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Vitamin D Doubles Colon Cancer Survival

Higher blood levels of vitamin D may double survival rates of colorectal cancer patients, according to a new study. Next time you see your GP ask for a blood test of vitamin D and your level should be at least >80; anythign less than this is deficient. To read more, British Journal of Cancer September 15, 2009; 101(6):916-23

Artifical Sweeteners More Dangerous Than You Ever Imagined

Nutrasweet & Equal are the brand names for Aspartame found in any "diet" product & is 180 times as sweet as sugar. Documented side effects include migraines, convulsions & seizures, mood disorders, skin rash & hives, insomnia, abdominal cramps & pain, nausea, diarrhoea & vomiting, fatigue & muscle weakness, dizziness & poor equilibrium, joint pain, hallucintaions, memory loss, changes in heart rate, depression, vision changes, neuropsychiatric disorders, epilepsy, cancerous cell changes as well as increased risk of brain & spinal cord cancer in babies whose mothers consumed aspartame during pregnancy or breastfeeding. To read more, National Cancer Institute SEER Program Data, Jellinger, K.E. et al. “Primary Central Nervous System Lymphomas: An Update” J Nat Cancer Inst 84 (1992): 414-422; Gurney, J.G., Pogoda, J.M., and Holly, E.A. “Aspartame Consumption in Relation to Childhood Brain Tumor Risk: Results from a Case-Control Study” Natl Cancer Inst 89 (1997): 1072-1074

The Importance Of Iodine

According to Professor Creswell Eastman at Westmead Hospital, most people in Australia are iodine deficient. Unfortunately, just replacing salt with iodised salt will not meet the optimum daily intake levels for the average adult & certainly not for pregnant women. The most reliable source of iodine outside of supplements comes from consumption of oysters, seaweed & salt water fish. Use dried seaweed such as seaweed sprinkles available from health food stores or nori, toasted in sheets in the oven & crumbled into salads - the salty flavour is great with potatoes, noodles and seafood bisques or paella. When seeking out ocean fish, avoid bluefin tuna and opt for leatherjacket or ocean jacket, mackerel, sardines. 3 serves of seafood and seaweed/wk is sufficient. To read more,

FDA Warns About Eyelash Thickener Claims

Many women who used to use eyelash extensions are now using eyelash thickeners and exposing themselves to risks. To read more,

Hepatitis B Vaccine Triples the Risk of Autism in Infant Boys

A new study has shown that giving Hepatitis B vaccine to newborn baby boys more than triples their risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. To read more, Annals of Epidemiology September 2009: 19(9); 659

Lack of Sleep Contributes to High Blood Pressure

Shorter sleep duration was associated with significantly increased risk of elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Margaret Thatcher famously got by on just four hours of sleep but most adults typically need between seven and nine hours of sleep. To read more, Knutson KL et al. 1. Arch Intern Med 2009; 169(11): 1055-61

What's All the Hype About Acai Berries?

There are ludicrous and over-inflated claims about this tiny South American berry but reading the resaerch it does have high antioxidant potential, essential fatty acids, complete amino acid (protein) profile, high in nutrients eg. more vitamin C than blueberries. What's important is the source and manufacture - don't bother with liquid drinks or tablets, only use freeze dried 100% acai powder.

Muscle is Hard to Build and Easy to Lose

As you age, it becomes harder to keep your muscles. However, weight training may "rejuvenate" muscle blood flow and help retain muscle for older people. To read more, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition September 9, 2009

Why Vegetables Makes You Smarter

Researchers have found that individuals with a high daily intake of vegetables and fruits also demonstrate higher cognitive performance. Note: vegetables are mentioned first because they are FAR more important than fruits. Subjects with a high intake (about 400 grams per day) had higher antioxidant levels, lower indicators of free radical-induced damage, and better cognitive performance. The findings were independent of age, gender, body mass index, and level of education. To read more, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease August 2009: 17(4); 921-927

Natural Sweetener Stevia Approved for Use in Foods

Finally Australian Food Authorities have approved Stevia, a natural sweetener, which up until recently, was only available in health food stores. As an alternative to sugar & dangerous artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Sucralose or Saccharin, stevia is an all natural kilojoule-free sweetener, a herb that South American native tribes have been using for generations. It is extremely resistant to heat, can be used for cooking & baking, sweetens up to 300 times more than traditional sugar, helps prevent dental plaque, is fluoride-compatible and contains no calories or carbohydrates.

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