up on the Internet or even call them and find out some of their manufacturing practices.

  • Do they follow and meet with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance?
  • Are the products they make independently tested and analyzed for effectiveness?
  • Does the manufacturer test the supplements for purity and potency?
  • What types of ingredients are used? Are they natural or synthetic?
  • Is the product full of fillers and other artificial ingredients? Many companies use fillers, binders and coatings in their vitamin tablets. These are usually inactive ingredients that are unnecessary for your body and can actually do harm.

  • Fillers are just that. They fill up space and help form the tablet.
  • Binders help keep everything together. Many times these can actually be harmful and include such things as gum, carbopol and povidone.
  • Coatings help keep it all together and can contain artificial flavors to make it taste better. (if you are trying to cover up petroleum and other nasty things no wonder you need artificial flavors.)

  • Are the products bioavailable? Meaning does it actually get absorbed and used by the body and not just get passed through the system as waste.
  • Are your vitamins and supplements a food or a drug?

All of this information should be available on the company’s website or by contacting their customer service representatives. If you are unable to find it or if they are unwilling to share this kind of information then it is probably in your best interest to avoid these supplements.

Why is Skin Nutrition so important?

Skin is our largest organ.  An average adult has about 22 square feet of skin covering their body.  And this sometimes overlooked part of our body does much more than make us look good.

Your skin acts as a waterproof, insulating shield that guards the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also repels bacterial attacks and helps prevent infection.  Your skin manufactures vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones. And if that wasn’t enough, skin is a huge sensor packed with nerves for keeping the brain in touch with the outside world. It is flexible, self repairing and allows us free movement in a multitude of environments.

So I think you can see why Skin Nutrition is so important in keeping this amazingly versatile organ healthy and working in top condition.  But for most of us the skin and its health and well being are often on the bottom of our nutrition list.

The following list will help you understand what you skin needs and what you can do to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, well functioning outer layer called your SKIN!

You might call it your nutrition mission for your skin aka Skin Care 101.

– Protein: Required to Build New Cells and new Skin.

You have about 300 million skin cells, and every minute you shed up to 40,000 of them.  So a good supply of protein is necessary to maintain your skin. Protein is one of the few substances we must ingest.    We cannot make up our own protein without the proper amino acid building blocks. A good Energizing Soy Protein means less toxic substances, less hormonal disturbances, less cholesterol, less acid and longer cell life.

Multi-Vitamin: A Proper Balance of all Nutrients

Most of us don’t eat a diet capable of providing us with the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals. Since your body cannot produce minerals, be sure your multi-vitamin includes the important trace minerals. Foods grown organically usually contain more minerals.

B-Complex: reduces stress reactions in the skin like canker sores & shingles

B-complex is one of the most important vitamins for our body. Lip problems, especially cracks at the corners of lips can indicate B complex deficiency. If your skin is too oily or to dry, B Complex can get it back in balance.

Vitamin C:  For Collagen construction and tissue integrity

Vitamin C helps your body resist infection. Wrinkles and sagginess can be contributed to a deficiency of Vitamin C and/or protein. This deficiency can also increase allergy and skin problems. Adding a sufficient amount of Vitamin C to your diet will help with your skins resiliency.  Every day environmental pollution and stress can destroy your supply of Vitamin C so its important to supplement you diet.

Vitamin E: Delays aging process, De-activates free radicals.

Vitamin E helps in many ways.  It tones the muscles, improves the skin’s elasticity, and increases blood circulation which helps protect the cells membranes.  Vitamin E also assists your body in utilizing oils and can relieve itchiness.  Dry leathery skin has been shown to improve through the use of Vitamin E.

Lecithin: plumps the skin, Beneficial to Nerves and Skins Functions

Some people have also found lecithin to be helpful in reducing eczema.

Omega 3 Acids: Omega 3’s and Lecithin help to provide essential fatty acids.

Fatty Acids are needed by your skin in order to stay soft and supple.  If you are on a low fat diet your skin might be especially low on essential fatty acids.  Omega 3’s have also been found to be very helpful with psoriasis.

– Zinc:  Healing factor, helpful with Immune System and Acne.

Collagen manufacture has been shown to slow down without zinc.

