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    U.S. Population On Track to Getting Even Fatter
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2011) — In 2020, the vast majority of adults in America will be overweight or obese and more than half will suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions, according to projections presented by Northwestern Medicine researchers at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions on Nov. 16, in Orlando, Florida.– The AHA has set a target to help Americans improve their overall heart health by 20 percent in 2020. However, if current trends continue, Americans can expect only a modest improvement of six percent in overall cardiovascular health in 2020.[U1] The implications of not increasing heart health by 20 percent by 2020 could be grave. Declining rates of sickness and death from cardiovascular disease may stall, and related health care costs, already projected to reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2030, could rise even further. That’s according to study author Mark Huffman, M.D., assistant professor in preventive medicine and medicine-cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.—Representative of all Americans, the study is based on patterns found in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) from 1988 to 2008. The projected numbers on weight and diabetes, based on previous trends, follow.
    In 2020, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women will be overweight or obese.—Currently, 72 percent of men and 63 percent of women are overweight or obese (people who are overweight have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 29kg/m2, people who are obese have a BMI of 30kg/m2 or greater).—In 2020, 77 percent of men and 53 percent of women will have dysglycemia (either diabetes or pre-diabetes). Currently, 62 percent of men and 43 percent of women have dysglycemia.—“To increase overall heart health by 20 percent, American adults would need to rapidly reverse these unhealthy trends — starting today,” Huffman said. “In concert with individual choices, public health policies can be and should be effective tools to reduce smoking, increase access to healthy foods,[U2] and increase physical activity in daily life.”More people would need to improve health behaviors related to diet, physical activity, body weight and smoking and health factors, related to glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.[U3]”We’ve been dealing with the obesity trend for the past three decades, but the impact we project on blood sugar is a true shock,” said Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., chair and associate professor of preventive medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and senior author of the study. “Those are some really scary numbers. When blood sugar goes up like that all of the complications of diabetes come into play.”—Less than five percent of Americans currently are considered to have ideal cardiovascular health. The modest six percent improvement in cardiovascular health that is projected for 2020 means better cholesterol and blood pressure numbers for Americans and fewer smokers. Improvements in treatment and control of cholesterol and blood pressure with medication and declines in smoking would partially account for this small boost, but they wouldn’t be enough to offset the weight and diabetes problems Americans face, Huffman said. Projected improvements in diet and physical activity also contribute to the six percent projection, but the absolute increase in Americans who consume ideal diets will remain less than two percent by 2020, if current trends continue.[U4] “Since the 1960s cardiovascular disease death rates have substantially decreased, but if the weight and dysglycemia trends continue to increase, we are in danger of seeing a reversal of those gains,” Huffman said.–Achieving a healthy weight through diet and physical activity is the best way most Americans can improve their cardiovascular health, but, as Huffman stressed, not smoking is the number one preventable cause of preventable death. Yet, one in five Americans still smoke. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded this study.–
    Story Source-The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Northwestern University. The original article was written by Erin White.
    Gamma-Irradiated, Virus-Sprayed FRANKENFOODS
    There is a profound misunderstanding in the mass market today about the value of certified organic food. The question is not whether the 30% or more you pay at the register for an organic product is really worth the added vitamin, mineral and phyto-nutrient content you receive. Even though organic food does usually have considerably higher nutrient density, it is not always the positive quality of what it contains that makes it so special. Rather, it is what you know the organic food does not contain, or what has not happened to it on its journey to your table, that makes buying organic a no-brainer to the educated consumer.[U5] Let me explain.—The FDA presently supports and actively promotes the use of Cobalt-60 culled from Nuclear Reactors as a form of “electronic pasteurization” on all domestically produced conventional food. The use of euphemisms like “food additive” and “pasteurization” to describe the process of blasting food with high levels of gamma-radiation can not obviate the fact that the very same death-rays generated by thermonuclear warfare to destroy life are now being applied to food to “make it safer.” This sort of Orwellian logic, e.g. WAR is PEACE, is the bread and butter of State-sponsored industry propaganda.—This is not a hypochondriac’s rantings, as we aren’t talking here about small amounts of radiation. The level of gamma-radiation used starts at 1KiloGray (equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays or 333 times a human lethal dose) and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a human lethal dose). The following table is a list of foods that are increasingly being “nuked” for your protection.
    When you buy conventional food, there is little assurance that it has not been irradiated. Although labeling requirements specify that irradiated food sold in stores should have the international symbol – the Radura – affixed to it, oversight is particularly poor in this regard, and restaurant food and processed food containing irradiated ingredients are not legally required to be labeled as such.—-Labeled, or not, irradiated food is exposed to the same ionizing gamma-radiation that destroyed life in Hiroshima and Chernobyl. “Primitive” lifeforms like microbes refuse to ingest irradiated food, but humans are gullible enough to believe industry pundits and governmental “authorities” like the USDA and FDA, who say doses of radiation applied to your food up to and quite close to a billion chest x-rays worth of ionizing radiation is safe for human consumption.—Despite the irresponsible promotion of this process as safe, food irradiation destroys much of the vitamin content of food, produces a number of toxic byproducts: formaldehyde, benzene, and formic acid, as well as unique radiolytic products, e.g. 2-alklycyclobutanoes, that have been demonstrated to be cytotoxic (damages cells), genotoxic (damages DNA), and carcinogenic (causes cancer) in test tube and animal studies. (View Peer-Reviewed Research on Irradiation Here). How is it that a process that is so obviously detrimental to human health is allowed? There are at least three reasons driving this dangerous process:
    1) Food irradiation allows for the continuance of the fundamentally unsanitary and unsafe farming practices considered essential for the profitability of large corporation owned factory farms. When raw human sewage and wastewater in combination with manure from sick, antibiotic-raised animals is used as fertilizer, virulent strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria can infect the product, getting deep within its tissues where chemical sanitizers can’t reach. Gamma-radiation, which effectively penetrates deep within the product, enables the irresponsible, immoral and unsanitary conditions to remain.
    2) The increased stabilization and reduction in perishability provided by food irradiation supports the continued globalization of food production and distribution, furthering the agendas and profitability of transnational corporations, whose respect for the sovereignty, constitutional rights and public health of the U.S. or any other nation, is secondary to the primary aim of raw, unregulated capitalism in pursuit of profits at all costs.
    3) Finally, the military-industrial complex requires that the public perceive nuclear energy as not just an element of war, or potential ecological disaster, but as something “beneficial” that may protect us from harm. Nuclear waste, once the irrepressible hobgoblin of the nuclear energy industry, is suddenly transformed – under the guidance and support of our government – into both a profitable commodity and a “therapeutic” agent.—
