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By now you have been blasted non stop by all the talking heads on TV about Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis. The problem is, over 95% of what these “experts” were reporting was highly inaccurate or blatantly not true.

How do I know this? Well, I worked in the nuclear energy field for over 14 years. My job was to monitor and control both radiation and contamination during the refueling of nuclear reactors for the U.S. Navy. I was trained in emergency response for just such a reactor accident that is happening right now in Japan.

There has been a lot of talk about taking potassium iodide tablets. The premise is that these tablets will flood your thyroid with iodine so your body won’t absorb the radioactive Iodine 131 that was vented from the damaged reactors. This is true BUT taking these pills could cause side effects that would be worse than any radiation exposure from I-131 here in the U.S.

In my educated opinion the amount of exposure to ANY of the radiation from these damaged nuclear plants is extremely low.

However, if you feel you would rather be safe than sorry and feel you need to be proactive and want to protect yourself and your family, I have a better, natural alternative to those iodine tablets.

I strongly suggest you start eating seaweed or taking a seaweed supplement.
Please read the following articles:

“Seaweed for protection against radiation”

“Kelp yourself to some seaweed”

Sea vegetables can protect us from a wide range of toxic elements in the environment, including heavy metals (most dental fillings still contain them) and radiation by-products, converting them into harmless salts that we can eliminate. The natural iodine in sea greens can reduce by almost 80% the radioactive iodine-131 absorbed by the thyroid.

I have been taking a “seaweed” supplement for over 7 years. It’s called Body Balance. Body Balance is a blend of 9 species of sea vegetables in organic Aloe Vera. Body Balance is a liquid WHOLE food which contains a high source of natural Iodine.

Click here for more info: Body Balance

You can also view a short video on Body Balance here:

Why Body Balance?

I hope you found this information educational and realized that being proactive about your health should be a priority before an accident of any kind occurs. Body Balance is an excellent proactive step towards maintaining long lasting health.

For more information you can email me directly at:  healthy_lifestyle@roadrunner.com

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Recently a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast Cancer and immediately had her right breast removed. She had no family history of cancer BUT her food choices may have led to her developing Cancer.

Here are the 5 Biggest Cancer Risks for women over 40 and some helpful tips you can use to be proactive.

First, a brief history of our medical fight with Cancer:

  • 1st successful chemotherapy 1947
  • Invention of PAP Test in 1960’s has nearly eliminated death from cervical cancer
  • Bone marrow transplants pioneered in the 1970’s has dramatically increased survival rates for leukemia’s and lymphomas
  • Advances in early detection and treatment for breast cancer have improved early diagnosis and rates of remission
  • In the last 10 years new medication like “Gleevec” attack cancer cells exclusively

Yet, despite all these advances the overall death rate of cancer has ONLY dropped 5% from 1950-2005

In the past couple of years mainstream oncologists and other cancer prevention researchers are now advocating PREVENTION as the first line of defense against cancer and other chronic diseases. These oncologists and researchers are looking at what we can add to our lives that can actually boost our body’s defense mechanisms against cancer.

Dr. William Li, president and medical director of the *Angiogenesis Foundation, wants to change the way we think about food. But first we have to change the way we think about cancer.

Although one in two American men and one in three American women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, research suggests that far more of us may be walking around with cancer than we would like to believe. “In autopsy studies of people who died in car accidents, up to 40% of women between age 40 and 50 have microscopic cancers in the breast, and about 50% of men in their fifties and sixties have them in their prostate glands,” says Li. “By the time we reach our seventies, virtually 100% of us will have microscopic cancers in our thyroid glands…

Read entire article here => http://www.standup2cancer.org/node/3950

*(The formation of new blood vessels. Normal angiogenesis occurs during fetal development to create the baby’s circulatory system, as well as occurs around a wound or cut to help with healing. Tumor angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels that grow into the tumor, giving it nutrients and oxygen to assist its growth.)

Examples:

Tumor growth stops if tumor angiogenesis can be stopped, thus starving the cancer of nutrients and oxygen. If tumor angiogenesis proceeds, the tumor grows and may shed cells that will cause metastasis. Avastin (bevacizumab) is an anti-angiogenesis drug used to treat metastatic breast cancer.

Know your risks…

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Genetics…i.e. family history of cancer

5 Biggest Risks for Women over 40

  1. Diabetes has a link to Pancreatic cancer ~ 80 million people are diabetic or pre-diabetic
  2. Calcium deficiency is linked to a risk of Colon Cancer. Fewer than 15% of women over 40 get enough Calcium. Calcium binds with carcinogens in the colon to help eliminate it out of the body.
  3. Advanced gum disease, Peridontitist, has a link to Head and Neck Cancer. In fact in the saliva of people who have Peridontitist there is a protein that actually grows blood vessels that feed cancer cells.
  4. Diet high in processed meats is linked to Ovarian and other Cancers. Nitrates and Nitrites in meats can be converted into carcinogens in the body. These Carcinogens damage healthy DNA, which makes it easier for cells to turn cancerous. 1-3 slices/day of processed meats – think Deli sandwich, can increase the risk of esophageal, stomach, colon and pancreatic cancer.
  5. Dense breasts – 5x the risk of breast cancer. It has nothing to do with the size or shape but with the amount of fibrous tissue in the breast. You can only tell if you have dense breasts with a mammogram and if you do you need additional screening using ultrasound, digital mammography and MRI to be able to better detect any cancer through the dense fibrous tissue. Ask you doctor if you have dense breasts and demand additional testing!

