Monday, February 8, 2016

Supplements and Safety

Frontline report blasts dietary supplement industry

Frontline, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have co-produced a 55-minute video report that examines problems in the marketing and regulation of vitamins, herbals, and other supplement products. The report spotlights (a) contaminated products that have caused severe harm, (b) irresponsible promotion, (c) regulatory weaknesses, and (d) industry denialists. 

[Supplements and Safety. Frontline, Jan 19, 2016]

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Long-term study of fluorosis published

Australian researchers have published the results of a study in which children noted to have mild or very mild fluorosis in 2003 and 2004 were re-evaluated 7-9 years later. The study found that these conditions had a tendency to diminish with time and had no negative effect on the participants' perception of their oral health. [Do LG and others. Natural history and long-term impact of dental fluorosis: a prospective cohort study. Medical Journal of Australia 204:25.e1, 2016] Dental fluorosis is an alteration of dental enamel caused by ingestion of more than the optimal amount of fluoride during tooth development. 


Natural history and long-term impact of dental fluorosis: a prospective cohort study

In conclusion, our study provides strong evidence about the natural history of mild and very mild dental fluorosis during the period between adolescence and young adulthood. Dental fluorosis during childhood diminishes over time. Further, dental fluorosis at this low level had no impact on perceptions of oral health, in contrast to dental caries. It is, therefore, preferable to emphasise the beneficial effect of fluoride in preventing dental caries rather than the risk of dental fluorosis.

This study supports the prevailing view of the scientific community that fluorosis when mild or very mild is barely visible and poses no physical or cosmetic problem whatsoever. [Barrett S, Baratz RS. Fluorosis: Much ado about nothing. Dental Watch, Feb 1, 2016]

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BeeKeeping Made Easy

This is a fascinating new invention!

These guys crowd funded and have raised millions already!

If you are like us, we've looked into keeping a bee hive but the steps are daunting. Not any more! This makes harvesting the honey seem easy. And, easy on the bees.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Anti Radiation Diet

Suggested Foods and Supplements:

Help Protect Your Health 

Counter the Effects of Radiation

A balanced body can heal itself … but it needs your help. It’s important to pay close attention to the foods and dietary supplements you consume. Here’s why.
Diet and your body’s susceptibility to radiation are closely entwined. Radiation and pollutants destroy vitamins A, C, E, K, several N vitamins, essential fatty acids, calcium and neuro-hormones. If your body lacks calcium, potassium and other nutrients, it will more readily absorb the radioactive elements that are similar in structure to these nutrients. To start, consider a Radiation Detox Clay Bath (here) to help pull radiation from your body. 
Next, eat unprocessed, natural, fresh, organic and non GMO (as much as possible) foods. Review your supplements and superfoods to balance your diet - especially to get the most difficult to achieve balance with EFA's and heavy minerals.  Avoid white sugar, red meat, refined wheat, caffeine and homogenized milk.
Here is a list of widely recommended foods and food supplements that can help to balance your body chemistry. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will give you a good starting place.
  1. Calcium/magnesium
    The New England Journal of Medicine reported that calcium may prevent precancerous cells from becoming cancerous. It also protects against strontium 90 (similar structure to calcium) and other radioisotopes. Try Springreen #78, Calphonite for a liquid supplement with both Calcium and Magnesium. 
  2. Vitamin A or beta carotene
    This vitamin manufactures antibodies, maintains and protects mucus membranes, and protects the thymus gland, the master gland of the immune system. It helps guard against tumor formation and cancer, as well as reverses aging process of the skin caused by ultraviolet light. Try superfood Springreen #31, Powder for Vitamin A, Vitamin C
  3. Coenzyme Q10
    This substance protects against many chemicals and radiation, offering immense benefits to the immune system and retarding the aging process. Sufferers of heart problems, high blood pressure, angina, and obesity often find this substance to be helpful in managing symptoms. Natural levels decline with age; therefore, supplementation is needed. Try Springreen #83, Wheat Germ Oil. 
  4. Vitamin C + bioflavinoids and rutin
    A protective dose of between 500mg and 2,000 mg can counteract toxins and
    radiation. Try superfood Springreen #31, Powder for Vitamin A, Vitamin C
  5. Vitamin E
    Neutralizes harmful free radicals and protects delicate membranes. Try Springreen #83, Wheat Germ Oil for Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, and Selenium. 
  6. Zinc
    Helps strengthen the T-cell-producing thymus gland. Aim for 50 to 100 mg daily, available from grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Or supplement with Yes Mineral supplement for Zinc, Selenium, and other minerals. 
  7. Selenium
    Selenium fights cancer and protects against carcinogens, by helping to produce a free radical scavenger called glutathione peroxidase. Try Springreen #83, Wheat Germ Oil. 
  8. Proanthocyanadins (Grape seed extract/Pycnogenol)
    Considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants or free radical scavengers, grape seed extract helps counteract stress, pollution and radiation. Try Healthforce Antioxidant Extreme Vegan superfood. 
  9. DHEA
    The most dominant hormone in the body, DHEA is considered the “Fountain of Youth” hormone because it can help extend life span. DHEA helps counteract the negative effects of stress, boosts the immune system, regulates blood cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. It re-balances the hormones in the body, especially during menopause, slows the production of free radicals, and inhibits the growth of cancers and carcinogens. A good food source of DHEA is wild yams. DHEA is also available in Royal Bee Mana Powder at Natural Healing Tools. 
  10. Melatonin
    This valuable cancer-inhibiting hormone is often used to replenish the levels of melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that affects the sleep cycle, fertility and the immune system. It’s often used to prevent and counteract jet lag and can rebalance the pineal gland after electric field exposure. Try Ancient Minerals Good Night Lotion for a topical melatonin and magnesium supplement. 

