MEDHOL cc Trading as Reform Distributors:
NEWSLETTER FOR January - March 2004

Welcome to our first edition for this year. We at Reform trust that you have had a well-deserved rest, and approach the New Year with renewed energy and zest. We want to wish you the very best for 2004, may all your goals and dreams be fulfilled. We also want to thank each of our valued clients, the old and the new, for your support.

Our topic of discussion for this edition will be Coronary Heart Disease, and through this topic introduce you to Cardio Arterial Guard. The next topic can either be on Candida related problems / Skin problems / Arthritic Conditions. Please let us know which you would prefer.

Coronary Heart Disease
80% of our Westernised population have raised cholesterol levels. 4 Million South Africans suffer from some form of heart disease; most of them don't know it. You could be one of them (South African Heart Association). Did you know that Cardiovascular Disease (disease of the heart and blood vessels e.g. Angina, Stroke and heart attack) is responsible for 19.8% of all deaths in South Africa? 1 in 3 Males and 1 in 4 Females have some form of heart disease. 1 in 2 Males and Females will have some form of Cardiovascular Disease in their lifetime (American Heart Association).

Chronology of medical illness and disease
Many diseases progress slowly over several years and produce few, if any, symptoms during the early years. As the disease progresses, the symptoms become more frequent and more severe, usually forcing the person to seek medical treatment. The person will either present with acute, chronic or periodic symptoms. Knowing your medical history and that of the disease, will aid you in discovering the cause of your symptoms and living a more responsible and healthy life.

In which ways do Cardio Vascular Diseases manifest: Through conditions such as:
Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Hypertension (high blood pressure), High Cholesterol (deposits of a fatty substance), High Homocysteine Levels, and Heart Diseases such as Mitral Valve Stenosis, Angina Pectoris, Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest.

Lets briefly discuss what each condition entails:

Arteriosclerosis
Commonly called "hardening of the arteries," the inner layer of the artery walls becomes thick and irregular because of deposits of a fatty substance (Cholesterol). As the interior artery walls become lined with layers of cholesterol deposits, the arteries become narrowed. This narrowing reduces the flow of blood through the arteries and decreases their ability to dilate when needed to supply more blood to the heart (e.g. during exercise or stress). It had developed slowly over decades. It often goes unnoticed until the first life-threatening heart attack occurs. Studies have shown that school children have already shown signs of heart disease risk factors.

Hypertension
As blood flows from the heart out to the blood vessels, it creates pressure against the blood vessel walls. Your blood pressure reading is a measure of this pressure. When that reading goes above the mentioned point, it is called high blood pressure / Hypertension. Hypertension is defined as a blood pressure with a reading of greater than 160/95 mmHg. In the adult population prevalence varies with the decline of age, sex and ethnic group.

High Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance (lipid) that is carried in the bloodstream and plays an essential role in the tissues and cells of the body. What you may not be aware of is that, at healthy levels, cholesterol is vital to human life. At unhealthy levels e.g. high levels, it can be fatal.

High Homocysteine Levels
Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body - when the levels get too high they are harmful to the body. Normally the body rapidly converts homocysteine into a harmless substance, but certain factors such as a vitamin B deficiency, may reduce our ability to keep homocysteine in our blood within normal range. So elevated levels of amino acid homocysteine are a risk factor for cardio vascular disease. Influencing Factors: Aging, as mentioned, the Vitamin B factor, some drugs such as (Methotrexate, Corticosteroids, Fibrates), smoking, Oestrogen deficiency, Hypothyroidism, strict Vegetarianism, genetic traits, alcohol, lack of physical activity, excessive coffee and tea intake - all have an effect on your levels.

Heart Disease
Develops when blood flow through the coronary arteries (feeding the heart muscle) becomes insufficient. Blood flow is diminished if an artery is narrowed by a build-up of fatty deposits (cholesterol) on its inner walls. This is called atherosclerosis. While it occurs in all arteries, the coronary arteries are especially prone to it. It manifests itself in shortness of breath and, in more serious cases, persistent chest pains (Angina Pectoris). Complete blockage of blood flow is often a result of a blood clot blocking a narrowed artery. This stops the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, resulting in a heart attack - where part of, or all of the heart can die. When arteries become blocked, blood supply to the heart is stopped, causing part of the heart muscle to die.

