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Wednesday, October 22, 2008



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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Bringing Help to Ghana
Spreading Nature’s Sunshine in Africa

Nature’s Sunshine believes in making people’s lives brighter. Our light isn’t limited to the United States, or our international markets. We want to share our brand of sunshine with everyone in need. As part of an ongoing charitable initiative, NSP is turning to Ghana, where malnourishment and living conditions are at the root of relentless health challenges.

In Ghana, located in West Africa on the gulf of Guinea, one in eight children dies before the age of 5, and one in five is severely underweight. The country’s residents frequently suffer from malnutrition and are victims to some of the world’s highest rates of HIV and AIDS infections. On top of Ghana’s list of health crises is malaria.

Nature’s Sunshine has teamed up with the Little Heroes Foundation to provide donations to Ghana. Through your generous donations, we are able to provide quality Nature’s Sunshine products to help Ghanaians with their health challenges. Hospitals and other care facilities are in desperate need of these supplies, and Nature’s Sunshine is ready to help.

The principal product that NSP aims to provide to
Ghana is Silver Shield®, which has been shown to help
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Silver Shield. Preliminary studies on Silver Shield—and
its ability to help combat some of the health challenges
that Ghana faces—are promising.

Please join our efforts in
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Nature’s Sunshine will proudly match the
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The Little Hero's Foundation is in the process of adding a link to their web site where you will be able to donate money specifically to send bottles of Silver Shield with Aqua Sol Technology to Africa.
Nature's Sunshine will match each bottle donated. Until the link is in place you can send monetary contributions to the following address, specifying that the money is to be used to buy Silver Shield for Ghana. A bottle of Nature's Sunshine Silver Shield costs $21.35.

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Monday, October 13, 2008


Change of Plans

October 13, 2008
Class Change

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Happenings at Health Choices
Plans changing for class
Hello, Just a quick a note to let you know that the class and date has changed. I have had many calls asking me about certification on the classes that I give.                 
 The only way that I can give a certificate is to choose a energetic modality such as Reiki.                                        
 I have deceided to teach Reiki level one                             
 It can be used as CEU'S also.                                       
 Reiki Training Level I
Taking a class in Reiki may be the single best gift you can give yourself or your loved ones, whether they walk on two legs or four, swim or fly.
The ability to facilitate Reiki is the gift that keeps on giving, it is easy to learn, and offers a lifetime of benefits. Imagine being able to accelerate healing when sick, being able to relieve the pain of an injury, heal feelings of anger, fear, grief, or decrease discomfort after surgery! All of this is possible with Reiki.
 Reiki, pronounced Ray-key, means "Universal Life Force Energy" in Japanese. It is a simple, gentle, yet powerful energy healing modality that can create profound healing results, balance the energetic body, and promote harmony on all level.
Can anyone learn Reiki?
Absolutely! Reiki is everyone's birthright - you can learn to do Reiki in a one- or two-day class setting.
Reiki can not be learned by simply reading about it. To become a Reiki practitioner, you must be attuned by a Certified Reiki Master.
Anyone can learn to do Reiki. Reiki pracitioners and therapists are people who have become certified in Reiki by attending classes or trainings given by a qualified and certified Reiki Master.
The Reiki always assists the area of greatest need within each person and directs the energy to go where needed. Therefore, its use is very individual. In each person, Reiki will work on the physical, emotional, and mental levels to bring body, mind and spirit into balance.
Reiki does not impose healing on others, rather it helps each person to help heal himself.
Is Reiki a religion?
No, it is spiritual but not a religion. While Reiki is not religious and it is practiced by people of all religious persuasions as well as those with no religious convictions, the issue of Reiki and Christianity is one that most Reiki practitioners have had to deal with from time to time. The energy comes from God.
This is a 1 day 6 hour introductory class for anyone interested in learning about energy healing techniques for themselves and others. Students who successfully complete all required course will receive a certificate as a First Degree Reiki Practitioner!
 Lesson Contents:
What is Reiki? -
About Healing Energy About Attunement -
Using Reiki Self Treatment -
reating Others The Treatment -
Reiki Finish Hand Positions
Reiki Hands Posture Reiki
Hand Placements Additional hand positions -
Chair Reiki,
Seated treatment
Non contact treatment-
More ways to apply Reiki Mikao Usui
A Brief History
Reiki Principles
 Expanding on the Reiki Principles
Treatment and Ethics Review -
Reiki Treatment Checklist.
The Exchange Issue
The Aura and Energy Chakra
Bring Lunch or plan to dine at a nearby restaurant/eatery
Date of Class: Oct the 25th 10.00 until 4.00
The Body (Church)
Located at 1711 Cherry Rd
Rock Hill, SC
The Church is located across from Sullivan school
It is aslo located beside Comporium on the corner of Ebinport and Cherry Rd
As you pull into the parking lot, it will in the lower end of the church. Watch for signs.
Investment for class:
The cost for this course is $120, with a non-refundable $50 deposit to reserve your spot in the class. If you intend to pay by debit or credit card, it must be paid at Health Choices. We will not have a way to receive your payment at the church.  If you plan to attend, all fees must be paid  in full, 24 hours before class starts.
Cancellations with 24 hours notice will result in 100% refund minus the deposit.
A little about my Reiki training:
 I was trained from 1991 until 1999 when I became
   a "Reiki Master Teacher".
I have been blessed to have had such great teahers  in my life.
As you can see below the linage go back to Dr. Usui
 ·1922 Dr. Mikao Usui (Born 1865)
· 1925 Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
· 1938 Mrs. Hawayo Takata
· 1973-1980 Iris Ishikura
(One of the 21 Masters trained by Mrs. Takata)
· 1982 Arthur Robertson
· 1985 Brenda Williams
· 1991 Susie Grimmett
              " Even the mighty oak, started out as a little nut
                           that had to be grounded"

