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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Please take action

In case you haven't had this information, I am forwarding it to you. It doesn't get any easier than this to let your congressman know your stand on preserving our health rights .

WOW - This is an incredible action network. Together, we have sent over 20,000 letters to the FDA in just two short weeks! Consumers from every state – every Congressional district in fact- are taking a stand for their health rights.

To make sure the voice of the natural health consumer is heard, we set a goal of sending 25,000 letters to the FDA – we are only 5,000 away from this ambitious goal. Together, we can achieve this if each of you takes one minute to send or forward a message:

*If you haven’t sent your letter – please take one minute to do so now. We've made it easy for you to make a difference -
click here

*If you have – thank you! Please forward this email to any friends, family and colleagues and think of who else we could contact to distribute this message.

This is a vibrant and growing action network – together we can reach our goals and preserve our health rights.

It took 2.5 million consumers contacting Congress in the early 1990s to save access to dietary supplements by passing DSHEA (The Dietary Supplement Health Education Act). This is our legislation. It is up to us to closely track and monitor any changes and new interpretations of this bill.

Right now, the FDA is reviewing the New Dietary Ingredient clause in DSHEA and making new rules that may impact your health and access to safe and innovative dietary supplements. We only have two more days to submit comments on this issue. The docket closes February 1, 2005.

Please contact the FDA today! Urge them to ensure that any new FDA guidelines for New Dietary Ingredients reflect the intent of Congress and continue to provide complete access to the safe, affordable and innovative dietary supplements you and millions of Americans rely on for health.

Consumer support for health rights has preserved our ability to purchase dietary supplements. We need to make our voices heard again to safeguard this important health freedom. Take Action Today!

FDA OPEN COMMENT PERIOD ENDS FEBRUARY 1, 2005

Click here to quickly submit your comments to the FDA.

The FDA is reviewing portions of the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA). "Any new guidelines that require onerous food additive and drug like notifications, excessive testing and documentation will make the introduction of new products unnecessarily expensive." Citizens for Health

Dietary supplements should not be treated like drugs. Urge the FDA to act in harmony with the intent of Congress when it passed DSHEA in 1994. We want to continue to have full access to new and existing safe dietary supplements. We want our consumer rights protected. MAKE YOUR FEELINGS KNOWN NOW!

Here are some additional links to important information:

Dietary Supplement Health Education Act
U.S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
SUPPLEMENTS UNDER SEIGE
USFA
Smart Publications - Health & Wellness Update
THE NHF
Congress.org
ALERT-Protect your rights!!!

Health Freedom Information and Events - Colorado & North Carolina

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Colorado
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Hello Colorado CNH Members and Friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the first meeting of our new Wellness Information & Networking Group called "WING!" sponsored by The Colorado Coalition for Natural Health.

"WING!" has been created to provide our community with the finest in natural health care educational information, health freedom and legislative awareness information, networking opportunities for practitioners in all facets of natural health care and discussions with great speakers exploring topics relevant to what the Colorado CNH stands for – natural health.

"WING!" is for natural health care practitioners, their clients, family, friends and anyone interested in natural health care that would enjoy exchanging ideas, interests, business cards and brochures over a great lunch with a guest speaker! All we ask is a tax-deductible donation of $5.00, over and above the cost of lunch, to help insure the procurement of interesting and informative guest speakers.

Our third "WING!" luncheon will be on Friday, January 21, 2005 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Future meetings will be on the third Friday of every month. "WING!" meets at the Sweet Tomatoes, located at 9445 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree, CO 80124 (on the SE corner of C-470 and Yosemite, right behind the United Artist movie theater complex). Please e-mail your RSVP to
colorado@naturalhealth.org.


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North Carolina
Legislative Alert

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Dear Friend:

The North Carolina Legislative Review Commission is conducting a study of whether "naturopathic medicine" should be licensed by the State. The future of naturopathy is at stake! The proponents of licensure are trying to convince the Commission that because they went to schools in Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, or Arizona, and then plan to move to North Carolina, they should be licensed. These four schools teach what they call "naturopathic medicine," which involves the use of prescription drugs, the use of surgery, and flies in the face of what Benedict Lust intended when he developed the practice of naturopathy. We have an opportunity to set the record straight!

This letter is to alert CNH members and interested persons. You can make a big difference by calling, e-mailing, and writing the members of the Legislative Review Commission using the enclosed contacts sheet and asking them to OPPOSE the licensing of "naturopathic physicians," at the next Commission Meeting, December 7, 2004, at 1:00 pm in Room 1124 of the Legislative Building in Raleigh, NC.

What would happen, if the Legislative Commission issued a report in favor of licensing? The proponents of licensure will run to the legislature next year with a report stating it is okay for "naturopathic physicians" to be elevated to the status of primary care physicians -- without the medical background that comes with hospital internships, residencies and traditional allopathic and osteopathic medical school training. The report would also state that these "naturopathic physicians" could get licensed to diagnose, treat and prevent human health conditions, injury and disease.

By contrast, the overwhelming majority of traditional natural healers such as yourself -- who favor natural and non-invasive preventive care, based on educating clients how to maintain healthy lifestyles, and who pose no threat of harm to anyone -- would have to either abandon your chosen career or face the threat of being fined and put out of business. This monopolistic, exclusionary legislation is bad news for naturopathy and for the citizens of North Carolina.

It is critical that you please take a few moments today to call, e-mail, and write the members of the Commission and urge them to OPPOSE the licensing of "naturopathic physicians." And remember: this will be a lengthy battle – the Coalition will be calling on you again to voice your opinion to the legislature. If you have any questions, please also feel free to call us here at the Coalition. (Phone 800-586-4264; Fax 800-598-4264;
Email:
boydlandry@naturalhealth.org )

Best regards,

Boyd J. Landry Executive Director


North Carolina Legislative Review Commission Please call, write, or e-mail every member of the Commission as soon as possible. You will have to make a separate contact to each Member in order to register your opposition to the licensing of naturopathic medicine in North Carolina. Forward any comments from the Commission to
boydlandry@naturalhealth.org. This information is crucial in lobbying against licensing in North Carolina.

