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Healthy DIET AND NUTRITION is an essential starting point for you to have energy and vibrant good health.

Here are some diet & nutrition self help resources for healthy eating and cooking for you & all the family.

Article about effects of healthy change in your diet and nutrition:

If I were asked which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the field of nutrition, I would immediately be forced to reply that it is the failure to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes which follow the beginning of a better nutritional program.

What is meant by a better nutritional program?

It is the introduction of foods of higher quality in place of lower quality ones. For example, if a person replaces a protein rich food such as pork with beef, the beef may be considered the superior of the two due to its easier digestibility, lower and less saturated fat content, etc.; chicken is superior to beef and fish is superior to chicken because of its more rapid digestibility and lower saturated fat content. Lima beans, lentils, or chick peas, which are eaten at the same meal with vegetables are superior in all the nutrients needed to rebuild health.

As we go higher on the scale of quality, we begin to include protein rich food which may be eaten in the unfired state, such as cheese which is made from raw milk and unsalted. Then we ascend to the nuts and seeds which are eaten in the natural state (raw and unsalted).

To summarize: the closer the food comes to the natural state in which it occurs, or the closer to its raw, unfired form, the higher its quality. In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact.

The amino acids are in their finest form. The minerals, vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates, and “life force” are present. The life force, in turn, is capable of reproducing healthy tissue.

This same classification of quality which we analyzed in relation to protein rich foods applies to the carbohydrates (the starch and sugar-rich foods), the fats, and the mineral-rich foods.

The quality of a nutritional program is also improved by omitting toxic substances such as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, salt, pepper, etc. from your diet.

What is the relation of quality of foods to recovery from illness? It is this in a nutshell:

The higher the quality of food we eat, the quicker we recover from disease, provided we are able to digest and assimilate properly.

To this must be added the knowledge of

(a) proper food combining;

(b) proper order of eating the different kinds of food at a meal, e.g., the most easily digested food should be eaten first, the more complex one second, and the most concentrated item last;

(c) the correct quantity of food to be consumed (of each type) in the meal; and

(d) the correct time for eating (when hungry and not by the clock).

Now, what happens when a person follows these rules and makes a decided improvement in the quality of food consumed?

Remarkable things begin to happen to the body as well as the mind. The amazing intelligence present in every cell of the body and the wisdom of the body in its operation immediately becomes manifest.

article continued: Symptoms to Expect When You Improve Your Diet by Dr. Stanley S. Bass

Anorexia Health Therapy

The current concerns about Anorexia and Bulimia in society today means that we all need to be more vigilant in our awareness of the health and wellbeing of our loved ones.

Below is an interesting article for your information and also some incredible successful health results from people using Herbalife products.

Anorexia and bulimia treatment resource centers are available throughout the US for those seeking treatment.

Health Tips:

“Fad Diets and the Diet Gap”
Have you noticed that fad diets rise and fall in popularity like the latest fashions or current pop songs? We’ve seen (and seen off) the Soup Diet; the Grapefruit Diet; the No Carbs Diet; the Only Carbs Diet, and so on.

Herbalife programmes are centred around eating healthily. And for most of us, eating healthily means cutting down on salt. Even if cutting down on your salt intake wont reduce your waist measurement, it’ll make you a healthier person, better able to follow your weight management programme.

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a potentially life threatening condition and must be treated by a qualified medical practitioner. Ayurveda recommends steps that you can take which can help bring it under control.

“Take Heart On Cholesterol”
Cholesterol can be both good and bad, so its important to learn what cholesterol is, how it affects your health and how to manage your blood cholesterol levels. Understanding the facts about cholesterol will help you take better care of your heart so you can live a healthier life, reducing your risk for heart attack and stroke.

The gastro-intestinal tract is the most important part of the body, and the seat of the doshas. Our dosha type and lifestyle factors all influence the digestive system and each dosha is subject to particular disorders.

Protein is essential for growth and development. It provides the body with energy and is needed for the manufacture of hormones, antibodies, enzymes and tissues. It also helps build muscles.

“Anorexia Health Therapy”
The current concerns about Anorexia and Bulimia in society today means that we all need to be more vigilant in our awareness of the health and wellbeing of our loved ones.

Below is an interesting article for your information and also some incredible successful health results from people using Herbalife products.

“Chocolate as Heart Medicine”
An every day ratio of dark bitter chocolate could help prevent heart diseases, according to a study realized by a team of Swiss researchers.

“Relieve Your Pain, with a Better Arthritis Diet”
People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain.

One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet.

There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference.

“About Coral Calcium”
Shigechiyo Izumi is world’s oldest living person according to the Guinness book of World Records.

He is 115 years old and retired from work at the age of 105, despite which he enjoys a remarkable health and is very active physically.

“Red Wines vs. White Wines”
Most of us know that wine comes from grapes that are aged.

But have you ever wondered what helps the grape age properly and why red wines need more time to age than white wines?

The process of aging starts immediately after the grapes are picked, crushed and pressed.

“Eating At Winter”
Winters often causes us to gain weight.

Every winter we add a few pounds. Most persons really add those pounds that are hard to lose afterwards.

It’s known that during the winter we are more likely to gain weight, and then in the spring and summer we will pass time trying to lose those pounds we weight more than we should.

“Eating Like The Spanish”
Bored of cooking every day the same meals, the same recipes, and want to try something different and exotic?

You can choose any culture, any country you want and you will find specific traditional food for each and every one of them.

But there is something different about the way the Spanish cook, they just make food enjoying it and this is what matters and offers such tasty results.

“How much protein should one eat?”
The perfect diet, which can provide the right kind of nutrition, is composed of a diet with rite combination of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins.

Among all these components protein has a different and very essential role to play to keep the body in shape and make it strong.

“Grapefruit Health advice”
Do you like grapefruit?

The interaction between grapefruit juice and some medications can cause negative effects, especially on kidney level, and sometimes it can be fatal.

“Fast Diet Plan”
By paying attention to the amount of food you eat, eliminating unnecessary sugar and fat from your foods and making sure you include absolutely delicious meals and snacks to keep your taste buds happy.

“Diet Using Negative Calories”
The main idea is that our body uses more calories to digest some aliments than the calories we know those aliments contain themselves by analyzing the combination of nutritional components of the specific aliments.

“Artificial Sweeteners Create An Artificial Need”
Artificial sweeteners are marketed as “being super-sized with more sweetness and no penalty.” People with eating disorders, children who are first learning about healthy food habits, diabetics and those with degenerative illnesses are being seduced by crafty advertising campaigns. “And the added plethora of laboratory chemicals are entirely unnecessary to put in the public food supply,” says Kelly Goyen, CEO of Empirical Labs.

“24 Good reasons why you may need vitamin supplements”
Many people believe that eating a well balanced diet provides all the vitamins and minerals necessary for good health.

In ideal circumstances, this is the case, but in reality there are many reasons why you may need vitamin supplements to cope with living in the twentieth century environment.

Beating the Breakfast Rush Hour
In many families, morning is a hectic and hurried time. Frequently parents feel fortunate just to get everyone out the door fully dressed each day.

Serve a hot cooked breakfast every morning?

Not a chance. Breakfast (if it’s served at all) often consists of grabbing a toaster pastry and a quick glass of juice as the family runs out the door racing headlong to work and school.

