"And He feeds me and quenches my thirst and when I fall sick then He (Allah) cures me" [Soorah Shu'araa: 80]


28.4.08

Mentalk-the miraculous candy!


Ingredients


The main ingredient of Mentalk is Cynomorium songaricum, which is also known as “Ginseng In The Desert”. Since centuries ago, it has been medically recognised as “Herb of Longevity”. Cynomorium songaricum grows in desert with unique geographic terraine and extreme climate, where the difference in temperature between day and night achieves more than 100oC (the highest is 82.3oC, the lowest is -20oC). Thus, this species is impossible to be cultivated by human until now.




Cynomorium songaricum is rare and very precious among the Chinese traditional herbs, as recorded more than centuries ago in Compendium of Materia Medica: Cynomorium songaricum is therapeutic in sexual enhancement, nourishes bone and muscle, prevents dryness, moisturizes the intestine and relaxes bowels. This herb is useful on individuals who suffer such symptoms like impotence, weakness of muscle and bone, cold pain of the loin and knees, constipation and so on. Besides, Merida Theory in Huangdi Neijing which existed more than 2000 years ago and Sheng Nong’s Herbal classic from few hundred years ago also recorded the efficacy of Cynomorium songaricum.


others:


Ginseng Extract

-Improves our immune system, body metabolism, heart muscle, relieves fatigue, improves synthesis of red blood cell, prevents aging.


Hydrolysed Protein

-More easily and directly absorbed, basic structuring of cell, regeneration of tissues.


Enzyme

-Production of new cells, decomposes body toxins and metabolic wastes, decomposes fat and glycogen to produce energy.


Pomegranate Polyphenol

-Powerful anti oxidative effect, anti-mutagenic effect, suppresses cancerous cells from multiplying.


Malt

Skin nourishment, increases stamina, stimulates appetite


27.4.08

Thalassemia


My old fren, Nai, send me an sms just now asking for what is meant by Thalassemia. I guess he's a little bit worry as he's going to become a father very soon. So Nai, hope this simple article from Mayo clinic and diagrams can give you an insight of what is Thalassemia all about. other readers might find it's useful.read on..

Introduction

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in your body than normal. Defects in the genes that make hemoglobin cause thalassemia. Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that allows the cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to the other parts of your body. Because of low hemoglobin and a low amount of red blood cells, thalassemia results in anemia.
If you have a mild form of thalassemia, you may not require any treatment. But, if you have a more severe form, you may need blood transfusions on a regular basis. Although in some cases severe thalassemia can be life-threatening, milder forms of thalassemia usually can be effectively treated.
Although thalassemia causes anemia, don't confuse thalassemia with iron deficiency anemia. People with thalassemia often have more iron in their bodies than they need. For this reason, if you have thalassemia, don't take iron supplements unless your doctor recommends it.

Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms of thalassemia include:
Fatigue
Weakness
Shortness of breath
Yellow discoloration of the skin (jaundice)
Bone deformities in the face
Slow growth
Protruding abdomen
Dark urine




The signs and symptoms you experience depend on your type and severity of thalassemia. Some babies show signs and symptoms of thalassemia at birth, while others may not develop signs or symptoms until they're about 6 to 12 months old. Some people who have only one hemoglobin gene affected don't experience any thalassemia symptoms.

Causes
Blood consists of liquid, called plasma, and three types of cells that float within the plasma:


White blood cells. These blood cells fight infection.
Platelets. These blood cells help your blood clot after a cut.
Red blood cells (erythrocytes). These blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs, through your bloodstream, to your brain and your body's other organs and tissues. Your body needs a supply of oxygenated blood to function. Oxygenated blood helps give your body its energy and your skin a healthy glow.
Red blood cells contain hemoglobin — a red, iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color.

Hemoglobin enables red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body and to carry carbon dioxide from other parts of your body to your lungs so that it can be exhaled. Most blood cells, including red blood cells, are produced regularly in your bone marrow — a red, spongy material found within the cavities of many of your large bones.
Thalassemia disrupts the normal production of hemoglobin and leads to a low level of hemoglobin and a high rate of red blood cell destruction, causing anemia. When you're anemic, your blood doesn't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues — leaving you fatigued.(keletihan)
Thalassemia is caused by defects in the genes that make hemoglobin.

The only way to get thalassemia is to inherit one or more defective hemoglobin genes from your parents.


pic: hemoglobin

There are two types of thalassemia: alpha and beta, named for the two protein chains that make up normal hemoglobin. The type of thalassemia you have depends on the type of defective gene you inherit.

