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Health and Nutrition with Nature's Sunshine

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Friday, December 31, 2004

Thank you & Happy New Year

Hello Friends, Family, NSP Members & Health Enthusiasts,

Thank you all for making this past year my best year with Nature's Sunshine. My business has grown in so many directions. Thank you for all the questions and answers, all the shared information through emails and webpages and online groups, as well as personal shared experiences. I have met so many incredible people over the past year, who have encouraged me in so many ways to keep on Tilling the land & Planting the seeds.

All in the name of Health and Blessed by God above. I have much to put in the memory book for 2004 and Look forward to Ushering in the New Year 2005. I pray you all have a Happy, Healthy & Safe New years.

Share the Health,
Karen M. Doolan

Thursday, December 30, 2004

End of Year Sales - December 30 - 31 Only

Happy Holidays from Nature's Sunshine Products!
Get Free Shipping on all Internet orders of $100 or more, December 30-31, 2004 Only!

Buy 4 get 1 Free and Buy 9 get 3 Free Offers Plus $1-5 off Specials
Thai-Go, Nature's Noni, Tiao He Cleanse, Food Enzymes, Bifidophilus Flora Force, Chinese Mood Elevator, VS-C, Saw Palmetto, CleanStart, 5-HTP, Mega- Chel, Vitawave/Seasonal Defense, Olive Leaf Extract Concentrate, Thai-Go/Nature's Noni Combination

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Nature's Noni
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Food Enzymes- Supplements the body's production of important digestive enzymes, aiding digestion.
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Bifidophilus Flora Force- This probiotic combination provides billions of beneficial intestinal microorganisms that offer a wide range of health benefits.
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Saw Palmetto- Used primarily to support glandular tissues-especially the prostate gland- and to balance hormones.
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CleanStart- This popular two-week cleanse supports the natural removal of toxic materials from the body.
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5-HTP- The ingredients in this formula help promote mood and sleep and may beneficially affect appetite.
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Mega-Chel- Contains a wide array of nutrients to support the entire circulatory system, and the tissues and organs they service.
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Vitawave/Seasonal Defense - Our New Liquid multi vitamin Vitawave provides 100 percent or more of the Daily Value of 17 important vitamins and minerals. With this special you will receive a free Seasonal defense to help support the immune system.
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Olive Leaf Extract Conc. (60) - has a scientifically backed reputation for helping to maintain the healthful balance in intestinal microorganisms. It also supports several circulatory needs at the same time, including maintaining blood pressure levels already within the normal range, promoting healthy arteries and normal heart rhythm, and providing free radical protection.
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Special Thai-Go/Nature's Noni Offer Buy 2 twin packs of Thai-go and one twin pack of Noni and get a second Noni twin pack FREE! (A $58.95 savings!)
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Nature's Sunshine has harvested some of the most healthful fruits and ingredients from around the workd and combined them in two beneficial and healthful products: Thai-Go and Nature's Noni. While both provide immune-boosting benefits, each juice provides its own unique array of health advantages:
Thai-Go: offers ingredients rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids and xanthones. The high-antioxidant supplement helps scavenge free radicals and helps support the cardiovascular system. Mangosteen fruit is the first of 11 healthful ingredients, including wolfberry, sea buckthorn, red grapes, grape seeds, grape skins, raspberries, blueberries, apple extract and decaffeinated green tea.
Nature's Noni (Morinda Citrifolia Juice) contains the finest morinda fruit available. This product may help support circulatory health, support joint health and mobility, support proper digestion and promote a feeling of general well-being.

Visit my
specials page to receive these offers & more.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Special Thai-Go/Nature's Noni Offer Buy 2 twin packs of Thai-go and one twin pack of Noni and get a second Noni twin pack FREE! (A $58.95 savings!)

Nature's Sunshine has harvested some of the most healthful fruits and ingredients from around the world and combined them in two beneficial and healthful products: Thai-Go and Nature's Noni. While both provide immune-boosting benefits, each juice provides its own unique array of health advantages:

Thai-Go: offers ingredients rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids and xanthones. The high-antioxidant supplement helps scavenge free radicals and helps support the cardiovascular system. Mangosteen fruit is the first of 11 healthful ingredients, including wolfberry, sea buckthorn, red grapes, grape seeds, grape skins, raspberries, blueberries, apple extract and decaffeinated green tea.
Nature's Noni contains the finest morinda fruit available. This product may help support circulatory health, support joint health and mobility, support proper digestion and promote a feeling of general well-being.

Promo No. Product Cost
12709-6 Thai-Go4/Noni2/2NoniFree $158.85

Visit my specials page to order this promotional item.
Order on December 20 - 21st and get free shipping and handling too!

Combat chronic sinus problems

Chronic sinus problems aren't necessarily just in your head - diet and lifestyle can play important roles. Besides generally avoiding polluted, dusty, and smoky environments (and second-hand smoke), try the following to help reduce the symptoms of chronic sinus problems:

Eliminate milk and all milk products from your diet. This includes prepared foods that list milk as an ingredient. Do this for about two months and see how you feel.
Include a
probiotic in your diet, especially if you take an antibiotic. It can help to restore the friendly bacteria that inhabit the digestive tract and that may be wiped out by antibiotics.

Healthy Breathing, One Step at a Time

Avoiding smoke, pollution and smog. Getting regular exercise, and eating healthfully can all help you to breathe better. If you want to take your health one step further, consider one of these products available through Nature's Sunshine.
Seasonal Support Formula, HistaBlock, ALJ, Fenugreek & Thyme, or Sinus Support EF. Read about these wonderful products which have helped so many to breathe better. www.mynsp.com/herbsplus

New Book from the Tree of Light Publishing - Posted by Steven Horne

The Comprehensive Guide to NSP

For two years I've been working on a project that I finally sent to the
printer today. It's a 350 page book entitled,
The Comprehensive Guide to
Nature's Sunshine Products
. We should have finished copies in house in two
weeks ready for shipping. We have a pre-order special running between now
and January 1st. If you place your order by January 1st, you'll receive a
10% discount off the regular price as follows:

Single Copies $29.98 ($26.98 with 10% pre-order discount)
2-5 Copies $26.98 each ($23.98 each pre-order)
6-11 Copies $23.98 each ($20.99 each pre-order)
12 or more Copies $17.99 each ($14.99 each pre-order, that¹s 50% off the
retail price!)

You can order by visting our website
www.treelite.com or by calling

About the Book:
The Comprehensive Guide to Nature¹s Sunshine Products features 633 NSP
products available in NSP¹s North American markets (US and Canada). It
provides a comprehensive list of the properties, body system¹s affected,
historical uses, directions for use, and warnings and contraindications of
these products. And that¹s just the beginning.

The Comprehensive Guide also includes the charts and instructions for the
ABC+D Approach to natural healing, which helps a person learn how to work on
the root causes of their health problems, rather than simply try to
alleviate symptoms. It provides a therapeutic index to over 500 health
problems, providing information on causes, natural therapies and NSP
products people have used to help their body recover from these conditions.
A fourth section provides a list of over 100 body systems, organs and parts
with lists of remedies that affect them. A final section provides
definitions, indications and contraindications for over 200 therapeutic
properties with lists of NSP products that have those properties.

I hope many of you will find the book beneficial.

