Disease Prevention Through Simple Health Awareness is Essential

For years now, we have heard a lot about controlling disease through diet, exercise and food supplements, but not much is being said as far as disease prevention. What I’m saying here is that the best offense is a good defense. By understanding our own physiologies better, we can take great strides in simply not incurring serious illness in the first place. Our bodies were designed to function perfectly within a certain set of lifestyle and nutritional guidelines.

We are all are born with both inherent strengths and weaknesses as part of our genetic inheritance. All of the tissues in our bodies, whether of bone, muscle, gland or organ, have a unique balance of chemical elements that are designed to work in harmony with one another. It is now believed, that all chronic diseases are accompanied by nutritional deficiencies and a lack of key vitamins and trace minerals. Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling asserted that all diseases can be attributed to a lack of or missing constituent vitamin or mineral imbalance in the essential chemical elements that make up the body. That sounds simple enough, but I’m certain we don’t have all of the answers.

Is an inadequate diet simply a case of not eating enough food, or not eating enough of the right kinds of foods? It is now felt that it is the consumption of a majority of inappropriate foods that lead to nutritional deficiencies in the body. By arming ourselves with the knowledge that our farm soils have been virtually depleted of natural nutrients with well over a century of mass agriculture, we can determine that organically grown produce, by it’s very nature, can give us wholesome foods replete with the nutrients that nature intended. Plus, organic farming assures that the soil is nutritionally replenished, ensuring future healthy yields free of growth chemicals, hormones and a myriad of noxious poisonous chemicals, all of which our bodies are unequipped to handle.

Excessive mental work, for example, can deplete the brain, nerves and glands.There are also many other ways in which the body exhausts its valuable supply of chemical elements. Stress can severely weaken our immune system. Toxins can to build up in our bodies, leading to chemical depletion which in turn leads to cellular starvation. We can simply neglect our bodies by eating junk food or too much processed and fatty foods, which in this day and age is so easy to do. Any abuse or overwork to our bodies, in addition to any inherent weakness we may have, can leave us with nutritional deficiencies. By not getting enough exercise, fresh air and quality stress free time, we greatly compromise our immune systems. The good news here is that by being aware of our limits, we can start to live life as we were meant to, with no positive limits.

Symptoms of ill health are the consequence of nutritional deficiencies and chemical imbalances in the body. Many times symptoms are taken for granted as a natural sign of aging. When left unchecked, however, these same deficiencies can contribute to chronic disease such as arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Finally, after many years of limping through life, we die. By making very simple, common sense lifestyle changes, our bodies can, and will, heal themselves.

The appearance of symptoms marks the clinical stage of a disease. Chronic fatigue is often a sign that something is wrong inside. It has been found that with nutritional supplementation and dietary improvements, you can work toward the remission of symptoms and the reversal of the disease process.

Scientists now recognize that even mild nutritional deficiencies and biochemical imbalances can create subtle symptoms of disease. Although there is a point of no return in tissue damage caused by severe long-term deficiencies, it is surprising to see how well the body responds to nutritional correction. As the chemical signs of deficiency are eased, it has been found that many symptoms being experienced are reduced or even eliminated.

Prevention of chemical depletion is the key to optimal health. Take cancer for instance. People don’t die from cancer, per se, they die from the ravages to the immune system, which in turn leads to infections resulting from the severe depletion of vital nutrients. Ironically, the accepted cures for cancer in American medicine are often the biggest culprits, destroying not only cancerous cells, but surrounding healthy cells as well. I went through cancer therapy so I am not speculating here. What I do know is that Natural Health Practitioners think in terms of treating the patient, not just the disease or the symptoms. They consider each patient as an individual with individual needs. Their goal is to see their patients return to normal health, but normal for one patient may not be the same as normal for another.

One way to evaluate your nutritional needs is to obtain a Biochemical Health Assessment. Standard blood tests only identify clinical signs of dysfunction. They tell you when something is broken. A Biochemical Health Assessment, on the other hand, evaluates your body’s biochemistry based on a state of optimal physical health and well being. It identifies when there are imbalances in your body’s biochemistry and chemical make-up.

A complete Biochemical Health Assessment, should evaluate your Cholesterol Levels, including your Coronary Heart Risk Ratio, your Liver Function, Kidney Function and Thyroid Function. It should also assess your Blood Sugar Levels, Blood Electrolytes as well as check for signs of Anemia and Infection.

Think about it. If you start feeding your body the nutrition it needs, disease can be eliminated before any symptoms begin. If you’re unsure that your diet or lifestyle is not what it should be, then you’re right. Look for a quality liquid vitamin and mineral supplement and follow a few common sense guidelines, keeping on top of the latest nutritional news that’s readily available.

