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Health Benefits Of Probiotics: Eczema

A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology is reporting that consuming probiotic rich dairy products during and after pregnancy drastically reduces eczema in children.

Researchers at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) authored this newly published ground breaking study on the effects of probiotics on young children.Their conclusions add to the existing data about the many health benefits of probiotics. “The results showed that probiotic bacteria reduced the incidence of eczema in children up to age two years by 40 percent. And the kids in ‘probiotics group’ who did have eczema, had less severe cases,” said Christian Kvikne Dotterud, a student in the Medical Student Research Programme at the Department of Community Medicine at NTNU. The research was performed with over 400 women and their children using an extremely accurate double blind method of testing. All of the women were randomly selected and then split into two groups. One received the probiotic milk, while the other received a placebo. “The taste of both products was similar, and the milk was delivered in unmarked milk cartons. This means that neither the participants in the study or the researchers knew who had received probiotic milk or placebo milk,” explained NTNU researcher Torbjørn Øien, one of the researchers. “We can therefore say with great certainty that it was the probiotic bacteria alone that caused the difference in the incidence of eczema between the two groups.” Article Source: NTNU

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Study Finds That Cashews Fight Diabetes

The long held notion that cashews are naturally anti-diabetic has recently come under scrutiny. New research has just come out supporting the traditional claims that cashew tree products fight diabetes. The study was performed by the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun) and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. Researchers took various parts (seeds, apples, leaves, bark etc.) of cashew trees to test for anti-diabetes properties.

“Of all the extracts tested, only cashew seed extract significantly stimulated blood sugar absorption by muscle cells,” explained Pierre S. Haddad, director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Aboriginal Anti-Diabetic Medicines at the University of Montreal. “Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which can have potential anti-diabetic properties.” “Our study validates the traditional use of cashew tree products in diabetes and points to some of its natural components that can serve to create new oral therapies,” said Haddad who is also the pharmacology professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. This new research is needed to meet the growing demand for diabetes treatment. Among Americans aged 20 years or younger, less than one-quarter of 1% (about 186,300 people) have diabetes, while among Americans aged 20 years or older, 10.7% (23.5 million people) have diabetes. For more statistics, see CDC’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Danger: The Most Toxic Eyeliners

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Here is the list…and feel free too click on each product to visit the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website for more in-depth information about each product.

These toxic eyeliners are more dangerous than 99% of the eyeliners on the market. To make it on this list of the most toxic eyeliners each product must have scientific studies linking it to at least 3 of the 4 following health issues:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/Reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies/Immunotoxicity

Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity,
Endocrine disruption,
Persistence and bioaccumulation,
Organ system toxicity (non-reporductive),
Multiple,
additive exposure sources,
irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs),
enhanced skin absorption,
contamination concerns,
occupational hazards
biochemical or cellular level changes.

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3 Sprinting Medals Earned by HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson in Utah Summer Games

We are pleased to announce that HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson has recently received three medals in the Utah Summer Games while competing against other athletes from his age group (40-44) from around Utah and some from other states. He received a Bronze medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.65 seconds while running against the wind. He received a Silver medal in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.98 seconds, just missing the gold medal by 0.24 seconds. The 400 meter dash (once around the track) was his best event.  He was able to earn a gold medal with a time of 1:03.97. Says Mark, “If I hadn’t earned any medals, I still would have felt like a star.  My wife Jenai and five daughters were right there near the finish line cheering exuberantly.”

Mark has never in his life competed in either the 100 or 200 meter dash, although he did compete in one or two indoor 400 meter races when he was 14 years old.  He very had little idea about how well he would be able to compete at the Summer Games.  “When I got to the starting blocks, I was like hmmm — how do I use those?” Mark prepared for the competition by running quarter mile once per week starting in the winter.  When the competition was one month away, he began training in earnest.  He checked online to learn the best warm-up exercises for sprinters such as the A-skip.  When he trained, he would run two 100′s, two 200′s and two 400′s at the Canyon View High School track in Cedar City, Utah at 6 a.m.  Sometimes, he would take his daughters with him.  They would run or act as starters or timers.  “I wanted my girls to see how a person can work hard for something and then actually accomplish it.” Another key to his preparation was taking the highest possible quality nutritional supplements for muscle building.  After completing a 30 day cleanse, he switched to the Isagenix Athlete’s Pak which consists of delicious IsaLean chocolate and vanilla meal replacement shakes with whey and casein protein, fiber calcium, vitamins and ionic alfalfa as well as Ionix Supreme with adaptogens that help neutralize the effects of power performance, IsaPro whey protein, IsaLean snack bars, and Want More Energy powder.   According to Mark, “The Isagenix products are also used by Willie Gault, a former wide receiver from my all time favorite football team, the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears.  He was also an Olympic champion — from the real Olympics. And many other well known athletes have found success while using Isagenix supplements.” With the all physical and nutritional preparation, Mark was feeling well prepared until two weeks before the event.  “I went to the fitness club and threw out my back somehow while using a squat machine!  This wasn’t just an ordinary back injury — it was the kind of injury that send people home from work for weeks.  As the guys at the office noticed, I walked with a forward hunch and leaning to the right!  I had to ask my daughter to carry my carry-on through the airport since I was too weak to do it.  And I only had two weeks to go before my big day!” Fortunately, Mark was already scheduled to fly to Chicago that day and was able to receive treatment from a woman that he calls, “the best back fixer in the world, Sharon Sauer.”  Ms. Sauer also taught Mark how to use trigger point compression, stretching and range of motion techniques so that he could fix his own back.  In fact, Ms. Sauer has just recently authored a book on the subject of self-care treatment for the back.   “I was using back-fixing techniques on myself regularly, even right up until a few minutes before my races. Mark Axelson hasn’t decided whether he will compete in the Utah Summer Games again next year or not.  “Maybe I will wait five years.”