    In the same way that irradiating bacteria contaminated food does nothing to remove the unsanitary processes that cause the underlying problem, in 2006, the FDA passed, without any public review or oversight, the use of bacteriphage virus “cocktails” to be sprayed on meat, in an attempt to prevent Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks. These bacteria-specific viruses, in theory, lay dormant waiting for virulent and antibiotic-resistant bacteria upon which they prey. Although the FDA only approves the use of lysic bacteriphages which are not believed to alter the DNA of the cells they infect, the possibility of contamination with lysogenic strains which can alter DNA is significant, owing to the fact that these viruses are only between 20 and 200 millionth of a millimeter in size. The FDA’s decision to define bacteriophages as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) food additives is premature, and therefore a red flag to those who are concerned about the underlying food safety issues that are not being addressed.—-With the country still reeling from the implosion of the financial markets, new attention has been placed on the huge trade deficits the US has with its trading partners. One major factor in our increasingly disadvantaged global trading position is our decision to use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), despite growing concern over its short and long term adverse effects on the health of the human body and the environment. For example in 2006 “the most significant event in the history of the U.S. rice industry” occurred, according to David Coia of the USA Rice Federation trade group, when trace amounts of genetically modified rice was found commingled in the U.S. rice supply.—According to GreenPeace the U.S. sustained approximately 1.2 billion dollars in losses, when over 30 countries were affected by the contamination, and many closed their markets to U.S. rice, including the European Union and the Phillipines. Why the global outcry? Despite our government’s arguably criminal avoidance of the evidence linking genetically modified food to adverse health effects, the governments of other nations are aware of the dire risks to human and environmental health these GMOs pose. America is the only country in the world which does not require GMO ingredients or foods to be labeled as such[U6]. We can’t expect the rest of the world to so carelessly experiment on its population with foods that have been profoundly altered to contain potentially toxic gene products from other species. Their reluctance to participate in the largest food experiment in the history of our species is directly reflected in the world’ s increasing resistance to accepting food exported from the U.S., which has had huge impacts on our economic well-being. If you wish to withdraw yourself as a guinea pig from this national GMO experiment, remember, the only way you can know for sure that you food is not genetically modified is if it is certified organic.—Food quality has become an oxymoron in this country[U7]. With the state-sponsored promotion of food irradiation, virus-laden food additives, genetic modification, pesticide usage and raw sewage fertilizer, Americans who don’t go out of their way to buy only organic food, are unknowing participants in the largest food experiment ever performed in recorded history[U8]. Not too long ago, all cultures considered food sacred for its ability to sustain our physical, emotional and spiritual well being from the ground up. Today, the forces of commodification and naked, “free market” capitalism have converted food into devitalized metabolic poisons, which slowly render those who consume them into commodities themselves, i.e. sickened patients, against whom are plied the thousands of branded ‘snake-oil’ remedies conjured up by the Diseasestablishment’s cauldron-like pharmacopeia.
    October 25, 2011
    Dear Citizen for Health
    By now you are familiar with our campaign opposing the FDA’s “Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues”: We believe this document reflects the FDA’s intention to willfully and grossly misinterpret the law, especially the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of
    1994 (DSHEA), regarding New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs) and filing submissions for them.—Our campaign began with a call to the Senate and the House of Representatives to put pressure on the FDA to withdraw this so-called guidance, and thousands of you responded with messages to your elected representatives. Two weeks ago we submitted comments to the FDA under the Citizens for Health name. You can read those comments at
    We urged you to do the same, and once again you rose to the call. However, many of you have yet to take action against this latest effort by the FDA to undermine
    DSHEA. We know many of you are involved with multiple organizations and participate in various worthwhile campaigns, and it can become overwhelming to keep up with it all. -But if this guidance moves forward to govern future FDA policy, it will strike at the very root of our health freedoms, and supplements and other products generally recognized as safe for nearly two decades will be re-assessed as if they were new ingredients. This would cause major disruption in the dietary supplement market; force a significant number of products off the shelves; and result in revenue losses of over a billion dollars and the unemployment of over 100,000 Americans. Read more at That’s why we need your help now, more than ever, to have the kind of impact that will make the FDA withdraw the guidance.
    Please visit!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-D-0376-0002 to send your comments opposing the NDI Guidance now.
    We have drafted a sample letter to make it even easier to submit comments, and you can view it at Please take some time to edit the letter since a variety of comments has the greatest impact.–The comment period ends December 2, so act quickly, and be sure to keep an eye out for further developments in this critical campaign. –As always, thanks for your participation,
    Agenda 21- Trilateral Agreement—
    At the Weston Price Conference in Dallas Texas last Thursday, I walked into the hall at the Sheraton Hotel where the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund held their benefit dinner dance the day before the Conference began. Dr. Joseph Mercola was scheduled to be a featured speaker at this event, and again on Saturday night after dinner at the conference. has millions of visitors, and I had to make this effort to reach out to him. In 1997 when he first went online with his website, he called me and picked my brain for an hour seeking advice on how to get traffic to his site, information which I gave freely. At the time, the IAHF site was one of the most trafficked health freedom sites in cyberspace.
    As I walked into the room, I was intercepted by Pete Kennedy,esq, [U9]Director of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund who seemed very tense as he told me that Dr.Mercola had been put off by my efforts to reach out to him to request assistance in addressing the largest threat to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, the FDA’s Trilateral Cooperation Charter With Canada and Mexico.
    Kennedy told me that Mercola had only learned of my efforts to reach him “three days” before the conference, and he speculated that the reason for his negative reaction was that as a celebrity he “gets approached by a lot of people wanting his help.”[U10] I spoke with Kennedy about the FDA’s Trilateral Cooperation Charter on the phone prior to the conference telling him about how I’d forced the FDA to give me their internal documents via the Freedom of Information Act via which they’ve created a framework for one harmonized set of food and drug regs between Canada, the US and Mexico which threatens to make an end run around the will of the people as expressed via passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), and I reiterated this, imploring him to assist me in reaching Mercola on the issue.
    Kennedy told me that Mercola did want to be approached about this issue at all during the conference, telling me that Mercola was there only to focus on the things he’d come there to address and nothing else. Kennedy then suggested that whatever information I had, that he would make sure that Mercola would receive it.[U11]
    I had a concise article about the issue with my business card attached and asked Kennedy to please give it to Mercola, which he promised to do, but as of the end of the conference on Monday, Kennedy hadn’t yet done so. He told me he would mail it to him. This was the same article I’d emailed to Mercola via someone in his office who I’d spoken with by phone who told me he’d forwarded it to Mercola’s CEO. (I sent this to Mercola a month prior to the conference, but never had any response, so wasn’t sure he’d seen it.)
    During a break in the program on Thursday night I was standing in the hall outside the room talking to some people when Mercola came walking towards me accompanied by someone from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. When I attempted to greet him, his body language told me and my two friends that he wanted nothing to do with me and I was sharply rebuked for attempting to reach out to him by the staffer from Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund who sternly told me that she had business with Dr. Mercola whereupon she led him into a room for a private conversation, probably about FDA attacks on raw milk.
    The next day, when I was in a line for lunch, Mercola was standing directly behind me in the line where he was observed blowing off someone else who attempted to talk with him, he was very aloof, clearly did not want to talk with this person, so I made no further attempt to engage him because for whatever reasons, he did not seem approachable. He knows who I am, and if he had wanted to engage me, he had a chance to do that right there. I decided to honor Pete Kennedy’s request to give the man “space”.
    On the last day of the conference (yesterday) at a meeting of Weston A. Price Chapter leaders which I attended, I was told by one of the Canadian chapter leaders that Mercola’s presentation Saturday night had been a shameless infomercial for Mercola that she was quite offended by it.
    She had witnessed Mercola’s refusal to engage me in the hall during the break in the dinner proceedings Thursday night, and her impression was that his primary interest is not health freedom, it is in promoting himself. She was very offended by his presentation Saturday night which I did not attend due to feeling offended that my efforts to reach out to this man would be so cavalierly dismissed after the huge effort I’ve been making to call attention to this sleeper issue which unequivocally poses a much larger threat to DSHEA than the FDA’s NDI Guidance Document which Mercola (to his credit) HAS reported on.
    I had been warned by several people that Mercola would probably act this way, and I didn’t want to believe it. I see now that they were correct.
