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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Holy Bone and Joint Bible - Free Download!

The subject of dem bones and joints have been covered more than a few times in this blog. However, if I decided to give a surprise quiz on how to care for them, I just wonder how many detention slips I would have to hand out. Well, instead of giving a health aptitude test I thought I'd provide readers with a Bone and Joint Health Guide to print out and keep at hand to avoid all kinds of health costs and other headaches connected with a crispy creaky skeletal struction. Believe me, its worth its weight in gold, and you thank me, thank me, thank me. Ah shucks, its nothin'.

Check this out:

The following is an excerpt from a new book by The Doctor's Senior Living specialist, gerontologist, Dr. John Morley: The Science of Staying Young, 10 Simple Steps to Feeling Younger than You Are in 6 Months or Less, written with Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D. (McGraw-Hill, 2008). Used by permission.

Healthy bones and joints are crucial to your mobility and extended youthfulness, as well as living a pain-free life as you move around. Some largely effective strategies exist to prevent and limit potential bone problems, no matter what your age is, including adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, regular weight-bearing exercises, avoidance of phosphorus-filled sodas, moderation of protein intake, and in some cases hormone replacement therapies. All of these options for improving bone health will be addressed in this [article], along with how to maintain healthy joints in order to reduce and minimize pain from any arthritis you may develop to help you stay feeling younger than your chronological age


One of the most important minerals fro bone, muscle and joint health is calcium. Calcium is the most common mineral in the body. It is found in large quantities in our bones and teeth, providing necessary strength to these structures. It is essential for optimal nerve and muscle function and blood clotting. The many functions of calcium in the body are so vital to our survival that if dietary calcium is too low, calcium will be taken from the bones for these functions.

Foods high in calcium should be included in a healthy eating plan. Diary products are rich in calcium that is easy to absorb. Non-dairy sources with equally absorbable calcium are green leafy vegetables from the kale family. Spinach, rhubarb, sweet potatoes and dried beans are rich in calcium but from these foods it’s not easily absorbed. Diets that are high phosphorous content and also high levels of caffeine negatively affect the calcium levels in the body and, therefore, the health of bones, muscles and joints.


Magnesium is another mineral that is required for efficient muscle contraction and conduction of nerve impulses. Low magnesium levels in the body can also affect the body’s calcium levels, lowering them and putting bone health at risk. Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, unrefined grains and nuts. Small amounts are present in meat and milk. Large quantities of fibre in the diet and low protein intake can reduce the amount of magnesium able to be absorbed by the body.

Vitamin D

One of the vitamins essential for regulating the formation of bone and the absorption of vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that functions to help control the movement of calcium between bone and blood. Vitamin D comes primarily from the action of UVB light on the skin. Food sources such as cod liver oil, sardines, and salmon, tuna, milk and milk products contain small amounts of vitamin D.

Vitamin C

The structures of bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels is provided in part and maintained by collagen. The formation of strong efficient collagen requires vitamin C. As we are unable to form vitamin C ourselves we must obtain it from our diets. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, cauliflower, potatoes, green leafy vegetables and peppers. Also important for producing strong collagen and therefore strong bone structure, is folic acid. Folic acid is found in cereals, beans, and green leafy vegetables, orange and orange juice.


Another important action of vitamin C is that it acts as a strong antioxidant and is capable of regenerating other antioxidants like vitamin E. The role of antioxidants is to mop up free radicals (the by-products of normal metabolism). Excessive amounts of free radicals cause damage to joint surfaces and muscle cell regeneration. Antioxidants reduce the potential of these free radicals to cause joint damage. Antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E and the mineral selenium and are present in fruits and vegetables, the highest quantities are found in the most deeply and brightly coloured.

Glucosamine Sulphate

Cartilage that lines the articulating surfaces of all joints is critical to joint health. Cartilage is the shock absorber of joints and is continually rebuilt if a source of raw materials is available. Supplements such as Glucosamine sulphate can be added to a healthy diet to assist joints that maybe showing signs of wear and tear. Stock from boiling bones fro soups and stews provides a natural source of these raw materials.

