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Friday, September 30, 2005

Take Action - Vote No to H.R. 3156

We need your help to put the brakes on a bad bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 3156, otherwise known as the Dietary Supplement Access and Awareness Act, would give the FDA authority to ban virtually any herb or specialty product from the market if it failed to pass an arbitrary risk/benefit analysis.

H.R. 3156, otherwise known as the Dietary Supplement Access and Awareness Act, is being touted as an education bill, but would increase health costs and could deny American health consumers access to some currently-available herbs and non-vitamin dietary supplements.

Take Action Today: Tell Your Representative to Vote No on H.R. 3156

In an era of spiraling health care costs, H.R. 3156 will likely increase the price of popular herbs and dietary supplements like St. John’s Wort, saw palmetto, and omega-3 fatty acids by establishing a burdensome and unnecessary set of ingredient and adverse event reporting requirements. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 already provides for the establishment of Good Manufacturing Practices for the dietary supplement industry, and for the ability of the FDA to pull unsafe products. So why are we adding another expensive layer of regulation? This bill hurts consumers’ pocketbooks without making supplements any safer.

H.R. 3156 would also reduce the availability of herbs and dietary supplements. Under current law, the FDA can pull any product from the marketplace if it proves that the product “presents a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury”. H.R. 3156 would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ban any product if he or she decides that its risks outweigh its benefits, even if there is no proof of harm. One person should not have the right to arbitrarily deny American consumers access to herbs and dietary supplements that have been used safely for thousands of years. We believe that citizens have the right and responsibility to make their own decisions about health, and H.R. 3156 denies us that right.

In response to the threat to health freedom presented by H.R. 3156, Citizens for Health has created a website to provide concerned citizens with information and a means to speak out against the bill: http://www.HealthActionCenter.org/3156 .

In the Unites States, most people judge the quality of their health care system by whether they have access to the treatments and products they want, and whether they can get them at a reasonable price. H.R. 3156 fails on both counts. Whether it’s an HMO denying an insurance claim or the FDA denying the right to purchase traditional herbal remedies, we stand together in opposition to any legislation that strips health consumers of their rights.


For more information please visit the www.citizens.org site
To participate more in our fight for Health Freedom, check out www.nationalhealthfreedom.org - All are welcome!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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Monday, September 26, 2005

UNTOLD TRUTH Class notes: "You Don't Have to Die of A Heart Attack":

Winning the Battle with America's No. 1 Killer

Laurence Smith's testimonial (also one of the Untold Truth Seminar
* As a 38-year-old, overweight but no symptoms
* Became gray and pallid, nauseated and weak
* Suffered a massive heart attack
* Prescribed drugs destroyed his vision and left him legally blind
* His cholesterol was 380, triglyceride over 500, HDL 22
* After intense changes, 10 months later he had a second heart attack.
* Laurence vowed to learn why and how to beat this thing and share his
* He took the time to educate himself on what it would take to get his
health back.
* Within nine months he was completely off his heart medications.
* Today his TG/HDL ratio is 1:1
* He is pain-free.
* He has energy and stamina he never dreamed of.
* And he is eager to share this knowledge and experience with others.

What is Heart Disease?

* Arterial wall weakened - build up of fat and cholesterol
* Stiffens and clogs the arteries
* Causes elevated blood pressure
* This inflammation from over-acid conditions causes arterial plaque, which can literally starve the heart muscle of oxygen and cause a heart attack!

Are You At Risk?

This is the #1 killer of women not cancer!
Which of these traditional risk factors do you have?
1. Baldness
* Vertex (top of the head) baldness shows the greatest link to coronary heart disease
* Even higher risk when coupled with hypertension and/or high cholesterol
2. Earlobe creases, especially a diagonal crease
* Accounts for a 33% increase in risk of heart attack
3. Smoking
* Every cigarette steals 8 minutes of your life
* A pack a day = one month of life lost every year
4. Hypertension (high blood pressure exceeding 140/90 mm/Hg)
5. Obesity
* 30% above ideal weight
* Body mass index of 27.5 or above
6. Thyroid Disease
* Thyroid dysfunction may slow or decrease the metabolic breakdown of fats such as cholesterol as well as slow or decrease the processing of
7. Deranged lipids (cholesterol level imbalance)
* Too high or too low cholesterol levels can be dangerous - should be 175-250 mg.
* Standard cholesterol tests miss 50% of those at risk due to inability to
detect abnormally small cholesterol particles
8. Stress triggers more than 250,000 heart attacks a year
9. Inherited Weakness an immediate or extended family member who has had heart disease
10. Gender susceptibility men and women have different symptoms (listed
further on)
11. Sedentary lifestyle
* Your risk increases if you exercise fewer than 30 minutes five times per
12. Gum disease
* Chronic inflammation of periodontal disease often runs parallel to
artherosclerotic blood vessels (thickening of the blood vessel walls)
13. Iron overload
* Every 1% rise in above-normal blood iron increases risk of heart disease 4%
* 50% of cardiac deaths occur in people who were never diagnosed with
cardiovascular disease!!!

The Newest Generation of Heart Disease Risk Factors:
* Fibrinogen: a marker for blood coagubility and inflammation
* Fibrinolytic activity: the regulation of fibrinogen concentrations
* Lipoprotein (a): a marker for impaired fiibrinolysis and plaque build-up
* Homocysteine: a marker for hypercoagubility and vascular assault
* Syndrome X: a condition of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia
* C-Reactive Protein: an inflammatory marker

UNTOLD TRUTH #1: It¹s Not Cholesterol Levels that are Critical, it¹s your TG/HDL level (ratio) that matters!

Cholesterol can be both good and bad -
* Cholesterol is not all bad
* Strengthens cell walls and assists in the exchange of nutrients and waste materials across membranes
* Conducts nerve impulses through the brain and spinal cord
* Maintains proper fat digestion
* Makes skin resistant to chemical and disease organisms, and helps skin
convert sunlight into Vit. D.
* HDL (high density lipoproteins) are good

Total cholesterol can be a potentially misleading indicator
* Cholesterol is only one of 250 heart disease risk factors
* Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels
* Over 3,000 young Americans (15-34) died suddenly of heart disease in 1998; up 10% from the previous decade

Get the balance right:
* High-sugar, high-refined diet elevates triglycerides and lowers good
cholesterol (HDL)
* More important than total cholesterol is the ratio of TG/HDL
* High triglyceride (TG) levels have been linked to lower levels of High
Density Lipoproteins (HDL)

Triglyceride Guideline
* BEST: 150 mg./dL or lower to a ratio of higher than 41 mg/dL of HDL
* Borderline TG high levels 150-199 mg/dL
* High levels TG 200-499 mg/dL
* Dangerously high levels TG 500 mg/dL

Reduce refined carbs to improve your TG/HDL ratio
* Sugars (white or sucrose)
* Refined flours (white flour of all types)
* Chips (potato and corn)
* Candy of all types
* Soda also called "liquid candy"

