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Health Info Newsletter February 24, 2012: GMOs, Red Clover for Menopause, Green Tea



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GMOs


Things are heating up in the GMO wars. In California, an initiative is underway to force GMO labeling on all food products. Joe Mercola, MD is helping us fight this battle here in California, as this state is the bellwether state for political action. What happens here usually happens around the country. And it's already starting to happen.


Further east, two U.S. Senators have written a "Dear Colleague" letter and released it to the public on February 8. They urged their colleagues to support the labeling of GMO foods. This is the first of its kind in Congress. It's a fantastic opportunity to get your Congressional representatives to listen to you for once, instead of predatory industry giants like Monsanto.


The Center for Food Safety has this to say: "Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in nearly 50 countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China, New Zealand, and many others. A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93% of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, `Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.' Yet the United States is one of the only countries in the world that doesn't require labeling of GE food!"


It's time for that to change! Please call or email your legislators repeatedly this month (the close date is Wednesday, February 29th).. And we need to encourage them to support the labeling of GE salmon and other foods. For other legislators, please use the following links to find their email and phone number, or use the zip code access available at the listed link.

(1) To locate your House Representative:
To enter your zip code: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
If you know your Representative's name: http://www.house.gov/representatives/.
(2) To locate your Senators:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

Thank you for taking action! This is a health and medical freedom issue. Please make your voice heard to the above officials as well as any Congressional leaders not specifically named above.

From www.moveon.org
Below is an email from Eric Schlosser, the author of "Fast Food Nation", and Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farm. Eric and Gary created a petition on SignOn.org that is getting a lot of attention.


The FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States.

 

The salmon is engineered to produce growth hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice the normal rate. The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or farm-raised—don't we also have a right to know if our salmon is genetically engineered? Without labels, we'll never know.

 

More than forty countries, including Russia and China, already require labels on genetically engineered foods. As Americans, we firmly believe that we deserve the same right to know what we are eating.

 

That's why I created a petition to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on SignOn.org, which says:

 

Commissioner Hamburg, we urge the FDA to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. We have a right to know about the food we eat and what we feed our families, but under current FDA regulations, we don't have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered foods.

 

Polls show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling. Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare. Please listen to the American public and mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods.

 

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

 

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271198&id=35802-6220990-fGqi03x&t=2

 

Thanks!

 

–Eric Schlosser and Gary Hirshberg

 

 

Red Clover for Menopausal Symptoms

 

Red Clover Isoflavones in Postmenopausal Women: Skin, Appendages, Mucosal Status

 

"Effect of Red Clover Isoflavones over Skin, Appendages, and Mucosal Status in Postmenopausal Women," Lipovac M, Chedraui P, et al, Obstet Gynecol Int, 2011; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Public Teaching Hospital Korneuburg, 2100 Korneuburg, Austria).

 

In a crossover, placebo-controlled study involving 109 postmenopausal women, supplementation with red clover extract isoflavones was found to improve scalp hair and skin status, libido, mood, sleep, and reduce tiredness.

 

Subjects were randomized to: 2 daily capsules of the red clover extract (80 mg), or placebo, for a period of 90 days, after which the interventions were crossed over (after a 7 day washout period). Subjective improvements in scalp hair and skin status, libido, mood, sleep, and tiredness were found after supplementation with red clover extract.

 

No significant differences in urinary complaints, nail, body hair, and oral/nasal/ocular mucosa were found. Subjects in the red clover extract group reported higher overall satisfaction. The authors conclude, "RCE supplementation exerted a subject improvement of scalp hair and skin status as well as libido, mood, sleep, and tiredness in postmenopausal women."

 

 

Red Clover Isoflavones and Vasomotor Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women

 

MENOPAUSE, VASOMOTOR SYMPTOMS, HOT FLASHES, NIGHT SWEATS - Red Clover Isoflavones

 

"The effect of red clover isoflavone supplementation over vasomotor and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women," Lipovac M, Chedraui P, et al, Gynecol Endocrinol, 2012 March; 28(3): 203-7. (Address: Martin Imhof, General Public Teaching Hospital Korneuburg, Wiener Ring 3-5, A-2100 Korneuburg, Austria. E-mail: martin.imhof@meduniwien.ac.at and martin@imhof.at ).

 

In a placebo-controlled study involving 109 postmenopausal women aged 40 years or older, supplementation with red clover isoflavones (80 mg/d) for a period of 90 days, was found to be associated with reducing daily hot flashes and vasomotor symptoms and overall intensity of menopausal symptoms.

