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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Boosting The Body’s Immune System - Interferon

Building The Body's Immune System - Interferon


(NAPS) - The human body is constantly under attack from millions of microorganisms with which we share the planet, which is why it is important not to take your immune system for granted.

What can you do to help keep your immune system healthy and ready to shield your body from infection? To answer this question, Shaklee Corporation recently formed the Center for Immune Research, which offers these important tips...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Artificial Ingredients in "Organics"?

Lobbying Congress

Artificial Ingredients in "Organics"?

Did you know the food industry is busy lobbying Congress to change the law so that artificial ingredients can be included in foods labeled "organic"?

Tell Congress that you don't want to buy "organic" food made with chemically-derived ingredients!

As the primary shoppers in our households, we've got enough to worry about without having to question the authenticity of the food labels we read at the grocery store.

But big food manufacturers such as Kraft are lobbying Congress to change the law so that artificial
ingredients can be included in foods labeled "100% organic." Tell Congress not to weaken this law!

Why can't they just leave well enough alone? In a word -- profit. Food companies know that educated consumers care about the foods they eat and are willing to pay more for healthy products that carry the "organic" label.

Cynically, the industry is claiming that consumers do not care about the use of artificial ingredients in food products labeled "organic" and are trying to slip this change into the law without any public input whatsoever.

But U.S. consumers definitely do care! A recent nationwide survey by the nonpartisan watchdog group Consumers Union found that an overwhelming 85% of Americans said they do not expect
food labeled as "organic" to contain artificial ingredients.

Now, we must make sure that the public's voice is heard - and not simply that of big business. But we must act quickly - Congress could take up the issue this week.

Tell Congress that "organic" should mean exactly that - no artificial ingredients allowed!

Thank you for taking action today!

Dawn Sanders

Care2 and ThePetitionSite team


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Sunday, October 02, 2005



medicine admits they don't have a good solution.


Recurrent Candidiasis: One Step Forward, Still Backward

by Alan R. Gaby, MD

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that once-weekly prophylactic oral administration of 150 mg of fluconazole (Diflucan®) can greatly reduce the recurrence rate of
vulvovaginal candidiasis among women who suffer from repeated
recurrences.1 While this study provides another useful treatment option for women who experience frequent yeast infections, the conventional approach to treating this condition remains inadequate because it continues to ignore certain simple, safe, inexpensive, and effective methods of controlling candidiasis.

s many as 1 in 12 women suffers from recurrent vulvovaginal
candidiasis. While recurrent yeast infections are associated withdiseases such as diabetes and AIDS, most women who suffer from this
problem do not have these diseases. Topical or oral antifungal agents are usually effective for treating acute episodes of candidiasis; however, the condition frequently recurs, resulting in frustration for both patient and doctor.

In the new study, 387 women who had recently been treated for a
recurrent episode of candidiasis were randomly assigned to receive fluconazole or placebo for six months, after which they were observed for another six months without treatment. During the treatment period, only 9.2% of the women receiving fluconazole developed a yeast infection, compared with 64.1% of those in the placebo group (p <0.001). After treatment was discontinued, however, relapses were common; just 42.9% of the women in the original fluconazole group remained disease-free for the entire 12 months. The authors of the report concluded that recurrent candidiasis can be safely controlled by
prophylactic administration of fluconazole; they acknowledged,
however, that it is difficult to cure the disease. The lack of success in managing recurrent yeast infections was echoed in an accompanying editorial.

Some cases of recurrent vaginal candidiasis are, indeed,
difficult to manage successfully. However, I have found, as have many other practitioners interested in natural medicine, that a large proportion
of Candida sufferers will achieve far better results if
they follow a program that includes dietary modification, lifestyle changes, and use of certain supplements. It is not uncommon for women
to report that, since starting such a program, their yeast infections have been controlled for the first time in many years. This type of program is not new-the information has been widely disseminated for more than 20 years by the late Dr. William Crook2 and others-but for some reason, the average doctor has little perceptible interest in trying such an approach on difficult patients.

One of the most important factors for preventing Candida
recurrences is to restrict one's intake of added sugars and other concentrated sugars (as in fruit juice). In a study of 46 women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, dietary histories revealed that 40% were consuming excessive
amounts of sucrose. Of those who were
consuming excessive amounts of sucrose, 90% remained free of yeast infections for more than one year while restricting sucrose intake.3 In my experience, many women find that their yeast infections stop when they stay away from the sweets, but recur soon after they start eating sugar again. The mechanism by which sugar consumption promotes yeast flare-ups is not fully understood, although it may have something to do with suppressing the immune system and feeding the yeast. Despite the lack of a proven mechanism of action, many women would prefer changing their diet to taking Diflucan once a week for the rest of their life.

Some women also seem to benefit from identifying and avoiding
allergenic foods. Repeatedly eating allergens stresses the immune system, potentially decreasing its capacity to fight opportunistic infections such as Candida albicans. An allergic reaction might also cause inflammation of the
vaginal mucosa, rendering it more
susceptible to infection. Drinking alcohol also seems to cause
problems for many with recurrent yeast infections. Dr. Crook and others have advocated the avoidance of foods that contain yeast and mold. In my experience, more than half of women with recurrent yeast infections are able to eat those foods without causing problems, but some women clearly fare better when they avoid dietary yeasts and molds.

