Should men avoid calcium supplements? Should women avoid calcium supplements? Do calcium supplements increase heart disease risk? If you've been listening to some of the recent headlines in magazines, newspapers and health blogs, that's exactly what you might think. And, after years of telling us that calcium supplements may be important for bone health, even some doctors are now recommending that their patients avoid calcium supplements. So what's the truth? What should you believe?
When I was a kid we didn't have all of these fancy words like hyperactivity, ADD and ADHD. If a kid had trouble sitting still and trouble focusing on the task at hand, they were just considered "fidgety".
Now that I've dated myself once again, let's get to the real topic which is: "Can the foods that your kids eat have any relationship to ADD and ADHD symptoms?"
In part 3 of our 3 part series on stress and women's health, you'll learn about the top nutrients women need to help offset the negative effects of stress and environmental toxins and achieve optimal health.
If you frequently feel fatigued, you might have come to accept it as your new "normal" way of feeling. Unfortunately, too many people -- especially women -- feel that way and despite being very common, it's not "normal" and can lead to more serious health consequences. Fortunately, making a few healthy changes can make a big difference. In part 2 of our 3 part series on stress and women's health, Shaklee Health Sciences offers practical suggestions to help you increase your energy and improve your health.
Did you know that women experience more physical symptoms from stress than men? If you are always exhausted, have trouble concentrating or abnormal weight gain, it might be due to stress and could lead to serious health complications later. May is National Women's Health Month and Shaklee has put together a Health & Wellness Update of special interest to women. Below is Part 1 of 3.
The following message from Stephen Chaney, PhD, is extremely important for anyone who uses food supplements. Please read all the way through.
It's a jungle out there. You probably already know that there are some bad players in the food supplement industry. There are companies that make products that don't work, products that haven't been tested for safety and efficacy, products that are contaminated, and even products that are dangerous. There are some companies that even make products that contain dangerous drugs - drugs that can even kill you.
If you're reading this blog post, chances are you already know how important it is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for good health. It's also important to minimize your exposure to pesticides in those fruits and vegetables. The simplest way to do that -- and I'm all about keeping it simple -- is to buy organic. I've chosen organic foods as much as possible for the last 35 years or so to reduce the pesticides, chemical fertilizers and GMOs that my family and I are exposed to, but also because I believe organic foods taste better are more nutrient dense and to support the organic food industry and their commitment to work in harmony with nature and do what's right for the health of people and our planet.
I'm often asked about skin care and cosmetic products that I use and recommend. Just the other day, a young friend contacted me about a free sample that she had been given of a new anti aging "latest and greatest" skin care product. She was hesitant to try it because although she was told that it was safe, the primary ingredient is oleander which despite being used for various medicinal purposes, is well-known as a poison. Let me start by saying I know very little about this particular product and frankly, it's just not possible for me to keep up with all the supposedly safe and natural products out there, many of which claim to be backed by scientific studies.
It's always been a gut instinct thing with me that people are doing themselves a disservice by constantly reaching for antibacterial soaps, lotions and sprays in an effort to stay healthy and protect themselves from germs. (One church I attended installed antibacterial lotion dispensers next to the holy water fonts at entrances.)
Just as the overuse of antibiotics taken internally has contributed to the creation of more antibiotic resistant bacteria, the overuse of topical antibiotics seems to be doing the same thing when it comes to skin infections. A recent article entitled Skin Probiotics Offer Best Defense Against MRSA Infections discusses how healthy skin bacteria serve as defense mechanisms against infection. The use of topical antibacterial products are disrupting the probiotics in our skin, making us more susceptible to skin infections including MRSA, which unfortunately seems to have become far too common.
We will never be able to kill every germ and that's really not the key to good health anyway. Being able to resist infection and disease starts with having a healthy immune system and you get that by adopting a healthy holistic lifestyle.
The gentle, effective product that I use to "wash" the germs away is Shaklee's Hand Wash Concentrate. It's super concentrated so a little goes a long way and it's perfect as a body wash too. It contains wheat germ oil, algae extract, aloe rosemary, arnica and more Since it doesn't contain soap, there's no soap scum residue so your tub or shower, stays cleaner too!
It's both interesting and confusing when one Journal article appears talking about the dangers of a particular supplement and just a couple of weeks later another article appears talking about the benefits of that same supplement - especially when the conclusions of those articles are misrepresented in the media.
But that's exactly what has just occurred with the supplement L-carnitine. Media reports of the first article trumpeted the headline "Cleveland Clinic study links L-carnitine to increased risk of heart disease".
Media reports of the second article featured the headline "Mayo Clinic review links L-carnitine to multiple health heart benefits". As you might suspect, neither headline was completely accurate. So let me help you sort out the confusion about L-carnitine and heart health.