Friday, September 15, 2006

 

Causes of Death

The 20 Facts About Death You Need to Know

DeathAbout 100 billion people have died since humans first walked the earth. The practice of burying the dead may date back 350,000 years.

This fascinating article in Discover takes a look at some information about death you might not have been aware of, including the fact that no American has died of old age since 1951 (when the government eliminated that classification on death certificates).

One fact of particular interest to readers of this newsletter is that 80 percent of people in the United States die in a hospital.

Discover September 2006; 27(9)


Dr. Mercola's Comment:

If you have been reading this newsletter for any length of time you know that merely the routine activity of conventional medicine can be enough to harm or kill you if you're not careful, so I'm not terribly surprised by the statistic revealing that 80 percent of Americans die in a hospital.

Here are a couple more pertinent medical-related factoids from the article:

  • Vultures in India are dying due to residues of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac (better known as Voltaren) that they ingest when they eat dead cattle carcasses.
  • More New York City residents die from suicide than are murdered.

Here are a few more facts, not from the article:

Death rate actually decreases when doctors go on strike, and deaths blamed on mistakes made with prescription drugs sold at pharmacies spike at the beginning of each month. Meanwhile, wild variations in health care quality lead to:

  • 42,000-79,000 avoidable deaths
  • 66.5 million avoidable sick days
  • $1.8 billion in additional medical care costs

The sad tragedy is that the conventional medical paradigm is fatally flawed. The United States is spending $2 trillion every year for a system that is based on disease management focused on drugs and surgery that fail to address the underlying cause of disease.

Additionally, clever manipulation of the official government death rates conceals the fact that the conventional medical system, not heart disease or cancer, is the leading cause of death in this country. Yet, in all fairness, physicians themselves are not the primary reason, as they are under the pernicious influence of the multi-billion-dollar marketing umbrella of the drug companies.

Our return on the massive investment in health care is profoundly poor. The bottom line is that the system is crumbling before our eyes. The very economic stability of the United States is threatened by this abuse. The good news is that the expense and misery can be powerful motivating factors to change.

If you want to take a giant step toward better health for you and your family, and avoid becoming another death statistic, please stay tuned as I am currently testing the new version of Mercola.com that will allow you to actively participate in developing the largest collection of health truth this world has ever known.

I have had a team of programmers working for many months to create a brand new Web 2.0 site that is based on the wildly popular Digg.com, which did not exist until December 2004 and now is in the top 25 Web sites in the world.

We are actually alpha testing the program now and hope to have it available soon. Once completed it may be one of the single most important catalysts for the transformation of the health care system.

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Are you Low in Enzymes ?

Protein and Fat Digesting Enzymes

One of the worst things for your blood, blood vessels, heart and entire cardiovascular system is to have excessive fat and protein in the blood. This comes from eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) of cooked animal products--which includes meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese and butter. These all cause excessive protein and/or fat in the blood which cause the blood to sludge (get think) and slow down. If your blood thickens due to too much fat and protein in it, it decreases the oxygen and nutrients getting into the cells and the waste products being removed from the cells. It also greatly decreases the ability of the white blood cells and immune system to eat bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and cancer cells. The best way to stop all this is switch to an all living/raw plant diet. The next best way is to do enzyme therapy to digest excessive protein and fat out of the blood.

Three things are in excess in the standard American's bloodstream: 1.) Protein 2.) Fat 3.) Sugar As these three go up in the blood the pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, candida and cancer cell formation) also goes up. Symptoms of Not Digesting Proteins: Crave protein Cold hands and/or feet Do not like to exercise - stay sore Heal slowly Gums bleed Weakened immune system Increased body secretions - edema, perspiration, salivation, tears Menstrual problems. Symptoms of Not Digesting Fats: Crave fats/oils, dry skin, respiratory problems - asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, difficulty getting pregnant, pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and tremors.


 

Men turning into Women ?

The Truth Is, You're Being Turned into a Woman ...

Hello, my name is Dr. Al Sears. After I got my MD degree I decided to specialize in anti-aging and natural approaches to improve heart health.

I'd like to thank Dr. Mercola for allowing me to have this frank discussion with you, man to man.

Remember how you used to hear about "female problems"? Well, as it turns out ... today, men are the ones with female problems.

No kidding ... here's why:

As you age, your testosterone level plummets. Since testosterone basically defines your manhood, reduced testosterone makes you less of a man, day by day. No wonder erectile dysfunction (ED) is so commonplace in middle age ...

What's worse -- as your testosterone decreases, your estrogen increases. In fact, you may actually have more female estrogen than male testosterone in your system ... Essentially, you are being slowly chemically castrated ...

Although your testosterone decreases due to aging, your estrogen levels soar because you are getting way too many estrogen-like chemicals ...

