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The monthly Special Updates from the AHHA are eReports with items of interest to those actively enhancing their health and well-being. Each eReport features a health or health freedom issue. It also features a research item and an AHHA resource.

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May 13, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Eye health
“People with age-related macular degeneration may protect their eyes by taking a supplement containing lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids, according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology” from a healthnotes® research article “Antioxidants and Omega-3s Team Up for Eye Health.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Pesticide levels
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other pesticides, is back in the news again. This time because one federal agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), is reprimanding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for not testing the levels of glyphosate in the food supply. As you review news articles published this year, you will notice conflicting facts. As part of your critical evaluation of the information, you may want to pay particular attention as to whether or not the article…
• Acknowledges or denies the existence of glyphosate in the food supply
• Identifies glyphosate as a dangerous toxin or is of no danger
• Indicates what level of glyphosate in food is safe
• Documents the science behind the scientific facts offered
• Indicates who stands to benefit from that article’s facts
 
ISSUE:What are the true levels of glyphosate in the food supply, and are there valid concerns?
 
AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research. You will note that this month we have not categorized articles as “Pros” and “Cons.” Instead, we present articles on a variety of aspects related to this issue.
 

U.S. FDA Finally Shamed Into Testing For Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicide In Food (2/19/16)
by Christina Sarich
Natural Society
 
Experts call on feds to re-evaluate the world’s most heavily used herbicide (2/17/16)
by Brian Bienkowski
Environmental Health News
 
USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat (1/13/16)
by Dan Flynn
Food Safety News
 
EPA pulls report saying herbicide glyphosate is safe (5/3/16)
by Christopher Doering
The Des Moines Register
 
How safe are “safe” levels of glyphosate?
The Detox Project
 
Glyphosate persistence raises questions (2/25/16)
by Rebecca Trager
ChemistryWorld
 
ANH Releases Study of Glyphosate in Breakfast Foods (4/19/16)
Alliance for Natural Health – USA
 
Monsanto Is Inside Everything (3/22/16)
by Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com
 
Glyphosate and cancer: Read how this deadly weed killer promotes multiple myeloma, leukemia, sperm damage, infertility, kidney damage, autism, endocrine disruption, DNA damage and birth defects (5/3/16)
by Mike Adams
Natural News
 
We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.
 

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Uplifting messages
AHHA offers a unique opportunity to send Get Well(ness) messages to someone you care about. You can find special messages on attractive backgrounds from the Get Well(ness) Messages section of the AHHA website. Pick the one you like and email the URL to your loved one.


April 15, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Curcumin over Prozac
“While most antidepressant medications are believed to work by changing the levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, many scientists now think that chronic inflammation may contribute to depression.” from a healthnotes® research article “A Yellow Spice for a Sunny Mood.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Thyroid medications
Are you one of the many people who need a supplemental thyroid hormone? If so, you will want to pay attention to the changes in what products will be available to you in upcoming years. There are currently both synthetic and natural formulations. Synthetic compounds (e.g., “Synthroid”) are chemically engineered and contain only one form of thyroid hormone found in the body. Natural preparations (e.g., “Armour Thyroid”) are purified preparations of two or more forms of thyroid hormone from biologic sources. While the synthetic versions appear to have a strong future, the natural versions appear to be facing obstacles. #1: The Armour brand was taken over by a pharmaceutical company that modified the formula. Unfortunately, many longtime users found it no longer worked for them. They are switching to another natural brand or to using custom compounded products. #2: Those continuing to use Armour brand have found that the government’s Medicare program has discontinued covering the Armour brand. #3: Those switching to custom compounded products are watching the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent actions regarding the outlawing of compounded hormone options. Some are viewing these changes as a campaign to discourage use of natural thyroid and encourage use of FDA-approved synthetic thyroid.

ISSUE:Natural vs. synthetic thyroid hormone options

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those
interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the
following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your
research.