Alpha-thalassemia

Four genes are involved in making the alpha hemoglobin chain. You get two from each of your parents. If one or more of the alpha hemoglobin genes are defective, you develop alpha-thalassemia.
The more defective genes you have, the more severe your alpha-thalassemia:
One gene. If only one of your alpha hemoglobin genes is defective, you'll have no signs or symptoms of thalassemia. But, you're a carrier of the disease and can pass it on to your children.

Two genes. If you have two defective alpha hemoglobin genes, thalassemia signs and symptoms are mild. This condition is called alpha-thalassemia minor.

Three genes. If three of your alpha hemoglobin genes are defective, your signs and symptoms will be moderate to severe. This condition is also called hemoglobin H disease.

Four genes. When all four alpha hemoglobin genes are defective, the condition is called alpha-thalassemia major or hydrops fetalis. It usually causes a fetus to die before delivery or shortly after birth.

Beta-thalassemia

Two genes are involved in making the beta hemoglobin chain. You get one from each of your parents. If one or both of the beta hemoglobin genes are defective, you develop beta-thalassemia.

One gene. If one of your beta hemoglobin genes is defective, you have mild signs and symptoms. This condition is called beta-thalassemia minor.

Two genes. If both of your beta hemoglobin genes are defective, your signs and symptoms will be moderate to severe. This condition is called beta-thalassemia major or Cooley's anemia. Babies born with two defective beta hemoglobin genes usually are healthy at birth, but develop signs and symptoms within the first year of life.

Risk factors

Factors that increase your risk of thalassemia include:
Family history. Thalassemia is an inherited disorder, passed from parents to children through defective hemoglobin genes.
Ancestry. Thalassemia occurs most often in people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, southern Asian and African ancestry. Alpha-thalassemia affects mainly people of Southeast Asian, Chinese and Filipino descent.

When to seek medical advice

Make an appointment with your child's health care provider for an evaluation if he or she has any of the following signs or symptoms of thalassemia:
Fatigue
Weakness
Shortness of breath
Yellow discoloration of the skin (jaundice)
Bone deformities in the face
Slow growth
Protruding abdomen
Dark urine

Screening and diagnosis

Most children who have moderate to severe cases of thalassemia show signs and symptoms within their first two years of life. If your doctor suspects your child has thalassemia, he or she may confirm a diagnosis using blood tests. If your child has thalassemia, blood tests may reveal a low level of red blood cells. The red blood cells may be smaller than normal, pale (a sign of low hemoglobin), varied in size and shape, and have uneven hemoglobin distribution — giving the cells a bull's-eye appearance under the microscope.



Blood film of a patient with thalassemia under microscope

Blood tests may also be used to measure the amount of iron in your child's blood and to evaluate his or her hemoglobin. In some cases, a blood test may be used for DNA analysis to diagnose thalassemia or to determine if a person is carrying defective hemoglobin genes.

Prenatal testing

Testing can be done before a baby is born to find out if he or she has thalassemia and determine how severe it may be. Tests used to diagnose thalassemia in unborn babies include:
Chorionic villi sampling. This test is usually done around the 11th week of pregnancy and involves removing a tiny piece of the placenta for evaluation.
Amniocentesis. This test is usually done around the 16th week of pregnancy and involves taking a sample of the fluid that surrounds the baby.

Assisted reproductive technology

A form of assisted reproductive technology that combines pre-implantation genetic diagnosis with in vitro fertilization may help parents who have thalassemia or who are carriers of a defective hemoglobin gene give birth to healthy babies. The procedure involves retrieving mature eggs from a woman and fertilizing them with a man's sperm in a dish in a laboratory. The embryos are tested for the defective genes and only those without genetic defects are implanted in the woman.

Complications

Possible complications of thalassemia include:
Iron overload. People with thalassemia can get too much iron in their bodies, either from the disease itself or from frequent blood transfusions. Too much iron can result in damage to your heart, liver and endocrine system, which includes glands that produce hormones that regulate processes throughout your body.
Infection. Thalassemia increases your risk of developing a blood-borne infection, such as hepatitis, which is a virus that can damage your liver.

In cases of severe thalassemia, the following complications can occur:
Bone deformities. Thalassemia can make your bone marrow expand, which causes your bones to widen. This can result in abnormal bone structure, especially in your face and skull. Bone marrow expansion also makes bones thin and brittle, increasing the chance of broken bones, particularly in your spine. Spine factures can result in compression of your spinal cord.

Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly). The spleen helps your body fight infection and filter unwanted material, such as old or damaged blood cells. Thalassemia often destroys a large number of red blood cells, making your spleen work harder than normal, which causes it to enlarge. Splenomegaly can make anemia worse, and it can reduce the life of transfused red blood cells. If your spleen becomes too large, it may need to be removed.