From foods you eat (meat & poultry are pumped full of estrogen to make them grow faster and fatter) ... from toxic environmental contamination ... even from water you drink (a recent government study found 11 birth control and hormone supplement compounds in drinking water).

It's not just your self-image at stake. Here's what you can expect:

· Loss of your sex drive, and -- eventually -- impotence

· Reduction in your muscle mass and strength

· Feminization of your body ... even shrinkage of your penis

· Higher risk of diseases like prostate cancer, heart disease, and diabetes

· Weight gain, especially that "pot belly"

· Mood swings and depression

· Bone loss and higher risk of osteoporosis

· Compromised immune function and lowered resistance to disease

· Memory loss & accelerated aging



Monday, September 11, 2006

 

Meditation

Health Tip- Stillness

One of the most powerful things you can do for your total health is to train yourself to a state of stillness. What is stillness? It is a stilling or quieting of the mind so you can hear what God is speaking to your heart. The ego-filled, world-filled, flesh-filled, religion-filled, time and physically bound old mind is your greatest enemy to your attaining total health. To practice stillness is to train yourself to calm the raging ocean of thoughts going on in your head so you can hear the soft drops of the voice of the Spirit falling on the still pond of your heart. There is no greater step in attaining and maintaining total health of body, mind and Spirit than learning to still the mind. God always speaks to the heart and never speaks to the mind because the mind is filled with the world system, the facts, the beliefs, the attitudes that are all based on lies instead of TRUTH. So, if one can learn to still the racing conscious mind, they would start to hear God speak to their heart. He speaks most commonly with love, joy, peace and hope. The mind most commonly speaks with fear.

How do you know what decision or path to take in life? Follow the peace God speaks in your heart (no matter what it costs you) rather than following the fear that your old mind is ruling you with.

An example of this: If a man was just diagnosed with cancer and was given a prognosis of 50% chance of being cured if he does surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and a zero percent chance of surviving if he does not do these therapies, who is making the decision? It will be his mind if he does it out of fear for his life. It will be his heart if he chooses to do alternative therapy from a peace in his heart.

Always practice stillness so you can hear God speak to your heart.

How do you begin? Take 5 minutes to start and in that 5 minutes try to keep your mind focused on your breathing, or on an image or word for that 5 minutes, concentrating only on the breathing pattern, image or word. If your mind wonders, train it to come back. Have paper and pen incase it wanders to remind you of things you must do so write them down and continue to focus on your breathing. At first 5 minutes will seem like an eternity but with practice, you will be able to extend to longer and longer times until you will be able to go into stillness at any time for as long as you desire.

Be still and know that I AM GOD.


Friday, September 08, 2006

 

Power of the Mind

Placebo Pills Can Help Heart-Failure Patients

Heart-failure patients have a better chance of survival if they take their pills, even if those pills are placebos, says a Duke University Medical Center study.

They analyzed international data on 7,599 heart-failure patients and found that similar lower death rates were associated with good adherence when taking a placebo or an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), a drug that relaxes and dilates blood vessels.

Lower hospitalization rates were also associated with good adherence when taking both a placebo and an active drug, the study found.


- Duke University Medical Center, news release

Dr. Keith and Laurie Nemec Comments on Placebos

This study shows the power of beliefs. In the study heart failure patients had the same survival rate whether they took a placebo (no medication in the capsule) or a strong drug for the heart.

If the power of the mind is this influential on the heart and the whole body for that matter, can you imagine the devastating affects of the mind that believes the lie. The mind that believes the lies: that nothing can be done, that it is impossible to overcome this obstacle/challenge, that you just have to accept the fact that you only have 6 months to live with this cancer or this incurable disease. The mind is a powerful force that can make a tremendous impact on your physical health and wellbeing either positively or negatively. There is a power though that is far greater than the mind in its affects on your total health. It is your heart/spirit. If you believe something in your mind, it is a strong motivating force but it can be changed or swayed by the facts and beliefs of the world system, of the doctors and of the research. Your heart/spirit is where the KNOWING comes from. Knowing is far above and beyond believing because KNOWING is what GOD puts in your heart and it is unshakeable. To KNOW something means that you will never quit, stop or give up on it no matter what, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs, even if it costs you your life. Remember, God puts the knowing in the heart, the world system, family and friends put the beliefs in your mind. God always gives you the desires of your heart not your head because He put the desire in your heart in the first place.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

 

To Kill Ants Use Aspartame

Got an Ant Problem? Use Aspartame

Ant PoisonFor all the dire health problems associated with aspartame -- the worst of them being cancer -- the original "anything-but-sugar" substitute may have an ideal purpose to exist, not as a food additive, but as an ant poison

Already aware of aspartame's origins as a toxic chemical, a health-conscious consumer with an ant problem emptied one packet of aspartame in the corner of each of her bathrooms two years ago. The "sweet" solution worked brilliantly, as she's seen no signs of carpenter ants crawling around for the past year.

