Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Beware of soy vegetable broth in your canned tuna!

Please read the label on your tuna fish. It should say: tuna, water, salt. It should not say Vegetable Broth (containing soy). Also, look for young tuna, not the larger ones which are higher in mercury than younger tuna. Most of the albacore tuna sold in the grocery stores of the US is the larger, older albacore tuna but if you read the label, you can find soy-free tuna.
The Food and Drug Administration lists the mercury level of "canned albacore tuna" at .353 parts per million. This figure fails to account for the differences between larger, older, long line-caught albacore and smaller, locally-caught albacore. In a recent study by Oregon State University, these smaller tuna were found to have an average mercury content of .140 parts per million. This is less than half of the mercury level of albacore you are likely to find in your supermarket, and nearly the same as "canned light tuna" which the FDA rates at .118 parts per million.
Go to to find young, lower mercury canned tuna that is free of soy vegetable broth.

This tuna is caught in the coastal waters of Washington and Oregon. It is hand filleted, hand packed, and canned here in the USA. The only liquid in our can is what naturally cooks out of the tuna during the canning process. Although the price is a bit higher, you are getting more tuna for your money. Stop paying for water and vegetable broth. Not only this, you are getting healthier tuna that is far better tasting.

Soooo, what’s wrong with soy? Glad you asked!

Summary of Soy Dangers

Babies fed soy milk have the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.
A high intake of phytoestrogens during pregnancy may have adverse effects on the developing fetus and the timing of puberty.
High levels of phytic acid in soy inhibit absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion.
Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and can cause infertility and promote breast cancer.
Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism.
Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed.
Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing of soy.
Processing of soy protein causes the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing.
Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

Source: The Weston A. Price Foundation, PMB Box 106-380, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, (202)333-HEAL

Daniel, Kaayla, Ph.D. , The Whole Soy Story, the dark side of America’s favorite health food, New Trends Publishing, Inc. Washinngton, DDC 20007, 2005; Orders: 1-877-707-1776

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Annual Flu Season Nutritional Support Remedies

Because so many people have nearly died from the adverse effects of flu shots or from getting a severe case of influenza following vaccination which required hospitalization, here is my nutritional program for normal support and function in people who may be exposed to the flu. Take the formula(s) you need that will relieve your particular symptoms.

· A multiple digestive enzyme you usually take (PAN, Stm, HCL, Bil, VSCLR or DGST).
· Thera-Zyme TRMA - enzymatic nutritional support during infections, 4 caps between meals 3-5x/d until well.
· Thera-Zyme Rsp - enzymatic nutritional lung support during bronchitis, infection, wheezing, coughing, etc., 3-4 caps as needed anytime until relieved.
· Thera-Zyme Kdy enzymatic nutritional lymphatic support for swollen glands, 3 caps between meals 3-5x/d until relieved. Good for allergies.
· Thera-Zyme SvG enzymatic nutritional support for a sore throat, 4 caps 3-5 x/d until relieved.
· Thera-Zyme Nsl enzymatic nutritional nasal support for a stuffy/congested nose, 4 caps 3-5 x/d until relieved. If more help is needed, add Citricidal Nasal Spray.
· Thera-Zyme Opt - enzymatic nutrition support for a runny, drippy nose., 4 caps 3-5 x/d until relieved.
· Lagundi Caps - Ayurvedic herb for flu and lung symptoms (fever, sore throat, aches and pains, lung congestion bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma), 1-3 caps 3x/d until relieved.
· Lagundi Spray - Ayurvedic herbal tincture spray, for clearing the throat and the irritation from the flu or the mucous from allergies. It also improves breathing when you are congested.
· Citricidal tabs, natural antiseptic from grapefruit pulp and seeds. 2 tabs per meal 3x/d. During active infection, take 1 tab every hour until you feel better. Or, use Citricidal Liquid. Four drops are equivalent to one Citricidal tablet.
· New Zealand Colostrum Powder or Caps (from Sedona Labs) – a total body immune system support food that is baby’s first food of life. Good for humans of all ages and also your pets!
· Aspirin - good for inflammation and pain. See aspirin article in To Your Health newsletter, October 2003. Did you know that fruits and fruit juices are naturally high is salicylates, part of the aspirin molecule? That’s why I recommend them.
· Umcka Homeopathic Flu formula. Shortens duration -of the flu without suppressing symptoms. Follow directions on the label. glandular nutrition and the pro-thyroid diet are essential in supporting your immune system. See articles from Hypothyroidism; Thyroid Myths; Thyroid Resistance

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Good and Bad News from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The USDA Organic seal is supposed to assure the organic quality of our foods but there are some discrepancies here.

