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5. Keeping Your Heart Healthy Longer

Zucker, Martin Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 5

KEEPING YOUR HEART HEALTHY LONGER

It should not come as a surprise that the cells of the heart muscle are packed with mitochondria. In fact, they make up about a quarter of the volume in heart cells, more than anywhere else in the body.

That’s obviously Nature’s way of generating the power necessary to drive the heart’s non-stop pumping action over a lifetime. Talk about a work schedule! Your heart pushes blood (with its essential cargo of oxygen and nutrients) through a 60,000-mile network of blood vessels to nourish your brain, your feet, and everything in between. Every day, the heart muscle expands and contracts about 100,000 times, recycling 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. In a year, it contracts 36 million times.

That takes a lot of energy, and, yes, a lot of CoQ10.

Mitochondrial Mutations and the Aging Heart

In the last chapter, we have seen how mutations of mitochondrial DNA cause a loss of energy in cells, and contribute to weakness, disease, and aging. In one Japanese study published in the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Journal, researchers found an accelerated rate of mitochondrial mutation in aging human hearts, and markedly so over the age of eighty. They concluded that such mutations play an important role in ebbing cardiac function among older people, and particularly in heart failure.

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3. Common Problems Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease

Hogan Ph.D., Joan Brookhyser Basic Health Publications ePub

Many side effects of kidney disease can occur. Some of these problems are not necessarily due to kidney disease but to other diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, that occur with kidney disease. Following are some of the more common problems and the suggested nutritional treatments for them.

Feeling thirsty is a very common problem with kidney disease. The cause can be due to urea, a solute (waste product) building up in your blood. Urea is giving your body a signal to dilute it. In addition, it can be due to a high-salt diet, some medications, or if you have diabetes, it can be caused by high blood sugars. Being extra thirsty can be a problem if you are receiving dialysis, not urinating regularly, or have edema (water retention in the tissues). If you are on dialysis and you drink too much liquid, it stays with you until your next dialysis treatment. If you are taking water pills and you take in excess liquid, the pills do not work as well. In either case, excess fluid can put pressure on your heart, causing congestive heart failure.

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1. What Is Maitake?

N.D., CHT, HHP, N.M.D., Mark Stengler Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

1. What Is Maitake?

Maitake as translated in Japanese means “dancing mushroom.” There are several different explanations as to how it came to be named. One is that in ancient Japan, people would dance with joy when they found maitake because it was so valuable and costly. Another version suggests that this overjoyed dance was because maitake is so delicious and healthful. Another explanation is that the fruiting bodies of clustered maitake overlap one another and resemble butterflies in a wild dance.2,3

The botanical name for maitake is Grifola (“braided fungus”) frondosa (“leaf like”). The mature mushroom has overlapping, large fleshy grayishbrown caps so is also sometimes referred to as “Hen of the Woods,” as it resembles the backside of a hen. Maitake grows in the forests of Asia, Europe, Canada, and parts of the Eastern United States. It grows in heavy clumps (sometimes 100 pounds or more) at the base of stumps and on the roots of trees. Indigenous to Northern Japan, maitake has long been a highly valued edible mushroom, described as having a meaty taste. One can often find it for sale in natural health grocery stores and Asian markets.

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115. Psoriasis/Eczema

R.Ph., Ph.D, Earl L.. Mindell Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub
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35. Cataracts

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

A cataract is an opacity, or clouding, of the eyes lens. The clouding results in blurred vision, which progressively worsens, leading to blindness. This condition is most commonly seen in people of advanced age, but may occur earlier in its congenital form or as a complication of other diseases, such as diabetes. A cataract will not improve on its own, and surgery may become necessary to restore sight. However, the progression may be slowed by taking nutritional supplements and by following some commonsense advice. See also VISION PROBLEMS.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Beta-carotene: 10,00020,000 IU daily.

•  Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.

•  Glutathione: 50 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Lutein: 620 mg daily.

•  Quercetin: 400 mg before eating, one to three times daily.

•  Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 50100 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.

•  Zeaxanthin: 30130 mg daily.

HERBS

•  Bilberry extract: as directed on label.

•  Marigold: as directed on label.

