By Natural Advocate | November 30, 2011 - 4:06 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

The health benefits of soy have long been bandied back and forth between the medical and alternative health community. Some say that too much processed soy products can actually fuel certain types of hormonal cancer while others say that is not true.  Some believe that only all natural forms of soy protein with no processing, such as the soybean itself or edamame have the said health benefits.

I tend to agree. Something about processed anything just isn’t right. Sure, it may taste great, but at the end of the day when you’re eating a compressed and highly processed form of any food, it tends to negate a lot of the health effects of the raw fruit or vegetable itself.

Well, there is a study which suggests that soy eaters are actually a bit more protected from lung cancer than non soy eaters.  The rub here is the that soy eaters must eat unfermented sources of soy – which means as “unprocessed” as it can be.

What is it about pure, natural and unadulterated soy that can offer health benefits that may include protection against cancer? It’s a compound found in natural soy protein called isoflavones. These bioactive little organisms actually have been shown to slow cancer growth in petri dish experiments, making it an interesting theory that it can also help to slow cancer cell growth in the body.

By Natural Advocate | November 28, 2011 - 10:30 am - Posted in Cognitive and Focus

It seems that more and more women are opting to go on ADHD drugs. ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, over the past ten years. In fact, the amount of females on these types of drugs, which many believe are dangerous and even addictive, has absolutely skyrocketed.

It’s interesting because it used to be that men or boys were the ones that most commonly were prescribed these ADHD drugs but that has actually done a total 180 in the past ten years with more women being on these drugs than men.

I suspect, although I hope it’s not the case, that many women may be going on these drugs because of their notoriety as an appetite suppressant. The amount of women on one particular ADHD drug has been attributed to a  trend started in Hollywood to go on these dangerous drugs simply for weight loss.

What they don’t bargain for are the side effects, which can be rampant acne and terrible withdrawal symptoms when they finally go off of them.  Scary stuff.  ADHD seems to be somewhat of one of those newer fangled “disorders” that tends to be overmedicated and over diagnosed. Sometimes, it’s not a personality disorder or anything – it’s just plain old how a person is.

The disturbing trend doesn’t really show signs of slowing down either.  Women are still being prescribed these drugs, and all they really have to do is go to a willing doctor and tell them they have the symptoms of ADHD.

There are of course natural ways to help ADHD. They are non-narcotic and of course are gentler on the body without the side effects of these drugs, but the method of treatment is of course up to the person who has the disorder. Children are also diagnosed with ADD a lot when in fact if parents would simply tweak their diet, they can naturally curb a lot of the symptoms.

By Natural Advocate | November 26, 2011 - 9:50 am - Posted in Vitamins & Minerals

I don’t know why, but I’m very leery to follow the recommendations of the common medical establishment, and when I see “warnings” come out by the AMA or other such associations about vitamins which have a proven health benefit, such as the prevention of cancer, I tend to treat it with extreme skepticism.

Vitamin D, as you know, has increasingly come to the forefront as of late as a great vitamin to take and make sure you get plenty of through natural sunlight exposure (the absolute best way to get your vitamin D since your body is the best fine-tuner of this vitamin when received from this source.

Vitamin D has shown remarkable abilities in cancer prevention as it helps the body to prevent healthy cells from turning “rogue” and evolving into unhealthy cancerous cells.  It is especially beneficial when combined with a fatty source such as an omega 3 fat as vitamin D needs fat to be able to absorb optimally into the blood stream.

New “evidence” has been found according to one study, that those with blood levels that were “too high” for this vitamin actually were at a higher risk for atrial fibrillation, or heart arrythmia. This means that the heart sort of loses it’s rhythmic patter of beating and tends to gallop through the chest in an uneven heart beat.

It often feels as if it is squeezing out of control to the person who suffers from arrythmia.  I have even experienced it before, when I am having a panic attack or if I’ve eaten garbage such as sweets too much.  It’s not pleasant.

Now, as far as “too much vitamin D”. We’re not entirely convinced that the reason for the increase in this heart arrythmia should be attributed to this vitamin being in the blood at “too high levels”.  After all, how is it determined what is too high?

By Natural Advocate | November 24, 2011 - 10:43 am - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

Have a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving day today. Giving thanks for good health, good food, and the health and well being of our beloved friends and family.  Let’s make this a great Thanksgiving.  You can always get “back on track” tomorrow :)

By Natural Advocate | November 23, 2011 - 10:28 pm - Posted in Natural Depression & Anxiety Relief

There is more and more a mountain of evidence that vitamin D is so crucial to so many body functions as well as defense against disease and sickness. I can tell you from personal experience that since starting my 2,000 IU morning and 2,000 IU evening regimen of vitamin D capsules, I have not had hardly any issues with getting the flu or colds.

I think it has greatly boosted my immunity for one thing.  Along with the purported cancer prevention benefits, that’s something I’ll gladly take, especially knowing what an inexpensive vitamin this is to take – and how enjoyable it is to get it naturally out in the sunlight.

There is also evidence that is becoming pretty convincing that vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of depression and the maintenance of generally happy, “up” moods, or at least stabilized moods.

Even though there are several other vitamins that play crucial roles in the synthesis of feel good hormones like dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and other hormones that play an important role in regulating the mood.

What you don’t want is moods that swing from one extreme to another. Optimal vitamin D levels seem  to help stabilize that. They may help to synthesize these hormones and keep them stable. Also, the simple act of getting sunlight elevates mood. It’s the light therapy combined with the vitamin D absorption that gives us a double whammy of healthy, therapeutic benefit.

Optimal vitamin D levels can prove hard to achieve, especially for those of us that live in cooler, less sunny climates in the winter time. SAD, which is Seasonal Affective Disorder, often sets in when the winter time goes in full swing. Not surprisingly, we also get sicker in the winter months.

It used to be assumed this was because people were more “closed in” and exposed to germs since it was cold outside, but really it is now thought to be a combination of lack of vitamin D and plummeting levels of this important nutrient.

So vitamin D plays an important role in several things that make our lives much better – cancer prevention, mood and immunity. And there are likely even more reasons than that. So what’s stopping you from getting your daily dose!?


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