Archive for March, 2010

It is estimated that the annual cost of treating allergy-related conditions approaches 18 billion dollars. Moreover, if allergic diseases continue on their current pace, a shocking 50% of Americans will soon be actively seeking allergy and sinus relief.

Clearly, allergies are becoming more prevalent. This includes common conditions such as: rhinitis, eczema, sinusitis, but it also encompasses uncommon allergic conditions that are increasing as well.   Here are some natural supplements that may help. 

Vitamin C w/bioflavonoids Natural Antihistamine, adrenal function
CoQ10 Immune booster, counters histamine
Vitamin A Anti-infammatory, immune system
Vitamin B12 Reduces inflammatory response
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduces allergic reactions
Quercitin Helps neutralize histamine
Vitamin E & selenium Immune booster
Grapeseed extract Immune booster
Magnesium relieves broncho-spasm
Digestive enzymes enhances assimilation & utilization of nutrients
Homeopathics Builds tolerances to allergies

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I recently received an email from a friend and began to check it out.  I went to the FDA’s website and ironically their first statement is: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to protect the public following the early identification of Salmonella in one company’s supply of a common processed food ingredient called hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP).”  

 PROTECT THE PUBLIC?  If they were here to protect the public they would not let our foods be filled with such harmful chemicals and additives in the first place.    Here is a link to 15 pages of recalled foods.  You will want to check this against the products in your pantry.  We need to send a message to food producers that we are NOT going to buy their dangerous foods.  

 Here is the email I received. Please read it in it’s entirity.   I think it is very informative and I hope it will help you as moms to make changes in your buying habits.


 In case you haven’t heard yet, tens of thousands of processed food products are being recalled because of  possible salmonella contamination. The culprit here is the HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) in the products.

 This is expected to balloon into what authorities believe could become one of the largest food recalls in North  America.

 Now, many people are scratching their heads, wondering what the heck HVP is. Allow me to explain:

 In case you’re not familiar with hydrolyzed vegetable protein, here’s how it’s made:
 Food manufacturers take cereals or legumes (like soy, corn  or wheat) and boil them in hydrochloric acid. (Yum!)
Then they neutralize the solution with sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. Lye is used as a strong chemical bas  in the manufacture of paper, textiles, soaps, detergents  and as a drain cleaner.  Oh, and of course, in your favorite snack food or packaged entree too. The resulting dark colored liquid from this process contains glutamic acid, which is better known as monosodium glutamate, or MSG.  This goo is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods, and since it can simply be called “HVP” it allows  the food giants to skirt around the necessity to add the  controversial monosodium glutamate “MSG” ingredient on the  product’s label.  Sneaky,huh? 

 The risk of salmonella poisoning isn’t the biggest scare here. Yes, it causes some nasty vomiting and diarrhea and  can lead to a serious dehydration risk for children and the  elderly, but that’s not the worst thing.  The worst thing about processed foods is the effect they  have on your health every single day.
 Processed foods are THE most heinous insult on human health ever known. This is because for the first time in the history of human existence, we are choosing to eat  things that are not food. And our bodies are showing it.

 Consider these startling facts:
 * In the year 1900, cancer caused only 3 out 100 deaths in  the US, and breast cancer was basically unheard of. Now cancer is the cause of at least 2 out of 10 of all deaths  in the US, and breast cancer affects 1 in 3 women.  Processed food is a primary cause.
* Vitamins and minerals that are vital for brain function in younger children and teens are missing in processed > foods. And they can’t just be added. This is a major  cause of the sharp rise in attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), depression, eating disorders, headaches and angry, aggressive behavior in our kids.
 * Currently 6 out of every 10 Americans over the age of 20 are overweight. Nearly 1 in 4 is obese, and 1 in 21 is grotesquely obese.
* Our kids are getting fatter too–nearly 1 out of every 3 kids in the US are overweight or obese.
 * 100 years ago, diverticulosis and diverticulitis were non-existent. Now diverticulosis affects at least 1 out of 10 people over age 40, and nearly half of the people overage 60. Processed foods are the biggest culprit.
* Over 30% of Americans now use antacids regularly, and  many need them after every single meal. Plus, acid reflux in kids has skyrocketed, resulting in the birth of products like Kids Tums or Kids’ Pepto Bismol.
 And the list goes on and on.
 So, what’s changed in the last 100 years? Why are we getting fatter and sicker by the minute?
 There’s no mysterious disease attacking us.
 No new virus.
 Our DNA has not taken a strange twist.
 The ONLY thing that has changed is the food.
 Let’s take a peek inside
 Here are the reasons why processed foods are so deadly:  

1.       They use up enormous amounts of energy to digest them.

2.        They also give your body nothing it needs and turn into nothing but waste. This leaves you toxic and loaded with acid (making you a breeding ground for disease of all kinds).

3.        They contain no water to move nutrients through your body or to carry away wastes from the body. This makes you even more toxic and full of even more acid.  

