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A Natural Solution 4 You
April 4, 2005 Edition

A Natural Solution 4 You


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A Note From Randal

Hello Everyone,

I have noticed more news articles mentioning the benefits of herbs and supplements in the mainstream media. Seems like the media and the rest of the world are beginning to report what many of us have known for years. We are glad to see the increased alternative medicine attention and hope it will continue. After all, the more people using the products the more input we will have in their availability.

We appreciate your readership and we hope this information continues to be helpful to you, your family and your friends.

Until next time, be in good health!


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Ginger has been cultivated for thousands of years in China and India. It was written about in many ancient Chinese herbal texts and is an ingredient in as many as half of all Chinese herbal combinations.

The Chinese use it to buffer the effects of stronger herbs, and they drink it widely in tea. Ginger nutritionally supports the digestive process and has the ability to help settle occasional stomach upset.

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Editors Note: Ginger can be purchased as a spice in many stores. However, please make sure that what you purchase is pure and for medicinal use.

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Health In The News

Know Anybody Taking a COX2 Inhibitor for Pain?

COX2 inhibitor, Vioxx, has been pulled from the market after a study has shown it greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients who took it. A COX2 inhibitor is a drug that blocks the enzyme cyclooxygenase 2.

Its the cyclooxygenase pathway of enzymes that makes inflammatory and pain products out of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid comes from animal fats, so if you block animal fats from being broken down, they have to go somewhere.

In this case, the fats are causing heart attack and stroke. Other studies are coming out saying that other COX2 inhibitors are causing the same dangerous side effect. Therefore, if you are taking a COX2 inhibitor for pain, then please stop, and tell others to as well.

Protease Plus Enzymes are another fantastic supplement recommended for pain. If taken on an empty stomach, enzymes go through your body breaking down all inflammatory products that cause pain.

Naturopathic doctors know that there is not just one treatment that will bring about a cure; or that disease is localized to an exact area, organ, or part of the body. We are whole beings. Everything we take into our bodies affects every cell, tissue, organ, system in the entire body.

Recently both Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co., Inc., two pharmaceutical giants, announced that two of their top-selling drugs Celebrex and Vioxx, respectively, would be pulled from the market. Both companies announced that studies had shown an increased relative risk for confirmed cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. The Vioxx study revealed that patients suffered roughly twice the number of heart attacks and strokes than a control group not taking the drug.

Both Celebrex and Vioxx address COX2 inhibition, or in other words, inflammation. Natures Sunshine offers a safe way to address the emerging problem of inflammation and the havoc it wreaks in the body.

Recent studies have revealed that a reduction of inflammation will reduce incidences of health concerns such as heart disease, Alzheimers disease, diabetes and arthritis.

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Possess natural COX-2 inhibition properties, including Nexrutine (a natural plant compound) and Willow Bark which has been long used in traditional herbology for pain relief.
Helps soothe the minor muscle pain and discomfort following exercise or physical activity.
Inhibits the COX-2 inflammation-causing enzyme without affecting the stomach-protective COX-1 enzyme.

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Supports the production of HDL (good cholesterol in the liver.

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Correlation between antioxidant activity (neutralizing free radicals) and the reduction of inflammation.

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For more information on this article go to the “Little Herb Encyclopedia and Vitamin and
Mineral Encyclopedia” by Dr. Jack Ritchason.

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Health News For Pregnant Moms

Ginger Seems Safe for Easing Nausea in Pregnancy

New York (Reuters Health) – Ginger appears to help pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness, without side effects to the unborn child, according to a review of the medical literature.

In six studies that examined the effects of ginger in reducing nausea and vomiting in expecting mothers, ginger worked better than a placebo, or inactive drug, and as well as vitamin B6, which has been shown to improve nausea and vomiting in some pregnant women.

None of the women who took ginger had problems with their pregnancies, the authors report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“Ginger may be an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy,” write Dr. Francesca Borrelli of the University of Naples Frederico II in Italy and her colleagues.

However, they caution that these data are still “preliminary,” and more studies are needed to confirm that ginger is truly safe for pregnant women.

Up to 80 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy. While there are many medications designed to ease morning sickness, the authors point out, women often shy away from drugs during pregnancy out of fear of side effects in their unborn children.

As a result, many women turn to alternative treatments, including vitamins, herbal products, homeopathic remedies and acupuncture. Among natural drugs, ginger has long been used to ease nausea, and there is some evidence that the botanical may relieve motion sickness and other types of queasiness.

Indeed, in the U.S., ginger has become one of the top 20 best-selling herbal supplements, with sales of $1.2 million in 2001 alone.

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Nutrition Is A Choice

Corn and Sun-Dried Tomato Chowder
Serves 6

2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 cups warm water
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 leek, thick green top cut off, halved lengthwise, cleaned and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 baking potato, peeled and diced
24-oz. bag frozen corn kernels
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme or cilantro
3 cups vegetable stock or water
1/4 cup chopped tomato

1. Soak tomatoes in warm water to rehydrate for 30 minutes. Drain and chop.

2. Heat oil in stock pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, leek, celery and potato and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add corn, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, thyme and stock or water; continue to cook until corn is tender, another 10 minutes. Remove half of soup; pure in blender or food processor until smooth. Return to pot and heat through. To serve, sprinkle with chopped tomato.

Per 1-cup serving: 202 cal; 7g protein; 3g total fat
(0.3g sat. fat); 42g carbohydrates; 0mg cholesterol; 1,045mg sodium; 6g

Copyright 2004 Vegetarian Times

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Laughing Lines
Laughter Is Good Medicine

The basketball coach stormed into the university president’s office and demanded a raise right then and there. “Please,” protested the college President, “you already make more than the entire History department.”

“Yeah, maybe so, but you don’t know what I have to put up with,” the coach blustered. “Look.” He went out into the hall and grabbed a jock who was jogging down the hallway. “Run over to my office and see if I’m there,” he ordered. Twenty minutes later the jock returned, sweaty and out of breath. “You’re not there, sir,” he reported.

“Oh, I see what you mean,” conceded the President, scratching his head. “I would have phoned.”

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