4 SUPERFOODS that Dr. Li suggests to help prevent Cancer

  • Papaya –Papaya contains Lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes.  1 papaya/week is enough to reduce risk of cervical cancer
  • Jumbo Shrimp – High in Omega 3 fatty acids, salmon, sardines etc. 8-9 shrimp/day reduces risk of breast cancer
  • Unsalted Cashews – Cashews contain proanthocyanidins, a powerful antioxidant which starves tumors and prevents them from dividing. 12 cashews a day lower the risk of colon cancer
  • Beets – beets contain a cancer fighter called Betanin, which gives beets their dark red color and induces apoptosis or cell death in cancer tumors. 1/4 cup or 3-4 slices per day reduces risk of kidney cancer and leukemia.

No. 1 Cancer is Skin Cancer

Over one million people a year diagnosed with skin cancer and one person every hour dies from it. Vitamin D helps prevent Skin Cancer/melanoma.

Bottom line: 70% of Cancer risks are related to lifestyle, which can be modified

However, there is One SUPERFOOD Dr. Li didn’t mention and that is brown algae or sea vegetables. Most people are not aware of how powerful a cancer fighter brown sea vegetables are but an ingredient in these sea vegetables has been widely studied…

Fucoidan present in brown algae induces apoptosis of human colon cancer cells

Background

Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide found in brown algae; it has been shown to exhibit a number of biological effects, including anti-tumor effects. In this study, we evaluated the effects of Fucoidan on apoptosis in HT-29 and HCT116 human colon cancer cells.

Conclusion:

The findings of this study indicate that fucoidan induces apoptosis in HT-29 and HCT116 human colon cancer cells, and that this phenomenon is mediated via both the death receptor-mediated and mitochondria-mediated apoptotic pathways.

These results suggest that fucoidan may prove useful in the development of a colon cancer-preventive protocol.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931458/

 

I believe that knowledge and Lifestyle changes can help protect you and others from developing Cancer. Please share this information with others.

Why would anyone want to eat sea vegetables?

How about, because they offer the broadest range of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean-the same minerals that are found in human blood.

That’s why!

Sea vegetables are an excellent source of iodine and vitamin K, a very good source of the B-vitamins, folate, and magnesium, and a good source of iron and calcium, and pantothenic acid. In addition, sea vegetables contain good amounts of lignans, plant compounds with cancer-protective properties.

Promote Optimal Health

Lignans, phytonutrients found in sea vegetables, have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis, or blood cell growth, the process through which fast-growing tumors not only gain extra nourishment, but send cancer cells out in the bloodstream to establish secondary tumors or metastases in other areas of the body. In addition, lignans have been credited with inhibiting estrogen synthesis in fat cells as effectively as some of the drugs used in cancer chemotherapy.

In postmenopausal women, fat tissue is a primary site where estrogen is synthesized, and high levels of certain estrogen metabolites (the 4OH and 16OH metabolites) are considered a significant risk factor for breast cancer.

In addition to lignans, sea vegetables are a very good source of the B-vitamin s and folic acid. Studies have shown that diets high in folate-rich foods are associated with a significantly reduced risk for colon cancer.

Promote Healthy Thyroid Function

Sea vegetables, especially kelp, are nature’s richest sources of iodine, which as a component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), is essential to human life. The thyroid gland adds iodine to the amino acid tyrosine to create these hormones. Without sufficient iodine, your body cannot synthesize them.

Because these thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and play a role in virtually all physiological functions, an iodine deficiency can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being. A common sign of thyroid deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland, commonly called a goiter. Goiters are estimated to affect 200 million people worldwide, and in all but 4% of these cases, the cause is iodine deficiency.

Nutrient Prevention of Birth Defects and Cardiovascular Disease

The folic acid so abundant in sea vegetables plays a number of other very important protective roles. Studies have demonstrated that adequate levels of folic acid in the diet are needed to prevent certain birth defects, including spina bifida. Folic acid is also needed to break down an intermediate dangerous chemical produced during the methylation cycle called homocysteine. (Methylation is one of the most important cellular cycles through which a wide variety of important chemicals are produced.)

Homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls, and high levels of this chemical are associated with a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Flavoring soups and stews with sea vegetables or using them in salads is a smart strategy, especially for those dealing with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

Sea vegetables pack a double punch against heart disease. In addition to their folic acid, sea vegetables are a very good source of magnesium, which has also been shown to reduce high blood pressure and prevent heart attack.

Anti-Inflammatory Action

Some sea vegetables have been shown to be unique sources of carbohydrate-like substances called fucans, which can reduce the body’s inflammatory response. Plus, as noted above, sea vegetables are a very good source of magnesium, the mineral that, by acting as a natural relaxant, has been shown to help prevent migraine headaches and to reduce the severity of asthma symptoms.

Relief for Menopausal Symptoms

Sea vegetable’s supply of relaxing magnesium may also help restore normal sleep patterns in women who are experiencing symptoms of menopause. And the lignans in sea vegetables can act as very weak versions of estrogen, one of the hormones whose levels decrease during the menopausal period. For women suffering from symptoms such as hot flashes, sea vegetable’s lignans may be just strong enough to ease their discomfort.

Description

Sea vegetables, often called seaweed, are one of Neptune’s beautiful jewels, adorning the waters with life and providing us with a food that can enhance our diets, from both a culinary and nutritional perspective. Sea vegetables can be found growing both in the marine salt waters as well as in fresh water lakes and seas.

They commonly grow on coral reefs or in rocky landscapes, and can grow at great depths provided that sunlight can penetrate through the water to where they reside since, like plants, they need light for their survival. Yet, sea vegetables are neither plants nor animals-they are actually known as algae.

There are thousands of types of sea vegetables that are classified into categories by color, known either as brown, red or green sea vegetables. Each is unique, having a distinct shape, taste and texture. Although not all sea vegetables that exist are presently consumed, a wide range of sea vegetables are enjoyed as foods.

The following are some of the most popular types:

Nori: dark purple-black color that turns phosphorescent green when toasted, famous for its role in making sushi rolls.

Kelp: light brown to dark green in color, oftentimes available in flake form.

Hijiki: looks like small strands of black wiry pasta, has a strong flavor.

Kombu: very dark in color and generally sold in strips or sheets, oftentimes used as a flavoring for soups.

Wakame: similar to kombu, most commonly used to make Japanese miso soup.

Arame: this lacy, wiry sea vegetable is sweeter and milder in taste than many others .

Dulse: soft, chewy texture and a reddish-brown color

History

The consumption of sea vegetables enjoys a long history throughout the world. Archaeological evidence suggests that Japanese cultures have been consuming sea vegetables for more than 10,000 years.

In ancient Chinese cultures, sea vegetables were a noted delicacy, suitable especially for honored guests and royalty. Yet, sea vegetables were not just limited to being a featured part of Asian cuisines. In fact, most regions and countries located by waters, including Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and coastal South American countries have been consuming sea vegetables since ancient times.

Presently, Japan is the largest producer and exporter of sea vegetables. This may explain why many of these precious foods are often called by their Japanese names.  Japan also has one of the lowest rates of disease on the planet.  50% of their diet consists of sea vegetation.

How to Select

The best way to consume sea vegetables is by liquid if you can find it.  This way, it is a live food and allows one to absorb 98% of the nutrients.  Probably the best reason is that one doesn’t have to face the rubber taste of the plants.

One of the best products available is Body Balance from Life Force International, made from a Sea Nine Blend (consists of 3 reds, 3 browns, 3 greens).  Body Balance also contains Aloe Vera which adds to the potency of the product.

References

  • Blondin C, Chaubet F, Nardella A, et al. Relationships between chemical characteristics and anticomplementary activity of fucans. Biomaterials 1996 Mar;17(6):597-603 1996. PMID:11800.
  • Blondin C, Fischer E, Boisson-Vidal C, et al. Inhibition of complement activation by natural sulfated polysaccharides (fucans) from brown seaweed. Mol Immunol 1994;31(4):247-253 1994.
  • Ensminger AH, Esminger M. K. J. e. al. Food for Health: A Nutrition Encyclopedia. Clovis, California: Pegus Press; 1986 1986. PMID:15210.
  • Goldbeck N, Goldbeck D. The Healthiest Diet in the World. Plume (Penguin Putnam Inc.) NY, 2001, pp 378-80 2001.
  • Terry P, Jain M, Miller AB et al. Dietary intake of folic acid and colorectal cancer risk in a cohort of women. Int J Cancer 2002 Feb 20;97(6):864-7 2002.
  • Wood, Rebecca. The Whole Foods Encyclopedia. New York, NY: Prentice-Hall Press; 1988 1988. PMID:15220.

The hottest topic in medicine isn’t the newest drug or the latest surgical device: It’s vitamin D.

What brought the simmering debate to a boil was a 2007 study showing that people taking normal vitamin D supplements were 7% less likely to die than those who didn’t take the daily supplements.

