March Newsletter

Top 10 Healthy Foods
Benefits of Vitamin D
The Myth of Sports Drinks
This month’s newsletter features How Vitamin D protects you against radiation, whether Powerade really does make better athletes, and find out if you are eating the Top 10 Healthiest Foods!
This month’s tip from Laura: Make sure during meal time you either drink a glass of water 20 minutes before your meal, or two hours after your meal. If you drink during a meal, make sure your water is room temperature or warmer and you sip throughout your meal. Never drink a full glass of water directly after your meal is finished. This may cause poor digestion, and unnecessary bloating.
Did you know Vitamin D can protect you against radiation?
Radiological health expert Daniel Hayes, Ph.D., of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene suggests that a form of Vitamin D could be one of our body’s main protections against damage from low levels of radiation. Writing in theInternational Journal of Low Radiation, Hayes explains that calcitriol, the active form of Vitamin D, may protect us from background radiation and could be used as a safe protective agent before or after a low-level nuclear incident. Click here for more.
Does Powerade make better athletes?

(NaturalNews) Not all of today’s high-tech, ultra-talented athletes are hooked on today’s high-tech supplements. In fact, more than a few of them are beginning to do the right thing for their bodies by rejecting synthetic sports drinks and supplements, in favor of real food.

The natural food phenomenon is being highlighted as the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London is set for later this month, when viewers of the games will no doubt be bombarded with ads for so-called “sports” drinks, nutritional supplements and energy gels – the latter of which comes in small foil packages and which so many runners and cyclists use during their events.

In fact, top-selling Powerade is the “official” sports drink of the 2012 Olympics, National Public Radio reported recently, implying that “processed sports foods and neon-colored drinks are the stuff that gold medalists are made of.

Increasingly; however, sports nutritionists and professional athletes are not in agreement. Physician and nutrition expert David Katz, of the Yale University School of Medicine, told NPR that sports drinks on average are about as bad as soda. Click here for more.

Are you eating the Top 10 Healthy Foods?

1) Apples

Apples are an excellent source of antioxidants, which combat free radicals, damaging substances generated in the body that cause undesirable changes and are involved in the aging process and some diseases.
2) Almonds
Almonds are rich in nutrients, including iron, calcium, vitamin E, fiber, riboflavin, and magnesium. A scientific review published in Nutrition Reviews last year found that almonds as a food may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
3) Broccoli
Broccoli is rich in fiber, folate, potassium, calcium and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds which reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli also contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant, as well as vitamin C. Click here for more.


January Newsletter

This month’s newsletter includes Mercury in your beauty products, Choosing the best butter for you and your family, and The many uses of lemons.
This month’s tip from Laura: 
Did you know that growth hormones in meat and dairy have been linked to early onset puberty? Did you know that early puberty increases risk of breast and prostate cancer?
(NaturalNews) Infamous for poisoning the kidneys and brain, mercury is a potent, silent destroyer of healthy cellular function. Mercury compounds can be readily absorbed through intact skin.
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Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.
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Conventionally raised cows are most commonly fed GMO corn and soy, however, some farmers fatten up their feed with additional sugar from GMO sugar beets and cottonseed. Cotton is the most toxic crop because it isn’t treated as a food crop but as a textile (it has less regulation.) And then conventional dairy cow feed is sometimes fortified with additional protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and CLA from GMO rapeseed (canola) because the cows are not getting these nutrients naturally from the grass. GMO alfalfa hay is also commonly fed to cows.
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December Newsletter

This month’s newsletter features information on How do you feed your children more protein, Whole Foods taking Chobani off their shelves, and The most popular diets of 2013.
This month’s tip from Laura: 
Women who are stressed and suffer the afternoon slump between 3-5pm may have disrupted cortisol levels. What you can do:
 Sleeping during 10pm-12midnight helps adrenals recover.
         Eat quick protein snacks in the afternoon.
         Try 1-2 tsp of Bragg apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water and drink 20 minutes before you expect to  slump.
         Watch the amount of sugar which can actually disrupt cortisol levels.
         Take several deep breaths to help drink in oxygen.
Kids tend to eat a lot of carbs and little protein. If your kids are like mine, they tend to grab quick snacks such as granola bars, cereal, toast or fruit. Unfortunately, there is not much, if any, protein in these. Getting them to eat the right amount of protein per day is difficult.
Not just kids, but teens are especially in need of protein. My teens are up at 6am and spend the day at school. My daughter is so tired when she gets home, she sleeps for a few hours before dinner and homework time. Being able to cope each day with the pressure of academics, social drama and workload is a lot for a teen, so getting the right amount of amino acids is essential!
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Whole Foods said on Wednesday that as of early next year its stores would no longer stock Chobani, primarily because the explosion of Greek yogurt brands has made it more selective in how it allocates its prized refrigerated shelf space.
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As another year comes to an end, Google reveals the most searched for “eating plans.” This year, I am happy to report that I can actually get on board with many of the “diets” that make the list, nutritionally speaking. But of course, it wouldn’t be quite the same if it weren’t for some of the others that I hope are not around for another year.
Starting in the order of most popular:
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November Newsletter


