Saturday, February 13, 2010

Low IQ associated with heart disease

Intelligence comes second only to smoking as a predictor of heart disease, according to scientists, suggesting public health campaigns may need to be designed for people with lower IQs if they are to work.
Research by Britain’s Medical Research Council (MRC) found that lower intelligence quotient (IQ) scores were associated with higher rates of heart disease and death, and were more important indicators than any other risk factors except smoking.
Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in Europe , the US and most industrialized countries. According to the World Health Organisation, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes accounted for 32 percent of all deaths around the world in 2005.
People with poorer education and lower incomes often face higher risks of ill health and a range of diseases. Studies pointed to many likely reasons, such as limited access to health care and other resources, poorer living conditions, chronic stress and higher rates of lifestyle risks factors like smoking.
The MRC study, which analysed data from 1145 men and women aged around 55 and followed up for 20 years, rated the top five heart disease risk factors as cigarette smoking, IQ, low income, high blood pressure and low physical activity.
The researchers, led by David Batty of the MRC and Social and Public Health Science Unit in Glasgow, Scotland, said there were “a number of plausible mechanisms” which might explain why lower IQ scores could raise the risk of heart disease – in particular a person’s approach to a “healthy behaviour.”
Those who ignored or failed to understand advice about the risks of smoking or benefits of good diet and exercise for heart health would be more likely to be at higher risk, they wrote in a study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention.
Batty said it was important to recognize the public implications of the findings – that skills reflected in a person’s IQ may be important for managing heart disease risk. – REUTERS - London

While other factors like low income, cannot be changed over night, there are matters that could be attended to indefinitely. Like reverting to good nutritional food or supplements, exercising and perhaps stop the habit of smoking.  Recommended for the alleviation of the symptoms Forever Cardiohealth, Arctic Sea Super Omega 3, Ginko Plus and Aloe Vera Gel.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

High Blood Pressure Can Be Dangerous For The Foetus

High Blood Pressure Can Be Dangerous For The Foetus

Women with high blood pressure and blood over-rich in red blood cells are more likely to give birth to babies who are small or born too early, researchers in the Netherlands reported yesterday. Mothers who smoke or who did not take supplements correctly also were more likely to have babies who were underweight or born too early, the study found – and these factors seem to affect the foetus during the first three months of pregnancy, before a woman has had much prenatal care.

But early ultrasound may help identify the babies most at risk, the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests. Dr Dennis Mook-Kanamori and colleagues at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam studied 1631 pregnant women, doing ultrasound scans of their foetuses between 10 to 13 weeks gestation. Babies that were the smallest during this period of early, rapid growth were also more likely to be born early or to be underweight at birth, Mook-Kanamori’s team reported.

But as they grew into toddlers, these babies tended to grow too fast - a pattern that can cause such children to become obese. “Higher diastolic blood pressure and higher hematocrit levels were associated with a shorter crown to rump lenghth,” the researchers wrote. Hematocrit is a count of red blood cells in the blood. A low hematocrit means anemia, but levels can be too high if a person is dehydrated , smokes or has some kind of heart disease. The researchers suggested that if a woman was dehydrated, perhaps not enough blood was getting to the placenta to nourish the foetus.

Smokers and women who did not take folic acid supplements also tended to have small fetuses during the first trimester, the researchers found. And these children, when born, grew at a quicker than optimal rates. “Shorter first-trimester crown to rump length was associated with accelerated growth rates in early childhood,” the researchers wrote.

“Complications of late pregnancy may, at least for some women, already be determined in the first three months post-conception, even before a woman has sort prenatal care,” Dr Gordon Smith of Britain’s University of Cambridge wrote in a commentary. “Combined ultrasonic and biochemical screening in early pregnancy may be able to identify women at high risk of complications in late pregnancy. REUTERS - Washington.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Take care of your heart

Heart Disease

According to the World Health Organisation around 17 million people die annually from heart disease and strokes. By 2020 these diseases are expected to be the main causes of mortality and disability worldwide. These shocking statistics explain why heart disease has attracted so much attention over the last decade.

Nowadays, the devastating effects of heart disease are emphasized together with the preventative measures to take or at least reduce the risk of contracting the disease. The first step towards preventing the disease is to set up an effective heart health programme. This should be based on three principles: a balanced diet; regular exercise; and weight control.