A year later, a major study found that when women with low vitamin D levels get breast cancer, they have a much higher chance of dying from their cancer than women with normal vitamin D levels.

That was surprising news. But just as surprising is the fact that many men, women, and children have insufficient blood levels of this important vitamin.

How many?… Data suggest many of us don’t get the vitamin D we need. For example, a 2007 study of childbearing women in the Northern U.S. found insufficient vitamin D levels in 54% of black women and in 42% of white women.

These findings led the American Academy of Pediatrics to double the recommended amount of vitamin D a child should take — and have led many doctors to advise their adult patients to up their vitamin D intake.

Why do I need vitamin D?

Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions.

Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, and other maladies. These studies show that people with higher levels of vitamin D have a lower risk of disease, although they do not definitively prove that lack of vitamin D causes disease — or that vitamin D supplements would lower risk.

The Vitamin D Council — a scientist-led group promoting vitamin D deficiency awareness — suggests vitamin D treatment might be found helpful in treating or preventing autism, autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, flu, neuromuscular diseases, and osteoporosis.

The best-known benefit of vitamin D is its role in helping calcium build strong bones. But that’s far from the whole story. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Vitamin D also plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.

Vitamin D is so important that your body makes it by itself — but only after skin exposure to sufficient sunlight. This is a problem for people in northern climates. In the U.S., only people who live south of a line drawn from Los Angeles to Columbia, S.C., get enough sunlight for vitamin D production throughout the year.

Dark skin absorbs less sunlight, so people with dark skin do not get as much vitamin D from sun exposure as do light-skinned people. This is a particular problem for African-Americans in the northern U.S.

How can I get enough vitamin D?

Thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back — without sunscreen — at least twice a week should give you plenty of vitamin D.

But this much direct sun exposure might also expose you to potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. And unless you live in the South or Southwest, you probably won’t get enough sunlight during the winter months for your body to make enough vitamin D.  The American Academy of Dermatology recommends against getting vitamin D from unprotected exposure to sunlight.

It’s a better idea to get vitamin D from foods or from supplements.

Will a vitamin D test tell me if I need more vitamin D?

Yes. As part of your regular blood test, your doctor should order a test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

Everyone agrees that anyone with a 25-OHD level of less than 15 ng/mL or 37.5 nmol/L (depending on the units reported by a lab) needs more vitamin D.  A 2002 study found that 42% of African-American women of childbearing age had vitamin D levels below 15 ng/mL.

Which foods contain vitamin D?

Surprisingly few foods contain vitamin D — unless it’s added to the food. That’s because your body is built to get vitamin D through your skin (from sunlight) rather than through your mouth (by food). But once your body has enough, it doesn’t matter whether you got it through your skin or through your stomach.

There are three vitamin D super foods:

  • Salmon (especially wild-caught)
  • Mackerel (especially wild-caught; eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury)
  • Mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light to increase vitamin D

Other food sources of vitamin D include:

  • Cod liver oil (warning: cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A; too much may be bad for you)
  • Tuna canned in water
  • Sardines canned in oil
  • Milk or yogurt — regardless of whether it’s whole, nonfat, or reduced fat — fortified with vitamin D
  • Beef or calf liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese

Nearly all milk in the U.S. is fortified with vitamin D. So are many brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine, and ready-to-eat breakfast cereals.

How much vitamin D do I need?

The current recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 200 IU for people up to age 50, 400 IU for people aged 51 to 70, and 600 IU for people over age 70.

That’s not enough, Boston University vitamin D expert , MD, PhD, tells WebMD. Holick recommends a dose of 1,000 IU a day of vitamin D for both infants and adults — unless they’re getting plenty of safe sun exposure.

In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that breastfed infants receive 400 IU of vitamin D every day until they are weaned. This doubled the AAP’s previous recommendation.

The AAP also recommends 400 IU/day of vitamin D for children and teens who drink less than a quart of vitamin D-fortified milk per day.

The Vitamin D Council recommends that healthy adults take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily — more if they get little or no sun exposure.

There’s evidence that people with a lot of body fat need more vitamin D than lean people.

The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board is currently updating its 1997 vitamin D recommendations. A report is expected later in 2010.

Can I get too much vitamin D?

Too much of any good thing is a bad thing. Too much vitamin D can cause an abnormally high blood calcium level, which could result in nausea, constipation, confusion, abnormal heart rhythm, and even kidney stones.

It’s nearly impossible to get too much vitamin D from sunlight or from foods (unless you take way too much cod liver oil). Nearly all vitamin D overdoses come from supplements.

The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board’s 1997 recommendations — scheduled for a May 2010 update — suggest that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults and that 1,000 IU per day is safe for infants up to 12 months of age.

However, the relatively small doses of vitamin D in daily vitamin pills are not enough to correct serious vitamin D deficiency. A 2009 study suggested that the best regimen for treating vitamin D insufficiency is 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 taken three times a week for six weeks. This time-limited regimen did not result in vitamin D toxicity.

