It’s hard to believe but the end of another summer is quickly upon us and the kids and grandkids will soon be going back to school. Soon the temperatures will start to cool and the brilliant colors of fall will cover
the land and the weather will begin to change. It’s a seasonal thing. It’s really a wonder to watch nature as it
goes through all its changes. Around here we see more animals coming down from the higher elevations to the
valleys and foothills and the migratory birds will soon begin moving south as they prepare for the winter. Of
course, next spring they will again be on the move back to the higher elevations as the winter passes, mountain snows melt and the spring runoff lends itself to the multiple greens of new growth.
How long has this been going on unnoticed? Rhetorical question really. Of course we notice the big,
obvious changes that occur around us. But what about the obvious changes that are happening to us. I once heard someone say: “life is what happens while we’re making other plans”.
Most of us are so busy “making other plans” that we forget the natural, seasonal changes that are taking
place in us. Yes, we have seasonal changes just like nature. No, we don’t lose our leaves and have to re-grow
them in the spring, but we do go through changes. Have you noticed it. Most people do but don’t know what it is. Here’s what I mean: in the fall and winter we are normally predisposed towards eating certain types of foods
more than others— heavy foods such as meats, fats and other “heavy” foods that digest more slowly. In the
spring and summer we tend to move towards the lighter types of foods like fruits and veggies that digest much
easier. While some of this is natural in the fact that throughout history the foods available have had something to do with this, it’s also a biological process that our body goes through because it too, has “seasons”.
Many years ago I first read about this in an article written by Steven Horne and have tried to follow his
advice. It has made a difference in our home life, especially when the kids were enclosed in public school and
exposed to everything and everyone else repeatedly. Today with all of us still living together and in varying jobs
with even more public exposure, it still holds true. We get sick less and recover faster than most everyone around us. Why? Because our bodies know certain things instinctively about the seasonal changes that happen and if we listen and follow direction, we stay healthier.
One of the most important things to do is build the body. If we were gardening we would start with
good soil and the proper amounts of the right fertilizers. As the plants grow and progress we change fertilizers
according to what we are growing and the needs of the plants; for instance nitrogen for vigorous growth and
phosphorus for strong roots.
When you first plant, a good all-around fertilizer is needed to establish the plant and build it up. As it becomes
established we give it more nitrogen to make it grow bigger and faster. If it flowers, we then begin to decrease
the nitrogen and increase the phosphorus and potassium to encourage strong roots and big, robust flowers until
that season is over and then we change it up again as needed by the plant. Of course good water and proper elimination of wastes, excess nutrients and water are also needed.
Our bodies work in a similar way throughout the year. Seasonally certain foods are available naturally in
your area and should be eaten “in season”. We should drink pure water to not only hydrate ourselves, but to flush out the garbage. And one of the most overlooked , yet important things we can do is to “clean out” the
junk that has been built up in our bodies. While we can take different supplements to force our body to elimi- nate certain things, if the path for removal isn’t “open” and working properly, all we get is a lot of junk moving around in our system. Sometimes we get so much junk trying to get out that we end up feeling sick from all the stuff we’ve moved, but not eliminated. That’s why we start at the “end”, so-to-speak. A good colon cleanse, like CleanStart, cleans out the colon so that all that excess waste can be eliminated. It helps the body get rid of gar-
bage and improves peristaltic action to keep the bowel working properly. Once the colon is clean so that this
built up garbage is out of the way, other types of cleanses can be used for specific things like parasites (Para- Cleanse) or a gall bladder flush or kidney flush or even a liver cleanse (Tiao He Cleanse).
I’ll use an analogy that works in my area of plowing snow from the roads. When it snows here we run
into a problem of congestion. Too many people don’t know how or aren’t capable of driving their cars. They
slip, slide around and end up in the ditch, then when no more will fit in the ditch, on the roadside and eventu- ally the roads. Pretty soon the roads are almost blocked with cars built up on both sides, so that you can’t drive
down the road. No one moves or gets where they want to go until the cops show up and start writing tickets and towing away cars to clean it up and get things moving again.
