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HEALTHY DIRECTIONS October/November 2012

THE VIRTUES OF TEA 8

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Be Your Best

Women’s Health • Hormonal Health • Fertility & Pregnancy • Natural Beauty • Alleviate Stress

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In This Issue: WOMEN’S HEALTH

Nutrition and Supplements 15

HORMONAL HARMONY

34 FOOD PASSIONS Igniting the Senses 6

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ALLEVIATE STRESS

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A Natural Approach 26

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Korean Bulgogi Pork with Quinoa Kimichi Slaw

LIVE TO BE 200?

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

Regrowing Telomeres

Green Lifestyle Tips 22

ECO CHIC

WARMING FALL RECIPES

Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Quinoa & Crispy Chickpeas

Slow the Signs in Mind & Body

ECO LIVING

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The New Superfoods

ANTI- AGING 34

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Tomato Coulis with Sencha

FERTILITY & PREGNANCY

A Naturopathic Approach

THE FINE ART OF COOKING WITH TEA

Beef in Wulong Tea

A NEW WAY OF THINKING ABOUT BREAST CANCER

More Prevention is Possible

THE VIRTUES OF TEA

White, Green, Black & Wulong

Finding Estrogen Balance

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SOOTHING HERBAL TEAS

For Digestion & Menopause

HEALTHY STARTS Join the Journey to Better Health

At Home and on the Go 12 6 EDITOR’S NOTE 7 OUR CONTRIBUTORS 29 NATUROPATH LISTING GUIDE 32 HOT OFF THE SHELF 33 COURSES GUIDE 33 CLASSIFIEDS

REJUVENATING SLEEP

Natural Solutions 16

GLUTEN-FREE

The Smart Way 20

HOT OR COLD HYDRATION

The Evolution of the Water Bottle 31

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PROTECT YOUR HEALTH

Support Your Immune System

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HEALTHY DIRECTIONS ALBERTA EDITION October/November 2012 Vol. 1 No. 3 Healthy Directions is dedicated to offering inspiring health and lifestyle information to enrich and empower your life.

Editor Charleen Wyman char@healthydirections.ca Contributing Writers Kevin Gascoyne, François Marchand, Jasmine Desharnais and Hugo Americi, Janet McKenzie, BSN, MBA, ND, Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS, Kathy Smart, Renita-Alejandra Rietz, Camilla V. Saulsbury, Steve Swaisland, Sandrine Briatte, M.Sc., Susan Janssens, BSc, ND, Alexander Mostovoy, HD, DHMS, BCCT, Christina Bjorndal, ND, Jay S. Jacobs and Murray McMahon

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atch the water glide and dance as it fills the kettle. Press the button. As the water boils hear the thunderous roll and feel the warm steam as it rises. Making and drinking a cup of tea is one of life’s most simple and enjoyable pleasures. From around 4,700 years ago in China the beverage has been enjoyed in solitude, in ceremonies and at parties. With my tea steeping and your company, I can’t think of a better way to start a discussion on women’s health and being your best. Starting with tea, our first article is entitled the Virtues of Tea, which discusses the main varieties of tea and the wealth of health benefits each offers. Herbal and herbal formula teas offer even more flavourful varieties and can help with innumerable health conditions. Seek them out at your favourite health food store. Lack of adequate sleep (which is my current challenge with a seven-month-old baby), menopause, PMS, a life-change, fertility issues, over-work, an illness, a lack of exercise and good nutrition, and even aging can make a woman not feel her best. That’s why for this issue, I also invited naturopaths and other writers to share their expertise and health solutions with you. Are you at your best? You can be. Grab yourself a cup of tea and find a comfortable place to read and find out how. Yours in health and happiness,

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS is Canada's leading women's health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 30 years. With degrees in nutrition and biochemistry, she is the author of eleven books including A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones and A Smart Woman’s Guide to Weight Loss. Her website: www.hormonehelp.com has over 4,000 pages of helpful nutrition information.

Christina Bjorndal is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine practicing in Edmonton and has obtained additional training in Gestalt psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Orthomolecular Medicine. An avid outdoors and exercise enthusiast she has completed three marathons and Ironman Canada. Visit: www.drchrisbjorndal.com.

Susan Janssens, BSc, ND has been a licensed naturopathic doctor for over 10 years, and is a leader in her field in Calgary, specializing in chronic disease, mood disorders and women’s health. For more information please go to www.IHConline.ca.

alexander mostovoy is a writer, researcher, and public speaker, and is recognized as a leading authority on the application of clinical thermography. Since 1999, he has pioneered the use of breast thermography in his clinic in Toronto, Canada with a special interest in breast thermography and women’s health. He can be reached at info@thermographyclinic.com

Kathy Smart is known as North America’s gluten free expert, is a TV show host, chef, nutritionist, cookbook author and a gluten-free celebrity. When not cooking up gluten-free goodness in her kitchen she can be seen on CTV, Rogers TV, CBC and traveling across Canada spreading the gluten-free good news! Kathy will be appearing at the Gluten Free Expo, September 29th, 2012 www.LiveThe SmartWay.com

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A HEALTH INFUSION

The Virtues of

Excerpt from Tea: History, Terrors, Varieties Ever since Shen Nong discovered the stimulating and detoxifying properties of tea some 4,000 years ago, humans have been interested in its medicinal properties. It is these properties that first made it popular, at a time when it was considered a medicine. It was thought that its bitter taste stimulated wakefulness, good overall health and the acquisition of great wisdom. In Chinese medicine, during the Tang and Song dynasties, the medicinal effects of tea were recognized more and more. It was recommended to cure and prevent various ills, such as headaches, dark thoughts and bad digestion as well as to dissolve fats. A few centuries later, Li Shizhen (1518–1593), physician and author of Compendium of Materia Medica, claimed that tea could regulate the body’s internal temperature, calm anxiety, dissolve fats and improve concentration. Although the stimulating, diuretic and antibacterial properties of tea were recognized by Chinese medicine a very long time ago, it is only recently that modern science has confirmed these benefits. Because of its antioxidant effects, the health benefits of tea are arousing a lot of interest in the medical community, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and the treatment of degenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Today, we no longer believe that tea is an elixir of immortality or has the mystical powers attributed to it by the Taoists of yore. However, it has virtues that contribute to longevity by stimulating heart function, strengthening the immune system and preventing cellular mutations. Of course, processing brings out new chemical elements in the leaves, which change their taste as well as their properties, and so each family of tea has its own specific qualities.

