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Child Eczema

Filed in Children, Digestive Health, General, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/31/2009


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In this video blog I discuss a recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” that suggest a very odd way to help children that have eczema. What do they suggest? What are some other options? Tune in and find out…

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Can you imagine putting your infant or young child into a bath of bleach water with the raw skin associated with eczema? Well that is exactly what a study published in the journal Pediatrics is suggesting. The bleach, being an antibacterial will help eliminate bacteria on the skin as a result of so much scratching.

Julie Block, of the National Eczema Association says this type of suggestion “will help people learn options that they can do at home to empower themselves”.

Sounds more like a punishment to me.

How about all the studies out there now showing that probiotic supplements can greatly reduce eczema in children. Or how about getting your child tested for food allergies and sensitivities, which play a huge role in the development of eczema.

If your worried about the bacteria try getting a natural anti-bacterial cream from your local health food store. I’m willing to bet it won’t contain bleach!

In the meantime, ReNew Life Formulas has an award-winning line of probiotic supplements for children and adults.

Aerotoxic Syndrome

Filed in Cleansing, Digestive Health Care Books by Brenda Watson, General, Supplements, The Detox Strategy | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/28/2009


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In this video blog I discuss a recent lawsuit by Terry Williams against Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In her lawsuit Ms. Williams states that she suffers from Aerotoxic Syndrome. What is Aerotoxic Syndrome? Where do you get it? What does it do to your body? Tune in and find out…

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Have you ever felt just completely sick after lengthy airplane travel? Headache, nausea respiratory distress and muscle aches? Well airline attendant Terry Williams has, and she is suing both Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. It seems Ms. Williams has fallen victim to Aerotoxic Syndrome, brought on by the toxic chemical laden air that can be circulating in air cabins.

You see, since the early 1960’s, cabin air has typically combined the re-circulated existing cabin air with air coming off the engines. The air pulled into the engines is cooled and compressed and then pumped into the cabin.

A very toxic chemical called tricresyl phosphate is commonly used to prevent wear inside the engines.

Does this chemical really get into the cabin? Well, a secret analysis of 31 airplane cabins from different airlines was done at the University of British Columbia. 28 of them tested positive for High levels of Tricresyl phosphate.

According to a University College of London neruopsychologist, up to 200,000 airline passengers a year may suffer illness from this contaminated air.

From now on, when I fly, I’m bringing along some Renew Life’s Liver Detox. This will help the body to detoxify this harmful chemical more efficiently and quicker.

And don’t forget to visit DetoxStrategy.com, the website of my book, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps.

Corn Herbicides

Filed in Digestive Health Care Books by Brenda Watson, General, The Detox Strategy | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/24/2009


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In this video blog I discuss an article posted on Science Daily about herbicides that are used on corn. What are herbicides? Do herbicides pose a risk to your health? Tune in and find out the answers…

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Yesterday I read an article posted on Science Daily website I found frightening and frankly downright stupid. The article was citing a recent study which found that the herbicides mesotrione and atrazine, when applied to sweet corn, increased the corn’s nutritional value.

Specifically, they stated that these herbicides increased the carotenoids called lutein and zea-zan-thin which are linked to health benefits.

How stupid do they really think we are? Should we now be making sure our corn has these herbicides on it? Obviously this study was funded by either the American Chemical Society or the biggest herbicide manufacturer Monsanto.

And what about the “benefits” of these herbicides? How about birth defects, ocular lesions, liver, kidney and heart damage! These herbicides are even more harmful to our children.

My response to this type of scientific reporting? “Give Me A Break!”

And don’t forget to visit DetoxStrategy.com, the website of my book, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps.

Alzheimer's and Inflammation

Filed in General, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/21/2009


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In this video blog I discuss a condition that is impacting more and more people each year–Alzheimer’s. In two recent studies it was shown that inflammation in the body can lead to Alzheimer’s. How does inflammation impact your brain? What can you do to reduce inflammation in the body? Tune in and find out…

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Just recently a friend of mine was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This has made me be a little more aware of information I come across about Alzheimers.

