Obesity and Weight Loss

Experts tell us it takes 40 days to change old habits and develop new ones. There are certain habits you MUST develop if you want to lose weight and keep it off forever. You develop new habits by religiously disciplining yourself to do the following, every day, for 40 days

Natural Cure For Arthritis

he natural cure for arthritis exists for all forms of arthritis symptoms and pain. Arthritis is considered to be the most common muscular-skeletal disorder. Most people suffering from arthritis are of the opinion that no cure for the disorder exists, so they depend on the conventional medicines to get relief from pain.

Ayurvedic Medicine: A Gift From The Gods

Ayurvedic medicine is traditional Indian medicine where mixtures of herbs and minerals are used to cure ailments. The word Ayurveda comes from Ayus which means life and Vedas which means knowledge.

Holistic Health: Empowers You With Optimum Body, Mind, and Spirit

Holistic Health refers to all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are often most apparent. When problems arise through physical discomfort or pain signals; our mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects also indicate imbalances and “dis-ease”

Exercise

Alternative medicine has historically been at the forefront of recommending exercise for good health. Now, there is a library full of information on exercise and proper diet. Books such as Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet

Monday, January 25, 2021

Eye Disorders Including Cataract, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

Eye Disorders Including Cataract, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration


Eye Disorders Including Cataract, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

Even though alternative medicine practitioners have prescribed various vitamin and food supplements for eye problems for years, only recently have these supplements become common in mainstream medicine. Vitamin supplements incorporating the phytonutrient lutein are commonly recommended for macular degeneration. Eye floaters, glaucoma, cataract and other eye problems commonly receive vitamin supplement recommendations.

In January 1999 researchers at Harvard Medical School stated that

oxidation plays a major role in development of age-related eye disorders. In 1983 the American Academy of Sciences reported that free radical damage to eye tissues is instrumental in development of cataracts. It is an accepted fact in medicine that this oxidative damage to the eye is responsible for degenerative eye disorders. With that established, three questions arise which, if answered, will help us in combating cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration. They are:

  • What exactly is a "free radical" or "oxidative" damage?
  • What can be done to prevent oxidative damage?
  • What can be done to reverse oxidative damage and associated disorders?

Oxidation or production of free radicals is a normal part of the daily life of the cells of our body. A "free radical" is a chemist's term for a certain type of oxygen molecule which has been chemically altered during the normal course of daily life to become an undesirable molecule which is damaging to the tissues. This altered molecule, having gone through the process of "oxidation" is then considered to be "oxidized". The body normally uses "antioxidants" to neutralize these undesirable "free radical" oxygen molecules. Antioxidants are very important and life could not go on without them. The body synthesizes some antioxidants on its own such as glutathione and others it receives from nature such as vitamins and minerals.

The obvious question to follow is "what can I do to minimize the oxidation process in my body?". We can best answer that question by looking at what causes oxidation and then minimizing the causes as much as possible. Oxidation can be reduced by healthy living. The main causes of oxidation are bad diet, lack of exercise, smoking and all the other bad things we do to our bodies in this modern day culture. Write it down, anything that is bad for you is producing an excess of free radicals. So, the answer is, live as healthy a life style as possible, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, eliminate as much stress as possible, quit smoking, minimize alcohol consumption, avoid junk foods, caffeine and excessive sugar and fat consumption. A particularly strong free radical producer to be avoided is the partially hydrogenated or trans-fats that you find in deep fried and snack foods. Wear sun glasses. U.V. radiation from the sun causes oxidation in the eyes. Then, you should take a good source of antioxidant supplements.

GlaucomaWhat to do to reverse or slow progression of degenerative eye disorders including cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration? First, you should identify all the causes of excessive oxidation in your life that you can. This is where a Comprehensive Health Assessment will be of great value to you. Completion of the assessment will assist you in identifying areas of your life style and health which can use improvement. The health assessment is a very inexpensive way to gain a lot of information about your health. It's like an extensive consultation with your doctor without leaving the convenience of your computer. See the web link below for information on a Comprehensive Health Assessment.

The number one cause of oxidation outside the obvious bad habits like smoking and alcohol is poor diet. We Americans wrote the book on bad diet. The American Dietetic Assn., the American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic, every authority everywhere all emphasize that we should be eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, preferably raw. Of course, very few people do that so we have to try the best we can and to make up the deficiency.

To fill the void in your diet, turn to the one outstanding fruits and vegetables supplement which we recommend to everyone who will listen. That supplement is Juice Plus . Detailed information is found at the link listed below. The reason whole food supplements are so important is that antioxidants work synergistically as a team. Whole food contains all the antioxidants in the right proportions accompanied by thousands of other nutrients called "phytochemicals". Phytochemicals are essential to good cellular health and play an important role as well. Conversely, if we use factory manufactured supplements containing only a few antioxidants, we miss out on those thousands of ingredients that our bodies require. This is why whole food supplements like Juice Plus work so well and are so important.

Lutein is one phytochemical that has gained much attention in regard to eye disorders. It is the red coloring in tomatoes and other foods. It has been found to have good antioxidant properties beneficial to the eyes. Other phytochemicals worthy of note are zeaxanthin and genistein. All three of these phytochemicals have been extracted from food and incorporated into food supplements. Why not take the whole food like Juice Plus instead?

We eat way too much fat, sugar, junk food, and processed food. We drink too much caffeine, soda and alcohol. If you are prematurely aging and find your- self with a degenerative eye disease, poor diet is probably as contributory a factor as any other in your progressive decline to poor eye health.

Exposure to environmental toxins plays a much greater role in aging and oxidation than is appreciated by the medical community. If you have been exposed to chemicals such as insecticides or heavy metals such as lead or cadmium (found in welding rod and old galvanized home water pipes) you need to pay close attention to the Toxic Metals (links below) of this web site.

If you have used prescription drugs long term, you should consult with your pharmacist and ask if they produce excessive oxidation. For example, Tylenol is reported to be a potent oxidizer.

Antioxidant Supplements

Eye DisordersGlutathione is known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. Unfortunately, it isn't well absorbed into the body when taken orally. Therefore, we must find other supplements which will support the production of glutathione within the cells. One product is N-Acetyl-cysteine which is a compound the body uses to produce glutathione. NAC works especially well when used in conjunction with Garlic. You can probably find NAC at your health food store.. Another source of glutathione is found in milk whey. If you don't have a milk sensitivity or allergy you will benefit from whey protein extract which is a strong precursor to glutathione. There are several companies which sell whey products. See below.

Vitamin C is well known for its antioxidant properties. The lens of the eye is particularly deficient of vitamin C during the development of cataracts. 1000 to 2000 mg. in divided doses during the day is usually adequate. Used in conjunction with vitamin C and also strong antioxidants are the bioflavanoids, quercetin, myrcetin and ginko. Vitamin C and the bioflavanoids were found to reduce intraocular pressure in glaucoma studies.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene have been found in studies to be preventive against cataract onset. Interestingly, spinach was more consistently related to prevention than carrots. One study found cod liver oil to be beneficial for glaucoma in rats. Cod liver oil is high in vitamin A.

Retinol , one of the ingredients in vitamin A has been use in eye drop form for eye inflammation and ointment form in dry eyes. Talk to your physician about this if you want to try it.

B vitamins are also essential to good eye health, particularly vitamins B2 and B6. B2 is destroyed by U.V. radiation and thus your need for wrap around sun glasses. Both B2 and B6 need to be replenished daily.

Melatonin is another antioxidant which has been shown beneficial in eye health. It is actually a hormone which is involved in your daytime-nighttime or circadian rhythms. You should take it under supervision of a nutritionist and only at the specified time of day.

Vitamin E and Selenium are both beneficial antioxidants and when used together with the other antioxidants are more effective.