THE PROPERTIES OF WHITE TEA Refreshing and thirst quenching, in China, white tea is consumed mainly in the summer. According to Chinese medicine, it helps to counteract excessive heat and alleviates the symptoms of menopause.

THE PROPERTIES OF GREEN TEA According to recent studies, green tea appears to contain a higher number of polyphenols than other tea families, making it increasingly popular in the West over the last few years. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, green tea could prevent certain forms of cancer. Also said to enhance intellectual performance, green tea contains more iron, vitamins and catechins than black tea. The dehydration method used in the processing of green tea produces a higher polyphenol content in the leaves.


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THE MAJOR PROPERTIES OF TEA • It supports the heart system. • It activates circulation. • It helps detoxification and the elimination of toxins. • It fights hypertension and reduces fatigue. • It slows the aging process. • It helps prevent certain types of cancer. • It helps digestion and reduces cholesterol. • It balances body temperature. • It strengthens the immune system. • It enhances concentration. THE PROPERTIES OF WULONG TEA Regular consumption of wulong tea (just over ¼ ounce/ 8 grams per day) is said to have a slimming effect by stimulating the metabolizing of lipids. Its relaxing, antistress, even euphoric effect is said to be due to the high concentration of aromatic oils, which are drawn out from the leaves during rolling.

THE PROPERTIES OF BLACK TEA The enzymatic oxidation undergone by the leaves during the processing of black tea converts some of the catechins into theaflavins and thearubigins and destroys some of the vitamins. On the other hand, the caffeine in black tea is released more rapidly into the bloodstream over a shorter period compared to green tea, as oxidation partially separates it from the tannins. This means that black tea is more effective as a physical stimulant than green tea.

THE PROPERTIES OF PU ER TEA Because of its specific properties, Pu er tea has long been used as a dietary supplement by many nomadic tribes and ethnic groups living in regions of Asia. As these people ate mostly very fatty yak meat, tea allowed them to balance their diet, counteracting the fat. Today the purging qualities of Pu er teas are recognized as helping specifically to regulate the body and stimulate digestion. Pu er also helps eliminate cholesterol from the body. Used with permission from Tea: History, Terrors, Varieties, by Kevin Gascoyne, François Marchand, Jasmine Desharnais and Hugo Americi, edited by Jonathan Racine, Firefly Books 2011, $24.95 paperback.

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THE FINE ART OF COOKING WITH TEA

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FOOD PASSIONS

BEEF IN WULONG TEA In our grandmothers’ time it was customary to deglaze a pan with tea, often a strong black tea, and so this is an affectionate nod to our ancestors and their traditional knowledge.

INGREDIENTS 2 (10-ounce/300 g) pieces of sirloin Salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 6 to 7 tablespoons butter 1 cup (250 ml) water 2 tablespoons (30 ml) wulong tea (such as Shui Xian, Mi Lan Xiang or Qi Lan Xiang)

DIRECTIONS Season the pieces of beef with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat until it smokes. Add the olive oil and 4 tablespoons of butter. Place the pieces of beef in the skillet and cook until a crust forms, around 3 or 4 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the beef. Place the beef in a cold oven for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the desired degree of doneness. Remove the beef from the skillet. Set aside. Wipe excess fat from the skillet. Melt 2 or 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) of butter and cook until it turns hazelnut brown. Deglaze with water, scraping the bottom of the skillet to recover any browned bits of the meat. Reduce the liquid by half and add the wulong tea. Leave to infuse for 2 to 3 minutes, then pour through a fine strainer. Bring the mixture back to a boil and whisk. Slice the beef and serve with the wulong-flavored drippings. Serve the meat with a vegetable puree and seasonal onions. Used with permission from Tea: History, Terrors, Varieties, by Kevin Gascoyne, François Marchand, Jasmine Desharnais and Hugo Americi, edited by Jonathan Racine, Firefly Books 2011, $24.95 paperback. Recipe by Normand Laprise, Owner and Chef of Toqué! restaurant in Montréal (Québec)

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TOMATO COULIS WITH SENCHA INGREDIENTS 10 large ripe plum tomatoes Ice cubes 4 tablespoons (60 ml) olive oil 10 sprigs thyme 1 head garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves cut in half 1 cup (250 ml) water 8 teaspoons (40 ml) Sencha Haruno 1½ teaspoons (7 ml) sugar 1½ teaspoons (7 ml) salt

DIRECTIONS It is important to choose very ripe tomatoes, as they will be easier to peel. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C) and bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Remove the tomato stems and, using a small paring knife, score the base of each tomato in the shape of a cross to facilitate peeling. Fill a large mixing bowl with ice and water. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 30 seconds, pull them out then immediately plunge them into the bowl of ice water. Using a paring knife, peel the tomatoes starting at the scored base. They should peel very easily. Line a baking sheet with well-oiled parchment paper. Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them facedown on the lined baking sheet. Arrange the garlic cloves and the sprigs of thyme on top of the tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 3½ hours, until the tomatoes are soft to the touch and slightly dry. Bring 1 cup water to a boil and infuse the tea for 3 minutes. Do not press the leaves during infusion because the liquid will become too bitter. Remove the leaves and set aside. Blend the still-hot tomatoes in a blender to obtain a smooth puree. With the blender still running, add the tea, sugar and a little salt and combine well. Strain the coulis through a fine strainer. Add pepper to taste. Serve hot or at room temperature with poultry, white meat or lobster. Used with permission from Tea: History, Terrors, Varieties, by Kevin Gascoyne, François Marchand, Jasmine Desharnais and Hugo Americi, edited by Jonathan Racine, Firefly Books 2011, $24.95 paperback. Recipe by Claude Pelletier, chef at Le Club Chasse et Pêche restaurant in Montréal (Québec)

