Common Skin Conditions and How to Treat Them

BLOG 5Western society places much emphasis on having “perfect” skin. While no one is perfect, maintaining healthy skin is important. Some of the most common skin conditions can be uncomfortable or even painful. In order to avoid painful symptoms like rashes, bacterial infection, and even sores, one must be able to first identify and then appropriately treat an outbreak at the first sign. Below is information on some of the most commonly seen skin conditions and how to successfully manage them.

Acne: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the single most common skin condition, affecting approximately 40 to 50 million people in the United States alone. While acne is typically associated with puberty and young adulthood, individuals can experience acne in near every age group. The most common causes for acne are:

  1. Enlarged, over-productive oil glands
  2. Blockage of the hair follicles that release oil
  3. An infection of the bacterium P. ances within the hair follicles

The best way to prevent acne is by using a gentle cleanser every day. For removal of excessive oil, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are among the most commonly used Western treatments. For spot treatments, tea tree oil has proven to be an effective, natural remedy for many.

Eczema: There are various types of eczema, the most common form being atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Symptoms of eczema include areas of skin that become red, inflamed, and irritated. Eczema is more common in children, although they often outgrow their symptoms by puberty. For those that don’t outgrow them, finding relief from symptoms is essential. Scratching an affected area can easily cause infection which could  potentially making the condition worse. Creams and ointments that contain corticosteroids are commonly used in the Western treatment of eczema, as they can lessen inflammation. However, natural products like coconut oil can also be used for similar purposes, with fewer potential side effects.

Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which the primary areas of the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back are affected with red plaques covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis is not contagious, but it can be genetic. While the direct cause is unknown, psoriasis typically begins as small red bumps that expand and develop a scaly texture. The rash can become itchy, and itching may cause bleeding and irritation. Psoriasis can be treated medically with topical use of corticosteroids, but there are several alternative methods that can be used in the home with or in place of these medicated ointments.

RosaceaRosacea is a common skin condition for many people over 30. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent “flare ups.” Essentially, rosacea occurs when the blood vessels under the skin expand, giving skin a red, ruddy appearance. Typically, the face is the most affected part of the body. Oftentimes rosacea can irritate the eyes, making them appear red and watery. While many turn to their medical doctor for help, there are several factors that can be taken into account and modified to help ease the symptoms of rosacea.

Health Concerns has several products that can be used for a variety of acute and chronic skin conditions. You can find out more below by clicking on any of the links:

Skin Balance™
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The Physical Impact of Stress

BLOG 4 Stress is a difficult term to singularly describe because every person responds to stressful stimuli in different ways. Similarly, the effects of stress manifest in unique ways from one person to the next. What is known is that stress can have weighty physical consequences if left untreated. Blood clotting, increased heart rate and blood sugar have all been linked to unmanaged stress. Aside from the impact on your heart, stress can prove to aggravate the symptoms of diabetes, ulcers, and muscle and joint pain. While we may never be able to completely remove ourselves from the everyday hustle and bustle, there are ways to better identify and confront the major stressors in your life.

The way that we internalize and respond to stressful stimuli ultimately dictates how we let stress affect us. Listed below are several methods that you can practice to help you better cope with the stress in your life.

Identify your stress triggers. Learn what makes you tick. Start journaling! Tracking your stress level throughout the day may reveal some surprising discoveries about what causes you the most stress. This can allow you to take time to think about ways to better cope with and prepare for these situations.

Accept what you can’t control. Stress oftentimes comes in a form that is beyond our immediate control. Successfully coping with your stress may mean letting go of the things you cannot control in favor of finding proactive solutions to manage the situation at hand.

Meditation. A simple and commonly used relaxation and stress reduction technique. Meditation is great way to transfer yourself into the present moment, allowing yourself to release the pent up anxieties surrounding what has been or what could be.

Regular exercise. Exercise has been shown to activate you brain and improve your mood.

Get enough sleep. Poor sleep and stress often go hand in hand. Ensuring that you get a full night’s sleep may mean unplugging before bedtime.

Allow yourself some “down time”. Be sure to schedule some time away from work. Take time to do something just for you.

Alleviating stress is the first step in improving both your interpersonal wellbeing and your overall physical health.  Health Concerns has a number of formulas that can be used to treat the painful symptoms of stress. Click each product to view the monograph.