Zinc is a commonly used supplement for eye disorders. It has been helpful in macular degeneration and night vision. If you use zinc supplements, you should also use copper as the two tend to deplete one another. Use about one-tenth the dosage of copper as you do zinc. Also, it is good to know that some cereals containing oats tend to decrease your absorption of zinc. Therefore, take your zinc at a different time of day than at breakfast.

Magnesium is a mineral very important to eye health. Supplementation utilizing the liquid ionic form of the mineral will offer better absorption. In tablet form, the typical dose is 400 mg. per day even though in one study intraocular pressure was improved in glaucoma patients at 120 mg. per day.

Herbs

Bilberry (Blueberry) is the herb of choice for eye problems. The story is told that during WWII the British pilots found their night vision to be better when they ate Bilberry jam. Bilberry is used in most all eye supplements.

Ginko biloba is a great antioxidant herb. It is useful in many conditions including eye disorders. One caution is necessary here. Many people have food allergies and may not even know it. Please read the Food Allergy pages (links below) of this report. Occasionally, people with food allergies are sensitive to herbs because herbs in their natural state are foods. Ginko is one that has occasional allergy symptoms.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Gastrointestinal and Digestion


Gastrointestinal and Digestion


Gastrointestinal and Digestion

It has been said “you are what you eat”. In alternative medicine, we are more likely say “you are what you digest”! There are many health conditions that have their root in gastrointestinal problems. GI disorders including intestinal yeast infection, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns disease, acid reflux and numerous others are frequently part of the picture in other seemingly unrelated conditions. Health problems such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, food allergy, hypoglycemia, stress related fatigue and a long list of others often have a GI component which, when undetected leaves the patient and physician with less than satisfactory outcome. Of all, intestinal yeast infections are probably the most overlooked or even denied by physicians.

This discussion will address three common gastrointestinal conditions which your doctor may not have adequately considered. There are many symptoms related to these three conditions which are frequently overlooked by physicians, even gastrointestinal specialists. The symptoms range from the obvious such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea to those not usually thought of as relating to the digestion including arthritis, muscle and joint pain, allergies, food sensitivities, yeast infection, immune disorders, asthma, headache and many others. Good digestion is paramount for good health. If you have a health condition that is not responsive to medical diagnosis and treatment and you have anything but the best of good regular eating, digestion and elimination habits, you should carefully consider the following information. However, for a complete picture of the gastrointestinal impact on your health it is imperative that you study the related pages found elsewhere on this web site. Please see the Related Pages of this Web Site information at the end of this Gastrointestinal page.

Gastrointestinal and DigestionHypochlorhydria is a condition of insufficient hydrochloric acid (HCl) levels in the stomach. As acid secretion decreases with age, many people are deficient in HCl and do not know it. Medical literature states that 40% of people past the age of 60 are low on HCl. There are even studies of asthmatic children being low on HCl who, upon receiving supplemental HCl experienced improvement in their asthma symptoms. There is a problem. It lies in the fact that the symptoms of low HCl are nearly identical to the symptoms of excess HCl and consequently we find people taking antacids looking for relief of excess HCl when they in reality have LOW HCl. Just exactly the opposite to what they should be doing. HCl insufficiency leads to incomplete digestion, poor absorption and resultant symptoms related to poor nutrition in spite of the fact that you may be eating well and even taking supplements.

You can do a simple test to see if HCl may be of benefit to you. You should do it under the auspices of your clinical nutritionist if you try it. That is simply to take an HCl tablet after eating and observe your response. You should see a decrease in gas, belching, or bloating. Do not do this test without professional supervision if you have a history of stomach ulcers, irritation or inflammation. There are other tests for hypochlorhydria which your physician can perform if indicated including a Comprehensive Stool and Digestive Analysis (CDSA).

If you are hypochlorhydric, you can supplement your digestion by taking hydrochloric acid supplements. They should be taken after meals. Most all good nutrition supplement companies carry an HCl product usually referred to as “Betaine HCl”. Other oftentimes beneficial supplements include replacement of the friendly bacteria in the gut with Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. Increased dietary fiber will promote healthy digestion especially soluble fiber which is found in vegetables. Certain herbs stimulate gastric acid production including gentian, ginger, and peppermint.

Malabsorption occurs for a variety of reasons. These include hypchlorhydria (low stomach acid), pancreatic digestive enzyme insufficiency, and intestinal dysbiosis (an imbalance in the intestinal bacterial colonies called “flora” which normally reside in the gut). Malabsorption occurs when, though a person is eating well and maybe even taking supplements, the nutrition that is being consumed is not making it into the blood stream. Rather than being absorbed it is being eliminated through the stool.

The presence of malabsorption can be confirmed by a laboratory test called the Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis (CDSA). Another less comprehensive test is the Urinary Indican test which measures incomplete digestion of protein. It can be ordered by your clinical nutritionist.

If you are experiencing malabsorption, you will get the guidance you need from lab testing to know what to do about it. Typically, hypochlorhydria is addressed by taking HCl tablets. Pancreatic enzyme insufficiency can be supplemented with pancreatic enzyme or vegetable based enzyme tablets. Intestinal dysbiosis will best be treated by first removing abnormal overgrowth of unfriendly microscopic flora and or microscopic parasitic organisms and replacing them with friendly flora. This is not the end of the story regarding malabsorption but for our purposes here further in-depth discussion would only be confusing. Suffice it to say that if you have a CDSA performed, the report your practitioner receives back from the lab will include a detailed explanation of the lab findings. A knowledgeable clinical nutritionist will provide you with all the dietary guidelines, supplements and other information to successfully deal with malabsorption.

Gastrointestinal and DigestionParasites come in many different forms. Usually, when we think of parasites, we think of intestinal worms or some other disgusting critter. However, the smaller microscopic organisms are much more common findings than worms. These organisms include yeast, amoeba (that's the single cell one you looked at under a microscope in school), giardia, and several strains of bacteria. All of these “unfriendly” organisms can be found in the intestinal tract under normal conditions living in balance or synergy with normal healthy “friendly” bacteria. It is when an overgrowth of the unfriendly cultures occurs at the cost of lost friendly cultures that it becomes a deterrent to good health. If you have spent time in foreign countries, even a little, had parasites as a child, lived in close proximity to animals, have ever had food poisoning or unexplained diarrhea, or have a history of parasites, you could be entertaining these unwanted visitors. If you suspect you may have parasites of some type, talk to your clinical nutritionist about a Complete Stool and Digestive Analysis (CDSA). Treatment of parasites is specific to whatever organism is being addressed. Any practitioner who is familiar with the CDSA will know what to do.

The Comprehensive Health Assessment available through the web site link below is a good tool to evaluate your gastrointestinal symptoms and their relationship to other conditions discussed on the site. Medical research continues to document the connection between good gastrointestinal health and a number of other difficult health conditions. The good news is that the G.I. conditions discussed above and their related symptoms are treatable through alternative medicine and nutritional protocols. If you have completed the Comprehensive Health Assessment and believe there may be a G.I. component to your health, present this information to your alternative medicine practitioner.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Hypoglycemia



Hypoglycemia

Functional hypoglycemia or reactive hypoglycemia has historically been much more recognized by alternative medicine practitioners than traditional physicians. This has led to a confusing set of criteria for diagnosis and treatment of hypoglycemia. Today, we are faced with an array of diets for the condition including the Dr. Phil's diet, the South Beach diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet and others. All these have some benefit and we will help you sort through the maze in the paragraphs to follow. One topic, that of the glycemic index of foods, is one you will want to pay close attention to. Also, as you read, you will want to grasp the concept that hypoglycemia plays a role in many other conditions including fibromyalgia, depression and diabetes.

