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More On Vitamin Safety

Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars annually on dietary supplements - herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals - to treat a multitude of ailments.

But most don't know under current law, there's no guarantee that what's on the label is what's in the bottle or what's in the bottle is safe and effective.

To read more, check out these interviews with NCCAM director Stephen Straus, Tom Delbanco of Harvard Medical School, Marcia Angell and David Eisenberg, they discuss the controversy over regulating dietary supplements.

They also talk about the challenges for doctors and patients in the face of the lack of reliable information.

P.S. To learn more, check out this educational guide, "How Safe Are Your Vitamins?"

Family Beach Trip 2011

Dylan, Laura, Paul and Brady  Atlantic Beach, North Carolina - August, 2011

Chlorophyll Cuts Diabetes Risk

British researchers have released their findings showing chlorophyll significantly cuts the risk of developing diabetes. Chlorophyll contains antioxidants, magnesium and Omega 3 fatty acids - all of which have been shown to have health benefits.

Dr. Iain Frame, Director of Research at The Advocacy Group Diabetes, UK, states "We already know the health benefits of chlorophyll, but this is the first time there has been a link specifically between chlorophyll and a reduced risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes”.

Among the vegetables included in the test was broccoli.

Note: BarleyLife® Xtra contains broccoli as well as the barley grass plant, which researchers have found to be the most nutritious plant on earth.

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Three Rules For Healthy Skin

1. Drink Like A Fish. I try to drink a gallon of water a day.

2. Eat Clean. An alkalizing diet featuring foods with a neutral ph, like veggies, promotes clear, wrinkle-free skin.

3. Go Green. I drink a glass of greens every single morning.

- Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medial Center with a private practice in Great Neck, New York

Four Drowning Myths Every Parent Should Know

Back in the day, I was on a summer league swim team and also a lifeguard. So when I read this excellent blog post by Alison Golden titled, "4 Heartstopping Myths On Drowning Every Responsible Parent Should Know", I thought I'd pass it along to you:

- According to the CDC, drowning is the second largest cause of death in children under 15, just behind traffic accidents.

- 750 children will die this year in water.

- The perceived wisdom is that people who are drowning become distressed.

- And they mark that distress by shouting, waving, thrashing around in the water.

- But that’s not how drowning works. It’s quiet, it’s quick.

- The victim literally slips away.

And so as the summer vacations start and the water beckons, let’s have a look at the myths that surround drowning.

Myths that, if dispelled, should alert you when something is wrong.

Very wrong.

Heartstopping Myth #1: Drowning children will call out

People who are drowning are unable to speak. Speaking is a function…

10 Simple Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Fruits and Veggies

1) Start slowly and don't give up

2) Educate them while they’re drinking or eating fruit or veggie snacks

3) Get them involved by shopping with them at the grocery store or farmer's market

4) Get them while they're hungry by serving an appetizer of colorful vegetables

5) Have the Two Bite Rule, where your kids have to take two bites before vetoing something on their plate

6) Cook with your kids

7) Hide the veggies in a casserole or quesadilla

8) Make fruits and veggies an easy option by having a shelf in your fridge with little bags of cut fruit and vegetables, applesauce, and fruit cups

9) Point out how famous athletes and actors eat lots of fruits and veggies to stay lean and strong.

10) Set the right example by letting them see you eating your fruits and veggies.

Most importantly, starting early is more likely to help your kids develop healthy habits that they'll continue for the rest of their lives.

P.S. A quick and easy way for kids to get their fruits and vegg…

Wheat Belly Book by Dr. William Davis

"Think America's obesity epidemic is the result of too much fat and sugar and too little exercise? What if the real culprit were the 'healthy whole grain' products aggressively marketed to us by food companies and endorsed as "heart healthy" by government agencies?"

In his new book, "Wheat Belly: Lose The Wheat, Lose The Wheat and Find Your Path Back To Health", cardiologist Dr. William Davis, M.D. explains that wheat, the world’s most popular grain, is also the world’s most destructive and dangerous dietary ingredient.

For more information about the book, go to

Eggs, Nutrition and Politics

If you have any doubts that you have been given bad nutritional advice due to politics, this article ought to set the record straight:

"Peter Atwater points us to this 1960s relic from U.S. president Lyndon B Johnson's own battle with inflation, as recounted on page 96 of Robert Samuelson’s The Great Inflation and its Aftermath:

Shoe prices went up, so LBJ slapped export controls on hides to increase the supply of leather. Reports that color television sets would sell at high prices came across the wire. Johnson told me to ask RCA's David Sarnoff to hold them down. Domestic lamb prices rose. LBJ directed [Defense Secretary Robert] McNamara to buy cheaper lamb from New Zealand for the troops in Vietnam. The President told the Council of Economic Advisers and me to move on household appliances, paper cartons, news­ print, men's underwear, women's hosiery, glass containers, cellulose, and air conditioners…

When egg prices rose in the spring of 1966 and Agriculture Se…