Forget weird and wacky diets if you really want to lose weight…

Miracle diets that promise instant results may be tempting but they’re generally complicated, time consuming and ban our favorite foods.

And though they help us lose weight, the effects are usually short lived and the weight piles back on.

7 Tips to a Healthier, Happier You
Health and happiness are not that difficult to have in one’s life.

It just takes some attention and some action to insure that you have as much of both as you desire.

“Atkins Diet Could Lead To Cancer, Bowel Disorders”
Almost half of Scotland’s 15 hospital trusts will refuse to provide the Atkins diet to patients who request it, due to concerns that it is not a balanced healthy eating plan.

“Berries And Beans Top Best Antioxidant Foods List”
variety of veggies, fruits and nuts battled it out this month for the top spot on a new list of the 20 most antioxidant-rich foods, ranked by nutrition scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Avoid Digestive Distress”
When you over-eat certain types of foods there is a very good chance that you are going to suffer from digestive problems. Gas can also be brought on by medications and heavy drinking. You can get around distress of this type if you take certain steps to prevent the problem.

“Can you buy healthy foods at the grocery store?”
The local grocery store is a great place to find healthy, nutritious foods. Unfortunately, it is also a place to find less healthy foods and many junk foods. Learning how to follow a healthy lifestyle means learning how to shop for the healthiest foods, and learning how to avoid temptation.

“Are you eating too many refined cereals?”
Scientific evidence shows that replacing refined grains with wholegrains is critical for improving health and wellbeing and preventing a range of chronic diseases.

Health experts agree we are eating too many highly refined cereals, with research indicating that around 90 per cent of us fail to eat the recommended two serves of wholegrains a day.

“The Wonders of Garlic”
Volumes could be written about the wonders of garlic.

It has been recognized for centuries for its medicinal qualities as well as for flavoring and enhancing foods.

“About the new Food Pyramid”
While the previous pyramid was flawed in its recommendations, at least it was easy to understand. We were instructed to eat more foods from the bottom of the pyramid and fewer of the foods from the top.

“Major Scientific Breakthrough’
A ‘Major Scientific Breakthrough’ in the area of micro nutrition, including amino acids and botanical factors that regenerate and revive healthy cellular activity to aid and enhance your body’s health from the inside out.

“The Diet Alternative to a Big Mac ”
Here at we love to give you the lowdown on all kinds of food, so this week we have we taken some of Mcdonald’s most popular meals and have attempted to provide what we personally think may be healthier home-made alternatives (at least in terms of calories!) that can be prepared in about the same time it will take you to go to the golden arches, and queue for your Big Mac ™.

“Are You Eating the Right Carbohydrates?”
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to eat healthier, you may be confused by the news you’re hearing about carbohydrates. With so much attention focused on protein diets, there’s been a consumer backlash against carbohydrates.

“Cabbage Soup Diet”
Like many diets, the cabbage soup diet allows its users to quickly lose weight by semi-starvation. This diet is based upon eating cabbage soup as the main food consumption with few other foods allowed at only specific times .

“HE100 Symptoms to Expect When You Improve Your Diet by Dr. Stanley S. Bass”
If I were asked which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the field of nutrition, I would immediately be forced to reply that it is the failure to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes which follow the beginning of a better nutritional program.

“Why Junk Food Adverts Promote Bad Health”
A lot of advertising is devoted to pushing the foods that contribute to obesity.

In particular, they are heavily advertised on the television and specifically in connection with programmes that children watch, except in the relatively few places (such as Sweden and Quebec) where this is forbidden.

“The Ultimate Natural Health Kit”
If you are tired of going off to your doctor time and again and either being prescribed medication which is of little use to your symptoms, or more frequently these days, being sent away without any at all, never fear.

“The Type Of Food and Nutrition That Can Help You Lose Weight Fast”
The following are diet tips that can help you shape up and lose weight:

1. Try and adopt a vegetarian diet. A vegetarian diet is undoubtedly better for those of us watching our diet. There are a lot of advantages of keeping to a vegetarian diet but I don’t want to sing an ode to vegetarianism now.

“The Truth about McDonalds and Children”
Every waking moment of our lives, we swim in an ocean of advertising, all of it telling us the same thing: consume, consume. And then consume some more.

The epidemic of over-consumption begins with the things we put in our mouths.

“Vitamin Supplements And Healthy Diets”
Many doctors are skeptical about mega-dose vitamins, arguing that a healthy diet meets most people’s needs.

“Vitamin B6 Reduces the Risk of Colon Cancer”
Vitamin B6 is involved in some of the most important processes in your body, including protein metabolism, hormone function, red blood cell formation, and the operation of your immune and nervous systems.

“Using Yoga to Manage ADD”
Exercise is a powerful tool for ADD management.

Medical professionals recommend that adults get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (such as running or biking) 3-5 times per week to improve their general health.

For ADD’ers, this type of exercise is particularly beneficial, because it may balance production of neurotransmitters and reduce stress levels.

“Using Carrot Juice for Relieving Constipation”
Carrot juices contain certain oils that work on the mucus membranes of the stomach and colon.

This helps with digestion and starts your bowels functioning properly. Carrots are high in fiber and beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which the body converts to vitamin A.

“What Is The Difference Between A Good Fat And Bad Fat?”
As a low carb dieter, your diet is undoubtedly high in fat.

And if you’ve done research on the different types of fats, you probably heard the two big buzz words surrounding fats today–“good fats” and “bad fats.”

Up to that point, you may have thought all fats were bad–or good, but only for low carb dieters.

“Why You Should Use Fruits For Constipation”

“We’re Eating Ourselves to Death”
In 2000, poor diet including obesity and physical inactivity caused 400,000 U.S. deaths – more than 16 percent of all deaths and the No. 2 killer. That compares with 435,000 for tobacco, or 18 percent, as the top underlying killer.

The gap between the two is substantially narrower than in 1990, when poor diet and inactivity caused 300,000 deaths, 14 percent, compared with 400,000 for tobacco, or 19 percent, says a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“24 Good reasons why you may need vitamin supplements”
Even when your food intake is good, inefficient digestion can limit your body’s uptake of vitamins. Some common causes of inefficient digestion are not chewing well enough and eating too fast. Both of these result in larger than normal food particle size, too large to allow complete action of digestive enzymes. Many people with dentures are unable to chew as efficiently as those with a full set of original teeth.

“Introduction to Low Saturated, Low Cholesterol Diets”
When following a low saturated fat and cholesterol diet, enjoy an abundance of grains, vegetables, and fruits, which are all naturally low in saturated fat and free of dietary cholesterol. Choose a variety of lean meats, skinless poultry, low fat and nonfat dairy foods, and heart-healthy fats and oils. This chart can help you make food selections that are kind to your heart.

“Fattening Foods: Not So Fattening After All”
Have you seen those “fat free” foods in supermarkets? Have you possibly delighted in them guiltlessly thinking that they are healthy for you? There’s a good chance that you have because we usually follow what the media and the world around us says. In this day in age, along with other health fads, many people believe that fat makes you fat. This is true, to an extent. What we fail to notice is that not all fats are bad.

