Makers of “Cheap” Dietary Supplements Screaming Like Stuck Pigs

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The FDA is enforcing a provisional rule on synthetics in dietary supplements which says, among other things, that synthetic botanicals will no longer be considered New Dietary Ingredients and must never be sold as supplements, only as drugs.

The FDA’s intention to regulate synthetics in dietary supplements has upset some dietary supplement manufacturers.  One industry group goes […]

Still Giving Your Kids “Stone Age” Vitamins?

Fred Flintstone promotes stone age vitamins.Sweet, chewy “gummi” vitamin supplements are a hit with mommies and kids.  Kids like them because they’ve got cartoon characters and bright colors on the label and they taste just like candy.  Mommies like them because they believe they’re making up for any shortfalls in the diet they feed their kids (often heavy on fast foods and processed foods) and they don’t have to fight with their kids to take them.

Good nutrition is critical for children, who are in their growth years, when their bodies and brains are developing, and when they are especially susceptible to stress and infections.

Parents might be surprised to learn that many of these children’s vitamins aren’t nearly as beneficial for their kids as they think they are, because they contain synthetic and artificial ingredients.

Children’s vitamins with synthetic ingredients have the same achille’s heel as adult supplements with synthetic incredients:  They’re  missing the food matrix, the associated micronutrients, that vitamins found in nature come with.

Most nutrients like Chromium, beta-carotene and B-Complex are found in complex groups.  Amino acids, vitamine E, trace minerals and vitamin C all come in families.  It’s important that this family integrity is kept intact.  If it isn’t you are getting only the isolated vitamin and not all the other known and unknown factors, just as nature intended.

“The synthetic vitamins may be identical with naturally occurring substances or closely related.  The close relations, although useful in many ways, pose some problems in that they may have only a fraction, whether large or small, of the biological activity of the natural products…  Synthetic vitamins may perform some of the functions of their natural counterparts while being useless for others.  But what may be more important is the fact that synthetic vitamins, prepared from chemicals instead of nature, are frequently less active biologically than their natural counterparts, thereby reducing any beneficial effect they may have.” – Isobel Jennings of Cambridge University.  Continue reading Still Giving Your Kids “Stone Age” Vitamins?

Be Free From Periodontal Disease Naturally Through Adequate Oral Hygiene And By Utilizing Natural Oral Care Products

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Periondontal disease is another term for gum disease.  It’s an infection of the gums wherein during the primary phase the tissue turns out to be irritated and swollen because of plaque accumulation on teeth. Once the gums are swollen it causes open spaces for more bacteria to develop which causes more plaque as well as severe […]

The New Hidden Hunger

In 2009 Nicolas D. Kristof wrote in The New York Times:   “…  one of the great Western misconceptions is that severe malnutrition is simply about not getting enough to eat. Often it’s about not getting the right micronutrients — iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine — and one of the most cost-effective ways outsiders can combat poverty is to fight this “hidden hunger.”

Over 5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from the devastating effecrts of malnutrition.  Lack of proper nutrition in the early development years is to blame for issues such as stunted growth, retarded brain development and poor health in the lives of 55 million children worldwide.

Malnutrition affects more than 925 million people globally, including developed countries.

Although the picture that immediately comes to mind when malnutrition is mentioned is people with skinny arms and legs and ribs showing, the new face of malnutrition includes people in developed countries who eat plenty, but consume a diet of mainly fast food and processed foods.

Approximately 90% of the money Americans spend on food is used to buy processed food.  In the 1990’s we started putting “engineered proteins” in food stuffs and children’s food allergies went up 300%.

“young children are so susceptible to malnutrition because what they eat lacks essential vitamins and minerals to help them grow, remain strong and fight off infections.” – Dr. Susan Shepherd, Doctors Without Borders

“Nutritional deficiency has now become epidemic right here in America, where a significant amount of the money we spend on food is used to buy processed foods.  A recent national survey reports that “nearly the entire US population consumes a diet that is not on par with [MyPyramid] recommendations”. – The Journal of Nutrition1401832-1838, 2010 “Americans Do Not Meet Federal Dietary Recommendations”  Continue reading The New Hidden Hunger

The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Glyconutrients for Vibrant HealthMost people are aware of scientific research that has established diet as an important component of good health and more of the general public are paying attention to nutritional intervention.

Glyconutrients, a class of nutrients that appear necessary for maintaining health, have gotten a lot of attention in the scientific community in recent years. Information concerning glyconutrients, glycobiology, and glycoproteins fills volumes of textbooks and thousands of medical research articles.  To date there are over 40,000 publications on the research of glycobiology and the study of these important glyconutrients.

However, the public’s knowledge of glyconutrients and their importance to maintaining health is limited.

The human body is incredibly dynamic; every day, it is maintaining, protecting and regulating its 60 trillion cells.  It replaces 150 to 500 billion cells daily.  Central to the body’s health is the cell’s ability to maintain its function properly.  Cells must also be nourished, protected and supported.

Glyconutrients are monosaccharides or carbohydrates that are vital for the correct structure and function of cells in our bodies.  As the name monosaccharides indicates they are sugars.

When most people think of sugar, they think of that sweet white granulated stuff that many people put on their breakfast cereal or in their morning coffee. Diabetics think of sugar as something to avoid because it will raise their blood sugar.  Glyconutrients are not that kind of sugar.

Science has found that glyconutrients are important for cell to cell communication and the proper functioning of our immune system.

Proper cell to cell communication is necessary for our body to function properly.  For instance our digestive system needs to know which food components to absorb into the blood stream and which to ignore.  Without proper cell to cell communication our immune system wouldn’t know which cells to attack and destroy and which cells to protect.  Continue reading The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Kids Vomiting to Lose Weight

Teen purging at commodeSelf-induced vomiting to lose weight appears to be on the rise among younger and younger children.

