Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw sue the FDA for qualified Health Claims 1999

At the behest of Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, Emord & Associates sued the FDA in the 1990s for refusing Pearson and Shaw’s request to authorize four specific health claims for dietary supplements.  Pearson and Shaw sought agency approval of claims associating antioxidant vitamins with cancer risk reduction; omega-3 fatty acids with vascular disease risk … Continue reading "Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw sue the FDA for qualified Health Claims 1999"

At the behest of Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, Emord & Associates sued the FDA in the 1990s for refusing Pearson and Shaw’s request to authorize four specific health claims for dietary supplements.  Pearson and Shaw sought agency approval of claims associating antioxidant vitamins with cancer risk reduction; omega-3 fatty acids with vascular disease risk reduction; folic acid with neural tube defect risk reduction; and fiber with colorectal cancer risk reduction.  In particular, Pearson and Shaw argued that if FDA did not approve the claims under its “significant scientific agreement” standard, it nevertheless had to allow them to comply with the First Amendment, resorting to a succinct disclaimer to communicate its doubts about the science supporting the claims.  The FDA refused to allow any of the claims or rely on claim qualification as a less speech restrictive alternative to outright suppression, and our firm, as Pearson and Shaw’s counsel, sued the agency.  That suit resulted in a landmark victory over the FDA before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Pearson v. Shalala (1999).

In Pearson v. Shalala, the D.C. Circuit agreed with Pearson and Shaw that FDA was obligated by the First Amendment to favor disclosure with accurate, succinct and reasonable disclaimers over suppression and to rely on claim qualification rather than outright suppression.  That then ultimately led to the FDA’s qualified claim regime, but only after Emord & Associates defeated the FDA several more times in federal court for refusing to abide by the Pearson v. Shalala decision.

Here are the decisions in which the firm defeated the FDA:

Pearson v. Shalala
Pearson v. Shalala, en banc
Pearson v. Shalala II
Pearson v. Thompson
Whitaker v. Thompson I
Whitaker v. Thompson II
Whitaker v. Thompson III

Alliance for Natural Health US v. Sebelius, et al.

Emord & Associates has petitioned the FDA for approximately 100 qualified health claims.  The following claims have been allowed by FDA either directly or after the firm has defeated the agency in federal court:

Antioxidant Vitamins C and E and Reduction in the Risk of Site-Specific Cancers

  • Vitamin C

Gastric (Stomach) Cancer:  “One weak study and one study with inconsistent results suggest that vitamin C supplements may reduce the risk of gastric cancer. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly uncertain that vitamin C supplements reduce the risk of gastric cancer.”

  • Vitamin E

Bladder Cancer:  “One small study suggests that vitamin E supplements may reduce the risk of bladder cancer. However, two small studies showed no reduction of risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that vitamin E supplements reduce the risk of bladder cancer.”

Colorectal Cancer:  “Two weak studies and one study with inconsistent results suggest that vitamin E supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. However, another limited study showed no reduction of risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that vitamin E supplements reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.”

Renal Cell Cancer:  “One weak and limited study suggests that vitamin E supplements may reduce the risk of renal cell cancer. FDA concludes that it is highly uncertain that vitamin E supplements reduce the risk of renal cell cancer.”

Antioxidant Vitamins and Risk of Certain Cancers

  • “Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.”
  • “Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, FDA does not endorse this claim because this evidence is limited and not conclusive.”
  • “FDA has determined that although some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, this evidence is limited and not conclusive.”

B Vitamins and Vascular Disease

  • “As part of a well-balanced diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 may reduce the risk of vascular disease.  FDA evaluated the above claim and found that, while it is known that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol reduce the risk of heart disease and other vascular diseases, the evidence in support of the above claim is inconclusive.”

Calcium and Colon/Rectal Cancers and Recurrent Colon Polyps

  • “Some evidence suggests that calcium supplements may reduce the risk of colon/rectal cancer, however, FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.”
  • “Very limited and preliminary evidence suggests that calcium supplements may reduce the risk of colon/rectal polyps. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence to support this claim.”

