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Curcumin Reduces Heart Enlargement and May Prevent Heart Failure

Rex says:  After my cancer diagnosis and subsequent lifestyle change, I began adding turmeric to my fresh salads daily (in addition to the meals we cooked) due to the anticancer properties.  Here’s info that’s it’s great for heart health too.
by Leslee Dru Browning (see all articles by this author)
(NaturalNews) Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in [...]

Rex says:  After my cancer diagnosis and subsequent lifestyle change, I began adding turmeric to my fresh salads daily (in addition to the meals we cooked) due to the anticancer properties.  Here’s info that’s it’s great for heart health too.

by Leslee Dru Browning (see all articles by this author)

(NaturalNews) Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital have discovered.

In a study entitled, “Curcumin prevents and reverses murine cardiac hypertrophy,” published in the February edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found when the herb is given orally to a variety of mouse models with enlarged hearts (hypertrophy), it can prevent and reverse hypertrophy, restore heart function and reduce scar formation.

The healing properties of turmeric have been well known in eastern cultures for some time. The herb has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine to reduce scar formation. For example, when there is a cut or a bruise, the home remedy is to reach for turmeric powder because it can help to heal without leaving a bad scar.

Unlike most natural compounds whose effects are minimal, curcumin works directly in the cell nucleus by preventing abnormal unraveling of the chromosome under stress, and preventing excessive abnormal protein production.

“Curcumin’s ability to shut off one of the major switches right at the chromosome source where the enlargement and scarring genes are being turned on is impressive,” says Dr. Peter Liu, cardiologist in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Scientific Director at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. However Dr. Liu cautions that moderation is important, “the beneficial effects of curcumin are not strengthened by eating more of it.”

Dr. Liu, who holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Polo Chair Professor in Medicine and Physiology at the University of Toronto, says that since curcumin is a naturally occurring compound that is readily available at a low cost, it might be a safe and effective means of preventing heart failure in the future.

“Whether you are young or old; male or female; the larger your heart is, the higher your risk is for developing heart attacks or heart failure in the future. However, until clinical trials are done, we don’t recommend patients to take curcumin routinely. You are better off to take action today by lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, exercising and healthy eating,” says Dr. Liu.

If clinical trials of curcumin support initial findings of heart enlargement prevention, it may offer hope for millions of patients with heart enlargement in a relatively safe and inexpensive manner. Curcumin-based treatments are currently in clinical trials for pancreatic and colorectal cancer patients with promising results.

The above study was funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Other research has found that curcumin, found in turmeric, may be able to slow down and stop the blood cancer multiple myeloma. Researchers at the University of Texas in Houston report on a laboratory study showing that curcumin could stop cancer cells with multiple myeloma from replicating and kill off the remaining cancerous cells.

The spice may also help other cancers as well as the immune system. I add it to my herbal formulas for arthritis inflammation, for the heart and it is also in my super immunity formula.

Previous research has shown that curcumin may fight other diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Sources:

Adapted from materials provided by University Health Network, (http://www.uhn.ca/index.htm) via Newswise (http://www.newswise.com/) .

University Health Network (2008, February 22). Ingredient In Yellow Curry Can Reduce Heart

Nutra Ingredients USA (http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/new…) .

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Ending the Cholesterol-Heart Disease Myth

Lisa Says: This has become a big issue with Rex and I as so many of our closest friends are on the statin drugs yet study after study is showing that it’s not only not working, it’s making it worse.  Rex’s cholesterol levels changed dramatically with simple lifestyle and food changes, however there’s a much [...]

Lisa Says: This has become a big issue with Rex and I as so many of our closest friends are on the statin drugs yet study after study is showing that it’s not only not working, it’s making it worse.  Rex’s cholesterol levels changed dramatically with simple lifestyle and food changes, however there’s a much bigger issue here as this article demonstrates.  Cholesterol is necessary to normal, healthy body function.

by Andreas Moritz (see all articles by this author)

(NaturalNews) Why has there never been a record of cholesterol having blocked a vein in the body! What is it about arteries that makes cholesterol attach itself to their walls, while leaving the veins alone? It is really the sticky nature of cholesterol that is behind the blockage of healthy blood vessel walls?

The answers to these questions may surprise you. The body actually uses the lipoprotein cholesterol as a kind of bandage to cover abrasions and tears in damaged arterial walls just as it does it for any other wound. Cholesterol is nothing less than a life-saver. However, for the past thirty-eight years, this lipoprotein has been stigmatized to be the number one cause of deaths in the rich nations – heart disease.

This is how the theory goes: For reasons not really known, a form of cholesterol that has earned the name “bad” somehow increases in the bloodstream of millions of people today; it sticks to the walls of arteries, and eventually, it will starve the heart muscle of oxygen and nutrients. Accordingly, the masses are urged to reduce or ban cholesterol-containing fats from their diet so that they can live without the fear of arterial occlusion and dying from a heart attack.

