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Monday, July 21, 2008

Couch Potatoes Age Faster

A British study released last month revealed that people who are physically active in their free time may be biologically younger than couch potatoes.

The study’s author, Lynn F. Cherkas of Kings College London, said that a sedentary lifestyle increases a person’s risk of aging-related diseases and premature death. According to Cherkas, inactivity may diminish life expectancy not only by predisposing to aging-related diseases, but also because it may influence the aging process itself. Researchers monitored the physical activity levels, smoking habits and socioeconomic status of 2,401 white twins. The researchers also collected DNA samples from participants to study a particular marker of a person's biological age.

The study, which was published in the Jan. 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, revealed that the DNA markers of those who were more active in their leisure time showed they were aging less rapidly than those who were less active, despite differences in body-mass index, smoking, socioeconomic status and physical activity at work, according to the study’s authors.

Based on the DNA analysis, those who were significantly active could be expected to live about 10 years longer. According to the study’s authors, the DNA differences could possibly be related to damage caused to cells by exposure to oxygen and inflammation, or chronic stress.

If you don’t have a regular exercise regimen, start with a simple goal of walking 30 minutes per day. Once your body becomes accustomed to the new habit, it will be easier to add more intensive exercise to your daily routine.

To reverse the damage caused by the aging process, try Växa Eternal-In. The ingredients in Växa Eternal-In, a homeopathic natural anti-aging supplement, support your body’s ability to improve skin elasticity and suppleness while removing toxins and wastes from the skin. Växa Eternal-In reduces skin wrinkling and sagging and slows premature aging.

Feeling sluggish? It may be your thyroid

Feeling tired and depressed? Gaining weight – but you don’t know why? Are your hands and feet cold? If this sounds like you, your thyroid gland might not be functioning properly.

According to the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), about 27 million people in America have over- or under-active thyroid glands, and more than half of those people are undiagnosed and untreated.

Your thyroid gland is the small, butterfly-shaped gland found just below the Adam's apple that produces hormones that influence essentially every organ, tissue and cell in the body.

More than eight out of 10 patients with thyroid disease are women, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), says the AACE. Incidence of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) increases with age. By age 60, as many as 17 percent of women and 9 percent of men have an underactive thyroid.

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

* Fatigue
* Forgetfulness
* Depression
* Heavy menses
* Dry, coarse hair
* Mood swings
* Weight gain
* Hoarse voice
* Dry, coarse skin
* Constipation

What treatments are available for hypothyroidism?

Thankfully, there are safe and effective natural approaches for addressing hypothyroidism. Växa Thyroid Formula is a homeopathic medicinal formulated to target low thyroid function and other thyroid difficulties, providing the fastest, most specific relief for a wide variety of thyroid problems.

The ingredients in our Växa Thyroid Formula naturally support the body’s ability to alleviate thyroid problems by regulating and improving thyroid function, reducing the swelling of glands and increasing energy levels. Växa Thyroid Formula also nourishes and strengthens the thyroid.

Stressed? It Shows

New studies have confirmed with homeopathic practitioners have said all along – one of the main causes of acne is stress. This is no small matter, as acne is said to affect nearly 90 percent of adolescents and teens, and up to 50 percent of adults.

Dermatologists are being urged to consider their patients’ lifestyles – and the stress they are facing – when considering how to treat this exceptionally common condition. In fact, it appears a new field is developing as a result of these findings. “Psychodermatogy” is a field that addresses the impact of an individual's emotion as it relates to the skin.

The mind and skin are connected on many different levels. Experts say many nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, allowing the emotions that are playing out neurologically to be expressed through the skin, just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety or hypertension.

Take acne, for example. When you are tense, your body releases stress hormones including cortisol, which may increase the skin's oil production, making you prone to pimples.

Does your skin reflect your stress?

Homeopathy has long considered acne to be a symptom of a deeper issue. It does not, therefore, concentrate on treating just the skin surface using topical gels, creams or ointments.

Homeopathic acne treatments attempt to stimulate the body’s own natural healing capacity with Homeopathic remedies that act as a trigger for the body’s own healing forces.

Treat the acne

Växa Clearin is a safe and effective homeopathic natural acne treatment that is appropriate for treating both teenage and adult acne. Växa Clearin balances hormones, unclogs pores, fights infection and reduces inflammation without the dangerous side effects common to prescription acne treatments. Växa Clearin treats acne internally – at its true source!

Ease the stress

There are many ways to deal with stress. First and foremost, everyone should make an effort to learn some stress-management techniques, like deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Guided imagery CDs are also helpful for reducing stress and improving your quality of life. Even if stress-related acne is not an issue, these tried-and-true techniques will improve your disposition and help you deal with life’s stresses.

Växa Extress is a one-of-a-kind natural stress relief formula designed to rebuild your mind and body. Växa Extress replenishes essential nutrients burned up by the body during times of stress. The ingredients in this multi-dimensional, natural stress-relief formula are highly effective at diminishing emotional sensitivity and mood swings. Extress also calms nervousness and focuses attention, safely relaxes muscles, boosts the immune system during times of stress and reduces stress-induced head pain and muscle aches.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Top Five Things Women Must Know to Protect Themselves from America's No. 1 Killer

Cardiovascular disease has been the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States for decades.

1. According to the American Heart Association, more than 480,000 women will die this year from heart disease - that's nearly 10 times the number who will die from breast cancer.

2. A recent study conducted by a major university found that exercising 60 minutes a day, three times per week can reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by about 50 percent. Aside from protecting you from developing atherosclerosis, exercise burns calories, helps to control cholesterol levels and diabetes, and may lower blood pressure. Exercise also strengthens the heart muscle and makes the arteries more flexible. Studies show that those who actively burn 500 to 3,500 calories per week - either at work or through exercise - can expect to live longer than people who do not exercise. Even moderate-intensity exercise is helpful if done regularly.

3. Balancing your body's pH can dramatically reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. pH imbalance creates toxicity and conditions under which the body will begin to attack itself and break itself down. You can balance your pH by eating more fruits and vegetables, eating fewer processed food and addressing your stress and negative, acid forming emotions. Taking Växa Buffer pH+ is a safe, natural way to balance an acidic pH and reduce your risk of developing many degenerative diseases, including heart disease.

4. Using an oral chelating cleanse each year can help you safely remove the toxins, debris and heavy metals known to contribute to the development of heart disease. Växa Tricardia+ is a safe and effective alternative to costly IV chelation therapy.

5. Taking a homeopathic supplement for cholesterol will naturally lower your LDL (or bad) cholesterol while boosting your HDL (good) cholesterol. Växa Cholesten-LDL helps inhibit your body’s own cholesterol production to lower cholesterol, naturally metabolizes and reduces fatty acids within the bloodstream, heart tissue and inside arteries and regulates appropriate levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Allergy patients don't have to watch life pass by.

Several years ago, an ear institute in California conducted a study to determine the quality of life for those who suffer from allergies. The results were shocking. Allergy sufferers rated their quality of life poorer than the general American population in all of the study’s scales, including physical, emotional and social functioning.

Those with allergies report a significant lack of quality sleep, which results in a decreased ability to think and function at work, and contributes to work-place injury. They also said they believe they are moodier than their friends and co-workers, both from lack of sleep and from general physical discomfort.

Studies have found that children who suffer from allergies also have performance and attendance issues. Children with allergies often suffer from daytime sleepiness – just like adults – and their learning abilities are impacted. A number of studies in children have demonstrated poor memory, examination performance, and impaired ability to recall information taught during class. Hearing loss due to Eustachian tube dysfunction or middle-ear infection can also interfere with academic performance.

Antihistamines can make these problems worse

While treating allergies with antihistamines may alleviate some of the more uncomfortable allergy symptoms, studies have proven that antihistamines make quality of life worse for allergy suffers.

Studies have proven that even when sleepiness is not recognized, use of these antihistamines slows reflexes and decreases the ability to drive a car safely. In one study of work-related injuries, antihistamines increased the risk of injury by 50 percent. Even taking a sedating antihistamine at bedtime can make people sleepy the next day.

Relief without side effects

Natural allergy remedies offer relief from allergies without the side effects commonly associated with over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications. While over-the-counter allergy medications attempt to alleviate the discomfort of allergies after your immune system has gone into overdrive, Växa’s homeopathic allergy medicine, Aller-Sine, works in harmony with your immune system.

Växa Aller-Sine works to prevent an allergic reaction from ever happening in the first place. Växa Aller-Sine has been shown to provide natural allergy relief for all types of allergic reactions. It eases common allergy symptoms like congestion, sneezing and watery eyes while reducing the drowsiness caused by allergies. Växa Aller-Sine also lessens inflammation and pain from allergies.

Another solution? Try a saline nasal rinse with the Växa Neti Pot and Aromatic Salt. Done two or three times per day, rinsing flushes out excess mucus and pollen hanging around in your sinuses. The salt solution also helps shrink inflamed blood vessels in your nose much like decongestants do.

Don't Give Up!

You can still achieve your New Year’s weight-loss resolution

Even if you didn’t say it out loud to your friends and family, it’s likely that you are resolved to lose weight in ’08. Everyone wants to lose a few pounds. Some want to lose more.

If your intentions of hitting the gym five times a week and giving up all desserts may have already fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. Statistics show that a gigantic portion of New Year’s resolutions don’t survive the first weekend of the New Year. It’s still not too late to commit to a reasonable weight-loss goal.

Start now!

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can net big weight-loss rewards. Try following some of these tips for a few days and see if you can make them healthy, life-long changes:

• Banish all negative self talk. Just because you had a bad day, week, month, year, or decade doesn’t mean you are a bad person, and it certainly doesn’t mean you will never be able to lose weight.

• Avoid processed meats. Instead of high-fat, high-sodium deli slices, use leftover chicken breast or fish from your dinner as a topping to a huge veggie salad (and skip the cheese – it’s not worth the calories and fat!).

• Load up on colorful veggies. Deep green veggies offer the best nutrition. They're filling, high in fiber, and low in calories. If you don’t have time to make a big salad, try mixing VäxaGreens with your favorite juice. VäxaGreens contain as many nutrients as five large mixed greens salads.

• Snack on fresh or dried fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth.

• Pile on the fiber! Eating more fiber will help you stay fuller longer.

Exercise. Taking a leisurely stroll around the block isn’t going to give you abs of steel, but it’s more productive than sitting on the couch, watching reruns on TV. In order to lose weight, you need to do a minimum of one hour of exercise every day. If that’s not realistic right now, do what you can. Work your way up to more.
• Drink only pure water and herbal teas. Don’t fall into the diet soda trap.

Studies have shown that diet soda drinkers not only have trouble losing weight, they usually gain weight steadily.

• Don’t deprive yourself! Completely swearing off your favorite foods is unrealistic. Allow yourself to eat a few bites of your favorite dessert at least once a week.

Supplement. Växa Nite-Lite supports the body’s safe release of human growth hormone for fat burning and weight loss. Växa Nite-Lite boosts your metabolic rate to burn fat and stored calories while you sleep.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Year's Resolution? Resolve to clean up your act!

Did you resolve to be healthier and lose weight this year? How’s that going? Do you wish you could undo some of the damage you did to your health – and your weight – during all of that holiday reveling? With cleansing, you can!

Cleansing is the process of clearing toxins from the body and clearing excess mucus and congestion. Many of these toxins come from our diet, drug use, and environmental exposure. Through detoxification, we clear and filter toxins and wastes and allow our body to work on enhancing its basic functions.

Who needs to Cleanse?

Almost everyone needs to cleanse. If you only eat a balanced, organic diet, devoid of excesses, you may need less intensive detoxification. Our body has a daily elimination cycle, mostly carried out at night and in the early morning, up until breakfast. However, when we eat a congesting diet higher in fats, meats, dairy products, refined foods, and chemicals, detoxification becomes more necessary. After all those holiday meals and sweets, New Year’s is the perfect time to cleanse!

Common toxicity symptoms include headache, fatigue, mucus problems, aches and pains, digestive problems, "allergy" symptoms, and sensitivity to environmental agents such as chemicals, perfumes, and synthetics.

Oral chelation therapy

"Oral chelation" is a term that describes a vitamin formula which will grab toxic metals in your body, get them to pass through the kidneys and eliminate them through the urine. Växa Tricardia+ is a safe and effective form of oral chelation therapy. It has been shown to reduce hardening of the arteries and plaque buildup inside artery walls, inhibit heart problems by cleansing the cardiovascular system and improving blood flow and detoxify and protect blood-filtering organs like the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system. Växa Tricardia+ also enhances oxygen and nutrient delivery throughout the body by removing toxins, wastes, and heavy metals and supports efficient function of all the body’s major organs.

Colon cleansing

Natural colon cleansing is an easy way to detoxify your body, increase your energy levels, ease abdominal pain, and support healthy digestion. Since proper digestion is essential to good health, a colon cleanse benefits your whole body.

Växa Colon-Aid+ is a safe and effective choice for colon cleansing. Växa Colon-Aid+ has been shown to help cleanse the lower gastrointestinal tract of undigested debris, kill and expel worms and inhibit the adhesion of disease cells such as bacteria, fungi, and parasites, reduce intestinal bloating and relieve chronic abdominal pain.

What becomes of the broken hearted?

It’s a fairly common scenario: An elderly woman suffers what appears to be a massive heart attack immediately after hearing shocking news.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have recently discovered that heart attacks resulting from sudden emotional stress may not be heart attacks at all. They say that tragic or shocking events can stun the heart and produce classic heart attack-like symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath and fluid in the lungs. The resulting condition is actually a stress cardiomyopathy - or, more poetically, “broken heart syndrome” - not a true heart attack.

Calling a stress cardiomyopathy a broken heart is misleading.

Broken heart syndrome is caused by a surge in adrenalin and other stress hormones that temporarily “stun” the heart. These chemicals can be temporarily toxic to the heart, effectively stunning the muscle and producing symptoms similar to a typical heart attack, including chest pain, fluid in the lungs, shortness of breath and heart failure.

Sometimes broken heart syndrome is caused by a happy occasion, such as a surprise party. But more often the trigger is bad news, including court appearances, being robbed or a fierce argument.

Researchers found that the damage caused during cardiomyopathy is reversible, and that the heart actually heals itself from the event relatively quickly. Recovery rates for those with broken heart syndrome are much faster than typically seen after a heart attack. Stressed patients show dramatic improvement in their hearts’ ability to pump within a few days and generally recover completely within two weeks. In contrast, partial recovery after a heart attack can take weeks or months and, frequently, the heart muscle damage is permanent.

Most heart attacks are caused by a complete blockage of a heart artery due to a blood clot forming at the site of narrowing from fatty buildup (atherosclerosis). In broken heart syndrome, the heart arteries are not blocked, although blood flow may be sluggish.

Broken heart syndrome happens significantly more often for women than men (at least 9 times out of 10) and researchers say that while stress cardiomyopathy is not as common as a typical heart attack, it occurs much more frequently than doctors realize.

What can you do to lower your stress and decrease your chances of developing broken heart syndrome? Vaxa Extress replenishes essential nutrients burned up by the body during times of stress. Extress has been clinically proven to diminish emotional sensitivity and mood swings, help calm and focus attention, help relax muscles safely and help reduce the possibility of stress-induced head pain and muscle aches

Pair Vaxa Extress with Vaxa Deprex to help offset the emotional lows that often accompany high-stress situations.

Deprex helps elevate mood by raising circulating serotonin levels and assuring proper utilization and restores the appropriate production of the mood-elevating hormones, serotonin and norepinephrine. It also restores clear thinking while calming and curbing oversensitivity.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Is Asthma Running Your Life?

Over 20 million Americans have asthma - maybe not you, but a loved one or friend. Asthma might be triggered by allergies or constrictive respiratory reactions, but both can pose a life-changing problem. If you think emergency inhalers are the only answer to this serious breathing problem, it will continue to be that way.

Most asthma sufferers find that over time, their favorite inhaler isn’t working any more. Or they’ve developed new ailments like skin rashes, food allergies or even more shortness of breath. They want to try something new, but in listening to all the side effects in TV advertisements, they’re afraid.

Sound familiar? If you’re a sufferer, ask yourself this question:

Do you want your lifestyle to adjust to your asthma, or do you want your asthma to adjust to your lifestyle?

There are other solutions in addition to steroidal inhalers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other chemically compounded relief for the symptoms of asthma. There are two reasons I accentuate the word “symptoms”:

1. Every health symptom has a deeper cause - they don’t happen by themselves. For instance, dairy foods, soy and heavy starches can thicken mucus. Some people are more susceptible to thicker mucus than others, like sinus and asthma sufferers. Thick mucus can get trapped in our bronchial tubes. This is very bad for asthma. A deficiency in antioxidant vitamins and minerals, or a shortage of essential “fatty acids” in our bodies, can also be responsible for respiratory ailments. Your asthma medicine will never replenish these.

2. We must make sure that asthma is the correct diagnosis. Take Barry*, for example. As a child, Barry’s family loved potatoes and ate them almost every day. By bedtime, he would be wheezing and gasping for air. He was diagnosed with asthma, given an inhaler, and told to withdraw from his strenuous athletic activities. When Barry went away to college, he finally realized that he never had breathing problems unless he ate potatoes! Although allergies can indeed trigger real asthma attacks, in Barry’s case it turned out to be strictly an allergy to potatoes. Barry gave up potatoes and was able to resume playing the sports he loved with never another episode.

So how can real asthma sufferers find more relief, and have fun?

Before putting a screeching halt on the lifestyle you love just to avoid the frightening anticipation of another breathing attack, try some of these things:

Write down what you ate before an attack. You may need to exchange dairy products or some other food for alternatives easily found in health food stores. It might be a sacrifice in restaurants, but in a few months you may notice a real difference.

Start feeding your body some safe, natural nutrients it obviously isn’t retaining on its own:
Anti-oxidant vitamins and minerals. Anti-oxidants prohibit “free radicals” – unwanted molecules which can enter through the respiratory system and damage living cells. Check out Växa’s Anti-Oxin+.

Lung Formula is a specific homeopathic medicinal for conditions like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Its ingredients promote the body’s own natural respiration process, can help relax bronchial muscles and control mucus amounts.

Omegacin+ supplies “Essential Fatty Acids” – oils and nutrients from fish and other foods we don’t eat enough of. Like a car, the body needs some oils to function well, and EFAs also assist in the transport of oxygen.

Try just one or two things at a time or you won’t know what’s working.

NOTES: (1) Växa does not advise cold-quitting inhalers or other respiratory medicine. Consult your doctor or a complementary practitioner. (2) Barry is not the real name of the potato allergy sufferer. He is the friend of a Växa employee.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Skin Allergies and Your Immune System

Earlier this month, new study results were announced by Children’s and the University of Washington (UW). This study reinforces what we in the complementary and homeopathic medical fields have known for years – that there is a connection between autoimmune diseases – malfunctions of the Immune System – and skin allergies like atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema.

“Autoimmune diseases” refer to chronic illnesses of some of the body’s ten most important systems: Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Nervous Systems, for example. It also includes the severe diseases that come from lowered immune systems like HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Lupus, and an Immune System depressed by chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

The immune cells (B and T cells) become disoriented, and instead of the Immune System providing protection and healing for its host, the person’s immune capabilities attack their own body.

How does this affect the skin?

The skin – or epidermis – is a major organ of the body; in fact, it is the largest one! When things go wrong on the inside, they will likely manifest themselves outside as skin allergies, and vice versa.

