Archive for April, 2010

LEGISLATIVE ALERT – Please respond NOW!!!

Your health freedom is under assault… again!
Don’t let it be stolen from you!
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The Pulse of Natural Health, April 27, 2010

Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!

This “sneak” legislative provision, going far beyond finance, provides a back door way to bypass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplements. Please do not delay. We may have only a few days to stop this in the Senate.

Alliance for Natural Health USA

You Are What You Digest!

bigstockphoto_Fresh_Vegetable_Variety_4370931 Americans spend many billion dollars per year on food. Our diet consumes more of our budget than any other living expense, except for the medical care that we occasionally seek as a result of our dietary indiscretions. Not only do we overeat, but the foods that we eat have been largely stripped of their nutritional value- processed and preserved for a longer shelf life.

These food trends, coupled with the stress of our modern lifestyle, wreak havoc on our ability to efficiently digest foods. This in turn compromises our immune system, making us susceptible to chronic infection and disease.

It is no wonder that the best selling prescription drugs in America are those which mask the symptoms of poor digestion. Over the counter remedies abound, and certain household names have capitalized for years on our ignorance and self-destructive behavior. Prolonged use of antacids has been shown to rob your body of essential vitamins and minerals. Instead of masking our symptoms for temporary relief, we must learn to attack the underlying cause of our diminished health.

Many chronic “syndrome” complaints and auto-immune disorders are increasingly being traced back to digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, parasites, and candida overgrowth. Candida albicans is a yeast microbe that lives in our intestinal tract in delicate balance with other more friendly bacteria., or probiotics.  The normal balance of intestinal flora may be disturbed by many things such as antibiotics, bad eating habits, drinking chlorinated water, or even stress. Candida overgrowth is often associated with yeast infections, skin problems, bloating and lethargy. Left to flourish untreated, candida can invade the intestinal walls, breaking them down until they begin to leak harmful bacteria and larger proteins into the blood stream. The resulting long term “leaky gut’ toxicity can have devastating consequences to your health.

Such conditions demonstrate how poor digestion can slowly sabotage your health and rob you of your quality of life. Many leading health experts estimate that up to 80 percent of all diseases start in the intestinal tract! Growing up the son of a nutrition pioneer, Carson B. Burgstiner, M.D., I was often told that “the quality of your life depends in large measure upon the quality of your choices”. Nowhere is this advice more true than in digestive health. We all need to exercise regularly and limit our intake of fat, alcohol, caffeine, and refined sugar. We need adequate amounts of fiber, rest, and pure, clean water. These are excellent choices for promoting vitality and longevity, but having such foresight and discipline is only half the battle.

The benefits of our dedication can only be realized to the extent that our bodies can absorb and assimilate the nutrients that we eat. In other words, we are not what we eat, but what we digest. One of the most important factors in our digestive efficiency is the level of enzymes present to act as catalysts in converting food into energy. Enzymes enable your body to break down vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates into the basic building blocks that it needs to function, grow and rejuvenate itself.

Enzymes, the Sparks of Life

Enzymes are found in all living things, plant and animal. Without them, seeds would not sprout, fruit would not ripen, and you would not exist. All enzymes can be divided into several different groups. Food enzymes are contained naturally in raw foods, and play an important role in facilitating digestion. Metabolic enzymes control every biochemical function in your body, providing energy, fighting disease and ensuring the smooth functioning of your cells.

Digestive enzymes help turn food into fuel. The typical American diet is drastically lacking in enzymes, while loaded with noxious elements that challenge our every cell. If our meals are not processed, preserved, canned, frozen, or irradiated, they are most certainly cooked. Cooking any food at temperatures above 116 degrees Fahrenheit kills the natural enzymes. Even raw fruits and vegetables contain little or no enzymes if they are picked green (often the case in supermarkets because they have to be transported over long distances). Significant enzymes are produced only when they ripen on the plant.

A diet low in food enzymes forces your body to borrow from its own metabolic and digestive enzymes in order to digest food. This enzyme deficit places an unnecessary burden on your vital organs that can manifest in a multitude of illnesses. As we age, it becomes harder and harder for our bodies to keep up. To make matters worse, as we become enzyme-deficient, we age faster! A newborn baby has a hundred times the enzyme levels of an elderly person.

As you can see, good digestion is foundational to good health. For all of these reasons, three of the six products in the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol have a direct and profound impact on digestive efficiency.

What To Do?

Fortunately there is a safe and effective deterrent to this vicious cycle of enzyme depletion. In addition to making quality life choices like enjoying organically grown, naturally ripened produce, you can and should supplement your diet with a comprehensive array of digestive enzymes. It seems so simple and obvious, but by the regular addition of digestive enzymes to your diet, you can transform your gut from a toxic dump to a fuel-burning machine! 

When selecting an enzyme supplement like Essential Digestion, remember that quality is more important than quantity. Choose a product with a wide range of plant and animal enzymes from a company that demonstrates a commitment to quality. Certain enzymes are more vulnerable to the acidic environment of the stomach than others. Look for products with delivery systems designed to recognize these differences, maximizing absorption and assimilation by the body. Like every Logos formula, products of superior quality will have an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

Individuals with gastric or duodenal ulcers are often sensitive to animal proteases and may respond better to plant proteases, which are biologically active over a much wider pH range. These people may be best served using a plant based or vegetarian enzyme supplement, or perhaps even none at all. There has been much debate over the efficacy of enzyme supplementation for ulcer patients, but there is no shortage of enthusiastic patients who swear by them. In any event, ulcer patients should use caution with any enzyme supplement, taking them under the supervision of their health care practitioner.

