Are We Teaching Health Education Too Early?

Lessons about personal, social and health matters including sex and relationships will be compulsory in all England’s schools from ages five to 16. The government is currently reviewing the best way in which they can tackle the situation. Reports have shown that more than 1,000 people found two thirds would support sex lessons from the … Continue reading “Are We Teaching Health Education Too Early?”

Lessons about personal, social and health matters including sex and relationships will be compulsory in all England’s schools from ages five to 16. The government is currently reviewing the best way in which they can tackle the situation. Reports have shown that more than 1,000 people found two thirds would support sex lessons from the age of 11. Reviews of the education in the UK were taken out as Government officials said that current education is too ‘patchy’.

Teaching health education to kids who are 11 is acceptable I suppose however teaching kids from the age of 5 I think is just too much. The department for Children, School and Families said the review of sex lessons had identified “a need to challenge the perception that sex and relationships education happened in a ‘moral vacuum’ in schools and says that parents and schools can and should work together to decide how best topics should be taught.

The Government are trying to improve the framework and moral understanding around which teachers can then talk about sex education later on in children’s school lives.

I can understand the basic logic behind the scheme but personally I would never really notice the difference if this concept was not implemented. I cannot see the advantage of deploying this tactic to school children at such a young age, it just doesn’t seem ‘normal’. It feels as though it is too much at such a young age. I will have to stand corrected on my statements but in my opinion the concept of teaching young school children health education is not right.

Cholesterol Lowering Statins and Heart Health Misconceptions

I would like to begin this post by saying I am not a doctor nor did I play one on TV. That having been said, I am not “legally” qualified to make recommendations concerning prescription medications.

Now that we got that out of the way I would like to share with you what I wrote in my most recent newsletter in regards to statin drugs and their effectiveness.

Heart disease is largely caused by deficiencies of important nutrients including magnesium, coenzyme Q10, chromium, selenium, silicon, vitamin D, and vitamin B6. Indeed the idea that aspirin helps the heart is a myth. It has been shown in studies that aspirin alone has no benefits for heart health but only buffered aspirin. Any guesses as to what they use to buffer aspirin? MAGNESIUM! Magnesium regulates blood pressure and eases arrhythmia and 80-95% of us are magnesium deficient. Silicon is responsible for strength and elasticity of cardiovascular tissue. Vitamin B6 keeps the body from making homocysteine. Now here’s the kicker. Statin drugs can actually make these imbalances worse. Statins actually interfere with the liver’s process of making coenzyme Q10. And remember that the heart is a muscle the next time you read that the common serious side-effect of statins is muscle pain and damage. Try a scoop of Super Nutrient instead!

I have decided to come back to this issue because of the outrageousness behind the use of statin drugs. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows that for every person that the drug kept from having a heart attack it caused two or more people to suffer liver damage, kidney failure, cataracts (actually another sign of liver weakness) or extreme muscle weakness. Out of the 10,000 women that were treated in this study 74 got liver damage, 23 acute kidney failure, 39 extreme muscle weakness (please remember the heart is a muscle) and 307 cataracts attributed to the drug.

Now that may not mean too much to you, but if you listen to how statin drugs are being pushed everywhere you turn as miracle drugs that will keep you from a heart attack, and then compare that to the facts, there is a great disparity. Basically according to this research the drug helps less than 3 people out of 100 and actually harms more than 4 out of 100. This is horrific!! Over 90% of the people on the drugs get no results at all! The unbelievable (not really) thing is that doctors don’t seem to know or care any at all about these statistics. They have been brainwashed by the same media blitz as have we all. I could have screamed when I read in a recent article that doctors have been talking about dripping these drugs into the water supply. ARE THEY INSANE?

