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Is What You are Eating Worth Dying For?

Recently I have a friend who was told she has some per-cancerous cells, cells that are not looking healthy.  Her doctor offered her 3 options if the cells did not look better in a few months.  The three options were Surgery, Steroids, and Chemotherapy.  None of these sound good to me.

What the physician did not offer were suggestions for healthier cells.  The Doctor did nothing to help her change the reason the cells were looking bad to begin with!  It only makes sense that if you keep on doing what you have been doing, you are going to keep on getting what you have gotten.  You cannot keep eating too many calories each day with no exercise and expect to loose weight.  Not going to happen.  Hence the lap-band surgeries and such for the obese.  Oh my!

I sent my friend several pages of suggestions on how to stop or curb cancer’s growth from as assortment of different Natural Physicians, Nutritionists, Bio-Chemists and Cancer researchers.  My friend read through the suggestions and the response was not what I had expected, I can tell you!  Her response was that “these people want me to give up my favorite foods” and I don’t want to do that.

I asked, “So you are telling me that the prospect of loosing your hair, being nauseous, going to the hospital for weeks on end for treatments, being sick, maybe even dying is more appealing than changing your diet so you can live a longer, healthier life?”  Yes, was her response.  I cannot print my un-ladylike response to that answer.

Really, are you taste buds so much in power over your decisions that you cannot give up a few things in moderation to be healthier?   The suggestions for helping your body fight cancer cells and creating an environment where the cancer cells are not being fed included eliminating sugars, dairy and meats.  Cancer cells use glucose, carbohydrates, to grow.  So not eating breads, cookies, cakes and such while fighting cancer is not so bad if you have a quicker, healthier recovery.

Keeping your body as alkaline as possible is also suggested.  I use Alfalfa Complex each day to keep my sinus issues at bay and help keep my system alkaline, so taking that kind of supplements is not an unusual.  Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding carbohydrates, dairy and bad fats, eating fresh fish rich in Omega3′s and non-GMO soy protein are not bad things!

I just hope others will make a different choice when told they have “ugly cells” and are willing to make a few changes on their own for better health.  Doctors are not taught about nutrition as they should be, nor are they taught other options for getting better.  Doctors are taught to control diseases, not keep you well.  Just the way the system works for the most part.  Thankfully, there are a growing number of Natural Physicians who look at a bigger picture of wellness and disease.

So when you are faced with a similar situation, what will your response be?  Will you decide that eating what you have been eating is worth dying for? Stay well, Elise 

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Are you Prepared?

My last post was about being prepared for power outages, severe storms and earthquakes, etc.  Living in the South, we are bombarded with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with straight-line winds along with hurricanes!  We even have ice storms and snow storms some winters, so even then we are not safe from interruptions in our daily routines.

Being ready for such an event physically as well as emotionally takes preparation.  In the calm of a pretty day, you have to think about what you will need when the power goes out for a length of time.  When hurricanes and tornadoes knock out power, the need for normalcy becomes acute.  It is then we realize how much we rely on flipping that switch for everything we do.  Our cell phones, iPads, tablets, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners/heaters are all powered by electricity.  Unless you are lucky enough to have a gas stove and a gas fire starter in your fireplace, you will have a hard time cooking and staying warm.

All of our communication tools need cell towers to work, and these have been known to have issues when there are storms.  Wind, hail, ice and lightening can damage or destroy cell towers and power lines.  Some events even take out gas lines!  Oh my.  So how are you going to feed your family, keep them warm or cool,  keep them hydrated,  calm their fears?

Now is the time to get ready.  To power your cell phones, iPads, tablets and such, there are portable solar chargers on the market that allow you to use the power of the sun to charge your laptops, cell phones, tablets and more.  Since the power grid may be down for days or even weeks, the ability to keep these items charged and useful is important.  The internet connection may be down, but the information you have downloaded can be accessed.  There are many solar chargers on the market and TreeHugger.com has an informative article on several options.  Use this link for more information.

After the event, trips to the local grocery store may not be possible.  Stock up your special cupboard with boxes of toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins in water proof bins.  Remove the toilet tissue rolls from the outside plastic and  press them flat, making the center roll as flat as possible.  This way you can fit more rolls into the bin, and when you need to add one to the spindle in the bathroom, the center roll will pop back in to shape.  Same with paper towels.  Just make certain your bin is water proof since you might have to contend with rain and high moisture for a while.