The Cab Ride

yellow cabThis is a true story from the pen of inspirational writer Kent Nerburn. He said it happened to him in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the early 1980’s. At the time, he was working as a driver for the Yellow Cab Company on the night shift. The story was in a book by Nerburn titled “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” published by Harper, San Francisco.

I have re-read it several times to remind myself who I am and why I am on this pilgrimage. Perhaps it will help you to remember who you are and why you are here. This is what Mr. Nerburn wrote:

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. A late night call came in and I took it. When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute and then drive away. But I walked to the door and knocked. “Just a minute”, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knick-knacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

“Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist her. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. “It’s nothing”, I told her. “I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated”.

“Oh, you’re such a good boy”, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, “Could you drive through downtown?” “It’s not the shortest way”, I answered quickly. “Oh, I don’t mind,” she said. “I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice”.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. “I don’t have any family left,” she continued. “The doctor says I don’t have very long”. I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. “What route would you like me to take?” I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow down in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, “I’m tired. Let’s go now”. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

“How much do I owe you?” she asked, reaching into her purse. “Nothing”, I said. “You have to make a living”, she answered. “There are other passengers,” I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. “You gave an old woman a little moment of joy”, she said. “Thank you.” I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware – beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

A Beautiful Transformation

bigstockphoto_Tulip__filtered_253022 Take a look around you.  Spring is the season of renewal and transformation. Behold, that which was dead is alive again… all of creation is bursting forth in faithful obedience to the Creator’s call to bring Him glory.  It is no coincidence that we celebrate Easter, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior during this time of year. 

This season also reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words urging us to “Be not conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1).

In this world we will face trials and troubles, but if we are willing to learn and grow, God uses those things to transform us into His likeness. God wants us to call upon Him in faith, but He also requires that we couple that faith with action.

A blind man named Bartimeus and his blind friend sat by the road leading out of Jericho at their usual post begging alms from passersby. They and all who knew them had long since accepted their lot in life; they had no hope for improvement… or so it seemed.

Along came a great gathering of people following Jesus the Christ, the only Son of God, who was on His way to Calvary to offer himself up as a sin sacrifice for all who will call upon His name, to be free from darkness and bondage.

When he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”.  The crowd tried to silence him, but he persisted even louder.

The cry of faith, no matter how faint, may be heard among a thousand voices. The response: Jesus STOOD STILL and asked him “What do you want me to do for you?”

The Lord stands still at the cry of those who call upon His name. Until they meet Him they are blind, and all who meet Him receive their sight… as Paul says “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18)

Bartimeus made his request; “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”

Jesus responded “Go on your way; Your faith has made you whole” and immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:51)

That day, Bartimaeus’ life changed forever.  He was delivered from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom. Unfortunately, Bartimeus’ friend lacked the faith to believe that his life could change. He knew deep down that he was not worthy of being a child of light. When the opportunity came to be delivered, he lacked the courage to act. 

The GOOD NEWS for you today is that Jesus is passing by…

Will you call upon His name?

Have You Lost Your Spark?

Totally Exhausted Did the fresh start of the new year pass you by this year?  Sometimes the extra “holiday pounds” and hectic pace of life can really drag us down. Were you too tired to even think about making resolutions about healthy changes in your life? If so, it may be too late for resolutions, but it is is never too late for a positive change!

You still have time to dramatically increase your energy level and even your body shape for the active days of Summer.

Rather than trying to make wholesale changes all at once, here are five easy things you can do to make a big difference:

1. Kick the Sugar Habit – Cut out the sweets and not only will pounds disappear, but your energy levels will soar.  Sweets promote fungal overgrowth in the body, which leads to thyroid suppression, hormonal imbalance and toxic overload of the liver. Avoid chemical sweeteners like the plague… they are toxic!

2. Ban sodas and drink water.  Don’t drink your calories. Sodas are very acidifying and thus rob the bones of life giving minerals.

3. Get Moving! – Moderate exercise will do more to normalize your insulin, cortisol and leptin levels than any drug (or anything else, for that matter).

4. Reverse Your Enzyme Deficit and Fuel Your Metabolism! – Eat small, frequent meals consisting of whole foods (not processed or fast foods). Digestive enzymes not only help improve digestive efficiency, they help control inflammation and clean up cellular debris.

5. Get Your Rest!Adequate sleep is critical to good health…. that is when the body goes into repair mode.

The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of your daily choices.  Start with these few changes and you will see profound results in a matter of weeks.

The Donkey in the Well

 

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing..

He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
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Life is going to shovel dirt on you; all kinds of dirt.. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more. 
5. Expect less.

Beware the New Facebook Password Reset Scam

If you get an e-mail that appears to be from Facebook saying the company reset your password and urging you to open an attachment, it is a scam.
 
McAfee warned people in a recent blog post to beware of an e-mail that appears to come from Facebook urging recipients to open an attachment to get their new password.

The attachment contains a password stealer that can potentially access any username and password combination used on the computer, not just the login credentials for Facebook.

"This threat is potentially very dangerous considering that there are over 350 million Facebook users who could fall for this scam," McAfee says. "This is also the sixth most prevalent piece of malware targeting consumers in the last 24 hours, as tracked by McAfee Labs."

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20000682-245.html via DHS Daily Cyber Report

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