All posts by Brent Leung C.N.

Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

Part Two – Crowded Shelves, Empty Pockets and CoQ10

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In our last blog post, I highlighted that there are over 29,000 different natural health products available for today’s consumer; that’s approximately 17,000 more products than IKEA offers to its on-line customers. And unless you’re Bill Gates, swallowing a monthly buffet of supplements will quickly send your bank account plummeting into the red. This then begs the question — how does one choose among the plethora of pills?

The simple answer is there is no single answer. What pills to pop, powders to mix, and drops to drop will vary greatly from individual to individual, but there are a couple of supplements that everyone should consider taking; one of those products is CoEnzyme Q10, or Q10.  Continue reading Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

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Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

Part One – Dirty Little Secrets

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You wander into the vitamin section of the grocery store looking for a supplement – for example, one for increasing your energy and fortifying your immune system – but you don’t have a specific brand name in mind. You take one look at the options and quickly become overwhelmed; after all, there are countless different products on the shelves promising vitality and increased energy. But you did your homework. You know you would like a vitamin B-complex.

However, when you get to the vitamin B section, you have the following to choose from: organic versus non-organic, gel versus capsule versus powder, synthetic versus natural, natural versus raw, this brand versus that, that promise versus other, and the list goes on.

Have you ever wondered why the natural health industry is so complex, why there are over 29,000 different herbal products and substances? The simple answer is money and profit. It’s for this very reason that industry giants are gobbling up all of the natural and organic companies: Tom’s of Maine (fluoride-free toothpaste) was purchased by Colgate for a whopping 100 million dollars, New Chapter was purchased by Proctor & Gamble, Clorox bought Burt’s Bees, Coca-Cola bought Odwalla, Pepsi responded by purchasing Naked Juice, etc.

For the most part, the natural health field is as profit-driven as the pharmaceutical and tobacco industry. Continue reading Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

The Nocturnal Nutrient: Are you getting enough darkness?

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In Paradise Lost, John Milton writes, “What hath night to do with sleep?” The answer – everything!

In last month’s blog, we highlighted the vital importance and life-saving benefits that derive from getting the “right kind” of deep sleep. This month, we would like to delve even deeper into the power of sleep, because as Dr. Russel Reiter, a professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas San Antonio highlights,  “Light is killing you.”

Continue reading The Nocturnal Nutrient: Are you getting enough darkness?

The Power of Sleep

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We spend one-third of our lifespan sleeping.

Why?

Simply put, sleeping is an essential component of human survival. Scientific studies have revealed that rats deprived of sleep die within two to three weeks of continued sleep deprivation. And rats with continued sleep debt live about five months – compared to a normal lifespan of two to three years.

Unfortunately, most people maintain a casual attitude toward sleep, while others don’t sleep nearly as well as they should. People go to bed late and get up early, they toss and turn throughout the night, they wake up and can’t get back to sleep, while many just lay there, aimlessly – as the seconds, then minutes, then hours tick by.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most natural and effortless ways to maintain a healthy immune system. Continue reading The Power of Sleep

Beauty Becomes A Beast

Beauty becomes the beast 1The magical influence of makeup presents itself in two obvious forms: psychologically, makeup allows one feel attractive, beautiful, and self-confident; externally, it provokes a tempting, irresistible beauty to the onlooker.

There is, however, a third influence beneath the powdered mask that is unseen and unfelt by the consumer, and that is makeup’s ability to cause destruction: pre-mature ageing, deteriorating collagen production, and potentially in extreme cases, sickness and disease.

Consider the experiment conducted by Anna Pursglove, a journalist from London’s The Daily Mail, who embarked on a 30-day trial to not only leave her makeup on each and every night, but to apply more makeup on top of old makeup every morning.

The single most important observation: make-up disrupts the body’s natural cellular processes and functions.

In Anna Pursglove’s article dated July 29, 2013, she states, “By night three… I had developed a series of tiny white cysts around my eyelashes and my skin was so dry and taut, it felt like a mask.” As time progressed, her “lips became dry,” and she had “visibly blocked and enlarged pores” all over her nose.

Continue reading Beauty Becomes A Beast

Lunch in B.C. Public Schools

Frankenstein’s Food Masquerades as a Healthy Alternative

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How healthy is your child’s cafeteria food?

According to the B.C. Ministry of Education, very healthy. Boasting strict guidelines on their website, the ministry states that its school lunch program is “designed to maximize students’ access to healthier options and fully eliminate the sale of unhealthy foods and beverages in BC schools.”

Actions, however, speak louder than words, so I decided to investigate the adherence of the guidelines by visiting various public school food vendor websites. Vendors Products of Canada stood out amongst its competitors because it featured a special line of “healthy” foods, called Healthy Alternatives. Perusing their list of available foods, I randomly selected an item to research – a Nutribar Chocolate Brownie snack. Its nutrient profile: Only 100 calories, nine vitamins and minerals, and two grams of fiber. Moreover, it claims that indulging in this snack is “part of a healthy lifestyle.”

Falling under the unique category of healthy alternatives, it’s no surprise this treat appears to meet the Ministry of Educations healthy mandate. That is, until you turn the package over, and take a closer look at the ingredient list, which included components such as: Continue reading Lunch in B.C. Public Schools

Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 2

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“A vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.”  ~ CBS News ~

The guidelines for regulating Canadian drinking water identifies roughly 165 microbiological, chemical, and radiological contaminants that need to be reduced or eliminated to ensure the protection and vitality of human health. In the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Act identifies approximately 91 contaminants.

Continue reading Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 2

Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 1

Think again! 

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“Would you like a glass of water before takeoff?”

As passengers boarded Qantas Flight 32 in November 2010, departing Singapore for Australia’s outback, the harsh realities of gravity were not firmly etched in their minds. Four short minutes after the pilot took off and retracted the landing gear, and passengers were just getting comfortable, an explosion in the No. 2 engine rocked the cabin, reminding everyone that what goes up must come down.

Thankfully, the story ends on a positive note, with the jumbo A380 aircraft landing safely, but the incident was met with swift response. Qantas, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines immediately grounded their fleet of A380s with Qantas’ CEO stating that their planes would remain grounded “until we are confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met.”

Why was such extreme action taken in response to the averted disaster? The question is of course rhetorical. Airlines would find themselves quickly out of business, investors would reap total losses, and economies would suffer if planes of that magnitude started falling out of the sky. So why then is humanity’s response to water scarcity so apathetic, and virtually non-existent (at least in the Western world)? After all, a “lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours,” according to water.org.

Continue reading Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 1

Say Cheese! Your Killer Smile may be Slowly Killing You

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If you’ve ever worked in a laboratory, hospital, or chemical facility, you know there are certain familiar signs that command one’s attention. One classic example is the skull and crossbones, a universal emblem for poison, or lethal danger.

If you accidently ingest a known poison, there are certain protocols that must be adopted. A medical professional may instruct you to regurgitate what’s in your stomach, you might need your stomach pumped, you may have to swallow activated charcoal, or you may be told to “contact a poison control center immediately.”

The last protocol to contact the poison center also happens to be a compulsory warning that is on the boxes of over 96% of the toothpastes on the consumer market today.

Continue reading Say Cheese! Your Killer Smile may be Slowly Killing You

Arming the Green Giant

The Old World Brings Healing to the New World

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As cancer spreads like a wildfire through society with brute force and destruction, arming ourselves with the best defensive and offensive nutritional weapons has never been more important.

While many marvel at the virtues of modern medicine and the constant birthing of new treatment technologies, perhaps an answer to cancer lies not in the present or the future, but in the past.

Continue reading Arming the Green Giant