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Are Your Supplements Safe? What You Should Know

So, why all the fuss? Why are our Senators getting involved? Are supplements really safe after all? How can you be sure that the supplements you are taking are safe and of good quality? “The dietary supplement market is the wild west” says California Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman. He’s right – Dr. Myatt has known this for a decade, and she has worked tirelessly to bring you the very best products through The Wellness Club.

Dietary and herbal supplements have been used safely for thousands of years. But make no mistake, they are as potent as any drug, and must be used with care. Some can have adverse interactions with medications or other herbs, some can cause adverse effects in the presence of certain medical conditions. Some concoctions can be downright dangerous.

Many supplements may not be all that they claim to be. The popular supplement Glucosamine Sulfate, used to stimulate joint repair and to relieve pain is a perfect example. It is a combination of Glucosamine which stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) which are the main structural material of our joints, and elemental Sulfate which is a carrier molecule for Glucosamine and which stimulates the production of joint substances (GAG’s) in it’s own right. When it is bound to Glucosamine, Sulfate acts to carry the Glucosamine molecule into the joint and it helps to activate joint substance production. But here is the rub. There is only one manufacturer that produces Glucosamine Sulfate that is molecularly bound together. This is so important that they have a patent on it. Other manufacturers throw glucosamine and sulfate together in the same capsule and tout it’s benefits based on the research done on molecularly bound Glucosamine Sulfate but it just isn’t the same. Dr. Myatt’s Wellness Club is one of the very few places where you can get the “good stuff” – the molecularly bound product. There are lots of other scams like this out there – poor quality or ineffective supplements, often sold at big prices. Other supplement concoctions claim to have amazing effects (like growing certain body parts “larger” or ending menopause symptoms) but contain only trace amounts of effective active ingredients – “fairy dust” we call them.

How do you protect yourself?

First, Be sure they are safe for you. Don’t take supplements based solely on advertising claims you see in magazines, tabloids, the internet, TV, or elsewhere. Don’t believe that what is good for your friend must be good for you too. A few minutes spent talking with a naturopathic doctor (not the clerk or salesperson in the health food store!) could save you a lot of grief. Secondly, be sure you are buying quality supplements. Don’t take the word of the clerk or salesperson – do the research, or let your holistic medical practitioner do it for you. If it looks like too good a deal, it probably is. When was quality ever cheap? Those supplements on sale for such a low price at your local superstore may have been sloppily manufactured, improperly shipped or stored (most supplements must be kept in carefully temperature controlled conditions), may contain impurities, or may just be old stock. There is usually a good reason for a really low price. Why risk it? Finally, if you have a medical condition or are taking any medications, you really must be in a good cooperative relationship with both your regular doctor and with your holistic health provider and / or Naturopathic Doctor. Only that way can you protect yourself from shoddy or unneeded products and potentially harmful side effects or interactions.


Hot Flashes:

Miracle beverage lowers cholesterol, blocks cancer, fights heart disease, and more!

A nice cup of Oriental Green Tea can be a delicious, relaxing, soothing break in your day. But more than that, recent research is pointing out other benefits as well. A recent article in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that enriched green tea extract may be effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Subjects in a treatment study group showed decreases of 6.7% in total cholesterol and 9.6% in LDL-C after only 4 weeks of supplementation, and reductions of 11.3% and 16.4% after 12 weeks! Another study, done at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and reported in the journal Carcinogenesis showed that green tea may be useful in the prevention of intestinal (colon) cancer in humans. Yet other studies show it useful in the prevention of heart disease, and there are studies suggesting it may be a potent antiviral, effective in combating HIV. It is further thought to have antimicrobial powers. What is so special about green tea? It is a rich source of catechins – flavinoid phytochemical compounds and polyphenols. Both are potent antioxidants, helping to prevent the damaging effects of free radicals.

Nurse Mark’s comment: Both Dr. Dana and I make green tea a part of our day. Traditional flavors are fine, and newer flavors such as fruit or spice offer a nice change. It is a great pick-me-up, and green tea is thought to have thermogenic properties, helping us to burn fat. There really is no down side, unless you just don’t like the taste of it, in which case you can obtain the benefits of green tea in capsule form as green tea extract capsules from the Wellness Club. Either way, you really owe it to yourself to make this simple, relaxing, and delicious addition to your daily wellness protocol.

HealthBeat News

In this issue:

HealthBeat Weekly Update:

US Government Urges Higher Omega-3 Consumption

Health Protocol:

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Disease Prevention with Omega-3 fatty Acids

Hot Flashes:

Medical Updates, week of September 22, 2003:

* Exercise Improves Diabetes Regardless of Weight

* Parathyroid hormone alone as effective as drugs for treating osteoporosis

* Stress: Warning Signs and Symptoms

Featured Supplements:

Maxi Multi, Max-EPA, Flax Oil, Whole Flax Seed, Flax Seed Starter Kit

Coming next issue: 10 tips for managing stress; how to increase your metabolism; PLUS… the latest-breaking medical news.

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HealthBeat Weekly Update

US Government Urges Higher Omega-3 Consumption

The “Old Line”: No Correlation Between Fat Intake and Heart Disease

Once upon a time, the U.S. Government stated that there was no relationship between dietary fat intake and artery disease. Not only did the government publish their opinion, they enforced it at gunpoint.

The basis for this proclamation was an edict by the FDA that made it illegal to even imply that fats and oils played a role in heart and vascular disease. According to the FDA, making any statement about fat consumption and heart attack risk constituted “misbranding,” a serious criminal offense. To quote:

“The advisability of making extensive changes in the nature of the dietary fat intake of the people of this country has not been demonstrated. It is therefore the opinion of the Food and Drug Administration that any claim, direct or implied, in the labeling of fats and oils or other fatty substances offered to the general public that they will prevent, mitigate or cure diseases of the heart or arteries is false or misleading, and constitutes misbranding within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.”* [*Federal Register: December 12, 1959. Reaffirmed by the FDA in the Federal Register: May 18, 1965].

The “New Line” on Fats: There IS a Correlation

On May 27, 2003, The White House urged government health to encourage Americans to increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acid containing foods and decrease their intake of trans fatty acids. The release issued by the Executive Office of The President reads:

“Health researchers have found that Americans can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease with a modest change in their diets. The government should make this life-saving information as widely available as possible.”

This memo cited the “growing body of scientific evidence, both experimental and epidemiological, that suggests that consumption of trans fatty acids increases the risk of coronary heart disease.”

Why So Long?

The heart-protective benefits of cold-water fish have been known for over 20 years, yet the FDA has censored this information based on the junk food industry’s political and monetary clout. It has taken seven years of legal battles between certain factions of the holistic health (non-junk food) industry and the FDA to finally bring this information to public view.

The New Skinny on Essential Fats

Even a modest intake of Omega-3 fats, as found in fish oil, significantly reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. According to The White House:

“Since coronary heart disease kills over 500,000 Americans each year, even a small improvement in dietary habits could save thousands of lives.”

This “opinion” is certainly understated, since The American Heart Association published a study of 11,323 heart attack patients showing that those who took a 1000 mg fish oil supplement every day were 45% less likely to be dead at the end of 3.5 years.

Approximately 300,000 of the annual heart attack fatalities are the “sudden death” variety. Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish oils are especially protective against these “sudden death” type of heart attacks. Studies show that as few as two fish meals a week reduce heart attack risk by half.

In the opinion of the Life Extension Foundation:

“If all Americans regularly took fish oil supplements or ate about two cold-water fish meals a week, it could prevent about 150,000 sudden death heart attacks a year. During the seven years it took to litigate the fish oil health claim against the FDA, over one million preventable sudden death heart attacks were suffered by American citizens.”

References

1. Iso H, et al. Intake of fish and omega-3 fatty acids and risk of stroke in women. JAMA 2001 Jan 17;285(3):304-12.

2. Sinclair AJ, et al. Marine lipids: overview news insights and lipid composition of Lyprinol. Allerg Immunol (Paris) 2000 Sep;32 (7):261-71.

3.) Thorngren M, et al. Effects of 11-week increases in dietary eicosapentaenoic acid on bleeding time, lipids and platelet aggregation. Lancet (England) Nov 28 1981, 2 (8257) p1190-3.

4. Yam D, et al. The effect of omega-3 fatty acids on risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Harefuah 2001 Dec;140(12):1156-8, 1230.

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Protocol

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Disease Prevention with Omega-3 fatty Acids

The following protocol should be consideration by people wanting to decrease their risk of heart disease:

1. An optimal dose multivitamin/mineral supplement such as Wellness Club’s Maxi Multi should be taken daily to fulfill basic nutritional requirements and replace depleted antioxidants. The recommended dosage is 9 Capsules per day.

