Sunday, October 30, 2016

Life Choice: Health: Is Fat the New Normal?

Life Choice: Health: Is Fat the New Normal?: Is Fat The New Normal? According to an article that appeared on WebMD written by Sherry Rauh, the question was asked “Is Fat the New No...

Life Choice: Corporate Sponsorship for Selling Sickness -- The ...

Life Choice: Corporate Sponsorship for Selling Sickness -- The ...: On July 27, 2016  published an article written by Life Choice's founder and CEO Eldon Dahl, Doctorate in Natural Me...

Health: Is Fat the New Normal?

Is Fat The New Normal?

According to an article that appeared on WebMD written by Sherry Rauh, the question was asked “Is Fat the New Normal?” in the United States.

The same question can be asked of Canadians as well.

According to a report by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) “two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese ” this begs the question “does that change the way we interpret what is normal when it comes to body weight?” As the article states, “[because] the average body weight tends toward plump rather than svelte, the perception of what's normal may be sliding”.

Statistically, the average American is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight. If we equate “normal” with average, it’s not much of a stretch to say it’s normal to be fat.

Read article Is Fat The New Normal?

Canadian statistics do not fair much better. According to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation almost 60% of Canadian adults are overweight or obese. That percentage has grown rapidly in the past three decades’ 40 percent of the population was overweight or obese in the early 1970s.  

Studies have shown that overweight and obesity are liked to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and cancers such as breast, colon and prostate.

Read Article Are Canadians Too Fat?

Americans and Canadians are not the only people dealing with the cost of expanding waistlines. The World Health Organization is talking about “global obesity”, a term that was developed to indicate that the obesity epidemic is spreading worldwide. In fact, countries that have never had an obesity problem before are suffering from this epidemic. An example is Mexico where the obesity rate has increased by 600 percent in more than a decade.  

At Life Choice We Understand

As Canada's top nutraceutical manufacturer we understand just how serious this problem is. That is why we have formulated two natural health products that help with weight loss – Lean Night and Thyroxycut.

Lean Night 

Scientists have isolated the exact hormone (called growth hormone or GH), which causes fat cells to be burned, and muscles to be built. What’s more significant is medical science has discovered how to trigger the body’s release of this hormone without dieting. GH achieves this without the agony of severe food restriction causing the release of the fat burning hormones while sleeping. Amino acids are the body’s natural building blocks of protein; they are safe and available without prescription.

Lean NightGH is necessary for tissue repair and improving the body’s resistance to disease through stimulation of the immune system. GH can reverse thinning bones in the aged and accelerate wound healing. GH also heals tissue wasting, a condition that occurs in old age, after burns, trauma, or major surgery. During the growing years, childhood to adolescence GH helps convert fat into muscle and energy for necessary for growth and body maturity. That’s why it is called growth hormone. As we age the release of GH slows down and virtually stops after hitting 50.

GH is usually released in response to sleep, food deprivation, fasting and exercise. But with the aid of certain nutritional supplements the body releases GH nutrients burning fat while building muscle.

Every serious athlete, body builder, weight trainer or power lifter aims at building pure muscle mass ready for use at competition time. But how can one best achieve that mass? Unfortunately many athletes turn to steroids. But the answer lies within our own bodies. Growth hormones are especially suited to burning fat and maintaining muscle. Every serious athlete must learn about the natural approach of releasing growth hormone as much about developing muscle size and strength.

GH releasing amino acid cause the release of growth hormone by different mechanisms, so they are even more effective when synergistically taken together at the appropriate time of the day. Amino acids taken during the day time and night time, (best taken on an empty stomach eliminating the competition from digestion) GH scientific research turns the clock back on aging to the hormonal levels comparable to a teenagers. 

For dieters, GH releasers should be accompanied by a sound, balanced, low calorie diet to achieve maximum results. Restricted caloric intake, exercise, and nutritional GH releasers stimulate natural growth hormone through various mechanisms helping to tone the body and turn unwanted fat into lean muscle tissue.