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Aqua-Chi Detox
As many of know, we have offered the Aqua-Chi detox at a really low price for quite sometime now.
$25.00 per session and
 4 sessions for $75.00! We have been asked how long this special will be offered.
We have deceided to leave it at his price.
So enjoy!
    Depression during              this month
I have noticed that so many customers are coming into the shop with the complaint of depression.
 I am sure that it has alot to do with the economy.
Please don't get caught up in the fear factor of it all.
It only adds to the problem.
We have to stay positive.
Another reason for the depression is very common.
This is a time when the earth is "shedding it's leaves, and making changes for a cleansing of it's own.
It just appears to a form of things dying away.
This visual can cause some of use to feel sadness.
If you need a little help during this time, let us know.
There are so many products designed just for that problem.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Diabetes and How to Naturally Heal or Prevent It
By Tom Cowan, M.D.

Diabetes is so common in America and other Western countries that its presence in any human group has become a marker for civilization. Ironically, in no other field of Western medicine has the promise of scientific breakthrough failed so poignantly as in the treatment of diabetes.
Diabetes is characterized by abnormally high levels of sugar or glucose in the blood, which spills into the urine, causing it to be sweet. The disease was first described by the Greeks who called it diabetes mellitus or “honey passing through.” Today there are at least 20 million diabetics in America, six million of whom must take shots of insulin daily. Scientists hailed the discovery of insulin in the 1920s as one of medicine’s greatest achievements—as, in fact, it was. Insulin is a pancreatic hormone needed for the transfer of glucose from the blood to the cells. When this system fails—when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the insulin cannot get the glucose into the cells—then the sugar level in the blood remains abnormally high. This is the disease we call diabetes.

Originally, doctors thought that diabetes was simply a disease of insulin deficiency, a disease in which the pancreas was unable to produce enough insulin to meet the body’s demands, and that it could be successfully managed once the right knowledge and technology were in place. Over time, researchers have produced better delivery systems for insulin, and ways to produce more purified and effective types of insulin—from porcine insulin to human insulin produced through genetic engineering. The medical profession has learned that giving insulin orally was unsuccessful, that subcutaneous injections were better, and that delivering it through a pump was best. Yet with all the improvements that have been made since 1920, diabetes remains one of the leading causes of death and disability in the Western world. Complications of diabetes include heart disease and circulation problems; kidney disease; degeneration of the retina leading to blindness; neuropathy resulting in numbness, tingling, pain and burning in the extremities; foot ulcers leading to gangrene; and high risk of infection.

Today, doctors realize that diabetes is a much more complicated condition than one of simple insulin deficiency. They have also discovered that there are two types of diabetes. Type I diabetes, which is also called insulin-dependent or childhood diabetes, usually develops before the age of 30, and involves a malfunction of the pancreas. Type I diabetes is thought of as an autoimmune disease in which some trigger causes the body’s immune system to attack its own insulin-producing cells, the beta-cells in the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. In time, the pancreas loses its ability to produce insulin, blood sugar rises, and serious adverse consequences, including death, can occur if the person is not supplied with insulin. As yet, there is no consensus as to what the autoimmune trigger for type I diabetes might be. Some evidence points to early feeding of pasteurized cow’s milk, soy products and grains, or the use of vaccines, as likely triggers. Type I diabetes is often very difficult to control and, if not successfully controlled, can lead to the early onset of many of the complications listed above.

Type II diabetes, which is much more common than type I diabetes, has a different etiology. It is the form of diabetes that is literally crying out for a new perspective from the one currently offered by the medical profession.

In order to understand the diabetes epidemic in the Western world, and why the conventional treatment for this scourge has made almost no dent in its long-term impact on those who suffer from it, we must understand some basic biochemistry. The control of the blood sugar is one of the most fundamental requirements for a healthy life. Blood sugar levels can become abnormal in one of two ways: they can become too low, which we define as a blood sugar less than 80 and call hypoglycemia; or they can become too high, defined as a blood sugar over 110, which is called hyperglycemia. While neither hypoglycemia nor hyperglycemia is good for your health, they appear to call forth very different reactions in the human being. For example, if your blood sugar drops below 40, you will become disoriented and confused, and if the situation persists, slip into a coma and die. This situation is a true medical emergency. When blood sugar is between 40-60, you feel shaky, jittery, anxious, sweaty, confused and irritable. When blood sugar is between 60-80 these same symptoms occur, but they are less severe.