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) also reduce the degenerative changes in tissues and cells and help guard against some cancers. EFA’s are highly unsaturated fatty acids. They aid in decreasing the inflammatory response and help relieve pain and discomfort in joints and muscles. EFA’s can be

There are certain foods and substances that adversely affect the body’s use of minerals and vitamins. High saturated/animal fats. Refined foods, white flour, white sugar, white rice, chocolate, carbonated drinks and fruit juices with high sugar concentration should be kept to a minimum if not weaned from the diet completely. Meat and dairy products should be kept within a recommended weekly amount. Dairy products as calcium sources should be varied with other non-dairy sources.

For more specific nutritional requirements consult your chiropractor.

Any joint that is not being used correctly will be susceptible to stresses and strains. Regular chiropractic checks and advice on posture and exercise all help to keep the bones, muscles and joints in good health.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Eureka, I've Discovered the Fountain of You. Send Your Dollars Today.

This the Scientist speaking. And yes, after years of virtually ceaseless research, observation and experimentation in the US and abroad, I can finally reveal my invaluable findings to the world of how one can remain at an age, while not exactly that of a 20-year-old adult, but one at a period in life significantly less than middle aged. An age where one still possesses flexibility, physical stamina, the ability to fight off disease, glowing and supplant skin, even a well mentally balanced demeanor.

Medical professionals, peers and laymen take note. This fountain of youth that I have not created, but uniquely discovered, is available to man with or without monetary burden It presents with virtually no barrier to the underrepresented classes. It indeed, is almost truly too good to be true. However, sufficient evidence exists to dispel this belief. With great happiness and humble honor, I officially name the fountain of youth: Physical Fitness. Voila, c'est ca.

Indeed according to the Surgeon General, more than 60 percent of American adults do not engage in the recommended amount of activity - a minimum of 30 minutes a day, three days of the week - and about 25 percent of adults aren't active at all. The most inactive groups are Blacks and Hispanics, women, and older adults, the Surgeon General reports.

Recently researchers have found that regular physical activity can improve the health of people who are even in their 90s or older, in those who are frail or who have chronic diseases - even diseases usually associated with aging such as diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, heart disease, and stroke, can be prevented or their effects can be reduced if we put more fitness in our lives. What more, participating in regular exercise can relieve depression, ease anxiety and give a person a younger sense of mental and physical well being.

Clearly one can see that the Scientist is set to receive not a single penny for disclosing this literally unquantifiable element of information. The only question then remaining is... What is everybody waiting for? Start spinning.

Friday, August 14, 2009

How Much Meat Should We Eat

The average American eats about 200 pounds of meat per year. Let's see, that would be 15 cows, 24 hogs, 900 chickens, 12 sheep and 1000 lbs of other assorted animals in their lifetime..

Eh, I suppose it could be worse. Its been years that I've become shocked by statistics. I remember having some Filipino friends, whose mother would cook at least two bonified meat and or fish loaded meals per day, if not three. In my mind, I find meat a lot less harmless than carbohydrates, which in my old age, I avoid like the plague. I'm one of the few who completely got the Atkinson's Diet. Anyway, I think its good time that I look into the actual amount we need to eat, if any. Oh yes, I must add, that I was a vegetarian throughout the entire 90's. So let's check out the scoop...

In England, the World Wild Life Fund, is in the process of instituting the practice of grocers to include warning labels on meat limiting its consumption to three [4oz.?] portions per week. The explanation being that Britons are consuming some 70% over the recommende amount, as well as 40% over the recommended amount of dairy intake.

Now on the other hand, and I mean the one way to the left, British Master Chef now based in Australia, John Torode ezplains that beef is 'chockfull of protein, monounsaturated fats, vitamins such as B12, niacin, B6, and trace minerals such as phosphorus and zinc.

Our bodies need these nutrients to keep us healthy, build strong muscles, give us energy and help us fight disease.

Vitamin B12, in particular, can be obtained only from animal protein. It is essential in the production of red blood cells and, scientists in the magazine Nature have just revealed, vital for preventing brain shrinkage and dementia. And with two out of five Britons deficient in B12'.

For all practical purposes, I will surmise that the chef is referring to the highest quality, grass fed organic beef or something along those lines.