P.S. Two of our forum moderators worked on the project with me. Kim Balas
contributed some of the product uses and Leslie Lechner did most of the
proofreading and editing.
Steven H. Horne, AHG
President, Tree of Light Publishing
P.O. Box 911239
St. George, UT 84791

(This is definitely on my wish list) - :) Karen

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Got Hormones — The Controversial Milk Drug that Refuses to Die

By Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception

"Effective December 1, 2004, as a current customer, you will have access to an increased supply of POSILAC."1 This news from Monsanto to its customers was disappointing for those around the world who understood its consequences. Back in January, the company announced that they would reduce their supply of the drug by 50%, after FDA inspectors discovered unacceptable levels of contamination. Many people hoped that Posilac would quietly disappear altogether. "If Monsanto gives this stuff up, it would be a godsend to both cows and people,"2 said Rick North who heads up the campaign by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility to fight the drug. But on October 8, 2004, Monsanto announced it would be increasing its supply back up to "at least 70%."

Posilac is a genetically engineered drug that increases milk production in cows by 10-15%. It is also known as recombinant bovine growth hormone, rbGH, Bovine Somatotropin, BST, and "Crack for Cows." Its controversial history has left fifteen years of frustrated whistleblowers strewn in its wake.

Early casualties were scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the drug's evaluation. Chemist Joseph Settepani, in charge of quality control for the approval process of veterinary drugs at the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), testified at a public hearing about threats to human safety. Soon after, he was reprimanded, threatened, stripped of responsibilities, and relocated a trailer at an experimental farm. In later testimony before a congressional subcommittee, Settepani said, "Dissent [at CVM] is not tolerated if it could seriously threaten industry profits."3

Division director Alexander Apostolou wrote in an affidavit, "Sound scientific procedures for evaluating human food safety of veterinary drugs have been disregarded. I have faced continuous pressure from my CVM superiors to reach scientific conclusions favorable to the drug industry. . . . In my time at CVM I have witnessed drug manufacturer sponsors improperly influence the agency's scientific analysis, decision-making, and fundamental mission."4 Apostolou was forced out after he began to express his concerns.

FDA Veterinarian Richard Burroughs said that agency officials "suppressed and manipulated data to cover up their own ignorance and incompetence."5 He also described how industry researchers would often drop sick cows from studies, to make the drug appear safer. Burroughs had ordered more tests than the industry wanted and was told by superiors he was slowing down the approval. He was fired and his tests canceled.

The remaining whistle-blowers in the FDA had to write an anonymous letter to Congress, complaining of fraud and conflict of interest in the agency. They described one FDA scientist who arbitrarily increased the allowable levels of antibiotics in milk 100-fold. This was necessary before approving rbGH. Since the drug increases the chance of udder infections, farmers inject cows with more antibiotics. This leads to a higher risk of antibiotic resistant diseases in cows and humans. According to the letter, Margaret Miller authorized the increased levels. She had formerly conducted research on rbGH while with Monsanto and then moved into the FDA department that evaluated her own research.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor at the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health, cited numerous potential or theoretical health dangers from rbGH, including "hormonal and allergic effects . . . premature growth and breast stimulation in infants," and possibly cancer in adults.6 Epstein also received an anonymous box of stolen files from the FDA. Documents revealed that in order to show that rbGH injections did not interfere with fertility, industry researchers allegedly added cows to the study that were pregnant prior to injection. Also, blood hormone levels skyrocketed by as much as a thousand-fold after injections.7

Monsanto tried to silence Epstein. Their public relations firm created a group called the Dairy Coalition, which included university researchers whose work was funded by Monsanto, and selected "third party" experts and organizations. Representatives of the Dairy Coalition pressured editors of the USA Today, Boston Globe, New York Times and others, to limit coverage of Epstein.

Hormones in Your Milk

Several claims made by FDA scientists in defense of rbGH have not held up under scrutiny. For example, they said that bovine growth hormone does not increase substantially in milk from treated cows. The study they cited, however, shows a 26% increase in the hormone. Furthermore, researchers injected cows with only a 10.6 mg daily dose of rbGH compared to the normal 500 mg bi-weekly dose used by farmers. In fact, they didn't even use Monsanto's rbGH, but rather another version that was never approved. They then pasteurized the milk 120 times longer than normal in an apparent attempt to show that the hormone was destroyed during the process. They only destroyed 19% of the hormone.8 They then spiked the milk with powdered hormone-146 times the naturally occurring levels-heated that 120 times longer than normal, and were then able to destroy 90% of the hormone. FDA scientists reported that 90% of the hormone was destroyed during pasteurization.9

The hormone most critics are concerned about, however, is insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Natural milk contains IGF-1. Milk drinkers increase their levels of IGF-1.10 Studies suggest that pre-menopausal women below 50 year old with high levels of IGF-1 are seven times more likely to develop breast cancer.11 Men are four times more likely to develop prostate cancer.12 IGF-1 is also implicated in lung and colon cancer. Milk from cows treated with rbGH has significantly higher levels of IGF-1.13 (No comprehensive study has evaluated a direct link between rbGH and human cancer.)

This potential link between rbGH and cancer was one of the many controversial topics to be covered in a four-part investigative news series at a Tampa-based Fox TV station. But four days before the series was to air, Fox received a threatening letter from Monsanto's attorney. They pulled the show. The station manager reviewed it, approved the content, and scheduled it for the following week. A second letter arrived from Monsanto's attorney, this time threatening "dire consequences for Fox News."14 The show was postponed indefinitely. Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, the award winning investigative reporters who had created the report for Fox, say that they were offered hush money to leave the station and never speak about the story again. They declined. So Fox's corporate attorney led them in a series of rewrites, attempting to soften the language and apparently appease Monsanto. Six months and 83 rewrites later, the reporters were ultimately fired for refusing to write in the script that the milk from treated cows was the same as normal milk. The reporters argued that that Monsanto's own research showed a difference, such as the increased IGF-1 levels, and even the FDA scientists had acknowledged this.

The reporters sued. Akre was awarded $425,000 by a jury that agreed that Fox "acted intentionally and deliberately to falsify or distort the plaintiffs' news reporting on BGH,"15 and that Akre's threat to blow the whistle was the reason she was fired. But an appeals court overturned the verdict on the grounds that the whistle-blower's statute only protects people who threaten to report a violation of a law, rule, or regulation. Distorting TV news, evidently, is not technically illegal. Akre and Wilson now have to pay a combined $196,500 to cover some of Fox's legal costs. This is on top of the $200,000 - $300,000 they already spent on their case.

Attacks on rbGH whistleblowers are not limited to the US. In 1998, six Canadian government scientists testified before the Senate that they were being pressured by superiors to approve rbGH, even though they believed it was unsafe for the public. Their detailed critique of the FDA's evaluation of the drug showed how the US approval process was flawed and superficial. They also testified that documents were stolen from a locked file cabinet in a government office, and that Monsanto offered them a bribe of $1-2 million to approve the drug without further tests. (A Monsanto representative went on national Canadian television claiming that the scientists had obviously misunderstood an offer for research money.) The Canadian scientists later described how their superiors retaliated against them for testifying. They were passed over for promotions, given impossible tasks or no assignments at all, one was suspended without pay. Three of the whistleblowers, who also spoke out on such controversial topics as mad cow disease, were ultimately fired on July 14, 2004.

