Friday, December 31, 2010

Cancer: The Terrorist Within

Cancer is the only disease with the potential to kill all humankind because it attacks and destroys the genetic information that produces the body, and protects it from invading microorganisms.

Once the genetic information is tempered with, it will change, perhaps irreversibly, and produce frightening results including incurable diseases that will stop at nothing until the body is dead.

For this reason the body protects its genetic information vigilantly. It will allow no changes without a fight, and where changes occur, will continue to fight to restore the original genetic information.

The only disease that the body appears unable to defend itself is cancer because cancer changes the very genetic information the body uses to defend itself. It is like your enemy having succeeded in turning your missiles into stones.

The statistics tell it all. According to figures from the National Institute of Health, approximately 1500 people die each day of cancer in the United States, and about 3400 people are diagnosed with cancer every day.

The risk factors of cancer are known. They include old age, tobacco, sunlight, ionizing radiation, certain chemical substances, family history, poor diet, overweight and others. The only advantage we have over cancer is that it is not contagious. Cancer cannot jump from one person to another.

On the other hand, the advantage cancer has over us is that once it takes hold of its victim, it creates it own source of blood supply. It ingeniously hides this supply source to prevent us from cutting it off. If we could cut off blood supply to the cancer cell, it will not receive nutrients and oxygen for its nourishment and propagation.

In ordinary language, cancer changes the chemical composition of a normal human cell, precipitating a change in the DNA sequencing. Following the change, the cell which was normal before begins to act erratically. It begins to reproduce itself at an accelerating rate. It loses all control and limitation in its makeup. Its only purpose becomes to grow rapidly until it kills its victim and itself.

When you talk about a homicidal terrorist which has absolutely no regard for human life, not even its own, all diseases and all persons come a distant second to cancer. It does not need to be provoked or offended. It simply takes hold of its victim and kills him or her.

Thankfully, we have not been feeble in our fight against cancer. When our body defense system has failed, and a limb or organ had been attacked by cancer, we have cut off the part of the arm, leg or organ affected by cancer to save the unaffected parts of the body.

We have used smart bombs in the form of radiation therapy and chemotherapy to kill cancer cells. In one case we use high-energy rays, and in the other we use powerful drugs to search and destroy cancer cells.

But these attempts at killing cancer cells before they kill us, have side effects. All patients undergoing cancer treatment suffer hair loss. Most patients suffer from poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, mouth or lip sores, and some women from infertility, and some men unable to father a child.

It goes without saying that much more needs to be done to stop the growth in the rate of cancer among all peoples on the face of the earth. New smart bombs need to be produced that kill only the cancer cells and leave the surrounding normal cells untouched. New drugs need to be produced to reduce the side effects of these medical smart bombs.

In this effort, we will no doubt run into the tragedy of human nature. We will be tempted to spend more of our scarce resources on producing smart bombs to kill human beings, with too little left to produce smart bombs to kill cancer cells.

The great universities in Europe and America have produced the finest and the brightest of intellectuals and diplomats at anytime in human history. But here too we will run into the tragedy of human nature. We will fail to bring peace among warring parties, not because our diplomats are dumb, but because they fail in the art of negotiations.

And when our diplomats fail, bombs fall from the skies. And so long as bombs continue to fall from the skies, this story will be retold as long. A little boy is awoken by a severe pain coming from a scrap nail lodged in his upper arm. He is bleeding profusely and is crying uncontrollably.

Holding him in his arms, his father tries to console him, but the pain will not allow the little boy to stop crying. His father gives him two little pills, the crying subsides into whimpering, and soon the little boy falls asleep.

When he wakes up, he hears the sound of fast moving feet, the sound of women crying, and the voices of men talking hurriedly. He wants to see his mother, she is dead. He wants to see his little sister, she is also dead. The little boy lies quietly listening to the sounds around him for an explanation why his mother and little sister are dead.

He will find an explanation. He must find an explanation, so that his mother and little sister would not have died in vain. In his confused little mind, he lies quietly listening to men talking. If he connects America, or an European country to the death of his loved ones, the anger and hatred in his little brain will begin to produce poisonous juices to water the seed of revenge in his little heart.

As days go by, he will wake up every morning and perform his duties, and watch his arms and legs grow bigger and stronger. One day he will wake up and stretch his arms and legs and feel power in them. They will enable him to jump higher and run faster, and the seed of revenge in his heart now a fireball will eventually burst into flames.

He is now a fanatic, listening not to reasoning or logic, and tasting only blood in his mouth. He will stripe a bomb on his body, stand on a street in an American or European city and detonate the bomb, and take down with him as many people as the molten fingers of the flaming revenge in his heart can touch.

On the other hand, if our diplomats succeed in relearning the art of negotiations, and bombs do not fall from the skies, that same little boy will wake up one morning, as he has done in the past. He will hear his mother talking to his little sister; he will catch a waft of the delicious scent of breakfast being cooked. He will stretch his little arms and legs, and jump off his wooden bed. His feet will land on the warm floor and he will go to the kitchen for breakfast.

He will tease his little sister that she moves too slow, she will not be happy to hear that, and will take a wooden spoon and warn him not to say that again. He will say it again, and she will playfully attempt to hit him with the wooden spoon. He will jump off the kitchen chair and run out into the sunlight.

Oh, he forgot his rubber ball. He will look if his little sister has put down the wooden spoon, and with soft steps sneak into the living room, take his rubber ball, and once again dash out into the open air. He will put the rubber ball on the ground and kick it around until he runs into other neighborhood little boys kicking their own rubber balls around the place.

The days will go by. His arms and legs will grow bigger and stronger, and one day he wake up in the morning and feel power in them. He will become a street peddler like his uncle, or become a shoemaker like his father, or a taxi driver like his friend's father. He will dream of earning enough money to take care of his mother now that she's old, and help with supporting his sister's children.

While all this dreaming is going on, the teachers of darkness will one day tell him to stripe a bomb on his body and go to a city in America, or an European city. He will ask why. They will tell him America has done terrible things to his people. He will argue that America has done nothing to him. They will tell him America did it to people who are already dead. He will tell them he will do nothing bad to America because America has done nothing bad to him. They will call him a coward, a nobody, and threaten to ostracize him.

So shall it be known that the human body has an overwhelming and unshakable desire to preserve itself. Until something drastic, something traumatic, or something transformational happens to it, it will resist all inducement to destroy itself.

The little boy now a man, refusing to destroy himself will find a way to get a visa to come to an European country or America with no bomb striped to his body. The friends and relatives he meets overseas will help him find a job in a restaurant, or in a factory. He will work hard each day, and once a month send some money to his mother and sister back in the old country. He will meet and marry a young lady from his ethnic background and work toward legalizing his stay in America.

