Monday, October 30, 2006

Something old, something new

Today's news is impressive: turmeric helps arthritis (if you're a rat in a recent study). Funny, haven't we been sellling New Chapter's Zyflamend and Natural Factors Turmeric & Bromelain for a while? Yup, the ones people keep coming back for because they work. Both are based on extensive studies you can read on MedLine (service of our US government -- how mainstream can you get?). According to a Washington Post article today, the researchers question the effectiveness/potency of supplements on the market -- they managed to come up with an injectable form. Further reading led me to Ideal Bite again: today's newsletter is about natural pain relief. In one posted comment, someone just sprinkled 1/4 teaspoon of the spice on her food after a painful dental surgery -- and it worked. When will we learn to stand on the shoulders of the past, trust 5000 years of Ayurvedic medicine, 3000 years of Chinese medicine, and our Western tradition?

Demographic studies can be very revealing. A look at Sri Lankans and their use of turmeric connected traditional use with healthy cholesterol levels. Less turmeric, higher cholesterol...and the amounts used in the typical diet were in just teaspoons daily.

Today someone brought me information from the Neem Foundation, that neem can be used to relieve arthritis. What an amazing tree!

Monday, October 23, 2006

For the heart

GPLC: Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine HCl. You may recognize Carnitine, known as an aid in weight loss and workouts, for its role in burning fat in the cells. This new form has a special affinity for muscle tissues such as the heart. It's a powerful scavenger against superoxide radicals, and protects against lipid peroxidation; it transports fatty acids into the mitochondria; it supports arterial blood flow. On the subjective level, Jay has been taking it for a few weeks. He noticed that it quickly gave him a more alert and energetic feeling, so it's now part of his daily regimen. Check it out at and come see it at VitaSource.

IN THE NEWS: Potassium Citrate aids osteoporosis prevention, due to its correcting the body's pH to alkaline. (What did we tell you?)

Green information


Genghis Kahn, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler all suffered from ailurophobia (hatred of cats). Apparently world dominators don’t like little, furry, non-submissive animals…

What you see is a little sample from While this one is useless, you can find down to earth useful information about making choices for green living. Jen and Heather cover topics ranging from cars, computers, plastic bottles, and paper to makeup and pet food. Try it!

If you're looking for -- just go there.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I'm joining the human race

I've wanted to find a way to share some of the many bits of news in nutrition that I get excited about. Then there are the stories I hear in VitaSource, teaching me more about people's lives and health. Also about animals: today I learned there is a natural health journal for dogs!
I've been following a few blogs and I love the cooperative spirit that emerges in the dialogue.
I hope you'll come back frequently to read, comment and enlarge the learning so that we all gain through the process.