REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL – THE NATURE OF CHOLESTEROL

The main types of lipoproteins are low-density  lipoprotein  (LDL)  and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). They are often referred to as LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. HDL contains almost 50 percent protein and 20 percent cholesterol; LDL contains about 25 percent protein and 45 percent cholesterol. Another type of lipoprotein,   very low-density  lipoprotein (VLDL), contains mostly triglyceride and small amounts of protein and cholesterol.
The function of LDL is to transport cholesterol to sites throughout the body where it is used to repair the membranes of cells is deposited. Thus, LDL tends to promote accumulation of cholesterol in the walls of your arteries, somewhat in the manner that hard water promotes a buildup of lime inside the plumbing of your house. However, cholesterol deposits are spotty, rather than an even coating throughout the “pipes.”
HDL, however, mainly has the task of carrying cholesterol to the liver, where it is alerted and removed from the body. In a sense, HDL is like a “clean-up” crew that sops up excess cholesterol in the system and disposes of it before it can do any damage by accumulating where it is not needed.
LDL cholesterol is mainly to blame for the risk that is associated with cholesterol. The opposite is true for HDL cholesterol: because it works to eliminate excess cholesterol, the more HDL you have, the less cholesterol will deposit in atherosclerotic plaques. Therefore, a relatively low ratio of LDL to HDL is desirable for lowering your risk for development of coronary artery disease.
The role of very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol predetermining the risk of coronary artery disease is not well defined. A high level of VLDL seems to be an independent risk factor in women, but not in men._A high level of tryglicerides responds to a high level of VLDL cholesterol.
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REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL – THE NATURE OF CHOLESTEROLThe main types of lipoproteins are low-density  lipoprotein  (LDL)  and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). They are often referred to as LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. HDL contains almost 50 percent protein and 20 percent cholesterol; LDL contains about 25 percent protein and 45 percent cholesterol. Another type of lipoprotein,   very low-density  lipoprotein (VLDL), contains mostly triglyceride and small amounts of protein and cholesterol.The function of LDL is to transport cholesterol to sites throughout the body where it is used to repair the membranes of cells is deposited. Thus, LDL tends to promote accumulation of cholesterol in the walls of your arteries, somewhat in the manner that hard water promotes a buildup of lime inside the plumbing of your house. However, cholesterol deposits are spotty, rather than an even coating throughout the “pipes.”HDL, however, mainly has the task of carrying cholesterol to the liver, where it is alerted and removed from the body. In a sense, HDL is like a “clean-up” crew that sops up excess cholesterol in the system and disposes of it before it can do any damage by accumulating where it is not needed.LDL cholesterol is mainly to blame for the risk that is associated with cholesterol. The opposite is true for HDL cholesterol: because it works to eliminate excess cholesterol, the more HDL you have, the less cholesterol will deposit in atherosclerotic plaques. Therefore, a relatively low ratio of LDL to HDL is desirable for lowering your risk for development of coronary artery disease.The role of very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol predetermining the risk of coronary artery disease is not well defined. A high level of VLDL seems to be an independent risk factor in women, but not in men._A high level of tryglicerides responds to a high level of VLDL cholesterol.*239\252\8*

Posted on December 21st, 2010 by admin  |  No Comments »

