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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.


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


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.


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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.


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

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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

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.


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.

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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.

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Dr. Peter Cohen, writing last October in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported that the FDA in August of 2009 discovered that many products labeled as dietary supplements contained numerous undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients.  Dr. Cohen wrote, “ Now, more than 140 contaminated products have been identified, but these represent only a fraction of the contaminated supplements on the marketplace…This trend is particularly alarming given that about 114 million people ~ more than half the adult population of the U.S. ~ consume dietary supplements.”

In episode #11 (season 2) of CSI, a woman poisons her husband with the chemical sodium selenite. Strange as it may sound, this exotic murder weapon and its close cousin, sodium selenate, are listed as “nutrients” on the labels of most mass-marketed vitamins.

Even though both sodium selenite and selenate are classified as dangerous and toxic to the environment by the EPA and the EU, they are the primary forms of selenium sold on the mass market today.

In fact, most mass marketed vitamins contain chemicals that the EPA does not allow in our public drinking water at levels above 50 parts per billion. This is the equivalent to a tablespoon of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool.

How can a vitamin manufacturer advertise something as being a “nutrient” when the EPA –  out of concern for our health –  has BARRED it from our drinking water at all but exceedingly minute levels?

Both sodium selenite and selenate have been shown to be toxic in reports from the Hazardous Substances Databank ( www.toxnet.nlm.nih.gov ) and PUBMED. These reports show that both forms can be carcinogenic and genotoxic and may contribute to reproductive and developmental problems in humans.

AND…here is a one for you…Sodium Selenate is in Centrum and One A Day Men’s, Women’s and teen formula, but is mysteriously missing from the One A Day Women’s PRE-NATAL formula…hummmmm I wonder why that is????

In the case of stannous chloride (tin), ferrous fumarate (iron) and manganese sulfate, there are significantly higher doses in CENTRUM than are considered safe for human consumption in a liter of water. Although the others listed are at levels well under the EPA’s allowable limit, it is simply amazing that they are found in a product for human consumption at any quantity, given their toxicity.

Here are the list of “ingredients”, their amounts present in Centrum and the limits set by the EPA

Sodium Selenate: 55 mcg, 50 mcg

Nickelous Sulfate: 5 mcg, 100 mcg

Stannous Chloride (Tin): 10 mcg, 4 mcg

Ferrous Fumarate (iron): 18 mg, 0.3 mg

Cupric Sulfate: 0.5 mg, 1.3 mg

Manganese Sulfate: 2.3 mg, 0.5 mg

Ultimately, we need to use common sense in our purchasing decisions and realize that some companies will intentionally mislead the public with the complicity of regulatory bodies like the FDA.

The irony is that BILLIONS of dollars in health care costs – and the suffering these costs represent – could be saved every year if Americans took the simple step of taking a good multi-vitamin every day. Look for manufactures that use whole foods, organic if possible. These vitamin supplements are easier for our bodies to absorb and to utilize and therefore contribute more significantly to filling the voids in our diet.

So, daily whole food vitamin supplements can help reduce health care costs…does anyone have the phone number to the White House?

Body Balance ~ Whole food nutrition as Mother Nature intended!

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When you were a child, your mother probably told you: “Drink your milk. You need the calcium for healthy bones and teeth.”

Well, mom was right. Calcium does help keep bones and teeth strong, and it also plays a key role in other vital bodily functions. But what your mother couldn’t have predicted are the recent headlines heralding calcium as a possible player in the fight against many ailments.

Now the bad news: nearly half of all Americans don’t get enough of this essential mineral.

Here’s how calcium can help protect your health—and how to be sure you’re getting enough.

Lowering Blood Pressure

More than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension). What’s so frightening about this so-called silent killer is that it often does not produce symptoms for years, secretly damaging arteries and organs throughout the body until it erupts in the form of stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure or kidney disease. If left untreated, even mild hypertension can reduce the life expectancy of a 35- year-old by several years. (Readings of 140 to 159 over 90 to 99 are mildly high; about 120/80 is normal.)

That’s why high blood pressure is commonly treated with antihypertensive drugs. But studies suggest that in some people an increase in calcium consumption can help control blood pressure without medication.

Calcium also seems to help prevent high blood pressure. Evaluating the results of a 13-year survey undertaken by the National Center for Health Statistics, James H. Dwyer, associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, found that people who consumed 1300 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day were 12 percent less likely to develop hypertension than those consuming only 300 mg a day. In people under age 40, risk was reduced by up to 25 percent.

Soon doctors may urge some hypertension patients to increase their calcium intake, much the way they now advise sodium restriction. “It’s easier to add food or supplements than to go on a low-sodium diet,” asserts Dr. David McCarron, professor of medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. “Our studies show that people who try the low-sodium approach don’t stay with it very long.”

