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VIEWPOINTS:
HEALING NEWS FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
April 2006
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

Welcome to the twenty-fifth edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.

When it comes to permanent weight loss and the wide-ranging health benefits that it brings, we at Insulite Laboratories believe that commitment is everything. And that goes for us, as well as you. We're here to help in any way we can while you have to understand that losing weight and keeping it off requires long-term vigilance.

Losing weight is only half the battle, especially as your own body will be working against you for a while. Nutritionists say many people lose an average of 20 to 22 lbs - often 10% of their starting weight - in the first six months, only to then start regaining weight.

One reason may be due to the fact that weight loss isn't just about behavior and willpower. There's also a biological factor because the body has a built-in mechanism which is designed to prevent you from starving to death. The hormones of dieters actually start working against them as the body fights to return to its former weight.

In an effort to prevent what it thinks is impending starvation, the body increases the release of a hunger hormone called ghrelin, while levels of a hormone called leptin, which makes you feel full, begin to decrease.

This explains why you have to "re-program" the way you think about food. The good news is that many people are able to overcome these obstacles and re-condition their bodies so they crave fewer carbohydrates. Thus weight loss becomes permanent.

You should monitor your weight regularly to prevent those surplus pounds from coming back. If you do start to regain them, you need to reign in your eating habits and step up your exercise regime. Experts say maintenance of weight loss is the #1 problem in the treatment of obesity.

So, without becoming obsessive about your weight, step on a scale every other day and try to find the time to be active for at least an hour each day. If you find yourself gaining a few pounds, there's no need to panic - just fine tune your routine in small ways such as adding ten minutes to your daily walk.

However, you need to take stronger action if your weight gain rises to 5 lbs or more. One reason for this "reversal of fortune" may be levels of stress in your life. If you feel down, there's a greater temptation to try and find solace in high-carb comfort food. Instead of doing this, try increasing your exercise habit by taking on a new activity such as swimming. Physical exercise improves mood as well aiding weight loss and giving your body attractive muscle tone.

Weight loss is never easy. But it can be achieved with determination and knowledge of some of "the tricks of the trade" for successful and healthy dietary changes. We'll do all we can to help.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Exercise and good health will improve every aspect of your life.

Exercise!

INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Intelligence Report
FOOD INDUSTRY UNDER FIRE FOR FAILING TO COMBAT METABOLIC SYNDROME

Most of the world's biggest food companies are failing to take the worldwide obesity and Metabolic Syndrome crisis seriously enough. According to a new study, the companies often only change their practices when faced with adverse publicity that could damage their sales (1).

U.S. companies like Wal-Mart, McDonald's and Coca-Cola were among global industry leaders accused by a British report of a "pathetic" performance on meeting targets set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004 to tackle obesity and related disorders like the cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome.

Just four of the top 25 companies said they were taking action to reduce the total fat content of their products. Only 5 said they were cutting sugar while 10 said they were reducing salt.

The comprehensive review of the policies and practices of the companies found that their global reach meant they were largely unaccountable for how they addressed the epidemic of diet-related diseases like Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-and Type 2 Diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Researchers at City University in London, who studied the annual reports, accounts and websites of the companies, said the only factor which seemed to produce action on issues such as fat and salt content was public discontent.

Tim Lang, a professor of food policy, who led the study, said: "Our findings are worrying. There is a pretty poor overall picture, with too many companies appearing not to care a jot.

"It seems the best way to get companies to take health seriously is to have critics who give them a hard time. Eventually the companies who are targeted wake up but others keep their heads down and the result is that no health innovation or consciousness seems to take root.

"There are exceptions but generally these companies are not fulfilling their social responsibilities on health. Often they are so big and so global in their activities that they are not accountable - and they ought to be."

The study rated the companies on how they were meeting WHO health strategy - a policy thrashed out in 2004 under intense lobbying from the food industry to set out the basic action needed to improve diet. WHO studies suggest non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart-disease and obesity account for 60% of global deaths. That figure is predicted to rise to 73% by 2020.

The City University study looked at the response to this problem by the top 10 food manufacturers, top 10 retailers and the top five caterers and restaurateurs, also including Burger King, British company Cadbury Schweppes and the giant Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever.