UNTOLD TRUTH #2: Inflammation is the Heart of the Matter

Chronic inflammation is linked to:
* Periodontal disease
* Diabetes
* Alzheimer¹s
* Cancer and
* Heart Disease

Inflammation: What Goes Wrong?
* Inflamed white blood cell lesions rupture and trigger a heart attack
* Risk factors:
* obesity
* smoking
* genetic predisposition
* high stress
* Highly processed, carbohydrate-rich diet
* The body¹s response includes C-Reactive Proteins, homocysteine levels and fibrinogen

Syndrome X: The Inflammation Connection
* Syndrome X patients are at high risk for heart disease
* We can now trace the problems back to inflammation
* It all starts with excessive sugar in the bloodstream, typically from
eating refined, high-carbohydrate foods

What about High-Protein Foods?
* High-protein, low-carb diets cause cholesterol to raise (no fiber).
* Can cause "ketosis" a calcium loss: osteoporosis, kidney stones and
arterial plaque buildup.
* Homocysteine can build up from any protein - even that which is not high in fat. This causes inflammation.

Chronic high blood sugar will do two key things:
* Sugar inflames the lining of the arteries. In response, the arteries
produce substances such as prostaglandin and cytokines that trigger spasms,
endothelial stickiness, and clogging up the genesis of heart disease.
* Excess sugar causes insulin spiking that over time can fatigue the
pancreas and cause inflammation that leads to insulin resistance a
condition where inflamed cells can no longer accept or use insulin to pull
glucose from the blood and convert it to energy. Insulin resistance is a
classic precursor to diabetes, as well as a frequent companion to Syndrome X.

UNTOLD TRUTH #3: Women are 10-12 times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer!

*1 out of 2 women will die of a heart attack you or your mother.
* Breast cancer will affect one in every eight women
* Women cannot neglect their risk for a much greater threat, heart disease
* Heart disease is the number one killer of women
* Only 3% of women believe they will die of cardiovascular disease, but 45% do.
* 45% of women believe they will die of breast cancer, but only 3% do!
* For African-American women, the risk of heart disease is two-fold higher than Caucasian women... not because of the color of their skin, but because of the typical cultural diet lots of meat and grease.

Heart Disease: Same Disease, Different Symptoms

Classic Symptoms Common in Men
* Chest pain, including tightness, fullness, squeezing or pressure
* Pain radiating to shoulders, neck, arms or back
* Chest discomfort, accompanied by nausea or vomiting, dizziness, etc.
* Atypical Symptoms (Common in Women)
* Dizziness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath WITHOUT
chest pain
* Abdominal or stomach pain
* Sudden, unexplained weakness, fatigue or anxiety, especially after
* Sleeplessness may be an early indicator, up to a month before heart attack

The Threats of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) and Stroke
* Is more fatal in women
* More likely to leave a woman permanently disabled by stroke or heart
* Conditions can be exacerbated by hormones

Women's symptoms often look just like estrogen dominance (heart racing, digestive problems, etc.)
Estrogen dominance causes spasms in the arteries.


* Birth Control Pills: heightens blood pressure, risk of blood clots, raises
blood sugar.
* Diabetes: cancels the protective effect of estrogen in pre-menopausal
women. Women with diabetes are more likely to have cardiovascular disease than men.
* Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Alarming results‹22% increase in cardiovascular disease and 41% increase in stroke.

UNTOLD TRUTH #4: Cardiologists are often slow to react.

Physicians often disregard the information about the damaging role of
* Fibrinogen
* C-reactive proteins
* Homocysteine...
* Even though we have all of these wonderful diagnostic tests available to
* Most insurance companies won¹t even pay for the tests.

They focus instead on obesity, sedentary lifestyle, genetic predisposition,
and they work to manage these issues with prescription drugs. The drug
companies do a great job as ³drug pushers², giving doctors drug literature,
product samples, and promotional trips, etc. The doctors are led to believe that the pharmaceutical companies have the latest and greatest information.
(I wonder if they are still thinking that in the wake of the VIOXX recall?)

We need to take this information and give it to our doctors!

EVERY ONE OF THESE test results (above) can be helped by the 90-day HOH Challenge.
*Thai-Go will reduce inflammation markers
*Homocysteine levels improved with B vitamins

UNTOLD TRUTH #5: Drugs are not the solution!

Drugs offer temporary fixes, not permanent solutions.
* Once you begin a prescription routine, you are committed to a life
sentence of drug regulation
* Drugs have serious side effects or interaction precautions
* Most cardiovascular patients are on multiple medications

Drugs are effective at addressing specific problems, but they are also very depleting as well (anti-nutrients)!

Popular drugs and their side effects
* Diuretics (remove excess body fluid to lower blood pressure)
* Low potassium and magnesium levels (can be life threatening)
* Dizziness
* Headache
* Weakness
* Insomnia
* Anxiety
* Blurry vision
* Nausea
* Anorexia
* Rash
* Dry mouth
* Fever
* Muscle cramps
* ACE inhibitors (suppress the enzyme anglotensin, which raises blood
* For ACE inhibitors, Beta Blockers, and Calcium Channel Blockers: ANGINA
* Beta Blockers (slow and steady heart rate)
* Hypotension
* Stroke
* Edema (fluid retention)
* Joint Pain
* Arthritis
* Flu-like symptoms
* Calcium Channel Blockers (deliver a more efficient heart beat and lower
blood pressure)
* Ringing in the ears
* Fatigue
* Confusion
* Depression
* Resins (reduce LDL cholesterol levels (with little impact on
* Constipation
* Bloating
* Fullness
* Nausea
* Gas
* Fibrates (inhibit the production of proteins that contain fat and
cholesterol lower LDL and triglyceride levels and raise HDL)
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Abdominal pain
* Gallstones
* Rash
* Inflamed liver
* Muscle inflammation
* Statins (reduce cholesterol by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for
producing it. The most popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs)
* Headache
* Dizziness
* Insomnia
* Diarrhea
* Heartburn
* Dry mouth
* Leg and shoulder pain
* Backache
* Cough
* Severe joint pain
* CoQ 10 enzyme inhibition (a serious side effect)
* There is a time and a place when you need medication you have to get
skyrocketing blood pressure under control quickly so you don¹t suffer a
stroke; but find out WHY your BP is skyrocketing!