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Natural Solutions For

Rejuvenating Sleep

By Janet McKenzie, BSN, MBA, ND Passion flower, valerian and hops are among the most widely used sedative botanicals. Their track record of efficacy is well known and long standing. But are these botanicals popular because they are the only options? As it turns out, the answer to that question is a resounding “No!” Here, then, is a short introduction to some other calming herbs with which you may not be familiar. The Chinese jujube or red date Ziziphus jujube, also known simply as jujube, is a staple in Asian medicine for soothing nerves and reducing stress. Current research suggests that its action may result from the modification of levels of the neurohormone serotonin, which is known to affect mood and sleep. Albizia kalkora – also known as silk tree or Albizia julibrissin, is a medium sized tree that is common in Asia. Although silk tree has a long history of use in traditional medicine, our understanding of how it works is limited. Research has shown that the seeds of silk tree contain a biologically active substance, albizziin, which is an analog of the amino acid glutamine. Glutamine has many physiological functions, including regulation of moods. While there is no direct evidence so far, it may be that albizziin exerts a calming effect by mimicking the action of glutamine in the brain. Biota orientalis - also known as Biota, is another plant that is used extensively in Asian medicine. It has many traditional uses and is known to be sedating. Biota appears to exert its effect by partially engaging a brain receptor for the neurohormone GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) . It has been reported that the actions of biota can be compared to some sedative/anxiolytic drugs. 12 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS October/November 2012

You may have noticed a trend with respect to the actions of these herbs; they all act on brain receptors for neurotransmitters. Hops, passion flower and valerian do this too. Hops contains a constituent, 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol, which is believed to act on GABA receptors. Valerian extracts have several neurologically active constituents, including GABA; valerian has been shown to act on GABA receptors, and may also act on receptors for serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline . Finally, passion flower seems to exert its action on GABA receptors as well. When dealing with a condition like insomnia which can have many possible causes, it is important for treatment purposes to distinguish occasional insomnia from chronic. Each of the herbs above is traditionally used for the short-term treatment of occasional insomnia. The fact that some of them have different but complimentary methods of action means that they may act more effectively in combination then singly, and this would be a common approach used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example. There may be contraindications to taking any of these herbs, and one should consult a naturopathic doctor or licensed herbalist before taking them. Use them with caution until you know how they affect you, and do not use them at times when you need to be alert, especially when driving. Janet McKenzie is a graduate of the University of the British Columbia School of Nursing, Queen’s School of Business and the Canadian School of Naturopathic Medicine. She practices in Toronto, and has taught at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.


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WOMEN’S HEALTH Finding Estrogen Balance for

Hormonal Harmony By Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS

We are bombarded by environmental estrogens, also called xenoestrogens or estrogen mimickers. These man-made chemicals act exactly like estrogen in the body. Estrogen-mimickers are found in everything from plastics, cosmetics and pesticides to dry cleaning chemicals, dairy products and more. Too much estrogen upsets the body’s delicate balance of hormones. Some of the most common female estrogen-dominant conditions are PMS, endometriosis, abnormal PAP tests, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, cystic breasts, heavy periods, low thyroid, hormonal acne, severe menopausal symptoms, breast cancer and the list goes on. Too much estrogen can block the uptake of thyroid hormone, promoting low thyroid. Over 23 percent of Canadians take thyroid medication for low thyroid and an estimated 30 percent have undiagnosed low thyroid with symptoms that include hair loss, weight gain, feeling cold, constipation, night sweats, recurring miscarriage, heavy periods, high cholesterol and so much more. Women need estrogen but not the toxic type found in the environment. Women are supplied with estrogen from their ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells. When the ovaries take a much-needed rest at menopause, or if the ovaries are surgically removed during a hysterectomy, the adrenal glands become the main source of estrogen. The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and they also help us deal with stress and control water balance in the body. When our adrenal glands become exhausted from too much stress, hormone havoc ensues. Classic symptoms include insomnia where you fall asleep fine but wake up several hours later and can’t fall back to sleep, caffeine and salt cravings, no energy, difficulty handling stress and weight gain around the middle. The liver is the key organ for detoxifying excess hormones, breaks down and distributes estrogen and other hormones. Your liver decides if your estrogen is going to stay in the healthy form or be converted into cancer-causing estrogens. Our liver becomes sluggish due to a diet of too many bad fats (from lard, margarine and refined oils), sugars and artificial sweeteners, fried foods, and not enough vegetables and good protein. Regular alcohol consumption also negatively affects the liver’s ability to maintain hormone balance.

HORMONE HARMONY The liver, thyroid and the adrenal glands must operate at peak performance to ensure hormone harmony. The basis of a healthy hormone program is a diet full of cruciferous vegetables and lean protein from wild, free-range sources. There are also key herbs and nutrients researched to support the adrenals, liver and thyroid.

ADRENAL SUPPORT Eight hours of deep restful sleep will reverse adrenal exhaustion quickly. At bedtime, take a natural sleep aid containing melatonin, chamomile, hops, valerian and passionflower to help with sleep. The following herbs should be taken in combination to nourish the adrenals and help reduce the effects of stress:


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Rhodiola increases the body’s resistance to all types of stress; enhances mental and physical performance; and regulates the heart by increasing oxygen utilization. Suma is called "para todo" which means "for everything.” It is considered a regenerative tonic for the nervous, reproductive and digestive systems and is used to treat hormonal disorders, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, and stress. Schizandra berry is a general tonic that promotes liver health and counters the effects of stress and fatigue. It is also used for insomnia associated with changing hormones. Ashwagandha increases energy to improve overall health and longevity. Studies have proven powerful antistress effects as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and immune-modulating properties. Ashwagandha not only supports the adrenals but has also been found to improve thyroid function too.