A balanced diet implies taking at least three meals but preferably five smaller meals per day. Completely eliminated refined foods such as white bread and cakes and replace them with whole, unrefined foods. Also consume less fat, especially fatty meat, fried foods, sunflower oil and margarine. Instead, use flax seed or fish oil (omega 3) and olive oil for frying food. Increase your consumption of vegetables protein (legumes such as lentils, beans and peas) and eat less animal protein.

Also eat more raw foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants that are essential for a healthy body. Research has shown that antioxidants play an important part in keeping the heart and blood vessels healthy because they protect against the damaging effects of free radicals by neutralizing them before they can do damage.

According to scientists there is a close relationship between excessive free radical levels in the body and heart disease. This is a major motivation for taking sufficient antioxidants. Unfortunately, a so called balanced diet can nowadays no longer guarantee the intake of sufficient antioxidants and other essential elements. Food can loose up to 90% of its nutritional value during harvesting, storing, transport and processing, not to mention the fact that today’s soil has long been depleted of many of the elements necessary for a healthy living.

This is why it so important to add dietary supplements to your diet. Also ensure that you take sufficient quantities of the vitamin B-complex such as vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid that help to lower your homocysteine levels. It may in some cases be necessary also to take dietary supplement with CoQ10.

Homocysteine occurs naturally in our blood and is only harmful when its levels become too high. High homocysteine levels damage and thicken the walls of the arteries, which increase the risk of abnormal blood clotting. This can lead to heart disease and strokes. In addition, homocysteine promotes the oxidation of cholesterol. Cholesterol only becomes dangerous once it has been oxidized.

Being inactive is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. Scientists recommend exercising for 30 to 40 minutes each day for at least five days per week. These need not be exhaustive work-outs. Brisk walking that accelerates the pulse to between 100-120 per minute is adequate. Excessive body weight and obesity also are high-risk factors for heart and heart attacks. Research has shown that this requires the heart to work harder, increases blood pressure, lowers high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol) and can cause type 2 diabetes. Diabetes itself can further increase the risk of heart attacks.

Stomach fat and an expanding waistline also indicate an increased risk of a heart attack. Fat around the waist or stomach has been proven to correlate positively with other heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Forever Cardiohealth, when combined with Garlic and Thyme, Aloe Vera Gel and Absorbent C could help in keeping those arteries in a healthy condition.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Healthy Lifestyle vs Expensive Health Insurance


South Africa could potentially save R14,9 billion on health care costs if its population became healthier. This is according to Discovery’s Vitality white paper on healthy food, which said 6,8% of health care costs could be attributed to a rising prevalence of obesity and the consequent increased diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk.

The Department of Health said the country’s total health care spend was R220billion when combining the public and private sectors, non-governmental organization and the SA National Defence Force. Craig Nossel, the Head of Wellness at Vitality, said yesterday the conclusion on the cost implications of having an unhealthy population were drawn by looking at trends such as the length of stay in hospitals for obese patients who were admitted and the medication they used because of their increased health risk.
According to the white paper, 29% of males and 56% of females aged above 15 are overweight. In the obese category, the figures stand at 9% for males and 30% for females. As far as children are concerned, 17% are overweight and 4,2% are obese. At least 37% of the deaths in the country are as a result of lifestyle disease
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Nossel said three lifestyle behaviours – smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet – contribute highly to illnesses related to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. “The challenge we have with healthy lifestyle is that the benefits are hidden, but the price is immediate,” he said. Marieke Loubser, Discovery’s in-house dietician, said more alarming was the fact that more children were becoming obese. Children who are obese have a 70% chance of being overweight when they are adults.

Loubser said previously it was the high-income countries that had unhealthy people. But the trend has changed as middle and lower-income countries that were developing, such as South Africa and China, were experiencing a dramatic rise in people who were overweight and obese. Loubser said:”Globalisation, including industrialization, urbanization and economic development, have led to profound global shifts in lifestyles linked with diet and physical activity.

“Poor dietary patterns and reduced energy expenditure have resulted in the deterioration in health, rapid spread of obesity and chronic disease epidemic, all causes of illness and premature death.” People were eating more food, there was inappropriate advertising of food and the perception that eating healthily was expensive, said Loubser.

Nossel added that research showed that financial incentives to encourage people to be more healthy also helped. Meanwhile, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals has launched a study to establish the effectiveness of the current cholesterol treatments and whether patients on lipid-lowering therapies do in fact reach their target low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goals. Article Reference by Slindile Khanyile, The Star Newspaper, 13 November 2009.

