Monday, September 29, 2008
There is an epidemic across North America today of Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus. Most people do not understand why this epidemic is happening, and they do not know why these diseases are so rampant.
I would like to share with you the main reason we are having this very serious problem. Many people today use artificial sweeteners in their tea or coffee. They do this because the ads they see on TV tell them that sugar is bad for their health. This is absolutely true. Sugar is toxic to us , but what most people use as a replacement for sugar is much more deadly. I am talking about ASPARTAME. It is the cause of the epidemic that was mentioned above.
ASPARTAME is an extremely toxic chemical that is produced by a chemical company called Monsanto, and is being marketed around the world as a sugar substitute and is found in all diet soft drinks, such as Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi . It is also found in artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet, Equal, and Spoonful; and it is used in many other products as a sugar replacement.
ASPARTAME is marketed as a diet product, but it is not a diet product at all. In fact, it will cause you to GAIN weight because it makes you crave carbohydrates. Causing you to gain weight is only a very small part of what ASPARTAME does. It is a toxic chemical that changes the brain's chemistry. It can and does cause severe seizures. This chemical changes the dopamine level in the brain, and it is particularly deadly for anyone suffering from Parkinson's disease.
ASPARTAME is extremely poisonous, and here is why one of the toxic ingredients of it is wood alcohol. When the temperature of ASPARTAME exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in it is converted to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes formic acidosis.
FORMALDEHYDE is grouped in the same class of poisons as Cyanide and Arsenic which are very deadly toxins. The only difference is, Formaldehyde kills quietly, and it takes a little longer. And, in the process of killing people, it causes many kinds of neurological disorders. There are 92 documented symptoms of Aspartame Poisoning leading to coma and death. The majority of these symptoms are neurological, because the ASPARTAME attacks and destroys the nervous system. One of these symptoms is Lupus, which has become almost as rampant as Multiple Sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.
Check out the website www.myaspartameexperiment.com
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Arabinogalactan is a water-soluble polysaccharide found in many foods such as carrots and radishes. However, uniquely high concentrations of this fiber are found in the bark of the western Larch Tree (Latrix occidentalis). The source of Biotics Research's product "IAG" Arabinogalactan.
How Does Arabinogalactan provide immune support?
Arabinogalactan has been shown to have a positive impact on the human immune system.
Human studies, conducted at several major U. S. universities, showed increased immune cell proliferation at consumption levels of about 1500 mg of Arabinogalactan per day.
Natural Killer Cell (NK) and Macrophage Activation
Arabinogalactans' enhancement of NK cells' ability to destroy foreign cells (cytotoxicity) is not initiated by arabinogalactans directly but is governed by the cytokine network (cells talking to cells.) Larch arabinogalactans induce an increased release of cell-to-cell messengers, interferon gamma (IFN gamma), tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and IL-6. IFN gamma is the one involved in enhancement of NK cytotoxicity. Studies indicates that larch arabinogalactans presumably interact with a receptor on the cell wall that is specific for an oligosaccharide known to enhance a NK-cytotoxicity.
Low to middle MW (5,000-50,000) arabinogalactan polysaccharides have strong immuno-stimulating properties with simultaneous anti-inflammatory properties. The surprising anti-inflammatory effects are especially protective against radiation and allergies in oral doses as low as 20-50mg.
Arabinogalactans decrease viral load by inhibiting viral duplication.
Effects in Metastatic Disease
Malignancies commonly spread to the liver, in preference to other organ sites. Several studies have compellingly shown that arabinogalactan inhibits this reaction. Larch arabinogalactan has been studied in experimental models of metastatic disease spread to the liver, including its use in conjunction with modified citrus pectin. Both polysaccharides work in essentially the same way, that is, by inhibiting the attachment of metastatic cells to liver parenchyma by competitive binding to a liver lectin, the hepatic galactose receptor. Arabinogalactan blockades potential liver receptors by covering galactose-specific binding sites. Arabinogalactan appear to also have the ability to completely prevent the settling of certain tumors in the liver. Therefore, when lectins are blocked with competitive specific glycoconjugates (the arabinogalactans), colonization may be prevented.