2. Essential fatty acids found in cold water fish, especially salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring have been shown to decrease risk of sudden cardiac death, atrial fibrillation, and stroke. Max EPA contains a balanced combination of fatty acids that have shown the most potent anti-inflammatory effects. Six Capsules daily of Max EPA are recommended. As an alternative, 6-12 Capsules daily of Flax Oil, or 2 TBS. Daily of ground Flax Seed, may be used.

3. Two servings per week of Essential Fatty Acid containing fish is recommended. Wild-caught salmon, even canned, is a good source. Use like you would use tuna fish. Mackerel, herring and sardines are also good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Featured Supplements

Maxi Multi

Optimal potency multiple formula. This comprehensive formula includes multiple B-complex vitamins, antioxidant nutrients, a full daily dose of bone-building nutrients (calcium, magnesium, born, vitamin D) and Bioflavonoids. If you only take one supplement this should be THE ONE! The addition of Plant Enzymes ensures absorption of nutrients. This formula is hypoallergenic and suitable for even highly sensitive individuals. B complex vitamins (especially B6, B12 and folic acid), magnesium, bioflavonoids, otassium and antioxidants are especially important for heart-health.

Max-EPA

Natural marine lipids (fish oils) in soft gel Capsules supplying high potency Omega-3 fatty acids. Processed at low temperatures without chemicals.

Flax Oil

The richest source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential Omega-3 fatty acid. Only 100% certified organic flax seed is used, and the oil is mechanically cold-pressed below 96 degrees to ensure potency and purity (Flax oil is heat and light-sensitive).

Flax seeds

Whole flax seeds, ground to a meal, are one of the best ways to obtain Omega-3 fatty acids. Consider these benefits: I.) Flax oil is fragile and goes rancid quickly after processing. When the Omega-3’s are released from freshly ground flax seeds, the oil is absolutely fresh. (The unground seed is very stable). Hence, no problems with rancidity! II.) Lignans: a special class of fiber found in some vegetables and especially high in flax seed. Lignans are anti-cancer agents that help keep hormone levels balanced. Lignans may be more powerful than the anti-cancer drug Tamoxifen for lowering/normalizing female estradiols. ( Potent estrogens associated with cancer). Lignans also add to daily fiber intake and help improve bowel tone and function, and may help protect against colon cancer.

To order from Wellness Club: Click on any underlined link to be taken to the product order page.

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Hot Flashes: Medical Updates week of Sept. 22, 2003

Exercise Improves Diabetes Regardless of Weight

Men and women who exercise 3 hours per week (such as walking for 30 minutes per day, 6 times a week), are far less likely to develop type II diabetes, whether they are overweight or not. These benefits are seen in both men and women. Dr. Myatt’s comment: Yet another reason to get off your duff and get moving! It doesn’t need to be strenuous, exhaustive or take hours a day. There are many benefits to moderate exercise, and diabetes prevention can be added to the list! (Ref: Amer Jour of Epidemiology, Oct. 2003)

Parathyroid hormone alone as effective as drugs for treating osteoporosis

Combining parathyroid hormone with the osteoporosis drug alendronate does not seem to increase bone density any more than parathyroid hormone alone.

“It looks like you don’t see the synergism or additive effect that we had hoped to see,” said Dennis Black, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the study’s lead investigator.

Dr. Myatt’s comment: If parathyroid hormone (a naturally-produced hormone in the body) works as well as drug for osteoporosis, why isn’t that the treatment of choice? Hint: osteo. drugs make the pharmaceutical companies a LOT of money, but a natural hormone cannot be patented. You do the math.

This study was published in the online version of the New England Journal of Medicine ahead of schedule to coincide with presentations at a meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and appears in the print journal on 25 September (2003;349: 1019-26).

Stress: Warning Signs and Symptoms

You’ve probably heard that excess stress is harmful, and information continues to stream from scientific studies about the precise effects of stress on our bodies. Here are the physical symptoms that can be caused by stress:

  • Dizziness or a general feeling of “being out of it”
  • General aches and pains
  • Grinding teeth, clenched jaw
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Increase in or loss of appetite
  • Muscle tension in neck, face or shoulders
  • Problems sleeping
  • Racing heart
  • Cold and sweaty palms
  • Tiredness, exhaustion
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Upset stomach
  • Sexual difficulties

Health effects of stress include:

  • Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
  • Seventy-five to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. In terms of lost hours due to absenteeism, reduced productivity and workers’ compensation benefits, stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
  • The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.

Coming next issue:10 tips for managing stress; how to increase your metabolism; PLUS… the latest-breaking medical news.

HealthBeat News

Heart Health Breakthroughs

From the medical journals this month, a lot of important new about heart health. Topics include 4 Major Risk Factors for Heart Disease that can be modified; How and Why eating fish lowers heart rate (and which kind is best to eat); How hormone balancing, including DHEA, fights heart disease; Study shows that diet change works as well as drugs for lowering cholesterol.

Big Fat Lies! A deficiency of Omega-3 Fatty Acid OR an imbalance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is associated with heart irregularities, breast cancer, difficulty losing weight and more.

Sex hormone balance. New studies continue to show the danger of conventional hormone therapy (though this has been known for over a decade), but other studies show benefit of natural hormone replacement therapy. Find out what the difference is and how to go about improving your hormone levels.

Risks and Benefits of Soy Soy and soy-related foods have health benefits including cholesterol-lower and anti-cancer effects BUT there are definite cautions as well. Learn more about this up-and-coming food source.

Body/Mind: The Shaman’s Lesson of Worth What I learned from a Native American Medicine Man may prove of value to you as well.

Member News and Notes

Upcoming topics: What else would you like to see in future editions? Keep those requests and letters coming.

Heart Health Breakthroughs

From the medical journals in the past month come these heart-healthy findings:

    1. The Top 4 major heart disease risks can be modified, and isn’t this great news since heart disease is the major cause of death in our country! Nine out of ten people who suffer a heart attack were found to have at least one of these modifiable risks, including cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. It was previously believed that these 4 factors accounted for about 50% of fatal heart attacks, but two studies published this week now estimate the number to be between 87-100%. (Journal of the American Medical Association, August 18, 2003)
    2. Eating fatty fish helps keep heart rate low, which in turn decreases the risk of sudden cardiac death. The exact mechanism is not yet known, but I predict it will be discovered to be due to the “essential” nature of the correct Omega-6:Omega-3 fatty acid ratio. (See “Big Fat Lies”, below). (Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, August 12, 2003)
    3. Diet works as well as drugs for lowering cholesterol levels. The test diets included fiber and soy protein, and worked as well at lowering cholesterol as the major “statin” drugs. There are several advantages to the dietary approach, namely lower cost and most importantly, no nasty side effects. (Statin drugs can damage the liver, hence the need for regular blood tests to monitor liver function). (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 23/30, 2003)
    4. DHEA May Fight Heart Disease. A study of middle-aged men taking DHEA found that insulin sensitivity and endothelial function both improved. (Endothelium is the lining of the blood vessels, the area where plaque accumulates). Since both of these factors are known to contribute to atherosclerosis, it is believed that DHEA will be shown to be beneficial to the heart. (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, July 23, 2003). Dr. Myatt’s Note: Please read the article on “Sex Hormone Balance,” below, and DO NOT attempt to take hormone supplementation without guidance. This study is promising but preliminary, and it is possible to drive estrogen and other sex hormones too high with excessive DHEA intake.
    5. Type “A” Behavior Triggers Heart Disease. Those who have “Type A” behaviors—- impatient, competitive, uptight, holding grudges— are heart attacks waiting to happen, and happen much sooner than they would in a person with similar physical risk factors but non-type A personalities. (Psychosomatic Medicine, July, 2003). The bottom line? Practice relaxation techniques, physical activity to burn off excess “hyper” energy, forgiveness— whatever it takes to ease you into a less stressful personality and behavior mode.

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Big Fat Lies!

Unlike carbohydrates, fats are an essential macronutrient and also the most misunderstood. The term “fat” actually refers to an entire family of fatty acids, each with very different biological functions. Only two fatty acids are essential, but the way in which all interact with each other plays an important role in how Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are utilized. Deficiencies, excesses or relative deficiencies of EFA’s are now known to have serious health consequences. Because imbalanced dietary fats are strongly associated with many diseases, any diet aiming for optimal health must correct fat intake. A number of books address the importance of EFA’s, also called “Omegas,” but most contain elements of spurious science.