How much vitamin D is too much?

That’s controversial. According to the National Institutes of Health, the maximum upper limit for vitamin D is 25 micrograms (1,000 IU) for children up to age 12 months and 50 micrograms (2,000 IU) for everyone else.

But some recent studies suggest that healthy adults can tolerate more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D per day. John Jacob Cannell, MD, executive director of The Vitamin D Council, notes that the skin makes 10,000 IU of vitamin D after 30 minutes of full-body sun exposure. He suggests that 10,000 IU of vitamin D is not toxic.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 25-OHD levels that are consistently over 200 ng/mL are “potentially toxic.”

What kind of vitamin D is best?

The recommended form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. This is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight.

Many supplements contain vitamin D as vitamin D2 or calciferol. It’s derived from irradiated fungus. Because this is not the form of vitamin D naturally made by your body, nutritionists and medical doctors recommend using the D3 form for those taking vitamin D supplements.

Does vitamin D interact with other medications?

Yes. Steroid medications such as prednisone can interfere with vitamin D metabolism. If you take steroid drugs regularly, discuss vitamin D with your doctor.

The weight loss drug orlistat — brand names include Xenical and Alli — may cut absorption of vitamin D. So does the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine (sold as Questran, LoCholest, and Prevalite). People taking these drugs should discuss vitamin intake with their doctors.

The seizure drugs Phenobarbital and Dilantin (phenytoin), affect vitamin D metabolism and affect calcium absorption. So do anti-tuberculosis drugs.

On the other hand, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and thiazide diuretics increase vitamin D levels.

BOTTOMLINE:

Unless you live beneath the “Sun Line” from Los Angeles, California to Columbia, South Carolina or want to increase your risk of skin cancer you need to supplement with Vitamin D

Life Force International’s liquid calcium supplement OsteoProCare provides you with 1200mg of Calcium, 600mg of Magnesium, 2000 IU of Vitamin D3, Boron, Zinc, Selenium and much, much more.

To order this supplement call John @ Healthy LifeStyle Marketing (805) 646-1999 or by Email: healthy_lifestyle@roadrunner.com

Overwhelming evidence of the need for nutritional supplementation

US Senate Document #264 documents severe mineral depletion going back to the 1930’s. The United Nations 1992 Earth Summit Report notes an average of 85% mineral depletion over the past 100 years for North American farm and range soils.

Our fruits and vegetables, as well as the grasses and vegetation that farm animals eat, are deficient in minerals and vitamins. Refining foods further reduces nutrients (such as white bread, sugar and corn syrup).

Fruits and vegetables are cultivated using chemical fertilizers, pesticides and waste contaminants Harvested prematurely and artificially ripened, produce is then sprayed, processed, radiated and coated with toxic chemicals to improve appearance and prolong shelf life—all of which significantly reduces nutritional values.

Frightening livestock production practices Beef, poultry and pork are loaded with antibiotics, hormones, steroids, drugs and toxic chemicals to reduce the risk of disease in overcrowded pens and to increase yield. These substances accumulate in our bodies, interfere with normal cell functions, trigger abnormal immune responses, stimulate premature puberty, and are often known carcinogens. As well, the transfer of antibiotics from animals to humans is resulting in bacteria and viruses that have adapted to antibiotics, thus reducing the effectiveness of
antibiotics taken by humans.

Alarming increase in immune system disorders Over the past 5 years, the incidence of immune system disorders has increased more than 200%.

Auto-immune disorders are rapidly increasing with more than 8 million cases confirmed and 30 million additional cases suspected in the US (The Autoimmune
Diseases, Third Edition, Rose and Mackay, 1998).

Fatigue and lack of energy

Doctors report that a primary health complaint is extreme fatigue and lack of energy. Hectic lifestyles, Pressure-filled jobs and commutes, financial struggles, information overload, eating on the run, depression, anxiety, coping with health issues—all rob us of vital energy and essential nutrients. According to studies by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics, lifestyle related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the US.

Overweight

Fast food diets laden with salt, sugar, corn syrup, refined flours, bad oils and toxic additives exacerbate health problems. A Call to Action by the US Surgeon General (2001) noted that 61% of adults in the US are overweight and that the incidence of overweight among adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years.

Environmental pollution

The air we breathe and the water we drink are contaminated with a wide variety of pollutants.

Bowel irregularities

Stagnating waste and chronic constipation can poison the entire body.

Substance Abuse

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs (including many prescription drugs) all have significant side effects and long-term health implications.

What to Look for in a Dietary Supplement

Whole food is the key

The body recognizes whole foods and can readily assimilate and utilize them. Synthetic nutrients formulated in a lab lack the full spectrum of naturally occurring phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and other micronutrients. The lack of these co-factors limits absorption, increases the risk of toxicity and can even cause secondary nutrient deficiencies.

