New Virus Hits Harder than Swine Flu

While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are concentrating on vaccinating as many people possible for the H1N1 flu virus, a new virus snuck in and is hitting the East Coast with a ferociousness not seen before, hospitalizing hundreds of young children.

How can you protect yourself and your family? Get on our Swine Flu Prevention Kit right away – not a single person using our kit to naturally boost their immune system has reported getting the swine flu.

November 17, 2009
– Runny nose, fever, cough, even pneumonia — the symptoms sound like swine flu but children hospitalized at one U.S. hospital in fact had a “rhinovirus”, better known as a serious form of the common cold virus, doctors said on Tuesday.   Hundreds of children treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia had a “rhinovirus”, and federal health investigators are trying to find out if it was a new strain, and if this is going on elsewhere in the country.

“What began to happen in early September is we started seeing more children coming to our emergency room with significant respiratory illness,” said Dr. Susan Coffin, medical director of infection control and prevention at the hospital.

Doctors and parents assumed it was the new pandemic H1N1 swine flu, which would be expected to re-emerge as schools began in September. But it was not, Coffin said in a telephone interview.   The hospital, unlike most hospitals in the United States, runs a test that can diagnose 10 different respiratory viruses, including influenza but also rhinoviruses, parainfluenza viruses and other germs that make kids sick.

“The data showed us it wasn’t H1N1, but instead was this rhinovirus infection,” Coffin said.

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Memorize the Tell-Tale Signs of a Stroke

Our Friday Health Alert, Low Levels of Super-Vitamin Doubles Stroke Risk, highlighted a 27-year study in Finland linking low levels of vitamin D-3 to increased risk of stroke by up to 50%!

A good friend and long-time customer, Kai Tozer in Hawaii, forwarded to me a fabulous article on how to recognize the warning signs of a stroke.  Commit these to memory – you might just save someone’s life!

Did You Know?

Each year an estimated 600,000 Americans experience a stroke (an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain) resulting in damaged brain tissue – and 160,000 of the victims die. If the stroke does not immediately send you to the grave, you are often left with lifelong debilitating infirmities of speech, movement and even thought.

The warning signs of a stroke are:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Do not take these warning signs lightly.  If you do happen to suffer a stroke, seek emergency medical attention immediately.  The effects of a stroke can be minimized or even reversed, but only if you receive medical attention within 3 hours!
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Low Levels of Super-Vitamin Doubles Stroke Risk

Sudden death from an unexplained stroke or heart attack is our Number One Killer today.

And mysteriously, the grim fact is that it seems to happen to people with no prior history of heart disease or cardiovascular problems.

The answer to this mystery is a basic lack of my favorite Super Nutrient – Vitamin D-3.

Practically every day some groundbreaking discovery hits my desk hailing its abilities to fight disease and extend a long, healthy life. This latest piece of news, an extensive 27 year study, is vital information for us all.

October 29, 2009
NEW YORK (Reuters Health)
– Low vitamin D levels in the body may be deadly, according to a new study, hinting that adults with lower, versus higher, blood levels of vitamin D are far more likely to die from heart disease or stroke.

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin mostly obtained from direct sunlight exposure, but also found in foods and multivitamins.

Dr. Annamari Kilkkinen, at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland, and colleagues compared blood levels of vitamin D and deaths from heart disease or stroke over time in 2,817 men and 3,402 women in Finland.

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"Help – My Brain is Shrinking!"

Have you measured your brain lately? A very significant predictor of mental function is change in brain size.

  • Some body parts continue to grow in adulthood, for example our nose and ears and unfortunately, often our stomach!
  • Some parts shrink like the disks in our spine and the thymus gland.
  • Our brain also shrinks – and at an alarming rate – at least 1 1/2 percent per year.

Use your brain right now and do the math. Get out paper and pencil and work it out. We’ll wait for you…

In 20 years, that’s nearly one-fifth of your brain shrunken.  Its gone, disappeared, poof!!

This shrinkage begins around age 30 and occurs all throughout the brain. There’s a solid connection between this shrinkage and a decline in thinking/cognitive abilities; in patients with only mild cognitive impairment the rate of shrinkage can be closer to two percent per year.

No matter what size an individual’s brain is to begin with, as it shrinks, one begins to see declines in memory, concentration, and other measures of cognitive function. And a sure-fire foundation for dementia and Alzheimer’s.
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