The New Keto Diet dives deeper into the description and prescription for optimizing fat intake than any diet ever before, shattering some widely held but incorrect beliefs about certain fats and setting the record straight on others. Let’s look at some of the Big Fat Lies about fat that no other diet book has correctly explained, including:

TRANS fats are the real villains among dietary fats, interfering with absorption of the Essential Fatty Acids, damaging cell membranes, elevating cholesterol level and altering the way normal cell membranes function. Trans fats are prevalent in the American diet, including many weight loss and “health” diets, but their intake should be drastically minimized for health reasons. In fact, the FDA recently passed a law requiring the amounts of trans fats to be listed separately on food nutrition labels.

Saturated fats, the kind we get from eating steak, butter, cheese and eggs, are NOT unhealthy as they have been portrayed. In fact, they are so important that the human body produces them internally. Dietary saturated fat intake is not only safe but also necessary. Because “sat fats” do not compete with the EFA’s for absorption, do not turn “trans” or rancid, and maintain their chemical composition when heated, they are preferable for frying and high-heat cooking. The old belief that “saturated fats are unhealthy” was actually started many years ago based on some unscientific “science,” the edible oil industry in this country (who magnified the unsavory science in ads to discredit coconut oil and improve sales of domestic oils such as corn and cottonseed), and one wealthy businessman who mistakenly blamed his heart disease on saturated fats and paid for a huge, negative marketing campaign. Saturated fats are not villains, and some sat fats, such as coconut oil, have significant health benefits. (Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antiviral, is excellent for cooking for the reasons listed above, and can be used easily and directly as a calorie source, hence, it “burns” faster and “hotter” than many other types of calories).

Further, the belief that monounsaturated oils (such as olive oil) are healthful and desirable is another Big Fat Lie. In truth, they are the white bread of the fatty acid family. Although better than Trans fats, “monos” serve no purpose in the body, are not essential, compete with the Essential Fatty Acids for utilization, and can turn into Trans fats with cooking.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids are an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) that needs to be balanced with it’s EFA partner, Omega-3, for optimal health. The American diet contains far too much of this essential fat and most people should not be taking supplements of O-6 oils.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, the other EFA, must partner with O-6 in a 4:1 to 10:1 ratio. Unfortunately, this EFA is exceptionally low in virtually every diet, from the Standard American Diet to Atkin’s to Pritiken, and especially the USDA food pyramid. No one has told us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth regarding optimal fat intake until now. On a truly healthful diet (primarily The New Keto Diet), you can have your steak (its “Omega Ratio” makes it far healthier than chicken), lavish butter on your broccoli and bathe your artichoke in mayonnaise, but that dainty olive oil vinaigrette that most would advise should be replaced by a healthier flax oil dressing.

Heart Disease

One of the best ways to help prevent and treat heart disease is to eat a diet low in trans fats and replace foods rich in trans and omega-6 fats with those that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA found in fish oil help reduce risk factors for heart disease including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There is also strong evidence that these substances can help prevent and treat atherosclerosis by inhibiting the development of plaque and blood clots, each of which tends to clog arteries. Studies of heart attack survivors have found that daily omega-3 fatty acid supplements dramatically reduce the risk of death, subsequent heart attacks, and stroke. Similarly, people who eat an ALA-rich diet are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack.

Stroke

Strong evidence from population-based studies suggests that omega-3 fatty acid intake (primarily from fish), helps protect against stroke caused by plaque buildup and blood clots in the arteries that lead to the brain. In fact, eating at least two servings of fish per week can reduce the risk of stroke by as much as 50%. However, people who eat more than three grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day (equivalent to 3 servings of fish per day) may be at an increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke, a potentially fatal type of stroke in which an artery in the brain leaks or ruptures. Keep in mind that 80% of strokes are due to blood clots, and only 20% are hemorrhagic. Further, it is weak blood vessels, not thin blood, that cause this rarer type of stroke. (Grape seed extract, available in supplement form, helps strengthen blood vessels among its other benefits).

Weight Loss

People who have trouble losing weight when dieting, including those who are resistant to weight loss on a ketogenic (Atkins’) diet, are likely to have a deficiency of Omega-3 fatty Acids OR an imbalanced ratio of O-6 to O-3. Improving this ratio of Essential Fatty Acid intake in the diet, without additional restriction on carbohydrates or calories, is often the key to unlocking this “metabolic resistance.”

Arthritis

Most clinical studies investigating the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements for inflammatory joint conditions have focused almost entirely on rheumatoid arthritis. Several articles reviewing the research in this area conclude that omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduce tenderness in joints, decrease morning stiffness, and allow for a reduction in the amount of medication needed for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, laboratory studies suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids (and low in omega-6 fatty acids) may benefit people with other inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis. In fact, several test tube studies of cartilage-containing cells have found that omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation and reduce the activity of enzymes that destroy cartilage. In some participants, symptoms worsened before they improved.

Depression

People who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids or do not maintain a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in their diet may be at an increased risk for depression. The omega-3 fatty acids are important components of nerve cell membranes. They help nerve cells communicate with each other, which is an essential step in maintaining good mental health.

Levels of omega-3 fatty acids were found to be measurably low and the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids were particularly high in a study of patients hospitalized for depression. In a study of people with depression, those who ate a healthy diet consisting of fatty fish two to three times per week for 5 years experienced a significant reduction in feelings of depression and hostility.

Macular Degeneration

A questionnaire administered to more than 3,000 people over the age of 49 found that those who consumed more fish in their diet were less likely to have macular degeneration (a serious age-related eye condition that can progress to blindness) than those who consumed less fish. Similarly, a study comparing 350 people with macular degeneration to 500 without found that those with a healthy dietary balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and higher intake of fish in their diets were less likely to have this particular eye disorder. Another larger study confirms that EPA and DHA from fish, four or more times per week, may reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.

Colon Cancer

Consuming significant amounts of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. For example, Eskimos, who tend to follow a high fat diet but eat significant amounts of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, have a low rate of colorectal cancer. Animal studies and laboratory studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids prevent worsening of colon cancer while omega-6 fatty acids promote the growth of colon tumors. Daily consumption of EPA and DHA also appeared to slow or even reverse the progression of colon cancer in people with early stages of the disease.

Breast Cancer

Women who regularly consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids appear to be less likely to develop breast cancer. In addition, the risk of dying from breast cancer may be significantly less for those who eat large quantities of omega-3 from fish and brown kelp seaweed (common in Japan). This is particularly true among women who substitute fish for meat. The balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids appears to play an important role in the development and growth of breast cancer. The tissue levels of women with breast cancer are found to contain much lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids than breast tissue from healthy controls.

Some researchers hypothesize that omega-3 fatty acids in combination with other nutrients (namely, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, and coenzyme Q10) may prove to be of particular value for preventing and treating breast cancer.

Prostate Cancer

Laboratory and animal studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids (specifically, DHA and EPA) may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. Similarly, population based studies of groups of men suggest that a low-fat diet with the addition of omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil help prevent the development of prostate cancer. Like breast cancer, the balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids appears to be particularly important for reducing the risk of this condition.

Other

Preliminary evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may also prove beneficial in protecting against infections, ulcers, migraine headaches, preterm labor, asthma, emphysema, psoriasis, glaucoma, Lyme disease, lupus, and panic attacks.

Dietary Sources

Fish oils and plant oils are the primary dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are found in cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, and herring. ALA is found in flaxseeds & flaxseed oil. FISH and FLAX are the best sources. Other oils that contain significant amounts of Omega-3 are not recommended because they are also high in Omega-6. these include: canola (rapeseed) oil, soybeans, soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, purslane, walnuts, and walnut oil.

Available Forms

In addition to the dietary sources described, EPA and DHA can be taken in the form of fish oil Capsules. Flaxseed, flaxseed oil, and fish oil should be kept refrigerated. Whole flaxseeds should be ground within 1 week of use to ensure maximum potency.

Be sure to buy omega-3 fatty acid supplements made by established companies who certify that their products are free of heavy metals such as mercury.

How to Take It

Flaxseed

1 TBS. ground flax seed per day AND 1 TBS. flax oil per day OR 2 TBS. flax oil per day. (This corresponds to about 12 flax oil Capsules.

Flaxseed: 1 TBS two to three times per day or 2 to 4 tsp one time per day. Grind before eating and take with lots of water.

EPA and DHA

The adequate daily intake of EPA and DHA for adults should be at least 220 mg of each per day. Two to three servings of fatty fish per week (roughly 1,250 mg EPA and DHA per day) are generally recommended to treat certain health conditions.

Fish oil supplements

3,000 to 4,000 mg standardized fish oils per day. (This amount corresponds to roughly 2 to 3 servings of fatty fish per week.)

Typically, a 1,000 mg fish oil Capsule has 180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA

ALA. Do NOT use cod liver oil on a regular basis, as it’s high vitamin A & D levels can become toxic. A physician should monitor high intakes of these fat-soluble vitamins. Regular EPA-containing fish oils do not contain vitamin A & D.

