Aloe Vera – A Healing Plant With Misinformation and Medical Professional Confusion

There’s no doubt that Aloe Vera has an important role in health these days. But it is still a plant that is going through plenty of debate among the scientific, health and medical communities. However, Aloe has been used best in one role – which is the heal the body externally.

The plant itself has many healing purposes. People who suffer from wounds, minor skin infections, skin cuts and burns can use Aloe to heal the skin over a period of time. A person who is having internal problems such as cysts, elevated blood lipids and diabetes, it can help heal some of these conditions to a certain degree.

However, Aloe is a short-term solution and not a long-term solution for healing, when taken internally.

There are many weight-loss programs (especially in the direct selling market) that claim to get plenty of results, all due to the ingredient Aloe. Physicians also praise the use of these products as well and would be more than willing to endorse it.

But there’s plenty of misinformation among this type of crowd and community that one must be aware of.

1.) Physicians and most medical doctors, through their 10 or more years of training and study before they get their PhD’s, only receive less than 4 or 5 hours of nutritional training and study. That’s within a 10-year period. Nutritionists, however, have over 4 years of study. In a case like this, who would be best to give advice on the subject on nutrition?

2.) Aloe was meant to be taken externally for healing. It does a wonderful job of relieving skin burns, as well as some dermatological conditions that need healing attention.

3.) The only time Aloe should be taken is for healing, such as a surgery. But here’s why this is crucial as we see in the next point:

4.) Aloe creates a coating when it is applied to the skin. If it is taken internally, Aloe will coat the intestinal tubes within the human body. The coat heals, but it also creates a “shield” from anything else that could touch the tissues.

5.) The reason many weight-loss, fat-cleansing programs work is because of this coating. And this is where it becomes dangerous. If a person drinks (or eats) aloe over a certain period of time, it will keep layering the coating onto the intestinal tubes. When this happens, nutritional content gets rejected. Meaning, your body, your intestinal tubes, cannot use the nutrients that you get from fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and certain proteins. So to make this more clear, your body is “starving” itself. Thus, this is how you start to lose weight. Sure, the body will start eating away it’s own fat, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is building muscle. On the contrary, building muscle requires protein (which means “of first importance) since it is what builds cells. But if that’s not enough, imagine what could happen to your liver and your kidneys, as everything has to pass through those too. If enough Aloe gets into those areas (which should never, ever happen), you will have a blockage. Meat-based protein is very hard on the kidneys already, you don’t want to do further damage.

6.) Aloe is a Medicinal plant and should always be treated as that. But many people don’t do research, which is why we see them take cough drops like candy (or it is marketed as candy). If you get too much in your body, your kidneys will eventually malfunction. When you are doing weight management, you are also detoxifying. What I mean by this is not by the fecal matter that comes out of your bowels; fat is burned into oil, travels towards your kidneys and is expelled through your urinary tract. You need to protect your kidneys!

If a lot of Aloe is used over a period of time, not only will you lose weight, but you will lose muscle too, due to the lack of protein going into your body. As a result, you will experience a ton of side effects and health conditions that will affect the veins, heart, brain, respiratory system, the liver, pancreas and more.

By the way, know that your organs and veins are also muscle too.

If you want to use aloe, use it more for external reasons. If you want to take it internally, make sure you ask a doctor that understands nutrition and practices nutrition. Nutrition is not all about vitamins and proteins; it is also about spirituality and relevance as well. Basically, a holistic health practitioner.

As for weight loss, there are better programs out there that can help you lose weight without harmful effects your health. Shaklee’s CINCH is by far, the most complete solution that we use all the time. We use it even after we’ve achieved our goal weight and pant sizes, mostly because of the health benefits such as strong bones and better blood production.

There are a couple of programs that claim, but do not have the peer-reviewed scientific backing to prove the long-term safety of using Aloe in their products. Some of these product lines are also approved by the Physician’s Journal, which is actually a controversial journal and is not widely accepted in the health communities. Beware of companies or marketers that claim their products being accepted in this journal. Also beware of companies that have “internal reviews” and not peer reviews. The truth is, if a company believes in its products, then it would not be afraid to share its products with the universities for testing, especially long-term testing. Remember that a company that claims to have its products by the Physician’s journal, realizes that Physicians do not have more hours of nutritional study compared to nutritionists and holistic health practitioners. So it is the safer route to go with.