The body reacts to the emergency situation of low blood sugar in many ways. When blood sugar even begins to drop below 80, the body produces a number of hormones, principally adrenaline and glucagon. The main effect of adrenaline is to make more sugar available to the cells. It is the production of adrenaline that accounts for the familiar shaky, jittery feeling that many have experienced during these hypoglycemic episodes. Glucagon helps raise blood sugar levels by increasing fat breakdown and stimulates the conversion of fat into sugar.

There may be at least 10 more hormonal or biochemical reactions that occur during the early stages of hypoglycemia. One is the release of growth hormone, which has also been found to increase blood sugar in times of stress. As you can see, the body is well prepared to ward off this potential emergency. It has multiple overlapping mechanisms to prevent a precipitous fall in blood sugar, and many of these reactions produce clear symptoms that provoke us into action. Severe hypoglycemia is clearly a situation our adaptive physiology has learned to avoid.

The situation is very different with respect to hyperglycemia. Many times during my practice I have asked a new diabetic patient how they felt and heard them reply, “A little tired, but not bad.” Yet routine screening blood tests tell me that some of these unsuspecting patients have blood sugar levels as high as 400, almost 4 times the normal level. These people are at strong risk for all the major complications of diabetes including coronary artery disease and neurological disease, yet they feel nothing, their bodies give them little warning. Why is this?

Some have conjectured that the body has a hard time dealing with hyperglycemia because the condition that causes it—namely overeating— is a relatively new phenomenon in human history. On the other hand, hypoglycemia induced by lack of food has been a frequent occurrence to which the body has adapted with a variety of mechanisms. Compared to dozens of hormones that are produced when our blood sugar drops too low, the body has only two mechanisms to deal with blood sugar that goes too high. One is exercise—any muscular activity drives the sugar from the blood into the muscle cells, where it is used as fuel. The second is the production of insulin. Insulin production is the body’s way of saying that the sugar level is too high, that the body is overfed with sugar. Insulin helps remove sugar from the blood into the cells where it is stored as fat. (It is interesting to note that the type of fat that is made by the body under the guidance of insulin is saturated fat.)

Understanding this basic physiology leads to some interesting conclusions. One is that controlling the level of insulin produced is the key to controlling obesity. For without insulin there can be no weight gain. People who lose the ability to make insulin (type I diabetics) will never gain weight no matter how much food they eat unless they are supplemented with insulin. In fact, without insulin they literally starve to death.

The second conclusion we can draw is that the cause of type II diabetes is actually quite simple. Type II diabetes occurs when for many years the consumption of foods that raise the blood sugar chronically exceeds the amount of sugar needed by the muscles for exercise. This forces the body to gradually make more and more insulin in order to bring this sugar level down. Eventually, the body cannot make enough insulin to lower the sugar level, the sugar level remains chronically high and the patient is diagnosed with diabetes.

Along the way a curious thing happens called insulin resistance. This means that as the blood sugars are chronically elevated, and the insulin levels are rising, the cells build a shield or wall around themselves to slow down this influx of excess sugar. Insulin resistance is a protective or adaptive response; it is the best the body can do to protect the cells from too much glucose. But as time goes on the sugar in the blood increases, more insulin is made by the pancreas to deal with this elevated sugar and the cells resist this sugar influx by becoming insulin resistant, in a sense by shutting the gates. This leads to the curious situation in which blood sugar levels are high but cellular sugar levels are low. The body perceives this as low blood sugar. The patient has low energy and feels hungry so he eats more, and the vicious cycle is under way.

Having a chronically elevated insulin level is detrimental for many other reasons. Not only do high insulin levels cause obesity (insulin tells your body to store fat), but they also signal that fluid should be retained, leading to edema and hypertension. Chronic high insulin provokes plaque development inside the arteries and also suppresses growth hormone needed for the regeneration of the tissues and many other physiological responses.

During the 1980s, researchers began to ask whether obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension and other common medical problems that occur together are really separate diseases, or manifestations of one common physiological defect. The evidence now points to one defect and that is hyperinsulinemia, or excessive insulin levels in the blood. Hyperinsulinemia is the physiological event that links virtually all of our degenerative diseases. It is the biochemical corollary or marker of the events described in heart disease.

The question we need to answer, then, is what causes hyperinsulinemia? In basic biochemistry we learn about the three food groups: fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Under normal circumstances it is the carbohydrates that are transformed into the sugar that goes into the blood. Fats are broken down into fatty acids and become the building blocks for hormones, prostaglandins and cell membranes. Proteins are broken down into amino acids, which then are rebuilt into the various proteins in our bodies. Carbohydrates are used for one thing only and that is energy generation. This allows us to define a “balanced” diet, which is one where the energy used in movement and exercise equals the energy provided by the carbohydrates we consume.