Blood Pressurex start taking, then lower your medication
Magnesium natural calcium channel blocker
Thai-Go reduce inflammation
Lemon Juice
Cayenne Pepper

Cholesterol support the liver and thyroid; switch to red yeast rice and
omega 3's
Quit smoking with Lobelia, SJW, Nutri-Calm


You know the truth about Heart Disease:
Untold Truth #1: The confusion around cholesterol levels can be banished forever. Focus on lowering your TG/HDL ratio, and you¹ll reduce your risk of heart disease.
Untold Truth #2: Inflammation is the real villain behind heart disease. If we can eradicate the source of inflammation‹high blood sugar, over processed diets high in ³bad² fats, inactivity and smoking then we can banish heart disease.
Untold Truth #3: Women are at special risk for heart disease because they suffer as often as men do, but their symptoms are often different and the consequences are more deadly.
Untold Truth #4: Cardiologists are well-meaning, but many are ill-informed. Most only look at traditional risk factors and treat them with traditional medications. They are slow to react because many downplay the role of C-reactive proteins, homocysteine or fibrinogen in heart attacks.
Untold Truth #5: Drugs are popular but they aren¹t a cure. They¹ll merely cover symptoms and potentially even cause serious side effects that can permanently damage your health.

* Examine yourself and your lifestyle
* If you smoke, stop!
* If you are sedentary, get up and move!
* If you are overweight, work to lose it!
* Add supplements to your daily routine!


Mega Chel roto-rooter of the circulatory system
* Vitamin C, known to reduce plaque in arteries
* Both vitamins B6 and B12 are effective at reducing homosysteine levels
* This is great for lead poisoning also
* Make sure you follow directions exactly start slow, and you MUST be on a mineral supplement ( 2 2x/day, 3 2x/day, 4 2x, 5 2x, 6 2x, stay at that
level for as many decades as you are old.)
* Liquid calcium displaces lead


Red Yeast Rice
* Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels and supports the circulatory
* Do not take with any statin medications.
* Take Co-Q10 while using Red Yeast Rice.


Co-Q 10 (therapeutic, 300-400 mg./day with a Vit. E supplement)
Oil-soluble, so don¹t take it with your fiber
* Vitamin E-like compound
* Increases energy of cells
* Antioxidant
* Membrane stabilization


Cardio Assurance
* Hawthorn: inhibits mild congestive heart failure
* Red Clover: contains isoflavones that improve artery elasticity
* Capsicum: supports healthy circulation and normalizes blood flow
* Great for preventative purposes if there is a family history of heart

Capsicum cayenne pepper is known to stop bleeding; can put the extract
under someone¹s tongue and stop their heart attack
Put a little extract in cold water and drink it down definitely helps
Capsicum causes all the organs to secrete it will definitely help you
empty your bowels! (1/2 t./water, plus more water)


Omega-3s: Nature's Antifreeze
* Omega-3s help to keep cell membranes fluid, flexible.
* Fish do not produce omega-3s. They get it from phytoplankton.
Therefore....farm-raised fish, fed food pellets, are not rich in Omega-3¹s
like deep ocean fish are. Let the buyer beware!!


Blood Pressurex
* Olive leaf: decreases blood pressure by increasing coronary flow within
the left ventricle
* Goldenrod: provides a natural diuretic effect to reduce excess fluid
* L-arginine: slows the formation of blood clots; helps to open up the
arteries and increase blood flow

I do not have time today to link these NSP products to my website, but will come back later on in the week to do so. In the meantime please use my search engine on my site to find products which you would like more information on. Thanks - Karen

10 Golden Rules of Dieting

by Glenn Mueller
eDiets.com Senior Writer

No matter which healthy meal plan you choose, there are some golden rules that everybody needs to follow in order to drop those extra pounds and keep them off for good. If you are finally ready to make yo-yo dieting a thing of the past, adopt this list of tips as your personal 10 commandments:

1. Make A Lifestyle Change.
Contrary to what you might think, dieting is not a temporary solution. If you only diet to lose weight, those extra pounds will return as soon as you go back to your old eating patterns.

“The primary definition of the word 'diet' is what you usually eat,” eDiets Chief Nutritionist Susan Burke says. “If you usually eat nutritious foods in the right portion size for you to stay at your desired weight, then you’re on the right diet for you.”

2. Exercise.
If you want to lose weight, you have to get moving. Regular exercise is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. Ideally, your fitness regimen should include a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training. If it has been awhile since you last exerted yourself, you may want to work with a personal trainer. Also, remember to consult your personal physician before beginning any new exercise program.

3. Drink Plenty Of Water.
Although you get water from foods and other fluids, experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses (8 oz. each) of water every single day. You should also be sure to drink water before, during and after each exercise session so you don’t get dehydrated.

“Cool, clear water helps keep you regular, is good for your complexion and takes the edge off your appetite,” Susan says. “Keep a half-liter bottle at your desk and one in the refrigerator.”

4. Monitor Your Portion Sizes.
Don’t let yourself become the next victim of portion distortion. Remember that bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to the amount of food on your plate. Even healthful foods can provide excess calories if you eat too much of them. Learn how much food is right for you and don’t feel the need to clean your plate every time you eat out. Don’t be afraid to ask for a doggie bag.

“Your eDiets meal plan shows you the portion sizes that are right for you,” Susan Burke says. “For example: a three-ounce portion of meat, chicken or fish looks like a deck of cards; a cup of cottage cheese or yogurt looks like a tennis ball; an ounce of cheese looks like a pair of dice; a tablespoon of fat looks like the tip of your thumb.”

5. Keep A Food Journal.
When you are trying to lose weight, a food journal can be an invaluable resource. It is important to keep track of everything you eat so that you learn to avoid mindless eating in the future.

“Keeping a journal is one way to stop the vicious cycle of overeating and over-gaining,” eDiets Psychologist Dr. Susan Mendelsohn says. The act of writing in and of itself, will prevent you from grabbing for the goodies in the kitchen, office or convenience store.”

6. Don’t Skip Meals.
Some people think they will be able to lose weight faster if they skip meals, but this isn’t the case. Eating regular meals is an important way to keep your metabolism regular. In fact, you may even want to divide your meals into smaller portions and eat more often throughout the day.

“If you’re not succeeding on your weight-loss plan this week, try breaking your meals into mini-meals and eat every two to three hours to maintain your energy and to avoid hunger,” Susan Burke says.

7. Lose The Junk Food
The best way to avoid the temptation to eat junk food is to go through your cupboards and do some spring cleaning. Get the junk food out of your house. Also, when you have a dinner party, send your friends home with the leftovers.

“If you’re used to snacking on chips and dips, you need to prepare to succeed with some new and tasty snacks,” Susan Burke says. “Sugar-free Fudgesicles, ice milk and frozen fruit bars are good choices instead of full-fat ice cream. If you’re wedded to chips and dips, try baby carrots and cut-up veggies with salsa instead. Make a tasty but healthy dip by mixing a cup of half nonfat yogurt/half low-fat sour cream and onion soup mix.”

8. Modify Your Favorite Recipes
Following a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you will never be able to enjoy your favorite foods again. If you adopt an attitude of deprivation, it is unlikely that you will stick to your diet. Instead of depriving yourself, give your favorite recipes a healthy makeover.

