Thursday, March 30, 2017

Natural News: Will There Be Enough Quality Ingredients to Meet Growing Demands?

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Will There Be Enough Quality Ingredients to Meet Growing Demands? 


As we mentioned last week, GMOs have become increasingly widespread, and even organic food can be tainted. As awareness about GMOs has risen, demand for organic food and supplements has risen, as well--particularly in Europe. Some European manufacturers are starting to use organic materials as a manufacturing quality control standard. Even conventionally manufactured materials are reducing pesticide use, etc. In the US, packaged organics were worth $13.4bn in 2015; yet only 1% of national crop space met the standards for organic production. Demand is booming, and more farmers are trying to make the switch.

However, demand does not always mean supply--it could simply mean the illusion of supply. In the US just last year, President Obama signed a GMO labelling bill. This bill made many supplement manufacturers nervous, as GMOs are also prevalent in supplements. A Natural Products Insider article states, "For example, in many nutritional supplement products, soy lecithin is a common ingredient that may be derived from GMO soy. Same for ingredients derived from corn, 90 percent of which is genetically engineered. Such corn-derived ingredients as maltodextrin, citric acid and cornstarch are often included in nutritional supplements as binders, fillers, excipients, etc. Commercial-grade vitamin C is often processed from GMO corn; vitamin E is similarly derived from GMO soy. Gelatin in gel caps may come from cows given GMO feed over a lifetime. The list goes on, and considering the number of ingredients in any given multivitamin, disclosing for GMOs is a potential migraine headache for supplement manufacturers." Still, for many, this fear would be unfounded; many supplement makers would not have to disclose GMO material because of a loophole that states material must be genetic material to be labelled "genetically modified." Thus, anything not containing actual genetic material (for example GMO soybean oil) would be exempt. Even the FDA recognizes that the lack of universal standards has led to "dangerous public health consequences." In fact, they are launching a system called PREDICT to scan imports for their risk levels.

For those who are genuinely trying to follow organic guidelines, even meeting the qualifications is a challenge. To become certified organic, farmers must avoid using prohibited products (such as certain pesticides) for 3 years, and during this transition time, they cannot increase prices. This means the increased cost of doing organic business falls on their shoulders until they are certified. Organic crops also have 10-20% lower yields--however, they excel in being more profitable and environmentally friendly. It just goes to show that the best choices are often the harder choices, and those who make the sacrifice should be supported and appreciated.

While we hope that organic products will continue their resurgence, we should not take for granted that organic sources will always be protected. This is why our cost for raw materials is so high--they are becoming increasingly difficult to source. As climate change, water shortages, and scarcity of quality food become more prevalent, non-GMO supplements may become the only means for maintaining one's health. Support of the natural food industry is more important now than ever; as we keep each other accountable, we can do our part to contribute to a brighter future.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Health News:Why USP Pharmaceutical Grade Food Supplements Are Needed Today More Than Ever Before


Why USP Pharmaceutical Grade Food Supplements Are Needed Today More Than Ever Before 

 

Health is becoming more and more elusive these days for many reasons. Two of the big reasons are environmental toxins and lack of nutrition in food.

Genetically modified foods have permeated most of the globe, with detrimental effects. An article on Taylor & Francis Online states, "Animal toxicity studies with certain GM foods have shown that they may toxically affect several organs and systems. The review of these studies should not be conducted separately for each GM food, but according to the effects exerted on certain organs it may help us create a better picture of the possible health effects on human beings. The results of most studies with GM foods indicate that they may cause some common toxic effects such as hepatic, pancreatic, renal, or reproductive effects and may alter the hematological, biochemical, and immunologic parameters."

Even organic food may not be safe. In a written testimony for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mark Castel of the Cornucopia Institute explained another looming problem: "We found that although there were many exemplary U.S. manufacturers . . . the majority of the participants in the organic soy industry were shifting to Chinese organic imports . . . At a time of rapid industry growth, instead of paying U.S. farmer cooperatives the market rate for certified organic soybeans, they threw U.S. organic producers under the bus by asking them to match cheaper Chinese prices (which they were unable to do). The company has since shifted most of their products over to conventional soybeans . . . And whether it's melamine contaminating processed food, rat meat masquerading as lamb, or dead hogs floating down rivers supplying the drinking water, many Chinese consumers don't trust their domestically produced food."

Marvin J. Levine writes in his book, Pesticides: A Toxic Time Bomb in Our Midst, "New studies suggest that pesticides may compromise the immune systems of infants and children. Children are exposed to pesticides at home, at school, in playgrounds and parks, in food, and in water. Nationwide, 85 percent of households had at least one pesticide, and 47 percent of households with children under the age of five were found to store at least one pesticide within the reach of children."

Between pesticides (such as Roundup), antibiotics, and the GMO food, soil around the world is becoming empty, without the mineral content needed to sustain life.
According to the journal Food Policy, soils with severe depletion of their carbon pool have low agronomic yield and low use efficiency of added input. In the coming years, the increasing population will make providing adequate food resources tricky enough--much less fully nutritious food.