WE REALLY ARE LIVING IN SEA OF CHEMICALS

In the last twenty years, the number of toxic chemicals sprayed on cereal crops has trebled in areas of intensive farming. Around 80 per cent of arable fields are regularly coated with up to thirty-six herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. While the total weight of chemicals has dropped, the overall number has risen. This is more sinister than it sounds because while the effects on health of individual compounds are measured, the cumulative effect of a number of chemicals is little understood. The combined effect is suspected of having a stronger carcinogenic impact than that of single chemicals, in the same way that the combined effect of pesticides and other chemicals is suspected to be a strong contributor to ‘Gulf War Syndrome’. Professor Ashford, health adviser to the United Nations, has said, ‘It is not a question of a single substance poisoning an organism, but rather a multi-stage process which interferes with the whole system.’ The rise in the number of chemicals sprayed has been synonymous with a sharp decline in many species of wild birds. This is partly due to their natural food not being available, the grubs and insects having been killed off, but they are also unable to tolerate the chemical load. And for some reason the authorities who license the use of these chemicals expect us to be able to cope with a chemical burden which is too much for wildlife.
There are many examples in the natural world of species which are being affected by mysterious sex hormone-mimicking chemicals, resulting in abnormal sexual development. On Lake Apopka in Florida, alligators are hatching which are predominantly female, or if they are male, they have abnormally small genitals. Male Texan turtles are being born with ovaries. Ranched minks fed on fish from the Great Lakes fail to reproduce, while those fed on fish from other areas breed as normal. And there is a mysterious rise in polar bears with dual-sex
organs – about 4 per cent in a population of 2,000 bears-much higher than can be accounted for by chance.
These suspicious events are not confined to animals living in polluted waters. There has been a steady increase in boys born with very small penises, undescended testicles or indeterminate sex organs, as well as a serious drop in adult male fertility since the 1950s. Because of these environmental and human issues the chemicals in question are being nicknamed ‘gender benders’. By stark contrast to what is happening to human fertility, it has been observed that organically reared animals have grown increasingly productive over three generations.
It is not just our external environment which is becoming contaminated, but our homes as well. Chemicals called nonylphenols, used in plastic products such as babies’ bottles and water jugs, and chlorine compounds and dioxin, which are used to bleach paper products, detergents, toiletries and even spermicides, are suspected to be contributors to the breast cancer problem. These chemicals, along with agrichemicals, mimic oestrogens and are called xenoestrogens. Concentrations of toxic compounds can be up to 500 times higher inside the home than outdoors as they are trapped by four walls.
The oestrogenic effect of these artificially manufactured compounds was discovered by accident by Ana Soto, MD, and Carlos Sonnenschein, PhD, at Tufts University in Boston, USA, who noticed that cells stored in plastic flasks had suddenly started to grow as if they were in the presence of oestrogens, whereas in previous experiments there had not been a problem. They identified the offending and mysterious substance as nonylphenol, used to stop plastic from cracking. The chemical was present in the plastic flasks. When they switched to using glass flasks the problem stopped. Not long afterwards, they showed that nonylphenols can also cause breast tissue growth. Other nonylphenols include atrazine, the most common pesticide in the USA, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).
Studies have measured DDE (the breakdown product of DDT) and PCB levels in serum samples of breast cancer patients and have found that a four-fold increase in the risk of breast cancer is associated with higher levels of these chemicals. The conclusions of one study stated, ‘organochlorine residues may be an important etiologic factor in breast cancer’, and ‘the implications are far-reaching for public health intervention world-wide’. One Danish study showed that Dieldrin and organochlorine were associated with a significant dose-related increase in breast cancer.
The pesticide Lindane is the major organochloride still in use in the UK, and it has come under criticism for a direct link with breast cancer. Interest has been stirred among researchers as to whether Lindane, along with similar chemicals such as DDT, could cause breast cancer. Lindane has been found in 30 per cent of all milk samples and, while the quantities are small, the chemical has the unfortunate habit of being stored in our fat cells, and building up over time. Lindane has also been found in breast tissue samples, and areas of high incidence of breast cancer seem to coincide with areas which boast the most extensive usage of Lindane. In the USA, Lindane has been listed as a probable/possible human carcinogen since the late 1970s, and many countries, including Holland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Japan and Israel, have banned it. For some reason the UK continues to allow its use.
Lindane is sometimes described on products aimed at agrochemical companies as
gamma-HCH. While 80 per cent of Lindane is used in agriculture, it is also used in medicines (for the treatment of scabies and headlice), in veterinary products and to treat timber for pest control. Its use has more than doubled since 1987. One aspect about the use of Lindane which certainly gives me pause for thought is that around a third of its use is for sugar beet, a crop which is grown for sugar production (and I do not consider sugar a necessary component of our food supply), and as a farm animal feed (and we probably eat a surfeit of meat and dairy produce in the UK). Surely the use of a toxic organochlorine cannot really be justified in these
circumstances?
It has been found that women with breast cancer have more pesticide residues in their body tissues than women who do not have breast cancer – up to 40 per cent more chlorinated pesticides in their breast tissue and much higher blood levels of DDE. While DDT has been banned in the UK and USA for quite some time, Third World countries from which we import our food still use it, and while levels are supposed to be checked, there have been notorious problems with certification procedures in those countries. Additionally, in the UK, over 50 per cent of wood pigeons tested in the mid-1990s contained DDT residues, in some cases by up to five times the maximum anticipated residue level, indicating that DDT was still being used illegally ten years after being banned.
As these oestrogenic chemicals are all fat-soluble, they concentrate in the fat cells and milk of animals and humans. By gravitating to fat in the body they also end up in high quantities in breast tissue where they probably do the most damage. This is one possible reason why research into diets high in animal fats has shown an increased risk of breast cancer. Interestingly, a paper published in 1990 which followed what happened after Israel banned a number of chemicals in 1978 which were determined to be correlated to breast cancer risk, recorded that incidence of the disease dropped by a massive 30 per cent in younger women under forty-four years of age (younger women’s breast tissue is more sensitive to carcinogenic agents), while at the same time incidence continued to rise worldwide.
The lacquers that coat the inside of many food cans pose yet another hazard. It has been found that they leach significant levels of biosphenol-A which exhibits an oestrogenic effect. The leaching is worse in foods which have been packed in oil, such as sardines and pilchards.
Xenoestrogens probably contribute to breast cancer risk in a number of ways:
- They bind with oestrogen receptors and then prompt the breast tissue to grow and multiply in the same way that oestradiol (E2) does.
- They trigger the release of a chemical called ‘tumour-growth factor’ (the name speaks for itself).
- They can even cause the number of oestrogen receptors to increase on the cell surface, making the cell even more susceptible to influence by oestrogens.
The research is far from conclusive on the issue of xenoestrogens, which begs the question: should we take these concerns seriously, until they are proven? The contribution of synthetic chemicals to oestrogen exposure may come from many different chemicals, some of them exceedingly persistent, such as PCBs, and others that are not persistent and leave no telltale evidence of exposure in blood or fat.’ They go on to say, ‘Also, studies have usually treated all 209 chemicals in the PCB family as one, even though various members of this chemical family have completely different and in some cases opposite biological effects.’ While human studies are the ideal, we may be beyond the point where they are viable as so many chemicals are now present in the human body, and one researcher at Tufts University in Boston, USA, concluded that in-vitro studies (in a test-tube, rather than animal or human experiments) were essential for ‘evolving dietary strategies and tactics against the adverse health effects of environmental
chemicals’ because ‘it is impossible to have a chemical-free environment (my emphasis).
With important questions being raised about the safety of these chemicals, it seems to be a dangerous policy for long-term health that governments have not exercised more caution on the use of the majority of them. But we live in a world governed by short-term economics, and it is interesting that much of the research into cancer is funded by the very companies that produce these xenoestrogen chemicals.
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Posted on December 14th, 2010 by admin  |  No Comments »