    Someone who prefers to remain anonymous told me that Mercola had been paid a visit by the FDA during this past year due to a position he’d taken against mammograms. This person’s feeling was that maybe Mercola was fearful of taking on this issue or of associating with me given that he realizes how much the FDA hates my guts for being the first to blow the whistle on Codex and also on the Trilateral Cooperation Charter (TCC). Perhaps Mercola simply feels that he’s taking on all he can and that he can’t shoulder this additional burden.
    That could be, but only our Creator and Dr. Mercola himself will ever know for sure. If he reads this, I hope he’ll ask himself some serious questions about the wisdom of ignoring what I’m saying and not doing a thing to help. In the meantime however, I made several very valuable contacts at the Chapter Leaders meeting the last day of the conference with whom I discussed the TCC and other related issues, and the good news is that some of them are professional publicists who have a lot of good connections who can help us springboard this issue more into the national consciousness, so my efforts to get to the Weston A. Price Foundation Conference were by no means in vain, and I want to thank those of you who generously made it possible for me to attend.
    Several of these good contacts I made want to be part of a conference call to discuss food freedom issues which threaten farmers in the aftermath of FDA’s raid on Rawesome food buyers club and on Amish farmers, as well as related issues such as UN Agenda 21 and FDA’s Trilateral Cooperation Charter with Canada and Mexico.
    One of these leaders interested in being part of this conference call is attorney Judith McCreary, a Texas ramcher whose focus group on “Animal ID” I attended yesterday.
    McCreary runs the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance which is urging comments be made to the USDA prior to a December 9th deadline on Animal ID (formerly NAIS). USDA is trying to drive all small farmers out of business via onerous and unnecessary regulations that have nothing whatsoever to do with protecting the public health and everything to do with helping the “Agrigiants” to harmonize farming regulations world wide enabling them to grab increased market share. Please learn of this issue on her site and use their form letter to file comments with USDA before the deadline. Judith’s organization is fighting against UN Agenda 21 in a slightly different way from IAHF and we endorse her efforts.
    Unless we stop USDA’s rule-making, even backyard chickens will have to an ID if they cross state lines. This means huge paperwork and cost involved with buying baby chicks from a hatchery if it’s not in your state. This will negatively impact all backyard chicken enthusiasts and small farmers. The Animal ID rule making effort is a policy intended to benefit huge agribusiness such as Tyson and Purdue which have gigantic chicken factories where chickens never see the light of day.[U12]
    In the health freedom movement, one hand washes the other. We vitamin consumers can make valuable allies from the ranks of the Food Freedom movement, even if they don’t use dietary supplements themselves. We must work together against our common enemy: the New World Order, UN Agenda 21, the FDA, the USDA and their international regulatory counterparts.
    Canada harmonizing to the EU via the CETA Trade Agreement
    (EU is very restrictive when it comes to dietary supplements, and Canada is being taken down hard- IAHF needs Americans to understand the importance of supporting a legal injunction to be filed against Health Canada to stop the rash of Gestapo like raids occurring with increased frequency north of the border as Canada is being forcibly harmonized to the EU- see the article “Vitamin Police Terrorize Suppliers” at ttp:// and please donate to NHF Canada’s efforts. Their fight is every American’s fight too!
    Fleas Collected from Norway Rats in Downtown Los Angeles Carry Human Pathogen
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2011) — Most fleas collected from rats trapped in downtown Los Angeles, California carried microbes from the genus Bartonella, many of which are human pathogens, according to a paper in the November Applied and Environmental Microbiology.—The research team limited their investigation to fleas of the species Xenopsylla cheopis, because they are known both to infest Rattus norvegicus, the Norway rat, which is a major pest in high density urban areas, as well as to bite humans, says first author Sarah Billeter of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, CO.—Bartonella species are gram-negative bacteria that infect red blood cells and endothelial cells of the host. More than half are thought to cause some clinical disease in humans. B. rochalimae, found in 72 percent of the collected fleas, was first isolated from the blood of a patient who became ill after returning to the United States from a vacation in Peru, says Billeter. “She complained of fever, insomnia, nausea, headache, and mild cough. Upon examination at the hospital, she was found to have recurrent fever, splenomegaly, and anemia.” B. rochalimae has also been identified as a cause of infectious endocarditis in a dog from San Francisco, says Billeter.—
    The remaining fleas harbored sequences most closely related to B. tribocorum, a bacterium that has been detected in rodents “from various parts of the world,” including France, says Billeter, and was isolated from the blood of a febrile Thai patient. “At this point, it remains unclear whether B. tribocorum is a human pathogen,” says Billeter. “From a public health standpoint, however, it is important to determine whether R. norvegicus are reservoirs for zoonotic Bartonella spp. due to their close contact with humans and their pets.” The question of whether X. cheopis can actually spread such pathogens to humans also warrants further investigation, says Billeter.–Story Source-The above story is reprinted from materials provided by American Society for Microbiology.
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    [U1]Interesting impact here –“current trends” meaning that what we are doing is in absolute error—that our guidelines are not working—this would include organic-non organic—foods—meaning that what we are eating is predisposing everyone in that direction
    [U2]NOW we are getting to the real issue Healthy Foods—now the question is to define what is healthy!!
    [U3]Notice SUGAR is the first thing—-so that would imply a reduction of sugar—and that would imply all carbs would have to be dramatically reduced
    [U4]Again –looking at this –what is in the foods that would cause this or sustain this at such a high rate
    [U5]Here the question lies is Organic really the better way?? And can it really be organic being cross contaminated with GMO’s and is the organic going through a similar process then regular foods to make it safe and still be labled organic
    [U6]Not entirely true—Canada and some south american countries that grow GMO or GE foods do not label either
    [U7]Not Just in the USA—this is on going globally –as mentioned previously a lot of other countries are falling under the influence of the corporate companies who control the agri –and are now exploiting countries that have yet not developed and are in that stage of maturating to be independent
    [U8]HERE is something to be made aware of the beginning of the article it mentions all conventional farming in the usa is being contaminated and the fact that by the time the organic food gets to your tabele it would have been exposed to a host of poisons—here you need to be observant—and not just buy organic but buy the foods local or start an enterprise of your own in the gardens or aquaponic or permaculture systems that at that point will be known to be free and clear of issues
    [U10]Celebrity!! This putz—you have got to be kidding!!!
    [U11]Using this Platform to Sell himself Like a whore on a street corner –instead of offering a solution to current events—Stay HOME COCA COLA
    [U12]This is the way of the Vatican ( Monsanto) not sure how much longer the American Public are going to wait or the Canadian one for that matter this will indeed disrupt everyone’s health and access to health
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    Show of the Week December 5 2011
    Common Causes Of Candida Overgrowth—Alkalinity-Adrenal-Mineral Defeciencies
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    Public bathroom bacteria uncovered, thanks to gene sequencing
    Common Causes Of Candida Overgrowth—Alkalinity-Adrenal-Mineral Defeciencies
    Some of the numerous reasons for candidiasis overgrowth are well known. Antibiotic therapy, especially long-term, is associated with Candidiasis. Astonishing amounts of antibiotics fed to livestock assure that all of us are ingesting some antibiotic residues, unless we procure antibiotic-free meat.– There is also a known connection between candida overgrowth, use of the birth control pill and therapy with steroid hormones. However, many questions remain unanswered.
    •Why are some people more prone to Candida infection than others?
    •Why must Nystatin and anti-fungal regimes be continued for several years or longer?
    •Why is there often a recurrence of candida overgrowth when the diet or medication is stopped?
    Hair Analysis Reveals Underlying Causes
    This article is a report on research conducted by Analytical Research Labs based upon tissue mineral analysis performed on several hundred candidiasis patients. A number of metabolic imbalances were revealed that yield insight into underlying metabolic factors responsible for candidiasis.—-Note: All tissue mineral values referred to in this article were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) in unwashed hair samples.
    Metabolic Aspects Of Candida Albicans Infection
    A number of metabolic factors influence the body’s ability to directly or indirectly control Candida Albicans overgrowth. While certain of these factors overlap, a separate presentation will lend more clarity to the multiplicity of factors involved.• Bio-unavailability of copper. Copper has a fungicidal value in the body’s tissues[U1]. Copper compounds are used commercially as sprays on vegetables, as algicides in swimming pools, etc.