The tremendous concern of being attacked by this “vicious” lipoprotein has finally led to innovative technologies that can even extract cholesterol from cheese, eggs, and sausages, thus making these “deadly” foods “consumer-safe.” Products that claim to be low in cholesterol, such as margarine and light-foods, have become a popular choice of “healthy eating.”

Cholesterol is Not the Culprit After All

But as INTERHEART and other studies have shown, cholesterol isn’t a serious risk factor for heart disease at all. An earlier study sponsored by the German Ministry of Research and Technology showed that no exact link exists between food cholesterol and blood cholesterol. Even more surprising, in Japan, the cholesterol levels have risen during recent years, yet the number of heart attacks has dropped. The largest health study ever conducted on the risks of heart disease took place in China. Like so many similar studies, the Chinese study found no connection between heart disease and the consumption of animal fats.

In an 8-year long heart study, researchers observed 10,000 people with high cholesterol levels. Half of them received a best-selling statin drug. The other half were simply told to eat a normal diet and get enough exercise. The results stunned the researchers. Although the statin drug did indeed lower serum cholesterol, this had no impact whatsoever on death rate, non-fatal heart attacks and fatal arterial disease. In other words, the statin-users had zero advantage over those who received no treatment at all. However, they had just spent eight years taking a costly drug with hideous side effects – risking liver failure, muscle wasting, even sudden death. Lowering cholesterol either through drugs or low fat diets does not lower the risk of developing heart disease.

All the major European long-term cholesterol studies have confirmed that a low-fat diet did not reduce cholesterol levels by more than 4 percent, in most cases merely 1-2 percent. Since measurement mistakes are usually higher than 4 percent and cholesterol levels naturally increase by 20 percent in autumn and drop again during the wintertime, the anti-cholesterol campaigns since the late 1980s have been very misleading, to say the least. A more recent study from Denmark involving 20,000 men and women, in fact, demonstrated that most heart disease patients have normal cholesterol levels. The bottom line is that cholesterol hasn’t been proved a risk factor for anything.

The current medical understanding of the cholesterol issue is more than incomplete. The argument that animal tests on rabbits have confirmed that fatty foods cause hardening of the arteries sounds convincing, but only when the following facts are omitted:

* Rabbits respond 3,000 times more sensitively to cholesterol than humans do.

* Rabbits, which are non-carnivorous animals by nature, are force-fed excessive quantities of egg yolk and brain for the sake of proving that cholesterol-containing foods are harmful.

* The DNA and enzyme systems of rabbits are not designed for consumption of fatty foods, and if given a choice, these animals would never eat eggs or brains.

It is obvious that the arteries of these animals have only an extremely limited ability to respond to the damage caused by such unsuitable diets. For over three and half decades, Western civilization assumed that animal fats were the main cause of dietary heart disease. This misinformation is highlighted by the fact that heart attacks began to rise when consumption of animal fats actually decreased. This was verified by British research, which revealed that those areas in the U.K. where people consumed more margarine and less butter had the highest numbers of heart attacks. Further studies revealed that heart attack patients had consumed the least amounts of animal fats.

In this context, it is important to differentiate between processed and unprocessed fats. It has been discovered that people who died from a heart attack were found to have many more of the harmful fatty acids derived from the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in their fat tissue than those who survived. These so-called “faulty” fats (trans-fatty acids) envelop and congest the membranes of cells, including those that make up the heart and coronary arteries. This practically starves the cells of oxygen, nutrients, and water, and eventually kills them.

In another more comprehensive study, 85,000 nurses working in American hospitals observed a higher risk for heart disease in patients who consumed margarine, crisps, potato chips, biscuits, cookies, cakes, and white bread, all of which contain trans fats.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53 percent over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. While actually increasing LDL cholesterol, margarine lowers the beneficial HDL cholesterol. It also increases the risk of cancers up to five times. Margarine suppresses both the immune response and insulin response. This highly processed and artificial product is practically resistant to destruction, being one molecule away from plastic. Flies, bacteria, fungi, etc. won’t go near it because it has no nutritional value and cannot be broken down by them. It can last for years, not just outside the body, but inside as well.

It is very apparent that eating damaged, rancid fats or trans-fats can destroy any healthy organism and should be avoided by anyone. In 2007 New York City banned the use of trans fats in its restaurants; however, the trans fats are merely being replaced with new artificial fats that have the same or worse effects.

Healthy Today – Sick Tomorrow

Unfortunately, high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) has become the dominating health concern of the 21st century. It is actually an invented disease that doesn’t show up as one. Even the healthiest people may have elevated serum cholesterol and yet their health remains perfect. But they are instantly turned into patients when a routine blood test reveals that they have a “cholesterol problem.”