For a person of a given size, protein and fat requirements are relatively fixed and can be controlled with the appetite. (It is actually difficult to overeat fats and proteins, as our bodies make us nauseous when we do.) However, carbohydrate intake should be intimately related to our level of activity. If we run a marathon every day, a balanced diet would probably include about 300 grams of carbohydrates per day, the amount contained in 20 potatoes or 6 brownies. If we sit on the couch all day, obviously our requirement for energy food will be less. In this case a balanced diet would include only about 65-70 grams of carbohydrate per day. Any more, and our bodies are forced to make more insulin and the whole vicious cycle begins.

The problem of diabetes can be summarized by saying that the Western diet has us eating like marathon runners, when in fact most of us simply sit on the couch. When we regulate the carbohydrate intake to match our exercise level, type II diabetes cannot develop, and in fact, I have found that most cases of type II diabetes respond well to treatment when these basic principles are kept in mind. Type I diabetes responds equally well to a high-fat, low carbohydrate diet. In fact, before insulin was available, the only way to treat type I diabetes was a high-fat diet from which carbohydrate foods were completely excluded because the body does not need insulin to assimilate proteins and fats.

Unless eaten to great excess, fats do not contribute to diabetes—with one exception. Trans fatty acids in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils can cause insulin resistance. When these man-made fats get built into the cell membrane, they interfere with the insulin receptors. In theory, this means that one could develop insulin resistance without eating lots of carbohydrates. But in practice, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are always used in the very high-carbohydrate foods—french fries, cookies, crackers, donuts and margarine on bread or potatoes—that flood the bloodstream with sugar. Trans fatty acids in modern processed foods present a double whammy for which the human species has developed no defenses.

Studies of indigenous peoples by Weston Price and many others reveal the wisdom of native diets and life-style. For not only did so-called primitive peoples follow the “perfect” anti-diabetes life-style program, but their diets incorporated specific foods only recently discovered to play an important role in the prevention and treatment of this disease. In general, indigenous peoples had a low carbohydrate intake coupled with a lot of physical activity. In fact, those peoples especially prone to diabetes today, such as northern Native Americans and Inuits, consumed virtually no carbohydrate foods. In warmer climates, where tubers and fruits were more abundant, these foods were usually fermented and consumed with adequate protein and fat. It is only in the change to Western habits that their so-called “genetic” tendency to diabetes manifests.

There are three other nutritional factors in indigenous diets that are helpful for diabetics. First, the diets were rich in trace minerals. Modern science has shown us that trace mineral deficiencies—particularly deficiencies in zinc, vanadium and chromium—inhibit insulin production and absorption. Without vanadium, sugar in the blood cannot be driven into the cells, and chromium is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism and the proper functioning of the insulin receptors. Zinc is a co-factor in the production of insulin. Traditional foods were grown in mineral-rich soil, contained mineral-rich bone broth and salt, and included mineral-rich water or beverages made with such water. In the modern diet, the best sources of zinc are red meats and shellfish, particularly oysters. Extra virgin unfiltered olive oil supplies vanadium, and chromium is found in nutritional yeast, molasses and organ meats like liver.

Second, indigenous peoples ate a portion of their animal foods, such as fish, milk or meat, uncooked—either raw or fermented. This strategy conserves vitamin B6, which is easily destroyed by heat. Vitamin B6 is essential for carbohydrate metabolism; it is often the rate-limiting vitamin of the B vitamin complex because it is one of the most difficult to obtain in the diet. Indigenous peoples intuitively understood the need to eat a portion of their animal foods completely raw.

Third, traditional peoples consumed foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins, including butterfat from grass-fed animals, organ meats, shellfish, fish liver oils and the fats of certain animals like bear and pig. High levels of vitamin A are absolutely essential for the diabetic because diabetics are unable to convert the carotenes in plant foods into true vitamin A. Vitamin A and vitamin D also protect against the complications of diabetes, such as retina and kidney problems. And vitamin D is necessary for the production of insulin.

Putting all these rules together, we find that a nutrient-dense traditional diet fits all the requirements for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The diet should include sufficient trace minerals from organic and biodynamic foods, Celtic sea salt, bone broths, shellfish, red meat, organ meats, unfiltered olive oil and nutritional yeast. High levels of vitamins A and D are essential, as are raw animal foods to provide vitamin B6.

Most importantly, diabetics must strictly limit their daily carbohydrate intake. While the optimum amount of carbohydrate foods depends somewhat on activity levels, most diabetics need to start on a 60-gram-per-day carbohydrate regimen until their sugars normalize. I recommend The Schwarzbein Principle as a guide to carbohydrate consumption. The book contains easy-to-use charts that allow you to assess carbohydrate values. During the initial period of treatment, which can take up to a year, average blood sugar levels should be determined by a blood test that measures HgbA1c, a compound that indicates average blood sugar levels over a period of about 6 weeks. Carbohydrate restriction will also help with weight loss.