SUPPORT A LOW THYROID The adrenal glands and the thyroid are directly linked so once the adrenals become exhausted, the thyroid goes low. The following nutrients have been found to help support the thyroid. These nutrients can be safely taken along with thyroid medicines. Never stop your thyroid hormone drug without your doctor’s recommendation. Tyrosine is an amino acid necessary for the manufacture of thyroid hormones. Tyrosine assists a sluggish thyroid and can aid the loss of those unwanted pounds. Ashwagandha supports the thyroid gland. Studies show that it enhances thyroid function and produces a significant increase in T4 thyroid hormone. Guggal extract supports complete thyroid health while enhancing the conversion of T4 hormone to the more potent T3 hormone. Guggal extract and ashwagandha should be used together to support thyroid health. Potassium iodide is essential for the manufacture of thyroid hormones, and was initially added to salt to combat the epidemic of low thyroid in Canadians. Since many people now avoid salt for fear of high blood pressure, low thyroid and goitres are on the rise in Canada.

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GLUTEN-FREE

The Smart Way By Kathy Smart It seems that going gluten free is the entire craze right now! I asked some of my clients and Facebook Fans why they went gluten free. The responses? Well amazing . . . here take a look.

ENVIRONMENTAL ESTROGEN PROTECTION We must avoid products containing environmental estrogens such as cosmetics containing parabens, plastics with BPA, synthetic hormones in dairy and meat, to name a few. Detoxification of these estrogens using saunas and dry brushing the skin will help to eliminate excess estrogens, as does eating organic broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. Supplementing with the following nutrients can help protect you from the dangerous effects of environmental estrogens and balance hormones. If you have any of the estrogen-dominant conditions mentioned earlier, you need the following food-based nutrients every day. They can be purchased separately or in combo. Indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C) is powerful plant nutrient from cruciferous vegetables. I-3-C prevents the conversion of good estrogens to cancer-causing estrogens. I-3-C maintains a healthy cervix, protects against HPV cervical lesions and controls abnormal cell growth found in those with uterine fibroids, breast lumps and endometriosis. It is very effective for heavy periods caused by a thickened uterine lining. D-glucarate is a powerful detoxifier of excess estrogens via the liver. It helps to maintain healthy hormone balance. Green tea extract contains polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids shown to be protective against estrogen-related cancers and it stops abnormal cell growth. Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric. This powerful anti-inflammatory agent works to inhibit all steps of cancer formation: initiation, promotion and progression. Curcumin also supports the liver. Sulforaphane, has been shown to stimulate the body’s production of detoxification enzymes that eliminate environmental estrogens. Sulforaphane is a powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer age. Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS, is Canada’s leading women’s natural health expert. She has authored over 10 books many of which are FREE at www.hormonehelp.com 16 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS October/November 2012

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Lupus and Thyroid Disease Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis Extreme Fatigue and Low Iron Having a child with ASD and ADD Lyme disease. Terrible eczema and psoriasis Celiac disease Migraines Irritable Bowel Disease Stubborn Belly Fat Constant stomach aches and frequent runs to the bathroom Extreme bloating, hives, major gas, diarrhea and depression

The list went on and on . . . so going gluten free can help all of these issues and so much more but how do you go gluten free – the smart way?

1. STICK TO THE BASICS I tell my clients to eat as close to nature as possible. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fresh meats, eggs and gluten-free whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, brown rice and teff are all naturally gluten-free.

2. STAY AWAY FROM PACKAGED FOODS Many companies have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon and are simply switching out high glycemic, low nutrition white rice flour and white sugar ingredients and then slapping the glutenfree label on it. It may still be a processed food – gluten or not.

3. THINK TO YOURSELF Is this a food that is as close to nature as possible? Gluten-free foods can be healthy when you stick to food in its most natural state as possible. But what about bread and pasta? This is the question so many ask. And I say, what about it? You can make delicious low glycemic gluten-free bread out of bean flours, quinoa flours, brown rice flours and more. There are so many amazing gluten-free choices! The amount of gluten in wheat has sky rocketed. Our bodies weren’t designed to digest so much gluten. So removing it and replacing it with whole foods = health!  Kathy Smart is known as North America’s gluten free expert, is a TV show host, chef, nutritionist, cookbook author and a gluten free celebrity. When not cooking up gluten free goodness in her kitchen she can be seen on CTV, Rogers TV, CBC and traveling across Canada spreading the gluten free good news! Kathy will be appearing at the Gluten Free Expo, September 29th, 2012 showing her WORLD famous brownies. www.LiveThe SmartWay.com


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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The New Superfoods By Renita-Alejandra Rietz It seems that everyday there is another hot new novel functional food that captures our attention and offers the fountain of youth or is the next panacea for all of our woes. It is often a question of weeding out the hype from the nutritional truth. There are a few new superfoods that stand out to be truly exceptional and will surely make their mark in the growing category of superfood nutrition.

SPROUTED CHIA POWDER, A NEW TWIST Most people have by now heard of chia. The Aztec running food has become a staple for many and rightly so. This humble little seed is one of the highest vegetarian sources of Omega-3. It is one of the most balanced superfoods providing protein, noteworthy vitamin and mineral profiles as well as both soluble and insoluble fibre and thereby can increase satiety, curb hunger cravings and balance out blood sugar levels when combined with a high glycemic meal. It is an indispensable staple superfood for those on any weight management program, for those with blood sugar issues or high cholesterol. What could be considered a new superfood however is sprouted chia” sold in a cold milled powder form. Yes, it is still chia, but it has undergone a very necessary transformation. Chia seeds are notoriously mucilaginous and so are quite difficult to germinate successfully. They require constant agitation and just the right amount of moisture and temperature to fully germinate into a living plant. It is this living plant form of chia known as ”sprouted chia” that is the true superfood for there has been an actual chemical shift in its nutritional makeup. Vitamins C and E go up by 900%, the antioxidant score doubles and vital enzymes are dramatically increased. It is also incredibly convenient to have a ready to go stable powder that you can add to everything you eat with double the nutrients of regular chia!

