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  • Dear Readers,

    Welcome to the February 2017 issue of TotalHealth. February is National Heart Month, there are several articles on heart health in this issue.

    In our Studies section this month we report Kyolic Aged Garlic’s Hypertension Benefits Confirmed.

    Dallas Clouatre, PhD, in "Three Pillars Of GI-Tract Health" gives us a look inside at our GI tract. He describes the workings of the this body system, what can go wrong and how we can influence the GI-track to healthy working order. You'll be impressed with how complicated the whole operation is—even without much consideration from us.

    Elson Haas, MD, presents "Self Care And Stress Reduction." Guiding us on a tour by looking at ways to protect our body and heart from the negative effects of stress and to create better health. Beginning with a self-inventory, included is an explanation of the three major areas of stress for most of us and goes on to describe seven types of stress. You'll find this educational and healthful.

    In "Sugar Addiction and Fibromyalgia," Jacob Teitelbaum MD addresses the pitfalls of sugar and its influence on all of us, our heart health and hypertension. Included are suggestions on dealing with "sugar cravings."

    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DAHom, PhD, shares her recipe for "Salsa Jovan—Nightshade Free." She suggests using it in place of salsa and salad dressing, using it with eggs, on burritos or to accompany chips and vegetables as a dip. It is a healthy and easy to make recipe. Gilbère includes all the health benefits of the ingredients for her natural health recipes.

    Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FAAC, presents "For A Healthier Heart, Try the Mother Earth Rx." In this article, it's explained—"a well-established, but little known scientific fact that the surface of the Earth contains a subtle, natural, negative electric charge. You may have felt it sometime when walking along the wet sand at the beach and noticed a bit of tingling or warmth in your feet. That's it. You were getting charged up by Mother Earth." Read on for the heart benefits it offers and become familiar with the Mother Earth Rx.

    In "A Healthy Heart At Any Age," Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, tells there are over 250 risk factors for heart disease that have been identified. However, you'll be relieved to know that a large number of these factors—including many that are especially dangerous—can be lowered with lifestyle choices and changes. Covered are effects of smoking, obesity, diabetes, and a sedentary lifestyle. Your daily choices have a significant influence on your health.

    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG), in "Pros and Cons of Coffee and Caffeine" includes the sources of caffeine, how much is in each source and how it can effect various health issues. He also lists contraindications for caffeine intake and reminds those who are sensitive to caffeine to forego it.

    Charles Bens, PhD, in "Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally," defines high blood pressure, lists the causes, includes prevention using nutrition, which foods to favor and which to avoid and suggestions on exercise.

    In Pet Care, Shawn Messonnier, DVM, presents Part 2 of a four part series on cancer, many pet owners are seeking this information for their pets.

    Best in health,

    TWIP The Wellness Imperative People

    Click here to read the full February issue.

    Click here to read the full February issue.


    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 1, 2016) - Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) has long been known to offer a bevy of cardiovascular benefits. Now 13 new studies published in The Journal of Nutrition provide credible proof of AGE's capacity for preventing the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The studies, which appeared in the February 2016 issue of the journal, give evidence of AGE's ability to lower blood pressure, regulate cholesterol levels, slow the progression of arterial calcification in people with coronary artery disease, reduce non-calcified plaque buildup in arteries, and inhibit platelet aggregation. What's more, AGE was also found to stimulate a healthy immune response.

  • High Blood Pressure Is Often Called "The Silent Killer" due to the fact that so many people don’t realize they have high blood pressure before it is too late. Here are some basic facts to consider.

    • Systolic (the higher number) measures blood being pushed from the heart.
    • Diastolic (the lower number) measures pressure at rest when the heart is starting to refill.
    • Excellent blood pressure is 115 over 75, not 120 over 80, which is often recommended.
    1. Pre-hypertension is 120–139 over 80–89.
    2. Hypertension is 140 over 90 or higher.
    3. Hypotension is anything under 110 over 70 or lower.
    What causes high blood pressure?
    • The most common causes are:
    • Genetic factors
    • Ethnic background
    • Low level of physical activity
    • Excess salt intake
    • Obesity
    • Build up of plaque
    • Excess alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Poor nutrition

    Persistently high blood pressure can lead to kidney disease, dementia, heart disease, stroke, arterial disease and vision problems. Conventional medicine uses medications for high blood pressure such as Diuretics, Beta Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, Calcium Channel Blockers or Aldosterone Blockers. These medications are often effective but can also cause many side effects such as heart muscle dysfunction, asthma, low heart rate, irregular heartbeat, dry mouth, kidney dysfunction, swelling of ankles and rapid heartbeat. These negative side effects can often be avoided by following a more natural approach based on excellent scientific evidence.

    Foods to include:
    • Vegetables
    • Omega oils
    • Fruits
    • Poultry and fish
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Whole grains (not wheat)
    • Foods to avoid
    • Saturated fat
    • Salt
    • Processed food
    • Sugar
    • Alcohol
    • Fried foods
    • Nutritional supplements to include:
    • Garlic
    • Fish oil
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin D3
    • Arginine
    • Taurine
    • L-carnitine
    • Vitamins C
    • Fish peptides
    • Co-enzymes
    • Q10
    • Lecithin

    Managing stress—Stress can increase blood pressure. Avoid stress, if possible, and use meditation, yoga, deep breathing, sunshine exposure or tai chi to help bring your blood pressure down.

    Exercise is important—Getting enough exercise is vital to maintaining good blood pressure. Try to get about 45–60 minutes a day of aerobic and strength exercise as well as some stretching and flexibility movements. Concentrate on the core as much as possible (the stomach and back).

    Final suggestions—If prescription medication is necessary there is one type that is preferred over the others and it is Telemisartin. This medication has very few side effects as well as several benefits such as improved arterial support and increased energy production. When diet, supplements, stress management and exercise are working for you it may be possible to substitute Telemisartin with a natural product called Pept ACE made from fish peptides.