Category Archives: Chronic Diseases

Diet in Addition to Alcohol Consumption May Play Important Role in Liver Problems

Nutrition is more important than we think. Not only does good nutrition help your body perform optimally, but it may also reduce the effects of an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.

In this study of mice breed to consume large amounts of alcohol, mice were given alcohol and an artificial sugar, maltodextrin. A group given water in addition to alcohol consumed more alcohol than those given alcohol alone. Yet the mice that consumed more alcohol had less liver damage.

A new study finds that mice bred to consume high amounts of alcohol, but controlled by diet, did not necessarily develop the most severe liver injuries, suggesting that diet may pay an important role in liver injury development.
Nutrition Research News — ScienceDaily

Alcohol Consumption and Diet in Humans

alcohol photoThis study with mice reflects what is observed in human alcoholics. A study by Marsano and McClain found that “malnutrition is relatively modest in alcoholic patients without alcoholic liver disease, the rate of malnutrition is virtually 100% in patients with alcoholic hepatitis and/or alcoholic cirrhosis.”

Another study by Dr. Charles S. Lieber tells us that many alcoholics are undernourished. He cites two major reasons for this:

  • Alcoholics do not consume enough nutrients, or
  • Alcohol metabolism prevents nutrients from being digested, absorbed and used

In either case, the alcoholic is often deficient in protein and vitamins. Vitamin A deficiency contributes to liver disease and other alcohol related illnesses.

While the alcoholic’s chronic diseases such as fatty liver disease can be life threatening, with changes, they can be reversed.

Fatty Liver Disease: Natural Fatty Liver Remedies

If the fat in your liver makes up 5–10 percent of the organ’s weight, then you are diagnosed with fatty liver disease. One of the hardest-working organs in the body, the liver works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, to produce the bile needed to digest fat, to break down hormones and to store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. That is why it’s so important to take care of our livers.

For people with fatty liver disease, the handling of fat by liver cells is disturbed. Increased amounts of fat are removed from the blood and produced by liver cells, and not enough is disposed of or exported by the cells. As a result of this, fat accumulates in the liver. There is an imbalance between the uptake of fat and its oxidation and export.

In this video, Dr. Axe shares how to heal a fatty liver by removing certain foods from your diet, consuming more cleansing foods and taking care of your mental and emotional health.

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Diabulimia: The World’s Most Dangerous Eating Disorder

Diabulimia is the combination of type 1 diabetes with the eating disorder bulimia.

People with type 1 diabetes have a defective pancreas that does not make insulin. And insulin is needed for glucose to enter the body’s cells for energy or storage.

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People with bulimia are overly concerned about their weight. They often eat to excess and then cause themselves to purge, usually by vomiting or taking laxatives, but some exercise to an excessive degree.

Combine these physical and psychological illnesses and you have a person that recognizes that by reducing or withholding insulin he or she can prevent their body from utilizing the glucose in the blood. Glucose cannot be used for energy or be converted and stored for future use as fat. This causes their body to use stored fat and protein for energy. In other words, insulin helps build more fat. Withholding insulin is a way of eating whatever you want but still losing weight.

Not getting enough insulin causes blood sugar levels to rise. A condition of high blood glucose levels is called hyperglycemia. Excess sugar (glucose) is secreted in the urine. Calories are in this way purged from the body.

Hyperglycemia is a dangerous condition that can result in permanent damage to the body. High glucose levels cause damage to small blood vessels and nerves. The damaged blood vessels affect organs such as the eye, heart, and kidneys. Nerve damage results in weakness, tingling, pain, and numbness in the feet and hands.

These conditions can worsen over time. Sight can deteriorate and become blurred or blindness can result. Heart disease and stroke are common in patients with diabetes. Kidneys can fail and require dialysis. Foot ulcers can become so bad a patient has to use a wheelchair and eventually amputation may be required.

The Dangers of Diabulimia

Gemma, Nabeelah and Becky are some of thousands of people who suffer from Diabulimia. Usual eating disorder treatment does not work, but medical experts hope to change that.

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this documentary, the these organizations within the UK may be able to help.
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The American Diabetes Association tells us that “girls and women with type 1 diabetes are twice as likely to develop an eating disorder as those without diabetes?” It’s not surprising that the death rate of those with type 1 diabetes is three times higher when an eating disorder is present.

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Nitric Oxide and Cardiovascular Disease

Nitric oxide (NO) is produced by the healthy endothelial cells that line the interior of blood vessels. The discovery of nitric oxide’s function in the body is likely one of the most significant finds in the history of cardiovascular medicine. In 1998 three Americans (Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, and Ferid Murad, MD, PhD) received the Nobel Prize for their discoveries relating to nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.

Nitric oxide (NO) is essentially a signaling molecule that helps control a range of processes in the body, including nerve signaling, immune functions, and muscle growth. It also controls dilation of blood vessels which in turn leads to increased blood flow, oxygen transport, delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle and a reduction in blood pressure.

Raise Your Metabolism

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Controlling muscle growth and enhancing the blood flow to muscles during exercise are of special concern to those of you wanting to increase your lean muscle mass. As you know, muscles use energy even when at rest. A pound of lean muscle mass uses 30 to 50 Calories a day just because it exists. If you use your muscles, they burn even more. Building lean muscle mass is how you raise your metabolism over the long term.

And, your overall metabolism burns the calories you take in from food. The higher your metabolism, the less work you have to do to manage your weight.

The widening (dilation) of your arteries helps bring more blood and nutrients to your muscles during exercise. Athletes call this “the pump” because your muscles feel fuller, bigger during and after exercise. Increased blood flow helps you exercise harder and longer. And, the result is bigger muscle gains. Increased nitric oxide helps in the repair and growth processes for new lean muscle tissue. This is just what you want.

