In this issue: Dear Subscribers,

I hope you are all taking advantage of the sunny days of summer. Remember vitamin D made on our skin from sunshine protects us from colon cancer, immune disorders, acne, osteoporosis and so much more. Fifteen to 20 minutes of early morning or late afternoon sunshine on your skin ensures adequate vitamin D synthesis. Eat plenty of fresh, organic vine-ripened vegetables. It is not too late to grow an herb garden in a pot on your deck and add the nutrient-rich herbs to your favorite recipes. Walk everyday—leave the dishes on the table and take the entire family on a walk around the neighborhood every evening.

Free-Range Eggs Higher in Nutrients

Tests performed by Skaggs Nutritional Laboratory in Portland, Oregon, show that eggs from free-range chickens have 200% more vitamin E, 600% more beta-carotene, 400% more omega-3 fatty acids, and 50% less cholesterol. Always purchase free-range and/or organic eggs for optimal nutrition.

Your Choices Have Demand for Organic Foods Exceeding Supply!

An Associated Press article published Friday July 7, 2006 reports that demand for natural foods is exceeding supply. Organic products still have only a tiny slice of the food pie, about 2.5% of the total U.S. food market. But that slice is expanding at a feverish pace. Growth in sales of organic food has been over 20 percent each year compared to 2 or 4 percent for total food sales. Kroger, Safeway and SuperValu which owns Albertsons are among those selling their own organic brands. Wal-Mart is aiming to double its organic food sales. Farmers are needed—an estimated 10,000 organic farms are currently in production in North America. The word is finally out—smart consumers want food that is grown without bug killer, toxic fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, genetic modification or any biotechnology. Governments have to start supplying grants to farmers and companies that go organic. And you have to keep reaching for organic whenever you can to ensure a longer, healthier life and cleaner environment.

Losec, Nexium, Tagamet, Cimetidine, Ibuprofen, Lipitor Drug Dangers

Losec and Nexium may have cancer-causing effects that won't be known for decades. Click here for an excellent article.

According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, MD, PHD in The Breast Cancer Prevention Program Tagamet (Also called Cimetidine), until recently a prescription drug, is now available over-the-counter to treat indigestion and ulcers. Although it is not a carcinogen, Tagamet appears to alter the body's metabolism of estrogen, decreasing the levels of "good" estrogen and increasing the levels of "bad" estrogen. These estrogenic effects explain the higher rates of breast enlargement in men, as well as a report of breast cancer in a man treated with Tagamet. "After being on the drug for eight months." We should not be using these dangerous extremely potent drugs to treat simple heartburn. Read Taming Tummy Troubles (click here).

A new study published on June 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that Ibuprofen, one of the most widely used painkillers, raises the risk of breast cancer. The study found that women taking the drug on a daily long-term basis had a significantly increased risk of contracting breast cancer.

The research followed more than 114,000 Californian women aged 22-85, all of them free from breast cancer at the start of the trials. All were asked to give details of the pills and medicines they consumed. During the six-year study period 2,391 of the women contracted breast cancer. They estimate that in perhaps a few dozen of the cancer cases Ibuprofen use may have played a part.

I am not surprised by the results of this study. We know that NSAIDS cause liver problems and the liver is the key organ for hormone metabolism in the body. NSAIDS also inhibit the CP450 enzyme system. This system ensures that toxins that contribute to increased breast cancer are detoxified and when it is disrupted our risk of breast cancer increases. The development of breast cancer is closely linked to hormone levels and their fluctuations, which can be affected by a range of drugs, environmental hormones and toxins.

With all the concerns surrounding the COX-2 inhibitor medications and now Ibuprofen many people are looking for safe alternatives. Read my book Get a Grip on Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Disorders on alternatives to NSAIDS and Acetaminophen.

Statin Drugs (Lipitor, Mevacor, Crestor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol) May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer and Impaired Heart Function due to Coenzyme Q10 deficiency.

It is well known that Statin drugs, used to reduce cholesterol, seriously deplete the body of Coenzyme Q10, a nutrient that is not only heart protective but also important for breast cancer protection in women too. Researchers believe women on long term use of Statin medications may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Health warning: Millions of Americans take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol. All of the statins, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Lovacol, etc., inhibit CoQ10 production in the body(and transport, it is believed by some researchers, including Dr. Bliznakov) and thus are a threat to health in general and to heart health in particular.