Rep. Louis M. Pate, Jr., R-11
Co-Chair
607 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5755
Louisp@ncleg.net

Rep. Lucy T. Allen, D-49
1307 Legislative Building
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
919-733-5860
Lucya@ncleg.net

Rep. Cary Dale Allred, R-64
606 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5905
Carya@ncleg.net

Rep. Earl F. Jones, D-60
536 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5825
Earlj@ncleg.net

Rep. Carolyn K. Justus, R-117
1023 Legislative Building
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
919-733-5956
Carolynj@ncleg.net

Rep. Wilma Money Sherrill, R-116
302D Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-715-3026
Wilmas@ncleg.net

Sen. Stan W. Bingham, R-33
2117 Legislative Building
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
919-733-5665
stanb@ncleg.net

Sen. Daniel Gray Clodfelter, D-37
408 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 715-8331
Danielc@ncleg.net

Sen. Fletcher Lee Hartsell, Jr., R-36
518 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-7223
Fletcherh@ncleg.net

Sen. Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr., D-49
300-B Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 715-3001
martinn@ncleg.net

Sen. William Robert Purcell, D-25
625 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-5953
Williamp@ncleg.net

Sen. Eric Miller Reeves, D-16
1028 Legislative Building
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
(919) 715-6400
Ericr@ncleg.net

Sen. A.B. Swindell, IV, D-11
629 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 715-3030
abs@ncleg.net

Information taken from NSP site.
Nature's Sunshine Member's may login to read more on current lobby events taking place.

Lobbying Issues - CODEX/EU Directive

CODEX/EU Directive

European Union (EU) Directive: "There is some fear that the EU Food Supplement Directive will impact the drafting of new Codex guidelines for all international trade of WTO (World Trade Organization) members. For this reason the EU Food Supplement Directive is being legally challenged in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (EU Supreme Court) by one consumer freedom group and 2 UK Trade Associations." Diane Miller, J.D., National Health Freedom Action

We currently do not know the impact the European Directive may have on selling product in Europe, if passed. Nature’s Sunshine continues to monitor national and international policies with regard to dietary supplements.

The European Union Directive and Selling Product in the United States: Our FDA attorney has advised us that, "this does not and would not affect our ability to sell product in the United States. We are governed by the FDA. Any change to this would literally take an act of congress."

You may want to make your feelings known by sending letters or emails to the U.S. Delegates to CODEX. Let them know that you are opposed to any international regulations that may impact the status of supplements as regulated by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA):

CODEX COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND FOODS FOR SPECIAL DIETARY USES
Dr. Barbara O. Schneeman, PhD
Director
Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
5100 Paint Branch Highway
College Park, MD 20740
Tel: (301) 436-2373
Fax: (301) 436-2636
Email:
Barbara.Schneeman@cfsan.fda.gov

CODEX COMMITTEE ON FOOD ADDITIVES AND CONTAMINANTS
Dr. Terry C. Troxell
Director, Office of Plant and Dairy Foods and Beverages
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-300)
Food and Drug Administration
Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740
Tel: (301) 436-1700
Fax: (301) 436-2632
Email:
Terry.Troxell@cfsan.fda.gov

CODEX COMMITTEE ON FOOD LABELING
Leslye Fraser, J.D.
Director
Office of Regulations and Policy
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
5100 Paint Branch Parkway (HFS-004)
College Park, MD 20740
Tel: (301) 436-2378
Fax: (301) 436-2637
Email:
leslye.fraser@fda.hhs.gov

For more information, please download the following document:
A SUMMARY OF A FULL TEXT PAPER - by Diane M. Miller JD, Legal and Public Policy Director

Note: This document can only be viewed with Adobe Acrobat.
Download the free viewer.

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Alert - Please protect your rights!!!
Action Item--Your Right to Choose your Vitamin,Mineral and Other Supplements may End in June of This Year 2005
Read this Very important health message below and contact everyone.

Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other supplements may end in June
of this year (2005). After that U.S. supplements will be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO. They will be enforced by the WTO and will over ride U.S. laws.
The U.S. President and congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was
signed. Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions. CODEX drastically restricts
vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX met secretly in November,
2004 and finalized “Step 8 (the final stage)” to begin implementation in June, 2005.

The CODE includes:

(1) No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.

(2) Any potency higher than RDA (minimal strength) is a “drug” requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. Over 5000 safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health stores as we now know them.

(3) CODEX regulations become binding internationally.

(4) New supplements are banned unless given very expensive CODEX testing and approval.

CODEX now applies to Norway and Germany, among others, where zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52. Echinacea (an ancient immune-enhancement herb) rose from $14 to $153 (both examples are now allowed by prescription only). They are now “drugs”. Vitamin C above 200 mg, niacin above 32 mg, vitamin B6 above 4 mg—all are banned over-the-counter as drugs. No amino acids (arginine, lysine, carnitine, etc. essential amino acids!), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, etc.), or other essential supplements such as DMEA, DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc. are allowed.

The CODEX rules are not based on real science. They are made by a few people meeting in secret (see web sites below), not necessarily scientists. In 1993 the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription. But over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President to protect their freedom of choice on health supplements. The DSHEA Law was passed in 1994,which does so. But this will be over ruled by CODEX and the World Trade Organization.

Virtually nothing about it has been in the media. What the drug corporations have
failed to do through Congress they have gotten by sneak attack through CODEX
with the help of a silent media. What can be done at this late hour?

(1) Spread the word as much as possible. Inform yourselves fully at

www.ahha.org, www.iahf.com, and www.alliance-natural-health.org.

(2) Oppose bills S.722 and H.R.3377. These support the CODEX restrictions with U.S. laws, changing the DSHEA law.

(3) Support H. R.1146 which would restore the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution over
CODEX, etc.

(4) Express your wishes to the President, Senators and Representatives

(They got us into this!) ASAP.

(5) Contact multi-level health marketing groups that can get their members to inform the government.

(6) Send donations, however small, to the British Alliance for Natural Health (see web

site above). It has succeeded in challenging the CODEX directives in World Court later
this month or next. They need help financially, having carried the fight effectively for everyone. CODEX and the FDA wish to protect us by controlling supplements in the same way they do prescription drugs. A study of the latter by three medical scientists was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998—Vol.279, No. 15, p. 1200 “…Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR’s) was found to
be extremely high.” Covering 30 years (1966 to 1996) it was found that in the U.S. an
average of 106,000 hospitalized patients per year (290 per day) die from ADR’s and
2,200,000 need more hospitalization for
recovery. These were FDA approved drugs, properly administered by competent
professionals in hospitals--none were considered malpractice. This is the number four cause of death in the U.S. When combined, these account for 7% ofall hospitalized patients. This is equivalent to a 9-11 attack every ten days. There are very few fatalities from supplements or the news would be on every front page. There is no need for more FDA control of supplements than is already in place, which is substantial. Instead of drastically restricting supplements, why doesn’t the FDA better control and restrict the extremely dangerous pharmaceutical drugs which are now killing us at the rate of a major airline crash per day?
Wallace G. Heath, Ph.D.