He will have children. Protected by the equal opportunity laws of America, they will go to school and avail themselves of all opportunities for growth and education. They will enter the great universities in America and study hard. They will be among very few individuals who succeed in passing the grueling examinations to become doctors and scientists.

Evidence of this is all around us. In all the prestigious teaching hospitals around the country, a significant proportion of the doctors are of middle eastern and far eastern origins. They are fighting cancer on the operating tables in our great hospitals, and coming up with new drugs in pharmaceutical companies to find and kill cancer cells wherever they are in our bodies.

All these good things will happen because bombs did not fall from the skies, as our diplomats would have figured out and applied four principles in the art of negotiations.

1. Never use negotiation as a trigger for war. For example, don't tell you opponent do this, or else this or that will happen to you.

2. There should be mutual respect going into a negotiation; recognizing that all men and women want the same basic things for their families.

3. Always leave something on the table for your opponent. Don't take everything and walk away.

4. Bend over backward to ensure that your opponent is genuinely satisfied with what he gets from the negotiation. He should not feel that he has been hoodwinked, browbeaten or arm twisted into accepting what is not good for him and his family.

All the stars would be lined up in favor of our diplomats succeeding in bringing peace where wars now ravage the people and their resources, pharmaceutical companies would produce more drugs to find and kill cancer cells, and fewer smart bombs made to kill human beings.

But, once again we will run into the tragedy of human nature; where all the facts are before us, yet we will manage to make the wrong decision. We will not heed the advice of General Sherman that "war is hell". That when a war ends both the victor and the vanquished fall from a higher level of grace to some lower level.

Does it mean we should never go to war? No. Some wars are necessary and unavoidable. These wars are called "justifiable wars". Volumes upon volumes have been written on them to guide our politicians to distinguish between a specious war and a justifiable war.

If, however, we manage to make the wrong decision we will do so not unaided. It is more exciting and more news worthy to chase terrorists across the middle east than to chase cancer cells in the human body. If nothing stops us; if the hand of Providence does not turn us in a different direction, we will devote more resources to war and the art of making war, and less resources to fighting the terrorist within our bodies.

The cancer cell will upgrade itself and defeat every attempt we make to find and kill it, not because we don't have the technology, but because the technology is poorly funded. The cancer cell will kill us one person at a time, then a time will come, in a single giant wave it will wipe out the entire human race.

Like the dinosaur we will become extinct, but unlike the dinosaur there will be a decisive explanation for why we got extinct. On every pile of human bones that dots the face of the earth, standing at the top will be a sign that reads: CANCER.

Friday, December 24, 2010

What Will Happen To The Obama's Health Care Reform Legislation In 2011

The results of the midterm elections, as they relate to the survival of the Obama’s Health Care Reform Legislation bring excitement to some, and a sense of forboding to others, depending on what lens you are looking through, as we enter the New Year.

The Republicans won more than 60 seats and took control of Congress. How this could have happened in a country only two years ago where Republicans were seen as villains is indicative of Republican ingenuity and marketing skills.
Meanwhile, as the celebration goes on and confities are still flying, there remains across the nation an uneasy sense that the Obama’s health care legislation will be gutted, and health premiums will continue to rise putting affordable health insurance out of the reach of the majority of Americans.
Leading to the passage of the Hearth Care Reform Bill, the discussions were centered on who will control the premiums paid by policy holders. Because no definitive decision was made on this issue, the Health Care Reform Legislation that passed essentially left the old system in place. With this problem unsolved, we are, in effect, moving toward an approaching national health care crisis.

Talking about who should run the health insurance business, private companies are designed to run efficiently. An investment is made with the expectation that more than was invested will be realized. In this business model, the company’s primary concern is its own survival through generating profits. It will cut wages, lay off workers, reduce benefits and increase co-payments, modify its products, or relocate to reduce it cost of doing business in order to survive.
There is nothing sinister in all this, nor could one say companies are evil by their very nature. To produce the employment, wages and benefits on which society depends, companies must first survive by pursuing profits. It goes without saying that when private companies run the health insurance business, health premiums will continue to rise far beyond where they are today.
The alternative is to give control of health insurance to a non-profit organization designed to run efficiently, but without the profit motive. This organization will aim at keeping costs and premiums even, and whenever an unintended profit is made, it is given back to policy holders in the form of lower premiums.
So far we are doing good until we come to the question, what will happen to the revenues of the companies currently running the health insurance business, as it is being taken over by a non-profit organization.
Any attempt to drastically reduce the revenues of these companies will ignite a fight in the halls of Congress that will spill over into the streets. It will be a fight that will leave all wounded, and no winners. It is a fight that must be avoided.
A compromise could be reached where the companies that currently run health insurance will retain their present levels of revenues, but a change in their function. Following the change, their revenues will no longer come from premiums paid by policy holders, but from providing health information directly to patients and their doctors.
As the baby boomers move into their sixties and seventies, no more is needed than current statistics to indicate that the demand for health services will increase significantly. Accurate and regularly updated health information that is easily accessible by doctors and patients will become crucial than any other time in the past.
Health insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care and Aetna already have this information, and have in place state of the art systems to protect the privacy of their customers. They should have no problem continuing what they are already doing.
I am looking at a business model in which health insurance companies will set up for their customers individual web pages, we shall called, “My Health Page” or “My Wellness Page”. Here, the full medical history of each patient will reside, pertaining to medical procedures he or she has done, current prescriptions and known drugs and activities that may conflict with them.
Doctors will be mandated to consult the health or wellness web pages of all patients treated by them to avoid duplication of medical procedures, or prescribing conflicting drugs and activities for their patients. The owner of the health or wellness page may also access it at any time after meeting certain security requirement. For this service both doctors and patients will pay a small fee.
Because the use of the health information system will be mandatory, doctors as well as patients who are curious to know about the current state of their health will use it with the result that the new health information companies will be guaranteed a steady flow of revenues.
Still, in any major reorganization, there will always be some dislocations: a short period of time where the companies affected adjust to the new realities of their corporate lives. The non-profit organization that takes over health insurance, will look to the laid off workers of former health insurance companies for the skilled staff it will need to run it operations.
In tandem with removing the profit motives from health insurance, the number of policy holders should increase beyond current levels, which is to say, everybody earning an income should contribute to the health insurance pool with figures ranging from 2% to 6%, or some other computation of taxable income.
This guarantees not only that the health insurance system will remain solvent into the future, but as the number of policy holders increases, health premiums will remain low and affordable for the majority of Americans.
There will always be detractors who will argue that turning over control of health insurance to a non-profit organization is government take-over of the National Health Care system, and will eventually lead to the rationing of health care services.
People who make this argument do so because they have the means to pay for health premiums at whatever price. Average Americans who grapple daily with the decision to buy food for their families, or to buy health insurance are not so lucky, and they go to bed every night praying they or their children will not wake-up with a cold.
The suggestion that Americans who cannot afford health insurance could be helped by health vouchers is a smokescreen. So long as the upward pressure remains on health premiums, everytime premiums go up, they will be passed onto the patient or the government agency paying the premiums, and nothing would have changed.
In the end, the last word on health insurance will be affordability, even as the nation watch the remaking of the Obama's Health Care Reform Legislation in a new Republican Congress.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do You Know What Your Hormones Are Doing

In effect a hormone is a chemical messenger sent from a cell or gland in one part of the body to another instructing it to carry out a chemical response. Since hormonal instructions may or may not be carried out, it's paramount that you know what your hormones are doing.