If you are a chronic dieter, you already know that diets generally promise more than they deliver.
 Limiting calories is great but this does nothing to maximize your body’s ability to burn them.  In fact, many overweight people eat less than their thinner counterparts yet still find it difficult to reduce their body weight. This means obesity is not necessarily a disease of gluttony, but it is a disease of energy homeostasis.

Low calorie diets cause a progressive fall in basal metabolic rate. After a weak or two, this rate slows down to the point that weight loss stops, it does this in response to reduced food intake. A rational approach to weight loss and the treatment of obesity is to mimic a natural mechanism responsible for raising the body’s metabolism; sensible eating, exercise and good night sleep - just what the doctor ordered.


ThydracutOrganic raw thyroid and raw adrenal tissue concentrates in homeopathic form help both thyroid and adrenal function, but it is the addition of the amino acid L-Tyrosine, bladder wrack derived from kelp, and selected trace minerals, acting in synergy, that makes this formula special, as it supports different aspects of the complex metabolic system.


Thyroidinum, the homeopathic form of raw thyroid gland, stimulates the secretion of T3 and T4 hormones by the thyroid.  Over a long period of time, even a small decline in the output of these hormones can have profound consequences for health and well-being.


The adrenal glands are responsible for the production of cortisone, as well as the secretion of adrenaline.  The adrenal cortex, the outer section of the adrenal glands, not only maintain the salt and water balance in the body, but also play a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of sugar levels, as well as having some influence over the sex hormones.  In addition, the cortex affects carbohydrate metabolism, and influences the metabolism of both protein and fat.

The medulla, or inner core of the adrenal glands, produces the hormone epinephrine, which is also called adrenaline.  Stores of adrenaline are called upon when the body is under stress.  The hormone speeds up the rate of metabolism and produces other physiological changes designed to help the body cope with danger. Adrenalinum stimulates the adrenal glands in all their functions.

Note: The homeopathic form of both Thyroidinum and Adrenalinum provides stimulation for the thyroid and adrenal glands at a sub-molecular level.  Homeopathic remedies are generally accepted as safe by health authorities due to their extreme dilution, yet are so effective that even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has a Royal Homeopath and is known for giving remedies to her personal staff.


For centuries, this form of kelp seaweed has been used medicinally to stimulate the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite accumulation.  The high iodine content of the herb boosts metabolism by stimulating thyroid function.  Fucus appears to assist in lipid balance associated with obesity,


The amino acid L-Tyrosine figures highly in the formation of neurotransmitters, special chemicals in the brain which carry out many very important functions, most importantly the smooth transit of nerve impulses along the neural pathways.  These neurotransmitters affect mood control, depression, concentration, and cognitive performance. L-Tyrosine may be helpful during weight loss, by improving some of the neurobiological disturbances caused by dietary restrictions.


Trace minerals are included in Life Choice Thyroxycut to work synergistically with the other ingredients in order to maximize overall benefits. The following information deals with how the thyroid uses minerals to perform its functions. 

Many minerals are essential to the health of the thyroid gland, with the foremost being iodine, supplemented by the fucus in the formula.  But zinc appears to play a role as a thyroid supplement since the production of thyroxin by the thyroid increases as the mineral is added to raise serum zinc levels, but is lower in those with a deficiency.  One of the best sources of zinc is our zinc picolinate, because of its high “bioavailability”, meaning it is readily absorbed by the body for use.

Manganese is required to transport thyroxin hormone in the cell.  And selenium plays a role in thyroid hormone production and metabolism; it is now thought that a severe deficiency of selenium may be a cause of goiter.