PRO SYNTHETIC OPTIONS
Update on medical and regulatory issues pertaining to compounded and FDA-approved drugs, including hormone therapy. (2/23/16)
by J.V. Pinkerton and J.H. Pickar
PubMed

Endocrine Society Advises Against Compounded Hormone Use (4/5/16)
American Pharmacists Association

Untested, unapproved compounded hormone prescriptions reach 26 to 33 million a year (12/18/15)
ScienceDaily

Armour Thyroid vs. Synthroid (Comparison) (1/29/16)
Mental Health Blog
PRO NATURAL OPTIONS
Natural Thyroid Medications at Risk (3/22/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

NAMS Claims that Compounded Hormones are Unregulated and Unsafe: NAMS is a Liar (1/27/16)
by Magnolia
The Perimenopause Blog

Oh Jolly. Guess What the Endocrine Society Has Spouted This Time? (4/5/16)
Stop the Thyroid Madness

Natural Thyroid 101
Stop the Thyroid Madness
We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

How do YOU define “holistic”? 
Have you discovered that others are not defining the term “holistic” the same way you are? AHHA has always recommended that when you’re talking about holistic concepts, it’s wise to define terms and make sure you and the person you are talking to are on the same page. AHHA offers articles on this important topic. See the What is Holistic? article category in our Self-Help Articles Collection. Perhaps these articles will help you clarify your own thinking about defining “holistic.”


March 11, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Artificially sweet, not so sweet
“If you want to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, replacing sugar sweetened drinks with artificially sweetened ones might sound like a good place to start.” from a healthnotes® research article “Artificially Sweetened Drinks: Not So Sweet for Diabetes Risk.”

FEATURED ISSUE

GMO labeling options

Last summer, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R.1599 – the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015) that would pre-empt any state law regarding the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and establish a national voluntary labeling standard. Recently, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee voted in favor of a similar Senate bill. This Senate bill is being fast-tracked to be approved by the full Senate. One of the key arguments of this bill is that there needs to be a national standard for all fifty states. Opposing senators have introduced an alternative bill, the Biotechnology Food Labeling and Uniformity Act, that offers a national regulation, but makes it mandatory for manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs on a product’s label. Have you considered the impact on the food supply depending on which bill becomes the law of the land?

ISSUE: National GMO labeling—voluntary or mandatory?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

Voluntary labeling
H.R.1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Congress.gov

Senate committee passes GMO labeling bill (3/1/16)
by Jeremy Gerrard
FoodEngineering

Mandatory labeling
Senate Dems offer rival bill on GMO food labels (3/2/16)
by Lydia Wheeler
The Hill

Merkley co-sponsors GMO food labeling bill (3/2/16)
KTVZ.com

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Discover new wellness options
AHHA Organizational Member companies offer you innovative wellness-enhancing products and services to support your journey to a higher level of wellness. Check out the PRODUCTS and SERVICES categories of the AHHA Self-Help Tools searchable database.


February 12, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

Loving gift
“Increasing evidence points to a relationship between heart health and stress, according to the American Heart Association.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Give Your Valentine Heart-Healthy Stress Relief.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Is the HPV vaccine a threat?
Discussions about vaccine safety are frequently polarized, with both sides’ arguments fueled by fact and emotion. In recent media articles the safety of the HPV vaccine is being presented with very extreme positions, both for and against. The U.S. government, through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stands firm that the HPV vaccine is safe. At the same time, the validity of the safety claims is being called into question with strong documentation. Parents are faced with difficult decisions about whether or not to give their children the HPV vaccine, and at what age.

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.
ISSUE: HPV vaccine safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those
interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the
following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your
research.

PRO
CDC Endorses a More Effective HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cancer (2/1/16)
NPR

Frequently Asked Questions about HPV Vaccine Safety
Centers for Disease Control

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date (7/15/15)
by Tara Haelle
Forbes

CON
Flawed HPV Vaccine Safety Statement Triggers Butterfly Effect (1/29/16)
by Claire Dwoskin
Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute

Massive Vaccine Cover-Up (1/26/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

American College of Pediatricians Latest to Warn of Gardasil HPV Vaccine Dangers (2/1/16)
by Jefferey Jaxen
Health Impact News

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Your spiritual self
The whole of you is an integrated union of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. AHHA offers a list of books that can support you in developing a richer connection with your spiritual self. Take a look at the books on the Connecting to Your Spirituality list, and then visit your local library or bookstore to find the books that speak to you.


