VPF News


July 2015

2015 VPF Drawing Announced

2015 Drawing- stained glass heart shape 8 inches with wrought iron stand

Two beautifully handcrafted prizes were donated to the VP Foundation recently for the annual Drawing in October. To enter, print Tickets (PDF) and mail them to the Foundation.

First is a lovely piece of stained glass with a custom wrought-iron stand. It features four interlocking hearts in the Foundation’s signature colors, pink and white. This 8-inch circular panel is made by the copper foil method. The pattern by Deb Kosiba of Seward Street Studios is known as a “four-heart circle.”

It is crafted from pink and white opaque glass, with clear-textured glass around the edge, known as rough-rolled. This elegant work of art was donated by a stained glass artist and staunch friend of the VPF in North Carolina.

2015 Drawing Hand made glass lampwork bead necklace with silver clasp

Second is a 20-inch necklace of one-of-a-kind glass lampwork beads. The beads were made over an open flame using Effetre glass from Italy, annealed in a digitally-controlled kiln for strength and durability. Glass pearls and Swarovski crystal beads are strung between the lampwork beads, with a sterling silver clasp. The necklace was donated by a long-time VPF volunteer Leader and lampwork artist in Arizona.

The VPF’s Drawing will be held on October 9, 2015, the 23rd anniversary of the Foundation’s incorporation as a nonprofit. The goal this year is to raise enough money to keep the Foundation operating while editing and paying for the initial printing costs of The Low Oxalate Cookbook - Book Three. Executive Director, Joanne Yount explained, “$50,000 would be a great start, and $150,00 will cinch it.”

Tickets (PDF) are $4.00 each, or six for $20.00. General contributions are also being accepted during the fundraising period, and they will count toward the goal of the VPF's annual Drawing.

June 2015

VPF is Published

, Number 42, was published and mailed to VPF members in late June. During the first few weeks of July, current members should expect to receive their Newsletters in the mail.

Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter Jar

Sunflower seeds are a superior source of vitamin B6.

Vitamin B6

As part of the VPF’s continuing series on good nutrition and the low oxalate diet, vitamin B6 is featured. Michael Liebman, Ph.D., professor of human nutrition at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, reveals the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) as well as good sources of vitamin B6 that are low to medium in oxalate content per serving.

In the lead article, he describes deficiency and toxicity symptoms of vitamin B6. Dr. Liebman also explains the current and potential uses of vitamin B6 as therapy for conditions characterized by chronic inflammation, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and heart disease.

Natural Therapies Reduce Inflammation

Vitamin B6 is one of a number of low oxalate natural therapies that combat inflammation. They include willow, chamomile, pineapple, and sage. These herbal therapies support the Pain Project Protocol (low oxalate diet, calcium citrate, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), and cetyl myristoleate (CMO). However, they do not take the place of the protocol in treating Solomons Syndrome (vulvar pain, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, and sensitive skin).

Calcitrate and Calcium Citrate Bottles

Calcium Citrate Without Vitamin D

In this issue, two sources of calcium citrate without vitamin D are featured, Calcitrate by Major Pharmaceuticals and Solaray vegetarian calcium citrate. Because the Solaray brand includes plant ingredients, it was recently tested through the VPF’s Oxalate Testing Program for Foods, Beverages & Natural Supplements. It was found to be quite low in oxalate content.

Sweet Dreams Jar of Brown Rice Syrup

Sweet Dreams organic brown rice syrup

New Food Data

During the past six months, 25 food products and natural supplements were analyzed for total and soluble oxalate content per serving through the Foundation’s Oxalate Testing Program. Of particular interest are Pau D’Arco herbal tea, Ricola cough drops, Reed’s Ginger Beer, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, plantain chips, organic brown rice syrup, and more.

Delicious low oxalate summer recipes rich in vitamin B6, encouraging letters from recovered members, a reprint from 2001 on propylene glycol, and more await readers of this comprehensive, twice-yearly publication.

You may receive , Number 42, by becoming a member.

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