For type II diabetics, this diet should help both blood sugar levels and weight to normalize, after which the daily carbohydrate intake can be liberalized to about 72 grams per day. This level should be maintained throughout the life of the diabetic. The same approach applies to the type I diabetic, although it may not allow him to get off insulin. However, strict carbohydrate restriction should reduce insulin requirements, help keep blood sugar stable and, most importantly, prevent the many side effects associated with diabetes.

Please note that in this approach there are no restrictions on total food intake, nor do we pay attention to the so-called glycemic index of various carbohydrate foods. Fats consumed with any carbohydrate food will lower the glycemic index. Worrying about glycemic indices adds nothing to the therapy and only increases time spent calculating food values rather than enjoying its goodness. One should eat abundantly from good fats and proteins—only carbohydrate foods need to be restricted.

With this approach, diabetics can expect greatly improved quality of life and even a complete cure.

This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2003 (PMB 106-380, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016; http://www.westonaprice.org).

Diabetes: A Case History

A RECENT PATIENT OF MINE was a 67-year-old retired white male who gave a history of having diabetes for about 4 years. He suffered from the typical symptoms including high blood pressure in the 160/95 range, diminishing eyesight and the recent onset of protein in his urine. This patient was about 35-40 pounds overweight, and he complained of increasing fatigue and lethargy.

This is the classic presentation of type II, or non-insulin-dependent, diabetes. The typical story is onset in the 50s to 60s in a person who is significantly overweight. Diabetes often goes along with high blood pressure, both as a direct consequence of being overweight and as a result of the fact that excess insulin (the hallmark of type II diabetes) itself causes high blood pressure because it stimulates the retention of fluid in the body. The protein in the urine is a sign that the diabetes is affecting his kidneys and that they are starting to “leak” protein. This is usually a harbinger of advanced diabetes and if not corrected will eventually lead to compromised kidney function and the misery of regular dialysis treatment. The eyesight problem is also a direct consequence of the diabetes because diabetes leads to a deterioration of the small blood vessels everywhere in the body. This includes the retina, where one begins to see exudates or leaking of blood from the blood vessels of the eye into the retina. Eventually, this process will lead to further impairment of the vision, if it is not reversed. I have also found that many of my patients with this kind of advancing diabetes also complain of not feeling well in a non-specific sort of way. Often the complaint is fatigue, lethargy, or just a decreased joy in life.

As is usual in these cases, my patient was on a number of drugs to address his health concerns. He was on an oral hypoglycemic agent to lower his blood sugar, a beta-blocker to lower his blood pressure (which incidentally raises the blood sugar), and an ACE inhibitor to lower the blood pressure and protect the kidneys. He believed that these drugs were contributing to his feeling unwell.

On his initial visit to me, in spite of these drugs, his blood pressure was 165/95, and his HgbA1c (a measure of the average blood sugar over the past 6 weeks) was 8.1 (normal is 5.5-6.5). He had been instructed in the American Diabetes Association diet, which is calorie-restricted and fat-restricted—and also universally reviled by the patients. Clearly, in spite of the best that Western medicine had to offer, he was not doing well.

I suggested a strict 60-70 gram per day carbohydrate intake while implementing a nourishing traditional diet to guide his food choices and food preparation. He was to eat plentifully of all the good fats and non-starchy vegetables without overeating protein (e.g., eat egg yolks in preference to egg whites, fatty fish instead of lean fish, cream instead of milk, etc.). He was not to limit his total food intake, but rather to strictly limit his carbohydrate consumption to the amount listed above. The patient also began taking a number of medicines that are my staples for treating patients with his constellation of troubles stemming from diabetes, including diaplex, gymnema, bilberry, and birch leaf tea, along with cod liver oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A daily.

In 6 months of strictly following this program the results were nothing short of remarkable (though actually predictable). He had lost 35 pounds without increasing his exercise, he felt much more energetic, he loved his food again, and he was off all conventional medicines. When I saw him at 6 months his blood pressure was 135/80, and there was no protein in his urine. The HgbA1c was 6.7 (almost normal) and he could sense his eyesight improving. Confirmation came when he had his checkup with his eye doctor, who produced an after picture showing that his retinal hemorrhages had healed considerably over the previous six months. The doctor commented that he had never seen such a thing.

This story shows that there is hope with diabetes and that with sound thinking and sound intervention much of the ravages of this illness can be prevented and treated.

—Tom Cowan, M.D

Nutrition for Diabetics

Vitamin A: Plentiful vitamin A is crucial to the successful treatment of diabetes. The diabetic pancreas is deficient not only in its ability to produce insulin, but also in the production of a variety of key enzymes, including the enzymes the body needs to convert carotenes into vitamin A. Therefore, the diabetic must take in more pre-formed vitamin A than the non-diabetic. Vitamin A is key to the prevention of the side effects of diabetes, including retina problems, kidney problems, neuropathy, infection and slowness to heal. The diabetic should take cod liver oil to provide a minimum dose of 20,000 IU vitamin A per day, in addition to vitamin A-rich foods like liver, egg yolks, seafood and cream and butter from pasture-fed animals.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is needed for the production of insulin. A dose of cod liver oil that provides 20,000 IU vitamin A will provide 2,000 IU vitamin D. Several recent studies have shown that babies who receive cod liver oil during infancy, and whose mothers take cod liver oil during pregnancy, have much lower rates of diabetes. Other sources include lard, shellfish (especially shrimp), organ meats, egg yolks and cream and butter from pasture-fed animals.