“Frying adds fat to food, which adds calories,” Susan Burke says. “Some favorite fried foods can be baked instead. Chicken and French fries are two favorite fried foods that are better when made in the oven than on the stove.”

9. Manage Your Stress

Though a certain amount of stress is normal, too much stress can be unhealthy for your body. Anxiety and tension also commonly drive people to skip meals, eat the wrong kinds of foods or snack compulsively. Finding healthy ways to manage your stress will make it easier to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

“Life is tough, and most of us lack certain coping tools,” says eDiets Psychologist Dr. Matthew Anderson. “We then are driven to food as a comfort and denial mechanism.”

10. Develop A Support Network
The road to healthier living doesn’t have to be a lonely one. If you are trying to drop those extra pounds and keep them off, your best bet is to follow the advice of the Beatles and “get by with a little help from your friends.”

Research continues to demonstrate that support is one of the most critical ingredients in achieving successful weight loss. People are more likely to reach their weight-loss goals with the help of a support network. Members of a group can also be more successful together than any of them would have been on their own.

I enjoyed the above article on ediet.com and thought you would all enjoy it as well. Many good points are made here.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

"The Anger Within" Group Session

Thursday September 29, 2005 @ 6:30 PM

Date: Thurs 9/29/05
Where: Healthy Connection, Lowell, NC 704-823-1577
3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC
Class Speaker: Sherri McNeil, Life Coach from Charlotte, NC

Sherri will conduct this as a group session. There will be a $5.oo fee. Learn ways to deal with Anger.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

How to Reverse Diabetes by Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS

The ultimate handbook for using foods, supplements and lifestyle changes to slow and reverse the complications of diabetes.

Chapter 4
Malnutrition in America
Nutrition Survival Facts

"Our way of life is related to our way of death."
- The Framingham study, Harvard University

Most Americans know more facts about their favorite baseball team than basic facts on nutrition. Most Americans "live to eat", but fail to realize that all forms of life on earth must "eat to live". Understanding some basics about nutrition and the nutritionally bankrupt food that permeates our American diet is crucial for you, the diabetic (or non diabetic reader, to start a healthier lifestyle.

Howard Hughes, the multi-billionaire, died of malnutrition. It is hard to believe that there can be malnutrition in this agriculturally abundant nation of ours --- but there is. At the time of the Revolutionary War, 96% of Americans farmed while only 4% worked at other trades. Tractors and harvesting combines became part of an agricultural revolution that allowed the 2% of Americans who now farm to feed the rest of us. We grow enough food in this country to feed ourselves, to make half of us overweight, to throw away enough food to feed 50 million people daily, to ship food overseas as a major export, and to store enough food in government surplus bins to feed Americans for a year if all farmers quit today. With so much food available, how can Americans be malnourished? The answer is: poor food choices. Amerians choose their food based upon taste, cost, convenience and psychological gratification--thus ignoring the main reason that we eat, which is to provide our body cells with the raw materials to grow, repair and fuel our bodies. The most commonly eaten foods in America are white bread, coffee and hot dogs. Based upon our food abundance, Americans could be the best nourished nation on record. But we are far from it.

Causes of Nutrient Deficiencies
8 Don't eat it
8 Don't absorb it.
8 Don't keep it. Increased excretion or loss of nutrients can be due to diarrhea, vomiting or drug interactions.
8 Don't get enough. Increased nutrient requirements can be due to fever, disease (like diabetes), alcohol or drug interactions.

Are you confused about why we Americans spend $1.5 trillion per year on medical care, more than any other nation in history, and another $20 billion at the National Institutes of Health for health research (mostly drug development) and then somehow have twice the incidence of diabetes compared to ten years ago? You might be surprised at what sells best in American grocery stores.

1. Marlboro cigarettes
2. Coke Classic

3. Pepsi Cola
4. Kraft processed cheese
5. Diet coke
6. Campbell's soup
7. Budweiser beer
8. Tide detergent
9. Folger's coffe
10. Winston cigarettes
From "1992 Top Ten Almanac" by Michael Robbins

Overwhelming evidence from both government and independent scientific surveys show that 92% of Americans do not get the Recommended Dietary Allowances for all essential nutrients.

Specifically, we are low in our intake of:

VITAMINS: A,D,E,C,B-6, riboflavin, focacin, pantothenate
MINERALS: calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, chromium, selenium; and possibly molybdenum and vanadium.
MACRONUTRIENTS: fiber, complex carbohydrates, plant protein, special fatty acids (EPA, GLA, ALA, CLA), clean water

Meanwhile, we also eat alarmingly high amounts of: fat, salt, sugar, cholesterol, alcohol, caffeine, food additives and toxins.

This combination of too much of the wrong things along with not enough of the right things has created epidemic proportions of degenerative diseases in this country, including diabetes. The Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, National Acedamy of Sciences, American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association, and most other major public health agencies agree that diet is a major contributor to our most common health problems. Even the conservative report from the Surgeon General states: " Some estimates suggest that new cases of diabetes could be reduced by nearly half by preventing obesity in middle-aged adults."

The typical diet of the diabetic patient is high in fat while being low in fiber and vegetables--"meat, potatoes, and gravy" is what many of my patients lived on. Data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture from over 11,000 Americans showed that on any given day:
41 percent did not eat any fruit
82 percent did not eat cruciferous vegetables
72 percent did not eat vitamin C-rich fruits or vegetables
80 percent did not eat vitamin A-rich fruits or vegetables
84 percent did not eat high fiber grain food, like bread or cereal

The human body is incredibly resilient, which sometimes works to our disadvantage. No one dies on the first cigarette inhaled, or the first drunken evening, or the first decade of unhealthy eating. We misconstrue the fact that we survived this ordeal to mean we can do it forever. Not so. Malnutrition can be as blatant, as the starving babies in third world countries. Malnutrition can also be much more subtle.

MACRONUTRIENTS: We eat protein, carbohydrates, and fats in large quantities, hence they are sometimes referred to as macronutrients (meaning "big" nutrients). Ever notice how our incidence of diabetes, waistlines and bus seats are expanding along with our expected rations of soft drinks at the movie theatre?

365 Soft Drinks (12 OZ)/Person=15 bil gallons/yr
1/3 teen boys drink at least 3 cans/day

Increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes, & some cancers

Average maximum size of soft drinks in movie theatres
1960s - 8 oz
1970s - 12 oz
1980s - 24 oz.
1990s - 32 oz.

We also eat fiber, which is indigestible parts of plant foods. Since fiber is indigestible and therefore cannot enter the bloodstream, scientist assumed back in the 1950s that fiber was useless and stripping it from the food supply was totally acceptable. Bad idea. Logic would assume that something found in our food supply for thousands of years must have a purpose. Yet, it was not until the 1970s that a British physician, Dennis Burkitt, working in Africa noticed and entirely different set of diseases among Africans who ate a high fiber diet compared to Europeans and Americans who eat a highly refined low fiber diet.