1145 Marine Drive Bellingham, WA 98225

VITAMIN CONSUMERS BEWARE!
Your Freedom of Choice is on the Brink of Extinction
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN HAMMELL
Founder, International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF)

John Hammell is an internationally renowned advocate for health freedom. In this
interview, he will expose the current draconian international effort, masterminded
by the pharmaceutical cartel, to restrict our freedom of choice of dietary
supplements and vitamins.

The centerpiece of this effort is called CODEX, which is a United Nations program
to impose global trade standards in this area. The European Union (EU) is the most
influential power block in the CODEX scheme, and the most pressing issue right now
is the Food Supplements Directive passed by the EU, which is being challenged in a
British Court on January 25 by the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). If this domino
falls, America is not far behind.

We cannot stress enough the URGENCY of this matter! Our inherent right to
choose what natural substances we put into our bodies is at stake. Don't miss this
Tele-seminar! IAHF and ANH also need your help right away. Go to www.iahf.com
and www.alliance-natural-health.org and find out what you can do to help now!

For Health Freedom,
John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
556 Boundary Bay Road
Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA
http://www.iahf.com
jham@iahf.com
800-333-2553 N.America
360-945-0352 World



Tuesday, January 25, 2005

More Flax Seed Recipes

This is a free excerpt from the nutrition book, God's Banquet Table

Wherever flax seed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health. Mahatma Gandhi

Citrus Tahini Recipe

1 cup of sesame seeds
1 lemon
cup of water
2 Tbs. of flax
1 tsp. of garlic powder
few drops cider vinegar
1 tsp. of sea salt

Grind sesame seeds into fine powder in your decaffeinated coffee grinder. Add remainder of ingredients and blend well until smooth. This is an excellent dip for veggies.

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Flaxtastic Dressing Recipe

1/4 cup flax seed oil
tsp. chives
1/4 cup salsa
tsp. basil
1/2 cup Engevita yeast
pinch sea salt
1/4 cooking onion

Blend in food processor or blender.

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Lemoflax Dressing Recipe

1/4 cup of flax seed oil
tsp. of fresh chives
juice of 1 fresh lemon
1 tomato

Blend in food processor or blender.

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Yeast Feast Flax Dressing Recipe

2 Tbs. flax seed oil
1 tsp. dulse
2 Tbs. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. garlic
1/4 cup yeast
1/2 tsp. onion
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Pour ingredients over salad and toss vigorously. The simplest and most popular dressing in our family. The flavor will simply astound you, leaving a lasting impression.

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Lemon Garlic Dressing Recipe


2 Tbs. powdered flax seeds
2 cloves garlic
pinch salt
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 large tomato
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1 lemon (seeds removed)
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. If you like the taste of garlic, you’ll love this dressing on your salad.


I just found these on the web, and so haven't had a chance to try them yet. I hope you will enjoy them.
Karen



Daily 7 - 01/25/05 Volume 3, Issue 3

Information on this blog post provided by www.daily7.com for Nature's Sunhsine Members interested in learning more about cleansing.

IN THIS ISSUE: Colon Quiz, Workbook Quantity Changes

COLON QUIZ
It's disgusting, but sooner or later we all learn about our colon. If your colon ain't happy, you ain't happy.

See how savvy you are about your colon by taking this "True or False" quiz.

1. The appendix has no known function.
2. One of the jobs of the colon is to reabsorb water.
3. Creatures live inside the colon.
4. The health of the colon does not affect health in other parts of the body.
5. All laxatives work the same.
6. The colon is called the "second brain."
7. You shouldn't have to use a fan or deodorant in the bathroom.

Answers:
1. False. The appendix lubricates the fecal matter before it travels vertically to the transverse colon.
2. True. That's why drinking plenty of water is important. Dry colon equals dry stools. (Ouch!)
3. True. Some of the microbials in your colon are beneficial, others are harmful. Your diet determines how many of each exist.
4. False. An unhealthy colon breeds ill health. Headaches, depression, allergies -- these are just some of the symptoms of a struggling colon that are rarely attributed to the colon.
5. False. Chemical laxatives change how the colon functions and are often addictive. Herbal laxatives enhance the function of the colon and are not addictive.
6. True. In fact, more neurological messages are sent from the colon to the brain than from the brain to the colon. Why do you think you get a "gut feeling?"
7. True. It's hard to believe, I know. Food doesn't stink when it goes in, why should it stink when it comes out? The answer is that the food waste stayed in your body for too long and started to rot. If your food moves through your body like it should, breakfast would be out by lunch and lunch would be out by dinner. If the waste from a meal doesn't get out for a day or two (or ten) and is heated to 98 degrees, you can imagine why it smells so bad.

Many diseases start in the colon. If yours is healthy, you have less to worry about. Your colon needs help to be healthy. If you don't know how to help it, now is the time to find out.

YOUR WISH IS OUR COMMAND
By popular request, we are offering a new configuration of quantities for purchasing the DAILY 7 Health and Weight-Loss Workbooks. Until now, the four options for purchasing Workbooks were single (one Workbook), 2 for a Buddy System, 7 in the Trainer's Kit and 18 in a case). In order to give you more options, especially if you are teaching DAILY 7 classes or have the Workbooks on display in your office or store, we are now going to offer the single, 2 for the Buddy System, 7 in the Trainer's Kit, 10 in a half-case, and 20 in a case. You still get the $15/book pricing of the case in the half-case! Visit our on-line store for more details and pricing. You wanted it, you got it!

Now it's our turn... Would you give us some feedback about our brochures? We have sold over 34,000 of our existing brochures and are nearing the time when we need to print more. This is the time to make adjustments, if needed. We want to make them even more effective for you and your marketing strategies. What would you like to see us do differently? Please send your ideas via email to info@daily7.com. We would sure appreciate your input. Thanks!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?
The DAILY 7 Health and Weight-loss System is described in a $20 Workbook that helps you enhance your body's digestion, absorption, and elimination processes while giving you vital information about health and nutrition. Talk to the person who sent you this email for details about how to get your own copy or visit the online store at www.daily7.com. Educate yourself about how your body works, take appropriate action and then marvel as your body heals itself.