    Zinc deficiency. Zinc is an essential mineral nutrient related to copper metabolism and is necessary for the synthesis of all body proteins.[U2]

    Inadequate biochemical energy production. Biochemical energy is required for all body functions, including immune system function, and all other body systems.

    Excessive alkalinity of the digestive tract. An alkaline environment of the intestinal tract favors yeast growth.

    Excessive systemic alkalinity of body tissues. May permit candida to thrive in other body tissues.

    Impaired short-chain fatty Acid metabolism. Short-chain fatty acids have fungicidal properties. Caprylic and butyric acid [U3]are frequently used as anti-candida agents. A healthy body synthesizes appropriate protective fatty acid compounds[U4]

    Immune System Incompetence. Yeast infections are far more common in immune-suppressed patients.

    Impaired Carbohydrate Metabolism. Impaired carbohydrate metabolism (hypoglycemia, dysinsulinism and diabetes) is intimately associated with candidiasis overgrowth.

    Stress. Psychological stress impairs immune system function.

    Other Nutrient Imbalances. Tissue mineral testing can identify other metabolic imbalances. Through tissue mineral testing, these metabolic factors can be monitored and corrected, resulting in an individualized and more effective approach to candidiasis.
    Following are details of each of the factors that contribute to Candida overgrowth:
    Copper Bio-Unavailability A Major Cause of Candida Infection-The most commonly observed mineral imbalance we find in many patients with Candida infection is termed bio-unavailable copper.– Bio-unavailable copper is indicated on a tissue mineral test by a copper level above 3.0 mg/% or below 1.0 mgs/%. Other mineral indicators of a candida overgrowth are an elevated calcium level, elevated calcium/magnesium ratio, (greater than 10/1) or a low sodium/potassium ratio (less than 2.3/1).– Bio-unavailability means there is an excess of copper stored in various tissues and organs. While in excess, it is not able to be accessed.— When copper is bio-unavailable, it cannot serve its normal function as a fungicide. Copper is involved in enzymes in cellular oxidative (aerobic) metabolism, and this appears to be the reason for its anti-fungal action.—The causes of copper bio-unavailability are several, however the principal one is adrenal gland insufficiency, exhaustion or burnout. Inadequate secretion of adrenal glucocorticoid hormones prevents adequate synthesis of the major copper-binding protein, ceruloplasmin.— Adrenal exhaustion results from stress, which results in a depletion of various nutrients such as manganese, zinc, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, etc., which are vital for optimal adrenal gland activity. Depletion of nutrients occurs due to:
    • antibiotics and other medications which deplete copper reserves,
    • inadequate diet,
    • increased demand for nutrients due to stress, air pollution, illness, toxic metals, etc.,
    • poor absorption and/or utilization of nutrients due to food sensitivity, inadequate digestive function, etc.
    Zinc Deficiency
    Zinc metabolism is closely related to Candida because 1) the zinc/copper balance is critical, and 2) zinc is required for many essential enzyme systems, including production of digestive enzymes and synthesis of all body proteins.[U5] A zinc imbalance is indicated on a tissue mineral chart by a zinc level less than 12.0 mgs/% or greater than 20.0 mgs/%, or a zinc/copper ratio greater than 12.0 mgs/%. A phosphorus level greater than 16 or less than 12 may also indicate a zinc imbalance. Deficiency of zinc is common for several reasons:

    Use of superphosphate fertilizers and hybrid crops have contributed to widespread zinc deficiency in all foods.

