What Is Fracking? Do We Want It To Come to our State?

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process that the oil and gas industry uses to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations buried deep within the Earth. Fracking threatens the abundance of farmers markets, community -supported agriculture and locally grown produce and food product.  It requires large quantities of water mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, which are injected underground at high pressure to crack dense rock and release oil and gas.
Contamination of fracking is no just an on site problem and the risks extend beyond the drilling sites. Traffic accidents, spills, well blowout and leaks can  all put farm and agricultural land in jeopardy.  Fleets of trucks are used to ship hazardous waste water and toxic materials.  Traffic accidents have caused fracking waste water to be released into nearby freshwater bodies and private property.  Many townspeople (in states where fracking is going on like Pennsylvania ) are unable to use their own water due to contamination.  Tongue blisters and body warts have been a common occurrence due to water contamination.  Farm land is threatened and have effected not only crops but animal life.  Cattle have been stillborn, many losing their tails, deer have lost  their beautiful coat color and are “glassy-eyed”.  Pond frogs rarely “chirp”.  Both gas and water are released through the water faucets (including showers ) causing headaches and dizziness in many people.  Volatile organic compounds, cause ground level ozone which damages crops and threaten food security.
Recently, the news media leaked information that Governor Cuomo of New York is considering a plan to allow fracking in New York’s Southern Tier counties.   For New York state’s agricultural sector to grow and thrive, Governor Cuomo must ban fracking in all of New York State.  Contact the Governor today and make your voice heard.  Go online to foodandwaterwatch.org to learn more about fracking and ways to help fight against it.

How Much Sugar is Safe to Eat?

The best way to start controlling your fasting blood sugar level is to monitor your daily sugar intake. Your fasting blood sugar should be no higher than 85.  Limit yourself to 10 teaspoons of total sugar a day including the pasta and breads that are converted to sugar.  Packaged foods are labeled according to grams of sugar and carbohydrates, not teaspoons. Use this formula to find out exactly how much sugar is in your food:

(total grams of carbs-total grams of fiber) divided by 5= total teaspoons of sugar.

This will give you the total teaspoons of sugar in a serving of that food.

If you seek additional support for sugar control, try adding the herb cinnamon to your coffee and recipes .   Pure Encapsulations’  Glucose Control Formula  is a combination of many herbs that can also assist in blood sugar control. Order it online at HeleneKaplanHealth.com

***This product is not meant to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.

 

A Natural Approach to Mood Enhancement

SeroPlus Functions:
Promotes serotonin synthesis to promote relaxation, moderate occasional stress, and support healthy eating behavior*
- – Supports serotonin production with cofactors vitamin C, vitamin B6
and Metafolin® L-5MTHF; L-5MTHF is the form of folate that easily
crosses the blood brain barrier*
• Enhances healthy sensitization of serotonin receptors and nervous system function with inositol*
• Maintains healthy serotonin activity and reuptake with taurine*
• Supports serotonin production with cofactors vitamin C, vitamin B6
and folate; L-5MTHF is the form of folate that easily crosses the blood brain barrier*
- In a randomized controlled trial involving elderly individuals, magnesium (contained in this product)
offered statistically significant support for positive mood*
- In another double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial involving
young women, zinc (in this formula) supplementation offered statistically significant
support for positive mood*
Magnesium is required for supporting the overall integrity of this pathway. When released into the synapse, serotonin is subject to reuptake or degradation by MAO. The remaining serotonin binds to serotonin receptors on the postsynaptic neuron, which use inositol-mediated signal transduction to translate the message into signals that support relaxation, moderation of occasional stress, and healthy eating behavior.*
Recommendations
Pure Encapsulations recommends 2-4 capsules daily, in divided doses, between meals.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects Or Precautions?
Not to be taken by pregnant or lactating women. Certain ingredients have been associated with gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea or flatulence. Rarely, inositol has been associated with fatigue, headache or dizziness. Consult your physician for more information.
Are There Any Potential Drug Interactions?
These products are not intended to replace SSRI, MAOI or other psychiatric medications and should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner. Do not use concurrently with SSRI medications or MAO inhibitors. 5-HTP may be contra-indicated with sedative medications.

 

Consult your physician to discuss using this product as the first line of attack against depression, stress and anxiety.
SeroPlus
two vegetarian capsules contain v 00
vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)…………………………………………………………………………………… 100 mg
niacin (as niacinamide)……………………………………………………………………………………………..20 mg
folate (as Metafolin®, L-5-MTHF)…………………………………………………………………………. 500 mcg
magnesium (as di-magnesium malate)…………………………………………………………………….100 mg zinc (as zinc picolinate)……………………………………………………………………………………………..10 mg
5-hydroxytryptophan………………………………………………………………………………………………..100 mg
inositol (as myo-inositol)………………………………………………………………………………………… 500 mg
taurine (free-form)………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 200 mg
pyridoxal 5’ phosphate (activated B6)………………………………………………………………………..10 mg
other ingredients: vegetarian capsule (cellulose, water)
2-4 capsules daily, in divided doses, between meals.
Metafolin®