AUSTRIAN PUMPKIN SEEDS Also new on the horizon are Austrian pumpkin seeds, known as Styrian pumpkin seeds from the famous region of Styria, the southeast state in Austria known as Steiermark. They are thick, dark green and have a rich nutty flavour. These seeds come from the heirloom Styrian pumpkin, which was introduced to Europe over 9,000 years ago from Peru and Mexico. The seeds contain magnesium, iron, zinc, fibre, phytosterols, chlorophyll and carotenoids, such as lutein. These pumpkin seeds are unlike anything you have ever tried in North America and make an incredible superfood snack, seed butter, milk, trail mix and are great for smoothies.

LONGAN BERRIES Lastly, keep an eye out for dried longan berries. This succulent exotic fruit from Southeast Asia has been compared to the lychee fruit and has an exquisite flavour with notes of citrus, melon and mango. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre. Longan has been used in Traditional Asian Medicine for strengthening the heart and spleen meridians providing increased vitality and energy ,as well as used to calm the Shen, thereby decreasing stress and increasing one’s life force and radiance. They are an exciting new superfruit easily incorporated in the daily diet in smoothies, trail mixes or simply enjoyed on its own. We are all searching for strategies for prevention and optimal wellbeing. Many of these superfoods surpass the nutritional profiles of many of the foods that frequent our daily dinner plates. They exhibit an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, high amounts of fibre and a range of unique phytonutrients that offer antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging compounds. 

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WARMING FALL RECIPES WARM BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD WITH CRISPY CHICKPEAS INGREDIENTS 1 large butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry 2 tsp mild curry powder 11⁄2 tsp garam masala 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided Fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper 1 cup plain yogurt 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided 3 cups cooked red or white quinoa, cooled 2⁄3 cup dried cranberries 1⁄2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 6 cups packed baby arugula leaves

Excerpted from 500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Photos by Colin Erricson. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, combine butternut squash, chickpeas, curry powder, garam masala and 2 tbsp of the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender and chickpeas are crispy. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and 1 tbsp of the lemon juice. In a large bowl, combine squash mixture and quinoa. Add cranberries, mint, orange zest, orange juice, the remaining oil and the remaining lemon juice, gently tossing to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange arugula on a large rimmed platter or in bowls. Spoon quinoa mixture on top. Drizzle with some of the yogurt mixture and serve the rest on the side. Makes 8 side-dish or 4 main-dish servings.

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1 lb of stewing beef (1 inch cubes) visible fat removed 2 tablespoons of brown rice flour 1 tablespoons of olive oil 3 medium carrots, sliced thinly 1 cup of onions, diced 2 parsnips, sliced thinly 4 potatoes, cut into quarters (keep the peelings on) 3 cloves of minced garlic 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning ½ teaspoon sea salt and pepper 1 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes 1 341 millilitre can of V8 juice

Coat beef with flour, shaking off excess. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Working in batches, sear beef in a skillet over medium high heat until well browned on all sides. Do not crowd the meat or it will not sear properly and meat will turn out stringy. Remove beef and set aside. Mix vegetables, seasonings, garlic, salt, pepper and beef in a slow cooker. Stir in canned tomatoes and V8 juice. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 4 hours. Discard bay leaf before serving. Serve with fresh gluten free buns or bread.

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BULGOGI PORK WITH QUINOA KIMICHI SLAW INGREDIENTS KIMCHI SLAW 3 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce 1 tbsp Asian chili-garlic sauce 2 tsp sesame oil 2 cups shredded purple cabbage 11⁄2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled 1⁄2 cup shredded carrot 1⁄2 cup chopped green onions

DIRECTIONS

SESAME SOY PORK 1 tbsp natural cane sugar or packed brown sugar 2 tsp ground ginger 1⁄4 cup tamari or soy sauce 1⁄4 cup unsweetened apple juice 2 tbsp Asian chili-garlic sauce 2 tbsp sesame oil 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into very thin slices 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Slaw: In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, tamari, chili-garlic sauce and oil. Add cabbage, quinoa, carrot and green onions, gently tossing to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pork: In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, ginger, tamari, apple juice, chiligarlic sauce and oil. Add pork and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Remove half the pork slices from marinade, shaking off excess. In a large, deep skillet, cook pork over medium-high heat, stirring, for 2 to 4 minutes or until browned on all sides and just a hint of pink remains inside. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining pork, discarding marinade. Return all pork to skillet and cook, stirring, until heated through. Serve pork with slaw. Garnish with sesame seeds, if desired. Excerpted from 500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Photos by Colin Erricson. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


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The Evolution of the Water Bottle

Hot and Cold For Hydration By Steve Swaisland Five or six years ago most of us were using refillable plastic bottles to keep up our daily hydration needs. A large percentage of the population really had no idea many of the vessels we were drinking from contained a chemical called BPA. Bisphenol A or BPA as it is commonly know acts as an environmental estrogen and once it is ingested it can disrupt proper hormone functioning, alter genes and interferes with normal physical and behavioural development. Once the news of BPA hit the headlines it was like an over night change and the eliminate the BPA fight began. Many companies came to aid of concerned consumers by creating bottles of all sizes and shapes made of stainless steel and glass. However, many consumers did not like the fact the outside of their steel bottle would get very cold, making it uncomfortable to hold on to. With all these cold bottles came condensation and this was wreaking havoc on our hands, clothes, bags and desks. Everything in the bottles path was getting soaked. Some companies came up with a cover to help remedy the cold issue but they could not solve the condensation

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issue. Consumers were still left looking for the perfect solution. Since then, a few companies have developed a stainless steel double wall, vacuum insulated bottle that does away with the cold hands and wet everything. In fact these bottles can even be used for hot beverages, from tea and coffee to every cold beverage on the planet. Regardless of temperature of the bottles contents you can not tell on the outside weather it is hot or cold. Even on the hottest summer day the contents will stay cold all day long, which is something no single wall bottle can do. We had our bottle on vacation with us in the Caribbean, we were on the beach in full sun all day and our bottle still had ice inside after 8 hours! On the flip side the contents won’t freeze either, leave these types of bottles in your car on a cold winters night and the beverage will not freeze. Some even have included tea and ice strainers so the ice and loose tea stay in the bottle not in your mouth or the nozzle. The next time you are in the market for a new bottle visit your local health food store or go online and look for an insulated solution.


