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FREE Product, GABA, Calcium Controversy, Quality, Cholesterol, Science of Methylation, Anxiety & Memory

August 2010 - Print | Index


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What is GABA?

GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter regulating neural excitability throughout the nervous system.  It is an amino acid derivative that has anti-stress, anti-anxiety, calming and relaxing effects. It has been used clinically for depressed sex drive, prostate problems, and a tranquilizer substitute without any addictive qualities. It is one of the most important neural transmitters in aiding the control of all convulsive disorders such as cerebral palsy, Parkinsonism, and epilepsy.

The Calcium Controversy

Calcium is in the news with a report published in the British Medical Journal warning that calcium supplements were associated with increased risk of heart attack.

There are reasons to take this study more seriously than ever when everything is considered.

Overall the facts of nutritional studies do indicate that one can get all the necessary calcium they need in their diet. However, that's not happening and modern industrial agricultural practices have resulted in a double whammy to our natural diet. The use of heavy artificial fertilizers high in phosphorus has reduced the calcium levels of plants. Once consumed these higher levels of phosphorus in the body must be balanced by removing calcium within the body causing calcium deficiency.

Additionally, the high consumption of soft drinks in particular that contain phosphoric acid as their source of carbonation results in dramatic decreases in calcium levels necessary for the production of bone. One can easily witness this in the declining bone structures of each new generation. When combined with the ever increasing presence of Vitamin D deficiency a national health problem emerges.

Then industrial conventional medicine enters the picture. In the early 1980's industrial  medicine, prompted by the pharmaceutical industry and health studies, endorsed the supplementation of calcium. Medical Doctors (M.D.'s) for the first time in my memory were actually sending their patients into health food stores and telling them to get calcium. Generally the calcium they were prescribing was calcium carbonate at 1200mgs to 1500mgs per day to help fight osteoporosis.

My reaction and those of many of us in the nutrition field were both aghast and angry out of fear for what this would mean over time. We felt the need to supplement calcium was correct and necessary but only in the context of balance, assimilation and co-factors. However, we were not listened to and we were over powered by consumers' perceptions of their doctors as gods with infallible judgment and no media coverage of contextual information.

The results were often discussed by us as to when the general population would begin to show the inherent problems of the magic bullet syndrome wherein calcium alone in over abundance begins to appear along with atherosclerosis and other circulatory problems.

Added to this scenario was our frequently seeing a person come into the store who was taking pharmaceutical drugs that stated no added calcium is to be taken when using this drug. At the same time the person was taking a second prescription drug simultaneously with the requirement to take supplemental calcium.  The contradictions in the drug world are endless. Of course calcium can be associated in some form or manner with heart attacks- either too little or too much.

We were advocating chelated calcium for proper absorption and assimilation into the system and in much lower amounts 200mgs to 400mgs elemental calcium. Most importantly the need of having it balanced with proper ratios of magnesium and other trace minerals such as boron. What are those proper ratios? 

The general ratio was 2 calcium  to 1 magnesium, with Adelle Davis's books in the late 1950's. Then studies suggested a 1 to 1 ratio. Then it was also seen that for women during their menstrual cycle need a ratio of 2 magnesium to 1 calcium. In other words supplementing with minerals is essential and needs to be done intelligently.

In a healthy person magnesium can also vary and modern industrial farming has also depleted it in plants. Couple this with the fact that high amounts of calcium also pull magnesium out of the body and again you have a double dangerous event. Magnesium is also an essential mineral and its balance involves other minerals such as potassium and zinc. Magnesium is reported in the general population as being chronically deficient.

Therefore, the major question may not be an excess of calcium causing the heart problem but very possibly a magnesium deficiency. This deficiency has been shown to be a major reason for heart attacks. Therefore, should the real cause for calcium presence be linked to a magnesium deficiency?

Another major consideration is that inflammation caused by many factors in the vascular system is reduced by the body's defense using calcium to neutralize inflammation, which usually occurs in reaction to uric acid which is literally destroying healthy tissue. Of course excess calcium is found where ever there has been cellular destruction and its presence is there to reduce further tissue damage. The research conclusion may have found a simple answer but not many of the real causes.

How does this all happen? The answer is ignorance. That was the problem of graduates from Medical schools in the United States and with the attitude of superiority that those individuals held proclaiming what to do for disease without a modicum of nutritional knowledge.

Now a Medical Journal has found a relationship and jumped to a conclusion blaming calcium supplement which in part may be true but not the whole picture.

What actually is the issue is how long will it take until science of nutrition gains its rightful place along with alternative healing solutions and nutritionally oriented medicine in conventional drug oriented allopathic medical practice. There has to be a massive undertaking of true nutritional education, not simply commercial motivation.

Most nutritional supplement manufacturers adhere to proper nutritional mineral balances. Their formulas are a source of good balance and necessary mineral supplementation. It is this unwavering devotion to proper science based nutrition that promotes good health.