Really, there are countless view regarding the appropriate amount of meat to eat. I suppose when it really comes down to it, maybe people should eat as much meat as they can catch.

Stay tuned,

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Are You Immune To The Rest?

What it takes to avoid catching a cold has a lot less to do with keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your handbag than it does with the basic health and function of your immune system.

Within the body, it is the immune system that fights off disease causing microorganisms that abound the environment outside and within the body. It is said that even the aging process itself may be related closer to the weakening of the immune system than it is to the passage of time.

Weakening of the immune system results in susceptibility to all types of disease and illness. Indications of impaired immune system include fatigue, listlessness, infections, inflammations, allergies, slow wound healing, chronic diarrhea, vaginal yeast infections. Generally, an adult with a health immune system has one to two colds a year. Individuals who have continual bouts with colds and other chronic infections are believed to have some impairment within their immune function.

Within the last 20 years much research has been conducted by physicians and immunologists to understand specific details to various aspects of this complex system.

In addition to health conscious eating, exercise, being kind to others etc., a regime of nutritional supplements are believed to assist in maintaining and strengthening it. My recommendation would be Ageless Xtra from Univera Life Sciences. This is a product with which I have long-term personal experience. I particularly like the supplements because they are a rather comprehensive comgination of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are essential to maintain cell structure. I also take a chewable vitamin B-12 tablet by Naturally Prefered, Omega-3 fish oil soft gel, and the Chinese herb, Yin Chioa, at the first of a cold. It really works. Of course, whatever type of health and wellness regime you follow, it is important to continue to research, study and assess your own personal nutrition.

Happy healthy living,

Monday, May 11, 2009

These Ol' Bones Will Tell Your Story

Did you know, that the United States is the largest consumer of dairy products and foods high in calcium content - well over double any other country in the world? However, in the same vein, the current US population still manages to take in less bone-growth stimulating calcium, than previous generations. Instead Americans consume high rates of animal protein and phosphate rich such as carbonated drinks. An excess of phosphate in the blood can potentially cause damage to the kidneys. Further, the US also has the highest rates of osteoporosis, and bone fractures in later life. As appears the tradition of 'choices', many health stores, and apothecaries stock virtually an endless array of vitamin and mineral supplements to 'regenerate' bone density and strength. While many of these supplements may be beneficial to some degree, it is important that the compound be adequately soluble to absorb into the body. The test for this is to place a tablet into a glass of vinegar and stir it. Within one half hour the tablet should be completely dissolved. If not, it will neither dissolve in the stomach. This test could be applied to other types of supplements and medications, as well. Current US health information clearly indicates that the best way to absorb sufficient amounts of calcium to maintain and increase bone density is to consume foods that high in calcium.Some excellent non-dairy (readily absorbed) sources of calcium include:
  • Almonds – 1 oz. (about 23 nuts) - 75 mg.
  • Blackstrap Molasses – 1 T. – approximately 137 mg.
  • Beans
    • White beans 3/4 cup has 120 mg
    • Navy beans 3/4 cup has 94 mg
    • Black Turtle beans 3/4 cup has 75 mg
    • Chickpeas 3/4 cup – 58 mg
    • Tofu 150g – 350 mg
  • Brazil Nuts – 2 oz. (about 12 nuts) - 90 mg.
  • Broccoli – 2 cups boiled - 124 mg.
  • Canned Salmon with bones - 3oz - 200 mg.
  • Celery - 2 cups raw - 81 mg.
  • Collard Greens - 1 cup boiled - 266 mg.
  • Flax Seeds – 2 T. - 52 mg.
  • Instant Oats - 1 packet – 165 mg
  • Kale – 1 cup boiled - 94 mg.
  • Kelp - 1 cup raw - 136 mg.
  • Oranges - 1 medium - 52 mg.
  • Papaya - 1 medium - 73 mg.
  • Sardines - I can - 100 gr.
  • Sesame Seeds – ¼ cup - 351 mg calcium.
  • Spinach – 1 cup boiled - 245 mg.
  • Swiss Chard – 1 cup boiled - 102 mg.
  • Tahini(sesame seed butter) – 2 T. raw – 126 mg.
Among the calcium supplements that contain the most essential components, here are a few*.
Bone Builder from Ethical Nutrients Bone Defense from Kal Bone Support from Synergy Plus Osteo-B-Plus from Biotics Research