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Toxins, Toxins, Everywhere Toxins

On June 21, new research showed a direct link between two commonly occurring environmental pollutants. The long since banned PCB, and the still legal PCF chemicals are back in the spotlight. The research was performed by the veterinary surgeon Marianne Kraugerud, and it revealed specifically that both these chemical pollutants are directly linked to reproductive disorders in the sheep from her testing. PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyls) have been banned since the 1970′s but still persist in the environment. Their cousins, PCF’s (perfluorinated compounds) are currently being used in products like Teflon for cooking wares, as well as a fast growing number of of other clothing and food products. Both PCB’s and PCF’s accumulate in the environment over the years and are resistant to breaking down naturally. According to the Environmental Working Group, these chemicals and their byproducts “are toxic in humans with health effects from stroke and cancer to increased cholesterol.” When Marianne Kraugerud presented her research last month she emphasized the need to more thoroughly investigate the dangers of these ever present environmental pollutants. Read more about these and other chemical pollutants at the EWG website.

 

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Controversial GM Alfalfa

A long standing battle over the use of genetically modified alfalfa has just resurfaced after several years of court battles. What looked to be a done deal, is now back in the courts and stirring controversy around the nation. One of the issues surrounding the GM alfalfa is that its creators, Monsanto, have engineered it to be resistant to Round Up herbicide (also a Monsanto product), so as to make it easier to kill weeds without harming the crop. This sounds good, but opponents of this Round Up ready alfalfa believe that it’s herbicide resistance is spreading to other weeds, resulting in the increased use of herbicide chemicals and lessened crop yields. “The drastic increase in pesticide use with genetically engineered crops is due primarily to the rapid emergence of weeds resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide,” said Dr. Charles Benbrook, chief scientist of The Organic Center. “With glyphosate-resistant weeds now infesting millions of acres, farmers face rising costs coupled with sometimes major yield losses, and the environmental impact of weed management systems will surely rise.”

Dr. Benbrook and a team of scientists have found that Monsanto’s GM alfalfa has lead to an overall increase of chemical herbiscide use of 318 million pounds. Even greater a risk than increased chemical herbicide use is the threat that GM alfalfa poses to organic and non-GM alfalfa crops. According to Jim Munch of the Cornicopia Institute, the key difference between alfalfa and other crops “is the distance over which pollen is carried. Alfalfa is pollinated by bees carrying pollen from one plant to another, whereas the grain crops are pollinated by the action of gravity and air movement. Research and practical experience have shown that bees can carry pollen for a range of more than 2 miles, which is much farther than wind-carried pollen.” Jim continued: “Another key difference between the two is that seeds for grain crops are grown over large geographic areas, whereas a large proportion of all alfalfa seed is grown within compact geographic areas in a handful of Western states. This is due to climate, topography, and soil type. The result of these two important differences is that there is a high probability that cross-pollination will cause significant contamination of non-GE alfalfa seed with GE alfalfa genetics in a matter of years. In other words, there will eventually be no truly non-GE or organic alfalfa seed.”

The GM alfalfa issue is currently back in the courts where it is being battled out as you read this. There have been several court decisions dating back to 2007 that have culminated with the current supreme court debate. Update: The supreme court has ruled that the GM Alfalfa cannot be used until it obtains the go ahead from the USDA, which will take a while. When that unfolds, so will the court battles. It’s not over, but at this point the organic farmers have a victory to celebrate.

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Biggest Shipping Day Ever

We have seen continual growth here at HEALTHandMED.com and last week we set a new record. We shipped so many packages in one day that the UPS man almost had to come back for a second pick up. We managed to capture some of it on video and make it available on YouTube for everyone’s enjoyment. Here it is:

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