Thursday, July 2, 2009

Red Yeast Info

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Subject: Red Yeast Info
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2009 09:48:12 -0700
From: Larry Kinney <>
To: Roy Frost <>

Hello Roy. Hello Joan. The following may be of interest for Joan.

Love, Larry

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*Study Confirms Red Yeast Rice Benefits*
By Dr. Allen S. Josephs Co-Founder & Chairman,

Before I started my training in neurology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New
York City in the early 1980s, I had completed three years of internal
medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. At part of my
internal medicine training, I would read the most prestigious American
journals for internists, those being the /New England Journal of
Medicine/, the /Annals of Internal Medicine /and the /American Journal
of Medicine/. If there was an article in one of these journals, you
certainly had to take note.

Well, I certainly did take note earlier this week when I read a great
study^1 published on the benefits of red yeast rice in the /Annals of
Internal Medicine/. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine studied the effects of red yeast rice in a group of
patients with elevated cholesterol who had been on statin medication but
had to stop the medication because of muscle pain. The study involved 62
patients with elevated cholesterol. Half of the group was randomly
assigned to receive 1,800 mg of red yeast rice twice a day or a placebo
pill twice daily for a total of 24 weeks. Concomitant with this
supplement regimen, all of the patients participated in a twelve-week
therapeutic lifestyle change program which included diet, exercise,
relaxation techniques and so on.

At the end of twelve weeks, those patients supplemented with red yeast
rice saw their LDL (bad cholesterol) drop by an amazing 43 mg from
baseline and 35 mg at the end of the 24-week study. Those in the placebo
group did notice a small decrease in LDL cholesterol by 11 mg and 15 mg,
respectively. The results were statistically significant. Of importance,
patients given the red yeast rice did not notice any increase in liver
enzymes, weight loss or muscle pain compared to the placebo group. The
authors concluded that a combination of red yeast rice supplementation
and lifestyle change may be a safe option for those who cannot tolerate
the statin drugs.

Although the study size was relatively small, the results were very
important. I am not quite sure why the authors concluded that red yeast
rice could be a treatment option for those who could not tolerate
statins. I know that there are many people out there including medical
doctors who are leery of drugs because of their very high prices and
long list of side effects. I would ask the question if there is a safe,
natural, inexpensive and effective option proven by controlled well done
human studies, why not utilize it first? I would like to compliment ABC
News for doing a great article and video on red yeast rice and also for
mentioning another red yeast rice study indicating heart attack patients
reduced their risk of heart attack by 45% after five years of use. Click
here <> to
see the article.

I chose to do some quick math by reviewing one of the top selling and
rated red yeast rice extracts sold at Vitacost for $14.99 per 240
capsule bottle using a six cap, 3,600 mg total serving for $0.38 cents
per day versus a website selling Lipitor at $124.99 for a 30 tablet
serving. Lipitor is $4.17 per day, 11X (1,100% more expensive) compared
to 3,600 mg of red yeast rice. You may say that you have insurance,
Medicare or Medicaid so who cares, but you should. The reason is the
high costs of health care and drugs are bankrupting our government both
state and federal and many employers. Also the #1 reason for personal
bankruptcy is health care expenses.

Obviously, I am not telling those who read this newsletter to stop
taking their statin drugs such as Zocor or Lipitor in lieu of the red
yeast rice, but certainly I would bring this article to the attention of
their treating physician and ask about exploring natural options. I also
strongly recommend you consume 200 - 400 mg of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
along with red rice yeast or statin drugs. CoQ10 is proven to benefit
cardiovascular and neurological health and statin drugs are proven to
lower CoQ10 levels and this may be one of the reasons people have a risk
of developing muscle and nerve pain. All cells in the body need CoQ10
and a lack of CoQ10 can kill muscle, heart, nerve and other cells.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a newsletter about the poor dietary
habits of many Americans. I recently came across a study^2 regarding
overweight children in this country that I want to share with you. The
study was published a couple of weeks ago in the /International Journal
of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity/. The study involved more
than 11,000 U.S. children and teenagers. Researchers found that compared
to their healthy weight peers, overweight children between the ages of 6
to 11 years old generally ate a larger share of their daily calories
after 4 p.m. Interestingly, the reverse was true among teenagers. Dr.
Kranz, the lead researcher on this study, indicated that the quality of
the child's diet and total calorie intake along with physical activity
are really is what is most important in preventing childhood obesity.
Dr. Kranz recommended that the parents help their children by teaching
them healthy habits and giving them more "nutrient dense" foods like
fruits, vegetables, beans and high fibers. All of these have relatively
low calories but a great deal of nutrients.

