Fatty Liver Disease in Children is on the Rise.

by Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com.

In the last two decades, the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has more than doubled in teenagers and adolescents, and climbed at a similar rate in adults. Studies based on federal surveys and diagnostic testing have found that it occurs in about 10 percent of children and at least 20 percent of adults in the United States, eclipsing the rate of any other chronic liver condition.
There are no drugs approved to treat the disease, and it is quickly becoming a leading cause of liver transplants around the country.

Doctors say that the disease, which causes the liver to swell with fat, is particularly striking because it is nearly identical to the liver damage that is seen in heavy drinkers. But in this case the damage is done not by alcohol, but by poor diet and excess weight.
Most patients have a less severe form of the disease, with no obvious symptoms. But having nonalcoholic fatty liver is a strong risk factor for developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. And in 10 to 20 percent of patients, the fat that infiltrates the liver leads to inflammation and scarring that can slowly shut down the organ, setting the stage for cirrhosis, liver cancer and ultimately liver failure. Studies show that 2 to 3 percent of American adults, or at least five million people, have this more progressive form of the disease, known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH
Fatty liver strikes people of all races and ethnicity. But it is particularly widespread among Hispanics because they frequently carry a variant of a gene, known as PNPLA3, that drives the liver to aggressively produce and store triglycerides, a type of fat. The variant is at least twice as common in Hispanic Americans compared with African-Americans and non-Hispanic whites. In Los Angeles, liver disease is diagnosed in one out of two obese Hispanic children, and it is a leading cause of premature death in Hispanic adults.

Twenty five percent - one fourth - of our children in the US meet the criterion for obesity. We also now know that the prevalence of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) has more than DOUBLED among US adolescents since the late 1980s

Overall, the factors associated with increased NAFLD (the risk factors) include increased age, increased body-mass index z-score, Mexican American ethnicity and… just being male. This correlates with previous studies which specifically showed that increased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages was associated with NAFLD risk.

"I’ve even seen an Italian doctor in the medical news recently (Valerio Nobili, Rome) who made a similar revelation and distressing statement about his own country. He reported that more than a million children in Italy now have NAFLD" says Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP. 'Distressingly', he went on, 'We must take preventive health policies [seriously] if we want to avoid this generation of teens, which will have a life expectancy less than that which preceded it!'
In fact it is of strategic importance to diagnose this disease before it progresses to such an advanced state that will render unnecessary any treatment other than liver transplantation.'"

"Half of US children who are obese have fatty liver disease. Pediatricians have just got to quit tap-dancing around the assumed parent’s and child’s tender sensibilities and begin calling a spade a spade. Having your old, bald-headed – but kind – pediatrician tell you or your child they are too over weight, even obese, is much, much, much more preferable than telling you of your liver disease!"

"Preventing children from becoming overweight will prevent most NAFLD. We need to begin doing whatever it takes to convince and motivate parents of young children to:

  1. NOT permit sugar sweetened drinks,
  2. LIMIT TV and other SCREEN TIME (i.e. games, texting etc.) to one hour per day (except specifically related to homework in older children),
  3. SERVE 1/2 plate vegetables, and
  4. Ensure at least 60 minutes of good physical activity per day.
  5. The most important step, and unfortunately the most difficult, must be to persuade the food industry to package foods more healthy and less processed chemically – i.e. reduce the profit margin (yea right!) for the benefit of quality.”

"That’s what Dr. Nobili told the world press… and I whole-heartedly agree", says Dr .Jarrett.

For today's kids, sugar and lack of exercise are the two biggest culprits to not just NAFLD, but a type of lifestyle that sets them up to a whole host of future health problems, and yes, studies are showing that our children are now destined to live a shorter lifespan than their parents - a keen indicator that our eating habits and food choices must change in order to set the appropriate habits for our children. Children won't like giving up their sugary sodas, candies, desserts, ice cream and sugar-added fruit drinks, but they will dislike dying of liver disease, living with diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses even more. Good eating habits start at home.