Expensive health insurance does not guarantee good health but a healthy lifestyle could help us save more on expensive medical costs.        

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Diabetes


Diabetes

Diabetes most frequently found in adults is Diabetes Mellitus Type II. Type I is found in children. This disease occurs when the sugar concentration (glucose) in the blood is elevated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines diabetes in the following manner: “Diabetes mellitus is a state of chronic hyperglycemia produced by various factors: genetic, nutritional, etc. the insulin hormone secreted by the Beta cells in the pancreas is the principal regulator of the blood sugar concentration. When this hormone is not produced efficiently, the blood sugar concentration rises, thus causing numerous maladies.”

Symptoms

Diabetes Mellitus is evidenced by an exaggerated need to urinate (10 or more times a day). In this way, the excess sugar is expelled.


·         The person becomes irritable, fatigued, weak and exhausted, in addition to hungry (polyphagia), and feels a compulsive need to consume sugar.


·         Polydipsia extreme is also present.


·         Glucosuria is when the sugar concentration is elevated and can’t be filtered by the kidneys, it passes into the urine giving it an odor of maple sugar. The level of sugar in the blood in which Glucosuria, or sugar in the urine, appears is 180m, per 100ml.

·         Centonuria is when acetone is found in the urine, giving a strong odor of acetone in the urine and mouth. Centonuria together with glucosuria (acetone + sugar = diabetic cetoacidosis) can cause a diabetic coma.

The formation of skin ulcers and gangrene in the extremities of chronically sick are produced by a failure in the blood supply due to arteriosclerosis and hypertension in these parts of the body. When these symptoms become chronic they may have serious consequences. If gone unnoticed, the toes, then the legs will be infected with gangrene and might need amputation. Vision is affected by chronic diabetes without any symptoms present in the beginning. Glaucoma (high pressure in the eyeball) can occur, partial separation of the retina, hemorrhages, micro-aneurysms (inflatable arteries) and cataracts. Diabetes is the main cause of blindness in adults.

Causes

There exists a high predisposition of inheriting diabetes which is most easily produced in obese people. These people can control their diabetes with adequate regimen of meals.

In the diabetic, the pancreas doesn’t function adequately. Therefore, it doesn’t produce the quality and quantity of insulin required.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas whose function is to help the glucose (a type of simple sugar) enter into the muscle cells, liver and adipose tissue and store it there as a reserve to be used later by the organs that don’t have the ability to store it.

When the glucose is not able to enter into the cell tissues, it produces a great concentration of it in the blood. Therefore these tissues (muscles, etc.) don’t have a sufficient amount of energy to function correctly. This produces weakness in the person even though he has enough glucose in the blood, it isn’t used adequately.

Suggested treatment

Diabetes can be controlled with an adequate diet regimen in which a lot of fiber is included such as: cactus leaves, carrots, whole wheat, fruits and vegetables in general.

You can control your diabetes if you follow an adequate diet and lifestyle.

It has been found that some energizing products like Ginseng contain substances similar to the insulin hormone. The book “Ginseng And its Wonders” by Watterlot explains what was found in investigations by Professor Hiroichi Okuda in Ehime University, Japan, who found a substance in Ginseng that produced similar effects to that of insulin.

Chromium:

The mineral chromium (especially) chromium picolinate) is a very important element that intervenes greatly in the metabolism of sugar and insulin.

Insulin with the aid of chromium performs the function of making sure that sugar is utilized by the cell, in addition to transforming it into glycogen to be utilized by athletes who need an additional burst of energy.

Chromium Picolinate was developed by the “Human Nutrition Research Lab,” funded by the U.S government, and patented by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is considered a safe and effective nutritional supplement.

It has been proven that chromium (chromium picolinate) substantially increases muscle tissue and lowers body fat.

Chromium is one of the elements that insulin needs to do its job properly. Insulin, with the help of chromium, converts the carbohydrates, fats and some proteins into sugar and later into energy.

It is recommended to ingest from 50 t0 200 micrograms a day of this mineral. Thus aiding the process that insulin accomplishes in the cells. It has been demonstrated that by consuming chromium, insulin works more efficiently, lowering the need of insulin in the body. Foods that contain the most chromium are: brewer’s yeast, clams, corn oil and wheat grains.

Obese people must lose weight to be able to control their diabetes.

Garcinia Cambogia helps curb your appetite while aiding in inhibiting the formation of unwanted fat. Contains HCA (Hydroxycitric acid).