Copper is important in the metabolism of the amino acid L-Tyrosine.  Although copper deficiency is uncommon, people taking zinc supplements for more than a few weeks should take copper, unless they have Wilson’s disease. This is because zinc interferes with copper absorption and can therefore cause a deficiency. The safest way to ensure balance is to take a good-quality, natural source multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Life Choice Thyroxycut is safe and effective when used as directed.  This supplement should be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise program.  Results may vary. Consult a health practitioner prior to use if you have a kidney disorder, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cardiac problems, or are following a low-protein diet.  Do not use if you are breastfeeding.


Web MD "Is Fat The New Normal?", Sherry Rauh
Best Health, "Are Canadians Too Fat?", 2009

Corporate Sponsorship for Selling Sickness -- The Age of Delayed Degenerative Diseases

On July 27, 2016 published an article written by Life Choice's founder and CEO Eldon Dahl, Doctorate in Natural Medicine. The article titled "Corporate Sponsorship for Selling Sickness - The Age of Delayed Degenerative Diseases" focused on the cost associated with degenerative diseases and longevity. 

As Dahl stated in his article "As a society we are living longer than in past generations. Longevity into the 90's is now become common place in most industrialized societies. But, what is the cost - are we simply delaying degenerative diseases?"

In the article he focuses his discussion on degenerative disease versus infectious disease;  emphasizing  the difference between natural health products ( ie. nutraceuticals) and their focus on prevention as opposed to prescription drugs that are produced by the pharmaceutical industry with their focus on sickness. 

For example, in the article he says, "since the mid-nineteenth century, longevity has increased, but as the cost of degenerative disease replacing infectious disease. Now, life is more about postponing degenerative disease than avoiding infectious disease." 
Being a proponent of natural health with an emphasis on preventing sickness or degenerative diseases before they occur Dahl concluded his article by saying "....invest in your family's health by eating organic, taking professional quality nutraceuticals to keep you healthy, and changing the mindset from the ear of sickness to the excitement of health. Both sickness and disease start within the mind, and depending on the pathway of choice, either to healthy living or to a lifetime dependency pharmaceutical drugs with side effects. We say no to selling sickness and yes to selling health."    

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FDA and Health Canada Proposed Licensing Changes - the New Global Initiative; Narrated By Eldon Dahl, Doctorate of Natural Medicine

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Public Policy, Canadian Health Care, The Pharmaceutical Lobbyists

Public Policy, Canadian Health Care, The Pharmaceutical Lobbyists

International drug companies and their lobbyists play an influential role in shaping Canada’s Health Care Policy.  Their reach influences politicians, government bureaucrats, medical schools, hospitals, doctors and professional health associations.

Through the sponsoring of events and through direct campaign contributions they are able to control the dialogue and conversation to see that their policies and their interest are met.

Unlike elected representatives who in theory are suppose to represent the Canadian public, international pharmaceutical companies only need to be loyal to their shareholders – owners of the company who have a financial invested interest.  The Lobbyists employed by the major drug companies only need to be loyal to their major stakeholder – their employer.

Because of drug patent laws – which were obtained through lobbying – the drug industry enjoys hefty profits. A certain percentage of these profits are earmarked by management to influence decision makers in the health field and beyond – cabinet ministers, government bureaucrats, professional health association presidents and political campaign managers - to name only a few. 

For example, in the last week of September, 2016 a major Heath Care summit took place in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. The Summit titled “A New Health Care Accord for All Canadians” was a partnership between the think tank Canada 2020 and the Canadian Medial Association (CMA).

The Summit was showcased as a public policy forum in which medical professionals, the Federal Government of Canada and its Provincial counterparts could discuss different policy issues relating to a new health accord that is to be negotiated in the next few months between the Federal Government and the Provinces. The Summit was also convened to discuss public policy as it pertains to a new national pharmacare program.

This Summit featured Dr. Gaetan Barrette the Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services and Dr. Jane Philpott Canada's Minister of Health - two elected officials. However, the Health Summit also relied on the input of “the who’s who” of the pharmaceutical lobby. This list included: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA ) the largest US pharmaceutical lobby group in America;  The Canadian pharmaceutical industry lobby group Innovative Medicines Canada (formerly Rx&D); A Merck Canada executive; and a representative from Amgen.