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Soothing and Healing

Herbal Teas

By Sandrine Briatte, M.Sc. Herbal teas are well recognized to have an active effect on the human body. Depending on the plants used, their properties can be digestive, diuretic, soothing, antiseptic, circulatory and much more. Some herbal teas are the result of researched formulas from wild and organically grown plants to provide flavourful, health benefits. These herbal teas boast active ingredients that improve on our quality of life and help maintain a balanced body.

SYNERGY OF PLANTS FOR BETTER RESULTS Herbal formulas are designed to combine the synergy of plants. Some of them have special properties which can help reduce many discomforts. For instance, whorled mallow is known to help regulate the intestine. Its properties come from its mucilage which facilitates bowel movements without irritating the intestinal mucosa. Combined with other plants, whorled mallow can help us in different ways: it stimulates natural drainage and elimination of toxins; it eliminates substances that could contribute to the development of urinary system problems; it cleans the intestinal tract by its laxative action and it can be a remarkable ally for any weight-loss program.

MENOPAUSE AND HERBAL TEAS Moreover, infusions can contribute to our well-being during a key period of our life. Thus, the symptoms brought on by menopause are usually the same for everyone: hot flashes, profuse sweating, insomnia and anxiety. No matter how serious the case, there are ways to help reduce those effects by using herbal teas. Sipping a hot beverage isn’t usually what comes into mind when dealing with those symptoms. Yet, plant infusion allows us to extract its active substances. Once extracted, it can be taken cold or mixed with fruit juice, while still retaining all of its great natural properties.

In order to ease the symptoms occurring within this life-changing transition, some plants are especially recommended. Lemon balm and skullcap are renowned for their appeasing qualities. They help reduce anxiety and insomnia, thanks to their combined components. Sage works great on diaphoresis: it reduces profuse sweating. Its use could even result in memory enhancement according to some scientific researches. Peony, on the other hand, reduces those unbearable hot flashes. Finally, motherwort acts on palpitations by soothing the nervous system.

DURATION AND FREQUENCY OF USE Some plants can act upon ingestion (e.g. whorled mallow). But others are recommended to be taken on a regular basis to help reduce recurrent symptoms. Indeed, if you need to find a better sleep, for example, it will be more helpful to take an herbal tea on a regular basis. Herbal teas are also an important source of vitamins and minerals. So, they can contribute to improve your energy and your over-all health and well-being. Sandrine Briatte, B.Sc. Biochemistry, M.Sc. Biology, is a scientific director in research and development of natural health products. She currently works at Virage Sante and offers her expertise by providing training for customers. For more information: www.viragesante.com or call 1-800-463-0944 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS October/November 2012 21


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LETTING GO!

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By Susan Janssens, BSc, ND People are experiencing burnout like no other time in our history for reasons unlike any we would ever expect. Between cell phones, job demands, family responsibilities and our non-stop commitments it is easy to see why. Stress can be defined as any circumstance or experience that causes physical, and/or psychological strain. Your brain responds to stress by sending a signal to your adrenal glands. Your adrenals respond by releasing adrenalin and then cortisol. This hormone cascade gives you that extra burst of energy and the ability to maintain it so that you can fight or run away from perceived threats. This was a helpful response for us in earlier times, when we were running from a bear or fighting in a battle. Nowadays, though, more and more of our threats are mental or emotional and this response to stress isn't always necessary, or even helpful. With chronic stress serious health problems may develop. These stress-influenced conditions include, but are not limited to:

I would estimate that as many as 80% of the people coming to see me are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related! So what can you do about it? I often say to my clients that you must address the situation. For example if you have relationship stress, take steps to improve communication and use resources such as counsellors or coaches. If your job is not working for you create a plan that will improve your working conditions or help you to find a new position. Letting things stew is never helpful and often having a simple step by step plan for change is very empowering.

• depression/anxiety • diabetes/ hypoglycemia • hair loss • heart disease • obesity especially around the middle • fatigue • ulcers • reduced brain function

IMPROVE SLEEP AND DO THINGS YOU ENJOY

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SCHEDULE EXERCISE AND TIME FOR DEEPER RELAXATION Be proactive on a daily basis by having a good program that works for you; such as, cardiovascular exercise, tai chi, yoga, meditation, prayer, relaxation techniques including visualization and sound therapy.

Keep regular sleeping hours and try to have 7-8 hours of sleep every twenty-four hours. What works for one person will not work for another. Make sure you find time for fun!

EAT A BALANCED DIET Having a balanced diet high in vegetables and fruit, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates like quinoa, brown rice, spelt


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and kamut helps to repair any damage caused by chronic stress. Everyone has unique dietary requirements; some do better vegetarian, while others have higher protein requirements. Find a qualified health professional if you are unsure of what is optimal for you. For everyone, it is essential to limit coffee, refined sugars, processed and high sodium foods.

NATUROPATHIC CLINICS

SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE ALARM PHASE Sometimes, I need to give supplements to treat the effects of long term stress. The adrenal glands in the early stages of stress release too much cortisol for extended periods of time. We term this the “alarm phase”. Often the symptoms are feeling wired but tired, memory loss, headaches, digestive complaints, insomnia and reduced immunity. Herbs useful during this phase are l-theanine and rhodiola. L-theanine has been shown to reduce cortisol production and rhodiola is considered an adaptogenic herb, increasing or decreasing adrenal output as required. The goal during the alarm phase is to reduce and regulate the cortisol being released.