Hypoglycemia is a condition of low blood sugar, (somewhat the opposite of high blood sugar which is diabetes). Hypoglycemia is usually a problem secondary to some other primary condition such as insufficient function of the adrenal gland, the thyroid, liver or pancreas. Sometimes allergies, and especially food allergies, can lead to symptoms of hypoglycemia as well. Commonly, it is associated with the craving and over-consumption of sugar. Of the 40 plus symptoms of hypoglycemia, the most common include:

  • Chronic fatigue with a mid-morning or mid-afternoon let down.
  • Craving of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Overconsumption of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Shakiness or lightheadedness.
  • Constant hunger.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle tension that won't go away.
  • Feel better after eating.
  • Frequent heart pounding.
  • Anxiety, panic attacks.
  • Depression.
  • Family history of diabetes.
  • Momentary lightheadedness upon standing.
  • Alcoholism.

If you feel you may have hypoglycemia, you will benefit greatly by doing a self-evaluation utilizing a Comprehensive Health Assessment. See below for details.

If your Comprehensive Health Assessment suggests you may have hypoglycemia, it would be a good idea to have your alternative medicine practitioner do an evaluation. Included in the available testing which may be indicated are a 5 hour glucose tolerance test, adrenal cortisol/DHEA test, liver function and thyroid function. An easy test your physician can to do to assess the adrenal component is to take your blood pressure lying supine (on your back) and again immediately upon standing. The BP should rise 10 points. If it doesn't, it is suggestive of adrenal insufficiency which is often one of the players in hypoglycemia.

Please study the related pages of this web site listed below for additional information on other conditions which may be involved with hypoglycemic symptoms.

Your Recovery

If there are no other major contributing factors such as those listed above, the typical patient can expect to start feeling better after a couple weeks of being on a hypoglycemia diet. The first few days of sugar and/or caffeine withdrawal can be difficult because of the addictive nature of these foods. But, as a rule, after the first few days patients begin to notice a significant improvement in their symptoms. It takes from 6 months to a lifetime to completely recover but the rewards in how you feel and perform are well worth the effort. Get the help of a good clinical nutritionist to help you progress through this difficult condition.

The diet for hypoglycemia is typically a sugar, caffeine, alcohol and simple carbohydrate restricted diet accompanied by supplementation to support function of the involved glands. Eating five times a day using low or moderate glycemic index foods helps stabilize the blood sugar levels and smooth out the associated symptoms. In general, any the following supplements may be utilized depending on what is indicated from testing:

For the adrenal gland:

  • Licorice Root herb (must not be deglycyrrhinized)
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B 6
  • Vitamin C

For the pancreas

  • Chromium picloinate
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium

For the liver

  • B complex
  • EPA/DHA
  • For the thyroid

Thyrotrophin (a product from Standard Process Laboratories) Iosol ( a very good water soluble iodine product from TPCS, Costa Mesa , CA 92626 )

Friday, January 22, 2021

AIDS and HIV


AIDS and HIV

It may be possible to avoid AIDS completely with a strong immune system in spite of being HIV positive. Studies have shown that HIV positive individuals with poor immune function are at greater risk of contracting AIDS than those whose immune systems are functioning up to par. That statement, taken from the medical literature should get your attention. If you learn nothing else from this web site, acting on that immune system statement alone will add years to your life and life to your years. Correcting underlying problems such as yeast infections, hypoglycemia and other yeast infection related disorders will give you a jump start toward living with HIV. Alternative medicine offers protocols for HIV which you will not hear about in your physician's office. Read on to learn about control of yeast, the effectiveness of olive leaf extract and other HIV protocols.

The information contained in this web site is required reading for everyone who has an interest in HIV and AIDS. It offers a wealth of knowledge compiled for you from the exhaustive accumulation of literature on AIDS. The information contained herein is from the archives of alternative medicine only and your information for the traditional medical protocols will be found elsewhere. Our prayer for you is that you will study this information closely and that it will benefit you in your HIV/ AIDS quest.

The HIV and AIDS information offered by alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine in that it includes protocols for actually improving your immune system. The medical industry, on the other hand, offers you mostly HIV drugs and leaves the notion of improving your immune status to others. You may wonder why conventional medicine pays little attention to such an important aspect of health as strengthening your immune system. The reason may be that natural immune boosting protocols and products such as vitamins cannot be patented, are not sold by prescription and therefore offer little profit incentive to drug companies. Since much of what your doctor learns comes in one way or another from the drug companies, he is not likely to have received the information available through alternative medicine and this web site.

How to Boost Your Immune System


HIV and AIDS patients need to understand that they are not just fighting a virus which destroys the immune system. No, there are MANY things which compromise the immune system. Happily, there are also many protocols from alternative medicine which enable you to enhance or boost your immune competency. So, as we study the subject, we find there are two major good health promoting steps which really need to be well understood by the HIV patient. They are, simply:

  • 1. Eliminate all elements of your environment, diet and lifestyle which compromise the immune system.
  • 2. Add everything you can from an environmental, dietary and lifestyle perspective to enhance and boost your immune system.

Unfortunately, many HIV victims are prone to environmental, dietary, and lifestyle habits that compromise the immune system long before the HIV virus is contracted. For example, the use of street drugs, smoking, alcohol, poor diet and hygiene and the like are notorious assaults on the immune system. Not only that, but such bad habits set the stage for the onset of other opportunistic immune offenders such as candidiasis. For those people, cleaning up the act, so to speak, is especially difficult. However, it could have life or death consequences and is imperative if success is to be expected. I have spoken at HIV support groups where the number of people in the room who were smoking was appalling. Smoking is just really not acceptable for anyone wanting to achieve good health. Another observation is that HIV seems to be prevalent in persons of lower socioeconomic status. This, too is unfortunate. However, it costs nothing to quit bad health habits. In fact, it pays because money spent on bad habits could then be used to purchase helpful, immune boosting supplements.

Olive Leaf Extract is a potent antimicrobial agent which has been reported very effective in reducing the total body viral load in HIV/AIDS patents. In anecdotal literature it has even improved patients to the point of being HIV negative! This supplement is most important and should be utilized by every HIV positive person. An excellent book on the subject is Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker, published by Kensington Books. A good resource is the Keep Hope Alive organization, Box 27041 , West Allis , WI 53227 .

Beyond the known common bad habits which adversely affect the immune system, there are a number of not-so-obvious immune compromisers about which your doctor may not have told you. Yet, they play a very, very important role in your health. Those immune enemies include, among others, candidiasis, parasites, leaky gut, food allergies, adrenal insufficiency, low thyroid, toxic metals such as lead and cadmium, and inadequate nutrition. Utilizing an online in-depth health assessment questionnaire, a Comprehensive Health Assessment, www.eHealthAssessment.com will do an evaluation of those issues in your life and give you a risk rating for each. The report you receive from the assessment gives you specific information on identifying those factors in your life. The assessment is an easy and inexpensive online way get some insight into these issues' impact on your personal situation. We strongly recommend it. So, there we have the first step outlined above, the identification of immune compromising factors.

Protocols for Addressing the HIV Problem


If you are HIV positive, there are certain pages of this web site that are required reading and understanding for you. Even if your Comprehensive Health Assessment did not have a moderate or high score on these subjects, they are very important for you to understand from an immune system perspective. The pages where we discuss them are listed below. Do every thing you can to follow the protocols listed in those various pages to boost your immune system. The culprits discussed therein are notorious immune compromisers and need to be strongly dealt with and put to rest for a lifetime.

Your Diet

Adopt a "health fanatic" attitude in your eating. Stop use of alcohol, tobacco, street drugs, prescription drugs, especially antibiotics and steroids as much as possible, caffeine, soda, sweets, sugar, and junk food. You should also minimize the consumption of milk and dairy products. Avoid all artificial food additives such as preservatives, colorings and sweeteners. Aspartame (Nutrisweet) should not be used. Partially hydrogenated or "trans-fats" should be avoided like the plague. These fats really interfere with your immune system by producing the pro-inflammatory hormones called prostaglandins. The fats and oils used in deep frying and most snack foods and fast foods are the culprits. Partially hydrogenated fats are a major dietary threat to our health. The fast food restaurants are quietly removing trans-fats from their cooking. They don't want to get sued. These products all compromise your immune system so get them out of your life.