– Herbal Laxitive:  the skin is just one avenue for the elimination of toxins.

A good Herbal Laxative insures proper elimination of wastes so that the skin has less of a work load.

Antioxidants: assist your immune system

Antioxidants found in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E as well as a good Multi-Vitamin are useful in preventing free radical damage and aging.

Beta Carotene: the Precursor for Vitamin A production

Without sufficient Vitamin A no one has healthy skin. Beta Carotene is the best way to get Vitamin A because it is stored in all the cells in the body, not just in the liver.

– Liver Detox:  a sluggish liver is the reason for fatty deposits in the skin

These fatty deposits are commonly called age spots or liver spots.  A good Liver Detox supplement can help to rejuvenate liver function and keep the skin young & healthy looking.

When talking about skin care what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it.  A more radiant, healthy and glowing skin can be achieved through the power of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Many health experts agree that vitamins and minerals in all forms play an integral role in a healthy complexion, whether the source is your food or from supplements

“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs,” says Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Boston.

When combined with a good diet, the right dietary supplements can help keep your skin looking not only healthier but also younger.

So get out there and feed your skin.

Skin Nutrition: It’s something to think about!

Soy Protein: A Healthy Plant Alternative

Soy Protein has hit the market hard and is quickly becoming the ‘next’ big health food. But it not just a fad, Soy is a great way to get the protein your body needs. The problem with Soy becoming so popular is that everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get a piece of the pie; including creating products that have an inferior quality soy protein.

If you aren’t too concerned about quality then it’s much easier to make things cheaper and get them to the market quicker. Why spend money on a quality product that really does what it claims when it is much more cost effective to spend your money on glitzy advertising and celebrity endorsements.

Just like everything else you buy, there is a tradeoff between quality and quantity. But when it comes to your health is it worth saving a few cents every day.

Soy has become one of the most confusing and controversial subjects lately. The following checklist points out what is required to make sure you are getting a good Soy Protein that will benefit you health and wellness.

Soy Quality Control Checklist

There are Seven Essential quality controls that should be followed and met by the manufacturer of your soy products in order for them to produce quality products. Failure to follow these seven guidelines could result in soy products that produce less than optimum health results.

1. The beans must be organically grown

2. The beans must NOT be genetically engineered

3. Each batch must be checked to confirm that it contains the 9 essential amino acids

4. When producing the soy isolate, the crushed soy flakes must be water washed (not alcohol washed)

5. The anti-thyroid/anti-growth substance MUST be removed

6. The process must be without heat

7. The soy isolate must have calcium added (when the oil is removed it becomes an acidic food .. when calcium is added it makes it neutral again)

The following information explains each of the 7 Essential Soy Protein quality controls

The Importance of Organically Grown Soy – Studies conducted on chemically fertilized crops show decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates compared to crops that are organically grown. Studies have also shown a direct connection between the ingestion of nitrates & CANCER. So to produce the best product for optimal health it is important to know that things like pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides weren’t used on the growing soy beans. Soy beans are a very hardy plant so non-organic crops quite often have very powerful and deadly sprays used on them. For your health and safety it is critical that your soy products are organically grown.

Genetically Engineered Soy Beans – are much cheaper to purchase, and most companies producing soy products look for ways to save money. However, the old saying quite often holds true, “You get what you pay for!”.

It must contain ALL of the nine essential amino acids – One of the most valuable features of the soybean is that it is a complete protein and provides ALL nine of the essential amino acids. The body requires these daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies, and enzymes. HOWEVER, not all soybeans are created equal. The quality and amino acid content of soy beans can vary depending on soil conditions, and variable growing and harvest conditions. If one essential amino acid is missing, the immune system can be depressed 30%, and many important body functions are delayed or stopped. Therefore, it is essential that each batch of soybeans be checked for amino acid content. Without this assurance you cannot be guaranteed that you body is receiving everything it needs to maintain optimal health.

Water Washing – If the soy flakes are washed in alcohol the isoflavone content is destroyed by as much as 88%. The isoflavones are the part of the soy bean that reduce the risk of breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer! They are also beneficial in hormone balancing and increasing bone mass.