Both an immune disease and, unfortunately, the treatment for the disease can attack healthy skin cells and cause many disturbances. Atopic dermatitis is just one of the skin allergies that can result.

Atopic dermatitis and other chronic skin allergies which can be considered “allergic diseases” may run in families, and be related to hay fever and asthma. Its symptoms are:
• extremely itchy, red and inflamed skin
• rashes on the cheeks, arms and legs
• swelling and “weeping” skin
• cracks behind the ears
• scaling and crusting

Atopic dermatitis is not contagious from person to person, but scratching the itch will further irritate and can enlarge the site.

Topical Treatment helps Symptoms, but hurts in the Long Run

Using the usual over-the-counter or prescription hydrocortisone creams on a long term basis for skin allergies is detrimental. These creams are “corticosteroids”, in the steroid family, and can have side effects on many parts of the body by distorting the Immune System even further:
• irritability
• raised blood pressure
• osteoporosis
• cataracts
• muscle weakness
• stomach ulcers

Keep your Immune System at Full Function

Växa’s Immune-Aid+ is specially formulated to help the body increase the cells that help fight infection. It can help the rate of recovery from an ailment or keep the Immune System from sliding any further downhill.

Another thing very important to your Immune System is the balance of good and bad bacteria in your intestines. Healthy “gut” flora, as it is also called, can mean the difference between staying healthy or being susceptible to allergies and illness. “Probiotics” can be taken to replace your good bacteria if you’ve been ill, if you’ve taken or must stay on antibiotics or anti-inflammatories for an autoimmune disease for long periods of time. Re-Flora+ is Växa’s “probiotics” formula – a safe and wholesome replacement to re-balance natural bacteria.

How Much Do You Know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional disorder which affects 15-20% of the American population. Also called “spastic colon”, “colitis” or “nervous stomach”, this very irritating, sometimes life-interrupting condition can have any or all of these symptoms:

* Constipation for 3-5 days or even 10 if severe, followed by recurring diarrhea
* Throbbing headaches or migraines
* Abdominal cramping or pain
* Stomach distention (“swollen stomach”)
* Acid reflux or nausea due to putrefied substances not being eliminated
* Fatigue and flu-like feelings

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is hard to Diagnose

IBS doesn’t show up in tests. Doctors usually diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome after a sufferer tests negative for abnormalities like polyps or colon cancer. The IBS patient may even be told that it is “all in their head” or “stress-related”, but many Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers say the IBS itself is their biggest source of stress, and can also cause anxiety and depression.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, take heart!

IBS is not “all in the head”, although it can be more active during stressful situations. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome is now defined as a disturbance in the interaction between the intestines, brain signals, and nervous system that alters the regularity of the bowel’s function. It is not known why it happens in some people and not in others.

“Colitis”, as Irritable Bowel Syndrome is sometimes labeled, should not be confused with “Ulcerative Colitis”, which is much more serious and considered a possible precursor to colon cancer. IBS is not characterized by the pain, bleeding, or severity of explosive loose bowel associated with ulcerative colitis, and IBS is not shown in any study to cause more serious colon conditions. It is “chronic” because there’s no absolute cure and can be with a person from childhood through old age.

There’s help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS sufferers could improve by following these dietary and intestinal cleansing instructions:

* Eliminate sugary baked goods, fried foods, and dairy products. They all slow down the digestion. Replace cow’s milk and cheese with vitamin-fortified rice or soy milk products (unless allergic to soy). Greek feta cheese and goat’s milk may be consumed infrequently.

* Don’t take advice to “eat more wheat” as fiber for your constipation. Wheat – and also barley, white rice and oats – contain “gluten” which irritates the intestines and colon. Replace these with breads, pastas and cereals made from brown rice, millet, or quinoa – found in health food outlets or health aisles at some grocery stores.

* The IBS sufferer should get their 25 grams of fiber per day from dark green vegetables, beans, lentils, a limited amount of fruits with skins (apples, plums, etc), and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes can have 5 more grams of fiber than a dish of spinach. Or choose our fiber supplement VäxaGreens – it equals 5 salads!

* Avoid pork and alcoholic beverages. Pork takes a long time to digest and can putrefy in a person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Alcohol contains lots of sugar, yeast and can attract parasites. Speaking of which…
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be exacerbated or accompanied by bad bacteria, yeast, or parasites. A 30-60 day colon cleanse can help, using Parasitin+ to rid parasites (now known to inhabit 85% of us, most don’t easily show up in medical tests!), Colon-Aid+ to re-regulate intestinal movement (“peristalsis”), cleanse and repair damaged tissues, and ReFlora+ to inhabit the intestines with “good” bacteria (“probiotics”). Follow this with 30 days of Candid-Free to cleanse yeast overgrowth, which also normally isn’t revealed in tests, but breed from sugary/starchy diets, anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. IBS sufferers should take “probiotics” like ReFlora+ every day.

April is National Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. Be considerate of folks with Irritable Bowel Syndrome if they announce an inability to partake of certain foods and drink!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Grown-Ups Get Acne, Too!

You’re frustrated because you had a great complexion as a teenager and young adult. Now you’re 35-ish, 40-ish or 45-ish, and you’ve got all kinds of stuff popping up on your face!

There’s that little white thing you thought was a whitehead, but it won’t pop (naughty you for trying). Your forehead is oily and bumpy, you’re trying to pass the blackheads off as freckles, and then there’s the “watchamacallit” - the red bump that won’t come to a head and hurts to the touch. And those are on your neck, too.

You may have what is classified as “adult acne”.

But you’re not alone. Approximately 50% of women and about half as many men have adult acne.

Some adult acne and other middle-aged skin breakouts don’t become the same acne that you saw on those poor guys in school – with large red, pus-filled boils and pimples. However, it can manifest itself in:

• Sebaceous cysts – tiny lumps with black or brown surface appearance like blackheads; when drained they exude white or yellow sebum, an oily secretion that clogs pores and sometimes carries a foul odor.
• Pustules (that’s the little white thing, with or without redness around it), also secreting white pus when drained.
• The blackheads, red nodules and whiteheads (yes, some of them will be whiteheads)

What causes adult acne?

So many factors can cause adult acne. Remember, you’ve lived a lot longer than a teenager. You’ve likely had more illnesses and taken more medications. If you’re a man, you’ve shaved longer. If you’re a woman, you’ve been wearing makeup longer! Here are some major contributing factors to adult acne:

• Lost nutrients from poor diet (eating on the run, too many chocolate lattés?)
• Stress (job or financial pressures, taking care of baby or playing chauffeur to the kids’ rigorous schedule?)
• Hormone imbalance (starting menopause, entering middle-age?) Hormonal imbalances lead to overproduction of sebum.
• Not enough sleep (working overtime?)
• Clogged pores or hair follicles
• Sweating from exercise or hard work
• Bacterial, yeast and fungal infections
• Medication for an illness – antibiotics, steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
• Just plain aging and a change in complexion (oily to dry or vice versa)

Treating your skin on the outside won’t get to the inside problem.

Try Växa’s homeopathic, all-natural Clearin. Clearin is not a skin application. It’s a capsule formula which addresses your body’s needs from the inside out, specifically made to support the body’s own ability to heal adult acne and other skin blemishes.

Note: Rosacea, the red rashy cheek, forehead and chin syndrome, is not a form of acne but is often confused with adult acne as it primarily hits people between age 30 and 50. Its other symptoms are small visible blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples and watery or irritated eyes.

For either adult acne or rosacea, you might need a good antioxidant vitamin/mineral formula like Växa’s Anti-Oxin, or some Essential Fatty Acids – the “good” fats known as Omega 3-6-9, as in our Omegacin+. A poor complexion lacks all of these, and when your body doesn’t produce or synthesize these items on its own, supplements are needed. Both formulas work inside to enhance your outer glow and skin health.

Goodbye, adult acne!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

How Much "Bling" Are You Wearing IN your Body?

Our younger generations have a word for expensive metal jewelry these days. They call it “bling”.

Did you know you might be wearing harmful levels of heavy metals in your cardiovascular system, kidney and liver?

We’re not talking trace elements of metals like copper, zinc, iron and selenium that are absolutely essential for human health, although these metals would be dangerous in higher levels.

What is the solution?

All humans who take part in society ingest, inhale or are exposed to excess amounts of some “dangerous” heavy metals which accumulate internally from external sources:

* A community’s supply of water (lead pipes)
* Rain breaking down the elements in the soil which permeates the lungs (multiple metals)
* Flame retardants in clothes, bedding and drapery (antimony)
* Cooking pots and foil (aluminum)
* Eating too much tuna (we need a little mercury, but could pick up too much this way)
* Batteries (cadmium, nickel)
* Paint, cement, rubber (chromium)

How about the fillings in our teeth? In recent years it’s been confirmed that “silver” tooth fillings, which are really mercury, can have grave effects on the entire immune system. After being in the mouth for long periods, the metals begin breaking down and releasing into the gums and saliva, then into the bloodstream and traveling throughout the body.

Severe headaches, repetitive infections, digestive problems, changes in heart rhythm and many more ailments are being associated with deterioration of metal dental fillings and other heavy metals.

You can stop eating tuna and have metal fillings replaced with composite resins and porcelain, but that will just solve the mercury problem. To ensure cleansing your organs, blood and entire immune system from accumulated heavy metals, plus unclog your arteries of other unwanted plaque, debris and toxins, a better choice is to periodically “detox” in a process called oral chelation.

You may have heard of intravenous chelation, which can replace some types of invasive surgery for serious heart and circulatory problems.

But Växa’s TriCardia+ is an oral chelation regimen, taken in capsule form and totally non-invasive. It pays particular attention to the organs which these unwanted particles target (heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, lymphatic system), while also cleaning out the arteries.

TriCardia+ is the only oral chelation on the market with 32 necessary amino acids plus 1.2 grams of EDTA (the chelation agent necessary for isolating and sequestering metal ions), and homeopathic medicinals. It will give your body a “roto-rooter” type of cleaning and can ensure good health for years to come.

Are You In Touch with Your Colon?

The first reaction one often gets when discussing matters of the intestines, colon and what they produce is “Ugh!” Well, we need to get over it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer) is the all-around Number Two Cancer Killer in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be.

We could lower that ranking and keep ourselves from joining the statistic with a willingness to get regularly tested. Colon cancer screening, called a “colonoscopy”, becomes vitally important every 3 to 5 years if you’re 50 or older, but is also gaining momentum for the under 50 crowd. It is one test for which you don’t want to wait until you are symptomatic. Colorectal cancer develops with few, if any, symptoms.

Too little, too late – What ARE the Symptoms?

Colorectal cancer took the health news spotlight in 1998 when TV anchorwoman Katie Couric lost her husband, Jay Monahan, to the disease. Thanks in part to Couric co-founding the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance in 2000, awareness of the deadly cancer has been heightened.

Colorectal cancer generally involves both the colon and the rectum. Monahan, who died in his early 40’s, didn’t exhibit any symptoms of colon cancer until it was too late. However, if symptoms are present, they may include:

* A change in bowel habits, blood in or on the stool, strangely narrow stools
* Unexplained stomach discomfort
* Recurring pains, gas, indigestion
* Chronic fatigue
* Unexpected or drastic weight loss

Approximately 90% of cases occur in people over 50, but risks for colorectal cancer in people of any age can include:

* Chronic intestinal diseases like Crohn’s or Colitis
* History of colorectal cancer or polyps in colon and rectum, self or family
* Lifestyle factors like:
- Sedentary habits (low physical exercise – i.e., couch and computer potatoes!)
- Insufficient intake of vegetables, fruits, and fiber
- High-fat diet
- Obesity
- Regular alcohol consumption or smoking

What happens during a “colonoscopy”?

In a colonoscopy, the large intestine, colon and rectum are examined with a “colonoscope” – a long flexible tube with a camera on the end – inserted through the anus while the patient is under light sedation. It detects pre-cancerous polyps which can be removed during the procedure, and the doctor can also take biopsies for cancer testing.

Prior to the colonoscopy, the patient must thoroughly cleanse out the colon. Many of us have heard about the “awful liquid” that must be consumed the day before the procedure!

Some doctors will do a “sigmoidoscopy” first, which examines the last third of the large intestine; possibly when there is less suspicion of colon cancer, or the insurance company will not pay for a colonoscopy without a prior sigmoidoscopy.

Lower your chances for colorectal cancer!

Maintain a healthy diet with fiber, fruits and vegetables, get plenty of exercise, and do some painless internal cleansing on your own! Växa offers a homeopathic colon cleansing program in capsule form called Colon-Aid+, made with gentle, all-natural herbs and other ingredients. Done over a thirty day period or longer by choice, Colon-Aid+ cleanses the lower gastrointestinal tract, improves bowel function, inhibits bacteria, fungus and parasites, and – uncommon to many other colon cleansers – can actually repair damaged intestinal tissues and accelerate gastric ulcer healing.

Also, be sure to have plenty of “good” intestinal bacteria to counter bad bacteria and toxins. This can be done by adding Växa’s Re-Flora+ to the program, which guarantees the proper ratio of probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus, etc.) in the intestines.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Be proactive – Take Colon-Aid+ and then schedule your colonoscopy.

(Colon-Aid+ may not replace the cleanser your doctor will prescribe for the procedure).

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Zero in on the many benefits of Zinc

When it comes to the ABC’s of vitamins and minerals, we must look to the end of the alphabet to find one of the most essential minerals for good health.

Zinc is always included in the “Big Five” antioxidant combination, along with vitamins A, E, C and the mineral Selenium. “Antioxidants” help to ward off “free radicals” - atoms or groups of atoms floating in the atmosphere with unpaired electrons which can attach to and damage cell membranes. When this occurs, cells may function poorly or die and our immune system goes down.

Zinc’s powerhouse potency

Zinc has anti-inflammatory capability and should normally be found in every cell in our body. It is one of the keys to a healthy immune system, as it helps build white blood cells (T-lymphocytes) that fight infection.

Probably best individually known for its ability to prevent colds or shorten their cycle (especially as zinc gluconate, well tolerated and absorbed in lozenge form), zinc is also very instrumental in the following processes:

* Aiding in normal conception, fetal growth and development as well as childhood and adolescent growth and health
* Maintaining our senses of smell and taste
* Boosting enzyme activity
* Healing wounds
* Absorption of other minerals
* Healthy skin and hair
* Anti-inflammatory effect on acne
* Preventing heart disease and diabetes

A zinc deficiency can commonly be caused by poor diet, suppressed immune system from infection or an ongoing disease, high alcohol intake, breast feeding, or frequent diarrhea.

In the case of poor diet, zinc deficiency doesn’t only occur in meat lovers, vegetable haters, junk food junkies or chocaholics! Vegetarians need almost one and a half times the zinc, because it is harder to absorb from most green plant foods (with the possible exception of spinach) than from beef, shellfish, pork, lamb and poultry. Other good sources are beans and oatmeal.

For maintenance against zinc deficiency, 30 mg per day is the norm. When ill, that can be doubled or tripled in 2 to 3 separate doses at different times of day along with extra A, E, C and Selenium.

Anything over 150 mg per day can possibly cause a copper deficiency (copper should be taken at small amounts of 1 to 2 mg per day).

Zinc should not be taken on an empty stomach as it can cause gastric discomfort in the form of pain and cramps in the lower abdomen. So it should be taken after meals.

At Växa, we include zinc in our antioxidant formula Anti-Oxin, and vitamin supplement Daily Essentials, as well as in many of our other products because zinc is so proficient in helping the immune system, which in turn will aid in staving off osteoporosis (by promoting absorption of calcium), heart conditions, high and low blood sugar problems, childhood illnesses, and so many other health challenges. Remember that our bodies will only absorb approximately 75% of most supplements we take – less when sick – and they are best absorbed with an active lifestyle. Think about Zinc!

The Healing Power of the Cranberry

The cranberry has long been associated with the holiday season, and no Thanksgiving feast would be complete without at least a few cranberry dishes. In addition to the delicious taste of the cranberry, however, this wholesome fruit has many important health benefits as well. The cranberry is very high in a number of important nutrients, in particular, a variety of important antioxidant vitamins. Nutritionists and other experts all talk about the many benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and cranberries are an excellent way to fit five servings a day of fruits and vegetables into even the busiest lifestyle.

How nutritious is the cranberry?

In addition to its role in optimizing overall health and fitness, the cranberry is thought to play a role in reducing the occurrence of urinary tract infection. The reason for this effect is thought to be the proanthocyanidins (PACs) contained in cranberries. These PACs have been shown to prevent certain types of bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.

The PACs contained in the cranberry are also thought to help prevent gum disease and stomach ulcers, using the same anti-adhesion mechanism.

There is growing evidence that the phytonutrients and antioxidants contained in the cranberry and other fruits may help to protect against a variety of diseases, including such potentially life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

Antioxidants gain their healing power through their ability to fight the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are part of the normal processes of the cells of the body, but they can be quite damaging to health. Antioxidants work to mitigate the damage caused by free radicals, and therefore they are thought to play an important role in preventing degenerative diseases and even retarding the aging process.

Fortunately for those who want to include more cranberry products in their diet, these products are plentiful, inexpensive and available all year long. Fresh cranberries are available in many major grocery stores and supermarkets for the majority of the year, and when they are not available, there are plenty of canned and frozen cranberry products to take their place.

In addition to fresh, canned and frozen cranberries, there are a number of excellent cranberry based products on the market. In addition to the cranberry sauce that is part of every traditional Thanksgiving celebration, there is cranberry juice and even cranberry pudding. With all these choices, it is easy to fit more cranberries into just about any diet. And with all the health benefits cranberries contain, there is no reason not to enjoy more of this tasty treat.

To further bolster your immune system, try Anti-Oxin+, Växa’s unique free radical scavenger. Anti-Oxin+ is one of the most potent proactive antioxidants available, containing a number of biologically active nutritional compounds such as grape seed extract (Activin), Pycnogenol

Hawthorne Berry - An Age - Old Heart Health Aid

Hawthorne berry is an herb that comes from the hawthorn shrub, which can grow up to 40 feet in height. The berries are usually bright red in coloration. They have been used medicinally since the time of the ancient Greeks for such things as insomnia and nervousness.

Hawthorne berry today is most associated with its widespread use as a tonic for the heart. Specifically, it protects arterial walls, has the ability to dilate (enlarge) coronary blood vessels (the vessels supplying the heart with vital oxygen, blood, and nutrients), and strengthen the heart's pumping ability. Because of these powerful cardiac benefits, it is now one of the most prescribed heart remedies in Europe.

Hawthorne Berry – A Potent Nutrient For Optimal Heart Health

People who suffer from angina would most likely benefit by hawthorne berry's ability to increase blood flow through the arteries. Additionally, for the same reason, those afflicted with hypertension (high blood pressure) may alleviate their condition since narrowed arteries require the heart to work more strenuously in getting blood through them.

People who suffer from tachycardia (rapid heart beating) and cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beating) may also find relief. It also has antioxidant properities which may help offset arterial damage from plaque formation and accumulation. In short, hawthorne berry is seen by some as an all-purpose heart medicine.

Potential side effects are rare, and usually superficial in nature. For some, these include nausea, sweating, and fatigue. In addition, those individuals who are not afflicted with any heart condition may experience a significant drop in blood pressure if very large doses of hawthorne berry are consumed. Other than these considerations, it is generally seen as a safe herbal remedy.

The evidence for hawthorne berry's efficacy is significant, especially given its lengthy history of use. Many studies have shown that this herb performs admirably as a medicine for heart health. However, those already on some sort of prescribed heart drug should take special precaution to avoid possible drug interaction, though none are known at the present time.