“Migraine triggers”
There seem to be an awful lot of inquiries recently on the subject of headaches. We have to say that if a person is concerned that the headaches are abnormal and uncharacteristic that they need to visit their own doctor for a check up.

Having said that, very few headaches actually fall into this category of seriousness as evidenced, for instance by the sales of Over The Counter headache medication, and the fact that in the USA alone, 45 million people report having regular headaches requiring analgesics.

“All Natural Indulgences”
Natural” is the buzzword in the beauty biz these days. Cosmetic labels brandish the products’ natural ingredients in bold face type, but the list of ingredients often tells a different story.

Take control of your own beauty regimen with these natural indulgences. Preparing your own beauty treatments and pampering packages is an affordable alternative to your favorite store-bought brands. And, since many of these recipes contain only ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards, they’re perfect for those times when you have an unexpected fifteen minutes to yourself.

“How a Natural Whole Fruit Drink Reveals Natures Secrets”
Of all the medicinal components made naturally in fruits and vegetables, there’s one specific fruit that has paved its way into millions of peoples lives. There are literally millions of varieties of plants and botanicals in the world, yet only the mangosteen fruit holds the honor of being referred to as the “Queen of Fruits.”

“Recipe smoothies information”
The following smoothie recipe and variation are said to be not only healthy in a general sort of way but also as a cure for migraine headaches. I don’t know whether that’s the case or not, but I’m sharing the information because the smoothie tastes great (if you like spinach and pineapple, that is).

“Get a Handle on Sugar Consumption”
Cutting back on sugar is the focus of her book, TAMING OF THE C.A.N.D.Y.* MONSTER Recipes and Tips for Feeding Junk Food Fans & Picky Eaters.

It was on the New York Times bestseller list for 16 weeks in 1978 after Lansky’s appearance on the Phil Donahue show when she demonstrated just how much sugar is hidden in everyday foods.

“Herbal loss weight information”
Looking for a safe and natural way to improve your health and manage your weight, without interfering with your life style, and yet still be able to eat the foods you love?

Would you like a simple ‘space-age’ approach to lifelong health and weight management, without resorting to dangerous yo-yo dieting?

“Herb medicinal information”
With each day more people are turning to herbs and vitamin supplements to ease their pain and/or enhance their overall health.

People are taking control over their own health and we’re telling the medical profession that they are NOT the only answer.

“Vitamins and Herbs / What’s the Harm?””
With each day more people are turning to herbs and vitamin supplements to ease their pain and/or enhance their overall health. People are taking control over their own health and we’re telling the medical profession that they are NOT the only answer. We are pressuring our doctors to become more enlightened and to educate themselves on natural alternatives.

“Good home remedies”
Ever have a bee sting? Try rubbing an aspirin on it. Gum in hair? Soak the gum-coated hair in Coke® and it should wipe out easily. While not being a replacement for medical attention, and you should always seek your doctor when you feel you have to and please take these home remedies with a grain of salt. Here you go and enjoy

“homeopathy for kids”
Generally, children and babies respond very well to homeopathic treatment. They have usually not been exposed to as much conventional drug therapy as adults.

Homeopathy can also help to strengthen a child’s natural defenses and immunity, helping to restore a state of good health.

“124 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health”
By Nancy Appleton, PhD

Print this list and tape it to your refrigerator or sugar bowl. (See below for clinical documentation of each statement.)

“Eating Habits And Disorders”
Healthy Eating

Healthy eating gives us good strength for daily work and new energy flows in the body. Healthy eating means that the eating pyramid contains the balance of all nutrition in it which is essential for the body. Variety of food is important for a healthy diet because single food never fulfill the quality of a healthy diet.

“An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”
One of the most popular quotations of the 19th Century was “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Before the 20th century there was no food pyramid or someone to announce the importance of five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

“124 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health”
Print this list and tape it to your refrigerator or sugar bowl. (See below for clinical documentation of each statement.)

“A Little Fast Food A Big Risk To Health”
JUST two or three visits a week to a fast-food outlet may be enough to put you under threat of obesity and diabetes.

Despite claims by the fast-food industry that its products can form part of a healthy diet, participants in a major US trial showed signs of significant weight gains by eating at fast-food diners more than twice a week.

“Major Scientific Breakthrough”
While an apple a day might not keep the doctor away, research suggests that a diet containing protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and oils can help if combined with sleep, air, water, exercise and a highly active immune system.

“Diet healthy heart information”
When following a low saturated fat and cholesterol diet, enjoy an abundance of grains, vegetables, and fruits, which are all naturally low in saturated fat and free of dietary cholesterol.

Choose a variety of lean meats, skinless poultry, low fat and nonfat dairy foods, and heart-healthy fats and oils. This chart can help you make food selections that are kind to your heart.

“Apples Will Keep You Happy”
Researchers now tell us that grandma was right when she said an apple a day would keep the doctor away!

The apple is now being called the all-round health food.

Nutritionists suggest that eating two or three apples a day can boost the body’s protection against heart disease, thanks to the fruit’s amazing ability to reduce blood pressure and lower dangerously high cholesterol levels.

“Diet Sodas May Double Your Risk of Obesity”
The prevalence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions and many Americans are making efforts to side-step extra calories.

They are turning to diet soft drinks — Diet Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and Sprite — as their beverage of choice.

But is this a wise health choice?

“10 Ways To Eat More Fruits and Veggies”
1. Start your day with fresh squeezed orange juice.

2. Cut up a banana in your breakfast cereal.

3. Snack on carrot & celery sticks all day.

4. Eat a salad for lunch.

“Major Scientific Breakthrough”
Even when we try to eat well, we’re disadvantaged. The nutritional content of most food has been compromised over the years, not only by deficient soils and modern production, transportation, storage and processing methods, but also by the enormous amounts of chemical and artificial substances, added to promote growth, storage life, taste and appearance.

“7 Strategies To Stop Eating Junk Food!”
FACT: Obesity accounts for 300,000 deaths a year in the U.S. alone.

Research into how junk food and fast food restaurants affect obesity, have found that there may be a relationship between the number of people per fast food restaurant and how many square miles there are between fast food restaurants located within your local area and obesity rates.

“Lactose Intolerant”
Do you know anyway who can’t consume milk or milk-based products? The condition is not uncommon and these people are classified as lactose intolerant.

Lactose is the main carbohydrate or sugar found in milk, and in varying quantities in dairy products made from milk including yoghurt, ice cream, soft cheeses and butter. Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance results from an inability to digest lactose in the small intestine

“124 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health”
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.

“24 Good reasons why you may need vitamin supplements”
In ideal circumstances, this is the case, but in reality there are many reasons why you may need vitamin supplements to cope with living in the twentieth century environment.

Taking vitamins when required is a safe method of optimizing your dietary sources of nutrients, providing you follow the instructions on product labels.

Yoga stress buster
Follow a simple yoga relaxation routine to unwind completely after a busy day.

Used to calm the body and channel the mind, yoga is an excellent way to de-stress.

The following technique focuses the mind in relaxing every part of the body.