Since feeling good is actually a symptom of high cholesterol, the cholesterol issue has confused millions of people. To be declared sick when you actually feel great is a hard nut to swallow. So it may take a lot of effort on behalf of a practicing physician to convince his patients that they are sick and need to take one or more expensive drugs for the rest of their lives. These healthy individuals may become depressed when they are being told they will need to take potentially harmful drugs to lower their cholesterol levels on a long-term, daily basis. When they also learn that they will require regular checkups and blood tests, their worry-free, good life is now over.

These doctors cannot be blamed for the blunder of converting healthy people into patients. Behind them stands the full force of the U.S. government, the media, the medical establishment, agencies, and of course, the pharmaceutical companies. All of them have collaborated to create relentless pressure in disseminating the cholesterol myth and convincing the population that high cholesterol is its number one enemy. We are told that we need to combat it by all means possible to keep us safe from the dreadful consequences of hypercholesterolemia.

The definition of a “healthy” level of cholesterol has been repeatedly adjusted during the past 30 years, which certainly does not give me much confidence in a system of medicine that professes to be founded on sound scientific principles. In the early days of measuring cholesterol levels, a person at risk was any middle-aged man whose cholesterol was over 240 and possessed other risk factors, such as smoking or being overweight.

After the adjustment of parameters during the Cholesterol Consensus Conference in 1984, the population was hit by a shock wave. Now, anyone (male or female) with overall cholesterol readings of 200 mg percent (200mg per 100 ml) could receive the dreaded diagnosis and a prescription for pills. The claim that 200 blood serum cholesterol is normal and everything above is dangerous was scientifically unfounded, though. At least, this was the consensus of all the major cholesterol studies. In fact, a report in a 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association showed no evidence linking high cholesterol levels in women with heart conditions later in life.

Although it is considered completely normal for a 55-year-old woman to have a cholesterol level of 260 mg percent, most women that age are not told about this. Also healthy employees are found to have an average of 250 mg percent with high fluctuations in both directions.

The lack of evidence linking elevated cholesterol with increased risk of heart disease, however, didn’t stop the brainwashing of the masses. In the U.S. 84 percent of all men and 93 percent of all women aged 50-59 with high cholesterol levels were suddenly told they needed treatment for heart disease. The totally unproved but aggressively promoted cholesterol theories turned most of us into patients for a disease that we probably will never develop. Fortunately, not everyone has followed the advice to have their cholesterol levels checked but, unfortunately, millions of people have fallen into the trap of misinformation.

To make matters worse, the official, acceptable cholesterol level has now been moved down to 180. If you have already had one heart attack, your cardiologist will tell you to take cholesterol-lowering statins even if your cholesterol is very low. From the viewpoint of conventional medicine, having a heart attack implies that your cholesterol must be too high. Hence you are being sentenced to a lifetime of statins and a boring low-fat diet. But even if you have not experienced any heart trouble yet, you are already being considered for possible treatment.

Since so many children now show signs of elevated cholesterol, we have a whole new generation of candidates for medical treatment. So yes, current edicts stipulate cholesterol testing and treatment for young adults and even children! The statin drugs that doctors use to push cholesterol levels down are LIPITOR (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), and Pravachol (pravastatin). If you decide to follow your doctor’s advice and take one of these drugs, make certain to read the list of side effects so that you know the risks you are taking.

If you want to obtain objective and untainted information on cholesterol, agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Cardiology are certainly not the places from which to obtain it. Until recently, they wanted you to keep your overall cholesterol level below 150. Then, in 2001, they finally admitted that measuring overall cholesterol levels makes no sense at all, so they began recommending an LDL level below 100. Now their aim is to keep LDL lower than 70. Every time they lower the target, the number of “patients” requiring treatment jumps dramatically, much to the benefit of the drug producers. Being officially backed by these agencies, doctors feel motivated, if not obliged, to prescribe these expensive drugs to their new patients.

The extensive promotional campaigns by the pharmaceutical giants have already brainwashed the masses to believe they need these drugs to be safe from sudden heart attack. Even if a doctor knows the truth about the cholesterol deception, these anxious patients will demand a prescription from him. This is not just affecting their health, but everyone’s economic future. The massive sales of these best-selling drugs of all time drive up health care costs to levels that undermine economic growth and make basic health care unaffordable to an ever-increasing number of people. The masses have been so brainwashed with misinformation that this lurking financial crisis doesn’t seem to be their immediate concern.