January 22, 2016

FEATURED RESEARCH

More vitamin E
“A recent review of current research on vitamin E shows that vitamin E deficiency can contribute to a wide range of health problems.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Review Highlights Importance of Getting Enough Vitamin E.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Who’s in control of your stem cells?
A growing branch of medicine is the harvesting of an individual’s cells (blood, adipose, stem cells, etc.), processing them, and then using them to treat that same individual for various conditions. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) is proposing regulations for the “use of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products.” These upcoming FDA regulations appear to be defining which cell therapies will be considered “practice of medicine” and subject to minimal regulation and which therapies will be considered to be “unapproved biological drugs” and subject to much more stringent regulations, such as requiring pre-authorization as a new drug. This latter entails a prohibitively expensive and lengthy application process. Some argue that the proposed FDA regulations are important safeguards needed to protect patients. Others claim that the regulations are unnecessary, regulate the use of “our own bodies,” and serve to block competing pharmaceutical drug treatment options. Note that the FDA has already notified several clinics to cease their stem cell therapy.

FDA PROPOSED REGULATIONS
Here is a list of proposed regulations:

ISSUE: Regulating your stem cells

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those
interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the
following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your
research.

PRO
FDA controls urged for unregulated stem cell treatments (9/21/15)
by Paul Waldron
BioNews

FDA to Put Mushrooming Fat Stem Cell Clinics on Crash Diet? (1/5/15)
The Niche

CON
FDA: Your Own Cells Are a Drug! (1/12/16)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Stem Cell Treatment Centers Receive FDA Warning for Not Following cGMP Procedures (1/14/16)
BioPharm

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahha.org/blog and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Our website, ahha.org, has been transformed!
Have you explored the totally revamped ahha.org website for the American Holistic Health Association?

  • Global Keyword Search field in page header searches 14 resources
  • 4 portals in center of home page offer preselected resources for common areas of interest
  • Footer pictorial menu presents links to 16 resources
  • 12 searchable databases with custom search options for each
  • SITEMAP button in footer for handy list of all site materials
    and so much more. Enjoy!

December 11, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Health gift of walnuts
“As you gear up for holiday meals, you may want to include some walnuts in your pies or stuffings” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Want to Improve Your Diet? Walnuts Could Help.

FEATURED ISSUE

Humanure
Are you aware that human waste is being used as fertilizer? Known as biosolids, humanure, or sewage sludge, human excrement is being used on farms, home gardens, and nonagricultural landscapes due to the rich levels of plant nutrients. But if the mental image of poop fertilizing what we eat weren’t controversy enough, there is also concern about the safety. How do the pharmaceuticals, personal care products, hormones, heavy metals, asbestos, arsenic, flame-retardants, and steroids in biosolids impact the plants themselves as well as the humans who eat the plants?

ISSUE: Are biosolids safe?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those
interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the
following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO
Is People Poop Good For Plants (6/2/15)
by Dan Sullivan
Roadie’s Organic Life

Biosolids (9/30/15)
EPA United States Environmental Protection Agency

FDA Releases Final Rule on Produce Safety Allowing for Use of Biosolids (11/16/15)
Virginia Biosolids Council

Biosolids: A beneficial and safe resource (8/20/15)
Merritt Herald

CON
Are You Eating Your Own Shit? Top 10 Reasons Why Biosolids are Dangerous (2/22/15)
Mamavation

Are Prescription Drugs on Your Menu for Dinner? (11/3/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Massive Scam Threatens Your Health – by Placing Toxic Chemicals on Land, Polluting Industries Are Allowed to Bypass Clean Air and Water Regulations (11/1/15)
Mercola.com

Are biosolids safe? (8/25/15)
O Ecotextiles

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Power of Choice
More and more diseases are being documented as being the result of poor lifestyle choices. AHHA’s booklet, Wellness From Within: The First Step, reminds you of the power of the decisions you make throughout the day. Take time to review the options included in this FREE booklet. Choose to change one thing in your everyday routine. Check out the various formats of the booklet available online in English, in Spanish, and in MP3 format.


November 13, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Benefits of pumpkin
“Here’s some good news for people who like to fill up on pumpkin during this time of year: Research suggests that two carotenoids found in pumpkin, beta- and alpha-carotene, are associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Two Carotenoids Common in Fall Foods May Decrease Diabetes Risk.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Homeopathy claims
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering stricter regulations for what will be allowed in advertisements for OTC (over-the-counter) homeopathic products. At a workshop on September 21, members of the mainstream medical community voiced their belief that evidence is lacking to support homeopathy, and that homeopathic remedies are potentially unsafe. The homeopathic community input at the workshop was to educate about the breadth and depth of research on individual homeopathic medicines that have been accepted by the FDA through the <<e,>Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the U.S. for decades. The tone and contents of the FTC remarks at the workshop suggest that it is not likely that the FTC will relax its regulation of OTC homeopathic product advertising. Regulations might, in fact, become more restrictive. The online FTC public comments page is accepting public comments until midnight November 20, 2015.
ISSUE:Do homeopathic products need to substantiate their claims by using the research demands required for other OTC medical products?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO
FTC Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising Workshop (9/21/15)
Federal Trade Commission