An even better analogy might be a garbage strike in the city. It doesn’t take long before a real mess builds
up and has to be cleaned up for everything to work properly again. Same with our bodies.
When things aren’t moving through, we start getting congested and finally all plugged up. Colds, aller-
gies, flu and many other bad things begin to happen. It’s a seasonal thing, really. Think about it. When do
these types of problems usually happen to us? Mostly, in the spring and fall. In the fall we get “cold season” and
in spring we get “allergy season”. If you keep the colon clean, these seasonal problems could be eliminated— pardon the pun— or greatly reduced.
There is so much to tell here that I don’t have room for it all. The bottom line is that if you work to re-
move the junk from your body a couple of times a year with a simple colon cleanse, you could be saving yourself from problems down the road and at the same time, feel better, because you are cleaner on the inside and there- fore are able to digest and absorb your foods and supplements better. Simple really; and seasonal.
Hope this helps you. Take care. Until next time. Brad
FACT or FICTION
Wow! What a great issue of Sunshine Horizons just came out. So good in fact that I am plagiarizing
most of it for you. It covers Antioxidant equality, the need for supplementation, sugarless gum, parasites, vege-
tarian diet, FDA regulations, statin drugs and label accuracy. So here goes.
1) Antioxidants are not created equal. True. Yes there are many and they’re found in most foods, especially
fruits, vegetables and nuts, however, antioxidants differ in their capacity to neutralize free radicals and they target different parts of the body. For instance: blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and con-
tain vitamins C and E as well as anthocyanins which help with cardiovascular and brain health. But, they
haven’t been shown to do much for the prostate’s health. Lycopene on the other hand is found in tomatoes and is an excellent choice for the prostate. Two of NSP’s best choices are Thai-go drink and the new Super
ORAC. They’re also the best on the market today!
2) A well-balanced diet eliminates the need to supplement. False. In today’s world few of us have the time, mon-
ey, motivation or even the ability to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet that can sustain us without the need to sup- plement. 50 years ago, maybe you could but not today. Not only have the nutrients been depleted from the soils
but so many people eat our modern, highly processed junk food that we may feel full but we are really starving.
Best advice: eat right and supplement with the best, NSP.
3) All sugarless gums are good for you and your teeth. False. Saccharin, Aspartame (NutraSweet) and sucralose
(Splenda) are artificial sweeteners and have proven to cause problems for many consumers. NSP products fea- ture Xylitol, a naturally occurring 5 carbon molecule sugar that is not readily digested or absorbed by either the body or those pesky bacteria that cause tooth decay, thereby making it safe for diabetics as well as your teeth.
Xylitol also helps produce saliva which in turn is good for your teeth as it washes them and helps to neutralize
the acids that cause tooth decay.
4) Staying home in the U.S. means no parasite worries. False. Parasites are one of the biggest health related
problems in the US today. Statistics claim that up to 90% of us have them. The problem is that they are almost
always unrecognized as either the main threat (disease) or the cause of symptoms associated with a particular dis-
ease. We pick them up everywhere: raw or undercooked meats and fish, unwashed fruits and vegetables, by not washing our hands, not wearing shoes outside or not treating our pets for them, too. We can also pick them up
from most public areas that we touch if we don’t wash our hands, especially schools, health care facilities and
fitness centers. According to Dr. Hugo Rodier, ” We regularly deworm our dogs to keep them healthy. We ought to deworm ourselves once a year with a natural parasite cleanse.” Parasites are not only found in third
world countries. Create an unfriendly environment for them with NSP’s ParaCleanse and get healthy.
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Fact or Fiction continued from page #1
5) If you really want to eat right, become a vegetarian. False. Vegetarians can be anything from a strict vegan to a “flexitarian” who eats some meats,
fish and poultry. While they may enjoy many health benefits, especially
those of a high-fiber, high antioxidant and low-fat diet, vigilant meal plan-
ning and supplementation are required to ensure they get adequate nutrients
that are only available through animal products. Some of these include pro-
tein, calcium, vitamin B12, iron and zinc which are readily available in animal
products but are in short supply for vegetarians who don’t eat eggs or dairy prod-
ucts, making supplementation essential. NSP offers several products that can help
ensure proper nutrition is available for those who don’t consume animal products: Syner-
Protein, SynerPro Calcium-Magnesium and Liquid B12 complete are just three.