Slowed growth rates. Anemia can cause a child's growth to slow. Children with severe thalassemia rarely reach a normal adult height. Due to endocrine problems, puberty may also be delayed in these children.

Heart problems. Heart problems, such as congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), may be associated with severe thalassemia.

Treatment

Treatment for thalassemia depends on which type you have and how severe it is.

Thalassemia minor (alpha or beta)

Signs and symptoms are usually mild with thalassemia minor and little, if any, treatment is needed. Occasionally, you may need a blood transfusion, particularly after surgery, after having a baby or if you develop an infection.
Beta-thalassemia major (Cooley's anemia) or hemoglobin H disease

These more severe forms of thalassemia often require frequent blood transfusions. Over time, blood transfusions cause a buildup of iron in your blood, which can damage your heart, liver and other organs. To help your body get rid of the extra iron, you may need to take medications known as "iron chelators." These medications may be given as a pill or as an infusion under your skin. In some cases, a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant may be used to treat severe thalassemia.

Prevention
In most cases, thalassemia cannot be prevented. If you have thalassemia, or if you carry a thalassemia gene, consider talking with a genetic counselor for guidance before you have a child.


Jika anda dan isteri anda adalah pembawa gen thalassemia, ada kemungkinan 1:4 anak yg bakal dilahirkan akan mendapat thalassemia.


Self-care
If you have thalassemia, be sure to:
Avoid excess iron. Unless your doctor recommends it, don't take vitamins or other supplements that contain iron.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet that contains plenty of nutritious foods can help you feel better and boost your energy. Your doctor may also recommend you take a folic acid supplement to help your body make new red blood cells.
Avoid infections. Protect yourself from infections with frequent hand washing and by avoiding sick people. You should also get a flu shot every year and the pneumoccoccal vaccine to prevent infections. If you develop a fever or other signs and symptoms of an infection, see your doctor for treatment.

26.4.08

The Importance of Negative Hydrogen Ion


Hydrogen is one of the primordial elements that fuels the development of all life on Earth. Provided by the Sun as rays of light, human beings cannot live without Hydrogen. While science refers to us as carbon-based life forms, man is actually a Silica-based and Hydrogen-based life form. All life on Earth is Hydrogen-based.

When plants absorb sunlight, they store negatively-charged Hydrogen ions through the process of photosynthesis. When you eat unprocessed plants, your body's cells utilize the nutrients in those plants and, perhaps more importantly, the electrical charge of the Hydrogen ions in those plants. When your body burns Hydrogen and Oxygen, it generates the energy you need for every single process of life. As a matter of fact, nearly every life form on the planet utilizes Hydrogen and Oxygen to generate energy. The key is that without Hydrogen, there is no life.

Hydrogen is the smallest known element in the Universe. All living things must have Hydrogen to sustain life. Hydrogen is the key to life, death, and aging. Without Hydrogen ions, there would be no life on Earth. As a result of Dr. Flanagan's discoveries, many Scientists now believe that the quantity of Hydrogen ions in plants and water is a qualitative indicator of its energy potential. Hydrogen ions are a key fuel and energy source for the human body. Negatively-charged Hydrogen ions can determine the overall health of every cell in the human body.

The human body must breathe to get Oxygen, and must eat and drink to get Hydrogen ions. Without breathing Oxygen, the body dies. Without eating or drinking sources of Hydrogen ions, the body has no source of energy and dies. The fact is that Human Cells need Hydrogen and Oxygen in order to generate the energy we call life.

The primary source of Hydrogen ions for the human body are fresh uncooked plants, fruits, vegetables, and water.

Due in no small part to mass food production, mineral deficient soil, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, over-processing of foods, the addition of chemical preservatives, and drinking over-chlorinated and over-fluoridated water, millions of individuals are not getting enough Hydrogen ions daily. Cell damage occurs when the body has insufficient Hydrogen ions (and sufficient Oxygen). The body's cells become oxidized like Oxygen rusts iron.

When certain chemicals in the body lose an electron, they become positively charged (and are called "free radicals" or "oxidants"). These chemicals roam freely through the rest of the body stealing electrons from other cells. Free radicals damage cellular DNA. The majority of modern science has come to the conclusion that free radical damage in the human body is the cause of aging. Science has also discovered that aging is not a natural function of time passing. Aging is evidence of the damage to millions of the body's cells through oxidation. This oxidation is due to the lack of Hydrogen ions that are available to stop free radical damage.

