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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tocotrienol Complex

Tocotrienol Complex

A balanced, whole-food-based complex containing Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, O2 Factor®, L. Salivarius, L. Plantarum, and 22 naturally occuring essential amino acids and phytonutrients from garlic, tomato, barley, broccoli, alfalfa, cherry, pineapple, orange, beet, spinach, parsley, and carrot in a rice protein base.

Amino Acids: the building blocks of protein in the body - absolutely necessary to life, growth, and healing. Protein is composed of, and depends upon, the right supply of amino acids. There are 29 of them known, from which 1600 basic proteins are formed, comprising more than 75% of your body's solid weight of structural, muscle, and blood protein cells. Amino Acids are an important part of the body fluids, antibodies to fight infection, and hormone-enzyme systems responsible for the growth, maintenance, and repair of our bodies. Amino Acids are sources of energy with a vital role in brain function, acting as neurotransmitters for the central nervous system. They are critical to rapid healing, and to good acid-alkaline balance.
The Four Essential Amino Acids

Methionine: an essential amino acid; an antioxidant and free-radical deactivator. A major source of organic sulphur for healthy liver activity, lymph, and immune health. Protective against chemical allergic reactions. An effective "lipotropic" that keeps fats from accumulating in the liver and arteries, thus keeping high blood pressure and serum cholesterol under control. Effective against toxemia during pregnancy. An important part of treatment for rheumatic fever. Supports healthy skin and nails, and helps prevent hair loss.

Phenylalanine: an essential amino acid; a tyrosine precursor that works with vitamin B6 on the central nervous system as an antidepressant and mood elevator. Successful in treating manic, post-amphetamine, and schizophrentic-type depressions. Aids in learning and memory retention. Relieves menstrual, arthritic and migraine pain. A thyroid-stimulant that helps curb the appetite by increasing the body's production of CCK.

Tryptophan: an essential amino acid, a precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin, involved in mood and metabolism regulation. It is a natural, non-addictive tranquilizer for restful sleep. Used successfully, through blood vessel dilation, to decrease hyperkinetic, aggressive behavior, migraine headaches, and schizophrenia. Helps counteract compulsive overeating, smoking and alcoholism. An effective anti-depressant, it raises abnormally low blood sugar, and aids in reducing seizures in petit mal epilepsy. Produces nicotinic acid (natural niacin).

Tyrosine: an essential amino acid and growth hormone stimulant formed from phenylalanine, tyrosine helps to build the body's natural store of adrenaline and thyroid hormones. It rapidly metabolizes as an antioxidant throughout the body, and is effective as a source of quick energy, especially for the brain. It converts to the amino acid L-dopa, making it safely helpful for depression, hypertension, and Parkinson's disease, helps control drug abuse, and aids in drug withdrawal. It appears to increase libido and low sex drive. It helps reduce appetite and body fat in a weight-loss diet. It produces melanin for skin and hair pigment.

You must have potein to heal. Next to water, protein is your body's most plentiful substance, it's a primary source of building material for muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails, and organs like the heart and brain. All body tissues depend on protein. Blood cannot clot without protein. Protein and its precursors, amino acids, work at hormonal levels to control basic functions like growth, sexual development, and metabolism. The enzymes for immune and antibody response are formed from protein.
The human body does not make protein, it must be obtained through diet.

In children, protein deficiency leads to growth abnormalities. In adults, protein deficiency means low stamina, mental depression, low immune resistance, and slow wound healing. Surgery, wounds, or prolonged illness are stresses that use up protein fast. At times of high stress, you will want to take in extra protein to rebuild worn-out tissues.

Avena's Tocotrienol Complex is a complete whole food, vitamin & mineral complex, with all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein that is requiured for almost every function in your body.

Clearly, your diet is the basis for good health and optimum healing.

Recent research on nutraceuticals and phytonutrients in our foods shows a wealth of evidence to support the fact that our diets can heal as well as nourish us.

Diet improvement is a major weapon against disease, from the common cold to cancer. Whole food nutrition allows the body to use its built-in restorative andrepairing abilities. A healthy diet can intervene in the disease process at many stages, from its inception and also in its growth and spread.
Fresh Fruits are Nature's Smiles!

The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the more nutrition you obtain and the less your risk of disease. Fruits and vegetables are full of nutraceuticals, the natural chemicals in plants with pharmacologic action. Scientists are enthusiastically embracing the healing possibilities of plant nutrients in fresh foods. Green leafy vegetables, for example, have almost 20 times more essential nutrients, ounce for ounce, than any other food. What's more, the nutrients in greens make the nutrients in other foods work better for our health. The preventive medicine possibilities are astounding.
Toco™ - Important Dietary Supplement Drink

Toco™ is a great tasting, superior whole food supplement formulated to assure balanced nutrition. Mild and highly utilizable, this balanced formula provides a stable variety of essential nutrients necessary to properly fuel a healthy body. Tocoä provides highly concentrated antioxidant vitamins and pro-oxidant nutrients including Tocotrienols.

Tocotrienols are an exceptional natural source of Vitamin E found to be up to 6000 times more powerful than Alpha Tocopherols. The term "Vitamin E" refers to a class of fat-soluble antioxidants consisting of Tocotrienols and Tocopherols. It functions to protect DNA, low-density lipoproteins and polyunsaturated fatty acids from free-induced oxidation. Recent studies in clinical nutrition have confirmed that vitamin E, long considered

" a vitamin looking for disease", plays an essential role in maintaining the structure and function of the human nervous systems, as well as being a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and enhances the immune system. An antioxidant becomes incorporated in the cell membrane to scavenge free radicals that would weaken the most basic cellular defensive line, and in immune cells it strengthens and provides the membranes surrounding the lycosomes.

Many disease conditions can be directly related to protein deficiency. Although protein is the most difficult dietary constituent to digest, it is the most important nutritional factor to consider. Proteins are vital to processes such as the transport of vitamin and minerals. They are also necessary for the production of metabolic enzymes and hormones. Proteins are critical to the immune system, and the key to maintaining proper blood glucose levels. Toco™ provides all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The importance of receiving a sufficient level of all the amino acids cannot be stressed enough. We must have a constant supply of amino acids to build the proteins that create our body tissues and influence our bodies' weight, shape, and tone. The liver, the largest organ, is the main site of, and the regulator of, amino acid metabolism. As the liver detoxifies our blood, it becomes the most abused organ in our body because of our exposure to toxins in our modern lifestyle. Among its vital functions are: metabolizing essential fats (and thus, preventing their accumulation in the bloodstream), synthesizing necessary blood proteins, breaking down and eliminating toxic substances, and secreting bile. The liver converts nutrients into a usable form for the cells in other parts of the body. Our cells depend on a healthy liver for their nutrients. Toco™ is very good in detoxifying the liver. When used on a regular basis, it helps to provide an increased level of protection against cellular damage. Coupled with its amino acids, it provides a dense, nutrient-rich source of vitamins and minerals that help to support body organ functions.

Essential fatty acids are vital for dietary integrity. Lipids are stored in the body as energy reserves and, in fact, 60 percent of the brain is made up of lipids. The modern diet offers processed and altered fats that cannot be utilized by the body. Toco™ supplies a full complex of all the essential fatty acids necessary to maintain proper organ function, as well as revitalizing the skin, hair, and restoring cellular efficiency.
The Most Powerful Vitamin E Available

Although Vitamin E was discovered more than 75 years ago, scientists and health experts continue to study its mysterious benefits. Vitamin E's reputation is legendary for reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, making it one of the most highly purchased single vitamin supplement on the market. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant and plays a role in the prevention of heart disease. As an antioxidant, it helps prevent low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or the "bad Cholesterol") from "oxidizing" and from contributing to fat deposits in the arteries. It also plays a role in preventing blood clots, a serious condition that can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Vitamin E and Cancer

Antioxidants such as Vitamin E protect against the damaging effects of the free radicals that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer. Vitamin E also blocks the formation of nitrosamimes, which are carcinogens formed in the stomach from nitrates consumed in the diet. It also protects against the development of cancers by enhancing immune function.
Vitamin E and Cataracts

Cataracts are growths on the lens of the eyes that cloud vision. They increase the risk of disability and blindness in aging adults. Antioxidants are being studied to determine if they can help prevent or delay cataract growth. Studies have found that lens clarity, which is used to diagnose cataracts, was better in regular users of Vitamin E supplements and in persons with higher blood levels of Vitamin E.

Tocotrienol Complex provides you with a Natural source of Vitamin E. An excellent way to ensure a diet that is rich in antioxidants and plant nutrients

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Terrors of Table Salt

The Terrors of Table Salt

Unrefined sea salt or natural rock salt, also known as "real salt", supplies important minerals to our diet. In fact, the liver cannot function without salt. It helps speed up recoveries from serious illness, and acts as a scavenger–purging the body of toxins. Refined and processed table salt, however, should be eliminated from every health-conscious kitchen for the following reasons:

* It retains fluids. One ounce (28.35 grams) of table salt retains up to one pound (0.45 kilograms) of water. Fluid retention is not only uncomfortable, it tires the heart.
* It acidifies the blood, which offers an open invitation to heart problems, hypertension, liver illness, neuralgia, rheumatism, and gastric ulcers.
* It damages and depletes enzymes, upsets the sodium/potassium balance, creates an acidic stomach, and inhibits digestion.
* It over stimulates the nervous system by activating the adrenal gland.
* It increases perspiration and decreases muscle contractility-including the muscles of the heart.
* It creates arrhythmia from its abnormal impact on nerves, and helps harden arteries and other tissues. It also fosters calcium and fatty deposits on the artery walls.

North Americans consume two to three times more salt than they should. Refined salt is consumed in heavily salted foods like potato chips, popcorn, salted peanuts, canned foods, candies and salted cereals. Refined salt puts a huge burden on the kidneys, weakening them until they can no longer function.

Still the body needs minerals that are found in Celtic Sea Salt©. Mineral deficiencies can lead to kidney infections, respiratory aliments, and healing retardation. In its natural state, as in Avena’s Celtic Sea Salt©, salt has at least 100 other minerals and trace elements that lead to a healthy diet. It stabilizes blood pressure. A deficiency of total salt minerals makes the body fight harder to survive and makes blood pressure go up. Whole-unrefined salt causes dandelions and leeks to turn into diuretics. By bathing and rubbing skin with its granules, Celtic Sea Salt© helps the skin to function as an elimination organ.