Supplementing with probiotics, either in concentrated form or in
yogurt, may also provide benefit. In one study, 13 women with recurrent Candida vaginitis consumed eight ounces of yogurt per day for
six months, and then no yogurt (control period) for an additional
six months. The yogurt used in the study contained greater than 108 colony-forming units of Lactobacillus acidophilus per milliliter.4 The
mean number of vaginal candida infections per person was 0.38 during the yogurt period and 2.54 during the control period (85% reduction with yogurt; p < 0.001). The prevalence of asymptomatic Candida colonization of the vagina or rectum was 74% lower during the yogurt period than during the control period (p = 0.001). In another study, 50 women received weekly vaginal application of two specific strains of lactobacillus (L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14; these strains are not yet commercially available) for up to one year.5 No episodes of Candida vaginitis occurred, whereas approximately 200 such infections would have been expected during that period of time.

Garlic is also used empirically by some practitioners, because
of its documented antifungal activity in vitro, although there have been no clinical trials in women with recurrent candidiasis. Caprylic acid, pau d'arco tea, and other natural substances with antifungal activity also appear to be of benefit in some cases. Lifestyle changes, including avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics, birth control
pills, and glucocorticoids, are often recommended by
"alternative" practitioners, and appear to be helpful for some women.

It is not clear why conventional medicine refuses to advance beyond the take-this-drug-and-don't-wear-pantyhose approach to recurrent candidiasis. Admittedly, the natural treatments discussed in this editorial have not been subjected to randomized clinical trials. However, doctors make recommendations all the time that do not meet the rigorous criteria of evidence-based medicine.

The resistance among conventional doctors probably has something to do with a bias against natural
medicine, particularly against treatments that require a great
deal of time for education and handholding. Whatever the explanation, it is not a good one, because millions of women suffering from recurrent yeast infections are receiving substandard care. The authors of the fluconazole study inadvertently admitted that fact, in somewhat of a Freudian slip, in the Discussion section of their article. They apparently meant to say that the outcome is often disappointing, despite the best that modern medicine has to offer. What they actually did say was that recurrent Candida vaginitis is a "poorly managed condition."

Alan R. Gaby, MD


1. Sobel JD, et al. Maintenance fluconazole therapy for recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. N Engl J Med 2004;351:876-883.

2. Crook WG. The Yeast Connection and the Woman. Professional Books, Jackson, TN, 1995.

3. Horowitz BJ, et al. Sugar chromatography studies in recurrent candida vulvovaginitis. J Reprod Med 1984;29:441-443.

4. Hilton E, et al. Ingestion of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus as prophylaxis for candidal vaginits. Ann Intern Med 1992;116:353-357.

5. Cadieux P, et al. Lactobacillus strains and vaginal ecology.

JAMA 2002;287:1940-1941.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

H5N1 Avian Influenza?

H5N1 Avian Influenza?

"Scientists have long forecast the appearance of an influenza virus capable of infecting 40 percent of the world's human population and killing unimaginable numbers. Recently, a new strain, H5N1 avian influenza, has shown all the earmarks of becoming that disease. Until now, it has largely been confined to certain bird species, but that may be changing."

The above is a quote from an article on Avian Influenza. I just finished watching this show on PBS - a show called Wide Angle.

We need to be thinking about how to defend ourselves. View this video about natural interferon.
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Monday, August 29, 2005

You Are Under ATTACK!!! - Shaklee

You Can't Afford To Let Your Guard Down!

Every day you breathe, eat, touch and share millions of dangerous microbes that infest your surroundings. Though invisible, these substances still pose an undeniable health threat.

But you are not defenseless. The body has built-in mechanisms designed to protect us whenever possible. Your immune system is the natural shield against the stresses and environmental factors we encounter every day. A complex network, the immune system provides many layers of defense.

Immune cells can activate a substance called interferon. Interferon is a natural substance produced by the body and has two important functions.

First, it signals neighboring cells and triggers their defense mechanisms. Second, interferon activates immune cells to perform their intended functions.

Interferon helps protect us from the daily exposure to pathogens and allergens. And as complex as the immune system may be, one thing is certain. The role of interferon is essential.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Toxic Bottled Water? - Shaklee

August 4, 2005
By Kimberly Shumaker

It is a somewhat ' traditional belief' that our government does not allow toxins and chemicals into our food supply - which would endanger us.

For years we have consumed tap water, eaten processed food - and purchased new foods on the market, which are pre-packaged and contain the words "enriched" and "processed".

Today, I present to you ONE example of the way in which government looks at our food supply, and what it deems 'acceptable levels' of certain products.

Water is the product of the day. Bottled Water, specifically.Below is from the FDA web site, which clearly shows the government's decision on Arsenic, and how much is allowable. Yes, I said ARSENIC.

Before we begin, let's look at the definition of Arsenic.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Arsenicn 1: a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar [syn: As, atomic number 33] 2: a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide and weed killer [syn: arsenic trioxide, arsenous anhydride, arsenous oxide]

With this definition in mind, think about the marvelous quantities of bottled water being sold in stores today. Going to a sporting event? What goes into the cooler? Bottled Water! Spending a day at the beach? Bottled Water!

Health conscious consumers across the country have decided to watch the amount of colas they consume, and have traded them in for cool, refreshing water.

But, there is a catch.

First, have you noticed the labels? Do you know the difference between ‘purified water’, ‘drinking water’, and ‘spring water’? Most people do not – as they have ingrained in their belief system that . . . View Article