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Deja Vu…

Strange deja vu moment today.

Back in September, right after my son had surgery, I wrote this post  about the government wanting to put restrictions on supplements.

And here we are again, shortly after his second surgery, and I get ANOTHER email request to take action and call government officials.

Clearly we need to stop the surgeries 🙂

This is an excerpt I got today from a Know the Cause email, written by Doug Kaufmann:

“I’m concerned that we have a dilemma on our hands with the FDA accepting funds from pharmaceutical companiesthose whom they should be governing rather than commingling with. At the very least, this represents a blatant conflict of interest. At worst, I am concerned that this improper relationship between our FDA and the pharmaceutical companies may be one of the very reasons that our FDA is now considering imposing legislation against the freedoms we enjoy in health food stores…”

I’m flabbergasted.  Why the FDA would want to partner up with the big pharm companies is beyond me.  No wait.  I do get it.  I just don’t agree with the money-driven motive…

This is the way I see it….Big pharm companies are annoyed that they can’t patent (and sell at a ridiculously inflated price) naturally occuring supplements/minerals, etc. like Chlorella. So they partner up with the FDA, slip this government agency some $$$, and buying supplements (that these pharmaceutical companies can’t make any money off of) becomes much more difficult. Does anyone else smell a skunk?

ANYWAY, there is a link to voice your concern:

http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-food-detention-powers-endanger-food-and-supplements (scroll down to the last paragraph right before the facebook share button and click on that link…it’ll bring you to a demographic form and prewritten letter.)

BUT the comments are only accepted through tomorrow–Friday, 12/2/11. So please don’t save this for a better time. Take 2 minutes and do it right now 🙂  This is a big deal!

 

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My Bare Essential Supplements and Vitamins

I am going on a trip.  On Tuesday.  To a different country! 

As I’m making lists of items not to be forgotten, I got a little stuck when it came to supplements and vitamins.  I don’t take any prescription medications for my asthma or PCOS anymore, but I rely on supplements and vitamins (and of course a healthy diet) to keep me healthy and strong. And I take more than most.

Here is my bare essential list so far:

I am also bringing some supplements for blood sugar as my PCOS is usually under control at home, but I have less control over my diet when I travel, so better safe than sorry!

These are the ones I take everyday, without exception. (Except the oregano…those are on an as-needed basis.)  I feel GOOD on this particular regimen.  Along with my diet, these are keeping me healthy as most people in my neck of the woods are starting to gets sniffles and coughs.

So here are some questions for YOU:  For those who travel (solely with carry-on baggage) with supplements/vitamins (not RXs), do you leave the pills in the bottles, or do you stick them in a ziplock bag? And what about the gelcaps? They’re technically liquid, so do you put them in your 1 qt liquid bag? What vitamins and supplements are you sure to have in YOUR suitcase?

Strangely, on airline websites, travel blogs, and other areas for information, this particular topic has varied answers, which surprises me since rules for travel these days are pretty strict.

Hopefully I can figure this out in the next 36 hours 🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

I Wish the Government Would Stay Away From My “Medicine” Cabinet!

Sorry for the hiatus…my little guy had surgery on Friday and we were (kind of still are) knee-deep in recovery 🙂

When I resurfaced and checked email, I found this article from Dr. Mercola:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/13/fda-to-ban-new-supplements-and-classify-them-like-food-preservatives.aspx?e_cid=20110913_DNL_art_1

Apparently the FDA wants to ban supplements.

Personally, I don’t appreciate it when people I don’t know tell me what to do, especially when it comes to my health. And when I have successfully treated my ailments (including a biggie like asthma), I am not only scared that I won’t be able to take care of my health but worried/annoyed that others won’t have the same opportunity to help themselves to better health.

So, I’ve made my voice heard. I’ve contacted my local representatives and hope that many (many) others will as well.

There was a very similar scenario back in 1994.  The people rebelled and contacted their local officials and the FDA backed off. Until now.

