MIXING IT UP FOR GOOD HEALTH
By Dee Woods
It's about time to share those health tidbits that many people are unaware of. I do this every once and awhile after I've collected them for review and updating.
Here's an interesting piece of information from Dr. Robert Rowen's newsletter on fluoride. The U.S. government (via Health and Human Services) has finally admitted 1 part per million (which is the recommended level in drinking water) inhibits the DNA repair enzyme by 50 percent. Another admission by the government is that since fluoride is chemically similar to iodine, it can disrupt iodine absorption of actual iodine needed by the thyroid. It's good these dangers were acknowledged, but wait - they recommend even lower amounts for the water supply.
While that certainly is helpful the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now permitting fluoride up to 900 parts per million to be sprayed on dried eggs. They also allow a fluoride-containing antifungal to be used on crops and processed foods.
"The EPA permits leaving a fluoride residue of 7 p.m. on several foods, including citrus fruits, berries, vegetables and even wines," Rowen wrote.
Fluoride levels in drinking water have been decreased by 30 percent while other foods contain up to 7 parts per million - a level way more than we can handle safely! We can't win unless we use only genuine organic foods. Don't think the government is really here to help you. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
In the same issue (October 2012), Rowen points to a 14- year French study of 4,500 people that found those taking multivitamins containing vitamin C and E, selenium, zinc and betacarotene have far better memory than the placebo group.
Rowen also says senior citizens must take resveratrol. Not only does it protects the heart, but it was recently discovered to help with mobility, he said. Researchers suggest resveratrol modulates damage done to neurons from high levels of dopamine. He suggests it be used by Parkinson's patients as well. While Parkinson's patients take drugs to increase dopamine levels, resveratrol can mitigate the damage caused by such high levels of dopamine.
In yet another study, researchers checked the vitamin D levels of 45 asthmatic children and found that only 11 percent had normal vitamin D levels.
Dr. Julian Whittaker had a few tidbits of his own in his October newsletter. He pointed out that a study of 1,200 middle school students found significant links between cardio-respiratory fitness and scores on math and reading tests, whatever that means.
Research suggests that reducing the time you sit to less than three hours per day could increase life expectancy by two years.
For people who exercise regularly, drinking two-thirds of a cup of tomato juice per day protects against exercise-induced freeradical damage.
In a study of 4,800 women 65 years and older, 78 percent were seriously deficient in vitamin D.
Whitaker writes: "The journal Diabetes Care recently published a study of 240 adults with prediabetes- abnormally high blood sugar levels-who were randomly assigned to take either curcumin capsules (1,500 milligrams daily in divided doses) or a placebo. After nine months, 16 percent of the 116 patients taking the placebo had developed type 2 diabetes, while none of the 110 patients taking curcumin did."
The conclusion of the study was that curcumin extract may be used for intervention therapy for pre-diabetes. Of course, it should go without saying, curcumin (with Meriva) should be taken regularly just because of its anti-inflammatory effects and help preventing so many other diseases. I always find these bits of information useful and will be expanding research on a few.