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Two more big reasons to avoid AGEs in your diet

Posted: 2019/01/14

Garden City Park, NY: In recent weeks, there has been much attention and discussion within 
the medical community concerning the harmful presence of AGEs (Advance Glycation 
Endproducts). Long ignored by conventional medicine and as-yet largely unknown by the general public, AGEs are chemical byproducts that form in our bodies through the consumption of processed foods high in sugar and fat. Certain popular cooking techniques—such as grilling, searing, and frying—remain a key cause of increased AGE formation at the heart of what remains for too many their Standard American Diet (a.k.a., SAD).

First, a scientific paper from Dr. Alan S. Green featured in the December 2018 issue of AGING
Magazine ("mTOR, glycotoxins and the parallel universe") talks about the importance of 
adopting an AGE-less diet to preserving one's own health and longevity. Dr.  Green believes that the embrace of an AGE-less diet—one that uses a low, moist heat as opposed to a high dry heat when cooking one's foods—alongside his suggested use of a naturally derived immunosuppressant medication called "Rapamycin" can provide people with their best chance to combat the aging process. "Until a super expensive new anti-aging drug comes along that can make Big Pharma 50 billion dollars a year," writes Dr. Green, "generic rapamycin and the AGE Less diet will do quite well."

Secondly, a new study released on by a team with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in late December 2018 shows that "high AGE levels could prevent patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer from responding to tamoxifen therapy." The MUSC team, led by college faculty members David P. Turner, PhD and Marvella E. Ford, PhD, state that "By showing that AGEs in the diet may impact how well breast cancer patients response to therapy [like tamoxifen], we can make breast cancer patients aware of their existence. And we can can design lifestyle interventions aimed at reducing AGE intake."

Both of these studies count as old news to Square One's author Helen Vlassara, MD. After all, Dr. Vlassara has studied the phenomenon of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs) since the late 1970s, first at The Rockefeller University of New York and later at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NYC). The "AGE" acronym was coined by Dr. Vlassara and her colleagues back in the 1980s, for the process whereby foods cooked or grilled in dry-heat settings and high temperatures bring forth a covey of naturally occurring toxic substances that we consume when we eat.

Though the years of study were trained principally on the problems of aging and diabetes—resulting in Mt. Sinai's irrefutable July 2016 announcement that the likelihood of diabetes can be decreased significantly by avoiding AGEs intake in one's diet—this strong research led and published by Vlassara has tied AGEs to any and all manner of chronic disease as well. And of course, that also includes issues of longevity and the prevalence of breast cancer as reported by both studies listed above.

To learn more about AGEs from the original source, check out Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0420-9, $16.95 USD) and its companion volume, The AGE Food Guide (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0429-2, $8.95 USD).

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Square One makes Top Ten reading list for 2019

Posted: 2019/01/04

Garden City Park, NY: After having been lauded recently in Publishers Weekly as the biggest independently-owned publisher in the United States to maintain shared focus on both traditional and complementary health books, Square One has continued to earn respect and recognition within the niche-oriented world of alternative health.

In the past week alone, Square One has seen ten of its titles named as pivotal health books chosen by internationally renowned "First Lady of Nutrition" and New York Times bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman on her frequently-visited website's just-announced Top 10 Books 2019 Reading List.

The books from Square One's list featured on Gittleman's site are:

* Dressed to Kill—Second Edition : The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras
($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0462-9)

Unsafe at Any Meal
What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat  ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0)

* Healing with Medical Marijuana
Getting Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors
($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0441-4)

* Healing with Hemp CBD Oil
A Simple Guide to Using Powerful and Proven Health Benefits of CBD ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0455-1)

* Aromatherapy for Everyone—Second Edition:
A Practical and Easy-to-Use Guide to Unlocking the Powers of Essential Oils ($13.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0473-5)

* The AGE Food GuideA Quick Reference to Foods and the AGEs They Contain
($8.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0429-2)

