I wanted to share this with my readers since every time a dangerous anti-supplement bill is introduced I want my readers to have the tools to fight it with all they have. This means writing your representatives and telling them how you feel, and that you want them to vote down this dangerous proposal so you can enjoy any supplement you want, unencumbered with high costs and limited availability that surely would occur if supplements were limited by senseless acts of bureaucracy. 

Senator Durbin has just reintroduced S. 1425, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act. As your constituent, I ask you to oppose this very dangerous legislation.

The bill requires that the FDA, together with the Institute of Medicine, compile a list of dietary ingredients ( supplements) that could possibly lead to adverse events or are otherwise deemed risky in some way — based on completely arbitrary or nonexistent standards. Moreover, once an ingredient or supplement is on the list, there is no clear process to challenge the FDA and IOM determination, not even if new or contradictory evidence comes to light.

Sen. Durbin has said his bill is designed to stop “mislabeling products and making health claims that have no scientific basis” and “marketing supplements with impure or incorrectly identified ingredients.” If that’s the case, the senator should be pleased to know that each of those things is already against the law! In fact, almost all of the bill’s provisions are already covered by existing law, and the few that aren’t covered are so vague that they could mean whatever the FDA wants them to mean.

DSHEA, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, GMP standards, and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act all ensure the safety of nutritional supplements and provide guidelines for clear and comprehensive labeling. This bill uses vague language to create extraneous red tape, paperwork, and burdensome labeling requirements, when everything the bill mandates other than its new and entirely arbitrary disapproval process is already being accomplished under current law! What is needed is enforcement, not new legislation.

This bill may also have far-reaching consequences. For example, if the FDA and IOM draw up their arbitrary list of “safe” supplements and amounts — such as no vitamin D in amounts greater than 4000 IU — as provided for in this bill, more therapeutic supplement doses or preparations would never meet the new hurdle set by the FDA’s guidance on New Dietary Ingredients, if that is allowed to go forward.

The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act gives government agencies the right to say no to  safe and healthful nutritional supplements on unknown and  completely arbitrary grounds. It’s a naked FDA power grab, an attempt to move us one step closer to a full FDA pre-approval system for supplements. This could all have a profoundly negative impact on our nation’s health and our healthcare costs.

For one thing, it would make supplements insanely expensive, like drugs — if you could get them at all. The cost of pre-approval for supplements would be so prohibitive for producers that most supplements would simply disappear from the shelf. Let’s not forget that the average cost for drug pre-approval has reached $1 billion and that supplements, unlike drugs, have no patent protection.

Please oppose the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act!

By Natural Advocate | September 9, 2013 - 9:02 am - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

There is a ton of health advances in the market that offer specific treatments to benefit our overall well being. From technologically advanced options like an invasive diagnostic procedure, to non-invasive and holistic methods such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Medical Herbalism, and many more; all our options are on the table, we just have to choose what’s best and most convenient for us.

Not to sound like a broken record, but like what the forefathers of health always say, prevention is always better than the cure. However, as human beings, it’s somewhat normal to be confident in our own bodies and always feel secure about our health and wellbeing.

Young professionals have this certain perception like they’re on top of the world. They usually drive sleek Dodge SUVs; have the best paying jobs, and are regular patrons at {Gold’s Gym}. But one often overlooked facet of their lives involves health.

Some of them think that by habitually going to the gym, they’re already putting on that much needed armour of protection – and a lot of them are actually wrong. By having a safety net that will catch us every time we fall, we automatically provide ourselves, and our families, a stable and bright future for years to come.

According to aviva.co.uk, “we’ve used our expertise to create policies that give you choices about the cover you’d like, as well as providing prompt access to high quality diagnosis, dedicated support, and private medical treatment.”

Basically, health care providers help us understand our health and wellbeing; and provide us with little things that make a huge difference.
On the other hand, taking advantage of some of Mother Nature’s most precious gifts can also do wonders to our health.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve discovered about the endless benefits of juicing organic vegetables. When a recent health scare prompted me to change my diet and lifestyle, I stumbled upon organic vegetables in a local market.

Here, I began investing in a powerful Omega juicer, and allocated a portion of my weekly budget buying organic sugar beets, yacon, celery, and carrots. Realistically speaking, it isn’t the most attractive and delicious drink to say the least, but the long term benefits did something magical to my overall health.

The fear subsided, and I began feeling like a million dollars. Today, as I walk the tight rope of life, I can now confidently enjoy the world’s sights and sounds from a different perspective.

By Natural Advocate | August 19, 2013 - 8:02 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

I’m one of those people who can’t really take aspirin. I actually have some in the house which I bought probably years ago now (which come to think of it probably needs to be thrown away by now), for emergencies, but every time I’ve taken it I’ve gotten a slightly sour stomach. Aspirin is known for stomach upset.

Back in the day when this was the main OTC pain reliever available, people pretty much just had to suffer through it if they were sensitive to aspirin but needed to lower a fever or take it for mild pain relief. 

But of course modern science spawned a bunch of other alternatives (all not without their own possible side effects of course) such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, Ibuprofen which is the active ingredient in Advil and naproxen sodium the active ingredient in Aleve, which is fairly new in the realm of pain relief.

It wasn’t too long before aspirin resurfaced after falling out of favor as a pain reliever though. But this time, about two decades ago, it resurfaced for its dual purpose as a blood thinner. Scientists began to recommend that those with heart problems may benefit from taking a daily aspirin as a moderate blood thinner so that their arteries and critical veins could remain free flowing of blood and not get clogged and cause events that could turn deadly.

