Claudette's Specialties: Female and Male Hormonal Imbalances, PMS, Period Pain, Fibroids, Polycystic Ovaries/Syndrome, Endometriosis, Menopause, Prostate Problems, Low Libido, Natural Fertility Management: Contraception, Overcoming Infertility Problems (females and males), Preconception Care, Sex Selection, IVF support, Pregnancy Care: Pregnancy nutrition and remedies, Miscarriage support, Birth preparation, Doula: Childbirth support, Post-natal care for mother and child.

Vitamin A Low in Asthmatic Adults & Children

Asthma risk and severity inceases in both adults and children if they are deficient in vitamins A & C. Vitamin A is essential for lung development and retards against lung inflammation. To read more, Allen S, Britton JR, Leonardi-Bee JA. Association between antioxidant vitamins and asthma outcome measures: a systemic review and meta-analysis. Thorax 2009 Jul;64(7):610-619; Al Senaidy AM. Serum vitamin A and beta-carotene levels in children with asthma. J Asthma 2009 Sep;46(7):699-702
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Research Highlights More Mobile Phone Dangers

Recent research has finally proven that using a cell phone for 10/> years doubles the risk of a brain tumor on the same side of the head as that preferred for cell phone use. There were also findings of:

  • A nearly 300% increase in the incidence of genetic damage when human blood cells were exposed to radiation in the cellular frequency band

  • A 60% greater chance of acoustic neuromas, a tumor affecting the nerve that controls hearing, among people who had used cell phones for 6 years/>

  • A higher rate of brain cancer deaths among handheld mobile phone users than among car phone users (car phones are mounted on the dashboard rather than held next to your head)

  • Animals exposed to mobile phone waves suffered breakage of DNA strands– the type of genetic alterations that can lead to cancer, cell death and mutagenic problems.

To read more, Reuters September 14, 2009 ABC News September 14, 2009

Surgical Neurology September 2009;72(3):205-14
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HRT Doubles the Risk Of Lung Cancer

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that treatment with estrogen and progestin (the traditional synthetic prescription hormone replacement therapy, delivered in a combination of Premarin and Provera, also known as Prempro) increases the number of deaths from lung cancer. Published in the The Lancet (Sept 2009), it is argued that because Prempro shows no protection against coronary heart disease, it is questionable whether hormone replacement therapy should be used at all.To read more, http://www.healthfreedom.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=898&Itemid=1
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Over-Diagnosis in PSA Screening

Analysis from the American National Cancer Institute suggests that over 1 million men were incorrectly diagnosed via PSA for prostate cancer and underwent radiation and surgery unnecessarily between 1987 and 2005. The Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society suggests to simply monitor increasing levels of PSA before jumping into radical medical intervention as this is unacceptable given the long term side effects of such therapy. This is where herbal medicines can certainly play a strategic intervening role. To read more, Welch HG and Albertsen PC. Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment after the introduction of prostate-specific antigen screening: 1986-2005. J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Aug 31; [e-pub ahead of print]. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djp278); Brawley OW. Prostate cancer screening: Is this a teachable moment? J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Aug 31; [e-pub ahead of print]. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djp310)
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Grain Fed vs Grass Fed Meat

Grain fed beef is now touted as premium meat but the reality is far from it! A US study found that beef from grass fed cattle contained almost double the quantities of beta-carotene, almost three times the amount of Vitamin E, sixty percent more Omega 3 fatty acids and a more favourable Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. Grain fed beef contains more trans fats, saturated fat and consequently more calories. Do not be deceived and ask for grass fed beef only! To read more, http://www.thefoodcoach.com.au/articles.asp?ArticleID=622
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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Swine Flu Deaths

Although we live in Austrlia with eternal sunshine, an amazing number of my clients are low in Vitamin D as they work indoors and wear sunscreen outside. I advise everyone to get their Vitamin D levels tested via a simple blood test with their doctor once a year. Vitamin D is essential for the immune system, mood (depression), neurological disorders (epilepsy, schizophrenia, bipolar, Alzheimer's, cerebral palsy). To read more, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5834a1.htm & http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/22/Low-Vitamin-D-Increases-Flu-Death-Risk-in-Kids.aspx
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Losing Your Hair? Check These Nutrients

Hair loss can be hereditary, hormonal, stress or due to nutrient deficiencies. Make sure you are gettig adequate in your diet and perhaps consider extra suplements: protein (every meal), Iron (get your Ferritin tested by your GP), Zinc (especially if you get sick a lot or have white spots on your nails), B vitamins (needed for energy and in times of stress) To read more, http://www.foodmatters.tv/_webapp_250781/Losing_Your_Hair_-_Find_Out_What_You_Can_Do
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Do You Eat This Frozen Fish called Pangas?

White Catfish, Vietnamese River Cobbler, Pangasius or Gray Sole is industrially farmed in Vietnam on the Mekong River which is one of the most polluted rivers on the planet due to industries along the river dumping chemicals and industrial waste directly into it. Upon testing, these fish have extroadinarily high levels of toxic and hazardous heavy metals, pollutants, bacteria, PCBs, etc. The fisheries are completely unregulated with the female fish injected with hormones to exponentially increase growth and fertility laying up to 500 000 eggs. The river water itself is extremely toxic in which the fish are frozen. Pangas is now used in frozen fish /crab sticks, fish terrines, some pet foods.
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GE Foods Take Their Toll

Fosters beers have warned that they now may contain GE products which includes Carlton, VB, Crown, Harp, Cascade and Corona from imported GE corn. Email Fosters at: fosters@custhelp.com to let them know your opinion.

Canada’s flax trade with Europe has come to a grinding halt, as officials try to sort out why an illegal GE flax variety, called CDC Triffid, is showing up in food products.

Australia’s canola exports are likely to be significantly impacted by the change of government in Japan. The Democratic Party of Japan has pledged to implement stringent GE labelling laws which will exclude Australian canola.
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Deet Insect Repellent Toxic to Nervous System

Scientists have expressed safety concerns about insect repellents that contain Deet after observing the chemical's toxic effects in mammals.To read more, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8182052.stm
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