Acute Otitis Media in Children

by Nick Soloway

Vitamin D Supplementation Reduces the Risk of Acute Otitis Media in Children


“Vitamin D Supplementation Reduces the Risk of Acute Otitis Media in Otitis-Prone Children,” Marchisio P, Consonni D, et al, Pediatr Infect Dis J, 2013 May 20; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Pediatric Clinic, Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy).

In a randomized study involving 116 children with a history of recurrent acute otitis media (rAOM), supplementation with vitamin D in a dosage of 1000 IU/d for a period of 4 months was found to restore serum values of at least 30 ng/mL and was found to significantly reduce the risk of uncomplicated acute otitis media (26 of the 58 children in the active treatment group) as compared to the occurrence among children who received a placebo (38 of 58 who received placebo). No significant difference in the number of children who experienced 1 or more episodes of spontaneous otorrhea was found between the groups. The authors conclude, “VD hypovitaminosis is common in children with rAOM and associated with an increase in the occurrence of AOM when serum 25(OH)D levels are <30 ng/mL. The administration of VD in a dosage of 1,000 IU/day restores serum values of >=30 ng/mL in most cases and is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of uncomplicated AOM.”

BEET JUICE and High Blood Pressure

by Nick Soloway

BEET JUICE and High Blood Pressure

A UK study – published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension – says beetroot juice significantly lowers high blood pressure.

The study was conducted by the famous Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute and headed up by Professor Amrita Ahluwalia. It’s the same institute that discovered that aspirin prevents heart attacks and strokes.

Researchers gave beetroot juice to healthy volunteers. They compared their blood pressure responses and the biochemical changes in their circulation.

And what they found was very good news indeed for people with hypertension. Not only does beetroot juice lower blood pressure… it does it quickly.

Professor Ahluwalia found that patients lowered their blood pressure within three hours of drinking their daily dose! And the effects last for 24 hours.

And the best thing is that the root works best for those who need it most.

Researchers found that “the higher the blood pressure, the greater the decrease.”

That’s good news for a lot of people. Just like the US, one in three adults in the UK suffer from hypertension. And the Blood Pressure Association says over 30 percent of sufferers don’t even know they have it. That’s too bad: it results in over 350 “preventable” strokes or heart attacks every day.

Researchers also tested a second group of patients with daily nitrate tablets. They too were able to lower their blood pressure. It’s possible that the high nitrate content in beetroot is one of the reasons why it’s so effective in lowering blood pressure. And why the research group believe it’s about to become the “next super food.”

“Beeting” Out the Competition
Beetroot is rich in antioxidants. It contains iron, boron, and folic acid. It also contains betanene, which is why it has such a violent color. Betanene is a super antioxidant: it’s more potent than polyphenols. Polyphenols are believed to be reason that diets rich in leafy vegetables lower blood pressure.

Research member Professor Ben Benjamin says that beetroot absorbs and stores super high levels of nitrate. These are found in soil and our bodies use them in its battle against blood pressure.

“When nitrate is present in saliva, bacteria on the tongue converts it into nitrite,” he says. “When the nitrite is swallowed, it’s converted into nitric oxide.”

And that is a chemical produced by our blood vessels to help them relax and lower blood pressure.

“Increasing the levels of nitrate with beetroot juice increases this effect,” he says.
The study also found beetroot juice works like aspirin. It prevents blood clots and protects the lining of blood vessels.

True Stories of Success
“Currently, treatment for high blood pressure involves a cocktail of aspirin, statins, beta blockers, and angiotensin converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors,” says Professor Benjamin. “People don’t like taking all the tablets. They don’t feel well and the treatment is lifelong.”
But he says beetroot is a healthy and safe alternative to all that.

And people are already putting it to the test.

Sixty-year-old David Kelsall, from Stoke-on-Trent, England, was amazed by the results.
“I discovered my blood pressure was high when my doctor was testing for something else,” he says. “It was not life-threatening but I was anxious to do something about it.”
He was considering drugs when he read the reports about beetroot juice.