Bad News

USDA Stacks Government Organic Panel with Industry
OCA blew the whistle on the USDA's appointment of four new representatives to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) with strong ties to corporate agribusiness. The NOSB is the organic community's traditional watchdog over organic standards. According to the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the USDA is supposed to appoint a NOSB that is broadly representative of the organic community, including environmentalists, consumer representatives and scientists. But the USDA has begun to arbitrarily fill vacant seats with industry representatives from companies such as General Mills and Campbell's, companies whose profits are almost entirely based on nonorganic crops grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Thousands of organic consumers have responded by sending emails to the USDA demanding the removal of these appointees. Organic Bytes #99 12/29/07

Put the Natural Back in Meats labeled as “Naturally Raised” A 2007 Consumer Reports survey found that 83% of consumers assume a "naturally raised" meat label means it came from animals raised in a natural environment who have spent their drug-free lives freely roaming the pastures of a family farm, eating grass and hay, and being (at least somewhat) humanely slaughtered. In stark contrast, the USDA, bowing to pressure from corporate agribusiness, has released a standard for "Naturally Raised" meats that is so weak and misleading it would apply to a cloned animal, weaned on pig or cow blood plasma, raised in the confines of a factory farm, and fed a steady diet of genetically engineered grains. Take action: Organic Bytes #126, 1/18/08

Good News

USDA Bans Cloned Foods from Organic Labels

Although the USDA had previously proposed that the offspring of cloned animals could be considered "organic", after being flooded with complaints from organic consumers, the USDA's National Organic Standards Board voted 12-0 to ban foods from cloned animals and their progeny from the organic market. April 2007

Factory Farm has Organic Certification Yanked

For the first time in USDA history, a massive 10,000 head intensive confinement California feedlot dairy had its organic certification suspended. Prior to OCA's boycott, and complaints filed by the Cornucopia Institute, this factory farm supplied Horizon Organic. June 2007

Today, Horizons is USDA Certified - but 20% of their milk still comes from feedlot cows. However they are purported to be gradually shifting over to more family farm sourced milk. I recommend Organic Valley first but Horizons is better than commercial brands of milk.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Good News in Catastrophic Times: We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect

For all the cultural differences reflected in our richly varied customs, languages, religions, and political ideologies, psychologically healthy humans share a number of core values and aspirations. Although we may differ in our idea of the "how," we all want healthy, happy children, loving families, and a caring community with a beautiful, healthy natural environment. We want a world of cooperation, justice, and peace, and a say in the decisions that affect our lives.

Now, on the verge of environmental and social collapse, we face an imperative to bring the world of our dreams into being by cultivating our long-suppressed, even denied, capacity for sharing and compassion.

Fortunately, there is a more positive story that can put us on the road to recovery. It is supported by recent scientific findings, our daily experience, and the ageless teachings of the great religious prophets.Wired to Connect Scientists who use advanced imaging technology to study brain function report that the human brain is wired to reward caring, cooperation, and service. According to this research, merely thinking about another person experiencing harm triggers the same reaction in our brain as when a mother sees distress in her baby's face. Conversely, the act of helping another triggers the brain's pleasure center and benefits our health by boosting our immune system, reducing our heart rate, and preparing us to approach and soothe. Positive emotions like compassion produce similar benefits. By contrast, negative emotions suppress our immune system, increase heart rate, and prepare us to fight or flee.These findings are consistent with the pleasure most of us experience from being a member of an effective team or extending an uncompensated helping hand to another human. It is entirely logical. If our brains were not wired for life in community, our species would have expired long ago. We have an instinctual desire to protect the group, including its weakest and most vulnerable members-its children. Behavior contrary to this positive norm is an indicator of serious social and psychological dysfunction.

We must now begin to affirm that those of us who choose to cooperate rather than compete are not fighting human nature. We are, instead, developing the part of our humanity that gives us the best chance, not merely for survival, but for happiness.The process of changing the powerful stories that limit our lives begins with conversation in our living room, library, church, mosque, or synagogue. By speaking and listening to each other, we begin to discover the true potentials of our human nature and our common vision of the world. It is not a new conversation. Isolated groups of humans have engaged in it for millennia. What is new is the fact that the communications technologies now in place create the possibility of ending the isolation and melding our local conversations into a global one that can break the self-replicating spiral of competitive violence of 5000 years.

By David Korten , Yes! Magazine, August 31, 2008
Reprinted from Organic Consumers Association newsletter, Organic Bytes #144, 9/10/2008
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Myth of Bad Cholesterol: Cholesterol, LDL and Mortality

