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A NATURAL SOLUTION 4 YOU
December 3, 2003 Edition
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A NOTE FROM RANDAL

Hello Everyone,

I hope your holiday season is going well and you are able to maintain your
health and peace despite all the demands placed on you.

We are planning to visit family in Oklahoma during the holiday time.
Therefore, there won't be A Natural Solution issue for 12/23/03. However,
we will pick back up the following year on 01/03/04. So, let me be the
first to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

Thanks for sharing our ezines and websites with your family and friends. We
have really grown this year and we know you are a big part of that growth.


Stay or Get Healthy!

Until next time,
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HEALTH IN THE NEWS
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AN ORANGE A DAY CAN KEEP SOME CANCERS AWAY, ACCORDING TO STUDY

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Eating an orange a day can keep certain cancers away,
according to a new Australian study.

The government's key research group, the Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), found consuming citrus fruits
could reduce the risk of mouth, larynx and stomach cancers by up to 50
percent.

One extra serve of citrus a day -- on top of the recommended five daily
servings of fruit and vegetables -- could also reduce the risk of a stroke
by 19 percent.

"Citrus fruits...protect the body through their antioxidant properties and
by strengthening the immune system, inhibiting tumor growth and normalizing
tumor cells," CSIRO researcher Katrine Baghurst said in a statement.

The Australian study, which was based on 48 international studies on the
health benefits of citrus fruits, also found "convincing evidence" that
citrus could reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and
diabetes.

Baghurst said oranges have the highest level of antioxidants of all fruit,
with more than 170 different phytochemicals, including more than 60
flavonoids shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot
inhibiting properties.

From here


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The anti-inflammatory properties these fatty acids have been studied in
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Fatty acids has been reported to lower cholesterol levels in people in some
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REVIEW.: GLUCOSAMINE, CHONDROITIN EFFECTIVE IN OSTEOARTHRITIS

A review of randomized, placebocontrolled clinical trials between 1980 and
2002 has concluded that glucosamine and chondroitin could be a safe and
effective way of treating knee osteoarthritis.

The team of Belgian and French researchers used Medline, Premedline, Embase,
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Current Contents, BIOSIS Previews,
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chondroitin to perform the research. Their findings have been published in
the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"Our study demonstrates the structural efficacy of glucosamine and
indistinguishable symptomatic efficacies for both compounds," the
researchers wrote. They found "a highly significant efficacy of glucosamine
on all outcomes." Safety was found to be "excellent" for both compounds.

The researchers noted that the data on glucosamine and joint space narrowing
is sparse, and there is little data available on the structural effects of
chondroitin, so further studies are needed to determine an accurate dose for
the two supplements.

[Richy F, Bruyere 0, Ethgen 0, Cucherat M, Henrotin Y, Reginster J-Y.
Structural and Symptomatic Efficacy of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in Knee
Osteoarthritis: A Comprehensive Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med 2003 163:
1514-1522.]

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NUTRITION IS A CHOICE
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CASHEW COCONUT DATE COOKIES

From Natural Health, September 2000

Makes about 40 cookies

* 1 1/2 cups finely ground oats or oat flour

* 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

* 1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

* 1 cup natural unsalted cashew butter

* 3 tablespoons water

* 1/2 cup maple syrup

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 cup granulated cane juice (Sucanat)

* 2/3 cup Spectrum Spread or other nonhydrogenated margarine

* 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut, grated

* 1/2 cup pitted dates, finely chopped

* approximately 40 cashew halves


Preheat oven to 350°. In small bowl, stir together ground oats, flour,
baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom; set aside.

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LAUGHING LINES
Laughter Is Good Medicine
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I pulled up to the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant and ordered coffee.
I asked the clerk to put some ice cubes into the cup so that I could drink
the cool coffee quickly. At the window, there was a delay.

Finally, a teen-aged girl came to the window looking frustrated. "I'm
having a problem," she announced. "The ice keeps melting."


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