Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Stop Taking Your Fish Oil

By Michael A. Smith, MD, Life Extension

Despite the flawed conclusions of a recent meta-analysis claiming fish oils do nothing for your heart, we strongly suggest that you continue as usual with your daily omega-3 supplement.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, co-authored by  Seung-Kwon Myung, MD, of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Detection in Ilsan, Korea, reviewed 14 trials involving 20,485 adults ages 40 to 80 with a history of heart disease.

FishOilThe meta-analysis reported throughout mainstream media is wrong and is on the verge of malpractice. If your doctor ever tells you to stop taking fish oils … find another doctor fast … one who is not blinded by conventional “wisdom.”

The researchers failed in their analysis because of their inclusion of poorly designed clinical trials. Let’s look at three reasons for rejecting their conclusion that fish oils are ineffective for preventing a second cardiac event in people with known heart disease.

What you are about to read is proof of the authors’ bias toward toxic Big Pharma chemicals and why you should not listen to these doctors.

They included low dose studies

Half of the studies included in the meta-analysis used an omega-3 dose of less than 1000 milligrams daily. That is way too low. We suggest for our clients between 2 and 4 grams a day. Using a low dose is a common strategy employed by researchers who want to discredit the effectiveness of supplements.

Take for instance the randomized, placebo controlled trial that studied the effects of EPA and DHA on the heart. In that study, the researchers used 1.8 grams of combined EPA and DHA and found that this dose was associated with a 10% lower rate of cardiac events, 12% lower rate of non-fatal infarctions and 10% lower rate of cardiac deaths.

So why did the authors include studies with less than 1 gram of omega-3 fats in their meta-analysis? Because they want to discredit supplements as ineffective. With readily available fish oils out of the way, more people will turn to Big Pharma’s toxic chemicals.

They included studies of short duration

The conclusions made by the authors of this flawed meta-analysis used studies that were only two years long. This is not long enough for secondary prevention trials in people with previous heart conditions. A longer timeframe is necessary to draw any conclusions.

They used a limited number of studies

Only 20 of 3,635 studies the authors examined were used in this meta-analysis. This is a very limited representation of the research on fish oil for cardiovascular disease events.

And why would they use only 20 studies in their analysis? Could it be because they purposely searched for studies that were under-dosed — meaning less than 1 gram a day?

Any credible scientist or doctor wanting to study omega-3 fish oils and the effects on the heart would know to use a daily dose of 1.5 grams or more. And that’s exactly the dose that most fish oil studies use.

fish_oil_pillsTake your fish oil supplements

The current meta-analysis making its way through mainstream media outlets represents the use of fish oil in suboptimal dosages, over a short period of time, and largely in populations with a history of cardiovascular disease.

The results of this new study conflict with other meta-analyses that have found fish oil supplementation beneficial in relationship to cardiovascular events. Also, studies examining higher dose fish oil have found a protective effect against cardiovascular events and risk factor reduction.*

What should you buy?

Always remember, if your fish oil smells fishy, it’s probably rancid and you should throw it out. Are you bothered by nasty fish burps?  Try Nordic Naturals brand. It’s as clean as you’re going to find and guaranteed to not cause burping.

*References:  1. JAMA. Association Between Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease Events. A Systemic Review and Meta-analysis. Available at: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1357266. 2. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. 1997;11(3):485-91. 3. Ann Med. 2009;41(4):301-10.4. Clin Cardiol. 2009;32(7):365-72.  5.  BMJ. 2008;337:a2931.6. Am J Med. 2002;112(4):298-304.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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November 21, 2012

#FoodThanks for Thanksgiving

Reblogged from The Field Position

Our nation’s Thanksgiving holiday presents a prime opportunity to help remind people to “thank a farmer” for the food on their table. Many Americans this month are using their personal Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to say what they’re thankful for this season.

“Farmers represent less than 2 percent of the population,” says Darin Grimm, president of the AgChat Foundation, a 100 percent volunteer organization that aims to empower farmers and ranchers to “agvocate” via social media platforms. “#FoodThanks helps us engage with the other 98% who are not directly involved in agriculture. It’s also an opportunity for us to thank the many people involved in getting food from our farms to tables across America.”

Members of the ag and food communities are encouraged to tweet, post and blog about #foodthanks, especially on November 22 as Thanksgiving becomes top of mind for much of the country.

You can become part of the #foodthanks campaign. Last year, more than 800 people participated in the campaign by blogging, adding the #foodthanks twibbon to their avatar photo and sharing more than 2,000 Twitter posts.

November 15, 2012

What Will You Do This Christmas?

