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How Can You Protect Yourself From Dangerous Supplements?
PT BarnumIf the FDA isn’t going to protect you, what can you do to protect yourself from dangerous supplements? There are three simple things that you can do to protect yourself;
#1: Use common sense.
Don’t even consider those weight loss supplements that promise you’ll lose 5-10 pounds/week, or that they will make the fat melt away effortlessly.
Walk away from those bodybuilding supplements that promise to make your muscles “explode” or give you “insane energy”.
Put those energy supplements that promise a jolt of energy back on the shelf.
As for sexual enhancement products, consult your doctor before you reach for a magic pill. Your problems in the bedroom may be caused by a treatable medical condition.
#2: Make the Commitment. A holistic lifestyle change that includes weight control, exercise, diet and supplementation may be more work, but it is so much safer and more beneficial in the long run.
#3: Choose wisely. Look for a supplement company with integrity.
A company that is committed to only making products that are both safe and effective.
A company that does clinical studies to make sure their products are safe and effective and publishes those studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The Bottom Line
1) A recent study reported that 23,000 emergency visits and 2,100 hospital admissions each year were caused by dietary supplements. Some experts consider this to be an overestimate. It is an extrapolation from 63 hospitals to every hospital in the United States, and it is approximately 8-fold higher than the FDAs Adverse Events database.
2) While the headlines sound scary, when you put the data into perspective it is clear that dietary supplements are actually quite safe. Even if we accept the 23,000 ER visits/year as accurate, this represents:
0.015% of the supplement users in the US.
Approximately 1% of the annual ER admissions due to side effects of properly prescribed medications.
3) The main value of this study is that it allows us to identify what the dangers are and what strategies can help us avoid those dangers.
13% of the ER visits were due to allergic reactions. This is probably unavoidable. Since many food supplements use natural ingredients, some degree of food allergies are to be expected.
13% of the ER visits were due to swallowing problems, primarily in people over the age of 65. If you or a loved one has difficulty swallowing, the solution is pretty simple. Choose pills that are small and slick, chewable, powder or liquid supplements.
20% of the ER visits were due to adverse effects caused by unsupervised ingestion of the supplements by children. The preventative measure here is also pretty simple. Keep your supplements out of reach of small children.
41% of the ER visits were due to weight loss products (25.5%), energy products (10%), sexual enhancement products (3.4%) and bodybuilding products (2.2%). These are the kinds of supplements you really need to be most careful about. Some supplements in this category are truly dangerous.
4) If we ask why these dangerous supplements exist, the answers are pretty simple.
Many Americans are looking for quick and easy solutions. They want a magic pill or powder.
A few unscrupulous supplement companies are only too happy to give them exactly what they want, even if it kills them in the process.
5) Unfortunately, the FDA is not doing a good enough job of protecting us from the truly dangerous supplements on the market, so we need to protect ourselves.
6) To protect ourselves from the dangerous supplements on the market we need to take 3 simple steps:
Use common sense. Don’t fall for the advertising hype promising quick and easy solutions.
Commit to true lifestyle change. Adopt a holistic lifestyle that includes weight control, diet, exercise, and supplementation.
Choose your supplement manufacturer wisely. Choose one with integrity – one that is committed to making supplements that are both safe and effective.
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Hi Everyone, seems I don't get much interest on here, that's why I haven't been posting. However, I wanted to share how much I love my dog, my grand daughter and I have started baking her all natural cookies, chicken flavor, beef flavor, peanut butter and carob. With carob chip coming in next week. She takes Neo Life vitamins already, everyone of my dogs have since 1980, and they love them. So I decided to start baking my newest dog, Mae, some healthier, less processed, no GMOs or preservatives, cookies. She is eating a refrigerated dog food, which I special order for her from a local pet supply store, and is doing very well, with less hair loss and a much shinier coat and her eyes sparkle, especially when she sees a chicken flavored cookie😀
So just thought I'd share what I am up to at this point. Hope you are all doing well!
I decided to go running again. Hadn't done it in the last 3-5 years. So I made a plan. Since it had been so long, I didn't want to over due it. I decided I would walk one phone pole, get to the next, run that one, walk to the next and so on.
But I found when I got out on the road, I had more stamina than I realized! I was able to run two, walk one, run two, walk one, etc. AND, I did it for the length I used to run, which is 1 and 3/4 miles. I will continue to do this until I decide I can run the whole distance and keep it going on a daily pace.
57 years old tomorrow and running again:) proud of myself and feel great for it too.
I like living the healthier lifestyle!
Steps to Slow Aging Naturally
The thousands of studies that have been done on aging are beginning to point to one inescapable conclusion: we may be able to modify our aging process by changing what we consume and how we live.
Here are the steps everyone can take to naturally slow the aging process:
In recent studies regular exercise has been associated with a reduction in risk for breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. One study even suggested that that regular exercise is associated with a longer lifespan, especially when combined with weight redution.1
Reduce your stress
Sustained stressors such as emotional trauma, feeling threatened or insecure, and even natural disasters appear to be associated with increased aging biomarkers.2 You can work to reduce the stress you feel from those events by practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, and biofeedback. Walking or jogging is another great stress reducer—and my personal favorite.
Maintain your ideal weight
Being overweight is associated with a wide variety of age-related diseases, including diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.3 Achieving your ideal weight can be hard, but there are many tools available that can help you reduce your calories, maintain your lean body mass, and lose body fat. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, try working towards losing 10 pounds over the next two months—that is doable.
Make time for sleep
Lack of sleep can have devastating effects on our health, impacting our mood,4 our memories,5 and even cold and flu resistance.6 To improve sleep, consider having a consistent sleep schedule. Use your bed only for sleep, try a "white noise generator" such as a fan, avoid caffeine after noon, and limit alcohol intake in the last 2-3 hours before bedtime.