    Processing and refining further depletes foods of their zinc content. For example, zinc loss occurs in the conversion of whole wheat to white flour, in the conversion of sugar cane to white sugar, and in spraying of frozen and canned vegetables with EDTA to retain color.

    Foods, relatively low in zinc, such as chicken and fish are being increasingly substituted for higher-zinc foods such as beef and red meats. Soy protein, commonly substituted for beef, is low in zinc.[U6]

    Stress of any type results in zinc depletion.

    Zinc deficiency is accentuated if copper exposure is high, because of a copper-zinc antagonism. Copper exposure is higher today for several reasons:
    – Birth control pills raise tissue copper levels by raising estrogen levels.
    – Copper is absorbed from the Copper-7 intrauterine device.

    Water remaining in copper pipes, and consumption of high-copper foods such as soy, avocado, and chocolate are sources of copper.
    -Stress causes copper levels to increase, by causing a zinc deficiency.
    Impaired Biochemical Energy Production— Hair analysis research indicates that the great majority, if not all, Candida patients have severely impaired production of biochemical energy. Such impaired energy production is indicated on the tissue mineral chart by: metabolic rate that is too rapid or too slow, and/or • evidence of problems in the energy-production pathway. The energy pathway requires many nutrients such as copper, iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium, etc., in optimal amounts and ratios. Various imbalances in these nutrients are indicative of energy production problems. An excess of toxic metals, such as cadmium, usually signals serious problems in the energy pathways of the body.–Since biochemical energy (adenosine-tri-phosphate-ATP) is required for ALL cellular functions, including immunity, fatty acid metabolism, maintenance of pH, etc., restoration of the energy system is essential for permanent correction of candida infections.
    Excessive Alkalinity Of The Intestinal Tract Individuals with candida overgrowth frequently have impaired digestive enzyme production. This is indicated on the tissue mineral test by low sodium and potassium levels relative to calcium and magnesium levels, or a sodium-to-potassium ratio less than 2.3/1. Sodium and potassium are required in optimal amounts for production of hydrochloric acid in the parietal cells of the stomach.[U7] HCL production is impaired when tissue levels of these minerals are low. A low sodium/potassium ratio is associated with a liver dysfunction, often accompanied by an inadequate secretion of bile acids. Bile acids also aid in maintaining intestinal pH and keep yeast organisms in check. Insufficient hydrochloric acid and bile acid levels result in an increase alkalinity of the intestines, which in turn favors yeast overgrowth. Adequate levels of hydrochloric acid also help maintain proper intestinal flora by maintaining intestinal pH.
    Excessive Systemic Alkalinity—Excessive systemic alkalinity is present in many Candida Albicans patients. Increased systemic alkalinity favors the spreading of the yeast infection from the intestines to other body tissues. These individuals exhibit a mineral pattern referred to as slow oxidation, and/or a sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.3:1, which is indicative of adrenal burnout. A slow oxidation pattern reflects both an underactive thyroid and adrenal gland activity, which causes alkalinity due to decreased production of acid metabolic end-products. These individuals also usually have a high tissue calcium level and rapidly convert lactic acid to the alkaline compound calcium lactate. A low sodium/potassium ratio also reflects a state of protein breakdown, and in this process potassium is released from cells, leading to an increased alkaline condition. Correction of the sodium/potassium ratio is essential to eliminate yeast problems, because this is indicative of adrenal insufficiency, induced hyper-alkalinity, an impaired immune system, and deficient hydrochloric acid and bile acid secretion.
    Impaired Short-Chain Fatty Acid Metabolism— The success of caprylic acid products in controlling intestinal yeast indicates another nutritional problem area for many individuals. Many people today suffer from poor fat digestion and utilization. This is related to a deficiency of digestive enzymes, but may also be adversely influenced by an inadequate diet, and inadequate fat metabolism. The underlying causes must go back to impaired liver function, low energy production, deficiency of essential minerals and disabling of critical enzymes due to toxic metals, etc.[U8]
    Immune system Incompetence— Candida has been related to AIDS and other immune deficiency diseases. We frequently note that candida patients exhibit certain mineral patterns similar to immune incompetence. These patterns are a sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.3:1, copper level less than 1.0 mgs/% or greater than 10.0 mgs/%, or a calcium/magnesium ratio greater than 12:1 or less than 3.3:1 mgs/%. Nutrition programs aimed at correcting the immune system will usually have very beneficial effects on Candida patients.-
    Carbohydrate Intolerance—-While we are led to believe that the carbohydrate intolerance demonstrated by the Candida patient is due to the yeast acting upon sugars in the diet, it is also conceivable that the body’s inability to properly metabolize sugars and starches contributes to yeast overgrowth[U9]
    .• Poor absorption of carbohydrates can leave excessive quantities of carbohydrates in the intestines where they are targets for fermentative organisms.