Possible Interactions

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use omega-3 fatty acid supplements without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Blood-thinning Medications

Omega-3 fatty acids may increase the blood-thinning effects of aspirin or warfarin. While the combination of aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids may actually be helpful under certain circumstances (such as heart disease), they should only be taken together under the guidance and supervision of a knowledgeable nutritionally-oriented physician.

Cyclosporine

Taking omega-3 fatty acids during cyclosporine therapy may reduce toxic side effects (such as high blood pressure and kidney damage) associated with this medication in transplant patients.

Etretinate and Topical Steroids

The addition of omega-3 fatty acids (specifically EPA) to a drug regimen of etretinate and topical corticosteroids may improve symptoms of psoriasis.

Cholesterol-lowering Medications

Following certain nutritional guidelines, including increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet and reducing the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, may allow a group of cholesterol lowering medications known as “statins” (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin) to work more effectively.

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

In an animal study, treatment with omega-3 fatty acids reduced the risk of ulcers from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). More research is needed to evaluate whether omega-3 fatty acids would have the same effects in people.

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Sex Hormone Balance

The so-called “sex hormones,” including estrogens, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, DHT, appear to play an important role in keeping us health, preventing many known age-related changes. When they are in healthful balance, they also appear to help prevent hormone-related cancers, heart disease, age-related memory changes, osteoporosis and a host of other ills. This is the reason that women, particularly, have been prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause.

Although it was well-known when I first started practicing medicine 14 years ago, only this year have we “officially” acknowledged that conventional hormone replacement therapy can be dangerous. In fact, such HRT can actually INCREASE the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Fortunately for men, we have not tended to use HRT at middle age.

In contradistinction, natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (n-HRT) appears to have numerous positive benefits for both women AND men. A decline in these sex hormones is highly associated with undesirable metabolic changes of aging, and altering the levels toward a more “youthful” profile can be seen to reverse or slow the aging process. (See the “Heart Healthy” note on DHEA, above).

In women, youthful hormone balance is associated with lower heart disease risk, protection from osteoporosis, breast cancer, depression and age-related memory changes, to name a few.

In men, youthful hormone balance is associated with increased virility and protection from heart disease, prostate cancer, depression and osteoporosis (yes, men get it to), to name a few.

The key difference between HRT and n-HRT is that n-HRT attempts to duplicate a normal hormone profile of a youthful body. Conventional HRT makes absolutely NO attempt to imitate nature, usually giving high doses of the most potent form of estrogen, which is the likely reason for its dismal failure.

Anyone past the age of 40, both men and women, may benefit from n-HRT. Because the “hormone milieu” is a complicated mix in each individual, the only safe and sane way to take hormones is to have a baseline hormone profile performed, and replacement therapy prescribed by an holistic physician. Because of the broad array of physical functions affected by sex hormone balance, this simple measure of evaluation and n-HRT is worth considering for anyone who wants to delay the aging process and enjoy better health past middle age.

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Soy: Risks and Benefits

Like most things in nature, the humble soy bean (Glycine max) can be healthful in moderation, harmful in excess. Because soy and soy products (tofu, miso, soy flour) are currently gaining a lot of media attention and popularity, it is important to understand the risks and benefits of this food and supplement.

Soy contains substances called protease inhibitors. In small to moderate amounts, these substances help prevent cancer and are also useful in controlling cancer. Soy has estrogenic effects, though much weaker than the human estrogen equivalent. For this reason, soy can increase the estrogen effect in someone who is deficient, or decrease the estrogen effect in one who has an excess. (Because it competes for the same receptors as the stronger mammalian estrogens, giving then less available places to bind). Soy may also improve cholesterol levels when eaten with some regularity. Believe me, you’ll be reading and hearing a lot more about this food in the months ahead, but please exercise moderation. Much of what you hear is “hype,” some is valuable medical advice.

Soy is a “goitrogen,” capable of inhibiting thyroid function when consumed in large amounts. In fact, I have seen some particularly sensitive people experience thyroid suppression when eating soy even in modest doses.

Further, soy is a type of protein that many people do not digest and tolerate well. It is especially likely to aggravate irritable bowel symptoms, causing gas and diarrhea, in those who are sensitive to it.

SO, who should eat soy? It appears to be a healthy and even helpful food for many people, 3 to 4 servings per week is my recommendation. If you experience bowel discomfort from eating soy, then this food is not for you. If you elect to eat larger amounts per week than this, consider having your thyroid function tested when you first add more soy to your diet, then again in 3 months to see if it has adversely affected your thyroid hormones levels.

For those who wish to obtain the benefits of soy (such as women desiring alternative to convention hormone replacement, or those with hormone-related cancers under their holistic physician’s guidance), soy supplements can be taken. These contain the isolated active ingredients of soy, primarily genistein and diadzein, without the gut-disturbing proteins that bother many.

I consider soy a useful protein source with positive health benefits when consumed in moderation. Just don’t fall for the plethora of media and soy-growers of America “over-hype” and fall prey to excess. “All things in moderation, including moderation”!

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The Shaman’s Lesson of Worth

I was a starry-eyed first year resident when I met the old man, a Shaman (medicine man and spiritual advisor) to his Native tribe in the four corner’s area of New Mexico. It had long been my goal to study with such a healer and learn the “secrets” of the Shaman’s ways. Now here I was, face-to-face with just such a One.

A young man came to see the Shaman about a health problem. From his appearance and description, I guessed him to be no more than twenty. He complained bitterly about the “strange sights” he saw on occasion. By Western standards, schizophrenia was a likely diagnosis. The young man clearly needed help. The Shaman told him that help was available, but that a week-long ceremony would be necessary. Then the Shaman told him the cost. The young man shook his head dejectedly and left. I questioned the Shaman.

What was the fee for the ceremony, and why had the young man gone away without treatment? I wanted to know. The Shaman explained that his fees were approximately equivalent to $6000 in Western money, but that people paid in other means of exchange like goats, sheep, baskets and food items. The man left because he did not have the required fee. Sensing that I was upset by this, the Shaman explained that the young man would return for treatment after he raised the necessary funds.

“But why don’t you help him now and let him pay later?” I wanted to know. “Aren’t there some people that are too poor to afford your services? Do you ever give your services away for free?”

“Never,” he assured me. Then the old man sat me down and carefully explained his reasoning.

“Health is a valuable commodity,” he began, looking to see if I agreed. I nodded. “Like other valuable commodities, the people who want it dearly enough will work to get it. As they work, they increase their appreciation of its value. When I give a man a healing service without a fee, he associates ‘free’ with ‘not valuable.’ The potency of any treatment is not only in the treatment, but also in a person’s belief in its value. When someone pays dearly for a ceremony, they show that they appreciate the value of my treatment. More importantly, they show themselves how much they value their health. A man who values his health will work hard to win it back, and he is more likely to recover.” He paused to let me take his words in.

“But what if someone really can’t afford your treatment?” I persisted.

“People can always afford my ceremonies if they value their health. A poor man will recruit his family to help him raise the necessary funds. If he has no family, he will petition the community to help him raise the necessary funds. By doing this, he will not only value the ceremony he receives, but he will feel the support and good wishes of the community for his recovery. Anyone who truly wants to get well can always find a way to afford the healing ceremony.” With that, the old man stood to indicate that we were through for the day.

In years since, the Shaman’s words have returned to haunt me. How many times have I heard people complain about the cost of supplements, or of my services, while they drive Mercedes, eat out twice a week, own a vacation home in the mountains and subscribe to cable T.V.? I believe that the old Shaman was right. The people who value their health will work to get it. They will pay to get it. And they will value it dearly when it returns.

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HealthBeat Update: Comments on The Readers Digest Article: “The End of Aging”

The latest edition of Reader’s Digest talks about two “miracle” supplements that will extend life: alpha-Lipoic Acid (a-LA) and acetyl-L-Carnitine (a-LC). While the article and its “punch line” are WAY over-stated, these two nutrients DO offer significant benefit. Reader’s Digest “over-reported” the benefit (a salute to “media spin”!), but other publications may be under-reporting the value of these two nutrients. Here’s my “take” on both, and how important they may be to your supplement program.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a neurological antioxidant that chelates free iron from the forebrain, thereby protecting against free radical damage. It also improves mitochondrial function (mitochondria are the energy-producing units of cells). It works especially well in conjunction with CoQ10 and acetyl-L-carnitine to improve energy production. Because of its utility for preventing brain aging and preserving neurological function, plus its use in cataract prevention, diabetes, congestive heart failure and neurological diseases, it can correctly be classified as an important anti-aging/ life-extending nutrient.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine, a derivative of the amino acid L-carnitine, is a vitamin-like compound that transports fatty acids (“fuel”) into the body cells. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant in the brain. The acetyl form of L-carnitine (ALC) has been shown to be substantially more active than L-carnitine in brain cells.