There are still many today who pop an aspirin every day, regardless of what it might be doing to the lining of their stomach.  There are some that really swear by it, and are willing to take the risk of any other uncomfortable side effects in order to help preserve their heart health and perhaps even to lower their stroke risk.

Now there is new evidence that aspirin may benefit as a preventive medicine for another potentially deadly disease – colorectal cancer or cancer of the colon and rectal types of cancer.  The prevention may come at a low cost too, only of an aspirin every other day instead of every single day.

But why would aspirin, most well-known for its pain relieving and blood thinning properties, be good for preventing a deadly cancer like this?  It’s really not all that clear per the study that I could find. Perhaps it is some other function of the remedy that acts as an anti-cancer agent in the colon and rectum. 

It’s also puzzling because aspirin is a known digestive lining irritant. If anything, you would think it would increase the risk of colorectal types of cancer since it can irritate the lining of the stomach so badly that peptic ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding can develop over time. 

More to come on this I’m sure. It feels like there’s a missing link or the study may be flawed, because common sense says that aspirin really shouldn’t have this type of effect on these organs (of course there could be some major property of aspirin that I’m missing here). The data doesn’t lie either, so there may very well be something that is counterintuitive at work here.


Apple Cider Vinegar. We’ve had this “catch all” cure all natural remedy (and tasty dressing addition) in our blog several times. Why? Because ACV really does work for a range of problems that afflict us in our modern day diet and also with our modern day problems.

It’s also a great beauty remedy. I use it in the natural shampoo I make and also as an occasional hair rinse to get the build up and gunk off and make it crazy-shine, and it’s also excellent for helping with dandruff and other scalp problems, keeping your scalp healthy and flake free.

But what I wanted to talk about with ACV today is one of its very popular uses as an antacid, digestive aid and general digestive tonic.  ACV is used a lot to help in digesting and breaking down food, in helping to curb acid indigestion and acid reflux, and in helping to digest food.

This is because it contains so many beneficial acids and enzymes, especially if it is organic and contains the  matter in it that is often referred to as “the mother”. The mother has a lot of vitamins, minerals and enzymes in it that further benefit your digestive system.

I’ve used ACV to help me break down foods that I know are difficult to digest, like if I’m being bad and am eating something like pizza or a cheeseburger with all the food groups in one.  These types of foods are often harder for the body to digest because they require that all of the enzymes we produce come to our aid at once.

We have different enzymes that break down starch vs. protein vs. dairy vs. fibrous foods like vegetables.  When we eat foods from every group together, it takes a lot of energy and a lot of digestive enzymes and juices.

This is where ACV may be able to help your body break these foods down rudimentarily before they hit the small intestines so that they pass through the body more easily and without as much discomfort such as gas and bloating.

I’ve found that taking a little swig of organic ACV with the Mother helps curb my usual bouts of acid reflux, which I’ve suffered from for a while in the recent years. When I eat too much or I eat fatty foods, I definitely regurgitate a lot of it totally involuntarily.  ACV helps me to keep it down and not keep burping it up.

It also helps me to not have the typical discomfort from digesting as the digestive process continues throughout the day. Often times our food takes hours to digest. So technically you may not even be done digesting your lunch when you eat dinner.  You just feel hungry because your blood sugar needs more refueling.

ACV is definitely excellent for helping soothe the belly and keeping everything running smoothly.  It can even help with mild cases of constipation.


By Natural Advocate | May 9, 2013 - 9:54 am - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

As you probably know if you follow any natural or holistic news circles and updates, there is a growing and very legitimate concern that even if you are very careful to avoid pharmaceutical drugs in your own life, you still are likely drinking them – and lots of varieties of them – in your tap water.

It’s a gross and squeamish topic for me to talk about, but our tap water is simply recycled sewage water that people have used to flush the toilet, brush their teeth with and more. This means that it contains a lot of traces of things that are typically found in the human body.

Since there are a staggering amount of people on drugs today in our society, there are a TON of various types of pharmaceuticals found in the urine of men and women. Even after it is purified in water processing plants, this water still contains trace elements that we don’t want in our bodies.

Some of the most common drugs found in our tap water are hormones from different types of birth control pills, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants and other common drugs that the general population is on. So indirectly, you are being subjected to massive amounts of drugs in your drinking water if you’re not filtering it before you drink it.

Which brings me to the next important topic. My husband and I drink filtered water only. We are always sure to have a fresh and working filter in our refrigerator at home so when we get the water from the spigot, it’s fresh tasting and has most of the nasty stuff removed such as chlorine and heavy metals.

But what of the drugs that are in the tap water it is filtering? Do these filters catch some of those trace drugs and filter them out? Well, the good news is that the most common filters do have some ability to filter the drugs out. However, as they wear out, they don’t filter as much out, and they don’t even filter all the drugs out to begin with.

Apparently the best way to get the drugs out in the most thorough way is to use reverse osmosis. This is a very particular method of removing contaminants from drinking water as it uses the most precise and stringent way to get the bad stuff out at more of a microscopic level.

If you can’t afford a water filter (at least for the drinking water) like this, then there are actually some bottled water options that use the reverse osmosis process to purify their water. Two of the biggest brands of bottled water actually use reverse osmosis as a part of their purification process.

Those are Dasani, which is bottled by Coca Cola, and Aquafina, which is Pepsico’s brand of bottled water. If you see the words “spring water”, then it may not be purified via filtration, but it also may not have the same contaminants that our recycled water does since it comes from a pure spring source.

You have to be very careful with “spring water” because many studies have shown that spring water is nothing more than common tap water, so it may not be as pure as you think. It’s best to get your water purified in some way through a filtration or reverse osmosis process so that you can ensure you’re at least getting purified water that isn’t as tainted by toxins and drugs and hormones as tap water can be.


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