Dosage can range from 25 mg up to 300 mg per tablet or capsule. Those people who fall into the risk group for heart disease may wish to take at least 100 mg of hawthorne berry daily. For others, 25 mg would normally suffice, assuming standardized extract is being used.

For extra help, try the products in Växa’s Cardiovascular Care Line. They are non-invasive and carry no side effects. These advanced homeopathic medicinals can protect your body against an acidic pH, as well as provide your cardiovascular system with a rich supply of essential nutrients such as Coenzyme Q10 and “Heart Smart” Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. Circulin is a homeopathic medicinal designed to address the problems associated with high blood pressure or hypertension. Heart Formula is formulated to strengthen and support the circulatory system, focusing most of its action on stimulating the heart. Omegacin+ offers 29 bioavailable Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and essential lipids, plus phytosterols and antioxidants. Tricardia+, Växa’s oral chelation formula, is designed to detoxify the cardiovascular system, liver and kidneys.

The Amazing Health Benefits of the Humble Pomegranate

The humble pomegranate is yet further proof of the reasoning behind the Mediterranean diet being hailed as the healthiest diet in the world. For many centuries these rather unexciting and overlooked fruit have grown on farms all around the Mediterranean area and have been a taken for granted seasonal part of the diet. However, research has uncovered substantial benefits to our health from the consumption of pomegranates.

So Why Should We Eat Pomegranates?

Firstly, they can not only protect against atherosclerosis, i.e. the thickening of arterial walls which can cause heart attacks and strokes, but have been reported to actually reverse this thickening and thus return your arteries to a more youthful state.

Research has also shown that they have the ability to lower blood pressure in addition to which they can effectively reduce your levels of bad cholesterol and help increase levels of good cholesterol. The powerful antioxidants found in pomegranates can improve blood flow in all areas of the body and thus lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes and impotence. The general antioxidant effect of pomegranates is three times greater than that of either red wine or green tea and should be included in everyone’s diet.

Pomegranates tend to have a fairly short season and do not store very well. However, if you want to make the most of the health benefits of pomegranates all year round then buy them when they are in season and therefore plentiful and cheap and freeze them.

The easiest way to prepare pomegranates for freezing is to cut them in half, immerse them in a deep bowl of water then break the segments apart and pry out the seeds. The seeds will sink and the pith and skin will float. Skim this off the top and then strain the seeds, pat dry on a clean tea towel and freeze in polythene bags excluding the air.

Heart attacks and strokes are the number one killer for men and women alike in the western world so if you are only going to adopt one element of the healthy Mediterranean diet then this should definitely be at the top of your list. The effect pomegranates can have on maintaining a healthy heart should be a health benefit we should all be taking advantage of.

One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a rich source of folic acid. Pomegranates are high in polyphenols. The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranates are hydrolysable tannins, particularly punicalagins, which have been shown in many peer-reviewed research publications to be the antioxidant responsible for the free-radical scavenging ability of pomegranate juice.

Växa’s Anti-Oxin provides you with the ideal means to provide your body with an all-natural anti-oxidant, in addition to the entire spectrum of Vitamin C-esters. Växa’s Heart Formula is a homeopathic medicinal formulated to strengthen and support the circulatory system, focusing most of its action on stimulating the heart. Systemex provides you with a convenient complete cardiovascular health shake, engineered to help support the function of the cardiovascular system.

Monday, February 05, 2007

The Relationship Between Cardiovascular Disease and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Over 50 million Americans have cardiovascular problems, and most other Western countries face high and increasing rates of cardiovascular disease. It is the number 1 cause of death and disability in the United States and most European countries. By the time that heart problems are detected, the underlying cause (atherosclerosis) is usually quite advanced, having progressed for decades. There is therefore increased emphasis on preventing atherosclerosis by modifying risk factors, such as healthy eating, exercise and avoidance of smoking.

Attempts to prevent cardiovascular disease take the form of modifying risk factors. For example, eating oily fish at least twice a week may help reduce the risk of sudden death and arrhythmias. Studies of individual heart cells showed that the fatty acids blocked excessive sodium and calcium currents in the heart, which could otherwise cause dangerous, unpredictable changes in its rhythm.

Recent studies have cast doubt over the effectiveness of essential fatty acids, prompting further study and investigation...

The Debate Is Over – Omega-3s Are A Solid Preventative Of Cardiovascular Disease

The recent debate surrounding the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be put to rest. A recent review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reinforces past evidence which has linked Omega-3s from oily fish and supplements to the reduction of CVD and risk of sudden death. According to an independent editorial by Richard Dickelbaum and Sharon Akabas from Columbia University, the new review takes “a large step forward in helping resolve the controversies related to the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids on CVD outcomes.” One of the problems with reviewing and pooling previous studies comes from the fact that many of the studies are not directly comparable, with long- and short-term trials being grouped together.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a wide range of health benefits, including CVD prevention, good baby development during pregnancy, joint health, behavior and mood, in addition to certain ulcers. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids classified as essential because they cannot be synthesized in the body; they must be obtained from food. Important omega-3 fatty acids in human nutrition are: a-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

The following additions will supply your body with an abundant supply of essential fatty acids:
• Fish and shellfish
• Flaxseed (linseed)
• Soya oil
• Canola oil
• Hemp oil
• Chia seeds
• Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
• Leafy vegetables and walnuts

Those who follow a Mediterranean-style diet tend to have higher HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. Similar to those who follow a Mediterranean diet, Inuit Eskimos, who consume high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish, also tend to have increased HDL cholesterol and decreased triglycerides (fatty material that circulates in the blood). In addition, fish oil supplements containing EPA and DHA have been shown to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides. Finally, walnuts (rich in ALA) have been shown to lower total cholesterol and triglycerides in people with high cholesterol.

For those of us who live the standard busy lifestyle, Växa provides the ideal solution in the form of Omegacin+. Omegacin+ offers 29 bioavailable fatty acids and essential lipids, plus phytosterols and antioxidants. This doctor-formulated homeopathic medicinal can help strengthen cell membrane integrity, help repair cellular and tissue damage and help optimize neurological transmission and brain function.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Non-Prescription Choices For Women With Hormone Imbalance

Not so long ago, menopause was a word you did not say out loud in public, and you had to go to a medical library to find a book on the subject. Today, every Barnes and Nobles, Borders, and other book stores carry literally dozens of titles on the subject of hormone imbalance or menopause.

With 40 million menopausal women in America and some 20 million baby boomer women on the brink of menopause, it is no wonder this is such a major topic of discussion today. Many women are educating themselves and "doing their homework", not readily accepting the "gold standard" so quickly suggested by their doctors of taking synthetic hormones like Premarin (from pregnant mares' urine) to assist them through this normal transition of life.

After all, menopause is not a disease but only a transition between one's childbearing years and the large segment of life that follows, when one no longer need be concerned with monthly cycles and the responsibility of pregnancy. Menopause is by design and not a mistake of mother nature... Today there are many natural alternatives that have proven to be beneficial in helping women to balance their hormones without the risky side effects of the synthetic hormones. I encourage you to take personal responsibility for your own health, and consider getting started on natural hormones today!

Summer Is Almost Over? Tell That To My Hot Flashes!

Summer may be coming to an end, but for many menopausal women across the country, the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats will remain. Hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness and irritability are just some of the symptoms women are likely to experience during menopause. These symptoms are caused by a natural depletion of estrogen levels, causing many women to turn to Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) in order to alleviate their symptoms. While this form of treatment can be effective, widely publicized potential health risks such as increased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease have motivated women to seek alternative forms of treatment.

Approximately 80-90% of women in the United States are thought to experience the aforementioned symptoms during menopause, whereas only an estimated 30% of women in Asia experience the same symptoms. Why? The answer is soy. Menopausal symptom relief is just one of the many benefits associated with the regular consumption of soy. The typical Asian diet ensures that adequate amounts of soy are consumed on a regular basis, resulting in an all-natural method of reducing menopausal symptoms before they even surface. Soy isoflavones not only alleviate hot flashes and night sweats, a recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility indicated that soy isoflavones can also reduce emotional instability and may improve cognitive function in women with menopause. The use of soy as an all-natural, non-intrusive and risk-free alternative to traditional ERT methods is becoming more common across the nation.

In addition to adding dietary supplements containing soy to your daily health regime, the following ingredients will provide you with the adequate amounts of soy isoflavones:

Fortified soymilk
Tofu and tempeh
Soy flour

The products within Växa’s Women’s Health Line also cater to the specific needs of women during this delicate time. Preserve Cream for Women is an all-natural soy-based HRT balancing cream. The cream is rapidly absorbed through the skin where it starts to work immediately. Preserve is a homeopathic medicinal specifically formulated to address the problems and discomforts of menopause by providing the body with a rich supply of safe, naturally occurring phytoestrogen complexes and calming herbs.

Longevity...Is It In You?

While we all want to live a long, healthy life, several factors come into play which determine your overall quality of life. You have probably heard the expression, “Play the hand you are dealt,” obviously meaning that genetics influences your chances of being healthy or living with disease.

Personally I feel a positive mental attitude towards life, a balanced diet, plenty of rest to assist the immune system, and regular to moderate exercise are key. Bottom line…age is a state of mind, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Is The Fountain Of Youth In Your Genes?

We have all heard of the George Burns type who drink and smoke and live long healthy lives, which leads to a debate about how much lifestyle and inherited genes have to do with life longevity. According to an article in the New York Times, “Live Long? Die Young? Answer Isn’t Just in Genes,” life span is simply random. “The likely reason is that life span is determined by such a complex mix of events that there is no accurate predicting for the individuals. The factors include genetic predispositions, disease, nutrition, a woman’s health during pregnancy, subtle injuries and accidents and simply chance events, like a randomly occurring mutation in a gene of a cell that ultimately leads to cancer.”

This is good news, folks. Look at it this way. Some of us whose mother or father died early on are expecting the same for themselves, but that is not necessarily going to be the outcome. Also, in this article it does in fact point out that how we live our lives does have a strong influence on the quality and longevity of it. The article discussed many studies by various leading experts, who all agree that genetics is not a strong indicator of life span. There have been many studies following identical twins and fraternal twins and found that it was even impossible to judge life spans in identical twins.

Reading between the lines and showing a connection to lifestyle, there was a set of identical twins in the study who are both alive at the age of 92. Their lives are not concurrent however, as one sister is very healthy and very active, and the other sister has many old age type illnesses (incontinence, hip replacement, poor vision and dementia). The healthy sister claims to have been very active in tennis most of her life, obtained a master's degree, enjoyed a successful career as a teacher and was very headstrong. The healthy sister describes her twin as always having been more of a fragile individual who did not do well in school, obtaining only a high school degree.

On this same note, The Associated Press published an article titled, “Want to be 100? Listen To These 5 Centenarians.” They interviewed 5 women over the age of 100 and came to the conclusion that “the key to longevity is working hard at a job you love and taking care of your body while you’re at it.” All of the women had very positive outlooks on their current life. Commenting on how they hear all the time how some people do not want to live to be their age and they cannot understand why.

How long you live and what the quality of that life is does depend greatly on the individual. Yes, some of us may be affected by genetics, and some may have traumatic and random accidents. However, we are not chained to any one specific occurrence, rather living life to your highest and happiest potential, and incorporating healthy decisions is your best bet for a long healthy life. For additional tips, a must read is Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D. Specifically part one, “Understanding the Elements of Health.”

You will find many Växa products featured in the Prescription for Nutritional Healing, such as Attend, Buffer-pH, Parasitin and Cell-U-Lite. Although, many of these products are symptom specific, Buffer-pH and Parasitin are two products that are vital in creating a healthy environment for longevity.

Bacteria Can Be Good For You!

When we think of bacteria, we generally think it is bad. While this can be true, many of us are not aware that certain forms of bacteria can in fact be good for us. “Good” bacteria essentially combat the development of “bad” bacteria, which in turn strengthens our immune system and wards off disease. While the body naturally produces a supply of “good” bacteria, the lack of nutrients in the Standard American Diet, the use of antibiotics, prolonged illness or stress can deplete this supply, making it necessary to consume probiotic supplements in order to replenish “good” bacteria supplies. So, how do probiotics actually work?

The Benefits Of Probiotics

Probiotics are dietary supplements containing potentially beneficial bacteria or yeast, however lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are the most common microbes used. LAB have been used in the food industry for many years, because they are able to convert sugars (including lactose) and other carbohydrates into lactic acid. This not only provides the characteristic sour taste of fermented dairy foods such as yogurt, but acts as a preservative, by lowering the pH and creating fewer opportunities for harmful organisms to grow.

Probiotic bacterial cultures are intended to assist the body's naturally occurring flora within the digestive tract to reestablish themselves. They are sometimes recommended by doctors, and, more frequently, by nutritionists, after a course of antibiotics, or as part of the treatment for candidiasis.

The rationale for probiotics is that the body contains a miniature ecology of microbes, collectively known as the gut flora. The number of bacterial types can be thrown out of balance by a wide range of circumstances including the use of antibiotics or other drugs, excess alcohol, stress, disease, exposure to toxic substances, or even the use of antibacterial soap. In cases like these, the bacteria that work well with our bodies may decrease in number, an event which allows harmful competitors to thrive, to the detriment of our health.

Maintenance of healthy gut flora is, however, dependent on many factors, especially the quality of food intake. Including a significant proportion of prebiotic foods in the diet has been demonstrated to support a healthy probiotic flora and may be a more effective and sustainable means of achieving the desirable health benefits promised by probiotics.

Experiments into the benefits of probiotic therapies suggest a range of potentially beneficial medicinal uses for probiotics. For example, research has indicated that ingestion of probiotics may aid individuals with lactose intolerance, those with high blood pressure and cholesterol. Probiotics have also been linked to prevention of colon cancer and the improvement of immune system functions thereby reducing the risk of contracting infections.

In addition to consuming probiotic supplements, the inclusion of the following foods also help promote a healthy environment within the gut:


To ensure that your body is getting sufficient amounts of probiotics, try ReFlora. ReFlora contains a special complex of 10 different and beneficial bacteria, phytomedicinals and other nutrients to help the body restore healthy bacterial flora.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Have You Had Your Fruits and Vegetables Today?

By now, we are all aware that eating more fruits and vegetables is as central to a healthy nutritional plan or program as drinking more water, consuming more omega 3 essential fatty acids, or eliminating sugars from the diet. While most vegetables are good, some are clearly better than others from a nutritional standpoint. The general rule is - the greener the better - and of course some red, yellow, and orange colored vegetables are healthy too. Remember, to practice having a colorful plate, not just white and brown foods.

Obviously, the Government's Food Pyramid Guide has been less than ideal in educating people about balanced diets. I saw a study recently that showed that less than one-third of Americans eat enough fiber ( fruits and vegetables) in their diet. It is no wonder that the incidence of chronic degenerative conditions continue to climb each year, namely, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. I would have to agree with Hippocrates the "Father of Medicine" who so aptly stated.."Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food."

Remember, if you choose to be healthier, you must make smarter food choices!!!

Your Parents Were Right – Fruits and Vegetables are Good for You

The importance of fruits and vegetables has been essentially drummed into us since childhood by parents and grandparents alike. While we all know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, many of us are still in the dark when it comes to knowing the reasons behind the importance of consuming them.

Our diet lays the foundation for our overall well-being and health. Like any other living organism on this earth, without correct nutrition, our bodies will simply start to wither and fail us. A balanced diet which is rich in fruits and vegetables provides our bodies with the ideal tools to facilitate optimum organ function, large supplies of vitality and energy to cope with day-to-day life, and the maintenance of a strong immune system to ward off disease.

A diet containing the correct amounts of fruits and vegetables is intricately related to the prevention of America’s top two causes of death, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has predicted that 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and over 500,000 will die from it. The role that diet plays is clearly demonstrated by the fact that 32% of these deaths could be related to eating patterns. The CDC has also reported that the consumption of fruits and vegetables has been shown by recent studies to be associated with cardiovascular disease prevention.

In an effort to guide the American population into leading healthier lifestyles, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) outlines dietary recommendations in the MyPyramid food guide which is available to everyone. In the past, the MyPyramid food guide has recommended an average of five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. This is no longer the case. In order to lead a healthy lifestyle and combat serious illness, the USDA now recommends that we consume 2-6 and a half cups of fruits and vegetables per day – an obvious increase.

Now, you may be thinking that not many people will actually commit to including 6 cups of fruits and vegetables in their diet on a daily basis. Sadly, you are probably right. A study conducted by researchers at the USDA and the Cancer Institute found that 60% of the American population failed to keep up with the previous MyPyramid guidelines between 1999 and 2000. This does not bode well for the new, more stringent recommendations.

We live in an age of convenience which has greatly influenced the Standard American Diet. The “24/7 society” has forced many of us into making a choice between convenient food which we can prepare quickly and eat on the go, over foods which take longer to prepare but are rich in the nutrients our bodies require. A few simple adjustments to your dietary regime can easily set you on the right path to a healthy lifestyle:

... Replace potato chips with raw vegetables.
... Add fruit to your breakfast cereal.
... Replace coffee, tea and soda with juice.
... Explore your supermarket’s produce aisle. You will realize that many items such as raisins, grapes, cherry tomatoes and bananas can be used as great “on the go” food.

In addition to making dietary adjustments, Växa’s Daily Nutrition Line will help you make sure that you are supplying your body with all the necessary essential nutrients. For example, one serving of VäxaGreens is the equivalent to consuming 5 whole green salads, Nutritionizer is a balanced meal replacement shake which offers a quick and tasty way to get 100% of the USRDIs of 36 vitamins and minerals, and Daily Essentials will ensure that your body is never lacking in optimum nutrition.

Did You Know ADD/ADHD Has Been Around For About One Hundred Years?

That's right!! Attention Deficit Disorder has been described in medical literature for about one hundred years, when a well-noted Pediatrician, George Still M.D., described a group of children who were hyperactive, impulsive, and inattentive. Fast forward to 2006, and currently ADD/ADHD affects approximately 7 percent of the population.

Since the new school year has begun across the country, I felt this article could be timely, and help you or someone you know or care about to consider all your options. I recently saw a study that stated that approximately 2 million prescriptions were written for children of all ages last month alone for ADD/ADHD. That is a lot of prescriptions for any condition, which tells me that the awareness for ADD/ADHD is at an all-time high.

So as a take home message this week, just remember that a diagnosis from a qualified professional of ADD/ADHD in your child is not a crisis (although I realize it can be challenging for the whole family in certain situations). Many of America's brightest and most successful adults admit to having some form of Attention Deficit disorder as a child, and learned how to turn symptoms that are perceived to be lemons, into "Lemonade."

ADD/ADHD: Back to School Tips

No matter where you live in the United States, school is back in full force by now. We wanted to take this time to talk to you about some ways of working with a child that has ADD/ADHD this school year. The number one fact to keep in mind is that any change, sudden or otherwise, is going to affect that child. So be very cautious when deciding to make a change in the normal routine. Evaluate the change and be sure it is the best decision for the child. Also, be very aware of who their teachers are and what events, tests, etc. are going on at school. This is important because these changes may also cause a disruption for your child. School holidays, socials and sports tryouts may also cause added stress on your child.

It is true that many of these things can cause stress to any child, but it is important to note that the stress induced on a child with ADD/ADHD is greater. Let’s imagine that your child was adjusted to their teacher and was keeping up in class. Then the teacher goes on a maternity leave and now your child has to adjust to another teacher for the next few months that has a totally different teaching style. Your child could fall behind while trying to adjust to the new teaching style, which could affect them for the remaining school year. Another scenario could be that a standardized test is coming up and the pace of the class has increased in order to prepare for the exam. Your child could get left behind and overwhelmed with the stress of keeping up, and maybe even give up all together.