Try Avena's Celtic Sea Salt You won't go back!

Monday, April 11, 2011

SOY - Cinderella or Ugly Duckling?

SOY - Cinderella or Ugly Duckling?

In the January 2000, issue of The Furrow published by John Deere, an article written by Dean Houghton refers to soy as a 'miracle food', even though it was listed in the 1913 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) handbook as an industrial product. Defatted soy protein is an isolate of the soy chips from the processing of soy for margarine, shortenings, salad dressings, etc. Flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients have turned soy protein isolate into a 'Cinderella'. It is not required by law to list soy in product content listings as a soy protein isolate (SPI). "Far from being the perfect food, modern soy products contain anti-nutrients (natural toxins) and toxins that block most of the action of the trypsin enzyme, and interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals" (Mark Messina, PhD, Third International Soy Symposium).

The early recommended strategy of using soy protein isolate as an extender or meat substitute failed to produce sufficient consumer demand. The industry thus changed its approach to appeal to the upscale consumer-instead of it being a cheap meal extender, it was now a miracle substance to lower heart disease, cancer, hot flashes, and build strong bones. The competition-milk, meat, cheese, butter, and eggs were duly demonized, as the soy isolate became meat and milk for many vegetarians.

Public relations firms helped convert research projects into newspaper articles and advertising copy, law firms lobbied to have regulations changed. The Soy Symposium in Washington, D.C. held in the fall of 1999 was sponsored by, among others, the United Soybean Board, Monsanto, the American Soybean Association, Cargill Foods, SoyLife, and the soybean councils of eight American states. This was the 'high point' of a decade-long marketing campaign to gain consumer acceptance of tofu, soymilk, soy ice cream, soy cheese, soy sausage, and soy derivatives (such as the soy isoflavones of genistein and diadzen, which are the oestrogen-like compounds found in soybeans). It was at this time, in spite of cautions, the US FDA announced that breakfast cereals, baked goods, convenience foods, smoothie mixes, and meat substitutes could now be sold with labels touting benefits to health as long as the products contained one heaping teaspoon of soy protein per 100-gram serving!

Although the soy plant was initially considered unfit to eat and used for nitrogen-fixing in farming, the Chou Dynasty started fermenting it (tempeh, miso, soy sauce) to make it edible, but then began precipitating it with a sulfate (e.g. Epsom salts, plaster of paris) to make a smooth curd. The compounds are deactivated during fermentation and mostly concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans because the potent enzyme inhibitors (that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion) are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas. The haemaglutinin in soybeans, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together, is a growth inhibitor.

Soy also contains goitrogens that depress thyroid function and they are high in phytic acid that can block the uptake of essential minerals present in other plant foods being eaten. The phytates in soy are highly resistant to long, slow cooking, and thus are traditionally eaten by the Japanese only as a small part of a mineral-rich fish broth, followed by a serving of meat or fish.

Vegetarians who consume tofu and soybean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc-the results of which are well known. Zinc is called the intelligence mineral, as it helps develop the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis, collagen formation, blood-sugar control (helping to protect against diabetes), healthy reproductive system (the prostate depends on zinc), helps the immune system, and is a key component in numerous vital enzymes. A zinc deficiency may even cause a 'spacey' feeling.

The production of SPI involves a slurry of soybeans mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fibre, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash in aluminum tanks (leaching high levels of aluminum into the final product,) neutralized in an alkaline solution, and then spray-dried at high temperatures. The trypsin inhibitor content may vary as much as fivefold. The high temperature of processing has the side effect of denaturing the other proteins in soy to render them largely ineffective, and makes the addition of lysine important to soy feed for normal growth in animals.

The spray drying causes nitrites (potent carcinogens) to form, and a toxin called lysinoalanine is also formed during the alkaline processing. Numerous artificial flavourings, particularly MSG, are added to SPI to give it a strong 'beany' taste. The use of SPI increases needs for vitamins E, K, D, and B12, and creates deficiency symptoms of calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iron, and zinc and may result in an enlarged pancreas and thyroid gland.

In spite of these facts, soy protein isolates and textured vegetable proteins are used in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages, and fast-food products. Ralston Purina Company sponsored a two-week study in children of preschool age feeding them a drink made of SPI and sugar as a basis for the lunch programs. In suffering occasional vomiting, periods of moderate diarrhea, the odd rash and fever, whether the children would remain actually healthy on such a diet over a long period of time is another question.

Dr James Anderson's study (sponsored by Protein Technologies International and published in the New England Journal of Medicine) suggests that those with cholesterol levels over 250 mg/dl may experience a reduction of 7 to 20% in serum cholesterol levels if using soy protein instead of animal protein-insignificant only for individuals whose cholesterol is lower than 25 mg/dl. So for most of us, giving up steak and eating veggie burgers instead will not bring down blood cholesterol levels, even with the supposed 'cholesterol-lowering' properties.

Although the marketing for soy protein claims anticancer benefits for breast, uterus, and prostate cancer, using the example of the Japanese people who eat 30 times as much soy as North Americans, the Japanese and Asians in general have higher rates of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and liver (as little as two tablespoons per day appeared to be enough to negatively influence the body). Asians throughout the world also have a higher rate of thyroid cancer. In 1996, researchers found that women consuming SPI had an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia, a condition that presages malignancies. A year later, dietary genistein (a phyto-estrogen) was found to stimulate breast cells to enter the cell cycle-a discovery that led the study authors to conclude that women should not consume soy products to prevent breast cancer.

The literature review done by Mike Fitzpatrick, PhD, uncovered evidence that soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders including infertility, increased cancer, and infantile leukemia, goiter (the soy isoflavones are goitrogenic), immune system disorders, and to digestive organs being in a state of disintegration. Included in this review were studies dating back to the 1950s revealing that the genistein in soy causes endocrine disruption. Isoflavones inhibit the synthesis of estradiol and other steroid hormones. The claim that soy prevents osteoporosis is extraordinary, given that soy foods block calcium and cause vitamin D deficiencies. It is understood one reason that Westerners have such high rates of osteoporosis is because they have substituted soy oil for butter, which is a traditional source of vitamin D, and other fat-soluble activators needed for calcium absorption.

Dr Fitzpatrick estimates from the review that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives daily, from the isoflavones, the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phyto-estrogens have been detected in dairy-based formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. Plus learning disabilities have reached epidemic proportions. Scientists have known for years that soy-based formula can cause thyroid problems in babies. Soy infant feeding-which began in earnest in the early 1970s-cannot be ignored as a probable cause for these tragic developments.

An alarming number of girls are entering puberty much earlier than normal, according to a recent study reported in the journal 'Pediatrics'. New data indicates that environmental estrogens, such as PCBs and DDE (a breakdown product of DDT) may cause early sexual development in girls. Results of the 1986 Premature Thelarch study, written up in the American Journal of Diseases in Children, show the most significant dietary association with premature sexual development was not consumption of chicken-as reported in the press-but consumption soy infant formula. The consequences of a truncated childhood are tragic. Young girls with mature bodies must cope with feelings and urges that most children are not well equipped to handle. Other problems, reported by parents and associated with children who were fed soy-based formula, include extreme emotional behavior, asthma, immune system problems, pituitary insufficiency, thyroid disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Lurking in the background of the industry hype for soy is the nagging question of whether it is even legal to add soy protein isolate to food. All food additives not in common use prior to 1958, including casein protein from milk, must have 'Generally Recognized As Safe' status (GRAS). Casein protein became codified as GRAS in 1978. So far, soy protein has GRAS status only as a binder in cardboard boxes, as it is considered that migration of nitrites from the box into the food contents would be too small to constitute a cancer risk. Thus soy protein isolate must be subject to premarket approval procedures each time manufacturers intend to use it as a food or add SPI to a food. Soy protein was introduced into infant formula in the early 1960s without GRAS status, which still has not been given- the key ingredient of soy infant formula is not recognized as safe!

The industry has known for years that soy contains many toxins and has exposed itself to analysis that might read: At first they told the public that the toxins were removed by processing. When it became apparent that processing could not completely get rid of them, they claimed that these substances were beneficial. The government granted a health claim to a substance that can be toxic, and the industry has lied to the public to sell more soybean by-product. Farmers have been duped like the rest of us, but they need to find something else to grow before the soy bubble bursts and the market collapses.

Try Avena Originals Tocotrienol Complex which is a Great 100% Fruit & Vegetable source Protein

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Salt of Life"

"Salt of Life"

"Turn On Your Potassium Pump" Prevent - "De-Hydration!" - dissolve a little of Celtic Sea Salt© on the tip of your tongue during the intake of Pure Clean Water – you will be amazed on how your body is now able to utilize this water – You have "turned on" your Potassium Pump!
What is Celtic Sea Salt?

What real, true salt is supposed to be. 100% Unrefined – 100% Good For You! If table salt had never been invented this is all you ever would have seen and loved – with none of the harmful side effects associated with common white table salt. Celtic Sea Salt© is Summer Harvest – Sun Dried – Hand Harvested. From salty tears to healthy cells, salt is a vital requirement for proper health & well being – naturally. Technically, Celtic Salt is the complex, balanced mixture of essential minerals our body needs and craves in almost the exact proportions required. Chemical analysis of Celtic Sea Salt© is almost identical to that of the salty "mini-ocean’ for the fetus – amniotic fluid – in which we were created.
But– I’ve Been Told Not to Use Salt!

No, they used the word "salt" - but meant the harmful chemical sodium chloride. All side effects, warnings, and bad press based on medical research have been done with refined, white table ‘salt’ which is approximately 99.8% sodium chloride. Your very blood requires actual salt to function. Your cells must be bathed in a sodium-based, extra cellular fluid. When the cells of a mammal are deprived of sodium they literally explode attempting to equalize inside and out.
Why Then Celtic Sea Salt©?

Because the body runs on salt. Without properly balanced salt we run out of electrolytes and our ‘batteries die out’. Refined table salt, even so-called ‘sea-salts’ from health stores which are mostly sodium chloride, promote pathological calcification and a breakdown of cellular tissue. When people talk about ‘salt’ they overlook the fact that there are approximately 82 other elements in Natural Celtic Sea Saltä which serve as a buffer to protect you from the harshness of pure sodium chloride. Nature put those buffers there to make sure our bodies could use the sodium properly, and to ensure that once it has been utilized, it will be eliminated completely and quickly through the kidneys. Celtic Sea Salt© is completely unrefined to ensure proper bodily utilization.
What Does Salt Actually Do?

