Category Archives: Healthy Body Support

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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Leaky Gut Syndrome – Intestinal Epithelial Hyperpermeability

Leaky gut syndrome refers to a set of symptoms that are associated with a “leaky gut.” What we often call “leaky gut” is more scientifically labelled as “intestinal epithelial hyperpermeability,” “intestinal tight junction malfunction” or even “compromised intestinal barrier function” by the medical community.

The gut is supposed to allow absorption of water, small ions and nutrients into our blood system (the gate function). It is also supposed to prevent other material in your gut from entering the blood stream (the fence function).

The barrier consists of a single layer of cells (intestinal epithelial lining) and the secretions of those cells. The cells are bound together by “tight junction” proteins. But, when this barrier become damaged, the undigested food as well as potentially toxic microbes and microbial products can enter the blood stream.

Why is Leaky Gut Important?

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Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) seems to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Though scientists do not yet know exactly how HSV-1 is associated with Alzheimer’s, it appears that the virus or repeated outbreaks of herpes along with a certain gene play an important role.

Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Herpes

To start, lets go over some terms you will find in the research that will help you understand what research scientists know.

Objective Measure of Mental or Cognitive Decline

One way to gauge the level of mental decline or cognitive impairment is with the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE). This consists of 11 areas of questions that help determine the level of cognitive impairment. It, or a variation of it, is widely used during annual physicals of seniors to screen for dementia.

Detection of Viral Infections

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