ALC has been the subject of numerous studies. It bears a close similarity to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which led researchers to study its use in age-related memory changes. ALC has been proven to offer significant benefit to patients with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and also for people with memory impairment and age-onset depression.

L-carnitine and its more active form, A-LC have also been shown to be effective as part of weight (fat) loss programs, enhancing the body’s fat-burning ability. This effect proves true even when no deficiency of carnitine is present, meaning that all overweight people will benefit.

BOTTOM LINE: While these two nutrients probably won’t “end aging” as Reader’s Digest suggests, they will go a long way toward life-extending, memory enhancing, weight loss benefits.

Suggest Dose of Each: Acetyl-L-Carnitine: 500mg (1 cap) per day; Alpha Lipoic Acid: 200mg (2 Caps) per day.


Hot Flashes:

Heart attack symptoms are often different in women than in men, this “new news” reported in the medical journals this week. Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping, daytime fatigue (more than can be explained from the insomnia), and anxiety may be early symptoms.

Dr. Myatt’s comment: better safe than sorry. Get your annual check-up, and report fatigue or sleep distress symptoms to your physician. If he/she ignores them, consult a cardiologist for a work-up. This is one diagnosis you don’t want to miss!!!


Ask Dr. Myatt

Q: This was forwarded to me from a friend regarding microwaving food. What do you think?

Carcinogens cause cancer. Especially breast cancer. He [the doctor] was talking about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. (Dr. Myatt’s note: this is true) Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results without the dioxins.

So such things as TV dinners, weight watchers dinners, lean cuisine dinners, instant ramen cup of noodles, and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. Just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. To add to this: saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food, so use paper towels instead.

A: My research convinces me that it is A.O.K. to use a microwave as long as you don’t use plastic or plastic wrap to heat things. “Nuking” actually preserves nutrients. The microwave oven is designed on a vacuum principle that prevents leakage during operations. I’m still using mine and wouldn’t give it up without a fight! Heat items in glass containers with paper towels (preferably unbleached paper) or microwave-safe covers as a top.

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HealthBeat Update: What Are Your New Year’s Health Resolutions?

We all make ’em – those wonderful, hopeful, well-intentioned New-Year’s resolutions. We resolve to work harder, be more productive, be kind to others, pay more attention to our finances, and most importantly, we resolve to take better care of ourselves. Usually this means resolving to exercise, to eat less or even diet, to stop bad habits (C’mon, are you really still smoking? Shame on you, and you know it!), or to do other things that, while they are good for us, we often only manage to follow through on for a short while. Let’s look at it a different way: You could resolve to do or be any number of things in the new year, but what of it if you don’t have your health? Why not look after your health first, by doing some easy and achievable things, such as making sure you are taking the very best multivitamin possible, and making sure that your vitamin and supplement protocol is up to date with the very best and most up-to-date recommendations. Your multivitamin should be the very best you can get – of course we recommend Dr. Myatt’s MaxiMulti – if you take the time to compare labels you will see that no other multivitamin even comes close to offering what MaxiMulti does. It might seem more costly than the deep discount Big-Box-Store sale-of-the-week brand, but if you figure out how much of the other brand you must take (and extras you will need) to equal what is in MaxiMulti, the MaxiMulti becomes a great value indeed! Now, how long has it been since Dr. Myatt updated your chart and tuned up your vitamin and supplement protocol? I’ll bet that some things have changed for you medically over the last year, and I know that there is plenty of new and updated information that Dr. Myatt will be happy to share with you to make this next year healthier than ever. Why not take a moment to call and book a consultation to start the new year off right? Call 1-800-Dr. Myatt (376-9288)


Hot Flashes:“Liver Cleansing” – Worthwhile or Worthless?

Much has been made lately about “liver cleansing”, and “liver flushes.” There are books, websites, and countless herbal concoctions devoted to “cleansing and detoxifying” the liver (and other parts of the body). Well, what of it? Is this for real, or just another way to separate you from your hard-earned money?

Dr. Myatt’s patients often ask about “detoxification,” as if this could be accomplished by a single therapy or supplement. Because the body has multiple organs and organ systems for detoxifying itself, the real question must be “what do you want to detoxify?” Is your target the large intestine, the liver, the skin, the kidneys, or the extracellular fluids? Each of these organs of elimination and detoxification contributes to the body’s overall ability to rid itself of internal waste and externally introduced toxins. Therefore, detoxification techniques may involve one, several, or all organs related to the removal of toxic substances from the body.

We’ll look at this subject over the next few issues of HealthBeat – and for this issue we will examine the role of the liver. This organ converts endogenous and exogenous toxins into excretable metabolites. It is an amazing organ, capable of being insulted, damaged, and then repairing itself quite nicely. It is not invincible though, and we can do some things to help support it in it’s work. Perhaps the most important is to provide plenty of pure water – without water, biotransformation processes grind to a halt, and toxins accumulate.  Water is the single biggest detoxifier of the kidneys, liver, and extracellular fluid. Deficiencies of any vitamin, mineral, or trace mineral can slow or even halt the detoxification pathways. B complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and molybdenum are particularly important in detoxification and are well supplied by Dr. Myatt’s MaxiMulti supplements. Freshly ground Flax seed is an important source of lignans and Omega 3 fatty acids and should be used daily. Dr. Myatt’s MaxiGreens provide a broad spectrum of “greens” and flavonoids including ginkgo biloba, bilberry, green tea, milk thistle, and grape seed and pine bark for their pycnogenols.

More specific to the liver are Milk thistle, dietary sulfur, and indoles (found in cruciferous vegetables.) Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates liver cell regeneration. Sulfur is an important element in many of the detoxification processes of the liver and is easily destroyed by cooking, as are the indoles. MaxiGreens are an excellent source of indoles. Dr. Myatt’s MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) supplies needed fundamental sulfur. Milk Thistle Plus has been carefully formulated by Dr. Myatt to be the best supplement available for liver protection and healing.

So, what is the bottom line? Well, your liver is not like a toilet – you can’t just “flush it” – but you can support and protect it as it does it’s important work for you. “Liver Flushing” as described and promoted by some can be a risky business, and anyone thinking that they need to do this should really consult with Dr. Myatt before starting. Depending on the details of your situation Dr. Myatt will have a number of other specific recommendations for safe and effective detoxification. Book your consultation by calling 1 – 800 – Dr. Myatt (376 – 9288).

Dr. Myatt’s comment: You can’t simply do a “flush” to absolve months or years of bad habits! Improved diet and liver-loving herbs, taken consistently over time, are the healthful way to rejuvenate and “cleanse” your liver and other organs.


Featured Supplements: Support for your liver:
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MaxiMulti:We talk about this supplement over and over again, because it is a cornerstone to any good health program. MaxiMulti provides not just minimal doses, but optimal doses of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and nutritional co-factors that are absolutely necessary for your body to function at it’s peak. B complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and molybdenum are particularly important in detoxification, and are included in MaxiMulti with digestive enzymes added to ensure absorption. If you are trying to support your liver you must not neglect this valuable and necessary supplement!

MaxiGreensare a complete herbal phytonutrient formula and contain a full spectrum of the most widely-researched flavonoid herbs: ginkgo biloba, bilberry, green tea, milk thistle, and grape seed & pine bark (pycnogenols), plus indole-containing herbs: brocolli and cauliflower, and high chlorophyll / mineral-rich herbs: alfalfa, wheat grass, barley grass, wheat sprout. With gut-healthy probiotics (good gut bacteria) and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) included in the formula these capsules are easy to assimilate and have bromelain added to ensure absorption. MaxiGreens, taken every day, will provide extra phytonutrients as part of a solid foundation to your healthy lifestyle.

Milk Thistle PlusMilk thistle (silybum marianum) has been the subject of over 100 clinical trials, primarily exploring it’s role in liver disease. It powerfully protects the liver from the effects of environmental toxins (such as carbon tetrachloride, acetaminophen, iron overload, mushroom poisoning). It is used in Emergency Room medicine in Europe for exposure to liver-toxic agents. Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant, especially to the liver. It also stimulates liver cell regeneration. It has been proven useful for all types of liver disease, including alcoholic liver sclerosis, hepatitis, protection from environmental toxins, and protection from the liver-toxic effects of many drugs. Milk Thistle Plus additionally contains Tumeric root extract and Artichoke leaf extract to enhance it’s effectiveness. Suggested dose for liver support: 1 capsule three times daily with meals.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a source of biologically active sulfur. Sulfur is a mineral that is plentiful in the human body and is found in particularly high concentrations in structural tissues (joints, skin, hair, nails), and serum proteins (transferrin, albumin, and immunoglobulin). Clinical studies have shown MSM to benefit arthritis, immunity, constipation, and circulation. Although sulfur occurs widely in food, it is highly volatile and easily destroyed by even moderate processing or heating. Each capsule contains 1000mg. Suggested dose for liver support: 1000mg three times daily with meals.