COPYRIGHT © 2005 3 Thirds, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You do have permission to print and distribute unaltered copies of this email to people who do not have email access.
The information contained herein is derived from multiple sources over many years and is provided for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose disease or medical conditions, nor is it intended to prescribe forms of medical treatment. The authors do not distribute medical advice and are not responsible for use or application of the information contained herein. Issues concerning health should be referred to qualified health professionals.

For additional information about this e-mail program, contact info@daily7.com or call (970) 377-8333. Editor for this volume: Teresa Smith

Monday, January 17, 2005

Nutritional Support for Allergies


Good health and a strong immune system are our most precious possessions in warding off allergic reactions that are plaguing an ever-larger percentage of the world's population. While some allergic responses are little more than a nuisance, others effect the entire body and can develop, if untreated, into more serious problems as we age. Research indicates that blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, arthritis and other degenerative diseases can develop as a result of untreated allergies.

Our immune system is our first line of defense against substances that would otherwise harm us. The cells of the immune system communicate with each other, while acting in concert with the endocrine and nervous system to maintain body homeostasis. The immune system is so intricate and complex that many of its functions are still not fully understood. How an organism triggers,
regulates, completes or stops an immune response remains under intense study.

Immune System Components
The immune system is made up of several cellular components: T-cells, B-cells, immunoglobulins, "complement system", mast cells, basophils and antigens. Mature T-cells have a number of functions and are divided into three categories:
* Killer T-cells recognize and destroy foreign protein such as bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, fungus and protozoa. When a Killer T-cell encounters an antigen (any molecule that induces an immune response), it attaches itself to the invader and "injects" it. Killer T-cells also activate debris-eating
phagocytes to destroy pathogens that they have absorbed.
* Helper T-cells interact with B-cells to help them make antibody molecules.
* Suppressor T-cells interact with B-cells to turn off their production of antibodies. B-cells are produced in the bone marrow and spleen and in the lymphoid tissue of the immune system (apart from the thymus glands). B-cells secrete immunic chemicals known as antibodies or immunoglobulins that circulate freely in all the body fluids. They have the ability to multiply rapidly when they encounter antigens, transforming into a veritable army that inactivates or eliminates any offending organism or antigen.


For each antigen present in the body, there is a specific antibody produced by an individual B-cell. B-cells have surface-bound immunoglobulin (IqG) receptors that are directly responsible for cell activation. However, a shortage of T-cells will prevent the activation of the B-cells.
There are five types of immunoglobulin (antibodies): IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM. Each has a different "weapon" for attack.
* Some neutralize antigens by covering up there active or toxic sites.
* Others render antigens harmless by binding or clumping them together.
* Some immunoglobulins "rip" open antigens.
* Still others prevent viruses from entering cells.

Antibodies (Immunoglobulins) and their functions:
* IgA - found mainly in the mucosa membranes and body secretions (tears, saliva), protects mucous membranes from invasion by microorganisms.
* IgD - found in cell membranes and involved in cell activation, is believed to play a part in recognizing "self" and "foreign" antigens.
* IgE - frequently involved in allergenic reactions to pollen and food and found in both blood and intestinal fluid, attaches to the outside of the basophils (white blood cells that mediate inflammatory reactions) and similar (histamine containing) mast cells. Contact with an allergin causes these cells to burst, which, in turn, dumps histamine or enzymes into the surrounding fluids to inactivate the allergen. The release of histamine causes local inflammation and/or systemic (entire body) flushing and other adverse symptoms.
* IgG - the most abundant antibody in the body. It is involved in attacking bacteria and other antigens, such as food. Both IgG and IgM coat microorganisms. High IgG levels indicates past infection.
* IgM - found mainly in the bloodstream where it is most often involved in attacking bacteria and other antigens. IgM is the first antibody that the body produces against a foreign antigen. High levels indicate a current or recent infection.

Antibodies sometimes team up with the body's "complement system" in order to mount a stronger defense against immune system enemies. "Complement enzymes" involve at least nine complex serum protein units (C,-C9) that circulate in the blood in an inactive form. Once activated, they join and split one another sequentially, thus producing active, but short-lived enzymes that bind to and rupture the antigen surface. The sources of the C proteins are not completely known, but C is thought to be produced in the colon. C2 is made by macrophages, and C3 is found in the liver.

The purpose of the "complement system" is the destruction of the "foreign" cells by lysis or dissolution.

Research is tracing hypersensitivity responses to a truly mystifying step-by-step progression and activation of the "complement cascade", where histamine and other chemicals are released from mast cells and basophils. Mast cells and basophils are two additional components of the immune system. They are found in most tissues adjoining the blood vessels. When these cells are activated, they release histamine and other substances causing the blood vessels to dilate.

Any molecule that encounters the immune system and induces an immune reaction is called an antigen. Antigens that produce a different type of immune response, known as an allergic inflammatory response, are called allergens. Allergens can be inhalants from weeds, molds, grasses, trees, dust, cats and dogs, foods of all types, chemicals, microorganisms or insects. Some allergens, called haptens, are too small to elicit a reaction from the body. When these allergens couple themselves to our own protein, they are called neo-antigens. The body can set up an allergic response to this form of antigen.

A Controlled Response
During an allergy attack, the body releases a number of chemicals from the mast cells, basophils and other cells. This release is thought to be one of the primary responsibilities of the immune system. The release of these chemicals may account for varying degrees of sensitivity, various symptoms associated with sensitivity and varying response times between exposure to the allergen and the response.

The following is a partial list of these chemicals and their primary function.
* Histamine causes the blood capillaries to widen and increases their permeability so more fluid passes from the blood to the tissue. This causes local swelling, edema and redness.
* Heparin leads to increased blood flow to the inflamed site.
* Platelet Activating Factor causes the platelets to release chemicals that increase or decrease the size of blood vessels.
* Serotin acts differently from histamine, but causes a similar inflammation.
* Lymphokines - a group of molecules that are involved in signaling between cells.
* Leukotrienes cause bronchial muscles in the lungs to contract. (As in bronchospasm found in asthma.)
* Prostaglandins - hormone like substances that regulate cell function, dilate blood vessels, effect smooth muscle constriction, heat inflamed tissue and increase pain.
* Thromboxane - powerful vasoconstrictors and bronchoconstrictors.
* Bradykinin - one of several kinins released during an inflammatory process where mast and basophils split open. Bradykinins cause pain by stimulating nerve endings and cause blood pressure to drop.
* Interleukin - antigens that irritate tissue and can set up inflammatory responses.
* Interferon - Act to regulate the extent and speed of other immune responses.