Try to eat an alkaline diet emphasizing fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings a day. This is very important and cannot be overemphasized. Try to maintain a Mediterranean diet of primarily fruits, vegetables, fish, fowl, olive oil and grains. Red meat should be reserved for special occasions and should be baked or broiled. Eat organic foods when possible. Drink only distilled or at least good quality filtered water. Off the shelf bottled water is not good enough because you never know for sure what's in it.

Exercise

Exercise moderately. Excessive heavy exercise can compromise your immune system but moderate exercise is very good. A study published in 1991 demonstrated the positive effect of exercise on the immune systems of HIV positive males. See the Exercise of this web site (links below).

Supplements

There are many excellent immune boosting supplements on the market and you need to know about them. If you scored high on any health issues addressed in the Comprehensive Health Assessment , as discussed above, you should place top priority on the supplements recommended in this web site relating to those issues. Otherwise, the supplements are prioritized here in their approximate order of importance.

Olive Leaf Extract is a potent antimicrobial agent which has been reported very effective in reducing the total body viral load in HIV/AIDS patents. In anecdotal literature it has even improved patients to the point of being HIV negative! This supplement is most important and should be utilized by every HIV positive person. An excellent book on the subject is Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker, published by Kensington Books.

Glutathione is an amino acid within the cells that is powerfully linked to antioxidant function and the immune system. It plays a major role in the detoxification processes within the cells, liver and kidneys. Numerous studies have demonstrated glutathione to be a critical factor in the development of immune depression and AIDS. Glutathione alone when taken orally is difficult to assimilate. Therefore, other supplements which the body uses to synthesize glutathione must be taken instead. They are:

  • Whey protein products
  • N-acetylctyteine (NAC)
  • Vitamin C
  • Selenium
  • Alpha-lipoic acid

Vitamin C has been the subject of a number of studies and anecdotal reports in the medical literature. To use vitamin C effectively, you should do so under the supervision of a clinical nutritionist. See the How to Find A Clinical Nutritionist of this web site. The usual protocol us to take the maximum dose tolerable before diarrhea begins. This is most effective using a buffered C which allows a much higher dose. Benefits of vitamin C to HIV and AIDS patients have been most encouraging as reported in Lancet in 1990 and Medical Hypotheses in 1984.

Beta carotene has been shown to increase immune cell counts in HIV subjects taken at the level of 180 mg. per day.

Vitamin A is a common deficiency in HIV patients. There are a few different forms of A and you should consult with your nutritionist for the best form and dosage.

Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial. It is expensive at the recommended dosage of 200 mg. per day but should be included in protocols even at a lower dose.

Protein malnutrition is commonly seen in HIV and AIDS patients. In addition to the healthy diet suggested above, persons experiencing clinical signs of AIDS related disease manifestation should take a good quality protein supplement.

Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic acid are essential to any nutrition program. HIV and AIDS patients are consistently found to be deficient in these and other nutrients. The problem is that their requirements to bring these nutrient levels up to normal ranges often exceeds that of HIV free people. Therefore, their dosage requirements are higher. Again, a good clinical nutritionist is a great asset.

Selenium is a potent immune boosting and antioxidant trace mineral. As mentioned above, it is an important precursor to glutathione.

L-glutamine is an amino acid which is essential for healthy intestinal function. Persons who are experiencing any type of intestinal disorder should be supplemented with this product. It should not be taken in certain cases of liver disorders. If you have liver disease, Reye's disease or other nitrogen metabolism problems, consult your nutritionist.

General nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids are found to be deficient in HIV patients. One study showed benefit for patients when given these nutrients as a multiple in a supplement containing aloe vera.

Herbs are beneficial in their ability to enhance liver detoxification and in some cases such as olive leaf extract, directly affect HIV. Detox herbs include:

  • Silymarin
  • Goldenseal
  • Black Radish
  • Dandelion Root
  • Aloe Vera is excellent for the digestive tract and may have a direct effect on HIV as well.
  • Liver Detoxication

Liver detoxification is very important in all illnesses and especially so in immune compromised people. The phytonutrients in whole foods are key players in the health of your liver and thus the importance of a good whole food organic diet. People who have abused their health with bad life style habits are probably in need of liver detoxification beyond what is available through whole food. A good technique, though sounding a little disgusting, is the coffee retention enema. Coffee enemas have been used by thousands of cancer and other seriously ill patients for decades. Your clinical nutritionist can give you directions on this surprisingly effective procedure.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Immunodeficiency Syndrome FMS CFIDS

Chronic Fatigue Immunodeficiency Syndrome


Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Immunodeficiency Syndrome FMS CFIDS

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are both termed "syndromes". These two syndromes often present together as a package and therefore will be considered jointly in this alternative medicine discussion. Also frequently associated with these syndromes we see adult ADD, adult ADHD, hypoglycemia, adrenal fatigue, chronic intestinal yeast infections or candidiasis and other related conditions. These associated conditions are all discussed below. A syndrome, as opposed to a disease, is a set of symptoms not specifically attributed to a single cause. Sometimes fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are termed "multicausal" meaning that there are more than one contributing causes to the total picture. This multicausal aspect of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue is what makes the condition so difficult to identify and treat. Unfortunately, with some practitioners, once you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia you have about reached the end of available help. Little more treatment or hope will be offered. Thus fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome becomes what we term a "dead end diagnosis", meaning, "you're stuck with it, that's about all we can do".

The good news is, once you begin to view fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue as having multiple contributory causes, you can then address each of the different potential causes and its remedy. The syndrome then becomes a set of separate identifiable problems each of which contributes to the big picture. As you focus on the identified contributing factors and the treatment for each, you begin to see the progressive resolution of the syndrome. With that view point in mind, the next logical step is to ask yourself what are the causes that contribute to the FMS/CFIDS picture? There are a few but not as many as you might think. The causal factors that most frequently contribute to FMS/CFIDS are addressed in an online Comprehensive Health Assessment found on the link listed below. The assessment, all easily accomplished from the convenience of your computer, will give you good insight into whether you are experiencing any of the common causes of FMS/CFIDS. Those factors include:

  • Candidiasis , a common yeast problem frequently associated with FMS/CFS.
  • Food allergy is usually associated with Candidiasis and undetected in most cases, especially the delayed onset type.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including the "leaky gut" and microbial parasites, among others, are often a factor.
  • Toxic metals including lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum are unsuspected culprits and should be considered in persons who have been exposed to them.
  • Hormonal imbalances including thyroid, adrenal and progesterone insufficiencies as well as others may be a problem.
  • Poor diet, junk food, smoking, obesity, and alcohol should always be considered.

In our clinic, every FMS/CFS patient completes the Comprehensive Health Assessment mentioned above. We consider it to be a required part of every patient's program. It is very easy to complete in spite of being extensive and global in its evaluation of your potential for these FMS/CFIDS causal factors. It is done at your convenience and time table, all online. See the link below at the end of this page.

The Contributing Factors to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


As you have read above, FMS/CFIDS are caused by a variety of different conditions which on the surface would seem to be unrelated to fibromyalgia. There is a tremendous amount of literature available on FMS/CFIDS and your challenge is to sort through it all to see what applies to you.

There are certain health issues which we find common to nearly all FMS/CFIDS patients. Those issues are discussed in different pages of this web site and you should study each one. As you do, you will begin to see how the various issues discussed correlate with one another to develop the syndrome we know as fibromyalgia. Some may apply to you and some may not but it is good to understand the big picture. 

Suggested Therapies for FMS/CFS Patients

Chiropractic

Most every chiropractor has had experience in treating FMS successfully. The spinal manipulation as well as physical therapy offered by chiropractors is beneficial and will be particularly successful in conjunction with the suggestions offered in this report.

