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In this issue:

    Which spice is it that appears to be able to combat cancer?
    Products highlights from the Website -
    Health snippets - From around the world.
    August Special Deal

We have lived through the shortest day of the year, and already it is noticeably lighter at the end of a working day. Its still time to keep warm and reflect on what we might like to manifest for ourselves as we awaken out of the depths of winter 2011. And hopefully you have spotted the new look, finally the name change that followed the shift away from Taupo is reflected in our website - welcome to the world of Maximum Wellbeing!
Do you like it spicy?
Its been used for thousands of years, its cheap and it will stain your clothes and you know it as Turmeric.
Yes, this yellow coloured spice has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years, probably originally as a dye, but it is gaining a reputation in the rest of the world as being good for us in many ways.

turmeric.jpgLong known for its anti-inflammatory properties, more recently it has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

I recall research I was doing many years ago as a naturopathic student looking at some of these remarkable properties, among them - turmeric is hepato-protective and hepato-restorative, so simply it helps protect and repair your liver!, and who doesn't have a liver that works way too hard these days?

There are traditional uses like in response to seasonal changes with the flu, coughs, and running noses, you could administer honey mixed with turmeric, or turmeric mixed in milk to soothe and to cure.

Here are just a few reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

    It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
    When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
    Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
    May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
    Reduces the risk of childhood leukaemia.
    Is a natural liver detoxifier.
    May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
    May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
    It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
    Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
    Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
    May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
    Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
    Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
    Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
    Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumours.
    Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodelling of damaged skin.
    May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

So, not bad for a spice that's been used for thousands of years, if you don't want the hassle of stains on your clothes its made easy by using
y using a capsule.

Does Yoga and Stretching work?

I dropped onto a great website recently and would like to share a couple of tips from what I read. This is from a guy by the name of Lucas, he's a yoga teacher and operates under the name YOGABODY Naturals. Lucas is all about flexibility and "staying bendy". To achieve this and a whole lot else his suggestion is that for flexibility to be attained(and retained) stretches should be held for a lot longer than is common in most yoga classes.

1199969_yoga_silhouette_series_2.jpgHere are some hints and a couple of his stretches to try over the next week or two.

Forget the rumours: flexibility is not something you either have or don't have - like red hair or a clef chin. Flexibility is developed through physical practise and the right diet. Nothing else. Try drinking green juice before you stretch (like at least 30 minutes before). Lucas has favourites like - wheatgrass, spinach, kale, and parsley juice. An easy way to get the best greens available in a powdered form is the new DeepGreen Superfood from Miessence.

I don't need to explain here why green juices make you bendy, those of you who have worked with me over the years will know there is something special about 'greens" so just trust me, they do help (magnesium, chlorophyll, you get the idea).

So obviously, if you want to improve your flexibility, the first thing you need to do(after your juice) is start stretching.

1 - You need to stretch 5 days per week, but only for about fifteen minutes

2 - You need to practise long-hold Gravity Poses, these are passive stretches that target specific areas

Just 15 minutes per day - surely that could be achieved without too much hardship.

Stretch Number 1:  This is for tight hamstrings:

1 - Stand with your feet about as wide as your hips
2 - Bend your knees a little
3 - Grab opposite elbows, and fold forward over your legs  
4 - Relax your head
5 - Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth really deeply (I mean, really deeply)
6 - Count 100 breaths and then release

*NOTE: don't bounce or wiggle or use any effort...just allow gravity to do the work.

Stretch number 2:  another passive stretch for the hips that you can do right now:

1 - Standing, bring your feet wider than your hips
2 - Squat down and turn your feet slightly outward
3 - Bring your arms inside your knees
4 - Rest your hands on the floor with your palms facing up
5 - Drop your head and relax
6 - Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth for 100 breaths (really, really deep

See how it feels and let me know what you think after doing these types of stretches consistently for a couple of weeks.

What about YouTube?

Youtube1.jpgHere is the latest offering from our own Sam Neil.

Check out the star studded cast of this epic feature, its definitely not to be missed!