Fiber may be one of the more important elements in your diabetes recovery program. Fiber binds up toxins and fat in the intestines, carrying them out with the feces. Fiber slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and improves the glycemic index of foods. Soluble fiber, such as found in many vegetables, oat bran, sea vegetables, legumes and other foods will be outlined in the "superfoods" section later on.

MICRONUTRIENTS. We consume vitamins (like C,E,A,D, and the B vitamins) and minerals (like selenium, chromium, and magnesium) in smaller quantities, hence and the name "micro", meaning small.

The reason I bring up these basic nutrition facts is the many Americans are suffering from long term subclinical deficiencies of various nutrients that can induce or worsen diabetes. In the chapter on "nutritional supplements that may be of benefit" you will learn about vitamins, minerals, herbs, food extracts, and fatty acids that may dramatically improve the course of health for the diabetic. You might ask: "Why do I need these nutrients now? If I have been low in my intake of them all along, then why didn't I get sick earlier?"

In the hierarchy of nutrient needs, we must have oxygen first; because 5 minutes without oxygen and we are dead. Next in line is water. We can last a couple of days without water. Next is calories, since we can live for 2 months or more without any food intake, other than water. Next are the micronutrients of vitamins and minerals. It might take 20 years of low intake of calcium to bring about osteoporosis, or hollowing of the bones. It might take 20-40 years of low intake of vitamin E to bring about excess rusting of fats in the bloodstream and a fatal heart attack. These nutrient deficiencies do not surface quickly, but they are important in the long run. Surviving does not equal thriving. We may be able to survive for decades without optimal amounts of chromium in the diet, but we become a ticking time bomb waiting for some health disaster to occur. More on this subject when we talk about nutritional supplements in an upcoming chapter.

Many diabetics suffer from long term low intake of a wide assortment of nutrients. In some cases, diabetics need more than the average healthy person, as in the case of vitamin C. In some cases, few Americans get enough of these nutrients, such as chromium, magnesium, or fish oil.

This chapter was included to provide you with some basic facts regarding common malnutrition in the "healthy" American, and even more common malnutrition in the "well controlled" diabetic, which then leads to many nasty complications. We are going to make sure that you are optimally nourished, which will dramatically improved the course of your diabetes.

The KISS (keep it simple, student) method of optimal nutrition
a Go natural. Eat foods in as close to their natural state as possible. Refining food often adds questionable agents (like food additives, salt, sugar and fat), removes valuable nutrients (like vitamins, minerals, and fiber) and always raises the cost of the food.

a Expand your horizons. Eat a wide variety of foods. By not focusing on any particular food, you can obtain nutrients that may be essential but are poorly understood while also avoiding a buildup of any substance that could create food allergies or toxicities.

a Nibbling is better. Eat small frequent meals. Nibbling is better than gorging. Our ancestors "grazed" throughout the day. Only with the advent of the industrial age did we begin the punctual eating of large meals. Nibbling helps to stabililze blood sugar levels and minimize insulin rushes; therefore has been linked to a lowered risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and mood swings.

a Looking at a healthy meal plate, have one third of your plate covered with lean and clean protein (see below), one third of your plate covered with wholesome low glycemic cooked plant food (such as oatmeal, steamed vegetables, or roasted walnuts), and the remaining one third of your plate covered with fresh, raw colorful vegetables and fruits (with heavy emphasis on the colorful veggies).


Tomato, spinach, carrot, peppers, fruit, broccoli, cabbage, onion, etc

fish, wild game, poultry, lean beef, eggs, brewers yeast, beans, dairy, spirulina, kelp,

g 1/3
oatmeal, beans, bread, tortilla, pasta, yams, nuts, grains, legumes, cooked vegetables

a Seek out nutrient-dense foods. Maximize your intake of life-giving foods, including fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruit, low fat meat (turkey, fish, chicken) and clean water. Low fat dairy products, especially yogurt, can be valuable if you do not have milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

a Monitor your quality of weight, rather than quantity of weight. Balance your calorie intake with expenditure so that your percentage of body fat is reasonable. Pinch the skinfold just above the hipbone. If this skin is more than an inch in thickness, then you may need to begin rational efforts to lose weight. Obesity is a major factor in diabetes. How much you weigh is not nearly as crucial as the percent of fat in the body. Skinfold thickness above the hipbone is a decent way of monitoring your percent body fat.

a Eat enough protein. Take in 1 to 2 grams of protein for each kilogram of body weight. Example: 150 pound patient. Divide 150 lbs by 2.2 to find 68 kilograms, multiply times 1 to 2, yields 68 to 136 grams of protein daily is needed.

a Use supplements in addition to, rather than instead of, good food. Get your nutrients with a fork and spoon. Do not place undo reliance on pills and powders to provide optimal nourishment. Supplements providing micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) cannot reverse the major influence of foods providing macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, water). Foods are top priority in your battle plan against diabetes.

a Shop the perimeter of grocery store. On the outside of your grocery store you will find fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, fish, chicken and diary. Once you venture into the deep dark interior of the grocery store, nutritional quality of the foods goes way down and the prices go way up. Organic produce is raised without pesticides and may be valuable in helping diabetcs. However, organic produce is unavailable or unaffordable for many people. Don't get terribly concerned about having to consume organic produce. Any produce that cannot be peeled should be soaked for 5 minutes in a solution of one gallon lukewarm clean water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

a If a food will not rot or sprout, then don't buy it, throw it out. Your body cells have similar biochemical needs to a bacteria or yeast cell. Foods that have a shelf life of a millenia are not going to nourish the body. Think about it: if bacteria is not interested in your food, then what makes you think that your body cells are interested? Foods that cannot begin (sprouting) or sustain (bacterial growth) life elsewhere, will have a similar effect in your body.

a Dishes should be easy to clean. Foods that are hard to digest or unhealthy will probably leave a mess on plates and pots. Dairy curd, such as fondue, is both difficult to clean and very difficult for your stomach to process. Same thing with fried, greasy or burned foods.


J.T. was quite an athlete in his college days, but business luncheons and TV weekends turned his muscle into fat. It was his near fatal heart attack that brought his doctor's attention to J.T.'s Type 2 diabetes. J.T. had 2 choices: continue the route he had been traveling, which would probably kill him within a few years, or heed my advice and begin a healthy lifestyle program. He chose the latter. Within 6 months on the diet provided in this book, J.T. lost 60 lbs., lost 12 inches around his waiste, was able to resume his favorite game of tennis and was most impressed by his returned mental alertnesss, which brought his marriage and job into higher levels.




