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8. Choosing Carnosine Supplements

Moneysmith, Marie Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 8

CHOOSING CARNOSINE SUPPLEMENTS

Before looking at dosage details, let’s review carnosine’s benefits to determine who should take it and why. In general, within our bodies, carnosine is most abundant in the brain, eyes, and muscles, including the heart. Since carnosine levels drop significantly as we age, it makes sense to take supplements as a means of providing continued protection. And since the only dietary source of carnosine is meat, vegetarians are especially likely to have low levels of this nutrient.

In addition, there are several specific reasons to consider carnosine supplements. As we have seen, carnosine is a powerful antioxidant, with an ability to quench free radicals as well as protect cell membranes against free-radical damage. This attribute alone makes it a fine addition to any daily supplement regimen, since we are all faced with exposure to dangerous free radicals.

Because of its antioxidant abilities, carnosine is also a valuable nutrient for anyone suffering from conditions related to inflammation. These include heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, Alzheimer’s, obesity, asthma, ulcers, and certain cancers. Because inflammation produces free radicals, people with chronic inflammatory conditions require more antioxidant protection than individuals without these ailments.

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6. Blood Pressure

Hennessy M.D., Tim Basic Health Publications ePub

You’re just like everybody else
You’ll come to a place where
You’ll have to answer to your own pressure
.
—BILLY JOEL, PRESSURE

My first car was a 1967 black Plymouth Fury. It was a big car, measuring over eighteen feet from bumper to bumper. It sat four, comfortably, across the backseat, and it closely resembled the Batmobile. The car oozed character. I would have looked fairly impressive driving that car to school in 1967, but I didn’t own the car at that time. In fact, I wasn’t even born yet. I’m fairly certain I didn’t look quite as impressive driving that car to school in 1987. Despite the fact that I could have applied for an antique license plate, I loved that car, though, to be completely honest, I should say, I initially loved that car.

The honeymoon period came to an end after the car had had continual breakdowns. At least once a month, I would get stranded somewhere with a car that wouldn’t start. I wish I could say I had taken this opportunity to learn all about car engines. However, it would be more accurate to say I only learned enough not to be laughed at by the person who came to my rescue. I had gotten real good at opening the hood of the car and looking seriously at the engine for a few minutes. I would nod my head several times, as if I were getting close to detecting what the problem might be. Eventually, after enough time had elapsed, I would come to the conclusion that I’d better start looking for a pay phone if I ever wanted to get home.

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9. Reduce Your Cancer Risk with Selenium

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 9

REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK WITH SELENIUM

Selenium was once regarded as toxic, but now it’s considered as an essential dietary mineral. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that protects against serious health problems, including cancer. It improves vitamin E activity in the body and helps the body hang on to this vital vitamin. Selenium shows promise in limiting heart disease risk (by protecting cholesterol from lipid peroxidation) and more.

Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer protection is one of selenium’s most well researched benefits. This disease is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, so finding a way to fend off this killer is a high public health priority. Selenium falls under the heading of chemopreventive agents, because it seems to ward off cancer before it strikes.

In a 1998 study published in the British Journal of Urology, 974 patients with a history of prostate cancer received either 200 micrograms of selenium or a placebo for four and a half years. After six and a half years from the beginning of the study, only thirteen prostate cancer cases in the selenium-treated group had developed, compared to thirty-five cases in the placebo group. The incidence of lung and colorectal cancer was also lower among the selenium-treated group. Another group of researchers determined that higher, long-term selenium intake was associated with reduced prostate cancer development in several thousand men aged forty to seventy.

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82. Impotence

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

Impotence is a condition in which a man cannot get or maintain an erection to carry out intercourse at least half the time sex is attempted. This condition is quite often attributable to underlying physical problems, and can even be a side effect of certain medications. Making some simple lifestyle changes as well as supplementing the diet with nutrients and herbs can go a long way toward remedying this problem.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Arginine: 1,500 mg, twice daily (as timed-release tablets).

•  DHEA: 50 mg daily for men over forty.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Selenium: 100200 mcg daily.

•  Vitamin A: 5,00010,000 IU daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Ashwagandha: as directed on label.

•  Astragalus: as directed on label.

•  Avena sativa: as directed on label.

•  Ginkgo biloba extract: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Ginseng: as directed on label.

•  Gotu kola: as directed on label.

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12. Steve: Years Three and Four After Starting Coconut Oil

Newport M.D., Mary T. Basic Health Publications ePub

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t the beginning of year three in the spring of 2010, I wrote, We can only hope that our persistence and strict adherence to a diet that includes medium-chain fatty acids to keep ketones available to Steves brain will help him sustain this miraculous reprieve from the nightmare. How long will this last? I dont know the answer to this question, but believe that the clock has been set back at least two to three years, and in some respects, even longer. God willing, we will have many more good years together. As I have often thought to myself, a lament I have heard from so many others, if we can stay where we are now, it will mean everything in this battle with Alzheimers disease. While awaiting the availability of Dr. Richard Veechs ketone ester, the next best strategy we can employ is to stay on track with our healthy diet that includes coconut oil and MCT oil, in order to provide with brain the ketones as an alternative fuel. This will help provide Steve with the best quality of life he can have while living with this disease.

