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Healthy by Nature RADIO SHOW this week
Our guests include Vicky Little, a chef/health coach trained at the famous Le Cordon Bleu; Occupational Therapist/oncology specialist, Suzy Edmonson; and integrative physician, Constantine Kotsanis, MD. As you hear our panel discuss gourmet meals, nutrition, and lifestyle issues, you may be surprised that they routinely apply this knowledge to integrative cancer care. All three guests have also used these practices to help themselves and their families overcome various health challenges such as autoimmune disease and food sensitivities. Please call the live show with questions at 1-800-281-8255. Click here to find podcasts, show archives and how to listen nationwide.

Solid news about soft drinks
An increasing number of people in the US are choosing water instead of soft drinks. Yay! If you count tap water, water actually overtook soda intake in the mid 2000’s. (What amazes me most about that factoid is that soda was ever in the lead.) According to the Beverage Marketing Corp., sale of bottled water is expected to surpass the sale of soda by 2020.
However, last year in California, 41% of kids between 2 and 17 still drank at least one soft drink or other sugar sweetened beverage per day. Sodas contribute greatly to overall sugar intake which leads to obesity, diabetes and hundreds of other conditions. But, at least consumption is down 11% from 2007 levels.

Since selling water is so price-competitive and therefore unprofitable, Coca Cola and Pepsi have launched any number of “enhanced” varieties. Those products tend to be lightly filtered tap water with a smidge of added vitamins and minerals, flavoring and in some cases a load of sugar. Even that business is competitive. But, don’t feel too sorry for the big soda companies because they are making good money selling our bad habits to foreign countries.

We feel (and even look) a lot better when we are well hydrated. Water is absolutely essential for virtually every process that keeps us alive and kicking. I don’t believe we can depend on thirst to tell us how much we need because we are probably a quart low before that sense kicks in. The naturopath’s rule of thumb seems to work pretty well: take your weight in pounds and divide that number in half. The result is the number of ounces to shoot for each day. For example, a person who weighs 128 pounds would drink 64 ounces a day (8 glasses of 8 ounces). We need the minerals in water, but not the toxins and pharmaceuticals that municipal water processing doesn’t even attempt to remove. Water sold in plastic bottles is likely to contain plasticizers that can interfere with hormones. Besides, 200 billion plastic water bottles used per year clog landfills and are part of what is creating a horrible sludge in our oceans. I recommend filtered water and keeping it in reusable glass bottles.

A really Affordable Care Act
Atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder that increases the risk of stroke) was recently shown to be cured or greatly improved (at least in rabbits) by administering inexpensive vitamin D. LINK. Given the astonishing list of other vitamin D benefits compared to the scary side effects of the usual treatment (Coumadin or warfarin), doesn’t this seem a worthy avenue to pursue? In the words of nutrition expert, author and radio host Bill Sardi, “The most Affordable Care Act would be to make the human population D-sufficient.”

People Power
 Thanks to all of you who voted for James Michael McLester’s band, Supernova Remnant, during the contest. You helped his band win a coveted spot in the top 2. Now, the featured artists will decide which band performs at the event. SpiritFest DFW is Sunday, Nov 10 at The Ballpark in Arlington (TX).

What’s coming up?
FREE Lecture Event – Saturday, November 16, 2013 1 PM-3PM (Central)

 John Young, MD (2:00) – The Young Health Revolution. This is his natural nutritional strategy for whole-body cell restoration based on the latest Nobel prize-winning science. It has been shown to help patients feel better now while addressing the root causes of many chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, Arthritis, Hypertension, Neuropathy and Cancer.

Martie Whittekin, CCN (1:00) – Energy the Natural Way (without depending on caffeine or energy shots) Stimulants and carb snacks may keep you going temporarily but, you are borrowing energy that your body should be using for other health functions. Learn how you can pop out of bed in the morning, cheerful and eager to pursue your passions and avoid the typical midafternoon slump.

Location & directions: Courtyard Dallas Plano Parkway at Preston Road
                               4901 West Plano, TX 75093 Map and Directions

 No cost, no reservation required (first come first seated). Attend either or both.
Last Week Follow-up
LINK to that show in the archives. Kristin Selby Gonzalez is the President/Chairman of Autism Hope Alliance and is the mother of a boy with autism. She has seen him progress from very withdrawn and no language, to a playful and interactive boy who now speaks in five word sentences. Kristin is also the host of the newly released DVD, Let’s Go Shopping, Special Food for Special Needs and is the director of autism education for the highly respected enzyme company, Enzymedica. Nancy Lee Bentley is a nationally-known expert in holistic health as well as being a chef, food scientist, nutrition specialist, writer and teacher. She is the author of Truly Cultured, Rejuvenating Taste, Health and Community with Naturally Fermented Foods. Not surprisingly, we discussed fermented foods.

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My first book : Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers. Subtitle: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments.

My latest book: Aloe Vera-Modern Science Sheds Light on an Ancient Herbal Remedy

The information contained in this newsletter has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Copyright 2013 Martie Whittekin, CCN

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