This title, together with its companion volume Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet  ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0420-9), has also been included this week as a part of the "2018 Holiday Gift Guide" from the popular Raw Foods News Magazine

* Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life
($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0350-9)

* What You Must Know About the Hidden Dangers of Antibiotics:
How the Side Effects of Six Popular Antibiotics Can Destroy Your Health ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0469-8)

* The Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment Diet:
Using Nutrition to Combat the Effects of Alzheimer's Disease ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0408-7)

* What You Must Know About Age-related Macular Degeneration:
How You Can Prevent, Stop, or Reverse AMD  ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0449-0)

Each of these titles can change your health, and your life, for the better—and we feel certain that they make for pretty interesting reads as well.

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FDA declares some antibiotics a magic carpet to heart damage

Posted: 2018/12/21   Source: Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Garden City Park, NY: At a time when most Americans are in the midst of the holiday season and upcoming New Year's celebrations, some alarming news has been released to the public concerning use of a class of antibiotic medications called fluoroquinolones.

According to a newly announced review by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), these fluoroquinolone medications (better known by the US market names Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Factive, Floxinand Norflox) "can cause painful and sometimes fatal damage" to patients' hearts.

This is only one of various side effects that have been linked to these antibiotics, and written about in great detail by author Jay S. Cohen, MD in the book What You Must Know About the Hidden Dangers of Antibiotics ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0469-8).

While the FDA has continued to serve as our government's own watchdog agency when it comes to these kinds of serious and potentially fatal  effects on our health, this book shows how both physicians and drug manufacturers have elected either to ignore the data or to hide these problems largely from public view.

The only solution, as ever, is for American citizens to take a keener interest in their own health so they can protect themselves and their loved ones from the overuse of antibiotics. What You Must Know About the Hidden Dangers of Antibiotics lives up to its name, and should serve as the definitive source of good information on this topic. Start the year right with a copy of this book.

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Visions of sugar plums, making us dead

Posted: 2018/12/18

Garden City Park, NY: On December 18, 2018—the same day that beloved Laverne & Shirley star and acclaimed director Penny Marshall died at age 75 due to complications from diabetes—medical doctor and author Dr. David Perlmutter appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss how America's gluten- and sugar-filled diets (written about in his book, Grain Brain) continue to lead the way to the kind of mental decay associated with Alzheimer's disease—not to mention the greater likelihood of cancer, heart attacks, and the aforementioned diabetes that also can occur.

The tragedy at the heart of our nation, though, is that as we gear up for yet another carbs-loaded and sugar-filled holiday season stuffed with cookies and cakes, most of the American people avoid the simple truth about those simple sugars that too many of us consume each day.

This, of course, has remained nothing new to Square One's author/nutritionist and longtime anti-sugar pioneer Dr. Nancy Appleton. Having determined by the mid-1970s—through her own extensive studies of diet and its effect on health and lifestyle—that overconsumption of sugar was a key component in a number of both chronic and acute human diseases, Dr. Appleton went on to lecture and work tirelessly throughout the US and as far across the globe as Zimbabwe, Africa to bring the various benefits of a sugar-free diet and lifestyle to as many families and citizens as possible.

After writing her first book on this topic in the early 1990s—the bestselling title Lick the Sugar Habit (Avery), with more than one million copies sold—Dr. Appleton continued her work and research. The results of her continued vigilance in the face of this all-too-real consumer health danger then led to publication of her bestselling Square One books Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0306-6) and Killer Colas: The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0341-7).

So now, with the national obesity rate now also reaching a near-epidemic level alongside the well-established killers of heart disease and cancer and the uptick of Alzheimer's throughout the US, the question many of us should now ask ourselves is: "Am I really willing to trade my health, and perhaps my life, just so I can drink a soda or two as I eat these raspberry-filled doughnuts?" If you value your existence, the answer to that question should be obvious. And if not, then have youself a Happy Holiday—because it may very well be your last.

Rest in Peace, Penny Marshall

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Square One Is Number One!

