Posts Tagged ‘by Al Bertke and’

Hostility Hurts You

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

We are learning more and more that we are a whole person; body, mind, and spirit. Some of us have known this for a long time but the scientific world is just now catching up.
For example, if you have a toothache it affects all of you. If your foot is throbbing in pain the brain is distracted from other thoughts.
Also positive connections between people are a source of mental and physical well-being.
Even the Scriptures say, don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath.
Psychologists tell married couples not to go to bed angry.

Negative feelings are a source of mental and physical strain. Anger hurts you more than the target of your anger.

Brown Medical School doctors found that people with high levels of hostility were 6 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease.

Pesticides Kill

Friday, September 18th, 2015

We know pesticides kill. That’s why we use them. But did you know you are also killing yourself s l o w l y ?
Too much pesticide use is harmful to pets and humans as well as killing insects.

A study conducted at Emory University found that those who frequently used pesticides at home had a 70 percent higher risk of getting Parkinson’s disease.

Power of Music

Friday, July 24th, 2015

New research is showing what people who have worked with those with neurological diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s have known all along. Music is their medicine. Music can boost their cognitive skills, calm them down and in some cases even restore some memory. Often music “wakes up” people with Alzheimer’s according to music therapists. The patient may even begin talking again. Jane Flinn, a behavioral neuroscientist at George Mason University, and graduate student Linda Maguire tested the effects of singing on people with Alzheimer’s disease with familiar songs. Using the Mini Mental State Examination, a cognitive diagnostic test, they showed the mental acuity of people who listened to music often rose sharply. In some cases the need for medication was lessened.
One pioneer in the work of music therapy, Connie Tomaino, showed where people who were catatonic started listening to her play the guitar and became calm and some even started singing along.
There is much we can learn from music.
I recently saw a show about Glenn Campbell where music helped him enjoy people and life again.
Why can’t we bring back music in our schools?

Some of this information was gleaned from AARP.

What Is Glycation?

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Glycation is a reaction that takes place when simple sugar molecules, such as fructose or glucose, become attached to proteins or lipid fats without the moderation of an enzyme. This results in the formation of rogue molecules known as advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). This process, also known as non-enzymatic glycosylation, is normally governed by enzymatic activity, which is necessary to regulate the metabolic functioning of molecules. The lack of this catalyst deters the normal glycosylation of sugars to produced needed energy, however, and since it disrupts normal metabolic pathways and advances the circulation of AGEs, it can promote certain health risks.

More on glycation from WiseGEEK

Don’t Cook Yourself To Death

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

For a long time we have known that heavily cooked foods inflict massive damage to the genes.
A group at the University of Minnesota reported that women who ate overcooked hamburgers had a 50% greater risk of breast cancer than women who ate rare or medium hamburgers. The Women’s Health Study in Iowa found that women who consistently eat well-done steak, hamburgers, and bacon increase their risk of breast cancer four-fold.
The bottom line is that deep-fried foods are dangerous to our health. And, Oh how we love that deep-fried chicken.

It’s your health!

Check out Life Extension Magazine, August 2015.

High Temperature Effects On Food

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

People do not realize what high temperature does to the food we eat and in the process the harm it causes our bodies.

Food cooked at high temperature increases the rate we age. Scientists discovered that eating foods cooked at high temperatures causes inflammation.
Breast and prostate cancer are greatly increased in people who eat heavily cooked meat such as hamburgers. When any food is heated to a high temperature (over 300 degrees), chemical changes cause damage to our cells.

One study found that men who eat just one and a half servings of processed meat or one or more servings of grilled read meat or well-done meat once a week increased their risk of advanced prostate by 50 percent. (I wish I had known this before 2004 when I had my cancerous prostate removed.) Can you imagine what happens when a person eats high-temperature meat every day?

Maybe this will cause you to look at and maybe change your diet.

(This information is taken from Life Extension Magazine, August 2015)


Monday, July 13th, 2015

Here is a new word I just learned from reading Life Extension Magazine. And this is what is does.

Glycation is a process by which proteins, certain fats, and glucose tangle together. It affects all body tissues, and tends to make them stiff and inflexible. Glycation causes most problems for organs where flexibility is most important, such as the heart, kidneys, skin and eyes.

There are ways to get around this and stay younger acting, feeling, and looking. I’ll talk about that later.

Medical Mumbo Jumbo

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Medical insiders are now saying that many of our “health reports” and “good” drugs are not so clean.
Dr. Marcia Angell is a physician and was longtime Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), and she says much of the clinical research cannot be trusted because it is paid for by the pharmaceutical companies who want a positive outcome of their drugs.
At the University of British Columbia’s Neural Dynamics Research Group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Dr Lucija Tomljenovic obtained documents that showed that, “vaccine manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and health authorities have known about multiple dangers associated with vaccines but chose to withhold them from the public. This is scientific fraud, and their complicity suggests that this practice continues to this day.”
Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-chief of the Lancet recently published a statement declaring that a shocking amount of published research is unreliable at best, if not completely false, as in, fraudulent.

This isn’t happy news. But be informed. I have been trying to sort out facts for years now and it’s hard to get to what’s true and what’s in the drug companies best interest. If you want to find out what’s now good for you just check most of the TV ads on drugs. Their disclaimer is usually more harmful than the good of the drug.

Some of the story is taken from NSNBC international

The Role of Magnesium in the Human Body

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Magnesium deficiency, although often overlooked, has dire consequences on health. Without magnesium, other essential nutrients are below optimal levels retained in our bodies. Our bodies can’t absorb calcium well, and potassium is needlessly excreted without this nutrient.
Magnesium and heart health
Although the relationship between abnormal heart rhythm and magnesium hasn’t been researched in full, the Framingham Heart Study found that low magnesium levels in the blood may be an independent cause of atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmias for people who have no history of heart disease.
Not getting enough magnesium in our diets is a worldwide problem, especially in the United States. A diet rich in dark, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables is needed to make sure you get the recommended daily amount of 410-420 milligrams.
Since all living life forms need magnesium to survive, fruits and vegetables usually have an abundance of it if grown organically in good soil. Levels of magnesium in crops can vary depending on how they were grown, since deficiency in the soil can cause poor magnesium uptake in produce.

Asparagus, beets, beans, broccoli and cabbage are vegetables rich in magnesium. Apricots, bananas, pitted cherries, grapefruits, and oranges also have high magnesium content, according to Cedars-Sinai patient dietary program. You can also add dry almonds and brazil nuts, cashews and roasted peanuts to salads for a magnesium-rich meal.

Who Needs Telomeres?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Our body is made of millions of cells keeping us alive in many different ways.
A cell’s lifespan depends on the length of its telomeres – the regions of repeating DNA that protect the ends of chromosomes.
Every time a cell divides, its telomeres get shorter until they become unstable and cause chromosomes to fuse together.
These fusions can make the chromosomes break when cells divide, leading to cell death.
Recently, Harvard and MIT scientists may have discovered a process to reverse telomere shortening, and thus lengthen the lifespans of humans.

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