6) 2 things: FDA regulation = safer dietary supplements and New FDA Regulations make all supplements
equal. True (mostly). Dietary supplements are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Basically, the FDA says what and how you can manufacture and the FTC sets guidelines on advertising (what can be said about a product). The FDA has authority under the
Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and as amended by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) to regulate the manufacture of all non-prescription drugs and dietary supplements. This in-
cludes the reporting of any adverse reactions from products and the ability to remove them from the market. However, companies can still add fillers and other ingredients to their products as long as they meet the min-
imal guidelines set by the FDA. These FDA guidelines establish minimums—NSP’s standards are much high-
er, that’s why we have the best products in the world!
In 2007, the FDA issued a ruling that established current good manufacturing practices (cGMP’s) for the dietary
industry. NSP welcomes these new regulations as it will make the industry more reputable. Mandatory compli-
ance has forced many larger companies out of business as they contracted with manufacturers who put cheap raw
materials into their products, without quality testing. Smaller companies have until 2010 to comply. NSP has
been using GMP’s for decades to ensure its product quality and as the leader in this industry considers the
cGMP’s of the FDA as basic standards and has exceeded those standards for decades. Currently NSP has almost
600 quality control tests at its disposal. (No wonder no other company can compare to NSP!)
7) High Cholesterol requires the use of Statin Drugs. False. According to the Mayo Clinics own website: ” Life-
style changes may have a greater impact on reducing risk of heart disease and stroke than does medication
alone.” Recent research has shown that while cholesterol can be an indicator of heart disease, high cholesterol doesn’t guarantee it. Remember that cholesterol is required by the body for the formation of many hormones and it also uses it for its “band-aid” effect on oxidative damage within the circulatory system. I’ve written about this in previous newsletters, more important than your total cholesterol is the ratio of HDL/LDL and your tri-
glyceride levels – as long as TC is below 270 for blood type “O” or 230 for all others.
8) If it’s on the label it must be true. False. While the FDA has guidelines to ensure purity and provide consum-
ers with information, we know that labels can be wrong and the only way to be sure is to test the product. Most consumers have no way of doing this so they must simply trust the manufacturer to provide true information—no wonder NSP products are the best in the industry. NSP has tested many competitors products against their own
and the results can be quite startling as many other companies products don’t even contain the active constitu- ents necessary for the product to work. You can always count on NSP to have the purest, most bioavailable and
active products in the world.
Hope you find this information useful. Until next time.Brad
We seem to hear about it all the time, but what do we really know about it. TV
adds warn us that it causes heart disease and that “diet and exercise are not enough” to control it. Then they tell us we need their drug. What do you know about cholesterol?
Here’s a simple little true or false test to see; the answers are below. #1) Cholesterol is a vital substance necessary for health. 2) the lower your cholesterol the better your health. 3) levels less than 150 significantly reduces your
chance of dying from heart disease. 4) the lower your cholesterol levels the greater your risk of dying from cancer. 5) Cholesterol helps protect the body from environmental toxins. 6) Cholesterol helps maintain fertility and sex drive. 7) Eating foods high in fat will raise your cholesterol. 8) Statin drugs have lowered the incidence of heart
disease. 9) Oxidative stress and inflammation are the root cause of heart disease. 10) High insulin levels are a
greater risk factor for cardiovascular disease than high cholesterol.