Danger Found With Neti Pots.

by Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com

Improper use of neti pots may have caused two deaths in 2011 in Louisiana from a rare brain infection that the state health department linked to tap water contaminated with an amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.

The FDA reported two instances of deaths that occurred through the use of neti pots by consumers who used them to flush out their sinuses. and the National Institute of Health further investigated these cases.

In these two cases of death caused by neti pots, one reported in 2011 was a man, and the investigation into his cause of death was determined to be encephalitis (brain inflammation, damage and eventually death) caused by bacteria found in his water. The second reported death was a woman, and it was determined that her death was caused by a bacteria found in her neti pot that also caused encephalitis. Therefore, the cause of death in both cases was bacteria that caused encephalitis - which is usually deadly- introduced into the nasal passages, which are directly linked to the brain, by spraying or pouring a substance up their nose.

"People with a compromised immune system should consult a doctor before using a neti pot." FDA warns. "Most important is the source of water that is used with nasal rinsing devices. Tap water that is not filtered, treated, or processed in specific ways is not safe for use as a nasal rinse." Incidentally, a "compromised immune system" is also caused by food allergies.

Some tap water contains low levels of organisms, such as bacteria and protozoa, including amoebas, which may be safe to swallow because stomach acid kills them. But these “bugs” can stay alive in nasal passages and cause potentially serious infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Solution: Always keep your neti pot clean and sterile and only use distilled water in it.




Do you know what foods will give you more energy, calm your nerves, act as an anti-inflammatory, help prevent cancers, or help you lose weight? Hopefully this column will help you to have a better understanding of food and its healing properties. The best diet for optimal health is a wide variation of foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally cooked whole foods. Sweets, fatty foods, meat, dairy and cars in moderation.

Therapeutic Properties: Studies reveal that a compound in figs may actually shrink tumors. Figs can also rid the body of roundworm and other intestinal parasites. Makes a good laxative.

Acid or Alkaline: Slightly acidic.

Significant Nutrients: Potassium, calcium, fiber.

Phytoestrogen? Yes.

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Vitamin K: What's it Good For?

by Redstone Promotional Communications / Circkles.com

This is a series of articles defining each vitamin and what its role is in the body. To read the vitamins we have already covered, search our article archives using the Google Custom Search at the lop left of this page for a specific vitamin.

Many people have never heard of vitamin K and don't even know it exists.

A recent survey conducted in collaboration with the Proctor & Gamble Company suggests that if you're between the ages of 18 and 44, there's a good chance you didn't get enough vitamin K today—or any other day. People over age 65 consumed more phylloquinone than those in the 20 to 40 age bracket. Only half the females age 13 and over and less than half the males get the RDA. This confirms there are very low intakes nationwide.

Recent evidence also suggests the current RDA may not be sufficient for maximizing vitamin K's function in bones. The vitamin adds chemical entities called carboxyl groups to osteocalcin and other proteins that build and maintain bone. Exactly how much vitamin K is needed to optimize this function is still being established.

Phylloquinone is found in some oils, especially soybean oil, and in dark-green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli. For instance, one serving of spinach or two servings of broccoli provide four to five times the RDA of phylloquinone. Most of the survey respondents also consumed another form of vitamin K—dihydrophylloquinone—produced during the hydrogenation of oils.

One functional marker is the bone-building protein osteocalcin. To be fully active, it must be saturated with carboxyl groups, and that's vitamin K's job. So the researchers looked for changes in saturation in the osteocalcin. After 5 days of eating broccoli or oil fortified with vitamin K,, more osteocalcin was saturated with carboxyl groups.
The study also showed that older people can get just as much benefit from increasing vitamin K intake.

"And that's good news because there is some evidence that hip fractures may be associated with lower saturation of osteocalcin.—By Judy McBride, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff.