Fatty Acids: The diabetic lacks the enzymes needed to make special long-chain, super-unsaturated fatty acids from essential fatty acids. Cod liver oil provides EPA and DHA from the omega-3 family. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) from the omega-6 family is provided by evening primrose oil, black currant oil or borage oil. - about 200 mg GLA is recommended.

Vitamin B1: A recent study found that diabetic rats given vitamin B1 (thiamine) had a 70-80 percent reduction in the development of kidney damage. Good sources include nutritional yeast, nuts, vegetables, liver and pork.

Vitamin B6: Plentiful supplies of vitamin B6 are critical for the health of the diabetic. B6 helps prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, to which the diabetic is prone. The best sources of B6 are raw animal foods such as raw whole milk, raw cheeses, raw fish and raw meat. Use only dairy products that are raw, and include an ethnic raw meat or raw fish dish in the diet several times per week.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Also known as thoitic acid, alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like enzyme cofactor necessary for converting glucose into ATP (chemical energy). Produced naturally in the body, it is also found in potatoes, carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, beets and red meat. As the diabetic needs to limit consumption of starchy vegetables, the best sources would be red meats and small amounts of pickled beets.

Chromium: A key mineral for diabetics, chromium is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism and proper functioning of the insulin receptors. Sources include nutritional yeast, molasses and organ meats like liver. Diabetics should eat liver at least once a week and take 1 tablespoon Frontier brand nutritional yeast mixed with water per day.

Vanadium: Without vanadium, sugar in the blood cannot be driven into the cells. An excellent source is unfiltered extra virgin olive oil.

Zinc: Zinc is a cofactor in the production of insulin. The best sources of zinc are red meats and shell fish, particularly oysters.

Thus, supplements for the diabetic should include cod liver oil; evening primrose, borage or black currant oil; and nutritional yeast. The diet should be rich in animal foods including raw butter, cream, whole milk and cheese from pastured animals; raw meat and fish; beef and lamb; seafood, especially shellfish; unrefined salt for trace minerals; bone broths for minerals; unfiltered olive oil; molasses, egg yolks; and a variety of fresh and fermented vegetables, especially beets.

TOM COWAN, M.D., is a physician in private practice in San Francisco, CA, and author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing (with Sally Fallon and Jaimen McMillan), from which this article is adapted. Visit his website at http://www.fourfoldhealing.com. To order the book, contact the publisher, New Trends Publishing, Inc. at 877-707-1776.

Also of interest: “The Ideal Blood Sugar,” by Emmanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.MD.; “Vitamins and Minerals—Cod Liver Oil: The Number One Superfood,” by Krispin Sullivan, C.N.; both at http://www.westonaprice.org.
More articles on diabetes can be found in back issues of Well Being Journal: Vol. 4, No. 6; Vol. 7, No. 3; Vol. 8, No. 1; Vol. 8, No. 3; Vol. 10, No. 4; Vol. 11, No. 3; Vol. 12, No. 2; Vol. 12, No. 4; Vol. 12, No. 6; Vol. 13, No. 4; Vol. 13, No. 6. For titles/authors of these articles see the back issue list at our website, http://www.wellbeingjournal.com. Also see the website, or the order form on page 48, for prices; some of these issues may be out of print and have an additional fee for photocopying.

These articles are from Well Being Journal, March/April 2005, Volume 14, #2. See all available back issues and article feature titles.

Related Articles

Detect & Prevent Diabetes Now, by Jonathan V. Wright, MD (Well Being Journal, Volume 10, #4)

Natural Treatment for Diabetes, by Kerry Bone, FNIMH, FNHAA (Well Being Journal, Volume 11, #3)

Which Fats Can Cause Type 2 Diabetes?, by Mary Enig, MD (Well Being Journal, Volume 17, #5)

This article was posted in the http://www.wellbeingjournal.com newsletter. All links to Nature's Sunshine (green links) are added by Karen Doolan, www.Herbsplus4health.blogspot.com, an Independent Distributor of Nature's Sunshine. These links are not related to or endorsed by wellbeingjournal.com or Tom Cowan, author of this article. I hope you will enjoy the article.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Don't you love the feeling you get right after you clean out a big closet or sweep out your garage? Everything is nice and tidy, and you get rid of all that clutter. It brings a real sense of satisfaction.

Now imagine your body's reaction to cleansing up your inside. You get rid of all the stuff that's just taking up space and may even be making you sick - leaving health and vitality instead.

Cleansing products from Nature's Sunshine can help you achieve that happy feeling of tossing the "junk" and organizing your life. They may even jump-start weight loss for you. From specially formulated products that gently help move things along to comprehensive detoxification programs, we have the effective, high-quality supplements to support your intestinal health. And when you feel good down there, you feel good everywhere.