We are Salt creatures – just taste a tear – and you can appreciate just how Celtic Sea Salt© has an infinite number of roles in our health. It recharges & maintains the cells and energizes the body. Proper salt actually helps our cells produce other necessary minerals, and recharges the cells in much the same way as a battery. It makes food taste better and more digestible; enhances hydrochloric acid production; stabilizes bodily functions and fluids. Salt effects digestion – Take Potassium for example – You can eat Potassium-rich foods, but it will do you little good unless you are taking proper salt as well. Your body cannot properly digest raw vegetables without salt. Salt enhances your saliva so your body can manufacture the proper digestive juices to break down the complex carbohydrates, Celluloid’s and chlorophyll from the vegetables which contain potassium – Salt is essential in creating hydrochloric acid.


RELATED ARTICLE: Terros of Table Salt

This article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. It is for information only and is not intended as medical advice
or to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a Health Practitioner about persistent symptoms.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Principle of Synergy

The Principle of Synergy

The causes of the human body's symptoms work together (synergetic) to produce a far greater problem(s) than if they worked independently. Another significant feature of the causes is that they cause each other in a chain-reaction effect. Since this is the case, we will follow a problem all through the transportation system and see how it causes problem after problem.

For a number of years we operate on a diet of processed and cooked foods only. We do not supply enzymes through our food intake. The body must work overtime to manufacture enzymes, but some enzymes the body can not manufacture. If they are not supplied in the food, we just don't have them. (Any food heated to 118 degrees Fahrenheit has absolutely no enzymes). This means that the food is not broken down properly in digestion. This food which was to be fuel for our body now becomes poison.

If sufficient material is absorbed into the transportation system that the transportation system is not able to dispose of, it accumulates at multitudinous sites. The body has the ability to handle such a problem if all its support systems are functioning well and its needs are supplied. But if inadequate water (quantity and/or quality) is supplied, causing a reduction in the efficiency of the lymph movement, the accumulation will be greater.

Let's add to the problem by insufficient exercise so that the 'lymph pump' is not utilized. Since there is inadequate movement of lymph fluid, there is inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Since there is insufficient supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells incomplete metabolism takes place. Since there is incomplete metabolism there is an increase in the production of anti-oxidant enzymes. Since there is insufficient anti-oxidant production the free radicals are able to attack the DNA causing cross-linking of the genetic material.

The free radicals also attack the fats in the cell membrane making them rancid (therefore poisonous). The attack can go further to the connective tissue, binding molecules together to make skin tough and wrinkled. It can and does go on and on.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Paradigm Shift

We are in a time of Paradigm Shift!

Medical science is changing fast. How does the tradition of herbal healing fit in? Herbal supplements have been meeting people's medical needs for thousands of years. Clearly, North American consumers are enthusiastically increasing their use of herbs as natural complements to drugs and drugstore medicines.

In many ways, in America, and indeed around the world, we are in a time of paradigm shift…especially in the global approach to healing. As our world grows undeniably smaller, people are interacting more, and changing long-held beliefs.

We are coming to see the Earth as an 'intelligent being', evolving and growing. The knowledge of mankind is also evolving and growing. Unfortunately pathogenic organisms that cause diseases are changing too-often replicating at enormous rates. Organisms and diseases are becoming more virulent, and our immune defenses are becoming weaker. More than ever, we must protect ourselves!

The latest chemical drugs aren't the answer. In fact, it seems that new drugs are soon becoming less effective against pathogens such as powerful viruses, instead of more effective. Recent research shows that even the newest, most powerful antibiotics hardly survive a year before the microbe they were designed to arrest, develops, mutates and grows stronger against them. It's a good example of a non-living agent like a drug trying to control a living thing.

While we must be respectful of all methods of healing, most of us don't realize we have a choice. All the advances made by modern medicine still do not address chronic sickness nor disease prevention very well.

You could call today's allopathic medicine "heroic medicine" because it was developed largely in wartime for wartime emergencies. But this type of medicine often also hits our systems with a heavy hammer, preventing us from being able to rebuild against slow-growing, degenerative diseases. Drugs cannot help our bodies stimulate immune responses either. In fact, most drugs and all surgeries create body trauma, along with their corrective benefits.

Immune strength is where natural, complementary, medicines, such as the herbal products provided by Avena Originals, are important. Each of us is so individual; our healing supports need to be able to work with us in a personal way for permanent health. We have to clean and feed our bodies, and Avena's Electrically Available™ nutritional supplements provide the building blocks for our bodies to do their own work better.

Avena believes that proper herbal formulations are a path to the universe-an eye of the needle through which we can glimpse the wonders of creation, and what it is really all about. God shows us His face in herbs, as they seem almost miraculous in their benefits to mankind.

Nature's herbs can conceivably be used to point out a path for us on how we may grow and modify in a big world that is becoming a 'global village'. We know we can count on the safety and efficacy of Nature, in ways that the latest drugs can never achieve. We know that using the products of Nature with their marvelous complexity and abilities help us address the health problems of today, just as they were used to address ancient ones. The Gifts of Nature may be our best hope to bring the balance back between the healing forces and disease. Their healing work goes on automatically, whether it is analyzed or not. Our bodies know how to use the body-balancing nutrients of herbs, without our brains having to know why. Nature provides a Unique Healing Experience. Avena believes the original genius of Nature cannot be duplicated.
Nature provides for each day to be Original
Avena Originals brings you Nature!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Miracle Pill"

A "Miracle Pill" - Today

Imagine a pill so effective and so diverse it could prevent or heal a multiplicity of diseases from the common cold to cancer. It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? At least for the time-being it does. It may be possible to take such a pill in the future perhaps but, today, such pills belong to the realm of science fiction.

Now consider further. Would you take this pill, if it were available to you? You bet you would! After all, you enjoy life and you care about your health. Would such a pill be expensive? Certainly it would if it were to be manufactured and patented by one of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies. Such a pill would have to undergo vigorous testing by the authorities, since it would be classified as a "drug." This would cost millions of dollars and take from five to fifteen years. These costs would eventually have to be passed on to you – the consumer. Once determined to be "safe," the pill would be available by prescription only, and you would probably not be able to acquire it for "preventive" purposes.

Amazingly, this miracle pill is available today, without a prescription, from Avena Originals. Since the research into its remarkable effects on the body is in its infancy, we can expect that more refinement will be needed for the pill to merit "miracle" status. Notwithstanding, it has already been discovered that this amazing supplement can have a profound effect on the following diseases.

Ankylosing spondylitis (spinal fusion); cancer of the bladder, breast and colon, candida, (yeast infection), cirrhosis and other liver conditions; colitis; Crohn’s disease; constipation; diarrhea in infants and in adults as a result if intestinal infection, antibiotic use, prescription antidepressants, radiation and chemotherapy; dysbiosis, dyspepsia; cardiovascular problems resulting from elevated cholesterol levels; irritable bowel syndrome; migraines; osteoporosis; rheumatoid arthritis; stomach ulcers; urinary tract infections and viginosis.

The supplement we are talking about is called a probiotic. Which literally means "for life." Although probiotics encompass a variety of organisms, two of the most powerful are L. Salivarius & L. Plantarium OM, available in Avena‘s Friendly Flora.

At Michael O’Brien’s lectures, you will learn & understand how human health is impacted by the use of probiotic supplements, and how they may be utilized for maximum effect. It is essential that you do not stop taking your prescription medication unless directed to by your health practitioner. Simply begin to use your probiotic along with your medication (although not necessarily at the same hour).

For more information on L. Salivarius & L. Plantarium, see Friendly Flora Product Page

This article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. It is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. or to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a Health Practitioner about persistent symptoms.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Microwave Madness

Microwave Madness

Microwave cooking ovens were originally researched and developed by German scientists to support mobile operations during the invasion of the Soviet Union. Had they perfected the electronic equipment to prepare meals on a mass scale, the Nazis could have eliminated the logistical problems connected with cooking fuels while producing edible products in far less time than they could using traditional campfires.

After the war, the Allies discovered the medical research and documentation concerning these apparatuses the papers and experimental microwave equipment were transferred to the U.S. War Department and classified for Reference and scientific investigation. The Soviet Union also retrieved some of the devices and began to experiment on them separately.

The Russians – Who have done the most diligent research into the biological effects of microwave ovens – have outlawed their use and issued an international warning about the biological and environmental damage that can result from the use of this similar – frequency electronic apparatus.

The most significant German research concerned with the biological effects of the microwaves was done at the Humboldt University ZU Berlin in 1942-43, during the Barbarossa military campaign. Beginning in 1957 and continuing up to the present, Russian studies in the field have been conducted at the Institute of Radio Technology.

In most research, the foods were exposed to microwave propagation at an energy potential of 100 kilowatts per cubic centimeter per second to the point considered acceptable for sanitary normal ingestion.

The Observations made by the German and Russian Microwave researchers will be presented here in three categories: cancer - causing effects, destruction of nutritive value and biological effects of direct exposure of hums to microwave emissions.


2. The following effects have been observed when foods are subjected to microwave emissions

Effects on foods themselves

Meats: Heating prepared meats sufficiently to insure unitary ingestion creates d-nitrosodiethanolamine, a well-known cancer-causing agent.

Proteins: Active-protein, bimolecular compounds are destabilized.

Increase in Radioactivity: A "binding effect" between the microwave food and any atmospheric radioactivity is created, causing a marked increase in the amount of alpha and beta particle saturation in the food.

Milk and Cereals: Cancer – causing agents are created in the protein – hydrolysate compounds in milk and cereal grains.

Frozen Foods: Microwaves used to thaw frozen foods alter the catabolism (breakdown) of the glucoside and galactoside elements.

Vegetables: Even extremely brief exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables to microwaves alter alkaloid catabolism.

Resulting effects on the human body

Digestive System: The unstable catabolism of microwaved foods alters their elemental food substances, causing disorders in the digestive system.

Lymphatic Systems: Due to chemical alterations within food substances malfunctions occur in the lymphatic system, causing a degeneration of the body’s ability to protect itself against certain forms of neoplastics (cancerous growths).