INFANTS’ COMPLAINTS – CRADLE CAP (CRUSTA LACTEA) 4

A year later the mother sent us the following brief note: ‘Last year you helped us cure our little girl’s cradle cap. Thank you ever so much.’
Another letter we received from a nurse reads:
‘At the moment I am looking after two children. The boy, now 15 months old, had cradle cap last year. You sent me a calcium complex (Urticalcin), Viola tricolor and whey concentrate. Thanks to your excellent remedies the condition cleared up within a fort¬night.’
In this particular case, diluted whey concentrate (Molkosan) was used to dab on the rash. Excellent results have also been achieved by dabbing on Echinaforce, a fresh plant preparation made from Echinacea. Water and soap are quite unsuitable for cradle cap and must be avoided. Instead, use oil, preferably St John’s wort oil, to cleanse the baby’s skin. It is indeed good to know that cradle cap can be successfully treated with these natural remedies, sparing the children permanent harm.
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INFANTS’ COMPLAINTS – CRADLE CAP (CRUSTA LACTEA) 3

If the ailing child is already weaned, instead of cow’s milk give the child almond milk only. However, this requires accurate weight control. Some babies cannot assimilate vegetable protein and will lose weight. In such cases, if a protein supplement in the form of soy flour does not produce the necessary weight gain, animal pro­tein, in this case milk, will have to be resorted to once more. Frequently, goat’s milk or sheep’s milk is better tolerated than cow’s milk. Older children suffering from very stubborn cases of cradle cap should be given wheat germ. In all cases, nothing but natural remedies should be employed, never chemical preparations.

Sometimes the natural treatment brings very quick relief, but there are other cases that require more time and patience. As an example, one worried mother wrote to me asking for advice on how to cure her little daughter’s cradle cap. She also sent a sample of the child’s urine, an analysis of which revealed the existence of a liver problem. Almond milk and diluted carrot juice, to be given as a bottle-feed, were recommended, as well as a biological calcium preparation to rectify the girl’s calcium deficiency. Mild stimulation of the kidneys was also necessary, for which a very weak kidney tea with a little Solidago (goldenrod) was prescribed. In addition, Violaforce was prescribed; this is the best remedy for cradle cap and the one that especially guarantees a successful result. For external treatment it was recommended that the mother use St John’s wort oil and then dust with Urticalcin powder. Bran baths are excellent for this too.
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VITAMINS AND FOOD SUPPLEMENTS OF AIROLA DIET