Particularly, when hormones can stimulate or inhibit growth factors in the body, affect mood swings, control the reproductive cycles, activate or inhibit the immune system, regulate metabolism and homeostasis in the body, prepare the body for mating, fight or flight response, puberty, parenting, menopause, hunger cravings and the timing of cell mitosis and death.

To be sure your hormones are sending out the right instructions, you need to know how they are produced and what enable them to function effectively.

You would already know about the commonly prescribed hormones such as, estrogen and progestagen for hormonal contraceptive, testosterone for sex drive, thyroxine for hypothyroidism, steroid for autoimmune diseases and respiratory disorders, and insulin for diabetes. These and other hormones are also produced naturally by the body.

1. How Are Your Hormones Produced
In the body, hormones are produced by glands in the endocrine system which include the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal gland, pineal, gonads and more. Endocrine cells are specialized to produce specific hormones according to which genes are switched on during protein synthesis, as hormones consist of proteins.

Proteins hormones are made from templates of information in your DNA. Within the DNA are nucleotides which represent the DNA sequence that are used to code for amino acids, which in turn form chains of amino acids to create the particular protein hormone they were coded for. The hormone produced are stored in vesicles in the endocrine cells awaiting instruction for their secretion either into the bloodstream or ducts.

2. How Your Cells Secrete Hormones
For example, the pituitary gland at the back of your brain produces several growth hormones. The amount of growth hormone secreted into the bloodstream is regulated by the hypothalamus located next to the pituitary gland. When growth factors are needed by the body, the hypothalamus secretes release factors which instruct the pituitary gland to secrete the specific hormones needed by the body.

If something were to interrupt the production of the growth hormones in the pituitary gland, or interfere with communication between the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, the essential growth the body needed will not occur, and this would lead to a disproportionate growth of the body parts and deformity of the body.

3. How Do Your Cells Communicate With Each Other
Cells communicate with each other hormonally through chemical signals. When a chemical signal exits one cell it is carried by the blood to another cell with receptors designed to recognize it. On recognizing and receiving the signal, the receptors activate a pathway which in biology is called a signal transduction.

Signal transduction is a chemical process that converts a stimulus to a cell into a specific response. The transmembrane receptors on a cell, so called, because part of the receptor is on the surface of the cell membrane and part is in the cell, receives the stimulus or chemical signal. This changes the shape of outer portion of the receptor, which sends another signal to the inner portion of the receptor.

From the initial stimulus or chemical signal, several more signals may take place within the cell until a final response is had, either in the expression of the nucleus DNA, or activity of enzymes in the cytoplasm of the cell. The final response of the cell is what should concern us the most.

4. Effect Of Breakdown in Hormonal Communication
For example, when the blood sugar level is low, the pancreas secretes glucagon from the islet cells to instruct the liver to take carbohydrate out of storage to raise blood sugar level, and when blood sugar level is too high, insulin is secreted to instruct the liver to take excess glucose out of circulation to lower blood sugar level.

If the pancreas were to fail to produce enough insulin, or there is inadequate response by the liver cells to the insulin chemical signal, or the liver cells receptors failed to recognize the insulin chemical signal, the blood sugar level will rise too high, and we say the person affected has diabetes mellitus.

When it comes to hormones and their effective use to improve the body performance, cells are the drivers. Cells produce the hormones and activate the signal transduction pathways that convert chemical signals from hormones into the desired response by the body organs.

Here again, homeostasis and tranquility in the physical body is maintained when your cells are healthy and performing optimally. By providing your cells the right micronutrients through a balanced diet and regular age-appropriate physical exercise, you will know what your hormones are doing from the enhanced performance of your body both at work and at home.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

How You Can Control Your Longevity

Too often we hear that longevity is unpredictable. That we have no control over how long we shall live. That those who live into their eighties and nineties, healthy and strong till the day they die are either lucky or have good genes.

Consequently, once we reach our fifties, we are constantly worried that we could die at anytime; especially for those who have perceived or actual symptoms of heart diseases.

I guess you will be willing to pay any amount to be freed from the fear of a sudden death, and not only that, but also be assured that you can live into your eighties and nineties, healthy and strong, while able to take care of your bodily needs by yourself.

If you thought doing this was impossible, you'll be glad to know that it is possible. Our longevity depend largely on the foods and drinks we consume, and the pollutants we are exposed to. Short of being killed by a natural disaster or a fatal accident, with a balanced diet and regular age-appropriate physical exercise, you can have control over how long you live.

One reason a balanced diet is very important to your longevity is that it will protect you from becoming overweight. More than any other single factor, overweight is a major cause for premature death. The fat deposit in the body that causes overweight is like a multiple warhead time-bomb.

At appropriate times, these warheads choose the internal organs to attack. The pancreas will be attacked to cause diabetes; the heart to cause heart disease; the arteries to cause heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism; the sexual organ to cause erectile dysfunction; the bladder to cause urinary incontinence; the lymphatic system to cause lymph edema; the gallbladder to cause gall stones, and more.

Asking your doctor for your optimal body weight, and working with a dietitian to design a diet program to reach that weight, you can avoid all the above mentioned diseases and improve your longevity. You will need to talk to a dietitian because your first diet program may not work, and you'll need it modified to fit your age and health condition.

A simple test you can do right now to have a general idea about your weight level is to sit on a dining table chair and put on your sock. If you cannot do this comfortably, you need to see your doctor immediately.

Keep in mind the physical exercise you perform should be age-appropriate. Doing vigorous physical exercise in your fifties and above may cause such harm as hairline bone fractures. You may want to consider brisk walking, swimming, table and lawn tennis, or golf.

You may have also noticed that when you have not done physical exercise for a long time, when you suddenly have to move a piece of furniture, or engage in a game like tennis or basketball, your muscles will be very sore the next day.

Regular physical exercise tones up your muscles and helps prevent muscle soreness, muscles atrophy, and give you the physical strength to left and move objects, as well as move and bear your own weight with ease. It improves oxygen level in the body and helps with blood circulation. It also improves bone density to help you stand in an upright position.

In your eighties and nineties you want to be able to stand upright, walk unaided and engage in family activities with your children and grandchildren. This will be possible when you start building strong muscles and bones now with age-appropriate physical exercise.