The human body is under siege by free radicals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pollution, chemicals, fumes, toxins, and other poisonous materials only add to the damage that the body endures on a daily basis. The amount of free radical damage is equivalent to the amount you have aged. The best known antioxidants prior to Dr. Flanagan's pure Hydrogen ion product were Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Extract. Both Green Tea and Grape Seed Extracts have many times more antioxidant potential than either Vitamin E or Vitamin C. Scientific evidence proves that Mega H is hundreds of times more powerful as an antioxidant than either Green Tea Extract or Grape Seed Extract. There is no known antioxidant more powerful than Mega H.

More importantly, because Mega H is so pure, you get far more Hydrogen ions from a daily supplement of Mega H than from eating pounds of raw fruits and vegetables and drinking gallons of water from the Hunza region

The active ingredient in Mega H is Silica Hydride. One very important characteristic of the antioxidant capacity of Silica Hydride is that it is the only antioxidant that does not turn into a free radical (i.e., oxidant) once it has neutralized a free radical by donating its electron. Negatively-charged hydrogen turns into benign gas and/or turns into water.

Two Hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom make water. Without water, there is no life. Dr. Flanagan stunned the scientific community with the discovery that the configuration of the minerals within the water, not just their existence, provides glacial milk with its unique hydration and life-giving properties. In order to replicate these beneficial elements of glacial milk water, Dr. Flanagan spent the past three decades on the development of a simple and easy-to-use Silica Hydride powder that can hold Hydrogen ions stable over time and releases them in your body when they come in contact with water. Mega H is the product of a lifetime of research and development by Dr. Flanagan. There is no other product available on the planet like Mega H that delivers billions of negatively-charged Hydrogen ions to the cells of the body by simply taking it with water.

Mega H contains the active ingredient Silica Hydride, a compound known to positively affect the "zeta potential" of blood cells. Zeta potential (x) is the electric potential, or charge, that exists in a hydrated particle and the surrounding solution. Zeta potential is an important and useful indicator that this charge can be used to predict and control the stability of colloidal suspensions. The greater the zeta potential, the more likely the suspension will be stable because the charged particles repel one another and thus overcome the natural tendency to aggregate. Zeta potential is an electrical charge that describes how far apart cells are. Greater zeta potential indicates more space between cells.

Increased zeta potential has many positive health benefits. More zeta potential means more surface area for cells. Toxins, viral matter, fungi, and bacteria trapped between cells can be expunged more readily. More importantly, water enters cells more easily. Water is arguably the most vital component of anti-aging, life extension, and the removal of free radicals and waste.
The following test has been performed and replicated by several groups of scientists with the same results. It provides yet more data indicating that MegaHydrate is a contributor to good health.
PHOTO 1 below shows a microscopic view of a blood sample from a subject with low zeta potential. The blood cells are clustered together and trap waste elements between them. Note the clustering effect may be a result of dehydration from caffeine, alcohol, heat, and stress: all commonly found in people today.
The test subject was given 500 mg (or two 250 mg capsules) of Silica Hydride - the active ingredient in Mega H - mixed with 8 oz of water.


Twenty minutes later, another blood sample taken from the test subject was viewed under a microscope (as seen in PHOTO 2 below). The evenly-dispersed blood cells indicates high zeta potential. The blood cells appear pristine, as if the substances trapped between the cells have been cleansed. The surface area of the cells has increased allowing exponentially more nutrients into the cells and more toxins to be removed.


Nationwide Food Consumption Surveys have shown that a portion of the population may be dehydrated. Why do people lack hydration? This may be due to a poor thirst mechanism as we get older , dissatisfaction with the taste of water, the consumption of caffeine and alcohol, climate controlled environments (both heated and air conditioned), and excessive exercise. With water loss at 2% of body weight, individuals experience impaired physiological and mental performance. Double blind placebo studies clearly demonstrate that the Silica Hydride in Mega H dramatically increases total body water in just four weeks!

Mega H is a dietary supplement that is considered a food grade supplement rich in antioxidants by the FDA. Mega H is safe, and has been tested and shown to have no known side effects. Many individuals taking MegaHydrate experience these benefits:

TRUE HYDRATION:
Significant increases in Hydration at the cellular level as confirmed by laboratory testing
Combats dehydration and its symptoms in adults, children, and pets
SUPER ANTIOXIDATION:
One daily dose of Mega H has more antioxidant power than hundreds of glasses of fresh vegetable and fruit juices, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, and other foods rich in antioxidants to prevent free radical damage

NATURAL PAIN RELIEF:
Mega H provides natural pain relief from headaches, sore muscles, and inflammation of the joints. Studies show that MegaHyrate increases energy production (adenosine triphosphate or ATP) by up to 4 times. Customers with fibromyalgia and other conditions associated with energy production and hydration find substantial pain relief.