Calcium and Hypertension; Pregnancy Induced Hypertension; and Preeclampsia

  • “Some scientific evidence suggests that calcium supplements may reduce the risk of hypertension. However, FDA has determined that the evidence is inconsistent and not conclusive.”
  • “Four studies, including a large clinical trial, do not show that calcium supplements reduce the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension during pregnancy. However, three other studies suggest that calcium supplements may reduce the risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that calcium supplements reduce the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension.”
  • “Three studies, including a large clinical trial, do not show that calcium supplements reduce the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy. However, two other studies suggest that calcium supplements may reduce the risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that calcium supplements reduce the risk of preeclampsia.”

Chromium Picolinate and Insulin Resistance

  • “One small study suggests that chromium picolinate may reduce the risk of insulin resistance, and therefore possibly may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. FDA concludes, however, that the existence of such a relationship between chromium picolinate and either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes is highly uncertain.”

Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects (and here)

  • “0.8 mg folic acid in a dietary supplement is more effective in reducing the risk of neural tube defects than a lower amount in foods in common form. FDA does not endorse this claim. Public health authorities recommend that women consume 0.4 mg folic acid daily from fortified foods or dietary supplements or both to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.”
  • “Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences recommends that women capable of becoming pregnant consume 400 mcg folate daily from supplements, fortified foods, or both, in addition to consuming food folate from a varied diet.”
  • “Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect. The scientific evidence that 400 mcg folic acid daily reduces the risk of such defects is stronger than the evidence for the effectiveness of lower amounts. This is because most such tests have not looked at amounts less than 400 mcg folic acid daily.”
  • “Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect. Women capable of becoming pregnant should take 400 mcg folate/day from fortified foods and/or a supplement, in addition to food folate from a varied diet. It is not known whether the same level of protection can be achieved by using only food that is naturally rich in folate. Neither is it known whether lower intakes would be protective or whether there is a threshold below which no protection occurs.”
  • “Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect. Women capable of becoming pregnant should take 400 mcg of folate per day from a supplement or fortified foods and consume food folate from a varied diet. It is not known whether the same level of protection can be achieved by using lower amounts.”

Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 and Vascular Disease

  • “It is known that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. The scientific evidence about whether folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 may also reduce the risk of heart disease and other vascular diseases is suggestive, but not conclusive. Studies in the general population have generally found that these vitamins lower homocysteine, an amino acid found in the blood. It is not known whether elevated levels of homocysteine may cause vascular disease or whether high homocysteine levels are caused by other factors. Studies that will directly evaluate whether reducing homocysteine may also reduce the risk of vascular disease are not yet complete.”

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Reduced Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

  • “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.  One serving of [Name of the food] provides [  ] gram of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.  [See nutrition information for total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol content.]”

Phosphatidylserine and Cognitive Dysfunction and Dementia (and here and here)

  • Dementia:  “Consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly.  Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggests that phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim.”
  • Cognitive dysfunction:  “Consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly. Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggests that phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim.”

Selenium and Reduced Risk of Site-specific Cancers

  • Bladder Cancer:  “One study suggests that selenium intake may reduce the risk of bladder cancer in women.  However, one smaller study showed no reduction in risk.  Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly uncertain that selenium supplements reduce the risk of bladder cancer in women.”  
  • Prostate Cancer:  “Two weak studies suggest that selenium intake may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. However, four stronger studies and three weak studies showed no reduction in risk.  Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that selenium supplements reduce the risk of prostate cancer.”
  • Thyroid Cancer:  “One weak, small study suggests that selenium intake may reduce the risk of thyroid cancer. Based on this study, FDA concludes that it is highly uncertain that selenium supplements reduce the risk of thyroid cancer.”

Tomatoes and Prostate, Ovarian, Gastric and Pancreatic Cancers

  • Prostate Cancer:  “Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggests that eating one-half to one cup of tomatoes and/or tomato sauce a week may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim.”
  • Gastric Cancer:  “Four studies did not show that tomato intake reduces the risk of gastric cancer, but three studies suggest that tomato intake may reduce this risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is unlikely that tomatoes reduce the risk of gastric cancer.”
  • Ovarian Cancer:  “One study suggests that consumption of tomato sauce two times per week may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer; while this same study shows that consumption of tomatoes or tomato juice had no effect on ovarian cancer risk. FDA concludes that it is highly uncertain that tomato sauce reduces the risk of ovarian cancer.”
  • Pancreatic Cancer:  “One study suggests that consuming tomatoes does not reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, but one weaker, more limited study suggests that consuming tomatoes may reduce this risk.