Each was judged on 10 sectors, including responsible marketing, in particular to children, and reductions in fat, sugar and salt, as well as their attitude towards developing healthier new products.

The researchers discovered some action being taken in the manufacturing and catering sectors. But the retail sector was found to be lagging behind, with two supermarket groups - the German-owned Aldi and Schwarz chains - reporting no action on any of the 28 indicators set by the study. U.S. giant Wal-Mart was found to be taking action on only two indicators.

The food industry was judged by the British report to be years - if not decades - away from developing the awareness of diet-related issues that the corporate sector now has for the environment.

The report found that 21 of the 25 companies had not developed policies on advertising to children, despite spending large proportions of their turnover on marketing.

In one key area - the reformulation of products to reduce the fat, sugar and salt content and overall portion size - only one company was taking action to cut all four, namely American-owned Kraft. Seven of the 10 supermarket groups were found to be taking no action at all.

Obesity is now at epidemic proportions in the U.S. and other affluent societies because of poor diet and lack of regular exercise. An underlying factor in obesity is often the reversible imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance. Left unchecked, this latter disorder can result in the onset of Metabolic Syndrome, as well as Pre-and Type 2 Diabetes. In addition, irreversible Type 2 Diabetes raises the risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease.

Insulin Resistance-linked obesity can also be a major cause of the hormonal imbalance Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). a leading cause of female infertility as well as skin disorders like acne, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women.

All Insulin Resistance-linked conditions significantly raise the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

(1) World's biggest 25 food companies not taking health seriously enough,
City News - City University London, April 2006.




Click here to learn about systems that can help reverse Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) , Pre-Diabetes and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

NEW RESEARCH

New Research

"LOST CELLS" OFFER A CLUE TO OBESITY

The ability of a cell to sense its position within a tissue may help explain why some people become obese, scientists believe.

An international team is focusing on an inherited syndrome that causes obesity in children, among other symptoms (1). They suspect that part of the problem could be faults in cells in the part of the brain that controls appetite. The cells may lack normal location sense and migrate to the wrong place.

The deeply distressing condition being studied is called Bardet-Biedl syndrome, or BBS. Although it afflicts only children, researchers believe their work could shed light on obesity in general.

Children born with BBS become obese and go blind and develop kidney failure. Research in the past has uncovered at least eight faulty genes that can cause the disorder. But it is still not clear exactly how the process happens.

Working with colleagues from the U.S., Canada and France, Professor Peter Beales of the University College London Institute of Child Health, has discovered a possible cell function that may go amiss in BBS.

By looking at a mouse model of BBS, researchers found there were problems with tiny hair-like projections on cells, known as cilia. These hairs are important for telling the cell where in the body it is positioned in relation to other cells. Without this function, the cell can get lost.

They believe such malfunction could play a role in the symptoms of BBS and its related obesity.

Professor Beales said: "There could be problems with the cilia on neurons on the brain in areas such as the hypothalamus, the region involved in appetite control.

"If these are not functioning properly, neurons could end up in the wrong position."

He added: "Our research may facilitate the understanding of more common forms of childhood obesity."

Dr Bradley Yoda, of the University of Alabama said: "Until recently, we've been missing the connection between how cilia may be involved in these pathologies and developmental abnormalities.

"The work by this group of investigators has provided some novel and important insights into this question by showing the involvement of the BBS proteins, which function in the cilia, in a pathway known as planer cell polarity (PCP).

"The PCP pathway has major influences on how cells orient themselves, how they migrate in an embryo and consequently on how the entire organism becomes arranged. Thus, their finding will help explain some of the severe phenotypes that result in cases where cilia function is disrupted." 

(1) New criteria for improved diagnosis of Bardet-Bieldl syndrome,
- Phillip L. Beales, UCL Institute of Child Health



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WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT???
  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Avocados Should Be Avoided Because They Make You Put On Weight

Fact: Avocados may be rich in fat but it's the healthier variety known as monounsaturated. Half-a-cup of cut-up avocado constitutes one of the four portions of fruits -yes, avocado is a fruit - that nutritionists recommend should be consumed daily for good health.