Most industrialized nations have banned rbGH. Within the US, many school systems have also banned it and several dairies refuse to use it. Oakhurst Dairy of Portland, Maine, for example, requires its suppliers to sign a notarized affidavit every six months. The Oakhurst label stated, "Our Farmers' Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormones." But on July 3, 2003, Monsanto sued the dairy over their labels. Oakhurst eventually settled with Monsanto, agreeing to include a sentence on their cartons saying that according to the FDA no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbGH-treated and non-rbGH-treated cows. The statement is not true. FDA scientists had acknowledged the increase of IGF-1 in milk from treated cows. Nonetheless, the misleading sentence had been written years earlier by the FDA's deputy commissioner of policy, Michael Taylor. Prior to becoming an FDA official, Taylor was Monsanto's outside attorney. He later worked at the USDA on biotech issues, and later became vice president of Monsanto.

Visit www.seedsofdeception.com for a list of non-rbGH dairies, article references, and a free newsletter.

© Copyright 2004 by Jeffrey M. Smith. Permission is granted to reproduce this in whole or in part.

Emailed correspondence
Craig Canine, "Hear No Evil: In its determination to become a model corporate citizen, is the FDA ignoring potential dangers in the nation's food supply?" Eating Well, July/August 1991
Craig Canine, "Hear No Evil: In its determination to become a model corporate citizen, is the FDA ignoring potential dangers in the nation's food supply?" Eating Well, July/August 1991
Craig Canine, "Hear No Evil: In its determination to become a model corporate citizen, is the FDA ignoring potential dangers in the nation's food supply?" Eating Well, July/August 1991
Samuel Epstein, "Growth Hormones Would Endanger Milk.," op-ed piece, Los Angeles Times, July 27, 1989
Samuel Epstein and Pete Hardin, "Confidential Monsanto Research Files Dispute Many bGH Safety Claims," The Milkweed, January 1990
Robert Cohen, Milk, the Deadly Poison, Argus Publishing, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1998
Judith C. Juskevich and C. Greg Guyer, "Bovine Growth Hormone: Human Food Safety Evaluation," Science, 1990, vol. 249, pp. 875-884
Robert P. Heaney and others, "Dietary changes favorably affect bone remodeling in older adults." Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99, no. 10, October 1999, pp. 1228-1233 and "Milk, Pregnancy, Cancer May Be Tied," Reuters, September 10, 2002
S. E. Hankinson, and others, "Circulating concentrations of insulin-like growth factor 1 and risk of breast cancer," Lancet, vol. 351, no. 9113, 1998, pp. 1393-1396
June M. Chan and others, "Plasma Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 [IGF-1] and Prostate Cancer Risk: A Prospective Study," Science, vol. 279, January 23, 1998, pp. 563-566
C. G. Prosser and others, "Increased secretion of insulin-like growth factor-1 into milk of cows treated with recombinantly derived bovine growth hormone," Journal of Dairy Science, vol. 56, 1989, pp. 17-26; and Peter Montague "Milk, rbGH, and Cancer," Rachel's Environment and Health News, no. 593, April 9, 1998
BGH Bulletin, Target Television Enterprises Inc., http://www.foxbghsuit.com/
BGH Bulletin, Target Television Enterprises Inc., http://www.foxbghsuit.com/


Is It Dangerous to Combine Supplements and Drugs?

Q: I’m curious about interactions between herbs and drugs. Are there many that we should worry about?-- Nicole

A: (Published 12/10/2004)
For the most part, I think warnings about interactions between herbs and drugs are overstated. For example, a few years ago the American Society of Anesthesiologists warned that certain herbs and supplements could pose a hazard to patients undergoing surgery. The group claimed that several herbs have anti-blood-clotting activity and conceivably could interfere with clotting during and after surgery. St. John’s wort was also singled out in 2003 as an agent that could diminish the effectiveness of certain drugs because of its effect on enzyme systems involved in drug metabolism. (Many pharmaceutical drugs have the same effect.)

In general, I think you’re pretty safe taking most supplements, but you certainly should tell your doctor about anything you’re taking regularly, particularly if you’re also taking either prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Here’s a quick rundown of some commonly used supplements and drugs that could interact to your detriment:

St. John’s wort: May affect metabolism of antidepressants; HIV protease inhibitors used to treat HIV/AIDS; digoxin, a heart medication; theophylline, used to treat asthma; cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant; chemotherapy; birth control pills (it may reduce their effectiveness); the blood pressure and heart disease medications nifedipine and diltiazem; Coumadin, a blood-thinner; and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors for HIV/AIDS treatment.

Co-enzyme Q10, dong quai, feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng, vitamin E and St. John’s wort: May increase the risk of bleeding if you’re taking prescription anticoagulants such as Coumadin.

Echinacea: May increase levels of HIV protease inhibitors used to treat HIV/AIDS, calcium channel blockers used to treat high blood pressure, and anti-anxiety drugs.

Capsicum (red pepper, cayenne pepper): May increase the absorption and effect of ACE inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and kidney disease; theophylline (for asthma); sedatives; and antidepressants.

Garlic: May decrease the effectiveness of immunosuppressant drugs and HIV protease inhibitors. It also may reduce the need for insulin among diabetics (by lowering blood sugar).

Ginkgo: May increase the amount of antidepressant drugs in your blood; may cause seizures when combined with anti-psychotic drugs.

Ginseng: Can cause headache, trembling and manic behavior when combined with the antidepressant Nardil; may interfere with the action of the heart medication digoxin; may reduce blood sugar levels in people with Type II diabetes, thus affecting the need for insulin or other medication for diabetes.

Taken From Dr. Andrew Weil's web site
Andrew Weil, M.D.

Untold Truth Seminars - New Dates Announced

Nature's Sunshine is beginning to announce the upcoming dates for the Untold Truth Seminars. SEE BELOW FOR DATES

The Untold Truth seminar is about learning the truth behind the hype, the clever marketing and the "big money."Discover the real story about health, popular products, prescription drugs, the foods we eat, the health challenges we face and more. The truth may set you free . . . but The Untold Truth about your health will help you enjoy that freedom.

TIME: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (lunch is on your own)
COST: $75 per person (or $10 each if you bring a Friend*)

Seminar Guidelines:

  • When a NSP Member invites a Friend to attend The Untold Truth Seminar, both the Member and Friend can attend for the special price of just $10 each (this special discount is applicable per person, not per account number.)
  • Members are encouraged to invite as many Friends to any given Seminar as long as they meet the above definitions.
  • NSP will send a confirmation letter to you 10 days in advance of the seminar you have signed up for. If for any reason you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to inform Customer Service. If you fail to do so, you will be charged a $10 "no show" fee.

Untold Truth Health Topics
• Running on Empty
• The Diabetes Epidemic
• Estrogen Overload
• Colon in Crisis
• America Stressed out
• You Don't Have to Die of a Heart Attack

Upcoming Untold Truth Seminars
Date Location Address
1/29/2005 Salt Lake City, UT TBA
2/12/2005 Boise, ID TBA
2/12/2005 Round Rock/Austin, TX TBA
2/26/2005 Columbia, SC TBA
2/26/2005 pleasantly, CA TAB
3/05/2005 Davenport, IA TAB
3/05/2005 Orlando, FL TAB
3/05/2005 Persephone, NJ TAB
3/05/2005 San Diego, CA TAB
3/12/2005 Akron, OH TAB
3/12/2005 El Segundo, CA TAB
3/12/2005 Omaha, NEE TAB
3/12/2005 easily, AK TAB
3/19/2005 Ann Arbor, MI TAB
3/19/2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL TAB
4/02/2005 Baton Rouge, LA TAB
4/02/2005 electively, NY TAB
4/02/2005 Joplin, MO TAB
4/16/2005 Harrisburg, VT TAB
4/16/2005 Panama City, FL TAB
4/16/2005 Richmond, VA TAB
4/16/2005 Tyler, TX TAB
4/23/2005 Asheville, NC TAB
4/23/2005 Cleveland, OH TAB
4/23/2005 Denver/Littleton, CO TAB
4/23/2005 Rapid City, SD TAB
4/30/2005 North Houston, TX TAB
4/30/2005 Oklahoma City, OK TAB
4/30/2005 Syracuse, NY TAB
4/30/2005 Tampa, FL TAB

THE UNTOLD TRUTH SEMINARS are coming to a city near you! These one-day seminars are held in cities throughout the country. Discover the real story about health, popular products, prescription drugs, the foods we eat, the health challenges we face and more.