So, what is the answer then? How does a natural practitioner approach this problem? First, we must expose some misconceptions. Cholesterol is not the problem. Triglycerides and homocystein are the problem. The naturopathic doctor who trained me has been saying for years that if cholesterol gets too low that a person is in danger of cancer. Now a new study has come out saying that medical researchers are amazed to find that if either HDL or LDL cholesterol, either one, gets too low that one is at a higher risk for cancer. Now, please reread my newsletter article posted above before reading the following quote:

“Our most effective HDL-raising drug that’s currently available is niacin,” according to Dr. Richard Karas of the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts University in Boston, noting that just 10 percent of people who could benefit from the drug are taking it.

Did you catch that? Niacin!! And he called it a drug!! Are you kidding doc? For those of you who are new to this alternative health and nutrition stuff, niacin is the proper name of vitamin B3. As I’ve told any of my clients who have been concerned about cholesterol, if you take enough B vitamins you will prevent the build up of triglycerides which are the actual enemy of your heart. And for any of you diabetics who started on metformin, or a similar diabetic medication, and are now taking statins, you should know that those diabetic medications block the absorption of B vitamins and that plays a MAJOR role in why you now have to begin another drug. Just remember that statins in my oppion won’t make your cardiovascular system better and are much more likely to make it worse. In my experience drugs (except in the occasions of emergency medicine) always make you worse and start you on the road to dependence on the pharmaceutical industry.

Stay tuned for more information on related topics and other unrelated topics as well. Feel free to post a comment, ask a question, or respond with your own personal experiences.:)

God Bless and Good Health to you all

Preston Robinson

Rose of Sharon Holistic

Topical Vitamin C Benefits For Your Skin

If you are looking for younger, firmer looking skin that has that “bounce” of youth then read on for some great new information about Vitamin C. Our parents told us as kids to make sure we drink our OJ so we don’t get sick; the benefits of Vitamin C to our health and immune system have long been known. Only recently, scientists have discovered that the Vitamin has wondrous properties when used outside the body; i.e. on our skin! Vitamin C, when used topically on our skin, has three excellent benefits:

1. It helps restore collagen and elastin causing the skin to look more firm and “uplifted”. 2. Protects the skin for the effects of harmful ultraviolet rays in the sun. 3. It helps the skin to repair from sun damage.

By the end of this article you will know how Vitamin C can help your skin and can start putting it to work for you!

Collagen. The same stuff that gives Angelina Jolie her famous lips and turns over zealous star wannabes into Donald Duck impersonators is the stuff that gives everyone else’s skin its firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, as we age we loose collagen and elastin; causing the lines and wrinkles we all hate. Fortunately, recent scientific research shows that regular application of topical Vitamin C can visibly reduce the amount of wrinkling and lines. It restores collagen and elastin, which firms and lifts the skin, giving a more youthful and healthy appearance. There is even evidence that suggests topical Vitamin C can stimulate melanin production without harming the other cells nearby. This means topical Vitamin C could possibly reduce the damage done while you are getting your summer tan!

While we are talking about tanning, topical Vitamin C protects against “photoaging”; the damage to the skin by the sun. We have all seen the women in the mall that have clearly seen too much sun in their life and their skin looks like leather. That is the result of photoaging. Vitamin C soaks into the skin after it’s applied and cannot be washed off. Once it is in the skin it helps protect the skin from sun damage. Unlike most sunscreens topical Vitamin C is thought to provide “wavelength independent” UV protection. This is more effective because, there are many wavelengths in the ultraviolet spectrum and most sunblocks only cover a few of them; leaving our skin vulnerable to the others. Even better, Vitamin C can help prevent sun damage without blocking the absorption of Vitamin D. Most Americans are deficient in the essential Vitamin D due in large part to the use of sunblock. The main way people get Vitamin D is through sun exposure, but most sunblocks also block Vitamin D absorption. Finally, topical Vitamin C can help repair skin that is already damaged by the sun by replacing the Vitamin C lost in the damage and boosting the healing process.

The benefits of applying topical Vitamin C are still being discovered. The anti-aging, collagen and elastin restoring properties as well as the protection it offers from the damaging sun rays we are exposed to every day make the use of topical Vitamin C a very attractive idea. Take advantage of these amazing benefits today!

This article is only for informational purposes. This article is not intended to be medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advise. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from the information obtained from this article.