1.Quillin, P., Healing nutrients, p. 43, Vintage Books, NY, 1989

2. Surgeon Generals report on Nutrition and Health, p.255, US Govt. Printing Office, Washington, 1988

3. Patterson, BH, and Block, G., American Journal of Public Health, vol 78, p.282, Mar.1988

Friday, September 23, 2005

Paw Paw Lice Shampoo - All Natural Remedy

Paw Paw Cell-Reg™
Cost: $29.95
Herbal Shampoo
Cost $9.95

Simple Instructions for Making Paw Paw Shampoo

Open 10 capsules of Paw Paw Cell-Reg and mix into about 2 tablespoons of your shampoo. This will be gritty but will still be effective. Add 7 drops of Thyme Essential Oil and 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil.

Non-gritty Formulation and Instructions

Combine the contents of 10 capsules of Paw Paw Cell-Reg with 2 tablespoons pure grain alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. Mix together well in a small glass. Cover and let stand until particles have settled. Carefully pour off the liquid onto a saucer. (The alcohol extracts the active compounds in the paw paw capsules. Thus it is important to not discard the liquid!

Add 2 more tablespoons of alcohol to the solid mass in the glass and mix well. Cover and let stand until the particles have settled. Carefully pour off the liquid onto the saucer. Some of the particles may pour off with the liquid.

Let the saucer stand until all of the alcohol has evaporated. When the alcohol has evaporated, mix 2 tablespoons of shampoo into the residue on the saucer until well combined and uniform in color. Then add 7 drops of Thyme Essential Oil and 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil to the shampoo mixture.

You can make a larger batch of shampoo. However, it will take longer for evaporation of the alcohol to occur.

Follow these instructions exactly for removal of head lice.*

Lather 2 tablespoons of shampoo into dry hair and scalp.
Place shower cap/hair net on head to contain shampoo and to protect the eyes.
Leave shampoo lather on hair for 60 minutes.
Rinse shampoo thoroughly from hair and scalp.
Dry and comb hair thoroughly with lice comb and remove nits/lice.
Repeat steps 1–6 in eight days and again in 16 days to insure thorough and complete removal; use regular shampoo in the meantime.

*Long or thick hair will require one additional tablespoon of shampoo and will need to remain on head an additional 15 minutes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Untold Truth Seminars - Coming to a city near you

Nature's Sunshine will be teaching these wonderful classes throughout the United States - If you are Interested in attending, please call me to sign up for these classes - Karen 704-588-7638 - See dates below for upcoming Mini Seminars and Full day seminars. Nature's Sunshine Members and Non-members welcome!

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.


Materials, Modules, CD's & DVD all included:
• Running on Empty
• The Diabetes Epidemic
• Estrogen Overload
• Colon in Crisis
• America Stressed out
• You Don't Have to Die of a Heart Attack
• Focus on Improving your health instead of dieting

Check out these Dates for Upcoming Mini Untold Truth Seminars
-These classes run 3-4 hours, and cost $10.

Date - Time - Location
6:00 PM
Orange City, IA

6:00 PM
Le Mars, IA

6:00 PM
Council Bluffs, IA

7:00 PM
Homer, AK

6:30 PM
Portland, OR

9:00 AM
Chico, CA

6:30 PM
Nampa, ID

7:00 PM
Scottsdale, AZ

7:00 PM
Eureka, CA

5:30 PM
Kona, HI

6:30 PM
Denver, CO

Full Day Seminar - 8 hour class $10. - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Upcoming Untold Truth Seminars

Date - Location - Address
Amherst, NY
Buffalo/Niagra Marriott, 1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY, 14221

Fort Worth, TX
Marriott DFW Airport South,4151 Center Port Blvd,Fort Worth, TX, 76155

Wasilla, AK
Best Western Lake Lucille Inn, 1300 W Lake Lucille Dr, Wasilla, AK, 99654

Austin, TX
DoubleTree Hotel Austin, 6505 IH 35 N, Austin, TX, 78752

Denver, CO
Radisson North Denver Graystone Castle, 83 E 120th Ave, Denver, CO, 80233

Pasadena, CA
Courtyard Marriott Old Pasadena, 180 N Fairoaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103

Acme, MI
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme MI, 49610

Green Bay, WI
Radisson Hotel & Conf Ctr, 2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI, 54313

Hutchinson, KS
Grand Prairie Hotel, 1400 North Lorraine, Hutchinson, KS, 67501

Lafayette, LA
Hilton Lafayette, 1521 West Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA, 70503

Leominster, MA
Four Points/Sheraton, 99 Erdman Way Jct Rts 2 & 12, Leominster, MA, 01453

San Jose, CA
DoubleTree San Jose, 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose, CA, 95110

Springfield, OH
Holiday Inn Springfield South, 383 East Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH, 45505

Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Natatorium Wellness Ctr, 2345 4th St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44223

Corpus Christi, TX
Embassy Suites Hotel, 4337 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX, 78411

Honolulu, HI
DoubleTree Alana Waikiki Hotel, 1956 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu HI, 96815
Please call me to sign up for these upcoming Untold Truth seminars!
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan
An Independent Distributor of Nature's Sunshine Products
Herb Specialist, Nutritional and HomeSpa Aromatherapy Consultant
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You Don't Have to Die of a Heart Attack - Thurs., September 22nd Class

Join us Thursday, September 22nd, for The Untold Truth Seminar class:
"You Don't Have to Die of a Heart Attack"

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Healthy Connection, Inc.,
3302 S. New Hope Road, Suite 200-A, Gastonia, NC

Directions: From Charlotte, Take I-85 South to Exit 22 (Lowell/Cramerton). Off Exit ramp make a left onto S. Main Street (will turn into Redbud Drive) Go about 2 miles. Make a left onto New Hope Road. Go alittle over 1 mile, Healthy Connections is in strip mall area on the right, at Stoupe Rd.

Cost: If you have attended an Untold Truth seminar previously and have all neccessary books, there is no cost for attending this class. Beginners - can purchase the materials for either this single class or can purchase all 6 classes at a discount. (Cost between $6. - $25. depending on your needs).

Please RSVP so we can plan for door prizes and needed materials.
Call Donna - 704-823-1577

Don't live near Charlotte, NC?
For information on Untold Truth seminars and classes in your area, please visit http://herbsplus4health.blogspot.com/2005/09/untold-truth-seminars-coming-to-city.html

Weekly Specials: September 18-24, 2005

This weeks Nature's Sunshine Specials include:

Read more about each product on my
Nature's Sunshine Specials Page. Specials are only available to Nature's Sunshine Products members. You will need to login under your member number to receive these prices. Please email me or call me 704-588-7638 if you need your member number or any help with your orders.

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Membership is FREE with a $40.00 purchase.

We frequently change our
specials, so be sure to keep checking back each week. New specials are posted each Sunday and Extra Specials are posted randomly so check back often. When your personal monthly QV reaches 100 QV you will receive rebates from Nature's Sunshine Products, mailed to you on the 10th of the following month.

If you need more information than my web site provides on any NSP products, please just
email me and I can send you a product sheet specific to that product.