Where no specific disease is present, but a person needs a strengthening, health-building diet to achieve optimum health, more vitality and greater resistance against disease, we recommend the Airola Diet supplemented with the following food supplements and vitamins. This supplementation is also advised for all those who are recuperating from disease and wish to restore health and vitality as fast as possible.
1)  Vitamin С – preferably in natural form from rose hip concentrate, or other natural sources: 1,500 to 3,000 mg. a day; even more in all acute conditions of ill health. Vitamin С is completely non-toxic even in large amounts.
2)  Vitamin A – natural, from fish liver oil, or lemon grass: 25,000 U.S.P. units a day. Under doctor’s supervision it can be taken in doses up to 100,000 units a day for shorter periods.
3)  Vitamin E – natural d-alpha tocopherol from vegetable oil: 600 IU a day. If you have not used vitamin E before, start with 100 IU and increase by 100 IU each week. If suffering from high blood pressure or rheumatic heart disease, consult your doctor on the proper dosage for your particular condition.
4)  Vitamin B-complex, with B12 – natural, from yeast concentrate, highest potency: 1 to 3 tablets or capsules a day. (The usual strength of natural B-complex does not exceed 10 mg. for Bl5 B2 and B6.)
5)  Brewer’s yeast – or primary grown food yeast: 1 to 3 tbsp. a day.
6)  Kelp: 1 to 2 tsp. of granules a day, or 3 tablets.
7)  Fish liver oil – unfortified, for vitamin D and A: 1 tsp. a day.
8)  Lecithin: 1 to 2 tsp. of granules a day.
9)  Mineral supplement – bone meal or calcium lactate: 1 tsp. of powder or 3 tablets a day.
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Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by admin  |  No Comments »

GROWING OLD: WORK, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO FOR OLDER PEOPLE

I have often been asked about the use of alcohol and tobacco. My friend, Dr. Alex M. Burgess, has a standard answer: “Tobacco may get you into trouble with your arteries; alcohol with the police.” As for tobacco, it has a definite and demonstrably damaging effect on blood flow and is contra-indicated in some diseased conditions. But here we are not dealing with disease but rather with healthy oldish men, and to no one who has reached the age of sixty-five or better and is satisfied with life as he is living it would I advise a change in habit as regards smoking, beyond the general suggestion of moderation.
Alcohol presents a similar picture. Used with moderation and judgment as we may see many good citizens doing, it should not be the cause of trouble. That “a man is a fool if he drinks before he is fifty, and a fool if he does not after fifty” is, as far as the second part of the statement is concerned, probably complete hooey. Used in moderation, alcohol doubtless adds to the joy of life in many people without damage, and if we stick to our plan of “moderation” we probably will do well.
What about work; keeping going, staying on the job? Work that has been interesting, time consuming and a main occupation during life? Should we quit? Can we retire? There is a strong modern attitude that just this should be done; that old people serve no sociological function. Almost everybody not self-employed is automatically dropped according to rigid schedules. It seems to me all a part of the over-regimentation of our times. The presumption that all people age at the same rate is just as ridiculous as the idea that they have special diseases as they grow older, expressed in the word, geriatrics, the diseases of old age. Dr. Robert T. Monroe recently brought out a book on Diseases In Old Age. You will notice that he said “in,” which shows care in phrasing his title, for he says, “There are no diseases of old age; there are only diseases in old people.” Most of the diseases of those who have had many birthdays are chronic ones. It used to be said that half a dozen “chronics” paid a physician’s expenses.
It was formerly thought that old people must be allowed to vegetate, that they should give up their ordinary activities, be wrapped up warmly, and their diet restricted. Even Sir William Osier quoted advice to the aged that they should gradually reverse their menu in the manner in which they had increased it in infancy until at the last they should subsist on milk. Nowadays if an octogenarian relishes corn beef and cabbage and his digestion seems good, a wise physician will allow it on his bill of fare.
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CHILD’S HEALTH/SKIN DISORDERS: LICE (PEDICULOSIS)

Lice are tiny insects that attach themselves to human beings. Head lice are very common in children, often first noticed due to the presence of eggs (nits) in the child’s hair. Body lice are less common, but are treated in exactly the same way.

Cause

The head louse (Pediculus capitis) is spread from person to person by close contact, despite close attention to hygiene. It can be spread, for example, by wearing an infected person’s hat or by using their comb. The eggs (nits) usually take about a week to hatch. Body lice or pubic lice are not common in children and can be transmitted through clothing or linen. The presence of body lice in a child does not signify sexual contact, nor poor hygiene.

