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29 Jan 2004

My cholestrol is 8.5 I am on Lipitor. what other natural supliment may I use
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01 Jan 0001

HI Gwen

Please see document below.

Kind regards.


Do you suffer from?
o High cholesterol Levels?
o Have you had a heart by pass operation due to cholesterol?

Have you had?
o Is there heart disease in the family?
o Do you have high blood pressure?

Natures Solution:
Dr. A Vogel’s Boldocynara Liver Drops can assist with the healthy functioning of the liver, reducing the production of cholesterol. Dr A. Vogels Circulation Formula can assist with the healthy flow of blood to all the body cells and organs. The combination of its contents will assist the body to regulate blood pressure.
*Note: Do not discontinue blood pressure medication without the supervision of a professional person.

Some advise from Dr. Vogel.
“What are the causes?”
1. A diet high in fats, especially animal fats, which causes an increase of cholesterol in the blood, can contribute to the disease.
2. Nicotine is another contributory factor to a narrowing of the arteries, especially the coronary vessels.
3. A rich diet, with too much animal protein, especially too much meat, eggs and cheese, may lead to arteriosclerosis.
4. Overindulgence in alcohol is harmful to the capillaries and thus may directly contribute to this disease.”

Some Useful Information.

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance (Lipid) that is carried in the bloodstream and plays an essential role in the tissues and cells of the body.

Why does the body make cholesterol?
The body uses cholesterol to build cell membranes and insulate nerve fibres, to manufacture certain hormones and vitamin D and to produce bile that helps to digest food. Cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream by proteins. As fat cannot dissolve in the blood, these proteins wrap around cholesterol and other fatty substances to form lipoproteins.

Where does cholesterol come from?
The live produces about 80% of our cholesterol that the body needs. The balance originates from the food that we eat such as dairy products, eggs and meat. The liver will produce excess amounts of cholesterol from the fat in our diet, particularly Saturated Fats in meat and dairy products.

Why Is There Such A Negative Perception of cholesterol?
80% of urban South Africans have raised blood cholesterol, of which 20% have levels, which place them at high risk of developing heart disease.

What is hardening of the arteries?
Excess amounts of cholesterol are deposited on the inside of arteries. The fatty deposits will narrow the arteries. This results in restricted blood flow to the heart and other tissues of the body. This condition is called Arteriosclerosis; also know as hardening of the arteries.

Why is it dangerous?
A restricted blood flow encourages the formation of a blood clot, which may block the artery completely. The fatty deposits may completely obstruct the flow of blood in the artery, which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

What is good cholesterol?
HDL—High Density Lipoprotein, also known as “Good” Cholesterol, is responsible for removing deposits of LDL—low Density Lipoprotein, also known as ‘Bad” Cholesterol. HDL transports LDL back to the liver to break it down for removal from the body.

TriGlycerides also contributes to elevated LDL levels. This is often the case in obese people and also diabetics.

It is good to have a cholesterol count that shows a high HDL level, and a low LDL level.

Which genetic factors predispose to high cholesterol levels?
A condition known as “Familiar Cholesterol” indicates a hereditary tendency to develop high LDL levels.

• Age plays a part: Between the ages of 20-65 years, cholesterol has a tendency to increase.

• Woman have a higher HDL level than men, after menopause, however, woman loose this protection and become equally at risk as men to develop high cholesterol.

• Diseases of the liver, kidneys and pancreas can increase the production of cholesterol.

• A diet that is too high in saturated fats found in animal meat, cheese and eggs, can increase cholesterol levels.

• Over weight people have a higher LDL and a lower HDL level of cholesterol.

• Exercise increases HDL levels.

• Smoking decreases HDL levels.

• Stress increases LDL levels.

• Alcohol increases LDL levels

Did you know?
• A diet consisting of brown rice, soft white cheese and salads can have almost miraculous results if adhered to consistently. Rice bran has positive effects on the regeneration of arterial walls.

• Including iodine rich foods in this diet as the Trace element contributes largely to the prevention and cure of arteriosclerosis. An easy way to do this is to use Kelpemare, Herbamare and Trocomare at every meal. These delicious herbal salts complements any dish.