“I drank three bottles of it a week,” he says. “Less than four weeks [later], my blood pressure had already leveled out. Now, a few months later, it is under control and normal. I am still drinking the juice, and I’m going to continue doing so. It may not help everyone, but it’s helped me.”

Getting Beetroot into Your Diet
Beetroot has a medium glycemic index score of 64… but this doesn’t need to be a problem. That’s because you only need to have a very small amount of beetroot juice to lower your blood pressure.

“We found that only a small amount of juice is needed – just 250ml – to have this effect,” says Professor Ahluwalia.

Dr. Al Sears says beetroot is better at beating blood pressure problems than any drug. Here is one simple recipe that he suggests for getting it into your diet.

To make this recipe simply take:

• two raw organic carrots
• three organic celery sticks
• one-half of an organic cucumber
• one organic beetroot
(1) Chop each of the vegetables up.
(1) Drop ‘em in your juicer.
(3) Blend and drink.
It’s as simple as that!

Motion sickness

by Nick Soloway

Spend your summer vacation free from motion sickness


Q: My wife and I have been talking about taking a cross-country drive for years, but I’m afraid I’ll spend most of the trip doubled over with nausea. What can I take for motion sickness?


Dr. Wright: I’m going to provide you with a three-pronged attack that I hope will allow you to spend time enjoying the scenery, instead of worrying about keeping your lunch down.


First, bring some ginger capsules along for the drive. Women have been using ginger for years to beat the nausea of morning sickness, and it’s also been proven effective for motion sickness. Aside from capsules, you can find fresh ginger and ginger tea in just about any grocery or health food store.


Second, be careful about what you eat before and during your trip. A study from the University of Pennsylvania found that people who ate a high-protein diet were slower to develop motion sickness, and their symptoms were less severe. So load up on those healthy proteins, like fish and poultry, and keep that bag of pretzels out of sight.


Third, you may want to try an acupressure band, which can help with your nausea. These bands work by stimulating the P6 acupressure point on your wrist, and I’ve known many patients who swear by them. Try these three tips, and you may feel powerful relief from your motion sickness.


by Nick Soloway

What REALLY Causes Heartburn?


Every day on television and other media we are barraged with ads about heartburn and acid reflux, which seem to tell us that stomach acid is the culprit causing our pain. If we take the patent medicine recommended in the commercial, our stomach problems will disappear.


And how do those medicines propose to “fix” the problem? They lower the level of stomach acidity by either neutralizing stomach acid (these are antacids) or by shutting down the stomach’s ability to produce acid (proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs).

But it’s not really the level of acid in the stomach that causes the discomfort we call heartburn. Heartburn is caused when acid that is supposed to be in the stomach aiding digestion backs up into the esophagus, whose lining is not capable of withstanding the acidity and is chemically burned by it. If we take the advertised patent medicine, it will reduce the level of acid in the stomach, and so if comes up into the esophagus, its acidity will be less there as well, reducing or eliminating the burning sensation. But is this really a heartburn cure, or just temporary symptom relief? And do people really have too much acid in their stomach? Most importantly, is it healthy to reduce stomach acid?

Are Antacids and PPIs Really a Heartburn Cure?

Antacids and PPIs do reduce stomach acid, so when acid comes back into the throat, it does not burn as much. But antacids do not stop acid from going where it doesn’t belong in the first place.


Why does acid come up into the throat? There is a valve at the bottom of the esophagus, just before the stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It allows food to pass into the stomach, but is supposed to prohibit stomach contents from going in the other direction. When there is food present in the stomach, that valve is supposed to be shut tight, but sometimes it relaxes when it should not.


In some cases, the LES malfunctions because of food allergies and sensitivities, caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine. But it also happens when none of these is present. Doctors are not sure why, but some theorize that more acid, not less, is needed to keep the valve firmly shut, and that the valve relaxes in the presence of low stomach acid. If that is so, taking antacids could actually make the problem worse, not better.