Larch arabinogalactan is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, and has been shown to increase the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), principally butyric acid. Larch arabinogalactans are easily digested by human colonic bacteria to yield butyrate. Butyrate (formed from butyric acid) has a particularly important role in the colon. It is the preferred source of energy for cells lining the colon (colonic epithelial cells). Butyrate has also been shown to protect these cells against mutagenic agents. (Pectin and arabinogalactan - both in Green Vibrance, by the way - also decrease ammonia generation.)
E. coli Adherence
Arabinogalactans are useful for therapeutic treatment of infections caused by pathogenic microorganisms, particularly intestinal bacteria, such as Gram-negative types. Specifically we are talking of the Enterobacteriaceae type such as Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli). Arabinogalactans have dramatically inhibit bacterial adherence and, therefore, colonization.
Our IAG is in powder form, which is convenient for me to put into my infant son's formula.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I don't know anything of the company that put this video together, and have nothing to do with them. But it had me and everyone in the office laughing... if only we had the powers of health insurance companies ;)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Although most people realize when they've had enough and should stop eating, it's still often difficult to maintain portion control.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help prevent overeating:
- Use a smaller dish, so that it looks like your plate is more full.
- Serve up an appropriate portion, and don't tempt yourself with seconds.
- Put away leftovers quickly after dinner, and store them in portion-controlled containers. Freeze whatever you don't want right away.
- Never eat right out of the bag, box or takeout container.
- Put bowls or platters of food away or out of sight during dinner.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Before you take a pain reliever for conditions such as headache, sinusitis, muscle or joint pain, make sure you know about the potential side effects. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you should talk to your doctor about these potential risks of pain medications:
- Liver damage can occur in people who take large quantities of acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), or in those who already have liver problems.
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding or upset stomach, can occur in people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for long periods. NSAIDs include aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Kidney damage, if NSAIDs are used frequently for long periods.
- NSAIDs may interact with medicines that people take to combat high blood pressure. NSAIDs can also elevate blood pressure on their own.
- In rare cases, people can be allergic to pain medications.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Some foods are extremely high in antioxidant content. I recommend consuming these foods on a regular basis to reverse the signs of aging and to help prevent – and even reverse – various disease processes such as cancer and heart disease, plus reduce blood pressure.
In addition to being deliciously sweet, berries such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries offer an abundance of antioxidant capacity. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Eat them frozen in a morning smoothie, toss a handful over your morning yogurt or cereal or enjoy them as an afternoon snack.
Broccoli definitely takes the gold medal for most nutritious vegetable. This cruciferous vegetable contains more vitamin C than an orange and has more calcium than a glass of milk. In addition to minerals and vitamins, broccoli is filled with disease-fighting chemicals called phytonutrients. Sulforaphane, a phytonutrient found in broccoli, has been shown to lower the risk of many types of cancers. Try steaming or boiling broccoli and seasoning with basil, lemon or salsa for a delicious side dish. This powerhouse vegetable is a perfect addition to omelettes, salads or stir-frys.
Garlic is used around the world as a delicious flavouring agent for any dish. The health benefits of garlic have been well touted for centuries, and raw garlic has been used as a natural antibiotic to kill off some strains of harmful bacteria. Garlic is also useful for decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the body, preventing cancer and acting as an antifungal and antiviral agent. One clove of garlic contains vitamins A, B and C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium
4. Green tea
Green tea contains high concentrations of catechin polyphenols. These compounds work in the body with other chemicals to heighten levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis (a state created in the body by burning fat as fuel). On average, you should try to consume a minimum of three cups of green tea per day for weight loss effects. Green tea has also been shown to be preventative against cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol.
Tomatoes are by far the richest source of a powerful anticancer agent called lycopene. In fact, research has shown lycopene to be an even more powerful disease fighter than vitamin E and beta carotene. Lycopene needs fat for optimal absorption to occur. Therefore, putting the healthy fat olive oil in your spaghetti sauce is an excellent trick to increase your lycopene levels. Start including more tomatoes in your diet in the form of sliced, whole, canned, stewed or sauced tomatoes or tomato paste.
In addition to the list above, red grapes, spinach, carrots and whole grains also offer plentiful antioxidant content. Remember – eat live to feel live and you will be on your way to a future of health, energy and wellness!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The TDP mineral lamp is a medical device which comes under FDA Class II as a far-infrared heating device. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increases microcirculation and loosens fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. The TDP mineral lamp is a therapeutic substitute for moxibustion, and is reported to be the only mechanical device that can add Qi to the body. It is used by acupuncturists, Asian bodywork therapists, and other medical professionals. The class of devices to which it belongs is approved by the FDA for temporary relief from pain and arthritis.
