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What's Wrong with "Natural" Supplements?

Natural is not the same as whole-food based.

There is no FDA definition of "natural." Many, many products are labeled "natural" and are useless or even harmful to consumers. Even worse, the FDA will leave it undefined for the time being. This is a problem for everyone using the term to label their products:
"A lack of a uniform approach to the [natural] term has resulted in inconsistent product claims, consumer confusion, and even lawsuits against food companies accused of misleading consumers." - Lorraine Heller, FoodNavigator-USA.comThe trouble with "natural" is a company can start with a natural source, like a plant, then heat it so much the enzymes die. They can also add chemicals or other artificial ingredients and still call it "natural." That's why the word has no meaning.

Supplements only have to be ten percent natural in order to legally make this claim. That's why more than ninety-five percent of all vitamins sold today …

Seven Reasons Why BarleyLife® is The Best Green Food Product on The Market

1. BarleyLife® is a fresh, concentrated whole food juice powder from young organically grown barley grass. It is available in powder or veggie capsules.

2. Our bodies were designed to take in nutrients from whole foods. BarleyLife® is a whole food concentrate and our bodies know exactly what to do with nutrients from whole foods. When all the nutrients arrive in the small intestine, they act as transporter molecules for each other and easily cross the intestinal wall barrier. They get into the blood stream and then penetrate the cell membrane. It doesn't matter how many vitamin or mineral pills you take, if they don't make it to your cells, they do not do you any good at all. NOTE: Numerous green drinks have flooded the marketplace, often labeled "Green Super Foods." They're nothing more than milled grass or finely ground dried grass, which is cheap to make and allows a high profit margin. They cannot deliver the results that comes from drinking a concentrated g…

10 Quick Tricks to Avoid Halloween Candy

1. Buy candy you don't like.

2. Out of sight, out of mind.

3. Savor one piece of your favorite candy a day.

4. Chew gum.

5. Replace the candy with better choices.

6. Move the candy jar.

7. Count the empty wrappers.

8. Take a walking break.

9. Eat breakfast, a few healthy snacks, and a satisfying lunch.

10. Sip on a low-calorie beverage.

My number one trick, though, is if I don't buy it, I won't eat it. It's as simple as that!

Happy Halloween!

Exercise, Sunlight, and Adrenal Glands

"Exercise regulates at least eighteen different hormones, including those secreted by the adrenal glands. Sunlight also has a positive effect, so try exercising outdoors for at least twenty minutes daily." - Mary-Ann Shearer, author of The Natural Way

Do Not Be Fooled By Unhealthy Health Drinks

Health drinks are hardly as healthy as they seem. On store shelves, you can find many "healthy" drinks with 150 calories and 33 grams of sugar. There are teas and fruit drinks with as much as 30 grams of sugar.

In the latest edition of Eat This, Not that series, author David Zinczenko takes a critcal look at the beverage industry, particularly the health drinks. In Drink This, Not that, Zinczenko pulls back the curtain on a number of unhealthy health drinks. His findings lead him to believe that watching what you drink is just as important as watching what you eat.

"What I learned, above all: What we drink is making us fat," Zinczenko says. We're consuming at least a quarter of our daily calories in liquid form - more than 450 calories a day - and that's a major factor in our nation's obesity epidemic."

So are most health drinks healthy? Hardly.

Is The Field of Nutrition Full of Bad Science?

Is the field of nutrition full of bad science?

One scientist certainly thinks so. The Atlantic has published an article titled, Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science. It's about a doctor and researcher who has dedicated his life to exposing bad science.

"He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies-conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain-is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed."

Wow. As much as ninety percent.

"The article spelled out his belief that researchers were frequently manipulating data analyses, chasing career-advancing findings rather than good science, …

Sleep More For Weight Loss

A new study shows lack of sleep can throw off weight loss efforts.