The immune response is a stimulus response sequence of events. Unfortunately in the allergic person, the immune system is continually at work, similar to a car left with its engine running. It can be said that allergic individuals have high powered engines and a weak brake system, which under the right circumstances can lead to an out of control condition. An over-stimulated immune system follows the same general law that applies to other over-stimulated tissues: Over-stimulation eventually leads to inhibition of function. This continuous assault can, over time, lead to recurrent infections and inflammatory disease such as sinusitis, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, myositis, migraine headache, ulcers and eventually to a myriad of degenerative diseases.

Each person has a different level of immune competence that varies with hereditary factors, number and degree of exposure to infections, chemicals, drugs, age, nutritional status, stress level and amount of exercise.


Clinicians have repeatedly found that the immune system can gradually be improved and strengthened, even though it may be heavily damaged. Nutritional reinforcement with therapeutic levels of nutrients (including herbal preparations, free radical scavengers, enzymes), improving diet, immuno-therapy, exercise, and environmental control, together with eliminating infections, getting adequate rest and reducing stress all help to repair the immune system.2

The goal of a correctly working immune system is to make an appropriate controlled response and not overreact to antigens in the system.

Nutritional Support Program for Allergies.
The following nutritional supplements are recommended for those who desire to practice prevention, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms that are effecting their life-style.

Nutritional Support Factors for Allergies.

It is important to take a products that have been specifically designed to provide the Nutritional Support Factors (phytonutrients, herbs, vitamins, enzymes and minerals) for allergies. Ingredients such as quercetin, green tea extract, selenium, digestive enzymes, licorice extract, copper, molybdenum and minerals may help. The following information contains information of why these and other nutrients are important.

Essential Fatty Acids/GLA. Be sure that you take an essential fatty acid/ GLA supplement on a daily basis. EFAs aid in prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandins regulate immunity, cell recognition and inflammation. EFAs help suppress the formation of leukotrienes, which are 1000 times more inflammatory than histamines.

Black Currant Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Flax seed oil, Omega 3 EPA, and Super GLA are a few very important essential fatty acids.

Flax Seed Bread
In bread machine, according to specific machine instructions add:
2 Tbsp. + 1 1/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. honey
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup bread flour
1 cup flax seed meal (ground up seed)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast


Flax Oat Muffins – Delicious and full of nutrition.
1 ½ c. unbleached white flour
¾ c. flaxseed meal (grind flax seeds about 10 seconds)
¾ c. oatmeal, slightly ground up
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ c. finely shredded carrots
2 peeled & shredded apples
½ c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts
¾ c. milk
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
mix flour, flax seed, oat, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In separate bowl stir together carrots, apples, raisins & nuts. Stir wet ingredients into dry & stir until just moistened. Drop into muffin pans about ¾ full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12-15 muffins.

Vitamin C is one of the most important, protective biochemical substances in all life processes. Obtaining adequate amounts of vitamin C on a daily basis from food is difficult. Supplementing this vital nutrient is a must, particularly for those who suffer from symptoms of allergies.



NSP sells Vitamin C in a few different forms:
Stock # 1633-8
C, VITAMIN CHEWABLE 250MG (120)
Stock # 1646-4
C, VITAMIN CITRUS BIOFLAVONOID 500MG (90)
Stock # 1635-5
C, VITAMIN 1000MG TIME RELEASE (60)
Stock # 1636-0
C, VITAMIN 1000MG TIME RELEASE (180)
Stock # 1606-3
C, VITAMIN ASCORBATES (9 OZ)


A Probiotic Complex (usually referred to as Lactobacillus Acidophilus with other cultures). The human body is a walking ecosystem. We are "home" to trillions of beneficial microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. These beneficial probiotic microorganisms help digest foods, create vitamins (such as B12 and K), and inhibit the growth of disease-promoting pathogenic bacteria. Probiotics will help rebuild your natural friendly flora and restore the balance you need for digestion. Other important functions of probiotics include:
* Production of enzymes such as proteases, which help digest proteins, and lipases to digest fat.
* Help alleviate lactose intolerance.
* Help alleviate dermatitis and other skin disorders by modifying and improving gastrointestinal microbial balance.

For quick relief from "flare ups", try a Traditional Chinese Medicine remedy for allergies such as
Histablock for fighting inflammation from allergies.

Other helpful products for a comprehensive program to eliminate allergies include:


CleanStart (comes in Citrus or cinnamon apple) or the Para Cleanse with paw paw are two all natural, gentle herbal cleansers. The very best diet cannot promote good health if the colon is clogged with a collection of waste. Cleansing the colon will help re-establish a healthy colon and provide dietary fiber. A cleanse should works gently and naturally to cleanse, heal, and nourish our lower digestive track.

Food enzymes help aid in the digestion of fat, sugars, starches, milk, and proteins. Because enzymes are heat sensitive, they are often de-activated when foods are cooked and processed. The lack of natural enzymes in the foods we eat places an extra strain on the pancreas and gallbladder. "Burn-out" of these organs leads to a myriad of conditions, including diabetes, hypoglycemia, pancreatis, heartburn, and an array of digestive disorders.

Calcium -
Calcium Plus Vitamin D [Structural] supplies nutrients required for both the structural and nervous systems. Derived from bone meal and combined with other trace minerals needed by the body, NSP Calcium helps replenish bone tissue that is constantly being replaced. Calcium comprises half of all the minerals in the body. This formula also contains phosphorus, the second most abundant mineral in the body. It works with calcium. This formulation provides calcium and phosphorus at a 2:l ratio. Magnesium is also added in the same 2:1 ratio with calcium. Without these important ratios, the body begins to lose one or more minerals before it can utilize them. Calcium is needed by the immune system and is critical to muscle contractions. Phosphorus works synergistically with B vitamins to help maintain a proper fluid balance in the body. Vitamin D is added to help calcium do its job. At least 400 IU of vitamin D is needed on a daily basis, especially for those not getting enough sunshine (D is the “sunshine vitamin”).

A green drink such as
Ultimate Greenzone will help to keep the acid/alkaline balance in the body. To enhance your energy and promote the healing process during your cleanse. Alternating between A green drink and the Master Cleanse below will help promote alkalinity, cellular nourishment, and detoxification.

Master Cleanser Recipe Dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body. Purifies the liver, cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system.