Clinical features

The first sign of head lice is usually itching and scratching of the head. If you look closely at your child’s hair, you will see many small, white, oval-shaped eggs (nits) firmly attached to the root of the hair shaft, close to the scalp. The further away from the scalp, the longer the nit has been there (hair grows at the rate of 0.3 mm a day). The insects themselves move very quickly and they are difficult to see unless you part the hair very quickly. There is no need to chase them; the eggs are good enough evidence of their presence.

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Posted on May 21st, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

YOUR CHILD’S CARE/GOING TO HOSPIAL: PARENT-HELD RECORD

Records kept by parents (‘parent-held record’) are now used in a number of states in Australia, and are given to parents when their child is born. They serve many useful purposes:

• Information about your child’s health is written down in the one place, and can be accessed by health professionals. This is very important if your child sees a number of different doctors, or if you move house or change doctors. Records of visits are noted down, together with any special treatment given to your child. Details of allergies to medications or to foods are also detailed.

• Family health and other information can be recorded.

• Reports of tests or hospital admissions can be stored in the plastic pocket of the record.

• Your child’s changing weight, height and development can be recorded in the record. This information is often valuable to have when the child is older and being assessed by a doctor.

Make sure that your child’s record is kept in a safe place, and do not forget to take it with you whenever you visit a doctor, nurse or hospital. Ask the doctor or nurse to write in it as appropriate, or write details of the visit in it yourself. It is a good idea to take it with you on holiday in case you have to consult a doctor who is not familiar with your child’s history.

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Posted on May 19th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

YOUR MARITAL HEALTH/FINDING OUT WHO’S THE MATTER WITH US: COLD SEXUAL PROBLEMS – DIMINISHED SEXUAL INTEREST

I don’t think about sex unless it jumps up and bites me. I guess I don’t think of much unless it hits me over the head. I just go on leading my life.

HUSBAND

HOW can you really think about sex when you have a million problems in your life? You can only think so much, you can only have so much energy. I am drained just dealing with life.

WIFE

There has been a tendency in sex research to focus on behaviors, sometimes feelings, but seldom thoughts. How we think about sex influences our entire sexual system, and when we are running cold, we tend to lose sexual interest. One hundred fourteen men and 245 women reported problems with sexual interest, and the frequency of sexual-interest differences in marriages is probably much higher than these numbers indicate. Remember, these couples came to the clinic for help with the sexual dimension of their marriage. They had enough interest in sex to try to improve their sexual relationship.

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Posted on May 18th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

THE DESEXUALIZATION OF THE AMERICAN MARRIAGE/A SEXUAL-SYSTEM EXAM: “AUTOMATIC SEX”

Sometimes it’s like a mutual trance. We just flow from one thing, one activity, to another. I guess we talk, but 1 don’t really remember. We just seem to be one.

HUSBAND

I can have sex with him and just go through

the motions. It’s like washing your hands. You just do it.

WIFE

Is your marriage free of what I call “friction in activity flow”? Do things get done easily, simply, almost like the performance of a concert pianist who makes it look easy after years of practice (au-tomaticity)? Or are things difficult much of the time, with much friction, awkwardness, like dancing with two followers or two leaders (control)?

Our sample couple scored high toward automaticity. Things flowed from one to another so well that no one seemed to sense that husband and wife were in trouble. “Life goes on,” said the wife, “I just keep it going, hand him his orange juice as he checks the morning paper, hand him his briefcase on the move.”

The husband agreed. “I have to say, we are a team. We get things done. We’re organized. I don’t know if the team is winning, but it’s a team.”

Sexually, this couple typifies the automaticity of the compensated marriage. The wife said, “Our sex is like a pantomime. We are better than Marcel Marceau. We do it, don’t talk, just do it. A silent, well-rehearsed movie.” The husband agreed. “We don’t miss a beat. I hate the way it is just so automatic.”

Too much automaticity and there is no challenge to the system, no reason to grow and change. Too little automatic function and too much awkwardness fatigues the system and results in a surrendering within the system or seeking outside the system for ease to escape this form of disease.

You have now completed all ten items of the sexual system test. Each factor is exactly the same as the factors that physicists know influence all systems. You may have found it difficult to score yourself on this test because you are not used to the absence of good, bett^- and bigger scores. Systems do not work that way. To help you understand how your system is doing at this time in your marital life, use the following score analysis.

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Posted on May 18th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »