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In This Issue:

A NOTE FROM RANDAL
Fronteir Use of Tansy

HERB/VITAMIN NEWS
Eye Doctors See Bright Future for Lutein

HEALTH NEWS
Complementary Breast cancer Treatment
Healthy Yards Help with Healthy Families

FEATURED PRODUCT
Lutein

NUTRITION CHOICE
Gingery Carrot and Orange Soup

HEALTH RELATED TIPS
What About Drug Interactions?

FEATURED WEB SITES
Physicians' Desk Reference

LAUGHING LINES
Mr. Norton

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A NOTE FROM RANDAL

By the time you get this email I will be on my way to Oklahoma City for a
visit to our son and my parents. Donna will be staying behind and holding
down the fort.

Last week, we drove about an hour west towards Staunton, VA. We met some
friends at a fronteir village museum. Each of the different areas of the
site represents different nationalities and an era of time. We saw English,
Irish, German and American farm homes and barns. Each area was in period
and had costumed guides that could answer your questions and demonstrate
the activities of that era.

I was very interested, naturally, in how they used herbs and what was
planted around the houses. All the homes were authentic and naturally had
no A/C. With the windows opened and the kitchen having food out, I noticed
there were about 8 plant stalks of Tansy on the floor of the kitchen. I
asked was their a significance. The guide replied, "We have them on the
floor so they will be stepped on by people visiting the kitchen. Thereby,
giving off a scent that repels the insects." If you look up Tansy its
classified as an invasive and their are programs to eradicate. However,
each one of the period homes at the village actually had Tansy planted
outside or in the flower beds around the host to repel insects.

That's about all that's going on here in Virginia. Hope you are able to
stay cool and have a great week. Thanks for all of your encouraging words
and faithfulness.

Until next time,

Randal

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HERB/VITAMIN NEWS

EYE DOCTORS SEE BRIGHT FUTURE FOR LUTEIN
 
By Robert Abel, M.D.

(ARA) - A researcher from Harvard University first discovered in 1994 that
lutein plays an important role in eye health. Since then, significant
research about lutein has evolved, and eye doctors now recommend it to their
patients.

In fact, 91 percent of eye doctors say they believe lutein plays an
important role in promoting eye health, according to a recent study
commissioned by Kemin Foods. And 58 percent of the eye doctors surveyed
believe that lutein is the nutrient that best supports long-term eye health.
The study surveyed 150 ophthalmologists and 150 optometrists in the United
States about their perceptions of lutein.

What is lutein?

Lutein (LOO-teen) is a nutrient found predominantly in vegetables,
particularly in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. It is
also present in corn and egg yolks. Lutein belongs to a class of compounds
called carotenoids, which have shown beneficial effects in reducing the risk
of cancer, heart disease and eye disease, and in enhancing the body's immune
response. While vitamin A, beta-carotene and lycopene are also members of
the carotenoid family, researchers have found that lutein is the carotenoid
found most abundantly in the eye.

Lutein promotes long-term eye health in two ways:

-- It acts as a light filter, protecting the eyes from some of the damaging
effects of the sun.

-- As an antioxidant, lutein protects the eyes from the damaging effects of
aging.

Eating for your eyes

Because the body is unable to naturally manufacture lutein, humans rely on
their consumption of lutein-rich foods or lutein supplements to maintain
optimal levels of lutein in the eye.

There isn't an official Daily Reference Intake (DRI) for lutein, but a 1994
Harvard University study showed 6 milligrams, which is equal to about
one-third cup of cooked spinach, is likely to be an efficacious daily
amount. Because the average American consumes just one to two milligrams of
lutein daily, supplements are especially important. In fact, the majority of
eye doctors -- 86 percent -- believe people who take a multivitamin should
take one that includes lutein.

Seniors with high lutein consumption have been known to have the same vision
capability as men aged 24 to 36. And, as the Baby Boom generation ages, eye
doctors and scientists are responding to the demands of the largest
population group of Americans. So, as research continues and word spreads
throughout the professional community, eye doctors are recommending lutein
to help slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and
cataracts.

A study released last year by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said
the combination of beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc aided
significantly in retarding advanced AMD. Lutein was not included in the NIH
study because it was not commercially available at the time the study began.
However, there is now abundant scientific information that indicates that
the antioxidant lutein helps reduce the risk of AMD.

About AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible
blindness in people over age 65. AMD occurs when cells in the central
portion of the eye (the macula) degrade, causing loss of sight in the
central part of the field of vision, but leaving peripheral vision intact.

As many as 16 million Americans suffer from at least the initial stages of
AMD. That's almost twice the number of people who live in the city of Los
Angeles. Fortunately, 90 percent of AMD patients have the dry form of the
disease, which is gradual and may be altered by diet and lifestyle. Dry AMD
is typically not associated with blindness but, if left untreated, may
progress into wet AMD. The sudden, or wet, form of the disease, leads to the
onset of blindness and affects 10 percent of AMD patients.