According to CNN Health, research from the University of Chicago showed people trying to lose weight who slept 8.5 hours lost 55 percent more body fat than dieters who slept 5.5 hours.

"The dieters who slept less reported feeling hungrier throughout the course of the study," CNN said, even though "they ate the same diet, consumed multivitamins and performed the same type of work or leisure activities."

So if you're eating right and exercising and not losing a healthy two to three pounds per week, then try getting more sleep in order to see better weight loss results.

For Good Health, Start Now

"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease." - V.L. Allineare

Vitamin D and Pregnancy

A study, by researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, has found that women taking 4000 IU of vitamin D daily during pregnancy cut their chances of a preterm birth in half, compared to women taking only 200-400 IU.

The women taking 4000 IU of vitamin D also has a reduced risk of infections. There were no adverse effects found for this level of supplementation.

If you think you live in a sunny environment and don't need vitamin D, consider this:

"All the women taking part in the study were living in Charleston - in sunny South Carolina. Overall, 85 per cent were either insufficient, or "frankly deficient" in vitamin D when the study began." - Dr. Carol Wagner, a pediatric researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina

This adds to the list of studies indicating that the vast majority of people are deficient of vitamin D, even if they live in sunny places.

Brady, Daddy and Mama after a high school football game.

An Excellent Supplement For Pregnancies

When my wife was pregnant with our son Brady, one of the supplements she took was BarleyLife®. She made sure our little man was getting everything he needed for good health.

BarleyLife® and BarleyLife® Xtra are excellent food supplements to consider for pregnancies. They contain most of the nutrients an expectant mother needs. And taking BarleyLife®Xtra is no different than eating extra servings of green vegetables, minus the fiber.

According to Baby On The Way magazine, the following nutrients are highly important for women who are pregnant:

Calcium - Develops bones and teeth

Iron - Produces red blood cells and a healthy blood supply

Vitamin C - Produces collagen, which gives structure to bones and cartilage

Folic Acid - Helps to produce blood, protein and enzyme functions

Vitamin A - Development of skin and internal organs

Sodium - Too much sodium can be harmful. The sodium content in BarleyLife® Xtra is naturally occurring and completely safe.

BarleyLife® Xtra contains these nutrients, …

An Additional Way To Fight Cancer?

After being on oxygen for eight years, my father died of pancreatic cancer. So I especially took interest in this recent research, which found that fructose causes cells to multiply in pancreatic cancer.

Researchers explored the differences in glucose and fructose metabolism in pancreatic cancer cells. They found that fructose, which naturally occurs in fruit and is artificially created in sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, allows the cancer to progress more quickly.

These findings have major implications for cancer patients. Consuming less fructose, including some fruit, might be a an additional way to fight cancer.

It's the small, every day decisions that affect our health. What choices will you make today?

Weight Loss Is All About Insulin

Increased levels of the insulin hormone causes weight gain, independent of changes to diet or exercise.

So weight loss is all about insulin. Moderate your production of insulin by eliminating sugar and grains (including whole grains) and you will lose excess body fat - without dieting.

You'll also improve your energy level, reduce inflammation and minimize your risk of disease.

What could be better than that?

Nutritional Misinformation

It should go without saying that nutritional ignorance and misinformation abounds. You can get it from all sources, including, sadly, your own doctor." - Dr. Michael Eades, M.D.

My Criteria For Health Products

Anytime I buy a health product or decide to market it, there are five things I want to know about it.

1. Is it a drug or non-drug?

2. Is it non-toxic?

3. Does it help my body to heal itself?

4. Does it work?

5. Why was it created? What's the philosophy behind the product?

This is my process. The order is critical. Notice the first criteria is not, "Does it work?" or "Will it sell?"

I don't care about it if it's a drug or toxic product. Drugs work for many people, but I believe they're toxic to the body. They ease the pain, yes, but they don't stimulate the body to fix itself. Drugs effectively hide the problem, temporarily. And there are very scary side effects, like liver damage.

