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The Sequoia Advisor
IN THIS ISSUE                                                          October 1, 2007 
  • The Health Power of Green
  • Don't Forget Your CoQ10
  • Ask The Experts
  • Weight Loss Study- Participants Needed



The Health Power of Green

Your home can be a potentially unfriendly mix of volatile organic
chemicals (VOC's) like formaldehyde, molds and other contaminants. The EPA
has identified as many as 900 VOC's inside homes coming from clothing,
furniture, paints and carpets. These VOC's can also be released into your
home from fertilizers, glues, plywood, fiberboard, particleboard and certain
types of insulation. Another source can come from some disinfectants,
antibacterial soaps and even beauty products. You spend many hours in
your home so you want the environment to be as healthy as possible.

Bill Wolverton, an environmental scientist and retired senior researcher
at NASA, has been studying the air cleaning effects of indoor plants for
about 25 years. He has found that certain indoor plants can remove
harmful chemicals
as well as molds, viruses and bacteria while increasing
oxygen levels. In an interview with PBS, he said, "We're wise to use plants.
Much of our furniture is made of synthetic materials; there are pollutants in
carpets, bedding - even mattresses. Plants are 'nature's living air filters'
that can literally suck out these pollutants absorb them and break
them down."
There is a misconception that plants are bad for people who
have allergy and asthma symptoms. Interestingly, Mr. Wolverton's research
has shown just the opposite. Plants actually remove allergic irritants
helping symptoms rather than increasing them.

How Do Plants Keep Air Clean
In the soil, plants have natural colonies of "friendly" bacteria growing
on their extensive root systems. To make food as a plant grows; it absorbs
, airborne microbes and carbon dioxide through the leaves and
releases oxygen in return. The bacteria, viruses and VOC's are transferred
to the root system where they are destroyed by the bacterial colonies.
The benefit of house plants is their ability to increase oxygen levels while
reducing harmful levels of contaminants.

How Many Plants Do I Need?
NASA research showed that generally two 6 inch potted plants per room was
enough to provide a dramatic improvement in air quality. The larger the
plants the more air they were able to clean. NASA also found certain plants
to are better air cleaners
than other. Here is a list of beneficial plants
you should have in your home.

Your Healthy Plant List
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) - Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)
- Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) - Ficus alii (Ficus macleilandii)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.) - Golden pothos (Epipremnun aureum)
- Arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
- Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii)
- Dwarf Date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) - Rubber plant (Ficus robusta)
- English ivy (Hedera helix)

For more information on Bill Wolverton's research on healthy house plants
go to

Fresh Start is a complete healthy lifestyle program that helps you Get Active, Eat Healthier and Reduce Stress. Fresh Start benefits include lower cholesterol, increased bone density, improved muscle strength, increased metabolism and healthy weight loss. Make the most of your activity time while balancing your lifestyle and maintaining good health at any age.
For more information c
ontact Woody McMahon at 703-464-5171 or email to


Don't Forget Your CoQ10

One of the Most Important Vitamins
CoQ10 is an important substance naturally produced in all the cells of
your body. It plays an essential role in the production of cellular energy.
It is also a powerful antioxidant responsible for keeping free radicals
(the bad guys) from making your cells sick. CoQ10 is especially plentiful
in the cells that require the highest amounts of energy such as the
cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) and immune systems.

In 1957, CoQ10 was first discovered and called "ubiquinone" because it
was found to be present in all human cells. CoQ10 is available as a daily
in natural and synthetic versions. Currently, the natural version
is preferred over the synthetic because of its better absorption and function
in the human body. Important note: multi-vitamins do not usually include
CoQ10 in their formulations. Read your label carefully to find out about yours.

Good For Your Heart
If you are taking statin medications for cholesterol reduction, supplementing
with CoQ10 is especially important. Statin medications deplete CoQ10
levels in all the cells of the body but especially in your heart. Less CoQ10
in the cells leads to improper cellular energy production reducing the cells
ability to function at healthy levels. CoQ10 may also aid other conditions
such as congestive heart failure, angina, arrhythmia, mitral valve prolapse,
and high blood pressure. The newest finding for CoQ10 has to do with its
ability to prevent endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is a
condition when the cells lining the walls of your blood vessels are damaged
eventually leading to atherosclerosis or plaque formation.

What the Research Says
Life Extension Foundation (LEF) reported "researchers from a Germany study
found that when men with impaired endothelial function received
supplemental CoQ10, they demonstrated improved endothelial function of the
brachial artery, which supplies blood to the arms and hands. This important
finding suggests that CoQ10 supplementation may help prevent and treat
endothelial dysfunction, thus protecting the cardiovascular system against
an initiating cause of atherosclerosis."

Another report by LEF of an extensive eight-year clinical trial found that
CoQ10 helped patients with existing cardiovascular disease improve their
condition by decreasing their reliance on heart medications. After 18 months
of CoQ10 supplementation, an impressive 58% improved their American
Heart Association scores by one "class," or health gradient, while 28%
improved by two classes. Most importantly, nearly half of all participants
demonstrated a decreased need for medications.

Good For Your Skin
Italian scientists have determined that CoQ10 plays a significant role in
preventing the growth of skin cancer cells. The Italian researchers saw
low levels of CoQ10 in study participants with malignant melanoma.
In comparison, the cancer free participants had normal CoQ10 levels.
Recent research suggests that CoQ10's applied topically may also help protect
the skin against overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Good For Improving Blood Sugar in Diabetes
CoQ10 helps to both control and maintain normal blood sugar levels. LEF
reports "an Australian study found that patients with type II diabetes who
took 200 mg of CoQ10 a day over 12 weeks showed improved blood sugar
control. Supplementation produced, on average, a threefold increase in
CoQ10 levels in the trial subjects, while decreasing their blood pressure
and hemoglobin A1C, a test that is a long-term indicator of blood sugar


Ask The Experts

We are offering a new service called Ask The Experts. If you have a question about health,

fitness, diet, supplements or any medications you may be taking, send us an email to with your questions. Our team of health and fitness experts will
send an answer directly to you via email. We may even use your question

(with permission of course) for our next newsletter. We hope you enjoy this new service. 

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Study 

We are looking for 12 participants who have tried with no success to reach a healthy weight.
Participants in the study must be at least 21 years of age, at least 30 pounds over weight,
willing to accurately chart their progress and be open minded to trying a completely new
approach to weight loss. To see if you qualify, please email Woody McMahon at with your complete diet history, the reasons you would like
to try a different way and why you think you over eat.

Continued Good Health,


Woody McMahon

The Sequoia Advisor

Sequoia Health and Fitness, Inc.
483A Carlisle Dive
Herndon , VA 20170  

Required Disclaimer: The material provided herein should not be construed as a health-care diagnosis,
treatment regimen or any other prescribed health-care advice or instruction. The material is provided with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in the practice of medicine or any other health-care profession and does not enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship with its readers. The publisher does not advise or recommend to its readers treatment or action with regard to matters relating to their health or well-being other than suggesting that readers consult appropriate health-care professionals in such matters. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication. The material and opinions provided herein are believed to be accurate and sound at the time of publication, based on the best judgment available to the authors. However, readers who rely on material in this publication to replace the advice of health-care professionals, or who fail to consult with health-care professionals, assume all risks of such conduct. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions. 

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