The problem is, even though supplements should ideally make up for the wide nutritional gap, much supplement sourcing is not any better than the food sourcing. The raw materials used in supplement manufacturing can be broken down into 3 grades: pharmaceutical (which meets pharmaceutical standards of purity 97.5%+); food grade, which meets the standards for human consumption (more added fillers); and feed grade, which meets the standards for animal consumption (low quality, not much regulation). Most supplements (especially if the supplements aren't very expensive) would qualify as feed grade. The difference between the grades is essentially in the processing, which may have harsh chemical extraction residue, lack of quality testing, and less absorption.

USP pharmaceutical grade products meet the highest available standards. Since 1906, USP has been the standard for quality and purity of therapeutic agents used by the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA, so it is what Life Choice uses, as well. Because the material is as pure as possible and doesn't have unnecessary fillers, when you take our supplements, you are getting as much of that high grade raw material as possible--it's not diluted down with fillers or processed with a ton of chemicals. If you're looking for genuine nutrition, you're looking for USP pharmaceutical grade, which means you are looking for Life Choice.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Natural News: Possible Lurking Dangers Concerning Supplements

Supplements all use some form of filler. However, which fillers are used and the quantity of fillers used can make a huge difference in the final product. You can find a complete list here, but we want to focus on Dimethicone and Magnesium Stearate/Stearic Acid. 



Dimethicone is a silicone emollient which coats the skin, not allowing toxins out. It may promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. It is commonly found in lotions and creams.


Magnesium Stearate/Stearic Acid may contain phosphatidyl choline, which collapses cell membranes and selectively kills T-cells, which breaks down the immune system. It is an execeptant that is used to bind medicinal tablets and make them smooth; it is also used in pharmaceuticals, foods, talcum powder, ammunition, and as a drying agent in paints.

In the past  (2 years ago), Life Choice used a maximum of 2% magnesium stearate or stearic acid as a flow agent, and only when the raw material was clumping. Since 2015, we have substituted it for ascorbal palmitate, the fat soluble version of vitamin C. Some older labels may not reflect these changes yet, but they are currently being updated and replaced. 

So, why make the change?

As stated in the journal Neurotoxicology, "it is well established that certain toxic substances have the potential to disrupt normal brain physiology and to impair neurological homeostasis. As well as headache, cognitive dysfunction, memory disturbance, and other neurological signs and symptoms, disruption of brain function may also manifest as subtle or overt alteration in thoughts, moods, or behaviors. Over the last four decades, there has been the unprecedented development and release of a swelling repertoire of potentially toxic chemicals which have the capability to inflict brain compromise." 

An Immunologystudy found that stearic acid damaged T-cell membranes, ultimately destroying the T-cells. Prevent Disease also covered the dangers of magnesium stearate. They found that up to 5% of the average 1000 mg capsule or tablet is magnesium stearate--this is 50 milligrams. The EPA classifies concentrated magnesium stearate as a hazardous substance. And, besides these core dangers, magnesium stearate is also sourced from cottonseed or palm oil, which means it may also be loaded with pesticides. 

One study found that magnesium stearate also interacts with and binds to the raw materials it is mixed with. 

For another example, some companies use Crospovidone (cross linked polyvinyl N-pyrrolidone, or PVP) in their melatonin. PVP is a common inactive ingredient used by the pharmaceutical industry. While its swelling properties make it useful for absorbing active drugs, PVP is not absorbed orally. Pulmonary emboli have been reported in autopsies of intravenous drug abusers who have crushed tablets, such as hydromorphone, for injection. The long-term effects of crospovidone in the lung are unknown, but topical application has resulted in allergic reactions.

As you can see, there is more to a supplement than meets the eye. Read labels carefully and know what fillers really mean--your health will thank you for it.



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Natural News:Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

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Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

The New York Times recently reported on an alarming increase of colorectal cancers in young adults in their 20's and 30's. Though normally thought as being a senior's disease, colorectal cancer rates have been increasing in every generation born since 1950. An added risk for this particular age group is doctors' reluctance to take cancer into consideration as a diagnosis; because doctors do not catch the disease quickly, a proper diagnosis might not come until the cancer is less treatable. Early screening is being recommended as your first line of defense beginning from 20 years of age and onwards.

This problem is not unique to the US. Just last year, a study from the University of Toronto found that colorectal cancer is becoming increasingly common in Canadians under age 50, as well. The average rate of increase is 1.28 per cent per year. In this case, part of the issue is that young people wait to report unusual symptoms until it is too late. While this has not yet become prevalent enough in Canada for Health Canada to change the recommended screening age, it underscores the importance of being observant in one's own health, and speaking up if things do not seem normal.

While age and genetics may play a role in cancer development, environmental factors are important, too. In fact, the NIH stated that changes in food habits alone could reduce the risk of cancer by up to 70 per cent. Obesity and inactivity are also important environmental factors, accounting for between one fourth and one third of colorectal cancer. This is not even including the risks of GMO's and environmental toxins.

