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August 13, 2011

DIGESTIVE HARMONY

Digestion involves a complex system of structures and functions that must work together in harmony to properly break down and obtain nutrients from food. Irritability or disordered function of the upper and lower digestive tract may occur together. For example, discomfort or dysfunction in the bowel may represent a lack of harmony throughout the gastrointestinal tract and may affect the entire digestive system.

A number of dietary supplements can be combined together to support many different structures and functions of the digestive system. There are six major ways of supporting digestive function naturally:

  • BACTERIAL BALANCE: Taking probiotics (healthy bacteria) that can grow and flourish in the lower bowels may produce a variety of benefits for both digestion and overall health. Prebiotics, which feed healthy bacteria, can provide even further benefit.
  • FOOD BREAKDOWN: A variety of different enzymes is available to help break down and digest food (including dairy, fats, carbohydrates and more), which may improve digestion and nutrient absorption. These enzymes can be combined with systemic enzymes which have several health benefits.
  • DETOXIFICATION: Certain natural herbs or botanicals can support the role of the liver in eliminating toxins from food and the body.
  • STRUCTURE SUPPORT: A variety of natural substances (e.g., glutamine) can help support the lining of the digestive tract, which is a very active and crucial component of the digestive system and of the body.
  • ANTIOXIDANT NOURISHMENT: Many clinicians have underestimated the value of antioxidants, contained within several botanicals, for the promotion of digestive and general body health.
  • REGULARITY: Assistance in evacuating the colon, a form of body cleansing, can be achieved with several herbs, as well as dietary fiber.

August 7, 2011

It has been 40 years since President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, and declared the "War on Cancer".  For the money spent, it has been an abysmal failure, with "cures" and survival rates improving in a small number of cancers, and cessation of smoking in adults has been a contributing factor.  This is an excellent compilation of anti-cancer lifestyle strategies with links to explanatory articles highlited and underlined.  

CANCER PREVENTION PLAN

(coutesy of Dr. Mercola)

  1. Normalize your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure. This works primarily by optimizing your vitamin D level. Ideally, monitor your vitamin D levels throughout the year.
  2. Control your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugars/fructose as much as possible.
  3. Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats.
  4. Get appropriate exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.
  5. Eat according to your nutritional type. The potent anti-cancer effects of this principle are very much underappreciated. When we treat cancer patients in our clinic this is one of the most powerful anti-cancer strategies we have.
  6. Have a tool to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. My particular favorite tool for this purpose, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique.
  7. Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organic. Cruciferous vegetables in particular have been identified as having potent anti-cancer properties. Remember that carb nutritional types may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than protein nutritional types.
  8. Maintain an ideal body weight.
  9. Get enough high-quality sleep.
  10. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
  11. Reduce your use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and implement as many safety strategies as possible if/when you cannot avoid their use.
  12. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them.