For the control of diabetes, the following is recommended:

·         Eliminate simple sugars. Eat fruit.

·         75% of the calories needed should come from complex carbohydrates. Beans, garbanzos, potatoes, and lentils; 1 gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories.)

·         20% of your calories should come from proteins.

·         Eat little fat, polyunsaturated fats are preferable (fish, tuna, salmon, olive oil etc.) 1 gram of fat = 9 calories.

·         Eat a minimum of 40 grams of fiber. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.)

·         Lower your cholesterol. You should not eat more than 300mg of cholesterol a day.

·         Eat a small amounts of several times a day ( 5 or 6) instead of 3 big meals. The body cells control blood sugar better, since is produced better.

·         Consume any nutritional supplement that contains chromium like chromium picolinate. Ginseng produces an effect similar to this element. Be careful with the consumption of alcohol. Drink a maximum of 2 ounces of liquor once a week.

·         Exercise. For diabetics, exercise is like a dose of insulin. These treatments should be followed for a long period of time. Soon you will observe positive results.

Any treatment that you take should be under medical care since diabetes, which isn’t adequately looked after, can cause, in time, serious problems to your circulation, sight, kidneys, etc. Consult your medical practitioner. Article reference from the guide to Natural Remedies for Health and Well-being.

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·         Aloe Vera Gel

·         Forever Garcinia Plus

·         Forever Lycium Plus


·         Artic Sea Super Omega 3,6 & 9

·         Multi-Maca

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Premature menopause


This is a condition perhaps most women might think that it will never happen to them but the reality is any woman can suffer from this condition.

What is it?
Premature menopause is the name for menopause before the age of 40. Your ovaries start to shut down and stop producing two female sex hormones: oestrogen needed for egg production and progesterone to maintain a pregnancy.

Who gets it?Less than 1% of women between the ages of 18 and 40.

Any risk factors?
It sometimes runs in families.

Symptoms
Menopausal symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flushes, night sweat and dry vagina.

Treatment
Most menopausal symptoms are being treated with HRT.
Women with premature menopause can become pregnant using donor eggs via VIF.
Post menopausal women are at great risk of osteoporosis. Calcium supplements and weight bearing exercises help. Nutritional Supplements like Forever Royal Jelly, Aloe Vera Gel, Multi-Maca and Nature-Min

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Stroke or Celebral Embolism


What is stroke/celebral embolism?
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. There are two kind of stroke: ischaemic stroke where a blood clot causes a blockage or haemorrhagic stroke which is caused by a blood vessel bursting and causing a bleed within the brain.

How many people have strokes and is it serious?
They are the fourth most common cause of death and must be treated as emergencies.

Risk factors
These include: high blood pressure, smoking, type 2 diabetes, heart problem, sickle cell disease , the combined oral contraceptive pill, regular heavy drinking, recreational drugs and ethnic background (Asian, African and Afro-Caribbean people are at greater risk).

Effects of a stroke
Paralysis, weakness down one side of the body, speech problems plus concentration and memory difficulties are the most common problems.

Nutritional supplements recommended for the alleviation of symptoms;

Arctic Sea Super Omega 3

Forever Garcinia Plus

Forever Garlic-Thyme

Forever Ginkgo Plus

Aloe Berry Nectar

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Top 10 reasons to drink Aloe Vera Gel



10. Effect on the gut

Aloe Vera has wonderful beneficial action on bowel function which results in smooth efficient transit of contents, often eradicating inconvenient, colicky pain. This action, of course, is of great benefit to the sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a problem that affects about one in five people in the Western world at some stage during their life.

9. Assists in healthy digestion

A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed into the bloodstream. There is clear, clinical evidence that by drinking Aloe Vera Gel the bowel is able to absorb these nutrients more efficiently, especially protein. I also suspect that many other substances are much better absorbed under its influence.

8. Effect on gut flora

Aloe Vera is a natural ‘balancer’ in many areas and nowhere more so than inside the gut, where it tends to regulate the various bacteria and yeasts that inhibit it. For example, if a person were to suffer with too much yeast in the gut, such as candida, regular ingestion of the Gel would tend to reduce this overgrowth. The same can be said of the more unfriendly bacteria that can accumulate in certain conditions.