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24.4.08

The Secrets of Hunza Water

Hunza Valley

There are five places on Earth where the people routinely live to over 120 years of age in good health with virtually no cancer or dental caries (decay of a bone or tooth), where they remain robust and strong and are also able to bear children even in old age, and the most famous of these, Hunza in the Himalayas, has people who live to 120-140 years old.Much research has proven conclusively that the major common denominator of the healthy long-living people is their local water.

Dr Patrick Flanagan, MD, PhD, after doing painstaking research on the properties of Hunza Valley water, found out that there was a certain kind of mineral in the water that make it so unique and distinct from others. This is composed of tiny spherical silica mineral. Silica is a natural mineral that is essential for human body. silica makes our bones and arteries strong.It is found in the places we need the most strength like the aorta.In the water, presence of colloidal silica in abundance lower the surface tension of water, making it 'wetter'

Low Surface Tension





Ordinary water has a surface tension of 73 dynes per centimeter - a dyne is a very small unit of force, the amount needed to break the surface skin of the water.

Alexis Correl, who kept a chicken heart alive for 37 years and received a Nobel Prize, stated that the secret of life is to feed and nourish the cells and let them flush their waste and toxins. If those nutrients can't get into the cells because the water has too high a surface tension, the cells dehydrate and die of their own waste products.

The cells must be in intimate contact with the water in order to get their nutrients but the cell's surface membrane is basically a waxy, oily substance (lipids) and oil and water don't mix so the nutrients just suspend and can't get into the cells as the surface tension is too high.
People who drink the magic "8 glasses a day" of ordinary water are pretty much wasting their time as the nutrients can't get in and the toxins can't get out and the cells die anyway.

Dr Flanagan finally able to duplicate the properties of Hunza water by inventing a technology called Microcluster Silica and this was transformed into a miraculous product- Crystal Energy.

If you add one drop of Crystal energy per ounce to ordinary water to reverse osmosis or distilled water, it lowers the surface tension of that water to 45 dynes and the treated water goes right into the body as biological in nature and can be in intimate contact with the cells and enable their nourishment and toxin release.In other words, the water becomes 'wetter' or 'softer'

Crystal Energy can increase water absorption rate up to six times!

Read more -What You Dont Know About Water May Kill You by Dr Flanagan




Price: RM 215 (120 ml) (include delivery cost)

direction: add 10 drop (0.3 ml) of crystal energy to 237 ml (a glass) of plain water

1 bottle of 120 ml can last up to 2 months

Bonus! Crystal Energy will be 'energized' with Reiki if you order from me.

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Feed the cells

Dr Myron Wentz

Destroying free radicals implicated in degenerative diseases via antioxidants is the sure-fire way to being hale and hearty, according to a microbiologist in cellular health

FOR almost half his life, Myron Wentz has been working hard to rid the world of disease by eliminating degenerative diseases caused by deteriorating cells in the body.

As a microbiologist and immunologist, Wentz is confident that with the right food and supplements — to feed the cells, protect them from free radical damage and thus keep them healthy — people will not suffer from degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.He says that if we do not feed our cells with all the essential nutrients, then they will not function properly.





“We are living in toxic environments that damage our cells. We are now no longer dying from infectious diseases, but from degenerative illnesses. “The cells that are damaged most will determine what disease arises, be it heart disease, nerve degeneration or organ failure,
says Wentz.


He explains that the biological functions in our cells generate free radicals that damage our bodies. To counter this, the body also creates antioxidants to destroy them.A healthy diet, he says, is no guarantee for health as cells in our body are affected by a toxic environment.



“Toxic substances are a major source of oxidative damage which destroy cell structures and molecules like DNA, enzymes, proteins and lipids. The end result is cellular degeneration and loss of function, and all kinds of degenerative diseases.”

Wentz set up the Utah-based USANA Health Sciences in 1992 to manufacture vitamins and other nutritional


USANA Headquarters

22.4.08

You Are All Cordially Invited!


See you there!

Cellular Nutrition



Because oxidative stress is our concern rather than specific nutritional deficiencies, we must determine what is the best approach to preventing or controlling oxidative stress. This is accomplished by bolstering one’s natural defenses through cellular nutrition.