Do People Often Have Too Much Stomach Acid?
Many studies have revealed that the production of stomach acid often decreases as we age, so that older people have much lower acidity level than younger ones. Yet often people develop heartburn in later years, just as acid production is declining. So it does not seem likely that heartburn is related to too much stomach acid at all. Yet when one goes to a doctor for a heartburn cure, antacids and PPIs are often prescribed without any testing on stomach acid levels. Ironically, when that test is done, it often reveals a lack of stomach acid rather than too much! This fact supports the theory that more acid keeps the LES more tightly closed.


Is It Healthy to Reduce Stomach Acid?
Stomach acid is needed in digestion and absorption of protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Older people in particular, who have lower levels of stomach acid, have difficulty absorbing sufficient nutrition. Moreover, stomach acid is a barrier that can prevent bacteria and other unwanted microorganisms from getting further into our digestive tract. Low stomach acid is linked to a variety of medical conditions including osteoporosis, pneumonia, and macular degeneration. Given that antacids only provide temporary relief from heartburn symptoms, and can lead to serious diseases or infections, they are not the best answer to the issue of heartburn.


What are better alternatives in curing heartburn?
Because many people suffering from heartburn have low stomach acid, some doctors have found that acid supplements often cure the problem. The supplements also help restore the digestive system, which enables better absorption of nutrients. Of course, no one should take acid except with the advice and under the care of a licensed doctor. If acid is normal in a person suffering from heartburn, his or her physician will often recommend testing for food allergies that could be causing the LES to malfunction. In addition, other natural supplements have been proven to help strengthen LES function, in particular melatonin.


So if you are suffering from heartburn, especially with any frequency, look for an integrative doctor (one who combines the use of supplements and natural remedies with more conventional approaches as needed) who is familiar with stomach acid level testing, and can get to the real cause of your heartburn.

Nick’s comment:
There is a sophisticated test available to test for low stomach acidity called the Heidelberg gastric analysis test.  Unfortunately this test is not readily available and is expensive. I have included 2 self tests below to help you determine if you have low stomach acid.


I personally take HCl with each meal and I have found significant changes in how I feel. No longer do I have bloating, constant pressure in my stomach area and wake up with last night’s dinner still in my stomach.  I just started doing procedure 2 below and had good results.


Initially in addition to supplementing HCl you may consider using a product called Heartburn Free. Heartburn Free is an extract from orange peel that you take every other day for 20 days, it strengthens the LES function to prevent acid from going up into the esophagus. A very important thing to do is to directly treat the stomach. People often have a condition called a hiatal hernia in which the stomach and esophagus are mal-positioned allowing stomach acid to go up into the esophagus.


I treat this manually and then teach the person who has this condition how to treat themself which also greatly reduces the reflux symptoms.  People who I have treated manually and then put on HCl supplementation have done very well in reducing their symptoms of reflux.

1.     Conduct an at-home test to see if your HCL is low. Mix 1/4 tsp. of baking soda in an 8 oz. glass of cold water. Drink the baking soda and water mixture first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Time how long it takes to belch after drinking the mixture. You should belch within 2 to 3 minutes if your HCL is adequate.

2.     Purchase supplemental HCL tablets from a health food or nutrition store. Take one 10 grain HCL capsule at the beginning of a substantial meal with protein. Take two capsules at the beginning of the next meal. Continue adding a capsule at every each meal until you feel a burning sensation in your chest. Note how many capsules you took before you felt the irritation and inform your physician. Generally, the higher the number of capsules you take, the lower your HCL is.


Both Heartburn Free and HCl (I use Vital Nutrients BETAINE HCL W/PEPSIN & GENTIAN) are available at Emerson Ecologic’s. Use this link to place your order…

Thyroid Evaluation

by Nick Soloway

8 Things Every Thyroid Evaluation MUST Check For

By Dr. Jonathan Wright on 06/25/2009 (

When patients come to the Tahoma Clinic with symptoms of weak thyroid function, we start by getting their complete medical history and doing a thorough physical exam. But we also run a complete set of blood tests. I stress the word “complete” because, unfortunately, many thyroid function tests leave out at one or more important markers. In order to get a full picture of your thyroid health, though, a comprehensive test should include the following eight measurements:


Thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH. Made by the pituitary gland, this hormone stimulates the thyroid gland to make its hormones, which include T4, and T3, (and T2, and T1, too!) This hormone usually—but not always—rises if the thyroid gland isn’t responding to the usual degree of TSH stimulation.


