Natural Solutions for Periodontal Diseases

CranberryAccording to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, about 80 percent of U.S. adults currently have some form of gum disease (periodontal diseases). It ranges from gingivitis, simple gum inflammation, to serious disease that results in damage to the bone.

Research has shown that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. For instance, the bacteria that cause periodontitis can travel through your bloodstream to the arteries in your heart, triggering a cycle of inflammation and arterial narrowing that contributes to heart attacks.

It’s not surprising that nutrition plays a key roll in oral health.  It is surprising how fast some nutritional supplements can benefit oral health.

Click here to read about a two-week study involving periodontal diseases and lycopene.

Cranberries also have a beneficial effect on oral health.  Click here to read about the many additional benefits of this wonder berry.


Men, how’s your flow?

After about age 40, the prostate begins to grow in just about every male. This usually results in reduced flow urine flow. Sometimes an enlarged prostate is a sign of cancer, but usually the result is a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. Most doctors refer to an enlarged prostate simply as BPH.
In some men, an enlarged prostate does not cause urinary problems—probably because their urethra is wider than average, or because the gland tends to enlarge outward. In most men, however, as an enlarged prostate develops, the prostate presses against the neck of the bladder or urethra, squeezing the pipe shut, like stepping on a garden hose. This pressure can make it difficult to urinate and results in a variety of symptoms.
Please click here and read today’s article for more information about prostate health.

Taurine – The Amino Acids That Roars!

Dear Reader,

If you have a cat, you may be familiar with taurine. This amino acid is added to your pet’s food because without it cats develop dramatic health problems, including reproductive failure, growth retardation, retinal degeneration and heart failure.

But whether you have a cat or not, you’ll definitely want to learn how the amino acid that improves the nutritional health of our feline friends can help us humans live a life with added protection from:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Brain aging
  • Muscle damage (due to strenuous activity)
  • Diabetes
  • Retinal damage

Additionaly, regular users of taurine report that:

  • It is relaxing
  • It improves sleep
  • It regulates the heartbeat and eliminates palpitations
  • It helps detoxify the body

While we may not gain nine lives from taurine supplements, it seems certain—based on new and continuing research into this remarkable amino acid—that it can improve the health of our one life.

Taurine is much more than “the cat’s meow” of amino acids—it is a powerful addition to your supplement program. To learn more about the health benefits of taurine, please read the article Taurine Protects Heart, Eyes and Improves Glucose Tolerance.

To your health,


Us Smart Publications

New Research In Brain Health! PS-DHA Combats Alzheimer’s!

Brain health seems to be on the top of everyone’s mind lately… literally!  Brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and other dementias are reeking havoc on the lives of millions of Americans.

But what if we told you there are two brain health breakthroughs that promise to improve cognitive function immediately and prevent and protect the brain from age-related dementia? Interested?  I thought you might be.

Scientists have long known that the neurotransmitter choline is critical to conscious thought.  What they are now finding is that supplementation with the combination of choline and the nucleic acid uridine helps repair damaged neurons and build new neurons. I’ll say that again… repairs damaged neurons and builds new neurons.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, wait until you read about the other exciting breakthrough in this special brain health issue.  Researchers have now found a way to deliver the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA directly to brain cell membranes by combining it with the brain’s natural delivery system of phosphatidylserine.  It is well known that both phosphatidylserine and DHA are critical to healthy brain function, and that supplemental DHA (typically found in fish oil supplements) has a difficult time crossing the blood- brain barrier.   By combining these two compounds and creating a supercharged phosphatidylserine, we can now assist the brain in rebuilding, repairing, and protecting neurological function.

This is exciting stuff and what it means to you is that you can improve brain function, memory, and mental agility immediately while protecting your brain from the ravages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Please do take the time to read the article… Prevent Age Related Dementia With PS-DHA! You will be glad you did.

To your health,


Us Smart Publications

Knowing The Different Forms Of Vitamin E Is The Key To Good Health!

Dear Reader,

You’ve heard about the numerous benefits of vitamin E supplements.  But you won’t reap those benefits unless you’re taking high amounts of a particular subtype of vitamin E called gamma tocopherol.

Most progressive nutritional supplement companies offer vitamin E supplements that claim to contain “Mixed tocopherols” or “Full Spectrum” tocopherols.