Massage

A good massage therapist can help fibromyalgia. Ask your chiropractor for a referral to a massage therapist.

Exercise

Exercise is beneficial for FMS/CFIDS patients. Realizing you may feel terrible most of the time and the last thing you want to do is exercise, we can offer this encouragement; if you do what little you can and stick with it in spite of the discomfort, it will help. Just do it.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a definite must for FMS. It is excellent for relaxing of trigger points and muscle pain.

Supplements

Malic acid is a nutrient that plays a role in muscle cellular metabolism and the production of energy. There are several products on the market that contain it. We suggest "Fibroplex" from Metagenics company, available through your chiropractor.

Magnesium is critical to muscle relaxation. You should take 400 to 600 mg. per day divided into two or three doses.

Calcium is also important to proper muscle function. About 1200-1600 mg. per day is a good dose. Do not waste your money on inexpensive calcium carbonate products. Get products containing calcium citrate or calcium hydroxy apatite.

SAMe (S-adenoslymethionine) is a product which has shown in studies to help with the pain and depression associated with FMS.

Vitamins B6, B12, and Folic acid will be very good especially if your blood homocysteine is elevated. Homocysteine is a lab test usually ordered for cardiovascular assessment but has also been found to be elevated in FMS patients. Ask your physician to order this test for you.

Melatonin is helpful for insomnia. We recommend you use this supplement under the supervision of your nutritionist.

Valerian is an herb that has good relaxing and soothing qualities.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that was beneficial in FMS studies. The form used in the studies was 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan. This supplement is not available in the original form except by prescription. Precursor 5HT forms are available as a supplement.

Coenzyme Q 10 is well established as a muscle oxygen enhancer. We highly recommend this supplement.

Ionic Minerals have been successful in FMS. The Eniva company sells a good product for FMS patients.

Vitamin E combined with Selenium are good muscle relaxers.

Other supplements are discussed in the related pages of this web site outlined above.


Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with fibromyalgia. For case histories and other related valuable information please visit Glyconutrition. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit www.Glycoscience.org. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer.

Diet

It is very important that you minimize the intake of junk food. Particularly bad for you are white sugar, partially hydrogenated fats and oils, coffee, tea, soda, alcohol, snack foods, etc. Try to maintain an alkaline diet which emphasizes fruits and vegetables. Try to maintain as healthful diet as possible.

Attitude

When you feel bad most of the time, it is difficult to muster up an attitude necessary to achieve the relief you are seeking. If you will be diligent in pursuing the protocols outlined herein, you will succeed. Be persistent. You'll get better. Let us know how you are doing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Hypothyroid


Hypothyroid

Hypothyroidism is a commonly treated condition by medical physicians using prescriptions such as Synthroid or Armour thyroid. What is commonly overlooked, however, and more likely diagnosed by your alternative medicine practitioner is subclinical hypothyroidism, the association with adrenal gland insufficiency or adrenal fatigue or the connection with difficult conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The most common symptom of hypothyroidism is chronic fatigue. Also frequently seen is the inability to lose weight. The thyroid functions as a part of a team with some of the other players being the adrenal glands and the hypothalamus and pituitary of the brain. A problem is that often physicians don't consider the functioning of those other players, especially the adrenal gland. In alternative medicine protocols, your physician will always consider the functioning of the adrenal gland in cases of hypothyroidism. In fact, in some cases, the adrenal gland must be addressed first before the thyroid will respond favorably to treatment. This is a complex array of hormonal interactions and we urge you to consult a competent clinical nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner for guidance.

If you suspect you may have a low functioning thyroid, you should consult your physician for some tests. The list of conditions relating to thyroid dysfunction is long and beyond the scope of this web site and so we will keep it simple and discuss only the most commonly encountered problems.

There is an easy test to see if your thyroid is functioning up to par. Utilizing an oral glass mercury thermometer, you simply take your temperature at 10 a.m. , 1 p.m. , and 4 p.m. for three consecutive days for a total of nine readings. Women should not do this test during their menstrual period. Your average of the nine readings should be between 98.2 and 98.6 degrees. If it is below that, odds are, you have some type of low thyroid function. The problem here becomes one of confirmation. It is possible though not probable that the routine blood tests done by physicians may be in the “normal” range yet your temperature average is low. If the lab tests are low, your temp will probably be low too. Whichever the case may be, refer to the Wilson's Syndrome page of this web (see below) site for further information regarding hypothyroid. If you are examined and tested by your physician, he/she will want to give you prescription medication, usually a drug called Synthroid. You can request a more natural drug called Armour Thyroid. Or, if you want to try a natural, non-prescription approach, you can consult your nutritionist about the suggestions in the Wilson's Syndrome page of this web site.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Immunodepression

Immunodepression


Immunodepression

You will likely not receive much guidance regarding the boosting of your immune system from anyone but a good nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner. We will give you some brief guidelines to follow. Be sure and review the adrenal fatigue discussion to be found in the hypoglycemia and hypothyroid pages of this web site. The adrenal gland is a very important player in your immune system. The links are listed below.

Persons with depressed immune function are those who seem to catch every “bug” that comes along. The problem needs to first be addressed by asking what is causing it. One of the most common immunodepressing substances in our environment is hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats. This is the oil in which they cook French fries, chips, snacks and a multitude of other foods. In the body, hydrogenated fat leads to the production of hormones called series 2 prostaglandins which are inflammation producing and not to be desired. Yet, if you read labels, you will find such fats in a lot of foods, especially fast foods and packaged foods. Read the label of your snack foods to see if it includes the term "partially hydrogenated" or "trans fats". The fast food and snack food industries are currently moving quietly to remove these fats from their products.

Another known impairment to good cellular immunity is plain old every day sugar. Did you know the average consumption in the U.S. is now over 140 pounds per year? No wonder we're all sick! In one study, 100 grams of sugar per day decreased the activity of the immune system. Read some labels and see how much you get in a day. You'll be surprised.

Other common yet overlooked causes of immunodepression are the toxic heavy metals in our environment. The most common is cadmium which is found in welding rod, cigarettes and old house galvanized water pipes. Welders should be especially aware of the toxicity of cadmium. Another is lead which is in many industrial settings. Also, mercury can be a problem for some people and though it is controversial, there is some evidence that the mercury in dental fillings can leak into the body. You should think about the possibility of having been exposed to these toxins sometime in your life. If you are suspicious, a simple hair analysis ordered by your practitioner will check it out. Doctors Data lab in West Chicago , IL is a good resource. See our Laboratories page. There are other confirming heavy metal tests your alternative medicine practitioner will do if indicated.

The nutrients known to be supportive of the immune system include beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, iodine, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Do not take more than 50,000 i.u. of vitamin A or 25 mg. daily of zinc with out telling your nutritionist. If you take zinc, you should take approximate1/10 the dosage in milligrams of copper with it. Zinc has a lot of effects in the body. Take it with guidance.

Omega 6 fatty acids are very good for the immune system. The best herbal immune support is echinacea. The product EchinaGuard Pro from Murdock, Madaus and Schwabe company was the one used in many of the studies. It is also available in health food stores under the Nature's Way label. Here is a good formula for immune stress such as colds, flu, etc. which works very well: Every two hours take 20 drops of Echinaguard Pro and one zinc lozenge of about 15 mg. Note: Echinacea is not to be taken habitually for prevention of illness, it is intended for support when the immune system is under stress only.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Liver, Gall Bladder and Detoxification

Liver, Gall Bladder and Detoxification


 Liver, Gall Bladder and Detoxification

You will likely need to seek the services of an alternative medicine practitioner for any meaningful help in improving the function and performance of your liver and gall bladder. Frequently, liver function is overlooked in seemingly far removed conditions such as acne and fibromyalgia. Gall stones, gall bladder attack and related symptoms are seen daily by physicians but rarely does the medical doctor have anything to offer beyond prescriptions and surgery to improve the performance of your liver and gall bladder. You will need the services of a nutritionist or alternative medicine physician to consider the information we discuss herein.

