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* Studies at the Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany have associated high intake of lycopene and vitamin E with a reduced prostate cancer risk.

* The best dietary source of lycopene is tomatoes, but is also found in watermelon and pink grapefruit.

* Studies on sodium fluoride in tap water have shown that excessive fluoride intake may trigger hyperthyroidism.

* A new European study from the U.K. has shown that experiencing loving, close relationships with spouses, relatives or close friends helps lower heart attack and a previous victims' risk of suffering a second cardiovascular event.

* According to the CDC, Lyme disease has jumped forty per cent from 2001 to 2002 and reached an all-time high of 23,763 cases.

* People taking supplements of vitamins C or E for three years or more were found to be significantly less likely to develop diabetic retinopathy compared to subjects who didn't use supplements. Animal trials have shown positive
associations between vitamin C and E intake and retinopathy prevention.

* B-6, also an important nutrient in vision health, is found in a wide variety of foods including beef, poultry, fish, beans, bananas, spinach, avocados, walnuts and sunflower seeds.

* Magnesium and potassium are two very important minerals for the heart, and out of the eight essential amino acids, Taurine, L-Carnitine and L-Arginine are the primary vital amino acids for a strong heart.

* Many times strokes and heart attacks are not caused by high blood pressure but by clots choking off the arteries.

* Studies in Nepal, India show that infants under six months of age administered over 16,000 IU of vitamin A every other day showed a sixty-four percent reduction in death rate.

* The Journal of the American Medical Association predicts a gross rise in childhood diabetes in children born after the year 2000. Caucasian boys are predicted to increase diabetic risk thirty-three percent, Caucasian girls,
thirty-six percent, African American boys, forty percent, and African American girls forty-nine percent.

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