LINKS BETWEEN LIFESTYLE AND HEART DISEASE

February 10th, 2011 — 3:55pm

Research has shown that heart disease is a degenerative disease linked to lifestyle factors. A degenerative disease means that the problems have been building up for a number of years. It is not just ‘one of those things’. Dr Weston Price, an American dentist, wrote a wide ranging book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, published in 1970. His starting point was curiosity as to why dentists could not discover the cause of the dental decay and gum disease that are so common in the West. His researches took him all over the world and he looked at different cultures as they changed their traditional diet to a more Western diet. He traced cultures and individuals over periods of ten years or more, watching the start and progress of many degenerative illnesses including heart disease. He was one of the first people to realize that many modern illnesses are caused by our way of life.

We now know that heart disease can be prevented by adjusting what we eat and drink and our lifestyle. Unfortunately many of the health messages we receive arc negative – encouraging us to avoid this, that or the next thing. This is important. But it’s equally important to realize that the modern diet deprives us of essential nutrients that protect the body – and those nutrients need to come from the food we eat.

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ARTERIOSCLEROSIS (HARDENING OF THE ARTERIES)

February 10th, 2011 — 3:50pm

Dietary considerations
The Airola Diet with emphasis on raw foods. Several small meals, instead of a few large ones. Use plenty of raw seeds and nuts, also sprouted seeds. Cold-pressed vegetable oils, particularly safflower oil, flax seed oil and olive oil, should be used regularly. Make sure they are not rancid.
Avoid all hydrogenated fats and excess of saturated fats. Avoid meat, salt, and all refined and processed foods. Particularly avoid all white sugar and white flour and all products made with them. It has been clearly demonstrated that excessive consumption of white sugar and refined foods is one of the prime causes of hardening of the arteries and heart disease.
Avoid overeating and consequent obesity – a proven major cause of arteriosclerosis.

Biological treatments
1.   Repeated short juice fasts, one week to ten days.
2.  Plenty of outdoor exercise. Sedentary life is one of the major contributing causes of arteriosclerosis.
3.   Eliminate all mental stresses and worries – also well-known contributing causes of arteriosclerosis.
4.   Eliminate all environmental sources of metal poisoning, such as aluminum or copper cooking utensils, copper or lead plumbing, lead-glazed ceramics, contaminated water, etc. Toxic metals entering the body are known to be deposited on the walls of the aorta and the arteries.
5.   Stop smoking. Smoking constricts the arteries and aggravates the condition.

Vitamins and supplements (daily)
С – in large doses up to 3,000 mg. Even more in severe cases.
Combined bioflavonoids (rutin, citrin, hesperidins) – 300-600 mg.
E-600 to 1,200 IU.
Lecithin – 2 tbsp. of granules
Flax seed oil – 2 tsp.
B-complex, high potency, natural
Chromium (occurs in raw sugar, cane juice and in naturally hard water)
Niacin – 100-500 mg., preferably under doctor’s supervision
B6 – 50 mg.
Inositol – 500 mg.
Choline – 500 mg.
Brewer’s yeast – 2-3 tbsp. a day
Magnesium – 400 mg.
Calcium – 500 mg.
Kelp – 1 tsp. granules or 5 tablets

Juices
All available fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices, in season Grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and green juice are especially beneficial.

Herbs
Comfrey, garlic, cayenne, golden seal, mistletoe leaves, hawthorn berries, rose hips.

Specifics
Vitamins С, Е, B6 lecithin niacin, chromium, magnesium, flax seed oil, garlic, systematic under-eating, plenty of exercise.

Notes:
1.    Some biologically oriented doctors use chelation therapy in treatment of arteriosclerosis,     with reported success.
2.    Vitamin С helps in conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, as has been demonstrated in animal studies. This leads to the conclusion that vitamin С deficiency may cause elevated blood cholesterol and be involved in causation of arteriosclerosis.

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REDUCING THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK

February 10th, 2011 — 3:48pm

1.     Reduce your iron intake
We should really only take iron if we need it. Because iron is not eliminated from the body we are just going to keep storing it. There is no benefit from having excess iron. Get your ferritin level checked, with a simple blood test. If the level is high, choose food supplements without iron and buy a non-fortified breakfast cereal. Also look carefully to see whether iron is hidden in any other foods you buy such as bread or pasta.

2.          Keep an eye on your ferritin levels
Ferritin levels in women still having periods should be between 12 and 40 micrograms per liter of blood. After the menopause they should be between 70 and 150. Checking involves a simple blood test which can be done through your GP or privately.

3.        Watch the saturated fats
The usual recommendations for preventing heart disease such as not smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a sensible weight and reducing saturated fats in your diet still apply. If your diet is high in saturated fats and cholesterol and you have excess iron in your blood, you may be storing up trouble. You should reduce or even eliminate your intake of red meat as this can mean double trouble because of its high cholesterol and high iron content.

4.        Keep an eye on your weight
Weight gain is another important factor. The risk of heart disease seems to be increased if you are carrying more weight around your waist and stomach than around your hips and thighs – the classic British pear is not an unhealthy shape, in fact. After the menopause, however, fat distribution changes and more can be deposited around the stomach area. If the ratio of your waist-to-hip measurement is more than 0.8, you can have a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis and you need to take preventative measures. To calculate your waist-to-hip ratio:
1.     Measure your waist, finding where it is the narrowest.
2.     Measure your hips at their widest point.
3.     Divide your hip measurement by your waist measurement to calculate your ratio.
For example:
79cm (31 in) waist -5- 94cm (37in) hip = 0.84

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TREATING SKIN CANCER

February 10th, 2011 — 3:23pm

Skin cancer which is detected early can usually be cured by conservative surgery, requiring only a local anesthetic and day hospitalization. Careful scientific studies over recent years have shown that radical surgery is rarely beneficial. Long gone are the days when all melanomas were removed by extensive surgery, leaving large deformities on the body.

The prognosis for ‘thin melanomas’, that is, those with a thickness of less than one millimeter, is good to excellent, irrespective of the extent of the surgery. ‘Thick melanomas’ have a poor prognosis which is not improved by radical removal.

The best treatment for most skin cancers is complete removal. Radiotherapy is reserved for elderly people or those who cannot tolerate surgery. Certain varieties of basal cell carcinomas can be treated with curettage, liquid nitrogen or laser. In the more advanced stages, melanoma may require additional treatment, such as surgical removal of the lymph nodes, chemotherapy or immunotherapy. Chemotherapy is often rather ineffective, whereas immunotherapy looks promising for certain ‘intermediate’ (between thin and thick) melanomas.

Moh’s microscopically controlled surgery is a relatively new development in the field of skin cancer surgery. Here the skin cancer is removed and checked by frozen section. This allows the cancer to be excised without removing the good skin around it.

Another new development is the use of an injectable drug called Interferon for treating basal cell carcinomas. Most studies demonstrate a high cure rate, without subjecting the patient to surgery. This therapy may turn out to be invaluable for treating skin cancers in cosmetically prominent positions such as the eyelids and nose.

Because we know what causes skin cancer, we can prevent it. As the ozone layer becomes thinner, diligent use of shade and sunscreens becomes even more important. As individuals we need to re-evaluate our current lifestyles and our admiration of sun-bronzed bodies. Sun-bronzed bodies are not ‘healthy’ bodies. There has been a drift in the fashion industry to have models looking much paler, and hopefully this trend will catch on. Parents should encourage their children to avoid overexposure to the sun and to use shade and sunscreens as much as possible.

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