TDP is an acronym for "Teding Diancibo Pu" which loosely translated means special electromagnetic spectrum. It is known in China as the "Miracle Lamp"
How FIM Works
The FIM (Far-Infrared Mineral) medical device features a plate coated with a mineral formation consisting of 33 elements, essential to the human body.
The emitted FIM energy penetrates up to 3½ inches, and stimulates microcirculation, delivering higher levels of oxygen and nutrients to the injured cells, while eliminating toxins and cellular waste. This begins the healing process as pain is relieved.
When activated by its heating element, the mineral plate emits deep penetrating, far-infrared waves ranging from 2 to 25 microns in wavelength.This coincides with the natural, healing far-infrared waves generated by our own bodies, and are naturally absorbed into our tissues.
At the molecular level, this exerts strong rotational and vibrational forces in the cells of these tissues. This absorbed energy has been found to yield many therapeutic effects on the human body by:
- dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow and oxygen saturation;
- accelerating the decomposition of unstable cells;
- enhancing white blood cell function, increasing immune response;
- stimulating the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neurochemicals, which control sleep, mood, pain, and blood pressure
Early in 1970, The Chinese government decided to send an investigation team headed up by Dr. Gou Wenbin, to a century-old ceramic factory located in a rural area of central China. The team's goal was to investigate phenomenon that was reported by the production leader of the factory. The production leader recognized that there were no single complaints related to arthritis and other working related pains despite the intense physical working environment. After interviewing many elderly employers, the investigation team confirmed the production leader's observation: there were no complaints related to pain and arthritis among the factory workers. This factory had extremely poor working conditions. The workers there stood in mud for much of the work day and the new production manager recognized these abject working conditions, becoming concerned that the workers would be troubled with arthritis and other related ailments due to standing on the cold, sodden floor for long periods of time. The ensuing investigations disclosed that the side effects of standing in the mud were the opposite of original concerns. They found that there was not a single case of arthritis among the workers.
After interviewing elderly factory employees, the same findings were indicated: no residual effects of any kind were found among the people who had been employed at the factory. Upon a full-scale scientific investigation, scientists discovered a single anomaly: an electromagnetic reading in the far-infrared spectrum emanating from the kiln used to fire the ceramics. Analysis of a metallic slag in the kiln, accumulated over years of buildup, showed it was made up of 33 minerals. These minerals happen to correspond with 33 essential minerals in the human body, and when heated sufficiently, radiate far-infrared energy exactly like the human body.
Scientists worked feverishly to reproduce the effect in a portable device, resulting in the FIM Energizer. It has won many awards, e.g., the Gold Medal at the 1986 Zagreb International Fair, the Silver Medal at the 35th Brussels Eureka Worlds Fair for Inventions, and the Chinese Science and Technology Invention Award.
A partial list of successful treatments with the TDP lamp.
· Ankylosing Spondylitis
· Back pain
· Bell's Palsy
· Bone Fracture
· Bowel Trouble
· Burn wounds
· Cardiac disease
· Carpal Tunnel
· Cholecys titis
· Chronic pain
· Circulatory problems
· Crohn's Disease
· Diabetic Ulcers
· Dupuytren's Contracture
· Facial paralysis
· Golfer's Elbow
· Heel Spurs
· Herpes zoster
· Heart Problems
· Hip pain
· Hormone problems
· Joint Pain
· Lactic acid build-up
· Lower Back Pain
· Menstrual cramps
· Menstruation Problems
· Muscle spasms
· Nail Fungus
· Pelvic Infection
· Peripheral Neuropathy
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Repetitive Strain Injury
· Rheumatoid Arthritis
· Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
· Shoulder Pain
· Skin Problems
· Soft Tissue Injuries
· Spastic Bowel
· Tennis Elbow
· Toenail Fungus
· Varicose Veins
"My knee was badly injured when I was a young teen, and required several stitches. It has given me pain every day since. I began using the FIM Energizer and the pain in my knee was eliminated almost immediately. I use it twice a week and have felt no pain since". J. Thompson, Jr. (Mesa, AZ)
"I have suffered from arthritis for many years, even though I am only in my forties. It had become almost impossible to drive school bus any longer. I began using the FIM Energizer and the pain in my hands, knees, shoulders, and feet was greatly reduced almost immediately. I can do my job without pain now." Karen Salazar (Milwaukee, OR)
"As a young mother I can't just disappear when my fibromyalgia attacks. The FIM Energizer has helped me reduce my symptoms of fibromyalgia, including pain throughout my body. My headaches and fatigue have also been greatly reduced since I began using the FIM Energizer". Adina B. (American Fork, UT)
"I highly recommend Infrared Therapy to any athletes or anybody who want to reduce pain . . . and increase athletic performance." Jason Giambi, American League MVP
"I have severe arthritis in my neck, and my wife has bursitis in her shoulder and a pinched nerve from arthritis in her neck. We are very pleased with the results from using the lamp. Frequent use gives us relief from the pain. We strongly recommend it to others who suffer from the discomforts associated with bursitis and arthritis, and other causes of inflammation." Joseph O. Bunting, Col., USAF, Ret.