Aloe. It’s a great plant for healing your sking (external organs), but take it sparingly on the inside (ulcers, surgery).

Most of all, it is a medicine, not a food. So be good to your internal organs.

Accelerated Trial-Sourcing: How Empowered Patients Are Taking the Lead in Medical Research

In 1988, students arriving for their first day of classes at Harvard Medical School were surprised when they were greeted by a group of AIDS protesters who poured fake blood on the sidewalk and held up signs advocating against what they called “elegant science.”

These AIDS advocates, along with others around the country, were angry that the medical establishment seemed to be more concerned with practicing “elegant science” than quickly developing safe and effective treatments for HIV. “Elegant science,” which was highlighted in Steven Epstein’s book, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism and the Politics of Knowledge, refers to a belief that medical research should be practiced slowly, carefully and far away from the demands and notice of patients and those who care for them.

Nearly 25 years later, the fight against “elegant science” continues today. But rather than staging protests, handing out flyers and storming pharmaceutical companies and the Food and Drug Administration, patients are taking matters into their own hands by using digital tools to initiate, fund and even conduct medical research. In our new book, my co-author and I refer to this emerging trend as “Accelerated-Trial Sourcing.”

One example of how Accelerated Trial-Sourcing has taken shape is in the area of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is no cure for ALS, and current treatments are – at best – only modestly effective. Frustrated with the slow progress of research on a potentially beneficial drug with the active ingredient of sodium chlorite, a group of ALS patients decided to conduct their own clinical trial of the compound using social networks and other digital tools. While patients conducting the trial suggested that sodium chlorite was effective, an analysis conducted by PatientsLikeMe, a patient-powered research platform, found it was harmful.

Despite the many issues associated with patient-initiated clinical trials, some consumers believe pharmaceutical companies, the FDA and medical researchers should encourage greater consumer involvement in research. According to recently published research, nearly 90% of health activists (or patient opinion leaders) said patients “should play a more active role in medical research.” In addition, 94% said that pharmaceutical companies should “actively collaborate with patient researchers.”

Patients Suggest Ways for Pharmaceutical Companies and Others to Involve Them in Research

In addition to providing their opinion on whether the medical establishment should encourage patient-informed research, health activists offered a number of suggestions about how consumers could inform the drug development process. In fact, health executives could be in an ideal position to make some of these recommendations a reality. These include:

Working with patients to “crowd source” trial design so that it “aligns with the community’s ability and desires”

Developing and moderating “live trial ‘Q&A’ boards” where trial participants could ask questions of sponsors, share their own data and more

There are other ways for health professionals to help patients fighting against elegant science, including:

Raising awareness about specific diseases and creating avenues for patients to collect their own data and recruit scientists to assist their efforts

Conducting outreach on behalf of patient-scientist teams producing clinical research that would generally be ignored or dismissed by the mainstream media and medical establishment

Yet, the question remains: should researchers, health professionals and others help accelerate the Accelerated Trial-Sourcing movement by aiding patient-led research efforts or involving them in the drug development process? Can the legal, regulatory, quality and safety issues associated with patient-led or informed research be successfully overcome? These are questions that will take some time to answer.

Cheese Suppliers – Supplying the Gift of Health and Nutrition

Cheese can just jazz up anything to taste better – from sandwiches and hamburgers to pasta and salads – and even desserts!

Generally, the cheese available and consumed in Australia is made from the pasteurised milk of cows, sheep or goats. It is one of the most delicious and nutritious food with lots of protein, calcium and a range of vitamins and minerals. In spite of being a solid nutrient package, cheese is habitually shunned because of its fat content. These days, cheese suppliers are supplying some cheeses which are prepared from milk that include less fat and are marked as ‘reduced fat’ cheese. In Australia, this label indicates that the cheese contains 75 per cent (or less) of the amount of fat in the regular cheese of the same variety. Cheese suppliers have symbolized them by being milder in flavour. One serving of cheese (40 grams) is a fine way to accomplish one of the 2 to 3 daily serves of dairy advised for most people by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Many people seem to have a love-hate relationship with cheese, especially when they are trying to simply eat a healthier diet. Fortunately, cheese has a surprising number of health benefits and it’s nice to know that eating this great ingredient can actually be good for you.