As a parent or guardian of a child with ADD/ADHD it is more than a full time job. You really have to dig in there and be your child’s biggest advocate. For example, it may not be the best idea for your child to be in a classroom where another teacher may have to fill in for two months. Nor will it be easy to convince the school to make the change without hurting someone’s feelings, but it may be the best for your child. Also, it may be a good idea to get the study guide for a standardized test ahead of time from the teacher and begin to have brief study times before the class even starts to prepare, that way your child will be more comfortable and prepared for the faster paced environment.

In a recent article by Healthwise, “Behavior therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),” they give several helpful tips for all aged children. And as you read through each and every one of these tips you see some very distinct commonalities. The overall ideas in their tips are these:

. Know your child’s routines and create for them a structured environment supporting their educational efforts, need for playtime and family chore time.
. Reward positive behavior.
. Be consistent and set clear instructions for tasks.
. Be a good role model, including such behavioral traits as patience, calmness and good listening skills.

Attend is a valuable and helpful tool in addressing your child’s ADD/ADHD needs. For those customers of ours whose child is taking Attend this school year we would like to give you one more additional tip. Once you have gotten your child through the loading dosage of the Attend and have gotten to the results you were looking for, keep in mind that it may be necessary during times of stress to go back to the loading dosage until the child has adjusted to the stress. During important standardized tests and after returning from a school holiday may be a good time to return your child to the loading dosage.

Every child has their quirks and deserves special one on one attention. We hope this school year is one of bonding for both you and your child. Many of Växa products are suitable for your child, so if you have other health needs for them just give us a call (1-800-248-8292) and our customer service representatives will be glad to help.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Are You Having Fun Yet? Pay Attention To Body Signals and Enjoy The Rest Of Your Summer!

Since August is both Pain and Psoriasis Awareness month (Fun Month Right?) I wanted to comment on both of these and their associated manifestations, as well as offer some alternative therapeutic options.

Pain is universally understood as a signal of disease and often the most common symptom that brings a patient to see their doctor. Pain is an unpleasant sensation localized to a part of the body. It is described with terms like burning, stabbing, twisting, tearing, squeezing, or an emotional reaction like terrifying, nauseating or sickening. Any pain of moderate to high intensity is accompanied by anxiety. It is the task of medicine to preserve and restore health and to relieve suffering, i.e. pain.

Pain can be emotional, physical, psychological or spiritual. When pain is acute it is accompanied by a stress response, which produces increased blood pressure, heart rate, pupil diameter and plasma Cortisol levels. Psoriasis itself is an emotional and painful disease (in more ways than one), let alone factor in its relationship to psoriatic arthritis in susceptible individuals. The good news is by making lifestyle changes today, many of the symptoms can be reduced or in some cases alleviated all together.

Psoriatic Arthritis And Treatment Options

Psoriatic arthritis occurs in 10-30% of people living with psoriasis. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints and connective tissue that can be very painful and even disabling depending on the severity of it and how early the diagnosis is made. The cause of psoriatic arthritis is not known, however, the immune system, genetics and environmental factors (emotional stress, toxins, etc.) are thought to be contributors. The onset of psoriatic arthritis typically appears between the ages of 30-50; earlier onset may result in a more severe form of the disease.

A person can have psoriasis for up to 20 years before ever developing symptoms of psoriatic arthritis; however, on average the symptoms begin to show 10 years after the first signs of psoriasis. Although 85% of patients have psoriasis prior to psoriatic arthritis, there are a small number of cases when symptoms of psoriatic arthritis appear first. Early diagnosis will allow for the best possible prognosis. The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are generalized fatigue, nail changes such as pitted nail beds, redness and pain of the eye, swollen fingers or toes; along with joint stiffness, pain and tenderness, as well as sensitivity around the surrounding tissue of the joints. If you have psoriasis and are experiencing any of these symptoms, please inform your dermatologist or general practitioner. He or she will refer you to a physician who specializes in arthritis, often a rheumatologist.

There is no single test that can diagnose a person with psoriatic arthritis. Often it is diagnosed through a process of elimination and observation of symptoms. Many of the traditional tests to diagnose various forms of arthritis do not show conclusively that someone is suffering from psoriatic arthritis; they do, however, conclude that the patient is not suffering from some other form of arthritis.

Traditional treatment of the condition includes: anti-inflammatory medications and disease-modifying medicines such as methotrexate. Other treatments include: diet, exercise, climate change, surgery, physical therapy, splints and nutritional supplementation. Arthritin is a natural arthritis treatment specifically formulated to help reduce the pain and discomfort of common arthritis and joint degeneration. No other natural arthritis treatment is as comprehensive, or as powerful. Within Arthritin, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and diuretic ingredients create a powerful formula more effective than other brands or than any one ingredient by itself.

Another important note is that since part of the cause is due to environmental factors such as a build up of toxins (from smoking, alcohol consumption, pollutants and pharmaceutical medications) many of those who suffer from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis improve with cleansing and detoxifying the liver. Liver Formula is a homeopathic medicinal formulated to naturally support the body's ability to: promote circulation within the liver, accelerate the regeneration of damaged liver tissues, filter toxins from the bloodstream and help promote the production of bile.

Lastly, the control of psoriasis symptoms may also help to control symptoms of psoriatic arthritis and early diagnosis is your best defense. Don't ignore symptoms of any kind and actively seek treatment for both

The Lifestyle Change Approach To Healthy Weight Loss

Researchers have been baffled for years on why people gain weight, and for those who are obese, why it is so difficult to lose the excess pounds. I am here to tell you that since I have been involved in medicine, this topic has been a medical challenge, and yet no clear-cut explanation exists. Unfortunately, America is becoming more obese and the incidence of associated chronic disease onset is rising at a comparable pace.

There are literally hundreds of diets and diet programs that claim to be the answer to the problem of obesity. Dieters are constantly being bombarded with the latest and greatest diet or products.

It is apparent that a successful program for obesity or weight loss is consistent with the basic tenets or premise of naturopathic medicine/holistic medicine - a proper diet with adequate fiber, plenty of good pure drinking water, moderate exercise and a positive mental attitude. Remember, mind and body do not stand-alone; they work together.

Weight Management & Health Maintenance Should Be A Year-Round Priority

Just as the New Year inspires many of us to make the New Year’s resolution to lose weight, the advent of summer tends to inspire us to make a concerted effort to revise our dietary and exercise habits in order to wear our summer clothes comfortably.

Unfortunately, this type of motivation and enthusiasm has the rather annoying habit of waning as time progresses, causing us to yet again hide in the clothes we normally reserve for the fall and winter months. If you did not achieve your weight loss goals, do not lose hope. By making several realistic lifestyle changes which you can incorporate into your daily regimen on a permanent basis, your body will be more equipped and prepared to handle future weight loss goals. The holidays will soon be here and the temptation to overeat and slack off from exercise will be greater. Resist the temptation to over-indulge during the upcoming holidays, this way, your weight and health targets will be much more attainable.

“Over 300m adults are obese worldwide, according to latest statistics from the WHO and the International Obesity Task Force. About one-quarter of the US adult population is said to be obese, with rates in Western Europe on the rise although not yet at similar levels.” –, 7/31/2006.

The statistics outlined above are indeed alarming. By making the effort to incorporate at least some of the following tips into your lifestyle, you will be making some progress in avoiding becoming one of these statistics:

* Eat raw fresh fruits and vegetables several times a day.
* Eat plenty of fiber in the course of the day, especially beans.
* Eat breakfast regularly.
* Try to eat small meal portions and healthy snacks in between meals to boost your
* Avoid soda or any overly sugared drinks.
* Drink plenty of purified water.
* Avoid foods with saturated and trans fats, high sugar content and high levels of salt.
* Cut out as much refined carbohydrates as possible (white starches).
* If you feel like indulging in a desert, try to make wise choices and stick to a small portion.

If you make these lifestyle adjustments weight loss will be achievable, but more importantly you will be healthier.

Most of us are well aware of the fact that exercise is a fundamental element in any weight loss program. A common excuse for not exercising is that we simply do not have the time. The common misconception that effective exercise regimens require a large investment in time is what prevents most of us from even making an attempt to include it in our daily routines. By dedicating as little as 15-30 minutes of your day to exercise, you should be able to reach your weight loss goals.

Deciding to exercise more does not automatically mean you have to invest in a gym membership. There are several simple lifestyle changes that can cumulatively achieve the desired effects. This includes:

* Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
* Going for walks with family members or loved ones.
* Close your office door (if you have one) and do some sit-ups on your lunch break. Repeat this routine a couple of hours before you retire in the evening.
* On the weekends, instead of going to a movie or renting one, try something more active such as bowling, golfing, swimming, roller skating.

Make room for your health at the top of your priority list year-round, not just after New Year’s or just before summer.

In addition to making these vital lifestyle changes, Växa’s Weight Loss Line provides you with a comprehensive multi-faceted weight loss program. The unique combinations of homeopathic medicinals contained within B-T Plus, Cell-U-Lite, CitriSlim and Nite-Lite provide your body with the around the clock, year-round support your body needs for effective weight loss.

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Upside of ADD/ADHD

As a result of today's medically advanced world, we are all looking for a quick label or diagnosis and a quick solution to our symptoms. Generally speaking, having a certain medical condition that persists throughout life is not necessssarily good, however, in the case of ADD/ADHD it can be a really good thing Surprised? You need not be. Typically, a child with ADD/ADHD is a quick smart kid that has a high IQ and can "tune in or tune out" quickly depending on their level of interest in the topic or subject matter. These children usually do not get great grades in school, but later on in life may become hugely successful in their chosen fields of work. There are numerous examples of well-known or famous people who have struggled with ADD/ADHD when they were younger and today are looked upon as some of America's brightest leaders. These are people who have learned how to tap into resources which are present in the right side of the brain (the insightful, instinctive, artistic,creative a nd spontaneous side of the brain).

So, unleash the potential in your child as well as yourself and let ADD/ADHD be an asset not a liability!

ADD/ADHD Treatment – The Key is Combination Therapy

As the dawn of a new school year draws closer, our focus will again turn to ADD/ADHD. Approximately 8-10 percent of school-aged children have ADD/ADHD, and each school year inevitably brings new diagnoses. If a teacher or school administrator reports that your child is demonstrating any of the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD, ensure that your child receives a comprehensive medical evaluation. Your child’s primary care physician will conduct thorough mental and physical examinations in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. Depending on your child’s condition, they may subsequently refer your child to see a specialist. If that is the case be sure to find a specialist that both you, and your child, feel comfortable with.

There is a vast array of ADD/ADHD treatments available to your child. This includes conventional pharmaceutical medication, behavioral therapy, tailored educational programs, changes in diet, nutritional supplements etc. In addition, parental training and involvement plays a major role in the success of an ADHD child. Remember, your child is much more likely to succeed if all parties combine their efforts. This means that parents, healthcare providers and teachers must work together to facilitate your child’s achievement of goals.

According to an article by HealthDay News, “A new review of past studies on the effect that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs have on children’s growth concludes that the drugs do, in fact, suppress growth to some degree.” Also in that article is a direct quote from one of the doctors, Dr. Omar Khwaja, involved in the study that states, “There was a significant effect on growth for both height and weight during the duration of treatment.”

The combination of this news, recent FDA mandated “black box” warnings, and press coverage regarding side effects such as suicidal tendencies and increased risk of heart attacks may cause you to disregard conventional treatment methods and seek alternative routes. While there are numerous alternative treatment options, it is worth bearing in mind that every child is biochemically unique; therefore it would be unwise to disregard possibly effective treatment in the form of conventional medication without consulting your healthcare provider first.

When a child is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, it is natural for parents to despair and blame themselves for their child’s behavioral problems. While parenting techniques have an effect on cases of ADD/ADHD they are not the root cause, in fact, it is much more likely to be caused by neurobiological issues or genetic predisposition. When managed correctly, a child with ADD/ADHD will not only keep up with their peers, they can in fact surpass them. In order to achieve this, both you and your child must develop tailored coping mechanisms. By working with your child’s healthcare provider and their teachers, this is perfectly attainable.

Attend, one of Växa’s flagship products, can be used as a side effect free alternative to conventional medication or in conjunction with your child’s present treatment regime. Attend provides natural and organic ingredients to help your body to naturally focus attention and improve concentration, which is exactly what your child needs in order to function productively in a classroom setting. In addition, this product will help to reduce frustration and in turn calm the child.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

We Are What We Eat: A Look at Fiber

The best way to improve our health is to start making healthy nutritional choices. Since obesity in America is not slowing down, and as American waistlines continue to expand, it might be helpful to discuss the benefits of a high fiber diet. Fiber has been well documented to maintain bowel function, reduce weight, improve insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular health, and play a role in the prevention of type II diabetes. Currently, less than a quarter of Americans eat the recommended amounts of fiber. Fiber intake should be approximately 50 grams daily, if that amount can be tolerated (a minimum of 20-35 grams per day is recommended) and an external supplement may be required. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, breads, nuts and seeds.

Remember, you are what you eat... Smart food choices now are a recipe for good health later!

Focus on Fiber: The Science Behind Why You Should Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables

How many times have you been told to eat your fruits and vegetables? Or that you need to eat healthier? The message is preached on a pretty consistent basis now that insurance companies are tracking the decline of American health and pharmaceuticals are coming up with a quick fix to every ache, pain and inconvenience. There is a way to help reduce the incidence of such major health concerns as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart attacks, diabetes and obesity. These ailments can be avoided all together without dependence on expensive and possibly dangerous medications and procedures, unfortunately, many of us are either unaware of the possibilities or unwilling to pursue them.

The advice to incorporate a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables has been handed down from generation to generation. The produce section in your local supermarket provides you with the perfect gateway to all the nutrients your body needs such as phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. It is important to train ourselves to eat small portions of fiber throughout the day and include fruits and vegetables. Grains and beans are not our sources of obtain fiber. Researchers have decided that the convenient way for us to get enough daily fiber is to genetically modify wheat in an effort to increase the amount and type (amylase) of fiber in bread. The inclusion of fruits and vegetables in your diet is a much simpler way of ensuring that your body is obtaining all of its requirements for fiber. Adding fiber to your diet can and should be done for the following reasons:

Fiber carries fat out of the body.
Fiber absorbs water and makes your stool softer (important to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, etc.)
Eating fiber makes you feel fuller, longer.
Studies have shown increasing your fiber intake decreases your calorie intake.
Fiber helps to fast track your digested food out of the body (reducing the incidence of sickness and colon cancer)
Fiber helps to increase the amount of “good” bacteria in the gut.
Fiber will help you to lose weight.

In addition to adding raw fruits and vegetables to your diet you can add Växa’s Digestin, Colon-Aid+ and ReFlora+ to your daily regime. This will help to ensure your body is able to break down and utilize the maximum amount of nutrients as well as boost your immune system. The cold and flu season will be here before we know it and preventative measures to strengthen the body need to be carried out ahead of time. Start training for the big event today, the big event of maintaining good health!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Gastrointestinal Symptoms? What Are They Telling You?

Do you occasionally feel uncomfortable immediately after eating a meal, or do you experience heartburn, indigestion or bloating that comes and goes? Some individuals are relieved with meals, others become very miserable on a daily basis due to various factors. Pay attention to your "gut instincts" as you can learn a lot about your condition from your symptoms and how often you have them. In fact, your symptoms may be telling you that you have a slow-moving or sluggish metabolism and less than ideal digestive tract.

Gastrointestinal problems seem to be on the rise and are the reasons many people go see their doctor (usually after they have become extremely uncomfortable). If you ignore your symptoms including bloating, your condition can deteriorate rapidly. Many times the 3 F's can be helpful for digestive complaints, especially the lower gastrointestinal tract. These stand for fluids, fiber and fats (good fats). Be sure to discuss your symptoms with your health care provider (don't be embarrassed) and read on for more information that you can "stomach," which could provide you with relief!

What Causes Bloating?

In order to answer the question of what causes bloating, which could be a number of things, we first must explain how the gastrointestinal (digestive) system works. The overall job of the gastrointestinal system is to absorb nutrients and prevent the abnormal (toxic) substances from being absorbed. In order to do this, a very complex system of three processes is required: the nerve-controlled muscles to push food through the alimentary canal (the gastrointestinal system is comprised of this 30-foot hollow tube), gastric juice secretions by the stomach, pancreas and the liver to breakdown the food, and finally, the absorption of fluids and nutrients by the small and large intestines. The small intestine's wall is the first line of defense against the absorption of toxic molecules. A healthy intestinal wall is covered with "friendly bacteria" that act as a gate, keeping damaging toxins out of the body's circulation and letting healthy substances in. Anything that goes wrong in any of these three processes or with the balance of "friendly" bacteria could cause a disruption and at the very least discomfort.

Bloating is considered to be a symptom. It is best described as a general discomfort (feeling like the stomach is swollen) and may occur with mild or intense pain in the stomach. It occurs from gas build up in the stomach or intestines and should not be confused for distension. Distention is when the stomach is actually larger than normal, typically due to an increase in air, fluid, or tissue in the abdomen. Often times, a person with a distended abdomen will not be able to fit into clothing that they could fit into the previous day.

What are some of the factors behind this troublesome build up of gas? Well, one of the most common factors is fatty food. Fat slows down the stomach's process of emptying the fluids/nutrients into the intestines and increases the sensation of fullness. Also, certain bacterium that resides in the colon can cause an excessive production of gas. Some individuals have more of this gas producing bacteria than others do; other people may have poor digestion that results in more undigested food in the colon (the bacteria creates gas from the undigested food); in addition, the bacteria may escape to the small intestines, which also contains undigested food. People who suffer from this type of bloating usually experience flatulence as well. Other causes may be partial or temporary blockages anywhere in the pathway of the stomach to the rectum, or functional obstructions, not a literal obstruction, which is caused by poor functioning of the muscles of the stomach or intestines (hypothesized to be a neural dysfunction).

Some specific health conditions that cause bloating are: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); celiac disease; lactose intolerance; constipation; candidiasis (candida overgrowth); diverticulosous; thyroid disease; gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) in diabetics; chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction; and Hirschprung's disease. Other contributors can be a woman's menstrual cycle and stress or anxiety.

If bloating is a problem for you it may be wise to avoid other gas producing foods such as: broccoli, baked beans, cabbage, cauliflower, carbonated drinks, chewing gum and hard candy (swallowing air causes gas). Another option, rather than avoiding some of the nutritious foods mentioned above would be to take digestive enzymes with your meals. Digestive enzymes help your body to break down the foods you eat more easily. Växa's Digestin contains the full spectrum of digestive enzymes to effectively breakdown all types of foods. Also, Växa's Colon-Aid is an excellent preventative measure and the first step to a healthy colon. Colon cleansing is critical to the proper uptake of certain nutrients and proper digestion; it is said that once the bowel becomes toxic, the entire body will soon follow. And definitely, supplement with friendly bacteria, to help keep toxins from getting out into the mainstream. Växa's Reflora contains a special complex of 10 different and beneficial bacteria, plus phytomedicinals and other nutrients, to help the body restore healthy bacterial flora. Other tips to minimize gas build up are to eat slowly and to take a short walk after eating.