(David Evans, 11-2011)

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods; merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. It’s time to think outside the box…

Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

What about a Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking downShop smarl. Shop local. big money on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course instead.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants, all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint?

Remember, this isn’t about big national chains, this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

Looking for something more personal? Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas . Spread the Christmas cheer in your own community!…..

Visit www.madeinusa.org to find where you can buy merchandise that is made in the USA, and please remember to shop local whenever you can. Visit the 3/50 project.net for more information on how your dollar is split when you shop local as opposed to online and the impact it has on your community.

Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Baums is pleased to be an official Toys For Tots drop off site! Please help us help the less fortunate children in our community have a great Christmas this year! Donation boxes are being picked up early this year. (December 12th) so be sure and get them in early!
Thanks for your support of this wonderful program!

   As always, we at Baums are very thankful for your business! We wouldn’t be here without you!  

Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season from all of us to all of you!

November 8, 2012

Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching? Gassy?

In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food.”
Dogs Naturally Magazine recently said this: “The label on your pet food or treat may conceal a little lie, and this lie could cost your pet’s health or even his life. There is something inherently wrong with most processed foods that pet owners are unaware of. Your dog food might say natural and made in the USA but ingredients included could be from China or a source that fed their animals with GMO grown feed.” If there is corn or soy on the list of ingredients, you can pretty much bet that the corn and soy are genetically modified.
When veterinarians and farmers took livestock, pigs and cows off of GMO feed, death rates dropped, still born rates were down, litter size was up, and overall health improved. One farmer was ecstatic about the huge increase in milk production in his herd; another described how healthy his pigs looked even down to reduced blood shot eyes. The vets spoken with had all been in practice long before 1996, when GMOs were introduced. Each had his stories about the surge in diseases and disorders after GM feed came on the scene. One told of the jump in dog and cat allergies that correlated exactly with the introduction of GM pet food. Whenever he switched his allergic animals to an organic (non-GMO) brand, their symptoms such as itching, inflammation, infections, and gastrointestinal disorders got better and in most cases disappeared. Both vets and farmers saw differences inside GMO-fed animals during autopsies or butchering, including liver damage, stomach ulcers, discoloration, and an awful stench. One farmer said that after seeing the alterations inside GM-fed animals, he and his wife started a strict non-GMO policy for their family’s meat!
(Jeffrey Smith/Institute for Responsible Technology, http://www.TruthAboutPetFood.com)

What is the best food for my pet?

Nature’s Logic pet foods are FREE from common allergens  such as corn, wheat, rice, soy, potato, tapioca and glutens.
They contain NO chemical preservatives, artificial flavorings or colors.
NO man-made synthetic vitamins, mineral or amino acids and
NO ingredients from China!
What it IS:  nutrient dense, highly digestible, rich in high-quality protein, a good source of antioxidants, enzymes and probiotics & low in carbs.
Check out natureslogic.com for some great testimonials on how people have transformed their pet’s health simply by changing their food to Nature’s Logic!

Stop in at any Baums location to find out more about Nature’s Logic or to pick some up for your pet. Don’t forget to ask us about the Nature’s Logic frequent buyer program!

November 1, 2012

New to Baums!

Skin by Ann Webb

Are you tired of spending big money on skin care products that contain harmful, toxic chemicals and don’t perform the way you had hoped? Well, those days are over thanks to Ann Webb!

Ann’s passion for developing optimal skin care began at an early age. Her own struggles with cystic acne were the driving force behind her passion for finding a solution to heal and develop beautiful skin. Ann traveled far beyond her small town in Louisiana to research and educate herself about every type of skin treatment available.

Developing a product line came about when she recognized a need for affordable, clean products for her local esthetics clients. She had already contributed to the development of two other product lines, and was ready to put more than 10 years of research and labor into a line of her own. Ann envisioned products that would be affordable, simple to use, and contain the best pharmaceutical-grade ingredients available.

And now they are available at Baums!  Cleansers, scrubs, mists, serums, moisturizers, masks and peels are available for any skin type at prices that can’t be beat for such  high quality ingredients!

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All Larenim Mineral makeup is FREE from: Gluten, FD&C Dyes, Parabens, DEA/TEA synthetic stabilizers, Quats, Nano particles, Bismuth Oxychloride, Formaldehyde Donors, Carbomer, Talc, Phthalates, 1,4 Dioxanes, Chemical Preservatives, Chemical Sunscreens, Polymers, Petro Chemicals, Sodium Laureth/Laurel Sulfate,  Acrylates, Glycols, PVP, Algae.

You don’t want to put that toxic mess on your face! Larenim is 100% pure mineral makeup!
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