Friday, April 17, 2015

Columbia’s medical school urged to fire Dr. Oz



The Washing Post: Columbia’s medical school urged to fire Dr. Oz

Ten physicians have jointly asked Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons to remove Methmet Oz, M.D. from the faculty because of his unethical conduct as host of "The Dr. Oz Show." 

The letter, sent to Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, states:


Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain. Thus, Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both. Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz's presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.

In the News: Dietary Supplements Found to Contain Stimulant BMPEA

(National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health) A recent study published in the
journal Drug Testing and Analysis found that dietary supplements containing Acacia rigidula, which are generally marketed for weight loss, often contained an amphetamine-like stimulant BMPEA. Researchers analyzed 21 brands of Acacia rigidula supplements and found that more than half (11) of the Acacia rigidula supplements contained BMPEA.

The efficacy and safety of BMPEA have not been studied in people. In general, stimulants can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature and decrease sleep and appetite. At high doses, they can lead to serious cardiovascular complications, including stroke. Addiction to stimulants is also a concern for anyone taking them without medical supervision.

Regulations for dietary supplements are different and less strict than those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. To use dietary supplements safely, read and follow the label instructions, and recognize that “natural” does not always mean “safe.” Be aware that an herbal supplement may contain dozens of compounds and that all of its ingredients may not be known.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Liposomal Vitamin C

The most interesting calls from our Natural Healing Tools customers are when you share way more knowledge with us than we can ever imagine! 

A recent call from a gentleman with diabetes lead to an interesting conversation about Liposomal Vitamin C. 

Vitamin C is no real mystery. 
  1. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for normal growth and development. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet.
Humans are one of few mammals to not produce Vitamin C in our body but we get it from diet or by supplementation. If you are lucky enough to be in an area that you can grow citrus (like Phoenix - where delicious grapefruits grow seemingly in everyone's front yard), Vitamin C is naturally available by diet. 

Vitamin C has been well documented to reduce colds, anti-aging properties, heart health and burn relief.

From the research we've done so far, the Liposomal Vitamin C is an encapsulated version of the supplement. This causes more of the actual Vitamin C to be absorbed by the blood stream to become available to the body. 

We found various recipes to make your own Liposomal Vitamin C. We are reading our way through Quality Liposomal Vitamin C  website. We are also seeking a high quality, Liposomal Vitamin C product. 

All this said, we are not doctors, nor have any statements we've seen been approved by the FDA. We try products and recipes at our own risk. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Michio Kaku Explains Time Travel


A bit of humor to take the edge off tax day! Michio Kaku Explains Time Travel

Muscle Recovery and Minerals

Did you know that minerals like magnesium aid with stress response from exercise and speed recovery?
Minimizing stress through magnesium supplementation helps the body to recover from exercise-induced stress more efficiently. According to Kevin Cann (writer for www.RobbWolf.com), “Magnesium has an important protective effect in the body against damage produced from all kinds of stress. When we exercise, our sympathetic nervous system turns on and we experience a flight or flight response. In order to recover quicker, we need to switch the body into a parasympathetic (relaxed) state. Magnesium has a natural calming effect on the body. Magnesium actually plays a role in turning on our parasympathetic nervous system.” – Read More
In a double-blind randomized study1 carried out by Gulf, Bender and Gruttner (from Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University Medical School, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany), 23 competitive triathletes competing in an event consisting of a 500-meter swim, a 20-km bicycle race, and a 5-km run were studied after 4-week supplementation with placebo or magnesium. The stress-induced modifications of energy and hormone metabolism described in this study indicate altered glucose utilization after Mg- supplementation and a reduced stress response without affecting competitive potential. Magnesium supplementation reduced the stress response in the body for these athletes.
Magnesium is also depleted during strenuous activity and increases the need for magnesium in athletes by 10-20%. Magnesium deficiency reduces the efficiency of the body to perform work, and increases the amount of oxygen needed. This hinders athletic performance.
“Despite magnesium’s pivotal role in energy production and sports performance, many coaches and athletes remain critically unaware of its critical importance in maintaining health and performance. Research suggests that even small shortfalls in magnesium intake can seriously impair athletic performance.” – Ben Greenfield, Author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life
If you are looking to minimize the stress on your body associated with strenuous exercise, as well as increase your personal performance, consider using a quality magnesium supplement from Natural Healing Tools!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Why Shop at a Farmer's Market?