Don't forget to vary your fruit intake, however. Bear in mind that, while monounsaturated fat is better for you than saturated fats, too much of it (and too many avocados) will make you put on weight. (See Consult Dr. Mary below for more details about "good" and bad fats)


CONSULT DR. MARY
Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. Why does it matter what type of fats I eat in my diet?
 

A. It matters because all fats are not created equally. According to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, diets higher in saturated fats, compared to the safer, polyunsaturated variety, were associated with low level inflammation of the arteries and the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (1).

Many other studies have found that Insulin Resistance is also associated with higher levels of saturated fatty acids, compared to the polyunsaturated variety. Insulin Resistance is an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin levels, which, left unchecked, can result in weight gain and obesity.

If neglected, these latter conditions can lead to reversible Pre-Diabetes and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance which is a leading cause of female infertility (2,3).

Your healthy diet choices are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can lower your risk of Insulin Resistance-linked heart disease by reducing LDL "bad" cholesterol and increasing insulin sensitivity.

One type of polyunsaturated fat, omega-3, is especially beneficial to your heart. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of coronary artery disease by helping to lower blood pressure levels.

High blood pressure is the greatest risk factor for a stroke - the third biggest killer in the U.S. Although the general public tends to perceive stroke as a male condition, 61% of fatal stroke victims in 2001 were women.

Olive, avocado and most nut oils are high in monounsaturated fats. Foods rich in polyunsaturated fats include vegetable oils, such as safflower, corn, sunflower, soy and cottonseed.

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are found mostly in fish, such as salmon. Flaxseeds, flax oil, walnuts and pumpkin seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Be proactive about your health and examine the fats you are getting in your diet today. Increasing the amounts of nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables, as well as taking a high quality fish oil supplement, will help you on the way to better health!

(1)  Klein-Platat C, Drai J, Oujaa M, Schlienger JL, Simon C., Plasma fatty acid composition is associated with the metabolic syndrome and low-grade inflammation in overweight adolescents.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Dec;82(6):1178-84. PMID: 16332649


(2) Haag M, Dippenaar NG., Dietary fats, fatty acids and insulin resistance: short review of a multifaceted connection.
Med Sci Monit. 2005 Dec;11(12):RA359-67. Epub 2005 Nov 24. Review. PMID: 16319806


(3) Vessby B., Dietary fat, fatty acid composition in plasma and the metabolic syndrome.
Curr Opin Lipidol. 2003 Feb;14(1):15-9. Review. PMID: 12544656



Click here to read about a system that uses omega 3 fatty acids
to help reverse Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).


“Your internet site has been so educational and made me realise that I'm not going mad and there is a way to control this PCOS. Although I have never met any of your staff, I feel that I get a more positive response from you all than my doctors for the last five years.

"I'm just so grateful for your organisation. You have given me so much hope and something to look forward to. I feel as if I'm dealing with professionals who care about what happens to their patient."

As women, it's vital for us to look good and feel good. It's part of our make- up; it's what makes us thrive. This is not about being vain - this is about well being and confidence.”
 
 

- Daniella McKnight
  England

 
Insulite Laboratories would like to share other experiences like this one to inspire our many clients on the same path. Tell us your story and we will use it in a future issue of this newsletter, as well as on web sites and affiliate sites.

If you are uncomfortable with us publishing your full name, we are quite happy to use your initials or first name to preserve your anonymity. We do ask that you include the name of your hometown and state or, in the case of our numerous clients outside the U.S.A., your country. Please email us at testimonials@insulitelabs.com



INSULITE LABORATORIES MEDICAL & ADVISORY BOARD

Our Medical & Advisory Board is comprised of health, nutrition and exercise specialists who contribute to product research and development. They also provide oversight for information included in our web sites, newsletters, weekly health support messages and Insulite System materials.

Selected Members provide support, information and guidance to all individuals who contact Insulite Laboratories with questions about their Insulin-Resistance related disorders and implementation of the various Insulite Systems.

Insulite Laboratories recognizes that our clients enjoy a much higher success rate when they receive support for their lifestyle changes. The Board is also an educational resource for healthcare professionals who advocate Insulite Laboratories Systems for their patients and clients.

