|AUGUST NEWS LETTER|
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IN THE NEWS
NSAIDS CAUSE SILENT EPIDEMIC
Taking ibuprofen regularly or a few aspirin a day are killing almost as
many people annually as AIDS.
This silent epidemic is the result of fatal ulcers, according to a report
in the June 17 New England Journal of Medicine. Doctors have known for
years that this class of medicine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs), causes ulcers and other stomach problems in a small percentage of
people. But as the NSAID use increases (currently, 26 billion
over-the-counter tablets are taken annually), so do the fatalities.
About 16,500 deaths occurred from ulcers caused by NSAIDs in 1997.
According to the journal report, if the toxic effects of NSAIDs were given
its own category, it would be classified as the 15th most common cause of
death in the U.S.
This epidemic is further complicated by the fact that fatal ulcers and
other gastrointestinal complications are often not preceded by warning
EXERCISE IS PART OF THE PRESCRIPTION FOR BREAST HEALTH
There's yet another reason for women to exercise regularly: it can reduce
breast cancer risk.
Exercising at least four hours per week for 12 years can reduce a woman's
risk of breast cancer in half, according to a study of breast cancer
patients performed at the University of Southern California. The study
revealed exercise is especially important during the adolescent and
child-bearing years. In addition, the 12 years of exercise do not have to
be performed consecutively.
This study complements one performed at the Alberta Cancer Board in
Alberta, Canada, which showed exercising throughout life can cut a woman's
risk of breast cancer by 20 percent.
ST. JOHN'S WORT WARDS OFF BACTERIA
A German study shows St. John's wort has significant antibacterial
Researchers at the University of Freiburg in Germany report low
concentrations of hyperforin, a component in St. John's wort, may kill
certain bacteria, including strains of Staphylococcus aureas and
Corynebacterium diphtheriae.. Staphylococcus aureas bacteria are resistant
to penicillin and methicillin, making them difficult to treat with
Researchers note that while they were looking for topical applications of
hyperforin for skin infections, use of hyperforin orally for internal
infections also has potential.
Although antibacterial properties for St. John's Wort have been previously
reported, no recent investigations have been done on hyperforin due to its
instability. By using new extraction and stabilization methods, the authors
of the study were able to investigate hyperforin's effect directly.
This study appeared in the June 19 issue of The Lancet.
BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENTIALS FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND
College necessities: a sturdy backpack, a healthy debit card, and key
nutritional support. As students face another semester, it's essential to
send them off with a general supplement kit. Here are some must-include
* The basic nutritional support of the appropriate Doctor's Choice
* The soothing benefits of the deglycyrrhizinated licorice in DGL
nutritionally supports the mucosa of the stomach. This unique chewable
extract is especially important for transitioning from home-cooked meals to
cafeteria food and/or fast food.
* Late nights of studying call for Escalert?, an all-natural energizing
supplement. Escalert provides a unique combination of herbal extracts that
offer the pick me up students need-naturally.
* The typical college lifestyle can wreak havoc on the immune system.
ThymuPlex? offers daily support for white blood cell function, thymus gland
activity, and other important immune functions. ThymuPlex contains key
vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients (including thymus fractions,
lysine, and extracts of echinacea, blue flag, and goldenseal).
* Close confines make a great breeding ground for viruses. For optimum
immune support when it's needed most, there's Esberitox?. Esberitox offers
a unique herbal combination of two forms of echinacea, with thuja, and
baptisia. Esberitox is more effective than echinacea alone because it
addresses a broader range of immune functions.
* Maintain mental sharpness and improve short-term memory* with Ginkgo
Phytosome?. Ginkgo Phytosome? is the superior form of Ginkgo biloba because
it is better absorbed, more stable, and transported more efficiently than
non-Phytosome? Ginkgo biloba extracts.
* Poor lifestyle habits and stress often take a toll on skin health. Supply
young adult skin with the nutrients it needs with Derma Klear? Skin Care
System Supplement, a comprehensive formula that provides the important
nutrients for great skin health. Complement this with Akne-Zyme?, which
reduces unsightly acne blemishes and blackheads without the drying effects
of many mainstream acne products.
WEB SITE RESOURCE
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's Web site (http://www.drkoop.com)
offers a wealth of health information. As part of his quest for health,
Koop's site includes health resources, health news, information on
conditions and diseases, special reports, local resources, and more. The
site even allows you to create your own health profile page, based on your
sex, age, and other demographics.