Dear Members,

    Over Half of American Adults Now Take Food Supplements

    According to estimates by the U.S. Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID), over half of American
    adults now report taking dietary supplements. The DSID was established in 2004 by a number of federal
    agencies to assess supplement intake in the U.S. and evaluate levels of ingredients in dietary supplement
    products. In fact, nearly two thirds of all Americans take some type of vitamin supplement on a regular basis. An
    estimated $20 billion industry in annual sales worldwide, the U.S. sales in 2003 alone reached nearly $4.8 billion
    through all channels, including mass-market, health and natural practitioner and the Internet. For an abstract / synopsis
    of the supplement sales research go to:

    Study finds lack of sufficient levels of magnesium may increase the risk of stroke by 25 per cent.

    According to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, increasing levels of magnesium could
    decrease the risk of *(ischemic) stroke, with the effects related to magnesium’s benefits on blood pressure and for
    diabetics. Over 14,000 men and women aged between 45 and 64 took part in the study, and during the course of
    15 years.
    *ischemic - a decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part caused by constriction or obstruction of the blood
    For an abstract / synopsis of the study go to:
    Note: We recommend consulting with a professional natural health practitioner, qualified nutritionist or your own doctor to determine what
    dosage levels of vitamins are suitable for you.

New Study Links Breastfeeding to Reduced Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes and High Cholesterol

Contrary to popular American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association myths, a new and extensive study by the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted that women who breastfeed their babies for more than a year in their lifetime,  
actually end up lowering their own risk of a heart attack and stroke. Scientists from the study have now found that women who breastfeed
for more than a year are 10% less likely to develop heart conditions than those who did not. Additionally, breastfeeding was also found to
reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 12% and diabetes and high cholesterol by around 20%.
For full study details go to:

Whole Foods Market Announce Nationwide Recall of Bulk Pistachio Products Because of Possible Health Risk

The recalled products were sold in Whole Foods Market stores located in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C.,
Wisconsin and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
For the full FDA details go to:

US and Canadian Government Review High Dose Vitamin D and Ban Vitamin D Expert Scientists and Research from Review

Talk about a ludicrous set up... now, the documented benefits of taking extra vitamin D are about to receive very biased and negative high-
level scientific scrutiny through a panel review conducted at the behest of the Canadian and U.S. governments. But the effort is already
caught up in media and advocate controversy. The panel selected to analyze the health claims is being criticized already for not including
the medical researchers whose work prompted intense scientific interest in the nutrient in the first place.

"If you were publicly in favour of vitamin D, you were not included, and I find that outrageous," said Reinhold Vieth, a professor in the
department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, and one of Canada's leading experts on the nutrient.
In fact, the composition of the panel, which had its first meeting last week in Washington and is chaired by an authority on vitamin A, has
prompted concerns that it may not settle the contentious question of whether current vitamin D recommendations need to be revised

Health Canada and U.S. health authorities currently call for taking 200 to 600 international units (IU) a day, depending on age. The levels
were set in 1957 mainly for the prevention of childhood rickets, a bone disease. These levels are the reason typical multivitamins contain
as little as 400 IU and fortified foods, such as milk, contain even less, about 100 IU per cup. Many of the scientists conducting studies on
Vitamin D found benefits from having more vitamin D and have publicly asserted that the current recommendations are woefully inadequate
and that 2,000 IU daily or more may be needed for optimal health. The Canadian Cancer Society has recommended taking more; 1,000 IU
daily - as a possible cancer-prevention step. Even the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that women who are pregnant or breast-
feeding should consider increasing their vitamin D intake to 2,000 international units a day to reduce the chances their children will develop
such ailments as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer later in life.

Come on Canadian and US WINHS members, write your representatives and the press on this farce!
For the full story go to:

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Thank you,

Rudi C. Loehwing
Managing Director
World Institute of Natural Health Sciences

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