At Natural Healing Tools we are getting excited for spring - and the return of full Farmer's Markets! Saturday morning is an early trek to the market! Striving to eat healthier, more information is best - here's the 10 Ten Reasons to Shop a Farmer's Market but also read Food Safety at the Farmer's Market

(Nutrition.gov)  Why shop at a farmers market? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of buying
fresh, nutritious, delicious and locally grown foods. Hear a Nutrition.gov registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!



Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market



1. Freshly picked, in season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Check out the Seasonal Produce Guide to learn what fruits and vegetables are in season.



2. Support your local farmers and economy. You can help new and smaller farmers be successful and save farmland in your area. The Economic Research Service provides an overview of the economic impact of local food systems.



3. Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. What are these? Why do we need them? More information at What’s in Food.



4. It's a great way to get your kids involved. Let them pick out something new to try, then they can help prepare a meal or snack using these tips and recipes at Kids in the Kitchen.



5. Supporting your local farmers market strengthens your community. Meet your local farmers, learn about foods grown in your area and catch up with friends and neighbors while stocking up with local goods. Learn how farmers markets impact your community in this section of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass.



6. Farmers markets offer foods that align with MyPlate guidelines. Buy foods and see how they fit with ChooseMyPlate. Visit different booths to pick up seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as local dairy, grain and protein products so you can build your healthy plate.



7. Farmers often have recommendations for preparing their products. Visit Fruits and Veggies More Matters (link is external) to see recipes that use fresh fruits and vegetables.



8. You can try a new fruit or vegetable! Have you ever tasted gooseberries or rhubarb? Many farmers markets offer lesser known fruits and vegetables, providing a variety that can be both tasty and nutritious. Learn how to select and store rare and common fruits and vegetables with the Fruit Nutrition Database (link is external) and Vegetable Nutrition Database (link is external).



9. SNAP and WIC benefits are accepted at some farmers markets. Learn About SNAP Benefits at Farmers Markets and find out which WIC state agencies participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.



10. Farmers markets are easy to find. Use the USDA Farmers Markets Search to find one near you. Due to their flexible locations, some community farmers markets provide fresh, healthy foods when other sources aren't as easily accessed. Learn more about how the USDA helps to expand healthy food access through the development of local food systems.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

EMF and Ambiant Electromagnetic Fields

Abraham R. Liboff, PhD

Research Professor
Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Co-Editor, Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
“The key point about electromagnetic pollution that the public has to realize is that it is not necessary that the intensity be large for a biological interaction to occur. There is now considerable evidence that extremely weak signals can have physiological consequences. These interactive intensities are about 1000 times smaller than the threshold values formerly estimated by otherwise knowledgeable theoreticians, who, in their vainglorious approach to science, rejected all evidence to the contrary as inconsistent with their magnificent calculations. These faulty estimated thresholds are yet to be corrected by both regulators and the media.

The overall problem with environmental electromagnetism is much deeper, not only of concern at power line frequencies, but also in the radiofrequency range encompassing mobile phones. Here the public’s continuing exposure to electromagnetic radiation is largely connected to money. Indeed the tens of billions of dollars in sales one finds in the cell phone industry makes it mandatory to corporate leaders that they deny, in knee-jerk fashion, any indication of hazard.

There may be hope for the future in knowing that weakly intense electromagnetic interactions can be used for good as well as harm. The fact that such fields are biologically effective also implies the likelihood of medical applications, something that is now taking place. As this happens, I think it will make us more aware about how our bodies react to electromagnetism, and it should become even clearer to everyone concerned that there is reason to be very, very careful about ambient electromagnetic fields.”