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July - December 2004

What products do you recommend for Arthritus relief. My husband is 52 and works as a house framer (very physical work). His elbow, shoulder, hands have really started to ache in the last year. He is also very sore and stiff every morning. thanks.

Julie
As a natural health educator, I must first say that if your husband smokes, drinks any caffeine or soda or eats a lot of red meat, those things should be addressed first or the arthritis will only continue to get worse no matter what he does. One thing that is misunderstood about arthritis is that it is caused by inflammation and if the inflammation is addressed, then the arthritis does not need to be treated with pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs. Those items listed above can cause a great deal of inflammation in the body.

Some of the inflammation-fighting nutrients are

Water
Enzymes such as food enzymes. We usually don’t get enough enzymes from our foods unless we eat most of our food raw.
Fiber.
Vitamins and minerals. We all need a quality mult-vitamin.
Essential Fatty Acids. Again, most of us are not getting enough of these from our foods.
Anti-oxidants.
Probiotics.

By being sure that all of these things are in the diet, inflammation is greatly reduced thereby eliminating the need for the pain killers. Unfortunately, most men and many women are not committed to maintaining this kind of program. Therefore, there are things your husband can do that are more specific to the arthritis.

Everflex Tablets include glucosamine, chondroitin, and msm. These are the most commonly researched supplements for the benefits of arthritis. This product contains all three in one supplement. This will not give immediate relief and should be taken for at least 3 months before noticing significant results as they help to rebuild the cartalidge that is being torn down due to the inflammation.
Everflex Pain Cream is a topical product that will help with immediate pain relief and can be rubbed on in the morning to loosen up the joints.
Triple Relief capsules can be used during times of pain. The combination in Triple Relief is a Cox-2 inhibitor such as Celebrex but without the side effects associated with prescription Cox-2 inhibitors.

-Nicole Bandes, CHS 12/27/04

I have a friend that has cholesterol of 257 and needs some help. Could you tell me what herbs that she could use.
Thank you very much
-velma

The best way to deal with cholesterol is to be more specific. How you would work with high triglycerides could be different than how you would work with high LDL (low down lousy cholesterol) numbers.

In either case, a good place to start would be with Red yeast rice and CoQ10. The Red yeast rice will help to lower the cholesterol. In addition, anytime that someone is taking a statin drug such as Lipitor or an herb that works in a similar way such as Red yeast rice, they should also take CoQ10 because these products all decrease the natural CoQ10 in the body.

No matter what your course of action, be sure to consult with a physician.

-Nicole Bandes, CHS 12/16/04

I have been taking Vioxx for the past several months. It was helping but now I'm afraid to take another prescription. Is there a supplement that I can take instead? -MaryAnn C.

Yes, there are things you can do naturally to help prevent and alleviate joint pain. First you will want to address the cause of the pain. Most often, joint pain is caused by inflammation. Inflammation can be reduced by managing your diet, pH balancing and supplementing with essential fatty acids such as Super Omega-3. In addition, you can use EverFlex tablets which are a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM along with Devil's Claw. For immediate pain relief, try Triple Relief capsules and EverFlex Pain Cream applied externally.

-Nicole Bandes, CHS 11/15/04

I was wanting to know what is the best product to take for high cholesterol? I'm also starting a colon and body cleansing by nature sunshine as well. Thank you for your help.

Gerald A.

Cholesterol is a complex part of our physiology. It is actually very important for us to have a certain amount of cholesterol which is the reason it is produced naturally by our bodies. While doctors are often telling us that we need to lower our cholesterol, they can sometimes go too far in the opposite direction. Depending on the source of the information, cholesterol should be around 200 to 225 but never below 180.

Red Yeast Rice is one of the most generally accepted herbs for lowering cholesterol. Also be sure you are getting enough fiber on a daily basis even once you have completed your cleanse.

Whether you are taking an herbal product to reduce your cholesterol or medication, you should also be using Co-Q10 as well. Products that reduce cholesterol also reduce our normal levels of Co-Q10, an important nutrient for our hearts.

Nicole Bandes, CHS, 10/19/04

Can you please tell me the difference between "Food Enzymes" and "Proactazyme"? I am looking for a digestive enzyme that will help me break down foods completely in order to maximize the absorption of nutrients.

Thanks,
Regina O.
Generally speaking, Proactazyme is a better maintenance enzyme. If you do not currently have a lot of digestive problems and are just looking to get on an enzyme for the benefits they offer or if you are vegetarian, then this is a better choice. If you are looking for something to work at improving digestion due to disturbances that you may be having then food enzymes will work well for that.

Having said that, many people use food enzymes indefinitely as a maintenance enzyme as well.

Nicole Bandes, CHS, 09/17/04

I just have a simple question. Does Nature's Sunshine have a fertility program to take to conceive? I have two years trying and my husband and I haven't been successful. Thank you. -Monica

According to Recipes for Success by Kay Lubecke, National Manager with Nature’s Sunshine for 26 years, these products may benefit those with infertility concerns;

Females:
Female Comfort and Vitamin E w/ Selenium to open blocked tubes.
Maca to balance hormone levels (both men and women).
Synerprotein twice daily. (A study done at Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL found that high protein diets consumed by women, greatly increased the probability of pregnancy. Another study showed that 95% of infertile womena ate too many carbohydrates and not enough protein).
Pro-G-Yam 500 to increase progesterone levels as low progesterone can prevent the egg from implanting in the uterine lining.
Citrus Bioflavonoids for adequate vitamin c levels to help hormone production.
Eliminate caffeine

Males:
Vitamin E w/ Selenium to increase sperm’s fertilizing power.
Men’s Formula – Contains lycopene which increases sperm concentration, motility and normal sperm formation.
Zinc – 120 mg two times daily doubled sperm count after 40-50 days.
Drink bottled water as chlorinated water causes sperm to be so weak that they cannot penetrate the egg.

If constipation is a concern (less than one bowel movement a day is considered constipated) be sure to clean the colon.

Best of luck to you.

Nicole Bandes, CHS, 8/18/04

I recently had a miscarriage and now trying to loose the weight that I put on during that pregnancy. I would like to loose the weight before I try to get pregnant again. What type of supplaments can I use that would not interfer with trying to get pregnant but would assist me in loosing the extra pounds? -Mary L.

It is usually best to avoid trying to lose weight while trying to get pregnant as the nutrients you may end up losing could inhibit your ability to get pregnant and may be detrimental to the fetus should you get pregnant while dieting. If you really feel it is necessary, just do it the old fashioned way, eat right and exercise.

Nicole Bandes, CHS, 8/6/04

I would like to know what product to take if you are concerned about internal parasites?

Para Cleanse with Paw Paw can be very effective against internal parasites. It is a pre-packaged program from Nature's Sunshine. Use one package, rest for 1 week and use another package to kill any remaining eggs, larvae, etc...

Nicole Bandes, 7/30/04

   

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