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Overcoming Infertility, How To

FertilityThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 have an impaired ability to get pregnant. They also report that 6 percent of all married women are infertile. Americans spend $3-5 billion annually on fertility treatments according to some estimates.  Infertility rates are declining among Americans, however.  Although 6 percent of American women today are infertile, that’s much lower than 1982 when that number hovered around 8.5 percent.

Despite its slowly declining rate of incidence, infertility remains a huge, costly problem in the U.S.  What can be done to fix it?  Lots of things.  Here are a few.

Stop drinking soda.  Women who drink two or more servings of any type of soda (yes, this includes diet sodas) are about 16 percent less fertile than those who don’t.

Get some sleep.  According to some studies, women that are undergoing IVF treatments see the best results when they are on a sleep regiment that allows for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

Brush your teeth.  While gum disease might seem insignificant, its presence can add an extra two months to the time it takes to becomes pregnant.

Exercise in moderation.  It turns out that vigorous exercise five hours a week can make a woman 42 percent less likely to get pregnant than those who only exercise in moderation.

Watch less T.V.  A study by Harvard University found that men who watch 20 or more hours a week of television have a lower sperm count by 44 percent than those who watch little or none.

Manage your anxiety.  It’s simple: if you are too stressed, you will stop ovulating.

Give up gluten.  Recently, Columbia University conducted a study that suggested 6 percent of infertile women have celiac disease, which causes their bodies to produce antibodies that may interfere with placenta development.  Those in the study that went on to eat a gluten-free diet were able to conceive within a year.

Lose weight.  Men who are overweight or obese are more likely to have lower sperm counts and concentrations.

Quit smoking.  If you needed yet another reason to quit, smoking leads to lower sperm quality.

Of course, sometimes these steps aren’t enough and formal medical assistance may be required.  Health Concerns formulas and educational resources that can help address both male and female infertility issues.  Explore the links below for more information:

Educational Resources:
Infertility: Frequently Asked Questions
Infertility Cycle Calendar
Infertility Cycle Calendar – The Southern Chinese Fertility Approach

Male Infertility:
Virility Tabs
Cordyceps PS
Astra Essence

Female Infertility:
Maternal Herbal
Fertile Garden


What Can A Vegetarian Diet Do For Your Patients?

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A new, large scale study out of Japan has found that a vegetarian diet may help people keep their blood pressure low and out of danger zones that put their health at risk.  This claim is reported by a review of 39 studies that included more than 20,000 people.  The finding is that vegetarians had significantly lower blood pressure than those who ate meat.  On average, the reductions seen across the studies were 5 to 7 millimeters of mercury for systolic blood pressure and 2 to 5 mm/Hg for diastolic blood pressure.  What does this mean?  It suggests that cutting meat from your diet could reduce your risk of heart attack by 9 percent, and stroke by 14 percent.

While this benefit of a meat-less diet may seem obvious, it’s interesting to consider some of the other health benefits this could offer.  Traditionally, research into vegetarianism has been focused mainly on potential nutritional deficiencies.  It is only recently that studies are confirming the diet’s benefits.  The American Dietetic Association asserted recently that not only are vegetarian and vegan diets “healthful, nutritionally adequate,” but it “may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”  Harvard University reports that the following diseases may be avoided by a vegetarian diet.

Heart Disease – A study of more than 76,000 participants found that vegetarians are 25% less likely to die of heart disease.  This is especially true when meats are replaced by heart-healthy foods like whole grains, legumes, and nuts (particularly walnuts which are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids).

Cancer – There are many studies that suggest those who eat many fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and there’s evidence that vegetarians have a lower incidence of cancer than non-vegetarians.  Eliminating red meat will eliminate a risk factor for colon cancer.

Type 2 Diabetes – Studies suggest that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.  One study suggests that the risk of developing the disease for vegetarians is half that of non-vegetarians.

Many are unwilling to try a vegetarian diet because of concerns about osteoporosis.  While lacto-ovo vegetarians consume about the same amount as calcium as meat-eaters, some vegans eat less than the recommended daily dose and see a higher rate of fractures.  As long as someone on a vegetarian diet ensures they are getting enough calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K (two vitamins vital for bone health), he or she would not be especially vulnerable to fractures.

