Archive for February, 2012

The Job Jar

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

There’s no way around it: If you want to get serious about keeping on top of household chores, you’re going to have to get your kids involved.

Here are a few tips on getting your own family work corps up and running:

First, list all of the jobs that need to be done around the house. Then figure out which jobs can be handled by family members of various ages. Children as young as 3, for example, can help with tasks such as matching up clean socks, putting away clean laundry and picking up their own toys. (more…)

Breastfed Babies May Be Less Likely to Become Obese. Part 2

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

When the data on the children’s BMIs were analyzed together with data on breastfeeding, the investigators reported inconsistent results. For breastfed children, there was a 37 percent reduction in being at risk of overweight, an effect that was statistically significant. (more…)

Breastfed Babies May Be Less Likely to Become Obese. Part 1

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Health authorities are concerned because American children and adolescents have been getting fatter over the last few decades. Overweight and obesity in youth is thought to predict the same conditions in adulthood, and adult obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis, among other conditions. (more…)

How Close Is a Breast Cancer Vaccine, Part 2

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Dr. Mary L. Disis and colleagues at the University of Washington decided to test an HER-2/neu vaccine after discovering that some breast cancer patients already have a low level of immunity to the protein. They hypothesized that a vaccine might significantly bolster this existing immunity and, in turn, induce an anticancer effect. (more…)

How Close Is a Breast Cancer Vaccine, Part 1

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Scientists are continually working on new approaches to breast cancer, a disease that poses innumerable intellectual challenges for those in the laboratory as well as for doctors tending patients at their bedsides. This is not to say that current treatment modalities do not work — they do. More women are surviving breast cancer today than at any other point in history. (more…)

Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps Lower Cholesterol in Elderly Women

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Older women may have a new weapon in their fight against coronary heart disease (CHD). A study in the May 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) lowers their levels of the type of cholesterol which leads to CHD.

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Restaurant Portions Getting Bigger

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Many of your members may have trouble losing weight because they eat out in restaurants too often. Americans are beginning to eat out more than ever, averaging four to five times a week, because dining out has become more convenient and affordable. Restaurants are responding to the demand for meals at an affordable price by giving customers larger portions, usually two to three times larger than servings recommended by the American Diabetic Association. While the bigger portions are more affordable, many Americans have trouble controlling food intake, and often eat everything on their plates. Increased food intake results in an excess of calories and fat, which eventually leads to an increase in weight. (more…)

Obesity and Lack of Exercise Linked to Cancer Risk

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Obesity and being overweight have long been linked to a variety of diseases, but they, along with lack of exercise, have now also been connected to cancer. In fact, up to one-third of breast, colon and kidney tumors can be attributed to being overweight and a lack of sufficient physical activity, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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The Distributor Kit

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Becoming a distributor requires no prior training in either health or nutrition — only submission of a one-page application and payment of a $35 fee.

NSP’s distributor kit consists of a wire-bound book called “A Systems Guide to Natural Health” and a loose-leaf binder labeled “The People-To-People Health Business.” The latter contains a congratulatory form letter, a product catalog, a policies and procedures manual, four different price lists, distributor applications, order forms, a receipt book, and flyers concerning products, payment plans, discounts for new distributors, and group insurance.

The form letter states: “Less expensive products are available from competitors and may appear similar; however, these products are often formulated down to a price, rather than up to a standard.” It refers to benefits such as “holistic health insurance” for managers. “Herb combinations,” according to the product catalog, “take advantage of the synergistic properties inherent in herbs to achieve superior nutritional impact. Thus, a combination of herbs can often address a broad spectrum of nutritional needs unsatisfied by a single herb alone.” In contrast, the “sidebar” begins in boldface: “saponins, oils, alkaloids and esters, that’s what herbs are made of.” The catalog states that NSP’s Chinese herbal combination products are based on the “five element model” and on the principles of yin and yang.

The policies and procedures manual features a 15-point code of ethics, which includes: “I will not make any false or therapeutic claims concerning any NSP product” and “I will service a minimum of 10 retail customers each month.” The manual also states: “If a customer asks for permission to return a product that he/she is dissatisfied with, verify that it has been used for a reasonable length of time.” Distributors are advised to separate “educational” and sales or recruiting activities. They are further advised against conducting herb lectures where products or sales aids are stored. The apparent purpose of this advice is to encourage distributors to make claims in their lectures that could create legal difficulty for the company if placed on product labels.

The Systems Guide, published in 1988, contains about 80 pages. About half of the book describes various body systems and the products NSP relates to them. For each system, there are “key,” “primary” and “complementary” products. Key products combine ingredients to “provide comprehensive nutritional support” for the body system. Primary products are combinations “designed to provide more specialized support for the particular system.”

Complementary products are single-ingredient items “for individuals who want to round out the systems approach to holistic health.” These products include acidophilus, aloe vera, cascara sagrada (a laxative) and magnesium.

The circulatory system’s key product is Mega-Chel, which contains 12 vitamins, nine chelated minerals, choline, inositol, PABA, bioflavonoids, fish oils, adrenal substance, thymus substance and spleen substance. The “primary” circulatory products include CoQ-10 Plus; Bugleweed Liquid Herb; Capsicum, Garlic and Parsley; and herbal mixtures (BP-X, GC-X, GGC, ATC, HS-II, and I-X) that contain from three to 14 ingredients. The complementary products include butcher’s broom root, capsicum, garlic, hawthorn berries, liquid chlorophyll, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and yellow dock root. Each of these products is said to provide “nutritional support” for the circulatory system.