"I have used these lamps in our clinic for several years. I found that my patients liked the lamp very much. It delivers a comfortable warmness. It is particularly suitable for musculoskeletal disorders, such as shoulder pain, low back pain, etc." Grant Zang, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
In the L.A. XXIII Olympic Games (1984), at the moment the Chinese volleyball team was winning its 3rd championship, Liang Ping injured her ankelbone. After a 15 minute treatment with FIM, she returned to finish the game. Olympic Champion Liang Ping
"The FIM Energizer has helped me reduce my symptoms of diabetes, including peripheral neuropathy. I can actually feel my toes again! My husband uses our FIM Energizer for his sore muscles and Crohn's disease, and he is able to do all the handyman work that went undone for years." Naomi Nicholson (Chandler, AZ)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
check out the latest article on SIDS, released on my son's birthday. Now that I'm a daddy, should I be worried about SIDS.
A simple answer, NO, as I type with one hand and cradle my son in the other.
A 11-year longitudinal New Zealand study showed that sealing the crib mattress in polyethylene wrap revealed NO cases of SIDS reported.
My posture typing is bad, I'm still at the hospital as I type this. I will post the article here later.
Here is the link to the references to the New Zealand study. Prior to the commencement of mattress-wrapping, New Zealand had the highest crib death rate in the world (2.1 deaths per 1000 live births).
Another link from http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/100/crib regarding the safety of crib mattresses.
When in doubt
Friday, September 12, 2008
By Amanda Gardner
(HealthDay News) -- Older individuals with low levels of vitamin B12 seem to be at increased risk of having brain atrophy or shrinkage, new research suggests.
Brain atrophy is associated with Alzheimer's disease and impaired cognitive function.
Although the study, published in the Sept. 8 issue of Neurology, can't confirm that lower levels of B12 actually cause brain atrophy, they do suggest that "we ought to be more aware of our B12 status, especially people who are vulnerable to B12
deficiency [elderly, vegetarians, pregnant and lactating women, infants], and take steps to maintain it by eating a balanced and varied diet," said study co-author Anna Vogiatzoglou, a registered dietician and doctoral candidate in the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics at the University of Oxford, in England.
"It's worth looking at B12 levels. It's a simple Blood test," affirmed Dr. Shari Midoneck, an internist at the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center in New York City. "It doesn't hurt to take B12."
Good sources of the vitamin include meat, fish, milk and fortified cereals.
According to the study authors, vitamin B12 deficiency is a public health problem, especially among older people.
This study involved 107 volunteers aged 61 to 87 who were cognitively normal at the beginning of the study. All participants underwent annual clinical exams, MRI scans and cognitive tests and had blood samples taken.
Individuals with lower vitamin B12 levels at the start of the study had a greater decrease in brain volume. Those with the lowest B12 levels had a sixfold greater rate of brain volume loss compared with those who had the highest levels of the
Interestingly, none of the participants were deficient in vitamin B12, they just had low levels within a normal range.
"They all had normal B12 levels, yet there was a difference between the higher levels and the lower levels in terms of brain shrinkage, which is new information which could potentially change what we recommend to people in terms of diet," said Dr.
Jonathan Friedman, an associate professor of surgery and neuroscience and experimental therapeutics at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and associate dean of the
College of Medicine, Bryan-College Station campus.
Other risk factors for brain atrophy include high bloodpressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Not only might B12 levels be a modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline, it might also be a clue to help clinicians assess cognitive problems earlier on.