Common Symptoms and Signs to recognise a problem developing:

Symptoms (What the person will experience):
The person will complain of Chest Pains, (severe, crushing like pain) behind the breastbone. The pain may radiate to the arms, or even up the neck and to the jaw.
Shortness of breath, or breathing heavily.
There may be nauseousness and vomiting. One or the other or both.
Sweating, the person will become cold, pale and clammy.
They may even feel that they are about to die.

Signs (What you will be able to feel and observe):
Pulse abnormality
Low Blood pressure (Hypotension)
Cyanosis (bluish colour of the skin)

NB!!! THE FOUR MAJOR RISK FACTORS

1. Raised Blood Cholesterol - levels above ideal can increase your risk by as much as 4 x
2. Smoking - when high blood cholesterol is combined with another major risk factor, the chance of CHD increases even more e.g. if you have high cholesterol and you smoke, your risk increases to as much as 8 x
3. High Blood Pressure - if you have high blood pressure as well, your risk increases by more than 13 x
4. High Homocysteine levels - high levels damage and thicken the walls of the arteries. This increases the risk of abnormal blood clotting which can lead to heart disease and strokes. Your risks of Heart Attacks increase by 16 x and Strokes by 24 x and Deep Vein Thrombosis by 25 x. It also reduces the body's effectiveness in producing certain chemicals that would normally help reduce our risk of developing a variety of conditions and diseases.

PILING ON THE RISK FACTORS:

1. A Family history of CHD before age of 50.
2. Not enough exercise.
3. Stress.
4. Diabetes.
5. Being overweight

It is important to know that these risk factors increase each other's effects, the effects of two or three together is more than just adding their separate risks. That is why the concept of Total Risk must be taken into account. It is possible to be just a 'little' high in several factors but to have an unacceptably high total risk. For this reason attention should always be given to all the risk factors. Efforts to improve one, which is particularly high, should be accompanied by efforts to eliminate the others when they are present.

DO IT NOW!
Take the first steps towards protecting yourself and your family's hearts today. Even the youngest child can only benefit if you start your family on the road to healthy living now.
Start by:
Looking after your general health - make sure that you get regular medical check-ups. Stop smoking.
Exercise regularly - moderate and often is best.
Lose Weight if need be
Use poly-unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats wherever possible.

You can enjoy being healthy
Food that is good for you CAN taste good. Fruit and vegetables are healthy. Eat low fat meats. Buy meats like veal, poultry without the skin, fish and ostrich meat. Trim away all the fat you can see. Be aware of hidden fats found in processed foods - read the labels carefully.

The poly-unsaturated fats found in flaxseed oil, evening primrose and starflower oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and certain margarines are good for you. They have a vital role to play in normal cell functioning, in controlling blood cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

These essential fatty acids are essential because the body cannot synthesize them. Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E, a power anti-oxidant that boosts the immune system.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension):
When a person becomes anxious, angry or frightened, his heart beats faster and his blood pressure rises. If his arteries are already narrowed by atherosclerosis, the heart will be placed under strain because extra effort is combined with a reduced flow of blood in the coronary arteries - the arteries that feed the heart muscle. This can lead to a heart attack.

The biggest problem with controlling high blood pressure is that it is not normally noticeable to the person suffering from the condition. If you are worried, have your blood pressure checked at your local pharmacy, clinic or doctor. It is simple, painless and only takes a minute. If high blood pressure is diagnosed, it can be effectively treated with weight loss, supplements (Cardio Arterial Guard) and other supplements that will assist are Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Omega 3 (all included into Cardio Arterial Guard) and allopathic drugs.

