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Dear Friends,

We have some very exciting programs happening that I wanted you to know about.We now have one hour taped audio segments on the top health conditions: osteoporosis, how to get off anti-depressants, menopause relief, infertility, weight loss, PCOS, estrogen dominance, how to boost energy, children's health and so much more.

I am also doing live webinars on different topics. We offer webinars that are live in a store or other venue and we also have webinars that you can view live on your computer. Webinars are great because I can answer your questions and it is just like I am there in person. I am able to help more people by doing webinars. If you wish to join our webinar on your computer you must have speakers on your computer so you can listen in and yes you can ask questions of me during the event. Check our events page for all upcoming live webinars and events. My next webinar (you can view from your computer) is coming up on Wednesday, October 29th and (as a subscriber to my e-letter) it will be free for you to attend. We will send all of you an invitation to register for this live webinar (link to sign up) or you can REGISTER NOW. The topic is Everything you Need to Know About Hormones. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 29, 2013 for 5:00 PM Pacific time and 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Remember you can read several of my books for FREE on the website such as Get a Grip on Arthritis, Your 30 Day Heart Smart Solution and An A-Z Woman's Guide to Vibrant Health. Many of our Canadian health food stores are offering the A - Z Woman's Guide to Vibrant Health FREE in paperback when you purchase any 2 Lorna products too. A Smart Woman's Guide to Weight Loss is FREE when you purchase Glucosmart (book is a 24.95 value). Look for the poster in participating stores. We currently have our Thyrosmart bonus bottles in store which provide you with 30 FREE capsules in the bottle.

I thought you would be interested in some of the new research in nutritional medicine.

Kind regards, Lorna

Gut Problems Associated with Osteoporosis

H. Pylori (Helicobacter pylori) is a bacterial infection of the stomach. H. Pylori was discovered in 1982 and found to be present in patients with chronic gastritis and gastric ulcers. It is also linked to the development of duodenal ulcers and stomach cancer. Symptoms include indigestion, abdominal bloating, nausea and vomiting and pernicious anemia along with stomach pains and belching. A simple blood test can confirm the presence of H. pylori. Eighty percent of those people infected with H. pylori don't have any symptoms but new research performed at the People's Hospital of Zhejiang Province in China found that there may be a connection between H. pylori and osteoporosis. When a person is infected with H. pylori the immune system sends out inflammatory agents such as TNF-alpha, IL-1 and IL-6. These inflammatory agents regulate the absorption and transformation of bone and the breakdown of bone promoting osteoporosis. H. pylori infection has also been found to decrease estrogen and vitamin B12 both associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis. Treatment for H. pylori and acid reflux include the use of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (Omeprazole and Lansoprazole) which can also negatively affect calcium absorption. Decreased calcium absorption can increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. During treatment for H. pylori proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics are used which can create digestive side effects. A study with 64 patients were given a super powerful probiotic called BB536 (found in our Probiotic Plus ) after they were treated for H. pylori. Those given BB536 showed a reduction in the incidence of diarrhea; and they had an improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, belching and pain and a quick return to normal digestive health.

All the systems of the body are interconnected and it may just be that your heartburn is linked to your osteoporosis. Make sure if you have digestive problems that you have a simple blood test for H. pylori. Take a super powerful probiotic like Probiotic Plus which contains BB536 to build up the good guys in your digestive tract. Chew your food well. Take digestive enzymes with all your meals. I have included the link to research for BB536 our super powerful strain of probiotic in Probiotic Plus. Research has been done in persons with allergies, eczema, infant health, leukemia, Candida overgrowth, diarrhea, constipation and other gut problems.

More 20 Year Old Women with Pre-Osteoporosis

We just finished a trade show where we tested 100 women between the ages of 20 and 80 using a bone density ultrasound machine that tests for bone density and fracture risk. We found that one third of women had strong bones, one third had potential osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis) and one third had a high fracture risk associated with osteoporosis. But what was especially shocking was the number of women in their 20s and early 30s that had increased fracture risk associated with osteopenia. Statistics show that of those that have osteoporosis and have a hip fracture 20 percent will never get out of long term care facilities and 20 percent will die as a direct result of the osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is 100 percent preventable. Calcium alone will not stop osteoporosis (see article in my recent newsletter on page 7). Collagen is the key to nice strong bones (read below about Collagen Plus). Collagen is the glue that keeps your bones strong. Building collagen in bones is easy using Collagen Plus.

Collagen Builds Strong Bones, Thick Hair and Nails and Beautiful Skin

The word collagen is derived from the Greek word "kola" meaning glue. Collagen is a structural component that makes your bones strong, your tendons elastic and your skin smooth. Collagen is the single most abundant protein in the human body. When we are young collagen is produced in abundance and as we age collagen production declines. There are over 16 types of collagen, but 90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III.

Collagen is essential to every structure in the body. When collagen production decreases muscles and skin sags; bones lose density; joints and ligaments become weaker and less elastic. Cartilage becomes thinner and weaker at the joints it is supposed to cushion. Hair loses its thickness and wave and breaks easily. Organs may sag toward the floor (prolapsed uterus and bladder), and sphincters weaken. The heart enlarges. Arteries become less elastic, more prone to aneurysm and less resistant to plaque formation. Where we notice the loss of collagen the most is in the skin. Maintaining healthy collagen levels as we age will slow the structural decline of the body's tissues and organs.

Types of Collagen in the Body

Collagen is found in the majority of organs, not just the skin.

