Aug 16, 2006

Fiber ~ Where do you get yours?

You don't usually see it or taste it, but fiber works wonders for your body. Dietary fiber, or roughage, is a known cancer fighter found only in the cell walls of plant foods. For years, studies have pointed to the fact that increased fiber intake decreases the risk of colorectal cancer.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1999), this protective effect may be due to fiber's tendency to add bulk to your digestive system, shortening the amount of time that wastes travel through the colon. As this waste often contains carcinogens, it is best if it is removed as quickly as possible; so, increased fiber decreases chances for intestinal cells to be affected.

The Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1999) reported that Fiber may also help protect against breast cancer, an effect noted especially with consumption of whole grains and wheat bran. Additionally, studies suggest that high amounts of fiber may also prevent breast cancer by binding to estrogen. When bacteria in the lower intestine break down fiber, a substance called butyrate is produced which may inhibit the growth of tumors of the colon and rectum as reported in the Journal of Oncology Research in 2000. Fiber may also have a protective effect against mouth, throat, and esophageal cancers according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2001.

If you're like most North Americans, you take in only 10 to 15 grams of fiber per day. However, most studies have shown that optimal intake for cancer prevention is at least 30 to 35 grams per day. Recent studies suggest that small increases in fiber, such as adding vegetables to a chicken stir-fry or having a hamburger on a whole wheat bun, do not offer much protection. On the other hand, when we replace high-fat, animal products such as chicken, fish, cheese, and eggs with plant foods, we easily boost fiber to levels where real protection is possible.

Whole foods contain two types of dietary fiber which are known as soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and is found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains. It cuts cholesterol and adds to your feeling of fullness. Good sources of soluble fiber are oats, oat bran, oatmeal, apples, citrus fruits, strawberries, dried beans, barley, rye flour, potatoes, raw cabbage, and pasta.

As you may have guessed, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is found in whole grain bran, fruit pulp, and vegetable peels and skins. It is the type of fiber most strongly linked to cancer protection and improved waste removal. Good sources of insoluble fiber are wheat bran, whole wheat products, cereals made from bran or shredded wheat, crunchy vegetables, barley, grains, whole wheat pasta, and rye flour.

It is best to choose fiber-rich foods over fiber supplements in order to get the full range of the cancer-fighting phytochemicals that fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains contain. 

Source - Articles received from Wholefood Farmacy and used with permission.

Aug 5, 2006

Fleas, Ticks & Yorkshire Terriers ~ My Yorkie

It's been quite a couple of weeks! My Yorkie, Aspen, has been recovering from what turned out to be a bad allergic reaction to bites.

She was bitten about 2 weeks ago, but I wasn't aware of it. She had her Frontline on, so I thought she was fine. I noticed her biting at something, but what dog doesn't do that now and then? But it didn't let up, so I took a look and found 2 large sores, both appeared to be from bites.

I used salves to heal and keep infection away, for a while she seemed to be fine, then had a very bad flare-up and fever that came on in a day, so off to the animal hospital we went!

Long story short, it took about a week for her to recover, the Animal Hospital suggested getting allergy testing done, but she is better now, and for the time being we're going to go with what we were told a few years back...she is very allergic to whatever it is that a flea or tick leaves behind when they bite.

Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or suggestions!

At this update while reviewing this blog in 2016, Aspen crossed the rainbow bridge 2 1/2 years ago. The opportunity arose to take in a Pomeranian that was going to be abandoned, and we did! She is picture here, and her name is Happy, Happy the Pom.

Aug 2, 2006

Vegan Foods and Diabetics plus Snacking Your Way to Health

As my husband has been a diabetic for many years, this article interested me. It is good for general health as well. 

According to a new report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association, people who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet.

Participants say the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, which helped conduct the study said, "I hope this study will rekindle interest in using diet changes first, rather than prescription drugs." After 22 weeks on the diet, 43 percent of those on the vegan diet and 26 percent of those on the standard diet were either able to stop taking some of their drugs such as insulin or glucose-control medications, or were able to lower the doses. In other words, food really can be your medicine.

The vegan dieters lost 14 pounds on average while the diabetes association dieters lost 6.8 pounds. An important level of glucose control called A1c fell by 1.23 points in the vegan group and by 0.38 in the group on the standard diet. A1c gives a measure of how well-controlled blood sugar has been over the preceding three months.

Small changes made now can make a BIG difference later, when it comes to educating your children and teaching them to steer clear of type-2 diabetes. To help you and your family make healthy choices, we are proud to offer a wide variety of whole food meals, snacks, soups, smoothies and treats that you and your kids will love.