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2. A Pleitrope by Any Other Name

Newman Ph.D., Robert A. Basic Health Publications ePub

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leiotrope refers to any product affecting multiple changes. We use the word here in the sense of a medicine that affects multiple phyisiological improvements. (In medicine, pleiotrope generally refers to a genetic change which affects a wide range of physiological alterations.)

Since Ayurveda of India, one of the oldest medical systems, considers the pomegranate to be a pharmacy unto itself, pleiotrope is a suitable word to apply to the pomegranate. According to Ayurvedic medicine, the juice is a powerful aid in lowering fevers, its bright red color reflecting its reputation as a blood tonic. In ancient Greek medicine, pomegranate flowers were regarded as a treatment for diabetes. Even the roots and bark of the tree were used to treat infections caused by worms and related parasites. The leather-like peels of the fruits are boiled by folk healers around the world into tannin-rich potions used to staunch bleeding, check dysentery, and heal ulcers.

By the sixteenth century, the Royal College of Medicine in Great Britain had already assigned the pomegranate a spot in its coat of arms. This fruits medicinal value has been appreciated as far back as ancient Greece, during which timeagain, according to Langleys articlefamed physician Dioscorides wrote: All sorts of pomegranates are of a pleasant taste and good for your stomach . . . the juice of the kernels pressed out, being . . . mixed with honey, are good for the ulcers that are in your mouth and in your genitals . . . also for . . . ulcers, pains of the ears, and for . . . griefs in the nostrils . . . decoction of the flowers [helps] moist flagging gums and loose teeth . . . the rind having a binding faculty . . . decoction of the roots doth expel and kill [parasites]. Although knowledge about the pomegranate is more scientific today, Dioscorides was unquestionably right about many of pomegranates healing effects.

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66. Love Together, Live Longer

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub
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Chapter 5. Goji Goes Under The Microscope

Mindell R.Ph. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

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or the scientists trying to unlock the secrets of the goji berry, it quickly became apparent that there was probably no one best growing region. Therefore, they decided to do what scientists do. They determined that they would pull the goji berry apart in the laboratory. They dissected it to find out what makes it tick.

The goji researchers began with some simple vitamin, mineral and nutrient analysis, expecting to find results similar to other fruits. They were totally unprepared for what they found. This tiny fruit revealed itself to be quite possibly the most nutritionally dense food on earth!

Even with its extensive and diverse nutrient profile revealed, the goji still seemed to be holding on to some secrets. There appeared to be many therapeutic effects that simply could not be explained.

This was not a big surprise. With medicinal herbs, activity is hardly ever due to just one single chemical constituent, as is often the case with conventional drugs. Rather, it is usually a mixture of constituents that are responsible for the therapeutic or protective effect of botanical medicines. Many of these herbal components are unique to a single plant species. They are not found anywhere else in nature, and have not yet been chemically identified. There are countless thousands of these herbal constituents called phytochemicals (from the Greek word for plant).

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8. Strength Training—The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Fichera M.S., Salvatore Basic Health Publications ePub

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Strength Training—The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Strength training is extremely beneficial to people of both genders and all ages. The really great thing about strength training is its adaptability. No matter what age, weight, or sex you are, there are specific benefits to be obtained from building strength. It is especially critical for women who have reached, or passed, their menopausal years to include this vital mode of exercise in their weekly activity schedule.

National health organizations always recommend that strength training be included in a comprehensive fitness program, and the benefits to be derived from the strength-training program taught in this book are numerous. Strength training will: decrease blood pressure and heart rate; improve blood-fat levels and functional capacity; increase connective (ligament and tendon) tissue, insulin sensitivity, metabolism, and muscle; reduce body fat; relieve low back pain; and thicken bone density. (And you thought you were just going to trim down and tone up.) Many improvements in physical function are associated with the increases in endurance, muscle strength, power, and hypertrophy that result from strength training.

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9. Choline and Inositol

Burksun MD, Burt Basic Health Publications ePub

Choline was not classified officially as an essential B vitamin until 1998. It forms the core of a key neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which is needed for thinking, moving, feeling, and most other functions coordinated by the nervous system. Inositol is another B vitamin that is involved in the health of cell membranes, liver function, and normal immunity. Lets take a look at choline first, and then well turn our attention to inositol.

Eggs and soybeans are rich sources of choline. However, cooking can destroy a large part of their vitamin content. To some extent, choline can be made by the good bacteria that reside in the intestines. Although choline is found in every cell, it is found in especially high amounts in lecithin, a type of phospholipid. Phospholipids, of which there are numerous types, are fat-soluble molecules with water-soluble tails that form the membranes of cells.

Lecithin A yellow phospholipid that is essential for the metabolism of fats.

Lecithin is important in the health of the heart, blood vessels, nerve cells, and liver. Moreover, it has an important role in emulsificationa process by which fats become soluble in water. This process is necessary for the absorption of fat. Choline-rich lecithin enables bile (a liquid made by the liver and released by the gallbladder into the intestines) to absorb thiamine, cholesterol, fats, and fat-soluble vitamins. Without proper amounts of choline, the body would be unable to absorb these fat-soluble molecules, which could lead to a deficiency in the fat-soluble vitamins.