Information sourced directly from Emord and Associates.

Emord & Associates has extensive experience in prosecuting health claim petitions before the FDA.  Indeed, the qualified health claim regime at FDA is a result of the landmark decision reached in Pearson v. Shalala (1999) in which the firm served as lead counsel for the victorious plaintiffs. http://emord.com/firm-profile/health-claims/

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Questions and Answers:
Q: What is Omega-3 Priority™?
A: Life Priority’s Omega-3 Priority™ is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil concentrate providing one of the highest potencies of EPA 400/mg (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA 200/mg (docosahexaenoic acid) available*.

Q: Where do people get omega-3 in their diet?
A: The best sources are from deep water fish. (Flax seed and/or flax oil (ALA) are not the optimum source of EPA and DHA.)

Q: Are omega-3 fatty acids essential for optimum health?
A: Polyunsaturated fatty acids, specifically from omega-3 fatty acids, play an essential role in the function and health of cell membranes.

Q: What are the specific benefits from using omega-3 fatty acids?
A: Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.*

Q: Are there any side effects?
A: Because of blood thinning activity, those who are on NSAIDS, warfarin, or other anti-clotting medications should consult a physician/pharmacist before using*.

Q: How much omega-3 fatty acid should I take each day?
A: Depending on the amount of fresh, deep sea fish that you eat daily, you should be fine using 1-2 capsules of Omega 3 Priority™ per day after meals. If you do not eat deep sea fish, you might consider using 3 to 4 capsules per day after meals.

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Team Smile-Maximum Dental Health Should be a Life Priority!

Improve your total body health… starting with your mouth! by Greg Pryor

Many people do not realize overall health begins in your mouth. When the subject of

Dr. Busch_Teamsmile
Royals TeamSmile Event with Dr. Bill Bush, Brian McRae and Greg Pryor

health and fitness is discussed the issue of oral health is sometimes overlooked. In the past few years, the serious — even fatal – – consequence of deferred dental care in young people has received growing attention in the United States. A case where a boy died as the result of an untreated abscessed tooth brought this problem to light on a well-known news show. This story inspired people, including a Kansas City dentist, to reach out to members of the dental community to find a way to make a difference right here in their communities. Last July, I met Dr. Bill Busch, a co-founder of TeamSmile, at a TeamSmile event at Kauffman Stadium.

TeamSmile, based out of Kansas City, was created with the mission of facilitating partnerships between dental professionals, pro sports teams and dental organizations.The goal of these partnerships is to provide life changing dental care and instruction to children who otherwise would not have access to it. For several seasons, the Kansas City Royals have partnered with TeamSmile to host a free dental health education screening and treatment clinic at Kauffman Stadium for children associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Kids receive free dental care in between taking in all of the attractions of the Outfield Experience. Brian McRae, another former Kansas City Royal, and I represented the Royals at the TeamSmile event, signed autographs and talked to the kids. See TeamSmile at www.teamsmile.org.

Clinical research suggests strong links between periodontal disease and chronic, systemic inflammation throughout your body. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease, and also heart disease. Several bacteria species causing periodontitis have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere. This plaque can lead to a heart attack. Oral bacteria could also harm blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins resembling proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. The immune system’s response to these toxins could harm vessel walls or make blood clots more easily. It is also possible mouth inflammation revs up inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Along with brushing properly, regular flossing and diet, scheduling dental appointments for checkups and cleanings should be considered.

A proper diet can provide many of the essential nutrients needed for healthy gums and optimum dental health. Since most of us do not eat properly, using the right supplements to insure maximum dental health should be a priority. There are many nutrients that have a positive effect on oral health. Everything from receding gums and tooth sensitivity can often be attributed to a vitamin C deficiency. It is estimated gums turn over at least 20 percent of their collagen every single day. Collagen supports the gums by promoting both circulation and strength. Vitamin C inhibits the formation of plaque and tartar. In fact, vitamin C is referred to as the “invisible toothbrush.” Studies have also shown calcium and vitamin D decrease bone loss and supplementation may also improve tooth retention. Some other important nutrients known to aid in oral and dental health include CoQ 10, calcium/magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and a high-quality multivitamin, multimineral.