Liquid form

When a whole food dietary supplement is in a liquid, ionic solution, up to 98% of the nutrients are available for absorption and utilization by the body. Vitamins and minerals in pill form may be only 10% to 20% absorbable (1996 Physicians Desk Ref., pg 1542).

Natural and complete

Sea vegetables are the most mineral-rich plants on earth. They contain more vitamins and minerals than any form of land vegetation. Sea water contains mineral ratios that are remarkably similar to blood plasma. Sea plants pre-digest and concentrate this balanced source of minerals into a highly bioavailable ionic state.

Whole food dietary supplements are safe

They supplement the vegetables and fruits in your diet—a vital part of healthy eating and a good food budget. Whole food products are excellent prenatal supplements. Supplements in liquid whole food form may also increase the efficiency of diets, medicines and herbs, while reducing the time required to achieve the desired results.

Organic minerals

Minerals exist in two forms, organic and inorganic. Organic minerals are far easier for the body to use. Inorganic minerals can be used, but must be converted to organic form through chelation. Chelation attaches an organic carrier so that minerals can be transported through cell walls. Excellent chelating agents include
organic acids such as amino acids and orotic acid.

Sea vegetables

With the passage of untold millennium, vast amounts of life-sustaining minerals have washed into the sea. In the process of converting sunlight to energy, sea vegetables reabsorb these nutrients and organically bind them in an ionic state. In contrast, modern farming practices have depleted our soils of essential nutrients —thus sea vegetables are far superior nutritionally to land vegetables. Additionally, minerals that are toxic in their natural state, such as iodine, arsenic and aluminum, are neutralized by the sea vegetables—this makes them harmless and even beneficial. For example, iodine in its pure form is poisonous—however, in its ionic form it is an essential nutrient for health.

Sea vegetable harvesting

Sea vegetables should be harvested only when fully ripened and from pristine waters. These arctic regeneration zones are biologically active areas that are free from herbicides, pesticides and heavy metal contamination. Tides and intense sunlight provide a constant state of nutrient-enriched plants and a rich feeding ground for many species. Harvesting the tender new growth of these plants increases their rate of growth.

Blending with Aloe Vera

Blending sea vegetables with Aloe vera juice adds to the nutritional value of the dietary supplement. Aloe varies widely in quality. Look for whole-leaf, cold processed juice that is certified by the International Aloe Science Council.

Aloe vera has been one of the most popular remedies throughout human history. A vast body of research confirms that Aloe vera has powerful healing and soothing properties. In addition, it contains large-chain sugar molecules that are ideal transporters of nutrients.

Although there are over 200 species of aloe, one of the best is Aloe Barbadensis, which contains over 75 nutritional compounds including vitamins, minerals and 18 amino acids. It has long been used for ailments ranging from cuts, burns and bruises to digestive and intestinal irregularities.

Black cherry and honey

Black cherry has been shown to reduce uric acid levels in the body, while bee honey is an excellent source of B complex vitamins, royal jelly, propolis and pollen.

Benefits of Sea Plants Blended with Aloe Vera

Contains every essential nutrient in perfect balance

  • Vitamins
  • Macro minerals
  • Trace minerals
  • Amino acids
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Enzymes

Cleanses the colon and normalizes pH levels

  • Facilitates elimination
  • Enhances assimilation
  • Improves absorption

Supports the circulatory and lymphatic systems

  • Detoxifies
  • Nourishes
  • Promotes Healing

Supports the immune system and Fortifies the body with essential nutrients needed to fight disease

Supports the nervous system

  • Fights the effects of stress
  • Improves vitality
  • Promotes a feeling of well-being

Supports metabolic processes

  • Facilitates digestion
  • Reduces cravings
  • Nourishes the glandular system

Increases oxygen at the cellular level

  • Promotes energy
  • Combats aging
  • Promotes stamina
  • Supports memory

Excellent source of antioxidants

Contains free radical scavengers known to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and strokes

Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Helps relieve inflammatory diseases
  • Helps reduce inflammation in arthritis
  • Helps reduce inflammation in sports injuries

Combats side effects of harmful substances

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Drugs
  • Environmental Pollutants

Many people suffer from some sort of food allergy and are completely unaware of the health problems that are associated with them.

According to the Mayo Clinic, wheat is one of the most common children allergies… “Wheat allergy may result in a wide range of symptoms, including hives, difficulty breathing and nausea. Wheat allergy can also cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.”

Here are some of the symptoms of having a wheat allergy:

If you or your child has wheat allergy, you or your child will likely experience symptoms within a few minutes to a few hours after eating something containing wheat. Wheat allergy symptoms include:

  • Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat
  • Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis
For some people wheat allergy may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. In addition to other signs and symptoms of wheat allergy, anaphylaxis may cause:

  • Swelling or tightness of the throat
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pale, blue skin color
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Weak pulse

Age of onset
A wheat allergy may not be a life-long disorder. Whether or not you outgrow it may depend, in part, on when the allergy first appears.