When it comes to drugs, they should be used as a last resort. We have the best emergency care in the world. However, there needs to be more emphasis on prevention. That's why it's important to take charge of your own health.

It's also why I don't hesi…

How To Take BarleyLife® Xtra

For best results:
Take BarleyLife® Xtra on an empty stomach, at least thirty minutes before meals. It is best to take BarleyLife® Xtra first thing in the morning, when you truly have an empty stomach. Another way to take it is at least two hours after a meal Any other time during the day when you feel tired or sleepy Start with one tablespoon, two to three times a day, for the first three days. Then you can gradually increase this amount to meet your individual needs. It's just a food and you can safely take any amount you want. It doesn't interfere with any medicines.

It is best to take BarleyLife® Xtra in pure water or you can mix it in your favorite vegetable or fruit juice (except prune or cranberry).

You can also take BarleyLife® Xtra dry under your tongue to slowly dissolve.

If you have some detoxification symptoms during the first three days, such as mild headaches or sluggishness, simply take less of it. Then work your way back to one tablespoon when these symptoms are…

Fruits and Vegetables Missing From American Diets

What difference does ten years make? When it comes to American eating habits, not a lot.

A government report showed Americans still don't eat enough fruits and vegetables and consumption rates have remained the same or fallen over the past decade.

In a survey of hundreds of thousands of consumers, about one-fourth of U.S. adults claimed to eat vegetables three or more times per day. One-third of Americans consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day.

Federal goals are for three-quarters of Americans to get an adequate amount of fruit and vegetables.

The main reason cited for not consuming enough fruits and veggies every day? People simply don't have time.

That's why there's BarleyLife® Xtra. It's a dose of good nutrition in a powder. It's an easy way for you and your kids to get the fruits and veggies you need every day, plus a whole lot more.

Best of all, your body knows exactly what to do with the nutrients and there are no bad side effects.

When it comes to y…

How Do We Make Being Healthy Cool?

How do we make being healthy cool?

And how do we make the eating of processed and sugary foods - especially for children and teenagers - uncool?

It's no longer popular to smoke cigarettes. In my thinking, junk food is going to have to become like cigarettes - uncool.

5 Common Illnesses That Strike Kids

The Mayo Clinic lists five common illnesses that strike kids and their traditional treatments:
Common cold: Treat with fluids, rest, saline nose drops and humidifier.Stomach flu: Treat with plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and rest.Ear infections: Treat with warm, moist cloth over ear, pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. (Note: Never give aspirin to anyone younger than eighteen.)Pink eye: Treat bacterial pink eye with: antibiotic eye ointment or eye drops prescribed by physician. Treat viral pink eye with: cool compresses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses.Sore throat: Treat with: fluids, rest, humidifier and salt water gargle (in older children). One of the most effective things we use to help prevent illness in our little man and minimize symptoms is BarleyLife® Xtra. It contains eighteen fruits and vegetables and is an excellent source of vitamin C.

It strengthen his immune system and fights off those pesky sicknesses that strike so many children.

Fall Weather Can Mean Colds For Kids

October has arrived and the weather is turning cooler. This can also mean runny noses, coughing and more from your kids.

According to the Mayo Clinic, kids under the age of six catch approximately six to eight colds a year. (Adults average two to four colds.)

Not only do kids get sick more often, their illnesses tend to last longer and include more symptoms. While the average adult cold lasts five to seven days, kids are often sick for ten. Adult colds usually consist of nasal congestion, while kids battle through congestion, sore throats, cough, irritability, decreased appetite and sleep disruption. 

Kids in daycare tend to get sick more often, due to increased exposure to germs. But according to Dr. William Cotton, medical director of the Primary Care Network for Nationwide Children's Hospital, kids who aren't in daycare at an early age tend to get sick more often when they do enter school.

Boosting your children's immune system is one way to help them fight t…