Thursday, May 26, 2005

Which Came First - The Chicken Or The Campylobacter?

The "juice" that always seems to leak out of those packages of fresh chicken you bring home from the supermarket can make a big mess on your kitchen counter. But more importantly, the juice can pose a hazard to your health. Nasty microbes called Campylobacter jejuni can live in that liquid and on the skin of fresh, uncooked poultry.

Thoroughly cooking chicken --- by grilling, frying, roasting, or baking --- kills this food-poisoning microbe. But if you accidentally splash some of the raw juice on food that you'd planned to eat uncooked, such as leafy greens for a fresh salad, you'd be wise to throw them out. Here's why: If the microbe takes hold on those greens, as it is very adept at doing, you might be in for a case of campylobacteriosis food poisoning that you won't soon forget.

New research suggests that Campylobacter may actually originate in the chicken's lungs. Visit our latest edition of BLV Health Watch online to learn more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Sugar

If you've been looking for great alternatives to sugar, check out our latest article "Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth" at Best Liquid Vitamins. In it you will find three safe, all-natural alternatives ...two of which are safe for diabetics.


Sunday, May 22, 2005

RLS... I'll Bet You'll Be Hearing More About This

Ever heard of RLS?

The first time my husband heard about it (more than a year ago) he exclaimed, "That's it! That's exactly how I feel."

It's difficult for most people who have RLS to accurately describe it, and as a result most people are misdiagnosed and/or told it's "all in your head."

In medical fields the term RLS stands for Restless Legs Syndrome and according to a recent Yahoo! News article, as many as 8% of Americans suffer from it to some degree.

As the name suggests, RLS give sufferers a strong compulsion to move their legs. It's not always painful, but it is uncomfortable.

Patients describe the sensation as a pulling, tingling or buzzing feeling in the legs. Some say it feels like bugs are crawling on their legs. This usually happens during the early evening or at night.

Most sufferers are middle-aged and older, though RLS does occur in young people. Pregnant women also seem to get it. Women are slightly more likely to get it than men.

If the attacks are infrequent, they're a nuisance. When people get RLS severely, it can impair sleep.

Now the reason I say you'll be hearing a LOT more about this in future is because...

For starters, this is something that appears to affect most people later in life and from what I hear the drug companies are already rubbing their hands together in anticipation of being able to sell even more of their existing drugs to the Baby Boomer market approaching the later years in their lives.

In fact, the Yahoo! article mentioned above talks about one such company who received recent FDA approval for one of their drugs originally approved for Parkinsons, but now approved for RLS as well.

And it was hinted in the article that several other drug companies are taking stock of their existing inventories to see which of their products will work best so they can rush them through the approval process, too.

Is it the "greed" factor rearing its ugly head? Or do they really care about us? Or maybe I'm just a bit too cynical? The answers to these questions are better left for another time and place.

The news article was passed on to me by --- you guessed it --- my husband, with a note attached: "I haven't felt it in over a year now, thanks to..."

I won't fill in the blank of what helped him. The FDA probably wouldn't approve, since it is an all natural solution that worked for him, and may not necessarily work for the masses, no clinical studies have been confirmed that it works specifically for this purpose. It was a REAL BONUS for him, and for me... now BOTH of us are getting good sleep!

However, if you're really curious you can always contact us and ask for the full details. We'll be happy to share.

Live Call With Dr. Earl Mindell On Monday

Dr. Earl Mindell will be interviewed LIVE, Monday night at 10 p.m. EST on a special Goji Juice teleconference call. This is your chance to find out all the details on goji and why he believes it is his most important discovery in nutrition, health and wellness...

If you're interested in attending the call, be sure to contact us at Best Liquid Vitamins for the details.

Have a super weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2005

New DNA Test Tackles Deadly Cereal Disease

Did you know there are at least 16 species of Fusarium that can cause head blight, a disease that can reduce yields and contaminate cereals with toxins that can make grain unsafe for food or feed?

It's news to me!

Well, it's not news to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Peoria, Illinois. And they've been hard at work to deal with the problem...

Visit the latest edition of BLV Health Watch online to learn more:

Also, take time to view the rest of our articles this week, including:

- New DNA Test Tackles Deadly Cereal Disease
- Teflon And Toxins - Consider This...
- Fun Facts: Natural Sources For Your Vitamin B-6
- Alcohol Related Brain Damage?
- What's Your Mosquito Defense?