As you can see, there is not just one simple cause to bloating and it is not a condition, it is a symptom of a condition. If bloating is a chronic problem for you, be sure to see a physician especially if you experience other symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea/vomiting, weight loss, abdominal/rectal pain and/or persistent heartburn.

Stress - Harmful to both mind and body

Regardless of profession, life stage or lifestyle, we all experience some form of stress in varying degrees throughout our lives. The causes of stress are just as diverse as the methods in which individuals cope with it, as well as its repercussions on both psychological and physical health. Many of us mistakenly believe that stress only affects our mental well-being, this is simply not the case. Our physical health can in fact deteriorate rapidly if we allow ourselves to suffer from prolonged periods of stress.

How Does Stress Really Affect Us?

The body reacts to stress on numerous levels. On a neurological level, prolonged periods of stress can lead to a wide range of behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia. All of which, if left untreated, can require medical attention and be extremely hazardous to our health.

On a physical level, our bodies react to stress by increasing the production of hormones such as cortisone and cortisol. Excessively high cortisol levels are extremely detrimental to our health due to the fact that muscle mass and organs are attacked, in addition to the diminishing of immune system strength as a result of the inhibition of disease-fighting white blood cell production. Many of the symptoms commonly associated with stress such as anxiety, irritability, fear of failure, jaw grinding, insomnia and increased susceptibility to illness or physical discomfort can be attributed to the secretion of these hormones. The lifestyle choices we make have a direct effect on not only the intensity of these symptoms, but can also lead to additional health concerns. For example, individuals unable to cope with stress tend to either over or under eat, leading to obesity or the deprivation of essential nutrients to the body. Individuals under stress are also prone to developing smoking habits or consuming alcohol, making stress an indirect contributor to heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Advice from the American Heart Foundation tells us to: “Find healthy ways to handle stress. Make a major effort to stop smoking, stay at a healthy weight, and eat foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium.” In addition to this, there are many lifestyle choices we can adopt to shorten and alleviate periods of stress. Once we have the identified the sources of tension in our lives, we can adapt and make changes accordingly. Dietary and exercise habits are very influential. We must ensure that our caffeine intake is limited, but make sure we provide our bodies with a rich supply of vitamins and minerals by consuming fresh fruit and vegetables. Regular exercise provides us with a beneficial means of escape from stress by stimulating the production of “stress combating” endorphins and lowering our risk of cardiovascular disease. We must also make certain that we allow ourselves to have regular periods of relaxation, without this, tension is likely to rapidly rise.

Växa offers a range of homeopathic medicinals which have been specifically formulated to aid us during times of stress. Extress helps to calm nerves, safely relax muscles and diminish emotional sensitivity. Adapt contains a unique blend of adaptogens which lower cortisol levels, boost the immune system, increase energy levels and improve focus and concentration. In addition, Nite-Rest can provide us with a method to safely alleviate stress-induced insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.

Improve Your Health with Coffee?

Whether you prefer Starbucks, Barney's or Joffrey's, have your morning cup of java guilt-free. The latest research has indicated that there are positive health benefits regarding coffee consumption and the prevention of numerous health concerns, including but not limited to chronic degenerative diseases, which are unfortunately on the rise in the United States.

Coffee’s Antioxidant Powers – The Latest Buzz

A recent study focusing on the relationship between coffee consumption and diabetes in women has further substantiated the existing belief that antioxidants may aid in the improvement of health. “Drinking lots of coffee cut women’s risk of developing diabetes in an 11-year study, researchers report. But it was the antioxidants, not caffeine, in the brew that probably did the trick. … In fact, diabetes risk was reduced most in participants who preferred decaffeinated coffee, the researchers said.” (HealthDay by Medline Plus) The research was conducted and led by Mark A. Pereira, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

This study showed that a 22% decrease in risk of type 2 diabetes with those women who drank more than 6 cups of coffee daily and a 33% decrease in risk of those who drank more than 6 cups a day of decaffeinated coffee. Although this study focused on women, other studies demonstrate an even bigger reduction in the risk for men who consume the antioxidant rich beverage. Chlorogenic acid is another component of coffee that may assist in preventing diabetes. According to Harvard researcher Rob van Dam, chlorogenic acid may slow the absorption of sugars within cells of the body.

Coffee consumption is one of the many so-called “bad habits” that Americans have an insatiable appetite for. According to, “In the U.S. alone—which is the world’s largest coffee consumer—the National Coffee Association of U.S.A. (NCA) estimates that retail sales alone are $19.2 billion.” While caffeine addiction has received a lot of negative attention from the press, coffee consumption is not without its benefits.

Coffee is also known to increase stamina when working out, increase focus, and reduce the occurrence of suicide, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Colon Cancer, heart disease, and more. While the benefits of coffee are apparent, this does not mean that excessive amounts of coffee within our diet is healthy. It does mean that we should take note that drinking coffee can be a healthy addition to any diet and that one of its many positive attributes are its levels of antioxidants.

Like anything in life, moderation is a key element to success. Too much caffeine can be detrimental to our health. Consider drinking small amounts of the caffeinated variety, and substitute the rest with the decaffeinated variety later in the day. Do not add excessive amounts of cream and sugar (maybe try honey as a substitute). Stick to eating fresh fruits and vegetables everyday, and take an antioxidant supplement.

Växa’s Anti-Oxin out performs other antioxidant vitamin formulas due to the inclusion of additional extracts of Pinus Maritima (the raw extract from which Pycnogenol® is exclusively derived). These additional extracts offer more of the all-important bioflavonoids (procyanidins) than either grape seed extracts or pure Pycnogenol® alone offers. In addition, Anti-Oxin contains homeopathic strategies and a wide variety of powerful antioxidants, including the entire spectrum of Vitamin C-esters, and other nutrients and cofactors. Växa’s Anti-Oxin is scientifically advanced and is without a doubt, one of the rarest and most potent proactive powerful formulas available today.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Beans - A Nutritional Gem

As we continue with the topic of cardiovascular health, we will touch on the importance of diet. Supplementation with essential fatty acids, as discussed previously, is an important part of the equation, but there are many food choices that you can make to keep your heart healthy.

One important food choice is to add beans to your diet. The "good for your heart" benefits of beans is well documented. Below we will touch on a few reasons why and how adding beans to your diet is a good choice for cardiovascular health.

Promote Cardiovascular Health By Including Beans In Your Diet

While dietary trends and fads have fluctuated across cultures over the course of time, one staple ingredient has remained constant for thousands of years – Beans. The plain exterior of the average bean can be misleading; the host of nutrients and benefits that they bestow upon your body make them far from plain! We can provide one of our vital organs, the heart, with a significant portion of the nutrients it requires for optimum health by simply incorporating beans into our meals at least 3-4 times per week.

Beans are renowned for their contribution towards maintaining a healthy heart, the reasons behind this are numerous and varied. Their ability to aid in the elimination of cholesterol, namely Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) due to their high soluble fiber content has been extensively researched and is well documented. In addition, the B vitamins found in beans help reduce homocysteine levels in the blood stream by changing the precursor protein into usable amino acids. An article by UC Berkeley stated that, “If the conversion (homocysteine to amino acids) does not take place rapidly enough, due to a genetic defect or vitamin deficiency, elevated levels of homocysteine may, the theory goes, damage arterial walls and promote the buildup of cholesterol, thus potentially leading to arterial blockage and a heart attack.” Beans also benefit the heart by providing it with a rich source of Magnesium. Magnesium acts as a calcium channel blocker, which improves blood flow as well as the distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. - The World’s Healthiest Foods

In addition, beans not only aid in the reduction of blood pressure, they are low in sodium, and also help prevent blood sugar levels from rising too quickly due to the fact that they have a low glycemic index. Results from a study completed by Tulane University over the course of 19 years involving 9,600 American adults indicated that those who consumed beans a minimum of 4 times a week reduced their risk of coronary heart disease by 22%, as opposed to those who ate beans only one time per week. - Vegetarian Nutrition and Health Letter

Over the course of my profession, one observation has repeatedly reinforced itself. That is, the obvious correlation between overall health and the presence of beans within particular ethnic diets within the U.S. Ethnicities that include beans or bean products as a staple in their diet have an overall reduced incident of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those populations that do not consume beans on a regular basis. A minor dietary adjustment such as this could go a long way in facilitating the achievement of our nation’s goals against heart disease. “Eat to live,” rather than “live to eat.”

In addition to adjusting and monitoring your dietary habits, Växa’s TriCardia+, Omegacin+, Cholesten-LDL, and Vitamin B12 can further potentiate cardiovascular health.

Nurture Your Body With Fats

Fat has a terrible reputation. It is synonymous with potbellies, cellulite and love handles. Fat is blamed for heart disease, cancer and in fact, many other degenerative diseases. Americans are becoming more obese. You are constantly advised by your health care providers to eat less fat, which as you know has spawned an entire industry of low-fat and fat-free foods.

I am here to inform you that not all fats are bad. While it is true that too much of the wrong kinds of fat, especially saturated fats and trans fatty acids, can have serious health consequences, the body does require certain good fats for optimal health. Let's examine the three major categories of fatty acids we get from foods we eat - saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Saturated fatty acids are found in meat, dairy and tropical oils. It is best to limit your intake of saturated fat. Too much saturated fat causes platelets in the blood to become sticky, impairing circulation and increasing the risk of heart attack. Saturated fatty acids may also be deposited inside artery walls contributing to obesity, heart disease and other degenerative conditions. Monounsaturated fatty acids, abundant in olive, canola, almond and peanut oil, help keep your arteries supple and elastic. They are fine in moderation. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are the most important fats for health because their chemical structure makes them the most biochemically active fats of all. Read on… you will learn more about supplementing for your long-term health.

Supplementing With Essential Fatty Acids - Important For Health Today and Tomorrow

EFAs are needed every second by most tissue activities in the body including regulating pressure in the blood vessels, dilating or constricting blood vessels and preventing blood cells from clumping together (blood clots that can be a cause of heart attack and stroke). Although EFAs are "essential" to the body, they are not made by the body and must be supplied through diet or supplementation. The daily amount required by the body should be 10-20% of the total caloric intake. There are two types of EFAs: omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and is found in cold-water fish, fish oil and certain unsaturated vegetable oils. Omega-6 contains linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and is found in raw nuts, seeds, legumes and unsaturated vegetable oils. The most important and needed EFA is linoleic acid. It is also important to know that EFAs need to be consumed in liquid oils (not heated, processed, or cooked) or taken as a nutritional supplement.

EFAs improve the skin and hair, reduce blood pressure, aid in the prevention of arthritis, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as reduce the risk of blood clot formations. It is estimated that 1 million Americans are disabled by peripheral vascular disease (diseases involving the blood vessels in the extremities) each year, according to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing. As the person gets older, he or she also increases the likelihood of developing atherosclerosis of the coronary or cerebral arteries, which can lead to heart attacks or strokes. It is also important to consume, through diet or supplementation, antioxidants, which scavenge free radicals that can accumulate in the body from the environment; foods we eat as well as smoking and/or second hand smoke, and cause arterial damage.

Växa's Omegacin+ offers 29 bioavailable Omega 3-6-9 Fatty Acids and essential lipids, plus phytosterols (helps with growth and regeneration of cells) and antioxidants. Also in Omegacin+ is Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which strengthens and protects the heart against cardiovascular disorders, heart disease, and stroke. Yes, supplementing with EFAs is important for the prevention of stroke and heart disease, but it is also important food for the brain and important for healthy skin and hair, in fact EFAs are especially crucial during pregnancy and lactation, and during infancy (critical for the development of the nervous system, brain and retina, as well as fetal growth).

Pay attention to your health today and order Växa's Omegacin+ and Växa's antioxidant supplement, Anti-Oxin+. In our bodies we have nearly 76,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries bringing life to every organ, muscle, finger, and fiber of our existence.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Are You Skipping Breakfast?

Here is the most recent "skinny" on skipping breakfast according to diabetic education experts at DiabetesInControl.Com.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Feb 2005) was performed to determine whether eating breakfast affects energy intake, energy expenditure, glucose, circulating insulin and lipid fatty concentrations in otherwise healthy individuals.
The bottom line is that omitting breakfast impairs insulin sensitivity and leads to weight gain. So, do yourself a favor and start your day off with a healthy breakfast. You may have to rearrange your schedule but what’s more important than your health?

The Solution to America's Weight Problem!

Everyone must have heard the statement, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but do you know why this saying is true? Only those who understand the science behind the statement implement it in their daily lives. If you can’t manage to fit breakfast into your routine you may want to reconsider after reading this.

A common misconception is that by skipping breakfast, fewer calories are consumed each day resulting in weight maintenance or weight loss. Although this seems like a cogent argument, you have to understand human biochemistry to realize the inaccuracy of this thought process. Based on studies it is believed skipping the first meal of the day increases the chances of becoming obese, developing diabetes or experiencing a heart attack.

The rate at which your body burns calories is known as metabolism. When a meal is skipped, your body goes into “starvation mode” during which time the body’s natural response is to conserve calories and store any food consumed as fat. If this form of dieting persists, hormonal changes and metabolic disorders could take place within the body that make it more difficult to maintain a steady weight. In many cases the body begins to breakdown muscle for fuel. The broken down protein releases nitrogen, which is rapidly washed out of our body by water released from tissue cells. This release of water immediately results in weight reduction. The noticeable drop can be quickly regained just by drinking water; however, the muscle loss is not as easily replaceable.

Our muscle is metabolically active tissue that requires calories on a daily basis to maintain itself. Muscles burn calories regardless of whether the body is active or inactive. People with higher muscle mass need more calories and burn calories more rapidly. When muscle mass decreases so does your calorie requirement. People who deprive themselves of food end up regaining all of the weight, if not more, as soon as they go back to their old habits. This is because their metabolism has slowed down, they’ve decreased their daily caloric requirements, and decreased their muscle mass.

Eating breakfast is one of the most effective ways to rev up your metabolism, have more energy, or lose weight. Everyone should strive for an increased metabolism, which can be achieved through exercise and eating regularly. All the latest diets encourage 3 small meals a day with snacks in between to prevent cravings and binge eating.

According to researcher Linda Van Horn, PhD, MHP, RN of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, “findings suggest that if you’re trying to control or lose weight and lower risk factors of heart disease, not eating breakfast is not a good option.” People who eat breakfast end up eating less cholesterol and saturated fat and have a better overall nutritional status than those who skip the morning meal.

Top three reasons why we should eat breakfast (Better Homes and Gardens):

1. Better performance. Breakfast eaters have a more positive attitude toward school and work, and they perform better. A Boston study showed that children who started eating breakfast raised their test scores significantly and were late or absent from school less frequently.
2. Better overall nutrition. People who eat breakfast are more likely to get the nutrients their bodies need. A Louisiana study found that people who skipped breakfast rarely met even two-thirds of the daily requirements for most minerals and vitamins.
3. Better weight control. Breakfast revs up the body's metabolic rate first thing in the morning; burning calories faster than if the morning meal had been skipped. Thus breakfast eaters maintain their weight more easily than skippers.

A study with 2,900 Americans between ages 18-30 that lasted 10 years showed that a daily breakfast may reduce the risk of becoming obese or developing signs that lead to diabetes (insulin resistance syndrome) by 35% to 50% compared to people who skip the morning meal. People who skip breakfast end up eating more calories throughout the day. The additional calories are consumed through junk foods rather than nutrient rich breakfast foods. Eating breakfast allows a greater chance of burning off the calories since it is consumed earlier in the day. Studies also show men who ate at least one serving of whole-grain and other types of breakfast cereal were as much as 20% less likely to die from heart disease, diabetes or other causes.

Chances of developing insulin resistance syndrome, a metabolic disorder in which the body doesn’t use blood sugar efficiently can develop among people with high amounts of abdominal fat, high blood pressure, and elevated sugar levels. When the body is deprived of food, it may lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), when food is introduced, the insulin levels spike up. Insulin causes you to convert and store excess sugar as fat. The human body cannot live without insulin but by maintaining balanced insulin level without periods of too much insulin is much healthier.

If it is difficult to fit meals into your schedule, try Växa’s Nutritonizer, a meal replacement drink that offers a quick and tasty way to get 100% of 28 vitamins and minerals, plus biologically available protein/amino acid complexes, a balanced array of carbohydrates and other essential cofactors believed to be necessary for good health. It is fat free with no cholesterol, no aspartame, and no picolinates.

Study after study has indicated, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and now we know why. Breakfast is also a great time to take your multivitamin. Take Växa’s Daily Essentials, which includes vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and select herbs known to be powerful antioxidants.

Finally - Help for Diabetes

Over 18 million people in the United States have diabetes. An estimated 13 million have been diagnosed while another 5 million are unaware that they have the disease. Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Tommy G. Thompson announced findings from the Diabetes Prevention Program’s clinical trial that show at least 10 million Americans at high risk for type II diabetes could significantly lower their risk through diet and exercise. In a separate study Dr. Mark Pereira at Harvard Medical School analyzed the eating habits of 2,831 participants and found "breakfast may play an important role in reducing the risk of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

Diabetes mellitus is the most common of any serious metabolic disease in humans, and perhaps more than any other disease, is closely associated with diet. Moreover, diabetic population is significantly higher where western lifestyle and diet habits dominate rather than those cultures consuming a more "primitive" diet. Four percent of America now suffers with diabetes; 90% of these are type II and the remaining 10% are type I. The prevalence of diabetes is rising. It's now the 6th major cause of death in the U.S. and it's thought that this will double every 10-15 years, with an estimated 6-10% increase per year.

"In view of the rapidly rising rates of obesity and diabetes in America, this good news couldn’t come at a better time. So many of our health problems can be avoided through diet, exercise and making sure we take care of ourselves. By promoting healthy lifestyles, we can improve the quality of life for all Americans, and reduce health care costs dramatically," states Thompson.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition in which the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin or when cells stop responding to the insulin produced by the body. Without insulin glucose cannot be absorbed into our cells.

Type I diabetes can occur at any age, but usually develops in children and young adults under the age of 30. Treatment for this type of diabetes includes insulin shots or using insulin pumps choosing the proper foods, exercising regularly in addition to controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

In type II diabetes is when the body produces plenty of insulin but the cells become insensitive to it. The insulin resistance is a condition in which fat, muscle and liver cells do not use insulin properly. Initially the pancreas continues to release insulin as demanded. In time the pancreas is less responsive to the insulin demands and begins to secrete less. Risk factors such as obesity and inactivity increase chances of developing type II diabetes.

Additional risk factors include:
High cholesterol
Family history
Ethnic background
High blood Pressure
Poor diet

Diabetes can be associated with a number of serious complications and premature death if proper steps to control it are not taken. If the blood glucose level stays too high, it can lead to heart, kidney, eye, foot and other problems. Complications may also occur when the blood glucose levels get too low.

Controlling your blood glucose level through diet, exercise and medication can help treat diabetes. The best way to control glucose levels is by reducing the amount of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates while increasing complex carbohydrates and fiber. Complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains are broken down slowly resulting in slower release of glucose into the blood stream. Simple sugars are broken down rapidly and drastically increase the blood sugar level. Carbohydrates should make up 55% to 60% of total daily calories. 10% to 20% of daily calories should come from protein and only 30% of total daily calories should come from good fats. Daily intake of 20 to 35 grams of fiber is also recommended.

Exercise has an important function in the prevention of diabetes. It has long been known obese people are more likely to develop diabetes. A four-year long Kaopio Ischemic Heart Disease Study put 1038 people with impaired glucose tolerance on a moderate exercise program. At the end of the study, results showed a significant decrease in progression toward diabetes in those individuals.