Herbs, Vitamins, Supplements & Other Products on SALE:


$2 OFF
QV: 24.95, Member Cost: $24.95

QV: 107.80, Member Cost: $107.80

Immune Stimulator (90)
Put This Powerful Immune System Weapon to Work
Description: Immune Stimulator [Immune] is a blend of natural ingredients known to support and boost the immune system. Its antioxidant activity protects the integrity of DNA. This formula promotes macrophage activity, which strengthens the body’s natural defense system. Immune Stimulator is a combination of:
Beta-glucans—long-chain polysaccharides that stimulate the immune system into action. Beta-glucans increase the production of macrophages, T-cells, natural killer cells and cytokines.
Arabinogalactan stimulates natural killer cells and macrophage activity. It also helps increase the flora of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, two beneficial types of intestinal flora.
Colostrum is the first milk produced by mammals before the onset of lactation. Rich in immune-enhancing transfer factors, colostrum supports the immune system of the newborn. It helps protect beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract to bolster their defenses.
Reishi mushroom and maitake mushroom are from the same family (polyporaceae), and their similar polysaccharide content is thought to boost immune activity, increase the activation of natural killer cells and activate macrophages.
Cordyceps protects genes by promoting the integrity of DNA. Cordyceps increases T-cell and B-cell activity, important to immune response.
For maintenance, take 1 capsule between meals two or three times daily. For periods of immune system stress, take 6–10 capsules daily.
• Strengthens the immune system.
• Stimulates body’s natural defenses to kill unfriendly microorganisms, viruses, bacteria, allergens, molds and parasites.
• Increases immunoglobulin proteins in the intestinal tract to combat foreign invaders.


$2 OFF
QV: 18.75, Member Cost: $18.75
QV: 83.00, Member Cost: $83.00

Probiotic Eleven®
A Comprehensive Probiotic
Description: Probiotic Eleven [Intestinal, Digestive, Immune] represents a unique combination of healthful probiotics to help maintain and replenish intestinal supply. These microorganisms perform essential functions in the body and are affected by aging, adverse intestinal pH, microbial interactions, environmental and dietary temperatures, stress, physiological factors, peristalsis, bile acids, host secretions and immune responses.
Probiotic Eleven provides 11 species of live microorganisms that exert many beneficial health effects. Among other things, they support digestion, promote immunity and aid in the elimination of toxins. Probiotics also help regulate intestinal functions and can greatly support colon function. This specially formulated blend contains strains of important gut-beneficial organisms and prebiotics (non-digestible foodstuffs including fiber) that serve as food for the probiotics in the colon. Clinical studies have shown that short- and long-chain fructooligo-saccharides (FOS) may improve growth of friendly microorganisms, enhance mineral absorption, support bowel health and function and promote immune function.
Ingredients include deleted strains of Bifidobacterium bifidum, B. infantis, B. longum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, L. brevis, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. acidophilus, L. casei and inulin.
This product is recommended for individuals who regularly experience occasional constipation or other minor concerns or discomforts of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also recommended after colon cleansing.
Take 1-2 capsules daily with meals.
• Helps relieve ocasional gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea.
• Populates the gut with beneficial microflora.
• Supports digestion.

$2 OFF
QV: 10.95, Member Cost: $10.95

$2. OFF
QV: 20.95, Member Cost: $20.95

Nature's Sea Calcium
Nature’s Sea Calcium [Structural] is derived from Lithothamnium, a hard, brittle red algae that grows off the southwestern coast of Ireland. In these pure, mineral-rich waters, Lithothamnium congregates to form large beds of stone-like algae. The seaweed’s mineralized matrices naturally contain high concentrations of naturally occurring, plant-sourced calcium along with up to 70 other minerals, including magnesium, boron, copper and zinc. Lithothamnium provides a renewable source as the plant is left undisturbed.Nature’s Sea Calcium naturally promotes bone health and density. And its high buffering capacity makes it ideal for supporting and maintaining normal range pH levels. Nature’s Sea Calcium has a large surface area and a porous structure, which may increase its bioavailability. This formula contains a proprietary blend of short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides, which, when converted to short-chain fatty acids by beneficial flora in the body, have been shown to improve calcium absorption. Available in both powder and capsules.Take 1 capsule with a meal three to four times daily. Provides 100 mg calcium per capsule Powder: Mix two level scoops in 8 oz. water or juice, stir and drink. Provides 325 mg calcium per serving.


15 % off-Internet Only
QV: 6.65, Member Cost: $6.65

Tei Fu Essential Oils
Tei Fu® Essential Oils [Nervous] was developed and perfected by a Chinese herbalist several decades ago. He created it using an ancient formula that was passed down in his family for more than 1,000 years. His secret formula was not for sale—a trait typical of older-generation Chinese. This descendant realized the benefits of his family secret and decided it was too good to keep from others. Thus Nature’s Sunshine became the beneficiary of thousands of years of Chinese wisdom and herbal knowledge. Tei Fu Oils contain safflower oil, wintergreen oil, menthol, camphor, clove, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils.Tei Fu oils can be used for a wide variety of applications, especially where the refreshing, invigorating properties of essential oils are desired. Avoid contact with eyes, nose and other sensitive areas.

Add Life to your Years and Years to your Life with Nature's Sunshine Herbs and Vitamins and Education! Learn about health through Nutrition.

Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan
An Independent Distributor of Nature's Sunshine Products
Herb Specialist, Nutritional and HomeSpa Aromatherapy Consultant
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A Note from Greg Halliday, NSP Vice President, U.S. Sales & Marketing

In our NSP monthly newsletter Greg Halliday, NSP Vice President, U.S. Sales & Marketing shared the following:

Dear Sunshine Friends,

Nearly 2,200 NSP Managers recently joined us here in Salt Lake City for our U.S. National Convention 2005. This was an outstanding event filled with education, networking and entertainment. Our focus this year was on cleansing, and we launched our new
Liquid Cleanse and new Wildberry Cleanstart and improved CleanStart products. The sessions and workshops were fun and educational as we listened to Dr. Haas, explorer Dan Buettner, Steven Horne, Jonas Yoder, Jay Vanden Heuvel, Ivy Bridge, Beverly Nicholson, Clay Earl and many other experts. Each shared valuable experience and insight into the many benefits of cleansing in natural health and healing.

We also were able to view the beautiful gardens of
Thanksgiving Point and tour the NSP Manufacturing and Quality Control facilities in Spanish Fork. If you were not able to attend, we want you to know that you are welcome to visit and tour our facilities anytime. We'd love to show you our processes and answer any questions you might have. (Take the Online Tour)

This Convention took place at the luxurious
Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, and we really offered something for everyone. We announced that we are already planning for Convention 2006 in Dallas, Texas, at the spacious, new Gaylord Texan Hotel. And, breaking with tradition, we made the surprise announcement of our 35th Anniversary Convention in 2007. Nature's Sunshine U.S. will charter "The Mariner of the Seas" (capacity: 3,200 NSP herb enthusiasts!) for an exclusive 7-day Caribbean Convention cruise!

