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Colon health is a major concern for people today. The colon is designed to eliminate waste and toxins from the body, like those found in many of today's processed foods. Unfortunately, processed foods don't supply your body with the essential enzymes and fiber it needs to eliminate these toxins. This can result in a buildup of toxic material in your colon, which can lead to poisoning or disease. To help protect your body from common colon toxins that deplete and degrade your health, Nature's Sunshine's CleanStart? cleansing and detoxifying program provides the most complete and balanced herbal cleanse available. Read more about it:
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A Natural Solution 4 You
June 23, 2004 Edition

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A Note From Randal

I've been in Oklahoma for a week and will be flying back home today. It's been nice to see family and friends. People seem to live so far apart these days, it takes more "work" to stay in touch and continue relationships. It's certainly worth it, since life really is about people and relationships.

Donna has been maintaining the office and the house and continued to do a lot of work in the garden. We've been designing a wildlife habitat on our acre of woods and it's been a lot of fun seeing so many birds arriving to say "thank you." We've had quite a number of birds nesting and fledging on our property this year so far: purple finches, tufted titmouse, two batches of chipping sparrows, white-breasted nuthatches, and carolina wren.

We've added various pools of water and that's brought plenty of tadpoles. We both love to hear the frogs since us to sleep. We made a small pond out of a $3 tub with a pump in it. Placed some branches in for the frogs to climb out and stuck it beside the screened porch outside our bedroom door. It's not deep enough for them to winter over, but there's a big pond across the street behind houses, so they'll do just fine.

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Until next time, be in good health!

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Health In The News

Get The Blood Flowing With Walnuts

A new clinical study from the University of Barcelona shows that walnuts, in addition to lowering cholesterol, improve artery elasticity, thus increasing blood flow. (Circulation, 2004, vol. 109, no.13).

Unlike other nuts, walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, as well as the amino acid L-arginine and the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, which researchers say help improve vascular flexibility and prevent harmful vascular blockage.

Health News For Kids

Tidbits From Dr. Whitaker

* Children who snore are four times more likely to have academic problems than those who don't. They should be evaluated for sleep apnea.

* Teenage girls who get a few hours of exercise a week are at a reduced risk of breast cancer throughout life.

* Taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy not only decreases risk of spinal tube birth defects, but also halves risk of congenital heart defects.

* Theanine, an anxiety-inhibiting supplement derived from green tea, was shown in a recent study to enhance sleep.

With all the benefits of green tea being researched and published, it would be a good item to include in your supplementation program. If you don't like tea, you can take it in decaffeinated capsule form. Read more about green tea and find the encapsulated form here:
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Nutrition Is A Choice

Apple Walnut Cheesecake

Serves 10?12

For the crust:
* 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
* 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
* 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
* 11/2 lb cream cheese, softened
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the apple topping:
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 4 cups apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, toss together crust ingredients. Sprinkle evenly in the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, then press to cover bottom and slightly up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes then let cool.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Blend in vanilla and pour into prepared crust. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss the cinnamon-sugar with the apples and coat evenly. Carefully spoon apple mixture over cream cheese and sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake in preheated oven for one hour. Turn off oven and let sit for another 10 minutes. Remove and cool slighlty. Loosen cake from the rim and remove outside ring. Chill completely before serving.

This recipe is from the Whole Foods Market website and may not be used for commerical purposes. Find more healthy recipes at their site:

Laughing Lines
Laughter Is Good Medicine

Linda: "What's that you're reading?"

Jill: "A diary."

Linda: What's in it?

Jill: "I can't tell you that. A diary is a highly personal and confidential affair, It has important secret dreams and secret yearnings. It's private. It's not meant to be shared lightly with other people. And besides, this diary belongs to Margaret."

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