Cost is $75. Per person (or $10. Each if you bring a Friend).

Registration Required:
MEMBERS: LOGIN FOR MORE DETAILS or Call me for more information, dates and locations.
NON-MEMBERS: WELCOME. Call Karen 704-588-7638.

How old is the Oldest Bone in Your Body?

A word of encouragement for those of you who are working diligently on your health.

The oldest bone in your body is only seven years old. Basically over a seven year period you have the ability to completely rebuild your body.

Be consistent in your diet, exercise, & supplements. Drink a lot of Pure water and Breath deeply the freshest air you can find. Smile and Laugh as much as possible. You will soon be looking at a WHOLE NEW YOU!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

What Doctors Have Said About Colloidal Silver

Mon Dec 6, 2004

Colloidal silver has proven particularly effective in cases of microbial infection. Dr. Henry Crooks found that "Silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. Rather than in a chemical compound, the silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a much more concentrated form, with correspondingly better results. All virus, fungus, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms are killed in three or four minutes upon contact. There are no side effects whatsoever from the highest concentrations."

Colloidal silver has been proven useful against all species of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, parasites and certain viruses, which are often killed within minutes. Dr. L. C. Ford, M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine reported in 1988 that silver solutions were effective against the following conditions: Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aures, Neisseria gonorrhea, Garnerella vaginalis, Salmonella typhi and other enteric pathogens. He also found that it was fungicidal for Candida albicans, Candida globata and M. furfur.

How Colloidal Silver Works

The most accepted theory is that silver disables the specific enzyme that many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize for their metabolism. When silver nears a virus, fungi, bacterium or any single-celled microbe it is effective against, it disables the oxygen-metabolism enzyme. This destroys the microbe's ability to "breath" and within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies. The dead germ and its toxins are then cleared out of the body by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. It is not exactly clear how silver disrupts the enzymes in these single celled animals, but it is believed that the silver's natural positive electrica1 charge is influential. This is why electrically generated colloidal silver is the absolute best form of silver for fighting infection and related infectious diseases.

Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial bodily enzymes, colloidal silver leaves our bodies tissue and cell enzymes intact, as they are different than enzymes found in single celled pathogens. Thus colloidal silver is generally considered safe for humans, pets, plants and all multi-celled living matter. Some health care professionals believe silver may be linked to the proper functioning of our immune system and that people with inadequate intakes of silver may be more prone to infection.

Dr. Robert Becker, author of the 1980's best selling book The Body Electric, recognized a correlation between low silver levels in the human body, and sickness. He said a silver deficiency in humans was responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker's experiments conclude that silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side effects or damage to any part of the body. He also states that the silver was doing something more than killing disease organisms, It was also causing major growth stimulation of injured tissues. Burn patients and elderly patients noticed more rapid healing. He discovered that cancer cells change back to normal cells in the presence of electrically generated colloidal silver. All strains of pathogens he tested, even those resistant to antibiotics, were killed by colloidal silver.

From the article "Silver, Our Mightiest Germ Fighter," in Science Digest, March, 1978: "As an antibiotic, silver kills over 650 disease causing organisms, and resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have and is absolutely non-toxic! Doctors report that, taken internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, malaria diabetes and severe burns. Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute which monitors silver technology in 37 countries, reports: 'In four years we've described 87 important new medical uses for silver.'

Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, has used colloidal silver in his cancer treatment method. He says the whole thing is quite simple. Colloidal silver, used in conjunction with other natural therapies developed by Dr. Nordstrom, brought rapid remission in cancer patients given up on by other doctors.

Uses for Colloidal Silver

Preventing and Healing Low Grade Infections:
According to many colloidal silver researchers, taking sufficient daily colloidal silver can saturate the body such that the germs simply can't gain a foothold. Many people, including many elderly, suffer from a general low- grade body infection that holds back vigor and alertness. They report that using up to an ounce or two of homemade colloidal silver each day often brings about an increase of energy and alertness, as well as enjoying better overall health throughout the year.

Parasite Infections:

Some diseases are caused by tiny worm-like organisms that burrow through particular organs and sometimes throughout much of the body. They reproduce by laying eggs. These eggs have the same enzymatic characteristics of all of the other disease- causing organisms that colloidal silver suffocates. So the parasite eggs also suffocate and the parasites can no longer reproduce successfully in your body.

Resistant Strains of Germs:

The use of modern man-made antibiotiqs has increasingly led to mutant strains of germs that the antibiotics can no longer kill. Colloidal silver does not appear to have this problem. Why? Because unlike man-made antibiotics which are basically "bug poison for the human body," colloidal silver is not a poison. Instead, it deals with all gerr the same way: it suffocates them by disabling the enzyme they need for respiration.

Accelerated Healing:
Colloidal silver reportedly shortens the time for healing to take place in wounds, and lessens the amount of scar tissue. This is apparently due to the beneficial action that colloidal silver has on tissue cells. It seems to cause some of their cell divisions to produce cells that are, in a sense, generic. These generic cells migrate wherever they are needed in the body. They help repair tissue damage by changing into the type of tissue cell needed at the wound in preference to the scar tissue that would normally form.

Diarrhea Diseases:
Diseases like cholera, canine parvovirus and other conditions where the disease-causing germ resides mainly in the large intestine have been effectively treated by a different approach. It is difficult for the colloidal silver to get all the way to the large intestine before the body absorbs it if you take the normal daily amount orally. An effective approach is to take large quantities instead (i.e. two ounces or more followed by two big glasses of water). This will allow the colloidal silver to make it all the way into the large intestine so it can very quickly take care of the problem.

What Specifically Can Colloidal Silver Be Used For?
Here is a small sample of diseases against which Colloidal Silver has been used successfully (see other chapters, particularly chapters 4, 7 and 11 of the manual for more):
acne, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, blood parasites, bubonic plague, burns (colloidal silver is one of the few treatments that can keep severe burn patients alive), cancer, candida, cholera, chronic fatigue, colds and flu, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, parasitic infections both viral and fungal, pneumonia, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth and throat, shingles, skin cancer, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis, toxemia, trenchfoot, numerous forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcers.

A Colloidal Silver Primer - History of Colloidal Silver
In ancient civilizations, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing. American settlers often put a silver dollar in milk containers to delay its spoilage. It was not until the late 1800's that Western scientists were able to understand scientifically what had been known in ancient medicine for thousands of years... that silver is a powerful germ fighter! After discovering that the body's vital fluids, such as blood, are colloidal in nature, scientists and doctors explored the possibilities of using colloids in medicine. The silver solution known as "Colloidal Silver" became widely used in medicine as one of the main-stays of anti-microbial treatment.