Space Bags work well for keeping paper, clothing, blankets, pillows and such dry and clean. I use them for travel as well as in my home for  linen storage.  Putting down comforters, blankets and extra pillows in a Space Bag makes more room in the linen closet, keeps bugs and dirt out as well as moisture.  So make a small investment in some Space Bags  for emergency storage options.  You will need to make the most of the storage area you choose.  Now with new technology, you can use a vacuum or roll the Space Bags to eliminate the air!   Use this link to find out more.

Don’t forget the pets in your family.  Put away some bedding for them to use when the event happens.  They will need to be warm, safe and dry too.  Rotate their food supply since dry food can get rancid if kept too long so keep fresh food in the bins for them. Don’t forget cat litter.  My kitties are spoiled, liking wet food for dinner and dry food during the day, so my closet is full of their stuff!

Now that I have given you a few ideas, sit and make your own personalized list of things to put into your safe place.  Being ready for the possibility of a catastrophic event makes the reality of the event less horrible.  Having medicines, foods, water and shelter options makes all the difference!  Tents, tarps, tools, camp stoves, candles, wind-up lights and radios, solar powered options and so much more.  The list is yours to make and even more important, yours to fulfill!  Stay well and be safe.

 

 

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“Cinching” Preparation

Being Prepared for storms and severe weather has been one of my ongoing themes since I started this blog.  Living in the South, I have experienced 4 hurricanes whiles living in Central Florida (all in 2004) and more tornadoes than I care to remember, along with ice storms, snow storms and ferocious thunder storms with straight line winds and hail.  Life in the South is not calm when the seasons change, during hurricane season (June 1st- Dec 1st), and any time cold air runs into warmer. moist from the Gulf.

Being prepared for these weather events along with fires and earthquakes just makes sense.  However, lately there has been lots of talk about storms on the sun causing problems with our power grid and such.  So that has brought to mind again the need for being ready for any major event in our area that might knock-out the power for a few days or even weeks.  The tornadoes of 2011 brought close to home the sad fact that power lines, water and gas lines are all fragile when it comes to the strong influences of nature.

Naturally, I want to be as ready for the next event as anyone else.  And that realization that the power grid might be in danger from the actions of the sun, made me realize even more that being prepared is a prudent idea.  Among the items that I intend to add to my small stash of food items are canisters and packets of Shaklee’s Cinch Shake Mixes and canisters of Shaklee’s Instant Protein.

The Cinch Shakesare a full meal replacement, low glycemic, with 24 grams of protein when mixed

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

with milk or soy milk and 23 vitamins and minerals.  What I like about the Cinch shakes and the Instant Protein is that they can be mixed with water just as well as milk.  Since the shake mixes and Instant Protein are lactose free, they are great for everyone in the family.  I often add an additional scoop of the Instant Protein to give me an extra boost on those long, busy mornings when lunch might be delayed.

Another good thing with the Cinch Shakes is they are either non-GMO soy protein or whey protein, your choice.  Natural flavors, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners.  Also, the canisters are sealed, dated with an expiration date and are 15 servings per canister.

Once you have finished the shakes, you can then reuse the canister for storing other items.  I use them in my pantry for rice and noodles.  The labels peel off easily, and then I add my own so I know which canister is holding  what!  If you have children, the canisters would be great for holding small toys like Lego’s, crayons, doll clothes and such.

To go along with the Cinch Shakes there are Meal-in-a-Bar meal replacement bars as well as snack bars.  The Meal-in-a-Bars are again full meal replacements, easy to store and great to eat! So follow this link to learn more about the Shaklee Cinch Shakes, Cinch Meal-in-a-Bar, Instant Protein and more.  Having good, nutritious foods to eat in for survival is important.  Knowing that your family has good tasty options in time of stress is comforting.  So plan ahead, stock-up on enough Cinch for a few days or a week or more.  Rotate your supply each week, keeping the stored emergency Cinch as fresh as possible!

To go along with the Cinch Shakes, etc, I am adding another bottle Shaklee’s Basic H2 Super Organic Cleaning Concentrate to my next order.  I use Basic H2 each day for washing dishes, cleaning counter tops, cleaning up after the cats and more.  Since it is so concentrated, a 16 ounce or 32 ounce bottle will last for a really long time normally.  However, in an emergency situation where hot water and general cleanliness might be harder to keep, the larger the bottle of Basic H2 the better.  Remember to also add some of the spray bottles so you can dilute the Basic H2 for dishes, windows, general cleaning and de-greasing.