Aspartame may be just the thing for getting rid of fire ants (impervious to many poisons) too, although this solution takes a bit more effort. Initially, fire ants ignored their aspartame treat until a light rain moistened it. After the rain, however, the fire ants came back with a vengeance, taking the aspartame back to the mound by the hundreds. Within two days, any evidence that fire ants existed at all, save for an empty mound, vanished.

No mystery aspartame works like a pesticide, as the asparctic acid contained in this toxic product is a well-documented excitotoxin that causes specific brain cells to become excessively excited to the point they quickly die, just as both kinds of ants did.

Makes you wonder if aspartame is a far safer, better alternative to getting rid of lawn and home pests than the average toxic pesticides found at your neighborhood hardware store ...

If you ever wanted a painless way to find out all the dangers of aspartame you will certainly want to view Sweet Misery. If you are a natural health care practitioner you might want to consider showing this in your reception area.

Idaho Observer June 2006



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Stress May Promote Aging of Body Cells

Stress may promote aging of cells

A new finding may explain how stress could ultimately lead to premature aging.

Chronic psychological stress is associated with accelerated shortening of the caps, called telomeres, on the ends of chromosomes in white blood cells - which causes them to die more quickly -- according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Telomeres promote chromosome stability, Dr. Elissa S. Epel at the University of California, San Francisco, explains. Telomeres shorten with each replication of the cell, and cells cease dividing when telomeres shorten sufficiently.

Researchers investigated the theory that psychological stress affects telomere shortening and thereby contributes to accelerated aging.

The study included 39 healthy, premenopausal women who were primary caregivers for a child with a chronic illness, and 19 age-matched mothers of healthy children who served as a comparison "control" group.

Stress was measured with a standardized questionnaire, and telomere length was measured in participants' blood samples.

Within the caregiving group, the longer that a woman had been a caregiver, the shorter was the length of telomeres.

In the 14 women with the highest stress scores, telomeres averaged 3,110 units in length; the 14 with the lowest stress had telomeres that averaged 3,660 units.

In adults, telomeres shorten by an average of 31 to 63 units per year, so the scientists estimate that the 550-unit shortening in the high-stress group translates to 9 to 17 additional years of aging.

These findings may have implications for human health since telomere shortening is also associated with premature death from cardiovascular disease and infections.

While the number of years that mothers had been a caregiver did matter, "not all caregivers fell into the high-stress group," she added. "This points to the importance of trying to use stress reduction interventions as much as possible."

-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec Comments on Stress

This interesting study shows how stress decreases the life span of white blood cells, thus weakening your immune system. Also found was an accelerated aging of cells which increases risk of cancer, heart disease and most other diseases.

What is stress? It is an external force or concept/idea that has the power to destroy the wholeness of body, mind and emotions of a person.

The real issue is not about stress but how you perceive the situation. This was seen in the study that not all the caregivers of children with chronic illness fell into the high stress group. Why? Attitude, belief and faith.

Our attitude is how we see and react to life's situations. The more we follow what God puts in our heart and the less we follow what the world system has filled our head with, the more we have the attitude of God. The greatest stressor in your life is not your job, your money, your disease, or your marriage. The greatest stressor is your choosing to believe the lies that your world-filled old mind has been speaking to you your whole life. The greatest comfort is seeing God's plan behind everything in this life. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. This life journey is made up of tests and trails along the path. When we come to one, we are called by God to overcome them in His strength, not ours, and to be transformed into His image and glory. Do you think the mother of the chronically ill child is stressed when she is offering her life to God as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him, and is she stressed when she is there loving her child every moment, just thanking God for the child's blessing in her life. No, she only becomes stressed when she is filled with the ego, world-filled mind that compares and wants to be somewhere else than where she is. This is the definition of suffering; always wanted to be somewhere else than where you are. To close, think about this: is it better to have given and received love from a child with illness or never to have had the child at all?

Another example of how stress is a product of the mind and how you perceive life situations: I you were sitting in your house and a man knocked on the door and said your child just was run over by a car. If you believe his words, your heart rate would increase, your adrenal gland would start pumping out adrenaline, your emotions would skyrocket the tears would begin to flow. But, if you know that your child is in the next room playing you would dismiss his words as a lie and continue doing what you were doing with no change in your physical or mental emotional state. What was the difference? KNOWING. The difference between perceiving life as a stress or not is KNOWING God is behind everything and He will not leave or forsake you, and that He will not ever put you in any situation that you cannot handle but will always leave a way out or up as you climb over the tests, trials and obstacles in your life on your journey into being transformed into His image and glory.

KNOWING is more powerful than believing and believing is more powerful than thinking.


 

Stress May Promote Aging of Body Cells

Stress may promote aging of cells

A new finding may explain how stress could ultimately lead to premature aging.