  1. Chlorophyll-containing foods: barley grass and chlorella.
    Chlorophyll closely resembles human blood and is used to cleanse, detoxify, purify and heal many con­ditions. It retards bacterial growth, detoxifies heavy metals from the body, increases wound healing, detoxifies the liver and other organs, deodorizes the body, removes putrefactive bacteria from the colon, aids healing of 11 types of skin diseases, relieves ulcers, gastritis, pancreatitis and other inflamma­tory conditions, helps heal gum diseases, and inhibits radiation and the metabolic activation of many carcin­ogens. Many studies have reported the protective effects of chlorophyll on irradiated animals.
    There are pure chlorophyll supplements available if you don’t like to eat grass or algae. Better yet, try one of the following whole foods, all which are excellent sources of chlorophyll and other essential nutrients.
    • Barley (wheat) grass is a totally balanced food. It contains all of the nutrients required for life­; vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other proteins (a­mino acids), essential fatty acids and chlorophyll. Barley grass has thousands of living enzymes (a special protein). Enzymes are nature’s biological catalysts that initiate all the chemical transforma­tions in the body. Over 3,000 enzymes have been identified. They are required for every transforma­tion in the body - digestion, cell respiration, bod­ily movements, thinking processes, detoxification, cancer control, fat, protein and carbohydrate metabo­lism, etc.
      The normal daily amount of barley grass is 1-3 teaspoons (1 tsp = 2 grams). If you choose wheat grass (juice), start with one ounce daily and gradually increase to four or six ounces.
    • Chlorella, a green freshwater micro-algae which has even more chlorophyll than barley (wheat) grass plus 55-65% protein with 19 amino acids including all the essential ones. It’s an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamins B-l, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-12, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, PABA, inositol and vitamin C. Vitamin B-12 is especially important for vegetarians who may be deficient in this vitamin. Chlorella has more B-12 than liver. It also contains important minerals - iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, sulphur, iodine and trace amounts of manganese, sodium and chlorine.
      Chlorella comes in a small pill form (try our Vitamineral Green, Superfood Capsule) which may be more palatable to some people.
  2. Miso
    Made from naturally fermented soybeans, rice or barley, miso is a superior source of usable whole protein, aids digestion and assimilation, is low in fats, has a wonderful salty flavor, promotes health and helps neutralize environmental pollution including radia­tion. The reason for Miso’s protectiveness is not really known. It was observed that the Japanese who ate miso everyday did not die from radiation-induced cancer after the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The observed effect of miso as a cancerostatic agent was further confirmed in a recent study in Japan.
  3. Fermented (Lactic acid) vegetables and juices
    Lactic acid fermented foods possess medicinal properties and can in the biological treatment of many conditions, including cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, kidney and liver diseases, and digestive disorders. Sources include sauerkraut, beets, carrots, green and red pepper, beet tops, Swiss chard and celery.
  4. Cultured (fermented) milk products: yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, unprocessed cheese.
    Longevity studies indicate that groups of people who use cultured milk products in their diet live longer. Real yogurt is made from fresh whole (unhomogenized) milk with billions of living friendly bacteria, a minimum of honey or fructose, and perhaps some real fruit.
    Yogurt, kefir and other fermented milks contain an unidentified substance that lowers chol­esterol. Yogurt is an excellent substitute for ice cream in milk shakes and smoothies. Use it on potatoes instead of sour cream. Make your own salad dress­ings with yogurt, honey, vinegar and spices.
    These products also contain friendly bacteria, such as lactobacillus acidophilus and other strains per­form valuable duties in your colon. These bacteria colonize the colon and evict unfriendly, dangerous bacteria and other organ­isms from your colon. These bacteria also synthe­size germ-destroying antibodies in your colon.
  5. Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnips, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, and greens such as kale)
    This family of vegetables contain substances that inhibit breast and colon cancer cell
    growth. Cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables also contain dithiolthiones, a non-toxic group of compounds that have antioxidant, anti­cancer and anti-radiation properties.
    Sources include dark, leafy vege­tables (broccoli, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, ro­maine, endive, chicory, escarole, watercress, col­lard, mustard and dandelion greens), dark yellow and orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkins, winter squash) and fruits (cantaloupe, apricots, peaches, papayas and watermelon).
  6. High-fiber foods: whole grains, fruits and vegetables
    Epidemiological data suggests that a high-fiber diet protects against large bowel can­cer perhaps for several reasons. It dilutes bowel carcinogens, decreases colon transit time and changes the composition and metabolic activity of the fecal flora and certain carcinogenic substances in the col­on. That’s why it’s healthier to eat whole grains containing the bran and the fiber, and whole fruits and vegetables instead of their processed, partition­ed counterparts.
  7. Foods containing a natural Vitamin A