In 2004, there were already 36 million statin candidates in the U.S., with 16 million using LIPITOR alone. When the official LDL target level drops to 70, another 5 million people will be eligible for their use. At the consumer markup price of $272.37 and an actual cost of $5.80 for a month supply of LIPITOR, you can understand the incentive that the pharmaceutical industry has to push their products and make them a mass commodity.

Excerpted from Chapter 9 of Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation by Andreas Moritz, (www.ener-chi.com) or (www.amazon.com) . Check out the book for more information about statins, cholesterol and heart disease, or any of the related topics listed below

* The Secret Cause Of Heart Disease – And Why It’s So Easily Reversed

* The Beginning Stages Of Heart Disease

* Major Contributing Factors

* Meat Consumption And Heart Disease

* Yes, Your Body Can Store Protein!

* Protein Storage – A Time Bomb

* The Revealing Role Of Homocysteine

* C-Reactive Protein Reveals The Truth

* How And Why Heart Attacks Really Occur

* Heart Attacks Can Occur In A Number Of Ways:

1) New Studies Question Value Of Opening Arteries

2) Risk Indications Of A Heart Attack

3) What Statins May Do To You!

4) But Doesn’t Aspirin Protect Against Heart Disease?

5) Dangers Of Low Cholesterol

6) Cholesterol – Your Life And Blood

7) When Cholesterol Signals SOS
8) Balancing Cholesterol Levels Naturally

9) Overcoming Heart Disease – Two Encouraging Stories

10) Non-Dietary Causes Of Heart Disease.

11) A Lacking Social Support System

12) Greatest Risk Factors: Job Satisfaction And Happiness Rating

13) Your Need To Love

14) What A Loving Spouse Can Do

15) The Healing Power Of “Loving Touch”

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There is no Disease

Rex Says: The best pH balancing book I’ve found .is The pH Miracle by Robert Young.  Here is a related article.    It’s the basis that we’ve used to transform my health.
by Robert O. Young
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Disease names like diabetes and osteoporosis are misleading and
misinform patients about disease prevention. There is a curious tendency
in [...]

Rex Says: The best pH balancing book I’ve found .is The pH Miracle by Robert Young.  Here is a related article.    It’s the basis that we’ve used to transform my health.

by Robert O. Young

http://www.rumormil lnews.com/ cgi-bin/forum. cgi?read= 109084

Disease names like diabetes and osteoporosis are misleading and
misinform patients about disease prevention. There is a curious tendency
in conventional medicine to name a set of symptoms a disease. I was recently at a compounding pharmacy having my bone mineral density measured to update my health stats. I spotted a poster
touting a new drug for osteoporosis. It was written by a drug company
and it said exactly this: ‘Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak and fragile bones.’
Then, the poster went on to say that you need a particular drug to counteract this
‘disease.’

Yet the language is all backwards. Osteoporosis isn’t a disease that
causes weak bones, osteoporosis is the name given to a diagnosis of weak bones.
In other words, the weak bones are the result of excess acidity, and then
the diagnosis of osteoporosis followed.
The drug poster makes it sound like osteoporosis strikes first, and then
you get weak bones. The cause and effect is all backwards. And that’s how
drug companies want people to think about diseases and symptoms: first you
‘get’ the disease, and then you are ‘diagnosed’ just in time to take a new drug
for the rest of your life.

But it’s all hogwash. There is no such disease as osteoporosis. It’s
just a made-up name given to a pattern of symptoms that indicate you are
over-acid which causes your bones to get fragile. As another example, when a person follows an unhealthy lifestyle that results in a symptom such as high blood pressure, that symptom is actually being assumed to be a disease all by itself and it will be given a disease
name. What disease? The disease is, of course, ‘high blood pressure.’ Doctors throw
this phrase around as if it were an actual disease and not merely descriptive
of patient physiology.

This may all seem silly, right? But there’s actually a very important
point to all this.

When we look at symptoms and give them disease names, we automatically
distort the selection of available treatments for such a disease. If the
disease is, by itself, high cholesterol, then the cure for the disease
must be nothing other than lowering the high cholesterol. And that’s how we end up with
all these pharmaceuticals treating high cholesterol in order to ‘prevent’
this disease and lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in the human patient. By
lowering only the cholesterol, the doctor can rest assured that he is,
in fact, treating this ‘disease,’ since the definition of this ‘disease’
is high cholesterol and nothing else.

But there is a fatal flaw in this approach to disease treatment: the
symptom is not the cause of the disease. There is another cause, and
this deeper cause is routinely ignored by conventional medicine, doctors, drug companies,
and even patients.

Let’s take a closer look at high blood pressure. What actually causes
high blood pressure? Many doctors would say high blood pressure is caused by
a specific, measurable interaction between circulating chemicals in the
human body.