See you there!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Teflon And Toxins - Consider This...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

If you're cooking with old scratched, chipped, or worn teflon coated non-stick pots and pans --- throw them out.

Here's why...

I received a recent newsletter that contained the following information:

"In recent years, thousands of pet birds have died as a result of being exposed to a different kind of air pollution - from what has been called Teflon toxicosis. It is caused by dangerous particles and gasses that are emitted when Teflon-coated pans and ovens are heated - overly heated, according to DuPont."

  • DuPont's studies show that Teflon will break down and release toxic particles at 446°F.

  • Anything over 680°F and Teflon will release at least six toxic gasses, including two carcinogens and a chemical lethal to humans, even at low doses.

  • Allow the pan to reach 1000°F, and non-stick coatings will release two known chemical warfare agents.

If you choose to cook with Teflon, do NOT pre-heat the pan, and never allow the fluids in the pan to completely cook off. Also, be aware that many ovens are Teflon-coated and the self-cleaning mechanism can raise the temperature well over 500°F.

Safe alternatives include cookware made with stainless steel and cast iron, neither of which emits harmful pollutants.

Click here to learn more about the dangers of Teflon from the Environmental Working Group.

In the weeks ahead we'll be bringing an important feature article to Best Liquid Vitamins on the subject of toxins. You'll be surprised how many damaging chemicals are currently in your home at this very minute. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Finally, our new look has launched

We've been working behind the scenes for weeks, and finally... as of one hour ago ...the new LOOK has launched. Go ahead and check it out at:

Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you...

Alcohol Related Brain Damage Faster In Women?

Moderation really is KEY ... for women especially.

A recent study in Germany confirms alcohol dependency AND brain atrophy occur in much shorter periods of time for women than for men.

To read the full article, visit:

More coming soon. Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

What's Your Mosquito Defense?

What's Your Mosquito Defense?

Interesting statistic - there have been 777 cases of West Nile Virus reported in California (23 deaths) and yet, if the CNN news report I recently read is true, only 23 percent of Californians wear insect repellent. Nationwide, only about 40 percent wear insect repellent.

Although the risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, people of all ages can become ill... and the carrier? A tiny mosquito.

What brought my attention to the information in the first place was my 4-year-old son. He often plays out in our yard and just the other day came into the house all excited by the dead bird he had found in the flower garden.

"Mom! Dad! Look!" He was quite excited by his find. The bird --- a native morning dove --- appeared to be in perfect condition ...other than the fact that it was stone cold dead. No broken neck, so we're assuming it didn't fly into anything. No outward signs of wounds or abrasions. No unusual marks on it. In fact, it almost appeared to be asleep.

Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. Over 130 species of birds are known to have been infected with West Nile virus, though not all infected birds will die.

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) seeks everyone's help for their communities by reporting dead birds as one measure to monitor and track the spread of West Nile Virus.

"By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus. State and local agencies have different policies for collecting and testing birds, so check the Links to State and Local Government Sites page to find information about reporting dead birds in your area. Click here for more info about reporting dead birds and dealing with bird carcasses. "

There are other things we can do to mosquito proof our homes and protect ourselves, such as installing or repairing screens on our homes and limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water.

And then there are mosquito repellents ...and this is where my opinion shifts...

You see, here in the USA they recommend DEET for mosquito repellent. At the end of April/2005 the CDC came out with two more recommendations, repellents containing the chemical picaridin or the oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Now, in Canada when I was a Purchasing Agent for the Ministry, DEET was a banned substance. I wasn't allowed to have any products containing it for use by our people in the field. In fact, even the CDC states to spray DEET on your clothing ...NOT on your skin.

Keeping in mind that your skin is the largest organ on your body, and can absorb almost anything it comes into contact with into your bloodstream in 20 seconds or less just seems to me that we wouldn't want DEET anywhere near our skin, period.

Here's one natural alternative you might want to consider for repelling those nasty mosquitoes this year. It's non-toxic, chemical-free, and part of our home care products - Purifying Mist.

But that's a room deodorizer, you say?

Yes, it's actually quite effective as a room deodorizer and an odor neutralizer. In fact, I like having a bottle handy in the car and have a few handy in the home. (Spray it on your hands after chopping onions and you'll be surprised how effective it can be!)

And yet it has one ingredient that can be very powerful for repelling pesky instects like the mosquito - grapefruit seed extract.