Life Priority offers all of the nutrients mentioned above at www.lifepriority.com through the product names CoQ Priority, 3-Way Calcium, Magnesium Priority, Omega-3 Priority, Vita-C2, and One Per Meal Lifeguard. I invite you to investigate the “game-changing” products offered at www.lifepriority.com. It is much easier to be a winner in life when you “feel” like one!

If you have any questions about Life Priority products, please visit lifepriority.com, call Life Priority at 1-800-787-5438 or email us at customerservice@lifepriority.com.

www.kcsportspaper.com Published January 2016

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
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Brush Up On Healthy Habits!

Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health?

Brush Up On Healthy Habits!

Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?[1]

Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

What conditions may be linked to oral health?

Your oral health might affect, be affected by, or contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

 Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.

Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.

Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels.

HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.

Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.

Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

Other conditions. Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include Sjogren’s syndrome — an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth — and eating disorders.

Life Priority’s Suggestions to Improve Oral Health

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before bed).
  • We suggest a NON-Fluoride toothpaste (Tom’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste)
  • Floss daily. I prefer to use a floss with wax, coupled with The Doctor’s BrushPicks.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and fresh juicing.
  • Take your supplements to insure a healthy foundation, specifically 3 Way Calcium™ for stronger and healthier teeth.

3 Way Calcium™ helps to maintain healthy teeth.  When calcium levels are low, the jawbone surrenders the mineral to other areas of the body in need. As the jaw weakens, teeth loosen, creating gaps susceptible to bacteria that can cause infection, inflammation and bleeding.

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed. Buy a quality American-made product.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups at least every 6 months. Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Please notify your dentist if you’re taking any medications.

Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

Information sourced from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00001

Education is the Key to Good Health!

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[1] www.mayoclinic.org/dental/ART-20047475?p=1

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Well Fed but not nourished?-Sourced from Newhope

breakfast-plate-iStock_000015084476SmallWidespread nutrient shortfalls: public health crisis?

“Government data has confirmed that our population is not getting all the key nutrients we need from food alone,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN. “We seem to be generally well-fed, but not necessarily well-nourished. Dietary supplements play the important role of filling nutrient gaps, and our industry is armed to support efforts to get our population’s nutrition to where it should be.”

An educational briefing, “Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls: A Public Health Crisis?” was held for Capitol Hill staffers last week by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC), in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry—the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Natural Products Association (NPA) and United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA). The briefing posed the question, “What do nearly 300 million Americans have in common?” The answer, “nutrient shortfalls,” was presented by the briefing’s speaker, Victor Fulgoni, Ph.D., senior vice president, Nutrition Impact LLC.

Dr. Fulgoni, who was instrumental in the approval of three nutrition health claims authorized by FDA, walked the audience through key data from the U.S. Government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that demonstrates how nutrient shortfalls exist for several vitamins and minerals, and why this could have a negative impact on our population’s health. He also discussed ways in which nutritional gaps could be filled.

“Dr. Fulgoni’s presentation underscores the need for better understanding nutritional gaps and the potential health benefits of dietary supplements,” said John Shaw, CEO of NPA. “Millions of Americans find that taking supplements in accordance with their doctor’s guidance can minimize vitamin and mineral deficiencies for supporting long-term health.”

This was the fourth DSC educational briefing for the 113th Congress and the 19th briefing since the DSC was formed in 2006.  Source URL: http://newhope360.com/nutrition/widespread-nutrient-shortfalls-public-health-crisis

 

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*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
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What Omega 3 Can Do for Your Heart Health

omega-3One of the top 5 New Year’s resolutions on everyone’s list is to get healthier! Choosing to eat better and get more exercise will help. An easy way to keep to your resolution would be to add a high quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your daily regimen.
An omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is creating an imbalance that undermines the health of millions and may be the root cause of your maladies as well.

Too Much Omega-6 and Not Enough Omega-3?