Homocysteine levels:
Using the right combination of nutrients and adopting a healthy lifestyle can lower Homocysteine levels, simply and inexpensively. Homocysteine accumulates in the body because enzymes, chemical workers in our body, aren't working properly. Enzymes keep your brain, liver and other body organs functioning optimally. Enzyme helpers don't work alone, but have essential helpers, such as isolated B vitamins (Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid) and Zinc, and are the primary homocysteine lowering nutrients. Vitamin B2, B6 and Zinc make Cystathionine Beta-Synthase, and Cystathionine with the final breakdown produced being Glutathione. You will be able to maintain healthy homocysteine levels, as well as dramatically lowering homocysteine with the above-mentioned supplements. A good diet is essential and should include eating more fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green vegetables). Good sources of dietary folate include many breakfast cereals (muesli), lentils, chickpeas, asparagus, spinach and most beans.

Lack of Exercises:
Regular, moderate exercise burns up kilojoules and is known to lower blood cholesterol without straining the heart. Keep as physically active as you can. Take the dog for walks, stroll to the shop for the paper, climb stairs instead of taking the lift. Aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, cycling, swimming, jogging and dancing are the best, as they make the heart work harder and increase the oxygen in your bloodstream and releases energy. All you need is 20-30 minutes, 3 - 4 times a week to improve your health and that of your family. But remember that anyone completely unfit may actually trigger off a heart attack with sudden strenuous exercise. Rather take it easy to start off with and build up to moderate regular exercise. If you are over 40 or concerned that you may be at risk, discuss it with your doctor first.

Overweight:
Being overweight results in greater constant physical exertion, and that means strain on the heart. Being overweight also increases blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. You are what you eat, they say, so losing weight is simply a matter of changing your eating habits for life.

Plan your menu sensibly. Make sure your diet is rich in dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds - all high in heart health nutrients. Eat more fish and seeds, especially flax seeds, high in Omega 3 and Vitamin E. Cut down on fatty and fried foods and refined foods like sugar, pastries, white bread and alcohol. Replace them with lean meat, poultry, fish, jacket potatoes, brown rice, fruit and green vegetables. You should regulate the amount of food you eat with the amount of exercise you do and energy you burn up.

Stress:
75 - 90% of visits to physicians are stress related. Research on the link between stress and heart disease is not conclusive, but it does appear that stressed people have higher blood pressure. Stress increases your levels of hormones causing an increase in salt retention, and a loss of minerals and can lead to "burn out". Identify what creates stress in your life. Then, if you can't change the situation, try changing your attitude towards it. Remember that success will not come from a halfhearted effort, nor will it come overnight. It will take determination, persistence and time. Some suggestions may help immediately, but if your stress is chronic it may require more attention and/or lifestyle changes.

Tips to relieve stress:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don't take work problems home or vice versa.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve every day. Shed the 'superman/woman' urge.
  • Complete one job properly before you start the next.
  • Laugh a little - smile a lot.
  • Visualise, use your imagination and picture how you can manage a stressful situation more successfully.
  • Ensure a good night's rest. Refrain from having a heavy meal within 3 hours of going to bed.
  • Hobbies - take a break and do something that you really enjoy.
  • Share your feelings, stay in touch with friends and family, and don't try to cope alone.
  • Go easy with criticism. Remember, everyone is unique, and has his or her own virtues, shortcomings, and right to develop as an individual.
  • Give in occasionally and be flexible, make allowances for other's opinions. In doing so you may reduce your stress and find better solutions to your problems.
  • Make sure you have regular holidays and breaks.

Cigarette Smoking:
When you inhale cigarette smoke, your arteries become smaller and the heart has to work harder to keep up the flow. Apart from this, smoking is also known to raise cholesterol levels. If you smoke, you must face the facts - you are increasing your risk of heart disease by up to three times. It is NEVER too late to stop smoking. By stopping, or even cutting down, you reduce the risk almost immediately.

Why is smoking so dangerous?
Tobacco smoke has three main components - nicotine, carbon monoxide and the cancer agent, tar. The first two components act to increase the heart's need for oxygen while reducing its supply. Nicotine speeds up the heart, so it requires more oxygen. Nicotine also tends to shut down blood vessels, slowing flow through them and increases the chance of a clot forming. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen from the blood stream, and a pack of cigarettes a day reduces the heart's oxygen supply by one tenth. All these compounds (Carbon monoxide, Nicotine and Tar) may damage the inner lining of arteries and contribute to Atherosclerosis. Smoking can also help precipitate a heart attack by increasing the tendency for a clot to form in a narrowed coronary artery.

