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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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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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Three new health books, one top-selling author

Posted: 2018/09/10

Garden City Park, NY: As follow-up to his co-author work on Square One's still number-one bestseller The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, 2nd Ed.acclaimed health writer Larry Trivieri, Jr. has written for Square One a trio of affordable and informative new books designed to help readers find their way towards a finer natural state of health.

Toast Your Health with . . .
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Nature's Most Versatile and Powerful Remedy
($14.95 USD * ISBN: 978-0-7570-0446-9)

For centuries, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV ) has served as a folk remedy to treat a host of health issues, from indigestion and low energy to sore throats and toothache. Trivieri's book: looks at the long history of ACV; examines the science behind its many benefits; explains how to choose the best ACV; and even tells readers how to make it at home. The main section of the book is a complete A-to-Z guide that shows readers how to use ACV to prevent and reverse over 80 common health conditions, and to improve and maintain the health and appearance of your hair, skin, teeth, and gums.

Time to Go Cuckoo with . . .
Coconuts for Your Health:
Nature's Most Delicious & Effective Remedy
($15.95 USD * ISBN: 978-0-7570-0451-3)

Before the introduction of the Standard Western Diet (SAD) to their culture, it is a fact that the natives of the South Pacific islands were among the healthiest people in the world. A key to this remarkably healthy lifestyle was, of course, due to the majority of calories consumed by the islanders that were found to have come from coconuts. Throughout the book, Trivieri reveals how this tropical fruit: reduces weight and belly fat; raises good cholesterol; lowers blood sugar levels; boosts memory and brain function; protects your gums and teeth; fights bacteria and viruses; and much more. In its review of Coconuts for Your Health, Booklist applauds Trivieri's "useful listings of resources and references [that] support further inquiry, adding to this informative book's broad appeal."

Target and Control Your Inflammation with . . .
Turmeric for Your Health:
Nature's Most Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
($15.95 USD * ISBN: 978-0-7570-0452-0)

Third and newest in this series of health books from Trivieri is Turmeric for Your Health. Turmeric is a natural spice that has the power to eliminate inflammation, which is a major cause of many serious health issues. For thousands of years now, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diseases. Researchers in the United States only began to recognize the various benefits of turmeric in the year 2000, but this helpful new book describes just how effectively this spice can be used to prevent and treat inflammation throughout the body, in addition to contributing to one's overall health. The book includes information on how to use turmeric to: lower blood pressure; combat ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and indigestion; reduce arthritic pain; increase brain function; and help fight cancer cells. Along with the other books listed above on ACV and coconuts, this book stands now as the most important and specific book your customers will read about how to use turmeric properly, effectively, and inexpensively.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Larry Trivieri, Jr.  is a leading writer and editor in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. He is the author or co-author of more than 15 acclaimed books on health, including the bestseller The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, 2nd Ed., The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health, Health on the Edge, Juice Alive, 2nd Ed., and The Acid-Alkaline Lifestyle.  In addition, he served as the editor and principal writer of both editions of the landmark volume Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide, and has also published more than 200 health articles online and in leading publications. He is also a frequent lecturer on health-related topics, and has been a featured guest on television and radio shows nationwide.

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