From the day of birth we are exposed to harmful chemical pollutants in the air we breathe and the food and drinks we consume. When young our immune system is able to protect us from most of these pollutants, but as we become older, our immune system is less able to do so.

The greatest risk that chemical pollutants pose to our longevity is interfering with the chemical composition of our body cells. This interference often result in the body cells reproducing themselves at a faster rate than normal. The effect of this is cancer.

However, healthy cells are able to repair themselves when attacked by harmful chemical pollutants. To keep your body cells healthy, added to a balanced diet, consider drinking a 16 oz of home made juice twice a day. Non pasteurized juices loaded with life nutrients are carried to the cells quickly, as in liquid form they go through the digestive system quickly. Your dietitian will help you on the combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as teas that will provide sufficient antioxidants in your body to protect your cells from becoming cancerous.

More important than living into your eighties and nineties is the ability to enjoy everyday of your life. Nobody wishes for a longevity that meant carrying several medical devices in, or attached to his body, taking 30 or more pills daily, or having to depend on others for his bodily needs. Yet that's the life many of us are heading toward, of course, unless we take control of our longevity to ensure we live our golden years healthy and strong, and free from pain.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Preventing Diseases With Diet and Fitness

My interest in Diet and Fitness began with rediscovering that all tissues and organs of the body are made of cells. That without cells, we will have no tissue and organs, and life as we know it will not exist.

In fact, because each cell constantly pulsates indicates that the source of physical life is the cell. Cells join together to give form and life to human tissues and organs, allowing us to form thoughts, and using our arms and legs to put them into action.

It's not a stretch to suggest that when our cells are healthy we are healthy. For example, when we have a heart disease, what is really happening is the cells that form the heart are not functioning optimally. Finding the specific things to do to return the heart cells to good health will, in most cases, cure the heart disease. Or better still, by preemptively doing those things that keep the heart cells healthy we are able to protect ourselves from a heart disease.

We can already see a future where your dietitian will be as important as your physician, if not more so. You will go to your dietitian to prevent a disease, while to your physician to cure a disease. In the nature of things, it's a no brainer that we will prefer to prevent a disease, rather than to cure it, as some diseases cures such as ostomy, kidney dialysis and heart surgery bring drastic changes to our bodies and lives we will prefer not to have.

Doing simple things as eating a reduced cholesterol diet, drinking juices, preferably home made juices from organic fruits, vegetables and herbs; drinking teas, preferably green tea, and regular age-appropriate physical exercise will provide your body cells the right types of micronutrients to repair and build tissues, adequate oxygen to generate cellular energy, with the pleasant side effect of giving you a trimmed and healthy body that performs optimally both at work and at home.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Your Digestive System and Its Importance to Your Health

Today we're going to discuss a fascinating topic involving what happen to foods and drinks once they enter your body. We will start from when you put a morsel of food or a sip of liquid in your mouth, to when it passes out as feces or urine.

Foods and drinks are of little value to the body except for the digestive system which breaks them down into smaller molecules that are absorbed into the blood, and carried to all parts of the body to repair and nourish cells and provide cellular energy.

Digestion begins in the mouth. When you begin chewing a piece of bread or meat, the mucosa lining of the mouth produces digestive juices that break the food down into a mixture that is pushed down through the esophagus by peristalsis or a wavelike movement toward the stomach.

Once the swallowed food and drink enter the stomach through the esophageal sphincter, digestive juices produced by the stomach are added, to be thoroughly mixed by the muscle movement of the lower part of the stomach. The mixture now in semi-liquid form, is emptied from the stomach into the small intestine.

As the semi-liquid mixture enters the small intestine, the absorption of nutrients in their simpler molecular form begins. For instance, carbohydrates from bread, potatoes, dried peas and beans, rice, pasta, fruits and vegetables are first broken down to search and sugar. Fibers from carbohydrates are broken down into soluble and insoluble fibers.

Enzymes in the saliva, and in the juices produced by the pancreas break down starch into maltose. Then enzyme from the mucosa lining of the small intestine splits the maltose into glucose molecules that can be absorbed into the blood. Sugar is also broken down by intestinal enzymes to glucose and fructose that are absorbed into the blood. The smaller molecules of both sugar and starch are carried to the liver to provide energy for cellular activities.

Foods such as fish, meat, eggs and beans have large molecules of proteins that cannot be absorbed directly into the blood. Enzymes in the digestive juices of the stomach start the breakdown of these huge protein molecules, then additional juices from the pancreas and mucosa lining of the small intestine complete the breakdown into smaller molecules called amino acids before they can be absorbed into the blood, and used to build and repair the walls and other parts of cells.

Foods cooked with saturated and trans fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and butter or margarine are the major sources of fats for the body. Fats are dissolved into the watery content of the intestine by bile acids from the liver that allow enzymes from the pancreas and small intestine to break large fat molecules into smaller ones like fatty acids and cholesterol.

Since fats are also a source of energy for the body, excess fats are retained for future use. To do this, bile acids attach themselves to the fatty acids and cholesterol and carry them into the mucosa cells of the small intestine. While in the cells, the smaller fat molecules are reformed into large fat molecules, most of which are carried by lymphatic vessels to the veins of the chest, from where the large fat molecules are carried by the blood to storage areas in the body. This explains  why people who eat lots of saturated and trans fat are overweight.

Vitamins are another molecule of nutrients from food that are absorbed through the small intestine into the blood for distribution to all parts of the body. Vitamins are either soluble as in all B and C vitamins, or fat-soluble as in vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the liver and fatty tissue of the body, but soluble vitamins are hard to store, and excess amount are flushed out in the urine.

Water and mineral salts are also molecule of nutrients absorbed into the blood. The body's essential mineral salts include sodium, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, sulfur, magnesium and calcium. Smaller elements of these such as iodine, iron, fluoride and zine are absorbed directly into the blood. Sources of mineral salts include fruits, vegetables and sea foods, liquids and the juices secreted by the digestive glands. Salts deficiency cause insomnia, fatigue, anemia and osteoporosis. 

At the end of the digestive process wastes are produced which include undigested parts of foods such as fibers, and dead cells shed from the mucosa lining. These waste products are pushed into the colon where they remain until they are expelled from the body as feces.

You will note that the digestive system breaks down foods and drinks to their smallest molecule of nutrients and mineral salts that can be absorb into the blood. Once in the blood the final destination of these are the cells. Why are the cells so important? They are important because they give form and life to all the organs and tissues in your body. Which is why to remain healthy, you need a healthy digestive system to extract the essential nutrients and mineral salts your cells need to function optimally.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kidney Dialysis and How To Prevent It

About 23 million people in the U.S. have physiological evidence of chronic kidney disease, according to statistics from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. By 2007 over 500,000 U.S. residents were under kidney dialysis treatment.