I am adding another bottle of Shaklee’s Basic G Concentrated Germicide for those extra dirty days of having to keep things clean in difficult conditions.  Basic G not only is a germicide it also cleans as it gets rid of germs.  Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can wreak havoc on your family’s health and safety. Used as directed, Basic-G tackles over 40 of these pesky microbes, including several animal viruses. That makes it an excellent choice for use in the kitchen, bathroom, or pet area. In addition to being economical – one quart makes up to 64 gallons – it’s also EPA registered.

For ease and convenience during a disaster, both Shaklee’s Basic H2 and Basic G come in handy to use wipes.  Tuck a few of these in your emergency kits along with the larger concentrate bottles.  The convenient bio-degradable wipes will be easy to use on small jobs, making life a little easier.

Thinking about being without power for a few weeks as well as the possibility of not having access to grocery stores, banks or gas stations drives home the need to keep on top of what is stored at home.  When the first hurricane hit in 2004, Charlie it was named, the area around me was without power for week or longer, in August!  I was lucky that my power came back on in about 24 hours since I lived between 2 hospitals and power was restored to them quickly.  Gas stations were without power as were the grocery stores and banks for a while.  Therefore, think ahead, keep the gas tank of the car as near to full as possible, keep some cash in a household safe, and fill-up the larder with Shaklee’s great products, some nuts, water, pet food, first aid kit, solar powered flashlights, solar powered radios, (alternative power radios & lights from C Crane are great!) and anything else that comes to mind!  Preparation is necessary.

 

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Just how Toxic is Your World?

In a recent article, Dr Richard Brouse, explored some of the sources of Toxicity in our lives and the unfortunate consequences of this toxicity.  Not only are there many different sources of toxins, there are also many levels of toxicity! Oh my…

There are many sources of toxins in our busy industrial world.  From automobiles to the food we eat, toxins are in our word.  Yes, I said the food we eat.  Farmers are using more and more pesticides, herbicides and GMO plants.  The pesticides and herbicides linger in the food and ground water, making there way into our bodies on a daily basis.  People are having allergic reactions to foods now due to the GMO process.  The combining of genes from one plant to another is creating new allergies and sensitivities that have not existed before.

Water, air, plastics, cosmetics, building materials, fabrics, detergents and fabric softeners, household cleaners, carpets, personal care items and air fresheners are just a partial list of possible chemical pollutants that we encounter each day.  Also, we need to remember the prescription drugs we take along with over the counter medications that we take.  All have ingredients that our bodies have to filter and discard.  And each time you eat food from a plastic container, you ingest chemical pollutants.

Now when we eat our food, let’s not forget items like food coloring, artificial flavorings, processed flours and sugars, preservatives, stabilizers and more.  So I think the message here is to eat as much organic foods as possible, avoid processed foods and filter your water.

Using as many natural, organic products as well as cooking with glass if you use a microwave will help us have a healthier life.  Many toxins can be avoided if we change to natural cleaners for the house and laundry.  Clothing and bedding washed in toxic detergents are major sources of toxins since our skin in the largest organ of our body. Taking care of yourself, staying in wellness rather than disease care will make your life better and healthier.  For more information on Toxins in your life, visit www.greenhome-healthyyou.com/

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Helmets–The New Tornado Accessory

The newest accessory for Tornadoes seems to be Helmets!  I have been talking about severe storm safety for years, being prepared for a weather event, earthquake or fire seems prudent.  I have talked about having clothing, food, water, sleeping gear, medications, flashlights, candles, fuel for stoves, food & medications for you pets, cash on hand, important papers in fire-proof boxes or safety deposit boxes and so much more.

But in all that time using a helmet to keep your head safe never came to mind.  I never played sports, so I have not used a helmet.  When I was a child, we rode bikes without helmets, played at recess without helmets and still lived through our child hood.  But now there has been more and more evidence that wearing a helmet during a tornado can save your life!  Wow.

Seems that most deaths or serious injuries occur when falling, flying debris hits your head.  We are told to go to the basement if we have one or an inside room with no windows.  But even being in our safest place, the house around us can come apart and debris starts flying.  We had graphic evidence of the dangers of flying debris in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.  So many people died from head injuries.