7. Effect on the skin

When they are first produced deep in the epidermis, skin cells are rather too large and very much alive, but by the time they reach the surface after 21-28 days (in normal skin) they are a shadow of their former selves and are transformed into thin flakes of keratin which eventually fall off. Aloe Vera Gel provides the essential nutrition to feed the basal cells and therefore the skin remains healthy and is able to perform its vital functions more efficiently – as well as looking much better!

6. Increases the activity of fibroblasts

Fibroblasts are specialized cells found in the skin and their job is to produce fibre such as collagen and elastin. These fibres give the skin its structure and, of course, make it look plump and elastic. This is fine from a cosmetic point of view but they are also extremely important in wound healing, as these fibres create a mesh or network over which the new skin cells advance to close the wound. The effect of Aloe Vera is to stimulate them to reproduce faster and therefore, being more of them, they make more fibre. The time taken for wounds to heal under the influence of Aloe Vera can be reduced by up to a third.

5. Antiviral activity

Within the mucilage layer of the leaf which surrounds the inner Gel there is a long chain of sugars or polysaccharide. This has the capability of being able to help defend us against attacks by various viruses, from the common cold to the extremely nasty virus that can cause AIDS. This sugar has actually been extracted from Aloe Vera and made into drug which, when given alongside regular antiviral agents in treatment of AIDS, appears to have a synergistic effect, making the treatment more efficient.

4. Anti-inflammatory and pain killing effect

Among the substances that have been identified in Aloe Vera are several that are naturally anti-inflammatory and painkilling. People who take it regularly often find that inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or ulcerative colitis, are greatly benefited. Although we do not yet have the hard, clinical evidence, I believe that other inflammatory bowel conditions such as Cronh’s disease and diverticulitis are also helped in many cases.

3. A useful source of minerals

Some of the minerals found in Aloe Vera include calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. This is because that plant tends to grow in areas where soils are rich in these minerals and its roots are able to absorb them and deliver them to us in a very available form.

2. A useful source of vitamins

Aloe Vera Gel contains a large range of vitamins – even a trace elements of vitamin B12 which is rarely found in plants. Apart from vitamin A, it contains B-group vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acids. Many of these vitamins cannot be stored by the body so we need to constantly top them up from the food we eat. What better way than by drinking a daily amount of Aloe Vera Gel which at the same time builds up to the body’s defence system against oxidative stress naturally?

1. A general tonic for good health

By drinking the Gel with all its important ingredients (often now deficient in our food) including 19 to 20 amino acids needed by the human body, and seven of the eight essential ones that just cannot be made, the body is able to get enough to allow complex enzymes to work really well. This means the body can function at 100%. The net result to the individual is a wonderful feeling of wellbeing which tends to go with an improved ability to withstand and even fight illnesses.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The facts about 'Aloe Vera'

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera, often called the miracle plant, the Natural Healer, the Burn Plant, goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing herb has benefited mankind.

George Ebers in 1862 first discovered its antiquity in an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dated 3500BC, which was in fact a collection for herbal remedies. Other researchers have since found it was used by both ancient Chinese and Indian cultures. Greek and Roman physicians such as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder used to great effect and legend suggests that Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to capture the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to get its rich supply of aloe to heal his wounded soldiers. The Egyptian queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra rated it highly as a beauty therapy.

Although there are over 200 species of aloe, there are probably only four or five with medicinal properties. Of these, Aloe Barbadensis Miller(also known as Aloe Linne), is the most potent. It is the only one entitled to be known as Aloe Vera or True Aloe.
Aloe Vera is a succulent, looking rather like a cactus but it is in fact a member of the lily family related to onions, garlic and asparagus. When mature the contents of its leaves, a mixture of the inner gel and outer sap can be harvested, preserved and bottled to produce a product that is as near to the natural plant juice as we can get.
The benefit of Aloe Vera, the gel can be taken internally for its nutritional effect or it can be combined with other ingredients to produce topical creams and lotions to nourish and improve the quality of the skin. For a product to work, Aloe needs to be the principal ingredient. Look for the product with a substantial Aloe Vera content.

