Posts Tagged ‘vitamins’
By Anita Rangaswami
A Jewish proverb says, “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” Pregnancy and motherhood have been eulogized for centuries in all cultures across the world, and we don’t want to trivialize them in the modern times. This amazing phenomenon of procreation that brings tears of joy and sighs of sleepless nights that follow cannot be taken lightly –pregnancy is a special time not only for the mother-to-be, but also for her partner whose help and support are invaluable.
The bodily changes that occur are a major part of the equation, but there is a growing awareness of the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy too. Oliver Wendell Holmes, a highly regarded Supreme Court Justice, remarked that “the real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”
Bringing ocean-bred nutrition to America’s dinner table
BY AIYANA HAVIR
Remember those green, slimy shrubs that tangled your ankles in the ocean as a kid? Seaweed is more than just a beach trap or sushi wrap; it answers an important nutritional void of fiber, vitamins, minerals and vegetable iodine in the western diet.
Algae originated about three and a half billion years ago and have been used extensively by a variety of cultures for food, healing medicines, ceremonies and fertilizer. Sea vegetables, also known as seaweed, is a marine macro algae that hasn’t quite made it to America’s taste buds mainly because it’s been misconceived as a stringy plant instead of essential nourishment.
Sea vegetables are up to 60 times more nutritionally dense than land plants. Spinach, for example, is 85 percent non-digestible fiber. Seaweed, on the other hand, is rootless and can be consumed solely for the health benefits with only 15 percent fiber.
Every year about this time, as the signs of springtime renewal become more evident, people get motivated to spring-clean and de-clutter their living spaces. At the same time, many people are also implementing an internal “spring cleaning,” or detox program, for inner renewal.
BY DR. GARRY F. GORDON, MD, DO, MD(H)
Our vitamins and supplements are again under attack. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article saying that taking vitamins is “a waste of time and money,” and any benefit one might experience is simply a placebo effect. The story followed on the heels of two studies released by the American Medical Association that reported an increase in mortality among women who regularly took a multi-vitamin, and an increase in prostate cancer among men who regularly ingested vitamin E supplements. The article also claims little to no benefit in taking B12 for heart health, or vitamin C for immune system health and the prevention of colds. How can they twist the data to make it appear that vitamin E causes prostate cancer when gamma tocotrienols found in good vitamin E preparations actually kill prostate cancer stem cells?