The role of good social relationships is important to our overall health. As we age, having good social ties is linked to less depression, better cognitive skills,7 and even a longer life.8
Consume the right nutrients
Eat fruits and vegetables: Since most Americans don't eat the recommended seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day, the opportunity for improving health (and longevity) by improving diet is great—just by adding some berries to breakfast and an extra vegetable to your dinner plate.9
Take a multivitamin: B12, B6, C, E, niacin, folic acid, iron, or zinc all seem to mimic damage to DNA from radiation.10 Everyone should consider a good multivitamin to help supplement their base nutritional needs.
Load up on polyphenols: Polyphenols are found in many fruits, vegetables, green tea, black tea, red wine, coffee, chocolate, olives, and extra virgin olive oil. They are plant-based nutrients that have antioxidant benefits and help protect against cellular aging.11
•Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG): A flavanol found in tea, it has been shown to act as an antioxidant and possibly protect against aging.
•Muscadine grapes: The grapes possess one of the highest antioxidant levels among fruits.12 They contain a high concentration of polyphenols, but unlike other grapes they also contain a high amount of ellagitannin and ellagic acid.13 Extracts of muscadine grape have been studied for their ability to help support a normal inflammation response after consumption of after a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal and act as antioxidants.14,15
•Resveratrol: Studies suggest that resveratrol (a type of polyphenol) may also slow cellular aging.16
How fast you age may truly be in your hands. There is a lot you can do starting today to help slow cellular aging.
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2 Price LH, Kao HT, Burgers DE, Carpenter LL, Tyrka AR. Telomeres and early-life stress: an overview. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 1;73(1):15-23. PMID: 22831981;
3 Field AE, Coakley EH, Must A, et al. Impact of overweight on the risk of developing common chronic diseases during a 10-year period. Arch Intern Med. 2001 Jul 9;161(13):1581-6. PMID:11434789.
4 Cole MG, Dendukuri N. Risk factors for depression among elderly community subjects: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2003 Jun;160(6):1147-56.. PMID: 12777274.
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8 Kern ML, Porta SS, Friedman HS. Lifelong Pathways to Longevity: Personality, Relationships, Flourishing, and Health. J Pers. 2013 Aug 8. PMID: 23927423.
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10 Ames BN. Micronutrients prevent cancer and delay aging. Toxicol Lett. 1998 Dec 28;102-103:5-18. PMID: 10022226.
11 Fraga CG, Galleano M, Verstraeten SV, Oteiza PI. Basic biochemical mechanisms behind the health benefits of polyphenols. Mol Aspects Med. 2010 Dec;31(6):435-45. PMID: 20854840.
12 Greenspan P, Bauer JD, Pollock SH, et al. Antiinflammatory properties of the muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia). J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Nov 2;53(22):8481-4. PMID: 16248541.
13 Sandhu AK, Gu L. Antioxidant capacity, phenolic content, and profiling of phenolic compounds in the seeds, skin, and pulp of Vitis rotundifolia (Muscadine Grapes) As determined by HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS(n). J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Apr 28;58(8):4681-92. PMID: 20334341.
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webmd.com Lack of sleep can compromise our immune system’s ability to fight off colds and flu, including H1N1, and even heart disease.
How Fast are you Aging?
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to age faster than others? Scientists are learning that we may actually be able to slow the aging process by changing some of our unhealthy habits.
To find out what might be contributing to faster aging, take our quick quiz:
Scientists who study aging have found there are many things that can speed your aging:
Stress and anxiety are normal parts of life and usually aren't a problem until they become everyday events. Stress raises many hormones, including cortisol, which can impact the way we look and how fast we age.1 In a recent study, women with a high level of anxiety had biological markers of women who were six years older.2
When you look at the faces of people who are long-term smokers, you can see that smoking destroys their skin. Smoking is associated with many chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, as well as lung and other cancers.3
Too Much Sun Exposure
While the sun is good for us in small amounts as a great source for vitamin D production in our bodies, ultraviolet radiation is also well known to age skin prematurely.4
Short-term sleep deprivation (such as having a bad night's sleep) has a variety of adverse effects, including raising blood pressure, impairing blood sugar control, and increasing inflammation, which all can accelerate aging. But when people don't sleep well over a long period of time (less than 7 hours of sleep) they are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and an increase in all-cause mortality.5
Many foods may even accelerate aging, including trans fats and processed and hydrogenated oils.6 Refined sugars produce a chemical reaction called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in our bodies and these have been tied to serious health conditions.7
Obesity has been called a state of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress8 and is associated with a variety of diseases, including diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.9,10
Sedentary lifestyles have long been associated with being less healthy. People who don't exercise are more likely to be overweight, have higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even certain cancers.11
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4 Polefka TG, Meyer TA, Agin PP, Bianchini RJ. Effects of solar radiation on the skin. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2012 Jun;11(2):134-43. PMID: 22672278.
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8 Vincent HK, Innes KE, Vincent KR. Oxidative stress and potential interventions to reduce oxidative stress in overweight and obesity. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2007 Nov;9(6):813-39. PMID: 17924865.
9 Hubert HB, Bloch DA, Oehlert JW, Fries JF. Lifestyle habits and compression of morbidity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2002 Jun;57(6):M347-51. PMID: 12023263.
10 Field AE, Coakley EH, Must A, et al. Impact of overweight on the risk of developing common chronic diseases during a 10-year period. Arch Intern Med. 2001 Jul 9;161(13):1581-6. PMID:11434789.
11 Kruk J. Physical activity in the prevention of the most frequent chronic diseases: an analysis of the recent evidence. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2007 Jul-Sep;8(3):325-38. PMID: 18159963.
cdc.gov Data and statistical information on health effects of cigarette smoking.