So get a helmet for everyone in the family.  Bike, baseball, motorcycle, football, whatever.  Put it in your safe place and wear it during any severe storm.  It is the latest fashion accessory for surviving a storm!  Be safe and smart.  You may feel “stupid” while wearing a helmet in your safe place, but “stupid” is better than dumb and dead.  Stay well and safe!

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Targeted Solutions to Aging

Aging.  Well, we are all aging if we are over 18 years old or so!  Some of us age more “gracefully” than others.  Gracefully, meaning that we don’t physically show the signs of aging like gray hair and wrinkles as soon as others.  However, those Hollywood mandated signs of aging are only superficial.  Aging is at the cellular level and is happening everyday.

Recent research has found that anti-oxidant support can shore up your defenses against aging diseases. Oxidation and inflammation are at the heart of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, digestive problems and every other degenerative disease.

Inflammation is not always a bad thing, like when you scratch your finger on a tack and the white blood cells jump into action with the body’s inflammatory chemicals to rush in and take care of the invasion caused by the scratch. However, these same inflammatory fighting compound also go into emergency response to gradual cell damage from free radicals.  Chronic inflammation is the results when the body does not know when to stop.

According to author Jonny Bowden, PhD, should you find that you are overweight, have diabetes or dementia, you definitely have chronic inflammation. To find a measure of inflammation, you can look at your C-Reactive protein test (CRP). The CRP test measures the liver’s response to inflammatory conditions. Even though the test is not perfect, it tells you whether you have inflammation in your body. Unfortunately it does not tell you where the inflammation is in your body.

So what supplements help with aging and anti-inflammatory responses? What can I do to age better?  Here are some supplements that help slow aging by reducing inflammation.  We are fortunate that Shaklee has Targeted Solutions for Aging!  Here are a few of my favorites supplements that I take each day to help maintain a healthy body.  I may be aging, but I am going to do everything I can to slow aging and fight against those free radicals that cause cell dShaklee's CarotoMaxamage.

Astaxanthin: a powerful and potent Carotenoid found in salmon, krill, algae and yeast and is known to scavenge free radical.  Protects against damage to LDL cholesterol, cell membranes, cells and tissues in the eyes, prostrate, cervix, lungs and heart.

Found in Shaklee’s CarotoMax

N-acetlylcysteine (NAC): A primary building block for glutathione, n-acetylcysteine helps boost immunity, detox the liver, and lessen the effects of infection and oxidative stress.

Found in Shaklee Vitalizer Gold, with and without Vitamin K, also in VitaLea Gold with & without Vitamin K

Trans-Resveratrol:  The active part of Resveratrol, this anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory compound is found in red grape skins and red wine.

* Key ingredients in Vivix have been shown in a clinical study and numerous laboratory studies to improve cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance*
* Delivers a broad spectrum of over 15 polyphenols—including ellagitannins, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants*
* Ingredients that are 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging*
Found is Shaklee’s Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement.

Proanthocyanidins: Strong anti-oxidant that protect against oixidative stress. One of the two stong anti-oxidants found in grapes seeds and skins, (resveratrol is the other), Proanthocyanidins have been shown in clinical research to have anti-oxidant protection from oxidative damge caused by smoking, pollution and free radical damage formed in our body during normal metabolism. Studies have also show anti-cancer, anti-tumor and anti-allergic protection along with prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Proanthocyanidins are compounds that appear to have more powerful antioxidant properties than both vitamins C and E*

Found in Shaklee’s Vita-E Complex and Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement and Shaklee’s FlavoMax Complex.

Curcumin or Tumeric: Strong anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials underway to study Curcumin, the active ingredient in Tumeric, for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s and colorectal cancer.

Found in Shaklee’s Liver DTX Complex

Good Health is a choice we make each day.  Are you making the correct choices to have a healthier life, a longer life, a better quality of life as you age?  Don’t you deserve the best life has to offer?  My choice is prevention.  I am doing all that I can to prevent disease.  Prevention is better than disease care any day.  So make you choice and join me in prevention.  Stay well!

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Sleeping Pills and Death

So you need a little more sleep, your Doctor prescribes a sleeping pill and you are a happy camper with that little pill. You ignore the groggy mornings and the fuzziness. Can you ignore the increased potential of Death?  In a recently published study from the British Medical Journal the BMJ Open Journal, evidence has been found to link the use of sleeping pills to increased death rate amoung the users.