Removal of Anti-thyroid /Anti-growth substance – RAW soy contains an “anti-growth”, “anti-tyrosine” substance. Tyrosine deficiency will cause low blood pressure, low body temperature, and restless leg syndrome. Therefore, it is important to deactivate the “anti-tyrosine/anti-growth” substance. The Shaklee Corporation has designed an extracting process that removes this substance, yet keeps the soy in a raw form in order to maintain the HIGHEST LEVEL OF AMINO ACIDS and ISOFLAVONES which are very sensitive to heat.

Was your soybean food heated? Amino acids are very sensitive to heat. In some studies, cooking protein has been shown to destroy up to 50% of some ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS. If an individual consistently consumes a diet that is lacking in all of the essential amino acids, inadequate brain development and hormones, or other body tissue development can be the result.

Has CALCIUM been added to your soy powder? One of the possible negatives about soy is that soy powders are VERY ACIDIC and cause bone loss because it causes calcium to be drawn from the bones!!!! The truth is, the raw soy bean is a NEUTRAL food (neither acidic nor alkaline), but when the soybean oil is removed it makes the powder very acidic. (The oil must be removed so the soy powder will not go rancid.) Therefore, adequate calcium (which is very alkaline and balances the soy powder) must be added so the powder will be neutral. Many protein powder manufacturers do not add any or enough calcium.

Some soy FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do soy beans cause cancer?

It is true that “overcooked” soy does contain “carcinogenic” compounds. When soy is extruded through high temperature, high pressure steam nozzles it forms what is called “textured vegetable protein – TVP for short”. Soy that is processed in this way can cause the soy product to be carcinogenic or cancer-causing. TVP is what is used in soy dogs and soy burgers, and should be avoided.

What about roasted soybeans?

Whole soy beans are high in plant fat. If soybeans are roasted to eat as soy nuts, the heat alters the fat and makes it a trans-fatty acid, which causes both cancer and heart disease. As roasted soy nuts sit on the shelf or in the cupboard in storage, the oils are becoming more and more rancid and carcinogenic. AVOID roasted soy beans.

Aren’t soy proteins hard on the kidneys?

Animal protein is much harder to digest than vegetable protein. Since many people have digestive difficulties, protein that is not thoroughly digested is very challenging to the kidneys. Powdered protein is in a predigested state, and is the BEST protein source to choose! Protein is not the enemy – it is essential for life. However, it is true that EXCESSIVE protein is hard on the kidneys, so if a person consumes more than 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, AND does not consume adequate carbohydrates with it, this could cause kidney damage.

I have been told I can’t have soy because I have breast cancer…

It is true that soy is a “phyto-estrogen” food, which means it contains substances that have hormone-like components. However, their estrogen strength is 1/1000th that of the body’s own stronger estrogens. Therefore, you want to load your digestive system with quality controlled raw soy powder, because these weaker estrogens will block the estrogen receptor sites from receiving your body’s own stronger estrogens and therefore be very protective against estrogen fed cancer.

I want to thank Dr. Richard Brouse for much of the information found in this article. Dr. Brouse received his Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Western States College of Colorado in 1970. He was appointed by the U.S. Surgeon General to conduct metabolic research at the Army Burn Research Center in San Antonio, Texas from 1970 through 1972 on the effects of burn stress upon the immune system. His work was published and coauthored with Dr. Eurenius in the September, 1973, issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Dr. Brouse, in 1977, received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Western States Chiropractic College located in Portland, Oregon. He taught Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and served as a Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Western States Chiropractic College for 14 years.

A new study on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease has busted another popular heart health myth! I’m sure that most of you have heard the one about taking an aspirin a day to reduce the risk of heart attack.  Many Doctors have advised their patients to take an aspirin every day, but this recommendation has been repeated so often online, in the media and through self help information that many people have taken it on themselves to add a baby aspirin to their daily regimen without any advice from a hospital or a doctor recommendation.

Is this a good plan?  Does taking an aspirin a day really help reduce the risk of heart attack?

Instead of just self prescribing an answer, I read about this study done in Edinburgh Scotland by Dr. Gerry Fowlkes of the Wolfson Unit for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.

The study was recently presented at the European Society for Cardiology in Barcelona Spain.  Dr. Fowlkes and a few of his colleagues followed 3,000 men who had been diagnosed to be at very high risk for developing heart disease for an average of eight years.