In a study reported in Diabetes Care and later in Science News, a particular desert cactus the prickly pear was shown to lower blood glucose and insulin levels in diabetics, the authors believed that the prickly pear treatment may improve the ability of insulin to efficiently stimulate the movement of glucose from the blood and into body cells. The prickly pear can be found in Växa’s Diabin+, a homeopathic medicinal specially formulated to provide extra nutritional support for maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels within the circulatory system.
Newly published research indicates that there is now compelling reasons to supply the body with milk-based proteins, especially those that are predominantly Casein in nature like those contained within the Systemex. Casein is said to protect against spontaneous diabetes and against acute Cyclosphosphamide or Cy-induced diabetes while also lessening the severity of insulitis.

Diabin+ is a safe and effective formulation, which is further strengthened with the addition of Växa's TriCardia (containing 32-Free Form Amino Acids) and Systemex, a Lactose-free Meal Replacement Drink containing Casein and Colostrum.

Because of the autoimmune nature of diabetes, supplementation with Immune-Aid is also recommended. Immune-Aid+ is formulated to ensure T-cell integrity and subsequent appropriate dispersal of those cellular populations throughout the bloodstream.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Diagnosing Springtime Allergies

Well here it comes... it's that time of year again! For those of you who suffer from allergies and sinus infections, you know what I am talking about - The merry-go-round of symptoms that control your head-sinus pressure, fever, dizziness, light-headedness, headaches, and nausea. I wish there was a magic bullet that could remove all of the potential allergens in the environment and in your body, which trigger the release of histamines causing your sinuses to work overtime. We know there are three main types of hypersensitivities related to spring-allergy problems, sensitivities to food, airborne contaminants and environmental chemicals.

Acute and chronic sinusitis, allergies, and upper respiratory health problems are one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor. Another often-overlooked factor is the Standard American Diet (SAD). Our modern diets include far more refined sugars and carbohydrates than ever before.

We touched upon diet in earlier health tips. Diet is a critical component when it comes to sinus-allergy problems. Remember, excess simple and refined sugars put the immune system to sleep. While your immune system (your first line of defense) is asleep all these viruses, bacteria, mold and especially fungus multiply rapidly. Doctors may prescribe antibiotics to stop bacterial infections, but these antibiotics can sometimes cause more harm than good when overprescribed. Protect yourself from the effects of antibiotics and learn about the importance of probiotics.

"Spring is in the Air"

For those who are affected by allergies, the expression, “spring is in the air” has special meaning. Get ready to sniffle, drip, and itch your way through the pollen-filled blooming months. Allergies are abnormal or hypersensitive responses of the immune system to relatively harmless substances such as pollen, dust, food, animal fur, and environmental pollutants. In this article we will talk about the different forms of allergies and medications available and find answers to some frequently asked questions such as; are there any side effects associated with common allergy medications and is there a cure for allergies?

More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from asthma and allergies which have no immediate cures. Fortunately, there is no shortage of medications for these conditions. Asthma is usually treated with antihistamines to prevent the release of histamine chemicals that are released during allergic reactions. This form of treatment is effective, however, it comes with its share of side-effects which include: dry mouth, difficulty with urination, constipation, drowsiness, and may even cause nightmares in some children.

Hayfever runs in families and is related to asthma and eczema. Hayfever is present at different times of the year and is dependent on the pollen to which you are allergic. Other external factors include the weather and the air quality. Inhaling allergens such as grass pollen, weed pollen, tree pollen, dust mites, animal fur and consuming allergy causing foods may cause hayfever. It is difficult to avoid these allergens, however, you can reduce the symptoms by keeping your home ventilated with fresh air. Vitamin C, garlic and gingko biloba are also known to help. Treatments for hayfever are similar to that of asthma and can be available over-the-counter or by doctor’s prescription.

Individuals with asthma may also experience sinusitis. Each year, health care providers report 32 million cases of sinusitis to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinusitis is defined as the inflammation or infection of one or more sinus cavities directly related to the nasal cavity. Air trapped within blocked sinuses found in the facial bones that surround the nose, including areas within cheekbones and in the bones of the forehead above the eyes, may cause pressure on the sinus wall. Other symptoms include fever, weakness, tiredness, cough (usually more severe at night) and runny nose or congestion.

Most cases of sinusitis start with a common cold caused by a virus. In some cases, fungal infections can cause sinusitis. Although fungi are abundant in the environment, they are usually harmless to healthy people indicating the human body has a natural resistance to them. Chronic sinusitis occurs in individuals who suffer from asthma and some asthmatics find dramatic improvement by taking antibiotics. Doctors may also treat this condition with steroids such as steroid nasal sprays.

Corticosteroids (steroids) reduce inflammation associated with allergies and treat nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and an itchy, runny nose due to allergies. These forms of allergy medicines are also used to decrease inflammation and swelling from other allergic reactions, such as food allergies or skin allergies. Corticosteroids are effective but they must be taken daily for one to two weeks before the full effect of the medicine can be felt. Inhaled corticosteroids may cause cough and unpleasant yeast infections in the mouth.

The side effects of oral corticosteroids include:

Weight gain
High blood pressure
Fluid retention
Growth suppression
Cataracts of the eyes
Muscle weakness

Decongestants are often prescribed with antihistamines during allergic reactions. Decongestants may raise blood pressure forcing extra work for the heart. Decongestant allergy medicines are not recommended for people with high blood pressure and glaucoma. They may also cause insomnia, irritability and may restrict urinary flow, similar effects to that of antihistamines.

Combination medicines, which include both decongestants and antihistamines, allergy medicines and asthma medicine, antihistamine eye drops and mast cells stabilizers (treat mild to moderate inflammation in the bronchial tubes), are used to relieve multiple symptoms. The side effects for combination medicines are dependent on which combination of ingredients are taken. Refer to the information in the insert or the back of the package for information on possible side effects.

If you are looking for a simple solution for allergy symptoms without all the side effects related to the various allergy medicines, try Växa’s Aller-Sine. Alternative medicines work on levels most pharmaceutical drugs do not. Histamines are the main culprits of an allergic reaction and most over-the-counter allergy medicines are “anti-histamines,” which only mask or cover up the histamines once released, Växa’s homeopathic medicinal Aller-Sine seeks to stop histamines from being released in the first place! Aller-Sine acts with the body to inhibit the rupturing of mast cells and basophils, from which histamines are released. Thus, unlike ordinary "anti-histamines," it doesn't "wait" for the histamine to be released before it goes to work. In this way, most, if not all of the allergic reaction is circumvented and thus prevented. In conclusion: Why deal with side-effect from pharmaceutical drugs that only mask the symptoms? Choose a product that treats the problem. Don’t wait for the sneezing and sniffling to start! Try Aller-sine Today.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Are You Aware That Nutritional Deficiencies Play An Important Role In ADD/ADHD?

Research shows that without sufficient building blocks of the brain's nerve cell network, learning is cumbersome and delayed, concentration and attention to tasks cannot be sustained, and memory cannot be maintained. For children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), life can be frustrating. They may find it impossible to sit quietly, focus on a task, or to work well with others; they often have difficulty mastering even basic skills.

When we look at the primary causes of ADD/ADHD, nutritional deficiencies are invariably near or at the top of the list. The other factors include genetics (a percentage of the parents have some form of ADD/ADHD that was undetected or undiagnosed when they were children), food allergies (common culprits like sugar, dairy, and wheat for example), and heavy metals (mercury and lead) have been implicated. According to studies I have seen, when examining the most common nutrients that are absent or lacking from recommended amounts in children, the following minerals consistently surface: zinc, magnesium and chromium. Each has specific functions in the body and the brain, and plays a role in helping to balance the right and left sides of the brain so that proper communication occurs improving overall focus and concentration, with less distractibility.

Attend Questions and Answers

There is a strong relation between zinc deficiencies and ADHD. Zinc is important for the metabolism of essential fatty acids. Children with ADHD are known to be both deficient in zinc and essential fatty acids. In addition, zinc works to create melatonin, important for regulating dopamine - a known factor associated with ADHD. According to a study completed by BMC Psychiatry there has been documented improvement of ADHD children with the supplementation of 55 mg of zinc. The standard Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for babies 7 months to 3 years is 3 mg, for children 4-8 years is 5 mg, for children and preteens 9-13 years is 8 mg and teenagers 14-18 years 11 mg boys/9 mg girls.

Certain medications may have interactions with zinc supplementation so you should consult with your physician first. Some of these medications include: ACE Inhibitors, Antibiotics, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Immunosuppressant Medications (corticosteroids, cyclosporine, etc), Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and Penicillamine. Symptoms of zinc deficiencies consist of: growth retardation, hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation and impotence, eye and skin lesions, weight loss, delayed healing of wounds, taste abnormalities, mental lethargy and loss of appetite.

Växa’s Attend is a very comprehensive ADD/ADHD natural medication that includes 3 mg of zinc in every capsule. With the loading dose for children over 50 lbs the child will receive 12 mg of zinc and with the loading dose for teenagers and adults they will receive 18 mg of zinc. In addition, the product contains 70 mg of EFAs, 200 mg of medium chain triglycerides, 100 mg of flaxseed powder and over 300 mg of lipids. And these are just a few of the ingredients in this powerful alternative to stimulant pharmaceuticals.

The zinc used in Attend is OptiZinc. An antioxidant made by the InterHealth Co. in California, the same company that makes ChromeMate & ActiVin. It has shown synergistic effects with other antioxidants, exceeding the abilities of common vitamin antioxidants such as vitamin A, E, and C.

Complementary products to Attend: Extress that aids in a reduction of hyperactivity, and Memorin that aids in the enhancement of memory function, both contain OptiZinc as well. Extress contains 1 mg of zinc per capsule and Memorin+ contains 2 mg of zinc per capsule. Other Växa products that contain zinc are Daily Essentials (for teens and adults), Vaxa Buddies (for children) and Nutritionizer (for children, teens and adults alike).

Monday, May 08, 2006

Practical Information On Attend

Attend FAQ

We are always entertaining the most effective manner in which to educate on-line regarding ADD/ADHD. I thought it would be beneficial to discuss the most recent questions that I receive on the subject when I am out in the community or doing a seminar or lecture. The following is a compilation of the most commonly asked questions.

Attend Hand Book

This week we thought we would stay close to home and cover some practical information on Attend. Those who take the Attend or have children who take the Attend typically ask the same set of questions. “Does Attend work for Adults?” “How can I get my child to swallow a capsule?” “Will it cause hyperactivity?” “Are there any side effects?” “Can it be taken along with other ADD/ADHD medications?” “What is in the Attend Strategy Pack?” “How long before I will see results?” and “What is a loading dose?”

Attend Questions and Answers
Does Attend work for Adults?”
Yes. Simply adjust the dosages accordingly.
Adults: Take 2-4 capsules daily or as directed by a physician. Begin with a loading dosage of 3 capsules twice daily for 30-45 days or as directed by a physician.

“How can I get my child to swallow a capsule?”

There are a few ways to accomplish this challenging feat. You can actually train your child to swallow a capsule by having them put the capsule (one at a time) in their mouths with a mouth full of water, then having them put their head between their knees and swallowing. Gravity actually helps by pulling the capsule to the back of the throat making it easy to swallow. You may need to make a game with this, in order to get your child to participate. If you cannot get your child to try, then the capsules can be opened and put in a little bit of peanut butter, applesauce, or honey. Another idea is sprinkle the Attend over the top of a protein shake and then have them drink it off of the top with a straw.

“Will it cause hyperactivity?”

No. The Attend is meant to combat hyperactivity by getting to the root of the problem. Children and Adults alike become hyperactive because there are not enough neurotransmitters in the brain and information as well as surrounding stimuli can not be processed quick enough. So in order to cope they bounce from one idea or activity to another. Attend strengthens current neurotransmitter connections and stimulates the growth of new ones, helping information and stimuli to flow freely. One important note about the Attend product is not to take it too close to bedtime. It should be taken 4-5 hours prior to going to sleep. It is not that it causes them to be hyperactive, but that it makes them intensely focused.

“Are there any side effects?”

No. There are no known side effects associated with Attend. A typical response from parents who have had their children on prescription medication in the past but switched to Attend is, “I have my child back!” Known side effects associated with pharmaceutical ADD/ADHD medications are weight loss, facial tics, suicidal thoughts, increased teenage drug use and even cardiovascular events. It is very important if you plan to switch from a pharmaceutical medication to Attend to first speak to your physician. He or she needs to help you gradually wean you or your child off of the prescription medicine. There could be adverse withdrawal effects.

“Can it be taken along with other ADD/ADHD medications?”

Yes. You can start the Attend while taking other ADD/ADHD pharmaceutical medications. If you are using it along side another supplement product, be cautious of over doing it with some nutrients. It is possible to take too much of a good thing. Typically Attend does the trick all by its self and no other supplements are needed.

“What is in the Attend Strategy Pack?”

The Attend Strategy Pack contains one bottle each of Attend, Memorin and Extress. Some adults or children need a little more than the Attend. If you have seen a positive change while taking the Attend by itself but still need a little more attention to detail, a little more help with the memory. Memorin helps to do the trick. It has some of the same ingredients of Attend, but it is not quite as comprehensive, so you are not getting too much of one ingredient. When dealing with hyperactivity the Extress really helps. Extress helps to diminish emotional sensitivity and mood swings, calm and focus attention and more! You can start off with Attend, go through the loading period and then see if you need to add any complementary products or you can start off with the Attend Strategy Pack and then after the loading period taper down one of the complementary products, if your progress starts to slow down then you know the complementary products were needed. If there is a desperate situation (i.e. work difficulties, behavioral problems or relationship issues) then it is recommended to start off with the Attend Strategy Pack.

“How long before I will see results?”

How quickly you see results will depend on a multitude of factors: how nutritionally sound the person is; how severe the ADD/ADHD is; and how diligent they are with taking the product. Some have noticed a difference within two weeks, some have taken a full two months and some never noticed a difference until they stopped taking the product. The Attend is a very successful product. It is a “life changer.” We are very confident in the product, so confident we offer a 1-YEAR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Do yourself or you loved one a favor and stay with the product through the full loading dose.

“What is a loading dose?”

All nutritional products take a little longer to work than most pharmaceuticals. Attend is no different. Most people with ADD/ADHD have some nutritional deficiencies so the Attend first works to replenish the “nutritional shelves.” Also, Attend has a very serious job ahead of it. Keep in mind; it is stimulating the growth of new neurons in the brain. This may take some time, but it is well worth the wait! The loading dose is for when someone is starting off on the Attend product and also during times of added stress. These times could be during an increased workload at a job, college or school; when students are returning from a long break; when there have been changes in curriculum, with teachers or the addition of a recreational sport; during exam time; etc. After the ADD/ADHD individual has adjusted to the change or increased workload they should return to the maintenance dosage of Attend.


Monday, May 01, 2006


Since we recently discussed Asthma in our Health Tip, I thought it would be appropriate timing to include the close link and relationship of Eczema or Atopic dermatitis. Eczema is characterized by chronic itching and inflammatory skin that is thickened and very dry. The skin in individuals with Eczema tends to be overgrown by bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus. It is commonly found on the face, wrists, and inside of the elbows and knees. Although it may occur at any age, it is most common in infants, and particularly infants and children with asthma.

Other risk factors for developing some form of eczema include, positive family history (66% of individuals with eczema have an immediate family member with the condition), positive allergy test (skin and food), weakened immune system, low stomach acid, stress, and nutritional deficiencies. So, if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, consider your everyday environment and any possible allergens or toxins, evaluate soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, anti-perspirants-deodrants and any changes in laundry detergents as possible causes to onsets of this very uncomfortable skin condition. And remember, natural products can be very helpful.

Natural Remedies For Eczema

Eczema, also known as Dermatitis, can be quite bothersome during the spring. This inflammation of the skin can be triggered by pollen allergies. Other causes can be food allergies, stress, candidiasis (yeast overgrowth), leaky gut syndrome, cold or hot weather, etc. It can be inherited by family, especially from those with a history of hay fever or asthma. There are several different types of eczema causing symptoms such as scaling, flaking, thickening, weeping, crusting and itching of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is associated with individuals that have allergies. It is normally found on the face and in the bends of elbows and knees. This is also the type of eczema that typically occurs in children. “About one out of every 10 kids develops eczema.” KidsHealth

It is important to avoid scratching the inflamed area, skin infections such as herpes and staph frequently occur. Applying a good cream or ointment daily is necessary to maintain moisture, a simple petroleum jelly will do. Be sure to apply it 5 minutes after bathing, this will help with absorption. Keeping skin clean, moist and free of allergens, as well as harsh chemicals will help to alleviate symptoms.

In addition to taking care of skin on the outside, taking care of skin on the inside is equally important. Drinking plenty of water is a start. Other things that you can do are to detoxify the bad stuff (toxins) and take in the good stuff (vital nutrients). One recent study suggests the intake of “friendly” bacteria like Lactobacillus during pregnancy can prevent the development of atopic eczema in high-risk children. Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc are important for combating toxins. In general, kelp and B Vitamins are also important nutrients for healing tissue and healthy skin. Take an EFA supplement (Essential Fatty Acids). Lipids and fatty acids are necessary for cardiovascular (eg. cardiolipin), neurological and dermatological health (eg. linoleic and linolenic acids). One other important supplement to consider is Betaine HCL (Hydrochloride), because people with dermatitis often have low levels of hydrochloride.
You can find all of these vital nutrients in the following Växa Products:

Växa’s ReFlora contains a special complex of 10 different and beneficial bacteria, plus phytomedicinals and other nutrients, to help the body restore healthy bacterial flora.

Växa’s Anti-Oxin with Grape Seed Extract is one of the most rare and most potent proactive antioxidant vitamin formulas available, containing Grape Seed Extract (Activin), Pycnogenol, plus 28 other ingredients.

Växa’s Liver Formula will also aid in ridding the body of toxins considering the Liver acts as a filter.

Växa’s Digestin contains Betaine HCL as well as powerful digestive enzymes Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulase, Sucrase, Maltase, and much more.

Växa’s Omegacin offers 29 bioavailable Omega 3-6-9 Fatty Acids and essential lipids, plus phytosterols and antioxidants.

Växa’s Daily Essentials contains vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and select herbs known to be powerful antioxidants, including B Vitamins and Kelp.

You can see that all of the suggested Växa products are very important nutrients necessary for health and longevity. They will not only help with eczema, but will help with a wide range of health conditions. You cannot go wrong. Simply restore health and symptoms will disappear. Don’t suffer this spring; take a preventative approach.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

ASTHMA...Then and NOW

When I was in medical school, I was taught that the main problem in asthma was something called bronchoconstriction, the tightening of the small airways or bronchial tubes needed for normal breathing. The primary treatment offered was medication to dilate those airways. The current concept or theory of asthma is very different. It is now seen as an inflammatory disorder of the airways, with bronchoconstriction secondary to the irritation caused by the inflammation. Anti-inflammatory drugs, like inhaled steroids for example, are now considered to be standard of care and the mainstays of treatment. Asthma is increasing in frequency all over the world.

Asthma has typically been divided into two categories, extrinsic and intrinsic types. Extrinsic asthma is generally considered an allergy related condition. Intrinsic asthma type is associated with a bronchial reaction that is due to such factors as chemicals, cigarette smoking, dust, cold air, exercize, infection, and becoming emotionally upset.