Notice of Workshop and Opportunity for Comment (deadline 11/20/15)
Federal Trade Commission

FTC Considers Advertising of Homeopathic Drugs (10/6/15)
by Sarah Abramson
Venable

FTC scrutinizing homeopathy claims (10/28/15)
by Greg Cima
JAVMAnews

CON
Federal Trade Commission Workshop: Submit YOUR Comments to the FTC (10/20/15)
National Center for Homeopathy

The FDA and Regulation of Homeopathic Medicines (9/23/15)
by Dana Ullman
The Blog

The FDA and FTC’s Continuing War against Homeopathy (9/17/15)
Homeopathy For Everyone

FTC Holds Workshop to Examine the Advertising of Homeopathic Medicines (10/5/15)
Whole Foods Magazine

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Holiday gifts can include health tips
Are you looking for a special holiday gift to motivate a loved one to get more involved in his/her quality of wellness? AHHA members have written a number of books (and created CDs and DVDs) that are filled with tips for improving personal health. You can learn more at Health-related Books, CDs, DVDs… and the Books/ Other Media section of the AHHA Organizational Member list.


October 9, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Vigorous exercising
“Thinking about exercising? It could be that the intensity of your workout is as important, if not more so, than its duration.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Working Out? Make It Vigorous.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Fast track vs. safety
The July 2015 passage of HR 6, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, by the House of Representatives gave hope to families living with rare diseases, as this bill was touted as fast tracking the FDA’s review process and supporting advancement of medical innovations. Concerns were voiced, however, about the possible broad negative impact of many of the relaxed regulations. Watching the status of this bill as it is being process by the Senate this fall, you will notice that this bill seems to be losing support and a number of alternative bills are being developed. Those with concerns were hoping that the weaknesses of the original bill would be addressed in the new versions. So far they are not. A few key concerns include:

  • The proposed law would allow researchers to conduct clinical testing of experimental pharmaceutical products on people without first obtaining their informed consent.
  • Previously required randomized clinical trials would be allowed to be replaced by statistical methods that assign probabilities, clinical experience, and anecdotal evidence to demonstrate safety.
  • Mandatory vaccines would be included in the relaxed safety licensing regulations.

ISSUE: Are relaxed research safety regulations worth the risk so that we can fast-track the development of medical cures?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

H.R. 6, 21st Century Cures Act (7/2/15) [362-page bill]

PRO
Future of 21st Century Cures bill in jeopardy (9/11/15)
by Katie Dvorak
FierceHealthIT

21st Century Cures Update (9/22/15)
#Cures2015

Modernizing Biomedical Innovation: Understanding the 21st Century Cures Act(8/28/15)
by Avery Avrakolos
Preimer’s Ampersand

The 21st Century Cures Act Is Incredibly Popular. So Why Might it Die in Congress? (8/13/15)
by Rachel Schulze
American Health Line

CON
Here Comes the 21st Century Cures Act: Say Goodbye to Vaccine Safety Science(7/21/15)
by Barbara Loe Fisher
National Vaccine Information Center

21st Century Cures Act Prompts Debate Over Patient Consent Rules (8/13/15)
by Nicole Lewis
iHealthBeat

21st Century Cures Act: A huge step backward for FDA standards (8/4/15)
by Trudy Lieberman
Health News Review

National Vaccine Information Center Says Proposed 21st Century Cures Act Will Endanger the Public Health by Lowering FDA Licensing Standards (7/22/15)
EON Enhanced Online News

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

How to find a progressive physician
Are you searching for a medical doctor who delivers care that is more than just drugs and surgery? Checking referral programs that list holistic associations is a good way to start. But if this does not help you locate someone in your geographic area, our Practitioner Referral Sources list is a useful next step. Our list includes a wide variety of organizations that give referrals, many of which are exclusively for medical doctors. Physicians who are affiliated with the organizations on our list are definitely the open-minded, progressive ones who have gone beyond drugs and surgery. Where else but with AHHA can you find so many of these special physicians so easily?


