Vitamin B supplements may benefit celiac patients

Vitamin B supplements may benefit celiac patients Scientists believe that people suffering from celiac disease stand to benefit from boosting their dietary intake of vitamins B.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine resulting from intolerance to gluten and manifesting itself through chronic diarrhea and fatigue.

It also leads to vitamin deficiency, which in turn may cause higher levels of homocysteine (hyperhomocysteinemia), an amino acid linked to cardiovascular disease.

Recently, a Dutch research team led by Dr Muhammed Hadithi analyzed the effect of vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 daily supplements on homocysteine levels in 51 adults with coeliac disease and compared them with 50 healthy individuals.

Their investigation found that vitamin B6 and folate were significantly and independently associated with homocysteine levels in the celiac patients taking such supplements.

Based on this study, patients with celiac disease may consider enriching their diet with nutritional supplements that may prevent hyperhomocysteinemia.

Previous studies on vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid linked them to a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration in women, a disease tied to high levels of homocysteine on account of its impact on blood vessel lining.

ADNFCR-1961-ID-19108501-ADNFCR

Online resaler: Bailout terms will hurt banks

Bailout terms will hurt banksRather than unfreezing the credit markets, regulations that come with the deals will stifle business and perpetuate the crisis, according to some industry insiders.

Foreclosure Warehouse, an online inventory of foreclosed homes for sale, has said the government funds include too many restrictions and controls on how banks should conduct their business.

"Every time the U.S. government gets involved with something, whatever it is becomes slower, costs more, and satisfies less," the company has said in a statement.

It also added that keeping insolvent banks in business further weakens the financial system.

The company has added its voice to the ongoing debate about the merits of the bank rescue plan and the scope as well as extent of banking sector reforms.

The administration’s actions, including the economic stimulus bill that will cost over $1 trillion and several rounds of financial institutions bailouts, have attracted much criticism.

Recently, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called on the government to return to capitalism’s basics by allowing failed companies to go into bankruptcy instead of pumping taxpayers’ money in to keep them afloat.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19108500-ADNFCR

G20 may spell trouble for offshore investors

G20 may spell trouble for offshore investors Politicians gathered at the G20 summit in London have vowed to crack down on tax havens by introducing cross-border regulation.

Blaming offshore tax havens for the current financial crisis, G20 leaders, with the exception of China, pushed for more regulation and compliance on the part of countries with favorable tax laws.

Media sources have reported that President Obama was instrumental in bridging disagreements between the Chinese and the French, in particular.

"There will be no guarantee about the safety of funds there," commented British prime minister Gordon Brown.

"If tax information is exchanged on request, as these countries have agreed to, then the benefits from being in these countries will diminish every day," he added.

According to a commentary on the Radio Free Europe website, governments have a variety of options to enforce such rules, including the freezing of assets of independents states if they refuse to comply.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated that $1.7 trillion to $11.5 trillion dollars are being held in tax havens around the world.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19108499-ADNFCR

Safe Alternatives to Avoid Blood Clotting

All seniors need to be aware of their blood clotting mechanism. If our blood clots too fast or too slow, we could have a medical emergency. It happens all the time.

When our blood sludges (thickens), we may not be able to get it thin fast enough to ward off a stroke or heart attack. It is better to err on the side of thin blood.

There are many natural blood thinners, but none of these have been known to cause overly thin blood. Each day I take fish oil, cod liver oil, Viobin, natto, garlic and gingko.

If you’re under the care of a doctor, they prescribe Heparin®, Warfarin® (Coumadin), streptokinase, and T-PA (tissue plasminogen activator.) And after most any heart procedure, Plavix® is the doctor’s drug favorite. They don’t tell us what Plavix® does to the skin. Coumadin increases the risk of bleeding under the skin and depletes the body of vitamin K which has an important natural blood clotting action.