Blood: A higher-than-normal percentage of cancerous cells in the blood serum (cytomas) can be seen in subjects ingesting microwaved foods.

Their residual magnetism effect can render the psychoneural-receptor components of the brain more subject to influence by artificially induced, microwave-radio-frequency fields form transmission stations and TV relay networks.

Free Radicals: Certain trace – minerals molecular formations in plant substances – in particular, raw – root vegetables – form cancer-causing free radicals.

Increased Incidence of stomach and intestinal Cancers: A statistically higher percentage of cancerous growths result in these organs, plus a generalized breakdown of the peripheral cellular tissues and a gradual degeneration of digestive and excretory functions.


Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritive value of all foods studied. The Following are the most important findings to date.

Vitamins and Minerals Made Useless:

In every food tested the bioavailability of the

Following vital nutrients decreased: Vitamin B complex, vitamin C and E, essential minerals and lipotropics.

Vital-Energy Fields Devastated: The vital-energy-field content of all tested foods dropped 60 to 90 percent.

Digestibility of Fruits and Vegetables Reduced: Microwaving lowers the metabolic behavior and integration-process capability of alkaloids, glucosides, alactosides and nitrilosides.

Meat Proteins Worthless: It destroys the nutritive value of nucleoproteins in meats.

All Foods Damaged: It greatly accelerates the structural disintegration of all foods tested

Exposure to microwave emissions also has a negative effect upon the general biological welfare of humans. This was not discovered until the Russians Experimented with highly sophisticated equipment and discovered that humans can be adversely affected without even ingesting the foods that have been subjected to microwave radiation. Merely entering the energy field of the food causes such a harmful side effect that the Soviets outlawed all such microwave apparatus in 1976.

Here are the effects observed in humans having "direct" exposure to microwaves, that is, without their having consumed the irradiated food substances-

Life-energy Field Breakdown: Persons near microwave ovens in operation experience a breakdown in their life-energy fields which increases relative to the length of exposure.

Cellular Energy Decreases: The cellular-voltage parallels of individuals using the apparatus degenerate – especially in their blood and lymphatic serums.

Destabilized Metabolism: The external-energy activated potentials of food utilization are both destabilized and degenerated.

Cell Damage: Internal cellular membrane potentials during catabolic processes into the blood serum from the digestive process degenerate and destabilize.

Brain Circuitry Destruction: Electrical impulses in the junction potentials of the cerebrum degenerate and break down.

Nervous System: Nervous/electrical circuits degenerate and break down while energy-field summetry is lost in the neuro-plexuses (nerve centers) in both the front and rear of the central and autonomic nervous systems.

Loss of Bioelectric strength: the bioelectric strengths within the ascending reticular activating system ( the system which controls the function of waking consciousness) go out of balance and lose their proper circuiting.

Loss of Vital Energies: Humans, animals and plants located within a 500-meter radius of the equipment in operation suffer a long term, cumulative loss of vital energies.

Hormone Imbalances: The production of hormones and the maintenance of hormonal balance in both males and females becomes destabilized and interrupted.

Brainwave Disruption: Levels of disturbance in alpha – delta - and theta-wave signals patterns are markedly higher than normal.

Psychological Disorders Because of the disarranged brain waves, negative psychological effects also result. These include loss of memory and the ability to concentrate, suppressed emotional threshold, deceleration of intellective processes and interruptive sleep episodes in a statistically higher percentage of individuals subjected to continual range-emission field effects of microwave apparatus, from either cooking apparatus or transmission stations.

Due to the creation of random, residual magnetic deposits and bindings within the biological systems of the body (nervous and lymphatic systems damage) which can ultimately affect the neurological systems (primarily the brain and nerve centers) , longer-term depolarization of tissue neuroelectronic circuits can result.

Because these effects can cause virtually irremissible damage to he neuroelectrical integrity of the various components of the nervous system ingestion of microwaved foods is clearly contraindicated in all respects.

Their residual magnetism effect can render the psychoneural – receptor components of the brain more subject to influence by artificially induced, microwave-radio frequency fields from transmission stations and TC relay networks.

Soviet neuropsychologists at Uralyera and Nocosivirsk have theorized the possibility of psychotelemetric influence (i.e. affecting human behavior by transmitting radio signals at controlled frequencies), causing subjects to comply – involuntarily and subliminally – with commands received through microwave transmissions acting upon their psychological energy fields.

For this reason and due to the 28 other contradictions listed above, the use of microwave apparatus in any form is definitely ill advised. Present scientific opinion in many countries clearly opposes them, as exemplified by the mentioned Soviet Ban.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Low-fat Diets are Making People Fat

Avena Originals Articles

Low Fat Diets

Hold the pasta. Bring on the nuts, the scrambled eggs. Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of the Nutrition Department at the Harvard School of Public Health, says the much-touted, low fat, high carbohydrate diet is making you fat.

His controversial findings were presented to the 16th International Congress of Nutrition, which opened in Montreal drawing 3000 nutrition experts from around the world. They spent a week looking at everything from herbal medicine to genetically modified foods. Why is it, he asks, that North Americans are growing fatter at an alarming rate while food shelves are groaning with low-fat products and fat intake has been going down?

His research led to a nagging suspicion: Low-fat diets might be making people fat. People have been forsaking good fats in favour of rice & pasta in the mistaken belief that as long as they‘re eating carbo’s, they won’t add inches to their waistline, Willett said. While everyone worries about saturated fat, which is found in meat and dairy products, he said there is a much worse culprit lurking on supermarket shelves: transfatty acids. You won’t see those words on food labels as they are sugarcoated with names like hydrogenated oils and shortening.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Avena Originals Articles

Is Our Bowel Our Lifeline?

Bowel Toxemia—yuck! Health problems linked to an unhealthy colon? Does immunity boost really start in the colon? Do you want to help take years off your face and put a spring back into your step? Good health is based on an understanding of what truly causes the many health problems plaguing us today. Our digestive system is the first line of defense against illness, and yet the most often ignored—until there is a problem. Using a very effective bowel cleanse and support daily–Avena's Herb Cocktail–is crucial.

The human suffering and the social, medical, and economic costs of gastro-intestinal diseases and disorders represent a huge share of our annual health care expenditure and loss in productivity. Up to 100 million North Americans suffer from intermittent forms of digestive or alimentary canal diseases with the estimated total cost in lost work, lost wages, and medical costs at over $50 billion per year. It is estimated that some 200,000 workers miss work every day due to digestive problems—more than any other group of disorders!

The annual sales of prescription and over-the-counter drug products used for digestive diseases are approximately $2 - 2.5 billion per year, and have been growing at a steady 10% rate over the last decade. The following breakdown, a "barometer" of sorts, adequately demonstrates the fact that these problems are a significant public health problem, contributing substantially to overall health care costs.

Laxatives $850 - 900 million Antidiarrheals $100 million

Antihemorrhoidals $250 million Antacids $1 billion

The number one immunological organ in your body is your colon. It contributes to good health, vitality, and longevity. When toxic wastes are allowed to accumulate, they will contribute strongly to poor health, low energy, and serious health problems--which then start a whole host of other health problems. Cancer of the colon and rectum (Colorectal Cancer) is the second most common form of cancer overall in the United States (exceeded only by lung cancer). This year alone, there will be approximately 150,000 new cases and approximately 60,000 related deaths. Perhaps as many as one in every 10 of today's Americans will die of this disease.

Other obvious health problems directly related to the colon include:

- appendicitis (it is estimated that more than 300,000 appendixes are removed each year)

- diverticular disease (Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis-reported to be present in more than one-third of those over 40, and in up to two-thirds of those who are over 80 years of age)

- hemorrhoids (believed to be present to some degree in nearly half of those over 45 years of age)

- benign tumors (reported to be present in 1/3 of all autopsies done on patients over the age of 20)

- bloating

- gas

- fatigue

- bad breath

- diarrhea

- heartburn

- indigestion

- body odor

- headaches

- depression

- abnormal bleeding

- coated tongue

- acid reflux

- mental dullness

- aches, pains

- constipation

- low energy levels

- weight problems

Less obvious results of accumulated toxic waste in your colon are tumours, cysts, polyps, fibroids, and high cholesterol. As your eating habits worsen, so does your elimination efficiency. If you are eating 2 to 3 normal size meals, you should have 2 or 3 bowel movements a day. Additionally, a normal bowel movement should be over ½ the width of your wrist; from your elbow to your wrist in length (we are all built in proportion to that); and, because everything in it has been properly digested, it should float; it should not soil the tissue paper; it should be easy to pass; be a medium brown colour (no old dark material); it should not have a foul smell; and you should not have smelly gas. Now there's a goal! Ignoring any warning signs is costly!
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's disease, and that's not all…

Many, if not most, of the list of disorders mentioned are characteristic of modern Western civilization. Available evidence suggests that most, if not all of these disorders were rare or uncommon in the Western world less than one hundred years ago and that the prevalence of each has greatly increased during the last 50 years. Researchers (such as Cleave, Trowell, Burkitt, and others) have known these diseases are almost unheard of in the communities that still adhere to their traditional way of life. In developing countries in Asia and Africa, for example, documented evidence has proven the rarity of diseases such as diverticular disease, appendicitis, bowel cancer, adenomatous polyps (multiple glandular tissue overgrowths), ulcerative colitis, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (clots), pulmonary embolism, hemorrhoids, and hiatus hernia, appendicitis, ischemic heart disease, diabetes, gallstones, varicose veins, venous thrombosis, and hemorrhoids.

But as these countries develop and begin to adopt Western customs, a rise in the frequency of these disorders follows almost just as surely as night follows day. They first appear, and then become common, in the upper socioeconomic groups and in the more urbanized communities (which are, of course, the first groups to become “Westernized"). For example, this has been the case in Africa and then in Japan since World War II, particularly in the urban communities. As a result of years of investigations, the evidence supports not an environmental factor, but what the researchers say is the "F-Hypothesis" (‘F' for fibre).

After a 25-year study of over 5,000 cases, the New York People's Hospital stated that “every physician should realize the intestinal toxemia is the most important primary and contributing causes of many disorders and diseases of the human body” and that “one must note that such toxemia is at the root of more problems than commonly imagined or suspected”.