Chronic psychological stress is associated with accelerated shortening of the caps, called telomeres, on the ends of chromosomes in white blood cells - which causes them to die more quickly -- according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Telomeres promote chromosome stability, Dr. Elissa S. Epel at the University of California, San Francisco, explains. Telomeres shorten with each replication of the cell, and cells cease dividing when telomeres shorten sufficiently.

Researchers investigated the theory that psychological stress affects telomere shortening and thereby contributes to accelerated aging.

The study included 39 healthy, premenopausal women who were primary caregivers for a child with a chronic illness, and 19 age-matched mothers of healthy children who served as a comparison "control" group.

Stress was measured with a standardized questionnaire, and telomere length was measured in participants' blood samples.

Within the caregiving group, the longer that a woman had been a caregiver, the shorter was the length of telomeres.

In the 14 women with the highest stress scores, telomeres averaged 3,110 units in length; the 14 with the lowest stress had telomeres that averaged 3,660 units.

In adults, telomeres shorten by an average of 31 to 63 units per year, so the scientists estimate that the 550-unit shortening in the high-stress group translates to 9 to 17 additional years of aging.

These findings may have implications for human health since telomere shortening is also associated with premature death from cardiovascular disease and infections.

While the number of years that mothers had been a caregiver did matter, "not all caregivers fell into the high-stress group," she added. "This points to the importance of trying to use stress reduction interventions as much as possible."

-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec Comments on Stress

This interesting study shows how stress decreases the life span of white blood cells, thus weakening your immune system. Also found was an accelerated aging of cells which increases risk of cancer, heart disease and most other diseases.

What is stress? It is an external force or concept/idea that has the power to destroy the wholeness of body, mind and emotions of a person.

The real issue is not about stress but how you perceive the situation. This was seen in the study that not all the caregivers of children with chronic illness fell into the high stress group. Why? Attitude, belief and faith.

Our attitude is how we see and react to life's situations. The more we follow what God puts in our heart and the less we follow what the world system has filled our head with, the more we have the attitude of God. The greatest stressor in your life is not your job, your money, your disease, or your marriage. The greatest stressor is your choosing to believe the lies that your world-filled old mind has been speaking to you your whole life. The greatest comfort is seeing God's plan behind everything in this life. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. This life journey is made up of tests and trails along the path. When we come to one, we are called by God to overcome them in His strength, not ours, and to be transformed into His image and glory. Do you think the mother of the chronically ill child is stressed when she is offering her life to God as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him, and is she stressed when she is there loving her child every moment, just thanking God for the child's blessing in her life. No, she only becomes stressed when she is filled with the ego, world-filled mind that compares and wants to be somewhere else than where she is. This is the definition of suffering; always wanted to be somewhere else than where you are. To close, think about this: is it better to have given and received love from a child with illness or never to have had the child at all?

Another example of how stress is a product of the mind and how you perceive life situations: I you were sitting in your house and a man knocked on the door and said your child just was run over by a car. If you believe his words, your heart rate would increase, your adrenal gland would start pumping out adrenaline, your emotions would skyrocket the tears would begin to flow. But, if you know that your child is in the next room playing you would dismiss his words as a lie and continue doing what you were doing with no change in your physical or mental emotional state. What was the difference? KNOWING. The difference between perceiving life as a stress or not is KNOWING God is behind everything and He will not leave or forsake you, and that He will not ever put you in any situation that you cannot handle but will always leave a way out or up as you climb over the tests, trials and obstacles in your life on your journey into being transformed into His image and glory.

KNOWING is more powerful than believing and believing is more powerful than thinking.


 

Stress May Promote Aging of Body Cells

Stress may promote aging of cells

A new finding may explain how stress could ultimately lead to premature aging.

Chronic psychological stress is associated with accelerated shortening of the caps, called telomeres, on the ends of chromosomes in white blood cells - which causes them to die more quickly -- according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Telomeres promote chromosome stability, Dr. Elissa S. Epel at the University of California, San Francisco, explains. Telomeres shorten with each replication of the cell, and cells cease dividing when telomeres shorten sufficiently.

Researchers investigated the theory that psychological stress affects telomere shortening and thereby contributes to accelerated aging.

The study included 39 healthy, premenopausal women who were primary caregivers for a child with a chronic illness, and 19 age-matched mothers of healthy children who served as a comparison "control" group.

Stress was measured with a standardized questionnaire, and telomere length was measured in participants' blood samples.

Within the caregiving group, the longer that a woman had been a caregiver, the shorter was the length of telomeres.

In the 14 women with the highest stress scores, telomeres averaged 3,110 units in length; the 14 with the lowest stress had telomeres that averaged 3,660 units.