Cellular nutrition is simply providing ALL nutrients to the cell at optimal levels. This allows the cell to determine what it actually does and does not need. I don’t have to worry about determining which nutrients the cell is deficient in. I simply provide all of the important nutrients at optimal levels--those levels shown to provide a health benefit in the medical literature. Any nutritional deficiencies will be automatically corrected over the next few months by this approach and all the other vital nutrients will be brought up to their optimal levels as well.

Cellular nutrition is providing the body with all the antioxidants along with the supporting B vitamins and antioxidant minerals at optimal levels. This is "preventive medicine" at its best because we can literally attack the disease process at its core by preventing oxidative stress from occurring

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA):

After researching medical literature on the topic of oxidative stress and the amount of nutrients needed to prevent it, I found the optimal levels of nutrients known to provide health benefits are significantly greater those suggested by RDA levels. For example, the optimal level of vitamin E is 400 IU. The RDA is only 10 to 30 IU

Similarly, the optimal level of vitamin C is approximately 1200 to 2000 mg daily, while the RDA is only 60 mg


The various antioxidants and supporting nutrients work on different types of free radicals and in different parts of the body. Vitamin E is the best antioxidant within the cell membrane. Vitamin C is most effective within the plasma. Glutathione is works most efficiently within the cell itself. Literally dozens of antioxidants are at work in various parts of the body and are effective against particular types of free radicals. They work together—synergistically-- to control oxidative stress. This means that 1 plus 1 does not equal 2, but 8 or 10

Vitamin C actually replenishes vitamin E and intracellular glutathione so it can be used over and over again. Alpha lipoic acid also regenerates vitamin E and glutathione. In addition, these antioxidants need optimal levels of the B vitamins—folic acid, vitamin B1, B2, B6, and B12—in order to perform at optimal levels. They also need the so-called antioxidant minerals such as: selenium, manganese, copper, and zinc to do their job right. If you have all the glutathione in the world available but are depleted in selenium, which glutathione needs to work, there will be very little health benefit.

When all of the necessary nutrients are provided to the cell in a complete and balanced nutritional supplement, the combined effect is phenomenal. The potency of these nutrients in optimizing our body’s natural antioxidant, immune, and repair systems is certainly possible. Oxidative stress can be controlled and our health will be protected.

20.4.08

Antioxidants




Through biochemical research we’re learning that we are not defenseless against this attack on our body by free radicals. Antioxidants are like the glass doors or fine-wire mesh we place in front of our fireplace. The sparks are still going to fly but our carpet will then be protected. As you begin to imagine the war that is taking place within every cell in your body, you can envision the two opposing forces:



the enemy--free radicals; and your allies--antioxidants and their supporting nutrients.


Living a healthy life becomes a matter of balance. You must have enough antioxidants available to readily neutralize the number of free radicals your body produces. If you don’t, "oxidative stress" will occur. When this oxidative stress is allowed to persist over a prolonged period of time, you will most likely develop a serious chronic degenerative disease.


Each of us must ask, "Am I getting enough antioxidants from my diet to protect myself from this onslaught of free radicals or do I need to be taking nutritional supplements?"


This is the question that I’ve had to ask myself as I have spent countless hours researching medical literature. You see I was taught in medical school that you don’t need supplements—that you can get everything you need from a good, healthy diet. And this is what I told my patients for years. I was wrong.!
Since balance is the key, we need to look closely at the individual players that are at war within. The number of free radicals you produce each and every day is never the same. All the pollutants in our air, food, and water dramatically increase the number of free radicals we produce. Enormous stress, excessive exercise, cigarette smoke, sunlight, radiation, and every drug prescribed greatly increases the number of free radicals produced in the body. In fact, there has never been a generation on this planet subjected to more oxidative stress than this present one. We are literally under attack from our polluted environment, stressful lifestyles, and over-medicated society.



This ongoing attack is depriving us of our most precious gift—our health. But God did not leave us defenseless against this onslaught by free radicals. In fact, we actually have our own army of antioxidants, which are able to neutralize free radicals and render them harmless. In generations past, these defense systems were sufficient. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. Our bodies’ defense systems need additional allies.



grape seed extract-a powerful antioxidant


skyfruit-containing flavonoids and saponins as powerful antioxidants

Most antioxidants come from vegetables and fruit. This creates a gap in our protection, because our foods have become significantly depleted in their content of antioxidants and supporting minerals as a result of mineral depletion in our soils, green harvesting, cold storage, foods that are highly processed, our poor food choices and food preparation.

mangosteen contains one of the most powerful antioxidants in the planet-Xanthones


At a time when we are under the heaviest attack from the environment around us, our natural defense systems are becoming overwhelmed and depleted. We must do all we can to rebuild our antioxidant systems with a healthy diet, but too you need to learn how complete and balanced nutritional supplementation with high quality supplements (cellular nutrition) is our best hope in winning this war within and protecting our health.