Nutritional Top Ten Foods, for your diet and nutrition includes:

1) oats;
2) soybeans;
3) tomatoes;
4) coldwater seafood, such as salmon or cod;
5) flaxseed;
6) garlic;
7) hot peppers;
8) sweet potatoes;
9) grapes; and
10) cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

“Studies have shown that certain foods pack a more powerful punch than others when it comes to wellness,” Smith says.

continue article HE96 below

HE96 Top Ten Foods to Your Day-to-Day Diet by Jay Lemke
Oats, Soybeans, Tomatoes Lead the Nutritional Top Ten Food List for your good health and energy.

HE90 Top Twenty Super Foods and Supplements for Great Health by Bob Calvert
These are listed only in approximate order of priority.

There are many other good foods, but our lifestyles don’t allow us as much time to prepare food as we would like.

HE64 Drink Deeply by Heida Knapp Rinella
Eight, 8-ounce glasses. Sixty-four ounces. Two quarts. A half-gallon.

Anyway you pour it, that’s a lot of water.

Despite any punditry you may have heard lately that you really don’t need to drink that much water each day, experts say you do — especially in arid Southern Nevada.

HE63 Do You Really Need Eight Glasses of Water Every Day?
For years we’ve been admonished to chug eight glasses of water a day–for our skin, for our weight, for general good health.

HE66 Don’t Dismiss Signs of an Eating Disorder by Boston Globe
In an episode late last year of ABC’s “Once and Again,” a visiting grandmother spots in two minutes what parents haven’t noticed: Their teenage daughter has an eating disorder.

The parents in the show are caring, connected, and divorced. That last fact provides the plot with convenient room for finger-pointing – “You weren’t paying attention!” – but it makes us squirm.

Who’s to say we would do any better by our child?

HE81 Why Butter Is Better, diet & nutrition article by Stephen Byrnes, ND, RNCP
One of the most healthy whole foods you can include in your diet is butter.

“What?!” I can hear many of you saying, “Isn’t butter bad for you? I thought margarine and spreads were better because they’re low in saturated fat and cholesterol?”

HE80 An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Before the 20th century there was no food pyramid or someone to announce the importance of five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

People simply recognized the healthy attributes of the apple. Some people were also well aware of the apple’s relationship to the history of the world.

HE73 Energy Unlimited with Muesli , diet & nutrition article by John H. Tobe
Probably the most frequent complaint that I’ve heard from people is that they lack energy. Men, women and children of all ages seem to have this common affliction.

Some people just assume that it is natural and there is nothing they can do about it and carry on from there never showing a spark of life and just sort of dragging themselv

“The Devil In Their Diet”
Scientific Proof That Food Additives Cause Hyperactivity

Twelve months ago, at school and in his Glasgow home, seven-year-old Ryan Gallacher was all but uncontrollable.

Then, in August last year, his father Alex changed Ryan’s diet.

Off the menu went anything with artificial food additives.

“The Cabbage Soup Diet Explained”
This one is almost certainly in the ‘Fad’ camp.

And you REALLY have to like cabbages in order to try this diet!

You probably won’t be surprised to find that this 7 day diet plan requires you to eat cabbage soup, constantly.

The rationale behind the Cabbage Soup Diet is that cabbage can somehow ‘flush’ fat from your body.

“The Best Way to Use Low Carb Control”
The benefits of low-carb dieting are easy to see and make clear why so many are choosing a low-carb way of life.

For example, there isn’t any counting of calories or measuring portions. In addition you do not have to cut out all the food you enjoy.

You can continue eating burgers, cheese, and bacon.

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If this plan were followed the present three meals-a-day plan would end.

Also the practice of many of eating between meals and in the evening before retiring would cease. For most people real hunger would call for about one meal a day, with occasionally some small amounts of fruit during the day.

Hunger is the "voice of nature" saying to us that food is required. There is no other true guide as to when to eat. The time of day, the habitual meal time, etc., are not true guides.

Although genuine hunger is a mouth and throat sensation and depends upon an actual physiological need for food, muscular contractions of the stomach accompany hunger and are thought by physiologists, to give rise to the hunger sensation.

Carlson, of the Chicago University, found that in a man who had been fasting two weeks, these gastric "hunger" contractions had not decreased, although there was no desire for food. The same has been observed in animals. Indeed these contractions are seen to increase and yet they do not produce the sensation of hunger. I do not consider these so-called "hunger-contractions" as the cause of hunger. Real hunger is a mouth and throat sensation.

But there is a difference between hunger and what is called appetite. Appetite is a counterfeit hunger, a creature of habit and cultivation, and may be due to any one of a number of things; such as the arrival of the habitual meal time, the sight, taste, or smell of food, condiments and seasonings, or even the thought of food. In some diseased states there is an almost constant and insatiable appetite. None of these things can arouse true hunger; for, this comes only when there is an actual need for food.

One may have an appetite for tobacco, coffee, tea, opium, alcohol, etc., but he can never be hungry for these, since they serve no real physiological need.

Appetite is often accompanied by a gnawing or "all gone" sensation in the stomach, or a general sense of weakness; there may even be mental depression. Such symptoms usually belong to the diseased stomach of a glutton and will pass away if their owner will refrain from eating for a few days. They are temporarily relieved by eating and this leads to the idea that it was food that was needed. But such sensations and feelings do not accompany true hunger. In true hunger one is not aware that he has a stomach for this, like thirst, is a mouth and throat sensation. Real hunger arises spontaneously, that is without the agency of some external factor, and is accompanied by a "watering of the mouth" and usually by a conscious desire for some particular food.

Dr. Gibson says that, "The condition known as appetite, … with its source and center in nervous desire, and its motive in self-indulgence, is a mere parasite on life, feeding on its host--the man himself--whose misdirected imagination invites it into his own vital household; while hunger, on the other hand, is the original, constitutional prompter for the cell-world calling for means to supply the true need and necessities of man's physical nature.

… Appetite does not express our needs, but our wants; not what we really need, but what we think we need. It is imagination running riot, fashioning out of our gluttonous greed an insatiable vampire which grows with our wants, and increases its power until finally it kills us unless we determine to kill it. … As long as our attention is absorbed in the pleasures of the table, in the gratification of eating for its own sake, and in the introduction of new combinations to bring about stimulating effects, we are increasing the power of our appetite at the expense of our hunger."

The hungry person is able to eat and relish a crust of dry bread; he who has only an appetite must have his food seasoned and spiced before he can enjoy it. Even a gourmand is able to enjoy a hearty meal if there is sufficient seasoning to whip up his jaded appetite and arouse his palsied taste. He would be far better off if he would await the arrival of hunger before eating.

There is no doubt of the truth of Dr. Geo. S. Weger's thought that "appetite contractions in the stomach are often excited by psychic states, as influenced by the senses." Appetite contractions thus aroused, are of distinct advantage in digesting a meal if they are super-added to preexisting hunger contractions. We know that these psychic states increase the flow of the digestive juices--make the stomach "water" as well as the mouth--and enhance digestion.

Dr. Claunch says, "the difference between true hunger and false craving may be determined as follows: when hungry and comfortable it is true hunger. When hungry and uncomfortable it is false craving. When a sick person misses a customary meal, he gets weak before he gets hungry. When a healthy person misses a customary meal, he gets hungry before he gets weak."

If we follow the rule to eat only when truly hungry, those people who are "hungry" but weak and uncomfortable would fast until comfort and strength returned. Fasting would become one of the most common practices in our lives, at least, until we learn to live and eat to keep well and thus eliminate the need for fasting.

