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Vitamin Supplements Reduce Plasma Homocysteine Levels and Your Risk of Heart Attacks

January 02, 2008 | 19,587 views
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Daily supplementation with 5 mg of folic acid, 0.4 mg of hydroxycobalamin, and 50 mg of pyridoxine reduces homocysteine levels in patients with venous thrombosis as well as in healthy control subjects, according to the results of a study conducted in The Netherlands. Researchers report that, within 8 weeks, the multivitamin reduced homocysteine levels by approximately 30%, compared with the placebo, in both patients and control subjects. Interestingly, the vitamins also moderately reduced homocysteine in subjects whose initial homocysteine and vitamin levels were normal. This observation raises the question of 'normal' homocysteine and vitamin levels.

Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol March 1998;18:356-361.

COMMENT: Homocysteine is a frequently overlooked risk factor for heart disease. I had a patient last week whose 46 year old brother just had a heart attack and her dad died earlier from a heart attack. When she asked the hospital staff if homocysteine levels were done on her brother, they had no idea what she was talking about. It is sad that some of this information takes such a long time to be transferred to the medical community at large. Homocysteine is such a simple cardiac risk factor to reverse. Just a bit of folic acid and B12 and some pyridoxine (B6) will easily correct this problem. More than likely, the reason it is not being heavily promoted is that no company stands to earn significant profit from its promotion. Indeed, a sad commentary on the current state of our health care system.

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From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

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