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19: Immune Regulatory Effect of Green Tea

Hara, Y. CABI PDF

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Immune Regulatory Effect of Green Tea

Mari Maeda-Yamamoto,1* Hirofumi Tachibana,2 and Manami Monobe3

Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization

(NARO), Tsukuba, Japan; 2Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan; 3Institute of Fruit Tree and Tea Science, NARO, Shizuoka, Japan

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Abstract

We examined the anti-allergic effect of epigallocatechin-3-O-(3-O-methyl) gallate (EGCG3″Me) and epigallocatechin-3-O-(4-O-methyl) gallate (EGCG4″Me) isolated from Japanese or Taiwanese tea (Camellia sinensis L.) leaves. These O-methylated catechins strongly inhibit mast cell activation and histamine release after Fc epsilon RI cross-linking through the suppression of tyrosine phosphorylation of cellular protein kinase (Lyn) and the suppression of myosin light chain phosphorylation and high-affinity immunoglobulin E (IgE) receptor expression via binding to the 67 kDa laminin receptor. A double-blind clinical study on subjects with Japanese cedar pollinosis or perennial allergic rhinitis was carried out. At 11 weeks after starting ingestion, during the most severe cedar pollen scattering period, symptoms (i.e. nose blowing and itchy eyes) were significantly relieved by “Benifuuki” green tea containing 34 mg/day of EGCG3″Me compared with a placebo “Yabukita” green tea that did not contain EGCG3″Me. One consecutive month of ingestion of “Benifuuki” green tea was useful for the reduction of some symptoms caused by Japanese cedar pollinosis and did not affect any normal immune responses in subjects with Japanese cedar pollinosis. In addition, the “Benifuuki” green tea was found to significantly relieve the symptoms of perennial rhinitis compared with the placebo “­Yabukita” green tea. Based on the investigation of the effects of cultivars, tea crops, and manufacturing methods, green or semi-fermented teas made from fully-matured “Benifuuki” from the second crop should be consumed. The green tea components strictinins and theogallin showed anti-allergic action by inhibiting histamine release through suppressing the biosynthesis of IgE. It was reported that epigallocatechin (EGC) and polysaccharides in tea leaves had immunostimulating activities. Oral administration of a mixture with a high EGC ratio (1:2 to 3 = epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG/EGC) resulted in greater immunoglobulin A production by murine Peyer’s patch cells. The EGCG/EGC ratio in a 4°C green tea extract was around 1:3 to 4, whereas in a 100°C extract, it was around 1:0.7. It was identified that

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6. Brushing and Flossing Aren’t Enough

Bonner D.D.S., Michael P. Basic Health Publications ePub

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he title of this chapter brings to mind something I hear at least every week from a patient who has just been diagnosed with some degree of gum disease, and that is, I brush and floss every day. I couldnt possibly have gum disease. I can genuinely empathize with patients who didnt know they had a systemic infectious disease with potentially serious health risks, and can easily understand their frustration upon discovering that their conscientious home-care efforts simply werent capable of keeping them healthy.

Having discussed what goes on under the gums, in the sulcus, we know how important it is to cleanse this space frequently enough to make sure the gum tissue remains a healthy barrier. This isnt easy, especially if you are depending on brushing and flossing to accomplish this important task; you have to consider the sheer volume of food debris, living and dead microorganisms, odors, sloughed-off skin cells, and toxins that can build up around the normal complement of twenty-eight to thirty-two teeth in that space under the gums. In the majority of cases, this stew in the sulcus is the spark that sets off periodontal disease. While not pleasant to think about, all this is toxic waste that contains the rotted remains of literally trillions of dead microorganisms, all producing inflammation and odor that is, for the most part, trapped in the sulcus. This stew can also contain various amounts of dead white blood cells (the cells that fight infection when they are living), with sulcular pus and periodontal abscesses containing very high amounts. Since these dead white blood cells also rot, as the infection progresses and the numbers of dead cells accumulate dramatically, their rotting contributes to the breakdown of soft tissue and the perpetuation of the disease process.

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Chapter 1 Procedures

Yasmin Khan Bright Pen ePub
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8. Safety Profile

Toews M.P.H., Victoria Dolby Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 8

SAFETY PROFILE

Glucosamine and chondroitin are made by the body for use in several locations, including the joints. This bodes well for their safety profile because compounds that are not foreign to the body are less likely to cause problems, and this certainly seems to be the case with glucosamine and chondroitin. Even so, there are a handful of safety concerns to consider, particularly if you have shellfish allergies or a sensitive stomach.

Chondroitin might have a mild blood-thinning effect, and for this reason people taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drugs should use this supplement with caution, or better yet use a product containing only glucosamine which does not have this effect.

It’s a relief to know that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements have been safely used in osteoarthritis patients with other health problems, such as circulatory disease, depression, diabetes, liver disorders, and lung disorders. In all these cases, the glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation for osteoarthritis did not interfere with the course or treatment of those other conditions.

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3. How Metabolism Works in Skeletal Muscle, Heart Muscle, and the Brain

Addis Ph.D., Paul Basic Health Publications ePub

3. How Metabolism Works in Skeletal Muscle, Heart Muscle, and the Brain

Skeletal muscles, those connected to bone, constitute the organ system that is responsible for activity, movement, and work, and they need the greatest amount of energy by far. A second type of muscle tissue is the cardiac muscle that powers the heart. On a pound-for-pound basis, the energy needs and the energy-producing capacity of the heart are simply astonishing (see Chapter 4). A third type are the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and digestive tract, which also use ATP to do work, but in less impressive amounts.