While most North Americans eat way too much of the omega-6 oils found in meats and most vegetable oils, they suffer a relative deficiency of the omega-3 oils. Particularly important to good health are the longer chain omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanioic acid (DHA) found in fish, especially cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and halibut. Although the body can convert alpha-linolenic acid, a short chain omega-3 fatty acid from flaxseed oil, it is much more efficient to get them from fish oils. Furthermore, there is evidence that many people have a difficult time converting alpha-linolenic acid to EPA and DHA.

Why Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Important

A diet that is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, results in altered cell membranes. Without a healthy membrane, cells lose their ability to hold water, vital nutrients, and electrolytes. They also lose their ability to communicate with other cells and be controlled by regulating hormones. Cell membrane dysfunction is a critical factor in the development of many chronic diseases Not surprisingly, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids have shown tremendous effects in defending against all of these diseases.

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, are transformed into regulatory hormones, compounds known as prostaglandins. These compounds carry out many important tasks in the body. They regulate inflammation, pain, and swelling; they play a role in maintaining blood pressure; and they regulate heart, digestive, and kidney function. Prostaglandins also participate in the response to allergies, help control transmission of signals along the nerves, and help regulate the production of steroids and other hormones. Through their effects on prostaglandins and related compounds, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids can mediate many physiological processes making them useful in virtually every disease state as well.

Why Life Priority Omega-3 Priority?

As the co-owner of Life Priority health and nutrition, I use what I sell. Therefore, I offer my customers the best omega-3 product available. I chose to offer Omega-3 Priority, since it is “pharmaceutical grade” (free from lipid peroxides, heavy metals, environmental contaminants and other harmful compounds), highly concentrated (contains more than twice of the EPA and DHA of other brands), and is endorsed by a well-known physician. Another great feature of Omega-3 Priority is that my customers do not complain about a fishy aftertaste after using my product.

So, if you have made a resolution to live healthier in 2017, then let Life Priority help you!
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Heart Healthy Hints For You and Your Honey

Heart healthy tips for couples this Valentine’s Day! Love each other by loving your hearts!

Love Heart Health Valentines DayThis Valentine’s Day we want to encourage you and your loved one to hold each other accountable when it comes to heart health. A happy, long life together starts with the body’s most important organ, so make sure you both are doing all you can to show it some love. Here we have outlined some hints to keep you and your Valentine’s hearts healthy year-round.

They way to anyone’s heart is through food, but not all foods are created equal regarding the heart. Choose a diet with foods that will provide the body with an adequate amount of B vitamins (especially folic acid), essential fatty acids, coenzyme Q-10, vitamin C, calcium/magnesium, resveratrol, L-carnitine, quercetin, polyphenols, monounsaturated fats, lycopene, potassium and fiber. Each of these nutrients plays an essential role in keeping our hearts in tip top shape and avoiding heart complications. If you find that you and/or your spouse’s diets are lacking in any of these think about starting a supplement regimen to make up for any deficits. Additionally, excessive salt, white bread, trans fats, saturated fats, and sugar should be avoided or strictly moderated for a heart healthy diet. Nothing says “romance” like a home cooked meal for your special someone, so consider loving them and their heart with these nutrients and a healthy recipe the next time you light the candles and set the table for two.

Most people don’t realize that the heart is not just an organ, but it is a muscle that needs to be exercised like any other skeletal muscle to remain strong and operational. There are a slew of cardio exercises and activities that can be done to promote heart health no matter your training level.  To keep each other accountable in your heart health journey, find a physical activity that you both love and can do together. Whether it’s tennis pairs, taking long walks, or training together for that hiking vacation, exercise is always more fun and more successful when you have someone by your side. Push each other to be your healthiest selves and make your hearts strong while spending time doing something you both enjoy together.

We all know that hydration is key for general health, but for the heart specifically, hydration aids in better blood circulation. When we are properly hydrated the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. Be your partner’s friendly, constant reminder to stay on top of their water intake. It is easy to go a day without drinking anything, but it is also easy to be intentional and encouraging to each other while stressing the importance of hydration and heart function. Just like the red roses you receive on Valentine’s Day, your heart needs water to thrive.

The last hint for you and your honey is to start your day with an Attitude of Gratitude. People who possess a positive outlook on life tend to be less stressed in general which is great for the heart. Share this attitude and love with your significant other and everyone you encounter. Our mission is to promote a healthy and prolonged life, but even so, life is too short to not spread love and happiness.