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8. Is the PSA Test Necessary?

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein made by normal cells as well as prostate cells, according to the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. It is located in the blood and is measured by a blood test. PSA tests are often used to follow men after prostate cancer treatment, and PSA testing is still being evaluated to see if finding cancer early lowers the risk of dying from the cancer.1

PSA levels can rise if a man has prostate cancer, but a high PSA reading is not proof of cancer. Other things can raise PSA levels, and these may give a false positive test result. A false positive test says that a condition exists, when in fact it does not.

These variables include having BPH or prostatitis, or if the prostate gland is disturbed in any way—riding a bicycle or motorcycle, a digital rectal exam, orgasm within the previous twenty-four hours, or prostate biopsy or surgery that can disturb the gland. In addition, some prostate glands naturally produce more PSA than others, and PSA levels go up with age. African-American men tend to have higher PSA levels than men of other races.

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Appendix B. Low-Glycemic Foods

Tweed, Vera Basic Health Publications ePub

Adding these types of foods to your meals will help control levels of glucose in your blood, making it easier for your body to use the food you eat as energy rather than storing it as fat. You dont have to limit your foods to those on the list below, but if you include some of them in each of your meals, the net effect of your meal will be a slower conversion to blood sugar. Eating low-glycemic foods reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Proteins, Dairy, and Fats

Red meat and pork (lean cuts are healthier)

Poultry

Fish

Cheese

Fats (high-quality fats, such as olive oil, are preferred)

Milk, whole and low-fat

Ice cream, regular fat

Vegetables

Artichokes

Avocado

Bok choy

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Corn

Cucumber

String beans

Fresh Fruit

Apple

Apricot

Banana

Cantaloupe

Cherries

Grapefruit

Grapes

Mango

Orange

Peach

Pear

Plum

Strawberries

Grains

Barley

Buckwheat

Bulgur

Corn

Brown rice

Beans and Legumes

Black-eyed peas

Butter beans

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans

Kidney beans

Lima beans

Mung beans

Navy beans

Pinto beans

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6. The Cholesterol Controversy

Clauatre Ph.D., Dallas Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 6

The Cholesterol Controversy

2004 PREFACE

In any book that takes on the subject of fat and related issues, it is necessary to say some words about cholesterol—the longtime, nearly mythological nemesis of many a dieter.

It is sometimes remarked that medical “truths” often are reversed every thirty or forty years. In mid-2002, this observation was borne out with a vengeance in the case of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Long promoted as being heart protective and having a track record going back to roughly 1975, HRT was discovered to actually increase the rate of heart attack—and several other causes of death—in women.1 Even the benefits against fracture risks appear to have been greatly overstated.2 Interestingly, some epidemiologists never bought into the promises of HRT.3 More curious still is the fact that the increased rates of heart disease in women on HRT resulted despite the fact that several cardiovascular disease “markers” or “risk factors,” such as cholesterol levels, were significantly decreased.

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4. Stick to Your Budget

Arneson B.S. M.S., Deborah Basic Health Publications ePub

I once read in a newspaper article that it costs four times more to be a woman than to be a man, which wouldn’t be so bad if women made four times the money that men do. Right now, women are still only earning about eighty cents on the male dollar. This is why women are better at budgeting than men. They have to be just to survive the disparity.

Every day when you go to the ATM, you know how much money you can take out. Why? Because you know how much you put in. You know what your available funds are because you keep track of your receipts, read your statements, and balance your accounts, right? You don’t overdraw. That’s also why you limit your everyday spending. You take out $20 at a time, not $60, because if you take out $60, you’ll spend it. That’s called fiscal responsibility (you’d need a ballistics expert to find that in Congress).

Now, think of calories as food currency you take from your ATM—your calorie ATM. Every time you eat something, you make a withdrawal to buy its calorie content, so you know how much it’s going to cost you. And if you know how much you have to spend for the day, then you know how much to budget for each meal. Make sense?

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Chapter 3: Chemical Triggers

Ya-Ling J. Liou Return to Health Press™ PDF

CHAPTER 3

Chemical Triggers of Everyday Pain

INJURY OR STRESS OF A CHEMICAL nature occurs when an area is overwhelmed with cellular waste or byproducts. There is a normal constant flow of cellular waste as the result of our daily metabolic activity. Just as we eat, drink and go to the bathroom on a daily basis, our cells are doing the same thing on a microscopic level. A backup of these waste byproducts can happen during inflammation because of a mechanical tissue injury as previously mentioned, but waste products can also accumulate without any physical injury, at all. This build-up can happen if there is either: (1) Too much cellular waste being produced too quickly;4 or (2)

Elimination of cellular waste is somehow compromised or too slow. Both of these things can happen when the body’s critical biochemical and metabolic processes are being stressed (causing more waste or garbage to result and accumulate) and/or if the

4. Occasionally the body has more “trash” to break down and get rid of. Allergens, viruses, and toxins in the environment can add to the “trash” load in our system.

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