Wouldnt we be better off simply eating a healthy diet

A healthy diet is the cornerstone of any nutritional approach to health. However, intensive farming methods and food processing have stripped our food of much of its vital nutritional content. Many of the foods we eat today are nutritionally lacking. Even if we eat a 'healthy diet' it is virtually impossible to get the amounts of nutrients across the board that we need for optimal health. Another reason why supplements may be advised is when it is not practical to obtain a nutrient from the...

An Optimum Nutrition Formula

Vitamins and minerals are essential for almost every function of the body. They are vital for energy and they protect you from premature ageing and degenerative diseases. And because they work together they are best digested and absorbed as natural and wholesome foods, in the context of a balanced and varied diet, not just in isolation in the form of nutritional supplements (except for the purpose of remedial therapy under the guidance of a professional nutritionist). The question is, how much...

Isnt it true that the whole supplements industry is all about money

The manufacturers of nutrient supplements are no doubt in the business of making money. However, I do not believe that the motivation for the industry as a whole is entirely financial. It is clear that the nutritional supplements industry provides products to the public which often have very significant health-giving properties. Natural remedies are generally very safe and often help where conventional medicine has failed. I feel that the supplements industry is generally proud of the fact that...

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) is basically a weakened immune system causing chronic weakness. To remedy this, in addition to the above, also supplement vitamin C, starting at 1g per day and building up to 3 or more grams - you will get slight diarrhea at the point of maximum absorption, at which point reduce the dose slightly. (Note you need to maintain a mega-dose of vitamin C as abruptly reducing the dose can cause symptoms of C deficiency). Aloe Vera, Echinacea and garlic also help. If you...

How Can You Tell if You are Depressed

Although two-thirds of the clients at my clinic are severely depressed when they enter the program, many do not realize they are affected. Men in particular are inclined to attribute the feelings induced by depression to other causes. Some blame their inability to handle stress well. Others reject being labeled depressed because of the social stigma often unjustly attached to this condition. Some are simply so overwhelmed by alcoholic symptoms that their depression is masked. Even so,...

Hypothyroidism and Depression

The stress showed on Mary's face as she described how weary and depressed she felt. Her husband and children demanded too much of her and she drank to escape the pressures and responsibilities. Mary had been in our program for two weeks. She was now alcohol free and making life-style changes. Still, she had very little energy and didn't seem to be recovering very fast. As we talked, she inadvertently offered several clues to the source of her problem. She complained that even on her restricted...

The Need for Nutrients

The needs for your particular lifestyle must be adequately covered, preferably through eating more of the appropriate kinds of foods, but also in cases where nutritional deficiencies are causing health problems, the use of nutritional supplements may also be helpful. For example, if you smoke and drink alcohol frequently your nutritional needs will be higher. If you are pregnant, if you live in a polluted environment, if you have a high stress occupation or are suffering...

Tryptophan to Serotonin

The amino-acid tryptophan found in large amounts in milk and turkey is the nutrient needed to form serotonin, which controls moods, sleep, sex drive, appetite, and pain threshold. Eating disorders and violent behavior have also been traced to serotonin depletion. Replacing serotonin can lift depression and end insomnia. In one notable study, a medical researcher in Holland demonstrated that a combination of tryptophan (2 grams nightly) and vitamin B6 (125 milligrams three time a day) could...

What diet will help

By improving the diet towards optimum nutrition, all the family will benefit. Daily eat one salad, 3 pieces of fruit, 5 lightly cooked or raw vegetables (one green leafy for B vitamins and magnesium). Nibble a handful of nuts and seeds daily for zinc and good quality oils. Twice a week eat oily white fish. Experiment with vegetarian dishes using peas, beans and lentils. Drink plenty of water between meals. Avoid foods with added salt. Avoid sugar and other foods with concentrated sweetness....

My Chronic Fatigue Story

I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1983 after graduating from college in Montana. Financially, I had to struggle through school food, books and tuition were my priorities, with very little left for anything else. At graduation I was 23, and strapping healthy. There was only one exception to my excellent health, bad teeth. During childhood I had developed a large number of serious cavities resulting in 13 teeth with major fillings. By the end of college many of these fillings were in disrepair. The...

Suicide and Depression

Before we leave the subject of depression, I want to discuss a painful subject suicide, the final solution to depression. If your life, like mine, has been seared by the suicide of a family member, you may find the answers you have been seeking. And if you have been trying to cope with overwhelming depression and are plagued with thoughts of suicide, you will find a welcome warning that can help you avert tragedy. Over the years, I've learned that alcoholics often conceal the fact that family...

LPhenylalanine to Norepinephrine

As an alternative to tyrosine, you can take the amino acid L- phenylalanine, which also can be converted into norepinephrine. A number of studies have confirmed L-phenylalanine's amazing antidepressant effects. In one, this potent amino acid was found as effective an antidepressant as the drug imipramine (Tofranil). L-phenylalanine has one important advantage over tyrosine in treating depression. It can be converted to a substance called 2-phenylethylamine or 2-PEA. Low brain levels of 2-PEA...

Feeling Exhausted

Mental and physical exhaustion are very common symptoms, linked to the stressful lifestyle, poor diet and lack of exercise that so many people suffer. This article describes just what is going on and what you can do about it, describing the symptoms of stress and touching on the related topics of hypoglycemia, hypertension and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Definition of fatigue abnormal tiredness and lack of energy mental and physical weakness depression lethargy There are many possible causes of...