This study was conducted like many others have been before where half of the study group was randomly chosen to take the test drug, in this case an aspirin a day, and the other half was given a placebo (This is a usually “sugar pill” or any dummy medication).

At the end of the eight year study the researchers looked back at the incidence of heart attack and stroke.  Guess what they found out…

There was no difference in the rate of heart attacks or stroke – or risk of death from any cause – between the two groups.

The simple conclusion of this study found that…

An aspirin a day did not decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke and had no discernable health benefits.

In fact, the group of 1500 men who were taking the aspirin a day had several health problems that either more common or made worse when compared to the 1500 men in the placebo group.

One example of this showed itself with major bleeds or internal bleeding.  There were 34 major bleeds in the aspirin group compared to only 20 in people taking the placebo.  And the number of cases of internal bleeding bad enough to require hospitalization was almost twice as many for the aspirin a day group compared to the placebo group.

The conclusion of this study was that for otherwise healthy people the risks of taking aspirin could outweigh the benefits, however the researchers also cautioned that for people who have already had a heart attack the benefits of taking an aspirin a day might outweigh the risks.  Most of these people, the ones who have already had a heart attacks, are under the care of a physician and have been prescribed the aspirin.  They are not self medicating.

But for those people interested in taking part in a preventative health care plan,  I would encourage them to look into natural alternates  to reduce their risk of heart disease, rather than relying on a man made chemicals and drugs.  Nature did a great job in creating this amazing thing we call our body.  I believe if we give our bodies what they need, they will maintain their health and if out of balance even heal themselves.

A good example of a natural approach to heart health is the use of omega-3 fatty acids.  Several recent clinical studies have shown that as little as 500 mg/day of omega-3 fatty acids, whether from fish or from supplements, can reduce the risk of a second heart attack in someone who has already had one heart attack by 30-40%.

Another study, the Landmark Nutritional Supplement Study showed that people who have used the Shaklee supplements for 20 years or more have 1/3 the incidence of angina, heart attack, stroke or congestive heart failure as do people using other company’s multivitamins or no supplements at all.

Its something to think about!

The internet and the national media have exploded with report after report about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) viral infection that is supposedly sweeping through the country this cold and flu season. But there are a lot of misleading facts being thrown around. Is the Swine Flu really the big health scare the media and the government are making it out to be?

There has been a call for the swine flu vaccine to become a mandatory vaccine that we must all take. For me personally this is just one more case of the government overstepping its role and giving in to big money and big business. I have been researching this topic pretty heavily since I heard about the possibility of a mandatory vaccination requirement and I have not found anything that has led me to believe this is a deadly flu virus or that it would require any sort of extra vaccination effort.

In fact, my findings show that the swine flu vaccine might actually be more hazardous to your health than the actual infection from the swine flu virus.  I started out to write a small little blog post but I have been so shocked and amazed by the information I have uncovered that I feel I could write a huge term paper.  Not only does it seem that the Swine Flu is not the death monger it is being made out to be but it seems as though the cure could be the real killer.

Here are a few things I found about the viral infection that has been called the swine flu but is technically labeled the H1N1 Flu virus. (much of this statistical data was taken from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC)

  • Doctor visits for flu are down from the level of visits in April of 2009
  • The total flu hospitalizations are similar or lower than for a normal seasonal flu
  • The number of deaths secondary to flu and pneumonia is remained unchanged from a normal yearly rate
  • There is no evidence that the virus has mutated at all anywhere in the world
  • There have been 43,771 reported cases in the U.S., with 5,011 requiring hospitalization and 302 deaths. That means the death rate is 0.6 percent, an extremely low death rate for any flu.
  • The percentage of hospitalized patients who died was 6 percent, again a very low incidence of death.
  • Since the CDC estimates that one million people have been infected the actual death rate is in truth 0.03 percent, which means 99.97% of those infected will not die from this flu. Your chances of dying are incredibly low.
  • The Federal Government is saying 150 million Americans will be infected. That is 150 times as many as have now been infected, and represents a much larger figure than would be infected using an estimate based on a 6 to 6.5% infection of a localized population.
  • For the United States with a population slightly over 300 million, the government figures indicate a 50 percent infection rate. There is nothing to indicate such a high infection rate from the past 7 months of analysis. (It has been closer to a 6-7% infection rate)
  • The CDC’s own data indicates that the hospitalization rates and death rates are no higher; in fact they are significantly lower, than the previous two to three flu seasons.
  • The government is using “scare tactics” to promote vaccine use in the United States and that the pharmaceutical makers of vaccines are working in conjunction with these officials.