In adults, telomeres shorten by an average of 31 to 63 units per year, so the scientists estimate that the 550-unit shortening in the high-stress group translates to 9 to 17 additional years of aging.

These findings may have implications for human health since telomere shortening is also associated with premature death from cardiovascular disease and infections.

While the number of years that mothers had been a caregiver did matter, "not all caregivers fell into the high-stress group," she added. "This points to the importance of trying to use stress reduction interventions as much as possible."

-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec Comments on Stress

This interesting study shows how stress decreases the life span of white blood cells, thus weakening your immune system. Also found was an accelerated aging of cells which increases risk of cancer, heart disease and most other diseases.

What is stress? It is an external force or concept/idea that has the power to destroy the wholeness of body, mind and emotions of a person.

The real issue is not about stress but how you perceive the situation. This was seen in the study that not all the caregivers of children with chronic illness fell into the high stress group. Why? Attitude, belief and faith.

Our attitude is how we see and react to life's situations. The more we follow what God puts in our heart and the less we follow what the world system has filled our head with, the more we have the attitude of God. The greatest stressor in your life is not your job, your money, your disease, or your marriage. The greatest stressor is your choosing to believe the lies that your world-filled old mind has been speaking to you your whole life. The greatest comfort is seeing God's plan behind everything in this life. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. This life journey is made up of tests and trails along the path. When we come to one, we are called by God to overcome them in His strength, not ours, and to be transformed into His image and glory. Do you think the mother of the chronically ill child is stressed when she is offering her life to God as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him, and is she stressed when she is there loving her child every moment, just thanking God for the child's blessing in her life. No, she only becomes stressed when she is filled with the ego, world-filled mind that compares and wants to be somewhere else than where she is. This is the definition of suffering; always wanted to be somewhere else than where you are. To close, think about this: is it better to have given and received love from a child with illness or never to have had the child at all?

Another example of how stress is a product of the mind and how you perceive life situations: I you were sitting in your house and a man knocked on the door and said your child just was run over by a car. If you believe his words, your heart rate would increase, your adrenal gland would start pumping out adrenaline, your emotions would skyrocket the tears would begin to flow. But, if you know that your child is in the next room playing you would dismiss his words as a lie and continue doing what you were doing with no change in your physical or mental emotional state. What was the difference? KNOWING. The difference between perceiving life as a stress or not is KNOWING God is behind everything and He will not leave or forsake you, and that He will not ever put you in any situation that you cannot handle but will always leave a way out or up as you climb over the tests, trials and obstacles in your life on your journey into being transformed into His image and glory.

KNOWING is more powerful than believing and believing is more powerful than thinking.


 

Stress May Promote Aging of Body Cells

Stress may promote aging of cells

A new finding may explain how stress could ultimately lead to premature aging.

Chronic psychological stress is associated with accelerated shortening of the caps, called telomeres, on the ends of chromosomes in white blood cells - which causes them to die more quickly -- according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Telomeres promote chromosome stability, Dr. Elissa S. Epel at the University of California, San Francisco, explains. Telomeres shorten with each replication of the cell, and cells cease dividing when telomeres shorten sufficiently.

Researchers investigated the theory that psychological stress affects telomere shortening and thereby contributes to accelerated aging.

The study included 39 healthy, premenopausal women who were primary caregivers for a child with a chronic illness, and 19 age-matched mothers of healthy children who served as a comparison "control" group.

Stress was measured with a standardized questionnaire, and telomere length was measured in participants' blood samples.

Within the caregiving group, the longer that a woman had been a caregiver, the shorter was the length of telomeres.

In the 14 women with the highest stress scores, telomeres averaged 3,110 units in length; the 14 with the lowest stress had telomeres that averaged 3,660 units.

In adults, telomeres shorten by an average of 31 to 63 units per year, so the scientists estimate that the 550-unit shortening in the high-stress group translates to 9 to 17 additional years of aging.

These findings may have implications for human health since telomere shortening is also associated with premature death from cardiovascular disease and infections.

While the number of years that mothers had been a caregiver did matter, "not all caregivers fell into the high-stress group," she added. "This points to the importance of trying to use stress reduction interventions as much as possible."

-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec Comments on Stress

This interesting study shows how stress decreases the life span of white blood cells, thus weakening your immune system. Also found was an accelerated aging of cells which increases risk of cancer, heart disease and most other diseases.

What is stress? It is an external force or concept/idea that has the power to destroy the wholeness of body, mind and emotions of a person.

The real issue is not about stress but how you perceive the situation. This was seen in the study that not all the caregivers of children with chronic illness fell into the high stress group. Why? Attitude, belief and faith.