The medical journal Lancet reported phenomenal results from colloidal silver in 1914. Dr. Henry Crooks showed colloidal silver to be highly germicidal yet absolutely harmless and non-toxic to humans. Throughout the early 1900's colloidal silver rapidly gained fame as one of the best infection-fighting agents in existence. But unfortunately its fame was short lived. The high cost of silver combined with the fact that silver solutions could not be patented motivated the development of more profitable infection-fighting drugs by the major pharmaceutical conglomerates. The new prescription antibiotic drugs such as penicillin and others became the choice in medical treatments. However, thirty years after the discovery of pharmaceutical antibiotics many types of bacteria acquired an immunity to these drugs. Frustrated doctors, tired of seeing their patients die from infections with antibiotic resistant pathogens, began looking back to the past for answers. In doing so, they have r! e-discovered the amazing ant ibiotic properties of colloidal silver, which had been known for many decades.

The Rediscovery of Silver as a Powerful Antibiotic According to Zane Baronowski, CN, in his booklet, Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative: "The comeback of silver in medicine began in the 1970's. The late Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University's Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop better treatments for burn victims. Dr. Margraf, as the chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other surgeons to find an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe to use over large areas of the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds and found drawbacks in all of them. 'Mercury, for example, is an excellent antiseptic but toxic, ' he comments. 'Popular antiseptics....can be used over small areas only. ' Furthermore, disease organisms can become resistant to antibiotics, triggering a dangerous super-infection. 'These compounds are also ineffective against a number of harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases a greenish-blue bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It almost! always shows up in burns, releasing a poison.'

"Reviewing the medical literature, Dr. Margraf found repeated references to silver. It was described as a catalyst that disables the enzymes microorganisms depend on to 'breathe. ' Consequently, they die. Therefore, Dr. Margraf decided to use the best known pharmaceutical compound of silver: silver nitrate. Concentrated silver nitrate was corrosive and painful. So he diluted the silver nitrate to a .5 percent solution and found that it killed the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and permitted wounds to heal. Resistant strains did not appear. Silver nitrate, however, was far from ideal. It disturbed the balance of body salts, was thick and cumbersome to use and stained everything it touched. Dr. Margraf searched for other preparations of silver, and in the process helped re-discover colloidal silver, which he found to be highly effective on the burns. As a result of these efforts, hundreds of important new medical uses for silver were found. Dr. Harry Margraf later concluded, 'Silver is the best all around germ-fighter we have. '

Future uses of Colloidal Silver
Although reports on the use of colloidal silver have spanned the past 100 years, research relating to its recent use is limited. However, through a growing number of physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nutritionists and satisfied users, information regarding the modern day uses of colloidal silver is mounting. It would seem that the effective and safe use of colloidal silver in the treatment of many common infectious disorders is only limited by the imagination.

Some other diseases that have been successfully treated with colloidal silver are:
bladder infection, blood-poison, boils, bubonic plague, burns, candida yeast infection, chilblains, cholera, conjunctivitis, cold sores, cold & flu, cystitis, diabetes, dermatitis, fungal infections, herpes, HIV virus, indigestion, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyrne disease, malaria (now making a comeback in the southern U.S. states), meningitis, neurasthenia, puritis ani, psoriasis, ophthalmia, rabbit fever, rhinitis, ringworm, scarlet fever, and septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth 8c throat. Plus, shingles, sinus infections, staph infections, syphilis, thyroid, tonsillitis, toxemia, trachoma, trench-foot, tuberculosis, ulcers, viruses, warts, whooping cough, other many other uses.

What is Colloidal Silver?
The term "colloid" refers to a substance that consists of ultra-fine particles suspended within a liquid solution. Properly manufactured colloidal silver is a liquid solution consisting of submicroscopic particles of silver, held in suspension in pure water by a tiny electrical charge. In a true colloid these particles are about .04 to .0001 microns in diameter. These particles cannot be seen by the naked eye and are electrically charged.

Many references can be found describing a "quality" colloidal silver as being light yellow or golden in color. However, after hundreds of hours of searching, no medical literature could be found describing the golden-colored colloidal silver as being any more therapeutically effective than clear or silver-colored colloidal silver. Colloidal silver made with the small battery-operated generators is considered to be extremely high quality, yet it is generally clear to silverish in the liquid suspension.

Will Colloidal Silver Kill the "Friendly Bacteria" in Your Intestines?
Colloidal silver that contains 99.99% (pure silver) with particles that are .04 to .0001 microns in diameter with a concentration of 25 ppm (parts per million) or less have little effect on the friendly bacteria in our digestive tract. In small doses (i.e., preventive dosages of about one tablespoon per day) much of the silver itself is absorbed in the mouth or stomach and never reaches the intestinal area. However some researchers believe that colloidal silver products with higher concentrations or larger particles of silver can attack friendly bacteria just like some antibiotics. There is also evidence that when taken in high dosages, some of the colloidal silver is evacuated through the colon and may kill some of the friendly bacteria there. This could upset your natural intestinal floral balance.

The generally accepted recommended dosage is 5 to 40 ppm, although many researchers take significantly higher dosages with no apparent loss of friendly bacteria in the gut. Nonetheless, researchers suggest that if you intend to take larger dosages of concentrated colloidal silver over an extend period of time, you should also take a "friendly bacteria" supplement such as lactobacillus acidophilus, available at most health food stores, in order to prevent the possibility of depleting the much-needed beneficial bacteria in your stomach and digestive system.

Nutritional Dosage for Daily Intake
Currently, there is no federally recognized "minimum daily requirement" for silver in the human body. In 1940, R. A. Kehoe reported that under normal circumstances, the average daily intake of fruits and vegetables would provide between 50-100 mcg of silver as a trace element. Since that time, the commercial farm soils of this country have become extremely deficient in trace minerals. According to the Earth Summit Report, issued in 1992, the levels of soil based minerals in North America have dropped over 85% in the last 100 years.

So, assuming that our ancestor's diet used to contain significant trace amounts of silver, and that our diet probably has greatly reduced levels today, there is a reasonable argument for supplementing with colloidal silver daily, in spite of the fact that there is no official "recommended daily allowance" (RDA) rating for colloidal silver. Researchers say two teaspoons of 5 ppm colloidal silver provides about 50 mcg of silver and could be considered a "nutritional" amount, if taken on a daily basis. Additionally, researchers say any amount above four teaspoons a day or 100 mcg should be considered a "therapeutic" amount. That said, it should not be assumed that electro-colloidal silver is equivalent to or has the same metabolic effect as receiving trace silver from dietary plant sources. But since there are very few plant sources of trace silver left today, many researchers believe colloidal silver is probably the best substitute.

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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Give the Gift of Health this Holiday Season!

Looking for Gifts to send to your Family and Friends?
Every Christmas, I use my NSP membership to share health with my friends and family. Here are some gifts which I sent out this year which you may want to send as well:

Citrus Spice Potpourri - $11.95

Citrus Spice Candle - $15.95
Natria Body Wash - $9.50
Natria Irish Moss Hand & Body Lotion - $9.50
Massage Oil - $12.25
Aloe Vera Gel - $7.95
Nebulizing Diffuser - $64.
(make sure to send with NSP Pure Essential Oils if they don't have any yet)
Health, Home and Beauty Kit (10 Pure Essential Oils) - $67.95
(send with Diffuser, massage oil, or aloe vera gel if they don't have any of these yet)
Single Essential oils also available - $ various prices
(ditto above comment)
Citrus Fresh Diffuser - $26.45
Aromatherapy Starter Pack - $100.
NatureSeal 13" Omelet Chef Pan - $95.
NatureSeal Square Griddle - $45.
Thai Go - Two bottles for $49.95
Ozone Fresh Refrigerator Units - Two for $50.