Supplement Quality

It seems a lot of our Vitamin Express Reports are defenses of the supplement industry.  The reason for it is my experience over time that has seen companies struggle as the seek to develop while placing and choosing quality as their most important goal. That is not to say that there are not companies doing illegal acts or shoddy jobs of manufacturing. With time they get weeded out and can't survive, unfortunately they have the affect of disgracing the supplement industry.

The latest edition of Consumer Reports calls for additional regulation of the industry. It seems to be a reasonable response to the fact that occasionally a company is found with lower than label potency for a product. That issue has to do with quality control and is a major issue addressed by current regulation that is developing by the government and the FDA. The FDA has just recently finally given new rules to the supplement industry to follow after promising to do so ever since the passage of DSHEA. This is still a young developing industry that overall has tremendously high marks from government investigators. Here are some interesting facts presented by the National Products Association regarding this issue: 

  • The NPA questions the data Consumer Reports is using to suggest the dietary supplement industry suffers from inadequate quality controls. In actuality, evidence from the government suggests the contrary. Earlier this year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) tested a number of products finding only trace amounts of contaminants, leading the FDA to testify before Congress that "we do not believe these levels represent a significant risk to health." It is curious that Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports and also a witness at that hearing, did not mention this testimony in the article.
  • The U.S. supplement industry has an enviable safety record, especially when compared with other FDA-regulated sectors, and the industry has supported and continues to support measures to make supplements even safer.
    • NPA supported enactment of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
    • NPA supported enactment of the legislation creating the Adverse Event Reporting system.
    • NPA supported implementation by the Food and Drug Administration of Good Manufacturing Practices, even launching our own GMP certification program in 1999.
  • NPA supports the full implementation of DSHEA - including providing additional resources for these agencies. To that end, NPA endorses S. 3414, the Dietary Supplement Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2010, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).  

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The Inside Story of Cholesterol

High cholesterol is finally being recognized as not the bad problem it once was considered being included in the total numbers with LDL (low density lipoprotein). High HDL does over ride the risks of high cholesterol according to the latest research and it acts effectively in taking cholesterol and using it to create bile which helps detoxify the body.

Perhaps this is because the pharmaceutical industry has developed drugs to raise HDL (high density lipoprotein). The latest news is to start drugs if there is a problem as soon as possible. Thankfully there seems to be a growing movement not to blame all fats and to recognize the benefits of nutrition and especially reducing the real problem of excess sugar. Of course exercise and diet are paramount to the whole issue.

Also there are dietary aids and supplements to assist the body's development of HDL. Fish oils, especially DHA have shown that they raise HDL. Other nutrients having a major impact on raising HDL are niacin (B3), Vitamin C, Vitamin E - especially the tocotrienols, and NAC (n-acetyl cysteine). Other major factors are good amino acid levels of l-carnitine, l-taurine, and especially the mineral magnesium.

The other major contributor is fiber. Fiber has always been one of the best mechanical function to reduce LDL cholesterol by requiring the body to produce more bile in the intestines.

From Doctor Kunin who Brought Us Anti-oxidant Therapy Comes the Newest Science of Methylation Support

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This is life changing enhancement of the biochemistry of the body. This is not just another Vitamin C drink, though they are important too. This is a complex biochemical relationship of special nutrients at specific levels that provide critical methylation support. Here's a short video from Gregory Kunin, the founder of Ola Loa, talking about methylation.

What is methylation? Let's let Dr. Kunin explain it:

"Methylation is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions throughout every cell in the body. These chemical reactions regulate cell energy, healing, immunity and genetic expression of DNA and RNA. All of these reactions are responsive to environmental conditions. Thus methylation is a central feature of adaptation to the ever-changing physical and chemical conditions of life."

What Is The Importance of Methylation?

"As a result of methylation, hundreds of molecular products change physically and functionally in the microscopic world of cellular biochemistry. For example, the amino acid methionine carries an available but inactive methyl group on its sulfur atom. However, within the confines of the cell, methionine encounters adenosine as ATP and magnesium which are energized by a transferase enzyme, thus forming adenosylmethionine, or SAMe. This natural alchemy energizes the methionine so as to realease its methyl group into the orbit of cellular enzymes, appropriately called methyltransferases. There are about 400 known methyl transferase reactions that produce the vital products that affect our health, quality of life and survival."

By using the link provided for the word methylation you can find information regarding the top twenty methylation products as well as a chart explaining graphically the interactions biochemically resulting from the nutrients in Ola Loa.

Customer response and my personal experience gives this product the highest recommendation.

Professor Health and Anxiety

Anxiety and Memory

There are many causes as we all know for anxiety. Often it comes and goes and the body handles it fine. When it keeps occurring it becomes a health issue. That is the time when natural options should be the first avenue of exploration. Sometimes a cup of chamomile tea or holy basil (tulsi) tea is the answer. Sometimes there is no answer because the system is locked down and that's a good time to try herbal remedies that are formulated as aids to reducing anxiety. When you take a good formula you can feel the mental shift and the opening of the mental processes functioning once again. It's natural, non-addictive and opens the opportunity to evaluate the cause of the anxiety and with that comes the solution. Ah yes, let's all go to Kauai!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.