Thus, the ill-behaved chemical compounds are the cause of the high blood
pressure, and therefore the solution is to regulate these chemicals.
That’s exactly what pharmaceuticals do — they attempt to manipulate the
chemicals in the body to adjust the symptoms of high blood pressure.
Thus, they only treat the symptoms, not the root cause.

Or take a look at high cholesterol. The conventional medicine approach
says that high cholesterol is caused by a chemical imbalance in the liver,
which is the organ that produces cholesterol. Thus the treatment for high
cholesterol is a prescription drug that inhibits the liver’s production of
cholesterol (statin drugs). Upon taking these drugs, the high cholesterol (the
‘disease’) is regulated, but what was causing the liver to overproduce cholesterol in
the first place? That causative factor remains ignored.

The root cause of high cholesterol, as it turns out, is primarily an
over acidic diet. A person who eats foods that are acidic will inevitably
cause the body to go into preservation mode and produce more cholesterol to
neutralize the excess acid thus showing the symptoms of this so-called disease of high
cholesterol. Its simple cause and effect. Eat the wrong foods, and
you’ll produce too much acid which will cause the body to release cholesterol
from the liver to bind up that acid which can be detected and diagnosed
by conventional medical procedures.

You see it is not the cholesterol that is bad it is the acid producing
food we eat that is bad. Reduce the acid producing foods like beef, chicken,
pork, dairy, coffee, tea, soda pops, etc and you will reduce the protective
cholesterol that is saving your life from excess acid foods.

Yet the root cause of all this is actually poor food choice, not some
bizarre behavior by the liver. If the disease were to be accurately named, then,
it would be called Acidic Food Choice Disease, or simply AFCD.

AFCD would be a far more accurate name that would make sense to people.
If it’s an acidic foods choice disease, then it seems that the obvious
solution to the disease would be to choose foods that aren’t so acidic. Of course
that may be a bit of simplification since you have to distinguish between healthy
alkaline foods and unhealthy acidic foods. But at least the name AFCD
gives patients a better idea of what’s actually going on rather than
naming the disease after a symptom, such as high cholesterol.
You see, the symptom is not the disease, but conventional medicine insists on calling the symptom the
disease because that way it can treat the symptom and claim success without
actually addressing the underlying cause, which remains a mystery to modern
medicine.
But let’s move on to some other diseases so you get a clearer picture of
how this actually works. Another disease that’s caused by poor acidic food
choice is diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the natural physiological and metabolic
result of a person consuming refined carbohydrates and added sugars in large
quantities, undigested proteins from beef, chicken, and pork without
engaging in regular physical exercise that would compensate for such dietary
practices.

The name ‘diabetes’ is meaningless to the average person. The disease
should be called Excessive Acid Disease, or EAD. If it were called Excessive
Acid Disease, the solution to it would be rather apparent; simply eat less
sugar, eliminate all animal proteins, eggs, dairy, drink fewer soft drinks and
so on. But of course that would be far too simple for the medical community, so the
disease must be given a complex name such as diabetes that puts its
solution out of reach of the average patient.

Another disease that is named after its symptom is cancer. In fact, to
this day, most doctors and many patients still believe that cancer is a
physical thing: a tumor. In reality, a tumor is the solution of cancer, not its
cause. A tumor is simply a physical manifestation of bound up acidic cells so
they do not spoil other healthy cells. The tumor is the solution to cells
damaged by acids not the problem. The truth is cancer is not a cell but an acidic
liquid. When a person ‘has cancer,’ what they really have is a latent tissue
acidosis.
They are absorbing their own acidic urine. It that would be a far better
name for the disease: Latent Tissue Acidosis or LTA.

If cancer were actually called Latent Tissue Acidosis, it would seem
ridiculous to try to cure cancer by cutting out tumors through surgery
and by destroying the immune system with chemotherapy. And yet these are
precisely the most popular treatments for cancer offered by conventional
medicine. These treatments do absolutely nothing to support the
patient’s immune system and prevent the build up of acids in the tissues. That’s exactly why most
people who undergo chemotherapy or the removal of tumors through
surgical procedures end up with yet more cancer a few months or a few
years later. It’s also another reason why survival rates of cancer have
barely budged over the last twenty years. (In other words, conventional
medicine’s treatments for cancer simply don’t work.)

The main reason is current medical science wrongly perceives cancer as a
cell when in reality cancer is an acidic liquid, like lactic acid. This
whole situation stems from the fact that the disease is misnamed. It isn’t
cancer, it isn’t a tumor and it certainly isn’t a disease caused by having too
strong of an immune system that needs to be destroyed through chemotherapy. It is
simply latent tissue acidosis. And if it were called latent tissue
acidosis disease or urine in the tissues, the effective treatment for
cancer would be apparent.
There are many other diseases that are given misleading names by western
medicine. But if you look around the world and take a look at how
diseases are named elsewhere, you will find many countries have disease names that
actually make sense.

