Age-Related Macular Degeneration and What You Can Do

Age-related macular degeneration affects nearly 2 million Americans. More than 7 million Americans are at substantial risk for developing age-related macular degeneration. Some estimate that nearly 3 million people will be affected by 2020. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of central visual impairment that affects reading, driving, recognizing faces and performing close-up work among people aged 65 and above.

What Causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

The exact way age related macular degeneration develops is unknown. But, oxidative stress of the retina is thought to be a major contributor. The high concentration of oxygen and exposure to intense light seem to make the retina susceptible to oxidative damage.

Smoking is a well known way to deplete antioxidants. Smoking also increases blood viscosity and constricts blood vessels thus reducing the blood flow to the eyes. Every cigarette you smoke does damage to your eyes.

As the name (“age-related” macular degeneration) implies, age also plays its part. The aging of the retinal pigment epithelial layer and Bruch’s membrane (the layer below the epithelial layer) can allow the accumulation of debris and drusen. And, any existing abnormality typically worsens with age causing further damage and dysfunction of the retinal pigment epithelial layer.

Once the retinal pigment epithelial cells are damaged they secrete several growth factors including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) which encourages the growth of new blood vessels (choroidal neovascularization) that cause problems in the “wet” form of age-related macular degeneration.

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Stop Hair Loss Naturally – Ways to Prevent Hair Loss

The medical term for abnormal hair loss is alopecia. The usual place to lose hair is on the scalp. It is typically caused by your genetic makeup, often triggered by the environment including chemical exposure (including medicines), lack of proper nutrition, stress or illness.

There are three major forms of alopecia:

  • Androgenetic Alopecia
    This comprises both male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. In men, this type of hair loss starts in a receding hairline and then start thinning the hair on the top of the head. In women, hair loss occurs more generally over the entire scalp. Most hair loss results from the miniaturization of genetically predisposed follicles.
  • Alopecia Areata
    This is an autoimmune skin disease where hair loss can occur anywhere on the body. It usually starts with a round area on the scale and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or total body hair loss (alopecia universalis).
  • Aicatricial Alopecia
    This is hair loss caused by the destruction of hair follicles due to inflammation or other causes.

To understand hair loss, we need to learn how your hair grows because hair loss results from a disruption in the hair growth cycle.

How Your Hair Grows

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Dangers of Heavy Metal Toxicity: Heavy Metal Detox

Heavy metals (like lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, platinum, and metallic copper) have no function in the human body and can build up to toxic levels. They are stored in the bones and soft tissues (including organs and brain). Heavy metals impair multiple systems throughout the body giving symptoms that can easily be misdiagnosed.

Heavy metals can be harmful even in small amounts. They can negatively affect many functions of the body including the cardiovascular system, the immune system, the nervous system, as well as digestion, reproductive health, overall metabolism and energy production. These toxins can cause DNA damage, suppress the immune system, create oxidative stress, mess with hormones, and cause high levels of inflammation.

Heavy metals are an unavoidable part of life in a modern industrialized society. You are exposed daily to a variety of these industrial toxins. It is estimated that modern humans living in industrialized nations have lead levels 500 to 1000 times higher than those who lived in pre-industrial societies.

Heavy metals also occur naturally in the earth’s crust. Expressed in parts per million (ppm), aluminium is present at around 82,000 ppm, nickle is present around 100 ppm, lead is present from 10 to 14 ppm, cadimum appears around 0.1 ppm, and mercury at around 0.06 ppm. Heavy metals in the soil can enter the food chain and wind up in our bodies.

Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning

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Cancer and Modified Citrus Pectin

Modified citrus pectin is currently a source of much interest among cancer researchers. It has demonstrated its usefulness in helping prevent cancers from spreading (metastasizing) as well as helping to kill existing cancer cells.

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Citrus pectin comes from the pulp and peals of various citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and tangerines. It is a complex polysaccharide composed of long chains of sugar carbohydrates. In it’s long chain form it is practically indigestible and functions as fiber. Citrus pectin is “modified” by chemicals or heat to produce shorter chain molecules that dissolve much better in water and more easily enter the blood stream through the digestive tract.

How Modified Citrus Pectin Prevents Cancer From Spreading

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