Prescription Drug Use Soars

Most Americans are now regularly taking prescription drugs, new research has found. Almost 60 percent of adults take some type of medication, and since 2000, the number of adults taking five or more prescription drugs has nearly doubled to 15 percent, raising serious concerns about the potential for adverse interactions. An aging U.S. population, expanded Medicare coverage, and aggressive TV marketing all play a role, but national surveys of nearly 40,000 people suggest the obesity epidemic is the primary culprit fueling this upward trend. Eight of the 10 most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States are used to treat high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and other preventable conditions associated with obesity. In fact, the most popular medication in the U.S. is Zocor, which is in a class of cholesterol lowering drugs called statins. Overall use of statins jumped 10 percent over the past decade by 7 percent. “Here in (Read More)

Your Assurance Of Quality Nutritional Formulas — More Natural and Increased Testing

I want to let you know about an exciting direction we are moving at Let’s Talk Health for our entire product line. In recent weeks, Let’s Talk Health and its GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified laboratory have quietly and intentionally moved in an exciting new direction toward more organic and natural ingredients in all of our best-selling formulas starting with vegetarian approved capsules and non-GMO natural ingredients. Additionally, Our Let’s Talk Health state of the art laboratory has made significant investment in its in-house laboratory so we can test our products at multiple stages during production. We’re one of the few manufacturers that have this kind of in-house testing capability. In just one month, our laboratory performs thousands of individual tests. We test in order to meet US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for dietary supplement manufacturing. But we also go beyond these requirements to insure that you are (Read More)

Nutritional Matters Of The Heart

More Doctors And Researchers Speak Out About the Cholesterol Myth A recent conference entitled “Heart Disease in the 21st Century: Beyond the Lipid Hypothesis” was filled with speakers who did not believe that you should avoid saturated fats or limit your cholesterol or use polyunsaturated fats in your diet. In fact they presented evidence that was just the opposite – saturated fats are extremely important to good health, high cholesterol foods do not contribute to high cholesterol and polyunsaturated fats are bad for your health! Emerging science from intensive study on lowering cholesterol levels was found to be wanting in extending life even one day. In fact, there was a finding that lower cholesterol levels were associated with cancer and premature death! As an explanation, one speaker said, “Cardiologists and others have confusion about a statistical association of cholesterol with causation. It’s as if they saw a house burning and (Read More)

The Benefits of Eating Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Following a healthy diet plan requires certain health goals. At Let’s Talk Health, recognizing the different goals that individuals might make is the foundation of providing the information that is most helpful. When it comes to fighting off inflammation, the benefits to the entire body and mind are substantial. Inflammation is the gateway to almost every chronic disease.  If you reduce inflammation, you enhance your ability to fight off disease. Reduced Rates of Alzheimer’s Disease A key reason to eat an anti-inflammatory diet is improved brain health. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, chronic inflammation is one of the causes of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and many other health conditions. By reducing inflammation by eating herbs like turmeric, the risk of developing dementia is much lower. It is the chronic inflammation in the brain, even at low levels, that destroys the health and leads to the disease. The dietary change can improve the (Read More)

Part 3: Why Supplements?

Continued from part 2 Take Stock Of Your Life Starting Today Let’s face it – most of us do not take a personal inventory of what we eat on a regular basis to ensure proper nutrition. Even if we are diligent, much of the nutrition in the foods we eat today have been stripped of their nutritional value by over processing. Nutritional supplements are more widely used today than at any other time in our history. People are using nutritional supplements to fill the gaps between our unhealthy diets and our body’s needs, helping to enhance everything from our workout regimens as well as our memory and mental functions. The lack of proper supplementation may not be apparent; your body is amazingly equipped to keep you in balance, even when you are not providing the proper amounts of nutrients. This takes its toll on our bodies. Our bodies, unlike cars, (Read More)

Part 1: Why Supplement?

It is amazing how many people share the same experience.  When they try talking to their doctors about using vitamin and mineral supplements, they are met with condescension, laughter or belittlement. These are the same doctors mind you, that when working with a woman who has just become pregnant, insist that they take a prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplement for the health of their baby. Fortunately people are educating themselves on the value of a good quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement because they have access to the thousands of peer-reviewed studies published every year validating the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in the prevention and treatment of disease. Despite the media frenzied attempt to discredit nutritional supplements, the latest government-sponsored survey, found that more than half of American adults take nutritional supplements and more than three-quarters of U.S. Physicians (79 percent) and nurses (82 percent) recommend dietary supplements to their patients, and a similar (Read More)

Pumpkin: A Super Food

Highly nutritious and loaded with antioxidants, pumpkins are a great super food to incorporate into your diet this fall. Usually used for decor, this under appreciated squash is one of the most beneficial foods that a person can eat. Moreover, it’s inexpensive, available year round either in its whole form or in can form, and can be used in hundreds of different tasty, yet nutritious recipes. Benefits of Eating Pumpkin: Raw pumpkin contains just 15 calories per 1/2 cup Pumpkin is  full of iron, zinc, and fiber- important nutrients for children and women Pumpkin’s bright orange color is a sign that the plant contains high amounts of vitamin C and beta carotene Pumpkins are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are known to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Canned pumpkin has less fiber than fresh pumpkin, but more beta carotene.  Pumpkin seeds (Read More)

Part 2: Six Whole Foods With Super-Healing Powers

Continued from Part 1 Apples The old adage – An apple a day keeps the doctor away – has real meaning for this amazing healing food. Commonly overlooked apples protect the body from nuclear fallout, kills a wide range of cancers, and keeps the arteries unclogged – plus a whole host of other healing properties.  Apples have a way to awaken your own inner physician. Apples are loaded with the powerful antioxidants quercetin and catechin, which protect cells from damage – that means a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially if you eat the skin. Research shows that the apple peel contains five times more polyphenols than the flesh. Apples and their skins pack a lot of fiber too (about twice that of other common fruits, including peaches, grapes, and grapefruit), which may help fight the battle of the bulge. In 2004, USDA scientists investigated over 100 foods (Read More)

Part 1: Six Whole Foods With Super-Healing Powers

Whole foods play an important role in our health and well-being.  While there are literally hundreds of nutritious whole foods to consume, the foods listed below actually assist the body to help you heal. Emerging research demonstrates that whether it is fighting cancer, lowering your cholesterol, decreasing inflammation, preventing heart disease plus many other maladies, these super-healing foods will help you get back your health – naturally. Kiwis This tiny, nutrient-dense fruit packs an amazing amount of vitamin C (double the amount found in oranges), has more fiber than apples, and beats bananas as a high-potassium food. The unique blend of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in kiwifruit helps protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory disease. In the world of phytonutrient research, kiwifruit has fascinated researchers for its ability to protect DNA in the nucleus of human cells from oxygen-related damage Kiwifruit’s natural blood-thinning properties work without the (Read More)