    Insufficient insulin levels, or deficiencies of chromium, manganese, zinc or other elements involved in glucose metabolism can prevent conversion of sugars into ATP within body cells; thus allowing glucose to buildup in the cells where again it is a target for yeast organisms.
    Problems in carbohydrate metabolism are indicated on a tissue mineral chart by abnormally high or low levels or manganese, zinc, potassium and chromium. A calcium/magnesium ratio above 8.5:1 mgs/% or below 4.5:1 mgs/% is also indicative of glucose tolerance problems.[U10]
    Psychological Stress— Psychological stress has deleterious effects upon the immune system, the digestive system, glucose metabolism, and copper and zinc metabolism. Stress causes rapid depletion of zinc, pathological accumulation and bio-unavailability of copper, resulting in a severe derangement of glucose metabolism as well.
    Other Nutrient Imbalances– While this is a large area of research, toxic metals are known to interfere with hundreds of physiological functions. Mercury is known to impair immune system function. Cadmium displaces zinc in over 70 enzyme systems: lead by impairing calcium metabolism, diminishes insulin secretion resulting in impaired glucose metabolism which favors candida overgrowth.
    Conclusion Analysis conclude that these include copper bio-unavailability, zinc deficiency, inefficient biochemical energy production, hyper-alkalinity of the digestive tract and systemic alkalinity, impaired fatty acid metabolism, impaired immune response, impaired carbohydrate metabolism, toxic metal poisoning and deficiency of various trace elements. Use of tissue mineral analysis to uncover these metabolic imbalances can produce a more rapid and complete recovery from a yeast infection.
    Supplement Recipes—
    Zinc –Copper-Manganese Recipe-Take 15mgs of Zinc and 1-3 mgs of Copper to form SOD ( Super oxide Dismutase ) this will work as a Cellular antioxidant—taking Zinc 15 mgs and Manganese 1-5 mgs will Produce as well SOD ( Superoxide Dismutase) and will work as a Mitochondrial Antioxidant—these will assist the Immune system to not only regulate the Sugars and proteins in the body but a host of immune systems and enzyme production and eliminate Cancers which would be as a result of yeast or fungi —
    Sodium and Potassium—take your sea salt and weigh it out and then get either potassium citrate or potassium chloride- weigh this out to be 2 times more then the salt—so for an example you take 1 oz of sea salt then take 2 oz of potassium and blend together—then when this is applied to foods you will be getting the right ratio of sodium/potassium balance
    Enzyme Recipe—Take a good Digestive Enzyme—that will include High levels of Amylase—or anything with the letters ase—such as lactase—galactonase-maltase-phytase –xylanase-cellulase etc—these are enzymes that break down the sugars in these foods or the fibres—take them in between meals as well with meals to further break down the excess carbs and starches that may still reside in the digestive trac
    TSP-Chlorophyl Recipe- go to a hardware store and pick up a box of TSP ( Trisodium Phosphate ) and add 10 grams to 1 litre ( 33 oz ) of water this will make a 1 % solution-pour 1 oz into a glass add 1 tablespoon of Chlorophyll ( usually has a bout 5 mgs per serving ) and take it with zinc 15 ms+—what this does is increases a very potent antibacterial antifungal antimold effect in the body
    And almost instantly will reduce pain in the system—this will remove the excesses as well—Special Note for a lot of you start out with 1 gram to 1 litre and slowly go up –this can be at first potent and has a cleansing effect and you may even see fungal matter or dead matter come out the colon so start low and eventually go up or even stay at that dose—adding the chlorophyll will make a huge difference as well with pain issues—and stay hydrated—this will be key to eliminating yeast and other bacterial and fungal build up
    Make a Peanut or Seed Butter Recipe- Take a seed of Choice or Nut and add a small amount of oil and ad to a blender small amounts of seed or nut and blend—once it starts the slowly add more material to the blender and allow to blend smooth—add while it is blending—rosemary essential oil 1-3 drops-tangerine essential oils 1-3 drops—thyme or savoury –or sage—again 1-3 drops ( use any of them or comb them—when down and the seed/nut butter is smooth
    Add to glass jar—and consume this right out of the jar—on a tablespoon—in a smoothie this will give a fat content that will again assist you with this condition
    Fat Recipe—Make a coconut/butter mix and turn into a cream—buy some cream ( 35% or as high as you can get it ) and add about 1-2 oz of coconut oil to the cream—add to blender and add essential oils to it such as rosemary or sage or thyme or pine or savoury or oregano—add 1-3 drops max—if you do decide to combine then would suggest no more then 3 and only add a drop of each—whip It in the blender til it turns into a whipped cream—if it goes to long it will turn to butter —which is good as well—either way once whipped then add to a glass container and periodically spoon it out and consume—several times a day—in the mixing you can as well add iodine to the recipe if you should chose 1-3 drops as well
    AS the article states—being to much alkaline as well can be a cause of cancer indirectly by the propagation or promotion of yeast and other infections that are a result of being to alkaline—as a rule of thumb –Balance is best—you will never be precise to a point of maintaining an actual 7—any deviation up or down 6.5-7.5 is where you want to be—there are to many things in our environment that keep us in either state—either through environmental pollutants or through foods and beverages we drink being contaminated with things that can cause an imbalance either way of the spectrum—Nothing easy here but being aware of these things will give a better decision in the direction required to make the right choice and balance
    Public bathroom bacteria uncovered, thanks to gene sequencing
    We all know public bathrooms are lousy with bacteria, but what kind are they, and how did they get there? A study released Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE uses gene sequencing to find out exactly what germs lurk in public restrooms and where they came from. And after reading this, you are definitely going to want to wash your hands. A few times. Researchers used high-throughput genetic sequencing to detect bacteria on 10 different surfaces in 12 men’s and women’s bathrooms on a college campus. Those surfaces included door, toilet and faucet handles, soap dispensers, toilet seats and various areas of the floor. The sequencing process used allows scientists to create up to millions of sequences at the same time.—Nineteen bacterial phyla were identified. Most belonged to four phyla: Actinobacteria, Bacteriodetes, Firmicutes and Proteobacteria. Scientists were able to get an average of 3,340 gene sequences per sample.–
    Bacteria commonly associated with human skin were found on all surfaces — not a big surprise, since most of the areas sampled are routinely touched. Other human bacteria, including some linked with the mouth, gut and urine were also found on all surfaces.—Bacterial communities were grouped into three categories: those found on toilet surfaces, on floors, and on surfaces usually touched by hands. Bacteria associated with the gut were common on toilet surfaces, signifying fecal contamination (and an argument for seat protectors). Bacteria linked to skin were most often found on surfaces people touched with their hands. The floor had the biggest bacteria party, revealing what the authors called “diverse bacterial communities” of organisms, including several typically found in soil.–Some toilet flush handles also had bacteria comparable to what was found on the floor. Getting the picture? It suggests some people flush the handles with their feet, a practice, the authors wrote, “well known to germophobes and those who have had the misfortune of using restrooms that are less than sanitary.”–Finding bacteria associated with the gut and female urine at various points in the restrooms may indicate that frequent toilet use distributes those germs around and about. And while on some level we all know that, even if we don’t want to admit it ourselves, the authors said this emphasizes the importance of hand washing after using the facilities, since surfaces could transmit human pathogens.–Those who used the bathrooms tapped for the study might want to take a cue from the research. “Unfortunately,” they wrote, “previous studies have documented that college students (who are likely the most frequent users of the studied restrooms) are not always the most diligent of hand-washers.”–The study was released online today in the journal PLoS ONE.