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Aug 1, 2006

Are Supplements Really Cancer Fighters?

Between 1985 and 1993 The National Institutes of Health funded one of the biggest health studies ever conducted. It was known as the ATBC Cancer Prevention Study. It tested the theory that vitamin A and  Vitamin E supplements would prevent lung cancer in smokers. After following 29,000 male smokers for six years, the stunned researchers found a higher incidence of lung cancer among the men who received the supplements. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1994.

Many years later, the data was re-analyzed to study the impact of whole foods. Amazingly, the researchers found that the male smokers who simply ate more whole foods had a decreased risk of lung cancer. The most benefit was attributed to whole foods that offer high levels of the carotenoids Beta Carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin.

With each passing year new studies continue to deliver astonishing discoveries that are shedding a bright light on the true power, innate complexity, and preventative nature of raw whole foods. And when it comes to the latest research, green foods are taking center stage!

Spirulina are blue green algae that grow naturally in lakes with high pH levels and it is very high in antioxidants. Immunologists at the University Of California Davis School Of Medicine added Spirulina to some cultured immune system cells. The result was a significant increase in the production of cancer & infection fighting cells called cytokines. The findings were published in the fall 2000 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Foods.

Chlorella is a single cell fresh water alga that gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll it possesses. Chlorophyll is the pigment in plants that makes them green. This exciting nutrient is also the focus of cancer prevention studies around the world.

Wheat grass juice is high in chlorophyll, iron, oxygen, and enzymes and is one of the richest known sources of vitamins A, B, and C. Studies of wheat grass by Dr. Chiu Nan Lai of the University Of Texas Cancer Center showed it to be a potent inhibitor of several cancer causing agents. He applied low levels of the extract to cancer causing mutagens and found that the activity in the mutagens diminished by up to 99%.

Spinach and other deep-green leafy vegetables contain a carotenoid, called Neoxanthin. Research published in the September 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition shows that Neoxanthin fights human prostate cancer it two different ways. First, it induces prostate cancer cells to self-destruct. Then, in the intestines, Neoxanthin is converted into additional compounds called Neochromes. Neochromes prevent the replication of prostate cancer cells.

Sea vegetables, such as Dulse and Kelp, are nature's richest sources of iodine. Iodine is an essential component of thyroid hormones which regulate all aspects of your metabolism and other bodily functions. An iodine deficiency can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being. A common sign of thyroid deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland, commonly called a goiter. Goiters are estimated to affect 200 million people worldwide, and 96% of these cases are preventable through proper nutrition.1

Barley grass is known to contain an active ingredient called proanthocyanidin - a powerful plant chemical that supports the body at the cellular level. More recently, researchers from the School of Bioresources at the University of Andong in Korea have isolated yet another potent plant chemical in barley grass called lunasin. Lunasin is renowned for its ability to prevent skin cancer cells from multiplying. When the Korean researchers conducted further laboratory studies they found that Lunasin was able to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells as well.2

A new study done in conjunction with U.S. Department of Agriculture identified a class of compounds isolated from citrus peels that shows promise as a potent, natural alternative for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol without the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs.

The compounds, called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), are similar to other plant pigments found in citrus fruits that have been increasingly linked to health benefits, including protection against cancer, heart disease and inflammation. The study is believed to be the first to show that PMFs can lower cholesterol. The findings were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in May 2004.

And it’s not just the foods or the research. The researchers themselves are seeing the dawning of a new day. They’re not talking about supplements or new prescription drugs… they’re talking about food!
Jeff Prince is the vice president for education at the American Institute for Cancer Research. In his August 2004 interview with The Washington Post he said that “the thousands of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in whole foods act synergistically together to create a more powerful effect than the sum of their parts, producing a result which cannot be recreated by supplements".
At a recent American Institute for Cancer Research meeting, Dr. Rui Hai Liu, a PhD researcher from Cornell University said that “different plant foods have different phytochemicals; these substances go to different organs, tissues and cells, where they perform different functions. What your body needs to ward off disease is this synergistic effect – this teamwork – that is produced by eating a wide variety of plant foods.”

Well… what if it was easy and convenient to give your body a wide variety of green plant foods every day, including all of the foods you’ve just read about and more! Would you be interested?

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1. Goldbeck N, Goldbeck D. The Healthiest Diet in the World. Plume (Penguin Putnam Inc.) NY, 2001, pp 378-80
2. Jeong HJ, Lam Y, de Lumen BO. J Agric Food Chem 2002, 50(21):5903-5908

Article Source: Wholefood Farmacy used with permission. Updated 2/5/16