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In This Issue:

A NOTE FROM RANDAL
Land Closing
County Agent

HERB/VITAMIN NEWS
Antioxidant Vitamins and Zinc Reduce Risk of Vision Loss from Age-Related
Macular Degeneration

HEALTH NEWS
Exercise - Better Than Drugs For Depression

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Cramp Relief - Relax Cramping Muscles

NUTRITION CHOICE
Herbal Better Butter Recipes

HEALTH RELATED TIPS
Liver Helps Assimilation Too

FEATURED RESOURCES
I Am A Mosquito Magnet

LAUGHING LINES
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A NOTE FROM RANDAL

Hello Everyone,

The Herb/Vitamin article is longer than I normally have in the newsletter..
However, the link I had no longer works so I had to include the whole
article in its entirety. Please forgive the length of this newsletter, I
will make an effort to continue after this issue to keep the size down like
I have in the past.

Our evenings have actually been cool for the last week. Down in the 50's
some evenings. We still need some rain and we closed on our new land on
Thursday. Today we went over to the land and hiked all over it. We found
some animal droppings that may be bear. I used to want to have them around
until I realized they can really mess up your bird feeders if they are on
the ground. Oh well, just be another challenge for sure.

With the Blue Nile Virus in the news I included an article on ways to repel
mosquitoes. If you aren't sure what they look like may I encourage you to
call your County Extension office and talk to the County Agent about getting
some information.

Summer will be coming to a close soon and I sure hope you were able to enjoy
all the color and beauty this season seems to bring.

Until next time,


Randal

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HERB/VITAMIN NEWS

ANTIOXIDANT VITAMINS AND ZINC REDUCE RISK OF VISION LOSS FROM AGE-RELATED
MACULAR DEGENERATION<

(ARA) - Findings from a nationwide clinical trial reported that high levels
of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced
age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its associated vision loss.

Scientists found that people at high risk of developing advanced stages of
AMD, a leading cause of vision loss, lowered their risk by about 25 percent
when treated with a high-dose combination of vitamin C, vitamin E,
beta-carotene and zinc. In the same high risk group -- which includes people
with intermediate AMD, or advanced AMD in one eye but not the other eye --
the nutrients reduced the risk of vision loss caused by advanced AMD by
about 19 percent. For those study participants who had either no AMD or
early AMD, the nutrients did not provide an apparent benefit. The clinical
trial -- called the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) -- was sponsored
by the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the Federal government's
National Institutes of Health.

"This is an exciting discovery because, for people at high risk for
developing advanced AMD, these nutrients are the first effective treatment
to slow the progression of the disease," said Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D..,
director of the NEI. "AMD is a leading cause of visual impairment and
blindness in Americans 65 years of age and older. Currently, treatment for
advanced AMD is quite limited. These nutrients will delay the progression to
advanced AMD in people who are at high risk -- those with intermediate AMD
in one or both eyes, or those with advanced AMD in one eye already.

"The
nutrients are not a cure for AMD, nor will they restore vision already lost
from the disease," Dr. Sieving said. "But they will play a key role in
helping people at high risk for developing advanced AMD keep their vision.."

A common feature of AMD is the presence of drusen, yellow deposits under the
retina. Often found in people over age 60, drusen can be seen by an eye care
professional during an eye exam in which the pupils are dilated. Drusen by
themselves do not usually cause vision loss, but an increase in their size
or number increases a person's risk of developing advanced AMD, which can
cause serious vision loss.

Advanced AMD can cause serious vision loss. Scientists are unsure about how
or why an increase in the size or number of drusen can sometimes lead to
advanced AMD, which affects the sharp, central vision required for the
"straight ahead" activities, such as reading, driving and recognizing faces
of friends.

"Previous studies have suggested that people who have diets rich in green,
leafy vegetables have a lower risk of developing AMD," said Frederick
Ferris, M.D., director of clinical research at the NEI and chairman of the
AREDS. "However, the high levels of nutrients that were evaluated in the
AREDS are very difficult to achieve from diet alone.

"Almost two-thirds of AREDS participants chose to take a daily multivitamin
in addition to their assigned study treatment," Dr. Ferris said. "The study
also showed that, even with a daily multivitamin, people at high risk for
developing advanced AMD can lower the risk of vision loss by adding a
formulation with the same high levels of antioxidants and zinc used in the
study."

Dr. Ferris said some people with intermediate AMD may not wish to take large
doses of antioxidant vitamins or zinc medical reasons. "For example,
beta-carotene has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer among
smokers," he said. "These people may want to discuss with their primary care
doctor the best combination of nutrients for them. With the use of the high
levels of zinc, it is important to add appropriate amounts of copper to the
diet to prevent copper deficiency."

The AREDS participants reported few side effects from the treatments. About
7.5 percent of participants assigned to the zinc treatments -- compared with
five percent who did not have zinc in their assigned treatment -- had
urinary tract problems that required hospitalization. Participants in the
two groups that took zinc also reported anemia at a slightly higher rate;
however, testing of all patients for this disorder showed no difference
among treatment groups. Yellowing of the skin, a well-known side effect of
large doses of beta-carotene, was reported slightly more often by
participants taking antioxidants.

"The AREDS formula is the first demonstrated treatment for people at high
risk for developing advanced AMD," Feris said. "Slowing the progression of
AMD to its advanced stage will save the vision of many who would otherwise
have had serious vision impairment."

Courtesy of ARA Content - contact Michael Coogan, NEI Information Office,
(301) 496-5248

For a comprehensive look at our antioxidant selection go to
http://www.theherbsplace.com/Antioxidants_page_1_c_114.html


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HEALTH NEWS

EXERCISE BETTER THAN DRUGS FOR DEPRESSION

A study by German researchers says regular exercise could be more effective
than drugs in treating serious depression. Half the patients were
substantially less depressed after a 10-day exercise program. Impressive
given that anti-depressants normally take two to three weeks to work.
http://healthy.net/asp/templates/news.asp?Id=1&storeid=1937


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CRAMP RELIEF - RELAX CRAMPING MUSCLES

Herbal Combination which contains several herbs that are antispasmodic and
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cohosh acts like estrogen and can help lift mild mood changes (so-called
dark moods) that often accompany female discomfort. Plantain helps relieve
fluid build-up in the pelvic region that is sometimes associated with
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NUTRITION CHOICE

HERBAL BETTER BUTTER RECIPES

What is a "better butter," and why not use margarine anyway? A basic better
butter is simply softened Organic butter blended with equal amounts of good
quality safflower or flax oil or olive oil. This cuts the cholesterol in
half, and makes the spreadability factor akin to margarine, which we all
know beats the heck out of cold, hard butter any day!!!
http://www.botanicadventures.com/recipes/recipe-betterButters.html
Why Must I Take More

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FEATURED RESOURCES

I Am A Mosquito Magnet

Are there any alternatives to the nose burning, eye stinging insect
repellents we all know?  Do they work?

I can be in a crowd of people wearing the same repellent and still get
nailed.  I live in the middle of the recent Central Texas flood zones and
have had a major battle dealing with these pests lately.  When Cathy Wong,
About.com's Alternative Medicine Guide wrote her feature Do Herbal Insect
Repellents Measure Up?, I just had to write one about my trials of finding a
repellant.
http://herbsforhealth.about.com/library/weekly/aa080102.htm


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