4.       The body’s hungry feeling is caused by a need for nutrients. Since processed foods have no measurable nutrients, even though your stomach may be full, your body thinks it still needs more food because it hasn’t gotten any nutrients. That’s why you can polish off an entire family-size bag of Fritos then feel hungry again an hour later. It’s also why you aren’t able to see your toes any  longer.

5.        They’re loaded with chemicals (dyes, preservatives, coloring agents, emulsifiers, flavor enhancers, texture enhancers, tongue manipulators) –all things that the human body was not designed to handle.

While some of these have been so-called “safe” by the FDA, there has been NO testing on the long-term effects of ingesting these chemicals.  So, my friend, if a fair amount of what you eat comes in a  bag, box or can, you are a walking (or perhaps waddling)  guinea pig.

 Do yourself and your loved ones a favor. Spend the majority of your time (and money) in the grocery store buying REAL food–what you find in the produce section, meat and fish counters.  Pound for pound, they’re cheaper, not more expensive like you probably believe. And since they give you the nutrients your body MUST HAVE, you won’t need or want to eat as much.

 So you will eat less, spend less and weigh less and be healthier for it.

Now, I realize that it may be tough for some of you to completely remove ALL processed foods from your weekly shopping cart…at least right away.
So at least follow these rules:

1.        The more ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, the worse it is–don’t buy it.

2.        Buy organic whenever you can.

3.        Stick to those that have the least amount of processing.Less processing = less harmful. (i.e.: frozen vegetables without sauces are OK)

4.       Stay away from ANYTHING that has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. They’re death in a box.

5.       Make processed foods a once-in-a-while thing instead of an everyday thing. For example, using a can of tomatoes in a homemade soup is fine. Eating Spaghetti-O’ s, Hamburger Helper or frozen pizza every night for dinner is out.

6.       The more your kids want it, I guarantee the more processed it is. Sad but true. You must learn to say no and find some less harmful organic alternatives. Or better yet, get your kids used to a banana, an apple, some baby carrots or cucumber slices as a treat.

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Did you know there is a local buying co-op in Bolivar where you can buy organic fruits & vegetables (frozen, canned, dried, etc), healthy cereals, gluten-free products, personal care products and much more. 

They’re called “Temple Maintenance” and you’ll love it.  They are set up online, so you can view sales items or even the full catalog online and place your entire order online.  You can also see who would like to split cases and how many products are left to purchase to fill a case.  Products are ordered once a month and there are no minimum orders.  Pick-up is at the KYOO radio station.

Joyce Hamann is the person in charge and her email address is:

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We all know there are no real magic foods. The road to optimum health is not in a pill or one magic food, it’s a lifestyle.  There are foods that pack such a nutritional wallop and possess such powerful health benefits, that they are referred to as “super foods”.  Here is a list of super healthy foods you may want to add to your grocery list.

  • Spinach: Packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, this leafy dark green vegetable is truly a superfood. Eat it raw in salads, on sandwiches, in omelettes or cooked.
  • Berries: (Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries,)  Rich in antioxidants, they also offer potassium, vitamin C and fiber.
  • Wild Salmon: Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, wild salmon is delicious and offers heart health as well as other physical benefits. Farmed salmon can have unsavory chemicals, so seek out the wild variety.
  • Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate is one of the most delicious superfoods, packed with antioxidants.  Of course, less is more with this one, so indulge in only a little chocolate each day and the darker the better.
  • High fiber whole grains: There are a number of grains you can choose from for great health; just make sure they are “whole.” We highly recommend whole oats, but also try brown rice, barley, quinoa and others.
  • Healthy oils: It is ok to eat fats and oils, as long as you don’t overdo, but it is very important to choose the right ones. Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil and sesame  oil are all among the best choices. Also consider taking a flax seed oil supplement for the omega-3 benefits it offers.
  • Cinnamon: Believe it or not, this spice is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. And, no, it doesn’t count if it’s glued to the top of a sticky bun! Simply dust it on your oatmeal, your morning coffee, or even on a piece of fruit. Studies suggest that it can lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar.
  • Fiber : A diet high in fiber will help you maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. As a bonus, because fiber helps you feel full longer, it’s a great tool in weight management. Whole grains, beans, fruit, and vegetables are all good sources. Try throwing some beans in your salad.
  • Beans: They’re small in size, but big on fiber and iron. Darker-colored beans, such as black and kidney, have an even higher concentration of healthy stuff.
  • Garlic: Numerous studies have shown that regular consumption of garlic can lower our blood pressure. It also prevents the blood from being overly sticky and decreases LDL cholesterol (the “bad” one) while increasing the good HDL cholesterol.

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Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

Children are especially at risk as aspartame is considered an “excitotoxin”. It basically excites brains cells to death. The reason children are affected in a greater measure is that their blood-brain barrier is in the developing stages. One of the best books I read and would encourage all of you to read is, “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” by Russell Blaylock. (I have one copy of the book in the store and you can check it out if you’d like.)

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