I believe without question that diet influences inflammation. The food choices we make can determine whether we are in a pro-inflammatory state or an anti-inflammatory one. In the former, abnormal inflammation is more likely, as are all the diseases associated with it, including asthma. In the latter case, normal inflammation is not affected, that is, the body's healing response to infection is as it should be.

So, if you or someone you know suffers with asthma or some type of restrictive airway condition, consider all possibilities: evaluate your diet ( certain foods like the nightshade plants for example, tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants ) may produce the pro-inflammatory response I mentioned above. Milk and dairy products can be a major problem for children with asthma as they increase mucus production which can further inhibit free breathing. Again, many children have food allergies and are allergic to dairy products.

Evaluate your lifestyle and environment at work, school and play, as it may be contributing to some of your asthmatic or allergy type symptoms...and read on.

Knowing The Facts About Asthma

It is an obvious statement to say, "asthma is on the rise." If you know anyone with children or have children yourself, you probably know of a child with asthma. “6.3 million children under 18 report having asthma.” Now, let’s look at some statistics that may surprise you:
20.3 million Americans report having asthma.

There are more than 5,000 deaths from asthma annually.

More than 14 million school days are missed annually due to asthma.

Asthma accounts for approximately 14.5 million missed workdays for adults annually.
The American Chiropractor – January 2006 So we know it is a serious concern for Americans, but do we really know what it is? And why is it on the rise? Also, what can we do about it from a nutritional standpoint? Those are questions that I will answer for you.

Asthma is a disease in the lungs where the bronchial tubes constrict reducing the airflow in and out of the lungs. This happens in a number of ways: the smooth muscles around the tubes tighten, the tubes themselves swell and inflame, and an accumulation of mucus as well as other fluids build up and obstruct the airways. There are specific triggers that set off this overreaction or overstimulation of the airways. This is sometimes called “reactive airway disease.” The various triggers consist of allergens like certain foods, animal dander, chemicals, drugs, dust mites, environmental pollutants, feathers, food additives, mold, tobacco, etc. and also nonallergenic triggers like adrenal disorders, anxiety, extreme temperature and weather changes, exercise, laughing, infections, etc.

As for answering the question, “Why is it on the rise?” That is yet to be determined. We do know that asthma is an inherited condition and so are allergies. Therefore, as our population grows so will the number of Americans who have this disease. Here comes another very obvious statement, "pollution is on the rise." “The US is the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.”

"Give me some good news," you say. Even though preventative and emergency medications may be necessary for those who suffer from asthma, certain nutrients are known to help reduce the amount of medication needed. Vitamin C is known to limit inflammatory responses, fight against possible infections and also helps keep airways open if taken before exercise. Vitamin B6 is known to help decrease the asthmatic wheeze and is also needed for those taking medications containing theophylline. Vitamin B12 also helps to decrease inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Magnesium, fatty acids and L-Glutamine are other important nutrients that are thought to help minimize asthmatic symptoms.

Växa products that we suggest for those who suffer from asthma are: Aller-Sine, Vitamin C, Omegacin, Anti Oxin and Immune-Aid. All of these products have the above ingredients and more! The combination is sure to help with all aspects of asthma as well as improve overall health. Do be cautious if you are allergic to rag weed, some of the herbs in Aller-Sine and Immune-Aid may also cause said allergies. Also on that note, if your asthma is due to an allergy, do your best to single out the specific allergy and if it is something that can be eliminated from your diet or surroundings (as in a pet or dust), then you can omit the problem ahead of time.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The ADD/ADHD Label Challenge

As many of you are aware (especially those of you who are familiar with ADD/ADHD) the FDA Advisory Panel met again this week regarding the side effect profile of the stimulant prescription medications. The Panel's concern is that due to recent black box warnings it is possible that children or individuals who are good candidates for a particular pharmaceutical drug for treating the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, may be frightened or scared to begin therapy.
Obviously everyone is unique and different biochemically. What works well for one individual may not be effective for the next person. When it comes to families or individuals who are struggling with ADD/ADHD, I suggest you discuss all options with your child’s pediatrician, or family doctor. And remember, you do have choices!

Slippery Slope Diagnosis?

Could ADD/ADHD be a little over diagnosed? In some areas… yes, depending on how much weight the school systems are allowed to carry. “When 63% of children in a single Virginia school district are diagnosed as having ADHD, it seems clear.” (USA Today) Another question that I would like to raise is, does it really matter if these stimulant drugs carry a “Black Box” warning or not? Haven’t we already heard enough about the known side effects to avoid using them? Yet, if you read any of the recent articles discussing the concern that if these medications carried a “Black Box” warning it would “scare many patients away from treatment.” (Dr. Robert Nelson, panel chairman) I ask the question again, do we really need a “Black Box” warning to be frightened with known side effects of: heart attacks, hallucination and other psychological problems? Many people think that these are their only options. That if they or their children are diagnosed with ADHD they have the option to either use the pharmaceutical drugs or they will be left to become misfits in society. We really need to get the word out that there are safe alternatives. Safe alternatives that work!

Even if you are uncertain if you have ADD/ADHD, Attend can be a viable option to help you increase your ability to focus and process information. There are many theories as to why ADD/ADHD is on the rise, but if you are a parent or teacher dealing with a hyperactive or unruly child, time is of the essence and the how and why falls to the wayside to finding a means to sanity. We understand the pressure that is placed on these parents to gain some sort of control and when the trusted family doctors are so willing to prescribe an answer in the form of an easy to swallow pill, why would you question it? Herein lies the problem. There is no one to blame for the current situation; however, we can no longer ignore the seriousness of the situation. Teens that have been medicated by these stimulant ADD/ADHD medications are now abusing drugs, having increased suicidal tendencies and dying from cardiovascular events. Just because it hasn’t happened to “so and so” doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to you or your child. Why take the chance?

We know that there are some wonderful natural products in the market place that you may have tried that did not work as well as you would have liked, but Attend truly works. It may take a little longer but it is not a controlled substance that may cause insomnia, tension or drug dependency. It works in a very positive manner to open up the pathways of communication in the brain. It is extremely comprehensive with proven homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and herbs. Essentially, brain food... not only brain food, but also a specific set of instructions for the brain. There are no known side effects and Attend can be taken along side with the prescription medication for ADD/ADHD to balance the chemical messengers in the brain for improved focus and concentration. So, although your family doctor may not be aware of this product or its effectiveness, it can be a healthier solution for your family. It may be up to you to educate him or her, but know a safe and effective alternative is available. This product has been a “life saver” for many children and adults alike since 1987.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Do You Feel Tired All The Time? Maybe You Have Restless Legs Syndrome!

I have to admit, when I first heard about this syndrome, I did not pay much attention to it. Now, however, it is apparent that many Americans suffer with the disorder daily. RLS is a diagnosis of exclusion. In other words, doctors rule out other disorders related to neurological deficit or central nervous system involvement first.

Restless legs syndrome is a nerve and muscular disorder characterized by repeated contractions of one or more muscle groups, typically of the leg, during sleep. Each jerk usually lasts less than ten seconds. Many times, the individual is unaware of the movement and only complains of either frequent awakenings at night, or excessive daytime sleepiness. So, if this sounds like you, take action. You do not have to suffer with RLS. There are therapeutic options that can be very beneficial.

Treating Restless Legs Syndrome

The Natural Way Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), or Ekbom’s Syndrome, is a neurological sensory disorder that affects approximately 12 million Americans. This disorder has been described as creeping, crawling, jittery, tingling and burning sensations in the legs that ease with movement. The uncomfortable sensations, that are sometimes indescribable, begin during times of inactivity and usually during the evening hours. RLS is receiving a lot of attention as of late due to its association with sleep loss.

It is believed that RLS stems from an imbalance of dopamine (a chemical produced in the brain that acts as a neurotransmitter). Factors that may worsen symptoms of the disorder are caffeine, alcohol and tobacco intake; stress; pregnancy; and iron deficiencies (sometimes caused by anemia). One of the comorbid conditions that are being linked to RLS is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

There are not any direct tests used to diagnose RLS. Doctors ask a series of questions regarding the symptoms and rule out other conditions in order to make a diagnosis. There are a handful of medications that are used in an attempt to silence the twitching disorder such as medications for Parkinson’s disease, Opioids (narcotics), muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, and even medications for epilepsy. So far, there is only one medication developed specifically for RLS and that is ropinirole (Requip).

Natural ways that you can minimize symptoms of RLS are to avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco intake; exercise and stretch daily, stay active mentally (read a good book or do an activity that thoroughly engages you); go to bed and wake up at the same time every day; and try some relaxation techniques like yoga. A calcium/magnesium supplement can also help by calming the nervous system and relaxing muscles. Växa products that we recommend for someone suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome are: Neuran, Extress and our Calcium Citrate with Magnesium and Vitamin D.

The ingredients in Neuran have been shown to naturally:

Help diminish excessive muscle spasms, mental nervousness, uncontrolled agitation and other neurological dysfunction such as involuntary shaking and twitching.

Help promote healthy nerve function and smooth neural pathways to ensure clean, non-confused, direct responsive signaling and receiving of neural messages within the Central Nervous System

The ingredients in Extress have been shown to naturally:

Help relax muscles safely
Help reduce the possibility of stress-induced head pain and muscle aches

RLS affects women, men and children of any race. Adults who have a severe case of RLS have typically had an early onset from childhood. Many doctors discredit RLS in children as growing pains. Treating the RLS with the various medication options can be hit or miss strategies, meaning you may have to try several different types before you find one that works. In addition, once a medication is found that works, it may stop working later down the line as your body builds up a tolerance towards it.

Växa’s products are safe and all natural. They are simply providing the body with nutrients that it needs and direction through proven homeopathics. If you or someone you know suffers from RLS, try an alternative approach. It just might do the trick and stop the twitch, if not, we will gladly give you

Monday, April 03, 2006

The ADD/ADHD Label Challenge

As many of you are aware (especially those of you who are familiar with ADD/ADHD) the FDA Advisory Panel met again last week regarding the side effect profile of the stimulant prescription medications. The panels concern is that due to recent black box warnings it is possible that children or individuals who are good candidates for a particular pharmaceutical drug used for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, may be frightened or scared to begin therapy.

Obviously, everyone is unique and different biochemically. What works well for one individual may not be effective for the next person. When it comes to families or individuals who are struggling with ADD/ADHD. I suggest you discuss all options with your child’s pediatrician, or family doctor. And remember, you do have choices!

Slippery Slope Diagnosis?

Could ADD/ADHD be a little over diagnosed? In some areas... yes, depending on how much weight the school systems are allowed to carry. “When 63% of children in a single Virginia school district are diagnosed as having ADHD, it seems clear.” (USA Today) Another question that I would like to raise is does it really matter if these stimulant drugs carry a “Black Box” warning or not? Haven’t we already heard enough about the known side effects to avoid using them? Yet, if you read any of the recent articles discussing the concern that if these medications carried a “Black Box” warning it would “scare many patients away from treatment.” (Dr. Robert Nelson, panel chairman) I ask the question again, do we really need a “Black Box” warning to be frightened with known side effects of: heart attacks, hallucination and other psychological problems? Many people think that these are their only options. That if they or their children are diagnosed with ADHD they have the option to either use the pharmaceutical drugs or they will be left to become misfits in society. We really need to get the word out that there are safe alternatives. Safe alternatives that work!

Even if you are uncertain if you have ADD/ADHD, Attend can be a viable option to help you increase your ability to focus and process information. There are many theories as to why ADD/ADHD is on the rise, but if you are a parent or teacher dealing with a hyperactive or unruly child, time is of the essence and the how and why falls to the wayside to finding a means to sanity. We understand the pressure that is placed on these parents to gain some sort of control and when the trusted family doctors are so willing to prescribe an answer in the form of an easy to swallow pill, why would you question it? Herein lies the problem. There is no one to blame for the current situation; however, we can no longer ignore the seriousness of the situation. Teens that have been medicated by these stimulant ADD/ADHD medications are now abusing drugs, having increased suicidal tendencies and dying from cardiovascular events. Just because it hasn’t happened to “so and so” doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to you or your child. Why take the chance?

We know that there are some wonderful natural products in the marketplace that you may have tried that did not work as well as you would have liked, but Attend truly works. It may take a little longer but it is not a controlled substance that may cause insomnia, tension or drug dependency. It works in a very positive manner to open up the pathways of communication in the brain. It is extremely comprehensive with proven homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and herbs. Essentially, brain food… not only brain food, but also a specific set of instructions for the brain. There are no known side effects and Attend can be taken along side with the prescription medications for ADD/ADHD to balance the chemical messengers in the brain for improved focus and concentration. So, although your family doctor may not be aware of this product or its effectiveness, it can be a healthier solution for your family. It may be up to you to educate him or her, but know a safe and effective alternative is available. This product has been a “life saver” for many children and adults alike since 1987.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Driving The ADHD Brain

Let's face it, driving a new car, truck or SUV is a very satisfying experience. There are many different types or styles to choose from. Obviously, all vehicles need repair or a tune-up at various stages of the normal life cycle. I give you this analogy as a simple comparison when looking at the Attentional system or brain in ADD/ADHD.

If the attentional system is not functioning efficiently it can impair one's reactions, perceptions, and behaviors, just like a car in need of a tune-up. The vastness of the attentional system accounts for the variation of ADD/ADHD types. Where one child needs an oil change, the next needs spark plugs replaced. Where one individual is withdrawn and overwhelmed by stimuli, the next is hyperactive and can't get enough stimuli. Where one is anxious, the other is depressed. To compensate, each develops his or her own coping skills that developmentally add to or subtract from the brain's subsystem.

As new research on ADD/ADHD becomes available from the National Institute of Mental Health and others, we will pass it along. Any clues that help to explain what might prevent nerve cells from forming proper connections to drive the ADHD brain will help many.

Knowing how to get a true diagnosis on ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD starts in the brain and involves the entire sensorium (vision, smell, touch, hearing, etc.,) including the inner world of cognition and emotion. It is when there is not a sufficient amount of neural connections to process incoming information and outside stimulus ("traffic") quick enough, then competition between the various stimuli occurs. As the “traffic” becomes congested from a multitude of external and internal stimuli an individual with ADD/ADHD may become frustrated, irritated, aggressive and full of anxiety. Leaving the individual to "tune in" or “focus” on some stimulation, while "tuning out" or "turning down" other stimulation.

Having this constant backlog of stimuli creates undue "noise" in the perceptual systems in the brain, unfortunately causing an ADD/ADHD individual to feel helpless and overwhelmed, and they will adapt in any way possible to eliminate this assaultive reality. ADHDs are hypothesized to have an ample supply of Acetylcholine and lipofuscin-free, unobstructed cholinergic pathways. This allows them to actively compete and overwhelm the intrusive messages. Individuals with ADHD operate at a "noisier" level and act out, being intensely hyperactive in an attempt to "shout-down" the excess stimulation in the brain.

In contrast, ADDs and LDs are hypothesized to have low Acetylcholine levels and adverse lipofuscin populations within the cholinergic neural pathways, making competitive responses more difficult. It becomes so "noisy" inside the brain that the affected individual may shut down all processing of the senses altogether, avoiding all stimulation. Thus, unlike other children, the ADDs and LDs "shut-down" and "tune-out," often being thought of as shy or lazy.

There is a safe alternative that can ease the stress and frustration felt by both ADDs and ADHDs. Attend is safe and non-toxic! Unlike other medications, Attend works without harmful side-effects. The homeopathic ingredients in Attend support the body's ability to help calm and reduce stress and frustration as well as help focus attention and improve concentration. Indeed, Attend works to help naturally stimulate neural growth patterning and regenerative activity so as to forge more “connections” within the neural network. Essentially, opening up the highway and allowing more room for “traffic.” Furthermore, Attend works without diminishing overall processing, cognitive and learning activities, unlike amphetamines, antidepressants or anticonvulsants normally prescribed for ADD.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Memopausal Politics and Women's Hormone Cycles

Not long ago, menopause was a word that was not openly discussed in public. Now, every health-related television program, radio program and the rest of the mass media have made the topic a mainstay. With 30 million menopausal women in the U.S. and some 20 million baby boomer women who are approaching menopause, it’s no wonder this is such a frequent topic these days.

Hormonal balance is paramount to women going through the various stages of the female life cycle from PMS to post menopause. This dance of the steroid hormones is important in helping women to stay energized, strong, sexually vigorous, happy and free from “female problems.”

Menopause 101

Menopause is the transitional time in a woman’s life cycle. It is a stage where the menses stop but other physiological changes may occur. By definition when you go for 12 full months without having a menstrual cycle you are in menopause. Perimenopause is leading up to that point. The undesirable symptoms (to say the least) like hot flashes, mood swings and sleep deprivation are a result of hormonal imbalance (changing levels of estrogen and progesterone).

When a woman is having regular menstrual cycles then generally speaking her progesterone and estrogen hormones are in balance. Both hormones are produced by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. The hypothalamus and adrenal glands produce GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone) and the pituitary gland produces FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone), which stimulate the rise of estrogen and progesterone during menstruation within the ovaries.

Irregular periods cause an imbalance in hormone production. One of the first signs that menopause is approaching is that your periods will change, either becoming lighter, heavier or even stopping all together. Estrogen dominance occurs when there are more estrogen hormones circulating in the body than any other hormone and when the estrogen is unopposed (not balanced). Some of the causes of estrogen dominance are:

Estrogen replacement therapy
Perimenopause (lack of ovulation resulting in a deficiency in progesterone)
Postmenopause (especially in overweight women)
Exposure to xenoestrogens
Birth control pills

Hysterectomy Hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance can reek havoc on one's life, causing notorious symptoms such as: hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, low sex drive, headaches, hair loss, fatigue, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations and bone loss. And if suffering through these symptoms is not enough, after menopause women are more likely to have heart disease, possibly due to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or more specifically estrogen replacement therapy (ERT).

Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) is the most common means for treating menopause and menopausal symptoms, but unfortunately, it is not the most effective mode of treatment. Synthetic estrogen hormones remain in the body longer than natural estrogen hormones and can cause more damage. A commonly used estrogen supplement and contraceptive is synthetic ethinyl estradiol (one of the harmful estrogens) and can increase the risk of breast cancer more than its natural counterpart. After a woman goes through menopause her levels of progesterone hormones typically fall to zero, while her levels of estrogen hormones only decrease 40-60%, and testosterone hormone levels decrease even less. In fact, progesterone is the first hormone to start to diminish leaving women of all ages’ estrogen dominant. It seems obvious that the first form of hormone replacement therapy should be that of natural progesterone, which has been shown to build bone, enhance mood, normalize blood sugar, protect against fibrocystic breasts, restore sex drive, use fat for energy, restore proper cell oxygen levels, and more.

Stress and diet can also play a role in hormonal imbalance and the onset of early menopause. Most women start to notice signs or perimenopause during their 40’s and although the range that women go through menopause is anywhere from 30 to 60 years of age, the average age that women go through menopause is 51. In addition, not every woman’s experience is the same. Some women may have more symptoms than others, depending on their lifestyle and health choices.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cardiovascular Heart Disease In Women

Did you know that every 30 seconds in America someone suffers a heart attack? Many of these cardiovascular events occur in women. As women approach menopause their risk of heart disease equals that of men. Leading cardiologist and cellular medicine expert Matthias Rath M.D. reminds us that animals don’t get heart attacks because they produce Vitamin C in their bodies, which protects their blood vessel walls. In humans, who are unable to produce Vitamin C, dietary vitamin deficiency of this nutrient weakens the blood vessel walls. Clinical studies document that optimum daily intake of vitamins and other essential nutrients halts and reverses coronary heart disease (CHD) naturally.