Dr. Louis Ignarro’s Interview on Nitric Oxide part 1

Louis J. Ignarro is a PhD pharmacologist who has spent over 40 years as a research scientist. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his research into Nitric Oxide. In this extensive interview Dr. Ignarro talks about the many benefits of nitric oxide including cardiovascular health, cholesterol reduction, enhanced learning, improved immune function, enhanced muscle building, lowering high blood pressure, and more.

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Key to Obesity – Stories Behind Obesity

Research has demonstrated the potential of a protein to treat or prevent metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes.
Nutrition Research News — ScienceDaily

Obesity is a worldwide public health problem, and the US is the fattest country on the planet: 55% of it is people are believed heavy enough to severely jeopardize their health.

The causes of this developing problem are numerous. While a protein may play a factor, personal decisions are also crucial. Both hereditary and environmental factors must be considered when confronting this medical and psychological condition.

People who are overweight have tried many methods to reduce their weight. Some of these methods include dieting to restrict calories, changing eating habits, taking fat-loss pills, exercising, getting counseling and surgery. And, while people often do lose weight, to often the weight returns when the weight loss program ends.

Too many people simply want to lose weight fast. Their goal is to take short-term measures to “solve” their weight problem. But, unless they address the basic long-term factors that caused their weight gain, they will never see permanent changes.

Key to Obesity

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And, let’s be honest. The increase in obesity rates has coincided with the increase in fast food restaurants. Fast food restaurants in the US serve more than 50 million people each day. Nearly 44% of Americans eat fast food every week — some multiple times per week. The American Beverage Association tells us that the average American drinks 54 gallons of carbonated soft drinks each year. Both fast food and carbonated beverages represent a lot of added calories in the American diet.

You may remember the classic video by Morgan Spurlock, Super Size Me, in which he ate at McDonald’s for a full month. He gained 24.5 pounds, increased his cholesterol by 65 points, and his body fat percentage went from 11% to 18%. And, he found he was becoming physically addicted to fast food.

Being overweight is not fun. There is a lot of weight bullying or fat shaming among younger people. And, adults with weight problems are often discriminated against. Depending on the personality of the individual, overweight bullying or shaming can lead to a loss of self-esteem or to a determination to overcome the condition.

Obesity prevention is a real key to a healthy body. For most people, prevention involves healthy eating, avoiding fast food, not drinking your calories with carbonated beverages, and good healthy exercise.

Stories Behind Obesity

This film looks at the hereditary and environmental factors adding to the startling rise in obesity, and observes four patients fighting for their lives and their health.

This video series explores the science of human appearance as we navigate our modern world of fast food, celebrities, extreme wealth and outrageous ideals to find out the physical effects the 21st century has had on our bodies. We investigate the stories behind obesity, anorexia and body dysmorphia and what happens when plastic surgery goes wrong.

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How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Edward Palank, M.D., talks about the risks and warning signs of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the feared diseases of most people. Especially to people who don’t control what they eat, take supplements intelligently, and who don’t participate in physical activities. In a nutshell, people who are overweight or obese.

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Actually, heart disease isn’t just about obesity and overweight. For as long as you consume foods that help produce free radicals that cause way too much scaring in your arteries, cholesterol in blood will accumulate over the scar tissue, blocking your arteries. Meals like the one pictured here are sure to give you clogged arteries.

But, you can also get a heart disease if you have family history of heart disease. Aside from the fact that heart disease is the leading killer in the U.S., what else do you need to know about heart disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a disorder that impacts the heart muscle or the arteries of the heart. It impacts you whenever your heart is not working the way it should. There are various kinds of cardiovascular disease like coronary heart disease, congenital cardiovascular disease, arrythmia heart disease, angina heart disease, and more.

Even so, organic cardiovascular disease is not a common heart problem. But, it is important to learn about this problem. Organic heart disease occurs when your heart is deformed or inflamed. The heart may operate poorly in different ways, like it can become irritable which can result in rapid beating. If your heart is not functioning properly, your breathing will be affected causing shortness of breath.

Organic heart disease may show inflammation of the heart with the formation of scar tissue which results in the deformation of the valves. Or, it may consist of hardening of the muscles of the heart preventing them from functioning properly. Or the muscular cells of the heart may soften and stretch. All of these different conditions are called organic heart diseases. Many people know only of heart valve disease when in truth this is not as serious as organic heart disease.

An enlarged heart is also another form of organic heart disease. Jim Fixx, the author of “The Complete Book of Running“, had a congenitally enlarged heart. But, died of a heart attack while running. He had clogged arteries which he neglected.

Inflammation due to rheumatism may be a cause, or some other form of infection. But, it usually develops over time through the influences that exist in your life.

Symptoms such as shortness of breath is commonly the first sign of heart disease. But, it can misdirect you to blame your lungs and not your heart. A rapidly beating heart may also be a signal of heart disease. Or the heart may seem to stop at times and then continues to beat again. Or you may experience a strong sense of pain in the chest, arms, or legs.

But, the sound of the heart in a person with heart disease often requires the trained ear of a specialist to notice.

How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Dr. Esselstyn’s ongoing 21-year study shows that you CAN reverse and prevent heart disease and save your life. Of 20 patients sent home to die by their cardiologists in 1989, every one is still alive and healthy today, and heart-disease free, even though together they had had a total of 63 cardiac events before entering his study.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD of the famed Cleveland Clinic, gives a FULL 62 minute talk about reversing heart disease with a plant based diet, from the 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo

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Most heart disease is reversible. It requires a healthy lifestyle including healthy food, good nutrition, and proper exercise. But, the best prescription is to maintain a healthy lifestyle before you develop heart disease and prevent it from happening.