September 11, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Heart failure risk link
“While the debate continues on the role of antioxidant supplements in heart health, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that women whose diets provided the most antioxidants had a 42% lower risk of heart failure than women whose diets provided the least.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Women: Eating Antioxidants May Benefit Heart.”

FEATURED ISSUE

GMO labeling
Have you been following developments related to GMOs (Genetically Engineered Organisms)? Expect this topic to be in the media during the next few months. Bill H.R.1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives in July. In response, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to develop its own version of the bill.

Opponents to the bill have nicknamed it DARK, or the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, reflecting a very different view of what the bill does in terms of establishing Federal GMO labeling regulations.

Supporters are pleased that this national law would preempt state and local laws so that GMO labeling regulations would be standard nationwide and entirely voluntary; that no food label could suggest that non-GMO foods are safer than GMO foods; that a food could be labeled as non-GMO or “natural” even if it is produced with a GMO processing aid or enzyme or derived from animals fed GMO feed or given GMO drugs; that jurisdiction over non-GMO certification would be switched from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Opponents point out that current state and local regulations related to labeling and regulating GMOs would be nullified; that the companies that would get to voluntarily add GMO labels are the ones that do not want any GMO labeling, so there would be none; that the consumer would lose any hope of some way to identify which products have GMO ingredients.

ISSUE: Federal GMO labeling regulations

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

PRO
Next stop for GMO labeling: Senate Ag Committee – COOL confusion in the Senate – USDA prepared to move forward with GIPSA rulemaking (7/24/15)
by Bill Tomson
Politico

H.R.1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Congress.gov

No One Is Denying a ‘Right to Know What’s in My Food’ (7/24/15)
by James Hamblin
The Atlantic

CON
The GM Labeling Law to End All Labeling Laws (9/8/15)
by Timothy Wise
The Cornucopia Institute 

How GMO junk food industry is trying to trick pro-labeling Americans into supporting DARK Act (9/8/15)
by Ethan A Huff
Natural News

Monsanto Bill Blocks Mandatory GMO Labeling (9/2/15)
by Jerry McGlothlin
Western Journalism

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

What did I miss?
If you are a new subscriber to our monthly AHHA Special Updates eReports, you may be wondering what you’ve missed in earlier updates. Check out the AHHA Special Updates eReport Archives and read about more interesting research and reminders of matters about which we all need to be vigilant.


August 14, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Remember the sunscreen
“A timely reminder as we head into the summer season: new research reports the unsurprising connection between sunburns early in life and several types of skin cancer.” from a new healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Avoid Early Sunburn for Later Skin Health.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Cholesterol
Are you watching your cholesterol levels? Research about controlling cholesterol being touted in the media today is oftentimes contradictory. Reviewing a variety of viewpoints may help you decide which approach you and your physician should explore.

ISSUE: Control cholesterol levels via medications or diet?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on your research.

Option #1: Articles favoring control of cholesterol with medication
Studies support broader use of cholesterol-lowering statins (7/16/15)
by Julie Corliss
Harvard Health Publications

Understanding the New Guidelines (7/14/15)
American Heart Association

New Drug Sharply Lowers Cholesterol, but It’s Costly (7/24/15)
by Andrew Pollack
New York Times

Option #2: Articles favoring control of cholesterol with diet
Can you lower your cholesterol just by changing your diet? (7/21/15)
by Michael Mosley
BBC News

Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers
Mayo Clinic

The Grave Dangers of Statin Drugs–and the Surprising Benefits of Cholesterol (7/14/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Contributors’ benefits
For 25 years AHHA has been able to be a free resource thanks to our contributing supporters. To show our gratitude, we offer our supporters a number of networking opportunities as member benefits. We designed a brief survey to determine the level of interest in some of our key member benefits and to receive suggestions for additional benefits. Everyone is invited to participate, whether an AHHA active member or not. In appreciation for spending a few minutes on our survey, participants can register to be eligible for a drawing for a free 12-month AHHA General Membership. This drawing will take place September 30, 2015. Click here to access the survey.


July 10, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Lower cataracts risk
“Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: a new study has found a link between some dietary B vitamins and a lower risk of cataracts (cloudiness or opacity in the lens of the eye that impairs vision).” from a new healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “B Vitamins Associated with Lower Risk of Cataracts.”