Vitamin K is also essential for blood clotting. Deficiency of vitamin K may occur following the administration of certain drugs that inhibit the growth of the vitamin-synthesizing bacteria or as a result of disorders affecting the production or flow of bile which is necessary for the intestinal absorption of vitamin K. In newborn babies, the absence of large intestinal bacteria coupled with the absence of body stores of vitamin K may result in hemorrhagic disease of the newborn. This is a dangerous condition because there can be bleeding into critical organs such as the brain. This disorder can be prevented by the administration of vitamin K to the baby shortly after birth or to the mother during labor.
A fat-soluble substance present in green leafy vegetables was found in 1929 to be needed for coagulation of the blood to take place. The substance came to be named vitamin K. The K was for Koagulation (Danish for coagulation).

Foods Highest in Vitamin K:


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Health Circkles Back Issues 2014: For issues before 2013, please use the Google Search at the top of this page and search by topic.

January 2014: Happy New Year's Hangover Remedies, And Next Comes the New Year's Resolution Diet. Herbs -Don Quai, Foods That Heal-Cocoa, HOME REMEDIES: Upset Stomach, Fullness, Bloating and more.

February 2014: Exercise Your Lymph, Herbs-Echinacia.HOME REMEDIES: Whiten your teeth safely and naturally.Foods That Heal-Cocount, Fact or Fallacy: Skin Tags Are an Indiction of Being Prone to Cancer, Vitamin C: What is it Good for?.

March 2014: Garcinia Cambogia Supplements Compared. Mesquite Meal. HOME REMEDIES: Pamper Your Pups: Your Feet and legs that is. Herbs-Elderberry. Vitamin D. What's it Good For? Foods That Heal-Collard Greens.

April 2014: Some Wart Removers are Flammable. Being Tired all the Time Could be Simple Anemia. HOME REMEDIES: Acupressure for Headache Relief. Herbs-Eucalyptus. Bringing the Stomach Back to Optimal Health. Foods That Heal-Corn is an allergen.

Ma. 2014: Warning About A New Sweetener That Will Hit Store Shelves Soon .HOME REMEDIES: Natural Sunburn Relief. First They're Bad for Us, Now They're Good For Us? What to Believe About Saturated Fats. Herbs-Eyebright. Here Come Those Springtime Allergies. Foods That Heal-Cucumber. Fuschia Thai Salad recipe.

Health Circkles Back Issues 2013:

January 2013: A Dangerous Product is Just Being Relabeled and Put Back on Shelves. Label Reading 101: Reading Between the B.S. HOME REMEDIES: Restless Legs Syndrome. Herbs-Bilbery, New Year's Detox. NATURAL / ORGANIC PRODUCT REVIEW: EO Certified Organic Products: Chico Latte recipe.

February 2013: Make Exercise Fun or You Won't Do it. Easy Breakfast Substitutions for Sugary, Nutritionless Prepackaged Cereals. HOME REMEDIES - Cold Sores. HERBS - Black Cohosh. FOODS THAT HEAL - Blackberries.

March 2013: Are Generic Drugs the Same Medicine? HOME REMEDIES-Toothache Pain. Energy Drinks: Is This What We've Taught Our Kids to do? Shame on us. HERBS - Black Walnut Hull. FOODS THAT HEAL: Brazil Nuts. Electrolyte Tea recipe.

April 2013: Healthier Southern Cooking with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The REAL Way to Avoid a Heart Attack: Internet Gimmick Discredited. HOME REMEDIES: Saline Eye Wash and Nasal Moisturizer. HERBS: Cascara Sagrada. Beware of Temporary Tattoos That Are Not True Henna. FOODS THAT HEAL- Blueberries.

May 2013: Anything That Tastes This Nasty, Has to be Good For You- Brewer's Yeast. HOME REMEDIES: Eczema. The Latest Diet Craze: Eat Like a Caveman? The Paleo Diet Reviewed. HERBS - Cayenne Pepper. FOODS THAT HEAL - Broccoli.