AN APPROACH FOR LONG-TERM STRESS If an individual experiences long-term stress the adrenal glands start to become fatigued and stop producing enough cortisol to manage daily activities. The symptoms of this stage are fatigue, stress-intolerance, weight gain, anxiety, and depression. Many people tell me they feel like they cannot manage the simple things in life without feeling overwhelmed and scattered. The supplements I usually recommend are a bcomplex, vitamin C, rhodiola, licorice, as well as Siberian and panax ginseng. Licorice supports the production of cortisol and is a natural immune booster and anti-inflammatory. Siberian ginseng is an adaptogen that works very well for women; improving endurance, energy and the immune system. Panax ginseng is very similar to siberian ginseng but can interfere with women’s hormones; so, I tend to use it with men. A simple four-point salivary test can be run to determine which phase of adrenal dysfunction a person is in. There are many natural options available that have been proven to alleviate the symptoms of stress but remember to live in the moment and most importantly find the joy available to you right now. Susan Janssens, BSc, ND has been a licensed naturopathic doctor for over 10 years, and is a leader in her field in Calgary, specializing in chronic disease, mood disorders and women’s health. For more information please go to www.IHConline.ca.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH A New Way of Thinking About

Breast Cancer By Alexander Mostovoy, HD, DHMS, BCCT I’ll get straight to the point – breast cancer, for the most part, is a preventable disease. Yes, you heard it right – surprised? How do we know this? Well, let’s take a look at the following statistics. Breast cancer rates in North America are twice as high as in South America, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. In fact, AICR scientists estimate about 4 out of every 10 breast cancer cases in the US and Canada could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol and being more physically active. There is also convincing evidence breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.

OBESITY RATES & ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ARE HIGHER IN NORTH AMERICA Obesity rates throughout South America are considerably lower than in North America. In fact, according to WHO statistics, 55% of Brazilians, for example, are within the Body Mass Index “healthy” range of 18-24. Only 36 percent of North Americans are within this range. WHO figures also show the average adult in Brazil consumes about 1.2 gallons (5.3 liters) of pure alcohol per year. The average American adult consumes 2.1 gallons (8.1 liters) per year.

WE EXERCISE AND BREASTFEED LESS When it comes to physical activity, the difference gets a bit more startling. The percentage of Brazilians who are highly active is 9 times the number of Americans -37% vs. just 4%. And finally, according to La Leche League, 93 percent of Brazilian mothers breastfeed their children, compared to 74 percent of American mothers. The fact breast cancer rates in South American countries such as Brazil are nearly half that of the US and Canada is a clear reminder the everyday choices we make about our diet and level of physical activity are completely relevant.

A FOCUS ON MORE PREVENTION NEEDED We have spent decades creating awareness about breast cancer, including billions of dollars promoting screening and early detection – yet cancer incidence has continued to rise every year. Perhaps we should focus our resources on promoting prevention. We could get the message out that a better prevention prescription looks like this: women can reduce the risk of breast cancer by making basic lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, moving about more, staying lean, and drinking less alcohol. 26 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS October/November 2012


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I propose that we change our focus in the month of October from breast cancer awareness to breast cancer prevention by providing more relevant and realistic information to assist women in developing a more healthy lifestyle, thereby proactively reducing their risk and incidence of breast cancer.

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By Christina Bjorndal, ND The question heard by most couples after they get married is “When are you going to have a baby?” For some, the road to parenthood is easy and for others, there can be a few bumps along the way. It becomes even more frustrating when you hear that people with poor habits (ie drinking, smoking and eating poorly) get pregnant on the notorious “first try” while you might be a healthy person who watches everything that goes into your body, yet cannot seem to conceive. From irregular periods, difficult PMS, heavy periods, fertility and menopause the answer found in most doctors offices is some form of “one size fits all” pill in the form of synthetic hormones that either suppress the natural rhythm of our bodies or supercharges it. My personal feeling is that most “conditions” that relate to our menstrual cycles are hormone imbalances that can be

regulated by balancing and supporting our neuroendocrine system which consists of our hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands, thyroid gland and ovaries. Each of these glands produce hormones that affect the other and it is the intricate dance of balance between our “master glands” (ie pituitary and hypothalamus), adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA), “female” hormones (FSH, LH, the estrogens and progesterone) and our thyroid gland that affect whether we will conceive. The other key organs that need to be supported to be hormonally healthy are the primary organs of detoxification (ie liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin). This is especially important in recent years with the increase of chemical, emotional and physical stress bombarding our bodies – these influences are contributing to declining fertility rates and need to be addressed in couples.


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A naturopathic approach to fertility is based on the principle of bringing a couple’s health back in balance. With naturopathic care, your entire health history is assessed. I help my patients get in tune with their body and menstrual cycle. It is amazing how many patients aren’t sure if they ovulate and/or don’t even know the length of their menstrual cycle. In naturopathic medicine, it is our philosophy to treat the cause, to figure out what is going on, and correct any underlying hormonal imbalances. From there, we use the healing powers of nature to balance the body by optimizing nutrition, eliminating stressors in one’s lifestyle, learning about your cycle and treating underlying health conditions.

GET IN TUNE WITH YOUR BODY Find out when you are ovulating. Many women think this is on Day 14 (with Day 1 being the first day of flow); however, often it is not. Depending on the length of your cycle it could be much sooner or much later. Watch cervical flow to be like egg whites, this is when you are the most fertile. Check your body temperature for a slight elevation (a.k.a. basal body temperature), and pay attention to cramping.

HEALTHY DIET AND LIFESTYLE Eat a healthy diet consisting of 5 vegetable servings, 2-3 servings of fruit, nuts and seeds, and adequate protein for your weight. Avoid alcohol, sugar, fried food and junk food. Get lots of sleep and deal with stress practice healthy lifestyle techniques such as exercise, yoga, relaxation exercises, deep breathing etc.

USE PROFESSIONAL QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS It is important to be on a good quality prenatal vitamin with folic acid and essential fatty acids. It is best to seek a professional opinion, as there are many poor quality products on the market.