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    [U1]Cheapest form of copper is chlorophyll
    [U2]Add Zinc with the chlorophyll 3:1 to produce SOD
    [U3]Coconut oil—Butter-
    Butter 1,190 Goat’s Cheese 961
    Cream Cheese 335 Gruyere Cheese 355
    Edam Cheese 300 Parmesan Cheese 300
    Swiss Cheese 289 Mozzarella Cheese 257
    Blue Cheese 247 Cream 129
    Cow’s Milk 75 Yogurt 42
    Dietary Oils: Coconut Oil 7,500 Palm Kernel Oil 3,300
    Fruit: Coconut 2,350
    Herbs: Saw Palmetto Sage 710
    Thyme 240 Turmeric 100
    Ginger 60 Thyme 41
    Nuts: Cashew Nuts 132
    Processed Foods: Cococnut Cream 2,430 Coconut Milk 1,670
    butyric acid
    Butter: 3,230 Parmesan Cheese 1,510
    Swiss Cheese 1,100 Cream 1,080
    Cheddar Cheese 1,050 Gruyere Cheese 1,050
    Edam Cheese 1,000 Gouda Cheese 1,000
    Cream Cheese 1,000 Feta Cheese 775
    Blue Cheese 658 Milk 75
    [U4]If unable to process fats then use extra Lipase
    [U5]Zinc+ Copper= SOD
    [U6]It actually depletes the body of the mineral as well as others
    [U7]So a good dose of Salt and Potassium —is not a bad idea
    [U8]In other words See what would be causing the issue—or the depleting of the system impairing energy production
    [U9]And this can be due to GMO foods or GE foods or foods that are processed and or irradiated-microwaved or chemically coloured or treated
    [U10]Minerals for Insulin and ATP conversions
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    Show of the Week December 9 2011
    Call to French minister to caution women about aspartame intake during pregnancy
    Hope for Muscle Wasting Disease
    Nut consumption benefits for metabolic syndrome
    Zeaxanthin may match lutein for MPOD boost RCT
    Zeaxanthin improves elderly vision
    Recipe for the Eyes
    Call to French minister to caution women about aspartame intake during pregnancy
    Scientists attached to the Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) in France are urging the French Minister of Health to inform women about the dangers of aspartame during pregnancy. — Last week, Paris-based (RES) – Environmental Health Network – said it was taking advantage of the celebration of World Day for Prematurity to communicate to Minister Xavier Bertrand their concerns over the intake of aspartame during pregnancy, citing studies associating the sweetener with increased risk for preterm births. — RES argues that the prevention of all early and late prematurity should be a priority for the ministry and stressed the need to inform pregnant women about all risk factors. — As evidence for their concerns, the French campaigners reference a study published last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which found that pregnant Danish women who consumed at least four servings of artificially sweetened carbonated soft drinks per day were at a 78 per cent higher risk of preterm birth than women who did not consume any soft drinks. — And the RES scientists claim that since the publication of that research, several other studies have confirmed the health risks linked to intake of the artificial sweetener during pregnancy.
    Industry reaction
    However, the Danish study was criticised at the time by the sweeteners industry. Beth Hubrich, a dietician with the Calorie Control Council, an international association representing the low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverage industry, said the research could “unduly alarm” pregnant women. “While this study is counter to the weight of the scientific evidence demonstrating that low-calorie sweeteners are safe for use in pregnancy, research has shown that overweight and obesity can negatively affect pregnancy outcomes.
    “Leading health groups support the use of low-calorie sweeteners in pregnancy. Further, low-calorie sweeteners can help pregnant women enjoy the taste of sweets without excess calories, leaving room for nutritious foods and beverages without excess weight gain – something that has been shown to be harmful to both the mother and developing baby,” she added. [U1]
    EFSA review
    April this year saw the European Parliament’s Environment committee pushing for a warning label on products containing aspartame stating that they may not be suitable for pregnant women. — On the back of the MEPs’ concerns and on a request for a thorough literature review, a re-assessment of the safety of aspartame is now underway at EFSA, bringing forward a scheduled re-evaluation of aspartame from 2020 to 2012.
    EFSA recently told that it asked the regulator for an extension of the review period until the end of September 2012 to allow enough time for the agency to conduct a full risk assessment of the sweetener “in view of the fact that a public call for data had to be conducted first.” — In response to the call for data, the Parma-based risk assessor said it has received more than 600 studies, including the 112 studies that supported the original application. “We intend to put the draft opinion to a public consultation sometime in either spring or summer 2012,” added the agency.
    Supplier confidence
    At the time of the announcement of the review, leading aspartame supplier Ajinomoto displayed its confidence in the ingredient. “EFSA reaffirmed the safety of aspartame in 2006, 2009 and 2010. In addition, recent allegations about the safety of aspartame made in France and by a handful of MEPs have already been dismissed by EFSA,” said the company in a statement. -This review of the extensive body of science on aspartame will provide additional confirmation of the ingredient’s safety.[U2]
    Hope for Muscle Wasting Disease
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 22, 2011) — A health supplement used by bodybuilders could be the key to treating a life-threatening muscular dystrophy affecting hundreds of Australian children, new research shows.–The amino acid L-tyrosine had a “rapid and dramatic impact” on Nemaline Myopathy (NM) in laboratory tests on mice, significantly improving symptoms of the muscle wasting disease, medical researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) found.—Trials showed that consuming L-tyrosine could significantly improve muscle strength and mobility in NM, raising the possibility it also could be effective in a range of other muscular dystrophies. L-tyrosine is readily available in health food shops for less than $30 and is used as a body building supplement and as a memory booster.—There is currently no cure for NM (or Rod Myopathy) — the most common congenital muscle wasting disease — which causes muscle weakness of varying severity in an estimated 500 Australian children.—Children with NM experience delayed motor development and weakness in the arms and legs, trunk, throat and face muscles. The condition can lead to difficulties breathing and moving and, in its severest form, can cause death.—A team of scientists led by Professor Edna Hardeman, from UNSW’s Neuromuscular and Regenerative Medicine Unit, were able to test the efficacy of the supplement after creating — for the first time — a genetically modified mouse which display the same genetic changes found in children with NM.—“These mice and have a remarkably similar disease profile to the children, with many of the animals dying young,” Professor Hardeman said. After feeding the mice the L-tyrosine, the team observed improvements in muscle strength, increased mobility and a reduction in a range of muscle pathologies.–The findings will now be used as the basis for a clinical trial to test L-tyrosine’s ability to alleviate symptoms in children.—“This is the first clear demonstration that L-tyrosine supplements can significantly reduce both the clinical and pathological features of NM,” Professor Hardeman said.–“L-tyrosine is readily available, it is easy to administer and our data suggest that long-term use is relatively safe,” Professor Hardeman said. “What’s more, the rapid and dramatic impact of L-tyrosine in NM mice also raises the possibility the supplement may be beneficial for dystrophy patients and other muscle degenerative conditions.”