According to Emile G. Bliznakov, MD and CoQ10 researcher for decades,

"I unearthed an important aspect of this story within two statin patents. Two U.S. patents were granted to Merck(Pharmaceutical Company) in 1990 describing a method for counteracting the statin-associated myopathy and potential nerve damage caused by statins. The method described was the addition of CoQ10 to compensate for the reduced production of CoQ-10 caused by the statins. Thus the manufacturer itself implicated the serious side effects of statins and the protective role played by CoQ-10 in preventing these statin side-effects. The manufacturer has not disseminated these data for 12 years, which incriminates them seriously."

from Whole Foods Magazine February 2003
Mutations in mitochondrial DNA may lead to reduced ATP energy levels in living cells which can sometimes be corrected with supplemental coenzyme Q10. [Ann Clin Lab Sci 31:25-67, 2001]

When living cells are deprived of oxygen, as seen in tumor cells (called hypoxia), then ATP cell energy levels decline rapidly. The provision of supplemental CoQ10 has been shown to facilitate resynthesis of ATP in functionally impaired mitochondria. [Arch Int Pharmacodyn Ther 287: 96-108, 1987; Surgery 91:631-7, 1982]

A deficiency of coenzyme Q10 has been described in aging, cancer and when statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are employed. [J Am Coll Nutr 20: 591-98, 2001]

For example, CoQ10 levels in tissue of breast cancer patients are significantly decreased compared to surrounding tissues. [Clin Biochem 33: 279-84, 2000] Breast cancer patients are more likely to exhibit low CoQ10 levels than healthy people. [Biochem Biophys Rres Commun 234: 296-99, 1997]

The provision of supplemental CoQ10 (390 mg) to breast cancer patients has been shown to induce complete regression in some cases. [Biochem Biophys Res Comm 199: 1504-08, 1994; 212: 172-77, 1995]

Though only a small group study, the provision of an array of antioxidant supplements including coenzyme Q10 to high risk breast cancer patients has been demonstrated to be beneficial in reducing mortality, spread of cancer and quality of life. [Mol Aspects Med 15: 231-40S, 1994]

Low-carb diet helps women with ovary problems and male facial hair growth

Eating a low-carbohydrate diet may improve fertility problems and hormone profiles of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), says U.S. researchers.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects between five and ten per cent of all women of childbearing age and is a leading cause of infertility. PCOS is strongly associated with insulin resistance and estrogen dominance.

The researchers, led by Crystal Douglas from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studied whether a low-carbohydrate diet could improve insulin sensitivity, and decrease circulating insulin levels, which in turn decrease levels of insulin-stimulated male hormone production.

"The low-carb diet significantly affected concentrations of fasting insulin, cholesterol, free fatty acids, and acute insulin response to glucose, but circulating concentrations of the reproductive hormones were not significantly affected by the intervention, during the study period. Low carbohydrate diets in conjunction with a reduced calorie, weight loss regimen may produce additional favorable results in overweight and obese PCOS subjects," concluded the researchers.

Carbohydrates have to be broken down into two categories - good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates include dark, colourful vegetables and fruits along with whole grains. Even some good carbohydrates especially fruits should be limited to one to two servings per day to keep insulin levels balanced. Fruit juice should be avoided if following a low carbohydrate diet. For example: in order to obtain one 6 ounce glass of fruit juice 4 to 6 whole fruits are used. You would most likely never sit down and eat 6 apples at one time. So fruit juice provides too much fruit sugar especially for those with insulin-related health problems (high cholesterol, high triglycerides, PCOS, weight gain, diabetes and metabolic syndrome).

Bad carbohydrates include refined white pastas, white sugar, white flour, white bread, white rice and white potatoes, concentrated fruit juice, glucose, fructose, sucrose, and any processed or packaged foods using these ingredients.

Women who develop ovarian cysts and/or have male facial hair growth should switch to a LOW "GOOD" carbohydrate diet and follow the recommendations in my book An A-Z Woman's Guide to Vibrant Health.

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