For more information and to order this product, go online to HeleneKaplanHealth.com

 

***This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Be Heart Healthy on Valentine’s Day

The PureHeart Protocol

Supplements

Pure Encapsulations offers clinically reliable formulations, superior delivery systems, and unsurpassed quality. Importantly, Pure Encapsulations specializes in product innovations for evidence-based cardiometabolic care. This commitment includes the integration of innovative delivery technologies and the ongoing research and development of proprietary polyphenol blends with the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (INAF) based at Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. This endeavor has led to a growing platform of options to support the full cardiometabolic spectrum.*

Pure Encapsulations cardiometabolic supplements include*:

Alpha Lipoic Acid w/GlucoPhenol™
Astaxanthin
Cardio-C
CholestePure Plus
EPA/DHA essentials
GlucoFunction
Magnesium (glycinate)
Metabolic Xtra
Nitric Oxide Support
ResCu-SR™
Resveratrol VESIsorb®
SR-CoQ10 with PQQ
Tocotrienols
Ubiquinol VESIsorb®
UltraKrill+D
Vascular Relax BP

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For more information and to order these these supplements check out  HeleneKaplanHealth.com

***These products are not intended to cure, prevent, diagnose or treat any disease.

Common Causes of Headaches

     Headaches are one of the most common reasons people see their primary care physician, and they account for 20 percent of outpatient visits to neurologists.
According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic or recurring headaches.
Many can include migraine, tension-type, cluster and others. Some are due to  TMJ (jaw) joint disorders and cervicogenic headaches, which are attributed to disorders of the neck.  Headaches are often caused by a combination of factors including musculoskeletal, psychological and neurovascular issues as well as chemical imbalances in the brain. Thus, a thorough medical evaluation is necessary with any onset of a new or ongoing headache.  Dysfunction to the joints and discs of the upper cervical spine is another cause often seen in patients with headaches.

Allergies and magnesium deficiencies  can also lead to headaches.  Stress can be another cause of headaches.
Headaches can be  treated by various clinicians including nutritionists, dentists, massage therapists and physical therapists.
Physical therapy offers a wide range of options for patients who wish to treat their headaches without medicine.
Correcting postural dysfunctions can be done through postural education which includes instruction in proper work station set-up, sleeping positions or proper body mechanics for every day activities.
Postural retraining generally consists of developing a program focused on stretching shortened muscles, while strengthening weak muscles.
Physical therapists can also improve the mobility of the upper cervical spine and jaw through numerous hands-on techniques which can result in reducing the occurrence of headaches.
Nutritional counselors and nutritionists can help a headache sufferer determine if his headaches are due to a nutrition- related problem. A good idea is to keep a food journal and note times of headaches as well. Headaches can occur when an allergen is consumed up o 48 hours before the headaches begins.  Foods that can trigger headaches include nuts, chocolate,  onions, caffeine, artificial sweeteners  and alcohol.  Food allergy testing is a good option as well.

Tension headaches can be caused by abnormal reaction to stress. Yoga and meditation are stress fighters.

 

Pure Encapsulations’  offers headache sufferers various magnesium supplements to cope with a possible magnesium deficiency.  (Those with a magnesium deficiency can also suffer from body muscle tightness and spasms.)    Pure Encapsulations  also offer products like their Daily Stress Formula and  Cortisol Calm to reduce stress. Order them online at HeleneKaplanHealth.com

***These products are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Declining Testosterone Levels- Is There Help for Aging Men?

As men age, there is a tendency to convert testosterone to estrogen. Testosterone levels decrease by approximately 1-2% annually.  Testosterone becomes less available to protect the heart and circulatory system. Other effects of reduced testosterone levels are decreased libido and weaker erections. Loss of height and energy, along with sadness and decreased resistance to infection also occur with declining testosterone levels.

Chrysin is a natural flavone found in small amounts in plants. Like many polyphenol flavones, Chrysin has powerful antioxidant effects and may lower cellular inflammation.  Chrysin also has a favorable effect on blood vessel walls easing blood flow and supporting healthy blood pressure. However, the main use for Chrysin is to support male function. It  has been shown to enhance sex drive, support performance and intensity of pleasure, support male function in many respects, and restore testosterone-related functions in older men by inhibiting its conversion to estrogen.

Pure Encapsulations’ new product Tribulus Formula, offers a combination of tribulus, chrysin, hesperetin and D-aspartic acid to support healthy testosterone balance. Order it online at HeleneKaplanHealth.com  Questions? Email: HeleneKaplan@yahoo.com

Warning: If pregnant or nursing, consult your health care practitioner before taking this product.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

PolyCystic Ovarian Disease

PolyCystic Ovarian Disease  is the most common cause of menstrual irregularity and affects 5-10% of reproductive age women.  Your doctor may have also found many cysts on your ovaries during an ultrasound.