Health Concerns has formulas to support bone health and to assist in treatment and prevention programs for diseases like osteoporosis.  Click the formulas below to view their monographs for more information.


How Significantly is Stress Impacting Your Health?

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Last week, the American Psychological Association released the findings of its annual survey, Stress in America.  The study has been done annually since 2007 offering the APA unique insight in understanding exactly how stress is affecting America and how it has done so for the last seven years.  Stress continues to be a problem for many adults, while high stress and ineffective coping mechanisms remain ingrained in American culture. Forty-two percent of adults report that their stress level has increased and 36 percent say their stress level has stayed the same over the past five years. Adults’ average reported stress level is a 5.1 on a 10-point scale, far higher than the level of stress they believe is healthy (3.6). Even though the majority of adults say that stress management is important to them, few set aside the time they need to manage stress. Some adults do not take any action at all to help manage their stress — 1 in 10 adults (10 percent) say they do not engage in any stress management activities. More than one-third (36 percent) of adults say stress affects their overall happiness a great deal or a lot and 43 percent of adults who exercise to relieve stress have actually skipped exercise due to stress in the past month.  What is striking about this year’s study, is that teens are reporting feeling the same amount of stress as adults.

What many don’t realize is the very real and direct affect that stress has on one’s health.  Headaches, insomnia, the urge to over indulge in alcohol or tobacco use?  It could be related to stress.  The Mayo Clinic has published the following graph illustrating the various ways stress can affect different aspects of our lives.

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Ironically, when one is stressed, that person tends to neglect the very things that can promote its relief.  Diet, sleep and exercise are some of the first things that a stressed individual may start to lose focus on.  But what about when these three things aren’t enough to alleviate stress down to a healthy level?

There are many stress-reduction techniques that can help.  Here are a few the Mayo Clinic recommends:

  • Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this  technique, both visual imagery and body awareness are used to reduce stres.  One repeats words and/or suggestions in the mind which relaxes and reduces muscle tension.  For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting then focus on controlled, relaxed breathing, slowing your heart rate or feeling different physical sensations.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation. In this technique, focus is placed on muscles groups, tensing and relaxing each one.  The emphasis is placed on observing the differences between tension and relaxation.  It is important to remember to tense the muscles for at least five seconds, then relax for 30.  Then repeat.
  • Visualization. In this technique, you form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation. This technique works best the more real it seems.  Try and use all the senses possible.  If you visualize taking a walk in the mountains, focus on the sounds around you, the smell of the pines and the way the ground may feel under your feet.

Other common relaxation techniques include:

  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

When your patients need some help alleviating their stress, Health Concerns has a number of formulas that can help.  Click each product name to view its monograph.

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Schizandra Dreams™

Are Gluten and Dairy Interfering with Your Brain’s Health?

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In a new study conducted by world-renowned immunologist Aristo Vojdani, PhD., gluten and dairy have been shown to cause the immune system to destroy brain and nervous tissue in a process being called ‘neurological autoimmunity.’  This finding confirms what many clinicians have seen firsthand in their practices: removing gluten and dairy from the diet has a profound, positive impact on brain health in many patients.  This finding warrants particular attention considering the explosion of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and childhood development disorders happening today.

The study, the first of its kind, examined the connection between gluten and neurological immunity in a random population of health subjects.  Similar studies in the past have only looked at a sample of patients diagnosed with celiac disease, a condition that only affects one to two percent of the population.  In Vojdani’s study, 400 people with no known pathologies showed a significant correlation between gluten and neurological autoimmunity.  The study also revealed that the majority of neurological reactions to gluten and dairy were due to a case of mistaken identity called molecular mimicry.  In this scenario, the immune system accidentally attacks and destroys brain and nerve tissue, believing that it is actually attacking gluten and dairy.  The conclusion is that those with gluten and dairy sensitivity have a much higher risk of developing neurological autoimmunity than was previously believed in the medical community.  Symptoms of this condition are diverse and can range from something as simple as mild brain fog to something as severe as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Another significant benchmark of this study is that the entire wheat protein was evaluated for immune reactivity, not just the alpha gliadin portion as has been done in the past.  Standard tests meant to determine gluten sensitivity only look at the alpha gliadin, but people can react to a variety of different segments of gluten including gamma gliadin, omega gliadin, glutenin, and wheat germ agglutinin.  Many people are misdiagnosed when it comes to gluten sensitivity as they may not react to alpha gliadin, but rather to another part of the protein.  There is a similar case when it comes to dairy, only one segment is tested for when patients tend to react to other dairy compounds.