In the past it was thought the large intestine was not really involved in absorption (the principal absorptive functions being to conserve water and electrolytes secreted into the gut during digestion). However, recent research has demonstrated that the colon does also participate in protein absorption, among other things.
Toxic Megacolon

his is extremely significant as the colon is the major exposure site most of the endogenous bacterial proteins, enterotoxins, and the breakdown-antigens, which may be involved in the origination and development of a number of diseases—including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, food allergies and allergic gastoenteropathy, bacterial enteritis (from toxins produced by Escherichia coli, Shigella, or Vibro cholerae, etc.), and certain extra-intestinal immune-complex diseases.

Immune disorders, resulting from the interaction of circulating antibodies with absorbed antigenic protein (particularly those bad bacterial breakdown-antigens originating in the colon), have been implicated in the development of even some forms of chronic active hepatitis, glomerulonephritis (a kidney problem), myocarditi (inflammation of heart muscle), and also the arthritis that is associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. Even a role in the origins of celiac disease and of collagen-vascular diseases (such as systemic lupus

erythematosis) has been suggested. As research continues, the bowel-toxemia ‘you-need-to-keep-the-sewer-pipes-open' school will be completely vindicated as correct.

As we live, we pour a lot of toxins down our gullets and our bodies do not always handle them well so they accumulate. Unfriendly microbes, non-utilized foods, toxic metals and chemicals, and carcinogenic agents can get gummed up inside our digestive tracts and begin to cause problems. Of course if we smoke or use alcohol, we are accumulating considerably more toxins.

Enzymes create the necessary digestion and with Friendly Flora probiotics help protect the bowels and absorb the nutrients. Without digestion you create the one and only real basic disease—Intestinal Toxemia. Generally intestinal toxemia manifests itself as one of even more symptoms than those already listed: nervousness, endocrine disturbances, neuro-circulatory abnormalities, arthritis, sciatica and low back pain, allergy, asthma, eye, ear, nose and throat disease, cardiac irregularities, pressure on the prostate, and pathological changes in the breasts, mental sluggishness, loss of concentration, irritability, exaggerated introspection, obsessions, excessive worry, and more! Without the breakdown of food—which actually starts with your saliva, then in the stomach and duodenum, the breakdown of health begins.

When your digestive tract is not functioning properly, your body has to make room to accommodate that growing pile of putrefied waste, which can harden and cause your colon to significantly expand in size to become what is referred to as a ‘mega-colon' and even put pressure on other organs (e.g. prostrate gland).

Will I feel worse or better while detoxing the ‘garbage' out of my system??

Some Possible Detoxification Symptoms:
Clogged sinus


Lack of energy
Fever / Flu symptoms

Gas / Bloating / Diarrhea
Dull headache

High blood pressure

Mental fog

Skin rash

Water retention
Excessive sweating

Changing your diet may result in misunderstanding as to what is going on in your body; because sometimes the symptoms are similar to those felt in other health issues. To help in understanding, let's look at playing softball with your kids. If you have not been getting regular exercise, the day after this activity you might not feel so good—tired, sore muscles, stiffness, etc. This is your body reacting to something it is not used to doing. You may also see this same thing when stopping a regular activity—such as if you are a soda pop drinker and stop, you may notice you have less energy or even a headache—your body is reacting to your decision to change .

In the same way, when we make a change in our diet by stopping a bad habit or by eating better, our cells begin releasing the stored toxic substances into the blood stream which are then carried through the circulation system to be eliminated through bowel movements, the kidneys and bladder or through the skin. Often those with impaired liver or kidney function will find their skin, the largest elimination organ, releasing toxins through sweating and may even break out in a rash in their body's attempt to get rid of toxins quickly. Of course,

exercise will help detoxify by stimulating the lymphatic fluid movement, with the accompanying deeper breathing that helps eliminate toxins and enhance the immune system. You may also find that once the toxins are diminished or gone, you absorb substances more easily. Thus sugar or caffeine, etc. might really set you off considerably more than before you started your positive changes. You may also find that the symptoms come in repeat cycles, feeling great, then detoxing symptoms, feeling great and then detoxing symptoms, as the body “goes deeper” to find more toxins to eliminate. Realize that your body is simply cleaning and correcting itself naturally. This is commonly referred to as a ‘healing crisis'. If you find this too symptomatic, you may increase your Herb Cocktail to go through the process faster, or you may decrease it to have lesser symptoms, which stretches out the detox period, but it may make the detoxification process more comfortable.


Obviously, the best thing to do is to commit yourself to a change in your diet by decreasing or eliminating refined flours, cooked carbohydrates, sugars, processed foods, items with partially hydrogenated oils, and fried foods, etc. In contrast, help your whole system by increasing the amount of good water you drink, increasing raw vegetables and fruits in your regime by making delicious salads, raw soups, etc, and also by consistent good exercise.

Be consistent in taking your Herb Cocktail powder or capsules twice daily. Herb Cocktail is one of the most effective support and cleansing products available because it honours the electrical formula of each plant used—it contains various sources of dietary fibre, a special combination of herbs, and it is Electrically Available â for the electricity of your body to recognize as food. Formulation is everything–and it is important to have a variety of dietary fibres, since different types of fibre add different benefits to the bowel. Herb Cocktail is non-habit forming, and the primary action is not the normal ‘hydraulic effect' of other cleansers. It is one of the most effective support and cleansing products available today. The various special herbs and herbal combinations used by Avena Originals are efficient, desirable, and recognized by Master Herbalists to be extremely beneficial in dealing with a wide range of gastro-intestinal problems—and have been used in this way for hundreds of years.

Bowel problems do not happen overnight, so do allow time for your body to correct its situation. T herefore, prevention must be a sustained, consistent, effort over the course of your lifetime. In other words, you need to begin making the necessary changes now, and continue with them for the rest of your life. Your body always goes for quality, so when food coming in is of higher quality for building than the present cells had, the body will discard the present cells to make room for those created by the higher-quality food. It is suggested that when you fill your plate at mealtime, 80% of the food on it be raw and the other 20% may be cooked (such as protein). The key here is to keep it simple—but also have fun!

We hope this has highlighted the importance of cleansing the body – Start with paying attention to what you are eating, ensure that it is digested (Avena's N-Zymes), and that you are drinking plenty of good water. Be sure you include Avena's Herb Cocktail twice daily on an empty stomach with good juice or good water if necessary.

Remember that old familiar saying—‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'? There is no doubt in our mind that if we are consistent in providing our bodies the ability to cleanse daily and at the same time giving the bowels healthy support, we will see a rapid increase in the quality of our health, and a steady decline in the kinds and types of dis-eases and dis-orders that unnecessarily afflict our bodies in today's toxic world.

Sources: “ Come Alive ” by Dr Bernard Jensen; Michael O'Brien, Researcher & Formulator

Monday, February 14, 2011

Individual Enzymes

Individual Cultured Enzymes

ENZYMES—the Key to Life! Every living thing depends on enzymes. Enzymes are especially valuable in producing the energy required to run our bodies, and are essential for digestion. They help our bodies break down the foods we eat so that the nutrients can be utilized. When we have eaten cooked or processed food (which destroys most enzymes) our bodies actually sacrifice their own metabolic enzymes to digest that food. Our bodies contain a limited amount of “enzyme potential”– our ‘enzyme bank’ for metabolic ability, which has to last us a lifetime. To maintain our optimumenzyme potential for metabolism etc., we really only have two choices when it comes to digestion:
- Eat only foods high in natural enzymes, such as fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nut, seeds and berries, or
- Use supplemental plant-based enzymes to offset those lost in cooking or processing.

Avena’s N-Zymes are plant-based, multiple, full-spectrum, high-potency, high activity level cultured Enzymes active in a wide pH-range. Designed to assist the body in the assimilation and utilization of food nutrients, they should be taken with meals to replace the naturally-occurring enzymes lost during cooking and processing. They perform many different jobs including biological reactions in the body, without themselves being changed or destroyed. Unlike vitamins and minerals, enzymes are used over and over again by the body until completely utilized. Because they are the kick-starters for the chemical reactions involved in breathing, growth, reproduction, blood coagulation, regenerating, healing, combating disease, and every action and reaction that goes on in our bodies, it is vitally important for us to also take Avena N-Zymes on an empty stomach in between meals. You might say that if your body was a construction site, N-Zymes would be the Prime Contractors, ensuring that the ‘workers’ (friendly bacteria) and the building materials (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) are utilized in order for the job to be completed. One of the first, or most obvious signs of an enzyme deficiency is poor or disturbed digestion, including excess gas, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation, premature skin wrinkles, joint stiffness, gray hair, or a decrease in or a general lack of energy—these should not be accepted as ‘signs of aging’ as we are often lead to believe! Avena’s GASTRIC N-Zymes are multiple plant-based cultured Enzymes minus the protease, providing high potency enzymes and herbals to assist our bodies in healing gastric conditions, or sensitive stomachs as a preparation towards being able to utilize Avena’s full spectrum multi N-Zymes. Gastric N-Zymes are intended to be taken with meals to replace naturally occurring enzymes lost during processing and cooking.
Consider Enzyme Therapy with Avena’s Individual Cultured Enzymes:

Amylase is excellent for ingestion between meals when amylase deficiencies may be detected. Amylase enzymes break down carbohydrates (such as grains, bread, potatoes, noodles, pasta), and may be beneficial in cases of asthma, hay fever, air-borne allergies, joint immobility, insect bites, & poison oak/ivy, skin eruptions, acne, rashes, histamine
reactions, mood swings, PMS, depression, fatigue, hot flashes, writer’s cramps, neck and shoulder aches, and sinusconditions. Amylase will also help ease muscle soreness and pain following exercise.

Protease is intended for ingestion between meals when protein deficiencies may be detected. Protease digests protein (such as meats, fish, eggs) breaking it down into smaller units called amino acids. Not only protein from food, but also organisms composed of protein such as the protective coating on certain viruses or tumours, and toxins from
dead bacteria, etc, found at any sites of injury or inflammation. Protease may be beneficial in cases of infection, fever, lowered immune response, hypoglycemia, PMS, osteoporosis, candida, high blood pressure, constipation, insomnia, hearing loss, gingivitis, colds/flu’s, back problems, and acute traumatic injuries. Protease helps purify the blood.