Gifts can be drop shipped directly to their address. When the recipient is not yet an NSP member, but the order totals over $40., we give them the free one year membership as well. This actually saves us Shipping and Handling. In addition, it gives them the ability to order from NSP all year long. New members with orders over $100. will be entered in as a Pass-it-on sign up so they will receive a 10% rebate as well (as their direct upline we will recieve a 30% rebate on that order). Checks are sent from NSP on the 10th of each month. Another Great NSP bonus! For more information on rebate/commision schedule click here.

These gifts are always so appreciated by my friends and family. If you would like to give NSP gifts to your friends and family, just visit my Nature's Sunshine site
www.mynsp.com/herbsplus to make your orders. If you are already an NSP member in my downline, make sure to login before ordering so that your family and friends will be put into your NSP downline.

Orders will be received within a week, so make sure to let the recipient know that you are sending them something from Nature' s Sunshine. If you would like for me to notify them, just email me* with the following information: sender's name & sender's phone number, recipient's name & recipient's mailing address & the order number. I will send them a brochure which will announce the gift to them. *You will need to notify me right away so that I know to send them a gift notification instead of the welcome letter I normally send.(This service is only available when orders are made by members in my downline or retail orders through my web site www.mynsp.com/herbsplus or resuting in new memberships in my downline).

I wish you the best of health and happiness for the holiday season.

Product Focus Meeting - Wednesday December 8th

Each month the NSP Training Department offers intense training on one NSP product. Product Focus Meetings are conducted via a tele-conference call and are available, at no cost, to anyone who has a touch-tone phone. Feel free to share the number with clients and friends. During this meeting, health experts from both inside and outside NSP will provide in-depth information on how to use the product and how it can improve your health.

Expand your knowledge of specific NSP products.
Ask questions of product experts.
Take advantage of free training.

Upcoming Focus Call Time: Wednesday, December 8th
(6:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 pm Mountain, 8:00 Central & 9:00 Eastern time)

Topic: The benefits and differences of Thai-Go and Nature's Noni

Guests: Join us as we listen to Gina Benson from NSP's Health Science department discuss the proper use of two of our most popular products--Thai-Go and Nature's Noni. We'll also have the opportunity to listen to several managers who have had great success with these products.

Phone#: 1-800-756-4697, pin #: 8626

Candida Albincans

What is Candida Albincans?
Candida overgrowth is a nasty yeast problem that can be potentially destructive to your body for both men and women. Candida is a yeast organism that normally resides in the intestinal tract. The problem begins when our good bacteria is killed off, for example through the use of antibiotics. Candida is known by many names: Thrush, Albincans or simply yeast infection. It can appear anywhere in your body, in any part of your body, e.g. lungs, bone marrow, blood. The question still remains the same - How do we get rid of it? No matter where it is in the body, the method remains the same. It is something that is always naturally present in our bodies. Candida is a spore spreading bacteria. Candida Albincans are yeast cells living among bacterial flora present in the gastrointestinal tract, mucus, esophagus, small intestine, and on the body surface. Under normal balanced conditions, Candida is controlled by our immune defenses; it requires sugar, and weakened immunity to survive. Women are more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, but everyone has the potential to develop a yeast condition during their lifetime. The immune system can be weakened due to nutritional deficiency, antibiotics, infection, environmental toxins and excessive stress and worry. When our internal environment is disrupted, helpful bacteria is decreased, leaving the body's defense system to become ineffective, causing membranes to swell and germs to multiply. Candida assumes a thread-like shape and goes through the gut wall. Powerful toxins are released and absorbed into deeper tissues or the blood stream, and damages the gut wall, allowing foreign substances to enter. The immune system then produces antibodies causing allergic reactions. This can contribute to the infections of the throat, sinus, bladder and many other health problems. Taking an antibiotic could only make the yeast growth worsen.

1. Have you taken a broad spectrum antibiotic* even in a single course?
*Including Keflex, ampicillin, amoxicillin, ceclor, bactrim, and septra. Such antibiotics kill off "good germs" while they are killing off those which cause infection.
2. Have you, at anytime in your life, been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems affecting your reproductive organs?
3. Have you been pregnant 2 or more times?
4. Have you taken birth control pills for more than 2 years?
5. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors, and other chemicals provoke moderate to severe symptoms?
6. Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places?
7. Have you had athlete's foot, ring work, jock itch or other chronic fungus infections of the skin or nails? Have such infections been severe or persistent?
8. Do you crave sugar?
9. Do you crave breads?
10. Do you crave alcohoic beverages?
11. Does tobacco smoke really bother you?
If you answered yest to any of these questions, you are most likely battling Candida Albincans.

How do I get rid of Candida Albincans?
Lets start with your diet. It plays a huge role. You start by lowering the intake of wheat, processed refined sugar, and dairy products. There are substitutes. For example, instead of wheat use oatbran. Replace refined sugars with pure cane sugar, sucanat, stevia or better yet replace the products high in refined sugar with fresh fruits. Soy is an excellent substitute for milk, but even more important increase your pure water intake to half your weight in ounces. i.e. 200 lbs drink 100 oz of water daily.
The next think to do, is start with herbs and supplements to combat the Candida.
To mention a few:
Acidophilus, Probiotic 11, Caprylic acid, Echinacea root, Garlic, PauD'Arco & Yeast/Fungal Detox. For Children L. Reuteri Chewable
Topicial Essential Oils: Oregano, Tea Tree

Fatigue or lethargy - Feeling of being "drained" - Poor memory - Feeling "spacey" or "Unreal" Depression - Numbness, burning or tingling - Muscle aches - Muscle weakness or paralysis - Pain and/or swelling in joints - Abdominal pain - Constipation - Diarrhea - Bloating - Troublesome vaginal discharge - Persistent vaginal burning or itching - Loss of sexual desire - Endometriosis - Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities - Premenstrual tension - Spots in front of eyes - Erratic vision - Drowsiness - Irritablity or jitteriness - Incoordination - Inability to concentrate - Frequent mood swings - Headache - Dizziness/loss of balance - Pressure above ears, feeling of head swelling and tingling - Itching - Mucus in stools - Hemorrhoids - Dry mouth - Bad breath - Joint swelling or arthritis - Nasal congestion or discharge - Sore or dry throat - Recurrent infections or fluid in ears

For Rashes Bathe in Tea Tree (10 Drops), Lavender (15 drops), Myrrh (6 drops), Soaking for 20 minutes about twice a week. (For adults you can add Eucalyptus (12 drops). You can put these oils combined directly on rashes as well. Just add to a little aloe vera gel prior to spreading over rash.

This information was shared by Susie Grimmett of Health Choices, a Manager in my Downline.

