NUTRITIONAL CONCEPTSSPECIAL REPORT - 6/19/2007
-- Are You a Savvy Shopper?
-- Research Update.
-- Legislative Update.
-- June Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Could It Be a CoQ10 Deficiency?
-- Limit Cancer-Causing Compounds When Grilling Meat
-- Rejuvenating Room Is Now Open!
-- If You Missed it: Early June Highlights.
-- Steve Minsky Wins Business Award.
Are You a Savvy Shopper?
--------------------Walk into any food store and it's clear that manufacturers are hoping to target consumer's increased interest in natural and organic fare. Everything to organic Oreo's to all-natural chips lure customers into believing that even if these products aren't as nutritious as what they pick up in the produce aisle, they're still better than their non-natural alternatives.
For instance, while the organic label is extensively regulated, the term "natural" can mean anything. The definition of "natural" was created in 1982 and leaves much for interpretation: "A product labeled natural should not contain any artificial flavor, coloring or chemical preservative, or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient, and its ingredients may not be more than minimally processed."
The current definition does not include how an animal was raised. Food producers can consider, for instance, conventionally raised livestock natural, even though it has been pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics. Many products labeled 'all-natural' are loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Does that qualify as minimally processed?
A new study shows that men, while increasingly taking on the grocery shopping duties, have no clue how to shop. Big Food thrives on
confusion. They don't want you to read ingredient labels. They want you to see "organic," "natural," or "whole grain,"
along with the cool packaging and sexy marketing, and throw it in the shopping cart.
---------------------Cod Liver Oil linked to less depression.
-An incredible study that just appeared in the May issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition randomly assigned adults with metabolic
syndrome. Some were given a low glycemic carbohydrates or high glycemic carbohydrates. The low glycemic carb decreased expression of genetic insulin
(inflammatory) pathways while the high glycemic carbs increased expression of the same pathways.
--------------------FDA Panel rejects weight-loss drug Rimonabant
Federal health advisers unanimously rejected a weight-loss drug after hearing testimony that it increases the risk of suicidal behavior. The manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, failed to show the drug rimonabant is safe, the panel said. The unanimous finding by the expert panel's 14 voting members made it unlikely the Food and Drug Administration will approve the drug. The agency usually follows its panel's advice, but it isn't required to do so.
"There is a reasonable suspicion we better learn some more and watch this affair more closely before we launch into massive use of this drug," said panelist Dr. Jules Hirsch, of The Rockfeller University. In studies, patients given the once-daily tablet reported twice as many psychiatric side effects, including depression, anxiety and sleep problems, than those who received sham treatment, Dr. Amy Egan, a FDA medical officer told federal health advisers. "The numbers of events are small, but in aggregate they are worrisome," Egan said.
The FDA is to make a final decision on the drug by July 27. The company proposes selling the drug under the brand name Zimulti. Rimonabant already is sold in Europe as Acomplia. The litany of mental problems associated with the drug clearly gave the panelists pause. "I think this is a drug that needs further understanding with respect to what it does to people's psyche," said panelist Dr. Sid Gilman, a University of Michigan neurologist.
"We strongly believe that it is causal," Egan said. She noted 88 percent of those reporting psychiatric problems while on the drug had no prior history of depression. Furthermore, patients in the studies were carefully screened and monitored, suggesting the problems would be more common should the drug enter broad use, Egan added. The screenings proposed by the company won't keep the depressed and obese from Zimulti, warned Lynn McAfee, head of medical advocacy for the Council on Size & Weight Discrimination, a fat acceptance group. "If this gets out to be a real big deal in the public, you can figure out how to answer those questions to get the drug," McAfee said. "It's not going to stop anyone." The potential market for the drug is huge, as obesity rates have exploded in the past two decades. Today, nearly one in three American adults age 20 or older is obese, according to government data. Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said the obese are more likely to be depressed. Many of them likely would take Zimulti along with the antidepressants they already use - with unknown consequences, Wolfe told panelists. Rimonabant blocks the same pleasure centers in the body activated when pot smokers get the munchies. Blocking the receptors leads to patients eating less and losing weight.
It will be very interesting to see what the FDA decides in late July. There will be a lot of pressure coming from big Pharma.
Vaccine Court Starts Hearing Autism Cases
June Sale - 20% OFF.
--------------------Metagenics CoQ10ST-100 60 & 120 softgels
Co-Enzyme Q10 plays a crucial role in energizing the cell. No organ requires more energy than the heart. Poor lifestyle choices and medications such as statins have been shown to deplete CoQ10 stores.
Twinlab Quercetin + C
While most vitamin C is derived from corn-based ascorbic acid, this source comes from the hypoallergenic sago palm. The additional quercetin is a powerful bioflavanoid that has shown in research to lower pancreatic cancer risk, polyp development, inflammation, and tooth decay.
Biocodex Florastor Extra Strength Probiotic
Saccharomyces boulardii fosters intestinal health by helping to promote healthy flora growth and protecting the intestines from the harmful effects of antibiotics and certain g.i. medications. Research on this strain has been published extensively in worldwide scientific journals.
Progressive Labs Pyridoxyl-5-Phosphate (P-5-P)
P-5-P is an activated form of vitamin B-6 that is extremely well-absorbed. Often recommend to prenatal and pregnant women, and those on specific medications that deplete vitamin B-6.
Could It Be a CoQ10 Deficiency?
--------------------The body cannot manufacture Co-enzyme Q10; instead, we must obtain it from the foods we eat. Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy contain the highest concentrations of CoQ10. Diet alone may provide only 3-5 mg per day, making it difficult to obtain adequate amounts to match our stressful lifestyles.
Add in the fact that we tend to absorb and utilize less as we age increases the risk of developing a deficiency, to which the cardiovascular system is highly vulnerable.
Recent research has shown positive data for Parkinson's symptoms, improvement in congestive heart failure, heart murmur, hypertension, migraines (in adults and children) and diabetes outcomes. CoQ10 is also a whole body energizer and prevents altitude sickness.
Shockingly, many of the common medications used for cardio-related issues, deplete CoQ10. The main offenders are beta-blockers, vasodilators, thiazide diuretics, centrally-active hypertensives, and the most depletion comes from cholesterol-lowering statins.
Limit Cancer-Causing Compounds When Grilling Meat
--------------------The barbecue season is starting to sizzle, but research has shown that grilling can create cancer-causing compounds in meat, experts say. Among the compounds are heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, created when heat acts on amino acids and creatinine in animal muscle.
The longer the cooking time and the higher the heat, the more HCAs, say Cancer Center experts at the University of California at Davis. That means barbecuing produces the most HCAs, followed by pan-frying and broiling. Baking, poaching, stir-frying and stewing produce the least HCAs.
Depending on your genetic blueprint, HCA's can be extremely toxic. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is to do genetic testing, which is very expensive. Until the price comes down, follow the following advice: Ten Tips for Grilling Healthfully and Safely:
We also want you to think cruciferous. One or two days before you barbecue, eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and
brussels sprouts These vegetables contain compounds that activate enzymes in the body that detoxify HCAs.
Rejuvenating Room Is Now Open!
Client comments after their first session.
If You Missed it: Early June Highlights.
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Steve Minsky Wins Business Award.
--------------------Much deserved recognition came for our own Steve Minsky in the form of the 2007 Best Marketer Award from the American Business Awards. Steve beat out three finalists and hundreds of applicants. The Awards Dinner and Ceremonies were held last week in New York City.
Steve was noticed for his excellent work on our blog, newsletter, website, and client/community/media relations. Well done, Steve!
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