While there is some cholesterol in the foods we eat, most is produced by the liver; although it can be pro-
duced by every cell in your body. Cholesterol also serves several important roles in the body, the most important being the formation of cholic acid that is used to make bile salts which emulsify and digest fats. About 60 to 80
percent of the body’s cholesterol is used for this purpose. Second most important use is the production of ad-
renal and reproductive hormones. It is also need to help the skin, it helps prevent water loss from the body and is used in small amounts in cellular membranes. Cholesterol helps bind toxins, reduces inflammation and helps
to protect nerve and brain tissue from chemical damage, and improved immune function just to name a few
What is a healthy range for cholesterol levels? Today they tell us that it’s somewhere between 0 and 170,
but if your cholesterol was actually 0, you’d be dead. 170 is also too low as there are many people with ranges well over 200 that are quite healthy. High cholesterol is simply a symptom that something is wrong with the
body. Healthy non-pathological cholesterol levels should be between 200 and 275 with blood type O being high- er as they metabolize proteins differently. Too low a range is associated with increased risk of cancer, stroke, sui- cide and death from coronary artery disease. It is associated with low fertility, erectile dysfunction, increased risk
of infection, and reduced protection from neurotoxins, mercury and heavy metals. Also, low levels do not de-
crease your risk of heart disease and they increase your chance of dying if you have a heart attack.
All I will say about the drug industry is this: there is no scientific evidence that statin drugs reduce the
risk of heart disease. The side effects are terrible and in 2005 the pharmaceutical industry made over 14 billion
dollars profit on statin drugs alone.
When we talk about cholesterol we are most familiar with HDL, LDL and triglycerides. HDL being high
density lipoproteins and LDL being low density lipoproteins. These are by-products of protein metabolism and are
not water soluble. Triglycerides are water soluble and used by the body for fuel. HDL is used to transport cho-
lesterol from the tissues to the liver while LDL is used to
transport manufactured cholesterol from the liver to the tissues Answers to test: 1T,2F,3F,4T,5T,6T,7F,8F,9T,10T
Some Cholesterol Facts continued from page
Eating saturated fats or foods containing cholesterol does not have a signif-
icant impact on cholesterol levels. The liver does not use fats, saturated or otherwise to make cholesterol. Cholesterol is a by-product of protein me- tabolism. It also doesn’t make HDL or LDL, but VLDL which is convert-
ed to LDL through triglyceride loss. The main difference between HDL
and LDL is the amount of protein in it. HDL is about 50% protein with
the majority of the lipid portion being triglycerides. LDL’s have lower triglyc-
eride content and higher cholesterol content. I know, it’s confusing.
Cholesterol helps your body to remove toxins, so if your cholesterol and LDL levels are
higher, maybe you have some environmental toxin in you system. Lowering your cholesterol lev-
els without ridding the body of the toxins exposes you to more inflammation and free radical damage because the body is less able to remove them and repair itself. This may explain why the risk of cancer increases as cho-
lesterol levels decrease.
As to cardiovascular disease, the main problem is caused by inflammation not cholesterol. Cholesterol
tries to help by removing the toxins causing the inflammation and then by acting as a “patch” over the damaged area in the artery. Unfortunately this patch collects calcium and other minerals and continues to grow over time causing arteriosclerosis. This is shown in what’s called the “Mediterranean Paradox.” People in this area eat di- ets high in fat, yet have very low rates of heart disease. Same with Eskimos whose diets are very high in fats and
have almost no heart disease.
High insulin levels in the blood are a greater risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol. That is
why your triglyceride levels are important. A high TGL/HDL ratio could mean too much insulin which increas-
es fat disposition and inflammation. This is usually caused by eating too many simple carbohydrates. When people were first encouraged to eat more carbs about 20 years ago, because they were told cholesterol and fats increased heart disease, they decreased their consumption of fats and meats. The result was no change in rates of heart disease but, diabetes and obesity rates have more than doubled! Why? Remember that cholesterol is mainly used to make bile salts which digest fats. Eating healthy fats actually decreases cholesterol levels. Also,
bread makers stopped using iodine as a dough conditioner and switched to bromides which remove iodine from the body which interferes with fat metabolism. Lastly, the body turns excess carbohydrates into triglycerides for
storage. Too many carbohydrates getting turned into fats and not enough proteins being converted to HDL.
The main key to balancing cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease is to remove toxins from the
body and prevent inflammation and increase your antioxidant levels. Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of
high quality fats ( like olive oil, flax oil, nuts, etc.), quality proteins that aren’t overcooked and low-glycemic car-
bohydrates to keep insulin levels in check. There’s so much more but not enough room.