Master Cleanser Recipe:
Two tbsp. lemon or lime juice (1/2 lemon)
2 tbsps of pure grade B maple syrup
1/10 tsp. cayenne pepper (red) or to taste
12 oz of purified water (very warm)
Combine ingredients and drink.
You many double the recipe and fill a large thermos bottle and drink all day long.

This will help purify the liver. It Dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body, Cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system, Purifies the glands and cells,
Eliminates all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles, Builds a healthy blood stream, Relieves pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries and blood vessels.
Fasting for 1-2 days a month on this drink can be very cleansing and rejuvenating.

The Master Cleanser drink has no fiber, so it is necessary to add fiber. This will help to remove the waste as it is being shed from the colon wall. Otherwise, the waste will stay in the body leading to tiredness and other problems. We suggest using
LOCLO or Nature's Three. These fiber products are all natural, gentle, herbal colon cleansers. If plain psyllium is preferred, we have it in hull, seed or a combination formula.

Grade B maple syrup contains a large variety of minerals and vitamins. These include: potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine and silicon. Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, nicotinic acid and pantothenic acid are also present.


Nutritional Support System
Building a nutritional support program for allergies is a complex matter because our immune system is so complex. However, there are nutritional supplements (vitamins and minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients) which show promise in building and strengthening the whole body and, specifically, the immune system. Some of the most noted are:
Quercitin is an organosulfur flavonoid phytonutrient that gives the taste to onions. Quercetin also shows up in tea and red wine, but onions are quercetin's richest common food source. This phytonutrient has been making the news recently due to its powerful antioxidant and flavonoid content. Flavonoids appear to function as biological response modifiers. In other words, Flavonoids appear to modify the body 's reaction to compounds such as allergens, viruses and carcinogens. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antiviral and anticancer properties.3
Current research suggests that flavonoids sucn as quercitin may be useful in the support of many health conditions such as allergies. The flavonoid quercetin has a strong affinity for mast cells and basophils. Quercitin seems to stabilize their cell membranes, thus preventing them from spilling histamine. Quercitin also has the power to inhibit two enzymes that regulate the release of leukotrienes, which are implicated in asthmatic-type reactions.


Both NSP's
HistaBlock and Perfect Eyes contains Quercitin.

Green Tea is one of the most ancient and, next to water, the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. From the time that tea was introduced to the west in 1610, the green varieties have been touted as health elixirs. (NSP carries Green Tea Extract). There is a difference between black tea and green tea, even though they originate from the same leaf. Black tea undergoes a fermenting process, wherein most of its polyphenols are lost. Green tea is not fermented and, thus, retains its polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytonutrients that are receiving much scientific study and are believed to be responsible for the antioxidant activity of green tea. Polyphenols are flavonoids that give green tea its tart flavor. Catechin, epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin gallate and proanthocyanidins are some of the polyphenols found in green tea. Polyphenols, like other antioxidants, ward off the everyday cellular attacks that cause the body to deteriorate and develop numerous symptoms of disease.

Recent scientific research documents the health benefits of the polyphenols in green tea.
* Polyphenols can shut off the formation of carcinogens. They do this by blocking the action of nitrosamines. In a test of 145 teas, green tea had the highest effect: a blocking rate of 90 percent.5
* Green tea lowers the risk of esophageal cancer.6
* Japanese researchers have concluded that it is the catechins in green tea that act to cut cholesterol and increase the excretion of total lipids (fats) and cholesterol in the feces.7
* Green tea limits the formation of an enzyme called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) that is secreted by the kidneys and causes blood vessel constriction.8
* Since it limits the formation of ACE, green tea is said to inhibit
"clumping" which can cause heart attack and can reduce high blood pressure.9
* Green tea has been shown to be very effective against many types of bacteria. It is particularly effective in treating bacillary dysentery, amebic dysentery, acute gastroenteritis and enteritis.10
* Green tea has been shown to help regulate blood sugar. In experiments where sugar was fed to two groups, with one group also given green tea extracts, the group receiving the green tea had lower blood serum levels than the control group.11
* Green tea has a positive effect on the skin, containing 20 times the antioxidant effect of vitamin E. It is said to be high in methylxanthines, which, according to the National Cancer Institute, prevents skin cancer.12
* Green tea and green tea polyphenols have been shown to demonstrate cancer chemo-protective and anticancer effects in a number of animal tumor models.13
* Green tea and green tea polyphenols (GTP) have been shown to protect against both tumor initiation and tumor promotion induced by diethylnitrosamine and benzo(a)pyrene. The inhibitor, the phase I enzyme system and the increased activation of phase II enzyme systems may be responsible for this action.14
In traditional Chinese medicine, tea polyphenols are used to treat chronic hepatitis, leukemia, to facilitate digestion, stabilize body temperature, enhance mental function and nephritis.

Selenium is an important mineral needed in low quantities. It is often deficient in foods due to refining, processing and selenium deficient soils. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting cell membranes and stimulating immune function. Studies show that it increases B-cell antibody response and is essential for protein synthesis and antibody Formation. It enhances the function of vitamin C and is essential to the production of Coenzyme Q10. When combined with quercetin, selenium can help reduce inflammatory responses.

Pineapple (Bromelain) and Papaya (Papain)
Tropical fruits provide a number of phytonutrients. Each fruit is known for its unique taste and particular nutrient value. Pineapples contain a digestive enzyme, bromelain, said to be a protein-digesting enzyme. Bromelain is also said to have a mild anti-inflammatory action in the body. It also assists and aids in the digestion of vegetable protein in the gastrointestinal tract.
Papaya is best known as a digestive aid. It contains the enzyme papain, also a proteolytic enzyme effective in breaking down protein and dead tissue.

Licorice Extract and Glycyrrhizin Activity (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Glycyrrhizin is a sapon-like glycoside found in licorice root and licorice root extract. It is sometimes used therapeutically to treat gastric ulcers and inflammation of the skin and has been studied for its anti-allergic, anti-arthritic, anti-cholinergic, anti-estrogenic, anti-hepatotoxic and anti-leukemogenic properties.

In Chinese medicine, licorice is said to replenish vital energy, moisten the lungs, strengthen the digestion and modulate the effects of other herbs. Herbalists often suggest licorice teas to help heal gastric ulcers.

Chelated Copper
Copper plays a role in the immune system. It is, in fact, an essential component of
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant made by the body to combat free radical damage to the mitochondria (energy-producing portion of the cell). Without copper, the liver is unable to degrade estrogen. It is crucial to the formation of helper T-cells.