But these terms don’t mean much in and of themselves, because they don’t tell you exactly how much gamma tocopherol is in the product.

Furthermore, we know for a fact that the raw materials market offers many so called “mixed tocopherol” products that contain only small amounts of the rather expensive gamma tocopherol. They are in fact “mixed” … they just don’t contain a meaningful amount of the stuff you really want!

To set the record straight regarding  exactly what to look for in a superb vitamin E supplement,  please read the article, Are You Taking the Wrong Vitamin E? Get the Facts on Vitamin E Tocopherols!

To your health,

Us Smart Publications

Brain Nutrition Update: Choline + Uridine Builds New Neurons!

Dear Reader,

Scientists continue to vigorously explore the frontier of cognitive enhancement.  In this special update on brain nutrition, you’ll learn about two remarkable “next generation” nutrients, and why scientists are especially excited about their ability to protect and repair delicate brain cells and membranes, slow down brain aging, and support memory and cognitive function.

These two nutrients, choline and uridine, work together to repair, maintain, and build neuro-pathways.  Please read
Choline + Uridine Builds New Neurons!
To your health,

Us Smart Publications

Adrenal Glands Play an Important Role in Allergic Response

Dear Reader,

Allergic reactions are one of the most typical signs of an imbalanced immune system. And an overly sensitive immune system may be the result of weakened adrenal glands.

According to adrenal health expert  Dr. James L. Wilson, author of Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome,  most allergies involve the release of histamine and other substances that produce inflammation. In his book, Dr. Wilson writes that, “Cortisol is a strong anti-inflammatory. Your circulating level of cortisol is the key factor in the level of inflammatory reactions in your body. For this reason your adrenal glands play an important role in mediating the histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms experienced with allergies. It is therefore not surprising that people with food and environmental allergies commonly have weak adrenal function.”

Dr. Wilson, who also holds a Ph.D. in human nutrition, continues:

•The more histamine that is released, the more cortisol it takes to control the inflammatory response and the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more cortisol.

• The harder the adrenals have to work the more fatigued they become and the less cortisol they produce, allowing histamine to inflame the tissues more.

• The vicious circle can lead to progressively deeper adrenal fatigue as well as to larger allergic reactions.

• Anything that you can do to break this cycle will help your adrenal glands and reduce the effects of allergies.

How do you break the cycle in order to help your adrenal glands and get relief from allergies? To find out, please read Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.

To your health,

US Smart Publications

What is Health Freedom?

… and Why Is It Important For You?

by Peter M. McCarthy

“… you have likely elected to address your particular health concerns via natural means … and the use of dietary supplements … you are exercising a fundamental human right …to take care of your body the way you believe serves it best. But what if that right was taken away?”

By way of introduction, in addition to being an author and a traditional naturopath, I am also the chair of the Texas Health Freedom Coalition, the nation’s largest state level natural health advocacy group.  For the last several years our group, comprised of over 50,000 members, has been in the forefront of the struggle to protect and advance health freedom of choice in Texas and around the country.

What exactly do I mean by “health freedom of choice,” and why is that important to you?  If you are reading these words, you have likely elected to address your particular health concerns via natural means, primarily through diet and lifestyle changes and the use of dietary supplements to fill the gaps in your nutritional status.  By so doing, you are exercising a fundamental human right, the right to bodily integrity, to take care of your body the way you believe serves it best.

But what if that right was taken away?  What if, instead of having the right to choose your own form of health care, it was dictated to you?  Unfortunately, powerful, moneyed special interest groups in this country are determined to do exactly that.  For primarily economic reasons, what I call the medical/pharmaceutical/insurance complex (the combination of interests of the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical companies and the health insurance establishment) is actively working to eliminate your right to choose how you take care of your health.

As I clearly explain in Adrenaline Nation, we do not have a health care system in this country; we have a disease management system, driven by the financial interests of the medical/pharmaceutical/insurance complex.  It does not serve the interests of this complex if you are empowered to make your own choices about your health; it costs them money if you don’t use their disease management services.  By denying you access to the tools you currently use and, equally important, by dictating to you what tools you may use in the future, they want to force you to accept their definition of what constitutes “health care.”