We hope these hints will lead you to a healthier lifestyle and relationship. Be sure to encourage the love of your life to visit their doctor for well visits frequently and to get the supplements and exercise they need to live a long, healthy life with you! Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Life Priority!

What Happens Immediately After Your Heart Stops

heart-line-cropThis headline may err a little on the grim side, but this topic is so important for recognizing heart issues and to stress the urgency that must be practiced when a time sensitive heart implication happens. The best protection we can have when an instance of cardiac arrest takes place is knowledge; the knowledge to distinguish the symptoms and the knowledge to know what actions to take next.

As a part of American Heart Month we wanted to research what physically transpires in our bodies when cardiac arrest occurs. Within the first five minutes of heart beat cessation, our bodies can quickly endure irreversible damages, so resuscitation timing is critical.

Upon cardiac arrest, the heart beat stops causing blood pressure to drop, the pulse to stop and respiration to cease. When these vital functions stop, an individual is considered clinically dead, but there is still a chance that resuscitation can save their life and they can still function normally in the future.

Low oxygen levels cause the victim to become unconscious and because the heart is struggling to pump oxygenated blood to our organs, the liver, kidneys, and brain quickly start to decline and risk being completely shut down. Without blood flow, the body’s temperature decreases quickly and causes skin color loss and this low circulation leads to extremities turning blue in color.

As minutes go by under these conditions, brain activity decreases until all electrical activity in the brain completely ceases. Once brain activity in the brain goes dark, the brain’s tissue becomes damaged to an irreversible point. It is this event that defines when an individual is to be considered brain dead or biologically dead.

It is important to note that brain damage can occur in minutes upon heart beat cessation, and full brain damage can occur in as little as 7 minutes. The quality of life after brain tissue is compromised is extremely low so that is why it is so important to be educated on the signs of cardiac arrest and to stay up on your heart health in general to avoid cardiac arrest altogether. Take the steps to educate yourself on maintaining a healthy heart and make sure you are getting annual physician checks to rule out any signs of heart issues. Speak with your doctor about how you can take preventative measures to keep your heart healthy, they may recommend a diet change, an exercise program, or a new drug regimen.

We never know when a cardiac event will occur; we could be a bystander, or God forbid, a victim, but when it happens, chances of an individual surviving is increased when Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is performed immediately. CPR certifications aren’t just for healthcare professionals, anyone can acquire this credential by taking a certified course https://goo.gl/gHe4O0 .

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A Woman’s Heart

Startling fact: Nearly once a minute, a woman in the United States dies of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S., causing more fatalities than all cancers combined. And while it is typically associated with men, since 1984, heart disease has actually killed more women than men, bringing with it a 28% mortality rate for victims within the first year of a heart attack.

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Through recent movements such as Go Red for Women, heart disease has increased in awareness. No longer is it being overshadowed but is being brought to the forefront through rallies, walks and emotional survival stories, all of which are letting women know that they need to be proactive in protecting their hearts.

According to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, one of the most important steps in preventing heart trouble is knowing your risk factors. While some may be beyond your ability to control (e.g., age, ethnicity and family history), there are several factors that are completely within a woman’s power to change. These include blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, weight and physical activity.

This month, we at Life Priority want to encourage our female readers to seriously examine the condition of their hearts. The statistics don’t lie, and if you’re not careful, you could be one of them. Start by increasing your physical activity level and eating more whole grains and produce. Visit your doctor to have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and prioritize stress management and proper sleep. Investigate vitamins and supplements that aid in a healthy heart.

Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease and strokes. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk and reduce irregular heartbeats. Mayo Clinic has a great indepth article to help educate you on the added value of Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart – Mayo linic
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/omega…/art-20045614

 

More than anything, keep in mind the loved ones who are counting on you to be around in the future. Just picturing their faces could be all the motivation you need in order to put down the fork and pick up your walking shoes.

When it comes down to it, heart health is more than just about your physical well-being. It’s about being able to live the full, active, joyful life you desire. Don’t let heart disease hold you back from experiencing all that life has to offer. Get your ticker pumping and embrace the future with excitement!

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