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The monthly AHHA Special Updates from the American Holistic Health Association 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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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 Health Information Search Services list. 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 the American 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 new healthnotes 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

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE
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.

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 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 new healthnotes 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.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE
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.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE
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.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE
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.

FEATURED AHHA RESOURCE
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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