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A Case Against Alkaline Water

Alkaline water is not water. At best, it is an artificially processed fluid sold as water. It supposedly serves to reduce acidity in the body produced by a bad diet.

Current obsession with the product stems from thinking that being acidic is bad and alkaline is good and that an acidic body is prone to cancer whereas an alkaline condition is ideal for health. It is not that simple.

Alkaline water is not the antidote to ailments people believe it to be. It was announced as such by clever marketing yet, it is actually detrimental to health.

This is what happened to a friend:

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Bipolar Disorder Associated with Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition defined by dramatic mood swings. Emotions alternate between extremes of high and low, mania and depression. The manic phase exhibits elevated mood and high energy, which are followed by deep depression, often despair and suicidal tendencies. Opposing displays of emotions can last for days or even weeks while the patient cannot think clearly and is unable to cope with daily activities and life.

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The Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been touted as a miracle for a variety of conditions, but does the science back up the claims being made? Researchers from around the globe are putting coconut oil to the test and finding that coconut oils really is living up to its favorable reputation.

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Effect of Healthy Eating on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a crippling autoimmune disease affecting all joints in the body. It is found more in women than men. The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure. Researchers are looking at patient’s diets to see if a relationship exists between food and the risk of developing this chronic disease.

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The Effect of Manuka Honey on MRSA

Studies of Manuka honey and its potential to down-regulate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA), a gram-negative strain, have proven this honey’s ability to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Foods that Influence Anxiety and Depression

Most of us can relate to feeling anxious before speaking in front of a group or being depressed due to a stressful situation in our lives, but did you know that the food we eat can help decrease or increase anxiety and depression?

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Study of Tualang Honey Found to Benefit Smokers

A study in Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry submitted by Syaheeda et al demonstrated that high antioxidant content in Tualang honey benefited smokers with severe oxidative stress.

Based on findings from a previous study with Chlorella and herbs, both high in antioxidants, proved that natural products have effect on oxidative stress in male smokers, Tualang honey was used to study rats affected by smoke. Positive results from the rat test led to the experiment on men with a chronic smoking habit.

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Tualang Honey

Tualang honey is collected by bees from the nectar of flowers in the Malaysian Rainforest.  Aware of healing potential of honey throughout history, this honey too is filled with healing components, such as antioxidant activity, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, organic acids and proteins.

The Study

The researchers tested the effect of the honey for 12 weeks on smokers in a group of 32 chronic smokers against two equal-sized control groups; one group was not supplemented, the other was a group of non-smokers. Blood was tested before and after the study from all groups. Blood tests pre-intervention showed antioxidant status in smokers to be significantly less than in the non-smoking group. After 12 weeks of supplementation with Tualang honey, antioxidant status in smokers increased considerably with higher values of total antioxidants status, catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activities. These systemic enzymes are important free radical destroyers.

The conclusion of the intervention is that Tualang honey can be used as a supplement for chronic smokers exposed to free radicals in cigarette smoke and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke to protect or reduce the risks of diseases from smoking especially cardiovascular disease.

Dangers of Smoking

One does not see people smoke in public places because it is prohibited by law. This does not mean there are no smokers.

Smoking increases free radical activities in the body with resulting oxidative stress. This causes serious diseases of the heart, arteries and lungs.

Free radicals are very harmful, despite their being the product of natural oxidation processes from the body’s metabolic functions.

A healthy body can neutralize free radicals with antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C or from other antioxidants found in plant foods and in a healthy diet. http://bodyiqonline.com/real-food/

Age increases free radical production, but reduces the amount of antioxidants in the body. In smokers, this imbalance carries risk of serious illnesses especially if they are older.

According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans are living with diseases caused by smoking. Based on trends, it will have reached 8 million by 2030 because many young people, younger than 18, take up the habit. Commercials with warnings to stop smoking or not to start appear again on television. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

These are harsh statistics caused by smoking and billions of dollars spent for it in medical costs.

Smoking is an addiction as difficult to stop as heroin. There are patches, gimmicks of various kinds, classes and group support, and prescription drugs to help the afflicted.

Will studies like these, promising natural products with high antioxidant status such as Tualang honey achieve better health, prevent stroke, myocardial infarction or cancer while the chronic smoker lights up another cigarette? Probably not, only the smoker himself can stop smoking and an impending disease.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02772248.2015.1077959

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm

 

 

 

 

Vitamins A C D and Super Food Season

We decided against the flu shot and good for us, we did not succumb to advertising aimed to get one, even for free.