* Resource: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 1st Ed

Friday, May 1, 2009

Diet Philosophy - My Experience

Recently Kirsti Alley has received attention in the media for 'falling off ' the wagon again. Personally, I don't think she looks that bad. What's sad is that she feels so bad about it. She's a great comedian, a talented actress and a stunning beauty. She doesn't deserve to have her weight concerns as the major focus of her life. Many women, including myself have had to contend with issues associated with various aspects of our looks, and particularly our size. In college, I gained what I considered, quite a lot of weight. This severely impacted my self esteem for the worse. For years, I go on fasts, took diet pills, which in the 1980's contained amphetamines (I'll never forget the alternating heart palpitations, clammy sweats, nausea and the shakes). I tried all the popular diets of the day: Atkins, Scarlesdale, etc, but didn't try Jenny Craig. I also became very adept at concealing my perceived bumps and bulges via layering my clothing just right. Throughout this period of dieting my weight simply coasted up and down. On a whim I became a vegetarian in the early nineties, then moved back to Europe. Over time I developed an ability to limit my consumption of food, and learned more about nutrition. Living in Italy, I picked up some habits such as 'not eating out of schedule', staying away from fast and fried foods, and my favorite, replacing soda pop with a glass of vino, drinking lots of water, too. Italians have a certain secret that allows them to enjoy delicious multi-course meals while remaining a surprisingly svelte, as a nation; finishing a meal with a nice hot espresso. That's it (of course, the traditional Mediterranean based, olive oil rich diet, and all the walking, may have a bit to do with it, too). After my 'diet journey', I returned full circle to my old high school weight and size American 5/7 Jr's, which I've maintained well over 15 years.

I believe that completely changing your attitude toward food, focusing more on nutrition and incorporating regular exercise into your lifestyle as a philosophy is the only way to consistently achieve and maintain an ideal weight. In other words, I'm not a fan of packaged meals or (those ghastly) drinks.

Have a sunny day,

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Immortal Kombucha - Time to Try

Its been a busy day, and I really haven't got as close to appropriating the omni health encompassing kombucha tea as I had planned. However, as stated in yesterday's post I did discover some essential details in terms of properly preparing and ingesting the 'tea' in order to benefit from its curative, if not thoroughly preventive properties.

Before delving into the recipe, lets briefly review a bit about the organism-based infusion. Kombucha can be traced back some 2000 years to regions in China, Russia, Japan and Korea. Word has it that -

the name 'kombucha' originated in Japan in 415 AD. Reportedly, a Korean physician called Kombu or Kambu treated the Emperor Inyko with the infusion. It became known by a combination of the name, 'Kombu' and the word, 'cha,' meaning tea. However, in modern Japan, kombucha tea is known as 'kocha kinoko' which translates as tea mushroom. Kombu means ' 'kelp' in Japanese and the name 'Kombucha' is used to refer to a hot drink made from powdered kelp. Now that we're thoroughly confused, I suppose I can begin with the recipe...

I found this particular recipe at:
The Happy Herbalist Website - Refer to the site for photos and special instructions on making the infusion.

1.Heat a good three quarts of water.
Boiling is not recommended as it tends to reduce the oxygen and carbon necessary for proper kombucha fermenting. Use water of known quality. Heating the water to dissolve the sugar and extract the tea

2. Add Tea. 5-7 tea bags or 2-3 tsp. loose tea usually 15 grams

3.Steep 15 minutes. NOTE: refer to the specific tea brewing recommendations inside

4. Add Sugar 1 cup Sugar (6-8 ounces / 200-300 grams)

5.Allow to cool to room temperature Keep
Covered and careful of contamination at this stage as the brew is a highly Sweet and Appetizing
Be Sure everything is at the same temperature

6. Pour cooled, room temperature liquid into fermenting container

7. Add Kombucha Mushroom (which is also at room temperature)'

8. Add 2 cups Previously Fermented Kombucha Brew as a Starter. (25%)
[use the liquid that came with the mushroom starter ] or use 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. (to reduce the pH and protect the ferment from pathogens). Do not use un-pasteurized non-distilled apple cider

9. Cover with a clean cloth, paper towel or coffee filter Set aside in a quiet undisturbed spot. Every time the liquid is disturbed the mushroom will begin to start forming over again and not form properly. (K-Tea may still be good)

10. Ferment. 6 - 8 days normal brew cycle at 80F constant temperature, 8-14 days in the 70�s). 60F or below is not recommended. First time may take longer. Temperature Range: 68-83 degrees Fahrenheit. (20 - 26 degrees Centigrade) K-Tea should be sparkling semi-sweet cidery taste. The pH 2.7 to 3.2.