Now, about September. Please keep the following items in mind:

You can earn Bonus QV for Convention in 2006 and 2007 this month! Bonus QV helps you qualify to have NSP pay for your Convention. You will receive bonus QV equal to your total September QV by reaching one of your two goals. To find your goals,
login. If you achieve your low goal, we'll match your September QV for Convention '06 in Dallas, Texas. If you achieve your high goal, you can use your September QV for BOTH Convention '06 qualifications AND our 2007 35th anniversary Caribbean Convention Cruise! Get a head start on qualifying for both of these memorable events.

•You can purchase 2005 Convention workshops/lectures on CD and/or cassette tape by going to

•Starting in September, you can also add a Cleansing "boost" to your
Habit-of-Health 90-Day Challenge. This means that you can add the new Liquid Cleanse, the new and improved Apple Cinnamon CleanStart or CleanStart Wild Berry to your first Habit-of-Health order. Save 10% on one of these three products when you add it to your Habit-of Health order. The cleanse product will only be sent with your first month's order.

•During September we continue to offer FREE set-up on our
MyNSP Personal Websites. You save nearly $20. A MyNSP site offers you an online store that is open 24/7. In addition, you receive referrals from the corporate site and have a free email address. The Internet continues to grow as a distribution channel, and MyNSP allows you to get started immediately. Simply go to www.mynsp.com and enter the event code sh05 when you sign up. (Please use me as your referring sponsor #983219-3, Karen Doolan)

Thanks again for all you do in sharing Nature's Sunshine! We all believe that everyone is better off with NSP as an option!

Warmest Regards,
Greg Halliday
Vice President, U.S. Sales & Marketing

Monday, September 19, 2005

Nature’s Sunshine Products 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund

Victims of Hurricane Katrina are attempting to recover from the massive storm that hit the Gulf States. Hundreds of thousands of victims have been left homeless with critical needs.By making a financial gift to NSP’s Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund, we can help provide shelter, food, counseling, and other assistance to those in need.

NSP will match your contribution dollar for dollar up to a total of $50,000. With your generous donation, the NSP family can donate in excess of $100,000 to this effort. All funds will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief.

Please send your donation before September 28, 2005.
You can Download the Donation Form (pdf)
• Call Customer Service at 1-800-223-8225.
• Fax this form to 1-800-633-2698.
• Send the form to:
NSP Hurricane Relief Fund
Attention: Karen Lawrence
75 East 1700 South
Provo, Utah 84606

Please provide the following information:
Account Number (Non-members please use #983219-3):
Payment Method:

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Deduct from My NSP Sept. Check

Amount: $

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HR 3156 - New Bill Targets Herbal Supplements

AHPA Update July 13, 2005 -- New Bill Targets Herbal Supplements

US Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) has introduced a bill that proposes to revise the "unreasonable risk" clause of DSHEA by significantly altering FDA's burden of proving that an ingredient is unsafe for use in dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Access and Awareness Act (HR 3156) is co-sponsored by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and John Dingell (D-MI).

This new bill is the same as one introduced in the last Congress with the addition of one new section that appears to be a direct response to a recent decision by the U.S. District Court to overturn portions of FDA's 2004 ban of ephedra (see the AHPA Update of April 14, 2005, online at: http://www.ahpa.org/members/update_05_0414.htm ). In that case the Court was asked to rule on FDA's use of risk-benefit analysis and on its reliance on data about one dose of ephedra to ban smaller amounts.

HR 3156 would establish legislative authority for the use of risk-benefit analysis in evaluating an ingredient's unreasonable risk; would specify that "presence of even a relatively small risk of a serious adverse health effect" would be considered unreasonable in the absence of a "sufficient benefit;" and would specifically permit FDA to ban any dietary supplement "even though there are uncertainties as to the levels of a dietary ingredient that may present a risk."

"A risk analysis that does not consider the amount of the ingredient stands several hundreds of years of science on its head," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "In the immortal words of Paracelsus: 'All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison.' Ignoring the amount of an ingredient by legislative fiat makes for bad science and for bad law."

In all of its other particulars, HR 3156, which excludes dietary supplements that consist only of vitamin and/or mineral ingredients, is identical to the version proposed in 2003 (HR 3377, 108th Congress). The bill would impact marketers of herbal dietary supplements by amending the law in several ways. It would, among other things, require companies to submit to FDA every six months a list of their products and product labels and, at the discretion of FDA, a quantitative listing of all ingredients. It would also mandate submission of serious adverse event reports to FDA (see AHPA's notice on the 2003 bill for a discussion of each of the other parts of the bill: http://www.ahpa.org/members/update_03_1031.htm).

"AHPA has long stated its belief that submission of serious adverse event reports should be mandatory for supplements," added McGuffin, "but this bill again fails to provide the protections to industry that are established by law for adverse event submissions by drug companies." McGuffin also expressed concern about other elements of the bill. “AHPA opposed HR 3377 in the 108th Congress and will oppose HR 3156 in the 109th."

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, on which Mr. Dingell sits as the ranking member. Other members of the Committee include Mr. Waxman and Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Greg Walden (R-OR). The bill text is posted online at: http://www.ahpa.org/05_0630_HR3156.pdf .

Karen Robin
Director of Communications
American Herbal Products Association
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 370
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Telephone: (301) 588-1171, x-107
Email: KRobin@ahpa.org


Join in the fight for Health Freedom:
Send this prepared document (pdf) regarding HR 3156 to your Congressman.

Find contact information for your Congressman (http://www.house.gov/)
Send an email to your Senators and House Representative.


Members and Non Members Please help!

The Health Freedom Fund was established in 1987 by Nature's Sunshine to provide financial support for the ongoing struggle to preserve our rights to use and promote natural and holistic health. This struggle is very expensive to carry on, and Nature's Sunshine needs your financial
assistance to ensure the continuation of the lobbying efforts we hope to continue throughout the country. Many of you have already received benefits from this fund since many health issues have been defeated in various states.

The money collected for the Health Freedom Fund provides for lobbyists who can talk directly to legislators and give them YOUR side of the issues. The Fund provides money to pay for postage and printing to keep YOU informed of legislation that would affect your business. NO funds are used for defending any legal action taken against any NSP Managers. The Health Freedom Fund is used strictly to ensure that YOUR freedom to choose the health programs YOU desire is not taken away!

ALL NSP MANAGERS should donate each month. This donation would make funds available to lobby your legislature effectively on a continual basis. You can make a onetime donation to the Health Freedom Fund by check or credit card, OR you may opt to have an amount taken out of your bonus check each month. Any support you give will be greatly appreciated and is very much needed to ensure your FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

Date ____________


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□Please deduct $__________ each month from my NSP bonus check to support the
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