There are individuals who are always eating and always "hungry." They mistake a morbid irritation of the stomach for hunger. These people have not learned to distinguish between a normal demand for food and a symptom of disease. They mistake the evidences of chronic gastritis or of gastric neurosis for hunger.

Hunger, as previously pointed out, is the insistent demand for food that arises out of physiological need for nourishment. Appetite, on the other hand, is a craving for food which may be the result of several different outside factors operating through the mind and senses. Anything that will arouse an appetite will encourage one to eat, whether or not there exists an actual need for food.

Hunger may be satisfied and appetite still persist, a not unusual thing. Our many course dinners, with everything especially prepared to appeal to the taste and smell, are well designed to keep alive appetite, long after hunger has been appeased. No man is ever hungry when he reaches the dessert, so commonly served after a many course dinner. Few, though filled to repletion and perhaps uncomfortable in the abdomen, ever refuse to eat the dessert. It is especially prepared to appeal to appetite. This style of eating necessarily and inevitably leads to overeating and disease. Too many articles of food at a meal overstimulate and induce overeating.

Hunger and the sense of taste are the only guides as to the quantity and character of food required. If we eat when we are not hungry, and if the delicate sensibilities of taste have been dulled and deadened by gluttonous indulgence and by condiments, spices, alcohol, etc., it ceases to be a reliable guide.

The unperverted instinct of hunger craves most keenly the food that is most needed by the body and the unperverted taste derives the most pleasure and satisfaction out of the food or foods demanded, and will be satisfied when we have consumed sufficient of such food or foods to supply the body's needs.

But, if we have been in the habit of crowding the stomach when there is no demand for food, just because it is meal time, or because the doctor ordered it, and we know no other indication that enough food has been consumed, than that the stomach can hold no more, we are headed for disaster.

The existence of a natural demand for food indicates that food is required by the body and that the organs of the body are ready to receive and digest it. Eating when there is no time, or as a social duty, or because one has been able to stimulate an appetite, is a wrong to the body.

Both the quality and quantity, and the frequency of meals should be regulated by the rules of hygiene rather than by those of etiquette and convenience.


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"Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food."

-Hippocrates, Father of Medicine

"But if our food tastes like medicine, most of us just aren't going to eat it"

-Dr John H Maher - Co-Founder, Doctors For Nutrition

Most of us have heard that diets high in fruits and vegetables can help us lose weight, reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, arthritis and even wrinkles. As a matter of fact, 8 to 10 servings a day can cut our cancer risk in half!

In 1998, the University of Naples in Italy studied 70 to 100 year olds and found that the healthiest and longest lived ate a lot more fruits and vegetables.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that the USDA Food Guide Pyramid advocates eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day for optimum health!

Food science has just recently come to realize that there is much more to micronutrient nutrition than just vitamins and minerals. Indeed, there may be well over 1,000 different plant chemicals, known as phytonutrients, that may have metabolic activity in humans! These include classes such as the polyphenols, carotenoids, flavinoids, coumarins and isothiocyanates, just to name a few!

Some serve as antioxidants, some assist the liver in detoxification, others modulate the immune system and hormone metabolism. Research on phytonutrients is an exciting new frontier for nutritionists.

Further study has shown that the fruits and vegetables that come in rich vibrant colors, like tomatoes, carrots, spinach, broccoli, blue berries and raspberries, are much more potent and beneficial than the pastel colored produce like ice berg lettuce, bananas, celery, corn and potatoes

Plus certain foods may contain greater quantities of enzymes, fibers, probiotics, and even specific medicinal substances, the later being especially true of many edible herbs and spices.

The Super Foods and The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)

As we have become more aware of the amazing and broad spectrum of health, antiaging, and disease preventing benefits of foods especially high in this "new" array of such micronutrients, a new name for them has arisen, the "Super Foods".

The "S.A.D." fact remains, that in spite of all the support from mainstream medicine organizations like the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association, and governmental health organizations like the National Institute of Health, the National Institute on Aging, the USDA, and even the U.S. Surgeon General, few of us eat the recommended minimum of two fruits and three vegetables daily.

Even counting the "pale" plants like French fries, green-gassed bananas and ice burg lettuce, few achieve the daily minimum, much less. How many fewer of us enjoy the optimal 8 to 10 servings, and that emphasizing fresh and organic phytonutrient dense fruits and vegetables of deep and bright color!

The reasons for this lack are many and varied, and deeply ingrained in our American culture and lifestyle, though it can hardly any longer be accounted to ignorance.

What is obviously need is a "fast food health food" that delivers much of the proven benefits of a diet rich in super foods, but like any other "fast food", in a extremely convenient, absolutely enjoyable, and most economical form.

This paper will briefly introduce to the reader some of the benefits of many of the most beneficial super foods and super food extracts as an introduction to the new fast food health food product, Greens First.

The Super Greens: Spirulina, Chlorella and Young Barley Sprouts

Super Greens are those chlorophyll saturated dark green plants that make up the very foundation of complex life on earth. By this statement I mean that such green foods make up the beginning of the plant food chain upon which the more complex animals all depend directly or indirectly.

As such these dark green plants foods contain all the essential building block nutrients or precursors upon which all other life eventually depends.

In the oceans and great lakes these super foods are one-celled plants called spirulina and chlorella.

On land, these foods are the young spring time sprouts or shoots of the seed producing grasses and the green herbs. Examples are barley grass, wheat grass and alfalfa.


Spirulina is a primordial aquatic micro-blue green algae, which takes its energy directly from the sun and the minerals in water. It grows so fast that Spirulina accounts for up to one half of the oxygen on our planet!

Spirulina contains over 100 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and phytonutrients ! Spirulina contains high levels of easily absorbed natural cell protectors (antioxidants) including chlorophyll, alpha and betacarotene and phycocyanin.

Doctors Sklar and Schwartz of Harvard School of Dental Medicine showed an extract of spirulina's antioxidants prevented cancer in animals. And phycocyanin is found exclusively in Spirulina!

Indeed, according to A. Patterson, C.N.C., there has been more positive research on Spirulina algae than any other food source known to exhibit anticancer properties.

Spirulina is approximately 65 - 70% amino acid proteins, which is greater then beef steak by far! Spirulina is a natural treasure trove of organic vitamin B12, iron, chromium, selenium and essential fatty acids (GLA).

Indeed, spirulina contains 50 times more blood building iron than spinach and 10 times more bone building calcium than milk. Spirulina is the highest natural plant source of stamina building Vitamin B12, has more good fats (GLA /EFA) than evening primrose oil, and more Vitamin E than raw wheat germ!

Spirulina also contains growth factors that support and promote the growth of friendly intestinal flora. Such a food is called a prebiotic. This in distinction to fermented foods and clabbered dairy products that actually contain many millions of healthy microorganisms, all of which are called probiotics.

Spirulina, like all edible dark green plants, is also highly alkalizing, meaning that it helps restore the acid-base balance. In other words, Spirulina helps neutralize the acidity caused by eating excess meats, starches, sugars, soft drinks and preserved foods, excess stress, excess exercise, environmental pollutants, drugs, alcohol, coffee and tobacco.