BE ASSESSED FOR HORMONAL BALANCE I always run hormone testing on patients if they have been trying for over 3 months. Conventional blood work (estrogen and LH: FSH ratio on Day 3 and progesterone on Day 21) is combined with salivary hormone testing. If levels are low, I use diet, herbs, supplements, acupuncture and homeopathic remedies to balance the levels. It is also important to assess the basics in women’s health such as: folic acid, B12, thyroid function, and vitamin/ mineral status in iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iodine and selenium.

SPERM QUALITY & QUANTITY Sperm quality is essential – zinc, coenzyme Q10 and a good quality fish oil is key. Keep these guys cool, so avoid hot tubs and laptops on your lap!

Whether you have been “labeled” with endometriosis, PCOS, low sperm counts, hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, and other unexplained fertility concerns, naturopathic medicine can help you. Patients who are preparing for IVF, IUI or other fertility treatments are encouraged to combine naturopathic support for increased success. Trying to conceive can be an emotional roller coaster that takes its toll on a person psychologically and physically, and can be a huge burden financially. Consulting with a naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to helping individuals and couples improve their health and fertility can be the piece that solves the fertility puzzle. Christina Bjorndal has a thriving practice in Edmonton, Alberta. She loves helping couples conceive and she believes in a holistic approach to health with nutrition and lifestyle counseling as the foundation in maintaining an optimum balance in our overall well-being. See http://www.drchrisbjorndal.com/treatments/womenshealth-program/

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Live to Be 200? By Murray McMahon Live to be 200 years old? Impossible you say! Did you know, that thousands of scientists, doctors, movie stars, athletes, politicians and wealthy business people are taking a rare extract of an age-old chinese herb and they are betting it will allow them to live to be 200 years-old and beyond. So, what do they know that we don’t? In Dec 2010, Ronald De Pinho a researcher at Harvard gave aged mice (the equivalent of 80 human years) a natural substance and within a month those same aged, and on their last legs, mice were running around like 40 year-olds. They had put on muscle, grew back hair and were starting to reproduce. In the August edition of Elle Magazine, the headline on one of its featured articles reads, “Wanna Live to Be 200?” And in the same month, Popular Science magazine writes about an anti-aging scientist, Bill Andrews, Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics and CEO of Sierra Sciences, who runs mega marathons (50 to 100 mile runs) and comes in the top third of the finishers. Andrews is 59 and fully believes he will run a 7 minute mile at 130 years old. Along with Andrews, thousands of people have been regrowing their telomeres for about 5 years, and they are finding their bodies getting younger and stronger, and their minds more agile. They sleep better, feel better, have fewer colds and flus and just generally are healthier. A new branch of biological science is studying the DNA of the cell and more specifically the shortening of telomeres as the cause of aging.

NOBEL PRIZE TECHNOLOGY In 1984 Elizabeth Blackburn and her assistant Carol Greider of the U of C, at Berkeley discovered the telomerase enzyme that causes telomeres in the chromosomes in the nucleus of the cell to lengthen. In 1999, Ms. Blackburn and Greider along with Jack Slozak were awarded the Nobel Prize in Biology. Move ahead to 1999 and we find Ph.D Bill Andrews, the mega marathoner, has led his research team at Geron, a US based biotech research company, in finding the gene that turns on the telomerase enzyme, which allows the telomeres to regrow. About that time, while searching for substances that would turn on the telomerase, they tested an ancient herb from Inner Mongolia. In a ground breaking manner they devised a patented method of extraction and testing of a single rare molecule, which has resulted in the world’s only available substance that will regrow telomeres. By 2002, a major investor in Geron licenced the patented molecule from them and commenced with 5 years of extensive testing. Double-blind testing showed the molecule not only grew telomeres in the chromosomes of everyone who took it but proved its safety beyond any doubt. The resulting nutraceutical is a natural extract form the herb astragalus. 34 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS October/November 2012

THE END OF AGE RELATED DISEASES? Age related diseases start at about age 25 but don’t manifest themselves until about age 40. Arthritis, cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stomach and bowel disorders, erectile dysfunction, bone loss, failing eyesight, liver and kidney malfunction . . . you name it are for the most part linked to the aging of the body. Allopathic, conventional, medical doctors treat these diseases with an array of prescription drugs, surgery and radiation. Naturopaths, homeopaths and other natural health practitioners use vitamins herbs, special supplements, massage and other modalities to also control and bring relief to the human body. But, the clock keeps ticking. And, our cells continue to make their inevitable way to the day when they can’t divide anymore. Users of telomerase activator report improved eyesight with many having to have their prescriptions changed to a lesser power. One of the first experiences people feel is increased energy and stamina. They feel stronger, happier, and experience fewer colds and flu. Erectile dysfunction in men and osteoporosis in women are two age related diseases where great improvement has been reported. Not all astragalus extracts are the same. Telomerase activator (molecule #) 65 is a very rare occurrence in nature and does not exist in most astragalus species. After its introduction in 2007, a number of companies tried to jump on the bandwagon with claims of telomere lengthening at a much lower cost. They did not do the testing and verification of the molecule (or even find another source of the telomerase activator) but have tried to associate themselves with the result of the Geron technology. TA Sciences, the company that is the sole company licenced by Geron to make telomerase activator, tested 4 of the leading brands of astragalus extracts and found that there was absolutely no molecule 65 in any of the brands. Astragalus and its extracts do have many life enhancing benefits but growing your cell’s telomeres is not one of them. As Andrews says, the only telomerase activator he takes is telomerase activator (molecule#) 65. The reason is it works, is safe and is the only tested, proven, approved and commercially available telomerase activator in the world. So will we live to be 200 years and beyond? The verdict is still out and time will tell. What we do know is that those regrowing their telomeres report amazing regression of their age related diseases far beyond what any placebo could accomplish. TA-65 is available in Canada through licenced doctors, clinics and better natural health (food) stores. Core Natural Limited is the Canadian distributor for TA-65. For more information and the list of studies, news articles and where to buy, go to www.corenatural.ca or phone 289-217-3004.


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