Kidney dialysis is a medical procedure used to artificially remove waste substances and excess fluid from the blood, when the kidneys fail.

Healthy kidneys remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood as it flows through the body. By this process, they regulate normal levels of sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, magnesium, sulfate, phosphate and hydrogen to maintain homeostasis and tranquility in the physical body.

1500 liters of blood enters the kidneys everyday through the renal arteries, of which 180 liters are filtered. The blood is filtered by glomeruli inside the kidneys where wastes and excess fluid are removed from the blood, as it passes through the kidneys.

The cleansed blood returns to the heart to be circulated through the body, while the waste substances and excess fluid leave the kidneys as urine. By removing excess fluid from the body, healthy kidneys maintain the body's fluid balance, which in women is 55% of body weight, and in men 60% of body weight.

Healthy kidneys regulate blood pressure. They make two important hormones called renin and angiotensin. These are like gatekeepers; they regulate the amount of sodium or salt and fluid the body holds, and the expansion and narrowing of blood vessels. Failing kidneys retain to much fluid in the body, and make too much renin, both of which increase blood pressure.

Healthy kidneys make another hormone called erythropoeitin (EPO). The blood carry EPO to the bone marrow where it stimulates the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Deficiency in red blood cells leads to animia, resulting in weakness, cold, and shortness of breath.

Another hormone made by healthy kidneys is calcitriol. It maintains the right balance of calcium and phosphate in the blood and bones to keep bones healthy. Failing kidneys may not make enough calcitriol resulting in an imbalance of calcium, phosphate, vitamin D, and the end effect of renal bone disease.

The major causes of kidney failure are: diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, cystic kidney, urologic disease and few others. Kidney failure tends to happen slowly and the symptoms are unnoticed for a long time. The symptoms may include:

Fatigue and frequent urination, especially at night; erectile dysfunction, itchy skin, nausea and shortness of breath, swollen feet, hands and ankles, blood in urine and protein in urine.

When the kidneys stop performing their lifesaving functions, as a result of damage or disease, one of two types of kidney dialysis is used to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood: hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

In a hemodialysis, a catheter is inserted into the vein to remove blood that goes through a machine with special filters that filter out waste substances from the blood. The filtered blood is returned to the patient's body through another catheter. The process of removing and filtering the patient's blood takes about 3-4 hours each week.

In a peritoneal dialysis, a catheter is used to fill the abdominal cavity with a dialysis solution containing a sugar called dextrose which pulls wastes and excess fluid from the blood through the peritoneum into the abdominal cavity. The wastes and excess fluid leave the body when the dialysis solution is drained through the catheter. A typical peritoneal dialysis schedule requires four filling and draining a day, each lasting 4-6 hours.

Obviously, when we talk about our health, what we are really talking about is the health of our internal organs. As this knowledge become prevalent, we will trend toward selecting the specific nutrients from what we eat and drink, and oxygen from the air we breath that our cells need to maintain the good health of our internal organs, and consequently help us prevent a medical procedure like kidney dialysis.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ostomy and How To Prevent It

For many of us, as long as they function well, we tend to forget about our internal organs until there is a problem. Unfortunately, in many cases, when we begin having problems with our internal organs it is too late to save them, resulting in surgical procedures such as ostomy to remove them.

Ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the wall of the abdomen, called a stoma, to allow waste to leave the body after the removal of all or part of the small intestine, colon, rectum or bladder. About 1 million people in the U.S. live with ostomies, and more than 75,000 ostomy operations are performed each year.

For instance, a defective or diseased colon or rectum will necessitate a Colostomy surgical procedure to remove the affected portion of the colon or rectum, and attach the healthy portion of the colon to the stoma to allow waste to leave the body.

Where the entire colon and rectum are defective or diseased, an Ileostomy surgical procedure is performed to remove both the colon and rectum, and attach the bottom of the small intestine, called ileum to the stoma to provide an outlet for body waste.

An Urostomy surgical procedure will be performed where the bladder is defective or diseased and cannot carry out its normal function of disposing of urine from the body. Urostomy attaches the ureters, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder, to either the small intestine or the stoma.

These are the three major surgical procedures of Ostomy. They leave an opening in the wall of the abdomen that has to be managed with what is called the Pouching System. It is a device used to collect diverted body waste. It may include a one-piece or two-piece system with a collection pouch and a skin barrier to protect the skin from body waste.

At intervals, the pouches which are attached to the body at the stoma, are changed or emptied depending on whether a one-piece or two-piece system is used. There is also the Irrigation System that consists of an irrigation bag with connecting tubes or catheter, a stoma cone and irrigation sleeve. The irrigation system cleans waste directly from the colon through the stoma.

For all ostomy patients, the diversion of intestinal and urinal waste is a major change in their lives. Some take the change as a challenge to demonstrate their ability to live through adversities; while others are devastated by the change in their body's appearance and function that it negatively affects their self-esteem.

After the tears and acute grief have subsided, the ostomy patient will eventually begin to adapt to the reality of living with ostomy in four recovery phases: shock, denial, acknowledgment and resolution.

If the recovery phases are going well, the ostomy patient is then able to deal with the psychological concerns of ostomy, which involves self-image and self-esteem issues, confidence in providing self-care, and actual or perceived rejection by friends and loved ones.

Having read all this, wouldn't life be much easier if we start early in life, or right now, to protect our colon, rectum and bladder from becoming infected with diseases that will necessitate their removal? If you agree, as I believe you do, a balanced diet and regular age-appropriate physical exercise is a good start.

As always when it comes to the body and its organs, the cells that give life to them are the major players we should strive to keep healthy. Once the cells are healthy and performing optimally, the organs they give form to will also be healthy, and in turn perform their normal function to keep us healthy.

The days are coming, if they are not already here, when Medical Science will put less emphasis on curing diseases with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery, and more emphasis on preventing diseases by providing the human cells with the right types of micronutrients and oxygen to keep them healthy and performing at their optimal levels. If nothing else, the rising costs of providing health-care for ostomy patients and others will accelerate that change.

Monday, July 5, 2010

How To Prevent A Heart Attack

Over 1 million people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year, and almost 50% of them die, according to statistics from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Heart attack is the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S., and about 50% of deaths occur within an hour of the first symptoms. Added to that is the forboding statistics that about 12 million Americans currently live with coronary heart disease.

Heart attach occurs when one of the coronary arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart is blocked. This effectively slows down or completely stops blood flow and oxygen to a part of the heart muscle. Without blood and oxygen, the heart cells die, and the heart stops functioning.

What causes the coronary arteries to become blocked is common knowledge. Over the first 30 to 40 years of our lives, the cholesterol from the food we eat builds up on the walls of the coronary arteries and slowly forms into plaque.