Streptokinase has a very short-lived action and over time becomes less effective. Heparin® must be injected and it can lead to allergic reaction, high potassium blood levels, osteoporosis, low blood platelets and even hair loss. And a number of Heparin® batches were recalled last year. T-PA is only administered as an IV, is effective for a relatively short period and is very expensive.

Natural nattokinase (natto) is a favorite because it is packaged in very small capsules with no taste. It is a rich source of protein, vitamin B2 and vitamin K2. Mainly, it contains the enzyme natto. The enzyme natto has the ability to dissolve blood clots. This is known as fibrinolysis. The body produces an enzyme called plasmin which has fibrinolytic properties. But for a variety of reasons, its activity appears to diminish as we age. So the effect of natto is similar to plasmin, but research shows that it is four times more potent. It is a relatively safe clotbuster for most people. I love it because it has been used for at least a thousand years in Japan.

We need to be aware if we have an overactive clotting mechanism. It’s dangerous! It leads to a host of cardiovascular problems such as hardening of the arteries, heart attack, stroke, intermittent claudication (leg pain upon exerting), varicose veins and high blood pressure. It is also thought that an overactive clotting factor contributes to senility, infertility, impotence, hemorrhoids, eye conditions involving the retina and fibromyalgia.

The enzymatic activity of natto is not only fibrinolytic (dissolves blood clots), but also it is homeostatic. That is, not only does it break down existing clots, but it also works to prevent the formation of excessive amounts of fibrin and reestablish a healthy coagulation mechanism of the body.

Natto is a clotbuster but unlike pharmaceutical clotbusting agents, natto does not reduce the capacity of the body to form clots appropriately and quickly to stop bleeding. Pharmaceuticals thin blood to the point of hemorrhage—causing huge black bruised-looking places on the skin.

Coumadin depletes the body of vitamin K and therefore limits the capacity of blood to clot when it needs to.

Natto can be taken orally in capsule form that has a longer lasting action, costs less and has no negative side effects. In fact, it has positive side effects such as increased energy, new and better circulation, better vision, less joint and muscle pain and has been used to manage migraine headaches.

You can find natto at a natural supplement company.

President’s budget proposal faces new criticism

President's budget proposal faces new criticismAmerican Issues Project (AIP) has added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism against President Obama’s proposed new budget.

The organization, which represents a coalition of conservative activists, is launching a telephone campaign against the proposal and the wasteful spending trend it claims characterizes the new Congress.

"Just when you think they’ve done their worst, Congress and [the] administration continue to amass debt beyond our control," says Ed Martin, president of AIP.

"President Obama has already spent more than [any] other president before him, [and his] is budget is just the latest move to weaken the American economy and the American entrepreneurial drive," he adds.

The phone calls will be made in many states including Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and urge people to oppose the proposal. The program will also give citizens the option to transfer directly to their senators and congressmen to voice their concern.

In recent weeks, many organizations spoke against Obama’s spending plans. For example, the Republican National Committee blasted the administration’s $3.6 trillion budget proposal as too lavish and based on unrealistic economic expectations.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19106112-ADNFCR

Gutierrez’s tour continues to anger anti-immigration group

Gutierrez's tour continues to anger anti-immigration group As Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez tours the country to promote illegal alien amnesty, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has issued a new statement reminding Americans of possible consequences of such a bill.

The congressman will be in Philadelphia on Saturday, the latest stop on his a five week Family Unity Immigration Outreach Tour visiting 16 American cities.

He has described the journey as "an effort to document the harm caused to citizens across our nation in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform."

FAIR has been following his moves and stressing the economic harm mass amnesty would cause to American workers.

"While Pennsylvanians are looking for work and facing increased competition for jobs and mounting economic burdens from illegal immigration, [Gutierrez} is in Philadelphia peddling his special interest-driven amnesty agenda and calling for the abandonment of immigration enforcement," says Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

He adds that Pennsylvania’s illegal alien population has increased to 140,000, costing state taxpayers $285 million every year, at a time when the state is facing a $2.3 billion deficit.

