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Allergies - a New Approach, Sibergin, GMO labeling Goes to Congress, Honey for Health & Why RAW, CODEX Update, Processed Sugar and Cancer,

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  • Special Online Discount Code- MAY2013 - $5.00 discount for over $50.00 purchase
  • Allergy Season special from Bio Force USA, Immune Extra and Jarrow Pantethine
  • Sibergin Special - Health Aid
  • GMO labeling goes to Congress
  • Honey has become popular in our stores from my cousin Mike the bee keeper. His honey is awesome! pure, raw, and the real deal. I mean no water added like many other honeys that claim to be pure and raw, but watch the bubble. When you turn the bottle upside down compare how fast it rises as an indication of true purity. And our price is unbeatable for such high quality!
  • Honey - the sweet superior sweetener
  • Honey should be consumed raw!
  • Refined sugar and cancer
  • Scott Tips and the CODEX report- very important for the future of health product purity and access.
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Allergies - A New Approach

Allergies were almost never heard of 50 years ago but they are now one of the most frequent health problems. Respiratory allergies, hay fever, allergic asthma, food allergies and urticaria are only some of the names given to this disease, now of epidemic proportions in our society. According to some authors, 40% of the population suffers from one or another form of allergy (against only 4% in the 50s). Many therapists blame environmental pollution, others blame chemical and devitalized food, others blame antibiotics, and others blame vaccines. Be that as it may, the current medical answer to an allergy is not satisfactory: anti-histaminic and other allergy-drugs bring a temporary relief but no treatment. The real question is: "If it is possible to acquire an allergy, shouldn't it be possible to get rid of it?"

Beyond tradition, homeopathic science is in constant evolution. Research on new therapeutic avenues led to the exploration of medicinal herbs from afar. Allergy Relief® contains many of these exotic herbs and represent the fruits of the researchers incessant labor. These herbs are not found in the traditional homeopathic materia medica. They include Ammi visnaga, Cardiospermum halicacabum, Galphinia glauca, Larrea mexicana and Okoubaka aubrevillei and come from Africa, Mexico, etc.

Allergy Relief®'s actual concept is very different from that of the other homeopathic products available for allergies. Rather than targeting only allergic symptoms, Allergy Relief® eliminates the toxins that overload the immune system. It is therefore aimed at all types of allergies (rather than only hay fever) because it promotes a normalization of the immune system.

Allergy Relief Tabs In Switizerland it is called Pollinosan and here we label it Allergy Relief.  We love this product, so do our customers and we are offering it right now at only $12.95 a bottle for the tablets! That's  35% saving and order over $50.00 on your order and save an additional $5.00.

Immune ExtraAnother unique allergy product also focuses on the immune system and is based on pine cone extract. ImmunExtra® is the only immune support complex containing patented Proligna®, an extract of pinecones that has been shown to enhance immune cell activity. The health benefits of pinecone extract were first documented in 500 A.D. by the Greeks. Since that time, the extract has been used in modern day Japan, where it has long been associated with an increase in health and longevity. In the U.S., there has been more than 20 years of positive human experience with this pinecone extract. We have a special price on this remarkable product that not only boosts the immune system, it also helps to reduce all types of allergies. We are selling it for only $26.65 for 30 capsules.

PantethineHere is the companion product for every possible allergy related product you might try and sometimes works on its own to help relieve all types of allergy reactions. The need for B5 or pantothenic acid is well documented and one of its most important functions is how it aids the adrenal gland in producing natural cortisone. Everyone seems familiar with cortisone now a days- it seems to be prescribed and recommended for all kinds of problems, often to the detriment of the person taking it since the prescribed form of Cortisone is synthetic and reports some major bad (side) effects- however those effects are reserved only for synthetic cortisone whereas the natural form produced by your adrenal glands has good safe effects and not bad ones. In other words B5 is effective and safe.

The other consideration is that B5, pantothenic acid, needs to be converted to its co-factor pantethine. However, as we age that ability declines. That is why pantethine along with Vitamin C work well together as powerful forces aiding healing within the body. Try using it to experience its results. It's truly fantastic! Our special price for this allergy season for Jarrow Pantetine 450mg is only $22.95 !