    Such as lima beans, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, onions and spinach), fruits (mango, grapes, avocado, pears, oranges plus the white under the peel and pulps, apples plus seeds and peeling, strawberries), all un­sprouted seeds (especially sunflower, sesame and pump­kin), all nuts (especially almonds and cashews), leafy green vegetables, carob and teas from fruit blossoms and leaves (peach flowers, strawberry leaves, cherry flowers, apple blossoms), and all grasses, such as wheat and barley.
    The vitamin A analog, abscisic acid, is found in large amounts in the grasses, seeds, nuts, legumes, mature leaves, and fruits listed above and in the apri­cot pit. The body makes abscisic acid in vivo (inside) from raw carrot juice and raw liver.
  8. Sesame seeds – raw, ground (tahini) or in capsules.
    Sesame seed oil contains a substance called Complex T, the primary effect of which is to increase blood platelets - a must for fighting infection.
    If you don’t like pills, just eat raw sesame seeds or tahini. In addition to Complex T, sesame seeds contain valuable essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are important workers in the immune system.
  9. Sea vegetables and their products
    Sodium alginate, a non­nutritious extract from Pacific kelp used to bind and detoxify heavy metals from the body (such as lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.), and agar, used as a thickening agent instead of gelatin or corn starch, will protect the human body from radiation effects. They also reduce absorption of strontium 90 by 50-80%.
    Kelp and dulse, excellent natural sources of iodine, help protect against radioactive iodine, found mostly in milk. When the diet is adequately supplied with organic iodine (as in kelp), radioiodine is not as readily absorbed by the thyroid or the ovaries. Kelp contains 150,000 mcg of iodine per 100 grams (32 ounces). The RDA of iodine is 150-200 mcg. A reasonable daily dose of kelp would be 1-2 teaspoons of granules or 5-10 tablets. Other high iodine foods include: seafood, beef liver, pineapple, eggs and whole wheat. 
    Note: Taking kelp as a source of iodine is much safer than drinking iodine or eating potassium iodide, which can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and can cause allergic reactions. Iodine (inorganic) is toxic because of its tendency to combine with pro­tein. That’s how it destroys bacteria (a protein). When you put iodine into your mouth, it combines with the protein there and in your stomach or wherever it goes. This causes irritation or worse. Also, sudden large doses of iodine in humans with a normal thy­roid may reduce the synthesis of thyroid hormone. Or try our Nascent Iodine - a liquid iodine source that is a consumable iodine in its atomic form rather than its molecular form.
  10. Bee and flower pollen
    Pollen is an excellent food containing all essential amino acids, vitamins A, D, E, K, C, bioflavanoids, B-complex (especially pantothenic acid and B-3), and 27 miner­als. Try Royal Bee Mana Powder. 
    Research has proven pollen to be beneficial in treating several diseases. Dr. Emil Chauvin (French Academy of Science) discovered bee pollen was beneficial in treating anemia (increases red blood cells and hemoglobin), chronic prostatis, constipation, flatulence and colon infec­tions, especially diarrhea.
    Dr. Peter Hernuss at the University of Vienna’s Women’s Clinic conducted a study involving 25 women with inoperative uterine cancer. All received radiotherapy. The 15 who took 20 grams of bee pollen three times a day tolerated the ra­diation much better than the ten who took no bee pol­len.  
  11. Essential fatty acids, GLA and EPA
    EFAs are essential for proper functioning of the immune system and protects against cancer. Food sources include flax seed oil, evening primrose oil and certain fish, particularly salmon. Supplement form is from Yes EFA - Parent Essential oils and Omega-3, 6. 
  1. Pau d’arco (also called ipe roxo, la pacho, taheebo, and bowstick tea).
    An herbal tea from the inner bark of two trees that grow in the warmer part of South America (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, etc.). Many South American doc­tors use a therapeutic tea from this herb to relieve pain and treat many conditions including leukemia and other forms of cancer, infections including yeast and other fungal conditions, skin rashes, and many other ailments.
    Dr. Theodoro Meyer of the Univer­sidad Nacional of Tucuman, a province of the Argen­tine Andes, studied taheebo’s chemical composition and found a substance called xyloidin, an antibiotic capable of killing viruses. Dr. Prats Ruiz, M.D., of Concepcion, a city in Tucuman province, reported blood profiles of patients with leukemia before and after treatment with taheebo to document the effi­cacy of taheebo in treatment of certain cancers. Clinical details are provided by Professor Carlos Hugo Burgstaller in his book on the medicinal flora of Paraguay and Argentina, LA VUELTA A LOS VEGETALES (Buenos Aires, 1968).
    This tea was widely available in many health food stores until news of its anticancer
    claims became widespread. There is now an FDA effort to prohibit its sale in the United States. It has already been taken off the Canadian market to be “reclassified as an over-the-counter drug” because of the healing claims made for it. FDA approval of a drug for a specific use takes 8-12 years and costs about $56 million (1982 estimate).
    Contains colchicine, a substance that has been used in the treatment of leukemia. It also lowers uric acid (high in those who have a tendency towards gout and/or cardiovascular disease).
    Often used as a remedy after x-rays. Just steep one tablespoon of thyme per pint of hot water for 20 minutes, then cool and strain.
    (CONTAINING TANNIN) AND HONEY. Used for radiation protection in China.
Information for this report was excerpted from Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins, by Steven Schecter, N.D., and Radiation Protection Manual, Lita Lee, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Winter Freeze Reminder