Our attitude is how we see and react to life's situations. The more we follow what God puts in our heart and the less we follow what the world system has filled our head with, the more we have the attitude of God. The greatest stressor in your life is not your job, your money, your disease, or your marriage. The greatest stressor is your choosing to believe the lies that your world-filled old mind has been speaking to you your whole life. The greatest comfort is seeing God's plan behind everything in this life. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. This life journey is made up of tests and trails along the path. When we come to one, we are called by God to overcome them in His strength, not ours, and to be transformed into His image and glory. Do you think the mother of the chronically ill child is stressed when she is offering her life to God as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him, and is she stressed when she is there loving her child every moment, just thanking God for the child's blessing in her life. No, she only becomes stressed when she is filled with the ego, world-filled mind that compares and wants to be somewhere else than where she is. This is the definition of suffering; always wanted to be somewhere else than where you are. To close, think about this: is it better to have given and received love from a child with illness or never to have had the child at all?

Another example of how stress is a product of the mind and how you perceive life situations: I you were sitting in your house and a man knocked on the door and said your child just was run over by a car. If you believe his words, your heart rate would increase, your adrenal gland would start pumping out adrenaline, your emotions would skyrocket the tears would begin to flow. But, if you know that your child is in the next room playing you would dismiss his words as a lie and continue doing what you were doing with no change in your physical or mental emotional state. What was the difference? KNOWING. The difference between perceiving life as a stress or not is KNOWING God is behind everything and He will not leave or forsake you, and that He will not ever put you in any situation that you cannot handle but will always leave a way out or up as you climb over the tests, trials and obstacles in your life on your journey into being transformed into His image and glory.

KNOWING is more powerful than believing and believing is more powerful than thinking.


 

Malnutrition Leads to Antisocial Behavior


Malnutrition Leads to Antisocial Behavior


Children who are malnourished in their first few years of life are more likely to be aggressive and antisocial throughout childhood and into their late teens, says a University of Southern California study.

The 14-year study tracked more than 1,000 children on Mauritius , an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa . Researchers assessed the children's nutrition at age 3.

The researchers found that malnourished children showed 41 percent greater aggression at age 8 than properly nourished children, 10 percent greater aggression and delinquency at age 11, and 51 percent greater violent and antisocial behavior at age 17.

"These are the first findings to show that malnutrition in the early postnatal years is associated with behavior problems through age 17," study author Jianghong Liu, a postdoctoral fellow with USC 's Social Science Research Institute.

-American Journal of Psychiatry.

Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec Comments on Malnutrition

This study shows that food affects emotions and behavior. If the body does not receive the proper amount of nutrients (bioelectricity, enzymes) from living/raw uncooked plant food, the mind and emotions begin to go out of balance. It is important to note that these nutrients are not made up by taking vitamin and mineral supplements. As can be seen in the sesame seed Vitamin E study previously mentioned--a person needs God made living/raw nutrients to keep not only the body healthy but also the mind and emotions as well. How many acts of crime, violence and even war can be attributed to toxic bodies (from eating cooked, dead food) which causes toxic mind/emotions which manifests in antisocial behavior, anger and rage?


Friday, September 01, 2006

 

Physical Immortality - 3



Lots of information on physical immortality in this site:


http://www.angelfire.com/in4/alchemy2084/

 

Improve your Health with Enzymes


A Patented
Proteolytic Enzyme Formula
Jon Barron

In this newsletter I want to introduce you to a new product about to be released by Baseline Nutritionals called pHi-Zymes(pronounced: fi-zymes). A reformulation of my original Proteolytic Enzymes formula, pHi-Zymes offers a unique pH buffering system combined with an upgrade in a key enzyme. The formula is so powerful, so unique, and so effective that it has been patented. For those of you who are familiar with proteolytic enzyme formulas, you can skip down to "Why pH matters to enzymes." For the rest of you, before I tell you about the innovations within this new formula, let's review the basics on systemic, proteolytic enzyme formulas -- how they help with cellular metabolism, how they breakdown viruses, bacteria, and proteins, and much more.

Proteolytic enzymes 101.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins that speed up (catalyze) chemical reactions in living organisms. In fact, they are required for every single chemical action that takes place in your body. Enzymes run all of your cells, organs, bones, muscles, and tissues.

Enzymes allow many chemical reactions to occur within the constraints (temperature, oxygen levels, acid/alkaline balance, etc.) of a living system. As organic catalysts, they are involved in, but not changed by, chemical reactions; and they do not alter the equilibrium of those reactions.

Like all catalysts, enzymes work by providing an alternative pathway of lower activation energy for a reaction. By bringing the reactants closer together, enzymes can help make chemical bonds weaker, thus helping reactions proceed faster than without the catalyst; making reaction many millions of times faster. This is important since these "reactions" govern every function in your body, not to mention the destruction of viruses, bacteria, and cancerous cells.