When the odds against health are stacked so high, we must be vigilant in observing the risk factors and controlling the ones that we can control. A healthy, organic diet; pure drinking water; regular exercise; adequate sleep (up to 8 hours per night to help lessen the built up stress levels); and overall clean living are great first steps to live a healthier life. To supercharge preventative health, though, we also recommend supplements.

For immune defense, begin with the gastrointestinal region for total gut health. In fact, all disease factors should begin with balancing the microbiota within the gut; it is the bedding ground for originating disease and spreading it throughout the body. Use a clinically-proven probiotic. We recommend one derived from human strains, like Laktokhan.The International Journal of Molecular Sciences reviewed several studies about the role of probiotics and protection against colon cancer. The studies discussed multiple angles from which probiotics can help in colon cancer prevention, including: "anticarcinogenic effects, antimutagenic properties, modification of differentiation processes in tumor cells, production of short chain fatty acids, and alteration of tumor gene-expressions." They concluded that these results warranted further study into the true potential of probiotics.

To help prevent leaky gut syndrome, we recommend Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme with ox bile. The gallbladder is responsible for storing bile. Bile is produced in the liver and released by the gallbladder. In the absence of a gallbladder, or if your gallbladder is compromised, the bile must be produced by the liver and sent to the small intestines for digestion, which severely marginalizes its effectiveness. For those with colorectal disease and compromised gallbladders, taking digestive enzymes with ox bile, like FSDE, will greatly benefit your health.

T cells are our immune defense, and for activating T-cells, Thymus Gland is a must. Our Thymus Gland is derived from New Zealand free range grass-fed bovine; the cows are grown without antibiotics or growth hormones.

Since the liver is the filter of the blood, we cannot think of anything better for liver cleansing than SAM-e--especially in liquid form, which bypasses digestion and goes directly into the bloodstream. In a recent US government study, of the effects of SAM-e on depression, arthritis, and liver disease were examined. SAM-e was found to work effectively for all three conditions. For depression, SAM-e was shown to be as good as standard antidepressant therapy; for liver disease, SAM-e improved intrahepatic cholestasis (cholesterol deposits in the liver, including intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) and reduced serum bilirubin levels, itching associated with intrahepatic cholestasis and jaundice; and for osteoarthritis, SAM-e was shown as effective at relieving joint pain as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In the studies on liver disease, researchers felt that a larger sample was needed to determine accurately the benefits of the SAM-e, and that overall, more studies were needed to determine optimum doses for each of the disease conditions, but they stated that SAM-e research was clearly worth pursuing.

If young people are diligent about disease prevention, colorectal disease does not have to be a looming concern.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Conflicting W.H.O. Reports Concerning Antibiotics…What Are We To Believe?



In light of global travel, society is like a dry forest susceptible to devastation. A new strain of bacteria could erupt and lignite the world with a pathogen that is resistant to all known medication.

WHO recently identified
12 "priority pathogens" that are generally not dangerous, but can be deadly if the person infected happens to contract a drug resistant form. Just last year, a patient in Reno was hospitalized with a condition resistant to all available antimicrobial drugs; she later died.

Ironically, on the same day as the WHO report was released,
another news article was released reporting on CMAJ's suggestion that the Canadian government should consider adopting a program in which the government pays for a list of "essential medicines." Other countries have similar programs, and some believe that government intervention could reduce the financial burden on consumers, as well as the perceived health risk of skipping days of medication.

Why is the world’s most powerful and most profitable sector in the world requesting that the government provide drugs for free? The question that begs to be asked is, who is going to benefit the most from this offering? What about the side effects that these drugs produce? More drugs will be needed for treating the side effects, and with open access and free medication, what health crisis will this influx of drugs create?

Antibiotics are already overused. In the US alone,
80 percent of the antibiotics produced are used in meat and poultry production. One might think that these antibiotics are used for sick animals, but, on the contrary, the antibiotics are actually used to promote faster growth and prevent disease in crowded or unsanitary conditions. And, these antibiotics do not die with the animals; they travel. In Consumer Reports tests, "more than two thirds of chicken samples were contaminated with Salmonella and/or Campylobacter, and more than 60 percent of those bacteria were resistant to one or more antibiotics." These superbugs can also spread through environmental transmission: through lakes, animals (including feces), people, etc.

Doctors contribute heavily to overprescription of antibiotics, particularly during cold and flu season. Antibiotics are becoming less effective, and the side effects of antibiotics are implicated in 1 of 5 emergency room visits for bad drug reactions.

There is a desperate need for change in order to treat the core of the problem, rather than careless spending in treating the symptoms of disease. We don’t need more to treat avoidable diseases. Instead, we need governmental oversight in the abuse of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and GMO engineering--all affecting the very food that we eat and the water that we drink. Is putting fluoride into the water system the answer for toxic water supplies, or would we be better off fixing the infrastructure to clean the water systems? In my estimation, government funding to heal our lands is a much better solution than pumping more money into the pockets of pharmaceutical interests. Our own medical choices have power, too. To keep your immunity strong, try products like Thymus Gland, which naturally increases the body's T cell count; and Laktokhan and FSDE, which protect gut health.




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