Posted: 2018/11/01   Source: Publishers Weekly

Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers finds itself at an interesting moment in its eighteen-year history. Following the acquisition this past January of Rodale Inc. by Hearst Communications—who then sold off all Rodale Books’ health titles to Penguin Random House (PRH)—Square One, as recently reported in Publishers Weekly, now stands as the biggest independently-owned publisher in the United States to maintain shared focus on both traditional and complementary health books. With more than 350 active titles in print to date, Square One’s president, Rudy Shur, and his devoted team of full- and part-time employees are poised to take the company’s success to the next level in the primary subject areas of health and fitness.

“I found it ironic,” says Shur about when he learned that the Rodale health books were being picked up by Penguin Random House. Ironic, perhaps, because he saw the 1,000+ health titles that he signed over twenty-three years as publisher of his first company, Avery, be sold off to Penguin back in the summer of 1999. “That was before Penguin had joined up with Random House, when it was still its own entity. Now that PRH exists and the Rodale family sold all its assets to Hearst, it looks like we’re the last self-owned traditional and alternative health publisher left standing. Not that we mind, of course.”

While he has always continued to seek out and sign a myriad of health-focused titles—“all of which provide interesting stories and perspectives that deserve to be seen, heard about, and read in a democratic society,” he notes—Shur has also picked key moments in Square One’s development when he would look to pick up and incorporate titles from other similarly-sized health publishers into the Square One line. To date, Square One has picked up titles from companies like: Vital Health Publishing and Professional Books Inc. (PBI) in 2007; the book program of InnoVision Health Media in 2009; Safe Goods Publishing in 2010; and, though this most recent acquisition is focused more on topics of science and environmental conservation, Shur also acquired Ocean Publishing in 2016.

Within the trade, Square One’s consistent growth as an independent small book publisher was recognized and lauded in Publishers Weekly for six years in a row as one of the fastest-growing publishing houses in the United States. In 2012, Shur felt the time was right for Square One to remove itself from the annual list of well-performing small publishers so that other houses were also given the chance to shine in the light of their peers. “It was gratifying for us to stand up and be counted like that within the industry,” Shur says, “but we felt the point of our success and relevance had been made, and it was time for us to really dig in and sharpen our focus even more closely upon the world of health and fitness book publishing.”

Six years later, Shur and his fellow Squares have worked hard to bring a variety of top-quality and often crucial health titles to the forefront of mainstream medicine—and culture. Over these past years, there have been significant new titles on topics such as Alzheimer’s disease (The Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Diet, featured more than a dozen times in the past two years on TV’s nationally popular Dr. Oz Show); processed foods (Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by researcher and former Food and Drug Administration FDA investigator Dr. Renee Dufault, which has provided clear evidence of heavy metal toxicity in everything from baby formula to breakfast cereals); natural healers (Sodium Bicarbonate, Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconuts for Your Health, Turmeric for Your Health); and the increased legalization throughout the US of medical marijuana and hemp CBD oil products (Healing with Medical Marijuana and Dr. Earl Mindell’s Healing with Hemp CBD Oil, which sold through four print runs for Square One this past summer alone).

Next up for Square One will be publication this January 2019—in time for Thyroid Awareness Month—of the title What You Must Know About Hashimoto’s Disease by rising-star physician Dr. Brittany Henderson with co-author Allison Futterman. There will also be new titles from established authors Dr. Earl Mindell (What’s In Your Blood & Why You Should Care, co-written by Gene Bruno), Dr. Jeffrey Anshel (What You Must Know About Dry Eye), and Big Yoga author Meera Patricia Kerr (Take a Deep Breath, co-written by Sarah McLanahan).

“My father spent his life working in a bakery,” Shur says, “while I’ve spent most of mine working in a bookery. I like the idea that my company and I have worked hard to serve people, just as my father did—but it pleases me just a little more to know that what we have to offer at Square One can help people be happy and healthy.”

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