Recapping just a few of the top health care tips of 2008

Starting With D

In the world of dietary supplements, 2008 was the year of D. It seemed like every couple of weeks I came across a new study that revealed another vitamin D benefit. And no vitamin is more deserving of rave reviews.

So to recap just a few of the most important health tips of the year, where do we start? With D, of course.

Run from the sun

The American Academy of Dermatology recently issued a position statement on vitamin D. The Academy’s advice: Get plenty of D, but “seek shade whenever possible, wear sunscreen and cover up with a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, pants and sunglasses.”

Do you get the feeling they’d really like to just go all the way and recommend we spend our lives in an underground bunker?

Given that the best source of vitamin D is direct sunlight, you’ll find a better suggestion for exposure in the e-Alert “Vitamin Daylight” (6/2/08). This comes from Stefan Glück, M.D., Ph.D., who is the director of a breast cancer institute at the University of Miami: “Put your sunscreen on 10 minutes after you are exposed.”

Simple, isn’t it? Get some exposure, THEN cover up – especially when you anticipate an extended period of exposure. But don’t feel like you have to live in a cave.

That same e-Alert features this note: Breast cancer cells have vitamin D receptors. Sort of like an unruly child, they’re actually begging to be controlled. And research continues to confirm that D plays an important role in protecting women against breast cancer.

Further D benefits are revealed by research I told you about in “Natural Nurturer” (7/9/08). Not only does an adequate level of D help protect the heart, but it also helps relieve chronic bone and joint pain and related muscle pain or weakness. And how do you maintain an adequate level of vitamin D? You’ll find a discussion of dosage and the optimal form of this indispensable vitamin in “Live Long” (9/17/08).

Choice cuts

Meanwhile, there were plenty of other interesting things going on in health in 2008…

“Breakfast: The Most Important Lie of the Day” (3/3/08)
One of my favorite e-Alerts of the year developed from a casual comparison of cereal labels. When you match up an “adult” cereal like Smart Start® Healthy Heart to a popular kids’ cereal like Honeycomb, you would expect the kids’ cereal to fail in every comparison. And you would be so wrong.

“The Mouse that Roared” (8/19/08)
For years, the twin mainstreams (media & medicine) have routinely dismissed the notion that vitamin C (intravenous ascorbic acid – IAA) is an effective cancer treatment. But oddly, a mouse study seems to have changed some minds. Mice, humans – I don’t really care how IAA gets the attention it deserves. Anything that moves this cancer treatment forward is most welcome.

“Prevention Made Easy” (2/5/08)
More than 100 enzymes need B6 to function properly, and all but one of your body’s 20 amino acids require adequate B6. Current and previous research shows that all of that somehow adds up to a significant reduction in colorectal cancer risk.

“By the Sea, By the Sea…” (1/23/08)
Pycnogenol is an antioxidant-rich botanical that’s been shown to promote proper blood flow, relieve symptoms of menopause, and help diabetics manage blood sugar levels. New research shows that this powerful anti-inflammatory extract may also bring considerable relief to patients with knee osteoarthritis.

“The Good, The Bad, and the Healthy” (3/5/08)
You’ll pay more for meat from animals that have been raised “free range.” And here’s what you get in return: healthy food that’s far safer than products from factory farms.

“Safety…Not Quite First” (1/28/08)
Most people have probably never heard of chemical pneumonia. But the simple misuse of a common household product can quickly put your lungs in serious danger.

These are just a handful of the most useful health tips featured in the e-Alert in 2008. You can find many more in the e-Alert archives on our website: Meanwhile, I hope you’ll share today’s e-Alert so your friends and family can optimize their health in 2009.

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