Read our feature on cleansing and try a product or two this month. See how great you can feel.

Darlyn Britt
Editor, Sunshine Horizons

Enjoy the Article below for more information about some of our cleansing programs.

by Jody Taylor

Fall is here, and with its crisp days and back-to-school atmosphere, many of us mark this season as a time for fresh beginnings. What better time is there to give your body a fresh start as well? Nature's Sunshine offers a whole crop of products designed to cleanse your body's systems and keep them running smoothly. Whether you have a specific need, or your body just requires a little help on occasion, the cleansing products recently introduced at our National Convention can help you achieve that fresh start and keep you feeling great all season long.

Gentle Move
Gentle Move is an herbal formula designed to attract and retain fluid within the colon. This fluid increase softens the stool and provides important nutrients to this sensitive system.

Gentle Move uses all three of the basic laxative form (osmotic, bulk-forming and stimulant) to gently move intestinal contents through the body. Osmotic laxatives increase the amount of water that stays in the intestinal contents as they pas through the intestines. Bulk-forming laxatives supplement the stool with fiber to increase bulk and water content. Stimulant laxatives encourage necessary muscle contractions along the intestinal tract.

With its proprietary blend of ingredients, Gentle Move provides nutrients to the intestinal system that maintain regular peristaltic muscle contractions, while also providing herbs to soothe the digestive system. This formula includes triphala extract, traditionally considered a gentle laxative, and magnesium hydroxide, a natural mineral salt that attracts and retains fluid. Yellow dock root, ginger rhizome, marshmallow root and slippery elm bark are also included.

Gentle Move is perfect for those who cannot tolerate harsh laxatives or who have become dependent on stimulant laxatives like cascara sagrada and senna. For maintenance, simply take 2 capsules as needed at bedtime. During occasional times of irregularity and bowel distress, however, you may take up to 6 capsules per day for 7-10 days.

"Gentle Move definitely got me moving first thing in the morning - like clock work! I got next-day results without any cramping or discomfort." - Susan Klingeisen, Kaukauna, Wis.

"Gentle Move is wonderful! It was very effective at promoting regularity without urgency. My son found relief within 12 hours of taking the signel capsule." - Blair Woodall, Noblesville, Ind.

Stock #952-9 NEW! Gentle Move (90)
Member Cost - $11.50

Candida Clear™
Candida albicans is a natural part of the body’s gut flora; however, certain factors such as stress, weakened immune function, antibiotic overuse and a diet high in refined sugars can lead to Candida overgrowth. When this occurs, it’s time to work on maintaining balance.

Candida Clear is a new 14-day cleansing program consisting of two packs: the Candida Clear Combo pack and the Candida Clear Enzyme pack. The Combo pack is formulated with natural ingredients such as pau d’arco, caprylic acid and oregano, which have been shown to help balance the colonization of Candida. Other ingredients such as garlic, selenium and zinc support the body’s immune function.

The Enzyme pack contains a proprietary blend of enzymes designed to provide support to the intestinal tract. The cell wall of Candida is composed of various components, including carbohydrates and proteins. This cell wall may be vulnerable to the specific enzymes found in this formula.

Candida Clear is a great cleanse to consider annually or as needed to maintain balance. Take one Combo packet three times daily with meals, and one Enzyme packet three times daily on an empty stomach. Don’t forget the importance of probiotics in helping to repopulate your body’s friendly bacteria following any cleansing program. Bifidophilus Flora Force® or Probiotic Eleven® complement the Candida Clear cleanse.

Stock #958-7 NEW! Candida Clear (84 packets)
Member Cost - $67.95

Para-Cleanse is a 10-day program designed to support the intestinal system in its efforts to rid the body of unwanted invaders. In addition to cleansing the intestinal tract of unhealthy organisms, it helps to create a hospitable environment for the healthy organisms that also exist there.

International travel, foreign foods, contaminated water, contact with pets and other sources can trigger the need to address the intestinal system. Para-Cleanse was recently reformulated to include two capsules of Herbal Pumpkin, two capsules of Artemisia Combination, one capsule of Black Walnut ATC and one capsule of Paw Paw Cell-Reg™. Take the contents of one packet 15 minutes before breakfast and another 15 minutes before dinner with 8 ounces of water.

Stock #4115-7 Improved! Para-Cleanse (10 day)
Member Cost - $17.95

Chinese Tiao He Cleanse®
Tiao He Cleanse is a 15-day program designed to help the body achieve tiao he—balance and harmony. This simple program targets the digestive and intestinal systems, supporting proper waste elimination and encouraging colon cleansing.

Tiao He Cleanse was reformulated by replacing the Black Walnut capsule in each packet with a Black Walnut ATC concentrate capsule. The ATC capsule is a 4:1 concentrate, providing the equivalent of 4 regular capsules. Each Tiao He Cleanse packet now includes one capsule each of the following: Chinese Liver Balance TCM Concentrate, All Cell Detox, LBS II®, Psyllium Hulls, Burdock Root and Black Walnut ATC.