Save 1-2 cups (8-16 oz/240-500 ml) to begin another batch. Each batch should produce another mushroom (SCOBY). Save one mushroom and tea safely away in the event of some disaster. Use either mushroom to start another batch.

Well, if nothing else, its worth a try. Also soon as I find out who sells it, I'll let you know.

Best to all

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Green Tea? No, I Only Drink Kombucha, its the ' Immortal Health Elixir'.

Actually, it was the ancient Chinese who called kombucha tea-drink the 'Immortal Health Elixir' as they believed that the mixture balanced the spleen and stomach (referred to as the 'Qi), and aided in digestion and metabolism, which were thought to be helpful in healing. Indeed, throughout the ages, the kombucha plant form has been used as a curative in a number of areas within and around Asia, from Manchuria to Russia. In more recent times, beginning in the 1950s, Russian scientists examined the kombucha 'mushroom'. The organism actually is not mushroom or fungus, but a lichen, bacterium xylinium and natural yeast growth combination.

What scientists found was that a specific komboucha derived fermented drink, or 'tea' contains a numbers of substances that are beneficial to the body such as gluconic acid, which has the capacity to dissolve gall stones, and combat viral infections; hyaluronic acid, a component of connective tissue; chrondroitin sulfate, present in cartilage; and mucoitin-sufuric acid, an element that makes up the stomach lining and the vitreous humor of the eye. The 'tea' also contains B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 (folic acid), lactic acid; dextrogalyal and usnic acid, which is an element with strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral functions.

At the present, modern researchers have provided evidence that shows kambucha tea significantly strengthens the immune system and can be essential to the treatment and cure
of acne, aging skin, AIDS, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, candidiasis, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea and other digestive disorders, hair loss, hemorroids, high chloesterol, hyppoglycemia, incontinence, kidney and gall stone problems, menopausal problems, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate problems, psoriasis, and weight problems. It has also been said 'to increase energy and promote a general feeling of well-being. Hmm, where can we find this stuff?

Come back tomorrow and I'll have the sources where the item can be found as well as the recipe.
I'm actually looking forward to learning a lot more about kombucha, too.

Take care All

'Prescription for Natural Health', JF Bauch, MD, PA Bauch, CNC - Avery Publishing, New York, 1997

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clean Your Colon, Slim Down and Live Healthy

Did you know that everything we eat ends up in our colon as toxic materials. Eventually these toxins can, and will, in many cases develope into diseases such as candida, obesity and cancer. Another serious threat to colon health are parasites. Indeed, at any given moment, illness causing parasites are present in the body.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, famous surgeon and the father of Kellogg's Corn Flakes, believed that the bowel could be the origin of most health problems, hence his creation of a bran cereal to aid in colon function. He maintained that 90% of disease is due to improper functioning of the colon.

- And me, basically, a nobody believes the same thing. In the late 1980's I ventured to Milan and Pavia, Italy on a kind of vacationa nd decided to try to make a life of it. The consensus among the Italians that I met on my travelled appeared to be was that fried foods and carbonated beverages were 'male, male per il fegato' - Bad, bad for the liver. Over the years, I've come full circle to understand their view as truth. However, I further beg to consider such anti-nutritional poisons equally dangerous to the health of the colon. If one is to think of indigent cultures whom do not rely or even have access to the near nutrition absent inventions of greedy corporations to feed the privately funded medical industry, and you will find that they enjoy optimal health and long life. Gee, go figure.
Probably the most simple way to begin to cleanse the colon is to begin to drink Senna tea in the evening. Many cultures, such as the Chinese and Italian encourage the gentle cleansing of the colon by ingesting a hot beverage after the evening meal such as an espresso or green tea. Senna is the active ingredient of most laxatives so only a small amount of leaves are needed.
An additional way to cleanse the colon with the gaurantee of the absorption of vital minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, is to institute a daily regime that begins with a supplemental drink by the name of Meta Greens, by Univera Life Sciences. While there are a number of so called colon cleansers on the market, natural Senna and Meta Greens are the two with which I am familiar and trust.