FAIR was founded in 1979 and is the country’s largest immigration reform group. Its goal is to promote the idea that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is enforced.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19106110-ADNFCR

New study draws attention to importance of stress management

New study draws attention to importance of stress management New research from UCLA scientists linking stress during teenage years to heart disease in adult life provides yet another lesson in the importance of stress control and management.

Based on a study of otherwise healthy adolescents who reported negative interpersonal interactions, such as conflicts with family and friends or peer harassment, the researchers found greater frequency of stress was associated with higher levels of an inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein.

"[This is] consistent with the emerging body of evidence that points to the link between stress and increased inflammation, which places individuals at risk for the later development of cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Andrew J. Fuligni, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA.

The study also found that the association of stress with inflammation existed regardless of individual teens’ subjective evaluation of stressful experiences, he added.

The study appeared in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Alternative medicine therapies such as meditation, massage or acupuncture have been known to relieve symptoms – including headaches, muscle aches and fatigue – in those suffering from high levels of stress and anxiety.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19106109-ADNFCR

The Lady Is Still #1

I guess it was inevitable that I’d be disappointed. I had looked forward to seeing the show for weeks. It was based on one of my favorite book series. It was filmed in an exotic locale and made to look as authentic as possible. Three of the best-known names in the entertainment industry (HBO, BBC, and the Weinstein brothers) had combined to produce it.

With all that going for it, how could it possibly live up to my expectations? The answer, of course, is that it couldn’t.

But don’t let my mild disappointment dissuade you. “The #1 Ladies Detective Agency” is still an enchanting series. Whether you watch it Sunday nights on HBO or read the books by Alexander McCall Smith, chances are you too will be smitten.

You are sure to enjoy seeing our heroine — the “traditionally built” Precious Ramotswe — use a sharp eye, her intuitive understanding, and a healthy dollop of common sense to solve the problems her clients bring her. Jill Scott, an American actress and Grammy-winning singer, does an incredible job portraying Mma Ramotswe. And my oh my, does she dress well. It seemed as though in every scene she wears a different, brilliantly colored outfit. If some dress-manufacturer in Africa has inked a deal with HBO to promote its business, the product placement Sunday night was great advertising for it.

By the way, author Smith claims that he invented the term “traditionally built” to describe a native woman of generous portions. The phrase has become so accepted that the author says it can be found in the latest Oxford Dictionary.

All of the action in “The #1 Ladies Detective Agency” takes place in and around Gaborone, the capital of the tiny, land-locked African country of Botswana. The series’ author, Alexander McCall Smith, was for many years a law professor at the University of Botswana. Although he now lives in Scotland, it is clear that he has fond memories of his adopted country. In his retelling, it is a place of gentility and serenity — a community where people address each other politely and hardly anyone raises a voice in anger. He captures all of that very well in his writing. And I’m happy to say, so did the producers of “The #1 Ladies” TV series.

While what you see in the show is certainly uncommon, what is even more unusual is what you won’t see … or hear. There is no blood-soaked violence, no gratuitous sex, no profane cursing — not even an occasional mild “damn” or “hell.” There is nothing in the books or TV show that would make a maiden aunt blush. Watching “The #1 Ladies,” you will find it hard to believe that it is being brought to you by the same network that produced “The Sopranos” or “Deadwood,” which seemed to use the “f-word” in every second sentence.

The first show in the series was directed by Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella and produced by another Oscar winner, Sydney Pollack. Sadly, both gentlemen died before the series was finished. But as one reviewer said, the program is “a fitting cap to their career legacies.”

When Hollywood movie-maker Harvey Weinstein originally bought the rights to the books, he envisioned making a series of movies, not TV shows. “It was going to be my James Bond — the gentlest James Bond in the universe,” he said. Still, he says he is incredibly pleased with the result: “Of everything I’ve ever done in this industry, nothing makes me prouder than this television show, of all things.”