Speaking of children, I would like to warn those who give their children
certain drugs such as Adderall for ADHD about a recent study indicating
a 740% higher risk of sudden death. I would strongly urge you to watch
this ABC News video and read the article and forward it to everyone with
children. It shocks me the FDA has not issued an immediate recall and
ban on these drugs after this study was published. I give credit to ABC
News again for covering this study and I quote them:

"In the study of 564 children and teens who died suddenly, researchers
led by Madelyn Gould of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and
Columbia University in New York City found that that those who died
suddenly were 7.4 times more likely than not to have been taking the
stimulant medications. The results of the study are reported online in
The American Journal of Psychiatry." Click here
<> to see the

Natural options to promote healthy neurological function in children
include good nutrition such as multi-vitamins and foods without
artificial colors, aspartame, MSG and other harmful chemicals. Healthy
amount of omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids are essential. A diet with
broccoli, wild caught salmon, nuts such as almonds, walnuts, etc and
fruits such as organic berries, oranges, etc. are essential. Also
eliminating sugar and corn syrup and increasing healthy amino acids and
proteins is a very wise idea. I would ban soda from the home and
encourage children to consume water or unsweetened tea by explaining to
them soda causes muscle weakness, unhealthy weight, poor blood sugar,
and also weakens their immune system.

There was a another great study^3 regarding nutrition just presented by
Dr. Anthony Goldstone at the Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting in
Washington, D. C. Dr. Goldstone found that people who skip breakfast
actually have a greater likelihood of gaining weight. The study involved
brain imaging performed in 20 non-obese, healthy people who were shown
pictures of low calorie foods, such as fish, salads and vegetables and
high calorie foods, such as pizza, cake and similar items. They were
asked to rate how appealing these pictures were after having a filling
breakfast or having no breakfast whatsoever.

Dr. Goldstone noted, "It may be when you miss meals, and particularly
breakfast, your brain reward system is biased toward these high calorie
foods over low calorie foods." Dr. Goldstone added that about 30% to 40%
of people who are trying to lose weight do so by skipping meals in an
attempt to lose weight. In actuality, this may hinder their attempts to
lose weight and may actually have the opposite effect. Dr. Goldstone
noted that people who skip breakfast on a regular basis actually tend to
be heavier and get more of their calories from fat and also tend to gain
more weight than those who eat breakfast on a regular basis.

The study on red yeast rice just published in the /Annals of Internal
Medicine/ was incredible. Vitacost offers numerous red yeast rice
<> products. I would read the
reviews and compare prices to make a good choice.

I will say again that I recommend you consume 200 mg to 400 mg per day
of CoQ10 <> with
red yeast rice or statin drugs. CoQ10 is a great antioxidant and helps
promote a healthy heart, nervous system function and healthy immune
function. In terms of healthy breakfast foods, just do a search on on the word "breakfast
<>" and you'll
come up with 439 different items, from Atkins
<> Healthy Food
Bars <>
to Arrowhead Organic Cereals
<>, Nature's Path
Mountain House
<> and
many other products, just to name a few. And don't forget the latest
brand we offer called Best of All™
<>, providing a selection of
different nuts, fruits and seeds, many of which are organic and great

I would also again recommend vitamin D3 at 2,000 to 4,000 IU per day.
There are so many studies indicating most children and adults have
levels far below optimal and recent research indicates obese people have
very low levels. Vitamin D3
<> may be the
most important and least expensive supplement to take and a good multi
such as NSI® Synergy will have at least 2,000 IU of D3 per daily
serving. Make sure it is the D3 form as this is the most potent and
active form. NSI just launched new vitamin D3 softgels and drops in
2,000 IU per drop for adults and children and for babies a 400 IU per
drop. The drops version contains healthy olive oil for enhanced
absorption. To view all 23+ varieties and versions of Synergy click here

1. Becker DJ, Gordon RY, Halbert SC, et al., *Red Yeast Rice for
Dyslipidemia in Statin-Intolerant Patients*, /Annals of Internal
Medicine/, June 16, 2009, Pp 830 – 839.

2. Kranz S, et al., *Eating late in the evening is associated with
childhood obesity in some age groups but not in all children: the
relationship between time of consumption and body weight status in U.S.
children* , /International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical
Activity/, Published online May 21, 2009.

3. Goldstone A., *Fasting and Postprandial Hyperghrelinemia in
Prader-Willi Syndrome Is Partially Explained by Hypoinsulinemia, and Is
Not Due to Peptide YY3–36 Deficiency or Seen in Hypothalamic Obesity Due
to Craniopharyngioma*, Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting, Washington,
D. C.

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*The information in this newsletter is for educational use only. Do not
attempt to self-diagnose or treat any condition. Please consult your
healthcare practitioner if you believe you may have any of the signs or
symptoms discussed above before using any of the nutrients discussed.

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