Toxicity-related diseases are becoming a plague upon modern society. What are such diseases? Environmental or endogenous (formed inside the body) toxins can contribute to the development of degenerative diseases. Heavy metals (lead, mercury etc.), pesticides, industrial chemicals, herbicides, or household chemicals can be considered as toxicity related. Numerous studies have associated environmental toxins to cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and many others. Detoxification reactions take place in all cells of the body which pass the detox products along to the liver for elimination. About 25% of detoxification takes place in the intestines and the remainder is the responsibility of the liver.

The liver is a virtual cauldron of hundreds of chemical reactions going on continuously. It is so important that liver function tests are a component of every routine blood profile that your physician does. If you have had your blood tested probably liver tests were included. The same goes for gall bladder function. In addition to removing toxins received from the environment, the liver is responsible for conversion and neutralization of byproducts from normal metabolism Once these products are processed by the liver (detoxified) they are eliminated through the kidneys and bowel. Insufficient liver function can lead to accumulation of these toxic substances and consequent symptoms of fatigue and intolerance to exercise and a myriad of illnesses. The scientific literature has recently reported a relationship between impaired liver detoxification capability, dysfunction of the cells of the body, and chronic fatigue, for example.

There are certain functional tests for the liver that are not routine and probably your physician hasn't considered them. They are tests that measure the detoxification capability of your liver. You will be more likely to find an alternative medicine practitioner utilizing these tests. The current state-of-the-art test for liver detoxification is a simple procedure utilizing caffeine, Tylenol, and aspirin. After ingestion, the detoxification of these products is easily measured in the urine. The test is available from Great Smokies Lab and is called the “Detoxification Profile”. A companion test which your practitioner may want to consider is the “Oxidative Stress Analysis”. Low thyroid function is known to be a contributor to impaired liver detoxification so if there is any doubt, have your thyroid checked.

The nutritional support for the liver is complex and if you perform the Detoxification Profile mentioned above, the results of the test will include some suggestions for appropriate supplementation. The foundational support for the liver includes essential fatty acids, antioxidants, phosphatidylcholine, taurine, and acetyl-l-carnitine. The most common herbal supplement is silymarin which is Milk Thistle. B Complex vitamins are always essential as well as sulfur based amino acids such as methionine, cysteine and glutamine. Probably the most bioavailable amino acid supplement is N-acetyl cysteine. The minerals zinc and magnesium are important for liver function.


Nutrition protocols emphasize fruits and vegetables and high antioxidant foods. Alcohol should be avoided like the plague and saturated fats and partially hydrogenated fats should be minimized in the diet. Omega 3 fatty acids should be included, particularly fish oil, canola oil, flax oil, and some olive oil.

Most alternative medicine practitioners are familiar with the Metagenics company which is at the cutting edge in development of nutritional and medical foods. They offer products labeled "UltraClear" and "UltraClear Plus" which are compounded specifically for detoxification and restoration of the liver to health. The products include dietary protocols important in regaining healthy detoxification.

An excellent technical article discussing the detoxification role of the liver is "Emerging Clinical Science of Bifunctional Support for Detoxification" by DeAnn J. Liska, PhD and Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD published in the October 2002 issue of Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients.

You can do an online self assessment of symptoms related to liver function and including other toxicity-related health conditions (Gastrointestinal, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Axis Stress, Wilson 's Syndrome, Hypothyroid, Food Allergies) listed below, Simply complete an online, interactive Comprehensive Health Assessment www.eHealthAssessment.com . It is an excellent inexpensive tool for evaluation of symptoms from a wide perspective, of great value to anyone pursuing better health.

Your Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a pouch about the size of a small egg which is attached to the under side of the liver. The liver drains bile and other materials including cholesterol into the gallbladder and from there, these materials are passed into the bowel. One major function of the bile is the breaking down of dietary fats in the intestine. The gallbladder is a nice organ to have and you should try to keep yours if you can. If you have gallbladder troubles, odds are, your physician has discovered it by now.

Unless threatening with severe attacks or stones a poorly functioning gallbladder should be given an opportunity to be returned to normal function. For example, few physicians know that food allergies have a paralytic effect on smooth muscle. Smooth muscle is the type of muscle found in the wall of the gallbladder and intestinal tract. If this muscle is not able to contract the gall bladder for emptying, then the stage is set for gallbladder problems. Medical studies have shown that consuming allergenic foods can precipitate a gallbladder attack. Other studies have discovered that people with hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) deficiency are more prone to gallbladder troubles.

The nutritional support for the gallbladder is essentially the same as that for the liver. In addition, vitamin C deficiency and vitamin E deficiency may be associated with cholesterol gallstones. Lecithin is one essential fatty acid which is known to increase the capacity of the bile to dissolve cholesterol.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Homemade Alternative Medicine - How To Choose

Homemade Alternative Medicine


Homemade Alternative Medicine - How To Choose

Do you need some recipes of homemade alternative medicine? As usual we use such methods of treatment in order to prevent back pain, head ache or menstrual pain. To take a pill seems to us to be harmful for our organism, while the homemade alternative medicine is natural and so on. But does this type of treatment is really safety? And the most important thing is it really effective?

Well, of course, listening to numerous alternative medicine criticism statements you start to believe that all these methods are silly and don't work. But still, why do we continue to use them? First of all, some of them really help. And critics don't argue with it, they just call it a placebo effect. A person who supposes that he is taking a medicine just takes a pills with water and he recovers... because really believes that he is taking a real pill so he has to recover. He just has no choice!

In my opinion, it doesn't matter why we recover, the only important thing is that it happens! But of course, it doesn't mean that if you are taking some poisonous substance and suppose that everything will be fine, you will recover. So, it is very important to learn all the necessary information about the product you want to buy and even consult with your doctor if it is necessary. And in such cases it is really necessary!

The other thing is that you should be consistent. If you start to use some homemade alternative medicine don't wait that it will work just the next day. These are not pills, as a rule all the alternative medicine branches offer you treatment which is based on using herbs or some manual procedures and of course, your mental condition. So, it is a long process to balance all these things.

There are a lot of homemade alternative medicine recipes in the Internet and the most part of them is just advertisement of some products. So, be careful and don't buy all weight loss pills or magic elixir from hair loss. Don't forget that every health alternative medicine branch is not just pills, but a philosophy. 

Menopause

Menopause


Menopause

Menopausal women are faced with a barrage of symptoms, both physiological and psychological. Their risk for heart disease and osteoporosis takes a jump upward during this period of life. Because of the risks involved with hormone replacement therapy and bone density drugs such as Fosamax, many women are turning to alternative medicine and natural alternatives to see them through this challenging time of life. The most common symptoms are hot flashes, mood fluctuations, irritability, PMS symptoms, depression and sleep problems.

To assess where you are in the process of going through menopause, your alternative medicine practitioner can order a simple saliva test available through the Great Smokies LabThe test provides hormone levels and accompanying information of great value in determining your therapy as well as monitoring the effectiveness of your therapy. It is called the “Comprehensive Menopause Profile”. The assessment is more commonly done with blood testing by physicians but you probably won't receive any recommendations beyond hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a result.

There are a number of lifestyle considerations which will assist you in your journey through menopause. You should minimize stress. Certainly, smoking is a serious risk factor. You should minimize your use of alcohol.

A commonly used and successful treatment is the herb black cohosh. If you do not get the relief from symptoms that you want from black cohosh, try adding the use of a topical natural progesterone cream. Usually, the combination of these two products will eliminate the symptoms.