    Other team members included Dr Mai-Anh Nguyen and Josephine Joya from UNSW’s School of Medical Sciences. The study was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council—The findings are published online in the journal Brain.—Story Source–The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of New South Wales. –Journal Reference-M.-A. T. Nguyen, J. E. Joya, A. J. Kee, A. Domazetovska, N. Yang, J. W. Hook, F. A. Lemckert, E. Kettle, V. A. Valova, P. J. Robinson, K. N. North, P. W. Gunning, C. A. Mitchell, E. C. Hardeman. Hypertrophy and dietary tyrosine ameliorate the phenotypes of a mouse model of severe nemaline myopathy. Brain, 2011; DOI: 10.1093/brain/awr274
    Nut consumption benefits for metabolic syndrome
    The consumption of nuts could help to boost levels the neurotransmitter serotonin, possibly leading to improved heart health, decreased feelings of hunger, and increased wellbeing in people suffering from metabolic syndrome, according to a new study. The research, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, reports a link between eating nuts and higher levels of serotonin in the bodies of patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS). The Spanish researchers found that just one ounce of mixed nuts – raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts – a day resulted in increased excretion of serotonin metabolites in the urine. —“Urinary markers of serotonin metabolism were … associated, for the first time, to nut consumption, although their endogenous versus exogenous (dietary) origin remains to be elucidated,” said the researchers, led by Cristina Andrés-Lacueva from the Biomarkers & NutriMetabolomics Research Group of the University of Barcelona, Spain. — The researchers pointed out that the study provides the first evidence in humans of the beneficial effects of nut consumption in reducing levels of substances in the body associated with inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors in patients with metabolic syndrome. —“Because of the important role of serotonin in the regulation of energy balance, metabolism, and glucose homeostasis, attention should also be given in the future to the eventual effects of nut intake on the serotonemic status of subjects with MetS,” they said.
    Metabolic syndrome — Andrés-Lacueva and her team explained that the rise in obesity around the world means more and more patients are suffering from metabolic syndrome – the symptoms of which include excess abdominal fat, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, all of which increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. — Serotonin is a substance that helps transmit nerve signals and decreases feelings of hunger, makes people feel happier and improves heart health. It took — They added that previous research has suggested that dietary changes – including the regular consumption of nuts – may help patients with MetS shed excess weight, and become healthier. Among the changes nuts have been suggested to correct certain metabolic abnormalities associated with MetS. To check the biochemical effects of nut consumption, Andrés-Lacueva and her team put 22 MetS patients on a nut-enriched diet for 12 weeks and compared them to another group of 20 patients who were told to avoid nuts.
    Study details — After analysing a broad spectrum of metabolites excreted in the participants’ urine, the team, found evidence of several healthful changes, including boosted levels of serotonin metabolites in urine – suggesting a role of serotonin in the beneficial effects of nuts. — Increased metabolism and excretion of unsaturated fatty acids were also observed by Andrés-Lacueva and her colleagues. They noted that the finding was “probably attributable to the highly increased intake of PUFA through the consumption of nuts.” — They also reported an increase in urinary microbial and phase II metabolites of nut polyphenols, particularly of urolithins coming from the metabolism of walnut ellagitannins. —“Because of the potential role of urolithins in reducing inflammation and improving cardiovascular health, these microbial metabolites may reasonably contribute to the beneficial effects of nut consumption,” they stated. — Source: Journal of Proteome Research Volume 10, Issue 11, Pages 5047–5058, doi: 10.1021/pr200514h “Metabolomics Unveils Urinary Changes in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome following 12-Week Nut Consumption” Authors: S. Tulipani, R. Llorach, O. Jáuregui, P. López-Uriarte, M. Garcia-Aloy, M. Bullo, J. Salas-Salvadó, C. Andrés-Lacueva
    Zeaxanthin may match lutein for MPOD boost
    Supplements of zeaxanthin may increase the macula pigment optical density (MPOD) as much as lutein, and boost the functioning of cones in retina, says a new study. — Consuming a daily dose of 8 milligrams of zeaxanthin for one year produced an increase in MPOD in older men similar to that observed following 9 mg per day of lutein, according to findings published in Optometry. — In addition, zeaxanthin was associated with benefits to vision linked to cone cells in the retina, while lutein was associated with benefits to vision linked to rod cells.
    “The remarkable increased visual acuity and heightened foveal shape discrimination with zeaxanthin potentially applies to sports vision (i.e. baseball players) and has military application (i.e. sharpshooters) for the young as well as old,” wrote researchers from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in Chicago and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Illinois.
    Zeaxanthin — The macula is a yellow spot of about five millimeters diameter on the retina. As we age, levels of the pigments in the macula decrease naturally, thereby increasing the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The yellow color is due to the content of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which we derive from the diet.
    These compounds are the only carotenoids capable of filtering the harmful blue light than can damage cells in the eye, the rods and the cones. — A thin macular pigment can allow the blue light through and destroy the cells. Maintaining high levels of both carotenoids, and therefore the macular pigment, is a valid approach to maintaining eye health and reducing the risk of AMD.
    Study details — The Illinois-based researchers recruited 60 people with an average age of 75 to participate in their randomized controlled clinical. All of the participants had mild-to-moderate AMD, and were considered lower-risk than those included in the National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute/Age-Related Eye Disease Study. — Participants were randomly assigned to receive 8 mg per day of zeaxanthin (Chrysantis), or 8 mg zeaxanthin plus 9 mg lutein, or 9 mg lutein for one year. — All three supplementation programs increased MPOD, and there were no differences between the groups. — Detailed high-contrast visual acuity improved in the zeaxanthin group, while low-contrast visual acuity was improved the most in the lutein only group. —“In older male patients with AMD, zeaxanthin -induced foveal MPOD elevation mirrored that of L and provided complementary distinct visual benefits by improving foveal cone-based visual parameters, whereas L enhanced those parameters associated with gross detailed rod-based vision, with considerable overlap between the 2 carotenoids,” wrote the researchers.
    “The equally dosed (atypical dietary ratio) zeaxanthin plus L group fared worse in terms of raising MPOD, presumably because of duodenal, hepatic-lipoprotein or retinal carotenoid competition.” — Source: Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association November 2011, Volume 82, Issue 11, Pages 667-680.e6
    “Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of zeaxanthin and visual function in patients with atrophic age-related macular degeneration: The Zeaxanthin and Visual Function Study (ZVF) FDA IND #78, 973”
    Authors: S.P. Richer, W. Stiles, K. Graham-Hoffman, M. Levin, D. Ruskin, J. Wrobel, D-W. Park, C. Thomas
    Dietary Sources of Zeaxanthin –(mg of Zeaxanthin per 100 grams)
    Algae: Blue-Green Algae:
    Spirulina -Red Algae-
    Dunaliella salina 1,000
    Dietary Oils: Palm Oil (crude)
    Herbs: Arnica—Barberry-Paprika Lycium
    Eggs: Egg Yolks–Whole Eggs 0.023
    Fruit: Apricot –Orange-0.07 – 0.2
    Papaya—Prunes—Mango– Kiwi Fruit
    Honeydew Melon– Peach (raw)0.006
    Persimmon (raw)0.488
    Vegetables: Corn 0.2–Pumpkin
    Squash–Kale 0.173–Lettuce (cos) 0.187 Mustard Greens–Lettuce (romaine) 0.187 Lettuce (iceberg) 0.07-
    Spinach 0.331—Asparagus-Broccoli 0.023-Carrots -0.023-Celery 0.008 Corn, canned, whole kernel 0.528
    Brussels Sprouts – Capsicum (Orange)1.608