Dr. Myatt’s comment: Before you even think of doing some questionable “Cleansing Routine” or “Liver Flush,” make sure you are doing everything you can to support your own body’s detoxification systems. You’ll find more information on this subject on page 56 in my Holistic Health Handbook. If you don’t have a Holistic Health Handbook, you need one – it is a goldmine of valuable information! Click here, and order yours now.


Ask Dr. Myatt: How long will vitamins and herbs keep?

Q: There are numbers and dates on my supplements. Are these important? Should I be worried about my supplements “expiring”?

A: That depends on the product and the form that it is in. Most quality herbal and nutritional supplements have an expiration date on the label, but this date does not reflect the whole story.

Herbal tinctures and fluid extracts, especially if made from potent herbs to begin with, are the longest lasting of any product. Dr. Sharol Tilgner of Wise Woman Herbals, our primary herbal provider, now dates tinctures with a 7 year expiration date. Dr. Tilgner believes that this is a conservative dating process, and I concur. A well-made tincture is potent and useable for up to 20 years from the time it is made. Now, “here’s the rub.” Many herbal products – and I do mean many – are made from dried herbs that have lost their potency BEFORE the tincture is made. These products are weak to begin with. Although they will “keep” for many years, their strength is questionable. The herbal tinctures that we select for Wellness Club are some of the most potent products available. These liquid tincture formulas will be fully potent 10 years from now (conservatively) and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them 20 years hence. Any encapsulated product, whether herbal or nutritional, has a much shorter shelf-life. This is because of a process called “oxidation.” Individual particles in herbs or nutrients are exposed to air. This is true for both gelatin capsules and tablets.

A super potent herb formula in capsule form (remember, many are not potent to begin with) will be potent 2-3 years from the date of manufacture. (On our products, this date is stamped.) In other words, the product will be potent 1 year beyond the expiration date.

Nutritional supplements are a bit trickier, because different vitamins have different shelf-lives. Dr. Jaques at Tyler Encapsulations (one of our major supplement suppliers) offers this:
Vitamin C: up to 5 years
Vitamin B’s: 3 years
Vitamin A: unknown
Vitamin D: indefinitely
Vitamin E: 2 years (except mixed tocopherols, which may last 3-5 years)
Mineral formulas: 10+ years
Enzymes: 2 years

All supplements, whether herbal or nutritional, will last longer if frozen. So… if you stock up, keep unopened products in your freezer or in a cool, dark, moisture-free place to extend shelf life up to 3 times the stamped expiration date.

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Not Just Health News… Daily Health News!

Hello All:

Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of alternative, holistic and conventional medicine? Have I got BIG NEWS for you!

I feel privileged to have spent a week with Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark. Yup… staying at their home, eating, sleeping (well, in a guest room!), and just plain ol’ living with them. The purpose of my visit was to gain a clearer understanding of Dr. Myatt’s needs regarding HealthBeat, but I learned a whole lot more than I bargained for.

For starters, they really do practice the things they talk about. Up at 6 AM(ish) in the morning, they each exercise (Nurse Mark goes for a run with their two dogs, Dr. M rides her bike). Then they return home and have a “Super Shake” and their before-breakfast supplements without fail. By 7am they are both at their computers, drinking freshly-brewed coffee (made with pure water and no chlorine filters — they brew this elixir in a Bodum – AKA “French Press” –  that requires no paper filter). But the BIGGEST NEWS is that they are both reading the news, live on computer, even before they have breakfast and start their workday!

Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark each have a collection of on-line newsletters that they read every morning. Dr. Myatt’s list includes JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), BMJ (British Medical Journal), NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine), Medline, plus holistic medical newsletters from Dr. Whittaker, David Williams, Atkins, Health Sciences Institute, Natural HealthLine, The Daily Times, CBS, NBC and a boat-load of smaller news feeds you’ve probably never heard of. Nurse mark’s list reads just as long, only with a different palette of sites. They review ALL OF THESE over their first 1-2 cups of morning coffee. If there’s something of interest, they e-mail each other with the news and discuss it. I feel comfortable in telling you that there is NO BREAKTHROUGH that has occurred overnight in any field of medicine that this medical team will not know about! Their diligence with tracking all late-breaking medical news is truly astounding.

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[SIDEBAR: I had to laugh, maybe you will, too. While I was there, Dr. Myatt received patient and member e-mail notes (I didn’t see the notes, she just told me the “gist” of them) like the following: “Have you ever heard of glyconutrients”? and “I got this e-mail about coral calcium and I am taking it. Any good”? I’m here to tell you: if any “new nutrient” has merit, Dr. Myatt has heard about it AND reported it to you. If you haven’t heard about it from her, consider it marketing hype on the internet. I just don’t see how there could be ANYTHING of true merit or “breakthrough” status that Dr. Myatt hasn’t heard about, and probably LONG before you have, because of the multiple news feeds she monitors every morning. She also has the scientific background to sort out “marketing hype” from true science. Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark really do this, every single morning without fail, even on weekends.]

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SO… as the new HealthBeat newsletter editor, my mind was racing….

This amazing medical duo (known locally as “The~Z~Team”) get daily updates in every field of health and medicine, but the HealthBeat newsletter comes out twice, and sometimes three times monthly. These two have a LOT more information to convey than that! So here’s what I suggested (you may send thank-you notes to me at my wellness club address!) and they went for it: a HealthBeat news “blog.” For those who don’t know, a blog is something that can be easily updated regularly if not DAILY. I set this up so Dr. Myatt can “flash” news briefs to you on a daily basis if she so chooses. I’ve made it easy and simple for her. And here’s what it means to YOU:

Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark will continue their daily medical updates (I don’t think wild horses could stop them!). THEN, they can instantly post any important medical updates to the HealthBeat Blog. Although Dr. Myatt may be away from her computer for a day or two, you can expect (for the most part) this medical news to be updated Monday through Friday and sometimes on weekends. In other words, instead of only the bi-monthly HealthBeat, you will have access to an almost-daily HealthBeat update. Not only will you get daily breaking news, but you will have the benefit of the “new news” being screened and commented on by a physician who is an exacting scientist, thus helping you separate the “hype” from the true medical news.

TWO WAYS TO GET YOUR Daily Dose of News

Method one: If you are an RSS user, simply sign up for the newsletter and it will be “fed” to your news aggregator. If you have no idea what this means, then you are not using a service to read blogs, so you’ll use method two.

Method two: simply go to this blog link every morning.
Here it is if you need to cut and paste the link into your browser: http://radio.weblogs.com/0139131/

Once there, you will want to bookmark this link in your browser by clicking on “bookmarks.”

That’s it! Daily medical news delivered. Why not check this our right now and let me know what you think?

Jamie Jameson-White

Editor, HealthBeat Newsletter

 

HealthBeat Newsletter Back Issues

HealthBeat Newsletter Back Issues

12/20/07 What’s Old Is New Again – Can You Say “Chia Pet?”

  • What’s Old Is New Again – Can You Say “Chia Pet?”
  • Fiber: Longevity Secret and More
  • More Questions About L-5-HTP and Paxil
  • Laughter is the best medicine: Age and Experience Beats Youth and Enthusiasm…

12/14/07 Where We Draw The Line On “Free Advice”

  • “Hot Flashes” from this Week’s Conventional Medical Journals
  • A Fitness Resource That We Use – And You Can Too!
  • Some Thoughts Regarding “Free Medical Advice” – A Nurse Mark Rant…
  • “But I really Miss Mashed Potatoes…” Our Secret Cauli-tato Recipe
  • Laughter is the best medicine: More Of The “Lowest Form Of Humor”…

12/07/07 Dr. Myatt’s Christmas Gift Ideas And Suggestions

  • Dr. Myatt’s Christmas Gift Ideas and suggestions
  • Laughter is the best medicine: Remembering Hollywood Squares

11/30/07 Mustard Plasters And A Grandmother’s Dilemma

  • Mustard Plasters And A Grandmother’s Dilemma
  • And Another Mustard Plaster Success Story
  • What About The “Good Sugars?”
  • What are “ketones” and “ketosis?” Isn’t Ketosis dangerous?
  • L5HTP vs Paxil vs St. Johns Wort: Which to use?
  • Laughter is the best medicine: 11 people on a rope…

11/19/07 Pneumonia – Deadly But Preventable – Here’s How:

  • Pneumonia – Deadly But Preventable – Here’s How:
  • Mom Wishmeyer’s Good Old-Fashioned Mustard Plaster For Chest Infections.
  • Common Sense For Colds And Flu…
  • We Get Letters: Peanut Oil And Label Claims – How To Know What’s What?
  • We get letters: When Will The Super Fast Diet Be Available In A “Paper Book?”
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Test for Dementia

11/02/07 Special “Heart Health Report” Edition

  • Special “Heart Health Report” – Heart Attack and Stroke – what are your real risks?
  • Dave Checks in – What to do for shingles?
  • Laughter is the best medicine: From the kids…

10/26/07 Flu and Cold Season Is Coming – Get Natural Protection and Relief!