In addition, one other tissue, the brain, requires a surprising amount of energy and its energy metabolism is very similar to that of muscle. With few exceptions, all other tissues, such as the liver, are sluggish with respect to energy metabolism because they do not use ATP to the extent that muscle does.

Large semi trucks that haul big loads for long distances have two very large fuel tanks. Similarly, muscle, heart, and even the brain, have storage forms of ATP to help out when necessary.

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Chapter 6. Healthy Habits

MD Heather Tick New World Library ePub

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

— MARK TWAIN

I can think of many good reasons to adopt healthy habits in your daily life. Above all, they will improve your health and your body’s ability to heal and will reduce the impact of pain in your life. If you incorporate even a few of these habits, you’ll be able to do more of the things you want to do.

Habits are not necessarily voluntary. They can be hardwired into your brain, and when bad habits cause pain, that pain, too, can be hardwired into your brain. Fortunately, making good habits can change the wiring of your brain, which can relieve the pain brought on by bad habits. This is called neuroplasticity, and in chapter 3 I mentioned its potential for treating chronic conditions. Our brains get better at whatever we focus on, just as our bodies get better at sports when we practice. We can train our brains to sharpen our focus on pain or to lessen that focus. Good habits can reduce pain and improve our ability to do the activities that are meaningful to us.

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105. Oral Cancer

R.Ph., Ph.D, Earl L.. Mindell Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub
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PERK #72: Cancer Made Me Reevaluate the Relationships in My Life

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #72

Cancer Made Me Reevaluate the Relationships in My Life

People expect that when you get cancer you suddenly get great insights into life. Well, they are right. When I am asked about my great insights, I have only one: The only thing that really matters in life is people. You already knew that, right? Yeah, so did I, intellectually. But knowing it and really believing it are two different things. And cancer has the perk of allowing you to really feel the truth of that statement, as it helps you to truly appreciate the people in your life.

One relationship that I have come to feel more grateful for is with my children. My teenagers, Kaitlyn and Donovan, really stepped up to the plate following my diagnosis. I am the type of mother who does everything for her kids (some would say “spoils them”) so it wasn’t easy for me to let my kids become my caregivers. However, I had never been more proud of them. I realized that giving them more responsibility did not make me any less of a mother, and it gave them valuable skills to carry into adulthood.

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8. Heart Disease and Men’s Health

Janson M.D., Michael Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 8

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lthough heart disease due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is the leading cause of death for both men and women, it is often thought of as a mens disease. Perhaps this is because, prior to menopause, it is much less common in women. (When all age groups are tested, heart disease is the leading killer of women.) In developed countries, heart disease starts in youth, largely because of diet, and later, because of the diet combined with the sedentary lifestyle that most people lead. Heart disease is almost always the result of lifestyle choices that can be changed with a little education, effort, and motivation.

Atherosclerotic (also called arteriosclerotic) diseases result from a buildup of plaque (fatty, fibrous, calcified deposits) in the arterial wall, which reduces and eventually blocks the blood flow to the vital organs. The damage to the arteries results from free-radical injury and inflammation, both of which can be related to lifestyle choices. Common symptoms of heart disease include chest tightness or pain, which may be felt in the left arm, the back, or the jaw, shortness of breath, and fatigue. The chest symptoms may also be perceived as a sensation of pressure, like an elephant sitting on your chest, as heartburn, or simply as indigestion. Some of the recent tests to predict the risks of heart disease are related to inflammation.

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5. Your Heart Will Love Pomegranates

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

. . . Pomegranate . . . if cut deep down the middle, shows a heart within blood-tinctured, of a veined humanity.

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, LADY GERALDINES COURTSHIP

To the ancient Chinese alchemists, the pomegranates blood-red color was a sign of immortality. The Doctrine of Signatures suggests that the pomegranates color, shape, and size are a hint from Mother Nature that this food is good for the heart.

Studies show that just two ounces of pomegranate juice daily can help preserve the health of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart itself and the many arteries that feed its muscular walls. Considering the prevalence of heart disease in America, this is good news. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States and most of the world.

CVD is not a single disease, but rather a group of interrelated conditions that affect the heart, blood vessels, and blood cells. A heart attack or occlusive stroke (where a clot or other blockage cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain) is the culmination of many years of small shifts in the health of the cardiovascular systems many parts. Early intervention in the development of cardiovascular disease with dietary changes that have been conclusively shown to preserve cardiovascular health is part of a solid strategy for prevention.

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