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SIBERGIN®, the world’s leading high potency Siberian Eleuthero, is a classic adaptogen, helping the body achieve a natural balance between vitality and tranquility, boosting energy and relieving stress. Men and women of all ages appreciate SIBERGIN® for increased endurance, improved concentration, and enhanced well being.

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SIBERGIN® contains pure extract of Siberian Eleuthro the most researched herb in the world. Unlike its botanical “cousins” Korean Ginseng (overall stimulating) and American Ginseng (overall sedating), SIBERGIN® is the ideal and all-purpose herbal adaptogen. SIBERGIN®’s active components called eleuthrosides produce a harmonious and natural balance between energy and tranquility for both men and women of all ages. Used and prescribed by medical doctors, holistic practitioners and athletic trainers in Europe and America, SIBERGIN® is and effective adjunct to any health-enhancing or athletic training program.

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GMO Labeling goes before Congress

After the sad defeat of the California defeat of the Proposition to label GMO food, the movement goes further to a national law. In California, it was reported that 90% of voters favored the proposition until large corporation put fear into their hearts stating it would harm small business. This was not true and as a small business the legal interpretations of the Proposition showed that the short comings of Prop 65 were avoided by the new Propositiong proper labeling .

Now we can see success possible for all those advocates seeking proper labeling. (click here to read further).

Why You Should Ditch Sugar In Favor of Honey by Sayer Ji

   Sayer Ji is the Founder of GreenMedInfo.com it is a fantastic site with endless information regarding health
  
While honey and sugar share similar degrees of sweetness, the differences in the way our bodies respond to them are profound.

Technically, honey and sugar (sucrose) both exist because they are food for their respective species.

In the case of sugarcane, a member of the the grass family (Poaceae) which includes wheat, maize and rice, sucrose provides energy for its leaves and is an easily transportable source of energy for other parts of the plant, such as the root, that do not produce their own energy.

Honey, of course, is produced by bees from the nectar of flowers solely for the purpose of food.

Beyond this obvious similarity, the differences between honey and sugar, however, are much more profound.

First, honey is a whole food and sucrose is not.  In other words, sucrose is an isolate - technically only one chemical compound - lifted from a background of hundreds of other components within the whole plant, whereas honey is composed of an equally complex array of compounds, many of which are well-known (including macronutrients and micronutrients, enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics, etc.), others whose role is still completely a mystery.

Even the "sugar" in honey, which we might mistakenly equate (due to caloric and nutrient classification equivalencies) to the "sugar" from sugarcane, is a complex mixture of the monosacharrides (one-sugars) glucose and fructose, and at least 25 different oligosaccharides (which are sugars composed of between two to ten monosaccharides linked together), including small amounts of the disacchardide sucrose, as well as trisaccharides (three-sugars) like melezitose and erlose.[i]

Interestingly, if you were to isolate out the fructose from honey, and consume it in isolation in American-size doses (over two ounces a day), it would likely contribute to over 70 fructose-induced adverse health effects; primarily insulin resistance, fatty liver, obesity, hypertension and elevated blood sugar. But place that fructose back into the complex nestled background of nutrient chemistries we call honey, and the fructose loses its monochemical malignancy to our health. Food is the ultimate delivery system for nutrition. Reduce whole foods to parts, and then concentrate and consume them excessively, and you have the recipe for a health disaster that we can see all around us today in the simultaneously overnourished/malnourished masses who still think a 'calorie is a calorie,' and a 'carb is a carb,' without realizing that the qualitative differences are so profound that one literally heals, while the other literally kills.

But the differences between honey and sugar are not simply based on their respective chemical and nutritional compositions, but also the length of time we humans have had to adapt to them as a source of energy and nourishment.

Honey was the primary concentrated sweetener consumed by humans until after the 1800's when industrial production of sugarcane-derived sugar was initiated.  While the first written reference to honey is found on a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet,[ii] and depictions of humans seeking honey have been found in cave paintings at in Spain that are at least 8,000 years old, we can assume that our love affair with the sweet stuff graciously provided by the bee goes back much further, perhaps hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years ago. 