An article posted last week talks about inflammation being a trigger for Alzheimer’s disease. Two studies quoted in the article support this conclusion.

For some time now scientists have known that a high accumulation of a protein called amyloid beta in the brain is responsible for Alzheimer’s. In this disease, this amyloid beta protein accumulates because a transporter protein, called LRP, that pushes amyloid out of the brain and into the bloodstream malfunctions. Until now, they have not been able to figure out what makes this transporter malfunction. The studies are now showing that the onset of inflammation, especially too much inflammation anywhere in the body can turn off this transport, allowing amyloid beta to accumulate within the brain tissue.

They are also seeing that administering a substance, in this case a pharmaceutical, that reduces inflammation prevents the transport protein from malfunctioning.

There is so much information popping up about the harmful effects inflammation has throughout the body, and this is another very serious example of just that.

There are lots of natural anti-inflammatories available and one of the best is a concentrated high potency omega 3 oil supplement, like the Norwegian Gold Critical Omega. Other great anti-inflammatories are turmeric, boswellia, quercitin and ginger. There are even formulas you can find in your local health food store specifically to reduce the inflammatory process.

Omega 3 Deficiency

Filed in Digestive Health, General, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/17/2009


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Summary: In this video blog I discuss the how many people suffer from Omega 3 Deficiency . What are Omega 3’s? How do you get these healthy Omega oils in your diet? What happens if you don’t have enough? The answer to all these questions and more are in this video. Tune in and find out…

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Did you know that Omega-3 Deficiency is a major killer? The sixth biggest killer of Americans according to a new study just released. That’s right – according to the study funded by the CDC and performed by Harvard University there are between 72 to 96 thousand Preventable deaths each year due to Omega-3 deficiency.

Many of us in the natural health field have long been touting the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. From cardiovascular health to brain health to vision health, the benefits are enormous. Unfortunately most Americans get very little in the Standard American Diet. The best food sources of these fatty acids are fish, especially fish like mackerel, sardines and salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in some seeds and nuts, like flax seed and walnuts. Although your diet has a tremendously powerful effect on your overall health, these are not foods normally included on a lot of Americans dinner plates.

Thankfully, you can purchase these valuable essential Omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form. Renew Life’s Norwegian Gold Critical Omega is the best on the market. It is highly concentrated, enteric coated and burp-free, thanks to Lipase. You can get tremendous health benefits from just one capsule a day. This newly released study just proves that Omega-3 fatty acid intake, whether in the diet or by supplementation, goes well beyond minor health benefits.

It is a matter of life or death.

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Filed in Digestive Health, Enzymes, General, Heartburn, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/13/2009


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In this video blog I discuss the use of proton pump inhibitors. A recent study has found why people stay on these drugs for long term use instead of the 6-8 week suggested use. They call it “acid rebound phenomenon”? What is acid rebound phenomenon? What does it to your body? What can you do naturally to help with heartburn? Turn in and find out the answer to these questions and more…

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For some time now I have been speaking up about the continued use of the medications prescribed for acid reflux. These medications, called proton pump inhibitors are one of the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals on the market. I have many times said that the problem with these meds is that people stay on them long term when if fact they are only meant for a period of six to eight weeks.

Recently results of a study may have revealed the reason why people remain on these drugs long term, something I had suspected for some time now. It seems that these proton pump inhibitors cause what is called an acid rebound phenomenon in the two to three weeks after discontinuing. What this means is when people try to get off the medications they get an increase in gastric acid secretion well above normal which leads to symptoms such as heartburn, acid regurgitation and dyspepsia. This increase in symptoms then results in a resumption of therapy with the medication.

In other words, these meds cause a vicious cycle of acid secretion and heartburn symptoms. This occurred not only in those having symptoms to begin with, but those participants of the study that had no prior history of upper gastric disorders. Interestingly most people who are put on these medications do not need their acid levels turned off, but instead need a good digestive enzyme supplement containing hydrochloric acid ( HCI ). It is much more common to have a low stomach acid level, which mirrors the symptoms of too much acid, such as heartburn and reflux.