Theoretically, if there’s enough active thyroid hormone TSH stays below a certain level. For this reason (and because it’s less expensive for insurance companies) many physicians—even a few endocrinologists—rely on the TSH evaluation alone to assess thyroid function. This only gives you a small fraction of the “big picture.”


Free T4, also known as thyroxine. (Technically speaking, thyroxine is made up of two tyrosine molecules bound to four iodide molecules.) Free T4 is generally considered the “storage and transportation” form of thyroid hormone, although it does have some activity of its own.


Free T3, or tri-iodothyronine. (The biochemical make-up of tri-iodothyronine consists of two tyrosine molecules bound to three iodide molecules.) Free T3 is the very metabolically active form of thyroid hormone.


Reverse T3, also known as reverse tri-iodothyronine or rT3. (Its biochemical composition also involves two tyrosine molecules bound to three iodide molecules, but they’re not in the same positions on the tyrosine molecules as free T3). As mentioned on page 1, rT3 is a reverse mirror image of free T3 that blocks free T3 from doing its job.


Total T4 and total T3. These are the same basic hormones in free T4 and free T3—thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine—but instead of being bound to iodide, in this instance, they’re bound to a large protein molecule called thyroglobulin, which researchers have found to completely de-activate any thyroid bound to it.


Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGA), Thyroperoxidase Antibodies (TPO). When either or both of these antibodies are elevated, it indicates auto-immune thyroid disease. This situation is frequently (but not always) associated with gluten/gliadin sensitivity. Elevated TGA and/or TPO are another frequently missed cause of thyroid malfunction, missed because they’re often not tested.


There are also a number of other thyroid hormones which aren’t presently measured in any available thyroid tests: total T2, free T2, total T1, and free T1. The function of these hormones just hasn’t been adequately researched. In fact, T2 and T1 have been ignored and called useless, much as DHEA was for nearly two decades. However, evidence exists that T2 stimulates growth hormone in humans, as well as mitochondrial function, gene transcription, and enzymes. T1 likely has important functions, too, even if they aren’t yet well known. Hopefully, as more research is done, testing for these hormones will become available.


One more note, just to be clear: Even though elevated rT3 almost always indicates an accumulated excess of toxic metals, not everyone with excess toxic metals has an elevated rT3. Similarly, many hypothyroid individuals are hypothyroid for other reasons, and not because of toxic metals.

Muscle massage may speed healing

by Nick Soloway

Muscle massage may speed healing

Molecular benefits to rubbing overworked areas include reduced inflammation

By Nathan Seppa


Science News March 10th, 2012; Vol.181 #5 (p. 17)

Offering a modern take on an age-old remedy, scientists report that the satisfaction one gets from rubbing sore muscles seems to have tangible roots. Massages might lessen pain-inducing inflammation in muscles and boost healing in the process.


Researchers from Ontario and California have found clear molecular signs that overworked muscle cells respond to being manipulated by massage. They also found measurable decreases in inflammatory compounds in massaged muscle tissue and indications that muscle cells rev up their energy processors for the inevitable repairs that follow hard exercise. The findings appear in the Feb. 1 Science Translational Medicine.


“This is the best data I’ve ever seen addressing possible mechanisms by which this therapy works,” says Thomas Best, a sports medicine physician at the Ohio State University School of Medicine. “This is very compelling.”


Justin Crane, a kinesiologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and his colleagues recruited 11 active men to participate in an exhaustive workout that taxed their quadriceps, the muscles at the front of the thigh. Shortly afterward, one thigh on each volunteer received a 10-minute massage and the other didn’t. The researchers then took a muscle biopsy from both legs of each volunteer right after the massage and again 2.5 hours later.


