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Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Cholesterol Issue Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
July 2007

Greetings!

Happy July! I hope that all of you are reaping the bounty of your backyard gardens and/or supporting your local farmers markets for fresh local organic produce. And I hope that you all are staying cool during this (as I write this) heatwave. Also I included a great link for safe sunscreens. Many sunscreens on the market contain phthalates and parabens which have been shown to be carcinogenic. Also many of the more "natural" ones don't offer complete protection against UVA and UVB rays. You can use that link to research your current sunscreen and see how it measures up. Please note, the office will be closed from 7/24 to 7/31. Please call my voicemail at (303) 443-2206 for the number of the on call naturopathic physician who will be covering for me. Have a great summer!

in this issue
Natural Support for a Healthier Blood Fat Balance Guggul for Hypercholesterolemia Sunscreen Database - What Works and What's Safe Garlic Recipes

Guggul for Hypercholesterolemia

The mukul myrrh tree ( Commiphora mukul ), a native of India, secretes the substance guggul (also known as guggulu or guggulipid) when its bark is injured. Guggul has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat arthritis and obesity. Guggul extracts were first used in Asia to help manage cholesterol levels and are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It is believed that guggul can reduce total cholesterol, low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides. From American Journal of Health- System Pharmacy


Sunscreen Database - What Works and What's Safe

In a new investigation of 786 name-brand sunscreens, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found widespread evidence that many products on the market are not safe and effective, including one of every eight high-SPF sunscreens that does not protect from UVA radiation. We have also identified 131 products that offer very good sun protection with ingredients that present minimal health risks to users. Find out which in our best and worst lists. From the Environmental Working Group


Garlic Recipes

While the jury may still be out in the scientific literature on the cholesterol reducing effects of garlic (there are many arguments about the form used and the amounts in the study that refuted those claims), it is most definitely helpful in preventing platelet aggregation (blood clots) and also has strong antimicrobial effects. Here are some garlic recipes to keep you humming through the summer months!


Natural Support for a Healthier Blood Fat Balance

Many people as they age start monitoring their blood fats more closely to catch potential problems early in order to prevent cardiovascular disease from developing. It is recommended that adults 35 and over start getting annual bloodwork to monitor this, and younger if there is a family history of heart disease. Here is my short list of things to do to prevent cardiovascular disease.

1. Eat a low fat and high fiber diet. Eat plenty of lean proteins (wild salmon, broiled organic chicken) and vegetables. Water soluble fiber, (oat bran) helps to lower LDL levels as well as overall cholesterol levels.

2. Eat less carbohydrates in general. Especially those with a high glycemic index. This includes most sugars and refined carbohydrates. These foods increase your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes which greatly increases your risk of associated cardiovascular disease (Syndrome X).

3. Get plenty of exercise. Exercising 1 hour every day (cardio, strength training , yoga ) is the ideal. 3 times per week is doing well for most of us. This helps your body burn excess calories and fat , thus also lowering blood lipids.

4. Learn how to destress.Yoga and meditation may be good methods for you. High cortisol levels due to a chronic high level of stress also distorts your glucose metabolism thus causing a concurrent increase in blood lipids.

5. Take fish oils. 2-4 grams of EPA and DHA per day will lower triglycerides. Those with documented coronary heart disease should consume at least 1 gram per day. Fish oil also helps prevent platelet aggregation thus helping to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

6. Avoid trans fats. These are fats that are not found in nature and cause blood lipid levels to skyrocket! ( See the movie Supersize Me!) Luckily some states are jumping on the band wagon and attempting to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants. Healthy fats are monounsaturated ones such as olive oil. Avoid polyunsaturated vegetable oils as well as shortenings. Occasional consumption of organic butter is actually better for you than consuming margarine!

7. Keep yourself near or at your ideal weight. Engage in a medically supervised weight loss program if necessary. This decreases the extra burden on your heart as well as lowering in many cases blood fat levels.

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