The plague, once formed, attaches to the walls of the arteries. In time, it develops cracks or tears and causes bleeding in the arteries. Blood platelets stick to these tears and form clot called thrombus. The blood clot, if large enough can block the coronary artery, and stop blood flow and oxygen to the heart and cause a heart attack.

Other causes of heart attack include a sudden overwhelming stress, increasing age, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history, chronic kidney disease; but most deaths from heart attack occur from a blockage of one of the coronary arteries caused by a high fat diet, high bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, and low good cholesterol (HDL) levels.

Chest pain is a major symptom of a heart attack. The pain may start in the chest, move to the arms, shoulder, neck, teeth, jaw, belly area, or the back. It may be severe or mild and feels like: a tight band around the chest, a bad indigestion, something heavy on the chest, or a squeezing or heavy pressure.

The chest pain may last for 20 minutes or more, and may not go away by resting or taking nitroglycerin. However, do not panic. Sometimes the sudden overwhelming stress and fear about having a heart attack can actually precipitate a heart attack.

Angina pectoris or chest pain are of two kinds. A stable angina is a chest pain that typically occurs with activity or stress. The pain begins slowly and gets worse before going away. The good news is that it goes away with rest and medication.

An unstable angina is the bad one. It's a condition where the heart doesn't get enough blood flow and oxygen, as a result of coronary artery blockage. The pain gets worse and it doesn't go away. It's a prelude to a heart attack.

Since it is difficult to know whether a chest pain is the result of a stable or an unstable angina, treat all mild to severe chest pain as an emergency, and seek immediate help. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Delay in seeking help immediately may result in a sudden cardiac death, which usually occurs in the first few hours of a heart attack.

As the major cause of heart attack is broadly known, so too is the solution, but it is such a common place solution it is often overlooked. The solution to coronary arteries blockage is to eat foods low in fat, avoid as much as possible saturated and trans fats, keep bad cholesterol levels down and good cholesterol levels up, eat foods high in fibers as part of a balanced diet, and do regular age-appropriate physical exercise.

A change in diet and lifestyle early in life, as well as starting right now, could well be our most effective weapon against heart attack, and the untold pain and suffering associated with the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

How to Prevent Bone Density Loss and Osteoporosis

More than 350,000 hip fractures a year occur in the U.S., according to statistics from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. By 2050 it is estimated the number will rise to 650,000 a year.

Of the 350,000 hip fractures a year, 24% of the patients over 50 will die within a year. 50% will be unable to walk without assistance, and 25% will require long-term nursing care. The current cost of caring for one patient with a hip fracture per year is $26,912; for all hip fracture patients the cost is about $17 billion a year.

This expenditure is more than enough incentive to examine what causes hip fracture and how to prevent it, as sooner rather than later, all who are in their forties and fifties will have to deal with problems associated with bone density loss, which for most people begins at about age 35.

Bone density loss or osteoporosis is caused by a decrease in the function of the bone making cells called osteoblasts, or a change in parathyroid activity from a decrease in the body's calcium absorption, due to less sun exposure, decrease vitamin D synthesis, or insufficient vitamin D intake.

Other causes of bone density loss include excessive smoking, excessive alcohol, early onset of menopause, physical inactivity, and prolong use of certain medications. Relating to medication, you may want to consult your doctor before using corticosteroids, or steroid for arthritis.

The loss of bone density leads to the thinning of bone tissue, decreasing bone strength, and fragile bones. If left untreated, the bones of the affected person will become so fragile it is likely that he or she may have multiple bone fractures severe enough to make them unable to stand or walk. Early treatment is important to replace absorbed old bone with the formation of new bone.

On the formation of bones three cell types are involed. Osteoblasts are cells that build the bone matrix and helps in mineralizing the bone into the second cell type called osteocytes. The third bone cells are called osteoclasts. They absorb bone, and as a result release calcium into the blood.

You may be wondering why do we need osteoclasts whose only function is to degrade bones. Osteoclasts are important in regulating the calcium level in the blood. Calcium provides electrical energy to the nervous system, the muscular system and to the skeletal system. Without calcium all chemical reactions in the body will stop.

When the blood calcium level is low, the parathyroids make parathyroid hormones (PTH) that instruct the osteoclasts to absorb bone for calcium release into the blood. When calcium level is high, the osteoclasts stop absorbing bone until the need to do so arises again. Without the osteoclasts human behavior and movement would be erratic.

Because of the activities of the parathyroids, it is crucial that bones that are absorbed are replaced. Under normal conditions, bones that are absorbed by osteoclasts are replaced at the same rate of formation of new bones by the osteoblasts. When the rate of new bone formation falls below absorption rate, then osteoporosis occurs.

Maintaining a healthy blood calcium level is the key to preventing osteoporosis. Daily, but moderate consumption of calcium-rich foods such as salmon, tofu, sardines, beans, peas, broccoli and low fat dairy products will maintain the calcium level in your blood, and minimize the absorption of bones by parathyroid hormones to maintain your blood calcium level.

Your body also needs vitamin D to enable it absorb calcium. In addition to getting at least 15-20 minutes daily exposure to the sun, eat foods rich in vitamin D such as mackerel, salmon, tuna, eggs, and cod liver oil. Where calcium and vitamin D deficiencies persists, consult your doctor for advise on safe and effective bone supplements.

Physical exercise including weight bearing exercise, walking, jogging, aerobics, swimming and cycling also help to increase bone density. For immobile persons, standing or sitting on a vibrating device that subject the bones to mild vibrations have helped to increase bone density. However, before starting any physical exercise first consult your doctor.

Your bones allow you to stand, walk, hold a cup in your hand without it falling, and do all the other productive and fun things that make up your day. Eating a balanced diet, and doing regular physical exercise will ensure that you maintain the density and strength of your bones, and prevent osteoporosis well into your seventies.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Life and The Pulsating Human Cell

Come to think about it, the pulsating human cell is the most fascinating of all elements. It's the smallest unit of life, yet the most significant. Without cells nothing will live that lives. I've been fascinated with the human cell for some time now, and I hope as you read along you will be too.

There are about 37 trillion cells in the human body, the majority measuring between 10 to 20 mm in size, seen only under a microscope. The pulsating cell is what makes physical life possible. Each cell has an outer semi-permeable boundary called the plasma membrane that regulates what substances enter and leave the cell.

Cell types are identified by their tissues of origin. Broadly speaking tissues are classified into three categories, all of which originate from the three primitive germ layers of the embryo. They are:

The endoderm forms the epithelium, which is the tissue that lines the cavities and surfaces of the pharynx, respiratory tract, digestive tract and urethra.

The ectoderm forms the epithelial tissues of the nails, hair, glands of the skin, nervous system, external sense organs, and the mucous membrane of the mouth and anus.