June 2013: We Are Now Dying Younger - Leaky Gut Syndrome. With important information on Fibromyalgia, Food Allergies, Chronic Fatigue, Autoimmune disorders and more. HOME REMEDIES: Warts. Healthier Soda Substitutes. FOODS THAT HEAL - Brussels Sprouts. Fact or Fallacy: Avoid Bananas? Don't be Stupid.

July 2013: The Truth About Fibrocystic Disease. HOME REMEDIES: Rashes. HERBS - Chickweed. FOODS THAT HEAL - Buckwheat. Beware of Caffeine Additives in the Most Unexpected Places. NATURAL & ORGANIC PRODUCT REVIE - Serenity Progesterone Cream by Health Science.

August 2013: Most Doctors Will Never Tell Men or Women About Estrogen Dominance. HOME REMEDIES: Insect Bites, Bee Stings. Which cooking oil should I use? HERBS - Chickory. Food Fraud. FOODS THAT HEAL - Cabbage. Herbs - Plantain.

September 2013: Hang Like a Bat to Benefit Your Spine. HOME REMEDIES: Sleep Aids. HERBS: ComfreyRoot. FOODS THAT HEAL: Carob. Not Too Fond of Pumpkin Seeds but Want the Nutritional Benefits? Squash Seeds.

October 2013: Pain. What You Can Do About it Naturally. HOME REMEDIES: Improve Your Hair. B12: What's it Good For?HERBS - Cranberry. FOODS THAT HEAL - Carrots.

November 2013: Vitamin A: What's it Good For? HOME REMEDIES: Cracked Heels. How to Defend Yourself Against Breast Cancer. HERBS - Dandelion. FOODS THAT HEAL - Celery.

December 2013: The Acrylamide in Fried Foods Debate. Gallbladder disease and Unnecessary Surgeries. FOODS THAT HEAL - Cherries. HERBS - Dill. HOME REMEDIES: Upset Stomach, Fullness, Bloating.



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HOME REMEDIES: Diarrhea, Cramps, Female Complaints.

Diarrhea: Drink a cup of chamomile tea. The herb has an antispasmodic effect that stops contractions in the lower intestine. The same is true of Blackberry leaf tea. Make it strong and drink a cup every couple of hours until diarrhea stops.

Cramps: Raspberry leaf tea works well for cramps and has been used for female complaints for centuries. Eating fresh raspberries or drinking raspberry juice will also ease the cramps from PMS, but not a well as the leaf tea.

Pregnancy: Raspberry leaf tea should be included in your diet during pregnancy. It should not be consumed all of a sudden in large volumes when you are near your due date, it should be consumed in moderation over a select period of time, generally from 32 weeks. It has been reported to cause possible miscarriage if too much is taken within 1 month of your due date.
If taken properly it is said to ease the symptoms of morning sickness, relax the muscles of your uterus when contracting, calm cramping of the uterus and assist with the birth of the baby and placenta. Raspberry leaf tea will not speed up your labour; it will help keep it at a steady pace.



How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.

Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum. 

Medicinal Properties: This herbs most impressive attribute is the research studies that have shown it can reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics and lower cholesterol. French researchers discovered that fenugreek reduced blood glucose and plasma cholesterol levels in diabetic dogs and human researched confirmed their studies. Chinese Medicine has also used it for edema of the legs, hernia, kidney-related problems and painful menstruation. Other uses for fenugreek include poor digestion, gastric inflammation, tuberculosis and labor pains.

How to Use: Make a tea with 1 tsp dried herb and 1 C. steaming water. Is safe to drink 2-3 times a day but after a week, give the body a rest from it for a week so as not to build up an immunity to it. 

Parts Used: Leaves, seeds.

How to Grow: Fenugreek is a Mediterranean plant and only hardy to zone 6, so it's best to grow it in a pot in a sunny window.

Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a "one dose wonder." They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.


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