Right now, it's not clear what the biological mechanisms behind the link might be, nor is it clear whether added B12 would avert brain atrophy.
"We are doing a clinical trial in Oxford in which we are giving B vitamins [including B12] to elderly people with memory impairment," Vogiatzoglou said. "In this trial, we are doing MRI scans at the start and the end, and so, we will be able to find
out if taking B vitamins really does slow down the shrinking of the brain. The trial will be completed in 2009."
SOURCES: Anna Vogiatzoglou, R.D., doctoral candidate,
department of physiology, anatomy and genetics, University of Oxford, England; Jonathan Friedman, M.D., associate professor, surgery and neuroscience and experimental therapeutics, Texas
A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and associate dean, College of Medicine, Bryan-College Station campus, and director, Texas Brain and Spine Institute, College Station;
Shari Midoneck, M.D., associate clinical professor, medicine,
Weill Cornell Medical College, and internist, Iris Cantor
Women's Health Center, New York City; Sept. 8, 2008, Neurology
Thursday, September 11, 2008
New research suggests green tea in particular may have an even more special place in our hearts. It may actually help relax your arteries, thereby reducing your risk for heart disease and clots. When your arteries are more relaxed, blood flow increases, which reduces the risk for cardiac disease.
Healthy subjects were given 6 grams of green tea (the equivalent of about three to four cups of brewed tea), another caffeinated beverage or hot water. Arterial blood flow was measured 30, 60 and 120 minutes later. People who drank the green tea showed increased arterial blood flow compared to the other two groups. Even more impressive was that the heart-healthy benefits lasted up to two weeks for those who drank green tea daily.
In addition to its influence on heart health, green tea is rich in potent antioxidants called polyphenols. Research suggests polyphenols help reduce the risk of breast, stomach, colon, prostate and other cancers. Green tea also is a natural antiseptic and skin protector; applied to the skin, it helps relieve itching, swelling, sunburns and even puffy eyelids.
So brew yourself a pot of green tea, settle down with your favorite book, and relax your body and soul.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
feel down when sun shines less
(HealthDay News) -- Fluctuations in the actions of the
serotonin transporter, which helps regulate the mood-altering
neurotransmitter serotonin, may help explain seasonal affective
disorder and related mood changes, researchers say.
In places where the weather changes with the seasons, people
commonly feel happier and more energetic when the days are
bright and sunny and more depressed and fatigued during the dark
of winter. Scientists believe this is related to variations in
brain levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in
regulating functions such as mating, feeding, energy balance,
In a study published in the September issue of the Archives of
General Psychiatry, researchers from the Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health and the University of Toronto had 88 healthy
people undergo a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to
assess serotonin binding potential, which indicates serotonin
transporter density. The higher the serotonin binding potential,
the less serotonin that is circulating in the brain.
To study seasonal fluctuations of serotonin binding potential,
the researchers grouped the PET scans according to the season of
the scan -- fall and winter or spring and summer.
The serotonin binding potentials were significantly higher
during the fall and winter months than in the spring and summer,
indicating that less serotonin circulates in the brain during
the darker, colder time of the year. The researchers compared
their findings to meterological data and found higher values of
serotonin binding potentials during times when there were fewer
hours of sunlight each day.
The researchers said that higher serotonin binding potential in
the winter may help explain why people report lower mood, lack
of energy, fatigue, overeating, and increased sleeping during
the darker seasons.
"This offers a possible explanation for the regular
reoccurrence of depressive episodes in fall and winter in some
vulnerable individuals," the researchers wrote.