For example, in Chinese medicine, Alzheimer’s disease is given a name
that means, when translated, ‘feeble mind disease.’ In Chinese medicine, the
name of the disease more accurately describes the actual cause of the
disease which is caused by acids or urine on the brain, whereas in western medicine, the
name of the disease seems to be intended to obscure the root cause of the
disease, thereby making all diseases sound far more complex and mysterious than
they really are.

This is one way in which doctors and practitioners of western medicine
keep medical treatments out of the reach of the average citizen. Because, by
God, they sure don’t want people thinking for themselves about the causes of
disease!
By creating a whole new vocabulary for medical conditions, they can
speak their own secret language and make sure that people who aren’t schooled
in medicine don’t understand what they’re saying.

That’s a shame, because the treatments and cures for virtually all
chronic diseases are actually quite simple and can be described in plain
language, such as making different alkaline food choices, getting more natural
sunlight, drinking more alkaline water, engaging in regular physical exercise,
avoiding specific acidic foods, supplementing your diet with green foods and
green drinks and alkalizing nutritional supplements and so on.

See, western medicine prefers to describe diseases in terms of
chemistry. When you’re depressed, you aren’t suffering from a lack of natural
sunlight; you are suffering from a ‘brain chemistry imbalance’ that can
only be regulated, they claim, by ingesting toxic chemicals to alter your brain chemistry.
When your bones are brittle, it’s not acidic brittle bones disease; it’s
called osteoporosis, something that sounds very technical and
complicated. And to treat it, western doctors and physicians will give
you prescriptions for expensive drugs that somehow claim to make your
bones less brittle. But in fact, the real treatment for this can be
described in plain language once again: regular physical exercise,
vitamin D supplementation, mineral supplements that include
calcium and strontium, natural sunlight, and avoidance of acidic foods
such as soft drinks, white flour and added sugars.

In fact, virtually every disease that’s prominent in modern society –
diabetes, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, clinical depression,
irritable bowel syndrome and so on — can be easily described in plain language
without using complex terms at all. These diseases are simply misnamed.
And I believe that they are intentionally misnamed to put the jargon out
of reach of everyday citizens. As a result, there’s a great deal of
arrogance in the language of western medicine, and this arrogance furthers the language of
separation.

Separation never results in healing. In order to effect healing, we must
bring together the language of healers and patients using plain language
that real people understand and that real people can act upon.

We need to start describing diseases in terms of their root causes, not
in terms of their arcane, biochemical actions. When someone suffers from
seasonal affective disorder or clinical depression, for example, let’s
call it what it is: Sunlight Deficiency Disorder. To treat it, the
person simply needs to get more sunlight. This isn’t rocket science, it’s not complex, and it
doesn’t require a prescription.

If someone is suffering from osteoporosis, let’s get realistic about the
words we use to describe the condition: it’s really Acidic Bones
Disease. And it should be treated with things that will enhance bone density, such as
nutrition, physical exercise and avoidance of acidic foods and drinks
that strip away bone mass from the human body to neutralize the excess acids in the
blood and tissues.

All of this information, of course, is rather shocking to old-school
doctors and practitioners of western medicine, and the bigger their egos are,
the more they hate the idea of naming diseases in plain language that patients
can actually comprehend. That’s because if the simple truths about diseases
and their causes were known, health would be more readily available to
everyday people, and that would lessen the importance of physicians and medical
researchers.

There’s a great deal of ego invested in the medical community, and they
sure don’t want to make sound health attainable to the average person without
their expert advice. Doctors all want to serve as the translators of
‘truth’ and will balk at any attempts to educate the public to either practice
medicine on their own. But in reality, health (and a connection with spirit) is
attainable by every single person. Health is easy, it is straightforward, it is
direct and, for the most part, it is available free of charge.

A personal connection with our Creator is the same if we ask humbly in
prayer for a relationship with Him, and guidance. Don’t believe the names of
diseases given to you by your doctor. Those names are designed to
obscure, not to inform. They are designed to separate you from
self-healing, not to put you in touch with your own inner healer. And
thus, they are nothing more than bad medicine masquerading as modern
medical practice.

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Can you tell me more about the Mediterranean Diet?

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Thanks to the best-selling paperback, “The Mediterranean Diet” by Cloutier and Adamson many people have heard the term “Mediterranean diet” but don’t know what’s involved with this eating plan. We’d like to tell you a little bit more about food traditions along the Mediterranean Sea than is presented in this best-selling diet book. [...]

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Thanks to the best-selling paperback, “The Mediterranean Diet” by Cloutier and Adamson many people have heard the term “Mediterranean diet” but don’t know what’s involved with this eating plan. We’d like to tell you a little bit more about food traditions along the Mediterranean Sea than is presented in this best-selling diet book. And we’d like give you a more research-based perspective on the idea of a “Mediterranean Diet.”

