Q: I am a customer of yours. I would appreciate your response to this article, claiming xanthones do not survive pasteurizing in liquids.
Thanks for the question. I always love having the opportunity to separate fact from fiction.
First, just because it is written doesn’t make it true! Where are they referencing their facts, I mean opinions from.
Second, It’s a membership only site, all about promoting their own products www.naturalxxxxxxxs.com/signup.html
Third, here are the real facts back by research, not spin, promotion, or an opinion. Why don’t they have anything like this on their site.
Facts about xanthones:
* The most plentiful natural source of xanthones is the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), which contains over 30 xanthones. The mangosteen has by far the most xanthones of any plant. The pericarp of the mangosteen fruit contains the vast majority of the xanthones.
* Xanthones are heat stable molecules. Unlike proteins, they won’t denature or lose their structure when heated.
What are xanthones?
Xanthones are biologically active plant phenols found in a few select tropical plants. Current research on xanthones suggests they are beneficial in helping with many conditions including: allergies, infections (microbial, fungus, viral), cholesterol levels, inflammation, skin disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders, and fatigue.
Xanthones have been found to support and enhance the body’s immune system. Xanthones also exhibit strong antioxidant activity which is beneficial for neutralizing free radicals in the body.
List of Xanthones in Mangosteen
Here is a list of all of the xanthones found in mangosteen that have been named. There are others that have not been named yet that I have not included in this list. Currently, there are 43 xanthones known to be in the mangosteen.
Medical Properties of Xanthones:
Research on Xanthones is ongoing. There are many results people report about health benefits from xanthones that cannot be explained by the science yet. This is likely due to the fact that only about 15% of known xanthones have been studied to any degree.
Some of the known benefits of xanthones based on recent research are:
Anti-Fatigue – Helps boost energy
Anti-Inflammatory – Helps prevent and reduce inflammation
Helps prevent cancer. According to a preliminary study, six xanthones have been found to be capable of killing cancer cells
Helps lower blood pressure
Helps lower blood sugar. Many people with type II diabetes have reported that it helps them to regulate their blood sugar levels
Helps prevent infections – Bacteria, Microbes, Viruses, Fungus
Anti-Diarrheal – In folk medicine, the pericarp of the mangosteen (most potent source of xanthones) has been used for centuries to effectively treat dysentery
Anti-Parkinson, Anti-Alzheimer. Helps prevent dementia
Anti-allergenic – Helps with allergies
Eye Care – Helps prevents cataracts and glaucoma
Helps protect the heart and cardiovascular system
I am glad that we still have you as one of our loyal customers. I hope this answered your question satisfactorily.
Marcus Ettinger DC, BSc.
Hello Dr E!
Thanks, for your email. I am currently in the process of finding alternative methods for managing my diabetes without using pills. I am taking insulin, due to the fact that I have had too many bad reactions to the oral meds. I also use supplements, like vitamin E, Omega 3, L-Carnitine & CoQ10. But, I sometimes feel that I’m swallowing pills all day long. I feel these supplements have helped me, but since I added the Coral Calcium, I feel so much better.
The Coral Calcium gives me so much energy in the morning, and all day long. I get a lot done during the day at home and at work….
January 17, 2007
Dear California Academy of Health customer:
Dietary Supplement Access Poll – 01/15/2007 results and my response to the CBS Nightly News piece on dietary supplements which aired in two parts, January 15th and 16th.
On January 15th I alerted CAOH.COM customers to a CBS Nightly News piece bashing dietary supplements and I also asked five simple questions. The response was immediate and overwhelming. Within two hours I received over 100 E-mails and by the morning of the 17th I had received well over 200. I am proud of those who took the time to show support for their right to access dietary supplements. A high level of responsibility is a personal attribute I value in those I call friend, and you have shown that today.
A preliminary review of the responses are as follows: 98% answered YES to questions 1, 2 and 3, while 99% answered NO to question 4. I have printed all responses and will be posting selected responses in the comment section below. I have also sent copies of my response to CBS, FDA, NPA, and many other interested parties.
The Five Questions:
1. Do you think dietary supplements are safe? Yes or no?
2. Do you think dietary supplements work? Please explain.
3. Did you know that the government regulates dietary supplements? Yes or no?
4. Would you like to see government control or even eliminate your right to use dietary supplements? Yes or no?
5. Any additional comments are greatly appreciated.
THE TRUTH EXPOSED
Fact - Mrs. Sue Gilliatt, the woman whose nose, supposedly, fell off because of a dietary supplement dropped her 80-million-dollar lawsuit against Dan Raber. Why? Follow this link to find out (Go Here)
Dan Hurley is the author of Natural Causes: Death, Lies and Politics in America’s Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry, and the impetus for the CBS news piece. Below is just one sentence from his book and a perfect example of how to not be fair and balanced.
“Over 60 percent of Americans buy and take herbal and dietary supplements for all sorts of reasons – to prevent illness (vitamin C), to ease depression (St. John’s wort), to aid weight loss (ephedra), to boost the memory (ginkgo biloba), and even to cure cancer (shark cartilage, bloodroot) – despite the fact that few of these ‘natural’ supplements have been proven to be safe or effective.”
Fact - Linus Pauling M.D. devoted the latter part of his life to promote vitamin C and it’s preventative and curative powers. Doctor Pauling is the only two-time, unshared, Nobel Prize recipient. Who would you trust, Dr. Pauling or Mr. Hurley?
Fact – The Ginkgo tree dates back some 270 million years. It has been used medicinally for at least 1000 years and is the source of over 1900 research abstracts listed on PubMed (Ginko – PubMed link). Do you believe Mr. Hurley or the scientists contributing to these 1900 research papers?