A recent study out of Taiwan that researchers wrote about in the Journal of Clinical Nursing revealed some startling statistics:  Out of 16,000 respondents, 15 percent of 13 to 15-year-olds said they had tried vomiting to lose weight in the last year and nearly 16 percent of 10 to 12-year-olds said they had.

This behavior was most prevalent among children who engaged in other unhealthy behaviors.  For instance, more than 20% of those who said they’d tried vomiting also said they ate fried food on a daily basis, and 18% said they spent more than two hours a day sitting at a computer. 

“It showed that self-induced vomiting was most prevalent in adolescents who had a sedentary lifestyle, slept less and ate unhealthily,” said Dr. Yiing Mei Liou, the study’s lead author.

In the United States, according to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control, 4% of teens in the U.S. said they had vomited or taken laxatives to lose weight in the 30 days before the survey.

Self-induced vomiting is not necessarily the same as bulimia but it is still an eating disorder.  Vomiting to lose weight can lead to more serious eating disorders like Bulimia and Anorexia.

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder where people binge and purge.  In binge eating people may eat a huge amount of food: snacks, several helpings of food,  and a large portion of desert in 2 hours or so, then purge.  They try to get rid of the food by vomiting or taking laxatives (usually in secret).  Continue reading Kids Vomiting to Lose Weight

The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

light yogurtYogurt is healthy for us right? 

Most of us have come to believe so.  Yogurt has become so synonymous with healthy food and dieting that when we see somebody eating it we automatically assume that they’re on some kind of diet or health routine – and most likely they are.

Many of these people would be surprised to learn that the yogurt they’re eating is probably not healthy for them, especially if it’s processed yogurt.

In recent years yogurt makers have had great success in making their product more attractive to the mainstream market by packaging it in convenient containers, and adding flavoring, coloring, preservatives and other “unnatural” additives.

Some people indulge their sweet tooth by enjoying frozen yogurt as an ice cream substitute thinking that it’s healthier and lower calorie than ice cream.

It seems like frozen yogurt “parlors” have popped up everywhere.  There, yogurt is available in a flavorful soft-serve consistency, and customers can add toppings like candy sprinkles and M&M’s.  Many do, figuring they’ve saved a lot of calories by eating yogurt instead of ice cream.

The truth is that many of the top brands of yogurt are unhealthier for us than eating a bowl of ice cream.  Continue reading The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

Why Your Body May Not Assimilate Your Supplement

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My friend was proud that her preferred calcium supplement contained 600 mg of calcium per serving according to the label, and mine contained only 255 mg per serving.

Calcium is a basic element found in nearly all organized tissues. It is a member of the alkaline earth family of metals, is the most abundant mineral in the […]

Vitamins, Minerals, Radioactive Metals and the Indian Mustard Plant

The Indian mustard plant for Vibrant HealthStrange Connection

It turns out that nuclear waste heavy metals and good nutrition have something in common, the Indian mustard plant. 

When the Russians were looking for a way to remediate all the radioactive material spread by the meltdown of the nuclear power facility in Chernobyl they tried phytoremediation.

Phytoremediation is the direct use of living plants for in situ removal, containment, degradation, or rendering harmless contaminants in soil.  Plants do this by taking up the materials in the soil by absorbing them through the root system. 

The plant which Russian agronomists used was the Indian mustard plant (Brassica juncea) which has a prodigious absorption capacity.  The Indian mustard plant has been nicknamed “nature’s magnet” and has a unique ability to absorb metals and minerals from the soil it grows in.

Whereas the Russians used it to remove dangerous levels of lead and uranium, scientists are now using the Indian mustard plant to help boost our intake of metals and minerals often lacking in our Western diet.  Continue reading Vitamins, Minerals, Radioactive Metals and the Indian Mustard Plant

Strategies About Subway Diet

Jared Fogle lost weight for vibrant health.Mention the diet that relies on eating sandwiches in place of two meals a day and people will instantly recognize Jared and the Subway Diet. If you ever wanted to know how this whole thing got started, keep reading.

Jared Fogle worked his way through college by working at an adult book store.  Like many people he sat around too much and ate too many snacks – his habits causing him to balloon to 425 pounds.  Jared realized his weight was critical and so started looking for a way to drop some pounds.

He tried and failed with many diets because he had too much time and too much temptation to cheat.  One day he noticed a Subway sandwich store about a mile and a half from his apartment.  Unknown to Jared he was about to take his first step towards the Subway diet.  Jared changed his daily diet to nothing but a sandwich, baked chips and a diet soda for lunch and dinner, walking the 3 mile round trip for each meal.  His caloric intake plummeted from about 10,000 calories each day to only 900, with 6 miles of walking added for good measure.  The result of Jared’s personal Subway diet was a loss of 245 pounds in only a year.

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You don’t have to walk three miles to and from Subway and eat there every day to lose excessive weight.  The OsoLean Diet Plan combines OsoLean, eating right, and daily activity to burn fat and keep the lean muscle.  In addition it carries a 6 month guarantee.

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How did this Subway diet become a national ad campaign for the Subway chain?  After losing the weight Jared ran into a friend who worked with the school paper.  After Jared told him how he had lost so much weight, this guy turned it into a feature for the paper.  Someone at Men’s Health magazine read about Jared and decided to include his diet in a feature about crazy diets that work.  A subway franchisee in Chicago brought the story to the attention of his advertising people who talked to Jared to make certain it was legit.  The local agency brought the idea to Subway’s national ad agency, but they hated the idea, so the local guys paid out of pocket for Chicago commercials featuring the Subway diet.  Continue reading Strategies About Subway Diet