What Are the Mediterranean Food Traditions?

Many countries border along the Mediterranean Sea, and many different food traditions are represented in these countries. The Mediterranean countries include France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal along the north; Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel on the east; and the African countries of Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia on the south. Cuisines on the eastern border of the Mediterranean are usually referred to as Middle Eastern cuisines. Cuisines along the southern border are usually referred to as North African cuisines. This classification system leaves the countries of Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and (southern) France as the food traditions usually referred to as “Mediterranean” cuisines.

Olive Oil

If you’ve purchased olive oil in the grocery store, you may have noticed that virtually all of it comes from one of three countries: Italy, Spain, or Greece. Over 75% of all olive oil worldwide comes from the three Mediterranean countries. Olive trees are native to this area of the world, and it would be impossible to follow a Mediterranean diet tradition without including olives and their oil.

Mediterranean diets have been especially interesting to researchers in relationship to heart disease. Given the total amount of fat in many Mediterranean foods (including olives and nuts), it might seem logical to expect a higher incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries than actually occurs. One reason for the lower-than-expected rates of heart disease is olive oil (and olives). Olives are very high in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that often escapes damage by free radicals and is therefore more heart healthy. Oleic acid accounts for most of the monounsaturated fat in olives, and diets containing significant amounts of this fatty acid have also been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol and homocysteine levels in the body. Both of these changes are considered protective of the heart and circulation.

Olives also contain some unique phytonutrients called phenols. Oleuropein is the best studied of these phenols. This phenolic substance in olives has been found to help lower blood fats, prevent interruption of blood flow, and function as an antioxidant that helps protect the blood vessels.

Mediterranean Climate, Vegetables, and Fruits

The climate around the Mediterranean Sea is often referred to as “dry summer subtropical.” Just like this name suggests, the summer months in this region of the world are very dry. However, year-round temperatures average 39°-56°F (4°-13°C) in the coolest months and 66°-88°F (19°-31°C) in the warmest months, with plenty of rainfall during the late fall and early winter season. This climate is ideal for a wide variety of fresh, locally grown vegetables including an abundance of tomatoes and peppers. Figs and pomegranates are also unique fruits widely available in this region. The Mediterranean climate leaves populations in this part of the world with an especially rich vegetable-and-fruit platform for building a delicious and optimally nourishing food plan.

Fish

All of the Mediterranean countries share an active stretch of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason, fish are a staple part of the Mediterranean diet. Bass, blue whiting, striped mullet, skate, shark, shad, sturgeon, and tuna are all common to this region. Many of the fish contribute to the much better-than-average intake of omega-3 fatty acids in the Mediterranean diet. The omega-3 fatty acids are not only helpful in prevention of heart disease, but also in support of most organ systems in the body.

Red Wine

Italy, Spain, and France are countries famous worldwide for their production of red wine. Regular consumption of red wine would be considered part of most Mediterranean diets, and like olive oil, red wine supplies civilizations along the Mediterranean with ample supplies of several unique phytonutrients. Resveratrol is one of the best-studied polyphenols in red wine. This substance has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and to help keep heart muscle flexible. Tannin and saponin glycosides are other substances in red wine that are clearly heart-protective due to their total cholesterol-lowering and HDL cholesterol-increasing effects. The saponins in red wine also help prevent unwanted clumping together of red cells in the blood.

The Rich and Authentic Taste of Real Food

Devotion to taste is one final topic that’s impossible to avoid when describing the Mediterranean diet. Culture traditions in this region of the world prize the deliciousness of food in a way that is almost legendary. One of the reasons that fast food, processed food, and hydrogenated oils play a smaller role in this region than in the United States is because of their reverence of the taste of fresh food. To inhabitants of the Mediterranean, there is just nothing like the spectacular taste of fresh, regionally-grown foods seasoned and prepared with the utmost of care. Everything else falls short. The simplicity of good taste is a key factor in the healthiness of the Mediterranean diet. It’s also one reason why there is so much overlap between this way of eating and the Healthiest Way of Eating we recommend based on the World’s Healthiest Foods.

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Inflammation is the basis for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.

Rex Says: when first diagnosed with prostate cancer, one of the first things I worked to do was decrease my pH and my “imflammation”.  This is a great sight.
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Most of us think about inflammation in the context of an acute injury in which swelling takes place. While this relationship is true, the most important inflammation-issue [...]

Rex Says: when first diagnosed with prostate cancer, one of the first things I worked to do was decrease my pH and my “imflammation”.  This is a great sight.