FEATURED ISSUE

GMO safety
Organizations promoting their beliefs on the safety of genetically modified foods are focusing on influencing the consumer to adopt their points of view. These organizations carefully select research to support their specific position. If you are interested in being informed about GMO safety, keep this trend in mind as you read the recent articles in the media. Particularly note where opposing sides reference the same piece of research and draw totally different (and often opposite) conclusions from it.

ISSUE: GMO safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO [presenting research supporting GMO safety]
G.M.O. Dilemma: Swaying a Wary Public (6/24/15)
by Conrad de Aenlle
New York Times
Scientist deconstructs Seralini’s PLOS GMO study: ‘Failed attempt at redemption’(6/18/15)
by Alison Bernstein
Genetic Literacy Project
If you don’t want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it. (5/22/15)
by Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar
Reuters
Is Genetically Modified Food Safe? (4/2/15)
by Quinn Fucile
The Science Times
CON [presenting research against GMO safety]
New Study Finds A “Very Strong” Correlation Between GMOs And Two Dozen Diseases (1/17/15)
[link to related 7/15/14 article with Gilles-Eric Seralini’s new research proof]
by Arjun Walia
Collective Evolution
The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic?(2/27/15)
Foodtank
Former EPA scientist: Biotech companies encouraging pesticide treadmill(5/28/15)
by Ken Roseboro
The Organic & Non-GMO Report
GMO Industry Safety Studies Are Worthless (6/18/15)
Food Democracy Now

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE

Treatment question?
Perhaps the most important resource ever created by AHHA is the Treatment Researchers list [formerly called Health Information Search Services]. This unique list includes organizations whose experts can research treatment options for any health condition, plus they also answer other health questions. You can specify conventional medicine and/or alternative approaches. If you know of someone dealing with a life threatening or debilitating diagnosis, please let him or her know about this valuable support option.


June 12, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Vitamin D
“The list of health benefits linked to vitamin D is rapidly growing, and a new report in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that women who eat high amounts of vitamin D may lower their risk of having depression symptoms by as much as 20%.” from a newhealthnotes NEWSWIRE research article ““D” for Depression.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Hidden dangers?
Fracking is making the news these days, and there are highly conflicting interpretations of the risks to people and the environment. Hydraulic fracturing is a mining technique that injects a high-pressure stream of water, sand, and chemicals in shale rock to crack open oil- and gas-rich deposits. There are studies supporting the concerns about (1) contaminating our drinking water, (2) triggering earthquakes, (3) using huge amounts (millions of gallons) of water for the fracking process, and (4) mishandling of the wastewater left over from the process. Once water has been used in fracking, it cannot be reused for anything else. Those who are pro fracking either dispute studies supporting these concerns or insist that the impact is both minimal and justified by the resulting gas and oil produced.

ISSUE: Fracking safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO [supporting the safety of fracking]
Fracking Has Not Had Big Effect on Water Supply, E.P.A. Says While Noting Risks(6/4/15)
by Coral Davenport
New York Times
EPA: Fracking Tainted Drinking Water, but Problems Not Widespread (6/4/15)
by Alan Neuhauser
U.S. News & World Report
Major EPA fracking study cites pollution risk but sees no ‘systemic’ damage so far(6/4/15)
by Joby Warrick
The Washington Post
EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water (6/4/15)
by Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Fuel Fix from the Houston Chronicle
CON [concerned about the safety of fracking]
Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water (5/4/15)
by Nicholas St. Fleur
New York Times
New York Bans Fracking due to Public Health Risks (2/10/15)
by Aisha Abdelhamid
Planetsave
Despite Historic Drought, California Used 70 Million Gallons Of Water For Fracking Last Year (4/6/15)
by Katie Valentine
ClimateProgress
The Link Between Fracking and Oklahoma’s Quakes Keeps Getting Stronger(4/6/15)
by Tim McDonnell
Mother Jones

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Variety under one roof
Are you one of the increasing numbers of people who appreciate the value of integrating multiple healing options? Wouldn’t it be convenient to have these under one roof? Our Healing Centers in North America list introduces you to AHHA Institutional Members who are centers or clinics that have gathered several healing approaches within one facility.


May 8, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Healthy fats
“A new analysis of existing research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has been hot news, as it calls into question the long-accepted link between heart disease and eating saturated fat.” from a new healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Healthy Fats—What Does That Even Mean Anymore?