Knowledge is Power in the end.

Take good care,

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Aloe Vera - Our MD in a Bottle?

Aloe, or Aloe Vera has been well known for centuries for its healing properties.

Descriptions of the use of aloe has been discovered in written history of many different cultures and as far back as the Greek, Egyptians, and Roman eras. References have also been found in writings from the Indian and Chinese early cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries, with its therapeutic advantages and healing properties surviving for over 4000 years. The earliest record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC.

In the 1930s and 40s, extensive research in Britain and the former Soviet Union showed that aloe vera gel when applied topically had an ability to aid in healing wounds, ulcers and burns by 'sealing the damaged flesh with a protective coat and speeding up the rate of healing'. Researchers believe that this is partly due to a compound called aloectin B that stimulates the immune system and thus promotes healing within and outside of the body.
Use of the raw gel has been reported to be effective in treating blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athlete's foot, fungus, vaginal infections, conjunctivitis, sties, allergic reactions, and dry skin.

Further Other topical uses include acne, sunburn, frostbite (it appears to prevent decreased blood flow), shingles, screening out x-ray radiation, psoriasis, preventing scarring, rosacea, warts, wrinkles from aging, and eczema. According to the same source, Internally, aloe is showing real promise in the fight against AIDS, and the virus has become undetectable in some patients who used it on a regular basis, due to its immune system stimulant properties. It also seems to help prevent opportunistic infections in cases of HIV and AIDS. It appears to be of help in cancer patients (including lung cancer) by activating the white blood cells and promoting growth of non-cancerous cells. The National Cancer Institute has included Aloe Vera in their recommendations for increased testing because of these apparent cancer fighting properties. Taken orally, aloe also appears to work on heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain and asthma, and studies have shown that it has an effect on lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics. Other situations in which it appears to work when taken internally include congestion, intestinal worms, indigestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, liver problems such as cirrhosis and hepatitis, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, prostate problems, and as a general detoxifier. Most recently, researchers have discovered that aloe is also effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome. Is there any condition it can not combat? Definitely, aloe is an item that belongs in every medicine cabinet.

Product Review: Aloe Gold

Aloe Gold® by Hilltop Gardens®
Protection throughout.
Good health begins with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract because any damage that occurs there goes throughout the body. Aloe vera is known predominantly for its topical benefits when applied to a scrape or a burn. However, it is actually just as beneficial when ingested. Using Aloe Gold® on a daily basis can help reduce the damage and help increase the repair of the GI system.*
For added defense, active botanical compounds – Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and green tea extract are added to help support the growth of beneficial intestinal flora, promoting healthy digestion.*
Supports nutrient absorption*
Supports digestive health*
Boosts immune and antioxidant defense*

Suggested Use: Drink one to two ounces before a meal, up to three times a day or as needed. Keep in a cool, dry place before opening. Best served chilled. Shake well. Refrigerate after opening. This product is best used within 60 days after opening.
Warning: Not intended for pregnant or lactating women. As with all nutritional products, consult your physician before using this product if you are taking medications. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 ounce (29.6mL) Servings per container approx. 30
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 5
Total Carbohydrate 1 g <1%*>
Stay well in mind and body,

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Go tu Kola. Say What?

How's that again?

Yes, you heard it right, gotu kola (centella asiatica) has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia. It was used to heal wounds, improve mental clarity, and treat skin conditions such as leprosy and psoriasis. Some people use it to treat respiratory infections such as colds, and it has a history of use for that purpose in China. It has been called "the fountain of life" because legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of using the herb.