Neurological tissues that appear to be most affected in a cross-reaction with gluten and dairy are found in the cerebellum, the area at the back of the brain that controls motor movements.  Although cerebellar symptoms can be diverse, those more commonly seen include worsening balance, vertigo, nausea, car and sea sickness or nausea looking at fast-moving images or objects.  Studies show no food is a more powerful trigger of neurological damage than wheat.

The study underscores the importance of a healthy diet and the need for some patients to consider removing dairy and gluten in the case of brain inflammation and autoimmunity.  Gluten is found in wheat, spelt, barley, rye, kamut, triticale and malts.  Oats are often contaminated with gluten because they are grown in rotation with wheat or processed in the same facilities as wheat.  Gluten is also hidden in many foods such as condiments, meats, flavorings, and processed foods.  Dairy includes milk and all milk products including cheeses, yogurts, butter, sour cream, raw dairy and sheep and goat dairy.

Download the full text of the study here.

Health Concerns has a number of resources available to help you understand gluten intolerance.

Understanding Gluten Intolerance

Free Webinars:
Gluten Intolerance and Beyond
Gluten Intolerance and Digestive Disorders

Continuing Education Classes:
Wheat Allergy, Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease

Healing Digestive Disorders by Andrew Gaeddert

American Heart Month

This February marks the fourth annual American Heart Month, established by Barrack Obama in 2011.  In his official proclamation, President Obama explains the need for such a focus.  Indeed, heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death among American adults (one out of every four!).  As one in three American adults are living with a cardiovascular disease, a month-long, nationwide focus brings attention to this issue and encourages us to be aware of it and to make efforts to be more healthy.

The term ‘heart disease’ includes several different heart conditions.  The most common in the US is coronary heart disease (also known as coronary artery disease), which occurs when plaque buildup in the arteries is so great, the heart isn’t supplied enough blood.  This condition can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, stroke and arrhythmia.

Understanding that heart disease is a serious threat to your health is a good thing.  But what factors put our cardiovascular health at risk?  The following can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Poor diet
  • Family history

With the exception of being predisposed due to family history, each major risk factor can be addressed now using simple, proactive steps that could very well extend (or save!) your life.  Everyday habits such as eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting sodium consumption, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, and moderating alcohol intake can reduce these risks.

In the quest for a healthy heart, it’s exciting to note the number of natural herbs that can promote a strong cardiovascular system.  The following four herbs have shown very promising in studies examining their medicinal properties:

Ginseng – Ginseng is essentially an immune system booster.  Studies have provided promising correlations between ginseng and reduced blood pressure as well as reduced heart disease risk.  Slight precaution is advised as ginseng increases blood pressure in some people.

Gingko (Gingko Biloba) – Gingko is more famous for its memory improving effects, but it is a powerful natural medicine for cerebrovascular disease.  Ginkgo leaf extracts have been proven by studies to dilate vessels, thus leading to increased blood flow.  It is also known to prevent and reduce congealing of blood platelets.  Improved blood circulation to all major organs help reduce the risk of strokes.

Garlic (Allium sativum) – There is a reason that most cultures include garlic as an ingredient in their culinary preparations: the Egyptians are known to have found more than 195 medical uses for the herb!  The Chinese too, value the herb to such an extent that one of their everyday teas is Garlic-based.  Furthermore, several studies have shown that a single clove of garlic a day (which roughly translates into 500 – 1000 mg in powder form) is good for healthy cholesterol levels.  Similar studies have also proven garlic to be a blood pressure normalizer.  Regular consumption of this herb treats Atherosclerosis as it softens arteries by breaking the cholesterol and fat that cling to their inner walls, improving their flexibility.