Aloe Vera – Inside the leaf

Aloe Vera gel contains at least 75 known ingredients which can be divided into the following groups:
Vitamins – it contains a wide range, but the most important are the antioxidant Vitamin C and E and Beta Carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. It is also one of the few plants in the world to contain Vitamin B12.
Minerals – these include magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, calcium, sodium, potassium and iron.
Amino Acids – the human body requires 22 amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and Aloe Vera gel provides 20 of them. More importantly, it provides seven of the eight essential amino acids, that cannot be manufactured by the body and which therefore have to be consumed as food.
Sugars – these include the important long chain polysaccharides which act on the immune system to boost its effects .
Enzymes – lipases and proteases, which breaks down food and aid digestion as well as carboxypeptidase that is involved in the inflammatory process.
Plant Sterols - the three main type act as powerful inflammatory process.
Saponins – these are soapy substances that exert a powerful anti-microbial effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast such as candida or ‘thrush’.
Lignin – the woody substance bestow on Aloe Vera its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin.
Anthraquinones – the most important ones being aloin and emodin, but altogether they are strong pain killers, and are acknowledged to possess anti-bacteria and viruscidal activity. In their pure form, they are very powerful laxatives.
Salycylic Acids – this aspirin like compound is anti-inflammatory and topically helps to break down dead tissue.

Which type of aloe?

There is no real evidence to suggest that whole leaf of aloe, which includes the rind but is filtered usually concentrated, is any more effective than just the inner leaf gel and sap alone. However, what is most important is the quality of aloe in the product being sold.
Unfortunately, many products on the market labeled as ‘Aloe Vera Juice’ may contain only a small amount of or proportion of the actual inner leaf gel. If in doubt, look for the Seal of Approval of the International Aloe Science Council. This is the independent American regulatory body which monitors the quantity of Aloe in the products. If their Seal of Approval actually appears on the container (not simply a claim), it is bona fide.

Why does it work?

It works by providing a rich cocktail of nutritional elements whose combined action and balance produce a more powerful effect together that would be expected from addition of the individual components. This is because they work as a team, enhancing each other’s effect – known as synergism. It also has adaptogenic properties which means it is a substance which increases non-specific resistance of an organism to adverse influences such as infection or stress.

Where does it work?

Aloe Vera, because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, helps firstly to prevent injury to epithelial tissues, and when they are damaged, it promotes healing.
Antioxidants fight the destructive ‘free radicals’, the unstable compounds produced by our metabolism and found in environmental pollutants. They are thought to cause various ailments including some cancers as well as contributing towards anti-ageing process.
An epithelium is an anatomical term defined as follows:-“An epithelium is a layer of cells that covers the body or lines as cavity that connects with it”.
Our largest epithelium is our skin but also included are the lining of the gut, the bronchial tubes and genital tract. No wonder aloe works just as well on damaged skin as it does on the inflamed bowel or in asthma.

How does it work?

Its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial action combined with its nutritional constituents promote cell growth and therefore healing.
However, it is not only helpful for people with problems; most people taking it report a greater sense of well being – they just feel ‘better’ or they report feeling calmer and less anxious.
I believe this last comment is due to aloe’s second effect on the immune system which you may say becomes balanced or fine-tuned and therefore more efficient at defending the body from attack.

Conclusion
Aloe Vera is not a panacea for all ills and there is no magic about it. I believe it works primarily in the two areas mentioned previously, epithelial tissue and the immune system. This is largely backed up by anecdotal evidence, as many thousands of people over the centuries have reported benefit for various skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, burns, acne, even stings and bites. They have found relief for bowel disorders such as colitis, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Other conditions resulting from disordered immune system such as arthritis, asthma, and ME (post viral fatigue syndrome) and LE (lupus) have improved after regular ingestion of Aloe Vera gel.

Aloe Vera therefore has a complementary role to play in the management of various conditions. It is very important however that people should always seek the advice of their doctor when the diagnosis is in doubt or where a condition does not improve. Self diagnosis can be very dangerous as many serious conditions can mimic more simple ones. THE FACTS by Dr Peter Atherton – Forever Living Products.

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Prevention will always be better than cure

This article touched my heart especially after discovering that men can have breast cancer too. Not only can they have breast cancer but it can kill them faster than women. I suppose its up to individuals to take it upon themselves to prevent themselves against any disease.

The anti-cancer lifestyle plan
13 tips to help you reduce your risk
Recent research shows that up to 90% of cancers are caused by environmental factors, according to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). The World Cancer Research Fund says about that 40% of them could be prevented by lifestyle changes. You can make changes to your daily routine to make sure that you are not a target for cancer.