Fact – The FDA does regulate dietary supplements and medications. When found not to be safe, the FDA will remove them from the market-place. (Yes I know they don’t always but they are supposed to and yes I know they are prejudiced against supplements). Here is a direct quote from the U.S. FDA website, “The choice to use a dietary supplement can be a wise decision that provides health benefits.” This is a tough one. Who do you believe the FDA or Mr. Hurley?
Fact – Mr. Hurley claims dietary supplements are unregulated and potentially deadly. Checking poisoning death figures from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, I see that supplements are safer than most other products: there were only 5 accidental deaths linked (reported as possibly due) to dietary supplements over a 3-year period.
In the same 3-year reporting period, there were 67 deaths from plain aspirin, 50 from aspirin combinations, 48 from pesticides, 7 from cosmetics, 66 from household cleaners, 171 from plain acetaminophen, and 446 from acetaminophen combinations. The medical journal JAMA reports that there are over 100,000 deaths a year from pharmaceutical drugs that are used as directed, and many more from improperly prescribed drugs.
How many died from the FDA-approved drug Vioxx? How many from mood-altering and cholesterol-lowering drugs? How many from cardiovascular disease aggravated by synthetic hormone replacement therapy?
Fact – 60% of Americans, according to Mr. Hurley, take dietary supplements. That’s just shy of 180,000,000 people taking supplements. Let’s just assume that 50% of all supplement users are being conned, duped, or forced under threat of death into taking them (just humor me here). That leaves 90,000,000 of us that Mr. Hurley thinks are idiots, and if it wasn’t for the grace of god that he was able to have the foresight and vision to write this book, we would all be damned to an eternity in dietary supplement hell.
Here is a quote from the book’s publisher, “As Hurley shows, the dietary supplement craze may be one of the greatest swindles ever perpetrated on the American public.”
Even the publisher, Broadway, thinks we are all stupid. Statistically speaking, how many people out of this 180,000,000 do you think are really misinformed or just plain naive when it comes to dietary supplements; maybe 180,000 or .01%? I personally feel I am being generous with that number. The majority of supplement takers, from my experience, are knowledgeable and informed.
Due to the launching of our new 100% goji juice (Absolute Goji) in the next few days and all it entails, I will not be able to post the selected responses till this weekend. From all of us at California Academy of Health, Thank you for your support.
Marcus Ettinger DC, BSc.
Chief Science Officer (CSO)
California Academy of Health
P.S. Please feel free to E-mail me, anytime, with your thoughts or comments.
22 Dec 2004
First of all, if you are presently taking a “statin” type cholesterol lowering drug you may be doing more harm than good. Lipitor and Pravachol in the most comprehensive study to date (18 months 654 patients) found that: yes, it did bring the numbers down (ON PAPER) but in the arteries where it counts (LIFE OR DEATH) the Lipitor only reduced the harmful plaque by a fraction of 1% and (GET THIS) the Pravachol actually increased the plaque by almost 3%. (NICE!) Your numbers are low, your doctor is happy and you’re happy. All the while you’re actually increasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and/or dying.
Ignored fact by the medical establishment:
These drugs block cholesterol production in the body by inhibiting the enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase in the (THE BIG WORDS REMOVED FOR YOUR PROTECTION) pathway. This same pathway is also shared by CoQ10 (a required chemical needed for life and available as a nutritional supplement). Therefore, one unfortunate consequence of statin drugs is the unintentional inhibition of CoQ10 synthesis. Thus, in the long run, statin drugs could predispose the patients to heart failure by lowering their CoQ10 status, the very situation that these drugs are intended to prevent.
Another ignored fact by the medical establishment:
CoQ10 enzyme is responsible, in the body for nerve growth (Brain, spinal chord, and electricity to the heart). When the body’s CoQ10 is too low, nerves begin to die and one experiences tingling, numbness, cramps, and even brain damage.) If you are having nerve pain or muscle cramps you must start taking CoQ10 and get off statins, because the nerve damage can become permanent. (Or you may die which ever comes first). Talk about this with your doctor.
And now another ignored fact by the medical establishment:
“Special Warnings about These Types of Drugs (statins)”:
There is a slight chance (How often is slight?) of liver damage from Lipitor, so your doctor may order a blood test to check your liver function before you start taking the drug, again 6 weeks and 12 weeks after you begin therapy or when your dosage is increased, and every 6 months thereafter (Does he/she do that?). If the tests reveal a problem, you may have to stop using the drug. (Really!)
And another ignored fact by the medical establishment:
Drugs like Lipitor have occasionally (Is that more or less than slight?) been known to damage muscle tissue, so be sure to tell your doctor immediately if you notice any unexplained muscle tenderness, weakness, or pain, especially if you also have a fever or feel sick. Your doctor may want to do a blood test to check for signs of muscle damage. (That’s nice)
And another ignored fact by the medical establishment:
Most Important Fact about This Drug:
Lipitor is usually prescribed ONLY IF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Diet, exercise, and weight loss fail to bring your cholesterol levels under control. IT’S IMPORTANT!!!!!!! to remember that Lipitor is a supplement, not a substitute for those other measures. To get the full benefit of the medication, you need to stick to the diet and exercise program prescribed by your doctor. (Did your doctor give you a diet? Did you even try the diet? Did you try exercising for even a day?)
And the last but not the least ignored fact by the medical establishment:
According to Dr. Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and an academic geneticist from Duke University in North Carolina, “Fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs are benefited at all”. “The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 per cent – only work in 30 or 50 per cent of the people.” (So even if you are taking medication you only have a 30-50% chance of it working anyway. You’ve got better odds in Vegas).