Extensive research went into identifying supportive nutrition and supplements that have shown to be effective against various ailments.
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Red fruits and vegetables contain the important phytochemicals, lycopene and anthocyanins ...
Yellow-orange vegetables and fruits contain the important phytochemicals, carotenoids and flavonoids ...
Blue-purple vegetables and fruits contain the important phytochemicals, anthocyanins and phenolics ...
Yellow-green vegetables and fruits contain the important phytochemicals, lutein and indoles ...
White-green vegetables and fruits contain phytochemicals, allyl sulfides and allicin ...
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A 20-year study in Great Britain showed that a combination of sedentary lifestyle (less than two hours of physical activity a week); eating fewer than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day; smoking tobacco; and 3 alcoholic beverages a day for men and 2 for women will drastically shorten people's lifespans. In fact, it can age people by 12 years.
Anti-aging for Your Skin (Natural)
The popular arrhythmia drug sotalol works as it should for many men -- but it can raise a woman's risk for a potentially deadly arrhythmia. Ask your doctor for a safer alternative.
Blood Glucose Levels (High or Low)
Bruising, Tissue-damage and Soreness.
Cold can trigger muscle spasms and constrict small arteries in your feet resulting in uncomfortable cold-feet sensations. Curing it for good could be as simple as getting enough vitamin B6 and magnesium. These 2 nutrients prevent that from happening, and promote better blood vessel health.
Increasing vitamin E prevents COPD [Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis] (Agler AH et al. Randomized vitamin E supplementation and risk of chronic lung disease (CLD) in the Women's Health Study. American Thoracic Society 2010 International Conference, May 18, 2010.) Summary at http://www.thoracic.org/newsroom/press-releases/conference/articles/2010/vitamine-e.pd
Diarrhea (see Digestion)
400 IU of Vitamin E per day reduces epileptic seizures in children by more than 60%. (Ogunmekan AO, Hwang PA. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate [vitamin E], as add-on therapy, for epilepsy in children. Epilepsia. 1989 Jan-Feb; 30(1):84-9.) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2643513
Up until now, you had to choose between surgery or uterine artery embolization -- tying off arteries that feed the fibroid. Both are agonizing. There is now a new alternative that uses noninvasive ultrasound to erase fibroid tumors without cutting or prodding. For this procedure you simply lie down inside an MRI scanner, which generates images of the fibroid. Then a technician treats the fibroid with focused ultrasound. Side effects are very few and no hospital stay is required. You normally feel warmth in your abdomen. After treatment, the fibroid shrinks and gradually disappears.
Aspartame (artificial sweetener) appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue, and depression.
Mercury Poisoning: Involved in various autoimmune diseases, such as fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Mercury poisoning is the most common heavy metal problem. Mercury is a CUMULATIVE heavy metal poison. Over time it will accumulate in our bodies and can damage the central nervous system and other organs or organ systems, such as the liver or gastrointestinal tract. Most common sources of contamination are Mercury-Amalgam Fillings are commonly referred to as silver fillings or simply amalgam fillings.
Glucose Levels (High or Low)
Obesity & Diabetes Increasing Gum Disease: A study conducted by researchers at Boston University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found the following: "These data indicate that obesity interferes with the ability of the immune system to appropriately respond to P. gingivalis infection," the researchers wrote. They noted that the generalized immune system suppression seen in the obese mice might indicate that obese people are more vulnerable to bacterial infections in general than people of healthier weight. Periodontal disease is incredibly common, affecting approximately 40 percent of adults around the world. "The importance of the current findings is underscored by the facts that millions of people worldwide are affected by this infection every year," the researchers said, "and the universal prevalence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions."
Another recent study may also link gum disease to obesity. Researchers at the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have discovered a connection between Type 2 diabetes, which is often correlated with obesity, and severe forms of gum disease. "We found that periodontal disease was often of the more aggressive form in patients with diabetes," researcher John Taylor said. "It is possible that obesity may be compromising the immune response, leading to increased susceptibility to periodontal disease."
Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH)
Iron overload in humans is a hereditary disorder. It is most prevalent in those Celtic ancestry (Irish, Scottish, etc.) and in African Americans, but not limited to those ethnic backgrounds. One in eight people are a carrier for HH and one in 200 has full blown iron overload and the many physical ailments that develop from it:
- liver disease which can lead to primary liver cancer
- heart disease
- diabetes (known as bronze diabetes as the skin takes on a "bronze" color)
- joint disease
- and many other problems caused by the storage of iron in the organs.
Even certain carriers are at risk and can become symptomatic. HH is the most overlooked genetic disorder out there yet among the most easily diagnosed and treated. Since it is hereditary, once diagnosed, all blood relatives and their descendants should be checked for it (DNA blood test or cheek swab).
Once diagnosed, the treatment is to de-iron as quickly as possible through phlebotomy (removal of blood) to force the body to draw on the stored iron to make new red blood cells. This can take anywhere from a few weeks/months up to a year or more, depending on how much iron is stored. Lifetime maintenance is regular blood donation through a blood bank to prevent storage of iron.
Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores)
According to the National Institute on Aging, bladder control problems affects about one in 10 people age 65 and older. Women are more likely to be affected than men. Causes include nerve damage, loss of muscle tone or, in men, enlarged prostate.
Urinary incontinence can sometimes be resolved with non-drug treatments, such as exercises, biofeedback and keeping to a schedule of bathroom breaks.
- Kegel Exercise: In most cases, the safest and most effective way to remedy incontinence is a pelvic-muscle exercise called "Kegels." This exercise is already quite well known amongst female populations; however, research now indicates that 95 percent of men who performed this exercise regularly after prostate surgery were able to eliminate urinary incontinence.
- Buchu leaves have been used for centuries to treat incontinence, painful urination and bladder inflammation, Although the effectiveness of this plant has not been scientifically proven - it's worth a try. The general recommendation is to steep three to four tablespoons of dried buchu leaves in hot water, strain and drink three times a day until the condition improves.
- Incontinence Drugs: According to a study led by neurologist Dr. Jack Tsao commonly used incontinence drugs may cause memory problems in some older people. He cautions: "Our message is to be careful when using these medicines. It may be better to use diapers and be able to think clearly than the other way around."
The findings of this study were released at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology and are a result of an analysis of the medication use and cognitive test scores of 870 older Catholic priests, nuns and brothers who participated in the Religious Orders Study at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. The average age was 75. Researchers tracked them for nearly eight years, testing yearly for cognitive decline. They asked them to recite strings of numbers backward and forward, to name as many different kinds of fruit as they could in one minute and to complete other challenges during the annual testing. Nearly 80 percent of the study participants took one or more of a class of drugs called anticholinergics, including drugs for high blood pressure, asthma, Parkinson's disease and incontinence drugs such as Detrol and Ditropan. The people who took the drugs had a 50 percent faster rate of cognitive decline compared to those who didn't take any. The researchers considered other risk factors for memory loss, such as age, and still found the link. The researchers found no increased risk for the memory-robbing disorder Alzheimer's in people taking the drugs. The incontinence drugs were among the most potent and were the most frequently taken of all the anticholinergics in the study. That's why the researchers believe they are driving the memory problems, Tsao said.
Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS):
Up to three in four people are affected by IBS which is often caused by food intolerance. The four main types of food intolerance are: Dairy, Fructose, Yeast and Gluten intolerance. Many women are misdiagnosed with IBS. They actually have celiac disease (CD).
Diarrhea is a common symptom of all four main food intolerances. Chronic diarrhea leads to social embarrassment, dehydration, loss of precious vitamins and minerals and stress. If left untreated it can soon lead to anemia, osteoporosis, diabetes, and even cancer.
Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Symptoms: muscle weakness, stiffness, fatigue and irritability.
- Recent research links MS to deficiencies of vitamin B12.
- Mercury Poisoning
The Vitamin D Cure: Current government recommendations for Vitamin D intake is 400 or 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D. However, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and Creighton University (CU) School of Medicine found that when higher doses of vitamin D were taken daily, the risks associated with developing several major diseases are reduced by about half. Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, stated as follows: "We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4000-8000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases -- breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes."
Nails: What do they say about your health?
Pain / Soreness:
Paralysis / Spinal Cord Dysfunction:
According to animal studies, the Ayurvedic herb Mimosa pudica (the sensitive or touch-me-not plant) promotes neuronal health. Specifically, scientists have observed in rats with experimental injury of the sciatic nerve regeneration was 30-40% higher in the animals treated with the Mimosa pudica extract. A small pilot study testing the effects of a multi-herbal product containing Mimosa pudica in paralyzed veterans (i.e., “Re-Gen Nerve” from Maharishi Ayur-Ved Products, Colorado Springs, CO, USA) was carried out. Twelve men and one woman with an average age of 52 were recruited, nine with SCI, two with multiple sclerosis, and one each with spinal meningitis, and spinal cerebellar degeneration. Although no statistically significant functional improvements were noted as expected for a small pilot study of limited duration, subjects reported a variety of subtle effects. Click here for more info.
Anti-parasitic foods include the following:
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Folic Acid (200 - 800 mcg) - naturally found in beef liver, legumes, dark-green and leafy vegetables
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
In a recent study, researchers took cells in a test tube and cultured them with a mixture of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and N-acetyl cysteine. They then exposed those cells to a wide variety of radiation sources. The result: The cells were almost completely protected, even from highly damaging gamma radiation.
Source / Recommendation by "Second Opinion" Magazine (Special Edition, Winter, 2008): Take a high-quality multivitamin before an x-ray or airplane flight.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Seborrhea (a condition of red, scaly, oil eruptions on the eyelids, eyebrows, nose, ear, upper lip, chin, chest, and groin)
Researchers at Penn State University found that an ounce and a half of pistachios (nuts) reduces the body's response to stress by relaxing arteries and keeping blood pressure low.
Swelling / Sores:
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
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