  • “Where Was My HealthBeat Last Week!?!” The Techno-Gremlins Ate It…
  • Flu and Cold Season Is Coming – But There Is Natural Relief!
  • Dr. Myatt’s Mighty Herbal First Aid Kit – For Colds and Flu Too!
  • Don’t Forget – Dr. Myatt Has A Crazy “No-Flu” money-back Guarantee!
  • Surprise And Disappointment – It Seems Everyone Figures Someone Else Will Do It…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: A Skeletal Bit of Humor

10/12/07 HealthyTroops.com – What’s It All About?

  • HealthyTroops.com – What’s It All About?
  • We Get Letters – Complete With Lab Results…
  • We Get Letters – And Compliments!
  • Recent News From The FDA – “Power To The People!” NOT!
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: The Times, They Are A-Changin’

10/05/07 The Wellness Club Supports America’s Military Men and Women: HealthyTroops.com Goes Live!

  • Wellness Club Launches HealthyTroops.com
  • It’s Finally Here! The Wellness Club Website Has Had A Make-Over!
  • Seems The New Website Is A Hit! (With most folks, at least…)
  • Will the REAL Naturopathic Medical Doctor Please Stand Up?
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Anger Management

09/27/07 It’s Finally Here! The Wellness Club Website Has Had A Make-Over!

  • It’s Finally Here! The Wellness Club Website Has Had A Make-Over!
  • Optimist or Pessimist — Does It Really Matter To Health?
  • What I Admire About My European Patients
  • A Lesson In How To Get Your Research Funded (And Your Salary Paid): A Look Behind The Scenes
  • Got Cancer? Two Reasons You Have My Deep Sympathy
  • We Get Questions: What Oil To Cook With?
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Remembering Red Skelton

09/20/07 Rooster’s Crowing Is Determined Responsible For Sunrise – Learn More!

  • Something Wonderful Is Getting Ready To Happen At The Wellness Club!
  • The Problem With Research Article Abstracts – Or, How The Rooster Crows To Make The Sun Rise…
  • CT Scans And Radiation Risks In Children – Is It Really Worth It?
  • Phlebitis / Thrombophlebitis – A Dangerous Condition Much In The News Of Late
  • Some Fun With Politics
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Some Truly Useful Information This Week – Conversion Units

09/13/07 Rheumatoid Arthritis – it’s a hopeless diagnosis, right? Not Here It Isn’t!

  • Extreme Sports, Nutrition, Vitamins, And Immunity – A conversation with my car mechanic got me to thinking and researching…
  • Lung Disease In A Bag: Why do insist on exposing ourselves to these toxic chemicals?
  • Patent Drugs: Prescription For Problems:
  • Ginkgo Biloba and Longevity
  • A New HealthBeat Feature: Readers Rants!
  • We Get Questions: A potpourri this week…
  • We Get Questions: Rheumatoid Arthritis – it’s a hopeless diagnosis, right?
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Some Zen sarcasm…

09/06/07 The Flu Can Be a Brutal Enemy. Are You Relying on a Flu Shot Alone to Protect You? And How About A Money-Back Good Health Guarantee?

  • 3 Steps to A Natural Facelift – A More Youthful Appearance without Botox Or Surgery!
  • Cancer In a Can – Are You Really Still Drinking This Stuff?!?
  • More Great News For Grape Fans – Study Shows Prostate Cancer Benefit…
  • Green Tea Gets A Boost – Yet Another Study Shows It Stops Colon Cancer Tumors…
  • The Flu Can Be a Brutal Enemy. Are You Relying on a Flu Shot Alone to Protect You? And How About A Money-Back Good Health Guarantee?
  • We Get Questions: Seizures In Children…
  • We Get Questions: Hip Problems, Fosamax, Osteoporosis – And “Everything Hurts” For This One Senior – So, What To Do?
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Simple Truths And Knowledge From Our Canine Friends

8/30/07 Surgical Dilemmas, Bad Knees, Infertility, And “Drug To Normalization”! A Potpourri Of Problems…

  • Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t! The dilemma of Big Surgery
  • Dave, With The “Bum Knees” Checks Back In… It still hurts – even after Big Surgery!
  • Fibroids, Fertility, and Working For Free… We get questions!
  • News Reports, Political Correctness, drugs, and Guns – One thing leads to another…
  • Kennedy, Roberts, and Burr – Meddling With Your Health Freedom Again…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: The Latest In Diagnostic Technology, brought to you by Dr. Myatt!

08/23/07 Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine According To New Research!

  • Yet More Good Reasons To Stop The Pop Habit – Metabolic Syndrome And Addiction
  • This week’s FDA “Warnings”…
  • The FDA Is “At It Again”… Keeping Us Safe From Mother Nature
  • We Get Letters I –  Comments and Questions…
  • We Get Letters II – Readers Ask Medical Questions…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Kids Say The Darndest Things – Part 2

08/16/07 Poisons Lurking In Common Plastic Items

  • Vitamins: What You Should be Taking, and Why
  • Readers Question Of The Week: What Dangers Lurk In Plastic?
  • US Ranks 42nd In World For Life Expectancy – What The Heck Is Wrong Here?
  • AstraZenca Profits Take Hit In Prilosec Heart Attack Scare
  • Problems with Diabetes Drugs continue
  • We Get Questions…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Kids Say The Darndest Things!

08/09/07 Got Mercury Amalgam Fillings? You Gotta See This Video!

  • Yet More Good News For Vitamin D!
  • Dr. Myatt’s Super Shake recipes
  • Alzheimer’s, Heartburn, Or Neither: What’s Your Pleasure?
  • Still have “Silver Fillings” in your teeth? You won’t want to after seeing this!
  • We Get Letters I – What Natural Treatments Are Available For MS?
  • We Get Letters II – Readers Ask Us Medical Questions…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: “Pirates Of The West” stealing from Nature…

08/02/07 Detox Your Way To Better Health With Colon Cleansing

  • How To Have A Healthy Bowel – And A Healthy Body…
  • FDA Updates: “And The Beat Goes On…”
  • We Get Letters: Insurance Companies Out Of Control – And Something That You Can Do About It…
  • We Get Letters II – Readers Ask Us Medical Questions…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Wisdom From One Of Our Readers…

07/26/07 The Most Dangerous Food You Can Eat!

  • 10 Dangers of Carbohydrates – Carbs are NOT your friend!
  • Fungus, Yeasts and Molds: Hidden Cause of Many “Unexplained” Diseases
  • Those Not So Golden Years… and the story of a nice little truck.
  • Raw Almonds No More! Your Government, Hard At Work Protecting You…
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: Like it or not, a Compendium of Puntifications

07/18/07 Why Aerobic Exercise is a Waste of Time

  • Why Aerobic Exercise is a Waste of Time (Dr. Dana Myatt)
  • Strontium: The Missing Mineral for Osteoporosis Prevention and Reversal
  • FDA Tyranny Now Law: TWO Low Blows For Health Freedom and What It Will Mean to You
  • Ask Dr. Myatt:  Is Ostaderm Safe for Hot Flashes in a Woman on Breast Cancer Medication?
  • Laughter is Good Medicine: The Death of Common Sense