Travelling back into history we find that gotu kola has also been used to treat syphilis, hepatitis, stomach ulcers, mental fatigue, epilepsy, diarrhea, fever, and asthma. Today, American and European herbalists use gotu kola for disorders that cause connective tissue swelling, such as scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis (arthritis occurring in conjunction with psoriasis), anklylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine), and rheumatoid arthritis. Recent studies confirm some of the traditional uses and also suggest possible new applications for gotu kola, such as lowering high blood pressure, treating venous insufficiency (pooling of blood in the veins, usually in the legs, boosting memory and intelligence, easing anxiety, and speeding wound healing.

Gotu kola contains a compound known as 'triterpenoids', compounds which have been observed to aid in the healing of wounds. Research has indicated that triterpenoids strengthen the skin, increase the concentration of antioxidants in wounds, and restore inflamed tissues by increasing blood supply. Because of these properties, gotu kola has been used externally for burns, psoriasis, prevention of scar formation following surgery, recovery from an episiotomy following vaginal delivery of a newborn, and treatment of external fistulas (a tear at or near the anus).

In the case that you are lucky enough to come across this miracle product this would be the recoommended dosage for an adult:

The adult dosage of gotu kola may vary depending on the condition being treated. An appropriately trained and certified herbalist, such as a naturopath, can provide the necessary guidance.
The standard dose of gotu kola varies depending on the form:

Dried herb—to make tea, add ¼ to ½ tsp dried herb to a cup of boiling waterfor 10 minutes, 3 times a day

Powdered herb (available in capsules)—1,000 to 4,000 mg, 3 times a day
Tincture (1:2, 30% alcohol)—30 to 60 drops - Interestingly, I have yet to find tinctures in American pharmacies. That's not to say that are not any.

Standardized extract—60 to 120 mg per day; standardized extracts should contain 40% asiaticoside, 29% to 30% asiatic acid, 29% to 30% madecassic acid, and 1% to 2% madecassoside; Doses used in studies mentioned in the treatment section range from 20 mg (for scleroderma) up to 180 mg (in one study for venous insufficiency; although, most of the studies for this latter condition were conducted using 90 mg to 120 mg per day).

The recommended dosage for people with insomnia is ½ tsp of dried herb in a cup of water taken for no more than 4 to 6 weeks.

This product is relatively common in India. However, it is available in speciality herbal shops in the US as well as online.

Thanks for reading,

Monday, March 23, 2009

Want to Stay Young? Hold Your Breath... Really

Oxidation in the life cycle is essential in the process of overall survival. However, oxidation, i.e., a decreased presense of antioxidants, or the inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes, can be be injurious to the aging body from the result of oxidative stress and may damage or kill cells.

The process of oxidation causes damage to cells when they produce free radicals, which in turn start chain reactions throughout a specific area such as the liver or the skin. Such damage to cells can cause individual cell death and if enough cells are lost, the result can be tissue (cell network) and/or organ failure, ultimately leading to death of the organism. Most cell damage due to oxidation (though also to other types of toxic damage) occur in later life. However, with awareness and preventive measures oxidation levels can be significantly decreased.

The death of cells occurs by two methods, apoptosis and necrosis.

Apoptosis or 'programmed cell death' is a process of self-destruction of the cell nucleus. Apoptosis is an individual or single cell death in that dying cells are not contiguous but are scattered throughout a tissue. It is not considered to be a traumatic cell death, as is necrosis. Apoptosis can be likened to the dropping off of petals of trees during the change of seasons. It is a process that is essential to the growth and development of the embryo in the womb.

Necrosis is a progressive failure of essential metabolic and structure oriented cell components located typically within the cell's nucleous (specifically, the cytoplasm). It generally involves a group of attached cells or occurs at the tissue level. Upon 'death by necrosis', so to speak, the cell tissue tries to regenenerate the same type of cells that have died. if the type of injury is minimal the tissue may adequately replace the 'lost' cells. In the case of severely damaged organ tissues or long-term chronic conditions, the tissues may not have the capacity to regenerate the same [healthy] type of cells; so instead what you get is a flawed or in some way, impaired cell, a 'second', if you will. A serious example of this would be chronic liver damage induced by alcholism. What happens here is that the body no longer can generate replacement liver cells with more cells. Instead only connective tissue is replaced. Thus occurs the decline or organ function.