Lipase is excellent for ingestion between meals to break down lipids and neutral fats (triglycerides) into glycerol and fatty acids. Lipase is important for cell permeability. Before Lipase can digest fat, bile (an emulsifier or degreaser) must break down the fat into smaller units. People who are low in HCl cannot make adequate bile for this complete
process. As these are inter-related, lipase and protease deficiencies also contribute to low HCl. Lipase is beneficial in chronic inflammatory conditions, lymphatic swelling, joint pain with swelling, or acne. Excellent results are experienced when used in weight management programs. Lipase deficiencies may show up as psoriasis, gallstones, cystitis (bladder infection), heart problems, incontinence, diarrhea, etc.Faulty fat digestion in the digestive tract because of poor lipase activity is often a factor in cardiovascular diseases, such as the cholesterol that is similar to fat which can clog arteries. The fat in animal and fowl tissue contains lipase, as do some plants such as avocados and coconuts. However modern butter, for example, lacks the lipase of unpasteurized butter. In fact, fat in human obesity and in fatty tumors contain less lipase than does normal fatty
tissue! When fats are eaten along with their associated enzymes the arteries and heart do not suffer.

Cellulase increases intestinal absorption of nutrients and is intended for ingestion between meals. It digests soluble fiber that is eventually converted to glucose. It is the only enzyme that our bodies cannot produce, therefore it must be obtained from food sources (all raw fruits, veggies, whole grains), or from plant-based enzyme supplements. It may be beneficial in cases of food allergies, toxicity, chemical blockage, mental fog, metal taste in mouth, liver swelling/pain, drug withdrawal, inability to digest raw foods and nuts, a yeast overgrowth from sugar intolerance (helps digest yeast-fungi), and pain syndromes. Cellulase helps to digest certain neurotoxins in the colon that would cause facial pain or facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy). Cellulase transports nutrients into our cells while transporting toxins (including heavy metals) out of our cells. According to the Surgeon General’s report on nutrition and health, 8 out of 10 leading causes of death in the USA are diet related! This fact points to the ‘average’ diet as the reason for our high rate of degenerative diseases. Wild animals are incapable of ‘firing’ foods (cooking is the biggest difference between their food and ours), and they are virtually free of diseases such as Cancer, AIDS, Diabetes, etc. However, when kept in captivity and fed a diet of ‘fired’, preserved foods, they surprisingly develop the same disease conditions as humans! Realizing this gives us the knowledge to reverse our dis-ease conditions by improving our daily dietary habits.So, let’s look at the differences between ‘fired-foods’ and living raw foods. Upon cooking, proteins, fats, and fibre,
though still present are seriously altered. Some vitamins and minerals may be replaced by fortification duringprocessing stages. But what about the naturally-occurring enzyme factors naturally found in all foods before cooking,processing, or preservation? Research has proven that heating at temperatures above 118 degrees destroys virtually all
naturally-occurring enzymes in food! And as society continues to suffer the effects of an enzyme-deficient diet, wesee it is too costly to our health and quality of life to ignore the negative effects of ‘dead’ food.

Enzymes power all physical movement, regulate organ function, generate the immune system, and help to digest our food. Even thinking and breathing depend on enzymes! Without the required enzymes in our food to sustain dietary integrity, our body is forced to continually sacrifice its “enzyme bank”. Continual robbing of our metabolic enzymes for digestion purposes sacrifices the integrity of our immune system–. This is clearly shown by our high rate of immune-related diseases (Dr. Kutchacoff, “The Effects of Food Cooking on the Blood Formulas of Man”). Without proper assimilation and utilization of nutrients in the gastric stomach area, the result is poorly digested, or worse, undigested foods moving into the colon, putrefying while creating extremely toxic by-products on the long trip to excretion. Life-giving enzymes within food (or introduced as a supplement at the beginning of your meal) have the ability to begin, and even complete the digestion of food adequately—well before the body would be required to draw upon its own bank of enzymes. However, in the absence of enzymes, any remaining undigested material bypasses the uptake sites (villi) in our small intestines, collecting in the colon. Enzymes called from the pancreas by the pituitary gland are soon exhausted, leaving undigested foods to bacterial toxic breakdown and putrefaction—producing toxic byproducts! These toxic by-products are then re-absorbed by the body, creating an even greater strain on an already overtaxed system (referred to as intestinal toxemia, which is associated with aging, degeneration and disease). Our livers, when working well, remove many of these harmful toxins, only to empty them directly back into the intestine! Toxins not handled by the liver get released for general circulation throughout the body.
Proteins are the building blocks for the body and are necessary for the transport of vitamins and minerals to the bloodstream, and are required in order for the body to make hormones and enzymes. A weakened pancreas fails to deliver the necessary proteins to the needed areas, contributing to degeneration. Without utilizable forms of protein, our bodies must use raw materials from our inner sources (catabolism) in order to function. An extensive study by Dr. Henry Pottenger revealed that ‘enzyme potential’ is passed in genetic structure from one generation to the next. Groups of cats fed only raw enzyme-rich foods passed their abilities for high potential levels of enzymes to their younger generations. While groups fed only cooked enzyme-void foods rapidly deteriorated and passed their deterioration into the genetic structure of their offspring. Quite clearly, adequate levels of enzymes are
essential in order for our bodies to utilize proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Enzymes truly are the KEY to life!

Assist your body by eating more fresh, raw and living foods, preferably in season and hopefully grown locally; buying foods with a “fresh” smell (as in tomatoes); trying to buy rganically grown foods, buying the “whole” fruit or vegetable instead of cut food where enzymatic changes have been initiated. When cutting your food at home for serving, slice it on a slant or angle to help preserve its electrical viability. Supplement your meals with Avena’s multi N-Zymes. Consider enzyme therapy using Avena’s Individual Cultured Enzymes in between meals on an empty stomach along with multi N-Zymes when the need is indicated.

For vibrant health—Avena’s full-spectrum Cultured Enzymes—active in acid or alkaline conditions!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Focus on a Healing Diet

Focus on a Healing Diet

Every time you eat you can do something good for your health. You can always use your food as medicine. The food we eat changes our weight, mood and our outlook on life. The old saying still rings true.. We literally are what we eat. And eating is one thing we have control over every day for our health. Here are three (3) important tips to help you get started:

Promise yourself whole foods for your healing diet. Whole foods keep you whole. Today, we live in a man-made jungle of food substances instead of foods – many of them highly processed, devoid of nutrients, chemical-laced, sugar-drenched and full of hidden fat. Eat whole grains rather flour products; focus on fresh organic fruits and vegetables for healing enzymes and nutrients. Eating out of a box or eating lots of chemically treated, microwaved foods on a regular basis doesn’t give your body what it needs. These foods only add to the toxic burden already on your body.

Go organic. Organically grown foods are popular and easily available today. Organic food sales totaled $2.4 billion in 1995 and the market is growing 25% each year. Soils that aren’t treated with synthetic chemicals grow healthier plants that taste better and contain more nutrients. Organic food almost certainly helps protect you from cancer. We’ve known this since the 80’s. A 1987 study by the National Academy of Sciences showed that pesticides on commercial product probably cause up to 1.4 million cancer cases in Americans. Sadly, our children are affected first. The average U.S. child receives 4 times more exposure than an adult to cancer-causing pesticides in food!

Eat with the seasons you live in. If you look closely, you’ll find that Nature provides what is needed for each part of the year-fruits in the summer for cooling, and root vegetables in the winter for building, Eating fruits and vegetables as they are harvested in your own area is a wonderful way to keep a closer touch with where you are and who you are.

Get Back To Nature With Whole Foods

You aren’t going to find anything natural about Parma-foods, or any type of refined processed foods that have been fortified with nutrients. These nutrients are only a small portion of the whole food – and will never do for you what these wonderful whole foods that are full of nutraceuticals can do. When we eat foods that are locally grown or from our own garden, not only will we have better health and more energy – this way of living does wonders for harmony of mind and body – a step toward keeping the balance around us right and reminding us that we are all part of the natural chain.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Water is Essential for Healing

Water is Essential for Healing

Your body goes down fast without water/ Water is second only to oxygen in importance for health and just a few short days without water can be fatal! Making up almost three-fourths of the body, every cell is regulated, monitored and dependent on an efficient flow of water. Messages in the brain cells are transported on "water-ways" to the nerve endings. Water transports minerals, vitamins, proteins and sugars around the body for assimilation. Water maintains your body’s equilibrium and temperature, lubricates tissues, flushes wastes and toxins, hydrates the skin, acts as a shock absorber for joints, bones and muscles, and adds needed minerals.

When you body gets enough water, it works at its peak. Fluid retention decreases, gland and hormone functions improve, the liver breaks down and releases more fat, and hunger is curtailed. Dehydration plays a role in elimination ailments like chronic constipation and urinary tract infections, peripheral vascular problems like hemorrhoids and varicose veins, kidney stones, even many degenerative diseases like arthritis.

Experts tell us that thirst is an evolutionary development designed to indicate severe dehydration. Drinking only if you are thirsty may not be enough to keep your skin moist and supple, your brain sharp or elimination systems regular. There’s another side to the body water story. Many North Americans have reduced their intake of fats (including the good Omega-3 fats and other essential fatty acids) to the point that their bodies don’t hold and use the water they do take in. It’s one of the reasons I regularly recommend adding sea greens to your diet for moister skin, shining eyes and lustrous hair… a quality of sea plants known since ancient Greek times.

Water quality is poor in many areas of the world. Most tap water is chlorinated, fluoridated, and treated to the point where it can be an irritating, disagreeable fluid instead of a healthful drink. City tap water may contain as many as 500 different disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites. Fluoridated water increases absorption of aluminum from deodorants, pots and pans, etc. by 600%, a possible concern for Alzheimer’s dementia. Chemicals used by industry and agriculture find their way into our ground water, adding more pollutants. Som8e tap water is so bad that without the enormous effort our bodies exert to dispose of these chemicals, we would have ingested enough of them to turn us to stone by the time we were thirty! These concerns keep many people from drinking tap water. Keep plenty of bottled water at hand. Purifiers or a purifier hooked to your fridge will make your tape water more drinkable.

Should you drink more water?< Here’s how your body uses it up every day. Your kidneys receive and filter

your entire blood supply 15 times each hour! If you become overheated, your 2 million sweat glands perspire to cool your skin and keep your internal organs at a constant temperature, using 99% water. You use a small amount of water during breathing and through tear ducts that lubricate the upper eyelids 25 times per minute. Crying and hearty laughter release water from your eyes and nose. Even normal activity uses up at least 3 quarts of replacement water each day. Strenuous activity, a hot climate or a high salt diet increases this requirement.

