Wednesday, July 20, 2005

"Herbal" Does NOT Mean Safe

Many of my Customers ask me if an item is an "herbal" or "natural".

Wrong question.

Right Questions:
1. Is it safe.
2. Is it effective
3. Any other questions come next.

This article says:

"Just because herbal medicines are 'natural' products does not mean that they are safer than conventional medicines," advises a Cornell University expert. "The ingredients in herbal medicines can also have adverse effects and lead to health problems. Yet, there is no focused safety testing of herbal medicines or even reporting system for adverse effects, so when people do have adverse effects, there's no mechanism to pool that data."

The ending paragraph is critical to understand:
" He said that women (and of course men) should choose only high-quality products from reputable sources and to be sure to inform their health-care providers about their herbal medication use, because many herbal supplements can interact with other treatments."

Relentless Improvement is that reputable source for you. Indeed, I am thrilled every time a Customer tells me their Doctor or Pharmacist gave them our phone number or web site address.

I know my readership includes those Doctors and other health care professionals, and I thank you for your confidence and your referrals. We work very hard every day to offer you the very best in non-prescription substances.


Chocolate FOR the Heart?

Gosh I love studies like this one. A couple quotes from the article:

"Blumberg's team say that when the volunteers ate the special dark chocolate, they had a 12 mm Hg decrease in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) and a 9 mm Hg decrease in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) on average."

"Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University in Boston, who led the study, says that previous studies suggest flavonoid-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine and chocolate, might offer cardiovascular benefits..."

While you probably do not want to eat super-dark chocolate daily, you can, and should use longevity-supporting supplement Ortho-Core on a daily basis. It is chock full of phytonutrients, carotenoids and citrus bioflavonoids. I use it, and love it.


Fish! Your Friend

No surprise to read in this story that you should eat your fatty fish. From the article-

"The known benefits of omega-3s are growing. They now include improved mental health and fetal infant development, and cancer-preventing anti-inflammatory effects, improved heart and vascular health, visual function, and respiratory function. Moreover, fresh studies from Harvard Medical School noted here suggest that increased intake of omega-3 helps sudden heart problems like heart-attacks, and also those with a longer onset time."

I love baked or grilled king salmon with a salad or bowl of sprouts (this is San Francisco). Also good to use a pharmaceutical grade molecularly distilled fish oil.