Regardless of the exact date of its introduction into our diet, from the perspective of evolutionary biology and nutrition, it is clear that our body has had infinitely more time to adapt to honey than sugar.  It is instructive, as well, that sugarcane is in the same grass family whose seeds in the form of "cereal grains" we now consume in such plenty that, arguably, we are now slowly digging our graves with our teeth (particularly, our grain-grinding molars). After all, we have only been consuming them for 10-20,000 years, and in some cases less than 10 generations - a nanosecond in biological time, even if from the lived perspective of a single human lifespan, or even cultural time as a whole, it may seem like "forever."

For those skeptics who consider this reflection on the differences between honey and sugar mere theory, there is now plenty of clinical research confirming their significant differences.

A double-blind, randomized clinical study titled, "Effect of honey versus sucrose on appetite, appetite-regulating hormones, and postmeal thermogenesis," published in 2010 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, compared the effects of honey or sugar on appetite hormones (ghrelin, peptide YY) and glycemic and thermic effects after a meal, in 14 healthy, nonobese women.

The researchers found that the group given 450 calorie (kcal) honey in their breakfasts had "A blunted glycemic response may be beneficial for reducing glucose intolerance," and saw positive modulation of appetite hormones, i.e. delayed the postprandial ghrelin response and enhanced total peptide YY levels.[iii]

Another study published in Journal of Medical Food in 2004, which compared honey to dextrose and sucrose, found that natural honey was capable of lowering plasma glucose, C-reactive protein, homocysteine in healthy, diabetic and hyperlipidemic subjects.[iv]

Animal research also confirms that, when compared to sucrose, honey is more effective at promoting lower weight gain, adiposity (fat accumulation), and triglycerides.[v]

Healer Bee
Why Consuming Honey Raw Is So Important

Raw honey contains enzymes and probiotics which are destroyed when heated or used in cooking applications.  These compounds are of no small significance and contribute directly or indirectly to honey's many well-known health benefits.  Take the active starch-digesting enzyme amylase, for instance, found only in the raw form of honey in a form known as diastase, which is believed to contribute to clearing antigen-antibody immune complexes associated with allergies to pollens, while also reducing mast cell degranulation associated with histamine, and related inflammatory hormone, release linked to allergic symptoms. Also, if it is local honey, it will pick up small amount of local pollen which may help to "immunize," or desensitize an overly active immune response to these environmental triggers. There is also the enzyme in raw honey known as glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid from glucose. The hydrogen peroxide formed as a result of this enzyme is associated with honey's well-known wound sterilizing and healing properties.

Honey is also rich in prebiotics, as attributed to some of the oligosaccharides already mentioned (e.g. FOS), and probiotics that contribute to supporting the healthy flora in our gut as well.

Recently, in fact, an abundant, diverse and ancient set of beneficial lactic acid bacteria were discovered within the honeybee gut.  Researchers found a collection of 50 novel species from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium from a single insect. Further investigation of these strains indicated that the association between these bees and the bacteria are at least 80 million years old.[vi]  Consuming raw honey, therefore, likely significantly impacts the microbiota within our own gut, and is one way to reconnect to ancient symbiotic relationships with flora that in our modern, sterilized, pasteurized, irradiated, poisoned, cooked, and bleached world, are all but eradicated from our environment, soil, food, and therefore bodies.

Honey's ability to support the growth of beneficial bacteria was recently demonstrated in a study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology in 2000, where researchers compared the stimulatory effect of honey with sucrose on the multiplication of lactic acid bacteria in in vitro conditions and found "[T]he number of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum counts increased 10-100 fold in the presence of honey compared with sucrose." Animal feeding of honey to rats also resulted in significant increase in counts of lactic acid bacteria.[vii]

The probiotic-boosting properties of honey may provide an explanation for why it is such an effective anti-infective agent and has been proven to heal many gastrointestinal disorders.

For a full list of honey's medicinal properties visit our honey health benefits research page. Also, feel free to explore our article on 5 Honey Health Benefits.
A Final Word on The Bee

A full appreciation of honey inevitably leads to a full appreciation of the bee, as well as an awareness of the precarious relationship presently existing between our species. While shallow, the bee's role in pollination has been estimated to have over several billion dollars of economic value annually. The reality is that we are far more dependent on this insect than it is on us, which is why when we use "pesticides" and various agrichemicals to radically transform the bee's natural habitat and microbiota, or use antibiotics, feed them high fructose corn syrup, and add other various amendments in its hive, the resulting collapse of immune function, and secondary infections that emerge, we pretend are a novel new disorder whose origins are unknown, i.e. bee colony collapse disorder, much in the same way that we blanket over our own self-poisoning with various idiopathic syndromes that are actually iatrogenic or environmental in origin.