Have you ever wondered why we are told that HDL cholesterol is “good” and LDL cholesterol is “bad” and to get rid of it you need a cholesterol-lowering drug (e.g. a statin drug, such as Lipitor)? In my 25 years of work as an enzyme therapist I have observed that thus sickest people have the lowest cholesterol. This is especially true of LDL cholesterol whether they are too sick to make it or are taking an anti-cholesterol drug. Why? It is the LDL cholesterol that is converted into pregnenolone, the major anti-aging steroid, which is then partly converted into progesterone and DHEA. That’s why I rejoice when I see a person with a cholesterol of 200 or above. Because I know that, given enzymes, a prothyroid diet and hormonal balancing with thyroid glandular, progesterone and pregnenolone, they will be able to nourish their thyroid gland and help convert their LDL cholesterol into pregnenolone.
“Cholesterol itself is one of life's basic defense systems, essential for all functions, and when thyroid is low, increasing cholesterol partly compensates, by maintaining progesterone production, regulating nerves and cell division and cell communication and motility, etc. Higher thyroid increases the rate of cholesterol turnover, keeping oxidized cholesterol from accumulating, despite the interference of PUFA (omega-3 and -6 oils). In old people, mortality was minimal when cholesterol was at 270, but in higher thyroid people the optimal cholesterol would probably have been lower. A Framingham study found that people over 50 were more likely to be demented if their cholesterol was below 200; if it was that low because of high thyroid function, I don't think it would be a problem.” (Dr. Ray Peat, )
Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Asscn. (AHA), reported in Feb. 2006, that since statins were introduced to lower cholesterol, there has been a doubling (100%) increase in heart failure. Furthermore, a late study reveals that higher LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol), is "associated with decreasing mortality risk in older women." And for both older sexes, "fatal heart failure decreases with higher LDL levels." (Jnl. of the American Geriatric Society, Dec. 2005).
The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is a myth. Here are some facts that may (or may not) surprise you. You can find them in The Cholesterol Myths by Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D. and other books on the cholesterol hoax. Take a look at Dr. Ravnskov's credentials, and the reviews of his book, .
In his book, The Cholesterol Myths, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov disproves the nine main myths of the Lipid Hypothesis:
· High-fat foods cause heart disease
· High cholesterol causes heart disease
· High fat foods raise blood cholesterol
· Cholesterol blocks arteries
· Animal studies prove the diet-heart idea
· Lowering your cholesterol will lengthen your life
· Polyunsaturated oils are good for you
· The cholesterol campaign is based on good science
· All scientists support the diet-heart idea.
Articles from : Cardiovascular Health And Cholesterol Fairy Tales; Hypothyroidism; Pregnenolone - A Fruit Of Cholesterol; Progesterone Anti -Tumor Properties
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Splenda Goes To Court

All of us have been warned about the dangers of NutraSweet (Aspartame) and Saccharin. Then came Splenda.

Splenda is the synthetic compound sucralose, discovered in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. Oh my! This fake sugar is made by replacing hydroxyl groups in the sugar molecule with chlorine. There are no long-term studies of the side effects of Splenda in humans. The manufacturer's own short-term studies showed that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands and enlarged livers and kidneys in rodents. But the FDA approved Splenda anyway. As a result, Splenda is now one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in low calorie processed foods. From Organic Consumer’s Association, Organic Bytes #125, 1/4/2008
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The recent number of lawsuits against Splenda highlights the increasing risk companies face from litigation over comparative or misleading ad claims. Some of these cases are being turned into very expensive class-action suits. 8/1/05

Go to for articles on the adverse health effects of Splenda and a new book by Dr. Janet Hull, Splenda: Is It Safe Or Not, reveals the scientific evidence suggesting that Splenda may harm your body. Visit Is Splenda and for more information.
Splenda (Sucralose) is Not Splendid
Animal research has shown that sucralose can cause many problems, such as:

Thymus gland atrophy (up to 40% shrinkage)
Enlarged liver and kidneys
Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
Increased cecal weight
Reduced growth rate
Decreased red blood cell count
Hyperplasia of the pelvis
Extension of the pregnancy period
Aborted pregnancy
Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights

Complaints from my Spenda-consuming clients
Tasted horrible
Stomach cramps
Nausea sometimes with vomiting
Mental/emotional problems for which anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed

Dr. Mercola, who provides articles on Splenda on , says, “I have a number of patients in our Wellness Center who have had some severe migraines and even seizures possibly from consuming this product.”

Splenda is about 98% pure. Guess what’s in the other 2%? Small amounts of lead, arsenic, triphenilphosphine oxide, methanol (wood alcohol), chlorinated disaccharides and chlorinated monosaccharide.

There is no evidence that fake sugars of any kind help you lose weight. There is, however, some evidence that chemical sugars may stimulate your appetite. Oops.

Splenda (sucralose) can be found in many food and beverage categories: Baked goods and baking mixes; chewing gum; confections and frostings; salad dressings; fruit and water ices; jams and jellies; processed fruits and fruit juices; sweet sauces, toppings and syrups; beverages and beverage bases; coffee and tea drinks; fake dairy products; frozen dairy desserts and mixes; gelatins; puddings and fillings; milk products and sugar substitutes. This adds up to 3,500 food products.

To stay well, stay close to Mother Earth. Seek organic whole foods. If you like it and it doesn’t make you sick, eat it. If it does, I bet you need digestive enzymes!

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