1. DHEA access in jeopardy

    DHEA access in jeopardy

    The government might as well drain all the hormones right out of your body. That's basically what they're doing anyway now that DHEA has become the latest in the line of supplements that they're forcing to walk the bureaucratic plank.

    It's bad enough that you naturally lose this hormone as you age, but if you lose your ability to replace it, suddenly you're up you-know-what creek without a paddle.

    The bill before the Senate, S. 762, would classify DHEA as an anabolic steroid. Such a classification would land this important naturally occurring hormone on a list of controlled substances, which means you'd no longer be able to get it without a prescription from your doctor.

    Someone needs to tell these bozos that DHEA is NOT an anabolic steroid. DHEA is a perfectly safe - and incredibly beneficial hormone. But as with most things, you make less of it as you get older (sometimes as much as 50% less by the time you hit 50 years old) - which makes supplementing with it extremely vital for a significant portion of the population.

    Technically, your adrenal glands produce more of this one hormone than all of the other hormones combined. That fact alone should indicate that it's important in a whole host of bodily functions. Supplementing with DHEA can help to enhance your mood, improve your immune system, increase muscle mass, and boost your sex drive. And it's been shown to be helpful for those with autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and even cancer.

    But as important as DHEA is, there's a bigger issue at hand. Don't be too nave to think that every small piece of legislation like this isn't taking us that much closer to the supplement hijacking that took Europe by storm two years ago. In case you're in the dark about the state of supplements on the other side of the pond, let me fill you in

    Under the EU Food Supplements Directive, an organization called the Food Supplements Directive (FSD) was put in place to determine what could and couldn't be sold as a food supplement. Anything not given their OK was banned - I'm talking hundreds and hundreds of vitamins and minerals. Many are available only by prescription now, and to top off this Communistic insanity, the "safe upper limits" are barely high enough to do any good anyway.

    If you don't take supplements, don't ignore this issue because you think it doesn't apply to you. Everyone should have the right to take natural supplements that could be a healthier, safer, cheaper, and more effective alternative to prescription drugs. If that right is taken way - and believe me, Big Pharma is chipping away at supplements little by little in an effort to make them disappear - the only options you'll be left with are costly drugs with even costlier side effects.

    Don't just sit there and do nothing - especially when making your voice heard is as easy as clicking here and signing your name to a pre-composed letter. I've already given Congress my two cents. It's time you gave them yours.

  2. Almond Joyless

    Almond Joyless

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that the FDA had rules and regulations to protect unsuspecting consumers from false labeling. Goodness knows they have no qualms about pointing an accusing finger at any supplement they think has stepped beyond its bounds

    Which is why I'm still scratching my head over the fact that the FDA is permitting pasteurized almonds to be labeled as raw.

    In case you haven't heard by now, as of September 1 all almonds sold in the U.S. are required to be pasteurized. The label will still say "raw", but don't be fooled: The almonds you're eating no longer carry the nutrition-packed punch of their former glory days. The pasteurization process exposes foods to high temperatures in order to kill any bacteria or microorganisms that might be present. The problem: Heat is not a selective killer.

    I have a real issue with the fact that almonds are being pasteurized in the first place, but to deliberately mislabel them as raw is a whole other story altogether. It would be like slapping a "raw milk" label on pasteurized milk. It makes no sense.

    Something else that makes no sense: The fact that the Almond Board of California claims that pasteurized almonds are no different than raw ones. Here's what they're saying: "Raw almonds that have been pasteurized do not differ in any significant way from untreated raw almonds." I guess their nutritional gurus missed the class that explained the difference raw food and cooked food.

    But what do they care? Almond growers are not in business to supply you with a health food. They're in business to make money. And if pasteurization can reduce the frequency of outbreaks (and thereby reduce the potential for costly lawsuits), what do they care if their product isn't as nutritious? After all, look at what pasteurization did for the milk business!

    It should come as no surprise that pasteurizing almonds will have just as devastating an effect on their health benefits as the process has had on raw milk.

    E is for Almond

    Vitamin E is one nutrient you don't want to do without. It's a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect your cells from everyday stress (technically called oxidative stress). In other words, it's one of your main defenses against chronic diseases. In fact, it's the constant wear and tear on your cells leads to more serious diseases like heart disease and Alzheimer's.

    As you get older, it's especially important to get your vitamin E through dietary sources- because, as with just about everything else, your body's natural defenses against oxidative stress don't exactly improve with time. One study in the Journal of the American Medical Association even showed that dietary vitamin E could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

    As you probably guessed, almonds are one of the very best sources of this vitamin E, specifically alpha-tocopherol. Of the eight form of this nutrient, alpha-tocopherol is the most active form, and is most useful to your body because it's able to reach all of your tissues throughout your body.

    Even though the hazelnut is the next nut in line in terms of alpha-tocopherol content, it has only a little more than half the amount of alpha-tocopherol per 100g as almonds. So what can you do to ensure you're getting enough alpha-tocopherol? You don't have a whole lot of options: You could either load up on inferior sources like hazelnuts or sunflower seeds, or you can try to find a source that sells unpasteurized almonds. If you come across one, let me know and I'll share it with the rest of my readers.

  3. Tapping into the source of Alzheimer's

    It has been demonstrated in rats that fluoride enhances absorption of the aluminum. And we know that aluminum is found in the brains of most Alzheimer's patients.

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