Ask Dr. Tang how we can balance and stabilize your serotonin levels without resorting to costly and potentially fatal anti-depressants.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I have been telling the parents of my teenage patients to be wary of Gardasil® ever since its maker, Merck, tried to strong arm the Texas legislators to mandate it two year ago. My concerns about its safety proved to be warranted. A recent report published by Judicial Watch has summarized the approval process, side effects, safety concerns, and marketing practices related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil based on records obtained under a May 2007 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The organization calls the approval of Gardasil as a vaccine as a “large-scale public health experiment.” Here are some of the report’s findings:·
78 cases of outbreaks of warts following the vaccine in women already infected without knowing it. Besides genital warts, some patients experienced massive outbreaks on the face, hands, or feet, sometimes caused by strains not included in the vaccine.·
The vaccine increases the incidence of CIN 2/3 (cervical endothelial neoplasia in moderate stage) in women who had persistent infection with “vaccine-relevant” HPV strains at baseline. · A chart in a report of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) showed an efficacy rate of –44.6% (that’s a minus sign) in subjects already exposed to “relevant HPV types.”·
Most tests with Gardasil were done against an adjuvant-containing “placebo,” rather than a nonreactive saline base, possibly making the vaccine appear safer than it actually is.· It reported that 27% of pregnant women experienced an adverse reaction upon receiving the vaccine, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) contains 45 cases of spontaneous abortion following Gardasil.·
A total of 8,864 VAERS reports have been filed, including 38 of Guillain-Barre syndrome and 18 deaths, 11 occurring within one week of receiving the vaccine. Association, of course, does not prove causality.
Diane Harper, M.D., a principal chief investigator in clinical HPV trials, was quoted in a Medscape article as saying, “The side effects that have been reported are real and they cannot be brushed aside.” She suggested that physicians not vaccinate patients with personal or family histories of the more serious complications, which have included neurologic disorders, thromboembolism, and autoimmune conditions.
Gynecologist Christiane Northrup, M.D., said on an Oprah show that she wouldn’t advocate vaccinating her daughters, and that medical dollars were better spent elsewhere. Of course her view is opposed by many vaccine front groups masquerading as consumer advocacy such as the National Cervical Cancer and HPV Coalition. In addition to that, The FDA and CDC issued a joint statement reassuring the public and physicians of the vaccine’s safety.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Study Shows Olive Leaf Extract Is Effective in Lowering Blood Pressure
By Kelley Colihan
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC
People have been using olive leaf medicinally for millennia.
The ancient Egyptians revered the leaves. Ancient Greeks used them to clean wounds, and the original Olympic athletes were crowned with a wreath of olive leaves. The olive leaf is even mentioned in the Bible for its purported healing properties.
So it's no wonder that scientists today are looking at ways to use olive leaf, specifically for one of modern society's biggest and sneakiest health problems -- high blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) often develops quietly and without symptoms. Ways to curb it include lifestyle and diet changes -- cutting salt and fat and getting the body moving.
An earlier study showed that when rats were given olive leaf extract, their blood pressure dropped.
Now researchers in Germany and Switzerland have looked at how sets of identical human twins with borderline hypertension responded to taking olive leaf extract. Identical twins were used to help keep the data consistent, because genetic differences can make people respond differently to the same treatments.
The extract was obtained from dry olive leaves and put into capsule form.
Two experiments were carried out. One compared twins who took 500 milligrams of olive leaf extract a day at breakfast with a comparison group of their siblings who didn't. A second compared a group who took 500 milligrams a day to those who took 1,000 milligrams a day. A total of 40 people participated, aged 18 to 60; 28 women and 12 men.
Here are the results:
Those who took the highest daily dosage of olive leaf extract (1,000 milligrams) received the highest benefits -- "significantly" lowering their cholesterol and blood pressure when compared to the group that took 500 milligrams.
At the end of the eight-week study, the group that took 1,000 milligrams per day had dropped their systolic blood pressure (the "top" number) by an average of 11 points.
The participants who received 500 milligrams of olive leaf extract dropped their systolic blood pressure by five points, and those who took no supplements saw their blood pressure edge up by two points. Neither one of these changes was felt to be statistically significant.
Researchers, led by lead author Tania Perrinjaquet-Moccetti of Frutarom (a Swiss manufacturer of the olive leaf extract), note that they were not looking for what dosage might be most effective, but rather whether there was a blood pressure lowering effect at all.
The authors also note a "significant" reduction in LDL ("bad") cholesterol in those twins who took the olive leaf extract, but the specific data regarding these results was not presented in the paper.
The authors call for more investigation into the possible benefits of olive leaf extract on both blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Results are published in the September issue of Phytotherapy Research. The research was funded by Frutarom.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Article written by Nancy Markle
I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on
"ASPARTAME" marketed as 'NutraSweet', 'Equal', and 'Spoonful'. In the keynote address by the EPA, they announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the United States. I explained that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus, people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple
sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is. In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12oz. cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered
by ASPARTAME, the victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life-threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become asymptomatic.