The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson along with Amgen and PhRMA were sponsors of the event. 

To the casual observer - for a major health summit that wished to call its self independent there sure seemed to  be a lot of players at the table who may have attended for self serving purposes!

Another example of the drug industries reach into the public forum can be seen in the Province of British Columbia.

Back in 2012 the Deputy Health Minister Graham Whitemarsh convened a meeting on November 21 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver in which his own Health Department memo read “this session would provide an opportunity to learn about ongoing priorities within the Ministry of Health.”

However when one looked at the list of attendees to this “session” about three quarters of the invitees were representatives of drug companies.  This caught the eye of University of Victoria health researcher Alan Cassels who said "It's [session] got every pharmaceutical company under the sun there"

The reach of pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists do not stop at summits, forums or conferences; their reach extends directly into the offices of public health officials, elected government officials, and equally alarming into the campaign coffers of political parties – the epic center where money is exchanged in anticipation of future political favors.
In May of 2013 in the Province of British Columbia an investigative report from the Vancouver Sun found that “drug companies and pharmacies donated nearly $800,000 to the BC Liberals over the past 8 years - almost 14 times more than was given to the NDP.

The investigative report analyzed political donations between the years 2005 and 2012 and found that “drug companies, pharmaceutical organization and pharmacies donated $582,549 to the Liberals and $41,850 to the NDP.”

According to the report drug giant Johnson & Johnson lead the list with $49,121 dollars in Liberal contributions and 0 for the NDP. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer was second giving $39,427 to the Liberals and $645.00 to the NDP.

The full list appears as follows.

Johnson & Johnson $49,121 to the Liberals, $0 to the NDP
Pfizer Canada $39,427 to the Liberals, $645 to the NDP
GlaxoSmithKline $32,412 to the Liberals, $0 to the NDP
Canada's Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) $26,000 to the Liberals, $450 to the NDP 
Merck Canada $24,716 to the Liberals, $0 to the NDP
Amgen Canada Inc $23,275 to the Liberals, $0 to the NDP

What influences these multinational drug companies may or may not have over past provincial governments has been scrutinized by many.

However, one should note that the lack of drug industry contributions to the NDP was in all probability related to their support of renew funding for the “Therapeutic Initiative’ a well regarded drug review testing agency shelved by the Liberals.  

At the time, NDP leader Adrian Dixon said the independent agency was necessary to test drug safety free of any influence from deep pocketed pharmaceutical companies. 

It should be noted that the Liberals cut the program.

Staying with B.C. politics we note that the reach of a lobbyist can also extend right into the “war room” of a political campaign. Back in September 13, 2013 the Georgia Straight reported that Lobbyist Marcella Munro was working for Mike Farnsworth, the former B.C. NDP Health Critic and a close runner up to opposition leader Adrian Dix in the 2011 NDP leadership race.

Munro was with the Earnacliffe Strategy Group and was a registered lobbyist for Rx&D; the main lobby group in Canada for pharmaceutical companies. She was also a registered lobbyist for GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly.

There seems to be little question that multi national drug manufacturers lobby hard to get what they want. We provided four examples showing how their reach influences all facets of public life. 

In the Canadian context their reach extends beyond sponsoring major health conferences. It extends into the very heart of our democratic society - into the electoral process itself - where money is exchanged for future political favors. And where the resulting process sees private interest outweigh the public good. 

Michael Butler “Why Is the US Big Pharma lobby sponsoring a conference on the future of Canadian Health Care? Sept 13 2016
Drug companies dominate BC health ministry stakeholder's list, Andrew Macleod, October 22, 2012
Vancouver Sun, Lori Culbert, BC Liberals a favorite of big Pharma, May 9 2013
Seniors at Risk "Pharmaceutical lobbyist backed former NDP Health Critic... What?? , Sept 2013.