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Table of Contents:
> Olive Oil May Reduce Systolic Blood Pressure in Men
> Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
> Vitamin D3 Encourages Skin Healing And Immune Cell Stimulation
> Ginkgo Biloba Works Equally To Dementia Drugs
> Menopausal Symptoms Alleviated With Black Cohosh
> Gut Microflora May Contribute To Obesity
> Potential Toxin Found In Bottled Water
> Burning Incense Causes Cancer Risk

Olive Oil May Reduce Systolic Blood Pressure in Men
In a study of 110 healthy men from non-Mediterranean regions and 45 healthy men from Mediterranean regions, results suggest that consumption of olive oil in moderation may reduce the systolic blood pressure of men not eating a Mediterranean diet in regularity. Moderate consumption of olive oil by healthy European men reduces systolic blood pressure in non-Mediterranean participants. Journal of Nutrition
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Lipids (fats, oils, cholesterol) are essential for health. Natural lipids as found in natural foods are not the villains; unnatural lipids as found in heat processed and stored foods are. Although almost the entire population has been led to believe that cholesterol is a villain, it is actually an essential nutrient. If you don't consume it, your body will produce it. It is the foundation molecule for virtually all hormones. Processed cholesterol is another matter since it is highly toxic. See the book Lipid Nutrition and see Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in Resources below.)

Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
The blood serum of more than 7 million U.S. military personnel was analyzed. In this group there were 257 personnel that had Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Comparing increased vitamin D levels in Caucasian subjects (50-nmol/L) indicted a 41% reduced level of risk. Those with the highest levels of vitamin D had their MS risk plunge by 62% when compared to those with the lowest vitamin D blood concentration. Vitamin D is a strong intermodulator. High levels can reduce MS risk in young adults and adolescents. Journal of the American Medical Association
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: The evidence continues to mount that we are designed to be in the sun. Try to get in the sun daily during the summer months and take your vitamin D supplements during the indoor dark months. Do not take the supplements if you are getting plenty of sun on the skin. See O-Mega D in Resources below.)

Vitamin D3 Encourages Skin Healing And Immune Cell Stimulation
Sunshine helps our body heal itself and stimulates the immune system by causing the skin to produce vitamin D3 and dendritic cells. Dendritic cells are immune cells that convert the vitamin D3 into its active form, which then allows T-cells to move to the top layer of skin. T-cells eliminate damaged or infected cells in the skin and help regulate other immune cells. Psoriasis is treated with D3 cream with the intent that the cream will bring T-cells to the surface of the skin for their healing properties and immune cell stimulation.
Nature Immunology, New Scientist
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Yet more evidence of the importance of nature—the sun/D3—in health and healing. Remember, during the summer months when getting lots of sun, there is no need to take supplemental vitamin D. See O-Mega D in Resources below.)

Ginkgo Biloba Works Equally To Dementia Drugs
An Italian study has found that ginkgo biloba works equally as well as modern prescription drugs for dementia related to mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The study used 76 mild to moderate dementia patients and provided them with ginkgo, Aricept (donepezil), or a placebo for 6 months. Immediately following was a four-week course of a placebo to exclude their reactions. The results showed that both ginkgo and Aricept worked equally as effectively to slow down the progression of dementia. European Journal of Neurology
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: …except Ginkgo is virtually without danger—in contrast to the always dangerous synthetic drugs.)

Menopausal Symptoms Alleviated With Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh, a perennial plant native to North America, has been traditionally used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Hot flashes may be caused by declining levels of estrogen, which then change neurotransmitter levels. Sex hormone as well as neurotransmitter levels are affected by the opiate receptor system, which can induce responses including pain regulation, temperature, and appetite. When estrogen levels drop, the level of neurotransmitters is affected, which then causes the temperature regulation center of the brain within the hypothalamus to function irregularly. Research on black cohosh has shown that it may work by acting on human “mu” opiate receptors (morphine-like receptors that regulate pain, temperature and appetite), thus helping to regulate body temperature. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: A wise first choice to try for a length of time, rather than using dangerous hormone replacement therapy. See Estrolog in Resources below.)

Gut Microflora May Contribute To Obesity
The intestinal bacteria that inhabit slim people’s digestive tracts are different than in obese people. A family of bacteria called firmicutes is typically more plentiful in obese people’s digestive systems, and this type of bacteria is more efficient at extracting calories from complex sugars and depositing those calories in fat. Conversely, a family of bacteria called bacteroidetes is much more plentiful in slim people’s digestive systems. As further proof of this weight-to-bacteria ratio, as obese people lose weight, their levels of bacteroidetes increase while the levels of firmicutes decrease.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: This again emphasizes the role of carbohydrates and sugars as the primary cause of obesity. There are no obese people eating foods as nature intended. It’s not about calories, exercise, having children, low fat, or diet programs. It’s about not eating the foods we were designed to eat. See our Weight Loss Program and Probiosyn™ in Resources below.)

Potential Toxin Found In Bottled Water
German researchers have found that the trace element antimony is found in bottled water at more than 100 times the average level of antimony in pure ground waters (2 parts per million). In addition, these levels rise even further as the bottles are left to sit on the shelves at room temperature. The amounts of this potentially toxic trace element were measured for 15 brands of Canadian bottled water and 48 European brands. The levels in Canadian bottled waters increased by 19 percent and concentrations in the European brands increased by 90 percent after sitting for months. Most of the water tested was packaged in bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Antimony trioxide is used as a catalyst in the manufacture of PET. The levels of antimony may be increased by temperature, water pH, and exposure to sunlight. Environmental Science & Technology
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: More reason to do the smart thing: filter your own water and store it in glass.)

Burning Incense Causes Cancer Risk
Burning incense is a popular meditative and medicinal aid. But burning incense exposes people to cancer causing chemicals and creates more localized pollution than road traffic. Levels of highly carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) inside a poorly ventilated temple in Taiwan were 19 times higher than outside and still higher than at a nearby traffic intersection. The PAH benzopyrene, which is thought to cause lung cancer in smokers, had a concentration in the temple up to 45 times higher than in homes where residents smoke and as much as 118 times higher than in areas with no indoor source of combustion. Total suspended particles (the range of particles that comprise most of the emissions from human activity) were three times higher inside the temple than at the traffic intersection and 11 times higher than outside the temple. The concentrations inside the temple exceed the standard ‘safe’ levels for air set in Taiwan. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology,
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Just because something seems “natural” does not make it safe. Remember, the dose makes the poison.)

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