Unfortunately, we cannot reverse this disease. On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their hearing has
returned. This also applies to cases of tinnitus. During a lecture, I said "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss-you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!" People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I've got this, is it reversible It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture even were suffering from these symptoms. In one lecture attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader's son could no longer walk-due in part by product usage! We have a very serious problem. Even a stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said, 'Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS.
This is beyond coincidence. Here is the problem. There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.
Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!! At the time of this first hearing, people were going blind. The methanol in the aspartame converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic - DEADLY POISONS!!! Unfortunately, it just takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of neurological problems. Aspartame changes the brain's chemistry. It is the reason for severe seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease. This drug also causes Birth Defects. There is absolutely no reason to take this product. It is NOT A DIET PRODUCT!!! The Congressional record said, "It makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT". Dr. Roberts stated that when he got patients off aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics. All physicians know what wood alcohol will do to a diabetic. We find that physicians believe that they have patients with retinopathy, when in fact, it is caused by the aspartame. The aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma.
Unfortunately, many have died. People were telling us at the Conference of the American College of Physicians, that they had relatives that switched from saccharin to an aspartame product and how that relative had eventually gone into a coma. Their physicians could not get the blood sugar levels under control. Thus, the patients suffered acute memory loss and eventually coma and death. Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and
deteriorates the neurons of the brain. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, said, "The Ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Dr. Blaylock has written a book entitled EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS (Health Press 1-800-643-2665).
Dr. H. J. Roberts, diabetic specialist and world expert on aspartame poisoning, has also written a book entitled DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
(1-800-814-9800). Dr. Roberts tells how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer's Disease, and indeed it is. As the hospice nurse told me, women are being admitted at 30 years of age with Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Roberts will be writing a position paper with some casehistories and will post it on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American
College of Physicians, 'We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison." Dr. Roberts realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed. He said, "His diabetic patients presented memory loss, confusion, and severe vision loss." At the Conference of the American College of Physicians, doctors admitted that they did not know. They had wondered why seizures were rampant (the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence). Just before the Conference, I received a FAX from Norway, asking for a possible antidote for this poison because they are experiencing so many problems in their country.
This "poison" is now available in 90 PLUS countries worldwide. Fortunately, we had speakers and ambassadors at the Conference from different nations who have pledged their help. We ask that you help too. Print this article out and warn everyone you know. Take anything that contains aspartame back to the store. Take the "NO ASPARTAME TEST" and send us your case history. I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of aspartame, knows how deadly it is. They
fund the American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, Congress, and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article on how the American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products.
Therefore, they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO. How bad is this? We told a mother who had a child on NutraSweet to get off the product. The child was having grand mal seizures every day. The mother called her physician, who called the ADA, who told the doctor not to take the child off the NutraSweet. We are still trying to convince the mother that the aspartame is causing the seizures. Every time we get someone off of aspartame, the seizures stop. If the baby dies, you know whose fault it is,
and what we are up against. There are 92 documented symptoms of aspartame, from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological because the aspartame destroys the nervous system. Aspartame Disease is partially the cause to what is behind some of the mystery of the Desert Storm health problems (Gulf War Syndrome). The burning tongue and other problems discussed in over 60 cases can be directly related to the consumption of an aspartame product. Several thousand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm troops. (Remember heat can liberate the methanol from the aspartame at 86 degrees ). Diet drinks sat in the 120 degree F. Arabian sun for weeks at a time on pallets. The service men and women drank them all day long. All of their symptoms are identical to aspartame poisoning. Dr. Roberts says,
"consuming aspartame at the time of conception can cause birth defects." The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation, according to Dr. Louis Elsas, pediatrician Professor - Genetics, at Emory University in his testimony before Congress. In the original lab tests, animals developed brain tumors (phenylalanine breaks down into DXP, a brain
tumor agent). When Dr. Espisto was lecturing on aspartame, one physician in the audience, a neurosurgeon, said, "When they remove brain tumors, they have found high levels of Aspartame in them". Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT AN ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics, has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years, the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO. If it says "SUGAR FREE" on the label-DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!! Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also; instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes in neurological and behavioral; symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical
lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public. Since the Conference of the American College of Physicians, we; hope to have the help of some world leaders. Again, please help us too. There are a lot of people; out there who must be warned, *please* let them know this information. You might want to print it out and; hand it out or fax it to people who are not online. Young people drink a lot of diet coke.