This study was carried out in the US, led by Daniel Kripke from the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla CA. It studied the population severed by the largest rural integrated healthcare system in America in Pennsylvania over a 2 1/2 year period. Researchers compared the death rates of more than 10,500 people who received sleeping pill prescriptions with those of more than 23,600 others who did not receive such sleeping medications. The groups were matched for health and other factors such as age, gender, smoking, body mass index, ethnicity, marital status, alcohol use and prior cancer.

The results found that patients prescribed any hypnotic (sleeping pill) had substantially elevated hazards of dying compared to those prescribed no hypnotics. Receiving hypnotic prescriptions was associated with greater than threefold increase hazards of death even when prescribed less than 18 pills per year. Patients taking between 18 and 132 doses or more per year had a risk of death more than 5 times those that did not take the sleeping pills.

There have been several reason put forth to explain the higher death rates, such as use of the pills hiding symptoms of disease. Sleeplessness is a sign of some diseases and is often overlooked as such. Treating the sleeplessness with sleeping pills rather than looking further into possible causes has covered up diseases that when discovered have moved to worse stages had they been discovered earlier. And there has been an association between sleeping pill use and higher cancer rates although they had not been at greater risk of cancer prior to taking the pills.

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to sleeping pills that work.  Gentle Sleep Complex from Shaklee is a unique combination features passion flower, German chamomile, and valerian. Valerian has been used for over a thousand years because it helps maintain a calm state, promotes relaxation, and is a natural means of promoting restful sleep.

Gentle Sleep Complex:  • Used safely and tradidionally to promote restful sleep*
• Natural support for maintaining a calm state*  • Guaranteed to provide 0.8% valerenic acid per serving.  When combined with good natural nutrition, proper diet and exercise, sleep and better moods are possible.  Stay Well!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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It’s a Matter of Life or Death

Your weight.  It is a matter of Life or Death.  Your Life or Your Death.  What will you choose?
Fact:  1 out of 2 obese people will die prematurely due to complications associated with their weight.
Health Consequences:    
Stroke
Dyslipidemia
Hypertension
Osteoarthritis
Type 2 diabetes
 Gallbladder disease
Coronary heart disease
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Why most diets fail: You Lose Weight from Lean Muscle & Fat, That leads to a  Reduced Metabolic Rate, which leads to an Increase in Fat Storage
Then:  with a Reduced Metabolic Rate and the Loss of Muscle you Regain Weight from Fat.  YoYo.

This vicious cycle is repeated over and over each time you try to lose weight incorrectly.  To lose weight the right way, you need to prevent muscle loss.
Why?  Because Muscle = Metabolism.   Stop YoYo-ing!

Shaklee has a Weight Loss program that is powered with an essential amino acid called Leucine.  The products in the Cinch Inch Loss Plan are formulated to help you break the vicious diet cycle.

  • Cinch contains a proprietary clinically tested LEUCINE formula*
  • Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps you lose weight the right way
  • Leucine helps the body retain and even build lean muscle
  • Leucine supports a healthy metabolism by preserving muscle

In a pilot study, participants lost an average of 15 pounds in 12 weeks.  Thousands of people have lost weight safely with Cinch and kept it off for years! Join the Cinch Inch Transformation this year.  I have used Cinch Shakes, Snack Bars and Meal-in-a-Bars for several years with success.  The Cinch Protein Shakes for breakfast keep me going during my busy mornings while the Cinch Tea with a Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bar in mid-afternoon make for a successful day.

Free $100 Shaklee CInch Sampler with $70 order*

Join me in getting back to your healthy weight.  Having more energy, lower blood pressure and more fun are some of my reasons to get Cinched this year.  What are yours?  For details on 2 great Shaklee Cinch offers, visit my Shaklee online store.

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Weight Loss Tips for 2012

So how are you doing with your 2012 Resolutions?  Had any results yet?  Started yet?  I know.  It is hard to get started on some of these crazy diets that float around this time of year!  Changing habits is hard.  We all like doing the same things since that gives us a sense of security and continuity in our lives.  Control too if we will admit it.

Take Those Measurements

However, if your goal is to loose some of those unwanted pounds, there are some things you can do to make the new habits easier.  First of all, weight and measure yourself so you have a base measurement for future comparison.  Take a photo of yourself in comfortable clothing, like a T-shirt and gym pants.  Between the measurements and the photo, you will have a good baseline.