Green Tea – Green tea is becoming increasingly known for its benefits to the heart.  Cells that line the blood vessels in and around the heart are delicate, and consumption of green tea briskly improves their health, condition and performance.  The 2008 issue of European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation reported that researchers have found green tea to improve blood vessel function within 30 minutes of consumption!  Green tea has a high concentration of the antioxidant/flavonoid called ECGC (EpiGalloCatechinGallate).

Health Concerns has a number of formulas that promote cardiovascular health.  Click the links below for more information on each product.

Astra 8™
Astra Garlic™

Quit Smoking and Save a Life – Yours!

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Every year in the United States, nearly 400,000 people die due to tobacco-caused disease–that’s the entire population of Minneapolis. Worldwide, there are 5 million deaths each year.  And for every person that dies, there are 20 others suffering from at least one serious illness brought on by smoking.  These astounding statistics keep the habit as the number one cause of preventable death in this country.  Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction).

The odds are stacked against us as tobacco companies with seemingly endless sums of money continue to spend billions of dollars a day to promote their products.  Would it surprise you to know that $23 million is spent each day on cigarette and other tobacco advertising?  It’s no surprise then, that 4,000 young people smoke their first cigarette each day in the US.  So, what is the cost to Americans exactly?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 2000 and 2004, smoking cost $197 billion dollars split nearly evenly between lost productivity and healthcare costs.  A similar study reported that second hand smoke alone cost $10 billion in 2007.

There are immediate health benefits of smoking cessation.  Within minutes, your blood pressure drops, within hours oxygen and carbon monoxide levels in the blood start to return to normal.  After one year of stopping smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease is down to about half that of a continuing smoker.  After five years, your risk of stroke drops, after 10, your risk of cancer is lessened.  But it should be noted that the longer you smoke, the more likely you are to suffer negative health effects.  Smokers tend to live ten years less than nonsmokers.  However, those who quit before the age of 35 can gain most, if not all, of that back.  Those who quit at a later age are unable to do so.  Those who quit between the ages of 45 and 59 are only able to add between four and six years to their lives.  The longer one smokes, the more likely, even after quitting, they are to develop health problems later in life.  These include mucous problems, COPD, emphysema, lung failure and loss of immune function.

While these statistics are not very optimistic, there are some that show a little more hope.  Approximately 69% of adult smokers report that they want to quit the habit for good.  Some 52% of smokers even attempted to quit during 2010.  Whether or not they were successful in that attempt is less important than the clear understanding the majority of smokers have that they need to make a change.

The American Cancer Association has published a number of helpful tips and tricks to assist those in their tobacco cessation efforts.

  • Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
  • Tell friends and family about your Quit Day.
  • Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and at work.
  • Stock up on oral substitutes — sugarless gum, carrot sticks, hard candy, cinnamon sticks, coffee stirrers, straws, and/or toothpicks.
  • Decide on a plan. Will you use nicotine replacement therapy or other medicines? Will you attend a stop-smoking class? If so, sign up now.
  • Practice saying, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.”
  • Set up a support system. This could be a group program or a friend or family member who has successfully quit, and is willing to help you. Ask family and friends who still smoke not to smoke around you, and not to leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
  • If you are using bupropion or varenicline, take your dose each day leading up to your Quit Day.
  • Think about your past attempts to quit. Try to figure out what worked and what didn’t.

If you’re a smoker, think carefully about quitting today, it could save your life.

When trying to quit alone isn’t enough, there’s support available.  Health Concerns has herbal formulas designed to help those struggling with addiction.  Click the links below for more information about our products or visit our website for more information.

Clear Air™
Ease Plus™
Griffonex™ 5-HTP
Milk Thistle 80™
Schizandra Dreams™

Nine Spices for Health, Energy and Longevity


Spice is usually defined as an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavor food. Sometimes we forget that these substances like the cinnamon that spices up your chai latte, or the ginger you use to cleanse your palate between sushi rolls can have powerful medicinal properties and health benefits. Let’s take a look at a few of these spices and what contributions they can make to your overall wellness.