Say Cheese as:

– It has high concentration of essential nutrients including proteins and calcium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin, and vitamin B12.

– It is great for your teeth and even better for the bones. It’s richness in calcium helps to keep your teeth and bones strong and guard against osteoporosis. Also, the high-quality protein in cheese provides your body with necessary building blocks for strong muscles.

– It contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid that helps prevent cancer. Also, it may particularly help to avert colon cancer due to its high calcium content.

– It is good for people who suffer from migraine headaches. Cheese, as a terrific source of that calcium helps to reduce the migraine.

– It boosts your immunity. Eating certain kinds of cheese has actually proved to have a positive effect on the immune system.

– It is a high-fat food and thus a leading product for people who need to gain weight.

Cheese manufacturing has become a booming industry in Australia and there are lots of cheese suppliers in the market. Various varieties of cheese -American, Cheddar, mozzarella and Colby-are provided by the cheese suppliers in different flavours, forms (chunks, slices, different sized cubes, grated, crumbled, sticks, spreads) and packaging to meet consumers’ needs.

Aronia Black Chokeberry Provides Health and Medical Benefits

Introduction

The health benefits of black aronia berry have caused renewed interest in them as a commercial super health food. The antioxidant properties of these black berries have led to research into their use as foods to contribute to prevention of diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and chronic inflammations.

Aronia Berry Products

Raw black aronia berry fruits are astringent, so the fruits are generally eaten in processed form. The berries can be canned or made into juice which can be used to make drinks and jelly. The extracts can also be used as natural colorants. As a juice product, these black berries (more commonly called chokeberry) is usually blended with other juices such as apple, black currant, cranberry and grape. It has been grown commercially in Russia since the 1940s, where it is used in juice products (mixed with apple juice), wine, and other products. It has been commercially grown in Europe in 1000s of acres where the aronia berries are used to make juice, alcoholic beverages, jams and jellies, and used as a food colorant.

In response to current worldwide human health concerns, new useful foods and healthy food products are being developed. Aronia berries are among the super fruit being processed into nectars and purees for their health benefits. It has been found that the ascorbic acid and anthocyanin levels dropped considerably during processing and also during subsequent storage, but that the new products still retained a high level of the biologically active substances found in fresh berries. Pressing the berries without heating them results in higher levels of biologically active substances. Producing aronia enriched lemon juice as a new beverage with antioxidant properties is one possible drink.

Viking and Nero are the two most popular aronia plants grown for fruit production. They were developed in Europe and are starting to become popular in the United States.

Aronia Berry Qualities

Generally, black aronia berries are high in soluble solids (12 – 20%), anthocyanins (560 – 1050 milligrams/100 grams fresh weight), have a pH of 3.3 – 3.7, and amount of alkali required to neutralize the acidic components is 0.7 – 1.2%. (This is called titratable acidity).

Anthocyanins: The pigments that cause these black berries to appear black are phenolics, primarily anthocyanins. These pigments produced mainly in the skin protect the berry pulp and seeds from exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This purple pigment is the shade that filters intense sunlight. Total anthocyanin levels in black the aronia berry have been reported to be as high as 1480 mg/100 g fresh berries. This level is among the highest measured in plants grown in North America. In addition to shielding the berries from the UV from sunlight, anthocyanins contribute to the berries’ astringent taste. And, anthocyanins are antioxidants and serve to combat stress in the berries during metabolic processes. There have been no reports of side effects of eating aronia berries other than providing health benefits.

Depending on growing conditions the fruit quality can vary from one year to the next, with the anthocyanin content can differ widely from a poor production year to a good year. The anthocyanin content can increase by as much as 50% with a low fertilizer application compared to medium higher fertilizer rates.

ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a test that measures antioxidant strength of foods. Aronia berry is a super foods-list topper. Black aronia berry produces one of the highest ORAC values recorded, 16,062 micromoles per 100 g fresh fruit, compared to values for blueberries (highbush) which have a total ORAC score of 6,552. Acai is a berry that has been in the news, but research reveals that it takes a secondary position to Aronia berry. Acai have a total ORAC score of 5,500 ORAC and gooseberry has an ORAC score of 3277 and elderberry has a score of 14,697.