Now, habits take a while to change.  So make only a few changes in your diet and exercise at first.  Making only a few changes will help you achieve results quicker.  Focusing on only a few changes is easier and you don’t feel out of control.  Make a short list, create a chart of those few changes and note your progress each day.

Easy Changes that Work:

1.  Add Filtered Water each day.  I have talked so much about how our bodies need quantities of filtered water so check out some of my previous posts.  I drink about 10 to 12 cups of water each day.  My skin is healthy, my body feels good and I get rid of toxins.

2.  Add Exercise each day.  Park further from the door of work or at the grocery store.  Take the stairs up a few flights instead of the elevator.  Walk the dog or the neighbor’s dog each day.   A brisk walk around your neighborhood, just move.  On really hot or really cold days, I walk in my house, listening to a learning CD, but moving for at least 45 minutes.

3.  Add Protein while cutting Carbohydrates.  I use Shaklee’s Cinch Snack bars which give me a low glycemic option each day.  They are crunchy, filling because of the fiber and have the right balance of protein to carbohydrates.  You need carbs to burn fat!  So don’t completely cut out the carbs.  But having too many carbs is bad.  So watch the balance.  Add the good Shaklee Cinch protein, clinically proven to work.

4.  Add Fiber to your diet in the form of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.  Avoid grapes and tomatoes as they have high sugar and low fiber.  Crunchy goodness like apples give you fiber, good carbs and vitamins.

5.  Take your Measurements and weigh once a week.  If you are loosing fat and not muscle mass, the inches will drop more than the pounds at first.  Muscle mass weighs more than fat!  And building up muscle mass is important to maintaining a healthy weight.

Make slow changes, be consistent and watch that extra weight gently fall off and stay off.  Stopping the YoYo diet cycle is crucial to keeping the weight off. Cinch was created to stop the YoYo diet cycle.  For more information on Cinch, look at this siteStay well and healthy in the new year!

 

 

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The HCG Controversy

Recently I was attending a meeting and heard from 2 different people that they were using the “amazing HCG diet”.  HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin.  ” Take these drops or injections (depends of the plan) and stick to a 500 calorie diet each day and you will lose about a pound a day” one person said.  Well in my experience if you are on a 500 calorie diet, you will lose weight! No surprise there.

But the people insisted that this was “the way” to get back into shape.  No hunger pains, no exercise, no real work or worry.  I would worry about taking something that the FDA has not looked favorably upon.  I would worry about cutting my food intake so much that I was burning more that fat in order to “lose weight”.  If things are too easy, most times there is something wrong with the process.  But these 2 people were sticking to the plan.

In January 2011 and an updated statement in December 2011, the FDA issued statements saying that homeopathic HCG products are illegal.  “The FDA is warning consumers that over the counter HCG products marketed as weight loss aids are unproven and illegal. Many HCG products are marketed to be taken in connection with a very low calorie diet — it’s the decrease in calories that accounts for any weight loss. There are currently no FDA-approved HCG products designed to help you lose weight. FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly issued warning letters to companies illegally marketing over-the-counter HCG products labeled for weight loss.”

Letters have been sent to 7 different companies according to the FDA statement. “FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims.”

These companies are:

Nutri Fusion Systems, Inc
Natural Medical Supply, LLC DBA HCG Complete Diet
HCG Platinum, LLC
Theoriginalhcgdrogs.com
HCG Diet Direct, LLC
Hcg-miracleweightloss.com

For more information on the HCG diets and their negative side effects, visit the FDA website. 
According to the FDA site, “Living on 500 calories a day is not only unhealthy—it’s hazardous, according to FDA experts. Consumers on such restrictive diets are at increased risk for side effects that include gallstone formation, an imbalance of the electrolytes that keep the body’s muscles and nerves functioning properly, and an irregular heartbeat.

Shirley Blakely, a nutritionist at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, echoes concerns about such restrictive diets. They can be dangerous, she says, and potentially fatal.”

Of course I am partial to the clinically proven, natural weight management system from Shaklee call Cinch Inch Loss Plan.  Loose inches, keep the muscle mass you need and loose the fat you don’t need.  Muscle mass = metabolism.  The main thing is to lose the weight safely, slowly and in a manner that breaks the “YoYo” diet cycle!  Stay well.

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