Strenuous exercise damages muscle tissue, followed by rebuilding or disposal of damaged muscle cells, Crane says. While inflammation routinely shows up immediately after such hard exercise, lingering inflammation hinders the repair process.


The biopsies taken immediately after massage showed that the muscles of the massaged legs, but not the untreated legs, had reduced levels of an inflammatory protein called tumor necrosis factor-alpha. The biopsies also revealed activation of two kinds of enzymes called kinases right after the massage, an indicator that the muscle cells responded to being manually manipulated, Crane says.


The massaged-leg biopsies taken 2.5 hours later showed reduced levels interleukin-6, a different inflammatory protein, and elevated concentrations of a multipurpose compound called PGC1-alpha. PGC1-alpha plays roles in muscle fiber maintenance and cell metabolism.


The analysis also hinted that muscle cells in the massaged legs were setting the stage for growth of mitochondria, the energy factories in cells. Such growth would facilitate muscle refurbishment, Crane says.


Although massage and other alternative medicines are used by millions of people, the therapies have doubters, in part because studies of these techniques often measure benefits subjectively or lack biological evidence of an effect, the authors note. “I’m more convinced now that massage is effective,” Crane says. “We see inflammation going down and, conversely, other cell signaling going up — two facets of rehab going the right directions.”


Whether these biological changes account for all of massage’s pain relief remains unclear. Lowering inflammation can reduce pain. But Crane says massaging sore muscles might also involve the release of pain-alleviating endorphins and other neurotransmitters. “We really have no idea,” he says.


The study casts doubt on one other theory: Lactic acid builds up in hard-worked muscles, and some people believe massage moves it out of the muscle. But the massaged legs showed no difference in lactic acid from the untreated legs.

Injuries and surgery

by Nick Soloway

Injuries and surgery

it is very important to treat an injury or surgery as soon as possible. Most people will just wait until things feel better which may take several weeks or months. And then if after that time it’s not getting any better or its not resolved they may seek treatment. I have found over the years that if people are treated for their injuries or surgeries close to the time that they occur, there is a significant symptom reduction and reduction of the time for complete recovery. Just recently i saw someone who had fallen on the ice on their tailbone, moving and sitting was painful. The day after the injury i treated this person and within about 30 minutes there was at least 80 to 90% reduction of all symptoms. I’ve also made house calls to people who have had either a knee replacement surgery or hip replacement surgery. A very short treatment of half an hour or 45 minutes made significant reduction in pain and medication usage. I have also received calls from people calling me from the ski slope saying they have just had an injury. Several people have hobbled in using crutches and left without needing the crutches.

many times prolonged pain will cause a compensation pattern in the body as we try to deal with the pain. If this painful situation is not dealt with early enough the compensation pattern creates new difficulties. What i have seen is that usually people can compensate for the pain for 6 to 18 months and then “out of the blue” they develop a new pain. For the most part, treating the original injury will actually cause the new pain to disappear. So i encourage you to seek treatment whenever you have an injury or surgery as soon as possible so that things will heal faster and you’ll feel better.


Seanol Super Food

by Nick Soloway

Seanol Super Food


The super-antioxidant from the sea that can undo years
of damage to your heart, brain, joints and nerves


This astonishing healing discovery is up to 100 times more potent than blueberries, pomegranates, and even green tea catechins.

By Robert J. Rowen, MD 

What if I told you that one simple nutrient can improve your cholesterol, boost circulation, enhance memory and mental sharpness, and even help you sleep better?


You’d probably be skeptical. I certainly was…


But then I saw the research from Dr. Haengwoo Lee, a Korean biochemist now living near Seattle, Washington, and my jaw nearly dropped to the floor.


Dr. Lee has made a startling discovery that few people, even many alternative health doctors, know about. He and his team have found an antioxidant that’s up to 100 times stronger than the familiar antioxidants vitamins C and E, antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries, pomegranates and even green tea catechins.