There are a number of other things you can do as well. Nutritionally, one should avoid caffeine, dairy foods and high fat foods. Epidemiological studies have shown that cultures which consume high fruit and vegetable diets and especially foods rich in soy have a significantly lower incidence of hormonally related problems including menstrual and menopausal irregularities, breast, prostate and colon cancer, and osteoporosis. The foods highest in soy, in descending order of content are tofu, soybeans, tempeh, miso and soy milk. Some soy protein products have little or no isoflavone (the active ingredient) in them because of the process used in manufacture of the product. Flax seeds make an excellent contribution with their phytoestrogens (plant source, natural estrogen), fiber, and fatty acids.

The vitamins and minerals shown to be beneficial include pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B6, B complex, PABA, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium. For bone health, boron and ipriflavone are of benefit also.

There are a number of herbs that have been shown in the studies to be helpful in the menopausal years. They include black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice (must be glycyrrhinized), Chinese gentian root, dong quai, peony root, and wild yam root.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Health Alternative Medicine - Is It Harmful?

Health Alternative Medicine - Is It Harmful?


Health Alternative Medicine - Is It Harmful?

What can be the worst thing you can hear from your doctor? "Sorry, but I can't help you", or "Sorry, but nothing will help you"? As usual, after such a phrase some people really stop to fight while the others... try to find any decision. In my opinion, it is very inhumane to tell a person that nothing can be done. Some of us are weak and can't continue the treatment without a doctor, which embodies support and hope. Or, probably, it is right to tell a person that nothing can be done? Just pay attention to the words "I" and "nothing" in above mentioned sentences. Do you feel the difference?

Nowadays alternative methods of treatment have become very popular. Do people start to avoid to turn to the conventional medicine at all? Of course, it is not so, and as a rule people decide to follow the offers of health alternative medicine only if conventional medicine is powerless. Of course, there are a lot of critics of such methods, especially concerning alternative medicine for cancer. It is considered that health alternative medicine for such a disease can't help in any case and even precipitate death. There are different investigations according to which the patients who follow standard medical care for cancer are divided into two groups: those who follow only standard treatment and those who coincide it with health alternative medicine. Such researches show that death rates are higher in alternative medicine users than those who prefer standard methods. But what should we do with those who tell us that they survived from such a disease just following the offers of homemade alternative medicine?

Of course, we all need hope that we are able to cope with any problems in our life, but still you should distinguish the people who really can help you and those who make profits on your disaster! I don't want to say that health alternative medicine can't help you, just choose the right people. How you are able to do this? Nowadays there are a lot of advertisement of alternative medicine online, but I offer you advice to turn to the alternative medicine doctors who use alternative approaches in conjunction with conventional medicine.

But still don't suppose that your doctor don't want to help you if telling that some health alternative medicine don't work and even may be harmful for you. In any case, he knows more than you. The other question is to try to tell him that you need explanation of his thoughts so that you also understand why it is so.

Obesity and Weight Loss

Obesity and Weight Loss


Obesity and Weight Loss

There is such a confusing array of weight loss programs and books available on the market, how is a person to sort through them and determine what is best? We have the Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, Weight Watchers, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, diet pills and the list goes on. In the pages of this alternative medicine web site to follow, we will give you the general principles of weight management so you can determine the most effective program for you. An important concept you will learn about is the relationship of the adrenal gland hormones cortisol and DHEA to obesity. As you will discover, we are partial to the more middle of the road diets such as the Southbeach and Zone diets. Read on.

Researchers Discover Obesity to be Worse than Smoking, Drinking or Poverty

Researchers at the RAND Corp. recently examined the comparative effects of obesity, smoking, heavy drinking, and poverty on chronic health conditions and health expenditures*. Their astounding finding was that obesity is the most serious problem! Obesity is linked to a big increase in chronic health conditions and the spiraling rise in health expenditures. Their surprising conclusion was that obesity affects more people than smoking, heavy drinking, or poverty. The study reveals that obesity is linked to very high rates of chronic illnesses, higher than living in poverty, and much higher than smoking or drinking. Seventeen chronic health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease and cancer were investigated and related to the incidence of obesity.

The findings concluded that obese individuals spend more money on both medical health care services and medications than do daily smokers and heavy drinkers. For example, obese individuals spend approximately 36% more than the general population on health services compared to a 21% increase for smokers and a 14% increase for heavy drinkers. Obese individuals spend a staggering 77% more on medications. Only aging has a greater effect and only on expenditures for medications. In other words, the obese person is old before his/her time.

Not only does obesity have more negative health consequences than smoking, drinking, or poverty, it also affects more people. Approximately 23 percent of Americans are obese. An additional 36 percent are overweight. By contrast, only 6% are heavy drinkers, 19 percent are daily smokers, and 14 percent live in poverty.

Americans are looking for a weight loss program that is reliable, medically based, and minimizes the potential for a return of the weight once the goal is reached.

*Sturm R, Wells KB. Does Obesity Contribute As Much to Morbidity As Poverty or Smoking? Public Health. 2001;115:229-295.

The 10 Top Reasons to Lose Weight

  1. You'll look better and feel good about yourself. Nothing brings a smile quicker than the loss of weight.
  2. You'll live longer and slow the aging process.
  3. With healthy body composition, the disability associated with aging is compressed into fewer years at the end of your life. ( New England Journal of Medicine, 1998) . You will enjoy more years of healthful living. This becomes especially important as you want to experience good health during retirement years.
  4. You will decrease your risk of debilitating diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, heart disease, gall bladder disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and certain cancers. (See the graphs below from the Center for Disease Control NHANES study, 1999)
  5. You will improve your body composition, fat to lean muscle ratio.
  6. Your performance and stamina will increase.
  7. You will find yourself able to cope with stress more easily and effectively.
  8. Your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar will improve.
  9. Protocols that are scientifically and clinically tested and proven are now available.
  10. Nutritionists are trained in scientific weight loss. Find one and get to work.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

The obesity guideline from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health proposes that practitioners use body mass index (BMI) to assess patients because the index is simple, correlates to fatness, and applies to both men and women. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute proposes the following classifications of health using body mass index:

Body Mass Index Classification

Less than 18.5.Underweight
18.5 to 24.9 Normal
25.0 to 29.9 Overweight
30.0 to 34.9 Obese class I
35.0 to 39.9 Obese class II
40.0 or greater Extremely obese

To Measure Your BMI Using the Chart Below:

  1. Move down the left column until you locate your height in inches.
  2. Move across the chart to the right until you find your current weight in pounds.
  3. Move up the weight column until you find your BMI.
  4. To find your target weight, refer to the health BMI range of this chart.
If your weight is outside the healthy range, begin losing weight today.


The Morbid Consequences of Obesity


  My friend, obesity is no laughing matter. As reported above, it is now considered even more serious than smoking. For the overweight person, it is time to face the facts….obesity is a serious health problem. The truth of the matter, which we have a strong tendency to repress, is that though there are no serious health consequences to obesity happening right now, it is just a matter of time. It's like hitting your thumb a very light tap with a hammer. It doesn't hurt today, and it won't hurt if you tap it again tomorrow. But if you tap it every day for years, the time will come when it is irreversibly pathologically damaged. The devastating consequences of obesity are just as subtle. What you are sowing today, you will reap tomorrow. You really don't want to experience those consequences. Not now, not in the future.

The obese person who has neglected his/her health can one day expect painful problems such as knees that hurt with every step, chronic back aches, chronic fatigue, taking cholesterol medication for life, having a heart bypass, unnecessary surgeries, not sleeping well, or sticking oneself every day with an insulin needle for diabetes. The list goes on. How does the thought of premature disability and spending the retirement years on the front porch instead of out enjoying life appeal to you? We work too hard too many years to see it all ruined by poor health brought on by obesity. If these thoughts don't fit the plan for your life, now is the time to change your life style and dietary habits . This may sound overly dramatic. But it isn't. As we said, obesity is now considered a greater threat to your health and longevity than smoking, drinking and poverty! And, the probability of it perpetrating its bleak hardships on your life is very high. There is good news. It is never too late to make changes now for a better life from here on.