The last of these tissues is the mesoderm. It forms the connective tissues, bones, cartilage, muscle, blood and blood vessels, lymphatics, lymphoid organs, notochord, pleura, pericardium, peritoneum, kidneys and gonads.

The cytoplasm is the interior of the cell enclosed by the plasma membrane. It consists mainly of water, space for the nucleus, the various organelles, salts, dissolved gases and nutrients. The cytoplasm is the protected area where all chemical reactions for maintaining and propagating the cell occur.

The nucleus is the command and control center where the genetic information of the cell is stored in the DNA. The nucleus uses this information to communicate with the organelles in the cytoplasm to maintain and create new cells by mitosis, a process where the DNA is copied such that there are two exact copies of the genetic information for each of the daughter cells.

Command information secreted from the nucleus through special pores are transcribed on messenger RNA to connects with ribosomes in the cytoplasm.

The ribosomes are attached to the endoplasmic reticulum which provide a surface area for the assembling of amino acid into protein. In the cytoplasm, the messenger RNA or mRNA connects with ribosomes to begin the formation of protein.

The endoplasmic reticulum is the working area within the cell. It is of two types, the rough or granular endoplasmic reticulum where the ribosomes are located, and the smooth endoplasmic reticulum where chemical reaction like the synthesis of lipid occurs.

The golgi apparatus is the sorting and transportation system in the cell. After proteins are made, the golgi apparatus sorts them into vesicles to be transported to locations in the cell where they are needed to influence chemical reactions, or repair organelles and the membrane of the cell when needed.

Waste from cellular activities, bacteria and foreign materials in the cytoplasm  are disposed of by the lysosomes and peroxisomes organelles. The lysosomes contain acid and digestive enzymes that breakdown foreign materials, cellular debris and dead organelles using the beta-oxidation process. The peroxisomes breakdown fatty acid molecules and rid the cell of toxic peroxides.

Cellular activities require energy, which is provided by the mitochondria in the form of adenosine triphophate (ATP). By the digestive process, foods are broken down to simpler molecules such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The sugar from carbohydrates are transferred to the mitochondria, where they are combined with oxygen to produce energy to enable the cell to carry out the vital functions of repairing and building tissues to keep the body healthy.

With these few words, I hope I have brought the pulsating human cell from obscurity into its rightful place into the spotlight. We are what our cells are. When they malfunction we become sick. How healthy and happy we are, depends on the level of care we provide our cells.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Boosting Your Immune System Naturally

If by saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", you mean the entire panoply of fruits, vegetables and herbs including teas, then you are on the right track. By eating a large variety of these natural foods in meals and homemade juices, you will receive many of the micronutrients your immune system needs to keep you healthy naturally.

Whenever possible buy organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, as this will protect you from pesticide residue that may be found on inorganic produce. Where you cannot find organic produce, inorganic produce is better than nothing. But, don't forget to wash both organic and inorganic produce before you eat or juice them.

Washing your fruits, vegetables and herbs should cost you nothing more than finding a large bowl, 1 tablespoon of table salt, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Fill the bowl with water about an inch to the brim, add the table salt and lemon juice, and stir until the salt dissolves. Put the produce in the mixture for 5 minutes, drain out the mixture and refill the bowl with fresh water, then rinse the produce. After rinsing they are ready to be eaten or juiced.

That said, it is important to know that fruits, vegetables and herbs do not cure diseases, they maintain good health once you have acquired it. Therefore, not going to see your doctor when you are sick, and hoping that fruits, vegetable and herbs will cure you is a bad idea.

Having regular medical check-ups to uncover any hidden illness you might have before it is too late should be your top priority. Early discovery of diseases are much easier to cure and cost less than when in their advance stages. Once you are medically cured, you can then maintain your good health naturally with juices made from fruits, vegetables and herbs, along with a balanced diet and regular age-appropriate physical exercise.

These sensible foods and physical exercise will go to strengthen your immune system, which is responsible for protecting your organs and metabolic processes. Your immune system comprises of specialized cells, proteins, tissues and organs designed to defend your body against invading microorganisms and harmful substances.

The major players in your body immune system are the white cells or leukocytes, produced in the bone marrow. Their job is to seek out disease-causing microorganisms and toxic substances, and destroy them.

Leukocytes are of two kinds: phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes are cells that capture and chew up invading microorganisms, while lymphocytes recognize microorganisms which were once in the body and destroy them. Lymphocytes are made up of B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes, both important in your body defense system.

So far I have been talking about specialized cells responsible for defending your body. When healthy, these cells are able to fully defend your body against disease-causing microorganisms and toxic substances. However, they can be weakened or completely destroyed by certain deficiencies. Among these deficiencies are:

Immunodeficiency Disorder is when part of the immune system is missing or not working properly. An example of this immune deficiency is AIDS; where the B and T lymphocytes or phagocytes are either severely weakened or destroyed.

Autoimmune Disorder is when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body healthy organs and tissues, as though they were invading microorganisms. An example of this deficiency is lupus.

Allergic Disorder is an overreaction of the immune system to exposure to antigens in the environment. An example is asthma. Allergens in the air will provoke an allergic disorder resulting in sneezing, or anaphylaxis in severe cases.

Cancer of the immune system is when the immune cells reproduce out of control. For example, abnormal growth of the leukocytes and lymphoid tissues will cause cancers such as, lymphoma and leukemia in children and in adults.

When diagnosed with any of these immune deficiencies, get the best medical care available to you, and tell your doctor about your regular intake of homemade juices from fruits, vegetables and herbs. Tell your doctor also about the type of teas you are drinking to help him or her evaluate and incorporate your effort to naturally boost your immune system into your overall treatment.  

You will notice that I have put a lot of emphasis on the cell to press the argument that the key to maintaining good health naturally is taking care of your cells. Once your cells are provided the right micronutrients from homemade juices, a balanced diet and adequate oxygen from age-appropriate physical exercise, your immune system will get a boost, and keep you healthy naturally.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How to Maintain Good Health Naturally

To maintain good health naturally depends primarily on healthy cells. Cells are like  bricks in a wall. Build a wall with weak bricks and it will fall. In the same way, poorly nourished cells will build unhealthy muscles and internal organs. The key is to properly nourish your cells with a balanced diet. 

By a balanced diet, I mean a diet that contains carbohydrate, protein, essential fats, vitamins, mineral salts and fiber; obtained from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, lean meat, poultry and low fat dairy products. When eaten in small to moderate portions these provide the body with the essential nutrients it needs to be healthy and strong.

Carbohydrates converted to glucose is your body's main source of energy. Proteins provide the amino acids for building your muscle and internal organs. Essential fats help your body absorb nutrients, as well as nerves transmission, not forgetting the important roles of vitamins, mineral salts and fiber.