Vitamins A, C and D are indispensable in keeping the immune system strong. The immune system protects against most infectious diseases. However, some germs are formidable foes because by constantly mutating they can break defenses easily. To protect ourselves, we are looking towards vitamin supplements for help and each year it seems to become more urgent to find stronger ones.

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How Diet and Exercise Affect the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates that roughly 2.5 million people around the world have MS. They state that around 200 new cases are diagnosed each week just in the United States. And, the further away you are from the equator, the more likely you are to be diagnosed.   So what can you do to lower your chances or if you do have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), how can you decrease symptoms?

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Flame Retardants Linked to ADHD

ADHD continues to rise. The latest number from the CDC indicate that 9.5% of children under the age of 17 have been diagnosed with the disorder. Just like other ailments and disorders, there are a variety of environmental and genetic links to ADHD – the most recent being flame retardants.

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Flame retardants (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers – PBDEs) are widely used in the United States in products such as baby strollers, carpeting, furniture and electronics. These items release PBDEs and the dust settles in the lungs of men, women and children alike.

Effect of Flame Retardants (PBDEs) on Children

A recent study out of Columbia University found that prenatal exposure to PBDEs is strongly correlated with ADHD. In fact children with higher levels of PBDE exposure were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD then those with lower levels.

Environmental Health Perspectives also studied prenatal exposure of PBDEs on children and observed that the higher the exposure to PBDEs in mothers and children, the lower the children scored on the reasoning, verbal and IQ tests. In addition, these children were more likely to have problems with attention and a higher probability of ADHD

Another study published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology found that California children’s exposure to PBDEs are among the highest measured worldwide. Researchers discovered that this exposure is associated with deficits in attention, processing speed, fine motor coordination and cognition in children ages 5-12 years old. The researchers state “Our results suggest that the prefrontal cortex may be a potential target for PBDE exposure and add to a growing literature showing that these ubiquitous toxicants may adversely affect neurodevelopment.”

Why are levels higher in California’s Children?

California has strict fire safety codes and most manufacturers strive to meet California’s Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117) standard that requires raw foam to withstand a candle-like flame for 12 seconds. This means higher levels of PBDE dust exposure for California kids. In fact, research indicates that the only levels in literature seen higher than California children blood levels are children living on a hazardous waste site in Nicaragua.

However, since manufacturers do not like to have different products for different states, they are moving to having all products meet California’s standards, having health implications for children and adults in other states.

Reducing Exposure to Flame Retardants

  1. If you live outside of California, avoid buying items labeled California TB117 as these will have higher amounts of flame retardants than those required in your state. If you live in California, ask about the foam inside the furniture and how it is wrapped to reduce dust exposure.
  2. Use a HEPA filter vacuum and a mop to reduce dust.
  3. Reduce the use of rugs and carpets if possible.
  4. Cell phones and remote controls contain flame retardants, so avoid giving them to children to play with.
  5. Wash your hands frequently.

Detoxifying from Flame Retardants

The good news is there are things you can to reduce your body’s burden of flame retardants.

  1. Eating organic, nutritious food will help reduce the exposure to other toxins contained in pesticides.
  2. Infrared sauna helps the body to sweat the flame retardants out of fat where it is stored. It is important to do this with a professional who is familiar with the protocol.
  3. There are homeopathics (flame retardant detox) and supplements (liver and kidney support) that can help children and adults reduce their body burden.

If your child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, it is important to look at all exposure including lead and PBDEs. As a mother and a grandmother, children’s health is a priority. Please phone me at 310-577-0852 for a free 15 minute free nutrition consultation. By adopting clean eating and appropriate detoxification support, children can and do make progress!

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/adhd.htm

https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/

http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20110415/high-levels-of-flame-retardants-in-us-kids

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26271888

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/2012/11/2013-0205-prenatal-child-pbde-iq-attention-deficits/

http://www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org/pdfs/factsheets/ToxicFlameRetardants_en0710.pdf

http://www.straight.com/life/705401/detoxifying-body-harmful-chemicals-and-metals-easier-it-might-seem

Compiled and written by Debbie Lindgren