If you want to look good, feel good and have your friends comment on your loose fitting clothes, act now. To be successful, you need training….training to do it properly and scientifically. You must do it differently than all the times you've tried and failed in the past.

What Being Overweight is Actually Costing You*

The Cash Rewards for Losing Weight

Being overweight costs a whole lot more money than most people think. You can convert the pounds on your hips to money in the bank for years to come by slimming down now. Long term, you will save enough money at the grocery store to take vacations, make some house payments or even buy a new car. The thousands of dollars you will save over the course of your lifetime simply by losing weight and keeping it off is really quite astounding. Consult the charts below to determine the cash savings available to you as one of the many rewards for losing weight. These charts are based upon USDA statistics which report that on the average, one calorie of food costs $.004 (four-tenths of one cent). Consequently, if you reduce your daily caloric consumption by 1000 calories, you will save $4 per day at the grocery store.









For a small investment over the next 6 months you can look good, gain your health back and save thousands of dollars in the future! It sure beats the stock market!

Reallocating Funds from Unhealthy to Healthy Habits and Weight Loss
Consult the charts above to determine the net cost of your Clinical Weight Loss program. Don't forget that you will enjoy a lifetime of savings totaling thousands of dollars, as indicated on the charts, as long as you maintain your new weight. To approximate your monthly cost, locate your weight on the “Money Saved During Active Weight Loss” chart and subtract the number in the “Savings While Losing Weight” column from the approximate amount you expect to spend on your weight loss program. This will give you an idea of the monthly net cost which, of course, you will recover many times over for years after reaching your goal. How? Because, you will never spend this much money on food again. Slim your hips and fatten your bank account by starting to lose weight now!

Choosing your Weight Loss Program

If you have a life long weight problem, you have probably tried many weight loss programs. Losing weight is very difficult and you need to make it work. The one program that makes the most sense from a scientific and physiologic view point is the zone diet or 40-30-30 method. You will find this method in the book 40-30-30 Fat Burning Nutrition available online or at your local book store. We suggest you get the book and then find a good clinical nutritionist who is expert in using the program. We also recommend a program called First Line Therapy offered to nutritionists by the Metagenics company. If you combine these two programs with the guidance of a good nutritionist, you should be successful. providing, of course, that you follow their instructions.

The Adrenal Gland Cortisol Stress Connection

Cortisol is one of the hormones produced by the adrenal gland. Cortisol was once referred to as “adrenalin”, the hormone which in a crisis enables us to do supernatural feats of strength. Cortisol is elevated any time we are under stress. The problem becomes that of long term stress causing elevated cortisol which, in turn, promotes obesity. If you are under chronic stress of any type, be it emotional or physical, work related, financial or marital, or whatever, you need to discuss it with your alternative medicine physician. It could well be the cortisol problem that has made it impossible for you to lose weight. See the links at the end of this web page for details on adrenal gland stress and other related conditions.

The Gastrointestinal Connection

Obesity very commonly is associated with a poorly functioning gastrointestinal tract, intestinal dysbiosis, malabsorption, chronic intestinal yeast infection or candidiasis, and a myriad of other digestion related problems. Your digestion may be a major factor in your inability to lose weight. Please see the links listed at the end of this page of our web site for detailed information. It is imperative that you identify GI related problems if you are to be successful in your weight loss program.

What it Takes to Succeed

Experts tell us it takes 40 days to change old habits and develop new ones. There are certain habits you MUST develop if you want to lose weight and keep it off forever. You develop new habits by religiously disciplining yourself to do the following, every day, for 40 days:

  1. Keep a food diary and calculate the total calories you consume daily.
  2. Learn to arrange your meals so the 40-30-30 ratio of calories from carbohydrates, protein and fat is accomplished each meal. You can print a food and calorie list from www.ntwrks.com/~mikev/chart1.html .
  3. Monitor your progress using a body composition analysis instrument. Your nutritionist should have this valuable instrument.
  4. Exercise.
  5. You must change your life style, FOR LIFE. Start now by developing the right habits.

What About Fat Burning Supplements and Drugs?

There are many such products on the market. They do work, they will help you lose weight. But, we don't recommend their use. Why? Because they are a crutch. They don't encourage you to change your diet and life style. Consequently, after you reach your goal, you will either be encouraged to continue on the supplements for the rest of your life, which you probably won't, or, you will gain the weight back plus a few pounds. Another problem with these products is that they cause you to lose lean body mass along with the fat. This is bad and your body will want to gain it back. Body composition monitoring by your nutritionist will help you make sure this doesn't happen.

Many fat burning supplements contain Ephedra, a substance derived from the herb Ma Huang. There is a certain risk here and it should not be used by persons on medication for heart or cardiovascular disease. Another substance in many products is the herb guarana root which is essentially a dose of caffeine. The supplements and drugs which prohibit the absorption of fat into the blood stream are particularly bad. The problem is they stop absorption of good healthy fats as well as unhealthy fats. Your body needs healthy fat just as much as it needs carbohydrates and protein. Avoid them.

The Atkins Diet

There are potential problems with the Atkins diet:


  1. Fiber is neglected. We need 25 grams of fiber a day and the average American gets about 1/2 that. Fiber is in fruits and vegetables which are minimized in the Atkins diet. Low fiber diet has been implicated as a cause of colon cancer as well as cardiovascular disease.
  2. Phytonutrients are neglected. These are essential nutritional chemicals found primarily in fruits and vegetables. See the My Favorite Supplement page of this web site for details.
  3. Glandular function may be depleted. Long-term overconsumption of protein and fat has the potential to deplete optimal function of the glands and organs responsible for their digestion. Included are the pancreas, liver and kidneys. It is established medically that high protein diets, long-term, may damage the kidneys and the connection to pancreatic damage and cancer is being investigated.
  4. It is not natural to eat large amounts of protein and fat at the expense of the other nutrients. It is devoid of many essential vitamin and mineral nutrients. Successful weight loss dictates that you plan to change your eating habits for the rest of your life. You should not plan to go a lifetime without fruits and vegetables. All nutrition authorities agree that the consumption of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is required for optimal health.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Alternative Veterinary Medicine For Your Pet!

Alternative Veterinary Medicine For Your Pet


Alternative Veterinary Medicine For Your Pet!

All we know that the pets are our best friends and sometimes we associate them with people. But is not it harmful for them? Well, of course, you should know that some products which we suppose to be very tasty are really harmful for your lovely pet. Thus you should not treat him with chocolate, nuts and beer (yes, there are people who suppose that it is really funny). But the dogs and cats as well as the other animals suffer from the same disorders as we are. Cancer, hair loss, allergy and many more. So, may the treatment for them also be the same?

Probably, I will not agree with this statement. Of course our body system are similar, but the methods of treatment vary. But there are also special alternative veterinary medicine. Some people suppose that it is only a source of entertainment for those who don't know how to spend their free time. But probably, the clinicians try to draw visitors just using such name in their advertisement. As a rule the methods of alternative veterinary medicine doesn't differ from the conventional treatment. Your dog or cat may be operated, there are the same practices concerning poisoning and parasites.

The only difference is that such alternative veterinary medicine centers offer you such services as acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic treatment, herbal medicine, and laser therapy. Everything just like in your world! But of course, the specialists are professionals in other field.

Does your lovely pet really need all these health alternative veterinary treatment or is it just a source of entertainment for you? If you find a really professional team which can help your pet to be more energetic, well there is no difference whether you prefer to turn to standard or alternative methods. Sometimes we even have no idea that our pet suffers from something. Parrots, snakes and tortoise. All these animals don't get used to live in such conditions as you offer them. So, they need the additional nutrients, humid or on the contrary dry weather. Homemade alternative medicine offers you a lot of tips concerning the location of the "house" of your pet, his nutrition and many more. Just choose the right veterinarian.

 
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