Preventing Heart Disease

Several studies suggest that there’s another way calcium may shield the heart from harm: it may help lower blood cholesterol. In a study led by Dr. Margo A. Denke, associate professor of internal medicine at the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, 13 men with moderately high cholesterol levels were given a low-calcium diet (410 mg of calcium daily) for ten days, and had their cholesterol levels checked.

Then, over another ten days, the men were on a fortified diet that supplied 2200 mg of calcium daily. End result: the high-calcium regimen reduced their levels of total cholesterol by six percent and slashed “bad” LDL cholesterol by 11 percent.

What’s more, “good” HDL cholesterol levels stayed the same. Denke and her colleagues report that getting plenty of calcium may be an effective adjunct to traditional cholesterol-lowering diet therapies.

McCarron agrees: “If you increase your calcium intake—whether with diet or supplements—your cholesterol gets better.”

Easing Menstrual Woes

There’s no cure yet for pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)—those unpleasant physical and mental complaints some women endure every month prior to menstruation. But several studies suggest that calcium can help tame PMS.

Researchers led by psychologist James G. Penland at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., studied ten women suffering common menstrual and premenstrual symptoms. All the women spent half the study period on a diet containing 600 mg of calcium daily, and half on a diet containing 1300 mg daily.

While on the high-calcium diet, 70 percent reported less pain, such as backaches and cramping, during the menstrual phase, and 80 percent had less water retention during the premenstrual phase. Ninety percent experienced less crying, irritability and depression throughout their monthly cycles.

Avoiding Kidney Stones

For years doctors have told patients who suffer from kidney stones to limit calcium. The reason: calcium is a major component in about 80 percent of all stones.

But controversial new research suggests that the way to reduce the risk of kidney stones may be to increase calcium intake. (personal note here: I have been taking a liquid calcium supplement for over 5 years daily…no stones…no hypertension etc.)

In a Harvard School of Public Health study, Dr. Gary C. Curhan and colleagues followed 45,510 men with no history of kidney stones for four years. Those on diets high in calcium (a daily average of 1326 mg) were found to cut their risk of developing stones by one-third, compared with men who consumed the least calcium (516 mg per day).

Skeptics stress the difficulty of establishing calcium as the factor in this reduction of risk. They caution kidney-stone patients to consult with their physicians before changing their dietary habits.

Fighting Osteoporosis

Characterized by a gradual thinning and weakening of the bones, osteoporosis affects more than seven million Americans—most of them women—with another 17 million at serious risk. In the disease’s advanced stages, vertebrae can become so fragile that they easily collapse, often leading to a debilitating curving of the
spine. Increasing fragility can also mean greater risk of fractures, especially crippling fractures of the hip.

Dozens of studies show that increasing calcium intake can be vital in slowing bone loss and reducing fracture rates brought on by osteoporosis. This is especially true when calcium is taken with vitamin D, which increases the ability of the body to absorb the mineral.

In a 1992 French study of 1765 women over age 69, those who were given supplements containing 1200 mg of calcium and 20 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D had an average 2.7-percent increase in bone mass in the hips and thighs after 18 months. Women taking only a placebo suffered a 4.6-percent loss in bone mass.

Over the same period, the women taking calcium and vitamin D had 43-percent fewer hip fractures than the control group. Many experts think that the time to start increasing calcium intake is in adolescence, when most adult bone mass is being formed.

According to Dr. Robert P. Heaney, professor of medicine at Omaha’s Creighton University, “There’s very good evidence that at least the last two generations of American women have consumed an inadequate amount of calcium beginning
in puberty.” As baby boomers grow older, says Heaney, osteoporosis could become an epidemic. Luckily it’s never too late to start getting plenty of this vital mineral.
Do You Get Enough Calcium?

The current recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) of calcium are 400 mg for children under six months; 600 mg for children six months to a year; 800 mg for children one to ten and men and women over 25; 1200 mg for people 11 to 24 and pregnant or lactating women.

In light of recent findings, however, experts are reevaluating the amount of calcium needed to maintain good health. Scientists assembled by the National Institutes of Health in 1994 found that the RDA may be too low for many people. And, on average, Americans get considerably less than the RDA.

The committee has recommended raising the RDAs to these levels: 1000 mg for women 25 to 50, women 51 to 65 taking hormone replacement therapy and men 25 to 65; 1200 to 1500 mg for people 11 to 24, and pregnant and lactating women; 1500 mg for women 51 to 65 not taking HRT and for people over 65.

Pregnant women need extra calcium to help the fetal skeleton form and, several studies suggest, to help prevent pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders, a major cause of premature, underweight births. The elderly need more calcium to make up for a decline in the body’s ability to absorb the mineral.