Without enzymes, metabolism would progress through the same steps, but would go too slowly to serve the needs of the cell. In addition, enzymes often work together in a specific order, creating pathways. After each enzyme reaction, the product of that reaction is passed on and used as the raw material (substrate) for another enzyme to work on. (See a Flash Demo of the process.) Metabolic pathways control cell metabolism. Cell metabolism is the process (or really the sum of many individual processes) by which living cells take in nutrients, eliminate waste, and maintain life.

In essence, enzymes are the stuff of life. By allowing reactions to happen at far lower energy thresholds, they make life happen where otherwise there would be none. In the movies, Victor Frankenstein used electricity to create life; he probably would have been better served using enzymes.

Beyond digestion

An important concept to understand is that digestive enzyme formulas and systemic/metabolic proteolytic enzyme formulas, although they may share many of the same enzymes, are not the same thing.

Understanding proteolytic enzymes

The vast majority of metabolic enzymes in the body, the enzymes that regulate everything from liver function to the immune system, are proteases, or proteolytic enzymes -- the focus of this newsletter. Proteolytic is a catchall phrase for enzymes that specifically facilitate the chemical breakdown of proteins by breaking the bonds between the amino acids that make up those proteins.

Proteolytic enzymes occur naturally in all organisms and constitute 1-5% of the gene content. They are polymorphic. The enzyme action they produce can adapt to meet the current digestive or metabolic needs of the body. In other words, proteolytic enzymes are able to adapt to the specific needs of their environment, plus they do not harm any healthy cells. Normal living cells are protected against destruction by the inhibitor mechanism.

Proteases are involved in a multitude of physiological reactions from simple digestion of food proteins to highly regulated cascades (e.g. the blood clotting cascade, the complementary immune system, apoptosis activation cascade, and the invertebrate prophenoloxidase activating cascade).

The bottom line is a healthy supply of these protein specific enzymes is essential for sustaining and maintaining optimal health.

Proteolytic enzymes and illness

Just about everything that makes us sick is either a protein or is protected by a protein and is therefore subject to control by enzymes.

Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to digest and destroy the protein based defense shield of each and every one of these pathogens, thereby leading to their ultimate elimination.

And then there are CIC's (Circulating Immune Complexes). CIC's start out as extra-large protein molecules (primarily from wheat, corn, and dairy) that are only partially digested in the small intestine and are absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the immune system treats them as invaders because they are too large to be metabolized, provoking an immune reaction. Antibodies couple with these foreign protein invaders to form CIC's. At first, these CIC's may be neutralized in the lymphatic system. But over time, as too many CIC's are created, they overwhelm the body's ability to eliminate them. They overwhelm the immune system, and they overwhelm the kidneys. At that point, the body has no choice but to "store" them in its soft tissues, where the immune system continues to attack them as allergens causing inflammation and, ultimately, autoimmune disorders.

It is here that proteolytic enzyme supplements come into play. They compensate for your dietary inadequacies and errors by making their way into your bloodstream, where they set to work breaking down CIC's in your blood and soft tissues -- eventually passing the waste out through your kidneys.

And finally, some proteolytic enzymes such as nattokinase and endonase are very specialized. They work on specific protein related tasks such as optimizing blood, reducing pain and inflammation, and cleaning out the lungs.

Why you need to supplement?

In a perfect world, we would all eat raw (organic) unprocessed foods that are naturally high in active enzymes.

Note that man is the only animal that cooks his food (or eats processed foods for that matter). Cooking and processing kills enzymes. In fact, any sustained heat of approximately 1180-1290 F destroys virtually all enzymes. This means that, for most of us, the food entering our stomachs is severely enzyme deficient.

But this isn't a perfect world.

Most people eat food that is enzyme deficient and fail to chew food adequately so their bodies must compensate. The body is forced to divert its production of enzymes away from proteolytic enzymes, which govern metabolic functions, into digestive enzymes designed to break down dead proteins in our diets. The consequences of this diversion are enormous. It can lead to everything from a weakened immune system to thickened blood, from pain and inflammation to cardiovascular disease, and from difficulty breathing to reduced athletic endurance. Supplementing with proteolytic enzymes offsets this devastating diversion.

Why pH matters to enzymes

As I mentioned at the top of the newsletter, the big breakthrough in pHi-Zymes is in the addition of a pH buffering system. But why does pH matter to enzymes?

Although pH is in actuality a measure of the degree of Hydrogen (H) ions in a substance or solution, it is best recognized as a measure of the acid/alkaline balance of anything. (0-7 is acid; 7 is neutral; 7-14 is alkaline or base.) In another sense, though, it is also a measure of the available (unbound) oxygen in something -- the higher the pH, the more available oxygen there is in your body. A proper alkaline environment in your blood provides literally thousands of times the oxygen needed for all bodily functions. Proper pH by itself is a major factor in optimizing health and preventing disease (cancer, for example, thrives in an acid environment), but it also directly impacts the efficacy of proteolytic enzymes in your body.