Will you sit back and do nothing? Or spend 5 minutes contacting your representatives? At the end of the Mercola article, there is a link to find your representatives’ contact info, talking points and even an email template (although rumor has it calls and faxes make the most impact). Let’s work together and make them back down AGAIN!

If for no other reason, it’ll put a damper on this blog! Without supplements to test out, you’ll be reading 101 blog posts about different broccoli preparations 🙂

The Benefits of Astaxanthin

I have a confession to make.

I can’t actually pronounce Astaxanthin.  I sound a bit absurd going into the Vitamin Shoppe and babbling syllables over and over again until one of the staff shushes me (nicely, of course) and points me in the right direction.

Sure, if you’re looking at the word, you can slowly sound out the syllables (“as tuh xan thin”). But I don’t usually shop with note cards.

ANYWAY, here’s the scoop.  Astaxanthin is a dye naturally made by marine algae.  When salmon, shellfish and flamingoes eat this algae, it gives them their pink color.

Studies show that this supplement:

  • Can cross the blood-brain barrier (getting through the layer of cells around your brain and flushes toxins which contribute to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and lupus)
  • Can improve eye health and slows macular degeneration
  • Is anti-inflammatory
  • Is a powerful antioxidant
  • Increases strength and endurance
  • Boosts immune system
  • Reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Can help carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms
  • Can ease allergy symptoms
  • Has no known side effects
  • Acts like a natural sunscreen

Since astaxanthin is fat soluble, it must be taken with a meal (that includes fat) so your body will absorb it.

If you’re re-evaluating the supplements you’re taking, ask your doctor if this one would be good to add to your regimen.

But remember that without changing your lifestyle and diet, you won’t be able to reap the full benefit of added supplements 🙂

Supplements and Surgery

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with some types of supplements (unless you stumbled on this site on your way to goodsnacksgoodtreats.com).

And if you’ve developed a supplement regimen with your physician, you’re probably on the right track.

But what happens when you need surgery? Doctors often ask about prescriptions medications you are taking, but don’t always ask about the herbal supplements you may be taking.  Here are some (not an exhaustive list, by any means) that you should tell your surgeon about and discontinue at least 2 weeks prior to surgery:

  • Echinacea–can have drug interactions, could interfere with wound healing
  • Ephedra–causes hypertension, palpitations, tachycardia
  • Fish Oil–can cause bleeding problems
  • Garlic–can thin the blood, can cause hypotension
  • Gingko–thins the blood
  • Ginseng–can thin the blood, cause hypoglycemia, can have drug interactions
  • Goldenseal–can have drug interactions
  • Kava–can make waking up from anesthesia difficult, can have drug interactions
  • Licorice–can have drug interactions
  • St. John’s Wort–can make waking up from anesthesia difficult, can cause photosensitivity
  • Valerian root–can make waking up from anesthesia difficult, can have drug interactions

Each of these has been shown to help certain issues. St. John’s Wort is used for depression. Kava is used as a sleeping aid. Valerian root can help with anxiety and sleep issues.

But supplements, while often times healthy on their own, besides causing the issues listed above, can change the absorption and elimination of conventional drugs.

BUT there are supplements and vitamins that are actually ENCOURAGED prior to and following surgery:

  • CO Q-10–taken prior to surgery, CO Q-10 may improve outcomes and the likelihood of normal heart rhythm in recovery; taken post-op, CO Q-10 can strength the heart muscle and help with free radical damage
  • Vitamin A–required for cell growth, production of connective tissue and growth of new blood vessels
  • Vitamin C–aids the body in producing wound-healing collagen and elastin, boosts immune system
  • Vitamin E–helps to stop fatty acids from building up in the arteries (atherosclerosis), improvement in heart function following surgery, neutralizes free radicals
  • Zinc–helps wounds heal faster, helps in the production of collagen

So in the event that you have a scheduled surgery coming up, be sure to tell your surgeon about the prescription, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements you are taking. It could make a significant difference in your surgery outcome and recovery. And ask about the vitamins and supplements you should be taking after your surgery. It may help you to heal even faster.  Good luck with your surgery and here’s to a speedy recovery!