For those of you who missed last week’s show, and have never read any of Alexander McCall Smith’s books, here is a brief synopsis of the story line. When her beloved father dies, Precious Ramotswe inherits his collection of 180 cattle. Precious wants a new life for herself, but she also yearns to help her people and her beloved homeland. “I love my country Botswana,” she says early in the show, “and I love Africa. I want to do good with the time God has given me.”

She decides to sell the cattle and use the proceeds to start a detective agency. Somehow, she has come across a copy of a book, The Principles of Private Detection, by an American private eye, Clovis Andersen, and thinks she would make an excellent detective. The lessons in the book will form the bedrock of her approach to the cases that are brought to her. She says, “I know I will succeed, because a woman knows what’s going on more than a man.”

Precious hires an incredibly efficient secretary, Grace Makutsi, who scored a legendary 97% on her final exam at the Botswana Secretary School. Grace, who is played almost too exuberantly by Anika Noni Rose, is socially awkward, even inept. But she makes up in enthusiasm what she may lack in good judgment. She is the legendary lady who will always jump in (at least vocally) where angels fear to tread.

Another key player in the series is the stolid and reliable automobile mechanic, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. He is smitten by Precious and, to show his affection, is determined to keep her ancient little white van running. Much later in the books (and perhaps even in the TV show), he and Precious become man and wife. Even then, she always refers to him by his full name, including all three initials.

And then there is BK, a gay hairdresser who sends Precious clients and offers an endless stream of advice. BK did not appear in any of the books; he was added to the series, probably by a fan of “Sheer Madness” or some other show featuring a stereotypical gay hairdresser. Grace doesn’t know what to make of this person, who seems to have “a lot of girl in him,” as she remarks. But Precious enjoys his company and is amused by his remarks — as you will be, too.

When USA Today ran a preview of the show last week, the headline read, “She’s Precious, show’s perfect.” The article said in part,

“Anyone who hasn’t read Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ novels may be surprised by how lovely he makes life in Botswana seem, and how enchanting his characters are.”

The reviewer, Robert Bianco, added, “As much as anything, Ladies is McCall’s attempt to counter some of the stereotypes many of us have about Africa, and to share and explain the affection he has for a world where gentility and formality still have a place. You’ll hear it as much as see it: Contractions are seldom used, women refer to each other as ‘my sister,’ and people address each other with honorifics and last names.”

Bianco concluded his piece by noting, “this is as good an adaption as any Ladies lover could wish, one that overflows with the joys of life and exudes an all-embracing spirit. Be ready to be beguiled.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. So I hope you will give this lovely and hope-affirming series a try. The next installment airs this coming Sunday night on HBO. But reruns are shown many times during the week. Plunk yourself down (or turn on your Tivo) and prepare to be transported to a kinder and gentler place.

At the conclusion of one of her cases, Precious remarks to herself, “when people ask for advice, they very rarely want your advice and will go ahead and do what they want anyway, no matter what you said. That applied to every sort of case; it was a human truth of universal application, but one which most people knew little or nothing about.”

As you will discover, Precious has a deep and innate understanding of the human spirit. And she likes us anyway.

You will definitely reciprocate her affection.

Foundation aims to challenge gun ban proposal

Foundation aims to challenge gun ban proposal The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has vowed to sue the mayor of Seattle if he goes ahead with his plan to ban legally-carried firearms from city property.

Seattle Weekly, a local newspaper, revealed the plan sponsored by Mayor Greg Nickels on March 24. The mayor’s office told SW the ban may be enacted as soon as May.

"Mayor Nickels thinks he can enact this ban merely by executive order," says SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "He’s not even thinking of putting this before the city council as a proposed ordinance, because he knows it would never pass."

He adds that that Nickels’ office has been warned by the state’s attorney general that neither he nor the city have the authority to enact such a ban under state preemption.

Gottlieb also revealed that at a public hearing late last year there was much interest in pursuing a lawsuit if the ban is enacted, and SAF expects to be joined in a legal action by other gun rights organizations.

Founded in 1974, SAF is the nation’s oldest and largest education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right to privately own and possess firearms. It has more than 600,000 members and conducts programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19103758-ADNFCR