"Enzymes function optimally at a specific pH and become inactive if this deviates beyond narrow limits," Anatomy and Physiology by Anthony and Thibodeau.

Think of it this way. There are hundreds if not thousands of enzyme processes that take place in the body. Many are so specific that they are like complex square pegs that need to "fit" into specific square holes in order to carry out their function. If pH is off-balance even a little, some important pegs will not "fit" into their respective slots. Enzyme function and thus life itself begins to suffer.

Not surprisingly then, different pH's are required to optimize different body functions. For example, your saliva is slightly alkaline, whereas your stomach juices are strongly acidic. Your intestines operate best in a strongly alkaline environment, and your urine prefers a more acidic environment for control of bacteria. The most important pH of all, however, is your blood pH, because a deviation of as little as 5/10th of a point from its normal pH of 7.45 can result in illness or death.

That said, small deviations of less than 1/10th of a point can make a huge difference in your health and in the effectiveness of the proteolytic enzymes that operate in your blood. The bottom line is that, in general, the higher the pH in your blood, the more active the enzymes. This has implications for everything from the strength of your immune system to your ability to utilize oxygen.

When it comes to proteolytic enzymes, most proteolytic enzymes (other than pepsin) work best in a neutral to slightly alkaline environment. Optimizing that environment, then, becomes crucial for good health.

What changes your body's pH?

When you metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, various acids are produced. Proteins, for example, produce sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid. Carbohydrates and fats produce acetic acid and lactic acid. The bottom line is that diet changes your body's pH. And most of us eat a highly acidic diet (meat, dairy, cooked grains, and most fruit).

Why Minerals are important.

There are complex biochemical processes constantly working to keep your pH levels optimized for maximum enzyme activity. These are known as pH buffering systems. They are mineral based. If you lack minerals in your diet (common in modern diets), then your body's natural buffering system is deficient.

Essentially, your body uses minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium to combine with the acids and turn them into pH neutral mineral salts. These salts can then be safely eliminated through your kidneys.

An enzyme epiphany

We have talked about how important an optimal pH environment is to the effectiveness of proteolytic enzymes. CMIK-pH+ (a proprietary blend of calcium, magnesium, ionic trace minerals, and potassium that has been added to the pHi-Zymes formula) creates just such an environment -- and a whole lot more.

The addition of CMIK-pH+ to a proteolytic enzyme formula is so revolutionary and so effective, it has been patented.

Upgrade in key enzyme

We have talked before about the powerful ingredients used in the original Proteolytic Enzyme formula. In this newsletter I want to update you on a change we made in one of the key enzymes, Seaprose-S.

Seaprose-S was integral to the original formula because of its remarkable anti-inflammatory and anti-fluid retention activity. In addition to reducing inflammation, it has a profound ability to reduce pain, clear mucous from the lungs, and break down sputum in patients with chronic airway diseases. And unlike serrapeptase, it is not affected by stomach acid so it does not require enteric coating. It is also much less upsetting to the stomach.

But from a manufacturing point of view, it is like a high-strung racehorse -- difficult to work with. So I looked for an alternative (for over a year) before discovering Endonase (aka Protease-S).

Endonase has all of the benefits of Seaprose-S (and is in fact closely related to it), but offers the advantage of being less concentrated so it's much easier to work with in manufacturing, resulting in a much more consistent final formulation.

Bottom line: Endonase allows us to get all of the benefits of Seaprose-S, but with much more precise tuning. For that reason, I replaced Seaprose-S with Endonase in the new pHi-Zymes formula.

Proteolytic enzymes and health

With an understanding of how your body utilizes proteolytic enzymes, what interferes with their potential (an acid body), and what maximizes their potential (an alkaline body), it becomes clear that the advantages of supplementing with a good systemic proteolytic enzyme formula with an added pH buffering system are profound. Possible benefits include:

Conclusion

From removing dental plaque to protecting your cardiovascular system, from reducing inflammation throughout the entire body to speeding up the recovery times of athletes, the bottom line is that supplementation with a good proteolytic enzyme formula like pHi-Zymes is essential.

In addition:

PS:

A couple of years ago, we issued a challenge to dentists to validate the ability of systemic proteolytic enzymes to dissolve plaque. As far as I know, no dentist has ever taken up the challenge -- but some of our readers have.

"Five months ago I had my teeth cleaned. At that time I had the expected, usual amount of plaque on my teeth. So the hygienist cleaned it up. One month ago I began taking the Proteolytic Enzymes for some joint inflammation I was experiencing after taking a round of antibiotics for a strong kidney infection. With the help of the Proteolytics, the pain went away very quickly, as I thought it would. Then 2 days ago, I went to the dentist again to have my teeth cleaned and sealed. The hygienist said I did not need my teeth cleaned because there was no plaque on my teeth at all!"

Caitlin W., OH


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