Click here to see.."Hello Chook"

Products Highlights from

Our Premier Turmeric is the product of the month

The Amazing Premier Turmeric - possibly the best anti-inflammatory around!
Its possible that there is not another product that is backed by more comprehensive clinical research than this months featured "wonder spice", turmeric.PRL_Tumeric_1.jpeg Research continues to be completed and most recently studies in Italy and Canada indicate yet again the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin - (this is the main active component of turmeric), this time in relation to the all too common osteoarthritis.

One thing to note is that curcumin does not have the side effects that are commonly a part of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, we all have heard of the disaster with Cox 2 inhibitors as an example.

Curcumin is also another very powerful free radical quencher, and that's always a good thing.

It can be used as an anti-inflammatory in sports injuries as well as with osteoarthritis and in fact has some very interesting anti-cancer properties!

Premier Turmeric is an supremely pure and potent form of curcumin - made  from freshly ground grade 10 turmeric that is grown traditionally and encapsulated immediately after grinding to retain its unparallelled active essential oils.

PS:Go to the bottom of the page this months special, but you will have to be quick.

Health snippets(International News)

IFOAM: They have to blame someone, why not organic farming?

IFOAM-Update on Ehec

Its interesting how this topic seems to have gone off the radar in recent weeks but since 1 May 2011, an outbreak of a new strain of pathogenic EHEC bacteria has claimed the lives of dozens of people so far in Germany and infected more than 3,200 people, some with dire consequences for people’s health. The epicentre seems to be Northern Germany, where most people where infected. At one point authorities identified a farm in Lower Saxony that produces organic sprouts to be the most likely the cause. A rather pathetic claim as it is still unclear how the bacteria could enter the farm as it doesn’t use any inputs from animal sources, such as manure. The IFOAM EU Group emphasis that the outbreak of EHEC is not a question of a specific production systems and opposes all unjustified attempts to make organic system responsible.

FiBL has now published a document with background information on EHEC. In the document, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture presents a summary of scientific facts on the issue. It also confirms that since farming works with nutrient cycles, farmyard manure and slurry are valuable natural resources used to grow plants on all types of holdings and under all types of management. Moreover, livestock farming on organic farms presents a lower risk in terms of the presence of EHEC as has been demonstrated by the incidences seen over the past few years. For example, in 2007 only one case out of a total of 26 E. coli outbreaks in the EU was due to the consumption of organic sausages (Source: ESFA).

You can read the report by clicking here.

Exhaust-ing ride for cyclists: Air pollutants trigger heart risk

In big cities around the world, cyclists breathe an array of pollutants from exhaust-spewing cars. A new study has now found a link between cycling on high traffic roads and heart risks. Even healthy cyclists had harmful changes in their heart rates. Experts say cyclists should stick to their two-wheels, however, pointing to simple solutions to reduce exposure.

Read the report here......

First package-free and zero waste grocery store

In.gredients will open in Austin, Texas as the first packaging-free and zero-waste grocery store in the USA, the company reports. They will concentrate on offering loose, organic articles that are grown locally, and only few exceptions will be sold. In these cases, goods will be packaged in a sustainable way, at least "natural" instead of organic, and sourced locally as in the case of coffee, for example, since coffee beans cannot be grown in Texas.

Customers will bring their containers from home to fill with the goods they need. Besides the important fact that there will be no packaging to dispose of afterwards, this will also allow customers to pick the exact amount of the item needed. In this way, food waste will be avoided as well.

Another way to reduce our environmental footprint, surely it could be done here? Couldn't it?

DEAL of the MONTH:

To celebrate the "going live" of our updated website we have decided to offer the first 4 buyers of this months featured product - Premier Turmeric at a 10% discount - the option to purchase a bottle of the luxurious Miessence Intensive body cream at the ridiculous price of just $25!! This is a saving of over $30!! So get in quick, only 4 to go around.

Buy the amazing Premier Turmeric and get a bottle of the most beneficial body cream on the planet for less than half price!

The Miessence  Intensive Body Cream is a beautifully rich, nourishing and rejuvenating cream that uses certified organic oils that promote elasticity and suppleness.

To order click here NOW This is a strictly limited offer so get in quick to avoid disappointment!

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter, its for your  benefit so if there is a topic or nutrient or problem you would like to "talk" about please do let us know.

Yours in good health,



Gary Beck, Naturopath,

Maximum Wellbeing

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