Minerals & Vitamins To Change Your Life

Learn how to make a real improvement to your health (and life) in just 10 SECONDS a day. Normally "healthy" people are increasingly suffering from persistent complaints, which are limiting their activities, holding them back and generally spoiling their quality of life:

Feeling tired and lethargic
Lacking stamina
Low energy levels
Frequently catching colds/sore throats
Digestion or stomach problems
High blood pressure
Allergies and breathing problems
Weight problems
Poor skin or lifeless hair
Minor aches and pains
Poor memory

These complaints are becoming so widespread, even amongst children and young people, that many have accepted them as an inevitable fact of modern life - their relatives, friends and colleagues feel just the same. Some think that such ailments are "because of their age" or "runs in their family" or "everyone is like it these days".

Most people do not need to suffer from these problems. Whatever your age, you can make a real improvement to your health, very simply.
For example, would you like to: Wake up feeling that you've just had 8 hours good sleep, you're refreshed and raring to go; Get out of bed without the usual aches and pains, clicks and creaks; Look in the mirror and see someone refreshed, bright-eyed with a clear complexion and yet another "good-hair day";

In fact, wake up feeling "on top of the world"
If you're in your 20's or 30's, and haven't yet encountered the above problems, we can explain how you can simply keep on top of your profession, sport or the demands of a young family and how you can avoid the illnesses in later life that your parents and grandparents are suffering from today.

Too good to be true?
Quite the contrary - this is how you should feel. This is now the way of life for millions of people worldwide, from America to Australia, Japan to Russia and now at last in Europe and the UK.

Our difficulty will be convincing YOU that you can be this way too!

Think back to the arduous lives of our great grandparents, both men and women who worked 50 or 60 hour weeks of physical labour, without cars, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, freezers, microwave ovens and modern machinery. How could we have survived in their times? What has changed so much in the last 100 years?

Foods Missing Vital Nutrients

Compared with our great grandparents' lifetime, food shops and supermarkets are literally bursting with local and exotic produce. Everyone can eat food from virtually every corner of the world. It seems unbelievable that anyone could suffer from any nutritional deficiencies.

"….missing vital nutrients……anti-ageing"
However, official surveys by US and EC Departments of Health show that most people obtain more than enough calories, protein and fat from a modern diet, BUT can be severely lacking in many other essential nutrients. These missing nutrients include vitamins, essential minerals, trace minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and essential fatty acids.

The seriousness of missing these nutrients is now emerging as research reveals that to remain in good health, we need 90+ different nutrients…every single day. Our body uses these many vital nutrients in dozens of different combinations, to repair old and damaged cells and build new ones. New red blood cells, new bone cells and the cells making up the immune system, constantly need a wide variety of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes to be able to function continuously. In fact, the body can self-diagnose and automatically repair most problems as they occur, provided it has constant access to all of the necessary nutrients. They provide the building blocks to protect against infections and diseases ranging from colds and flu' to heart disease and cancer. It can even overcome and prevent the disabling ailments, which develop in so many people in middle and old age. The nutrients that their body needs are "anti-ageing".

So why are so many people lacking these vital nutrients? "...the answer is now emerging...." This problem has perplexed nutritionalists, doctors, biochemists,
dieticians and Departments of Health throughout the western world but the answer is now emerging.

"...a good, balanced diet... would be insufficient!"
A daily diet containing fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, meat, fish, cheese and bread has traditionally given us all of the essential nutrients needed for good health, much as it did our great grandparents. However, increasing scientific evidence is now indicating that TODAY, fresh foods alone are insufficient to provide the missing nutrients.

"…missing vital minerals…"
Hot on the heels of the devastation of BSE and Foot & Mouth Disease from intensive livestock farming, there are now growing concerns over food produced by intensive agriculture. The large amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides used to produce high yields of fresh fruit, vegetables and wheat are depleting the soil of minerals, so that minerals are absent from fresh foods, even in organic foods not grown in virgin soil.

In October 2000, the Sunday Times reported on missing vital minerals from our foods and the health problems that are resulting around the world.

In March 2001, UK Nutritionist David Thomas published data, which showed that compared with 50 years ago, there is 75% less calcium, 71% less iron, etc., in fruit and vegetables. He stated " …the general public has no idea that there has been this dramatic decline in the levels.." In the United States, Congress summarised the problem:
"Never have so many people been so well-fed and yet so badly nourished"
"...vitamin content...fresh fruit... ripened artificially..."There is no doubt that our food is now lacking in minerals - so what about the vitamin content of fresh fruit and vegetables?

Modern food storage technology enables us to enjoy exotic fruits and vegetables in season or out and from all over the world. However, these only contain effective amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes when they are allowed to completely ripen naturally and are eaten within days of picking. TV documentaries have reported on the low levels of vitamins and enzymes found in "fresh" fruit, which may have been picked up to a year earlier, stored and then ripened artificially. Advance storage technology can preserve appearance and texture, but not the nutritional value of fresh foods.

"…they are changing the content of what we are eating…"
In 1990, the World Health Organisation recommended everyone to eat about 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day to obtain essential nutrients. However, a decade later, even those trying to follow this advice are now concerned about the vitamin and mineral shortfalls in fresh foods.

Professor Tim Lang of Thames Valley University (Centre for Food Policy) states "We are dying prematurely of coronary heart disease and cancer and we are being told to cut down on fat and eat more fruit and vegetables. But at the same time, they (plant breeders and food producers) are changing the content of what we are eating"

Dr Ann Walker, Lecturer in Human Nutrition at the University of Reading states: "…those daunted by the World Health Organisation's recommendation to eat 1lb of raw fruit and vegetables each day should consider taking antioxidant supplements on a daily basis."

Many people have decided to take food supplements to improve their daily
nutrient intake, particularly if they and their family have a 21st century lifestyle. However, most basic supplements supplied by High Street and Mail Order companies are still formulated using old technology and have a limited range of nutrients with poor bioavailability. Such people often still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiency ailments because the supplements do not
contain the 90+ nutrients and are only between 3 and 10% absorbable. No matter how good and varied your diet, the evidence shows that we can neither rely on our food, nor traditional supplements to provide the 90+ nutrients we need each day.
US Congress was correct when it stated that people were badly nourished, even though they had plenty to eat!

It is important when supplementing to make sure you are choosing a company which has formulated their products with the finest quality of ingredients. Nature's Sunshine Products ensures the products you buy are the best you can buy with ingredients which are All Natural and will be absorbed properly into your system.
Check out these links for more information about Nature's Sunshine Products.

Using Quality, All Natural Vitamins, Minerals can really help. The list below will help you find which nutrients you need to achieve better health.

Deficiency of vitamin B1
A deficiency will result in beriberi, and minor deficiencies may be indicated with extreme fatigue, irritability, constipation, edema and an enlarged liver. Forgetfulness, gastrointestinal disturbances, heart changes, irritability, labored breathing and loss of appetite may also be experienced. With too little thiamin around a person may also experience nervousness, numbness of the hands and feet, pain and sensitivity, poor coordination, tingling sensations, weak and sore muscles, general weakness and severe weight loss.

Deficiency of vitamin B2
A shortage of this vitamin may manifest itself as cracks and sores at the corners of the mouth, eye disorders, inflammation of the mouth and tongue, and skin lesions. Dermatitis, dizziness, hair loss, insomnia, light sensitivity, poor digestion, retarded growth, and slow mental responses have also been reported. Burning feet can also be indicative of a shortage.

Deficiency of vitamin B3
A deficiency may cause pellagra, the classic niacin deficiency disease, and is characterized by bilateral dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia. A shortage of niacin may be indicated with symptoms such as canker sores, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, halitosis, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, limb pains, loss of appetite, low blood sugar, muscular weakness, skin eruptions, and inflammation.