Spirulina is rich in tetrapyrolle pigments which makes it a great heavy metal detoxifier.

Dr David Williams, the famous editor of Alternatives For The Health Conscious Individual says, " if I were forced to limit myself to only one supplement, Spirulina would definitely be my first choice!"

Cracked Cell Wall Chlorella

Chlorella is the #1 selling health food supplement sold in Japan. Chlorella, a unique single-celled fresh water green algae, contains high concentrations of chlorophyll, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidant carotenes, and vitamins and minerals, especially zinc. (The later often defecient in athletes and vegans.)

Chlorella actually contains twice as much clorophyll as Spirulina. Chlorophyll, the phytonutrient that makes plants green, deodorizes, detoxifies and promotes the body's natural healing.

Chlorophyll has also been studied for its potential in stimulating tissue growth, and in stimulating red blood cell production. Perhaps most remarkable is the similarity between chlorophyll and the red pigment in blood.

Indeed, chlorophyll is just a hemoglobin molecule with magnesium in the middle instead of iron!

According to an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Jan. 4, 1995), chlorophyll fed to laboratory animals reduces absorption of three dietary carcinogens: heterocyclic amines (found in cooked muscle meats), polycyclic hydrocarbons (found in smoked and barbecued foods), and aflatoxin (a mold on peanuts).

The chlorophyll formed complex compounds with the carcinogens while they were still in the digestive tract, limiting their bio-availability.

Chlorophyll has also been found to reduce fecal, urinary, and body odor in geriatric patients.

Chlorella is also by far the richest source of age fighting RNA and DNA, the very building blocks of life!

Chlorella is the most researched "green product" resulting in proof of numerous health benefits including improved immune system function, heavy metal and pesticide detoxification, "anti-tumor activity", and, because of CGF, chlorella growth factor, enhanced white blood cell activity and quicker wound and ulcer healing!

Please note that as Chlorella, unlike Spirulina, has a cellulose wall that humans cannot digest, it is important that "cracked cell wall" Chlorella be used.

Michael Rosenbaum, MD, MSC, noted medical doctor specializing in nutritional medicine, writing in the M.D.'s Nutritional Bulletin, Spring 2001, calls chlorella, "by far the best and most powerful of the nutraceuticals, foods that provide your body with the proper nutrition to heal itself.There is nothing better for finally helping you feel the way you want to feel!"

Young Barley Sprouts

Barley grass is considered the most nutritional of the green grasses. You are aware that when the great herds of the plains have survived the dry season or winter, nature provides them with the most nutritious of foods for themselves and there soon to be born young, young green sprouting grasses.

Indeed green grasses are the only vegetation many herbivores eat and as such supply their sole nutritional support from birth to old age!

But before green grasses undergo the reproductive cycle that creates the grains, they are in the grass stage, and the grasses contain about the same vitamins and minerals as dark green vegetables!

When these grasses are harvested at a young age, they have a different chemical makeup from their adult counterparts. For example, wheat grass has 32 g of protein per 100 g, while wheat flour has only 13 g per 100 g. Wheat grass has about 23,000 International Units (IUs) of vitamin A per 100 g, while wheat flour has none. We can see then that the young grasses offer us much greater nutrition.

Barley Grass Juice Powder, low temperature spray dried from pure organic juice, not milled grass, is a green powerhouse that brings you a wide spectrum of natural nutrients in natural proportion, as well as chlorophyll, live enzymes, and a unique and powerful antioxidant: 2"-0-glycosylisovitexin, reported to have antioxidant activity equal to or superior to vitamin E.

Green barley leaves contain a multitude of the body's spark plugs, enzymes. Enzymes are the catalysts for the body's essential chemical reactions and are responsible for our digestive processes, for providing cellular energy, and for antioxidant effects.

Despite their importance, most people do not get the enzymes they need. This is because heat destroys enzymes, and most of our foods, whether cooked at home or processed, are heated and the enzymes destroyed.

The world's greatest expert on green barely, Dr. Hagiwara, believes that there may be thousands of active enzymes in green barley, especially superoxide dismutase (SOD), a major detoxifying enzyme sometimes recommended in combating arthritis.

The young barley juice powder contains 13 times as much carotene as that of carrots, 55 times as much Vitamin C as that of apples and 5 times as much iron as that of spinach.

Its potassium content works to balance the sodium in salt and so many other processed foods. Many people note a diuretic effect like the "water pills", frequently followed by lowering of an elevated blood pressure!

Recently, research has unveiled many other possible benefits of green barley leaves. Extracted compounds may have cholesterol lowering effects, anti-inflammatory benifits, and anti-ulcer properties.

After studying green plants for decades, Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, said, "It was clear to me, then, that the leaves of the cereal grasses provide the nearest thing this planet offers to the perfect food. For reasons of palatability, higher nutrient content, and favorable harvesting features, green barley stands out as the best among these."

The More Familiar Super Greens: Spinach, Kale and Parsley

When I was a boy "eat your spinach" was a not uncommon exhortation by both my mother and "Popeye the Sailorman", though today I think some might consider such force feeding well nigh near child abuse!

The dark green leafies, spinach, kale and parsley, are also treasure troves of vitamins, minerals, carotenes and chlorophyll, the great detoxifier. (That is why it parsley and chlorophyll are used in natural breath fresheners!)

Of particular note are, folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin K, calcium, iron , and potassium, and the antioxidants lutien and zeaxanthin.

According to the USDA, folic acid is the most common dietary vitamin deficiency in the U.S., being deficient in 3 out of 4 diets.

Indeed, only recently have we become generally aware that folic acid deficiency is the usual cause of the unfortunately not uncommon neuro tube birth defects.

And many medications, including birth control pills and estrogen, increase the need for folic acid! (Nutritional Science News, Sept. 2001, Vol6, No. 9; p.338)

Green leafy vegeatables are well known as being high in bone building calcium, but did you know that Vitamin K is needed for strong bones, too? The Farmingham Health Study showed that those with the highest vit. K intake had three times less hip fracture from osteoporosis! (Analyst 1988:113:393-7).

In Japan vit. K is approved as a drug to treat osteoporosis! Fewer yet realize that a recent analysis of published research on vit K concluded " a substantial part of the population is mildly deficient in vitamin K, and at the later stages this deficiency may contribute to (not only) increased bone fracture risk, (but) arterial calcification and cardiovascular disease, (too)." - Hematol Oncol Clin Noth Am 2000 Apr:14(2):339-53

Popeye sang " I'm strong to the finish 'cause I eats me spinach". This was mostly thought related to its rich iron content, which is also true of kale and parsley.

Today, with our high sodium, high protein, high processed food diets, we are even more in need of the alkaline ash minerals, especially potassium, found so predominately in the super greens.

These minerals act as a buffer to neutralize excess acid. If not present in sufficient quantities, the body "steals" these much mineral needed buffers from our bones, and thus such deficiencies are thought to be a leading cause of osteoporosis. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2001:73, pp 118-122)

The discovery that there is a whole class of micro nutrients, called phytonutrients, that were not vitamins, minerals nor fiber, but had dynamic health enhancing effect, is a big part of the reason the major health agencies recommend a minimum of 5 different fruits and vegetables daily.