• Ginkgo Biloba as a medicinal herb can be taken to hasten recovery from Hardening of the arteries. Dr Vogel’s Ginkgoforce is recommended.

• Plenty of oxygen is necessary to restore the circulation and arterial flow. Regular exercise by taking long walks is important. Exercise also reduces harmful cholesterol and raises good HDL levels.

• Avoid refined foods, all white flour products and sugar.

• Eat an abundance of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, raw seeds, raw nuts, soft white cheese, oily fish and drink lots of water.

• Initially do not use any coffee, tea, alcohol, fruit juices, fried foods, reheated foods, and hard yellow cheese. Once the HDL and LDL levels are back to normal, we can include a little of these foods now and then.

Extract from Dr. Vogel … “Preventative treatment…
1. It is, above all, essential to reduce the consumption of protein and fats. If possible, avoid animal fats altogether and use natural unrefined oils such as sunflower, safflower, poppy seed or corn oil instead
2. Make brown rice the basis of your diet
3. Raw vegetables and soft white cheese (quark) should supplement the rice diet. Be sure to eat fresh salads every day, preferably dressed with Molkosan (whey concentrate) and unrefined oils.
4. For their curative properties, include in your diet wheat germ oil or wheat germ oil capsules, Herbamare and Kelpasan, as well as any foods that contain seaweed. However, keep off Kelpasan if your blood pressure is high.
5. Instead of any other favourite cheese, eat only mild white soft cheese (quark) or cottage cheese. If it is difficult to give up the old habit of eating meat, eat very little of it and infrequently. The same advise holds true for eggs, which should never be eaten hard-boiled.
6. For seasoning, use salt very sparingly. It is best to change over to sea salt and Herbamare herbal seasoning salt.
7. It is of the utmost importance to provide the body with plenty of oxygen. So take long country walks at a good pace to stimulate deep breathing. If it is not possible to do this on a daily basis, at least use the weekend for the purpose. Instead spending time in one favourite café, bar or restaurant, sitting in front of the television or behind the wheel of a car, get out and exercise your legs in the countryside, in the woods and through the meadows”

Cholesterol is not all bad news. Cholesterol is essential to maintain body processes and good health. The secret is to produce sufficient good cholesterol and that is a lifestyle product. Protect yourself by regular use of Dr. A Vogels Boldocynara liver drops to ensure optimum liver function. A. Vogels Circulation Formula will ensure good flow of blood in the arterial and nervous system. Regular use of A. Vogels Urticalcin calcium supplement will ensure elasticity of arteries and veins.

Ginkgoforce Drops. Reg.No. 290535, contains Ginkgo biloba Mother Tincture HAB.

Ginkgoforce Tablets, each tablet contains the equivalent of 10 drops of Ginkgo Biloba Mother Tincture HAB

Boldocynara. Application No. U876 (Act 101/1965). Each 1ml contains Cynara scolymus Ø 421 mg, Silybum marianum Ø 293 mg, Taraxacum off. Ø 110mg, Peumus boldus Ø 64 mg and Mentha piperita Ø 27mg. Alcohol 60% v/v.

Circulation Formula Application No. U892 (Act/Wet 101/1965) Contains Veratrum album D4, Ginkgo biloba D2, Cactus grandiflorus D1, Ammi visnaga D1, Secale cornutum D6, Carbo vegetabilis D12, Hypercum perforatum D6, in equal parts. Alcohol 60% v/v

All products are available from Pharmacies and Health Stores

For more information please contact:
SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
P O Box 2, Botha’s Hill, K ZN, 3660

Customer Care lines:
Tel: 031 7838000 Fax: 031-7838080

This leaflet is not intended as a medical diagnosis, and in no way excludes the necessity of a diagnoses from a health practitioner. Its intent is solely informational and educational.