The primary cause of CHD and atherosclerotic disease is a chronic deficiency of vitamins and other essential nutrients in millions of vascular wall cells. Even if you have a past history of heart disease, high blood pressure or a family history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) it is important for you to get started immediately with quality supplementation to prevent atherosclerosis and assist with artery wall repair.

Women, Your Heart Alarm Is Ticking!

Heart disease is the Number 1 Killer of women age 35 and up. It is not an “old ladies” disease. Women die of heart attacks 6 times more than breast cancer. It is time to take Heart disease seriously and be proactive no matter your family history, your weight, your age or your race. February 3rd is National Wear Red Day in honor of getting the word out. Wear red and in addition pass along this health tip to a friend or coworker.

Did you know that you could lower your risk as much as 82% simply by making some healthier lifestyle choices? Let’s take a deeper look into the heart of the matter. Coronary heart disease is the true villain here. This cardiovascular disease is a disorder of the blood vessels in the heart, which ultimately prevents oxygen and vital nutrients from getting to the heart, thus leading to a heart attack. Most of the women who have suffered from a heart attack did not have any prior symptoms or they did not recognize them. Women tend to ignore symptoms thinking that they are having an anxiety or panic attack. In addition, they are fearful of pressing the panic button only to result in a false alarm.

The word is if you have any symptoms of a heart attack that last more than 3 minutes, press the panic button (9-1-1)! It is all too common not to, and immediate treatment is crucial (making the difference between life or death). Remember, the old saying it is better to be safe than sorry. You need to get reassurance that your heart is okay. However, the first step is to know the symptoms.

Most Common Heart Attack Symptoms (Male or Female)

• Chest pain or discomfort (in the center of the chest, lasting more that a few minutes)
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach)
• Shortness of breath (with or without chest pain)
• Nausea, light-headedness or a cold sweat

Now, what can you do to be proactive in your battle against heart disease? Well, number one...don’t smoke. It increases a woman’s likelihood to have a heart attack two to six times more than the already (stacked against you) increased odds. Number two...get fit. Yes, it is always our New Years Resolution. “This year I am going to eat healthier, exercise and lose weight.” If you want to avoid heart disease, keep that resolution, in fact, make it a permanent change. And number three...get educated. Talk to your doctor about where you stand. Have him or her check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose. Diabetes can quadruple your risk of having a heart attack.

Although the content of this article is grave, the overall message is good news. I repeat, you can lower your risk of heart disease, the number one killer of women in America, by 82% simply by keeping your New Years Resolution to a becoming a healthier you.

TriCardia can help to detoxify your body, or rather, undo some of the damage already done. By detoxifying the body we mean cleaning the entire cardiovascular system: the circulatory system of blood vessels, veins and arteries; the liver, kidneys and gallbladder; and the lymphatic system.

Heart Formula is a homeopathic medicinal formulated to strengthen and support the circulatory system, focusing most of its action on stimulating the heart. Including helping to: strengthen cardiac function, regulate blood pressure (low and high), treat fatigue and treat varicose veins.

Omegacin offers 29 bioavailable Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and essential lipids, plus phytosterols and antioxidants. Lipids are the primary structural components of all cell walls and membranes and a lack of these fats leads to cardiovascular, neurological and dermalogical problems. Since the continuous demand for membrane lipids is not being met with today’s low-fat and over-processed diets, supplementation of 'smart fats' is more important than ever.

With your will power, or woman power rather, and Växa’s dynamic homeopathic formulas, you can fight back against the odds and turn back the hand of time. It is time to take matters in to your own hand and reset that heart alarm.

*We also recognize Heart Disease as the number 1 killer among men as well, and the tips in this article and products work to help men in their fight as well. It is our wish that you and your entire family be blessed with “Good Health” and it is our goal to help you achieve that!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Do You Suffer From An Anxiety Disorder?

Did you know that more than 5 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety? There are many types and several degrees of severity of the condition ranging from mild to severe. If you or someone you know has suffered with a generalized anxiety disorder, you are quite aware of its potential to immobilize your daily routine and disrupt life to the point where it is no longer enjoyable.

Anxiety or nervousness may produce symptoms like dry mouth, excess sweating, palpitations or irregular heartbeats and even shortness of breath. Don’t panic... there is help. The first step is to acknowledge and pay attention to the signals that your body is sending.

Social Anxiety Disorders And The Växa Products That Can Help

Social Anxiety Disorder, also called Social phobias, is an anxiety disorder that leaves one self conscious in daily, normal social situations (i.e. school or work). It is more than just a simple case of shyness. This type of anxiety typically stems from a fear of being embarrassed by something the affected person did or said in the past in front of another. Someone with this type of anxiety may be afraid to:

• Give a speech or presentation to a group
• Go out to a restaurant or any event that may include eating or drinking
• Write in front of others

A child with Social Anxiety Disorder may tend to play sick in order to avoid going to school, especially on big event days such as: class presentation days, test days, holiday parties, school dances, field trips, etc. This disorder typically begins in childhood or early adolescence and may be inherited. Some signs that you or someone you know is feeling anxiety in a social setting are:

• Blushing
• Profuse sweating
• Trembling
• Difficulty talking
• Turning away while talking
• Nausea

Social Anxiety Disorder usually occurs with other Anxiety Disorders or depression and affects about 5.3 million. Be sure if you suspect that you or your child has Social Anxiety Disorder to seek professional help. It could also be coupled with a Learning Disability, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Scientists have found that parts of the brain (amygdale, hippocampus, basal ganglia, and striatum) are involved in feelings of fear and anxiety. It is said that perhaps with the birth of new brain cells and with stimulating growth of new neurons in the hippocampus there may be help with certain anxiety disorders.

Växa Products That Can Help With Anxiety

Attend Strategy Pac provides the brain with nutrients needed to maintain a healthy neurochemical balance. When under the care of a physician, the Attend Strategy Pac may be useful to supplement any strategy being utilized for an anxiety disorder. Products included in the Attend Strategy Pac are as follows:

Attend, suggested by The Prescription for Nutritional Healing, is a Homeopathic Medicinal specifically engineered to help support the function of the Central Nervous System of individuals who are inclined to be inattentive, under and/or overactive and perhaps learning disabled, enabling the body to balance both neural growth and neurotransmitter production within the Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS). Attend is formulated to supply the essential building materials for the entire neural network, helping to potentiate balanced stimulation of the Reticular Activating System while aiding the body in appropriate neural buffering within.

Extress is a Homeopathic Medicinal that contains a useful combination of amino acids, which are the precursors to a series of neurotransmitters within the brain. These nutritional materials help the body to naturally relax our muscles. Subsequently, we can avoid the somatization of emotional difficulties (those emotional problems that are wrongly shunted into physical complaints such as headache and backache, etc.). When our nutritional requirements have been appropriately addressed, the conscious mind is allowed to effortlessly refocus without the bother of anxiety and stress.

Memorin is a Homeopathic Medicinal that has been found useful when complementing a physician's care for neural-growth activity of those suffering from impaired memory, or when experiencing attenuation of neural activity resulting from poor nutrition, cellular deterioration, insult, trauma or stroke, loss of memory, diminution of senses (smell, sight, hearing), absent mindedness, forgetfulness and mental lethargy, inattentiveness, cerebral anemia and senile dementia.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Ear Infections - What Are The Risks?

Today, ear infections are generally accepted as frequent offenders, and if not recognized and treated early, can lead to more serious complications as described below. Ear infections are the bread and butter of conventional pediatricians, who treat them with frequent courses of antibiotics, decongestants and sometimes with surgery. In young children middle ear infections are a normal part of growing up (until their immune systems are functioning as the first-line defense against all types of infections, whether viral, bacterial or fungal.)

So, what are the risks? If the infection is viral, the risks are minimal. However, if the infection is bacterial and treatment delayed, there is danger that the infection may become chronic or spread to a portion of the bone behind the ear called the mastoid process. If antibiotics do not control this, a surgical operation may be needed. Children who are old enough to gargle should be encouraged to gargle with a warm saline solution, which promotes healing by bringing more blood to the Eustachian tube, which connects the ear with the throat. Read on for more details.

Ear Infections Plaguing Nearly All Of Our Children

A very common issue:

About 80% of children will have at least one ear infection by the age of 5, and 75% will have one by the age of 3. It is also said that otitis media (middle ear infection) is the most common cause of hearing loss in children, costing approximately $2 billion annually on medical and surgical treatments in the U.S. In addition to otitis media, children and adults may suffer from otitis externa (infection of the outer ear), commonly referred to as swimmer's ear. If you are a parent with a young child in daycare or a parent with a child who spends a lot of time under water, you have no doubt had some experience with ear infections and it was more than likely, not a pleasant one.

What causes ear infections and why are they so common?

Well, swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is probably the most common type of ear infection during the summer months and occurs when water is trapped in the ear canal, usually from swimming and spending a lot of time in the water, causing bacteria to grow. Other causes of otitis externa can be anything that breaks the skin in the ear canal causing bacterial growth such as cotton-tipped applicators, bobby pins, or vigorous scratching.

Middle ear infections (otitis media) are more common during winter and spring. It is an infection in the space behind the eardrum caused by backed up fluid leading to bacterial growth. The fluid gets backed up, usually from a previous infection or cold that has caused the Eustachian tube to become blocked due to swelling and increased secretions in the nose and throat. The Eustachian tube's purpose is to act as a drain for secretions created by the middle ear and to regulate air pressure. Middle ear infections have multiple causes such as respiratory infections, being exposed to cigarette smoke and allergies. It can also be caused by the baby's position during bottle-feeding, if the baby is lying flat while sucking the Eustachian tube does not work properly. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of ear infections over the last two decades due to the need for a two-income household and moms returning to the workplace before the child's immune system has had a chance to fully develop. Infants and toddlers are continually bombarded by respiratory infections in day care centers.

Are there long-term complications from chronic ear infections?

Yes. There can be possible long-term complications with both types of ear infections if not treated properly. The list of complications that can arise from improperly treated swimmer's ear are chronic otitis externa, narrowing of the ear canal that would affect hearing and future infections, facial infections, and, in the immune challenged, malignant otitis externa. Malignant otitis externa would be the most severe complication, which is the spread of infection to the bones of the ear canal and lower part of the skull.

Since middle ear infections occur in the very young the complications can be detrimental to the development of the child. As previously quoted, middle ear infections are the number one cause of hearing loss in children and this may cause further complications of delayed speech development. Also, middle ear infections can spread to nearby structures in the head like the mastoid bone (mastoiditis), and in extreme cases the brain (meningitis). The mastoid bone is a complex system of air cells that house the structures of the inner ear responsible for balance and facial expressions.

What are some of the symptoms of ear infections?

Symptoms of swimmer's ear start with a mild to moderate pain that is made worse by tugging at the outer ear and an itchy ear. Other symptoms include: a sensation that the ear is blocked or full; drainage; fever; decreased hearing; intense pain that may radiate to the neck, face or side of the head; the outer ear may appear to be pushed forward or away from the skull; and swollen lymph nodes.

Symptoms to look for of middle ear infections in infants and toddlers are: hearing problems; inconsolable crying; irritability; restlessness; fever; vomiting; ear drainage; and tugging at the ear. Symptoms to look for of middle ear infections in children, adolescents and adults are: earache; a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear; hearing problems; dizziness or loss of balance; nausea or vomiting; ear drainage; and fever.

Is there anything you can do to prevent ear infections?

Yes. The key is to keep the ears free of moisture. Dry your ears after swimming or bathing; the safest way to dry your ears is by using a hair dryer. Using removable earplugs while in the water may do the trick, but be sure they fit snuggly in the ear. Also, if you know that you do not have a perforated eardrum, then you can use an eardrop mixture of half vinegar and half alcohol. One other important note is that people with itchy ears or those who have excessive earwax are more susceptible to an infection, so it would be wise to have your ears cleaned periodically by an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) or your family doctor.

There are multiple preventative options to alleviate middle ear infections, however, none of them are guaranteed to work all of the time. Babies that are breast-feed for the first 6 months are less likely to contract middle ear infections for two reasons: one, the mother is able to pass along important antibodies to protect against various diseases and illnesses, and two, the use of cow's milk can be an irritant to the Eustachian tube. Allergies are a major factor in chronic ear infections. Singling out the allergen and removing it from the child's diet or environment will play an important role in the health of your child. Common allergies that may contribute to ear infections are: wheat, dairy products (cow's milk), pet dander, mold and pollen. Another diet consideration that may help would be to reduce sugar intake. The natural sweetener xylitol (found in some fruits) has been known to reduce ear infections. It is very important to keep your child away from second hand cigarette smoke. Also, be sure your child is getting enough antioxidants in order to boost their immune system such as Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc.

Be cautious of taking too much zinc and of taking it for a long period of time. The RDA for zinc for infants 7 months - 3 years is 3 mg, children 4-8 years is 5 mg, children 9-13 is 8 mg, adolescents 14-18 is 11 mg (males) & 9 mg (females), and 19+ 11 mg (males) & 8 mg (females). If taking it for more than a few weeks, then you should also take copper along with it. Always consult your physician if you are pregnant or lactating before taking any supplementation.
Ear Infection Treatments: Traditional and Alternative

It is important to note that if any type of ear infection is suspected, whether the inflicted be an infant, child, adolescent or adult, that a physician is consulted before starting any treatment plan. In addition, follow up appointments should be made until the infection has been completely dissipated.

Otitis Externa or Swimmer's Ear

If swimmer's ear is caught early on it may be successfully treated with a mild acid solution such as boric or acetic acid (vinegar). If the infection persists or was not caught in the early stages cleaning the ear with antibiotics may work, however, this method can only be used providing the eardrum is not perforated. If the ear canal is swollen shut, the physician may place a sponge or a wick in the ear canal before administering antibiotic eardrops as well as prescribing steroid eardrops to reduce the inflammation. It may be necessary for the physician to clean out the ear to remove pus and debris, and he may also run a culture to identify what type of bacteria or fungi that are causing the infection. In addition, oral antibiotics and pain medications may be prescribed, although, over the counter pain relievers should be enough to manage the pain. A warm washcloth or heating pad over the ear may also work for temporary pain relief. In extreme cases where the infection has spread to bones in the skull intravenous antibiotics and surgery may be necessary. The best treatment, however, is to never get an infection in the first place; focus on prevention.

Otitis Media or Middle Ear Infections

The traditional treatment of middle ear infections is oral antibiotics, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and fever, and analgesic eardrops. If the child has allergies the doctor may prescribe antihistamines and if the child has a cold he/she may prescribe decongestants. There are disputes over the effectiveness of antibiotics and its overuse. An alternative to traditional antibiotics is colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic that can be taken orally or used as an ear wash. In addition, a carotenoid complex of 20,000 IU daily will aid in controlling the infection for adults, and 1 teaspoon of cod liver oil for children. An alternative to the traditional approach for pain relief is to place a few drops of warm garlic oil or olive oil in the ear, then a drop or two of lobelia or mullein oil, and then place a cotton ball loosely in the ear. Also, Goldenseal extract and Echinacea are herbs that support immune function; however, a physician should be consulted before starting this alternative treatment option.

Chronic Middle Ear Infections

If middle ear infections become chronic, the treating physician may suggest the insertion of ventilation tubes in order to drain the opposing fluid down the Eustachian tubes and to prevent the build up of future fluid in the middle ear. Typically, as the child grows, the tubes will fall out and the eardrum will heal on it's own. If for some reason the tubes do not fall out on their own, the doctor will remove the tubes. Other surgical procedures that may be suggested by your physician are the removal of the adenoids or tonsils. Chronically infected and swollen adenoids or tonsils can cause the dysfunction of the Eustachian tubes. Adenoids are small organs located in the back of the throat, behind the sinuses. Both organs are thought to act as a defense against incoming bacteria and viruses. However, if they are constantly enlarged (hypertrophy) they may do more harm than good.

Chiropractic For Middle Ear Infections

Chiropractic adjustment is another option for parents to try before resulting to surgery. Several studies have shown the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatments in children. "In one study of 46 children (age 5 and under) with otitis media, 93% of all episodes improved, 75% in ten days or less. In another study, five children with chronic recurrent otitis media all responded favorably to chiropractic care." Alternative Medicine - The Definitive Guide

Växa Products That Can Help:
Växa Buddies is a complete blend of essential vitamins and minerals specifically formulated for children. Some of the ingredients in Växa Buddies include Vitamins A, C & E, Manganese, and Zinc; all of these ingredients have been found to help boost the immune system.

Immune-Aid provides the effective combinations of phytomedicinals, herbs, amino acids and metabolites that the body needs to fight off infection. Some of the ingredients in Immune-Aid+ include Colloidal Silver, Goldenseal, Echinacea, Beta Carotenes, OptiZinc, and Ester-C. The ingredients in Immune-Aid+ have been shown to: help reduce fever; help fight infection by strengthening the immune system; and help increase rate of recovery with the efficient removal of pathogens, bacteria and other toxins.

Virexin is a powerful homeopathic medicinal combining plant extracts, amino acids, vitamins and more to give the body optimal nutritional support and help the body to activate the immune system defenses against bacterial and viral infections, rid itself of deadly free ranging DNA-viral matter and accelerate recovery, alleviate the symptoms of colds and flu, and restock those nutrients that often become depleted from prolonged illness. Some ingredients found in Virexin include Echinacea, OptiZinc and St. John's Wort.

Aller-Sine is a homeopathic medicinal that contains highly specific nutrients to aid the body's natural ability to reduce the overabundance of histamine and other inflammatory cytotoxic substances within the body, while also inhibiting allergic reactions to drugs/serums, pollen, dust, animal fur and other environmental pollutants. Some of the ingredients in Aller-Sine include Echinacea, Vitamin C, Folic Acid and specific homeopathics known to prevent allergic responses.

ReFlora contains a special complex of 10 different and beneficial bacteria, plus phytomedicinals and other nutrients, to help the body restore healthy bacterial flora. The use of long-term antibiotics can destroy the balance of beneficial bacteria, which is extremely important for the immune system. Please see below for dosages for infants and children.

Dosages for Infants, Children, Adolescents and Adults:

Växa formulas are generally safe for everyone, from infancy to the aged, but it’s always best to first consult with your physician before using any product of food especially if serious illness or disease is suspected. In general, for Homeopathic Nutraceuticals, Systemex and Nutritionizer, dosages for Infants (1-3 yrs) generally require one quarter (¼) of the recommended maintenance dosages for adults, although there are always exceptions. Dosages for children between 4-7 years of age require one half (½) of the recommended maintenance dosages for adults. Dosages for children between 8-12 years of age require three quarters (¾) of the recommended maintenance dosages for adults, and for those over the age of 12 years dosages are generally the same as adults because increased rates of body metabolism in these children/adolescents more than adequately compensate for body mass and weight of adults. Dosages for the elderly generally follow those recommendations for adults, but again, if the elderly have been sick or infirm, it’s best to start out by quartering or halving the dosages (see "Illness and Recovery Strategies" above). In general, with any problem of adjustment, simply reduce the dosages, letting the body find it’s own comfort level of assimilation.

All formulas may be mixed with baby food for infants, added directly to the shakes for children, or mixed with peanut butter and honey and made into sandwiches. For those having difficulty in taking capsules, it’s recommended that all capsules be mixed directly with the Systemex meal replacement shakes.

Please note: Since the USRDI’s of Vitamins and Minerals are considered the least required to sustain life, and not the optimal amounts, often full dosages of Systemex will prove more useful for recovering individuals.