If only the Heidelberg Acid test was more readily available around the country, one could truly know if they are producing too much acid in the stomach or in fact have too little. This test involves swallowing a capsule that relays information back to a computer on the amount of acidity within the stomach. Until the time this test is available in your area, try taking a digestive enzyme with HCI (hydrochloric acid) like the Renew Life’s Heartburn Prevention formula. You might be able to avoid the vicious cycle of masking acid reflux symptoms with medication only to experience worse symptoms after discontinuing them.

Thanks again for watching, check back for more of my video blogs

What Does Your Gut Tell You?

Filed in Obesity | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/11/2009


Scientists Reveal the Link between Weight Gain and Intestinal Bacteria

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 60 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, and the trend continues with our children and teens. Statistics show that nearly 20 percent of 6- to 11-year-olds and roughly 17 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds are overweight. As a result, more and more people are suffering from obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. But while diet and lifestyle habits play a significant role in healthy weight management, scientists now believe that the unique bacterial population in the human digestive tract may also have a considerable effect on our weight loss efforts.

As soon as we are born, trillions of bacteria begin to take up residence in the gut. And by the time we learn to walk this flourishing community is essentially complete, with microbial cells outnumbering human cells by a factor of ten to one. Included among the many jobs performed by our intestinal bacteria is that of extracting calories and nutrients from the foods we eat and storing them for later use, as well as making sure there is sufficient nourishment to produce new bacteria to perform the same job. This bit of information is particularly interesting to researchers studying why some people as opposed to others tend to gain weight more easily.

New Evidence Supports the Bacteria Connection

Recently scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis tracked the weight loss efforts of 12 obese adults for more than a year, all of whom were prescribed either a low-calorie, low-fat diet or a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diet. Regardless of what each participant ate, however, bacterial population in the gut clearly impacted whether he or she was able to lose weight successfully and maintain a healthy body weight.

Researchers found that both the type and quantity of microbes residing in the intestines of normal weight adults differs significantly from those who are obese, which may help explain why some people have more difficulty losing weight even when they follow a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis. Specifically, individuals who are prone to weight gain tend to have greater numbers of gut bacteria called firmicutes and fewer numbers of another type of bacteria called bacteroidetes. These two major groups account for the majority of the microbes in the human digestive tract—more than 90 percent, according to the study. What’s more, evidence revealed that as participants began to lose weight, the amount of both types of bacteria shifted; bacteroidetes became more abundant, while the number of firmicutes lessened.

Based on these findings, lead investigator Dr. Jeffrey Gordon theorized that “…differences in our gut microbial ecology may determine how many calories we are able to extract and absorb from our diet and deposit in our fat cells.” This means that depending upon intestinal bacteria levels, not every individual will absorb the same number of calories from a specific food or meal.

The Power of Probiotics

As studies continue to reveal the link between gut bacteria and obesity, natural health practitioners emphasize the importance of daily supplementation with beneficial bacteria called probiotics. Translated literally, the word probiotic means “for life”,which is appropriate because these microscopic organisms found in the intestines work diligently to crowd out harmful, disease-causing bacteria and promote a balanced bacterial environment that is conducive to healthy weight management and overall well being.

Consisting mainly of Bifidobacteria (most prevalent in the large intestine) and Lactobacilli (most prevalent in the small intestine), this ideal balance is often upset by factors such as poor diet, stress, illness and antibiotic use, which is why taking a daily probiotic supplement is considered essential for healthy living.

Hope for Healthy Weight Management

Although still a relatively new theory, the idea that altering the bacterial make-up of our intestines may indeed boost our weight loss efforts holds promise for many Americans who struggle daily with the consequences of overweight and obesity. For this reason, more and more health practitioners recommend adding a daily probiotic supplement to a healthy weight management program that includes regular exercise and a low-calorie diet.