Bee products, including venom, wax, propolis, royal jelly, etc., have been found to provide potential medicinal solutions for over 170 different health conditions (see Bee Products), expressing over 40 distinct beneficial pharmacological actions. This growing body of research should awaken in us greater respect for this sacred insect -- even if only for selfish reasons -- and when we say sacred, we mean this both entomologically and etymologically, as the word sacred means "to make holy," and the word holy shares the same root meaning as the words whole and heal.
Resources

    [i] Stefan Bogdanov, Tomislav Jurendic, Robert Sieber, Peter Gallmann, Honey for Nutrition and Health: A Review, J Am Coll Nutr December 2008 vol. 27 no. 6 677-689  

    [ii][ii] Crane E: History of honey. In Crane E (ed):"Honey, A Comprehensive Survey." London: William Heinemann, pp439- 488,1975 .

    [iii] D Enette Larson-Meyer, Kentz S Willis, Lindsey M Willis, Kathleen J Austin, Ann Marie Hart, Ashley B Breton, Brenda M Alexander. Effect of honey versus sucrose on appetite, appetite-regulating hormones, and postmeal thermogenesis. J Am Coll Nutr. 2010 Oct ;29(5):482-93. PMID: 21504975

    [iv] Noori S Al-Waili . Natural honey lowers plasma glucose, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic, and hyperlipidemic subjects: comparison with dextrose and sucrose. J Med Food. 2004 ;7(1):100-7. PMID: 15117561

    [v] Tricia M Nemoseck, Erin G Carmody, Allison Furchner-Evanson, Marsa Gleason, Amy Li, Hayley Potter, Lauren M Rezende, Kelly J Lane, Mark Kern. Honey promotes lower weight gain, adiposity, and triglycerides than sucrose in rats. Nutr Res. 2011 Jan ;31(1):55-60. PMID: 21310307

    [vi] Alejandra Vásquez, Eva Forsgren, Ingemar Fries, Robert J Paxton, Emilie Flaberg, Laszlo Szekely, Tobias C Olofsson. Symbionts as major modulators of insect health: lactic acid bacteria and honeybees. PLoS One. 2012 ;7(3):e33188. Epub 2012 Mar 12. PMID: 22427985

    [vii] T R Shamala, Y Shri Jyothi, P Saibaba. Stimulatory effect of honey on multiplication of lactic acid bacteria under in vitro and in vivo conditions. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2000 Jun ;30(6):453-5. PMID: 10849275


Cancer & Sugar - Strategy for Selective Starvation of Cancer

According to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, sugar poses a health risk-contributing to around 35 million deaths globally each year. So high is sugar's toxicity that it should now be considered a potentially toxic substance like alcohol and tobacco. Its link with the onset of diabetes is such that punitive regulations, such as a tax on all foods and drinks that contain "added'' sugar, are now warranted, the researchers concluded. They also recommend banning sales in or near schools, as well as placing age limits on the sale of such products.

Sugar's harmful effects do not stop at diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper- and hypoglycemia, GERD and heart disease. Sugar and cancer are locked in a death grip, yet oncologists often fail to do what's necessary to stop their patients from feeding their cancers with sweets. (read more click here)

CODEX Update with Scott Tips - President of the National Health Federation

 

          The hazy, smoggy skies over Beijing during these March days are emblematic of the Codex meetings that the National Health Federation (NHF) has been attending for many days here in China. The Sun only shimmers as a strange, pale orange globe, casting an ethereal, almost futuristic “Bladerunner” look to the cityscape while city residents glide silently past with white face masks and we Codex delegates and staff work inside overheated rooms on international food-additive standards.  Given what has transpired, the setting seems apt.