Chelated Molybdenum
This essential mineral is required in extremely small amounts for nitrogen metabolism. It promotes normal cell function and is a component in the metabolic enzyme xanthine oxidase. This mineral enhances the use of sulfur amino acids by the body.

Sulfur is critical to immune system function, to antioxidant activity and to detoxification pathways.
It is the component of enzymes that detoxifies sulfites and aldehydes and enhances the cell's utilization of vitamin C.

Chelated Magnesium and Calcium are the earth's alkali minerals. However, they play different roles in the body. Magnesium is considered the anti-stress mineral because it acts as a natural tranquilizer, relaxing the smooth muscles of the body, particularly the gastrointestinal muscles. It may also help reduce the bronchoconstrictor in asthma by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes.


Some other important functions of magnesium include:
* Regulates the body's acid/alkaline (pH) balance. Buffers the acidic stage of an allergic reaction along with calcium.
* A deficiency of magnesium causes mast cells to increase histamine secretion.
* Magnesium is required in many of the body's detoxification pathways.
* Magnesium aids in the production of antibodies.
* Magnesium helps the body metabolize essential fatty acids into prostaglandins, which regulate many body functions.

Calcium, also an alkaline mineral, helps to regulate the body's acid/alkaline pH balance in tissues. It discourages the cell uptake of toxic metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Other functions of calcium include:
* Calcium is excellent for the proper function of magnesium and phosphorus.
* Calcium acts as a catalyst in some enzyme synthesis.
* Calcium acts with magnesium as a natural tranquilizer.
* Calcium reduces histamine production
* Calcium is essential for bone and teeth
* Calcium helps balance the high phosphorus level found in soda pops, diet pops, meats, eggs and processed foods such as lunchmeats and cheese spreads.

Vitamin B15 (Dimethylglycine)
Research from the former Soviet Union indicates that this nutrient can help lessen muscle fatigue and increase endurance. Dimethylglycine combines with gluconic acid in the body to form pangamic acid.

Vitamin C an important antioxidant, is revealing its ability to stimulate the immune system. Vitamin C may activate neutrophils, the most prevalent white blood cells that work on the frontline defense. Vitamin C also seems to increase production of lymphocytes, the white cells important to antibody production, and in coordinating the cellular immune functions. Vitamin C has been shown to decrease the production of histamine, thereby reducing immediate allergy potential. Other functions of vitamin C include:
* Vitamin C helps to relieve allergic symptoms and prevent inflammatory reactions.
* Vitamin C provides an antihistamine-like effect (without the side effects of antihistamines).
* Vitamin C assists in the production of several adrenal hormones needed to combat the stress imposed by allergic reactions.

References:
1. Kroltn, Jacqueline et al, The Whole Way to Allergy Relief and Prevention,
Hartley and Mirk Publishers, 1991. p. 18.
2. Ibid., p. 19.
3. Murray, Michael T., Arthritis, Prima Publishing, 1994. p. 74.
4. Kroltn, Op.Cit., p. 240.
5. Snow, Joanne Marie, "Herbal Monograph: Camellia Sinensis (L) Kuntze
(Theaceae)", The Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, Autumn 1995. p. 47 - 51.
6. "Health Benefits of Green Tea", American Botanical Council Herb Clip,
Oct. 8, 1996.
7. Snow, Op.Cit.
8. Ibid.
9. Ibid.
10. Ibid.
11. Ibid.
12. Ibid.
13. Ibid.
14. Ibid.

**Thanks to Jeff Frankel, a fellow NSP member, for forwarding much of the information above.

Two Delicious Flax Seed Recipes

Flax Seed Bread
In bread machine, according to specific machine instructions add:
2 Tbsp. + 1 1/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. honey
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup bread flour
1 cup flax seed meal (ground up seed)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast


Flax Oat Muffins – Delicious and full of nutrition.
1 ½ c. unbleached white flour
¾ c. flaxseed meal (grind flax seeds about 10 seconds)
¾ c. oatmeal, slightly ground up
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ c. finely shredded carrots
2 peeled & shredded apples
½ c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts
¾ c. milk
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
mix flour, flax seed, oat, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In separate bowl stir together carrots, apples, raisins & nuts. Stir wet ingredients into dry & stir until just moistened. Drop into muffin pans about ¾ full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12-15 muffins.

Master Cleanser Recipe

The Master Cleanser Recipe Dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body. Purifies the liver, cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system.

Master Cleanser Recipe:
Two tbsp. lemon or lime juice (1/2 lemon)
2 tbsps of pure grade B maple syrup
1/10 tsp. cayenne pepper (red) or to taste
12 oz of purified water (very warm)
Combine ingredients and drink.
You many double the recipe and fill a large thermos bottle and drink all day long.

This will help purify the liver. It Dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body, Cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system, Purifies the glands and cells,
Eliminates all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles, Builds a healthy blood stream, Relieves pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries and blood vessels.
Fasting for 1-2 days a month on this drink can be very cleansing and rejuvenating.

The Master Cleanser drink has no fiber, so it is necessary to add fiber. This will help to remove the waste as it is being shed from the colon wall. Otherwise, the waste will stay in the body leading to tiredness and other problems. We suggest using LOCLO or Nature's Three. These fiber products are all natural, gentle, herbal colon cleansers. If plain psyllium is preferred, we have it in hull, seed or a combination formula.

Grade B maple syrup contains a large variety of minerals and vitamins. These include: potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine and silicon. Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, nicotinic acid and pantothenic acid are also present.

This recipe was forwarded to me by Jeff Frankel, a fellow NSP student and teacher.

Increase Breast Size with Essential Oils?

I have received this essential oil recipe from Jeanette Romanofsky. She had a client use this recipe successfully to increase the size of their breasts. I found it quite interesting. I've received requests for information such as this so thought I would post it. This client also felt this combination helped during her menstruation with breast tenderness, migraines and cramping.

In a 2 oz spray bottle, mix...
2 tsp. olive oil
6 tsp. massage oil
24 drops of Geranium
36 drops of Ylang Ylang

Apply once or twice a day to breast area and massage lightly.

Detoxifying Bath recipe with Essential Oils

Baths are extremely effective for removing toxins and soaking away
aches and pains. Here is one which was recommended on one of my groups for those going through Chemo Therapy.