  • Type I Collagen - The most abundant collagen in the body. It is the strongest and toughest form found in tendons, bones, skin and other tissues. This type of collagen is abundant in scar tissue.
  • Types II,IX,X,XI - Are found in cartilage
  • Type III - Common in fast growing tissue, particularly at the early stages of wound repair which is later replaced with type I collagen.
  • Type IV - Membrane of capillaries
  • Type V,VI - Generally found alongside type I
  • Type VII - Epithelial cells lining the GI tract, urinary tract and vaginal wall
  • Type VIII - Lining of blood vessels

Collagen in Nutritional Supplements

There are many different types on Collagen supplements available in the health food stores today including:

  • Type II collagen from chicken sternum used for tendons and cartilage
  • Animal derived collagen from pigs
  • Type I, II, II and type VII collagen from hydrolyzed marine collagen and elastin peptides
  • Gelatin from boiling the skin, tendons, ligaments of cows.
  • Collagen topical agents are also being sold for skin

So how do you know what type of collagen to use? Research has been performed using collagen for arthritis, wrinkles and bone health. Let's learn more.

Collagen Type II for Arthritis

Studies have shown that Chicken type II collagen is effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and a 2009 study found it to be effective in treating osteoarthritis. The new study compared Chicken type II collagen against a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin in the treatment of OA of the knee. The results indicate that the collagen treatment resulted in a significant reduction in all symptoms by 90 days of treatment. The Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) score (which is the gold standard for measuring the improvement in arthritis symptoms like pain, range of motion, distance walking), was reduced by 33% in the group taking the collagen compared to 14% in the group getting glucosamine and chondroitin after 90 days. The group taking the Chicken Type II collagen treated subjects showed significant enhancement in daily activities suggesting an improvement in their quality of life. Remember collagen Type II is the key type of collagen found in cartilage so it makes sense that rebuilding the damaged cartilage will help reduce the pain of arthritis.

Collagen Creams

The concept of collagen creams is that the skin is made up of collagen so applying collagen to skin that is deficient should increase collagen. Unfortunately collagen is such a large sized, complex molecule that it can not penetrate the skin. Building collagen from the inside out is the most effective way of getting collagen enhanced in the skin.

Collagen and Skin

Babies have beautiful smooth skin that you just want to touch because their skin has abundant collagen. But, starting in our early 20s collagen production declines by about one percent a year. Women in menopause are especially susceptible to collagen decline. Women lose as much as 30 percent of their skin collagen in the five years following menopause, and some women lose 30 percent in the first year, which is the reason that we see dramatic changes in the skin with increased wrinkling, bone loss, muscle decline, prolapsed uterus and bladder and skeletal aging in general. And as if that is not bad enough, skin elasticity declines dramatically every year after menopause. The effects of slowed collagen production are visibly obvious when skin loses its structure, sags and wrinkles. Just look at those nasolabial folds at the sides of your nose to your mouth which are often the first area to see a loss of collagen. A second yet equally important component of skin is called elastin. Elastin fibers form a matrix with collagen; together they allow the skin to flex and move. When we are young, the skin naturally renews its collagen and elastin. But with age and as exposure to sun and environmental toxins damages the skin, this renewal rate slows down.

Active Collagen Reduces Depth of Deep Wrinkles

In a study of 43 women between the ages of 40 and 55 with deep crow's feet wrinkles, consumption of Active Collagen containing Type I, III and VII hydrolyzed marine collagen and elastin polypeptides was found to decrease lines and wrinkles as well as to increase skin moisture. Two grams per day of either Active Collagen or fake pills were consumed for 84 days. Subjects' forearm and face skin conditions were measured at day 0, day 28 and day 84. Day 28 through 84 were during winter months to simulate harsh winter conditions. After 28 days, the group taking Active Collagen showed up to a 30 percent decrease in the depth of the number of deep wrinkles in over 80 percent of the subjects. Finally, Active Collagen was found to have a powerful moisturizing effect on the skin whereas the placebo group had an increase in dryness. Women report that the skin in the vagina improved as well and crepey skin was softer and smoother. There are many types of collagen sold in the market place today for beautiful skin; some are from slaughter house waste and have no clinical research to confirm they work. Active Collagen is a 99% pure hydrolyzed marine collagen and elastin polypeptides with excellent research to back its ability to reduce the depth of deep wrinkles. Active Collagen is also licensed by Health Canada.

Vegetarians Can Enhance Collagen Too

We can also enhance collagen manufacture by the body with the building blocks that are found in Collagen Plus. Collagen Plus contains silicic acid and biotin which are both used directly to make collagen. Your body uses them directly to make collagen from the inside out. Collagen Plus also helps to build strong bones, thick and resilient hair and strong nails while halting wrinkles. It has also been shown to halt stretch marks in the skin and halt receding gums. Collagen Plus is the best bone building supplement on the market. Collagen in bones is formed as chains which then twist into triple helices. These then line up and are bonded together into ropes (fibrils). The fibrils then are arranged in layers and minerals such as magnesium, calcium and strontium will deposit between the layers. Collagen not calcium alone is the key to nice strong bones. Silicic acid has been found to build collagen in bones making nice strong bones.

Collagen can also be made from sulfur. Garlic contains sulfur, which helps your body produce collagen. Garlic also contains taurine and alpha lipoic acid, which support damaged collagen fibers. Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene which inhibits the enzymes called collagenases that breakdown and destroy collagen. A diet rich in vegetables and good sources of protein will aid collagen production from the inside out as well. We have the ability to change the look of our skin quickly - in as little as 28 days using diet and nutritional supplements.