  • Young children. Wheat allergy in children usually develops during infancy or early toddler years. Most children with wheat allergy have other food allergies. Children usually outgrow wheat allergy between ages 3 and 5.
  • Adolescents and adults. Wheat allergy isn’t as common in adolescents and adults.

When to see a doctor
Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate care. People who already know they can have an anaphylactic reaction to wheat or another allergy-causing substance should carry two injectable doses of a drug called epinephrine. The second dose is a backup in case emergency services aren’t immediately available.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is different from a simple allergy to wheat.  Celiac disease is an immune system response causing inflammation in the small intestine caused by Gluten, one type of protein found in wheat.

Celiac disease causes serious malabsorption of fat-soluble Vitamins and carotenoids which the body uses to for the production of Vitamin A. With Celiac there is always a certain degree of malnutrition despite an adequate diet. This is because the villi have been damaged and/or destroyed, so the body’s ability to absorb nutrients is greatly impaired.

A person who has Celiac disease does not digest protein properly—amino acids are vital for use by the body and in the repair of the intestinal tract. Also resulting from Celiac disease is a Vitamin K deficiency and calcium deficiencies. This, of
course, also indicates Magnesium and Vitamin D deficiencies.

Recommendations

Supplements: My personal supplement recommendations are as follows:

  • Body Balance~Drinking Body Balance is beneficial because it is absorbed so easily. It also contains plant based VITAMIN B12 which is greatly deficient in this condition. Also consider that aloe plays a major role in healing the intestinal tract. Plus the sea vegetables in Body Balance have been shown to promote an anti inflammatory response within a living body.
  • AminoCharge supplies bio-available amino acids. Someone who has Celiac disease does not digest protein properly—amino acids are vital for use by the body and in the repair of the intestinal tract. Also AminoCharge contains an enzyme complex which will aid in the breakdown and absorption, as well as the assimilation of the protein.
  • TrueGreens is a great source for the probiotics and greens. One of the things resulting from Celiac disease is a Vitamin K deficiency, and Vitamin K is found in this product. TrueGreens is also high in EFA’s, needed for the villi and the intestines.
  • OsteOmegaCare~Celiacs usually have calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D
    deficiencies. OsteOmegaCare is recommended because it helps maintain the body’s normal PH balance. As well, the glucosamine forms the basis of complex molecular structures of the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract.

Foods to avoid

Rice and corn can be eaten, but do not eat any products that contain barley, oats, rye or wheat. Watch for “hidden” sources of gluten…. Things such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, all derivatives of wheat rye oats and barley, including malt, modified food starch, some soy sauces, grain vinegars, binders, fillers, excipients, and some natural flavourings. This would include such things as hot dogs, gravies, luncheon meats, beer, mustard, tomato sauce, some curry powders and seasonings. Also avoid sugary products, chocolate and processed foods as much as possible. It may also be necessary to remove dairy products from the diet, as there is usually a secondary lactase intolerance.

Gluten Free Recipes

I have come across a great book called “Healthy Urban Kitchen” The book program is a healthy eating system guide with recipes, meal plans and instruction about real food and gets rid of allergenic and inflammatory foods.

On April 1st this year (2010) a report from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that, “Regular use of multivitamin-multimineral supplements may be associated with higher mean breast density among premenopausal women. The relations of multivitamin-multimineral supplement use to breast density and breast cancer risk need to be clarified.”

By reading that statement on its own and out of context one could assume the absolute validity of the report. However, when you get into the details of the report you find out of the ~1,600 women in the study there was a less than 3% increase in one of the control groups of ~750 and NO increase in the other group.

A  study done in Denmark…“suggested an increased risk of breast cancer associated with the use of several multivitamin types…” While a study of women in North Carolina concluded…“multivitamin use was not associated with breast cancer risk in North Carolinian women.” A similar finding done by The Nurses Health Study  that looked at the association of commonly used multivitamins with breast cancer risk concluded…“null results were found among premenopausal and postmenopausal women.”

Multivitamins are good, multivitamins are bad…multivitamin use increases risk for breast cancer…there is no link between multivitamin use and increased risk of breast cancer. Contradictory findings with controversial results. So, who do you believe?

The one factor missing from ALL of these reports were the type of supplement, i.e. pill, capsule, gelcap, liquid etc.etc. I believe THIS is the most important variable of all the studies to date.

The vast majority of multivitamin and multivitamin/mineral supplements are in a pill or capsule form. Some are in a liquid form and only a very very few are in a liquid whole food form.

Most of the mass marketed vitamins are composed of isolated chemicals. Some of these isolated chemicals are actually considered toxic by the EPA in our drinking water IN the amounts found in these OTC mass marketed vitamins.

