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Vitamin C and Swine Flu, Eating More Fats for Heart Health and your Jeans, & 10 Reasons to Exercise

IV Use of Vitamin C for Swine Flu (Dr. Mercola)
Vitamin C at high doses is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and strengthens your immune system. This article states how it was only method that provided relief for a man with a diagnosis of swine flu. 

Excerpt from the article on other benefits of vitamin C: Here are three other sources discussing the remarkable benefits of vitamin C for infectious diseases such as the flu:
  1. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999 found that vitamin C in mega doses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group.

  2. The Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, MD states that cases of influenza, encephalitis, and measles were easily cured with vitamin C injections and oral doses.

  3. - Dr. Robert Cathcart, MD, also offers personal case studies where intravenous administration of vitamin C turned out to be lifesaving in cases of acute flu complications. 

    Make sure if you use high doses of one vitamin, you are supplementing with a good multi-vitamin from a whole food source. Short term mega doses are ok, but can deplete the body of its competing nutrient. For example, too much vitamin C (ascorbic acid) depletes copper.

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    Eating More Fat Can Help your Heart AND Slim Down your JEANS! ( Dr. Sarah LoBisco, ND)


    "Today heart disease causes at least 40% of all US deaths. If, as we have been told, heart disease results from the consumption of saturated fats, one would expect to find a corresponding increase in animal fat in the American diet. Actually, the reverse is true. During the sixty-year period from 1910 to 1970, the proportion of traditional animal fat in the American diet declined from 83% to 62%, and butter consumption plummeted from eighteen pounds per person per year to four.

    During the past eighty years, dietary cholesterol intake has increased only 1%. During the same period the percentage of dietary vegetable oils in the form of margarine, shortening and refined oils increased about 400% while the consumption of sugar and processed foods increased about 60%." -Mary Enig, PhD. & Sally Fallon.

    In TJ Moore's book, Heart Failure, the belief that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease is de-mythed. He explains how the results from the famous Farmington study could have been a manipulation by pharmaceutical companies to sell more statin drugs. Furthermore, other studies have supported his citations finding favor with Mediterranean diets over low fat, high carbohydrate ones. So, if fat isn't related to heart disease, what is?

    Top 10 Reasons to Exercise (Dr. Mercola)

    1. Decreases Belly Fat

    2. Controls Calories

    3. Helps maintain weight 

    4. Boosts metabolism

    5. You will gain lean muscle which burns more fat

    6. Curbs emotional eating

    7. Creates healthy chain reactions (good healthy habit builder)

    8. Brings more fun

    9. Stops hunger

    10. Increases energy

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Reisa Mehlman

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Dr. Sarah Lobisco

SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

*Currently, Dr. LoBisco is not seeing new clients or practicing naturopathic medicine with private consultation work. Although she holds a license in VT, her current role is to provide support for clinical education and technical support on natural products, exclusive of any medical or diagnostic consultations or services. Read more...