 

Specifically, subjects were randomized to 80 mg/d red clover isoflavones or placebo for a period of 90 days, after which the interventions were crossed over (following a 7 day washout). Supplementation with red clover isoflavones was associated with significant reductions in daily hot flashes, night sweats, and overall menopausal symptom intensity, while placebo was associated with increases in all indices.

 

The authors state, "Red clover isoflavone supplementation was more effective than placebo in reducing daily vasomotor frequency and overall menopausal intensity in postmenopausal women."

 

 

Green Tea

 

Green tea contains volatile oils, vitamins, minerals, and caffeine, but the primary constituents of interest are the polyphenols, particularly the catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). The polyphenols are believed to be responsible for most of green tea’s roles in promoting good health.51


Green tea has been shown to mildly lower total cholesterol levels and improve the cholesterol profile (decreasing LDL “bad” cholesterol and increasing HDL “good” cholesterol) in most,52, 53, 54, 55 but not all,56 studies. Green tea may also promote cardiovascular health by making platelets in the blood less sticky.


Green tea has been shown to protect against the oxidation of cholesterol to a more toxic molecule (oxidized cholesterol).57 Consumption of green tea increases antioxidant activity in the blood.58 Oxidative damage to LDL can promoteatherosclerosis. While population studies have suggested that consumption of green tea is associated with protection against atherosclerosis,59 the evidence is still preliminary.


Several animal and test tube studies have demonstrated an anticancer effect of polyphenols from green tea.60, 61, 62 In one of these studies, a polyphenol called catechin from green tea effectively inhibited metastasis (uncontrolled spread) of melanoma (skin cancer) cells.63 The polyphenols in green tea have also been associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer in humans.64, 65, 66 However, some human studies have found no association between green tea consumption and decreased cancer risk.67, 68


In a double-blind trial, people with leukoplakia (a pre-cancerous oral condition) took 3 grams orally per day of a mixture of whole green tea, green tea polyphenols, and green tea pigments orally, and also painted a mixture of the tea on their lesions TID for six months.69 As compared to the placebo group, those in the green tea group had significant decreases in the pre-cancerous condition.


Compounds in green tea, as well as black tea, may reduce the risk of dental caries.70 Human volunteers rinsing with an alcohol extract of oolong tea leaves HS each night for four days had significantly less plaque formation, but similar amounts of plaque-causing bacteria, compared to those with no treatment.71


Green tea polyphenols have been shown to stimulate the production of several immune system cells, and have topical antibacterial properties—even against the bacteria that cause dental plaque.72, 73, 74


One study found that intake of 10 cups or more of green tea per day improved blood test results, indicating protection against liver damage.75 Further studies are needed to determine if taking green tea helps those with liver diseases.


Tea flavonoids given by capsule reduced fecal odor and favorably altered the gut bacteria in elderly Japanese with feeding tubes living in nursing homes.76 The study was repeated in bedridden elderly not on feeding tubes, and green tea was again shown to improve their gut bacteria.77 These studies raise the possibility of using green tea in other settings where gut bacteria are disturbed, such as after taking antibiotics. Further studies are needed to clarify the role of green tea in this respect, however.


High-tannin tea has been shown to reduce the need for blood removal from people with iron overload, or hemochromatosis, in an open study.78 The tea had to be taken with meals and without lemon or milk to be effective. Tea is believed to help in hemochromatosis by preventing iron absorption.


In a double-blind trial, men with precancerous changes in the prostate received a green tea extract providing 600 mg of catechins per day or a placebo for one year. After one year, prostate cancer had developed in 3.3% of the men receiving the green tea extract and in 30% of those given the placebo, a statistically significant difference.79 These results suggest that drinking green tea or taking green tea catechins may help prevent prostate cancer in men at high risk of developing the disease.


There are four case reports in which certain types of leukemia or lymphoma (low grade B-cell malignancies) improved after the patients began taking green tea extracts.80


Recommended Dosage


Much of the research documenting the health benefits of green tea is based on the amount of green tea typically consumed in Asian countries—about 3 cups (750 ml) per day (providing 240–320 mg of polyphenols).81 However, other research suggests as much as 10 cups (2,500 ml) per day is necessary to obtain noticeable benefits from green tea ingestion.82, 83

 

To brew green tea, 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of green tea leaves are combined with 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water and steeped for three minutes.

 

Decaffeinated tea is recommended to reduce the side effects associated with caffeine, including anxiety and insomnia. Tablets and capsules containing standardized extracts of polyphenols, particularly EGCG, are available. Some provide up to 97% polyphenol content—which is equivalent to drinking 4 cups (1,000 ml) of tea. Many of these standardized products are decaffeinated.