High Blood Cholesterol
Blood cholesterol is, without doubt, the best-known and possibly best-understood risk factor of CHD. It is a fact that the fatty build up in the arteries of the heart is mostly made up of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels in the blood signify a greater risk of heart attack - at least as much as smoking or high blood pressure. 4,8 million South Africans suffer from raised blood cholesterol levels, increasing their risk of heart disease. High blood cholesterol can affect people of all age groups. The Heart Foundation of Southern Africa recommends that every person should have their cholesterol checked by the time they are 20 years old. If there is a history of high cholesterol in the family, members of all ages should be checked regularly.

Cholesterol is carried in the bloodstream by two proteins called lipo-proteins. Low-density lipo-protein -LDL - is known as 'bad cholesterol' because it releases cholesterol into the blood where it begins to build up on the walls of the arteries. High density lipo-proteins - HDL - is called 'good cholesterol' because it helps remove excess cholesterol from the blood and arterial walls, transporting it back to the liver to be excreted.

High blood cholesterol levels are linked to diet, which is why the World Health Organisation and the Heart Foundation of Southern Africa, strongly recommend that people in affluent societies should change their diet to help control their blood cholesterol levels. Research has shown that there are 3 basic categories of food which influence cholesterol levels.
Food that increase Cholesterol levels: Your body gets cholesterol from two main sources - from cholesterol foods, which are absorbed into the blood (foods such as liver, kidneys, dairy products, and meat), it also manufactures its own cholesterol. Saturated fats cause the body to produce more cholesterol. Foods that are high in saturated fats are fatty meat, dairy products, cooking fats and shortenings. A high intake of these foods can increase blood cholesterol levels, therefore, eat less of these.

It is important to remember that many foods, which do not appear to have much fat, often contain high levels of saturated fat. Foods such as hamburgers, pastries, sausage rolls, biscuits, usually contain a great deal of saturated fat and should be avoided or minimized.

Foods that can lower Cholesterol levels: Polyunsaturated fats and soluble fibre have been shown to actively lower blood cholesterol levels. Some vegetables oils contain polyunsaturates, but not all vegetable oils are high in polyunsaturates. Olive oil and Sunflower oil is particularly high in polyunsaturates and is one of the few sources in an average person's diet. Since these foods actively lower blood cholesterol, they are recommended to replace saturated fats.

Foods that are neutral: Monounsaturated fats have little or no active effect on blood cholesterol (e.g. soft tub margarines which clearly states that it is high in polyunsaturated fats) on their own they are neutral. They do, however, help to lower blood cholesterol when eating in place of saturated fats.

On to the next step and that is from being at risk to becoming Healthy, Happy and Radiant! How? By using the right product to assist you in your journey towards Optimal Health.

CARDIO-ARTERIAL GUARD
Can medicine look to Nature for effective control of heart diseases, blood pressure and cholesterol? Research has recently uncovered compelling evidence that natural dietary supplements, may act as effectively as prescription medication. Cardio-Arterial Guard was designed and developed as a tool to improve your lifestyle and the health of your heart. It contains special nutrients to help promote and then maintain a healthy heart and circulation. This is an advanced doctor-designed formulation that can assist in the restoration of arteries to a younger state and improve overall health. This formulation assists in enhancing the performance and restoration or your heart and blood vessels to a more natural state, with a precise combination of synergistic-acting complexes and factors. Research has proven that ingredients in this formulation, reduce blood cholesterol levels, remove calcium from hardened arteries as well as arthritic joints and remove toxic heavy metals from the body.

The Flavonoids compound supports normal blood pressure and Serum Cholesterol deposition in the arterial wall and improves heart contractions. Cardio Arterial Guard helps remove excessive levels of calcium, metals and metal compounds from cells. Natural chelating of the orotates and asparates of potassium and magnesium and the enzyme Bromelain produce clinically observed effects on protecting and improving heart functions. Co-enzyme Q10 provides critical cardiovascular energy support while Forskolin works to lower blood pressure. The rest of the ingredients work synergistically to support healthy coronary circulation and healthy cholesterol levels. Please see pamphlet on Cardio Arterial Guard or contact our offices for more details.