This month we feature Board member Dr. Eli Camp:

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ELI CAMP, ND

Dr. Camp undertakes research projects for Insulite Laboratories and counsels individuals on health, nutrition and exercise as part of the company’s extensive outreach program. A clinical practitioner in New Hampshire, Dr. Camp received her B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and her ND from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is the author of several published research papers.

"First and foremost, I believe in an individualized approach to treating the whole person," says Dr. Camp.

"I share this philosophy with Insulite Laboratories, which strives to provide their clients with high quality products, backed by research and supported by knowledgeable staff. I appreciate working for a company with such great customer service and one that backs their products with "an absolute satisfaction or money-back guarantee."

"I truly believe that everyone at Insulite Laboratories cares about the health struggles of their clients.

“With its scientifically-designed formulations, I feel that Insulite Laboratories is offering an opportunity to address the causes of Insulin Resistance-linked diseases like PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome and Pre-Diabetes, rather than merely treating symptoms. This is very important to me, personally."

Have You Been Diagnosed with Excess Weight or Obesity?

If You Have, We're Glad You've Found Us.

We're Here to Support You Every Step Of The Way As You Transform Your Health


Insulite Laboratories is committed to giving you a better understanding of excess weight and obesity and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

So we are very pleased to announce the introduction in May of the Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance and reduce your weight.

Left unchecked, excess weight and obesity may lead to a variety of disorders, including the cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Weight problems can also play a major role in the onset of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility as well as skin conditions like acne, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women.

Another condition linked to excess weight and obesity is reversible Pre-Diabetes. If neglected, this condition often results in the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life and may require daily injections of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is a major increased risk factor for blindness, amputation, kidney failure and heart disease.

The Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity contains a scientifically-designed combination of nutrients which are primarily designed to increase the number of insulin receptors on the surface of each cell.

As a result, cells can absorb blood glucose through the receptor sites more efficiently for conversion to energy, thereby reducing levels of circulating glucose. A decrease in blood glucose lowers the secretion of insulin, which are both major underlying causes of excess weight gain and obesity. When insulin and glucose are in balance, weight loss is facilitated.

Check next month's edition of Viewpoints for more details.



DID YOU KNOW?
Did You Know?

A FUNNY FILM IS GOOD FOR THE HEART

Having a good laugh at a funny movie could do more than simply lift your spirits. It could help your blood circulation, researchers claim.

Laughing out loud at movies like There's Something About Mary boosts circulation like exercise or even taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, they say.

In contrast, watching heart-rending movies such as the World War Two drama Saving Private Ryan has the opposite effect. Mental distress in audiences can reduce blood flow, though not so much that it permanently affects the heart.

Professor Michael Miller and colleagues at the Centre for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland tested the old proverb about laughter being the best medicine by showing clips from both sad and funny films to volunteers. They found the 'feel-good' effect from a comedy lasted at least 45 minutes.

The boost of blood flow to the heart was as good as aerobic activity or starting on statin drugs, said Professor Miller. As a result, he advised a generous dose of laughter every day.

"We recommend at least one funny film daily, though we'd suggest watching it while on a treadmill. We'd suggest getting humor from a variety of sources, including bringing funny pictures of family members into the office, getting together with friends for a true happy hour on a regular basis and, of course, watching a sitcom or comedy."

In the study, 20 healthy young adults watched 15-30 minute segments of sad and humorous films, a minimum of 48 hours apart. They included Saving Private Ryan's grim opening combat scenes on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and slapstick moments from There's Something About Mary.

The researchers used ultrasound scanning to measure the performance of the brachial artery - which runs from the shoulder to the elbow, and is a good indicator of blood flow around the body. Blood flow was reduced in 14 volunteers after watching distressing movie clips. But it was increased in 19 after funny films. The difference between the two responses was beyond 50%.

Professor Miller said laughter would not replace exercise because the latter can lead to much greater increases in actual blood flow, perhaps a 2-3 fold increase compared to a 20-30% increase with laughter. But laughter can certainly benefit health.

"What is important to keep in mind is not so much the increase in blood flow, per se, but rather that, when the blood vessel dilates, it means that protective chemicals are being released," said Professor Miller.

"These protective chemicals do much more than affect blood flow - they are believed to reduce hardening of the arteries. Laughter may be just as important as exercise in this regard."