FEATURED ISSUE

Homeopathic products under fire
As anything used to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease is considered a drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA has decided that it needs to reevaluate homeopathic products for safety and efficacy, because this has not been done for twenty-five years. The FDA held a public hearing in April, but interested parties may still submit written or electronic comments to the FDA until June 22, 2015. Many supporters of homeopathic products are expressing concern that this FDA review could give the FDA control over homeopathic remedies and thus control whether or not the FDA will allow them to be sold to the public.

ISSUE: Homeopathy safety challenged

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO [supporting value of FDA review & control]
Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating the Food and Drug Administration’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century; Public Hearing (3/27/15)
Federal Register
Pharma Critic Skewers Homeopathy At FDA Hearing (4/22/15)
by David Kroll
Forbes
FDA official says increased popularity, safety issues led to review of unproven remedies (4/21/15)
U.S. News & World Report
CON [concerned about FDA review & control]
FDA Update: Homeopathy Well-Represented at FDA Regulatory Hearings (4/22/15)
National Center for Homeopathy
FDA May Be Preparing Attack on Homeopathy (4/7/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA
Alternative medicine crackdown: FDA pushing to regulate Homeopathy out of existence (3/30/15)
by Martha M Grout, MD
Scott.net

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Uplifting messages
AHHA offers a unique opportunity to send Get Well(ness) messages to someone you care about. You can find special messages on attractive backgrounds from the Get Well(ness) Messages section of the AHHA website. Pick the one you like and email the URL to your loved one.


April 10, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Omega 3s
“At your wit’s end with your kid’s unruly behavior? Grab a bottle of omega-3s.” from a newhealthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “A New Way to Tame Your Unruly Kids: Omega-3s.”

FEATURED ISSUE

Is EMF a threat?
Consider the level of radiation in your living environment generated by a multitude of devices—Wi-Fi, cell phones, computers, iPads, microwaves, televisions, security devices, cordless phone base stations, utility smart meters, high voltage transmission lines, etc. Research studies of how the electromagnetic fields (EMF) these devices use and emit impact human beings continue to generate widely divergent results.

As an individual who is taking responsibility for your own health and the health of your loved ones, this may be an issue about which you want to become better informed. Here are some pro and con articles regarding this potential risk.

ISSUE: Electromagnetic field safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO
Final Opinion – Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields(3/6/15)
European Commission – Health and Food Safety
What are electromagnetic fields?
World Health Organization
Evidence Based Science Websites (2015)
EMF & Health
CON
10 Shocking Facts about the Health Dangers of Wi-Fi
Global Healing Center
Wi-Fi ‘electrosmog’ a risk to health, say scientists (11/12/14)
World Bulletin
Wi-Fi Especially Dangerous for Young Children—Cell Phones Too (3/24/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Healthcare career?
More and more people are contacting AHHA to gain information about a healthcare career that includes the holistic health approach. In response to these queries, AHHA has compiled a special section of our website, Career Considerations, with links to valuable resources for those researching their career options. You can share this resource with those friends who may be contemplating a career change to healthcare.


March 13, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Heal quicker
You have most likely heard a lot about probiotics that improve digestion. Are you aware that probiotics are also shown to reduce the duration of a respiratory infection? Studies indicate that when you take probiotics, you can count on being sick for fewer days. For details about this, read Probiotics Reduce the Duration of Respiratory Infections” in the May 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.
[Editor’s note: This is a repeat, as Natural Standard has been integrated into another company. AHHA has located a replacement source for vetted research articles that will begin next month.]

FEATURED ISSUE

Are states’ food-safety rules in danger?
When the legislators of a state do not agree with national regulations regarding food safety, they create their own rules to at least control what happens within their state’s borders. Some conflicts in recent years have involved humane treatment of animals, GMOs, and BPAs in food containers. Federal bill H.R.687, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, was recently introduced. If passed as currently written, this bill would prohibit states from interfering with production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. This bill is generating very strong reactions. We notice that both consumer and industry groups are worried that this bill would undermine hard-won state regulations for food safety and actually override a state’s ability to keep products that do not meet its standards out of that state.

Those concerned about this matter will want to watch what happens to this bill, particularly if there are changes that clarify exactly what it can and cannot do.

ISSUE: Federal control of state food safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO
Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill (2/10/15)
Food Safety News
H.R.687 – Protect Interstate Commerce Act (2/3/15)
Congress.gov
CON
Steve King Reintroduces Bill to Nullify Animal Protection Laws (2/10/15)
by Linda Larsen
Food Poisoning Bulletin
State GMO Labeling Laws in Peril (2/17/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Discover new wellness options
AHHA Organizational Member companies offer you innovative wellness-enhancing products and services to support your journey to a higher level of wellness. Check out the PRODUCTS and SERVICES categories of the AHHA Self-Help Tools searchable database.