This program can be used periodically as needed to cleanse the colon and keep it functioning at its best. Take the contents of one packet 15 minutes before a meal up to twice daily, along with 16 ounces of water. Cleansing the body on a regular basis is vital to maintaining good health. With the highest-quality and most effective cleansing products on the market, Nature’s Sunshine makes it easy to cleanse. Give yourself a clean
start this autumn. Select the cleansing products that best suit your needs, and see what a difference they can make.

Stock #3050-5 Improved!

Chinese Tiao He Cleanse (15 day)
Member Cost -$22.95

CleanStart® -Tried and True:
Consistently a top 25-selling item, CleanStart is a tried-and-true method
for cleansing the whole body—eliminating waste buildup and toxins within the colon that can affect overall health—without dangerous side effects. Because it is safe and gentle, CleanStart can be used by just about anyone, and may be repeated whenever you desire the benefits of a cleanse.

In addition to eliminating waste and toxins, this 14-day program may also provide an improved sense of energy and well-being. Take one drink mix packet and one capsule packet twice daily with plenty of water to achieve
desired results.

Capsule packets contain one capsule of Enviro- Detox and two capsules of LBS II® to enhance waste elimination, providing 10 grams of fiber per day when taken along with the accompanying drink mix packets. Drink mix packets contain psyllium hulls, bentonite, aloe vera, chlorophyll, potassium, stevia and natural flavoring. Available in Apple-Cinnamon (I like this one best ~ Karen D.) or Wild Berry flavors, CleanStart makes following a cleansing program simple!

Stock #3992-6 CleanStart Apple-Cinnamon (14 day)
Member Cost - $45.75
Stock #3993-8 CleanStart Wild Berry (14 day)
Member Cost - $45.75

Not a Nature's Sunshine Product member yet? To order at members discounted prices, Order $40. NSP products via my website www.mynsp.com/herbsplus and you will become a member in my downline. Let me know if you need any help with your business and/or health & herbal questions.

Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
704-966-6645 (note new biz number)

Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:

Learn about the Body Systems

Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!

Health Choices of Rock Hill SC

Hello from Health Choices of Rock Hill, SC
October 9, 2008

Hello from Health Choices!
Just a quick a note to remind everyone that we will be
closed this Saturday Oct. the 11th.
I also wanted to thank everyone that came to the class last Saturday.
IT WAS GREAT! The next class will be on Oct. the 18th.
We will be studying the Chakra system in depth, and I will be teaching how to balance each one.
To find out more about the chakra system,
I have included some information on my website.www.healthchoices.biz
(I have also included a printable coupon)
 Check it out!
This class will be hands on also.
 If you attended the last class please bring your informational packet that was prepared for you, to this next class.
The next class, like the last class will be held at:
"The Body "
1705 Cherry Rd.
Rock Hill, SC
From 12:00 until 3:00
The cost will be $20.00 also.
 Please call to save your seat, as space is limited.
I will keep everyone posted about the time.
Hope to see you then.

Many people have asked me to start a Reiki class.
I will be doing so soon.
I will be teaching Reiki Level-I with certification.
Susie Grimmett,  App - Reiki Master Teacher

Something that I wanted to pass along.
These are the Reiki Principles
I try to use them daily.
Just for today
I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today
I will not worry
Just for today
I will not be angry
Just for today
I will do my work honestly
Just for today
I will be kind to my neighbour and every
living things

Dr. Mikao Usui


Monday, October 06, 2008



Free NSP Product for Each Attendee!

Dear NSP Manager/Member,

We are excited to announce our all-new Young At Any Age Seminar-coming soon to your area!

Learn the latest information from brand-new training modules, including:  
  • Young At Any Age
  • The Silver Solution
  • True Health Begins in the Cell
  • Breakthrough! The Nutritional Prescription for Maximum Weight-Loss Success  

With free products, prize drawings, knowledgeable instructors and powerful take-home teaching tools, this seminar promises to be an experience you'll value immensely. 

Presentation Information

Saturday, November 8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(Optional Business Training 3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort
8400 Costa Verde Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC  29572
Hotel phone for directions: 843-449-8880

Cost: $35 dollars
(Register 10 business days prior to seminar
and cost is only $25!
Call 1-800-223-8225 to register 
Not a Nature's Sunshine member?
Register as a guest of Karen Doolan's
with her Sponsor #983219-3

CraigDWe look forward to seeing you soon! 


Craig Dalley
Executive Director of English Sales, Nature's Sunshine

P.S. Don't forget to invite your neighbors and other friends to this can't-miss event. They'll thank you for it!

 If Myrtle Beach, SC is too far from you, check out other cities where we will be visiting. http://herbsplus4health.blogspot.com/2008/09/young-at-any-age-seminars.html 
Call 1-800-223-8225 to register.  
Not a Nature's Sunshine member?
Register as my guest
with my Sponsor #983219-3
 Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager 
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist 
Natural Health Educator
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems 
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!