This month’s newsletter includes Tips for navigating a holiday party, A practical guide to sugar, and Delicious gluten-free pies for the holiday season.
This month’s tip from Laura: Your protein intake is only as good as the neutralizing vegetables you eat at the same time.
Navigating a Holiday Party
I have to be honest, during the holidays it can be hard for me not to give into nostalgic cravings and indulge on foods I typically try to steer clear of throughout the rest of the year. It’s the holidays for goodness sakes and I want to celebrate like everyone else!
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A Practical Guide to Sugar
(NaturalNews) Sugar has definitely become the poster child of all things wrong with our health. Our overconsumption of the sweet white stuff has shouldered the blame for a rise in diabetes, obesity, attention problems, arthritis, cancer and several other diseases. So is ALL sugar bad, and what ‘sweet’ alternatives are our best choices?
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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Pies
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October Newsletter

Welcome to Fall!
This month’s newsletter talks about what fruits and vegetables are best to eat in the fall season, Immune boosting foods to start your day off right, Great ideas to get your kids to eat healthy.
This month’s tip from Laura: Too many people attempt to lose weight by skipping breakfast, eating a light lunch and then making poor choices late at night. Trying to lose weight? Eat breakfast and avoid late night snacking which also suppresses morning appetite.
Foods in season during fall may appear less appealing — especially if you aren’t sure how to prepare them, or are feeding a family of less adventurous eaters. But in addition to the nutritional benefits of foods such as Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, you’ll find another positive: the exponential number of tasty ways in which they can be prepared.
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You may be lucky enough to be sniffle-free so far, but cold and flu season is upon us. Just over 2 percent of Americans have had the flu so far this season and nearly 7 percent have caught a cold. Those are pretty typical numbers for October, according to Gallup. And although they might seem small, it’s still early: More like 8 to 10 percent of people will be sniffling come December and January.
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Kids can be picky eaters. If your little ones balk at anything green, then you’re likely concerned that they’re not getting the nutrition they need. Camouflaging food takes a little kitchen finesse, but you’re covered with these proven tricks of the trade.
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September 2013 Newsletter

This months newsletter brings you the latest information on How to balance sleep and exercise, Whether or not to get vaccinated this flu season, and The importance of Vitamin D.
This month’s tip from Laura: 
We can eat healthy, but if we do not manage our stress and get adequate sleep we are missing key components to our health. Stress can increase toxicity in the body as well as reduce the efficiency of the digestive system. And our sleep is not just for rest but for detoxification and rejuvenation.
Vitamin D is found in many dietary sources, such as fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil. The sun also contributes significantly to the daily production of vitamin D, and as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. The term “vitamin D” refers to several different forms of this vitamin. Two forms are important in humans:
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What’s more important: an extra hour of sleep or getting up early to exercise?

How do I balance an extra hour of sleep against 40 minutes of exercise? When should I give in to the desire for more sleep and when should I push myself to exercise? Both are good for you!
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Flu Vaccine?
The best way to prevent getting the flu, says the CDC, is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year. But do the benefits of getting the flu shot far outweigh the risks? Can potential lethal illnesses manifest years later in life, a direct result from getting yearly flu shots?
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September 2012 Newsletter