Food For Diabetics – Top Foods For Diabetic Patients

Foods for diabetics are really not any different from what the standard HEALTHY diet should be. In an ideal world, everyone would be eating a healthy, plant-based diet, and enjoy their good health into the old age.

However, the reality is that what most of us are eating today cannot in any way be described as healthy. And the results are devastating. Obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes – all these disorders are the direct result of our food and life-style choices.

Foods that should be eaten include generous amounts of fresh vegetables eaten mostly raw or lightly cooked, fresh, raw fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Animal protein, such as meats, fish, dairy, eggs – should be consumed in limited amounts only once or two times a week. All animal foods are rich in fat and protein and deficient in fiber and the antioxidant nutrients that protect against heart disease and cancer.

Various studies of populations eating about 30% of calories from fat (this is the current recommendation of both USDA and ADA – American Diabetes Association), demonstrate that such populations have higher incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases than populations that consume less than 15% of calories from fat, in which diabetes and heart disease are virtually nonexistent.

Diet high in fat contributes to diabetes, because fat interferes with absorption of sugar from the bloodstream into cells. Diet high in protein is risky for diabetics because such diet puts too much stress on kidneys, speeding up the progression of kidney failure.

Discover New Weight Loss Tips and Medical Devices For The Digital Age

What do the lap-band, the Food Phone, and the VBLOC have in common? Well! These are just some of the hottest new weight loss devices available today, to help you shed those extra pounds you have been carrying around for a while. The pervasive digital age, and some smart scientists, have combined forces to create new frontiers in weight loss techniques for anyone who is looking to lose that extra weight.. These new weight loss tips and techniques may not be for everyone, but people are jumping right in, and getting comfortable using them. It seems like this may be exactly what some folks need to finally break the yoke of obesity from off their lives.

Take the LAP-BAND for example. This is an Adjustable Gastric Banding System designed to help you gradually lose pounds, and control your weight by reducing the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time. The company who pioneered this device, Allergan, claims that this technology has been created after a great amount of research and development. The name “LAP-BAND” comes from the minimally invasive surgical technique known as a laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgery, places a silicone gastric band around the top of the upper part of your stomach. The system then works by helping you controls your food intake and supporting long term, sustainable weight loss. At least that is the official company line.

The Food Phone is another new technique for weight loss, but is fairly low-tech. What will they think of next? It appears that an entire sub-set of the weight loss industry has sprung around common digital devices we use daily, such as cell-phones, PDA’s, and computers. These are supposedly programmed to help us achieve our weight loss goals. Over the last few years, dieting has truly gone digital. These devices are now helpers in the fight against obesity, and chronic health issues due to overweight.. But this new weight loss tip has an unusual twist.

The food Phone works like this. You pay a monthly fee to stay connected to the system. The system is actually a network of users, dieticians, and techno-geeks that are connected via cell phones and computers and available twenty four hours per day. If you get the urge to eat, you first take a digital picture of what you want to consume, and send it via email or text message to your Food Phone coach. Your coach then phones you back with an instant approval or disapproval”. He will also send you suggestions for what to do instead, such as eating half a portion of your desired treat. There is a monthly fee for this service of approximately US$150.00, and of course, there are people who have signed up for it.

What is the justification for these new weight loss devices? In the words of New York University Nutritionist Samantha Heller, MS.RD, “If something helps you make healthy lifestyle changes, and you can maintain those changes, then it’s always a good thing,”

Lona Sandon, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association declares that “Clearly, some of these devices and services are better than others but in the end it still comes down to you, how much you eat and how much you exercise — that’s what matters most,”

Recently, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested a new weight loss device called the VBLOC. The main feature of this device is its ability to suppress hunger pangs, making a patient eat less, thus losing weight. This VBLOC is a receiver of sorts, which, at the time of testing, had already helped a dozen patients lose approximately 29 percent of their excess body weight.

In the case of the VBLOC, the Patients wore a belt that transmitted electronic impulses that block signals travelling between the brain and the stomach via the vagus nerve. By blocking this signal, hunger pangs are suppressed, and the patient naturally eats less. VBLOC Therapy’s affect on controlling obesity is being studied at several select centers within and outside the U.S.

These studies are created to determine safety and efficacy of this weight loss method, and reports are that these studies are being conducted under a strict protocol approved by institutional review boards and regulatory agencies. An article on the new device says that it works by flowing 5,000 hertz worth of electricity out of the neuro-regulator and down two laparoscopic inserted electrical leads onto the vagus nerve every five minutes.

The intended targets are clearly those people who are suffering from obesity, not just those desirous of shedding a few pounds. They are presumably more willing to use these new weight loss devices to help them in their quest for weight reduction. New weight loss tips come and go, but one thing is for certain. It, is that your own will and discipline will always be important factors in the fight against overweight or obesity. Technology will help, but ultimately, the results you get will depend on you.