While overall aging involves the continuous generation, injury and or damage, and repair of cells individuals do have the capacity to prolong general cell heath and repair by incorporating a regime that includes fresh and natural foods that are rich in antioxidants. Nutritional supplements and vitamin therapy are effective ways to preserve cell health.

Sources of antioxidants

Thousands of antioxidants naturally occur in plant foods. The most well known are vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and selenium. While they all work to prevent oxidative damage, they each have their own method of getting the job done. They also work best as a team, each doing its part to provide well-rounded protection against cancer.

Among the best sources of antioxidants are brightly colored fruits and vegetables including, though not limited to:

Red grapes
Red bell peppers

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Content Source: National Library of Medicine (other articles)
Article Topics: Ecotoxicology and Environmental health
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Last Updated: November 20, 2007

Friday, March 20, 2009

How Old is My What?

Growing old(er) is an inevedible fact that me must, if not fully accept, tolerate on some level. On a measurable scale, aging can be attributed to the body's ability or inability to preserve, mend or renew damaged cells throughout the process. Recently clinical researchers have established the chronological ages that various parts of the body begin to go on the decline.

In an article that ran in the Daily Mail, leading research clinicial, Angela Epstein revealed the ages when specific parts of the body begin their downward progression. Gulp... In order to avoid an information overload of sorts, I'd like to share only a few today.

BRAIN - Starts to decline at age 20 Get this. We start with around 100 billion neurons or nerve cells. In our 20s the number starts to decline. By age 40 a person could be losing up to 10,000 per day. Such cellular losses have a significnat on impact on memory, co-ordination and overall brain function.

EYES - Starts to decline at age 40 If you're not wearing glasses by now, its a fine time you get some. OK, lol. Long-sightedness, which affects the ability to see objects up close is the typical complaint.

HAIR - Start to decline at age 40 Hair is composes of tiny pouch like follicles. Typically hair grows from each follicle for about three years, then it sheds and a new strand grows in. In males, hair loss begins at about age 30. In terms of hair color, most have at least some grey by age 35, due to decline in melanocytes (color device). But even I can't name a soul who made it that long with 100% of their original hair color.

BONES - Start to decline at age 35 Throughout the life long aging process bone material is broken down by cells called osteoclasts and replaced by bone building cells called osteoblasts ( Note, clasts vs. blasts) a process called 'bone turnover', explains Robert Moots, Professor of Rheumatology at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, England . In Children bone growth is rapid. The skeleton itself takes just two years to renew itself completely. In adults this same process can take up to ten years. Until a person reaches their mid 20s their bone density is still increasing. But at 35 bone loss sets in as part of the natural ageing process.

If anyone has any concern as to whether they are experiencing any of the above bodily 'occurances', it may be a good idea to absorb and aspire to understand them in order to control and slow down the aging process on an individual level. This can be done and no point is too late as long as its not... 'too late'.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

So What Happens After 30?

As most of us know, as the body ages it continually becomes 'altered', if you will, in numerous ways that affect the function of both individual cells and organ systems. These unavoidable changes occur at a gradual progress over time. Researchers on the subject of aging have defined a number of conditions that control various genetic and environmental factors that control them. Depending on a person's genetic make-up, health and wellness practices (or lack thereof), social and environmental conditions and so omany other factors, individuals may age at different rates. Indeed, it appears that people from the writer's peer group at least appear much younger than those of previous generations. Though discussion of what aging actually is could be tediously scientific be focusing on a single or two aspect of it is more likely to draw interest in the subject.

The basic short answer to how a body ages is that when cells metabolize food, toxic and damaging by-products known as free radicals are released. When free radicals damage your cells, this produces levels of what’s known as oxidative stress, a root cause of cellular aging and degeneration. To give you an idea of how the body reacts to oxidative stress think of diseases such as atherosclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Heart Failure, Myocardial Infarction, Alzheimer's disease. In this instant recall too, that most of these conditions are associated with aging.

Although there is no earthly way to avoid or stop the aging process, it's obvious that the consumption of foods that are high in antioxidants can help with preserving the health and increasing production of precious cells. Now all we have to do is track down the 'goods'.

Good luck,

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