How to Improve Your Life
The Truth about Today’s Doctors
Benefits of Living Gluten Free
Welcome Members to September!
This month’s newsletter features Health steps the system doesn’t want you to know about, How doctors are refusing care to parents who opt out of vaccines, and a personal story of How giving up gluten changes your life.
This month’s tip from Laura:  Breakfast is truly an important meal. What you eat before 11 am is “brain” food. Research shows individuals who do not eat breakfast are more likely to have difficulty with problem solving and maintaining energy throughout their day. Additionally, anyone trying to lose weight will have a harder time losing when breakfast is skipped. Because our bodies are continuing to detoxify before 10am, what you eat is just as important as eating breakfast. Best choices are fresh fruits with almonds, fresh fruit with eggs or fish. Make sure you have a good source of energy (fruit) and good protein for healthy neurotransmitters (the communication between brain cells).
(NaturalNews) Let’s face it, the system wants you sick. They build giant hospitals, develop expensive pharmaceuticals, and design equipment small governments couldn’t afford, all so they can rake in the life savings of hapless victi, er, people who find themselves at the mercy of Big Medical after making poor health choices their entire lives, albeit often choices they were told were good. By the time they are lying in a hospital bed with cancer at 60, waiting for another round of expensive, destructive chemotherapy, they have no idea what, or who, caused it, or what they could have done to perhaps avoid being sick in the first place. Click here for more.
(NaturalNews) Parents who refuse to allow their children to be forcibly injected with cocktails of toxic adjuvants, chemical preservatives, and live viral materials are increasingly being told by mainstream medical quacks that they are no longer welcome as their patients. Convinced that their own personal opinions on vaccines must apply to everyone, these vaccine-pushers have assumed the role of medical dictators, treating everyone who does not agree with their vaccine dogma as if they are unworthy to receive medical care.According to a study conducted in Connecticut last year, the number of conventional practitioners and pediatricians that say they have dismissed patients because of vaccine refusal appears to be on the rise. While only six percent of physicians said they “routinely” dismissed families over vaccine refusal back in 2001 and 2006, that number appears to at least be in the double-digits today, with one survey of 133 doctors showing that about 30 percent of them have refused patients who resist vaccines. Click here for more.

Deb Nevergall had just purchased an old Victorian home for her special-occasion tearoom and was working on the menu, which included cucumber sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and petits fours, when health troubles hit.First, Nevergall’s teenage daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with celiac disease after having suffered for years from painful stomach cramps, fainting episodes and mysterious anemia.

“I’d never heard of celiac disease,” says Nevergall of Findlay, Ohio. “Not many doctors in our town were familiar with it either.”

Once Jessica started on the gluten-free diet, she made a rapid recovery. Her stomach cramps disappeared almost overnight. In fact, Jessica was doing so well that Nevergall turned her attention to her own health complaints. In recent years, she had suffered from countless frustrating symptoms—weight gain, brain fog, headaches, arthritis, fatigue, upset stomach and bloating. Having learned that celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune condition that runs in families, she got tested.

When results from the blood test came back negative, Nevergall admits she was relieved that she wouldn’t have to give up her favorite foods. But over time, her symptoms, once just annoying, seemed to be worsening, affecting her mood and energy level. She was becoming depressed. Click here for more.

August Newsletter

This month’s newsletter includes The FDA Finally Admitting to Adding Arsenic in Chicken, The Unhealthiest “Health Foods,” and Great Ways to Exercise Your Brain.
This month’s tip from Laura:  
“Did you know grapefruit can interfere with certain medications? A chemical called furanocoumarins can prevent the body from breaking down certain medications. Over 85 different medications react badly with as little as one grapefruit or 7 ounces of grapefruit juice. Make sure you check with your doctor or pharmacist to know for sure if grapefruit is off limits. “

FDA finally admits chicken meat contains cancer-causing arsenic

After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!
Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical.
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Brain Exercise Provides Benefits at Any Age

There’s good news for bookworms… or really anyone who enjoys reading, writing and other ‘intellectual pursuits,’ especially if you’ve been doing such activities since you were a kid.
Researchers revealed that engaging in cognitively stimulating activities both early and late in life is associated with slower late-life cognitive decline.
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The Unhealthiest “Health” Foods
If you grew up believing the best way to start your day was a bowl of cereal, a piece of whole wheat toast smeared with margarine, and a glass of orange juice, you’re in good company.
If your health is ailing and you’re reading this, chances are your lack of progress isn’t due to apathy or poorwill power but instead, confusion over which foods are good for you and which are not.
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Kopec Naturals April Newsletter

Welcome to April!
This month’s newsletter from Kopec Naturals, Inc includes: Nine dirty little secrets of GMOs, Healthy breads on the market if you still want to continue eating bread.
This month’s tip from Laura: 
Did you know that growth hormones in meat and dairy have been linked to early onset puberty? Did you know that early puberty increases risk of breast and prostate cancer?
“If you had no idea that ingredients, labeled by the EPA as pesticides, are hiding in your food, you’re not alone.
Here are nine dirty little secrets about GMOs that impact everyone from farmers to families to the financials of our economy”:
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“It’s time to address the many questions I get about one of most wonderful and satisfying foods on earth – Bread! I don’t want to live without it and you shouldn’t have to either.
Bread is a really hot topic and is targeted as the root of many health problems. Overall, bread gets a bad reputation because grains are not easy for your body to digest, can overwork your pancreatic enzymes, contain the anti-nutrient phytic acid and an abundance of dreaded gluten. Also, our wheat crops in this country have been through some serious genetic manipulation to make them profitable for the food industry and less healthy for us.”
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