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Volume #2 Issue # 3 ~ Date: March, 2005
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Inside This Issue
* Letter from the Editor
* Feature Article: Is the FDA Really Looking Out for You?
* Feature Product: Milk Thistle Time Release
* Current Specials: Stock up before April 1st price increase.
* Bonus Health Tips
* Ask The Herb Specialist Column

*******Letter from the Editor*******

Dear Health Enthusiasts,

This year has brought a new light to the FDA. For those of us that believe in using natural health methods first and foremost, the FDA's recent antics are nothing new, but many are getting their first taste of how the big pharmacutical company dollars can influence government. It's time we stepped up and took back control of our own health. Our watch dogs are failing us, now we have to educate ourselves about what is safe and what isn't.


Nicole Bandes,
Natural Health Educator, Owner,

*******Feature Article*******

Is the FDA Really Looking Out for You?

*******Feature Products*******

Milk Thistle Time Release - 10% off. Available to Subscribers Only.

Read more about the benefits of Milk Thistle.

*******Current Specials*******

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Stock up and SA.VE. Each year on April 1st, Nature's Sunshine adjusts their prices based on the increase in their costs to continue maintaining the same high level of quality they have always offered their customers. Approximately 300 of the 700+ products will increase from 25 to 50 cents per bottle.

Naturally Herbs makes every effort to keep our prices consistant and only changes prices when necessary. This year we will adjust our prices accordingly but will also begin offering as much as a 10% discount on some herbs and supplements.

On April 1st Naturally Herbs will set our new prices. Any prices that will be dropped have already been done so. Be sure to stock up early on your favorite products before the price increase takes effect.

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*******Bonus Health Tips*******
This tip is provided by Betty Kamen at

Vitamin D may protect the Elderly

I came across an interesting analysis in this week's British Medical Journal about the elderly and their lack of vitamin D. The author of the piece recommends giving elderly patients high doses of vitamin D supplements to safeguard them from fractures and falls. Moreover, he believes the elderly, especially those who live nursing homes or are homebound, suffer more acutely from vitamin D deficiency than has been previously recognized.

The root of the problem, according to the article: Because of their skin's reduced capacity to synthesize the provitamin calcidiol, elderly patients may have poor muscle strength and weakness.

The author cites a number of studies that support vitamin D supplementation, including quite a few that demonstrate how it reduces the amount of falls. He also recognizes two major roadblocks standing in the way of seniors (particularly the housebound) receiving optimal amounts of vitamin D:

A lack of exposure to sunshine
Little or no exercise
However, the author doesn't mention one very reasonable alternative that will allow seniors to get all the vitamin D they need and is far better for them than taking a supplement: A high quality fish or cod liver oil. In fact, taking a high-quality fish or cod liver oil ( NSP offers Vitamin A & D, a fish oil supplement in easy-to-swallow pearls) is more important than any supplement because it is an essential food.

British Medical Journal March 5, 2005;330:524-526

*******Ask The Herb Specialist*******

Q. I am asking what product would work for my son who is exposed to cleaners all day long when detailing cars. I understand essential oils in a diffuser can work or you have a homeopathic product for detoxing. He already has a kidney condition where he takes flax oil to keep him from passing too much protein. I was told that homeopathic does not work in combination with essential oils and that essential oils can loose their effectiveness if used for long period of time.
Thanks, -Ava W.

A. With a situation that involves constant contact with chemical irritants, I always recommend an herbal product by Nature's Sunshine called Enviro-Detox. It helps to detoxify the system of the constant toxins our bodies are hit with everyday.

Regarding using essential oils, it can be beneficial to use Lemon Bio mixed directly with the paints to help combat some of the toxic effects. Nature's Sunsine also offers the homeopathic Detoxification. Homeopathics are safe for extended use and will be effective for the duration. I have never heard that they would not work in conjunction with essential oils and have found them to be effective when taken together.

However, keep in mind that these are not going to totally prevent damage caused by constant exposure to such a toxic environment. Only a job change can really take care of that.

Nicole Bandes, B.S. C.H.S.

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