I’ll tell you what it is in a moment. But first, let’s take a look at what this amazing “super-antioxidant” can do for your health. For starters, it can…Revive damaged arteries and improve blood flow in just 6 weeks


As you may know, your body has special cells called endothelium that line the insides of your arteries and veins. Endothelium generate a chemical called nitric oxide (NO), which keeps your artery walls open, relaxed and healthy.


In a clinical study, researchers looked at patients with damaged artery walls. This artery damage was restricting blood flow and causing heart troubles. But after taking this nutrient for just 6 weeks, their arterial health markedly improved. Blood flow increased by more than 50% — confirming this nutrient’s ability to support healthier circulation.


If it can improve blood flow so dramatically in people with damaged arteries, imagine what it can do for you. And that’s not all…Improve cholesterol and support your cardiovascular health.


You probably know that many heart problems are not due to cholesterol alone, as the statin peddlers want us to believe. Damage to your heart and artery walls is often determined by how your body handles cholesterol.


In other words, you don’t want the “bad” LDL cholesterol in your arteries to oxidize. Oxidizing means reacting with oxygen, such as when iron “rusts.” When LDL oxidizes, it can damage the endothelial lining of your arteries.

But this super-antioxidant inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Just imagine the healthy effect that can have on your heart and circulatory system.


In fact, in one study, researchers gave this nutrient to 39 adults (average age 55) for six weeks. Patients’ average cholesterol level dropped. Their hard-to-raise “good” HDL rose from 46.5 to 50.7 (highly significant). It’s very unusual for a natural supplement to raise HDL like this.


What’s more, their triglycerides fell from 215 to 195. And the atherogenic index (a key measurement of atherosclerosis) dropped a whopping 12.5%. All this with no lifestyle changes!


This little-known antioxidant is an extract of compounds found in red and brown sea algae called Ecklonia Cava. Ecklonia Cava grows at a depth of 100 feet off the coast of Korea and Japan. Researchers have named this brown seaweed extract Seanol.


Seanol has a unique molecular structure that gives it a big advantage over any antioxidant found on earth. You see, the power of an antioxidant depends on its structure, which is made up of rings.


Antioxidants use these rings to capture rogue electrons and neutralize free-radicals. The more rings an antioxidant has, the better it works.


For instance, resveratrol from grapes has 2 rings. Most land-based antioxidants (called polyphenols) have 3 interconnected rings. Green tea catechins have 4. But the ring structure of all these polyphenols pales in comparison to Seanol.


Seanol has 8 interconnected rings. That makes Seanol a veritable electron-trapping, free-radical killing machine! It’s like getting 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in a single nutrient.


You may have also heard that scientists measure antioxidant power with something called the ORAC scale. It’s short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The more free radicals a substance traps, the higher the ORAC score.


Nutritionists recommend that we consume around 5000 ORAC units per day to significantly reduce free radical damage. One serving (half a cup) of most fruits or vegetables gives you roughly 500 ORAC units — one-tenth your daily minimum.


But Seanol has an ORAC score of more than 8,300. That’s like getting your entire day’s worth of antioxidant protection in a single nutrient!


Seanol has another big advantage over what you might be taking now.

Virtually all land-based antioxidants (polyphenols) are water-soluble. Water-soluble antioxidants have a hard time penetrating your blood-brain barrier, to protect your brain cells.


But Seanol is 40% fat-soluble. That means it has a greater ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and protect the cells of your brain. In fact, it can more easily penetrate the membranes of all your cells, to give them the antioxidant protection they need.


Being fat-soluble also means that Seanol has a much longer active life in your body. Up to 12 full hours. While most water-soluble, plant-based polyphenols like blueberries and pomegranates are expelled through your urine in just 30 minutes. This means Seanol may be working inside your body up to 24 times longer.


All these advantages give Seanol up to 100 times more free-radical scavenging power than ordinary land-based polyphenols. Far more than even the popular green tea catechins.