And now here are a few facts about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine:

  • These vaccines are experimental, untested, toxic and extremely dangerous to the human immune system.
  • They contain squalene-based adjuvants that can cause a host of annoying to life-threatening autoimmune diseases.
  • What we really have with the swine flu vaccine is an untested, potentially dangerous cocktail of chemicals and viral fragments that could plausibly be linked to a devastating neurological condition.
  • Vaccines don’t always protect against diseases they’re designed to prevent and often cause them.
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) suggested the risks (from the swine flu vaccine) by stating “new technologies are involved in the production of some pandemic vaccines, which have not yet been extensively evaluated for their safety in certain population groups…” As a result, “post-marketing surveillance” and “post-marketing safety and effectiveness studies” are essential so that countries can adjust their vaccination policies
  • Independent studies of squalene used as a vaccine adjuvant indicates that it is associated with a very high incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as an MS-like neurological syndrome, rheumatoid joint disease and especially Lupus.

Here are some things found in a regular flu shot: (taken from an article by Dr. Russell Blaylock)

  • Egg proteins, which could include avian contaminant viruses
  • Gelatin, known to cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis reactions like those usually associated with sensitivity to egg or gelatin
  • Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™), which can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis
  • Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen
  • Triton X100: a strong detergent
  • Sucrose (table sugar)
  • Resin, known to cause allergic reactions
  • Gentamycin, an antibiotic
  • Thimerosal: mercury is still found in multi-dose vials

The British science magazine, The New Scientist, recently polled 60 virologists to get their opinion about the swine flu virus and what they would be personally doing to avoid the infection. None of the 60 virologists mentioned anything about taking the vaccine. This is interesting because Virologists are scientists who study viruses — their classification, their genetics, methods of spread and their ability to cause disease. No one knows more about this virus than the virologists.

So if the viral spread of this Swine Flu infection doesn’t seem to be any worse than that of any normal “cold and flu” season and the vaccine we have to treat it could cause more potential harm than the viral infection why would any sane person want to mandate its use for the entire population.

Well… (and you probably could have guessed this), Behind the push to vaccinate the entire population are the pharmaceutical makers of the vaccines, who are working in conjunction with the government to make the vaccine mandatory.

Homeland security and FEMA are pushing for forced vaccinations and the medical experts, virologists and epidemiologists are calling for calm and resorting to voluntary vaccination only. The former have links with the vaccine manufacturers via political contacts. A great deal of money will be made by the manufacturers, should forced vaccinations be mandated.

In fact there was a 30 year study done and written up in a peer review journal that showed little or no reduction in hospitalization or death from the use of flu vaccines. This to me is just amazing! It bears repeating; little or no reduction in hospitalization or death from the use of these vaccines. Yet there is also written proof that the vaccines themselves contain viruses that could cause illness and infections within your body.

WHAT!!!! Doesn’t this just make you want to smack somebody? Highly educated people know these vaccines don’t really do much good, but they could do a lot of harm and yet we are still being brainwashed into thinking we need these chemicals to live a better life.

Check out this YouTube Video with Dr. Blaylock (it is part 2 of 4). It has some information that I was shocked to hear.

Vaccines are the bedrock of the pharmaceutical industry’s profit centers. Just think about it, no pharmaceutical company ever made any money off of creating healthy people.

There are alternatives.

First, read, become educated. Don’t just blindly let someone pump chemicals into you without you knowing the possible consequences. You should be able to make up your own mind and suffer or reap the consequences no matter what your choice.

Second, maintain your health. Everyone, from vaccine supporters to vaccine haters doesn’t disagree that healthy people are not affected badly by this or any other flu. The deaths from these viral infections come in the population of people who are in poor health already.

Our bodies are amazing pieces of machinery. They are wondrous things that science has not been able to duplicate. If you give your body the things it needs it will maintain itself and heal itself.