One such class of phytonutrients are the antioxidant carotenes, of which the pro vitamin A beta carotene is the most familiar.

However, though the dark green leafies are a rich sources of beta carotenes, there are numerous non-vitamin A carotenes found in these foods as well.

Two of the most rese3arched are lutien and zeaxanthin. According to Health Sense, August 2000, Vol. VI, issue 8, numerous studies show that maintaining sufficient levels of lutien and zeaxanthin, the only carotenoid antioxidants active in the retina of the eye, can prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, two leading causes of age related blindness, and preserve youth visual sensitivity.

High consumption of green leafy vegetables containing lutien and zeaxanthin were determined to be the protective agents that explained the low incidence of lung cancer in Fiji were 80% of the men smoke! (Int. J. Cancer: 63, 18-23 (1995)).

The February 2000 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked lutien to a 17% reduction in colon cancer risk.

Non-Green Super Carotenoids: Carrots and Tomatoes

There are two more carotenoid super foods we must mention, namely carrots and tomatoes.

Carrots are well known for their pro-vitamin A beta-carotene content, the abundance of which is responsible for their bright orange color. In 1992, Caragay listed carrots in the top section of his "Possible Cancer-Preventing Food and Ingredients" pyramid.

Tomatoes turn bright red because of the phytonutrient pigment called lycopene. Lycopene has drawn attention because of its link in lowering the risk of lung and prostate and cancer (Jrnl Nat Cancer Inst,12/6/95).

Says S. K. Clinton, M.D, Ph.D., of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, "The data strongly suggest that tomato products should be a component of a healthy dietary pattern that includes at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day"

The Cruciferous Vegetables

When it comes to cancer fighting, the real champs may be the cruciferous vegetables.Cruciferous vegetables contain detoxifying phytonutrients with rather unfamiliar names like isothiocyanate, sulphoraphane and indole -3 carbinol, or IC-3 for short.

These plant micronutrients work by speeding up the production of enzymes, especially in the liver, with which our bodies convert toxic, mutagenic, cancer causing substances into less harmful, even beneficial substances. (Medical Committee for Aging Research and Education, Issue 2, Abstracts,:p.5)

The 2000 January 5 th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute proclaims that the cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels Sprouts, substantially lower the risk of prostate cancer in men. Numerous studies also suggest a protective role in uterine, cervical and breast cancer in women as well (Cancer Chemother Pharmacol,1991;28:255-8).

Fruit: Berry Berry Good for You!

As a recent Newsweek article said "The day when doctors say--'Take 10 cherries and call me in the morning'--may not be far off."

Most known phytonutrients are strongly related to pigment. Just as phytonutrient antioxidant carotenoids tend to dominate in the dark green greens and bright red and orange vegetables, the richly red/blue pigmented flavinoids, with names like isoflavones, anthocyanins, flavinols , catechins and phenols, tend to dominant in the fruits and herbs.

And the richest source of pigment and antioxidants in the fruit group are generally found in the blueberries, raspberries, tart dark cherries, and deep purple plums/prunes. Indeed, these fruits are the most potent source of antiaging antioxidants of any commonly eaten foods!

Antioxidants have been shown to increase immune function and decrease the risk of infection and cancer. Antioxidants help by preventing or repairing damage done to the body's cells by free radicals. Simply put, a free radical is a molecule with a missing electron.

An antioxidant, such as vitamin C, vitamin E or beta carotene, may donate one of its electrons to the free radical. If no antioxidants are present, a free radical takes an electron from vital cell structures, damaging the cell and eventually leading to disease.

Like so many Pac Men, the flavinoid antioxidants in berries, cherries and plums "eat up" free radicals in the bloodstream helping prevent the development of cancer. These flavinoids have even been called, "Mother Nature's all-natural chemotherapy agents".

Fruit phytonutrient flavinoids also play a role in preventing the development of heart disease by discouraging fatty deposits in the arteries. Flavinoids even slow wrinkling, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration, and protect the aging brain.

Indeed, they are a main reason why fruits and vegetables have been called "Natures Anti Aging Wonders!"

Is it any wonder that most scientists believe it is far better to get a daily healthy dose of dozens of different phytonutrients from micro-nutrient dense "super foods" than it is to take a mega dose of a few synthetic antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

For example, the 17 identified compounds in tart cherries that have antioxidant properties are considered, in total, to be superior to the activity of vitamins E and C. In addition, they contain compounds that help relieve the pain of arthritis, gout and even headaches with daily consumption!

Blue berries are by far the greatest common whole food source of eye/vision and brain/mind protecting antioxidant flavinoids, being full of blue anthocyanins.

Cranberries, raspberries and tart cherries are the richest fruit source of ellagic acid, a naturally occurring plant phenolic flavinoid phytonutrient that is known as a potent anti-carcinogenic compound.

Clinical tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) show that ellagic acid may be the most potent way to prevent cancer!

And you should know that all the berries, not just cranberries, help prevent recurrent urinary tract-bladder infections (UTI's).

Four More Fabulous Flavinoids: OPC's, Quercitin ,Green Tea and Red Wine

Oligoproanthrocyanins (OPC's) are super rich in the anthocyanin bioflavinoid group of phytonutrients. Found abundantly in berries, their very richest sources are grape seed and pine bark extracts.

These have been shown to be powerful antioxidants that are very much more active than vitamins C and E, and our thought to protect against carcinogenic changes (Journal of Clinical Oncology 2000;18:668-83).

Quercitin is the major representative of the antioxidant flavinol group, which group is particularly known for preventing the oxidation of low density lipo-protiens (bad cholesterol).

Quercitin is found in fruits and vegetables, most notably onions and green apples. That is the major reason why onions and green apples help prevent hardening of the arteries and the heart attacks and strokes that such arteriosclerosis causes (Biomed pharmicother 51:305-3100,1997).

Quercitin has also consistently demonstrated a potent antitumor effect (Cancer Chemother Pharmacol,1991;28:255-8).

Green tea is also rich in antioxidant polyphenols that are thought to be the most active ingredient as pertains to its much purported benefits of preventing cancer, heart disease, gum disease and even tooth decay.

The benefits of green tea flavinoid catechins for the heart are greater than that of red wine, without the alcohol! (There is a 10% increase in breast cancer for every alcoholic consumed on a daily basis according to the Family Practice News, April 15, 2001).

Speaking of red wine, the reason that red wine is more protective of heart disease than white wines is because of the phytonutrient, resversitol, which gives dark grapes their deep red/blue color.

By extracting the resversitol as a supplement, one can get the antioxidant heart protecting benefits of red wine, dark grapes and grape juice without all the alcohol and sugar.

Fruit and Vegetable Extracts

In order to approximate the health benefits of daily eating 8 to 10 serving of dark green, red, orange, blue and purple fruit and vegetables, food scientists have created fruit and vegetable extracts from the most nutrient dense organic varieties.

These extracts become highly concentrated phytonutrient super food supplements.

Findings reported in the 38th annual meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology show us that these supplements enhanced "multiple immune functions.especially for people whose immune functions have been diminished".

Dr O'Neill , Ph.D., of BYU's Dept. of Microbiology was quoted as saying, "fruit and vegetable extracts may be protective against cancer."

Organic Food More Nutritious?