          Throughout the week of March 18-22, 2013, the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) met at the Asia Hotel in Beijing, China, chaired by Dr. Junshi Chen of the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, to consider hundreds of food additives, some of which are innocuous, even healthful, others of which are most decidedly toxic.  One of the toxic additives up for review was aluminum.  The problem is that many of the Codex delegates cannot discern the difference between the two, the haziness of their thinking working in some sort of bizarre parallel to the opaque weather outdoors.

Toxic Aluminum

          Yet, despite the strong opposition of Australia, the United States, Canada, and the other usual list of suspects such as the International Food Additives Council (IFAC) – an industry front group with ties to Monsanto and DuPont –the success of the European Union delegation and the NHF could be tallied by the numerous uses of aluminum food additives that the Working Group would suggest be discontinued to the full Committee meeting.  Although there were also many food-additive uses for aluminum that still remained – no thanks to the interventions of voluble Australia, the U.S., Canada, IFAC, and others – they were at greatly reduced levels, usually cut in half or more.  So, progress was made; and most delegates agreed that Codex’s goal was the eventual elimination of all aluminum food additives.

          Those of you familiar with the Codex Alimentarius Commission already know that it is an international body created under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization, and is charged with the task of creating global guidelines and standards for food and food supplements.  With some two dozen Committees hosted by various member countries, the CCFA is just one such committee, but a very important one specifically dealing with food additives.  Its delegates meet each and every year in order to establish guidelines and standards that will affect the foods that you eat.  That is why these standards are important, because they do directly impact your health.

NHF Speaks for Consumers in Moscow

          After the success of the Beijing Codex meeting, it was then off to Moscow, Russia for NHF, where – in a huge shock to many – NHF had been invited to provide the speech for consumers worldwide on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Codex.  NHF president Scott Tips gave the speech before more than 200 assembled Codex delegates, driving home the message that those delegates were there to ensure consumer access to a healthy diet and not there to cozy up with industry.  Amazingly enough, the speech was very well received.

 

          The hazy, smoggy skies over Beijing during these March days are emblematic of the Codex meetings that the National Health Federation (NHF) has been attending for many days here in China. The Sun only shimmers as a strange, pale orange globe, casting an ethereal, almost futuristic “Bladerunner” look to the cityscape while city residents glide silently past with white face masks and we Codex delegates and staff work inside overheated rooms on international food-additive standards.  Given what has transpired, the setting seems apt.

          Throughout the week of March 18-22, 2013, the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) met at the Asia Hotel in Beijing, China, chaired by Dr. Junshi Chen of the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, to consider hundreds of food additives, some of which are innocuous, even healthful, others of which are most decidedly toxic.  One of the toxic additives up for review was aluminum.  The problem is that many of the Codex delegates cannot discern the difference between the two, the haziness of their thinking working in some sort of bizarre parallel to the opaque weather outdoors.

Toxic Aluminum

          Yet, despite the strong opposition of Australia, the United States, Canada, and the other usual list of suspects such as the International Food Additives Council (IFAC) – an industry front group with ties to Monsanto and DuPont –the success of the European Union delegation and the NHF could be tallied by the numerous uses of aluminum food additives that the Working Group would suggest be discontinued to the full Committee meeting.  Although there were also many food-additive uses for aluminum that still remained – no thanks to the interventions of voluble Australia, the U.S., Canada, IFAC, and others – they were at greatly reduced levels, usually cut in half or more.  So, progress was made; and most delegates agreed that Codex’s goal was the eventual elimination of all aluminum food additives.

          Those of you familiar with the Codex Alimentarius Commission already know that it is an international body created under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization, and is charged with the task of creating global guidelines and standards for food and food supplements.  With some two dozen Committees hosted by various member countries, the CCFA is just one such committee, but a very important one specifically dealing with food additives.  Its delegates meet each and every year in order to establish guidelines and standards that will affect the foods that you eat.  That is why these standards are important, because they do directly impact your health.

NHF Speaks for Consumers in Moscow

          After the success of the Beijing Codex meeting, it was then off to Moscow, Russia for NHF, where – in a huge shock to many – NHF had been invited to provide the speech for consumers worldwide on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Codex.  NHF president Scott Tips gave the speech before more than 200 assembled Codex delegates, driving home the message that those delegates were there to ensure consumer access to a healthy diet and not there to cozy up with industry.  Amazingly enough, the speech was very well received.


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