One of the best sources of calcium is dairy products (one cup of skim milk equals 96.3 mg of calcium; 8 oz. of nonfat yogurt equal 96 mg). Other calcium-rich fare includes: tofu with calcium (1/2 cup equals 80 mg); pink, canned salmon with bones (3 oz. equal 58 mg); Chinese cabbage (1/2 cup equals 42.5 mg); kale (1/2 cup equals 27.6 mg); sardines (1 oz. equals 29 mg); rutabaga (1/2 cup equals 22.1 mg); white beans (1/2 cup equals 19.2 mg); and broccoli (1/2 cup equals 18.4 mg).

It can be difficult to get enough calcium from food alone—especially if you don’t like or are allergic to milk.

Two possibilities for those who need to boost calcium intake are calcium-enriched products (such as fortified cereals, juices or breads) and supplements.

The safety of calcium supplements, however, has been controversial. Some types—particularly those made from bone meal—may contain lead, which at high levels can stunt young children’s growth and I.Q.

The most commonly recommended calcium supplement is calcium citrate. However calcium citrate contains low levels of elemental calcium and therefore would require that you take more than the daily amount listed on the bottle. Plus the majority of this type of supplement is in  a hard to absorb pill form.


PLUS, calcium carbonate is the hardest type of calcium to absorb…UNLESS IT IS COMBINED WITH AN ACID SUCH AS OROTIC ACID.

Calcium carbonate contain the HIGHEST amount of elemental calcium available and when chelated with orotic acid you come up with CALCIUM OROTATE; WHICH IS THE HIGHEST ABSORBABLE  FORM FOR A CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT.

“Taking 500 to 1000 mg of calcium in supplement form can be an insurance policy,” says Dr. McCarron, “especially for older people and pregnant women.”

Getting enough of this “miracle” mineral every day may require a small effort. If you consider the payoff—good health—it’s worth it.

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There are literally thousands of scientific research papers and data on the powerful health benefits relating to Aloe Vera and wild ocean sea vegetables. While current laws are very specific about what substances can be said to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent a disease, it is crystal clear from the following medical references that many of the compounds/ingredients contained in Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables have very powerful health supporting benefits.

It should not take too long a leap of faith to come to the logical conclusion that any product in the marketplace that contains Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables like Body Balance, should be an essential part of your personal health/wellness program.

Pub Med is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

PubMed is on the NCBI…National Center for Biotechnology Information webpage.

NCBI was Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information – all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.


1. Research has shown that Fucoidan is a natural anti-coagulant that helps prevent thickening of arterial walls. Fucoidan was researched as a natural alternative to the anti-coagulant drug Heparin for post-angioplasty intimal hyperplasia (thickening of blood vessel walls after reconstructive surgeries and the main reason for late bypass graft failures)


2. PubMED has over 130 medical articles on the anti-tumor properties of Fucoidan

One anti-cancer research report summarized its findings on Fucoidan saying, ” These results suggest that the anti-tumor activity of fucoidan is related to the enhancement of immune responses. The present results indicate that fucoidan may open new perspectives in cancer chemotherapy. Antitumor activity and immunological properties of marine algal polysaccharides, especially fucoidan, prepared from Sargassum thunbergii of Phaeophyceae


3. Carrageenans…have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Medical research has shown that Carrageenans can kill both the bacteria Streptococcus and the Herpes Virus. http://www.bryantlabs.com/redmarinealgae-treatments.htm

4. Antitumor active fucoidan from the brown seaweed.


Palmaria palmate and Porphyra or Nori

Extracts from dulse (Palmaria palmate) are effective antioxidants and inhibitors of cell proliferation in vitro.

School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3. yyuan@ryerson.ca

Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of extracts from a variety of edible seaweeds.

Yuan YV, Walsh NA.

School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ont., Canada M5B 2K3. yyuan@ryerson.ca

Dietary Laminaria and Porphyra sp. have been reported to reduce the risk of intestinal or mammary cancer in animal studies.

Aloe Vera

1. Identification of five phytosterols from Aloe vera gel as anti-diabetic compounds.


2. The inner gel component of Aloe vera suppresses bacterial-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines from human immune cells.


3. The in vitro immunomodulatory effects of glyconutrients on peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome



1. IANA (International Academy Nutrition & Aging) task force on nutrition and cognitive decline with aging.


2. The role of diet in cognitive decline.


3. Metabolic and functional defects in selenium deficiency.


4. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.


5. Nutrient intakes in women and congenital diaphragmatic hernia in their offspring. March of Dimes, California Research Division, Oakland, California 94609, USA. WYang@marchofdimes.com


PubMed PMID 7022654…says, “nutrient depletion in soil is leading to a continual decline of nutrients in foods”…”Humans need essential trace elements…they are indispensable for life”


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