When you look at your muscle, your heart or brain tissue  under a microscope, you will see billions of cells packed together to form them. Each cell functions as a separate unit. It has receptors to take in nutrients, oxygen and water; process them for its use, and dispose of the waste, as carbon dioxide into the blood stream.

Physically, we are nothing more than trillions of life cells packed together. When these cells are properly nourished and functioning well, your body performs at its best. When they are poorly nourished they do not function well, and you become sick. The trick is to keep your cells happy and they will keep you away from the doctor.

The starting point for maintaining good health naturally is to eat a balanced diet containing the essential nutrients mentioned above. Juices from the pancreas, liver and small intestine dissolve the food you eat into semi-liquid form to allow the nutrients to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into your blood.

The nutrient-rich blood goes through the liver where all harmful substances are removed. It continues through the lungs where carbon dioxide (waste from cells) are removed, and oxygen is added from the air you breath. Reaching your heart, the nutrient and oxygen-rich blood is pumped on its way to the trillions of cells in your body; with each cell receiving sufficient nutrients and oxygen to repair and maintain itself.

With a balanced diet you will have a healthy body able to withstand the physical exercise you need to do to improve your blood circulation, improve oxygen levels in your blood, strengthen your heart muscle, increase energy levels, lower blood pressure, strengthen your bones, reduce body fat, improve muscle tone and strength, reduce stress and anxiety, and help you get a good night sleep.

Research has also shown that physical exercise increases the levels of the brain chemicals called norepinephrine and dopamine that can boost your mood, and help you to retain memories of facts and events. To get all these health benefits you don't need to spend a lot of money, or do intensive physical exercises. Aerobic exercises like brisk walking and swimming, or jogging and running if you are able to do so, will do.
Your cells are all you got. They make you who you are. When you feed them with junk foods and do no physical exercise, they will give you an overweight body prone to diseases. Feed them with a balanced diet and do regular physical exercise, and they will give you a well toned and healthy body that performs at its best.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Diet and Fitness: The Natural Remedy for Erectile Dysfunction

30 million American men are afflicted with erectile dysfunction, according to estimates by the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, and of that number 50-70% are men over 40 years old.

Men in their twenties and thirties are not spared either. The high incidence of smoking, stress, junk foods consumption, and lack of physical exercise are some of the reasons young men are increasingly having erectile dysfunction problems. For a young man, not being able to maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse is devastating.

There are many reasons for erectile dysfunction. Experts believe that 80 to 90% of erectile dysfunction cases are related to physical conditions, such as neurological disease, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and prostate cancer treatment, and 10 to 20% to psychological causes including stress, anxiety, depression, fear of sexual failure or a feeling of inadequacy.

When an erection becomes limp, blame it on phosphodiesterase type 5 or PDE5. It is an enzyme which converts cyclic guanosine monophosphate or cGMP - a key biochemical component of the erection process - from its active state to its inactive state.

When the function of PDE5 is inhibited, cGMP concentration, in response to sexual stimulation helps the smooth muscles in the penis to relax and widen, allowing more blood to enter it to maintain an erection.

The trick is to stop the functioning of PDE5 from converting cGMP from its active to inactive state. PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis have been on the market for some time now. They increase the concentration of cGMP in the penis by inhibiting PDE5, and have become the remedy of choice for many men seeking oral remedies for erectile dysfunction.

Alternatives to these pharmaceutical drugs include, L-Arginine, Ginseng Panax, Ginkgo Biloba, Cayenne Pepper, as well as Ginger. The effectiveness of these alternative remedies are still under investigation by the medical establishment, but there are anecdotal evidence that they have worked for some men who have tried them.

More recently though, research has shown that the type of foods we eat affect our blood circulation. Junk foods containing low fiber and high saturated and trans fats, increase body fat and cause plaque to form on the walls of the arteries, making them to harden and constrict. This slows down blood flow to all parts of the body including blood flow to the male organ when you need it the most.

A balanced diet should include carbohydrate, protein, essential fats, vitamins, mineral salts and fiber obtained from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, meat, poultry, and low fat dairy products. These, when consumed in small to moderate quantities will reduce your body fat, and needless to say, dissolve the plaque deposits in your arteries and improve your blood circulation.

As I've often said, all good diet will give your body more calories than you can burn off by normal activities. Regular physical exercise is essential to burning off excess calories, keeping your body in good health and top shape to perform at its best when you need to. So don't forget to do regular physical exercise, as part of your diet and fitness daily regimen.

Look, I'm being straight up with you. If you are young and overweight, you will often find that your sexual performance is only half what you are capable of doing. Unless you are a rich guy, and even that, your girl may go to another man for the satisfaction you cannot give her. Start eating a balanced diet, start doing some serious physical exercise to bring down your weight, and don't lose your girl or wife.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

What You Can do About Weight Gain to be Healthy and Happy

Above everything the food you eat and how much physical exercise you do determine the condition of your health.

Knowing the right types of foods to eat and preferring a balanced diet, rather than junk foods, or limited food types, can make a big difference whether your body performs at its optimal level, or reduce you to walking through life like a person with a millstone tied to his or her leg.

Every morsel of food you put in your mouth comes with calories. At the end of the day you would have eaten more calories than you can burn with normal activities. Regular physical exercise will ensure that you burn off the excess calories, which when left alone turn to body fat. Excess body fat is the source of stroke, heart diseases, diabetes and a myriad of other deadly diseases.

Research has shown that with proper management of the foods we eat, and regular age appropriate physical exercise, the body can be healthy and active well into our seventies. This been the case, the question is why do many people suffer a decline in health and vigor in their fifties?

The answer is more obvious than we realize. With our present fast-paced and high-stressed lifestyle, it's easier to do the wrong things regarding the right foods we need to eat to maintain proper functioning of our bodies, and the required physical exercise to keep our bodies strong and trimmed.

Added to this, in most household both parents have to work; not only that but also for long hours. There is not enough time or patience to plan a balanced home meal. More often than not, people eat what they can get their hands on, and that often means junk foods and prepackaged foods which contain more salt, sugar, saturated and trans fats than are healthy for the body.

Again with work and household activities including watching TV taking much of our waking hours, it's no surprise why many people are unable to find time to do physical exercise.

Dedicating an hour a day to physical exercise requires knowledge of the health benefits to be obtained, focus and a resolve to make physical exercise part of your daily routine. Your focus should lean more toward finding time for physical exercise than putting it off for another day that often never comes.

The problems of weight gain is all around us. Our kids are more heavier than kids in previous generations, not to mention their vulnerability to diseases that only adults had in previous generations. Weight gain is creating problems in our marriage and sexual relationships. We know the solutions. What is lacking is the resolve to do them.

With the combination of a balanced diet containing all the essential nutrients your body needs, and regular physical exercise to burn off excess calories in your body, you can be sure to enjoy both a trimmed and healthy body, and optimal performance at home and at work.

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