Reference: 'What Your Doctor Does'nt Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You". Ray D Strand



Next Article: Cellular Nutrition

19.4.08

Oxidative Stress



Ever heard of 'catchy' words such as free radicals, oxidative stress, antioxidants and inflammation? some may said yes, I bet majority will say 'hardly heard of them'. I'm not suprised because I was like most of you- 2 years back. Being trained in medical field, you might wonder why so.The answer is becoz I was not thought about that in my medical school days! so what can I expect from the laymen?.

My 'new journey' started after I read a book by my idol/guru/mentor ie Dr Ray Strand who wrote an excellent book- "What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You".

Dr Strand in his simple plain English clearly explained what are meant by the words mentioned above, based on his experience in treating chronic diseases in his clinic in South Dakota, US.What I remember most from his book was his statement:

"Over the past 7 years, I have reviewed well over 2,000 medical and scientific studies in regards to nutritional supplements and their affect on your health. These studies appearing in medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Lancet, and Annuals of Internal Medicine report that beyond any doubt the "root" cause of well over 70 chronic degenerative diseases is "oxidative stress." These are the "who’s who" of diseases we all fear and want to avoid; diseases like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s dementia, macular degeneration, lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue"

So dear readers, this might be my most important posting in my blog-understanding what is OXIDATIVE STRESS and how to 'firefight' it for it will become your basic in understanding my discussion of any diseases.

So what," you may be wondering, "is ‘oxidative stress’?"




photo:mitochondria

Within every cell of the body is a furnace called the mitochondria. As oxygen is utilized within the furnace of the cell to create energy and life itself, occasionally a charged oxygen molecule is created, called a "free radical." This free radical has at least one unpaired electron in its outer orbit essentially giving it an electrical charge. If this free radical is not readily neutralized by an antioxidant it can go on to create more volatile free radicals, damage the cell wall, vessel wall, proteins, fats, and even the DNA nucleus of our cells.


free radicals damaging the surrounding structures






Chemically this reaction has been shown to be so volatile that it actually causes bursts of light within our bodies!


photo: fireplace

Imagine yourself in front of a crackling fireplace and I’ll give you the best illustration I have to explain the process of oxidation. The fire burns safely and beautifully most of the time, but on occasion out pops a hot cinder that lands on your carpet and burns a little hole in it. One cinder by itself doesn’t pose much of a threat; but if this sparking and popping continues month after month, year after year, you will have a pretty "ratty" carpet in front of your fireplace.




' ratty' carpet (disease)-manifestation of oxidative stress


The fireplace represents the furnace of the cell (the mitochondria), the cinder is the charged "free radical," and the carpet is your body. Whichever part of your body receives the most free radical damage will be the first to wear out and potentially cause one of these degenerative diseases. If it’s your arteries, you could develop a heart attack or stroke. If it is your brain, you could develop Alzheimer’s dementia or Parkinson’s disease. If it’s your joints, you could develop arthritis.

Living a healthy life becomes a matter of balance. You must have enough antioxidants available to readily neutralize the number of free radicals your body produces. If you don’t, "oxidative stress" will occur. When this oxidative stress is allowed to persist over a prolonged period of time, you will most likely develop a serious chronic degenerative disease

Reference: 'What Your Doctor Doesnt Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You'.Ray D Strand.2003



cont in next posting-antioxidants

17.4.08

Migraine revisited (2)-the role of nutrients in treatment


To minimize the frequency of migraine attacks, migraine triggers need to be identified and avoided .It is recommended that migraine sufferers stop smoking, get sufficient sleep (but not oversleep because oversleep may serve as a migraine trigger), and minimize stress. Nutrients that may be effective prophylactic agents for migraine include the following:

Magnesium


Studies have shown that up to 50 percent of migraine patients suffer from magnesium deficiencies during an acute attack.take magnesium citrate 160-mg capsules at night before bed



butterbur herb


Butterbur root.
Several studies found butterbur root ( Petasites hybridus) is an effective prophylactic (pencegahan) agent for migraine.take 50 milligrams (mg) up to three times daily




feverfew herb

Feverfew.
Feverfew ( Tanacetum parthenium) preparations have been studied for migraine prophylaxis in several trials.take 100 mg daily

Riboflavin.
Riboflavin (vitamin B 2) has been used as a prophylactic measure for migraine.take 100 to 200 mg daily with food.