Because we ship all over the world, we watch were the freeze warning are. We don't ship liquid supplements anytime when the temperature is predicted below freezing.

Yes Liquid EFA's, Yes Liquid Herbal and Springreen Liquid supplements are staples for many Natural Healing Tools customers. This is a friendly reminder to order earlier then you may normally to avoid delays!

Thank you for your supplement orders,
Natural Healing Tools

Monday, February 1, 2016

Are your feet and hands always cold?

Cold hands and feet can be a all year round problem but in the winter, the cold just makes it worse! 

Cold extremities may be a sign of poor circulation. And - there is so much you can consider doing about that. Visiting your health care professionals. Increasing exercise. Adding supplements to your daily regiment. And considering a device designed for circulation.
Hot water therapy aqua-relief system is an automatic hot cold therapy system that delivers instant heat through patented wraps that go around your feet and hands to provide greater circulation and to reduce pain. Hot therapy is generally used for chronic injuries or injuries that have no inflammation. Sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain is ideal for the use of heat therapy. Athletes with chronic pain or injuries may use heat therapy before exercise to increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and to stimulate blood flow. Heat can also help relax tight or spammed muscle groups.

The Aqua Relief System comes with a selection of pads to add on to the machine. This allows for multiple users or multiple body areas to be targeted. 


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Winter EMF

Being stuck inside drives many of us to more TV, video games or playing on the phone. What all of those have in common is the length and proximity we are exposing ourselves to electromagnetic waves (EMF).

