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A NATURAL SOLUTION 4 YOU
August 25, 2003 Edition
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HEALTH IN THE NEWS
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SPLENDA - SUCRALOSE - SAFE ARTICIAL SWEETENER?

Splenda is a chlorinated sucrose derivative. Pre-approval research showed
that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) and
enlarged liver and kidneys. The manufacturer put forth two arguments in an
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HEALTH NEWS FOR KIDS
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DEPRESSED? CONSIDER FISH OIL

New research has found that people with depression 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 mild gastrointestinal problems.

All the patients had already tried medications before enrolling in the
study, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as
Zoloft or Prozac, or medications from an older family of drugs called
tricyclic antidepressants. All the aforementioned drugs are considered
standard treatments of depression.

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.

But depression isn't the only disease that may be affected by a person's
levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Researchers have found that those who have
been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and other conditions associated
with depression, have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.

The study included 70 depressed patients who took a daily dose of one to 4
grams of EPA or an inactive drug. The treatment lasted 12 weeks.

The doses were either 1 gram, 2 grams or 4 grams of EPA. Those who took 1
gram experienced improvements akin to those given the inactive drug, in all
the measurable aspects of depression, including sadness, anxiety, low sexual
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There was a significant improvement of those patients who took 1 gram of EPA
daily: 69 percent of the patients achieved a 50 percent reduction in their
symptoms, in contrast to those who took the inactive drug, where 25 percent
of the patients saw improvement.

The higher-dosage groups saw similar improvements, but no higher improvement
than those who took the 1 gram daily dose. The study's authors surmise that
this result may have had to do with the fact that a small amount of people
took the 2 or 4 grams per day. They advised further trials to determine the
efficacy of higher doses of EPA in treatment of depression.

Archives of General Psychiatry October 2002; 59: 913-919

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EXERCISE BETTER THAN DRUGS FOR DEPRESSION

Besides its physical health benefits, exercise is often said to help people
simply feel good. And a growing number of studies are showing that these
mood-boosting effects may even fight clinical depression.

Researchers found that walking for 30 minutes each day quickly improved the
patients' symptoms -- faster, in fact, than antidepressant drugs typically
do.

The results indicate that, in selected patients with major depression,
aerobic training can produce a substantial improvement in symptoms in a
short time.

Previous studies have suggested that exercise is a potent mood-booster, and
some research indicates that for some patients regular activity may be a
better depression treatment than psychotherapy or medication. Exactly why is
unclear, but exercise does influence certain mood-related hormones. And it
is also believed to enhance people's sense of control over their lives.

In one study that compared exercise with antidepressants among older adults,
investigators found that physical activity was the more effective
depression-fighter.

British Journal of Sports Medicine April 2001;35:114-117


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NUTRITION IS A CHOICE
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EATING FISH

Dr. Mercola has been advising against eating fish, whether from the ocean,
lakes and streams, or farm-raised, for some time because of their
dangerously high levels of mercury, PCBs and other toxins.

Sadly, as fish would otherwise be one of the healthiest meats on the planet,
fish (and shellfish) easily accumulate high levels of chemical residues from
the water they live in (fortunately, there are still some healthy options,
which I‚ll discuss below). Residues in fish can be as much as 9 million
times the amount found in the water!

Read more

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LAUGHING LINES
Laughter Is Good Medicine
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Deciding to eat healthier breakfasts, my brother-in-law declared that
oatmeal would now be his cereal of choice.

But after eating his first bowl, he told my sister, "I hope I develop a
taste for the stuff. It goes down real rough."

"Well," she asked, "how long did you cook it?"

"You're supposed to cook it?" he said.



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