What happens when you don’t get enough water? A chain reaction begins:

1. a water shortage message is sent from your brain;
2. your kidneys conserve water by urinating less (constipation and bloating occur);
3. a 4 percent water depletion, muscle endurance diminishes – you start to get dizzy;
4. at 5 percent water loss, headaches from mild to severe begin – you get drowsy, lose the ability to concentrate and get unreasonably impatient;
5. at 6 percent water loss, body temperature is impaired – your heart begins to race;
6. at 7 percent body water depletion, there is a good possibility of collapse.

To tell whether or not you are drinking enough water, check your urine. The color should be a pale straw and you should urinate every few hours. If your urine color is dark yellow, start drinking more water!
Other common signs that you might be dehydrated:

* unexplained headaches (mild to severe), usually with some dizziness.
* unexplained irritability, impatience, restlessness and difficulty sleeping.
* unexplained dry skin and loss of appetite along with constipation
* unexplained weight gain and swollen hands and-or feet (from water retention)

Gradual loss of body water is an aging factor. It is a major complication in illness. Dehydration is reportedly one of the top 10 causes of hospital stays among the elderly. Some studies show thirst-impaired seniors do not even seek water when they need it because their senses of thirst is so impaired. For many elderly people, fear of urinary incontinence makes them drink less liquid – doubly unfortunate because water hydration at all levels, from the body cleansing to skin beauty is a protection against accelerated aging.

Water is critical for an effective detoxification program because it dilutes and eliminates toxin accumulations in the bloodstream, and cleanses the kidneys. Add half a squeezed lemon to each glass of water for the best cleansing effects. The best time to detoxify is at night, while you sleep.

Water is your most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. It naturally suppresses appetite and helps your body metabolize stored fat. Low water intake causes fat deposits to increase – more water intake actually reduces fat deposits. If you are overweight, the more body fat you have, the less system water you have. Larger people have larger metabolic loads – they need more water.

Thirst is not a reliable signal that your body needs water. By the time your feel thirsty, you are probably already suffering from some degree of dehydration. Thirst is an evolutionary development, controlled by a part of the fore-brain called the hypothalamus, (which also controls sleep, appetite, satiety, and sexual response) designed to alert us to severe dehydration. So you can easily lose a quart of water during activity before thirst is even recognized. Solving the dehydration problem: Human bodies have some strange anomalies. We have to plan for our water supply. From an early adult age our thirst sensation begins to fail, putting us inexplicably at risk for dehydration. Even more strange, our thirst signal shuts off before we have enough for well-being.
Where does your body get its daily replacement water?

Plain cool water is the best way to replace body fluids.

Remember: - Alcohol and caffeine drinks are counter-productive for water replacement because they are diuretic.

- Drinks loaded with dissolved sugars or milk increase water needs instead of satisfying them.

- Commercial sodas leach several important minerals from your body.

Even though most of us don’t get enough water today, drinking too much water can have some adverse health effects. It can severely depress electrolytes, imperative to vibrant energy, pH balance and mineral uptake. Purified water, such as distilled or reverse osmosis techniques compound the problem.

It sounds like a lot, but eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water daily intake< is a sufficient amount. If you are physically active or working under hot weather conditions, you’ll need more. Replace lost electrolytes with electrolyte drinks like Electric "C" or an excellent supplement on the market is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (A.K.A. Bragg's All Purpose Seasoning).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Avena Originals Articles



Some people say they can't live without it. Some people don't know what it is. Most cultures fasted on a regular basis. By taking liquids only, for one day out of each week they assisted their lymph systems to remove the wastes that accumulate in the tissues. They understood that the build-up of toxins caused all types of illnesses.

Today that is greater appreciation for the physical, mental and emotional destruction caused by toxins. Scientists from the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute (NC) estimate that between 60% - 80% of all cancer is caused by chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. All degenerative diseases have increased dramatically over the last eighty years. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, emphysema, multiple sclerosis, colitis, arteriosclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and now we have conditions that most of us never heard of until recently. Alzheimer's aids, hyperactivity, P.M.S., chronic fatigue syndrome.

This dramatic increase in degenerative diseases is under-standable because it parallels a dramatic increase in the toxins we are exposed to.automobile exhaust, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, house-hold poisons (caulking with tolune, -xylene, - arcylates, air fresheners, antic-static dryer products, polishes), nuclear radiation (bomb testing, reactors). The very material the body needs for self-cleaning - water, oils and vegetables have now become carriers of poisons instead of cleansers. Little wonder our systems are over-burdened.
It isn't a matter of curing disease

it's a process of removing the toxins before they cause disease. Avena's Electrically Available cleansing products are formulated to help the body rid itself of these destructive materials. Now more than ever, we must protect ourselves.

Avena's Famous - Herb Cocktail Powder, an extremely high quality formula of Hibiscus, Psyllium Husk, Peppermint, Licorice, Cascara Sagrada, Siberian Ginseng and Corn Silk with the final ingredient being natural unsweetened orange juice added at time of ingestion. A unique electrically integrated combination of superior herbs designed to gently massage and release all build-up from your lower intestinal tract.

The ultimate detoxifier and bowel cleanse. Safe and gentle, yet powerful and unrelenting in its ability to clean your body completely. Years of build-up on the wall of the colon prevent the body from absorbing any good nutrition. Only poisons and toxins are released from the accumulated, compacted fecal matter on the wall of the colon. The electrical matrix of Avena's Cleansing formulas allows the cleaning process to take place from within the cells of the bowel walls. The bowels are not scraped clean, but rather rebuilt electrically from the inside our allowing the toxins and compressed fecal matter to be released gently and safely. The natural cleanse of choice in the 21st century.

This bulletin has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. or to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a Health Practitioner about persistent symptoms.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Avena Originals Articles

Body Electric

The Body Electric

Energy has fascinated man for centuries. Walt Whitman created some of his most powerful imagery when he wrote; "I sing the body electric; the exquisite realization of health, with the charge of the soul." "The charge of the soul" describes ancient Chinese teachings on energy. They viewed energy as the "chi," the life force of the body. Over thousands of years, the Chinese studied the ways in which man could capture and then harness this energy. This knowledge exists today in Avena's whole food supplements.

When we think of energy, we think of our "outer" activities such as climbing stairs or running to catch a bus. This energy is only the end result of the workings of a miraculous power plant within the body. Traveling from cell to cell at the speed of light are pulsating currents of pure energy. These cellular power plants supply energy to organs and muscles to keep the body running efficiently. But we rarely think of this continuous activity within the body-processes that we take for granted like breathing, cleansing, elimination, fat control, and healing- all depend on these countless cellular energy plants.

Our bodies distribute our available energy using strict priorities. Energy goes first to crucial body functions, then to muscles and organs, then to digestion, then to cleansing and elimination or healing. But there is only so much energy to go around. Because most people exist at barely half of their energy potential, the body must pick and choose. About half of these bodily functions are always being denied. Fortunately, since our body is a lot wiser than we are, it is not going to cut off the energy for breathing so it can expand the abnormal amounts of digestive energy it'll need for digesting the typical North American meal. Instead, the body will wearily steal that extra digestive energy from elsewhere- "less important" body processes like cleansing, elimination, fat maintenance, or organ and muscle tone.

In their book, Fit for Life, the Diamonds write; "The activity that requires the most energy, and which frequently gets none, is the natural healing processes of the body. Disease is an energy crisis of the body. Our lifestyles and diets burn up so much energy that our bodies just do not have enough energy left to heal themselves. When our energy supply runs low, all the functions of the body are impaired; digestion, absorption, assimilation, and elimination drag; circulation and respiration are inefficient. All the tissues and fluids of the body are sluggish. The cells are no longer nourished, and we feel unwell. Health declines. We're sick!" This process is call degeneration.

We know that to recharge our energy plants, we must provide our bodies with whole foods. It is becoming more and more difficult to find pure, wholesome foods. Our produce is often force-grown in depleted soils, sprayed with toxic chemicals, placed in cold storage for months and, along with just a few hours under supermarket lighting, these so-called vegetables are depleted of much of their living nutrition. We then go home to cook or boil the rest of the nutrition out. Everything we put into our mouths either makes an energy deposit or makes an energy withdrawal.

The products of Avena Originals are whole, living, viable foods. When eaten together with a good diet, Avena Originals supplements fill in the gaps created by our stressful lifestyles and our severely depleted foods. Avena provides you with whole-food formulas from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables harvested at their energetic peak-passing on that viable, living energy to you.
Make daily energy deposits with Avena's Whole Food Supplements!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Strong Immune System

Pandemic Flu

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Headlines around the globe are increasingly warning about a possible ‘bird flu' outbreak. They state: “Canadian duck tested positive for avian flu, but negative for deadly strain”, “US government purchases $100 million stockpile of avian flu vaccine”, “European avian flu fear leads to drug stockpiling…”, “Vaccine won't stop avian flu, doctor says”, “Pandemic plan still in works for Ottawa”, “Tamiflu didn't work on at least one Vietnamese girl infected with avian flu, medical experts say”, “World in gravest possible danger from flu pandemic”: World Health Organization (WHO).

Although the infamous 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was the deadliest plague in human history, killing more than 40 million people around the world–it is important to put things into perspective, because fear and anxiety about anything lowers the body's resistance. To date, the WHO reports only 125 human cases of avian flu worldwide, which includes 64 deaths–all in Southeast Asia , and most of the people who acquired the virus were bird handlers. Every case of the current strain has been transmitted from bird to human and, thus far, the virus cannot be transmitted from human to human.
What Experts and Researchers Are Saying About The Use Of Flu Vaccines

Typically up to ten percent of the population gets sick with the flu each year. In comparison, in a pandemic situation, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of people will get sick. While countries are busy stockpiling, and pharmaceutical companies are busy concocting vaccinations, it is interesting to take note of the possible and all-too-common side effects of vaccines including: headaches, muscle pain, fever, exhaustion and last, but not least… the flu–and sometimes even pneumonia.