Several factors may influence a person's risk of developing AMD: age, diet,
gender, race, eye color, heredity, exposure to sunlight, smoking, alcohol
consumption and heart disease. Caucasians, people with light-colored eyes,
women, smokers and seniors are at higher risk.

Tips for protecting your eyes

While we can't change our age, genetics or gender, we can control our
lifestyle. The top five things everyone can do to protect their eyes are:

-- Wear sunglasses

-- Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol

-- Stop smoking

-- Limit your intake of alcohol

-- Supplement your diet with 6 milligrams per day of lutein

For more information about how lutein can help promote healthy eyes, ask
your eye doctor and visit the Lutein Information Bureau Web site at
www.luteininfo.com

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HEALTH NEWS

COMPLEMENTARY BREAST CANCER TREATMENT

Once a woman receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, complementary and
alternative medical care can be made a part of her comprehensive treatment
program. The addition of detoxification diets, periodic fresh fruit and
vegetable juicing, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicines can help
reduce the impact of the tumor burden and help mobilize the inherent
recuperative healing mechanisms.

http://healthy.net/asp/templates/news.asp?Id=3403

 

HEALTHY YARDS HELP WITH HEALTHY FAMILIES

The pesticides used on our lawns are now being shown to be the killers that
they've always been - and not to just bugs. The warnings have not been
strong enough and too many children and pets have been affected by the
chemicals that are now being banned ---- too late!!

Everyone can create healthy habitats by making kinder choices. To find out
how to use more native plants, less lawn, and less pesticides, download
Audubon's Guide, which features "10 Commandments for a Healthy Yard." Many
franchised local bird stores are also offering copies of the chart at their
shops since what you put on your lawns affects birds also.

Help detoxify the backyards, school yards and community spaces of America..
Learn more and begin with your yard first.

Free Download:
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LUTEIN

A recent study conducted at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found
that overindulging in potato chips, cookies, pie, chocolate, peanut butter,
fries and other highly processed junk foods may increase the risk of
developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by more than
two-fold. AMD is the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment in the
United States for people over 55. This study revealed for the first time a
link between diet and AMD.

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NUTRITION CHOICE

GINGERY CARROT AND ORANGE SOUP
Adapted from Gaia's Kitchen, by Julia Ponsonby.

This warming and tangy soup has a beautiful muted-orange glow, and will add
a touch of spice to your day. Try this recipe with organic carrots,
potatoes, onions and celery, as their flavor is incomparable to those grown
on industrial farms.

Organic root vegetables such as these are considered seasonal no matter
where you live, and are found easily in health food stores and even many
supermarkets. Choosing organic oranges is especially important when you make
an orange zest, so as not to ingest the surface pesticides found on
industrially-grown orange skin.

INGREDIENTS
1 oz onions, chopped
1 lb or 4 medium carrots
2 sticks celery
4 oz potatoes, chopped
1 pint stock/water
1-2 tbsp grated ginger
juice of 2-3 oranges
zest of *-1 organic orange
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil to sauté
small slice of butter (optional)

Rough chop onions. Scrub and rough chop carrots, celery and potatoes. Saute
onions and celery in oil in the bottom of a large saucepan. After a few
minutes add carrots, and continue to sauté until onions are beginning to go
pearly. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Stir in the potatoes, then add
enough water to cover the vegetables by a couple of inches. Bring to the
boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Add the
orange juice, zest (if using) and grated ginger. Blend the soup. Add more
stock/hot water/orange juice to achieve desired thickness. Season with
salt, freshly ground black pepper, bouillon powder and a little butter.

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HEALTH RELATED TIPS

WHAT ABOUT DRUG INTERACTIONS?

When we first started in herbs, we were asked the above question, we would
tell folks to take the herbs at least 1 hour away from the medicines. We
were told the medicines being so powerful could possibly nullify or weaken
the herbal products.

Presently, it is more complicated than just that blanket statement. Partly,
because herbs and nutrients have become quite powerful and sophisticated
over the years.

I looked on Google and found some good information:

http://www.uspharmacist.com

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5406.html

I am now routinely asked this question about drug interactions. However, I
really don't say anything specific. Instead I suggest someone talk to their
health care provider, search the internet and other available resources.

If you can't find anything indicating a problem then be sure an use wisdom
in taking your natural health supplements. I usually suggest someone start
with half of the dosage that is recommended on the bottle. Keep track of
negative or positive affects and increase accordingly to the label
recommendation.

NOTE: I am often looking for topics to discuss in this section. If you
have any questions of this nature, please feel free to submit them for
consideration.

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Network provides reliable answers to important health questions. Use this
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medical conditions.

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LAUGHING LINES

MR. NORTON

Mr. Norton was in the hospital recovering from an operation when the nurse
on duty received a call from a man who asked how Mr. Norton was doing.

"Oh, quite well. We expect he'll be released in the morning."

"Very good, thank you."

"May I ask who is calling so that I can tell Mr. Norton?" inquired the
nurse.

"This IS Mr. Norton. The doctors don't tell me a darn thing."

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