We also have an amazing little army that lives within us called our immune system. It naturally fights off hundreds of harmful viruses every year. The better equipped your little army (your immune system) is the better it can keep you healthy. One of the key components in keeping the immune system working effectively is interferon. By increasing the natural production of interferon you can boost your immune system and maintain a powerful little army.

It has been clinically tested and proven (which is more than the vaccine producers can say) by four published human clinical studies that a combination of immune-strengthening plant extracts can strengthen your immune response by boosting your body’s natural interferon.

Interferon plays a second important role in your body’s defense. It can also boost the immune system’s ability to recognize foreign invaders. It is because of this special role that interferon is used in drug form as an anti-viral agent to treat many different diseases. Researchers have shown that interferon can prevent infection and illness when taken in the right form.

So the choices are yours.

First, you can listen to the hype and fear mongering of the mass media, or do some reading and learn the real truth.

Second, choose the swine flu vaccine or choose to eat right and take supplements to boost your health. Don’t forget to add in the only supplement proven to boost your immune system and strengthen your immune response to viral infections.

I am just a regular guy who has done some research. Don’t take my word for anything anymore than you would other blog sources. I encourage everyone to do their own research and make up their own minds.

It is something to think about!

Colds and the flu are the most frequent illness infections that we as Americans ‘catch’ and they affect all age groups. Every year these illnesses occur and spread through our society.  While the Cold and the Flu are both caused by viruses, they are not relegated to a certain time of year but can attack at any time.  The reason they show up more during the winter and the so called ‘cold season’ is because people are forced to stay indoors more due to the weather and therefore increase the chance of spreading the infections from one person to another.

Pretty much everyone has had at least some form of cold or flu during their life.  It’s never fun and for some people the flu can actually be deadly.

So what do we really know about the causes and extent of colds and flu in this country and what can be done to keep from getting sick with these viruses? The following statistics provide an up-to-date look at this common public health problem.

• During a typical year, Americans suffer 1 billion colds. (SOURCE: the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

• Children typically have more colds because they are often in close contact with each other at school and daycares.  They can have about 6 to 10 colds a year.  (SOURCE: NIAID).

• Adults, on the other hand, average about 2 to 4 colds a year.  This number can vary widely depending on work situations and overall health. Women, especially those aged 20 to 30 years, have more colds than men.  This could be due to the fact that they have closer contact with children. (SOURCE: NIAID).

• It is estimated 10 to 20 percent of all Americans come down with the flu each year during flu season.  Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and children frequently spread the virus to others.  This is most likely caused by the same closeness factor previously mentioned. (SOURCE: NIAID).

• Even though the flu is just another “not so fun” illness for most people, for some it can become deadly.  Every year more than 100,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year. UPDATE: I have done some more research and found that the actual flu only has several hundred deaths linked to it each year, the CDC just assumes the deaths from pneumonia where caused as a complication due to the flu. (SOURCE: Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

• The cold and flu season creates an enormous impact on the economy. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates that, in 1996, 62 million cases of the common cold in the United States required medical attention or resulted in restricted activity. In 1996, colds caused 45 million days of restricted activity and 22 million days lost from school. UPDATE: After more research I found that a 40 year study showed getting a flu shot did NOT decrease the number of days missed from work. (SOURCE: NCHS).

• Statistics for the United States show that most colds occur during the winter months of September through March or April. (SOURCE: NIAID).

• One reason for the increase is due to the fact that most cold and flu viruses survive better when humidity is low in the colder months of the year. Cold weather may also make the inside lining of the nose drier and more vulnerable to viral infection. (SOURCE: NIAID).

• More than 200 different viruses are known to cause the symptoms of the common cold and approximately 10 to 15 percent of adult colds are caused by viruses also responsible for other, more severe illnesses. (SOURCE: NIAID).