Coenzyme Q10.
Several studies have demonstrated effectiveness of coenzyme Q10 in reducing the frequency of migraine headaches.take 100 mg up to three times daily

S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe). generally, between 400 mg and 1600 mg orally daily

Probiotics—3.5 billion of Lactobacillus group, 1 billion of Bifidobacterium group, and 0.5 billion of Streptococcus thermophilus.

Ref: Life Extension articles







15.4.08

Migraine revisited (1)


My brother, Abg Wa just now sms me asking for any better treatment for his wife, Kak Nina who's sufferring from recurrent chronic headache, presumably migraine. she also has hypertension. for the past few days, I have touched on migraine treatment from acupressure to meditation, affirmation, visualisation etc (hollistic approached). I think its better now if I can summarize it and start from the basic, ie what is migraine, the precipitating factors, modern treatment, useful herbal, vitamins etc. Other readers spt Farahish Yang Baik hati might also find its useful.:)I'll start with migraine from modern view first..


So what is migraine?


Migraine headaches are usually classified as either common migraine or classic migraine. A classic migraine is preceded by an aura with characteristic visual (penglihatan), sensory (rasa), or motor (pergerakan) symptoms. Aura usually includes visual abnormalities (e.g., flashes, shimmering, and other hallucinations that seem to migrate through the visual field) and neurological abnormalities such as tingling sensations (rasa kebas-kebas)


Migraine attacks often include features that occur in sequence, including the following:


Prodrome. This stage is marked by a change in mood that begins hours or days before the headache. Symptoms of prodrome include depression, sleepiness, talkativeness, restlessness, or other alterations




Aura. Aura is characterized by visual abnormalities, including flashes, shimmering, and other hallucinations.


Headache phase. The headache itself is typically one sided but may affect both sides of the head. It is usually gradual in onset, moderate to severe in pain intensity, throbbing (berdenyut), and worse with physical exertion, and it can last anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days in children and 4 hours to 3 days in adults . The frequency of migraine attacks is unpredictable. The headache stage is often accompanied by loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, blurred vision, tenderness of the scalp or neck, lightheadedness, sweating, and pallor


Migraines are about three times as common in women as in men.The frequency of migraine headaches appears to increase with age, with peak frequency in women during their 30s and 40s and in men during their 30s, and then seems to decrease. Among some women, migraines decrease in severity or disappear entirely during menopause. Clearly, migraine's close correlation with sexual maturity and menopause in women suggests that steroid hormones are involved in the disease


Migraine headaches also tend to run in families, and there is a definite genetic predisposition . More than 50 percent of migraine sufferers have a relative who also suffers from migraine


Migraine Triggers


Several lifestyle factors may trigger a migraine headache

-Lack of sleep
-Consumption of alcohol, especially red wine and beer
-Excessive exercise
-Consumption of foods containing monosodium glutamate or nitrates
-Consumption of other potential food triggers, including chocolates, aged cheese, dairy foods, caffeine, fermented or pickled foods, shellfish, and wheat
-Emotional stress
-Use of certain medications may trigger a migraine - these include the following:
----Birth control pills or conventional hormone replacement therapy with synthetic estrogens and progestins
---Drugs that dilate the blood vessels, such as Viagra ® (sildenafil)
---Antimigraine drugs used excessively, which can cause rebound migraine
-Migraines also may be triggered by the overreaction of blood vessels to a variety of factors:

------Menstruation
------Fatigue
------Changes in altitude, weather, or time zone
------Glaring lights
------Perfumes or other powerful odors
------Head trauma


Conventional Treatment of Migraine


Generally speaking, conventional treatment of migraine follows one of three approaches—all of which may be used in the same patient. The first is prevention of migraines; the second is stopping a migraine as it is beginning; and the third is to lessen the pain of an ongoing migraine attack. In each approach, certain drugs have been shown to be effective


Drugs used to abort fledgling migraines or treat the pain associated with migraines include the following:


-5-HT (serotonin receptor) agonists (triptans) eg sumatriptan

-Ergot alkaloids and ergot derivatives eg cafergot

-Painkillers and painkiller combination drugs

-Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs eg voltaren, ponstan,synflex etc

-Opiate analgesics. eg morphine

-Antiemetics (penahan muntah)

-Corticosteroids.

-Botox


Prophylactic drugs (ubat pencegah) must be taken daily, and there is usually a lag of two to six weeks before the effect is felt . Drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent migraines include propanolol, timolol, sodium valproate, methysergide, verapamil, and amitriptyline. The probability of success with any drug is about 50 percent to 75 percent, so it is not unusual for drugs to be rotated until an effective one is found.


(Ref: Life Extension articles)


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