This detox bath recipe is taken from Larissa Jones book titled, Aromatherapy for Body, Mind and Spirit. You can find this book at Larissa's web site
www.larissajones.com

3 drops lemon EO
3 drops
Bergamot EO
3 drops
sweet thyme
1-2 drops
helichrysum
1/2 cup
hydrated bentonite
1/2 cup Epson salts, or sea salts or 1/4 cup ground kelp


First dry brush the skin and rinse away the skin debris. Mix essential oils into salts. Add salts and clay to a warm running bath, soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Watchdog Group: Avoid 181 Prescription Drugs

Article Published by WebMD Health -
Public Citizen Cites Poor Safety, Safer Alternatives for Most
Jan. 12, 2005 - There are 181 popular prescription drugs on a "Do Not Use" list issued by the watchdog group Public Citizen on Wednesday.

The drugs, including the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor, the birth control pill Yasmin, and controversial pain relievers Celebrex and Bextra, are condemned by the group because their potentially dangerous side effects far outweigh their benefits or because there are safer alternatives that work just as well, says Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group.

The group is a longtime critic of the U.S. drug industry and a watchdog over the FDA. The agency has largely failed to adequately police the safety of new drugs coming on the market or to track potential dangers once they are already on sale, Public Citizen contends.

"This is a massive public health problem," Wolfe says.

Wolfe says the list, contained in a larger volume of consumer-oriented information on 536 drugs called Worst Pills, Best Pills, is necessary because the FDA has been slow to take action against potentially dangerous medications.

"We asked FDA four years ago to put a black box warning on Vioxx and Celebrex, but they didn't do it," says Wolfe, referring to two popular arthritis drugs that have come under intense scrutiny because of evidence that they increase the risk of heart attack. Vioxx was pulled from the worldwide market by manufacturer Merck & Co. in September, and last month the National Institutes of Health halted a trial of Pfizer's Celebrex because of similar concerns.

Risks associated with Celebrex have only been seen at high doses of the medication - 400 mg a day. Heart problems with Bextra have only been seen in patients undergoing heart bypass surgery.

Nearly 100,000 Americans die each year because of adverse drug reactions, Wolfe says. That number was quoted in a 1998 University of Toronto study estimating that 106,000 people died in U.S. hospitals in 1994 because of drug reactions.

The list warns against using Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering statin, because of what Public Citizen says is an increased risk of the muscle disorder rhabdomyolysis. Women should avoid using the contraceptive pill Yasmin, it says, because it can cause elevations in blood potassium while offering no advantage over other birth control pills. If severe, high potassium levels can cause heart rhythm problems.

Wolfe says the list was not intended to scare consumers away from using prescription medications, but to help them cut through what Public Citizen sees as misleading drug industry ads directed at patients and doctors.

"There are people, organizations, that think all prescription drugs are terrible. We are not one of them," he says.

Jeff Trewhitt, a spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug industry's largest lobbying group, calls the book "another source of information" for consumers and doctors to use.

Trewhitt declined to comment on individual drugs but says fewer than 3% of all pharmaceutical products approved by the FDA have been pulled off the market because of safety problems. He adds that patients should not stop taking a drug without first checking with their doctor.

"There may be some room for improvement" in the FDA's regulation of drug safety, Trewhitt says. "But we believe the FDA has struck exactly the right approach to the risk-benefit interpretation."


**Thanks to my husband Larry for sending me the above information.

Dear Friends,
In addition to the list mentioned in the article I have found a few excellent books which will help you find information about prescription drug safety on the www.herballure.com web site.

Drugs and Natural Alternatives, A Guide To the Uses and Effects of
the Top Prescription Drugs and Natural Products
by Clell M. Fowles, Pharmacist, Manager of Health Sciences for Nature's Sunshine Products

Drugs and Nutrient Depletion, A Guide To the Effects of
Prescription Medications On Nutritional Balance
by Clell M. Fowles, Pharmacist, Manager of Health Sciences for Nature's Sunshine Products

I hope these resources help you.

Share the Health,
Karen Doolan


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Daily 7 - 01/12/05 Volume 3, Issue 2

Information in this blog post is from www.Daily7.com -

IN THIS ISSUE: Water Quiz, Workbook Quantity Changes

WATER QUIZ
See how savvy you are about water and the human body by taking this "True or False" quiz.

1. The human body is approximately 25% solid matter and 75% water.
2. Bones have very little water content.
3. Three-quarters of a muscle is water.
4. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
5. As a body dehydrates, it increases production of histamine.
6. When you are hydrated, your urine is dark yellow.
7. Warm water is absorbed by the body quicker than cold water.

Answers:
1. True. Someone once said that we are water-filled bags of protein.
2. False. Bones are approximately one-quarter water.
3. True. When a muscle dehydrates by only 3%, a 10% drop in performance can occur.
4. True. Do not rely on your thirst mechanism. Drink small amounts throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty. You might be able to skip the aspirin for your headache, drops for your dry eyes, and mints for your bad breath just by drinking some water. (Those are all signs of dehydration.)
5. True. Histamine helps reduce inflammation from lack of lubrication and acts as a neurotransmitter directing the body to transfer fluids to more critical organs and tissues. Over time, the tissues with less water will start to experience problems. Consistent hydration is so important.
6. False. When you are sufficiently hydrated, your urine should be very pale yellow to clear. If the urine is dark, that is a sign of dehydration.
7. False. Cold water leaves the stomach faster than warm water, so it is absorbed quicker.

Make purified water your constant companion throughout the day. Without water, you'll just dry up and blow away! (Not really... well, sort of.) ;-) Drink to your health!

YOUR WISH IS OUR COMMAND
By popular request, we are offering a new configuration of quantities for purchasing the DAILY 7 Health and Weight-Loss Workbooks. Until now, the four options for purchasing Workbooks were single (one Workbook), 2 for a Buddy System, 7 in the Trainer's Kit and 18 in a case). In order to give you more options, especially if you are teaching DAILY 7 classes or have the Workbooks on display in your office or store, we are now going to offer the single, 2 for the Buddy System, 7 in the Trainer's Kit, 10 in a half-case, and 20 in a case. You still get the $15/book pricing of the case in the half-case! Visit our on-line store for more details and pricing. You wanted it, you got it!

Now it's our turn... Would you give us some feedback about our brochures? We have sold over 34,000 of our existing brochures and are nearing the time when we need to print more. This is the time to make adjustments, if needed. We want to make them even more effective for you and your marketing strategies. What would you like to see us do differently? Please send your ideas via email to info@daily7.com. We would sure appreciate your input. Thanks!

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