EMF waves are generated from anything electronic, either plugged in or powered with a battery. The higher EMF emitters are microwaves and anything that pulls an internet signal (like a smart phone).

The best line of defense - distance. The farther you are physically from that item, the less powerful the wave. Especially at night - take the laptop and smart phones away from the bedroom.

Next, consider EMF protection products. These are available for the entire home (here) or for a specific use. Check out the cell phone protection products (here) and personal jewelry (here).

When asked what we use, here's a partial list:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Taking on Winter Headlong

The kids are in school (and/or daycare). More time spent inside with crowds. Snow is on the news. The winter cold and flu season is in full swing.

Short of wearing a biohazard suit or sequestering yourself in your home, you're not getting out of at least a little bit of exposure to this year's microbial goody bag - especially if you have children and grandchildren (a.k.a. our beloved little plague-carrying beings who are able to take down an entire healthy family in one fell swoop).

So what do you do? Will you wait until you feel those tell-tale signs? Or would you rather make some prophylactic dietary changes and supplement implementations?

Well, let’s start with the dietary end of the equation. A surprisingly common and readily accessible micronutrient has shown to be very promising with regards to both preventing and treating the common cold as well as influenza. Through clinical research polyphenols have exhibited a multitude of health benefits – one obviously being its robust anti-viral capabilities, possessing the means to not only fend off contagions but to improve the body’s own ability to eradicate infection.

Polyphenols are found in abundance in:
  • green & black teas
  • apples & [pure] apple cider
  • dark chocolate
  • red wine & grape skins
  • coffee
  • flaxseed meal
  • pomegranates
  • almonds
  • spinach
  • and a wide variety of berries (such as blueberries & elderberries)
If you can't get enough of the polyphenols in your diet, consider Yes EFA Parent Essential Oils made from flaxseed. Available in capsule or liquid. Some don't want more pills to take, try adding the Yes EFA liquid straight to your morning shake!

Magnolia officinalis, specifically its bark, is also polyphenol-rich and can be made into tea or extract. Although more common among traditional oriental medicine, Magnolia officinalis has been successfully used for cold, flu, and pneumonia and is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent.

Another way to help boost your immunity is by cultivating a healthy gut. In fact, it is hypothesized that our microbiome is the true key to our immune system. That means increasing your probiotic (good bacteria) intake with live, fermented foods and high quality supplements (try Prescript Assist Probiotic), as well as boosting your consumption of prebiotics which help feed your gut and stimulate activity.

Prebiotic foods include chicory root, dark leafy greens, garlic, onions, asparagus, and bran. These foods contain high amounts of indigestible dietary fiber which ultimately feed our complementary microbes and cultivate rich bacterial populations.

As many of you probably already know, Vitamin C has a long history of use for preventing and alleviating cold & flu. Countless studies have shown high dose Vitamin C being a tenacious anti-viral agent and immune booster. Intravenous doses have even been used to treat shingles, showing a decrease in “pain, dermatologic findings and accompanying common complaints.”

Other common cold & flu remedies include Zinc, Echinacea, Goldenseal (berberine), and garlic – although garlic, currently, has less studies supporting this claim, despite its long-time recommendation.

Of lesser notoriety, but great import, are N-acetylcysteine (NAC), Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Brahmi, and Curcumin. Along with Echinacea, Ashwagandha and Brahmi have demonstrated immunostimulatory effects (increase immunoglobulin production). One such study indicated that they also “may regulate antibody production by augmenting both Th1 and Th2 cytokine production.”

Panax Ginseng has shown an aptitude for immune activation and modulation. During studies, Red Ginseng specifically has displayed an ability to inhibit replication of influenza virus, reduce severity of the infection, decrease recovery time, and increase survival rate.

On top of boosting your diet and supplement intake, there are other ways to help your body evade illness. The first, of course, is to get plenty of sleep. Insufficient sleep is positively criminal when it comes to your health, and robs your immune system of its ability to fight off intruders.  Next, remove or reduce stressful stimuli (Easier said than done, right?). Stress not only lowers your immune system response, but it also results in an excessive loss of vital nutrients such as magnesium.

And finally, exercise! Yes, we can’t leave out exercise – that endorphin releasing activity that not only boosts mood but your immune system as well. Just think – if the zombie apocalypse does come, you’ll want to be fit fit fit!

For a healthier cold and flu season - proper diet, balanced supplementation, lower stress, good sleep and exercise.