My educated opinion is this is the reason for the contradictory results and conclusions reported by these multivitamin supplement studies. Poor, sub-quality supplements give poor, sub-quality results which could lead to a decrease in overall health.

I do believe that cancer is preventable through proper supplementation of high quality whole foods. I did NOT say curable…I said I believe cancer is preventable. And here is why…

In terms of nutrition, studies have shown that a diet that is rich in fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains actually helps the body to fight cancer. I would take a very radical approach, which is to eat all raw foods and lots of vegetable juices.

In terms of the Life Force products, like Body Balance I take on a daily basis, there are definitely some wonderful nutritional advantages—so let’s start there.

First of all people with any type of cancer require higher than normal amounts of Vitamin A. However, taking an isolated Vitamin A can be highly toxic in the amounts required. Body Balance is very high in natural carotenoids, which are the precursors to Vitamin A. What that means is that the carotenoid complex is what the body uses to create Vitamin A, so it is the best and safest form to use. Carotenoids actually enhance natural killer cell activity, and low carotene levels have been associated with cancer.

There is often severe mineral depletion that needs to be balanced as much as possible, and it is well known that sea vegetation protects the body from radiation damage. All nutrients are essential for normal cell division and function, and a form that is easily assimilated is really vital.

The other Life Force  product I take every day is a liquid calcium/mineral supplement called OsteoOmegaCare. OsteOmegaCare is also highly recommended for cancer prevention, as calcium, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D are all important for the treatment of many forms of cancer.

Added to this is the fact that when a person has a condition such as cancer, the body has become very acidic. Calcium is the most alkalizing of all nutrients, and essential in bringing the pH back to some form of equilibrium. (It is said that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment.) Calcium also protects in that it prevents precancerous cells from becoming cancerous.

Amino acids in a bio-available form are highly beneficial in cancer prevention. Life Force’s amino product, AminoCharge has a couple of very important things
going for it……soy protein contains two isoflavones called genestein and diadzein, that act as antioxidants and have shown to protect against most forms of cancer. . There is a therapy that is used for cancer treatment called Antineoplastin therapy, that uses amino acid derivatives to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The different aminos have specific parts to play here. For instance, carnitine protects against damage from free radicals and toxins; glutathione is essential for the functioning of the immune system, and has always been found to be deficient in cancer patients; taurine functions as foundation for tissue and organ repair and is essential for white blood cell activation; cysteine detoxifies harmful substances and is particularly important for the liver and other organs, and has shown preventative effects against cancer.

Eating a diet full of vegetables, especially green vegetables has been endorsed by the American Cancer Society as a good dietary step towards cancer prevention. Sadly, most of us do not eat the 8 servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the ACS.

Life Force’s TrueGreens supplement is full of phytochemical compounds that are leading the way in cancer research. Chlorophyll is also a powerful cancer fighter as well as a whole body detoxifier.

Life Force’s newest product, TruBoost contains potassium d-glucarate, a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables. Many studies have shown it to be highly protective against cancer.

The healing benefits of d-glucarate were actually discovered by researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the second largest cancer center in the United States. TruBoost also contains two adaptogenic herbs, ashwaganda and tulsi, that have been shown to enhance energy levels while helping to alleviate fatigue.

Other Recommendations: A good Coenzyme Q10 product plus Coenzyme A is also something I would look at. COQ10 is vital for improving cell oxygenation, while COA facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA and supports the immune system’s detox of many dangerous substances. It can also streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy.

Flaxseed (found in OsteOmegaCare) has been shown to prevent the spread of
cancer. As well, it has wonderful antioxidant properties. EFA’s are needed to metabolize COQ10. Good sources of EFA’s include flaxseed oil, fish oil, borage oil and olive oil.

In terms of diet, limit consumption of dairy products—a little yoghurt, kefir or raw cheese occasionally is sufficient.

Do NOT consume any of the following: peanuts, junk foods, processed refined foods, saturated fats, salt, sugar or white flour. Also DO NOT eat any animal products, ESPECIALLY things like luncheon meats, hot dogs, or smoked or cured meats.

Get a juicer, and make up fresh vegetable juices. The best ones are carrot, beet and cabbage juice. Also apple juice is good to add to any of these to make them more palatable.

Eat plenty of fresh veggies and fruit, as well as whole grains such as millet and brown rice. (Millet is actually a good source of protein). Soaked almonds are wonderful, as they contain laetril, which has anticancer properties. Just soak them in water overnight and rinse them in the morning.

Eat as many tomatoes and tomato-based products as you want. Lycopene, an antioxidant agent in tomatoes protects cells from oxidants associated with cancer, especially pancreatic cancer.

Drink spring or steam-distilled water, not tap water. Bathing in chlorinated water is in some ways even worse than drinking it, as it is highly absorbable through the skin. If possible filter all the water, and if not, take showers instead of baths.

Drinking green tea is also helpful, as it is high in certain antioxidants that have been shown to fight cancer.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.