Food and Chemical Allergies and Depression

The connection between food allergies and depression was a revelation to me. I was treating a young woman who was both alcoholic and depressed. I expected to find some food or chemical sensitivities because she had a terrible withdrawal hangover when she stopped drinking, indicating an allergic addicted response to alcohol. But I was not prepared for the Jekyll and Hyde changes that I witnessed. By the end of the week-long modified fast, Carol was feeling much better. Her depression was gone...

High Blood Pressure

Stress increases blood pressure, as does too much saturated or hydrogenated fat in the diet. Coffee, sugar, tobacco and alcohol don't help either, neither does salt. Overweight is another important factor, and lack of exercise. An entirely vegetarian diet is the most straightforward way to reduce blood pressure. In terms of supplements, take plenty of B Complex, C, E, Niacin, Calcium and magnesium. Hypotension is helped greatly by taking the amino acids L-tyrosine and L-phenylalanine. You also...

Is Glucosamine Really The Arthritis Cure

If you are among the millions who suffer from osteoarthritis I do not have to tell you about pain. Nagging, persistent and at times unbearable, pain is a way of life for you. For most of you, the search for relief from this grinding pain is a chore in and of itself. My name is J.R. Rogers and this is the story of how I beat one of the most dramatic pain problems imaginable. You see, in 1993 I sustained a very serious traumatic injury to my spine. So bad in fact, my upper spine was crushing the...

What the medical community has to say

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and its typical targets are your hands, hips, knees, feet and spine. Sometimes, it will attack your knuckles, wrists, elbows and shoulders. I should mention that these are not the only areas of your body subject to attack however. There are 143 joints in the human body and any of them may be subject to osteoarthritis. When OA attacks it causes a degeneration of the cartilage and fluids that protect against inflammation. For those of you...

The big announcement that set America on its ear

There is a compound that has no side effects that has been known by many for years to effectively reduce pain and slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Only recently, however, has this information been scientifically verified. You may have already heard of this compound. It is called glucosamine. On January 21, 2001 MSNBC reported on the findings published in The Lancet medical journal regarding the use of glucosamine in treating osteoarthritis. Countless television commentaries and newspaper...

Lets go back to my story

In 1996, the doctors finally got around to operating on my spine. What they had to do is remove leg bone to rebuild my upper spine. (Think about a stiff rod or piece of wood inside your back.) I was left with constant pain had limited mobility in my neck and was left to rely on narcotic painkillers just to get by. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis pain, I can empathize as I have walked in your shoes. Fortunately, I'm not a quitter. I was determined to learn everything I could about...

What exactly does the compound do

Glucosamine is a chondroprotective agent, which relieves the symptoms of OA without any side effects while at the same time slowing the progression of the disease. And what is a chondroprotective agent Glucosamine (and chondroitin) is produced naturally within your body. However, it is not produced in sufficient quantities once you have developed osteoarthritis. That is the reason that we must rely on synthetic products to replenish our systems. What has happened to your body when you have...

The phone call that changed my life

In late 1999 a friend of mine called to tell me about a liquid glucosamine that he was using to treat his thoroughbred horses. In fact, he had several other friends who were also horse owners and they were using the product as well. But here's where the story got really interesting. He said that the owners were giving two ounces of the product to their horses every day and then taking a swig themselves. That really got my attention since we were talking about a glucosamine product in liquid...

The Magic of Adding Complementing Ingredients

My education in the use of glucosamine had never stopped. In fact, to this day I still spend whatever time I have exploring new avenues. All I knew at this point was that I had a fantastic product that was working quickly to end pain. The remaining question was what more I might be able to do to improve on that success. I may not have mentioned this before so this is an appropriate time to do so. The original formula for this product used only pharmaceutical-grade glucosamine. Not just one type...

The formula provides

Vitamin A 7500 i.u. - Retinol, a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant, derived from animal sources such as dairy foods, fish liver oil, eggs and liver. Like other fat-soluble vitamins, this form of vitamin A can build up in the body tissues causing undesirable side effects if taken in excessive amounts (much more than 7500 i.u. per day). Excess should particularly be avoided by pregnant mothers or those expecting to become pregnant. A good supply of vitamin A is however essential for optimal...

Hypoglycemia and Depression

In his studies of twelve hundred hypoglycemic patients, Stephen Gyland, M.D., found that 86 percent were depressed. More recently, positron emission tomography (PET) scans have verified that glucose metabolism is often reduced in the brains of patients suffering from depression. The table below, which is based on Dr. Gyland's studies, compares the symptoms of hypoglycemia and depression. It is no accident that both conditions are so common among alcoholics. If hypoglycemia underlies your...

Point by point how do you answer charges that

Too much vitamin A causes birth defects, dry skin, scaly skin, headaches, fatigue, painful bones and loss of appetite Vitamin A in excess may give rise to all the symptoms listed here, just as a deficiency of the vitamin also gives rise to unhealthy symptoms. However, the smallest daily supplement generally considered to generate any risk of birth defects is 25,000 IU per day. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that pregnant women should take no more than 10,000 IU per day. Packaging of...

Unavailability of Prostaglandin E1 and Depression

Another biochemical cause of depression is a genetic inability to manufacture enough prostaglandin E1 (PGE1), an important brain metabolite derived from essential fatty acids (EFAs). The problem is the result of an inborn deficiency in omega-6 essential fatty acid. Alcohol stimulates temporary production of PGE1 and lifts the depression. If you have been depressed since childhood, your introduction to alcohol was probably an extreme relief. But this relief is short-lived. When you stop...