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Most of us think about inflammation in the context of an acute injury in which swelling takes place. While this relationship is true, the most important inflammation-issue is diet. Scientific research has demonstrated that most diseases that plague modern man are caused by diet-induced chronic inflammation.

Here is a partial list of conditions that are driven by diet-induced inflammation: aches and pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, acne, aging, syndrome X, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, Alzhemier’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, eczema, and multiple sclerosis. Even feeling tired and unwell is promoted by inflammation. The main lifestyle factors that cause chronic inflammation include a poor diet, stress, and sedentary living.

Dietary factors are perhaps the key cause of chronic inflammation. That is because a pro-inflammatory diet can create inflammation even in those who are active, able to maintain normal weight, and who can control their stress levels. Thus, diet is the key link for increasing or decreasing inflammation. Numerous studies are being published every month that demonstrate how we can reduce inflammation with nutrition.

Deflame.com is devoted to providing you with:

1. The latest information on the relationship among diet, nutritional supplements, inflammation, and the associated health risks.
2. The finest nutritional supplements to help reduce inflammation and promote health.

Deflame.com contains information for lay people and for doctors. The doctor’s section contains more complicated biochemical descriptions and pathways, as well as educational information for doctors [lay people are very much welcome to visit this section if they like].

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9 Reasons why An Apple a Day Really Keeps the Doctor away

Rex says: per the “Dirty Dozen” buying of organics vs. non-organics, just make sure your apples are organic.
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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps [...]

Rex says: per the “Dirty Dozen” buying of organics vs. non-organics, just make sure your apples are organic.

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An Apple a Day Really Keeps the Doctor away

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps the doctor away?
Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. It has been shown over and over that if it’s not simple, easy and fast, people won’t take care of their health.

1-Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system. A lot of people who lack Vitamin C in their diet have poor healing, bruise easily and have bleeding gums.

2-Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.

3-Low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only ? of the calories.

4-Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer in women.

5-Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL, a very dangerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly.

6-Prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is an infection that seriously damages the structure of your teeth, which is caused primarily because of bacteria. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away!

7-Protects your brain from brain disease. This is something many people don’t know, and when you consider that your brain makes the person you are, it gives a whole new perspective. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.

8-Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

9-They taste great! And not only that, they also come in many flavors and colors. Not in a mood for a green apple? Why not get a red one, or a macintosh! Their taste can vary greatly, but still give you all the apple benefits. Variety is an important element to maintaining your health.

On average, Americans consume around 20 pounds of apples a year, which comes to around 1 apple a week. Unfortunately, while an apple a week is better than nothing, it is nowhere close to being able to extract all the advantages apples have to offer. Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will increase your longevity, so why limit yourself to only 1 per week?

 

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Diet Soda Now Linked to Heart Disease

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Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.
Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat [...]

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Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.

Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat around your waist, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, all of which can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers examined the diets of over 9,500 people between the ages of 45 and 64. They were categorized into two groups: a “western-pattern diet” that included processed meat, fried foods and red meat, or a “prudent-pattern diet” that included more fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish.

They concluded that lots of meat, fried foods and diet soda increase your risk of heart disease.

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  • Circulation February 2008;117:754-761
    Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
    There is a major misconception, even among people who try to eat healthy, that diet soda is a wise choice over regular soda. In reality, there’s no reason to be drinking either one of these atrocities.

    What’s wrong with diet soda you ask?

    At the top of the list is the fact that the sugar is replaced with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. For an in-depth look at just how dangerous these fake sweeteners really are, I suggest you read my book Sweet Deception, but in the meantime you may be interested to know that they can:

    • Stimulate your appetite
    • Increase carbohydrate cravings
    • Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

    Perhaps even worse, aspartame acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. But too much aspartame in your brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into your cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill your cells.

    The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartame is why they are referred to as “excitotoxins.” They “excite,” or stimulate, your neural cells to death.

    And don’t be fooled into thinking that diet sodas sweetened with sucralose are any better. Animal studies have revealed that sucralose can cause:

    • Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
    • Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
    • Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
    • Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
    • A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group

    The researchers in the study above were surprised by their finding that diet soda may cause heart disease. But if you consider the well-known fact that diet soda, and diet foods of all kinds, contribute to obesity it makes perfect sense that they would also increase your risk of heart disease.

    And as for the researchers finding that red meat contributes to this disease, well, that all depends on the type of red meat (processed, grass-fed or grain-fed), and this was not specified.

    Quite simply, once you find out your nutritional type, you’ll be able to determine if you thrive on grass-fed red meat, or whether you do better with free-range poultry instead. This is a highly individualized process, and simply stating that “red meat causes heart disease” is not taking any of these factors into account.

    How to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    You have at your fingertips everything you need to keep heart disease at bay (and this does not include drinking diet soda). What can you do to lower your risk?

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     Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease

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