• Sometimes it is difficult to determine if you have a cold or the flu at the onset of the illness because some of the symptoms of the cold and flu are similar. Colds typically begin slowly and usually have symptoms of a scratchy, sore throat followed by sneezing, a runny nose and possibly, a cough several days later. The flu on the other hand is often associated with sudden onset combined with a headache, dry cough and the chills and these symptoms quickly become more severe than those of a cold. Fever of up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit is also common. (SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Stress is factor that can increase the susceptibility to the common cold and the flu because stress can reduce the ability for you immune system to function to it full capacity. This fact was demonstrated in a study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where test subjects injected with influenza A virus that reported greater psychological stress before inoculation experienced more severe symptoms. (SOURCE: NIAID)

• People with a compromised immune system are the most likely to contract a cold or the flu. Some of the factors that weaken the immune system are stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, lack of physical exercise, exposure to environmental toxins, and allergies. Health problems, such as raised blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and diabetes, also play a role in lowering the body’s defenses. (SOURCE: Complementary Medicine Magazine)

• Studies have shown a link between interferon and your body’s ability to kill many common cold and flu viruses.  (Interferon is a protein that is a component of the immune system.) One therapy involves the one-time injection of the drug interferon alpha but this treatment may cause side effects, such as flu-like symptoms and nosebleeds. (SOURCE: FDA)

A better way to boost your body’s natural interferon levels is to maintain a balanced diet containing fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  These nutrients are very important in keeping the immune system functioning effectively. The problem is that many Americans have nutritionally deficient diets.  This makes the fact that there is now a supplement containing herbs that have immunoactive properties that much more important.  Immunoactive is a fancy way of saying the supplement has the right herbs in the right amounts to work together in combination to naturally increase the body’s production of interferon.  Remember that Interferon is the protein that triggers the body’s immune system to mount an immune response.  Basically interferon will boost your immune system.

Simply put:

Herbal Supplement + Your Body = More  Natural Interferon

More Natural Interferon = More Immune System Response = Less Cold and Flu

Its definitely something to think about!

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More and more the consensus is to not do animal testing.  It is usually cruel in some fashion or another no matter how kind or wonderful the researchers are.  That is just the nature of testing and research.  Quite often the researchers are testing drugs or new products that could cause or cure a disease.  So how could that ever be humane.

The problem: How do you test the validity and effectiveness of these new drugs and products before you put them on the market for humans to use.

Clinical studies have become the “Gold” standard for determining the effectiveness of these new drugs and nutrition products.  It was often difficult to achieve the goal without performing tests and so animals were nominated as test subjects.

This was the problem and one companies solution to the problem.

The Shaklee Corporation has made a commitment not to use any animal studies in the testing of their products.

Recently they had to come up with a very ingenious plan for there latest research project in order to maintain this commitment of no animal testing.  I thought it was pretty impressive, and if you are an animal lover you might think so too!

Shaklee has an immune boosting supplement called Nutriferon.  They wanted to do some basic research on how Nutriferon might work to prevent viral infections in the lungs.  They asked research scientists from Cornell University to help them conduct these experiments.

Cornell has some of the world’s top experts in the field of immunology and the development of model systems that can be used instead of relying on animal studies.  A perfect fit for what Shaklee wanted to have done.

In order to conduct the research properly, the scientists from Cornell asked Shaklee to support some of their research into developing a model system that would simulate the layers of cells that line the lungs and windpipe.  This would keep the research animal free while still allowing the research to see how cells would respond to viral infections.

Even though developing this model did not involve any Shaklee products and was really of no direct benefit to Shaklee, the company agreed to support its development.

Well, long story short, the Cornell scientists have already used this new model to show how the lungs respond to a particular type of parainfluenza virus that is responsible for croup and bronchitis in children.

So Shaklee, a health and wellness company, was indirectly involved in creating a model to further science that can help people (kids in this case) stay healthier.  This research didn’t do anything to sell more products or make more money, it was research for the good of people.  (I think that is pretty cool.)

Now of coarse the reason all this came up in the first place is because Shaklee was interested in performing research to determine how Nutriferon helps the lungs resist infection by flu viruses.

The final results of that study have not been published yet, but the study did show that Nutriferon activates “natural killer cells” when a flu virus infects lung tissue.

This is significant because natural killer cells are an important player when it comes to “killing” a flu virus.  Nutriferon had already been shown to help fight viral infections but it was never known how it did this.  This research is one more important piece of the puzzle that shows the Nutiferon is effective.

This is just one more example showing that large corporations can do well for themselves while doing good for the community and mankind.

It is something to think about!