1. Garlic

As far back as the Egyptians, garlic has been used both for culinary and medicinal purposes. The health benefits of garlic are truly exciting. Most studies done with the vegetable have sought to find a link between it and combating heart disease. It’s been shown numerous times in clinical studies to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), while not adversely affecting HDL cholesterol (the good kind). There is also evidence it reduces blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

2. Cloves

Cloves are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. They can be effectively used in a number of ways to treat things like toothaches, respiratory infections, and reducing inflammation. Although it may sting, cloves can be used to treat scrapes and bruises. The spice also can assist in healthy digestion. Cloves help relax the smooth lining of the GI tract so they help alleviate vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal gas and stomachaches.

3. Cinnamon

Besides being extra delicious on buttered toast, cinnamon has tons of positive health benefits to offer. This spice has been used throughout the world for hundreds of years, particularly in India and Asia. Besides stimulating brain function, fighting bladder infections and detoxifying the system, cinnamon is also thought to help fight cholesterol.

4. Fennel Seeds

Fennel helps digestion in two ways. First, it stimulates the production of gastric juices. Second, it soothes the nervous system, regulating the actions of the muscles that line the intestine.

5. Cumin

Cumin is thought to boost the immune system and also to improve liver function, reduce flatulence, and aid in digestion.

6. Cardamom

Found in curries, rice dishes, herbal teas, and breads, cardamom is the spice that gives chai tea its main flavor. In Asia, cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Considered an aphrodisiac in the Middle East, cardamom may also improve digestion, asthma, bronchitis, halitosis, and even help improve a bad mood.

7. Ginger

A perfect compliment to vegetables, marinades, and sweets, ginger is also delicious in tea. Ginger may help relieve nausea, arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps, and muscle soreness.

8. Star Anise

As the name suggests, star anise is indeed star-shaped. Though it is not actually related to anise, star anise shares a similar licorice flavor, due to its content of anethole. This spice frequently makes an appearance in Indian cuisine and is an ingredient of the traditional five-spice powder of Chinese cooking. Star anise has been used in a tea to remedy rheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion.

9. Curry

Curry, a staple spice combo in Southeast Asian cuisine, contains turmeric, the yellow spice that gives curry its distinctive color. The active component in turmeric is called curcumin. If you are a fan of curry, you will be happy to know that this substance is associated with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, and anti-amyloid properties; amyloids are plaque-like proteins that build up in brain tissue, and are responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.

Health Concerns is proud to offer many formulas that take advantage of these natural remedies. From Channel Flow® formulated with cinnamon to treat aches and pains, to Astra 18 Diet™ with ginger to manage weight. Take a moment to stop by to see all the natural remedies we have to offer!

Losing Weight: A New Year’s Resolution

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A study from the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that the number one New Year’s resolution made among Americans for 2014 is weight loss.  In fact, 38% of all resolutions made this year relate to shedding pounds and becoming more healthy.  Focus on these areas is desperately needed as the epidemic of obesity among adults and children continues to grow at alarming rates.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 1/3 of American adults (35.7%) are considered obese while an alarming 70% of Americans are considered overweight.  This problem cost the US $147 million in medical expenses in 2008 alone; the average overweight person spends $1,500 more for healthcare a year than someone who is not.  However, the financial cost is far less significant than the health problems excessive weight can cause. Obesity-related medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer continue to be leading causes of preventable death.

Gallup Poll Weight Graph

The Gallup Poll began tracking American weight by body mass index (BMI) in 2008.  In 2013, they noted an uptick of 1% in obese Americans, a number statistically significant and the largest increase the poll has observed since it began.  While one’s own circumstances certainly play a role in one’s health, it’s interesting to note that regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, all American populations saw significant weight increases between 1988 and 2008.

The bright side is that people want to change.  Americans are setting goals to be fitter, healthier, more productive in their efforts to lead better lives.  But how do they go about reaching these goals?  The CDC has published a number of healthy habits to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Watch Your Diet

  • Follow a healthy and realistic eating pattern.
  • Keep your eating patterns consistent.
  • Eat breakfast every day.

Be Active

  • Get daily physical exercise.

Stay on Course

  • Monitor your diet and activity.
  • Monitor your weight.
  • Get support from family, friends, and others.

The urgency of this problem is clear.  To support your weight-loss efforts and those of your clients, consider the many benefits that herbal supplements can offer.  Health Concerns provides many powerful formulas proven effective in weight-loss.  Click on the following links to view the monograph for each product.


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