Celiac Disease

Filed in Celiac Disease, Conditions, Digestive Health, General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/10/2009


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In this video blog I discuss Celiac Disease. In a recent study performed by the Mayo Clinic they found that celiac disease is more common today than it was 50 years ago? What is celiac disease? Why is it more common today than 50 years ago. Tune and in find out…

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I recently read an article about the incidence of celiac disease today compared to the 1950’s. According to findings of a Mayo Clinic study celiac disease is over four times more common today than it was 50 years ago. It now affects about one in one hundred people.

For those of you who do not know – Celiac disease is when the presence of a protein called gluten from grains such as wheat, barley or rye triggers an immune system attack upon the small intestine. This can cause severe damage and result in long term health problems.

A Dr. Murray of the Mayo Clinic study stated “Something has changed in our environment to make it much more common. ….we don’t know why”

Is it really that hard to figure out? How about correlating it with the huge increase in processed carbohydrates people eat today compared to the 1950’s. Wheat gluten is a major, if not the worst, food irritant to the digestive system. It is an ingredient in a huge number of products on the market, not just bread, as some may think. If a product contains wheat, it contains gluten.

I challenge you to take a look in your cupboards for this ingredient or how many food items you have that contain wheat. Look at the packaging label on the products your about to purchase. Those already on a wheat and gluten free diet know how tricky it is to find gluten free products. Luckily, most health food stores have an entire section dedicated to just these type of foods.

Smoking and Brain Damage

Filed in Cleansing, General, Preventable Issues, Smoking, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/06/2009


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In this video blog I discuss how smoking can lead to brain damage. The National Brain Research Center has found that a chemical in tobacco called NNK provokes an exaggerated response from microglial cells in the brain. What is NNK? How does this create brain damage? Tune and in find out…

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Need one more reason to quite those nasty cigarettes? As if lung cancer wasn’t bad enough, how about brain damage?

The National Brain Research Center recently released it’s findings that a chemical in tobacco known as NNK provokes an exaggerated response from the brain’s immune cells called microglia. What does this mean?

Well normally these microglia cells act as the destroyers for unhealthy or damaged brain cells. But when provoked by this NNK chemical in tobacco smoke these immune cells start to attack your healthy brain cells. This, over time, can lead to significant damage within the brain tissue.

I don’t know about you, but at this point in my life I’m trying to do everything possible to keep all those brain cells healthy. Unfortunately smoking is one of the most addictive habits you could have.

If you need help quitting smoking, Renew Life can help. My product called Smoker’s Cleanse has had great success. This product is a combination of three formulas. The first will help cleanse the lungs and body from the toxicity of smoking. The second is a tasty chewable tablet designed with ingredients that have an effect on the brain in reducing the cravings for cigarettes. And the third formulation is to reduce the symptoms associated with quitting, such as irritability and insomnia. Many people have used this formula to not only help cleanse their body from the effects of smoking but to help ease the difficulty associated with quitting.

I hope, for your brain’s sake, it helps you too!

Animals and Cancer

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/02/2009


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In this video blog I discuss how cancer is impacting animals in the wild. Why is the happening? What can you to do help? Tune in and find out…

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Any one who reads my blogs regularly or has read my book The Detox Strategy knows how much I speak about environmental toxins and our health.  We now know long term exposure to many chemicals can lead to serious health consequences, even as serious as cancer.

While cancer touches the lives of many of our family and friends, it has also become a major health concern to the world’s wildlife.  Research by the Wildlife Conservation Society is revealing that cancer is killing our wildlife at similar rates to humans.  In certain situations even threatening the survival of entire species.

Many animals living within polluted waters suffer high rates of cancerous tumors.  For example, the beluga whales in the St. Lawrence Estuary.  Cancer is one of the major causes of death and disease in these whales.  Their tissues are contaminated with high levels of industrial chemicals.  So much so that their carcasses are considered “toxic waste”.

Pollutants such as flame retardants, pesticides and fluoridated chemicals are harming arctic wildlife including polar bears, seals and birds.  We can no longer ignore the proof that our way of life is damaging the animals.

As we learn more about our own health, and take measures to reduce our toxicity, let’s keep our wildlife in mind as well.  We humans are responsible for their polluted environment and resulting health challenges.  Working together we can make improvements.

To learn more about how you can help visit worldwildlife.org.