07/12/07

07/05/07

  • Neurological Disease: What You’re NOT Going To Hear From Your Conventional Doctor. You’ll NEVER hear any of this from your conventional medical doctor, for at least two reasons. First, there are no known cures for neurological diseases in conventional medicine. In fact, even our symptomatic treatments are fairly lame. Secondly, when a doctor does have information about a “non standard” (read that: “not conventional medicine”) approach, he or she could lose their medical license by telling you about it. So don’t be disappointed if your conventional medical doctor, no matter how good or well-respected, doesn’t have much hope to offer. That’s conventional medicine. If I found out tomorrow that I had a neurological disease, here are the steps I would take right away: Read the rest of Dr. Myatt’s article here…
  • Freedom – Ours to Keep or Lose. As the Founding Fathers knew, the way we remain free as individuals is because we each have a voice and a vote. If we fail to exercise our freedom to speak and to elect our officials, then we get the government we deserve. That is why I continually encourage you to be pro-active. It’s the only way we can continue to enjoy the freedoms that we do, health freedom included. Read the rest of Dr. Myatt’s article here:
  • The FDA’s Road Map to End Dietary Supplements. This document frightens me for the future of America’s access to nutritional supplements – In this document the FDA has laid out a very precise 3-year plan to decimate the nutritional supplement industry, reduce the availability of nutritional supplements to Americans, and to radically increase the price of those nutritional supplements that remain. Read the rest of Nurse Mark’s article here:
  • Mother Was Right: Drink Your Vegetables! “A French team now reports that diets rich in flavonoids – the antioxidant compounds in fruit, vegetables, coffee, tea, and chocolate – could reduce the decline in mental function associated with aging.” Following on Dr. Myatt’s article “Vitaminless Vegetables: the New Nutrient Deficiency” this article details important new proof of the value of veggies and fruits. Read this Craig Weatherby article here:
  • Letters: Mangosteen Juice – Hip or Hype? And “Dave” checks back in… Find out if this new MLM marvel is for real – Dr. Myatt shares her thoughts about Mangosteen. And, some updates on “Dave” as he works his way to better health – in his letters with Nurse Mark. Read it all here:
  • Laughter Really Is Good Medicine. Our readers like to share funnies with us – and this one makes you wonder: does all that healthy living really make you live longer, or does it just make it feel like longer? Read on…

06/26/07

06/21/07

06/14/07

  • Prescription Drugs In Your Drinking Water You are taking your neighbors drugs whether you like it or not! Read on to learn more, and find out how to protect yourself…
  • Vitamin D Cuts Cancer Risk By An Amazing 77%You won’t hear it from the American Cancer Society or the AMA or the FDA! Find out more about this latest research…
  • We Get Letters The American Cancer Society says the War On Cancer has been won! Do you believe it? We don’t, and neither does this savvy reader…
  • Upcoming Bill Strengthens FDA Power To Ban SupplementsThere are smokescreens being laid to keep us diverted from this threat to our health freedoms – read, learn, and act now!
  • The Decay Of Organic FoodsNo, the food isn’t rotting, but the standards are, under new USDA rules allowing non-organic ingredients in organic labeled foods…
  • Laughter – Not a funny this week, but a heartwarming story and a lesson for us of love and tolerance  from our furry friends…

06/09/07

06/02/07

05/25/07

05/15/07

05/10/07

  • What’s Burning You?Yes, you’ve got heartburn – but maybe not for the reasons that you think! Big Pharma and the Medical Mafia have hoodwinked you again – find out what you can do about it. Read about the simple test you can do at home…
  • Washington Updates: What matters more to your senator – money or your health and freedom? You’ve been sold out – read more…
  • Counterfeit Drugs: The FDA is warning us about them, but who is responsible? Nurse Mark shares his opinions…
  • Obscene Profits are what it’s all about – analysis and opinion by Nurse Mark…
  • Mother’s Day is coming: And just where do you think you would be without your mother…
  • Laughter:  Growing older ain’t for sissies – so you might as well laugh about it…

05/05/07 Political Activism Pays Off!

04/21/07 FDA To Regulate Healthy Foods as Drugs 04/30/07

04/06/07 Are GMO Foods Safe to Eat?

03/22/07

03/15/07

03/02/07 Killer Vitamins: Doctors of Spin Are At It Again

2/23/07 Sinister Things Afoot in US Medicine

02/15/07 LDL Cholesterol: Another Big Fat Lie

02/08/07 Valentine’s Day Special: Heart-Healthy Issue

02/02/2007 Senile Dementia Linked to Common Nutrient Deficiency

01/26/2007 FDA Outlaws Vitamins: Closer By The Minute

01/19/2007 Do We Really Need a “Trans Fat Ban”?

01/11/2007 Dying for Pain Relief

01/04/2007 Welcome to The New HealthBeat!

Sept 27, 2006 Three Hidden Causes of Disease Lurking in Your Mouth

April 14, 2006 Vitamin-less Vegetables

Sept 21, 2005 Antioxidants Explained

July 27, 2005 The End Of Free Access To Supplements?

June 9, 2005 A Special Look At Women’s Health

May 5, 2005 Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Jan. 5, 2005 New Years Resolutions: What value good  health?

Dec. 10, 2004 Vitamin Supplements Outlawed as of August, 2005 

Nov. 24, 2004 Healthy, Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

Oct. 19, 2004 Ingrown Toenails, and General Toenail Care.

Sept 16, 2004 The Truth About Cholesterol, Part II

Sept 3, 2004 The Truth About Cholesterol, Part I

Aug 11, 2004 Taking Good Health to Heart

July 13, 2004 Conjugated Linoleic Acid Reduces Body Fat Mass

June 17, 2004 Not Just Health News… Daily Health News!

June 7, 2004 Remembering Reagan, Avoiding Alzheimer’s

June 2, 2004 Your Health Freedom Under Siege!

May 12, 2004 Meet Your New HealthBeat Editor!

April 30, 2004 Heart Attack and Stroke: What are Your Real Risks?

April 5, 2004 The Ten Most Dangerous Foods: Part II

March 18, 2004 The Ten Most Dangerous Foods: Part I

March 2, 2004 When “Sorry” Doesn’t Help

Feb 12, 2004 5 Most Important Supplements For Health & Longevity

Feb 6, 2004 Dr. Myatt’s Super-Shake

Jan 22, 2004 Do You Really Take All That Stuff ???

Jan 12, 2004 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Jan 1, 2004 “Liver Cleansing” – Worthwhile or Worthless?

Dec 20, 2003 Beat Flu & Colds The Natural Way

Dec 15, 2003 NurseBeat Update: Stress-Less Holidays

Dec 2, 2003 Memory-Boosting Supplements

Nov 12,  2003 NurseBeat Update: Green tea

November 2003 Life Extending Nutrients

September 2003 US Government Urges Higher Omega-3 Consumption

August 2003 Heart Health Breakthroughs

July 2003 Ten Proven Reasons to Take a Good Multiple Vitamin

June 2003 The Product Everyone Should Have on Hand

May 2003 7 Simple Ways to Decrease Your Cancer Risk

Dr. Myatt’s HealthBeat Newsletter

April 14, 2006

In this issue:

Vitamin-less Vegetables: The New Nutrient Deficiency. Vegetables and some fruits contain nutrients critical to good health. Current government recommendations suggest that a minimum of 5-9 servings should be eaten daily to prevent disease, but many scientists feel this number should be increased to 10-18 servings. Find out why we need to eat so many veggies (it’s a scandal!), and how you can achieve this goal without turning into a wabbit!

Powerful Cancer-fighting Herb that Drug Companies are Rushing to Imitate. You probably have some in your spice cabinet right now. Use more of it, and you can hedge your bet against cancer, arthritis and blood clots.

The Healing Power of Flowers. Humans spend much time and money cultivating flowers. Science has finally cracked the code on our fascination with these delightful gifts of nature. PLUS: it’s not too late to send flowers for Easter. You’ll want to lavish them on friends and family once you read the studies!

Health Freedom Alert: Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Under Attack. Bio-identical (natural) hormone replacement therapy (nHRT) is far safer than synthetic and horse-urine hormones used in conventional medicine. It has helped thousands if not hundreds of thousands of women and men over the last several decades. Now, the makers of Premarin© and Prempro© (the dangerous, un-natural hormones) has petitioned the FDA to outlaw our right to prescribe these custom-formulated hormones. Act today to preserve this important health freedom!

Wellness Club Website Wins Award. Dr. Myatt’s Wellness Club website was nominated, reviewed, and awarded the “A Better Way Award” for noteworthy contribution to the Natural Health Community. You’ll see us sporting our award logo on the left side of our pages. Interestingly, the logo for the award is a big, red apple—- the same as our Wellness Club logo!

Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark to Speak in Phoenix. The~Z~Team (Dr. Myatt-Ziemann and Mark Ziemann, R.N.) will be speaking in Phoenix the end of April to both public and medical audiences. The public presentation, titled ADD/ADHD in Children: are there Really Alternatives to Ritalin and Prozac? Is free and open to the public. The second presentation, Nutritional and Botanical Considerations in Cancer Treatment: 2006 Update, will be presented to physicians at the semi-annual AZNMA Medical Conference.

The Shaman’s Lesson of Worth. Think you can’t afford alternative health care? I have people on a daily basis asking me to do pro bono medical consultations. Find out what I learned from an Indian Shaman in my first year of medical practice that makes me say “no” every time to these requests for free services.

Do you have a specific health question? Visit Dr. Myatt’s Wellness Club website and find recommendations for over 100 medical conditions. If you want personalized medical attention, please consider a telephone consultation with Dr. Myatt.