Take a bottle of Purifying Mist with you on your next camping trip and test it for yourself.

Meanwhile ...stay healthy and stay well.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Cellulite Assassinators - Goji Berries In The News Again!

Is Hollywood going crazy for Goji? You bet!!

We've been telling our visitors and readers for some time now about the wide range of powerful benefits goji berries can bring to your diet. An area we haven't really emphasized is weight l-o-s-s.

But it seems the news is just now hitting the scene in a very BIG way.

Just this past week goji berries hit nationwide television, radio airwaves, and the Internet again. In his latest book, "The Cellulite Solution," celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad outlines a new plan of attack to destroy those dreaded lumps and bumps that come from cellulite, and he dispels a few myths about who gets cellulite and why.

Dr. Murad's solutions start with some subtle changes to our diet, including one very exotic fruit. "Goji berries are the most nutritionally-dense foods on the market," he revealed. "I call them cellulite assassinators..."

If you'd like to view the short online movie about it, click here.

Meanwhile, if you haven't added Goji Juice to your daily diet, you now have one more reason to begin drinking it today. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Omega-3 and Omega-6 ...A Little History

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One of the first associations between omega-3 fatty acids was made by scientists while studying the Inuit (Eskimo) people of Greenland in the 1970s.

As a group, the Inuit suffered far less from certain diseases (coronary heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, psoriasis) than their European counterparts. Yet their diet was very high in fat from eating whale, seal, and salmon.

Eventually researchers realized that these foods were all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which provided real disease-countering benefits.

Researchers in the field of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids have since found that without a sufficient supply of polyunsaturated omega-3s, the body will use saturated fat to construct cell membranes. The resulting cell membranes, however, are less elastic, a situation that can have a negative effect on the heart because it makes it harder to return to a resting state.

Also, nutritionists have come to recognize the importance of balancing omega-3 fatty acids with omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. Because most people on a typical Western diet consume far more omega-6-rich foods (including cereals, whole-grain bread, baked goods, fried foods, margarine, and others), the ratio is out of balance for almost everyone. This means for most Americans the emphasis now needs to be on increasing omega-3s to make the ratio more even.

Vitamin E also plays an important role whenever you take any type of fatty acid. Vitamin E is said to help keep the fatty acids from breaking down too rapidly in the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, which means that they are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. Therefore, they must be obtained from food.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there are three major types of omega 3 fatty acids that are ingested in foods and used by the body: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Once eaten, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, the two types of omega-3 fatty acids more readily used by the body.

Sidenote: Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and most omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation.

Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Eating a lot of fish also takes the place of foods rich in saturated fats. Omega-3s are also found in: soybean and canola oils, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, and leafy green vegetables.

Sidenote: avoid fish harvested in areas where mercury dangers are high.

According to the AHA, patients taking more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from supplements should do so only under a physician's care. High intakes could cause excessive bleeding in some people.

So there you have it... a little history on omega-3s and omega-6s.


AHA Scientific Study - 2002

University of Maryland Medical Center - Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Swedish Medical Center, Seatle WA - Good Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

AHA - Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Thursday, May 05, 2005

BLV Health Watch - - National Toxicology Program Symposium

The NTP (National Toxicology Program), an interagency program within the Department of Health and Human Services, is considered to be at the forefront of developing and using new methods for testing toxicity to predict hazards to humans.

They will be presenting a new refined strategy that will guide the expansion of the NTP to meet emerging research needs, including examining the potential safety issues related to herbal medicines and supplements, cell phone radiofrequency transmissions, and nanoscale materials.

The strategy will also provide a long-term vision that moves toxicology away from an animal-based enterprise, including developing non-mammalian models.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) will present its new strategy "A Roadmap for the Future" at a symposium being held Tuesday, May 10: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ...and... Wednesday, May 11: 9:00 a.m. - noon the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C Street, NW, Washington, DC

"A Roadmap for the Future" defines how NTP will integrate new methodologies with proven approaches to "test smarter."

For more than 25 years, the NTP has made extraordinary progress in evaluating chemicals and other agents that may be toxic to human health and disseminating this information broadly to inform public health decision-making.

For example, through its extensive testing program, the NTP has evaluated over 2500 agents. In addition, the NTP biannually issues the Report on Carcinogens, which in 2005 identified 246 cancer-causing agents, including for the first time viruses like Hepatitis B and C.

For more information and to view the full release, click here.