1 GET A DAILY DOSE OF ANTI-OXIDANTS
Anti-oxidants can prevent cancer. They are nutrients and enzymes that clean up the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that can attack your body’s tissue and cause cancer. Food rich in these anti-oxidants include carrots, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, and broccoli. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant, and it is found in oranges and naartjies. Eating a five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables a day is an important part of the anti-cancer lifestyle plan.
2 WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
Women who gain 9,5 to 13,5 kg after the age of 18 are 40% more likely to develop breast cancer than women who gain 2,5 kg or less according to research. This is because when a woman has more body fat, it increases her oestrogen levels. This increases her risk of developing cancer especially after menopause.
3 GET MOVING
Exercise reduces your chances of becoming overweight. It can also decrease your risk of getting breast cancer by up to 20%, according to research. People, especially women, who exercise regularly have less body fat. This reduces oestrogen levels and other potential cancer-producing hormones. Just 30 minutes of walking, three times a week is enough to make an important difference.
4 GET MORE VITAMIN E IN YOUR DIET
Everybody needs vitamin E, which is another anti-oxidant. Foods rich in vitamin E include oats, green vegetables, egg yolks, nuts, seeds and lentils. Almonds are a good source of the anti-oxidant vitamin E. A single daily serving could cut your risk of bladder cancer by 40% according to a recent study. Other good sources of vitamin E are wheat germ, cabbage and sunflower seeds.
5 BOOST YOUR IODINE INTAKE
Iodine is an important trace element (found naturally in the body). It prevents thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism (under activity of the thyroid gland, causing tiredness, cramps and weight gain) and lack of iodine have been linked to breast cancer in numerous studies. Good sources of natural iodine include fresh-water fish, kelp and eggs. Consult your doctor or nutritionist before deciding to take a 150mcg supplement of iodine. Remember that iodine is poisonous in large doses.
6 DRINK MORE GREEN TEA
Green tea contains phenols. These protect us against free radical damage, as do anti-oxidants. Green tea also gives you more energy as it does not contain caffeine, that can drain the body of its natural energy.
7 SOYA CAN DO YOUR BODY GOOD
Soya is a phyto-oestrogen (oestrogen that comes from the plant). A high level of human hormones, like oestrogen, can cause certain cancers, like breast cancer. When oestrogen attaches itself to breast tissue, it can increase cell division making cancer start. However, when soy phyto-oestrogen join breast tissue, they replace your own oestrogen. This stops it from causing further growth. More dense (thicker) breast tissue has been linked to greater risk of breast cancer. In China and Japan, where women eat more soya and oily fish, breast cancer has not been found in research.
MOVE TIP! Try using soy milk instead of cow milk, and substitute soya bean curd in your stir fries instead of oil.
8 GARLIC OFFERS PROTECTION
Garlic contains natural compound called allyl sulphur, which can block carcinogens (substances that causes cancer) from reaching their targets and destroy cancer cells. Allyl sulphur makes cancer cells harmless. Fresh garlic is always better than a tablet as it is always stronger. Try adding a tiny bulb of fresh garlic to your salads, vegetables dishes or stir fries. However, overdosing on garlic can give you side effects such as stomach cramps.
9 AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS
That every day can of cooldrink might be very dangerous. Several studies have linked chemicals aspartame and saccharin found in artificial sweetners to tumors. But this link has been fully proved. Nevertheless, there are more healthy natural alternatives to cooldrinks such as fruit juice and water.
10 GO ORGANIC
Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without any man-made chemicals being used to kill pests ( which can cause cancer). Animals are reared so that their organic meats are produced without added hormones (which can boost oestrogen levels). These toxins can cause tumors over time. The nutritional content of organic foods is higher however organic foods are more expensive and are not found in every supermarket. If more retail shops supported organic food, then the cost would come down for the ordinary person.
11 STOP SMOKING
Smoking has been proven to cause lung cancer, as well as mouth, throat, oesophagus and bladder cancer. Stopping smoking reduces your risk of developing cancer soon after you stop – but the message is stop now!”
12 USE NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
There are more than 50 known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) in popular household products. Try to avoid them and go back to the natural cleaners that your grandmother would have used. Baking soda, distilled white vinegar and lemon juice will deal with many household stains.
13 WATCH THAT REFILL!
Alcohol raises oestrogen levels, especially in post-menopausal women. This can start in normal breast cancer cells making them cancerous. Alcohol stops the positive effects of folic acids in your diet found in eggs, cheese and milk. “The war on cancer can be won if humans maintained a healthy body weight through balanced diet and exercise.” said Dr Carl Albrecht, Head Research of CANSA. Article Reference by Sarah Ewing, Move! Magazine,13 August 2008, page 43.

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