The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine (2001;7(2):161) reported the results of part of the doctoral dissertation of Virginia Worthington, Ph.D., of John Hopkins University, Baltimore. Dr Worthington found that the composition of conventionally grown American food has declined dramatically in the past 60 years.

For example, iron is lower by 32 percent, calcium by 29 percent, magnesium by 21 percent. She also found that organically grown produce was higher in most vitamins and minerals and lower in potentially harmful nitrates.

Organic foods were 29 percent higher in magnesium, 27 percent higher in vitamin C, and 21 percent higher in iron. Using the USDA recommendation of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, Dr Worthington concluded that consuming organic produce could make the difference between a deficient and adequate diet!

The Probiotics: Friendly Bacteria?

Evidence for probiotics, "friendly" bacteria like l.acidophilus. l. bifidum, l. bulgarus, b.brevis, and s.thermophilus, is impressive according to Dan Lukaczer, N.D., writing in the Sept. 2001, Vol.6, No, 9 edition of the Nutritional Science News. Inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract infections, diarrhea and even heart disease and colon cancer risk are favorably effected by these symbiotic bacteria we host in our alimentary tract.

No wonder we call them "friendly"! Probiotics are so effective in inhibiting virally induced gastrointestinal infections in children that hospitals, infamous as nosocomial vectors for such bugs, are studying using them prophalactically when admitting children.

Of note, one of the ways we get "seeded' with probiotics is through soil organisms on plants. But our highly washed, even irradiated, vegetables may not contain near as many as we might get 'eating from the garden".

And our often frequent ingestion of chlorinated water, antibiotics, and other medications, along with low fiber, high sugar diets do not at all favor the growth of friendly bugs in our intestines.

Clabbered milk products, like yogurt, and fermented plants foods, like sourkraut or tofu, are important probiotic sources as well. As diary sensitivity is so common, especially in those with chronic bowel problems, when supplementing dairy free probiotics are to be generally preferred.

" friendly bacteria can. prevent cancerous tumors; inactivate viruses; produce natural antibodies and vitamins,; reduce cholesterol. and even more wonders.".- Dr David Williams, editor of Alternatives For The Health Conscious Individual.

Plant Enzymes, Digestive Dynamos!

Natural plant enzymes, like protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, lactase, and bromelain and papain (from pineapple and papaya) help us to digest food stuffs; respectively, starches, fats, cellulose, milk products and proteins.

Raw foods, or foods processed below 108 degrees F., maintain their enzyme activity. Of course, only man cooks his food. All other animals eat a "raw" and therefore a relatively more or less enzyme rich diet.

The proposed advantages of a diet rich in raw and low temperature processed plant foods, or supplementing these natural plant enzymes, are well stated in the following quote by I. V. Jimenez-Velasquez, Vice-Chair of the Dept. of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, "As we age, our natural digestive enzymes are depleted, allowing food to ferment (rot) in the digestive tract.

Many experts believe that this undigested matter becomes quite toxic, causing many of the health problems associated with aging, such as joint distress, ulcers, bl

Natural Plant Fiber Facts

Hydrophillic (water loving) soluble plant fibers help soften the stool and promote natural regularity. Three of the "healthiest" soluable fibers are oat beta-glucan , brown rice bran , and apple fiber pectin.

In addition, soluble fibers are most responsible for lowering cholesterol. And the most effective cholesterol lowering soluble fiber is oat beta-glucan. Indeed, even the FDA has approved cholesterol lowering claims for oat beta-glucan.

Rice bran is the richest source of IP-6, a proven to anti-colon cancer nutraceutical, It is also a rich source of tocotrienols, a vit. E fraction that has 40 to 60 times the antioxidant activity of regular vit. E (alpha tocopherol).

Apple pectin is a soluble fiber that binds to toxins and excess bile and cholesterol in the gut. Just one of the reasons "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".

"Soluble fiber from foods such as oat bran, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." FDA, 2001. In allowing this health claim, FDA concluded that the beta-glucan soluble fiber of whole oats is the primary component responsible for the total and LDL blood cholesterol-lowering effects.

Soya Lecithin

Oral lecithin, also known as phosphatidylcholine, has been shown to decrease total cholesterol while raising HDL, the "good " cholesterol, and lower homocystiene, thus lowering the risk for heart attack, stroke, and hardening of the arteries.

Further more, lecithin promotes healthy liver function, including bile flow, fat breakdown and medication detoxication, while also improving and protecting memory and even athletic performance!

However, current lecithin and choline consumption rates may be lower, especially in certain "at risk" populations, because foods with the highest lecithin concentrations, like eggs and beef liver, are still considered by many to be too high in fat and cholesterol.

Granulated lecithin is extracted from soy beans, its highest natural plant source.

"We recommend trying lecithin for reducing risk of coronary heart disease, fatty liver, and to improve mild memory impairment." D. W. Johnson, Ph.D., D.J. Mokler, Ph.D., Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of England.

Medicinal Herbs, Roots and Spices

Medicinal foods and herbs have a long tradition in every culture. Many are safe to be eaten regularly in small amounts with few contraindications, even to concomitant prescription medicines.

Milk thistle seed extract, of which silymarin is considered the most active ingredient, "supports proper liver functioning through a number of mechanisms." - Journal of Hepatology, July 1989 , pp. 105-113.

Red beet root has long been known by herbalists for its support of kidney and liver functions.

Cinnamon powder, cinnamomum tamala, kills many unfriendly bacteria and fungi that would like to inhabit our intestines. It is also a "spice that helps equalize (high) blood sugar levels without making them dip too low." - Larry Doss MD, peer reviewed medical author and lecturer.

Aloe leaf powder is "called the "Plant of Immortality" by the ancient Egyptian. Whole leaf Aloe Vera has been shown to benefit the immune system by fighting viruses while supporting tissue healing, inflammatory disorders, improving digestion, gastric ulcers and asthma". Pennies NS. Inhibition of arachidonic acid oxidation in vitro by vehicle components. Acta Derm Venerol Stockh 1981; 62:59-61. Turmeric rhizome extract, rich in curcuminoids, has many positive health effects, some benefits occur even in very small doses. "Ramirez-Bosca and her colleagues (2000) selected eight subjects with elevated fibrinogen levels and treated them with 20 mg of Curcuma longa (turmeric) extract per day.

After only 15 days, previously elevated levels of fibrinogen dropped like a rock in all eight subjects." ( Ward Dean, M.D, Fibrinogen: Biomarker of Aging and Important Cardiovascular Risk Factor: Reversal with Turmeric (Curcuma longa), November 2000.)

Atlantic kelp powder, 15mg, This "sea vegetable" is a long time popular weight loss catalyst and well-known source of natural trace and rare earth minerals, most especially organic iodine.

Introducing Greens First: "Vibrant Health Made Easy and Enjoyable!"

Greens First is a instant super food mix that contains all of the above superfoods, and yet is refreshing delicious in water! You may wonder how anyone could mix all the ingredients together and make them taste refreshingly delicious. Frankly, it took the doctors and scientists working with Doctors For Nutrition three years to finally pass the all important taste test! But we finally did it!

That means no "hiding the taste" in high calorie, high sugar, costly fruit juices or swallowing of some two dozen odd pills.

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