I’ve already mentioned how Seanol can cross the blood-brain barrier, because it is 40% fat-soluble, unlike other antioxidants. Now let’s see how well it works inside your brain.


Your memory is dependent on the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). In lab tests, Seanol increased rodent ACh by 140% in brain regions responsible for learning and memory. And it did this after just 7 days of treatment! There’s more…


Your carotid arteries feed your brain. One group of researchers found that Seanol increases the velocity of blood flow in this important artery from an average of 36.68 cm/sec. to 40.09 cm/sec. The placebo group showed no improvement at all.


A good night’s sleep is essential for weight loss, immune support, and your overall health. Here’s where Seanol shines again.


When researchers gave Seanol to 36 participants in an 8-week study, the results were startling. Seanol cut the time it took for participants to fall asleep by 47 minutes. It increased total nighttime sleep by 1.6 hours. It improved soundness of sleep by 80%. It even boosted their energy level by 71%. Patients given the placebo showed no improvement.


You can get Seanol as this formula at Emerson Ecologics


FibroBoost 400 mg 75 vcaps (FIB12)


by Nick Soloway

Strawberries — more than just a powerful cholesterol fighter

from Dr. Robert Rowen’s


A few weeks ago, I told you about the powerful cholesterol-lowering abilities of strawberries. As you may know, I love strawberries. Actually, I love berries in general. They’re my favorite fruits. Now we find out that strawberries might be a powerhouse cancer preventive and treatment.


An Ohio State University study found that strawberry powder caused precancerous esophageal lesions to regress. Of 29 patients, 26 had large reductions in the malignancy grading of lesions.


This is good news for an otherwise bleak cancer. Only 8% of patients make it five years past diagnosis. It’s the sixth leading cause of worldwide cancer death. Here is a totally safe, nutritious, and inexpensive means of preventing it.


If you have acid reflux, you’re at increased risk. If you’ve ever been told you have Barrett’s esophagus, you are at very high risk. But I feel certain that the benefits of strawberries don’t just stop with the esophagus. This fruit has bioflavonoids that can attack cancer metabolism in several points. Consider adding other super fruits to your diet. These include pomegranates, acai berries, and gogi. All of these are readily available.


The strawberry powder used here was a 10x concentrate. But I have no doubt that fresh strawberries will prevent it just as well, especially if you eat as many as I do. Remember, strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed crops, so be sure that any product you use is organic. For a list of residual pesticides go to

Couch Potatoes

by Nick Soloway

Couch Potatoes 


It’s the couch potato — and while no one doubts that plugging your meat in a seat is unhealthy at any age, a new study finds that little kids who watch the most TV already have the earliest signs of heart disease.


Australian researchers randomly selected 1,492 6-year-olds from 34 schools in the Sydney area, and asked the kids’ parents to fill out questionnaires on how much time each day the children spent watching TV, using a computer, and playing outside.


They found that the average kid spent just 36 minutes a day being physically active… and nearly TWO HOURS a day parked in front of a screen, according to the study in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association (try saying that five times fast).


Then, the researchers photographed the arteries in the backs of the children’s eyes, and found that the couch potatoes had narrower blood vessels — and that each hour of tube time lead to a narrowing of 1.53 microns.


That’s a number so small it’s impossible to picture — but in real-world terms, it’s enough to raise systolic blood pressure readings by 10 mmHg.

The researchers say they have no idea what this means for children, and plan to follow these kids to see what happens as they age.


But we don’t need a study to know that narrow blood vessels lead to increased heart risk in adults. If that process is starting years earlier — in kindergarten! — the long-term news can’t possibly be good.


That’s not the only problem with TVs, computers and video games. Other studies have linked glowing screens to sleep issues, developmental problems and even stupidity — especially if your kid is inclined to mimic wrestling moves or cartoon stunts when he does go outside.


I know most kids would react to a TV-free home as if they’d been sentenced to Alcatraz… but that’s the best way to make sure your child is safe.


And if you can’t quite kick the tube to the curb, at least curb the number of hours your kids spend watching it.