CONCLUSION:
Cardiovascular disease results from a complex interaction of genetics, diet and lifestyle choices. While there is no simplistic picture of heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol, it is encouraging to know that Nature can supplement and assist your cholesterol and high blood pressure efforts with a safe and effective option.
On to some other exciting news!
Product Promotions: Will resume again from February 2004, if any of our clients would want me to come and do a Lifeforce promotion or an individual product promotion please feel free to contact our offices to make a booking.

Training:
Regular training sessions will be offered to interested parties on their working premises, providing we have at least 5 or more people to train. If there are smaller numbers we can combine training with other interested parties in their working area. Training will commence again from the middle of January 2004.

Label changes:
95% of our products are in the Bronze and Royal Blue labels. The few remaining will remain as is, until the sales pick up / or as they come to an end of a batch manufactured / if these sales remain as low as they are at present they will be discontinued with notification.

Pamphlets:
11 of our products now have pamphlets introducing these products to the public and assisting in marketing Lifeforce. We are on a strong Marketing drive to educate not only the professional world on how good Lifeforce products really are, but also the greater communities. We are working towards assisting the greater society to heal, with love, education, and affordable supplements.

We are launching the following products in January 2004.

IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTING FORMULATION: LIFEFORCE IMMUNO AID COMBO CAPSULES
As an Immune booster, selected Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids and pre & pro biotics have been added to assist and increase the function of T-cells, controlling and fighting illnesses. A combination of Barley Grass, Pine Bark Extracts, Pre & Pro-biotics: L Sporogenes, FOS, Colostrum (Lactoferrin), Amino Acids: NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine), L-Lysine and Zinc Gluconate, Selenium, Vitamin B2, B6, B5, Vitamin C and Citrus Bioflavonoids.

Indications:
Lowered Immune Functions, Chronic infections, Systemic Candida, Fatigue, Stress, Swollen glands, Muscle & joint pains, weight loss and allergies.

STRESS MANAGING FORMULATION: LIFEFORCE STRESS COMBO TABLETS
Stress Combo contains a blend of natural vitamins, minerals and trace elements that work as a nutrient to improve the body's response to stress, thereby boosting mood and relieving depression. It also improves other mental functions such as memory, concentration, alertness and recall. Stress Combo has been Medically created as a key essential for stress recovery and the strengthening of your immune function, and is ideal for those that are very busy, stressed and who face a lot of demanding and challenging tasks.

It provides the key combinations of micronutrients to help people cope as well as boost the immune system. Stress Combo assists to re-balance the body, and to boost energy levels.
Everyday pressures & stress are known to increase the body's need for the B Group vitamins, which work in synergy with one another. The formula delivers beneficial amounts of B Complex and included are high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin H, Folic Acid, Magnesium & Potassium, to aid in healing, and energy utilisation.

Indications:
Stress and stress related conditions, Lowered Immune Functions, Chronic infections, Fatigue, Swollen glands, Muscle & joint pains, PMS, intolerances and allergies.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT FOR SKIN CARE: LIFEFORCE SKIN AID COMBO
Scientific studies have demonstrated that nutritional supplements are beneficial and effective in promoting skin health. Skin Aid Combo has been specially formulated with the nutrients that play an important role in the health, structure and quality of the skin. It is known to be effective in the promotion of healthy skin, nails and hair. This formulation is for the treatment of all skin conditions especially ones such as PSORIASIS, ECZEMA, DERMATITIS AND VITILIGO

Lifeforce has specially formulated a micronutrient with more than 20 essential nutrients for people with skin disorders. This specialised formulation with the correctly balanced combinations of nutrients will be effective in facilitating healing and promoting a healthy, glowing, radiant skin.

Indications:
Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Impetigo, Psoriasis, skin, hair and nail problems.

Quote for this addition:
Life is like a wild tiger. You can either lie down and let it lay its paw on your head - or sit on its back and ride it. (Ride the wild tiger)

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