A NATURAL SOLUTION 4 YOU October 23, 2002 Edition ***********************

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Water Shortage
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Fish Oil May Help Relieve Stubborn Depression

Diet, Exercise Said To Help Heart In Three Weeks

Dulse Liquid

Cucumber Recipes

I Am Having Problems Taking My Supplements - Should I Stop?

KAVA Backgrounder Now Available From NNFA

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Hello everyone,

I believe fall has moved in and cold weather days are beginning to outnumber the warm ones. We need rain here in the worst way. Today we went into town for my birthday lunch and we were asked what do we want to drink. We always get water with lemon but this time they said only if you buy the bottled water. We were served our meals on paper plates and used plastic forks. All of these measures are due to the drought. I have heard that people who live in the downtown area are limited to very short duration showers. It really shows how dependent we are upon water. One of the few things we can't replicate in a laboratory.

I have decided to purchase a laptop for when we travel, because I now need to access the computer while we are traveling on a daily basis. This daily access became necessary due to some changes in our vendor's computer equipment. Therefore, I am in the process of trying to decide what laptop from Apple to purchase. I have 2 iMacs now and don't want and IBM compatible. However, if any of you know some good deals and tips on purchasing either the iBook or PowerBook please let me know.

By the way, I am sending this issue out early because tomorrow is my actual birthday and we are going out for the day and I wanted to make sure you got this on time.

Until next time,




NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Daily supplements of an omega-3 fatty acid--found in fish and fish oil--may help alleviate the symptoms of depression in patients who do not respond to standard antidepressant medications, new research findings suggest.

Dr. Malcolm Peet of the Swallownest Court Hospital in Sheffield, England and his colleague found that depressed patients who received a daily dose of 1 gram of an omega-3 fatty acid for 12 weeks experienced a decrease in their symptoms, such as sadness, anxiety and sleeping problems.

The only side effect of the treatment appeared to be gastrointestinal problems, which Peet and his co-author Dr. David F. Horrobin of Laxdale Research, Ltd. in Stirling, Scotland, deemed "mild."

All of the patients had tried other medications before enrolling in the current study, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac and medications from an older family of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Both types of drug are considered standard treatments for depression.

This is not the first study to suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, such as the form of eicosapenaenoic acid (EPA) used in this report, may help patients with psychiatric disorders. Previous researchers have suggested that the balance of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain may become skewed in people with depression, and earlier studies have shown that fish oil supplements can help alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, or manic depression.

In addition, researchers have found that people who are depressed, as well as those diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases and other conditions associated with depression, have relatively low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.

In the current study, reported in the October issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, Peet and Horrobin asked 70 depressed patients who had not benefited from previous treatments to take a daily dose of either 1 gram, 2 grams or 4 grams of EPA, or an inactive drug. The treatment lasted 12 weeks.

The investigators found that people given the 1 gram daily EPA dose experienced improvements--relative to those given the inactive drug--in all of the measured aspects of depression, including sadness, anxiety, low libido and suicidal tendencies. In fact, 69% of the patients treated with the 1-gram daily dose achieved a 50% reduction in their symptoms of depression, a result seen in only 25% of the patients given an inactive drug.

"The effect of ethyl-eicosapentaenoate (the form of EPA used) applies to all major components of the depressive syndrome and is seen equally in the patient and physician assessments," the authors write.

Peet and Horrobin did not note any improvements in the patients given higher doses of the fatty acid relative to the placebo group, which they suggested may be due to the small number of people who were given either 2 grams or 4 grams per day.

"Although there appeared to be a trend toward significant efficacy at the 4-gram per day dosage, larger studies would be required to elucidate possible beneficial effects of the higher dosages," they write.

SOURCE: Archives of General Psychiatry 2002;59:913-919.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As little as three weeks of eating healthily and exercising can significantly lower a man (news - web sites)'s risk of heart disease by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol (news - web sites), researchers reported Tuesday.

Eleven obese men who signed up for three weeks of eating a low-fat, high-fiber (news - web sites) diet rich in fruits and vegetables lost a little weight but, more importantly, lowered blood pressure, the researchers reported in Tuesday's issue of Circulation.

The men also took a brisk daily walk.

"This is the first study to show that this type of diet and exercise can reduce oxidative stress, lower blood pressure, and improve risk factors for other chronic diseases in a very short time," R. James Barnard, a professor of physiological science at the University of California Los Angeles who led the study, said in a statement.

During the three weeks, the men got fewer than 10 percent of calories from fat, 15 to 20 percent from protein and 70 to 75 percent from whole grains, fruit and vegetables. They could eat all the whole-meal bread, pasta, fruit and vegetables they wanted.

They also walked on a treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes a day.

Barnard's team tested the men's blood for cholesterol, glucose and insulin (news - web sites) measurements, all associated with heart disease, at the start and end of the program. They measured blood pressure, nitric oxide availability and looked for the presence of charged particles called "free radicals" that can damage blood vessels and cause heart disease.

Nitric oxide helps to relax blood vessels, reducing blood pressure, and higher levels can help prevent clogged arteries.

After just three weeks, the seven men who started out with high blood pressure had normal blood pressure.

Overall, the men reduced their cholesterol by an average of 19 percent, blood pressure by 14 percent and free radicals by 28 percent. Insulin levels plunged 46 percent and glucose fell 7 percent.

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I Am Having Problems Taking My Supplements - Should I Stop?

This is a hard question to answer without more details. However, I will give a broad general answer and then if you need more details I suggest you contact your health care practitioner. If there is any prolonged effect after discontinued usage, visit your health care practitioner immediately.

Many times we take a nutritional supplement at the recommended dosages and we have some adverse problem that goes away after we discontinue use. I have found over the years that it's best to try the product at a very reduced amount when trying again. I have used this method successfully when clients had problems with a liver cleanser product. Taking the recommended amounts caused some cleansing reactions. After stopping for 2-3 days they took a tablet and crushed it and then proceeded to take a few particles of the herbal combination one time a day. The adverse reactions never occurred and the benefits of taking the combination began to start. Over time and slowly they began to increase the amount of the herbal combination until they were taking the recommended amounts with no adverse reactions.

Next issue I will discuss some specific reactions and what your body may be telling you. I have realized over the years certain reactions can be alleviated or reduced by adding in complementary nutritional supplements.




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