Healthy Nutrition

Health begins with good nutrition, but how are we to decide what is good and what is not in the face of so much consumer health advice? The first thing to remember is that each of us is unique, with unique nutritional needs. A lifestyle and diet that benefits one person may not necessarily benefit another; there is no such thing as a single correct diet. But is there a universal guideline we can adhere to? Perhaps one: wholefoods – in as close to their natural state as possible. Having undergone minimal, if any, processing, wholefoods are without exception, more nutritious than refined foods. We are not able to improve the quality of food by exposing it to a process. We don’t have any processes that can add life to anything; we can only take life out of things. The fewer steps the original food type has gone through, the more nutrition is left in it. After all, we evolved in harmony with our environment, where the process of eating and digesting became compatible with available food, which consisted of specific balanced combinations of nutrients. The process of refining and processing food changes the balance of nutrients, and thereby compromises its nutritional value.

The following recommended diet is intended only as a guideline. Above all, learn to listen to your body’s response to the different foods you eat, and develop your own healthy nutritional plan!


 Rice cakes/Rye Vita with cottage cheese/avocado OR
 Freshly cut seasonal fruit OR
 Oats (preferably rolled) OR
 Mealie-meal porridge OR
 Maltabella (preferably stone-ground) OR
 Millet porridge (cook on stove for about 40 minutes in a stainless steel cooking pot with water and salt)

Add to cooked, cooled porridge the following:
 A drop of honey, half a teaspoon of unsalted butter and one teaspoon of each of the following:
 Raw sunflower seeds
 Raw sesame seeds
 Raw linseeds
 Raw almonds (chopped)
 Raw pumpkinseeds (crushed or ground in coffee grinder). This seed/nut mixture should be added to a fruit salad or to cottage cheese spread on rice cakes)

Snacks or light meals:

 Rice cakes and/or Rye Vita biscuits with any of the following: avocado pear, feta cheese, tomato, sardines, cucumber, tuna, Marmite or honey OR
 Fresh fruit: eat fruit by itself or in-between meals OR
 Figs and cashews/macadamias/pecans/un-sulphured dried fruit/dates/almonds

Lunch and supper:

 VEGETARIAN: fresh tofu, soya mince and frozen soya products
 FISH: Steamed, grilled or baked – not fried! Served with lemon butter and herbal salt
 LAMB: stewed, grilled or baked – not fried!
 FREE RANGE CHICKEN : – baked, grilled, steamed or stir-fried

• Serve any of the above with brown rice, or Basmati Rice, lentils, barley or dried beans (cook well on stove in a stainless steel cooking pot with water and salt)
• Fresh vegetables should be eaten at least twice a day

• All vegetables should be steamed, baked, grilled or served raw – not fried! Flavour with herbs, and/or A Vogel’s Plantaforce, Herbamare or Kelpamare

• SOUPS can be made with any of the above

Recommended dairy products:

 Cottage cheese
 Feta cheese
 Unsalted butter
 Maas
 Organic milk in moderation

For salad dressing:

Cold pressed oil (preferably virgin olive oil) mixed with:
 Fresh lemon juice
 Garlic
 Ground black pepper
 Herbamare
 Kelpamare

Healthy tips:

Use honey sparingly. Have no more than two cups of the following teas a day – Rooibos, fennel, fruit, chamomile, peppermint, green. Remember to drink water and avoid drinking fruit juices; rather eat fresh fruit.

Avoid all:

Processed and refined wheat products, pork, cold meats, beef, battery eggs, milk, yoghurt, yellow cheese, alcohol, coffee, tea, sugar, processed fruit juices, reheated foods, fried foods, microwaved foods and homogenised milk.

Do have:
 Raw honey
 Rye bread
 Soya milk/rice milk/oat milk
 Water
 Carob
 Bambu
 Popcorn

Instead of:
 Brown/white sugar
 Whole wheat/white bread
 Cow’s milk
 Fruit juices/carbonated fizzy drinks
 Chocolate
 Coffee
 Potato crisps

Always drink:

2 litres of water a day to ensure the complete hydration of every cell in your body.

All products are available from Pharmacies and Health Stores

For more information please contact:

SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 2
Botha’s Hill, KZN, 3660

Customer Care lines:
Tel: 031 7838000
Fax : 031 7838080

This leaflet is not intended as a medical diagnosis, and in no way excludes the necessity of a diagnosis from a health practitioner. Its intent is solely informational and educational.

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