The consequences to you, the health care consumer, could not be greater, and there is clear evidence to support what I am telling you.  As you are reading this, the citizens of almost the entire European Union can only obtain therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals through a prescription from a medical doctor, while you can buy them whenever you wish from any health food store.  The cost of those dietary supplements in Europe is up to eight times more than we pay for them here in the U.S.  Think about that for a minute; let’s say your bottle of multivitamins now costs $20 a month.  How willing would you be to pay $160 for the same product, plus the cost of a doctor’s visit to, in effect, get permission to buy them? And how likely do you think that medical doctor, who typically has little or no training in the use of natural products, would be willing to write you the prescription in the first place?

If this situation is allowed to occur in the United States, the practical effect would be catastrophic to our freedom, and our individual and collective health.  The large number of natural products manufacturers who currently manufacture high quality natural products would be driven out of business.  The pharmaceutical companies would move in, as they are already maneuvering to do, and fill the gap by replacing inexpensive natural products with expensive, synthetic, patentable products designed for maximum profit, and delivering minimal health benefit.  As has already occurred in Europe, dietary supplements by the hundreds would disappear from the shelves of grocery and health food stores and from the inventories of online distributors, destroying the $20 billion US natural products industry in the process.  Since most medical doctors are not adequately trained in the use of natural products, the consumer would receive little or no information about them from the medical community.

But most important, you would be denied the freedom to choose those products, instead being coerced into using whatever the medical/pharmaceutical/insurance complex, in their collective arrogance and elitism, thinks is best, primarily for their corporate balance sheets, and secondarily for your health.  Self-help in the area of health care would all but disappear, replaced by a coercive, paternalistic system that strips empowerment from the individual.  Our health care system would become the fulfillment of the adage: whoever controls your health care controls you.

As a military veteran, I spent over 24 years in the service of my country sworn to support, protect and defend my fellow citizens and the Constitution of the United States, which is supposed to guarantee our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I don’t know about you, but it angers me that anybody would have the arrogance to try to coerce me, or any of my fellow Americans, into giving up one of our most fundamental rights.  It’s why I got involved in the natural health advocacy movement over seven years ago.  I didn’t spend almost a quarter century of my life in the service of my beloved country to allow organizations like these to undermine the very principles upon which this country was founded, all in the name of greed and power.

It is why I, and many thousands more of our fellow Americans, have chosen to stand up to these special interests and protect these precious rights.  Today, as I write this, I sit up the road from a structure in downtown San Antonio, Texas that epitomizes what the health freedom movement is all about.

There, in 1836, in a small mission chapel called the Alamo, a group of 186 souls from over a dozen nations stood valiantly against a military force almost 40 times its own size.  They did so in large part because they remembered and took to heart the words penned in another town, far away, in 1776. Those words, endorsed in writing by just 55 brave men, at the risk of their very lives, read in part “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”  The men were those of the American Revolution; the words are from the Declaration of Independence.

Today, we stand on the threshold of a sea change in the nation’s health care system.  Arrayed in opposition to our movement are powerful forces, fueled by the money of equally powerful special interests.  Some skeptics would say that the fight is over before it has begun, that we have neither the resources nor the manpower to be successful.  I would remind them of those same 55 men, with names like John Hancock, Samuel and John Adams, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, and Benjamin Harrison.  Together, they stood before what was then considered the strongest nation on the planet.

No rational outside observer expected them to prevail.  The results of their efforts are reflected in the fact that you are reading these words today, in the comfort of your home or office, enjoying the freedom earned by those 55 men and their comrades, and fought for to the death by those 186 others at the Alamo.

The women and men who lead the health freedom movement, at the state, national and international level, are committed to the protection of our collective freedom to choose.  The intensity of that commitment is reflected in part by the words in the final sentence of the Declaration: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Health freedom of choice is good for this nation.  It helps us start to take back the rights and powers that belong to us as free citizens and that have been for too long usurped by moneyed special interests.  Your health freedom leaders are standing up for and defending those rights.  We ask that you join us.

In my book Adrenaline Nation, I explain why health freedom of choice is a crucial component of any American’s ability to effectively deal with the single most pervasive and detrimental health challenge in our society: chronic stress.  In upcoming blog posts, I will offer not only personal prescriptive advice on alleviating your stress, but also what we can do together at the societal level to protect our health freedom, thereby helping to make your personal efforts at stress management more effective.  Stay tuned!