February 13, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Lower your blood pressure naturally
If your physician has said that you need to lower your blood pressure, what options do you have? One study offers a promising non-drug approach you can discuss with your physician. The article, “Vegetarian Diets May Lower Blood Pressure” in the February 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter, reports on the research that concludes that eating a vegetarian diet is associated with lower blood pressure. [Editor’s note: This is a repeat, as Natural Standard has been integrated into another company. So AHHA is researching replacement sources that offer vetted research articles.]

FEATURED ISSUE

Vaccine controversy
Are you confused by the twists and turns of the current vaccine discussion? No matter what you feel the “right” solution is, step back and look for the real core issue that is preventing everyone from agreeing with you. It is probably fear. Fear of exposure from those infected OR fear of side effects from the preventive vaccine.

As an individual who is taking responsibility for your own health and the health of your loved ones, this may be an issue about which you want to become well informed regarding the pros and cons of vaccinations.

ISSUE: Vaccine safety?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO
Thimerosal and 2014-2015 Seasonal Flu Vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review (7/1/14)
by Margaret A. Maglione, MPP, Lopamudra Das, MPH, Laura Raaen, MPH, Alexandria Smith, MPH, Ramya Chari, PhD, Sydne Newberry, PhD, Roberta Shanman, MLS, Tanja Perry, BHM, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, MD, and Courtney Gidengil, MD, MPH
Pediatrics
Vaccine Safety: Getting the Message to Parents in Doubt (8/28/14)
by Lisa Esposito
U.S. News & World Report
CON
CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement (8/27/14)
by Mike Adams
Natural News
New disclosures on Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) may help bring answers to questions raised over a decade ago (1/23/14)
by Lyn Redwood. RN, MSN
SafeMinds
Kids Given Vaccines Have 22 Times the Rate of Ear Infections (11/1/11)
by Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Power of Choice also in Spanish
AHHA is strong in reminding you of the power of the decisions you make each day. Our booklet, Wellness From Within: The First Step, is a key resource for sharing this message. This booklet is offered for you in a variety of options online (including MP3 format) and also in a Spanish version.


January 16, 2015

FEATURED RESEARCH

Beets lower blood pressure
Are you dealing with hypertension? A new study suggests that drinking beetroot juice can help lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. It appears that besides being a source of vitamins A and C and iron, beetroot is also a rich source of nitrates that affect blood vessels. You and your physician can check out the details of this study referenced in the article: “Beetroot Juice Lowers Blood Pressure” from the January 2015 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.

FEATURED ISSUE

Is our food supply contaminated?
Would you be surprised to learn that there is a substance that has contaminated 80 percent of the U.S. food supply? There are widely diverging opinions as to whether this substance, glyphosate, a systemic herbicide called Roundup, is a harmful or harmless. The contamination can come from applications of glyphosate to a plant either before or during its growth phase or just before it is harvested. Glyphosate is also present in the meat of animals that ate glyphosate-contaminated feed. Those who feel that glyphosate is harmful claim that it is linked to more than 32 diseases and health conditions. Those who feel it is harmless point out that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says people shouldn’t worry as pesticide levels in food are within levels the government considers to be safe.

ISSUE:

Do you trust that glyphosate (Roundup) contamination of the food supply is nothing to be concerned about?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

PRO
Glyphosate
Wikipedia
USDA report says pesticide residues in food nothing to fear (12/19/14)
by Carey Gillam
Reuters
Medical Doctors Weigh in on Glyphosate Claims (1/2/15)
by Karl Haro von Mogel
Biology Fortified
CON
USDA refuses to test foods for glyphosate contamination, says pesticides are safe to eat (1/9/15)
by Jonathan Benson
Natural News
ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with Glyphosate Herbicide (1/11/15)
by Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News
Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT (12/23/14)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

We also encourage you to go to our blog at ahhablog.org and post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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How do YOU define “holistic”? 
Have you discovered that others are not defining the term “holistic” the same way you do? AHHA has always recommended that when you’re talking about holistic concepts, it’s wise to define terms and make sure you and the person you are talking to are on the same page. AHHA offers articles on this vital topic. See What is Holistic? article category. Perhaps these articles will help you clarify your own thinking.


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