 
Have Fun!
“It's very important that exercise should be fun, otherwise you won't be consistent.”
  - Laura Ramirez
Staying fit makes you feel good in so many ways.


INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS

Spice

ADD SPICE TO YOUR LIFE FOR GOOD HEALTH

Many spices don't just give flavor to a meal - they also add more than a dash of good health. Modern research is discovering that different spices have amazing medicinal properties, just as healers have claimed for hundreds of years. Here are some of the hidden qualities of several spice varieties.

Tumeric is the spice that gives curry powder and mustard its deep yellow color. Rich in antioxidants, it was recently discovered that tumeric may be helpful in fighting cancer. This spice also has inflammation-fighting compounds called curcuminoids, which may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis. It is also thought to help reduce harmful cholesterol levels and improve skin infections and certain eye conditions like inflammation of the uvea - the middle layer of the eye between the sclera (the white outer coat of the eye) and the retina (the back of the eye).

Curry powder, itself, is a blend of spices that generally includes tumeric, cardamom, cumin, fenugreek, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Cumin, for example, stimulates blood circulation and can relieve abdominal cramping, while fenugreek treats indigestion, allergies and intestinal inflammation. Cinnamon can be effective in the treatment of osteoporosis and the management of Type 2 Diabetes.

Paprika is a key ingredient of chili powder and its benefits come from capsaicin, which can have blood thinning qualities such as an ability to reduce blood-platelet stickiness.

Ginger has been used for centuries as a digestive tonic as well as an appetite stimulant and a treatment for both morning sickness and motion sickness. Its active ingredients, gingerois and shogoals, lie behind its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is also showing promise as a treatment for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Saffron has a high level of crocetin, a carotene that gives the spice its deep orange color as well as its potent antioxidant and anti-cancer qualities. Consume sparingly, however, because excess mounts of saffron can be detrimental to the kidneys and the central nervous system.



SodasSodas are the #1 dietary source of sugar, according to nutritionists alarmed by the growing number of overweight youngsters not just in the U.S. but throughout the world. Even diet sodas have ingredients like artificial sweeteners that can be bad for your health.

Sugary sodas are not the only culprits, however. Sports and energy drinks and even natural fruit juice can pack on the pounds if drunk to excess.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, for example, recommends that school-age children limit their fruit juice intake to 8-12 ozs a day. Electrolyte-replenishing sports drinks can be useful after very rigorous exercise but they're hardly necessary after a 30-minute P.E. session in the school gym.

"There's a sort of misconception about the role that sports drinks play in a nutritious diet," said Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont. "If a child's thirsty, water is the best beverage."

Between 1971 and 2003, soft drink drink sales in America doubled, from an average of 25.5 gallons per person per year to more than 46 gallons. There are no prizes for guessing that young people make up by far the biggest share of the market. A 2002 report by the Institute of Medicine found that people consuming lots of added sugars were more likely to be deficient in micronutrients such as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, as well as various vitamins.

Each added 8 oz daily serving of soft drink has been calculated by scientists to increase the chance of obesity by 60%. People who drink lots of sodas are prone to putting on weight in ways that others who over-eat are not. If you consume a giant cookie, for instance, it often restricts your appetite later. But guzzling a sugar-rich soda does not have a compensatory effect on appetite.

Some researchers further criticize manufacturers because of the sugar source used to sweeten sodas. Not all scientists agree but the critics link increasing use of high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks with ever-widening waist measurements. Found naturally in fruits, fructose is processed slightly differently in the body than glucose and may turn to fat more easily.

Whatever the source of anyone's extra weight is, canning those sodas and drinking more water is a smart move to improve not only your diet and also that of your children.




Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
You are well on the way to reversing your Insulin Resistance and preventing its related conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and Pre-Diabetes. You are also taking important steps to achieving your desired weight loss goal and the healthy lifestyle you deserve.

Remember that persistence is crucial.

We at Insulite Laboratories are committed to your success and your well being. We're here to help you.

Please contact us with any questions or to order the Insulite System, Insulite PCOS System, Insulite MetaX System or the new  Insulite Pre-Diabetes System at info@insulitelabs.com


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