Pure Encapsulatons’ Dim Detox can help balance hormones and detoxify carcinogenic estrogens from your body which is key to reducing the symptoms of this condition.

The key ingredient in the formula that helps stabilize hormones is a form of “broccoli sprouts.”  This is the reason it is also important to eat cruciferous vegetables.

Another essential ingredient in the formula is “milk thistle”. It  enhances detoxification by increasing glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant created by your cells to fight destructive free radicals.

Along with these herbal suggestions, A HEALTHY DIET IS ESSENTIAL!

1) Eat low Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates such as vegetables ,  berries, and  beans.   It is very important for women  to completely avoid refined carbohydrates including sugar, white flour, whole-wheat flour and products made from them (i.e.- pasta, breads, desserts, soda and candy).

2) Keep your blood sugar stable by eating every three to five hours and include protein and good fats (for example some nuts/nut butter, seeds/seed butter, hard-boiled egg, hummus dip) at each meal.

3) Eat 7-10 servings a day of vegetables including 3 leafy greens every day. Your vitality will shine!

You can order Dim Detox online at helenekaplanhealth.com

***This product is not meant to diagnose , treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cholesterol and Latkes: An Unhealthy Combination

Did you know that one fried potato latke has approximately 140 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat?  Although this holiday is filled with wonderful customs, what do all the doughnuts, latkes and chocolate gelt mean for your health?  Among other things, these treats will raise your CHOLESTEROL.
Elevated blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for developing heart disease.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.  Is all cholesterol “bad’ for you?
Cholesterol is transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins.   Low density lipoprotein or LDL, is know as “‘bad” cholesterol.  High density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as “good” cholesterol.  These two types of lipids, along with triglycerides make up your total cholesterol count.
When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol (below 100mg/dl, is optimal) circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain.  Together with other substances, it can form plaque and clots that lead to a heart attack or stroke.
HDL, (the “good “cholesterol), carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver where it is released from the body.  Exercise raises HDL, so get to it!
A triglyceride is a form of fat made in the body.  Elevated levels of this fat can be due to obesity, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol and sugar consumption and a diet very high in carbohydrates (latkes included).  Triglyceride levels lower than 100mg/dl are ideal.
So, what can be done to keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range?  Firstly, limit total fat intake to 35 percent of your total calories each day.  Substitute saturated/trans fats (from fried and baked goods) with foods high in Omega 3 and 9’s fats (fish, olives, nuts, avocado, and seeds).  Pile your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables.   These foods are filled with antioxidants which help your arteries get rid of calcified plaque.  Fiber, found in foods such as whole grain bread, pasta, oats, legumes and brown rice also helps your body maintain plaque -free arteries.
If you’d like be even more proactive, The National Institute of Health recommends adding plant sterols to your diet to improve cholesterol reduction.  Plant sterols prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol into your bloodstream.  In addition, consuming Policosanol (a mixture of plant substances called “cosanols”) is beneficial for helping to manage blood fats.  Pure Encapsulations’ pharmaceutical grade Policosanol and CholestePure (plant sterols) can be purchased online from HeleneKaplanHealth.com   Questions? Contact me at 516-538-6799 or helenekaplan@yahoo.com
***These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Glutathione is an essential component for your body’s detoxification system … yet many people haven’t even heard of it. We all make this essential molecule in our bodies by combining three amino acid building blocks -  cysteine, glycene and glutamine. Toxins such as air pollutants, poor diet, medications (eg, acetaminophen or Tylenol), infections and aging – can deplete your body of glutathione.

When we are deficient in glutathione we are more susceptible to acquiring conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive problems, muscle pain, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease and cataracts.

Fortunately, you can take steps to replenish your glutathione supply: Eat more cruciferous   vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, etc.) … get         more  exercise … and consider supplements such as milk thistle and alpha lipoic acid.
      Pure  Encapuslations offers these products as well as glutathione.  Order them online at   helenekaplanhealth.com

 

Fish Oil Shown to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety Buster
Fish oil benefit

A new study gauging the impact of taking fish oil showed a marked reduction in inflammation and anxiety among a group of medical students. Researchers at Ohio State University believe that elderly people and others at high risk for certain diseases might benefit even more.

Previous studies indicated that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil helped reduce levels of cytokines (compounds that promote inflammation). Psychological stress is known to increase cytokine production, so the researchers wondered if increased omega 3 intake would reduce stress—and reduce inflammation in the process.

Sixty-eight students enrolled in the 12-week study. Half received daily omega-3 supplements and the rest were given placebo pills. “The supplement was probably about four or five times the amount of fish oil you’d get from a daily serving of salmon,” said the researchers.

Students who received the omega 3 reported a 20-percent reduction in anxiety compared to the placebo group. Blood samples confirmed that cytokines had been reduced significantly.

SOURCES
“Omega 3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students,” Ohio State University, 7/11
“Omega-3 Supplementation Lowers Inflammation and Anxiety in Medical Students” by J. K. Kiecolt Glaser et al., Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 7/19/11