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September 24, 2012
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Please note that our office will close at 2PM on Wednesday, September 26th for Yom Kippur.


Finding an Integrative Cardiologist is like finding a needle in a haystack. Lucky for those who live or spend part of the year in the Phoenix area, our colleague Dr. Jack Wolfson, opened his own practice. Call his office at 480-535-6844 or Here is a recent article he wrote called "LDL is not the Boogeyman".


Did you know that gestational exposure to urban air pollution, especially during late pregnancy, may contribute to lower vitamin D levels in offspring? According to authors of the recent study in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, this could affect the child's risk of developing diseases later in life.


Did you know that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the number one cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age? Two recent studies in Nutrition Reviews have brought to light the association between cord blood vitamin D levels and risk of respiratory infection in very young children. Intervention to change the vitamin D status of mothers during pregnancy can greatly reduce the risk of infection in their offspring.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Consumer Reports of Arsenic in Rice and Juice.

This is not anything new. We addressed this issue several months ago and in late 2011. In general, you should be eating less rice and more fruits, vegetables, wild rice and quinoa. We cannot tell you how many people begin reacting to rice when they overload with it. The reactions are almost always due to rice's components and not excess arsenic. 


That said, rice has always been a crop higher in arsenic because it grows submerged in water, which not only leeches arsenic from the soil and agricultural runoff, but the water itself often contains high levels of arsenic. There are safer areas where rice is grown (California) than others (the South and China). If you are concerned, contact the brands you use to see where they get their rice from.

Too much consumption of any grain is not recommended, rice included. Eating grain in moderate amounts, per what is suggested in our Circle of Health Food Chart, is not going to overload you with arsenic. However, if you are worried that you or a family member has retained too much arsenic and heavy metals, you can get tested through hair, blood, or urine.


You Tube Commentary Link, February 2012: 

"Arsenic in Brown Rice Syrup, Baby's Only Formula"


December 2011 Blog Entry:

Two recent media stories exposed potentially high levels of arsenic in two major American foodstuffs: rice and apple juice. Should their be cause for concern?

There is virtually no data or oversight on naturally-occurring arsenic, or any heavy metal in rice for that matter. We applaud scientists for wanting to exploring the issue. It is a complex one that depends on many factors before a consensus can be drawn. For instance, the location of the rice field has a lot to do with the amount of heavy metals in the soil. Are the fields sprayed with pesticides or near farms that do? Do the farmers use well water, usually higher in arsenic, or receive runoff from rivers or tributaries high in heavy metals? Additionally, soil in different areas of the world have varying amounts of arsenic. For instance, California soil has less arsenic in its soil than Texas.

In our opinion, there is no cause for alarm at the moment. The new study scientists' cite to is small and has many confounding variables. If you are worried, purchase organic rice. This way, you can check off pesticides as one less potential contributor to high heavy metals. If you are gluten intolerant or celiac and consume rice, do not deviate for what works. If you are worried, you can always do a hair analysis or serum blood test to rule out high arsenic or other heavy metals.

Apple Juice
In the case of apple juice, there is more data to draw from and depending on the brand of apple juice, there may be cause for concern. Additionally, because apple juice is a processed food, it is much easier to perform arsenic testing before releasing the product to the public. The fact that the FDA is considering more oversight means that it is an issue. We would also suggest going organic in this case if you drink apple juice. However, we are not big advocates of juice in any form because of its high glycemic index and load. We always prefer consuming the real thing!


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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery.


A 2009 paper in the journal Science linking Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to infection with a mouse retrovirus called XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia virus (MLV)-related virus) has been disproved in the September issue ofmBio.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases commissioned a study under the auspices of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University to track CFS patients at six locations around the country. None of the laboratories found evidence of XMRV or pMLV in the subjects.
Although the research group was disappointed that no association of XMRV/pMLV to CFS was found, they stated the silver lining is that the 2009 report resulted in global awareness of the crippling disease and has sparked new interest in CFS research.
Until a significant, singular trigger has been tagged for CFS, Bonnie believes that a host of issues contributes to the symptoms. She has put together From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Chronically Feeling Super Self-Help Action Plan for those who have not found relief for CFS.
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A Reminder for Snowbirds.

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