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Frutaiga Health Beverage now Available

Antimicrobial effect of OMX Probiotic against Clostridium Difficile

Asthma sufferers have access to self-checkup

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Mother sues over cereal nutrition

Frutaiga Health Beverage now Available

Frutaiga (fru-tie-gah) the world's leading health beverage containing precise, standardized and guaranteed amounts of active, health-enhancing compounds in every bottle is now available for purchase. Frutaiga:

  • Maintains Peak Physical, Stamina & Vitality
  • Supports Optimal Body Weight And Healthy Weight Loss
  • Supports Sexual Vitality
  • Superior Anti-Oxidant Protection

Frutaiga's exclusive active ingredient Rosalean(TM) is a highly concentrated, adaptogenic and antioxidant ingredient extracted from four of nature's most powerful and beneficial plants. Two plants in Rosalean's blend, the Caucasian Bilberry and the Georgian Pomegrante come from the Causcasus Mountains; the other two, Rhodiola Rosea and Aralia Mandshurica, come from the Russian Taiga.

Antimicrobial effect of OMX Probiotic against Clostridium Difficile

Clostridium Difficile or C difficile is a species belonging to the genus Clostridium known as one of the causative agents of food intoxication. C. Difficile is an indigenous bacteria in the colon i.e. a kind of bacteria that is always in the colon and which usually does not produce toxins. However, since this strain is a type of bacteria to which many kinds of antibiotics are not effective i.e. a resistant strain. When other intestinal bacteria are killed off by use of antibiotics, only this strain survives. It proliferates abnormally. This is called microbial substitution. It begins to produce toxins. These toxins (enterotoxins and cytotoxins) produce cause disorders to the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract. In mild cases, patients have loose stool; and in serious cases, these trigger pseudo-membranous colitis (PMC) that causes patients to suffer from severe diarrhea, stomach ache and high fever.

With the development and common use of various kinds of antibiotics since the second half of the twentieth century, the number of patients suffering from antibiotics-related diarrhea is also increasing. Diarrhea by C. difficile has continued to be acquired in patients and health care personnel to the present day. Nowadays, people are concerned about the increasing number of people infected after the use of antibiotics prescribed in general as well.

In order to treat this disease, stopping intake of antibiotics for a while and taking vancomycin or metronidazole are commonly known. Tyhen in 2000 another treatment option was reported. C difficile diarrhea was suppressed by the probiotic effect of a specific lactic acid bacteria (Reference: American Journal Gastroenterology 2000 Jan; 95 (1 Suppl):S11-3).

Recent studies indicate that Dr Ohhira's Probiotic Formula has similarly been able to inhibit growth of C dificile.

See research conducted at Research Center, NCIMB Japan Co., Ltd
Report received on January 13, 2005.

Asthma sufferers have access to self-checkup

The American Lung Association is trying to make it easier to do a self-checkup for perhaps half of the 20 million Americans who have chronic asthma and are not getting the best treatment to control their condition.

A new five question Asthma Control Test is intended to give patients a way to evaluate their symptoms and medicines so they can talk to doctors about making treatment adjustments. The test is being promoted through a campaign headlined by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, who has battled asthma for 20 years even as he became the NFL's fifth-all-time-leading rusher. Despite going years with his asthma under control, Bettis suffered a major attack in 1997 during a televised game.

Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer for the Lung Association, said that many patients don't use the best combinations in the right way. Instead, they accept symptoms they shouldn't have to endure. "I see many patients with asthma who don't realize that daily use of a rescue inhaler or experiencing frequent symptoms is not normal, and means that their asthma is not being controlled properly," he said. "Studies also show that about a third of all patients don't use their inhalers properly. No one has showed them how."

The test, at www.asthmacontrol.com, is intended to keep that management plan current In tests on nearly 500 patients, the test correctly classified a patient's level of asthma control in 76 percent of the cases.

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Electrical acupuncture found to lower blood pressure in rats

Dr. John Longhurst of the University of California Irvine recently led a study indicating that a specialized acupuncture treatment using low levels of electrical stimulation can lower blood pressure dramatically in rats. Longhurst's team found that the effects lasted for up to two hours. "This study suggests that acupuncture can be an excellent complement to other medical treatments, especially for those treating the cardiac system," said Dr. Longhurst. "Our goal is to help establish a standard of acupuncture treatment that can benefit everyone who has hypertension and other cardiac ailments." His team is now testing the technique on people.

Mother sues over cereal nutrition

A San Diego mother of two, Jennifer Hardee, has sued three cereal companies, Kraft Food Inc., Kellogg USA Inc and General Mills, contending their products are not as healthy as consumers were led to believe. Hardee said she bought the three cereals: Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Trix, believing that low-sugar products were better for her children, but after hearing a broadcast of a recent report by The Associated Press, which found the low-sugar cereals had little nutritional benefit, she became alarmed and filed the court action, claiming that the companies engaged in misleading advertising by using the "low sugar" designation on the packaging, and that marketing campaigns falsely advertise the cereals as nutritionally superior.

Hal Hewell, lawyer for Hardee, said the suit contends the companies replaced the sugar in the cereals with refined carbohydrates, which nutritionally makes them no different from the regular cereals. The net effect to children is the same," he said. There really is no net health benefit, but it appears to the parents buying the cereal that there is."

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