Category Archives: Chronic Diseases

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Aging, Telomers, Telomerase: Why You Age and How to Reverse Aging

Stress can cause poor health and make you look exhausted and haggard. Stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, poor immune function, premature aging, high blood pressure, obesity and even diabetes. Exactly how stress brings about the early onset of age-related disease is not entirely clear. Many believe that stress increases the rate of aging within the cells themselves.

Cellular Aging

Cellular aging is associated with oxidative stress, lowered telomerase activity, and shorter telomere lengths. These factors affect the longevity of your body’s cells.

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Telomeres are the caps or ends of chromosomes which provide protection and help give stability to the chromosomes. Telomeres are composed of terminal sequences of TTAGGG DNA base units at the ends of all chromosomes that signify the end of chromosomal information. At conception there are approximately 2,500 TTAGGG sequences as “end caps” to chromosomal data.

Telomers are a target of oxidative damage and become damaged and shortened due to the action of free radicals.

Psychological stress itself seems to accelerate the shortening of telomeres. In one study 58 mothers were studied. 19 of the mothers had a healthy child while 39 mothers cared for a chronically ill child. The research found that (adjusted for the age of the mother) the more years of caregiving, the shorter the mother’s telemores, the lower the telomerase activity and the more oxidative stress the mothers experienced. Continue reading

Obesity, Diabetes and Moringa Oleifera

Because of the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes, many are looking to more natural ways to control blood sugar and help reduce weight. And this search includes Moringa Oleifera, used for thousands of years for just these purposes.

Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, small, drought-resistant tree. It’s native to the sub-Himalayan areas around north-west India and has spread to tropical and sub-tropical areas of Africa, Arabia, South East Asia as well as the Pacific and Caribbean islands and on into South America.

Ancient cultures have found that over 20,000 plants have shown to have medicinal effects. And people have found that practically the entire Moringa oleifera tree is useful for medicinal purposes. This includes its fruit, seeds, flowers, leaves, bark and roots. Modern research has identified many essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents as well as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

From Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention

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Does Carbohydrate Restriction Fight Cancer? Use the Warburg Effect to Fight Cancer

Have we known that carbohydrate restriction fights cancer for nearly 100 years? One of the defining characteristics of cancer cells is the inefficient metabolism of glucose to lactate even in the presence of oxygen. This aerobic glycloysis (the breakdown of glucose by enzymes without oxygen) is known as the Warburg effect and has been known since the 1920s. Yet, little has been done to utilize this fact in helping to prevent or treat cancer.

The National Cancer Institute predicts that “in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.”

In spite of all the cancer research, the number of people getting cancer in on the increase.

New Cancers in the United States

Shouldn’t we limit the primary nutrient of cancer cells as a means of fighting cancer?

Sugar is a Key Nutrient for Cancer Cells

Your body typically processes glucose (a sugar from carbohydrates) in two ways. Each way produces ATP molecules (adenosine 5′-triphosphate, the energy source for all cells of the body). Continue reading

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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