Deficiency of vitamin B5
With Vitamin B5 in short supply symptoms like fatigue, headaches, nausea, tingling in the hands, depression, personality changes and cardiac instability have been reported. Frequent infection, fatigue, abdominal pains, sleep disturbances and neurological disorders including numbness, paresthesia (abnormal sensation such as "burning feet" syndrome), muscle weakness and cramps are also possible indications that this nutrient is in short supply. Biochemical changes include increased insulin sensitivity, lowered blood cholesterol, decreased serum potassium, and failure of adrenocorticotropin to induce eosinopenia.

Deficiency of vitamin B6
Irritability, nervousness and insomnia as well as general weakness, skin changes such as dermatitis and acne as well asthma and allergies might develop when pyridoxine is in short supply. Symptoms may include nails that are ridged, an inflamed tongue as well as changes to your bones - which can include osteoporosis and arthritis. Kidney stones may also appear.
Vitamin B6 deficiency symptoms will be very much like those of B2 and B3. Vitamin B6 is needed by the body to manufacture its own B3 vitamin.

Deficiency of vitamin B9
A deficiency of folic acid on an unborn baby may increase the risk of the baby being born with spina bifida and other serious defects of the nervous system. When deficient of folic acid, you might suffer from fatigue, acne, a sore tongue, cracking at the corners of your mouth (same as deficiency of vitamin B2, vitamin B6 as well as iron). Long term deficiency may result in anemia and later in osteoporosis, as well as cancer of the bowel and cervix.

Deficiency of vitamin B12
Some symptoms of a deficiency will include a sore tongue, weakness, fatigue, and weight loss, back pain and apathy. It might further result in loss of balance, decreased reflexes, tingling of the fingers, ringing in the ears etc. A deficiency may also result in the raising of the level of homocysteine in the blood - which in high doses can be toxic to the brain, which may be involved in Alzheimer disease. Severe deficiency may result in pernicious anemia
also called Addisonian pernicious anemia. Another problem that appears in deficiency is the eroding of the myelin sheath - the fatty sheath of tissue, which insulates the nerve fibers in your body.

Deficiency of vitamin C
When there is a shortage of VITAMIN C, various problems can arise, although scurvy is the only disease clinically treated with vitamin C. However, a shortage of vitamin C may result in "pinpoint" hemorrhages under the skin and a tendency to bruise easily, poor wound healing, soft and spongy bleeding gums and loose teeth. Edema (water retention) also happens with a shortage of vitamin C, and weakness, a lack of energy, poor digestion, painful joints and bronchial infection and colds are also indicative of an under-supply.

Deficiency of vitamin D
A shortage can lead to softening of the bone and muscle twitching and convulsions, and in children it causes rickets - resulting in bent legs. In adults, the shortage causes loss of minerals from the bones, (osteomalacia) where the bones are sore, tender, and weak muscles with the possibility of deafness developing. In older people, osteoporosis may appear when protein is also lost from the bone. Vitamin D in short supply is also linked to having a burning sensation in the mouth and throat, diarrhea, insomnia and visual problems.

Deficiency of vitamin E
Deficiency of Vitamin E is not common, and the symptoms not very clear cut, but may include fatigue, inflamed varicose veins, wounds healing slowly, premature aging and sub-fertility. When Vitamin E is in short supply symptoms may include acne, anemia, muscle disease, dementia, cancers, gallstones, shortened red blood cell life span, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), and uterine degeneration.

Deficiency Vitamin F fatty acids
Hair loss and eczema may be indicated when deficient in Vitamin F and may cause damage to the kidneys, heart and liver. Behavioral disturbances are also noted when deficient. The immune system can become less efficient with resultant slow healing and susceptibility to infections. Tear glands can also not work effectively and may dry up. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels may be higher when deficient and blood more likely to form clots.

Deficiency of calcium
Prolonged bone re-absorption from chronic dietary deficiency results in osteoporosis - from either too little bone mass accumulation during growth or higher rate of bone loss at menopause. Dietary calcium deficiency also has been associated with increased risk of hypertension, and colon cancer. When it is in short supply, a variety of symptoms from aching joints, eczema, elevated blood cholesterol, heart palpitations, brittle nails, hypertension (high blood pressure) and insomnia can become evident. Muscle cramps, nervousness, numbness in the arms and legs, rheumatoid arthritis, convulsions, depression and delusions have also been noted.

Deficiency of chloride
A deficiency of chloride is extremely rare and unlikely to occur but a deficiency of chlorine in the body may cause excessive loss of potassium in the urine, weakness and lowered blood pressure.

Deficiency of magnesium
A severe deficiency caused by mal-absorption, chronic alcoholism, renal dysfunction, or the use of certain medications can cause neuromuscular manifestations, and personality changes can occur. Many cardiovascular problems are indicated with magnesium in short supply and rapid heartbeats as well as fatigue, irritability, and seizure can occur. Insomnia, poor memory, painful periods, depression, hypertension and confusion may also indicative of magnesium in short supply. It is used for the management of premature labor, and for the prophylaxis and treatment of seizures in toxemia of pregnancy. A deficiency may also be a contributing factor to incontinence in older people and bedwetting in children.

Some symptoms of a Manganese deficiency:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Nerve problems
Poor muscle co-ordination
Hearing problems
Retarded growth rate
Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
Lack of concentration
Stiff tendons
Loss of libido in both sexes
Memory loss/mental confusion
Miscarriages or still births
Natural Sources of Manganese: Black walnuts, other raw nuts/seeds, pineapple, blueberries, avocado, cantaloupes, spinach, and the bran/germ of whole grains.

Deficiency of phosphorus
Deficiency of this element is unusual but may have symptoms varying from painful bones, irregular breathing, fatigue, anxiety, numbness, skin sensitivity and changes in body weight. A ratio of 2:1 in the diet between phosphorus and calcium can cause low blood calcium levels. If calcium is in short supply relative to phosphorus there may be increased risks of high blood pressure and bowel cancer.

Deficiency of potassium
The kidneys excrete any excesses, but deficiencies are seldom found in people on normal diets, although most people could look at increasing their potassium intake. A deficiency may result in fatigue, cramping legs, muscle weakness, slow reflexes, acne, dry skin, mood changes, irregular heartbeat. If you are into bodybuilding, it is also a good idea to increase your potassium intake, since potassium is needed to maintain your muscles in good form, controlling your muscle actions, and since potassium is lost in excessive sweating and urine. A great way to include this in your diet is to have a banana, citrus fruit or even a dash of apple cider vinegar.

Deficiency of sodium
A deficiency is rare, but can easily happen with diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating, and a shortage may lead to nausea, dizziness, poor concentration and muscle weakness.

Deficiency of sulfur
Deficiencies will only really happen if a diet is deprived of protein, or a poorly planned vegan diet, and a protein shortage is more likely to happen than a sulfur deficiency. Sulfur is said to clean the blood and to help protect us against toxic build-up.

Learning where your deficiencies lie, is half the battle. Whether using programs such as the the Habit-of-Health 90-Day Challenge or addressing issues individually with quality supplements to target the deficiencies, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Enzymes will help you to feel good and achieve better health.

Information in this article was shared by Jeff Frankel, a fellow NSP member/teacher/student on the nspadvisor group, who I have learned much from.

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