Dr. Joseph Mercola has this to say about vaccinations: “When one digs into the vaccine history (check out the Swine Flu vaccine if you want a real horror story) and scientific research (especially in Europe ), it quickly becomes apparent that nobody really knows what these toxic stews of chemicals and microorganisms do in the human body.”, and also “I have heard some authors state that there is a direct correlation of the number of flu shots one has and the incidence of Alzeimer's. This would be due to the aluminum and mercury that is in every flu shot.”

In his book ‘Vaccines: Are They Really Safe & Effective?' Neil Z. Miller states: “To produce a flu vaccine, chick embryos are inoculated with influenza viruses. This mixture is cultivated for several weeks. Each flu strain is then inactivated with formaldehyde and preserved with thimerosal–a mercury derivative. The three viral strains are then blended into a single vaccine, licensed by the FDA and distributed by vaccine manufacturers. Scientific control-group testing for safety and efficacy is not required.” He also points out that “Permanent immunity to a particular strain or flu is only possible by contracting the disease naturally.”

Although few attempts have been made to study the long-term effects of injecting foreign proteins and toxic substances into the innocent bodies of healthy infants, research focusing on possible correlations between vaccines, autoimmune diseases, and neurologically-based disorders (i.e. multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, cancer and AIDS) is now beginning. For example, medical researcher, Dr. Richard Moskowitz concluded that “the unnatural process of vaccination can lead to slow viruses developing in the body. These may bring about the far less curable chronic diseases of the present.” He also noted that “these illnesses may be considerably more serious than the original disease, involving deeper structures [and] more vital organs.” Other researchers have identified a “lowering of the body's resistance resulting from vaccination”, and the “probability of widespread and unrecognized vaccine-induced immune system malfunction.”
Is It Possible To Protect Ourselves Without The Use Of Vaccines?

Many researchers have noted that vaccines merely “trick” the body into focusing on only one aspect (antibody production) of the many complexes and strategies that would be available naturally to the immune system. Diseases contracted naturally are miraculously filtered through a series of immune system defenses. But, when the vaccine virus is injected directly into the bloodstream, it gains access to all of the major tissues and organs of the body without the body's normal advantage of a total immune response. (James W., ‘Immunization, The Reality Behind The Myth' ). Some researchers question whether some flu epidemics are triggered and/or aggravated by the vaccine itself.
How Viruses Work

Most of us have had colds or flu (influenza), which are caused by viruses. Other serious diseases caused by viruses include AIDS, Ebola, infectious hepatitis and herpes. A virus is a tiny particle that is about one-millionth of an inch long, and about a thousand times smaller than bacteria. Bacteria are much smaller than most human cells.

A virus needs to have a host cell (animal, bacteria or plant) to survive and to make more viruses. Without a host cell, viruses simply cannot function. Viruses consist of the following:

• Nucleic acid – a set of genetic instructions, either DNA or RNA

• A coat of protein – surrounds the DNA or RNA to protect it

• Lipid membrane – surrounds the protein coat (found only in some viruses, including influenza)

To understand how viruses work, look at the series of events that might take place when you come down with a cold or the flu:

• an infected person sneezes near you;
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• you inhale the virus particle and it attaches to the cells lining the sinuses in your nose;

• the virus attacks the cells lining the sinuses, and rapidly reproduce new viruses (losing cells in the lining of your sinuses allows fluid to flow into your nasal passages, giving you a runny nose);

• host cells break and new viruses spread into your bloodstream and into your lungs;

• viruses in the fluid that drips down your throat attack cells lining your throat, giving you a sore throat;

• viruses in your bloodstream may attack muscle cells, causing you to have muscle aches.

W hat Can You Do?

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to be more vulnerable, catching every cold and flu that is going around, while a fortunate few never seem to get sick? Well, it really is quite simple… and although we need to be aware that these pandemics do in fact happen, it all comes down to the immune system. If the current avian flu manifests itself to be a pandemic situation, this is where the battle will be fought–in the immune system!
The Immune System

Everyday we inhale thousands of different types of bacteria, virus and fungi. The job of our immune system is to protect our bodies from these infections. Our immune system protects us in three different ways: it creates a barrier that prevents bacteria and viruses from entering; if a bacteria or virus happens to get into the body, the immune system tries to detect and eliminate it before it can make itself a home and reproduce; if the virus or bacteria is able to reproduce and starts to cause problems, the immune system is in charge of eliminating it. The immune system also has several other important jobs. For example, your immune system can detect cancer in early stages and eliminate it in many cases. Components of the immune system are the thymus, spleen, lymph system, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies, complement system and hormones. Since our health is directly affected by our immune system, and its function is pivotal in determining our level of health, we should work on building strong immunity naturally.
Nutrition And Immunity–You Are What You Eat

Along with adequate rest, sanitary living conditions and good hygiene, a proper diet is essential to good health. An improper diet overwhelms the body and leads to sickness, so avoiding foods that are refined, chemicalized, and nutrient deficient goes a long way! Remember live foods make live people. Try eating only 20 percent cooked, and 80 percent raw, mostly alkaline foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and berries). Raw plant foods strengthen the immune system–but because most people do not eat enough dark green leafy vegetables, we should focus on getting more greens in our diets. A convenient and powerful source is Avena's Super Food.

But nothing crashes the immune system faster than processed sugar. After ingesting just one teaspoon of sugar (there are ten teaspoons of sugar in just one can of soda), the power of our immune system drops by 50 percent for 24 to 48 hours, weakening the bodies protection to many viruses and bacteria.
Old-Fashioned Remedies To Ease Cold & Flu Symptoms

• take hot sweat baths with Avena's Massage Oil, recline in the bathtub, cover your body with water as warm as can be tolerated–as you become accustomed to this temperature, gradually add warmer water until you notice perspiration forming on your forehead–upon leaving the bathtub, rest in bed covered with blankets to promote further perspiration

• go to bed early and get plenty of sleep–most regeneration of cells occurs between midnight and 4 am

• for sinus congestion, apply a drop of Avena's Massage Oil under your nose for easier breathing, OR use a nasal salt irrigation to help remove pathogens from mucous membranes–add ¼ tsp. Celtic sea salt to a cup of warm water, twice daily for two minutes each time, fill a dropper with liquid, tilt your head back and fill each nostril, then blow your nose

• for a sore throat, mix a drop or two of Avena's Tooth Oil with water and swallow, OR gargle with one part apple cider vinegar mixed with two parts warm water–do this hourly or as needed

• body elimination is critical, continued use of Herb Cocktail is essential to keep the bowels moving

• drink plenty of fluids–avoid solid foods, especially mucus-forming foods (meat, fish, eggs, grains, and dairy products) during healing

A cold is usually an “elimination crisis” and the method your body uses to cleanse itself of wastes, toxins, and bacterial overgrowth that build up to a point where natural immunity cannot overcome them. To get over a cold, work with your body, not against it. Taking suppressants only suppresses the illness deeper into the body, and is likely to turn up later in a different and far worse form. According to Linda Paige, Ph.D., “In my experience, most drug store cold remedies halt the body's cleansing/balancing processes, and generally make the cold last longer.”
Avena's Powerful Tools For Immune Function

If you seem to succumb to every passing infection, you might seriously consider boosting your immune system. Fatigue, lethargy, slow wound healing, repeated infections, allergies, thrush, colds and flu are clear-

cut signs that your immune system is functioning below par. Our health is in our hands, and it starts today!

Friendly Flora – A synergetic patented formulation containing Lactobacillus Salivarius and Lactobacillus Plantarum OM that stimulates formation of natural anti-bodies, and promotes the removal of toxic elements. Friendly Flora's patent relates to a particular biologically-pure strain of Lactobacillus Plantarum OM that has proteolytic, anti-viral, anti-retroviral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-tumoral characteristics and uses. All viruses have a coat of protein to attach them to the membrane of the host cell. This coat of protein also surrounds their DNA or RNA to protect them. Knowing that viruses, bacteria, and even tumors have protein coatings, we quickly appreciate Friendly Floras' proteolytic qualities (the ability to digest proteins and putrefactive undigested proteins), and that it will “eat” away their protective coating, allowing access to the virus. Although there are other strains of L. Salivarius and L. Plantarum available on the market, this strain of Lactobacillus Plantarum OM is the only probiotic that we are aware of that is proteolytic (digests proteins), and this is due to the unparalleled OM strain.

N-Zymes – Avena's Cultured Enzymes can increase your macrophages (the most important part of the immune system that act as scavengers engulfing dead cells, foreign substances and other debris) by 700 percent, and your killer cells (white blood cells) by an astounding 1300 percent! The immune system's function is to fight off all foreign invaders in the body such as bacteria, viruses, carcinogens, and other chemicals, and it relies almost totally on enzymes to do this job! Surprisingly, even vitamins and nutrients cannot be absorbed effectively without enzymes.

Electric C – Electrically Formulated ® and a completely utilizable Vitamin C complex with electrolytes, Electric C creates a powerful and immediate rebuilding of the electrical firing from cell to cell within the body, powerfully enhancing the body's ability to fight off bacterial and viral infections. Viruses, bad bacteria, and other toxins cannot easily penetrate strong cellular tissue. Designed electrically, this formula acts as the ultimate immune system enhancer, is a potent scavenger of free radicals, assists in clearing toxins from the body, and has a high-dose safety rating.

Herb Cocktail – Keeping our bodies cleansed and free of excessive toxins is vital to maintaining an environment that is unsuitable for germs and viruses, as germs and viruses are scavengers and need toxic and decaying matter in order to feed, survive, and multiply. Years of compacted fecal matter on the wall of the colon actually prevent the body from absorbing good nutrition, and releases poisons and toxins into the body. But the electrical matrix of this formula allows the cleansing process to take place from within the cells of the bowel walls. The bowels are not scraped clean, but rather rebuilt from the inside out. Avena's Herb Cocktail is the ultimate detoxifier and bowel cleanse–safe, gentle, and non-habit forming.

H 2 0 Plus (Colloidal Silver) – The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungi, bacterium, or any other single-celled pathogen will disable it, and clear it out of the body by the lymphatic and elimination systems. Colloidal Silver is pathogenic, thus marking the pathogens attracted by electro-magnetic force, much like iron filings to a magnet.

Toco – A complete raw whole-food containing all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, Toco provides a dense, nutrient-rich source of vitamins and minerals, supporting every organ function, including your immunity. Its patent-pending claim states that this product has over 109 different antioxidants ! When used on a regular basis, it helps to provide an increased level of protection against free radical damage.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!